What is your EREY Story?
In September of 2005 following the horrific flooding of southern Louisiana by Hurricane Katrina, I was asked to go to the Astrodome to receive 200 ShelterBoxes that were to be redistributed as locations
most in need were determined. They told me to go straight to the second floor of Reliant Center outside Logistics. I met the Rotarian from ShelterBox and he informed me that the delivery was on a
short delay. He was on a tight schedule to return to his home and could not stay. He said, “Suzi, just stand here and wait for the delivery of the ShelterBoxes and whatever you do, do NOT go through
THOSE TWO DOORS!”. He was pointing to the entrance of the Logistics center ...... 
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Sydney’s 105th Rotary International Convention wins best in Australia
In an exciting national final, Sydney’s 105th Rotary International Convention has been awarded Australia’s best Corporate Social Responsibility Program.
Held in June 2014, the convention attracted worldwide attention and media coverage for the association’s key cause, the global eradication of the Polio disease.

IGA and Crowie Rotary help Naremburn School students
A random act of generosity by IGA Crows Nest to the Rotary Club of Crows Nest has been paid forward to help students from struggling families at Naremburn School.
Immediate Past President and current Club Secretary, Bruce de Graaf was picking up drinks and napkins from IGA Crows Nest for the club’s regular barbecue when the manager offered him $2,000 from the IGA Community Chest program.  In turn,100 $20 food vouchers were then donated to Naremburn School.  Naremburn School principal, Cassandra Mitchell said the vouchers would mean the world to her students.
The picture is courtesy Annika Enderborg & the North Shore Times: Rotary Crows Nest Secretary, Bruce de Graaf gave $2,000 in IGA food vouchers to Naremburn School principal, Cassandra Mitchell to help support the students.

First lady adds another cause to champion
Mrs Margie Abbott, the 'First Lady of Australia', (wife of our Australian Prime Minister), has graciously accepted the role as a ROMAC’s Patron.  This appointment follows Dame Quentin Bryce, former Governor General, stepping down, having completed her five year term as Patron.
The ROMAC Board and Rotary, are delighted to welcome Mrs Abbott to our project.  We wish her great success as ROMAC's new Patron.   As an influential Australian we anticipate Mrs Abbott will enhance and promote ROMAC to new heights as the leading Rotary project in Australia and New Zealand, that changes Children's Lives!  See ROMAC's website at www.romac.org.au
ROMAC's Mission:  'To provide medical treatment for children from developing countries in the form of life saving and/or dignity restoring surgery not accessible to them in their own country'.

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Recent polio progress in Pakistan (as at early May 2015)
District Polio Chair, Rob Byrne provided this update at the Presidents' Meeting on 7 May.
He said that "with these great results in Pakistan, and only one case outside Pakistan this year, we have never been this close to eradicating polio.  Now's the time to make sure we finish the job.
Then? Then the hard part begins, maintaining focus for three years to be sure the job really is finished.
Register now for the National Rotary Success Conference
The National Rotary Success Conference is to be held over the weekend of 5–6 September 2015 at the Hellenic Club, Woden in Canberra.
Jonathon Welch from the Choir of Hard Knocks and Andrew McLeod will both be actively involved in the conference. RI Director Mary Beth Growney Selene will be the keynote speaker on the Saturday morning. Mary Beth is a dynamic speaker on membership.  She was heavily involved in the Young Professionals Conference in the US.  
Who should be attending?  All Rotary Leaders, Presidents and Presidents Elect, PR Chairs, Membership Chairs and Future Rotary Leaders and Rotarians who want to be involved in the continuing success of Rotary in Australia.  There will be presentations about a number of new innovative ideas on a wide range of topics, all practical ideas that can be used in al Rotary Clubs.
The program will consist of mainly breakout groups enabling everyone to be able to participate and interact over the weekend in a practical, worthwhile and meaningful way.  The breakout groups will cover a wide range of topics.
Coupled with the Rotary Success Conference this year will be a Youth Summit for people under 40 years of age. 
This Conference will be focussing on the future.  We are positive that every Rotarian will gain practical knowledge and new ideas to take back to their Clubs and Districts from this Conference.  You will meet Rotarians from across Australia and New Zealand and be able to share with them your ideas and hear their ideas; it will be a great experience for everyone.
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