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Newsletter 19 3-2012

  1. 1. Rotary Club of Parramatta City COMMUNITY NETWORKER ROTARY CLUB OF PARRAMATTA CITY CAMP QUALITY PRESIDENT MESSAGE We have a busy week leading up to the District Conference, where wewill march into the plenary session bearing the Parramatta City standard,designed and created by John Surian. Camp Quality is the children’s family cancer charity that believes in bringing It all starts on Friday afternoon with the Rotary expo being opened to optimism and happiness to the lives of children and familiesthe public, your club has booked a stall and we are highlighting some of affected by cancer through fun therapythe projects we have worked on over the past years. and education. They believe laughter is the best medicine. On Monday we have a special guest speaker Michael Crosslands who Camp Quality builds resilience in the lives of children and their families onwill be an inspiration to members and their guests. So if you haven’t booked the cancer journey by creating an optimistic community through funa guest in on Monday, please contact Joy before 10.00am. therapy. They run education, hospital, David Ross advises the Finnish team are enjoying themselves as they family assistance, and recreation programs to help create fun andtravel around the District observing their Australian counterparts in their supportive communities in 13 locations around Australia.chosen professions and passing on the what and the how in Finland they Through their education program, Campperform their roles in their professions. Quality has helped over 3 million school children and teachers learn about the We have two of our members being Luba and Colin both take ill and challenges of living with cancer through uplifting performances jam-packed full ofour thoughts are with you both as you make full recoveries. laughter and optimism. Local CQ staff and volunteers regularly visit children on There is a Club Board meeting on 21st March and if members would like treatment to help spread laughter andanything put on the agenda for discussion, please inform Joy. optimism in children’s oncology wards. Camp Quality is investment in hospitals based on specific needs identified by health professionals. It is a critical part of Barry Antees Camp Quality’s commitment to be there for the entire journey from diagnosis, through treatment and remission. Camp Quality’s family support program ensures that families living with cancer get the support they need. Living with cancer places enormous physical, emotional and financial stress on the whole family. The family support program is not just recreational or financial, it’s also friendship. As part of Camp Quality’s commitment to supporting families there are times they provide financial support or domestic help. Camp Quality’s famous recreation program is designed to provide fun therapy opportunities for cancer to take a back seat so kids can ride waves, ride horses, abseil down cliffs, paddle down rivers and slip down giant waterslides. A day, a weekend, or a week in a fun, optimistic environment can make all the difference to a child’s outlook and ability to deal with cancer. Their recreation program is a safe environment for kids to celebrate living. In addition to their camps, Camp Quality creates fun days for children living with cancer.
  2. 2. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityCALENDAR OF EVENTS March 19 Michael Crosslands- Ignite the fire within 23-25 District Conference- Penrith April 2 John Watters 13 ARH- Golf Day at Riverside 29 District Assembly 30 Pride of Workmanship May 6-9 International Convention-Bangkok 14 Australian Rotary Health- PHD Scholars night July 6 Club ChangeoverGUEST SPEAKER –MICHAEL CROSSLANDS When Michael was just a 11 months old he was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer of the central nervous system called Neuroblastoma. This tumour had taken over half of his body. Survival was extremely unlikely. A little older he was told school and sport were no option. Infection and fatigue were too great a risk. His only wish was to lead a normal, healthy life and to be able to do all the things that other kids his age took for granted. So began his dream and with it the determination to make it a reality - no matter the size of the obstacles that lay ahead.Michael’s story “Field of Dreams” was documented on Australian Story, ABC TV television, Australia. Through thisdocumentary, his message touched the hearts of all who watched his story of how he overcame seeminglyinsurmountable obstacles to achieve success in both his personal and professional life.Everyone takes something different from Michael’s presentations to apply to their workplace and personal life butwhat is contagious about his speaking is his ability to inspire.DAVID’S PEARLSSelf RespectThey cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.~Mahatma GandhiNo man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing, and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect.~George Bernard ShawIt is the highest form of self-respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make amends for them. Tomake a mistake is only an error in judgment, but to adhere to it when it is discovered shows infirmity ofcharacter.~Dale E. Turner
  3. 3. Rotary Club of Parramatta CitySISTER CLUB-RAMON MAGSAYSAY4 RCRM members namely; PP Ramil, PP Cris, PE Larry and me started to pack up for our Mindoro Trip. We were able toleave Manila at around 4:00 am Sunday and was able to reach the Batangas Port by 6:00 am. There, we met up withPP Romy and his wife Merly. All 6 of us were able to board the vessel around 7:00 am and reached Mindoro ataround 10:00 am. Upon our arrival, we could not find the van of Sister Valenton who was suppose to pick us up, so wedecided to take a tricycle going to the house of PP Ramils mother. There we readied the things we needed anddecided to go to the market for a last minute purchase of some things that we will need for the installation of thesolar panels and other equipments. All of these were to be used for Project no. 1 which is the Solar E-Learning project. This project was prioritized in view of the fact that there is no electricity in the Mangyan Village. We were picked up from PP Ramils house by Sis. Valentons driver and proceeded to pick Sis Valenton up on our way to the Mangyan Village. We reached the Mangyan Village at around 1:30 pm. Primarily, the installation of the LED TV and DVD was for the schooling of the Mangyan Children since we set it up inside the Classroom, but we decided to likewise allow the elderly (for rest and recreation) to watch at specified time periods which is in total; 3 times a day, not to exceed 1 hour and 30 minutes per viewing. We likewise installed an LED light bulb inside theclassroom to be able to illuminate it at night. Also we asked 2 people to be the only authorized persons to operatethe equipments and taught them the basic knowledge in operating and trouble shooting the equipment. This wasmade clear during a meeting we had in front of Sis. Valenton and the Elderly tribesmen and women. Furthermore, wesaid that if