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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

Tonight’s Muster ?

Mail to—PO Box 33 Murwillumbah NSW 2484

Yuzuke Sakabe, Chiropractor —aging with ease. Also RYLA awardees

Duty Officers Kevin Damsma & Ian Baker The Board of Murwillumbah Central Rotary Club meeting date—

at Jack Heffernan’s house Monday April 8 at 6.00pm.

District 9640 Conference The District 9640 Annual Conference will be held on Friday April 12 to Sunday April 14 at RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast. Attendance at all conference sessions is free as the basic cost of the conference has been paid for every D9640 Rotarian by a levy paid with District fees. For this reason alone every member is encouraged to attend. Please register in advance to ensure your conference package is ready on arrival. There is a cost involved for meals and morning tea, and a range of options have been developed to try to suit all possibilities.

2 Nights of fellowship includes Friday and Saturday dinner $120.00

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 2004-2005 was Carl-

Wilhelm Stenhammar

Saturday daytime only including day catering -$50.00 Sunday daytime only including day catering - $45.00 Friday dinner only - $65.00 Saturday dinner only - $65.00 Saturday day catering includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Sunday day catering includes morning tea and lunch.

Full Conference package including day catering, Friday and Saturday dinners - $160.00

If you decide to stay overnight the best option is at the RACV Royal Pines Resort, but at this time few if any rooms are available.

Saturday through to Sunday including day catering and Saturday night dinner - $105.00

Accommodation on the Gold Coast is naturally available if needed.

2 Days of conference including day catering - $65.00

Great effort has been involved to make this an outstanding event.

In the spirit!

Tuesday March 12 2013

 GSE from Hong Kong, Macau, Mongolia.  Group 4 clubs joint meeting on May 1 at Tumbulgum Tavern.  Hi Tech Toilets and Future of Fundraising.

Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar Rotary Club of Göteborg, Sweden RI Theme: Service Above Self “I would like to be modern. I would like to recycle, and I also want to promote continuity. Therefore, I have chosen the best motto ever created for Rotary International, yet one that you will not find on the walls of this room: Service Above Self.”— 2005 International

District 9640 CONFERENCE PROGRAMME (short version) FRIDAY NIGHT 6pm Drinks around the Pool 6.30pm Function Official Party enter Flag Ceremony National Anthem Official Opening Mayor of the Gold Coast BBQ Dinner Memorial Ceremony & song SATURDAY

Welcome Guest Speaker Club Roll Call Guest Speaker

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

Hetty Johnson

Immediate Past President— Noel Graham

Stuart Robert & MUNA Presentation

Secretary — Peter Sochacki

MORNING TEA Guest Speaker Ashlee Teakle GSE Presentation Arizona Guest Speaker Jenni Heenan Thank You Surfers Sunrise LUNCH Guest Speaker Brian Herd Guest Speaker Kenton Campbell GSE Presentation Wisconsin/Minnesota AFTERNOON TEA Guest Speaker Bruce Allen 3 Club Presentation of Projects Conference 2014 Presentation District Awards SATURDAY NIGHT GALA DINNER Including GSE presentation District 3450 SUNDAY 7.45AM - 845AM Business Session 9am Welcome Guest Speaker John Witheriff Guest Speaker Richard Royle with Dr Peter Silburn MORNING TEA Introduce District 9640 GSE Team leaving for Hong Kong Guest Speakers Bruce & Denise Morcombe Guest Speaker Allana Corbin Closing comments with RI Representative Close DG & Closing Song LUNCH This is not the full program, just some of the items are listed. The District Conference is an occasion for Rotarians to meet and learn from other Rotarians, to hear about projects by other clubs. and to celebrate their friendship and fellowship. It is always an enlightening and uplifting experience.

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.

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 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

Thought of the day "You can get more with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone." - Al Capone (1899-1947)

Group Study Exchange Team from district 3450 Hong Kong/Macao/Mongolia The GSE team from District 3450 will depart from Hong Kong on March 14 for a GSE visit to Rotary D9640. Clubs in D9640 have been selected to host the team while in Australia and in our area Mt Warning AM club is hosting in early April. There is a joint meeting planned for Monday April 8 at Greenhills on Tweed, 131 River Street, Murwillumbah. The meeting will be for members of Mt Warning AM, Murwillumbah and Murwillumbah Central. We have declared a transfer meeting for our club so our meeting of April 9 is cancelled. This is a special opportunity to hear about China from young people who live there so remember to mark the date and plan to attend this dinner. Numbers attending will be needed at least one week before.

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 ?


On 15th of January Team member Bolor-Erdene. T (on right) joined the regular meeting of RC of Ulaanbaatar. RC of Ulaanbaator is the endorsing club of Bolor-Erdene.T and club members welcomed Boloroo at the meeting.

