Newsletter 2022/05                                                                   6 May 2022
President's Message
Our next meeting welcomes Mia Bowyer, who is a dynamic woman who cares about people, the world and the environment.  She will be speaking to us about her work with One Earth Marketing.  Some of the current projects she is involved in include: helping Ukraine Refugees, services for people living with disabilities and bushfire resistance projects. 
At our last meeting, we met the very dedicated Ralph David, Principal of JJ Cahill Memorial High School, who spoke about creating a barista program to assist students to become job ready and assist them to build personal skills with their seniors and their peers.  The school is very lucky to have him leading them.  We had a number of guests who attended specifically to hear Ralph’s presentation. 
Our members will again meet later in the month, to formalise the exciting and innovative projects we will commence now for the next Rotary year.   Please continue to read our newsletter to find out what has been adopted. 
On Anzac Day, Richard, Alan and Aya, laid a wreath in remembrance of our fallen soldiers in Coogee.
In June, we look forward to handover night, where we plan to invite the Mayors from Randwick and Bayside, this event will be an opportunity to showcase the achievements and the momentum of the previous year and project the club forward into the coming Rotary year.
Thank you for your continued interest in the work of your club.
May 11, 2022 6:30 PM
One Earth Marketing
May 25, 2022 6:30 PM
Jun 08, 2022 6:30 PM
Little Heroes Swimming Academy
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Upcoming Events
Club Meeting
Graphic Arts Club
May 11, 2022
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
District 9675 Assembly
William Inglis Hotel
May 14, 2022
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tri Club Meeting (Board Members only)
Graphic Arts Club
May 16, 2022
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Club Planning Meeting - Members Only
Graphic Arts Club
May 18, 2022
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Club Meeting
Graphics Arts Club
May 25, 2022
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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Club Information
Botany Randwick
Wednesdays at 6:00 PM
Graphic Arts Club
182 Coward Street
Mascot, NSW 2020
0417 297 632
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at the Graphic Arts Club, 182 Coward Street, Mascot. 6pm for pre-meeting drinks and chat. The meeting, with dinner, starts at 6:30pm and normally concludes by 8:30pm.
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We appreciate the support of the Graphic Arts Club for providing us with a great meeting venue.
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Service Director
International Service
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Our last meeting
The meeting on 27 April was again very well attended with the room at near capacity. It was very pleasing to see, as well as almost all our members, a good number of guests and visitors in Galit and Chris, Lin, Clem, Marley and Danco, a Rotarian from Argentina
Our guest speaker was Ralph David, Principal of JJ Cahill Memorial High School in Botany.  Ralph spoke about his project to create a barista program at the school.  The project is intended as a vehicle to implement a leadership mentoring program, with students participating as either a leader/mentor or as a mentee.  The objectives are to
  • Build confidence in the students
  • Model the school's values
  • Have the capacity to support and influence students to feel a sense of confidence in themselves and improve prosocial behaviours
Participating students will be selected by the School's wellbeing team, and will target those students who may be displaying behaviours not in line with the School values, who may lack confidence in themselves or who may be isolated from the student body.  
Each program will run over 10 weeks, and participants will receive a Certificate of Completion, which can then used when looking for similar work.
Ralph has a room available and has already purchased a coffee machine.  He now needs to install a kitchen facility to facilitate the preparation of food, as well as making the space look like a cafe, with appropriate tables and chairs.
Sadly, we farewelled Galit and Chris, who are returning to Spain to continue their adventure in retirement.  What was originally planned to be a short trip back to Australia, turned into an extended stay, due to COVID travel restrictions.
During their time with us, Galit has provided much needed assistance and advice in a number of areas, and it has been great to have her and partner Chris join us at our meetings.  You will both be sorely missed.  President Christine extended her thanks on behalf of the Club and wished them both all the very best  as they resume their life in Spain, where they will be making contact with their local Rotary Club.
President Christine announced that the Club's Board met prior to the meeting and approved a number of donations:
  • The Rotary Foundation, including the Polio eradication program
  • Australian Rotary Health
  • Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children - ROMAC
  • Ukranian Appeal
  • Northern NSW and Queensland Flood Appeal
  • Two recliner chairs for the Maroubra  Mental Health Unit
News Items
Maroubra Mental Health Unit Refurbishment
The refurbishment of the Maroubra Center, part of the Prince of Wales Hospital, has now been completed, with significant funding support from the former Rotary Club of Randwick, just prior to its merger with the Rotary Club of Botany, to form the new Botany Randwick Club.
The Maroubra Centre - ‘Inspiring Recovery’ refurbishment project was created by lived experienced mental health Peer Support Worker - Cheryl Wittingslow. The vision was to transform The Maroubra Centre, a community mental health centre which is part of Prince of Wales Hospital, into a trauma informed, calming, safe and empowering space for the clients of the service, staff and all who visit the centre
Rotary Statement on the war against Ukraine
Rotary supports UN General Assembly resolutions calling for an immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Russian military forces from Ukraine.
ANZAC Day 2022
Members of the Rotary Club of Botany Randwick were proud to participate in two very moving ANZAC Day Dawn Services at Bondi and Coogee beaches, to commemorate the 107th Anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, and to remember the sacrifice of members of our armed forces in subsequent conflicts.
In a very moving service at Coogee Beach, attended by a capacity crowd of over 6000, members Richard Woodburn and Alan Segal, with Rotary Foundation Global Scholar Aya Murakami, laid the wreath on behalf of the Club.  Alan was wearing the WW1 medals of his grandfather, who was decorated for bravery in the field, with the award of the Military Medal, presented by General Sir John Monash.  Richard is a retired Lieutenant Colonel and a former Commanding Officer of the 21st Construction Regiment, Royal Australian Engineers.
Our Honorary Member Aunty Barb also gave a very moving Welcome to Country at the very well attended commemoration at Bondi Beach.
ROMAC Wine Offer
ROMAC Chair Harold Sharpe OAM has written to advise that his good friend, Bruce Tyrrell AM, has offered to help ROMAC once again, and has agreed to release some more of his popular DRINK NOW VATS wines especially for us.

These are currently available to you at a very attractive price of just $110 per dozen - delivered direct to your door. By purchasing these wines, not only will you be able to enjoy a great drink, but you will also be helping change the lives of sick children from our neighbouring islands in the Oceania region, as a generous percentage of all sales will be donated to ROMAC. 
The wines are only available for a short period, so you are urged to order now and avoid disappointment by going to  
Tonga appeal and Fiji Holiday opportunity
The Rotary Club of Botany Randwick has donated $1000 the Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) project to to provide funds for humanitarian programs to assist the people in Tonga recover from the volcano and tsunami disaster.
Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) will be working with Rotary New Zealand World Community Service (RNZWCS) and Rotary Club of Nuku'alofa (Tonga) in providing aid and assistance to the affected communities and restoring their livelihoods. The aim is to get Tonga back to normality as soon as possible so that they can look after their own communities again.
The Club will also continue its association with the Its Time Raffle, with tickets selling at  $10 a ticket for 1, with a generous discount for purchase of multiple tickets and use the funds raised to further support the people of Tonga.
Our Club retains 50% of the sale of the tickets, with all these funds being further donated to the RAWCS Tonga Appeal.  40% of the funds raised will go to Its Time Foundation in Fiji (Solar Schools Project) and 10% to Plastic Free Oceans, an Its Time Foundation initiative. 
To purchase tickets, go to
Rotary Information
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
  • The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
  • The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
The Four Way Test
The Four-Way Test The Four-Way Test is a non-partisan and non-sectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships.  
Of the things we think, say or do:
  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
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