A spontaneous gesture

Last week two things collided with a fantastic outcome.
The inimitable Phill Comfort together with his youngest son Peter had the idea to source a large quantity of skin care products.
Peter with contacts in the pharmaceutical industry was able to collect 190 cosmetic packs.
Phill with the Nursing supervisor at the Sydney Adventist Hospital in Wahroonga arranged to deliver the packs to be distributed to the facility's Nurses 
 International Nurses Day
on behalf of the Wahroonga Rotary Club,
What a wonderful gesture - thanks Phill and Peter for your creative spirit to recognise these hard working frontier specialists especially during this unprecedented medical emergency.

"San nurses Jayne and Susan from Infection Prevention Control were thrilled to receive skincare packs generously donated today for International Nurses Day.

Our sincere thanks to Phil, Peter and the Rotary Club of Wahroonga for their incredible support of our medical staff."


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Club Polo shirts and caps

John Cameron notes that the stock of Club Polo shirts and caps are still available.
An EOFY sale is on from this week at the regular price ( no discount).
Click on the link below for the order forms - both Male and Female shirts available.
Please print and return order form to John Cameron
you can pay for your requirements by clicking on the Paypal image below and mark as "Rotary apparel"
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Ku-ring-gai Council Business Connections

Ku-ring-gai Council approves COVID-19 assistance package
Council has approved a range of fee relief measures and $100,000 in community grants at its meeting this week. Recognising the impact of the pandemic on the local economy, the report set out a range of measures aimed at cushioning financial stress on the community, in particular local businesses.
Read additional Business support activities Here
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Connecting Socks

While activities of the Socktastic team have been curtailed somewhat recently --planning is still underway.
An article in the current RDU magazine ( page 17) encourages the connection with the community and their involvement over the coming months.
Acknowledgement of the journalistc skills of Jo Karaolis is due.
Click on the image below to expand 
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Rotary International Virtual Convention 2020-05-01 14:00:00Z 0

Reflections on #5 online meeting


We were delighted to have District Governor Kalma McLellan with us. Kalma presented her thoughts on "Why we Love Rotary".

There were 58 people attending with Diana Biddle from the UK joining in, and visitors from other Rotary Clubs as well as past members of the Wahroonga Rotary Club. A busy meeting indeed!

 Kalma's presentation is included in a link here including a movie clip showing Rotary connecting with local and international Communities. 


President Doug together with DG Kalma, presented the Club's Youth Chair - Bob Howe - a Rotary International "Avenues of Service Award" for his long standing management of the Club's Youth activities - a certificate and a decorative clock.
PE Janelle Speight asked our members to recall some notable moments in their Rotary history and some accounts are included below in
"Read More" below

Peter Smith provided an update on the MOGO project-- a precis of which below.
Earlier this year Peter Smith organised a Wine Tasting fundraiser to support the Mogo Men’s Shed destroyed by bushfire.  Everything was ready then Covid-19 struck and the event was postponed. However, 75 people had booked and made their donation so we ended up with $7,500.  We also appealed for donations of surplus tools. With Rotary’s help the $7,500 is tax deductible and the Men’s Shed plans to buy a Jointer for straightening and squaring up timber. 
New initiatives are under way to continue supporting this worthy cause.                                                                                             
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Fast Cars and Zoom!

Stuart Greaves spent his savings on his first open-wheel racing car as a teenager over 40 years ago, which he destroyed shortly thereafter when youthful enthusiasm exceeded ability. Subsequently he turned his attention to athletics and by age thirty was selected to represent Australia as a marathon runner internationally.


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The origin of RYLA

In 1959, the State Government of Queensland invited local Rotary Clubs to help plan an event to help celebrate the upcoming centennial of the state. Princess Alexandra, who was in her early 20s, was due to attend the celebrations, so activities were planned specifically for the princess’s age group.
History of RYLA
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The RYLArian Journey

The Club was proud of the opportunity to sponsor a number of candidates to the annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp at Eleanora Heights
Phill Comfort relayed to the editor comments from two attendees. 
Extract... from Phoebe
"Prior to RYLA I felt as though I had goals and I knew what I was working towards. I have always been confident so never spent much time thinking about how and why I came to be that way. Participating in RYLA gave me the opportunity to find out who I am and what I actually value, and understand the things that drive me and the way I respond to situations. 

Extract...from Leonie
"I personally believe that the only impossible journey is the one you never begin. I remember in the early stages of my leadership journey, I was faced with two choices: to sink slowly in the quicksand of uncertainty, doubt and fear or to leap into the unknown and embrace the winding road of upward growth. I chose to take a leap, and RYLA has formed a key part of my growth journey."
Read the full text of their comments by clicking on "Read More" below
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Studio Artes turns 20 this year

What a wonderful success story Studio Artes is, with a dedicated Principal and Management team who have had their fair share of challenges over the years.--congratulations to all --we will enjoy sharing your celebrations.
Read their Newsletter here
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A Narrabri Christmas

I have a report for you from Kerri Hodge from her visit to Narrabri prior to Christmas-you may recall many brought gifts to a meeting prior to Christmas for Kerri to deliver on her trip to Narrabri.
Below is a report from Julie Herbert the President of the Narrabri Rotary Club and several pics of the children receiving their gifts.
Narrabri letter of thanks - click here
A Narrabri Christmas Kerri Hodge 2020-01-29 13:00:00Z 0
Ode to the Haggis 2020-01-28 13:00:00Z 0

Citizen of the Year--Lucy Dahill

An elegant event at Knox Grammar school on Australia Day held by the Ku-ring-gai Council saw the induction of 176 new citizens from 27 countries and several awards to major contributors to our successful Community.
The Citizen of the Year award was granted to Lucy Dahill on behalf of our community for her wonderful work in particular in the area of supporting young people.
A number of Club members attended the event and shared in the celebration - Phill and Shirley, Christine and David, Peter, Janet, Ian and Jo-Ann.
 Lucy was sharing the occasion with her family but received a surprise as her wonderful father Michael had flown in for the occasion--what fun!
Citizen of the Year--Lucy Dahill 2020-01-26 13:00:00Z 0

A trip to the South Coast--Mogo

Peter Smith travelled to the South Coast over the weekend and took time out to visit Mogo, I am sure he will want to comment further at the meeting but has these comments by email and a couple of pics

"Hi everyone- just been to Mogo. The first photo is the Child Care Centre, the next two are the buildings and yard next door. An amazing escape. So many buildings destroyed, others spared.

The smoke today is very thick, coming from the nearby Clyde Mountain Fire. Burnt out power poles along the Princes Highway in Mogo are being replaced- huge traffic jam as road partially closed, there are some shoppers in the town, with probably half the businesses intact- everything else including many many houses gone.

The work Sallianne and Jo is doing is vital. The funds we raise from the Wine Tasting will also be much needed in a few weeks time when rebuilding of properties and wellbeing get underway.

Best regards - Peter


Click Read More for pics

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Ku-ring-gai Lunar New Year

Join us as we celebrate the Year of the Rat with our inaugural Lunar New Year Festival in Ku-ring-gai.

Lunar New Year 2020

The celebrations will feature cultural performances, traditional activities, food events and kids entertainment.

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Ku-ring-gai  Seniors Festival 

The Ku-ring-gai Council sponsors an annual event for the Senior members of our Community:
Following recent collaboration with Council staff we have allocated two of our Club breakfasts listed as part of the festival - Wednesdays 12th and 19th February.
Ku-ring-gai Seniors Festival 2020-01-17 13:00:00Z 0

Wine tasting with a difference

“Now or never wine tasting”

Enjoy a wine tasting with a difference and support bushfire victims.

A joint project with the Rotary Clubs of
Wahroonga and Hunters Hill

Many if not all of us have bottles lurking at the back of the wine cupboard which may now either be rubbish or taste like nectar…but we don’t take the risk and just leave them there getting worse (or better).

Now is the time to take the risk! Be guests at The Baytree Lifestyle Resort in Greenwich.

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Reflections on our Meeting of 15th January 2020

President Doug welcomed Members and Guests Simon and Junko Clegg, Mentie Knowles, Diane Biddle, Heather McWhannell, and Assistant Governor Bruce Jacob and of course a welcome to our Guest Speaker for the day PP Neil McWhannell.




Jo-Ann Moffat-spoke passionately about the "Mobilising for Mogo" project that successfully concluded stage one last weekend-- a magical response to a humanitarian crisis.
Jo-Ann's report link- here
Phill Comfort-reported on the successful conclusion to RYLA on Saturday and thanked Barbara Salisch, and Christine & David Biddle for the commitment in assisting with the transport to and from the venue. Anecdotal evidence from several "sleepy" attendees was that they had a wonderful time and will benefit hugely from the experience. On the 12th February several of the Clubs attendees will address a club meeting. The Club Youth Committee consider the investment in our youth in this way--while a significant sum, ($875 per attendee) the benefit for the sponsored candidate is thoroughly worthwhile. Phill's full report click-here
Peter Smith-spoke of the scheduled Novus Foundation dinner scheduled for Saturday 16th May 2020 and introduced Rochelle Wylie as the Event manager for the function-- Rochelle briefed  the meeting on the engagement of the entertainment and Master of Ceremony segments already booked and announced the Theme for the evening will be "Latino".
Further Peter referred to the Event flyer published in the Bulletin outlining the proposed Bushfire fundraiser jointly with the Hunters Hill Rotary Club to be held at The Baytree centre on 18th March 2020. Members were invited to make up tables of 10 for a fun evening.  
See full details under "Avenues of Service" below.
Ken Broadhead-appealed to Members for a hard copy of the annual report issued for the Presidential years of John Collins, Rob Hamilton and Richard Pitt --these are needed to contribute material to the Club's History being assembled by Steve McGregor.
Barbara Salisch-brought to the meetings attention the birth of her newest grandchild on 10th January called--"Henry"-- Congratulations to Diana and the family.



Induction of a new Member

Membership Chair Jenetta Russell introduced Mentie Knowles to the Club as a transferee from the Rotary Club of Glenhaven and outlined her past Rotary experience at that club.
President Doug welcomed Mentie and invited her to join the Rotary Club of Wahroonga.
Sergeant David Russell presented her with her name badge and supplementary material.
Mentie's prior Rotary profile attached -click here







Bob Howe introduced the Guest Speaker for the morning Past President Neil McWhannell.


Neil presented a thoughtful and useful overview of the historical and current Share market conditions and referred to a book called "Motivated Money" by Peter Thornhill which he used as a useful guide to his investment decisions. A copy of Neil's presentation is uploaded to the presentations folder in the Clubs document section of the Club Runner software or

click here-for a copy. (Members Only)








Our Meeting this week is to be held at the PCYC facility at 1 Park Lane Waitara a joint meeting with the members of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Rotaract Club and the Guest speaker will be Lucy Dahill to outline a new project-a record breaking attempt to be conducted in March 2020 to be called the "The Community Sock Project". This project is planned to raise $40,000 and is in conjunction with  Ku-ring-gai Council.


It has been suggested we might like to wear a pair of mismatched/outrageous socks to contribute to the projects launch.


After the meeting, around 9.00 am for an hour, Janelle has arranged to celebrate Grand Kids Day, having invited members who wish to bring some of their grandchildren to the PCYC facility, to join in some gymnastic activities under the supervision of PCYC instructors.


