Dear Crows Nest Rotarians and friends,

The Rotary Year is drawing to a close and Monday’s Meeting was our second last Monday lunchtime Meeting.

Next Monday is a public holiday and the following Monday is our Pride of Workmanship Award Night (17th June). You should have received an invitation via email, so please RSVP via Club Runner so that PPTom Sweeney can advise on catering. We have 3 recipients for this award so please come along and support this wonderful event. This is a combined Clubs event. North Sydney, North Sydney Sunrise, and Lane Cove will be also have recipients receiving Awards.

The most important night of our Rotary Club calendar, is our Changeover of Presidents Night, on the 1st July 2019. Incoming President Mark Staples asks you to please register your attendance as soon as possible!

Our Guest Speaker last Monday was Vanessa Murphy, Principal Of RNSH school. Vanessa gave us an overview of her work catering to the educational needs of children under 17 who are hospitalised.

Vanessa explained that the patient's stay could be from 1 day to 6 months, and that is where their School jumps in and ensures the patient continues his/her education.

From the emails and Facebook postings I have received, Harold and Gina, Bill and Lydia, and Ross and Marcella are throughly enjoying the International Rotary Convention in Hamburg, Germany. I will ask them to speak to us re the Convention when they return.

Thanks Bill for being our Delegate and voting on our behalf!

Next Convention will be in Hawaii and I have heard that early bird bookings are high.

PP Ian Pocock has just returned from a wonderful holiday in Canada and Alaska.  Ian informed our Club that our Global Grant with 'So They Can' has but one signature to go, from the African Rotary Club before it goes on to the Rotary International Committee for consideration.

Great work Howard, Ian, Keri, and Angelo.

Chatswood Rotary Club has sent us a formal invitation to their 70th Anniversary/ Changeover Dinner.   Angelo and I will be going and ask for all our Members to please join us. Please find all the relevant details in this week’s Bulletin.

Today we say 'Farewell' to Rotarian Dr Richard Cho and Jenny, who are retiring to sunny Queensland.  We wish you both the very best and hope you enjoy Townsville. All of us in the Club have enjoyed your friendship, and on behalf of all our Members I wish to 'Thank You' for your contribution you have given to the Rotary Club of Crows Nest over the years. Please know you will be missed and you are always welcome to visit us when you are back visiting Sydney.

Enjoy the long weekend and I hope to see you at the Pride Of Workmanship Awards night on the 17th of June!

Susan Raveane 

President, Rotary Club of Crows Nest.
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Our next BBQ at Bunnings Artarmon is Saturday, the 15th of June.  Please check the roster. 

Next Meeting Monday - the 24th of June, our Speaker is Cassie Winter, Nutrition Programs Advisor, OzHarvest! 

OzHarvest is Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it directly to more than 1300 charities supporting people in need across the country.
Founded in 2004 by Ronni Kahn, after noticing the huge volume of good food going to waste from the hospitality industry, she decided there had to be a better way.  Starting in Sydney with one van – the first of many donations from Goodman + Foundation – she delivered 4,000 meals in the first month.
OzHarvest now operates nationally, rescuing over 180 tonnes of food each week from over 3,500 food donors including supermarkets, hotels, airports, wholesalers, farmers, corporate events, catering companies, shopping centres, delis, cafes, restaurants, film and TV shoots and boardrooms.
Education is crucial to the business to help enable positive change for vulnerable people. OzHarvest has education programs, NEST and Nourish which Cassie will outline for usOur new curriculum-aligned education program FEAST for primary school students is currently being piloted, with plans for NSW roll-out this year and nationally in 2020.
OzHarvest has recently opened Australia’s first rescued food supermarket – the OzHarvest Market in Sydney, based on a ‘take what you need, give if you can' philosophy. There is also a new OzHarvest Food Truck, available for corporate, community and private functions and helping feed communities in need around Sydney.

Last Meeting - Monday the 27th we welcomed our Guest Speaker, Vanessa Murphy, the Principal of the Royal North Shore Hospital School.

