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Mon 20 May 2013 Issue 4 No 41 Issue 4. No.33

The Rotary Club of the Hills-Kellyville Weekly Bulletin Monday 20th May 2013 Program:

Last Meeting: 13th May 2013

Program Visit to Kids Research Centre - Westmead

Apologies Suresh Prasad; Gordon Scoble; Ian Pearce; Greg Rieper and Penny Hill

Duty Roster tonight: Door Minutes Rotary Grace

Ray Campbell Gordon Scoble Ian Pearce





Toasts: Loyal Overseas Club

Mike O’Connell Michael Griscti

In this Issue Toast to Overseas Club Presidents Message Last Meeting Joke Polio Plus Update Club Calendar

Healthy Ageing - Mel D’Rego

Toast to Overseas Club

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Tonight we toast the Rotary Cub of Baltimore. The Rotary Club of Baltimore #48 was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Philadelphia and has proudly served Baltimore since January 3, 1912. Baltimore is the oldest club in what is now Rotary International District 7620, and has sponsored nine other clubs. Seven Rotary International officers have come from Baltimore, including six governors and Rotary International VicePresident Theodore (Ted) Wilson.

Next Meeting: 27th May 2013

Program Mark Wallace Rotary Down Under

Duty Roster Door Brian King

Minutes Penny Hill

Rotary Grace Gordon Scoble

Rotary Grace:

Rotary Four-Way Test:

“O Lord our giver of all good We thankYou for our daily food, May Rotary friends and Rotary ways, Help us to serve you all our days”.

Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Page 2 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Hello Everyone, Last Monday night was a night to be proud to be a Rotarian, when, because of our fundraising efforts and donation, we were given the privilege of a tour of the Kids Research Foundation Unit at Westmead. What a humbling experience to be shown around a centre where such amazing and life changing research is completed. Our thanks to Murray Stone for suggesting this, and a special thank you to Alan Jones for the work he put into organizing it. On Monday the focus is again on head, but this time at the opposite end of the spectrum. Our guest speak is Mel D’Rego who is coming along to talk to us on a subject that should be close to the hearts of most of us – Healthy Ageing. Please feel free to bring along partners and friends – should be another interesting night. Not long now until the start of the new Rotary year, which will be a big one this year, given the start of the new District 9685. Be part of history and come along to the District Changeover on Friday 5th July. It’s nice and close to home, this year, being held at Castle Hill RSL, so seriously think about it. This leads me nicely into the reminder that our own Club Changeover is also drawing close. You would have received invitations this week, so please mark your diaries for Saturday 22nd June. I have received several acceptances and sadly a couple of apologies, but from those of you who haven’t yet replied, please make sure and let us know as soon as you can. It is a special occasion that allows us to celebrate the wonderful year that we have had and all the hard work that you have all done to make it such a successful year. It is also a great opportunity to celebrate with PE Rob Mackey as he steps into the role of President. A night not to be missed. Warmest regards, President Bobby

You are invited to The Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville 2013 Changeover Saturday 22nd June - 6.45pm for 7.00pm at

Dural Country Club 662 Old Northern Road, Dural 2 Course Dinner - $30.00 per head

The Rotary Club of the Hills-Kellyville meets Monday Night at the Castle Hill Tavern 6.15pm for 6.45pm start. Postal address: P O Box 6502, Baulkham Hills Business Centre 2153

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Last Meeting -

Monday 13th May 2013 (reported by Wilf Van Emmerik) Last Monday night, in place of a regular Club meeting, a tour of the Kid’s Research Institute had been organised, following the donation from the Club used to purchase a TissueLyser-II machine. The party of Rotarians and partners was welcomed by Murray Stone from the Kids Research Institute, who then presented President Bobby with a Certificate of Appreciation and gift of a book of the History of the Children’s Hospital, in recognition of the donation from the Club. President Bobby thanked Murray for the certificate which was part of the Club’s history of support for the Children’s Hospital and its associated entities. The group then enjoyed the meal provided and went through the formalities of signing the attendance register and being “tagged” into 2 teams. After supper, Murray outlined a brief history of the Institute and provided an overview of the research being conducted at the Institute. He said that some form of research was conducted almost from the Children’s Hospital inception in the 1880’s at a cottage in the hospital grounds in Camperdown. This was done by the doctors at the hospital at that time. This had now evolved into a today’s dedicated facility with some 300 researchers and staff. The Institute worked closely with other research facilities at the Westmead complex as well as with researchers at other facilities, in Sydney, interstate and internationally. The vision of the Institute was to:    

Discover new insights into how diseases work, diagnostic methods, and treatments Translate the research outcomes into clinical practice within the hospital and community Find which potential treatments are effective & safe via the Australian Children's Clinical Trials Centre Work collaboratively locally, nationally and internationally to improve children's health

There were 3 types of research:   

understanding the way diseases and medical conditions develop in the bodies of children, known as Basic Science developing better diagnostic techniques and methods of treatment for children, known as Clinical Research and understanding the impact of both health and disease across the broader population of children and the community, known as Population Health Research

The facilities at the Institute included:      

