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Rotary club of Parramatta City Newsletter for 05/08/2013

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    • COMMUNITY NETWORKER ROTARY CLUB OF PARRAMATTA CITY DISTRICT 9675 Rotary Four Way Test The Four Way Test’ challenges Rotarians, in everything they do, to ask of themselves: Of the things we say or do: 1. Is it the TRUTH? 2. Is it FAIR to all concerned? 3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? 4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? Meeting 29 July 2013 Guests President Keith welcomed Gail Ladner, Community Relationships Director for the Leukaemia Foundation, and Maggie Thorn, international relationships director for Parramatta Rotary Club, who accompanied her. President’s Report President Keith reported that he and Vocational Service director John Totonjian had attended a training day for presidents and directors of Rotary the previous day, which was well attended. He reminded members about the Indigenous Health Scholarship function at Rydges Hotel and the International Rotary Convention next year and would be happy if some club members attended. Parramatta City was the largest donor club in the district to Rotary Health and our old district, District 9690, and the only club in that district to have an indigenous health scholar.. The old district was the fourth-largest donor of all districts in Australia to Rotary Health. Keith provided these figures: Australian Rotary Health donations for year ended 30th June 2013 Total all Districts $1,766,389 Prev year $2,137,603 Total District 9690 $97,071 Prev year $113,539 Total our Club $31,943 Prev year $39,518 Glenn Gardner Induction At next Monday’s meeting Glenn Gardner will be inducted into membership of the Club. Glenn was previously a member before resigning to take up a position located in Sydney. He has been an honorary member of the Club for a number of years but is now becoming an active member once again. We hope there will be a large attendance to celebrate this event. Harris Park Community Centre Treasurer Setia said there would be a community fundraising event on Wednesday, 25 September. The sausages and drinks were being provided, she said, but she needed a couple of willing souls to sell them. President Keith said that as a club, we should be able to answer that need.
    • Vocational Services John Totonjian reported that he had attended a training centre for vocational services. The message of the seminar was that Rotarians should find out about members’ vocations and use those strengths for the benefit of the club. That was specially important for new members coming in, and there was a continuing need to attract such people. He thought that, in conjunction with the president, it might be worth instituting a program where members stood up at meetings and said what they did for a living. The Leukaemia Foundation Gail Ladner, from the Leukaemia Foundation looks after Community Relationships for Sydney and Sydney West and is no stranger to Rotary. Working out of the Leukaemia Foundation office in Helen Street, Westmead, she has a strong relationship with Rotary volunteers from the Parramatta-Granville area and in the past with Holroyd. She has attended many changeover dinners and been invited to guest speak at club functions. The Leukaemia Foundation’s vision to cure is funding “cutting edge” research into finding better treatments for and eventually a cure through their national research program. The Leukaemia Foundation invested over $3 million in 2012 to research projects across Australia and is currently funding researchers at Westmead as well as in the past, some of them having proceeded to careers as specialists or academics in the field. But the need for more research is great. Every two hours an Australian loses their life to blood cancer. Some 11,500 people in Australia are diagnosed each year. Gail said that one of the key concerns of health care professionals was that young people ignore symptoms, such as the appearance of a lump, and did not seek treatment until too late. Research is making a real difference. 50 years ago almost every child diagnosed with the most common childhood cancer Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia would lose their life to the disease. Today the survival rate of children diagnosed with this disease is 85 percent. The Foundation has spread its services far and wide. It has support service co-coordinators who travel across Australia and in NSW as far west as Broken Hill. The coordinators provide community education, support groups and grief counselling. More than 6,200 people have attended education and support sessions, which are provided to them free of charge. The Leukaemia Foundation provides at accommodation for regional patients and their families who need to relocate to access healthcare at no cost to the patients. This amounted to more than 6,800 nights in 2011 – 2012. In 2011-12, our dedicated patient transport volunteer drives have driven a total of 925,000 kilometres driving patients to and from hospital. District Meetings coming up. President’s meeting Friday 1st August RAWCS committee meeting Friday 8th August at 7.30pm at Sutherland United Services Club. Membership matters evening Wednesday 21st August Fundraising concert Malcolm Brown reported that the Beecroft and Epping Rotary Clubs had combined to produce a concert featuring the Sydney Welsh Choir and the band and individual musicians of Epping Boys High. The concert, last Sunday, was very successful. Three hundred tickets were sold at $20 each, bringing a return of between $5,000 and $6,000, which will be dedicated to providing five kidney dialysis machines for Lautoka, Fiji. He suggests that might be a fundraising, activity that Parramatta City Rotary could look at.
    • Long Live the Plinth The arrival of young George, being viewed by adoring millions and henceforth ushered into a veritable pressure cooker that will last his whole life, reminds me of my own son, Stewart, born in West London Hospital, Hammersmith, in May 1979. My wife Inge had toxaemia and young Stewart was a little undernourished, meaning that the birth was a bit of a battle. We were given some time to rest before the next push, so I told Inge a story I had heard about some very naughty London girls who had been ushered into a class where they were going to be told terrible stories of what befell loose women. Apparently one of the stories was about how a loose girl in ages past had been rendered prone and transfixed by a plinth! The person telling the story paused to watch the girls flinch, but none did. Finally, Susan, the naughtiest of them all, put up her hand and asked: “Please ma’m, was it Plinth Philip or Plinth Charles?” When I told her that, Inge started laughing her head off, and at that moment Stewart started arriving. He was born in minutes. We were overjoyed, and soon fattened him up. Seeing then how it was plinth that started Stewie on his life’s journey, we decided we should have a photo taken where all the then plinthes had just gathered, and it was duly taken, reproduced below, in parkland near Buckingham Palace Apologies and Guests Apologies to Joy Gillett on 8837 1900 before 9.30am on Monday morning. This is the latest time apologies can be accepted as numbers must be given to the hotel by this time. If you are bringing a guest please also advise this to Joy by that time to ensure a meal is prepared. The Club is required to pay for the number of lunches ordered. Invoices for the cost of a meal will be sent to members by Vandana if you do not apologise for non- attendance by 9.30am on Mondays. The speaker for next meeting will be Katie Gordon, Australian Thyroid Foundation. Malcolm Brown (editor)