Newsletter 6 2-2012


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Rotary Club of Parramatta City Newsletter for 6th February 2012

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Newsletter 6 2-2012

  1. 1. Rotary Club of Parramatta City COMMUNITY NETWORKER ROTARY CLUB OF PARRAMATTA CITY SHELTERBOX PRESIDENT MESSAGE AUSTRALIA It’s hard to believe another week has past since we heard from NEW ZEALANDRotary Ambassadorial Scholar Aaron Cantor, a young man certainlywho will leave a large mark on the world with his research. We alsoheard from Maria Padisetti yet again one person who is making a hugedifference in the world with her organization Red Hands through mircocredit lending. ShelterBox – the largest This week we will again have two speakers, first off will be Lachlan Global Rotary Club Projectour RYLA attendee, who attended with Stephen Cox. The Lord Mayor of Providing immediate global humanitarian relief when disastersParramatta City Lorraine Wearne will address the club on the progress occur - the ShelterBox program has providedof Parramatta, being the centre of the jewel of the greater Western shelter, warmth and dignity to overSydney business power house. 800,000 people in 57 countries in the last nine years. During the week I emailed an itinerary for the post Bangkok Rotary The vision of Rotarian Tom Henderson, this remarkable programConvention to Phuket, you will have to make your decision before 24 was developed by Tom withFebruary as the tour will not be taking any further bookings after that. enthusiastic support from his fellow members of the Rotary Club ofAlso I just made my booking on Qantas for $799 return, this online Helston-Lizard in Cornwall, England. It functions as a Trust in the UK and isspecial closes 8 February. a project in Australia of the Rotary Club of Endeavour Hills in District David Ross mentioned the District Conference 23-25 March at 9820, Victoria. Rotary clubs andPenrith and he is looking at more numbers from the club to attend. Go Rotarians in the USA, Canada, France,to to make your booking. David is Germany, Denmark, New Zealand and Switzerland also administeralso taking suggestions for the theme clothing to wear on the Saturday ShelterBox, with the supportnight. John Surian is going to make the Legion Standard for the Club Rotarians and corporate citizens across the globe.using all his Italian knowledge. A ShelterBox contains a family tent, blankets, cooker and ancillary WANT List No 2 equipment sufficient to house up to ten people. Last week I introduced my “want list” (see bottom of newsletter). The cost of a ShelterBox is $1,200Knowledge is a wonderful gift and my second want is I would like all (NZ$1,500) and donations since 2004 when the program began in Australiamembers to adopt a program or project as their Rotary knowledge have come from Rotarians, clubs, organisations and members of thebase as to be able to speak on the subject when-ever called upon to so. This may be at a meeting, at one of our projects or just when They have now exceeded a staggering $7m in this country anddoing business. If you need resources read your Rotary Down Under show no signs of slowing. Each ShelterBox is individuallymagazine or use the online version of the programs of Rotary at numbered and the donor’s name appears within the box, and or go to the on the ShelterBox website that alsoRotary International website shows where it was deployed. Further information about this remarkable humanitarian program, initated, organised and Cheers supported by Rotarians worldwide Barry Antees
  2. 2. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityCALENDAR OF EVENTS 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 to Sebel Parramatta 24 Red-Hands Gala dinner-Sydney March 2 ARH- Golf Day at Riverside 3 Multi-District PETS- Campbelltown 5 Pride of Workmanship Evening 7 Group Study Exchange Alumni dinner – Parramatta Leagues 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 nightTWO GUEST SPEAKERS FOR MONDAY Lorraine was elected as a Councillor in 1995 as a representative of the Lachlan Macquarie Ward of Parramatta City Council. She was the first woman to be elected Lord Mayor of the City of Parramatta from 2000 – 2001 and the only female Councillor to hold this position twice. Lorraine is a practicing solicitor after having completed her Bachelor of Law Degree as a mature age student in 1992. She has lived in Epping for the last thirty years and is a member of the Epping Civic Trust. Lorraine was the National President of the Australian Local Government National Women’s Association from 1998-2000 and has been a member of the NSW Branch Executive for a number of years. She is also a patron of the Daniel AllanMemorial Trust.
