Last weekend I attended the PETS training weekend for president elects at Campbelltown. I found this to be very enlightening and it made it me aware of a number of things being undertaken by Rotary throughout the world.
There were lengthy discussion about the need to make the Rotary "brand" more recognisable both worldwide and locally, together with the need to attract new and younger members.
The discussions focused on the need for Rotary today to be seen not only as the "BBQ people at Bunnings on Saturdays" but also as the people who are capable of undertaking large projects both locally, as with Bowel Scan, and worldwide with the likes of Polio Plus and Shelter Boxes. It is important that people are aware of what Rotary does both in our backyard and on the world stage.
There was a lengthy discussion of how Rotary can spread the word of our great deeds, as most NGO's (non government organisations) now spend a great deal of money employing advertising consultants to keep their name at the forefront of the public's mind. Rotary International has come to the opinion that it will have to go down this path if the organisation is to stay at the forefront of people's awareness and have recently appointed consultants to undertake this task.
There was a discussion of the need for Rotary to use social networking sites to attract the attention of the Gen X and Y, making them aware of what we do, how we do it, together with what we stand for and thus become attractive to this age group. Rotary has been made aware through research conducted by their consultants that Gen X & Y are very willing to give money to help children in overseas countries, save animals and to protect the environment. These are the cornerstones of a vast number of our activities. Rotary is generally a group of people born before 1960 but for it to continue to prosper and grow it needs to attract those born since then. This may require some of the current membership of Rotary becoming technologically savvy. They should be prepared to take advantage of the various new forms of advertising and promotion such as the social networks like facebook , linkedin and twitter to connect with this group and not just rely on the few column inches in the press to fly our banner. We must move forward with the times if we are to gain new, younger members.
I take this opportunity to thank Lawrie for again looking after the distribution and collection of the Bowel Scan test to and from the local chemists. I recommend that all of you who are over the age of 40 take advantage of this very cheap form of investigation to diagnose rectal cancer which is the largest killer of people in Australia. The symptoms are often overlooked until too late.
The District Conference in Wollongong is to take place on the weekend after next and there is still time for you to make arrangements to attend - just hop on the net to register.
The golf day is on Friday 30th March and we would like to have more players and stayers, more diners and more product for the chocolate wheel. So keep up the good work Gail and her committee and other members of the club who are working hard to ensure that our major fundraiser for the year, will be a great success.
Yours in Rotary,
President Bill Scott
What's Coming Up
Monday 12th March
Talk on Bo Childrens Hospital in Sierre Leone
Friday16th to Sunday 18th March
Monday 19th March
NO MEETING due to conference
Monday 26th March
Friday 30th March
Rotary Club of Hornsby Charity Golf Day
Monday 2nd April
NO MEETING due to golf day
Monday 9nd April
NO MEETING Easter Public Holiday
Monday 16th April
Talk by Mark Wallace - RDU - Magazine month
Saturday 21st April
Next years Board - District Assembly
Monday 23rd April
Talk by Cheryl Cullen on Primary Immune Deficiency
Monday 30th April
Talk on Freedom Project, an International Christian Aid Organisation working to eradicate the obscene injustice of slavery and human trafficking.
Monday 7th May
Pride of Workmanship Awards
Monday 14th May
Monday 21st May
Monday 28th May
Monday 4th June
Monday 11th June
NO MEETING Queens Birthday
KITS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE FOLLOWING LOCAL CHEMIST ALL MARCH.
*Balmoral Street Pharmacy, 98 Balmoral Street
*Curry Chemist, 10 Edgeworth David Avenue
*Edgeworth Day & Night Pharmacy, Edgeworth David Ave, Inside Medical Ctre
*Florence Pharmacy, The Madison, 25-29 Hunter Street
*Harrisons Health & Beauty Pharmacy Hornsby, Level 1, Shop 1043 Westfield
*My Chemist Hornsby, Level 3, Shop 3107 Westfield
*OZE Pharmacy Hornsby, 21 Florence Street
*Pharmacy 4 Less Hornsby, 171 Pacific Highway
*Pharmacy Depot Hornsby, Level 1, Shop 1001-1003 Westfield
*The Cancer Council NSW Hornsby, Level 3, Shop 3010 Westfield
*Hornsby Heights Pharmacy, 110 Galston Road
The best thing you can do for yourself
Monday 18th June
Monday 25th June
Friday 29th June
District Change Over - Hornsby RSL
Monday 2nd July
Saturday 7th July 2012
RCoH CHANGEOVER DINNER
Monday 9th July
NO MEETING DUR due to changeover
Monday 16th, 23rd, 30th July
Monday 6th, 13th August
Monday 20th August
DG Visit Regional Combined - at Hornsby RSL
4th - Carol Smith
9th - Lynne Sell
19th - Gloria Lowe
21st - Phil Williams
27th - Greg Timewell
SET-UP & FELLOWSHIP
Last Week's Speaker - our own Paul Rashbrook
Monday’s “guest” speaker was our own member, Paul Rashbrook. Assisted by his wife, Monique, Paul gave us an outline of his background, present occupation and his interests. Paul, born in 1978, has three sisters, and two nieces, a “stunning beautiful wife” (his own words) and a pet dog named Charlie.
