Posted on Feb 08, 2024
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Buddy Benches

Louise, Kate, Sue and I attended Cammeray Public School on Wednesday for the official handing over of the BUDDY BENCHES.  What a treat?  Nearly the whole school was present to be in the photos and the teachers were of high praise for the benches. 
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Crows Nest Fair - 2023

Sunday October 15th, 2023.
 Thanks to the efforts of a number of members, co-ordinated by Leah Condell, Crows Nest Rotary had a extremely successful Crows Nest Fair. 
As well as reminding locals we are a key member of the community, we had 182 children taking part in our guessing competition, which lead to 12 "expressions of interest" in the club from their parents. Positioned between 2 food stalls with their queues crossing our stall, we were able to "engage" with the public non-stop. 
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Changeover 2023
We have a new Leader.. 
Welcome to President Tom Sweeney, and Thank you to outgoing President Ross Gugliotta. 
Highlight of the evening was awarding the initial annual  "Cyril Clark" Club Rotarian Award to Bill Lee. 
Bill, inducted to the club by Past President Cyril,  is still  a VERY active member after 48 years at the club. 
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Tree of Joy 2022

Tree of Joy – Huge success
 – Sue Raveane, Community Service Director, Crows Nest Rotary  
In conjunction with Chatswood Rotary we ran the Tree of Joy at Chatswood Chase.  The 2022 TREE OF JOY Committee would like to sincerely thank members & friends for their support in helping make the 2022 Tree of Joy such a fantastic success.
With your help and the overwhelming generosity of the community we were able to collect and distribute over 3,500 gifts, and over $11,000.00 in gift cards and cash donations to those in need at Christmas.
Here are a few of the messages of thanks from the following beneficiaries.
I just want to reach out to you and the rotary members for your constant hard work and dedication in providing support to Phoenix House Youth Services, not just during the holiday period but throughout the year. Once again, we were blown away with the generosity of the community who provided numerous gifts for our most disadvantaged young people. The expressions and smiles on their faces is a joy to behold and reminds us all, what some people take for granted, others welcome enthusiastically with open arms and the reason we continue to do the work we do.
Most of our young people did not have family or friends to spend time with at Christmas, however knowing that someone who they dont know, had taken the time to think of them at this time helps build connection to community and gives them hope for a better future.     
Can you please pass this on to your board and I would like to thank you personally for your contribution to community
Kindest regards
Neil Davies 
Director of Client Services
Phoenix House Youth Services
Thank you to yourself and Rotary for all work you put into looking after the Tree of Joy before Christmas.  The community work that Rotary do is truly amazing and we as a not for profit are extremely grateful for what you do and the difference you make to the community and those in need.
In receiving these gifts and vouchers means the world to our clients and it means for many people that they are able to have a joy filled Christmas and presents for their children which they may not have been able to have.
Margaret Datson
Senior Operations Administration
On behalf Mary's House Services, I would like to thank you for your continued support through the donation of vouchers and children's toys this year. 
Because of your generosity, not only were we able to successfully distribute 24 Christmas hampers to our clients. But we will also able to distribute the donated vouchers to our clients throughout the entire year.
This is only possible because of thoughtful contributions from people like the Crow's Nest Rotary club.
Again, we thank you for your support and helping us succeed in our mission. 
Below are some of the comments we have received from caseworker and clients. 
"It will really help her over Christmas." 
"My client was overwhelmed and had tears in her eyes when her three children received their presents."
"So generous and lovely"
"Her daughter was so excited. She felt very overwhelmed at the support as she is struggling financially"
Lili Greer Operations Coordinator 
Once again Taldumande Youth Services would like to sincerely thank all of the Rotarians for your kind and invaluable support this Christmas, through the Tree of Joy project. We were able to provide every young person within our care with a suitable gift and they were absolutely delighted. 
Someone was kind enough to give a leather Ralph Lauren wallet and the recipient was so thrilled, he has just turned 18 and started working and it was the perfect gift! Another young person was able to use one of the gift cards and buy the hair straighteners she'd been saving for!
All of the gifts were so gratefully received. The past few years have been tough, but our staff have worked diligently to promote positivity and self-care for every young person and family within our care. Without the support of community organisations such as the Rotary, especially at Christmas, it would be much more difficult to keep this positivity alive.
We realise the commitment and work that goes into this project and would like to thank each and every Rotarian along with the members of the local community who donated gifts. The kindness and generosity has been felt deeply and helped bring some joy to our young people and families this Christmas.
Kind regards,
Seonaid Thomas
Taldumande Youth Services
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President Ross Gugliotta
Request the Pleasure of your company
At Our Club Christmas Dinner and
Celebration of our 2021-22 Donations
On Monday 28th November 2022.  From 6.30pm for 7.00pm start.
At the Northbridge Golf Club, Sailors Bay Road, Northbridge
$50 a head, for a 2 course Dinner, Cash Bar Available
Dress Smart Casual
Please respond by 22nd November to our Secretary, Mark on
0419 619 530
Payment by Direct Deposit, showing ‘28th’ and your name, to;
Crows Nest Rotary, BSB 032 298 Account ; 394298
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Bunnings BBQs

Thanks to Bunnings Artarmon, our Club has continued to run BBQs, which are our major fund raiser.  Although exhausting, we all enjoy them!
Last Saturday started slow,, then speeded up by lunchtime,
Bunnings BBQs Philip Smith 2022-06-20 14:00:00Z 0

The Tasmanian Map by Ian Burnett

The Tasman Map delves into the story of the first Dutch voyages to Australia, set against the background of the struggle of the newly formed Dutch Republic to gain its independence from the Kingdom of Spain and the struggle of the Dutch East India Company for trade supremacy in the East Indies against its Portuguese, Spanish and English rivals. Over a period of only forty years from 1606 to 1644 and based on sixteen separate discoveries the first map of Australia took shape.

The Tasman Map shows a recognisable outline of the north, west and south coasts of Australia that was not to change for another 125 years until the British explorer James Cook charted the east coast in 1770.

It was in 1925 and 1933 that the Mitchell Library in Sydney, Australia, acquired both the Tasman Huydecoper Journal and the Tasman Bonaparte Map. The story of how the library managed to acquire these treasures of Dutch exploration and cartography will bring new recognition to these icons of both Dutch and Australian history.

About the Author

Ian Burnet spent more than 30 years living, working, and travelling in his professional career as a geologist/geophysicist. In his "retirement" he has written Spice Islands, East Indies, Archipelago, and Where Australia Collides with Asia.
The Tasmanian Map by Ian Burnett Philip Smith 2022-05-30 14:00:00Z 0

Social Fellowship Night 14th May 2022

On Saturday, 14th May, Social Fellowship Night! 

Another of our Social Events was a great success !
 A Big Night!!
From 5.30pm, Master of Ceremonies, Tom, introduced President Philip, who welcomed everyone there and mentioned three potential new members were there to get to know all about us!  Dinner was served, followed by a general knowledge quiz and Line Dancing, followed by friendly card games.   Our Hosts were member Bill and Lydia! Well Done!  For full photos, read on.


Social Fellowship Night 14th May 2022 Philip smith 2022-05-18 14:00:00Z 0

Thanks from 'Tree of Joy' recipients!

Readers will recall, each year our Rotary Club mans a 'Tree of Joy' in the Chatswood Chase Shopping Centre.  And again, as a result of donations and gifts last Christmas 2021, all donations and gifts collected, were handed over to the worthy recipient organisations for distribution to those people in need.  Since then, our Club has received several letters of 'Thanks', all worthy of publication; see below;
Dear Sue & all at Rotary,
2021 has been another unprecedented year, and as it draws to a close, we are extremely grateful to our communities, for their support, encouragement and acknowledgement throughout.
On behalf of our families, whom have all received extra care packages, presents, vouchers and food hampers due to your generosity - Christmas just got a little bit easier and happier this year.
We cannot express our gratitude enough, for your goodwill and giving, at this time of year, and throughout.
Merry Christmas 
Warm Regards 
Margaret Datson
Senior Operations Administration




Dear Sue,

Re: Donations of Christmas Presents and Gift Cards

Taldumande Youth Services would like to sincerely thank The Rotary Clubs of Crows Nest, Chatswood and Roseville you for their support again this Christmas. We were delighted and humbled to be included in the wonderful Tree of Joy project again, and as always, the community were so generous.

2021 has been one of the most difficult years in modern times worldwide and has been particularly hard on the young people within Taldumande already experiencing significant family relationship breakdown, trauma, mental health issues and isolation. Many of our young people lost their jobs, income, their connection to their community, and were unable to spend as much time with their close ones as they would like. The year has been tough, but our staff worked diligently to promote positivity and self-care for every young person and family we support. Without the support of the community, especially at Christmas, it can be particularly difficult to keep this positivity alive.

A very special message of thanks was received from one of our case managers which I want to share, “I just sorted at home everything for all my clients and my heart bursts how they will have such special gifts and support from Taldy. Thank you for making this happen ... when I phoned my clients to say we had a Christmas present for them, they were so emotional with happiness, grateful and surprised to be getting something on Christmas!!”

With warm regards

Liz de Rome
Grants, Community and Volunteers Officer

Hi Sue,
I just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for organising the Tree of Joy donations for us again this year.  I helped Sahar unload all the wonderful gifts yesterday and I couldn’t believe how they just come coming!
Its such a joy to witness the generosity of others, especially at this time of year.
Thank you for your ongoing support of Mary’s House and all the best wishes to you and your family over the holidays.
Kind regards,
Claire Barber 
Chief Executive Officer
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2021 Giving Night 13th Dec

What a night it was!!
Due to the Lockdown restrictions, our Club amalgamated three annual events into one!
We had a Giving Night, when the Past President donates money to worthy organisations, which Past President Ian did in ‘spades’, ie lots of cheques!
and we presented “Pride of Workmanship Awards to three worthy recipients, (see photos below) 
and we finally, held our President Changeover, which usually is scheduled for the end of June each year, so this year was a bit late.
and several well deserving members were presented with Paul Harris Fellowship Awards.  See Photos below and attached.
2021 Giving Night 13th Dec Philip Smith 2021-12-16 13:00:00Z 0

Christmas & The Rotary Foundation

You can make a difference in this world by helping people in need. Your gift can do some great things, from supplying filters that clean people’s drinking water to empowering local entrepreneurs to grow through business development training.

The Rotary Foundation will use your gift to fund the life-changing work of Rotary members who provide sustainable solutions to their communities’ most pressing needs. But we need help from people like you who will take action and give the gift of Rotary to make these projects possible.

The Rotary Foundation 
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Cyril Clark 

Crows Nest Rotary has lost a Charter Member, who joined our Rotary Club in 1969. 
28th October Cyril Clark at the age of 94, lost his battle with illness and passed away.
Cyril dedicated his life to Rotary, serving as President, Secretary, Treasurer and Director of all Avenues of Service.
For the first 45 years Cyril had a 100% attendance record. Since then more than 85%.
For the past 20 years Cyril was the Club’s attendance Chair, that friendly welcoming face greeting all arrivals.
Cyril was the first to volunteer in all projects, fundraising and social events, and saw BBQ management at Bunnings since its inception.
He went out of his way to welcome and assimilate new members and partners.  One member says; “Cyril changed my life when he introduced me to Rotary”.
In 2004, as an Electrician, Cyril spent weeks in Narrabri after their floods, repairing damaged wiring in homes.
Cyril received many Paul Harris Fellow Awards, culminating in the ‘Ruby’.
Cyril had two overseas Rotary Fellowship trips to Asia.
In summary, Cyril was known as ‘the only person we know in Rotary that no one had a bad word to say about, and Cyril didn’t have a bad word about anyone’.
Cyril Clark’s passing is a great loss to Crows Nest Rotary and the District, and to everyone who knew him, he was the Model Rotarian.
Cyril Clark Mark Staples 2021-11-02 13:00:00Z 0

DG Visit

Briefing Document for the District Governor’s Official Visit 20th September 2021.

The members of Crows Nest Rotary believe our Club is amongst the best in the District. This is evidenced by the camaraderie and support shown to all members, along with our commitment to our projects.
We have reflected on the District Governor’s Goals and Objectives and the International President’s suggested aims, incorporating them into our Club plans. However, clearly the World has changed since the start of the pandemic in early 2020 and accordingly Crows Nest’s projects and activities have been significantly impacted by the lockdown’s restrictions on physical movements.
Despite COVID, we continue on with a meeting on Zoom each week, to progress projects where possible, and provide fellowship to all our members.

Rotary’s 7 Areas of Focus –
We believe we our activities focus on the objectives of disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development through the following projects;
- ROMAC – ongoing support to ROMAC - Gender Equity – our support of ‘So They Can’ girls Schools, supports the education of girls in Africa - RYLA and other projects in East Timor – we believe we support the local community through education and literacy, and water projects, all in turn improves the community’s economic development. - India – together with Beecroft Rotary we recently built 200 toilets south of New Delhi - Kenya – we have undertaken water projects in the past and as soon as funds allow we will proceed with a major water project in East Pokot, Kenya - Phoenix House Youth Services – education to teenagers - Taldumande Youth Services – accommodation for children eg abandoned by their parents - Mary’s House – womens refuge on the north shore - Red Shield Appeal – our Club takes part each year

Serve to Change Lives – we believe we have a healthy Club. - Membership – we have adopted ‘do more and grow more’, and ‘bring one to add one’ concepts. We plan to have a Membership summit as soon as restrictions allow
- Foundation – our Club has a dedicated Director promoting the Foundation, both educating members and emphasising the ‘three year’ investment concept, ie to get funds back to use on projects. The majority of our members support Centurion donation each year.
- Day of Service event – we believe we hold a Day of Service event at every one of our BBQ days at Bunnings Artarmon, which occur regularly throughout the year, encouraging volunteers from within members and outside of our Club to congregate and converse socially not only amongst themselves, but with the public. Our BBQ days are our form of expressing Rotary Service to the public.
- Chinwag – recently we have created a Zoom get-together for not only Rotarians but also their families and friends. This started as a Cluster 2 event, but immediately became a District and Nationwide event, with people from around Australia tuning in to informally discuss Rotary issues.
- eBulletin issues weekly and sends current relevant Rotary issues to hundreds of members and friends

The members of Crows Nest Rotary Welcome the District Governor and wish to assure him, our Club is actively supporting his year of achievements in 2021-22.

Philip Smith
President 2021-22 Crows Nest Rotary
Directors presentation  HERE
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District 9685 Cluster and Area Details 3rd July 2021

For the information of all members and friends;
Recently, our new District Governor for 2021-22, advised our Club of a new rearrangement of Club Clusters into Areas, to remove imbalances of member numbers etc.  
Crows Nest is part of Cluster 2, made up of two Clusters;
- the Lower North Shore and
- Riverside
Our Club is in an Area made up of 8 Clubs and we have an Assistant Governor, John Zhang.
Click on this Link to see the new spreadsheet and read on to read the DG’s letter to our Club;
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Zoom Meetings

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This what our Zoom meetings look like; 
Until Further Notice every 2ND Monday meeting  will be on Zoom. Check eBulletin for dates. 
Please click on this link; Rotary Crows Nest Zoom
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ROMAC gets a mention in Parliament!!

Mr Julian Leeser MP, Member for Berowra, New South Wales,   Australia's Chamber House of Representatives, on 15th March 2021 made a speech in the House of Representatives on the organisation



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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. 
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What is Arthritis? and how to Manage it!

On 10th February 2020 our Speaker was Ashleigh Bower-Events Coordinator at Arthritis NSW

Arthritis Awareness, Managing the Symptoms;

Arthritis and Osteoporosis NSW is a charity, non-for profit organisation who recognise and advocate for those in our community suffering from Arthritis and similar musculoskeletal conditions. There are several strategies that can be used to mitigate symptoms of arthritis, including exercise, strength training, and weight management, among others. The challenge lies in effective implementation of these strategies among community-dwelling older adults. Arthritis and Osteoporosis NSW would like to educate community populations about these strategies thus empowering them to take control of their Arthritis.  Read on for 'How to Manage Arthritis, and Strength Training Classes.
What is Arthritis? and how to Manage it! Philip Smith 2020-02-10 13:00:00Z 0

2019 Giving Night 9th December 

Posted on Dec 11, 2019

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 Rotary Clubs of Australia 2019 National Drought Appeal  Philip Smith 2019-10-14 13:00:00Z 0

    Toilets in Mewat, India


    This new project aims to provide sanitation and dignity to communities in Mewat, India. We estimate that up to 3,000 people a day will benefit from the availability of private toilet facilities and free compost this will provide. We also believe that this project will prove to have significant multiplier effects with health and welfare.

