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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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...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
Join Date:
  • Terry Hodge
    April 1, 2009
    8 years
  • Bob Howe
    April 5, 2000
    17 years
  • Jenetta Russell
    April 18, 2001
    16 years
  • Peter Smith
    April 23, 1986
    31 years
  • Janet Grundy
    April 24, 1996
    21 years
  • Judith Kaine
    April 24, 1996
    21 years
  • Max Lake
    April 24, 1996
    21 years
  • George Richards
    April 26, 1990
    27 years
  • Helen Clarke
    April 27, 2008
    9 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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Attached is your Invitation to the 2017 Gala Dinner. We want as many members-past and present-and friends of Rotary, to come and enjoy the evening and raise money for the NOVUS Beneficiaries and our Youth Projects.
President Neil invites you to join the Rotary Club of Wahroonga NOVUS Dinner Table(s).
Pricing and other details are in the Invitation attached. Please use the Booking link in the invitation --Be Sure to Book your Tickets Today  -- or go On-line to
the Novus Foundation website to secure your tickets.
Read here the goings on at Studio Artes--as they get ready to occupy their new premises.

Ku-ring-gai International Womens Day Celebration in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Wahroonga


We would love you to join us at this signature event

Celebrating International Women's day

Share in this Community event and enjoy wonderful Nepalese Fare and entertainment


Help us raise much needed funds to support three Nepalese Charities targeted at improving the life of young women.

Go to the Event webpage: International Womens Day Event
to read more about the event and BOOK you table--bring your colleagues and friends.
Thanks to all those who have spread the word--it will be a great success over 150 attending.
Senior Constable Paul Godfrey and his colleague Senior Constable Michael Kennedy updated the meeting this week on the wonderful work that they undertake with assistance from our Youth funding--congratulations fellows you are making a difference in the community.
Danial Allars PCYC facility Manager also joined Peter Kirkwood and updated the meeting with the progress of the new building construction. The opening is planned for August 2017 See a walk through of the new building --Here
It was also pleasing to have Barbara Harvison inducted to our membership --thanks Barbara Salisch and congratulations to Barbara --we hope you enjoy your Rotary experience.
Club members were treated to a wonderful expose this week from Bob Nowotny, Director of Tunneling for NorthConnex talking about the challenges and outcomes from the work being conducted under ground in our locality, to undertake the many aspects to the 9km tunnel that is the largest and deepest in Sydney, longer than the Harbour Tunnel, Cross City Tunnel and Lane Cove Tunnel all together--which will be known as the Northconnex Tunnel by passing Pennant Hills Road and connecting with the M1 Motorway

An opportunity to join the Wahroonga Rotarians in a relaxed environment and enjoy a light breakfast together. We welcome guests, colleagues and friends of members --ask about Rotary and see how you can join the VOLUNTEER team to engage in the many community and international activities in which Rotary has an interest.
Contact President Neil Mc Whannell to confirm attendance.
At the Warrawee Bowling Club on the 22nd February at 7.15 am and close at 8.30am -- parking on site.
The Club members were not only impressed, but moved by the incredible and harrowing rescue experiences  from Detective Chief Inspector Gary Raymond APM, OAM (Ret’d)--Gary's brave and emotional account of the amazing work he was involved with in his many rescues serving NSW communities--underlined his dedicated service with the NSW Ambulance, Police Rescue, as a Detective, Duty Officer, now Chaplain Police Post Trauma Support & Welfare Office--he performed 1500 rescues, of which 1,000 were motor vehicle collision rescues, 200 vertical rescues and 200 suicide crisis negotiation retrievals--a full account of his heroic exploits is in the Club Bulletin
Both PP Rob Ferguson ( Foundation Member) and PP David Russell were awarded Paul Harris Sapphire pins in recognition of their dedicated work supporting the Wahroonga Rotary Club by the President Neil.
Four very impressive young people joined us to speak of their RYLA experiences and some of their hopes and aspirations. John Welch introduced the visitors
Left to Right were: Matt Cleave --CAMS, Rose Stuart --Florist,( Phil Comfort) Jose Bautista--Barista, Alex Collins -Cube Rider (Neil McWhannell and John Welch)
Last week Peter Watson an IT specialist provided the meeting with some useful tips on using the internet and avoiding malicious fraud and damage to your Computer system. Peter not only informed us on the various ways this is occurring, but gave us all some great advice on being savvy about checking all correspondence to ascertain its true origin, to regularly back up our devices and to avoid clicking any links   unless we are confident of their source--thanks for the heads up Peter.
Our Club will be holding its Annual Clean Up Australia day activity at the Wahroonga Park and at Cliff Oval on the 5th March 2016
Register as a volunteer at:
We had the pleasure of the delightful and bubbly Phoebe Alexander join us this week to share some of her travel exploits and encourage members to join one of her hosted events to the Asian region with the not for profit group Odyssey Travel--Phoebe was able to renew friendships with our members as she was an active member for 5 years before joining Sydney Rotary
This week we were delighted to have Sarah Broad ( Principal), Christian de Stoop and Helen Kennedy from one of our Club Sponsors Vision PT Wahroonga. The team was introduce by Janelle Speight and spoke to the meeting about their organisation and our opportunity to make the best of our health and fitness. The message is --there are 4 E’s— Emotion, Education, Eating & Exercise.
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)
Members Weekly Bulletin
  Wahroonga Club
April 2017
Community Volunteering
Meeting Speakers
Apr 26, 2017
Applied hypnosis
Applied hypnosis

Dr Leon W. Cowen is arguably Australia’s most experienced clinical hypnotherapist and clinical hypnotherapy educator. With over 40 years as a therapist, 30 as an educator and a PhD in clinical hypnotherapy education (School of Medicine – University of Western Sydney), he is acknowledged as a leader in the profession.


Lucy Dahill
May 03, 2017
Streetworks Hornsby
Upcoming Events
  • Novus Dinner
    Miramare Gardens
    May 06, 2017
    6:30 PM – 10:00 PM