20200114 14th January2020Our club belongs to Rotary District 9650 We are a Rotary Club made up of Rotarians from all over Australia. We meet on-line to coordinate service projects and enjoy fellowship with like-minded Rotarians as well as meeting face to face. Our meetings are held using ZOOM.
We meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month and face to face as required..
The next meeting will be in February 2020 and will be our normal meeting on ZOOM 7pm.
President’s report on Christmas Party at Ebor Our visit to Ebor commenced on Thursday 5th December with Warren and Sue, Barry and Bronwyn, John Boag and John and Dorothy being the early arrivals. We were pleasantly surprised with the improvements at the Ebor Hotel and the welcome that was extended to us from the management. We noticed that there was a welcome note to the E-Club members attached to the front and rear door at the Hotel. That set the scene for our visit, the little village laid out the welcome mat for us. We checked out the village and observed how close the fires had come. It would have been very frightening for them as the fire was virtually licking their back fences. In the afternoon we checked our the well known coffee shop “Fusspots”, John Boag was eager to sample the scones, cream and jam, and he did!!! I must not forget to mention the happy hours that we enjoyed every evening.
On Friday we welcomed Peter and Dawn. There was plenty of frivolity and fellowship until 11.00 AM when we were invited to have morning tea with the staff and children at the school. That time with the little kids especially was precious. A sumptuous supply of eats was on hand and very enjoyable. The kids soon polished off the left overs. I had the extreme pleasure of presenting 17 children with an envelope containing a Christmas Greeting and a ten dollar note. They were so excited when their eyes met with the note, I don’t think many read the greeting!!!! One of the mothers we met the following day told of the excitement of her 3 children when the arrived home with the dollars. She said they had never arrived home so early from school.
John and Annette, Ken and Di with Fabian in tow arrived Saturday morning. The Ebor Falls area was cordoned off and closed. That did not deter us as one of the locals gave us directions through their property to the falls. There is only one word to describe the park area at the falls, devastation. The area is severely burnt with the viewing platform destroyed. The surrounding area was savaged by the fires and we doubted that it would ever recover. You can only guess as to the carnage of the wildlife in the area, for as far as you could see everything in the park was burnt. The fire fighters were able to save the picnic tables and the toilet areas. Hopefully the park authorities will restore the viewing platform quickly as it is so important to the tourism of the area. We did see in the late afternoon near our camp area the largest kangaroo any of us have ever seen. He was very quiet but we did not venture too close.
Then there was the real reason why we visited Ebor, Our Christmas Party. We were treated like royalty by the management, had the dining room to ourselves. We added a few Christmas novelties to set the mood. We had a wonderful night, good food, good fellowship, fun and of course plenty of cheer.
Sunday morning we went back to the school for a work session that had been planned earlier. The first task was to relocate and assemble the school sign The sign was in good condition but the wooden posts were starting to rot. A steel frame was erected at the direction of the principal Lee, then the school sign was attached. Looked a great improvement. Then there was the mandatory morning tea break with the locals that were working with us. Back to work, planting ornamental pears for shade at the front of the school. The ladies of our group did a great job weeding the gardens, tidying the garden areas and planting additional shrubs. A great morning was had together working along with the local parents. There is more work that needs to be done at the school and we may contemplate another visit to this needy community.
There was no drinking water at the school for the kids. Ken was able to arrange for two pallets of bottled water to be delivered to the school. It arrived soon after we departed and should be sufficient to take them through to the end of 2020. That is the power of Rotary and who you know. There was no cost to us or the school.
Tasks completed. Some of our group departed for home after lunch, the remainder left Ebor Monday morning. Warren and Sue travelled home to Tenterfield. John, Dorothy and John Boag travelled to Tenterfield to stay at Warren and Sue’s place. Dorothy and John camped in their caravan. However, John was given the guest suite named “Cowboys Donga”. He was very comfortable and Warren (Cowboy) and Sue provided us with a cooked breakfast on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Whilst at Warren and Sue’s we were taken on a tour of the fire damage. You have to see it to believe the devastation. We inspected a historical garden that was saved from damage. Tuesday evening we were treated to a dinner arranged by Warren and Sue at the Homestead Volunteer Fire Brigade Shed. We had a great time with the firies and I presented them with Certificates of appreciation and a cash donation. Much appreciated.
My thanks to Ken and Di and Warren and Sue for planning the Christmas party weekend and Tenterfield visit. Thanks to all who attended, an enjoyable gratifying period.
