Volume 30, Issue No. 30 - 27th February 2017
Monday 27 February
Mission NAM possible - one person making a BIG difference
Monday 06 March
Murrin Bridge Farm Project -Steve Mansur
Monday 13 March
Memories Of a Ex-exchange Student - Sonya
|Duty||Monday 27 February 2017||Monday 06 March 2017||Monday 13 March 2017|
|Speaker Host||Colin Sharpe||Colin McGowan||Howard Fleming|
|Night Reporter||Tony Makin||Charlotte McCartney||Peter Cleary|
|Front Desk||Bob Davison||Bob Davison||Bob Davison|
|Front Desk||Stan Baseley||Bernard Chandra||Brian Furrer|
|Steward||Max Henderson||Alan Paynter||Nick Chuah|
|Steward||David Turnbull||Tom Westcott||Gino Savio|
|IT Person||Neville Hansen||Neville Hansen||Neville Hansen|
|Photographer||Peter Stanton||Ross Ballinger||Peter Stanton|
|Member Talk||Roslyn Savio||Howard Fleming||Cawas Sahukar|
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Education is free for the children who live in very poor communities.
The local village Chief stated "he had been praying for a long time for a Christian school to educate the children, paying tribute to Operation Food for Life’s commitment to Christian education to educate children who live in poor communities. You are also giving these children hope in Christ filled classrooms. Thank you. Thank you" the chief said.
During this year Operation Food for Life will build a permanent two classroom facility with an additional first aid room to serve the school and the community. Jim Hawkins is managing this project. This will be Jims second build for Operation Food for Life having managed the construction for our Born Free Sanctuary which is providing 24/7 care for many children at risk and less fortunate. Thank you Jim for transforming so many lives you touch through Operation Food for Life.
The new school is another welcomed addition to all our humanitarian programs and projects in Papua New Guinea. This includes our first three teacher Operation Food for Life Rob and Jan Patterson Christian Literacy School in Wildlife Port Moresby which has 120 children enrolled this year.
We praise God for his leading and abundant blessings upon our hands and feet, as all our volunteers give ourselves away above self-interest to serve others of less fortunate circumstances.
The 2017 book sale is fast approaching and it is time to start preparing! This year the book sale has been postponed by a couple of weeks from the usual timing in late March to Friday 7 (9am to 5pm), Saturday 8 (9am to 5pm) and Sunday 11 (11am to 2pm) of April.
This is due to the fact that some of our key players will be overseas during the lead up to the actual book sale itself. This includes Andrew & Desley (13 Feb to 20 Mar), Bob & Bev (16 Mar to 14 Apr) and Colin & Anne (start Apr to end May).
Whilst we now have some great additional people on our committee (Neville & Heather Hansen & Charlie), we will need all the help we can get from club members & partners to make this year’s book sale a success. This is especially true for the book sort days Saturday 11th, 25th March and Tuesday 4th April) where we really need people to help us for the whole day up to around 3 or 4pm.
One of the most onerous jobs is packing the sorted boxes of books away on the book stands at the end of the sort day. Many times this is left to a small number of very dedicated people. Likewise we need assistance with the set up days Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th April.
In order to make it easier on our backs, knees, hips, etc, we are ditching the conventional fruit boxes (which are also extremely difficult to source) and are moving to the Lifeline size cardboard box which is about 2/3 the size of the fruit box and will hence will limit the total lifting weight to around 10kg. This is why Lifeline went to this style & size of box in order to comply with OH&S requirements for their ever aging members!
These boxes come flat packed & are taped together as required. At the end of the book sale the tape will be cut & the box flat packed for storage. (See photo on right showing these boxes - note the 10Kg written on the side of the box in the foreground!).
The Church has agreed to let us run the book sale on the Sunday from 11am to 2pm when we will start the usual pack up routine.
This will provide an extra 3 hours on the Saturday and 3 hours on the Sunday, ie a total of 6 extra selling hours.
The 2016 book sale raised around $14,000 and we are aiming to better this in 2017.