Peter Smith has advised during the week -

"I’m pleased to report bookings are starting to come in for the Bush Fire relief wine tasting on 18 March 2020.

If you wish to book ($50 per head donation) and require a tax deductible receipt please make your payment to our Rotary Club Projects account: BSB 032-189  Acc No.790 275 and mark it with your name and the word ‘tasting’, and advise Peter of your donation.


If you are staying for dinner you can pay on the night- -$40 per head, some of which will be donated back by the venue to the fundraiser.

Thanks everyone- it promises to be a great night!"


Our roving photographer spotted two of our "Wise Heads" chatting at the Coffee break after the meeting last week (below)--so we are looking for a suitable caption--Sergeant David will be happy to receive your contributions.


"What did Peter say to Greg"?

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A Bushfire Fundraiser

“Now or Never Wine Tasting”
Enjoy a wine tasting with a difference and support bushfire victims
Rotary Clubs of
Wahroonga and Hunters Hill
Many if not all of us have bottles lurking at the back of the wine cupboard which may now either be rubbish or taste like nectar…but we don’t take the risk and just leave them there getting worse (or better).
Now is the time to take the risk! Be guests at The Baytree Lifestyle Resort in Greenwich*.  
Bring an old bottle each, make a team of five to ten wine lovers, share your wines, choose the team’s best and worst and save a drop for the 
wine expert who will choose the overall winners. A prize of dinner or lunch for two with wine in the Baytree restaurant for each of the oldest, the most interesting red, the most interesting white and, of course, the worst!                      
Nothing comes free. This is a charity event. We will ask you to make a $50 per head donation on the night to the Rotary Club of Wahroonga Foundation. Your donation is tax deductible.
Rotary is responding to the current crisis by establishing a Rotary National Bushfires Appeal. Your donation will be channelled through this Appeal Fund to the Rotary Districts most affected by the fires to assist with rebuilding their communities.
Wednesday March 18th at 6.30 pm. The Baytree, 6 Ulonga Avenue, Greenwich, 2065. Parking available under the building but be careful of drink/driving.
Cheese and bread (and ice for the whites) will be provided during the competition but why not make a night of it? Winners will be announced during dinner in the Baytree restaurant after the event which can be booked in advance. Special menu price of $40pp. Guest speakers and more prizes organised by the Rotary Club of Hunters Hill. This is highly recommended. But note, the donation does not cover the cost of the dinner.

As the situation unfolds we are focusing our attention on the town of Mogo on the South Coast.

We have already supported first responders to the town distributing much needed supplies to the community. Much repair work, both at a physical and emotional level will be required, so we expect to distribute the funds raised at our Wine Tasting to Mogo for that purpose.
“Team” leaders contact PP Dr Keith Sansom to book via
keith@sansom.com.au  or   M: 0400 816 334
*With grateful thanks for the support from Sarah Connelly and her team at The Baytree
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Mobilising for Mogo

The southern NSW Bushfires have certainly taken their toll--arising from the initiative of Salliane McLelland (until recently CEO of the Hornsby Womens shelter) we would like to offer our support in sourcing much needed materials to support the desperate predicament of people of Mogo

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Australian disaster donations

There is a significant combination of drought and bushfires combining to destroy much of our Australian land and forests.
Rotary through-- Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) has established a structure to make donations to assist the farmers and Communities through these natural disaster events - RAWCS Disasters
To date our club focus has been on Narrabri’s Neighbours in Need drought progamme, which is continuing.
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Vacation Fun

Members had a relaxing  time with their families over the
Christmas/New year period.
Here are some of their special pictorial memories
                           Click here to view (Members only)
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Cheshire Homes --Radha Simhadri's recent visit 2019-12-28 13:00:00Z 0

Appreciation for "Hornsby Connect"

Matt Kean commented recently: I dropped in on the last day of trading this year for Hornsby Connect. These guys are doing amazing work for those doing it tough in #hornsby - thank you to all the volunteers involved 🎄🎄
Appreciation for "Hornsby Connect" 2019-12-28 13:00:00Z 0

Santa comes early to Phill

Phill says: --Just like to inform those that frequent the 'Rotary Coffee Club' in Wahroonga on Wednesday mornings after Rotary meetings as to who won the coffee shop's Christmas Hamper raffle.


I collected it this afternoon ( 22nd December)  



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Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Rotaractors at play 2019-12-20 13:00:00Z 0

A special presentation

David Russell arranged for a a gift in appreciation for Maise Punt 
"We organised and gave a $50 gift voucher and a bottle of Club wine ( in a gift pouch) to Maisie to thank her for her breakfast service to us over the year at WBC and to wish her a Happy Christmas"  Nice Job David!
"Read More" about Maise below
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Days for Girls Working Group

The Turramurra "Days for Girls" working group were in full flight this week rounding off the Cut Outs/Sewing and assembly of new kits. The team was joined by two of our Rotary wives-- Joan and Jan--and 4 current/past exchange students one visiting from Germany. Great camaraderie among the team.
Days for Girls Working Group 2019-12-16 13:00:00Z 0

Excerpts from the SAN Digital Newsletter

Below ("Read More")  are a couple of excerpts from the December Publication of the SAN Digital Newsletter--a profile of the Novus Foundations donation to the SAN from the successful annual Fundraising dinner in May 2019 and a reflection of the SAN Run for Life event at which the Club provides volunteer marshals.
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A Christmas message from Sister Sheila Flynn

Dear Doug and all Wahroonger Rotarians

Apologies for major absences due to a complicated ankle surgery but I do want to wish you all a wonderful Christmas with your families, and thank you for all you do to enhance the quality of life for others;  this is for me what the spirit of Christmas is about, all year round!

Every blessing for Christmas and the New Year.

Warmest wishes


(Sister Sheila Flynn)

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A Trip to Nepal in January 2020

Posted by Anne Prescott
 I have been going to Nepal since 2011 to help primary teachers learn about teaching. In the country schools, primary teachers do not have any teacher education courses so they teach as they were taught, boring textbook drill and practice without hands-on or any sort of activity that might help students understand the content.
"Read More" for detail of the planned trip
If members or friends would like to accompany the team please send an email to: Anne Prescott   
Anne Prescott Wahroonga Rotary Club International Director
A Trip to Nepal in January 2020 Anne Prescott 2019-12-11 13:00:00Z 0
Christmas Party 2019-12-10 13:00:00Z 0

Reflections on last weeks meeting 

Our first meeting for 2020 was a very casual affair  --meeting at the "Off the Rails" Wahroonger coffee shop--intended as a social get together and 25 members attended with member spouses and friends--noting also that Sister Sheila travelled from Flemington by train to join us.
The gathering did give Lucy Dahill and Jo-Ann Moffat an opportunity to talk to members about the  "Mogo" bushfire response initiative (read the story on the Website --or below under "Avenues of Service") to a recently endorsed project by the Club to join in the response effort initiated by Sallianne McLelland (ex CEO of the Hornsby Womens shelter).
In excess of $1000 was collected from members to enable Lucy Dahill to purchase goods required from the "shopping list" of needs identified on the "Sign up " list ( see the story)
Other members have already bought and delivered goods to the SOS Removals Thornleigh collection point to be loaded and delivered on the 11th January
 Thanks Phill Comfort for organising the morning with Jayne at the Cafe
Other pics from the Café social meeting here 
A reminder from David Russell about the Woy Woy Rotary Club's event in March "Opera in the Arboretum" relayed PP Vic Deeble's invitation to join the event.    
Bookings can be made -here
There will be a lot to report on at this weeks meeting and stories to share from our vacation exploits.
 There will be a (Short) report from President Doug on his Japanese soire.
  • An update report from Jo-Ann Moffat on the very successful MOGO initiative.
  • Phill Comfort reporting on the RYLA week.
  • Peter Smith will talk about a Wine (tasting) & Cheese evening coming up very soon! (see below)
Member picture
Neil McWhannell will be our (member) guest speaker for the morning on the subject of --Motivated Money a researched and anecdotal view on investing in the stock market"
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Our Special Guest speaker this week

This week we welcome Suzanne Stanton as our guest speaker from St John's Uniting Church Wahroonga
"A special child is born--every day"
"As it will be Christmas time, and I am a Minister, it seems fitting to mention where our Christmas Traditions emerge from, the story of Jesus arriving as a baby. However, the focus of my presentation will be on the many other special children that are born. All children of course are special and a gift – but some children receive the label of “special” for other reasons and the gifts that they bring are not those expected by their families. How do we receive the gift of disability? Is it a gift?
Given the work of Rotary with schools like St Edmunds and St Lucy’s I hope this presentation will be of interest and will relate to the work of Rotary. As the mother of two special sons, one of whom has a disability that led to my life taking a different course, it’s a subject on which I have gained knowledge – not through education and books -  but through lived experience. It’s an experience for which I can now give thanks."
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Rotary Banners

Over the years, our club has collected banners from Rotary Clubs all over the world and banners have also been given to us by Rotary visitors.

Some of these banners are seen each week on the walls of the Warrawee Bowls Club, where we have our weekly meeting. 

Many of these banners have been gathering dust in the cupboard, but no more! Steve McGregor has painstakingly photographed each one and you can now see them in a photo album on the club's website.

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Christmas Raffle - off to a flying start! 2019-10-27 13:00:00Z 0

Radha Simhadri was on the radio - 100.1 Triple H with Ian Stuart

Dr. Radha Simhadri is originally from India but has been educated and worked overseas in USA for 25 years. For the last 15 years Radha has been working in Australia as an audiologist in private practice and has been a member of the Rotary Club of Wahroonga for over 18 months. Radha trained and practised Audiology in USA for over 25 years, and has several years of experience as a clinician, researcher, and professor.
Radha is very passionate about enhancing the quality of life of hearing-impaired children and currently runs four clinics in Australia. She has started a State-of-the-Art Hearing Diagnostic & Implant Centre in India to enhance the quality of life of hearing-impaired individuals.
Radha currently has two projects in India, one of which is her own project (the Early Identification & Rehabilitation of Hearing Loss in Newborns and young children) and the other is indirectly supported through Rotary in a rural area of South India (District of Coorg) to support Vocational training programs for the Disabled using an ECO friendly plastic recycle program.
The Rotary Club of Wahroonga is hosting a fund raising event for the Recycling Program.

Rotary Matters with Ian Stuart
Rotary Matters hosted by Ian Stuart. Tune into Rotary Matters and hear about the many worthwhile international and local causes, projects and people who make Rotary happen. There are many ways to engage with Rotary and the program includes a What’s On of Rotary community activities open to everyone.
Click on the Triple H logo to hear Radhas' interview with Ian.

