13 Oct,  2023
Dear Fellow Rotarians and Friends,
Hello everyone and welcome to this fortnight's bulletin. I am writing this whilst looking out on the beautiful ocean from Tuross Lakes. This time reminds me that we all need to take a break and enjoy family and relaxing. 

Many of our club members have been busy with club matters. Garry Maloney and Rob Wilkinson have been very busy organising the end of year activities and, our list of interesting guest speakers that have agreed to come fill us in on what they do in their world. Thank you, gentleman, for your hard work.

It is going to be a very busy time rolling into Christmas. So please keep that enthusiasm going for all things the Rotary Club of North Ryde is planning.
The Macquarie Park Club have their Bingo and Raffle night fast approaching. Come on down and get your best BINGO voice going and enjoy some fun and fellowship. It is to be held at the Holy Spirit school hall in North Ryde on 14 October 2023, yes, the referendum voting day.

Saturday 21st October is the day we are travelling to Lithgow for the Landcare/Gro-Trees planting and picnic day. I have been given a flyer to be published in our bulletin, see here. Please try to come along and enjoy getting get know our trees we have planted and giving them a hug.

One of Rotary’s projects has been to eradicate free polio from the world. They are very close to doing just that, remarkably. World Polio Day is on Tuesday 24 October 2023. Donate or plan a train ride on the day.See here for more information.
This is also the day our exchange student, Currito changes host families. He will be going to the Colville family. My goodness I hope he can pack in time, with all the socialising he has been doing, and the gathering of mementos. I wish to thank the host family, the Sullivans, for taking such good care of Currito, and welcoming him into their family. They took Currito to Mudgee to meet his Aussie Grandma and had a wonderful time looking around the disused railways and historic sites of Mudgee. By all accounts, it was a wonderful time. May I remind all members of the club, if you have an event or family do on, to please invite Currito along so he can practise his English and get to know your family too.

On the weekend of  4th and 5th November, Sandeep has organised for the wonderful Michele Ellery to run a Mental Health First Aid Training weekend. It is a very scary field of medicine when it all goes wrong. Both for the patients and for the public. Come along and learn how to help others you may encounter that are facing mental health challenges. This is a first aid course, not a degree in psychology. Having the knowledge to guide someone to help is very important and a difficult topic, sometimes, to broach with that person. Sandeep has organised his office boardroom as the venue, thank you very much Sandeep. The space is limited to only 20 participants, so get in quickly. 

Monday 6 November is the Rotary Foundation dinner at the Epping Club. Foundation is an important arm of Rotary; without it we could not do the immense work helping others who have faced disaster in the world. It is dear to our hearts in our club, and we regularly support and donate to Foundation. Please come along to what promises to be a wonderful night. The evening will be in the Grand Salon at the Epping Club 6:15pm for a 7:00pm start. The organising committee consists of Haran Ramacharandran, Neil McWhannell and DG Christine Owen. Go to the website to register -   HERE.

Planning is underway for our end of year celebration Christmas dinner at the North Ryde Golf Club. . Garry Maloney will have details out to the club for your reply soon.

Have a wonderful productive couple of weeks. 
Bernie Mason
President 2023-2024
Rotary District 9685
Mobile: 0411134530
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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.
 Books in Homes Project 2023- Get Your Pudding Orders in!
For the last several years, the Rotary Clubs of North Ryde, Chatswood/Roseville, Wahroonga, Pennant Hills and Turramurra have worked together in raising funds for a literacy program at Moree East Public School called “Books in Homes”. Nearly 90% of the students at the school come from the local Aboriginal community. The program has had a profound positive effect on the literacy skills of the students. The program provides “…quality books-of-choice to children living in remote, disadvantaged and low socio-economic circumstances, ensuring crucial early literacy engagement and the development of reading skills needed for lifelong achievement.” The Rotary Clubs in Moree are our local representatives. 
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One of the fund-raising activities has been the sale of delicious puddings from Pudding Lane. The puddings have won international prizes in previous years and include your traditional Christmas pud, macadamia and brandy, gluten free, date and toffee, rum and plum, mango and brandy and a variety of evil dark chocolate. 
For the price list see here and order form see here or for more information contact Bob Selinger at
Payment by direct deposit: Rotary Club of North Ryde BSB 633 000 A/c 126363779 include your last name & “# (total number of puddings)” 
or by mail: send order form and cheque (“Rotary Club of North Ryde”) to PO Box 6171, North Ryde 2113
CLOSING DATE FOR ORDERS: Friday 24th November
The Rotary Club of Macquarie Park 's Bingo Night Sat 14 Oct. 2023
Saturday Oct 14 2023 at 6pm Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School 
ENTRY $25 per person (3 games) extra games $5 each on the day
RSVP as per below:
Payment - Rotary Club of Macquarie Park, 633000 / 130074578 
Reference for payment - Bingo,initial,surname (eg, BingoRGallo)
Carols on the Common Update No. 2
The Rotary Carols on the Common will be held this year on Sunday 17th December 2023.
Planning for this year's Carols on the Common is now well underway. The Carols committee are seeking members and friends of our club to assist with the many volunteer tasks that need to be undertaken on the day and during the evening of the Carols.
We particularly need strong, able people to help with the setting up and packing up phases of the event. The more helpers we have the quicker this can be done. If you cannot help with this the heavier tasks, there are a number of other tasks that may suit you better.
Please look at the tasks below and consider volunteering your time for one or more of these tasks.
These tasks include:
  • Morning set up from10am-12pm
  • Afternoon preparation: 12noon-3.00pm
  • Entertainment backstage assistance: 3.00-10.00pm
  • Sponsors VIP tent hosting assistance: 4-10.00pm
  • Top car park assisting with directing cars and collecting payments: 4-10pm
  • Bottom Car Park assisting with directing cars and collecting payments: 4-10pm
  • Bucket Collection: 8.00pm
  • Event Pack up: 9pm-12am ( the more people we have for this the earlier we can finish)
    • Raffle ticket sales during the event: 4-9pm
    • light duties can also be assigned
If you can assist in any way please let me know the times you are available and your preferred role/s by return email or call my mobile 0400803417 Also, if you have family or friends who are also willing to help out, let me know.  
If you are not available to help also please let me know as I will be ringing members and friends who have not replied to me over the next three weeks to discuss volunteering at the Carols.  
The Carols on the Common is a major fundraising event for both our club and Macquarie Park Rotary Club. It is also a wonderful community event for the Ryde area. It would be greatly appreciated to have as many volunteers to help as possible.
Sponsorship packages are still available. If any business would like to support this wonderful community event please send an email to or mobile: 0418 692 410.
We do rely on sponsorship to put on this magnificent carols event. We look forward to your support.
The next meeting of the Carols Committee will be on Thursday 19 October at 7pm.
Kind regards

