Rotary Club of Manly Bulletin
Editor President Enza Prestipino and PP George McLelland
MEETING – TUESDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER 2015
 
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GUEST SPEAKER - Basim Al Ansari
 
PP Terry Kennedy was in the chair in the absence of Presidents Enza and Maggie. 
 
Guests: Rotarian Rhianon Bunting, from the Rotary Club of Currumbin-Coolangatta, and our guest speaker, Basim Al Ansari, our joint PhD 
health scholarship recipient.
 
 
Jackie Linnane spoke about the club’s website.
 
PP Terry Kennedy reminded the meeting that the world elimination of polio had reached the stage where currently there were only two countries with new cases - Pakistan and Afghanistan. If Nigeria’s freedom from new cases continues for three years then the whole of Africa would be declared free of polio.
 
PP Terry Kennedy also read a list of bullet point items that had been covered at the previous night’s Board meeting.
 
Jason Kioko listed candidates to receive awards at the upcoming Pride of Workmanship function. 
 
Robert Jones reminded members that he needs a letter drafted for presentation to Mike Baird so that club members can get on ferries to sell trifecta tickets.
 
PP Douglas Miller called for entrants for the Wellness Walk on 11 October and for volunteers to distribute flyers.
 
Vivien Coulson updated members on projects in progress.
 
Reminder that Tuesday 6 October would be “Hat Day”, when those wearing hats will contribute $5 to Rotary Health and those without will be charged double. 
 
Basim Al Ansari, our guest speaker and receipent of the Royal Far West, The Rotary Club of Manly and Rotary Health PhD scholarship then gave a very inspiring presentation. Although he touched on the subject of the health PhD, the major part was about his own life and the life threatening hazards encountered by his family as they made their way out of Iraq with the aim of getting to Australia, which they eventually achieved after eight years.
 
When the revolution was in progress Basim’s father, a religious scholar, had to flee from Iraq, whilst his pregnant mother was left to cope with the family’s desperate situation. The family managed to get to Iran, where they spent several years.
 
Eventually the family managed to reach Christmas Island in an overcrowded old fishing boat, which was intended for about twenty passengers 
but had 180 on board. From Christmas Island the family was transferred to Curtin Detention Centre in Broome, where they lived in tents for 14 months. Then they were moved to Perth by bus, which was the beginning of a “normal” life in Australia.
 
Apart from schooling by his mother, Basim said he had little education until he was a teenager. His two years of primary education was in Arabic, secondary education in Persian, and tertiary in English. Basim is fluent in three languages – but at what a price!
 
Concluding with the previous week’s meeting, President Maggie encourages everyone to think about small changes that we can make 
to improve our club. All suggestions welcomed.
 
Meeting closed at 8am and adjourned for fellowship and coffee at Fusion Point.
 
Have a great week.
PP Terry Kennedy