President's Message

Dear  Club Members and Friends,
Our meeting was jam-packed last Friday. We welcomed special guests Abby Ottowill and her dad Mark; and Josh Nowiczewski and his parents Jen and James. The meeting began with Abby sharing her experience of the RYPEN weekend she attended in February.
Along with making new friends, Abby enjoyed the challenging activities and learnt about leadership.
Josh Nowiczewski gave a presentation on his year exchange in Finland which sounded amazing! Josh's stories and photos gave us a great insight into the wonderful experience that Rotary Youth Exchange provides. We were very spoiled with some delicious Finnish dessert that Josh's mum, Jen had baked for us! I hope I have the correct name and spelling of the dish in the photos below. Thank you Abby, Josh and Jen for a very enjoyable morning.
Another highlight of the meeting was to induct Bernie Mason as a new member to our Rotary club.  We also had planned to induct Bernie's husband Peter, but he was unable to attend on Friday. Peter will be inducted as a member in early May,  when they return from their holiday. We are delighted to welcome Bernie and Peter into our club and we look forward to working together to continue to make a difference in our community.
Following such a positive and uplifting meeting we were shocked and saddened to hear the news from Christchurch. I have received an email from District Governor Susan Wakefield regarding an appeal that has been set up by three Rotary clubs in Christchurch to support the victims of the terror attack. I have included the details in this bulletin for anyone who may wish to make a donation directly. I will raise the appeal at the Board meeting on Friday. 
The Book Stall at North Ryde Public School is on this Saturday  see flyer.  If you still have books to donate you can bring your books, cds and dvds to the stall on the day or contact David mobile 0414642946, Victoria 0407272495 or myself 0400803417 to organise collection.
We will be meeting with the University and College representatives regarding the Fun Run in Robert Menzies College this Friday 22 March at 9.30a.m. following the Board meeting. All members are welcome to attend. The next Club Fun Run Committee meeting will be Tuesday 9 April at 7.30p.m. at Hunters Hill.
If you would like to order a new Rotary polo shirt, please let me know the size you would like by Tuesday 26 March.The cost will be $38 per shirt . I will b make a bulk order on Wednesday 27 March. You can either pay me directly or by direct deposit to the Club account. Please put your name and polo shirt as reference.
Kind regards
Pam Wood
President 2018-19
Photos from our Club Meeting 15 March 2019
New Club Member,  Bernie Mason, was inducted on Friday 15 March at our Club Breakfast Meeting
Welcome Bernie!
 Abby Ottowill shared her  RYPEN Experience with our Club Members
Josh Nowiczewski gave a fabulous presentation of his 12 month Exchange in Finland
Jen baked us some Karjalanpiiraka to share - Yum!! Thanks Jen!
Abby, Josh and Helmiina
The Rotary Club of North Ryde Book Sale 23 March 2019
Support for the Victims of the Christchurch Terror Attack

Following the tragedy in Christchurch on Friday, below is an email from PRID Noel Trevaskis with details on to support the local Rotary clubs support the victims of this attack.

From Noel:

Dear fellow Rotarians,

Please see an email from the three Rotary Club Presidents in Christchurch regarding the recent terror attack in their city of Christchurch.

The senseless and cruel act on Friday in Christchurch is something that is beyond comprehension. Rotary is about building communities not tearing them down, Rotary is about caring for people, Rotary is about supporting people and communities in their time of distress and need.

Please consider supporting the appeal detailed below by the Presidents of the three Rotary Clubs in Christchurch.


Noel Trevaskis 

From the Club Presidents......

There are no words to sufficiently express the enormous sense of sadness and outrage regarding Friday's events and the immense impact this has had on the local Muslim communities in the areas of the Riccarton, Linwood-Woolston and Ferrymead clubs and on our wider community as a whole.

At an appropriate time in the near future we will seek to make contact directly with local leaders in the Muslim community to see how Rotarians can offer further support.
In the meantime, we can act now by making a significant donation to a Rotary fund that has been set up to support the victims of this devastating attack.

The account number for the fund being managed by the Riccarton club is:

03 0823 0350538 00 
Reference: Mosque Appeal
  We also condemn in the strongest terms the base values and attitudes directed towards our migrant community who have just as many rights as we all do to live life free from violence and prejudice. Those values are a complete anathema to the values of Rotary.
Please support this appeal generously by making a donation to the account below.

Yours in Rotary

Shane Murdoch- President, Riccarton

Theresa Shaugnessy-President, Linwood/Woolston

Barbara Crooks- President, Ferrymead

The Rotary Club of Macquarie Park Trivia Night 2019
The Rotary Club of Ryde Trivia Night 4 May 2019
Rotary Youth Exchange Information
20 March is the International Day of Happiness. A message from the Rotary Club of Lower Blue Moutains
March 20 is International Day of Happiness, something that is now more important than ever to find joy, and happiness but also find common ground rather than divisions. A happy, unified world is a strong one, and a goal that all Rotarians share.
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Upcoming Events
Board Meeting
Dunmore Lang College
Mar 22, 2019
Fun Run Meeting with Uni Reps
Robert Menzies College
Mar 22, 2019 9:30 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
Board Meeting
Dunmore Lang College
Apr 26, 2019
7:15 AM – 8:45 AM
Member Birthdays
Member Birthdays
David Martin
March 3
Rob Wilkinson
March 24

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