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JOHN PALMER

Our very own John Palmer will talk about buildings and there's probably none better qualified to do so that John with over 50 years experience in the industry as a supplier, a maintainer, as a fixer and expert on remedial work.

Will be a very informative presentation.

Tonight's Guest Speaker 2017-10-02 13:00:00Z 0
 
 

 




An invitation to a special celebration
 
Dear PP Harry Clarsen
 
Camp Breakaway is an amazing place providing extraordinary care and services to children and adults with a disability, their families and carers.  It does this with just a few staff and some very dedicated volunteers.
 
But without the support of many individuals, organisations and businesses we would not be able to do what we do.
 
That is why we are inviting you to attend the 35th Anniversary of the very first camp and the 25th anniversary of the official opening of Breakaway Lodge. See the attached invitation for details.
 
Who would have predicted that from the first camp organised and run by Wyong Rotary in 1982, Camp Breakaway would go on to become the highly regarded charity that it is today.
 
For Camp Breakaway to have succeeded as it has, is not only a tribute to those Rotarians 35 years ago who had a vision and the drive and commitment to make that vision a reality, it is also a tribute to the many people who have contributed along the way.
 
This special event gives us the opportunity to celebrate the history and success of Camp Breakaway and to thank all those who helped get Camp Breakaway to where it is today – a small charity that truly makes a difference in the lives of people with a disability.
 
On the day, we will also be showing off the newly renovated Cedar Lodge and a new storage facility and to announce our plans for the future.
 
As you have been part of the success story so far, we hope you will be able to attend this event and continue your support for the next 35 years.
 
If you or your organisation are planning to make a donation on the day or in the future, can you please let us know so you can be acknowledged.
 
Sincerely

Terry Hayes
General Manager

 
80 Highview Avenue, SAN REMO  NSW  2262

P: 4390 7624  

E: info@breakaway.org.au

W: breakaway.org.au


 
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President Harry opened the meeting with his usual generous welcome, noting that the meeting was small and that visitors almost outnumbered members.
PP Jenny May was called on to welcome our guest; Henrick Lindahl our past exchange student from 1997/8 who is visiting Australia for the sixth time since his exchange, Nick Nicholas a resident of Lane Cove who is considering membership, as is fellow visitor Therese Lauriola. Von Norris, who is well known to members, watched Sgt John Norris penalise members later in the meeting. Arnold Granit from Hoddeson club in the UK was a pleasant surprise and our guest speaker Peter Watson also received a brief welcome in advance of his later formal introduction. Not to be forgotten, exchange student Ken Borer was recognised and his weekly report reserved for a later time.
President Harry then made several observations from the chair. Members who had received a copy of the Global Grant application for the Nepal project were requested to review it as closely as possible. The Social Media workshop the previous weekend was attended by five of our members was praised for its success. Members were requested to involve themselves in our Face book and webpage as much as possible to make them successful. It was noted that our dinner meeting on the 14th of November would be at our usual Golf Club venue not at Ryde TAFE. The TAFE meeting will possibly be held early next year.
PP John Palmer mentioned that the Rotary Conference is scheduled for the 9th March in Leura/Katoomba.
PP Lindsay May reported on a successful meeting with Lane Cove Council attended by several of the club executive. The Council are very pleased this the success of the recent fair and have agreed to a date of 14 October for the next fair in 2018.
PP Chris Curtis reported that he had published a new post on the Rotary Small Grants Project Indonesia’s Facebook page. He reminded members that the project budget for 2017/18 was $20,000 and that they could help achieve this by ‘Sharing’ his post if they were Facebook members.
After a delicious meal of braised chicken with mash, beans and carrots followed by a choice of fresh fruit, President Harry asked exchange student Ken to report on his activities for the past week. Ken noted that his school had chosen a cold and wet day at Dee Why beach for their surfing lessons but despite this the water was warm. He also attended a wrestling match where one of Lindsay May’s nephews won a match to become junior state champion.
The next person to speak was visitor Henrick Lindahl who told the audience about what he had been doing since his last visit. He has now visited Australia six times since he was our exchange student. He has spent time with Ken and at the beach with PP Jenny May and Erika. His two sons(8 & 10) are very much dissimilar.  Hendrick works at Ikea, purchasing for the 500 stores around the world. The numbers he reported were very impressive.
Sergeant John Norris seemed determined to make a good impression despite the few Rotarians present. Lindsay May, Chris Curtis, Ron Tweedie, Bob Cartwright, James Shevlin and Jenny May were fined and Von Norris contributed with a boast.
After a short break, PP Lindsay May introduced our guest speaker Peter Watson and mentioned Destiny Rescue (An organisation opposing child slavery and exploitation – Google). Peter gave a promotional talk for his organisation, Leadership Joy that is usually focused on leadership training. Peter used his impressive run down the length of New Zealand in 59 days, to emphasise points on leadership and personal endeavour. The scribe was a little confused because Peter’s talk had no apparent connection with the Child Exploitation theme that was advertised, however, the audience seemed to enjoy the change of subject and many questions regarding Peter’s marathon ensued.
PP John Palmer thanked Peter with observations showing that he had been listening, particularly regarding the recuperative powers of New Zealand beer and the wisdom of pursuing ones goals while occasionally taking “the other road”. A Growtree certificate was presented to Peter to thank him for his talk.
Before the meeting closed PP Jenny May and President Harry formally exchanged banners with Arnold Granit our visitor from Hoddeson Club, UK.
The raffle was won by Rtn Ron Tweedie with green ticket D11.
Before closing the meeting, President Harry reminded the meeting of the visit by District Governor Peter Hall.
 
 
Scribe's Report 2017-09-17 14:00:00Z 0
Ken's weekly update on his adventures
 
President Harry exchanging Club banners with Brazilian exchange student.
Rtn Pat in deep though about PP Roger's question
A proud Rtn James receiving the Paul Harris Fellowship award
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President Harry welcomed all. He announced that the grant information on the table tonight,re Heartland is a culmination of Rotary's involvement in Rtn Pat's Project.

He welcomed Guest Chris Johnson from the RC of Carlingford

 

PP Margaret

Following the Meeting next week there would be a committee meeting for community projects

 

PP Jenny

Meet the local candidates evening on 31st August at the Lane Cove Club.

 

Rtn Adrienne

Great e ticket to LC Youth orchestra at Conservatorium.

 

President Harry

Presented a Paul Harris Fellowship award to: James Shevlin. He is deserving of a PHF award through his tireless and unselfish service to Rotary and several charities within the community.

 

Ken Borer's report

Revealing a very busy week, Ken told us that on Thursday he attended an Olympic park excursion with school. Friday opera house. Sat evening Planet of the Apes 3 plus chocolate top.

Sunday picnic with friends. Afternoon made his first batch of brownies. Sunday with Tania at a Castle Hill meeting. 15 in bounds and 16 out bounds. Evening scones again by Hazel. Monday chose year 11 subjects. Chose ESL,  business, legal and sport. Planning tough muddier challenge.

 

Sergeant John

Ken Borer enjoying Hazel's hospitality especially in choc tops and brownies. All outrageous but payable on principle - the principle of - um not sure. John handed many other fines for outrageous behaviour.

Harry cross fines. Long term lunch time friend , Chris, went back to work. Disgraceful. John Donald back from an overseas trip involving baby sitting twins.

 

President Harry  Introduced to the club a different style of guest speaker--Eagerly anticipating an interview by Roger Wescombe with Pat Price.

Dinner at Friday evening for a 10 year anniversary of the CLCR.

Like Roger, he was born in Wagga Wagga and came to LNS. Dad 

Looking for a non-violent school that focussed on developing a child's mind. What was the outcome? Sent Pat to a school focussing on global awareness. Went to Carumbeena. 

Went on to high school and then Uni for a degree in exercise science. Got a degree but poor academic student. Also poor marks in high school. By then already knew what he wanted to do --> education --> kick start into career and the outcome.

Went to Democratic education conference in India. was approached by a group who wanted to install different empowering practices in their education. Mahatma Ghandi's grandson spurred him on. Wife(to be) also attended that conference. Been to a similar school to Pat. Passionate about social justice. Pushes Pat into making more effort. Keeps him grounded.

Met Nepalese teachers at the conference. Looked serious about wanting change in Nepal. Impressed because they weren't after money but change.

Couldn't get a job after graduation, so went to Nepal to join these people. Found lots of violence and poor outcome methods.

Researched charity structure to create foundation for initiative. Eg  only 1/4 of the $7B for earthquake got to end user.

Minister for education paid an impromptu and landmark visit.

Wanted to form a partnership with Heartland. Changed the law reference corporal punishment.

Minister got more plans for heartland and expand into greater Nepal.

Visiting Rotarians will have impact on the kids even with a short visit.

Now we have over 500 students and employ 84 teachers. That impacts on about3,000 kids.

Do not receive nor want funding from the Nepalese government. Have great partnership within the DOE. Over the last ten years we have collectively put in $1.2m.  Do other kids from Curambeena  fare that well and are they better equipped to do this stuff?

Yes. Teacher/student relationship is key and education will follow.  Social and emotional development is awesome.

 

President Harry thanked Pat and announced that he will be joining Pat on visits to other Rotary clubs to expand support for the project.

 

Attendance 17 members and 9 guests.

 

Fellowship night next week and Vlad to give us a short history of his life.

Please sit in your teams.

 

Again Congratulations to James again. 

 
Scribe's Report 2017-08-27 14:00:00Z 0
President Harry warmly welcomed everyone, especially the following guests; Dr John Paget (Speaker), AG Ward Pollard (RC Mosman), Maj-Gen Tim Ford, Eric and Jane Pearson (Gosford), Christabel Wescombe, Tony Travers, Liz Clarsen, Chris Grant.
 
Reports and Announcements
 Pres Harry is keen to find a volunteer to take over the task of managing the function of ClubRunner for the Club. Assistance would be provided and anyone wishing to take this task should contact Pres Harry.
 PP Tania reminded members to contact her for any new meeting badges.
PP Jenny reported on the successful Arts Awards on Friday 11th August – over $1000 was received at the door and more likely from sales of the pictures. Jenny also asked for those who have not paid yet for the catering ($20) to contact her.
PP Lindsay reported on his experience in the  Rolex Fastnet Yacht race. He indicated that around 370 yachts raced. He was on Kialoa II (owned by Patrick Broughton) and finished around 60-70th place. As always, his description of the 605 nm race which started in Cowes, then around  Fastnet Rock (off Southern tip of Ireland) and ended in Plymouth, was not only excellent but  gripping and detailed.
Maj-Gen Tim Ford then informed the Club that the Peace Keepers Memorial in Canberra is close to finished. This Memorial will commemorate the significant contribution made " in the service of peace" by over 80,000 Australian peacekeepers – military, police and civilian – to more than 60 United Nations and other international peacekeeping missions since 1947. The dedication and commemoration will be on 14 September 2017.  He also reported on his daughter, Sophie Ford, who was the Club’s first Rotary Peace Fellow, and who is working with UK Oxfam in Yangon, Myanmar, especially concerning the plight of the Rohingya.  
AG Ward Pollard then introduced himself as the new AG to our zone and looked forward to increasing collaborating on projects. He also spoke as the Chair of the RYPEN Committee, he encouraged the Club to nominate year 9-10 students to a RYPEN workshop.
PP Tania asked to members (and invited guests) to volunteer on the Rotary Fair, especially on the BBQ, Photo Booth and the Rotary raffle.
Our Exchange Student, Ken Bore from Basel, Switzerland reported on his past week which included a visit to Barangaroo, receiving a year-full membership to Bluefit (courtesy of Todd McHardy) and meeting other Exchange students.
 