The Hearing, Tinnitus & Implant Clinic in Mysore India

Radha Simhadri’s long-term vision was to provide “Early Identification & Rehabilitation of Hearing loss in Newborn and young children from lower socio-economic families in India. With that in mind, in May 2017, she started a Hearing, Tinnitus & Implant clinic in Mysore, India.
The Hearing, Tinnitus & Implant Clinic in Mysore is a subsidiary of Hearing, Tinnitus & Implant Centre in Australia which is owned and operated by Dr. Radha Simhadri; a clinical Audiologist. The clinic provides highest quality of care to the hearing impaired as well as patients with Vertigo/Dizziness with emphasis on early identification and rehabilitation of hearing loss.
Its mission is to use state of the art -hearing technology to identify hearing loss in the Newborn, young children. Where affordability is an issue socio-economic reasons, we do provide free hearing aids as well as partially support Cochlear Implantation surgery in children.
The services at the Hearing & Implant Clinic are also focused on providing highest quality of care in an efficient & caring manner. Patients receive comprehensive, integrated and affordable Hearing, Vertigo as well Speech services; all under one umbrella. The clinic now provides services in nine locations, this includes five hospitals and clinics in Mysore, two in Coorg, one in Pondicherry and now in Hyderabad.
The clinics are equipped with latest Diagnostic & Rehabilitation equipment and provides latest Newborn Screening Testing, Hearing Implants Hearing aids, Vertigo & Dizziness Assessment as well Speech Programs for Disabled Children including Autistic patients. The clinics up until now are financially supported by Dr. Simhadri. Dr. Simhadri s in the process of setting up a not-for-profit organisation so that funds from donors and clubs such as Rotary can help support more children in need of cochlear Implants.
Radha Simhadri was on the radio - 100.1 Triple H with Ian Stuart 2019-10-19 13:00:00Z 0

Chop Chop Busy Busy

A number of folks have asked about the origin of some of the phrases used by Merchant Seaman John on Wednesday.
It appears that "Chop chop" is a phrase rooted in Cantonese[1]. This term has its origins in the South China Sea, as a Pidgen English version of the Chinese term k'wâi-k'wâi (Chinese: 快快; pinyan: kuài kuài), which spread through Chinese workers at sea; it was adopted by English seamen.

"Chop chop" refers to "hurry, hurry" and means something should be done now, advance and without any delay. The word "chopsticks" likely originates from this root. The earliest known citation of chop-chop in print is from the English language newspaper that was printed in Canton in the early 19th century – The Canton Register, 13 May 1834: "We have also… 'chop-chop hurry'." The earliest recorded use outside of China is in the London Daily Chronicle on 4 July 1909: "In pidgin English 'chop-chop' means 'make haste'."

The phase even made it to a TV advert:


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An Evening of Classical Indian Dance and Jazz

The Rotary Club of Wahroonga invites you to an Evening of Classical Indian Dance and Jazz on Saturday 23 November from 5:15 pm in the Peter Duly Auditorium at Abbotsleigh School, Wahroonga.
This event, featuring Suhasini Sumithra and Hugh Barrett, is raising funds for a training program for people with disability, women and caregivers at Cheshire Homes in Coorg (South India) to work in plastic waste management.
Bookings are now open - www.trybooking.com/557134
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Australian Pickleball Championships 2019

Pickleball is a game played either indoors or out, as singles or doubles, on a court the size of a badminton court over a low tennis-style net. It is played with a paddle made from either wood, graphite, or aluminium and a light, plastic whiffle ball a bit larger than a tennis ball but with holes in. The scoring takes you through to eleven and the winners must be ahead by two. Because the games are relatively short, players waiting in the wings for a court are assured of a game without much delay. It’s the best fun to be had on two legs!

Invented on Bainbridge Island, Seattle some 50 years ago by Barney McCallum and a group of sports-crazy friends, it was initially played with wooden paddles a bit larger than a ping-pong bat. In fact, the game is a mixture of tennis, badminton and ping-pong and as such is highly favoured, and easily learned by players of these and other bat-and-ball sports. Little did the inventors know that forty years later the sport would boast millions of players across four continents.

The Australian Pickleball Championships in Brisbane

Peter Kirkwood and his son Michael were part of a Sydney team competing in the Australian Pickleball Championships in Brisbane.

Peter writes that, "The Australian Pickleball Championships were held in Brisbane over this past weekend and a few of us came home with medals. There were 160 registered competitors, several competing multiple times in different categories. There were 16 courts running simultaneously in the indoor sports complex. My Men's Doubles partner and I reached the finals in our category and finished up as Runner's Up. In some of the matches we were up against competitors much younger than ourselves".




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William (Bill) Bradley — Westfield Hornsby Local Hero

Many people in Hornsby have had their day brightened by a friendly greeting from Bill Bradley as he passes on his mobility scooter. The 84-year-old community leader has been a quadriplegic since he contracted polio at fourteen and has been involved in volunteering for sixty-five years.
He is a proud founder of the Hornsby Connect drop-in centre, which opens every Wednesday and provides low-cost dry groceries as well as free fruit, vegetables and bread to more than one hundred people a week. It also has a café at which people can socialise and enjoy free treats. “I oversee the free fruit and veg section and meet and greet all the people coming through,” says Bill. “We make a point of talking to everyone because a lot of people don’t have anyone to talk to."

Inspirational, Friendly, Kind-hearted

We are like a family. We know a lot of the people by name.” Bill is grateful that the community supported the centre and voted him a Westfield Local Hero. “But the title hero doesn’t sit well with me because I consider myself just a spokesperson for a team of dedicated volunteers. I get a kick out of being a volunteer. This gives me a great feeling that there is nothing wrong with me and puts me on a level field with everybody else.”
Bill is a keen sportsman and a world champion Paralympic bowls player, as well as a father of two and a grandfather of four. “Sure, disabilities make it difficult or impossible to perform tasks that others take for granted,” he says. “But I am happy to note that not only have I overcome life’s challenges; I have truly succeeded.”
Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. Hornsby Connect will put its grant towards a new delivery van and to fund ongoing operational expenses. “We need a freezer truck so that we can pick up more food for the increasing number of people who are coming through,” says Bill.
Bill will be speaking at Wahroonga Rotary on Wednesday 23rd October 2019.
William (Bill) Bradley — Westfield Hornsby Local Hero 2019-10-03 14:00:00Z 0

Lucy Dahill was in Normandy

The Memorial of Montormel is a historical museum on Mont Ormel in France dedicated to the battle of the Falaise pocket. It was the site of the last battle on French soil. It is situated on the top of Hill 262, where the pocket was officially closed on the 21st August 1944.
Lucy recently attended the memorial to visit a photographic exhibition presented by her mother, Gabrielle Crawford. Gabrielle was commissioned by the Orne department to create a photographic record of France's monuments to the dead of two world wars.
"When I came to live in Normandy, I was taken by the number of war memorials there are - many very beautifully made with amazing detail. In the cities they were designed by architects. But in small towns and villages often they were paid for by local subscription: they're less grand and perhaps more touching. Often they feature images representing the ordinary French people who died when the Germans invaded or who were deported afterwards." (Gabrielle Crawford)
The legacy of memorials
War memorials are often dedicated to the young men who have died, but in Normandy they are often about the women and children left behind. They often depict the care and love they want to be holding their loved ones. They can be made from cement, marble or bronze usually whatever they could afford, and many are the result of local competitions.
They recognised those who had lost their lives in battle, often very far from home, and they considered all nationalities. The money to pay for them was from bereaved families who sold whatever they could to have the names of those they loved inscribed forever.
Some of the memorials in the photographic exhibition included:
Bully Les Mines
There are more photographs located in a photo album on the club's website.
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Rotary 100 Down Under

It’s a special time. Rotary in Australia and NZ celebrates the First 100 years of Service in 2021.

In 1921, four Rotary Clubs were created in Melbourne, Auckland, Wellington and Sydney. From there, Rotary and Rotaract clubs were created everywhere across Australia and NZ. We all share a centenary in 2021. We can come together and create a common legacy. Think about the impact we can make!


It's the time to discover what is the best way to mark the occasion! And create a legacy that propels Rotary into the next century of service. This is so important – we will not have another chance in our lifetime!

Projects are already underway. We have loads of collateral, videos and material to help you dig deep and learn. You can explore, download and share what you find. Find out more about how you can get engaged in the Big Ideas Page

Need an idea for your own project? There are many Thought Starting Ideas that might create the Big Hairy Audacious Goal that will galvanise action to start The Next 100 years of Service. Check them out under the Thought Starters Tab

We have lots to share with Rotarians, partners, family, friends and media. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Newsletters, Websites are all our friends. Local newspapers and TV are hungry for stories that highlight why our centenary is a special time. Check out our toolkit under the Resources tab and download what you need.

Let’s honour the new projects that have become Centenary Rotary Projects. Projects endorsed by Rotary/Rotaract Clubs, Clusters and Districts as signature projects that address a real community need, propel us into the next century of community service, energise members  , provide a magnet for new members , find new partners and raise our profile. Register yours on the Centenary Project Honour Board.

Something may be happening near you sometime soon. A live calendar and summary catalogues what’s happening. Check out all the Grand Events and activities under the Events tab. And don’t forget to register your events for others to see and join in.

Need to chat with someone? Need a question answered? Want to add to this website? Contact Us will find a way.

All our material is copyright; it can all be used for approved Rotary activities and must not be used for commercial gain. We will be very pleased if you do help build the story, share and achieve great things for the next century.

And don’t forget to stay in touch all the time:  Facebook @ Rotary100 Down Under.


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Youth Programs

Rotary believes in developing the next generation of leaders. Our programs help younger leaders build leadership skills, expand education and learn the value of service.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

RYLA is a transformational 7-day leadership program run under the auspices of Rotary all over the world. Each day consists of inspirational speakers and practical learning activities engineered to refine leadership skills. This RYLA program is exclusively for young Australians aged 19 - 27 from the Rotary district 9865.

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Youth Mental Health

RYLA is a leadership development program for young people who want to learn new skills, build their confidence, and have fun. Events range from one-day seminars to week long camps.

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Interact clubs

RYLA is a leadership development program for young people who want to learn new skills, build their confidence, and have fun. Events range from one-day seminars to week long camps.

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School Bursaries

RYLA is a leadership development program for young people who want to learn new skills, build their confidence, and have fun. Events range from one-day seminars to week long camps.

