At last Tuesdays Meeting we had a presentation from Ted Mlynarz on the disaster that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, when the country suffered one of the most-severe earthquakes in its history. A magnitude 7.8 quake struck some 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Kathmandu, causing widespread death and destruction. Initial estimates of hundreds of people killed by the temblor soon escalated to the thousands—with many thousands more injured—as debris was cleared in Kathmandu and other cities and rescue workers reached remote towns and villages. Damage to buildings and infrastructure was widespread, and many of the country’s historic structures in the Kathmandu Valley were destroyed or severely damaged. In addition, the quake triggered avalanches on Mount Everest that descended on hundreds of people on the mountain for the spring climbing season, killing 19 people—thus surpassing the death toll from the 2014 avalanche—and injuring dozens more. Numerous aftershocks followed the initial quake, including a severe magnitude-7.3 temblor on May 12 centred near the Tibet border west of Everest. In all, some 9,000 people were killed and nearly 16,800 more injured in the two quakes.

Ted, together with Bob Groat and Jim Leahy visited the area to help assess what our Club could do with the funds raised through a Vietnamese Community Fund Raising for the assistance of those impacted by the disaster – to date the funds have been used to build four basic houses and the balance will now be used to fund a local school. The funds will be sufficient to keep the school operating for the next 12 months.

On 1 August we will have a presentation from Margaret Beadle on a short film that her students at Cecil Hills High School have made “The Ghost in My Class” and which is a FINALIST IN THE nova Employment Focus on Ability Short Film Awards we can help the School by viewing the film on lin

e and voting for it. The film last receives the most online votes can win Rebel Sporting Equipment valued at $10,000.

So get behind the effort of these students  by going to http://www.focusonability.com.au/ watch the film and vote for it.

The other speaker wi

ll be Frans Buskermolen and the subject of his talk will be “Unlicenced travels through Europe and Japan” – the talk is sure to be entertaining.

Meanwhile President John is still looking out for bears in the wilds of Canada and should (if not eaten) return for the meeting.

Next Club Meeting: 

Tuesday, 1 August 2017 – Speakers Margaret Beadle “The Ghost in My Class” and Frans Buskermolen “Unlicenced Travel in Europe and Japan” – Liverpool Catholic Club – 6:00 for 6:30 pm

Members Raffle Jackpot will be $180.00 on 1st August 2017

Birthdays: 9 August – Lawrence Hay

Anniversaries: 5 August – Judy and Kevin Walker

Market BBQ Roster

The Markets are in Childs Park, Central Avenue, Chipping Norton and operate from 7:00 am to 12 noon each Saturday.

If you are unable to attend for any reason please arrange a swap with someone else on the roster!!

29 July 17 Ron Houghton, Peter Beadle, Lawrence Hay & Alan Hall
5 August 17 Jim Leahy, Robert Menolotto, John Gibbs & Trudy Ho
12 August 17 Jim Rudling, Frans Buskermolen, Alvan Freeman & John Pillay
19 August 17 John Gibbs, Rinna Ly, Robert Menolotto & Le Duc Hong
26 August 17 Jim Rudling, Gary Halliday, Jock Cimino & Rinna Ly

If you are rostered on you will need to arrive at 6:30 am to set up Trailer, tent etc. and be available until 12:30 for pack up.

An update on Polio

Global Health leaders commit US$ 1.2 billion to polio eradication
On 12 June, global health leaders gathered to pledge US$1.2 billion in funding for polio eradication at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. Announcements were made by endemic country representatives, donors and leaders from GPEI partners, signalling a renewed international commitment to ending polio. This new funding will help protect more than 450 million children from the virus each year through vaccination and disease surveillance.

Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus confirmed in Syria and the DRC
Outbreaks of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) have been confirmed in Syria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Circulating VDPVs are extremely rare forms of polio, mutated from live, weakened strains in the oral polio vaccine  that can emerge in under immunised-populations over a long period of time. The polio programme is using proven strategies to respond quickly in order to stamp out cVDPV in both countries.

Dr Margaret Chan: Champion for polio eradication
After 10 years as the WHO Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan’s term has come to a close. During her tenure, Dr Chan oversaw numerous milestones in the polio eradication effort, including the end of polio in India and a record low case count in 2016. Her dedication has played an pivotal role in bringing polio to the brink of eradication, and positions the next Director-General to take the world across the finish line.)
Polio in Numbers (as of 21 Jun 2017)
Wild poliovirus in 2017: current year (same time 2016) Global Total: 6 (17)
Wild poliovirus in polio-affected countries: Afghanistan: 4 (6); Pakistan: 2 (11)



Time is rapidly running out to register your students for RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment) which will be held on the weekend of 11th August to 13th August at Telford on Port Hacking.

Now that students are back at school after the school holidays it is time to seek applicants and register them. Hurry, as applications close on 1st August.

RYPEN is for young people aged 14 to 16 years and caters for teenagers who have shown qualities of decency, courage, persistence, sincerity, and application in everyday life, which deserve further development.

RYPEN seeks to broaden each participant’s horizons culturally, socially, and academically, providing the inner foundations for a strong future.

For more information and the application form please go to: http://rotarydistrict9675.org/Page/rypen

RAM (Rotarians Against Malaria) Conference

Saturday 19 August and Sunday 20 August 2017 at the Rowers Club, 1 Levey Street, Wolli Creek. $100 for both days or $50 per day.

Tuesday 5th September 2017 – 6:30 for 7:00 at Liverpool Catholic Club
This will be a change of venue for our normal meeting and as such a good attendance is expected, tickets will cost $75 per person. This is a great night and everyone should enjoy themselves. Jim Rudling will have tickets available shortly, these must be purchased no later than 15 August 2017








Helping Youth to Achieve

Many young people have the talent to make the world a better place, but not all have the opportunity.

