Hello all,
Great to see all our returning Rotarians at the meeting on Monday. Sue and Angelo were back from East Timor after a successful RYLA campaign and some groundwork for a possible project to undertake as well. We also had Gina and Harold join us to speak about the recent Rotary International Institute held in Darwin as well his thoughts on membership – there is a summary below. We have agreed to take part in the Crows Fair and now we need mobilise to get ready and make it worthwhile. I have sent off the paperwork for our stall and requested the same position as last year. I have asked Neuroblastoma Australia to be a part of our stall and we will be looking to have representatives from a few of our partners. At the same time, I spoke to them about their upcoming Gala in February next year and our potential sponsorship of it. I am keen to hear from you all as to whether this is something you are wanting to support and at what level. The sponsorship pack is enclosed(Sienna's Gala Dinner). I believe this would be a good partnership and provide exposure for us in the local community, at the same time.
Have a nice long weekend/rest on Monday.
See you all soon
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Our next BBQ at Bunnings Artarmon is on Saturday 7th of October, 2017.
No Meeting on Monday,the 2nd of October(Labour Day Holiday),Next Meeting is MONDAY the 9th of October -
Keri Chittenden
Co-Founder/Country Director Kenya
So They Can
Keri gained her Bachelor of Business in Land Economics and went on to work in the area of property development with Lend Lease. Following this she spent four years travelling independently throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Upon returning to Australia she used her project management skills working as an Event Producer for the leading events company in Sydney culminating in the position of Executive Producer and General Manager. She has produced and managed well over 500 events ranging in scale and complexity both locally and internationally including at 4 Olympic Games.
As co-founder of So They Can she draws on all her experience and skills in the roles she undertakes. Keri currently oversees a team of 80 in Kenya implementing the projects, as well as overseeing the fundraising events and helping guide So They Can on its future direction as a Board Member on both the Australian and Kenyan Boards.
Keri has been instrumental in developing the organisation from its inception 7 years ago to the organisation So They Can is today supporting over 5600 children.
For her work Keri was honoured with a Paul Harris Fellow award from Northbridge Rotary Club in 2013. In September 2015 Keri was selected as one of the Wesptac / Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence for 2015.
Keri is based in the So They Can head office in Sydney and is married to Peter, together raising their two children. She sponsors three of the children at our Aberdare Ranges Primary School and has been actively involved in charitable work though her events experience and personally for many years.
LAST MONDAY's Meeting - 25th of September 2017 - 
Harold Sharp our Guest Speaker on Club Membership
Harold and Gina have just returned from the Rotary Zone 8 Institute in Darwin
Where they were brought up to-date by the visiting Director form Rotary International
The biggest issue facing Rotary is membership,the last year ,world wide lost 1500 members,with a total membership of 27000
Biggest losses in the US,UK,Australia,New Zealand and Brazil
Challenge in getting the right message across,like what does Rotary represent
As on gets older,the RI Director felt that his Club meetings were boring,so he didn't want to invite anyone along
Many Clubs have gone to fortnightly meetings
Other issue is cost,for some it's too expensive
Women membership,like there are still 5 clubs in our district which wont allow women.But some of these clubs are doing very well
Once strong clubs like Castle Hill and Gosford have had a big fall in membership
Other area of concern is transparency,like where do the Funds go(this has been a problem with very large organisations like Red Cross)
Use opportunities such as Pride of Workmanship nights to bring a friend along,which has worked well for Turramurra
And ,is Rotary keeping up with today's world.Do younger members understand the world wide focus on Polio Eradication.
In Other News
  • International Toast by Tom,was to the   Rotary Club of Dubai   ,meet on a Tuesday at the World Trade Centre.
  • discussion on the Crows Nest Fair,which is to held on Sunday ,the 15th of October, much discussion on stand setup
  •  Pride of Workmanship Night,16th of November at Northbridge Golf Club.Also involving North Sydney Sunrise Club.All nominations to Tom Sweeney.
  • 9th of October,Board Meeting
  • 15th of October,Crows Nest Fair
  • 21st of October,Charity Poker Night
  • 16th of November,Pride of Workmanship Night
Charity Poker Night
Sep 25, 2017
Rotary International , including membership
Oct 02, 2017
Labour Day
Oct 09, 2017
So They Can
Oct 16, 2017
Follow on discussion about improving the club
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Bunnings Artarmon
Oct 07, 2017
7:50 AM – 12:30 PM
Bunnings Artarmon
Oct 07, 2017
10:15 AM – 2:30 PM
Bunnings Artarmon
Oct 07, 2017
12:20 PM – 4:00 PM
Board Meeting
union hotel
Oct 09, 2017
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Bunnings Artarmon
Oct 21, 2017
7:50 AM – 12:30 PM
Smith, Philip
Editor (back-up)
Staples, Mark
International Toast
Coote, Cels
Proposer (back-up)
Speaker Introduction
Introduce Speaker
Gugliotta, Ross
Introduce Speaker (back-up)
Speaker Thanks/Write-up
Thank Speaker - Write-up
Sullivan, Howard
Thank Speaker - Write-up (back-up)
Front Desk
Clark, Cyril
Cho, Richard