Volume 32, Issue No. 13 - 8th October 2018
No Meeting - After Garage Sale
Monday 15th October
Celebrating 40 years of the iconic movie, Grease is still the Word as Berowra Musical Society brings the classic story to the stage. With songs like Summer Nights, Greased Lightning, We Go Together and more, a cast of 40 promises a great night of song, dance, comedy and love.
If you wish to attend on Friday 26th October please email Max and make your payment Concession (senior) $28.00 pp and adult $33.00 pp into the club’s General Account and identify your payment with your Surname and "Grease".
To secure seats we need to book by Friday 12th October.
We have the opportunity to see the NSW premiere of Tarzan the Musical presented by Sydney Youth Musical Theatre at Hornsby RSL Club on Friday 23 November at 7:30pm. Tarzan features heart-pumping music by rock legend, Phil Collins.
Washed up on the shores of West Africa, an infant boy is taken in and raised by gorillas who name him Tarzan. Apart from striving for acceptance from his ape father, Tarzan's life is mostly monkey business until a human expedition treks into his tribe's territory, and he encounters creatures like himself for the first time.
We have been invited to join our Rotary Friends in the West Pennant & District Probus Club for this combined activity to be led by Brian Powyer:
Time: 9.45am for 10.00am start
Meet: Heidi Place West Pennant Hills – Entrance to Bidjigal Reserve
Duration: Approx. 2 hours,
Level of fitness: Reasonable, difficult if support (walkers) is needed
Path: Relatively flat, some undulations, very accessible, bush styled track
Lunch: To be discussed – perhaps outside Reserve
Wear: sturdy shoes, hat, layered clothing, sunscreen
Bring: Bottle of water,
Parking 1: In carpark/street at bottom end of Heidi Place
Includes Aboriginal caves and waterfall (may not be flowing)
If you would like to participate please advise Max via email to enable him to compile an attendance list.
Wanted - New Members
If you know of someone who would benefit from Rotary, or, from whom Rotary would benefit if they were a member, then contact Tony C.
Click here for a PDF copy of the form to the right, and send or give it to Tony C.
The Garage Sale
We have just had our best and most successful Garage Sale on the weekend of 7&8 October raising a record gross - north of $35k.
Excellent Project Management and a large number of dedicated volunteers, some putting in hours of effort, in the weeks before the weekend contributed to this result.
Monday 6:30pm for 7:00pm - Springfield House - 245 New Line Road, Dural 2158
If you are unable to attend or are bringing a guest (even if they are your partner) you must notify Carol.
Phone 8850 6515 or email firstname.lastname@example.org before 11am on the day of the meeting.
If you are expected and do not show you will be required to pay for the meal.
President Colin welcomed 29 members and guests tonight which is an improvement on past week now that the travellers are starting to return home. We welcomed opthalmologist Dr. Noni Lewis. We also welcomed Ajay Dua, a past Rotarian from Delhi who has been in Australia for eight years and now looking for a new club to join.
A lot of people to thank tonight.
Mr Se has a disease that affects his bones and joints, making it very difficult to work. He perseveres when the pain isn’t that bad and goes to earn some money. His wife is from an ethnic minority tribe. She has no job and stays at home to do housework and look after her husband's mother who is 88 years old. They have two children, one in year 6 and the other in preschool.
Meet Mrs Vien. Her husband died from agent orange complications in 2011. His mother needs care and Mrs Vien still takes care of her 88 year old mother in law. She has 6 children, all extremely smart. She believes in education and has taken out loans to support her children’s education and future.
Truong Thi Anh Ngoc, born in 1994, graduated from the University of Agriculture and Forestry-Ho Chi Minh City but could not get a job, so nowadays works at a restaurant in Da Nang.
Truong Thi Anh Nga, born in 1996, graduated from high school.
Truong Thi Anh Nguyet, born in 1998, is currently attending second year at Quang Nam Medical College.
Truong Quoc Hau, born in 2001, is a good student, preparing to enter grade 12.
Cheung Quoc Duc, born in 2003, is a good student, preparing to enter grade 10.