To do this, we need help from ALL club members during the book sort days -
Saturday 11 March
Saturday 25 March
Tuesday 4 April
and during the sale itself from - Wednesday 5 to Sunday 9 April
The milestone dates for this year's book sale are as follows:
|2017 Book Sale Committee Meetings|
|First Book Sale Committee Meeting||Thurs 9 Feb 17|
|Second Book Sale Committee Meeting||Wed 1 Mar 17|
|Third Book Sale Committee Meeting||Wed 29 Mar 17|
|2017 Book Sale Schedule|
|Banners & Flyers out||Sat 25 Feb 17|
|First Major Sort||Sat 11 Mar 17|
|Second Major Sort||Sat 25 Mar 17|
|Third Major Sort & Set Up Table Layout||Tue 4 Apr 17|
|Continue to set up tables, boxes and signs||Wed 5 Apr 17|
|Fine Tune Layout, etc||Thur 6 Apr 17|
|Book Sale||Fri 7 Apr 17|
|Book Sale||Sat 8 Apr 17|
|Book Sale & Clean Up||Sun 9 Apr 17|
|Book Sale Dinner||Sun 9 Apr 17|
1. The meeting started with a prayer lead by Jim Simpson, followed by the Rotary's toast proposed by Alan Paynter.
2. Presidential welcome and opening remarks - president Rosemary.
Guests and Visitors:
o AG Jan Duffy
o District Youth Exchange representatives – David and Maureen Raynor
o Amelia Craig - returning Exchange student, brother Aidan and grandmother Joan Byrne, mother Janelle Craig - our club member
o Paul Laroumanie - father of club's outbound exchange student Anna and a host dad of Sarah our exchange student from Switzerland for this year
o Ms Leonie Day – assistant Principal from Marayong PS
o RYPEN students: Rebecca Lawson and her mum Ann Lawson
o Ashley Eaton and his mum Jane Eaton
o Honeywell Summer School of Engineering - Marie Bernadette Morad and her mum Violet Morad
o Fabienne Meyer – past exchange student from Switzerland ( 2009 - 2010 ) with brother Serge
o Nick Saunders in absentia of Julian Swann – RYLA participant
President Rosemary gave a brief information about Rotary International programs which were attended by young people sponsored by our Club.
· Rotary Youth Exchange –an opportunity to experience the culture of a different country, a new way of life, in some cases a new language, and a chance to grow in self-confidence, tolerance and self-reliance.
· RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership awards for 18-26 year olds for a week’s course to develop character and leadership skills
· RYPEN- Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment for15-16 year olds– a weekend’s course to develop increased motivation, improved life skills, self-image, pride in themselves and an understanding of setting and achieving goals.
· Honeywell School of Engineering – a 6-day course held at Macquarie University with the aim to give NSW and ACT high school students a better understanding of what engineering is and how it works in everyday life
President Rosemary informed that the rest of the evening will be conducted by the Youth Director Tony Coote.
3. Directors Reports
· Social Committee - Colin Sharpe
- reminded about the Club's 30th anniversary on the 8th May members were requested to confirm their participation ASAP.
- the incoming Board members/ Directors will be asked to provide lists of members of their respective committees
· Fund Raising / Book Sale Committee - Max Henderson
- the Book Sale will take place on the 7,8,9 April. Max asked members to provide as much help as possible especially please refer to the Sort Out dates in the Bulletin.
4. AP Marayong Primary School
Leone Day thanked the Club for continued support provided to the students at the school. The Christmas gifts which were provided by the Club and children of Cherrybrook Public school for the past three years were very highly appreciated. The Marayong Primary School caters for many children from underprivileged families affected by various difficult life circumstances.
On the top of all that one person associated with our club provided a brand new backpack which contained all the necessary school books required for one of the students who was starting Secondary School in 2017.
The comment of one of the parents of the recipients of the gifts has said "I can't believe that someone would do it for us"
At the end of her talk Ms Day presented President Rosemary with the certificate of appreciation for her and the Club's continued support to children.
