The Rotary Clubs of Australia 2019 National Drought Appeal  Philip Smith 2019-10-14 13:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 14, 2019
On 24th October, the Crows Nest Community Centre are celebrating Children’s Week by holding a BBQ, 10.30am to 1.30pm, Ernest Place, Crows Nest.  See Flyer click here.
Crows Nest Community Centre 24 Oct Philip Smith 2019-10-13 13:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 02, 2019
On 24th October, the Crows Nest Community Centre are celebrating Children’s Week by holding a BBQ, 10.30am to 1.30pm, Ernest Place, Crows Nest.  See Flyer click here.
Community Centre Childrens event Philip Smith 2019-10-01 14:00:00Z 0
Now is the time to order to give you plenty of time to get them sold in time.
If you have already ordered - please disregard 
This is an easy and quick way to raise funds safely and legally.
Crows Nest Rotary has been successfully promoting this Fundraiser since 2001.
More information & Order form is attached or click on this order form.
Melbourne Cup Trifecta Tickets Alon Beran 2019-09-29 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary Convention 2020 is in Hawaii ! 2019-09-28 14:00:00Z 0


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

Australian Rotary Health, Golf Day, at Gledswood Hills, NSW on Thursday 10 October 2019,

Contact Terry Davies;  Email:   Mobile: 0412 229 994




Golf Day ! Philip Smith 2019-08-28 14:00:00Z 0
Club Plans for 2019-20 Philip Smith 2019-08-28 14:00:00Z 0

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’.
Visit from our District Governor Philip Smith 2019-08-21 14:00:00Z 0

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
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;
The District Governor's Visit Mark Staples 2019-08-13 14:00:00Z 0
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
RI President's Address to Rotary MM 2019-07-11 14:00:00Z 0
  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

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
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
Posted on May 17, 2019
On the 30th of April 2019, the Rotary Club of Crows Nest celebrated the 50th anniversary of our charter. There were in excess of 100 guests in attendance including the president of our club Sue Raveane, District Governor Susan Wakefield, the premier of NSW – The Honourable Gladys Berejiklian, The Federal Member for North Sydney – Trent Zimmerman. Multiple past district governors, past and present members of the club, partners and guests.
Photos and summary of our 50th Anniversary 30 April 2019 Alon Beran 2019-05-16 14:00:00Z 0
Australia is very fortunate this year, as the Rotary International President is coming to a special Dinner on 23rd September 2019 at the Epping Club, so please put this date into your diary now!
for more information contact PDG Gina Growden.  See 'Reminders', above, for full details.
the International President is coming to Dinner! Philip Smith 2019-02-27 13:00:00Z 0
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
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

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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted on May 25, 2018
It is that time of the Rotary year when The Rotary Foundation is seeking as much support as each club is able to give to our Rotary Foundation, as project funds are distributed. The following is a letter received from the District Foundation Chair, Rotary District 9685;
The Rotary Foundation's request for funds George Condell 2018-05-24 14:00:00Z 0

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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Marys House Michael McQueen 2017-04-04 14:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
Rotary Foundation Centennial Lunch Mark Staples 2016-11-09 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.

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

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.

