Tuesday July 2 2013 A weekly news update for members and guests of
Rotary Club of Murwillumbah Central Inc.
Rotary International Club Number 17900 100% PHF Club (2012) 100% EREY Club (2012) Meeting—6.00 for 6.30 pm EST or DST, At Murwillumbah Golf Club
Tonight’s Muster ?
Club Night with AG Anne Egan Duty Officers Noel Graham & Denis Hallworth
Mail to—PO Box 33 Murwillumbah NSW 2484
The Board of Murwillumbah Central Rotary Club next meeting date—
at Michael Grisedale’s house Monday July 8 at 6.00pm.
The District 9640 Paul Harris Society by Denis Hallworth On Changeover night President Jack surprised me with a presentation of a ―tag‖ for my PHF pin and a crystal paperweight with an etched image of Paul Harris and the Rotary wheel. Members may have thought that this was an award being presented, where in fact it was a recognition that I have joined the District 9640 Paul Harris Society. The D9640 Paul Harris Society has recently been formed. Membership is open to every member of every club. There is only one requirement, to agree to contribute US$1000 every year to The Rotary Foundation. The contribution may be made either by a single payment or by a series of payments totalling the full amount. Payments can be automated enabling you to make an annual, quarterly, or monthly and you are able to nominate the specific amount in Australian dollars. Tax receipts are provided by the Australian Rotary Foundation Trust, allowing a tax deduction in Australia.
In the spirit!
Politics and Rotary Polio outbreak in the Horn of Africa New pledge from Gates Foundation
I believe there are members of our club who would be willing and financially able to join the Paul Harris Society and I offer my confidential assistance to answer queries. Every member of our club is a Paul Harris Fellow and every member has an obligation through their Rotary membership to support as they are able the Rotary Foundation. Through this system the Rotary Foundation has made such support easy, simple and in my opinion affordable to most. As a district administered program there will be benefits or opportunities of a local nature. There has been a Paul Harris Society dinner held recently. Please give serious consideration to becoming a member of the D9640 Paul Harris Society. (More details page 2)
FROM WHERE I SIT Thank you all, for the wonderful evening this week when I was invested with the Presidency for the second time. It was great to see so many of our members in attendance, honoraries and active alike, and guests came from Rotary Clubs of Murwillumbah, Mt Warning AM, Kingscliff, Mullumbimby, Lions Club, Apex Club, and from Rotary Club of Lismore (the DG‘s Representative). This week is a Club Assembly. We‘ll have a little ceremony at the beginning of the Meeting, and then get into the matters of where the club is going in the near future. The Calendar will be examined, and I hope that some ideas will come forth. We‘ll discuss the external events, like RYTeS, RYLA, RYPEN, MUNA, and so on, and some internal events for which there are some possibilities, like Vocational Awards of some sort, the Swimarathon for Rotary Foundation, and the District Governor‘s Official Visit. In the second half of the Year, there is the possibility of a Dinner at Kingscliff TAFE with the other clubs. There are a lot of gaps in the Calendar: let‘s fill them in.
District Office Bearers D9640 District Governor— Tony Heading D9640 Assistant Governor— Anne Egan
Club Office Bearers BOARD OF DIRECTORS President— David Vickers-Shand Vice President & Pres Elect— Judy Mason Immediate Past President— Jack Heffernan Secretary — Peter Sochacki Treasurer— Michael Grisedale
I do need all members to get active. We actually lost one, on Changeover night, when a letter from Bryan Threlfall arrived with his resignation from the club, and Bryan will be sorely missed. Next week we‘re having a Membership Night, conducted by Margaret Rickard. She is a live wire, and I really do suggest that you make a special effort to be here. She‘ll have some out-of-left-field ideas for us all.
Membership Director— Len Mason
When I was last President, I took over from Barry Lack, whose motto was SERVICE ABOVE SELF, which is also Rotary International‘s overall slogan. I had, as my motto, LEAD THE WAY, and I would like to use that motto as we go into this year, to ENGAGE ROTARY AND CHANGE LIVES. So enough talking about it here: let‘s just do it.
Service Projects Director— Judy Mason
The District 9640 Paul Harris Society The Paul Harris Society is named after the founder of Rotary International. The society recognizes friends of The Rotary Foundation who annually contribute US$1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, and other approved Foundation grant activities. Society contributions may count toward Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member, Paul Harris Fellow, Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, and Major Donor recognition. Your gift will advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. Your contribution supports activities such as: • Vocational and on-the-job training for land mine victims in Cambodia • Hand-washing stations, training for teachers, and in-depth hygiene training for students at a school in Ecuador
Public Relations Director— Denis Hallworth Club Administration Director— Denis Hallworth
Rotary Foundation Director— Anni Brownjohn CHAIRMEN OF COMMITTEES Club Program Chair— Richard Johnston
• A scholarship for a Japanese student to study effective adult learning methods abroad • Milking cows for farmers in Russia • Microcredit loans to women in Togo • Polio Eradication
Community Service Chair— Jack Heffernan
Projects like these depend on the ongoing support of dedicated Rotarians and friends like you. Thank you for making Rotary a priority in your philanthropy.
