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JULY'S NEWSREADER OF THE MONTH
TRACEY SPICER
Tracey Spicer is the envy of many young newsreaders with the talent, and flair that she shows. She is also a young, beautiful humane person with a great sense of humour who cares for people especially in developing nations. The work for World vision clearly show the maturity that she gained throughout her life. I think she is the one of Australia's best newsreaders with a great smile to show for it.
After graduating from Queensland's University of Technology with a Bachelor of Business/Communications majoring in Journalism, Tracey Spicer started her career with Radio 4BH as a four-year cadet. However, recognising Tracey's talent for presenting, the station quickly appointed her afternoon news reader and general reporter.
Pursuing her career in radio, Tracey moved to 3AW in Melbourne to present breakfast and morning news, as well as covering the police rounds. Tracey became news editor before moving to GLV 8 as police, court and sport reporter.
In 1992, Tracey joined 'Melbourne Extra' and developed her skills in research, production and the presentation of current affairs reports. Tracey expanded her talents in both hard news and light hearted features.
After a short time reporting in Ten's Brisbane newsroom, Tracey was promoted to co-anchor for the week night bulletin, replacing the popular Marie-Louise Theile in 1994.
In 1995, Tracey joined Network Ten Sydney as the weekend 5 O'clock and late Night News presenter. Tracey has established herself as one of the most respected newsreaders in the country, and currently presents the National Weekend News.Tracey has also travelled to Bangladesh and Africa for the charity World Vision. Congratulations to Tracey who is four months pregnant with her second child.
 
AUGUST'S NEWSREADER OF THE MONTH
JUANITA PHILLIPS

Juanita presents ABC-TV's New South Wales weekday news as well as reporting and filling-in on other programs on the national broadcaster. She returns to Australia from Britain, where she was co-anchor for CNN's European morning program BizNews, a three hour live news and business program, which began in January 2002. 
After joining CNN in 1998, Juanita worked across CNN's news and business programs, including, presenting CNN's European breakfast news program CNN This Morning, the evening European focused news program 'World News Europe' and CNN's weekly look at culture and politics Inside Europe. She covered numerous globally significant stories during her time at CNN, including the Kosovo War, the allied bombing campaign against Iraq, the Turkish earthquake and the fall of Milosevic. Juanita joined CNN after leaving BBC World, where she co-hosted coverage of Princess Diana's funeral, and regularly co-presented The World Today. 
 Previously before moving to the UK in June 1997, she worked here in her homeland of Australia for Sky News Australia, as the main evening presenter, after introducing the country's first-ever cable news broadcast. Prior to that, Juanita anchored Network Ten's First at Five News in Sydney, after starting her career in journalism at Brisbane's Courier-Mail newspaper, where she was a well-known writer and columnist, before moving into television. Juanita Phillips is the author of a great little series for 7-10 year olds, "The Newspaper Kids". She is currently on leave with the likelihood of co-hosting The Today Show on the Nine Network in 2006.

 
 
SEPTEMBER'S NEWSREADER OF THE MONTH
Helen Kapalos
The beautiful, intelligent, exquisite, talented Greek Goddess  Helen Kapalos joined the Nine Network in March, 2001, as a reporter with National Nine News.
 Prior to joining Nine, Kapalos was with NBN, Nine's regional affiliate in Newcastle. There she wrote, directed and produced an award-winning documentary on the closure of BHP, as well as several news specials. She also did stints as a late news presenter.
 Kapalos began her media career as a reporter at ABC Radio in Newcastle in 1994, before moving to SBS after winning a national scholarship.
She worked in several areas at SBS, including news, the network documentary unit, the indigenous cultural affairs program ICAM and the health show Second Opinion.
Kapalos then returned to Newcastle and worked in commercial radio and at NBN before joining National Nine News.
She was involved in Nine's coverage of the Waterfall train disaster, with rolling live reports from the scene, and also presented a number of national bulletins on Saddam Hussein's capture.
In 2004 Kapalos covered the Athens Olympics for Nine. Helen Kapalos took over the role of Nightline presenter in 2005.

