Next Meeting - 20 September 2016
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Daniel Hammond – for the last time as a visitor – and his mother.
New member induction by President
Immediately after opening the meeting, President Richard had the pleasure of inducting Daniel Hammond
(who was nominated by Ted Waters) as our club’s newest member.
- Although perhaps not the only reason for the large attendance, Jackie thanked everyone for the club’s wedding gift and circulated both champagne and muffins, both of which were gratefully consumed.
- Ted Waters entered a plea for all members to become Centurians, not only because 100% of members was required in relation to gaining a club citation, but also to bring to an end Terry’s need to bring the matter to the club’s attention, yet again.
- John Shanahan advised that all the required applications to various parties in relation to the 2017 Fun Run have been submitted.
- Maggie asked that anyone with club photos from the past club activities be submitted to her so that a selection of photos can be screened at the dinner on 14 December.
- Maggie’s call for someone who can mail merge was met by Lynne Shori, who has just learned to do so.
Speaker - Andrea Goddard, Stars Foundation
Lynne Shori introduced our speaker, Andrea Goddard, Executive Director of Stars Foundation.
We learned from Andrea that she had worked for eight years from 2005 for the Clontarf Foundation. That was in Clontarf’s early days, when it had 200 aboriginal boys, rather than the 3,000 it has today.
Because she knew that it was essential to “even out the playing field”, and there had to be a balanced investment in both aboriginal boys and girls, Andrea has started up the Stars Foundation, which mirrors Clontarf Foundation by providing guidance and mentoring for aboriginal girls.
Currently the Stars Foundation works only in the Northern Territory where they have 21 staff, though discussions are afoot about both Victoria and Queensland locations, and there is a desire to operate in NSW as well.
Stars Foundation’s work so far is at eight schools in NT and involves 400 girls. The budget is $7,000 per student, in addition to gifted office and administration and great pro bono support.
Andrea stressed the importance of having both male and female mentors, and the great need to keep raising the percentage of aboriginal girls completing their schooling and being assisted to transition from school to work.
Rotary Club of Manly received a mention in a Lowy Institute article published on 12 September 2016, regarding its support of the Friends of Rambutso (FoR) sanitation project!
Congrats to Rotarians and Lynne Shori (Rotarian and founder of FoR) for their excellent work and well-deserved accolades and attention! For more information please read below, and clock on the link:
It’s estimated that 2.4 billion people lack access to toilets. Poor sanitation in turn leads to poor health, with links to increases in the prevalence of waterborne diseases, such as cholera. Despite significant international funding allotted to PNG for water, sanitation and hygiene combined - through the global WASH initiative - in percentage terms fewer people in PNG today have access to sanitation than 20 years ago.
Friends of Rambutso, with support from Manly Rotary and its District, is seeking to bring an increased quality of sanitation and hygiene to the communities they work with, specifically by training the local communities to build sustainable composting toilets. The project believes that a faster roll-out of sanitation is possible when local communities are engaged and trained to solve the problem themselves. Roughly half of PNG’s population is under 25, and the project aims to engage this largely underutilized workforce in combination with the knowledge of local elders, who will be trained in community hygiene and the technicalities of composting toilets.
Daniel Hammond and Liz Mackinlay.
President’s opening comments
- President Richard congratulated Maggie, John Shanahan & Ted Waters for the recent birth of their respected grandchildren over the weekend.
- He welcomed both Daniel Hammond as a return guest and Liz Mackinlay, making her first visit to the club: and reported that John Shanahan will meet with Wendy from Fragile X and present her with a donation from the club to her organisation of $2,500.
Terry Kennedy then spruiked Polio Plus AND the Polio Plus badges which, according to Terry, will be so valuable in years to come that our ancestors may be taking them to be valued on the Antiques Roadshow.
Ted Waters reported on the success of the Royal Far West’s Sportsman’s lunch held at the Steyne Hotel. The club hopes to have the poet who entertained mightily at the lunch to be the speaker at the club’s 100 years celebration dinner on 14 December.
Andrea Hogan sought applicants – likely to be in their early twenties - for RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards)
Robert Jones undertook to try to have our club meetings included in the Noticeboard section in the Manly Daily each Saturday.
