• Club Number 18039
  • District 9685
  • Chartered 1946


June 2013 News From the School of St Jude

Greetings from St Jude’s,

Each week at our school assemblies, teachers and other staff at The School of St Jude have an opportunity to reward students for good work and good behaviour with awards. Your sponsored student Kelvin received an award for active participation in History presentations in class.

Thank you for your continued support, and we hope you enjoy the attached photo.
Hilda Meela
Sponsor Relations Team
PO. Box. 11875, Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa
Web: www.schoolofstjude.org

School of St Jude bids farewell to Ms Christina

Dear All at The Rotary Club of Ryde Inc,

Thank you so much for your continued support of The School of St Jude.

We are writing to let you know that your sponsored teacher, Ms Christina, is no longer at St Jude’s. Ms Christina has been a dedicated member of our team since 2004, and is well respected by students and colleagues alike. We will miss Christina dearly but we wish her all the very best in her future endeavours.

As you can imagine, change within our Academic staff over time is inevitable and we thank you for your understanding, and for the generous support you have already given Christina. Each year as St Jude’s continues to grow and take on more and more students, we also need more qualified and dedicated teachers, so we still need your ongoing assistance.  With your blessing, we would like to transfer your sponsorship to another teacher – Ms Elkanai Pallangyo.

Ms Elkanai has been part of our teaching team since 2010. In 2013, she is teaching Social Studies at our Upper Primary Campus. We have attached information about Ms Elkanai including some photos! Also attached is a document of Frequently Asked Questions regarding Teacher sponsorship at St Jude’s, which may be useful in answering any queries you have about your continued sponsorship. If for any reason you are not completely happy to sponsor Ms Elkanai, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can discuss alternate options.

As we say here in Tanzania, asante sana (“thank you” in Swahili) for your most generous, ongoing support of St Jude’s and standing with us in our fight against poverty! 

Best wishes,

Trish Murdin

Sponsor Relations Coordinator

PO Box 11875, Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa

Web: www.schoolofstjude.org

Dragon Boat Race Report

Sunday the 9th of September broke to a beautiful morning. Deirdre and I collected drinks, hats, sun cream, and snacks and headed off to Kissing point Park to meet with the other members of the Ryde Rotary Dragon Boating team. 
Paul Burnett, our team manager for the day and Jenny were already there with Claire, our dragon boating coach for the day. The tent was up and the seats laid out, drinks in the esky, music, sun, friends, heaven! Paul and Claire attended to the registration formalities, whilst the team warmed up with a few exercises. We were called up to the starters assembly area, were we ready? You bet! 
Our first serious practice session was on the way out to the start line, we were like poetry in motion, smooth, sleek and lightning fast. The starter fired the gun and we were off, spray gushing off the bow as we lifted to a plane and powered down the 200m course. FIRST PLACE, YEA!
I won’t go into too much further detail, except to say that the competition in the next two races was somewhat superior. As a result we just missed out on a place in the finals. I have to say that some of our team didn’t seem too upset by this and were seen happily packing up their gear, having had a somewhat strenuous but enjoyable day.
Thanks to Paul Burnett for organising such a good day and to all the members of the team. Bring it on again next year!
Ron Thomson

What is Rotary – Member Contributions

Via Past President Allen Horrell – It is an interesting exercise to try to say what Rotary means, in less than 2 minutes! 

“Anyone of good will can make a difference in the World, but Rotary gives you the leverage to change the World!"

"What is Rotary? It is the World's largest volunteer organisation for Business and Professional people. In the words of our President:

“Rotary is the best in the world at linking people of goodwill around the globe and then gaining their cooperation and support to make the world a much better place to live and work.”

What do I believe about Rotary?
– I believe a person's greatest possession is their character and that no calling bestows this more abundantly than service to others
– I believe community service nurtures the friendships that make life rich in ways that money just can't buy
– I believe my children are learning values that will last them a lifetime and can be learned in no other way than by example
– I believe in Rotary because it makes all these things possible.

District Governor March Message

Greetings my fellow Rotarians

This month is Literacy month in our Rotary calendar.  The purpose of declaring a Literacy month is to draw attention to the significant impact literacy (education) has on the success of our humanitarian projects.  It has been found that all community service projects will have improved outcomes if it is supported with efforts to improve literacy.

