1. Rotary Club of Parramatta City COMMUNITY NETWORKER ROTARY CLUB OF PARRAMATTA CITY THE ROTARY PRESIDENT MESSAGE FOUNDATION - POLIOPLUSIt has been a while since the last newsletter from the club and from me.So here’s a run-down of what has happened in the club lately.First up, I would like to welcome Ben Jackson to our Rotary family. Ben isthe newest member of the Rotary Club of Parramatta City. In one of ourmeeting, Ben introduced the member to his role in Northcott Societyand also brought Greg Standen, from Hassle Free Marketing. Ben is in Rotary’s financial contributions to the global polio eradication effort willcharge of Jobmatch in Northcott Society and worked closely with Greg reach nearly US$1.2 billion by the time the world is certified polio-free. InStanden in assisting Greg with his business enterprise. Greg has set aside addition, millions of dollars of in-kind andhis physical disability to pursue his marketing career. Northcott through personal contributions have been made by and through local Rotary clubsJobmatch assisted Greg is recruiting a part-time staff to help Greg. and districts for polio eradication activities. Of even greater significance has been the huge volunteer army mobilized by Rotary International.Our next guest to the club was Petra Williams from the NSW Cancer Hundreds of thousands of volunteers atCouncil. Petra gave the club an overview of the great work undertaken the local level are providing support at clinics or mobilizing their communities forby the NSW Cancer Council in funding a lot of cancer research work. immunization or polio eradication activities.She encouraged everyone to assist n their work. More than one million Rotarians worldwide have contributed toward the success of the polioOur next guest speaker was Carol Hanna from the Northcott Society. eradication effort. To date, 122 nations around the world have benefited fromCarol is in charge of the “Walk with Me” which the club is supporting by PolioPlus grantscooking the BBQ on the day. for polio immunization and eradication efforts. Since its launch in 1985, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative has reduced theDavid Fullerton from Matthews Folbigg provided all our members incidence of the disease by more than 99 percent,present a wakeup call in respect of each and everyone’s and polio remains endemic in only fourunderstanding of the ramifications of not having a will done. David countries—Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan.provided a better understanding on the legal side of succession The efforts of governments and the partnership of the World Healthplanning in this day and age. Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UnitedKelly Doyle from Foster Care Angels, a very small non-profit organization States Centres for Disease Control and Preventiontouched the hearts of the members in another meeting day. Kelly (CDC), and the overseas development agencies ofcame up with the idea of providing children with a pack of belongings donor nations have prevented five millionthat they can call their own when they are first introduced to their foster instances of childhood paralysis and 250,000parents. Kelly and her husband noticed that these children do not even deaths. As a result of the efforts of Rotary International and its Foundationhave any basic necessity that they can call their own such as a and those of ourhairbrush or toothbrush. Our club provided Kelly and her organization partners, more than two billion children have received oral polio vaccine.
2. Rotary Club of Parramatta City with a small token of donation to assist in their goal of providing for 2,000 packs. Our next speaker was Alessandro Bressan who is an international PHD student at the University of Western Sydney. He spoke about this thesis “Understanding the role of Social Capital in promoting social and environmental responsibility in the Australian SMEs sector”. Alessandro is also doing a Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry) – Master of Commerce (Honours) on “Environmental and Social Responsibility in the Small and Medium Sized Enterprise Sector: Challenges and Prospects”. His presentation challenged the members in his findings especially with respect to the classification of micro, small and medium sized enterprises which needs their own emphasis and cannot be combined into one sector or industry. Our very own Barry Antees in his capacity as the Assistant District Governor for our zone, spoke about the incoming visit of DG Keith Roffey on 24 September, 2012. I would to enjoin each member to attend the meeting on that day. On 21 September, our club participated in the Walk with Me event of Northcott Society by doing the sausages. This was a huge success judging by the big turnout of the business community in Parramatta. The walk this year was held on the banks of the Parramatta River. Special thank you to the students from Parramatta High School who assisted our club in cooking and selling the sausages. Thank you as well to Ben Jackson, Maurice Kriss, Rod