High Tech-toilets? What we need is a low-tech toilet revolution By Jason Kass

If technologies were listed in order of sexiness, poop management might rank near the bottom. But thanks to the Gates Foundation‟s Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, even high-tech engineers with fancy titles are tinkering with toilet designs. They're hoping to stumble upon sanitation‟s silver bullet, a design that costs little, is easy to manufacture and distribute, and that treats waste on the spot without the need for expensive underground piping and infrastructure. As someone who has cared about bringing sanitation solutions to the developing world for years, I couldn‟t be more excited to see this issue get so much attention globally. The question I'm asking, however, is whether the toilet actually needs to be reinvented, or if the solution is already out there, just waiting to be tweaked and applied to the developing world. The Gates Challenge, now in its third round, calls for “stand-alone, self-contained, practical sanitation solutions” to serve the 2.6 billion people who don‟t have access to a sanitary bathroom. Many of the winners of the previous two rounds nailed the stand-alone and selfcontained part. But practical? Not so much. Until local hardware stores in the developing world start to carry “unique membrane systems” and “biomass energy conversion systems” I‟d hold off on exporting these toilets to the slums of Haiti. Then there‟s the price point. Caltech Professor Michael Hoffman, the first place winner of the first round of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge this past August, invented a solarpowered toilet that converts waste into energy for cooking. Sounds neat, but it costs $1000 per unit. In August 2012, I was in a floodprone area outside of Port-au-Prince installing composting toilets at a girls‟ orphanage along with a small team from a new organization called Toilets for People.

The toilets were made entirely of locally available materials: plywood, basic hardware, toilet seats, 5-gallon buckets, and a 15-gallon drum. Our toilets are stand-alone, selfcontained, and highly practical. They cost under $100 each, and any local who knows his or her way around a basic tool kit can maintain and repair them. Simple, effective toilet designs like this one, the CRAPPER, are more likely than more expensive devices to become the "toilet of We call it the compact, rotating, the future" that serves the developing world. aerobic, pollution-prevention, excreta reducer—otherwise known sanitation solutions that work in as the CRAPPER. areas of perennial high groundwater The heart of the CRAPPER is a (less than five feet below ground) horizontally mounted drum that that are prone to seasonal flooding. spins, just like a backyard These wet areas are only going to composter. The human waste goes increase as sea levels rise and storms into the drum along with a simple, become more severe and frequent, readily available bulking agent like something we saw recently during sawdust or dried leaves. The mixing Super Storm Sandy. is the key—and makes the CRAPPER quite different from other This is where I think our best and composting toilets in poor countries. brightest engineers and scientists should focus their attention. The The most prevalent “composting” CRAPPER is just one potential toilet design in use in the developing solution. SOIL, is another world today is the dual-vault system, organization doing great work with which is functionally an abovetheir centralized composting process. ground pit latrine. There is no A magical, new toilet of the future mixing or aeration; and without might come from the ivory tower mixing, there is little or no some day. But I suspect the composting. So what happens when engineers competing in the Gates‟ the first vault fills up? Well, in challenge would get more from a theory, it‟s the owner‟s job to shovel week in a refugee camp than a year out what is supposed to be ready-toin the lab. They would also learn a use compost to fertilize their garden. lot from the people of the developing In reality, no one wants to shovel a world, who survive despite scarcity cubic yard or more of nonand are master problem solvers, composted human waste by hand. always making use of what they have on hand. Think of the movie From my experience, without Apollo 13, where the engineers in exception, what happens is that these Houston had to fabricate an air filter pits fill up in a year or so, smell out of odds and ends and some duct terrible, and are abandoned. This tape. This mirrors the creative poor design has given composting problem-solving necessary in the technology a black eye in the view developing world. Local folks in of development professionals. these communities use what they‟ve But when done right, nothing is got on hand, and understand more effective than composting, solutions that keep it simple using especially for flood-prone areas. Offwhat is familiar. the-shelf solutions suffice in places The toilet, or toilets, of the future with deep groundwater resources may actually already be here. We that are not prone to severe flooding. just need to bridge the gap between Dry systems like pit latrines, or even the appropriate technologies already wet systems like pour-flush toilets out there and creative both work fine. implementation on the ground. The real challenge is finding

Rotary and the Future of Fundraising by John Borst, Communications Director , District 5550

Is Rotary ready for the future of fundraising? Compare these two recent successful fundraising endeavors: Both raised over $100,000,000. Both involved approximately 1,200,000 participants. Both took place simultaneously across many countries of the world. And neither could have taken place without the benefits of 21st Century technology. But it was how they each used 21st Century technology which resulted in the one significant difference between the two fundraising efforts. One took place over a span of three years; the other a span of one month. The longer project of course was the Rotary International and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation‟s PolioPlus Challenge. The shorter was the Movember Foundation‟s November 2012 campaign in which they raised $121.7 million for prostate cancer research. Rotary used modern technology to promote and prod Rotarians to give and give to the PolioPlus account of Rotary Foundation. The Movember Foundation on the other hand used the principles of Crowd funding to achieve a similar goal in a remarkably short time. Having taken part this past month, in the Movember campaign, I could not help but think as it drew to an end, that Rotary has got to take a very serious look at this latest phenomena of the digital age. Crowd funding is not social media such as FaceBook or Twitter. Certainly both are good, but supplimentary tools to broadcast what you are doing and perhaps to a lesser extent ask for donations. Crowd funding is a subset of crowd sourcing. Crowd sourcing is the process where-by many people from all walks of life work together to accomplish a task. Perhaps the most famous “crowdsourcing project” is Wikipedia. One consequence of crowd funding is the degree to which individuals can and do overlap traditional territories. Many Rotarians will likely have to get used to requests broadcast to fellow Rotarians using electronically generated email lists. With crowd funding local can be everywhere.. There is another aspect to the future of fundraising that

