President's Message

Dear  Club Members and Friends,
We welcomed DG Susan Wakefield OAM and her husband PDG John Wakefield OAM to our meeting last Friday morning. Susan updated the members on what is happening across District 9685 particularly in relation to the Drought Appeal and the End Polio Now Campaign. It was fantastic to hear that over $10 million has been raised through the Drought appeal in partnership with Channel 9. All clubs across District 9685 have been involved in some way. Most of the funds raised have been distributed and have gone to support Australian owned farms.
Susan presented the Club with a certificate of appreciation from The Rotary Foundation for the financial support of End Polio Now in 2017-18. She also presented us with our very own garden gnome to name and decorate for the conference in March (see photos in this bulletin).
PDG John Wakefield spoke about his Partner's Project, Grace's Place and the District Conference. Grace's place will be a world first residential trauma recovery centre for children and young people to be built and operated by the Homicide Victims Support Group (Aust) Inc. PDG John requested that we consider supporting Grace's Place as a club or as individuals through donations this year. For more information see here
The early bird registration for the District Conference in Newcastle finishes at the end of this month. We already have five members keen to go to the conference. It would be great if we could organise a table from our Club. There are some great deals available for accomodation as well. 
Assistant District Governor Julie Thorpe spoke to members about Light Up East Ryde which is on Sunday 25 November and has some raffle tickets with great prizes available to purchase. If you would like to buy some raffle tickets please let me know or contact Julie directly email: or 9871 1109.
Garry and I attended two fellow Rotary Club events this past week which were both very enjoyable. On Sunday we saw the movie Bohemian Rhapsody followed by yum cha with the Rotary Club of Chatswood. Funds raised from this event went to End Polio Now.
On Tuesday we joined the Rotary Club of Macquarie Park for the Melbourne Cup luncheon at the Ryde Club. We thoroughly enjoyed the company, entertainment from Roseanna Gallo and topped off by winning first place in the sweep! The funds raised from this event went to RAWCS drought relief.
It is always great to meet Rotarians from other clubs and hear the inspiring ways they are making a difference in our world. We often receive invitations to events run by other clubs which I include in the bulletin and we highly recommend attending some if you can.
Our Waterline Challenge is coming up soon on Saturday 17 November, 8a.m. at Shrimpton's Creek. We currently have four members of our team and hope we will have a few more joining us soon. The details for registration are in this bulletin. If you can't participate but would like to make a donation please let me know. The funds raised from the Waterline Challenge go to ROMAC.
There will be no club meeting this Friday 9 November due to our Fun Run Thank You breakfast which will be held on Friday 23 November. Our next meeting will be Friday 16 November and our guest speaker will be the Austrian Counsel-General, Mr Karl Hartleb
Our Club Christmas Party will be held on Friday 30 November at North Ryde RSL 6.30 for 7p.m. We will have a separate room in the Bistro area and we will each order our own meals and drinks. Our exchange student Helmiina, as you know, is from Finland, the home of Santa Claus.  It appears his residence is in the north of Finland in what is known as Lapland.  It has been suggested that we  have  a Santa and his helpers theme for the party. Please RSVP to David Martin as soon as possible. We hope you can join us to celebrate our year. 
Kind regards
Pam Wood
President 2018-19
Dates for your Diary
16 November    Next Club Breakfast Meeting Dunmore Lang College 7.15a.m.
17 November    Waterline Challenge 8a.m. Shrimpton's Creek Trail - meet at the end of Lucinda Rd Marsfield.
23 November    2018 North Ryde Fun Run Sponsors Thank You Breakfast 7.15a.m.
25 November    Light Up East Ryde -  Sagar Place 3p.m.
30 November    The Rotary Club of North Ryde Christmas Party, North Ryde RSL 6.30 for 7p.m. start.
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.
23 February        Trivia Night at Royal rehab
23 March             Election BBQ and Book Stall TBC
29-31 March       District 9685 Conference Newcastle
District Governor's Visit 2018
We were delighted to welcome District Governor Susan Wakefield OAM and her husband Past District Governor John Wakefield OAM to our Club meeting on Friday 2 November 2018
(l to r). President-elect Mak Khalil; President 2018-19,  Pam Wood; District Governor, Susan Wakefield; PDG John Wakefield; Assistant District Governor, Julie Thorp.
DG Susan Wakefield presents the Rotary Club of North Ryde with a Certificate of Appreciation for financial support of End Polio Now 2017-18
DG Susan presents us with our garden gnome to name and dress for the District Conference Competition at Newcastle in March
Any ideas?
District Governor 9685 2018-19 Susan Wakefield Susan Wakefield OAM
Susan was invited to join the Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains in 2007 after being involved in Rotary Youth Exchange as a host parent and counsellor with husband PDG John Wakefield OAM. Susan has held positions as club President and both club and District roles as District Chairman of the Australian Rotary Health Fund in D9690 as well as the District Community Service Chair in D9690 and the District International Service Chair in both D9690 and D9685. 