 In more recent years Literacy is one of the six areas of focus that Rotary has chosen to focus on in its humanitarian and educational work.  Helping the disadvantaged people in the world to become literate is absolutely critical in helping them out of the traps of poverty and hunger.  Unless people can read they cannot get jobs, cannot gain equality of opportunity, and cannot easily be taught the fundamentals of nutrition, hygiene and the other basic essentials of healthy lives. Also, the ability to read and write has a miraculous impact on a person’s self image!

Recent publications suggest that 15% of the world’s population lack basic literacy skills. Of the world’s children, 113 million do not go to school and 500 million women are uneducated. Two-thirds of the world’s population cannot read. To make this even worse, in the developed world, 17% of adults are functionally illiterate; that is to say they cannot read well enough to function effectively in our complex post-modern society. Rotary’s Literary Resource Group helped us to develop many tools to share in developing literacy projects.  

All of these tools and guidelines are still available and functioning.  One of these, CLE (Concentrated Language Encounter solution), developed in Australia 30 years ago, has spread to all of Rotary.

It is difficult to quantify the number of clubs involved in literacy projects within our district.  However we do know that a number of clubs support Stay in School programs. Others provide computer or other technical equipment and support and donate dictionaries.  We have a proud tradition of building schools and classrooms in schools in developing countries, and more recently several clubs have really focused on the building of toilets in schools.  Getting girls along to school will improve their chances of becoming literate and moving their lives and the lives of those around them forward.  I am impressed that our district continues to support improved Literacy as an important part of Rotary’s involvement across the world.

Two weeks ago I mentioned Anne’s library project in Timor Leste, Biblioteka Ermera.  And we continue to thank the clubs for the great support they have been and continue to be in supporting this important literacy project.

This will be my last chance to encourage you to register for our District Conference where we will be Going for Gold at the Gong.  Registrations are still coming in, but we have to close registrations at the end of the week as catering must be finalised.

 You will experience lots of information, lots of fun, lots of Rotary and lots of fellowship and networking.
A MUST for newer Rotarians.  Less than two weeks away now, so while time is running out there is still provision for last minute registrations for another few days.  Please come and join us for a wonderful and inspiring weekend.  If you have any difficulty at all in registering, please contact Les Walsh, our Editor and the conference registrar and he will give you immediate assistance

 Anne and I look forward to greeting you in Wollongong as we share a wonderful weekend of fellowship and learning.
Kind regards
David Rands
Governor 2011-12

Rotary Acronym Buster

Rotary has an amazing number of sub-organizations, programs and initiatives.  They usually end up being named something that almost always turns into an acronym.  So, for those who get a little overwhelmed with the sheer number of Rotary acronyms, thanks to Past President Allen Horrell, we hereby present his collated list of Rotary acronyms... also available here:

Acronym Description
3H Health, Hunger and Humanity
3-H GRANTS Health, hunger and humanity - Grants of US$100k to $500K for multi- year international projects and social development
ACRE Australian Campaign for Rabbit Eradication
ADG Assistant District Governor (incorrect – see AG)
AG Assistant Governor - One of a number of senior Rotarians appointed by District Governor (DG) to assist with administration of a group of clubs in that year
AIDAB Australian International Development Assistance Bureau – Now called AusAid.
Alumni District and Club Groups - Association of former members of Group Study Exchange teams (GSE), Scholars and other Foundation programmes
Ambassadorial Scholars An international programme of Rotary Foundation - Enables men and women to spend an academic year abroad in university level or vocational studies
ANZO The abbreviation of our Rotary Region - Australia, New Zealand, Oceania.
ANZSE Australia New Zealand Study Exchange
ARH Australian Rotary Health - A multi-District project approved by RI to seek public donations in support of health research within Australia. Previously ARHRF.
ARHRF Australian Rotary Health Research Fund - A multi-District project approved by RI to seek public donations in support of health research within Australia.
AVAC Australian Vocational Advisory Committee
Board of a Rotary Club The governing body of a Rotary club expected to meet monthly - Consists of President, Vice President(s), President Elect, Immediate Past President, Secretary, Treasurer, Directors and others as the By-Laws shall provide
CAP Community Assistance Program
Carl P Miller Discovery Grant RI Foundation grant up to US$3000 for travel, research of an international service project - To be used by a Rotarian or group thereof who have a written invitation from club in host country who will offer home-hosting
Catalogue List of all major publications, supplies etc available from RI - Supplementary updates issued annually in July Contains order forms to send to NSW Branch Office of RI (Gratis)
Centurion A Rotarian who commits to a $AU100 donation pa to TRF.
Charter Member The original members of a newly chartered club - Identified with a special lapel badge
Classification A principal concept to assure each Rotary club represents cross section of business/professions - Describes the distinct and recognised business or professional service which the Rotarian renders to society (Not position held)
Club and District Changeovers A mainly formal event held annually just prior to a new Rotary year and includes partners - Formal changeover to new President and team of incoming Officers/Directors and provides a review of past year achievements and activities
Club Banner A small flag expressive of the community, country or region of a club - Commonly used to present to visitors or exchange with clubs visited throughout the world
Club Charter A document issued when a new club is admitted to Membership in RI - Signed by RI Pres, General Secretary and DG Date thereon represents date of official membership Framed and preserved
Club Committees The "action" groups within a club - Comprise standing committees under the 5 Avenues of Service plus others approved by the Board Each headed by a Director, with Deputy and committee members
Club Forum Formal meeting of an entire club - Called to inform members about service activities and progress of projects Also an opportunity for members to air views
Club Secretary’s Manual Issued by RI to each incoming Club Secretary - Contains procedures and guides to dates and secretarial functions etc
Club Task Allocation List of essential tasks allocated to members - Enables spread of administrative and essential tasks to ensure effective outcomes List available from Secretary
CLP Club Leadership Plan
CMS Citation for Meritorious Service
COG Council of Governors - A District committee of Past DG’s who convene to give advice to the current DG on programmes, policies and procedures
COM Council of Management
COL Council On Legislation - The legislative body of Rotary International - Composed of one delegate from each Rotary District that meet each 3 years to consider proposed changes to the Rotary Constitution and Bylaws
DAA Disaster Aid Australia
DDF District Designated Funds
DG District Governor - Directly responsible to the Board of Rotary International (RI) for the supervision of clubs within a designated district
DGD District Governor-Designate (DG next+2 Rotary Year)
DGE District Governor-Elect (DG next Rotary Year)
DGN District Governor-Nominee (DG next+1 Rotary Year)
DGND District Governor Nominee Designate – What is this???
DIK Donations-in-kind - Supplies of donated educational and medical equipment available to serve a need in the developing world
DIN Donations-in-Kind Information Network (Not DIKIN)
District Conference Annual event for members and partners - Held annually in each District to further the programmes of Rotary through fellowship, inspiring speakers and recognition of club activities etc
