What We have Achieved Recently
During the days before Christmas 2018 the club was active in collecting donated gifts for children on the Central Coast. Collection points were at Ray White estate agents offices and transported to the offices of the Samaritans to then distribute to needy children
In addition Alan Audet and Corina donated gifts to the club for the children.
Jeremy Scott gave an excellent talk and presentation at the clubs meeting regarding his ‘Long Road From a Broken Heart’ inspirational story on biking across the world, from London to Auckland, New Zealand. Jeremy presentation was over 40 minutes. After Jeremy’s presentation he answered many questions members had regarding his trip. At the end of the evening the club presented Jeremy with a cheque drawn to the charity he supports the ‘Heart Foundation’.
RAWCS National Project
Rotary Club of The Entrance is receiving a Grant to pay for a Corey unit and a Danny Sandpit for the Autism Spectrum School in Terrigal.
The Corey Unit provides opportunities for children to interact, climb, slide and play with different levels and activities to keep them focused and interested, thereby improving their gross motor skills and concentration.
The Danny Sand Pit has sand with a special texture which is very appealing to the students and a well constructed sand pit will provide new learning spaces where they can learn and respond to the sensory stimuli sand creates.
Confirmation of this project has been received from the RAWCS National Project Manager, please read the confirmation letter below and if possible any assistance by way of funds would be very appreciated. The link to donate funds is shown at the bottom of Mr Willis’s letter
Dear Rotarians Gordon and Robin.
I have registered your project – Community Grant 12 Students of Aspect School (RACG) with number 115-2017-18 on the RAWCS national website. Please use this number on all documentation to your Regional Coordinators, Regional Treasurers or National Treasurer. Congratulations on initiating this project.
I have switched on the online donation facility. You will receive email notification of all donations to the project.
Gordon Crawford is recorded as the Project Manager and Robin Hearder is recorded as Deputy Project Manager.
The sponsoring Club is Rotary Club of The Entrance, District 9685.
This is a National Region project registered for project funding.
The total cost of this project is $21,138.00 from the following sources:
- Rotary Club of The Entrance: $10,000.00
- Other Contributions: $1,138.00
- RACG: $10,000.00
I ask you to check that all of the details that appear on our website are correct. Let me know if they need to be amended.
- A summary of the project details can viewed by clicking here.
- The RAWCS website is located at www.rawcs.org.au.
- Both the project manager and the deputy can view full details of the project at directory.rawcs.com.au. Log in with your email address and click on the ‘Forgotten Password‘ link to have a password emailed to you. Details available through this website include financial transactions, which are uploaded about two weeks after each month end.
The Project Manager (or on their absence, the Deputy) is responsible for ensuring that the funding is applied to the project and completing six-monthly on-line project reports to RAWCS for the life of the project. The Project Manager’s and Deputy’s name and contact details appear on the he list of projects that are published on our website.
As project managers please ensure that no donor receives material benefit or advantage due to their donation. This is to comply with ATO rulings applying to Deductible Gifts Recipients (refer – Income tax: tax deductible gifts – what is a gift – TR 2005/13).
Please read the following documents so that you are aware of your responsibilities as project managers:
Please note that your project will be charged the service charge of 2.5% on all donations.
Tax deductibility is granted through “Rotary Australia Benevolent Society” � ABN 54 563 288 318.
If you have a website for your project, club or district you can insert the hyperlink below. This will take donors directly to our secure donations page.
All payments to beneficiaries are to be made by an email from you to the RAWCS National Treasurer, PP Mike Whitehouse (0448 710 882). Please arrange for invoices to be made out to “Rotary Australia Benevolent Society” so that we can claim back the GST on payments and add to the amount raised in donations for the project. Those invoices will have to be sent attached to your email to the RAWCS National Treasurer (email@example.com) with a covering email identifying the project by registration number.
I hope you get many donations from this initiative.
Yours in Rotary Service,
RAWCS National Project Manager
The Club Bulletin
The Pelican News
The Club was treated to video presentation by Leonard Smith of the Castle Hill club on the history and progress of Rotary clubs in the People’s Republic of China. Len assisted in the formation of the Rotary Club of Shanghai
A presentation was made by Len Smith of a fantastic painting he did to Peter Ward, District GG and member of The Entrance Rotary Club, to be used as a fund raiser for the club.
President Gordon expressed the Clubs’ appreciation and presented Len with a bottle of wine.
Club President Robin Hearder presenting a donation from the Club to the Bateau Bay Neighbourhood Centre for its winter appeal.
The guest speaker was Villain Leopal from Belgium who is coming to the end of his time in Australia in the Rotary Student Exchange programme. Villain gave a very entertaining and informative presentation with information and photos from his home country plus photos of his trips around Australia. Villain is definitely a great diplomat for Belgium and we are sure he will be a person to watch in the future. Club member Clive Denmark thanked Villain for his presentation.
