Rotary Club of Pennant Hills
Chartered 14th March, 1960


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We meet Mondays at 6:30 PM
Pennant Hills Hotel
352 Pennant Hills Road
Pennant Hills, NSW  2120

0444 565 780
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February 2019
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Pride of Workmanship Awards Project
This project, which originated in our club, provides Rotary Clubs with an opportunity to connect with their local community, particularly the business community. They provide organisations and businesses with the vehicle by which key staff can be publicly recognised for their contribution to the success of the business. Award trophies are available together with other associated materials including a complimentary Program Guide. 
We inducted another new member during October. Kaye Carter, with a classification of 'Tertiary Education', was inducted by our President Adrian Bell. Kaye works at Macquarie University teaching English to students from overseas who need to enhance their understanding of English to commence or continue their studies. Kaye is looking forward to being involved in club activities both locally and overseas.
Once again, our club's 'Tree of Joy' is operating at Pennant Hills Market Place actively supported by the centre management company, Banna Group. Gifts will be distributed to both Stewart House (supporting underprivileged school children from around NSW) and Parramatta Mission (who assist individuals and families in need in Western Sydney and outer areas). We are also particularly grateful to the management and staff of the Westpac Bank who provide daily security for the gifts left under the tree. If you would like to help, the instructions are displayed at the tree.
June 4th saw our 43rd Pride of Workmanship Awards at Pennant Hills Golf Club with 80 members and guests in attendance.
This year we presented 10 awards to a wide variety of vocations - from a chef to a school teacher to a retail sales consultant to a property manager.
The guest speaker was Jason Pireh, a dentist and principal of Smart Dental, who, with his assistant Rebecca Jones, told of their volunteer work in Cambodia with World Hope.
This was a great night of fellowship with the 10 awardees being given well deserved recognition.
We had the honour to welcome Abdul Majid Yousfani, Consul General of Pakistan, as guest speaker on April 23rd. He provided a very interesting talk on his homeland, Pakistan. He illustrated his talk with photos, both of tourist areas and of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) developments including the Gwadar Port. The CPEC is a collection of infrastructure projects currently valued at $62 billion. CPEC is intended to rapidly modernize Pakistani infrastructure and strengthen its economy by the construction of modern transportation networks, numerous energy projects, and special economic zones. Consul Yousfani commented on one of the major problems facing his country. They have 1.4 million refugees in Pakistan, mainly from Afghanistan and Iran, which they are feeding and housing. All in all, a very enlightening talk.
Welcome to our newest member, Ahmadul Ameen, who was inducted last Monday evening at our Australia Day meeting. President Alex conducted the induction assisted by District Governor Nominee Kalma McClellan from the Rotary Club of Ryde. Ameen responded by thanking the club for its welcome and he is looking forward to lending his hand to the club’s activities.
Ameen was a member of the Rotary Club of Kerian, Malaysia from 2002 to 2006, and then a member of the Rotary Club of Buriganga, Bangladesh from 2008 to 2015. He has a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Strathclyde University, Glasgow and worked in the natural gas industry in Bangladesh. He spent 18 years lecturing at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore before retiring to Bangladesh and then Australia.
PP Theo Glockemann introduced our keynote speaker, Caitlin Bell. Caitlin was the inaugural ‘Young Endeavour’ awardee in 2001 and won the Order of Australia Association Medallion for the voyage. This undoubtedly led to her appointment to the Young Endeavour Board of Directors in 2007 where she served until 2009. She attended RYLA in 2003 - was a facilitator at RYLA from 2004 to 2007 - and helped form the Crosslands Rotaract Club. 2005 was a big year for her as she turned 21, attended the International RYLA and Rotary’s Centenary Conference in Chicago. Theo continued on with highlights of her employment with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) which she joined in 2009 as a graduate trainee. Then in December 2017 she was awarded Master of Law by the Australian National University
Professor Cres was able to recall his previous talk to our club for Australia Day 2007 when he received the Australia Day Merit Award.
He had an excellent power point presentation entitled ‘Protecting the Intelligence of Children’ by avoiding or correcting iodine deficiency. He illustrated the problem in Australia by referring to several newspaper headline stories including the SMH on December 4, 2000 “We Are Failing Our Children”, a story about Australian children doing worse than those in Kazakhstan. Cres believes that environmental iodine deficiency during pregnancy and infancy – the first 1000 days – is the major cause of reduced child performance. Indeed, his research has suggested a connection between maternal iodine deficiency and autism and also ADHD.
Karen became aware of the Watoto organisation in Uganda helping orphans and abandoned children in the year 2000. Watoto’s motto is ‘Rescue, Raise and Rebuild’. Watoto’s mission is to educate children who will be the future of Uganda.
Every so often Karen was reminded of her desire to venture to Uganda and provide help to children in need. This went on for over a decade, then a New Year’s resolution at the beginning of 2016, Karen decided it was time to fulfil her desire to travel to Uganda to help children. Karen applied to Watota as a volunteer and was accepted in 2016. General volunteers help wash baby bottles and other supporting domestic duties.
We have had an array of great Guest Speakers in recent weeks. They have included David Raphael, Principal of St Lucy's School in Wahroonga, Liesl McGrath, Fundraising Manager at Hornsby Hospital, and Glen Deutscher, Head of Events & Community Fundraising for Cerebral Palsy Alliance.
Ivana Pasavicova is one of the two young people our club sponsored to RYLA in January. She heard about RYLA in an unusual way. For those who missed the story, Theo Glockemann was selling raffle tickets at Hornsby last December and found the passers by were much taken with the attractive busker across the square. Her singing was attracting much more attention and contributions than Theo’s singing, so he went across and promoted RYLA. Ivana accepted and now she was to tell us something of her week at RYLA.
We were privileged to welcome Professor Dr John Christodoulou to our meeting to advise on the current progress with this project. Our club has been a strong supporter of the research for a number of years - the research aimed at developing a genetically modified probiotic to break down the amino acid which prevents sufferers from eating protein. Dr John believes they are getting close to full patient trials, noting that all of this is a very expensive and time consuming process. This research is being conducted at the Westmead Children's Hospital. Recently, Dr John accepted the position of Chair in Genomic Medicine in Melbourne, a joint appointment of the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and the University of Melbourne's Department of Paediatrics. However he is still involved with the work at Westmead.

