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Newsletter 15 08-2011

  1. 1. Rotary Club of Parramatta City COMMUNITY NETWORKER ROTARY CLUB OF PARRAMATTA CITY PRESIDENT MESSAGE PRIDE OF WORKMANSHIP We welcomed Stephen Burfield back last week from a business triphe undertook to Kenya. Stephen may have lost some weight, but theimpact of his trip to a country in drought and lacking many of life’sbasic requirements surely has added more weight to the people of theworld to assist in overcoming the plight of the people of Kenya and Fitting very appropriately within the vocational service portfolio, thismany similar countries. Stephen was a presenter at a conference program seeks to identify individualsinforming and building on the skills of the Salvation Army. He also told us whose exemplary contributions to their vocations are worthy of publicof his personal sideline trip while there. Stephen and Rhonda sponsor a acknowledgement. Initiated in District 9680, the program has gained wideKenya boy aged 5 years. This surprised many members as know one recognition both in Australia and overseas for its encouragement ofknew that the Salvation Army was offering child sponsorships. A excellence in the workplace.powerpoint of Stephen’s trip is on Facebook. Following the distribution of application forms to business This Monday we have Signe, our 2006-2007 exchange student from organisations in the local community, the Rotary club identifies awardDenmark back for a visit. Signe is going to bring us up to date on what recipients and programs a specialshe has been doing, her family life how it has changed and where she presentation ceremony. Awardees, accompanied by familyis heading in life, come along and hear a very special person. and business associates, are invited to be present as club guests to I will remind everyone about John Surian Friday morning get witness the presentation of a plaque the reading of a citation.together at Parramatta Park commencing 19th at 6.00am. Plenty of The Rotary Club of Pennant Hillstime when we finish to have a shower and a morning coffee (no sticky N.S.W., has prepared a comprehensive manual, including abuns) before heading off to work. check list of procedural items, directed towards the presentation of a I will have a copy of the full year calendar of events as it stands at successful Pride of Workmanshipthe moment available at Monday’s meeting. It will be up to members program. They also have available plaques recognised as the officialto keep your personal copy up to date as announcements are made. award for the program. To highlight this special club PS If you have something Danish bring it along occasion, it is suggested that an excellent appropriately qualified guest speaker be invited to address the meeting. Pride of Workmanship presentations provide an excellent opportunity for Rotary to promote its image, gain access to organisations for vocational visits and develop potential membership, whilst at the same time providing an avenue for small business to recognise individual effort. Contact: The Secretary, Rotary Club of Pennant Hills D. 9680
  2. 2. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityCALENDAR OF EVENTS August 15 Former Exchange Student Signe Leth 15 GSE Team back from Taiwan, Parramatta RSL 6.30pm 22 Dr Mai Nguyen, A journey through the Islamic Middle East 29 Prashanth- The Wedding with all its glory and splendored September 17 Club visioning afternoon 26 District Governor VisitGUEST SPEAKER Signe Leth is back; she needed a break from Denmark and has made her way back to Australia touchingdown for the Club’s Change Over, then going to New Zealand to check out the good exchange rate.NOW SHE IS THIS MONDAY TO TELL WHAT SHE HAS BEEN DOING SINCE LEAVING USAS AN EXCHANGE STUDENT IN 2007MEMBERS MATTERS City to Surf: Keith & Glennis Henning Vs John Surian & Tony Warner The contest is on this weekend, let’s hope they all recover to see and hear Signe The honeymoon’s over, Prashanth’s back
  3. 3. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityCLUB INITITIVE John Surian is championing a drive to extend the health of members, friends & associates by setting up aget together every Friday 6.00am Parramatta Park. It will be a walk/stroll/run/crawl program firstly meeting at the western gate inside Parramatta Park thiscoming Friday 19th John points out it is (the Queen St gatehouse) - please note at that time you’ll need to enter from the maingate in Macquarie St. Ample parking is available at that time on the RHS before you get to the Queen St gate. So join us and become part of the foundation members of the new yet to be named group- be sure tobring as many as possible of your friends and associates on Friday week.OUR COMMUNITYWALK WITH ME - PARRAMATTAYou are invited to take a step towards making a difference in the lives of people withdisabilities by participating in Northcotts annual Walk With Me event in Parramatta.Hundreds of people of ALL abilities are coming together to walk side by sideto encourage us all to see a person first and not their disability, as well as raise vitalfunds for respite services.Walk With Me is a great way to spend a Sunday morning, with entertainment andplenty of sporting and family-focused activities.What: Walk With Me - ParramattaWhen: Sunday, 18 September - 10:00am to 2:00pmWhere: The Kings School - Doyle Oval, North ParramattaTo register contact Tony WarnerOUR YOUTHFrom Tony Warner, Just a reminder that the close of applications for the next RYPENCamp 7th-9th October is the 16th September.Don’t forget that you will not be able to contact the schools 2 weeks before the campas it is school holidays so don’t leave it till the last minuteContact Tony if you have a lead or contact you would like to attend this Camp.