Sergeant’s Session
PP John Norris acted as Sergeant and fined virtually everybody including our returning overseas Members (Robyn, James and Lindsay), our poor President over his leg fracture, recent birthdays (Tania and Robert) and Roger and Christabel’s anniversary. Other fines, whether fair or not, were accepted in the usual positive way.
 
Speaker
PP Frank then introduced our Speaker, Dr John Paget, who has had positions as Assistant Commissioner in the NSW Dept of Corrective Services, CEO of the South Australian Dept for Correctional Services, and Director of the Alexander Maconochie Centre project in the ACT.  
John Paget started by providing a snapchat of the prisoner profile. For example 30% of males had been placed in care as a child, 52% have no school qualifications, 10% are illiterate or innumerate. The long list of social, family, economic, educational, mental, unemployment, homelessness and other risk factors provided the backdrop against which John Paget  was able to emphasise the need for new prison policies.
He stated that the state government's planned and ongoing expansion of the prison system is a "very expensive failure" that puts NSW on the wrong side of history. In the face of record prisoner numbers and overcrowding, the government will spend $3.8 billion over four years on new prisons, including 7,000 new beds. Apparently this is twice the amount being spent on building new schools yet NSW now has the worst recidivism rate of all states.
He stated that building prisons is "remarkably ineffective" in deterring people from crime or keeping the public safe yet the government didn't seem to care., "Using evidence at the basis of penal policy is not being soft, it is simply being smart." John Paget spoke about the negative aspects of Radio Talk-back which created “community expectations” of incarcerations and harsh sentences as answers to crime prevention.
He said the eye-watering expenditure "represents an absence of political leadership and imagination to conceive of what an alternative approach might look like". In stark contrast to NSW policy, political will in the US and UK has seen a move away from a "lock 'em up" culture.
In 2014-15, 46 American States enacted 200 bills to reform prison systems and many states legislated that public policy must be informed by evidence. For example in California found that reductions of 20% in jailing between 2006 and 2012 resulted in a 25% reduction of crime.
John Paget indicated that the US has retreated from its incarceration binge in the 1990’s partly because it can no longer afford it. Similarly, the UK has committed to base all future penal policies on solid evidence. For instance, introduction of holistic social policies which raised household incomes by 10%, resulted in 18% reduction in crime.
John’s excellent presentation was much appreciated. The Q and A at the end of his talk touched on the problems of politicians being interviewed on Radio Talk-back, the use of ankle bracelets for tracking prisoners on parole, and examples of successful holistic policies introduced in New York.
PP Jenny formally thanked John Paget for his presentation.
President Harry added his appreciation, indicated that 15 Rotarians and 10 guests had attended and in closing the meeting reminded people to attend next week to hear PP Roger Wescombe interviewing Rtn Pat Price.
Scribe: PP Martin
Scribes Report 15 August 2017 2017-08-19 14:00:00Z 0
22 Aug 17.
Pat Price: From Lane Cove to Nepal

Pat Price grew up in Lane Cove, went to school in Lane Cove, lives in Lane Cove and is a member of the Rotary Club of Lane Cove. Sounds like the subject of a very dull talk! But his heart and his imagination are in Nepal and there it gets fascinating. Saint Paul is said to have learned his mission in life when he was thrown from his horse. Where was Pat’s road to Damascus? Who taught him? Where has it all led and what’s next? Pat will be interviewed by Roger Wescombe.

Tonight's Guest Speaker 2017-08-19 14:00:00Z 0

President Harry opened the meeting, and then asked Board members to check their action item for the board meeting Thursday.

 

PP Tania: Fair.. Now called Rotary Fair once again. So we need to be active and take ownership of it. 60 stall holders so far, marquees ordered; map for us; many more areas and stall holders than before. Sustainability Lane. Rotary will have a BIG presence. We will need to be there in force and easily identified. Brains trust to come up with method of responding to an interested enquiry re visiting us 'in hard copy' as PP Bob might say.

2 meetings of Fair committee so far. Minimal parking this year. Buses go to park complex. Rosenthal carpark closed.

In the Cove notices and TVO one free page.

Plenty of bands including Horns Plus.

Sunday 8th Oct looks positive. Get involved and enjoy the day. "Back to Lane Cove Rotary Fair".

 

PP Martin

Change in Council approach? Ans. Very positive and involved. Council providing extra Rangers and stop go people.

Donations for raffle needed.

Art show next Friday night.

 

Ken Borer related his first week in Sydney.

School was easy. Saturday saw a yacht race with Tania and Lindsay. Dinner with Barry. Sunday BBQ at the park. Hundreds of sausages. Tuesday National Swiss day. "No cheese or chocolate to be seen". Thurs moved to Tania. Friday Jeans day at school. Unusual because don't wear uniforms at home.  Sunday was fish and chips and ice cream.

Excursions next week: Going to Syd Opera House and then Driver Awareness Course.

 

Sergeant PP John Norris

Jenny May took all of his dinner money at the door for the art show. Ken took a whip around for him - in the form of corporal.

He made the Wescombes welcome to the sound of coin clatter.

Tania .. Leopard skin shoes. [the sergeant seems to like shoes]. 

Scouts for athletes PP Margaret Silink.

Grandson won 70 m and 100m by a country mile, the shot put and long jump by 4 cm.

4YO won a blue ribbon.

Adult races: Mum got second and son-in-law won by the length of the straight. 

Bob got out bulletin.  PP Roger and Christabel and Rtn Hazel and Graham both anniversaries.

Rtn Karen at scary top table. Club statesmen sitting approvingly at end of table.  pp John Palmer wonderful job printing Rotacove. Disappointed nobody turned up for the art show. [wonder how he knows that?]. Rtn David Paull - nice to See you. 

 

Scribes Report 2017-08-11 14:00:00Z 0
 
 
President Harry welcomed everyone including guests, Dr Hari Haran (Guest speaker) and Liz Clarsen.
Announcements
PP Jenny asked for donations of $20 to buy plates of food for the Art Show supper to be given by next Tuesday 8th.  A volunteer for the door of the Art Show on Friday 11th August was also requested to assist Treasurer Tania. John Palmer and later James Shevlin volunteered.
Pres Harry reminded all Board members that there is a Board Meeting at the Golf Club on Thursday 10th.
PP John Palmer attended the Stronger Communities meeting and reported that Walk Around the World (WATW) proposal had been favourably received. Also two proposals from Phil Wade – Hallam Ave Tennis Club and Lane Cove Bowling Club were well received.
Pres Harry explained that Martin had suggested extending WATW to the aged population to increase their activity. This helps to prevent dementia and cardiovascular problems. Probus clubs would be a good entry place to the aged.
PP Martin reported that a new website is being developed for WATW. Carol Sinclair has links to health and wellness groups in this type of area.
Sgt John P fined many members for a variety of misdemeanours including not knowing the words of the Swiss National Anthem on Swiss National Day in honour of our Youth Exchange Student, Ken, from Switzerland. 
Guest Speaker – Dr Hari Haran
Pres Harry introduced Dr Hari Haran, a Rotarian and Past President from Pondicherry (a former French Colony) in India. Dr Haran has spoken to 576 Rotary Clubs mainly in USA and Australia about his work in Indian Music Therapy. They ranged in attendees from 3 to 1500 and one in Perth he spoke to recently had no female members.
Dr Haran has about 8000 clients in the USA and visits twice a year. All proceeds of his CD sales go to his Rotary Club of Aurocity in Pondicherry.
Music in India is Minute Understanding of Sound In Creation. It is used to attain and maintain health and wellbeing. It is an established health service similar to occupational therapy and physiotherapy and there are music therapy departments in universities in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. It is a holistic treatment approach and Dr Haran treats the whole body with music. It helps with many different conditions such as Anxiety and Depression, Chemical Dependency, Alzheimer’s/Dementia, Chronic and Acute Pain, Labour and Delivery and Neurological Disorders.
Indian Music has 66 microtones as opposed to World Music which has 7 notes, 12 placed tones and 16 quarter tones. Dr Haran played several different pieces of music and chants during his talk.
 He then went on to show us photos of a person’s chakras taken with a red camera filter (seven centres of spiritual power in the human body) before and after music therapy showing how the chakras had opened and the person’s stress had been relieved.
We all practised our chanting too!
A map of the temples around Pondicherry showed how they were built on planetary positions 3000 years ago. Many health and domestic problems were explained by astrology also e.g. Mars affects blood or liver problems and divorces and the Moon affects mental problems through the brain and nerves.
He went on to say that if we listened to a particular chant (Navagraha-sun) for 6 months we wouldn’t need to wear glasses any more. He is 66 and doesn’t need glasses as he chants this chant every day. When listening to the chants it is important to be lying or sitting and not doing anything else at the time.
It was suggested that politicians need music therapy.
Questions
PP Dick Dawes - How long do you need to listen each day? Twenty minutes for 6 – 8 weeks
Roger W – Has music therapy been submitted to scientific study institutions? Yes Hari’s PhD was on this at a US university. There are many music therapists in the world.
Liz Clarsen – Is there a common factor between Indian and Western music therapy? Indian participates and Western just listens.
PP Roger Wescombe thanked Dr Haran for having travelled thousands of kms to speak to us.  Roger also mentioned that Greenwich Hospital uses music therapy quite a bit especially for people with dementia with good results. We all want good health.
Further information can be seen on Dr Haran’s website http://indianmusictherapy.org.in/
Bunnings voucher won by John Palmer.
Rtn James reported there were 9 Rotarians and 2 guests with 3 apologies.
Next week’s meeting:The Christian churches seem to be losing their congregations in the Western world. Sunday is not what it used to be. And while active church participation is diminishing, so is participation in a whole range of social institutions, Rotary among them. What the hell is going on? And how are the churches responding to the situation? Our own Karen Paull is part of one innovative response.
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President Harry and Liz's Youngest son, visiting from Norway, Dr. Ben Clarsen gave an captivating talk of physical therapy and how it applies to the Olympic community. PP Phil introduced Ben, and note he was his very first employer when he was a teenager.
 
 
 
President Harry presenting the district name badge on our new Exchange Student, Ken Borer, from Switzerland.
 
President Harry welcoming our recently arrived exchanged student, Ken. Very recent--two days.
 