OCTOBER'S NEWSREADER OF THE MONTH
SAMANTHA ARMYTAGE
The beautiful, intelligent, exquisite and talented Samantha Armytage is currently a fill in newsreader and a talented journalist/news reporter. Since working for 7 news she has shown the flair, as well as balanced reports and very well likeable. Unlike other news readers her beautiful smile and soft voice has proven both in the past and present why such a strong woman is sometimes wasted behind the scenes and should rather be a full time news reader has her work in the past has proven that reporters spark interest in the news but news readers are the front-end of the news coverage while the talents of reporters are the backbone of news coverage. Samantha grew up in country NSW before going to boarding school in Sydney. She studied Communications at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, NSW.
At various times Sam has she is sometimes often known presents news updates in the evening and on Sunrise. The ravishing Samantha Armytage has previously worked as a Sky News Canberra reporter.

NOVEMBER'S NEWSREADER OF THE MONTH
SANDRA SULLY
To viewers she is an absolute delight, a professional journalist with the expertise to transcend the 'read' and really 'tell' the story with warmth, sincerity and the ability to be objective at all times.
Sandra Sully is the national anchor for Network Ten's Late News from Monday to Friday. Her versatility has enabled her to cover numerous events for the network including hosting the 1996 Federal Election and being the first female to break the barrier in the racing world, co-hosting the event of the year - The Melbourne racing carnival - in particular, the 1997 and 1998 Melbourne Cup's.
A true professional, Sandra delivered a live-to-air news bulletin whilst being in the midst of a disaster - The Thredbo disaster. With calm and poise and totally unprepared, Sandra delivered an emotional yet professional news bulletin of one of Australia's national disasters.
Since joining Network Ten in 1991, Sandra has been an integral part of the news team, covering elite events such as reporting on the'96 Atlanta Games in Atlanta and in 1994, covered the XV Commonwealth Games in Canada. Coupled with this, Sandra co-hosted Good Morning Australia in 1992 and was co-anchor for the First at Five news hour in 1993.
Sandra began her career with Ten in Canberra working at the parliamentary bureau. Her passion for politics means she's also a regular on Network Ten's Meet The Press.
The multifaceted Sandra has also turned her talents to radio, presenting the popular 'Winning Women' segment on radio 2UE Sunday afternoons.
Sandra's professionalism, charm and enthusiasm have cemented her position as one of the finest newsreaders in the country, delivering the Late News with integrity and credibility
Sandra is the national anchor for Network Ten's Late News from Monday to Friday, as well as host of a weekly documentary Sandra Sully Presents. Sandra is one of Australian televisions most delightful and professional journalists, with the expertise to exceed the reading of the news, to telling a story with warmth, sincerity and the ability to be objective at all times. Sandras flexibility has allowed her to cover a number of events for Channel Ten, which includes hosting the 1996 Federal Election and being the first female to break the barrier in the racing world, co-hosting The Melbourne Cup since 1997. Sandra, a true professional, delivered a live-to-air news bulletin whilst in the centre of the Thredbo disaster. Totally unprepared, with calm and poise, Sandra delivered an emotional yet very professional news bulletin of one of Australia's worst national disasters. And recently, on 11 September 2001, Sandra broke the news of the terrorist attack on America, which rocked the world.
The versatile Sandra also spent time turning her talents to radio. She has presented the popular 'Winning Women' segment on radio 2UE on Sunday afternoons. Sandra's professionalism, appeal and enthusiasm, in delivering the Late News with integrity and credibility, has made her one of the finest newsreaders in Australia.