    Most of the schools and houses in Mewat do not have toilets or other private sanitation facilities. There is strong empirical evidence that the lack of sanitation facilities or long distances between school or home and private sanitation is a direct cause of violence against women, school drop out rates for girls, poor maternal health, and infant mortality. Conservative religious practices make it almost impossible for girls to attend school where sanitation facilities are unavailable.

    We will provide equitable community access to safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene; Strengthen the
    ability of communities to develop, fund and maintain sustainable water and sanitation systems; Support
    programs that enhance communities’ awareness of the benefits of safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

    June 2018

    Exciting News!

    Our application to supply and build 250 flushing toilets with hand washing sinks in the village of Nuh, Ghasera has been approved for a total project outlay of about AUD$100K by The Rotary Foundation.

    Sample constructions are now complete, and construction of the actual toilets for the project will commence once the monsoonal rains have passed. 

    Toilets in Mewat, India Philip Smith 2019-09-10 14:00:00Z 0

    Visit from our District Governor 

    Visit from our 9685 District Governor, Kalma McLellan on 19 August 2019, together with our Zone Assistant Governor, Ward Pollard.

    President Mark said;
    Despite a number of apologies, it was extremely pleasing to see the room was full with so many members & guests attending to catch-up with District Governor Kalma.   
    DG Kalma enjoyed the meeting and I personally appreciated her feedback / tips.
    In an email on Tuesday;  Thank you for the great photos Philip – these are great!
    And thank you President Mark, and to all your club members, for having me yesterday and allowing me to share a little time with you all.  I really appreciate your contributions across the District, and for giving me a chance to talk with you all.  Rgds  DG Kalma
    DG Kalma approved of our Plans for our Rotary Year 2019-20 and wished us well.   Club Officers and Members spoke on what our Club was currently involved in and DG Kalma gave a really rousing motivational response to each subject raised.  Members do really appreciate the DG's annual visit to our Club!
    Kalma joined the Rotary Club of Ryde in 2010, and has held many positions Including President, and in District; District Community Service Chair, and on the District Child Protection Committee.  Kalma has a heritage in Rotary, following in the footsteps of her father (Blacktown club) and grandfather (Manly club). She was a Mosman Rotaractor in the 1970s.  Professionally, Kalma works in the vocational education sector through Western Sydney University.
    Kalma’s Theme this year is ‘Rotary Connects the World’.
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    Become a Friend of ROMAC

    Become a Friend of ROMAC - Harold Sharp invites Rotarians to become a Friend of ROMAC

    Past District Governor Harold Sharp is the new Fundraising Director ROMAC
    Rotarians who have been around for years, know that ROMAC is a major Australian Multi-District Project, that has been around for some 30 years and has been renewing, no, rebuilding Children from overseas.  
    To keep ROMAC floating well, it needs ongoing funding.   In the letter below, Harold invites all Rotarians to take ROMAC 'under their wing' and make sure the future of ROMAC is guaranteed!!
    1) Have a read.
    2) Ring Harold and ask him about his new role!
    3) Consider your future as a Rotarian.
    Become a Friend of ROMAC Philip Smith 2019-08-14 14:00:00Z 0

    The District Governor's Visit

    Posted by Mark Staples
    Visit by our District Governor on 19 August 2019
    Next week we welcome our District Governor - KalmaMcLellan.  I urge as many of you as possible to take this opportunity to get to meet Kalma, and for her to understand our great club. Please take the time to read the club’s 2019-20 plans I have sent to Kalma & Ward last week;
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    Visit of our District Governor 2019-20

    Posted by Mark Staples on Aug 14, 2019
    Visit by our District Governor on 19 August 2019
    Next week we welcome our District Governor - KalmaMcLellan.  I urge as many of you as possible to take this opportunity to get to meet Kalma, and for her to understand our great club. Please take the time to read the club’s 2019-20 plans I have sent to Kalma & Ward last week;
    Visit of our District Governor 2019-20 Mark Staples 2019-08-13 14:00:00Z 0
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    Sue Raveane's Changeover Speech

      In her, Farewell as President speech, Sue gave an excellent Revue of the year's activities, thanking all those members involved in making 2018-2019 Rotary year such an exciting year for the Crows Nest Club. Through all our achievements, in Community, Youth, International, and Foundation, culminating in our 50th Birthday celebrations.
    For the details of the full speech, please refer to the stories section in the Newsletter below.
    Sue Raveane's Changeover Speech Sue Raveane 2019-07-03 14:00:00Z 0

    Pride of Workmanship Awards

    Photos from a recent Pride of Workmanship Award Ceremony

    All Pride of Workmanship Awardees:   and the three Rotary Club of Crows Nest Awardees; below; Jerico Navea ( Phoenix House)

    Guilda Bou Jaoude (Cisco)

    and Misaki Okui (Veterinary Practice)

    Pride of Workmanship Awards Philip Smith 2019-06-16 14:00:00Z 0

    Purchase of MRI coil for RNSH Imaging Unit

    Posted on Jun 07, 2019

    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.

    Purchase of MRI coil for RNSH Imaging Unit Philip Smith 2019-06-06 14:00:00Z 0

    Photos and summary of our 50th Anniversary 30 April 2019

    Posted on May 17, 2019
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    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.
    Photos and summary of our 50th Anniversary 30 April 2019 Alon Beran 2019-05-16 14:00:00Z 0

    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)
    What you didn't know about Rotary is here online! philip 2019-02-27 13:00:00Z 0
    Photos from yester year! Archived! 2019-02-27 13:00:00Z 0

    The School of St Jude !

    Posted on Feb 13, 2019
    If you haven't listened to Gemma's story, then this is a must for you!  March 7th for lunch at North Leagues Club. Cammeray.  See the Flyer:
    The School of St Jude ! Philip Smith 2019-02-12 13:00:00Z 0
    Possible, Merger of Districts 9685 and 9675 Philip Smith 2019-02-12 13:00:00Z 0

    Giving Night 2018

    Monday night, 14th December 2018, our Club held its annual ‘Giving Night’ and Christmas Party.

    Many organisations received funds from our Club, read on.... and for photos!
    Giving Night 2018 Philip Smith 2018-12-13 13:00:00Z 0

    Naremburn School

    Our Speaker on 3 December 2018 was Patricia Laird, the Principal of the Naremburn School, Willoughby Road, Crows Nest. 
    Patricia presented an overview of the school and it's activities.  Students who have exhausted the support offerred in their mainstream school may be referred to Naremburn School through a referral process. The school provides individualised education aimed at addressing each student's academic, emotional, vocational and behavioural needs.   The program caters for students in years seven to twelve.
    Currently the school requires new, specific school books, a list is shown below.  If you would like to make a donation to the school this Christmas, then the purchase of a book on the list would make a substantial difference to one of the school's students.  Just let our Secretary Mark know that you have a book for collection and he will arrange to pick it up.  You may send an email to our Secretary Mark, using the email service on our Website.  Click on 'read more' to see the list of books.
    Naremburn School philip 2018-12-05 13:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Foundation Update

    On Monday November 5th, our club have the pleasure of Neil Howie (Roseville Chase Rotary) representing the District Foundation Committee (City North Zone).
    In terms of the Foundation, we were reminder that 92% of its funds goes into its projects etc, whilst only 2% is spent on Admin, and another 6% on promotion. Quite a remarkable statistics, since some charity spend upto 50% of their $ on their overheads. In terms of the Crows Nest club, last year we have contributed $US13,800 an average of $452 per member, well above the average. Well Done!
    A quick re-cap on their contributions. Firstly their District grants which they match $ or $, a club’s contribution to a local project(up to $6,000). Our contribution to a MRI machine at RNSH, and the Taldumande youth program are two of Crows Nest’s recent examples. District has $130,000 available for 2018/19.  Their Global grants for international projects range from $30,000 to $200,000. These require an international club & district to contribute. Completed projects include examples of a Dialysis machine in Fiji, and beds for Children’s hospital in Sierra Leone. Our current project is the SoYouCan water project in Kenya. Both District and International grants have sustainability as the key, and must line up with at least 1 areas of focus. (Peace, disease, education, clean water, saving children & growing local economics)
    Foundation’s key international project in POLIO Plus which has the yearly number of Polio cases drop from 350,000 in 1988 to 22 last year and this year. Over 400 million children are vaccinated every year. Also interesting to note is the recent PNG cases(14) are Vaccine derived, as opposed to ‘wild polio’. Worldwide the Rotary foundation’s $150million has been supported by the Gates Foundation’s $300million. PP David Dean is happy to take any enquires on Polio Plus.
    Bruce thanked Neil on behalf of the club for his update/refresher on the Foundation.
    Rotary Foundation Update 2018-11-07 13:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Club of Nakuru-East Polkot Project

    Based on the needs assessment of 5 schools in East Pokot there is an obvious and urgent need of WASH programs in the schools. There appears to be an enabling environment for a successful project and high engagement with multiple key stakeholders during the needs assessment. There was a wide range of data collection tools used to ensure accurate representation of needs is being reported. It is recommended that Rotary Club of Nakuru pursue a Global Grant to address the urgent need and select a cooperating organization that is experienced in WASH in schools, has the ability to execute projects in a timely fashion, and has reasonable costs.

    Rotary Club of Nakuru-East Polkot Project Keri Chittenden 2018-10-24 13:00:00Z 0

    Phoenix House - recent visit

    Posted on Sep 27, 2018
    Phoenix House - recent visit...
    Throughout the year, many of our Members visit outside organisations who play a part in our Community.  This week, our 'Youth Director' visited the Phoenix House, in Crows Nest, where he was met by the CEO, Edmund.  A Tour of the facility followed, together with Edmund relating the many Programs they run for the benefit of our local Youth.
    Phoenix House - recent visit Philip Smith 2018-09-26 14:00:00Z 0
    Madagascar - recent visit Howard Sullivan 2018-09-13 14:00:00Z 0

    'Donatelife', Organ and Tissue Donation! on 23rd October, 2018

    Posted on Sep 13, 2018
    the Rotary Club of Roseville Chase, has a presentation by Prof Philip O'Connell on 'Donatelife', Organ and Tissue Donation. 
    More than 1,500 Australians are at this moment awaiting transplant treatment.
    This is an ideal opportunity for Rotarians, their families and friends to hear what they need to know about making a decision that may help save more lives.
    'Donatelife', Organ and Tissue Donation! on 23rd October, 2018 2018-09-12 14:00:00Z 0

    Visit to PCYC North Sydney

    Posted on Sep 13, 2018
    Throughout the year, many of our Members visit outside organisations who play a part in our Community.  This week, our 'Youth Director' visited the Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) in Falcon Street, North Sydney, where he was met by the new Manager, Daniel.  A Tour of the facility followed, together with Daniel relating the many Programs they run for the benefit of our local Youth.
    Visit to PCYC North Sydney Philip Smith 2018-09-12 14:00:00Z 0
    Thursday 25th October 2018 - Australian Rotary Health, A NIght to Meet the Reseachers Philip Smith 2018-09-05 14:00:00Z 0
    Phoenix House Open Day 13th September 2018 Philip Smith 2018-09-05 14:00:00Z 0

    2017-18 President's report

    Posted by Alon Beran on Jun 28, 2018
    Club’s core focus for 17/18
    I believe it is the responsibility of each incoming president to decide for themselves whether they are happy with the 5 core areas of work we have set up this year or whether they wish to alter it but for FY17/18 we have focused our service to 5 main categories: Community service, Children’s illness, Youth, International projects and Grants, and Domestic violence/Women’s care.
    2017-18 President's report Alon Beran 2018-06-27 14:00:00Z 0

    Our Member 'Smithy' in India, April 2018

    Posted by Philip Smith
    Smithy is a Rotarian and a member of the Rotary Club of Crows Nest, and he rides a BMW R1200RT LC, and has ridden across the USA, and Route 66, and circumnavigated Australia on the Coast Road.  He is also a member and the Secretary of the International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians (IFMR).  This is his experience in India, in April 2018;
    Our Member 'Smithy' in India, April 2018 Philip Smith 2018-05-24 14:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Vision Statement

    Our new vision statement: why should you care?

    Rotary International is now more than a year into the process of revisiting Rotary’s strategic plan, a process that will allow us to examine our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in order to move the organisation in a direction that will allow Rotary to thrive in the years ahead. Our new vision statement is the first lap in that three-year journey.
     “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”
    You may have seen the vision statement and wondered what its relevance is to you.  If Rotary were a ship approaching land, our new vision statement would be the lighthouse that keeps us from running aground.  Our vision statement explains what we want to achieve, in the same way that our mission statement explains our focus, and our strategic plan represents how we are going to get there.   Learn more 


    Rotary Vision Statement Ian Pocock 2018-04-18 14:00:00Z 0

    President's Report 2017 AGM

    Posted by Alon Beran
    The Rotary club of Crows Nest continues be a force in the Rotary world, achieving huge amounts relative to our club size and member numbers.
    We started the financial year with Michael McQueen chairing multiple meetings regarding what the club needs to move forward and stay relevant. The main themes were that the club wanted to continue to grow and to provide service and that order to that we needed to first focus on our goals and what we want to achieve as a club. The next and important step is to become relevant, accessible and in the face of the members we wish to attract so that we can continue to grow as a club.
    As a club, we hold regular meetings where the format has now changed. Members are enjoying fellowship; our core group is very committed and hardworking, and we are clear on what we want to achieve. We now have a speaker every second week and a meeting regarding the club’s activities every alternate week. The next step from here is to work on a more accessible meeting format and to increase our exposure to the community through a PR plan and social media plan.
    I believe it is the responsibility of each incoming president to decide for themselves whether they are happy with the 5 core areas of work we have set up this year or whether they wish to alter it but for FY17/18 we have focused our service to 5 main categories: Community service, Children’s illness, International projects and Grants, youth and domestic violence/women’s care.
    Our 2 streams of fundraising have increased to 3 with the introduction of the poker night last year along with the BBQs and the Melbourne Cup Trifecta – thanks to the dedicated support of the members involved in those – it is what allows us to support the community and is an in integral part of what we do.
    Before I highlight the work that we have done as a club in the last 12 months, I want to thank you all for the work that you have done and continue to do. You are a committed and heart strong group of people that selflessly give up your time to do good in this world with very little recognition. You each make the world a slightly better place than it was before by being here and doing the work that you. I will not thank people individually, but I wish to thank my board members, and all members for your continued efforts and support.
    President's Report 2017 AGM Alon Beran 2017-11-28 13:00:00Z 0

    Crows Nest Rotary Beneficiaries

    Crows Nest Rotary supports both the local & international communities thru distributing funds raised, providing assistance to events like Red Shield appeal, sharing our skills thru activities like RYLA - which is an intensive leadership experience for youths to develop their skills as a leader while having fun and making connections.  
    Crows Nest Rotary Beneficiaries Mark Staples 2017-10-15 13:00:00Z 0

    Kenya and 'So They Can'

    Posted on Oct 13, 2017
    9 October 2017
    - Keri Chittenden, Co-Founder/Country Director Kenya,
    of 'So They Can' 
    What a presentation we had today!!!!
    Keri gained her Bachelor of Business in Land Economics and went on to work in the area of property development with Lend Lease. Following this she spent four years travelling independently throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
    Upon returning to Australia she used her project management skills working as an Event Producer for the leading events company in Sydney culminating in the position of Executive Producer and General Manager. She has produced and managed well over 500 events ranging in scale and complexity both locally and internationally including at 4 Olympic Games.
    As co-founder of the organisation 'So They Can' she draws on all her experience and skills in the roles she undertakes. Keri currently oversees a team of 80 in Kenya implementing the projects, as well as overseeing the fundraising events and helping guide 'So They Can' on its future direction as a Board Member on both the Australian and Kenyan Boards.
    Keri has been instrumental in developing the organisation from its inception 7 years ago to the organisation 'So They Can' is today supporting over 5,600 children.
    For her work Keri was honoured with a Paul Harris Fellow award from Northbridge Rotary Club in 2013.  In September 2015 Keri was selected as one of the Wesptac / Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence for 2015.
    Keri is based in the 'So They Can' head office in Sydney and is married to Peter, together they raise their two children. She sponsors three of the children at the Aberdare Ranges Primary School in Kenya and has been actively involved in charitable work though her events experience and personally for many years.
    Kenya and 'So They Can' Philip Smith 2017-10-12 13:00:00Z 0
    7th October BBQ Team! Philip Smith 2017-10-12 13:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Crows Nest 2016-17

    Posted by Peter Coote on Jun 28, 2017




    Venue : Ongoing Meeting Venue determined as the Union Hotel, Pacific Highway, North Sydney

    Compliance : Adoption of – Revised Rotary Club Constitution 2016; Revised Rotary Club Bylaws 2016 Child Protection Policy and Procedures; Risk Management Assessment BBQ &Community Revamp BBQ Signage and Image

    Fundraising : Bunning Artarmon BBQ – 19; Melbourne Cup Trifecta Tickets Poker Night.