DLT District Leadership Team - Approved by RI to begin 1/1/1997 An enhanced organisational structure in a District to enable cost-effective growth and faster, more responsive support to clubs by appointment of Assistant Governors
DLP District Leadership Plan
DRFC District Rotary Foundation Committee
DRR District Rotaract Representative
DSA Distinguished Service Award
DSG District Simplified Grants
DT District Trainer
FARG Foundation Alumni Resource Group.
Fellowship A major club function - Promotes acquaintance among members through participation in clubs recreational and social activities
Five Avenues of Service Club Service; Vocational Service; Community Service; International Service and New Generations (Youth!).
Founder of Rotary Refers to Paul P Harris - Organised the first Rotary Club in Chicago in 1905 Born 19 April 1868 died 27 January 1947
Four Avenues of Service(Now FIVE) Now Five Avenues of Service with the addition of New Generations. The major elements of the "Object of Rotary" - Term used to refer to Club Service; Vocational Service; Community Service and International Service. New Generations was and is unofficially known as "Youth Service".
Friendship Club A less formal agreement that may lead to Sister Club status after a trial period - As above but less demanding of mutual co-operation until proper communication lines and philosophy is established
Functional Literacy Programme An RI programme since 1992 - To meet the needs of adults deemed to be functionally illiterate and to promote support for reading, writing skills through community Literacy centres
GETS Governor-Elect Training Seminar
GNG Global Networking Groups
GSE Group Study Exchange
GSE Team Group Study Exchange Team Programme of Rotary Foundation of RI - A cultural and Educational exchange of young non-Rotarian professionals which promotes international understanding through travel and personal contact Usually once annually for duration of 4 to 5 weeks under Rotary leadership
Helping Grants Up to US$15K based on 2:1 match of club or district contributions - For projects in a country other than that of the sponsor where Rotary participation is not possible
Honorary Member Recognition of a past member or non-Rotarian - Persons who have distinguished themselves by meritorious service in the furtherance of Rotary ideals. Not a member for RI purposes.
ICUFR International Computer Users Fellowship of Rotarians, a Rotary International Fellowship. http://www.icufr.org/
IFYR International Fellowship of Yachting Rotarians
Inner Wheel An international organisation of women - A Rotary sponsored service group open to wives, widows of present and past Rotarians.
Interact Interaction between youth and service - World-wide Rotary sponsored group of young people dedicated to service and International understanding and is open to students in their last 4 years of secondary education
International Assembly An annual assembly of District Governor Nominees held in Anaheim, US in Feb/Mar - To educate, instruct and inspire DGNs and adoption of RI theme and new programmes of RI
International Convention World-wide gathering of all Rotarians and partners - Held usually in May in a different country chaired by RI President
INTERPLAST International Plastic Surgery Programme - Established by District 9800 in 1980 and sends teams of volunteer surgeons and nurses to developing countries to operate on deformities, burns etc.
IPAC International Projects Advisory Committee - A national committee to update registry of international projects identified as suitable for support by clubs
IPDG Immediate Past District Governor
IPEC International Polio Eradication Committee
IPP Immediate Past President
IPPC International PolioPlus Committee
LOA Leave of Absence. Upon written request to the Club Board - May be granted to excuse member from meetings for a specified length of time but does not operate to give credit for attendance (See Make-Ups)
LYTE Long Term Youth Exchange
Make-Ups Making up of attendance at meetings or another Rotary Club or District meeting - A card is obtained from the visited club in order that credit for attendance is gained Make-ups can be within 14 days prior to or following the normal meeting
Matching Grants Up to US$50K that match club contributions - For projects involving Clubs in 2 or more countries for humanitarian service
Membership Identification Card Used by member to verify current membership (CD3-420-EN) - Issued by Club Secretary upon payment of annual dues Shows expiry date of year end
MOP Manual of Procedure - A reference manual for Rotary Leaders updated each 3 years Contains policies & procedures for club and RI administration
MUNA Model United Nations Assembly - An international youth project that simulates the workings of the United Nations Usually held annually for 2 days in March
NCC National Coordinating Committees (of RAWCS)
NESS National Engineering Summer School
NID National Immunization Days
NPF National Project Funding
