1. The Rotary Club of the Hills-Kellyville Mon 06 Feb 2012 Issue 3. No. 25 Weekly Bulletin Monday, 06 February 2012 Program: Australian Brewery Visit Duty Roster tonight: Last Meeting: Door Minutes 30 January 2012 Rotary Grace th Program: Birthdays: 11 Ian Pascoe th The Hills Historical 16 Vivien Sifonios Society th Anniversaries: 15 Alex & Helen Traill Apologies: th 19 Allan & Janice Walker st 21 Ian & Patricia Pearce Toasts: Toasts: Loyal Loyal PP Alan Walker Overseas Club Overseas Club What Am I Up To Now PE Bobby Redman Welcome everyone. Tonight is our first casual away meeting for the year if you dont count our very first informal get-together meeting at Keith & Lyn Stapleys last month. There are a couple of events coming up that I would like you to consider attending. The screening of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on Thursday 23 Feb, Events Cinema Castle Towers 7pm sharp start. If anyone is interested in attending I will need to confirm and pay up front by to Bruce Allan by 17th Feb. Cost is $20 with all proceeds to go towards "End Polio". I have received an invitation to attend the Charter of the first Rotary E-Club in our District onNext Meeting: Friday 24th February. Erin McCluskey has joined this club and I would like to support her. If anyone is interested in attending please let me know so I can confirm ourMonday 13 February 2012 th attendance. The Charter Night will be on Friday 24 February at 6.30pm for 7pm at Boronia Grove Receptions, Rawson Street Epping. The entrance to the venue is at the rear left side of Coles Car Park off Rawson between Bridge St and Carlingford Road.] Rotary Club ofProgram Epping is the proud sponsor of the new E-Club. Dinner Fee for the night is $45 per person. Youth In Search Our District Conference is only 5 weeks away and so far there are only 4 members including myself who have confirmed that they will be attending. This is a little disappointing as weWHAT AM I UP TO NOW will need more members to man our display successfully in Friendship Hall on our "Bourke PP Robert Mackey Public School Breakfast Program ". If you havent registered yet I urge you to register as accommodation is being booked out. It is going to be an exciting weekend being the 50thDuty Roster Anniversary of our District 9680. Please see PE Bobby Redman if you would like further information or go to the District Website to have a look at what is being offered.Door Enjoy your evening tonight. PP Graeme Rohan President Penny Hill. Rotary Four-Way Test:Minutes Is it the TRUTH? PP Alan walker Rotary Grace: “O Lord our giver of all good Is it FAIR to all concerned? We thank You for our daily food, Will it build GOODWILL and BETTERRotary Grace FRIENDSHIPS? Rtn Stephen Dinte May Rotary friends and Rotary ways, Help us to serve you all our days”. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
2. Page 2 President’s Report DG visits for 2012/13 will be replaced by a zone visit on 27 August to be held at Castle Hill Country Club. Clubs are being encouraged to invite DG John Dodd to as many events and functions as possible during the year. Thomas Cann reported that a thank you dinner is being planned as a thank you for our Christmas tree container suppliers. Treasurer’s Report Semi-annual fees now overdue and invoices will be sent out to the non payers soon. Secretary’s Report Club Flyers are now printed and ready for use. Club Service Report Next weeks’ meeting is at the Australian Brewery, all the information has been emailed to members. Community Service Report Update on the Australia Day event cancelation. Dan Murphy’s quiet again last Saturday, need swaps for 17 Feb and 24 March Youth Service Report Youth In search have mailed to us seeking funds! PR Report Gordon reported on editorial on Christmas Trees and the Giving Tree. Sergeant Session Acting Sergeant broke the record for taking the longest time to collect very little!! We love you Graeme (AJ) International Service Director’s Report Polio Plus Following a number of comments from members regarding the lack of acknowledgement for Rotary’s role in Polio eradication, it is good to finally see an article in The Economist that acknowledges Rotary’s leadership http://www.economist.com/node/21543126 Generally though, what is really important is that we acknowledge our partners and continue to promote the Polio campaign. The Rotary Club of the Hills-Kellyville meets Monday Night at the Castle Hill Tavern 6.15pm for 6.45pm start. Postal address: P O Box 6502, Baulkham Hills Business Centre 2153
