President's Message

Dear  Club Members and Friends,
Friday 3 Dec was a busy day, we had our AGM in the morning. Our club team for 2020-21 will be :
President:       Mandy Van
Secretary:       PP Pam Wood
Treasurer:       Sandeep Rathi
Directors:        Juliet Chen
                            Bernie Mason
Club:                 Garry Maloney& PP Rob Wilkinson
International: PP Victoria Crawford
Vocational:      PP David Martin
Youth:              Bernie Mason
Community & Bulletin:   Pam Wood   
At 6.30 PM, we had our Christmas Party at Ride for the Disabled (RDA) in Marsfield. Thanks to Warren Smith and Sheena  for hosting us. Thanks to PP David and Gwen Martin and all the others who assisted in preparations, providing food, music and entertainment.
On the evening, 27 members and guests attended.  It  was a pleasure to have some friends come along who we would love to see more often.These included Past Presidents (PP) Liane Corbett, Maggie Alexander and Shankar Shankaran; former Treasurer Mike Hethrington; Rotarian and Past President of Eastwood Gladesville Rotary Club, Kevin Lance and the ladies supporting Rotary Gwen Martin, Carolin Wilkinson and Gita Shankaran.
The singing of Carols was in French by our Exchange Student Palmyre, German by Rotarian Kevin translated into English by PP Liane and in English by all.
Mandy spoke about our remaining Christmas functions listed in our bulletin and the importance of attending Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) training courses.
PP Rob Wilkinson and former ROMAC Chairman presented PP Maggie Alexander with a Certificate of Appreciation for her support to ROMAC.
Congratulations to the Wilkinsons and their son Alex Wilkinson Sydney FC Captain who was awarded Ryde Council's Certificate of Appreciation as his club extended his contract for one year. Congratulations also to Stephen Sim who generates joy wherever he goes on his birthday and his Community Service Award.
Our next meeting will be on Friday 17 January 2020 at Caffe Incontro Coxs Road Mall. I regret I am travelling overseas in a few days and will miss incoming Christmas functions. I wish all a Merry Christmas and a happy 2020.
Mak Khalil
President 2019-20
Volunteers Needed - Carols on The Common Sunday 15 December
We still need volunteers to help with the Carols on the Common on Sunday 15 December.   
Volunteers are required for:
Set up from 10.30a.m.
Pull down at the end of the evening
Bucket Collection 
Parking from 4pm
Waste Facilitation throughout the evening.
Final Clean up on Monday morning 16 December.
This year we still  have an issue of waste management which we need to focus on. Ryde Council no longer supply a service to clean up the ground so we need to do all we can to keep the place clean.  We are, once again, hoping that we can achieve this by communicating with patrons and better management of the waste facilities on the day. But we will need volunteers to regularly empty the bins, replace garbage bags in the bins and help move the bins up to the roadside for collection at the end of the event.
The bucket collection and car parking fee will be  raising money for Bush Fire Relief'. The Terry Hills RFS will be attending and helping with the bucket collection as well!
If you have already volunteered, your help is very much appreciated !
If you and or friends and family can assist, please contact Garry Maloney on mobile 0426 230 458 or email
Tree of Joy 2019
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.
Gifts are sent to North Ryde Community Aid and Information Centre Inc, St Vincent De Paul Society, New Horizons Nursing Home, Macquarie Hospital and the Smith Family. The Tree of Joy Giving Presentation will be this Saturday 14 December 2019 at 11.30a.m.
Carols on the Common Sunday 15 December 2019
The Rotary Club of North Ryde 2019 Christmas Party 
The Rotary Club of North Ryde held the 2019 Christmas party at Riding for the Disabled (RDA) Marsfield. Out thanks to Warren and Sheen for their wonderful hospitality. For more photos see here
Disaster Support
With fires on top of drought, our northern neighbours are really struggling. If you and/or your club are in a position to support, there have now been a number of RAWCS accounts set up to manage your donations:
The projects are:
Please talk to Community Service Director Peter Kirkwood if you have any plans to support our bush cousins so that a coordinated approach can be taken. And thank you all so much for what you have already provided to so many across our state.
In case you are wondering if Shelterbox can or are supporting this disaster, ROWLEY TOMPSETT, Chair, ShelterBox Australia provides the following input to your questions:
“It’s been devastating to see the rapid spread of bushfires in Australia. Thousands have been forced to evacuate their homes, and the country is bracing itself for ‘the most dangerous bushfire week ever seen’.  Our thoughts are with all those affected, including our colleagues at ShelterBox Australia.
At this time, we’re not sending a team to provide shelter aid. We’re monitoring the situation closely and will provide an update if anything changes.
  • While New South Wales and Queensland have both declared a state of emergency, the Australian Government has not made an international request for emergency shelter.  Core infrastructure, like power, communications, roads, hospitals and schools, is likely to be repaired quickly compared to other countries.
  • Our core items – including tents, tools and tarpaulins – are unlikely to be an acceptable solution for Australian families, particularly with temperatures of 40C expected.
  • Local teams already have good capacity to respond and start the recovery process.  This is due to the high-quality infrastructure, social support, availability of resources, and the preparedness activities of Government teams.”
Rotary Clubs of Australia Drought Appeal
For more information and frequently asked questions see here.
Reasons MultiDistrict Conference March 2020
Upcoming Events
No Club Meeting
Dec 13, 2019
Tree of Joy 2019
Dec 14, 2019
Christmas Carols on Ryde Common
Ryde Common
Dec 15, 2019
10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
No Club Meeting
Dec 20, 2019
Cox's Road BBQ and Book Sale
Cox's Road Mall
Dec 21, 2019
7:15 AM – 2:00 PM
Club Meeting at Seb's
Seb's Caffe Incontro
Jan 17, 2020
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
No Club Meeting
Jan 24, 2020
Club Board Meeting
Dunmore Lang College
Jan 31, 2020
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
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Photo Albums
The Rotary Club of North Ryde 2019 Christmas Party
Member Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Binoe Verghese
December 7
Brian Powell
December 21
Pamela Bennett
December 27
Garry Maloney
December 29
   We should consider each day lost on which we have not danced at least once! (Frederick Nietzsche)
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