Club President's Message
Greetings Rotarians and friends !
I am looking forward to seeing you at our club meeting this week where we will meet Alicia and Brooke, wonderful young adults who were recently sponsored by Carlingford Rotary to attend RYLA - the Rotary Youth Leadership program.  
Winnie Yip is also planning to attend this week to let us know the latest developments for the return of the Rotary Youth Exchange program in 2024.  
The Club Board met last week and approved a donation of AUD5,000 to Shelterbox Australia for their Turkiye and Syria Earthquake appeal.  The images we are seeing of the devastation there is heart-wrenching.  Why Shelterbox ?  They are an official Rotary International Partner and are able to respond quickly in situations such as these.
Rotarian Sandra Payne is organising our club Clean up Australia Day activity on Saturday March 4th at Eric Mobbs Memorial Park (The Ponds Walk), Marsden Rd, Carlingford.  Please put this in your diary and bring family members and friends along.
The District Conference is on in Cowra 17th - 19th March.  You are still able to register to attend - see Trudy for details.
Bass has been working hard on locking-in a terrific club program to the end of this Rotary year.  Please support club meetings and come along.  Bring a friend or a family member and introduce them to Rotary this year.
Have a great week ahead !
Come along and bring your family to Rotary Carlingford's Clean Up Australia Day.  Saturday March 4th 8am.  For more info, check out our club website or ask our club organiser Sandra Payne !
Hub Report by PP Dexter Tabeta
Last Tuesday’s club meeting was a field visit to PHIVE, Parramatta’s new community centre, which was organised by President Trudy.  Our group of 11 met at the bus sculpture at Parramatta Square at 7:15 am. Our tour guide was Ulrike (Uli) Holmes, who was awarded a Student Excellence Award by Carlingford Rotary in 2013.   
Uli began the tour by showing us three bronze plaques that marked the aboriginal fire hearths used as early as 4000 years ago  as a meeting place by the Burramattagal clan of the Dharug people, the traditional owners of the land that is now Parramatta. Parramatta is a Dharug word meaning ‘ the place where the eels lie down.’
PHIVE is aptly named. It is an acronym for Parramatta Hive, or meeting place. It is also its address, 5 Parramatta Square. It can be identified by its distinctive roof made of different hues of orange and red.  The roof was designed by a French architect to be both artistic and functional. It is biophilic, meaning the internal design integrates with the external. The angles of the tiles can be changed for climate and lighting control.
PHIVE is part of a three building complex that are interconnected by a common underground parking. The basement also contains a Discovery room used for art exhibits, with the Lego Brickman exhibit currently running. There are also meeting rooms which can be hired by the public.
At the ground floor is the reception area and mall featuring original  artwork by local artists. There is also a cafe, that is soon to open.  The new town hall and Parramatta Square is also found in this level.
On levels 1 and 2 is a state-of-the-art library with over 6500 books and print media. There is a dedicated children’s section with open space and cushy furniture. The adult reading room has both the traditional table and chairs and semi-private cubicles. Free wifi is available throughout the library, as well as tablets and desktop computers free to use. Also in Level 2 is an aboriginal keeping place containing sacred  artefacts, for the exclusive use of aboriginal peoples, the first facility of its kind in Australia.
Level 3 contains an active wellness studio, smart tech labs, a sound recording studio, and more meeting rooms available for hire. Two of the meeting rooms have access to the western and southern terraces. From the terraces we can see building construction still taking place. They include the refurbishment of the old Town Hall, and the construction of the new Parramatta Metro West station and the new Powerhouse Museum.
In Level 4 is situated the council chambers, more meeting rooms and a high-tech amphitheatre suitable for conferences and conventions. The central control room is also located in this level.  PHIVE is an amazing building and has been awarded a 6 star Green Energy Rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.
Visiting PHIVE
Children's Library
Main library
Aboriginal Hearth Plaque
AV Room for Hire - there are numerous rooms available of various size and configurations.
Sound recording room for hire.
New Council Chamber for meetings.  Members of the public can attend.
The wall of Lord Mayors !
Looking over the construction of Parramatta station for the new Metro West line, towards the new Powerhouse Museum also under construction.
It was my pleasure last Tuesday to show you and your Rotary Club members our new community hub/library/civic place called PHIVE.
During the tour I also referred to other tours we guide which can be found on our BOOKABLE site: Bookable
I also mentioned to you that I was given a Pride Of Workmanship award by your Club some years back. I must correct myself as it was not a Pride of Workmanship but a Student Excellence Award back in 2013. Attached please find a copy of it. I am still extremely proud receiving this award.  Ulrike Holmes.
(Student Excellence Award signed in 2013 by Club President Gary Hayman and Vocational Service Director Dexter Tabeta).
Shelterbox Australia Donation - Türkiye and Syria Earthquake Emergency
Last week, the Rotary Carlingford Board approved a club donation of AUD5,000 to Rotary International parner organsation Shelterbox Australia, to be directed to their Turkiye and Syria Earthquake appeal. 
An update received from Shelterbox on 19th February:

ShelterBox aid has arrived in Türkiye. Hundreds of tents have arrived in country on a free flight provided by Turkish Airlines from Panama – where we had stock pre-positioned. 

We also have stocks of tents and household items, such as blankets and mattresses, en-route to one of our existing and well trusted partners in northern Syria. Distribution of warm winter clothing to affected children in northern Syria has begun through another existing partner.

Additional ShelterBox response team members have arrived in Gaziantep, where a humanitarian hub has been set up.  Having an extra team on the ground means we can be more agile and work more closely with partners as we  to scale up our response.

Our response will focus on where the need is greatest across Syria and Türkiye

  • Through the provision of emergency tents, helping people to shelter from the winter weather
  • The provision of essential aid items like warm blankets and solar lights
  • The provision of warm children's clothing in northern Syria

Many thanks for your support

Mike Greenslade
CEO ShelterBox Australia

Weekend away in Cowra 17 - 19 March.  Everyone welcome !
District Governor Mina Howard has issued a challenge to all clubs in the district to create a walking stick and enter it into a competition at the upcoming District Conference.  DG Mina's husband Larry creates amazing walking sticks.  James and Trudy located this suitable candidate on a recent walk.  Are there any walking stick creators in the club ?  I found this useful guide online
There is still time to register for the District Conference in Cowra  - 17th to 19th March. This will be a fun weekend, check the Conference program details for all the activities. If you need transport, please let Trudy know. Some accommodation has been booked at the Civic Motor Inn.
Heartland Academy Fundraising Trivia Night
Rotarian Pat Price (Rotary Lane Cove) has invited us to get a table together for a fundraiser to be held on Saturday 25th March at Crows Nest.  Many in the club will remember that Pat has spoken at our club and is doing amazing work in Nepal. 
The trivia night is being run by CLCR, Centre for Learning & Children's Rights.  CLCR are working to establish a new school, Heartland 2.0, in a remote area west of Kathmandu.
Cost $75pp.  Let Trudy know if you are interested.
Exciting news !  Rotary Youth Exchange is back for 2024 !
Please note your diary for your upcoming market shift !
Upcoming Events
Club Meeting with Guest Speaker
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Jun 27, 2023
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District 9685 Changeover
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Jul 01, 2023
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Meeting with Carlingford High School SRC
Carlingford High School
Jul 25, 2023
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
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