Club Members David and Dianne Waterhouse gave a very informative presentation on their last trip to Nepal. David and Dianne we part of a group of Rotary from Australia that spent several weeks completing building works and installing electrical works at Sindhuli Community Technical Institute 3B Building.
Club President Gordon Crawford presented David and Dianne with a certificate in appreciation.
Communication in business.
The Club meeting of the 24th April featured guest speaker Hugh Gyton who spoke for 30 mins on the topic of communication in business and active groups. 4 wall charts were used and explained to facilitate the topic.
The first was A Pyramid of Trust – Conflict (this term queried by some members)- Accountability – Action.
Second related to Reliability – Credibility – Appropriate Intimacy to Self orientation.
Third was a Quad for Emotional Intelligence relating Know Thyself – Manage Self-Understand Others – Manage relationships
Fourth was a quad relating Minder – Enthusiast – Organiser – Director types within a group. Learning to get along with each other.
Community Service Projects
The Rotary Club of The Entrance was able through a “Dick Smith Compassionate Grant” in addition to the funds provided by the club to enable a family from Tasmania with a disabled child to attend an SMS Camp at Camp Breakaway, San Remo, for families with children with Smith Magenis Syndrome.
Camp Breakaway’s SMS (Smith-Magenis Syndrome) Camps enhance the lives of children with SMS and their families by holding a four-day respite camp every two years. These camps enable families to socialize with other families who also have a child with SMS.
Because they were unable to afford the travel and camp costs, the Rotary Club of The Entrance organized the grant to cover the cost of the Airfares and the Camp costs at Camp Breakaway.
Smith-Magenis syndrome is a developmental disorder that affects many parts of the body. The major features of this condition include mild to moderate intellectual disability, delayed speech and language skills, distinctive facial features, sleep disturbances, and behavioral problems.
Disrupted sleep patterns are characteristic of Smith-Magenis syndrome, typically beginning early in life. Affected people may be very sleepy during the day, but they have trouble falling asleep at night and awaken several times during the night and early morning.
People with Smith-Magenis syndrome typically have affectionate, engaging personalities, but most also have behavioral problems. These include frequent temper tantrums and outbursts, aggression, anxiety, impulsiveness, and difficulty paying attention. Self-injury, including biting, hitting, head banging, and skin picking, is very common. Repetitive self-hugging is a behavioral trait that may be unique to Smith-Magenis syndrome. Some people with this condition also compulsively lick their and flip pages of books and magazines (a behavior known as “lick and flip”).
During the Camp, President Gordon was able to attend and meet the family.
International Service Projects
One of the avenues of service within Rotary is that of International Service, where clubs in affluent countries carry out projects in developing countries to provide financial and technical assistance that is not found in those countries. All international projects must be in partnership with a Rotary Club in the host Country.
A member of the Rotary Club of The Entrance, David Waterhouse, with his wife Dianne, through RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Services) been travelling the to Nepal and other Asian countries carrying out international projects for the past 20 years,
These projects include
- Donating and installing Catheterization Lab X-ray machines in Nepal, Mongolia, Sri Lanka and Fiji
- Eye Camps in Mongolia and Nepal
- Electrifying and Ceilings in Community Hospitals, Eye Hospital and Technical Institutes in Nepal.
- Earthquake relief work in Nepal
- Polio immunisation in India
- Youth Leadership Training (RYLA) in Timor Leste.
The Rotary Club of The Entrance has been generous in using some of the charity money raised by the club to finance some of the projects especially in Nepal.
The club is currently trying to organise in association with a Rotary Club in Nepal and other clubs within NSW a $US 60,000.00 Global Grant. This grant will be used on three projects
We are pleased to advise that Richard Foster, an 81-year-old pensioner, who had use of the Clubs scooter had recovered from his injuries (refer to article lower on this page ) and returned the scooter to the Club. .
Club President, Gordon Crawford was aware of Isobel Hayward. who walks unsteadily with a walker. Isobel had a fall and lay on the road in the retirement village she lives in for over 2 hours until someone found her. A neighbour knew of her plight and responded to a announcement by the village manager at an information session who then contacted Gordon. Gordon then connected with Isobel, and organised the scooter to be delivered. Isobel’s neighbour and Gordon showed Isobel how the scooter worked and and helped her overcome her nervousness riding it. So far so good.
The Entrance Rotary Club Supporting youth on The Central Coast
It began with a phone call from Noreen Whitaker who had found our contact details on the Clubs Web site.
She had a friend on the Coast with a 7-year-old severely brain damaged as a result of Bacterial Meningitis striking the child when he was just 18 months old.
One of the main joys for the lad was being on a swing. A three-seater swing had been donated to the family some months ago but with his Dad working interstate for long periods the swing was still in pieces.
Could our Rotary Club help? 10 am next day three volunteers arrived at the boy’s home, tools in hand. By lunchtime, the young boy was on the swing giving our camera a big smile.
