Dear Rotarians, 

Happy New Year to You & your families. 

I don’t make New Year resolutions, but I’m looking forward to starting a fresh new year. With our thoughts currently with the bushfire victims it has not been a good start, but let’s pray things improve quickly. 

I look forward to seeing you all at our first meeting in the New Year on Monday January 13th. This will be a very informal meeting with updates on key items completed in December (i.e. Tree of Joy) , discussion around key projects starting this year (i.e. D_Cafe) , and the Bushfire Appeal.  A great opportunity to understand/contribute to the club activities. I hope you can make it. 

Yours in Rotary 


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.


On Friday 13th December, together with Past President Sue, I attended the Crows Nest Community Centre Christmas Party, and guess what PP Philip was sick and couldn’t make it, but Santa made a memorable appearance and he had a present for everyone there!  He even lead a stirring ‘Jingle Bells’ with all the party goers joining in!  A great time was had by all !  Good on you Santa!!!
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         ROTARY: 2019-20

Our Next Meeting will be Monday 13 January 2020 

President Mark will manage a 'Club Forum' to kick off the New Year Club's activities.
Please note, we now meet in the Crows Nest Hotel Board Room, 1st floor, at 12.30pm Mondays.
  • Please note, we have changed location, back to the Crows Nest Hotel, upstairs in the Boardroom.
  • District Conference 20-22 March 2020
  • Next Year RI Convention will be in Honolulu, and as always our Club will be well represented.

Monday the 9th of December was our Christmas Party Giving Night!

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. 
    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)


    Jan 13, 2020
    Club Discussion
    Jan 20, 2020
    Using Facebook for Rotary News Items
    Jan 27, 2020
    Feb 03, 2020
    An overview of the Sydney Desalination Plant’s role in Sydney's Water Supply
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    Smith, Philip
    International Toast
    International Toast
    Gugliotta, Ross
    Speaker Introduction
    Introduce Speaker
    Riddle, Kate
    Speaker Thanks/Write-up
    Thank Speaker - Write-up
    Raveane, Sue
    Front Desk
    Clark, Cyril
    Jayaraj, Anthony
    Room Set Up / Food
    Saunders, John