Last week with Ken
 
 
Ken and Alice having fondue on Swiss National Day 1 Aug. and PP. Tania
 
Last Sunday Bushcare BBQ Duty with Rtn's Phil, Hazel and outbound exchange student Alice.
 
 
 
Out and about watching a yacht race with Lindsay and Tania
 
 
Photo Gallery 2017-08-05 14:00:00Z 0
Dear Jenny--this event will be held in a lovely Hunters Hill home.  Feel free to share with your Rotary Club, and if encourage quick booking, because the limit is 30 people.
All the best Lucy.
 
 
Styling for a Cause-Workshop 2017-08-05 14:00:00Z 0

Our urbane President Harry opened the meeting

PP Tania introduced the guests

Ben Clarsen, Barry Starr, Nick, Christabel, Liz, Frankie, Felixstowe, Kenyo, Uroto, Bronwyn, Alice(our out-bound exchange student)- off to Taiwan.

Barry Starr

20 students this year overall. Wishing Ken a very good year this year. 

Harry added to Ken Borer's welcome noting that he loves in Basel. Soon to give us a presentation. Presenting him with his exchange students badge Ken said he was excited to go to school and tired from the journey.

Tania - upcoming programs

Ken is straight Off to Hazel's place for a pleasant sojourn. It's got plenty of room, pool, entertaining area and dog! Then off to Bronwyn's. Please consider him when holding a function. Off on safari in 3 weeks.

 

Announcements

PP Jenny

Please pay for plate or bring one. To Art Show on 11th August.

President Harry

My rotary.org is now up and running.

District social media workshop coming up. Please consider attending.

Scribe's Report 2017-07-29 14:00:00Z 0
Sudden loss of Rotary International President-elect Sam Owori, 2017-07-27 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary Meeting 2017-07-14 14:00:00Z 0
Morning Tea with Jean and Jim Holmes 2017-07-10 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Phil
Scribes Report for 3/7/2017
 
President Harry opened the meeting exhorting us to heed international President Ian Risely's call to arms. [this club had personal ties with Ian when, as global Rotary Treasurer, he stood in for PP Roger Wescombe and yours truly at our first "democracy framework" meeting in Myanmar].
Harry reported that He had technical difficulties again this week re Rotacove.
It was not reported in the printed version that Bob and Robyn received PH awards at our changeover.
Rotacove also didn't mention the magnificently generous donation of Jim Holmes of $50,000 via our club to LC Community Aid. Jim is out of hospital and Jean has just re-entered.
Harry's further announcements
He has received a Plea from Rotary District re the Rotary Leadership Institute for participants for their sessions on the 8th July.
RYLA applications are also open now.
Board meeting this Thurs 
Directors announcements
 
Rtn Ron Tweedie
Thanks to the committee chairs and participants of their members in club projects during the year. Much work went in by the chairs and also of course the Rotarians within those committees driving individual projects, and they individually and collectively delivered to the club a magnificent year.
 
PP Chris Curtis
Announced an Indonesian Bazaar in Marrickville on Sat 29th (142 Addison Rd Centre). Offering us a display table. See details below.
 
Rtn Adrienne
A visiting Rotarian from India landing in August. Wants to be picked up at the airport. Boarding at Hazel's. Needs a volunteer to drive him.
 
PPJohn Donald
Introducing this year's Foundation Chairman - himself! Wants 100% Centurion compliance this year. 
 
President Harry
The Board looked at an idea to make things easier. Half yearly dues will include a donation slot for Centurion contributions. Makes it easier or you can set up an annual donation which comes out of your account only once a year, which might even be easier.
 
Sergeant Adrienne.
Fleeced all and sundry systematically around the room for committing heinous crimes - mostly imaginary. Insisted on reaching her unnamed target before she allowed dessert to be released from the kitchen.
It was worthy of note that people are heading off overseas to escape the winter - led by Chris Curtis and John Donald, who are heading off to Barcelona, amongst other places. Stories of the bullet train from Madrid, bull fights and plenty of sunshine to dry freshly washed laundry.
Robyn is going to Monte Carlo - the scene of her wild younger days.
 
Guest Speaker-Louise Williams
Louise Williams - guest speaker.
Louise spoke very well of her organised wandering through a carefully self-selected Arabian Nights type of tour. She spoke of deliberately staying out of "tourist traps", couch surfing in Syria and Lebanon, of hearing multiple dialects of the same Arabic language that was markedly different on the street to the classical "church" Arabic.
In most places the female dress code was quite relaxed - not at all like the extreme states of dress of some Muslims that we see in Australia.
The religious scene was as divided in those countries as there were dialects. The Virgin Mary was much beloved [and Christ is considered to be a leading prophet in the Koran]. 
The people born in The Gulf states do not work, and live very well, as they are all supported by the oil Kings.
The food is very rich there however, and many people are obese and diabetic.
The projector broke down but that was a trigger for Louise's speech to become interesting in that her word pictures were far more enjoyable and engaging than photos of Mosques and scenery.
President Harry summed up for all of us when he said that "I could listen to this all night but I guess we need to close the meeting at some stage".
 
 
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HELP Painters needed 2016-10-07 13:00:00Z 0
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Ducks for the Congo Performer 2016-09-22 14:00:00Z 0
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GUEST SPEAKER 2016-09-12 14:00:00Z 0
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UPDATE ON PP PHIL 2016-09-04 14:00:00Z 0
Lane Cove Youth Orchestra - Sound Celebration 2016-09-03 14:00:00Z 0
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GUEST SPEAKER 2016-09-03 14:00:00Z 0
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Promise of Large "Boasting" Fine (Ed: Now paid! Thankyou John) John Palmer 2016-07-17 14:00:00Z 0
The Last Word (by Margaret Thatcher) 2016-07-05 14:00:00Z 0
Past-President Jenny's Year in Review 2015-16 Jenny May 2016-07-03 14:00:00Z 0
"Ode to FAIM" by Ian Collins to Dick Dawes 2016-06-26 14:00:00Z 0
Scribe's Report on Previous Meeting (5 April) 2016-04-13 14:00:00Z 0
Scribe's Report on Meeting held on 12 April 2016-04-13 14:00:00Z 0
Presentation on Heritage of Lane Cove Bill McLaughlin, Immediate Past President of LC Historical Society 2016-02-16 13:00:00Z 0
Scribe's Report on 9 Feb Dinner Meeting and Club Assembly Phil Wade 2016-02-14 13:00:00Z 0
Duty Roster for June James Shevlin 2016-01-27 13:00:00Z 0
Bowling Fun Day 21 Feb 2016 at West LC Bowling Club Phil Wade 2016-01-27 13:00:00Z 0
(Ed:  Our speaker Lindsay May successfully created such excitement that we have been favoured with two scribe reports rather than the usual one!)
 
Report on Dinner meeting January 19th 2016 by Scribe Martin Silink
 
President Jenny opened the meeting by welcoming Members, their partners and the many guests who came to hear PP Lindsay’s much anticipated report on the 73rd Sydney to Hobart yacht race. She asked PP Chris Curtis to formally welcome the many guests who outnumbered the members.
 
President Jenny asked for volunteers to assist the scouts by helping with the BBQ on Australia Day. She alerted members to an Australian Rotary Health fundraiser as well as a forthcoming tour of Vietnam organized by the RC of Turramurra in May 2016 in aid of their wheelchair project. She also reminded the members that Bernadette was the new caterer at the Club and to support her by dining there.
 
Rtn Harry Clarsen then reminded everyone to support the 2 dollar coin collector which, when full, would hold $100, enough for a Centurion membership. This donation would be tax deductible.
 
PP John Palmer reported on the Pride of Workmanship evening in April and invited nominations to recognize quiet achievers from any walk of life.
 
Mark, an exchange student from Switzerland, described in glowing terms the enjoyable time he was having and commented in particular on the safari, the many international friends he was making and on experiencing a hot Christmas. Our past exchange student, Will Newham, who had been to Belgium 4 years ago then briefly spoke. He visited his family in Belgium last year and hopes to do this again.
 
PP Phil Dudgeon was then invited to introduce our speaker, PP Lindsay May. Lindsay was born in Bulli, grew up in Wollongong. He rapidly demonstrated his athletic prowess by winning 3 NSW surfing titles and achieved international fame by saving the mistress of Club Med's CEO from drowning. His first Sydney Hobart yacht race was in 1973 and the 2015 race was his 43rd. Lindsay then used his wonderful skills of word imagery to draw the audience into the highlights of last year’s race. He commented on the stringent documentation and safety standards (probably the highest in the world) as a result of the Coronial findings after the 1998 race. He introduced us to the niceties and strategies of the start in Sydney Harbour, how there were 3 actual starting lines (for boats of different sizes), how there were different markers for the boats to clear as they left Sydney Harbour, details of how the wind was funneled through Bass Strait, how the depth was shallower there resulting in bigger waves, how important the currents and eddies were in adding to boat speed. By the end of his presentation the audience was ‘expert’ in dagger boards, canting keels, water lines, sail battens, spinnakers, sitting on the rails, tether lines, drills for man overboard emergencies, Volvo 70 clippers, how to prepare for a wind-shift, how to perform under-water repairs to rudders in the middle of Bass Strait, the thrill of going around Tasman Island, the beauty of dolphins in Storm Bay and how to catch wind gusts in the Derwent River. Unfortunately Lindsay’s boat, Brindabella, had to retire early after a freak wind shift (a southerly buster) which arrived with only 90 seconds warning, broke several battens and tore 2 spinnakers to shreds. The line Honours went to Comanche whilst the handicap winner was Balance. Lindsay was on 3 winners over the years and skippered the 2006 winner “Love and War”
 
In question time Lindsay described the amazing rescue of John Quinn in 1993.  Just 38 of 104 starters made it to Hobart. Sailing on Atara that year, Lindsay's race was already over, Atara's mast broken when she was rolled by a freak wave, when they heard on the radio that John Quinn was lost at sea. "We were on our way home when we heard that Quinn had been washed off his yacht, Mem, after the stitching on his safety harness came apart when the boat was hit by a huge wave. We went back to help look for him and nearly ran over him," Lindsay remembered. The rescue of John Quinn was one of those inexplicable miracles. By all rights, in the terrible conditions that night he should have been a goner as he was in the water for 6.5 hours. A fast current had swept Quinn miles from where he'd first gone over, and where his mates on Mem were desperately searching for him. Yet somehow, amid the shrill roar of wind and waves, a crew member on the tanker Ampol Sorrel had heard his call for help and spotted him in its searchlight. "We heard on the radio that the tanker Ampol Sorrel had seen him in its searchlight, but couldn't retrieve him, so we just headed for the tanker’s lights. “We had a lot of delamination where the broken mast had smashed against Atara's side. When we pulled John Quinn out of the water, we asked him if he had seen how bad the damage was. I'll never forget his reply.  'When the ambulance arrives you don't notice the condition of the duco,'" Lindsay said.
 
