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Newsletter 16 7-2012

  1. 1. Rotary Club of Parramatta City COMMUNITY NETWORKER ROTARY CLUB OF PARRAMATTA CITY THE ROTARY PRESIDENT MESSAGE FOUNDATION What a start to the Rotary Year! Our club’s changeover event was a memorable one for me and theboard. Pictures are already up on our Club’s Facebook Page. If you are notin Facebook, the photos are included here. Our guests included DG Keith and Margaret Roffey, PDG David andCarolyn Cook, PDG Warwick and Lyn Tester, the late PDG Bill Little, District The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enableAdministrator and Secretary David and Lyn Bamford, Ms Pam Davis from Rotarians to achieve world understanding, goodwill, andRed Hand, family member and friends. peace through the improvement of On the night, Mark Hancock was honoured as our newest Centurian by health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The Rotary PDG Warwick Tester. Also, I was remiss in not thanking the staff from Foundation is organised as a separate corporation within Rotary International forSebel for making our changeover night a success. So, I would like to legal and tax liability reasons. Because it attracts support fromformally thank the staff from Sebel for their assistance and professionalism. Rotarians and clubs around the world, itsFrom the looks on the face of everyone, the night was a memorable one component programs tend to become extremely visible, with great potential tofor me which I will treasure. capture public attention. The Foundation has the ability to review, Right after our Club’s Changeover, I attended the District Changeover organise and implement internationallast Sunday at Club Marconi, There were 200 attendees including Barry and programs of major humane benefit at minimal administrative cost.Megan, David and Karen and my family. At the District Changeover, our The Rotary Foundation was begun in 1917 by Arch Klumph, sixth internationalclub was recognised by the Australian Rotary Health with a banner president of Rotary. He convinced a Rotary convention of the need for ancertificate honouring our club for attaining a level of contribution endowment for "doing good inequivalent to $12,000 per member. Our club’s total contribution to the world". The proposal was successful and the fund became a reality with theAustralian Rotary Health has been over $310,000 to date. It was my honour receipt of its first contribution of $26.50. In 1928, The Rotary Foundation wasto represent our club in receiving this accolade. However, the accolade further strengthened by the appointmentbelongs to the members of the club and especially to Keith Henning and of the first Board of Trustees. At the death of Rotarys founder, Paulthe Foundation he administers. Well Done. Harris in 1947, Rotarians around the world made gifts to The Foundation in his PDG David Cook also presented to our Club the District’s Reach Within memory and in the following year the first program providing graduate scholarshipsto Embrace Humanity Award in recognition of outstanding leadership and for overseas study was introduced.service and excellence in promotion of the ideals of Rotary in 2011/12. PDG The Rotary Foundation now funds each year:David assessed that our club’s Pride of Workmanship award event • Scholarships for undergraduate students.represents the ideals of Rotary wherein the awardees were nominated by • Group Study Exchanges.businesses in our area and the ethnicity of our awardees. The night was the • International humanitarian projects through a range of grant awards night that he had attended. Kudos to Mark for a job well • Immunisation activities which will eradicate polio.done! • Rotary peace programs. Funds are raised at the district and club Kudos as well to our members for the support given to this awards night. levels for the Annual Programs Fund. These funds are invested for three years and then distributed under the SHARE system, which allocates 50 per cent for District Designated Fund (DDF) programs, whilst 50 per cent goes to the World Fund to support international projects. In 1994 The Australian Rotary
  2. 2. Rotary Club of Parramatta City Well, what do you think of our new venue? Reactions from the members who attended last Monday’s meetingwere all in agreement in respect of the new venue, Sebel Parramatta. The food was Great and the room was impeccable. I would like to extend our club’s vote of appreciation to the staff of Sebel Parramatta for making us at home. On a sadder note, we farewell PDG Bill Little who passed away last Monday morning. He was a true Rotarian who exemplified the Rotary motto of Service Above Self. His dedication to the Village Aide program in the Philippines saw more projects being completed on time and on budget. We will surely miss him. Last Wednesday, the board members met for the very first time and delved into the issues on hand. One of our priorities this year is to finish our Future Vision Plan which was started last year. We are nearly there and hopefully will finish before the end of December 2012. Our club is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and a small committee has been formed to organise this big event. So, look out for all the emails and notices regarding this celebration. Finally, Murray Stone from the Children’s Medical Institute is our guest speaker for next Monday. I hope to see all of you for this meeting. Johnny ChingCALENDAR OF EVENTS July 16 Murray Stone-Kids Research Institute 23 Stephanie Dale- President Parramatta City Chamber of Commerce 30 Carol Hanna-Walk with me-Northcott August 6 Club Meeting-Lunch 13 Club Meeting-Lunch 17 Club Meeting-Lunch 20 Club Meeting-Lunch 27 Club Meeting-Lunch September 3 Club Meeting-Lunch 10 Club Meeting-Lunch 17 AG Visit 24 DG Keith Roffey Official Visit