NYSF National Youth Science Forum - A programme sponsored by Rio Tinto to enable select secondary science students to attend a science forum annually
Object of Rotary A statement from the Rotary Constitution - The object is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise
OD Official Directory: A RI publication - Issued by RI annually containing list of all clubs, names and addresses of all Presidents, Secretaries, time and place of meetings etc Available from Club Sec
OL Operation Livewire: A vocational programme in Australia - Sponsored by Shell Australia to encourage young people aged 18-25 to establish their own business Rotarians act as mentors
ORK Orphan Rescue Kit
PACE Pacific-Australia Cultural Exchange
PAG Past Assistant Governor
PAL Promote Adult Literacy
PDG Past District Governor
PE President-Elect
PEDS Presidents Elect Designates Seminar
Peer Support Foundation Non-profit group founded 1971 with Rotary support - Operates in most state primary and secondary schools to offer leadership training for senior students who in turn assist integration of new students
PEPS Presidents Elect Preparatory Seminar
Per Capita Dues Dues each club pays to RI for each active, senior active and past service member - Payable semi-annually on 1 July and 1 January at current rate of exchange notified by RI
PETS Presidents Elect Training Seminar - Held annually for incoming Presidents and partners to be trained in the administration of their club and to develop challenging projects and programmes
PHF Paul Harris Fellow - A form of recognition for financial or meritorious service to the Foundation or to the community generally
PHF with Sapphire Supplementary recognition to above PHF - A special recognition gold pin with blue stone to represent additional financial contribution or meritorious service
PHS Paul Harris Society
PHSM Paul Harris Sustaining Member - Recognises financial contributions to the Foundation in increments - Recognises individuals who have made contributions in instalments up to US$1000
Polio Plus An international programme of Rotary Foundation - To protect all of the world’s children from poliomyelitis through national immunisation days, laboratory networks and reporting of suspected cases
Project Volunteers Teams of from 2 to 6 volunteers visit for 2 to 4 weeks to developing countries to provide skills training and assistance. This is one of the programs that comes under the RAWCS umbrella.
PP Past President
PPE Preserve Planet Earth
PPRI Past President Rotary International
PRI President Rotary International
PRID Past Rotary International Director
PRIE President Rotary International Elect
PRIP Past Rotary International President
PROBUS Professional and Business - A Rotary sponsored group for retirees and semi-retired professional and business people Meet monthly
Provisional Club A group organising the formation of a new club - Meets weekly until admitted to membership of Rotary International with a minimum of 25 charter members
RA's Rotary Acronyms 
RAB Rotary Acronym Buster – you're reading it!
RAGs Rotary Action Groups
RAM Rotarians Against Malaria - Project to support anti-malaria projects in selected countries in Asia Pacific region
RAOAF Rotary Australia Overseas Aid Fund
RAWCS Rotary Australia World Community Services Ltd - A public company formed 1987 to co-ordinate and authorise the various international activities within Districts. Programs that come under RAWCS include Project Volunteers, RAM, SWSL and DIK.
RC Rotary Club
RCC Rotary Community Corps
RCD Rotary Club Director
RCP Rotary Code of Policies
RDU Rotary Down Under
RFE Rotary Friendship Exchange
RFFA Rotarians For Fighting AIDS
RI Rotary International
RIBI Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland
RID Rotary International Director
RIDE Rotary International Director Elect
RIF Relief Institution Fund - A District disaster relief fund to which clubs can contribute to alleviate distress from natural disasters occurring within Australia
RIF Rotary International Foundation
RIMC Rotary International Membership Coordinator
RINO Rotarian in name only (also known as Knife and Forker)
RIP Rotary International President
RIPA Rotary International President's Ambassador
RIPE Rotary International President Elect
RIPR Rotary International President Representative
RITS Rotary International Travel Service
RLI Rotary Leadership Institute - The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a series of fast-paced, interactive, one-day courses offered to refine a Rotarian's leadership skills and increase their base of knowledge in Rotary.
RNN Rotary News Network
ROAR Rotary Organization of Amateur Radio
ROBIN Rotary Native Bird Nest-box Project
ROMAC Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children - Established by District 9800 in 1984 and is expanding Statewide and interstate Finances medical aid and operations in Australian hospitals for children up to age 15 brought from South East Asia and Pacific Region
ROMEO Rotary Old Men, Eating Only
