What an amazing evening we had at our Christmas meeting last night. These events are always such fun with a visit from Santa, Kris Kringle presents and a tradition Christmas dinner menu. But this year’s event was made even more special, thanks to the idea put forward by the Social Committee, to add Christmas carol singing to the night’s program. Our choristers – Alan, Bob D, Tony C and David spontaneously broke into song with ‘O Come all Ye Faithful’, followed by ‘Deck the Halls’, after which the entire club joined in the merriment to sing ‘Hark the Herald Angel’ and ‘We Wish you a Merry Christmas’. The festive spirit was also enhanced, thanks to a Christmas raffle provided by Kaye, a delicious Christmas cake served with tea and coffee baked by Anne, and the most spectacular table decorations made by the crafty pair of Pamela and Gwen. To everyone who attended last night and to those in particular who contributed to the program, a big thank you for helping to make the night such a success.
Sharing in a night of friendship and festivities was in order for the Club given the busy week that has just passed and considering the week ahead. We ended last week by collecting around 5 shopping trollies full of non-perishable food items and household products from community members and shoppers at Cherrybrook Village and Coonara shopping centres. These were then delivered, together with items donated by Club members the previous week, to the Rotary Club of Pennant Hills, who on behalf of District 9685, trucked off the items to central western NSW communities impacted by the floods. So, a huge shout out to the generosity of our local community, to Woolworths at Cherrybrook and West Pennant Hills for their support, to Club members who donated items, and to Rosemary, George, Keith and Edwina who were on the ground doing the collection – well done all!
On Sunday we started to prepare for this Saturday’s Christmas Market, by cleaning up the RFS/Girl Guide precinct. The crew, consisting of Neville, Colin S, Tony C, David and his sister Margaret, George, Adrian, Keith and I, mowed the grass, wiper sniped weeds, collected leaves, branches and debris, swept paths and weeded the Rotary garden. We were joined by Cathy from Girl Guides and two guide families who concentrated their efforts on tidying the Guide Hall and veranda. All in all, the area now looks fantastic and in good shape for what we are hoping will be a busy and productive fundraising event. Sunday also saw the return of Club members Peter, John T, Tony M and Andrew from the NTA Donors trip to Flores, Indonesia. These members are to be congratulated on their efforts and for representing the Club so diligently in our work with NTA and also in promoting and facilitating the uptake of the ‘Teacher in the Box’ program. We look forward to hearing more about their recent adventures at an upcoming Club meeting in early 2023.
In between these two events, I also attended the AGM for District 9685 and quarterly Presidents’ meeting on Saturday at Baulkham Hills. The submission of required documents and reports shows the District tracking well in terms of finances, membership and achievement of goals. One of issues discussed was the Zone 8 Regionalisation Pilot in which we were briefed on what has happened since the vote and potential next steps moving forward. To help keep all members involved and abreast of what is happening on this topic, a number of webinars are scheduled for: Tuesday 6 December at 7pm AEDT or Thursday 8 December at 6pm AEDT; if you click on either date you can register for this update session. And just a reminder, that the Club’s AGM will be held next Monday 5 December 2022 at 7.30pm via Zoom. That’s the buzz from me. Stay well and I hope to see you at our inaugural Christmas Market on Saturday 3 December. Janelle
A native Blue Banded Bee roosting on a stem at night
The blue carpenter bee, is a species of carpenter bee found in #Australia. It gets its common name by its habit of burrowing into wood.
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The Club alternates meetings: Generally, one "Face to Face" one Monday and a Zoom meeting the next Monday. Face to Face Meet at The Vicar Arrive 6:30pm, Start 7:00pm, End 9:00pm 271 New Line Rd Dural NSW 2128 Australia Zoom Arrive 7:15pm Start 7:30pm End 8:30pm