Dear fellow Rotarians, friends and families,
Tuesday, 28 March 2017 was a great night. We welcomed our two guest speakers: Nadia Chiappara from Just 4 Tots Family Day Care in Harrington Park talked about the “Bear Cottage”, and Chaplain Edwin Galea, from John Morony 1 Correctional Centre, Windsor talked about his professional work as a Prison Chaplain. We also welcomed our regular visitor, Carlin Gibbs to join our club. Apologies from Lawrence Hay, John Pillay, Jim Rudling and Robert Menolotto.
Tonight was a good night for our club to listen to lovely speeches of 2 Guest Speakers as the following:
Firstly, Nadia advised that she has worked since 2004 with approximately 100 kids and their families over the last 13 years and many remain friends today. She raised her awareness to give us attention of helping the “Bear Cottage” located in Manly. Bear cottage is warm and home like environment providing respite, support and end-of-life care for children with life limiting conditions and their families. This place is only children’s hospice in NSW, once of only 3 in Australia and the only one in the world affiliated with a children’s hospital. The facility is set up to provide excellent paediatric palliative care 24 hours a day, with access to some of the best medical resources in the world.
Bear cottage is a home away from home. Staff and volunteers are on hand to take care of the cooking and cleaning. This service not only creates a space for kids to relax but also give parents time to recuperate and spend time with another. Currently over 3.6 million is needed each year to keep this place operating. Bear Cottage relies on donated funds to continue providing the family free of charge to parents. Money raised towards fund families to stay at the cottage for respite and end of life care, funding important camps for kids and parents including the provision of play, music and art therapy. She quoted that “why am I, a family day care Educator from Harrington Park raising funds for a service located in Manly that I have no personal connection to?”
Last year she raised $2200 towards helping this cottage through kids disco night and this year she is planning to organise the big event again by inviting special guests who have donated their time for the evening. The big event will be held on 14-07-2017, Camden Civic Centre, Camden.
Nadia hoped that our club could find a way to help the families in the local community. She would also love to count on the rotary club as a supporter of a disco and ultimately Bear Cottage, staff, volunteers and their families that they serve.
Secondly, Chaplain Edwin Galea advised that the “Way of Mercy reaches Windsor Correctional Centre”. His past experiences were as shown below and he also thanks to God for appointing him to work with those people.
The journey of the Way of Mercy Cross and relics was not to miss those whom Jesus refers to in Matthew’s Gospel “I was in prison and you came to see me” Mt 25:36
At different services at the Centre, the men read and heard about their lives and how Christ, a prisoner himself at the end, would never abandon them.
Apart from the weekly services of Tuesday and Wednesday, a special spiritual healing service was held on Thursday. The Men were invited at the weekly services to consider forgiveness for themselves and to offer forgiveness to others. They were invited to write names and other personal things and to bring these written notes to the foot of the Cross (Mary MacKillop’s relic Cross).
At the ceremony each man came up individually and placed their notes. After prayers, the service concluded with the chaplain machine shredding the notes in the presence of all those gathered as in offering these things to God through Jesus, in remission of our sins
After the shredding was completed, spontaneous sighs were heard throughout the chapel as if a load was lifted. “I was deeply touched by this”, said Chaplain, Edwin Galea. He added, ”these men may not have had a religious background but their sincerity in spiritual matters amazes me. They take matters very seriously and find deep comfort in their own form of brokenness”.
One of the man said, “I thought I was losing faith in God, but St Germaine’s story jolted me. I could not stop thinking of her. I copied the handout and gave it to a few other inmates”. Another said, “I cried every time I read her story, and it made me think of my children, whom I miss so much”.
Our Chapel doors were consecrated for the Year of Mercy earlier this year and our very own Bishop, the Most Reverend Vincent Long van Nguyen will visit the prison next month to celebrate mass. This will take place after the weekend where Parishes would have celebrated Prisoner Jubilee Sunday, as ordained by Pope Francis. Mercy has a face. It must be written on all of us baptised, showing mercy to others as Jesus prescribes in Matthew’s gospel. As one Parish priest put it, “Our entry to heaven will require a Reference from the poor”.
In conclusion, Chaplain Edwin Galea enjoys working and is happy to interact with inmates in different levels of communications. Most important thing is to spend time to help their needs.
Ingleburn Military Heritage Precinct BBQ
On Sunday 26th March our Club provided catering at the precinct’s open day. The volunteers had the area spick and span and had fantastic displays relating to Australia’s Military History. The Riverwood Air league Band “The Hornets” also performed. The roll up was poor and we only broke even on the day. It must have been disappointing for the organizers after all the effort they put in. I would like to thank everyone for spending their valuable time to assist at the BBQ.
