President's Message

Dear  Club Members and Friends,
We are in the midst of two very busy weeks for our club. The North Ryde Community Aid Christmas lunch was held last Thursday, it was a lovely event and greatly appreciated by the clients of North Ryde Community Aide who attended.  Thank you to our wonderful team of helpers who assisted with setting up, serving food and drinks and cleaning up -  Rob Wilkinson, Garry Maloney, David Martin, Annette Billington, Victoria and Ian Crawford. We also received assistance from volunteers from the Sage Foundation. I have included some photos from the lunch in the photo album section of this bulletin.
We had a very successful AGM last Friday. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to take up positions on the Board for 2019-20 or to chair/co-chair an Avenue of Service.  I have listed the positions in a separate story in this bulletin.
I attended the North Ryde Public School Presentation Day on Tuesday 11 December. it was my privilege to present the School Citizenship Award. The Rotary Club of North Ryde donates $500 to each of our local schools each year. North Ryde Public School uses some of these funds to support this award for a Year 6 student at the end of their Primary school year.
North Ryde Public School P&C have agreed to allocating a place for our club to hold a Book Stall on the 2019 State Election Day 23 March. We will be looking for good quality novels, cooking books children's books for the stall. Gwen Martin has offered to organise the Book stall for the club. 
Preparation is now in full swing for the Tree of Joy giving and BBQ on Saturday and the Carols on The Common on Sunday. Many of the gifts from the Tree of Joy have already been collected by the Smith Family, St Vincent De Paul, Macquarie Hospital and North Ryde Community Aid.
Thank you to everyone who brought in food items for the NRCA hampers. We were very fortunate this year to have a significant amount of funds donated to purchase extra items for the hampers well as a generous donation of Christmas hams from the Hon.Victor Dominello MP. Pat Perrin, Steve Perrin and Annette Billington have worked tirelessly to ensure another bumper year for the Tree of Joy. 
The BBQ will be set up from 7a.m. at Coxs Road Mall and the gift giving will be at 11a.m.. The prize giveaway organised by Coxs Road Mall will commence at 1p.m.
The Carols on the Common commences at 5.30p.m. on Sunday. See story in this bulletin for more information. We are still needing more volunteers to help. If you have not yet volunteered and are able to assist in some way please go to:
Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help on both or either of these important days. Without the support of our wonderful volunteers we would not be able to put on these events.
There is no club meeting this Friday. The AGM was the final meeting for this year. The next Club meeting will be a social breakfast at Incontro cafe in Coxs Road Mall on Friday 23 January commencing at 7.15a.m.
Kind regards
Pam Wood
President 2018-19
Tree of Joy Preparations
Some of the gifts for the Tree of Joy for Macquarie Hospital
Our gift sorters at Coxs Road Mall on Saturday 1 December minus Barbara Lee who also helped throughout the morning.
NRCA Christmas Lunch
Ready to begin - Annete Billington, Ian Crawford and David Martin
Our barmen Rob Wilkinson and Garry Maloney and coordinator Victoria Crawford
Merry Christmas !
The  Results of the AGM for the  2019-20 Board Positions for the Rotary Club of North Ryde
President - Mak Khalil
Past President  - Pam Wood
President-Elect - Mandy Van
Secretary - Mandy Van
Treasurer - Sandeep Rathi
Victoria Crawford
Garry Maloney
Brian Powell
Asim Khawaja
Avenues of Service:
Club - David Martin, Victoria Crawford and Mak Khalil
Foundation - Sandeep Rathi
Youth - Pam Bennett 
Community - Annette Billington  and Pam Wood
Vocational - Mandy Van and Asim Khwawaja
International - Garry Maloney and Binoe Verghese
Public Image - Mandy Van, Pam Wood and Barbara Lee
Membership - Victoria Crawford and Binoe Verghese
Fund-raising - Victoria Crawford, Pam Wood, Garry Maloney, Asim Khawaja
Dates for your Diary
15 December     Tree of Joy and BBQ at Cox's Road Mall
16 December     Carols on the Common
18 January          Club breakfast at Incontro Coxs Rd Mall 7.15a.m.
1 February           Ist Club Breakfast meeting for the year
1 March               Thank You Breakfast for Carols sponsors
23 February        Trivia Night at Royal Rehab
16 March             President Elect Training
23 March             Election Day Book Stall at North Ryde Public School
29-31 March       District 9685 Conference Newcastle
14 April                District Assembly
28 June                Club Changeover Dinner
29 June                District Changeover
Please help - Carol On The Common Sunday 16 December
Hi Everyone,
The Rotary Carols on the common are on again and we need helpers.   
Some of you may have previously enjoyed helping out with the BBQ.   Rotary has decided to replace the BBQ with vendors that sell a similar product.  
This is because the expense of holding the BBQ together with all the additional organisation required did not make it a profitable fund raising action.   We are sorry if this disappoints you.
We also have another  the issue of waste management which we need to focus on.   Ryde council are no longer supplying a service to clean up the ground so we need to do all we can to keep the place clean.   We are hoping that we can achieve this by communicating with patrons and better management of the waste facilities on the day.                    
If you can help please register you details on the website:
This will greatly assist us in organising the night.
If its too hard or you have problems please email me ( with your:
  • Name 
  • Email Address 
  • When you are available
  • Etc.
The event helps us raise money for ROMAC (see, North Ryde and Macquarie Park Rotary clubs.
We need help though out the day right through to late at night.  Examples of the activities we need help with include:
  • Set up 
  • Pull down 
  • Ticket Sales 
  • Glow Sticks and Candles 
  • Bucket Collection 
  • Parking 
  • Waste Facilitation
You help is much appreciated !Paul Williamson
Carols on the Common Volunteer Coordinator
0425 859 876 (please leave a message if I can't answer or send SMS)
Rotary Carols On The Common 2018
Tree of Joy 2018
Please support our Tree of Joy in Coxs Road Mall by picking up a card and buying a Christmas present for the not so fortunate.
Macquarie University Research Opportunity