Mark Daniel Maloney
President, Rotary International 2019-20 writes:
I am excited to share some good news: Rotary International and Toastmasters International are working together to provide our members with even more opportunities for personal and professional growth.
Toastmasters International is a global nonprofit organization with more than 16,800 clubs in 143 countries. Its members attend club meetings where they give speeches, evaluate the speeches of others, and perform other club duties, with the goal of ultimately becoming more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders. Our organizations are complementary in many ways, but we are each unique in what we offer our members.
I hope you will join us in supporting this alliance in your community. You can start by learning more about Toastmasters, exploring its resources and public speaking tips, or visiting a local Toastmasters club. Although the structure of club meetings is consistent, Toastmaster clubs are similar to Rotary clubs in that they each have their own personality. If you do not have a club in your area, you can watch a video to learn what happens at a Toastmasters meeting.
You can also invite members of Toastmasters to visit your club and learn more about Rotary. If you have a Toastmasters club in your area, consider meeting with its members to explore opportunities to collaborate or inviting a member of Toastmasters to participate in a service activity or speak at your club.
Toastmasters will create a leadership development program for Rotarians and Rotaractors. A structured, robust leadership and communication curriculum can help members develop practical skills that will serve them not only in Rotary leadership roles, but in their professional and personal lives as well. Effective leadership skills can strengthen our clubs and increase our impact. We will provide updates about this program when we have more details.
Many of us joined Rotary to make a difference and connect with others in our communities. By working with Toastmasters, our members can discover new ways to network and learn from others, while finding even more value in their Rotary membership experience.
Learn more by reviewing these frequently asked questions. You can also send your questions and your stories about local collaboration efforts to email@example.com.
Rotary members celebrate World Polio Day
In honor of World Polio Day, Rotary members around the world rallied their clubs and communities to support the fight to end polio forever. More than 4,000 clubs in 136 countries organized more than 5,900 events to raise awareness and funds for polio eradication. Club events included art celebrations, athletic challenges, dance festivals, and educational initiatives.
An independent commission of experts announced on World Polio Day, 24 October, that wild poliovirus type 3 has been eradicated worldwide. It is the second strain of poliovirus to be wiped out, after wild poliovirus type 2 was certified as eradicated in 2015. Type 3 was last detected in northern Nigeria in 2012. Since then, the strength and reach of the polio eradication program’s global surveillance system has been critical in verifying that the strain is truly gone. Investing in staffing, innovative tools, and a global network of laboratories helped us determine that type 3 is no longer a threat.
Global leaders convened at the Reaching the Last Mile Forum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on 19 November to affirm their commitment to eradicating polio. Pledges from governments, philanthropic organizations, and the private sector totaled $2.6 billion as part of the first phase of the funding needed to implement the Polio Endgame Strategy 2019-2023 of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). In addition to overcoming barriers to reaching every child, this funding will ensure that the resources and infrastructure built by Rotary and its partners can support other health services now and in the future.
In the news
In recognition of World Polio Day, the Daily Nigerian highlighted Rotary members’ dedication to keeping Nigeria free of the wild poliovirus. In the Philippines, where Rotary International began its commitment to protecting children from polio, CNN Philippines featured interviews with Rotary members and coverage of their World Polio Day events.
Carol Pandak, director of Rotary’s PolioPlus program, spoke with Reuters about the eradication of wild poliovirus type 3. She also spoke with The Wall Street Journal about Rotary’s commitment to polio eradication, noting our efforts in Pakistan to provide clean water and address other health needs in order to improve vaccination rates.
For the eighth year, Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko and a team of staff members joined Rotary members from District 5500 and around the world in cycling up to 100 miles in El Tour de Tucson to raise funds for polio eradication. Natasha Wrae, the Rotary member who led the effort for District 5500, details her Rotary community’s enthusiasm for the annual event in an interview with the Arizona Daily Star.
How your year-end gift to the Foundation does a world of good!
There’s still time to make your year-end gift to The Rotary Foundation. Here are a few ways that your support is helping to change lives all over the world:
Educating children: Rotary members in Maine, USA, and Rajasthan, India, are using a global grant to educate hundreds of children in the city of Bikaner who previously were not attending school, and to provide professional development for their teachers., which also provided desks for the students through an earlier grant.
Fighting disease: Rotary members in California, USA, and Sinkor, Monrovia, Liberia, are using Foundation grant money to train health care workers in techniques to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV and to improve their ability to diagnose and treat infected women. The success of the project is measured in lives saved. Read more about the vocational training team’s efforts.
