President's Message

Dear  Club Members and Friends,
Our guest speaker at the club meeting last Friday was the Austrian Counsel-General, Mr Karl Hartleb. Karl talked to us about the important role Austria has played throughout European modern history, the changes that are now happening across Europe and the strong relationship Austria has with Australia His presentation reminded those of us who have travelled to Austria that it is a beautiful country rich in art, music and history.
We also welcomed Stephanie Long who will be attending RYLA sponsored by our club. Stephanie is the Membership Director for the new Rotaract Club of Macquarie Ryde. She updated us on how the club is progressing and some of the challenges they are experiencing as they establish a new club
It was wonderful to see Pat Perrin and Victoria Crawford back at our meeting on Friday after a number of weeks away. Pat advised us that the Tree of Joy at Cox's Road Mall is going very well already.  Pat also reported that she has received an anonymous donation of $2500 and $1200 to go towards the gifts. We greatly appreciate the incredible generosity of the North Ryde local community in supporting the Tree of Joy each year.
Our club participated in the Waterline Challenge on Saturday morning. There were seven members in our team and we enjoyed our walk along Shrimpton's Creek Trail,  expertly guided by Maggie Alexander. Our team managed to raise $3615 for ROMAC, which is well above our target of $2000. Congratulations and many thanks to our team Rob and Carolin Wilkinson, Maggie Alexander and Mike Hetherington,  Russell Fisher and Garry Maloney. A huge thank you also to our supporters who donated, it was an excellent result.
This Friday is our Thank You Breakfast for the North Ryde Fun Run sponsors. We have 11 special guests attending, including some sponsors and volunteers from other clubs who assisted on the day. It is a great opportunity to thank everyone who helped make the day a success and also to present Terry Davies from Australian Rotary Health and Professor Jennie Hudson from the Centre for Emotional Health with our donations from the funds raised.
Don't forget our club Christmas party is also coming up on Friday 30 November at North Ryde RSL, 6.30 for 7p.m.. If you would like to attend and have not already contacted David Martin, please do so as soon as possible.
The North Ryde Community Aid Christmas party will be held on  Thursday 6 December  from 10a.m. to 2p.m at  Cutler Parade North Ryde. If you are able to assist with setting up and/or serving and cleaning up, please contact Victoria Crawford.
Kind regards
Pam Wood
President 2018-19
Austrian Counsel-General, Mr Karl Hartleb and Club Director David Martin.
Stephanie Long Membership Director the Rotaract Club of Macquarie- Ryde and RYLA candidate
The  2018 North Ryde Fun Run Sponsors Thank You Breakfast
The Rotary Club of North Ryde will be holding a Thank You breakfast for the sponsors of the 2018 North Ryde Fun Run. It will be held on Friday 23 November at Dunmore Lang College 7.00a.m. for 7.15a.m. start. The cost will be $20 per person, no cost for Sponsors . 
The 2018 North Ryde Fun Run Sponsors
We thank the following Sponsors for their support:
Macquarie University Village – Silver Sponsor
Bendigo Bank -  Bronze Sponsor
North Ryde RSL
Group Travel Management
Ray White Real Estate North Ryde/ Macquarie Park
Vince Murdocca
Pat Perrin
For their ‘In Kind’ Silver sponsorship we thank:
Macquarie University Sport and Recreation
Konica Minolta
The Ranch Hotel
Vision Personal Training
Strike Bowling - Macquarie Centre
Other In-Kind Sponsors include:
John Alexander OAM MP
The Weekly Times
North Ryde Golf Club
Athletes Foot - Macquarie Centre
Timezone - Macquarie Centre
Telstra - Macquarie Centre
Officeworks - North Ryde
Grill’d - Macquarie Centre
Rebel Sport - Macquarie Centre
Cox’s Road Fruit Market
Harris Farm Markets - Boronia Park
Kinetic Sport Chiropractic
East Ryde Scouts
Stars TV
Dates for your Diary
23 November    2018 North Ryde Fun Run Sponsors Thank You Breakfast 7.15a.m.
25 November    Light Up East Ryde -  Sagar Place 3p.m.
26 November    Foundation Dinner
30 November    The Rotary Club of North Ryde Christmas Party, North Ryde RSL 6.30 for 7p.m. start. (Xmas theme)
6 December       North Ryde Community Aid Christmas Party 10a.m. -2p.m. 
7 December       AGM - Dunmore Lang College - final meeting for the year
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
15 February        Thank You Breakfast for Carols sponsors
23 February        Trivia Night at Royal rehab
16 March             President Elect Training
23 March             Election BBQ and Book Stall TBC
29-31 March       District 9685 Conference Newcastle
14 April                District Assembly
28 June                Club Changeover Dinner
29 June                District Changeover
Light Up East Ryde
District 9685 Conference - Early Bird Ends 30 November!
There are only 9 DAYS LEFT to take advantage of the Conference Early Bird Special. Attend the whole Conference - Friday Night to Sunday for just $250!