My name is Heidi, and I am from the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences from Macquarie University. We are currently conducting a research study with healthy adults and memory complainers to investigate if coconut oil can be used in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

If you are interested in participating see here for more information.

Heidi Hillebrandt

BSc (Rehab Psych), MPhil (ESS)

Research Assistant, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Level 1 | 75 Talavera Road
Macquarie University | NSW 2109 | Australia

T: +61 (2) 9850 2734  |  F: + 61 2 9850 2701
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Rotary Clubs of Lane Cove and Chatswood Sunrise Trivia Night
Grace's Place Update
Greetings everyone,  I wish to bring you up to date with some developments with my DG Partners Project, which is Grace’s Place.   For those of you whom District Governor Susan and I have yet to visit, Grace’s Place is a purpose-built project to assist the children who have been the silent victims of a domestic homicide.   This is a project of Martha Jabour, the CEO of the Homicide Victim’s Support Group in New South Wales, who is one of our keynote speakers at the District Conference next March.
It had been planned for a ‘SOD Turning” to get the project underway at the land in Doonside that had been donated to the group by the NSW State Government and the Blacktown City Council.   Unfortunately, when the initial inspection was made of the land, it was found that it contained a large amount of Asbestos which had been dumped there over years gone past.   Blacktown City Council has now undertaken a clean-up operation in readiness for an inspection and a building application to be approved.   It is now thought that the turning of the ‘SOD’ will be either just before or just after the District Conference next march.
For those of you who like to have a shot at the ‘SOD’, or DG Susan’s Official Driver, the turning of the SOD is purely a building term and not associated with me, but I intend to attend that event.
I wish to thank the following clubs and Rotarians who have donated funds to Grace’s Place so that we can fit out one or more of the therapy rooms in the complex in the name of Rotary District 9685.  Those clubs are Brookvale, Glenhaven, Castle Hill, Kenthurst and the Rotary E Club of Sydney.  I would also like to thank Karo Haltmeier for her personal donation.
If you wish, you may meet with Martha Jabour at our District Conference in Newcastle where she will be selling ‘building blocks’ at a stall or you can EFT funds to the District 9685 Admin Account and use the Reference 9875 which will alert the District Treasurer that the funds transferred are for Grace’s Place.   If you could also send me an email so that I can have an audit trail for funds raised.  If you would prefer to use a cheque, please make the cheque out to the District 9685 Admin Account.  If you make it out to Grace’s Place, please endorse the back of the cheque to pay the Rotary District Admin Account.
Once again, thank you for your interest and support of Grace’s Place which is named after Grace Lynch, the mother of murder victim Anita Cobby.  Grace was one of the four people who started the Homicide Victims Support Group after the death of her daughter.
John Wakefield OAM
PDG 2002-3 D9690
2019 District Conference Chairman.