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
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
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
DG Bruce would dearly like us to achieve 100% Centurions this year.  So this year, the Centurion Money Poles that were introduced last year are being presented again.
A $2.00 coin each week will achieve $100 required to become a Centurion.  Some will fill their pole more quickly.
Treasurer Simon will check the amount and record carefully your details so that he can forward your donation  to The Rotary Foundation.
CENTURION POLES FOR YOU Les Walsh 2016-08-07 14:00:00Z 0
POLIO TAKE TWO Les Walsh 2016-08-03 14:00:00Z 0
Shirley Leckning and Jennifer Locke will led us in a discussion on how we may best boost the club's membership - touching on how we can together encourage new members from all age brackets.
They emphasised that it was important to note that we are a service club for professional and business people, and we need to understand WHY we are a service club.
The first key activity, suggested & supported was an "Information night", along the lines of the previous one in 2013. 
Jennifer has invited a state minister to attend, but Michael McQueen also suggested a larger Small Business summit in mid-November 2016 for the whole of the lower north shore business community where Michael would be available to speak on ‘trends’ and could draw potential members in from a larger geographic area. 
Whether it is to be the smaller Information night or the larger Small Business Summit, the focus should be on inviting attendees from local businesses, (Crows Nest, Artarmon, St Leonards, and Naremburn) and in that regard Jennifer has already started collecting the business cards of appropriate local businesses, for the mail out / invitation.  Need all members to actively collect any business cards from any area of commerce they come across for inclusion in an invitation list.
There is also a need to provide a reason for small business owners/professional people to come to Rotary meetings so ‘Small business sessions’’ (eg. Talk on credit card fraud/superannuation changes) and any other areas of interest could be a draw card.  
The second concept presented was that of “Just Ask", where members proactively ask their friends & colleagues and any small business owner they meet to attend at least 1 meeting. Putting a list of upcoming speakers on notice boards would also assist in stimulating interest in the local community re coming to meetings. 
Other ideas being pursued are a) recruiting kit for members b) BBQ at the Crows Nest Fair in October c) Ads on social media.
 All of the above ideas need follow-up, especially asking the new members what interests them.  (Retention)
 A big Thank You to Jennifer & Shirley & Looking forward to these ideas being actioned.
MEMBERSHIP DISCUSSION LAST MONDAY Les Walsh 2016-07-26 14:00:00Z 0
COMEDY FOR A CAUSE Les Walsh 2016-07-15 14:00:00Z 0

Highly recommended especially for new members but also for more longstanding Rotarians!

The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) has two more courses organised for the first quarter of 2016-2017.  RLI is of great benefit to all Rotarians regardless of years of service, and in fact "senior" Rotarian participation is encouraged as their knowledge and experience is invaluable during the workshops.
The course is run over three days at the District 9685 office in Sefton Road, Thornleigh.
The day starts at 8:30 am and finishes around 3:45 pm; morning tea and lunch are supplied.
The course dates are: 
Course 35: 24 July, 14 August, and 11 September - all Sundays.
Course 36: 20 August, 17 September, and 1 October- all Saturdays

If you wish to register for one of these courses, please register on-line at  You will receive a confirmation email and further details on the venue.

If you need any further information, please contact RLI Convenor PDG Ian Scott


NEW RLI COURSES AVAILABLE Les Walsh 2016-07-10 14:00:00Z 0
DISTRICT DIRECTORY AVAILABLE Les Walsh 2016-07-10 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.
The sale of Melbourne Cup Trifecta Tickets has been one of the major fundraisers for our club since 2001.  It enables Crows Nest Rotary to do major good in the world.
The promotion for this year has started and we would like your help!
We are seeking clubs and associations who will benefit from buying the tickets from us and then on-selling them to raise funds for their own fundraising.
You can assist at this stage by letting us know if you are aware of a club or association to which the club could market these tickets.  Ideas include bowling clubs, P&C associations, Probus or other service clubs.
You may care to email them (we will let you have a draft email/letter) or let us know the contact information to add to our list.
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!
Join us for lunch and a post prandial walk to the waterfall and return through the orchard - where you will be able to pick your own (navel) oranges.
11.30am on 14 August 2016 at Fern Valley Ranch, Somersby/Peats Ridge - directions available here.
Cost $35*
Register on-line here (or apologise if unable)
(*children $18; includes lunch & first bag of oranges; extra bags $3 each)
Lunch will be provided - full course of BBQ (beef and chicken) and three different kinds of salads. Coffee, tea and dessert also, of course.
JOIN US FOR A LONG ORANGE LUNCH Les Walsh 2016-06-20 14:00:00Z 0
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
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

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
Saturday 2 July is the first of our scheduled BBQs at Bunnings Artarmon for the next six months.  
It will be the 1st of 13 occasion that Bunnings customers will have 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 to other clubs to assist in their fundraising.

