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PRESIDENT'S COLUMN
 

Hello My Fellow Rotarians,

I am pleased to announce that Crows Nest Rotary Club will be a Platinum Sponsor at Sienna’s Gala Dinner to be held in March 2019 in aid of Neuroblastoma Australia. Proceeds go to fund research into children’s cancer.

 

At Today’s Meeting our Guest Speaker was Neil Howie from the Rotary Foundation, Rotary’s own Charity. Neil updated us on the processes and the benefits to our Rotary Clubs .He thanked our Members on our generous contributions.
 
Past President Alon will be your President next Monday. Thank you Alon .

 

 

 Susan Raveane

 
 
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BBQ ROSTER
 
Our next BBQ at Bunnings Artarmon is Saturday, the 17th of November.  Please check roster. 
 
 
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Next Meeting Monday - 12th November 2018 
 
This Monday will be General Club discussion session, chaired by Past President Alon, on behalf of Susan.
 
Any topics you want discussed please contact Alon.
Last Meeting -  Monday 5th of November 2018
 
The International Toast was proposed by John to the Rotary Club of Hamburg, Germany.
 
We welcome our Guest Speaker, Neil Howie (see his story below).
 
 
News
  • Angelo is co-ordinating officer elections for the AGM on November 26th. Please see him if questions.
  • Successful BBQ held last Saturday. Alon needs to circulate instructions on the eftpos Square Q device.
  • Sue presented Bravo Coffee(Ross) a certificate of appreciation for collecting money for the farmers drought appeal. Ross will present certificates to other Crows Nest shop owners who also collected money. Crows Nest collected $4180 for the appeal, and in conjunction with other lower north shore clubs a total of $36,650 has been raised. Already $20,000 in IGA food vouchers have been distributed. A great effort.
  • Sue sought, and received approval for $5,000 Platinum Sponsorship of the Neuroblastoma Sienna’s Gala Dinner.
  • Board members presented also approved $1,000 towards the Dilli's Orphans Xmas party.
  • Angelo reported that an ex-Soccer coach has donated numerous soccer balls & equipment, which he passed onto SoTheyCan for distribution.
  • Sue announced that the annual Tree of Joy process has started. Sue will co-ordinate.
  • A big Thank You to Bruce, from the Rotary Club of Ryde. Bruce secured 4 slots at the Bunnings BBQ for them.
 
Reminders
  • Monday 26th November the Club's AGM
  • Monday 26th November - Rotary Foundation Dinner @ Olympic Park
  • Thursday December 6th - Board meeting
  • Sunday December 9th - Crows Nest Carols
  • Monday 10th December - Club's Christmas Party and Giving Night
  • Friday 29th - 31st  March 2019 - District Conference 
  • Tuesday 29th April 2019 - our 50th birthday
 
Rotary Foundation Update
On Monday November 5th, our club have the pleasure of Neil Howie (Roseville Chase Rotary) representing the District Foundation Committee (City North Zone).
 
In terms of the Foundation, we were reminder that 92% of its funds goes into its projects etc, whilst only 2% is spent on Admin, and another 6% on promotion. Quite a remarkable statistics, since some charity spend upto 50% of their $ on their overheads. In terms of the Crows Nest club, last year we have contributed $US13,800 an average of $452 per member, well above the average. Well Done!
A quick re-cap on their contributions. Firstly their District grants which they match $ or $, a club’s contribution to a local project(up to $6,000). Our contribution to a MRI machine at RNSH, and the Taldumande youth program are two of Crows Nest’s recent examples. District has $130,000 available for 2018/19.  Their Global grants for international projects range from $30,000 to $200,000. These require an international club & district to contribute. Completed projects include examples of a Dialysis machine in Fiji, and beds for Children’s hospital in Sierra Leone. Our current project is the SoYouCan water project in Kenya. Both District and International grants have sustainability as the key, and must line up with at least 1 areas of focus. (Peace, disease, education, clean water, saving children & growing local economics)
Foundation’s key international project in POLIO Plus which has the yearly number of Polio cases drop from 350,000 in 1988 to 22 last year and this year. Over 400 million children are vaccinated every year. Also interesting to note is the recent PNG cases(14) are Vaccine derived, as opposed to ‘wild polio’. Worldwide the Rotary foundation’s $150million has been supported by the Gates Foundation’s $300million. PP David Dean is happy to take any enquires on Polio Plus.
 
Bruce thanked Neil on behalf of the club for his update/refresher on the Foundation.
FORTHCOMING SPEAKERS
Nov 12, 2018
Club Discussion
Nov 19, 2018
Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link Project Up-date
Nov 26, 2018
AGM
Dec 10, 2018
Xmas Party/ Giving Night
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FOR YOUR DIARY
BBQ
Bunnings
Nov 17, 2018
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
 
Board Meeting Dec 6th 2018
Church Hall
Dec 06, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
 
BBQ
Bunnings
Dec 08, 2018
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
 
Giving Night / Xmas Party
TBA
Dec 10, 2018
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
 
BBQ
Bunnings
Dec 22, 2018
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
 
MEETING RESPONSIBILITIES
eBulletin
 
Ian Pocock
Pocock, Ian
 
International Toast
 
Proposer
Cho, Richard
 
Speaker Introduction
 
Introduce Speaker
Beran, Alon
 
Speaker Thanks/Write-up
 
Thank Speaker - Write-up
de Graaf, Bruce
 
Front Desk
 
Welcomer
Clark, Cyril
 
Welcomer
Cho, Richard
 
Room Set Up / Food
 
Room/Food
Saunders, John
 
Room/Food 2
Coote, Peter