Secretary: Ted advised that AHHA team invites our club members to attend the Satellite club meeting on Wednesday, 24th of May 2017 at 1:00pm, Bar Luck Restaurant, John Street. Prince Tesso Sisowath from Cambodia will be attending this meeting. The Satellite club will also organise the lunch for all attendees with the Prince.
Breakfast Meeting: A breakfast meeting has been organised for Tuesday 11 April commencing at 7 am. The cost will be $25 per head for a full buffet breakfast in the Attrium Restaurant – Liverpool Catholic Club. Don’t be late
Restaurant Night: Sam Capra advised that he has arranged to dine-out on 18 April 2017, at LA RUMBLA, Shop 7/600 Hoxton Park Road, Hoxton Park. Sam sent the commitment sheet to everyone whom are interested in attending the dinner with their partners and friends at this place soon. The cost per head is $55 with soft drink, house wine and beer. This will replace the meeting which would normally be held on that night
Club Changeover Dinner: this dinner will be held on Saturday, 1 July 2017 in the Liverpool Catholic Club Function Centre 7:00 for 7:15 pm the cost will be $65 per head for a 3 course meal, house wine and draft beers plus soft drinks.
Treasurer: Gary confirmed that our Annual Circus will be held on 26-28 May 2017 in the grounds of Liverpool Catholic Club and that tickets can be ordered through the Clubs Website www.rotaryliverpoolwest.com.au from 1 April 2017.
Vocational Service: Dr Bob Groat advised that he has been unable to get any response from either the Miller TAFE or its teachers about nominations or continuation of our Annual Awards. This is disappointing in view of our long association with them. Based on this we will no longer continue with this program.
Frans Buskermolen will advised that he will be away from next until Mid-July while travelling in Japan and Europe.
Remember! Our rotary club offers great opportunities for new friendships and personal development.
“After many years of great mercy, after tasting of the powers of the world to come, we still are so weak, so foolish; but, oh! when we get away from self to God, there all is truth and purity and holiness, and our heart finds peace, wisdom, completeness, delight, joy, and victory.”, Charles Spurgeon
Raffle: Thanks to everyone for your kind contribution of Raffle Prizes.
1st Prize= Ted Mlynarz; 2nd Prize= Sam Capra; 3rd Prize= Sam Capra.
Members Raffle Jackpot will be $60.00 on 4th April 2017
Lastly, I would like to thank you all for your attendance and kindness during the club meeting’s night.
All the best, Rinna.
Birthdays: 4th April – Jim Rudling
Anniversaries: No more for April
Next Club Meeting:
Tuesday, 4th April 2017 – 6:00 for 6:30 pm – Fellowship Night – Pamela Nkomo will be joining us. – Liverpool Catholic Club
Market BBQ Roster
The Markets are in Childs Park, Central Avenue, Chipping Norton and operate from 7:00 am to 12:30 pm each Saturday.
If you are unable to attend for any reason please arrange a swap with someone else on the roster!!
|1-Apr-17||Peter Beadle, John Pillay & Alan Hall|
|8-Apr-17||Le Duc Hong, Steve Alexander & Joe Cimino|
|15-Apr-17||Alan Hall, Geoff Gibbs & Sam Capra|
|22-Apr-17||Ted Mlynarz, John Gibbs & Alvan Freeman|
|29-Apr-17||Gary Halliday, Ron Houghton & Jock Cimino|
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.
Rotary Adventure in Citizenship (RAIC) is an intensive and fun filled week-long program to help prepare young adults for full participation as citizens of Australia.
Each year around 35 Year 11 students (the delegates) are sent by their local Rotary clubs to Canberra. They are taken out of their comfort zones into new places, set amongst new faces and asked to do new things.
For a week, RAIC puts the delegates “inside” Canberra.
Run in partnership with the Parliamentary Education Office the delegates are immersed behind the scenes in Parliament House.
They view Parliament in action, including the Budget speech and Question Time, meet their Federal Member of Parliament and Press Gallery journalists. Through role play, delegates participate in law-making debates and explore the functions of the Parliament.
One of the highlights is having morning tea with the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The 2017 Rotary Adventure in Citizenship program will be held from Saturday 6 May to Saturday 13 May 2017.
Applications open on Monday 27 February and close on Friday 7 April 2017, or earlier if all places have been filled.
And most importantly, they meet and make friends with young people from all over Australia. Delegates from previous years have said this is one of the highlights of the RAIC program.
For further information contact Youth Director – Joe Cauchi or visit www.raic.com.au
Satellite Club / AHHA BBQs at Freedom Plaza Cabramatta
Fairfield City Council has agreed to the following dates for Rotary and AHHA to conduct the bi-monthly BBQ fundraising events in 2017: 9 April, 18 June and 19 November. Any members who can help out on these days should advise Ted Mlynarz.
