Rotary Club of Parramatta City COMMUNITY NETWORKER ROTARY CLUB OF PARRAMATTA CITY CHALLENGE/ PRESIDENT MESSAGE HANDICAMPS The District Conference was held last weekend and it was jam packedwith excellent speakers starting on the Friday night, the welcome to countrywas the best I have seen in all my years. We then had some greatpresentations all with relevance to Rotary. The two Group Study Exchange The purpose of this activity is to promoteteams gave great presentations- for the girls from Finland they certainly personal development of youth whohave picked up the culture of Australia with enthusiasm. The outbound share similar physical or intellectual challenging disabilities, aided through theteam with our Andrew Coss on board will be setting a high standard and support of mentors resourced from the International Youth Exchangewill be great ambassadors for our District. If I had to pick out three of the students. The skills gained are experience and confidence fromkeynote speakers I would say: Ramesh Ferris, a Canadian polio survivor opportunities for interaction betweenoriginally from India where he contracted Polio, Jenny Horton a Polio fighter young people with disabilites and overseas students.who is implanted into the countries of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Participants may have sensory impairments, mild to moderate physicalLastly, it would Michael McQueen who spoke on the generation X & Y and impairments, or mild intellectualsocial media. There were many more but in my opinion these were the best impairments. Half of the young people have physicalthree. disabilities (campers) and the other half are Rotary Youth Exchange students We now know that next year’s conference will be at Campbelltown (buddies) from all around the world. The campers are 16 to 24 yearsand I urge everyone to make sure we start to build up our numbers to of age, and students are 17 to 19 yearsattend. As this will be the last Conference for this District and there will be of age. The objective is to provide campers and buddies with ansome reflection on what we have achieved, I would like to see some of our environment which will physically, mentally and emotionally challenge theseformer members asked to attend with us, as it was with their membership young people.that we have achieved what we have. So start to build up a list of former Over the five days, Campers and Buddies joint activities may includemembers and then we can begin to track them down if not known. sailing, abseiling, swimming, kayaking, rock climbing, archery, power boating We have some challenges facing our Club over the next three years and other interesting activities. In addition to the physical challengesand I am calling a Club Assembly on April 16th. I WANT EVERYONE THERE. there will be valuable social challenges We had international speaker Michael Crosslands speak at our club on that campers and buddies participate in during this exciting learning period. ForMarch 19th, and as I have been busy I was not able to advise members that many it is the personal growth through friendship that endures.Michael has said that if and when he is in Sydney he would make himself The camp is hosted by Districts 9910 andavailable to speak at any major event we or your business’s may have on 9920 which alternate each year and organised by one club within the hostingthat date, (so keep this in mind). Michael certainly is a generous young district for that year. It is the organising club’s responsibility todetermine theman and his presentation is world class. program, obtain sponsorship and encourage participation of other clubs by sponsoring a buddy who would be their IYE student or a disabled camper. A similar project is conducted in Western Barry Antees Australia.
Rotary Club of Parramatta CityCALENDAR OF EVENTS April 2 John Watters 9 Easter Monday (Public Holiday) 13 ARH- Golf Day at Riverside 16 Club Assembly 23 Club Meeting-Lunch 29 District Assembly 30 Pride of Workmanship-night time meeting May 7 Club Meeting-Lunch 6-9 International Convention-Bangkok 14 Australian Rotary Health- PHD Scholars night 21 Club Meeting-Lunch 28 Club Meeting-Lunch July 6 Club ChangeoverGUEST SPEAKER –JOHN WATTERS John Watters from Parrasip: ParraSIP (Parramatta Schools Industry Partnership) is a non-profit Local Community Partnership (LCP) that links young people with local business. Funded by both the Australian Government and the NSW Government, ParraSIP identifies, fosters and supports a range of quality Structured Workplace Learning, Careers and Transition and Adopt a School Programs that engages the local community in the successful transition of all our young people aged 13-19 years to a productive adult life.
Rotary Club of Parramatta CityDAVID’S PEARLSImaginationI am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important thanknowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.- Albert EinsteinIt doesnt matter what is happening to the economy, government or your industry; it matters what isgoing on in your imagination. If youve got a rich imagination youre going to have a rich experience.- Mark Victor HansenBring me men to match my mountains: Bring me men to match my plains: Men with empires in theirpurpose and new eras in their brains.- Thomas PaineThere are enough genuine difficulties in life to encounter, dont allow your imagination to increasethe number.- Neil EskelinYOUNG ROTARIAN MODELS LEADERSHIP IN AUSTRALIA Holly Ransom, 22, is president-elect of the Rotary Club of Crawley, Australia. Photo by Frances Andrijich During her first year at college, Holly Ransom, a member of the Rotary Club of Crawley, Australia, noticed that a lack of role models was demoralizing her female friends. “Unfortunately, if you’re looking to the media, you’re struggling for female role models other than celebrities going in and out of rehab,” she says. In 2009, she founded Women Who Lead, a nonprofit that aims to provide positive examples and foster leadership skills. A year ago, she joined the Crawley club and learned that only 2 percent of Rotarians are under age 30, and 16 percent are women.“I couldn’t get those statistics out of my head,” the 22-year-old says. She told David Goldstone, one of theclub’s charter members, that she wanted to get more involved; soon after, Ransom became president-elect.She’ll take office in 2012-13, shortly after graduating from the University of Western Australia with a degree inlaw and economics.“Our club members are so different in composition and mindset,” she says. “It’s invigorating to be a part of theenergy in the room every time we’re together.”