Royal North Shore Hospital School provides continuity of education for all students from Kindergarten to Year 12 who are patients at Royal North Shore Hospital. The school offers Individual Learning Programs for students who come from metropolitan and country areas, a range of cultural backgrounds and all sectors of schooling. Students remain enrolled at their census school whilst attending our hospital school.  While the school is situated on the children's ward, it also caters for older students who may be on the Orthopaedic, Neurosurgical, Psychiatric, Burns or Spinal Wards.

Vanessa is passionate about supporting student’s wellbeing by connecting and understanding the context of student lives.  Vanessa delivered an empowering talk about RNSH School’s innovative approach to supporting their students whilst in hospital, the school is a 'leader in Positive Education and Wellbeing'.   Vanessa and her team have identified a range of strategies that boost positive wellbeing, and that ignite a sense of purpose through authentic engagement greatly increasing human connection and belonging.

Vanessa introduced two projects 1) knitting of squares that are then made into blankets and distributed to the homeless in Sydney, and 2) the painting of wooden stools by patients and the subsequent auction of the stools to raise funds for charity.

In other news:
Pride of Workmanship Awards night 17th June 2019
Pride of Workmanship is an approved Rotary project.  The Pride of Workmanship Award Program enables managers in our society to help employees achieve the goal of job satisfaction, and publicly recognises them for their efforts, by presenting them in front of family and friends, with a wall Plaque celebrating their contribution to society. 
Please attend this most important night!  Contact Tom Sweeney to book a seat for dinner and presentations to the Awardees.
Our neighbour, The Rotary Club of Chatswood, on 26th June, will be celebrating their 70th Anniversary - their function at 6.30pm, is at the Chatswood Golf Club, $70 per person.   Bookings;
Our Club's most important night of the Rotary year, is our Changeover of Presidents, is on Monday 1st July at 7.00pm @ Northbridge Golf Club.  Please book your seat at the Dinner and celebrations when President Sue hands over the reins to President Elect Mark Staples.   Contact Mark as soon as possible!
  • This weeks International Toast by John, was to the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City, which has a membership of 615 full time members, making it the third largest Rotary Club in the World, after Birmingham, Alabama, and Seattle, Washington State, being the largest.
  • Please Note, next week on Monday 10th June, there will be no Meeting as it is the Queens Birthday long weekend.
  • RYPEN will run this year from 14th-16th of June. Phillip still looking for nominations.
  • the Club's Pride of Workmanship Award Dinner is confirmed for Monday June 17 June and Tom is taking bookings now!
  • Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Chatswood, is their function on 26th June 2019 6.30pm at the Chatswood Golf Club, $70 per person.
  • Please Note, our next meeting at the hall, Northside Baptist Church hall, will be Monday 24th June!
  • Please mark in your diaries the most important night of the Rotary Calendar, our Club's Changeover night, 7pm Monday July 1st @ Northbridge Golf Club.  Note: No lunch meeting that day.
  • 2019 District Changeover Details -  Saturday 6 July 2019, 6.00pm for 6.30pm at Hornsby RSL, $55 per person incl. 2 course dinner, entertainment and a welcome drink. Invitation details please use the link:
The Rotary International Convention in Hamburg 4 June 2019;
Several of our members are in Hamburg enjoying the camaraderie that is Rotary Internationally!
And our Member Michael McQueen had the honour of presenting to the Convention; (Well done Michael !)
Jun 10, 2019
Jun 17, 2019 7:00 PM
Pride of Workmanship Dinner
Jun 24, 2019
Collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it directly to the needy
Jul 01, 2019
July Changeover Dinner
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Purchase of MRI coil for RNSH Imaging Unit

Purchase of an MRI Coil for head trauma  

PP Peter Coote, PP Angelo Raveane and President Sue recently attended a 'Thank You Morning Tea' at Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) Imaging Unit.   The Rotary Club of Crows Nest contributed $3,000.00 towards the purchase of this vital piece of equipment.  "We were intrigued to see what the MRI coil looked like and we listened to the talk given by the representative from Phillips, the manufacturer, as to the workings and the enhanced imaging this coil provides. We learnt that this new machine has increased the imaging capabilities twofold", advised President Sue!

