This week we have a number of members travelling and sadly some who are unwell. We hope those who are on the road or in the air a safe journey, and a speedy recovery for those on the mend. This meant they missed hearing our guest speaker, Libby Bleakley, who gave us a very personal insight into Careflight. It was also a chance to hear about the latest Bunnings BBQ held on Saturday 15 October at Thornleigh. We haven’t been on this site for some time now and it took a little getting used to the new location in the underground carpark. Despite this the day proved profitable bringing in approximately $800 which will go to our fundraising efforts. A big thank you to Kerry for facilitating and organising this event and for club members who assisted namely: Peter, Anne, George, Kaye, Carol, Bob W, John T and especially Ros who worked onsite all day, plus to Tony C and Andrew for assistance with the square/laptop, and Tony for treasury support. Job well done to all involved. Furthermore, I had the opportunity to remind members that next Monday 24 October 2022 is World Polio Day. Rotary has a long and proud history in working to eradicate polio, and this legacy is no more important than now, given we have heard recently that the virus has been detected in the sewage systems of London and New York. Rotary International President Jennifer Jones brought this to our attention and has encouraged us to remain vigilant in helping to End Polio Now, as the following video shows:
Take action for World Polio Day!
In her World Polio Day message, Rotary International President Jennifer Jones explains why we need your support on World Polio Day.
Our Club’s efforts in this way will be to engage with the District’s initiative of Riding the Train for Polio. This event has taken place for a few years now and is a great way to raise the profile of polio in the general community. This year a number of club members will be riding the train next Monday night 24/10, jumping on the train at Cherrybrook station around 9.30pm (yes that’s not a typo – 9.30pm after our zoom meeting) and riding one or two stops. In the process we’ll be donating, as we always do, $1000 USD to this event. If you’d like to join us for this trip, its not too late, just let us know at next week’s meeting and we can organise to meet up at the station later that evening. Additionally, if members and partners would like to consider a personal contribution they can do so. Any amount would be gratefully received with the organisers suggesting you may like to donate $1 per station – which would put you at $181 in total given 181 stations will be covered across the rail network during the Polio train journey. If so, I’ve been asked to direct you to: www.rotary.org and make the donation (noting this is not a Centurion contribution as that is an Annual Fund contribution). One final matter, a reminder that the next Online Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) course is scheduled for 4 - 6 November via Zoom. The course is conducted by RLI facilitators and consists of 3 parts:
Day 1 – Friday 4 November – 6-7pm
Day 2 – Saturday 5 November 8am- 4pm – 3 x 2hr sessions with breaks
Day 3 – Sunday 6 November 8am-4pm – as above
This course is designed for Rotarians with at least 12 months Rotary membership and ideal for Presidents-Elect, new or existing Board members and anyone interested in furthering their Rotary knowledge, skills and leadership potential. The Club will happily sponsor attendance at this course, so if you’re interested, please let me know. And that’s the buzz for the week. Until next week, safe stay and travel well. Janelle
Inspection of Australian Parliament Apiary by Canberra Region Beekeepers See an entire video @ Facebook (63 minutes)
Night Report Opening Sergeant Jim opened the meeting welcoming our guest speaker – Libby Bleakley Rotary Toast Andrew Little asked the attending members to raise a toast for Rotary and the SES’s huge efforts for flood victims President’s Report Welcome to all present particularly our guest speaker Libby Bleakley who has visited us previously when DG Mina Howard visited the Club. Janelle acknowledged that many members were absent tonight due to travel commitments and illness. See Janelle’s full report in this week’s bulletin. Director’s Reports
Colin reported everything tracking well. Tree of Joy – all going well. Cawas to send email for volunteers to man the tree at Cherrybrook Shopping Centre on the Saturday and Sunday.
Kerry reported Thornleigh Bunnings barbeque better result than expected. Thank you to all members who helped on the day. Special shoutout to Ros for stepping in at short notice and staying the full day.
