Rotary Club of Wahroonga

Chartered on the 25th November 1975

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Australia's First Breakfast Club

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:15 AM
Warrawee Bowling Club
1479 Pacific Highway
(Mail: PO Box 13 Wahroonga NSW 2076)
Warrawee, NSW  2074
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Virtual reality films bring new dimension to polio fight
At this year’s World Polio Day celebration in Atlanta, Rotary is harnessing the power of virtual reality technology to build empathy and inspire action in our fight to eradicate polio. Rotary, with support from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, produced a virtual reality film that tells the story of Alokita, a young adult who suffered paralysis from polio as a child growing up in India, which has been polio-free since 2011. “When you open your eyes and see a different environment around you, you relate to the subject on a visceral, personal level,” says Vincent Vernet, direct of digital and...
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From the United Nations’ earliest days in the aftermath of World War II, the organization’s humanitarian mission has always dovetailed with Rotary’s efforts to administer aid and build peace. This year’s Rotary Day at the United Nations, 12 November, will highlight the role businesses can play in that collaboration as we work toward a more just and equitable world. The theme of this year’s gathering at UN headquarters in New York City, “Responsible Business, Resilient Societies,” recognizes Rotary’s role at the intersection of commerce and cause. As leaders in their professions and...
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  • Len Stanley
    October 3, 2001
    15 years
  • John Julius
    October 7, 1987
    29 years
  • Alfreda White
    October 8, 2014
    2 years
  • Peter Edwards
    October 19, 1994
    22 years
  • Carol Johnson
    October 20, 2010
    6 years
  • Neil McWhannell
    October 22, 2002
    14 years
  • Leonardo Santos
    October 28, 2015
    1 year
Club Information

Australia's First Breakfast Club

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:15 AM
Warrawee Bowling Club
1479 Pacific Highway
(Mail: PO Box 13 Wahroonga NSW 2076)
Warrawee, NSW  2074
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Members and friends are welcome to apply to join Anne Prescott on her next visit to Nepal in January 2017 to continue to develop the education programme started some years ago and participate in some aspects of the rebuilding programme so badly needed in and around Gorkha--the epicentre of the earthquake that occurred last year.
See the attached programme and call or email Anne if you have interest in joining the Team.

Rotary District 9685 hopes that you can join them at Panthers, Penrith on 11 March 2017 for a wonderful day of fellowship, great guest speakers and project showcase. Stay into the evening for the Cocktail Function and Entertainment with Normie Rowe.
Date: Saturday, 11 March 2017 (all day)
Location: Penrith Panthers Convention Centre,123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith
Cost: from $100

Paul Campbell-Allen from Bushwalkers Wilderness Rescue Squad joined us at this week's meeting to share with us the challenges and successes of this wonderful volunteer group. An example of the type of Rescue undertaken can viewed at this video. Barrington MDX
Thanks Peter Watson (volunteer)and Paul (R)--very enlightening indeed. Paul's presentation --"Lost and Found"


Australian Rotary Health day at Wahroonga this week.
Abhi Poudel introduced his guest PP Birendra Raj Pandey a member of the Rotary Club of Mount Everest Lalitpur and District 3292's  Assistant Governor.
The visitors spent time with International team Anne Prescott and Richard Jackson

The meeting this week was treated to an inspiring perspective from Abhi Poudel - a new Wahroonga member in the last 12 months.
Abhi's connection with his home country--Nepal, and his family devotion makes us all proud to have him as a member.
He says of his experience with Wahroonga Rotary:
 "A Nepalese born, a British Citizen, soon I may be an Australian;
But there's no bigger pride I feel, to call myself a Rotarian"
Thank you Rotary Club of Wahroonga. It was an honour to be able to present about my life and my birth country Nepal in front of such great Rotarians. I always feel very proud to wear Nepalese traditional dress so this presentation was equally special to me too"
And a member wrote:
"There is a nice bloke from Nepal
Who thinks his life is a ball
He gave a great talk

Whilst walking the walk
So we think he's not bad at all"
Here Anne Prescott thanks Abhi.

The meeting this morning was treated to a delightful presentation from the 94 years young--Mother of our own Max Lake. Peg's talents as a Children's Author showed through as she shared her experiences over many years applying herself to this art.
Peg will be pleased to make available her latest book at : --a great Children's Christmas present indeed?
Below her presentation encapsulated.

Members were enthralled with Solange Cunin's wonderful story about her new Educational business - CUBE RIDER-- directed at offering Schools a way to build and excite students in Sciences and Mathematics. 
The business model is built on a relationship with NASA to connect the school units via a unique data transfer methodology with a live relationship with the Space Station to conduct research experiments. 
A WOW moment indeed!  Congratulations young lady!

