A weekly news update for members and guests of
Rotary Club of Murwillumbah Central Inc.
Rotary International Club Number 17900 100% PHF Club (2011) 100% EREY Club (2011) Meeting—6.00 for 6.30 pm EST or DST, At Murwillumbah Golf Club
Club Night (or maybe Story Dogs)
Thai Red Curry Chicken
Mail to—PO Box 33 Murwillumbah NSW 2484
Diedri & Bob Shepherd
The Board of Murwillumbah Central Rotary Club meeting date—
at Jack Heffernan’s house Monday April 15 at 6.00pm.
First Rotaract Fund Raising event success The photo below is of Ema Marks (left) Nonie Grimshaw (centre) and an anonymous police officer drawing the winner of the Rotaract Easter Raffle. And the winner is — none other than Margarita Rickard, past president of Mt Warning AM Rotary Club. The garden cart filled with Easter Eggs, vouchers for free videos, four bottles of wine, a book, and more. All items were donated. Rotaracters and Rotarians from the three Murwillumbah clubs sold the tickets and the Rotaract club is now on a fairly good financial footing to start activities of the club. At the last meeting of the provisional club elections of officers were held for the positions when the club is chartered. Rotary International paperwork is being completed and at this stage it is hoped to have the Charter Night function on Friday May 31. This date will be confirmed as the paperwork progresses, but all Rotarians of the three clubs are requested to mark this date in the diaries as an occasion not to miss. See Rotaract on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ groups/rotaractmurwillumbah/? fref=ts
In the spirit!
District Conference April 12—14 GSE from Macau—Monday April 8 Discussion on membership and classification requirements.
Tuesday April 2 2013
Presidents of Rotary International Continuing the column below featuring the Past Presidents of Rotary International and a quotation attributed to them.
The president of Rotary International for the years 2006-2007 was Dong
Dong Kurn Lee Rotary Club of Seoul Hangang, Seoul, Korea RI Theme: Make Dreams Real “Rotary changes who we are because it changes how we see ourselves and the world. We do not only see how things are now, but how they might be. We see potential, and we see possibility.”— 2008 RI Convention
District Office Bearers D9640 District Governor— Sandra Doumany D9640 Assistant Governor— Anne Egan
Club Office Bearers BOARD OF DIRECTORS President— Jack Heffernan Vice President & Pres Elect— David Vickers-Shand Immediate Past President— Noel Graham Secretary — Peter Sochacki Treasurer— Michael Grisedale Membership Director— David Vickers-Shand Public Relations Director— Denis Hallworth Club Administration Director— Denis Hallworth Service Projects Director— George Phillips Rotary Foundation Director— David Vickers-Shand CHAIRMEN OF COMMITTEES Club Program Chair— Bryan Threlfall Community Service Chair— Judy Mason International Service Chair— Tony Hayes Vocational Service Chair— Richard Johnston Youth Service Chair— George Phillips Social Activities Chair— Ian Baker Club Protection Officer— Michael Grisedale
Enquiries to Denis Hallworth 0266779302 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Murray Spry 0412903000 or email email@example.com
Friends of Rotary Club of Murwillumbah Central The businesses and individuals recognised here are special sponsors of our club, by their contribution to the success of projects of the club or donations towards charity objectives of the club. Soul Pattinson Pharmacy, Sunnyside Centre, Robert Nieh Bakers Delight, Sunnyside Shopping Centre. Budds Mitre 10, Wollumbin Street, Murwillumbah. Northern Rivers Signs, Graham Dietrich, Dina Zambelli Immortal Books, Murwillumbah Truck Centre.
College of Presidents Chair— Denis Hallworth OTHER POSITIONS Bike Ride 2011/12— Michael Grisedale Tony Worrad Barry Lack Noel Graham Sergeants— Noel Graham John Stainlay Heads & Tails— Noel Graham John Stainlay
THE OBJECT OF ROTARY To encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster 1 The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service 2 High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of his occupation as an opportunity to serve society 3 The application of the ideal of service by every Rotarian to his personal, business and community life 4 The advancement of i n t e r n a t i o n a l understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional men united in the ideal of service
of the things we think, 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 ?
