President's Message

Dear  Club Members and Friends,
The Fun Run Thank You Breakfast  was held last Friday and we were delighted to welcome and thank 10 of our sponsors and supporters at the breakfast. It was a pleasure to present Terry Davies  Corporate Manager, Australian Rotary Health with a cheque for $4000 to support research into mental health. We also were able to present Professor Jennie Hudson Director, the Centre for Emotional Health with a cheques for $2000 to support the Cool Kids Program. Both Terry and Jennie provided us with  insight into the work both ARH and CEH undertake to support mental health and we look forward to continuing the relationship between these organisations and the Rotary Club of North Ryde . See photos below and also in the photos album section of this bulletin.
The remaining funds raised through the Fun Run will go towards supporting the candidates for the Youth leadership programs RYLA, RYPEN and a MUNA team from Ryde Secondary College.
We also have set aside an amount to go towards the setting up of the 2019 Fun Run. I have booked a tentative date for Sunday 25 August, so please mark this one in your diary and keep it free! I have sent out a survey to members about the Fun Run for feedback through survey monkey. At the moment I have had only 3 surveys completed and returned, please take the time to complete the survey as it will help us in our planning for next year's event. 
The support for the Tree of Joy at Cox's Road Mall continues to be very impressive. Thanks to the tireless work and commitment from Pat Perrin and Annette Billington. Unfortunately Pat has been unwell and back in hospital again this week. Victoria Crawford, Annette, Garry and I will continue collecting the gifts from the Tree whilst Pat is unwell. We send her  our best wishes for a speedy recovery and hope she will be back to good health very soon.
Garry and I attended the District 9675/9685 Foundation dinner on Monday evening at Waterview Restaurant, Sydney Olympic Park. Past Rotary International President Ian Risely was an inspirational guest speaker at the dinner. We were reminded of the wonderful work the Rotary Foundation enables Rotarians around the world to achieve. Each Rotarian is asked to consider becoming a centurion by donating $100 each year to Foundation.
Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Ryde on a very successful Light Up East Ryde on Sunday afternoon/evening. ADG Julie Thorp was delighted with the response from stall holders and the community.
The Carols on the Common are only a little over two weeks away now. Planning is in full swing and volunteers will be called for soon to assist on the evening. Please keep Sunday 16 December are to come along  and enjoy a wonderful family event. For information about the Carols go to
We are looking forward to the club Christmas party this Friday 30 November at North Ryde RSL, 6.30 for 7p.m. Thank you to David and Garry for organising the evening.
A reminder also that the  North Ryde Community Aid Christmas party will be held on  Thursday 6 December  from 10a.m. to 2p.m at  Cutler Parade North Ryde. If you are able to assist with setting up and/or serving and cleaning up, please contact Victoria Crawford.
This Friday is a Board meeting, there is no club meeting this week. All members are welcome to attend the Board meetings. We are looking for at least two new Board members for 2019-20 and a President-elect. Please consider taking up a position on the Board for the next Rotary year. For newer members it is a great way of learning more about the big picture of Rotary as well as having a better understanding of the work our Club undertakes in the community each year. 
Kind regards
Pam Wood
President 2018-19
District 9685 Governor Susan Wakefield, Past Rotary International President Ian Risely and PDG John Wakefield at the Rotary Foundation Dinner for Districts 9675 and 9685.
The 2018 North Ryde Fun Run Thank You Breakfast
On Friday 23 November we welcomed sponsors and supporters of the 2018 North Ryde Fun Run to a special Thank You Breakfast. Guests were presented with Certificates of Appreciation for their support. Professor Jennie Hudson, Director,  the Centre for Emotional Health and Terry Davies Corporate Manager, Australian Rotary Health gave presentations on the work both organisations undertake to support mental health. From funds raised through the Fun Run, the Rotary Club of North Ryde donated $2000 to the Centre for Emotional Health and $4000 to Australian Rotary Health.
Professor Jennie Hudson, Director , the Centre for Emotional Health is presented with a cheque for $2000 from Club President Pam Wood
Terry Davies, Corporate Manager Australian Rotary health is presented with a cheques for $4000 from Club President Pam Wood
ROMAC Patients update from Liane Corbett
This is Verzinette Peter  currently recovering from the open heart surgery
in Westmead Children hospital . 
The surgery was very successful and as the heart valve could be repaired she
will have a normal life;  
Verzi as we call her is from the Solomon Island. Her Aunt Vedna is with her
and once discharged the recovery will take place in the Ronald Mc Donald
lodging near the Westmead hospital.
Verzinette post op.
This is Lisa Malilibacrin when we had the last check up last Friday.
Her story is one of frustration as this operation should have been done 4
years ago but the  financial assistance to go to New Zealand wasn't
Lisa was discovered by an Australian Doctor, Dr Brooks when she went to give
medical assistance in Vanuatu and spoke with Rotary who advised ROMAC. Lisa
did come over last February. Now, this big operation was done to correct her
spine. It was done in one operation and that pleased the doctors as they had
the thought that a second one may be needed. Fortunately it wasn't
Lisa is recovering slowly as her body is undergoing major changes as the
pressure points have changed. She can now breath better.
Dr Brooks is looking after Lisa and her mother and hopefully can go home in
a couple of weeks.
This is the first picture  concerning before and after Lisa Malilibacrin 's
    Last Friday at Westmead hospital.
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. 
There are only 2 DAYS LEFT to take advantage of the Conference Early Bird Special. Attend the whole Conference - Friday Night to Sunday for just $250!

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.


The Early Bird Full Conference Registration price of $250.00 per person is available NOW! Register and pay before midnight on 30 November 2018 to get this rocking package!



We look forward to seeing you in Newcastle!

PDG John Wakefield OAM
Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains
2019 Conference Chair
Rotary District 9685
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
30 November    The Rotary Club of North Ryde Christmas Party, North Ryde RSL 6.30 for 7p.m. start. (Xmas theme)
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
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
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
Reminder  About Meeting Apologies

If you need to give a late apology for non-attendance at any meeting please ring David Martin on 0414 642 948 or email him before 9a.m. on Wednesday mornings.

You will be expected to pay for your breakfast if you are absent without timely apology.

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
Club Christmas Party
Nov 30, 2018
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
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
The 2018 North Ryde Fun Run Thank You Breakfast
Member Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Juliet Chen
November 3
Mandy Van
November 6
Sandeep Rathi
November 11
   There are twelve days of Christmas....none  of which are in bloody November!!

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