    Social : The Long Orange Lunch at Central Coast. President’s Cocktail Party

    Giving : In 2016, Giving Night - $33,000 was presented to 10 different Community Organisations. In addition: $1000 towards the Community Herb Garden, Crows Nest Baptist Church. $500 contribution to the Dili Orphans Christmas Party. $500 contribution toward the running costs of Dili RAWCS Office. $500 donation to Mary’s House, Women’s Refuge. ) from our Poker night and $500 donation to Delvina Women’s Refuge. ) Xmas Carols BBQ $2000 continuing school fees for Victoria and Faith in Kenya. $2650USD donated to Rotary Polio Plus Fund. Transformed to $19000USD with Rotary Grants and Bill and Melinda Gates 2 for 1 Offer. $500 to enable Philip Hojgaard-Olsen to investigate MS research in Sweden.

    International: Delegation to East Timor. Delegation to China and CAIFU.

    Youth : Rotary Youth Leadership Course RYLA – sponsored 3 participants. Model United Nations Assembly - MUNA – sponsored one team.

    Community : Bowel Scan Programme Tree of Joy , Westfield, Chatswood and Community Centre, Crows Nest. Stall , Crows Nest Festival. Red Shield Appeal, Red Cross BBQ Crows Nest Christmas Carols

    Grants : Current Application for a District Grant for Taldumande Youth Services Preparation of Global Grant in Kenya together with RC of Rift Valley & So They Can

    Membership : A loss of 8 members this year due to members changed circumstances plus pruning of non attending or non financial members.

    Paul Harris Fellows Awarded : Cyril Clarke; Celia Coote; George Condell; Bill Lee: Michael McQueen; Angelo Raveane; Harold Sharp; Philip Smith; Howard Sullivan (two).

    Rotary Crows Nest 2016-17 Peter Coote 2017-06-27 14:00:00Z 0

    So They Can Kenya

    Our guest speakers today were from Kenya, representing the organisation ‘So They Can.’   Boniface Mouti and James Ole Mpilei are visiting Sydney to interface with the Crows Nest based ‘So They Can’ staff,  represented by our member Claire, to discover first hand what support is available for their educational programs in Africa and to get a feeling for Australia.
    Our Club is presently  planning a project to jointly support ‘So They Can’ and the Rotary Club of Nakuru, Rift Valley to financially assist approximately 400 children and 40 staff to attend the Aberdare Ranges Primary School in Nakuru, Kenya.
    So They Can Kenya Mark Staples 2017-06-20 14:00:00Z 0

    Taldumande Youth Services

    imageOur guest speaker was Lisa Graham, CEO of Taldumande Youth Services.
    Taldumande Youth services, based over the North Shore, focuses on vulnerable & homeless young people & families. Currently 420 young people are being supported in numerous locations from the Blue Mountains to the Northern beaches.  
    Accommodation services come in 5 areas – these being Crisis (7 beds), Semi-independent housing, supported independent housing, homeless youth assistance and young offenders joint support.  In addition, non-accommodation services include Specialist homeless services support, Outreach program, Intensive family support and an Aftercare program with an open door policy. They are also on call afterhours.  More details available at www.taldumande.org.au.
    Lisa explained how the complexity of youth had increased dramatic in recent years, due to the Internet / social media and them maturing earlier than in the last century. Taldumande(meaning place of refugee) is young person centric, but ensures they do not become too dependent on them. 15% of the funding is private, and the focus for private funds is in the Intensive family support area, as it has the most benefit and is not funded by government. Results are significantly better with family support.
    Lisa’s 25 years’ experience showed thru with a well organised presentation, and we look forward to getting involved with her organisation.
    Mark Warr thanked Lisa on behalf of the club.
    Taldumande Youth Services Mark Staples 2017-06-20 14:00:00Z 0

    Marys House

    Posted by Michael McQueen on Apr 05, 2017
     On Monday April 3rd, our club had the pleasure of hearing Roger Williams highlight some of the work being done by Mary’s House.
    Being a very new service provider in the local area, our members knew very little of this organisation before Roger’s presentation but we were quickly captivated by the vision and impact of this charity. Mary’s House serves to meet a vital need in Sydney’s North Shore as one of only a few shelters designed to give refuge to women and families fleeing domestic violence. Having only been in operation for 7 months, this amazing initiative is helping up to 18 women and children at a time by providing practical support, physical protection and emotional security. Within week’s of the service's opening in November 2016, it was immediately apparent how desperately a facility like Mary’s House is.
    What was perhaps most inspiring about Roger’s presentation, was the way he described the genesis of Mary’s House. Although non-denominational, Mary’s House was the vision of a small group of committed members of a North Sydney’s Catholic Parish. They have raised over $400,000 to refit a home in the local area and have a small army of volunteers willing to step in and help.
    As a club, we will consider the best way we can support the amazing work of Mary’s House but any members who missed Roger’s presentation and are keen to find out more can visit www.maryshouse.org.au.
    Marys House Michael McQueen 2017-04-04 14:00:00Z 0

    Ernest Shackleton, A leader of men.

    Posted by Philip Smith on Mar 30, 2017
    2015, marked the 100 year anniversary, since Ernest Shackleton and his 27 companions were trapped in the Antarctic ice. Our speaker Kevin Fitzpatrick gave the club a rousing portrayal of what life was like for Shackleton and his Expedition.  In 2015, Kevin was fortunate to not only travel to the Antarctic Continent but to follow the exact escape route taken by Ernest Shackleton in the 'Shackleton Double', a 1300 kilometre open boat trip across the fiercest sea on the planet followed by an epic crossing of South Georgia.  Shackleton’s ship Endurance became beset in the ice of the Weddell Sea before reaching Vahsel Bay, and drifted northward, held in the pack ice, throughout the Antarctic winter of 1915.  Eventually the ship was crushed and sunk, stranding its 28-man complement on the ice. After months spent in makeshift camps as the ice continued its northwards drift, the party took to the lifeboats to reach the inhospitable, uninhabited Elephant Island. Shackleton and five others then made an 800-mile (1,287 km) open-boat journey in the James Caird to reach South Georgia. From there, Shackleton was eventually able to mount a rescue of the men waiting on Elephant Island and bring them home without loss of life. Kevin’s presentation and photos were another example of the quality of Speakers the Rotary Club of Crows Nest arranges for it’s members each week." 
    Ernest Shackleton, A leader of men. Philip Smith 2017-03-29 13:00:00Z 0
    GIVING NIGHT PHOTOS Les Walsh 2016-12-15 13:00:00Z 0

    President's Report Dec 2016

    Posted by Peter Coote on Dec 15, 2016
       President Pete's spellbinding precis of YTD Club status.
    The Rotary Club of Crows Nest is in good shape, we are doing and achieving all the things that a successful club can and should do. We are holding regular meetings; members are enjoying fellowship, we keep running our successful fundraising BBQs and  Melbourne Cup Trifecta – thanks to the dedicated support of members and we do good both locally and overseas.
    President's Report Dec 2016 Peter Coote 2016-12-14 13:00:00Z 0
    WOMEN RESOURCE CENTRE - THANK YOU 2016-12-14 13:00:00Z 0

    Leila Sithole,Diversional Therapist RNS

    Our Guest Speaker today was Leila Sithole, a Diversional Therapist in Paediatrics at Royal North Shore Hospital. Leila has been in this role for the past 17 years, and has an incredible passion for helping children and their families during difficult times. Having a Science degree, majoring in in Diversional Therapy, her main role is to help children, from berth to 18 years old get through painful procedures not requiring an anaesthetic. Increasingly though one of the major issues facing children today, as young as 11 years old is suicide and depression, and the strong need to reduce the fear and anxiety amongst young children today.
    Leila was very thankful in the role Rotary had played over the years in supporting her Treasure Chest Appeal, along with the Christmas gifts coming from the Tree of Joy. She also extended an invitation to our Club to visit the children’s ward at RNS to see her work in action.
    She is also the Director of a Personal Training Company which in turn assists people of all ages achieve an improved quality of life through improved fitness.
    Leila Sithole,Diversional Therapist RNS Ian Pocock 2016-11-20 13:00:00Z 0


    Susan Bell - Rotary Member-  Lower Blue Mountains & District Chair for Interplast. visited Crows Nest on November 14th.
    Interplast was established in Australia in 1983 as a joint venture between Rotary and the Royal Australian College of Surgeons.  It's main objective to conduct re-constructive surgery in countries ( South Pacific region) where these services were either non existent or minimal.  The most needy patients being children with cleft pallets and sever burns.
    The aim of Interplast is to take an experienced team of surgeons, nurses and support personnel to countries like P.N.G, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Fiji to conduct life altering operations on children previously identified as being urgent.
    The result being these children are now able to return to village life , school and eventually jobs without the stigma of facial deformity.
    Funding is always needed and sought to cover transportation of equipment, medicines and staff.  Rotary plays an important role in this ongoing need.
    Part of the ongoing need is training.  Once a team from Australia leaves - the care and support for the young patients is in the hands of the local medical personnel and training sessions are undertaken by Interplast to ensure that aftercare is of the highest standard.
    Naturally donations are need to maintain Interplast as an integral part of the Rotary landscape.
    Sue was thanked by Tom Sweeney on behalf of the members and questions sought.  One being why doesn't Interplast and ROMAC combine?   The answer remains in the air.
    INTERPLAST Tom Sweeney 2016-11-15 13:00:00Z 0


    Bill Lee started this Crows Nest Rotary relationship, with CAFIU  in 1997 when he and others built 23 schools , either of 5 or 10 classrooms and all with teacher accommodation. An employee of CAFIU, Mr Liu Kaiyang was responsible for managing those early projects. Mr Liu is now the Deputy Secretary General of CAFIU. Ian Pocock, George Condell & myself visited China last week.
    OUR VISIT TO CAFIU Peter Coote 2016-11-02 13:00:00Z 0


    Last Sunday, seven members helped man our stall at the annual Crows Nest Fair.  Willoughby Road  from Albany Road to Falcon Street and all the side streets were blocked off and literally lined by stalls on either side of the streets promoting or selling all manner of food, drinks, jewellery, nick–nacks and clothes.

    Our Crows Nest Fair committee of Sue, Michelle and Alon decided in the planning stages that we should give away cooked popcorn to children free.  They had various ideas for cooking it nearby but fortunately Sue found a source of freshly cooked bulk popcorn.

    Between 9.30am and 1.30pm, we gave away 700 plastic cups of popcorn.
    Why did we do it ?

    We are a Crows Nest based service Club.  The street was packed with a continual stream of people between 10am and 2pm.  This gave our Club a great exposure to the community and a chance to promote who we are and what we do – hopefully we may gain some interested people as members.

    A big thank you to the organising committee and a big thank you to those members that manned the stall – Sue and Angelo, Celia and Peter, Ian, Alon and John. 
    CROWS NEST FAIR - 16 OCTOBER  Les Walsh 2016-10-17 13:00:00Z 0


    On Sunday 9 October, President Peter was invited to the dedication and opening of the newly built Community Herb Garden established by the Crows Nest Baptist Church beside the Church in Willoughby Road.
    Pastor Josh dedicated the garden to the congregation and the wider Crows Nest Community and Restaurants.  He thanked the Church's partners who contributed to the project: 
    • North Sydney Council streetscape  project
    • Gosford Quarries for favourable pricing of sandstone blocks
    • The Rotary Club of Crows Nest for contributing $1,000 of the estimated $6,000 cost
    • The Crows Nest Community Centre
    • A parishioner who helped select and lay the sandstone
    • Parishioners Alison and Andrew who organised and supervised the selection of herbs for the garden
    There will be a roster of involved parishioners to maintain the garden.
    The idea of the garden is to provide free herbs to Church members and the wider Crows Nest Community, including restaurants.  Herbs with a special Crows Nest origin as a Community resource.  One of our members, Bill Lee has offered herbs from his own herb garden in Artarmon to the community garden.
    Judging by the enthusiasm that the children present displayed in digging, planting and watering the herb garden, it should be a great success.
    COMMUNITY HERB GARDEN OPENING Les Walsh 2016-10-13 13:00:00Z 0
    THE ROTARY FOUNDATION Les Walsh 2016-10-13 13:00:00Z 0


    We cannot expect to grow membership without engaging our members in service.  RI President John Germ has stated this unequivocally and Rotary Club of James River, Richmond, Virginia, USA is taking that to heart.
    Selecting the right project, therefore, is critical to the health of our club.  Click here to see a few basic principles James River has found to be true about service projects.
    7 FEATURES OF A HIGHLY EFFECTIVE SERVICE PROJECT Les walsh 2016-10-07 13:00:00Z 0


    Many clubs celebrate World Polio Day by planning an event in the community, like an End Polio Now 5K walk or run, sponsoring a local carnival/festival or hosting a fundraiser.  They register their event and download the World Polio Day resources to help make the event a success. 

    One easy way to get involved is through social media.  Imagine if every Club in the world tweeted and posted about World Polio Day.  That’s thousands of social media accounts across the globe sharing the message about polio eradication.  We’ve made it easy to help spread the word: download World Polio Day graphics, share the sample social media messages and don’t forget to use #endpolio to join the global conversation. 

    You can also host a viewing party for the fourth annual World Polio Day celebration, streaming live from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The event will be recorded, so you can tune in at any time to hear our featured speakers discuss what we’re doing to end polio and how you get involved in the fight, including:

    • Rotary President John Germ
    • Rotary Vice President Jennifer Jones
    • CDC Director Tom Frieden
    • Time Magazine editor Jeffrey Kluger
    • What’s Trending host Shira Lazar
    • Polio survivor and Paralympian Dennis Ogbe
    • And more!
    CELEBRATE WORLD POLIO DAY 24 OCTOBER Les Walsh 2016-10-06 13:00:00Z 0


    The Rotary Foundation turns 100 in 2016-17!

    Our Foundation stands at the forefront of humanitarian service, having supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, and provide basic education — as well as the historic project dedicated to eradicating polio worldwide.



    Nigeria reclassified as polio endemic

    Nigeria has returned to the list of polio-endemic countries, following the World Health Organization’s confirmation of three cases of wild poliovirus in the northeastern state of Borno in August. While this news is disappointing, there has been significant progress toward ending polio in Nigeria, the rest of the African continent, and globally.

    Read more about the decision
    Learn what you can do to end polio


    ERADICATING POLIO Les Walsh 2016-10-02 13:00:00Z 0
    5 REASONS TO APPLY FOR A ROTARY PEACE FELLOWSHIP Les Walsh 2016-09-16 14:00:00Z 0


    The Rotary Foundation turns 100 in 2016-17!  Our Foundation stands at the forefront of humanitarian service, having supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, and provide basic education — as well as the historic project dedicated to eradicating polio worldwide.


    Comedy for a Cause! 10th September 2016

    On behalf of the Rotary Club of St Ives, I would like to invite you to book for "Comedy for a Cause" which will be held at the Roseville Golf Club on Saturday 10 September.
    “Comedy for a Cause” presents a showcase of some of the best comedians from the Sydney and Melbourne Comedy Festival. This will be an enjoyable evening of fellowship and great entertainment which will also raise funds for the organisations that our Rotary club supports. I would appreciate if you will circulate this invitation to your friends and business contacts.
    The flyer attached provides details of how to book online. The cost is $30 per person. The show will start at 7.30 pm but the Roseville Golf Club has generously offered a selection of 5 one plate dinners from 6.30 pm for $ 10 per person with payment in cash on the night. 
    Comedy for a Cause! 10th September 2016 2016-08-25 14:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Health Race Day, Sunday 9th October 2016

    This year Rotary Health are running their very successful Race Day at Hawkesbury Racecourse, Clarendon.  They promise Hawkesbury wine, food and music!  So if you are a punter who loves to go to enjoy the horses at the course, this is always a great day!  Remember you are supporting Rotary Health.  Registration is available now on a this link: Click here
    Rotary Health Race Day, Sunday 9th October 2016 2016-08-25 14:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Foundation Dinner 28 November 2016

    Rotarians of the RC of Crows Nest.  You are invited to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation at the District 9675 and 9685 Rotary Foundation Million Dollar Dinner on 28th November 2016
    Rotary Foundation Dinner 28 November 2016 2016-08-24 14:00:00Z 0


    August is Membership Month, a time to celebrate your club, your members, and the good you do in your community and around the world! Many people join Rotary to serve others locally and globally. Rotary allows members to make a difference while promoting fellowship and international understanding.