Thought of the day "Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes." - Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
GSE Team from Macau arrives With big smiles and full of fun the Group Study Exchange (GSE) arrived in Brisbane from District 3450 Macau met by District Governor Sandy and Sam and District GSE Chair Wendy and Charles. The friendly team is looking forward to some fantastic Aussie experiences. A joint dinner to meet the team is planned for Monday April 8 at Greenhills on Tweed, River Street, Murwillumbah. Attending will be members of our club, Murwillumbah and Mt Warning AM Clubs. We await details such as cost, time, etc, but GSE meetings are always popular and Greenhills on Tweed is limited in capacity, so when asked if attending please be ready to indicate as we will need to advise numbers accurately. There will be no meeting at Murwillumbah Golf Club on Tuesday April 9.
District Assembly Mullumbimby—Assistant Governor Groups 1,2,3,4, & 5 The district assembly prepares incoming club leaders for their year in office. The meeting is also an opportunity for club leaders to meet with district leaders (the district governor-elect, incoming assistant governors, and district committees) who will support club projects and activities. Convener: District Governor Elect Tony Heading Who participates: Incoming club leaders – presidents-elect and incoming secretaries, treasurers, and committee members Date: Sunday May 19. Location: Mullumbimby High School, 9 Jubilee Ave, Mullumbimby 2482 Topics RI theme Public speaking (presidents-elect only) It is very important for all incoming Leadership (presidents-elect only) Board members to attend, even if they Roles and responsibilities have attended District Assembly Developing goals previously and even if they are in a Club Selecting and training your team (committee chairs only) position they have occupied previously. Resources It is a one day learning seminar with Case study exercise specific sessions for each position on the Team building and finalizing club goals Board. Please note the date and attend if Problem solving at all possible.
RI proposal to remove membership classification and attendance requirements. On the Official Rotary International Group in Linked In a debate has been occurring over the last couple of weeks about proposals to the Council of Legislation for alterations to the attendance and classification system of Rotary Clubs. I reproduce here some of the comments. For the full discussion you can join the group on Linked In. I think a certain amount of focus on Classifications is a good thing. I agree that we don't want half of a club all in the same profession. By the same token, we have many lawyers in my Club and they do not all practice the same type of law. As for attendance, I agree that it is time to move on. My Club takes attendance but does not penalize for non-attendance so long as dues are paid. When I invite people that I think would be excellent prospective members, the first question I get asked is, "do I have to come every week?". I tell them no, come as often as you can. Of course, the more often you come, the more you will get out of Rotary and the stronger relationships you will build. We do have some members of my Club that virtually never come and I don't really understand their desire to be in Rotary. However, they also may be some of the larger contributors when funds are needed. I think we need to encourage people to come as often as they can to get the full experience of Rotary. I do not think we should turn away members who because of professional/personal obligations cannot make every meeting. The times they are a changin' as my fellow Rotarians above have stated and we must change with them. I still prefer an actual meeting versus an e-Club or virtual meeting but for others the ability to meet virtually is better suited to them and lifestyle. By Debbie Harris Hello all - I am one of the multitude of lawyers in Debbie Harris' Club (Hi Deb!). She told me about this discussion and I wanted to hop in. Many thanks to Denis Hallworth for linking to the actual proposals being considered by the COL. Call it an occupational hazard, but for me "read the rule" is always a good first step, so I did spend some time doing that this morning. For those that haven't had that opportunity, let me summarize:
First, as to attendance, there are a number of different proposals, one of which was proposed by the RI Board of Directors and the others by various Clubs. My read of the various proposals submitted by the Clubs is that while they all address the attendance issue, they do so my modifying the attendance requirement in some way, not eliminating it. The proposal from the RI BOD does eliminate attendance as a requirement from RI. However, the revised provision pretty clearly authorizes individual Clubs to set their own attendance requirements as they see fit and to terminate the membership of someone who does not meet those requirements. As to classification, nothing in the proposals that I reviewed this morning appears to eliminate the classification system. Rather, there are several proposals which tweak the content of the classification system by, for example, altering the percentage at which a classification limit kicks in. Based on this fact, I do not think it is accurate to say that the COL is considering removing the classification requirement. Back to attendance then. In general, I like the idea of delegating authority down to the Club level to let each Club craft attendance rules that meet their specific needs. That being said, in reading some of the posts in this discussion, I'm left with the impression that some people believe that attendance at Club meetings is unimportant. I could not disagree with that idea more. Our Club had a new member orientation last night that both Debbie and I were at. Debbie pointed out to the new members there that one of the things that made Rotary special was that the Clubs become their own communities. I know we've had a couple of different members experience some real tragedies in the last few months and there was definitely a sense of the