Because of the young boy’s condition, he cannot be left alone, or he will damage anything or anyone around obviously including himself. The relief on his Mum’s face was amazing to see.
One of the Rotary volunteers David Waterhouse is also on the board of Camp Breakaway and did indicate that their services could be of assistance to this family who are doing their very best to deal with these very difficult circumstances.
Families like this need friends like Noreen, Rotary, Camp Breakaway and their next-door neighbour who was also clearly providing much valued help.
When Tim Every-Burns’ Father-in-Law passed away, he had to decide what to do with the mobile scooter that was left. Rather than sell it, he chose to give it away to someone who needed a scooter, but who didn’t have the means to buy one.
To assist he called Gordon Crawford the President of The Entrance Rotary Club for help. Several approaches were taken including getting the assistance of Renée Dunn, a Care Worker, with The Samaritans.
Three weeks later Renée found Richard Foster, an 81-year-old pensioner, who had fallen, broken six ribs and was unable to drive with his injuries. It was decided that a worthy person had been found for the scooter.
Richard was delighted with this new acquisition and hopefully he will recover from his injuries quickly. When he does Rotary have already found another elderly person who will then have the scooter passed on to them.
Tim was delighted to find his Father-in-Law’s scooter doing so much to relieve some of the mobility problems experienced by older members of our community.
Are there any more mobile scooters out there looking for a new home? Contact us…
Rotary & Samaritans working together for a great result
Rotary meets Archie, Kyle’s Smart Pup
Tuesday, 4 October 2016, the Rotary Clubs of The Entrance and Wyong met Archie, an Autism Assistance Dog, for the first time since the project was instigated in 2013. Kyle’s mother, Jodi, presented Archie and with Kyle, demonstrated the various commands and handling skills required. Jodi spoke of the difference it has made to their lives, how much safer Kyle is with Archie and how well they are bonding. Archie wears a special harness for his duties, and Kyle walks with his own harness attached to Archie.
Jodi thanked all involved with the project and for raising the funds to make this possible for the family. As a token of thanks, she made a cake topped with a replica of Archie. The full story appears below.
In 2013, The Rotary Club of The Entrance initiated a project to raise at least $18 000 to have a Smart Pup trained to assist Kyle, a little boy with Autism. The money was enthusiastically raised through fundraising events and donations from the community. This is a specialised, long term project where the right dog has to be found and trained for an extensive period. Now there is great excitement as the dog, named ‘Archie’ is soon to be delivered. Young Kyle recently received this letter from Smart Pups Assistance Dogs for Special Needs Children Inc.
My name is Archie and I am a 14 month old black Labrador and the Smart Pup team have chosen me to be your new friend.
We are delighted to introduce Archie, the Smart Pups team have chosen and trained to be an Autism Assistance Dog for Kyle.
Archie is a really lovely, people loving, sensitive fellow which we believe will be a great match for Kyle and your family.
We are looking to place him with you in around 6-8 weeks if all goes to plan. He has completed his training modules and we are confident you will love Archie.
Ella is Archie’s trainer and will be placing him with your family. Ella will be in touch with you soon with more details.”
CEO of Smart Pups Assistance Dogs, Patricia McAlister, says:
“At handover week the Smart Pups trainers will come to your home town and work with you (alternative handler and a second alternative handler if required) from around 10 am -12 pm and again from 1 – 3 pm. We allow four working days to teach you all you need to know to be able to manage and use Archie for the purpose he has been trained, an Autism Assistance Dog, and for you to be accredited with public access with Archie. The first three days we need to work just with the handler/handlers (and not Kyle) so we can teach you the commands and handling of Archie in public.
We then work with Kyle and Archie with the special tasks he has been taught. We can include any special appointments or places you wish to go during that week. We will bring everything that is required, including food for the first week, training lead/collar/jacket/crate and preventative medicine for flea/tick and worms for three months. If you choose, you can pick up a bowl and some Labrador proof toys and a bed or blanket for his crate.
Archie is trained for lap/disrupt/tethering and tracking. He also can do some cool tricks. He can learn to do this with your other child also. We then follow up around six weeks later for any additional help you may need.”
A Handover Guide is also provided as a start to learning about managing the Service Dog, as well as the commands needed.
James Sleeman awarded Paul Harris Fellowship
Tuesday 9 May was a great evening with several partners as well as past members present, together with District Governor, Bruce Lakin. They all came to celebrate a Paul Harris Recognition Award made to guest speaker and past Rotarian, James Sleeman.
Prior to the presentation James spoke passionately of his work about children with learning difficulties and the correlation it may well have to sight problems. He raisedawareness of this area of research and the work he is undertaking to provide remedies to the children. Following his talk and question time, DG Bruce made the Paul Harris Award to James, a most worthy recipient, assisting Secretary Con Bartsos for more than 15 years with distribution and collection of money and tickets for the club’s annual Community Raffle.