Dear Members and Friends,
Yet another excellent result for Saturday’s BBQ with a profit of $1340.   Despite a slow start, must have been the cold morning, the afternoon was steady, but busy.   Pity that we are still having challenges with the co-ordination of our supplies and availability of volunteers!
On Sunday afternoon, Tom arranged a group booking to see “Priscilla” at the Chatswood Centre, see back stage photo below!  Such a great show enjoyed by all, the costumes, the singing, dancing etc were just brilliant.   Well done by the Willoughby Amateur Theatre Group.   Look forward to the next show!
This coming Sunday we have the Salvation Army “Red Shield Appeal” at Australian Catholic University, co-ordinated by North Sydney Club, an activity for our Rotary Cluster Club Group.
And if you haven’t signed up already, please don’t forget the all important date, the 28th of June when we combine our Pride of Workmanship and Presidents Changeover Dinner into the one event.  Promises to be a great night.
Photo Sunday May 23rd. Priscilla Show at Chatswood Concourse theatre. 
So, in the meantime, stay safe
Yours In Rotary
President Ian
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Our next Bunnings BBQ is 5th June 2021.  
Please support Howard in his quest to build up a list of volunteers. Latest Roster - Click here.   
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Next Meeting is Monday 31st May - Face to Face Meeting at the Union Hotel, West St and Pacific Highway, North Sydney, when our Speaker will be Dallas Booth.

Dallas is our District Officer specialising in Rotary Insurance, and Risk Assessment; presenting Monday May 31st @ 12.30pm.

We still are continuing to rotate every 2nd week between Zoom & Union Hotel. 
Last Meeting Monday:  24th May 2021 our speaker was our PDG Harold Sharpe, CEO of ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children)

Background on the operations of ROMAC;
Mission Statement;
ROMAC 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.
  • Provide hope and restore dignity to transform a child’s life
  • Provide the best possible surgical and medical expertise
  • Engage Rotary and the community at all levels to fund and support the ROMAC cause
  • To maintain and improve the quality of the management process and ensure high quality governance of the ROMAC project
Harold Sharp explained;
“As Chairman, with the support of my wife, we have been to over 80 Rotary meetings across Australia and New Zealand promoting ROMAC to Rotarians and others.
In the past few years, we have brought in on average, 50 children per year.   However, in this last year, with the COVID pandemic, we have been unable to bring any children into Australia. 
Currently we have over 30 children ready to fly in who need urgent medical attention.
Although there are fund raising events planned throughout this year, because Rotary Clubs have been unable to fund raise, ROMAC donations are down 50% from a normal year. ROMAC needs donations/income each year of $750,000 just to breakeven.
When children are flown into Australia, they go to each of the capital cities where we have a paediatric hospital, and volunteer Surgeons and Doctors give their time and expertise ‘Pro-Bono’.  Unfortunately, hospitals charge ROMAC children as if they were a private international patients; per day $6,000 in ICU plus $2,000 for a ward bed.  It is an ongoing struggle to reduce these fees.   It costs ROMAC $25,000 per year just for an IT data base to handle children information and our income and expenditure.  Every cost is recorded, Fees paid to Government Hospitals, and reimbursement of costs to our volunteers, who do not get paid!
With over 30 children waiting for treatment, if there are not sufficient funds in our bank to cover their costs, then we will be forced to prioritise until funds are available.
When children fly into Australia, they are looked after by ROMAC volunteers and volunteer home mothers, who look after them in their own homes, and transport them to and from hospitals.  One child recently returned to his home in New Guinea, after a stay of 16 months in Australia. Our Volunteers cannot help but get attached to our ROMAC children, and unfortunately it is a sad point for all our volunteers, that when a child flies home, they tend to live far from a country’s major cities and we lose touch with them. 
In recent years we have sent surgeons/doctors to overseas countries, to train their surgeons and doctors to look after children needing life giving and/or dignity restoring surgery.
Some patients cost a lot more than the initial estimates, and ROMAC receives no money from our Government/s, unlike other charities.   It’s an ongoing challenge!
So, overall, we are reliant on Rotarians.   Over the last few years, we have spent time enlarging our data base of donators.   But, Rotary membership is declining, so donations to ROMAC are declining. 
Please remember ROMAC!
ROMAC gives a child a second chance in life!”
International Toast - proposed by President Ian to Rotary Club of TOYKO.  Last year they celebrated 100 year Anniversary, having been Chartered in 1921.  A very active club!
 - Volunteers please join Cyril & Ian at the annual Red Shield appeal on 30th May.  
 - Three Pride of Workmanship nominations have been received.   
 - Angelo reported that Food parcels are being processed in East Timor. See Story below.  
 - Next D_Cafe is May 26th. 
 - Howard reported that  Monte's East Timor Water project in Maliana project with Monte i still on hold due to COVID19. 
 - Ideas for new local projects for a district grant are needed by May. 
 - Ross is updating our WWC (Working with Children) register. Expect an email from him.  
 - District assembly (part 3) continues on 30th May. 
 - Sunday May 30th - Virtual District assembly sessions continue   
 - Sunday May 30th  - Red Shield Appeal 
 - Wednesday 9th June 6pm Board Meeting on Zoom
 - June 12 - 16  International Convention - Taipei - Now Virtual
 - Monday 28th June - Presidents Changeover Dinner, 6.30pm Northbridge Golf Club. Includes Pride of Workmanship Awards. 
 - Sunday July 4th - District Changeover 
 - Monday 26th July, District Governor visit to the club 
Zoom Meetings
This what our Zoom meetings look like; 
Until Further Notice every 2ND Monday meeting  will be on Zoom. Check eBulletin for dates. 
Please click on this link; Rotary Crows Nest Zoom
District Governors Trophy


May 31, 2021
Rotary Insurance - Risk Assessment
Jun 07, 2021
District advice on Changes to Working with Children and Club/personal Ethics
Jun 21, 2021 12:30 PM
Bunnings- what you always wanted to know!!!
Jun 28, 2021
Dinner at Northbridge Golf Club 6.30pm for 7.00pm
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BBQ June 5th 2021
Jun 05, 2021
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Board Meeting June 9th
Jun 09, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
President Changeover & Pride of Workmanship Dinner
Northbridge Golf Club
Jun 28, 2021
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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Smith, Philip
International Toast
International Toast
Smith, Philip
Speaker Introduction
Introduce Speaker
Sullivan, Howard
Speaker Thanks/Write-up
Thank Speaker - Write-up
Gugliotta, Ross
Front Desk
Clark, Cyril
Lee, Bill