The Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville Monday 21st October Weekly Bulletin Issue 5 No.16 Program for Club Meeting Monday 21st October 2013
Inside this issue Tonight’s Program
President Rob’s Message
Duty Roster tonight: Door
Last Week’s Meeting Upcoming Events – November World Polio Day
Toast to Overseas Club Rotary Four-Way Test Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
This week we toast the Rotary Club of San Felipe Oeste – Venezuela, who has recently sponsored a new Interact Club. Congratulations on bringing more young people into the world of Rotary.
Last Meeting: 14th October 2013 Program
Next Meeting: 28th October 2013 Program
Jodie Pennings – Anglican Retirement Villages
Keith Stapley; Suresh Prasad; Brian King; Jim Sifonios and Bruce Pike
Door Rotary Grace Loyal Toast
Ray Campbell Graeme Rohan Rod Tilden
2|Page President’s Message Hello members, Last Monday was an excellent example of Rotary in action. Our own Mike O’Connell gave us a very informative talk on his experiences working with Aboriginal communities and it was great to have Carmel join us for the meeting. Our partners are always welcome to attend any of our club meetings. We also had a surprise visit from two representatives from the Iligan Project to thank Rotary for its support. Thanks must go to Alan and Bobby for the tremendous amount of work done to make this grant happen. Bobby and Steve also gave us a short resume of their global travels. We look forward to hearing more details of their travel experiences later in the year. The club board met on Wednesday and the “Bollyhills” committee, (Alan, Graeme and Haran), have the project well in hand. To make this a big success we all need to participate if possible. Rod and Toni Tilden have offered their home at Glenhaven for our Christmas Party on Saturday 14th December. This will be a fully catered function with B.Y.O. drinks. Don’t forget that Laura will be returning home early December and her farewell speech is on 9 th December. I am sure Laura would like to visit more members’ homes before she leaves. Regards, President Rob.
Wishing Wendy Pike a very Happy Birthday on the 25th October. We continue to receive updates on Suresh Prasad whom we are happy to hear is continuing to improve and is getting around with the use of a walking frame. Our warmest wishes for a speedy recovery go out to you Suresh. Whilst talking about recoveries – I also heard that Wilf’s granddaughter Alana was able to send back her wheelchair recently – what a fantastic piece of news, which would no doubt have brought great cheer to not only Alana, but her whole family
Special message from the Editor I’d like to thank both Wilf Van Emmerik and Penny Hill for looking after the Bulletin so well whilst I was away – much appreciated. Check out the new Rotary International website: www.rotary.org. It includes both public & member sections. So take the time to browse & learn
Last Meeting – Monday 14th October - Reported by Bobby Redman President Rob opened the meeting by welcoming back Bobby Redman and Stephen Fry from their recent travels. Rob also welcomed the night’s guest speaker, our own Mike O’Connell who was accompanied by his wife Carmel, who came along to offer Mike additional moral support. Bobby and Stephen each spoke for a few minutes about their trips – Bobby had visited Turkey; attended a friend’s wedding in Wales; and visited friends and family around England. Stephen talked about his amazing trip to Canada – highlighting his visit to the Rocky Mountains before taking a cruise up to Alaska – can’t wait to hear more. In the meantime special guests Bless Salonga and Violi Calvert, members of ALFA arrived to provide the Club Members with an update on the Iligan Project and to once more thank the Club for it’s support in obtaining a District grant to boost their fund-raising; and support them to provide much needed assistance to the long suffering typhoon victims in the Philippines. The meeting continued with Rob thanking Ray for standing in for him and chairing the last meeting in his absence. He reminded Board Members of the upcoming Board Meeting at Penny Hill’s home. Rob thanked Rod and Tony Tilden for their kind offer to host this year’s Christmas Party at their home – a vote was taken by attending members to decide whether the party should occur on Saturday 14th December as initially suggested or on the following Monday. Votes went to the Saturday night; more information to follow. Secretary, Wilf van Emmerik notified Members that the AGM would take place on Monday 25 th November – PLEASE NOTE THIS DATE IN YOUR CALENDARS. Treasurer, Keith Stapley is on overseas business at this time and so was an apology for the night. Club Service Director, Ray Campbell reported that next week David White from Marine Rescue is coming along as guest speaker. He also notified Members that we had been notified by the Tavern that our usual room will be unavailable on the 4th November due to it being used for a Melbourne Cup event – other arrangements are currently being looked into. Ray still has some spots to fill for December, but reminded everyone that Laura’s farewell in on December 9th. Community Service Director, Graeme Rohan, reported that Dan Murphy’s BBQ sales are picking up well and had again sold out last weekend. Graeme also reported on the following upcoming Events:-
Bollyhills, is coming up on the 16th November and ticket money is due in this week to enable the Committee to identify any available spots; as requests continue to come in.