  4. 4. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityOUR INTERNATIONAL SERVICEGROUP STUDY EXCHANGEThe District has completed their interviews for the team leader and I am pleased to say Liz MacIntosh from theRotary Club of Parramatta. Liz has been a friend and regular visitor to our club over the years and we wish herall the best as she commences her training.Meanwhile David Ross is still on the lookout for Team members to accompany Liz to Finland.FACEBOOK We have now available for the club a new facebook page the shortcut is 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.QUOTE OF THE MONTHE. LESLIE PIDGEON –RI PRESIDENT 1917-1918 Rotary Club of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada“Rotary is a living force, first, because it holds a doctrine of human relationships whichis true to universal fact, and second, because it does not hold its doctrine passively,but proves its existence by its expression for humanity’s uplift.”—1918 Rotary conventionREGISTER FOR 2011 ROTARY-UN DAYThe annual Rotary-UN Day will be held on Saturday, 5 November, at United Nations headquarters in New YorkCity.
  5. 5. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityOrganized by the RI representatives to the UN, this year’s event will feature presentations from seniorUN staff and Rotary leaders as well as panel discussions on health, water, literacy, and youth.High school-age students, including Interactors and Rotary Youth Exchange participants, can attend aspecial youth program in the morning and join the adult program in the afternoon.Download the registration form for RI-UN Day and the youth program.For more information contact Brad Jenkins.BURTON IS CHOICE FOR 2013-14 RI PRESIDENT By Ryan HylandRotary International News -- 8 August 2011 Ron D. Burton, a member of the Rotary Club of Norman, Oklahoma, USA, is the selection of theNominating Committee for President of Rotary International in 2013-14.Ron D. Burton, a member of the Rotary Club of Norman, Oklahoma, USA, is the selection of theNominating Committee for President of Rotary International in 2013-14. Burton will become thepresident-nominee on 1 October if there are no challenging candidates.Burton retired as president of the University of Oklahoma Foundation Inc. in 2007. He is a member ofthe American Bar Association, as well as the bar associations of Cleveland County and the state ofOklahoma. He is admitted to practice in Oklahoma and before the U.S. Supreme Court."This is an exciting time to be a Rotarian," Burton says. "I believe we are well poised to capitalize onour strengths as we embrace the [RI] Strategic Plan and the Future Vision Plan. My vision is to haveevery Rotarian appreciate what it means to be a Rotarian. With these two tools, we can make thathappen."Active in his community, Burton is a founder and past president of the Norman Public SchoolFoundation, and founder and past board member of the Norman Community Foundation. A recipient of
  6. 6. Rotary Club of Parramatta Citythe Silver Beaver Award, he is a past vice president of the Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts ofAmerica.Burton believes that Rotarys promotion of high ethical standards is one of the qualities that sets it apartfrom other organizations."It assures those dealing with us that we can be trusted," he says. "Most of us are in a business orprofession that already has a code of ethics. Vocational service in Rotary just adds to that responsibility.We have an obligation to go above and beyond to make sure that all our actions are above reproach."A Rotarian since 1979, Burton is vice chair of the Future Vision Committee and a member of the PolioEradication Advocacy Task Force for the United States. He has served RI as director; Rotary Foundationtrustee and trustee vice chair; International Assembly moderator, assistant moderator, and groupdiscussion leader; and district governor.His other service to Rotary includes chair of the 2011 New Orleans Convention Committee, vice chairof the Investment Advisory Committee, liaison trustee of the Vocational Service Committee, PermanentFund national adviser, and regional Rotary Foundation coordinator. He was aide to 2006-07 RI PresidentWilliam B. Boyd.Burton has received the RI Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation Citation forMeritorious Service, Distinguished Service Award, and International Service Award for a Polio-FreeWorld.Burton and his wife, Jetta, have two children and three grandchildren.