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Newsletter 9 7-2012


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Rotary Club of Parramatta City newsletter 9th July 2012

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Newsletter 9 7-2012

  1. 1. Rotary Club of Parramatta City COMMUNITY NETWORKER ROTARY CLUB OF PARRAMATTA CITY CHALLENGE/ PRESIDENT MESSAGE-(FROM CHANGEOVER) HANDICAMPS District Governor Keith and Margaret Roffey, Past District GovernorDavid and Caroline Cook, Past District Governor Bill Little, our ever-efficientDistrict administrator and seco David and Lyn Bamford, Pam Davis fromRed Hand , Rotarians, family and friends, welcome once again to the The purpose of this activity is to promoteRotary Club of Parramatta city changeover. personal development of youth who share similar physical or intellectual challenging disabilities, aided through the On the first of July we welcomed the new Rotary year with our new support of mentors resourced from the International Youth ExchangeRotary International president, Mr Sakuji Tanaka, and his new theme, Peace students. The skills gained are experience and confidence fromthrough Service. The idea of peace itself varies from person to person. It opportunities for interaction betweencan refer to the idea of our nation today without the violence, political young people with disabilites and overseas students.anarchy and conflict. Or it can be freedom, it can even refer to that time Participants may have sensory impairments, mild to moderate physicalwherein your kids are asleep. Either way, there is no right or wrong idea of impairments, or mild intellectualpeace. When we adapt this idea into reality, we then know what it means. impairments. Half of the young people have physical disabilities (campers) and the other half are Rotary Youth Exchange students As Rotarians, we have the capability to adapt this idea of peace into (buddies) from all around the world. The campers are 16 to 24 yearsservice. Rotary International will be holding Rotary Global Peace forums of age, and students are 17 to 19 yearsduring the year. These forums seek to engage and inspire participants to of age. The objective is to provide campers and buddies with anwork for peace through service. These forums will provide ideas, action environment which will physically, mentally and emotionally challenge theseplans, and projects in order to achieve peace through service. young people. Over the five days, Campers and Buddies joint activities may include Every year each club strives to be recognized through a presidential sailing, abseiling, swimming, kayaking, rock climbing, archery, power boatingcitation. In order to achieve this, we need to strengthen our clubs, increase and other interesting activities. In addition to the physical challengesour service, and enhance our club’s public image. there will be valuable social challenges that campers and buddies participate in during this exciting learning period. For In order to Strengthen our Club, we need to adopt a three year many it is the personal growth through friendship that endures.strategic plan for the club, by identifying specific annual and long term The camp is hosted by Districts 9910 andgoals, or make progress in carrying out the annual goals set by the club for 9920 which alternate each year and organised by one club within the hostingthe current Rotary year to date. As we have started on this journey from the district for that year. It is the organising club’s responsibility todetermine theprevious year, we need to finalize the plan and begin to implement it – to program, obtain sponsorship and encourage participation of other clubs byultimately strengthen our club as a whole. sponsoring a buddy who would be their IYE student or a disabled camper. A similar project is conducted in Western We need to systematically increase our service and aid in all aspects Australia.including: peace and conflict prevention and resolution, diseaseprevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and childhealth, basic education and literacy, and economic and community
  2. 2. Rotary Club of Parramatta Citydevelopment. Apart from these areas, our service can also increase in the way we handle each situation, with eachnew circumstance that we approach. And so, when we are called to address our club’s public image we need to increase awareness of our club intoour community. We need to communicate our goals, our vision into the public and simply, spread the word. For years, Rotary has been undergoing a campaign to end polio around the world. Rotary International haspartnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in this fight against polio. One of the most populous countries,India, has recently been declared polio free. However, the challenge is still there and can strike here at home.Recent newspaper articles have stressed that Australians are resisting the government’s initiative to immunize ourchildren. As more and more people migrate from other countries, we become susceptible to the threat of polio.Therefore, we need to be more vigilant by promoting the End Polio campaign. For years, our club has undertaken projects in support as follows: New Generation or Youth We have sent students from schools from Parramatta High School and the Northcott Society to Rypen and RylaCamps. We have also sent students to the Siemens Science Camp. We have recently