Truong Thi My Hanh, born in 2007, is a good student, preparing to enter grade 6.
Meet Mr Hao and his wife Mrs Huong. This is both their second marriage and between them, have 5 children they are trying to support. The children are between 11 years old and 2 months of age. Mr Hao works as hard as he can to support them all – a great responsibility and testament to his character to take on another man’s children in this community.
‘Jill’ the cow was purchased with funds from Rotary Club of West Pennant Hills and Cherrybrook. Many thanks for your donation.
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Still in Kalgoorlie. The weather over the last 2 weeks has been very variable ranging from mid 20s sunny little wind, shorts weather to b..y cold 16 degrees cloudy with a bleak wind making it feel ½ that. There is often a cold wind and some one told us that WA means Windy Always. We have found the locals very friendly right from the managers of the Caravan Park offering the use of their car
when they heard that we would be stuck there. The parts for the Jeep ended up being delivered mid-morning on Tuesday. It ended up mid-afternoon Wed before it was finished.
We eventually got away much later than we had hoped. We did about 140k and stopped for the night at Menzies ready for an early get away tomorrow morning. The car seemed to go very well. We will then head over to the Coral Bay to catch up with the rest. We will go via Leinster, Mt Magnet, Geraldton, Carnarvon and meet with the others (hopefully with a day to spare), about 1500k over 4 days.
Thursday after a 6.30am start we travelled to the Ghost town at Gwalia. Interesting but we didn’t spend a lot of time there (a bit early for the museum). No fences on the land we were passing, saw no stock, no farmhouses. Stopped for lunch in a very little town called Sandstone. The lady (who owned the café) husband was a full- time gold prospector.
On to Mt. Magnet for an overnight stay. There were lots of very pretty purple wildflowers on the side of the road in amongst the low scrub, Soon the flowers were there with no scrub. Just a background of red dirt. Very pretty and as I was looking for a photogenic group the dirt changed to small rocks, not nearly as pretty, so I missed my opportunity. Its hard to stop a caravan quickly at 95kph.
Friday another early start for a 600k day. As with yesterday very little traffic on the road. For the first 2 hours only 2 cars passed us going the other way. Started to get a few sheep and goats (still no fences) but started to get some dead kangaroos with wedge tailed eagles getting a feed, a common sight. Stopped early in the morning at Pindar to see the Wreath Flowers. On a 200m section of road 10k off the beaten track were these wreath like flowers growing in lots of individual plants. We learnt that the flowers were better this year than for a long time and the farmers were going to have an all-time record harvest. By the look of the field, The fields were very green with wheat? and yellow with rape.
On to Hamelin Pool. That evening at sunset we went to see the Stromatolites. which is a living organism credited with creating the Oxygen in the atmosphere. They are dated at 3.7 billion years old. (Humans have been around for less than 200,000 years) They grow very slowly at the rate of a fraction of a millimetre a year as a 1m one could be 2-3000 years old. Here is an Ideal place to see them as the water is very salty.
Today, Saturday , we took 4 vehicles out to Steep Point (the most westerly point of Australia). It was a 300km round trip, some of which was in low range 4WD though sand hills and rocky outcrops with the tyre pressure lowered to 20 PSI. A 9 hour round trip. The Jeep did well climbing some sandhills first go, a couple of the others had trouble.
Sunday at Kalbarri which is very well known for coastal cliffs, the wildflowers and river gorges. We went out to the National Park to a place called Z Bend and Nature’s window overlooking a river gorge. Along the way (along the road side and in the walk to the lookouts) we saw many different wild flowers. This involved numerous stops. The flowers were often very small (less than 1cm) and the best photos were often close ups.
Tuesday on to Geraldton We stopped at Pink Lake. Most unusual. The colour comes from a carotenoid – producing algae . A source for B- Carotene. Saw some seagulls on the Lake. Very different. On arriving we went to see a presentation around the memorial that was constructed by local Rotary Clubs to HMS Sydney. It was sunk after a battle with the German Ship Kormoran in 1941. All 645 aboard the Sydney were lost. The Ship was only found in 2008 after the memorial had been constructed. The guide that we had really helped tell the story of why and how it was built, and all the symbolism represented there. Its apparently no 9 in the most visited attractions in Australia now. Now we have seen it and have had it explained its easy to see why.
