What an amazing meeting we had on Monday evening with 53 members, partners and guests in attendance. It was our annual Pride of Workmanship dinner (carried over from June 2022) organised capably by Vocational Director, Edwina Ruff. Pride of Workmanship (PoW) awards are an important part of the Club because they acknowledge the efforts and contributions of employees and businesses/organisations who consistently achieve high quality service and work performance. This year our awardees were: Lucy-Jade Folkard from Dural Flower Farm Florists; Frank and Livio Leuzzi from Next Generation Hair; Michele Rocheta from Goods Rescued and Rehomed; and Cathy Yu from Cherrybrook Girl Guides, with the scheme’s founder, Mr. David Firth, on hand to present the awards to these worthy recipients. You can read more about them in their award citations included in the Night Report. The PRT team also enhanced the PoW awards experience by making table centrepieces themed towards the vocation of each recipient – well done Gwen, Margaret and Pamela – these looked fantastic, and in fact proved so popular, they were taken home by the recipients!
In addition to the PoW focus, we also caught up on handing out awards that were deferred from Changeover on 26 June. This gave Keith the opportunity to pass on the Trevor Turner award to George Chenouda and bestow a Paul Harris Fellow to Douglas Lam, while David Turnbull was able to acknowledge and congratulate Glenda Coote on receiving the Olive Turnbull award for 2021-22.
And just to round out the night, Carol Russell as Membership Director hosted two visitors considering Rotary membership. So, a jam-packed meeting and one full fun, fellowship and the spirit of Rotary.
In the week ahead, we hopefully, weather permitting, will be able to see Community Services action work on the wooden ramp/stairs at the Cherrybrook Guide Hall and set in place the posts for the new Rotary sign in the Rotary garden at the RFS precinct. And remember to check the Club’s website to see some of the changes Keith, as the 2022-23 Public Image Director, is initiating. Have a good week ahead and take care in these miserable and often dangerous weather conditions. I’ll see you online at next week’s Zoom meeting (11 July) where Martha Jabour will give us an update on Grace’s Place – the new purpose-built facility at Doonside for the Homicide Victim’s Support Group. Janelle
The common native blue-banded bee. Credit: Erica Siegal
Rotary Club of West Pennant Hills & Cherrybrook Meeting report Monday 4th July 2022
Sergeant Max opened meeting at 7:00pm
Bob Davison gave a Toast to Rotary and Australia, Colin Sharp read “Acknowledgement of Country” followed by Sergeant Max introducing President Janelle.
President Janelle, welcomed he Guest Speaker David Firth, visiting Rotarians, guests especially the POW awardees, members and partners. Janelle spoke about the inaugural PHHS Winter Carnival, Saturday 25th June which the club participated as a community service by running a sausage sizzle. We served over 1100 sausage sandwiches and 320 cans of soft drinks between 2:00 and 9:00pm Janelle thanked Neville and Cawas for organizing.
The club Change-over was the day after, Sunday 26th. A number of members, partners and guests attended.
The Community Service committee was due to do some work at the Guide Hall in Cherrybrook, but this was cancelled due to bad weather. It has now been rescheduled for Friday 8th July. Plans are also on hand to cement the poles for the sign at the Rotary Garden at the RFS/guide hall precinct.
Janelle, Keith, Colin & Anne Sharpe attended the district Changeover at Hornsby RSL.
Keith has been active in re-vamping the website and Carol is working on potential new members. Past President Keith called George Chenouda and presented him with the Trevor Turner Award.
David Turnbull Presented the Olive Turnbull Award to Glenda Coote.
Edwina introduced David Firth Co-President of the Rotary Club of Pennant Hills. David spoke about what Pride of Workmanship means and his involvement with this Rotary project since its inception. Afterwards Edwina and David presented the awards to this year nominees:
Lucy-Jade Folkard, introduced by Janelle Craig. Lucy-Jade is a florist at Dural Farm and Florist and has been there for 16 years. She is the face of the business handling the customers in the shop.