only a central organization such as the Evanston office can bring about. As we all know cash is rapidly disappearing as a medium of exchange. Today we increasingly use credit cards and debit cards. It is still possible to sell raffle tickets or seek cash donations for PolioPlus or in the case of Movember, prostate cancer research in stores or other public places. However, more and more often people will tell you they simply have no cash on them. And I believe them! It seems to me that Rotary International could negotiate with the banks and credit card companies to have available portable card readers such as you see at restaurants, and on trains and planes. Local clubs, districts and even zones do not likely have the ability to manage this type of contract. Clubs could then arrange with Rotary International the use of such an instrument. Obviously, it would require pre-planning but it should be manageable. What is becoming more and more obvious is that the world of giving is changing along almost everything else that society does. One can only hope that Rotary has the presence to change with it. Editors Note— A search on Google reveals many crowdfunding sites, mainly in USA, but only a couple in Australia. The seem to be aimed at funding projects offered by individuals for movie, music, business development and more, but almost no charitable organisations. There is a cost involved in most, if not all, and while the idea may develop it is immature at present.

Italian Secret to a Long Marriage At St. Peter's Catholic Church in Adelaide, they have weekly husbands' Marriage seminars. At the session last week, the priest asked Giuseppe, who said he was approaching his 50th wedding anniversary, to take a few minutes and share some insight into how he had managed to stay married to the same woman all these years. Giuseppe replied to the assembled husbands, 'Wella, I'va tried to treat her nicea, spenda da money on her, but besta of all is, I tooka her to Italy for the 25th anniversary!' The priest responded, 'Giuseppe, you are an amazing inspiration to all the husbands here! Please tell us what you are planning for your wife for your 50th anniversary?' Giuseppe proudly replied, " I gonna go pick her up." A man was in his front yard mowing grass when his beautiful, female neighbour came out of the house and went straight to the mailbox. She opened it, looked inside, slammed it shut, and stormed back into her house. A little later she came out of her house again, went to the mailbox, again opened it, and slammed it shut again. Angrily, back into the house she went. As the man was getting ready to edge the lawn, here she came again. She marched to the mailbox, opened it and then slammed it closed harder than ever. Puzzled by her actions, the man asked her, “Is something wrong?” To which she replied, “There certainly is, my stupid computer keeps telling me I‟ve got mail!”

A lawyer purchased a box of very rare and expensive cigars, then insured them against, among other things, fire. Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars, the lawyer filed a claim against the insurance company. In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost 'in a series of small fires.' The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason, that the man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion. The lawyer sued and WON! Delivering the ruling, the judge agreed with the insurance company that the claim was frivolous. The judge stated nevertheless, that the lawyer held a policy from the company, in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable, and also guaranteed that it, would insure them against fire. Without defining what is considered to be unacceptable 'fire' and was obligated to pay the claim. Rather than endure lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his loss of the Cigars that perished in the ‟fires‟. NOW FOR THE BEST PART... After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of ARSON!!! With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being used against him, the lawyer was convicted of Intentionally burning his insured property and was sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000 fine.


Birthdays— March 5 David Vickers-Shand March 10 John Norris

None this week

Duty Officers

Coming programs details Mar 19—PETS report Mar 26—Rotary Eclub, Chris Lloyd, AusE SafarE. Apr 2—TBA 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—TBA May 14—No meeting, transferred to May 18 May 18—75th Anniversary Dinner Mbah Club, Civic Centre May 21—TBA May 28—TBA

Mar 19—David Vickers-Shand & Bryan Threlfall Mar 26—John Stainlay & Peter Sochacki Apr 2—Diedri & Bob Shepherd 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—Ian Baker & David Vickers-Shand Jun 4—Bryan Threlfall & John Stainlay Jun 11—Peter Sochacki & George Phillips Jun 18—Len & Judy Mason

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 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



PETS report Duty Officers

Rotary websites Club This is the new web site. Club (Facebook) murwillumbah.central.rotary District— Australia— International—

David Vickers-Shand & Bryan Threlfall

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

On-Line - Rotary Eclub Next Gen Qld Australia

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!

The Spirit March 12 2013  

Weekly bulletin of Murwillumbah Central Rotary