Growing local economies: In the Esmeraldas Province of Ecuador, Rotary members have teamed up with a microfinance organization to provide small loans to poor women, teaching them to sew and bake so they can start or expand businesses. Global grant funds provide seed money for microloans and buy sewing and baking equipment for a training centre where the women learn vocational skills and basic business management. Learn more about the project.
Ending polio: In 2015, wild poliovirus transmission declined to its lowest level ever, with fewer cases reported from fewer areas in fewer countries than ever before. As of 15 December, only 66 cases of the disease caused by the wild poliovirus had been reported in the two remaining endemic countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Gifts from Rotary members have funded the immunization activities that are helping us reach our goal of a polio-free world. And every dollar that Rotary commits to polio eradication is matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, tripling your impact.
Giving & Grants
Before the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Russian was the predominant second language offered in Polish schools, leaving tens of thousands of Polish emigrants without the English skills they needed.
That has changed over the last 25 years. English proficiency drastically improved after the government reformed its education system in 1991. The country overhauled its teaching curriculum and materials and introduced English as the primary foreign language. As of 2013, Poland ranks 8th in the world in English proficiency.
However, one segment of the population isn’t reaping the benefits of the improved curriculum. Thousands of students in poor rural villages attend schools that don’t have the adequate resources or well trained personnel to properly teach English, putting them at a disadvantage in today’s global economy and labor market, says Anna Wieczorek, a Rotary Club of Warszawa City member and author of Poland’s English curriculum for grades 1-3.
“The budgets of state schools in rural areas are limited compared to those in the cities and private schools,” Wieczorek says. “Teachers in these schools are often underpaid and undertrained. Consequently, the level of teaching English is far from meeting the appropriate standards.”
Added to that, she says, their students face social exclusion. “They lack the self-confidence and communication skills that students in the city, who have access to modern technology, might have,” she says. “The inability to learn English — let alone acquire an appropriate education — early on in their lives makes it difficult for them to evolve and develop further in life.”
Many of the students come from homes where unemployment and alcoholism are common, according to a report by the CASE Foundation, prepared for the Warsaw Delegation of the European Commission. Many turn their attention to the streets and crime instead of education, the report says.
Rotary gives rural communities support
The Warszawa City members the Rotary Club of Berlin-Luftbrücke, Germany, and the Rotary Club of Milano Nord, Italy, are trying to change this trend. A $45,000 Rotary global grant project is supporting English and other foreign language education for more than 1,200 underprivileged students in 10 rural communities. The clubs collaborated with Good Start, a program that provides equipment, software, and an interactive e-learning platform for afterschool education centers, as well as training for tutors.
Eleven centers are now equipped with computers, interactive white boards, projectors, multimedia, and printed learning materials. The three clubs, along with the Rotary Club of Edmonton Downtown, Alberta, Canada, have furnished 12 other afterschool centers over the last three years in conjunction with previous Rotary Foundation grants, bringing the total to 23. Each dayroom is supervised by a local Rotary member.
Before the project, the centers would generally be empty after school. They only provided desks and chairs. With the new technology, interactive classes, and motivated instructors, the students now have an “attractive way to learn,” Wieczorek says.
Wieczorek, who also authors children’s books, writes the e-learning software and curriculum. “We are not only teaching English, but we’re improving their reading, writing, and computer skills,” she says. “They have a safe place to spend their free time after school. This makes a big difference in their daily lives and will help them define their future.”
According to a 2013 global language study from Education First, countries with higher levels of English proficiency also have stronger economies and their citizens have higher per capita income levels and quality of life. More and more multinational companies are mandating English as their common corporate language.
The study also suggests that because English is the predominant language in business, higher education, and politics, English proficiency is important to succeeding in a globalized society. And low proficiency in English may be connected with weak integration into the global economy.
Gerhart Ernst, a Berlin-Luftbrücke Rotary member, says since his club was chartered in 1979, members have focused their efforts on supporting young people from disadvantaged homes. Their partnership with the Polish club is something they are especially proud of.
Ernst says his club wants to mimic this project in areas in Germany with a large number of refugees from Syria and Lebanon.
In March, members of the Warszawa City club visited one of the centers while an English class was in session. “It brought tears to my eyes to see these children so happy and engaged,” says Wieczorek. “These kids have dreams about getting away from the poverty and affliction. We’re doing all we can to make these dreams come true.”