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 and thank them for the opportunity.
There certainly is more to Rotary than just great sausages.
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 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
PHILIP FINDS ROUTE 66 Les Walsh 2016-06-13 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

The final month of every Rotary year is Fellowship Month. This is a fitting designation since fellowship is particularly to the forefront with changeovers being very much the priority in June.

Fellowship is of course one of the five core values of Rotary, the others being service, diversity, integrity and leadership. Yet in so many clubs there is a real objection to the use of the word fellowship and I know of some clubs where the use of the word will require the person concerned to make a donation to the fines box.

It seems those who find the word objectionable see it as one of those legacy words that define old Rotary and inconsistent with new Rotary. That said no one seems to have been able to identify or even invent a word that comes close to all that is implied in the word fellowship. Certainly the term goes back a long way – apparently to the twelfth century from the Middle English word felaweshipe or feolahschipe, meaning companion!

Depending on which dictionary you prefer, the definitions of fellowship generally comprise common sentiments. Broadly fellowship can be related to three areas of significance – company, association and membership (or partnership). So it can refer to a community of interest or activity but also a company of equals or friends. A somewhat obsolete interpretation is as the quality or state of being comradely! A thesaurus will tell us it is an association of people who share common beliefs or activities, as we do in Rotary.

Synonyms are listed as communion, rapport and rapprochement. Related words include accord, agreement, concord, harmony, oneness, solidarity, togetherness, unity, affinity, empathy, sympathy, understanding, amity, companionship, friendliness, reciprocity and symbiosis. No wonder it is hard to find a word that might come close to capturing the shades of meaning suggested by fellowship.

Then there is the other meaning that is widely used in academia but also in Rotary. So in a University there an accepted status of a Fellow and in Rotary we of course have Rotary Peace Fellows.  Generally it accepted that a fellowship provides for a financed study post providing study facilities, and tuition and living costs (sometimes in return for teaching service). There is also a Christian or ecclesiastical interpretation.

Rotary also has Fellowships in many areas, which are based on a friendly association of people who share a common interest, or more broadly as a group of people meeting to pursue a shared interest or aim. Editor Clarice and I clearly were on the same wavelength this week as inside Networker you will read an article about International Fellowships.

Rotary Fellowships are designated as autonomous, international groups of Rotarians, Rotarian spouses, and Rotaractors who join together to:

  • Share a common interest in worthwhile recreational activities (sports, hobbies, etc.)
  • Further their vocational development through acquaintance with others of the same profession
  • Make new friends around the world
  • Explore new opportunities for service
  • Have fun and enhance their Rotary experience

There are nearly 70 formal Rotary Fellowships catering for interests from Chess to Cricket and Stamps to Skiing. I note there is even a Fellowship for Past District Governors (and friends)!  Alphabetically it sits next to the Fellowship for Old and Rare Books and maybe that is not a random or unintended connection. [View full list here]

JUNE - THE MONTH OF ROTARY FELLOWSHIP Les Walsh 2016-05-28 14:00:00Z 0
At long last, we're back at the Pub from 20 June!
That's the good news; the bad news is our meeting dues need to become $20 - a small price to pay for a permanent venue.
Our last meeting at The Small Bar was on 30 May.
OUR VENUE IS CHANGING Les Walsh 2016-05-28 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

At the 1917 Rotary Convention in Atlanta, President Arch Klumph spoke about his dream of creating a Rotary endowment fund. A century later, we're celebrating The Rotary Foundation and all the good work Rotarians have been able to do since then -- because one man dared to dream.

We're offering an extra-special early registration rate of $265 for the 2017 Rotary Convention, in honor of Arch Klumph's 6 June birthday, and the $26.50 first contribution to Rotary's endowment.

Join us in Atlanta next June. Register and pay today, because this special price of $265 is good only until 6 June 2016.

