President's Message

Dear  Club Members and Friends,
We had a very successful and enjoyable Trivia Night on Saturday evening. We raised just over $2700 which will go towards the Youth programs our club supports. A huge thank you to everyone who helped make it a great night. As always there are many people to thank. Stephen Sim, was a fabulous Trivia Master, ensuring everyone had fun, kept the program running smoothly and also was a great help in guiding me organising the event. Thank you also to our MC, Garry Maloney who was  a great support to me in the lead up to the event.
Many of our members donated gifts for the raffle, wine for the prizes and of course came along to participate, which was wonderful support and greatly appreciated. Thank you to everyone who helped set up, collect money, take photos, help with IT issues and pack up at the end. We had over 80 people participate including tables from Ryde, Hunters Hill and Gladesville- Eastwood Rotary Clubs.
We appreciate the generosity of Ryde Rehab, providing us with the Conference Room for the evening and assisting us with the setting up of tables and chairs. Unfortunately we had hoped to use their technology as well, but things didn't go to plan.Thank you to Mark and Terrie McConnell who dropped in their sound system when we were notified the system at the centre broke down. Also thanks to Victoria Crawford who ensured we had a CD player, back up sound system and projector to use. I have included some photos in the story section of the bulletin and also in the photo albums courtesy of Mandy Van and Sandeep Rathi!
Our next event is the Book Sale which will be held on Saturday 23 March at North Ryde Public School. If you are collecting books, please try to sort them into categories. Some of the categories that our organiser, Gwen Martin has identified are : Children, Biographies, Humorous, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Novels, Cooking, Health, Non-Fiction, Crime, Horror, For Cat Lovers. We will be having a book sorting working bee at the Gladesville Kenards Storage Centre on Wednesday 13 March at 10 am. You can drop books off at the storage centre at that time or at the club meeting on Friday 8 March. Contact either myself on mobile 0400803417, David Martin  0414642948 or Victoria Crawford  0407272495 if you are dropping books off or need books to be collected.
This Friday we won't be having a club meeting as it is the Carols Sponsors Thank You Breakfast . It will be held at Dunmore Lang College in the main conference room. We look forward to thanking our wonderful sponsors for their support with the Carols on the Common in December. This is an annual joint Community event by the Macquarie Park and North Ryde Rotary Clubs.
Kind regards
Pam Wood
President 2018-19
Photos from the  2019 North Ryde Rotary Trivia Night
Rotary Clubs of Lane Cove and Chatswood Sunrise Trivia Night
An Invitation to Come Celebrate Rotary



Wishing you and your club members a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

I am inviting you and your members to be part of this fun evening of good food, good entertainment and above all good fellowship with Rotarians and non-Rotarians.

When: Saturday 2nd March

Where: Don Moore Community Centre North Rocks

Time: 7pm to 10:30pm

The funds raised from this evening will go towards the Sustainable Community Development Programs in India and Sri Lanka.

One of the project that we are currently working on is to refurbish the district hospital in Vavuniya that caters for close to 500K of people.   As an example, the hospital has 2 x 4 body chillers to preserve the dead for post mortem or until the family can claim the body.  One unit is totally out of use and the other working in such a state that you might as well turn this off. 

Please call me when you are free and we can discuss this further.   I am also more than happy to come as a guest speaker to your club to speak about our projects in India and Sri Lanka.

Looking forward to your support for this event.  Here is the Facebook link to the event and please share this with your members and friends. -

Thank you

Yours in Rotary

Haran Ramachandran


Haran Ramachandran MACS (Snr), PHF, JP

Club Service Director–Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville

District Foundation Zone Rep–North West Zone

Rotary Club of the Hills-Kellyville

Rotary International - District 9685


Mobile / WahtsApp/ Viber: +61 419 980 529




Urgent Assistance Required
The restructured Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS), Health & Education Repurposing Activity (HEERA) – formally Donations in Kind regularly needs assistance from clubs and club members to assist with sorting and preparing equipment and general items for shipment to developing nations and other areas of need.
Although this work is on-going currently throughout February and March we have urgent need of assistance by 4 – 6 volunteers on Tuesdays & Thursdays for sorting and packing hospital linen for a project in Timor Leste’ and preparing hospital beds and other equipment for projects in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka.
The role of HEERA is to assist Australasian Rotary Clubs and other humanitarian organisations to access redundant health and educational equipment in our society and to sort, package and transport these items to communities locally, nationally and internationally where they are in great need. Whether it is for your own club project or not, assisting at HEERA is a great way of fulfilling Club International Service ideals. By your efforts a disadvantage person or community somewhere in the world will benefit with higher health or educational advantages.
The activity is open regularly on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 10:00am and 2:00pm for this purpose and some Saturdays for loading containers.
Address:       Unit 4, 12 – 16 Anella Avenue Castle Hill Schedule:
Tuesdays – 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th Thursdays – 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th
Tuesdays – 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th Thursdays – 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th
If your club members are available to assist on any of these days please call or email me as follows;
M: 0419 046 688 E;
Thank you; your assistance will be greatly appreciated.
Keith Roffey – HEERA Supervisor
Want to Get Inspired?

