Rotary Club of Parramatta City COMMUNITY NETWORKER ROTARY CLUB OF PARRAMATTA CITY AMBASSADORIAL PRESIDENT MESSAGE SCHOLARSHIPS Scholarship/Grant availability depends on your districts contributions to The Last week, we had the pleasure of hosting District Governor, Keith Rotary Foundation and which programsRoffey and his lovely wife, Margaret. your district leadership chooses to support with available funds. Under the Margaret advised everyone that she will not have a specific project SHARE system, all district contributions to the Annual Programs Fund are totalledfor the year and wants to raise funds for Polio Eradication. Her at thechallenge to the club is to raise funds for Polio Eradication and she end of the year and then divided into 2presented the club with a cute teddy bear. She asked the club to dress funds, with 50 percent being credited toup the teddy bear and present our “dressed up” teddy bear at the the District Designated Fund and 50 percent to the World Fund. The WorldDistrict Conference. Fund is used by The Rotary Foundation to underwrite many of its District Governor Keith then spoke to us about this year’s theme for programs, such as Matching Grants and Group Study Exchange, while the DistrictRotary International – “Peace Thru Service”. He stressed that the theme Designated Fund may be used at theis reflective of what Rotarians do every day and address the issue every districts discretion to participate in otherday. He hope that our district would be able to sponsor future leaders Foundation programs such asto one of the Peace Forums scheduled for this Rotary year. Ambassadorial Scholarships, Rotary Peace Fellows and Matching Grants. In order to sponsor a scholar for a given Another topic the District Governor touched on was the re-districting year, the district must allocate theof the three clubs in Sydney. As you all know, three districts will be appropriate amount to Educationalamalgamated to create two new districts; District 9685 and 9675. The Programs for the program year during which the scholar will go abroad. There-districting was needed to keep the Rotary machine well-oiled and amount required to sponsor Academic-reposition Rotary for the future. Steering committees have been Year Ambassadorial Scholarships isestablished to lay the foundation for the new districts. Our club is well US$26,000.represented in the steering committees with PP Barry Antees on the GROUP STUDYgovernance committee for District 9675 while yours truly is on thefinance sub-committee for both new districts. EXCHANGE The Group Study Exchange Program of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary Rotary is also embarking on the way funds from the Foundation are International is a unique cultural andgranted for each district. This is called the Future Vision wherein each vocational exchange opportunity fordistrict will have an opportunity to direct funds for the use in each young business and professionaldistrict. With this comes greater responsibility and governance for each men and women between the ages of 25 and 40 in the initial years of theirdistrict and clubs. As such, there will be a training program for each professional life. The program providesClub President and Treasurer starting February 2013. travel grants for teams of participants to exchange visits between paired areas in Membership growth and retention is a core issue for each service different countries. For four to six weeks, team members study the host country’sorganization. Our District Governor represented Australia in the institutions and ways of life, observe theirmembership program in the recent District Governor’s Institute. He is own vocations as practiced abroad,also requesting for funds from Rotary International to assist in promoting develop personal and professionalRotary membership. DG Keith stressed that we need to grow relationships, and exchange ideas. Teams are composed of 4-6 non-membership and that plans are being drawn up to assist each club in Rotarian team members, usually ofthis area. We should be able to create networking opportunities for various business and professionalyounger members to help them in their business. DG Keith also backgrounds, and one Rotarian leader. The GSE experience spans 4-6 weeks.reminded our club to look at our own backyard and rejuvenate the During the exchange, teams will visitRotary signs around our community. local businesses, government offices, and community organizations in the host Lastly, District Governor Keith spoke to us about the Legacy project district, tour historical and cultural sites, stay with Rotarian host families,for District 9690. This project is to raise $200,000 to upgrade the Rotary and make presentations about theirWing of the Children’s Hospital. DG Keith reminded us that the Rotary home countries and professions. Team members receive orientation and cultural preparation from the sponsor Rotary district before their departure. The host country is determined before a
