Volume 32, Issue No. 14 - 22nd October 2018
No Meeting - After Garage Sale
Monday 15th October
St Gabriel’s School visit
Wednesday 21st November
Hi Fellow Members,
We have been invited to St Gabriels School for a Morning Tea at 10.30AM on Wednesday 21st November. The first stage of the outdoor Learning Area is now complete, and St Gabriels are keen to show us what has been achieved. As you know, we funded and built an equipment Shed and via Tom Westcott, we contributed shade sails for the courtyard area.
The agenda is as follows.
· 10.30am : Arrive and School Tour
· 11.00am : Meet the students and see the playground
· 11.15am : Morning tea
· 11.30am : Depart
Can you please let me know by 5th November if you would like to attend, so I can confirm numbers?
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 3pm on the Friday before the meeting.
If you are expected and do not show you will be required to pay for the meal.
It was pleasing to welcome 32 members and guests to our meeting tonight. The guests tonight were our speaker Don Murray from the Rosie May Foundation. Jenny Murray, Anne and Alick Grant from the Burntisland & Kinghorn Club in Scotland.
Thank you to the Bunnings BBQ team for Oct 1st: Peter Stanton, Rosemary, Tony Coote, John , Keith and Andrew under the leadership of Bill. About $700 for fundraising and about $130 for drought relief.
The Garage Sale preparation is well underway. A big thank you to Neville who is doing a tremendous job and to all who are turning out to assist with collections and sorting/cleaning donations. If you put your name down for a task please turn up as you are being relied upon by others. I hope the current spell of wet weather passes on before Friday. Plan B will be discussed by the committee tonight. Please keep watching your emails for garage sale notices.
District Presidents meeting. Attended District Presidents Meeting: Highlights were:
See https://www.9now.com.au/today/2018/extras/latest/august/drought-relief-fund for details.
RAWCS has initiated a new appeal to continue the work of the above appeal. RAWCS has established seven Rotary District drought relief projects in the whole area impacted by this drought, west of the Great Dividing Range , from far North Queensland to Victoria. Some 200+ Rotary clubs and their local members are dealing direct with farming families needing assistance. The emphasis is addressing the mental health issues caused by the drought, “Wellbeing rather than Welfare”, by direct contact and financial support, and involvement together through a range of community activities of those affected. http://rawcs.org.au/ Money will only go to Australian owned farms and will only be channelled through organisations that do not take out administration fees.
Eight clubs have distributed donations in a similar manner to us.
About 75% of the District Clubs are participating in drought relief fund raising.
The Clubs are being encouraged to continue to fund raise.
District is putting together a Disaster Response Committee to put in place a permanent structure than can be put into operation quickly when needed.
The Rotary Club of Caringbah has put together a drought relief 4 minute YouTube video “Adopt_a-town” encouraging clubs to adopt a town, go visit and spend money in the town - . We have already done it.
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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
"Bless me Father, for I have sinned. I have been with a loose girl."
The priest asks, "Is that you, little Joey Pagano?"
"Yes, Father, it is."
"And who was the girl you were with?"
"I can't tell you, Father. I don't want to ruin her reputation."
"Well, Joey, I'm sure to find out her name sooner or later so you may as well tell me now. Was it Tina Minetti?"
"I cannot say."
"Was it Teresa Mazzarelli?"
"I'll never tell."
"Was it Nina Capelli?"
"I'm sorry, but I cannot name her."
"Was it Cathy Piriano?"
"My lips are sealed."
"Was it Rosa DiAngelo, then?"
"Please, Father! I cannot tell you."
The priest sighs in frustration. "You're very tight lipped, and I admire that. But you've sinned and have to atone. You cannot be an altar boy now for 4 months. Now you go and behave yourself."
Joey walks back to his pew, and his friend Franco slides over and whispers, "What'd you get?"
"Four months vacation and five good leads..."
During a dull Parliament House dinner, Chloe Shorten, the wife of the Leader of the Opposition,
leaned over to chat with Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove.
"I bought Bill a parrot for his birthday. That bird is so smart, Bill has already taught him to say over two hundred words!"
“Very impressive," said Cosgrove, "But, you do realise he just speaks the words. He doesn't really understand what they all mean.”
"Oh, I know," replied Chloe, “But neither does the parrot."