Dear Crows Nest Rotarians and friends,

My year as President is almost gone, and on 1st July at our Changeover I will hand over the reins to our President Elect, Mark Staples and will wish him well for his year.

Last Monday, we joined with three other Rotary Clubs and held a 'Pride of Workmanship Award' evening, and it was a good event, enjoyed by all.

The Four Rotary Clubs were;

Crows Nest, North Sydney, North Sydney Sunrise, and Lane Cove. 

Pride of Workmanship Awards were presented to;
 Crows Nest:    Jerico Navea ( Phoenix House),  Guilda Bou Jaoude (Cisco), Misaki Okui (Veterinary Practice)
North Sydney:  Peter Le (Toyota)
North Sydney Sunrise: Chris Chen & Helen Zhang (Blues Point Pharmacy)
Lane Cove: Tai & Chris Yeh (Pharmacy)  Julie Faigen (Lane Cove Community Center)

Our Master of Ceremonies was our Past President Tom Sweeney;

"The notion that "Pride in Ones Work" is alive and well, was proven by the caliber of Nominees at the recent combined Rotary Pride Of Workmanship evening at the Northbridge Golf Club.  60 Rotarian, guests and partners attended the night hosted by the Rotary Club of Crows Nest.  It was clear from the start that the Fellowship and camaraderie was also present between the Clubs.  The food, the ambiance and the commitment to all things Rotary as foreshadowed by the saying 'Do It Right, Do It Well, Build a Better Australia' was certainly evident on the evening.   Well done all."
Tom Sweeney. 

I hope to see you all at my last Monday Meeting next Monday 24 June 2019 at the hall, in Crows Nest.

Susan Raveane 

President, Rotary Club of Crows Nest.
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and the three Rotary Club of Crows Nest Awardees; below; Jerico Navea ( Phoenix House)

Guilda Bou Jaoude (Cisco)

and Misaki Okui (Veterinary Practice)


Next Meeting Monday - the 24th of June, our Speaker is Cassie Winter, Nutrition Programs Advisor, OzHarvest! 

OzHarvest is Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it directly to more than 1300 charities supporting people in need across the country.
Founded in 2004 by Ronni Kahn, after noticing the huge volume of good food going to waste from the hospitality industry, she decided there had to be a better way.  Starting in Sydney with one van – the first of many donations from Goodman + Foundation – she delivered 4,000 meals in the first month.
OzHarvest now operates nationally, rescuing over 180 tonnes of food each week from over 3,500 food donors including supermarkets, hotels, airports, wholesalers, farmers, corporate events, catering companies, shopping centres, delis, cafes, restaurants, film and TV shoots and boardrooms.
Education is crucial to the business to help enable positive change for vulnerable people. OzHarvest has education programs, NEST and Nourish which Cassie will outline for usOur new curriculum-aligned education program FEAST for primary school students is currently being piloted, with plans for NSW roll-out this year and nationally in 2020.
OzHarvest has recently opened Australia’s first rescued food supermarket – the OzHarvest Market in Sydney, based on a ‘take what you need, give if you can' philosophy. There is also a new OzHarvest Food Truck, available for corporate, community and private functions and helping feed communities in need around Sydney.

Last Meeting - Monday the 27th May, we welcomed our Guest Speaker, Vanessa Murphy, the Principal of the Royal North Shore Hospital School.

Royal North Shore Hospital School provides continuity of education for all students from Kindergarten to Year 12 who are patients at Royal North Shore Hospital. The school offers Individual Learning Programs for students who come from metropolitan and country areas, a range of cultural backgrounds and all sectors of schooling. Students remain enrolled at their census school whilst attending our hospital school.  While the school is situated on the children's ward, it also caters for older students who may be on the Orthopaedic, Neurosurgical, Psychiatric, Burns or Spinal Wards.

Vanessa is passionate about supporting student’s wellbeing by connecting and understanding the context of student lives.  Vanessa delivered an empowering talk about RNSH School’s innovative approach to supporting their students whilst in hospital, the school is a 'leader in Positive Education and Wellbeing'.   Vanessa and her team have identified a range of strategies that boost positive wellbeing, and that ignite a sense of purpose through authentic engagement greatly increasing human connection and belonging.

Vanessa introduced two projects 1) knitting of squares that are then made into blankets and distributed to the homeless in Sydney, and 2) the painting of wooden stools by patients and the subsequent auction of the stools to raise funds for charity.

Our neighbour, The Rotary Club of Chatswood, on 26th June, will be celebrating their 70th Anniversary - their function at 6.30pm, is at the Chatswood Golf Club, $70 per person.   Bookings;
Our Club's most important night of the Rotary year, is our Changeover of Presidents, on Monday 1st July 2019 at 7.00pm @ Northbridge Golf Club.  Please book your seat at the Dinner and celebrations when President Sue hands over the reins to President Elect Mark Staples.   To book your seat, contact Mark as soon as possible!
  • Please Note, our next meeting at the hall, Northside Baptist Church hall, will be Monday 24th June!
  • Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Chatswood, is their function on 26th June 2019 6.30pm at the Chatswood Golf Club, $70 per person.
  • Please mark in your diaries the most important night of the Rotary Calendar, our Club's Changeover night, 7pm Monday July 1st @ Northbridge Golf Club.  Note: No lunch meeting that day.
  • 2019 District Changeover Details -  Saturday 6 July 2019, 6.00pm for 6.30pm at Hornsby RSL, $55 per person incl. 2 course dinner, entertainment and a welcome drink. Invitation details please use the link:
The Rotary International Convention in Hamburg 4 June 2019;
And our Member Michael McQueen had the honour of presenting to the Convention; (Well done Michael !)
Jun 24, 2019
Collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it directly to the needy
Jul 01, 2019
July Changeover Dinner
Jul 08, 2019
Y2019-20 Planning Discussion
Jul 15, 2019
Domestic abuse in Australia today
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Purchase of MRI coil for RNSH Imaging Unit

