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RCHP 2016 CHRISTMAS RAFFLE PRIZE WINNERS
The 1st six months of the 2016-17 Rotary Year for Hyde Park has been action packed. We have achieved much to be proud of.
New members – Jessica Arabia
RYDA - despite disruption from extreme weather, another group of students gathered at Flinders Uni for the Driver Awareness course.
RYE student Olivia Barnes – preparation for outbound to Switzerland in Jan 2017, Counsellor Allen Stanley.
BBQ events – Light the Night; Jaguar Drivers Club; Muscle Car Run breakfast; MifSA at the Royal Show; International Volunteering Day; Unley Primary School Celebration Night; Precious Cargo
Unley Business Breakfasts – August, October, December
Donations – ARF $1500; RCHP Charitable Trust $500 for Operation Flinders;
Storage Shed - Final payment $2500
Bandung Street Kids program – article in RDU
St Jude’s student support
RYLA representative $900 for Bakhit Dhoud from Sudan
Fund Raisers - People’s Choice Lottery; Entertainment Book; RCHP Christmas Raffle
Looking forward to continuing and even escalating the effort with a dedicated team.
Merry Christmas to all.
Unley Primary School 2016 Celebration Day BBQ
Oh What A Night
RCHP Charitable Trust and Operation Flinders
Bakhit Dhoud - From war ravaged Sudan to RCHP RYLA representative
Bakhit Dhoud, a young 21 year old refugee from the city of Darfur in Western Sudan was guest speaker at Rotary Club of Hyde Park meeting 1731 on Wednesday 7th November 2016. Bakhit is a student at Thebarton Senior College where he is learning English. He was supported by Marie Noel Koulemoul (another TSC student and the Club's RYLA representative in 2015) and Nick Antoniades, a teacher at the College. Bernie Boxer, who has been a volunteer at the College for the past seven years, introduced Bakhit as the Club's RYLA representative for 2016 Marie.
Bakhit told us he had witnessed the war in his country, caused by poor education rights, and that his daily trip to school by donkey or walking would take 2 to 3 hours. He thanked the Club for sponsoring him to this year's RYLA and used a PowerPoint presentation to tell us what he got out of RYLA:
1 - Follow your passion and never give up on your dreams. Try different ways (illustrated by a cartoon of a helmeted mouse approaching a trap). But realise, Bakhit, that the second mouse gets the cheese.
2 - The importance and benefits of Teamwork. He said that he learnt team work skills and how to cooperate as part of a team and to respect other people's opinions (illustrated by a photo of a penguin colony with adults protectively crowded around the tightly packed chicks)
3 - Communication Skills. The ability to interact with people on a personal level and how to speak in public. He also said he had gained effective listening skills.
In conclusion he said he had leant how to give back, to donate and live for others. He has worked in the community and volunteered at Mercy House and Uniting Age Care.
Bakhit, Marie, Nic and Bernie are members of the Thebarton Senior College Rotaract Club.
For a new arrival learning English he spoke very well.
Nic Antoniades thanked the Club for it's support of TSC students into the RYLA program and indicated that the TSC Rotaract Club is keen to help out at any fundraising events.
Another visitor tonight was Geoff Hudson, who Bernie met while selling raffle tickets. Perhaps a future member??
Volunteering to feed the Volunteers
Our RYE student Olivia Barnes attends final briefing
Opening of the Rose Garden and Storage Shed at Unley Park Sports Club
RYE Student Olivia Barnes Presentation Test Run
Bernie and Barbara Boxer recently returned from volunteering at an Aboriginal school in the Northern Territory where they spent some six weeks in a quite remote Aboriginal school, living in a spare room at the school and using the school’s kitchen to feed themselves.
Their job was to hear all the children read every available day.
The weather was quite hot and they were surprised to see the children running around with bare feet.
The school had its own footy team known as the “Hawks” which Bernie & Barbara watched as children from grade 2 to grade 8, boys and girls, won their final. They were amazed that the children played ‘footy’ with out shoes and could kick the ball the length of a full size field.
In all, they drove about 6,500kms for the round trip. The wonderful experiences they had were really great and the things they will remember most of all were the children themselves, who were delightful.
