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Rotary Club of Parramatta City Newsletter 17 October 2011

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Newsletter 17 10-2011

  1. 1. Rotary Club of Parramatta City COMMUNITY NETWORKER ROTARY CLUB OF PARRAMATTA CITY PRESIDENT MESSAGE DONATIONS IN KIND I would like to thank all the members who attended last weeks club (DIK)assembly and I am pleased that we now have the club in unison withthe Club Visioning plan. Over the next month we work in our groups todefine the tasks need to get our aims and goals in place over the nextensuring years. I draw your attention to our calendar of events leading up to Donations in Kind in Australia grew out of the desire of returning FAIMChristmas break and we have a solid round of speakers starting this team members from the Solomonweek with Alana Wilson a senior registered nurse working in the neo Islands Schools project to continue to offer material support to the schoolsnatal intensive care at Westmead Children’s Hospital and she is also a and communities had been operating. The need to co-ordinate theRotaractor who has been President of Rotaract Australia outside of her gathering, storage and dispatch ofnormal duties, truly an amazing young person. Check the list of goods was obvious and the organisation known as DIK was set upspeakers and ask someone from your business to attend as we have under the supervision and support of FAIM. DIK now operates nationwidesome special speakers from all walks of life. and has sent surplus school and library materials, medical equipment, Please don’t forget Joy has asked each member to get a table tools, typewriters, sewing machines,together for the Trivia night, Friday 4th November at Parramatta Workers computers etc., throughout the Pacific, to Asia and even to Africa andClub. So pass your details onto Joy as soon as possible. Joy is also Russia. DIK has flourished with the support oflooking for prizes, so see what you can come up with. the Australian Armed Forces and the Christmas is approaching and John Ching will be sending out the help of trucking and shipping companies and airlines. roster for the Christmas tree sales, so before it comes start thinking Funding is required to assist with the shipping of goods, which are about what days you want to serve, this is one of our big fund raiser’s, generally sent by the container load. Visiting Rotarians from overseas,so lefts behind John and his team. returned FAIM and other volunteers See you at the meeting. as well as overseas business contacts are all sources of information as to the Barry Antees need for items in developing countries. The nearest Rotary club in the recipient area must be involved and all customs and quarantine regulations must be adhered to. Goods should not be collected until a need has been established, as storage on a large scale is difficult. The district co-ordinator for DIK or RAWCS will be able to give much helpful advice and perhaps assist with transport arrangements. Contact: District RAWCS Chairman
  2. 2. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityCALENDAR OF EVENTS October 17 Alana Wilson- Past President Rotaract Australia and working at Westmead Hospital 24 Julie Owens Parramatta Federal Member- The vocation of being a member of Parliament 28 Pre PETS-Parramatta 29 District Social Media workshop-RDU House 31 Gary Raymond-Police Chaplin, Christchurch Earth Quake November 1-7 Parraamasala- stay tune for news on this event 4 Trivia Night- Parramatta Workers Club 7 Bruce Allen- Manager Rotary International Foundation 14 Steven Maronese-“Insurance Fraud and the Science of Detecting Deception” 21 Geoff Lee, State Member for Parramatta 28 John Hewko- Rotary International General Secretary 29 Foundation Lunch- Waterfront Homebush December 5 Sgt Brett Evans, Police Officer of the year- Parramatta City surveillance and protection 7 Australian Rotary Health Christmas Dinner 12 AGM 19 Club Christmas Lunch for members, partners & friends of Rotary January 14-21 RYLA Camp-Blue Gum Lodge February 23 Rotary Anniversary March 2 ARH- Golf Day at Riverside 3 Multi-District PETS- Campbelltown 5 Pride of Workmanship Evening 23-25 District Conference- Penrith April 29 District Assembly 30 Police Officer of the Year May 6-9 International Convention-Bangkok
  3. 3. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityMEMBERS MATTERSOUR COMMUNITY SERVICEJust an update on the Missy project (our club donated $650).The Otto Bock frame has now been received – and of course paid for via your generosity. See commentsfrom the young girls Carers below. Peter Smith RC Strathfield Missy is using her standing frame at school every day. We are in regular communication with herteacher, or teachers aid, and often receive positive comments about the standing frame. Rest assuredthat she is benefiting from it. Following are some quotes from Awels school communication book:From her teacher - "Thank-you for bringing in the frame. (Missy) appears comfortable and happy whenusing it." and earlier this week ..."She appeared to enjoy being in her standing frame." "(Missy) stood inher frame after lunch today". So you can see that she is getting lots of use out of it.Thankyou again, for all that you have done and we look forward to seeing youKind Regards, Geoffrey SatterlyPARRAMATTA CITY TRIVIA NIGHTTRIVIA NIGHT.Friday 4th November 2011 at Parramatta Workers Club, 163-165 George Street, Parramatta at7.30pm.The good news is that it will only cost $10 per person to enter. However, we need bottoms on seats soall members are asked to bring along family, friends and business colleagues and make up a table of 10people.So far the following tables of 12 have been confirmed –Barry A 2 tablesPhil 1 tableJohnny 1 tableMark H 1 tableKeith H 1 tablePrashanth 1 tableDavid R 1 tableRotary Club of Blacktown 1 tableRotary Club of Penrith Valley 1 tableBob Aitken from RDU has agreed to be MC and question asker!Come along everyone for a great night and fun and merriment!