Social Activities Chair— Bob Shepherd
The Paul Harris Society is a districtadministered recognition program.
International Service Chair— David Vickers-Shand Vocational Service Chair— Bob Shepherd Youth Service Chair— Diedri Shepherd
Club Protection Officer— Michael Grisedale College of Presidents Chair— Denis Hallworth
Membership is tracked and recognized independently by each Rotary district.
OTHER POSITIONS Bike Ride 2011/12— Michael Grisedale Tony Worrad Barry Lack Noel Graham
Contact your District Governor Tony Heading or District Rotary Foundation Chair Neil Jones for details.
Tweed Banana Festival— Michael Grisedale Sergeants— Noel Graham Ian Baker
You may also ask Denis Hallworth for assistance or answers to questions.
Heads & Tails— Noel Graham Ian Baker
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 "Hemingway was a jerk." - Harold Robbins
On the subject of politics and Rotary The message below originated from PDG Brian Wheatley, who is a senior Rotarian in our district and represented District 9640 at the recent Council of Legislation meeting. Brian has expressed concern that with improvements in technology it has become much easier for political parties to contact individual members and clubs with party political messages. In light of the events of Wednesday June 26 the situation of the coming election seems likely to be somewhat active, and all and any means of promoting a party‘s message will probably be used. With this in mind Brian has sent the relevant sections of the Standard Rotary Club constitution to all clubs with a reminder of the apolitical nature of Rotary. Brian has received at least one message which appeared to have generated from the email addresses on the District 9640 web site, and is concerned that more attempts to involve Rotary clubs in matters political may follow. There is a fine line. Section 1 recognises that we, as members of Rotary, have concerns for the general welfare of the community, the nation, and the world, and these are ―proper subjects of fair and informed study and discussion at a club meeting for the enlightenment of its members in forming their individual opinions‖. However the club shall not express an opinion on ―any pending controversial public measure.‖ Section 2 specifically prohibits endorsements or recommendations of any candidate and the merits or demerits of any candidate.
From Brian Wheatley— In light of the pending Federal Election and the fact that some Rotarians/Rotary Clubs have already been contacted by candidates (via Rotary addresses) for that upcoming event, it is worth noting the following Article 13 from the just released 2013 Standard Rotary Club Constitution. Standard Rotary Club Constitution (2013) Article 13 Community, National, and International Affairs Section 1 — Proper Subjects. The merits of any public question involving the general welfare of the community, the nation, and the world are of concern to the members of this club and shall be proper subjects of fair and informed study and discussion at a club meeting for the enlightenment of its members in forming their individual opinions. However, this club shall not express an opinion on any pending controversial public measure. Section 2 — No Endorsements. This club shall not endorse or recommend any candidate for public office and shall not discuss at any club meeting the merits or demerits of any such candidate. Section 3 — Non-Political. (a) Resolutions and Opinions. This club shall neither adopt nor circulate resolutions or opinions, and shall not take action dealing with world affairs or international policies of a political nature. (b) Appeals. This club shall not direct appeals to clubs, peoples, or governments, or circulate letters, speeches, or proposed plans for the solution of specific international problems of a political nature.
