President's Message

Dear  Club Members and Friends,
Our Club breakfast meeting last Friday was another Club Assembly. David Martin lead the discussion about the Country Students IT Visit (DIGIT) which is run each year in May.  The Club organises an annual tour, of local technology based companies for students from Country NSW.  We have been running the programme for over 12 years. The idea is to provide the students with an insight into not only how technology is used in the workplace but what job opportunities there are available to them after school.
David reported back that the feedback from members at the meeting was very supportive of this project. The Board will discuss plans for the 2019 tour at the Board Meeting this Friday.
The Club Assemblies have been very helpful in reviewing our activities as a club and planning for the future. It is always a great opportunity for members to share ideas and build collegiality and purpose.
On Friday 2 November, we welcome District Governor Susan Wakefield and her husband PDG John Wakefield to our club. Susan and John have been very busy travelling around the District attending many club meetings and supporting clubs in their activities. We were delighted to have both Susan and John attend our Changeover Dinner in June and we look forward to seeing them again at our breakfast meeting.
Invitations to attend the Thank You Breakfast have been sent out to the sponsors of the 2018 North Ryde Fun. The breakfast is  planned for Friday 23 November from 7.15a.m. at Dunmore Lang College. We are pleased that Terry Davies from Australian Rotary Health and Professor Jennie Hudson, Director of the Centre of Emotional Health are both able to attend. Both ARH and the Centre for Emotional Health are recipients of some of the funds we raise from the Fun Run for youth mental health. Both Terry and Jennie have agreed to give a brief talk at the meeting.
This year we raised close to $8000 and we will finalise the distribution of funds at Friday's Board meeting.
Our social activity this week is brunch at the Groundskeeper Café, Ryde Park, 30 Argyll Street, Ryde.  We will meet at 9.30a.m. on Saturday 27th October.
Garry and I will be attending the Epiphanes Musical Gala Concert at the Seymour Centre on Saturday afternoon. The funds raised from the concert also go to Australian Rotary Health. If you are interested in attending, there is more information in this bulletin.
There are many invitations to some fabulous events at this time of the year. which I try to include in each bulletin. Garry and I will also be attending the Melbourne Cup Function organised by the Rotary Club of Macquarie Park (see here) and the Bohemian Rhapsody Fundraiser and lunch organised by the Rotary Club of Chatswood (see here).
I have included a special request from the organisers of the Waterline Challenge. If there are any keen walkers in our club who would like to form a team to walk along a waterway nearby to raise funds for ROMAC, please let me know. The walk needs to take place sometime between Monday 12 and  Saturday 18 November. Each team member needs to commit to raise a minimum of $200.
Last week I listed dates for your diaries for the last few months of this year and some for 2019. Please add in Saturday 23 February for our club's Trivia Night. Martina For from Royal Rehab has kindly arranged for us to used the Clive Austin Conference Centre again.
The committee for the Carols on the Common met again last week and all is on track for the planning oft this year's Carols. The committee has decided that we won't be running a BBQ this year, but will increase the number of vendors selling food. this will free up volunteers to help with many other tasks that need to be done on the night. Please keep  Sunday 16 December free as a request for helpers will be sent out soon.
We have missed Victoria Crawford at our meetings over the past few weeks. Victoria has been supporting her daughters and their families through illness. Fortunately her daughter Bec is recovering well, however her daughter Jo is undergoing an operation on Friday. We send Victoria and her family our best wishes and hope that the operation for Jo is successful and both she and Bec are back to good health soon.

Kind regards
Pam Wood
President 2018-19
Youth Exchange 60th Anniversary
Epiphanies - A Musical Theatre Gala Concert

The stars of Les Miserables Australia come to the Seymour Centre to present Epiphanies – a celebration of our struggles and hopes through some of the great melodies of musical theatre!

Presented by Rob McDougall (Bishop of Deign/Cover Javert, Les Miserables; Mephisto, Faust), 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.

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. Guest artists Patrice Tipoki (Wicked, Les Miserables), Naomi Livingston (Les Miserables, Wicked), Trevor Ashley (Les Miserables, The Bodybag).

Money raised from the shows will go straight into mental health research through Australian Rotary Health.   COME AND JOIN US …..


Date: Saturday October 27, 2018

Times: 2pm and 7.30pm

Duration: 160 mins plus interval

Tickets: Adults $75, Pensioner $63.80

Venue: Seymour Centre, York Theatre, Cnr Cleveland Street and City Road, Chippendale.















