My Fellow Rotarians,

At Today’s Meeting Angelo reported on our combined Rotary Club’s Drought Relief Appeal . As of Monday the amount raised is over $22,000.00. At this stage we are ordering a semitrailer load of hay and distributing $10,000 IGA vouchers. A great result. This appeal will continue until the 31st of October 2018. I will continue to give regular updates on the distribution of these funds raised from time to time.

Thank You to all who came or donated to the  Quiz Night last Saturday in aid of Mary’s House Women’s Refuge . A fun night saw many correct answers but some puzzled looking faces on other questions!! Tom excelled as MC as always.
Today’s Guest Speaker was Dick Gall  and he enlightened us about the life of authoress May Gibbs and the property she lived and worked from, in Neutral Bay called Nutcote. Many of us grew up on May Gibb’s Children books stories, such as Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. Who could ever forget the frightening character Mr Banksia Man !!
 Next Monday is a Club Discussion Meeting.
Hope to see you there.


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Next Meeting Monday - September 3rd - Directors Updates  
Sue & the board directors will be giving updates from their portfolios, especially key decisions from this week's board meeting.
Last Meeting -  Monday August  27th, 2018.  
Angelo toasted the   Rotary Club of Papeete, Tahiti 
Today our guest Speaker was Dick Gall, a retired Mechanical Engineer who has worked at May Gibbs former home Nutcote in Neutral Bay as handyman/gardener for about eighteen years. The key message was that May Gibbs “Nutcote” as an essential part in the North Sydney community.  
First we learnt more about artist & author Cecilia May Gibbs. Born in England in 1877, and migrated to Australia in 1881, before arranging for her formal art training back in London.  Being a single woman in a male-dominated field she initially turned her hand to any market for sketches or paintings to support herself.  May’s love of the Australian bush grew from her happy childhood in WA.  It manifested itself in her series of books, cartoons and short stories of which “Snugglepot and Cuddlepie” is the most famous having been in the bookshops continuously since 1918. Through a series of illustrations, we will followed May’s training in London and her lifestyle after she returned to Australia in 1913. She settled in Neutral Bay eventually designing her own home, Nutcote, in conjunction with popular Sydney architect B J Waterhouse in 1924/5.
Then Dick took us thru a very interesting history of “Nutcote” which really started after Mary died in 1989.  From ‘Save the house’ campaigns (including senior politicians speaking in Parliament) against the developers, it was eventually brought by North Sydney council. Restored to its original beauty, the house museum opened to the public in 1994, and is located with lovey gardens on the harbour at Neutral bay – (See details - Nutcote). Dick shared some fantastic photos of the venue, which is available for weddings & kids parties, but hosts book stories on a regular basis.
Dick is always looking for volunteers & trying to make it more visible in this ‘Centenary year’.
We thank Dick for his enthusiastic talk (& efforts) and great insight to a local icon. 
Remember there are Sunset cocktails at Nutcote this Saturday September 1st @ 5pm.
  • Chatswood club's Trivia night went well. Whilst the two Crows Nest teams did not win the quiz, we were not last !. However $11,500 was raised for Mary's House. A good combined effort.   
  • Tom volunteered to attend Mary's House morning tea on September 13th.  
  • We have raised $1,000 for the farmers over the last 2 days. Angelo & Tom helped the Chatswood clubs last Sunday with a 'bucket collection' @ Chatswood Chase. We are also expecting collection tins which we will distribute to local shops. All up with the Chatswood clubs we have raised over $25,000 and it is growing !! Well done to those involved.
  • Bill, Lydia, Angelo & Sue have started meetings to seek out opportunities to spend money we have put aside for ":chinese projects".
  • Rotary Health has started a 'Lift the Lid at your local Coffee shop' to create awareness and raise funds for mental health research. (1 in 5 Australians suffer a mental illness every year)
  • Volunteers required at Cyril's 2pm this Thursday (30th) for trifecta ticket stapling.  
  • Thursday 30th August - Board Meeting
  • Friday 19th October - Invictus Games BBQ @ Q station
  • Friday 29th - 31st  March 2019 - District Conference 
  • Tuesday 29th April 2019 - our 50th birthday




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Board Meeting Aug 2018
McGrath Office Northbridge
Aug 30, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Sep 15, 2018
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sep 29, 2018
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Oct 13, 2018
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Staples, Mark
International Toast
Raveane, Angelo
Speaker Introduction
Introduce Speaker
Sullivan, Howard
Speaker Thanks/Write-up
Thank Speaker - Write-up
Lee, Bill
Front Desk
Clark, Cyril
Cho, Richard
Room Set Up / Food
Saunders, John
Room/Food 2
Coote, Peter