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  • 1. New Horizons The Official Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay Inc. PO Box 168, Nedlands, Western Australia, 6909 ! District 9450! ABN: 99 602 195 617 Volume 2, Issue 27 4th - 10th January 2010 Rajah and Jes in India Top five reasons to Five years after the BBQ @ The Forsdyke’s Scoring an advance for Rotary Foundation Rajah and Jes visit support The Rotary Tsunami What are you doing on science education in Thought of the Week Rotary Clubs in India. Foundation How is Rotary helping Sunday 10th January. Estonia This week’s thought is Page 1 Countdown the top 5 to rebuild lives since the Page 2 A Rotary Alumna and about becoming a reasons. Tsunami. Matching Grant bequest society Page 2 Page 2 funding advancing member. science. Page 4 Page 3 Rajah & Jes Attend Rotary in India During our recent visit to India my wife (Jes) and I took the opportunity to attend meetings of two Rotary Clubs and meet with members (and visit their Matching Grant projects) of a third Club. Brief synopsis of the meetings is given below. Rotary Club of Pune Uptown, Maharastra State We attended the meeting of this Club on Tuesday, 1 Photo: (from Left) Jes, Principal of Sourastira Girls School, PP Jawahar, PP Sasidharan, PP Sridhar (all from December 2009. Their Rotary Club of Madurai) and Rajah. weekly meetings are similar to ours in that no meals are Governor Designate, who fellowship, buffet style, with members each year, to bond involved; members have stressed the importance of no sitting at tables. The main the members and their snacks during the fellowship “giving back to the part of the meeting was families. before the meetings, which community”. It was taken-up that evening by the start at 7.30 pm. The main interesting to note that one of Guest Speaker, who spoke on Rotary Club of Madurai, item on the Agenda that the “standard” Agenda item what causes a person to feel Tamil Nadu State evening was the conferring was the reiteration by all hurt. It was an all-male affair by the Club of a Vocational members of the Four Way (except for Jes), and we were We were not able to attend a Excellence Award to a small- Test in English. (The major told that spouses attended meeting of this Club, but we time entrepreneur who had part of the proceedings that one meeting each month. met four members of the built-up a home-based evening was in Marati.) Another aspect that struck us club, three of whom were confectionary into one which was the age of the members – Past Presidents, all very now had three outlets and Rotary Club of Madurai when we remarked on this, passionate about their provided employment to a Metro, Tamil Nadu State we were told that the average projects. This Club was number of members of the age of the members was chartered in 1938, and is the community. The Guest We attended the meeting of around 30 years. The third oldest in India. It has Speaker, a prominent this club on the evening of members were proud of the carried out a number of businessman, spoke on the Monday, 7 December 2009. fact that their club was the projects, and we were taken merits of the entrepreneur. There was a meal (3 course), first 100% PHF Club in the to see recent projects carried The meeting was also but the meal was served after District. The club runs a two- out at two locations with addressed by the District the meeting during the day Family Camp for its Matching Grants. They were Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay, District 9450 1
  • 2. N E W H O R I Z O N S at two schools the Club had “adopted”. At the primary 5. Fighting hunger school, the Club had BBQ @ The Forsdyke’s completed two toilet blocks, In Romania, orphans and a water purification plant sick children have eggs, milk, Sunday, 10th January, 2010 and a bore-well, as well as and meat because of a 12:00pm for 12:30pm at 144 Brookmount Drive, Ellenbrook.  donating a mini-bus to ferry Health, Hunger and children to and from school. Humanity (3-H) Grant   that Cost is $10.00 per person to be donated to the Club Charity The second school is benefits local farmers. The Account. attended only by girls, and farmers are able to buy Maps and instructions have been emailed out to the club has classes up to Year 12 everything from animal feed members. If you have not received this please contact Daniel or equivalent. Here the Club to packaging materials. There Claire directly. has built a toilet block, is one stipulation: They must donated a bus, and equipped donate a portion of their Please RSVP to Daniel or Claire by Wednesday 6th Jan 2010. a teaching computer lab. The products to children’s Club has prioritised hospitals, schools, and children’s access to education orphanages. internal fighting before a Foundation going in the face in healthy environments as comprehensive peace accord of overwhelming need. "We its primary service objective. In Alaska, USA, the Rotary took effect in 2007. Read must do what we can, where Club of