Monday 1 July Issue 5 No.2
The Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville Weekly Bulletin Inside this issue
Program for Club Meeting Monday 8th July 2013
Tonight’s Program and Overseas Club Toast President Rob’s Message
Jack Daniels – Magic Therapy
Members’ News Review of previous meeting : More awards and the launch of the Club Plan
Duty Roster tonight: Door
Wilf van Emmerik
Rotary International Convention 2014
Welcome to the New Rotary Year
Club Calendar Club Members
Toast to Overseas Club
Tonight we toast the Rotary Club of Jardim, Sao Paulo, Brazil, District 4590.
Rotary Grace “O Lord our giver of all good
They have recently received an award from RI for being a 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club
We thank You for our daily food, May Rotary friends and Rotary ways, Help us to serve you all our days”.
Last Meeting: 1st July 2013 Program
Next Meeting: 15th July 2013 Program
Launch of Club Plan
Ambre Hammond – Concert Pianist
Keith Stapley; Ian Pearce; Rod Tilden; Michael O’Connell; Michael Griscti; Allan Walker and Bob Low
2|Page President’s Message Hello Everyone, I hope you all have had a pleasant week now that the skies have cleared. Monday night completed a fantastic list of awards and accolades for PP Bobby’s year. Congratulations to Graham on being made a Paul Harris Fellow, and Jim being “Club man of the year”. Both recognitions were well deserved. Last Monday was our “Club Plan” night, and what a positive programme for the year it is. Our new Sergeant (“Captain King”) did a tremendous job emptying the pockets of most attendees. Not bad for a first time. We can now officially welcome Rotary District 9685 and say goodbye to 9680. The District Changeover turned out to be a fun night had by all members and partners at the Castle Hill RSL on Friday night. This was more than a District Changeover, it was a celebration of the achievements of 9680 and the very positive start to 9685. Past District Governor John Dodd took a different approach to club recognitions. He did not award any particular club for the large and small club shields but awarded them to all clubs for their participation in promoting the ideals of Rotary. This can only go to show how well the clubs have been running and what success is to come. Regards, President Rob
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Happy Birthday to Robyn Mackey (10th July) - have a wonderful day Robyn
Happy Anniversary to Suresh and Sheila Prasad (9th July) and to Rod and Toni Tilden (14th) – we hope you all enjoy your celebrations. Word has it that Mike O’Connell has been kicking back in the Solomon Islands – now he might tell you he was working hard….but would you believe him? As they head off for a few weeks we wish Graeme and Edna Rohan a safe and happy holiday. Drive safely and enjoy your well earned rest.
3|Page - July 1st 2013 Apologies: Keith Stapley; Rod Tilden; Ian Pearce; Mike Oâ€™Connell; Michael Griscti; Allan Walker; and Bob Low President Rob President Rob opened the 1st meeting of the Rotary year by welcoming the attending members and offering apologies for those unable to attend. He wished Allan Walker and Jim Sifonios a Happy Birthday and commented on how good it was to see Suresh Prasad back at the Club. Rob then thanked PP Alan Jones and PP Bobby Redman for their work in organising the Club Changeover. He commented on the success of the night and referred to the attendance of District Governor Dodd and his role in adding to the excitement of the night. He then asked PP Bobby to provide her feedback on the night and to complete the presentation of the awards that were unable to be completed due to the unfortunate absence of awardees. Changeover Report Bobby spoke about the excitement and pleasure that she had experienced at the event, both in relation to the review of the achievements of the Club for the year and the recognition that resulted from this. Bobby listed the awards received by the Club, which included the following:District Awards:Which included - The Golden Quill award for PR; The Bulletin Award for Small Clubs; The District Youth Award for Small Clubs; and Certificates of Recognition for both International Service and Community Service. RI Award:A Presidential Citation The Directors who missed out on being presented with their awards at Changeover received their awards. Jim accepted the Youth Service award from Penny Hill and Graeme received the Certificate of Recognition for Community Service from Bobby. Bobby went on to talk about the Club awards, naming the Bill Bazeley Award presented to Keith Stapley for his service to the Club; which was the only award able to have been given out at the Changeover. She announced that the remaining awards were going to be presented there and then, announcing Jim Sifonios as The Rotarian of the Year within the Club. Bobby recognised the tremendous effort that Jim had put into his role as Youth Director, in spite of a demanding job that involved frequent travel, commending him on his dedication to Rotary and the Club. Bobby then presented a Paul Harris Award - his third - to Graeme Rohan, for his long term commitment and dedication to the Club. Bobby noted Graemeâ€™s ever readiness to help anyone and everyone and his true representation of Service before Self.