Paul said that his passion in life is gardening. He is a qualified Horticulturalist, having trained at Ryde TAFE and at the Sydney Botanical Gardens. He now runs his own lawn mowing business and has worked as a gardener at Barker College for ten years. (Incidentally, Barker has 6 gardeners, 5 groundsmen/greenkeepers and a maintenance staff of 10).
Paul was a “strong” (Evan’s word) member of Rotaract for nine years and it was through Rotaract that he met Monique.
Paul displayed a number of completed model kits to demonstrate his “other passion”, building models with Monique. He also goes to the gym to keep fit and healthy and walks the dog as well as going out with friends. He listens to jazz, R'n B', rap and pop and sometimes he play video games on his Xbox and PS3.
Is Paul a “new age” Rotarian??? IFV
WAHROONGA'S MONSTER INTERNATIONAL QUIZ NIGHT!
MARK APRIL 14 IN YOUR DIARY
The Monster Quiz is on Saturday, April 14, 7 for 7.15pm, at the Warrawee Bowling Club.
Tables will have a maximum of eight people, at $20 a head. Bring your own nibbles, but drinks will be at bar prices – the bowling club is being generous, so it’s not a BYO evening.
Beneficiaries of the evening will be:
- Didi’s Lotus Center/re in Ulaanbaatar – Rob & Joan Giacometti
- the Nepalese schools, - Richard Jackson
- the Orphanage in Sri Lanka – Richard Pitt
The funds raised will be distributed between these great projects based on the number of tables under each of the country flags so contact the people organising the tables and bring as many other friends as possible
A great selection of prizes will be available so come and enjoy the night
RI President's March Message
|In the first message I wrote for this magazine, last July, I quoted Mohandas K. Gandhi, who said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” And in the months since, I have had incredible opportunities to travel the Rotary world and see how Rotarians everywhere are bringing those words to life.
Creating positive change means, at its simplest, using our knowledge and resources to solve a problem. But when we are talking about solving humanitarian problems in a real and lasting way, knowledge and ideas and resources are not enough to ensure results. We have to remember something else that is no less important: sustainability.
A sustainable solution is one that will continue to work even after the Rotarians who proposed and facilitated it are gone. This means that even though the project might have come from Rotary originally, the community will take ownership of it. That, of course, means that when a part breaks on a water pump, there will be a process in place to repair it and to keep that pump functional – carried out by the community, and without further recourse to Rotary.
The first step toward sustainability is understanding the need – for example, the cooking fuel problem common in much of the developing world. In many regions, solar ovens are a wonderful solution: They are inexpensive; they rely on a source of energy that is free, nonpolluting, and inexhaustible; and they are simple to use and maintain.
But before we step into a community and attempt to solve its fuel problem with solar ovens, we have to fully understand its situation – and look beyond the problem we see. Perhaps the local foods need to be cooked at a temperature higher than the solar oven can provide. Perhaps the area is windy, and the solar ovens would blow away. Perhaps it’s traditional in that area to begin cooking before dawn, which, of course, you cannot do with a solar oven. These are issues you simply might not have thought of, but that could soon lead to the solar ovens being used to patch roofs or keep animal feed dry instead of for cooking.
If we are trying to bring about change, it’s not enough to say, “My way is the better way.” We have to be listening and watching, not just talking. We can only help others if we reach out with an open mind – and with the knowledge, the commitment, and the perseverance to deliver on what we promise.
President, Rotary International
The 4-Way Test
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?"
The Object Of Rotary
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
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PROUDLY SERVING THE HORNSBY COMMUNITY SINCE 1949.
Who We Are in 2011—2012