    We offer many programs that allow you to engage with fellow members and make new connections outside your club and district. Here are just a few ways to get more involved:

    MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR ROTARY MEMBERSHIP Les Walsh 2016-08-17 14:00:00Z 0
    POLIO TAKE TWO Les Walsh 2016-08-03 14:00:00Z 0
    COMEDY FOR A CAUSE Les Walsh 2016-07-15 14:00:00Z 0


    Tom Sweeney receives his Paul Harris Fellow recognition from District Governor Gina Growden

    The Graham Turnidge Shield for Rotarian Vocational Excellence was presented by District Governor Gina Growden to Angelo Raveane

    DISTRICT RECOGNITION Les Walsh 2016-07-06 14:00:00Z 0
    PHOTOS FROM CHANGEOVER Les Walsh 2016-07-06 14:00:00Z 0


    Now I am in Timor Leste for another 8 weeks and things are really busy with lots of clients being referred, end of financial year reports and anxiety about future DFAT and European  funding.
    The Brexit is a big issue here as many Timorese travel to work in UK, England and Ireland, on their Portuguese passports and it generates good income for families as unemployment is high here .
    I will be going to the prison in Gleno (in the mountains) next week,  to visit the women there and monitor the PRADET program. It was thanks to your Rotary we have kept it going and now AFAP is supporting it for another year..  so that’s great. We are negotiating the start of a sewing program whereby the women can make things in the prison that can be sold. This earns them some money to keep it going, provides an activity for the long hours they are locked up  plus teaches them skills to make things and be more economically independent when they are released. The Prison Commander is a lovely man who was trained in Australia and is very supportive.
    Finally just to let you know about our tragic website!! PRADET has just employed a new IT person and updating/improving the website is part of his job.
    Things often happen slowly here and sometimes not at all, but every now and then a miracle seems to make things happen straight away..! so we shall see…
    I have heard it’s very cold in Sydney..  right now I am basking in very pleasant 28 degrees and low humidity..
    The country is challenging but at least it’s warm!
    Bye for now   Susan
    Susan Kendall AM
    Social Worker
    Mentor PRADET East Timor
    Mob: Australia (+61) 0408 962 709
    Mob: Timor Leste (+670) 7726 2744
    NEWS FROM PRADET EAST TIMOR Les Walsh 2016-06-29 14:00:00Z 0


    This is an invitation to attend a very informative and pleasant evening at Lane Cove Rotary Club.
    On Tuesday night 5 July, Dr. Colin Barlow will be talking to Lane Cove Rotary club about the work of the Nusa Tenggara Association in the alleviation of poverty and other developments in eastern Indonesia.  Lane Cove supports Dr. Barlow with our program Rotary Small Grants Project Indonesia
    Dr. Barlow in an agricultural economist and expert in Indonesia. He has been visiting the area twice each year of for more than 30 years as he and his team monitor the NTA's projects.
    The meeting is held at the Lane Cove Country club on River Road Lane Cove and commences at 6.15pm for 6.45pm.  Please register here ( or RSVP by email or telephone 0417049335 for catering purposes).
    A wonderful evening is assured.
    NUSA TENGGARA ASSOCIATION AT LANE COVE Les Walsh 2016-06-28 14:00:00Z 0


    Two of our members were recognised by the District Governor at the District Changeover on 25 June.  We congratulate Tom & Angelo and cite DG Gina Growden's remarks:

    Rotarian Vocational Excellence Award - The Graham Turnidge Shield: Angelo Raveane

    For an exemplary Rotarian who has enhanced the image of Rotary through commitment, integrity and excellence in their vocation and service to Rotary
    Presenting Angelo with this prestigious shield, District Governor Gina Growden said: :
    "The Graham Turnidge Shield: is presented to an exemplary Rotarian who has enhanced the image of Rotary through commitment, integrity and excellence in their vocation and service to Rotary.  Graham Turnidge was Governor of our District (or District 968 as it was then) in 1982-83 and this award is made in his honour.
    "For his outstanding work in East Timor over many years, his commitment and service to Crows Nest Club and to the District RYLA program, and also for Chairing the 2015-16 District Conference in Canberra, Plus his fantastic support of me, especially over the past three years, I have much pleasuring in awarding the Graham Turnidge Shield to Angelo Raveane from the Rotary Club of Crows Nest."

    Paul Harris Fellow Recognition – Tom Sweeney

    For outstanding service to Club & District - the Paul Harris Fellowship Recognition is named in honour of the Founder of Rotary International, Paul Harris, and involves a donation of $US1,000 to the Rotary Foundation which is used to further the Foundation’s work of alleviating poverty and making the world a better place. 
    Presenting Tom with his second sapphire, District Governor Gina Growden said: :
    "Tom epitomises Service Above Self.  He is a committed Rotarian who goes out of his way to help whenever he can, both at Club and District level.  Since joining Rotary 18 year ago Tom has been frequently asked to MC dinners, changeovers, District conferences and other functions, and has always willingly agreed to do so, carrying out the task with great enthusiasm and professionalism (and always including an occasional Irish joke or two!).
    "This year Tom has been an integral part of my training team and also my conference team – he not only organised the Saturday night dinner at the AIS – which was a wonderful success, but was the MC for the entire conference. 
    "Tom has been an active member of Crows Nest Club and has served on the club Board in various positions and as President of the club on two occasions – in 2001-02 and then again in 2009-10 
    I have much pleasure in awarding Tom with a second Sapphire pin to go with his PHF recognition.  Congratulations, Tom and thank you for the huge contribution you have made to Rotary, and to District 9685 over many years."
    TWO OF OUR ROTARIANS RECOGNISED BY DG Les Walsh 2016-06-26 14:00:00Z 0


    Community Service projects give Rotarians the opportunity to be involved and improves their satisfaction in their membership of Rotary, so said Terry Davies at our meeting on 27 June.  Terry is  the Corporate Manager for Australian Rotary Health, a member of the Rotary Club of Penrith Valley & our District's Community Service Chair in 2015-16.. "Community Service has been described as “the heartbeat of Rotary”; Australian Rotary health is the leading Community Service Projects for the Rotary International Districts of Australia.

    You know the history?  A chance to respond to the needs of the community, firstly with research into Cot Death and now Mental Health. Benefits are applied back to the Community!

    Australian Rotary Health implements the findings, address the needs and rotary becomes a positive force.

    How do your donations work in supporting Healthier Minds, Bodies and Communities through Research, Scholarship, Awareness & Education?
    Determine how you can help as a Rotarian with the resources at hand!
    Encourages Rotarians to offer service to their community.
    Australian Rotary Health  apply your vocational expertise, service and leadership to tackle Mental Health through Community. 

    This bit is really important!  You energise & create Australian Rotary Health in your club!

    Publicise action-orientated support! Promote your signature activities to raise funds!
    How is your Mental Health?
    Through Community, we engage and build lifelong relationships that promote dialogue and a greater understanding of Mental Health. 

    The diversity in Rotary enables us to connect different perspectives and approaches to the Mental Health problems and research it from many angles!  Making it Fun!


    The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs.  It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of The Rotary Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

    The Rotary Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International's sixth President, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary "to do good in the world".  It has grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 to more than US$245 million contributed in 2007-08.  Its event-filled history is a story of Rotarians learning the value of service to humanity.

    The Rotary Foundation's Humanitarian Programs funds international Rotary Club and District projects to improve the quality of life, providing health care, clean water, food, education, and other essential needs primarily in the developing world.  One of the major Humanitarian Programs is PolioPlus, which seeks to eradicate the polio virus worldwide.


    Main avenues:
    • Annual Fund – personal & club donations; invested for three years, then returned to district for club projects
    • Endowment Fund
    • Polio Plus
    Donations to the Annual Fund are tax deductible – go to rotary.org/give
    In 2014-15 The Rotary Foundation put 92% of the funds into Rotary Programs - 2% administration, and 6% promotion.


    • Centurion membership for individual donations of A$100 a year – a district program
    • Paul Harris Fellow recognition for donations of US$1,000 by or on behalf of an individual – not an award but often given as a gift in recognition of service
    • Individual donations or commitments of US$1,000 a year become Paul Harris Society Members
    • Major donor recognition at $10,000 - $25,000 - $50,000 - $100,000 - $250,000


    District Grants

    Educational and Humanitarian activities consistent with the mission statement   “To do Good in the World”
    For smaller activities or projects, local or international – to be completed within the Rotary year
    Managed by District with grants up to $6,000 for International projects; $3,000 within Australia subject to a 100% match with club funding

    Global Grants

    For larger, longer term projects of at least $30,000 up to $200,000
    Sustainable, measurable outcomes, Alignment with the six areas of focus, District and clubs must be qualified

    2014-15 figures

    • Funds raised in our District US$343,520
    • Received by District from The Rotary Foundation US$425,839


    • Club raises $10,000 – matched at 50%
    • District funds $10,000 (say our own D9685 $6,000 plus $4,000 from overseas district) – matched at 100%
    • Matching by The Rotary Foundation $15,000 – the minimum global grant
    • Total Project Funding $35,000

    Further Reference

    ABOUT THE ROTARY FOUNDATION, GRANTS & PROJECTS Les Walsh 2016-06-20 14:00:00Z 0
    MAKE A LASTING DIFFERENCE Les Walsh 2016-06-18 14:00:00Z 0
    PHOTOS FROM OUR FIRST EVENING MEETING Les Walsh 2016-06-17 14:00:00Z 0


    Some time ago, Vernon Song proposed to his fellow Rotarians at the Rotary Club of Chatswood Sunrise that they explore the possibility of supplying HippoRollers to a village in South Africa where women and children traditionally cart buckets from local water sources to their homes - 20 litres (20 kgs!) carried either on the head or by hand.  Yet one HippoRoller can carry 90 litres,  All the weight is in the barrel and it's easily pushed or pulled.

    This week the fund-raising bore fruit: thirteen HippoRollers were delivered to the rural community of Mathibestad, northwest of Pretoria.  No longer are backs and necks strained; one trip to water replaces four; children can instead attend school.  Chatswood Sunrise, the "boutique" Rotary Club of the three in Willoughby, is pleased to be " a gift to the world" as it "serves humanity." And they have had fun doing it as well!

    (Once the exchange rate is taken into consideration - payment is in USD - each HippoRoller costs around $AUD200)
    For more information Google "HippoRoller" or see www.rotarychatswoodsunrise.org


    Did you know more than a billion people use social media every day?
    Social media is readily accessible, instantaneous, cost effective and user friendly. It offers our Rotary club a fantastic opportunity to communicate more effectively with members and supporters and can energise the way you promote your club and find new members.
    Here are just a few examples of ways our club is using social media:
    • Advising members and potential members when and where the next meeting will be and who the speaker is.
    • Sharing Facebook posts by Rotary International and our Rotary District 9685
    • Sharing details of our club’s events like our regular BBQs, special meetings etc
    • Following the Facebook pages of local businesses and organisations.  We may comment on their posts; or start a conversation.
    • Share stories and photos from our club service projects. When people see the great work our club is doing, they’re more likely to join.
    When people “like” your post or retweet it, it shares the info with their entire social network.
    Once you get active on social media, stay active. The more you’re connected, the more likely you are to make connections – and help us get new members.
    Getting started on social media can help our club get the word out, especially where younger people hang out, and attract new members.
    Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CrowsNestRotary and help the cause.
    GET SOCIAL Les Walsh 2016-06-14 14:00:00Z 0


    Congratulations to this year's recipients from our District in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours List:
    • Dr Nick Dorsch AM - For significant service to medicine as a neurosurgeon, to medical education and training both nationally and internationally, and to research (Chatswood)
    • PDG Danny Low OAM - for service to Rotary International (Mosman)
    • Peter Pearce OAM - for service to the international community through humanitarian programs (Gosford North)
    QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY HONOURS Les Walsh 2016-06-14 14:00:00Z 0
    CELEBRATE OUR CHANGEOVER Les Walsh 2016-06-07 14:00:00Z 0


    Great BBQ facilities - Warren Bolton
    There are 42 bridges in 154 miles from Miami to Key West, including the Seven Mile Bridge - Philip Smith; see more here
    OUR TRAVELLERS' SNAPS Les Walsh 2016-05-31 14:00:00Z 0


    Crows Nest Rotarians were part of an important community project of helping to raise funds for the Salvation Army through the Doorknock Appeal on Sunday 29 May.
    The Rotary Clubs of North Sydney, North Sydney Sunrise and Crows Nest, together with  Australian Catholic University again worked in partnership for this project.  Last year, we collected $13,000 on the day and hope to do even better this year.
    Three hours to help one million people was most appreciated.
    THREE HOURS HELPED ONE MILLION PEOPLE Les Walsh 2016-05-28 14:00:00Z 0


    Many of the earliest Rotarians believed that the optimal focus for Rotary was on stimulating ethical conduct in businesses and professions.  There was always a community focus as well, but that focus gained momentum when Rotary began expanding into smaller cities and towns, which often did not have the social and political structure for community action. Rotarians were the leaders of these communities, not just the leaders of their professions.  Their leadership and vision changed their communities and cemented the role of Rotary in community service. It took decades for Rotary to settle on the current structure of multiple avenues of service rather than a single primary goal. Community service had proven its worth and therefore will always be a central part of Rotary.
    In the smaller towns and cities, the need of community service was manifested in every quarter.  There was nothing abstruse about it; it called for action rather than study or the exercise of the imagination.  To one who employed few, if any clerks or helpers, the employer-employee relationship seemed not a serious matter.
    Certain leaders who were not adverse to community service, were nevertheless of the opinion that clubs should not participate as clubs; that they should go no further than to encourage their members to take part in community activities sponsored by other organizations, except in rare instances where there were no other organizations qualified to act; in which cases,  Rotary clubs might take up the work until other agencies could be organized for the purpose.

    (Paul Harris, This Rotarian Age, page 110)
    With thanks to the Rotary Global History Fellowship - the largest fellowship in Rotary
    Read the full text of Paul’s book, “This Rotarian Age” on the RGHF site at:
    THE CASE FOR A COMMUNITY FOCUS Les Walsh 2016-05-28 14:00:00Z 0


    Congratulations to the students who took part in the Model United Nations Assembly on the weekend of 14-15 May.  Very impressive work to represent your assigned countries so passionately.
    In the end it was the delegates of Colombia (SHORE School) - sponsored by Crows Nest Rotary - who took out the competition and will now go on to compete in the National MUNA this August.  Congratulations Columbia!
    SHORE SCHOOL EXCELS AT MUNA Les Walsh 2016-05-23 14:00:00Z 0


    Saturday 4 June marks the last scheduled BBQ at Bunnings Artarmon for the current six months.  It will be the 11th occasion this half-year that Bunnings customers have had the opportunity to taste how great are our snags!  The aroma simply brings the crowds.
    Fundraising is integral to the success of any charitable organisation.  The Rotary Club of Crows Nest is no exception. 
    In addition to the regular barbecue at Bunnings, Artarmon, the club coordinates the sale of Melbourne Cup Trifecta tickets   There will be more news about the latter shortly.
    These events not only help us raise money to assist others, but it also increases awareness in the community of Rotary and our Rotary Club of Crows Nest. 
    Our members have great fun being chefs and shop attendants every few weeks and the club as a whole owes all its volunteers a debt of gratitude.  We look forward to seeing you again at Bunnings in the next six months.
    There certainly is more to Rotary than just great sausages.
    CROWS NEST ROTARY COOKS GREAT SNAGS Les Walsh 2016-05-23 14:00:00Z 0


    Organised by the Rotary Club of Northbridge

    On 31 May* you are invited to a presentation at Rotary Club of  Northbridge  by Gillian Lewis, from the Australian National Maritime Museum, about the THE JAPANESE MIDGET SUBMARINE ATTACK ON SYDNEY HARBOUR IN May 1942. Coming ready or NOT....Find out the details of how the attack was carried out by courageous Japanese Naval personnel and the inadequate harbor defences.  It will be the 75th anniversary of the attacks so come along and prepare to be part of an amazing story.
    * 6:00 PM at Northbridge Golf Club, Sailors Bay Road, Northbridge. 
    Interested?  Register here so we can tell Northbridge how many are attending.
    Your attendance at this talk entitles you to a SPECIAL OFFER of 20% discount for group tours of over 10 people and 1 year membership. 1 year concessional membership is available for $48 and has the following benefits:
    • Free entry to the museum every day
    • Two guest passes
    • 20% discount for 4 guests
    • Free tea and coffee in the members lounge
    • Subscription to the SIGNALS magazine
    • Invitations to events at discounted prices
    A great opportunity to take friends and any grandchildren on an exciting day out in a beautiful location..
    THE JAPANESE MIDGET SUBMARINE ATTACK ON SYDNEY HARBOUR IN May 1942. Coming ready or NOT.... Les Walsh 2016-05-20 14:00:00Z 0