Anchorage East is more about Oussou. we are, with what we have," Possible Joint Projects also fighting hunger   by says Estess. "Through our distributing food to low- Rotary Peace Fellows   are Foundation, we are able to The Rotary Club of Madurai income families through a leaders in promoting pool our resources and has requested our Club’s mobile food pantry. national and international achieve even more. And the assistance with joint projects cooperation, peace, and stronger our Rotary that will help them meet 4. Reducing child mortality conflict resolution. Help Foundation becomes, the their primary objective of support the Rotary Peace greater the scope of the tasks facilitating to all children The Rotary clubs of Jaela- Centers. we will be able to undertake easy access to education in Kandana, Western Province, successfully. We will be able healthy environments. These Sri Lanka, and Madras 2. Giving the world hope for to do far more good, in far could be Donation in Kind Northwest, Tamil Nadu, just US$2 a week more lasting ways." Read (used books, computers, etc.) India, are helping to reduce more. and Matching Grant Projects child mortality by providing Foundation Trustee Chair (toilet blocks, water improved sanitation facilities Glenn E. Estess Sr. By giving US$100 a year purification plants, etc.) for 15 families in a small paraphrases Mother Teresa in through the Every Rotarian, community in Sri Lanka. explaining what keeps the Every Year (EREY) initiative, Rajah Senathirajah With a Rotary Foundation Club Treasurer (2008-2010) Matching Grant, the clubs have built 14 toilets, helping to prevent diarrhea and other Top five diseases related to poor sanitation. reasons to According to the World support The Health Organization, 1.8 million children die of Rotary diarrhea every year, making it the second leading cause of Foundation death among children under five. Proper sanitation can By Antoinette Tuscano  reduce the rate of child Rotary International News mortality in many 29 December 2009 communities by up to a third. There are as many reasons to 3. Promoting peace and support The Rotary conflict resolution Foundation as there are ways to do good in the world. Watching civil war tear apart By contributing to the his homeland of Côte Foundation, you advance d'Ivoire instilled in Rotary world understanding, Peace Fellow Kouame Remi goodwill, and peace through Oussou a passion to resolve the improvement of health, conflict. the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. He is now working for the By contributing to the Foundation, you advance world United Nations Development understanding, goodwill, and peace through the Here are a few ways your Programme   in the Central contributions are making improvement of health, the support of education, and the African Republic, a country change possible. alleviation of poverty. Rotary Images that weathered periodic 2 Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay, District 9450
  • 3. N E W H O R I Z O N S Scholar who acted as a that were the beneficiaries of project liaison between the medical equipment, and I was sponsor Rotary clubs and taking her around to the the Va n a l i n n a hospitals,” recalls Raie. “I Hariduskolleegium school mentioned that I have a dream in Tallinn, Estonia. that I would like to get a Teachers have been using graduate degree in America, and the US$24,000 worth of she said, ‘You know, we have equipment in high school this scholarship program. Why classes and in don’t you try?’” extracurricular lab sessions for younger students. Less than two years later, Raie, then 38, was working as a Rotary As a board member of a Scholar toward a master’s degree foundation serving the in cultural and educational school and a former vice policy studies at Loyola principal, Raie helped University in Chicago. Hosted by complete the grant the Rotary Club of Chicago, she application and coordinate introduced herself to the the effort with the sponsor Midwest Estonian Association you become a Rotary Foundation Rotary clubs of Nõmme-Tallinn, and helped the group prepare for Sustaining M e m b e r. Forty Estonian high school Estonia; Magdeburg-Otto von a convention at which she gave a Contributions to EREY are the students rolled up their sleeves Guericke, Germany; and presentation. primary source of funding for and used Matching Grant- Helsinki City West, Mäntsälä, Foundation programs. Make a funded science equipment to test Tuusula, and Ylikerava, Finland. While completing an internship contribution now. water, air, and soil at a nuclear She also took German Rotarians at the Latin School of Chicago, power plant and other sites in on a tour of the lab. Raie became acquainted with the 1. Eradicating polio Latvia and Lithuania during a school’s music director, Michael three-day trip in October. Scholars are typically introduced Teolis. She invited Teolis to bring Around the world, Rotarians are to Rotary service during their the school’s band and choir to taking