The Rotary Foundation Dinner, is on Monday 18th November and Haran Ramachandran is organising a table for the Club. A few spaces are still available.
On Sunday 17th November we are manning the BBQ at the Powerhouse Museum, so it looks like a busy few days for Club Members.
Public Relations Director and Bulletin Officer, Bobby Redman thanked Wilf van Emmerik and Penny Hill for looking after the Weekly Bulletin in her absence. She then put on her Conference Chair hat and reminded everyone that the Inaugural District Conference for District 9685 is coming up on 23rd February. She will be circulating a list over the next two weeks and will be making the booking on behalf of Club Members to ensure that we pay for tickets at the EARLY BIRD RATE. Vocational Director, Ian Pearce, reminded members that he was still taking names for Pride of Workmanship and Community Awards. Youth Director, Jim Sifonios, was also an apology this week – hopefully he is enjoying his holiday in the States. In his absence Bobby informed Members that Laura has moved in with Christine Zec while the Sifonios family are away. She is currently home sick with a cold.
4|Page Gordon Scoble kindly provided an update on Suresh. Suresh is currently receiving dialysis treatment 3 days a week. Sheila Prasad is taking some leave to stay home and take care of him. Suresh is getting around on a walking frame and an inclinator has been fitted to assist with the stairs at home. Gordon also let Members know that Dural Country Club are holding a Barefoot Bowls Day on Sunday and guests are invited along to participate in a choice of three sessions, FREE OF CHARGE. Anyone interested should contact Dural Country Club directly. Finally Gordon provided Members with an update regarding concerns around access to the Harvey Lowe Pavilion for the buses for our Christmas with Rotary event, this year. All indicators are that the temporary entrance, on Showground Road, will be completed well before the event and access shouldn’t be hampered This week’s wine raffle was again won by Graeme Rohan, who left the jackpot intake – thank you Graeme. Sergeant Brian’s was also an apology at this meeting, and the role of Sergeant was ably managed by Mike O’Connell - thanks Mike.
Guest Speaker for the week was Mike O’Connell PP Mike is a bit of a dark horse, who often hides his generous heart behind a joker’s mask. Tonight he spoke about a special trip that he made up to assist in an Aboriginal Community in Balgo. Mike’s first involvement with an Aboriginal Community was in 1975 when he supplied 15 dental surgery chairs to the Aboriginal Community in Kempsy when they were provided with a special grant to spend on dental health. At this time he gained a good understanding of the impact of Aboriginal Culture on their business dealings and had an ongoing interest in these Communities. In 2006, Mike and his wife Carmel became involved in supervising a group of University Students who were travelling out to Balgo to work (and play) with children whilst their school teachers returned to their own States for the school holidays. There are 750 people in the Balgo Community and 300 of these are children, so support was required. The journey to Balgo became a long adventure covering 10,000 kilometres and lasting from Boxing Day to New Year’s Eve. Mike, nicknamed “Porky” by the Community, and Carmel shared an exciting and uplifting 2 weeks in the Community before returning home, tired but undoubtably enriched by the experience.
UPCOMING EVENTS - NOVEMBER
An opportunity to meet RI President Elect Gary C. K. Huang
Book a place on the tables with Haran tonight
WORLD POLIO DAY 24th October 2013 On 24 October, we mark World Polio Day. It is a time to reflect on the progress we've made and to strengthen our determination for the work ahead.
6|Page Club Members Club Calendar
Jodie Pennings – Anglican Retirement Village
Customer Service Manager
Window Furnishing Sales
Building & Maintenance
Vocational Visit – details to be announced
Bollyhills Powerhouse Museum BBQ Brian King + Rotary Foundation Dinner
Dan Murphy Roster 26th October 2013 Wilf van Emmerik and Bobby Redman
Note: Apologies must be in to PP Ray Campbell by 12pm on Mondays so numbers can be confirmed for dinner.
P – President
PP, PHF PHF
Education - Secondary Landscape Supplies
PP PP, PHF
Dental Supplies Industrial Consultancy Nursery Retail
PP - Past President
PHF - Paul Harris Fellow
Final Comment Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way we cope with it is what makes the difference .