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Rotary Club of Parramatta City newsletter 21 November 2011

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Newsletter 21 11-2011

  1. 1. Rotary Club of Parramatta City COMMUNITY NETWORKER ROTARY CLUB OF PARRAMATTA CITY PRESIDENT MESSAGE SAFE WATER THE RANFURLY Last week‟s guest speaker was superb and I do thank John Surian for LIBRARYbringing to our attention a cousin with a high ethically standards who SERVICEwas able to inform and entertain us with a serious problem within theinsurance industry. The members really did not want him to stop andthe number of questions raised certainly ensured Steve Maronese leftan impression and gave a message to spread about insurance fraudand how easy it is for the professionals to detect. Ranfurly is a book-aid charity We held our monthly board meeting last Wednesday and a number dedicated to the world campaign against illiteracy in the Englishof initiatives were raised and decisions made. language. First promoted in Australia at our calendar of events and you will see that we have a great list in 1986 by the Rotary Club of Sydney, it is now supported by Rotaryof events coming up. I will advise them through this newsletter and at throughout the eastern states of Australia.the meetings. Since it began its operations, Ranfurly Firstly the Board wants to encourage that we have a large has shipped just over 3 million books to such diverse places as Papua Newattendance to the District Conference at Penrith 23-25. The conference Guinea, Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Thursday Island, Tuvalu, Vanuatuis designed and allows members to pick and choose days and part and Western Samoa as well as some Australian Aboriginal communities.days to attend. This is designed to work around your life style. All the books collected are donated by Secondarily the Board wants to encourage members to attend the private and state primary and secondary schools, public andBangkok Convention 6-9 May. I will circulate a tour package where community libraries and private individuals. Collections of the booksmembers and partners can attend the convention and then have a and their delivery to the Ranfurlyshort holiday with me at Phuket before heading back to Sydney. headquarters in the grounds of the Rozelle Hospital in Leichhardt is This week we have our State Member of Parliament Geoff Lees coordinated in many instances by members of Rotary Clubs inspeaking. He is part of a new government and I am sure he will be metropolitan Sydney, countryadvising of their new direction and the impacts for Parramatta. NSW as well as interstate. A lot of the important work of sorting and The following week of course we made the lunchtime meeting with classifying the books is done by an enthusiastic group of ladies, many ofJohn Hewko an open lunch, already we have a people from them members of Inner Wheel, who meet on alternate Monday mornings.Katoomba booked in for this event. Book early for yourself and your The heavier work of receiving theguests so we can cater for the CEO of Rotary International. books, packing them and loading them for delivery to our shippers at Christmas tree sales cleanup is November 26th and the first delivery is the Botany Bay container terminal is done by a dedicated team ofFriday 2nd December. So everyone is asked to commit to this very Rotarians, ex-Rotarians, Probians andimportant fund raising event for our Club. other volunteers who are on duty every Thursday, from 8am to about February 23rd is fast approaching and we will celebrate 107 years of 2:30pm at Building 296, The Rozelle Hospital, Balmain Road, Leichhardt.Rotary, go to There is a never-ending need for books in PNG and the SW Pacificarticles/100%20ways%20to%20celebrate%20a%20Rotary%20Day%20%28 area and to meet that demand we require a constant supply of good quality used books, particularly Infants/Primary, as well as cash donations to cover freight costs. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.
  2. 2. Rotary Club of Parramatta City1%29.pdf and get a few ideas and pass them onto Prashanth to program. For members who have taken to Salvation Christmas hampers bags to fill up can they be returned byMonday 5th December. Barry AnteesCALENDAR OF EVENTS November 21 Geoff Lee, State Member for Parramatta 28 John Hewko- Rotary International General Secretary & CEO 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 & Bob Aitken- District Conference 19 Club Christmas Lunch for members, partners & friends of Rotary January 14-21 RYLA Camp-Blue Gum Lodge 23 Transfer meeting-Northcott- RYPEN & RYLA Students February 6 Lord Mayor-Lorraine Wearne 23 Rotary Day 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 MATTERS Prashanth‟s looking pretty mean at the moment with moustache ( I think he is a truckie), but of course he israising funds for Prostate Cancer goto and hopefully he will shave itoff in December.OUR COMMUNITY SERVICENORTHCOTT-SHINE Dear Members of Rotary Club of Parramatta City Northcott Disability Services‟ purpose is to „build an inclusive society where people can live the life they choose‟. Northcott‟s Community Participation Program empowers individuals who use the service to do just this. As part of the program‟s focus on providing a person centred approach to service delivery, the clients who use this Parramatta day program have requested to host an event that showcases their talents and abilities. On Thursday 15 December, clients from this program will host their first exhibition event. The Shine Showcase is an event that will focus on highlighting the abilities of Northcott‟s clients, and will feature a variety of art, photography displays, individual and group performances including singing, and fun and engaging videos, all of which will be performed by the clients. Not only will they be the stars of the Shine Showcase, they are also the organisers who both initiated and planned the entire event with limited help from Northcott staff, showing their commitment to being active independent members of the community. The inaugural Showcase will include two events, with the official launch occurring on Thursday 15 December from 6:30pm at Northcott‟s central office in North Parramatta. The night is set to be a gala event for the clients, who are only calling for a gold coin donation for the event. Raffles will also be held during the evening to raise funds for their program, with prizes including artwork from one of the talented clients named Richie who has in the past year rapidly grown as an artist. He is currently at work on a very intricate portrait of himself that he has been occupied with for two weeks so far, and is sure to be a stand out on the night. The clients from Northcott‟s Parramatta Community Participation Program would be honoured if you would attend as a VIP guest to celebrate a year of their hard work, dedication and achievements. They would be thrilled to know that our community leaders acknowledge their impressive abilities and recognise the importance of growing and nurturing of local talent.
  4. 4. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityPlease contact Asha Pomery on 02 9890 0918 or to confirm yourattendance.From all of us at Northcott, we look forward to seeing you on this momentous night to watchthe „Many Talents, Many Stars‟ SHINE!Kind regards,John PrestonArea Manager, Cumberland Prospect
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  6. 6. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityGUEST SPEAKER-GEOFF LEE Geoff lives and works locally in Parramatta and understands the issues affecting our community. He has a passion for enterprise, the individual, education and a fair and just society. Through firsthand experience Geoff knows the challenges facing small businesses in Parramatta. Before entering education, Geoff sold his home to start up a garden centre & landscaping business and received the Parramatta Regional Award for Service & Excellence. Six years ago Geoff decided that he wanted to make an impact by working with young people and became a lecturer in Business at University of Western Sydney.Geoff established the Parramatta Community Justice Clinic to address critical community needs, healso hosts a weekly community radio program ‘Money & Sense’, which is dedicated to financialmatters.Geoff is embedded in the industry, community and life of Parramatta.DAVID’S PEARLSPositive vs. NegativeThere are two ways of exerting ones strength; one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.- Booker T. WashingtonWhen it is dark enough, you can see the stars.- Charles A. BeardLearn from the negative as well as the positive, from the failures as well as the successes.- Jim RohnThe pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in everydifficulty.- Winston Churchill
  7. 7. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityOUR INTERNATIONAL SERVICE Our sister Club Rotary Club of Ramon Magsaysay recently assisted in flood relief north of Manilla and Keithhas forwarded some of the pictures taken while they were volunteering. 1 Club members & family volunteering 2 Promotion of involvement 3 Other necessities to assist 4 Handing out foodFACEBOOK 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.