ROTA Rotary Overseas Travel Award
ROTI Rotarians On The Internet - A Rotary International Fellowship - http://www.roti.org/
ROTARACT A Rotary sponsored service group - For young people aged 18 to 30 who meet each two weeks to foster service to the local and international community
ROTARTANK Rotary Water Tanks - Established by District 9800 to supply and install portable fresh water tanks by Rotary Project Volunteers in neighbouring countries.
Rotary Founded 1905 by Paul Harris in Chicago US - An organisation of business and professional persons united world-wide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world
Rotary Club Flag The official flag of Rotary with emblem and club name - For display at club and district assemblies
Rotary Down Under (RDU) The official Rotary magazine for the South West Pacific region - Distributed monthly to clubs or by post to Rotarians address Subscription is compulsory
Rotary Emblem An emblem representing "civilisation and movement" - A gear wheel with 6 spokes, 24 cogs, in colours of royal blue and gold A key was added in 1923 to signify the wheel was a "worker" not an "idler"
Rotary Foundation A philanthropic Trust - A not-for-profit corporation whose activities extend world-wide to achieve world understanding and peace. Also known as TRF.
Rotary Themes or Mottos Official slogans adopted annually by RI President - A theme which changes yearly to reflect the philosophy and programmes for the year. The Principal motto that remains constant is "Service Above Self" since 1989
Rotary Village Corps Not common in Australia but wide spread in US - Self-help groups of non-Rotarians sponsored by Rotary Clubs to improve community living conditions
Rotary Volunteers A local and overseas volunteer programme - Teams of from 2 to 6 volunteers visit for 2 to 4 weeks to developing countries to provide skills training and assistance. Also known as Project Volunteers.
Rotary Volunteers Programme Voluntary overseas service - Facilitates placement of volunteers and may cover some expenses of those serving abroad for 28 days or more
ROTEX Organisation of Ex-Rotary Exchange Students
ROTOPLAST Rotoplast International is a non-profit, humanitarian organization founded in 1992 as a world community service project of the Rotary Club of San Francisco, that provides free plastic surgery for children in the third world.
ROVE Rotary Overseas Vocational Exchange - A programme to encourage vocational exchanges of up to 12 weeks
RRFC Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator
RRVF Rotary Recreational and Vocational Fellowships
Rtn. Rotarian
RYDA Roadsafe Youth Driver Awareness
RYLA Rotary Youth Leadership Award - An interactive, experientially-based leadership conference offered in the last week of November each year.
RYEP Rotary Youth Exchange Program
RYPEN Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment - A programme of weekend seminars for young people aged 14 to 17 years Two seminars are held in October and March.
RYWELL Rotary Youth Wellbeing
SHARE Share (RF distribution of funds)
SRT ShelterBox Response Team
Sister Club Relationship agreement between clubs in other Countries/districts - To foster better understanding and fellowship exchange and mutual support and co-operation on humanitarian projects
SSE Summer Science Experience
Southwest Pacific Service Centre Office of RI based in Parramatta, NSW - Serves Rotary clubs and Districts in Australia, NZ and Pacific Islands
SRCC Standard Rotary Club Constitution
Standard Club Constitution Originally adopted in 1922 - Provides the framework for all clubs in the world and is a condition to receiving a charter
STYE Short Term Youth Exchange
SWSL Safe Water Save Lives - Project teams of up to 3 weeks to funding and assisting install fresh clean water tanks and dams in overseas communities
TARFT The Australian Rotary Foundation Trust - A trust funds that offers Rotarians and corporations etc a tax free deduction on donations to the Rotary Foundation
The 4-Way Test A measure for Rotarians of conduct and thinking –
  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 Rotarian "The Rotarian". A monthly magazine put out by Rotary International with articles, news and views in a number of languages.
The Rotary World An RI publication - Three copies sent bi-monthly to all club presidents direct from RI (I don't recall ever having seen one)
Theme Months Focus in various months on major activities - Gives specific attention to Membership (August) Youth (Sept) Vocational (Oct) Foundation (Nov) Awareness (Jan) World Understanding (Feb) Magazine (April) Rotaract Week (Mar)
TLA Three Letter Acronym
TR The Rotarian (RI magazine, which you can receive instead of RDU if you so choose)
TRF The Rotary Foundation
WCS World Community Service
WFA World Fellowship Activities
World Fellowship Committee An international programme - For the many groups of Rotarians sharing common sporting & vocational interest and encourages reciprocal visits to other countries where home-hosted