After a marvellous ovation, PP John Palmer gave the formal vote of thanks for a truly outstanding presentation. Sandy won the raffle. 
 
An Alternative Report by our Alternative Scribe Phil Wade
 

​We were treated to an introduction by Phil Dudgeon so powerful in its nature and a tribute to the past accomplishments of of our speaker Lindsay in the worlds of business, Rotary, sport, youthful origins and sailing far too numerous to list, which by its degree of understatement indicated perfectly the status of the presenter and the interest of his topic tonight, and which imbued us with an air of anticipation that was more than fulfilled, even to visitors hardened in the world of youth, water and sports, and of course the rest of us mere mortals.

Lindsay initially introduced us to the excitement and bustle of the pre-race preparations. Excited gatherings of sailors, friends and family with the unavoidable encounters with the mostly low key millionaire owners of the large craft to the fanatical, perpetually optimistic battlers of the small ones.

Lindsay's photos obtained from various sources took us from there to the actual start line, or in this case three separate starting lines. 

And his immaculate audio-visual production was first class.

But he reassured us that the handicappers made allowances for the boats bringing up the rear. And having to battle the washing machine conditions of the increasingly churning waters of the spectacular Sydney Harbour.

Then we got into the nitty gritty technical issues of the best places for seasick sailors to let it go, to bent cleats, minor tears in mainsails that turn into half million dollar rips, to canting keels, movable water ballast and - Dagger boards that were also quite an issue (had to be there).

Luckily, Waratah book-ends Jeremy Tilse and Paddy Ryan were in Brindabella's crew as they came in handy to carrying around the 100kg-plus awkward lofts that normally take 3 or 4 people. Jeremy was especially handy because he doesn't get sick.

Comanche's story:  Comanche had a broken dagger board. Fixed it and knocked the rudder.  Pulled out of the race then decided to jury-rig another rudder made out of chewing gum, Sunfish cartilage and Kristy's high heels and stockings or similar, re-entered the race and won line honours.  It boasted a Canted keel as well that canted at the dock to allow an easy step onto dry land.  And probably helped Kristy back to land in the absence of her heels?  Very thoughtful addition.

Brindabella's story:  A movie of the Brindabella going forward suddenly went black. That's when the spinnaker broke up and then the halyard broke down, cleats got bent, other things went wrong and they had to heave to and advance to the rear under power.  Just like nearly half the field.

How did this happen? A Southerly usually comes in over 90 minutes but in this case it was 30 seconds, and that was a lot quicker than expected, leaving them about 40 seconds late in their preparation for it. This resulted in a flogging sail that then led to 2 broken batons, tears in the mainsail, cracked mast, all totalled, and the Cook threw a tantrum, so they came back to Sydney.  We learnt an interesting fact: Blokes (and I presume gals also) chucking is warmer than water and so is not immediately uncomfortable. The Waves encountered in such conditions had no bottoms, resulting in hull-cracking drops of around eighty feet.

They went to the trouble of cleaning up the vomit after the boat returned. [Well it was a popular move for the fish].

Other boats suffered even worse damage than vomit-strewn decks, having holed hulls and broken beams and probably bones.

Brindabella is still the fastest conventionally hulled boat.

We also learnt that the peculiar pattern of deep trenches and shallows dictates the insane current patterns that seem to the layman to flow the wrong way in places.

But that's all good if you happen to be a genius navigator. [And there's one in every fleet?]. And it also defines the unique crash, bang, wallop nature of the "Hobart" race, making it unique in the world [and a "must do" challenge in the rite of passage of any fair dinkum blue water sailor].

Lindsay said a main ingredient in their win on Love and War was luck. However it seems that he aimed for the right current and eddies. So first you have to know where to go.

And as every Rotarian and guest on the night knows, the harder you work at something the luckier you get.

[And that must be why they made Lindsay International Sailor of the year!] 

John Palmer gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the club paraphrasing mixed metaphors of knots and sheets just like any good light aircraft pilot should.

Attendance was 21 guests, 12 apologies, one visiting Rotarian, two honorary Rtns, and about a dozen potential Rotarians.

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PP-E Jenny was involved because Hunters Hill Private Hospital gave some equipment. Jenny collect all the disposable scissors and forceps from the wards that the hospital can't use again in Australia (but they are perfectly good for use overseas) and send them to Donations in Kind. This time Jenny gave them directly to Lucy for the Congo.
See story below
 
Dear Congo Container supporters - 
 
I am happy to report that the ship carrying Dr Luc’s container arrived on schedule in in Dar es Salaam, and a truck carrying the container is now on its way overland through Burundi to Congo. You may have seen the troubling news coverage in recent weeks about civil unrest in Burundi, which caused the borders to close. Happily, the borders are now open. It has been extremely difficult for Dr Luc to communicate with us, due to the political instability in Burundi and also because he’s battling malaria at the moment. More good news: Luc’s wife, Dellisce, assures us that he’s on the mend!
 
Meanwhile, enjoy viewing Maureen Burdynski’s video, which captures the fun and hard work of our packing days April 10-12 -- https://vimeo.com/129657877.  Our thanks go to all of you for squeezing precious cargo into every bit of that 40 foot container, made possible by Royal Wolf.
 
Due to the security issues in Burundi and Uvira district, South Kivu (DRC), the team of Australian self-funded volunteers that had planned to be on hand for the container’s arrival and distribution of goods has had to cancel those plans. Instead, Maureen Burdynski, Chris Coombes, Lucy Hobgood-Brown, Dr Grace Maano and Dr Vera Sistenich are aiming now to meet with Dr Luc in Congo’s capital, Kinshasa. Their reunion is scheduled for mid-August. You will be able to track their blog on www.handupcongo.org. Dr Luc will document the container’s arrival in due course.
 
If you have any questions about the Congo Container, please contact the container champions at HandUp Congo on handupcongo@gmail.com. We will let you know when the container has safely arrived at MHCD www.mhcdafrica.org in S. Kivu, DRC.
 
Support is still needed to cover the container’s expenses (approx. $10,000).  If you can assist, with any amount,  please donate by clicking hereOr cut and paste the following link:  https://donations.rawcs.com.au/Default.aspx?ProjectID=670&ReturnTo=4  RAWCS Project 48/2012-13 Medical Aid for Oceania  
 
Under Donation requests, please designate “Congo Container”.  If you are a Rotarian, let us know your club too. 
With appreciation to all of you from HandUp Congo and RAWCS -
Jacky Gendre (that’s me above with husband Bruce, after closing the container doors!)
 
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Posted by Phil Wade
 
 
 
Rotary meeting 16/6/15
 
President Tom opened the meeting, mingling amongst us before asking President-Elect Jenny May to introduce the guests. They were Kameron Karayan from Finks Cafe and Swapna Prasad our District AG for next year.
 
PP Bob Cartwright further Introduced Kameron, his guest, who runs Fink (chocolate) cafe. Kameron is known to Mingle with clients and is returning to the habit of serving free chocolate with each cup of coffee.
Returning Travellers include Martin Silink and Chris Curtis
 
Notices
 
Jenny May
Reported that she achieved 200 likes this week following posting the photos from the cheese making night. Outstanding. RDU has released a calendar for Polio Plus as a fundraiser.
PP Dick Dawes stood up to give the returning Chris Curtis Hearty welcome from his intrepid adventures in INDONESIA and Timor. Enjoy the rest of your Rotary Year.
Tom invited Chris to relate his triumphant tale later.
Adrienne
Weeding of Blackmans Park is organised for the last Sunday in June. All welcome. The timing is 9 am to12
 
VP Lindsay May
Please pay dues. Put names in the reference section if paying through the internet.
 
Club caterers need him to place orders on Sunday. So please accept in time. Please send an Email if you can't make the technology work. You can book through the website instead but much simpler to book through the email you receive each week. And book book book.
PP Tom
Changeover is at Chatswood on July 7th
 
Sergeant Session
 
Sergeant John Cronly
Lindsay - tireless rotary action
Ann for becoming O'Shannassy - officially
Chris Curtis for too much adulation for the Indonesian trip
Tom Tait. Losing weight while John putting on weight.
Roger Wescombe for socialist leaning with red jumper
John Palmer: enthusiasm for banners seems to wane.
PP Phil for being absent while in high Dudgeon
Tom welcomed Chris for being back on board.
 
Boast
PP Dick Dawes, at Blue Mountains. So was Dalai Llama. Spoke to parents and children at school. Ran a function for Nepal. Rotary in regional centres doing well. Features on front page of antique fair. Locals say Rotary is well known.
PP Martin Silink. Chairs District global grants scholarship committee. Got a scholar - terrific young man. Got $30,000 US to study overseas.
PPE Jenny May. Sister works at Birdswood casino and looked after the Dalai Lama. Sister's joke of the year: Why does the Dalai Lama come to Birdswood? "To bet".
Lindsay . Bantered with John Palmer over the banners whereabouts. John keen to house the old ones for sentiment's sake.
 
Jenny introduced the Assistant Governor-elect: Swapna Prasad.From the RC Crows Nest ... Changed from banker to education
Looks forward to the coming official visit.
 
Simi Guest Speaker
 
PP Chris Curtis
Travelled with three ladies from other clubs. North Sydney, Wagga Wagga, Woolgoolga.
Met up with them upon arrived at destination, Splashed out on the accommodation at $30 a night including breakfast.
Manager indicated the three ladies and wanted to know 'which one' he wanted tonight. Chris had trouble explaining that each had to own room. Further to the events of the night one of the ladies lost her credit card in the EFPST machine. Cab driver got her credit card back by bringing in the bank manager on his day off - Sunday. Amazing.
The trip
Started in Bali, explaining carefully that it was on an Island in the Indonesian archipelago, for those who were hazy on their geography. From there, they spent 3 days in Flores. Then on to Ku Pang. Then an off shore island, Sunnah. This was very flat. No motorcycles - gave them trucks because of age, not realising that PP Chris was also PP of the Rotary Motorcyclist club. Romantic little lanes that trucks can't traverse. [Scribe: We note that he chose that adjective with three ladies on boar]. So they rode on the back of small motorcycles.
Flew to Ku pang. Visas didn't follow them so had to pull out the Big One ... The letter of introduction from none other than the Ambassador himself. The official merely yawned and ignored him. Finally got that sorted out. Then on to Timor Leste. Visas in place. Letters of introduction. Before they were released, the issue was the wrong letterhead. "Chris: call your boss". "Can't, Boss in Dili 10 hours away". Solution: scan each page. They will email reply to convert visas. Problem: nobody had a scanner. Rotary to the rescue. A Ku pang Rotarian lent him a scanner. Long story. Frustrating. [scribe: good thing that Chris took the trouble to learn Indonesian].
Dili interesting. Spend half a day there, no worries.
Flew to Darwin. Gob smacked at sophistication. Real city in the North now ... not a shanty town any more. Similar to Darwin's transformation. Returned on the red eye express.
 
