28 March , 2020

Dear  Club Members and Friends,
Last Friday we had a board meeting in which Past President(PP) Pam Wood and Treasurer Sandeep Rathi participated on ZOOM, thanks to IT savvy President Elect(PE) Mandy Van. The following decisions were made :
1. Due to the CORONAVIRUS, club meetings and functions will be suspended until further notice. These include corporate membership development; membership drives on 3 April and 5 June; 2020 RYPEN participant report.
2 . Regrettably we have had to cancel the club meeting on Friday 27 March with Mr and Mrs Bertrand Desmarez, parents of our exchange student Palmyre.
3. The social night at Basil's seafood restaurant on Friday 27 March is cancelled.
4. The 2020 Country students IT tour scheduled for May is also cancelled.
3 . President-Elect  Mandy Van will notify Fair Trading of our new Constitution and BYLAWS.
4 . The North Ryde Fun Run for 2020 is cancelled. The fundraising committee will continue to work on fundraising ideas for an event towards the end of the year or in 20201 once the pandemic has resolved.
5 . The Changeover celebration dinner on Friday 26 June may be rescheduled. The Board positions will automatically changeover for the 2020-2021 Rotary Year at the beginning of July.
6 . A donation of $500 to be made to Riding for the Disabled (RDA) to help with feed for the horses as the facility is now closed until further notice. RDA have cancelled the Easter fundraiser at West Ryde and the centre is closed for activities. This follows on from a difficult year with the high cost of feed from the drought, the impact of the bushfires at Wiseman's Ferry where the horses are normally agisted and damage to the property from the storms. 
7 . This will be the last e-bulletin until the end of April following the next Board meeting which will be held through video conference. However, this may change should a need arise to send an e-bulletin out earlier.
PE Mandy spoke about participating in the President Elect Training (PETS) she participated in on Saturday 14 March. The District Conference to be held this weekend is now cancelled. District Assembly which was to be held on April 19 may be held electronically. More information to come about this.
We regret that PP Pat Perrin who has been very active in serving our club for years, who also served at District level in the past, intends to step down from July. We hope to see her when we resume club functions.
Our thoughts are with Rob and Carolin Wilkinson and their family. Carolin was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. We send her best wishes for her treatment and recovery.
I hope you keep safe and that we meet in the near future
Mak Khalil
President 2019-20
Rotary National Bushfire Appeal Update
The Rotary Club of North Ryde has donated $185 to the Rotary National Bushfire Appeal from funds raised through the bucket collection at the BBQ and Book stall and the Trivia Night coin toss. Thank you to everyone who donated to these two activities specifically for the Appeal.
Our Australian Rotary District Governors have agreed to establish a central fund into which all Australians can donate to support the victims of the devastating bushfires ravaging our country.
A link to the fund can be found on the main page of the RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service) website:
Hi Everyone
Our daily lives as we know them have been thrown into upheaval in the last week as the growing advance of COVID-19 impacts so much of our lives. It is not just the overwhelming, almost comical, shortage of toilet paper, but also the rush on hand sanitiser which can actually have a positive impact on containing the spread of the disease.
This time last week, our plans for coming weeks were filled with events, celebrations, get togethers and life not so very far from normal. But now that has al changed!!
COVID-19 (Corona Virus) IMPACT
There is no doubt that we are and will be feeling the impact of the COVID-19 virus for many months to come. The authorities are now focussed on a process of ‘social distancing’ in an effort to reduce the speed of spread of the virus. The effect of this process is to ensure our health services are not overwhelmed. It will mean that the virus is around longer but we will be able to manage it better.
A message was sent from RI President Mark Maloney recently which in part stated:
We have proven abilities to reach out and collaborate to offer immediate help to people in need at a rapid pace. These are precisely the skills needed all over the world today. 
This is good advice and needs to be applied depending on the circumstances of your own self and your own club. I know that many traditional events right around the District are being cancelled or postponed, and this is hard to take on board. Some clubs are choosing to suspend meetings for a short time until the peak of the infection passes. This is an individual club decision depending on your demographic and situation.
Combined District Conference cancelled
As many of you would now be aware, and in light of advice from Prime Minister Scott Morrison last Friday D9675, DG Dianne North and I took the decision to cancel our joint Reasons Conference in Wollongong this coming weekend. Welfare of all attendees had to be our priority, and the guidelines left us with no choice at all to ensure the ongoing health and welfare of our attendees.
Together with the entire Conference Committee, we had been looking forward to providing attendees with an amazing event, fabulous speakers and the chance to connect with Rotarians from across the Greater Sydney basin.
After two years of dedicated hard work in preparing for the event, this is a very disappointing outcome. The committee is now working to wind back all arrangements, with full refunds provided to registrants. However, the disappointment is ongoing, and there will also be other financial implications to be resolved in the near future.
Thanks to so many of you for the words of support to me and to the Committee in the wake of this decision. It remains hard to accept that the pinnacle event of our year will not occur, and that this also applies to so many other Districts around the country, as well as other larger gatherings planned for coming weeks; events such as PETS, Assemblies, national and international gatherings.
At time of writing the International Convention in Hawaii is progressing, and those of us registered to attend will need to monitor advice over coming weeks as COVID-19 develops and progresses.