DECEMBER'S NEWSREADER OF THE MONTH
CHARMAINE DRAGUN
The beautiful, intelligent, exquisite and talented Charmaine Dragun presents Channel Ten Perth's nightly news bulletin alongside Tim Webster.
Born-and-bred in Western Australia, Charmaine loves a good story, which is why she was drawn to the media. She's always been fascinated by tales of everyday people doing remarkable things.
After graduating from Broadcasting at the WA Academy Of Performing Arts, Charmaine began her career as a radio journalist. She worked as a reporter and news reader for Perth radio stations 6PR and 96FM. Her efforts earned her a nomination for Young Journalist Of The Year at the National Youth Media Awards, while she also took out the Australian and state titles for Best Radio Reports.
After making the move to television, she rose through the ranks of Ten News, covering everything from entertainment news to stories of major, national significance. She soon found her niche in court reporting and went on to cover some of the biggest cases WA has seen in recent years.
After a couple of stints filling in as Ten News summer presenter, Charmaine was appointed permanent news anchor. She can also be seen hosting Ten's Late News and 11.30 Bulletins.
 
JANUARY'S NEWSREADER OF THE MONTH
NATARSHA BELLING
   The beautiful, intelligent, exquisite, talented Natarsha Belling has always had a passion for Journalism. In 1993 she began her Communications Degree at the well-respected Charles Sturt University Mitchell, majoring in Broadcast Journalism, with a minor in politics and criminology.
 
While completing her final year, Natarsha was offered a journalist's position, at Prime Television in Orange, NSW. In the regional newsroom, Natarsha gained invaluable experience reporting for both television and radio.
 
At just 21, Natarsha was then asked to join the ABC as a television reporter in its Darwin newsroom. She again reported for television and radio reporting on a wide range of issues like the historic Euthanasia debate.
    It was in Darwin, Natarsha also began her career as a newsreader, presenting both the local ABC bulletin and The International News Service, Australia Television which reached an audience of millions throughout Asia.
 
In 1998 Natarsha moved to Sydney and joined Network TEN as a reporter. She is the network medical reporter, covering issues from latest international health discoveries to special news features. In 1999 Natarsha received the Heart Week award for medical reporting.
 
Natarsha has also strengthened her role as a newsreader at TEN. As one of the youngest news presenters in the country, Natarsha read her first bulletin for TEN at age 22, she presents the National 11.30am News, TEN's FIRST AT FIVE Sydney Bulletin, the National LATE NIGHT News and the National Weekend News.
 
Natarsha has had an impressive journalism career to date, especially for her young age and no doubt has an exciting future ahead. Her warmth, sincerity and passion for news are evident in her reporting and presenting manner. Natarsha Belling and her husband are expecting their first child and we congratulate them on the news. 

 
 
FEBRUARY'S NEWSREADER OF THE MONTH
JESSICA ROWE

The beautiful, intelligent and exquisite Jesscia Rowe was born in Sydney, she attended Sydney Girls High before going on to complete a communications degree at Charles Sturt University.

After graduating in 1993, she began working as a receptionist at Nine's Wide World of Sports program and has become one of Australia’s best-known television journalists over the past 14 years.

Rowe has worked as a news reporter and weather presenter for Prime TV Canberra as well as a reporter for Channel Nine in Melbourne. Most recently she was co-presenter of the 5.00pm news bulletin for Network Ten in Sydney.

In 2003, Rowe completed a masters degree in international studies at the University of Sydney and in 2005 published her first book The Best of Times, the Worst of Times, co-written with her mother Penelope.

The book details the Rowe family's journey with bipolar disorder and is in its third reprint. In addition, Rowe is an occasional columnist for the Sunday Telegraph, and has written features for the newspaper’s Sunday magazine. A passionate advocate for greater understanding of mental health issues, Rowe is a patron of the Mental Health Council of Australia, is on the board of the suicide prevention organisation LifeForce, and is spokesperson for beyondblue and the Garvan Institute.  Jessica Rowe is married to 60 Minutes reporter Peter Overton and loves to spend time with family and friends.