Questions
Asylum seekers offer disruption to local culture.
Caught up with Christine Carberry. Happy as can be in the service. Enjoyed Dinner with her.
Visa problem? Can't get one if arrive by road - only by air or sea.
 
PP Martin Silink updated us on his adventures.
Returned from Boston ADA conference.
18000 diabetes specialists. No dramatic changes. Incremental. Inhaled insulin on sale in the US. Short acting for meals. Like an Ecigarette. 4 units or 8 units - enough to cover a good meal. They Use nanotechnology in these. All absorbed in 2 secs
Huge trade exhibit, football field size.
Different meters for glucose monitoring. Insulin Now 300 IU /ml. Less volume to inject, so more convenient. New drugs coming.
Banting award lecture ... fat cells produce hormones. Medications may be designed around this. Obesity advances.
President Tom; Please give PP Martin thanks by Acclamation.
President Tom ... Thank you to upcoming Assistant Governor Swapna. As well as Kameron. Next weeks speaker: John Flint OAM
 
As produced by PP Phil Wade.
from iPad
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Meeting Notes from 2nd substitute scribe for Tuesday 9 June with 28 attending
 
John Donald - Red Shield Appeal reported collection via the RCLC organised collectors was about $22,500, down on last year’s $24,000 but does not include funds collected by Apple recruited door knockers whose collections are not included in the Lane Cove total.
 
Schools Public Speaking Competition, - Ron Tweedie advised the winner was Phoebe Gullotta Mowbray Public School and runner up was James Wilson of Riverview son of former RC Lane Cove member Dr Stephen Wilson
Thanks to rostrum NSW and Roger Wescombe for the adjudication and organisation and to 10 wonderful young speakers.
 
Dick Dawes supported the speaking competition and described the good attendance and administration. Encouraged members to attend next year and support this important local youth project.
 
Jenny May asked for more to register and join the RCLC crowd and attend District Changeover Sat 27 June at Hornsby RSL, 6 for 6.30pm  when DGE Gina Growden will become District Governor.
 
Ann Smith asked for nominations for Paul Harris Fellow Recognition from within the club and or community. All nominations to Ann by Friday 12th.
 
John Cronly as Sgt fined Frank Rule for his busted name badge.
Adrienne omitted to complete the U.S. Entry form. Travel Agent major fine!
YouTube access during meeting time, resulted in a fine to the Sgt
Bob Cartwright for 24 years membership and Ron Tweedie for 9 years and James Shevlin for 6 years membership.
John Palmer for arriving just as the cheques were being handed out.
Frank Rule boasted about daughter Emma graduating next week from UNSW with a Degree in Fine Arts. Congratulations Emma.
John Donald goes up for auction July 18.
 
James Shevlin introduced our guest presenters Susan and David Meagher. David a corporate lawyer and Sue a property developer joined Sue's sister Lyndal Dykes in a cheese making workshop business and teach people how to make cheese.
 
Sues sister (Lyndal) lives on the north coast and is virtually self sufficient in providing food for her family.
She learned to make cheese in a two day workshop but was overwhelmed by the complex approach of the teachers. Later she thought about the fact that Cheese making was around in the bronze era and spread through the roman world.
Cheese was thought to have originated by farmers storing milk in the stomachs of slaughtered herbivores and the rennet enzymes in the stomach converted the milk to a form of cheese so it was made by illiterate peasants in basic surroundings, so she decided if they could do it, she would have a go at making cheese and the rest is history.
 
Sue makes 'homemade' cheese by taking the science out of cheese making. It's simple and doesn't need biochemistry or microbiology training.
 
Cheese is made from milk and acid (white vinegar) which separates curds from the whey and voila cheese.
 
David heated the milk to 91 degrees, Harry stirred as a good stirrer does, just one stir as Adrienne added the vinegar and hey presto the mix curdled and the result was ricotta. The mix is left to stand and the curds form a raft on top of the whey that is later lifted off the liquid and placed in a container and allowed to cool and drain the excess vinegar. The amount of cheese yielded depends upon what type of cheese you’re making. 1 kg of milk yields 600 grams of lambda cheese.
 
Whey can be used as the protein for pigs and chooks and body builders love the protein and whey protein powder is a by product. It also beefs up the pigs and chooks.
 
Originally Sue started teaching cheese making from home and before long was running four workshops per week. Later they moved to a shopfront in Northbridge and now travel all over NSW teaching cheese making in community colleges. A cheese workshop is for up to 12 students and runs for 4 or 6 hours.
 
Sue Meagher's Cheese Making Workshop at Lane Cove Rotary
on 9 June 2015
 
Why would you want to make cheese when it's so easy to buy?
You buy the milk unhomogenised and pasteurised from the supermarket. That's the milk with the cream on top.
You don't need preservatives.
The ingredients are fresh. You control the bacteria.
You save on packaging and transportation.
It's a very cost effective solution especially for young families.
Light milk makes cheese that tastes like soap.
A2 milk is from Jersey cows and makes no difference to the cheese.
 
Lyndal has written a book about cheese making which describes the making of 22 different cheeses.
Sue outlined a revolution on the NSW far south coast where farmers have started to bottle and sell their own milk, especially milk high in fat content, such as from Jersey cows and to a lesser extent Friesian cows which have a slightly less fat content but higher milk yield. Jersey (golden brown with black and white lips – they’re cuteys) gives 40 litres, a Friesian (Black and White) gives 60 litres per day.
David described a $500,000 robotic milking shed at Nowra that does the entire milking process automatically directed by an electronic tag around the cow’s neck.
 
An excellent presentation with many thoughtful questions suitably rounded out with a thank you by Margaret Silink. All liked the whey the presentation was so informative with cheesy photographs taken.
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Before the "Main Event, Cheese Making, President Tom
presented cheques to many of the recipients of the Club's
fund raising efforts for the year.
 
Harry Clarsen accepting Cheque on behalf of the
Rotary Foundation from President Tom
Jenny May accepting cheque on behalf of the Lane Cove
Swimming Club from President Tom
 
John Cronly accepting cheque on behalf of the
"End Polio Now" program from President Tom
John Palmer accepting cheque on behalf of the
Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia from President Tom
Robyn Barrett accepting cheque on behalf of the
Trish MS Foundation from President Tom
Lyndall McNally accepting the cheque for the Lane Cove
Youth Orchestra from President Tom
 President Tom Grozier with the group of all the recipients.
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Meeting Notes for 28 April Phil Wade 2015-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Phil Wade
 
 
President Tom was introduced by the base treble of Sergeant John Cronly and President Tom boomed out a hearty Good evening and welcome in his inimitable style with a wink and a smile.
 
At Pres. Tom's invitation, Brent introduced the notable new visitors on whom he had apparently done some research - in true dedicated Rotary style - in some cases, over the past two decades or so (see Brent's talk about his incredible journey).
Karen Paul, community Pastor. Emily and Simon, Anthony and Emily - all members of his extended family. He was very strict and didn't allow them to any air time.
 
President Tom:
Welcome back Frank Rule. Harry, happy B'day
 
Brent and Alecia were asked for their impressions of the recent assembly.
Brent
Interesting day. Roughly 550 people there. Fascinating to see the stuff behind the scene. Shelter box interesting. Went to PR training - social media and other strategies - fascinating. Good to see the in depth look at Rotary. Really enjoyable the day and thank you for the opportunity. Alicia concurred.
President comments
Could the shelter box make a good dog's house?
[Much - um - laughter. Not sure if Alicia agreed. She sets a high standard for her cavoodles and labradoodles].
Thurs was a wild and woolly day for WATW. Many awards. An enthusiastic LOL showed the flag.
Board meeting on 28th.
What is tomorrow? Earth Day. [The president was really on fire].
 
Sergeant John Cronly - looking into space on Earth Day. [Originality abounding].
Sartorially observant as ever, JC judged outstanding attire - the person third from the left at the rear was wearing a red jumper. Then crawled a bit by announcing that Alicia made an outstanding guest speaker. Then erstwhile PDG Tom for putting up with us. Frank with Tasmanian jacket.
 
Dick White in charge of local branch in a storm (from a tree, not the party) that finished up launched into low orbit and landing on his roof.
Harry for birthday. Celebrating by nearly drowning himself in Pizza and red wine.
James Shevlin gave Ann's gift voucher for his birthday to Marina for a wedding anniversary present. [wonder if he'll get Karma'd for that?]
Ann for changing her name.
 
Phil - Council story about awning. Council prepared CC with DA but didn't issue it even though paid for. Reason? 'You have to request it'.
 
Lindsay - Council story.
Someone had a Leaky garage with a tree involved. Next door's pipe. Tree came down. Council needed water board to tell them to cut it down. Left stump. Stump? Excavator from water board need to remove it.
 
X fines
Tom award last week to blossom but Tom countered that there were two blossoms tonight.
JC finally got his car handle after 12 weeks. Holy leaping jaguars batman!
 
Guest speaker - intro by Chris Curtis
Googled "Hawkins". Found Jennifer and the wardrobe malfunction in 2004. [ Chris obviously excited about a Hawkins joining the club]. Alicia to tell us about it.
 
Alicia
Thanks for turning up. Terrible weather. Appreciate it.
My First dog - Beethoven
Talking animals and enthusiasm for research a passion not a chore.
Qualies  in hotel and business management. Got out of hotels and looking for a shop. Deluxe warehouse for sale. Purchased in Mar 2012. Changed address.
Lane Cove Alliance grant to set up. In 10 months 120% growth in revenue.
Implemented deluxe pet house. Adopted 45 animals mainly cats.  Changed name "forever pets". [cousin Jennifer's input now surplus to requirements?] Opening party100 people and 2 articles in local papers resulted. [great business model already but wait - there's more!].
Started a Helping Hands adoption programme.
Many people employed including one autistic.
Community projects - thanks rotary for being a great example.
Rescue support. Bunny club on Friday. Bring cardboard boxes, carrots and love for the bunnies and guinea pigs.
 
Adoption success
Sydney dogs and cats home. Cats guinea pigs rabbits, birds incl quails.
Vets and independents. As well as No Kill pet rescue.
246 adoptions in all.
Pets and Santa. 1/2 price -charity - successful.
Cheesy photo in North Shore Times. [outstanding] as well as other papers.
 
Why rescue through store?
Breeding and raring much stress and produces unhealthy pets.
Lowest production costs.
No pressure sales system.
Customer wants ready access to adoption.
free vet support for 2 weeks. Pro follow up.
Law & legislation. Dog and cat sales only if rescued. Must happen here as in other states. So doing it voluntarily before need to.
The future
Breeding regs preventing in-breeding. Industry changes.
Lower euthanasia.increased animal health. And QOL. Increase more unpopular types. More buyer support. Lowering price of animals in pet stores. Up to $5000 for some backyard bred pets.
Community loves it. 'My dream, passion, life'. [wow - or should I say 'bow wow'. What a grandstand finish].
 