Pamela WoodCommunity Director 2023-24The Rotary Club of North RydeMobile 0400803417

The Centre for Emotional Health Public Lecture 23 Oct 2023
The Lifespan Health and Wellbeing Centre that the Centre for Emotional Health have now grown into is hosting a public lecture during mental health month that focuses on Emotional Health across the Lifespan (kids, adults, older adults).  Given our longstanding relationship I wanted to personally extend the offer to your group. See the attached flyer for more information.  It is open to anyone in the community - and it is free. All you need to do is register because spaces will be limited to the capacity of the lecture theatre.
Date: Monday 23 October
Time: 5.30pm-7pm
Location: Theatre 1.200, Level 1, Australian Hearing Hub
End Polio Now Train Ride  Tuesday 24 Oct 2023
End Polio Now Train Ride: Our dedicated Rotarians, Mark and Dave Anderson, will again embark on the End Polio Now Train Ride. For the past five years, they have tirelessly supported Rotary's number one priority to ensure that no child or parent suffers from the dreaded Polio virus. Please mark your calendars for October 23rd and 24th to join us in fundraising and demonstrating your support for this crucial cause. Together, we will end polio.
Representatives from the Rotary Club of Beecroft travel the entire Sydney train network in a single day - visiting 189 stations – in an effort to raise awareness and $1 million to END POLIO NOW. Each year on World Polio Day, father-son duo Mark and Dave Anderson, Rotary Club of Beecroft, head up the team travelling the Sydney Rail Network. Their journey typically begins in Sydney’s South, at 4.30 am and ends in Sydney’s North at 10.00 pm.
Mark and Dave work tirelessly in the preparation for this event, and on the day of the Train Ride. The date for this year is Tuesday, 24th October 2023
For the schedule for the Ride the Train to End Polio, click HERE.
Ryde Renters Expo
District 9685 Annual Conference 15 March 2024
A heads up about the Rotary District 9685 Conference 2024
Check out the website (see below) for details of the conference registration and accommodation bookings.
2024 Conference dates: Friday 15th March 2024 to Saturday 16th March  2024 image
Our Locations: Friday: Crowne Plaza, Pine Tree Ln, Terrigal NSW 2260 Saturday: EV Church, 331 Terrigal Dr, Erina NSW 2250 
How to  Book: Scan the QR Code  
or go to our Website 
or use the QR code below
Upcoming Events
13 Oct 2023, Club Meeting (via ZOOM)
Oct 13, 2023
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
20 Oct 2023, Club Assembly at DLC and via ZOOM
Dunmore Lang College
Oct 20, 2023
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
Bunnings Gladesville BBQ, Saturday 28 Oct, 2023
Bunnings Gladesville
Oct 28, 2023
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Oct 2023 Club Board Meeting (via Zoom)
Oct 31, 2023
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
2023 Christmas Party
North Ryde Golf Club, Gardenia Room
Nov 30, 2023
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Bunnings Gladesville BBQ, Saturday 2 Dec, 2023
Bunnings Gladesville
Dec 02, 2023
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
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Oct 13, 2023 7:30 AM
What happens to the gifts donated at the Tree of Joy and then given to Vinnie's.
Nov 10, 2023 7:30 AM
ROTARACT: Partners in Service
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Bob Selinger
October 14
Barbara Lee
October 26


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