Dear Rotarians and friends, 
This week I visited the Crows Nest Community Centre to confirm we will operate the BBQ for their Children’s week celebrations (flyer below).  Great opportunity to support a community activity, advertise Rotary and have some fun. Tom & Philip have volunteered, but a couple more required. All welcome to pop in with their children/grandchildren. 
Member’s survey on whether we should move to Crows Nest hotel is an overwhelming YES. Ross & Ian will be finalising the menu/start date etc. 
I had the pleasure of two President’s meeting over the last week. (District & lower north shore cluster).  Key points of note 
- Our district won the Foundation Giving shield for Zone 8.
- Australian Tax office is targeting Rotary clubs for audits.
- World Polio day, including our district’s Polio train, on October 24th. 
- 36  district grants & 7 Global grants approved (including our Phoenix house one)  
- AG Ward Pollard will chair the first D-Café project meeting early November, with North Sydney, North Sydney Sunrise and ourselves committed to assessing if viable. 
- AG Ward to review the best way our cluster can work with the local Rotaract club. He has started talks with the Rotaract co-ordinator for our district. 
- Joint Pride of Workmanship in February / March. 
Remember no meeting next Monday (public holiday) so see you all on the 14th.  
Yours in Rotary
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         ROTARY: 2019-20
Next Meeting Monday 14 October 2019, Vernon Kringas
- New Futures Australia
Modern Monetary Theory, a theoretical framework for understanding how a modern money system works
Vernon grew up in North Sydney and attended North Sydney Demonstration School and then North Sydney Boys' High School. He has a commerce degree from UNSW and a Masters degree in organizational coaching from Sydney. He has had lengthy tenures at KPMG, Coca-Cola Amatil (including as Financial Controller in the Czech Republic and Poland), Oracle Corporation, where he was a VP of Finance, and, for the last 9 years, as a Director at Infosys Portland, a consulting firm. He captained North Sydney in first-grade cricket, completed several Ironman Triathlons including Hawaii and now run around a tennis court trying not to strain hamstrings.

For a long time, he has had this underlying desire to help make the world a better place but not done a lot about it. Done a lot of thinking but not a lot of doing.

A few years ago he came across Modern Monetary Theory (MMT), which is a theoretical framework for understanding how a modern money system works. Monetarily sovereign countries like Australia, issue their own currency and, therefore, their finances bear no resemblance to that of a household. They can never run out of money, can never default on debt which is in their own currency and can literally run deficits forever if that was needed. Of course, it is hard for us to think in these terms because we are used to our personal or company finances - but we don't issue the currency. The limit to spending is inflation, which is determined by the availability of real resources. After a year or so of serious research, he understood its veracity and its massive implications for solving many social problems and improving the well-being of all Australians. MMT is being debated in the mainstream media in the US at the moment and it is starting to appear in the press here in Australia.

He realised that the only way to actually leverage this new opportunity was to be in federal government as only it can issue Australian dollars. So that meant politics - something I never previously intended to go near. Vernon claims that he doesn't have a political bone in his body and it’s an ambitious project but here was the ultimate opportunity to help make systemic change that can massively improve the lives of literally millions. How could he not do something? So, politics it is.
Last Mondays Meeting the  30th September 2019
Virginia Keenan on Best Life Transitions

This talk was about Virginia's new business venture - "Best Life Transitions" which has a target market of retirees/seniors.  It provides a project management service to assist seniors in downsizing, relocating to retirement villages, etc.  It is particularly focussed on those that have no-one to assist them – e.g. never married, no family, children live on the other side of the world, etc.

The services provided include assistance with inspection/choice of a retirement village or just a smaller property, preparing a property for sale (arranging a gardener, decluttering, maintenance, etc), the introduction of a sales agent, Vendor advocate, assistance with Centrelink and other administrative requirements in conjunction with lawyers and financiers).

The aim is to coordinate this very overwhelming process and take the pain and anxiety away.

Virginia is a successful business owner/manager with extensive experience across multiple, profitable and simultaneous business operations, encompassing the telecommunications/IT, hospitality and farming industries.   She is skilled in providing first class client sales, marketing and customer service. For all those Probus and Rotary members and anyone else, you can find Virginia at;
International Toast was given by Ross - Rotary Club Palermo Teatro del Sole, Palermo, Italy.  They were chartered in 1981, and meet at the San Paulo Hotel, Palermo.  Their projects include disadvantaged people, and Fishing Parades as a fund raiser.
  • There is no meeting this Monday Public Holiday 7 October 2019
  • Rotary Health - Mental Health Day  - Thursday, Oct 10th
  • Crows Nest Fair -  Sunday, Oct 20th
  • End Polio - Train Ride  - Thursday, Oct 24th
  • Crows Nest Community Centre - Children's week BBQ Thursday 24th October 
  • Next Board Meeting- Tuesday, Nov 5th - did you know, the minutes of the last Board Meeting can be read by clicking on HERE!
  • AGM- Monday,Nov 25th
  • Giving Night- Dec 9th
  • District Conference 20-22 March 2020
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?

Community Centre Childrens event
On 24th October, the Crows Nest Community Centre are celebrating Children’s Week by holding a BBQ, 10.30am to 1.30pm, Ernest Place, Crows Nest.  See Flyer click here.
Club Plans for 2019-20

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

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Oct 07, 2019
Oct 14, 2019
Modern Monetary Theory,a theoretical framework for understanding how a modern money system works
Oct 21, 2019
School for Life Foundation,Update
Nov 18, 2019
Up-Date on Sydney Metro
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Board Meeting November 5th
Church Hall
Nov 05, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Nov 25, 2019
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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