President's Message

Dear  Club Members and Friends,
Last Friday we had a few visitors, we welcomed Palmyre Desmarez, our exchange student from France who arrived July 23rd, we wish her a happy year in Australia.
We also welcomed Past President of  Eastwood -Gladesville Rotary Club, Kevin Lance and representatives of Ryde Secondary College, North Ryde Public School, Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School and Kent Rd Public School. We appreciate their support to our club activities particularly  the North Ryde Fun Run. They briefed us on their school news and received cheques, our club contribution to their school activities.. We hope to welcome them again at some of our meetings.
We missed Past President Pam who couldn't attend the meeting and welcomed back Pat Perrin and Juliet Chen.Thanks to Pam and Garry for buying a portable microphone , it worked well.
 President Elect Mandy's idea to participate in Thriving Communities Expo at Epping High School on July 31 was successful. Our thanks to Mandy, Garry and Sandeep for representing our club at the Expo and for promoting the Fun Run. It was also a good PR exercise.
Our music at the meeting was Ballet Gayne by Khachaturian which I attended at the old Cairo Opera House. He was 62 at the time when he conducted Cairo Symphoney Orchestra.
Next Friday we'll have 2 speakers. Bernie Mason who will tell us more about herself and Tina Vickery, a Clinical Educator within the Doctor of Physiotherapy course at Macquarie Uni.Tina's topic will be The Health and Wellbeing Collaboration Program (HAWC)
Finally, I received an email from Rotarian, Dr Hariharan Lyer, Past President of Aurocity, Pondicherry, Dist 2980. He is a Music Therapist who has spoken to more than 400 Rotary Clubs in Australia and USA. He has asked if he could speak to our club in February 2020 and if he could be hosted by a Rotarian from North Ryde club for one or two days. Could any one assist ? Please let me know on mobile 0412 218 725 or email
I have invited him to speak to us on Friday February 14, if  it fits in his busy schedule.  His topic will THE HEAL ING POWERS OF INDIAN MUSIC THERAPY FOR ROTARIANS.
Kind regards
Mak Khalil
President 2019-20
Presentation of cheques to representatives from the local Primary Schools and Ryde Secondary College
Photos from the Thriving Communities Expo 31 July 2019
Second Seminar on Youth Mental Health - Please Note Date Correction Monday 12 August
FREE Seminar on Youth Mental Health 12 August 2019
The Rotary Club of North Ryde in partnership with the Centre for Emotional Health is pleased to present a FREE community information evening for parents, carers and teachers and professionals on Feeding the Inner Lion: Helping children overcome their fears, worries, and shyness
The seminar will be held at the Hearing Hub, Level 2 Lecture Theatre at Macquarie University.
Join us on Monday 12 August from 6:00 pm to 7p.m. to hear about Helping children overcome their fears, worries, and shynesspresented by Professor Ron Rapee.
  • What do young people worry about?
  • How do you know when your child’s fears are a problem?
  •  Why are some kids more fearful than others?
  • How can parents help their children overcome anxieties?
Further information can be found here:
Musicians Wanted for Fun Run Entertainment!
We are seeking musicians who would be interested in playing at the North ryde Fun Run on Sunday 25 August from 9am-12noon. Unfortunately our High School bands are busy with festivals and the HSC  this year and we are seeking a band or group of musicians who would like to entertain the runners and spectators throughout the Fun Run. if you know of anyone who would be interested please ask them to contact me on mobile 0400803417 or email We are also still seeking volunteer helpers for the Fun Run to help with marshalling, registrations and BBQ. Please contact me if you have a few hours to spare on Sunday 25 August and can help.
The next meeting of the North Ryde Rotary Fun Run Committee will be next Tuesday 13 August commencing 7.30p.m. at 93 Park Road Hunters Hill. The next meeting with the Uni Reps will be on Friday 16 August commencing 9.30a.m. at Robert Menzies College. These will be the last committee meetings prior to the Fun Run. Please note there is no  club breakfast meeting on Friday 16 August. This will beheld over to Friday 23 August and will be a club working meeting where we will be packing the goodie bags for the Fun Run.
Pam Wood
2019 North Ryde Fun Run Project Director
The Rotary Club of North Ryde
Three Weeks to Go for the 2019 North Ryde Fun Run for Youth Mental Health!
Prizes for the North Ryde Fun Run!
The 2019 North Ryde Fun Run Corporate Challenge
The Rotary Club of Eastwood Gladesville Trivia Night  14 Sept 2019
St Ives Food and Wine Festival Sunday 8 September 2019

End of 2018-19 Year- Rotary Foundation Giving

A Warm Thank-You to all of our D9685 Rotarians and Clubs.

