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Rotary Club of Win$on Hills Rotary District 9680 | PO BOX 467 Winston Hills 2153 | Chartered 28th October 1988 | Incorporated 25 September 1989 President – Tony Mercieca | District Governor 9680 – David Rands | President Rotary International – Kaylan Banjeree THE CLUB MEETS MONDAYS 6.15PM for 6.45PM @ THE WINSTON, CAROLINE CHISHOLM DR, WINSTON HILLS CLUB WEBSITE:

Volume 23, Number 14


Monday 31st October

This Week’s Meeting

President’s Report

Meet/Greet: Rotary Grace: Loyal Toast: Inter. Toast: Introduction: Vote of Thanks:

Rotarians and Friends,

Christine de Brito Keith Wenban Jan Field Ron Hodge Allan Towart Ken Masters

What’s On Melbourne Cup Dinner + Naomi Kopp Drug and drink driving laws [NB: There is an EARLY start of 6.30pm] Naomi is a fourth year Business/Law student at the University of Technology, Sydney. She developed a Community Legal Education project on drink and drug driving laws as part of her studies. Naomi attended Baulkham Hills High School before entering university, and currently lives in West Pennant Hills. In her spare time she works as a carpet cleaner for her father.

International Toast Tonight we toast the Rotary Club of Flemington, New Jersey, USA. This Club was chartered in 1923 and meets Wednesday at 12.15p.m. The Rotary Club of Flemington has 53 members. This Club is in District 7510, which is made up of 42 clubs.

Birthdays and Anniversaries Anniversaries: 1st Charlie and Therese Camezuli Don Stein joined the club (1992) Christine de Brito joined the club (2010) 6th

Where did October Go? Our thanks go to our guest speaker Julie Owens for sharing her busy schedule to be with us. Miriam and Joan are in Santo and I am sure they will be enjoying their stay. They will be attending a Rotary meeting at the same time getting stuck into their projects. I will be heading off to join them on the 30th October. Matthew will chair the meetings while I am away. We have completed our requirements for our RYLA delegate’s sponsorship and have 2 Rotarians attending the Awards dinner on the 15th January. If any other members wish to go please let Matthew know ASAP. Monday 31st is Melbourne cup night, so don't forget to dress up for the occasion and the night starts at 6.30 pm. November is Rotary Foundation Month, areas we have been asked to focus on are: • • • • • •

Peace and Conflict Resolution Disease Prevention and Treatment Water and Sanitation Maternal and Chile Health Basic Education and Literacy Economic and Community Development

The recent Foundation newsletter is contained in this bulletin for all member’s information. Let us reach within to embrace humanity.

John and Joan van den Burg Yours in Rotary,

Thought for the week Man has affinity for his fellowman, regardless of race, creed, or politics, and the greater the variety, the more the zest. All friendliness needs is a sporting chance; it will take care of itself in any company.” - Paul Harris (1910)


Rotary Grace O 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

Rotary Club of Win$on Hills

Board and Directors 2011-2012 President President-elect Secretary Treasurer -

Tony Mercieca Matthew Campbell PP Ken Masters Peter Perrin

Club Service Public Relations Membership Foundation Projects -

PP John van den Burg PP Joan van den Burg Matthew Campbell PP Miriam Jacka PP Keith Wenban

Avenues of Service Chairpersons New Generations (Youth) - PP Peter Dawson Community - Christine de Brito International - PP John van den Burg Vocational - PP Allan Towart

Last Week’s Numbers Attendance



Karlene Armstrong (Hon.Mem.), Kay Hodge, Julie Owens (Guest Speaker)


Don Stein Jack Clubs


Meeting Apologies and Guests Please direct all meeting apologies, and notice of guests, to Cliff Treloar Ph: (02) 9639 9617 Email:

Calendar of Upcoming Activities Month


November 7

Event / Speaker


Event / Speaker


Cain Beckett (Cerebral Palsy Alliance) Alex Hawke MP + Board Meet.


