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Newsletter 24 10-2011

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Rotary Club of Parramatta City newsletter 24 October 2011

Rotary Club of Parramatta City newsletter 24 October 2011

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  • 1. Rotary Club of Parramatta City COMMUNITY NETWORKER ROTARY CLUB OF PARRAMATTA CITY PRESIDENT MESSAGE PROJECT VOLUNTEERS We are now well into October, being out vocation month and lastweek’s speaker Alana Wilson spoke of her passion as a senior registerednurse at the neo natal intensive care at Westmead Hospital, whereover 600 babies pass though each year. Members were keen to hearfurther from Alana and by the number of questions and answers she Project Volunteers is the name nowgave on the special skills and equipment needed to maintain life of her given to the well-established FAIM Program.babies. Our next two speaker’s vocations are often seen at opposite FAIM, as it was previously known, relates to the Fourth Object of Rotaryends of vocation but are needed in so many ways, always remember if and was coined by District 265 Pastyou have people in your workplace who may be interested in our Governor Keith Hopper.speakers, bring them along. The first team of 47 Rotarians and families, well endowed in vocational This Wednesday night we have your monthly board meeting and skills,went to Indonesia in 1964 on a goodwill mission with work as thethere is anything you would like your Directors to discuss on your behalf meeting point.contact them beforehand so it can raised in general business. The concept of volunteers going to a developing country to provide facilities Please don’t forget Joy has asked each member to get a table and skills training became so successful that in 1971 FAIM becametogether for the Trivia night, Friday 4th November at Parramatta Workers a national organisation. Major projects undertaken by ProjectClub. So pass your details onto Joy as soon as possible. Joy is also Volunteers have been the supervisinglooking for prizes, so see what you can come up with. and building of some 90 schools after Cyclone Namu in the Solomon An email went out advising of a social media training over the Islands, the recent health facilities and library along the Kokoda Track, andweekend 28 & 29 October, register with Joy your intention and which the Aitape tsunami reconstructions inday your prefer. It will be here at RDU, Parramatta Papau New Guinea. Rotary clubs can support Project At the end of this newsletter is an interview with our guest speaker Volunteers by encouraging volunteers and members to become supporterson 28 November, John Hewko General Secretary Rotary International by making tax-deductible donations. Volunteers are needed on abased in Chicago. This is a must attendance for our members and continuous basis. Some 300bring guests for this one. Rotarians and friends a year go to live and work with the indigenous of A reminder from our Director of fitness and wellbeing, the numbers the Pacific region and beyond. The concept of spending time in aare growing for the Friday morning walk, do you want to be hip and in developing country and coming inship shape, be there or be square. contact with people from differing traditions, cultures, food and the like are exciting challenges for Rotarians. Barry Antees Many projects encourage volunteers to welcome their partners in sharing in this rewarding experience. Contact: District RAWCS Chairman NZ: D9910, 9920, 9930, 9940
  • 2. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityCALENDAR OF EVENTS October 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- volunteers requested 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. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityMEMBERS MATTERSMore Babies………. Barry and Jenny Wells are the proud grandparents of another grand child born thisweek.PARRAMATTA 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! Joy is requiring numbers and more gilts, two weeks to go, don’t leave things to the last minute, act now.OUR INTERNATIONAL SERVICEST PETERS JUNIOR SCHOOL NORTHERN UGANDA - SCHOOL VAN.I hope this e-mail will find you well.We have now bought the van and we will send you a report and accountability shortly.I got a graphic man who is helping me to design a logo which I will share with you before print out. Thevan will be officially handed over to the school by RC of Gulu at a date we are yet to fix.Both the children and their parents are very excited about the van.I will update you again shortly.Robert Opira
  • 4. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityDAVID’S PEARLSAttitudeLife at any time can become difficult: Life at any time can become easy. It all depends upon how one adjustsoneself to life.- Morarji DesaiI had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet.- Ancient Persian SayingIf you dont like something change it; if you cant change it, change the way you think about it.- Mary EngelbreitA positive attitude is perhaps more important at home than anywhere else. As spouses and parents, one of ourmost vital roles is to help those we love feel good about themselves.- Keith HarrellFACEBOOK We have now available for the club a new facebook page the shortcut is http://alturl.com/wvqj5 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.
