What a team
effort... really in the face of adversity (venue fire bans, weather, bushfires, smoke) we
pulled off a spectacular Rotary event as part of Strathfield
Christmas Carols 2019. We played our role to the fullest. This was due to
the work of the Committee: President Arie Pappas; PP Peter Smith; PP Rick Vosila; Rtn Andrew Aravanis; IPP Charles Pitt; Rtn Nella Hall; Rtn Trudy Ho and
PP Raymond McCluskie (Chair) and our additional Rotarian helpers on the day
We worked well with
Council; a great partnership. Council's Naomi Searle Executive Manager with her
team including the event manager Ayla Karabulut made the event happen. We even
had a draft MoU which could be developed further and enshrine our place in the
Carols as the Rotary Club of Strathfield has evolved this event and developed
over the years and into the future.
Pappas had a stroke of
genius in selecting 'drought relief' as our Charity. It inspired the Council.
They prepared promotional material and our own Rotarian member councillor past mayor Gulian
Vaccari put up motion not only for Council to support our charity but also to make a special
donation. Clearly, it tugged at the hearts of the attending public with their
purchase of raffle tickets (Rick Vosila's innovative presentation also helped).
The best dressed
award went to Nella Hall; Nella as a Strathfield Councillor, had a role on stage
and was dressed to wow the audience (or maybe it was for her husbandís birthday
party taking place later in the night) but Nella looked resplendent as assistant
cashier to Charles Pitt. Charles will report to Rod McDougall our treasurer the
details of takings.
Our really hard workers. Our Rotary
team that makes things go:
Well we set up our
new marquee and what a beauty. It certainly stands out and promotes Rotary. The
Council also helped providing us with promotional material reflecting the spirit
What would we do
without the 3 knights errant Peter Smith, Andrew Aravanis and Rick Vosila. Just
who made sure the operations actually worked. He does so much, drags in the
marquee and all the bits and pieces plus the two BBQ are a complex setting
up procedure. Poor Peter having started out early found that the trailer had
been broken into, but the thieves abandoned their nefarious activity when
they found some tomato sauce bottles instead of tradesman tools. So, after
spending a twelve-hour day he returned home only to find the Graffiti
removal trailer had been graffitied (a warped sense of humour). Peter
got up and cleaned the next day (he had the equipment)
bubbled along. He organised 25 raffle prizes, had a team of sellers, a
barrel that rotated and when the clip on the trapdoor broke, tickets spewed
out but it was all ajusted. When somebody insisted that
a drawn ticket number wasnít recorded Rick was able to give
them a prize anyway. Rick was on stage with Arie and a great Rotary
presentation. More later. But Rick cool under pressure. Mr fixer.
In all of this we
had our 'moments'...the footy passing competition with lots of us when Bill
Carney's son Eric brought a football; and bowling at the nets: Roy Ellis topped that one.
There was the
family element: to enjoy the Carols Mathew and Navya Elias brought their children and
Keith and Sue Byrn brought their grandchildren. To help at our Rotary Marquee
Roger Vince brought Janice, Marvin brought Kimberly, Bill Carney brought Mira
and his son Eric and Charles Pitt brought Olga.
The most innovative
occasion was the Arie and Rick Vosila team effort on stage. As an introduction
to the Carols there was an opportunity for Arie to talk about Rotary. He upstage
everyone within a short time frame of 4 minutes. Arie and Rick provided a Q&A
session: short questions with pithy answers about Strathfield Rotary; so local,
so articulate, so clear and so positive. Well done.
fellowship success that was eventually all packed up at 10pm.
We teamed up with
Strathfield Council to help out at the Strathfield Christmas Carols. The Rotary
Club of Strathfield will be providing a food stall and a raffle. There has been
agreement with the Council that all the proceeds from the Strathfield Christmas
Carols will go to the
Rotary Clubs of Australia Drought Appeal (click).
We have lots to do ! Raffles BBQ
Peter Smith (Operations) set up and pack away...
BBQ and trailer, Marquee, Tables and Chairs, Lighting, promotional material,
keeping up stall appearance (signs fallen and strewn rubbish), negotiating with
council officers. Later someone for Apron laundry and utensil washing (see
Helping Rick Vosila (Raffle)
Setting up raffle table (Prizes), selling tickets at stall, 'crowd mingling' to
sell tickets, raffle ticket butts folding, listing prizes and winning ticket
Helping Andrew Aravanis (Food)
BBQ cooking (onion, sausages, vege patties, maintaining drinks esky, maintaining
bread rolls and serviettes (continuous)., preparing burgers for sale bread roll,
onion and sausage (continuous). Queue Manager accepting customer orders food and
then directing to cashier team and raffle sales. Managing sales table: Drink
display, sauces (bottles full), serviettes, signs,
Helping Charles Pitt (Cashier)
sales (food) $5 burger (sausage/vege
patti) $2 drinks and also sales (raffle): tickets at stall and collection of
money from 'crowd mingling' sales.
Helping President Arie Pappas
Rotary Clubs of Australia Drought Appeal
We have lots to do ! Raffles BBQ