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Parramatta City Rotary Club Newsletter for 25 February 2013

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Weekly newsletter 130225

  1. 1. Rotary Club of Parramatta City COMMUNITY NETWORKER ROTARY CLUB OF PARRAMATTA CITY 24/02/13 MEETING      25/02/13  NORMAL + CALIBRI, 10.5 PT February is World Understanding Month Apology from Our Pres for being late, But Secretary Joy Started the meeting on time.  International Toast:  ROTARACT Rotary club of Punjab (where Vandana’s Father was a member), and India.    From a simple beginning in 1968 has   grown a strong international service club for young men and women (ages   18-30) who have undertaken a   commitment to serve their communities, be it at local and/or   international levels. Joy welcomed our visiting Rotarian Tim Klar   Sponsored and supported by their Secretary of Shelter box Australia.   local Rotary club, members of    Rotaract seek to develop friendships   and professional contacts that will enable them to address the physical   and social needs of their communities.   At the same time members develop their own personal skills and   knowledge. As part of an international   network of Rotaract clubs, members have the opportunity of reaching wellGuest Speaker Kerry Boyce, Parramatta Mens Shed  beyond the local scene through projects, contacts and conferences.  It is the responsibility of the district governor of Rotary to nominate a   MEMBERSHIP  District Rotary Rotaract chairman and PP Barry Antees went to pre‐pets the constitution was approved for new  committee persons to organize new Rotaract clubs, increase the flow ofDistrict 9675   communication between Rotary and   Rotaract and to plan district-wide Barry needs the numbers for Saturday’s dinner celebrating 108 years of  training for Rotaract club officers.Rotary.  To be held at the “House of Ginger” Indian restaurant.  There are three types of activities  within the Rotaract program that all clubs undertake in varying degrees: POLICEMAN OF THE YEAR  professional development, leadership   John Surian still attempting to sort out a suitable date with the police  development and service project development.department.   Clubs take on a similar structural administrative base to that of the Pres Johnny: We have been asked to nominate  a youth to the Hiroshima  Rotary model with a District RotaractPeace Forum 15th ato 20th May applicants must be beween 18 and 30 years old  Representative being elected on an annual basis to provide co-ordination,not a Rotarian.   training and liaison.  Rotaract meetings are held bi-monthly.  It is strongly recommended that there   should be a Rotary presence at each  of these meetings, attendance being classed as a "make-up" for the visiting  Rotarian.     
  2. 2. Rotary Club of Parramatta City DISTRICT UPCOMING EVENTS    • 2nd March – PETS;    • 14th April ‐ District Assembly; for all incoming board members.   • Charity Golf day Australian Rotary Health- 1st March   • 5 nominations have been forwarded to Rotary Notable Women Award committee;    • District Governor – fundraising for Children’s Hospital Legacy project;     LAST WEEK’S GUEST SPEAKER Kerry Boyce Talking points: • Men’s Shed Kerry was instrumental in starting the Men’ Shed in Northmead July 12. With 77 members and 30 peopleon the waiting list. There are about 6 or 7 sheds in the Parramatta area and they are also all full which meanswe need more sheds. Kerry has applied to Parramatta council for a grant to start a new shed which is called Parramatta DistrictMen’s Shed. Thewre is a very good venue for this shed in Fleet Street behind Parramatta leagues club. The shed will use 3 classrooms which cannot be used for anything else because it has Asbestos in thestructure. The men’s sheds have only been going for 20 years started in SA and grew very slowly arrived in Sydneyin 1998 in Lane Cove in the basement of a hospital’s car park and they were allocated one car space. Even though the Shed is called Men’s shed it is not restricted to men only. At Northmead they have adesignated day for females as their interests would be different. The maximum advisable number of members to a Shed would be approx 60 people. The opening of theshed is dependent on how many supervisors they have. As the supervisors are also mentors.  CLUB CALENDAR OF EVENTS  February 2013 25 Mr James Bird,  Mercy Ships  March 2013 2   Pets for incoming Presidents 4   Les Miller.  Critical illness  a living insurance 11   Fran Killoway The Frasil technology 