We have a wonderful District Conference planned for 2019 at NEX, the Newcastle Exhibition Centre in Newcastle.
Friday 29 - Sunday 31 March 2019

We have inspirational speakers confirmed with many more in the pipeline:- 

  • Dominic Teakle - PCYC. CEO
  • Martha Jabour – CEO Graces’ Place
  • PDG John Prendergast
  • Christine Nixon - Former Victoria Police Commissioner

Saturday afternoon we will take part in an ‘END POLIO NOW’ walk along the harbour foreshore.


Saturday night’s dinner dance will feature the music you grew up with.  Come dressed as your favourite musician, band or song.  There will be prizes for the best dressed individuals and clubs.  Let your hair down, drag out your dancing shoes and show Newcastle that  “ROTARY ROCKS’.


The Early Bird Full Conference Registration price of $250.00 per person is available NOW! Register and pay before midnight on 30 November 2018 to get this rocking package!



We look forward to seeing you in Newcastle!

PDG John Wakefield OAM
Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains
2019 Conference Chair
Rotary District 9685
Public Image newsletter - Issue 3

Attached please find Issue 3 of the Public Image Newsletter for RI Zone 8 for 2018-19 for all club members.

If you wish to receive your own copy, please  contact PDG Gina Growden,  Rotary Public Image Coordinator 2018-2021on


Rotary On The Move

Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for November 2018.   Please feel free to share and send us your great membership stories.


Great TRF Support for PNG Campaign
Governor Wendy Protheroe and her amazing team in District 9600 have just received the best possible boost from the END POLIO NOW team at Rotary Headquarters in Evanston, USA … a grant of $185,896.95 to fund hi viz safety vests for our brave volunteers in PNG!

The story goes back to early September and meetings with representatives of WHO and UNICEF who explained the urgent need for the vests to enhance the safety and security of the volunteers providing medical support for victims of vaccine derived polio in the remote outposts of mountainous PNG.
Cost of the vests was estimated to be in the vicinity of $200,000 – completely out of reach for District 9600 and resources available to WHO and UNICEF at that time.

After discussions with Governor Wendy and her team, I sent a request to END POLIO NOW campaign manager Carol Pandak in Evanston seeking special support for the vital requirement.

Carol and her team were on the job immediately and sought support from Wendy and her District leaders in setting up a leadership team, special bank account and other resources.
It was very opportune that the Governor was about to leave for her visit to PNG and she really hit the ground running.

Yesterday, Governor Wendy received official word that The Rotary Foundation Chair Ron Burton had signed off on the grant and $185,896.95 was on the way to the District 9600 Management team – District TRF Chair Darryl Iseppi, Assistant Governor Wendy Scholz and Governor Wendy Protheroe.  Governor Wendy has agreed to accept stewardship responsibilities.

The team has commenced the next step – getting the vests printed with the current Rotary mark and necessary words, followed by distribution to all teams in various regions of PNG.  The vests will ensure the safety of volunteers and it follows contribute to the health of PNG children.
Governor Wendy and her support team was able to visit children in hospital in PNG and became caught up in the emotion of the experience.
Please allow me to share her heartfelt thoughts with you all …
  • Thanks to all the Rotarians who donate funds to Polio Plus – and for making sure the vaccines are reaching the children of the world.
  • Thanks to Polio Plus for recognising that sometimes we need to look a little more broadly than just vaccines and that we truly do have the ability to respond to special needs in various parts of the world.
  • Thanks to Rotarians  on the ground in PNG who are encouraging everyone to travel and connect their children with the vaccinating teams.
  • Thanks to all Rotarians in District 9600 – and I have absolutely no doubt that each of your will donate just a little more this afternoon as you remember why we live ‘service above self’.
Friends … I urge you all to share this story with EVERYONE in your respective Districts.  It provides absolute proof that the fund raising support we have maintained for Polio Plus since 1987 is vital and can benefit people in all parts of the world – even our own back yard!!!
When you are asked ‘why are we still supporting Polio Plus?’ share this story – and how quickly our dedicated leaders at The Rotary Foundation were able to respond.
I encourage you all to use the story to maximise giving in your respective Districts as we move towards the completion of the first half of our Rotary year  -
  • US$1,500 per Rotary club
  • Plan now for 20% of unused DDF to go to END POLIO NOW at year’s end
  • Maintain the search for major donors – US$10,000 each.  They are out there waiting to be asked …
Warm best wishes and thanks,

Bob Aitken AM JP
RI END POLIO NOW Coordinator, Zones 7B/8, 2018/19

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.

WWCC - Is your Working With Children Clearance Up for Renewal?

Is your Working with Children Clearance up for renewal?
You can renew your WWCC number from three months prior to its expiry date. You will receive a reminder when it’s time to renew – provided your contact details are up to date.

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Upcoming Events
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
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
Member Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Juliet Chen
November 3
Mandy Van
November 6
Sandeep Rathi
November 11
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