Dear Members, 
What an incredible recount by our Guest Speaker, Noel Phelan, last Monday on the plight of the Costa Concordia. A disaster waiting to happen ,and the salvage efforts involved……….speechless.
Had a meeting with our AG, John Zhang last week and he presented me ,on behalf of our Club, a special plaque “For Outstanding Achievement across  the five avenues of service by a small Club”, so well done Crows Nest.
It appears now that our Zoom Meetings will continue for sometime now… long ,not too sure ,but at least for the foreseeable  future ,that is until some of the rules change on both social distancing and number of people at a Meeting. Efforts to restart at the Crows Nest Hotel, the Union Hotel, the Northbridge Golf Club and the Baptist Church Hall in Crows Nest are either not workable or financially viable.
However we need to press on with those things we can impact on, namely the Melbourne Cup Trifecta. So, it really becomes an event we can focus on.
Yours in Rotary, Stay Safe!
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Board Minutes 23 July 2020
Bunnings has advised that all BBQs are on HOLD until further notice. 
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2020 - 2021
Our Next Meeting on Monday 24th August 2020  - Edmund D'Cruz - Phoenix House   

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Phoenix House provides early intervention and support services for young people. If you or someone you know needs support to finish school, get work experience, life skills, individual and family counselling – we’re here to help.

Last financial year, our Rotary Club supplied a Grant to Phoenix House to enable them to establish an 'IT Lab' and the Chief Executive Officer, Edmund D'cruz will address the Club with progress made.


TIME: 7.30pm LOCATION:  ZOOM. Click on  RotaryCrowsNestZoom
ALL August meetings will be via Zoom. 
Meetings will alternate each Monday, - 7.30pm on the 2nd & 4th Monday of the month. 12.30pm on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday of the month. 
Please click on meeting link above five minutes before the Meeting.

Last Meeting - Monday August 17th, Noel Phelan from the Maritime Museum

Toast: Sue toasted the Rotary club of Rotary club of Jerusalem  
Noel Phelan, Maritime Museum speaker, gave us an amazing rundown of the Costa Concordia disaster.
The Costa Concordia with 3,300 passengers sunk in the Mediterranean Sea after hitting rocks, with 32 deaths. Noel explain how the ship was built in 2005, but the standards were 50 years old, as well as the fact that shipping technology is rapidly changing, with staff trained to look at computers rather than outside the window. As with most disasters there were a number of other factors. Course deviation with no communication of change, no MAYDAY, poor crew communication amongst the 40 nationalities and the captain being “left to it”. The captain was jailed for 16 years, as he abandon ship leaving the passengers to fend for themselves, didn’t notify authorities of the problem just to name a few of the many procedures he didn’t follow. The Epilogue also included trial by social media, the changed relationship between company & Captain, Shore based fleet operations centre & removal of power to make decisions.  
The follow-up enquiry covered such items as Bridge management, Crew training, Munster before departure, ship design (including redundancy).     
With some excellent photos & diagrams Noel also took us thru the Salvage process. As the standard process couldn’t be used, some amazing equipment was needed. It turned out to be a major engineering feat with a numerous amount of activities costing $2 billion. 
 - All August meetings will be via Zoom.  
 - Bunnings BBQs are still on HOLD until further notice.  
 - President Ian is in need of ideas for Fundraising. 
  - Owen has issued the draft 2019/2020 books. Ian is arranging a board review.  
 - 5 sets of Melbourne Trifecta tickets have sold already. 
 - Angelo was impressed with session on the plans for RYPEN next February. The video will be circulated. 
     Ian is still awaiting responses from the member's survey.
     Monday August 31 (2pm) - D_Cafe relaunch meeting. Crows Nest Community Centre. 
     Sunday August 30th Public Image Q&A session @ 1pm (via Zoom) 
     19-20th September Zone 8 (virtual) Conference  
     Monday November 30th AGM
     Monday December 7th. Xmas Party/Giving night. 
     March 13-14 2021 - Virtual District Conference 
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Crows Nest Rotary has been successfully promoting this Fundraiser since 2001.
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Many Thanks
Yours in Rotary
Angelo Raveane
Rotary Club of Crows Nest.
Award received from Rotary Foundation

Received June 2020, an Award !