Register now for Atlanta 2017
CELEBRATE IN ATLANTA Les Walsh 2016-05-28 14:00:00Z 0
image hereChatswood Rotary is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Gordon Waterhouse Memorial Music Scholarship at the Zenith Theatre in Chatswood on Wednesday 8 June.
Six young musicians from the six local high schools will compete for prizes of $3,000 as they showcase their musical talents.
Many of the past winners are now studying at The Conservatorium or playing professionally in Australia and Europe. 
The event is free ... so if you enjoy excellent music and are close to Chatswood at 7pm on Wednesday 8 June .... our colleagues at Chatswood Rotary would enjoy your company.
10TH YEAR OF MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP Les Walsh 2016-05-24 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
Dudley Mercer, Chair of the district Australian Rotary Health Committee has just had some great news from ARH Director PDG Graeme Davies.  District 9685 is one of the TOP donors to ARH this year with around $66K being exceeded by only two other districts. 
On looking at the statistics he is even more excited because there are still about 40 clubs yet to send on their donations to ARH.  A lot of clubs are yet to finalise their donations, so we may in fact double the $66K.  If each club donated $500 of their hard earned funds we would, as a District, donate some $35K to ARH – we are well on the way to achieving this.
Keep in mind that ARH funds research ONLY in Australia BUT that the results of that research is made available to the whole world – what a wonderful gift we help make come true.
NEWS FROM AUSTRALIAN ROTARY HEALTH Les Walsh 2016-05-23 14:00:00Z 0
Susan Wakefield OAM of the Rotary Club of the Lower Blue Mountains has been appointed District Governor for the year 2018-2019.
Congratulates Susan on your appointment.
SUSAN WAKEFIELD APPOINTED DG 2018-19 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
PHOENIX HOUSE NEEDS YOUR HELP 2016-05-16 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
Celebrate Mother's Day with Action on Poverty
Women outside maternal waiting home
MothersMother's Day Drinks and Talk
Whether it’s in the home, the field or the office, working mothers in Australia and around the world deserve to be celebrated.
This Mother's Day, we're raising money for working mums in Zimbabwe with a fun evening of wine, canapes, prizes and talks by guest speakers including our CEO Christine Murphy and Jade Gan PhD, Chair – Women in Engineering Sydney, Engineers Australia.

When: Tuesday 10 May, 5.30pm for a 6pm start
Where: Norman Disney & Young, Level 1, 60 Miller St, North Sydney View map
Tickets: $20 includes all food, drinks and entertainment 
All money raised will be used to build a lifesaving maternal waiting home in Mutoko, Zimbabwe. These homes provide a peaceful place for women to rest before giving birth and are key in preventing the transmission of HIV from mother to child.
NDY logoNorman Disney & Young is a proud supporter of AFAP Action on Poverty. 
Ellen with sonsEllen's story
Ellen is a 32-year-old mother of three in Zimbabwe. Her first three children were born at home since she couldn't afford to pay hospital fees. Ellen had to deliver her babies on the floor, using her own razor blade to cut the umbilical cord.  
Ellen found out she was HIV positive shortly before learning that she was pregnant with her youngest son, Kerod. 
"Fortunately, my community had been involved in building a maternal waiting home with AFAP Action on Poverty," says Ellen. "They provided me with free access to care and treatment that saved my baby’s life."
Ellen gave birth to Kerod at the waiting home in August 2013.
"The staff were open and friendly and I was not discriminated against because of my HIV status. It was very neat and it was safe to stay there. Clean and safe water was readily available and there was no shortage of sanitary equipment.
"It was a private and relaxed environment and I got time to rest unlike at my home where I have a lot of chores to do."
Mother's Day gifts 
Margaret with pig
Treat your mother to something special this Mother's Day with a gift from our online store.
Animals such as pigs, goats and chickens are gifts that keep on giving. Buy one on your mother's behalf to help other mothers like Mary earn a living and feed their families.
Spotlight on mums
Saru and Chris Murphy
Saru is from Mutoko, Zimbabwe, and has developed a thriving pig and goat farming business from the Small Livestock Pass-on Scheme.
Kezia is a community-based volunteer caregiver in southern Zambia and a mother of six, including Loreen (pictured). Although Kezia is shunned by her husband's family because of her HIV status, Kezia is proud of being able to help others who are worse off than herself. Kezia is also a beneficiary of our Small Livestock Pass-on Scheme.
Please visit our website at
Donate to our cause at
AFAP MOTHER'S DAY Tiff Kellar 2016-04-27 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
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 ( 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 ] 
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
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 

