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Subject Rotary Club of Hornsby District Bulletin Volume 67 Number 18


President's Message


Fellow Rotarians,

At our meeting on the 23rd we heard from our President Elect, Bobby Holder, who gave his ‘Getting to Know You’ talk about his journey from Oklahoma to Hornsby. Bobby’s presentation generated quite a number of questions, from the Olympics to the new President of the USA. Many thanks Bobby for an outstanding presentation.

Last Monday once again was very informative. Tom Borg (President of RC Berowra) and Yvonne were present. Tom has invited all members to the 40 Year celebration of their charter. This will be held on 27th May at Berowra RSL Club.

We welcomed Rylarians Liam Rudevics and Mark Ferris, who were very excited and impressed with their week at RYLA.

Also in attendance was Astrid Mackegard-Hansson, a past exchange student who is in Australia to study marine biology at James Cook University in Townsville.

After discussions at board level it has been decided that we appoint a Sergeant to assist in smooth running of our meetings, and Peter McIntyre has readily accepted the position. Many thanks Peter. But members beware – it may be pay back time!

I have received the latest update from the Mitrataa Foundation in Nepal, which is on the web site and in the bulletin.

 Yours in Rotary



Mitratta Update January 2017

Hornsby Rotary Update – January 2017

Writing these updates gives me an opportunity to reflect on how hard the team works and how much they deliver to our partner villages!

Here are a couple of highlights:
Partner Village Schools – Our 3 village school partnerships are going well. We have been working on 3 month plans for creative, practical English programs for the kids, working with classes 2 and 3. Our Nuwakot teacher was doing really well but unfortunately, she left to pursue further studies but we’ve found a replacement and she seems to be settling in well. Our Panchkal partnership hit a few hurdles with support from the other teachers but we’ve worked with them and persevered and it seems to be settling down.
They were feeling threatened by the changes and unsure of the expectations on them. We have worked hard to coordinate and include them and give them training as well. Panauti continues to work well with a very supportive principal and community making all the difference.


Attendance Rewards Programs – This has been one of our most successful and cost effective programs in Panauti. The students’ attendance has increased to over 80% and they have learned so many skills (budgeting, planning, counting, responsibility, teamwork etc) in determining how
to spend their money and how to save for what they need. Plus they are taking much better care of their belongings having earned the money for them themselves rather than having been handed it. It has been interesting to see what they have bought with sweaters and shoes initially and now calculators, books and bags being popular.


Vegetable Co-ops – Our Panchkal community vegetable farming project has been very successful. The families involved have worked really well together and we have visited regularly to monitor the progress of the
veggies, taking loads back to Kathmandu to sell, cutting out the middlemen and enabling more profit to go to the villages, fresher organic vegetables to be enjoyed by our kids in Kathmandu and leftovers being sold to the market with the common comment being that people cannot believe how fresh our produce is
-it is picked in the morning and sold in the evening in Kathmandu. Now that’s farm to table! We’re working with some experts in the UK on permaculture solutions to the water problems and making plans for the spring season plantings at the moment. Seeing the communities working together rather than competing to sell small quantities to the middlemen is very exciting!

Medical costs – We continue to provide medical support to many of our women who would not otherwise invest in their own health. We have found this is a very cost effective way to support them because as soon as their health is back, they work even harder for their families and communities, determined to be independent. It also means they come to us earlier when they get sick and get treatment in a more timely manner, meaning less time off and less debt before they get their health back.

Kindergartens – We are currently exploring ways to work with children from birth to aged 4 in our partner villages. Research has shown that if children get some structured support at these ages to develop their frontal lobes, they develop many of the skills we take for granted but which children do not develop if they don’t have the right support at this age. We have found that many of our teenagers do not have these skills and so we are currently scoping a nutrition combined with education program for mothers and toddlers to see if we can give them a boost up at this age to support them later.


PJs and socks – One of our women in Bhaktapur wanted to get her tailoring business off the ground again. It was destroyed in the quakes. The mothers got together made pyjamas for our girls in Kathmandu as well as the socks knitted by Smriti’s mother and lined by Garima’s mother which have been fantastic and we were so happy with the quality and professionalism of their businesses. They are now doing really well with their businesses and it has created a true sense of community amongst the women who take care of each other and each other’s children when challenges occur.

Monthly community meetings – Each of our team members is responsible for a few projects and a part of their responsibility is to know all the families in their groups, including their needs, challenges, strengths and goals. Every month we get each of these groups together for a monthly catch up, to build their networks of support and to enable us to identify any issues early. Each month there is a theme for the meetings – from how to prepare for winter, to positive discipline for
children, to how to help your children at exam time, to family budgeting. Our team has developed wonderful leadership skills in running these meetings and the strong networks created with our families is amazing to see. They support each other and help to solve problems as a community now.

Exams! – It’s that time of year where final exams loom! We are working with all our students to ensure they have the skills to handle exams. Many of them know the content but are so used to failing that they have fallen into a failure trap of fear due to lack of time management or exam strategy or simply stress. We work with each student to identify the problem and mentor them to ensure they have the skills to really showcase their knowledge rather than failing due to fear.

As always, this is just a flavour of our work. Thank you again for your support and care. Without you, we couldn’t do any of it. It is a privilege and we’re grateful.
With love and gratitude always, Bec & the Mitrataa family January 2017



 What's Coming Up

 This Month

22.01.2018 18:30 - 19:30
Rotary meeting
24.01.2018 18:00 - 20:00
Board meeting
29.01.2018 18:30 - 19:30
Rotary meeting
05.02.2018 18:30 - 19:30
Rotary Meeting
12.02.2018 18:30 - 19:30
Rotary Meeting
13.02.2018 17:30 - 19:00
Coin meeting

 Future Events

19.02.2018 18:30 - 19:30
Rotary Meeting
26.02.2018 18:30 - 19:30
Rotary Meeting
05.03.2018 18:30 - 19:30
Rotary Meeting
10.03.2018 - 11.03.2018
2018 District Conference Leura
12.03.2018 18:30 - 19:30
Rotary Meeting
19.03.2018 18:30 - 19:30
Rotary Meeting
26.03.2018 18:30 - 19:30
Rotary Meeting
02.04.2018 18:30 - 19:30
Rotary Meeting
09.04.2018 18:30 - 19:30
Rotary Meeting
16.04.2018 18:30 - 19:30
Rotary Meeting


Thank you to all our members, and their companies, who underwrite our Club's activities and this publication.

Service Anniversaries this month

Chris Robison

Joined Rotary 6th February, 2012
4 years of Service Above Self

Greg Timewell

Joined Rotary 7th February, 1984
32 years of Service Above Self


The 4-Way Test
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?"

The Object Of Rotary

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:
FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
SECOND. 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;
THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

Attendee’s Reminder

Please let us know if you are not going to attend or attending but not eating.
Fellows, remember that you may invite wives, partners, children, family, friends and other Rotarians to all our meetings - just remember to let us know.  Apologies and advice of guests can be submitted online at www.hornsbydistrictrotary.org




10th Robert Holder

11th - Monique Rashbrook

21st - Bob Louis

22nd - Sivaraj Sagathavan



16th - Gail & Stephen Farr

16th - Louise & Bill Scott


Who We Are in 2017—2018


Bobby Holder

Bill Scott

Kylie Williams

Club Service
Rob Caldwell

Arthur Godfrey

Greg Timewell

Simon Bryan





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