In her business life she has been a Plainclothes Policewoman, Department Manager in a Retail Store and the Financial Officer for a Foster Care Organisation. Susan has been a Senior Girl Guide Leader with over 35 years of leading young women and adults. She has been the International Advisor at State Level and the Australian International Commissioner for Girl Guides Australia. 

Susan was awarded the medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her services to the Girl Guide movement in Australia. She has also received the Jean Harris award and is a Paul Harris Fellow—3 Sapphires. 

Susan enjoys international travel and has taken groups of Girl Guides to guiding events in Finland and India. She has taken a group of guiding adults to visit the Girl Guide World Centres in Mexico, Switzerland, United Kingdom and India. She has also taken part in a Friendship exchange to Brazil and attended the Polio national Immunisation Day in India with her husband John and five members of the Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains. Susan has attended Rotary International conventions in Australia and overseas. 

Susan and John have enjoyed a long and happy marriage and their son, daughter in law and three grandsons live in Norway. 

Susan is looking forward to making a positive contribution to District 9685 in her year as District Governor of this great district. 
Grace's Place PDG John Wakefield's Partner Project
Mission — To provide a unique place of healing and restoration for children where they may be guided to believe in themselves and their future. 
Children are often the unseen, unheard victims of homicide. Their lives are changed forever. 
The Homicide Victims Support Group (Australia) Inc and partners are currently working toward establishing a trauma centre, Grace’s Place, which would cater for children and young people. It will be a world first – a residential trauma recovery centre for children after homicide.
The Rotary Club of North Ryde Waterline Challenge 17 November 2018 
On Saturday 17 November 2018 we have entered the Rotary Club of North Ryde to undertake the Waterline Challenge.
Waterline Challenge® is a great opportunity for ‘Rotary Working Together’ to raise significant funds for ROMAC, one of Rotary’s great charities. ROMAC has already saved over 500 children and you can see the great work undertaken bringing children from the Pacific Islands to Australia or New Zealand for life-saving or dignity restoring surgery. See their website at:
We are looking for people to join our team and walk the Shrimptons Creek trail on Saturday 17 November meeting at 8a.m.

We will meet at the pedestrian bridge at the end of Lucinda Rd Marsfield. You can park in the street. We will walk to Macquarie Centre , then to Santa Rosa Park and back to Lucinda Road. The distance is approx. 3.2kms.
We hope you, your family and/or friends might like to join us. We have set a goal to raise $2000 for the challenge. For a team of 10 that would be $200 each.
To participate, register at Once you have registered you then join the team which is called Rotary Club of North Ryde and start your fundraising.
To Join the North Ryde Rotary Team you will need the team password which is Xsxc3F. (case sensitive)

This will be a fun way to raise funds for a very worthy cause, get fit and enjoy a pleasant, not too strenuous walk. 
I hope you can join us.
Kind regards
Pam Wood
President 2018-19
The Rotary Club of North Ryde
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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 .  RSVP 16 November 2018. 
Rotary Club of Chatswood International - Police Community Awareness Program Saturday 10 November
We are pleased to invite the North Shore Police Area Command Team to share with us the following topics:-
★ Online Security
★ Fraud
★ IdentityTheft

You are all cordially invited to attend this Community Awareness talk so that we all learn ways to protect ourselves from all unnecessary damage and loss.
As we can only take 50 seatings, please register your place as soon as possible.

Date:     10 November 2018 (Saturday)
Time:     2:15pm to 3:45pm
Venue:  The Extension Room Dougherty Community Centre
Cost:      Free

Please register by trybooking (free event) at or by email to

John Zhang

President 2018-19

Rotary Club of Chatswood International


Tree of Joy 2018
The Tree of Joy is Up at Coxs Road Mall!
Please support by picking up a card and buying a Christmas present for the not so fortunate.
NSW Police Officer of the Year Awards

Light Up East Ryde
Rotary Foundation Dinner - 26 November 2018
Rotary Foundation Table Bookings
November November November!
Greetings! Yes, it is now November and the final day for $250 early bird discount for the District Conference is Friday 30 November 2018.   
So please consider the saving and register for the District Conference which is on the 29th, 30th and 31st March 2019 at Newcastle Exhibition Centre or NEX as it is known to the locals.    
We have a new hotel complex which will be open for business for the conference.   It is the Holiday Inn Express and we are using this hotel as the Host Hotel and they have prepared some special rates for us for the conference.  You will need to go online and follow the prompts.  
We look forward to seeing you at the District Conference, so register and then check out the hotel websites as they are all listed on the District website for your convenience.

