Posted by Alon Beran on Jun 28, 2018
Club’s core focus for 17/18
I believe it is the responsibility of each incoming president to decide for themselves whether they are happy with the 5 core areas of work we have set up this year or whether they wish to alter it but for FY17/18 we have focused our service to 5 main categories: Community service, Children’s illness, Youth, International projects and Grants, and Domestic violence/Women’s care.
Ongoing meeting venue returned to Crows Nest
  • Bunnings Artarmon BBQ
  • Melbourne Cup Trifecta Tickets                                                                                    
  • Poker Night
At the 2017 Giving Night past president Peter Coote presented $40,000 to 8 different Community Organisations.      
  • ROMAC – Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children - provides surgical treatment for children in Australia and New Zealand from developing countries from our Pacific Region in the form of Life Giving and/or dignity restoring surgery not accessible to them in their home country.
  • ShelterBox - an international disaster relief charity that provide emergency shelter and tools for families robbed of their homes by conflict and natural disaster.
  • Rotary Foundation –  a non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs.
  • Destiny Rescue – exists to end child sexual exploitation and slavery. We rescue and restore underage children trapped in prostitution or sexual exploitation.
  • School for Life – through child sponsorship empowers communities with schools in rural Uganda providing high quality education and employment opportunities.
  • The McGrath Foundation – raises money to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia and to increase breast awareness in young.
  • The Fred Hollows Foundation – focuses on treating and preventing blindness and other vision problems. It operates in Australia, The Pacific, South and South East Asia, and Africa.
  • Operation Cleft - a unique Rotary project that provides free cleft repair surgery for underprivileged children in Bangladesh
International Projects & Grants – (Ian Pocock)
  • Lodgement of a joint global grant with Beecroft and Delhi South Metropolitan Rotary clubs for a toilets installation and sanitation training project in rural Mewat, Haryana, India.
  • Continued work on international grant for Kenya with ‘So They Can’.
  • Contribution to the Dili Orphans Christmas Party.
  • Howard Sullivan’s Continued work on Shelterbox on behalf of our club.
  • Angelo and Sue Raveane’s work on and support of RYLA in East Timor
  • Sponsorship of Faith and Victoria in Kenya for their schooling           
Children’s Illnesses
  • $3,000 + full table donation made to Neuroblastoma Australia as their platinum sponsor for Sienna’s Gala Dinner
Youth - (Phillip Smith)
  • Model United Nations Assembly - MUNA – sponsorship of one team.
  • A district grant lodged and fulfilled for Taldumande Youth Services – updating of whitegoods at their emergency accommodation, longer term assisted accommodation and youth centres.
  • Sponsorship of RYLA candidates
Community – (Sue Raveane) 
  • Tree of Joy - Westfield, Chatswood and Community Centre, Crows Nest.
  • Christmas hampers to Catholic Care  
  • Stall at the Crows Nest Festival.
  • Red Shield Appeal, Red Cross
  • BBQ - Crows Nest Christmas Carols  
  • District Grant lodged for Taldumande Youth Services fulfilled and completed
  • Lodgement of new community Grant for Mary’s House Bedding
  • The cooking project at Delvena House, set up to teach women at risk to prepare/cook nutritious meals and provide them with the tools to do so.
  • $875 donation to Mary’s House, Women’s Refuge and $875 donation to Delvina Women’s Refuge from our Poker night      
  • Xmas Carols BBQ - $800 to Mary’s House   
Vocational – (Tom Sweeney)
  • Pride of Workmanship awards – this is a reintroduction of this to our community. It recognises those with a commitment to service.
Membership – (Michael McQueen)
  • A net loss of 1 member this year due to Warren and Harold moving.
  • Introduction of business cards to distribute with club details
  • Cyril Clarke celebrated his 90th birthday.
  • Tom Sweeney was awarded an OAM