• Club Number 18039
  • District 9685
  • Chartered 1946

Club News

Vale Don Rutherford – 15 November 2010

Members of the Rotary Club of Ryde were deeply saddened to learn of the death of our Honorary Member Don Rutherford on 15 November, 2010. Don had been making a brave recovery from a damaging fall, but the effort took too much from him and he passed away peacefully.

Don was inducted on 4 November 1975 and gave over 34 years of service to our Club.  He willingly and enthusiastically undertook the many duties presidents asked of him.  He served on the Board as International Service Director and Community Service Director.  Don chaired numerous committees including Attendance, Progress, Public Relations and Conference to name but a few.

For many years he arrived early to weekly meetings and gave valuable assistance to Sergeants in setting out honour boards and regalia.  In 1997–98 the Club gave him the Ron Pacey Award for Merit.  Don’s war service made him a font of wisdom on the chronology of World War II.  He fascinated us on occasions with reminiscences of his service days.  Though forced to retire on 31 December 2009 for health reasons, Don was made an Honorary Member on 20 April 2010.

In the years between 1996 and 2008, Don carried out a particularly valuable service to this Club by collecting all press clippings relevant to Ryde Rotary Club.  Presenting these as a booklet each year, he provided an effective resource for members and for future historians.  On our Birthday Night, 17 April 2001, the Board recognised Don’s contribution with the award of PHF.

We have lost a loyal, conscientious and dedicated Rotarian, but we will remember him for his long and faithful Rotary service.

Doug Thompson

Borjegai School in Afghanistan Opens!!

A Rotary Story of Community Building and Continent Bridging.

“Turning Stones into Schools in Afghanistan”

Once upon a time there was a young Afghan refugee named Ali, who came to Australia by way of a refugee camp in Pakistan.

He loved going to school in Australia, and in year 11 (his first year of school here) he attended District 9680’s MUNA as part of his school’s debating team.

His local Rotary Club was so impressed with his leadership potential that they sponsored him to RYLA, by which time Ali was becoming very aware of Rotary.

Through his work helping newly arrived immigrants from Afghanistan, Ali learned of the work one of his friends had been doing with Indigo Foundation, an Australian NGO, to establish schools in Afghanistan, and, convinced of the value of education in bringing peace to the world, resolved to do what he could to further that work.

He sought the opportunity to speak to the Rotary Club of Ryde about his thoughts, and in early 2009 the club started working with Ali and the Indigo Foundation to formulate a feasibility study for a school for 1000 boys and girls in Borjegai, a location where schooling is limited due to very cold winters and the lack of any school accommodation other than tents.

The project approach utilised the Club’s strengths in project development and direction, and Indigo Foundation’s very successful in-country network.

A clearly articulated memorandum committed all parties – including village leaders in Borjegai – to their defined roles, documented the project program and schedule, key milestones and resource commitments, and identified risks and risk management strategies.

The Rotary Club of Ryde provided project direction, high level management and $76,000 (AUD), covering construction work, school supplies and teachers salaries; Indigo Foundation utilized their tested network and contacts for funds transfer and disbursement and in-country management and administration; the Borjegai community provided a substantial proportion of the manual labour, and, of course, the land for the building.

Construction commenced in April 2010 and was completed in October 2010, an outstanding achievement, evidenced in the photographs in our gallery.

The school was then officially opened, the number of people attending the ceremony providing ample evidence of just how significant this development is for the Borjegai community, and how effective it has been at "Building Communities and Bridging Continents."

Ryde Club is now considering how to best provide ongoing support for the school, the most likely avenues being provision of school furniture and equipment, as well as teacher training.  With the major step of school establishment complete, there is ample scope for contribution from any other Rotary clubs wishing to assist in this life-changing initiative, and Ryde welcomes approaches from any interested Clubs.

More information about our project can be found here.