The teams assembled at 10am on Sunday last for the long awaited 20 over Cricket Challenge between the Basanta Foundation Team and Wahroonga Rotary.
The venue was the Karuah Oval in Turramurra.
WRC team made up mostly of young sons and grandsons but a few Rotarians turned up to show the talents--Wahroonga scored 135 but were overhauled by the more experienced Basanata Team in 12 overs. It was a great day and the Nepalese food prepared was welcomed --PP Marlene Carty thanked all those who participated and came as a supporter to made the day enjoyable .
The Brothers wrestle the Cup below--see the link for other photos:  Cricket Challenge


We met this week away from our normal meeting venue -- and joined the St Edmunds staff at the school in Wahroonga for breakfast. The meeting was treated to several highlights firstly an address by Simone Kiprioti--Senior Programme KLA Co-ordinator who has taught at St. Edmund’s College for the past 10 years and has worked mainly with the Years 11 and 12 students in the work skills area.

Simone has coordinated the Work Experience and TAFE program and written courses such as Pathways to Work; a course specifically tailored to the student’s need for independence post school. At present she is teaching a course called Community and Family Studies which teaches essential skills for the student’s transition into Adulthood.

Secondly a wonderful musical piece from Students.

Our Annual Joint business event was held last Thursday evening at the Pymble Golf Club with our Partner Ku-ring-gai Council along with Better Business Partnerships. the meeting was well attended with over 75 local business folks attending. Eight Wahroonga Rotarians also attended and mixed with the attendees.
The session was led by KMC event manager Will Adames and the presenter was Ms Heather Porter a very  knowledgeable Social Media practitioner.
Bob Howe introduce Rotary to the audience.    The meeting attendees went away with lots to think about.

Our speaker on 31 August was Bhuvan Unhelkar whose topic was Global Rotary. Bhuvan who is originally from India was introduced to Rotary in St Ives by his old friend Chris de Zilva and is currently a member of Sarasota Sunrise in Florida.
His business activities, which are underpinned by the Principles of Rotary and the Four Way Test, involve frequent overseas travel so Bhuvan spoke of his great pleasure in seeking out local clubs for make-ups and encouraged us to do likewise.
He was thanked by Wahroonga's International Chair-- Anne Prescott, herself a frequent traveller who also enjoys make-ups.

The main hall at St Lucy's in Wahroonga was full of colour and vitality on Friday evening when Jo Karaolis hosted a sit down fund raising dinner for about 140 guests to support the Kopanang Cooperative. President Neil McWhannell compered the evening and Sister Sheila updated the gathering attended. Students from Knox and Abbotsleigh joined in to assist with the organisation.
On the night we raised a total of $15,637. With $5000  Rotary will donate to the Kopanang training project, this brings us up to our total commitment of $42,000 over 3 years to provide the Women's leadership and members with the training they judged necessary to equip them to take over self-managing the Project after Sister Sheila retires to Australia at the end of this year.
Members assembled on Friday morning --a chilly morning to say the least--but the cause was worthwhile--our annual Daffodil day sales effort at the Wahroonga Station.
The public was most generous.

Help Jo as she helps bring
hope to the women of Kopanang
Jo Karaolis invites us all to St Lucy’s, Cleveland St Wahroonga, on Kopanang Night, August 26th  for “a night of simple pleasures so we can align ourselves with the women of Kopanang and their fight to change the future for their children.”
 Sister Sheila Flynn will speak and show a video and we will have enormous fun with games and competitions and opportunities for our Rotary brilliance to shine.
Book in tables of 8 or10 or individually with: and a Table will be allocated.
Please remit $40 per head before the function -noting “Name” & “Kopanang” - to- Rotary Club of Wahroonga - BSB  032189  Account  790267
Kopanang is an impoverished settlement on the outskirts of Johannesburg where a Dominican sister, Sister Sheila, is working to better the lives of a community of women, mostly single women. They have been trying to stay alive by prostitution in a community battling AIDs and poverty,
Jo said she first met Sister Sheila when Jo was principal of St Lucy’s. Sheila said when she first visited us she wanted to thank us “on behalf of our mothers, our grandmothers, our children of Kopanang” for giving people hope. 
The women make and try to sell wonderful wall hangings, and a co-operative that the sisters there have formed now trains them in design – and in running a production, learning how to run a photocopier.

