Volume 31, Issue No. 25- 22nd January 2018
Inside This Issue
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Our Brazilian Rotary Exchange student Larissa arrived this morning after a long trip from Sao Paulo via London and Hong Kong! We are very excited to be one of her host families this year and we look forward to creating a memorable experience for her together with our WPHC Rotary family.
We are experiencing another drought with respect to prospective 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 Keith.
Click here for a PDF copy of the form to the right, and send or give it to Keith.
President Colin welcomed members and partners (Anne, Jill, Pamela) to this the first meeting for 2018. I trust that everyone had an enjoyable Christmas with family and friends and that 2018 will be a rewarding year. Anne was thanked for preparing the Brazilian table flags. We welcomed our guest speaker Peter Kirkwood (Rotarian at the Wahroonga Club) and President Hornsby/Ku-ring-gai PCYC (Police Citizen Youth Club) to entertain us tonight. More about the entertainment in the night report.
We welcomed guests – Jaswant Thakorlal who has visited a number of times and is a prospective member. Kerry and Bill Mann also prospective members were invited by Carol to look us over – I hope they liked what they saw. Charlie brought along Martine Ryan. Her cousin from the UK.
Unfortunately two members (Tony C and Andrew) are unable to attend due to having had recent surgery. We wish them all the best for a speedy recovery.
Tonight we welcomed our exchange student Larissa Marcossi to her first meeting. Larissa was met at the airport last Thursday by Rosemary, Colin and Anne, the Love family and Linda. A very tired Larissa spent about 48 hours on her journey from to Sydney via San Paulo Heathrow and Hongkong. Larissa’s home is a small town (about 8000) – Santa Cruz de Monte Castelo - on the south western side of Brazil ~ 700km from San Paulo and ~ 1000 km from Rio de Janeiro.
As we grow older and wiser we realize a $300 or $30 watch - - - both tell the same time.
Whether we carry a $300 or $30 wallet/handbag - - - the amount of money inside is the same.
Whether we drink a bottle of $300 or $30 or $3 wine - - - the hangover is the same.
Whether the house we live in is 300 or 3,000 or 30,000 sq. ft. - - - the loneliness is the same.
True inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world.
Whether we fly first or economy class, if the plane goes down - - - we go down with it.
Whether we fly first or economy class, if the plane reaches its destination - - everyone arrives at the same time.
Therefore . . we should realize, when we have mates, buddies and old friends, brothers and sisters, with whom we can chat, laugh, talk, sing, talk about north-south-east-west or heaven and earth -- this is true happiness!
Six Undeniable Facts of Life:
1. Don't educate your children to be rich.
Educate them to be happy, so when they grow up they will know the value of things, not the price.
2. "Eat your food as your medicines. Otherwise you have to eat medicines as your food."
3. The one who loves you will never leave you because, even if there are 100 reasons to give up, he or she will find one reason to hold on.
4. There is a big difference between a human being and being human. Only a few folks really understand that.
5. You are loved when you are born. You will be loved when you die. In between, you have to manage!
6. If you just want to walk fast, walk alone; but, if you want to walk far, walk together!
Six Best Doctors in the World:
5. Self Confidence
The nicest place to be is in someone's thoughts, the safest place to be is in someone's prayers.