19 November 2021
Hello Fellow Rotarians and Friends,
I am writing this letter to you from our office which is no longer in a COVID lockdown bunker. It does feel good to be able to go that bit further and as such Bernie and I did venture to the vast country lands of Yamba (vast compared to Sydney confines) for a little break.This was very relaxing with mostly beautiful weather. Thank you to Sandeep and Rajesh, as we lit our little lamp you gave us, on 4 November.  Let us all hope this ‘opening up’ does keep progressing so we can enjoy a ‘face to face’ Christmas with our loved ones.
In our absence I noticed Rob had invited 2 inspiring guest speakers and I do hope you all enjoyed sharing in their knowledge, advice and ideas. There is our Club assembly this Friday morning with the usual 7:15am joining for the 7:30am start.
Please advise your family, friends and colleagues that orders for the Christmas puddings are slightly delayed and are now scheduled to arrive in early December, we will then arrange for these to be distributed.There is about a total of $8,000 worth of orders that have been forwarded on to the Pudding Company to be filled and it appears they have been overwhelmed with the support. This is a great result in support of the literacy program at Moree East Public School. Thanks for this advice, Bob.
Please be reminded about the upcoming Mercedes Benz Car Club breakfast at Lane Cove National Park on the morning of 28 November 2021. Our Club will be providing a breakfast BBQ of egg and bacon rolls for their social get together. Please let Garry know your availability email: mobile 0426230458. Thank you, Garry.
I want to thank everyone who helped in making the BBQ at the Gladesville Bunnings store last Saturday, 13 November,  such a success. See here for photos. Sandeep advises all that hard work made about $1,615.00. This is a great result after the long day's effort. Another BBQ at Gladesville Bunnings is arranged for 15 January 2022. Put this in your diary and let Garry know of your availability for the day.
A Christmas event has been arranged by Eliza at Gladesville Bunnings store for charitable/non-profit groups such as our Rotary Club to promote ourselves. This is scheduled for the evening/night of 9 December 2021 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. There will be a spinning wheel with prizes for a gold coin donation as a fund raiser for our Club on the night. We need to have some volunteers to be available at our stall and to engage with the visitors as a possible membership drive.
Remember that our Annual Celebration dinner is arranged for 3 December 2021 at Basil’s Seafood Restaurant. This will be a fun night to meet up with our friends and others in our local area in a relaxed and casual place. Please let Garry know of your attendance or not and any guests you may be bringing with you, by Friday 19 December as confirmation is required by the restaurant.
The Christmas Tree of Joy has now been installed at North Ryde Cox’s Road Mall. Pam has put the tags for the requested gifts on the tree. Let us all get in the Christmas spirit and help in collecting the gifts when they are returned to the tree and moving these to the storage room. Later in December, help will also be required for sorting and delivering to our local charities. Thanks for your work, Pam.
There is a progress meeting to be held this Thursday evening, 18 November,  at T.G. Millner football fields on Vimeria Road, for the Christmas Carols planning committee. The stage, lighting and sound people are arranged, and the food vendors are being contacted. Roseanna has also been in contact with the entertainment parties/dancers. A great poster/flyer has been produced for advertising of the event.
These planning meetings have been very positive, and everyone involved is very keen for the Christmas Carols event to proceed, to help the local community to return to a sense of a normal life. All is progressing well for a fun evening on 19 December.
I am very grateful for all the hard work and commitment by everyone in our Club during these difficult times, thank you. 
Peter Mason JP
Rotary Club of North Ryde
President 2021-2022
Rotary District 9685
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Another successful Bunnings BBQ 13 November 2021
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The 2021 Tree of Joy 
The Smith Family Toy and Book Appeal 2021

Dear North Ryde Community,

We are so grateful for your ongoing support of Australian children in need at Christmas time through our annual Tree of Joy appeal at Cox's Road Mall. Unfortunately, this year due to the ongoing uncertainty of Covid-19, the Smith Family has pivoted their Toy and Book Appeal to be completely digital, ensuring children in need don’t miss out on Christmas morning. As a result, we will not be collecting gifts for the Smith Family at our Tree of Joy this year.

We will collect gifts at the Tree of Joy for children 0-12 years which will be donated to the St Vincent De Paul SocietyPlease note no soft toys this year.

If you would like to make a cash donation to the Smith Family Toy and Book appeal directly, please go to this link:

For more information about the Smith Family, please go to:

The Smith Family is a national charity helping young Australians in need to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves.

