19 May 2023
Hello Fellow Rotarians and friends,
Welcome to this fortnight’s newsletter.
The North Ryde eFun Run closed on Sunday 7 May. To conclude the eFun Run week, we walked across seven of our beautiful bridges in Sydney. Starting at Cunninghams Reach park, Linley point, the walk included Figtree Bridge, Tarban Creek Bridge, Gladesville Bridge, Iron Cove bridge, Anzac Bridge, Pyrmont Bridge, and the Harbour Bridge. With a coffee break thrown in about half way, the 17 km walk took us about three and a half hours. We finished at The Kirribilli Club for an afters get together, celebrating what was a great week exercising and raising funds for a very worthy cause – Youth Mental Health.
Overall, the club managed to raise more than $13,000 thanks to our sponsors and all the people who so generously donated to the cause.  Thank you, Rob Wilkinson, for leading the way with exercising and raising funds. A big thank you also to everybody who worked behind the scenes to make the project a success, especially our superwomen – Bernie Mason, Pam Wood and Mandy Van!
It was fitting that the following Friday, 12 May, we had a guest speaker Sue Mallick who is an Occupational Therapist who spoke about “Mental Illness and Vocation” – how to achieve vocational outcomes for people living with serious persistent mental illness. Her talk was a reminder that one in five Australians get impacted by mental illness – its impact on our colleagues, neighbours, family and friends, and particularly our youth is not diminishing – it is just part of life.
On Thursday 11 May, members representing our club attended the City of Ryde Volunteer Recognition Awards.  Our club along with the Rotary Club of Macquarie Park was nominated in the Group category for the Carols on the Common and our own Pamela Wood was nominated in the Individual as well as the Community Heroes category.  To hear all the wonderful stories of the great volunteer work being done in our community was absolutely amazing, inspirational and uplifting!
This week is the DIGIT week - IT Tour for Country Students. Seven students from the towns of Forbes, Inverell, Ashford and Warialda arrived in Sydney on 14 May. Past Presidents David Martin, Peter Mason and Mandy Van have been taking them around to various information technology organisations.  As you know, this year Rotary Club of Epping has been a valuable partner in helping us host the students. The students and their host families attended Epping Rotary’s club meeting on Monday 15 May. It was a great evening enjoyed by all. A big thank you to Rotary Club of Epping and special thanks to the host families - Monica and Geoff Saville, Narelle Barker and Susie and Stephen Llewelyn. There are still two more days to go and it promises to be a fun and experiential week for them.  On Thursday 18 May, a dinner will be held for the students at the Riding for Disabled facility in Marsfield. 
Our next Bunnings Gladesville BBQ Club Fund Raising Event is on Saturday 3 June 2023. If you can assist on the day please let Garry Maloney know by Friday 19 May, by email. We have found that our busiest times are between 10am and 3pm, so if you can only help for a limited time please keep these times in mind.
I thank everyone in the Club for their commitment, energy and contribution towards making a difference.  
Sandeep Rathi
Rotary Club of North Ryde
President 2022-2023
Rotary District 9685
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The 2022-23 presidential theme logo was designed by renowned Australia-based Indigenous artist Riki Salam to represent RI President Jennifer Jones’ theme and initiatives. The logo represents key elements of Rotary while honouring the Indigenous culture:
  • The circle signifies connections to one another.
  • The dots around the circle represent people, one for each of our areas of focus.
  • The circle and the dots together become a navigation star, which signifies Rotary’s guiding light.
  • The solid line underneath signifies a digging stick used for hard work — a tool that Rotary’s people of action use to get things done.
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the country on which we meet, the Wallumattagal people of the Eora Nation. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
The North Ryde eFun Run - Great success!
The North Ryde eFun Run for Youth Mental Health has been a great success with over $13,000 raised.
This is one of the club's main fundraisers to support research into youth mental health through Australian Rotary Health. Funds raised also go to the Centre for Emotional Health's  Cool Kids program which is an evidence based program for school aged children struggling with anxiety. The money we donate to this program enables families to access the program who cannot otherwise afford to do so.
Funds are also set aside for some of the Rotary Youth programs we support such as RYLA and RYPEN.
A big thank you to those who walked/ran during the week and those who sponsored or donated.
Scenes from the final Club walk on 7 May.
The walkers
On the way
Some of the sights
And the celebration at the end!
Ryde volunteer of the year awards
On 11 May the Ryde Council Volunteer Recognition Awards were presented.
Pam Wood was nominated for all the work she does through the Club.  A very worthy nominee.
The Carols Committee won the Volunteer Group of the Year
Greg Power from the SES won the Volunteer of the Year Award
This week is DIGIT week - IT Tour for Country Students. Seven students from the towns of Forbes, Inverell, Ashford and Warialda arrived in Sydney on 14 May. Past Presidents David Martin, Peter Mason and Mandy Van have been taking them around to various information technology organisations.  Here are a few photos.  Full report next bulletin.
Hands on!
Epping Rotary  meeting
Not all work - fun as well!
Upcoming Events
Club May 2023 Social Dinner (IT Student Dinner)
Riding for the Disabled, Marsfield
May 18, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
May 19, 2023
26 May 2023 Club Assembly at DLC (and via ZOOM)
Dunmore Lang College
May 26, 2023
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
May 2023 Club Board Meeting (via ZOOM)
May 30, 2023
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
2 June 2023 Club Meeting (via ZOOM)
Jun 02, 2023
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Bunnings Gladesville BBQ, Saturday 3 June, 2023
Bunnings Gladesville
Jun 03, 2023
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
9 June 2023 Club Meeting (via ZOOM)
Jun 09, 2023
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
16 June 2023 NO CLUB MEETING
Jun 16, 2023
23 June 2023 NO CLUB MEETING
Jun 23, 2023
30 June 2023 Club Changeover Dinner
North Ryde RSL Club, Pittwater Room
Jun 30, 2023
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
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May 12, 2023 7:30 AM
Vocational Outcomes for people living with Serious Persistent Mental Illness
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Pamela Wood
May 24

“The people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

– Steve Jobs.


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