    The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self esteem, and employment skills of young Aboriginal men.  Since opening their first academy for boys in 2000, the Foundation has grown to cater for about 4,500 boys in 70 locations throughout Western Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria, NSW and Queensland. 
    The vehicle for achieving this outcome is Australian Rules and/or Rugby League.  The Foundation uses the existing passion that Aboriginal boys have for football to attract them into school and keep them there.  The programs are delivered through a network of football academies established in partnership with local schools.  Any Aboriginal male enrolled at the school is eligible to participate in the Clontarf Academy.
    But football is the vehicle and not the main game in helping a greater number complete the Higher School Certificate - 420 are enrolled for the HSC in 2016.
    FOOTBALL REACHES YOUNG PEOPLE Les Walsh 2016-05-16 14:00:00Z 0


    Our meeting on 9 May was a very enjoyable history lesson on Radio in Australia from a veteran in the industry.  Chris Joscelyne joined 7EX in 1966 as CJ the DJ in Launceston.  In 1986 he was appointed general manager of 2CH Sydney.
    His very informative talk was on the history of radio in Australia.  He had the whole room completely spell bound as he related how the first radios were sold with only one station available and this station depended on where you bought your radio.  For us this was a trip down memory lane as we remembered growing up with a lot of the things he spoke about.  For our younger members it was a fascinating history that most new nothing about.
    Chris is a very talented speaker and we had the feeling he could have spoken about growing potatoes and made it just as fascinating.  However his knowledge and experience in radio made this one of the best speakers we have had.
    Chris has been a Rotarian since 1973.
    THE HISTORY OF RADIO Les Walsh 2016-05-13 14:00:00Z 0


    Posted on Apr 21, 2016
    Dear Celia,
    Peace and all that is good to you. I hope and trust that all is fine and you and all the other members of Craw Lottery Club are doing well.
    I would like to thank you for the Education of the girls, I am grateful to you all and the Girls are too grateful.
    I am forwarding to you their end term performance reports of 2016 term 1. They are actually trying their very best and working hard in their studies. Let us keep on praying for them and giving them our support.
    Wishing you all the best and thanking you from deep in my heart.
    God bless you
    Sr. Genevieve
    REPORT FROM SISTER GENEVIEVE 2016-04-20 14:00:00Z 0


    The 2016 Council on Legislation may well be remembered as one of the most progressive in Rotary history.
    Not only did this Council grant clubs more freedom in determining their meeting schedule and membership, it also approved an increase in per capita dues of $4 a year for three years. The increase will be used to enhance Rotary’s website, improve online tools, and add programs and services to help clubs increase membership.
    The Council is an essential element of Rotary’s governance. Every three years, members from around the world gather in Chicago to consider proposed changes to the policies that govern the organization and its member clubs. Measures that are adopted take effect 1 July.
    The tone for this year was set early, when the RI Board put forth two proposals that increase flexibility. The first measure allows clubs to decide to vary their meeting times, whether to meet online or in person, and when to cancel a meeting, as long as they meet at least twice a month. The second allows clubs flexibility in choosing their membership rules and requirements. Both passed.
    Read more about the changes here.


    A life-changing opportunity for 19-35 year olds

    Global Leadership Initiative
    GLI is an intense leadership opportunity held in Norwalk Connecticut at the luxurious Dolce Convention Center (https://www.dolcenorwalk.com) July 26th-31st for global change makers between the ages of 19-35 years old. 

    During the week participants will be pushed personally and professional to become the leaders they have the potential to be.


    Deadly earthquake strikes in Ecuador
    Once again nature has intervened to adversely affect the lives of thousands of people.  This article outlines ShelterBox’s current position following the earthquake in Ecuador.  Once the Response Team has made its assessment, ShelterBox will be in a position to start moving aid into the country.
    We cannot ignore the plight of thousands of Ecuadorians now homeless, without good shelter and warmth, and deprived of human dignity.  ShelterBox hopes, once again, Rotary can come to the aid of the Ecuadorian people..
    [ Image: Damage caused by the massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador (Wikimedia http://ow.ly/4mOf7B) ] 
    DEADLY EARTHQUAKE STRIKES IN ECUADOR Les Walsh 2016-04-18 14:00:00Z 0


    Phil Lee, one of Australia’s leading personal growth experts, spoke to us on how to achieve extraordinary things in our personal and professional lives. He believes we all have a hidden rock star within, and shared how each of us have the power to transform our world way beyond what we believe is possible. Using his personal experiences, and the fact that 87% of people are “Unengaged” at work, he walked us thru his 5 principles.
    Those being
    1. Define & Decide (What you want & where)
    2. Cut the excuses
    3. Get the right Help
    4. Do the work
    5. Celebrate daily with gratitude and Contribute
    No matter what age you are, YOU need to CHOOSE to make your life EXTRAORDINARY!
    Don’t give up on your dreams – Many do.
    PERSONAL GROWTH - PHIL LEE Mark Staples 2016-04-06 14:00:00Z 0


    Our Past President, Bruce de Graaf was again recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) at our meeting on 21 March when Past District Governor Harold Sharp presented him with a Sapphire added to his PHF lapel pin..
    Apart from having held the offices of President (twice), Secretary and other positions in this club, Bruce is currently the Youth Service Chair for Rotary District 9685 and next year will assume the role of Membership Director for the District.
    He has been a Blood donor since 1979 and has clocked up over 435 individual donations.  He is an Ambassador for Operation Cleft; facilitates a local Bushcare Group and is involved in football. 
    Bruce has been a Rotarian since September 2005.
    In whatever capacity he serves, Bruce adds a valued perspective and this is evidenced in this latest recognition.
    Congratulations again Bruce.
    BRUCE DE GRAAF RECOGNISED Les Walsh 2016-03-23 13:00:00Z 0


    Our guest speaker on Monday 21 March was Claire Pryce, Philanthropy Manager with So They Can.
    SoTheyCan is our newest corporate member.
    The organisation is based in Crows Nest.  It was started by two Northbridge women in 2007 following post-election violence/massacres in Kenya where 250,000 people were internally displaced, many of these people were young children.
    So  They Can’s Goal is to educate and empower communities in Africa so they can break the poverty cycle and enable them to realise their own potential and meet their own needs.
    SO THEY CAN Peter Coote 2016-03-22 13:00:00Z 0
    TOGETHER WE ARE CHANGING LIVES FOR THE BETTER Les Walsh 2016-03-22 13:00:00Z 0


    The presentation by Dr Sam Prince at the District Conference was excellent and definitely one of the highlights.
    For those that have asked, the restaurants in Sydney are:
    • Mejico - 105 Pitt Street, Sydney
    • Indu - 350 George Street, Sydney
    CONFERENCE POSTSCRIPT Les Walsh 2016-03-21 13:00:00Z 0


    The Rotary Leadership Institute has two courses organised for later this year. This of course is of great benefit to all Rotarians, but particularly for those who will become members of our club board from 1 July and for our newer members.
    The course is run over three days, morning tea and lunch are supplied.
    The day starts at 8:30 and should be completed around 3:45 pm.
    The course is held at the Rotary District 9685 office in Sefton Road, Thornleigh.
    The course dates are: 
    • Course 33  30 April, 11 June and 2 July
    • Course 34 18 June, 9 July and 16 July
    If you wish to register for one of these courses, please register on-line at this link.

    DO YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ROTARY Les Walsh 2016-03-21 13:00:00Z 0
    DISTRICT CONFERENCE A HUGE SUCCESS Les Walsh 2016-03-14 13:00:00Z 0


    Our hearts go out to those affected by the devastation wreaked by Cyclone Winston in Fiji.
    Some 35,000 people are currently sheltering in 424 evacuation centres.  Thousands of homes have been seriously damaged or totally destroyed and the Fijian Government has declared a state of emergency.
    ShelterBox has been working with Sea Mercy to deliver aid to affected islands.  ShelterBox response teams are currently distributing 100 tents and 82 ShelterBoxes in the most hard-hit villages, and 208 more ShelterBoxes and 2000 solar lights are en route for Fiji.  However, this number is only scratching the surface, and the operations team has identified a large number of additional households who are in desperate need of shelter. The team plans to send 2000 ShelterBoxes to meet this shelter challenge.
    In order to support the 2000 households who have lost their homes, ShelterBox needs to raise an additional $2 million.  ShelterBox’s support will enable families whose homes were destroyed in the cyclone to move into secure, dry shelter and return them their dignity.  The 2000 solar lamps will provide light, protect vulnerable families from threat and enable them to resume livelihood activities.
    Support the 'ShelterBox Solution' and help families who have lost everything to disaster. Please ...........
    Read on for more detail


    Jeremy wasn’t only born with a huge hole in his heart, but with adventure and a love of the great outdoors pulsing through his veins. With those passions in life he couldn’t have wished for a better place to grow up than New Zealand.  With his insatiable hunger to explore more of the world Jeremy moved to London which he used as a base to travel extensively throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.
    Despite seeing more of the world that most people ever dream of doing, he felt there was still so much more to explore and set off on his incredible 52,000km solo bike ride around the globe.
    His lust for new challenges didn’t stop there.  At the completion of that epic journey Jeremy wrote his first book “The Long Road From A Broken Heart” and continues to further his career in Public Speaking and Photography.
    During his epic ride Jeremy raised funds for the New Zealand, Australian and British Heart Foundations and continues to work closely with these Charities which mean so much to him on a personal level.
    Jeremy's presentation on 29 February was a personal story about a journey from life saving open heart surgery as a child through to an adult who spent 2.5 years cycling 52000 Klm around the planet.  It was both entertaining and inspirational, the images from around the world were stunning and his story highlighted what anybody can achieve with an adventurous spirit and the courage to go beyond those first few kilometres!
    He has raised $28000 for Australian, New Zealand and British Heart Foundations.  
    Learn more about Jeremy on his website.


    This week, the School for Life reached another milestone in it's history.

    Mbaazi Riverside Primary School opened on Tuesday.  The School for Life couldn't be prouder of their incredible team for their hard work and dedication to make this happen!

    40 pre-school and 40 kindergarten students have enrolled at Mbaazi Primary and they are all so excited to be given brand new uniforms and start learning!
    Read more here
    SCHOOL FOR LIFE OPENS SECOND SCHOOL Les Walsh 2016-02-24 13:00:00Z 0
    OPENING OF PHOENIX HOUSE LEARNING LAB Les Walsh 2016-02-10 13:00:00Z 0


    Aphasia, is a language disorder caused by damage to the brain.
    Colleen Kerr together with Sean O’Brien, Diane Finch and Bernard Chandra came to speak to us on Monday 8 February about the issue of Aphasia.
    Read more to discover more about Aphasia
    LIVING WITH APHASIA Alon Beran 2016-02-09 13:00:00Z 0


    District Assembly - Saturday 16 April 2016

    Training for all 2016-17 Club Board Members


    The Kings School

    Pennant Hills Road, Parramatta


    Registrations from 0800 and the day begins at 0900.


    The training content will be informative and entertaining.

    It is a Rotary International requirement that each club is represented at PETS and District Assembly.


     Register at assembly.rotarydistrict9685.org.au 

    REGISTER FOR DISTRICT ASSEMBLY Les Walsh 2016-02-01 13:00:00Z 0
    THE OBJECT OF ROTARY Les Walsh 2016-01-24 13:00:00Z 0


    Quality speakers and outstanding stories of service and achievement will be the highlight of the Rotary District 9685 Annual Conference planned for Canberra on March 11 and 12.
    Rotary District 9685 stretches from the Blue Mountains to Gosford and back to the north western districts of Sydney. It is one of the largest and most successful Rotary Districts in Australia.
    District Governor Gina Growden chose the Canberra Convention Centre as the venue for her major event of the year because of the quality and pricing of the facility and nearby accommodation – compared to other major venues around NSW.
    Always the innovator, Governor Gina has created a unique opportunity for Conference patrons in that weekend sessions will be confined to Friday evening; and Saturday – with a free day to explore and shop in Canberra on Sunday!
    Saturday evening will be a fun night at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra with Rotarians and partners dressing in special sporting theme costumes.
    Another innovative feature of Governor Gina’s planning is her invitation to the general public to attend the Conference to be informed, enlightened and entertained!
    Interested members should go to the District Conference website –
    http://conference.rotarydistrict9685.org.au – for registration details and additional information.   To go direct to the online registration site, click here.


    My club does not have a vocational service committee.  However, last year when I surveyed my colleagues, it became apparent that the concept of vocational service is deeply integrated into the fabric of our club.  My fellow club members knew that through their Rotary affiliation they were using their skills and expertise to do good in our community and the world.
    For example, although at the time we did not consciously consider our club’s International Women’s Day event as a vocational service project, it is an example of an application of the concept by my club.
    At the 2014 RI International Convention in Sydney, a local Women in Rotary group .....


    ClubRunner has made available two new templates at no extra cost., and included an image carousel  
    We have updated the website with one of them and added some images to help promote our club.
    Let Les know what you think
    CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE Les Walsh 2016-01-19 13:00:00Z 0


    Two off-duty policewomen will start a 357km trek from Martin Place in Sydney at 7am on 3 March, to kick-start the 10-day Trek for Timor to Parliament House in Canberra, arriving 12 March.
    Rotarians Libby Bleakley and Teresa Beck (both Australian Federal Police members) are walking a different beat to raise funds for their Community and Youth Centre ‘Sentru Formasaun Ba Juventude’, in Dili, Timor-Leste.
    POLICEWOMEN WALK A DIFFERENT BEAT Les Walsh 2016-01-19 13:00:00Z 0


    Rotary International President-elect John Germ believes everyone recognises the opportunity to serve Rotary for what it truly is: not a small opportunity, but a great one; an opportunity of a lifetime to change the world for the better, forever through Rotary’s service to humanity.
    "Rotary members around the globe are serving humanity by providing clean water to underdeveloped communities, promoting peace in conflict areas, and strengthening communities through basic education and literacy. But none more important than our work to eradicate polio worldwide", he said.
    PE Peter will learn more about the theme at PETS
    2016-17 Club Executives will attend District Assembly to learn more
    'ROTARY SERVING HUMANITY’ IS 2016-17 PRESIDENTIAL THEME Les Walsh 2016-01-19 13:00:00Z 0


    Rotary members are vital to recruiting qualified candidates.  You can help advance peace in troubled areas around the world by promoting peace fellowships and supporting peace fellow candidates through the application process.
    Some of the best candidates for Rotary Peace Fellowships are in your community.
    HOW TO PROMOTE PEACE FELLOWSHIPS 2016-01-19 13:00:00Z 0


    Rotarians serve, empower, and inspire others by using their vocational skills and expertise to address community needs and help others discover new vocational opportunities. Here are a couple of ways that Rotarians are applying their expertise to the needs of their communities:
    • Rotarians from the  Rotary Club of Phoenix in Mauritius provide career counseling for university students. The club also encourages members’ spouses and friends to offer counseling and share hands-on experiences to help the students focus their career goals.
    • In Gujarat, India, the Rotary Club of Rajkot Midtown set up a vocational training center for women in the community. The center provides training in areas such as computers, sewing, beauty care, dancing, cooking, and arts, aiming to equip the women with needed job skills. Since its launch about a decade ago, the center has helped several thousand women find jobs.
    Be inspired by reading how others celebrate Vocational Service Month.
    ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP Les Walsh 2016-01-16 13:00:00Z 0


    This might test the memories of our older members, and intrigue newer Rotarians:
    * The club visited Malaysia in 1992 - ask Howard about this goodwill visit and see more here
    * The Club commenced a Peer Support Program in 1980 at North Sydney Girls High - it went on to grow within our District and externally as the Peer Support Foundation - see peersupport.edu.au and our club's involvement here
    * An Australia - New Zealand Speech contest was commenced around 1970 in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Whangarei; see more here
    Today, there are four clubs in Whangarei: Whangarei, Whangarei City, Whangarei South, Whangarei Sunrise
    The Wharangerei website notes that a Speech Contest for Secondary School Students was started in 1961 and held every year since.
                                      Aim of the Contest is to promote the art of public speaking amongst young people.
                                      The winner each year wins a all expense paid holiday to Australia hosted by the Rotary Club of Tweed Heads.
    DID YOU KNOW? Les Walsh 2016-01-11 13:00:00Z 0
    ROTARY LODGE Les Walsh 2016-01-11 13:00:00Z 0


    Our member Philip rode part of The Big Ride - 2 to 11 November 2015 - from Cobar NSW to Griffith NSW – The long and winding way! 
    In this issue of the International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians' newsletter there is a report of the ride commencing on page 4.
    As a bonus, there are some snaps of Philip!
    PHILIP’S BIG RIDE Les Walsh 2016-01-02 13:00:00Z 0
    SCHOOL FOR LIFE NEWSLETTER Les Walsh 2015-12-15 13:00:00Z 0
    THE STORY OF ROTARY Les Walsh 2015-12-15 13:00:00Z 0


    The Rotary Club of Crows Nest’s Giving Night is a relatively new tradition, started in the past five years. We invite our Rotarians and their partners together with representatives of charitable organisations selected by the immediate past president to join us for dinner – and on this occasion, celebrate the festive season. We take pleasure in handing over sizeable amounts of money to allow the charities to continue to make a difference to their clients.
    View the photos here and read on for the details
    2014-15 GIVING NIGHT CELEBRATION Les Walsh 2015-12-14 13:00:00Z 0
    MEET OUR CHARTER MEMBERS Les Walsh 2015-12-14 13:00:00Z 0


    Our guest speakers were Eddy Pinto and Amina Paraujo from Timor Leste.  Both were facilitators at our first Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) in TL six years ago.  Eddy then became our RYLA director in TL and currently acts as the coordinator of RYLA, RYPEN and Community Service groups in all of TL  Amina has been studying in Darwin at University and has just completed her Bachelor of Human Science and Community Service Degree.

