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Rotary Club of Parramatta City Newsletter 26 September 2011

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Newsletter 26 09-2011

  1. 1. Rotary Club of Parramatta City COMMUNITY NETWORKER ROTARY CLUB OF PARRAMATTA CITY PRESIDENT MESSAGE OPERATION CLEFT This Monday we the have our District Governor David Cook and hiswife Carolyn to hear how our current theme “reach within to embrace humanity “ can focus us on the way we do Rotary this year and beyond. I believe that we have an extra ordinary International President with Kalyan Banerjee and what a team he has with him, not only with Operation Cleft Australia is committed David Cook at a local level, but with Past President to improving the life prospects of the children of Bill Boyd sitting in the Chair of the Rotary Foundation Bangladesh by providing free reconstructive surgery to repair cleftin what must be turbulent year with the financial markets in a roller lips and palatescoaster. There are around 300,000 people in Bangladesh with an untreated cleft lip What a wonderful guest speaker we had last week and what a and/or palate and another 3,000 to 4,000 babies born with this afflictionsurprise as Louise Zajac, Manager of Parramatta Chamber of each year With the support of more than 350Commerce reviled her hidden identity. Many of the members were Rotary Clubs in 22 Districts insurprised to hear her Rotary family background with her father and Australia plus 5 international clubs, Operation Cleft has changedmother being known to many members as Bob Roden Past President of the lives of more than 4,500 children. The Operation Cleft model is simpleGranville and his wife Mary Past President of Parramatta Inner Wheel. and cost effective. Local surgeons inWhat I believe was excellent in the way her childhood was based on Bangladesh performing cleft operations in local hospitals. TheRotary ethics and community involved, a quality Louise and her other average cost of each operation is aroundsiblings are continuing on with. We eventually did hear Louise speak on $AUD250.00. Where else in the world could you change someone’s life soher topic which was the 100 years celebrations of the Chamber in the dramatically and permanently for suchParramatta area. David Ross and myself after the meeting both a small amount? Operation Cleft is now part wayagreed it is a great comfort to realize that the things we do in life are through a five year strategy that includes:possibly passed on to our children. • Funding a minimum of 1,000 Next week is a public holiday so we will not be meeting, but over surgical procedures a year. • Expansion of our speech therapythe next week David will forward to all members the summary of where services. • Support of the in-country projectwe are at with the Club vision and members will be able to use this team and administration structure. • Ongoing training of surgeons,when we cast the rest of votes at the Club Assembly on October 14, as speech therapists and communityadvised by email this will be a full meeting with formalities dropped so health workerswe can jump straight into the vision plan. Help us give the children of Bangladesh “A Smile for One final item is as part of the zone meeting of Presidents it was Life”agreed that we will be inviting members to attend other Rotary club For more information:, so another concise merged calendar will be produced of Tel:+61 03 9898 2952 • Email:$$these events, stay tuned……….Barry Antees
  2. 2. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityCALENDAR OF EVENTS September 26 District Governor Visit October 3 Public Holiday 4 Sister Club Ramon Magsaysay- Induction Evening 7-9 RYPEN Camp 10 Club Assembly- Club Vision Continues 13 Business Excellence Awards 17 Alana Wilson- Past President Rotaract Australia 28 Pre PETS 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” 29 Foundation Lunch- Waterfront Homebush December 7 Australian Rotary Health Christmas Dinner 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 CityGUEST SPEAKER David Cook- District GovernorDavid has had a strong community service involvement all his adult life, firstly with scouting and then, forseventeen years with Apex Australia. He was a member of seven clubs as his employment took him to varioustowns around New South Wales and, at the compulsory retirement age of 40, David received life membershipof the Apex Club of Weston Creek ACT. His first involvement with Rotary was in 1972 when he, along with his wife Carolyn, was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga to attend District 9700 RYLA. In 1994 he joined the Rotary Club of Canberra South but following another job relocation joined the Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains in 1995. He has been a board member almost continuously since then holding the position of President in 1999-2000 and almost all other board positions including several years as treasurer. He has been a long standing member ofthe Australia Day committee, as part of which he initiated the Australian Gnome Convention serving as ChiefGnome for the last six years. He and Carolyn have hosted eight youth exchange students and numerousPACE, GSE and friendship exchange members. They have both been recognised as Paul Harris Fellows andhave been Rotary Foundation Centurions since the program’s inception.David has served D9690 on the membership committee, MUNA committee, as Assistant Governor, DistrictInsurance Officer and has completed Rotary Leadership Institute and Club Visioning training. In 2008 he ledthe D9690 GSE team to D7870 in New Hampshire and Vermont USA and was GSE committee chair for 2009-10MEMBERS MATTERS David & Karen Ross are now proud grandparents of a little boy who for a while was only known as TBA,but a name has been chosen for little Isaac Stephen Nicholson and all are going well. Nicole had lsaac onMonday afternoon and on Saturday she is still sitting for her University Exams, super Mom! While on the subject of super mom’s, Lisa is on the count day for her next baby and how organised is Lisa,she has in her draft email box emails queued to send out when the baby comes with name and weight onlyto keyed in. Figure 1 Nicole, Skye, Isaac & Adam
