President's Message

Dear  Club Members and Friends,
Last Friday we welcomed DG Kalma McLellan, ADG Julie Thorp, Rotarian (Rtn) Geoff Brennan of Ryde Rotary Club (RC) as well as our great travellers President Elect Mandy Van,Past President Victoria Crawford and Peter and Bernie Masom.
DG Kalma handed me a certificate of appreciation for our club contribution in eradicating Polio. Ours was one of 24 certificates. She also raised a few issues including the importance of attending Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) training courses; speaking to local tradesmen and others about Rotary and inviting them to meetings. She also spoke about the
importance of identifying ourselves with shirts with Rotary logo or other Rotary products when we go shopping.
Rtn, Geoff Brennan recommended attending the REASONS Conference in Wollongong on 20-22 March 2020 as it will have important speakers. 
Rtn Garry Maloney updated us on the hectic preparations for the Christmas Carols on the Common on 15 December, thanks to the work of the dedicated team from Macquarie Park RC. and our club.
Past President Pat Perrin spoke about the Tree of Joy now in Coxs Road Mall. Gifts will be distributed to some of the charities on Giveaway Day, Saturday 14 December. Gifts received will be given to the usual charities including North Ryde Community Aid and Information Centre Inc, Macquarie Hospital, New Horizons Nursing Home, The Smith Family and St Vincent De Paul Society.
Past President Pam Bennett spoke about youth selection for RYLA and RYPEN.
Past President Rob Wilkinson co-hosted North Ryde Community Aid  (NRCA) 40th anniversary celebration at North  Ryde RSL on 18 November. He spoke about it at our meeting and the merger of NRCA with Presbyterian Aged Care while keeping its staff and activities. Past Presidents Pat Perrin and Liane Corbett, Rtn Annette Billington and myself attended the celebration.
On 6 Dec we will have the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to elect the team to lead the club in 2020-21. Following is a list of some useful information from the Rotary Club of North RydeRotary International and District 9685 websites :
Our thanks to R.G. Badman Motors of Gladesville . Each year they assist with the registration of the Club BBQ trailer free of charge. We are always very grateful for the ongoing service and support of our club. R.G Badman Motors are located at 17 Buffalo Road Gladesville contact 9817 0796 or on Facebook
Mak Khalil
President 2019-20
Volunteers Needed - Carols on The Common Sunday 15 December
With only a little over 3 weeks to go the Carols on the Common are fast approaching. Volunteers are required for the following:
  • distributing flyers to letterboxes and businesses in the local area
  • setting up on the morning of the Carols 
  • bucket collections for the bushfire victims during the Carols 
  • car park wardens during the event 
  • garbage bin collection throughout the evening
  • pull down after the event on the evening  
  • Monday morning clean up.
If you are able to help with one or more of these pleas contact Garry Maloney on mobile: 0426230458 or email
North Ryde Rotarians at Golf Day, Concord Thursday 21 November 2019
Garry and I played in a Rotary Golf Day last Thursday, at Concord Golf Club, put on by the Rotary Club of Five Dock. We were joined by Garry’s neighbour and mate Barry Weir (on the right), and my friend and former President at North Ryde RSL Barry Herbert, (on left).
ROMAC was one of the two recipients of proceeds from the day. RC Five Dock has long been a strong supporter of ROMAC, and with funds raised from the participants and a raffle and auction at the evening dinner, I am sure that both ROMAC and the Children’s Tumour Foundation will each receive a significant donation.
Rob Wilkinson
Group Travel Management
ph:         (02) 9888-3625
mobile: 0418-969241
Highlights of the District Governor's Visit 22 November 2019
District Governor 2019-20 Kalma McLellan presents President Mak Khalil with a Certificate of Appreciation for the Club's support of End Polio Now.
ADG Julie Thorp, President Mak Khalil, DG Kalma McLellan and  John Brennan from the Rotary Club of Ryde
A happy gathering!
Members of the Rotary Club of North Ryde and  visitors
President-elect Mandy Van, ADG Julie Thorp, Garry Maloney, Rob Wilkinson, President Mak Khalil and DG Kalma McLellan.
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 27th Carols on the Common – Carols in North Ryde
The 27th Carols on the Common – Carols in North Ryde
Join us for a local event at Sydney's second largest Christmas Carols in the heart of Ryde. 
The 27th annual Carols on the Common kicks off on SUNDAY 15 DECEMBER at 5:30 pm with live entertainment and Carols begin at 8 pm. The night ends with a firework display at 9:15 pm.
Don’t forget to bring a picnic blanket and some nibbles. Food will also be sold by a range of vendors on the night. Rides and other amusements will be available from 5:00 pm onwards. It's best to bring cash, as cards may not always be accepted. 
Visitors are asked to bring a reusable water bottle and to take their rubbish home at the end of the night. Water refill stations will be located around the event as there will be no bottled water sold.
Money raised on the night goes to worthy causes such as ROMAC - an organisation bringing sick and ill children from nations all over the world for life changing surgery in Australia. This year’s Carols on the Common will feature a moment of silence and bucket collection for the victims.
A Thank You from RDA
Dear Mak and the Rotary Club of North Ryde,
Thank you for the very generous donation to RDA Ryde following the combined breakfast meeting held on 15th October.
I am pleased to tell you the new mounting platform is now fully part of our therapy sessions and in full use making it safer and more comfortable for our riders, volunteers and horses. It is like is was always there and we find it hard to remember the old layout.
Your donation will help with feeding our horses as the ongoing drought has increased our feed costs 122% over the last year. Being the only city based RDA Ryde we bring in all our feed so has increased costs nearly $20,000pa. Your donation helps and knowing the support you have for RDA Ryde inspires us immensely.
Thank you.
Best wishes
Warren Smith
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.”
Doing Good in the World


Club President Makram Khalil,

On Giving Tuesday, 3 December, The Rotary Foundation will try to surpass last year's record of $321,000 in online donations to the Foundation in a single day. As your club's leader, you can help us raise awareness and funds so that together we can keep Doing Good in the World.

How can you help us reach our fundraising goal? The three clubs that raise the most money online on Giving Tuesday will be recognized on Thank you for supporting The Rotary Foundation on Giving Tuesday! 

The Rotary Foundation
Charity Xmas Auction 1 December 2019
Spread Your Club News on the Radio
Rotary Matters a weekly program on community radio station Triple H 100.1 FM profiles the causes, projects and people who make up Rotary. The idea is to arouse interest and engagement among the wider general public. Each week a different Rotary initiative is profiled with an in studio interview. This is followed by a What’s On of activities in District 9685 which are accessible to the public. To have your Club’s initiatives and activities profiled on Rotary Matters, contact the host, Ian Stuart on 0416 138 860 or Episodes of the program can be heard indefinitely on the Rotary Matters Facebook site and other social media platforms like Spotify.

Rotary Zone 8 Public Image Newsletter November 2019
Attached please find the latest Zone 8 Public Image Newsletter (November 2019).
If you would like back copies of the newsletter, please send an email to or phone 0412 128 106. 
Yours in Rotary

PDG Gina Growden
Rotary Public Image Coordinator 2018-21
Rotary International Zone 8
Upcoming Events
Board Meeting
Dunmore Lang College
Nov 29, 2019
7:15 AM – 8:45 AM
Club Meeting - AGM
Dunmore Lang College
Dec 06, 2019
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Club Christmas Party
Riding for the Disabled
Dec 06, 2019
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
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
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Member Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Juliet Chen
November 3
Mandy Van
November 6
Sandeep Rathi
November 11
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