MARCH'S NEWSREADER/ JOURNALIST OF THE MONTH
AELA CALLAN
The beautiful, intelligent, exquisite and talented Aela Callan Aela joined the 7News team in December 2004.
She began her career at Perth's 6PR radio in 1999, after graduating from Curtin University with a double-major in Journalism and Theatre. From there, Aela spent a year in the press gallery at Parliament House, Canberra, before she was offered a reporting role with Radio 2UE in Sydney.
In January 2003, Aela returned to Canberra to cover the devastating bushfires, and then was appointed state (NSW) political reporter for 2UE. She played a major role in the network's coverage of the 2003 state election.
Aela covered the Danish Royal Wedding in Copenhagen and from Gallipoli on Anzac Day, reporting live for the Southern Cross Network and Sky News.
She also covered the 60th anniversary of D-Day from Normandy, France.
 
APRIL'S NEWSREADER/ JOURNALIST OF THE MONTH
REBECCA MADDERN
The beautiful, intelligent, exquisite and talented Rebecca Maddern began her career in radio after completing a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies from RMIT in 1999.
She later became a sports reporter for Triple M, working alongside some of Australia's top media personalities.
Following a short stint presenting news at Fox FM, Rebecca moved to Nova 100 and then to the Seven Network, where in her first year of television reporting, she won a prestigious Quill Award for her coverage of Victoria's bushfires. She is currently the anchor of the 4.30pm news.
 
MAY'S NEWSREADER/ JOURNALIST OF THE MONTH
CHRIS BATH
The beautiful, intelligent, exquisite and talented Chris Bath graduated from Charles Sturt University in 1988, Chris began as a cadet reporter and newsreader at Sydney's Radio 2UE.
She stayed at 2UE for over a year before moving to regional television at Prime in Albury, where she worked as a reporter and presenter.
In 1991, NBN Television in Newcastle approached the then 23-year-old to anchor its evening news, making Chris one of Australia's youngest presenters on metropolitan television. Her appeal was immediate and she helped the station to ratings success. Chris remained at NBN for five years before joining the Seven News in Sydney in 1996.
Sunrise was the first of Chris's many national news reading positions at the Seven Network.
In 1997, Chris was juggling dual roles as Sunrise anchor and host of 11AM, before being promoted to Seven's Late News. In the same year, Chris also became the presenter of Face to Face, the Network's Sunday morning political interview program.
In 1998, Chris joined the team at Witness, travelling around the world as one of its correspondents. After taking a well-earned break to Italy, Chris returned to Late News in January 1999.
Chris was part of Seven's host team for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and co-hosted the prelude to the Opening Ceremony live on stage at the Olympic stadium, while seven months pregnant with her first child.
After having son Darcy in late 2000, Chris returned to political interviewing in 2001 as anchor of Sunday Sunrise and stayed for three years.
Other career highlights included anchoring the Schapelle Corby verdict live from Bali and broadcasting live from East Timor in December 1999 during the Christmas concert for the peacekeepers.
In 2004, Chris judged entries in the TV current affairs reporting and camera section for the prestigious Walkley Awards.
More recently, Chris took part in Seven's hit show Dancing with the Stars, where she and dancing partner Trenton "Trenno" Shipley won second place overall. With Darcy cheering them on, Chris and Trenton received the highest praise from the judges.
During the series, Chris kept an online diary about her experiences, found at www.chrisbath.com. Fans of Chris and Trenton became known as the "Bathie Army" (like English cricket's "Barmy Army", but better).
Chris spends her free time with her family and wrestling with her garden.