The Regions of Rotary International

Acronym Description
ANZO Australia, New Zealand and other places not included in any other region
CEEMA Continental European, Eastern Mediterranean and African zone
GBI Great Britain and Ireland
SACAMA South America (except Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana), Central America, Mexico, and the Spanish-speaking island nations of the Caribbean (except Puerto Rico)
USCB United States of America, Canada, Bermuda and Puerto Rico

PR Director's Report 2010–11 by Stefan Sojka

What an exciting year it has been for the Rotary Club of Ryde!  From a PR perspective, I couldn’t have asked for a better year.

The biggest news was of course our involvement in building the school in Borjegai, Afghanistan.  Such a good news story enabled us to get front-page billing in the Northern District Times, with a huge photograph and a headline “Ryde’s New School – 11,700km away”.  Just recently, we landed on page 4 of the Sydney Morning Herald.  We also got press in Rotary Down Under, thanks to PDG Alex Sawyer’s support and perseverance.

John Booth and his Weekly Times team has been an incredibly generous supporter of our Club this year, giving us numerous cover stories and column space galore, for The Tree of Joy and Red Shield Appeal, School Public Speaking Competition and our big Graffiti (Paint Vandalism) program, headed up by the dynamic PP Charles Kilby.

I have to say, much of this publicity had me running on autopilot this year, such is the momentum and influence the Club seems to have in the area these days.  I have had so much support by each Club member driving each event that they run, my job was a breeze!

While the press juggernaut forged onward – whether I was manning the helm or not – I was able to put a great deal of my efforts into the new Club Website, which launched on 12 August 2010.

Since launching, our Website:  www.ryderotary.org.au – has had 5,000 visitors and has attracted all kinds of interest.  Old friends have made contact, people have applied to give presentations to our Club, applied for scholarships, asked for support, offered to help out and asked about joining.  With continued attention, updating and maintenance, the Website can only become a more and more valuable asset to the Club.  I am very proud to have been in a position, both as PR director and as part of my chosen vocation, to have been able to facilitate this for the Club, of which I am equally proud to be a member.

I have to say a huge thank you to Adrian Hallet, my right-hand man, who is now stepping up into the PR directorship for 2011–12 – and rightly so.  He is a one-man PR machine.  With his trailers and signage, tools and gadgets.  Adrian is always there to help.  He makes 110% look like a cop-out.  He is always out there – on the ground at events and programs, flying the Club banners and stamping our name clearly around the city.

I thank the Club for having faith in me this last year and look forward to seeing what Adrian is going to deliver, as I focus exclusively on the Website and online marketing for the Club in the year ahead.

Last Week as recalled by Stefan Sojka – Feb 2011

After a ripper of an Aussie Day celebration (literally), our esteemed President Allen was not only unable to preside over the meeting, but couldn’t write his report either, as he wasn’t there.

In his place was acting President PP Geoff Brennan – and what a convincing act it was.  We almost believed he was in control of the evening.  In fact the four-way test speakers were in total control, as you will read about later in this report.  Our acting Hub editor toasted the Queen as splendidly as she edited this report, but Rotary Grace had a little trouble settling on the right pitch, for some unknown reason… an increased proportion of altos and sopranos in the room, perhaps.  David Johnston gave us a 4-minute run down of life at the 10, uh… I mean, 1, 10 & 11 Network, including the revelation that the board is swarming with billionaires.  Who would have thought The Biggest Loser would have had such broad appeal?  Ironic.

Acting Pres. announced a huge crowd of guests who managed to fit in the room thanks to an almost equal number of apologies.  However, it was great to see the triumphant return of Hameed Fazal and Terry Kerim, after their recent scarcity.

John Mazlin announced Red Shield appeal’s 2011 return (28 & 29 May) and Bill Payne explained just how valuable Bowelscan is, as it also returns for ’11, with 144 cancer and polyp detections and 164 positive results last year, saving untold lives in the city.  Peter Cooper gave Friday’s pasta-fest at Il Bolognese one last plug, before exchange student Anna Gossweiler detailed her hectic week, including a hair-dye malfunction and sailing on a rough and windy day in the open ocean.  Then it was Sgt. Longfield’s turn to take the stand – and all our loose change – with a barrage of loose cannon accusations.

After all the regular formalities, it was time for the absolute treat of the evening, The Four-Way Test speaking competition.  Bob Kaye-Smith announced the event and introduced four amazing young competitors.

ERINA YIP, from Cheltenham Girls raised the bar rather high with a superb dream sequence, linking the subconscious mind to The Four-Way Test, the meaning of life, Nelson Mandela and the collective goal of improving the world.

NIKKI RAFTOPULOS, from Pymble Ladies College (PLC) astounded us all with a theatrical press conference from Julian Assange, complete with journalists’ questions and a very clever twist at the end, explaining why Julian is disguised as a schoolgirl.  Her presentation was very well researched and weaved powerful social justice issues in perfectly with the theme.

SKYE DONALDSON from The Pittwater House Schools took a very personal approach, talking about her memories of her Rotarian grandfather and her concern for homeless people.

ANEESH KANCHARLA from Shore School discussed racism and prejudice as a challenge to uphold The Four-Way Test and how Australia has sometimes demonstrated unacceptable levels of discrimination in years gone by.  Aneesh proposed that education and admitting that there could be a problem, was the way to a more peaceful and friendly society.

