This week has been another busy one for the start of the new Rotary year.
Repair to the ramp at the Guide Hall took place on 08/07/2022 meaning this area is now safe for Girl Guides to use. At the same time, the Rotary sign was erected in the Rotary Garden at the RFS/Guide Hall precinct. Good work to the Community Services team - Colin S, Neville, Brian, John C, Adrian and George.
In terms of membership, apart from working with new members, it’s also important that we look after existing members and to this end a membership survey was distributed on Monday so that you can have your say and provide us with a feel of the overall health and functionality of the Club. We tend to do these every two years, so with our last one taking place in 2020, now is the time to be doing one again. The survey is anonymous and offers opportunities to respond to questions regarding meetings, service projects, communication mechanisms, engagement with club activities and costs. The survey is to be completed online with responses requested by 5pm on Monday 25 July. Feedback from the survey will be provided at the Club Forum on 1 August. And a note of thanks here to Kerry and her lovely assistant Edwina who help us to work with the ‘Survey Monkey’ platform to run the survey.
If you’ve accessed the Club’s website lately, you will have noticed some differences. This is thanks to the work of Keith as the new Public Relations Director who’s been busy revamping the site to review content, layout and functionality.
Equally, if you’ve looked at the Club bulletin, you’ll also notice the Club’s calendar is shaping up nicely thanks to Neville and Alex who is sourcing guest speakers this year. Also, you’ll get some updates shortly on the social calendar thanks to work of the Social Committee, while Neville has the duty roster in good order.
At the District level, a new Flood Relief Appeal has been established to cover the Sydney & surrounding regions impacted by the current July floods. Board will be talking more about this at its meeting on Wednesday night so there may well be activities taking place around this initiative; I’ll keep you posted on this issue as soon as decisions are made on how the Club will lend its support.
And finally, I wanted to say huge thank you to our guest speaker this week, Martha Jabour. Martha is the Director of the Homicide Victim’s Support Group (HVSG), and she spoke with compassion and conviction about the important work she and her team provide to families impacted by homicide. Martha gave a comprehensive update on their soon to be commissioned, purpose-built facility at Doonside, ‘Grace’s Place’, named after Grace Lynch, who was Anita Coby’s mother and one of the inspirations behind the development of the HVSG. ‘Grace’s Place’ is the intended recipient of funds raised at the Club’s annual Trivia Night, which is coming up on 20 August. It was very timely to hear from Martha as we start to prepare for this fundraiser and consider how these funds will help to support the important work of the HVSG. I’d thus encourage all members and partners to start organising your attendance at this event and hopefully get a table of family/friends/neighbours/work colleagues together for what is always a fun night that assists a really worthwhile cause.
Next Monday is a FtF meeting at Springfield where Dr Vera Sistenich will be joining us to tell us more about bees and being a bee lover and hopefully giving us an update on the deadly varroa mite parasite that is affecting honey-bee populations in Newcastle and as of last week, Narrabri.
Welcome by new club president Janelle for our first zoom meeting
Apologies received from Edwina and Colin Sharpe
Welcome to Martha Jabour OAM “Grace’s Place” who is our guest speaker tonight
Welcome to the new propped members Vince Delpopolo and Lucy Folkard
Welcome to Kaye Carter the immediate past president for the Pennant Hills Club for joining us tonight
Janelle updated the club on the Girl Guides ramp repairs and the putting up of the Rotary sign at the memorial garden at the RFS
Janelle requested all members to complete the membership survey ASAP to ensure we get the feedback by the start of August
Club was advised that Keith was in the process of updating our website and any feedback would be greatly appreciated
Janelle advised all club members to start planning for Trivia Night o 20 August
A new District Flood Appeal will shortly be launched for Sydney and surrounding areas. So watch this space
To the SES and Rotary
Fund Raising – John C Working with new committee to prepare for Trivia night. Steve Sims has agreed to be our Trivia Master. The hall has been booked. The new committee will have its first meeting on Tuesday evening (12 July)
Membership – Carol Introduced two proposed new members to the club Vince Delpopolo, who currently a Westpac Risk Manager transitioning to retirement. Hopefully the beginning of October 2022
The other is Jade Folkard, Florist in Dural. one the recipients of the Pride of Workmanship awards last week
Public Image – Keith B Nothing to report
Youth -Rosemary C Met with a number of students from Coonabarabran for the Santos Science Experiment conference between the 4th and 8th October this year. We are still looking for two more volunteer club members to host the students
The students will be attending the conference between Wednesday and Friday and will be joining the club socially on the Friday night
RYLA in January still going ahead and we have two students “Sasha & Kyshiya” who will be attending
RYPEN Planned for the first week in February 2023. Still to speak to Scout club
National Youth Science Forum will start interviews later this month. The cost is high so we will be sponsoring each successful applicant for a sum of about $600
Our sponsored PENNANT HILLS CHERRYBROOK ROTARACT Club has officially folded. The Hills Club is still going strong and they will have their changeover on the night of 30 July 2022, “Cocktails Theme”. Please support if you can
Club Services – Neville H Calendar completed for the next six months and the duty roster for the same period is expecyed to be completed next week
Ros Hogan has already forwarded the next club article to the “Dooral Roundup”
Social – Coote T Glenda is coordinating the club’s social activities this year. The new committee met and came up with a large number of new social activities
Treasurer – Coote T More than 50% of club members have already paid their annual dues Many thanks and keep the rest coming
Guest Speaker John Caruana introduced our guest speaker for the night - Martha Jabour OAM. Martha is a Rotarian and member of the Carlingford Club, she joined us tonight in her capacity as the Director of the Homicide Victims Support Group.