Purchase of an MRI Coil for head trauma  

PP Peter Coote, PP Angelo Raveane and President Sue recently attended a 'Thank You Morning Tea' at Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) Imaging Unit.   The Rotary Club of Crows Nest contributed $3,000.00 towards the purchase of this vital piece of equipment.  "We were intrigued to see what the MRI coil looked like and we listened to the talk given by the representative from Phillips, the manufacturer, as to the workings and the enhanced imaging this coil provides. We learnt that this new machine has increased the imaging capabilities twofold", advised President Sue!

The RNSH Pink Ladies Team together with five local Rotary Clubs collaborated and a District Grant was approved to help fund the purchase of the MRI coil.

Photos and summary of our 50th Anniversary 30 April 2019
On the 30th of April 2019, the Rotary Club of Crows Nest celebrated the 50th anniversary of our charter. There were in excess of 100 guests in attendance including the president of our club Sue Raveane, District Governor Susan Wakefield, the premier of NSW – The Honourable Gladys Berejiklian, The Federal Member for North Sydney – Trent Zimmerman. Multiple past district governors, past and present members of the club, partners and guests.
It was a celebration of the club’s historical achievements, fellowship and a declaration of intent for the future. The honour of making a Toast to Rotary fell to our very own Past President Philip Smith and responded to by Past District Governor Harold Sharp. They talked about the way our club, its place, and the world have changed since the clubs inception in 1969. They, along with Michael McQueen, our keynote speaker, spoke about Rotary’s future and how it must change and evolve and how membership must grow if we are to continue to exist and grow.
We were addressed and congratulated by the premier of NSW – The Honourable Gladys Berejiklian and The Federal Member for North Sydney – Trent Zimmerman. They both have had a lot of personal contact over the years with both the club and Rotary and had genuine messages of gratitude and respect for the past and current members.
Angelo Raveane addressed the room with a summary of our history and achievements (shown below along with a collection of photos).
To end the evening, delightfully MC’d by our very own Tom Sweeney, Sue Raveane, together with District Governor Susan Wakefield wished our current and founding member and friend Cyril Clark a Happy 91st Birthday.
The food, décor and event were masterfully curated, a special to thanks to all those involved. The evening was a huge success. We look forward to the next 50 years and beyond.
In the last fifty years of the club:
  • We have had a District Governor, 2 District Treasurers with over fifteen years of combined service, A District Communications Director for seven years, A District insurance officer for over ten years, A chairman of ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children) for 9 years,
  • A first responder for shelter box
  • We have chaired and organised three District Conferences and assisted in three others.
  • We ran the District Assembly when it was a full three day event.
  • We chaired one and helped organise three RYLA’s.
  • We have a resident author, speaker and futurist who has spoken at many rotary conferences and conventions and will be speaking at two sessions at this year’s world convention
  • We had a responder to the 2004 Aceh Tsunami who was able to procure some land on which Turramurra RC later built an orphanage.
  • Two members - one as chair were organisers of the opening of the Sydney Harbour Tunnel which raised $750k for charity.
  • We have three members who have received the highest individual recognition award in rotary the ‘Service Above Self Award. Only 150 are recognised worldwide each year.
  • We have 48 people who have been recognised as Paul Harris fellows by our club, other clubs, district and Rotary International.
  • We are one of fifteen clubs in the district that have donated over US$100,000 to the rotary foundation.
  • We are also one of the Australian Rotary Health Foundation’s biggest supporters.
the International President is coming to Dinner!
Australia is very fortunate this year, as the Rotary International President is coming to a special Dinner on 23rd September 2019 at the Epping Club, so please put this date into your diary now!
for more information contact PDG Gina Growden, see below:
What you didn't know about Rotary is here online!
At last, we now have an 'OnLine' source of information about Rotary, in the form of courses.
Rotary Learning and Development
An online, self-paced way to learn about Rotary adn to develop as Rotarians.
The courses outlined below take from 15 mintues to 2.5 hours.  Some courses have multiple parts.  
Have a look.  If you always wanted to know more about a Rotary subject, it is now listed here:
Click on this Link!  (You will be asked to sign into your account 'My Rotary', so go look for your ID and Password)


Jun 29, 2019
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Changeover Dinner July 1 - Northbridge Golf Club
Northbridge Golf Club
Jul 01, 2019
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
BBQ July13th
Jul 13, 2019
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
BBQ July 27th
Jul 27, 2019
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
BBQ Aug 10th
Aug 10, 2019
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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Smith, Philip
International Toast
Riddle, Kate
Speaker Introduction
Introduce Speaker
Coote, Peter
Speaker Thanks/Write-up
Thank Speaker - Write-up
Raveane, Angelo
Front Desk
Clark, Cyril
Cho, Richard
Room Set Up / Food
Saunders, John