George McLelland introduced the speaker, Liz Mackinlay, CEO of Australian Doctors International Inc.
Liz has had over 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector, both in Australia and in Australia. She has worked with Red Cross and World Vision, as well as smaller non - government organisations. She was based in Cambodia for three years.
Liz provided a very interesting and informative power point presentation on ADI’s delivery of health services in PNG, as well as responding to many questions raised by members.
Liz stressed that PNG being our closest neighbour and the importance of PNG to Australia and the health risks that it presents to our shores if medical treatment services are not improved in the country.
John Warren ran the sergeant’s session.
Having folded the raffle tickets etc. before the draw, Susie Morgan had the satisfaction of winning the raffle.
President’s opening comments
- Richard also asked Ron Delezio to introduce President Maria Moran of Cronulla Club, little Junitalia and her aunt Lita, who was accompanying Junitalia from East Timor, instead of Junitalia’s mother, who has TB.
Ron Delezio spoke about the good that is done by Rotary in the Pacific Region through Rotary Oceanic Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC), by selecting usually 45 children from the region each year who are in urgent need of medical treatment and bringing them to Australia to receive the treatment they require.
Two year old Junitalia had a hole in the heart and a torn aorta and for two years has survived on rice and water. Post the operations she spent 14 days in an Intensive Care Unit. Now, with successful operations behind her, she can eat normally. Only 10 days out of the ICU, the two year old clearly demonstrated during the meeting that her rice and water days are behind her.
Ron praised the Children’s Hospital at Randwick.
President Maria Moran also spoke about ROMAC’s work and about Juitalia’s journey in particular.
Although she is only a short time out of hospital she is already putting on weight and eating food for the first time.
Vivien Coulson conducted the sergeant’s sessionwith relish, full of energy after her overseas holiday.
George McLelland won the raffle.
Meeting closed at 8.00 am.
Rotary Foundation: Terry Kennedy
Our own Terry Kennedy spoke movingly about the achievement of Rotary Foundation. The Foundation transforms our gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, they tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into Rotary's global priorities, such as eradicating polio and promotion peace. Foundation grants power Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact. Terry shared a video summarising the good works of the Foundation.
Terry encouraged Members to consider becoming a Centurion ($100 tax deductible donation), that will go towards eradicating Polio worldwide. There are currently two countries still reporting cases of Polio: Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Terry offered an incentive to the first 14 Members to become Centurions: they will be presented with an End Polio Now badge to add to their collection of Rotary pins.
As Terry so aptly put it: "Polio anywhere in the world is a risk everywhere in the world."
Please consider becoming a Centurion today.
Guest Speaker: Fiona Phipps
Fiona Phipps from the Royal Far West spoke about the program Rugby Sense - a therapy program designed to assist Indigenous children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She spoke at length about programs aimed at children with ASD primarily benefiting Caucasian children. Rugby Sense combines the universal cross-cultural appeal of sport with an outlet for children with ASD and their families to address their needs. The Rugby Sense camp will operate during the next school holidays in September and will be available to children with ASD between the ages of 8 and 12 years and their siblings between the ages of 10-12 years.
Fiona also answered questions from Rotarians about the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Visitors: Tahina Booth, Robert Frost (who has only moved into the area in the last year), Warren McGurgan, Assistant District Governor and Belrose Rotary Club.
President’s opening comments
President Richard led the round of applause at see Veronica Hopley enjoying the meeting after her absence.
At this rate President Richard should enrol 52 new members this year – given that he has only been President for two weeks and has now enrolled two new members.
This week we were all happy to see Norm Thomson inducted by Richard and welcomed to the club.
- The date for the 2017 Fun Run was announced as being on Sunday 28 May 2017.
- Worthy of special note – still flush with funds after his UK holiday, John Warren flummoxed the meeting by paying his Centurian contribution for “next year.”
- Lynne Shori requested that all attending the Zone meeting on Saturday 30 July pay their $40 per head into the club bank account and also let her know so she can keep a tally of who are all attending.