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 – – 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.
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 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
  Read more about the Rotary Lodge that was at Royal North Shore Hospital  
ROTARY LODGE Les Walsh 2016-01-11 13:00:00Z 0
Sue and Angelo Raveane have finalised the new BBQ roster - check it out here and watch for reminders at the foot of your eBulletin each week.
Volunteers are required for four vacancies in the roster - see if you can help.
Remember, the first BBQ is scheduled for Saturday 16 January.
NEW BBQ ROSTER Les Walsh 2016-01-03 13:00:00Z 0
Happy New Year as we enter the second-half of the Rotary Year!  We hope you enjoyed the celebrations and the time with family and for resting.
Our meetings in January will be casual and without speakers - for those able to make it, we look forward to catching up.
This Monday, 11 January is the first of our casual January meetings.
HAPPY NEW YEAR Les Walsh 2016-01-03 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
SEASONS GREETINGS Les Walsh 2015-12-13 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.
A big thank you to those who have volunteered to man the Tree of Joy.  A manual will be provided to our volunteers upon arrival.
Download the roster here.
TREE OF JOY Les Walsh 2015-12-13 13:00:00Z 0
Have you ever wondered who supplies our regular 25kg onion bonanza each time we BBQ?
It is not a mystery!
The Salad Servers in Short Street, Chatswood has been operating since 1987 and aims to provide its customers with a product superior in quality to their competitors and the best value for money in the marketplace.
Go to The Salad Servers website or download the price list here to learn more.
SALAD SERVERS Les Walsh 2015-12-09 13:00:00Z 0
President Elect Training Seminar (PETS)

Saturday 27 February 2016

Macquarie Graduate School of Management

Talavera Road, North Ryde


District Assembly - Training for all Club Board Members

Saturday 16 April 2016

The Kings School

Pennant Hills Road, Parramatta


Partners are welcome at both events and will begin with registrations at 0830 and formal start at 0900.

SAVE THE DATES Les Walsh 2015-12-09 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
ROMAC NEEDS SOME VOLUNTEERS Les Walsh 2015-11-24 13:00:00Z 0



Join your colleagues in Canberra - Satha Arumanayagam, Mary Biddle, Celia & Peter Coote, Bruce de Graaf, Bill & Lydia Lee, Ian Pocock, Sue & Angelo Raveane, Harold Sharp & Gina Growden, Philip Smith & Cathie Searle, Mark Staples, Howard & Wendy Sullivan, and Les & Joy Walsh.
All the details you need are at
Register now or by Monday night on-line at this link
CONFERENCE EARLY BIRD CLOSE 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
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
REGISTER FOR THE FOUNDATION DINNER Les Walsh 2015-10-20 13:00:00Z 0
INTERESTED IN LEADING OUR CLUB 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
Alternatively you can also email 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
Let's wear a hat on Monday 12 October recognising that Australian Rotary Health's Hat Day is on the previous Friday, 9 October!
A Hat Day activity helps to promote awareness as well as raising much needed funds for research.  Visit the Hat Day website for ideas, information and to register your event
Visit the Australian Rotary Health website here.
HAT DAY IS ON 9 OCTOBER - WEAR A HAT ON 12 OCTOBER Les Walsh 2015-09-29 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.
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 2015-09-14 14:00:00Z 0
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

