President's Message

Dear  Club Members and Friends,
Unfortunately, the past week did not go as I had planned. I was unable to go to the Board meeting on Friday morning as my mother needed medical attention which was unexpected. Mum is home and recovering well, but needed support for most of the day. As a result I was also unable to go to the Club social dinner on Friday evening.
I still have a lot to catch up on about the Board meeting and will report back in next week's bulletin. My thanks to Victoria Crawford her support in taking up the reins at very short notice on Friday morning and to the Board members for their flexibility, understanding. and kind thoughts.
Garry and David Martin informed me that they had a good night  at  Essence of North India, 124 Wicks Road, North Ryde on Friday evening. The food was lovely, restaurant was quiet, the group was small so all managed to chat. We are considering having a brunch again for the October social so that families can come if they wish, more information soon. A big thank you to David for organising our monthly social gatherings, which have all been very enjoyable.
Garry was also unable to Ride the Train to End Polio as he had planned. He has taken the donations from Club members to the organiser Mark Anderson from the Rotary Club of Beecroft who will ensure receipts will be issued to donors.
I attended the District 9685 President's meeting on Saturday morning where DG Susan Wakefield reported that it was a very successful event raising $240 000 for the End Polio campaign and also lifting the profile of Rotary in the wider community. The Gates Foundation will match the funds raised which means that the final amount will be $740000!
This Friday our guest speaker will be our own Shankar Sankaran who will give a presentation on his Indian Pacific train trip and other more recent travels. Assistant Governor Julie Thorpe will also be attending this week's meeting.
We have been invited to attend a meeting with the Rotary Club of Macquarie Park next Tuesday morning 9 October at the Riding for the Disabled Association premises 118-120 Culloden Road Marsfield. The meeting will is a breakfast meeting 7.15 for 7.30a.m. start. Warren Smith from RDA will give a presentation  followed by an optional tour of RDA at 8.30a.m. The cost will be $20 for the breakfast and a donation to RDA. Five of our members will be attending including Garry and myself. If any other members would like to attend please let me know as soon as possible.
Our next club meeting, which will be an assembly, will go ahead as usual on Friday 12 October. Don't forget it will also be Hat Day in support of Australian Rotary Health Mental Health Month, so get your hats ready!
Kind regards
Pam Wood
President 2018-19
Disaster Aid Request 

Disaster Aid working with its partners, Disaster Aid Malaysia, Rotarians and Rotary Clubs in Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and India are assessing the situation in Sulawesi, Indonesia, Lombok, Indonesia Naga City, The Philippines and Kerala, India.

Further, DART Teams are being deployed with SkyHydrants to provide Safe water and Smart Aid to those displaced.

Please Help if you Can? 

Thank you for your support.


