Newsletter 2022/13                                                       10 September 2022
President's Message
It is with great sadness that I advise of the passing of Alan Segal, long standing Rotarian and staunch member of our Club.  I’d like to thank Mark for his insightful memorable tribute to Alan, see below, and to just add that Alan was very happy with the progress of the club he so loved. 
Our last meeting didn’t go as planned with an unfortunate double booking of our usual room.  Because of this Richard will present his talk on Wednesday 12 October on the amazing work of ROMAC in providing lifesaving medical treatment for children from our near neighbours in Timor Leste, PNG, Vanuatu, The Solomon's and other Pacific nations.
The speaker at our meeting this coming Wednesday will be Kim Miller, Schools and Partnerships Coordinator from Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation.  They help stop people trafficking, provide schooling, shelter children, build homes plus more in Vietnam. 
Our meeting later in the month, 28 September, will be a social cocktail party where partners and friends are welcome.  Our District Governor has been invited along with Past District Governor and we will formally welcome and induct recent new members and have a presentation of Avenues of Service to several members.    Please come along, bring someone special and meet our nice club in a social environment!
All welcome
Upcoming Events
Club Meeting
Graphic Arts Club
Sep 14, 2022
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Club Board Meeting (Board Members Only)
Sep 21, 2022
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Social Cocktail Get-together, friends welcome
Graphics Arts Club,
Sep 28, 2022
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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Sep 14, 2022 6:30 PM
Blue Dragon
Oct 12, 2022 6:30 PM
ROMAC - Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children
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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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News Items
Vale - Alan Segal
It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Alan Segal, a passionate Rotarian since 1985 – 37 years. 
Alan first joined Rotary with the Kensington club and later transferred to the Botany club after Kensington Club was closed. In 2001 he became the president of the Rotary Club of Botany Bay and increased membership to 30 plus within 12 months.  His passion is best described as youthful and enthusiastic.
Alan always thought big, delivered on many projects and was passionate and committed to many avenues of service. President, Secretary, International Director - he held many posts but none more dearly than his involvement in youth exchange and the post graduate Ambassadorial scholarships. He hosted many students and was a fierce supporter of our club.

From BBQ’s, Sydney Airport collections, Trivia, Theatre and Host a Murder nights, Alan was always involved. It would be fair to say that without Alan’s involvement our club would not be, and the Million or so raised at the Airport would not have occurred.
Project Support
The Rotary Club of Botany Randwick actively supports a wide range of very worthwhile projects locally and internationally.  
Since 1 July we have:
  • Supported The Timor Leste Consul-General Luciano Valentin da Conceicao in his fund raising to publish a book on the recent history of his country
  • Sponsored Teams from Sydney Children's and Prince of Wales Hospitals in the City to Surf, with their aim being to provide improved support for the families of indigenous patients
  • Support for the Honest Ocean Project, in their quest to combat plastic ocean waste in South East Asia
  • Sponsored 14 year old Isabella to a RYPEN personal development weekend camp
RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
Nominations, from young adults in the Botany and Randwick areas, are being sought for the next Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) program, scheduled for 3 to 8 January 2023.
RYLA is a life-changing program, providing an incredible opportunity to develop yourself as a leader alongside 75 participants. This will be a week of your life that you’ll never forget, and we’d love you to be involved!
RYLA is an amazing leadership program for young adults aged between 19 and 25. The  6 day program typically has 75 participants and focuses on leadership, personal development, teamwork and community awareness. RYLA features presentations from many experts who generously donate their time and experience to further the development of young leaders. The program combines workshops and presentations to fully explore the fundamentals of effective leadership.
Nominations close on 30 November 2022
Fiji Holiday
  •  5 nights in an air-conditioned room overlooking the ocean.
  •  Full cooked breakfasts, lunches and two course dinners (drinks not included).
  •  Ground transfers to and from the airport.
  •  Rainbow Reef snorkelling experience.
  •  Tropical garden tour.
Plus USD$1000 cash toward travel or spend as you wish.
Plus bonus two nights at a 5 star hotel at Denarau Island.
The prize is valid for 18 months and is transferable to friends (receipt has a gift certificate). And good news! your holiday is carbon offset.
To purchase tickets and support the projects of the Rotary Club of Botany Randwick, see
Our last meeting
In the absence of President Christine, the meeting was chaired by Greg.
As Christine mentioned in her report, our normal meeting room had been double booked, so we were “relegated” to the beer garden. Notwithstanding, the 20 members and guests attending made the most of the situation, and a casual but informative meeting ensued.
Richard was unable to present his audio visual presentation on ROMAC but was able to provide a broad overview of its past and current activities. He advised that due to the COVID there had been no activity for several years. However, that changed last month with the arrival of baby Melenaite, from Tonga into Canberra. The operation to remove her 2.5kg tumour was very successful and Melenaite was steadily improving.  She is expected to be well enough to travel back home in the near future. ROMAC is very fortunate to have negotiated favourable relationships with many hospitals in Australia & New Zealand. Richard anticipates that the number of surgical cases will start to gain momentum. They are currently working on transferring an 11 year old boy from the Solomon Islands who picked up a phosphorous grenade and suffered extensive burns.
Ken presented on the Rotary Zone 8 Regionalisation Pilot. He highlighted the objectives of the pilot, which are to provide a corporate profile for Rotary, reduce the administrative structure and streamline District activities. All clubs are being asked to approve, or not, the pilot. Each club has one vote, via the club president, an email is to be forwarded to all club members to submit their individual voting preference prior to the due date on 9th September for a consensus vote.
Other Reports:
  • Mark reported on the recent Airport coin collection and was able to convey positive early results from the strategic dialogue the two clubs have been engaged in with the Sydney Airport head office executives.
  • We have applied for a District Grant for the JJ Cahill HS café project.
  • Club banners are being produced and will be display at Club functions and project activities.
  • Membership dues are now overdue!
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