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Rotary Club of Parramatta City Newsletter 15 January 2012

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Newsletter 15 1-2012

  1. 1. Rotary Club of Parramatta City COMMUNITY NETWORKER ROTARY CLUB OF PARRAMATTA CITY PRESIDENT MESSAGE ROTARY HOME EXCHANGE Welcome back everyone and it is with good news that two of our FELLOWSHIPmembers are recovering well after some mishaps over the holidayperiod. Our Director of wellbeing and health John Surian, was in a bikerace and at the finishing line, a blast of must win surged up and hesoon found out that the body is softer than road base and two don’tmatch. Our other member Maurice Kriss underwent heart surgery andproved that he is tough as teak and recovering well. Though this program is a listed Recreational & Vocational Fellowship This Australia Day we have again been invited back to Parramatta program it is open to every RotarianPark to feed the many who attend our nation’s national day. It is an wishing to avail him/herself of its benefits. The fellowship program isearly start for the starting crew, and John Ching is asking for volunteer’s online at the website attend and put in a few hours to assist & promote our club. Applications for membership must be Joy & Prashanth will be gathering numbers this week for our transfer completed on the internet where as much descriptive information may bemeeting on Monday 23rd to Northcott headquarters to hear from our detailed as a person may think will help arrange an exchange. This mayRYPEN & RYLA young people sponsored by our club. We need to have also include as many coloured photographs of the home, the familynumbers for the catering at Northcott. For members who may not be or the geographical area as areaware our Club & many other Rotary Clubs donated funds towards desired. The application fee is detailed thereon. Once contact isNorthcott’s new premises and this is an opportunity for everyone to made, it is up to the individual Rotarians to organise the details.inspect the complex and its multi-function purpose building. Houses, cars, boats and in some Your will also notice in February two of our neighbouring Rotary places, servants are considered as relevant aspects of the exchange. AsClubs hosting functions and I encourage members to attend for what only Rotarians are eligible for the program, there is an appreciated levelshould be fun nights. If we want Clubs to attend our functions we must of trust between both parties as to thedo the right thing by attending theirs as several did for our Trivia night respect for each others property. The site is operated by a commerciallast year. home exchange organisation with ‘Firewalls’ in place to protect the A reminder from Treasurer, Keith Henning of membership fees are Rotary operation. These ‘walls’ may be breached should the member takenow due. advantage of a free offer to access I emailed earlier this the great news concerning polio in India, it has the commercial pages and consider an exchange therein. Potentialnow been a full year without polio being contracted. We still have to members should be aware of this fact. To register for the program and so bego through for two years before being declared eradicated in India. So included in the current exchangethe campaign stills continues there for those next few years. We cannot booklet, prospective members should complete the application form prior toforget the other remaining countries, Pakistan, Afghanistan & Nigeria 31 October of each year. This ensures all current entries beingand with war and conflict occurring their this makes the job harder still, available in the express delivered booklet the following support the painting of the little finger. Countries currently available and in demand are USA, Canada, UK, South Africa and India, with potential to visit any country within the Rotary family should members establish the contacts.This program has been operating successfully since 1977 and has a large archive of reports from truly satisfied exchangees with the benefits of free quality home
  2. 2. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityCALENDAR OF EVENTS January 14-21 RYLA Camp-Blue Gum Lodge 16 First Meeting of the year- “what we did on our holiday” 23 Transfer meeting-Northcott- RYPEN & RYLA Students 30 Maria Padisetti- Mirco Loans & Aaron Cantor- Ambassadorial Scholar February 6 Lord Mayor-Lorraine Wearne 11 Rotary Club of Parramatta –Valentine Party 13 Debra Carr- Parramatta Mission 17 Rotary Club of Holroyd-Trivia Night St Pats School-Guilford 23 Rotary Day (Transfer meeting) March 2 ARH- Golf Day at Riverside 3 Multi-District PETS- Campbelltown 5 Pride of Workmanship Evening 19 Michael Crosslands- Ignite the fire within 23-25 District Conference- Penrith April 2 John Watters 29 District Assembly 30 Police Officer of the Year May 6-9 International Convention-Bangkok 14 Australian Rotary Health- PHD Scholars night