    RYLA IN TIMOR LESTE Angelo Raveane 2015-12-08 13:00:00Z 0


    The Rotary Club of Crows Nest began by holding an interest meeting early in 1969 at The Crows Nest Club in Hayberry St, where all of the selected persons decided to join the club.
    We started operating on the 30 April 1969, with 31 members and the club was chartered on 10 June 1969.  Of the 31 members present only 2 had any previous rotary experience.
    As we were chartered by North Sydney Rotary, who held their meetings at lunch time, we commenced with lunchtime meetings.  Many times over the years, it has been suggested that we hold our regular meetings at night, but the majority of members have always rejected this.
    CROWS NEST ROTARY - YESTERDAY & TODAY Cyril Clark 2015-12-08 13:00:00Z 0


    Looking like a little boy lost in the big city ' Junior ' John Kali is in Sydney from Honaira, Solomon Islands.
    Just two and half years of age and wondering what all the fuss is about.
    John is here with his mother Junita, and is scheduled for a heart procedure at Westmead Children's Hospital.
    Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children ( ROMAC ) is Rotary in action of a special kind, identifying children who could not otherwise access surgery, facilitating medical assessments, transport, host families, hospital, medical and other support.
    While in Sydney John and his mum will be hosted by the Rotary Club of Glenhaven, thanks to regular ROMAC hosts, Rotarians Liz and Hans Rupp.
    ROMAC, A TEAM EFFORT … Les Walsh 2015-12-03 13:00:00Z 0


    Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) has a two year old boy arriving on 30 November for surgery at The Childrens Hospital Westmead.
    Our Philip Smith is looking for a Host Parent, as well as volunteers to take the patient and mother to and from the hospital.
    Host Parents are needed for the period 30 November to say 15 December.  There will be a procedure on 9 December with an overnight stay.
    The child, John and his mother Junita, are from the Solomon Islands; they would speak good English.  John, aged 2 now, is scheduled for heart procedures at The Childrens Hospital Westmead.

    If you know of someone who is willing to be a host parent when the child is not in hospital, please contact Philip on 0419 20 30 20 or email d9685chair@romac.org.au
    ROMAC NEEDS SOME VOLUNTEERS Les Walsh 2015-11-24 13:00:00Z 0


    Dr Tony White AM is the author of ‘Starlight’ which was the ‘Doc’s’ call sign on the battalion radio network during the Vietnam War.
    He spoke of his experiences at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Crows Nest which was greatly appreciated.
    Incidentally, Tony, with his nurse-wife Doffy, did an annual dermatological circuit with the Royal Flying Doctor Service out of Broken Hill for 16 years.
    Read on for an account of his talk to us.
    TONY WHITE'S VIETNAM EXPERIENCE Angelo Raveane 2015-11-19 13:00:00Z 0
    DID YOU NOTICE Les Walsh 2015-11-18 13:00:00Z 0


      These archival photos are from the Canberra District Conference in 2003 when our member Harold Sharp was District Governor  
    12 days left to register at concessional rates!
    Members are encouraged to register individually
    Register before 1 December to be eligible for Early Bird pricing - and the Early Bird Prize of a case of Tyrrell's wine.  Full conditions are available here. That could be an estimated benefit of around $300 just for being early (for a couple & if you are the winner!).
    Remember, delegates also need to secure their own accommodation.
    All Conference information is available on the Conference website conference.rotarydistrict9685.org.au
    WHO DO YOU RECOGNISE 12 YEARS ON? Les Walsh 2015-11-18 13:00:00Z 0
    2015 GIVING NIGHT & CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION Les Walsh 2015-11-17 13:00:00Z 0


    Mental Health Grant Recipient Dr Lauren McLellan donned a hat to write about the research project she leads at the Macquarie University Centre for Emotional Health.
    She talked about how to help children overcome their fears and be resilient in this interview with The Morning Show. For more information about the Cool Kids Online program discussed in this segment please visit the Cool Kids Online website.
    Lauren is increasing the availability of anxiety treatment for children and families who can't usually access face-to-face services, such as those in regional or remote areas, through online delivery.
    Fun Fact: Australian Rotary Health has been supporting the Cool Kids program for over 15 years!
    HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS Les Walsh 2015-11-13 13:00:00Z 0


    The concept of the Tree of Joy was adopted by the Rotary Club of Chatswood many years ago, and our club has partnered with that club for several years. The objectives are to provide Christmas gifts to those people who might not otherwise receive one. 
    Some time before Christmas, various welfare centres advise their requirements.  Appropriate labels are printed describing a person's need.  The labels are then placed on Christmas trees located in prominent positions.
    The public are then invited to take a card/label from the tree, purchase the gift and return it to the manned tree for ultimate distribution to the recipients via the welfare agency prior to Christmas.  Over the many years that our Club has been involved in this project we have collected many thousands of gifts as well as money which goes to purchase IGA vouchers for the distribution to needy families in the drought affected areas of NSW.
    Charities supported include Youth off the Steets, Centrecare, Lifeline, SA.Mission Australia, St Vincents De Paul, Sunnyfield, Streetworks as well as Royal North Shore Hospital and several nursing homes.
    Visit us at Chatswood Chase.
    For more information about our Club's projects, visit this page on our website
    TREE OF JOY Les Walsh 2015-11-10 13:00:00Z 0


    Our last meeting heard that the Hippo Roller is a South African conceived water carrying device that gives the gift of time to families living in poverty in Africa.
    Read on as our member Tiff Kellar reports on this low cost project that is helping communities improve access to water – 90 litres at a time.
    THE HIPPO ROLLER Tiff Kellar 2015-11-04 13:00:00Z 0


    Many of our meetings tear at heartstrings and our meeting on Monday 26 October was no exception - very informative and emotional.
    Our members heard Adrian Talbot represent Homes for Heroes which is part of RSL Lifecare - a charitable organisation that was formed in 1911 to provide care to war veterans.  Services were initially provided at Bare Island, Botany Bay, until moving to Narrabeen in 1939.  From small beginnings providing care and service to just a handful of war veterans, the organisation has grown to be one of the largest senior living services in Australia.
    Adrian told his moving personal story.  Read on to share his story as told to us.
    HOMES FOR HEROES Les Walsh 2015-10-27 13:00:00Z 0



    ROTARY DISTRICT 9685 Rotary Global Grant Scholarship in 2016

    Invitation to a young person interested in international postgraduate study to apply for a Rotary District 9685 Global Grant Scholarship

    The purpose of the Global Grant Scholarship program is to support international study at post graduate level.  
    Rotary District 9685 supports the Global Grant Scholarship Program of The Rotary Foundation and will offer one Global Grant Scholarship in 2016. This scholarship program is funded by a District 9685 grant of US$15,000 which is matched by the Rotary Foundation providing a scholarship to the total value of US$30,000.
      Follow this link for full particulars  
    ROTARY GLOBAL GRANT SCHOLARSHIP IN 2016 Les Walsh 2015-10-27 13:00:00Z 0


    Probus is a community service activity of Rotary clubs.
    It is an association for active members of the community, and for those no longer working full time, to join together in clubs for a new lease of life.
    Its basic purpose is to advance intellectual and cultural interests amongst adult persons; to provide regular opportunities to progress healthy minds and active bodies through social interaction and activities, expand interests and to enjoy the fellowship of new friends.
    Age is not a number but how you feel inside.
    Probus offers many member benefits to keep you young, including international and domestic travel, day trip excursions, luncheons and opportunities to meet new friends.
    The Probus Club of Crows Nest is a combined club of about 50 members.
    Activities include a monthly meeting with a guest speaker, outings and lunches.
    Crows Nest Probus meets at 10 am on the third Thursday of each month at the Community Centre.
    Read more on its website here.
    PROBUS IS IN CROWS NEST Les Walsh 2015-10-20 13:00:00Z 0


    The next Rotary Leadership Institute course, course 30, will be run on 15 & 29 November and 13 December for parts 1,2 and 3 respectively.

    The course will be held at our district in Thornleigh.
    As there are still a few vacancies you can apply to register or seek further information from Pam Pritchard by emailing Pam on pam.1@bigpond.net.au
    Alternatively you can also email rli.2015-16@rotarydistrict9685.org.au for further information.
    We look forward to hearing from you
    HURRY TO LEARN ABOUT ROTARY Les Walsh 2015-10-20 13:00:00Z 0


    A small but appreciative audience attended the Kolling institute on Tuesday night to hear Dr Charles Brooker of the Pain Management Research Institute, speak about conquering pain.  He is an Anaesthetist and Pain Medicine Specialist involved in acute and chronic pain medicine and related clinical research.
    His address was delayed as his clinic was extended after a ground-breaking procedure earlier in the day - see addendum below
    Dr Paul Wrigley also spoke as did two patients.  There was a variety of questions.  All who attended commented positively that they received a lot from the discussion.  Most of the 'newcomers' appear likely to become 'Friends' of PMRI and will receive news about PMRI happenings.
    The seminar was sponsored by Crows Nest in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Northbridge on behalf of Lower North Shore Rotary clubs.


    You may be aware that PMRI scientists and researchers have been consulting on a new spinal cord stimulation technology.  On Tuesday the first trial patient received an implant of the new device, with another 30 or so trials planned in the weeks ahead. 

    Channel 9 reported on the first procedure in last night's prime time news.  To view the report, click on this link.
    A more comprehensive report appears in the Sydney Morning Herald.  Click on this link to read their report.
    There was also a radio interview with breakfast announcer Robby Buck on 702 ABC early this morning with Professor Cousins.
    And the ABC "World Today" program aired the following report by journalist Lindy Kerin: Click Here for the latter program including interviews with both Dr Brooker and Professor Cousins.
    Exciting times for the Pain Management Research Institute, Saluda Medical and the thousands of people living with back pain! 
    PAIN MANAGEMENT SEMINAR A SUCCESS Les Walsh 2015-10-13 13:00:00Z 0


    We sometimes forget and use various Rotary acronyms in our day to day chatter.  If you don't know what we are referring to, ask;  if you do, please remind us to speak plainly.
    The mysteries might be solved by referring to the link to the list of acronyms on our website where you might find another definition for a CHEF (Clothe, House, Educate, Feed).  By the way, that list is New Zealand based and it is one of many you will find if you search for 'Rotary Acronyms'.
    The ABC's of Rotary are short articles about Rotary first published in the weekly bulletin of the Rotary Club of North Stockton, California, USA.  Originally called "Did Ya Know?", the pieces were prepared to share interesting facts about Rotary International with members of the North Stockton club.  When their author, Cliff Dochterman, became President of Rotary International in 1992-93, the articles were collected and published as The ABCs of Rotary.  The collection, which is periodically updated, provides a guide for Rotarians to the colorful history of their organization, its customs and traditions and the current status of its global programs.  They are also on our website.
    SOME MORE ABOUT ROTARY Les Walsh 2015-10-03 14:00:00Z 0


    Come to the Theatre of the Kolling institute at the Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards  at 6.00pm on Tuesday October 13, and hear Dr Charles Brooker of the Pain Management Research Institute, talking about conquering pain.

    Dr Charles Brooker is an Anaesthetist and Pain Medicine Specialist with over 17 years’ experience practicing in pain medicine.  He is involved in acute and chronic pain medicine and related clinical research.  Dr Brooker is currently Director of the Chronic and Cancer Pain Service and Head of the Department of Pain Medicine at the Royal North Shore Hospital.

    Find the Kolling Institute here

    Download the flyer and get more information from the our website

    CONQUERING PAIN Les Walsh 2015-10-02 14:00:00Z 0


    Fancy helping our charity coffers to help others and at the same time having a fun night?
    Join us at Club Willoughby on Saturday 24 October for our Charity Poker Night.
    More details here
    Even though it is advertised as a Poker Night, it is more than that - it is a great way to catch up for some fun and fellowship even if you are not interested in playing poker.  Bring your partners and any friends who may be interested in joining us for a fun night, and a most enjoyable evening.
    ENJOY A POKER HAND FOR CHARITY Les Walsh 2015-10-02 14:00:00Z 0


    The Butterfly Foundation represents all people affected by eating disorders and negative body image – a person with the illness, their family and their friends. As a leading national voice in supporting their needs, Butterfly highlights the realities of seeking treatment for recovery, and advocates for improved services from both government and independent sources.
    The Butterfly Foundation is a member of our Club.
    Kirsten Campbell is the National Manager for Corporate Services of The Butterfly Foundation which is based in Crows Nest.  She will be speaking to us at our next meeting on Monday 12 October.
    THE BUTTERFLY FOUNDATION Les Walsh 2015-09-29 14:00:00Z 0


    We’re closer than ever to ending polio, so find out how you can help us finish the job during our third annual World Polio Day live-streamed global status update. Join Rotary’s global partners, celebrity ambassadors, and polio survivors broadcasting live from New York City on 24 October at 09:30 AM AEDT.
    But don’t wait to celebrate how far we’ve come. Here are ways you can make a difference now:
    • Download the World Polio Day tool kit and join our worldwide network of End Polio Now advocates.
    • Share our social media graphics to show your support for the final push to end polio.
    • Donate or host a fundraiser. Every donation that we commit to polio eradication will be tripled by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
    GET INFORMED AND TAKE ACTION ON WORLD POLIO DAY Les Walsh 2015-09-23 14:00:00Z 0


    Over 4 million refugees have fled Syria and more than 16 million people are in need of assistance. The majority are in desperate need of shelter and other vital aid, leaving their homes with just the few possessions they can carry. The need for emergency shelter and essential aid is now is greater than ever.
    SYRIA REFUGEE APPEAL les.k.walsh@gmail.com 2015-09-14 14:00:00Z 0

    TIMOR LESTE 2015

    RYLA East Timor closing ceremony. Very emotional for participants.
    Our member, Angelo Raveane was in the leadership team
    TIMOR LESTE 2015 Les Walsh 2015-09-14 14:00:00Z 0
    CHARITY POKER NIGHT - SATURDAY 24 OCTOBER Mark Staples 2015-09-07 14:00:00Z 0


    Come to the Theatre of the Kolling institute at the Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards  at 6.00pm on Tuesday October 13,and hear Dr Charles Brooker of the Pain Management Research Institute, talking about conquering pain.

    Dr Charles Brooker is an Anaesthetist and Pain Medicine Specialist with over 17 years’ experience practicing in pain medicine.  He is involved in acute and chronic pain medicine and related clinical research.  Dr Brooker is currently Director of the Chronic and Cancer Pain Service and Head of the Department of Pain Medicine at the Royal North Shore Hospital.

    Find the Kolling Institute here

    EFFECTIVE PAIN MANAGEMENT STARTS HERE Les Walsh 2015-09-07 14:00:00Z 0
    OUR MISSING PRESIDENT AN INTREPID CYCLIST Les Walsh 2015-09-07 14:00:00Z 0


    Phoenix House  is a community based organisation that has been in operation for more than 30 years. It provides early intervention and support services for young people living in Sydney’s northern suburbs. Its services have been expanded to provide free confidential counselling, community support and entitlements, information and programmes to support education, training and employment.  Its key objectives are 1) place challenged young people at the heart of what we do 2) build trusting relationships with these young people and support them as long as they need us 3) support them to be Learn ready, Work ready & Life ready.  
    Mary reminded us that 1:8 of north shore’s youth are not in school or employment, Mosman’s has one of the highest volumes of domestic violence figures in Sydney.
    Under their Learn Ready program Phoenix House has 17 referrals from schools attending their Transit course with 3 obtaining employment, 1 has an apprenticeship and 6 returning to Years 11 & 12 at school. There were all assigned case worker.
    The Work Ready program aims at giving them work experiences with Rotary scholarships playing a key role (i.e.  Real Estate apprenticeship). Mary had recently attended a government youth employment round table, and it looking at engaging more local businesses.
    Life ready is about life skills competencies. Currently looking for ideas & volunteers for teaching youths to learn to drive.
    On the financial side they are aiming to significantly reduce their need for government funding, and really appreciated the “fund raising” review done by Crows Nest Rotary. Thanks to Harold & Alon. 
    For more information please visit Phoenix House
    PHOENIX HOUSE - MARY BIDDLE Mark Staples 2015-09-01 14:00:00Z 0


    Each week our District Australian Rotary Health (ARH) Committee will provide a short informative note about ARH for our Club eNews.
    Did you know that ARH is one of the largest non-Government organisations funding mental health research?
    Clubs in Rotary District 9685 are great supporters - like the Rotary Club of North Ryde's Fun Run last Sunday, 30 August.
    Contact Barbara Bartlett (our Community Service Chair) or our District Rep, Graeme Davies for more details.