Rotary Club of Parramatta City wing was a project of District 9690 and that PDG Ray Reed, one of our esteemed member, had the honour of opening the Rotary Wing of the Children Hospital. The upgrade will provide for new carpets, a courtyard, two room upgrades and technology. The Rotary Wing was built for the future and need to be maintained. He noted that the Rotary Wheel on the wall need to be relocated. Remember that our next meeting will be on the 8 October as today (1st October) is a public holiday. For our next meeting, we have our roaming member, Mark Hancock, who will tell us all about his exploits in Africa. Do we hear Jane and Cheetah calling? Also, the meeting scheduled for the 15 October is a transfer meeting in support of the Rotary Foundation Alumni Dinner. I hope that all members can join us in a wonderful dinner at the Epping Club.CALENDAR OF EVENTS October 8 Mark Hancock-The wilds of Africa 15 Transfer meeting- Epping Club Foundation Dinner 22 Club Assembly 29 Club meeting November 3 Transfer meeting-Epping Club-ARH Christmas DinnerOPENING OF THE DISTRICT FUND RAISER-WESTMEAD CHILDREN’SHOSPITAL As outlined by District Governor Keith Roffey, Thursday 27 September was the official launch of the District’s Fundraiser for the Refurbishment of the Rotary Wing at the Westmead Children’s Hospital. At the launch was PDG AlanGrady who opened the Rotary Wing over twenty years ago when Rotary raised over $2Million for the building. Alanspoke of the great pride for many Rotarians and their supporters who had toiled away for the two years leading up tothe opening. Our own PDG Ray Reed wasmentioned several times as one of the mainorganiser’s from those days and in fact it wasduring his year as the Governor who startedthe whole thing off. After a walk through theRotary Wing it is apparent time has taken atoll on the building as it has not kept up withtodays need. Rotary Club of Liverpool kickedstarted the fund raising with a cheque for$2,500 as their initial gift with a promise ofmore to come. As Ray Reed was so instrumental in thebuilding of the Rotary Wing at the hospital Ihope our club can get behind this project asan acknowledgment to Ray, that his effortsare not forgotten. Barry Antees
Rotary Club of Parramatta CityTEXAS ROTARIANS TALLY BIG WIN AGAINST POLIO Bottom: Zahir Tanin, Afghanistan’s ambassador to the United Nations, at the End Polio Now event at the Texas Rangers baseball game in Arlington, Texas, USA. Photo courtesy of the Texas Rangers Baseball Club Top: A group of Texas Rotarians and guests at the Texas Rangers ballpark: Dub Hirst, president of the Rotary Club of Arlington Sunrise; Rozelle Gilman; Past District5810 Governor Richard Gilman; Ambassador Tanin; Zarghoona Sediq Tanin; Virginia Lackey; District 5790 GovernorHollis Lackey, Highland Village Rotarian Reyna Castillo, and McLucas. Photo courtesy of Christopher McLucasRotarians in districts 5790 and 5810 (Texas, USA) took a “think globally, act locally” approach to raising funds for polio eradication and public awareness of the disease last month. Afghanistan’s ambassador to the United Nations, Zahir Tanin, spoke at an End Polio Now dinner in Arlington on 24 August. Vice Consul Jagdeep Kapoor, of the Consulate General of India in Houston, also attended the event, which featured a presentation on the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and drew 82 Rotarians and guests, raising $26,500 for PolioPlus. “Polio knows no national boundaries and neither should our work to eradicate it,” said Tanin. “The consequences of eradicating polio will extend far beyond the immediate health benefits. The procedures and tactics used can be a model for combating many other public health issues, ranging from cholera to malaria and even HIV/AIDS. The end of polio will also mark the beginning of a new era in public health.”The following night, the Rotarians sponsored an End Polio Now event at a Texas Rangers baseball game withthe Minnesota Twins. The event began with a pregame party outside the ballpark, which netted $2,350 throughthe sales of food and beverages donated by local businesses.Twelve hundred Rotarians and guests purchased tickets to the game itself, with $10 per ticket earmarked forPolioPlus, which raised another $12,000. Ambassador Tanin threw out the ceremonial first pitch and remainedon the mound as the game’s announcer gave highlights of the polio eradication initiative, noting the role beingplayed by Rotarians around the world.All told, the weekend’s events, along with subsequent contributions, raised $42,400 for PolioPlus. As anincentive to contribute, each Rotarian who gave at least $100 received matching Rotary Foundation recognitionpoints.District 5790 Assistant Governor Christopher McLucas, who helped organize the events, has participated inNational Immunization Days in the world’s remaining polio-endemic countries -- Afghanistan, Pakistan, andNigeria -- as well as in India.
Rotary Club of Parramatta City“One of the key things that I learned was that the fight to eradicate polio has not ended. And although we arefighting a good fight, we need to renew our sense of purpose in the eradication of the disease,” said McLucas.“The people, including Rotarians, that I met are committed to the eradication of polio in their respectivecountries and need the support of the Rotarians in the world.”FACEBOOK We have now available for the club a new facebook page the shortcut ishttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Rotary-Club-of-Parramatta-City/108769975845097