President's Message

Dear  Club Members and Friends,
This bulletin comes to you a little later than planned. with all the pre-Christmas activities it has been difficult to find the time to put it all together. The Club has had an amazing week with the Tree of Joy, Coxs Road Mall BBQ and the Carols on the Common. We were very fortunate with the weather on both days resulting in three very successful events. 
Before the weekend began, Garry and I assisted Pat Perrin and Annette Billington distribute some of the gifts from The Tree of Joy to residents at New Horizons Aged Care in North Ryde. This was a very moving experience for us and Garry enjoyed his very special role of playing Santa!
Saturday morning started early with the BBQ at Coxs Road. A huge 'Thank You' to everyone who came along to help including Rob Wilkinson, Mandy Van, David Martin, Sandeep Rathi, Binoe Verghese, Pam Bennett and Garry Maloney. We greatly appreciated the generosity of Ahmed from Richies IGA who donated all the bread; Raj from Cox Road Fruit and Vegetable Market who supplied the onions at a discount; Dave from Dave's larder who supplied the sausages at a discount and Seb from Cafe Incontro  who helped us with many bits and pieces we needed throughout the day. We raised $520 from the sales.
The Tree of Joy was once again a very successful venture this year. Well over 8000 gifts were received from the generous North Ryde Community. Thanks to the incredible dedication from Pat Perrin, Annette Billington, Steve Perrin and Allan McNally, many gifts were collected, stored then distributed to the Smith Family, North Ryde Community Aid, St Vincent De Paul, Macquarie Hospital and New Horizons prior to Saturday's official presentation. The drawing of the giant raffle for Cox Road Mall added to the atmosphere!
Sunday also began early with the setting up for the Carols on the Common. Many hands were needed throughout the day and fortunately we had a fabulous team of helpers. Thank you to everyone from North Ryde and Macquarie Park Rotary Clubs who helped in the planning of the Carols. There were quite a few challenges this year that committee leaders Roseanna Gallo and Victoria Crawford had to navigate with Ryde Council and their hard work and persistence is greatly appreciated.
Thank you also to everyone who helped prior to, on the day and afterwards, it was a huge effort to put on a very successful community event:
Roseanna Gallo, Victoria Crawford, Ross Rocca, Paul Williamson, Garry Maloney, Rob Wilkinson, Shayne Dumbrell, Leo Driessen, Matt Driessen, Louis Jacquot, Barry McDonald, Adam Smallhorn, David Martin, Lydia Scuglia, Trina Phillips, Craig Blissett, Ian Crawford, Mandy Van, Brian Powell, Binoe Verghese, Sandeep Rathi, Pam Bennett, Mak Khalil, Terrie McConnell, Stephen Sim, Rex Honey, Jen Nowiczewski, Helmiina Salila, Abigail Balin, Julie Thorpe and many others whose names I don't have at present.
I have included photos of these events in the bulletin separately. Thanks to Mandy Van for some fabulous photography! You can also see more  photos on the Rotary Club of North Ryde Facebook page and the Carols on the Common Facebook page.
This is the last bulletin for aa few weeks, may I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and safe festive season. I hope you all enjoy special time with family and friends and best wishes for the New Year. Our next get together will be a social breakfast on Friday 18 January at Cafe Incontro, Cox Road Mall commencing at 7.15a.m. Hope to see you there.
Kind regards
Pam Wood
President 2018-19
Gift Giving at new Horizons Aged Care
On Friday 14 December, Santa (Garry Maloney) and elves Pat Perrin and Annette Billington distributed gifts from the Tree of Joy to residents at New Horizons Aged Care North Ryde.
BBQ at Coxs Road Mall Saturday 15 December 2018
On Saturday 15 December the Rotary Club of North Ryde ran a BBQ at Coxs Road Mall in conjunction with the Tree of joy Giving Presentation.
Tree of Joy Giving Presentation 2018
Rotarians Pat Perrin and Annette Billington present the gifts from the Tree of Joy to St Vincent De Paul.
Thank you to all our generous donors and to Coxs Road Mall for your wonderful support!
Tree of Joy Champions Annette Billington and Pat Perrin
Club photographer Mandy Van Minding the Tree!
Pat Perrin presenting Allan McNally with a Certificate of Appreciation for all his help to the Club,
collecting and storing the gifts at Coxs Road Mall.
Carols on the Common 2018
For more photos see the photo album
News from Josh in Finland
The biggest trip I took this month was to Finnish Lapland. It was so stunning but there was unfortunately very little snow so we had to change our plans a little. We went husky and Reindeer sledding but the run was a lot shorter because they had to make their own snow for the track.
We went skiing but again there wasn’t much snow so only about an 8th of the runs were open. We then went back to the lodge about 15 mins away and had our going away party. It was kind of sad but very loud and full of energy.
The next day we started our journey home. We stopped at Santa’s village in the arctic circle and I got a picture with Santa.
As my exchange is wrapping up I’ve been spending more and more time with exchange students. Because it’s so cold we usually spend most of our time inside at fast food restaurants and cafés. There have been so many Christmas related activities. Even with the school free lunch being a Christmas feast. We had a Christmas bazaar in school too.
As of now my Swedish lessons have ended. My Swedish is fairly proficient which I’m happy about. My club had their final meeting and then a Christmas party. It was super nice. 
Rotary Foundation Newsletter - December 2018

Here is our new Rotary Foundation newsletter.  I hope you find it interesting and informative.  I wish you the best for the festive season and hope you have a good break and an enjoyable time with family and friends.  As always, I thank Jim Wells for his publication of the newsletter.

Kind regards

David Rands



Rotary On The Radio
Rotary Matters is a weekly one hour community radio program on Triple H 100.1 FM. The purpose is to reach and engage interest from non Rotarians into the many causes, projects and people who make up Rotary. Subjects covered in recent months include Shelterbox, ROMAC, RAM, RYPEN, RYDA, Interplast, Pride of Workmanship Awards, National Youth Science Forum, Model United Nations Assembly, End Polio Now, Dementia Awareness, overseas aid and community building projects in Philippines,  Nepal and India. Each program includes a What’s On of district activities hosted by Rotary which are accessible to the wider non Rotary public.
Clubs are invited to propose ideas for exposure on Rotary Matters. Suggestions include interviews with:
  • Someone recently returned from an overseas aid project.
  • A Pride of Workmanship Award winner
  • A beneficiary of a Rotary fundraising project (eg Lifeline which is a beneficiary of the Bobbin Head Cycle Classic)
  • A returned youth exchange student
  • Host of a regular Rotary fundraising activity
  • A prominent club member with an interesting life story
Clubs are also invited to include Rotary Matters on the distribution list for their regular newsletters, to provide content for the weekly What’s On segment. Triple H 100.1 FM covers Hornsby and Kuring gai but can also  be picked up  outside this area. Rotary Matters is keen to profile activities throughout the 9685 District.
Contact Ian Stuart, Presenter, Rotary Matters, 0416 138 860,
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Carols on the Common 16 December 2018
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