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Hopley, Ken
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Rushmer, Tracy
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Ciocco, Evelyn
Pack, John
Taking Notes
Morgan, Susie
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Join Date
Robert Jones
September 22, 2015
4 years
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BULLETIN NOTES 24 September 2019
Editor Susie Morgan

Affirmation and Toast

We give thanks for food, friends, fellowship and the opportunity to serve through Rotary. Toast to Australia

Apologies:  Lynne Shori, Barbara Gardiner, David Brown, George McLelland, Robert Jones, Evelyn Ciocco, 

Duties:  Desk –Norm Thomson; Notes - Susie Morgan; Sergeant-at-Arms - Norm Thomson

Welcome: ELENI PSILLIKAS - Supporting People with Mental Health Problems

Birthday:  None to report this week 

Eleni gave an emotive and fascinating insight into her life and achievements to date. As Eleni says “life has been my biggest educator”.  Eleni has written a program about mental health disorders for the fitness industry “Inside-Out Eating Disorders”. She has developed a course that supports people with mental health issues and is also working with the organisation Dress for Success that helps women gain employment. She wants to help women affected by the justice system – 45% return to prison because they find it too difficult to move forward. Eleni is hoping to show the Community that whatever adversity or label given, that label doesn’t define people. She referred to a tribe in Africa where when someone makes a mistake they have to stand inside a circle and the tribe must say something good about them and not remind them about the bad things – that’s when there could be true change. Eleni said she has had a lot of support from Local Councils and the Police. Tomorrow Eleni is speaking at NSW Parliament House about the same topic and is lobbying government for better treatment options. “Stop the fear and get to know a person and their story”. On Saturday Eleni is talking at the Dee Why RSL about Australians for Mental Health and it’s a full house. Eleni has been nominated for the Westfield Local Heros and is in the top three – good luck Eleni.
Denis talked about volunteering and how rewarding it is.  He said – “Why do volunteer work – because there is a growing need for volunteers in today’s world as a result of natural and man-made disasters. Once you get involved with volunteer work it tends to grow on you. You begin to feel you are useful once again and more importantly, being able to contribute your skills and expertise in some small way, to make the world a better lace for those less fortunate.  I encourage fellow Rotarians who have a wealth of experience and specialist skills to get involved in volunteer work and at the same time experience a feeling of self-satisfaction one gets from being able to help others.  Volunteer work opened up the world to me, giving me not only the opportunity to visit other countries, but the unique experience to live and work in these countries, to get to know the culture and the people and to work with various volunteers from different parts of the world. Don’t just think about it – do it if you have a fair state of health. The rewards of dedicating one’s self to commitments such as these are two-fold in achievement and satisfaction, for both the host country and the volunteer. Besides the pros and cons of having to work and live in rather harsh conditions at times, I still would gladly do it all over again” 
UN Volunteers (UNV) check website
Australian Volunteers International (AVI)
Australian Business Volunteers (ABV)
Registered Engineers Disaster Relief (RedR)
World Vision (check website)
There is a minimal financial commitment for the basic training. Volunteers are provided with return air tickets, arranged accommodation and an allowance for meals. There is a settling in allowance and a return allowance on completion of the assignment. AUSAid has recently agreed to meet accompanying family costs depending on where the assignment is. Assignments are generally in countries where there is poverty and sometimes disturbances. Duration of an assignment can vary from three months to two years.
A second proposal has been suggested to us regarding the penguins at North Head. There is a Federal Government Grant available for environmental projects in the Community. Our Club may be able to apply on behalf of National Parks for $15,000 that will be a contribution together with Macquarie University to tag and track penguins. Researchers want to know if it is a “source” issue or what?  One penguin was found washed up on Central Coast that was starving. Are they able to sustain themselves? The feral proof fence is progressing. Not sure how long the National Parks approval process will take. When approved, NP will provide the Club with a firm proposal for the project. (A 1.2k feral proof fence between urban development and National Parks. )
Plans for the Dave Darcy Tribute dinner are progressing (7 February 2020 at ICMS)
Funds have been approved for the Lifeline Truck $23,000, SES for training equipment $2200, Rotary Foundation $3000 and Police Legacy $3000. There will be RYPEN and RYLA scholarships offered and assistance with a raffle for a vehicle for a young man with Cerebral Palsy (no cost to the Club).
26/09/2019 Clean up the Shed at Pioneer Club House 9.00am (Jay, Susie, Ken,Ted, Ginny) - thank you
02/10/2019 Fun Run Meeting for 2020 planning - all Club members invited - 1 Burilla Avenue, North Curl Curl 6.30pm
13/10/2019 Wellness Walk
19/10/2019 Manly Village School Market Stall
24/10/2019 Train Ride to end Polio
25/10/2019 ADI Annual Dinner Manly Golf Club $150pp
26/10/2019 Trivia Night Belrose Rotary Club
 07/02/2020 Farewell Tribute to Dave Darcy at ICMS - (Committee - Ted, Susie, Ginny, David Park)
March 2020
20/03/2020 District Conference in Wollongong
Future Guest Speakers/Assemblies
01/10/2019 Youth Assembly - Evelyn and James - Membership forum
08/10/2019 Melanie Koeman - Waves for Water (International)
15/10/2019 Kalma McLelland - DG
22/10/2019 Graham Kinder - SES (health and safety)
29/10/2019 Assembly
05/11/2019 Shannon Nevin - Walk'n'Talk for Life (mental health and suicide prevention)
12/11/2019 Cathy Booth from Umoja Orphanage Kenya will give an update on her projects at Umoja.
19/11/2019 TBD
26/11/2019 Assembly
17/12/2019 Assembly
RAFFLE: David Park
NEXT MEETING:  1 October 2019 Royal Far West  Boardroom
NEXT WEEK DUTIES Desk - Evelyn Ciocco;  Notes - Susie Morgan, Sergeant - John Pack
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