Have you started planning for Hat Day 9 October 2015?
A Hat Day activity helps to promote awareness as well as raising much needed funds for research.  Visit the Hat Day website for ideas, information and to register your event
Contact our Australian Rotary Health Representative, PDG Graeme Davies for more details.
HAT DAY IS ON 9 OCTOBER Les Walsh 2015-09-07 14:00:00Z 0
Crows Nest has a big responsibility for the success of next year's District Conference so we need to be there in force!  
The Conference Committee is led by our member Angelo Raveane, and of course another of our members, Harold Sharp is playing a great role with sponsorship, speakers, and being the partner of our District Governor Gina Growden.  Les Walsh is the registrar too!
We encourage you to register individually and to arrange your own accommodation but we will be arranging a bulk club registration if you prefer.
So, register now and be eligible for Early Bird pricing - and the Early Bird Prize of a case of Tyrrell's wine.
Full conditions are available here
2016 being an Olympic year, our Conference theme is a sporting one.
This will be most evident at Saturday night’s dinner and dance at the world-famous Australian Institute of Sport where delegates will dress as their favourite sporting identity, or in their team colours.   To get the idea, view this video.
AIS’s interactive facility will allow delegates to test their skills kicking goals, serving aces, slam dunking, or swinging the golf club.
So it’s Game On!
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Come play in Canberra on 11 & 12 March 2016.
The NATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE is Canberra’s largest, purpose-built functions, meetings and events venue.  Unrivalled in facilities, size and scope, the convention centre provides a collection of more than 15 spaces over two floors.  The National Convention Centre is conveniently located just 7km from airport and just minutes walk from a range of accommodation options and the city centre.
At the AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT, passion for sport is inspired by passion for life.  Join the nation’s elite athletes in an environment that reflects Australia’s commitment to sport and our ongoing pursuit of excellence.  As the training camp location of choice for Australia’s sporting teams, the AIS offers us the perfect venue to celebrate ‘Game On’.



by 30 November
to qualify for Early Bird pricing and prize eligibility.
See more about the speakers here.
Downloads of this promotion are available by following the 'read more' link.
Many thanks to the Rotary Club of Woy Woy for this promotion of the Conference.


Conference logo

There is a great range of accommodation options within easy walking distance to the National Convention Centre. There are also over 75 hotels within easy driving distance.
The table at this link shows a selection (but not all) of the closest properties. There are also many serviced apartments with up to 5 bedrooms for group bookings as well as camping and caravan parks. Check the Trivago or Hotels Combined websites for best rates.
The Crowne Plaza Canberra is the Conference Hotel - see the concessional booking rates here.
DISTRICT CONFERENCE 2016 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
Are you wondering who is doing what?  Check out the September roster in your Club eBulletin (at the foot of this bulletin!).
The panels include two to three members who will back each other up in case of absence or otherwise rotate the task between themselves.  If you cannot make the meeting, please let the others on the panel know in advance, as well as President Ian.  Just let President Ian know what you are doing at the meeting.
Remember the speaker thanker also does the write-up!
MEETING RESPONSIBILITIES Les Walsh 2015-08-29 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.
Graffiti vandalism is a problem that costs local communities millions of dollars each year. 
Graffiti Removal Day is a joint initiative between Rotary Down Under and the New South Wales Government.
So why not volunteer and help us for a few hours in the removal and prevention of graffiti as a simple yet effective community project.
  • Nominate a site
  • Volunteer
  • Sponsor

This is the 4th year that Rotary Down Under has been involved in this program.  Graffiti Removal Day is run throughout NSW cleaning approximately 275 sites by approximately 1889 volunteers.
Each council is also encouraged to help promote the day and assist if possible.
We all like to give our time and effort to worthy causes.  This year Graffiti Removal day will be held on Sunday, 18 October.  Let's make it a worthwhile day.
GRAFFITI REMOVAL DAY Les Walsh 2015-08-25 14:00:00Z 0

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 –

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:
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

If you have not already responded, we are looking for members to:

  • Propose the International Toast
  • Introduce the Speaker
  • Thank the Speaker and Write-up his/her presentation for the Bulletin.