In the end, Judges DGN John Dodd and PP Doug Thompson had a very difficult time, being forced to separate the contestants in order of merit.  NIKKI took out the top prize with her highly polished performance, followed very closely by Aneesh, with Erina and Skye both awarded certificates.  All four demonstrated the highest standards and ideals, which is precisely what The Four-Way Test is all about.

Lorraine & Malcolm Cox honoured with 2 Paul Harris Fellow Awards

At the recent Ryde Chamber of Commerce event, hosted by John Booth at The Weekly Times, Ryde Rotary President surprised Lorraine and Malcolm Cox with a Paul Harris Fellow award each.  Paul Harris Fellows are awarded to Rotarians and Non-Rotarians alike, who show outstanding commitment to community service.  Lorraine and Malcolm are ideal recipients, with all the charity and community work they do.

Lorraine and Malcolm's business, Ryde Furniture Freighters, has become very well known for helping those in need.  They cart furniture for charities and they donate large amounts of furniture left over from their clients' downsizing moves – all at their own expense.

Ryde Rotary has been at the receiving end of Lorraine and Malcolm's generosity, when they offered to cart a shipment of furniture bound for one of our international aid program destinations.

Tony Abboud from Ryde Rotary introduced President Allen Horrell to the Ryde Chamber crowd (a crowd which, for some reason, seemed to be padded out somewhat with a few Rotarians!).  President Allen commenced his presentation with an explanation of the Paul Harris Fellow award and its significance, not only as a recognition of great respect and honour, but that one aspect of the award is that Rotary donates $1000 to the Rotary Foundation on behalf of the recipient.  This evening, $2000 was donated and two very surprised recipients were asked to come up and receive their awards.  Malcolm and Lorraine are two of the nicest, humblest people you could meet and they certainly weren't ready for all the accolades and the attention.  There were more than one or two tears from the recipients and from the crowd as the emotion of such a public recognition of great community service unfolded.

Congratulations Lorraine and Malcolm, on all your amazing support and good work. 

Photo (L-R):  Malcolm Cox, The Weekly Times Editor John Booth (OAM), Lorraine Cox, Ryde Chamber President Tony Abboud, Ryde Rotary President Allen Horrell

PR Directors Report 2009-2010 – Stefan Sojka

The year has been exciting for me and for my PR role in Rotary. The most significant thing has been the development of the club’s new Website. This has been a long process, as a club has generated a huge amount of information over the years and will do so into the future. It is essential that we organise and manage this information, as it is not only good from a management point of view, but it makes all communication and public relations easier. Each event that we participate in generates promotional material, photographs, articles and comments.
The more we can consolidate the collection and delivery of all this media, the more effective we will be at PR. The new Website has been designed from the ground up with this in mind. It will launch soon, but will never stand still. I am asking all members to contribute everything they can to help make our Website the best Rotary Club Website in the world – and we can do this by simply supplying it with great content and accurate information. This will set an example to other clubs and raise our own profile, both within Rotary and with the wider community.
I had some time off this year, due to personal circumstances and also a bit of a major flu attack, and in my absence I must say I was amazed at the efforts of PP Charles Kilby and Rtn Adrian Hallett. From Fords in the Park to the huge Graffiti launch, our club has been spearheaded into the local headlines and is poised to capitalise on their great work over the year ahead. Thank you so much for your support, Charles and Adrian.
Other highlights for me for the year have included the production of the MUNA video and audio files, which are both a permanent record of our involvement and an excellent marketing tool for all future MUNA events. We also gained a big spread in the paper for our Vocational Excellence Awards and our donation of the ultra-sound machine to Ryde Hospital. Throughout the entire year, I managed to keep pumping out a new Hub each week, thanks to the fabulous contributions of Allen Horrell’s journalism and PP Geoff Brennan’s On-Time Printing Solutions.
Next year is going to be bigger and better, with the Website springing into life, huge visibility of the club with the Graffiti program, Adrian Hallett’s amazing work on signage and his travelling trailer show, more videos, photo galleries, some 30 second commercials on 2RRR and, what I hope will be a big scoop for the club, our branding rights to a new community domain: ryde.nsw.au. This is in its very early stages of development, but will grow to become an excellent vehicle for our club.


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