Dear Members and Friends,
Although we haven’t met for a fortnight, that’s not to say a lot been happening.
Angelo’s fantastic effort in co-ordinating a number of Clubs and individuals to donate to the Timor Leste Flood Relief Appeal. Starting off with an initial donation of $10,000, a further $12,000 is now in the pipeline
Sue and Mark’s hard work with the Dementia Café at the Crow’s Nest Community Centre has finally paid off, with the first session taking place a week ago. Due to COVID this has been delayed more than a year, however with the co-ordination involving a number of other Clubs in our area all goes well for a bright future.
Congratulations to George and Jo Condell for hosting Club Members at our second Social Evening for the year last Monday night at Bilgola Beach. Although numbers were less than anticipated, all those who attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Over $1100 were cleared at last Saturday’s BBQ. The morning session was incredibly busy, with backup supplies required for the afternoon shift which was a tad more subdued.
Fascinating talk by our Guest Speaker, Louise Murphy on Monday. Louise is a Churchill Fellow and Founder of Australian First Responders Foundation, talking of the mental challenges faced by a high percentage of First Responders. A real eye opener.
So, in the meantime, stay safe
Yours In Rotary
President Ian
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Next Bunnings BBQs is May 15th.   
Please support Howard in his quest to build up a list of volunteers. Latest Roster - Click here.   
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Next Meeting is Monday 10th May - Club Discussion.  

No formal speaker next week, but Ian will lead a club discussion (via Zoom): 

Next Zoom meeting  is Monday May 10th @ 12.30pm. 
 CLICK HERE for Zoom meetings:   Rotary Crows Nest Zoom
We still are continuing to rotate every 2nd week between Zoom & Union Hotel. 

Last Meeting Monday:  3rd May 2021 our speaker was Louise Murphy of AFRF. 
Louise Murphy of the Australian First Responders Foundation (AFRF) gave us information on First Responder’s mental health issues which surprised many of us.   
Whilst 1 in 5 of us experience a mental health issue, that increases to 1 in 3 for first responders. On a regular basis they deal with terrible situations with often no time between calls to debrief/talk about the trauma. There are 380,000 first responder in NSW, with 240,000 of those are volunteers from organisations like SES, St Johns, RFS & Surf lifesaving. There has been an increase in their suicides since the bushfires. (Every 4.3 weeks there is a suicide)
Louise used a Churchill Fellowship to visit countries like USA, Canada & UK to learn about what they do to address these concerns, before starting AFRF. Its vision is to have a world of responsive & mentally healthy first responders. Promote well-being to reduce mental health issues & suicides. “Who is looking after those who are looking after us.”
AFRF offers corporate training & weekend retreats for 1st responders. The First Responder Emergency Service Health and Education Retreat (FRESHER) incorporates a solid program specifically designed to reconnect, reframe, and reset the participants with their peers in a positive, supportive approach to their mental health and well-being. The first retreat is 6th to 8th of August. It is evidence based, and nominations open soon. It is not designed to treat mental illness, but focus on early intervention. Topics include communication skills, connecting after an incident, staying calm as well as sleep & exercise.
Louise asks that we share her vision & raise awareness and we would like to thank her for an extremely informative & thought-provoking session. 
International Toast - proposed by the Ian to Rotary Club of Bombay
 -  Happy 93rd birthday to Cyril. Tom also celebrated his 21st? this week & the club is now 52 !  
 - Big Thank You to George for hosting our social last Monday. 
 - D_Cafe had an extremely successful opening on Wednesday 28th of April. Fantastic effort by Sue & committee.      
 - Crows Nest community Centre project for a "library" of IPADs has started. Mark is to be a mentor. Others welcome to volunteer. 
 - BBQs at Bunnings raised $1100 last weekend.  Volunteers are still needed. Please call Howard if you know anyone. 
 - Volunteers are welcome to join Cyril & Ian at the annual Red Shield appeal on 30 May.  
 - Two Pride of Workmanship nominations have been received.   
 - Angelo has transferred $10,000 to aid flood relief in East Timor. .  
 - Ideas for new local projects for a district grant are needed by May. Brain storming @ 5pm Wednesday  12th May via Zoom. 
 - Ross is updating our WWC(Working with Children) register. Expect an email from him.  
 - District assembly(part 2) continues on May 16th. 
 - Bill to co-ordinate our $1500 donation to the Rotary Foundation. 
 - Tom has 4 tickets left for his show  "Priscilla" for 3pm Sunday May 23rd. Please email Tom ( to reserve a seat. 
 - Wednesday May 12th - 5pm Zoom Meeting - discuss projects for District grants
 - Sunday May 16th+  Virtual District assembly sessions continue   
 - Sunday May 23rd. Priscilla Show at Chatswood Concourse theatre. 
 - Sunday May 30th  - Red Shield Appeal 
 - Wednesday 9th June 6pm Board Meeting on Zoom
 - June 12 - 16  International Convention - Taipei - Now Virtual
 - Monday 28th June 2021 - Presidents Changeover Dinner, 6.30pm Northbridge Golf Club. Includes Pride of Workmanship. 
 - Monday 26th July, District Governor visit to the club 

Zoom Meetings
This what our Zoom meetings look like.   During March and April, 2021;
8th March, and 22nd March and 19th April.
Subject to Easter and Anzac Day, almost every 2nd meeting will be via Zoom at 12.30pm Monday Lunchtimes!
Please click on this link; Rotary Crows Nest Zoom
District Governors Trophy


May 17, 2021 12:44 PM
Bunnings- what you always wanted to know!!!
May 24, 2021
May 31, 2021
Jun 07, 2021
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BBQ May 15th 2021
May 15, 2021
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
BBQ May 22nd 2021
May 22, 2021
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
BBQ June 5th 2021
Jun 05, 2021
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Board Meeting June 9th
Jun 09, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
President Changeover & Pride of Workmanship Dinner
Northbridge Golf Club
Jun 28, 2021
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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