President's Message


Dear  Club Members and Friends,
Since the last bulletin financial results from the Carols have been declared. The total nett profit was $20,218.48. After inclusion of some money carried over from the previous year and paying out of an additional $2,100 to ROMAC, our Club received $9,819.29. This is the result of hard work by many people. Thank you all for your part in this.
Now to last Friday. Victoria Crawford gave a talk on her recent trip to Germany, which was an excellent mix of tourist highlights and unusual sights, including the “hip” parts of Berlin, all from Victoria’s distinctive angle. We all enjoyed it so much that we floated the idea of getting her to talk about the English part of her trip this week, but we decided to save that up for the future, and accepted Mandy Van’s offer to present her own travel talk.
Thanks, Victoria and Mandy.
Kind regards
Brian Powell
President 2017-18
2017 Carols on The Common Sponsors Thank You Breakfast
North Ryde Fun Run - Save the date 26 August 2018
It's on again ! Sunday 26 August 2016
The North Ryde Fun will be held this year on Sunday 26 August 2018. Save the date in your diary and get your running, walking shoes on!
This Friday 16 March will be our launch date where we will be meeting with the representatives from the Macquarie University Student Colleges. If you would like to be part of the planning team for this year's Fun Run, you are more than welcome to attend the meeting at 9a.m. in  Robert Menzies College. This will be held following  the normal Club breakfast meeting.
If you cannot make this meeting we will be getting together with the club planning team on Tuesday 20 March 7.30p.m. at my place  in Hunters Hill. Please let me know if you can attend either meeting. My  mobile contact is 0400803417 or email:
Looking forward to another successful Fun Run.
Pam Wood
Report from our  Exchange Student Josh Nowiczewski from Finland
This month has been about integrating in to Finland, so I have now gone to school for the first time. It is absolutely lovely and I am really enjoying how free it is. I have also been to one of the more popular ski slopes in Southern Finland, where I had a great day of skiing. Other than that I have just been exploring my local suburb of Raisio and also the city of Turku.
This month I have caught up a lot with another Australian exchange student in the area called Charlotte England. She’s from a small town near Melbourne and is quite fun to hang
out with.
This month at school has been fun. My first week at school was actually costume week, where every day was a different theme. I wasn’t ready or aware of it so sadly I couldn’t participate, but I did get to see everybody going to class in silly dress.
The next week was the week where all of the final year students finished normal schooling to go and study for the exams in the coming weeks. So naturally the entire week was a party laid out with activities set by the final years. It was Olympic themed so there were running events, a cross country skiing event on comically small skis, and loads of other events where the losing team had to drink vinegar as punishment. We then went to watch the seniors parade around town in a bunch of trucks throwing lollies at little kids.
The next day was when the second oldest year (my year) became the oldest, so the whole day was directed around a ball that was held both at the school and at a conference centre. I wasn’t allowed to participate because I didn’t know any of the dances and all of the students had been practicing for months.
Before I attended my dance, another Australian exchange student invited me to her school dance, and afterward we both attended my schools performance for the students, and at the end we got to have a dance. Later in the night my school’s official dance was held at a local conference centre. They looked stunning.
This month I have spent a lot of time with my club, as I have had to do my introductory speech. Its quite a small club, and has recently held a food stall. I was sadly not able to attend. I’ve also spent a fair amount of time with my club counselor, and have visited her workplace at the pharmaceutical company Bayer.
It seems I am starting to develop a few friends. I met a guy named Darren and he basically integrated me into the group. It’s really great.
All in all, it’s been a pretty great month. Thank you for supporting me being here. This is one of the greatest experiences of my life.
You're Invited - Presidential Peacebuilding Conference 2018
Dear fellow Rotarians:

I am pleased to invite you to the Sydney Town Hall on 17 March for the Presidential Peacebuilding Conference where we will explore economic and community development in relation to peacebuilding on a local, national, and international scale. 

Rotary District 9675 has planned an outstanding program featuring Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, noted Australian foreign correspondent Hugh Riminton, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace Steve Killelea, Vice Chair of the Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery Dave McCleary and UNICEF CEO Tony Stuart. Joining them will be a host of other internationally recognised thought leaders from across the business and philanthropic communities. 

We discuss important topics including the cost of conflict, the power of education, facilitating peaceful outcomes, as well as pressing issues such as cyberbullying and modern slavery affecting the harmony of our global community. 

We’ll explore the real causes of economic instability, the intersection of sound community development and reconciliation, and opportunities to create peace through collaborative service projects globally and locally. You will leave the conference motivated to expand existing efforts in peacebuilding or initiate new ones.

I look forward to joining you in Sydney as we come together to Make a Difference by discussing challenges and identifying opportunities to address some of the most pressing concerns of modern times.

If you have not already registered, you may do so online Consider bringing along a friend, school student or young person to learn and be inspire as we come together to explore how all of us can thoughtfully and practically build peace in our world

Ian Riseley
President, Rotary International
2018-19 Board Members, please be aware  of the following 2018-19 District training:
District Assembly
Sunday 29 April 20178
The Kings School
Pennant Hills Road, Parramatta
It will begin with registrations at 8.30am and formal start at 9.00am, finishing at 4.30pm.
The training content will be informative and entertaining. It is a Rotary International requirement that each club is represented at PETS and District Assembly.
ROTARY ON THE MOVE  - March 2018
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for March 2018.  
Upcoming Events
Club Meeting
Mar 16, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Fun Run Meeting
Mar 16, 2018
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Board Meeting
Mar 23, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:45 AM
Social Night
Mar 23, 2018
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Opera in the Arboretum
Mar 24, 2018
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Club Meeting
Apr 06, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Club Meeting
Apr 13, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Club Meeting
Apr 20, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Board Meeting
Apr 27, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:45 AM
Social Night
Apr 27, 2018
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Mar 16, 2018
Apr 06, 2018
Apr 20, 2018
My Exchange Year in Sweden
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Member Birthdays
Member Birthdays
David Martin
March 3
Rob Wilkinson
March 24
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