3. Page 3 Group Study Exchange The GSE team from D1260 UK team will arrive Sunday March 4 and depart Sat 31 March 2012. They will attend the Wollongong Conference. Note the 2013 GSE will be with Turkey and the D9680 team will be at Gallipoli on 25 April 2013. Calls for team nominations will occur around August so keep in mind searching for potential nominees. The Battle of Vinegar Hill Pam Wilson (Hills District Historical Society) The original inhabitants of the area including Battle of Vinegar Hill. In March 1804 these Castle Hill were the Darug Aboriginal exiled Irish leaders and their supporters people, who lived in the district for staged an escape from Castle Hill with a thousands of years prior to European plan to return to Ireland. This event became settlement. known as the Castle Hill Rebellion. The first known Europeans to reach the Hills More than 200 convicts escaped, acquired district were Governor Phillip and party in weapons, including stolen rifles, and set off 1891. A decade later a government farm towards Parramatta. The group was was established by Governor King, who was intercepted by the NSW Corps and a battle calling it Castle Hill by March 1802. Also in took place near Rouse Hill on 5 March, 1802 the first free settler, French nobleman leaving 15 convicts dead. This was the Baron Verincourt de Clambe, took up land inaugural European battle on Australian soil at Castle Hill. and also became known as the Battle of Vinegar Hill. Most of the Irish leaders who In 1803 work began on the construction of a survived the conflict were later executed. double-storey, stone convict barracks at the Castle Hill government farm. By March 1804 The government farm closed in 1810 and in seven hundred acres of land had been 1811 it was converted to a lunatic asylum. In cleared for cultivation. 1826 the asylum was relocated to Liverpool. Amongst the convicts assigned to work at the government farm were Irish political In 1822 a town reserve was created over prisoners, transported from their homeland two hundred acres of the original following a 1798 uprising known as the government farm. PP Ray Campbell, Carol Jones and Rotarian Michael Griscti @ Castle Hill Rebellion Bi Centennial CelebrationsPresident Penny, Edna Rohan, PP Rod Tilden and PP John Maloney @ Castle Hill Rebellion Bi Centennial Celebrations The Rotary Club of the Hills-Kellyville meets Monday Night at the Castle Hill Tavern 6.15pm for 6.45pm start. Postal address: P O Box 6502, Baulkham Hills Business Centre 2153
4. Page 4 Rotary Foundation Thought for the Week He was especially moved by This weeks Rotary Thevanayagam’s stories of children who Foundation Thought had been orphaned or couldn’t go to school. highlights the In November, when conflict forced the main cooperation between road into the Jaffna peninsula to close, two Rotary Peace Pathiranage asked, “Theva, can I do and Conflict Studies Program alumni. anything?” The first encounters between two Thevanayagam explained that the region classmates in the Rotary Peace and Conflict was barely surviving on twice-monthly dry Studies program were anything but cordial. rations and many people, including his two From July through September 2006, young children and the rest of his family, Raveendra Pathiranage and Thevananth were suffering from Chikungunya, a disease Thevanayagam participated in the that causes high fevers, rashes, and joint program’s inaugural session at pain. Pathiranage used some of his Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, personal connections to get a month’s Thailand. For weeks, they argued about the supply of dry milk and medicine to long-standing conflict in their native Sri Thevanayagam for his family. Lanka. In June, the two men travelled together to “But we talked about our problems and the first Rotary World Peace Symposium in gradually understood each other,” says Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, held just before Thevanayagam, program manager for the the 2007 RI Convention, to see their former Tamil Refugees Rehabilitation Organization classmates. in Sri Lanka, who was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Jaffna, Northern Province. “The link between myself and Theva will be The agency provides food, shelter, very important in the future to discuss the rehabilitation, and other assistance to peace-related issues [in Sri Lanka],” says displaced Tamil refugees. Pathiranage, who sees a direct connection between what he learned in the Rotary “We erased the hard feelings and went on to Peace and Conflict Studies program and his what can we do to solve the problem? What work. can we contribute?” says Pathiranage, senior state counsel in the attorney At the D9680 Conference in Wollongong we general’s office in Sri Lanka, who was will have Emma Leslie as a speaker and sponsored by District 3220. Emma is on the faculty at Chulalongkorn University and hosts the students in Cambodia as part of their studies. Weekly Toast This week we would like to toast the Rotary Club of Araponga in Brazil. The club was nd chartered on the 22 September 1951 and last year celebrated their 60 years anniversary. Also at the end of last year their President, Carlos Romero Gerard introduced two new Paul Harris Fellows. The Rotary Club of the Hills-Kellyville meets Monday Night at the Castle Hill Tavern 6.15pm for 6.45pm start. Postal address: P O Box 6502, Baulkham Hills Business Centre 2153