JUNE'S NEWSREADER/ JOURNALIST OF THE MONTH
DEBORAH KNIGHT
The beautiful, intelligent, exquisite and talented Deborah Knight is member of the “Mitchell mafia”, Deborah Knight graduated with a journalism degree from Charles Sturt University in Bathurst.
Radio was her first love, finely tuned in regional NSW in her first job at 2WG in Wagga Wagga. Keen for a new challenge in “the big smoke”, she took up an offer from Mix 106.5 in Sydney, and then accepted a position with the ABC.
Her ability to quickly grasp new subject matter was reflected in her varied roles at the national broadcaster, from rural reporting, to Triple J, and hosting the prestigious AM and Breakfast program on Radio National.
Deborah entered the world of television as a presenter/reporter with the much-loved ABC TV show “Landline” where her work, specifically interviewing the Prime Minister, caught the eye of TEN political editor Paul Bongiorno.
From the ABC, Deborah joined Network Ten in the Canberra Press Gallery. She covered two Federal elections and regularly presented Meet the Press and the Network news, before taking the leap overseas. Deborah headed up TEN’s US Bureau (based in Los Angeles) for 3 years, covering tumultuous stories including September 11, the re-election of George W Bush and the Iraq War.
Deborah returned to Australia in November 2004 and joined Ron Wilson as co-anchor of Sydney's Ten News at Five bulletin in January 2006.
 
JULY'S NEWSREADER/ JOURNALIST OF THE MONTH
SUSANNE LATIMORE
The beautiful, intelligent, exquisite and talented Susanne Latimore's career began as a 19 year old newspaper cadet on the Blacktown Guardian quickly followed by her local paper The Hills News.
Her next career challenge came in the busy 2WS newsroom where she was grounded in all aspects of metropolitan news from state parliament to police rounds and breaking news stories.
Susanne found her news judgement was quickly honed, editing and reading both the 2WS and network news services.
The immediacy of radio news was of great benefit to Susanne when she was offered a job as one of the founding producers of Australia's first 24 hour television news.
Susanne spent some time as an executive producer before being offered a role as presenter. She is now one of Sky's most familiar faces presenting the evening news along with John Mangos and Leigh Hatcher.

Top Ten Ways to Support Someone in Being Their Best
by Michael Angier

One of the greatest responsibilities we have is to support ourselves and others in living at our highest and best. Whether we're parents, partners, friends or leaders, it's incumbent upon us to help others to live as close to their unique potential as we can.
With everything we say and do, we're influencing positively or negatively the people we care about. The ideal is to do this with consideration and intention. Here are ten ways you can help others see and realize the best that's within them.
 
1. Believe in Them
We all have self-doubts from time to time. Our confidence is shaken. We lack the faith in our talents and skills to go for an important promotion or launch a new initiative. Having someone believe in you at these times is priceless. The stories of great men and women are saturated with examples of someone who believed in them even when they didn't fully believe in themselves.

2. Encourage Them
"You can do it." "I know you can." These are words that are all-too-infrequently voiced. Sincere encouragement can go a long way in helping someone stay the course. The more specific you are, the better the results. "I remember when you got through your slump last year and ended up winning the sales contest. I'm willing to bet that you'll do even better this time."

3. Expect a Lot
We're often told not to get our hopes up. We're encouraged to have REALISTIC expectations. But when it comes to helping others operate at their best, we sometimes have to up-level our expectations. This can be taken to extremes, but there are many times when a teacher, a parent or even a boss has required more of us than we thought we were capable. And we've risen to the challenge which enabled us to see further than before.
4. Tell the Truth
And tell it with compassion. We often avoid telling the hard truth because we don't want to upset anyone. We want to be NICE. But telling the truth is a loving act. You may be the only person who can or will say to another what needs to be said. And you can confront someone without being combative.
5. Be a Role Model
One of the best ways we influence is by our own actions. Who we are speaks much more loudly than what we say. Don't think that people aren't watching you. They are. And they're registering everything about you consciously and unconsciously. We automatically emulate our role models. And we're ALL role models to someone so let's be good ones.
6. Share Yourself
Too often, we miss the value of sharing our failings. We don't want to be vulnerable so we hold back. In doing so, we deprive others of our experience, our learning and our humanity. When you share from your own experienceespecially your failuresyou increase empathy, you're more approachable and you increase your relatability to others.

