Newsletter 19 12-2011


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Rotary Club of Parramatta City Newsletter for Monday 19 December 2011

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Newsletter 19 12-2011

  1. 1. Rotary Club of Parramatta City COMMUNITY NETWORKER ROTARY CLUB OF PARRAMATTA CITY PRESIDENT MESSAGE ROTARY EDUCATION AND DOCTORS The Annual General Meeting was held last Monday and I am IN NEW GUINEApleased to announce all positions were filled. Next year our club will belead by John Ching, with Prashanth Paramanathn as President Elect.The Board will be made of Joy Gillett, Keith Henning, John Surian, DavidRoss, Mark Hancock, John Totonjian, Phillip Brophy and myself. The Directors will submit to John Ching their In Australia, we share a doctor with desired portfolio shortly, so he can only 400 other people. But the average doctor in PNG must serve organize everyone for the District over 7,900 people. The ratio is as Assembly. bad as that in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Malawi, Niger and Mozambique. At the AGM we also outlined the In the North Fly District of Western Province, PNG, the ratio is 8,500 Friends of Rotary concept the board people per doctor. In the South Fly District, 40,000 people have no approved. We are anticipating we will be doctor at all; in the Middle Fly District welcoming past members into this it’s 66,000. Total expenditure on health in PNG was just $53 per capitacategory at the Rotary Anniversary dinner on 23 February 2012. in 2006, compared to $3,232 in Australia. To make matters worse, Also at last Monday’s meeting we heard from Bob Aitken on the around 10,000 refugees live inDistrict Conference and many of the members supported the In District Western Province. They are not recognised by the PNG government,Conference and members were urged to take up the spilt concept so they are refused even the limited official aid. PNG’s rural healthand to bring your partners along to hear about Rotary. services are deteriorating. Many facilities have been closed down, and those that remain are difficult to For all members & their family members who volunteered their time access. Patients, health workers and supplies must negotiate raging rivers,at the Christmas Tree sales, I thank you muddy roads and rugged mountains. Communicable diseases such as This being our last meeting for the year I wish all members and their malaria, tuberculosis, pneumonia,families a safe and happy Christmas Holidays and look forward to diarrhoeal diseases, meningitis and HIV / AIDS account for about halfseeing everyone at the first meeting of the new year on January 16th. of all deaths in PNG. In 2006, 15,000 children under 5 died in the Pacific region. 14,000 of them were in PNG. Of every 1,000 children born, 73 will die before age five. Another 54 won’t even survive their infancy. For every 100,000 live births, 470 young mothers die. In Australia the number is 4.Help us fight the killers and cripplers How can your Rotary club help? Support is needed to implement a 3-pronged strategy: 1. Deploy volunteer (ADI) doctors to remote communities. 2. Run treatment and control programs on malaria, elephantiasis and leprosy. 3. Educate and train health workers. This Project will run in conjunction with Australian Doctors International and Rotary projects Club support in the form of donations and volunteers
  2. 2. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityCALENDAR OF EVENTS December 19 Club Christmas Lunch for members, partners & friends of Rotary 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 February 6 Lord Mayor-Lorraine Wearne 13 Debra Carr- Parramatta Mission 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 nightDAVID’S PEARLSTeamworkFew will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a smallportion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.- Robert F. KennedyNo member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing.- Ralph Waldo EmersonA single leaf working alone provides no shade.- Chuck Page
  3. 3. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityContrary to popular belief, there most certainly is an "I" in "team." It is the same "I" that appearsthree times in "responsibility."- Amber HardingOUR COMMUNITY SERVICE, OUR PHD SCHOLARS Hi Joy / Keith Rhian Shephard forwarded this link to me from You Tube which I just watched – this was on 60 minutesrecently if you missed it. Prof Chris Semsarian shown in the clip is Rhian’s primary supervisor. Rhian also makes an appearance at 9:20for a few seconds! This story is not related to her project but it highlights the importance of heart researchundertaken at the Centenary Institute. Best Wishes Kelly Anne Martinez Research Officer Australian Rotary HealthOUR INTERNATIONAL SERVICE-SEE NOTICE ABOUT SHIRTSBob’s Africa Rotary Blog 121 12/7/11Return to Africa….the more thingschange the more they remain the sameThe first traffic light in Livingstone Zambia!!!Three days after arrival and no luggage. It came on the fourth day. Lots to do with Park. The Parkcommittee has renamed the park “Dambwa North Rotary Park.” Picture of current state of parkabove.Here is a list of items need to complete the Rotary ParkConcrete wall fence, $250 per 8 ft panel 12 not yet subscribed $3000Play Center for youngsters under 10 wooden climbing structures etc. $1000Play Center “ „ „ „ swing sets and see-saws $1000Play center “ “ “ “ lateral rope climb and slides $1200Concrete Benches and tables $1000Soccer Pitch grass seeding, hand lawn cutting equipment and goals $2300Net and Basketball Court and standards $2000Volleyball Pitch, net and poles $1100Solar Electric Security Lighting and for ablution block $3300Chain link perimeter fence on two sides $3400Balls, equipment, nets etc. for one year $1500New Rotary Shirt fabric sourced in ZimbabweAfter much hard work on the part of Zambian and Zimbabwean Rotarians Margaret &
  4. 4. Rotary Club of Parramatta CitySandy Whitehead, no relation and PADG Barbara Murasiranna,a source hasbeen tomake the new fabric. All Zambian cloth manufactures are not functioning at themoment and haven‟t for seven months & there is no light at the end of the tunnel, soZimbabwe here we come. The new Zim-Zam Rotary shirt fabric is pictured at left.Local Zambian artist, Chansa Chishimba who designed the first shirt agreed to do ournew one. The shirt will be debut for sale at the Bangkok convention. Limited numbersof the original are still available thru Bob.District 9210’s Africa projects are manifold and your help is needed toaccomplish Rotary’s efforts. Please contact Bob with your Club’sinterest. Contacts(USA) (949)887-3266, Zambia 001(260) 955-898901, e-mail: Skype: bobselinger. Back in USA to California USA Jan 14, 2012.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.