The RNSH Pink Ladies Team together with five local Rotary Clubs collaborated and a District Grant was approved to help fund the purchase of the MRI coil.

Photos and summary of our 50th Anniversary 30 April 2019
On the 30th of April 2019, the Rotary Club of Crows Nest celebrated the 50th anniversary of our charter. There were in excess of 100 guests in attendance including the president of our club Sue Raveane, District Governor Susan Wakefield, the premier of NSW – The Honourable Gladys Berejiklian, The Federal Member for North Sydney – Trent Zimmerman. Multiple past district governors, past and present members of the club, partners and guests.
It was a celebration of the club’s historical achievements, fellowship and a declaration of intent for the future. The honour of making a Toast to Rotary fell to our very own Past President Philip Smith and responded to by Past District Governor Harold Sharp. They talked about the way our club, its place, and the world have changed since the clubs inception in 1969. They, along with Michael McQueen, our keynote speaker, spoke about Rotary’s future and how it must change and evolve and how membership must grow if we are to continue to exist and grow.
We were addressed and congratulated by the premier of NSW – The Honourable Gladys Berejiklian and The Federal Member for North Sydney – Trent Zimmerman. They both have had a lot of personal contact over the years with both the club and Rotary and had genuine messages of gratitude and respect for the past and current members.
Angelo Raveane addressed the room with a summary of our history and achievements (shown below along with a collection of photos).
To end the evening, delightfully MC’d by our very own Tom Sweeney, Sue Raveane, together with District Governor Susan Wakefield wished our current and founding member and friend Cyril Clark a Happy 91st Birthday.
The food, décor and event were masterfully curated, a special to thanks to all those involved. The evening was a huge success. We look forward to the next 50 years and beyond.
In the last fifty years of the club:
  • We have had a District Governor, 2 District Treasurers with over fifteen years of combined service, A District Communications Director for seven years, A District insurance officer for over ten years, A chairman of ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children) for 9 years,
  • A first responder for shelter box
  • We have chaired and organised three District Conferences and assisted in three others.
  • We ran the District Assembly when it was a full three day event.
  • We chaired one and helped organise three RYLA’s.
  • We have a resident author, speaker and futurist who has spoken at many rotary conferences and conventions and will be speaking at two sessions at this year’s world convention
  • We had a responder to the 2004 Aceh Tsunami who was able to procure some land on which Turramurra RC later built an orphanage.
  • Two members - one as chair were organisers of the opening of the Sydney Harbour Tunnel which raised $750k for charity.
  • We have three members who have received the highest individual recognition award in rotary the ‘Service Above Self Award. Only 150 are recognised worldwide each year.
  • We have 48 people who have been recognised as Paul Harris fellows by our club, other clubs, district and Rotary International.
  • We are one of fifteen clubs in the district that have donated over US$100,000 to the rotary foundation.
  • We are also one of the Australian Rotary Health Foundation’s biggest supporters.
the International President is coming to Dinner!
Australia is very fortunate this year, as the Rotary International President is coming to a special Dinner on 23rd September 2019 at the Epping Club, so please put this date into your diary now!
for more information contact PDG Gina Growden, see below:
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)


Jun 15, 2019
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Pride of Workmanship Dinner - June 17th
Jun 17, 2019
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Jun 29, 2019
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Changeover Dinner July 1 - Northbridge Golf Club
Northbridge Golf Club
Jul 01, 2019
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
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Smith, Philip
International Toast
Riddle, Kate
Speaker Introduction
Introduce Speaker
Coote, Peter
Speaker Thanks/Write-up
Thank Speaker - Write-up
Raveane, Angelo
Front Desk
Clark, Cyril
Cho, Richard
Room Set Up / Food
Saunders, John