Rotary News from around Australia
UN ambassador to visit
Wednesday, 6 September 2006
Cowra will welcome one of Japan’s most respected and honoured peace proponents at a special commemorative service on Monday. Japan-U.N. Goodwill Ambassador Dr Hounsai Genshitu Sen will conduct a ceremonial tea dedication service to honour the memories of the war dead at the Cowra War Cemetery. For over fifty years, the honoured academic has made more than 300 hundred trips abroad, travelling to more than 60 countries, imparting the message of peace, and the lessons that can be learned through Chado, or the Way of Tea. Dr Hounsai Genshitu Sen has a distinguished list of contributions and affiliations internationally in the field of academics, including the University of University of Hawaii and the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture at Columbia University, New York. He has also been a dynamic member of the Rotary International, formerly serving as R.I. Director (1988-90) and Rotary Foundation Trustee (1998-2002).
Beerwah mourns its favourite son
September 4, 2006
Irwin was a big supporter of Rotary in the Beerwah community. Bob McLean, immediate past president of Rotary Club of The Glass House Mountains, did not want to speak by phone because he was “still in shock at the events of today.” The Rotary team were at Australia Zoo running a sausage sizzle to raise funds for cystic fibrosis yesterday, he said by email. “We had Terri, Peter and Elizabeth at Rotary last Thursday and Terri was telling us of the wonderful work they have been doing up in the Cape. She was so excited and full of joy.”
Council to fund youth program
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The Guyra Shire Council has agreed to help fund a series of camps for troubled adolescents. The council will join forces with police and the Rotary Club to bring the Youth In Search program to the area. The council has been told 81 per cent of participants who have attended the camps across Australia have stopped taking drugs. The Mayor of Guyra, Robyn Jackson, says local youths will be able to attend up to three camps a year. “It’s a very worthwhile cause and the results are quite amazing, there’s almost a complete removal of the previous drug-taking or criminal tendencies in young people who participate,” she said.
One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed little Alex standing in the foyer of the church staring up at a large plaque. It was covered with names with small American flags mounted on either side of it.
The seven year old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood beside the little boy, and said quietly, “Good morning Alex.”
“Good morning Pastor,” he replied, still focused on the plaque.
“Pastor, what is this?” he asked. The pastor said, “Well, son, it’s a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service.”
Soberly, they just stood together, staring at the large plaque.
Finally, little Alex’s voice, barely audible and trembling with fear, asked, “Which service, the 9:00 or the 10:45?”
New Threat Announced
NEW YORK — A public school teacher was arrested today at John F. Kennedy International Airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a set square, a slide rule and a calculator.
At a morning press conference, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-gebra movement. He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction. “Al-gebra is a problem for us,” Gonzales said.
“They desire solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in search of absolute values.”
“They use secret code names like ‘x’ and ‘y’ and refer to themselves as ‘unknowns’, but we have determined they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country. As the Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say, ‘There are 3 sides to every triangle’.”
When asked to comment on the arrest, President Bush said, “If God had wanted us to have better weapons of math instruction, He would have given us more fingers and toes.”
White House aides told reporters they could not recall a more intelligent or profound statement by the president.