16 Feb 2024

Hello everyone, 
Welcome to the second week of February 2024. I think this year will go by as quickly as the last. Let’s enjoy the wild journey.

Pete and I had the honour of attending the Rotary Youth Exchange welcome home dinner, for our exchange students who have been overseas for 12 months.  One lady is the daughter of Cath and Andrew Colville, Tilly, who spent 12 months in Brazil. What a wonderful time she has had. The exchange students who are here with us in Australia, are having the time of their lives too. We also welcomed 2 new students who are here for the next 12 months.

I would like to comment on the Rotary Youth Leadership awards (RYLA) which were held in January 2024 again. Our two participants will be coming back to the club to give their update on their experience on Friday 22 March 2024. This course is open for young  people who have been out in the workforce for at least 12 months. The feedback that I have had from the leaders and facilitators of the course, have been so positive. Especially about the growth of the participants, and the skills they learned and took onboard in all the scenarios. Well done to all involved.

Summer Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment is being held at the Academy of Sport at Narrabeen on the 17/18/19 of this month. This weekend course is for participants who are attending years 9/10 this year. Marsden High School have put forward two candidates for our club to sponsor to develop their leadership skills. The teachers vote for the students they felt had the potential to be future leaders. The Rotary Club of North Ryde is proud to sponsor both candidates. They too will be invited to present their experiences to the club on Friday 22 March 2024. Developing our youth as potential leaders is such an important community initiative and I congratulate all involved.

Our club had the honour of hearing from one of our local Members of Council, Councillor Bernard Purcell about his life and career in the City of Ryde. Bernard held a fire side chat style talk with us, and I was very interested to hear of his varied career pathway and what lead him to be on council. Thank you, Bernard, for your time.

Thank you to all who were involved with the Bunnings BBQ last Saturday 10 February 2024. Especially to President Elect, Garry Maloney, who organises all these events for the club. We sold over 800 sausages and had the company of many Bluey face painted little ones. We also had a visit from Benji Marshall, who had heard of our sausages and the quality. He bought his young lad down for a snag. Thank you to Bunnings Gladesville for allowing us to do the BBQ with you.

I had to take a short break from my bag lady duties at the BBQ, to attend the DG’s Presidents meeting, on zoom. There are many events planned this year. The most important is being the District Conference being held in Terrigal from 15-16  March 2024. The theme is a beach party for the Gala dinner on the Friday night. This should be interesting. The guest speaker lineup will be something not to be missed. I am very excited to be attending.

Our trivia night is coming up on  Saturday 24  February 2024, there is more info following. Book your table and join in the fun. Thank you to team trivia for all your hard work. More prizes will be welcome. 

The Rotary Learning Institute is holding the next training course online, on the weekend of the 23-25th of February 2024. It is worth the time to learn from our leaders and hear how you can make your club bloom and get more enjoyment out of being involved.
Until next time.

Bernie Mason
President 2023-2024
Rotary District 9685
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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.
Happy Lunar New Year
The Rotary Club of North Ryde Trivia Night Saturday 24 February 2024
To download a copy of the flyer see here. We are currently seeking donations of prizes for the raffle and silent auction. If you have any unwanted Christmas gifts or items you think would be suitable please contact Pam Wood on mobile 0400803417 or email
Presentation oto Jordan Lane  as a Friend of the Rotary Club of North Ryde 
Congratulations to Jordan Lane, State Member of Parliament for Ryde and City Of Ryde Councillor on becoming a friend of the Rotary Club of North Ryde. Jordan was presented with the certificate by President Bernie Mason and Past president Peter Mason on Monday 5 February2024. 
An Invitation from SHARE SMR Inc
 World Rotary Day Feb 23 2024
Upcoming Events
16 Feb 2024 Club Assembly (via Zoom)
Feb 16, 2024
7:30 am – 8:30 am
Feb 2024 Club Board Meeting (via Zoom)
Feb 20, 2024
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Feb 23, 2024
1 Mar 2024 Club Meeting (via Zoom)
Mar 01, 2024
7:30 am – 8:30 am
8 Mar 2024 Club Meeting (via Zoom)
Mar 08, 2024
7:30 am – 8:30 am
2024 District 9685 Conference
Crowne Plaza Terrigal
Mar 15, 2024 2:00 pm –
Mar 16, 2024 5:00 pm
22 Mar 2024 Possible Club Assembly at Dunmore Lang
Mar 22, 2024
President Elect Learning and Development (PELD)
St Joseph's Baulkham Hills
Mar 23, 2024
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Mar 29, 2024
Bunnings Gladesville BBQ, Sat 6 April, 2024
Bunnings Gladesville
Apr 06, 2024
7:00 am – 5:00 pm
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Mar 22, 2024 7:15 AM
My RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) experience
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Photo Albums
Rotary Youth Exchange Welcome Home Dinner 2 Feb 2024
Bunnings BBQ 10 Feb 2024
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Mak Khalil
February 18





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