  3. 3. Rotary Club of Parramatta City15‐17 District Conference 18    Dr Mualla Akinci McManus Lyme Disease 25   Susanne Gallant Parramatta Rotary Club.  April 2013 1 Easter Monday NO MEETINGLyndsey Macnaught RYLA CandidateALL APOLOGIES AND SPECIAL GUESTS  Apologies to Joy Gillette on 8837 1900 before 9.30am Monday morning. The latest time for apologies to be made is 9.30am on Monday as that is the time Joy has to advise the hotel of numbers.   The Club is required to pay for the number of lunches ordered. Invoices for the cost of a meal will be sent to members  at 2.30pm on Monday by Keith  if you do not apologise for non attendance by 9.30am.   CELEBRATIONS    th     PP Stephen Burfield 8 years ago, 28  of February you decided to join us at  Parramatta City Rotary and you have been a very active member of the club and  contributed a great deal Thank You .                 Happy AnniversaryOn a more serious noteCarolyn, a rich blonde, buys a new automatic Jaguar XKR Sport. She drives the car perfectly well during the day, but at night, the car just wont move at all. After trying to drive the car at night for a week (but without any luck), she furiously calls the Jaguar dealers and they send out a technician to her. The technician examines the car and finds nothing wrong with it. So he turns to the blonde and asks: "Maam, are you sure you are using the right gears?" Full of anger, the blonde replies: "You fool, you idiot, how on earth you could ask such a question? Im not stupid you know! Of course I am using the right gears; I use D during the day and N at night."         
  4. 4. Rotary Club of Parramatta City   LIVINGSTONE SCHOOL SPONSORS NEWS 1301 Dear Livingstone School sponsors and supporters, Welcome to the first News for 2013. This year will be a very exciting one for Livingstone School. For the first time,half of the school [Nursery to Grade 2] are situated at the new school site, whilst the other half [Grades 3-5] are stillmeeting in Bimal’s house. There are now 180 students at Livingstone School, about 40 more than LAMB School. Thelarger than expected intake has meant that, until more classrooms are built, the school will be split. A huge thank you to all of you who have continued your sponsorship for another year. Without your support, theschool would not exist. We raised just enough money to pay all of the teachers’ salaries, cover the Education andHealth funds, as well as pay for breakfast for all of the children. It was wonderful to catch up with all of the Livingstone School teachers and students, and get to know the newones, during our recent time in Bangladesh. Observing teachers teaching their best ever lessons make these visitsworthwhile in themselves. We are reminded, daily, that none of these children would be at school if it wasn’t forthose of you who have journeyed with us. I can’t wait to get back in less than eight months time. Ten children from the Chaklahat Hindu village started at Livingstone School this month. Two are in the Nurseryclass, and eight in Pre-school. They are the first from their village to attend school for the whole 300 years that thevillage has existed. Special donations from people have paid for the clothing, transport, breakfast and educationfees for nine of them, as well as paying for a separate teacher to visit the school for 3.5 days each week in order toteach those children too old to be in the same class as 3-5 year olds. This will also mean that they don’t get quite sojealous of the 10 chosen by the village to attend Livingstone School. We will keep you up to date with how the 10settle into the school and how they start to progress. Unlike 2010 and 2011, the Christmas Gift List for 2012 just didn’t work out this year. Although the greatest need ofthe school, by far, was for three additional small classrooms, only one donation was received, compared to the 25or so from December 2011. I think you are telling me either that 2012 was especially tough