Dear Rotarians,
A big THANKS to Sue for chairing the last meeting on 20th January 2020.  I enjoyed my week off in Melbourne.
My focus in February will be on the Board Meeting to be held on the 6th February.  I shall be discussing projects and future proposed activities at our next Monday Meeting on Tuesday 4th February in preparation for our Board Meeting.  Please let me know as soon as you can,  if you have any items requiring a Board discussion/decision.
This year again, there is a great opportunity to ‘advertise’ our Club, with our Platinum Sponsorship of the Neuroblastoma Gala Dinner to be held on 20th February 2020.  This is now becoming an annual event for our Club!  In addition our Club is keeping the momentum going on the D_Cafe project which will be commenced very soon, watch this space!  I am continuing my search for volunteers!    
I look forward to catching up with everyone at our next lunchtime meeting, this time on a TUESDAY 4th February (delayed as the Hotel is busy on Monday 3rd).  
Yours in Rotary
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Our next BBQ at Bunnings Artarmon is Saturday, the 1st February 2020.  Please check the roster. 
         ROTARY: 2019-20

Our Next Meeting will be 4 February 2020 - Phil Narezzi, Chief Operating Officer, Sydney Desalination Plant

The Sydney Desalination Plant is a large scale reverse osmosis desalination plant. The site covers 45 hectares and is located on the coast of Kurnell, 25 kilometres from Sydney's CBD.  The Desalination Plant supplies drinking water, when needed, to about 1.5 million people in Sydney, as part of their water supply.

This presentation provided an overview of the Sydney Desalination Plant’s role as Sydney’s only non-rainfall dependent source of drinking water.

Philip is a Civil Engineer with over 25 years of experience in the process and industrial industries working in the fields of operation, maintenance, engineering, technical support and project management. Multiple industry experience across infrastructure service lines including water, roads, rail, transport, Defence and electrical services.

As Chief Operating Officer, Philip manages the plant’s key role in assisting the NSW Government with water security for Sydney. 

Please note, we now meet in the Crows Nest Hotel Board Room, 1st floor, at 12.30pm Mondays.
  • Please note, we have changed location, back to the Crows Nest Hotel, upstairs in the Boardroom.
  • District Conference 20-22 March 2020
  • Next Year RI Convention will be in Honolulu, and as always our Club will be well represented.

Our Last Meeting was on 20th January 2020 - Our Club's Facebook Page

Last Mondays Meeting was hosted by Past President Sue, and our special guest was our Past President Swapna, who manages our Facebook page.  Her visit was a special training session for all our Members!  Lots of new things were learnt by our members and many made Facebook friends with the member sitting next to them!  Past President Sue thanked Swapna for managing the Club's Facebook page for so many years and for taking a day off work to come and re-educate our members on the wisdom of posting on the Club's Facebook page.  Much enjoyment was had by all members and we  an honestly say we learnt something.  Many thanks Swapna!!
The International Toast was proposed by Past President Sue to the Rotary Noon Gun Club, in Cape Town.
Monday the 9th of December was our Christmas Party Giving Night!
2019 Giving Night 9th December 

Our once a Year Giving Night December 2019

Club members  and families attended this one important night of the year, when funds raised throughout the year 2018-19 of $50,000 is handed back to worthwhile organisations.
    Past President Sue Raveane, handed over Cheques totalling $50,000 to seven non-profit organisations, four who look after our local Community, and three who benefit communities in other countries. 
    • Taudumande
    • Pheonix House
    • Canteen
    • Orange Sky
    • Shelterbox
    • School for Life
    • Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children
    Past President Sue said "this is what Rotary is all about!  Rotarians in our Community giving back to their Community."
    A very pleasant evening was had by all who attended. 
    Bush Fire Relief ! UPDATE !

    There is now a single Rotary National Bushfires Appeal entry on the RAWCS Home Page, allowing you to share this in all your newsletters, or Facebook or Instagram platforms as a potential opportunity for the many members of the public who are keen to make a contribution to the devastation.

    For the RAWCS Home page use:
    For the direct link to the Rotary National Bushfires Appeal page use: Bushfire Donations
    Funds from this account are channelled directly to the Districts affected to enable their support and rebuilding in the future.
    I know some of you have already received enquiries internationally for donations, which is just amazing. These must take a slightly different path, and here are the instructions:
    International bushfire donors to RAWCS can only donate by bank transfer to RARF.
    • SWIFT Code CTBAAU2S [all alpha except second last digit which is a two [2]

    • Commonwealth Bank

    • Rotary Australia Relief Fund

    • BSB 067 105

    • Account 10519888

    • Reference 68/2019-20

    Any efforts from Rotary will be once the first responders – RFS/SES/Red Cross/Salvos/etc – have completed their good work, and we can start to help residents and communities to rebuild themselves and their communities. Some affected Districts have formed local work groups or been talking to Blazeaid – all good solutions when the time is appropriate. 
    The Rotary Clubs of Australia 2019 National Drought Appeal
    Please see below website link for the ”The Rotary Clubs of Australia 2019 National Drought Appeal” GNBC "Let It Pour" Fundraiser website - now LIVE! 
    Our Club has decided to run a donation box at our Bunnings BBQ until further notice!
    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...

    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)


    Feb 04, 2020
    An overview of the Sydney Desalination Plant’s role in Sydney's Water Supply
    Feb 10, 2020
    Arthritis Awareness and Managing the Symptoms
    Feb 17, 2020
    Destiny Rescue Up-Date
    Feb 24, 2020
    A Japan Photo Tour
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    Board Meeting
    Feb 06, 2020
    6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
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    Smith, Philip
    International Toast
    International Toast
    Sullivan, Howard
    Speaker Introduction
    Introduce Speaker
    Saunders, John
    Speaker Thanks/Write-up
    Thank Speaker - Write-up
    Raveane, Angelo
    Front Desk
    Clark, Cyril
    Jayaraj, Anthony
    Room Set Up / Food
    Saunders, John