World Polio Day
How close are we to a polio-free world? What’s needed to finish the job? Can we make history together?
Watch our third annual World Polio Day webcast for a global status update on the fight to end polio and take part in the conversation.
Time magazine Senior Editor Jeffrey Kluger is our moderator, and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake is a keynote speaker. The webcast features appearances by Emmy Award-winner Archie Panjabi, Grammy Award-winner Angelique Kidjo, actress Kristen Bell, WWE Superstar John Cena, The Doctors co-host Dr. Jennifer Berman, CDC Polio Eradication Branch Chief John Vertefeuille, and other special guests.
Help us make history today. Share your voice online, advocate with your government, or create your own World Polio Day event. Download the resources below to get started.
No child anywhere should suffer from this completely preventable disease. As little as 60 cents worth of vaccine can protect against polio. We need your voice to end polio now. Download the resources below to join us and make an impact on World Polio Day.
Rotary and ShelterBox support Syrian refugees
In Syria, where a civil war has been raging since 2011, more than 6,000 people flee the country every day. As of September, more than 4.1 million people have become refugees, and 7.6 million more have been internally displaced.
“The plight of Syria’s refugees is a litmus test for the world’s compassion,” says Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko. “Rotary members worldwide are profoundly disheartened by the refugee crisis now unfolding in Syria and other parts of the world,” which the United Nations has described as the worst in decades.
“Rotary is following the situation closely,” Hewko says. “We know our members have an inherent desire to act, to relieve the suffering and uncertainty that displaced individuals and families are facing. We call on you to respond as Rotarians have for more than 100 years: to use your professional skills and acumen, leverage your connections to other leaders, and mobilize your local communities to provide the necessary resources and funding to address the humanitarian crisis.”
Rotary members can donate to the disaster relief efforts of our project partner ShelterBox. The organization has supported the Syrian relief effort for nearly four years and is working with other agencies to continue distributing relief materials. ShelterBox is also working with communities in Greece to provide aid and supplies to displaced people passing through the region.
Rachel Harvey, a member of a ShelterBox response team that recently returned from Greece, says Syrian refugees are making dangerous crossings to the shores of Greece.
As many as 2,000 people arrive daily on Lesbos’ northern beaches, says Harvey, referring to a Greek island in the Aegean Sea off the Turkish coast. The trip from Turkey to Greece usually takes about an hour and a half. “The flimsy rubber dinghies are invariably overcrowded, and the majority of passengers can’t swim,” she says.
Harvey adds: “The experience is terrifying. Another trauma added to the layers that many of the displaced have accumulated through war in Syria or South Sudan, insecurity in Afghanistan or Pakistan. One man told me: ‘It was a nightmare. I don’t know how we got through that trip,’ ” she says.
Says Hewko: “We appreciate our clubs and members for their support, helping the millions of displaced people find shelter and rebuild their lives and communities. Every refugee is in our hearts and minds.”
Nigeria declared polio-free, removed from endemic list
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on 25 September that Nigeria is now polio-free and has been officially removed from the list of countries where polio is endemic. It’s been 14 months since any cases of polio caused by the wild virus have been detected there.
With Nigeria’s historic achievement, polio remains endemic in only two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. That means transmission of the virus has never been stopped there.
Nigeria was the last country in Africa where polio was endemic. The continent celebrated its own first full year without the disease on 11 August. Once three years have passed without a case in WHO’s entire African region, officials will certify polio eradicated there.
“Rotary congratulates Nigeria on its tremendous accomplishment in stopping polio,” says RI President K.R. Ravindran. “On behalf of the entire Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), we thank volunteers, health workers, and parents in communities across Nigeria for their tireless commitment to ensuring every last child is protected against this devastating disease. In the months ahead, their dedication will remain as important as ever, as we work to keep Nigeria polio-free and to eliminate polio from its final strongholds in Pakistan and Afghanistan.”
Nigeria’s success is the result of several sustained efforts, including domestic and international financing, the commitment of thousands of health workers, and new strategies that reached children who had not previously been immunized because of a lack of security in the country’s northern states.
Type 2 poliovirus gone for good
In other encouraging news, an independent global health commission officially verified on 21 September that wild poliovirus type 2, one of three strains of the wild virus, has been eradicated worldwide. Although the last type 2 case was detected back in 1999, the confirmation is an important milestone, as Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative prepare to switch from a form of the vaccine that targets all polio types to one that does not protect against type 2.
