ROTARY CLUB OF PARRAMATTA CITY DISTRICT 9675
Rotary Four Way Test
The Four Way Test’ challenges Rotarians, in everything they do, to ask of themselves:
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 29 July 2013
President Keith welcomed Gail Ladner, Community Relationships Director for the Leukaemia
Foundation, and Maggie Thorn, international relationships director for Parramatta Rotary Club, who
President Keith reported that he and Vocational Service director John Totonjian had attended a training
day for presidents and directors of Rotary the previous day, which was well attended. He reminded
members about the Indigenous Health Scholarship function at Rydges Hotel and the International Rotary
Convention next year and would be happy if some club members attended. Parramatta City was the
largest donor club in the district to Rotary Health and our old district, District 9690, and the only club in
that district to have an indigenous health scholar.. The old district was the fourth-largest donor of all
districts in Australia to Rotary Health. Keith provided these figures:
Australian Rotary Health donations for year ended 30th June 2013
Total all Districts $1,766,389 Prev year $2,137,603
Total District 9690 $97,071 Prev year $113,539
Total our Club $31,943 Prev year $39,518
Glenn Gardner Induction
At next Monday’s meeting Glenn Gardner will be inducted into membership of the Club. Glenn was
previously a member before resigning to take up a position located in Sydney. He has been an honorary
member of the Club for a number of years but is now becoming an active member once again.
We hope there will be a large attendance to celebrate this event.
Harris Park Community Centre
Treasurer Setia said there would be a community fundraising event on Wednesday, 25 September. The
sausages and drinks were being provided, she said, but she needed a couple of willing souls to sell them.
President Keith said that as a club, we should be able to answer that need.
John Totonjian reported that he had attended a training centre for vocational services. The message of
the seminar was that Rotarians should find out about members’ vocations and use those strengths for the
benefit of the club. That was specially important for new members coming in, and there was a
continuing need to attract such people. He thought that, in conjunction with the president, it might be
worth instituting a program where members stood up at meetings and said what they did for a living.
The Leukaemia Foundation
Gail Ladner, from the Leukaemia Foundation looks after Community Relationships for Sydney and
Sydney West and is no stranger to Rotary. Working out of the Leukaemia Foundation office in Helen
Street, Westmead, she has a strong relationship with Rotary volunteers from the Parramatta-Granville
area and in the past with Holroyd. She has attended many changeover dinners and been invited to guest
speak at club functions.
The Leukaemia Foundation’s vision to cure is funding “cutting edge” research into finding better
treatments for and eventually a cure through their national research program. The Leukaemia
Foundation invested over $3 million in 2012 to research projects across Australia and is currently
funding researchers at Westmead as well as in the past, some of them having proceeded to careers as
specialists or academics in the field. But the need for more research is great. Every two hours an
Australian loses their life to blood cancer. Some 11,500 people in Australia are diagnosed each year.
Gail said that one of the key concerns of health care professionals was that young people ignore
symptoms, such as the appearance of a lump, and did not seek treatment until too late. Research is
making a real difference. 50 years ago almost every child diagnosed with the most common childhood
cancer Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia would lose their life to the disease. Today the survival rate of
children diagnosed with this disease is 85 percent.
The Foundation has spread its services far and wide. It has support service co-coordinators who travel
across Australia and in NSW as far west as Broken Hill. The coordinators provide community
education, support groups and grief counselling. More than 6,200 people have attended education and
support sessions, which are provided to them free of charge. The Leukaemia Foundation provides at
accommodation for regional patients and their families who need to relocate to access healthcare at no
cost to the patients. This amounted to more than 6,800 nights in 2011 – 2012. In 2011-12, our dedicated
patient transport volunteer drives have driven a total of 925,000 kilometres driving patients to and from
District Meetings coming up.
President’s meeting Friday 1st August
RAWCS committee meeting Friday 8th August at 7.30pm at Sutherland United Services Club.
Membership matters evening Wednesday 21st August
Malcolm Brown reported that the Beecroft and Epping Rotary Clubs had combined to produce a concert
featuring the Sydney Welsh Choir and the band and individual musicians of Epping Boys High. The
concert, last Sunday, was very successful. Three hundred tickets were sold at $20 each, bringing a return
of between $5,000 and $6,000, which will be dedicated to providing five kidney dialysis machines for
Lautoka, Fiji. He suggests that might be a fundraising, activity that Parramatta City Rotary could look at.
Long Live the Plinth
The arrival of young George, being viewed by adoring millions and henceforth ushered into a veritable
pressure cooker that will last his whole life, reminds me of my own son, Stewart, born in West London
Hospital, Hammersmith, in May 1979. My wife Inge had toxaemia and young Stewart was a little
undernourished, meaning that the birth was a bit of a battle. We were given some time to rest before the
next push, so I told Inge a story I had heard about some very naughty London girls who had been
ushered into a class where they were going to be told terrible stories of what befell loose women.
Apparently one of the stories was about how a loose girl in ages past had been rendered prone and
transfixed by a plinth! The person telling the story paused to watch the girls flinch, but none did. Finally,
Susan, the naughtiest of them all, put up her hand and asked: “Please ma’m, was it Plinth Philip or Plinth
Charles?” When I told her that, Inge started laughing her head off, and at that moment Stewart started
arriving. He was born in minutes. We were overjoyed, and soon fattened him up. Seeing then how it was
plinth that started Stewie on his life’s journey, we decided we should have a photo taken where all the
then plinthes had just gathered, and it was duly taken, reproduced below, in parkland near Buckingham
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 is prepared.
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.
The speaker for next meeting will be Katie Gordon, Australian Thyroid Foundation.
Malcolm Brown (editor)