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Community Mapping 2019

Rotary International’s document titled ‘Community Assessment Tools’ describes an assessment as the “foundation of every humanitarian project, small or large, because they provide a framework for identifying solutions to a community’s problems”. Community mapping, one of the assessment tools, can reveal different perspectives about a community. Mapping requires few resources and little time and can be adapted for a variety of participants. In this facilitated activity, individuals or groups typically draw a map of their community, marking certain points of importance and noting how often they visit these places. A successful community mapping exercise will get participants to:
  • Identify how they use community resources and any barriers to accessing them;
  • Compare perceptions of the importance of various community resources; an
  • Generate ideas for community improvement
Our own mapping exercise was designed to involve participants in a discussion about the community places they commonly visit. Some of the results of this exercise are shown in the table below, and this shows the community areas which had 3 or more participant “votes”. The complete table of results from the mapping exercise are located here on the club's website.
A large proportion of the areas that club members regularly visit, includes parks and gardens. For example, one highlight for the Hornsby Council area are the Lisgar Gardens, described as a beautiful hillside garden in the heart of Hornsby, one that is especially well-known for its range of camellias. For Ku-ring-gai, Wahroonga Park is visited frequently and for both council areas, the Bobbin Head National Park was the highest voted location.
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Mapping Detail

Ku-ring-gai CouncilVotes Hornsby Council Votes
Bobbin Head Ku-ring-gai NP18 PCYC Waitara11
Wahroonga Park16 The Fountain & Mall9
Turramurra Memorial6 Lisgar Gardens 5
Pymble Aquatic Centre5 Hornsby Library 5
WBC3 Fagan Park 5
Gordon Golf Course3 Hornsby Pool 4
North Turramurra Golf Course 3 Hornsby Connect 4
Gordon Library3 Berwora Waters4
jubilee Park3 Tripple H Community Radio 3
Cliff Oval2 Hornsby Family Centre 2
Bush that backs onto Nth Turra2 Waitara Oval 2
Ku-ring-gai Council 2 Great North Walk 2
Streets of Wahroonga2 Dangar Island 1
Bicentennial park2 Rofe Park 1
Streets of Turramurra2 Mark Taylor Oval 1
Karuah Oval 2 Hornsby Tennis Centre1
Hillview Healthly Lifestyle1 Hornsby Gorge 1
Bannockburn Oval 1 Dural Camping Ground 1
Gibberagong NP 1 Westleigh Tennis Centre 1
Gordon Uniting Church 1 Westfiled Cinema 1
Turramurra Club 1 McKell Park Brooklyn 1
Wahroonga Village 1 Crosslands Reserve1
Pymble Players Theatre 1 Rosemead Park Kenley Park Historic House 1
St.Ives Driving Range1 Thornleigh Brick Pit 1
Nth Turra Sports field1 Wisemans Ferry 1
West Pymble Oval1   
Ku-ring-gai Walking Tracks 1   
Curtilage Park Wahroonga1   
St. Ives Showground1   
St. Andrews St. Ives1   
St. Martins Killara1   
Twin Creeks Reserve1   
Dog Walking1   
Abbotsleigh Pool 1   
St. Johns Wahroonga1   
Acron Oval St. Ives1   
St. Ives Green1   
Turramurra Library1   
Turramurra Bowling Club1   
St. Ives Library1   
Neighbourhood of Wahroonga 1   
Park near Alexandra Pde Wahroonga1   
Wildflower Gardens St. Ives 1   
Roseville 1   
ALL places were visited weekly by members excluding Great North Walk and the Gardens in Hornsby and St. Ives as these were special trips or for special or seasonal events. 
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Sue Owen was at the films

Members and partners and friends of the Rotary Clubs of Wahroonga, St Ives, Turramurra and Hornsby District attended a showing of the new Australian film "Ride Like a Girl" on Sunday 15 September, 2019 at the Event Cinema Complex at Hornsby.
This film tells the story of Michelle Payne, the first and only woman jockey to win the Melbourne Cup.

The event was organised to raise funds for the Rotary Foundation and its End Polio Campaign.

Approximately 110 people attended, and were entertained by this thoroughly enjoyable new film which was directed by Rachel Griffiths and starred Teresa Palmer as Michelle Payne and Sam Neil as her trainer father, Paddy Payne. Playing himself was Michelle's brother, Stevie Payne.
There were a few tears shed in the audience, in response to the emotional upheavals overcome by Michelle in her quest for wins on the track.

Before the showing Doug Reid, President of Wahroonga Rotary interviewed the cinematographer of the film Martin McGrath, who gave some interesting background into the making of the film.

A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon!
Sue Owen was at the films Sue Owen 2019-09-16 14:00:00Z 0

Peter Smith is in the UK

Hello everyone - yes Jane and I am in the UK at present, visiting our son and daughter-in-law, who are posted here, my brother and sister-in-law, who live here and many other friends and relatives. We have visited castles, cathedrals, National Trust properties and beautiful gardens and of course have not stopped talking and have been fed to bursting point!


But I don’t want to talk about any of that! Because we are here at a time when only two subjects are on everyone’s mind.- the Ashes and Brexit!
I’m sure to varying degrees you have all been following both, with varying degrees of fascination. Let’s start with the Ashes. As I write this the 4th test is at a crucial stage, with England at 5-200, nearly 300 behind on the 4th day and everyone, aussies here and locals certain that the match is in the bag and the Ashes retained.
But of course we were there at a similar stage in the third test! So the barmy army is still singing and we of the green and gold are holding our breath. The difference this time is Stephen Smith, who I am claiming as my nephew (I wish!). His amazing innings have just about got rid of those who want to boo and everyone here is just overwhelmed by his performances. I had the great pleasure of watching most of his 211, a bit of good luck came into it of course, but I reckon he deserved it after the horrendous smack on the head in the second test. 
What was remarkable for me was that as a 13 year old in 1956 I watched that other amazing moment at Old Trafford, Manchester, when Jim Laker took 19 wickets against Australia- I think Smith’s performance is equally stunning. However as remarkable as this series has been, with twists and turns in each match, it is all what you might expect in an Ashes Series, but nothing has prepared us for the extraordinary business of Brexit.
I have had some very enjoyable conversations with people I have met about the cricket, where we all knew what we were talking about- but Brexit- wow!
No one here can believe what is going on, will there be an election before the 31 October and if so which party will win, will there be a negotiated deal with the EU, will there be a no deal withdrawal, will the Irish border issue be fixed, will the ports come to a standstill, will the pound drop like a stone, or will they somehow get another delay, have a second referendum and end up staying in Europe!!
Everyone I have spoken to, from both sides, cannot believe what is happening, love or hate Boris and are waiting with bated breadth for the next few days to unfold.
Last week I spoke to a German tourist in the garden of a beautiful stately home in Cornwall- there could be nothing more British (English). She said that in her view, if Germany were to have a vote about the EU membership a huge number of Germans would vote to leave and she thought many other countries would be the same. She didn’t think these votes would necessarily end in a Leave decision, but, like Britain, the split in the country would be severe.
Here in England that split is overwhelming, with families unable to resolve their differences. If you look at Britain as a whole, just like watching the Ashes with fascination, I watched the ‘debates’ in the House of Commons in amazement. The leader of the Scottish National Party spoke passionately from the floor of the house, criticising Parliament for disregarding the wishes of Scotland and threatening another Independence vote which he is confident would be won this time. And so it goes on!
Jane and I will be escaping to a small island in Greece next week, where British friends of ours have a house. It will be very interesting to see the story as viewed by the Greeks and of course by our hosts. She, Jilly, is a Dame of the British Empire, so is very well placed to have a view. She and her husband are lovely, the conversations will be very illuminating. But whoever we speak to, whatever analyst we listen to, no one knows what will happen next.
History will be made!
Best regards to all
Peter Smith
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Peter Kirkwood - Order of Australia Investiture

Ku-ring-gai's 2018 Citizen of the Year, Peter Kirkwood of Warrawee, was been awarded an OAM for service to the community of northern Sydney.
His extraordinary contribution has been made through a number of voluntary organisations which include the Rotary Club of Wahroonga, the Rotary Club of Waitara, the Hornsby community safety precinct committee, the Ku-ring-gai police safety committee, St Paul's Anglican Church, Studio ARTES and the Hornsby-Ku-ring-gai Police Citizens Youth Club [PCYC].
Currently Peter is the president of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai PCYC.

On Friday 6th of September Peter attended Government House to take part in the 2019 Order of Australia Investiture Ceremony. The event was hosted by the Governor of NSW Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beasley AO QC.

The ceremony was livestreamed and a video replay can be found at https://livestream.com/BLive/InvestitureCeremonySeptember2019/videos/195920261

Peter's presentation is at 1:02:45 about 2/3 rds through the ceremony; both Rotary and the PCYC are mentioned in the presentation.
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Hornsby Connect has won a Community Grant

The Hornsby Connect Refrigerated Provisions Truck
Hornsby Connect has won a Community Grant for $$72,558 from Service NSW with the Rotary Club of Wahroonga as the Project Sponsor.

What’s this project about?
The project involves the purchase of a refrigerated truck to collect even more of the free food available from many local supermarkets.
Last year Hornsby Connect distributed over 100 tonnes of groceries, fruit and vegetables to more than 5000 recipients, who are local people in financial difficulty. We need a truck with refrigeration, so we can collect more of the free food, which is available from local supermarkets every day. In particular, we will be able to collect meat and dairy produce, these being essential in providing a nutritious and balanced diet.
Hornsby Connect has been providing this service since 2016, but restricted transport capacity means we only collect enough produce to operate our shop for 3 hours each Wednesday. With more food, we will be able to operate on more days each week, to support at least double the number of families in need, and also support other community groups who provide free meals to the needy in our area.
The new truck is the largest that can be driven on a standard car licence and will be operated by our team of more than 80 volunteers, supervised by our volunteer Operations Manager. The truck will enable us to visit more local supermarkets on a fixed schedule, on more days of the week, to collect more surplus stock. We intend to have the truck in operation by November 2019.
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Hugh Burne was in Scotland

Posted by Hugh Burne
Hugh was in Scotland from July 20th to 23rd 2019 inclusive, and reports:
Local Glasgow friends drove us extensively around Scotland, especially to include "Outlander's Scotland". Scotland "blew us away” for its absolute beauty, friendships and humour. We had more laughs in 3 1/2 days than on rest of trip (although France was not far behind, but we were there 2 weeks). We were based Glasgow and covered Glasgow-Edinburgh Scotland by car:

1. Glasgow "kerbside" visits to

  • Glasgow University (doubled as Harvard in Outlander where Frank was a Professor and Brianna visited; Brianna is daughter of Claire with her 1740's husband Jamie but born in 20th century),
  • George Square where 1940's Claire got proposal from Frank, her 20th century husband, who became Brianna's 20th century dad),
  • Glasgow Cathedral where Claire volunteered as a WW2 nurse,124 Dowanhill Street (west end of Glasgow) apartment filmed as Claire and Frank's Boston home, and as actor Sam Heughan's (Jamie in the series) apartment when filming. We knocked on the door but not home as not filming latest Series 4 that week we were there. We did not seek out Catriona Balfe (who plays Claire) for same reason.
  • Clachan Pub
  • I couldn't resist taking photo of a dog walking van stopped in front of us ( "Pee in the Park")
  1. We drive round complete shoreline of the legendary, gorgeous romantic Loch Lomond in the Trossachs in late afternoon into evening (trying not to disturb amorous campers). Hugh "lifted" a Loch Lomond rock from pebbly beach at Balmaha. Dinner at The Winnock Restaurant near Balmaha.
It's actually very sad:
O ye'll tak' the high road and I'll tak' the low road
And I'll be in Scotland before ye
But me and my true love will never meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomond
  1. Loch Katrine adjacent to Loch Lomond and also in the Trossachs; including Outlander cruise on famous 120yr old steamer Sir Walter Scott in a very strong gale (Roger and Brianna drove these roads of Loch Lomond and Katrine when they became friends). 
  • Tennent Caledonian Wellpark Brewery at Loch Katrine (actor Sam Heughan was the feature for brewery's 125th anniversary ad)
  • Viewed Loch Achray Hotel Callender next to Loch Katrine.
  1. Road trip to Edinburgh:
  • Edinburgh Castle (already set up for the 2019 Tattoo - much smaller than appears on TV broadcasts-starting a week after our departure; Proclaimers performed that evening); unexpected to find beautiful Soldiers' Dogs Cemetery, and rather classy rainwater downpipes at the castle.
  • Royal Mile and Bakehouse Close (latter another Outlander filming site- a print shop) 
  • The White Hart Inn (oldest pub in Edinburgh)
  • Royal Yacht Britannia berthed at Ocean Terminal, Leith (Edinburgh)
  • Dinner at The Rosehip Edinburgh (yes, one of us ate Haggis and it was not me; our friends did offer to share -no way having been to a Robbie Burns night haggis ritual with relatives in England a decade before- saw raw ingredients!)
  • Crossed Firth of Forth Road Bridge and viewed historic Forth Railway cantilever bridge
  1. Culross Village (another Outlander filming site called Cranesmuir)
Hugh "crossing the stones" Outlander-style to go retro 250 yrs hand in hand with "frantic" Annette happy to stay in 21st century. Alas! This one was a fake as were the ones called Craigh na Dun and used in the filming (and made of styrofoam). It did not work for Hugh! Just curious.
  1. Doune Castle (fictitious Castle Leoch seat of Clan MacKenzie in the series). Doune is on River Teith about 10km from Stirling.
  1. Romantic dinner at Lake Hotel and Waterfront Restaurant on shores of Lake Menteith; Hugh did not order haggis, but our friends did and again offered to share (no way). More gorgeous photos and video.
  1. As we left on train Glasgow Central, our friends sang for all to hear "will ye no come back again" choking tears!
  1. My Dad's side of my family are Scots on his Mum's side; family name Watson, clan Buchanan
Hugh Burne Sept 3rd 2019 for WRC
Hugh Burne was in Scotland Hugh Burne 2019-09-03 14:00:00Z 0

