Dear Members
Well ,we just had another very successful evening Meeting which included Guest Speakers who volunteer as tour Guides at the Powerhouse Museum ,specialising in the virtual tour of the Apollo 11 display .Their enthusiasm was just incredible ,and a credit to the three members involved.
The previous Wednesday ,George ,Swapna ,Harold and I had our first Membership Committee Meeting .Ideas included,
Following up on our Membership List of former or Members who we haven’t seen for a while.
George to arrange a worksheet to ask all members to identify Prospective ,as well as 1 page handout focusing on Rotary in our local Community
Our goal for new Members this year is 5.
Discuss promotional ideas with Tom,as well as supporting Swapna in Facebook promotion.
Is it possible to have a special category of Zoom Membership .Harold to investigate
In all,a very productive Meeting ,but a reminder that in the critical area of Membership ,we are all responsible.
Finally ,just another plea for ALL members to complete the Membership Satisfaction Survey .Still a few outstanding.
Yours in Rotary, Stay Safe!
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Bunnings has advised that all BBQs are on HOLD until further notice. 
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2020 - 2021
Our Next Meeting on Monday 17th August 2020  - Noel Phelan - Maritime Museum  

Noel Phelan's first career was as a science and mathematics teacher. He then moved into IT with IBM where he spent 25 years in various technical and management positions.  He has been a volunteer guide at the Maritime Museum for several years and enjoys showing visitors over HMAS Vampire, HMAS Advance, HMAS Onslow and First Lady. Noel is also the team leader for the museum speakers.

The Costa Concordia sank on the 13th January 2012 one hundred years after the TITANIC sank and in similar circumstances. The ship had 3,229 passengers and a crew of 1,023. The captain of the ship was Francesco Schettino. He diverted the ship from its normal course to do a “salute” to a friend on Giglio Island. At around 9 pm he took control of the ship and it hit a rock which tore a 53 metre gash in the port side. 

Captain Schettino was in shock after striking the rock and failed to take command of the situation and organize for the passengers to abandon ship. There had been no lifeboat drill so the passengers and crew had to fend for themselves. It took over 6 hours to get everyone off the ship. 

Come along and hear what really happened and the chain of events that led to this disaster and the salvaging of the ship that took years and 2 billion dollars. The ship cost $900 million to build.


TIME: 12.30pm 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 10th, our guests from the Powerhouse Museum

Toast: Sue toasted the Rotary club of the first female RI President - Windsor-Roseland 
Apollo 11, Exhibition 
Mike, Kate & Gail, volunteers at the Power House museum, took us on a virtual exploration of the Apollo 11 Exhibition. Named after the spaceflight that was the first to land astronauts on the Moon’s surface in 1969, a defining moment in history, with lasting impacts on science, society and design. We focused on the crucial role Australia played in transmitting the famous footage.
We started with a brief history. Russia started the space race in 1957 with a space launch, before the Americans developed rockets, capsules & fuel getting us away from Earth’s gravity. First the mercury capsules (of which 1 is on display in the museum), then the first manned Gemini in 1961 before the Apollos with F1 rocket engines (of which 1 is on loan to the museum from NASA).   
Australia’s key contribution was the Parkes telescope (run by the CSIRO) which was used to send images from the moon back to NASA. We have all seen the 64metre dish but the “feed horn” & the Desk computer with software for the mission are on display at the Powerhouse.
The volunteers finished by reminding us about the Castle Hill “discovery Centre” and when questioned about Parramatta Powerhouse said they were looking forward to it.
For more info click on  Apollo 11 Powerhouse Museum
 - Discussions are ongoing about our return to the Crows Nest Hotel or another venue. All August meetings will be via Zoom.  
 - Bunnings announced that all BBQs are on HOLD until further notice.  
 - President Ian is in need of ideas for Fundraising 
 - The D_Cafe project is being relaunched. The first meeting will be on Monday August 31st 
 - Angelo & Tracy will be attending an information session on the RYPEN Summer Program 
 - Owen has issued the draft 2019/2020 books. Ian is arranging a board review.  
 - District have announced dates for Rotary Leadership courses.
   Registrations are done online at 
RLI 59          Fri 18/ Sat 19/ Sun 20 September 2020 Online
RLI 60          Fri 13/Sat 14/Sun 15 November 2020 Online
RLI 61           Fri 26/Sat 27/Sun 28 February 2021 Face to Face*
RLI 62          Fri 14/Sat 15/Sun 16 May 2021 Face to Face*
RLI 63          Fri 18/Sat 19/Sun 20 June 2021 Online
     Ian is still awaiting responses from the member's survey.
     Sunday August 30th Public Image Q&A session @ 1pm (via Zoom) 
     Monday November 30th AGM
     Monday December 7th. Xmas Party/Giving night. 
     March 13-14 2021 - Virtual District Conference 
Zoom Meetings
This what our Zoom meetings look like. During July / August we plan to trail Zoom meetings at 7.30pm on the 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month. 
Subject to COVID19 restrictions we plan to hold our usual lunchtime meetings on the 1st, 3rd & 5th Monday LIVE at a local hotel (Still being worked thru). 
Please click on this   RotaryCrowsNestZoom
Melbourne Cup trifecta
An easy way to recoup funds missed during the Covid shutdown safely and legally.
Crows Nest Rotary has been successfully promoting this Fundraiser since 2001.
More information & Order form is attached or click on this  Order Form
Your prompt order will assist us please.
Many Thanks
Yours in Rotary
Angelo Raveane
Rotary Club of Crows Nest.
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. 
Rotary Health COVID19 Fund Raiser
Award received from Rotary Foundation

Received June 2020, an Award !

Rotary's Public Image July 2020 Newsletter
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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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    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:
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    ‘The Sinking and Salvage of Costa Concordia’
    Aug 24, 2020 7:30 PM
    Progress with Pheonix House IT Project
    Aug 31, 2020 12:30 PM
    Community Centre Activities and Events!
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    Staples, Mark
    International Toast
    International Toast
    Raveane, Sue
    Speaker Introduction
    Introduce Speaker
    Staples, Mark
    Speaker Thanks/Write-up
    Thank Speaker - Write-up
    Riddle, Kate
    Front Desk
    Clark, Cyril
    Lee, Bill