- John Shanahan announced that the $6,000 grant for Lynne Shori’s pilot sanitation project has come in, that he had written to RABS (Rotary Australia Benevolent Society) about the project, and also that an international grant is been sought too for the pilot project.
- John also read out a long list of names of the beneficiaries of club largesse over the last 10 years, totalling $1,125,000.00
- Ted Waters advised that, according to Council, the repairs to the walkway round to Shelly Beach will be carried out in two months time, and that the hold up so far has been that the sewage line has to be dealt with also.
Visiting Rotarian’s comments
Warren McGurcan stressed the District Governor is keen to pay a visit to Manly Rotary. The club thanked Warren for delivering the district membership
Enza talked members through the Clubrunner system and we learned that:
President’s opening comments
President Richard opened his first solo club meeting by inducting Sue Morgan into Manly Rotary. When she spoke briefly Sue made touching remarks about the poverty she had seen in neighbouring countries and the contribution Rotary makes in helping Australia’s neighbouring countries.
- The Zone Dinner will be held on 30 July at Wakehurst Golf Club, commencing at 7.00 pm. RSVP by 18 July
- The club’s 80th birthday dinner, to be held on Wednesday 14 December 2016, has an organising committee already in place.
- Maggie is working on a 80 page booklet covering the years since the publication of the club’s 75th anniversary book.
- Richard also reminded club members that the club needs to start the formal process for organising the 2017 Fun Run.
- John Shanahan advised that he had prepared a summary of the recipients of donations from Manly Rotary/Many Sunrise combined and he will provide soft copies to club members.
SpeakerAs Richard’s PA at Kina Petroleum, Tahina Booth, will play an important part in the club business throughout 2016-17. So it was timely that she was the speaker at the club’s first meeting of the year.Born in Australia (two months premature!), she lived in Bougainville, the Solomon Islands and Lae in PNG, before setting in Australia when she was ten years old.Tahina made a lot of friends and admirers in the club as she gave a lively and very enjoyable account of her life journey to this point. Her account of “awful things” and the tension and perils for girls and women in every day life in PNG was very sobering. Plus her account of her athletic life was highly entertaining.After only a year in the sport, Tahina is in serious training to develop the natural talent she has in weightlifting. Her goal is to be on the Australian team for the next Commonwealth Games. We wish her well in her training, and promise to try not to be too much of a nuisance!
ROTARY CLUB OF MANLY CHANGEOVER NIGHT 21ST JUNE 2016
The Rotary Club of Manly held its Changeover Night at the Balgowlah RSL on Tuesday 21st June 2016. Among special guest were
Superintendant Dave Darcy and Dr Peter MacDonald.
Past Presidents Enza Prestipino and Maggie Shanahan were proud to handover the Presidency to President Richard Schroder and be relegated to feather duster status.
President Richard spoke about his upcoming year and the importance of the fun run and keeping our involvement in the community.
The evening was full of fun and fellowship and our members and guest enjoyed themselves immensely.
Past President Enza and Maggie cutting the Changeover cake. Thanking all club members for their wonderful contributions and making their year very special. Past Enza and Maggie were also awarded the Paul Harris Award.
This year the Manly Rotary Club again participated in the Rotary BowelCare project with local pharmacies. It was a project highlighted by the joint involvement of a number of members who each took a role in the Project. David Park picked up the kits from Model Farms PS, David Brown distributed them to the 10 participating pharmacies, Ken Hopley did the reconciliation collecting the monies and unused kits from the pharmacies, while John and Maggie Shanahan arranged for the unused kits to be returned to the organising Rotary Club on the Central Coast and transfer of funds. Anna Horowitz was the trusty backup. The Manly Rotary section of the BowelCare Project totalled $5055 collected for the purchase of 337 BowelCare kits from our participating Pharmacies. Each year this project identifies a number of positive results leading to further medical follow up, and hopefully early diagnosis and successful treatment.
Past Presidents Maggie Shanahan and Enza Prestipino, on behalf of the Rotary Club of Manly, presented Northern Beaches Superintendent Dave Darcy with a cheque for $3,000 for the NSW Policy Legacy.
