1 March 2024

Hello everyone, 
It has been a busy couple of weeks in our Rotary world. We are planning many great events in the coming six months as we count down to changeover to another year in June 2024.

Team trivia have been very busy planning for our Trivia resurgence last Saturday night, 24 February 2024. Thank you, Bob, Brian, Sandeep and Binoe for you planning and hard work getting the night planned. Thank you to Pam, Garry, and Pete for helping get wonderful prizes organised also. Thank you to our audiovisual guru, Mandy, for the great slide show that ran throughout the evening. What a fantastic night it was. It was so good to be able to connect with many Rotary friends, family, and friends from all over.
Brian ran a tight ship, overseen by Bob in the audiovisual booth, ably assisted by Mandy. I don’t think Binoe left the cashbox or the square all evening. Buying an answer was indeed very popular. Thank you to Ruth for helping me with supper. I couldn’t have coped without you. Currito was everywhere, helping everyone, often two things at once. Thank you Currito and I am so glad you went home with some goodies. Binoe is in the process of counting the number of attendees, and the profits for the night. The coins can go to the counting machine at the bank. I am thrilled that it was a success. Thank you everyone that took the time to attend, and to all the businesses that donated for the raffles and the silent auction.

Garry is in the planning stages for the Youth breakfast meeting at Dunmore Lang College on Friday 22 March 2024. This is a hybrid meeting, and we welcome Currito our Exchange student, Aiden and Jane from RYLA 2024, and Nathan and Kazuma from Summer RYPEN 2024. It will be wonderful to hear of all their experiences. I hope you can all attend in one of the formats offered.

March is fast approaching, and it is the month Rotary celebrates initiatives for water, sanitation, and hygiene. There are many projects around the water to deliver these to those in need, and we support Rotary with our donations to Rotary Foundation. Projects are identified, and funding is allocated for those that we can support. If you have a project you would like to support, please let us know and we will investigate the ways to do this.

The call for nominations for District 9685 awards opens on 28 February 2024. Get you thinking caps on and let me know who you would like to honour.
District 9685 is holding its annual conference at Terrigal on the 15 and 16 March. We have a great delegation attending, and I am looking forward to connecting with many friends and hearing some inspiring speakers. I also look forward to coming home enthused by the possibilities Rotary has to offer for our growth. It will be AG Julie Thorps’ significant 0 birthday whilst we are there, so be sure to wish her a happy birthday when you see her.

On the Sunday 17 March, after the conference, Currito will be off to discover Canberra and the surrounds of the ACT, with the exchange group. I am sure he will have a wonderful time and will be with staying with Rotary members families whilst in Canberra. We look forward to hearing of the fun times when he gets home.

Have a wonderful safe couple of weeks!

Bernie Mason
President 2023-2024
Rotary District 9685
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We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the country on which we meet, the Wallumattagal people of the Dharug Nation. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
Rotary's 119th Birthday, 23 Feb 2024
Some photos from our  Trivia Night 24 February 2024
Our first face to face Trivia Night since 2020 was held at St John's Anglican Church hall on Saturday 24 February 2024. A huge " Thank you" to everyone who helped make the evening a huge success for the Rotary Club of North Ryde. The funds raised from the evening will go towards our Youth programs including the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, hosting a Youth Exchange student for 12 months; the Country students DIGIT week in May and the Books in Home project. The final tally of funds raised is approx $5500 with some final accounting to be done which is a wonderful result for our club!
2024  Trivia Night results
Here's a quick rundown of the trivia night:
Attendees: We had a fantastic turnout with 88 people participating.
Raffles:  conservatively estimated 80 booklets sold.
Answer sheets: Sue did a great job keeping track – we sold 44 answers.
Games & Misc.: While the total for games and miscellaneous (heads & tails)  we brought in at least $200 from this category.
Total amount raised as of 26 Feb 20204 = $5561
Thank you to everyone who made the night a success!
Presentation to Jerome Laxale as a Friend of the Rotary Club of North Ryde

Congratulations to Jerome Laxale, Federal Member of Parliament for Ryde on becoming a friend of the Rotary Club of North Ryde. Jerome was presented with the certificate by President Bernie Mason  on Saturday 24 February2024 at our Trivia night. 
Presentation of Certificates of Appreciation to Sponsors and supporters of the 2023 Tree of Joy.
President-Elect, Garry Maloney presented Certificates of Appreciation and Gro-Trees to the sponsor s and supporters of the 2023 Tree of Joy.
Thank you to James Hole, Manager of the Bendigo Bank, North Ryde, our main sponsor; Annette and Seb Lentini Cox's Road Mall; Simon & Lesley Farahar, Kwik Kopy North Ryde; John Chappell , St John's Anglican Church North Ryde; Em Serrao (Kevin Lance's daughter); Ahmed,  Manager Ritchies IGA; Kevin Chan and Vivienne Ha, North Ryde Pharmacy; & Cafe Sa Bu.
Upcoming Events
1 Mar 2024 Club Meeting (via Zoom)
Mar 01, 2024
7:30 am – 8:30 am
8 Mar 2024 Club Assembly (via Zoom)
Mar 08, 2024
7:30 am – 8:30 am
2024 District 9685 Conference
Crowne Plaza Terrigal
Mar 15, 2024 2:00 pm –
Mar 16, 2024 5:00 pm
22 Mar 2024 Club Meeting at Dunmore Lang and Zoom
Mar 22, 2024
7:15 am – 8:30 am
President Elect Learning and Development (PELD)
St Joseph's Baulkham Hills
Mar 23, 2024
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
March 2024 Club Board Meeting (via Zoom)
Mar 26, 2024
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Mar 29, 2024
Bunnings Gladesville BBQ, Sat 6 April, 2024
Bunnings Gladesville
Apr 06, 2024
7:00 am – 5:00 pm
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Mar 01, 2024 7:30 AM
Lifeline H2HS: Supporting your Community
Mar 22, 2024 7:15 AM
My RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) experience
Mar 22, 2024 7:30 AM
My RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment) experience
Apr 05, 2024 7:30 AM
CCA and what it does for the community.
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Photo Albums
Presentation of Certificates of Appreciation for the 2023 Tree of Joy
2024 Trivia Night Saturday 24 Feb.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Mak Khalil
February 18





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