The Rotary Club of
Chartered 1939


Weekly Club Bulletin - Vol 85 Issue 15 13th March 2023
Acting Pres John Mansour   

Rotary Affirmation: 

May Rotary friends and Rotary ways help us to serve our community
here and  abroad in many ways.
Monday 13th March 2023
at CORO 88 
88 Burwood Road Burwood 
Lillian Chen   
6.00 for 6.15 
Board Meeting 
From our Last Meeting 

Meeting opened at 6 15 chaired by Acting President pp John Mansour

Welcome to   Jesslyn Duong  from Sydney Girls High   and Lumiya Gajendran of BGHS 

Apologies: Paul Sarks, Patricia Abraham, Anne Marie Sanni, David Kwong, Sana Kamalesan,  Keith Weeding, Fifi Hazzouri 

Jessl7yn and Luminiya gave Power point and video presentations of their time at NYSF. They both thanked the  the Rotary Club of Burwood for supporting their applications. The Forum  helped to consolidate their future career direction in Science. They made many new friends with similar interests and career ambitions. 


Images by  Marilie 

About NYSF 

The NYSF attracts and retains Australian science and technology talent by immersing students in what a career in STEM looks like in real life. Hearing about non-typical jobs and connecting with other like-minded young people has life-long impact. Over 39 years, the NYSF has connected over 14,000 young Australians with science and technology futures.

CEO of the NYSF, Dr Melanie Bagg, said “the NYSF is all about helping a young person who has an interest in science and technology explore what that means beyond the classroom, beyond the subjects and how to get there. We encourage a broad range of students with varied academic abilities, as STEM is for everyone. NYSF is focussed on delivering a diverse and highly skilled future STEM workforce to meet the predicted skills shortage in Australia.”

The NYSF attracts a diverse range of students from all over Australia. In 2023, 41.5% of participants are from remote and regional areas of Australia, and 61% are young women. An accessible program, 98 students in need have received scholarships, made possible by the Department of Industry, Science and Resources, The Western Australian Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science & Innovation, the NSW Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineer and private donors. Rotary clubs across Australia also provide funding support to hundreds of students in their local community.

“The NYSF experience not only provides exclusive and interactive access to STEM identities and facilities most of us have only dreamt of, but it builds a lot of confidence and illustrates the many pathways to a great career in science and technology. This empowers students to achieve their personal best and find a support network as they start their final year at school.”

Support from the Australian Government through the National Innovation Science Agenda (NISA), our Major Partner, Lockheed Martin Australia, our host universities and a range of other partners has ensured the NYSF continues to deliver unique and high-quality, immersive STEM programs in Australia.

From Jesslyn Duong after attending NYSF 2023


Hi Mr Whitney,

Wishing you a wonderful and prosperous 2023!

Thank you so much for your support throughout the application process of NYSF. This life-changing opportunity would truly not be possible without your support and the support of Burwood Rotary. The program was amazing, I am truly so lucky to have created so many fun and fantastic memories with everyone involved, it was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’m so glad and grateful I was able to meet so many inspirational individuals as well as wonderful peers. While also expanding my knowledge on so many wonderful STEM career options, hearing the first hand experiences from researchers and professions has truly inspired me to pursue a career in biomedicine and biotechnology.

Once again,  I would like to thank you for all the guidance and support that you and the club have provided and will always be forever grateful.

I am looking forward to hearing from you soon and hope you had a wonderful summer!


From Janette Weeding BPWS



As you may recall the BPWS Communities Expo (27th October) at Burwood Park was postponed, due to being washed out. We have rescheduled the event for Wednesday 15th March 2023.  It is important to now to advertise the event in your 2023 monthly calendar and newsletters, and on behalf of BPW Strathfield I thank you for your commitment to support our initiative. 

I have attached the flyer so the Expo can be communicated through your media platforms. We are not alone seeking solutions to developing community wellbeing and I also see this event fitting into our local State member Jason Yat-SenLi’s “Community Wellbeing 2030 Plan” 

We also look forward to having a snack at the Burwood Rotary Sausage Sizzle and appreciate their continued support.

We look forward to meeting you all and encourage all to connect with our mutual local programs. 


Locally BPWS aims to: 

Ø We build awareness of local programs/services to our diverse local community. 

