Hello, Members and our Rotary Friends receiving this eBulletin. 
Great to see a good turn out for last Monday night's Meeting .A good time was had by all.Excellent talk by John Milham on a very confrontational subject,Prevention of Men's Suicide.
Anyway,we're all getting ready for another BBQ this weekend,so please enjoy and thanks for coming along to our dinner tonight.
Yours in Rotary Service
President Ross
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Evening Social Dates
Our next BBQ is Saturday 4th March, 
then 25th March, 1st April, 22nd April., 8th May & 27th May.   
Please support Howard in his quest to build up a list of volunteers. Latest Roster - Click Here   
Meeting Responsibilities Roster
The Roster is being prepared and will issue soon. Watch this space.
Our next meeting is Monday the 6th of March  2023 - Lunch @ Union Hotel.  (12:30pm for 12:50pm) 
Meeting Schedule for the year: 
Date: 2023
Monday 27th February  Dinner - Union Hotel
Monday 6th   March  Lunch  - Union Hotel 
Monday 13th March  Zoom
Monday 27th March  Dinner - Union Hotel 
Monday 3rd April  Lunch  - Union Hotel
Monday 17th April  Zoom
Monday 24th April  Dinner - Union Hotel
Lunch meetings: 12.30pm for 12.50pm 
Dinner meetings 6.30pm for  7pm 
Zoom Meetings 12.30pm.  Link:   Click here at 12.30pm to join us!
Last Meeting - Monday 27th February 
Toast:  Bill toasted the Rotary Club of Chicago
This was the very first Rotary Club established in 1905,and the centary celebration in 2005,Chicago was the location for the RI Conference attended by Ross and Bill.Today the club have over 200 members          
Tonight's Speaker: John Milham
After a successful 25 year career in corporate IT was interrupted 15 years ago by personal tragedy, john found himself as a widowed father of 3 young kids feeling completely lost and with a desperate need to uncover new ways to operate daily life and manage the challenges of life and work while no longer having an identity that worked. Embracing this new reality meant leaving escaping the corporate world and starting a path of exploration, seeking understanding, growth and development. It also led to tackling head-on, the truth of his depression, grief, suicidal ideation and general anxiety disorder. The answer he found was to completely change direction and career with massive personal growth and transformation. This involved studying, thousands of hours of research, getting qualifications in coaching, mentoring, training and mental health and this ended up lighting a fire of passion for service to others. He has emerged from this journey with a mission to help and empower others in community to build capability and strength for managing the inevitable transitions and transformations of life. For over 10 years john has volunteered and worked for the community with organizations and groups working and taking action on the ground, helping to build awareness and more importantly building agency at the source and where it can make a big difference, among the everyday lives of our folks. John is currently focusing on preventing Men’s suicide through teaching and promoting personal development, realigning an understanding of Men’s role and advocating connection through peer support and lived experience programs operating wherever men gather day to day. John lives in Sydney's northern beaches, and works with a range of organisations including Standby National, Raise Foundation, Wesley and Mentoring Men while being heavily involved in suicide prevention locally focused on working with men’s wellbeing group Northern Beaches Men and chairing Northern Beaches Cares, a Wesley National Suicide Prevention Network Group 
News for Members;
- Mark had Meeting with Mary's House - project on IT system. Investment of $6000 involved
- Crows Nest Community Centre iPad project is having its "initial" meeting next week. 
- Board Meeting minutes available  -link in eBulletin. 
- D_Cafe restarting Wednesday Feb 22nd Tom is looking after while Sue is away.
  Here is the link to the District D-Cafe Facebook :  Rotary District D-Cafe
- RI has setup a Foundation for Ukraine Response Fund . Donations welcome. 
- Mark has written a letter to the North Sydney Council regarding an explanation for the placement of an aboriginal flag along side the Australian flag installed by the Club more than 20 years ago
- a flood relief appeal has now been established for the severe flooding in the Auckland region of NZ.
