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Rotary Club of Parramatta City newsletter 4 November 2011

Rotary Club of Parramatta City newsletter 4 November 2011

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  • 1. Rotary Club of Parramatta City COMMUNITY NETWORKER ROTARY CLUB OF PARRAMATTA CITY PRESIDENT MESSAGE ROTARIANS AGAINST Earlier newsletter this week as we are having a change of venue MALARIA (RAM)from Barnaby’s. We are not going far and Barnaby’s are still catering.Our guest speaker is Bruce Allen Manager of the Rotary Foundationand as Rotary International has moved next door to level 2 of theChampion (60 Phillip Street) the board decided to move the meetingto their premises to hear about the great projects and programs our RAM objective is: “The prevention ofFoundation has been doing and will be doing over the next few years. mortality, and a reduction in morbidity and social and economic loss causedThe Rotary Foundation is ranked 61 in the top 400 charities in the by malaria through a progressive improvement and strengthening ofannual world- wide survey by Chronicle of Philanthropy. The local and national capabilities in malaria control.” Malaria is one of theFoundation receives $268 million each year from Rotary clubs, worlds foremost killer diseases.individuals and benefactors, with total assets of $731 million invested in Approximately one third of the worlds population is at risk of the diseasehumanities future. and the annual death toll has been assessed to be in the region of 1 to 2 Monday will be normal arrival time, someone will welcome you on ½ million. Malaria also imposes alevel 2 and lead you to the meeting room with a great view over heavy economic burden on the endemic countries.looking the river. Workers are often too ill to function normally at their jobs; mothers are During the week I emailed the guest speaker for the last Monday of repeatedly sick so that child care suffers and children experienceNovember being the Rotary General secretary and CEO John Hewko, frequent disruption to theirtake time look at his impressive CV. Invitations have gone to clubs and schooling. The African Continent, particularlywe are expecting at least 75 guests on the day. So don’t leave this too sub-Saharan Africa, remains the most affected area, along with countrieslate to reserve your seat and bring your partners or business partners to such as Indonesia, Timor Leste,this one. Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Until a satisfactory vaccine Christmas rosters are coming so have your diaries ready on Monday. is achieved the most effective precaution to prevent the spread It is will sadness that I announce Major Edwin Cox is leaving our club of infection is to encourage residents (and travellers) to sleep underdue to his new posting starting up in the New Year. So this week will be mosquito nets.Edwin’s last meeting, we all wish Edwin and Daphne on their next The provision of long lasting insecticide treated bed nets (LLIN) isposting and hope they can remain in contact with us. the best way a club can assist in this significant humanitarian campaign. While still on the subject of Edwin, for members who have taken to RAM continues to promote Adopt ASalvation Christmas hampers bags to fill up can they be returned by Village (AAV) - a co-operative endeavour enabling clubs, districts,Monday 5th December. individuals, and businesses to donate funds which will be allocated to the provision of LLINs to all inhabitants within a specific village. Barry Antees Bed netting has proved highly effective with an earlier major pilot project in the Solomon Islands. At commencement of the project infection rates exceeded 300 per thousand population per year. Bed netting has reduced this figure, in some areas to 20 per thousand population per year. In addition to bed netting, other programs involving education, esearch, the provision of
  • 2. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityCALENDAR OF EVENTS November 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 & 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 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-BangkokMEMBERS MATTERSKevin and Maria are in Hawaii, not relaxing but baby- sitting. Remember this when you need to go onholidays, Kevin may be available.
  • 3. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityOUR INTERNATIONAL SERVICEROTARY PARTNERS WITH MERCY SHIPS By Arnold R. GrahlRotary International News -- 5 October 2011R otarians will help improve the delivery of vital health care services to West Africa through a new strategicpartnership between The Rotary Foundation and the global charity Mercy Ships.Each year, more than 1,200 surgeons, dentists, nurses, health care trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen,engineers, or agriculturalists volunteer their time and skills with Mercy Ships. Photo courtesy Mercy ShipsThrough the partnership, the Foundation will offer packaged global grants for Rotary clubs and districtsto assemble vocational training teams of medical professionals. These teams will perform or assist inlife-changing surgeries. The Rotarian volunteers will also work to enhance the skills of local health careprofessionals.The initial projects will take place in West Africa, the area of operations for the charitys 16,500-tonstate-of-the-art hospital ship, Africa Mercy , now based in Freetown, Sierra Leone.“This strategic partnership with Mercy Ships enables Rotary to work with a globally recognized leaderin the delivery of vital medical and surgical care to the world’s most vulnerable populations,” saysRotary Foundation Trustee Chair William B. Boyd. “It allows Rotary club members to directlycontribute their valuable expertise and skills within the framework of a proven and highly successfulhealth care program.”Founded in 1978, Mercy Ships uses its hospital ships to deliver free, world-class health care andassistance in capacity building and sustainable development to developing countries. The charity hasworked in more than 70 countries, performing services that have had an impact on more than 2.9 millionpeople. Each year, more than 1,200 surgeons, dentists, nurses, health care trainers, teachers, cooks,seamen, engineers, or agriculturalists volunteer their time and skills.“Mercy Ships is honored to be chosen by The Rotary Foundation as a strategic partner for diseaseprevention and treatment," says Don Stephens, president and founder of the charity. "The scope ofRotary’s service to humanity is truly monumental, and it is my belief that the synergy of ourorganizations working together will be an even greater force to increase health care delivery systems inWest Africa.”
