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Rotary Club of Parramatta City Newsletter 13 February 2012

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Newsletter 13 2-2012

  1. 1. Rotary Club of Parramatta City COMMUNITY NETWORKER ROTARY CLUB OF PARRAMATTA CITY STAMPS FOR PRESIDENT MESSAGE OVERSEAS AID I watch as the Parramatta City Lord Mayor Lorraine Wearne delivered her speech to our club last week and spoke openly about her vision for the Parramatta City last week. It was certainly an eye opener when she allowed us to some advance press releases and the look on many of our members The collection of used stamps has been an ongoing project in many was priceless as they say. districts since the early 1970’s. The program has involved people The international Rotary Convention in such as senior citizens, occupational therapy groups, school communitiesBangkok update so far has Keith Henning, Mark & Karen Hancock, and other interested parties.myself and Megan booked for an amazing experience. It’s still not too A by product of the program has been the collection of waste paper.late to consider going. Fund raising from the collection of stamps has been distributed to many We have the Rotary Alumni Dinner on March 7th, it will be an charities such as World Communityopportunity to hear from the Group Study Team about Finland and the Service, medical support programs and other relief organisations.members vocational backgrounds, their first impressions of Australia Contacts: Cameron Bell D.9470 - 119 Angeloand our District. David Ross will gathering numbers, so book in for a Rd, South Perth, WA 6151 • Ph (08) 9367 7016great evening. Email: David Ross is also chasing numbers for the District Conference 23-25 Jack Rynn D.9600 - 421 Pullenvale Rd, Pullenvale QLD 4069 • Ph (07)March at Penrith and he is looking at more numbers from the club to 3374 2260 Email: Go to to make yourbooking. David is also taking suggestions for the theme clothing to wearon the Saturday night. John Surian is going to make the LegionStandard for the Club using all his Italian knowledge. February’s Rotary night is our one night to recognize the anniversaryof Rotary’s first meeting back in 1905, this reflect on the achievementsof Rotary and the impact we have had on the world and then let’simagine where we can be in the future. Prashanth is collecting numbersthis Monday. Induction of James Brennan For what seems an eternity we are inducting James Brennan into theclub this Monday. WANT List I will be adding to my want list at the beginning of each month, thiswill allow members to commence their own action plan. Cheers Barry Antees
  2. 2. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityCALENDAR OF EVENTS February 13 Debra Carr- Parramatta Mission 17 Rotary Club of Holroyd-Trivia Night St Pats School-Guilford 23 Rotary Day Transfer meeting to Sebel Parramatta 24 Red-Hands Gala dinner-Sydney March 2 ARH- Golf Day at Riverside 3 Multi-District PETS- Campbelltown 5 Pride of Workmanship Evening 7 Group Study Exchange Alumni dinner – Parramatta Leagues 19 Michael Crosslands- Ignite the fire within 23-25 District Conference- Penrith April 2 John Watters 29 District Assembly 30 Police Officer of the Year May 6-9 International Convention-Bangkok 14 Australian Rotary Health- PHD Scholars nightGUEST SPEAKER FOR MONDAY Deborah Carr is the Director of Fundraising & Communications for Parramatta Mission, a role which she has held for two and a half years and in which she wears ‘many hats’ – as both the public relations manager, communications manager, fundraising manager, corporate sales manager, marketing manager, government relations manager, etc. Prior to Parramatta Mission, Deborah worked as the Communications Manager for ParaQuad NSW (the Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Association) – her first stint in the charity sector. Before that time, Deborah held marketing and communications roles in the finance sector and building industry, and ran her own small business for nine years. Parramatta Mission has been providing services to people who are homeless, facing crisis and living with mental illness for over 40 years. Its broader history canbe traced back to the opening of the first Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on the current head office site in 1821,and with it - the commencement of multiple community outreach and support services.Headquartered and with numerous services in the Parramatta CBD, the Mission’s programs are deliveredfrom no less than 80 sites - extending across Western Sydney, to the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains andLiverpool.Just some of Parramatta Mission’s 70+ programs include; Lifeline Western Sydney, Thelma Brown Cottagedomestic violence refuge, headspace Mt Druitt, Meals Plus Community Outreach, UnitingCare Mental Health,Hope Hostel and Parrahouse Youth Refuge.Each year Parramatta Mission provides approximately 100,000 meals to people experiencing disadvantage,