A Village with a Fishing Problem

About 11 of our members and Sister Pauline (friend of Sister Sheila Flynn) went on the Catamaran on the Hawkesbury River for a luncheon cruise on Sunday, Father’s Day.
It was a beautiful 22C and a clear sky; nice lunch of fish ‘n chips with salad.
Many waterfalls were seen, Aboriginal painting on rocks seen from the boat, great company and a good day was had by all.
The captain of the boat described Brooklyn, our departure point, as a ‘drinking village with a fishing problem’.
A Village with a Fishing Problem Phill Comfort 2019-09-01 14:00:00Z 0

Ride Like A Girl

Posted on Aug 17, 2019
The Rotary Club of Wahroonga is pleased to present the film Ride Like a Girl.
Ride Like a Girl is the inspirational true story of Michele Payne - the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. This event is in support of Rotary International’s End Polio Now campaign.
Our Special guest for this film event is Martin McGrath, one of Australia’s most experienced cinematographers who will speak about the film and working with director Rachel Griffiths, the challenges and highlights of shooting the film, and he will bring some special footage as well.
The film will run at the Event Cinemas in Hornsby on Sunday 15th September from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
For tickets please book online at: trybooking.com/538401

Here is some recent media coverage for the film, Sunday Night True Stories and Sunday Night True Stories (cont)
Contact Email: president@wahroongarotary.org
For tickets please book online at: trybooking.com/538401

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The Rotary Club of Wahroonga hosts two entertainment events for September

Music at St John’s proudly presents The Sydney Welsh Choir

St Johns Uniting Church in Wahroonga, Sunday September 8th, 2019  from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

For tickets, please book online at: trybooking.com/536226

A feast of Welsh and traditional music by the Sydney Welsh Choir at St John's Uniting Church, Wahroonga.

This is a joint initiative of the Rotary Club of Wahroonga and St John's Uniting Church Wahroonga. Contact Sue Owen on Mobile: 0407 920 467 or Email: sueowen.rotary@gmail.com
For tickets, please book online at: trybooking.com/536226

The Film “Ride Like a Girl”

In support of Rotary International’s End Polio Now campaign
Event Cinemas in Hornsby, Sunday 15th September from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
For tickets please book online at: trybooking.com/538401
"Ride Like a Girl’ is the inspirational true story of Michele Payne - the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup.
Our Special guest for this film event is Martin McGrath, one of Australia’s most experienced cinematographers who will speak about the film and working with director Rachel Griffiths, the challenges and highlights of shooting the film, and he will bring some special footage as well.
Contact Email: films@wahroongarotary.org
For tickets please book online at: trybooking.com/538401

The Rotary Club of Wahroonga hosts two entertainment events for September 2019-08-16 14:00:00Z 0

Dick and Pip Smith

On December 7th 2016, Dick and Pip Smith visited the Rotary Club of Wahroonga (WRC). Dick was introduced to the club by WRC Charter Member Rob Ferguson, they had both been at school together at the Roseville Primary school. The major surprise of the morning came when Dick produced a cheque and donated $1 million to Rotary.

The money was used to set up Rotary Australia Compassionate Grants (RACG) with the aim to aid disadvantaged members of the Australian community irrespective of their location within Australia. Since then, RACG has received matching grants and as a result $2.5 million has delivered numerous projects that have benefited local individuals and communities.

Last Wednesday, the 7th August, PDG John Cameron and WRC President Doug Reid attended another event with Dick and Pip Smith. Once again Dick produced a check for $1 million and donated it to Rotary.

Here are Pip and Dick Smith with John Cameron, Lindsay May and Doug Reid
After the event, as John and Doug travelled back home on the train they reflected that they were possible two of only seven people who have witnessed Dick and Pip handing over $2 million to Rotary, with Dick and Pip being two of the seven!
Another inspirational day at the Rotary office.
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Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Rotaract Club 

Posted by Janelle Speight and Charlotte Weatherall
On Thursday the 1st August we celebrated the official charter of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Rotaract Club. The club for 18-30 year olds, celebrated the launch of their club at the Blue Gum Hotel, surrounded by Rotarians, fellow Rotaracters, friends and family.
President Joshua McKenna is presented with the Charter Certificate from President past Stuart Armstrong
Of special mention, present on the night were District 9685 District Governor Kalma McLellan, Past District Governor Susan Wakefield and husband John, District Governor Elect David Clark, District 9670 District Governor Graeme Hooper and wife Sue, District 9670 Past District Governor Greg Bevan and wife Lorraine as well as Rotarians and Rotaracters from Wahroonga, St Ives, Castle Hill, Rutherford-Telarah.
The 13 charter members of the club are Joshua, Tiana, Bill, Charlotte, Justin, Emily, Audrey, Rosie, Phoebe, Dave, Harry, Sianne and Elise.
The Rotaract club also took the charter night as an opportunity to raise $1022 for their club and the Black Dog Institute, supporting mental health research and education, an area they are passionate about supporting. The Rotaractors are looking forward to becoming more active in the local community and finding ways to support mental health and youth in our local area.
If you know a young person who might be interested in joining the Rotaract Club, please put them in touch with the club via their Facebook page ‘Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Rotaract Club’ or via email hornsbyrotaract@gmail.com
Amanda Firkins (Rotary) and Charlotte Weatherall (HK Rotaract) 
Group Photo: HK Rotaract, 
Bill Chen, Charlotte Weatherall and Tiana Jarmyn, 
District Governor Kalma  McLennan and Harry Steer  
Youth Committee Wahroonga Rotary Club, Lucy Dahill, Phillip Comfort, Carol & Bob Howe and Jim Fulton
Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Rotaract Club Janelle Speight and Charlotte Weatherall 2019-08-01 14:00:00Z 0
Novus Foundation Gala Dinner Janelle Speight 2019-06-05 14:00:00Z 0
Rotarians at work enjoying connecting with the community 2019-05-14 14:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellows

Congratulations to the two recipients of the Paul Harris fellows awards, Rob and Peter.
Photo: Rob Hamilton (left) Peter Kirkwood (Right) - President Stuart Armstrong in the middle.

Well done you make us all proud! Keep up the great Rotary service.
Paul Harris Fellows Janelle Speight 2019-04-23 14:00:00Z 0

World Debating Schools and Universities

World Debating Schools and Universities - Australia has a reputation for being one of the best! 
Richard Jackson (Rotary Member) with his son Ben Jackson (International Debater) Stuart Armstrong (Rotary President of Wahroonga) and Jo-Ann Moffat (Sergeant of Arms)
World Debating Schools and Universities Janelle Speight 2019-04-04 13:00:00Z 0

Our head in the Optus Cloud

Posted by Ian Cameron on Mar 13, 2019
A fantastic Vocational visit today to the Optus Satellite and Data Management facility in Belrose. Thanks Peter Kirkwood and Ken Broadhead for the organisation --16+ members attended and spent 2+ hours touring the facility--another WORLD!!
Our head in the Optus Cloud Ian Cameron 2019-03-12 13:00:00Z 0

A night at the Blue Gum

Posted by Ian Cameron on Mar 05, 2019
Our newly formed Rotaract group met for a social gathering on Monday evening at the Blue Gum Hotel in Waitara. A great success and lots of friendships formed. Planning for the next gathering is out there --in a couple of weeks --date and time and location to be confirmed.
Well done Josh for your organisation and thanks to District Rotaract Chair-- Amanda Firkins-- for joining the gathering and providing the team with a Rotaract perspective on the formal Charter process.
Excited to see so many enthusiastic and smiling faces!
A night at the Blue Gum Ian Cameron 2019-03-04 13:00:00Z 0

Clean as a Whistle

Posted by Ian Cameron

The Wahroonga Park and surrounds were the focus of much of the Clubs' Clean up Australia Day efforts on Sunday morning. A large number of Club members and community visitors participated, and the park, the village shop precinct and carparks were the target areas. A team also attended Cliff oval for a similar clean up effort.

Well done folks!

Clean as a Whistle Ian Cameron 2019-03-02 13:00:00Z 0

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai  Rotaract up and Running

Posted by Ian Cameron on Feb 22, 2019

Successful Rotaract Interest Meetings were held at the Waitara PCYC on 13th and 16th February.

A group of #young #inspirational people wanting to make a difference in the #world. Thanks to Andrew Long Jeremy Charles and Cameron Cortazzo for coming to speak about their success #Helping #learning #leadership #travelling and more in #Rotaract

The interest meetings were successful for the newly formed #Rotaract Upper North Shore. Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Rotaract Club. #HKRC

Thanks #Josh for organising the team leading to your next meeting. 

Interest Meeting at PCYC Waitara


President Stuart and Ian Cameron addressing the team


Cameron Cortazzo (Hills Rotaract)


Jeremy Charles (Sydney City Rotaract)


Andrew Long D9675 District Rotaract Rep.)

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Rotaract up and Running Ian Cameron 2019-02-21 13:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)


Do you have what it takes to become a dynamic leader and change yourself and the world?

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where you develop your skills as a leader while having fun and making connections.

What are the benefits?

Connect with leaders in your community and around the world to:

  • Build communication and problem-solving skills
  • Discover strategies for becoming a dynamic leader in your school or community
  • Learn from community leaders, inspirational speakers, and peer mentors
  • Unlock your potential to turn motivation into action
  • Have fun and form lasting friendships

What’s involved?

RYLA in our area is for young leaders based in the greater north, and north western areas of Sydney. RYLA is a transformational 7-day leadership program run under the auspices of Rotary all over the world. Each day consists of inspirational speakers and practical learning activities engineered to refine leadership skills. This RYLA program is exclusively for young Australians aged 19 - 27 from the Rotary district 9865.

How can I participate?

RYLA participants are nominated by local Rotary clubs. Please contact the Rotary Club of Wahroonga to find out more about our RYLA event.