millions of steps in “The possibility of taking the scholarship year, but Raie was Tallinn, and in 2008, 85 students walkathons, diving into icy equipment along and letting already coordinating a Matching spent eight days in Estonia and ocean waters, and participating students do on-site measuring is Grant effort as a school vice Finland, performing at joint in other fundraisers to help a dream come true for any principal when she first heard concerts with students from both Rotary fulfill its promise to rid science teacher,” says Katrin about the Ambassadorial countries. the world of polio. Si Burgher, of Raie, a 2003-04 Ambassadorial Scholarship the Rotary Club of Bloomfield, opportunity. “She was instrumental in almost Indiana, USA, raised almost With a every aspect of planning the $1,600 by having his shaggy degree in trip,” says Teolis. “Tallinn eyebrows shaved. English as a students gave tours, and some of s e c o n d our students are still in contact Rotary launched its PolioPlus l a n g u a g e , with students they met there. program   in 1985. Since then, she has eradicating polio has been the coordinated In 2009, after a two-year position organization's top priority.   End m u l t i p l e professionalizing the training Polio Now   and help fulfill its grants since curriculum at a national freight- promise. 1 9 9 8 forwarding association, Raie was i n v o l v i n g named deputy regional director Scoring an the club local for SOS Children’s Villages and International. advance for Rotarians in F i n l a n d , “My experience as a Rotary science G e r m a n y , Scholar as well as the knowledge and t h e and skills I acquired at Loyola Former Ambassadorial Scholar Katrin Raie (center) education in presents Harri Saarinen (left), of the Rotary Club of U n i t e d will be put to the best use in this States. position, for the benefit of Helsinki City West, Finland, a framed letter of appreciation children and families,” says Raie. Estonia for the club’s support of a 2009 Matching Grant project that “There was a Written for Reconnections By Peter Schmidtke  supplied science equipment to a school in Tallinn, Estonia. U.S. Rotarian Rotary International News 29 Photo by Laura Leena Raud visiting some December 2009  of the sites Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay, District 9450 3
  • 4. N E W H O R I Z O N S founder of The Rotary better equipped organization The Rotary Foundation and Past RI or institution than Rotary Foundation President, Arch C. Klumph “...There are tens of International can be found to be entrusted with such thousands of Rotarians who funds?” Week 27: This week’s Rotary will look upon this Foundation Thought is about opportunity (building the Join with fellow Rotarians becoming a Bequest Society Rotary Foundation as a real past and present who have member and leaving your privilege)...Then there are left their legacy by legacy through The Rotary other men who are seeking remembering the foundation Foundation. ways and means of leaving in their estate plans. some part of their wealth This is best expressed where it may do the greatest through a quote from the good for humanity. What Program for January Introduction Date Details Date Name 7th January No Meeting 14th January TBA 10th January BBQ Lunch @ The Forsdyke’s 14th January 1st Meeting for 2010 Vote of Thanks 21st January TBA Date Name 28th January TBA 14th January TBA Welcoming Roster Board Club Details Rotary Year 2009-10 Date Name Di Collins — President Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay Inc. president@rotaryfreshwaterbay.org.au PO Box 168, Nedlands, 14th January TBA Ken Collins — Vice President / Western Australia, 6909 Membership Director 21st January TBA vicepresident@rotaryfreshwaterbay.org.au Meetings membership@rotaryfreshwaterbay.org.au Thursday 5:45pm to 6:45pm 28th January TBA Cafe, Bethesda Hospital Simone Carot Collins — President Elect / Queenslea Drive Club Administration Director Claremont presidentelect@rotaryfreshwaterbay.org.au clubadmin@rotaryfreshwaterbay.org.au Email president@rotaryfreshwaterbay.org.au Rajah Senitharajah — Treasurer Phone  treasurer@rotaryfreshwaterbay.org.au 08 9385 0471 Fax Bulletin Contributions Daniel Forsdyke — Secretary secretary@rotaryfreshwaterbay.org.au 08 9385 0472 Website Contributions for the weekly bulletin are Rob Rohrlach — Projects Director www.rotaryfreshwaterbay.org.au sought from members of the club. projects@rotaryfreshwaterbay.org.au Why not use the bulletin to update the club Facebook Claire Forsdyke — International Director on the projects your committee is working http://www.facebook.com/group.php? foundation@rotaryfreshwaterbay.org.au on or promote the clubs next fundraising gid=47737002646 event. Toni James — PR & Marketing Committee Director Chartered 19 December 2008 Please forward articles and photos to daniel.forsdyke@rotaryfreshwaterbay.org.au publicrelations@rotaryfreshwaterbay.org.au 4 Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay, District 9450