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Weekly Club Bulletin - Vol 85 Issue 14 27th February 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 27th February  2023
at CORO 88 
88 Burwood Road Burwood 
Jesslyn Duong-Yang ,  Lumiya Gajendran
6.00 for 6.15 
From our Last Meeting 

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

Welcome to  Jennifer Smillie  and Jodie Barrington from Samsung Bouygues joint Venture to present the new M4,M5 West ConnexTunnel system

Apologies: pdg Paul Sarks, Patricia Abraham, Anne Marie Sanni,  pdg Lloyd Roever

Project context was to link the tunnels M4 and M5

There are 15 kms of mainline tunnels. 6:5 kms of ramps, 3 million sq m of earth removed and reused.  Three substations and ventilation  

Companies involved are Acciona which is a Spanish company. Samsung and Bouygues.

The tunnel geology was mainly sandstone (87 %) and 10% shale 

About 600 workforce of which 50% were from Sydney Western Suburbs

About 45 m below ground, The greatest problem was water and so drainage was the problem. Workers had to have quality air as well as wear full PPE and mask to prevent silicosis. They are building concrete roads so low maintenance roads in the future. There is a cross passage every 120 m for  both pedestrian and vehicles.  Safety priority with sprinklers and audio, sprinklers for fire with central control with cameras.  There will be speed cameras in the tunnel

The Rozelle interchange is another year away. See web site NSW infrastructure pipeline 


Meeting resumed

Faye Helou operation is over and she is back home.

Rob Whitney reported on NYSF and RYLA Is arranging for then to come to next meeting. John congratulated Rob on the amount of work he has done for NYSF and RYLA  

Exchange to be revised. Hosting is always the determining factor. Schools are back and we should spread the net a bit wider and see how we go in finding candidates.

Fellows should notes they pay their fees

Raffle was $45:00 and won by John Mansour Closed at 8.00

From Anthony Lin Our RYLA representative

Hi John,

I've returned from my week at RYLA and would like to extend my appreciation and gratitude for allowing me to join in this wonderful life-changing program. During this time, I was able to make a bunch of different friends, learn and develop life-impacting skills, and been able to grow as a person and as a leader. It has been really fun yet informative, inspiring and challenging. Thank you again for providing such an opportunity for me.

Extra thanks to Rob and his wife spending their time to pick me up and drive me to and from the camp.

Kind Regards,
Anthony Lin



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


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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