President's Message

Dear  Club Members and Friends,
We had a very interesting and informative presentation from Michael Grimas last  Friday morning. Michael is the General Manager of Vision Personal Training located at Waterloo Road Macquarie Park. Micheal provided us with good advice on how to live long and healthy lives through good nutrition and appropriate and regular exercise. We look forward to continuing the club's relationship with Vision Personal Training through club activities and the North Ryde Fun Run.
This week our guest speaker is Dr Phil Crosby, Assistant Director Astronomy Space Science. Dr Crosby will be speaking to us about the ASKAP, Australia's newest giant radio telescope which promises to be a fascinating presentation.
I have received a huge thank you from Mark Rosenberg to our club members who supported the Trivia night for the Rotary Club of Eastwood- Gladesville on Saturday evening. According to Mark it was a great crowd and they made over $8,000 from the night which is fantastic! They are planning their next Trivia night for Saturday 14 September 2019 if you would like to pencil in the date in your diary for next year.
Thank you to Barbara Lee who organised a table of 10 for North Ryde Rotary. Barbara  also reported it was a great night with 180 people attending.
David Martin is organising the next social night which will be held on Friday 28 September, 6.30p.m. at the Essence of North India, 124 Wicks Road, North Ryde. The restaurant is BYO wine only, with $3 corkage per person.  Please let David know if you will be attending.
Congratulations from all of us to David, who was made an Australian Citizen on Monday! 
Kind regards
Pam Wood
President 2018-19
Photos from Michale Grimas' Presentation
Photos from 2018-19 Exchange Student, Helmiina's presentation on Finland
2018-19 Exchange student Helmiina Salila from Jyvaskyla, Finland
Helmiina with Club Youth Director, Pam Bennett and 2018-19 Club Youth Exchange Counsellor, Annette Billington.
September Update from Shelterbox 
A devastating super typhoon is due to hit the Luzon district of the Phiippines today
Dear Rotary President 
As I write this evening, a horrendously powerful typhoon is heading toward the Philippines. By the time you read this, the people of Luzon region will be experiencing the terrible destructive power of the strongest storms to make landfall this year.
Our Operations department has been monitoring the storm and has a Response Team mobilised and on standby. They have reached out to Rotary contacts in the region to understand how we can help quickly. We have enough shelter aid stored locally in the Philippines to help 2,000 families, but this is unlikely to be enough.
I have been warmed by the generous response to our Lombok Appeal and would like to thank all those that have given recently; but the fact remains that, with Response Teams already active in seven countries, Typhoon Mangkhut is going to leave is stretched.
This newsletter contains some great success stories, tales of hope and strength that wouldn't be possible without the support of people like you. If you're not in a position to give today, please tell your friends about ShelterBox, share our posts on Facebook and Instagram and share our vision of a world where no family is left without shelter following disaster.
This month's quote comes from Miguel de Cervantes, "Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory."
Many thanks for your support
Mike Greenslade
CEO ShelterBox Australia
0459 959 501 
Deployment News
Lombok - Earthquake
The disaster response in Lombok is being led by the Indonesian Government. We currently have a team of four in Lombok, including Australian volunteer and Rotoractor, Katelyn Winkworth. The team is working in partnership with local Rotary clubs, helping to run training sessions and assisting with delivering aid to families. So far, together with those local Rotary groups, we have helped 449 families across north and west Lombok, in over 80 dusans (communities). We are hoping to help many more families over the coming weeks. Maternity and postnatal clinics in west Lombok have also received tents. 
Basic Education and Literacy Month
You maybe interested to read the attached Literacy Rotarian Action Group (LitRAG) publication. See here
October is Mental Health Month
Mental illness is very common. One in five (20%) Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year. The most common mental illnesses are depressive, anxiety and substance use disorder. These three types of mental illnesses often occur in combination.    Australian Rotary Health is one of the largest independent funders of mental health research within Australia.
Australian Rotary Health have a number of different events that will engage with your members and potential members.
Save these Dates and register: 
Thursday,11th October, 2018 – Golf for Research – Camden Lakeside Golf Club, 50 Raby Road, Catherine Field.
This will be an Ambrose Event (team of 4) with players sharing carts.   The Full Package includes Breakfast and Buffet Lunch.   7am - Registration starts and 8am - Shot Gun Start  Presentation and Lunch at 1.30pm.
Thursday, 25th October, 2018 – A Night with Researchers’ Dinner – Dooleys, Lidcombe Catholic Club, 17 Church Street, Lidcombe
This night will be an opportunity for Rotarians and the community to hear from some of our researchers in a relaxed atmosphere.
Researchers that will be with us on the night will include:
  • Professor Jane Pirkis - Jane has undertaken a number of policy-relevant studies of suicide and suicide prevention in Australia.   She has a particular research interest in suicide and the media. 
  • Professor Vera Morgan – Vera is a psychiatric epidemiologist with a special interest in studying schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders using record-linkage and survey methods.
  • Professor Allison Waters -Allison focuses her research on the cognitive-neuroscience of emotional disorders in children and aims to translate findings from laboratory and basic science research into clinical practice. 
Book now to avoid disappointment …..  $60 per person
Saturday, 27th October, 2018 – Epiphanies, A Musical Theatre Gala Concert – York Theatre, Seymour Centre.
2 Sessions: 2pm and 7.30pm
Epiphanies will present some of the greatest pieces of music from the great shows of the 20th and 21st Centuries, backed by a stunning 18 piece orchestra. Rob McDougall (Les Miserables), Kerrie Anne Greenland (Helpmann Awarded Eponine, Les Miserables; Violet, Sideshow) and Daniel Belle (The Ten Tenors; Cover Valjean, Les Miserables) perform a dazzling array of pieces from the most beloved musicals, including Phantom of the Opera, Carousel, Wicked, The Secret Garden, Sweeney Todd, Sunset Boulevard and The Sound Of Music
Adult: $75    Pensioner: $63.80  
Waterline Project Supporting ROMAC

 All Rotary and Rotaract Clubs across Australia are encouraged to enter teams in the 2018 Waterline Challenge® which will be held 12-18 November. ‘Rotary Working Together’ will raise significant funds for ROMAC to help many more children from the Oceania island nations receive life-saving or dignity restoring surgery. See


Waterline Challenge® is a national event. Teams of up to 10 people can walk, run, cycle, paddle, row, swim, skate, horse ride, windsurf, along our waterways; coast, estuaries, rivers, lakes, islands. Be as creative as you can! You choose how you do it, how far you go, when you do it, and the money you raise goes to ROMAC. Each person is asked to raise a minimum of $200, so a team of 10 to asked to raise a minimum of $2,000 between them.


Clubs are asked to nominate a Waterline Challenge® Champion to put their team together and also promote the event to other community groups in their area to put teams together to raise funds for any of the 14 Waterline Charities. For further information or to register your Rotary or Rotaract Club go to


Julian Day, President RC Drummoyne and Founder of Waterline Challenge® will be attending the President’s Meeting on Saturday 29th September. He can be contacted on 0413 309 056.


Upcoming Events
Club meeting
Sep 21, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Club Board Meeting
Sep 28, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:45 AM
Social Night
Sep 28, 2018
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Club Meeting
Oct 05, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Club Meeting
Oct 12, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Club Meeting
Oct 19, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Board Meeting
Oct 26, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:45 AM
Social Night
Oct 26, 2018
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Club Meeting
Nov 02, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Sep 21, 2018
ASKAP – Australia’s newest giant radio telescope
Oct 05, 2018
The Indian Pacific - a train trip
Nov 16, 2018
View entire list
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