Dear Fellow Rotarians and Friends
A warm welcome to the start of a new Rotary, New Year, 2020-21.  This last year we almost came to a standstill in March, when lockdown commenced.  But thanks to our members we didn’t miss a beat, we bounced up, using the Zoom App’ and have carried on our camaraderie and work for the community.
Although our Bunnings Artarmon BBQ stopped in March, we will be back in August 2020, restrictions permitting.  So look out for us on 1st August at Bunnings!
It was good to see all the happy, smiling  faces at last Monday’s Zoom Meeting, for what is facing up to be start of a very challenging year for our Club with all the COVID restrictions, but with our great depth of talented problem solvers, (yes, I’m talking about you!) I’m sure we will continue to be a leading light in Crows Nest !  I wish you all, a great year!
I am really looking forward to the Changeover Dinner next Monday, 13th July, at the Northbridge Golf Club,  and it’s a pleasure to hear, we will have in excess of forty people present, including our District Governor David Clark, Assistant Governor John Zeng, not to mention the Local Member for North Sydney Felicity Wilson, State MP.  For those attending, please forward your payment online now, so that our Founding Member Cyril can ‘sleep at night’.
I am very proud and pleased to come back as your President for another year!
Stay safe. 
Yours in Rotary 
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Bunnings has advised that our BBQs are back in August and we are booked in for the 1st, 15th and 29th.  Roster to follow soon!
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Our Next Meeting, will be our Presidents Changeover Function on Monday 13th July 2020. 
Please be seated prior to 7pm at the Northbridge Golf Club.  Past President Mark Staples will summarise the Year in Review before handing over the Chain of Office to incoming President Ian Pocock who will set the scene for the year ahead. Master of Ceremonies will be our own Tom Sweeney. Guests will include District Governor David Clark, Assistant Governor John Zeng, Past District Governors Gina Growden & Harold Sharp, State MP Felicity Wilson, Edward Cruz CEO of Phoenix House & Denise Ward CEO of the Crows Nest Community Centre. 
Our first LIVE meeting since March with 40 attendees booked - Ian & Mark are looking forward to catching up with everyone.    
For our Zoom Meetings 7.30pm 2nd & 4th Monday of the monthJust click on this link.

At our Meeting on the 6th July 2020 our Speaker was our own Ian Pocock. 

International Toast: 
Cyril proposed a toast to the Denver Rotary Club
 - Discussions still in progress about our return to the Crows Nest Hotel on July 20th. Watch next week's eBulletin. 
 - Next District Conference - March 2021 has been moved from a Cruise ship to a Virtual conference. 
 - Thank You from School of Life for $3000 donation
 - Bunnings BBQs are scheduled for August 1st, 15th & 29th. Bruce & Cyril are meeting Bunnings this week to clarify the COVID19 rules.  
 - Angelo & Mark are kicking off the Melbourne Cup trifecta this month.
President Ian spoke on Monday about the History of the Pocock Dynasty
Starting off in the early 1800’s and taking the massive step in emigrating from England to Australia
In 1826, Thomas Bramley was born to Thomas Snr., and Maria Milner in Yorkshire .Thomas’s occupation was listed as a “Water-man”, and he would transport produce to and from the port of Liverpool via the canals .The coming of the railways made Thomas’s job almost obsolete, and was probably a factor which influenced him to migrate to Australia after marry Hannah.
Hannah was left a wealthy woman in that era having inherited some 400 Pounds on the death of her Grandmother.
So in 1854, the Bramley Family now including two children and a servant girl sailed from Liverpool to the port of Geelong, Victoria, a trip lasting 140 days.
The family settled in and around the Geelong area where the next nine children were born ,so perhaps the Bramley’s wondered why they had ever  left England with two healthy children to come to Australia and lose five of their next nine born
In 1867,the Bramley’s were farmers ,selling produce to miners in the area who were on their way to the Gold Rush at the time just north of Geelong ,however returning from the market one day Thomas was “bailed up” by a stranger with a pistol ,who shot at him at him and left him to die on the side of the road ,having stolen all his money.
Eventually Thomas was found by a boundary rider sometime later ,taken to the nearest hotel and then to Geelong Hospital .Fortunately Thomas identified the man ,but later died after having his leg amputated .The man who robbed him was eventually arrested ,tried in court and sentenced to death by Justice Redmond Barry(who also sentenced the in famous Ned Kelly)
Another ancestor was Charles Pocock, born in 1844 in Surrey, married in 1865 and immigrated to Australia with their first baby in 1868.On the long voyage the baby died from pneumonia and a second baby was born.
Eventually settling down in Melbourne they produced another 11 children, one of them was a twin, William Arthur, born in 1876 in Bendigo, Central Victoria, my Grandfather.
William married Hannah Bramley in 1907, producing some 7 children, two of whom died as infants.
My Dad was born in 1922, and two years prior, Charles Pocock was born, father of Wendy Sullivan


     Monday July 13th - Changeover Dinner - 7pm Northbridge Golf Club
     Monday August 3rd District Governor's Visit - David Clark 
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 contact Philip Smith  at for the Zoom link.  
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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:
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Jul 20, 2020
Impact of COVID19 on the people of Nepal
Jul 27, 2020 6:30 PM
Retirement or visit? to Orange, NSW and its Region.
Aug 03, 2020
Future Plans for the 2020-21 year, both District and Club plans.
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Changeover Dinner-Monday 13th of July
Northbridge Golf Club
Jul 13, 2020
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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Staples, Mark
International Toast
International Toast
Clark, Cyril
Speaker Introduction
Introduce Speaker
Smith, Philip
Speaker Thanks/Write-up
Thank Speaker - Write-up
Sullivan, Howard
Front Desk
Clark, Cyril
Lee, Bill