The Rotary Club of Manly commends the Manly Police for doing an incredible job ensuring the safety of residents of the Northern Beaches. We would also like to acknowledge the volunteer police officers for their assistance with the annual Manly Scenic Fun Run and Walk. In presenting this cheque we acknowledge the wonderful support given to us every year by the Manly Police.
Our popular annual fund-raising evening of trivia, games, raffles, auctions and great prizes
Friday 24th June, 7.00 for 7.30pmAt Balgowlah RSL, Ethel Street, SeaforthTeam tables of eight, singles and couples also welcome$25 per personProceeds to three local charities:Bear Cottage, Dalwood Spilstead, LifelineClick "Continue" to book, or for more information,contact David Stewart-HunterTel: 0414 967 722Email: email@example.comRegister online: https://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=202710
Visiting Rotarian’s comments
Warren McGurgan explained that he will be the 2016/17 Assistant Governor for our club’s zone and that the DG will this year meet zone clubs together rather than visit each of the 74 clubs in the district. Our zone meeting with the DG will be on 30 July 2016 at Wakehurst Golf Club at a cost of $40 per person.
Kathy Wong from Moeloco spoke of her determination to “make a difference” and about the millions of children in the world who do not even have shoes to wear. She is determined to provide as many shoes for children in India as she can through her efforts and the support she can raise from others to support her ambition.
GUEST: BILL FORSYTH (District Photographer) Member of The Rotary Club of Chatswood Sunrise and MARGARET CONWAY
A special thank you to Bill Forsyth for again taking all our official Fun Run photos. Bill attended this mornings meeting and delivered a USB containg all the Fun Run photos.
thank you Bill for all your help and assistance.
President’s opening comments
- Maggie commented on the fabulous success of the Fun Run.
- Maggie thanked all members for their support, and specifically mentioned the work of Neil as logistics organiser, and Jackie, Andrea and Tom for their terrific social media work which seems to have moved us into a new dimension in local community involvement.
- David Brown was able to solve a last-minute problem from the Sydney Harbour Trust.
- The Clontarf students participation was also brilliant and gave a real community feel to the event.
- Royal Far West helped again, and we would like to come up with a more effective use of their offer of the playground space on the day. Any ideas??
- Pioneer gave great suppoprt, as well as the Steyne hotel.
Enza thanked all members for an amazing job, and reminded us that most of the Fun Run organisation was in-house from members. We will have a full debrief of the Fun Run at the Board meeting tonight.
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SPONSORS AND SUPPORTS
THANK YOU TO THE MANY VOLUNTEERS WHO ASSISTED THE ROTARY CLUB OF MANLY AT THE MANLY SCENIC FUN RUN AND WALK ON THE DAY without the volunteers on the day it would not have been possible to arrange such a wonderful event.
John Shanahan gave a Treasurer's Report on financial progress of the Fun Run.
President’s opening comments
- Maggie reminded us that the Royal Far Westare seeking a grant from Aussie Farmers Rural Hero for their Healthy Kids Bus Stop. Please support the RFW by going to the website and voting for the RFW. You can find the website by clicking here.
- Enza led the discussion regarding the organisation of the Fun Run.
- Enza complimented all members for their terrific support.
- Current numbers registered as of today is 1,771 (100 more than ran last year), the audited figure supplied by John Shanahan.
- Enza and Maggie particularly thanked Andrea, Jackie and Tom Shanahanfor their work on social media which seems to have helped with the increased numbers.
- Thanks also to the Clontarf students who are volunteering on the day.
- Neil led the detailed discussion of Fun Run logistics.
- We are close to a full compliment of marshalls.
- Head marshalls to pick up marshall gear, shirts, maps etc from ICMS.
- All gear back to ICMS after the run for transfer back to storage next Tuesday 24th.
Meeting finished at 8am, followed by coffee at Fusion Cafe.
Visiting today from Katoomba Rotary were Max Fragar, Liang Feng and Alex. Max and Liang told us about their World Travel Programme. It has been endorsed by Rotary, and $100 for each Rotarian goes to the Rotary foundation. It also benefits local Rotarians, who often are involved in the tours as guides etc. The next trip for Rotarians and their friends is to China, leaving 3rd September. Cost $2700 + airfare. It includes both famous landmarks such as the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square and the Terracotta warriors during 15 days in Shanghai, Guilin, Xi’an and Bejing, as well as visits to homes and small businesses.
