President's Report 
Well I hope you all enjoyed last weeks video. Very funny with some very relevant points that we all need to consider with some being included in planning  our future direction now that the Surveys have been collated – Thank you Dee & Jenny.
Looking forward to hearing from Joel Fuller this week on his WHS achievements and projects he is working on.
Information for this years Gingerbread House Fundraiser has been sent and orders are starting to flow. You may consider, if you do not require one for your own purposes, purchasing one and donating it to Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre for distribution to needy families. Don’t forget cut off date for orders to me is December 1st as I need to lodge order on 2nd. I have also managed to bring the delivery date back by a week – so Saturday 10th December it now is. Thank you, Deana for accepting the role of Distribution Manager (while I am away again) – more information closer to the date.
Planning of our “Fist Full of Gift Cards” Christmas Raffle are now well under way and a big Thank You to PP Jenny for agreeing to run the show while I’m away. Please give Jenny your support when the request comes.
Please respond to Bill B’s email asking for a YES or NO to your attendance at the Pride of Workmanship night on October 31st to save Bronwyn wasting time ringing around the non responders. Bronwyn has a great night organised and some very deserving recipients.
For your Diary, our Christmas Function will be on 12th December at the Ericksons. Thank you, Paul & Susan for your generous hospitality.
Last but not least important P E Frank will be chairing the meetings during our month away.
Apologies and attendance for our Rotary Club Meetings will temporaily go to Lynda while Cheryl is away for at least 3 weeks. Click on any Rotary Club of Springwood Meeting to confirm which list you are on and RSVP.
Monday night the 14th Lucky Draw results:
Bruce W. for a bottle of red.
Pick a Card:
Pot $267.00
Margret B. - 6 of Hearts 😏

Pride of Workmanship Awards Night

Final notification that the Pride of Workmanship Awards is on October 31st and you must have communicated with Bill B. by this evening to confirm whether or not you are attending the function and if you are bringing guests.
Please come as it will show our support to the people in our community who have won these awards and do the fine work which entitled them to these.

Meet The End Polio Train Update

Please see below TWO UPDATEs just received for next Monday mornings "Meet the End Polio Train" 
Updates due to Train timetable changes 
Coffee for Polio at Emu Plains Station on Monday, October 24, has been pushed back to 10.45 am, with the train arriving at 11.30 am.  Walk for Polio around Penrith Lakes is scheduled to follow at 12 noon -weather permitting.  
Advise their clubs the coffee for polio is off but we would like to see a crowd at the station at 11.15 to wait for the train – then move on to the Lakes at 12 noon … in red shirts of course!

Wentworth TAFE Luncheon Photos

It was a really great time together and much appreciated by the TAFE students and Staff.
Upcoming Events
Lower Blue Movie Night Fundraiser
Glenbrook Cinema
Oct 23, 2022 6:00 PM
World Polio Day Train Ride
Emu Plains Station
Oct 24, 2022
9:45 AM – 10:30 AM
Rotary Club of Springwood Meeting
Oriental Hotel
Oct 24, 2022 7:00 PM
Committee Meetings and Reports
Oriental Hotel
Oct 24, 2022 7:30 PM
Lunch with Rotary International PE Gordon McInally
NSW Parliament House
Oct 31, 2022
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Rotary Club of Springwood Meeting
Oriental Hotel
Oct 31, 2022 7:00 PM
Vocational Night - Pride of Workmanship Awards
Oriental Hotel
Oct 31, 2022
7:06 PM – 9:00 PM
Rotary of NSW Police Officer of the Year Awards
Hyatt Regency, Sydney
Nov 04, 2022
Faulconbridge Public School Twilight Markets
Faulconbridge Public School
Nov 04, 2022
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Buttenshaw Park Gardening
Buttenshaw Park
Nov 05, 2022 8:30 AM
Rotary Club of Springwood Meeting
Oriental Hotel
Nov 07, 2022 7:00 PM
Rotary Club of Sprinwood Meeting
Ori Cafe
Nov 14, 2022 7:00 PM
Bunnings BBQ
Bunnings - Valley Heights
Nov 19, 2022
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Carinya Daycare 40th Anniversary BBQ
Carinya Daycare Centre
Nov 20, 2022
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Club of Sprinwood Meeting
Ori Cafe
Nov 21, 2022 7:00 PM
Rotary Club of Sprinwood Meeting
Ori Cafe
Nov 28, 2022 7:00 PM
Buttenshaw Park Gardening
Buttenshaw Park
Dec 03, 2022 8:30 AM
Rotary Club of Sprinwood Meeting
Ori Cafe
Dec 05, 2022 7:00 PM
Rotary Club of Sprinwood Meeting
Ori Cafe
Dec 12, 2022 7:00 PM
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Oct 24, 2022 7:00 PM
Modern Workplace Health and Safety Systems
Nov 21, 2022 7:00 PM
Empowering Girls
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Birthdays and Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Joanna D
October 7
Geoffrey G AM
October 8
Fred T
October 14
Jenny K
October 25
Adam L
October 30
Join Date
Alan A
October 27, 2020
2 Years
Valda B
October 29, 2007
15 years
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Gingerbread House Kits

