Dear Rotarians & Friends,

Apologies were received from Alan Hall Joe Cimino Gary Halliday and Joe Cauchi for last Tuesday’s meeting.

The Guest Speakers were members Ted Mlynarz aided at appropriate places by Bob Groat. Ted and Bob had spent a fortnight holidaying in South Island New Zealand. Five of those days were taken up in riding bikes across the Otago Central Rail Trail which runs from Clyde to Middlemarch a distance of 150 kilometres.

The short history of the Trail is that the original railway line was completed at the turn of the 20th century, and provided a link between Central Otago and Dunedin until it was closed closure in 1990. After closure the rails and the sleepers were removed. The line was consigned to history until a group of interested parties met and decided to convert the Trail to a walking, biking and horse riding trail.

Ted and Bob had done some training for the ride before they went to New Zealand so they thought the first day’s schedule of 8 kilometres was a piece of cake so they went on a side trip. The going got a bit steep for Ted so he waited until Bob caught up with him and he then informed Bob that he was turning back. Bob soldiered on.

Around Roxborough Gorge some parts of the Trail were so steep that it was a switch-back configuration.



At Poolburn Gorge (left) they rode across a viaduct NZ2
which allowed a spectacular view.

Further on the Trail there were three tunnels
that Ted and Bob were advised to walk through
rather than ride.





The great attraction of the Trail ride is the Otago scenery of which Ted took a million photos.













One of the highlights of the other part of Ted and Bob’s trip was the opportunity to play curling.

All the best Alvan.

 Next Club Meeting: 

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 – 6:00 for 6:30 pm – Fellowship Night followed by Combined Meeting for current and incoming Board.

Market BBQ Roster

The Markets are now located at Childs Park, Central Avenue, Chipping Norton and operate from 8 am to 12 noon each Saturday.

 If you are rostered on you will need to arrive at 7 am to set up Trailer, tent etc.

21 May 2016 Steve Alexander, Jock Cimino and Jim Rudling.
28 May 2016 Alvan Freeman, Ron Houghton and Allan Hall

** Please note there may be changes in the above roster. **


Members Raffle Jackpot will be $200.00 on 17th May 2016.

May Birthdays: 27th Julia Chan

May Anniversaries: No More for May.

Australian Health Humanitarian Aid (Formerly Vietnam Vision) Annual Fund Raising Dinner – 20 May 2016

On Friday 20 May 2016, AHHA Annual Fundraising Dinner. Will be held at Crystal Palace Reception Centre, Canley Heights. 7:00pm (Ticket available from Ted Mlynarz 0408 979 304). This is their major fund raising and goes a long way to meeting the costs the free cataract operations, dental aid and other work done by the group for the needy of Vietnam.

Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal – Sunday 29 May 2016

As usual our Club is supporting this event by providing transport for students from All Saints Senior High School at Casula and a sausage sizzle for the volunteers. If you are able to help this year please let Joe Cauchi or Jim Rudling know. You need to be at the school in Leacocks Lane Casula at 9:00 am on the Sunday and expect to finish around noon.

Food 4 Everyone – Fund Raising Dinner – 3 June 2016

Food 4 Everyone is holding a fund raising dinner on Friday 3 June 2016 at Canley Vale International Restaurant Level 1, Canley Vale Road, Canley Vale. The cost is $50 per person for a 6 course Vietnamese Dinner (Drinks at own expense) – there will be music, dancing auctions and raffles. For more information contact Tina – 0413 788 902, or Maggie 0404 477 858

Cambodia Vision 2016 Fundraiser Dinner – 25 June 2016

This Dinner will be held at the Crystal Palace Function Centre, Canley Heights on Saturday 25 June 2016. For tickets to this event please contact Jim Rudling. If you are unable to attend and would like to make a tax deductible donation this can be done through RAWCS by using the following link: https://donations.rawcs.com.au/Default.aspx?ProjectID=351&ReturnTo=4

Police Officer of the Year – 27 September 2016

President Elect Rinna, advises that planning is well advanced for this event which will be held on Tuesday 27 September 2016 at Liverpool Catholic Club. As we normally do our regular meeting will be transferred to this night, so we expect a big turn-out.

Liverpool West / Karitane Golf Day – Friday 30 September 2016

Our Annual Golf Day this year will be held jointly with Karitane at Cabramatta Golf Course. Registration from 7:30 am with a breakfast before a shot gun start at 8:30 am. There will also be on course refreshments and a lunch after the match. All profits from the day will go to Karitane’s perinatal mood disorder unit.

Further information is available from Karitane on 9794 2300 or kcfc@sswahs.nsw.gov.au

A blonde lady motorist was about two hours from Sydney when she was flagged down by a man whose truck had broken down……

The man walked up to the car and asked, “Are you going to Sydney?”

“Sure,” answered the blonde, “do you need a lift?”

“Not for me. I’ll be spending the next three hours fixing my truck. My problem is I’ve got two chimpanzees in the back that have to be taken to the Taronga Park Zoo. They’re a bit stressed already so I don’t want to keep them on the road all day. Could you possibly take them to the zoo for me? I’ll give you $100 for your trouble”

“I’d be happy to,” said the blonde.

So the two chimpanzees were ushered into the back seat of the blonde’s car and carefully strapped into their seat belts, and off they went.

Five hours later, the truck driver was driving through the heart of Sydney when suddenly he was horrified!

There was the blonde walking down the street, holding hands with the two chimps, much to the amusement of a big crowd.

With a screech of brakes he pulled off the road and ran over to the blonde.

“What are you doing here?” he demanded, “I gave you $100 to take these chimpanzees to the zoo!”

“Yes, I know you did,” said the blonde. “But we had money left over so now we’re going to the Sydney Aquarium.”

Coming Meetings and Events
Friday, 20 May Australian Health Humanitarian Aid (VVP) Annual Fund Raising Dinner Crystal Palace Function Centre, Canley Heights From 7:00 pm
Tuesday, 24 May Vocational Service – District 9675 Dorothy Hennessey Liverpool Catholic Club 6:00 for 6:30 pm
Friday, 27 May Annual Circus Liverpool Catholic Club
Saturday, 28 May Annual Circus Liverpool Catholic Club
Sunday, 29 May Annual Circus Liverpool Catholic Club
Sunday, 29 May Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal All Saints Senior High School, Leacocks Lane Casula 9:00 am until around midday
Tuesday, 31 May
Friday, 3 June Food 4 Everyone  Fund Raising Dinner International Restaurant, Canley Vale – $50 per head 7:30 pm till late
Tuesday, 7 June
Tuesday, 14 June
Sunday, 19 June Satellite Club/VVP-A Fund Raising BBQ Freedom Plaza Cabramatta
Tuesday, 21 June
Saturday, 25 June Cambodia Vision Fundraiser Dinner Crystal Palace Function Centre, Canley Vale Road, Canley Heights 7:30 pm till late
Tuesday, 28 June
Tuesday, 5 July
Saturday, 9 July Club Change Over TBA 6:30 for 7:00 pm
Tuesday, 12 July NO MEETING _ Transferred to Change Over
Tuesday, 27 September Police Officer of the year Presentation Dinner Liverpool Catholic Club 6:30 for 7:00 pm
Friday, 30 September Liverpool West / Karitane Golf Day Cabramatta Golf Club 7:30 am
Sunday, 20 November Satellite Club/VVP-A Fund Raising Freedom Plaza Cabramatta