Helen Sarah - Northcott


Robbie Walsh & John Hardiman + B/Meeting AGM


Hope 103.2 BBQ


Presidentʼs Meeting


Social BBQ - Peter Perrin


Bunnings BBQ


Club Forum


Club Christmas Party

Making Up If you cannot make the Club meeting on a Monday, or if you are travelling have you considered ‘making up’ your meeting by joining another club for their meeting. The practice of “Making up” is just not of matter of meeting attendance requirements. Making-up is fundamental to the principle of FELLOWSHIP, which is the basis of Rotary. Making-up at other clubs will enrich your Rotary experience.



Date 1

Seniors Concert


Something funny ...

Dates for your diary November 27 - ! Social BBQ at Peter Perrin始s house. All members and families are ! invited, but please do let Peter know. December 1 -! Senior始s Concert, Castle Hill Showground. There will be a need for members to help setting up during the day and the club will be involved in escorting our seniors to the concert from about 5pm. December 12 -! Annual General Meeting. Please note the change of date. All members are encouraged to be present and involved.

An invitation to all members to join our friends from North West Disability Services to celebrate 2011 and the new ventures for 2012. Where:! ! ! When:!! ! ! RSVP:!

Gemhill Cottage, 28 Carrington Road, Castle Hill Wednesday 16th November, 2011 5.30pm - 7.30pm by 9th November, 2011

Our thoughts this week are with Peter Ter Horst and Aileen, with Peter in hospital. All members of the Rotary Club of Winston Hills send Peter our best wishes at this time.

All members and f&ends extend 'r congratulations to Rtn Jan Field on # ar&val of her greatgranddaughter, Evie Elizabe(, who was born on Sunday 23 October.

Rotary F'ndation Luncheon

Waterview Restaurant, Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park 29 November 2011

12pm - 2.15pm

Bookings and payment

Guest Speaker Julie Owens Member for Parramatta This week the club had the pleasure of welcoming our long time supporter, Julie Owens, as our guest speaker. Julie has been the Member for the federal seat of Parramatta since 2004. Until the recent federal election the suburb of Winston Hills was part of her electorate. Julie was challenged to present on her role and experiences as a politician, without being too political. According to Julie, negotiation forms the core of most of the work of the parliamentary government in attempting to move legislation through the parliament. Usually this was negotiation with minor parties and cross-benchers in the Senate, or with opposing parties at a state level; a nuance of the ways in which Australians often end up voting in elections. Recently, this negotiation has been extended to the lower house with the first minority government at a federal level since 1940-43, during the terms of Menzies, Fadden and Curtin.

Julie spoke about, given her recent appointment as Chair of the Economics Standing Committee, the economic strength of Australia relative to other nations around the world, which she attributed to our generally stability provided by the previous mentioned voting patterns across Australia and the cooperation of both sides of politics. In her presentation Julie made mention of the changing nature of political discourse and the emerging amount of negative mail which is being sent to all politicians. Coming from this concern she went on to talk about the difficulty for a local urban member to connect with and motivate the local community; presenting the challenge to members to consider how do communities, particularly in urban areas, have conversations and share ideas in todayʼs media climate. A real challenge for us as Rotarians.


THANK YOU The Rotary Club of Winston Hills expresses its gratitude and appreciation to Geoff and the entire team at Mitre 10, Baulkham Hills for their recent support in providing discounted supplies for the upcoming Vanuatu project. Geoff has also kindly provided to the club discount cards for all members for use at Mitre 10 Baulkham Hills, which is located on Old Northern Road, Baulkham Hills. Members may wish to visit, selecting Baulkham Hills as your local store, to receive a copy of their latest catalogue.

The Rotary Club of Winston Hills took the opportunity of Julie Owen’s visit to the club to recognise the contribution that she has made to various community projects, in particular our Australia Day Breakfast. The Club presented to Julie a certificate of appreciation in recognition of her contribution.

