Dear Fellow Rotarians and Friends,
What a great night it was for our Annual Giving Night at the Golf Club ,and to hear the story of those receiving cheques was truly amazing. Also, I must congratulate Mark and Tom for organising the evening and to see the slide presentation of Club functions past, like almost 25years ago. Wow!!
And here we are, our last Club get together, with partners, in what has been a truly unique year, but one in which I believe has bought us closer together. Like the word “Zoom” certainly has added meaning for us all.
So, I would just like to say to all Members and their family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and we look forward to catching up in the New Year, with our first Meeting on the 11th of January.
So in the meantime, stay safe
Yours In Rotary

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Bunnings BBQs continue. The Club has every 2nd Saturday until the end of the year.  Next BBQ on December 17th. Please support Howard in his quest to get 6 per shift.  Latest Roster - Click here.   
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2020 - 2021

Next Monday's Meeting the 11th of January - Informal start of year   

As usual we will kick off the year with an informal get together. Bring along the stories of your Xmas break. 
Ian will be contacting the hotel, early January to discuss the current arrangements, with the COVID  rules changing weekly we are planning to be LIVE for our first official meeting on January 18th.  
Note: Our first 2021 meeting will be via Zoom at 12.30pm Monday lunchtime,the 11th of January. Click on this Link!
Please click on this meeting link above five minutes before the Meeting.

Last Meeting Monday  7th December 2020 - Our Giving Night     

For those at a Giving night for the first time, this is where the past president gives away all the money raised in his/her year. Last year Susan gave away over $50,000, this year Mark has $36,000 due to COVID19 reducing our income significantly. Next year, if the Pandemic continues Ian's giving night will be “Bring your own money”.  Also remember the club does numerous other community work, like Tree of Joy we have next week at Chatswood.
Before I start handing out cheques, Can I first THANK all you club members who have help raised these funds. Mainly from volunteering at the BBQs, and trifecta sales. In particular we must not forget the key movers & shakers for the BBQ & Trifecta in Angelo, Cyril, Bruce & Howard.   
An amazing effort from a club with less than 25 active members.  
Each charity gave an inspiring story of what their organisation does, especially in this tough year, and it was heart warming to hear how are hard earnt dollars are being used.  Here are the guests craving up the money we raised !! 
Harold Sharp representing ROMAC – Just a short note to sincerely thank you and the Rotary Club of Crows Nest for the generous donation of $5,000 presented to me last evening in my capacity as Chair of ROMAC at your annual giving dinner.
The ongoing support over many years towards ROMAC from the Rotary Club of Crows Nest has allowed ROMAC to continue with it’s vital work in bringing to Australia and New Zealand young children under the age of 15 years from the Oceania Islands in desperate need for medical operations and/or procedures The ROMAC Team are all volunteers with NO paid staff!
Gina Growden representing ShelterBox on behalf of Howard
The activities of ShelterBox have been severely curtailed over the last 10 months due to travel restrictions imposed due to COVID- 19. However we are presently responding to Typhoon Goni in the Philippines. Early reports suggest that 90% of homes have been destroyed in the town first hit by the storm  who have lost their homes.  Electricity, phone and water are cut off across the affected area, making information gathering more difficult. ShelterBox has a strong in-country presence in the Philippines and aid in the form of tents and shelter kits are stored locally. We are working with local contacts and Rotarians to understand how we can help. Rotary in the Philippines plays a key part in our work in the country.
The Philippines has one of the worst coronavirus infection rates in Southeast Asia. This latest disaster will make conditions significantly worse for millions of people. Thank you
Claire Barber representing Mary’s House. Thank you once again for your continued support of Mary’s House.  And thank you for hosting a wonderful evening last night!  I really enjoyed getting to meet some of your lovely members and hearing about all the good work you are able to do.
Liz De Rome representing Taldumande. Thank you for inviting me to your Christmas Party and Annual Giving Night. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and very much enjoyed mingling with your lovely Club members. Everyone is so welcoming, warm and very generous and it was really lovely to see everyone in such good spirits after the year we have had.
Thank you also for supporting Taldumande this year and for presenting us with a $3,000 cheque. This is very generous of your club especially as we’ve all had a challenging year of fundraising. The donation will be well spent to keep the Crows Nest Under 16s house well maintained.  A receipt will be emailed to you next week. Also, thank you for including Taldumande in the Tree of Joy this year. We are honoured to be one of your chosen beneficiaries.
Angie Elder representing Canteen 
Brad Anderson representing Orange Sky
Some donations were actually given during my year….
Edmund from Phoenix House talked about the district grant which we match for their IT Lab.
Last week’s meeting we heard from Rotary Foundation director, Bruce Larkin. We donated $5000 in June so we get access to direct grants, like Phoenix house we just mentioned, also contributing to grant money to other clubs and the key Rotary projects like eradication of Polio.
It was also a great pleasure in February to have the club as a platinum sponsor for the Neuroblastoma Gala dinner. Our $5000 contributed to the $140,000 they raised that night for research into a childhood cancer that has a 50% survival rate. CEO Lucy Jones, has spoken, and will speak again at our club meeting. To wrap up the list $1500 to Blaze aid during the bushfires and $500 to the Dilli Orphan’s’ Xmas party.
International Toast:
No Toast this week.      
 - Still need a volunteers at Tree of Joy for 1pm Saturday 12th. Please call Sue.
 - Still need volunteers for BBQ on Dec 17th. Please call Howard. 
 - Friday Dec 11th - 22nd. Tree of Joy - Chatswood chase. See Sue. 
 - Monday January 11th. First 2021 meeting. 
 - Wednesday Feb 3rd. D-Cafe training. 
 - Wednesday 24th February - Opening of the D_Cafe. 
 - March 13-14 2021 - Virtual District Conference 
 - June 12 - 16  International Convention - Taipei - See Angelo if interested.  
Taudumande Youth Service Linen Drive!
New linen is always something that we can use. Unfortunately, due to health reasons we are unable to pass on secondhand linen. Any of the following items would be helpful.

.    Pillows & pillow slips
.    Bath towels
.    Hand towels 
.    Bathmats
.    Face washers
.    Tea towels
.    King single fitted sheets
.    King single top sheets
.    King single mattress protectors
.    Double doonas
.    Double doona covers

If any Members would like to donate any of the items please contact me .
Thanks Sue
Zoom Meetings
This what our Zoom meetings look like.   During October and November 2020 out Meetings will be via Zoom at 12.30pm Monday Lunchtimes!
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Jan 18, 2021 12:30 PM
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BBQ DEC 19th
Dec 19, 2020
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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Staples, Mark
International Toast
International Toast
Sullivan, Howard
Speaker Introduction
Introduce Speaker
Smith, Philip
Speaker Thanks/Write-up
Thank Speaker - Write-up
Clark, Cyril
Front Desk
Clark, Cyril
Lee, Bill