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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Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Join Date:
  • Stuart Armstrong
    January 1, 1989
    28 years
  • Ron Wainberg
    January 19, 1994
    23 years
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
Venue Map
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Time to get back together and take care of the busy second half Rotary Year- RYLA-( Jan)-Rotary International's Birthday (Feb), Bobbin Head Classic Event (March)--District Conference (March)
Our final meeting for 2016 was a fun affair and lots of good cheer. Highlights from photos taken during the year shown to us by Steve MacGregor--a great job Stevie--some photo shop work on some --very clever!
The annual ABBOX event was held at Knox Grammar on Thursday last week--most of the Children attending were from St Lucy's Special School at Wahroonga and the Abbotsleigh and Knox Students were mentors for the children for the week. This event is sponsored by the Sony Foundation and provides a week of respite for parents.
Our members assisted by cooking and serving their luncheon --a task from which we get a great deal of satisfaction.
We had the pleasure of a visit from Sr Sheila at our meeting last week, and she told of the heart warming stories emanating from her wonderful work with the women at the Kopanang Refuge in Tanzania. Sr Sheila is an inspiration -- acting Chairman David Russell presented a cheque for $5000 to assist in maintaining her successful work at that Refuge.
Our meeting this morning was a great event--with 70 people in attendance to hear our Guest speaker Dick Smith AO talk about his vision for Australia. Dick was introduced to the members and guests by old school friend and Wahroonga Charter member Rob Ferguson.
There was also another reason for Dick's visit and that was to present to National RAWCS Chairman Michael Perkins a cheque for $A1million for projects to be administered by the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society--to be launched in February 2017.

Present also were DG Bruce Lakin, Michael Whitehouse- RAWCS National Treasurer, RAWCS National Administrator -Belinda Griffen, Pip and Dick Smith AO, Keith Roffey- Donations in Kind National Manager, and Wahroonga Rotary Club President Neil McWhannell

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Three local school students Chantelle (Turramurra High) Brandon (Barker College) and Melissa (Abbotsleigh) debated the merits of the Rotary 4 way test at our club meeting this week.
THE FOUR WAY TEST  Is it the truth?   
Is it fair to all concerned?   
Will it build goodwill and better friendships?   
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
An engaging discussion adjudicated by Noel Cislowski, AM (Chatswood Rotary)
Chantelle Brown, Brandon Yoon, President Neil, Ken Broadhead, Bobby Redman District Vocational Chair, Melissa Li and Noel Cislowski, AM.  
The BOBBO committee has released an update newsletter for members --feel free to share this with friends and bikers.
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In the Month of November Rotary International celebrates its 100th birthday. There are many events around the world and locally engaging Clubs who are  participating in the celebration.
Locally many Clubs are holding joint Club meetings for this purpose. One such meeting is the Million Dollar Dinner put together by PDG David Rands and his team, inviting all District Rotarians to attend.
A further local initiative is to encourage Rotarians and friends to purchase a commemorative "Banknote"  for $26.50--representing the sum Arch Klumph subscribed 100 years ago to set up the Foundation --PDG John Cameron - would be pleased to receive your donation in exchange for a "NOTE"
A team of Rotarians and friends (26 in all) arrived at the SAN village green (some at 5.15am) on Sunday last to provide a BBQ facility and road marshals for this wonderful event to support the SAN Foundation. Several celebrities and politicians ran in the two events (10k and 5k) and the weather was very kind. A great day celebrated by 600 plus runners and walkers to raise funds for the Jacaranda Lodge Cancer support facility. Well done to all concerned and a great way to "Shine a Light on Rotary"
Further event photos here
 Rotary Club of Wahroonga recognised some special champions of sustainability and community in Ku-ring-gai this morning as part of their Vocational Awards breakfast at the Pymble Golf Club
Congratulations again to Maree, Alex, Michelle and Rachel on your awards. Thank you to Matt Potter from Better Business Partnerships Ku-ring-gai Council and Jennifer Anderson - Mayor of Ku-ring-gai 
Awardee Achievements:
Alex McManus – Kitchen2Compost initiative linking businesses including, Kipling's Garage Bar, and Community Gardens to reduce food waste through composting.
Michelle Tan – Sustainability Champion at Playdays Childcare Wahroonga for implementing resource saving initiatives with staff and children.
Rachel Wilson – Helping new residents feel welcome and link with local businesses and services through the Welcome Basket.
Maree Ryan– Quiet achiever award for always putting community first and a lifetime of care and passion for immunisation health and wellbeing of children locally.
Well done to all the Awardees on their achievements--their photos here
Thanks to President Neil and especially Heather for organising a colourful Melbourne Cup Day breakfast meeting this morning--results from the race had to wait until 3.05pm.
More photos available here
The Club members were not short of things to do last weekend in the Wahroonga Park area. Firstly a team spent several hours promoting Rotary and selling raffle tickets to raise funds for St Lucys at the Wahroonga Food and Wine Festival and from 3pm another team assisted with the Welsh Choir event at St John Church proceeds also for St Lucy's, St Edmunds and St Judes (Tanzania)-in excess of $5000 was raised from this event.
A terrific focus on Wahroonga Rotary in action in the community.
Sandy receives a beautiful hat to wear to our Melbourne Cup Breakfast on next Tuesday morning. Presented by President Neil on behalf of the Wahroonga Rotary Club. Sandy is part of the "Ministry of Fun" Committee ensuring we have a good time whilst helping raise much needed funds for the community.
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.
Members Weekly Bulletin
  Wahroonga Club
January 2017
Community Volunteering
Meeting Speakers
Peter Watson
Jan 25, 2017
Scams and Internet security
Scams and Internet security
Phil Easton
Feb 01, 2017
RYLA Awareness
Gary Raymond
Feb 08, 2017
John Barrington
Feb 15, 2017
North Connect project
Upcoming Events