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The Tree of Joy at Pennant Hills Marketplace came to a very successful conclusion this week. We have hung well over 300 cards on the tree and we believe we will have received approximately 350 gifts by weeks end. The response by the Pennant Hills community has been phenomenal with cards being taken at a constant rate each day for the last 4 weeks.
Just over 60 gifts for Stewart House at Curl Curl were delivered last Tuesday. They were very pleased to receive the gifts just in time to give to their last intake of children for the year. These are children who would probably not receive any presents at Christmas.
On Friday the delivery took place to Parramatta Mission. They received the balance of the gifts received from the tree. Again they were overjoyed at the quantity of presents received. Christmas is a very busy time for the mission with a vast number of hampers prepared for needy families. The presents are a great addition for these people – seniors, adults and children.
We are very greatful for the support of the Pennant Hills community, the Pennant Hills Market Place and the Banna Group who supported and provided the security for the gifts throughout the time of the Tree of Joy.
Beecroft Fire Station Visit on September 25th, 2019
 
  
 
We were greeted by the team of four firemen who were about halfway through their 24 hour shift. Obviously they have sleeping quarters there and do their own catering. They are on call for the whole time. The Beecroft Station has 4 x 4 man teams with the shift patterns as follows—24 hours on, 24 hours off, 24 on, 24 off, then 4 days off.
            They explained that calls come through 000 and are relayed to the nearest station with the next nearest station also sent as a back-up. This is for house fires, however they are also involved in rescue work, car accidents, bush fires and other emergencies as well as commercial and industrial fires. Additional fire units are sent depending on the scope of the problem. Interestingly, when they are called out, the whole team goes leaving the station unattended.
            They were very keen to advise on preventative measures with household fires and household safety. They talked about smoke detectors - not just ensuring the batteries are renewed annually, but also replacing any detector more than 10 years old. Of particular interest to members was their offer of individual house inspections to advise on safety and fire prevention. This is a free service and they will service smoke detectors during their visit. They encouraged all members to take advantage of this free service.
Welcome to our President for this year, James (call me Jim) Fraser. Jim joined our club, and became a Rotarian, in February, 2016. He quickly became involved in the club activities and programs. We have enjoyed his friendship and his willingness to get involved and take on whatever tasks were offered to him. We are looking forward to the year ahead.
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.
 
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.
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.
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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. 
 
 
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