The Gathering of the Gnomes

Each club has received a Gnome from DG Susan, as she has visited your clubs, to decorate and bring to Newcastle, as the District 9685 Gnomes gather.

Join the Rotary Rocks Gnome in Newcastle as each club decorates a gnome that represents their own club – will we see the marketing gnome from Carlingford, the running gnome from Lindfield, the operatic gnome from Woy Woy, the antique gnome from Springwood or the caroling gnome from North Ryde and Macquarie Park?

You’ll have to bring your club’s gnome to Newcastle and find out!

Decorate your gnome before 29 March 2019

Deliver your gnome to NEX, Newcastle when you come to the Conference

See all the different gnomes from all corners of our amazing District. Be creative, think outside the gnome and turn your tiny gnome into the giant power of your Rotary club!

The Club that has the Gnome voted most popular by the Rotary Rocks Conference Attendees will be awarded a Paul Harris Fellow, that they will be able to present to a local COMMUNITY member. 

Guest Speaker Kelly Fedor

Kelly Fedor is Channel 9’s Chief Court Reporter and calls the Supreme Court her second home. During her six years with the network she has reported on the life sentence handed to the state’s most infamous detective Roger Rogerson, the jailing of former Labor MP Eddie Obeid, the trial of property developer Ron Medich and the arrest of Chris Dawson 37 years after his wife disappeared. She is also regularly in the thick of it, covering bushfires, floods and more recently the Sydney to Hobart race. 

Her television career followed a long stint in radio at Sydney’s number one station 2GB where she worked with Alan Jones and Ray Hadley. There she also covered some of the nation’s biggest stories which included the 2011 Brisbane floods, the arrest of Malcolm Naden and the funeral for underworld figure Carl Williams.  

Kelly loves her job because she has a front seat as history is made, it allows her to write, tell stories and develop connections with inspiring people. It also means she doesn’t have to sit in an office from nine to five. 

Kelly is from the Blue Mountains and is the daughter of Margaret and Ivan Fedor. Ivan was a passionate Rotarian which means the organisation has been a part of her life since she was a child. In fact, at the age of just 16 she worked hard to secure a spot in the Rotary Youth Exchange program and she moved to the US state of North Carolina. During those 12 months she got to go to Prom & Homecoming, be a part of the track team and travel across the country in a bus for three weeks. It was a year which helped shape her life. 

Saturday Night Entertainment -  Enormous Horns

Guest Speaker John Prendergast

John and Donna live in Invercargill, New Zealand’s southernmost city.

A chartered accountant, for the past 20 years John was CEO of the Community Trust of Southland, a community-owned philanthropic $225m investment trust, which grants $7m a year for community projects in Southland. John stepped down from this role in mid 2017.

John joined the Invercargill South Club in 1994, and has enjoyed a number of Rotary roles since then, including leading a GSE Team to D5220 in California in 2003, leading the Australasian RYLA Team to Gallipoli, Turkey in April 2005 for the 90th anniversary of the Allied landing at ANZAC Cove, and was District Governor in 2012-13. John has been his District Trainer, District Membership Chair, District GSE Chair, and is a regular MC and speaker at Rotary Conferences, Institutes, and Presidents’ Elect Training events. For the 2015/16 Rotary year John was a member of Rotary International’s Vocational Service Committee.

From 1 July 2016 John has been the Rotary Co-ordinator for New Zealand, and 8 Australian Districts. John was also a training leader at the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego in January 2017, and again in January 2018.

Outside of work, family and Rotary John has been and is involved in the governance of various organisations, including Chair of Camp Quality New Zealand, Chair of Philanthropy New Zealand, Trustee of the Ngai Tahu Fund, Chair of the Catholic Diocese of Dunedin Board of Management, Chair of the Verdon College Board of Trustees, and is a Justice of the Peace.


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Upcoming Events
Carols Sponsors Thank You Breakfast
Dunmore Lang College
Mar 01, 2019
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Club Meeting
Dunmore Lang College
Mar 08, 2019
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Book Sorting at Kennards
Kennards Storage Unit
Mar 12, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Fun Run Committee meeting
Pam and Garry's
Mar 12, 2019
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Club Meeting
Dunmore Lang College
Mar 15, 2019
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Book Sale
North Ryde Public School
Mar 23, 2019
7:30 AM – 3:00 PM
District Conference
Mar 29, 2019 6:00 PM –
Mar 31, 2019 10:00 AM
Club Meeting
Dunmore Lang College
Apr 05, 2019
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Club Meeting
Dunmore Lang College
Apr 12, 2019
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
No Club Meeting
Apr 19, 2019
Mar 08, 2019
Public Image for Rotary Clubs
Mar 15, 2019
My Exchange Year in Finland
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Photo Albums
2019 Trivia Night
Member Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Annette Billington
February 6
Terrie McConnell
February 14
Mak Khalil
February 18
Victoria Crawford
February 27
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