The world seems to be rocked by a continuing wave of natural disasters at the moment. I thought it timely therefore to highlight some of the Rotary fundraising initiatives in place that allow us as a Club and you as individuals to help support the impacted communities resulting from the Turkey and Syria Earthquake and the New Zealand Floods. These activities are being run through Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd (RAWCS) who will work with local and international Rotary networks to facilitate the distribution of funds raised. These fundraising campaigns were launched last week to support the communities in need as these disasters continue to cause significant loss. Mr Andrew Woodward, RAWCS CEO said, “The money raised from the Appeals will go directly and quickly to support those impacted, providing essential items and financial support to supplement the funds that are being provided by World Governments,” RAWCS has previously raised money for the Ukraine and sees this disaster as just another where the network of Rotarians can step in to assist. Mr Woodward said that he expects the appeals to not only raise much needed funds, but also specific goods, including medical equipment and supplies that can be repurposed in the affected areas. Tax deductible donations to the appeals can be made on the Rotary Australia World Community Service website at https://rawcs.org.au or directly to the appeals using the links below:
You might also look at further information on the earthquake appeals in the article on ShelterBox contained in this edition of the bulletin. And that my friends, this is the Buzz for the Week. Enjoy a great week ahead and remember our very special meeting next Monday night (20/02/2023) where Greg Page (former yellow Wiggle) will be our guest speaker, addressing us about his near life- threatening heart attack, and the charity he formed thereafter called ‘Heart of the Nation’ and its work in relation to CPR, defibrillators and education about cardiac arrests. Not an event to miss – so see you there dressed in a touch of yellow! Janelle
An extract from ABC Science ...
As the world's population continues to grow, there will be increased demand for insect-pollinated foods such as berries, avocados and nuts. Although honey bees are not threatened or endangered, there is concern that managed honey bee stocks may not be able keep up with the increased demand for pollination services.
This blue-banded bee spotted in Sydney, is a common urban garden visitor.(ABC Open contributor glanzpunkt)
Native Australian bees can help by providing a "plan bee" — a backstop against the loss or decline of honey bee populations and a way to make our pollination systems more resilient. ....
Cawas opened the meeting and referred to Jim for the toast to Partners and Rotary. David Turnbull gave a brief outline of the Rotary work of Miriam Jacka and requested all to stand and observe a minute’s silence to remember her. Acting President Keith introduced visitor Pam Carne from Blacktown Rotary and guest Jenny, who is "checking us out." Neville reminded everyone of the Book Sale dates and requested help for all members and partners. Please let John Carruana know your availability. The dinner after the Sale has been cancelled as we will have a dinner meeting on the Monday night with guests from Eugowra. Edwina advised that Pride of Workmanship will be held on 15 May and she is looking for suitable recipients for the awards. Everyone please consider who may be suitable. Rosemary discussed the return of Exchange Students and could we please consider our Club’s potential involvement next year. Our 3 RYPEN students will hopefully go to Winter RYPEN. Colin Sharpe discussed the Clean Up Australia Day on 19 April and the walking sticks for Conference We now have 12 member and partners attending Conference in Cowra. Tony Coote discussed to Election Day BBQ at West Pennant Hills School where we will have the BBQ trailer, under cover, volunteers required. Carol discussed membership and the need to ask everyone ‘have you considered joining Rotary’ David advised that we are doing well with our Centurion program with more members signing up, but our aim is to have all members as Centurions. Peter Stanton, Tony Makin and Andrew Little were our guest speakers, outlining their recent trip with NTA representatives to Flores. They met the locals and community leaders, saw the tanks that we had helped finance, enjoyed the hospitality of the village people, enjoyed the local beer. It is one thing to see photos of the country, but it is quite and eye opener to visit there, meet the people and see first hand what has been done and what is required. Cawas, as the Sergeant, then ran a Valentines Day quiz of 12 questions, won by Bev Davidson. Our visitor Pam, Jill and I all won prizes.
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