Remote Meeting Options
For those clubs who choose to suspend meetings for a time, there are some other alternates that may assist with ongoing communications and collaboration, and to overcome any sense of isolation. I include below some options courtesy of one of my national classmates south of the border:
Seize the opportunity to innovate and improve in other areas.
  1. Now is a great time to enhance your electronic communications such as club bulletins, websites and social media such as Facebook.
  2. Connect into the social media pages other community groups and organisations in your community. This is a great way to stay connected and even broaden your reach.
  3. Connect with your communities by helping our less fortunate neighbours cope with the effects of isolation and fear, or by supporting our health authorities to address this situation.
  4. Assist health authorities communicate best practices or provide needed equipment or support into your communities.
  5. Many people are familiar with Video Conferencing programs with the District and e-Club using Zoomprogram successfully on a regular basis for many years. It is not as difficult as many may think, and works with both phones and with PCs of any sort.
The Rotary e-Club of Greater Sydney would like to offer any assistance it can to help Rotary clubs and committees to continue to meet as per normal - but online rather than physically.
Zoom Video Conferencing - account sign-up
I am urging clubs to consider implementing use of video conferencing programs. There is an opportunity for cluster clubs to collaborate on a subscription to reduce the cost and share the access. Scheduling of meetings can then be managed to ensure there are no clashes.
The E-Cub would be happy to help Clubs and/or Clusters use Zoom as a meeting platform. The E-Club has a subscription, as does District 9685, or you can sign-up for a Zoom account; plans and pricing can be found here -
  • There is a free account option with restricted function, ie only 40min duration.
  • There is also a Pro Account ($20.99/month), as used by the District Team.
Zoom Video Conferencing – training on how to use it
Zoom has on its website lots of guides and videos on how to use Zoom -  
The E-Club would also be happy to host one or more training sessions to demonstrate how to use Zoom for your meetings and best practice tips specifically for Rotary club meetings.
If you are interested, contact President Kian Safaei
They can also provide "helpdesk support" to assist Rotarians who are trying to set up and use Zoom for the first time, including acting as meeting host (subject to member availability).
Stay Safe
Whatever methodology you and your club adopt over coming weeks, please take care of you! These challenges are as unknown as those we faced during the bushfire crisis. Each one of you is needed to ensure we are all able to continue our support for that crisis, as many victims are still very much in need of our help to get their lives on track.
Yours in Rotary
URGENT APPEAL - Coronavirus hits Syria
 As we are told to stay at home, follow social distancing rules and wash our hands regularly, families in Syria and refugee camps across the world have no way of protecting themselves
This week we received the terrible news we’d been dreading - Syria confirmed its first Coronavirus case. Many people are living in horrendous conditions, and there are fears that it could spread uncontrollably. 
We are sending this just as news has come in that the UN has called for total ceasefire in Syria to focus on coronavirus.
Right now in Idlib, almost 1 million people are living in makeshift accommodation and overcrowded tents, where adequate hygiene and social distancing measures are impossible.
Coronavirus is making the massive need for humanitarian assistance even more urgent. Right now, we are working even harder with our partners around the world to provide families with the emergency aid they need now, more than ever.
But we urgently need your help. Please donate today to help contain this deadly virus in the most vulnerable communities.
Our tents and shelter kits can help people to distance themselves from each other. Emergency shelter is vital for helping people move from overcrowded camps and collective centres to a more private space.
Blankets and sleeping mats can keep people warm and dry. Water filters and cooking sets allow them to have warm meals and clean water – helping families stay as healthy as possible.
We are all worried about how this virus may affect vulnerable people in our own families – now imagine not having a home during this time. We cannot stress enough the importance of shelter during this pandemic - please help us protect families by supporting our vital work today.
$30 - could buy a Solar Light
 $50 - could buy a Water Filter
                        $75 - could buy Blankets and Ground Mats
 $100 - could buy a Shelter Kit
 $500 - could buy a Relief Tent
                      $1,000 - could buy a Complete ShelterBox
EFT: Bendigo Bank: ShelterBox Australia: BSB 633 000: Account no. 166 780 163 (please email to notify us of your donation and receive your tax receipt).
Cheques can be mailed to: ShelterBox Australia, PO Box 254, Parramatta, NSW, 2124
We face uncertain and unprecedented times. Compassion and dedication to humanitarian values are more important than ever. Together we can continue to make sure families around the world receive the emergency shelter they need.
Thank you.
Mike Greenslade 
ShelterBox Australia
Upcoming Events
No Club Meeting
Dunmore Lang College
Mar 27, 2020
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Social Night Cancelled
Basil's Seafood Restaurant
Mar 27, 2020
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Membership Meeting Cancelled
Dunmore Lang College
Apr 03, 2020
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
No Club Meeting
Apr 10, 2020
Club Assembly cancelled
Dunmore Lang College
Apr 17, 2020
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
District Assembly
Apr 19, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Club Board Meeting
Dunmore Lang College
Apr 24, 2020
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Country IT Students Visit cancelled
North Ryde and Greater Sydney
May 24, 2020 4:45 PM –
May 29, 2020 10:00 AM
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May 08, 2020 7:30 AM
COVID - 19
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Member Birthdays
Member Birthdays
David Martin
March 3
Rob Wilkinson
March 24
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