We have now the final results for giving to the Rotary Foundation in the 2018-19 Rotary year and we can all be very proud and pleased with our continuing commitment to OUR Foundation.


Overall we donated $US 542,048 to the Rotary Foundation this year, and while less than the last two years, in Aussie dollars it is more than last year.  Clubs and individual Rotarians have given $A 764,000 in this last Rotary year.  This figure was helped hugely by your generous support for the End Polio campaign, including a very generous bequest of $100,000 through Belrose Rotary, the contribution from those clubs that supported Ride the Train organised by Mark and Dave Anderson from Rotary Beecroft, and our 5 screenings across the district of the Movie Bohemian Rhapsody in November.  Our End Polio giving this last year was $A 244,000 against $A 80,000 in the previous year

Unfortunately, our Annual Fund giving, which is fundamental to our ability to support club projects, both here and overseas, was down; $US 337,000 ($A 475,000) from $US 404,000 ($A 529,000) in 2017-18.  We believe it has been heavily affected by the huge club support for the Drought Appeal earlier in the year, when the generosity of clubs was just wonderful.  While many clubs were able to provide less support than in the past, there were a good number of clubs that gave more, and very generously.  Thank You!

We are thankful to the increasing number of personal donors, our Centurions, Paul Harris Society members (now 86 in the district) and in particular some very generous Major Donors who materially made a big contribution to our result.  For interest I have included a column in the club giving report that shows the percentage of clubs where there is a lot of personal giving vs the level of club giving.  It is interesting that across the district 70% of our giving is now personal.


Outside the Belrose bequest of $US 74,074, the three best donating clubs are the E-Club (US$ 67,599), Beecroft (US$ 42, 356), and Ryde ($US 20,332).  Best Annual Fund giving clubs per capita were E-Club ($US 1458), Beecroft ($US 860), and North Sydney ($US 411).  Thirteen of our clubs gave more than $US200 per head so thank you all very much for your great support.

Once again, a donation was received from every club in our district, so thank you all.  Please see the table below for a summary by clubs of giving during the year.

Our donations go to the engine-room of what Rotary is all about.  The Rotary Foundation’s funds go almost entirely into doing good in the world with a world-leading ranking in terms of effectiveness, efficiency, integrity and low cost of operation.  In particular it is the vehicle through which Rotary has made a huge and on-going commitment to ridding the world of Polio.


It was also pleasing to see a growing number of clubs using Foundation funds to support their humanitarian projects using District and Global Grants.  We would like more clubs to be active in applying for grants as they are a very efficient way for your club to enhance the money available to support your wonderful project work.

We look forward to all clubs continuing to give their generous support during this year ahead as PDG Bruce Lakin takes over as our District Rotary Foundation Chair.  I thank our District 9685 Foundation committee for their great work around the clubs and in their specialty areas, and I know Bruce will receive the same level of support and assistance from his team 

PDG David Rands

D9685 Rotary Foundation Chair (2016-2019)

Rotary on the Move August Edition
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Upcoming Events
Club Meeting
Dunmore Lang College
Aug 09, 2019
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Youth Mental Health Seminar
The Hearing Hub
Aug 14, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
No Club Meeting
Dunmore Lang College
Aug 16, 2019
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Club Assembly
Dunmore Lang College
Aug 23, 2019
7:15 AM – 8:45 AM
Fun Run for Youth Mental Health
Macquarie University Sports Fields
Aug 25, 2019
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Club Board Meeting
Dunmore Lang College
Aug 30, 2019
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
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Aug 09, 2019
Life and work story
Sep 06, 2019
Tall tales and true from my 'legendary?' police career.
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Member Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Pat Perrin
August 24
Shankar Sankaran
August 29
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