Club coming together to support these members in their time of need. I agree with my friend Debbie that the sense of community is a big part of what makes Rotary stand out from other groups and I believe that regular attendance at Club meetings is a key component of achieving that sense of community. Therefore, I think it's vital that Clubs very aggressively promote attendance at meetings. At the same time, as Callan notes very astutely, if the only way you can get people to show up for your meetings is to compel them by rule, then that probably says a lot more about the quality of your meetings than the quality of your meetings. With that in mind, I would propose that the best way for Clubs to address the attendance issue is by adopting an aspirational standard as opposed to a compulsory standard. The standard should be accompanied by an explanation about how fellowship at weekly meetings is an integral part of building community within the Club and that the Club anticipates that when a member joins that they will make attending regular meetings a priority and will attend as much as feasible. I also think that Club constitutions should specify that the Board can and will consider a members attendance at meetings as one factor in determining whether someone's membership be terminated. By Glenn Meier, Esq. Quite a diversity of opinions on these two issues. In some ways this is very worrisome to a committed Rotarian. OK so I am one of those "extreamists" who has had perfect + attendance since joining Rotary over 17 years ago but I have found it not only reasonably easy to do a make up within the +/- 2 week period but fun and fulfulling. In the early days of my membership we had only one week before or after a missed
meeting to do a make up. Now you can even do one via internet - which I have yet to do. Regular attendance builds a bond between the members of a club and also keeps them not only informed but involved in club plans and projects. Re classifications...it builds diversity and a means of expanding business knowledge. My field is geology / mining and I am constantly amazed at how little people outside of my profession understand the importance of minerals in their lives. It has always been fun to present a talk on this subject to other clubs. You can not have a modern society without minerals. So our classification diversity provides opportunities to share information and help each other. I would hate to see either of these rules changed. People who are not interested enough to attend or make new friends by visiting another club doing a make up probably are very committed to the goals of Rotary. By Leigh Readdy (Rotary 5030) @Glenn thanks for weighing in on this one. I agree that letting each Club set the attendance requirements for that Club can make sense so long as (and here I agree with my friend Glenn again) we make sure that all new members and existing members understand WHY it is important to attend meetings. Surely, we are not going to have 100% or even 75% attendance by many members these days. It just isn't practical in a world where many of us above have stated time pressures for career and family. I do make Rotary a priority (to Gary's point) but I own my own business so I am able to carve out that time on Thursdays and rarely miss a meeting. I love the fellowship and as Glenn mentioned the sense of Community of being with my fellow Rotarians on a weekly basis. It is my time to just be a Rotarian and not worry about anything else for 90 minutes a week. We need to do a much better job of making sure that every Rotarian feels appreciated and valued when they are asked to join a Club. Being a Rotarian is a very special honor and I think we need to really instill that. What you give is what you get and it's not just about how big a check you can write
(although certainly those that simply want to participate financially have value as well). Rotary projects take money and labor - we need people who contribute one or the other or both. Let's focus on making everyone WANT to come to as many meetings as possible without requiring it and penalizing them if they don't. It is absolutely true that if we are Forcing people to come to meetings they have not "drunk the Kool-Aid" and it's our responsibility to help them understand how wonderful that can be. By Debbie Harris @John thank you John. I appreciate your comments regarding my opinion on the "dues" issue. It is sad to see people leave who never really gave it a chance but then I have to question why they were asked to be Rotarians in the first place. I sponsor a fair number of people to my Club and I am very, very picky about whom I invite to lunch and certainly who I sponsor. The reason is simple: I want to know that they truly WANT to be a Rotarian and I make sure they understand how awesome that experience can be. When they ask about attendance I tell them to come as often as they can. Put it on their calendar all the way out for the entire year so it's there and if you can't make some meetings, no problem. Come to the Fellowship events and get involved in projects it will make you grow and stretch and feel incredible. We not only GIVE as Rotarians, we GET. My weekend with the high school students at RYLA is my favorite weekend of the year. I learn from them as they learn from us. Rotary lets each Rotarian grow and that is another reason to show up. By Debbie Harris I am an 18 month Rotarian that has jumped in to driving upwards our membership #'s and to drive down our average age in our breakfast club (metrobethesdarotary.org come and visit!) with some success. We now have two members under 30 (very busy professionals) and a few more in their 30's and 40's. Our membership now stands at 26 from 19 a year ago.