2010 Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Award

Again this year, the Rotary Club of Ryde is hosting the ‘Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Awards’, the presentation evening being held on Tuesday 16 November at our Rotary meeting held at the ‘Next Generation Club’ (next to the Ryde Aquatic Centre) Victoria Road, Ryde.  Our keynote speaker on the night will be Dr Suzanne Hogg OAM.

The aim of this award is to highlight the importance of striving for excellence in one’s vocation and to encourage and emphasise the importance of vocational training.  The competition is open to apprentices or trainees who live, work or attend college classes in the Ryde area.  Nominations have already been received from outstanding apprentice/trainees studying at Ryde and Meadowbank TAFE.

Our experienced interview team will be conducting interviews to be held on Monday 1 November and Wednesday 3 November.  Local TAFE colleges have been most obliging in arranging a room for the interviews.

PP Jan Cutler
Vocational Chair

Ryde Rotary Charity Golf Day 25/02/11 Entry Form Now Online

The Rotary Club of Ryde Charity Golf Day is on again at Oatlands Golf Club on Friday 25 February 2011.  Another huge day of fun, fundraising and friendly competition is planned.

We are looking for players, teams and sponsors.  Please contact Mick Nelson for full details and bookings on 0428 645 128.

Download theregistration form now.

Ryde Rotary Club Website's official launch

At a recent club meeting, fellow Rotarian Stefan Sojka announced the official "go-live" of the Rotary Club of Ryde Website.  The site was produced during the 2009-2010 club year, under the presidency of Rtn Bob Carroll, so Stefan presented him with a memento, a framed home page screen shot print of the site, captured before the presidential change-over.  Current President Allen Horrell (center) officiated the meeting, and oversaw the launch, as well as Bob's presentation. 

PAKISTAN – Bigger than Haiti, China earthquake & Burma cyclone combined

Shelterbox is one of the best ways that you can help with the Pakistan Floods

Web: www.shelterboxaustralia.com.au

Download PDF file here

Next Circus Quirkus show coming up Sunday 12 September!

Circus Quirkus is on again!

The beneficiaries of the proceeds raised by the Club from hosting this event will include construction of a School in Borjegai – Afghanistan & Other Rotary Projects.

Show Date:
Sunday 12 September 2010

Show Times:
11.00am & 2.00pm

Sydney Convention Centre
Bayside Auditorium
Darling Harbour

More information: http://www.circusquirkus.com/circus-show-ryde-96362635.htm

Bayside Info and Map: http://www.darlingharbour.com/index.cfm?menu_id=2994&venue_id=101

Contact @ Ryde Rotary: Graham Metcalfe: Ph: 02 9876 3128

Macquarie Uni Rotaract Launches with gala Charter night & fundraising trivia night

Macquarie Uni Rotary is getting a new Rotaract Club!  This is great news, as it shows a resurgence of interest in community service among our youth.  Supported by Ryde Rotary Club and other local Clubs, the Macquarie Uni Rotaract Club is going to become an excellent vehicle for students to experience and create community service projects.

They have already achieved some excellent results with International Service in pre-launch project warm-ups; two big projects in Vanuatu and Ache.

Support our youth and their efforts by attending these upcoming events:

Trivia night
21/8 Sat 6:30pm
Masonic hall Rowe St Eastwood
RSVP trivia@rotaractmq.org

Charter night
4/9 Sat 6:30pm
Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club, 117 Ryedale Road, West Ryde
Buffet, beer, wine & soft drinks included
rsvp charter@rotaractmq.org 

Graffiti Clean-Up Program Continues Around Ryde

Saturday 7 August 2010 was Graffiti Clean-Up Day again. The Rotary Club of Ryde has adopted this program from Turramurra Rotary and has received full support from the Ryde Chamber of Commerce and City of Ryde Council.

One of the most effective ways to deal with Graffiti is to clean it off as quickly as possible. We have seen a marked drop already in paint vandalism around the city since our program began.

Rotarians, led by Past President Charles Kilby, met at the old "cash for cans" collection site at 8:00am and began another great day of successful community service. See you at the next one!

