Rotary Club of Parramatta City COMMUNITY NETWORKER ROTARY CLUB OF PARRAMATTA CITY AUSTRALIA MEDIC PRESIDENT MESSAGE ALERT Well a lot has happen while Keith, Mark Hancock and I have been away FOUNDATIONat the Convention in Bangkok where 39,000 Rotarians attended. I believeat my last count I have invited 1,034 Rotarians back to our club, sointroduce yourself when they arrive. Firstly I would like to thank John Ching who filled in for me at all theevents while I was away, a first-hand glimpse of what an excellent Presidenthe will make in 2012-2013. MedicAlert® is one of the largest non- profit organisations in the world with over Bob Rosengreen again opened his home to the Club for members, 4 million members worldwide. Protecting and saving lives for over 38+ years, it isfamily and friends to have breakfast before setting out to collect funds for Australias leading 24hr Personalthe Salvo’s Red Shield appeal, Last Monday Stephen and Alwyn Emergency Medical Information and Identification Service with over 280,000announced it was our largest to date, well down to all who attended. Australians registered. MedicAlert® provides a customised Once again Keith has put together another PhD Scholars night with trademarked engraved bracelet or necklet with a member’s medicaleach scholar giving an outstanding presentation of their achievements to information, special needs or request, adate. The recognition for our club is growing within the Parramatta region is member ID Number and the 24hr Telephone Hotline Number. Theoutstanding, judging by the social media output. member’s information is stored on the Confidential National Registry and is Also the big happening for Australian Rotary Health was their Hat Day attended by trained healthcarePromotion at Martin Place Sydney on May 18th where another record was professionals. For additional protection, members receive a 24hr Emergencybroken for the world’s largest collection of people wearing Red Hats. Assist Membership Card that lists medications, doctors details and next ofAnother great promotional event by Joy & her team at ARH. kin emergency contact details. Leading medical organisations such as I would also like to thank all members, friends and work collegues who Australian Medical Association,volunteered to assist with BBQ duties on May 15th for the NSW Law Society, Australian Society of Anaesthetists, Royal Australian College of GeneralJohn Ching advised the meeting last week of it’s financial and community Practitioners, The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, and the Royalsuccess. Australian College of Physicians, officially Coming up is the closing of nominations for Pride of Workmanship endorse the vital role MedicAlert plays within the emergency healthcare sector.Awards on May 31st, if you have not nominated or suggested to a client of The Foundation was launched in Australia by District 250 in 1971 andyour business to take up this offer please do so very quickly. Mark Hancock regularly at Rotary Institutes has been recommended as a Community Serviceand Julie Owens have done a great distribution of the award application Project.forms, so we should have a big night on June 18th at Oatland Golf Club. As a non-profit organisation the Foundation is classified as a Public Lastly John Ching has done a great job in organizing the Club’s Benevolent Institution with income tax deductibility for donations $2.00 andChangeover night at the Sebel Parramatta, I encourage everyone to be over. The National Board of Managementthere and support John and his team as they strive to achieve “Peace is volunteer based. MedicAlert® seeks the support of District Governors, andthrough Service” District Committee Service Chairman to encourage clubs to support MedicAlert®, On July 22-23 there will be Rotary Success Conference in Canberra, by participating in the Annualregister on www.rotarydownunder.com.au Rotary Club Supporter Program by paying $5.00 per member per year. Barry Antees Dinner plaque stickers are allocated in recognition of Clubs who support this vital Community Service Project. Protecting Life’s Journey 24hrs a Day GPO Box 9963 in your capital city
Rotary Club of Parramatta CityCALENDAR OF EVENTS May 28 Rob Wilkinson-ROMAC June 4 Ian Cochrane- FOLIA 11 Club Meeting 18 Pride of Workmanship Awards-Oatlands 6.30pm 25 Club Meeting July 2 Club Meeting 6 Club Changeover 22-23 Rotary Success Conference-CanberraGUEST SPEAKER-ROB WILKINSON Rob is a Director of Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) and has been involved with ROMAC since 2007 when he was first appointed as District 9680 Chairman of ROMAC. Rob is a member of Rotary Club of North Ryde since 1993, a past President and Paul Harris Fellow. He is self employed travel agent – with primarily corporate based clientele and has been involved with several other community organisations, including Ryde Macquarie Park Chamber of Commerce; and Ryde Sports Foundation. He was named by the City of Ryde “Volunteer of the Year” 2008. He is married to Carolin, who works at North Ryde Community Aid and have two children - son Alex (27) – professional footballer and - daughter Alana (25) – primary school teacher
Rotary Club of Parramatta CityDAVID’S PEARLSLifeA man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.James AllenA man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.Charles DarwinAll life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.Ralph Waldo EmersonEvery man dies. Not every man really lives.William WallaceRECEIVING A NEW HEART FROM GIFT OF LIFE By Susie MaThe Rotarian -- May 2012http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=48ptKuS2r30 Watch a trailer to the documentaryThe seven-year-old star of an award-winning Indian film earned his role not because of a screen test,but a medical test.Rishikanta, who had two holes in his heart, underwent open-heart surgery, sponsored by the RotaryClub of Imphal, in 2009. Last year, his story, titled Heart to Heart, won for Best Science and TechnologyFilm in the National Film Awards, India’s equivalent to the Academy Awards.“Miracles do happen,” says executive producer Radhesyam Oinam, a member of the Imphal club.At a September ceremony, India’s president, Pratibha Devisingh Patil, presented him with the honor.The genesis of Heart to Heart was Imphal Rotarians’ decision to document one of their projects:providing treatment to children with congenital heart defects whose families couldn’t affordcorrective surgery. More than 180,000 babies are born with such defects annually in India, and one-third require treatment within their first year. Members of the Imphal club, located in the farnortheastern state of Manipur, raised funds to send children to New Delhi, 1,500 miles away, forsurgery. “Pediatric heart care is costly and rare in Manipur,” Oinam says. Open-heart surgery costsabout US$5,000 – an impossible sum for a family like Rishikanta’s, who survive on $25 a month.
Rotary Club of Parramatta CityIn September 2009, the first three children underwent operations through the project, and as ofAugust 2011, the club had sponsored 47 recipients. Last year, Gift of Life in Delhi, part of aninternational organization founded by Rotarians to provide free medical services to children withheart conditions, began sponsoring youth from Manipur. Participating hospitals provide the surgeriesat half the usual cost.The 37-minute film is helping the club spread the word about congenital heart defects. “We had nointention of winning awards or anything of the sort,” Oinam says. “We wanted people to know whatwe were doing.”Vicky Wallace, of the Rotary Club of Lake Elsinore, California, USA, saw a screening in 2009 while shewas in Imphal for a district conference. “When the movie was over, several people came forwardand committed funds to help with more surgeries,” she recalls. “I was never more proud to be aRotarian.”The film, which was released in 2010, also has increased awareness of Rotary in India. “In Manipur, weare known as ‘the heart people,’” says Pramod Kumar Chhabra, president of the Imphal club. “It hasimproved our image in our state.”The club’s relationship with Rishikanta did not end with his surgery. Before the procedure, his illnesskept him from attending school, but today, the Imphal Rotarians are sponsoring his education.Chhabra reports that the young student is earning good grades.EVENTS AT OTHER ROTARY CLUBS Rotary Club of Blacktown City: June 17th Mega Mart, Blacktown Showground 9.amFACEBOOK We have now available for the club a new facebook page the shortcut ishttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Rotary-Club-of-Parramatta-City/108769975845097 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.