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A Merry Christmas to our Community 

Posted by Ian Cameron on Dec 18, 2018
President Stuart and the Wahroonga Rotary Club Board wish our many community colleagues and organisations a wonderful Christmas celebration and thank you for your friendship and association throughout 2018
We have enjoyed contributing to the many worthy opportunities you present in the unique Rotary style
A Merry Christmas to our Community Ian Cameron 2018-12-17 13:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ian Cameron on Dec 16, 2018
The Novus Foundation committee has determined the date for the next Gala Dinner---at Miramare Gardens facility in Terry Hills.
ON the 25th May 2019
Check out the Website and our 2019 beneficiaries
SAVE the DATE Ian Cameron 2018-12-15 13:00:00Z 0

A time to be jolly...

Posted by Ian Cameron on Dec 10, 2018
Our bucket brigade gathered at the #sancarols-- a spectacular evening and thanks to the generous audience for their contributions to our collection in part to be used to add to our efforts to support family bursaries at #stedmunds and #stlucys in Wahroonga.
A time to be jolly... Ian Cameron 2018-12-09 13:00:00Z 0

The Christmas Spirit abounds.....

Posted by Ian Cameron on Dec 09, 2018
The club was delighted to have the use of the McWannell residence again this year for an elegant celebratory function.
The food (plenty of it) and wines were fantastic and members gathered around the pool deck for a jolly time.
Sandy/Barry entertained us admirably with carols and  music accompaniment on the Eukele from Rob Ferguson.
George Richards and Liz joined the evening.
More pics click here
The Christmas Spirit abounds..... Ian Cameron 2018-12-08 13:00:00Z 0

St Lucy's and St Edmunds annual bursaries

Posted by Ian Cameron on Dec 04, 2018
Annually the club gathers in numbers through late November and early December to frequent the Wahroonga shopping precinct and sell Raffle tickets to raise funds for the family bursaries we provide at St Lucys' and St Edmunds special schools.
We had the opportunity to attend the Wahroonga Fair last weekend and 20 + members and some local school senior students from Knox and Abottsleigh joined us to sell tickets--we raised $1200+ to add to that raised at the Wahroonga Food and Wine festival and other weekends at the Wahroonga precinct--We expect to raise $4000+ over the period. Thank you to the Wahroonga community and visitors for their generosity.
See more photos Wahroonga Fair
St Lucy's and St Edmunds annual bursaries Ian Cameron 2018-12-03 13:00:00Z 0

A drum roll--at St Eddies

Posted by Ian Cameron on Nov 28, 2018
An inspiring meeting at our annual visit to St Edmunds this morning.
The teachers looked after us with a lovely cooked breakfast directly from the new commercial kitchen recently commissioned to support the vocational training for the year 11 and 12 students.   Mr Jon Franzin Principal at St Edmunds. spoke eloquently of the successes with their 200 + students and new creative programmes to prepare them for work opportunities.
The highlight was the musical drum item proudly presented by a group of selected students--click on the pic below-- enjoy the video!
A drum roll--at St Eddies Ian Cameron 2018-11-27 13:00:00Z 0

Taking to the Airwaves -Dr Anne Prescott

Posted by Ian Cameron on Nov 24, 2018
This week another of our hard working Rotarians has taken to the airwaves--Dr Anne Prescott was invited by Rtn Ian Stuart (Turramurra Rotary) to join him on his weekly programme on 2HHH 100.1 --"Rotary Matters".
Many of our current members (and wives) have been involved over the years on the ground in several countries associated with a range of International projects.
Dr Anne Prescott, Richard Jackson, Richard Pitt, Jo Karaolis, David Russell, Rob Giacometti, Jim Fulton and Joan Giacometti and Jan Cameron to name a few-apologies to anyone omitted
Anne describes the many humanitarian projects she has undertaken in countries devastated by natural disaster. The earthquake in Nepal, the tsunami in Sri Lanka. Education and teacher training has been her primary focus in helping these communities rebuild and recover. Other projects supported by Wahroonga Rotary Club include the Starfish Foundation in Cambodia, Didi's Day in Mongolia and the Kopanang Women's Cooperative in Sth Africa. Co presented by Peter Crawley and Ian Stuart --Rotary Matters
Taking to the Airwaves -Dr Anne Prescott Ian Cameron 2018-11-23 13:00:00Z 0

A Community fun day for Streetworks 

Posted by Ian Cameron on Nov 18, 2018
The Streetwork Event at the Hornsby Mall today was well supported by the local community - lots of fun with push carts and music to entertain. President Stuart was interviewed by Ian Stuart ( Turramurra Rotary) on 2HHH during the morning. Congratulations Lucy Dahill and her committee.

Click on the pic below to listen to the audio

See more photos



A Community fun day for Streetworks Ian Cameron 2018-11-17 13:00:00Z 0

A Meeting with the DG Susan Wakefield

Posted by Ian Cameron
Our members this week were delighted to welcome our District Governor Susan Wakefield and husband PDG John Wakefield. Susan in her relaxed manner spoke of several District highlights including a positive message on membership growth and also shared stories of her unforgettable experience attending a Polio immunization day in a town named Nua just outside Dehli.
PDG John outlined plans for the 2019 District Conference in Newcastle and encouraged members to take advantage of the early bird discounts.
Susan also presented President Stuart with an RI banner recognition for our excellent Rotary Foundation achievements in the 2017/18 Rotary year --one of only two presented in D9685  for the 2017/18 Rotary year.
A Meeting with the DG Susan Wakefield Ian Cameron 2018-11-15 13:00:00Z 0

A fun day for all at Bobbin Head

Posted by Ian Cameron on Nov 04, 2018
A great spot for members to mingle meet extended families and enjoy a relaxing lunch and a few wines --thanks Rochelle for the initiative.


A fun day for all at Bobbin Head Ian Cameron 2018-11-03 13:00:00Z 0

Wahroonga Food and Wine Festival 2018

Posted by Ian Cameron
Our members had another great day at the Wahroonga Food and Wine Festival at the Wahroonga Park--the Festival Patrons were very generous as we launched our annual St Lucy's Raffle day. Congratulations to Margot Natoli for her wonderful organisation for the whole event.
Wahroonga Food and Wine Festival 2018 Ian Cameron 2018-10-27 13:00:00Z 0

Annual Australian Rotary Health--Hat Day

Posted by Ian Cameron on Oct 08, 2018
We have the opportunity to get in the mood annually to promote, celebrate and raise funds for Australian Rotary Health (ARH) and wear a Hat to mark the occasion.
Below some of our members showing off their decorated chapeaux in past years.
So we welcome you to join us on Wednesday morning for breakfast at the Warrawee Bowling Club 7.30am and enjoy the occasion.
Click the ARH "Lift the Lid Logo" below to donate to this valuable research into mental illness
Annual Australian Rotary Health--Hat Day Ian Cameron 2018-10-07 13:00:00Z 0

A focus on International projects

Posted by Ian Cameron on Sep 11, 2018
This month Anne Prescott and her International team are holding a Trivia night to raise funds for our two current International projects.
We would like as many participants as possible to support the event and show us their knowledge skills!
Contact: anne.prescott@uts.edu.au
A focus on International projects Ian Cameron 2018-09-10 14:00:00Z 0
A trip to the bush …. Ian Cameron 2018-09-03 14:00:00Z 0

A wonderful re-union.

Posted by Ian Cameron on Sep 03, 2018
Past President Jim Mein and Gill caught up with our lovely Norwegian Exchange Student  #CorneliaBjorke (1997-1998), during their current travels --great memories of the wonderful experience for our Club having these fine young folks visit with us. 🌻  #rotaryyouthexchange
A wonderful re-union. Ian Cameron 2018-09-02 14:00:00Z 0

The Daffodilians up early!

Posted by Ian Cameron on Aug 27, 2018
Club members and a group of Knox volunteers were up early to offer the Wahroonga Community an opportunity to make a contribution to the Cancer Council's special fundraising day.
Thanks to Dr Yvonne McMaster Kuringgai Women of the year and Cancer advocate for joining out team.
They assembled at the Wahroonga Railway station at 6.30am and raised $1500.
Well done folks and thanks to Jenetta!   More pics: Here
The Daffodilians up early! Ian Cameron 2018-08-26 14:00:00Z 0

We hit the pavement again

Posted by Ian Cameron on Aug 26, 2018
Our Rotary Colleagues gathered at the Westfield Hornsby Mall on Saturday morning to add to our drought relief funds --well done guys. Thanks Barry for the organisation!
Barry, Lucy and Helen
Terry, Joan and Rob
Phill and his friends
….and Shirley, Sandy, Ross, Peter and Ann  -see more pics here                                    
We hit the pavement again Ian Cameron 2018-08-25 14:00:00Z 0

A real Community spirit

Posted by Ian Cameron on Aug 22, 2018
It isn't often one has the pleasure of meeting a person with such a creative approach to supporting people less fortunate than ourselves.
Today we had the pleasure of meeting such a fellow Chris Savill, who has created a business model embracing well qualified trades people with a willingness to offer their services  to assist a family, or individual, or community group that is struggling and in genuine need of trade services?  United Tradies
Congratulations Chris --a wonderful concept --Chris would like recommendations of valuable capable trades people to include among his "welfare army"
A real Community spirit Ian Cameron 2018-08-21 14:00:00Z 0

SAN RunforLife

Posted by ian Cameron on Aug 20, 2018
Great Club support for the annual SAN Run for Life Community event supporting the SAN Foundation--20 members acted as course marshals and manned the Bag drop area.
The Team at 6ish!!
Drink attendants
Terrie and Daniel Quilty  with Leon,Matt and Phillip
More Photos: HERE
SAN RunforLife  ian Cameron 2018-08-19 14:00:00Z 0

Wahroonger Club Members hit the pavement 

Posted by Ian Cameron on Aug 17, 2018
This week Club Members gathered at the Wahroonga Railway station with some supportive young Knox students and others collecting donations to add to our efforts supporting our Drought Relief project. Our collective efforts to date have exceeded $10,000 and climbing.
The Club has developed a relationship with the Rotary Club of Narrabri and will be travelling to that location next week to begin dispensing funds.
Donations can be made at the Clubs Drought Relief page: Drought Relief -- OR a transfer to the Club's Bank account (please use description "Drought Relief")  RCW Foundation Trust Account BSB: 032189, Account: 256574

Knox collectors in action

Ann and Christine
David and Len
Neil, Ann, Christine and husband David
Wahroonger Club Members hit the pavement Ian Cameron 2018-08-16 14:00:00Z 0

The relief and donations start to roll in

Posted by Ian Cameron on Aug 09, 2018
The support for Drought relief from all over Australia is fantastic. Whether it be large Corporate donations--or local country town collections.
See a picture into the hardship being experienced by farmers: Click here  
The Wahroonga Rotary Club has mounted a campaign via the link elsewhere on our Website and taken a local initiative in the Wahroonga Shopping centre together with a planned bucket brigade in the Hornsby Mall next week.
The Buy a Bale collection barrels (pictured below) are currently placed at the:
--IGA Wahroonga
--Wahroonga Pharmacy
--The Laneway coffee shop
Click here and share this with friends and colleagues using the social media buttons provided.
We look forward to you supporting us with this campaign. 
The relief and donations start to roll in Ian Cameron 2018-08-08 14:00:00Z 0

Supporting our Rural Colleagues

Posted by Ian Cameron on Aug 01, 2018
President Stuart Armstrong is asking how you might help our country communities who are experiencing the consequences of severe drought. 
It is important to remember that often time money is the best sort of assistance that we can send.