As we head towards the end of a another easier fundraising year and with our desire to still support our regular beneficiaries we have decided to again conduct the Gingerbread House Kits project.. We achieved 88 kits last year, so lets see if we can reach 100 !!
The Kits will sell for $38.00 and are available in Original/ Chocolate/ Gluten Free and the icing now comes in powder form removing the need to keep refrigerated.
I have attached  information sheets and bring to your attention the important CUT OFF DATE of  December 2nd . Orders will be available for delivery or collection from Saturday 17th December.
Please contact me direct if you have any questions or require further information.  Orders directly to me, following which an invoice will be sent for payment.
Distributions of ShelterBox tents took place in the Sindh region of Pakistan earlier this month, with the help of our partner, Islamic Relief 
I hope you and your family are safe and well.
I recently returned from the ShelterBox International Fundraising Conference in Truro, Cornwall. The conference, held at ShelterBox HQ, was a great chance to network with international colleagues, old and new, and learn about the exciting direction that the organisation is taking. In short, the plan is to scale up our international programmes, so that we can help more people, in the best possible way. We can't do this without people like you, so I hope you'll come on this journey with us, as a valued member of the team.
It has been heart-warming to see the generous response to our Pakistan Appeal, with over $200,000 raised so far. As you will read below, those funds have already been put to good use. There is news from Ethiopia and Ukraine, whilst work continues in Cameroon, Mozambique, Nigeria, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. 
There's also a heads-up about this year's Giving Day and an offer to write an online will for free - did you know that 70% of adults don't have a will?
This month's quote comes from Alan Lakein, Planning is bringing the future into the present, so that you can do something about it now."
Thanks for being part of the team. Stay safe.