Questions
What's a caboodle. Anything in the poodle club. Why poodle get preference? Fashion and perception that may not be allergenic but can be. Did you change premises with name change. Connection with RSPCA? No.
Dick. Who polices the legislation? RSPCA. Lobbyists.
Native animals as pets? No - illegal. Owners look like pets? No pets that ugly usually. What was your pet Phil?
Hate cats that kill off wildlife?
Encourage people to keep inside. Encourage them kept indoors. But let out between 10 and 2pm.
Feral pet nuisance? Education, sterilization, elimination.
Business operation funds operational costs - pet rescue a charity.
 
Roger Wescombe - vote of thanks
Looking around the room, took me back to halcyon days when I had a fresh face. Terrific presentation. Wonderful deal for you and for the people. Your dog was Beethoven. MY dog was Offenbach. You're going to be a fabulous speaker and hopefully, president one day. Using business in a socially responsible way. Terrific.  Accept a Rotree for that effort.  Splendid presentation.
 
Pastor Karen Paul- update
Started a Single mothers group monthly. Sponsored WATW - 21 people. One group continuing meeting monthly. Website. Www.lanecovecc.com
Brent: Rotree for your talk belatedly. The dog will have fun.
Meeting with Crows Nest in June. Anzac ceremony.
 
26 in attendance. Four visitors and 22 Rotarians.
$58.65 in fines.
 
All stood and made a statement of Advance Australia Fair.
 
Meeting ended at 8.15
 
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Meeting Notes for 31 March Phil Wade 2015-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
Lane Cove Youth Orchestra Fund Raiser for 7 yr old Boy with Leukaemia Harry Clarsen, AM 2015-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
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INTERNATIONAL NIGHT
‘LET’S GO THAILAND’
AN EVENING WITH ROTARY
Lane Cove Country Club 
 Tuesday 17th March 2015
6:15 for 6:45pm
$35.00 per person
 
DINE ON THAI CUSINE
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Greeter:  Robyn Barrett  Chris Curtis 
Setup and Take Down: Ron Tweedie  Lindsay May 
Welcome to Visitors: Ann O'Shannassy-Smith  Jennifer May 
Introduce Speaker: Margaret Silink  James Shevlin 
Thank Speaker: Tania Mace  John Palmer 
Scribe: Martin Silink AO  Phillip Wade 
Sergeant: Adrienne Witteman  John Cronly 
Attendance Officer: Patrick Price  John Donald 
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Report of the meeting held on January 27th 2015
The meeting was held in an alternative room at the LC Country Club. A little smaller but possibly the closer environment encouraged even more fellowship than ever among the 23 Rotarians and Betty Chapman who came to hear PP Dick Dawes present his life story.
President Tom welcomed everyone, in particular Betty Chapman. He reminded the Club about the Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel film at the Chatswood Mandarin theatres on Sunday 1st March, sponsored by the RC of Chatswood. There will be another showing of the same film at Roseville theatres on Monday evening, 2nd March sponsored by the RC of Ku-Ring-Gai. Lindsay enlarged on this by referring everyone to his email which detailed the online booking process.
Directors Reports
President Tom reported on the Australia Day citizenship ceremony attended by several Rotarians. Because of rain it was held in the library and the barbecue was cancelled. At the ceremony the local Member, Anthony Roberts, on hearing about the Walk Around the World program, offered to apply for a federal government community grant for next year. Rtn Jenny May indicated that such community grants had to be for capital equipment and that the applications were to be submitted in September.
PP Martin reminded everyone of the key dates for the WATW program. The official launch will occur on Saturday 14th February with Rob Palmer, the Mayor and President Tom all giving short addresses. A live band will perform from 10.30am and the morning should be a fun-filled event. In addition, Members were encouraged to support the pre-registration of WATW participants as well as promoting Rotary by attending the Plaza at 10-12.30 on each Saturday (January 31, February 7,14, 21 and 28) before the start of the WATW on March 1st.
PP Ann announced that the 2015 Rotary Lane Cove Community Fair will take place on Sunday 11th October. She also advised that Rotary's theme for 2015-2016 is to “Be a gift to the world”. 
PP John Donald offered members the opportunity to come and claim any equipment which has been in storage and is to be taken to the tip. He also reminded everyone that the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal will take place on 24th May.
 
Sergeants Session
After these announcements there was a rowdy introduction to trainee sergeant, Rtn Adriennne. An entirely new “menu” of fines then extorted $67 out of the members. PP Chris was fined for having greeted the Sergeant with a kiss (obviously sexist), President Tom for attending the Australia Day ceremony in jeans, PDG Tom Tait for chatting up the girls from his scooter, PP John for wearing his now oversize coat, PP Phil for not shaving, Rtn John Cronly for his tie, PP Lindsay and Rtn Tania for sticking to their diet tonight, and PP Bob and PP Frank for their birthdays. PP John boasted that his son's partner is having twins and recounted his experience of being on the wrong side of the road in his 4 wheel drive in the city during the recent road closures. A very remorseful Rtn John Cronly confessed that he pranged his car on the weekend. The sergeant was then applauded for the success of her first fines session with a total of$67.00.
Guest Speaker
President Tom then briefly introduced PP Dick Dawes (who needed no introduction) as tonight’s speaker.
Dick started by saying this was not going to be his life story but that he would just recount a collection of personal anecdotes. He started by describing his visit as a child to Archerfield airfield in Brisbane when a gypsy moth airplane was ‘hijacked’ by a stunt pilot. His next anecdote took us to the War years as he described how the US erected a huge building almost overnight to assemble planes which were shipped in boxes on Liberty ships. Each box contained a complete aircraft (Lightnings and Buffalos). Dick joined the navy as a teenager and remembered being taught how to fire an Oerlikon anti-aircraft gun. This convinced him that there was more to being in the navy than walking down Collins Street with a couple of girls on each arm! He described how he witnessed Japanese prisoners of war in Rabaul being loaded onto ships and returned to Japan. Another experience was being a helmsman of a destroyer. After being demobilized in Brisbane, he joined Qantas which had acquired an old Liberator. Dick’s major contribution was to sit in the back to help keep the tail down. Subsequently Dick trained as a sugar chemist and joined CSR. He recounted a DC6 flight to Nadi flying first class, having to pinch himself and wondering when he would wake up. He described the unfortunate experience of a vastly overweight lady who, on the plane’s approach to Nadi, was stuck to the toilet bowl by negative pressure and that the plane had to go up to 10,000 feet to get her off! He remembered meeting Rtn Dick White in the sugar company mess in Fiji and then recounted an almost fairy-tale like existence, being woken up every day with a cup of tea, a life of rounds of golf, tennis and servants. He met his wife-to-be, Margaret, in Suva where she worked for a bank and lived in inaccessible quarters known as ‘the virgins’ perch’. The Company provided married quarters and clearly life was very comfortable, filled with social activities and very different from life in Fiji today.  He recounted seeing U2 aircraft coming in to Nadi, meeting the US pilots who dropped an atomic bomb in one of the atomic tests in the Pacific, meeting staff from the Royal Yacht,  Britannia, and hearing how the Queen Mother joined the men in a hand of poker. Dick then reminisced further about the unreal life being waited on hand and foot on one of the other islands in Fiji where he was the senior person and how eventually they had to leave this ‘paradise-like’ existence.  In Sydney, Dick was responsible for mill safety and staff. Other vignettes included interacting with staff who were cat or rabbit lovers or haters, and advertising campaigns with exploding film sets. He finished with a series of brief anecdotes about the early days of the Rotary Club of Lane Cove, with dances and dress up parties at conferences, as well as the FAIM trip to New Ireland where PP David Chapman and PP Phil Dudgeon managed to get a diesel generator going to great cheers.
Dick concluded by quoting his mentor, the ancient Persian philosopher Omar Khayyam: “For yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision, but today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day! Such is the salutation of the dawn”
PP John Palmer thanked Dick most sincerely for having told the Club of his life story through his anecdotes, and presented him with a Rotary pen.
The raffle was won (after a redraw) by PP Chris Curtis who presented the bottle of wine to Dick.
The meeting was attended by 23 Rotarians and one guest.
Scribe: PP Martin Silink  
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Report on the Rotary Club Meeting on 20th January 2015.
The meeting was opened by President Tom who welcomed Roger and Clare  Climpson, Frankie Cartwright, Jenny May’s nephew who is motor-biking around Australia, Alicia and Brent who are now regulars at the meeting, as well as welcoming back various travellers- Adrienne who has been everywhere and Martin and Margaret from Hong Kong.  He also thanked Lindsay again for his masterful presentation last week on the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
Rtn Ron presented a brief report on the Club’s RYLA nominee. He indicated that the 2015 RYLA leadership program was not only outstanding, but much appreciated. We will soon have the opportunity to hear personally from our nominee.
PP Martin reported on the 2015 Walk Around The World (WATW) program and praised the wonderful organisation by the Council’s Carol Sinclair and Katie Christiansen. Rob Palmer will again be the celebrity spokesperson. The formal launch will be in the Plaza on Saturday 14th February with the Mayor, Rob Palmer and President Tom jointly “launching” the program. Our target is to reach 125 million steps over 1-31 March 2015.  Rotarians are asked to be there in force for the launch but also to be there on 10am to 12noon on the following Saturdays;  31st January, February 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th to encourage people to participate and pre-register. PP Martin will send around some more details and would very much appreciate if everyone could contribute some time in this very important lead-up to the WATW program.
President Tom asked for volunteers to help at the Australia Day barbecue, organised by the Scouts.
The Sergeant’s session was led by Rtn John Cronly who fined people left, right and centre for having birthdays and committing other misdemeanours and in doing so raised $70. The Sergeant’s challenge to the Club is to beat the $1900 raised in fines last year and achieve a target of $2000.
Guest Speaker
Rtn James introduced our speaker, Linda Brown JP, who works as a Funeral Director for the highly respected funeral service, TJ Andrews. It was through her work that she was introduced to the role TJ Andrews played in bringing the remains of the Unknown Soldier to Australia. She described how during the Great War of 1914-18, on the battlefields of northern France, an Australian soldier perished. He was among 61,720 troops killed in action during the war. Despite the meticulous records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission at the end of the war, his body was unidentifiable.
Rob Allison, former Managing Director of TJ Andrews Funeral Services, offered his services to the Australian War Memorial as an “honour consultant”. He acted as a funeral director in the ceremonies at Villers-Bretonneux, at the Menin Gate at Ypres in Belgium, and also at Cambrai Air Base in the north of France. After these services, ‘The Unknown Soldier’s’ remains were boarded into a specially named Qantas 747, ‘The Spirit of Remembrance’, for the return to Australia. The final and most important ceremony began on the morning of November 11, exactly 75 years after the war he had fought in. It was on this day, the then Prime Minister, Paul Keating read the eulogy and “The Unknown Soldier’ was entombed in the Hall of Memory in the Australian War Memorial, coming to be officially recognised as a poignant and powerful symbol of all Australians who have died in war.
Linda Brown, after describing many of the theatres of war Australia has been involved in, then read the eulogy delivered by the Prime Minister, The Hon. P.J. Keating MP, at the funeral service of the Unknown Australian Soldier, 11 November 1993. The Club members were transfixed by the eulogy and the meeting was marked by quiet contemplation and a greater understanding of the symbolism of the Unknown Soldier in defining Australia’s appreciation of the sacrifices made by ordinary men and women in the service to our country.
The actual transcript of Paul Keating’s eulogy is as follows:
“We do not know this Australian's name and we never will. We do not know his rank or his battalion. We do not know where he was born, nor precisely how and when he died. We do not know where in Australia he had made his home or when he left it for the battlefields of Europe. We do not know his age or his circumstances – whether he was from the city or the bush; what occupation he left to become a soldier; what religion, if he had a religion; if he was married or single. We do not know who loved him or whom he loved. If he had children we do not know who they are. His family is lost to us as he was lost to them. We will never know who this Australian was.
Yet he has always been among those whom we have honoured. We know that he was one of the 45,000 Australians who died on the Western Front. One of the 416,000 Australians who volunteered for service in the First World War. One of the 324,000 Australians who served overseas in that war and one of the 60,000 Australians who died on foreign soil. One of the 100,000 Australians who have died in wars this century.
He is all of them. And he is one of us.
This Australia and the Australia he knew are like foreign countries. The tide of events since he died has been so dramatic, so vast and all-consuming, a world has been created beyond the reach of his imagination.
He may have been one of those who believed that the Great War would be an adventure too grand to miss. He may have felt that he would never live down the shame of not going. But the chances are he went for no other reason than that he believed it was his duty - the duty he owed his country and his King.
Because the Great War was a mad, brutal, awful struggle, distinguished more often than not by military and political incompetence; because the waste of human life was so terrible that some said victory was scarcely discernible from defeat; and because the war which was supposed to end all wars in fact sowed the seeds of a second, even more terrible, war - we might think this Unknown Soldier died in vain.
But, in honouring our war dead, as we always have and as we do today, we declare that this is not true. For out of the war came a lesson which transcended the horror and tragedy and the inexcusable folly. It was a lesson about ordinary people – and the lesson was that they were not ordinary.
On all sides they were the heroes of that war; not the generals and the politicians but the soldiers and sailors and nurses – those who taught us to endure hardship, to show courage, to be bold as well as resilient, to believe in ourselves, to stick together.
The Unknown Australian Soldier we inter today was one of those who by his deeds proved that real nobility and grandeur belong not to empires and nations but to the people on whom they, in the last resort, always depend.
That is surely at the heart of the ANZAC story, the Australian legend which emerged from the war. It is a legend not of sweeping military victories so much as triumphs against the odds, of courage and ingenuity in adversity. It is a legend of free and independent spirits whose discipline derived less from military formalities and customs than from the bonds of mateship and the demands of necessity.
It is a democratic tradition, the tradition in which Australians have gone to war ever since.
This Unknown Australian is not interred here to glorify war over peace; or to assert a soldier's character above a civilian's; or one race or one nation or one religion above another; or men above women; or the war in which he fought and died above any other war; or of one generation above any that has or will come later.
The Unknown Soldier honours the memory of all those men and women who laid down their lives for Australia. His tomb is a reminder of what we have lost in war and what we have gained.
We have lost more than 100,000 lives, and with them all their love of this country and all their hope and energy.
We have gained a legend: a story of bravery and sacrifice and, with it, a deeper faith in ourselves and our democracy, and a deeper understanding of what it means to be Australian.
It is not too much to hope, therefore, that this Unknown Australian Soldier might continue to serve his country - he might enshrine a nation's love of peace and remind us that in the sacrifice of the men and women whose names are recorded here there is faith enough for all of us.”
The Hon. P.J. Keating MP
Prime Minister of Australia
 
