Dear Members and Friends,
Another excellent speaker organised by Phil in Dr. Chris Hodge from the Vision Eye Institute on the potential challenges with ageing eyes, unfortunately affecting us all, so we tend to take more notice.   Also good to see Ken Preshaw from North Sydney Sunrise Club who joined us.
Much of our general discussion was around adjusting to life after Bruce with the BBQ with still a number of operational issues to be resolved.  So please take note of Mark’s email on the subject.  Overall it was a relatively quiet day last Saturday, with nett profit round the $800 mark, and it wasn’t just us, Bunnings was also very quiet on the day.
Saturday’s BBQ clashed with the District Conference, for the first time being a Virtual Conference, and the good thing was you didn’t have to watch it live, but you could come back to it and view  at your own leisure.  Having watched it, I must say what excellent presentations there were, with very high quality speakers covering a range of topics, - the wife of Ian Risley and her experience as being the first lady a few years back when her husband was RI President. - a young lady being a cancer survivor and her fund raising efforts, tackling women’s health issues in Africa - a refugee from South Sudan coming to Australia on his own and, with the help of Rotary, carving out a niche, receiving an education and supporting uneducated people in Vanuatu with IT education, Rotary Health-Lifting the Lid, - a young lady initiating “Seven Women” a support programme in Nepal for disadvantaged women, - Australians for Women’s Health, - a doctor telling a heart rendering experience of young women and health issues in Africa, - RI Foundation’s support of the environment, - Ian Risley, past RI President, Support projects in Sub Saharan Africa, - a young man with Cerebral Palsy, who has made a career of being a motivational speaker around the world.
The Guest Speakers were interspersed with selected Club Video presentations displaying their activities and achievements this last pandemic year.
Also I should mention, five of us attended a social dinner with the North Sydney Sunrise Club on Tuesday night which we all thoroughly enjoyed, so in turn we look forward to our own social get together on the 26th of April.  The next social evening at the Condell’s residence, Bilgola Beach, ‘bring a plate’ function.   The date is the Monday 4pm, the 26th April, (last day of the long Anzac Day weekend).   So please, make sure you put that date in your diary now!   If the date causes concerns for anyone, please let me know.
In the meantime, I know it is four months away, but please enter another date in your diaries!  Our Presidents annual Changeover Dinner is booked for Monday 28th June 2021, at 6.30pm, at the Northbridge Golf Club.  No doubt pandemic restrictions may impose a maximum number of people who can attend, so please let me know if you would like to attend.  Formal Invitations will issue soon, so first in to register will guarantee a seat.  We are hoping to have a high ranking member of the NSW Government to address us on the progress being made fighting the pandemic.
So, in the meantime stay safe.
Yours In Rotary
President Ian
Last Tuesday, a social night out with the Rotary Club of North Sydney!

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Bunnings has given us dates for BBQs at Artarmon for the month of March ie 27th and April.  
Please support Howard in his quest to build up a list of volunteers. Latest Roster - Click here.   
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Next Weeks Meeting on 22nd March is on Zoom 12.30pm.   Our Speaker will be Mr Angus McGrath, from the NSW Ambulance Service.

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Angus will talk about his knowledge of the organisation through the eyes of a paramedic and now community engagement officer, in an informal setting with plenty of time to answer any questions.
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 at 12.30pm next Monday.
Last Meeting Monday:  15th March 2021 our speaker was Dr Chris Hodge, from the Vision Eye Institute, who presented ‘Your Eyes and what happens after 50 years of age’
"Dr Chris Hodge  joined us today to recognise Orthoptic Awareness Week. Orthoptics is an Allied Health Profession, specialising in visual function and eye movements. 
Chris has had a particularly distinguished career as an orthoptist. He excelled as a clinician, being part of the team that introduced laser vision correction to Sydney and has continued that journey to the very elegant procedure it is today.
In his current role as the research coordinator at Vision Eye Institute, he is responsible for running clinical trials and developing research projects across Vision’s 20 sites. Many of these projects have resulted in innovations that helped to shape modern ophthalmology, along with many hundreds of publications in peer reviewed professional journals. He gained his PhD at the University of Sydney, with a thesis investigating a condition of the cornea – keratoconus.
Chris is a lecturer at the University of Sydney, School of Medicine and the University of Technology."
Chris talked to us about 'eyes after 50 yrs of age!'  Over 90% of all eye conditions of that lead to mild to moderate eye impairment, are actually treatable, due to the increase in technology and improved health care, and almost 75% of all eye diseases occur after 50 yrs of age.  So its important for us to get those regular eye checks.
International Toast - was proposed by the President; the Rotary Club of Mid Town Kathmandu was chartered on the 8th Nov 1989 with 26 members, 3 of whom were women.  This was the very first year Rotary International opened membership to women!  Mid Town was the first breakfast Club.   They meet every Friday at 7.30am at the Hotel de L-Annapurna on Durbar Marg in Kathmandu.  A volunteer movement addressing the world’s greatest challenges!
Note: Next meeting (22nd March) will be a Zoom Meeting   Come and join us !
We are trialing having alternative meetings LIVE & Zoom. 
 - For the next few weeks, we will be trailing the concept of every 2nd meeting on Zoom, with a LIVE meeting at the UNION hotel. 
 - Sue is still looking for "clients" for the D_Cafe, please let Sue know.  
 - BBQs at Bunnings have restarted.   Dates for March 27th.   Team Captains will co-ordinate activities. Documentation has been issued to the captains.    
 - Federal MP, Trent Zimmerman also has grants available for local community projects. Looking at a laundry at the Community centre and/or a school speech competition. 
 - Board minutes (3/2/21) are available HERE. 
 - Polio cases for 2020 was 139, a drop from 176 in 2019. 
 - March 27th Bunnings BBQ!  see roster above!
 - Wednesday 24th March - Opening of the D_Cafe. 
 - Wednesday 7th April Board Meeting on Zoom
 - April 18th & 24th - Virtual District assembly 
 - 26th April, 4pm, Club Social get together at the Condell’s residence, Bilgola Beach
 - June 12 - 16  International Convention - Taipei - Now Virtual
 - Monday 28th June 2021 - Presidents Changeover Dinner, 6.30pm Northbridge Golf 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



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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Mar 22, 2021 12:30 PM
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Mar 29, 2021 12:30 PM
Taldumande Youth Services PENDING
Apr 12, 2021 12:30 PM
Apr 19, 2021
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