ROTARY CLUB OF PARRAMATTA CITY DISTRICT 9675
Rotary Four Way Test
The Four Way Test’ challenges Rotarians, in everything they do, to ask of
Of the things we say or do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Meeting 22 July 2013 – Club Assembly
Rotary Grace. President Keith has introduced a new form of Rotary Invocation,
which will now be said at each luncheon: “As we partake of this meal and enjoy the
fellowship in this room we remember those who are not so fortunate and remind
ourselves of our commitment as Rotarians to the service of the world community.”
Meeting with Presidents of other Rotary Clubs in Parramatta:
Summary of Main Discussion items:
1. Police Officer of the Year:
- continues to be a joint program with the three Parramatta Clubs.
- event to be held in May 2014.
2. Valentines Day Event:
- extend invitation to RCs Holroyd & Granville?
- Committee of representatives from all participating clubs.
- also discussed - venue, charity, target group and overall organisation concerns.
3. Joint Schools Project:
- suggestion was a public speaking competition - other suggestions to be offered and
4. Donations In Kind: joint working bee suggested. Parramatta City to let other
two clubs know.
5. 'Ducks for Bucks': Joint project with Rowland Hassall School.
- Principal, RHS & President RCPS waiting to meet with Lord Mayor.
- requires council approval for event to proceed.
- RCs Parramatta & Parramatta City to be involved.
6. Paint Parra Read:
- event to be held on Wednesday September 18th 2013. Reading to Children.
7. Rotarians & Friends at Work: Rotary in partnership with Bunnings Stores for
resources. (see April RDU magazine for details)
- community projects.
- registration in January. Parramatta Daybreak will register. Other clubs can join in
Indigenous Health Scholarship. President Keith said he had received a note from
Australian Rotary Health extending an invitation to attend the Welcome to Indigenous
Health Scholarships 2013 Presentation, to be held at Rydges Parramatta on 3 August.
The function, from 11 am till 2.30 pm, It will provide an opportunity to meet the
present Australian Indigenous Health scholars. There will be a light lunch. Numbers
are limited so those wishing to attend should contact Keith as soon as possible.
International Convention. This will be held at Homebush from 1 to 4 June next
year. District Governor Elect Barry Antees has already an invitation. Those wishing
to attend must register. The fee will be $US310. There will be four eventful days ,
which will include an AFL football match, a restaurant night restaurant, a Sunday
open barbecue in Cathy Freeman Park, Homebush, an Opera House Concert on the
Monday night and a Host Hospitality Night on the Tuesday.
Expanded activities. Ron Edgar told the meeting that he would like to organise more
events in association with the other two Parramatta Rotary Clubs. He is thinking
ahead to organising talks, probably on more engaging topics. He would like to see
concentration on the professions so that we as club members can understand more
broadly not only each other but people from other areas in the community.
Fundraising. Distribution of Christmas trees has been a traditional fundraiser for the
club but returns from this activity have been declining over the years. Ron would like
a committee convened to consider areas of fundraising. President Keith informed the
meeting that last year the club raised $12,000 but spend $17,500 on donations and
sponsorships. The club will have to turn its mind to other possible ways of raising
New membership. John Stamboulie said that more people needed to know what
Rotary did. Past president Johnny raised the possibility of newspaper advertising,
possibly in association with another club to reduce costs. President Keith said that
another way of publicising ourselves was to develop a website. He said there was
evidence available that a properly maintained website itself could bring new
members. To that end, Natalie has agreed to become the club webmaster.
Club appointments for 2013-2014
President Keith Henning
President Elect Ron Edgar
IPP Johnny Ching
Secretary Joy Gillett
Treasurer Vandana Setia
Club AdministrationRon Edgar Attendance Chairman Ray Reed
Social/Fellowship Natalie Cowell
Member welfare Alwyn Robinson
Program Glenn Gardner
Christmas Trees Committee
Community Chest tickets
BBQ’s Kevin Wylie
General John Surian + others
Club training & Information
Membership John Totonjian Member Recruit, Development John Totonjian &
& Retention members
Vocational Service –
Pride of WorkmanshipMark Hancock
Police Officer of YearJohn Surian
Public Relations Malcolm Brown Media Liaison Malcolm Brown
Club Bulletin Malcolm Brown
Website & Rotary AwarenessNatalie Cowell
Rotary Foundation &
International ServiceJohnny Ching Annual Giving Johnny Ching
Sister Club Keith Henning
RAWCS projects Steve Burfield
DIK Bob Rosengreen
Community ProjectsPhillip Brophy Community Relationships
Harris Park Com Centre John Stamboulie
Bowelcare Ralph Cadman
Red Shield Appeal ????