Rotary Rocks!
November is Foundation Month - Join Us in Celebrating



My dear friends and fellow Rotary leaders,

As we enter Foundation Month, we would like to thank each and every one of you who did so much to make World Polio Day such an enormous success.

We welcomed Rotarians, Rotary staff members, Rotaractors, and guests to our livestream viewing and virtual reality event here at Rotary headquarters in Evanston. It was an amazing experience—not only sharing our excitement and enthusiasm for polio eradication with so many strong supporters, but knowing that our event was just one of the 3,300 registered World Polio Day events taking place around the world on that day. Every one helped raise awareness of our work; every one brought eradication that much closer.

Rotary’s work to eradicate polio continues, as does our work to promote literacy, economic development, better health, clean water, and peace throughout the world—all of it supported by our Rotary Foundation. In its 101st year, our Foundation continues to be the engine that drives the Rotary machine, allowing Rotary clubs and districts to aspire to larger, more ambitious projects with transformative, sustainable impact.

If your club is thinking about taking on a more ambitious project, remember that Rotary Action Groups  (RAGs) are great resources. RAGs are international groups of Rotarians, family members, program participants, and alumni who are experts in a particular field, such as microcredit, peace, family health, disasters, or water. In addition to contributing technical expertise, RAGs can also assist clubs with global grant projects by helping prepare grant applications, conduct community assessments, identify partners, raise funds, and establish monitoring and evaluation plans.

Some of the largest RAGs serve as leaders in Rotary’s areas of focus and help clubs take on large-scale global grant projects: RAG for Population and DevelopmentWater and Sanitation RAGRAG for Family Health and AIDs PreventionMicrofinance and Community Development RAG, and RAG for Peace. Connect directly with a RAG for assistance with a project, district, or global grant, at any stage of planning.

You can end Foundation Month on a charitable note by participating in Giving Tuesday, 27 November. Rotary will be joining thousands of other organizations worldwide for a global day of giving. Our new online giving platform has made it easier than ever to give to the Foundation, and you can easily notify someone of a gift made in their honor via email or by printing and delivering a customized notification yourself.

We usually refer to The Rotary Foundation as Our Foundation. Unlike most charities, our Foundation is truly Our Foundation, because it is both supported by the Rotary family, and supports the work we do. This year, our Foundation has already approved 222 district grants, with $31.9 million USD in total funding, and 41 global grants, with $11.9 million in total funding.

Our ambitious goals to grow our endowment and our annual giving set the stage for a larger, more effective, more sustainable Rotary—that will Be the Inspiration for generations to come.

Yours in Rotary,

Barry Rassin
President, Rotary International 2018-19

Ron D. Burton
Trustee Chair, The Rotary Foundation 2018-19

Sydney Childsafe Workshop 5 December 2018
Do you work or volunteer with children and need to know more about child safe practices?
The Office of the Children's Guardian is running a free workshop that can help you to understand and implement Child Safe principles in your workplace.
The Session is being held at: Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People, Ground Floor, 219 - 241 Cleveland Street, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
 on 5 December at 10am to 4.30pm

Participants will learn about:
• Creating a child safe culture
• Codes of conduct
• Situational prevention and effective risk management
• Effective recruitment and selection tips
• Obligations under the Working With Children Check
• Complaints management techniques
Participants will receive a workbook with helpful information and templates.
Participants who remain for the entire duration of the workshop will also receive a certificate of attendance.
 Like to know more? Visit our website  to view other available sessions.
To participate in the workshop: Register here
More information:
• Attend a free Child Safe training session
• NSW Working With Children Check 
• Parents #parentscheckthecheck
Keep in touch:
The Office of the Children’s Guardian’s e-news bulletin includes the latest information on laws and regulations affecting the Working With Children Check as well as training and other events. Click here below to receive our e-news bulletin
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.

It’s easy to find and update your details – just go to then choose Update my details. If you need to find your WWC number, just choose lost my WWC number.

APPLICATION for working with children check

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Shelterbox Club Champion Launch
Upcoming Events
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
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
Nov 16, 2018
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Member Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Juliet Chen
November 3
Mandy Van
November 6
Sandeep Rathi
November 11
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