29 March 2024

Hello everyone, 
District 9685 Conference weekend has been held and was a great success. Congratulations to DG Christine and her team for outing on such a successful, and inspiring conference. There are so many Rotarians in our District doing many wonderful, meaningful projects. It makes me proud to say I am a Rotarian. 

DG Christine and her Conference Committee were delighted with the 320 colourful beach goers who joined them on Friday night at the Crowne Plaza. Following canapes and drinks on the mezzanine floor, party goers found their tables in the grand ballroom decorated with a beach theme. They then settled in for great food, great entertainment with guest speaker Brad Baker and then ‘Open Fire’ duo encouraged us to dance the night away! On Saturday, 450 attended the plenary sessions at the EV Church auditorium. What a venue! The Conference delivered: a spectacular showcase, inspiring speakers, great company, and the chance to ‘catch up’! Thank you to all members that attended to make this 2024 District Conference, special. I am proud of what we achieved and my sincere thanks to my committee for delivering on every aspect and meeting my expectations. 

Thank you, DG Christine

The Walk to Say No to Domestic Violence raised over $2,000.00 on the Friday afternoon, with many local high school students joining Rotarians in the walk along the foreshore of Terrigal. A further $6,000.00 was raised from the obligatory Rotary raffle at the Gala dinner. Well done all. 

I wish to thank our invited guests who came to our early morning assembly on Friday 22 March 2024. Participants from the Summer RYPEN, Nathan Young and Kazuma Calder for coming and talking to us about their experiences at RYPEN. These students from Marsden High did their school and parents proud. Thank you Jackie Young and Yoko Calder for accompanying the boys to our meeting.

We also heard some insights into the RYLA weeklong leadership course that created two new RYLArians. Thank you to Aiden Sauvano and Jane Suh for a captivating presentation to help us know how the leadership course has helped shape your work life and has helped you prepare for your life journeys ahead.  Thank you, Desi Mulder, for attending the breakfast to hear your wonderful employees speak of their experiences. Thanks also for allowing them the time off work to attend the RYLA experience. 

A special thanks also to James Hole, Manager of Bendigo Bank North Ryde for attending our early morning meeting. James got to meet Aiden, who was sponsored by Bendigo Bank to attend RYLA 2024. We heard from James about how important supporting our youth of the community is to the Bendigo Bank ethos. We are delighted that Bendigo Bank is,  once again,  a Bronze sponsor of our eFun Run  this year.

Our very own Youth Exchange son, Currito, spoke of his month-long excitement in his report. How much the conference meant to him and having met Greg Page, the original Yellow Wiggle, plus realising how important knowing CPR and having an AED close by, is to saving a life. Not to mention a bit of hero worship happening for Currito as well.
A few days of fun and frivolity followed for the Exchange students, from Sunday to Thursday, with their trip to Canberra. By the report and the photos, much learning and much more fun was had, especially at Questacon. Well done Currito, now back down to earth for a bit.

It is with great excitement that I announce the eFun Run site is live and accepting registrations. Well done Pam Wood for getting this all together. Further information is available in this bulletin. There will be a couple of walks we will be doing as a group as well. So, stay tuned as these details are finalised. Bob Selinger OAM is organising a special history walk around Parramatta. It sounds wonderful and I am very much looking forward to that.

Until next time.

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.
 The 2024 North Ryde eFun Run for Youth Mental Health
The North Ryde eFun Run for Youth Mental Health is on again this year from Sunday 28 April until Sunday 5 May 2024.
This year the Rotary Club of North Ryde is delighted to be working in partnership with the Rotary Clubs of  Ryde and Macquarie Park as well as  Macquarie University Lifespan Health & Wellbeing Research Centre ( formerly the Centre for Emotional Health) in organising the eFun Run.
The event is open to Rotary club members, family, colleagues & friends; community members & groups; and university & school students.
Entrants nominate a distance they will challenge themselves to cover during the week. They can walk, jog, run or ride a bike in their own time, at their own pace, individually or in a team over the week of the eFun Run.  
Each entrant or team can seek sponsorship for their challenge from their families, friends and colleagues through the eFun Run website.  
Join us this year and help raise funds for Youth Mental Health.  Set yourself a challenge individually or form a team! How many kms can you do? 
Registrations are now open!

Registration Costs:
$25 Adults
$15 Students (13 +)
Friends, family and colleagues can join in, sponsor you or just donate a sum of your choice.
Funds raised go to Australian Rotary Health for research into Youth Mental Health;  Macquarie University Lifespan Health & Wellbeing Research Centre's Cool Kids Program and other worthy Rotary Youth Projects.
Is your business interested in becoming a Corporate Sponsor of the event ? See Sponsorship Invitation letter here and  See Corporate Sponsorship Package here. 
You will be helping to raise funds for youth mental health, raising awareness of your business and engaging your employees in healthy, worthwhile activities in the community.
For more information contact eFun Run Coordinator Pam Wood mobile 0400803417 email: or President Bernie Mason mobile:0411134530 email:
Photos from Club Youth Assembly 22 Mach 2024
For more photos see here or photo albums below.
Photos from District 9685 Conference at Terrigal 
For more photos see here or go to photo albums below.
Dogs Day Out Sunday 5 May 2024
Looking for something to do to finish your week of walking, jogging or running for the eFun Run? Why not walk your dog to the Dogs Day Out at Santa Rosa Park!
Upcoming Events
Mar 29, 2024
5 April 2024 Club Meeting (via Zoom)
Apr 05, 2024
7:30 am – 8:30 am
Bunnings Gladesville BBQ, Sat 6 April, 2024
Bunnings Gladesville
Apr 06, 2024
7:00 am – 5:00 pm
12 April 2024 Club Meeting (via Zoom)
Apr 12, 2024
7:30 am – 8:30 am
19 Apr 2024 Club Assembly at DLC and via Zoom
Dunmore Lang College
Apr 19, 2024
7:30 am – 8:30 am
2024 Rotary Club of North Ryde eFun Run
Apr 28, 2024 6:00 am –
May 05, 2024 6:00 pm
District 9685 District Assembly
May 04, 2024
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
May 12, 2024 6:00 pm –
May 17, 2024 10:00 am
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Apr 05, 2024 7:30 AM
CCA and what it does for the community.
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Photo Albums
Club Youth Assembly 22 March 2024
District Conference Walk to Say No to Domestic Violence March 2024
2024 Youth Exchange Students' Trip to Canberra
District 9685 2024 Conference at Terrigal
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
David Martin
March 3
Rob Wilkinson
March 24





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