President's Message

Dear  Club Members and Friends,
The Board met last Friday for the last time this year. it was great to have Mandy back from her travels to Hong Kong and Liane was able to make it to the meeting around her commitments to the two ROMAC patients and their families that she is supporting. One of the main items the agenda covered was the AGM which will be held this Friday 7 December. We focussed on the vacancies that will need to be filled for 2019-20. At this point there will be three vacancies  needing to be filled.
Liane Corbett, Pat Perrin and Terrie McConnell will be stepping down after many years of service to the club as Board members. We greatly appreciate the work that all these Board members have done to support the Rotary Club of North Ryde and will miss their contribution and commitment to the Board. Pat, Terrie and Liane have all affirmed that they are still willing to help the club in any way they can but now need to step back.
We ask members to consider taking up a Director's role particularly if you have not done so in the past. This is a great way to learn about Rotary and the workings of our club and we are always looking for new and innovative ideas to keep the Club evolving. For more experienced members we are still looking for a volunteer to be President elect for 2019-20. It is a great idea to serve a full year as President- elect do that you are fully prepared for the role of President when your term commences.
The Tree of Joy and the Carols on the Common are the final two big events for this year. We are still in need of helpers for the Tree of Joy BBQ on Saturday 15 December at Coxs Road Mall. If you can spare a few hours between 10a.m. and 2p.m. please let me know either by email or mobile 0400803417.
The North Ryde Community Aid Christmas Party is this Thursday 6 December at NRCA Cutler Parade North Ryde. Volunteers are required between 10a.m. and 2p.m. to help so please let Victoria Crawford know if you can assist.
We had a lovely evening on Friday 30 November for our end of year Christmas dinner at North Ryde RSL. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend. It was a fun night and also a lovely opportunity to present our outgoing exchange student Abigail Balian with her blazer. Abigail commences her year exchange to Germany in January and it was a pleasure  to meet her and her mum,  Lisa who are also hosting our exchange student, Helmiina at the moment. See the photo album in this bulletin for photos of the evening.
This Friday is the final meeting for 2018. The next meeting will be a breakfast at Cafe Incontro at Cox Road Mall on Friday 18 January. It will be a 7.15a.m. start and will be an informal meeting. Please let David Martin know if you are able to attend. 
Kind regards
Pam Wood
President 2018-19
Rotary Carols On The Common 2018
Tree of Joy 2018
Please support our Tree of Joy in Coxs Road Mall by picking up a card and buying a Christmas present for the not so fortunate.
Dates for your Diary
6 December       North Ryde Community Aid Christmas Party 10a.m. -2p.m. 
7 December       AGM - Dunmore Lang College - final meeting for the year
15 December     Tree of Joy and BBQ at Cox's Road Mall
16 December     Carols on the Common
18 January          Club breakfast at Incontro Coxs Rd Mall 7.15a.m.
1 February           Ist Club Breakfast meeting for the year
15 February        Thank You Breakfast for Carols sponsors
23 February        Trivia Night at Royal Rehab
16 March             President Elect Training
23 March             Election BBQ and Book Stall TBC
29-31 March       District 9685 Conference Newcastle
14 April                District Assembly
28 June                Club Changeover Dinner
29 June                District Changeover
What Is Rotary?

Rotary is a worldwide organisation of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

There are 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are non-political, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. As signified by the motto “Service above Self”, Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.


The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

•FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

•SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

•THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;

•FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.



Of the things we think, say & do:

1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?


Sydney Childsafe Workshop 5 December 2018
Do you work or volunteer with children and need to know more about child safe practices?
The Office of the Children's Guardian is running a free workshop that can help you to understand and implement Child Safe principles in your workplace.
The Session is being held at: Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People, Ground Floor, 219 - 241 Cleveland Street, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
 on 5 December at 10am to 4.30pm

Participants will learn about:
• Creating a child safe culture
• Codes of conduct
• Situational prevention and effective risk management
• Effective recruitment and selection tips
• Obligations under the Working With Children Check
• Complaints management techniques
Participants will receive a workbook with helpful information and templates.
Participants who remain for the entire duration of the workshop will also receive a certificate of attendance.
 Like to know more? Visit our website  to view other available sessions.
To participate in the workshop: Register here
More information:
• Attend a free Child Safe training session
• NSW Working With Children Check 
• Parents #parentscheckthecheck
Keep in touch:
The Office of the Children’s Guardian’s e-news bulletin includes the latest information on laws and regulations affecting the Working With Children Check as well as training and other events. Click here below to receive our e-news bulletin
District 9685 2019 Conference news - Enormous Horns will entertain as "Rotary Rocks"!
The Enormous Horns will join us for Saturday night’s dinner dance and will feature the music you grew up with.  Come dressed as your favourite musician, band or song.  There will be prizes for the best dressed individuals and clubs.  Let your hair down, drag out your dancing shoes and show Newcastle that  “ROTARY ROCKS’.
The Enormous Horns are a fun party band with an emphasis on entertainment, quality musicianship and classy arrangements. The Enormous Horns are an 8 piece all singing, all dancing, party band from Sydney. With over 2 decades of experience performing in hotels and clubs, at private and corporate functions, weddings, outdoor festivals and on national television, we have developed into one of Australia's hardest working live acts, touring extensively across Australia, South-East Asia and China, and the Pacific Region.

The Enormous Horns can play anything from Rock, Pop and Soul to Big Band Swing and Rock ‘n Roll, from quiet dinner music before the party gets going, to fully costumed routines from the Village People, Blues Brothers, Rocky Horror and the Disco era. 
We have a wonderful District Conference planned for 2019 at NEX, the Newcastle Exhibition Centre in Newcastle.
Friday 29 - Sunday 31 March 2019

We have inspirational speakers confirmed with many more in the pipeline:-

  • Dominic Teakle - PCYC. CEO
  • Martha Jabour – CEO Graces’ Place
  • PDG John Prendergast
  • Christine Nixon - Former Victoria Police Commissioner

Saturday afternoon we will take part in an ‘END POLIO NOW’ walk along the harbour foreshore.


We look forward to seeing you in Newcastle!

Barrels to Support Australian Farmers
There are a numbers of these Barrels placed in shops and businesses in the community by the Rotary Clubs of Macquarie Park and North Ryde.
Please don't forget fund collected from these barrels go to Australian Farmers for drought relief. Or you can donate online at
WWCC - Is your Working With Children Clearance Up for Renewal?

Is your Working with Children Clearance up for renewal?
You can renew your WWCC number from three months prior to its expiry date. You will receive a reminder when it’s time to renew – provided your contact details are up to date.

It’s easy to find and update your details – just go to then choose Update my details. If you need to find your WWC number, just choose lost my WWC number.

APPLICATION for working with children check

RENEW your working with children check
Upcoming Events
North Ryde Community Aid Client Christmas Lunch
Dec 06, 2018
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Club AGM
Dec 07, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Club Meeting
Dec 07, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
No Club Meeting
Dec 14, 2018
BBQ at Cox's Road
Dec 15, 2018
7:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Carols on the Common
Dec 16, 2018
4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
No Club Meeting
Dec 21, 2018
Breakfast at Seb's
Jan 18, 2019
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Photo Albums
2018 Christmas Party
Member Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Binoe Verghese
December 7
Brian Powell
December 21
Pamela Bennett
December 27
Garry Maloney
December 29
   You can do anything, you cannot do everything!

Our website home page features our current Club Executive and Projects. Please deposit funds to: Rotary Club of North Ryde Inc, Bendigo Bank, North Ryde BSB: 633108 Acct: 126363670.