Neville reported no meeting 7/11 as we are attending Carlingford Rotary’s 50th Anniversary on 4 November. First meeting held on arrangements for Christmas Market on 3 December 2022. Plan to have forty (40) stalls some on the tarmac, girls guide hall and grass. Cost - $100 per stall which may vary depending on inside or outside. List of stall holders from Pennant Hills High School and West Pennant Hills High School. Flyers were handed out at the Thornleigh Bunnings barbeque.
Guest Speaker Andrew Little welcomed Libby Bleakley and commented on Libby’s extensive bio. Libby is a member of the RC of Blackheath and has served as a Police Officer for nearly 30 years, 19 years of which she served with the New South Wales Police Force. Libby’s continuing interest for community, culture and crime prevention led her to explore the international arena by joining the Australian Federal Police International Deployment Group in 2008. She has been deployed to the Northern Territory, Sudan and Timor-Leste and resigned from the AFP in 2019. Her biggest achievement was during her personal time where she developed her own crime prevention initiative, a youth and community centre in Timor-Leste. The initiative is a registered Rotary Australia World Community Service Project. Currently Libby is an author and runs a coffee roasting business raising funds for her centre. Libby spoke on her experience with CareFlight which dated back to 1992 when she had a diving accident at Jervis Bay.
Remarkably, Libby’s coffee roasting market stall at Everleigh – Redfern (where all profits go into running her centre in Timor-Leste) brought her to meet a person from Car Flight when she discussed how CareFlight had saved her life thirty (30) years ago. Days later, Libby was approached and asked to meet the original pilot who rescued her thirty (30) years ago.
Libby showed two (2) films where she met the CareFlight pilot who had saved her life. She is forever grateful to CareFlight who gave her the gift of life which has given her the opportunity to help others particularly the children in Timor.
Libby’s closing comment was that she is so grateful to CareFlight ‘they give people a future’
Sergeant Jim called an end to the evening.
President Janelle thanked Libby and all for attending noting next week is via Zoom with a TED talk by Dr Ryles Moylen on the four (4) stages or retirement. Followed by the Ride the Train for Polio trip leaving Cherrybrook Station at 9.20pm.
John Caruana won the Raffle and chose a nice bottle of Red. A very worthwhile form of meeting. Carol Russell. Night Reporter.
I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes. How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered? Why do you have to "put your two cents in" ... but it’s only a "penny for your thoughts"? Where's that extra penny going? Once you're in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity? What disease did cured ham actually have? How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage? Why is it that people say they "slept like a baby" when babies wake up like every two hours? If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing? Why are you IN a movie, but you’re ON TV? Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground? Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They're going to see you naked anyway. Why is “bra" singular and "panties" plural? Can a hearse carrying a corpse drive in the carpool lane? If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from? If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons? Why do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune? Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window? HOW DID THE MAN WHO MADE THE FIRST CLOCK, KNOW WHAT TIME IT WAS?
What's in a name ... contributed by Cawas
A Surgeon who named his son Naïf (pronounced Knife). Thought what an apt name!
Then came to know the following:
1. Lawyer’s daughter - Sue. 2. Radiologist’s son - Ray. 3. Ophthalmologist’s daughter - Iris. 4. Florist’s daughter - Rose. 5. Mechanic’s son - Jack. 6. Archaeologist’s Son - Doug 7. Thief’s son - Rob. 8. Gymnast’s son - Jim. 9. Jeweler’s twin daughters - Ruby and Pearl. 10. Ornithologist’s son - Robin. 11. Orthopedician’s son - Boney. 12. Barber’s son - Harry. 13. Solicitor’s son - Will. 14. Accountant’s son - Bill. 15. Horticulturist’s daughter - Ivy. 16. Gardener’s son - Pete. 17. Monarch’s son - Prince. 18. Dramatist’s daughter - Oprah. 19. Sanitation Engineer’s son - John. 20. Highway Engineer’s son - Miles. 21. Dietician’s daughter - Olive. 22. Actor’s son - Oscar. 23. Photographer's son - Click. 24. Gastro-physician's daughter - Enema 25. Homeopath's daughter - Arnica. 26. Teacher's son - Mark
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