After the presentation there were only a few questions as most of the members remained in quiet contemplation. Linda Brown made the comment that efforts to determine the identity of the Unknown Soldier should never be attempted.
PP John Palmer thanked Linda Brown most sincerely and the members showed their grateful appreciation in the usual way.
The meeting closed with the raffle being won by PP Robert Cartwright (who donated the wine to the speaker). The meeting was attended by 20 Rotarians and 4 guests.
 
Scribe
PP Martin Silink
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Meeting notes RC 13/1/15
President Tom ... Started the meeting off with One minutes silence for Paris victims.
Introduction of guests
Jenny May introduced guests Visitors which included; PP John Norris, AG Dudley and PDG Marilyn Mercer, PP Les and Joy Walsh, Frankie Cartwright, Claire Climpson, the effervescent Betty Chapman, Jenny Rule, Ian and Jeannie Jagelman, Margot Hebbard, Chris H, Marina Shevlin, Malcom and Margo Macgregor, Andrew, David, Jennifer, and Kate May, Dr Sirocco, Barbara Palmer, Steve Newnham, Lisa Warren, Claire, Matt Connor, Matt Calousel, Alysha and Matthew Mace, Joy, Christabel Wescombe, Bob Willis, Dennis Rozechuck, Brent McCarthy, Alicia Hawkins, Sue Rutkowski, Alexander Shevlin, Geoff and Robyn Walker, Jenny Alexander, Annelise Hollestelle, Bruce Kops, Gillian Lloyd, Lalitha Warren and Megan O’Donnell.
 
Directors Reports
Chris Curtis re international Committee:
Re NCT Indonesia small grants project...
Chris is bringing project into RAWCS to obtain tax deductibility to enhance fund raising. This a new and exciting step and has rejuvenated and invigorated an already inspiring project that will bring fresh water, sanitation and a much better quality of life to struggling farmers who are caught up in a rain shadow, and find it difficult to live at their traditional subsistence level with aircraft whistling overhead and massive tourist ships sailing by with nobody giving them a second glance.
 
Harry Clarsen
No further report on workshop yet. Full report from Dr Catherine Renshaw on 24th Feb.
The RC Yangon (formerly Rangoon) will be chartered on 2nd Feb. looking for people to attend. Contact Harry.  You might recall that the erstwhile Roger Wescombe initiated this magnificent project that has the ability to completely restore the fortunes - if not life expectancies - of many inhabitants of Myanmar (formerly Burma). Lindsay helped make the project possible by organising RI dollars for funding the major art of the event, along with club funds. Harry's connection with Burma goes back a long way. It is there where he led a group of Military tacticians to review the famous WWII campaign led by "Bill Slim" where he managed to defeat the Japanese military machine by using innovative tactics.
 
Guest Speaker
PP Lindsay May-Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 2014
Up to his old tricks of detecting and riding on a north-South current, Lindsay had the advantage over his opponents by enhancing the wind speed. Love and War's Wooden hull, sailed by Simon and Phillip, the son and grandson of the original builder, Peter Kurts, under the guidance of Dad and Lindsay, was a sentimental handicap. Lindsay was their choice as navigator, having won the race on this boat as skipper in 2006, at the request of Simon, following Peter's Last Great Voyage.
 
Advantages of this boat
The age and Oregon/maple construction enhances their handicap while the appointments below decks reportedly made for a relatively comfortable journey, compared to yachting's equivalent of the racing greyhounds that were competing against her.
Starting off near the lead, he was surprised that he did not have to turn about and re-cross the line. Later, on watching the re-run, amazed that 3 other boats didn't get recalled. Loves heavy weather and sits nicely in the troughs with hardly any slamming.
Loves heavy weather.
 
Disadvantages
Can be out sailed sometimes in lighter weather.
 
The race
Lindsay gave an exciting race-call-style account of the race. His explanations of tactical manoeuvring around the winds and currents, the weather predictions of Roger Badham, the computerised route mapping were interesting.  Coming second in the high winds, the chicken chute lifted them along and had them surfing away.
Lindsay's footage of the race was exciting, taken by him and Tony Herder.  It was just like being at the movies, seeing the other boats jostling for position and the various coordinated activities of the crewmen. At 2.50 rounding the corner, Love and War was coming 1st!.
Going inside the Hippolytus for the first time in 42 races, the sudden headwind cost L &W 5 or 6 minutes.  We learnt about convection current from hot rocks creating reverse headwinds. Dodging the Venturi effect from the rocks, dodging hazards, we hit terrific winds and hopes of a win rose. And then it happened. The wind dropped in a little air pocket that they sailed into. Unbelievably, also at that time, an aircraft did a loop and dived straight into the sea. Lindsay was certain that old friend and photographer, Richard Bennett, was on board.
They motored back to the crash site to no avail, finding only a small bit of debris. They then resumed the race being fastidious to re-commence from their original position.
We saw fascinating photos of the other yachts and also of Richard Bennett whom Lindsay assumed had died in the lost aircraft. Got a major surprise when Tanya informed him that has still alive.
Their final results were outstanding winning and placing second as well as gaining high laces in other categories.
Lindsay then presented a fascinating movie made by overhead cameras of the race from beginning to end that was greeted by thunderous applause.
 
Andrew later suggested that Lindsay put on a single showing for Rotary and Probus in a theatre. The presentation was that professional.
 
Questions
Wild Rose had a pedigree? Was a former Wild Oats and renamed.
Life jackets go off by accident when wet due to the talcum powder plug dissolving and releasing the compressed air. Can go off at embarrassing times. Moral: always wear the PFD on the OUTSIDE of your normal gear. And DON'T call it a life jacket or a helicopter full of lawyers will descend on you out of the night.
Storm Bay was full of swirling winds as always. (Bob Willis, former merchant mariner, said, on the night, that his ship was stove to off storm bay for 36 hours once because of industrial motor machinery on deck). [Shows how willing the weather actually is].
Boats for the race are limited to a Maximum size of 100 feet.
Comanche twice as wide as Wild Oats. 155 tonnes of pressure on it's canting keel. So much pressure that it may eventually break up during work, despite design engineers' calculations. Has crew ballast like love'n war. Wild oats has water ballast. Downwind Comanche is a rocket.
 
How long did this presentation take to put together? 2 days.
[scribe: I have seen docos not of that standard that have taken a year!)
 
Andrew May heard to observe that following the race hourly on the website was highly exciting, especially when Love and War hit the front and looked to have the advantage because the boat at that time had a straight line prognostication and looked likely to round the home turn first.
 
Formal vote of Thanks
Rtn Harry Clarsen Thanked Lindsay for pulling a big crowd with your exciting description of the big race again. This was a magnificent presentation, with all the excitement and real time imagery almost giving us the feeling of actually being in the boat. All in the audience were enthralled - old (and young) sailors, thespians, colonels and cricketers, bowlers, industrialists and nation builders alike - all stood as one and appreciated the sweeping excitement of the night.
 
Raffle Results
Raffle Won by Lalitha Warren of RI. Jenny Alexander. Kate May- Jenny's daughter.  Vigorous denials from Lindsay that it was fixed.
 
Attendance Report
Rtn Tania
Attendance: 21 Rotarians  and 36 visitors.
 
