Hello, Members and our Rotary Friends receiving this eBulletin. 
Another quiet week, but I'm expecting activities to increase after Thursday's board meeting. 
We have the D_cafe restarting on Wednesday 22nd of February, as well as an initial meeting on the IT project for Mary's house.
Another successful BBQ last weekend with almost $2000 raised. Thanks again for the volunteers.  
Looking forward to seeing you all at next Monday's Zoom meeting.     
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 Monday13th February 2023. via Zoom.   
Our Speaker is yet to be confirmed. 
Meeting Schedule for the year: 
Date: 2023
Monday 13th February  Zoom 
Monday 27th February  Dinner - Union Hotel
Monday 6th   March  Lunch  - Union Hotel 
Monday 13th March  Zoom
Monday 27th March  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 6th February 
Toast:  Tom toasted the  Rotary Club of Auckland, NZ           
Our Speaker slot was taken up by Tom interviewing - Secretary Mark.
It was interesting listening to Mark's upbringing in Paraparaumu, a coastal town just north of Wellington in New Zealand.
His IT career started the Ministry of Works & a diploma in Data processing at Wellington Polytechnic. 20 years in Westpac followed by 15 years in IBM, 
which ended with the role of Crisis Manager. During his Westpac career highlight was when he was seconded back to NZ, where he met his lovely wife of 30years.
His IBM career highlight was being the Delivery Executive for the first & successful eCensus in 2006.
Tom also highlighted his passion for sport, travel and of course playing Poker. 
We thank Mark for sharing his life story.    
News for Members;
-  Last week's BBQ raised $1968.   
- Meeting arranged for Mary's House - project on IT system. 
- Board Meeting THIS Thursday.  
- Applications open for PEACE Fellowships
- RI has setup a Foundation for Ukraine Response Fund. Donations welcome. 
- ROMAC looking for Volunteers 
- RYPEN has been cancelled due to lack of numbers 
- D_Cafe restarting Wednesday Feb 22nd. 
- District Governor had excellent feedback on last month's RYLA.  
- 9th Feb 5pm - Board Meeting 
- 22nd Feb - D-Cafe 
- 24th- 26th Feb RLI Leadership course on Zoom. Mark has details.  
- 11th Feb North Sydney have "pig on Split" fundraiser
- 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
Bunnings BBQs
Thanks to Bunnings Artarmon, our Club has continued to run BBQs, which are our major fund raiser.  Although exhausting, we all enjoy them!
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