In 2017-18 we ask the clubs to nominate an individual from their area, or young people they become aware of who exhibit the spark to make a difference but are held back by their circumstances. Some youth do not have the opportunity to shine because they do not have the privileges that others have so we ask Clubs to identify those individuals and forward them to myself as the District Governors Partner.

The criteria for the awards are:

  • Age categories; 14 – 16 years & 17 – 19 years
  • Applicants from; Community Groups, Youth Groups & all Educational Organisations
  • Their Socio- economic situation
  • Contribution to communities
  • Their ability to “make the world a better place”
  • Commitment and enthusiasm to a cause

Nominee applications will open 1st September 2017 and close 16th March 2018

(Download available on District Website: www.rotarydistrict9675.org)

Let’s make a difference in 2017-18 and provide young people with an opportunity to make the world a better place.

Combined Rotary Club of Liverpool West and Karitane Annual Golf Day

This Charity Golf day will be held on Friday 22 September 2017 at Cabramatta Golf, it will be an Ambrose tournament with an early tee-off, breakfast and lunch. Registration will commence at 7:30 am for an 8:30 am hit off. The cost per person is $130 which includes golf, golf cart breakfast, on course refreshments and lunch. Hole sponsorship is $1,200 – this includes golf for 4 people, 2 golf carts, company banner and signage on hole, signage in dining area, acknowledgement on website, annual report and during the formalities. If you are just coming for the lunch the cost is $55 per head.



It’s on again this year on Sunday 29th October 2017 – Community Service Director Alan Hall will have further information closer to the date – visit www.graffitiremovalday.org.au .

RAWCS Eastern Region Working Bees at 6 Colyton Road, Minchinbury

RAWCS are vacating the Minchinbury Warehouse and are asking for volunteers to work from 9 am to 1 pm on the Saturday – 12 August 2017; Saturday – 9th September 2017; and Saturday – 23 September 2017. If you can help please advise Keith Roffey keithroffey@bigpond.com the week before. Some manual work will be involved, volunteers are asked to wear suitable clothing, covered footwear and to bring work/garden gloves. The work will be dusty so expect clothing to be soiled. Morning tea and a light lunch will be provided.

Coming Meetings and Events
Tuesday. 1 August Margaret Beadle “The Ghost in My Class” and Unlicensed Travels in Europe and Japan – Frans Buskermolen Liverpool Catholic Club 6:00 for 6:30 pm
Tuesday, 8 August Karitane – Grianne O’Loughlin Liverpool Catholic Club 6:00 for 6:30 pm
Wednesday, 9 August Satellite club Meeting Bar Luck Restaurant, Cabramatta 1:00 pm
Tuesday, 15 August Liverpool Catholic Club 6:00 for 6:30 pm
Saturday, 19 August

Sunday, 20 August

RAM (Rotarians Against Malaria Conference Rowers Club, 1 Levey Street, Wolli Creek
Tuesday, 22 August Tim Buckley – Healthy Options Australia (formerly Drug Arm) Liverpool Catholic Club 6:00 for 6:30 pm
Tuesday. 29 August Fellowship night followed by Club Board Meeting Liverpool Catholic Club 6:00 for 6:30 pm
Tuesday, 5 September Police Officer of the Year Presentation Dinner – $75 per person Liverpool Catholic Club 6:30 for 7:00 pm
Tuesday, 12 September Liverpool Catholic Club 6:00 for 6:30 pm
Wednesday, 13 September Satellite Club Meeting Bar Luck Restaurant, Cabramatta 1:00 pm
Tuesday, 19 September DG District 9675 Official Visit Liverpool Catholic Club 6:00 for 6:30 pm
Friday, 22 September Rotary / Karitane Golf Day Cabramatta Golf Course 7:30 am for 8:30 start
Sunday, 24 September Cabramatta Moon Festival Freedom Plaza, Cabramatta
Tuesday, 26 September Liverpool Catholic Club 6:00 for 6:30 pm
Tuesday, 3 October Liverpool Catholic Club 6:00 for 6:30 pm
Tuesday, 10 October Liverpool Catholic Club 6:00 for 6:30 pm
Wednesday, 11 October Bar Luck Restaurant, Cabramatta 1:00 pm
Tuesday, 17 October Liverpool Catholic Club 6:00 for 6:30 pm
Sunday, 29 October Graffiti Removal Day
Sunday, 19 November Satellite Club/ AHHA BBQ Freedom Plaza, Cabramatta
Tuesday, 21 November AGM _Election of Directors for 2018/9 Liverpool Catholic Club 6:30 for 7:00 pm
Sunday, 10 December Combined Rotary / AHHA Xmas Party International Restaurant, Canley Vale 5:30 pm
Friday, 25 May Annual Circus Liverpool Catholic Club Multiple Sessions
Saturday, 26 May Annual Circus Liverpool Catholic Club Multiple Sessions
Sunday, 27 May Annual Circus Liverpool Catholic Club Multiple Sessions
President John Pillay 0428 443 580 Immediate Past President Dr Rinna Ly 0466 663 379
President Elect Lawrence Hay 0408 970 913 Community Service  Director Alan Hall 0418 447 576
Secretary Alvan Freeman 0401 717 104 Youth Service  Director Sam Capra 0407 105 456
Treasurer Gary Halliday 0414 298 916 Vocational Service Director Joe Cauchi 0417 478 066
  International Service Director Jim Leahy 0408 404 691
Sergeant Gary Halliday Program Co-Ordinator Ted Mlynarz 0408 979 304
Public Officer Geoff Gibbs 0413 740 840 Attendance Officer Robert Menolotto 0422 642 893