Governor's Letter Number 16, Sunday 9 Feb. 2003

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					                                                                                             From the                 "This is Why I Am
                                                                                          Governor’s Desk               a Rotary Club            The topic is the Rotary
                                                                                                                                                 response to the
                                                                                                                          Member"                bushfires. The layout
                                                                                         I am impressed to see
                                                                                         the Time magazine                                       consists of snapshots
                                                                                                                      We see, this weekend,      on a bulletin board.
                                                                                         "Persons of the Year".       the first of a national
                                                                                                                      promotion strategy as      I was particularly
                                                                                         Often a politician is        part of a world wide
                                                                                         chosen. Given the                                       moved by the byline
                                                                                                                      trial for Rotary           "Connecting lives -
                                                                                         amount of severe and         International.
                                                                                         potential conflict                                      affecting lives".
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                                                                                         around the world,            Australia was chosen
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                                                                                         currently, I felt it might                              I am interested in your
                                                                                                                      to initiate this           feedback and thoughts
                                                                                         be so again this year.       worldwide trial.           on this trial.
                                                                                         But not so!                  Traditionally, Rotarians   One of the measurable
                                                                                                                      have often chosen to
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                                                                                         The people selected                                     outcomes will be the
                                                                                                                      hide their light under a   number of hits on the
                                                                                         for this public              bushel rather than
                                                                                         recognition, this year,      promote the work they
                                                                                         are three women who          do in and for the
                                                                                         chose to act ethically       community.                 web site in the
                                                                                         at considerable cost to                                 advertisement. I look
                                                                                         themselves.                  Rotarians have often       forward to further
                                                                                                                      preferred to let the       developments in this
                                                                                         They are three women         outcomes of their          regard.
                                                                                         who in extraordinary         projects speak for
                                                                                         ways tried to restore        themselves.                      DGE Max
                                                                                         confidence in business                                        Wortman
                                                                                         and government.              However, there are two
                                                                                                                      outcomes of visible        DGE Max and Gillian
                                                                                         Sherron Watkins              public recognition for     have returned today
                                                                                         warned Enron about           an organisation and its    from their training at
                                                                                         shabby accounting            projects: strong           the International
                                                                                         practices, Colleen           credibility in the         Assembly in California.
                                                                                         Rowly entreated the          community for the logo
                                                                                         FBI for its lack of rigor    and the potential for      This is where the
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                                                                                         and Cynthia Cooper           membership growth.         Governors from all
Governor 2002/2003
                                                                                         exposed illegal                                         around the world are
Ross Smith
                                                                                         bookkeeping at               However, to have a         inducted under the
32 George Street
                                                                                         WorldCom.                    public awareness           leadership of the
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                                                                                         These are not                projects will be at        President. Here are a
                                                                                         household names but          some cost if it is to be   just a few brief words
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                                                                                         they have had                as professional and        from him on his arrival.
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                                                                                         considerable influence       polished as we would
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                                                                                         on practices in              wish it to be.             "Just a brief
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                                                                                         this past year.              This balance must be       you all in the picture.
                                                                                                                      judged - gain against      Gillian and I arrived
                                                                                         They were reluctant to       cost: hence the trial.     back home yesterday
                                                                                         be involved with such                                   afternoon after
Favourite Websites                                                                       public recognition -         I believe the press        countless security
                                                                                         ordinary people              releases I have seen       checks and x-rays.
Rotary International                                                                     behaving in                  this weekend are                                                                           extraordinary ways           positive, professional     There is an art to
                                                                                         especially when under        and personalised.          emptying your pockets,
District 9640                                                                            pressure.                                               taking off your watch                                                                                                 Page 30 of the "Good       and stripping the
                                                                                         I am reminded of the         Weekend", the colour       laptop out of its case
Rotary Down Under                                                                        second object of             magazine                   and at the same time                                                                   Rotary service.              accompanying the           wrestling with nine
                                                                                                                      "Weekend Australian"       pieces of luggage
Brisbane Convention                                                                       Ross Smith                   is the most national
                                                                                                                      coverage that I have
                                                                                                                                                 including one
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                           More details in my next     Allora                            Mudgeeraba
                                                                    Michelle Johnson               Jessica McKean
The theme for the          letter.
