23 July 2021
Hello fellow Rotarians and friends,
I certainly hope we are all staying safe and well within our own confines for this extended shutdown time, as this letter comes from the North Ryde COVID bunker! If we all do our bit, the sooner we will all be able to get back to a better life.
We had a lighthearted talk last Friday morning, by Bob Aitken AM from Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains titled ‘From Typewriter to Twitter’ and his experiences over the years in the journalism business. Thank you, Rob for arranging this.
Bernie and I have delivered the last couple of cheques from our fund-raising efforts last year, to the local primary schools. North Ryde Public School and Holy Spirit Catholic School were both very appreciative of the donations.
Our Rotary friends from Chatswood Sunrise Club Bob and Brian, wish to be inducted together when Brian returns from an exciting Queensland holiday around September. We may ask Brian to regale us with stories from his trip upon his return.
Our Rotary Club has been recognized in the ‘Club Giving Award’ in the District Governor’s newsletter see below. Well done everyone.  
At this stage, our Changeover dinner booked for the 23 July 2021 at Basil’s Restaurant, Delhi Road at North Ryde has had to be postponed due to COVID lockdown. The new date for the Change-over dinner will be advised when we are able to get together again. Remember, we will need to keep our fingers and toes crossed. 
There will be no meeting this Friday morning and we can all have a little sleep-in.
Our Rotary DG – Lindsay May – is due to visit us on 30 July 2021. This will now be via a Zoom meeting (due to no face to face get togethers). 
Please be reminded to complete and return the Member Survey, to help guide us through the next year and beyond.
Best regards
Peter Mason JP
Rotary Club of North Ryde
President 2021-2022
Rotary District 9685
Mobile: 0450 730 645
Bob Aitken
Last week's guest speaker was Bob Aitken (District Governor 9685 1996-97).  What a wealth of information about Rotary - including Polio Plus; the End Polio Now campaign (involved since 1985) and Rotary Down Under where he held management positions from 1984 to 2014.  He has brought much of that knowledge and experience together in the new publication Centenary of Rotary in Australia 1921 -2021.
School donations
A little late due to school holidays and Covid but Peter and Bernie Mason did manage to deliver the donations to the final two schools.  Both school were very grateful for the donation.
Peter Mason delivering the donation from the Rotary Club of North Ryde to Holy Spirit Primary School.
Peter Mason delivering the donation from Rotary Club of North Ryde to North Ryde Public School.
Club Giving Award
Most Rotarians know about the Centurion and Paul Harris Fellow recognition programs for individuals who make donations to The Rotary Foundation.  But, did you know about the new recognition programs that honour Rotary Clubs for making donations? 
The idea is to encourage your club to allocate a share of your club’s fund-raising project income to Rotary’s own charity – The Rotary Foundation – in addition to the special causes that you are passionate about. 
The Club Giving Awards honour the Clubs that donated at least $5000 to The Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund, and/or that donated at least $2200 to the End Polio Now Fund.
For the year ending June 2021, the Awardees were:
Lower Blue Mountains
Chatswood Roseville
Lane Cove
West Pennant Hills & Cherrybrook
Lower Blue Mountains
Chatswood Roseville
North Ryde
The Hills-Kellyville
Pennant Hills
As you plan your club’s fund-raisers for this Rotary year, we ask you to set aside 10% of the amount raised for these two Rotary Foundation programs.  The Annual Fund is our “seed bank” that returns money to our district for club-directed projects.  The Polio Fund is vital to ensure that polio is finally eradicated from the planet.
David Dean, District 9685 Rotary Foundation Committee Chair  Tel: 0412 798 526
Upcoming Events
NO CLUB MEETING Friday 23 July 2021
Jul 23, 2021
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
Club Changeover Dinner (Postponed to a Date TBA)
Jul 23, 2021
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Club Board Meeting (via ZOOM)
Jul 27, 2021
7:15 PM – 9:00 PM
DG Lindsay May - Club Assembly (via ZOOM)
Jul 30, 2021
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
Club Meeting (via ZOOM)
Aug 06, 2021
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
Club Meeting (via ZOOM)
Aug 13, 2021
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
Club Assembly (via ZOOM)
Aug 20, 2021
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
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Jul 30, 2021
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