5. Page 5 Message from this year’s Conference Chairman Our 2012 District 9680 Conference is now only six weeks away. From 16 to 18 March, we will be gathering in Wollongong to "Go for Gold at the Gong". We are looking to have as many of your Club members as possible with us at that time, to share in an exhilarating mix of fellowship and inspiration, to listen to top-flight speakers, to be informed and enthused about the great range of projects in which we are involved as Rotarians, and to participate in memorable social events, such as our Saturday night Masked Ball with a great swing band for dancing. While many of our Conference activities will be familiar to regular attenders, we have some exciting initiatives: the Club Showcase which will give every Club the chance to shine as they promote their projects and skills, and Speak Your Mind, an opportunity over Sunday lunch for Rotarians and partners to express their own thoughts about Rotary and where we should be going. Space at our Conference is filling up rapidly, so your members should move quickly to register, if they have not already done so. They can do so by going to our Conference website at conference.rotarydistrict9680.org. There your members will see the wide range of registration options available, which will cater for all needs. On the same site you can book your accommodation, read about our guest speakers, view our program and learn about other activities in which you may wish to participate in before the Conference. Can I urge you to encourage new members in particular to come along? As you will know yourself, nothing brings you "up to speed" as a Rotarian more quickly and thoroughly than being at a Conference, Wollongong is less than two hours away by car or train. This once grimy industrial city has reinvented itself and can now boast quality museums and art galleries, cafes and restaurants, and a host of tourist attractions in the city and the hinterland. You will be able to secure accommodation within walking distance of our venue at the WIN Entertainment Centre, or you can use the shuttle bus provided. So there are many reasons why this weekend in Wollongong in March will be well spent by all who come. Please urge your members to get online and make their booking. Yours in Rotary David Ellyard FELLOWSHIP AND INSPIRATION!! Conference Chairman 2012 ConferenceChair@rotarydistrict9680.org OUR 2012 ROTARY DISTRICT CONFERENCE IS COMING UP FAST YOU WOULD NOT WANT TO MISS IT!Have the privilege of hearing GO TO THE CONFERENCE WEBSITE Ramesh Ferris. Crippled bypolio as a child, Ramesh has Conference.RotaryDistrict9680.orgbecome a standard bearer forour astoundingly successful TO LEARN MORE Polio Plus program. AND REGISTER NOW The Rotary Club of the Hills-Kellyville meets Monday Night at the Castle Hill Tavern 6.15pm for 6.45pm start. Postal address: P O Box 6502, Baulkham Hills Business Centre 2153
6. Page 6Club Members Dan Murphy Roster Name Classification Saturday 11 February 2012 Ray Campbell PP,PHF Education - Secondary PP Glen Wilcox Thomas Cann PHF Landscape Supplies Rtn Bruce Pike Col Davis Accounting Taxation Stephen Dinte Saturday 18 February 2012 Financial Planning Russ Evans PP,PHF Finance Henry Grech PP Legal Practice PP Graeme Rohan Michael Griscti PHF Lighting Technician Rtn Col Davis Paul Haslam Steel Distribution Penny Hill Customer Service Manager WHAT AM I UP TO NOW Alan Jones PP,PHF Marketing Consultancy 13th Feb PP Robert Mackey Bob Low PHF Electrical Distribution 20th Feb PP Ray Campbell Robert Mackey PP,PHF Construction Services 27th Feb P Penny Hill Ian Pascoe PP Gas Fitting Ian Pearce PP,PHF Industrial Consultancy Bruce Pike Nursery Retail Duty Roster Suresh Prasad PP Sugar Research Monday 20 February 2012 Haran Ramachandran PP,PHF Computer Support Bobby Redman Psychology Door PP Greg Rieper Michael Richardson Honorary Member Minutes PP Allan Walker Greg Rieper PP,PHF Consultancy Rotary Grace Rtn Stephen Dinte Graeme Rohan PP,PHF Petroleum Distribution Gordon Scoble Joke of the Day – PP,PHF Education Primary Jim Sifonios PP,PHF Product Development Keith Stapley PP,PHF Photogrammetry Late To Work Rod Tilden PP,PHF Window Furnishing Sales Alex Traill PP,PHF Building & Maintenance Jones came into the office an hour late for the Wilf Van Emmerik PP,PHF Specialised Transport third time in one week and found the boss waiting Allan Walker PP Funeral Direction for him. "Whats the story this time, Jones?" he Glenn Willcox PP Project Estimating asked sarcastically. "Lets hear a good excuse forP – President PP - Past President PHF - Paul Harris Fellow a change." Jones sighed, "Everything went wrong this morning, Boss. The wife decided to drive me to the station. She got ready in ten minutes, but then the drawbridge got stuck. Rather than let Club Calendar you down, I swam across the river -- look, my suits still damp -- ran out to the airport, got a ride on Mr. Thompsons helicopter, landed on top of Radio City Music Hall, and was carried here piggyback by one of the Rockettes." "Youll have to do better than that, Jones," said the boss, obviously disappointed. "No woman can get ready in ten minutes." Note: Apologies must be in to PP Graeme Rohan by 12pm on Mondays so numbers can be confirmed for dinner. The Rotary Club of the Hills-Kellyville meets Monday Night at the Castle Hill Tavern 6.15pm for 6.45pm start. Postal address: P O Box 6502, Baulkham Hills Business Centre 2153