David Langworthy


Disaster Aid Australia


Phone: 1300 881 913 Tel: 03 9796 4498


P O Box 790, Endeavour Hills Vic 3802



October is Mental Health Month
Mental illness is very common. One in five (20%) Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year. The most common mental illnesses are depressive, anxiety and substance use disorder. These three types of mental illnesses often occur in combination.    Australian Rotary Health is one of the largest independent funders of mental health research within Australia.
Australian Rotary Health have a number of different events that will engage with your members and potential members.
Save these Dates and register: 
Thursday,11th October, 2018 – Golf for Research – Camden Lakeside Golf Club, 50 Raby Road, Catherine Field.
This will be an Ambrose Event (team of 4) with players sharing carts.   The Full Package includes Breakfast and Buffet Lunch.   7am - Registration starts and 8am - Shot Gun Start  Presentation and Lunch at 1.30pm.
Thursday, 25th October, 2018 – A Night with Researchers’ Dinner – Dooleys, Lidcombe Catholic Club, 17 Church Street, Lidcombe
This night will be an opportunity for Rotarians and the community to hear from some of our researchers in a relaxed atmosphere.
Researchers that will be with us on the night will include:
  • Professor Jane Pirkis - Jane has undertaken a number of policy-relevant studies of suicide and suicide prevention in Australia.   She has a particular research interest in suicide and the media. 
  • Professor Vera Morgan – Vera is a psychiatric epidemiologist with a special interest in studying schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders using record-linkage and survey methods.
  • Professor Allison Waters -Allison focuses her research on the cognitive-neuroscience of emotional disorders in children and aims to translate findings from laboratory and basic science research into clinical practice. 
Book now to avoid disappointment …..  $60 per person
Saturday, 27th October, 2018 – Epiphanies, A Musical Theatre Gala Concert – York Theatre, Seymour Centre.
2 Sessions: 2pm and 7.30pm
Epiphanies will present some of the greatest pieces of music from the great shows of the 20th and 21st Centuries, backed by a stunning 18 piece orchestra. Rob McDougall (Les Miserables), Kerrie Anne Greenland (Helpmann Awarded Eponine, Les Miserables; Violet, Sideshow) and Daniel Belle (The Ten Tenors; Cover Valjean, Les Miserables) perform a dazzling array of pieces from the most beloved musicals, including Phantom of the Opera, Carousel, Wicked, The Secret Garden, Sweeney Todd, Sunset Boulevard and The Sound Of Music
Adult: $75    Pensioner: $63.80  
District 9685 Vocational Excellence Nominations 

Nominations for District 9685 Vocational Excellence Awards are now open. If you know of someone in the community who has made an outstanding contribution vocationally, please let Mandy Van or myself know. Once identified, we can complete a nomination for a Vocational Excellence Award to be presented at District Conference in Newcastle in March 2019, if successful.

The Rotary Awards for Vocational Excellence were inaugurated in 1982 by the Rotary District 9685 Vocational Service Committee.  The first Awards were presented to three candidates at the 1983 District Conference in Bathurst by PDG Graham Turnidge.

The concept was accepted by the Clubs of District 9685 in subsequent years as an integral part of their Vocational Service program.


The aims of the Award are:

  • To recognise VOCATIONAL EXCELLENCE of the highest order and to honor outstanding contribution by individuals or small teams of individuals for significant advancement in their vocational field in Australia.
  • To inspire further enthusiasm and to give added reward to the exceptional achievers.
  • To set an example to others, particularly youth, of the need to strive for VOCATIONAL EXCELLENCE for the benefit of their discipline and Australia.
  • Nominees should preferably reside and /or carry out their vocation within the boundaries of District 9685
 Applications close 31 October 2018.
Pam Wood
President 2018-19
The Rotary Club of North Ryde
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Women in Rotary Forum 14 October 2018
Destiny Rescue Movie Night 18 Oct 2018
Waterline Project Supporting ROMAC

 All Rotary and Rotaract Clubs across Australia are encouraged to enter teams in the 2018 Waterline Challenge® which will be held 12-18 November. ‘Rotary Working Together’ will raise significant funds for ROMAC to help many more children from the Oceania island nations receive life-saving or dignity restoring surgery. See


Waterline Challenge® is a national event. Teams of up to 10 people can walk, run, cycle, paddle, row, swim, skate, horse ride, windsurf, along our waterways; coast, estuaries, rivers, lakes, islands. Be as creative as you can! You choose how you do it, how far you go, when you do it, and the money you raise goes to ROMAC. Each person is asked to raise a minimum of $200, so a team of 10 to asked to raise a minimum of $2,000 between them.


Clubs are asked to nominate a Waterline Challenge® Champion to put their team together and also promote the event to other community groups in their area to put teams together to raise funds for any of the 14 Waterline Charities. For further information or to register your Rotary or Rotaract Club go to


Julian Day, President RC Drummoyne and Founder of Waterline Challenge® He can be contacted on 0413 309 056.


District Conference 2019
Upcoming Events
Club Meeting
Oct 05, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Club Meeting
Oct 12, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Club Meeting
Oct 19, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Board Meeting
Oct 26, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:45 AM
Social Night
Oct 26, 2018
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Club Meeting
Nov 02, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Oct 05, 2018
The Indian Pacific - a train trip
Nov 16, 2018
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Member Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Barbara Lee
October 26

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