Dear Rotarians,

As I have been visiting relatives in New Zealand this week, I have nothing to report.  I look forward to catching up on the news in this week’s eBulletin.  However I am told that our two teams at the Trivia Night came 5th and Last, but everyone had a great night!
Thanks to PP Ian for running last Monday’s meeting. Ian has told me that last Mondays meeting was fruitful, with the guest Speaker, Kingsley Edwards, from Mercy Works presenting to our Club, the aims and objectives of his organisation and how they employ the funds they raise each year.  We do have a Board Meeting coming up on 18th September during which each of our Directors reports on his/her progress with their projects.  I shall be reporting on these subjects after the Board Meeting so that everyone can appreciate the great work each of our Directors, assisted by members, does each month.  We only have 3 months and 20 days to go to Christmas, so enjoy the Spring!
Yours in Rotary
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Our next BBQ at Bunnings Artarmon is Saturday, the 10th of August.  Please check the roster. 

Next Meeting Monday 9 September2019 our Speaker is Daniel Anderson from PCYC Nth Sydney

On June 2 2019 more than 300 police and civilian representatives from Police Citizens Youth Clubs from around NSW gathered at Sydney’s Novotel Olympic Park.
CEO Dominic Teakle said, in its 80th year, the PCYC board had approved Empowering Young People, a new five-year strategy for the organisation, which is a unique partnership between the community and the NSW Police Force.
“Over the next five-year period, Empowering Young People will lay the foundation for the partnership with police and community across our network of more than 64 clubs,” he said.


Last Mondays Meeting the 2 September 2019, our Guest Speaker was Kingsley Edwards, from Mercy Works

Mercy Works is the development arm of the Sisters of Mercy in Australia and Papua New Guinea.  Kingsley is a Donor Development Manager for Mercy Works.  He told us about the development programs Mercy Works undertakes to promote justice, self-reliance and to support people and communities who are displaced or denied access to basic resources such as education, health care and social welfare.   Mercy Works is based in Sydney, from which programs are operated across Australia.  In addition, overseas projects are run in partnership with local organisations in Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste.  Inspired by the stories of the people whose lives are transformed by the empowerment programs of Mercy Works, last year Kingsley joined the organization as Donor Development Manager; 

“We improve the lives of vulnerable people.  We’re not human rights experts but we know that regardless of where you live, everyone has the right to education, health care and social welfare. Except, not everyone does.

Starting in our own country and expanding to our nearest neighbours, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste, Mercy Works run world-class programs that engage in partnership with challenged communities to enjoy the right to these basic resources.

From providing education support to refugee and indigenous students in Australia, to providing clean water in remote communities in Papua New Guinea, to reducing the rates of malnutrition in Timor-Leste, we depend on the kind support of volunteers, donors and organisations to help improve the lives of vulnerable people.   We raise over $2m each year!”

International Toast given by PP Howard - today we toasted the health of the Rotary Club of Manchester, England.  


The Rotary International President is visiting Sydney!!
As you are probably aware, 2019-20 Rotary International President Mark Daniel Maloney and his wife Gay will be visiting Sydney in September 2019.   International President Mark is very keen to meet as many Rotarians as he can whilst he is here, so a special dinner will be hosted by Mark and his wife Gay, and Rotarians in Districts 9685, 9675 and 9670 are invited to attend. 
This is a special opportunity for Rotarians to meet and be inspired by our world leader and at the same time enjoy a 5-star meal at one of Sydney’s premier restaurants on beautiful Sydney Harbour.   It’s very rare for us to have a World President visit us, particularly during his term of office, and we are very privileged.  This is definitely an opportunity not to be missed!
VENUE: The Deckhouse, The Dock, End of Clarke Road, Woolwich
DATE: Monday, 23rd September 2019
TIME: 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm
COST: $70 pp - two-course meal & welcome drink on arrival
DRESS: Business Attire
Our President Mark, is organising a Table for our Club, and its ‘first in best dressed!’   So be quick to book!!! To date we have 8, need another 2.

District Conference 20-22 March 2020 - A reminder that you and your partner are invited to attend the 2020 combined Rotary District 9685 & 9675 “Reasons” Conference.   Early Bird Registration is $200.00 per person.   Theme for the Conference is ‘Reasons’and will give Rotarians a chance to focus on questions like:

·        Why are we Rotarians?

·        Why did we become Rotarians?

·        What keeps us serving our communities? 

The District Conference will be held in Wollongong at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre on Friday 20th March to Sunday 22nd March 2020 – a wonderful venue right on the beach: what more Reasons do you need to attend?

BBQs arn't just BBQs



Sep 09, 2019
New Programmes where we can work together
Sep 16, 2019
Up-Date on Mewat Toilet Project in India
Sep 23, 2019
Board Directors Updates / Club Discussion
Sep 30, 2019
Best Life Transitions
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Golf Day !

Australian Rotary Health, Golf Day, at Gledswood Hills, NSW on Thursday 10 October 2019,

Contact Terry Davies;  Email:   Mobile: 0412 229 994




Visit from our District Governor 

Visit from our 9685 District Governor, Kalma McLellan on 19 August 2019, together with our Zone Assistant Governor, Ward Pollard.