Bernie and Barbara have signed up to go again next year.
Update from RCHP 2015 RYLA delegate - Marie Noel Koulemoul
At RCHP meeting 1730 on November 30th Marie Noel Koulemoul, a young lady
from Liberia, came all the way from Smithfield to tell us that after attending
R.Y.L.A. last year she has been selected as a director for next year's R.Y.P.E.N. seminar.
Some may remember her wonderful talk last year about her experiences last.
She wanted to promote the R.Y.P.E.N. seminar. which will be held next April.
If you know of any young persons between the ages of 14 and 17 who
would like to go to the next R.Y.P.E.N. seminar please let Bernie Boxer know.
By the way, Marie has just completed year 12 at Thebarton Senior College and
is waiting for the Matriculation results to come out. Then she will decide whether
to apply to go to University or do a further year at Thebarton College. Not a bad
achievement for a young lass who could not speak English very well when she
arrived from Liberia less than two and half years ago.
We look forward to keeping in touch with Marie to follow her progress.
Citizenship Ceremony November 2016 at Unley Town Hall
Andrew Sullivan representing RCHP President Mike McAuliffe addressed the assembly at the November 2016 Citizenship Ceremony held in the Unley Town Hall on Wednesday 16 November with a speech about 'What do service Clubs mean to the Community'.
A Champion effort Andrew
RCHP 2016 CHRISTMAS RAFFLE - Update
HYDE PARK RC & ADELAIDE PARKS RC share at a joint meeting
Meeting No. 1729 for the Rotary Club of Hyde Park was a joint meeting with the 1608th meeting for the Rotary Club of Adelaide Parks at their venue, The Naval & Military Club on Hutt Street. 16 RCAP and 8 RCHP members attended for friendly fellowship, good food and an enthralling talk by Irena White (accompanied by her husband) about her Russian heritage.
Irena's story covered three generations from the time of the Romanov rulers of Russia in the early 1800s through Germany and France in the early 1900s to Australia in the mid 1900s. A well known German saying to define the 3 generations of the multitude of people who experienced Tsarist and Bolshevik Russia, Nazi Germany and prosperous Australia in that era and which typified Irena's family was explained as:
Die erste hat tod - The 1st has death
Die zweite hat nichts - The 2nd has naught
Der dritte hat brod - The 3rd has bread.
The lean-to room at rear of the family home.
The newly ordained Orthodox priest.
Irena's father, Ivan (an Engineer), also attempted to flee from the Ukraine part of Russia (close to where the Malaysian Airlines plane was shot down) to join his brother in France but was captured by the Germans and forced to work in a coal mine until the end of WW2 when he ended up in Berlin. The repatriation of people displaced during WW2 was shared by the three victorious nations (Russia, England, America), with each nation being responsible for zones decided by lines drawn on a map of Berlin without any thought about the ethnicity of the people. The lines split families and friends - if it passed across the middle of a table around which a family was sitting, the two sides were sent in different directions. Ivan, still wanting to join his brother in France, happened to fall in the Russian sector but was able to escape to the American zone from where he decided to get to Australia.
German prison accommodation - American Liberation
As a 40year old single displaced person Ivan's chances for getting into Australia would be improved if he was married so he set about finding a wife by randomly selecting a single Russian Orthodox woman about his own age from the area in which he was living by referring to the local "book of names" which listed all people in the region. The woman selected, Ursula, became first his pen pal with permission from her father, then his wife and eventually Irena's mother. As a newly married couple Ivan and Ursula left Berlin in 1948 to settle in Sydney where he worked for the Sydney Water Board laying pipes.
As was the case for many of the repatriated migrants, they worked very hard and saved diligently so that they could establish a new life of prosperity. Before too long they bought land on which they lived in a shed while building the family home. They struggled with the idiosyncrasies of the English language as "she is spoke" in Australia. On one occasion when asking for Arnott's NICE biscuits, Ursula was told "All of the biscuits are nice".
Irena grew up with her mother after the parents separated. Ivan retired from the Sydney Water Board in 1972 at 65 and died soon after.
Irena, thank you for sharing an amazing story of tragedy, survival and hard earned prosperity.
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