10 Nov,  2023
Hello Rotarians and Friends of the Rotary Club of North Ryde, 
Welcome to this week’s Presidents message.In keeping with DG Christine Owens’ initiative for a walk against Domestic Violence, I invite those who can, to take part in this walk. Walk against Domestic Violence is on Thursday 23 November 2023. Please join in with this walk to draw attention to the need to stop domestic violence in the world and give a sense of Hope for the victims. The link is:
I would like to thank those members who took part in our club survey recently. Thank you, Sandeep, for organising this and for giving me the results to interpret. It is important for our members to feel engaged and welcomed, at all our club functions.We need to keep evolving, to stay relevant, but also to attract new members, as some of our members retire from Rotary. I will present the findings at the Club Assembly on Friday morning 17 November.
Our breakfast meeting is an important part of our socialising and coming together. This has been proven to be of importance to our mental health and our feeling of belonging.  I look forward to seeing you all, this Friday on zoom, and the 17th at Dunmore Lang College.

Our Youth Exchange student, Currito, has been away with his exchange family this weekend in the Blue Mountains. The weather was not their friend, but I am sure they had a fantastic time together. I look forward to hearing from Currito about that and about his upcoming visit to Parliament House of NSW on 15 November. 

Our club had the honour of having Bob Kaye-Smith, as speaker to our club zoom meeting on Friday 3rd November. As usual it was great to hear from Bob about the District 9685 Conference next March at Terrigal, and about the wonderful things that Australian  Rotary Health is involved in. It warmed my heart, that Australian Rotary Health has now become involved with fundraising for the “Lift the Lid program for Youth Mental Health”. This has been a program that we have supported with our eFun Run/Walk for many years. Bob was also chuffed to receive his GroTree and showed us a certificate he had from many years ago, with a similar initiative.

Six of our members, and one Macquarie Park member had the fortune to attend the Mental Health First Aid training program on the weekend, convened by our fellow Rotarian, Michele Ellery. I know I gained a lot more knowledge about how to handle some mental health scenarios I may find myself facing. The Government is helping, but funding is always hard to get for services needed to help people with mental health issues. I now feel I have the information and contact numbers to help guide them to a better outcome. Thank you sincerely Michele.

Peter and I attended the Rotary Foundation dinner at the Epping Club on Monday evening. It was such a good evening hearing how the money we donate to our charity of choice is being used and catching up face to face with the many friends we have made in Rotary. Barry Rassin, from Rotary Bahamas gave the address. Wow! Mr. Rassin received Rotary's highest honour, the Service Above Self Award, as well as other humanitarian awards for his work leading Rotary’s relief efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake there. He and his wife, Esther, are Major Donors and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation. To know that our club gives every year to The Foundation, is such a good feeling. We can reach many who need help and give hope to many around the world. Congratulations to those who were recognised with awards for their giving.

Thank you for being involved with Rotary.
Have a great week!

Bernie Mason
President 2023-2024
Rotary District 9685
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We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the country on which we meet, the Wallumattagal people of the Dharug Nation. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
Tree of Joy 2023
The 2023 Tree of Joy will go up this weekend at Cox's Road Mall. This year we are collecting gifts for North Ryde Community Aid, St Vincent De Paul, Christian Community Aid, Macquarie Hospital and Baptist Care Homes at Marsfield. If you would like to donate a gift, come along to the tree, take a tag or two buy the gift and return it to the collecting cage at the Tree. Thank you to all the helpers who have volunteered to regularly move the donated gifts to our storage area over the next six weeks. 
Carols on the Common Update No 4.
The Rotary Carols on the Common will be held on Sunday 17th December 2023 from 5pm at North Ryde Common.
Thank you to the members and friends of both our club and the Rotary Club of Macquarie Park who have volunteered to help at the Carols on the Common this year.We still need strong, able people to help with the setting up and packing up phases of the event. If you can assist in any way please let me know the times you are available and your preferred role/s by or call my mobile 0400803417  
The Committee has been delighted with the response from local businesses to sponsor the carols this year. The flyer for the Carols will be out soon with all our wonderful sponsors listed. Sponsorship packages are still available. If any business would like to support this wonderful community event please send an email to or mobile: 0418 692 410.
We will again be running a Christmas raffle throughout the event with two baskets of Christmas goodies to be won. We are seeking donations of items to go in these baskets as part  of the prizes. If you would like to donate some items below or any other Christmas fare items please contact me by email or on my mobile 0400803417.
Some items needed for Christmas hampers:
•    Wine – red or white  or Xmas kind of drinks. 
•    Large xmas serviettes
•    Mixed nuts (not with chocolate)
•    Apple sauce / cranberry sauce / gravy / mint sauce (items needed for Christmas time)
•    Xmas tablecloths (disposable ones or material)
•    Candle gift.
•    Bon Bons
•    Maybe soft drink or mineral water.
•    Non alcoholic bubbles.
We are also happy to take a cash donation so we can top up the baskets with any items that may not be donated to make them more appealing.
We look forward to your support.
The next meeting of the Carols Committee will be on Thursday 16 November at 7pm. at North Ryde RSL Sports Club.
Kind regards