7. Challenge Them
The word "challenge" has some negative connotations. The meaning we're using here is, "a test of one's abilities or resources in a demanding but stimulating undertaking." We all need to be challenged from time to time. Doing it for another is an art form. Go too far and it will backfire. Go too easy and you will appear patronizing. Remind people of their commitment to being their best and state your challenge. "I challenge you to overcome these unimportant opinions and get on with the real task at hand, get the job done, make the commitment, etc."

8. Ask Good Questions
A good therapist or coach doesn't tell their clients what to do. They ask good questions in order for the client to understand themselves better, to get clear on what the issue is and from there to make good choices. You can do the same. By asking elegant questions, you cause people to think and come up with solutions. They'll appreciate it. Gary Lockwood has a good article about this called Asking Intelligent Questions with Impact.

9. Acknowledge Them
You find what you're looking for. If you're looking for the best in someone, you'll see it. If you're looking for their failings, you'll see those. Catch people doing things right and tell them. When we acknowledge the good deeds of others, they tend to do more of them. Write a note. Send a card. Give them a call. Praise them in front of others.

10. Spend Time with Them
We love what we give our time to. By devoting your most precious resource (time) to another individual, you're showing them that you truly value them and your relationship with them. Invest time in your relationships; it's what life is made of.
 
The following  opinions was send by Liz who mentioned in a email  that these statements reflect what women have always believed in:
When I stand up for myself and my beliefs, they call me a bitch. When I stand up for those I love, they call me a bitch. When I speak my mind, think my own thoughts or do things my own way, they call me a bitch.
Being a bitch means I won't compromise what's in my heart. It means I live my life MY way. It means I won't allow anyone to step on me. When I refuse to tolerate injustice and speak against it, I am defined as a bitch.
The same thing happens when I take time for myself instead of being everyone's maid, or when I act a little selfish. It means I have the courage and strength to allow myself to be who I truly am and won't become anyone else's idea of what they think I "should" be.
I am outspoken, opinionated and determined. I want what I want and there is nothing wrong with that!
So, try to stomp on me, try to douse my inner flame, try to squash every ounce of beauty I hold within me. You won't succeed. And if that makes me a bitch, so be it. I embrace the title and am proud to bear it.
B - Babe I - In T - Total C - Control of H - Herself
B = Beautiful I = Intelligent T = Talented C = Charming H = Hell of a Woman
B = Beautiful I = Individual T = That C = Can H = Handle anything
 
 
 
INSTRUCTIONS FOR LIFE - Some guiding pointers and tips that may work!
Source: An email circulating in a poetry email group
1. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
2. Memorise your favourite poem.
3. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.
4. When you say, "I love you," mean it.
5. When you say, "I'm sorry," look the person in the eye.
6. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
7. Believe in love at first sight.
8. Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who don't have
dreams don't have much.
9. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.
10. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
11. Don't judge people by their relatives.
12. Talk slowly but think quickly.
13. When someone asks you a question you don't want
to answer, smile and ask, "Why do you want to know?"
14. Remember that great love and great achievements
involve great risk.
16. Say "bless you" when you hear someone sneeze.
17. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
18. Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for
others; Responsibility for all your actions.
19. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
20. When you realise you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
21. Smile when picking up the telephone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
22. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.
23. Spend some time alone.
24. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
25. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
26. Read more books and watch less TV.
27. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll get to enjoy it a second time.
28. Trust in God but lock your car.
29. A loving atmosphere in your home is so important. Do all you can to create a tranquil harmonious home.
30. In disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.
31. Read between the lines.
32. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
33. Be gentle with the earth.
34. Pray. There's immeasurable power in it.
35. Never interrupt when you are being flattered.
36. Mind your own business.
37. Don't trust a man/woman who doesn't close his/her eyes when you kiss.
38. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
39. If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping others while you are living. That is wealth's greatest satisfaction.
40. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.
41. Learn the rules then break some.
42. Remember that the best relationship is one where your love for each other is greater than your need for each other.
43. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
44. Remember that your character is your destiny.
45. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
 

 
 

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