Bill Gates – Nigeria advances the fight against polio

In a visit to Africa’s most populous nation, Bill witnessed remarkable progress against polio, with lessons for the fight against infectious diseases worldwide.

With continued hard work and investment the world is on a path toward something pretty incredible, the eradication of polio.  In the past two decades, polio cases around the world have been reduced by 99 percent.  If we can get rid of the last one percent, polio will become the second major infectious disease, after smallpox, that has ever been completely eliminated.  There are still gaps in funding for polio eradication, and new outbreaks could reverse some of the progress made so far.  But if polio is eliminated, never again will a child be crippled by this terrible virus.

We have a chance to get there because of some great efforts, particularly by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which involves the World Health Organisation, Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).  Our foundation is very involved in supporting polio immunisation campaigns and other efforts to educate parents and communities about the importance of immunisation.  We’re also supporting work to improve polio surveillance and to develop better vaccines and anti-poliovirus drugs.  

Northern India and northern Nigeria are two areas where polio continues to be a problem.

I visited northern India in May this year to see the progress there.  I was very excited to visit northern Nigeria in June, because the progress there since my last visit in February 2009 has been especially impressive.  As of 14 July, only five cases due to wild polio viruses were reported in Nigeria this year, versus hundreds last year.  I spent most of my first day in Kano, one of the northern states most vulnerable to polio.  I met with community leaders, visited a local health centre and stopped in at an informal school where students study the Koran in Arabic.

On the streets and most everywhere else we went, I noticed so many young children around.  Nigeria has more people by far than any other African country, and more than 40 percent of them are under the age of 15.  That makes polio immunisation a big challenge.  Kano had just begun a campaign to immunise more than 6 million children under the age of five.
  Part of the challenge is overcoming fear and suspicion.  In Kano in the past, false rumors linked immunisation to sterility and HIV.  Community leaders told me that because polio vaccine is free and brought to people in their homes, some people think there must be something wrong with it.

Community leaders play a critically important role in helping to overcome mistrust, and a big focus of anti-polio efforts is on informing these leaders and enlisting their support.  Another ironic thing I noticed was that because polio cases have been dramatically reduced, it’s more difficult to know whether local immunisation campaigns are reaching everyone they need to reach, particularly sub-populations that may be more at risk.  Without many actual cases, you have to rely on other ways of monitoring immunisation rates, and the different measures are sometimes quite inconsistent.  I think we need to look at how to help get more reliable data to guide our efforts and ensure they’re effective.

Also of concern is the risk that progress against polio in Kano might be undermined by the virus filtering back in from neighbouring countries and other parts of northern Nigeria.  Increasingly, the problem needs to be approached on a regional basis.  The school we visited was very interesting.  It didn’t really look like a school.  There were no classrooms, just children sitting on the street, against a wall or under a tree, holding slates with Arabic script written on them.  I asked one of the boys to recite the lesson from his slate, and he did.
  That night in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, I had dinner with government officials including the Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu.

It was interesting to learn about some of the creative approaches being used to inform Nigerians about the importance of immunisation.  Pro-immunisation messages are being embedded in the plot-lines of popular TV entertainment programs, for example.  One of Nigeria’s largest mobile phone service providers has agreed to send out about 25 million free text messages on polio and health.  The next day I had a number of meetings including a session with several state governors and one with Nigeria’s new President, Goodluck Jonathan.

Commitment from Nigeria’s leaders has been crucial in advancing the nation’s fight against polio.  

A recurring theme I picked up from the people I talked to was the importance of using what we’ve learned and accomplished in the drive against polio to fight other illnesses such as infant diarrhoea, respiratory ailments and malaria.  I do believe that polio eradication helps strengthen routine immunisation, which has the potential to save the lives of large numbers of children.  Wherever I go, I always find that saving children’s lives is a universal concern.

I was very impressed with Nigeria’s progress against polio.  I tried to encourage everyone to not let up.

Bill Gates – from http://www.thegatesnotes.com


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