Rotary Club of Parramatta CityCLUB IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, USA, FOCUSES ON THEENVIRONMENT By Arnold R. Grahl A member of the Rotary Club of Morro Bay Eco in California, USA, sets up a bin used to create compost tea for three public golf courses in San Luis Obispo. The composted food waste, landscape byproducts, and grass clipping are used instead of chemical fertilizers. Photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of Morro Bay Eco Though it’s less than a year old, the Rotary Club of Morro Bay Eco, California, USA, is already making a big impact on its community through projects that are reducing waste and increasing recycling. The club has partnered with an environmental nonprofit agency and the County of San Luis Obispo to compost grass clippings, landscape byproducts, and concession food waste at three public golf courses, turning them into organic fertilizer for the courses.Club members have also taken the "zero-waste" strategy to community events, where they recycle and compostvirtually all the trash generated while educating the public about waste reduction. On another project, clubmembers volunteered to plant native species and improve erosion control around a major creek bed.John Weiss, president of the club, said its focus on the environment has helped with recruitment, attractingmembers who would not have been interested in a more traditional format."Were appealing to people who are excited about what we are doing," Weiss says. "They are great eco-Rotarians, but they are not people who would join any club. They want to do things, work on projects."The Morro Bay Eco club received its charter on 16 June. Other eco-clubsWeiss, a Rotarian for eight years, was tapped last year by Deepa Willingham, 2010-11 governor of District5240, to serve as the districts club extension chair, with the mission of chartering at least one new club focusedon the environment.In his research, Weiss read about two other eco-clubs on the RI website and called Kay Biga, cofounder of theRotary Club of Duluth Superior Eco, Minnesota, for advice.Bigas club, chartered in November 2008, has 45 members. It attracts many young professionals, includingwomen, with a focus on environmental service projects, flexible late-afternoon meetings, popular social events,and an affordable dues structure."We schedule at least one, and sometimes two or three, service projects a month," says Biga. "We also have amonthly Fun Foods Night, where one of the club members hosts a dinner at home. This has been a terrificmonthly fellowship opportunity."
Rotary Club of Parramatta CityWeisss club adopted similar ideas, forgoing meals at meetings to keep costs down, emphasizing serviceprojects, and holding only two official meetings a month, limited to one hour. But his club takes a slightlydifferent approach because of its different demographic makeup."We have members in their 50s and 60s, and some who are retired. Its not just a youth thing," he says. "Thecommon bond is a desire to get in there and actually do hands-on service."Weisss advice to other clubs includes being sensitive to the desires of prospective members."The underlying current for all Rotary clubs is Service Above Self," he says. "But how you define service isgoing to vary for different people. You have to listen and adapt."Rotarians in other districts also have been expanding Rotary by chartering new clubs: The Rotary Club of Juba, South Sudan, chartered in March 2010, recently partnered with the Rotary Club of Bideford Bridge, Devon, England, on a Rotary Foundation Matching Grant project to donate US$15,000 in anesthesia equipment to a teaching hospital in Juba. The club also supports a local orphanage. The Rotary E-Club of District 3170, Goa, India, became one of the newest additions to the e-club fold in April, with 25 charter members. With members from Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, India, Malaysia, Norway, South Africa, and the United States, the club meets both online and in person. A recent tree-planting project encouraged members to plant a tree in their neighborhood during the first two weeks of July. The Rotary Club of Berlin International, chartered in 2009, is the first club in Germany to target the large international community in the nation’s capital. The club, with 31 members from 14 countries, conducts its meetings in English. Among its fundraisers, it organized a campaign in Germany encouraging people to donate in support of polio eradication by texting "POLIO." The Rotary Club of Ramallah, the first club chartered in territory under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority, was admitted by the RI Board in May 2010. The 34 members have initiated projects including a winter clothing bank, and are working with the district to develop community parks. Read about the clubs charter celebration.PRESIDENT’S WANT LIST WANT No 1. We are a vocational based service organization. Our members all have a business background and one of themajor survival technics in businesses is succession planning. If we want our business to survive we need to know that ifanything happens to me, who understands my business and can step up to the plate. Therefore my No 1 “want” is allmembers put into practice what they already do in business, but this time it is a session plan for their membership ofour club. That is, who will replace me when I leave the Rotary Club of Parramatta City. We need to have in place aclub survival practice of succession membership I want every member to identify a successor for themselves byOctober 2012 being our vocational month. By this date you will advise the membership Director who your successoris. WANT No 2.Knowledge is a wonderful gift and my second want is I would like all members to adopt a program or project as theirRotary knowledge base as to be able to speak on the subject when-ever called upon to do so. This may be at ameeting, at one of our projects or just when doing business. If you need resources read your Rotary Down Undermagazine or use the online version of the programs of Rotary at http://www.rotarydownunder.com.au/rotary-programs.asp or go to the Rotary International website http://www.rotary.org
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