Monday 29 July Issue 5 No.5
The Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville Weekly Bulletin Inside this issue
Program for Club Meeting Monday 29th July 2013
Tonight’s Program and Overseas Club Toast
Bobby Redman – Adventure with Dementia
President Rob’s Message
Duty Roster tonight: Door
Wilf van Emmerik
Members’ News Review of last week’s meeting Rob Byrne – Cycling to End Polio
Toast to Overseas Club Tonight we toast the Rotary Club of Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, District 3220. Chartered 1978.
Rotary Grace “O Lord our giver of all good
Congratulations on donating books to 12 village schools
We thank You for our daily food, May Rotary friends and Rotary ways, Help us to serve you all our days”.
Last Meeting: 22nd July 2013 Program
Next Meeting: 5th August 2013 Program
Rob Bryne – Cycling to End Polio
David Rossenburg – Con Men
Keith Stapley; Alan Jones; Ian Pearce; Gordon Scoble and Mike O’Connell
2|Page President’s Message Hello members, Over the past few weeks we have been entertained by some excellent guest speakers. Last week we witnessed the passion of Rob Byrne, a fellow Rotarian, to end polio world wide by cycling around Australia raising funds and polio eradication awareness. This coming Monday Past President Bobby is going to be our guest speaker talking about dementia. Partners and member’s guests are welcome. To help with the room set up please advise Club Service Director Ray if you are bringing partners or guests. Again, Sergeant Brian helped lighten our pockets with the funds raised last Monday evening to benefit ROMAC. Our new board had their first official meeting Wednesday evening, and if all goes to plan, it should be another excellent year for The Hills-Kellyville Rotary Club. Our first major event is the Writing Competition on the 12th August. The Club had twenty seven entries that were judged by Gordon, Ray and Robyn Scoble. A special thank you to all three for their effort. Early indications show we may have in excess of eighty (including students) attending this event. Please support this evening by inviting along partners and friends. Also, please diary note the District Governor’s visit on the 19th August to be held at Madison’s, Dural (formerly the Burning Log). Great to hear Margaret Van Emmerik is progressing well and, according to Wilf, she may be home by the weekend. We all wish her a speedy recovery. Regards, President Rob.
Happy Birthday to Graeme Rohan on the 2nd August. That would make you around 36 now, wouldn’t it, Graeme? Really good to hear that Shirley Griscti has finished her radiotherapy – hope you are feeling better, Shirley. Often in our thoughts. From the look on their faces, these guys weren’t that impressed with your game this week, Bob Low!!!!!!
3|Page July 22nd 2013 Apologies: Keith Stapley; Alan Jones; Ian Pearce; Gordon Scoble; and Mike O’Connell President Rob welcomed members, reminding Board Members of the upcoming Board Meeting and Members about the Hills Rotaract Charter Night. Rob circulated a sheet for both the Rotaract Charter Night and DG Graeme’s Zone Club Meeting on August 19th; he also reminded Members to give consideration to volunteering at next year’s Convention saying that he was planning to do so. President Rob reminded Members that a President Elect was still being sought and ask Members to consider nominating. PP Wilf who in addition to his regular role as Secretary is also Acting Treasurer noted that there had been no incoming mail, but reminded Members semi-annual dues are now due. Wilf also provided an update on his wife Margaret, indicating that she was recovering well from her knee surgery and was now managing to get around with the use of crutches. He indicated that she should be home from rehab in around 8-10 days and thanked everyone for their kind thoughts and messages. PP Ray, Club Service Director, said that the Calendar was filled for the next month and that he was currently trying to fill a couple of spaces in September. He reminded Members that they needed to remember that next week was a talk on dementia (pun intended!!!). PP Graeme, Community Service Director, had a few things to report: Last Tuesday he had attended a function where he received a cheque for a Club Grant of $7480, which is to be used towards funding local year 11 students to RYDA. Dan Murphy’s had again sold out last Saturday – and the new roster had gone out. The Club is manning the BBQ at the Powerhouse Museum on 17th August and that volunteers will be required (sheet to go round next week). The Rotary Club of Rouse Hill are holding a trivia Night to raise funds for Children’s charities, on August 10th (sheet went round and a table of 6 was convened). Bollyhills 2013 would be held on 16th November – Members were asked to save the date for further information. PP Penny, Membership Director, reported that she had received an enquiry from a Member of another Rotary Club looking for a Club closer to home. The enquiry would be followed through. PP Jim, Youth Service, expanded on the grant received (mentioned in Graeme Rohan’s report) indicating that there was enough funding to support 400 students from Kellyville High and Baulkham Hills High to attend RYDA. Jim informed members that there were to be two RYPEN camps this year and that he was currently seeking nominations. He also updated members on the Writing Competition coming up in three weeks time (August 12 th), saying that this year would be bigger than ever with 9 schools participating. There were no reports for PR, International Service or Vocational. Youth Exchange Student, Laura Seif, gave a brief update saying that she was now being hosted by Jim and Vivien Sifonios; and that she was back at school after enjoying her holidays which had included a couple of trips out with Rotarian’s and Inner Wheel Members. She spoke about her trip to Featherdale Farm where she enjoyed the experience of feeling kangaroos.
4|Page The wine raffle was won by Jim, but unfortunately for Laura did not win the money (the ticket was purchased in her name) Sergeant Brian King then cleaned out Members pockets of any change - as he has a tendency to do!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest Speaker Our guest speaker, Rob Byrne provided us with a wonderful evening, giving us with a whole new depth of understanding about Rotary’s End Polio program. His passion for the cause is what led to his amazing effort in riding 5000kms on a push bike – from Grafton to Cairns and Grafton to Melbourne - all to increase awareness of the program. Rob was able to provide a list of statistics around his amazing ride:
Close to 5,000km travelled in about six months between 50 & 100km per day about 1.2 million revolutions of the pedals!! Burning 207,000 calories over 100 meetings with Rotary Clubs in four states and territories meeting thousands of Rotarians and lots of community groups two broken wheels… and one broken coccyx!
In telling us about Polio Plus, Rob was able to provide us with this information about RI’s contributions Rob was also able to pass along the latest good news, announced at the Lisbon Convention last month. He spoke about a new 2 for 1 pledge made by Bill and Melinda Gates to Rotary, whereby they will match up to $35mil pa through to 2018 ($35mil x 5 years = $175mil), plus a further $350mil from The Gates’ Foundation of $525mil. Wonderful!!!!!!!! Whilst stressing that this is no time to be complacent, Rob provided ongoing hope that the total eradication of Polio is on the horizon.
DG Graeme Davies and Lyn Official Hills Zone Meeting Monday 19 August 2013 6.30pm for 7.00pm The Madison Function Centre (Previously Burning Log Restaurant) 632 Old Northern Road DURAL $30.00 per person
6|Page Club Members Name
Club Calendar Aug
David Rosenberg – Con men Hills Rotaract Charter Night Writing Competition DG Visit – Club Meeting transferred to Burning Log, Dural PDG John Wakefield – Harassment Hypothetical
Dan Murphy Roster 3rd August 2013 Ray Campbell and Ian Pearce
Note: Apologies must be in to PP Ray Campbell 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 Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you. Not because they are nice, but because you are