Martha gave us an update on Grace’s Place - their new purpose built facility in Doonside named after Anita Cobby’s mother Grace. The facility is expected to be completed early next year at a cost of in excess of $10 million. The building of the facility has been mainly funded by the Local, State and Federal government, with the rest coming from community fund raising. Also they have to fund their annual operating expenses from fundraising events, so any assistance is appreciated.
Martha described a number of horrific crimes and the effects they had on the immediate children and relatives of the victims who had no support and were significantly mentally affected by the crimes.
In 1993 she established the first support group and it has grown ever since. Their moto is TO HELP MEND BROKEN HEARTS
It was quite a sobering and impactful presentation. One that has left an indelible mark
Sergeant’s Session Focused on questions concerning mental health in Australia. Sobering statistics
Closing remarks by President Janelle thanked all for attending with special thanks to Martha and our visitors.
Next week’s meeting will be face to face and our guest speaker will be Dr Vera Sistenich a bee expert.
...day4 and they suspect nothing contributed by Neville
GOLF TRUISMS - ONLY A TRUE GOLFER WILL UNDERSTAND THIS: contributed by Jim
1. Don't buy a putter until you've had a chance to throw it. 2. Never try to keep more than 30 separate thoughts in your mind during your swing. 3. When your shot has to carry over a water hazard, you can either hit one more club or two more balls. 4. If you're afraid a full shot might reach the green while the foursome ahead of you is still putting out, you have two options: you can immediately shank a lay-up or you can wait until the green is clear and top a ball halfway there. 5. The less skilled the player, the more likely he is to share his ideas about the golf swing. 6. No matter how bad you are playing, it is always possible to play worse. 7. The inevitable result of any golf lesson is the instant elimination of the one critical unconscious motion that allowed you to compensate for all of your many other errors. 8. Everyone replaces his divot after a perfect approach shot. 9. A golf match is a test of your skill against your opponents' luck. 10. It is surprisingly easy to hole a fifty foot putt..for a 10. 11. Counting on your opponent to inform you when he breaks a rule is like expecting him to make fun of his own haircut. 12. Nonchalant putts count the same as chalant putts. 13. It's not a gimme if you're still away. 14. The shortest distance between any two points on a golf course is a straight line that passes directly through the center of a very large tree. 15. You can hit a two acre fairway 10% of the time and a two inch branch 90% of the time. 16. If you really want to get better at golf, go back and take it up at a much earlier age. 17. Since bad shots come in groups of three, a fourth bad shot is actually the beginning of the next group of three. 18. When you look up, causing an awful shot, you will always look down again at exactly the moment when you ought to start watching the ball if you ever want to see it again. 19. Every time a golfer makes a birdie, he must subsequently make two triple bogeys to restore the fundamental equilibrium of the universe. 20. If you want to hit a 7 iron as far as Tiger Woods does, simply try to lay up just short of a water hazard. 21. To calculate the speed of a player's downswing, multiply the speed of his back-swing by his handicap; i.e., back-swing 20 mph, handicap 15, downswing = 300 mph. 22. There are two things you can learn by stopping your back-swing at the top and checking the position of your hands: how many hands you have, and which one is wearing the glove. 23. Hazards attract; fairways repel. 24. A ball you can see in the rough from 50 yards away is not yours. 25. If there is a ball on the fringe and a ball in the bunker, your ball is in the bunker. If both balls are in the bunker, yours is in the footprint. 26. It's easier to get up at 6:00 AM to play golf than at 10:00 to mow the lawn. 27. A good drive on the 18th hole has stopped many a golfer from giving up the game. 28. Golf is the perfect thing to do on Sunday because you always end up having to pray a lot. 29. A good golf partner is one who's always slightly worse than you are....that's why I get so many calls to play with friends. 30. If there's a storm rolling in, you'll be having the game of your life. 31. Golf balls are like eggs. They're white. They're sold by the dozen. And you need to buy fresh ones each week. 32. It's amazing how a golfer who never helps out around the house will replace his divots, repair his ball marks, and rake his sand traps. 33. If your opponent has trouble remembering whether he shot a six or a seven, he probably shot an eight (or worse). 34. It takes longer to learn to be a good golfer than it does to become a brain surgeon. On the other hand, you don't get to ride around on a cart, drink beer, eat hot dogs and fart if you are performing Brain Surgery !!!!
The Club alternates meetings: Generally, one "Face to Face" one Monday and a Zoom meeting the next Monday. Face to Face Meet at Springfield House Arrive 6:30pm, Start 7:00pm, End 9:00pm 245 New Line Rd Dural NSW 2128 Australia Zoom Arrive 7:15pm Start 7:30pm End 8:30pm