                                                                       Leo Reynolds                   Bree Skinner
year, 2003/3004 that I                                              Josephine Turner
guess everyone                                                                           Mullumbimby
who consults                  Rotary Youth             Alstonville                                Jasmine Condon
                                                                  Stacey Chesworth                  Sarah Jackson knows           Leadership
by now, is                                             Ashmore                           Murwillumbah
                              Award 2003                               Clair Christian                        Kylie Neal
  "Lend A Hand"                                                       Jennifer Franks
                           I was delighted to be                                         Murwillumbah Central
                           invited to be involved      Ballina                                      Philipa Nicholls
It is very Aussie and      in the RYLA program                         Haley Fleming
should be user friendly                                              Ganesh Shankar      Nerang
                           this year at Camp                                                               Kimberly Bell
to promote."               Bornhoffen.                 Ballina-on-Richmond                             Belinda Hopgood
                                                                     Tracey Bulmer                      Andrew McPhee
We look forward to         When I opened the                                                                  Paul Tiley
hearing from DGE Max                                   Beaudesert
                           week on Sunday, last                           High Dunn      Palm Beach
at the District Leaders    the police officer, in                      Luke Jackson                       Kelly Gilmore
2003/2004 Seminar on       charge of the facilities,
Sunday 16 February         emplored the                Boonah                            Runaway Bay
2003.                                                                  Desmond Bell                       Duane Turner
                           Awardees to have one                         Laurisa Fritz
                           minute showers due to                      Grant Titmarsh     Southport
   "Bush to the            the unprecedented                                                          Leesa Jackson
     Beach"                                            Broadbeach                                  Shereena Jackson
                           lack of water in the
                                                                       Damian Amos
                           creek.                                    Cameron Arklay      Southport North
The Bush to the Beach                                                  Paul Diamond                  Matea Salovac
project from Don           From then on, the                          Bradley Doolan
                                                                        Daniel Kellas    Stanthorpe
Stalker and John           heavens opened and
                                                                     Aaron Kingsford             Elizabeth Harrington
Macdonald of the           deposited 350mm of                           Sadie O'Shea                     Angela Hart
Rotary Club of Surfers     rain in the valley.                         Mark Pearson
Paradise Central has                                                   Joshua Turner     Surfers Paradise
                                                                                                     Nicole Berkhout
been an unparalleled       This is Chairman Col        Broadwater Southport                          Victoria Jackson
success.                   Makin's final year in                   Nathan Bugeja                        Renee Nixon
                           the role after five                       Leith Jensen                         Nicola Valis
395 youngsters from        rewarding years of                    Danielle Williams
                                                                                         Surfers Paradise Central
those families across      involvement. He was         Coolangatta Tweed Heads                           Amanda Hill
Queensland who are         warmly recognised on                     Dallas McCaul                    Tamara Paenga
hurting because of the     Thursday evening at                                                            Jason Reid
drought were provided      the graduation for the      Glen Innes                                   Elizabeth Stalker
                                                                      Kimberley Faint
a break for a week of      Awardees.                                                     Surfers Paradise West
outstanding                                            Goondiwindi                                     Sasha Mohan
experiences in             I would like to                              Dione Dooley
Brisbane and on the        congratulate and thank                                        Surfers Sunrise
                                                       Grafton                                         David Maiden
Gold Coast.                those clubs who were
                                                                      Karina Marshall
                           able to support the                                           Tenterfield
I could not speak more     program by sponsoring       Jimboomba                                           Mark Rovera
highly of the smooth       one or more students.                      Matthew Carroll
                                                                        Joshua Gullo     Tweed Heads South
and thorough               Two of our Presidents
                                                                                                       Ryan Lewis
management;                believed it be so           Kingscliff
significant corporate      valuable that they sent                    Simon Wallace      Warwick
support and                their own children.                                                          Robert Newport
                                                       Kyogle                                            Caitlin Pfingst
outstanding media
                                                                    Leonie Laarhoven
response organised by      This year corporate                          Ben Manning      Warwick Sunrise
the club and its           sponsorship was                                Tony White               Annette Maxwell
members.                   strong and I will                                                       Christopher Zahl
                           recognise that in my                                          Yamba
                                                                      Natasha Harris
Channel 10 screened a      next letter.                                                                 Melissa Bedford
30-minute                                              Lismore Central                                   Kirsty McMillan
documentary on the         It is reassuring that                     Abram Bland
                                                                                         Five Jacksons - no Smith's!
week and its planning      corporate employers         Lismore West
yesterday at 6.00pm. I     see RYLA as a                               Scott Ramsay
understand that some       significant staff                                                New Members
of this footage will be    professional                Mermaid Beach                     A warm welcome to:
used at the                development activity -                   Emma Jones           Peter Pisanko
International              and rightly so, from my                                           R C of Broadwater
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Convention in June.        point of view.                                                            Southport
                                                                       Tim Egan
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