15 March 2024

Hello everyone, 
Welcome to our latest bulletin.
Our wonderful little club members have been very busy putting some wonderful ideas into action. 
Thank you to everyone who is workingon their projects, and the club fundraising initiatives.

Congratulations again to team trivia for a wonderful night. It is with great pride that I say we raised over $5000.00 for  our club's Youth projects for the next year. Well done to all that attended.

To open the sponsoring, Winter RYEN applications are now open. I have sent invitations to the principals of both Marsden High and Ryde Secondary College, to put forward their nominees to attend. RYPEN is open to year 9-10 students. It is a weekend of learning, camaraderie, and self-development, as well as reflection for the participants. It is also a wonderful event for the students to first hear about Rotary cultural exchange programs, that are offered.

Exchange is a wonderful experience, where the student goes to another country, and therefore, another culture, to live for 12 months.  They live with a family, attend a local high school, and can experience all sorts of adventures. May I ask that you consider family or friends that may have children who are eligible for this wonderful cultural experience of a lifetime, who may want to experience this? There are  twelve months of training involved before the student goes away, for the family and the participant. Rotary support the student here and a Rotary Club will host and support the student in the country they go to.

Our own exchange student, Currito, is having a wonderful time, and is becoming more Aussie every day. If you want to talk to him directly, about all things exchange, please let me know. I will arrange that.

Our District 9685 conference is being held this Friday and Saturday,15-16 March 2024, at Terrigal. Both Pete and I are very excited to be attending. We always come home with more ideas on projects that help our country and countries overseas. Especially those experiencing unrest, or a natural disaster, as well as those who need help with easing the effects of poverty. Rotary is truly a fantastic worldwide club to be associated with.

There will be a walk to raise awareness of the need to say NO to domestic violence, on Friday 15 March, around Terrigal, that we are all invited to join  in. The cost is $20.00 with all funds raised to go towards research into decreasing this horrible plight on society. Please wear your purple T-shirts if you have them. Our DG, Christine Owen, initiated this project for every club to become involved. We thank her for her enthusiasm to get us all involved. 

The Gala dinner theme is a beach party, so this will be a fun night, I am sure. It will be very interesting to see everyone’s interpretation of dressing for a beach party. Remember, what happens at Gala stays at Gala. It is also a great opportunity to meet friends and make new ones, in a fun environment. 

Our exchange organisers have planned for the students to be billeted with local Rotary families for the conference. Thank you so much to those families. On Sunday the 17t March, Currito, and his friends on exchange here, will travel to Canberra, to experience all things ACT. They have a jam-packed itinerary planned, and I am sure, we will hear of this big adventure in Curritos’ next club report.
Have a great time everyone.
Until next time,

Bernie Mason
President 2023-2024
Rotary District 9685
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We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the country on which we meet, the Wallumattagal people of the Dharug Nation. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
Presentation  to Seb and Annette Lentini for their support of the 2023 Tree of Joy
 President Bernie Mason presented a Certificate of Appreciation and a Gro-Tree to Seb and Annette Lentini in thanks for the support from Cox's Road Mall for the 2023 Tree of Joy.
This year , support from the local North Ryde Community donated approximately 2000 gifts to the charities we supported through the Tree of Joy. These included toys and games for children which were donated to Christian Community Aid and St Vincent de Paul Society; personal care items for Macquarie Hospital clients and Nursing home residents at Baptist Care Aged Care Homes; and  items for Christmas hampers put together by North Ryde Community Aid for local residents in need.
Save the Date! 28 April - 5 May ! The 2024 North Ryde eFun Run for Youth Mental Health
The North Ryde eFun Run for Youth Mental Health is on again this year Save the Date Sunday 28 April until Sunday 5 May 2024.
This year the Rotary Club of North Ryde is delighted to be working in partnership with the Rotary Clubs of  Ryde and Macquarie Park as well as  Macquarie University Lifespan Health & Wellbeing Research Centre ( formerly the Centre for Emotional Health) in organising the eFun Run.
The event is open to Rotary club members, family, colleagues & friends; community members & groups; and university & school students.
Entrants nominate a distance they will challenge themselves to cover during the week. They can walk, jog, run or ride a bike in their own time, at their own pace, individually or in a team over the week of the eFun Run.  
Each entrant or team can seek sponsorship for their challenge from their families, friends and colleagues through the eFun Run website.  
Join us this year and help raise funds for Youth Mental Health.  Set yourself a challenge individually or form a team! How many kms can you do? 
Start planning now as Registrations will open soon.

Registration Costs:
$25 Adults
$15 Students (13 +)
Friends, family and colleagues can join in, sponsor you or just donate a sum of your choice.
Funds raised go to Australian Rotary Health for research into Youth Mental Health;  Macquarie University Lifespan Health & Wellbeing Research Centre's Cool Kids Program and other worthy Rotary Youth Projects.
Is your business interested in becoming a Corporate Sponsor of the event ? See Sponsorship Invitation letter here and  See Corporate Sponsorship Package here. 
You will be helping to raise funds for youth mental health, raising awareness of your business and engaging your employees in healthy, worthwhile activities in the community.
For more information contact eFun Run Coordinator Pam Wood mobile 0400803417 email: or President Bernie Mason mobile:0411134530 email:
Dogs Day Out Sunday 5 May 2024
Looking for something to do to finish your week of walking, jogging or running for the eFun Run? Why not walk your dog to the Dogs Day Out at Santa Rosa Park!
Rotary Celebrating International Women's Day 2024
District 9685 Annual Conference 15 March 2024
A heads up about the Rotary District 9685 Conference 2024
Check out the website (see below) for details of the conference registration and accommodation bookings.
2024 Conference dates: Friday 15th March 2024 to Saturday 16th March  2024  
Our Locations: Friday: Crowne Plaza, Pine Tree Ln, Terrigal NSW 2260 Saturday: EV Church, 331 Terrigal Dr, Erina NSW 2250 
How to  Book: Scan the QR Code  
or go to our Website 
or use the QR code below
Upcoming Events
2024 District 9685 Conference
Crowne Plaza Terrigal
Mar 15, 2024 2:00 pm –
Mar 16, 2024 5:00 pm
22 Mar 2024 Club Meeting at Dunmore Lang and Zoom
Mar 22, 2024
7:15 am – 8:30 am
President Elect Learning and Development (PELD)
St Joseph's Baulkham Hills
Mar 23, 2024
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
March 2024 Club Board Meeting (via Zoom)
Mar 26, 2024
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Mar 29, 2024
Bunnings Gladesville BBQ, Sat 6 April, 2024
Bunnings Gladesville
Apr 06, 2024
7:00 am – 5:00 pm
District 9685 District Assembly
May 04, 2024
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
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Mar 22, 2024 7:15 AM
My RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) experience
Mar 22, 2024 7:30 AM
My RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment) experience
Apr 05, 2024 7:30 AM
CCA and what it does for the community.
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
David Martin
March 3
Rob Wilkinson
March 24





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