Next Generation For Hair, owners Livio & Frank Leuzzi introduced by Carol Russell. Livio and Frank have been in business at Castle Mall for over 30 years having taken over the business from their uncle. Livio and Frank employ 10 hairdressers and are open 6 days a week. They have an excellent list of satisfied and happy customers.
Michele Rocheta was introduced by Colin Sharpe. Michele is the founder of “Goods Rescued and Rehomed” a charity she established over 25 years ago to collect equipment, supplies and clothing and distributes to those in need. A lot of this also goes overseas.
Cathy Yu introduced by Neville Hansen received her award for her work with the Cherrybrook Guides. Cathy joined the group over 6 years ago as Junior Guide Leader and is now the District Leader/Manager.
(See full citations for these worthy recipients).
Sergeant Max conducted a lively fines session where he find those members that did not attend the Change-over and those that did not attend the Saturday BBQ. To close off he then find all those members that were not fined.
President Janelle thanked all those present and Edwina for organizing the night. She then declared the meeting closed.
John Caruana Night Reporter.
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The Aborigines in a remote part of Northern Australia asked their new elder if the coming winter was going to be cold or mild. Since he was an elder in a modern community, he had never been taught the old secrets. When he looked at the sky, he couldn't tell what the winter was going to be like. Nevertheless, to be on the safe side, he told his tribe that the winter was indeed going to be cold and that the members of the tribe should collect firewood to be prepared. But being a practical leader, after several days he got an idea. He walked out to the telephone booth on the highway, called the Bureau of Meteorology and asked, 'Is the coming winter in this area going to be cold?' The meteorologist responded, 'It looks like this winter is going to be quite cold ...' So, the elder went back to his tribe and told them to collect even more wood in order to be prepared. A week later he called the Bureau of Meteorology again. 'Does it still look like it is going to be a very cold winter?' The meteorologist again replied, 'Yep, it's going to be a very cold winter.' The elder went back to his tribe and ordered them to collect every scrap of firewood they could find. Two weeks later the elder called the Bureau again. Hey, 'Are you absolutely sure that the winter is going to be very cold? 'Absolutely,' the guy replied. 'It's looking more and more like it is going to be one of the coldest winters ever.' 'How can you be so sure?' the elder asked. The weatherman replied, 'Our satellites have reported that the Aborigines in the north are collecting firewood like crazy, and that's always a sure sign.
Some Short Stories contributed by Cawas
1. Today I donated my watch, phone and $500 to a poor guy. You don't know the happiness I felt as I saw him put his knife back in his pocket. 2. I miss times when I was working at the zoo. My boss fired me just because I left the lions gate open. I mean DAH who would steal a lion? 3. I was in a cab today and the cab driver said, "I love my job, I'm my own boss. Nobody tells me what to do.“ Then I said, "turn left".
EVER WONDER - WHY🤔 Why do supermarkets make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get to the Pharmacy for their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front?
Why do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and yet get a "diet coke"?
Why do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens on the counter tops?
Why do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in our driveways and put our useless "junk" in the garage?
Why does the sun lighten our hair, but "darkens our skin"?
Why don't you ever see the headline "Psychic Wins Lottery"
Why is "abbreviated" such a long word?
Why is it that doctors and attorneys call what they do "Practice"?
Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavouring, and dish washing liquid made with "real lemons"?
Why is the man who invests all your money called a "broker"?
Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called the "rush hour"?
Why didn't Noah swat those two damned pesky mosquitoes?
Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?
You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes?
Why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff?
Why don't sheep shrink when it rains, whereas Sweaters of Wool, does?
Why are they called "apartments" when they are all stuck together?
If flying is so safe, "why do they call the airport the terminal"?
The Club alternates meetings: Generally, one "Face to Face" one Monday and a Zoom meeting the next Monday. Face to Face Meet at The Vicar Arrive 6:30pm, Start 7:00pm, End 9:00pm 271 New Line Rd Dural NSW 2128 Australia Zoom Arrive 7:15pm Start 7:30pm End 8:30pm