In the evening we went to a local manufacturing Jeweller (Its been there in the same family for 5 generations) for a cocktail party with a few members of the 3 local Rotary Clubs. Some of the ladies had their rings cleaned. Helen said I was the best Rotary meeting that she had been to?? Afterward we went back to see the HMS Sydney memorial lit up at night with in eternal remembrance flame.
Another highlight, we visited the Lobster fisherman’s Cooperative to see the sorting and processing. The boats arrived while we were there one with 115 kilo and the other with over 230 a kilo. With a live weight price of $80 to $130 a Kilo that’s a good morning work. In fact, one lobster they caught was worth over $300. So they were celebrating as they were being sorted. From here they get trucked to Perth.
Thursday We went directly to MIngeneu. When we got here we took a short trip out to a place called Depot Hill (A ww11 rifle range and Army depot). We saw carpets of wildflowers in amongst the trees. All very pretty but it was extremely hot and all the flies in the area came along for the ride. One couldn’t speak for fear of getting a mouth full.
Early the next morning (Friday 21) we visited the local CBH (Combined Bulk Handling) Grain Handling depot servicing the local area. It’s also the largest inland grain handling depot in the Southern Hemisphere. We learnt the local standard of measurement was in 000tonnes.
When we got to Jurien Bay we took the opportunity to drive around Mt Lesueur National Park. Some consider it one of the highlights as it contains over 900 species of plants. We eventually found a small group of native orchids.
Saturday we went out to the Pinnacles. The desert Discovery centre was very informative. They apparently don’t know how they were formed and got there.
Now at Perth the half way point of the trip.
If anyone wants to see lots of pictures by a lot of the participants look the trip up on Facebook. eclub tagalong . Or click here
A vicar was asked to dinner by one of his church members. He knew she was a bad housekeeper, but agreed to come. When he sat down at the table, he noticed that the dishes were the dirtiest he had ever seen in his life.
“Were these dishes ever washed?” he asked his hostess, running his fingers over the grit and grime.
She replied: “They’re as clean as soap and water could get them.”
He felt a bit uncomfortable, but blessed the food anyway and started eating. It as delicious and he said so, despite the dirty dishes.
When the meal was over, the hostess took the dishes, went to the door and yelled: “Here, Soap! Here, Water!”
Five year old Little Johnny was lost, so he went up to a policeman and said, "I've lost my dad!"
The policeman said, "What's he like?"
Little Johnny replied, "Beer and women!"
A doctor that had been seeing an 80-year-old woman for most of her life finally retired. At her next checkup, the new doctor told her to bring a list of all the medicines that had been prescribed for her. As the doctor
was looking through these his eyes grew wide as he realized Grandma had a prescription for birth control pills.
"Mrs. Smith, do you realise these are birth control pills?" "Yes, they help me sleep at night." "Mrs. Smith, I assure you there is absolutely nothing in these that could possibly help you sleep!"
She reached out and patted the young doctor's knee and said, "Yes, dear, I know that. But every morning, I grind one up and mix it in the glass of orange juice that my 16-year-old Granddaughter drinks. And believe me it definitely helps me sleep at night."
"My Dear Son, Today is a day you will treasure for all the days of your life.
My best love and good wishes. Your Father."
His Son texts back:
"Thanks Dad. But the wedding isn't actually until tomorrow!"
His Father replies: "I know."
A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds.
After explaining the commandment to 'honour' thy Father and thy Mother, she asked, 'Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?'
From the back, one little boy (the oldest of a family) answered, 'Thou shall not kill.'
The children had all been photographed, and the teacher was trying to persuade them each to buy a copy of the group picture.
'Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and say, 'There's Jennifer, she's a lawyer,' or 'That's Michael, He's a doctor.'
A small voice at the back of the room rang out, 'And there's the teacher, she's dead.'