Dear Rotarians,
At last Monday’s meeting many members were away on leave etc.   Fortunately Youth Director, Philip, was in attendance with me, to establish a relationship with David, the new Manager of the North Sydney PCYC Club.  I look forward to seeing what our Club can achieve in conjunction with the PCYC.
Also I have received significant movement in the Dementia Cafe project!   North Sydney Sunrise are very keen to join North Sydney and our Club in establishing this project. 
PCYC (North Sydney) has also been suggested as a possible venue as Manager David has been managing an established Dementia Café at the Hornsby PCYC.   At this month’s cluster President’s meeting, decisions will be made to start the ‘Lower North Shore Dementia Café’, and I know, Sue and Kate can’t wait to kick start this project!
My thanks to Peter and Howard for helping Cyril and I to fold and staple Melbourne Cup trifecta tickets this week.   18 set of tickets have been sold to date!  Cyril is doing a fantastic job of holding the fort while Angelo is on leave visiting the RYLA project in Timor Leste!
I’ll see you all at next Monday’s meeting!
Yours in Rotary,  Mark
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         ROTARY: 2019-20

Next Meeting Monday 16 September2019 our Speaker is Niranjan Deodhar from the Beecroft Club, who will give us an update, and summary of the Toilet building project, in Mewat,India.  See below;



This new project aims to provide sanitation and dignity to communities in Mewat, India. We estimate that up to 3,000 people a day will benefit from the availability of private toilet facilities and free compost this will provide. We also believe that this project will prove to have significant multiplier effects with health and welfare.

Most of the schools and houses in Mewat do not have toilets or other private sanitation facilities. There is strong empirical evidence that the lack of sanitation facilities or long distances between school or home and private sanitation is a direct cause of violence against women, school drop out rates for girls, poor maternal health, and infant mortality. Conservative religious practices make it almost impossible for girls to attend school where sanitation facilities are unavailable.

We will provide equitable community access to safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene; Strengthen the
ability of communities to develop, fund and maintain sustainable water and sanitation systems; Support
programs that enhance communities’ awareness of the benefits of safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

June 2018 Exciting News!

Our application to supply and build 250 flushing toilets with hand washing sinks in the village of Nuh, Ghasera has been approved for a total project outlay of about AUD$100K by The Rotary Foundation.

Sample constructions are now complete, and construction of the actual toilets for the project will commence once the monsoonal rains have passed. It is expected to take about 4 months to complete once started.

Last Mondays Meeting the 9 September 2019, our Guest Speaker was David Grant, the PCYC Club Manager, North Sydney.  He was introduced by our District Community Service Director and PCYC Board Member, Rotarian Peter Kirkwood, form the Rotary Club of Wahroonga.

Manager David explained that on 2 June 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 a new way forward,  ‘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,” David said.
PCYC runs many projects for youth, such as a ‘Fit for Life’ program, which is an early intervention program designed to engage youth who are at-risk of poor choices and anti-social behaviour. Through physical fitness, nutrition and social engagement, ‘Fit For Life’ aims to improve overall well-being as well as prevent and divert youth from offending behaviours.  David explained that capital funding to establish PCYC Clubs across the State of NSW comes from the NSW State Government.  But funding for PCYC projects is ‘hit and miss’, with Government funding being on a grant basis.  Currently shortfalls come from the Police, but PCYC are keen to raise funds from other organisations to enable them to run additional projects.  Identifying youth in need, PCYC partner with the local schools and in addition they run school sports projects.  Referrals of youth come from many quarters, such as parents, who may be worried about their child disengaging from school, or getting into the wrong crowd.  Or from the local Court, young offenders as an alternative, are referred to PCYC rather than sending them to juvenile detention.
In house, PCYC together with outside organisations, run activities such as Martial Arts, where youth use their School ‘Active Kids’ vouchers supplied by the NSW Government to all youth attending school, to pay for their activity.
The Club thanked David for his presentation and advised that future funding of PCYC projects would be considered by our Club’s Board this year.
International Toast given by PP Howard - Currently the World is watching Cyclone Dorian and the damage it is wrecking havoc too the east coast of North America.  Especially hard hit is the northern islands of the Bahamas.  There are nine Rotary Clubs in the Bahamas.  The toast today was to the future health of the nine Rotary Clubs of the Bahamas!
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?

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.
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 16, 2019
Up-Date on Mewat Toilet Project in India
Sep 23, 2019
Board Directors Updates / Club Discussion
Sep 30, 2019
Best Life Transitions
Oct 07, 2019
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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