When I wrote my President’s report last week I was returning from Coonabarabran where we’d been visiting to formalise the Sister Relationship between our Club and the Rotary Club of Coonabarabran. I explained this relationship started in 2018 during the extreme drought conditions affecting regional NSW. Driving back last Tuesday it wasn’t drought that was on our minds however, but rather floods in the central west of NSW; we thought about this even more as we drove through water that was across the roads in and around Dundedoo. In this past week, the issue of floods has continued to occupy the news, with reports of thousands of people being evacuated, homes and shops being inundated, crops and livestock being lost and roads and towns being cut off.
Rotary have been quick to act here with several initiatives being established, some of which our Club has become involved with. RAWCS is responding to the flood crisis by maintaining their National Flood Appeal through the Rotary Australia Relief Fund (RARF) and by opening RABS projects specific to each Flood affected areas. Funds raised to date have been directed through local Rotary Clubs to providing $500 Rotary Vouchers to those whose homes are uninhabitable and providing temporary accommodation. Support is also available to Rotary Clubs ‘on the ground’ for their projects for their communities.
At the District 9685 level, an initiative has been created to collect non-perishable food and household supplies for distribution to flood affected communities in the Cowra region. Our Club has committed to this and last night I took home around 7 bags/boxes of these requested items that were donated by Club members and partners, and which will be passed onto the Rotary Club of Pennant Hills who are coordinating this food drive. If you’d like to donate it’s not too late, as we will be accepting donations next Sunday when we are at the RFS precinct cleaning up prior to the Christmas Market the following weekend. To extend our flood relief efforts to the local community, the Club will be operating collection points outside Woolworths Cherrybrook and West Pennant Hills (Coonara) on Friday 25 November between 9am-3pm seeking donations of food and supplies from local shoppers – a big thank you to those who have volunteered to help here. In addition, Board have agreed to bolster our efforts by donating some of the funds raised at the upcoming Christmas Market to the Flood Appeal. And just finally if anyone would like to donate individually, the following RAWCS projects have been established to channel funds to specific flood affected regions: RAWCS Flood Appeals: Project Number National Flood Appeal (RARF) 47-2021-22 NE NSW & SE Qld (RABS) 54-2021-22 Sydney & Surrounding Areas (RARF) 1-2022-23 Victoria & Border Areas (RABS) 31-2022-23 Central West NSW (RABS) 32-2022-23
In the week ahead I’d also like to remind members and partners to RSVP to attend our Club Christmas meeting next week, Monday 28/11/2022. This will be a fun night with a Kris Kringle happening (NB: $15 gift for another Club member/partner of the same sex) and Christmas Karaoke – so tune up those vocal cords and practice a Christmas carol or two!! And finally, please stay connected to our fellow Club members in Flores Indonesia on the NTA Donors trip by viewing and liking their adventures on the Club’s Facebook site. That’s the buzz from me. Stay well and see you next week. Janelle
A native Blue Banded Bee roosting on a stem at night
Sgt Max opened meeting and called on all present to observe a one-minute silence in honour of Charter Member and Past president Howard Fleming who passed away recently. He then called on Carol Russell to give the Toast to Rotary and our Club.
President Janelle welcomed all present including Honorary member Pat Baseley, Past President Barry and partners. Janelle spoke about the Coonabarabran follow up and presented to the club a certificate, banner and present from them.
Janelle also spoke about assistance to the flood relief activities she has arrange for a trolley to be placed outside Woolworths at Cherrybrook Shopping Centre for the public to donate. She asked for volunteers to man trolley. She is also endeavouring to make similar arrangement with Woolworths at Coonara Shopping Centre.
Director Reports: Colin Sharpe (Community Service) advised that the tree of joy is going well at present. It is planned to hold a working bee to wrap presents on 12th December at 4:30pm More online sales are being finalized as part of the garage sale at the moment.
Keith Ball (Media) advised that he is in process of revamping the bulletin and make it more “user friendly”
Carol Russell (Membership) Advised that she is following up two potential new members.
Neville Hansen (Club Service) advised that the calendar is prepared up to the end of year. Please advise him if you are going to be away at any time. Next week’s meeting need to advise if coming or apology. Need to bring a present to the value of $15.00 for Kris Cringle. Neville gave a presentation on the status of the Christmas Market. John Caruana asked volunteers to assist in the working bee Sunday 27th at the RFS / Girl Guides, set up Friday 2nd December and on market day Saturday 3rd December.