Promoting Rotary Public Image
Council on Resolutions Results
The Council on Resolutions for 2018 has been finalised and the attached document provides the outcome of those resolutions which have been adopted and will go to the RI board
The resolution 18R- 08 which was filed by Central Blue Mountains, on behalf of the D9685 was successful.  If passed by the RI board, then clubs will be able to record all volunteer hours including administration and fund raising.
Rotary On The Move -  December 2018
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for December 2018.   Please feel free to share and send us your great membership stories.
Disaster Aid News and recent change

Dear Fellow Rotarian,

Please find attached a copy of our latest newsletter, we are grateful for your interest and support.

Since the newsletter was produced we at Disaster Aid Australia/Disaster Aid International wish to share our sad news that one of our Founders and Current Chair David Langworthy has decided to retire from Disaster Aid Australia and we pass on the following message from David.

“Farewell to all my Rotary friends and all DAA supporters.

 Today I start a new adventure in life, at the age of 71 and after 15 years involvement with DAA I retire.

 I had advised the board that I would be retiring when I turned 70, now 18 months past my 70th Birthday I am retired.

I thank you all for your support over the past 15 years and leave wishing DAA and you all every success.

Best regards David Langworthy”

 I am sure that all who knew David would agree with the Board’s view that David has been a major reason for the growing influence that DAA has achieved and wish David well is his well-deserved retirement.

Currently Peter Falkner has taken on the role of Acting Chair while a review of the organization, and the board is underway.

We will advise all supporters of any changes that will be made in the New Year.

In the meantime DAA will be continuing with the current projects including providing ‘Smart Aid’ to communities affected by the ‘Sulawesi Earthquake/Tsunami Response’ and it’s ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ projects.


The Disaster Aid Australia Board

Phone: 1300 881 913 Tel: 03 9796 4498

P O Box 790, Endeavour Hills Vic 3802




Reminder  About Meeting Apologies

If you need to give a late apology for non-attendance at any meeting please ring David Martin on 0414 642 948 or email him before 9a.m. on Wednesday mornings.

You will be expected to pay for your breakfast if you are absent without timely apology.

What Is Rotary?

Rotary is a worldwide organisation of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

There are 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are non-political, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. As signified by the motto “Service above Self”, Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.


The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

•FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

•SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

•THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;

•FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.



Of the things we think, say & do:

1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?


Upcoming Events
No Club Meeting
Dec 14, 2018
BBQ at Cox's Road
Dec 15, 2018
7:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Carols on the Common
Dec 16, 2018
4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
No Club Meeting
Dec 21, 2018
Breakfast at Seb's
Cox's Road Mall
Jan 18, 2019
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Club Meeting
Dunmore Lang College
Feb 01, 2019
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Club Meeting
Dunmore Lang College
Feb 08, 2019
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Feb 08, 2019
Cancer Research
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Photo Albums
North Ryde Community Aid Christmas Lunch 2018
Member Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Binoe Verghese
December 7
Brian Powell
December 21
Pamela Bennett
December 27
Garry Maloney
December 29
   Naughty or nice?...Decisions, decisions!

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