4|Page Following the presentations President Robert also brought to the attention of the Members that Bobby had also been presented with a Paul Harris Fellow Award at Changeover, thanking her for her work as President in the previous year. Dinner was served, after which the raffle was held prior to Brian King’s first Sergeant’s session. The wine raffle was won by Graeme Rohan, giving him the opportunity to replenish his depleted wine cellar, although the jackpot was not won and carries over for another week. Brian King is to be congratulated on his first sergeant’s session – although only having been a Club Member for a matter of weeks, he certainly got the hang of the whole thing very quickly and I can see that the Club coffers are going to grow this year!!!!!!!!!!!!! Following the regular Club formalities, President Rob and the Club Directors went on to present the Club Plan for the year.
Club Plan For full details of the Plan, please refer to the documented Club Plan 2013 – 14 – President Rob and the Club Directors presented highlights. President Robert introduced the RI Theme for 2013-2014, Engage Rotary, Change Lives, quoting from RI President Ron Burton’s opening speech. Rob went on to talk about plans for the upcoming year, reminding everyone of the importance of good fellowship and fun. PP Wilf spoke to the plan, in relation to both his role as Secretary and on behalf on Treasurer Keith for whom Wilf is currently covering the Treasurer’s role in addition to his own. PP Graeme, Community Service Director, referred to the plan with a special mention of a $750 grant received from the Council towards our Christmas with Rotary event. PP Penny, Membership Director, spoke to the plan, indicating that she was once more aiming for a 10% increase in Club Membership. PP Bobby referred to the plan in relation to her role as PR Director, and also spoke as Club Chair for the District Conference (February 2014)and the International Convention at Homebush Olympic Park (June 2014) – reminding everyone of the benefits of attending both events, and indicating that further information would follow. PP Alan, Rotary Foundation and International Service Director, indicated the highlights of his plan; and with PP Ian not being attendance, Members were urged to read his plan as Vocational Director, in the Club Plan. PP Jim referred to his plan as Youth Director, adding an update in relation to this year’s Writing Competition for which there are currently, 9 schools submitting entries. Jim was also able to share the great news that following his submission for a Club Grant we have received $7500 which will be used to fund 400 High School students to RYDA. Jim’s final good news was that The Hills Rotaract Club have received their certification (their Charter Night is to be held on the evening of the 9 th August – keep the date free). In closing Bobby reminded Members that Laura was now on school holidays, asking members to think about taking her out for a day (or part of) to show her around Sydney. President Rob reminded everyone that District Changeover was taking place on Friday and Bobby confirmed that there were 10 attendees registered.
You're never too old to learn something stupid.
5|Page Register now and save money for the Rotary International Convention (http://www.riconvention.org/en/2013/Pages/Sydney2014.aspx)
â€“ 1st to 4th June 2014 â€“ Also think about getting even more involved by volunteering (details below)
6|Page Club Members Name
Club Calendar July
Ambre Hammond – Concert pianist Rob Byrne – End Polio bike ride Board Meeting Bobby Redman – Latest News on Alzheimer’s David Rosenberg – Con men Writing Competition DG Visit – Club Meeting transferred to Burning Log, Dural
Dan Murphy Roster 13th July 2013 Penny Hill and Mike O’Connell
Note: Apologies must be in to PP Alan Jones by 12pm on Mondays so numbers can be confirmed for dinner.
Customer Service Manager
Window Furnishing Sales
Building & Maintenance
P – President
PP - Past President
PP, PHF PHF
Education - Secondary Landscape Supplies
PP PP, PHF
Dental Supplies Industrial Consultancy Nursery Retail
PHF - Paul Harris Fellow
Final Comment The secret of a good speech is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible. (Apologies to George Burns for the slight modification)