PhD Scholars Keith Henning
Parra Amble John Stamboulie
Youth Ben Jackson RYLA Mark Cadman
RYPEN Mark Cadman
Northcott Society Ben Jackson
P’matta High School Ralph Cadman
Unallocated members - Barry Antees, Luba Charlton, Colin Gray, Julie Owens, Prashanth
Paramanathan, David Ross, Lisa Surian
This has not got much to do with Rotary but I am meant to write something a bit
“off”, so here goes. As a reporter in England from 1978 to 1980 I covered the search
for a bride for Prince Charles. He had the most gorgeous women offered to him on a
platter, including Lady Jane Wellesley, Lady Sarah Spencer, even Princess marie-
Astrid of Luxembourg. They were gorgeous girls, and finally he settled on Diana,
more than 12 years his junior. And of course the world focussed on the beautiful Di,
leaving Charles rather out in the cold in the glamour stakes.
History moved on, Di died, Charles married Camilla and the world, in particular the
women’s magazines, were bereft. Camilla would not do, not ever, not anywhere. The
magazines were out to sell fairy stories. And Camilla was not a fairy story. When
Princess Mary of Denmark came onto the scene, the magazines were ecstatic and
gained much mileage from her, though as it turned out she was less exciting than Di.
And then, of course, along came Kate. The magazines have been in seventh heaven
ever since, and Charles, and his beloved Camilla, have been further on the margins
At time of writing, Kate had just given birth to a son in London’s St Mary’s Private
Hospital. That is going to guarantee huge magazine space for years to come. And
what a future for the royal babe! As King Farouk once said, in 100 years there will
only be five kings, the King of Hearts, the King of Diamonds, the King of Clubs, the
King of Spades and the King of England. Charles, if he survives his mother, will
really just be stop-gap. And Camilla? The die-hard Monarchists in Australia,
anticipating a vigorous republican push when Charles ascends the throne, are pro-
Camilla. They say, probably with justification, that she has won the British people
over, partly because of her good sense of humour. But she is never going to measure
up against the likes of Mary, Kate and the bub.
Which brings me to my joke. Charles has always had a deep and apparently genuine
interest in welfare of animals. He was driving along a country road and ran over a
hedgehog. Charles got out of the car and was appalled by the state of the animal. Its
blood, tissue, spines, nerve endings and entrails were in a hopeless tangle. He was
deeply despairing when an angel of the Lord appeared and told him that God had
decided because Charles had tried so hard, he would be granted a wish. Charles
immediately asked that the hedgehog be restored.
The angel disappeared and returned in a most dejected state, saying that from the
beginning of eternity, God had never failed to honour a pledge to grant a wish
specially offered like this. But God, despite all his power and ability to achieve things,
could do nothing for the hedgehog. But God would do something unprecedented.
Charles could have a second wish. Charles, having by then had time to weigh up his
options, replied immediately: “Can God make Camilla beautiful?”
The angel disappeared and after a long, long pause, returned and said: “Can we just
have another look at that hedgehog again?”
Guest Speaker. The guest speaker for next meeting will be Gail Ladner, of the
Apologies and Guests
Apologies to Joy Gillett on 8837 1900 before 9.30am on Monday morning.
This is the latest time apologies can be accepted as numbers must be given to the hotel
by this time.
If you are bringing a guest please also advise this to Joy by that time to ensure a meal
The Club is required to pay for the number of lunches ordered. Invoices for the cost of
a meal will be sent to members by Vandana if you do not apologise for non-
attendance by 9.30am on Mondays.