These younger members, who are extraordinarily busy, come to the meetings for the camaraderie as well as for the professional networking and education. They are jumping into committee responsibilities and service projects with Rotarian's that could be their parents age and are learning from them. As well, some of our older members have a new appreciation for smart phones and social media. At times, side splitting funny. We as a club also know that not everybody is right for Rotary, or our club for that matter, not to exclusive but to grow smart. We have four residential real estate agents in our group, we do not necessarily want another for that could cause us to lose a long term productive member. Currently we are looking for a commercial real estate agent, which would add great value to our club. Or perhaps a settlement attorney that would compliment our current membership make up as well. If you have familiarity with BNI, "if you want terrific, be specific". Classification should help you build your membership. Also in our recruiting to help ensure that we have strong attendance, we do focus (I believe this is in RI's documents somewhere regarding successful clubs) on prospects that live or work near our club. Literally having had a prospect with an application, it was decided that they should consider another Rotary for the commute they would have had to drive would be stressful on an easy traffic day. Rotary should not add stress to your work life! A long winded way to promote the continuation of classifications and attendance with flexibility at the club level. I do love my Rotary! By Russell Lacey To see the full discussion (67 messages) go to http://www.linkedin.com/ groupItem? view=&gid=858557&type=member &item=223379840&qid=3f5981669c33-4563-8b94bd493f9c0877&trk=group_most_po pular-0-b-ttl&goback=% 2Egmp_858557
BURNS A young man sprinkling his lawn and bushes with pesticides wanted to check the contents of the barrel to see how much pesticide remained in it. He raised the cover and lit his lighter; the vapors ignited and engulfed him. He jumped from his truck, screaming. His neighbour came out of her house with a dozen eggs and a bowl yelling: "bring me some more eggs!" She broke them, separating the whites from the yolks. The neighbour woman helped her to apply the whites onto the young man's face. When the ambulance arrived and the EMTs saw the young man, they asked who had done this. Everyone pointed to the lady in charge. They congratulated her and said: "You have saved his face." By the end of the summer, the young man brought the lady a bouquet of roses to thank her. His face was like a baby's skin. A Healing Miracle for Burns: Keep in mind this treatment of burns is being included in teaching beginner fireman. First Aid consists of first spraying cold water on the affected area until the heat is reduced which stops the continued burning of all layers of the skin. Then, spread the egg whites onto the affected area. One woman burned a large part of her hand with boiling water. In spite of the pain, she ran cold faucet water on her hand, separated 2 egg whites from the yolks, beat them slightly and dipped her hand in the solution. The whites then dried and formed a protective layer. She later learned that the egg white is a natural collagen and continued during at least one hour to apply layer upon layer of beaten egg white. By afternoon she no longer felt any pain and the next day there was hardly a trace of the burn. 10 days later, no trace was left at all and her skin had regained its normal color. The burned area was totally regenerated thanks to the collagen in the egg whites, a placenta full of vitamins. Since this information could be helpful to everyone: Won't you please pass it on?
A young couple moved into a new neighbourhood. The next morning while they are eating breakfast, The young woman saw her neighbour hanging the wash outside. "That laundry is not very clean", she said. "She doesn't know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap." Her husband looked on, but remained silent. Every time her neighbour would hang her wash to dry, The young woman would make the same comments. About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a Nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband: "Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this." The husband said, "I got up early this morning and Cleaned our windows." And so it is with life. What we see when watching others Depends on the purity of the window through which we look! Is exercise good for you? As I was lying in bed pondering the problems of the world, I rapidly realized that I don't really give a u-know-what because... - If walking is good for your health, the postman would be immortal. - A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, and is fat. - A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years. - A tortoise doesn't run and does nothing, yet it lives for 450 years. Exercise? I‘d rather live to be 450!