  • 4. Rotary Club of Parramatta City Previous projectsRotarians have a record of working with Mercy Ships, carrying out projects in several countries. TheRotary clubs of Jacksonville, Florida, USA, and Tema, Accra, Ghana, helped equip the Africa Mercy in2007 to provide medical aid in Ghana. Jacksonville Rotarians also partnered with the Rotary Club ofMonrovia, Liberia, to support eye and facial surgeries for more than 1,200 patients in Monrovia from2008 to 2011.Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland named Mercy Ships its Charity of Choice in 2005-06.Rotary Foundation Global Grants support large, international projects with sustainable, high-impactoutcomes in Rotary’s areas of focus. Packaged global grants developed by the Foundation and MercyShips will directly support the disease prevention and treatment area of focus. Because theadministrative work of designing the project and finding a partnering organization has already beendone, Rotary clubs and districts can focus on identifying beneficiaries, providing technical expertise ordirect service, and publicizing the effort.One hundred districts are participating in the Future Vision pilot, a three-year test of the Foundationsstreamlined grant structure, which began 1 July 2010. All districts will begin using the model on 1 July2013.The Foundation also has approved strategic partnerships with Aga Khan University and OikocreditInternational. Information on how pilot clubs and districts can apply for packaged global grants withMercy Ships will be available soon at www.rotary.org.
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  • 6. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityDAVID’S PEARLSMelbourne CupHorse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.- W.C. FieldsI can always tell which is the front end of a horse, but beyond that, my art is not above the ordinary.- Mark TwainIf the world was truly a rational place, men would ride sidesaddle.- Rita Mae BrownI still love what I do and Ive done OK over the years, ... Youre a long time retired and anyway, Id get bored.- Bart CummingsFACEBOOK 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”. 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.JOHN HEWKO- John Hewko is the general secretary and CEO of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation,managing one of the world’s largest global humanitarian service organizations, with 34,000 clubs throughoutthe world. With fiscal year 2010 annual revenues exceeding US$400 million, Rotary and its Foundation support1.2 million Rotary club members in their volunteer efforts to serve their local and global communities.From 2004 to 2009, Hewko was vice president for operations and compact development for the MillenniumChallenge Corporation (MCC), a U.S. government agency established in 2004 to deliver foreign assistance tothe world’s poorest countries. At MCC, he was the principal United States negotiator for foreign assistanceagreements to 26 countries in Africa, Asia, South America, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union.During his tenure, he completed the negotiation of assistance agreements totaling $6.3 billion to 18 countriesfor infrastructure, agriculture, water and sanitation, health, and education projects.Prior to joining MCC, Hewko was an international partner with the law firm Baker & McKenzie (B&M),specializing in international corporate transactions in emerging markets. He helped establish the firm’sMoscow office and was the managing partner of its offices in Kyiv and Prague.While working in Ukraine in the early 1990s, Hewko assisted the working group that prepared the initial draft ofthe new Ukrainian post-Soviet constitution and was a charter member of the first Rotary club in Kyiv.
  • 7. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityHewko has been a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, an adjunctprofessor of law at Georgetown University, and a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for InternationalPeace. He has published papers and articles in leading U.S. and international publications, and he hasspoken extensively on political and business issues dealing with the former Soviet Union, Central Europe,Africa, and Latin America.Hewko holds a law degree from Harvard University, a master’s in modern history from Oxford University (wherehe studied as a Marshall Scholar), and a bachelor’s in government and Soviet studies from Hamilton Collegein Clinton, New York, USA. He speaks five languages besides English: Czech, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, andUkrainian.As general secretary/CEO, Hewko leads a diverse staff of almost 800 at Rotary International’s WorldHeadquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, and international offices in Buenos Aires, Argentina; São Paulo, Brazil;Zurich, Switzerland; New Delhi, India; Seoul, Korea; Tokyo, Japan; and Parramatta (Sydney), Australia.He and his wife, Margarita, live in Evanston. John is a Paul Harris Fellow.