6 May 2022 
Hello Fellow Rotarians and friends,
I do hope this week’s newsletter finds you all well and safe. Last week we sent our thoughts to Barbara, Victoria and Ian and it appears they are all on the mend. Barbara did inform us of an accident Kevin experienced which required urgent medical attention. Get well soon Kevin.
Friday of last week was a meeting free day, so I hope you all took the time to have a little lay in!
Be ready this Friday (6 May 2022) at 7:15am for a 7:30am start, for our Club meeting on zoom and we will have a guest speaker who is an acquaintance of Shankar’s.
Rotary had a District Assembly last Sunday (1 May 2022) at Castle Hill RSL Club. Our Club had a good roll-up with Mandy, Bernie, Binoe, Garry, Sandeep and me attending. We were introduced to our new District Governor Elect (DGE), Mina Howard. Mina gave a brief background story, including her volunteer service in the RFS, under the guidance of Shane Fitzsimmons. Mina then went on to explain how she will be one of the people walking the Larapinta trail in this month (May) to help raise funds for the Shelterbox charity. This sparked an interest from Mandy and her experience. Between Mina and her accompanying friend, they have raised over $10,000. Also mentioned was the Rotary Convention in Australia will be in Melbourne in 2023. Mina did also announce the International President Elect for 2022-23 is Jennifer Jones.
The guest speaker was Shane Fitzsimmons, who was the previous Rural Fire Service chief and is now in charge of Resilience NSW. Shane gave an overview of his past in the Rural Fire Service, highlighting the disastrous 2019-20 bushfire and how that fire season ran for 200 days. Shane explained how he spoke with victims plus support workers of the bushfires, recent flood events in NSW, the mouse plague (2020-21) and our COVID times, to get a better understanding of the views and ideas for the challenges he will face in this position. He will formulate how to move forward if/when we are faced with future disasters and how to handle them with best practice skills.
Kalma McLellan (Past District Governor) gave a run-down on Regionalisation. The team with Kalma will be going to all Clubs shortly to explain this, so I will leave this topic to them.
The time for walking (or running for the young people) in the eFun run has now ended, however the web site is still open to accept donations and sponsorship payments. Bernie advises this will stay open for another week or two and will let us all know when it closes. We will then advise you all, who the winners are of our sponsorship prizes. I would like to thank everyone who participated and managed to encourage all their friends plus family to support and sponsor them. I think David has shown the most interesting and novel way to achieve his own eFun run goals and the photos look fantastic. As suggested, this is worthy of a talk to our Club of the experience - no pressure David. 
As I have previously mentioned, Garry has also put together a list of future dates of the BBQs at Bunnings store at Gladesville for you to put in your diaries please.
Remember to put 24 June 2022 in your diaries for our Club Change-over dinner. The dinner will be at North Ryde R.S.L. Club. The invitation has been advertised and sent out to all. You will need to advise myself and/or Sandeep of your attendance, plus your family and friends. Also advise any dietary requirements. This is so we can plan the tables and advise the RSL Club by the start of June. Also, we are seeking donations of prizes for the raffle. Please give these to Bernie or me.
The Christmas Carols evening is coming and before we know it, December will be upon us. Victoria has been diligently working on the list of tasks that need to be fulfilled to make this joint event with our friends from Macquarie Park Rotary Club, a great success. I ask you all to think of your skills and abilities so that when we look at the plan in detail you can nominate for which tasks you will undertake. The first joint Club planning meeting is scheduled for early this June, so be prepared. We want a good roll-up of volunteers throughout the planning and on the day to share and ease the burden on all.
Please also remember the Annual Rotary Conference is on 17-19 March 2023 and will be at Cowra. Start planning your attendance and possibly make it a holiday to support our country friends. Put this in your diaries for next year. Bernie and I anticipate being there, to enjoy the local hospitality.
I am very grateful for all the hard work and commitment by everyone in our Club during these difficult times.
Peter Mason JP
Rotary Club of North Ryde
President 2021-2022
Rotary District 9685
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eFunRun ends
The eFunRun has officially finished.  Final fundraising and the winners will be announced next week. 
Thank you to all those who supported us with donations and a special thank you to the runners.
North Ryde Club Assembly 20 May
The next Club Assemblywill be at at Dunmore Lang College on Friday 20 May 2022.
Dunmore Lang College, 130 Herring Road, Macquarie Park.
Please let Garry Maloney know by Friday 13 May if you will be attending.  This is so he can give the college catering staff the number of people attending for breakfast.
If you cannot attend in person we will provide a zoom connection as well.
An Invitation to the 2022 Annual Celebration Dinner 24 June 2022
District Changeover 2 July 2022
District Changeover 2022 will be held at Hornsby RSL on Saturday, July 2, 6.30 for 7pm
Come and celebrate your year.
District awards will be presented and we can once again come together as a District to acknowledge what has been achieved, despite another tough year in Rotary.
Welcome Mina Howard as District Governor 2022-23 in what will be a milestone year with the exciting Jennifer Jones of Canada as RI President.
Rotary’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
At Rotary, we understand that cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture is essential to realizing our vision of a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change.
We value diversity and celebrate the contributions of people of all backgrounds, across age, ethnicity, race, colour, disability, learning style, religion, faith, socioeconomic status, culture, marital status, languages spoken, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity as well as differences in ideas, thoughts, values, and beliefs.
Recognizing that individuals from certain groups have historically experienced barriers to membership, participation, and leadership, we commit to advancing equity in all aspects of Rotary, including in our community partnerships, so that each person has the necessary access to resources, opportunities, networks, and support to thrive.
We believe that all people hold visible and invisible qualities that inherently make them unique, and we strive to create an inclusive culture where each person knows they are valued and belong.
In line with our value of integrity, we are committed to being honest and transparent about where we are in our DEI journey as an organization, and to continuing to learn and do better.
A trek up Mt Kosciuszko
Not sure about the blizzard but really looking forward to a guest speaker in the future about the expedition to the top of the highest mountain in Australia.  Well done David!  He says the eFunRun was great preparation.
Upcoming Events
May 6 2022, Club Meeting (via ZOOM)
May 06, 2022
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
May 13 2022 Club Meeting (via ZOOM)
May 13, 2022
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
May 20 2022, Club Assembly at Dunmore Lang College
Dunmore Lang College
May 20, 2022
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
NO CLUB MEETING Friday 27 May 2022
May 27, 2022
May 2022 Club Board Meeting (via ZOOM)
May 31, 2022
7:15 PM – 9:00 PM
June 3 2022, Club Meeting (via ZOOM)
Jun 03, 2022
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Bunnings Gladesville BBQ, Saturday 4 June, 2022
Jun 04, 2022
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
June 10 2022, Club Assembly at Dunmore Lang Colleg
Dunmore Lang College
Jun 10, 2022
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
NO CLUB MEETING Friday June 17 2022
Jun 17, 2022
The 2022 Annual Celebration Dinner
North Ryde RSL
Jun 24, 2022 6:30 PM
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May 06, 2022 7:30 AM
The impact of climate change in the local community
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Pamela Wood
May 24
“The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir
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