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E-Club of Greater Sydney

Service above Self

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Speakers
RI Rep Noel Trevaskis
Nov 19, 2018 8:00 PM
Our Rotary Internarional Rep on the Future of Rotary
Sienna Bromage - our Winter RYPEN participant
Dec 17, 2018 8:00 PM
Her experince and her future
RI Director Raffy Garcia
Jan 21, 2019 8:00 PM
Marjorie Pagani - CEO of Angel Flight
Feb 18, 2019 8:00 PM
Angel Flight - the organisation and the journey
Dennis van Someren
Mar 18, 2019 8:00 PM
Shine for Kids
 
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Our club held its Annual General Meeting on Sunday 7 October at RDU House in Parramatta, with special guests District Governor Susan Wakefield OAM, and Rotary Foundation Scholar Garrett Milne.
 
The highlight of the meeting was the induction of three new members into the Club by President Oscar:  Dudley Mercer, Emmanuel Musoni, and Akin Ajayi.
 
 
We look forward to the special contributions to Rotary and to our E-Club of Greater Sydney that each of them will make!
 
 
Sewaid Update for Fiji
 
Alacoque provided the following report on her project in Fiji:
 
 
On 5th September I flew to Suva.  On Thursday 6th I attended the Rotary club of Suva meeting & with PDG 9920 Malini Raghwan drove up and Tina & her Days for Girls team RAWCS  ER17-2018-19  project 22- 2006-07 for the Presentation Day at the Homes for Home. It was through Malini during her year as DG we became involved with the Homes for Hope .   On Friday 7th September with 4 members of the Rotary Club of Suva plus Milika Wata-Marshall  a current AG and member of the Rotary Club of Lautoka , the Days for Girls team we did a large distribution to some disadvantaged ladies and girls in a village outside of Suva.  The majority of these girls were immigrants from Kiribati but like the Fijians they speak English.  
Saturday 8th we went by coach to Nadi, and joined Gay Grillmeier , Sunday 9th September I picked up the Budget hire car and Tina , Lyn , Gay & I  drove to Lautoka where we had a meeting with Kiji Louey from the Veisemati group in Ba. also present was Milika Wata-Marshall RC Lautoka
 
Monday Tina & Lyn returned home , Gay & I drove to Ba.    For the next 4 days we stayed at a fairly basic 2 bedroom rented accommodation. We presented the 2 sewing machines ( 1 donated by you) and the second one together with numerous sewing accessories purchased with the $400 donation from our Rotary E-Club of Greater Sydney. I also purchased additional sewing accessories & fabric together with an iron & ironing board for the group .  Gay conducted sewing classes , my role was as usual co-coordinating everything and assisting where possible.   Gay inspected the Veisemati Team Ba making  Days for Girls sewing kits to make sure they are being to the correct specification.  There was an average of 14-15 ladies present each of the days.  There were a few new ladies who had never used a sewing machine before,  Gay conducted basic as well as advanced classes.   She demonstrated how to cut out and sew a fabric backpack.  ( say no to plastic campaign ) She also conducted lessons on hand sewing , as a number of ladies from the villages have no personal sewing machines.    The Group meets in a hall attached to the Christ the King  Catholic Church Ba.  the Parish Priest Fr. Niland Iman is a great supporter of the Women’s group, and has been promoting the back pack for sale which will raise funds for the group.  
 
The Veisemati Team still has way to go consolidating , they meet for sewing 2 days a week. They are in the process of establishing their bank account.   They are being supported and assisted enthusiastically by PP and current 9920 AG Milika Wata-Marshall of  the Rotary Club of Lautoka.
 
Becoming a Sydneysider – Garrett Milne – 24 September 2018
 
A little over two months ago I began what has been the biggest adventure of my life thus far – with one suitcase I left Ottawa, Canada on a two-day trip to Sydney, Australia.
While the physical journey began in July of this year, the actual journey began in September of 2017, when I was accepted into the Master of Health Security program at the University of Sydney. Over the course of my previous studies, I had become increasingly interested in infectious diseases, particularly from an emergency management perspective. For this reason, my specialization within this program is Biodefence and Biosafety, a program like no other around the world.
 