one financially, or thatyou much prefer to give towards some piece of equipment, with which you and your children can better identify,rather than towards something larger. Not all was lost however. Two close friends of ours, Alison and Scott Hogan, who were married late last year,decided to ask for donations to Livingstone School in lieu of wedding gifts for themselves. Together with the oneChristmas Fund donation received, the total has meant that one extra classroom has started to be built. It will beknown as “The Alison and Scott Room”. When it is finished, a photo of them and information about how the roomcame into being will be permanently fixed to one wall of the classroom. The dream to set up Livingstone School as the first bilingual Senior school in Bangladesh is still on track. Initially, itwould only cater for LAMB School students once they have completed Year 10, but, eventually would cater forYear 11 students from both schools. Many students and parents from LAMB Project are really hoping the dreambecomes a reality as soon as possible. It has the potential to keep many senior Bangladeshi and expat staff atLAMB Project, and stop the flow of students leaving LAMB School for inferior education, but one that will take thembeyond Year 10. Now is the time to start sending your sponsorship money for 2013. With two additional full-time and two part-timeteachers joining the staff this year, and with salary increases for cost of living and longer school time etc., there is aneed for about 17 additional sponsors for 2013. We have three of these already, 14 to go. Several sponsors whoindicated that they would initially sponsor for one year have decided that they will continue for at least another
  5. 5. Rotary Club of Parramatta City year. No one has withdrawn their sponsorship at this point of time. Thank you so much for this. We are the only financial sponsor for the staff salaries, so it’s us who keep the school going. A few people have requested the bank details again, so it’s attached. I’ve attached the update of the original form that you received with all of the details, just for your information, just in case you may know of someone who could become one of the 14 remaining new sponsors needed. To those who wanted reminders of their next payment due, here it is. Thank you to those who transfer money electronically and reference their name on the transfer, as this make it easier to keep track of money coming in. Thank you, once again, to all of you who share this venture with us. Both Jill and I are so encouraged by your involvement. It gives us such a boost to know you are there with us. With much love, Ian Cochrane. February, 2013.                                                                 These are the photos Just before.      
  6. 6. Rotary Calenndar . February March April May June . World Understanding Month Literacy Month Magazine Month Getting ready for changeover month Rotary Fellowship monthSatSun 1Mon 1 Easter Monday NO MEETING 3Tues 2 4Wed 3 1 5Thu 4 2 6Fri 1 1 Rotary Health Fund Golf Day 5 3 7Sat 2 Blacktown Rotary Trivia Night 2 6 4 8Sun 3 3 7 Daylight savings Ends 5 9 4 Les Miller 8 Lyndsey MacnaughtMon 4 Glenn Gardner Polio Australia Critical Illness A Living Insurance RYLA Candidate 6 10 Queens Birthday NO MEETINGTues 5 5 9 7 11Wed 6 6 10 8 12Thu 7 7 11 9 13Fri 8 8 12 10 14Sat 9 9 13 11 15Sun 10 10 World Rotaract week 14 District Assembly 12 Mothers Day 16 13 ARH PhD scholars eveningMon 11 Sandra Carvajal Good Return 11 Fran Killoway The Frasil technology 15 No Lunch Meeting 17Tues 12 12 16 14 18Wed 13 13 17 15 19Thu 14 14 18 16 20Fri 15 Holroyd Rotary Trivia night 15 19 17 21Sat 16 16 20 18 22Sun 17 17 21 19 ARH PARRA - AMBLE 23 18 Kerry Boyce ParramattaMon Mens Shed 18 Dr Mualla Akinci McManus Lyme Disease 22 20 24Tues 19 19 23 21 25Wed 20 20 24 22 26Thu 21 21 25 Anzac Day 23 27Fri 22 22 26 24 28Sat 23 World understanding and peace Day R 23 27 25 29Sun 24 24 28 26 Red shield appeal 30Mon 25 Mr James Bird Mercy Ships Ph9948 40 Susanne Gallant Parramatta Rotary 25 29 27Tues 26 26 30 28Wed 27 27 29 legendThu 28 28 30 FreeFri 29 29 Good Friday ConfirmedSat 30 30 Easter Saturday offered waiting responseSun 31 Easter Sunday No lunch meeting Special important events