Our Guest Speaker, Noah Binet is in Year 12 at Pennant Hills High School and was selected late last year to join the “Young Endeavour” for a 10 day sail as a leadership training program which our club has sponsored for the past 15 years.
Noah was quick to thank the club for giving him the opportunity to participate in such a wonderful program. Noah advised that the “Young Endeavour” is an Australian Tall Ship, built by Brooke Marine and given to Australia by the British Government in 1988 as a gift to celebrate Australia’s bicentenary of colonisation. Although operated by the Royal Australian Navy, the ship is primarily used to provide Tall Ship Training to Australian Youth. The ship usually has 30 youth supplementing the small naval compliment on board on a voyage. 
            Noah’s trip involved sailing from Sydney Harbour and heading north towards Nelson Bay and Broken Bay and then back to Sydney Harbour. Unfortunately for Noah and other members of the crew, the weather produced lots of rain and according to some sources, some of the roughest seas ever recorded on a “Young Endeavour” trip. Fortunately they had good supply of sea sickness food of Saos and bananas. Despite his battles with sea sickness, Noah managed to acquire a sound knowledge of the ship’s rigging and fully understood the positioning of the 10 sails and their purpose, and, like all good sailors, had his fair share of being up on the rigging during extremely windy and wet conditions.
            It was also apparent that Noah and the other members of the crew enjoyed their trip and managed to participate in other activities, including going on shore with a raiding party to “capture“ 60 people to sing the National Anthem and to be part of the themed dinner party, in their case, the Italian Mafia. Noah certainly had a “mixed” crew including some from Tasmania, Queensland, Victoria and Scone, NSW. There were 12 girls and 15 boys.
            Other students who were unsuccessful in applying for this opportunity were taken on a day sail on the “James Craig” Tall Ship out of Darling Harbour.
Apologies and visitor advice
Please phone the answering service on 9294 2107 by 12 noon on Saturday and advise if you are unable to attend the next meeting. In the same way, please advise if you are bringing a guest to a meeting. This will ensure we cater for the number who attend our meetings.
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