The Rotary Foundation District 9680 Newsletter November 2011 Rotary Foundation Month is November and there has been much activity in the past month with GSE Team i n t e r v i e w s , Ambassadorial Scholars selections and Rotary World Peace Fellow success. If you need a guest speaker on The Rotary Foundation I still have a few slots available. Group Study Exchange – Mark Wallace (Crows Nest) was selected GSE team leader from a strong field of 10 candidates. Thanks to those who put forward their names. Mark is Editor of Rotary Down Under and whilst this team will have a Journalism/Media vocational focus, specific media experience was not a criteria for team leader, Mark will add value to the vocational experience and related publicity. We have received details about the D1260 UK team and all are engaged in media, PR, journalism roles working for; the Hertfordshire Constabulary, a newspaper, The Alzheimers’s Society, and Aylesbury Vale District Council. Our team will be selected October 30. Please start thinking about vocational and cultural opportunities for the inbound team and contact Howard Sullivan (Crows Nest) for enquiries or offers of involvement. Rotary World Peace Fellow – We have just received advice that The Foundation Trustees have selected Sophie Ford (Lane Cove) as a Peace Fellow to undertake the three month certificate course at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok in June 2012. Sophie works for Red Cross in Timor L’Este as a Youth Advisor. Her father is Major General (retd) Tim Ford AO, former head of the UN Peace Keeping Forces in the Middle East and advisor to Kofi Annan. Ambassadorial Scholars – More exciting news is that we have selected a record three Ambassadorial Scholars from a pool of seven; the largest number of applicants D9680 has had for many years. Each scholarship is valued at US$27,000 and covers travel, tuition and some board and lodging. Dr Alp Atik, (nominated by Ryde), is a medical researcher planning to study Ophthalmic Science at the Schepens Eye Research Institute (Harvard), in Boston USA. Alp’s interest in diseases of the eye, and in public health means he intends working, on his return, with remote communities lessening the incidence of preventable blindness especially that caused by trachoma. Australia is the only developed country in the world where trachoma still persists. Matthew Smith (Lane Cove) a lawyer with interests in politics and economics plans to study at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Matthew has a strong record in community service having been involved for many years in Lucca Australia, a non profit organisation running leadership programs for young men and women across Australia and East Timor. He is interested in pursuing a career in global humanitarian and environmental issues.

Claire Hammerton (Nth Sydney Sunrise) lawyer with the NSW Aboriginal Land Council as chief legal officer. Wishes to undertake a Masters of Laws specialising in International Human Rights Law in Geneva, Switzerland. She has a passion for social justice and over the past few years has volunteered with; Oxfam, the Cape York Land Council and the Australian Human Rights Centre and undertook an internship in India developing programs and examining issues of discrimination against women and lower castes. All three applicants indicated interest in becoming more involved in Rotary following their scholarship period. The three applications have been forwarded to the Rotary Foundation for ratification by the Trustees. They will commence their studies in September 2012. Thanks to Gina Growden and her Scholarships Committee for an outstanding result. Polio Eradication Polio Eradication Day is October 24. Please see details in the email accompanying this newsletter for ways to contribute during the week Oct 24 – 28. Check out for a weekly update on the achievements in Polio Eradication, the 2011 figures as at 19 Oct are at 467 cases worldwide, compared to 732 in 2010, India still maintains 1 case and Congo 1 compared to 441 but with instability in Chad, DR Congo, Ivory Coast and Afghanistan, continue to report cases. Why not click on this site and read the ‘Data & Monitoring’ page for some encouraging news. The $200 million Gates Challenge Grant as at 30 September was at $192 million and I am sure we will achieve $200 million by 31 July 2012. Humanitarian Grants – Our first District Simplified Grant (DSG) has been awarded to Mosman for the repair of an audiometer for a school for hearing impaired children, in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam. These follow the same eligibility Guidelines as for matching grants but are easier to apply for and implement. Please contact PDG John Cameron (Grants Chair) for information and John is keen to talk with you if you are considering any form of humanitarian grant Matching Grants – We have over $20,000 to add to Club funds to undertake Matching Grants. This is a fabulous opportunity to multiply your Club contributions with a match from The Rotary Foundation. 50% on Club funds and 100% on District contributed funds. Matching Grants for the 2011-12 year applications can now be submitted to The Foundation. Grants have clearly defined eligibility guidelines and it is crucial these conditions are met, so before submitting, please download “The Guide to Matching Grants “ booklet, with the aim of ensuring that applications comply with the guidelines and call PDG John Cameron to discuss. Summary –Now is a good time to renew your tax deductible, Centurion (AUD$100) or Paul Harris Society (AUD$1000) membership. Note that all the funding for the significant activities reported in this month’s newsletter were made available by Club and Rotarian contributions in 2008-09.

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