5. Youth Reports - Tony Coote
As an introduction to the speakers, Tony explained why our Club is very keen in supporting and sponsoring young people.
· Rebecca Lawson and Ashley Eaton attended RYPEN program just recently. Both students had very similar opinions about the program and benefits they gained from participating. Some of the teachings stated were: increase in confidence, gaining more life skills, learning how to communicate more effectively with others, self discovery, learning new tools and skills in leadership and above all gaining new friends.
· Laura Commens, another RYPEN participant was not able to attend our meeting due to her dancing commitments, however she sent a thank you letter, also briefly stating how much she benefited from the program.
· Bernadette Morat – participated in Honeywell Summer School of Engineering. The program allowed her participate in various workshops and different universities each day, where participants were challenged into on hand projects and tasks. There were also a lot of engineering careers information provided.
Tony’s comments were that if all young people would have an opportunity to participate in similar programs the world would be a better place; while all speakers assured us that our future is in good hands.
6. Sarah’s presented her weekly talk emphasizing the benefits of an international students’ exchange: her learning about a new country, enjoying visits to the beach, making new friends. Also, she thanked the Club for the sponsorship and care which is provided to her.
7. Visiting past Exchange Student from Switzerland Fabiene Meyer gave a brief talk about her life after the Exchange. When she returned to Switzerland she continued with her secondary schooling for two more years. After that she started a university course in Law and in few month time she is hoping to finish her Masters Degree in Law. She expressed her gratitude for the opportunity given to her 7 years ago and thanked the Club and everybody involved for taking care of her.
8. Paul Laroumanie (the father of Anna, this year’s outbound Exchange student currently in Japan) and Charlie McCartney as her counselor on behalf of the Club reported on Anna’s well being overseas. Currently she is hosted by her second family, started school, met some local officials, tried very unusual local cuisine and so far everything is progressing very smoothly.
9. Nick Saunders – RYLA participant.
He was impressed with the program and variety of talks and activities provided. He praised the quality of the motivational speakers and program facilitators. The participants were introduced to various discussions and participated in activities associated with topics as leadership skills and styles, communications and power of words, decision making, relationships and team building, ethics and morals, emotions and how to deal with them, how to move forward and planning for the future.
Nick felt that the program was very powerful and extremely beneficial to his career and on personal level. He offered a vote of thanks on behalf of Julian (who was not able to attend the meeting due to his work commitments) and himself for sponsoring their participation.
10. Amelia Craig – last year outbound exchange student who returned home few weeks ago.
Amelia gave a very detailed report on her one-year adventure. She was hosted by two families who looked after her very well. As part of the exchange program she travelled in Europe and visited few countries. She did many trips to the Rotary sister club in Germany, where she was introduced to many activities and challenges like sailing, farming or playing golf. When at school she participated in netball and handball teams, playing games every Saturday and above all making friends.
Amelia thanked the Club for sponsoring her and gave a very emotional speech about her life before and after the Exchange. While few rocky events in her personal life caused some loss of confidence, one year overseas caused that she feels confident again and able to look into the future with trust and optimism.
11. Rotary Foundation - Teresa Janowski
100th birthday anniversary celebration raffle draw – two tickets to the Maritime Museum were won by Neville Hansen.
Teresa appealed to members to continue supporting the Foundation by becoming Centurions each year. She also expressed her hope that the members of our club who were so far unable to contribute the symbolic anniversary sum of $ 26.50, will be able to achieve this in near future, to achieve 100% celebratory donors.
12. Due to the shortage of time there was no fining session, nor Heads and Tails fun.
13. President’s Closing Remarks:
President Rosemary thanked all participants of the meeting stating that it has been a wonderful evening for us all. She said that Rotary has wonderful programs for youth and asked all of us to spread the word about Rotary and to remember our motto this year: Rotary Serving Humanity. Let’s keep on doing so.
The meeting concluded with the National Australian anthem initiated by Caroll Russell.
Minutes by: Teresa Janowski