What a great night to start off the year. We had 26 members/partners attending and it was really a fun night. Our guest speaker, Madel Guevarra talked to us about: Acceptance, Accessibility and Friendship and how FirstSubs provides a community for women of all ages, brought together by our love for basketball. As Madel stated “I may not be the best player, the greatest basketball coach, but I know this, I bring out the best in people. Everyone deserves a safe space to play. When you invest in one woman, you invest in the whole community”. A very inspirational speaker. We have visited many Clubs over the last couple of months and it has been decided to put up the Raffle to $5 a ticket or $10 for 3. This helps cover the cost of our night prizes and any shortfall for the night. Annual fees are now due and the Club has agreed to hold them at $300 pa. Tony Coote will send out an email with more details. We also kicked off the monthly “Positive Affirmation Award”. Janelle Craig is the first winner of the award for the superb effort Janelle had put into the Changeover Meeting on Friday 30th June. The rules of engagement are: Rule 1: The trophy is awarded for achievement or good behaviour in the previous month. Rule 2: The Holder of the trophy will nominate the next person for the award being for achievement or good behaviour in the previous month. So it is member/partner nominating member/partner. Rule 3: Handover of the trophy is the first face to face meeting of the month. Rule 4: The trophy entitles the holder to a free drink at the bar if they have the trophy with them for the whole month and is shouted by the Rotary member/partner behind them or in front of them at the bar at the trophy holders discretion.
Updates from the past week:
Club Changeover was on Friday night 30th June and what a great night this was. We had some 77 people attend the event ranging from District, our Club, other Clubs, Local Councils, Cherrybrook Uniting Church and Coonabarabran. The raising the Kilt event has raised some $2,090 to date and all to go towards “End Polio Now”
District Changeover was on Saturday 1st July afternoon and Janelle, Sandra, Keith & myself attended at Rydges at Norwest. Saw the changeover from DG Mina Howard to DGE Christine Owen. Some 200 people attended. Just a reminder we have DG Christine Owen here on Monday 31 July.
Initial meeting with Iisa from Finland, our incoming Rotary Exchange Student was held on Sunday 2nd July. Iisa and her parents Karoliina and Alpo and Janelle and myself were on the Zoom meeting. Iisa will arrive here in Australia on Friday 28th July at 6:30am in the morning. Good timing as Iisa’s first meeting with us will be when DG Christine Owen visits.
The Board has approved a committee to look at alternative meeting venues. I have talked to Frank about this so he is up to date as to what is happening. Therefore, on the following dates the whole Club will visit:
Monday 10th July Pennant Hills Pub, Pennant Hills
Monday 24th July The Vicar at Dural
Can you pls make every effort to make it to these events as it is important everyone has input to the decision-making process. Springfield is still on the table and we will compare it against these two other venues. Following these visitations this issue will be discussed at our Club Form on Monday 7th Aug.
For the week ahead:
Anne & Colin Sharpe will be travelling to Brisbane and then to the Coonabarabran changeover on Saturday 8th July where Rus James will be inducted as President.
Friendship Dinners: Saturday night 8th July, at Glenda & Tony’s.
Sunday 16th July 12:30pm at Gwen & Colin Baxter’s. Friday night 21st July at Rashna & Cawas’s.
Greater Hills Rotary Club Changeover on Tuesday 11th July which a number of us will be attending.
That’s it for the week so let’s look after each other, stay safe and let’s do it.
Night Report 3rd July Opening: Sergeant Ros opened the meeting. Kaye presented Toast covering hope, health and welfare that prompted acclaim. President’s Report: Please refer to the President’s Report for all that Neville discussed. One key element, was that a committee has been reviewing alternative meeting places. The next two “Zoom” meetings (10th July, and 24th July) will be replaced by visits to a short list of two alternative locations. These visits will not have Guest Speakers, they will be Partner Nights. Springfield House has been informed of our seeking alternative locations. The plan is for the Club to discuss where to meet at the Club Forum (Zoom – 7th August) Director Reports: Fund Raising – Janelle
With the exception of July, all months of the rotary Year contain a fundraising event.
For August there is the Trivia Night,
Funds raised will be directed to Blue Wren House, a domestic violence shelter.
There is a committee meeting this Wednesday night.
Youth – Janelle
A “fantastic” Zoom meeting held between Neville, Janelle, Alpo & Karolina – parents of Iisa.
Meeting lasted ~1.5 hours and our Club has learnt Likes/Dislikes, allergies et al.
We also learnt Karolina was a past exchange student.
Iisa arrives on 28th July.
Julianne and Peter will be her councillors.
Janelle emphasised that it is the Club’s responsibility to assist Iisa in understanding Australia.
(Iisa if spelt in lower case is iisa)
The Perfect Murder – Max
Max promoted this play by Woy Woy Little Theatre. (see advert on Bulletin page)
Please contact Max if you are wanting to attend.
Max will arrange car-pooling and/or accommodation if you wish to stay over.
Christmas in July – Douglas
Douglas promoted this Social Club activity at Pennant Hills Golf Club on 28th July.
Positive Affirmation Award - Edwina
Edwina introduced this award to the Club, and indicated the following rules:
Rule 1: The trophy is awarded for achievement or good behaviour in the previous month.
Rule 2: The Holder of the trophy will nominate the next person for the award being for achievement or good behaviour in the previous month. So it is member/partner nominating member/partner.
Rule 3: Handover of the trophy is the first face to face meeting of the month.
Rule 4: The trophy entitles the holder to a free drink at the bar if they have the trophy with them for the whole month and is shouted by the Rotary member/partner behind them or in front of them at the bar at the trophy holders discretion.
This month the awards is presented to Janelle.
Guest Speaker – Madel Guevarra Madel spent some time describing an entity called FirstSubs. I have several notes but will summarise by stating: FirstSubs is a community for women of all ages, brought together because of a love for basketball. Their activities are based around the Minchinbury Basketball Court. Madel is cofounder of FirstSubs. Their objective is to provide an inclusive, accessible and safe space for women to pay basketball. Values are Fun, Growth, and Belonging. They service 130 women. They are Team and Club agnostic. Sergeant at Arms Roslyn ran a punitive fines session. Heads & Tails was won by Bob W. Winner of the Raffle was Gino. Keith Ball 4th July
Keep Your Eye on the Watch... contributed by Tony C
It was entertainment night at the Senior Citizen’s centre. After the community sing along led by Alice at the piano, it was time for the star of the show- Claude the Hypnotist! Claude explained that he was going to put the whole audience into a trance. "Yes, each and every one of you and all at the same time." said Claude. The excited chatter dropped to silence as Claude carefully withdrew from his waistcoat pocket; a beautiful antique gold pocket watch and chain. "I want you to keep your eyes on this watch" said Claude, holding the watch high for all to see. "It is a very special and valuable watch that has been in my family for six generations" said Claude. He began to swing the watch gently back and forth while quietly chanting "Watch the watch --- Watch the watch ----Watch the watch." The audience became mesmerized as the watch swayed back and forth. The lights were twinkling as they were reflected from its gleaming surfaces. A hundred and fifty pairs of eyes followed the movements of the gently swaying watch. They were hypnotized. And then, suddenly, the chain broke!!! The beautiful watch fell to the stage and burst apart on impact. "SHIT" said Claude. It took them three days to clean the Senior Citizens Center and Claude was never invited there again.
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