-big promotion by the RI President for this year's Convention in Melbourne to be held from the 27-31st of May
-Reminder that notices have gone out for Club Fees
-Andre Harriman,who, for those who haven't heard will be the President in the new Rotary year for the Chatswood Roseville Club has many projects/fund raisers on the go ,including a night at Pymble Players for the play Gaslight.Speak to Andre for details
-New BBQ dates for June,the 3rd and the 17th.
-Costs are now going up significantly for the Union Hotel,need to consider/study alternatives
- 17th - 19th March 2023 District Conference - Cowra  - 1940s Theme 
- 27th - 31st May - Rotary International Conference - MELBOURNE 

Tree of Joy 2022
Tree of Joy – Huge success
 – Sue Raveane, Community Service Director, Crows Nest Rotary  
In conjunction with Chatswood Rotary we ran the Tree of Joy at Chatswood Chase.  The 2022 TREE OF JOY Committee would like to sincerely thank members & friends for their support in helping make the 2022 Tree of Joy such a fantastic success.
With your help and the overwhelming generosity of the community we were able to collect and distribute over 3,500 gifts, and over $11,000.00 in gift cards and cash donations to those in need at Christmas.
Here are a few of the messages of thanks from the following beneficiaries.
I just want to reach out to you and the rotary members for your constant hard work and dedication in providing support to Phoenix House Youth Services, not just during the holiday period but throughout the year. Once again, we were blown away with the generosity of the community who provided numerous gifts for our most disadvantaged young people. The expressions and smiles on their faces is a joy to behold and reminds us all, what some people take for granted, others welcome enthusiastically with open arms and the reason we continue to do the work we do.
Most of our young people did not have family or friends to spend time with at Christmas, however knowing that someone who they dont know, had taken the time to think of them at this time helps build connection to community and gives them hope for a better future.     
Can you please pass this on to your board and I would like to thank you personally for your contribution to community
Kindest regards
Neil Davies 
Director of Client Services
Phoenix House Youth Services
Thank you to yourself and Rotary for all work you put into looking after the Tree of Joy before Christmas.  The community work that Rotary do is truly amazing and we as a not for profit are extremely grateful for what you do and the difference you make to the community and those in need.
In receiving these gifts and vouchers means the world to our clients and it means for many people that they are able to have a joy filled Christmas and presents for their children which they may not have been able to have.
Margaret Datson
Senior Operations Administration
On behalf Mary's House Services, I would like to thank you for your continued support through the donation of vouchers and children's toys this year. 
Because of your generosity, not only were we able to successfully distribute 24 Christmas hampers to our clients. But we will also able to distribute the donated vouchers to our clients throughout the entire year.
This is only possible because of thoughtful contributions from people like the Crow's Nest Rotary club.
Again, we thank you for your support and helping us succeed in our mission. 
Below are some of the comments we have received from caseworker and clients. 
"It will really help her over Christmas." 
"My client was overwhelmed and had tears in her eyes when her three children received their presents."
"So generous and lovely"
"Her daughter was so excited. She felt very overwhelmed at the support as she is struggling financially"
Lili Greer Operations Coordinator  
Once again Taldumande Youth Services would like to sincerely thank all of the Rotarians for your kind and invaluable support this Christmas, through the Tree of Joy project. We were able to provide every young person within our care with a suitable gift and they were absolutely delighted. 
Someone was kind enough to give a leather Ralph Lauren wallet and the recipient was so thrilled, he has just turned 18 and started working and it was the perfect gift! Another young person was able to use one of the gift cards and buy the hair straighteners she'd been saving for!
All of the gifts were so gratefully received. The past few years have been tough, but our staff have worked diligently to promote positivity and self-care for every young person and family within our care. Without the support of community organisations such as the Rotary, especially at Christmas, it would be much more difficult to keep this positivity alive.
We realise the commitment and work that goes into this project and would like to thank each and every Rotarian along with the members of the local community who donated gifts. The kindness and generosity has been felt deeply and helped bring some joy to our young people and families this Christmas.
Kind regards,
Seonaid Thomas
Taldumande Youth Services


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