Pamela WoodCommunity Director 2023-24The Rotary Club of North RydeMobile 0400803417

 Make  A Stand - Walk against Gender Based Violence
 Books in Homes Project 2023- Get Your Pudding Orders in!
For the last several years, the Rotary Clubs of North Ryde, Chatswood/Roseville, Wahroonga, Pennant Hills and Turramurra have worked together in raising funds for a literacy program at Moree East Public School called “Books in Homes”. Nearly 90% of the students at the school come from the local Aboriginal community. The program has had a profound positive effect on the literacy skills of the students. The program provides “…quality books-of-choice to children living in remote, disadvantaged and low socio-economic circumstances, ensuring crucial early literacy engagement and the development of reading skills needed for lifelong achievement.” The Rotary Clubs in Moree are our local representatives. 
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One of the fund-raising activities has been the sale of delicious puddings from Pudding Lane. The puddings have won international prizes in previous years and include your traditional Christmas pud, macadamia and brandy, gluten free, date and toffee, rum and plum, mango and brandy and a variety of evil dark chocolate. 
For the price list see here and order form see here or for more information contact Bob Selinger at
Payment by direct deposit: Rotary Club of North Ryde BSB 633 000 A/c 126363779 include your last name & “# (total number of puddings)” 
or by mail: send order form and cheque (“Rotary Club of North Ryde”) to PO Box 6171, North Ryde 2113
CLOSING DATE FOR ORDERS: Friday 24th November
District 9685 Annual Conference 15 March 2024
A heads up about the Rotary District 9685 Conference 2024
Check out the website (see below) for details of the conference registration and accommodation bookings.
2024 Conference dates: Friday 15th March 2024 to Saturday 16th March  2024 image
Our Locations: Friday: Crowne Plaza, Pine Tree Ln, Terrigal NSW 2260 Saturday: EV Church, 331 Terrigal Dr, Erina NSW 2250 
How to  Book: Scan the QR Code  
or go to our Website 
or use the QR code below
Upcoming Events
10 Nov 2023 Club Meeting (via Zoom)
Nov 10, 2023
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
16 Nov 2023 Rotary Carols Committee Meeting
TG Milner Field
Nov 16, 2023
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
17 Nov 2023 Club Assembly at DLC and via Zoom
Dunmore Lang College
Nov 17, 2023
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
Nov 2023 Club Board Meeting (via Zoom)
Nov 21, 2023
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Nov 24, 2023
30 Nov 2023 Rotary Carols Committee Meeting
TG Milner Field
Nov 30, 2023
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Dec 01, 2023
Bunnings Gladesville BBQ, Saturday 2 Dec, 2023
Bunnings Gladesville
Dec 02, 2023
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
7 Dec 2023 Rotary Carols Committee Meeting
TG Milner Field
Dec 07, 2023
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
8 Dec 2023 Rotary Club AGM (via Zoom)
Dec 08, 2023
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
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Nov 10, 2023 7:30 AM
ROTARACT: Partners in Service
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Juliet Chen
November 3
Mandy Van
November 6
Sandeep Rathi
November 11





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