A monthly panel is being established of two to three members who will back each other up in case of absence or otherwise rotate the task between themselves.

Based on the responses to date, this Bulletin includes the rosters for August - check to see if you are on it!

Click here to complete the survey

VOLUNTEERS FOR MEETING TASKS Les Walsh 2015-07-14 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.
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
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
A DIRECTORY IN YOUR POCKET Les Walsh 2015-06-30 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
Annabelle Chauncy of the School for Life Foundation writes from Uganda:
"Everything is going really well over in Uganda. We had My Community, My Responsibility day on Friday where students and their parents work together to plant trees, clean elderly people's homes, distribute soap, make hand washing stations, as well as educate the surrounding community on issues such as domestic abuse and personal hygiene. It was a great day! See attached pic.
"Katuuso is going from strength to strength, with our new preschool, tailoring centre and assembly hall almost complete, as well as another 10 teacher houses. We are also going to be installing two 100,000L water tanks for clean drinking water over the next few weeks.
"As always, we are in need of child and teacher sponsors. We have a new enrolment of 60 gorgeous pre-school students who require support. It's just $50/month or $1.65 a day to make a truly life changing difference. If you can't sponsor ongoing but want to make a tax deductible donation before 30 June, please visit our website at
"Even a little donation of $10 or $20 goes a long way, particularly as well push ahead and begin construction of 2 more schools - a primary and secondary school in Bujuuko village to educate, provide vocational training, health care and clean water to another 1200 students.
"Thank you in advance for your generous support!"
SCHOOL FOR LIFE FOUNDATION - UPDATE 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
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 sale of Melbourne Cup Trifecta Tickets has been one of the major fundraisers for our club since 2001.  It enables Crows Nest Rotary to do major good in the world.
The promotion for this year has started and we would like your help!
We are seeking clubs and associations who will benefit from buying the tickets from us and then on-selling them to raise funds for their own fundraising.
You can assist at this stage by letting us know if you are aware of a club or association to which the club could market these tickets.  Ideas include bowling clubs, P&C associations, Probus or other service clubs.
You may care to email them (we will let you have a draft email/letter) or let us know the contact information to add to our list.
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SELL TICKETS Les Walsh 2015-06-06 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
All about Rotary International
Inspired by our member, Past District Governor, Harold Sharp, this section of our website is dedicated to all things Rotary - from the beginnings to the modern day organisation.
We hope that Rotary Information imparted in this manner will be of benefit not only to our recent new members, but also to those who aspire to be Rotarians as well as those of our Members who have served Rotary for many years.
The content will grow as we learn.
Rotary Education Les Walsh 2015-06-02 14:00:00Z 0
SHORE’S TEAMS AT MUNA 2015 Les Walsh 2015-05-31 14:00:00Z 0
Vale: Kitty Condell
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Kitty Condell, mother of our member George.  Kitty was a great supporter of the Club and attended most of our fundraiser and family outings.  An avid traveler Kitty traveled  to SE Asia and China with the Crows Nest Rotarians on a number of occasions. 
Kitty's funeral is on Friday 5 June at 10.30am at the Mary Immaculate Catholic Church on the corner of Raglan and Whistler Streets Manly.  (Parking will be at a premium so give yourself some extra time to get there.)
Vale Kitty Condell Les Walsh 2015-05-31 14:00:00Z 0
Red Shield Appeal
The Salvation Army has thanked Australians for their generosity towards the 2015 Red Shield Appeal Doorknock, with $4,882,039 being raised nationally this weekend (interim Sunday evening tally).
Salvation Army spokesperson, Major Bruce Harmer said: “We are very encouraged by these early results. There are still many regions where results are not finalised and we will continue to have official volunteer collectors out, and static collection points happening in the week ahead.
“We know many Australians are struggling to make ends meet and are having to go without essential items in life in order to get by ... Read more on the Red Shield website
Some members of our club (President Swapna, President Elect Ian, and Cyril were among the 140 volunteers who gathered in North Sydney with a tally of $12,370.  Well done!
Red Shield Appeal Les Walsh 2015-05-31 14:00:00Z 0
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