Mike Greenslade
CEO ShelterBox Australia
Information, Eduction and Communication (IEC) materials are distributed and explained by Islamic Relief
Pakistan - Floods
Since mid-June, Pakistan has been overwhelmed by severe monsoon rains and flooding. The authorities have reported a 150% increase in rain in 2022, compared with the 30-year average. Waterways that feed the main Indus River that runs through Pakistan have burst their banks, flooding large areas of dry land, and leaving people in desperate need of water, food, medicine, and shelter. Over 110 districts have been declared ‘calamity hit’ by the Government and many are calling the flooding a climate induced humanitarian crisis of epic proportions. It is estimated that around 33 million people have been affected by the flooding (15% of the total population of Pakistan); more than 1,200 people have lost their lives and almost 1 million people have been displaced.
Our initial response will focus on supporting approximately 1,200 households across four locations in Sindh and Baluchistan. The emergency shelter package includes ShelterBox relief tents, tarpaulins and rope, along with an accompanying NFI (non-food item) package to support the same households with water filters, water carriers, blankets, mattresses, mosquito nets and solar lights.
Project 2 will look to support a further 5,000 households.
Ethiopia - Conflict/Drought
Ethiopia remains a complex humanitarian emergency, characterised by the ongoing conflict, insecurity, and the effects of climate change which have all contributed towards mass displacement and humanitarian need. The conflict in North Ethiopia intensified in 2021 and expanded from Tigray to the neighbouring regions of Amhara and Afar. Over 3.5 million people are displaced within these three regions. 
As many as 20 million people across the Horn of Africa are affected by drought. The number of people directly displaced by the drought within Ethiopia has increased to 560,000. Project 5 is a 12-month project, running through to February 2023. Working with our partner, IOM (International Organization for Migration), we aim to support 12,000 of the most vulnerable displaced families. This represents a huge scale up on previous projects due to the massive needs in the country and comprises three cycles of distributions, each supporting 4,000 households.
In-country team attending a logistics cluster meeting in Krakow, Poland.
Olena at distributions in Ukraine
Ukraine Conflict - Tatyana's Story
47-year-old Tatyana lives with her three children in Ukraine. Her home was destroyed by the ongoing conflict in March 2022. The family has been living in their home since 1998. Speaking to the ReliefAid team – ShelterBox’s partner in Ukraine – Tatyana said when her home was bombed, they lost everything. “It's completely destroyed. Along with all the beautiful photos.”
Before the war started, Tatyana said: “I lived normally, I didn’t think about anything like that [war], although there were conversations between neighbours and on the news. Even on the 24th [February], when my friend woke me up and told me not to go to work and take my child to school, the war had started, I didn’t even believe in it. When the first house exploded here, I didn’t believe it, I still thought it was a lie.” That day, Tatyana’s husband told her he needed to go to war and left.
On March 6th she packed up her belongings and left her home with two of her children. One of her sons did not fit in the car so he drove to meet them the next day. “He left in the morning and on the evening, I got a call to say my barn was on fire. In the shed I had building materials, all kinds of electronics, everything burned down,” explained Tatyana.
“The house probably burned down the next day,” she continued. “The neighbour said that when the barn was on fire, his cars, which were next to our house, remained intact. Two days later, when my house had already burned down, the cars were damaged. If we had stayed and took safety in the cellar, everything that burned would have fallen into the cellar. We would not have been able to get out and would simply have suffocated there.” Sadly, two of Tatyana’s cats and two dogs died in the fire.
The family have started rebuilding their home, “little by little, so that everyone has enough space.” They have built some shelter so they can still live at the property and rebuild from there. “We are building this so everyone can live here,” she said. “We are planning a small kitchen, and I want to build a stove. We are building ourselves, with our own efforts and help from volunteers. The house is covered with your [ShelterBox] tarpaulin.”
As well as the tarpaulin, Tatyana has used the rope to tighten beams on her house. She said they use the solar light and the blankets all the time. Holding the solar light she said, “the solar light is cool because if there is no electricity, this will be the most useful thing. We cover ourselves with the blanket, I think it will keep us warm for a very long time.”
Tatyana concluded the interview by saying, “Thanks to the people who help. You try not to lose heart. Believe that everything will be fine, that you can handle it. I am grateful to these people for their help, for opening their hearts to people and helping.”
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Giving Day 2022
10th December is World Human Rights Day and at ShelterBox, we believe that shelter is a human right. This year we'll be holding our annual Giving Day on Friday 9th December to raise funds and awareness for some of the 113 million people left without shelter following disaster and conflict.
Whilst we prepare for our major fundraiser, we're looking for donations and pledges for our matched giving fund from businesses, Rotary Clubs, and individuals. Please email me if you are able to contribute
Let us know if you're planning an event and we'll do everything we can to support and promote you. Let's make this Giving Day the best ever!
Acknowledgement of Country
We would like to acknowledge the Gundungurra and Darug peoples past, present and emerging as the traditional owners of the land where our Club resides and pay our respects to them.