Next year, a trip to the US is planned with snowmobiling and white water rafting.
For more details and to register your interest go to http://katoombarotary.com/travel-and-accommodation/g
Sunday 22nd May 2016 - Come and help raise funds for local charities and make a difference.
- Manly Rotary Member Stephen Russell has been awarded a Companion of Rotary Health award that was presented by Terry Kennedy. Well done, Stephen.
- Maggie spoke about the inspirational speech from Nick Farr Jones AM at District Assembly and his message of spirit.
- Enza spoke about this year's focus for District Assembly on engaging with the Indigenous community. This is a good reminder for Manly Rotary to continue working closely with Clontarf Foundation.
GUEST SPEAKER - LYNNE SHORI
Lynne gave a brief presentation on the need for clean water in Papua New Guinea.
President Maggie's Background and introduction:
Today in PNG less than 10% of people are formally employed. 84% of people continue to live in remote, rural areas in predominantly traditional style housing which lack running water, electricity, plumbing. It is still the case that most PNG people defecate in the open in the bush or over reefs and with high population growth, the health concerns are mounting.
Despite water and sanitation being prioritised by the PNG government and development organisations, there are 3 reasons why big leaps in sanitation – not baby steps - are needed now:
- Health: The common practice of open-defecation increases the risk of contamination of groundwater and streams which most people continue to rely upon for drinking and washing. This underpins PNG’s continued ranking amongst the worlds worst on health outcomes as measured by the UN Human Development Index.
- Gender equity: a lack of toilets means young girls will absent themselves from school when menstruating. Lower attendance translates to lower academic achievement, lower economic outcomes, poorer social outcomes and entrenched gender inequality.
- Current methods are failing the PNG people: Wateraid, is a large NGO (funded by DFAT). In 2014 they reported bringing water and sanitation to 2800 people in PNG at a cost of $1.2m. At this rate, it will take 2656 years to cover all of PNG and at a huge cost to the Australian taxpayer.
Clearly faster and more cost effective solutions must be found. One approach gaining acceptance involves the training, equipping and engaging locals – who then train others – to collectively solve the challenges faced.
Recently, Friends Of Rambutso (FOR) used this approach to successfully run a woodwork without nails workshop with 5 villages in Rambutso in Manus Province, PNG. It resulted in the Provincial Government offering to pay the Rambutso workshop participants to share their skills with all other Manus communities and confirmed support for the train the trainer model.
Rambutso community leaders have identified sanitation as a top 3 priorities and want to partner with FOR to deliver culturally and environmental suitable toilets using a train the trainer approach.
FOR intends to run a workshop teaching all 12 villages how to build and maintain suitable composting toilets. At the conclusion, workshop participants will be required to train others and successfully build a toilet for women in their village. Upon doing so, they will receive materials enabling further toilets to be built. In total, local teams will build 24 toilets in 12 villages.
By funding just 2 toilets for each of Rambutsos 12 villages, this project delivers sanitation to more people than Wateraid in 2014 at an estimated one tenth of the cost.
FOR will help broker an agreement so that the original Rambutso workshop participants can be hired by the Provincial Government to share their skills with all other Manus communities. In this way, an initial focus on toilets for Rambutso (6% of the provincial population) is leveraged to achieve 100% coverage of the province.
Very little happens at a province wide level in PNG: this would be a major achievement.
Purchase tickets online.
Ticket prices range from $150 per individual to $1,500 for a table of 10.
The keynote speaker will be Rosie Batty, 2015 Australian of the Year and Domestic Violence Campaigner.
Further details can be found online: http://www.manlywomensshelter.org.au/events/2016-annual-gala-ball/
Guest Speaker, Bashim Alsnsari recipient of Rotary Scholarship
Returning guest speaker Bashim Alsnsari spoke about his PhD progress, which involved a joint study by Rotary Health, Rotary Club of Manly, Royal Far West Scheme and the Medical Faculty Sydney University.