  3. 3. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityDAVID’S PEARLSBeing the BestDesire is the key to motivation, but its the determination and commitment to an unrelentingpursuit of your goal, a commitment to excellence, that will enable you to attain the successyou seek.- Mario AndrettiThe spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are somuch more important than the events that occur.- Vince LombardiIf you are not too large for the place you occupy, you are too small for it.- James A. GarfieldMake a strong and permanent commitment to invest your talents only in pursuits that deserveyour best efforts.- Nido QubeinCANADIAN VOCATIONAL PROJECT SEEKS EMPLOYMENTOPPORTUNITIES FOR THE DISABLED By Ryan HylandRotary International News – 11 January 2012 Rotarian Mark Wafer (left) recognizes Tawnya Walsh as 2010 Employee of the Year at one of his six Tim Hortons in Ontario, Canada. Walsh was a beneficiary of the districts service project. Photo courtesy of Mark Wafer Several Rotary districts in Ontario, Canada, are helping to expand employment opportunities for people with physical or developmental disabilities by educating business leaders on the benefits of hiring them. Districts 6290, 6400, 7070 and 7090 partnered with Community Living Ontario, a nonprofit association that advocates for people
  4. 4. Rotary Club of Parramatta Citywith disabilities, to create a vocational service project that provides resources and training for businessowners interested in hiring people with disabilities.By working with employment agencies, the project connects disabled individuals with job openings.Since its launch in 2009, the program has helped more than 130 disabled people find employment.Project manager Joe Dale, a member of the Rotary Club of Whitby, says about 16 percent of theprovince’s population has some kind of mental or physical impairment; of those, 49 percent areunemployed. It’s one of the largest minorities in the country and a significant labor pool for businessesto tap into, he says.“This project has helped a growing number of employers dispel the myths about the disabled byconnecting them to [potential] employees with disabilities,” says Dale, executive director at OntarioDisability Employment Network. “We go around the province encouraging Rotarians and otherbusinesses to hire those with disabilities and inform them of the benefits that come with it.”Studies conducted by Community Living Ontario and surveys of employers have shown that employeeswho have a disability demonstrate average or above average work performance, are willing and able towork many different types of jobs, and improve staff morale.Whitby club member Mark Wafer, who helped launch the project, says hiring people with disabilitiesgives him a competitive edge. An owner of six Tim Hortons, a Canadian-based coffee and baked goodschain, Wafer has employed more than 80 people with disabilities over the last 16 years for positionsranging from customer service to management.Wafer says the benefit is “substantial." People with disabilities tend to stay with an employer longer, hesays, because it has taken them such a long time to find a job. That reduces the cost of having tointerview, hire, and train replacements. “Turnover is expensive.”Wafer says his overall turnover rate remains low because all his employees "want to be a part ofsomething special, they feel good about the inclusive workplace. It changes the nature of the workforce.” Expanding the projectDale hopes to see Rotary clubs and districts across Canada take part in this vocational project.Rotarians can use their influence in the community to demonstrate leadership when it comes to hiringpeople who have a disability, he says. “If business owners hear that this hiring won’t be a deterrent toprofitability, then that’s a strong message.”Participating clubs can use connections in their community to conduct informational sessions forbusiness groups, chambers of commerce, and trade and professions associations.David Onley, Ontarios lieutenant governor, who contracted polio as a child and remains partiallyparalyzed, says the project “reflects an important partnership between Community Living Ontario andRotarians to assist Ontarians with disabilities find appropriate employment by forging relationships withbusinesses.”
  5. 5. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityThe hiring of people with disabilities is one of the last frontiers of discrimination, says Wafer.“Rotarians, as business owners and professionals are well positioned to break down this barrier and openthe doors to a more inclusive community.”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.