  • 5. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityNEW GENERAL SECRETARY DIVES INTO THE BUSINESS OFROTARY By Janis YoungRotary International News -- 12 October 2011During a trip to Seattle, Washington, USA, Hewko helped pack beans to be distributed through Rotary FirstHarvest, a Program of Rotary District 5030. “The more I learn about Rotary, the more in awe I am of what this organization has been able toaccomplish.”That’s John Hewko summing up his first 100 days as Rotary’s general secretary. In just over threemonths, Hewko has launched two key communications projects, initiated development of a clubstrategic planning tool, participated in the meetings of numerous committees and the RI Board andRotary Foundation Trustees, met with Bill Gates to discuss polio eradication, attended his first Rotaryinstitute, listened to dozens of presentations by Rotary staff as part of his "getting to know Rotary"listening tour, and rejoined the Rotary Club of Kyiv in Ukraine, of which he was a charter member. Hewko began learning about Rotary well before he was on the payroll. “The six-month transition period was tremendously helpful,” he says. “By attending the International Assembly and the convention, and participating in several committee, Board, and Trustee meetings, I was really able to hit the ground running.” Ending polio a top priority The RI Board and Foundation Trustees have established some clear priorities for Hewko, with the No. 1 goal being to end polio. “It’s incredible how far we’ve come and all the work Rotary has done. By succeeding, we will not only eradicate a terrible disease,but will position Rotary and the world to take on the next big global challenge,” he says.Part of that positioning depends on Rotary’s receiving the recognition it deserves for its leadership rolein polio eradication. To this end, Hewko met with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in September todiscuss joint communications and advocacy strategies and opportunities. “We were able to provide theGates Foundation staff with a better appreciation of the full spectrum of Rotarys global service andhumanitarian activities. I also had very good meetings with Bill Gates and CEO Jeff Raikes. They arevery appreciative of all that Rotary has done and are eager to continue to strengthen our joint efforts onpolio eradication.”
  • 6. Rotary Club of Parramatta City Future Vision, membership also keyThe growing list of other priorities includes the successful launch of The Rotary Foundation’s FutureVision Plan. “The worldwide launch will happen in July 2013, but I have asked my colleagues to haveeverything in place by January 2013 so that we have six months to implement any last-minute changes,”Hewko says. To ensure that this happens, he has appointed a full-time Future Vision launch managerand established staff teams who are working to ensure a smooth transition to the new grant model.Other major projects that Hewko has initiated include a thorough review of the Rotary website, aworldwide Rotary brand revitalization effort, and the development of Rotary Club Central, an onlinestrategic planning tool for clubs that will also help Rotary calculate the monetary value of all theorganizations service activities and projects around the world. “These initiatives will take time,” Hewkosays, “but by the next Rotary year, Rotarians should start seeing the results of many of these efforts."He adds that Rotarians should already be enjoying benefits from two projects that were recentlylaunched -- one that allows members to receive their recognition points more quickly and another thatenables them to make payments in a variety of currencies.Hewko is stressing the need for a “one Rotary” approach to management and strategic planning. “We’renot Rotary International or The Rotary Foundation. We’re Rotary, and that’s how most Rotarians andthe rest of the world see us,” he says, emphasizing the importance of ensuring seamless and effectiveoperations between the two entities.As he visits clubs and talks to Rotarians, Hewko’s “to-do” list expands. “We also need to focus onmembership,” he says, “especially on developing regional membership plans that address issues that arespecific to the different parts of the world. And we need to attract younger members so that we build upthe base for the future.” The next 100 daysHewko will spend much of his second 100 days traveling to Europe, India, Australia, and Washington,D.C., to attend Rotary institutes, visit clubs and projects, and meet with international office staff. Majorupcoming events include a USAID conference in Washington, a meeting with the leadership of theClinton Global Initiative, Rotary-UN Day in New York City, and a World Economic Forum summit inMumbai, India. He also plans to participate in a National Immunization Day in India.Hewko is looking forward to meeting more Rotarians in person and to connecting with membersthrough social media. “I’m on Twitter now, and I have a Facebook page. I want to thank all of myfollowers. It’s a great way to get your reactions and to stay in touch.”  Follow John Hewko on Twitter @johnhewko.  Check out John Hewko’s Facebook page.  See a video of John Hewko at Rotary First Harvest, a Program of Rotary District 5030.

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