Dear Members and Friends,
Well, back to reality with the BBQ. Relatively quiet day, particularly in the morning. Receipts, including donations at $960, but excellent control of inventories. A good sign. So, this coming weekend, we get a break before we’re back into it again on the 1st of May. So be prepared.
And if you haven’t signed up already, we have our social afternoon/evening at George’s Chateau next Monday, the 26th, so make sure you’re all signed up, AND, don’t forget the plate!!
Also, good to see our Facebook page is reaching new milestones with 500 likes and followers, PLUS we have picked up a new Guest Speaker through the page. So, thanks to Swapna and her excellent work.
This coming week the D-Café is scheduled to kick off and CEO Denise has nominated one of her staff for the PoW award ,which is all good.
Finally, don’t forget to let Tom know if you’re interested in coming along to the Pricilla afternoon on Sunday the 23rd of May. Sounds like a great event
And, remember, because of our social event next Monday, there will be NO Meeting on the 26th, which means the following Meeting, on the 3rd of May will be a Face-to-face Meeting at the Union Hotel.
So, in the meantime stay safe.
Yours In Rotary
President Ian
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Next Bunnings BBQs is May 1st.  
Please support Howard in his quest to build up a list of volunteers. Latest Roster - Click here.   
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Next Meeting is a social event at George's. 4pm Monday 26th April.

See separate email for details. Please let George know if you are attending (or not). 

Next Formal meeting will be Monday May 3rd at the Union Hotel. Speaker is Louise Murphy - Australian First Responder Charitable Foundation - Mental Health.   
"I am reaching out hoping that you may be able to assist.
Last year I was very fortunate to be awarded a Churchill Fellowship and travelled to the UK, Canada and USA to investigate programs that help reduce mental health issues and suicide in our emergency first responders. With over 380,000 emergency first responders in Australia and 240,000 of those being volunteers It is essential that we look after our emergency first responders so that they can look after us.
From the Churchill Fellowship learnings, I have established the Australian First Responder  Charitable foundation (with DGR 1 status) and have made a commitment to raise money to offer free wellbeing retreats to emergency first responders and their loved ones.
The retreats will give them the opportunity to rest, recharge and reset.
There are no other retreats in NSW specifically focused on our emergency first responders so we are excited about this and know we will make a difference"

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:  19th April 2021 our speaker was Michelle Comito. 
Catholic Care’s Michelle Comito, Coordinator, Family & Youth Support Services, Naremburn & Northern Beaches Family Centre updated us on their latest activities. 
Background: Catholic Care have 4 Family Centres in the North Shore. For those in need, they provide Counselling (financial, child, family etc), emergency relief (i.e. Food vouchers), support for domestic violence & court advocacy, properties for the homeless, Youth support services, Family support & medication services. They have 200+ clients at their peak.
The key message is that the North Shore is NOT immune/exempt from needing their services. Key challenges include drug & alcohol, mental illness.
With no catholic church funding & government support lower than most areas (means based rather than needs based) they are in need of donations. They have less case workers than other areas with demand exceeding the available $$.  
COVID19 did impact them. Domestic violence got more complicated with no home visit and all involved still living in the same house. Isolation saw an increase in mental health. They now have a wait list for clients.
What followed was a very active Q&A leading to healthy discussions.  
We thank Michelle for a knowledgeable & thought provoking session. 
International Toast - proposed by the Ian to Rotary Club of Windsor & Eton 
 - Next week's meeting replaced by a social at George's @ 4pm Monday 26th. Please respond to separate email. 
 - D_Cafe will be starting on Wednesday 28th of April - "Soft" opening for a more relaxed start.    
 - 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 $870 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.  
 - Pride of Workmanship Dinner, planned for Monday May 3rd , is now deferred until Changeover night(June 28th). Nominations still open.  
 - Angelo is has collected $15,000 to aid flood relief in East Timor. Our Club has donated $1000. Well Done Angelo.  
 - Ideas for new local projects for a district grant are welcome & are needed by May. 
 - Registrations have opened for the Rotary International Convention in June. $US49 if you register before May 7th.  
 - Ross is updating our WWC(Working with Children) register. Expect an email from him.  
 - District assembly(part 1) was held last Sunday. Philip will circulate the link for replays. Note there will be May sessions.
   Bill needs a 2nd person for the foundation session on May 16th.   
 - Mark has emailed all RDU(Rotary Down Under) subscribers to ensure they still want to receive it, either paper or digital. 
 - Phoenix House is looking for donations for their "Graduation Packs". 
 - Tom has booked 20 tickets for his show  "Priscilla" for 3pm Sunday May 23rd. Please email Tom ( to reserve a seat. 
 - Monday 26th April, 4pm, Club Social get together at the Condell’s residence, Bilgola Beach
 - Wednesday 28th  April 10.00am Opening of the D_Cafe. 
 - May -  Virtual District assembly sessions  
 - Sunday May 23rd. Priscilla Show at Chatswood Concourse theatre. 
 - Sunday 30th May - 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
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May 10, 2021
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May 24, 2021
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May 01, 2021
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May 15, 2021
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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May 22, 2021
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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