Rosemary Clarke gave a presentation of the club’s involvement in Youth Programs: RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) Course held in January involving guest speakers, team building, interesting “situations” self-reflection and social interactions. We were to send 2 ladies in 2021 but program was cancelled due to Covid. RYPEN (Rotary Program of Enrichment) This is held in February for students going in year 10 next year who just need a push to gain confidence and leadership skills. Details should be released soon. Donations to local Schools. The club donated $200.00 each to WPH Public School, Cherrybrook Public School and CTHS for end of year prizes usually for Citizenship or Leadership. NYFS (National Youth Science Forum) a highly sought after course and is very competitive for science students entering year 12. We were not successful this year in sponsoring anyone. The Science Experience. This year the club collaborated with Coonabarabran Club and sponsored 3 students to attend the program at Macquarie University. The Davidson and Sharpe families hosted them. A video was shown of an interview President Janelle had with them on a recent visit to our sister club. RYE (Rotary Youth Exchange) a program eagerly loved by the club. Since charted in 1987 the club sponsored 24 inbound students to 15 different countries and 20 outbound to 12 different counties. Our last inbound was Larissa Marcossi from Brazil in 2017/18 and last outbound Katherine Louey to Austria 2020/21 when her time was cut short and returned home due to covid. A video was shown from the students perspective of the program. Rita Tchetchenian spoke of her experience as a hosting parent and Jenelle spoke of her experience as a parent when her daughter went to Switzerland in 2015/16 Hoping that the program will run again in 2024. Sgt Max thanked Rosemary for her Presentation he then drew the raffle (won by Colin Sharpe), Head, and tails won by Rob Clarke.
President Janelle thanked all for attending Meeting closed 9:00pm
An amusing tale, bureaucracy, the way it plays out around the world.
Sometimes lawyers do add value! Read on – LOAN APPLICATION. Rebuilding New Orleans after Katrina often caused residents to be challenged to prove home titles back hundreds of years. That is because of community history stretching back over two centuries during which houses were passed along through generations of family, sometimes making it quite difficult to establish a paper trail of ownership. A New Orleans lawyer sought a FHA rebuilding loan for a client. He was told the loan would be granted upon submission of satisfactory proof of ownership of the parcel of property, as it was being offered as collateral. It took the lawyer 3 months, but he was able to prove title to the property dating back to 1803. After sending the information to the FHA, he received the following reply. (Actual reply from FHA) "Upon review of your letter adjoining your client's loan application, we note that the request is supported by an Abstract of Title. While we compliment the able manner in which you have prepared and presented the application, we must point out that you have only cleared title to the proposed collateral property back to 1803. Before final approval can be accorded, it will be necessary to clear the title back to its origin.” And here is the great letter the lawyer responded with: (Actual response): "Your letter regarding title in Case No.189156 has been received. I note that you wish to have proof of title extended further than the 206 years already covered in the present application. I was unaware that any educated person in this country, particularly those working with real property, would not know that Louisiana was purchased by the United States from France in 1803, the year of origin of title identified in our application. For the edification of uninformed FHA bureaucrats, the title to the land prior to U.S. ownership was obtained from France, which had acquired it by Right of Conquest from Spain. The land came into the possession of Spain by Right of Discovery made in the year 1492 by a sea captain named Christopher Columbus, who had been granted the privilege of seeking a new route to India by the Spanish monarch, Queen Isabella. The good Queen Isabella, being a pious woman and almost as careful about titles as the FHA, took the precaution of securing the blessing of the Pope before she sold her jewels to finance Columbus's expedition. Now the Pope, as I'm sure you may know, is the emissary of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and God, it is commonly accepted, created this world. Therefore, I believe it is safe to presume that God also made that part of the world called Louisiana. God, therefore, would be the owner of origin and His origins date back to before the beginning of time, the world as we know it, and the FHA. I hope you find God's original claim to be satisfactory. Now, may we have our damn reconstruction loan? The loan was immediately approved.
Oranges ... contributed by Cawas
Two little boys stole a big bag of oranges from a neighbour & decided to go to a quiet place to share the lot equally. One of them suggested the nearby cemetery. As they were jumping over the gate to enter the cemetery, two oranges🍊🍊 fell out of the big bag but they didn't bother to pick them since they had enough in the bag. Few minutes later, a drunkard on his way from a bar, passed near the cemetery gate & heard a voice saying: "One For Me, One For You, One For Me, One For You". He immediately sobered up & ran as fast as he could to the Church nearby, for the priest. "Father, pls come with me. Come & witness God & Satan sharing souls in the cemetery". They both ran back to the cemetery gate & the voice continued: "One For Me, One For You, One For Me, One For You'. Suddenly, the voice stopped counting & said: "What About The Two At The Gate?" Let's get them! You should see the marathon...🏃🏾🏃🏾
The priest almost ran past the church gate shouting: "We Are Not Dead Yet!
You Think English is Easy ... contributed by Tony C
You think English is easy?? think a retired English teacher was bored...THIS IS GREAT! Read all the way to the end................. This took a lot of work to put together! 1) The bandage was wound around the wound. 2) The farm was used to produce produce. 3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse. 4) We must polish the Polish furniture.. 5) He could lead if he would get the lead out. 6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.. 7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present. 8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum. 9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes. 10) I did not object to the object. 11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid. 12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row. 13) They were too close to the door to close it. 14) The buck does funny things when the does are present. 15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line. 16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow. 17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail. 18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.. 19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests. 20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France . Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.
English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.
PS. - Why doesn't 'Buick' rhyme with 'quick'?
You lovers of the English language might enjoy this.
There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is 'UP.' It's easy to understand UP , meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP ? At a meeting, why does a topic come UP ? Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report? We call UP our friends. And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver; we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car. At other times the little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses. To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special . A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP . We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night. We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP ! To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP , look the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions. If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP , you may wind UP with a hundred or more. When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP . When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP . When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP . When it doesn't rain for awhile, things dry UP . One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP ,
for now my time is UP , Now it's UP to you what you do with this email.
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