Ø Advocate for women’s financial security and superannuation equality

Ø Build relationships, for businesses and organisations to recognise the Women’s Empowerment Principals (WEPs), part of the UN Global Compact which Australian Government is a signatory. 

Is it possible to have our event publicised in your next newsletter which includes the eventbrite link below.  

Warm regards,

 Janette WEEDING  President BPWS


Tree of Joy 2022 


Good Afternoon,

Firstly,  I just wanted to thank you for your Support with the Tree of Joy.  This initiative could not have been possible without your Support.
The response was overwhelming and we were able to fulfil all the requirements for the Organisations and Schools that we were supporting through the Tree of Joy.
We also reached out with the additional gifts to the Children's Hospital at Westmead,  St Vincent's De Paul and Concord Hospital.  They too were very appreciative of these Gifts for patients and families.
I look forward to collaborating together later this year.

Have a great week.

Anna-Marie Sanni
Community Relationships Senior Manager

Eurella Community Services 



RC Burwood Helps Schools in the Philippines 

Rotary Burwood District 9675’s turnover of $1,400 to Lilo-an National High School Extension Don Bosco of Cebu City via Rotary Club of Cebu District 3860 International 

A RAWCS Solution -  Destitution at Home 
A RAWCS Solution
A talk by Gary Richards, RC Engadine
Timor Leste 
Rotary Club Parkes’ annual meeting for Timor Leste
Pride of Workmanship 

The Pride of Workmanship awards have been an annual Vocational Program event for many years.

Help for Ukranian Displaced Persons  
Help for Ukrainian  displaced persons  arriving in Sydney 
News from Eurella 
Thank you Burwood Rotary 
Rotary's Commitment to Diversity, Equality and Inclusion. 
Rotary Commitment to Diversity, Equality and Inclusion 
Podcast with Sadaya Marathe 
Link to a Podcast with one of out Past Exchange Students Sadaya Marathe 
Inner West Early Bird Cafe
Well we have started, only serving one of Burwood’s sleep rough community.
Article published by Marilie Bomediano
Article published by Marilie Bomediano regarding Container sent to the Philippines 
Message from Vas Balasingam
Vas moves interstate 
Report from Dinagat Island 
Fellows here is the latest from Juvie in Gingoog, they returned from the Helping Hand mission, and are now preparing for the next. We have some donations coming in, thank you, and will send every dollar over for these missions.
Those pictures give an idea of the destruction.
New Date for RYLA 2022 

RYPEN (The Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment) Date for 2022

The dates have been set for RYPEN 2022, now to be held on 1, 2 and 3 April 2022 at Teen Ranch.
Report from Gingoog by PP Walter Bock 

Dear Friends and supporters,

I received another email from Juvie and MinPRA in Gingoog. Somehow, miraculously they avoided much damage to themselves. On the compound it appears two fruit trees came down and the other crop was damaged. On the mountain property the damage was even less. They hate asking for help but they would like to help the island of Dinagat where Vera took a team on a SewAID Mission a couple of years ago.

The Secrets of Scams – Athreya Kannan
The Secrets of Scams – Athreya Kannan

My name is Athreya Kannan and I work for Zip which is a credit company and we often get calls

from customers who have been scammed online or over the phone. I, therefore, wrote this up

to spread awareness of these scams so we can be more vigilant.

Rotary Youth Exchange - making a difference for life
Rotary Youth Exchange - making a difference - Reflections from a Reunion 30 years later.
The Year is 1991, two busses full of Rotary Exchange Students enter a parking lot in Sydney after 3 weeks around Australia on the “Capricorn Ramble Tour”. Saying goodbye was heart-breaking, knowing that we would soon be back home and maybe never see each other again.
Jumping to September 2021, downtown Frankfurt on a Friday afternoon in brilliant weather. Stepping out of the car to greet 3 people I have not seen for 30 year in front of their hotel.
Burwood Rotary 50th Anniversary Charitable Trust
The Rotary Club of Burwood has created the 50th Anniversary Charitable Trust with the overall charitable purpose of "relieving poverty and the advancement of education or any other matter beneficial to the community". Funds are awarded to persons who satisfy the Trustees that they are financially disadvantaged and are undertaking some form of further study/sporting endeavour beneficial to themselves and to the community in general. 
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March 14
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March 21
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March 24
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March 24
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Peter Moore
March 15, 1999
24 years
Irene Giardino
March 31, 2008
15 years
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