Rotary Club of Parramatta City COMMUNITY NETWORKER ROTARY CLUB OF PARRAMATTA CITY ROTARY PRESIDENT MESSAGE OCEANIA MEDICAL AID This weekend marks the end of a week long course by two RYLAparticipants selected by our Club. This leadership program is FOR CHILDRENchallenges each participant to develop and make better leaders to (ROMAC)face the world in what-ever vocation they choose in life. On Monday we are bringing together our RYLA and RYPENSparticipants to Northcott at North Parramatta. For members who areun-aware Northcott (formally NSW Crippled Children’s Association was ROMAC began, like many other worthwhile humanitarian activities, asoriginally formed by Rotary Club of Sydney in 1920’s following a survey the idea of one person, a Rotarianby members of polio victims in Sydney) The building at North from Bendigo in Victoria. In 1985, as part of an outreach team of volunteerParramatta was built with large donations from our club and other surgeons and backup staff which went to Fiji to treat local children withRotary Clubs. The final connection in tomorrow’s meeting is thanks to cleft lips or palates, he found that there were many seriously ill childrenour member Tony Warner who was able to co-ordinate two of who were simply too sick to beNorthcott’s student to attend the RYPEN camp a few months back. treated by their own or visiting surgeons. It soon became apparent On January 19th marks another first for our club, Mark Hancock has that this was a problem throughout the developing countries of SE Asiabecome involved with ROMAC (see program profile right column). and the South Pacific. TheseMark and Karen have volunteered to take into their care from China ‘forgotten children’ had life- threatening conditions, or were soMother & daughter Hua Jian (Jenny). Jenny is sixteen years old and is severely disfigured by accident or congenital disorders that they werehaving surgery at the Westmead Childrens Hosptial on Monday 23rd. often kept hidden from society. ROMAC, a significant RotaryWhen Jenny was one she fell into an open fire. ROMAC has brought her program, was born when Rotaryto Westmead to have further surgery after her first treatment when she Clubs in Victoria began sponsoring some of these children to be broughtcame here at the age of ten. As you can understand it is important for to Australia for treatment by some of our most eminent surgeons whoMother and daughter to be together and close to the hospital (neither generously volunteered their skills tospeak any English and they come from a remote area of China, so the transform these young lives. The idea grew so that by 2001, up toCity and another country must be very different for them. Thank you 25 children were being treated each year in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane,again Mark & Karen. Adelaide and Perth. Every Rotary Australia Day is happening this week and John Ching has called for District in Australia agreed to ROMAC being recognised by Rotaryvolunteers, this is a very large public exposure for our club and we need International as a ‘multi-District program’. Shortly thereafter theall who can attend. New Zealand Rotarians joined in, so now all 29 Rotary districts throughout I am also calling for interest in attending Bangkok Convention in Australia and New Zealand areMay, so Mark & Karen, Keith, Megan & myself are going I would like to involved in the program. Now recognised throughout the region ashave a few more from out club attend this wonderful event. Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children, ROMAC uses the skills of Also next week I will be starting my “want List” numerous (volunteer) surgeons in Cheers many fields of activity to transform, and often save, the lives of up to 50 Barry Antees children each year in all the major cities of Australia and New Zealand. Well over 300 children from more than 20 countries have benefited from treatment they couldn’t otherwise have received, all due to the generosity of Rotarians who give of
Rotary Club of Parramatta CityCALENDAR OF EVENTS January 14-21 RYLA Camp-Blue Gum Lodge 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 nightDAVID’S PEARLSChallengesYou cannot control what happens; you can only respond to what happens.- Brian TracyThe most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.- Arnold PalmerAccept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.- George S PattonNew roads; new ruts.-Gilbert K. Chesterton
Rotary Club of Parramatta CityINTERNATIONAL ASSEMBLY Over the past week I have been at the International Assembly in San Diego where District Governor Electtraining occurs for all DGE’s from all over the world representing 204 countries. I was there with Rotary DownUnder to attend a meeting with DGE”S from Australia and New Zealand, but while I was there I wanted to have a photograph taken with DGE from District 3810. His name is Ismael “Maeng” Mercado and next July he will be the governor on our sister club, The Rotary Club of Ramon Magsaysay. I passed our best wishes to him from our club and asked him to remember us to our sister club. I was also able to make contact with Marion “Bing” Gusman who resides in the US, Bing was the inaugural President of Ramon Magsaysay back in 2004.FACEBOOK We have now available for the club a new facebook page the shortcut ishttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Rotary-Club-of-Parramatta-City/108769975845097 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.