What a brilliant way to start the week by coming off the back of a highly successful fundraising event like our Giant Annual Book Sale that took place at Cherrybrook Uniting Church over three days from 10-12 March 2023. We estimate we had over 1000 patrons purchase books, records, CDs, DVDs, puzzles and sheet music to help raise significant funds for the Heart of the Nation and other charities the Club supports. Some of the highlights of the weekend include: meeting one of our older patrons, Geraldine, who at 97 years young is still an avid reader and our first customer onsite on Saturday morning to snaffle a bargain; to the Cherrybrook Public School community who visited the sale pre and post school drop off; and to the well deserving winner of the beautiful Martelli’s fruit voucher draw, Karen Gili, who has been supporting this event for over ten years – congratulations! In and amongst the serious business of sales comes what is a key ingredient to the success of these events – namely fun, comradery and a shared vision to do good. And that was displayed in abundance by Club members, partners and friends of our Club in the planning and execution of the Book Sale. Some special thanks go to the following individuals and groups: to 1st Cherrybrook Scouts and troupe leader Nigel who came in to help pack down and clean up after the sale – your energy and enthusiasm was palpable and very much appreciated; to Cherrybrook Uniting Church – we wouldn’t be able to run this event without your assistance and generosity in providing the ideal venue for this event; to our associated Probus Clubs who help publicise the event, and who’s members willing volunteer their time during the three days, a big thank you; to Glenda and her team who ensure Club members are fed and watered over the three days – you do indeed spoil us and we love it, thank you!; to all the Club members and partners who give their time not just at the sale but in the six weeks prior during the collection and sorting process; and finally to our local community who donate stock, patronise the sale and who have helped to ensure the Book Sale is a much loved event in the WPH & Cherrybrook community calendar. We’ll be back this time next year, so enjoy your purchases in the meantime.
Normally the Monday following the Book Sale, sees the Club take the night off to recuperate. Not so this year because we were hosting a very special face-to-face meeting in welcoming guests from Central Western NSW to update us on the recent floods in and around the township of Eugowra. Robert Shore, President Rotary Club of Parkes and Michelle Duncan, President Rotary Club of Orange Daybreak highlighted Rotary’s role in relief efforts on the ground; Ian Freestone played the video he produced which chronicled the immediate aftermath of the devastating floods; while the two young local heroes, Macky Den and Thomas Turner spoke with candour of their efforts in rescuing around 30 community members firstly in their ute, then tip truck and finally in the fire truck. It was indeed a humbling experience to be in the presence of these amazing individuals and we thank them whole heartedly for stepping up to help save lives and sustain this community.
So what does the week ahead hold for the Club? Most importantly District 9685 Conference in Cowra from 17-19 March 2023. 11 Club members are escaping to the conference and will represent the Club at this event, particularly with our hiking sticks!
And that my friends, is the Buzz for the Week. Stayed tuned for more on these adventures. Janelle
Western Honey Bee on a Lavender blossom
Western Honey Bee Like other insects that undergo complete metamorphosis, the western honey bee has four distinct life stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult. The complex social structure of western honey bee hives means that all of these life stages occur simultaneously throughout much of the year. The queen deposits a single egg into each cell of a honeycomb prepared by worker bees. The egg hatches into a legless, eyeless larva fed by "nurse" bees (worker bees who maintain the interior of the colony). After about a week, the larva is sealed in its cell by the nurse bees and begins its pupal stage. After another week, it emerges as an adult bee. It is common for defined regions of the comb to be filled with young bees (also called "brood"), while others are filled with pollen and honey stores.
Night Report Monday 13th March, 2023 Opening: Sargeant Jim call the large gathering of approx. 60 persons together and welcomed all visitors; Carol Russell proposed a toast to all the Members, Partners, Friends of Rotary, Scouts and any others who assisted in the very successful Giant Book Sale over the previous weekend…. A Toast - To US !!!! President’s Report Refer President’s report in bulletin. Director’s Reports. Directors were invited to present on their portfolio’s if anything of particular interest this week.
Fund Raising: John Carauna thanked Neville Hansen for his leadership of the Book Sale.
Then he spoke of the upcoming Mothers Day Fair and announced a planning meeting to be held on 20th March, in lieu of an ordinary Monday meeting.
Membership: Carol Russell told the gathering that 4 people had expressed some interesting at the Book Sale in visiting our Club to find out more about Rotary, and will attend meetings in the future. She invited anyone in the room who is not a Rotarian to consider becoming involved.
Social. Tony Coote mentioned the Election Day BBQ and that a meeting on zoom to be held 14th March to put plans in place to provide the required Democratic Sausages we are well known for.
