Club Meeting October 30 2019 Marriott Services


Surprise, surprise! Tony and Sossi were increasingly busy serving us filter coffee as much to their concern the coffee machine had broken down. The morning was a glorious sunny, blue sky day and even though it was not cold, the coffee and their smiles were most welcoming.  The Chairperson was none other but the inimitable Tim Lynch taking on Chairing the meeting as well as being Sergeant. He welcomed our guests, Sue Loeliger (3rd Visit) and our Guest Speakers from Marriott Services, Janine Simpkin, Beau Dunning and Raymond Lee.  He invited our new member Michael Bury to give us Invocation and Zilla to present the Loyal, Royal Toast. Then off we went to Malaysia for our International Club Toast. One really must admire Grant in finding different countries and clubs to “visit” each week. Malaysia is a country in South East Asia separated by the South China Sea into two similarly sized regions; Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia (Malaysian Borneo). Peninsular Malaysia borders are with Thailand, Indonesia (Sumatra) and Singapore. East Malaysia Borders are with Indonesia (Borneo) and Brunei. The area of Malaysia is 331,000 km2 and has a population of 33,000,000. Kuala Lumpur is the national capital and is the largest city, Putrajaya is the seat of the federal government.t District 3300 was created in 1992 and consists of most of the states in peninsula Malaysia except for the two most southern states being Melaka (Malacca) and Johor. Evidence of modern human habitation in Malaysia dates back 40,000 years. Traders and settlers from India and China arrived as early as the first century AD, establishing trading ports and coastal towns in the second and third centuries. Malacca was conquered by Portugal in 1511 but in 1641 was taken by the Dutch. In 1786, the British East India Company leased the IsIand of Penang (Pulau). In 1824 the British took control of Malacca following the Anglo-Dutch Treaty. In 1826, the British directly controlled Malacca, Penang and Singapore which became part of the crown colony of the Straits Settlements. By the 20th C the states of Pahang, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan and Perak had become the Federated Malay States under British control. The Unfederated Malay States, while not under British rule, were under British influence.  In 1946, the Malayan Union founded, consisting of all British possessions in the Malay Peninsula with the exception of Singapore. The Union was dissolved in 1948 and replaced by the Federation of Malaya. On 31/08/1957, Malaya became an independent member of the Commonwealth of Nations and on the 6/09/1963, Singapore and the crown colonies of North Borneo (Sabah, Sarawak) joined and formed the Federation of Malaysia. Singapore was expelled from Malaysia on 07/08/1965. The Malayan Emergency occurred from 16th June until 12th July 1960. Malayan National Liberation Army (MNLA), the military arm of the Malaya Communist party (MCP)) attacked the Malayan Government and British people. The Commonwealth Forces consisted of the United Kingdom-Federation of Malaya, Rhodesia and Fiji, Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. The Communist Forces consisted of the Malayan Communist Party, China, North Vietnam, Soviet Union and Indonesia. Petaling Jaya was founded in 1954 as a satellite township of Kuala Lumpur, to address overcrowding. the Population is 500,000. Grant asked us to be upstanding to toast President Osha Gopalan and the members of the Rotary Club of Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. The club has sponsored 5 Interact Clubs and 1 Rotaract Club. The club meets at the Grand Dorsett Subang Hotel on Tuesdays at 12:45 pm. There was a photo of the members of the club and one in particular that showed the Sergeant holding onto a big staff as her symbol of office. Thank you Grant for the very knowledgeable Presentation from which we learnt a lot. You work very hard on your presentations and we really appreciate it. Pres. Geoff thanked the members of the club who had helped with the Toy Library’s BBQ and thought it had been a very happy day. We received a thank you card from DG Shia praising the club commenting on the quiet way we achieve our work. He also reminded us of the Adult Playground launch on Saturday November 9th. Chair Person Tim announced how exciting it was to have Janine Simpkin, CEO Marriott Support Services, Beau Dunning and Raymond Lee visit and talk to us. Raymond is head of the Enviro Management Services which he explained was one of three arms of the Marriott support services, the others being Marriott Services and Marriott community services. This service is a fully owned subsidiary of Marriott Services and provides opportunities to learn horticulture in an open market. It is an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE), It is a Social Enterprise which is a certified member of Social Traders, Quality accredited, Accredited NDIS provider, as 4801 OH&S accredited and provides services to government and industry groups. It is not a supported place of business and puts people in real working job learning so that can go on to work in the ‘real’ world.  The workers with disabilities are treated the same as everybody else with real working pressures and expectations and outcomes. Clients expect good service and to provide opportunities for an individuals’ future. The services that are provide are Garden Maintenance, Planting and Planting Maintenance, Basic landscaping Works, Bushland Management, Cleaning Services, Specialist Tractor Services such as Reach Mowing, Spraying, Slashing Services and Weed Control. Beau told us that he had been a student at Berendale Special School and had gained a Certificate ll in Horticulture. He told us that he had become more confident in garden maintenance and had developed gardening skills and he would like to be able to learn more skills such as to work on a Ride-on Mower. When asked what his favorite thing was, he answered very quickly “everything”! He is a marvelous example of what Marriott Services employees can achieve and a delight to listen to. Well done Beau!! Enviro Services need to be able to compete with submissions and having less money than other to apply for contracts is very challenging. It is not easy to get the “right “people with several skills and to be able to work with a disability. Amongst other contracts with councils, Parks and Gardens and private enterprises, they have had a contract with SE Water for 20 years. Enviro has merged with SEARCH and have big equipment to gain enormous commitments. The staff fit has 50 people fulltime with 27 with disability. The focus of Marriott Support Services is all about getting people from where they are to where they want to be. It was a real privilege to have Beau and Raymond at the club to inform us so well of what Enviro Services accomplish in the community. Thanks have to go to Janine who is talking of retiring after 24 years! We wish her luck in her next choices. Thank you all for being with us so early in the morning. Jo informed us that the Board had agreed for $4,000 to go towards MITS with a District Grant and the donation would join with RC Beaumaris in work done towards the Boarding Houses for the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School. Chairperson Tim in his cap of Sergeant, was determined to fine us. His absolutely best fine ever was to Ian for being a TRACK MARSHAL at the Moto GP. Not everyone can have the honor so Ian was quite at ease to pay up!  The meeting was closed and as always we were reminded that ROTARY CONNECTS THE WORLD

Zilla (Bulletin Reporter)


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