Volume 35, Issue No. 09 - 30 August 2021
Club Zoom Meetings
7:15pm for 7:30pm
My mood shifted from being in the dumps to an elated high as the night’s meeting progressed.
I was in the dumps as I reported the resignation of Bill Mann.
We then recognised the membership of John Caruana (Mary) who transferred from RC Traralgon.
Next, we made a new Rotarian and inducted Alex Jugueta (Jocelyn) as a member of the Club.
Life is always good when Barry is online.
Our Guest Speaker, Ida Shi proved a delightful personality and gave an inspiring talk.
Last Friday some 20 attended the Cheese and Crackers Meeting. Basically, a long conversation with some in piggy outfits, berets or Joe Cool glasses. If you missed out, then come this Friday. The intent is to run this every Friday (5:30 to 7:00pm) until Covid Lockdown is lifted.
Next week our Guest Speaker is Steve Paterson – Nature Photographer.
Stay Safe & Well
JOHN CARUANA – PROFILE
Born 1949 in Malta
Eldest of 11 children – have 4 brothers & 6 sisters
My parents migrated to Australia as under the 10 pounds scheme (Malta was British colony at the time) bringing the older 7 children in 1965.
After arriving in Australia I immediately started work as a clerk for an insurance company then followed with work at Finance company.
After 5 years in Insurance and finance I was offered a job in a Chrysler dealership as a settlements clerk. This role was a new concept in the motor industry that originated in America.
I worked in the motor industry for the next 40 years graduating from a Business Manager, to a Dealership Finance Consultant, and Director of my own Finance Brokerage, Business Manager Trainer and locum.
I retired from full time work in 2013.
I have 2 daughters and one grandson from a previous marriage (their mother passed away 20 years ago.
Was in another relationship in Melbourne but had been single for about 5 years.
In 2019 I met Mary my fiancé at a family reunion. My mother and her mother where childhood friends and both families had kept in touch over the years. My sister invited Mary to Melbourne for the reunion and we sort of got together. I moved to live in Sydney in October 2020.
I joined the Rotary Club of Boroondara Sunrise (D9800) in 1990 and served the club in roles of director, Club Secretary (1992-1994) and President (1994-1995)
2002 I transferred to the Rotary Club of Heidelberg (D9800)
In 2004 my work took me to Gippsland and I joined the Rotary Club of Traralgon (D9820).
I served the club in various director roles, Secretary 2012 – 2014 and again 2018 -2019. President 2007 -2008.
The Club awarded me PHF +3 in 2011, 2017, 2018 & 2020.
District 9820 Roles
Assistant Governor 2014 -2015
District Chair for Youth Program Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) 2010 -2020.
In February 2021 I was invested as a Chevalier of the Order of St John Of Jerusalem Knights Hospitaliers.
In my retirement I enjoy woodwork, caravanning (not much lately) and photography (Not good at all)
ALEX JUGUETA - Biography
He migrated to Australia from the Philippines with his young family at a time when Australia was gripped by the recession in 1991. Although he held an esteemed position as a Civil Engineer in Manila, he and his wife elected to migrate to Australia because he wanted to provide a better future for his 3 children. He and his wife began their life here in Australia with very little assistance raising their 3 children due to a lack of a family support network, therefore forcing, encouraging and motivating them to succeed on their own.
Arriving in Australia during the recession, finding a job for Alex in the construction industry was very difficult, to say the least. Because of this, he then decided to study part-time, enrolling in a 5-year Structural Engineering degree at UTS. Raising 3 young children, studying, and doing a part-time job was tireless work for both him and his wife.
Persistence, determination and hard work paid off when he finished his Australian Engineering degree at UTS in 1997. This allowed him to gain employment in the construction industry; a field in which he is extremely passionate about.
With hard work and perseverance, he and his wife have raised their children responsibly and provided them with the best possible education they could provide. As his children have now reached adulthood, they are now contributing in their own ways to our society and community.
After years of consistent hard work in his professional field of engineering, he then developed a passion for ‘Spartan Races’, ‘Tough Mudders’, ‘Enduro Races’, and other endurance events in which he competed in for nearly 10 years. He has then switched his passion to boxing, Muay Thai and high-intensity training in the UFC gym. His next venture is to do cycling with the intent to join cycling events in the near future.
He joined the Rotary Club not because someone had recruited him to join. He believes it's time to return the favour to the community and with the Rotary, he can be of help in any way he can through being a member of the Rotary club.
What do you call a lady who burned her loan documents? BERNADETTE!!
Paddy was on his death bed and knew the end was near.
His nurse, his wife, his daughter and 2 sons are with him at his home in Belfast .
He asks for 2 independent witnesses to be present and a camcorder be in place to record his last wishes.
When all is ready he begins to speak:
"My son Seamus, I want you to take the houses in Cultra."
"My daughter Geraldine , you take the apartments over in Malone Road."
"My son Patrick Junior, I want you to take the offices in the City centre."
"Bridget, my dear wife, please take all the residential properties on the Upper Lisburn Road ."
The nurse and witnesses are blown away. They did not realize the extent of Paddy's wealth. As he slips away, the nurse says to his wife, "Mrs. O'Shaughnessy, my deepest condolences. Your husband must have been such a hard-working and wonderful man to have accumulated all this property"..
"Property?”, his wife replies. “The idiot had a window cleaning round."
Rotaract - Pennant Hills and Cherrybrook Club
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Monday 6:30pm for 7:00pm - Springfield House - 245 New Line Road, Dural 2158
and Zoom Monday 7:15 for 7:30pm - on alternate weeks
- see Club Program for details.
For Springfield meetings, If you are unable to attend or are bringing a guest (even if they are your partner) you must notify Ros. Email: email@example.com before 1pm on the Thursday before the meeting.
If you are expected and do not show you will be required to pay for the meal.
2019 Trivia Night
The Club held a very successful trivia night on Saturday 17 August 2019 at the Cherrybrook Community Centre, raising near $6,600 all of which will go to assist drought relief. Click this link to read more.
The Garage Sale 2019
We have just had our best and most successful Garage Sale on the weekend of 12 & 13 October raising a 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.
If you would like to come along as a guest to see what it is all about just call either:-
Carol Russell (0418 431 157) or President Keith (0478 599 155)
Rotary Club of West Pennant Hills and Cherrybrook meets every other Monday for Dinner at Springfield House (Suspended until further notice due to Covid)
Arrive 6:30pm Start 7:00pm End 9:00pm
245 New Line Rd
Dural NSW 2128 Australia
Welcome to call Carol or Keith to get log on details and join us on Zoom instead