    The Rotary Club of Roseville Chase are delighted to present An Evening with Rod Macqueen AM on Tuesday 8 September 2015.

    Rod Macqueen AM is a leader in the sports world as well as a motivator, mentor and innovative thinker in life and in business. He is an internationally renowned coach, winning every trophy available during his 4 year tenure as Head Coach of the Australian Wallabies including; the Rugby Union World Cup, Tri-Nations Series and British and Irish Lions Series. He was previously a top level surfboat rowing and rugby athlete. He is an Associate Member in the Australian Sports Hall of Fame and his autobiography One Step Ahead was a best seller. He is also a highly successful businessman as Chairman of Advantage Line, a multi-million dollar point of sale advertising company. Rod Macqueen was awarded as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003.

    Rod is a patron for the Sargood Foundation – www.sargood.org.au.

    As Edwin Zemancheff interviews Rod, hear stories from the world of Rugby, life beyond coaching and the work of the Sargood Foundation. It promises to be a memorable evening!

    Attached is a flyer, biography of Rod and a registration form are available on the District website here.

    The club looks forward to seeing you and your table of family, friends and colleagues on 8 September. Please RSVP by 1/9/15  - places are booking quickly!

    AN EVENING WITH ROD MACQUEEN Les Walsh 2015-08-25 14:00:00Z 0


    Great News!
    After Shore was selected as the reserve team to represent our Rotary District 9685 at the National Model United National Assembly (MUNA), they represented Brazil & came away as the winners!
    We can all be proud in our program for having prepared them so well to take out the title!


    You are invited to attend a special screening of the new feature film "Ambrosia"  by director Rhiannon Bannenberg at Hayden Orpheum, Cremorne, on Tuesday 8th September.

    The film deals with the psychological impact of chronic pain on a young woman's life.  Several Friends of PMRI attended the preview screening on 23rd July. 
    "The film represents  a break through in communicating the impact of chronic pain, not just on the life of the person suffering, but the flow-on effects on family and friends. Warren"
    AMBROSIA - A SPECIAL SCREENING Les Walsh 2015-08-15 14:00:00Z 0


     SHINE for Kids, a Rotary program, supports children of prisoners to develop coping mechanisms and provides opportunities for these children to support each other. It helps create hope, as well as inspire them to reach their potential, nurture their growth and empower them to succeed. Dennis Van Someran has been a volunteer with Shine's and with many of his formative years affected by having a father in prison, used his experience and examples to give us an informative rundown of the emotions that a young child goes thru and how SHINE tries to bring “normality” to the fractured relationship between Parent & Child. They attempt to “Break the Cycle” of Kids (the victims) also ending up in jail.    
    SHINE for Kids  provides mentoring, transportation, as well as education and organises activity days with their parent(s) during school holidays. Current estimates are that there are over 60,000 children affected by their parents' imprisonment in Australia in any one year. Shine has been around in NSW for 30 years, and now has a presence in Victoria & ACT, with a move into Queensland this year. SHINE, with 30 employees & 300 volunteers, costs $2.5Million per year to survive with the Government supplying approx. 50% of the funds.
    SHINE FOR KIDS - DENNIS VAN SOMERAN Mark Staples 2015-08-09 14:00:00Z 0


    A Royal North Shore Hospital nurse is on a mission to raise awareness for organ donation by riding her bike from Wyong to Canberra during DonateLife Week. See Peter Clark's picture below and the North Shore Times' article here.
    DonateLife Week is the national awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation in Australia. In 2015, DonateLife Week will be held from Sunday 2 August to Sunday 9 August.
    DonateLife Week provides a timely reminder to all Australians of the need to discuss their donation decision with loved ones, and to ask and know their donation decisions.  It’s a week dedicated to having the chat that saves lives.
    We invite you to get involved.


    The School for Life Foundation's Early Learning Centre, Assembly Hall and Tailoring Centre is nearly complete!

    The pre-schoolers are excited about their new classroom!

    The construction team have been hard at work completing the final touches on the new building at Katuuso. It is scheduled to open in the coming weeks and will be a great new space for students, staff and the community.
    Read this and more stories in the latest newsletter of the School for Life Foundation here.


    Jay, a 7 year stage three melanoma survivor, as well as a Community Coordinator for the MIA, spoke passionately about what the MIA does.  Using his own experience, he explained about Melanoma, the activities of the Institute, especially the focus on prevention and support groups.
    MIA evolved from the Sydney Melanoma Unit formed in the early 1960s by Dr Gerald Milton at Sydney Hospital. In 2008, with the impetus provided by Greg Poche’s incredible philanthropy, the Unit evolved into the Melanoma Institute of Australia and the Poche Centre was built at Wollstonecraft.  This purpose-built, world-class, integrated melanoma treatment facility does Clinical Trials, Research, Bio-specimen banks & maintains Research Databases. It 70 staff handle around 7-8000 visits per year.
    In terms of Melanoma, it is important to note that 90% of cases are treatable if detected early enough. 15,000 cases are detected each year in Australia, with about 1500 deaths.
    It was noted that areas not exposed to the sun, can be at risk, normally due to family history.  It was pleasing to see the MIA focus on prevention thru awareness (i.e. school visits) and activities like getting Sun beds banned in all States.  Jay’s own story highlight the need immediately see a GP if any change in your moles / skin. 
    Finally, as well as raising awareness, there is the need for fund raising. The MIA raised $700,000 in its annual march last year, as well as $160,000 in a walk from Melbourne to Sydney.  Our support is needed in both Fund raising & raising awareness
    MELANOMA INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA – JAY ALLEN Mark Staples 2015-08-03 14:00:00Z 0


    Walter Bock asks:
    Burwood Rotary is putting a group together for a visit to the Phillipines. Do you think some of the Crow’s Nest members and friends would like to do likewise, ie go over in a group to visit. We try to keep the numbers to under ten people.
    Walter Bock, OAM 
    The Rotary Club of Burwood District 9675 – Australia
    10 Gollan Ave. Oatlands NSW 2117 
    Ph: (+612) 9630 7440 Fax: (+612) 9630 5943
    Mobile: 0422 276 268 Email: wbock@optusnet.com.au
    Days for Girls
    National Coordinator: Philippines
    RAWCS Project '24' Year '2014-2015'


    DAYS FOR GIRLS - TRIP TO THE PHILLIPINES Philip Smith 2015-07-21 14:00:00Z 0
    MUNA PHOTOS Les Walsh 2015-07-13 14:00:00Z 0


    The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.
    As the charitable arm of Rotary, the Foundation taps into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace.
    Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.


    The Rotary Club of Lightning Ridge would like to help about 50 families in the Lightning Ridge area who are struggling on the land due to the current 10 year drought. Although we had some small falls of rain recently it will take years for these families to get back on their feet. They need help now to pay the bills and put food on the table. Sometimes all they need is some time away, so perhaps a few days holiday away could help save someone's' sanity.
    LIGHTNING RIDGE NEEDS HELP TO HELP OTHERS Les Walsh 2015-07-11 14:00:00Z 0


    In his 2016 calendar, multi-award winning photographer John Edwards of our Turramurra club shares his magnificent images of wildlife in our southern oceans to aid the eradication of polio.
    To order your 2016 calendar, contact John on 0412 219 999 or johnedwards@rotarydistrict9685.org.au
    CAPE TO CAPE CALENDAR Les Walsh 2015-07-11 14:00:00Z 0
    DONATE LIFE WEEK Les Walsh 2015-07-11 14:00:00Z 0
    DON’S RIDE FROM SYDNEY TO CAMBODIA, FOR CHARITY Philip Smith 2015-07-10 14:00:00Z 0



    Once a year the District Governor (DG) is required to make an official visit to each Club in the District.  So we warmly welcomed District Governor, Gina Growden to our meeting last Monday.

    • The purpose of the visit was:
      • To allow the District Governor to communicate with Club members
      • To be a useful counsellor to further the Object of Rotary among the Clubs in the District
      • To motivate Rotarians to participate in service activities to strengthen the programs of Rotary
      • To bring attention to important Rotary issues as they relate to Rotary International and to the District; and
      • To recognise the contributions of Rotarians in the Clubs.
    District Governor Gina is one of 530 district governors in the Rotary world.  The RI President for 2015-16 is KR (Ravi) Ravindran (see more here) and the Presidential Theme for the year is 'Be a Gift to the World'.
    A VISIT FROM OUR DISTRICT GOVERNOR Les Walsh 2015-07-05 14:00:00Z 0


    Our meeting on 22 June learned about RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, RYPEN - Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment, and Rotaract.

    Angelo led us through each program which are each very important to the future of Rotary.
    If you missed that meeting, learn more on our website.
    THREE 'R' WORDS ABOUT YOUTH Les Walsh 2015-07-05 14:00:00Z 0


    RI President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran chose Be a Gift to the World as his theme for 2015-16.  Ravindran urges Rotary members to give the gifts of time, talent, and knowledge to improve lives in communities across the globe.
    "Through Rotary, we can take these gifts and make a genuine difference in the lives of others and in our world."
    BE A GIFT TO THE WORLD Les Walsh 2015-07-01 14:00:00Z 0


    Rooster to Feather Duster is what changeover is all about!

    President Swapna with President Elect Ian

    Tom Sweeney was in fine form as MC for the 2015 Rotary Club of Crows Nest Changeover celebration.  He managed to arrange for all of us to introduce ourselves and our guests - a nice touch.
    2015 CHANGEOVER Les Walsh 2015-06-29 14:00:00Z 0


    Jane Kennedy worked for the Fiji Red Cross Society when she fell in love with Fiji, especially the people’s ability to smile in the face of adversity and bounce back from hardship.  'a Girl & her world' was born when a friend in Fiji needed help getting her daughter to high school.
    Jane's charity, started with five other girlfriends, focuses on education, income, health & well-being.  It helps girls in the Pacific Islands get back to school, as well as help their families create income generating projects like sewing machines and fabric for tailoring, veggies to eat and sell chicken coups for eggs and meat and honey bee boxes for harvest.  They also sell their products and assist with emergency funds when natural disasters hit.
    Jane’s passionate talk showed her commitment to making a difference in the lives of girls & their families in the Pacific Islands.  Her stories from remote parts of Fiji, where 38% of girls under 18 are married as families can’t afford their education, and every extra year of education means a 10% increase in their income.  Removing simple barriers to education like travel costs & school equipment has a significant positive impact.
    Jane successfully highlighted the need to ‘Break the Poverty Cycle’ by giving them the tools, and helping them with income producing projects. a Girl & her world is a very professional organisation, shown by the recent completion of a ‘’Child Protection policy’’, and it runs workshops on topics like ‘Staying Safe’ & ‘Cyber Safety’, and next year will be moving into vocational training.  It cost $300 per year to sponsor a girl.         
    A GIRL & HER WORLD Mark Staples 2015-06-22 14:00:00Z 0


    A recently concluded five-part webinar series about membership set a new standard for Rotary, as the sessions were the most popular webinars Rotary has ever produced.
    Now you can join the thousands of participants from 109 countries by viewing the five sessions on demand.  Discover innovative new ideas and strategies for strengthening and growing our membership.
    MEMBERSHIP MATTERS Les Walsh 2015-06-16 14:00:00Z 0
    DISTRICT INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR Les Walsh 2015-06-16 14:00:00Z 0


    Jan Latta is an author of children's books on endangered animals, using pictures from her travels, to educate children on saving wildlife. She has travelled to Africa eight times, Borneo for Orang-utans, the mountains of China for Pandas, India for tigers, Uganda for Dr Jane Goodall's chimps and Sri Lanka for leopards.
    Jan shared a few of her experiences, and amazing photos, which have inspired her many books, like Lennie the Leopard & Lena the Lion. The impact of her books is highlighted by the story of a young Chinese girl, who on her own initiative, translated into Chinese Jan’s book “Diary of a Wildlife Photographer”.
    Jan’s “Labour of Love”, flows into hands on education of children, thru running workshops,  on saving wildlife,  at schools, especially in Hong Kong & China, as well as Australia.  
    Jan’s trips are self-funded from her books & workshops. For more details see www.truetolifebooks.com.au

    FIRST DIRECTORS' MEETING (for the 2015/16 Board)

    The first meeting of the 2015/16 Directors took place last Wednesday, 15 June.
    This was essentially an opportunity to review our current project list and “brain storm” new idea projects for later review
    -Womens Refuge, Lane Cove (new)
    -Tree of Joy,a good current project, need to reassess
    -Community Centre Crows Nest involvement(new)
    -Phoenix House,a long term involvement,need to reassess our involvement
    -some flexibility required in areas local Community Service to take care of unplanned contingencies
    Binxian in SW China
    A historical project that Bjorn Kollberg an honorary member of the Club now living in Europe used to check out twice yearly on his travels between Australia and Europe. Bill Lee was also involved as he had Chinese contacts. Not much work has been done of late but we are helping some students- an historical legacy.
    Dili Orphans Xmas Party
    The Club puts $500 into a fund to which others donate - approximately $3000 is raised for the Xmas Party. About 1000 local orphans benefit. The local Dili Hash House Harriers Club provides and supervises the actual party.
    Sister Genevieve and Students Tanzania
    In the past we have provided Water Tank funding and the Club supporting the schooling of 2 orphans, cost approximately $1500 annually.  Ongoing
    Days for Girls
    We have support quite strongly ,having donated $7-8000 over the last 2 years through Walter Block.
    Question is though how do we make this a project on top of the donation we already give.
    FIRST DIRECTORS' MEETING (for the 2015/16 Board) Ian Pocock/Peter Coote 2015-06-15 14:00:00Z 0


    The Pain Management Research Institute (PMRI) was established in 1990 as a joint initiative between the University of Sydney and Royal North Shore Hospital.  As a division of the Kolling Institute of Medical Research,  PMRI pursues its broad goal of improving human health by:
    In a joint venture between the club, Northbridge Rotary (subject to confirmation) and hopefully other surrounding clubs, it is proposed that a series of public awareness forums be held at the Kolling Institute.  The formula is very similar to the Mental Health Forums staged by North Shore Rotary Clubs between 2005 & 2010.
    The 2015-16 Board has agreed to endorse the project led by Philip Smith & Les Walsh.  Stay tuned for developments!
    PUBLIC PAIN MANAGEMENT FORUMS Les Walsh 2015-06-14 14:00:00Z 0
    YOUR INPUT WELCOME Les Walsh 2015-06-14 14:00:00Z 0


    You are invited by the Rotary Club of Sydney to an exclusive viewing of the extensive art collection of keen supporters of the current President’s project "Rotary Aboriginal Oral Health Scholarships".

