Dear Members and Friends,
Very nice of our Guest Speaker this week, Liz de Rome from Taldumande to acknowledge the support our Club has made in recent years via various appliances and financial donations. Liz gave a most informative talk on their work with school age children displaced from their home for many reasons, where Taldumande try and provide accommodation where required as well as educational guidance and support. They receive no Government support, relying entirely on donations.
BBQ last Saturday down a bit on turnover and resultant profit, as was the case a fortnight ago. Have to wait until after the school holidays, which should see a return to better figures.
A number of events for your Diaries coming up include,
  • the social evening on the 26th of April at Bilgola, George’s Chateau.
  • The Pride of Workmanship Dinner, Monday, the 3rd of May at Northbridge Golf Club. Any ideas for Nominations would be appreciated. Tom has put a lot of work into this, so it would be appreciated if we all show our support.
  • Red Shield Appeal, Sunday the 30th of May.
  • Of course, we can’t forget our busy BBQ schedule, the 10th and 17th of April, plus the 1st,15th and 22nd of May
So, in the meantime stay safe.
Yours In Rotary
President Ian
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Next Bunnings BBQs are April 10th & April 17th. 
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Next Weeks Meeting on Monday 12th April is a Face to Face meeting at the Union Hotel, at 12.30pm. 

President Ian will play highlights of some amazing speakers from the recently held District Conference. 
Due to Easter, the following Meeting will be a Face to Face Meeting on 12th April after Easter at the Union Hotel at 12.30pm
Subject to Easter and Anzac Day, almost every 2nd meeting will be via Zoom at 12.30pm Monday Lunchtimes!
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Last Meeting Monday:  29th March 2021 our speaker was Liz De Rome, from Taldumande Youth Services.
Liz gave us a very informative update on their activities. To recap, Taldumande is a not-for-profit organisation that supports vulnerable children and young people aged 12 to 21 years, and their families. Based in Northern Sydney and the Northern Beaches, they support young people from all across Sydney. On any given night Taldumande has 65 children and young people in residence. We operate three 24/7 and two semi-independent accommodation programs and also offer community housing programs that provide a streamlined pathway, from homelessness and family breakdown, to independence and stability. Taldumande also provides residential support to young people who are under the supervision of Juvenile Justice in our Young Offenders Intervention Program and they also focus on preserving and restoring families with young people 12 to 15 in our Family Preservation and Restoration. Operating for 45 years, they have 65 staff and 26 properties and need $500,000 per year (outside of the Government subsidy) to operate.
Liz walked us thru some amazing statistics. There are 18,000 homeless youths in NSW, and they have to turn away some due to lack of beds. There has been a 50% increase in Domestics violence and 100% increase in mental illness since the start of COVID19.  The need for youth services is INCREASING.
They believe housing is the key to long term success. They have housing programs for various situations (i.e., with & without family). Education is also key, with skills acquisition required to “break the cycle”. They now have a garage which is used for cooking lessons & homework. A highly trained case worker, assigned to every youth, will help develop a plan to reach individual goals & support them with the plan.
Example of programs include the Beach Reach program which works with the Northern beaches police liaison officers on Saturday nights to ensure youths get home. This is a 10-week council pilot.  Another key program is the Family Preservation and Restoration with a case worker helping with a family “crisis”. 88% of youths return to the home.
Liz finished with a BIG Thank You to the club for their support, especially Tree of Joy gifts, whitegoods purchased, the Linen drive and the generous yearly donation at the Giving night. They also get help from organisations like Oz harvest & Baker’s delight. 
Thank you, Liz, for an extremely informative & enthusiastic session.      
International Toast - was proposed by the Howard to  Rotary Club of Central Yangon, Myanmar
 - D_Cafe will be starting on Wednesday 28th of April.   
 - BBQs at Bunnings raised $850. We have committed to 6 BBQs over the next 2 months. Please support Howard in filling the roster. 
 - Volunteers are welcome to join Cyril & Ian at the annual Red Shield appeal on 30 May.  
 - Pride of Workmanship Dinner is Monday May 3rd.  Invitations & nomination forms will issue this week.   
 - Wednesday 28th  April 10.00am Opening of the D_Cafe. 
 - Wednesday 7th April 6pm Board Meeting on Zoom
 - April 18th & 24th - Virtual District assembly 
 - Monday 26th April, 4pm, Club Social get together at the Condell’s residence, Bilgola Beach
 - Monday 3rd May Pride of Workmanship Dinner. 6.30pm Northbridge Golf Club 
 - Sunday 30th May - Red Shield Appeal 
 - June 12 - 16  International Convention - Taipei - Now Virtual
 - Monday 28th June 2021 - Presidents Changeover Dinner, 6.30pm Northbridge Golf Club
 - Monday 26th July, District Governor visit to the club 
ROMAC gets a mention in Parliament!!

Mr Julian Leeser MP, Member for Berowra, New South Wales,   Australia's Chamber House of Representatives, on 15th March 2021 made a speech in the House of Representatives on the organisation



Taldumande Gala Dinner 14 May 2021
DATE: Friday, 14 May 2021
TIME: 6:30pm 
WHERE: Luna Park | Grand Ballroom 
We are delighted to invite you to our 2021 Gala Dinner to raise much needed funds for homeless and vulnerable children and young people.
Since COVID-19 began, Taldumande has had a major increase in demand. This has meant that a staggering 326 children and young people have been turned away since the beginning of the pandemic. This figure is more than double the turnaways from the previous year.  This number will continue to rise without your help.
Please help us by purchasing a ticket or table for our Gala Dinner.  The cost is $220 a ticket.

We will have many fantastic experiences up for auction and we are taking tax deductible pledges.

We are excited that our Patron, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales, will be attending our Gala Dinner.

We look forward to seeing you there!
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


Apr 12, 2021 12:30 PM
9685District Conference - Speakers
Apr 19, 2021
Catholic Care
May 03, 2021
May 10, 2021
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Board Meeting April 7th
Apr 07, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
BBQ April 10th 2021
Apr 10, 2021
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
BBQ April 17th 2021
Apr 17, 2021
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
BBQ April 24th 2021
Apr 24, 2021
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
BBQ May 1st 2021
May 01, 2021
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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International Toast
International Toast
Riddle, Kate
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Staples, Mark
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