The money can be converted into grocery cards administered by agencies such as The Salvation Army, CWA, Rural Aid, local Rotary Clubs and Councils.
Wahroonga Rotary will have members conducting local community collections but you may also visit our Donation Web page and make a direct online contribution.
        Go to : Drought Relief Project
 An electronic acknowledgment and a Tax deductible receipt will be sent
Thanks you for your participation.

Supporting our Rural Colleagues Ian Cameron 2018-07-31 14:00:00Z 0

Response to the Drought Relief Project

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jul 22, 2018
Click the image below to hear of the farmers plight
 DG Susan Wakefield is asking all clubs or cluster of clubs to consider how they might help our country communities who are experiencing the consequences of severe drought. District 9685 has responded to the drought crisis in the rural areas of our state by appointing Rotarian Barry Edmundson of the Rotary Club of Wahroonga to be the District Coordinator for Drought Relief.
It is important to remember that often time money is the best sort of assistance that we can send.
The money can be converted into grocery cards administered by agencies such as The Salvation Army or local Councils.

The Rotary Club of Sydney is coordinating the sending of semitrailer loads of stock feed to areas of need.

Rotary District 9650 has set up a RAWCS project. That project will be matched dollar for dollar up to $15,000.00.
The project is listed on the RAWCS website as “Drought Relief NSW” project number 2-2018-19.

Barry Edmundson is contactable via email jbedmundson@gmail.com
Response to the Drought Relief Project  Ian Cameron 2018-07-21 14:00:00Z 0

From Russia with Love

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jul 12, 2018
Members at the Clubs first meeting of the year this week were delighted to have a special visitor attend --that of Ekaterina (Kate)... in Australia for several weeks under a sponsored Rotary programme-- "From Russia with Love"-- a Vocational experience for young Russian teenagers interested in expanding their horizons in their particular chosen profession.
Honorary member Peter Edwards was instrumental in introducing the programme in to Wahroonga in 1999 (Peter Joined the meeting also ) --Kate is being hosted in Sydney by Jo-Ann Moffat and Richard Jackson and their families. Welcome Kate --enjoy your visit!
Left to Right below: Bob Howe (Youth Chair) Greg Starr (Secretary) Richard Jackson (International Committee) Kate (Visitor) Stuart Armstrong (President) Peter Edwards (Hon member) Jemimah Moffat (Jo-Ann's daughter) Jo-Ann Moffat (Sergeant and Host Mum)
From Russia with Love  Ian Cameron 2018-07-11 14:00:00Z 0

A proud moment for Wahroonga Rotary

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jul 08, 2018
The annual District Changeover was held on Saturday evening and among the many awards and acknowledgments to Rotarians Making a Difference --was that of the Graham Turnidge Shield --awarded to Peter Kirkwood.
This Award in the view of the District Governor is given : "For an exemplary Rotarian who has enhanced the image of Rotary through commitment, integrity and excellence in their vocation and service to Rotary"
A proud moment for Wahroonga Rotary Ian Cameron 2018-07-07 14:00:00Z 0

The 44th President rolls into town

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jul 06, 2018
A glittering evening at the Pymble Golf Club this week ushered in the 44th President of our Club -Stuart Armstrong. Congratulations to he and Helen.
100 people attended including many valued guests and member partners.
There were of course several awards and acknowledgments recognising special efforts of members serving their Community. 
Our wonderful founding member Rob Ferguson was inducted as an Honorary member and the Clubs first Life member--Rob spoke in his usual eloquent manner --a sound clip attached here for your enjoyment.
The 2018-2019 Club Board and Chairs
2018-2019 Club Board
President Sue Inducts Stuart Armstrong as the 44th President
The 44th President rolls into town Ian Cameron 2018-07-05 14:00:00Z 0

PP Rob Hamilton returns to Wahroonga

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jun 27, 2018
It was with great pleasure President Sue welcomed PP Rob and Robyne Hamilton back to the Wahroonga Rotary Club and inducted him this morning --that is 10 new members for this Rotary year--a great outcome and a testament to this friendly Club.
Welcome Back to Rob and Robyne
PP Rob Hamilton returns to Wahroonga Ian Cameron 2018-06-26 14:00:00Z 0

Queens Birthday Honours bestowed

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jun 12, 2018
Three senior members of the Club were honoured in the Queens Birthday Honours List today--Congratulations to them and their families.


Queens Birthday Honours bestowed Ian Cameron 2018-06-11 14:00:00Z 0

Refugee Week June 2018

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jun 08, 2018
The Club is supporting the Ku-ring-gai Council initiative to celebrate the upcoming Refugee week at an Event at the St Ives Community Hall. We have assisted with the planning and will provide volunteers on the evening.
Event Bookings can be made at: Try Booking
Refugee Week June 2018 Ian Cameron 2018-06-07 14:00:00Z 0
Changeover 2018 Ian Cameron 2018-06-06 14:00:00Z 0

PCYC Rotary Youth Hub

Posted by Ian Cameron on May 29, 2018
A signature occasion on the 27th May at the newly opened PCYC Waitara facility as eight local participating Rotary Clubs joined politicians and other local dignitaries at the opening of the wonderful Community facility.
PCYC Rotary Youth Hub Ian Cameron 2018-05-28 14:00:00Z 0

Annual Red Shield Appeal

Posted by Ian Cameron on May 29, 2018
A great Community/Youth activity undertaken on Sunday the 27th May--a number of Club members joined the staff at Abbotsleigh to assist with the schools' Red Shield effort--160 senior and junior girls and their parents spent the morning collecting on the local area.
Over $11000 was collected.
Annual Red Shield Appeal Ian Cameron 2018-05-28 14:00:00Z 0

An honour for our friend- PP Gary Webb

Posted by Ian Cameron on May 19, 2018
A wonderful sunny day greeted Wahroonga Rotarians and their friends to the SAN Hospital grounds at Jacaranda Lodge to dedicate an outdoor bench table and plant a commemorative tree to Honour our cherished past member PP Gary Webb. President Sue Owen addressed the gathering below.
An honour for our friend- PP Gary Webb Ian Cameron 2018-05-18 14:00:00Z 0

The Novus Foundation Gala Dinner

Posted by Ian Cameron on Mar 29, 2018
The Club was proud to present the 2018 Gala Dinner for the Novus Foundation to support local youth projects.
Check the Novus Website for more details--we would love to have you join us.
We have been notified that the funds raised will be of the order of $117000--a wonderful achievement indeed!
The Novus Foundation Gala Dinner Ian Cameron 2018-03-28 13:00:00Z 0

International Womens Day Breakfast

Posted by Ian Cameron on Mar 08, 2018
A unique location for our special International Womens Day breakfast meeting this week --held at the newly opened PCYC facility at Waitara. Great food and a happy occasion as our own Jo Karaolis presented her reflections on a full life and experiences.
International Womens Day Breakfast Ian Cameron 2018-03-07 13:00:00Z 0

A Youth/Vocational Focus

Posted by Ian Cameron on Mar 03, 2018
This week we were treated to some wonderful young people who shared their experiences from the recent District RYPEN (Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment) a weekend camp and from our Club nominee to the NYSF (National Youth Science Forum) about their experiences --these youth programmes provide both leadership and vocational insights --never to be forgotten.
L:R  John Welch ( Vocational Chair) Hannah (NYSF ) Ryleigh, Lucas and Liam (RYPEN) Bob Howe (Youth Chair) 
A Youth/Vocational Focus Ian Cameron 2018-03-02 13:00:00Z 0

Supporting our Rural friends

Posted by Ian Cameron on Feb 25, 2018
Recently PP Peter Kirkwood joined the Hills Kellyville Rotary Club for the introduction of a breakfast programme for school aged children in Bourke NSW. Peter's PCYC connection (also as a Board member of the NSW Branch of the PCYC)  now has been drawn to other areas to explore the opportunities to grow both the PCYC presence and consider ways Rotary may support youth and community programmes in selected areas. so Rtn Helen Clarke and Peter visited Walgett and nearby locations to explore the possibility for such a liason.
Well done guys --a few kms travelled I gather!
Supporting our Rural friends Ian Cameron 2018-02-24 13:00:00Z 0

A Champion in our midst

Posted by ian Cameron on Jan 24, 2018
Wahroonga Club President Sue Owen congratulated Past President Peter Kirkwood on his Kuringgai 2018 Citizen of the Year Award to be presented at tomorrows annual Australia Day Ceremony at Bi-Centenial Park Pymble.

CONGRATULATIONS PETER a worthy recipient.
A Champion in our midst ian Cameron 2018-01-23 13:00:00Z 0

ABBOX 2017

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jan 09, 2018
A rewarding day at the annual ABBOX children's week. We supported the catering side of the children's concert day--incl. Anthony Galea as guest singer and SANTA
ABBOX 2017 Ian Cameron 2018-01-08 13:00:00Z 0

RYLA 2018

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jan 07, 2018
A wonderful opportunity this week for Sonia and Anthony at RYLA  2018 our nominations from Marion St Theatre and PCYC Hornsby. 
RYLA 2018 Ian Cameron 2018-01-06 13:00:00Z 0

To our many Friends and Volunteers

Posted by Ian Cameron on Dec 21, 2017

We do wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


We are excited about a busy 2018 ahead of us --enjoy the variety of activities 


We thank you for your continuing support 



To our many Friends and Volunteers Ian Cameron 2017-12-20 13:00:00Z 0

A great view of Rotary and the joy of giving

Posted by Ian Cameron on Dec 20, 2017

One of our new members-- Lucy Dahill--  is a wonderful community contributor through the many organisations and young people she supports. Lucy is also a very talented FM radio broadcaster with a regular programme on 2HHH in Hornsby- FM 100.1 

Below is an opportunity to here her in full flight in her own programme which includes a Rotary flavour--don't miss it.


A wonderful opportunity for one of our valued Rotarians recently to partake in an FM Radio segment hosted by the talented Lucy Dahill on 2HHH FM 100.1.
The show airs on Christmas eve and is a great listen--make a note to tune in on Sunday morning --for those that miss the live broadcast a podcast will be uploaded to Lucy's blog #stayintheloopwithlucy-share this post with your colleagues.

Listen to Lucy's introduction for this upcoming broadcast: https://clyp.it/user/i02mvxly

A great view of Rotary and the joy of giving Ian Cameron 2017-12-19 13:00:00Z 0

Community and Vocational Awards

Posted by Ian Cameron on Dec 19, 2017
An outstanding group of candidates joined our meeting for the Annual Community and Vocational awards.
Their transcripts are recorded in the weekly bulletin 13th December.
Congratulations to Stuart Armstrong and Hugh Byrne and their teams for conducting the event.
A Vocational Excellence Award was awarded to Tony and Mary Macri--Hornsby Tailors (below)
Community Service Awardees below L to R
Steven Hopwood and  Lynette Ivimey ( Hornsby Connect), Alison and Doug (The Dish), Sue Owen, Sallianne McClelland( HKWS), Charlotte O'Connor (Peter Canisius House)
Community and Vocational Awards  Ian Cameron 2017-12-18 13:00:00Z 0

A birthday bash plus the DG

Posted by Ian Cameron on Dec 06, 2017

An outstanding meeting this morning as President Sue welcomed DG Peter Ward and wife Anne as they joined us for their annual visit; we were also proud to have one of our members Lucy Dahill's father join us. None other than Michael Crawford --visiting Sydney this week to celebrate his lovely daughters birthday.