President Mark said;
Despite a number of apologies, it was extremely pleasing to see the room was full with so many members & guests attending to catch-up with District Governor Kalma.   
DG Kalma enjoyed the meeting and I personally appreciated her feedback / tips.
In an email on Tuesday;  Thank you for the great photos Philip – these are great!
And thank you President Mark, and to all your club members, for having me yesterday and allowing me to share a little time with you all.  I really appreciate your contributions across the District, and for giving me a chance to talk with you all.  Rgds  DG Kalma
DG Kalma approved of our Plans for our Rotary Year 2019-20 and wished us well.   Club Officers and Members spoke on what our Club was currently involved in and DG Kalma gave a really rousing motivational response to each subject raised.  Members do really appreciate the DG's annual visit to our Club!
Kalma joined the Rotary Club of Ryde in 2010, and has held many positions Including President, and in District; District Community Service Chair, and on the District Child Protection Committee.  Kalma has a heritage in Rotary, following in the footsteps of her father (Blacktown club) and grandfather (Manly club). She was a Mosman Rotaractor in the 1970s.  Professionally, Kalma works in the vocational education sector through Western Sydney University.
Kalma’s Theme this year is ‘Rotary Connects the World’.
Club Plans for 2019-20

Club Plans fo 2019-20 - have a read...

Crows Nest Rotary 2019-20 Plans


Tree of Joy – In Conjunction with Chatswood clubs every December. 

Neuroblastoma – Sponsor & attend annual Sienna’s Gala. Founder is Lucy Jones who lives in Crows Nest. Targeting her as a member. 

Mary’s House – Women’s Refuge. Ongoing donations and projects to provide items like linen, whitegoods.  Strong supporter of Chatswood’s trivia night where profits goes to Mary’s house. 

Volunteer for Red Shield & distribution of Bowel Cancel Screening. 

BBQ for Xmas carols & Crows Nest Fair representation 

Just completed Farmer’s drought relief & donation of MRI machine to RNS. 

Potential Projects 

- Naremburn School caters for students kicked out of their own schools. 
- Re-engagement of Crows Nest Community Centre  
- D-Café in conjunction with Northbridge, North Sydney and maybe others clubs
- Dental Foundation – free dental for domestic violence victims 

Donations at Giving Night 

- Orange Sky - Showers & laundry buses for homeless
- Canteen Cancer for kids 
- OZharvest

Youth (some overlap with Community) 

RYLA /RYPEN – Continued sponsorship 

Phoenix House for Youth – Grant just approved to establish IT learning lab. 

Taldumande - Ongoing assistance.

Potential Projects 

- PCYC (noted they already get Govt. Funding) 
- Engagement with Lower North Shore Rotaract 

Rotary Foundation

Continue donations / Support of ROMAC/Rotary Health


Continue with Pride of Workmanship awards with other Cluster clubs. Feb/March


Public Relations 

Look into 

- Achievements to local Newspapers
- Pay Facebook to ‘boost’ our page 
- More stories on club’s Web page 
- Share eBulletin with cluster clubs (done) 
- Promulgate website address (on posters, community Notice boards) 
- Facebook education for members 
- Need more permeant recognition from community for our donations(i.e. Sign at herb Garden)


In conjunction with NGO SoTheyCan a Water Project in East Pokot schools, Kenya. Awaiting the Nakuru Rotary club(in Kenya) to past audit for Global grant processing.  

Working with Zimbabwe Victoria Falls Rotary on water project for Maryware village school. Initiated when two Crows Nest members on holiday in Zimbabwe. 

Sanitation project (200 toilets) almost complete in Mewat, India. Combined project with Beecroft. 

Monte’s East Timor Water Project for Learning Centre @ Maliana in architectural/proposal stage. 

Ongoing oversight of East Timor RYLA program. 

Donations to 

- Sponsorship of uni student Faith (Sr. Genevieve) in Kenya 
- Annual Dilli Orphan Xmas party  

Look into 

- Chris Anthony request for Projectors for his Teachers in a box 
- Project funded trip to Africa to visit these projects 


- Create compelling Value proposition beyond Fellowship/fundraising
- Brainstorming with Cluster clubs 
- Canvass local businesses (Ross). Poster in Ross’s Café 
- Establish link with Crows Nest Probus
- Letter Drop
- Visit Shopping centre one Saturday 


- Look into ‘more professional’’, but local venue
- Sargent at Arms  
- 1 club discussion per month. Bi-monthly Director’s board updates 
Become a Friend of ROMAC

Become a Friend of ROMAC - Harold Sharp invites Rotarians to become a Friend of ROMAC

Past District Governor Harold Sharp is the new Fundraising Director ROMAC
Rotarians who have been around for years, know that ROMAC is a major Australian Multi-District Project, that has been around for some 30 years and has been renewing, no, rebuilding Children from overseas.  
To keep ROMAC floating well, it needs ongoing funding.   In the letter below, Harold invites all Rotarians to take ROMAC 'under their wing' and make sure the future of ROMAC is guaranteed!!
1) Have a read.
2) Ring Harold and ask him about his new role!
3) Consider your future as a Rotarian.
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)
Board Meeting September 18th 5pm
Church Hall
Sep 18, 2019
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
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Smith, Philip
International Toast
Gugliotta, Ross
Speaker Introduction
Introduce Speaker
Sharp, Harold
Speaker Thanks/Write-up
Thank Speaker - Write-up
Saunders, John
Front Desk
Clark, Cyril
Jayaraj, Anthony
Room Set Up / Food
Saunders, John