Hi all, We had our first meeting last night on Zoom for the year and we had some 20 people attend. There was a lot of ground to cover as many things have happened over the break. It is good to be back and good to see everyone back.
Updates from past week:
Georgia our outgoing Exchange Student flew out on Thursday 18 Jan and is settling in well in Chile. We all wish Georgia a great year. When Georgia settles in a bit, we will get her to Zoom in for some of our meetings.
Julianne, Janelle and I attended the Welcome Home Dinner for Exchange Students on Friday 2 February 2024 at Muirfield Golf Club, North Rocks. There was some 80 people there. Was a very good night and all the Exchange Students were there and Iisa and Amanda talked about the mythology of Finland.
Peter, Andrew, Janelle and I attended a "All You Can Eat Dosa Night Fundraiser" on Saturday 3 Feb at Haran Ramachandrans house in Castle Hill. Some 140 people attended. The fundraiser was to raise awareness for The Rotary Foundation Global Grant projects sponsored by clubs in our district and as you know we have a Global Grant for Flores, Indonesia for $US50k.
Iisa is travelling in New Zealand with the Sharpe’s for the next couple of weeks and then off on the District Safari so we will not see her until the beginning of March. Enjoy Iisa. Iisa has now moved to the Sharpe’s from the Tchetchenians. Thank you, Rita and John and Janelle, before that for Hosting Iisa.
Visioning: We have had only 21 entries to the Visioning. Thank you everyone who replied. I have just received the results from the Visioning. This will be presented to the Board at the February Board meeting and shared with the Club ASAP.
So, looking forward:
We have a big 6 months coming up. Book Sale, more Vocation visits, International Night, District Conference, Mother’s Day Market, Pride of Workmanship, plus more etc.
Thank you to everyone who donated non-perishable food for Hands & Feet at the Cherrybrook Church over Christmas. I am very happy to inform you we had plenty of food to distribute. The Church is going to give the excess food to Exodus run by Bill Crews.
We have our Annual Giant Book Sale coming up on 8, 9, 10th March at Cherrybrook Uniting Church, and had our first Book Sort is on Saturday at the Church. Thank you to everyone who turned up on Saturday and who volunteered to be on the House Drop Off and Phone roster.
We are having an International Night on Monday 26 Feb where Janelle and Andrew will talk about their Trip to Flores in October 2023, and we are planning to invite several external guests and Clubs who donated to the Global Grant.
International Student Commitment. Please remember this is a commitment by the Club. We all need to get involved and help the Host families. If you are going somewhere pls ask the Host Family if you can take Iisa. Multiple benefits, Good for you, good for Iisa, respite for the Host family.
Rotary Leadership Institute Courses (RLI): RLI is a training course offered to Rotarians to develop their skills in leadership and management within Clubs to improve performance, knowledge and enjoyment in leading or helping to lead Clubs in the District. Carol has now on the Feb course. Run via Zoom and starts on Friday night. Future dates are: 23-24-25 Feb 2024, 17-18-19 May 2024.
District Conference: The District 9685 Conference is on Friday, Sat 15-16 March at Terrigal and the theme is “Good Vibrations”. Friday is now full but there is plenty of availability on the Saturday Plenary Sessions for $120. It is always a very good event so would be good to see more people attending. We have 16 people attending to date. For the people attending we are going to stay after the meeting next week (12 Feb) to discuss dress etc.
Regionalisation: Applications are now open for two exciting new roles being introduced to Zone 8: the Rotary Specialist and Regional Council Portfolio Committee Member. Everyone should have received an email on this. There is a Webinar this Sat at 2pm and Nominations close Thurs 29 Feb. Please have a read.
The big news is Hornsby Council has asked us to remove the shipping container from Galston by the end of April 2024. We know this site will be rezoned but Fiona Leatham the new Director Infrastructure & Major Projects wants to start cleaning up the site. We have formed a sub committee consisting of Tony Makin, Bob Davison, Anne Sharpe, Colin Sharpe, Janelle Craig, Kerry Mann, Peter Stanton & myself. I will update the Club on progress each week.
That’s it for the week so Let’s look after each other, stay safe and let’s do it. Remember to check “What’s On” for what’s on. Yours in Rotary Neville Hansen
Opening: Sgt David Turnbull opened the zoom meeting at 7.30pm. There was a discussion on air conditioning and lack thereof. There were some latecomers due to an unexpected zoom upgrade. Janelle was thanked for the great visit to UTS. Tony Coote gave the Rotary toast. President’s report Refer to the President’s report in the Bulletin. Directors’ Reports Community Service: Wesley Mission is having a morning tea this Wednesday morning. Colin is joining Neville on this activity. Foundation: David encouraged members to contribute now to the Foundation at $100.00 rather than wait for the end of the financial year. The $100 is a tax deduction. Fundraising: Janelle provided a comprehensive PPT presentation on the Book Fair Sale. The event is from Friday 8/3 to Sunday 10/3. Contact Janelle if you can distribute flyers and let her know of your availability for the Book Fair. Janelle also mentioned the wine sorting run by the Rotary Club of Kenthurst. She hasn’t heard back yet for the exact date so she will chase this up. International: Peter Stanton mentioned he had finalised the details of the WASH project and has sent the first of the monies $20,000 which was a major milestone. Peter will give an update on the donor’s trip on our International night. Andrew’s Teacher in the Box – he is hoping the Education Minister does not change the curriculum so that the current content is relevant. Membership: Carol had a potential new member with her, Carla. Carol is following up some names from last year and will be invited to the first Face to Face on 12 February. Public Image: Keith is going away and so is training interested members in editing the Bulletin. Nicole Ryman is going to be taught. Keith has called for other members to volunteer for training. Social: Carol proposed a few activities. The Pavillion Players in Castle Hill are underway in February 2 – 24th with their first play “An Inspector Calls” Expression of Interest are called for, perhaps combining with a meal earlier, then the show later on. The next Play is April 5 – 27 and is called Caravan. Friendship Dinners are on the agenda again for first half of the year. Weekend away – scheduled for 2nd half of May - planning is underway. Suggestions welcome. Vocational: Kerry is organising a visit to Western Sydney Airport on 19 February at 2pm and she needs names as she is trying to finalise this activity. Youth: Cawas spoke about the RYLA dinner on 14 February at Knox Grammar. RIPEN will be from 16-18 February – we have 2 candidates. The closing ceremony is on Sunday 18 February – let Cawas know if you want to attend.
President Neville thanked members for their donations of non-perishables for the Bills Crews Foundation. A Bio was requested for our next guest speaker, James Allen. Alex to follow up. The zoom meeting closed at 8.30pm.
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A wife's eulogy... contributed by Neville
A wife's eulogy at her husband's funeral: "Norman needed a blood transfusion, but his blood type was not on record, so the doctors asked me if I knew what it was. They urgently needed to know, to save Norman's life. Tragically, I had never known his blood type, so I only had time to sit and say goodbye. I'll never forget how supportive my Norman was. Even as he was fading away, he kept on whispering to me, "Be positive, be positive, be positive!" That was my Norman! Always thinking of others."