After being accepted into the University of Sydney, I began the process of becoming an international student, something I had never done before. Between banking, visa, finding a place to live and picking classes, it required a significant amount of online research, international phone calls and applications. But ultimately it was all worth it.
 
Eight months later, after saying goodbye to my family at the train station, I began a journey that took me from Ottawa, Ontario to Toronto, Ontario. Next, I took a plane from Toronto to Los Angeles, California and from there I took the overseas flight to Sydney.
 
I landed on July 25th, 2018: day 1 as a Sydneysider. After I arrived at my accommodation, figured out my first meal and let my family know I was safe, it was time to go exploring. I had five days between when I started classes and when I arrived and wanted to take advantage of the time I had. I toured the university, Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and the Rocks. I took the bus to Bondi and did the coastal walk to Coogee and back; and I checked out the neighbourhoods around me. I wanted to familiarize myself with the city I now call home and get settled in.
 
But when school started, I had to shift my attention and begin focusing on school once again. As I am now 2/3s of the way done the program, I can safely say I am in the correct program for my interests. I am currently taking classes on Australian public policy (the Australian focus was a great lens to learn about Australian policy and government), Health and Security and a ‘One Health’ seminar. In my classes I examine how animal, human, and plant diseases spread, the militarization of disease outbreak response, and the policy backbone of society.
 
The University of Sydney is incredibly special; with the number of schools and facilities it houses, I can take classes from several perspectives. I have access to classes in the school of veterinary science, the school of medicine, the school of agriculture and earth sciences and the school of government and international relations. This multi-disciplinary look at health and infectious diseases is eye-opening and illuminating, offering, what I hope to be, a great foundation on which to grow a career. 
 
As my first semester ends and the number of papers I must complete adds to the stress, I know I am only a short distance away from a breathtaking view or a wonderful oceanside stroll. I have been fortunate enough to take part in several activities to ease my transition into Sydney and get my mind off school for a while.
I was able to take part in the City to Surf run, the Sydney Running festival and even got out of the city for a weekend with a ski trip down to Thredbo and Perisher.
 
I am forever grateful for the opportunity that the University of Sydney, the city of Sydney, the Rotary Foundation and clubs in Australia and Canada have offered me.
 
While only being a resident for two months thus far, I am incredibly happy and proud to be a Sydneysider.
 
Garrett Milne
Members in the News
Congratulations to Our past president Amanda Barnes for winning local heros award of Penrith Westfield for the work
she does through Top Blokes Foundation.

 
Our club member Alacoque volunteering with other Rotarians at city2surf. And
thanks for the money raised for the club by doing this.
 
 
Thanks to Immediate Past President Lucian for
taking a bucket round the streets of Katoomba and raising
funds on behalf of the club to support our farmers.
 

 
Our E-Club members support a variety of projects around the world.  Here's a sample...
 

JUST SOME OF OUR AMAZING CLUB MEMBER PROJECTS.....

        

      School For Life Foundation (Uganda)                                SewAID (Fiji)

         

                     OzGREEN (East Timor)                                               KINI (Kenya)

     

                   Hand Up (Congo)                                DAK Foundation (Papua New Guinea)
    

 
 
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Marilyn Mercer
    October 9
  • Dudley Mercer
    October 16
  • Oluwaseun Ajayi
    October 21
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Marilyn Mercer
    October 9
  • Dudley Mercer
    October 16
  • Cain Barnes
    October 17
Join Date:
  • Annabelle Chauncy OAM
    October 19, 2011
    7 years
  • Judith Charnaud
    October 19, 2011
    7 years
  • Russell Fagan
    October 23, 2011
    7 years
  • Dave Rickards
    October 24, 2011
    7 years
  • Richard Sharpe
    October 24, 2011
    7 years
  • Karenne Norling
    October 29, 2001
    17 years