Changeover 2015 Les Walsh 2015-05-27 14:00:00Z 0
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.
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
Meeting Venue Change Les Walsh 2015-05-24 14:00:00Z 0
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
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'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
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
Have you completed your Working With Children Check
Go to 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'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
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
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
Register 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.

On Saturday 25 April, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal.  The next day a 6.7 magnitude aftershock caused further damage and casualties. Over 2,200 people have been reported dead, and many thousand injured. Yesterday's earthquake was the worst tremor to hit Nepal in 80 years.
See the projects and appeals that we are aware of, and support on this page of the Rotary District 9685 website.
Read on for more information about the urgent need in relation to one of the projects.
NEPAL EARTHQUAKE APPEALS Les Walsh 2015-05-03 14:00:00Z 0
RDU's Social Media Workshop Les Walsh 2015-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
District Changeover Les Walsh 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
ANZAC Parra-Amble Les Walsh 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary next week Les Walsh 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome to the new Crows Nest eBulletin
This bulletin is the first since the club's decision to create a new website powered by ClubRunner.  View the website here
New member Les Walsh presented the concept at last week's meeting and the members resolved to proceed.  Much remains embryonic and will require contributions relating to the club's projects and its history.
Mark Staples & Philip Smith have volunteered to help.  Here are some ways you might consider:
  1. If you are a chair of one of the Avenues of Service, please summarise your projects so we can inform the public of what we do as a club doing good in the world.
  2. Report on our meetings for the website and inclusion in the next bulletin
  3. Submit something about the Club's history
In the first instance, please let Ian Pocock and/or Les Walsh know how you can help.
Crows Nest eBulletin Les Walsh 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Nepal Earthquake Appeals
On Saturday 25 April, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal.  The next day a 6.7 magnitude aftershock caused further damage and casualties. Over 2,200 people have been reported dead, and many thousand injured. Yesterday's earthquake was the worst tremor to hit Nepal in 80 years.
The following was written by David Waterhouse (of the Rotary Club of The Entrance):
"We are both well and staying with Ashok Shrestha a member of the Rotary Club of Dhulikhel in Banepa about 38 km east of Kathmandu. The school we were working on in Sindhuli has come to halt as the workers had to return to their villages to look after their families. Yesterday we travelled the 150 Km up from Sindhuli to help Ashok pack and distribute food packages

"Please refer to the attached, this is the situation that Dianne and I are working in. We are desperately in need of money to buy food. I was wondering if our club and the clubs on the Central Coast or indeed District 9685, could contribute something towards this project. Our problem is that the situation is desperate and we really need funds within the next 3 days as it is a very poor country and they only live from day to day. The foreign aid that is coming in is going to Kathmandu but the outlying Districts also need help. please let me know if you can do anything from your end.
The project is RAWCS Project 78-2014-15 which s included in this list of the appeals being supported by Rotary District 9685.
Nepal Earthquake Appeals Les Walsh 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Annual Giving Night 2015 Les Walsh 2015-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
District Changeover Les Walsh 2015-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
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
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
The Fight against the Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone
  Having just spent three months in Sierra Leone working on the British-supported Ebola response there, Chris Lee spoke to our Club Meeting on 23 April about his fascinating experiences.  
The Fight against the Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone Les Walsh 2015-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
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
Enhance your leadership skills

Rotary’s Learning Center puts professional development right at your fingertips. You’ll find a variety of interactive courses that will help you navigate Rotary’s online tools or develop leadership skills to prepare for a new Rotary role.  It’s just one of the resources Rotary has developed to make your membership more rewarding.

Rotary's on-line tools Les Walsh 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
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
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