President Tom, Invited all to return as guests again to see how we operate.
Also announced: BBQ on Australia Day at the plaza- volunteers needed. Massive sponsorship involved.  Need professional tong tweakers.
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Biographic Details and Topic for Speaker on 20 Jan - Ms Linda Brown Frank Rule 2015-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Duty Roster for January Bob Cartwright 2015-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
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Meeting notes
 
President Tom opened the meeting and thanked Robyn Barrett for her excellent work in organising the Xmas dinner.
Directors Reports:
 
Dick Dawes
Achieved NTT grant from district by working the hosting’s
Colin Barlow has been nominated for the international award for $100,000
Myanmar appeal got a grant of $5,000
 
Chris Curtis
Trip to Indonesia still open in late May from Flores to West Timor via Timor. RAWCS funding probable for this project and beneficial to create tax deductibility and travel insurance for the trip.
 
John Donald
Reported that Tom Tait had a fall. Visited him in hospital. OK and home again in a few days. Ward 9a, RNS
 
Pres Tom reported,
Jim Holmes OK. Peter Southam unwell.
 
Tania
Confirmed $2500 for NTAA. No confirmation for balance nor the Myanmar matching grant.
 
Lindsay
Ralph Saddler burnt on Tues night while cooking.
 
Talk at our table
Australia has the 5th highest life expectancy for males in the world.
A surprise from the sergeant if you guess the right age
 
Ron Tweedie
Youth update
We have a RYLA candidate Gabriel Gregory
Tom Attending HHH school for annual students award $200
Chatswood High for a special needs programme $800
Pat Price runs the programme to provide safe spaces for these students. It will become a project with both short and long term potential.
 
John Donald - Chatswood High always enrolls our exchange student so it is good to be able to reciprocate.
 
Ian Jagelman
Fines amounted to $2.00 per person over the year. Questioned "was this a generous club or a club with a few generous people?
 
Robyn announced some important coming events
 
Seargents Session
 By SGT John Cronly
John Donald 50th anniversary; Chris Curtis lunch with Indonesian Consul and couldn't eat all his dinner.
 
President Tom
PCFA AGM here next week prior to our meeting.
New management at LC Community Aid
Thanks for tending the Goodlet Reserve St BBQ to those who attended: Lindsay, Tania, Jenny and James
 
AGM
President Tom opened the AGM,
 
Tania Mace Treasurers report
Tania thanked by acclamation for a detailed and fulsome report,
 
A lively discussion was then forthcoming on what part of the Rotary Year the Board was able to allocate funds for the committees to engage in projects.
 
As there were only one candidate for each electable position, a voice vote was taken to select the new Board which was announced by President Tom, and PP Tom also announced the vacated position of President Elect had been filled by Rtn Jenny May and approved by the board.
Elected Board members for 2015 include,
 
Pres nominee: Tania Mace
Secretary: Tania Mace
Directors:  Ron Tweedie, Ann Smith, Harry Clarsen, James Shevlin, and Adrienne Witteman
 
The AGM was closed by the President who then announced that No meeting from dates Dec 16th to 13th of January.
He also reminded us that on the Jan 13 meeting, Lindsay will have returned from his Bass Strait "Hobart" and will hold us all in thrall with his tales of wild seas and (other) drunken sailors. Invite friends and family. Tania instructed us to make noise and revelry.
 
 
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Pres Tom greeted the following visitors
Brent McCarthy, Simon Dutton, Keith McNeil and Jeremy Martens, Barbara Palmer
 In addition he pointed out the AGM is next week and that the following have been nominated,
President Elect. Jenny May
President Nominee Tania Mace
Vice President Lindsay May
Immediate Past President Tom Grozier
Secretary Tania Mace
Treasurer Bob Cartwright
Directors
Ron Tweedie
PP Ann Smith
Adrienne Witteman
James Shevlin

 
Announcements
PP John Palmer
Cakes and puddings are on again this year for Christmas. Members are encouraged to purchase individually or for their organisations as team member rewards.
 
PP and VP Lindsay
Announced the dinner menu of sumptuous lashings of noodles, vegetables, chicken, beef with ample servings of garnish of all types. If you missed out then make up for it next week!
 
PP Tom
Attended a meeting at Muirfield Golf Club
Christmas party this Friday
PCFA on next AGM scheduled for 6Pm on the 9th of December
 
The Sergeant's session covered the following points.
Enjoying warm weather; cricket; commiserating Wallabies loss; circus in Canberra; new venue; Christmas cards; medians shares; which woman was a groomsman at a wedding - Ann Smith; Shirley Bassey favourite Big Spender;
Cross fines included,
Ann Smith: pet scan clear(fantastic Ann) and International rules victory against Ireland;
Tania - Lindsay, John Palmer and her for BBQ; Ron Tweedie  ... To Martin for his interest in Diabetes.
 
Speaker:
Our guest speaker was introduced by Rtn Margaret Silink who introduced our very own PP John Palmer a member since 1986 - 1976 altogether. B.A., B App Sc in building, Uni Medal and medal for 1st in course.
John spoke from his beginning to about mid life, phase two comes later.
A Queenslander born in Brisbane, moved to Yunguburra. Holidays at Yorkies Knob, tied to a tree.
At Laidley collected for missions. Pump the wells for punishment. Floods in 1954,cleaned up banks. Moved to Red life at De La Salle. Scholarship for maths 20 days at Uni studying computer course. Innovative.
Had an argument with a brick fence and broke thigh.
Joined Marist Fathers seminary in Toongabbie. Great fun. Studied Philosophy. Essay on Lichtenstein on private Language.
Lived on a farm and sustained own living for aerodynamic of time. Helped youth on Fridays. .
Uni was interesting compliments of Pope John 23. Met Barbara, left Seminary. Met Theo Taylor doing that who just happened to be his "girl friend's father"
Graduated 1972.
has a 6 year building degree.
John's eldest Rob Started acting at school. Got a Job on TV because of acting experience.
Melissa won the Sydney bid with RI as well as Lions convention.
Michael a gem.
John Has a rewarding and satisfying and sometimes exciting experience in working and in Rotary.
He was involved in building Centrepoint and with the opera House, rebuilding houses in Darwin and an otherwise extraordinary career. Featuring amazing projects and outstanding achievements.

Roger Wescombe provided the vote of thanks to John pointing out that The most interesting speakers come from our own club.

Pres Tom returned from L C Community Aid with a cheque for $2 ,000 representing the club's share from the Lane Cove Art show held in August.
Closed the meeting.
 
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                                                                                                    Primary          Alternate
Greeter 
Robyn Barrett 
Robert Cartwright 
Setup and Take Down 
Chris Curtis 
Ron Tweedie 
Welcome to Visitors 
Ann Smith 
Jennifer May 
Introduce Speaker 
James Shevlin 
Margaret Silink 
Thank Speaker 
John Palmer 
Harry Clarsen, AM 
Scribe 
Martin Silink AO 
Phillip Wade 
Sergeant 
John Cronly 
Ian Jagelman 
Attendance Officer 
Patrick Price 
John Donald 
 
Duty Roster Dec. 2014-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Friday 28 November proved to be a great night for all at our annual Christmas party.  The events were organized by our very own Robyn Barrett, at the Roseville Golf Club. Not only did we have a fantastic meal, but we were entertained by the Bel a Cappella Choir.  A night for all whom attended to be remembered.
A few photos of the evening are below, more to come later.
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Australia-Myanmar Constitutional Democracy Project: Workshops in Yangon and Nai Pyi Taw Harry Clarsen, AM 2014-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Notes on Last Week's Meeting 2014-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting Notes for Last Week's Meeting Phil Wade 2014-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Brief Biographic Details of this week's Speakers - Dr Catherine Renshaw and Professor Theunis Roux 2014-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Revised Duty Roster for November Bob Cartwright 2014-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Pictures from Ryde TAFE Dinner on 28 Oct Jenny May 2014-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting Notes - 21 Oct 2014 Margaret Silink 2014-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Summary of Bob Cartwright's Presentation 2014-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Summary of Meeting 14 Oct 2014 Phil Wade 2014-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
BowelCare Program 2014 - From the Rotary Club of East Gosford President Tom Grozier 2014-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
 
 
Dr Paul Benitez, with his band Inspiracion, at a wonderful Latin American Concert on Sunday night.  The concert raised $1500 for "Life for a Child", a charity for children with diabetes. It supports over 14,000 children in 46 countries and was set up by another of our club members, Prof Martin Silink AO.
 
"Life for a Child" Concert Bob Cartwright 2014-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Duty Roster for October Bob Cartwright 2014-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Topic for this Week's Presentation: My Careers PP Bob Cartwright 2014-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
"Life for a Child" Charity Concert - Saturday 18 Oct 2014 Paul Benitez 2014-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Summary of Meeting 7 Oct 2014 Phil Wade 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Summary of Meeting 30 Sep 2014 Martin Silink AO 2014-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 9685 District Conference 2015 2014-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Annual Christmas Party 28 Nov 2014 Robyn Barrett 2014-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Summary of Meeting 23 Sep 2014 Margaret Silink 2014-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Summary of Meeting 16 September 2014 Margaret Silink 2014-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Future Leaders Seminar 18-19 Oct 2014 Tom Grozier 2014-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Directory Alteration Ann Smith 2014-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Travel Story No 3 by Jenny May Jenny May 2014-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Chatswood High School Anti-Bullying Program 2014-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Travel Story No 2 by Jenny May 2014-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Biographic Details and Topic for this week's Speaker Frank Rule 2014-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
INTERNATIONAL COMMITEE NEWS. (THE GOOD AND THE BAD!) Richard Dawes 2014-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Summary of Meeting 2 September 2014 Phil Wade 2014-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Duty Roster for September 2014-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Mid-Holiday Update from Bob Cartwright 2014-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Biographic Details and Topic of This Week's Speaker 2014-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Summary of Meeting 19 August 2014 Margaret Silink 2014-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Summary of Meeting 12 August 2014 Phil Wade 2014-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Travel Story #1 from Dubai and Stockholm by Jenny May 2014-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
International Committee News 2014-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Summary of Meeting 29 July 2014 Phil Wade 2014-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Vale Neville Johnson 2014-08-03 00:00:00Z 0
Roaring Twenties on the Concourse 2014-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Duty Roster for August 2014-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Speaker's Synopsis:“Adventures on the New Guinea goldfields between the wars" - Michael Waterhouse 2014-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
A snippet from a very early Rotacove sent by DG Ian Scott 2014-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Lane Cove Art Exhibition - Friday 8th August - Ann Smith 2014-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Summary of Meeting 22 July 2014 Phil Wade 2014-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Graffiti 2014-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Summary of Meeting 15 July 2014 2014-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Macquarie & Me - Speaker's Synopsis 2014-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
END POLIO NOW - Hugh Jackman joins the fight Tania Mace 2011-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome to our new website! Martin Silink 0