    This private collection is one of the best known in Sydney and contains paintings by Brett Whitley, Charles Blackman, Margaret Olley and Sir Sidney Nolan. There are also photographic works and over 100 sculptures. We are very excited to be offered this unique opportunity to visit a fascinating art collection in a private residence in Mosman. (For security, the exact address will be given on registration.) Please welcome your art-loving friends. Admission $80, drinks and finger-food included. 
    Your entry fee and tax deductible donation will go to the Scholarship project. 
    SUNDAY VIEWING ART COLLECTION 3-5PM 14 JUNE 2015 Les Walsh 2015-06-07 14:00:00Z 0


    The Pain Management Research Institute (PMRI) is hosting a series of (free) Visiting Scholar Seminars, the first of these on Thursday 18 June from 5 to 6pm.  You are invited to attend and bring a friend or colleague.
    Topic:  Pain as a barrier to social relationships: Understanding and the impact of pain on interpersonal functioning
    Presenter:  Dr Claire Ashton-James
    Time:  5pm to 6pm, with refreshments to follow
    Venue:  The Kolling Auditorium, Royal North Shore Hospital
    SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS & PAIN Les Walsh 2015-06-05 14:00:00Z 0


    Well, it's very cold in Sydney this week! Hope you are keeping warm!
    This week, we had Noel Phelan, President of the Rotary Club of Northbridge talk to us about an historical Navy tragedy - Voyager and the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne collision.
    It was the night of 10 February 1964, when the destroyer passed in front of the carrier during post-refit sea trials. The Voyager was cut in two by the collision, and led to the holding of two Royal Commissions to investigate what happened that night.
    As a volunteer at the National Maritime Museum, Noel provided some very chilling imagery, including that of the small escape hole and the boiler that would have burst in the collision and burnt so many innocent men and women in service.
    PRESIDENT SWAPNA 5 JUNE Les Walsh 2015-06-03 14:00:00Z 0
    SHORE’S TEAMS AT MUNA 2015 Les Walsh 2015-05-31 14:00:00Z 0

    Changeover 2015

    Changeover 2015

    You, Your Partner & Friends are invited to our

    Annual Changeover Dinner

    Monday 29 June 2015 6:30 for 7pm at Arrabiata Restaurant

    RSVP: by 23 June 2015

    Click here for more details and to register, or go to tinyurl.com/cnchangeover

    Changeover 2015 Les Walsh 2015-05-27 14:00:00Z 0

    RI Convention

    Sydney’s 105th Rotary International Convention wins best in Australia
    In an exciting national final, Sydney’s 105th Rotary International Convention has been awarded Australia’s best Corporate Social Responsibility Program.
    Held in June 2014, the convention attracted worldwide attention and media coverage for the association’s key cause, the global eradication of the Polio disease.
    RI Convention Les Walsh 2015-05-27 14:00:00Z 0


    22 members were present to listen to Annabelle Chauncy OAM present on the development & progress of the School for Life Foundation work in Uganda.
    School for Life Foundation was founded by Annabelle Chauncy and David Everett in 2008. After experiencing East Africa first hand on various volunteer projects in 2007 Annabelle and Dave returned to Australia resolved to make a difference. At the age of 21, they teamed together to build a community centre in rural Uganda.
    There are many challenges and hurdles they had to overcome including only 56% of the population completing education and 52% of girls dropping out due to financial burden.  But with an average life expectancy of 53 years and 49% of the population under 14 years there is a strong desire & passion to learn, which is resulting in the foundation making a significant impact.
    With School for Life Foundation’s main objective to “create long lasting sustainable change using education as a tool to break the cycle of poverty”, it transforms communities in rural Uganda through the provision of high quality primary and vocational education, health care, clean water, farming and agriculture, employment and infrastructure.
    SCHOOL FOR LIFE FOUNDATION - UGANDA Mark Staples 2015-05-26 14:00:00Z 0


    As announced at our Giving Night, a random act of generosity by IGA Crows Nest to the our club has been paid forward to help students from struggling families at Naremburn School.
    Immediate Past President and current Club Secretary, Bruce de Graaf was picking up drinks and napkins from IGA Crows Nest for the club’s regular barbecue when the manager offered him $2,000 from the IGA Community Chest program.  In turn,100 $20 food vouchers were then donated to Naremburn School.  Naremburn School principal, Cassandra Mitchell said the vouchers would mean the world to her students.
    The picture is courtesy Annika Enderborg & the North Shore Times: Rotary Crows Nest Secretary, Bruce de Graaf gave $2,000 in IGA food vouchers to Naremburn School principal, Cassandra Mitchell to help support the students.

    Chatswood Rotary

    Gordon Waterhouse Memorial Music Scholarship
    2015 marks the ninth occasion where the Rotary Club of Chatswood have presented the Gordon Waterhouse Memorial Music Scholarship, a prestigious event which invites the leading musician from the six local high schools to compete for over $3,000 in prizes.
    The concert/performance will be at 7pm on Wednesday 10 June 2015 at the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood.
    Free entry to first 100 people.
    Bookings contact Noel by  email or on 9412 1707
    More information on the Chatswood website
    Chatswood Rotary Les Walsh 2015-05-26 14:00:00Z 0
    Club website Les Walsh 2015-05-26 14:00:00Z 0

    2015 Giving Dinner

    Immediate Past President hosted a great night of giving
    Monday 18 May 2015 was not an ordinary day for the tribe called the Rotary Club of Crows Nest.  We did not have our traditional lunchtime meeting at the pub, but instead we had an evening meeting for what we call our “Giving Night”.
    The Giving Night is a relatively new tradition, started in the past five years. We invite our Rotarians and their partners together with representatives of charitable organisations selected by the Immediate Past President, in this case Bruce de Graaf.  We break bread together and we hand over sizeable amounts of money to allow the charities to continue to make a difference to their clients.
      It is also a well known fact that the Crowie Rotary team are at the top of their game in respect of cooking sausages. We cook for MasterChef winners as is evident from the photo below.  
    2015 Giving Dinner Les Walsh 2015-05-19 14:00:00Z 0

    Community Grants

    Have we a cause to seek a grant?
    North Sydney Council works with our local ClubGRANTS committee representatives and our local Clubs to ensure that local needs are addressed. 
    Category 1 Applications address the needs of specific community welfare and social services, community development, community health services and employment assistance activities, and are aimed at improving the living standards of low income and disadvantaged people. Clubs that earn over $1 million annually in gaming machine revenue provide funding for community projects and services, and in turn receive dollar-for-dollar gaming tax deductions.
    Applications close on 29 May, so if you have a cause or project that could do with a grant, speak with President Swapna or other Board members quickly.
    See more on the North Sydney Council website
    Community Grants Les Walsh 2015-05-19 14:00:00Z 0

    President Swapna

    President Swapna's Notes

    Hello everyone,
    We have been very fortunate to have such glorious sunshine even though you can feel a little wind blown with the cool winds!
    This week, we had our new member Philip Smith talk to us about a well known Rotary supported program ROMAC- Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children. A program that operates in Australia and New Zealand and helps children get surgery for burns and other facial abnormalities caused by lack of medical hygiene in under developed countries.
    Phil is a very passionate ROMAC volunteer whom helps co-ordinate our efforts to help provide the required surgery and accomodation for the kids in the program.
    Phil shed light on the how the costs of surgery in our hospitals have become extremely expensive for the ROMAC program to use the hospital intensive care units and beds for the time a child spends in our medical care in Sydney compared to Canberra or New Zealand.
    We thank Phil for his support of the program and also his passion to raise funds for their good. There are a number of clubs whom support the program but it would be great to have more clubs help.
    This week, we dedicated our International Toast to the Rotary Club of Uganda
    We had another induction of a new member to our club,  Mr Mark Staples, please give Mark a very warm Crows Nest welcome to our club.
    I had my final board meeting for my Presidential year, we had a good turn out with current and future board members attending.  We are very well placed for a great year ahead under our President Ian.
    A reminder, we have no lunchtime meeting next week as we have our evening Giving Night. We have a great attendance so please do come along and enjoy our fellowship and meet the organisations we support.
    Finally, we have a BBQ this weekend, thank you so much for volunteering your Saturday to help us do our work locally and internationally. We CAN make a difference!
    Enjoy your weekend.
    President Swapna Les Walsh 2015-05-14 14:00:00Z 0
    Facebook Les Walsh 2015-05-13 00:00:00Z 0

    Our photos

    Photos from our meetings
    See our photo album here or on the home page of our website
    Our photos Les Walsh 2015-05-13 00:00:00Z 0


    Our own member, Philip Smith passionately presented to a meeting of 20 members at our meeting of 11 May on Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) which he represents in Rotary District 9685.
    ROMAC's mission is to provide medical treatment for children from developing  countries in the form of life saving and/or dignity restoring surgery not accessible to them in their home country.
    Assisted by many eminent Australian and New Zealand surgeons who generously donate their time free for the treatment of our patients, this humanitarian program has provided over 350 children from more than 20 developing countries with urgent medical treatment that has given them new hope.
    ROMAC CHANGES LIVES Les Walsh 2015-05-12 14:00:00Z 0

    Working with Children

    Have you completed your Working With Children Check
    Go to www.newcheck.kids.nsw.gov.au and complete your Working with Children Check if you have not already done so.
    Once you receive your confirmation, forward it to President Swapna and Secretary Bruce.
    Working with Children Les Walsh 2015-05-11 00:00:00Z 0

    President Swapna

    President Swapna's Notes
    Hello everyone,

    It's certainly nice to have some heavenly sunny days even though there is a cold breeze to warrant a warm coat!

    This week, we had a lovely young lady Emma Dawson, from Mary McKillop International talk to us about their work in East Timor- predominately working in education.  They provide educational literacy of the Tetun local language including health and music.

    Emma shed light on this very special area so close to us- approx 610km northwest of the Australian City of Darwin.  She spoke of the trauma that the people of this poor country have endured and how their work provides hope for rebuilding their lives.

    We thank Emma for providing a very interactive presentation whereby members were able to ask questions and learn more about this country that has a very strong Australian Military connection.

    This week, we dedicated our International Toast to the Rotary Club of Thorpe Bay,Essex, England

    A reminder, we have our Past President Bruce de Graaf's Giving Night on the 18 May, please come along and see us give!  It should be a good night to celebrate our good and make a difference.

    Finally, I am not sure if you read the article in the RDU this month, there was a wonderful message from Simon Manning, District Governor Elect, District 9940 - which amplified the urgent need for diversity at the highest level of Rotary - a woman President at RI.  It was a truly inspirational article.

    Have a lovely weekend and a very Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful mums on Sunday.
    President Swapna Les Walsh 2015-05-07 00:00:00Z 0


    Click here to download this inspiring update on this RAWCS project.
    Walter Bock presented to our club a few weeks ago.  He hopes you can spare a few dollars for the Days for Girls – Gingoog project.  A $100 donation sponsors 10 kit for 10 girls for three years each, equalling 30 years of education!!!

    Click here to donate, or post cheque to the Rotary Club of Burwood, 10 Gollan Ave. Oatlands 2117 
    Private donations are fully tax deductible.
    EVERY GIRL. EVERYWHERE. PERIOD Les Walsh 2015-05-05 14:00:00Z 0

    Ending Polio

    Behind the anti-vaccination movement
    Minda Dentler is the first woman handcyclist to complete the Kona Ironman.  She is a polio survivor and recently made her views on vaccination clear in an article  in the May 2015 edition of the EndPolioNow Newsletter.
    She says "If not for the anti-vaccination movement, preventable diseases wouldn’t be a risk to children in developed countries".  She also makes the excellent point that these 'anti-vaxxers' send exactly the wrong message to parents in other countries that are trying to overcome the scourge of these diseases.  So the question is: where did this 'anti-vaccination movement' come from?
    Find out in this article by Rob Byrne, Rotary District 9685's Polio Chair.
    Ending Polio Les Walsh 2015-05-05 00:00:00Z 0

    Crows Nest website

    Populating the website
    Thank to International Service Chair, Howard Sullivan for providing details of the club's international projects.  See the page here
    If you explore the 'Club Projects' pages, you will see that more information is required for the areas of:
    • Club Service
    • Community Service
    • Vocational Service
    • Youth Service
    If you are a chair of one of these Avenues of Service, please summarise your projects so we can inform the public of how the club is doing good in the world.  Then email the material to Ian Pocock and/or Les Walsh.
    Crows Nest website Les Walsh 2015-05-05 00:00:00Z 0


    24 members were present to listen to Emma Dawson present on the work of Mary MacKillop International (MMI) in Timor-Leste.
    She is the International Programs Co-ordinator and spent nearly three years working with grassroots NGOs in Timor-Leste before joining MMI.  Emma is passionate about community mobilisation through education, music and drama.

    The work of MMI began with the request of Bishop Carlos Belo in 1994 for help for the people of Timor-Leste.  It is based in Dili but MMI works in 10 of the 13 districts in the country.

    With 50% of the people illiterate and with only 13% advancing to tertiary education, MMI's work through literacy education in the Tetun language, parents training, health literacy workshops and MMI's music for life program is well needed.  Emma acknowledged that the Tetun vs Portuguese language argument is a contentious subject, but MMI feels that education in the local language is the best way forward.

    200 teachers were trained by MMI in 2013-14 and its teaching material is now in use at all schools.  A health literacy project for teachers is vital, as is music education (a very powerful force), and the education of parents to assist with homework etc.

    Today, MMI's mission is carried out by a variety of people who recognise the particular gift which Mary MacKillop brought to the world.  She upheld the dignity of all people.  She relied on the Providence of God.  She devoted herself to the education of the poor.  Funding is entirely from individual and corporate donors plus UNICEF and similar bodies.

    Angelo Raveane said, during question time, it is a common misconception by visitors that there are many Rotary clubs in Timor-Leste - simply because there are over 80 Rotary projects underway and there is a Rotary Wheel in every village.  In fact there is only one - the Rotary Club of Dili.

    We were delighted that Tamar Sloper-Harding and another visitor from the Pittwater Friends of Soibada were able to join us.  The Rotary Club of Pittwater partners with the Pittwater Friends of Soibada to support projects to help the East Timor village of Soibada to achieve a sustainable future.  The group was formed following Pittwater Council signing a Friendship Agreement with the Timor-Leste community in July 2010.

    Annual Giving Night 2015 Les Walsh 2015-04-29 00:00:00Z 0

    President Swapna - 22 April

    President Swapna - 22 April
    We have had fierce storms in NSW, the wind and rain were making lots of trouble. Hope you managed to be safe and didn't break an umbrella like I did!
    This week, we had our very own member PP Warren Bolton talk to us about his exciting new wheels-his American Tesla . This car is revolutionary in its use of technology and electricity - it literally runs on power panels!
    He spoke of the features and technological attributes of his car including its safety, gear box (just forward and back) and luxury of driving without driving at all. Although he may be using lots of power to charge up his car, it is environmentally friendly and does love the sun.
    We thank Warren for sharing his journey with his new car.
    We also shared a very special moment with our new member Les Walsh whom was presented a Shield of Excellence by PDG Graeme Davis. Graeme made a special guest appearance at our meeting to present the award. Congratulations Les- well done indeed!
    A reminder to members that you need to organise your Working with Children Check as part of the new laws. You will receive information from our secretary on how this is to be done.
    This week, we dedicated our International Toast to the Rotary Club of Calgary North, Canada http://rotaryclubofcalgarynorth.com/
    We have a BBQ this weekend, thank you to those of you working the ANZAC day afternoon. It is most appreciated.
    We also officially welcomed Phil Smith as a new member to our club - another experienced member from Chatswood joins us!
    Finally, a very Happy Birthday to Tom Sweeney whom celebrated his birthday on Monday (20 April).
    Hope you stay safe and keep warm during this stormy weather. Have great week!
    President Swapna - 22 April Les Walsh 2015-04-29 00:00:00Z 0

    Rotary International's Centenary

    The flagpole commemorates the founding of Rotary International
    Our Home Page Banner reminded us to have a closer look at the flagpole which is situated prominently at the corner of the Pacific Highway, Willoughby Road, and Falcon Street adjacent to our meeting venue.
    The flagpole was presented to the Mayor of North Sydney by the then President of the Rotary Club of Crows Nest to commemorate the Centenary of Rotary International on 23 February 2005
    Rotary International's Centenary Les Walsh 2015-04-14 00:00:00Z 0

    President Swapna - 26 March

    President Swapna - 26 March
    I hope you are enjoying the magnificent sunrises the last two days - it certainly makes for a lovely start to the day!
    This week, we had Ian Burnet, author of the "Spice Islands", a book capturing his fascination of the spice trade and the untold story of the Portuguese and Spanish war on spice. As a geologist in 1968, Ian spoke of his first trip to Indonesia and his desire to explore the history of the spice trade that took place for over 2000 years. He shed light on historical maps and routes taken before many of the well-known voyages of discovery made by the Dutch.
    We thank Ian for his wonderful history lesson, with vivid imagery of ships, maps and spices!
    This week, we dedicated our International Toast to "World Water Day" -most of us charged our glasses with this precious delight to honour our work in this most valuable resource we all take for granted and many struggle to live without. We found it a good way to cover our International Toaster whom was late arriving at the meeting.
    We got a brief update of the District Conference at the Hunter Valley over the weekend. Those members whom attended were impressed with the program and enjoyed the weekend.
    We have a BBQ this weekend, a huge thank you again to members for your comradery in swapping where needed. Weekends are busy for all of us, we appreciate your time to help us raise funds for our good and to continue to keep our club giving whenever we can.
    Finally, our card jackpot was drawn this week, Cyril Clark pulled out the winning joker from the 29 remaining cards in the deck and won a handsome $500. Congratulations Cyril-it was indeed your lucky day!
    Hope you enjoy the rest of your week, see you on Monday!
    President Swapna - 26 March Les Walsh 2015-03-29 00:00:00Z 0

    Join us for lunch

    We meet on Mondays for lunch at The Crows Nest Hotel, 1 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest. Why not join us? We’d be delighted to see you at 12.30pm. No matter what, we’re finished by 2pm.
    Join us for lunch Les Walsh 2015-03-28 13:00:00Z 0