engaged with students fromthe University of Western Sydney to gauge the interest of establishing a Rotaract Club. We will continue this dialoguein order to try and establish a Rotaract Club with students from the University of Western Sydney. Vocational Service We have honoured employees from business and charities in the Parramatta City area through the Pride ofWorkmanship awards. We have honoured some of our local police officers thru the Police Officer Award. International Service With the assistance of our sister club in the Philippines, the Rotary Club of Ramon Magsaysay, we have assisted therecent flood victims of the Philippines. Furthermore, we have assisted other projects in Uganda and Sri Lanka. Lastyear, we have provided funds to the Red Hands organization in support of their Micro Finance Project. Community Service Every year we participate in the Australia Day celebration by putting on the best Sausage Sizzle in ParramattaCity. Bowelcare and Wrap with Love are projects that our club has assisted in. We shall continue with all of the events and projects and seek to add more projects. So during this new year, wewill together aim to achieve this year’s goals with the omnipresence of the year’s theme Peace through Service. John Ching President 2012-2013
  3. 3. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityCALENDAR OF EVENTS July 9 Inductions to new meeting venue-Sebel 16 Murray Stone-Kids Research Institute 23 Stephanie Dale- President Parramatta City Chamber of Commerce 30 Club Meeting-Lunch August 6 Club Meeting-Lunch 13 Club Meeting-Lunch 17 40th Birthday Celebrations-Sebel 20 Club Meeting-Lunch 27 Club Meeting-Lunch September 3 Club Meeting-Lunch 10 Club Meeting-Lunch 17 AG Visit 24 DG Keith Roffey Official VisitDAVID’S PEARLSWisdomA good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.Nelson MandelaA man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew.Herb CaenBy three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation,which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.ConfuciusDont follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think inyour mind that the counsel is wise.Joan Rivers
  4. 4. Rotary Club of Parramatta City U.S. Senate lauds Rotary International for its leadership in fighting polio EVANSTON, Ill. (June 28, 2012) — The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a resolution commending Rotary International for its leadership in the global effort to eradicate the crippling childhood disease polio.The resolution, introduced June 26 by Illinois Senators Dick Durbin, a Democrat, and Mark Kirk,a Republican, also encourages the federal government to continue its commitment to andfunding for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. The U.S. Government is the largest publicsector supporter of the international polio campaign, having contributed $2 billion since theinitiative was launched in 1988 by Rotary, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the U.S.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The measure urges "the international community of governments and non-governmentalorganizations to remain committed to the elimination of polio" and commends Rotary and itspartners, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, "for their efforts in vaccinatingchildren around the world against polio and for the tremendous strides made towarderadicating the disease once and for all."Since 1988, more than two billion children worldwide have received the oral polio vaccine,and the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99 percent, from more than350,000 cases a year to fewer than 700 in 2011. The wild poliovirus now remains endemic toonly three countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. India, long considered an epicenter,was removed from the endemic list in February, a milestone due in part to the activeparticipation of the countys 122,000 Rotary club members.In addition to raising awareness and advocating within the public and private sectors, Rotarymembers worldwide have contributed more than $1 billion in support of polio eradication. InJanuary, Rotary announced it had raised more than $200 million in new money for polioeradication in response to a $355 million challenge grant from the Gates Foundation, whichthen added $50 million more to the total in recognition of Rotarys commitment."Although polio was eradicated in the United States more than 30 years ago, there are still
  5. 5. Rotary Club of Parramatta Citymen, women and children in a few corners of the globe who are stricken with thispreventable virus because they lack access to the vaccine," said Sen. Durbin. "(Rotarys)work is literally saving lives. We are closer than ever to ending the scourge of polio and Icommend the work of the Rotary and many others in advancing that goal." Young Rotarianmodels leadership in AustraliaSEBEL PARRAMATTA-OUR NEW MEETING PLACE Located 350 Church Street, with underground parking (to be validated when leaving) in the Executive Boardroom. There will be a choice of hot or cold meals available and they will have to be advised to Joy Gillett no later than9.30am on the day of the meeting.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”. The reason is themore members who like the page, we receive additional features. The Facebook page is not a substitute for ourwebsite, but more of an additional way to reach our audience.