Melbourne Cup Luncheon Invitation
Bohemian Rhapsody Fundraiser for End Polio Now
Dear all,
This year our club is organising a movie premiere day on 4 November 2018.  It is a Sunday morning movie session, we hope you will bring your family and friends to enjoy the movie.  
This is a project to assist Polio, we are doing it for a good cause and for our club.  Raffle tickets are $5 x 1 ticket, $10 x 3 tickets, $50 x 20 tickets.  You are welcome to do cosplay on the day with Bohemian costumes or a cosplay of Queen band members (e.g. Freddie Mercury).  It’s Spring time, lets rock and roll 🎸 🤘 with your family and friends on the day.  
We are planning to go to the Chinese restaurant for Yum Cha with Turrumarra club ladies after the movie for a lunch, please join us if you also feel like having a lunch in Asian cuisine. The ladies suggest yum cha I guess they know there are good Asian restaurants in Chatswood.  They have a group of 15 people booked at the moment.  
We need your kind support and participation.  
Ticket please book online:
We have 65 tickets reserved at the moment. the theatre has a luxury adjustable chair, 278 seats, please book earlier at your convenience so I can allocate a better seat for you.  Hurry now!
Many thanks to all your kind support and participation.
See you soon!
Best regards,
Gen Leal
The Rotary Club of Chatswood
Waterline Challenge Event - ROMAC

Waterline Challenge® is a great opportunity for ‘Rotary Working Together’ to raise significant funds for ROMAC, one of Rotary’s great charities. They have already saved over 500 children and you can see their great work they do bringing children from the Pacific Islands to Australia or New Zealand for life-saving or dignity restoring surgery. See their website at:

We are personally inviting every Rotary and Rotaract Club to put together just one team of up to 10 people to take part in Waterline Challenge®. With “Rotary Working Together” we will probably raise more than half a million dollars for ROMAC in November this year!

Waterline Challenge® will be held from 12th to 18th November. It is a national event, not just for Rotary. Teams of 10 people can walk, run, cycle, paddle, row, swim, skate, horse ride, windsurf, whichever way you wish…. along our waterways; our coast, estuaries, rivers, lakes, islands. Be as creative as you can! Make a day of it!


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 is asked to raise a minimum of $2,000 between them.


We are asking all Clubs to nominate a Waterline Challenge® Champion who will put your team together AND promote the event to other community groups (e.g. Sports Clubs, Community Groups) in your area to put teams together to raise funds for any of the 14 Waterline Charities.

We are keen to confirm who in your Club can be your Waterline Challenge® Champion? Maybe yourself or another member? They just need to be the Team Leader, put a team of 10 together and help promote Waterline Challenge® to the rest of your local community.

Registering a team is easy. To register your Rotary or Rotaract Club go to which gives you a lot of information about Waterline Challenge® including our Patrons, Ambassadors and the charities we are supporting. When you click on “Join The Challenge”, you will see how easy it is.

The naming of your Team is important. So, we can track all Rotary Clubs, the naming of Teams is ‘Rotary ClubName TeamName’. E.g. Rotary NorthPerth Allstars. If you wish to have support setting this up, please let us know.

We are keen for you to be part of this great national initiative of “Rotary Working Together”.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards,

Sammy Najjarine

Marketing Coordinator       

Waterline Challenge Foundation

Mobile: +61 426533350



Light Up East Ryde
Rotary Foundation Dinner - 26 November 2018
Rotary Foundation Table Bookings
The Train To End Polio Has Been Ridden!

We are getting a number of inquiries as to the outcomes of the train ride. AS of today the tally is at A$245k so we are just $5k short. If there are any Clubs out there that can find it within their bank accounts to contribute and get the tally to $250k, we think this would be outstanding. 


The train ride for Dave and myself was a great opportunity to help get the Polio massage to a larger audience and a big THANK YOU to all the Clubs that turned out to present cheques, to ride the train, and to promote the brand. We did have a lot of red End Polio Now shirts visible on the day. At the end of this month we will have a final tally and there will be a story in RDU November edition. 







District Conference 2019

Men's Lunch? - A bit of fun!
“When a Rotary Club was formed many years ago the members, mainly 40 years old, discussed where they should meet for dinner. Finally it was agreed that they should meet at the Ocean View Restaurant because the waitresses there had tight skirts and low cut tops.
10 years later at 50 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. Finally it was agreed that they should meet at the Ocean View Restaurant because the food there was very good and the wine selection was extensive.
10 years later at 60 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. Finally it was agreed that they should meet at the Ocean View Restaurant because they could eat there in peace and quiet and the restaurant had a beautiful view of the ocean.
10 years later, at 70 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. Finally it was agreed that they should meet at the Ocean View Restaurant because the restaurant was wheelchair accessible and they had installed a lift.
10 years later, at 80 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. Finally it was agreed that they should meet at the Ocean View Restaurant because they had never been there before.”
Upcoming Events
Board Meeting
Oct 26, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:45 AM
Social Brunch
Oct 27, 2018
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Club Meeting - DG Visit
Nov 02, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
No Club Meeting
Nov 09, 2018
Club Meeting
Nov 16, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Club Meeting
Nov 23, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Club Christmas Party
Nov 30, 2018
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
North Ryde Community Aid Client Christmas Lunch
Dec 06, 2018
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Club AGM
Dec 07, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Club Meeting
Dec 07, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Nov 16, 2018
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Member Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Barbara Lee
October 26
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