The announcement by the Global Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication confirms that only two strains of the wild poliovirus remain. Of those, type 3 wild poliovirus hasn’t been detected in almost three years, and wild poliovirus type 1 is endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Funding increase needed to reach final goal
On 25 September, the GPEI’s Polio Oversight Board met to determine the next steps needed to eradicate polio. The group concluded that $1.5 billion in new funding is needed to help Rotary and its partners end polio in the next few years. With Nigeria now polio-free, spending will focus on the most vulnerable children in Afghanistan and Pakistan, while continuing to shield millions of children already living in polio-free countries.
“With a fully funded program and global commitment to ending this disease, we have the opportunity to interrupt transmission of the wild poliovirus in Pakistan and Afghanistan in 2016, opening the door for certification of a global eradication in 2019,” says Michael K. McGovern, chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee. “With [Rotary members’] continued support, we will soon see our dream of a polio-free world realized.”
What a wonderful September! This month we had a special opportunity to stretch your generosity even further through support of some local schools in need. Read below about the St Jude’s book donations improving education beyond our school gates.
Within the gates, our own students continue to excel, with two secondary students winning a national science competition and another impressing at a continent-wide leadership workshop.
It has been a month of community and student development, I hope you enjoy reading about it!
We have a powerful story to tell, and it’s up to all of us to protect, promote, and deliver our message in all of our interactions. By speaking, writing, and designing in a unified voice and look, we ensure that our communications are unmistakably Rotary.Applying a consistent and clear Rotary style in all of our communications is vital to strengthening our image and enhancing our reputation as a world-class organization.
Be a Gift to the World through the Avenues of ServiceRI President K.R. Ravindran challenges us to use our gifts — talents, knowledge, abilities, and efforts — to make an impact through our service, the backbone of club activity. Through our network, we have access to many resources that enable us to plan and carry out effective, sustainable projects. Here are a few examples of service activities with ongoing impact:
The Rotary Club of Udaipur Udai, Rajasthan, India, partnered with a cooperating organization to provide computer literacy classes for older residents. Members of the Rotaract Club of Aishwarya volunteered as teachers for the training, which covered topics including scheduling appointments, making reservations, and paying bills online. The Rotary club members provide continuing consultation for participants after they complete the classes.
The Rotary Club of Santurce, Puerto Rico, collaborated on a Rotary Friendship Exchange with the Rotary Club of Port of Spain West, Trinidad and Tobago, to build fellowship and friendship and to explore international service opportunities. The group from Puerto Rico visited several projects in Trinidad, engaged in fellowship, and met members of the Interact club and the Rotary Community Corps sponsored by the Port of Spain West Rotary club. The Puerto Rican Rotary members will host their new friends from Trinidad and Tobago later this year.
The Rotary Club of Irvine, California, USA, teamed up with Irvine Valley College to host an interview workshop and mock interviews for local college students. The students were interviewed by a panel of three Rotarians and then received feedback to improve their interviewing skills.
Through a global grant, the Rotary Club of Santa Maria, Bulacan, Philippines, works with the Rotary Community Corps of Pulong Buhangin 2 and other partners to provide safe water and sanitation for a community in Santa Maria Bulacan.
Presidential conference series
Five events to highlight Rotary’s areas of focusRI President K.R. Ravindran and Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Ray Klinginsmith plan to host a series of five presidential conferences in 2015-16 highlighting Rotary’s work in the areas of focus. All the conferences will be led by local Rotary districts and are open to nonmembers as well as Rotary members. The conferences will feature engaging speakers, informative general sessions, and hands-on workshops. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with fellow leaders and take away new ideas and strategies. Learn about each program and register at the conference websites.
Put your service skills to work with Rotary groups
Rotarian Action Groups and Rotary Fellowships offer range of opportunitiesEach of our 22 Rotarian Action Groups has a unique area of expertise related to one of Rotary’s six areas of focus, ready to assist clubs and districts with related service projects. Join one and share your expertise and passion with others.Rotary also has more than 60 Rotary Fellowships, which enable our members to pursue their interests and connect with new friends in Rotary all over the world. While most Rotarians join fellowships related to hobbies, the service opportunities these groups offer keep their members especially active and engaged in Rotary.Rotarian Action Groups and Rotary Fellowships are organized by the Rotary family for the Rotary family. Rotarians, Rotaractors, their spouses, and Rotary program participants and alumni are invited to join.