Tissue Bio Banks which stores samples of tumours Westmead Gene and Cell medicine facility Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine (PGM) which is used for DNA sequencing Australian Children’s Clinical trials Centre Microscopy Suite Pediatric Gait Laboratory which studied movement in walking, running etc. The Rotary Club of the Hills-Kellyville meets Monday Night at the Castle Hill Tavern 6.15pm for 6.45pm start. Postal address: P O Box 6502, Baulkham Hills Business Centre 2153

Page 4 Murray then outlined the procedures and safety requirements for the tour and introduced our guides Dr Peter Houweling and Dr Laurence Cantrill. Laurence and Peter each spoke briefly on their own area of research, with Laurence’s expertise in microscopy and Peter being involved in the imaging and analyses of cells. Both were obviously well qualified in their field, had a passion for their work and were able to (mostly) explain it to the level we could understand. After putting on lab coats and safety glasses we then broke into two teams for the tour. Laurence demonstrated the various types of microscopes which were all linked to computers and showed how the use of dyes, various types of light etc., enabled the structures of tissues to be observed down to sub-cell levels, and the identification of abnormalities for research. While some of the technology was based on quite old concepts modern techniques such as “layering� of the images enabled a much more complete understanding. Peter showed the Tissue Bank facility where many thousands samples of tissue were stored in liquid nitrogen in large urn type containers at minus 180 degrees. Each sample had a unique number and this was able to be tracked to its source via a sophisticated data base. There were also other samples stored at a relatively warm minus 80 degrees. In response to questions he said that there were full backup facilities for maintaining power in case of blackouts or other interruptions. We then proceeded to an adjoining area where Peter demonstrated a very sophisticated machine which could slice tissue samples to a thickness of several microns. He also demonstrated the TissueLyser which enabled up to 48 samples at a time to be pulverized for further research. This had replaced the previously method where this process each sample was pulverised individually using a small pulverizing wand. For 48 samples the new process took a few minutes to do what took a day previously. At the conclusion of the tour President Bobby thanked Murray, Peter and Laurence for arranging and conducting the tour and commended them for the work being done there. Kids Research Website:


Joke of the Week Last year, I replaced all the windows in my house with those expensive, double-pane, energy-efficient kind. Today, I got a call from the contractor who installed them. He complained that the work had been completed a year ago and I still hadn't paid for them. Helloooo,............ just because I'm blonde doesn't mean that I am automatically stupid. So, I told him just what his fast-talking sales guy told me last year... that these windows would pay for themselves in a year. Hellooooo? It's been a year, so they're paid for, I told him. There was only silence at the other end of the line, so I finally hung up. He never called back. I bet he felt like an idiot. The Rotary Club of the Hills-Kellyville meets Monday Night at the Castle Hill Tavern 6.15pm for 6.45pm start. Postal address: P O Box 6502, Baulkham Hills Business Centre 2153

Page 5 Polio Progress On our ANZAC Day, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was announced in Abu Dhabi with financial commitments made of $4 Billion over the next 6 years of the $5.5 Billion cost. Rotary International was represented by the Chairs of the International and Indian Committees and a Rotarian emceed the summit. Pledges were made by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, the Islamic Development Bank, Ireland and Japan together with individual philanthropists. It is wonderful to see Rotary’s efforts supported across countries, races and religions. With the low number of cases (only 19 this year) a window of opportunity is available to stop all poliovirus transmission before polio-free countries become re-infected.

Historic District Changeover - 2013 Change from D9680 to D9685 When: Friday 5th July 2013 - 6:30 for 7PM Where: Castle Hill RSL Cost: $50 per person

Australian Rotary Health Fundraiser (Parra-amble – 19th May 2013) Great fun had by all

The Rotary Club of the Hills-Kellyville meets Monday Night at the Castle Hill Tavern 6.15pm for 6.45pm start. Postal address: P O Box 6502, Baulkham Hills Business Centre 2153

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Accounting Taxation



Education, Technical








Customer Service Manager




Marketing Consultancy






















Honorary Member








Petroleum Distribution




Education Primary




Product Development








Window Furnishing Sales




Building & Maintenance


Van Emmerik


Specialised Transport





Education - Secondary Landscape Supplies

Legal Practice Lighting Technician

Insurance PHF

Electrical Distribution


Construction Services


Dental Supplies Industrial Consultancy Nursery Retail



Sugar Research Computer Support

Funeral Director

P – President - Past President Harris Fellow Club Calendar PP Dan Murphy’s – MayPHF 25h- Paul Jim Sifonios and Rod Tilden

May Mon


Mel D’Rego – Healthy Ageing



Mark Wallace – Rotary Down Under



Presidents’ Meeting



Bunning’s BBQ



Brian King



Public Holiday

Note: Apologies must be in to PP Alan Jones by 12pm on Mondays so numbers can be confirmed for dinner.

The Rotary Club of the Hills-Kellyville meets Monday Night at the Castle Hill Tavern 6.15pm for 6.45pm start. Postal address: P O Box 6502, Baulkham Hills Business Centre 2153

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