Bored At School A first-grade teacher, Ms Brooks, was having trouble with one of her students. The teacher asked, ―Harry, what‘s your problem?‖ Harry answered, ―I‘m too smart for the 1st grade. My sister is in the 3rd grade and I‘m smarter than she is! I think I should be in the 3rd grade too!‖ Ms. Brooks had enough. She took Harry to the principal‘s office. While Harry waited in the outer office, the teacher explained to the principal what the situation was. The principal told Ms. Brooks he would give the boy a test. If he failed to answer any of his questions he was to go back to the 1st grade and behave. She agreed. Harry was brought in and the conditions were explained to him and he agreed to take the test. Principal: ―What is 3 x 3?‖ Harry: ―9.‖ Principal: ―What is 6 x 6?‖ Harry: ―36.‖ And so it went with every question the principal thought a 3rd grader should know. The principal looks at Ms. Brooks and tells her, ―I think Harry can go to the 3rdgrade.‖ Ms. Brooks says to the principal, ―Let me ask him some questions.‖ The principal and Harry both agreed. Ms. Brooks asks, ―What does a cow have four of that I have only two of ?‖ Harry, after a moment: ―Legs.‖ Ms Brooks: ―What is in your pants that you have but I do not have?‖ The principal wondered why would she ask such a question! Harry replied: ―Pockets.‖ Ms. Brooks: ―What does a dog do that a man steps into?‖ Harry: ―Pants.‖ The principal sat forward with his mouth hanging open. Ms. Brooks: ―What goes in hard and pink then comes out soft and sticky?‖ The principal‘s eyes opened really wide and before he could stop the answer, Harry replied, ―Bubble gum.‖ Ms. Brooks: ―What does a man do standing up, a woman does sitting down and a dog does on three legs?‖ Harry: ―Shake hands.‖ The principal was trembling. Ms. Brooks: ―What word starts with an ‗F‘ and ends in ‗K‘ that means a lot of heat and excitement?‖ Harry: ―Firetruck.‖ The principal breathed a sigh of relief and told the teacher, ―Put Harry in the fifth-grade, I got the last six questions wrong… ―
Birthdays— April 3 Nicha Baker
None this week
Coming programs details Apr 8—GSE Dinner at Greenhills Lounge w/- M‘bah Club Apr 9—No Meeting, transferred to Apr 8 Apr 16—TBA Apr 23—TBA Apr 30—No meeting, transferred to May 1 May 1—Group 4 Cluster dinner, Andrew Csabi Guest Speaker. May 7—David Gourlay, Soil Life Group, Int. Compost Week May 14—No meeting, transferred to May 18 May 18—75th Anniversary Dinner Mbah Club, Civic Centre May 21—TBA May 28—No meeting, transferred to May 31 May 31—Rotaract Charter Night Jun 4—TBA Jun 11—TBA
Apr 9—Not required Apr 16—George Phillips & Richard Johnston Apr 23—Len & Judy Mason Apr 30—Not required May 7—Tony Hayes & Denis Hallworth May 14—Not required May 21—Noel Graham & Kevin Damsma May 28—Not required Jun 4—Bryan Threlfall & John Stainlay Jun 11—Peter Sochacki & George Phillips Jun 18—Len & Judy Mason Jun 25—Not required
Apologies and guests must be phoned or faxed to Noel Graham Farm Machinery by 2.00 pm on the day of the meeting or meal paid for. Phone 6672 2555 or fax 6672 2063. Any late apologies or invitees (after 2.pm) must be phoned direct to Hot Wok Restaurant 6672 4041. Meeting Make-up locations Monday 6.00pm Greenhills Reception Lounge Mt Warning AM Wednesday 6.45am Imperial Hotel South Tweed Monday 6.30pm South Tweed Sports Club Tweed Coast Contact for details Kingscliff Tuesday 6.15pm Cudgen Leagues Club Coolangatta Tweed Thursday 6.00pm Greenmount Resort Mullumbimby. Thursday 1st & 3rd—7am Sandbar Café, Brunswick Hd 2nd & 4th—7pm Brunswick Bowls Club
NEXT WEEK’S MUSTER
On-Line - Rotary Eclub Next Gen Qld Australia www.rotaryeclubnextgen.org
GSE Dinner at Greenhills Lounge with M’bah Club 6.00pm Monday Duty Officers Not required
Rotary websites Club This is the new web site. www.murwillumbah-central-rotary.org.au Club (Facebook) http://www.facebook.com/ murwillumbah.central.rotary District—www.rotary9640.org Australia—www.rotary.org.au International—www.rotary.org
ROTARY GRACE Oh Lord and giver of all good We thank thee for our daily food May Rotary friends and Rotary ways Help us to serve thee all our days
The Club Song We‘ve come to introduce you to the Murwillumbah Central boys, The way you know that we‘re around is when you hear the noise, There‘s tenors, basses, inbetweens, and some just here for show, But all the same we‘ll sing to you, so boys just ‗Let ‗er go‘. When Governor Georgie, gave us our charter, He kissed our Rotaryannes to make it right, We‘ve come to greet you, because we‘re after, All the fun and fellowship that‘s going tonight. So put it there!