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Newsletter 22 08-2011


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Rotary Club of Parramatta City Newsletter for Monday 22 August 2011

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Newsletter 22 08-2011

  1. 1. Rotary Club of Parramatta City COMMUNITY NETWORKER ROTARY CLUB OF PARRAMATTA CITY PRESIDENT MESSAGE ROTARY We are all proud when we see our children grow and achieve their FELLOWSHIPSgoals. Then there is a moment when we realize they are no longerchildren but an adult who can change the world through theircommunity involvement as a parent, or a responsible member ofsociety. Last week I saw this moment when our exchange student SigneLeth returned after two years since her last visit. I remember her in 2006- Rotary Fellowships are groups of Rotarians, Rotarian spouses, and2007 as a very young 16 year old who arrived already with a set of Rotaractors who join together to: - Share a common interest ingoals that she wanted to achieve while here as an exchange student, worthwhile recreational activitiesthen when she returned two years ago with another set of goals (sports, hobbies, etc.) - Further their vocational developmentintending to also complete. Last Monday she handed in her report through acquaintance with others of the same professioncard and yes the previous goals have been completed and she laid - Make new friends around the worldout her next set of goals. What an amazing young woman we have - Explore new opportunities for servicewitnessed mature over the years. Well into her University course in - Have fun and enhance their experience in RotaryAnthropology and achieving good grades, she is on the International Accountants Amateur Radioboard of Red Cross Youth, a member of Rotaract and involved in her Antique, Classic and HistoricUniversity community Automobiles Automobile and Motorsports And she has had the time find an apartment move out of home Bird Watching Bridgeand set up her home. Canoeing Yes it was a wonderful meeting and it was excellent to see one of Caravanning Chessour children of Rotary out in the world making a difference. Computer Users Convention Goers Remember this is all because of our Rotary Foundation having the Cricket Curlingfunds to make this possible, so don’t forget to make your donation to Cyclingthe Centurion Fund this year so we may sponsor another Exchange Doll Lovers Editors and PublishersStudent. Egyptology Environment Esperanto Fine Arts and Antiques FishingCALENDAR OF EVENTS Flying Football (Soccer) Go August Golf 22 Dr Mai Nguyen, A journey through the Islamic Middle Gourmets Home Exchange East Horseback Riding Internet 29 Prashanth- The Wedding with all its glory and Latin Culture splendored Lawyers License Plate Collecting September Literacy Providers Magicians 17 Club visioning afternoon Magna Graecia Marathon Running Military Personnel Motorcycling Music Old and Rare Books Parades and Festivals Petanque
  2. 2. Rotary Club of Parramatta City 26 District Governor VisitGUEST SPEAKER Dr Mai Nguyen, PhD lecturer in Amsterdam University of Applied Science With the increase of Islam immigrants in Australia and amid the burka incident lately, I think it is important for Rotarian members to gather collective effort to raise awareness, to prevent assumption and hatred in our community. Im planning a year-long sabbatical in 2012 dedicated to a journey in Middle East. My journey will start in Mecca where Islam began; follow its footstep of expansion through Arabian Peninsula, westward to Africa and eastward to Asia, completing the Pan- Islamic that used to be the vision of a one united state. The output of this project will be a book publication, a series of news article, a blog and a facebook page to boost the awareness. This project helps to beat the stereotypes and fast food media coverage. It also shows that a young, female, single non-Muslim woman with no particular power can embark on a world trip with deep involvement within the Middle Eastern life in search forultimate understanding and intention to share this understanding. I am currently in Sydney to teach a summercourseMEMBERS MATTERSWhen Keith Henning visited John Jenkins last week, he found out through John’s Daughter that he had beentaken to hospital and then released. His daughter is now looking for a nursing home where better care canbe taken of him. I am that John will enjoy a chat with member.CLUB INITITIVE When you have read this newsletter John Surian and others will have completed the inauguralwalk/stroll/run/crawl morning event at Parramatta Park Friday at 6.00am. Be there on Monday to here orlisten to groans of some of the participants. Otherwise John will looking forward to even more this comingFriday again at 6.00am. (Ample parking is available at that time on the RHS before you get to the Queen Stgate.)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 side
  3. 3. Rotary Club of Parramatta Cityto 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 YOUTHAt the recent Board meeting approval was given for four young people to attend thisyears Rypen course. Great work Tony and we look forward to hearing from theseyoung people at one of our meetings.OUR INTERNATIONAL SERVICEGROUP STUDY EXCHANGEDavid Ross is still on the lookout for Group Study Exchange team members to Finland,applications close soon.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.
  4. 4. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityQUOTE OF THE MONTHJOHN POOLE –RI PRESIDENT 1918-1919 Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. “The International Association of Rotary Clubs has fairly won its title, for the sun never sets on Rotarians.” — The Rotarian , August 1919REGISTER FOR 2011 ROTARY-UN DAYThe annual Rotary-UN Day will be held on Saturday, 5 November, at United Nations headquarters in New YorkCity.Organized 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.