  3. 3. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityGUEST SPEAKER- MURRAY STONE Murray Stone is a Relationship Manager for the Kids Research Institute at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and has been there for 12 months. Through his career, he has worked at Telstra as a store manager and in the National Office looking after sales and marketing before taking a role as a Branch Manager at Westpac in the CBD. With a young family, Murray decided to step away from the commercial world and entered the non-profit industry with CareFlight in 2009 before moving into the role at the Kids Research Institute in August last year. He has also completed a Degree in Business Management at the University of Western Sydney, graduating in 2007. Murray is married and has 2 girls – aged 4.5 and 2 and lives at Werrington Downs and has been living in Sydney since 2000, moving down from Newcastle with his now-wife Katie. He is here tonight to tell us more about the work of the Kids Research Institute and talk about some of the challenges in kid’s health today.DAVID’S PEARLSNorman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, offear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will haveto follow. But any action is better than no action at all.Norman Vincent PealeAny fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success orfailure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. Youare overcome by the fact because you think you are.Norman Vincent PealeBelieve in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in yourown powers you cannot be successful or happy.Norman Vincent PealeFormulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold thispicture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture... Do not buildup obstacles in your imagination.Norman Vincent Peale
  4. 4. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityHARNESSING THE SUNS POWER TO COOK Bottom: Allart Ligtenberg shows how to prepare lunch in a backpack solar cooker of his own invention at EverestNorth Base Camp. Bottom: Ligtenberg meets with women in the Kathmandu Valley village of Balambu, Nepal. Photoscourtesy of Ligtenberg Rotarian Allart Ligtenberg spends three months abroad every year, telling anyone who will listen about solarcooking. Solar cookers use reflective materials such as glass, mirrors, or aluminum foil to concentrate sunlight and convert itinto heat for cooking. Ligtenberg, a member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos, California, USA, was sold on the virtues of the devices morethan three decades ago after his company, Hewlett-Packard, sent him to India in 1979. An avid hiker, he spent timetrekking through the mountains of Nepal and was spellbound by the country’s beauty, but also troubled by itspoverty. Back home, he saw a newspaper ad for solar cooker blueprints. He sent the company a US$10 check andbuilt the cooker, which he still uses in the yard of his California home. Power for good Ligtenberg realized that if the people of Nepal could harness the sun’s power for cooking and water purification, they might be able to alleviate some of their health, environmental, and energy problems. Women wouldn’t have to walk far from home, spending valuable time and risking attack, to find wood for fuel. Deforestation would decrease. Vegetables and fruits could be dried, reducing spoilage. Water could be pasteurized, killing bacteria. After retiring in 1992, he devoted himself to the cause. Chair of the District 5170 Water, Hunger, and Solar Resource Group, he has met with dozens of service groups, media outlets, universities, and tourism industry representatives. “You have to find local champions for your cause,” he says. “I can’t be there allyear. I’m like a farmer. I plant seeds and hope they blossom into something big. ” Ligtenberg doesn’t show up to the meetings empty-handed: He always carries along a solar cooker of his owndesign so he can demonstrate how one works. “In 20 minutes, I can make soup,” he says. Securing funding He then shows pictures of larger cookers and tells people how they can get help with assembly and maintenance after he leaves. He works with local nongovernmental organizations, many of whom he connected with after joining Rotary. “Some NGOs have timelines or don’t want to try something new,” says Ligtenberg, reflecting on the challenges he’s faced. “Some of them want money under the table. And it’s hard to get governments officially involved.” During the nine months he spends back home, Ligtenberg works to secure funding for projects, including Rotary Foundation Matching Grants, and to
  5. 5. Rotary Club of Parramatta Citydevelop other efforts, such as starting carpentry and metalworking classes in Nepal, distributing devices that canpurify water without boiling, and getting solar cookers into developing nations like Afghanistan, Indonesia, Peru,Bolivia, Mexico, Mongolia, and Haiti. “This simple technology solves problems,” he says, "one village at a time."SEBEL PARRAMATTA-OUR NEW MEETING PLACE Located 350 Church Street, with underground parking (to be validated when leaving) in the Executive Boardroom. There will be a choice of hot or cold meals available and they will have to be advised to Joy Gillett no laterthan 9.30am on the day of the meeting.FACEBOOK We have now available for the club a new facebook page the shortcut is