Guest Speakers for the evening, all Welcomed to the meeting by Janelle in her opening speech. We were spellbound in watching the Video of the 2 young men who showed true grit in going back and forth during the massive unprecedented flood that happened at Eugowra in November, 2022. Interviews with persons directly involved also had us marvelling at the events of the day. Robert Shore and Ian Freestone who were actively involved in the recovery process also gave us detailed descriptions on how it all came together to rescue the many many people who had lost absolutely everything during this flood. Also in helping in the recovery afterwards, providing food, arranging for clothing, shelter and the many other needs of so many persons who had lost all their possessions. Then there was Macky Den and Thomas Turner, two remarkable young men who stood on stage for some time answering questions on the actual rescues they undertook in the very fast flowing waters racing through the town, literally plucking people from the water, in a Ute and later on a Flood Rescue vehicle, without doubt saving lives as they did…. Quite remarkable responsibility by two young men, springing into action when circumstances required. Well done to them and to all who gave time so selflessly to help others who were in a deal of strife!!!! The Australian spirit at the fore. President Janelle presented Robert Shore of the Rotary Club of Parkes with a cheque for $2,500 and Michelle Duncan from Orange Daybreak also with a cheque for $2,500 for a RAWCS project to assist putting kitchens into people’s homes after their homes were badly damaged.
These were taken from a recent Maitland Historical Society Newsletter. I believe some of you who have worked with Engineers will be able to put names to them. I can. Some of the Engineers may agree with the logic!! Understanding Engineers 1 Two engineering students were riding bicycles across a university campus when one said, "Where did you get the great bike? The second engineer replied, "Well, I was walking yesterday, minding my own business, when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike, threw it to the ground, took off all her clothes, and said, "Take what you want.” The first engineer nodded approvingly and said, "Good choice: The clothes probably wouldn't have fit you anyway." Understanding Engineers 2 To the optimist, the glass is half-full. To the pessimist, the glass is half-empty. To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be. Understanding Engineers 3 A priest, a doctor, and an engineer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers. The engineer fumed, "What's with those guys? We've been waiting for fifteen minutes!" The doctor chimed in, "I don't think I've ever seen such inept golf!" The priest said, "Here comes the green keeper. Let's have a word with him." He said, "Hello George, What's wrong with that group ahead of us? They're rather slow, aren't they?" The green keeper replied, "Oh, yes. That's a group of blind firemen. They lost their sight saving our clubhouse from a fire last year, so we always let them play for free anytime!" The group fell silent for a moment. The priest said, "That's so sad. I'll say a special prayer for them tonight." The doctor said, "Good idea I'll contact my ophthalmologist colleague and see if there's anything she can do for them." The engineer said, "Why can't they play at night?" Understanding Engineers 4 What is the difference between mechanical engineers and civil engineers? Mechanical engineers build weapons. Civil engineers build targets. Understanding Engineers 5 The graduate with a science degree asks, "Why does it work?" The graduate with an Engineering degree asks, "How does it work?" The graduate with a Commerce degree asks, "How much will it cost?" The graduate with an Arts degree asks, "Do you want fries with that? Understanding Engineers 6 Normal people believe that if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Engineers believe that if it ain't broke, it isn't sufficiently complex yet.
And Finally Two engineers were standing at the base of a flagpole, looking at its top. A woman walked by and asked what they were doing. "We're supposed to find the height of this flagpole," said Steve, "but we don't have a ladder." The woman took pliers from her purse, loosened a couple of bolts, and laid the pole down on the ground. Then she took a tape measure from her purse, took a measurement, announced, “21 feet," and walked away. One engineer shook his head and laughed, "A lot of good that does us. We ask for the height and she gives us the length!" Both engineers have since quit their engineering jobs and have been elected to parliament.
Marital Bliss... contributed by Jim
The Palace Meteoroligist... contributed by Cawas
The palace meteorologist assured him that there was no chance of rain so, the king and the queen went fishing.
On the way, he met a man with a fishing pole riding on a donkey, and he asked the man if the fish were biting. The fisherman said, "Your Majesty, you should return to the palace. In just a short time I expect a huge rainstorm."
The king replied: "I hold the palace meteorologist in high regard. He is an educated and experienced professional. Besides, I pay him very high wages. He gave me a very different forecast. I trust him." So, the king continued his way.
However, in a short time, torrential rain fell from the sky. The King and Queen were totally soaked. Furious, the king returned to the palace and gave the order to execute the meteorologist.
Then he summoned the fisherman and offered him the prestigious position of royal forecaster.
The fisherman said, "Your Majesty, I do not know anything about forecasting. I obtain my information from my donkey. If I see my donkey's ears drooping, it means with certainty that it will rain.
"So, the king hired the donkey.
And so began the practice of hiring dumb asses to work in influential positions.