  4. 4. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityThere will be prizes, silent auctions and raffles – but more importantly, lots of fun!!!ThanksJoyOUR INTERNATIONAL SERVICEST PETERS JUNIOR SCHOOL NORTHERN UGANDA - SCHOOL VAN.Dear Keith,Our club President Gerald was in Kampala last week and he visited the car bonded warehouses andfound some good vans. I will travel with him and one other member of the club to Kampala on Friday sothat we buy the van. I will send you e-mail as soon as we buy it. I will be designing a sticker for putting on the van and I willsend you for comment before we print it so that we have the Rotary sign and that of the foundationvisible on the van.CheersRobert OpiraFACEBOOK 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. QUEENSLAND ROTARIANS HELP FEED AUSTRALIAS POOR By Megan Ferringer Rotary International News – 14 October 2011 The Rotary Club of Brisbane Centenary, Queensland, Australia, launched the Beef Bank program by purchasing five cows and raising them on a members property. The program has now grown into the main source for fresh meat for area charities. World Food Day is 16 October, but the Rotary Club of Brisbane Centenary, Queensland, Australia, helps alleviate hunger all year through a program that provides meat to agencies serving the states poor and homeless.
  5. 5. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityThe club launched Beef Bank in 2007 after members heard a presentation on the scarcity of fresh meatfor charities that feed the poor. The Rotarians purchased five calves and raised them on property ownedby past club president Andrew Rodgers.A local butcher helped slaughter one of the cows, and about 450 pounds of beef went to Foodbank, anorganization that acts as a conduit between manufacturers with excess stock and people in need. Themeat from that first cow provided 1,000 meals.Since then, the program has expanded, becoming an exercise in fundraising, marketing, and logistics.Club members collect donations from other Rotarians, corporations, and private sponsors to purchasecattle, have them butchered, package the meat, and deliver it to Foodbank. The organization thendistributes it to charities including Meals on Wheels, the Salvation Army, Ronald McDonald House,soup kitchens, and school lunch programs. Cost of a cowA donation of A$1,200 covers the purchase of a single cow. The club has set a goal of purchasing andprocessing 50 heads of cattle a year.“Beef Bank plays a direct part in the health, nourishment, and well-being of thousands of men, women,and children within the community,” says Rodgers, who notes that Beef Bank has become one of themajor sources of fresh meat for charities in the Foodbank network. Foodbank feeds 70,000 people aweek in the greater Brisbane area.To date, Beef Bank has provided nearly 20 tons of meat. The club plans to expand the program furtherby partnering with other nonprofit organizations.“Even in a wealthy country such as Australia, there are many who need help,” says Past DistrictGovernor Nick Curry, a member of the Brisbane Centenary club. “We didn’t realize the sheer necessityof a project like this at first, but it’s now become a major part of the community.”Since 1981, the United Nations has observed World Food Day to increase awareness and understanding,and stimulate year-round action to alleviate hunger. Here’s how other Rotary clubs are helping to fighthunger worldwide:  The Rotary Club of Westville, South Africa, shipped 26 tons of food to FoodBank South Africa for distribution to poor families. A club member supplied trucks from his cargo business to transport the goods at no cost. The food was purchased from poor farmers in Jozini, providing them a source of income.  The Rotary Club of Prapatan-Dharmawangsa, West Java, Indonesia, installed a hydroponic rooftop garden to provide fresh vegetables to a local orphanage, offering a supplementary food source for the children.  After sending food and supplies to Bosnia-Herzegovina for years, the Rotary Club of Colli Briantei, Italy, conducted a study of its own population and found a growing hunger problem. Club members set up the Brianza for Food Project, raising money to buy two weeks worth of food for 200 impoverished families. Rotarians stocked and delivered the goods.