  4. 4. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityDAVID’S WISDOM SPEAK Every day I receive from David Ross a few quotes on topics, this week I received these and I would like toshare these on the topic of The FutureThe FutureI have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit ofmagic waiting somewhere behind the morning.-- J. B. PriestlyReality challenges and rewards. I believe our best days are yet to come.-- George BushWhat is your vision for yourself and your life? Where do you want to be in five years?-- Brian TracyThe future belongs to charismatic communicators who are technically competent.-- Patricia FrippIf you would like to receive some pearler’s via email from David ask to be put on his list.OUR COMMUNITY SERVICE The Salvation Army Parramatta - Project ‘Christmas Hamper Bags’! This practical mission opportunity to the “less fortunate” is being „launched‟ on Sunday 25September. The project, should you choose to participate, requires that you to take an emptyshopping bag which will be supplied and tagged with a hamper shopping list (total cost of itemsestimated at $50.00). By buying one item a week the bag should be filled ready for a celebrationservice on Sunday 11th December when the hampers and other Christmas ministries „blessed‟ inthe morning service. The tagged bags will be available from Edwin Cox for the next few weeks. Our pastexperience tells us that individuals, families, small groups, work colleagues, community groups, arehappy take up the challenge to fill a bag.A MESSAGE FROM NORTHCOTTS 2011 CLIENT AMBASSADORSDear Barry,
  5. 5. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityOn behalf of Northcott Disability Services, it gives us great pleasure to inform you of the outstandingsuccess of Northcott’s 2nd Annual Walk With Me event, which was held on Sunday, 18 September2011 at The King‘s School in North Parramatta.In its second consecutive year, Walk With Me is part of a national initiative aimed at bringing people ofall abilities together to encourage the community to see a person first and not their disability. Over 600people were part of this wonderful family day out that promoted social inclusion and also raised fundsfor Northcott‘s respite services.Comedian and Northcott Ambassador Jean Kittson officially kicked-off Walk With Me. Families whoattended enjoyed a variety of fun activities including a performance from Street Kulture Breakers(SKB), as seen on Australia‘s Got Talent, a demonstration from NSW Wheelchair Rugby League,Cricket NSW sporting clinic with RTA SpeedBlitz Blues players Nathan Brain and Burt Cockley, ‗TrueCommunity Band‘ The Golden Kangaroos, a visit from the Fire Brigade and NSW Police Force, pettingzoo, clowns and face painting.We are pleased to announce that close to $30,000.00 was raised from this event - this fantastic result isthe embodiment of the unique community support, which we are so grateful to receive. All money raisedfrom Walk With Me will go towards Northcott‘s respite services, which provides children and adultswith disabilities the opportunity to enjoy various activities while their carers experience a break fromtheir demanding role.If you weren‘t able to attend Walk With Me this year, it is not too late to show your support bysponsoring one of our client families as the website ( willremain open to make a difference.To view more photos from Walk With Me, we encourage you to like ‗Northcott Disability Services‘ onFacebook and visit the album of photos we have uploaded.On behalf of Northcott Disability Services, thank you for assisting us to meet our purpose of building aninclusive society where people can live the life they choose.Warm regards,Ben Keyte and Diana JelovicNorthcott’s 2011 Client Ambassadors
  6. 6. Rotary Club of Parramatta City Figure 2 Ralph and John, looking very happy- Walk with me 18 Sept, 2011 Figure 3 Getting the message outQUOTE OF THE MONTH Guy Gundaker, President 1923-24 Rotary Club of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ―The essence of Rotary will likely continue to be as undefinable as life itself. Therefore, we cannot hope for many results from definitions of Rotary but must rely on Rotarians acquiring a working knowledge of the appropriate activities which they are expected to perform, and then urge them to carry those activities into practice in their daily lives.‖ — 1917 Rotary convention
  7. 7. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityPARRAMATTA 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 10 have been confirmed –Barry A 2 tablesPhil 1 tableJohnny 1 tableMark H 1 tableKeith H 1 tablePrashanth 1 tableDavid 1 tableBob Aitken from RDU has agreed to be MC and question asker!Come along everyone for a great night and fun and merriment!There will be prizes, silent auctions and raffles – but more importantly, lots of fun!!!ThanksJoy
  8. 8. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityFACEBOOK 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.