  3. 3. Rotary Club of Parramatta Cityrefuge from domestic violence to around 80 women and 125 accompanying children, and telephonecounselling support to 17,500 people by 110 volunteer telephone counsellors. Every day, Parramatta Missionprovides housing and support to over 300 people – families, young people, women and men – who throughno fault of their own find themselves without a home and without the help to get back on their feet.Deborah will talk in more detail about Parramatta Mission’s services, especially the integrated structure of itsservices, as well as the challenges faced by not-for-profits in terms of donor expectations and responsiblecorporate governance.DAVID’S PEARLSResponsibilityBeing responsible sometimes means pissing people off.- Colin PowellI believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; everypossession, a duty.- John D. Rockefeller, Jr.You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, orthe wind, but you can change yourself.- Jim RohnNo snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.- VoltaireROTARY DAY-MEETING
  4. 4. Rotary Club of Parramatta City Prashanth has organized a dinner for members & partners to attend at the Two ForksResturant, Sebel Hotel Parramatta on Thursday 23rd February. $45.00 for two coursemeal arrive 7pm for 7.30 dinner. Experience the Glitz and Glamour of a BollywoodNight... And Help a Great Cause!Imagine a night on the town filled with movie songs, an auction, fun filled raffles and prizes. You will enjoy thecolourful Bollywood dancers, heart thumping music, mystical Tarot readers and plenty more…For one night inFebruary, experience all this and more at Australia’s Biggest Bollywood Bash. Add to this a 3 course sit downdelectable Indian dinner with plenty of wine! We’re rolling out the red carpet…and you and your guests are invited to attend. Dress to impress asthere will be plenty of glitter and Bollywood glamour!All proceeds go to help RedHands ( whose mission is to empower women living inpoverty in developing countries.Tickets will go fast...
  5. 5. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityCall 0425 235 307 now or book immediately by scrolling down the page to click the Click here togo to our booking page button, and well have yours waiting at the door for you when you arrive!Australia’s Biggest Bollywood Bash is happening Friday, February 24. 2012…just two days beforeOscar night…making this the perfect event to get into the Academy Awards spirit.A small number of tables of ten are also available. We recommend calling now if you’re thinking ofreserving one.To top it all of we’ll have live music, prizes throughout the night, a henna tattoo artist and a charityauction (we’ve got some great items for the auction this year.)For more information, or to reserve those tickets to this very special night, call us now at 0425 235 307.See you at the event!Maria & The Team at RedHandsP.S. COME KICK OFF THE OSCAR SEASON IN STYLE (AND HELPA GREAT CAUSE TO BOOT). WE PROMISE YOU A NIGHT TOREMEMBER. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE.PRESIDENT’S WANT LIST WANT No 1. We are a vocational based service organization. Our members all have a business background and oneof the major survival technics in businesses is succession planning. If we want our business to survive we needto know that if anything happens to me, who understands my business and can step up to the plate.Therefore my No 1 “want” is all members put into practice what they already do in business, but this time it isa session plan for their membership of our club. That is, who will replace me when I leave the Rotary Club ofParramatta City. We need to have in place a club survival practice of succession membership I want everymember to identify a successor for themselves by October 2012 being our vocational month. By this date youwill advise the membership Director who your successor is. WANT No 2.Knowledge is a wonderful gift and my second want is I would like all members to adopt a program or projectas their Rotary knowledge base as to be able to speak on the subject when-ever called upon to do so. This
  6. 6. Rotary Club of Parramatta Citymay be at a meeting, at one of our projects or just when doing business. If you need resources read yourRotary Down Under magazine or use the online version of the programs of Rotary at or go to the Rotary International websitehttp://www.rotary.orgFACEBOOK We have now available for the club a new facebook page the shortcut is Please visit, make comments, open discussions and for your initial visit please hit the “like button”. Thereason is the more members who like the page, we receive additional features. The Facebook page is not asubstitute for our website, but more of an additional way to reach our audience.