This week’s meeting was rescheduled to a shortened zoom meeting that commenced at 7pm to allow members and partners to view the funeral service for Queen Elizabeth II. At the time of writing that service has now taken place and having watched the proceedings, it was a truly fitting farewell to a remarkable individual, whose life and service has forever touched the world. I also attended the memorial service the Hon Julian Lesser held on Sunday 18 September at Hornsby RSL. Around 300 residents from the Berowra electorate were present and participated in the community, civic and interfaith service to celebrate the life of Her Majesty. I signed the condolence book on behalf of our Club, noting Queen Elizabeth embodied the Rotary ethos of service above self. We’re now only two weeks out from our next fundraising event – the Mini Garage Sale scheduled for Saturday 1 October 2022 and there’s a lot of activity taking place in this space. On Friday 17/09 and Saturday 18/09, members of the organising committee visited the containers at the RFS Cherrybrook and those we maintain at Galson, as well as Michele Rocheta’s ‘Goods Rescued and Re-homed’ to look at existing stock that can be sold at the mini garage sale. Banners have been erected advertising the event and stall holders are organising their teams. You will have been emailed with important information about the Mini Garage Sale, but in case you haven’t accessed or actioned this to date, here are some key points:
Volunteers are needed for Friday & Saturday - Friday starting at 7am at the Church and Sat starting at 7:30am at the Church. No rosters, just like the book sale, just come and go during the day but need max people from 8am to 11am.
Will take donations from members e.g. Plants, Bic-a-Brac, Electrical, Homewares, Sporting Goods, Tools - please bring these on Friday morning 30th Sept. The advice for the general public is we are not advertising for donations but if people call then they can donate goods between 9am and midday on Friday 30 September at the Church, but we will be very particular about what we take and reserve the right to not take some goods.
Stock for the cake stall is also required, this includes cakes, slices, scones, muffins, lemon butter, jams, cupcakes, gluten free products, sweets like rocky road, coconut ice, etc. So far the following members/partners have agreed to cook for us: Ros Hogan, Kerry Mann, Rosemary Clarke, Rashna Sahukar, Patricia Baseley, Jill Turnbull, Anne Sharpe, Anna Vass, Pamela Makin, Julianne Stanton, Carol Russell, Bev Davison, Margaret McGowan, Mary Zahra, Neville Hansen, Janelle Craig. Please contact Rashna or Janelle and bring stock along on Saturday 01/10 by 8.30am.
Finally at the face-to-face meeting on Monday 26 Sept, there will be an update session to inform members/partners how we are tracking for the event and in particular inform you about the use of the shopping list that will help to streamline the purchasing process for customers at the mini garage sale and which you as stall holders will work with on the day.
Equally other portfolios are busy including Community Services (grant submission made, work continues repairing containers for ‘Goods Rescued and Re-homed’ and Tree of Joy planning has commenced, collaborative be lent to the Rotary Club of The Entrance to assist in the Busking festival/competition on 25/09/22), Membership (visitors night planned for 10/10/22), Youth (recognising that as soon as we finish the mini garage sale, we welcome our four students from Coonabarabran who are attending the Santos Science Experience 04-06/10/22), Social (friendship dinners commence this week), Fundraising (Bunnings BBQ and cake stall on 24/09/22), International (planning for Donor trip to Flores in Nov 2022 and global grant), Public Image (working to promote and publicise these events and the outcomes they achieve to Rotary and the wider community). And lastly, the voting for the Zone 8 Regionalisation pilot opened up on Thursday 15/09 for Presidents to vote on behalf of their clubs. The vote for our Club has been submitted in line with the online poll we conducted when we discussed this issue at our Zoom meeting on 29/08/22.
And that’s the buzz for the week. Recharge those batteries everyone – we’re in for a busy couple of weeks! Janelle.
Sargeant Max opened the meeting at 7:00pm and invited Colin McGowan to propose the Toast Colin toasted the late Queen Elizabeth II being the longest serving monarch in history and the health of King Charles III.
President Janelle reported that she has cast her vote on the Zone 8 Regionalization and voted yes according to the earlier vote by club members.
Stall holders for the mini garage sale went to Michelle’s place at Arcadia and collected goods from her.
Janelle and Colin Sharpe Sunday 18th attended the memorial Service for Queen Elizabeth II organized by Julian Leeser, federal Member for Berowra. She signed the condolences book on behalf of the Rotary Club. About 300 people attended
The Board at the last meeting agreed to support Clive Denmark and the Rotary Club of Entrance with a $400 donation to the busking project
Community Service: Colin Sharpe reported that members are still doing work at Michelle’s most likely will be another 3 or 4 visits
Fundraising John Caruana asked for members to confirm their availability or otherwise for the upcoming mini Garage Sale
Neville Hansen confirmed that we will be picking up goods from Galston containers Thursday night. We will start preparing at the Church Friday at 7:00 am and meet at the Church Saturday at 7:30am for 8:00 am start.
Carol advised that they have enough plants. Only looking for potplants
Kerry advised that we have a full contingent for Bunnings BBQ on the 24th but needs members for the BBQ at Thornleigh
Membership: Carol Russell advised that she has a potential member which could be inducted in October
There were no other committee reports submitted. Sgt Max handed over the meeting to President Janelle and meeting closed at 8:00pm
Funeral of a Cardiologist ... contributed by Cawas
One of the City's top Cardiac specialists died. At his funeral, his coffin was placed in front of a huge replica of a heart made of red roses. When the pastor finished the sermon and everyone said their good-byes, the large heart opened up, the coffin rolled inside, and the heart closed again.
It was a majestic tribute to the much-loved Cardiologist.
Suddenly, one of the mourners burst into a fit of laughter.
Irritated by his insensitivity, the man sitting next to him asked, "What's so funny? Why are you laughing, Mister?"
The man replied: *"I was just thinking about my own funeral.... I'm a Gynaecologist ...."*😄
Puns from a column in the Times ... contributed by Cawas
"No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery”. "I changed my iPod’s name to Titanic. It’s syncing now”. "I’ve started telling everyone about the benefits of eating dried grapes. It’s all about raisin awareness”. "I saw an ad for burial plots, but that’s the last thing I need”. "If you’re bad at haggling, you’ll end up paying the price”. "Police were summoned to a day-care centre where a three-year old was resisting a rest”. "Prison is just one word for you, but for some people, it’s a whole sentence”. “A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail”. “I did a menial job at a pizza Parlor. I kneaded the dough”. “England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool”. “French pancakes give me the crepes”. “Did you hear about the pyromaniac yoga teacher who was convicted of asana”? “This girl said she recognized me from the Vegetarians Club, but I’d swear I’ve never met herbivore”. “When you get a bladder infection, ur in e trouble”. “What do you call a pig with laryngitis? Disgruntled”. “Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who could not control her pupils?” “I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, and then it dawned on me”. “Those who get too big for their pants will be totally exposed in the end”. “When I told my contractor I didn’t want carpeted steps, he gave me a blank stair”. “When she saw her first strands of grey hair, she thought she’d dye. But then it grew on her”.
The Club alternates meetings: Generally, one "Face to Face" one Monday and a Zoom meeting the next Monday. Face to Face Meet at Springfield House Arrive 6:30pm, Start 7:00pm, End 9:00pm 245 New Line Rd Dural NSW 2128 Australia Zoom Arrive 7:15pm Start 7:30pm End 8:30pm