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Polio outbreak spreads in Somalia Senior Somali government officials launch polio campaign
The Horn of Africa is currently responding to an outbreak of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1). The first vaccination campaign in response to the outbreak, reaching 440 000 children, took place 14-16 May 2013 in Somalia and a second round of vaccination is planned for 26 May 2013 in synchronization with eastern parts of Kenya, targeting just over 1 million children. A four-month-old girl near Dadaab, Kenya, developed symptoms of acute flaccid paralysis on 30 April 2013. Two healthy contacts of the child tested positive for WPV1. They are the first laboratory confirmed cases in Kenya since July 2011. In addition, a case of WPV1 in Banadir, Somalia was confirmed on 9 May 2013. The risk to neighbouring countries is deemed as very high, due to largescale population movements across the Horn of Africa and persistent immunity gaps in some areas. Dadaab hosts several refugee camps, housing nearly 500 000 persons from across the Horn of Africa. Mogadishu, Somalia , 27 May 2013 – Mothers and children lined up patiently here today for polio
vaccination, under a high sun and intense heat. Their vaccinator was the Prime Minister himself, Abdi Farah Shirdon Saaid, who vaccinated children at the presidential palace as part of an emergency response to the reappearance of polio in Somalia. Four cases of wild poliovirus have been reported in Somalia due to importation, causing great concern within the country, as well as from international partners. The risk is considerable that this could result in a large outbreak paralyzing hundreds of children. The Mayor of Mogadishu, Mohamed Nur, joined the Prime Minister calling on all Somalis to support the polio campaign that will continue till 2 June. ―The return of wild poliovirus to Somalia after six years is a great tragedy for Somali children and I call on all Somalis to help protect our children against this menace. Polio paralyzes and kills, yet children can be protected by taking the polio vaccine. Each and every dose builds protection,‖ said Prime Minister Saaid. Since the first child was paralyzed
earlier this month in Mogadishu, three more cases have been confirmed in the capital. The virus has also spread, with the first case outside Mogadishu reported this week in Bay – hundreds of kilometers to the south. Alongside Kenya, Somalia is one of only two countries in the world that has reported a single case of wild poliovirus outside the three countries that have never stopped transmission (Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan). An intense and rapid emergency effort is under way to stop the outbreak. International polio partners Rotary International, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF were represented at the launch event by WHO Representative for Somalia, Dr Ghulam Popal met the high level delegation and praised the
speed of the response to the outbreak, while also expressing his concern for the large number of children in the country who remain unvaccinated against polio. ―The speed and scope of the response to this outbreak by Somalia has been incredible, with hundreds of thousands of children in Banadir and Afgoye protected from polio paralysis within days of the first reported case,‖ said Dr Popal. ―However, right now there are up to
one million children across the country have not received polio vaccine. Polio is prevented only through protecting children with safe and effective polio vaccine.‖ To protect Somali children and prevent further spread beyond the country, up to nine large scale polio vaccination campaigns are planned for Somalia targeting highest risk areas and populations. As Prime Minister Saaid noted during his address to gathered
parents, invited guests and local media, ―Somali children have many challenges to face but polio paralysis should not be one of them. This outbreak represents a challenge to the leaders of Somalia, but we are ready for that challenge and will do all in our powers to ensure this scourge is again eliminated from this country. Somalia has eradicated polio before and we are determined to do so again.‖
Polio Eradication Effort Gets Push from Rotary, Gates Foundation Rotary International and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have renewed a fundraising partnership they hope will inject millions of new dollars into the final push to eradicate polio, a goal both say is closer than ever. Only 69 cases of polio were reported globally so far this year as of June 19, and an independent board monitoring the global eradication effort recently said halting transmission of the disease by the end of 2014 is "a realistic prospect." The number of cases has declined substantially from 1,352 reported in 2010, and the virus is endemic in pockets of only three countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. But the war on the final vestiges of polio is tough. Polio vaccinators have been shot and killed in recent months in Nigeria and Pakistan. An eradication goal was missed last year. And the virus appears to be resurging in the Horn of Africa, with more than one-third of the cases so far this year in Somalia and Kenya— two countries that had been largely polio-free. Under the agreement, the Gates Foundation said it will match two to one every new dollar that Rotary commits to polio eradication up to $35 million a year over five years. That could total $525 million, including $175 million from the Rotary Foundation and $350 million from the Gates Foundation for polio immunization programs, the organizations said. The fundraising is part of a six-year drive to raise $5.5 billion for a "polio eradication and endgame strategic plan" led by Rotary International, the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, UNICEF and the World Health Organization to wipe out the virus by 2018. Governments, nongovernmental organizations and individual philanthropists such as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg have pledged $4 billion of that amount. The Gates Foundation has committed $1.8 billion of that amount, which it says will include its matching funds for Rotary. Rotary launched its first fundraising campaign for polio in 1985, prodding a World Health Organization resolution to eradicate the disease. It has contributed $1.2 billion since then toward eradication, raised through donations from Rotarians as well as their communities, and thousands of Rotary volunteers have helped immunize children in multiple countries. Over the past year, volunteers have vaccinated people in mobile clinics and at toll plazas in Pakistan, met with religious leaders, and implemented lessons learned from India, which successfully stopped transmission of polio with programs like health camps that offer nutrition training and other health services along with polio vaccine. "Rotarians are spending not only money out of their pockets and raising money in the community, but they've also spent a considerable amount of their own money and time
to go to these countries and help with the vaccination efforts," said John Germ, vice chairman of fund development for the Rotary International PolioPlus Committee. The amount Rotary is seeking to raise is less than approximately $228 million it raised during a recent fiveyear campaign, in which the Gates Foundation also matched funds. Part of the reason is concern about "donor fatigue," Mr. Germ said. But mainly, he said, Rotary's goal now is to persuade major donors such as governments and corporations to give more for the final eradication push. "We need to reach out and get money from those who have not given," he said. And, he said, Rotary is likely to raise more than the $35 million a year. "Rotary's got a history of exceeding its goals," he said. "We both want to maintain the momentum," said Gates Foundation CEO Jeff Raikes, adding that the new endgame strategy has plans and resources for quelling outbreaks like the one in the Horn of Africa. "We're very excited about what can be done here."