Changeover 2019/2020 Year in Review
Monday July 13th 2020 saw President Mark Staples handover to incoming President Ian Pocock.  
Year in Review: 
Despite the Challenge of COVID19 we have a number of achievements.
Community Services under Sue’s management
Key achievement is that we have reactivated a strong relationship with the Crows Nest community centre. It is great to see CEO Denise here tonight. Tom was MC at their Seniors week, Philip was their ‘best Santa ever’ at their Xmas lunch, we ran a BBQ for Children’s week, submitted a grant for IPADs in Ian’s year, and also have a Laundry for the homeless on the radar. Our biggest CCNC project, in conjunction with North Sydney & North Sydney Sunrise clubs, was setting up a Dementia Café at the centre. All the prework was done just before COVID19 shut the centre down. We plan to open the Café in Dementia awareness week in September. Big effort by both Denise and Sue.
Another big event was our sponsorship of the Neuroblastoma Gala Dinner in February which raised $150,000 for research into this cancer that only impacts kids under 6 and kills 50% - great cause and great exposure for the club.
We again participated in the 2019 Tree of Joy Christmas project at Chatswood Chase. Crows Nest Rotary together with neighboring Clubs in the Chatswood and Roseville areas collected donated Christmas gifts and hampers from the local community and local business organisations. These were distributed to a large number of charities and organisations bringing a little happiness to those less fortunate and struggling in our community. Lets not forget our continued support for Mary’s house, a refuge for victims of domestic violence, as well as a BBQ for the Crows Nest Xmas Carols and participation in the Crows Nest Fair. I’m sure I missed a few other activities.
Philip leading the youth portfolio this year, enabled Phoenix House to receive our contribution, together with a District Grant, to establish a new IT Laboratory for their teenagers.  Phoenix House continue to run educational services and a ‘drop in’ coffee shop for youth.  Their CEO Edward is here tonight. Taldumande Youth Services continue to receive our support and they remain in our focus with simple things like $250 for a microwave a few months back. 
The Club sought applications for Rotary District’s annual Youth Programmes, such as, the Model United Nations Assembly, Rotary Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment, but this year there were no applications and many programmes were cancelled due to COVID19.  Thanks Philip. Also for Zoom and eBulletin efforts.
I did give our local community priority over International. Our local Police commander has reminded us that the lower North Shore is NOT immune from the problems of homeless, domestic violence, youths.  However, Internationally Crows Nest Club, under Ian, is working with Mosman Club on the supply of water suitable for drinking and sanitation purposes at the future Teachers Training College in Maliana, East Timor. On hold with COVID19 with the architect awaiting Government approval for his plans.
Unfortunately after 3 years, we had to cancel our project for water harvesting and the construction of suitable toilet blocks at two schools in East Pokot, Southern Kenya. Lack of finance from the local Rotary club, tendering issues and the final nail in the coffin was COVID19, plus recent floods. This was disappointing given the effort put in by Ian & Howard as well as our partner SoTheyCan.
With Howards Guidance we were award the District Silver Award for our continued support of ShelterBox.  Please talk to Howard if you haven’t heard of ShelterBox. 
We continue to oversee RYLA in East Timor and support the annual Orphan’s Xmas party in Dilli. Thanks Ian – Also an eBulletin editor.
Whilst small our membership is stable with no net loss of members this year. Director George has returned from his 2 year sabbatical and I’m know that Ian & George have big plans for this year
We remain key supporters of the Rotary Foundation as well as ensuring that we apply for the maximum grant which I have already mentioned. Director Bill tells me 3 members were centurions this year, and I have personally given two Paul Harris awards to members for significant donations. They do not wish any fanfare.
In the vocational world we had to cancel our planned for a joint Pride of Workmanship awards function, in March, with 4 other local clubs, but it is fantastic that director Tom can present to our nominations shortly.
Thanks Tom & Bill for their input to the board. Also lets me not forget to also acknowledge our treasurer, Owen, and my right hand man – Secretary Angelo.  
On the financial front, for those of you who missed last December’s Giving night, it was a pleasure to see PP Sue give away over $50,000.  I have already given $16,000 for charities like Blaze aid and a few already mentioned. Unfortunately I need to mention that word COVID19 AGAIN. Our BBQ income was down by at least $10,000 this year, so this year’s giving night dinner will be main course only. No entrée, no desert. 
Appropriate at this time to acknowledge my mentor, our member Harold Sharp, for being appointed Chairman of ROMAC Australia & NZ. One charity I do NOT intend cutting this year. ROMAC flys in Children from Oceania for life saving surgery that can’t get in their own country. Well done on your Queens’ birthday honors (OAM) as well.
Finally a big Thank you to all club members for their support. For a small club you have achieved a lot.
It also gave me great pleasure to present Paul Harris Awards to two members for many years for service above & beyond.  

Sue Raveane - Running the busiest portfolio of community services, including the D-Cafe project, assisting in other portfolios and  a very successful year as President. 
Angelo Raveane - Consistently performing extras duties with great success. Melbourne Cup trifecta , Overseeing East Timor RYLA, Tree of Joy assistance, BBQ backup, chasing up District on significant issues to chasing members for dues & attendance at functions etc etc.   
Sue also presented Joy Sweeney with a Paul Harris award for her many years of active support to the club. 
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'.
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    Staples, Mark
    International Toast
    International Toast
    Raveane, Sue
    Speaker Introduction
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    Staples, Mark
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    Riddle, Kate
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