  3. 3. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityShe was instrumental in the creation of the Heritage Conservation Area in Epping and continues to promotethe extension of that area to include other important local streets.Lorraine is a strong supporter of the Parramatta Mission and other charities and welfare groups throughoutthe city.She used her influence and initiative to sign up four other Councillors and a Council Support Officer to takepart in the Parramatta Mission’s Big Jump, by abseiling off the Parramatta Park Royal Hotel. Her enthusiasmand bravery to tackle this challenge helped raise money for the homeless.Community safety, particularly on local roads, is an important issue for her and she has been behind moves tohelp build more pedestrian overbridges through the Parramatta local government area.Some of Lorraine’s other achievements in the areas of community and public interests include:Awarded Parramatta Woman of the Year in 2000Presenter to the Athens Conference of Municipal Government for 2004 OlympicsMember Parramatta Economic Development BoardLocal Government Association delegate to Streets Opening ConferenceMember Central Parramatta Planning CommitteeDAVID’S PEARLSActionA promise is a cloud; fulfilment is rain.- Arabian Proverb Talk doesnt cook rice.- Chinese ProverbBetween saying and doing many a pair of shoes is worn out.- Italian ProverbWhen deeds speak, words are nothing.- African ProverbROTARY DAY-MEETING Prashanth has organized a dinner for members & partners to attend at the Two ForksResturant, Sebel Hotel Parramatta on Thursday 23rd February. $45.00 for two coursemeal arrive 7pm for 7.30 dinner.
  4. 4. Rotary Club of Parramatta City Experience the Glitz and Glamour of a BollywoodNight... And Help a Great Cause!Imagine a night on the town filled with movie songs, an auction, fun filled raffles and prizes. You will enjoy thecolourful Bollywood dancers, heart thumping music, mystical Tarot readers and plenty more…For one night inFebruary, experience all this and more at Australia’s Biggest Bollywood Bash. Add to this a 3 course sit downdelectable Indian dinner with plenty of wine! We’re rolling out the red carpet…and you and your guests are invited to attend. Dress to impress asthere will be plenty of glitter and Bollywood glamour!All proceeds go to help RedHands ( whose mission is to empower women living inpoverty in developing countries.Tickets will go fast...Call 0425 235 307 now or book immediately by scrolling down the page to click the Click here togo to our booking page button, and well have yours waiting at the door for you when you arrive!
  5. 5. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityAustralia’s Biggest Bollywood Bash is happening Friday, February 24. 2012…just two days beforeOscar night…making this the perfect event to get into the Academy Awards spirit.A small number of tables of ten are also available. We recommend calling now if you’re thinking ofreserving one.To top it all of we’ll have live music, prizes throughout the night, a henna tattoo artist and a charityauction (we’ve got some great items for the auction this year.)For more information, or to reserve those tickets to this very special night, call us now at 0425 235 307.See you at the event!Maria & The Team at RedHandsP.S. COME KICK OFF THE OSCAR SEASON IN STYLE (AND HELPA GREAT CAUSE TO BOOT). WE PROMISE YOU A NIGHT TOREMEMBER. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE.PRESIDENT’S WANT LIST WANT No 1. We are a vocational based service organization. Our members all have a business background and oneof the major survival technics in businesses is succession planning. If we want our business to survive we needto know that if anything happens to me, who understands my business and can step up to the plate.Therefore my No 1 “want” is all members put into practice what they already do in business, but this time it isa session plan for their membership of our club. That is, who will replace me when I leave the Rotary Club ofParramatta City. We need to have in place a club survival practice of succession membership I want everymember to identify a successor for themselves by October 2012 being our vocational month. By this date youwill advise the membership Director who your successor is. WANT No 2.Knowledge is a wonderful gift and my second want is I would like all members to adopt a program or projectas their Rotary knowledge base as to be able to speak on the subject when-ever called upon to do so. Thismay be at a meeting, at one of our projects or just when doing business. If you need resources read yourRotary Down Under magazine or use the online version of the programs of Rotary at or go to the Rotary International website
  6. 6. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityFACEBOOK 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.