Hello Rotarians and Friends,


At Today’s Meeting we welcomed our very special Guest Speaker Past District Governor David Rands.


We also gave a warm welcome to Philip Smith’s sister Carol Bean . Carol has travelled from England to spend time with Philip and family. It was fantastic to see you again Carol, and you are most welcome to join us anytime.


PDG David Rands represented The Rotary Foundation, our own charity. David gave us an updated overview of the structure, and where and how our contributions are distributed. David was presented with a cheque for $5,000.00 as Crows Nest Rotary Club’s annual contribution to The Foundation, continuing a tradition that makes our Club a major contributor, one we should be very proud of.


All invitations to our 50th Anniversary Dinner have now been distributed. Please RSVP  your acceptance to Kate.


Crows Nest Rotary Club Members have again been asked to volunteer for the Red Shield Appeal on Sunday the 26th Of May. Our support is required from 8.30am to 11.30am at the Australian Catholic University Campus.


Cyril has already volunteered his time and if any member wishes to join him please let me know .


Next week we welcome Vanessa Murphy, Principle from RNS Hospital School. I look forward to hearing from Vanessa


Hope to see you there.


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Our next BBQ at Bunnings Artarmon is Saturday, the 23rd March.  Please check new roster. 

Next Meeting Monday - 25th March 2019 - ‘Vanessa Murphy - Principal of Royal North Shore Shore Hospital School'

Royal North Shore Hospital School provides continuity of education for all students from Kindergarten to Year 12 who are patients at Royal North Shore Hospital. The school offers Individual Learning Programs for students who come from metropolitan and country areas, a range of cultural backgrounds and all sectors of schooling. Students remain enrolled at their census school whilst attending our hospital school. While the school is situated on the children's ward, it also caters for older students who may be on the Orthopaedic, Neurosurgical, Psychiatric, Burns or Spinal Wards.
Vanessa is the Principal at Royal North Shore Hospital School and is a leader in Positive Education and Wellbeing. She is passionate about supporting student’s wellbeing by connecting and understanding the context of student lives.  Vanessa will deliver an empowering talk about RNSH School’s innovative approach to supporting their students whilst in hospital. Vanessa and her team have identified a range of strategies that boost positive wellbeing, and that igniting a sense of purpose through authentic engagement greatly increases human connection and belonging.
Vanessa holds a Master of Special Education (Behaviour and Emotional Difficulties) Bachelor of Education, and Diploma of Positive Psychology.

Last Monday's Meeting, the 18th March - our Speaker was PDG David Rands

The club was happy to welcome back PGD David Rands to give us a refresher on the Rotary Foundation.
The key message was the fact that we donate generously to the Foundation, so we should apply for grants to use that money. The money donated does NOT leave Australia and is actively used to support the clubs here.  92% of the money is used on our projects whilst we have 2% admin and 6% for promotion. This is extremely good, when compared to other charities. 
Polio eradication continues with only 6 cases so far this year, whilst 400 million children are immunised in 70 countries. The estimated total cost of eradication is estimated at $70Billion. 
Whilst the foundation has Peace Fellowships & Scholarships to support our leaders, the key focus is on Grants. 36 District grants were approved this year. David’s examples included our own Mary’s house project, and Chatswood’s Hippo Roller project. Global grant examples included dialysis machine for Fiji, and 10 extra beds in a Sierra Leone hospital.  The grants must fall into one of the following areas of focus – Peace, Disease, education, saving children, clean water and growing economies. 
As usual David was able to answer all our questions, and we thank him for this time. President Sue presented David with a cheque for $5000 from our club. 
In other news
  • Cyril toasted the Rotary Club of Buckingham
  • Philip’s sister (Carole) from England, visited us again, and is looking forward helping out at the weekend’s BBQ.
  • Sue announced that the club voted 13-8 against continuing discussions on the District merger.
  • Volunteers are requested for the Red Shield appeal on Sunday May 26th. As usual Cyril has already put his hand up. Please let Sue know if you can help.
  • Board members are reminder to register ASAP for the District assembly on April 14th.
  • Bill Lee will be our delegate at this year’s Rotary International conference in Hamburg. Ross & Harold are also attending.
  • Tom still has two seats for the show “Caravan” on April 3rd.
  • Invites for the club’s 50th Birthday were sent out this week. Please RSVP.
  • Mark attended Presidents Elect training last Saturday, and will be running a Club planning discussion On Monday 17th June.
  • 3 Rotary Clubs of Christchurch are fund raising for families of the victims. Mark to seek more details of how the funds will be spent, before presenting to the board.
  • Local MP Trent Zimmerman is seeking expression of interest for grants for supporting community environmental projects. Contact Mark if you have a potential project.
  • Friday 29th - 31st  March 2019 - District Conference in Newcastle. Members asked to consider
  • Club Directors Meeting at the Church Hall, the 7th April at 6pm.
  • District Assembly - Sunday 14th of April - New board members please register.
  • Tuesday 30th April 2019 - our Club’s 50th Birthday Celebrations!! Confirmed for the Kirribilli Club.
  • RYPEN will run this year from 14th-16th of June. Phillip still looking for nominations
Mar 25, 2019
About the RNSH School
Apr 01, 2019
Working directly with adolescents,young adults and families who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis
Apr 08, 2019
New Programmes where we can work together
Apr 15, 2019
Collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it directly to the needy
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Mar 23, 2019
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Apr 06, 2019
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Board Meeting April 11th 2019
Church Hall
Apr 11, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
District Assembly
Building U10, Western Sydney University College
Apr 14, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Apr 20, 2019
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Staples, Mark
International Toast
Clark, Cyril
Speaker Introduction
Introduce Speaker
Lee, Bill
Speaker Thanks/Write-up
Thank Speaker - Write-up
Sullivan, Howard
Front Desk
Clark, Cyril
Cho, Richard
Room Set Up / Food
Saunders, John
Room/Food 2
Coote, Peter