Eger, David Ross, John Surian and Ralph Cadman for assisting our PP, ADG, District Governor Nominee Barry Antees with the BBQ on the day. The CEO of Northcott Society, Kerry Stubbes, announced that Northcott had reached their target for the day and congratulated everyone for their effort. Well Done to all! Congratulations also to Albie Tenedora who was chosen as part of the GSE team to Sweden next year. Albie is a young and dynamic lady who has a heart for architecture and the community as well. She has a vision of helping the less unfortunate and is an ideal Rotarian in the works. The Club Assembly scheduled for the 15 October will be re-scheduled to another day as the board has decided to make this meeting date a transfer meeting to support the Rotary Foundation dinner to be held at the Epping Club. Incoming Rotary International President Ron Burton will be the guest speaker on the night. All members and partners are encouraged to attend the Rotary Foundation Dinner. On the 27 September, DG Keith Roffey will be launching District 9690’s Legacy project at the Children’s Hospital, Westmead. Please join me and the District Governor at the launch. It will be held in the afternoon. Congratulations also to Eloise Jackson, a PHD scholar who was the first scholar to be supported by the club. She can now add the Dr to her name.CALENDAR OF EVENTS September 24 DG Keith Roffey Official Visit 27 Launch of District 9690 Legacy project at Children’s Hospital, Westmead October 1 Club meeting 8 Club meeting 15 Foundation Dinner-Epping Club
3. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityDAVID’S PEARLSWisdomA good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.Nelson MandelaA man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew.Herb CaenBy three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation,which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.ConfuciusDont follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think inyour mind that the counsel is wise.Joan RiversFORMER ROTARY PEACE FELLOW A DEFENDER OF CHILDRENFormer Rotary Peace Fellow Katia de Mello Dantas takes part in a panel at a Caribbean regional meeting onprotecting children from sexual exploitation. Photo courtesy of Katia de Mello Dantas Rotary International on FacebookKatia de Mello Dantas is helping to stop sexual abuse of children, including pornography, human trafficking,and abduction. In the past year, she has worked especially on protecting children from sexual predators on theInternet.
4. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityDantas is policy director for Latin America and the Caribbean for the International Centre for Missing andExploited Children in Brasília, Brazil. Every day, at least 22,000 children worldwide are reported missing, and5,000 are victimized through commercial sexual exploitation, according to the center.Based in Virginia, USA, the center has trained more than 3,200 law enforcement officers from over 110countries and is drafting model child protection legislation for use by governments around the world. Dantastravels throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, drafting uniform laws and training officers in how tocollect evidence and file charges effectively.Previously, Dantas worked for USAID in Brazil and, during her studies as a 2007-09 Rotary Peace Fellow,completed fieldwork with the International Organization for Migration, where she researched the impact ofcross-border movement on HIV/AIDS transmission and other public health concerns. Through the Paul F. andCarolyn C. Rizza Endowed Rotary Peace Fellowship, Dantas studied at the Rotary Peace Center at DukeUniversity and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. She was also a member of aGroup Study Exchange team from District 4530 (part of Goiás, Tocantins & Distrito Federal, Brazil) to District7890 (parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts, USA) in 2005-06.“My network of contacts significantly expanded with the fellowship, and that certainly helps me tremendouslyin pushing forward in combating child sexual exploitation, abuse, and abduction,” says Dantas. “The tools andtechniques I’ve learned from Duke -- from a simple stakeholder analysis to the much more complex dynamicsof international aid -- are all applied on a daily basis to my job . . . And I cannot forget to mention theimportance of Rotary’s motto, ‘Service Above Self.’ This saying alone gives me the strength to continue when Ifeel ready to give up.”Most of all, Dantas says, it is gratifying to know that her work is reducing the number of children beingvictimized by sexual predators.“Little by little I believe we can get to a point where all children of the world will be able to be just that:children. Not toys in the hands of adults, not mini workers, not victims; just children, with their full array ofrights guaranteed,” she says.FACEBOOK We have now available for the club a new facebook page the shortcut ishttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Rotary-Club-of-Parramatta-City/108769975845097