they will take good care of the equipments, we, RCRM and RC Paramatta City would strive to give themmore.The people most especially the kids were excited as some of them never had the chance to be able to watch amovie in their lives. The first movie that we played was BARNEY. Not surprisingly, nobody knew Barney at all.Once the movie was played, everyone was mesmerized as everyone keep silent all through out. This gave us thechance to be able to talk with Elderly people outside the classroom.For Project no. 2, we gave out 500 pcs. of preschool writing notebooks. We hope that this will be enough for at least2 years. The notebook was authored by Diwata. I attached a copy of the cover on the attachments. This should bea good supplement for the education of the children.For Project no. 3, I propose a livelihood project with Sis. Valenton. The idea developed after having a dialogue withDiwata before I left for Mindoro. She made me realize that we had to teach them how to fish instead of giving themone. And so, I asked Sis. Valenton if this is possible and she answered yes. I took the chance to talk with the elderlyand ask them what their sources of income was. They said that a good majority of them knows how to weave andmake baskets. They sell this to tourists for about P120 each. I asked them if they can make other products other than
  4. 4. Rotary Club of Parramatta Citythe ones I bought and they said yes. They said that all they needed was a sample to copy from and that they caneasily make one. I asked them if they can make more baskets so that we can market it in Manila, and their answerwas a resounding yes. We (RCRM members) assured them that we shall exert all effort to market them and make it asustainable livelihood project. We vowed that any and all proceeds of the sale shall go to projects that will benefitthem in the end. We said that families who produces more products shall be given priority in terms of future projectsas a means of enticing them to focus and further develop this backyard industry. Thus, we needed a seed money tobe use to pay them upfront for their products upon delivery. We shall then market the products at a higherprice. The profit will go back to them in terms of livelihood development and assistance. Maybe in the future we candevelop a manufacturing station for them. hopefully, all goes well according to plan. As this is still a part of our JOINTProject, I shall be briefing you from time to time. I shall expect the first batch of finish products hopefully within amonth. I took a photo of their product. I shall send it to you later.We left Mindoro at around 6:00 pm and reached Manila at around 12 midnight. Although it was a truly tiring trip, itwas all worth it. The pictures that I sent to you have not yet been arranged. I shall again send you a copy of reportproper once I submit it to the district.In view of your active participation and continued support for the LEARNS project in Mindoro, I and in behalf of themembers of the RCRM would like to express to you our sincerest gratitude. We look forward to the day when you canagain visit the Mangyans with us.Yours to Serve,CmP JouieIAG RY 11-12AUSTRALIAN SCIENTIST, GERMAN ASSOCIATION TO RECEIVE TOPFOUNDATION ALUMNI AWARDS By Ryan Hyland and Megan FerringerRotary International News -- 9 March 2012 John Skerritt (back left), recipient of The Rotary Foundation 2011-12 Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award, works with a family in Papua, Indonesia, to raise pigs on a healthy diet to help prevent diseases. Photo courtesy of John Skerritt Bottom: Rotary Foundation Alumni Deutschland, recipient of The Rotary Foundation 2011-12 Alumni Association of the Year Award. Photo courtesy of Rotary Foundation Alumni Deutschland John Skerritt, a research scientist who is deputy secretary of the Department of Primary Industries for the state of Victoria, Australia, has been chosen by The Rotary Foundation Trustees as the recipient of the 2011-12 Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award.Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Carlingford, New South Wales, Skerritt studied as a 1983-84 AmbassadorialScholar at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. A member of the Rotary Club ofHampton, he will receive the award on 8 May at the 2012 RI Convention in Bangkok, Thailand.“An award like this has so many well-deserving candidates. I’m honored and humbled to be recognized,” saysSkerritt.
  5. 5. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityOver the past 30 years, Skerritt has led a wide range of training and assistance projects addressing agriculture,medical science, environmental, and public administration issues in India, Indonesia, and other Southeast Asianand African countries.Skerritt, who manages a staff of 1,250 and an annual budget of US$250 million, is one of the government’s toppublic policy architects for fisheries, forestry, and agricultural emergencies. In 2010, he led a successfulresponse to a major locust plague in eastern Australia, which otherwise would have caused $2 billion indamage. And last year, his team helped the farming community in that region recover quickly afterunprecedented flooding.A former Rotaractor and Interactor, Skerritt has received numerous awards for his research and governmentalwork in agricultural science and development.“I learned during my Ambassadorial Scholarship how international collaborations are such a powerful way ofaddressing big issues,” says Skerritt. “Whether it’s medical, food security, or environmental causes, the basis ofmy work is to improve the lives of others. Rotary showed me the importance of giving.”PRESIDENT’S WANT LIST WANT No 1. We are a vocational based service organization. Our members all have a business background and one of themajor survival technics in businesses is succession planning. If we want our business to survive we need to know that ifanything happens to me, who understands my business and can step up to the plate. Therefore my No 1 “want” is allmembers put into practice what they already do in business, but this time it is a session plan for their membership ofour club. That is, who will replace me when I leave the Rotary Club of Parramatta City. We need to have in place aclub survival practice of succession membership I want every member to identify a successor for themselves byOctober 2012 being our vocational month. By this date you will advise the membership Director who your successoris. WANT No 2.Knowledge is a wonderful gift and my second want is I would like all members to adopt a program or project as theirRotary knowledge base as to be able to speak on the subject when-ever called upon to do so. This may be at ameeting, at one of our projects or just when doing business. If you need resources read your Rotary Down Undermagazine or use the online version of the programs of Rotary at or go to the Rotary International website http://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”. The reason is themore members who like the page, we receive additional features. The Facebook page is not a substitute for ourwebsite, but more of an additional way to reach our audience.