News just in of Microsoft’s latest venture: Microsoft Corporation has taken another step toward dominating every aspect of American life with the introduction of Contraceptive98, a suite of applications designed for users who engage in sex. Microsoft has been a pioneer in peer-to-peer connectivity and plug and play. It believes these technologies will give it substantial leverage in penetrating the copulation enhancement market. The product addresses two important user concerns: the need for virus protection and the need for a firewall to ensure the non-propagation of human beings. The Contraceptive98 suite consists of three products: Condom98, DeFetus 1.0 (from Sementec), and AIDScan 2.1 (from Norton Utilities). A free copy of Intercourse Explorer 4.0 is bundled in the package. The suite also comes in two expanded versions. Contraceptive98 Professional is the Client/Server edition, for professionals in the sexual services sector. Contraceptive98 Small Business Edition is a package for startups, aimed at the housewife and gigolo niches. While Contraceptive98 does not address nontraditional copulatory channels, future plug-ins are planned for next year. OPERATION: Only one node in a peer-to-peer connection needs to install the package. At installation, the Condom98 software checks for minimum hardware. If the user meets the requirements, the product installs and is sufficiently scaleable to meet most requirements. After installation, operation commences. One precaution is that the user must be sure they have sufficient RAM to complete the session. When the session is complete, a disconnect is initiated, and the user gets the message, it is now safe to turn off your partner. DRAWBACKS: Usability testers report that frequent failures were a major concern during beta testing. General Protection Fault was the most serious error encountered. Early versions had numerous bugs, but most of these have been eliminated. The product needs to be installed each time its used. CONCLUSION: Contraceptive98 is a robust product. Despite its drawbacks, it is reasonably good value for its $49.95 price tag, and is far superior to its shareware version. Hopefully, future releases (of the software, that is) will add missing functionality, such as Backout and Restore, uninterruptible Power Supply and Onboard Camera. Microsoft CEO Bill Gates is optimistic that ―Our contraceptive products will help users do to each other what we‘ve been doing to our customers for years.‖
On February 4th, 2013, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, addressed the Duma, (Russian Parliament), and gave a speech about the tensions with minorities in Russia: "In Russia, live Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia, should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws. If they prefer Sharia Law, then we advise them to go to those places where that's the state law. Russia does not need minorities. Minorities need Russia, and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell 'discrimination'. We better learn from the suicides of America, England, Holland and France, if we are to survive as a nation. The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways of most minorities. When this honorable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the national interest first, observing that the minorities are not Russians." The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a standing ovation for five minutes. This is one time our elected leaders should pay attention to the advice of Vladimir Putin
Birthdays— June 28 Joyce Robertson June 30 Diane Johnston
July 1 Neil & June deClosey
Coming programs details Jul 9—Membership— Margarita Rickard, Dist M‘ship Secretary Jul 16—Youth—Simone Wong, District Youth Secretary Jul 23— Jul 30— Aug 6—Festival of Performing Arts Awards Concert—6.15pm Aug 13— Aug 20— Aug 27— Sep 3— Sep 10— Sep 17— Sep 24— Oct 1— Oct 8—
Duty Officers Jul 9—Jack Heffernan, Richard Johnston Jul 16—Judy Mason, Len Mason Jul 23—Bob Shepherd, Diedri Shepherd Jul 30—Peter Sochacki, John Stainlay Aug 6—Anni Brownjohn, Noel Graham Aug 13—Denis Hallworth, Jack Heffernan Aug 20—Judy Mason, Len Mason Aug 27—Bob Shepherd, Diedri Shepherd Sep 3—Peter Sochacki, John Stainlay Sep 10—Anni Brownjohn, Noel Graham Sep 17—Denis Hallworth, Jack Heffernan Sep 24—Judy Mason, Len Mason Oct 1—Bob Shepherd, Diedri Shepherd Oct 8—
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
Membership— Margarita Rickard, District Membership Secretary
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
Jack Heffernan, Richard Johnston
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
On-Line - Rotary Eclub Next Gen Qld Australia www.rotaryeclubnextgen.org
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!