(Model United Nations Assembly)
When: Saturday 20th May, 2017 (9am sharp—4pm)
Where: NSW Parliament House
Nominations Close: 15 April 2017
More Detailed Information can be located here: http://www.rotarydistrict9675.org.au/Page/muna
Contact: District 9675 MUNA Committee, P O Box 987, ST MARYS NSW 1790
Email: Cheryl Deguara – firstname.lastname@example.org
AHHA Annual Fund Raising Dinner – 26 May 2017
The annual fundraising dinner will take place Friday, 26 May 2017 at the Crystal Palace Function Centre, Canley Heights.
AusViet Charity Foundation is having a fund raising night on Friday, 6th May 2017 at Canley Vale International Restaurant, 42 Canley Vale Road, Canley Vale. Jim Rudling is organising a table for this function – the cost is $50 per person for a 5 course meal, drinks and entertainment if you are able to attend please let Jim know as soon as possible
Four worms and a lesson to be learned!!!!
A minister decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon.
Four worms were placed into four separate jars.
The first worm was put into a container of alcohol.
The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke.
The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup.
|The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil
At the conclusion of the sermon, the Minister reported the following results:
The first worm in alcohol . . . . . . Dead .
The second worm in cigarette smoke . . .Dead .
Third worm in chocolate syrup . . . . Dead.
Fourth worm in good clean soil . . .Alive …
So the Minister asked the congregation,
“What did you learn from this demonstration?”
A lady sitting in the back, quickly raised her hand and said . . .
“If you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, you won’t have worms!”
That pretty much ended the service!
Coming Meetings and Events
|Saturday, 1 April||Presidents Elect Training|
|Friday, 7 April||Rotary Adventure in Citizenship nominations close||Refer Joe Cauchi|
|Sunday, 9 April||Satellite Club/ AHHA BBQ||Freedom Plaza, Cabramatta|
|Tuesday, 11 April||Breakfast Meeting||Liverpool Catholic Club||7:00 am|
|Saturday, 15 April||Model United Nations Assembly nominations close||Refer Joe Cauchi|
|Tuesday, 18 April||Restaurant Night – La Rumbla||6:30 for 7:00 pm|
|Tuesday, 25 April||NO MEETING – ANZAC DAY|
|Saturday, 6 May||District Assembly (All Incoming Directors)|
|Tuesday, 23 May||Fellowship Night followed by Board Meeting (Combined 2016/7 & 2017/8 Boards)||Liverpool Catholic Club||6:00 for 6:30 pm|
|Wednesday, 24 May||Satellite Club Meeting – Prince Tesso Sisowath of Cambodia will be in attendance||Bar Luck Restaurant, 1/94 John Street Cabramatta||1:00 pm|
|Friday, 26 May||AHHA (Vietnam Vision) Fund Raiser||Crystal Palace, 219 Canley Vale Rd, Canley Heights||7:00 pm|
|Friday. 26 May||Annual Circus||Liverpool Catholic Club||Multiple Sessions|
|Saturday, 27 May||Annual Circus||Liverpool Catholic Club||Multiple Sessions|
|Sunday, 28 May||Annual Circus||Liverpool Catholic Club||Multiple Sessions|
|Sunday, 28 May||Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal|
|Sunday, 18 June||Satellite Club/ AHHA BBQ||Freedom Plaza, Cabramatta|
|Saturday, 1 July||Club Changeover – $65 per head – 3 course meal, house wine, draft beer and soft drink||Liverpool Catholic Club||7:00 for 7:15 pm|
|Tuesday, 5 September||Police Officer of the Year Presentation Dinner – $75 per person||Liverpool Catholic Club||6:30 for 7:00 pm|
|Sunday, 19 November||Satellite Club/ AHHA BBQ||Freedom Plaza, Cabramatta|
|Rinna Ly||0466 663 379||Immediate Past President||Alvan Freeman||0401 717 104|
|John Pillay||0428 443 580||Community Service Director||Alan Hall||0418 447 576|
|Ted Mlynarz||0408 979 304||Youth Service Director||Joe Cauchi||0417 478 066|
|Gary Halliday||0414 298 916||Vocational Service Director||Bob Groat||0414 748 404|
|International Service Director||Jim Leahy||0408 404 691|
|Sergeant||Joe Cauchi||Program Co-Ordinator||Sam Capra||0407 105 456|
|Public Officer||Geoff Gibbs||0413 740 840||Attendance Officer||Robert Menolotto||0422 642 893