The Annual Vocational Teachers Awards night was held at the Pymble Golf Club on Wednesday 17th August.
Brian Wexham ( Chair of World Skills Australia) was the popular presenter for the evening 8 North Shore Schools nominated candidates It was a glittering evening and well put together by Vocational Chairman Angus Robinson and his team.
Left to Right:
(BR)Peter Kirkwood -Brian Wexham - Brianne Balfoort Turramurra High  - Neil McWhannell --Bobby Redman --Susan Filan Abbotsleigh- John Diamond Knox-Angus M Robinson
(FR)Eva Southern St Lucy's--Heather Hansby  PLC--Nikki Grauman Masada-- Rose Raward Wahroonga Prep-- Heba Oweis Abbotsleigh Junior

The next Joint Event with the Ku-ring-gai Council and Better Business Partnerships is coming up... bookings can be made -- Here

Wahroonga Rotary in conjunction with the St John Uniting Church is presenting an afternoon of wonderful music in support of several Schools our Rotary Club supports in Wahroonga and In Tanzinia
The Sydney Welsh Choir in an “All Saints Concert”
St John’s Uniting Church, Wahroonga,
Corner Stuart St and Coonanbarra Rd
Sunday 30th October 2016 at 3.00pm
Tickets $25 Includes wine and canapes at conclusion of concert.
Enquiries: Jim Verco, ph.9449 2847; mob.0414 814 044
Enjoy an inspiring afternoon with this internationally acclaimed Australian choir singing quality popular songs, Welsh songs and hymns, sacred music & items from opera and stage musicals.
All funds raised will go to our local schools for children with special needs: St Lucy’s , St Edmund’s and The School of St Jude in Tanzania

The Club is proud to release the Nepal Schools Project report -- comprehensively prepared by Richard Jackson.
The objectives of the report are:
  • To provide an update on the parts of the project supported by the Club.
  • Introduce the project to our many newer members

Yesterday President Neil welcomed Jim Fulton to the club and PP John Collins seen here welcoming and handing Jim his membership material. Congratulations and welcome Jim

Recently our recently inducted Member Abhi Poudel introduced the Club to a new project in his home country of Nepal. The International team made application to District 9685 for a Grant for the Project and were successful. So below is a description of the Project which will now move into fundraising mode to raise additional funds to launch the training facility
President Neil McWhannell together with District Governor Bruce Lakin welcomed Stuart Armstrong to the Club this week. Stuart has up until recently a member of our sister Club in the UK Gerrards Cross Chalfont St Peter. We welcome Stuart and Helen to Wahroonga Rotary

A celebratory meeting this week as PP Gary Webb and PP Peter Smith thanked all Board Members and Volunteers who made possible the record funding generated at the Novus Gala Dinner in May 2016.
Over $190,000 was raised and the beneficiaries Open Heart International, SAN Australasian Research Institute, KYDS and Streetworks  joined the meeting to receive their share of the Funds.

The Club's 9 months of involvement with this project culminated at the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower garden yesterday at a well organised Welcome to Refugees event.
Over 100 Refugees attended and community volunteers. Our participation was to man the BBQ and drink facilities--all enjoyed the experience immensely and we thank the Mayor Cheryl Szatow for her invitation to support the project along with our friends from the local Gordon Lifeline team.
A series of photos from the event can be viewed in the Photo Album here. Refugee Welcome Event

On saturday morning the weather cleared and the team assembled at Knox Wahroonga to off load books for the Book Fair 14th-17th July--well done team--overseen by Director Wendy Carver

Last Wednesday at the Changeover Dinner at Asquith Golf Club saw the culmination of a very successful year for President Marlene Carty.
The Club was rewarded as joint winners of the Best large Club in District 9685 at the District Changeover last week
We inducted 2 inaugural Honorary Past members Peter Edwards and Gordon Fuller and Ken Broadhead received the Ferguson Plate with George Richards the Martin Forrow lecturn award.
President Marlene invests Neil McWhannell with the Presidential chain for 2016/2017.     
      Peter Edwards, Gordon Fuller
                                                                   Marlene Carty , George Richards
     Ken Broadhead, Marlene Carty,
                    Rob Ferguson
                                                                   Neil McWannell - Marlene Carty

Members Weekly Bulletin
  Wahroonga Club
October 2016
Community Volunteering
Meeting Speakers
Oct 26, 2016
Dick Babb
Hornsby Womens Shelter mentoring programme
Hornsby Womens Shelter mentoring programme
Nov 01, 2016
John Collins
Melbourne Cup Breakfast
Nov 16, 2016
Adam Goldstein
Managed Funds
Nov 30, 2016
PDG John Cameron
The Foundation
Upcoming Events