Dear Rotarians,
The highlight of the week was joining 8 other club members in attending the dinner to welcome our Rotary International President, Mark Maloney, to Sydney. His main message was reminding us of our challenge to strengthen the many ways that Rotary connects the World, building connections that allow talented, thoughtful and generous people to unite and take meaningful action thru Rotary service.  He recalled how he was involved in the fantastic RI World Convention held in Sydney in 2014, including thanking our members, Harold & Angelo, for their efforts on the organizing committee. He also reminded us of some great achievements done by Rotary, including the eradication of Polo. (No questions allowed, so I was unable to ask about why Rotary does not appear more often in documentaries about this great project – as discussed at last Monday’s meeting).Please note the attached photo of Bill and Lydia attending the function. 
Our club’s Melbourne trifecta tickets, so please start selling them. Bill has kindly offered to co-ordinate the distribution & sale of the tickets.
Please also note that I have issued a member’s survey on whether we should move venues for our Monday meetings.  Please take 2 minutes & respond.  
Looking forward to many of you returning from holidays next Monday.
Yours in Rotary
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         ROTARY: 2019-20

Next Meeting Monday 30th September 2019 - Virginia Keenan on Best Life Transitions


This talk is about a new business venture - "Best Life Transitions" which has a target market of retirees/seniors.  It will provide 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 will 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 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.


Last Mondays Meeting the 23rd of September 2019, outcomes of last week's Board Meeting

President Mark led the discussion, with input from the Directors on their relevant portfolios. Minutes currently unavailable while Secretary in absence on overseas junket,hopefully, available for next week should his cruise allow free time.
International Toast was given by Ross - Rotary Club Milano Leonardo da Vinci established in 1993
Many apologies for this week, with many members in holiday mode.
Last Saturday's BBQ went well, profit was $1300, with a small number of sausages and onions leftover
Trifecta tickets were handed out to members, and additional stapling task force on at Cyril's place, this Thursday, the 24th, from 10:30 am until 1:30 pm.
Angelo discussed his recent visit to East Timor for the 10th RYLA  Anniversary in Dili. He also visited, along with Richard Vahtrick from Mosman Club, the proposed site in Maliana for Monte's Teacher Training College to discuss the detail around the water supply, testing of and potential treatment requirements. This will all be discussed at a joint meeting in a fortnight.
Rotary Health - Mental Health Day  - Thursday, Oct 10th
End Polio - Train Ride  - Thursday, Oct 24th
Crows Nest Community Centre - Children's week BBQ Thursday 24th October  
Crows Nest Fair -  Sunday, Oct 26th
Next Board Meeting- Tuesday, Nov 5th
AGM- Monday,Nov 25th
Giving Night- Dec 9th
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?

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...

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.
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 'Reminders', above, for full details.
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)


Sep 30, 2019
Best Life Transitions
Oct 07, 2019
Oct 21, 2019
School for Life Foundation,Update
Nov 18, 2019
Up-Date on Sydney Metro
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Board Meeting November 7th
Church Hall
Nov 07, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 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