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Newletter for the Rotary Club of Parramatta City 25 July 2011

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Newsletter 25 07-2011

  1. 1. Rotary Club of Parramatta City COMMUNITY NETWORKER ROTARY CLUB OF PARRAMATTA CITY PRESIDENT MESSAGE FOUR WAY TEST YOUTH “I’am all right Jack” no I am I am not talking about the 1959 Terry SPEAKINGThomas movie but about the saying. When I looked into this English COMPETITIONsaying I see it means “A comment that indicates a selfish attitude. Notworried about any problems your friends and neighbours might have.” It seems that this term is creeping into our Rotary commitment, weare not worried or concerned about the members who are attendingour weekly meetings or projects and programs. If we are to function probably we need to meet regularly, discuss The aim of the FOUR WAY TESTand raise areas where our Club can help our community, locally or YOUTH SPEAKING COMPETITIONabroad. We are becoming relaxed and the Club is getting jaded is to provide Grade 10 students the opportunity to improve their speakingaround the edges. presentation skills through competition and mentoring. At each and every members induction ceremony we said” While Competitors present a 6-minuteyou are now becoming a member of the Rotary Club of Parramatta speech, which seeks to apply the 4 WAY TEST to their chosen material.City we cannot make you a true Rotarian, that is a distinction you must A panel of 3 adjudicators will assess and critique all presentations as wellgain by your own efforts” . as provide personal follow-up with helpful ideas (for future David Ross is preparing for our Club, a Club Visioning Team from presentations). The implementedCanberra to facilitate for us to plan and document a direction for our processes begin with each participating Rotary Club recruitingClub, if we have in attendance that day, the numbers who are year 10 students interested in entering this competition.attending at the moment, it will be a poor reality of the Club. Each Club then runs its own Our newest member Tony Warner is our guest speaker on Monday, competition, with a finalist chosen from each participating school. TheseTony, has had some pretty unique experiences working in the public students then compete in the District Preliminary finals from which 3schools on the South side of Chicago with gangs, guns and metal students and 1 reserve are chosen. The successful competitors are thendetectors at every door. invited to the District finals, which may Lets see you on Monday. be held at either the District Conference or a special event prior to this. If the latter occurs, the winning finalist may be invited to perform their speech at the District Conference. Certificates of participation are awarded to all entrants. Trophies can be awarded to finalists from each stage. The overall winner receives a personal trophy in conjunction with a perpetual trophy, which is to be presented and displayed at the winning students school. It has been my experience that the improvement of each student by participating in all levels of this competition has an invaluable impact on their future endeavours. For further information contact: David Barton, D9460 Ph: 08 9364 4429 • Email:
  2. 2. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityCALENDAR OF EVENTS JULY 25 Tony Warner- Connecting with youth, working in the public schools on the South side of Chicago with gangs, guns and metal detectors at every door. August 15 Former Exchange Student Signe Leth 29 Prashanth- The Wedding with all its glory and splendoredGUEST SPEAKER Tony Warner: Through living in the UK, USA and now Australia Tony Warner has had the opportunity to work with young people in a range of settings; from the British foster care system to the South side of Chicago and now individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities Tony has spent time with these unique populations and learned much along the way. Tony ran an adventure centre which included a flying fox, climbing wall and other challenge elements, he welcomed many adjudicated youth groups to utilise the adventure centre and has consistently promoted values such as accountability and cooperation through games, teambuilding initiatives and the elements of the adventure centre. Tony moved to Australia in March 2010 and currently works as the Area Manager of Metro Wide programs for Northcott Disability Services in Parramatta where he continues to empower young people with complex needs to live to the life they choose and to reach their full potential.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.COMMUNITY CHEST Another successful Rotary Community Chest raffle finished with 3 lucky winners. Result of the draw of the Rotary Community Chest 2011At the Burwood RSL at 6PM on Wednesday the 20.January 2011 1st Prize – A Toyota Yaris Car – CSA 01 656 – J. Barratt - Cook 2nd Prize - $1,000 worth of jewellery - GLA 09 620 – C. Norman - Maryborough 3rd Prize - Netbook Computer – RBR 09 553 – J. Pambris - Flynn ---------------------------------------------- Tickets are now available in the current raffle, the Christmas Treasure Trove 2011
  3. 3. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityOUR INTERNATIONAL SERVICEGROUP STUDY EXCHANGEDavid Ross as the Chairman of the District GSE has two areas of opportunity for members, one is anopportunity to lead a GSE Team overseas, we all remember David’s glowing remarks when he lead agreat team of young people overseas to Nova Scotia and New Foundland two years ago.The second opportunity is look at people that you work with or do business with who would benefit andenhance their vocational skills by going overseas as a team member. Look at John Surian a GSE teammember as a young man in the 1970’s went abroad before joining Rotary. John will attest GSE was oneof the greatest and beneficial things to occur to him.For details see or email David Ross OF THE MONTH Allen D. Albert –RI President 1914-1915 Rotary Club of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA “It has been said that the real test of Rotary is in the local clubs. The test reaches deeper than that. Itreaches to every single man in every local club.” —1913 Rotary convention
  4. 4. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityMELBOURNE CLUB PARTNERS WITH HOMELESS AGENCY TOPROVIDE SHELTER FOR CITY’S POOR By Ryan HylandRotary International News -- 11 July 2011Top: The Elizabeth Street Common Ground facility in Melbourne has provided more than 65 homeless peoplewith affordable housing. Bottom: Members of the Rotary Club of Melbourne assemble furniture at the facilityin 2010. Photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of Melbourne Rotary International on FacebookMore than 65 people in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, have a roof over their heads after moving intothe newly built Elizabeth Street Common Ground, a facility that provides affordable apartments, mentalhealth services, employment assistance, and medical referrals to the homeless.
  5. 5. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityIn partnership with HomeGround Services, the citys largest homeless support agency, the Rotary Clubof Melbourne raised US$32,000 to furnish rooms in the facility. More than 40 club members each spent35 days last year moving and assembling furniture and preparing apartments for the tenants."This project brings the community together in so many ways," says Philip Endersbee, 2010-11president of the Melbourne club. "Businesses, neighbors, and tenants have all become involved.Everyone in the community feels a bit of ownership."The Elizabeth Street Common Ground opened in August with 161 apartments on 11 floors, and a 24-hour concierge. The initiative, based on projects in New York City, provides housing for individualswho became homeless because of drug addiction, mental illness, physical disability, or job loss.Endersbee says helping the homeless is now one of his clubs top priorities, and will be a backbone of itscommunity involvement for years to come."The cooperative partnership between the Melbourne club and HomeGround Services provides awonderful opportunity for hands-on experience for members in contributing to the eradication of long-term homelessness," he says.Under its 2009 agreement with HomeGround Services, the Melbourne club has committed to  Raising $300,000 a year toward maintenance costs and operating expenses, including funds for care workers, rehabilitation specialists, and medical staff  Assisting HomeGround in raising funds from individuals and corporations, and seeking funding from local, state, and federal governments to support the Elizabeth Street project  Promoting supportive housing among local authorities, businesses, community organizations, and local Rotary clubs  Exploring job opportunities for Elizabeth tenants"This project has been a real positive for Rotarys public image," says Endersbee. "There is no doubt thatRotary is seen as a beacon among nonprofit organizations in our city."The Melbourne clubs work with the homeless was nominated as a ProjectLINK model project.ProjectLINK model projects provide examples of best practices and can introduce clubs to a variety ofcreative ideas. Learn more .