Dear Rotarians,
As mentioned last week the key activity this month is to put in a request for a District Grant.  We need to identify a project which we do in the next financial year (i.e. starting July).  If approved the district will match every $ we spend on the project.  We have recently completed this year’s project, which was putting in an IT Lab for Phoenix house.  Please put your mind to any worthy local project our club could tackle in the next 12 months. I have a couple of potential projects from the Crows Nest Community centre, Angelo is chasing Naremburn School, and Kate is talking to the Cancer council. The D_Cafe project will hopefully be funded from a Trent Zimmerman grant we have applied for.  I look forward to member’s input next Monday.
It was good to see Tracey again!
Enjoy the rest of your week. Stay safe.  
Yours in Rotary
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Bunnings has advised that there will be no BBQ's until further notice due to the outcome of the Corona Virus.We will advise as soon as this policy has been changed.
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         ROTARY: 2019-20
and 2020-2021
This is what our Zoom Meetings look like, and you can join us from your
own lounge room, or office, each Monday at 12.30pm.  Just click on this link.

Our Next Meeting, via Zoom, will be on Monday, the 18th May 2020 when our own member, Kate Riddle, presents her story.

Kate is a relatively new member to our Club.   But, do you know how many countries Kate has lived in?   So join us all on Zoom, next Monday at 12.30pm, and find out.  I'm sure we'll all be intrigued.


- June 2nd Board Meeting 
- July 13th Changeover Dinner, 7pm Northbridge Golf Club, (we hope!) 

At our Meeting on the 18th of May, our Guest Speaker was Speech Therapist, Dijana Dragicevich.

Dijana is a Speech Pathologist with over 20 years experience. She works with adults with communication and swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) in stroke patients to better help Speech Pathologists treat people who can’t eat and drink following a stroke.  Dijana took us through the art of swallowing and breathing studying the throat and its mechanisums. She is currently completing her PhD in dysphagia following stroke.  Dijana also teaches, trains and mentors other Speech Pathologists and students.
She is currently having some trouble recruiting older people for a healthy participant study.   Dijana needs healthy people to come in to RNSH for a study to establish norms so that they can be compared to people who have swallowing difficulties following stroke.   Dijana would like volunteers to join in the study.  Email Dijana if you would like to volunteer;
What is Arthritis? and how to Manage it!

On 10th February 2020 our Speaker was Ashleigh Bower-Events Coordinator at Arthritis NSW

Arthritis Awareness, Managing the Symptoms;

Arthritis and Osteoporosis NSW is a charity, non-for profit organisation who recognise and advocate for those in our community suffering from Arthritis and similar musculoskeletal conditions. There are several strategies that can be used to mitigate symptoms of arthritis, including exercise, strength training, and weight management, among others. The challenge lies in effective implementation of these strategies among community-dwelling older adults. Arthritis and Osteoporosis NSW would like to educate community populations about these strategies thus empowering them to take control of their Arthritis.  Read on for 'How to Manage Arthritis, and Strength Training Classes.
2019 Giving Night 9th December 

Our once a Year Giving Night December 2019

Club members  and families attended this one important night of the year, when funds raised throughout the year 2018-19 of $50,000 is handed back to worthwhile organisations.
    Past President Sue Raveane, handed over Cheques totalling $50,000 to seven non-profit organisations, four who look after our local Community, and three who benefit communities in other countries. 
    • Taudumande
    • Pheonix House
    • Canteen
    • Orange Sky
    • Shelterbox
    • School for Life
    • Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children
    Past President Sue said "this is what Rotary is all about!  Rotarians in our Community giving back to their Community."
    A very pleasant evening was had by all who attended. 
    However one organisation was absent on our Giving Night and on 3 Feb 2020, the Club presented a cheque to Mr Sean Mura from the Kenyian organisation 'So They Can'.
    Bush Fire Relief ! UPDATE !

    There is now a single Rotary National Bushfires Appeal entry on the RAWCS Home Page, allowing you to share this in all your newsletters, or Facebook or Instagram platforms as a potential opportunity for the many members of the public who are keen to make a contribution to the devastation.

    For the RAWCS Home page use:
    For the direct link to the Rotary National Bushfires Appeal page use: Bushfire Donations
    Funds from this account are channelled directly to the Districts affected to enable their support and rebuilding in the future.
    I know some of you have already received enquiries internationally for donations, which is just amazing. These must take a slightly different path, and here are the instructions:
    International bushfire donors to RAWCS can only donate by bank transfer to RARF.
    • SWIFT Code CTBAAU2S [all alpha except second last digit which is a two [2]

    • Commonwealth Bank

    • Rotary Australia Relief Fund

    • BSB 067 105

    • Account 10519888

    • Reference 68/2019-20

    Any efforts from Rotary will be once the first responders – RFS/SES/Red Cross/Salvos/etc – have completed their good work, and we can start to help residents and communities to rebuild themselves and their communities. Some affected Districts have formed local work groups or been talking to Blazeaid – all good solutions when the time is appropriate. 
    The Rotary Clubs of Australia 2019 National Drought Appeal
    Please see below website link for the ”The Rotary Clubs of Australia 2019 National Drought Appeal” GNBC "Let It Pour" Fundraiser website - now LIVE! 
    Our Club has decided to run a donation box at our Bunnings BBQ until further notice!
    Club Plans for 2019-20

    Club Plans fo 2019-20 - have a read...

    What you didn't know about Rotary is here online!
    At last, we now have an 'OnLine' source of information about Rotary, in the form of courses.
    Rotary Learning and Development
    An online, self-paced way to learn about Rotary adn to develop as Rotarians.
    The courses outlined below take from 15 mintues to 2.5 hours.  Some courses have multiple parts.  
    Have a look.  If you always wanted to know more about a Rotary subject, it is now listed here:
    Click on this Link!  (You will be asked to sign into your account 'My Rotary', so go look for your ID and Password)


    May 25, 2020
    My Story
    Jun 01, 2020
    The Western Harbour Tunnel
    Jun 08, 2020
    Jun 15, 2020
    Presentation by Club Directors on Portfolios
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    Smith, Philip
    International Toast
    International Toast
    Riddle, Kate
    Speaker Introduction
    Introduce Speaker
    Raveane, Sue
    Speaker Thanks/Write-up
    Thank Speaker - Write-up
    Gugliotta, Ross
    Front Desk
    Clark, Cyril
    Jayaraj, Anthony
    Room Set Up / Food
    Saunders, John