My Fellow Rotarians,

At Today’s Meeting we enjoyed fellowship and a lively discussion of the activities our Club is involved in.

Today ,we began our This is my Life talk and today Bill Lee had us totally enthralled with his life story. Thank you Bill for sharing your story with us.
I hope to ask all our members to be part of this ,as I believe it will help us appreciate the fantastic diversity of our Club Members.
A belated Happy Birthday to Ross who’s Birthday was yesterday.
Together with Cyril, Bill and Lydia,Tom and Joy,Harold and Gina  and two special guests of the Lees, Angelo and I enjoyed North Sydney’s 90th Birthday Celebrations. Congratulations North Sydney Club and President Ross on achieving this Milestone .
 To all our  Members who will be traveling I wish you an enjoyable and safe  holiday.
Next Monday’s Guest Speaker is Dick Gall and he will speak on May Gibbs “ Nutcote “ as an essential part of the North Sydney Community .
Look forward to seeing next Monday.


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Next Meeting Monday - August the 27th - Dick Gall
May Gibbs “Nutcote” as an essential part in the North Sydney community
Cecilia May Gibbs was born in England in 1877.  May was the daughter of talented amateur artists who migrated to Australia in 1881 and who later arranged for her formal art training in London.  Being a single woman in a male-dominated field she initially turned her hand to any market for sketches or paintings to support herself.  May’s love of the Australian bush grew from her happy childhood in WA.  It manifested itself in her series of books, cartoons and short stories of which “Snugglepot and Cuddlepie” is the most famous having been in the bookshops continuously since 1918.
Through a series of illustrations, we will follow May’s training in London and her lifestyle after she returned to Australia in 1913 and settled in Neutral Bay eventually designing her own home, Nutcote, in conjunction with popular Sydney architect B J Waterhouse in 1924/5.
Dick Gall is a retired Mechanical Engineer who has worked at May Gibbs former home Nutcote in Neutral Bay as handyman/gardener for about eighteen years.  Prior to retirement Dick worked for a major food company as Purchasing Manager specialising in procurement of food ingredients from overseas manufacturers.  This exposure lead to some overseas travel which Dick and his wife now enjoy in a private capacity along with their local volunteering activities.  At the North Sydney Council's Australian Citizenship ceremony in 2012 Dick was honoured with the council's award of Citizen of the Year for his volunteer efforts at Nutcote.
Last Meeting -  Monday August  20th, 2018.  
Angelo toasted the Rotary Club of Kona
Today we had our long serving member Bill Lee talk about his life.
Bill took us thru his early years in China, before moving to Australia in 1948 after his mother’s early death. Bill ended up boarding at Barker College where he learnt many ‘life lessons’ like manners & respect whilst also excelling in sport with the U15 shot put championship.  Leaving school to work for his father he started ‘at the bottom’ sweeping floors before progressing to a commercial traveller selling tablecloths amongst other things. In 1973 he then started his own business selling placemats & Chinese quilts. Many amusing stories.
Bill’s rotary years started in 1975, thanks to Cyril. As well as being President, he has spent many years on the board, and is a great contributor to our club. One of his many legacies was 25 years of the “Bill’ bash’. An annual gathering of Rotarians at his place for an excellent day of fellowship.   
Bill is also a great family man. His wife of 58 years, Lydia, have 3 children and 8 grandchildren and enjoy many holidays together.  The story of meeting and the courtship with Lydia is left with those lucky enough to be at the meeting to listen to the amazing life of this great Rotarian – Bill – Thank you.
  • BBQ last weekend went well.  
  • Angelo is finalising the teams for this Saturday's Trivia night at Chatswood Rotary. All proceeds will be going to Mary's House - a good cause.
  • A number attended North Sydney Rotary 90th anniversary celebrations. Some ideas for our 50th next year.
  • Board meeting is now a week earlier on Thursday August 30th, 6pm @ Alon's place.
  • Saturday 25th August - Trivia night @ Chatswood Rotary
  • Thursday 30th August - Board Meeting
  • Friday 19th October - Invictus Games BBQ @ Q station
  • Friday 29th - 31st  March 2019 - District Conference 
  • Tuesday 29th April 2019 - our 50th birthday




Aug 27, 2018
May Gibbs “Nutcote” as an essential part in the North Sydney community
Sep 03, 2018
Directors Report (from board meeting)
Sep 10, 2018
Trip to Madagascar
Sep 17, 2018
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Board Meeting Aug 2018
McGrath Office Northbridge
Aug 30, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Sep 15, 2018
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sep 29, 2018
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Oct 13, 2018
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Staples, Mark
International Toast
Raveane, Angelo
Speaker Introduction
Introduce Speaker
Sullivan, Howard
Speaker Thanks/Write-up
Thank Speaker - Write-up
Lee, Bill
Front Desk
Clark, Cyril
Cho, Richard
Room Set Up / Food
Saunders, John
Room/Food 2
Coote, Peter