Pamela Wood

Community Service Director 2021-22



Club Celebration Dinner
We are delighted to announce that a new date has been set for the Rotary Club of North Ryde's Annual Celebration Dinner. It will now be held on Friday 3 December at Basil's  Seafood Restaurant, Delhi Road North Ryde commencing 6.30 for 7.00pm. Please see the invitation below for details. To download the invitation click here. 
If you have already booked and paid for the dinner from the postponed dinner in June and can attend, we look forward to seeing you there. Similarly if you were not able to attend previously but would like to come along please notify Club Director Garry Maloney or mobile 0426230458 by Friday 19 November.
However, if you cannot attend on the new date, please advise Club Treasurer, Sandeep Rathi by email include your bank transfer detail to attain a full refund.
Immediate Past President, Mandy Van and President Peter Mason hope you can join us to celebrate the 2020-21 Rotary Year.
Club Annual General Meeting Friday 10 December 2021
The Annual General Meeting for the Rotary Club of North Ryde will be held on Friday 10 December 2021 at 7.30a.m. via Zoom.
Nominations for positions on the Board and for Avenue of Service Committee Chairs will be sought for the Rotary year 2022-23.
Nominees are called for the following positions:
President- elect
Director x 4
Avenues of Service Chairs:
For information on any of these positions please go to Rotary District 9685 website: or contact myself or any current Board Members.
Pam Wood
Secretary 2021-22
The Rotary Club of North Ryde
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Carols at TG Millner Field
Donations For Christmas Hamper Food Appeal from Presbyterian Aged Care - North Ryde Community Aid 
The Rotary Club of North Ryde has been assisting Presbyterian Aged Care - North Ryde Community Aid with a drive for much needed items for the Emergency Food Relief Hampers. Click here to download the flyer with the required items.
The staff at Presbyterian Aged Care - North Ryde Community Aid have appreciated the generous support from the community and wish to pass on their thanks.
As Christmas approaches the Centre is seeking donations of food for the Christmas hampers that are provided to the more vulnerable members of the North Ryde Community. The items required are below. To download the flyer please click here. Donations can be left at the Centre, 4 Cutler Parade North Ryde between 9a.m. and 4p.m. Monday to Friday. Please ring the doorbell if the front door is closed. There is always someone there to take donations between these hours. Donations can also be left at the collection box inside IGA near the cash registers. Cash donations are also greatly appreciated. For more information please contact the Centre on 98883380.
Pam Wood
Community Director/Secretary 2021
Hunters Hill Changeover 22 November
Philanthropy and Business

Dick Smith and Steve Killelea in conversation: Business, philanthropy and creating a better world – Thursday 18 November at 6pm

In an exclusive event Australian business icons and veteran philanthropists Steve Killelea and Dick Smith will meet for the first time to discuss how they strive to create the world each man wants to live in.

In this free online event moderated by veteran ABC and SBS journalist Lissa McMillan, Steve Killelea and Dick Smith will discuss their lives, their approaches to business and philanthropy and also their latest books: Steve Killelea’s Peace in the Age of Chaos and Dick Smith’s My Adventurous Life.

After a highly successful career in technology and international business development, Steve Killelea now concentrates on peace and sustainable development. He has established an internationally renowned global think tank, the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP) and a private family charity, The Charitable Foundation, which now has over three million direct beneficiaries.

Dick Smith also enjoyed a long and lucrative business career, as the founder of Dick Smith Electronics, Australian Geographic and Dick Smith Foods. He is a record-breaking aviator, philanthropist and political activist. He has also founded a media production company with the intention of producing films about global issues and is a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

To register click here


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Upcoming Events
Club Assembly (via ZOOM)
Nov 19, 2021
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
November Club Board Meeting (via ZOOM)
Nov 23, 2021
7:15 PM – 9:00 PM
BBQ with Mercedes Benz Car Club of NSW
Nov 28, 2021
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Club Annual Celebration Dinner 2021
Dec 03, 2021
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Bunnings Family Christmas Community Market Event
Dec 09, 2021
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Club Annual General Meeting (via ZOOM)
Dec 10, 2021
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
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Another Successful Bunnings BBQ 13 November 2021
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Member Birthdays
Juliet Chen
November 3
Mandy Van
November 6
Sandeep Rathi
November 11
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