There were over 60 members and guests who enjoyed the fun and banter from Jenetta Russell's Q&A session with Michael Crawford and PDG John Cameron's similar session with DG Peter. DG Peter was also welcomed on the meeting opening with a young aboriginal Knox student piper.


A birthday bash plus the DG  Ian Cameron 2017-12-05 13:00:00Z 0
VALE Elizabeth Starr (20th November 2017) Ian Cameron 2017-11-23 13:00:00Z 0

Staying the distance in Mongolia

Posted by Ian Cameron on Nov 24, 2017
Our meeting this week was treated to a walk through by Joan Giacometti and Jan Cameron of the history and success of the Club's relationship with the Lotus Centre in Mongolia--which arose out of our involvement in that location in 1995 when the Club encouraged by the then Club President Bob Quodling and Phil Hinton  to bring to Australia for heart surgery--- a very sick young girl from Ulanbataar (capital of Mongolia) --who was the daughter of a local police sergeant and an associate of Phil Hinton's son Sean who lived there. 
It has been an amazing story of Rotary In Action!
Rob Ferguson thanked the girls for their dedication over many years in raising in excess of $200,000 for the Lotus Centre.  Click here for The Mongolian Story
Staying the distance in Mongolia Ian Cameron 2017-11-23 13:00:00Z 0

Current day teaching  methods

Posted by Ian Cameron on Nov 19, 2017
Members were treated to an enthusiastic presentation from Mrs Anne Johnston --the Principal of Ravenswood Girls School this week--on some of the current day methodology in teaching young women many of the wellbeing strategies important to growing up in todays society. Anne's enthusiasm and knowledge of the topic was certainly on show.

 Ross Catterall's guests were Jim Overocker (centre below) came from Eagan Minnesota, a suburb of St Paul USA and 
Jonathon Darcy from Pennant Hills and the two are brothers in law as they married sisters, Jonathon has known Ross Catterall for 30 yrs and does orienteering with him each week.


Current day teaching methods Ian Cameron 2017-11-18 13:00:00Z 0

Rotary in action.......

Posted by Ian Cameron on Nov 11, 2017

A message from our Honorary Past Member @gordonfuller. Great to hear about his joint Rotary project.

"I do get the Wahroongler every week so keep up to date. I am currently working with Ann Prescott to join Uralla Rotary Club with Wahroonga for a joint venture for the Brave Centre in Nepal. I am seeking a District 9650 Foundation Grant to help with the project."

Well done Anne and Gordon and thanks to Abhishesh Poudel for introducing our Club to this wonderful project.

An energetic team (Anne Prescott, Jan Cameron and Eric Coonan) this week were preparing materials for #daysforgirls project to take in January for the #Bravecentre to introduce the concept into their #community.      Thanks to @janelledodd for your trainingAn energetic team ( @anneprescott, Jan Cameron and @ericcoonan) this week was preparing materials for #daysforgirls project to take in January for the #Bravecentre to introduce into their #community. Thanks to @janelledodd for your training


Rotary in action....... Ian Cameron 2017-11-10 13:00:00Z 0

The new Hornsby PCYC is now open!

Posted by Ian Cameron on Nov 08, 2017
A fantastic afternoon at the Opening of the Hornsby PCYC in Waitara. The Governor General David Hurley AC, DSC opened the facility attended also by the NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller and many other NSW State and Federal political and local community leaders. PCYC CEO Dominic thanks PP Peter Kirkwood for his vision and persistance
The attendees were entertained by a group of #studioartes dancers and a team of local young gymnasts.
Rotary figured strongly --DG Peter Ward and DGE Susan Wakefield attended also with other District 9685 representatives including those from local Rotary Clubs.
The new Hornsby PCYC is now open! Ian Cameron 2017-11-07 13:00:00Z 0

Fillies (and others) enjoying the Melbourne Cup party !

Posted by ian Cameron on Nov 08, 2017
A smaller group than usual assembled to partake of the Melbourne Cup fever this week--a special breakfast and champagne you say for breakfast--wow??
A colourful occasion some of the fillies enjoying themselves!
Fillies (and others) enjoying the Melbourne Cup party ! ian Cameron 2017-11-07 13:00:00Z 0

Billy as a teenager

Posted by Ian Cameron on Nov 03, 2017
A fascinating account of a little known story of hardship experienced by your recruits in the second world war--on our door step -as told to us by our guest speaker this week Lynette Silver
A review of Lynette's book on the subject reviewed here by Ken Broadhead-- Book Review
Ross Catterall thanks Lynette
Billy as a teenager Ian Cameron 2017-11-02 13:00:00Z 0

Welcome to Colin Grundy --a new member

Posted by Ian Cameron on Oct 26, 2017
Welcome to Colin Grundy --a first for the Club being Janet's brother in law. Lovely to have the Grundy family at the meeting.
Welcome to Colin Grundy --a new member Ian Cameron 2017-10-25 13:00:00Z 0

Welcome to a new member

Posted by Ian Cameron on Oct 20, 2017
President Sue was delighted to induct a new member-- Ross Catterall-- this week to the Club, Ross was welcomed by the members to the Club. Congratulations Ross we look for ward to your contribution to the activities of the Wahroonga Rotary Club
Welcome to a new member Ian Cameron 2017-10-19 13:00:00Z 0
Another Runforlife event at the SAN Ian Cameron 2017-10-14 13:00:00Z 0

A great Donation

Posted by Ian Cameron on Oct 14, 2017
Richard Jackson announced to our Club Meeting on the 4th October a wonderful donation for our work in Nepal--$40,000. A private donation from Ross Emslie- who searched the Internet for a worthy cause and the peoples plight post the traumatic earthquake and Rotary's efforts there to assist the mountain schools were the recipients of his generous donation--Thank you on behalf of the Nepalese people Ross.
Thanks to Steve McGregor for the graphic below
A great Donation Ian Cameron 2017-10-13 13:00:00Z 0

More membership success

Posted by Ian Cameron on Oct 12, 2017
The Club is fortunate indeed to have another delightful Community leader join our vibrant Club--this time Jo-Ann Moffat--a Principal of SOS Storage and Removalist Pty Ltd in Thornleigh
President Sue and Club members welcomed Jo-Ann and her husband Bryan.
More membership success Ian Cameron 2017-10-11 13:00:00Z 0

Membership success

Posted by Ian Cameron
The Club has been fortunate to recruit and induct two new members over the last few weeks and there are several to come--watch this space!
President Sue with Lyn Varvel below and Lucy Dahill (and Brendan)-- welcome and congratulations to both ladies
Membership success Ian Cameron 2017-10-01 13:00:00Z 0
A chance to support the SAN Foundation Ian Cameron 2017-09-12 14:00:00Z 0

A view from the House of Reps

Posted by Ian Cameron on Aug 31, 2017
This week we had a wonderful meeting --made especially so by the large number of visitors and prospective new members who attended.
The Hon Paul Fletcher- Member for Bradfield- was our guest speaker and Jenetta Russell conducted a searching interview with Paul with some great questions to follow--good work Jenetta --great research!
We were honored by Paul accepting an Honorary Membership of the Club.
A view from the House of Reps Ian Cameron 2017-08-30 14:00:00Z 0

St Lucy's ... an inspiring morning

Posted by Ian Cameron on Aug 11, 2017
A bright and cheerful meeting held at the St Lucys Special School Wahroonga this week and we heard from the Principal David Raphael and Deputy Principal Susan Jones about the challengers and support programmes focused on the Children and families of the students.
Thanks to the staff who prepared a lovely breakfast for us.
St Lucy's ... an inspiring morning Ian Cameron 2017-08-10 14:00:00Z 0

Daffodil Day

Posted by Ian Cameron on Aug 08, 2017
Club Members will be up early on the 25th August to raise funds for Cancer research and participate in the signature Daffodil Day selling at the Wahroonga Station--join us by signing up as a volunteer below--in particular we would love to see our past Rotarians friends rugged up and ready to go at 7.00am.
Daffodil Day Ian Cameron 2017-08-07 14:00:00Z 0

A new PCYC relationship

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jul 25, 2017
Last week we had the pleasure of hosting the CEO of the PCYC in NSW Dominic Teakle and DG Peter Ward together with Honorary Member Alister Henskens.
Apart from hearing an enthusiastic address about the PCYC strategic Direction from Dominic a new collaborative memorandum of understanding was signed between District 9685 and the PCYC to further each groups objectives in the Community. A great occasion and will lead to continuing the 80 year relationship between the PCYC and Rotary.
Click below
A new PCYC relationship Ian Cameron 2017-07-24 14:00:00Z 0

The Novus Foundation Recipients

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jul 14, 2017
The major Beneficiary Recipients and the Novus Board members gathered at the Club meeting this week and were presented with their cheques by Chaiman Phil McCarroll resulting from the Club's Novus Foundation Gala Event in 2017
KYDS/Streetworks and Open Heart international were the major beneficieries
The Novus Foundation Recipients Ian Cameron 2017-07-13 14:00:00Z 0

A proud moment for the Club

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jul 03, 2017
The Club was honoured at the annual District Changeover Dinner at the Hornsby RSL attended by over 400 Rotarians and guests.
The Award received by President Neil McWhannell was the District Vocational Award.
Thanks to Angus Robinson and his team for a resurgence in this key portfolio with the Club recently
A proud moment for the Club Ian Cameron 2017-07-02 14:00:00Z 0

Sue Owen inducted as the 43rd Club President

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jun 29, 2017
President Neil handed chain of office to Sue Owen last night at the Club Changeover. Two Paul Harris Awards were granted to PP David Russell and Doug Reid
PDG David Rands updated the gathering on the wonderful work of the Rotary Foundation and congratulated the Club on its continuing efforts to support the eradication of Polio and make application for Foundation Grants
Congratulations to the "Superhero" team for the 2017/2018

Changeover celebration

Sue Owen inducted as the 43rd Club President Ian Cameron 2017-06-28 14:00:00Z 0

Peter Kirkwood joins the ranks of the Wahroonga Rotary Club

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jun 29, 2017
We were pleased to induct Peter Kirkwood (Gabrielle) as our newest member at last nights Changeover Dinner. Peter has had many years as a Rotarian of another Club (Waitara) and has held many district Portfolios.
We welcome Peter and Gabrielle to our Club
Peter Kirkwood joins the ranks of the Wahroonga Rotary Club Ian Cameron 2017-06-28 14:00:00Z 0
A new member inducted--Christine Biddle--Welcome ! Ian Cameron 2017-06-20 14:00:00Z 0

PCYC --Time for Kids

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jun 13, 2017
A makeshift jail is being erected in the Hornsby Mall this Saturday (17th June ) to accommodate volunteers to be locked up to raise funds for the PCYC youth programmes in the local district.
Wahroonga Rotary has a candidate --Ian Cameron--please visit the Everyday hero page (click below) to donate--all contributions welcomed to support this important cause.

PCYC --Time for Kids Ian Cameron 2017-06-12 14:00:00Z 0

Volunteer Expo at Hornsby Mall

Posted by Ian cameron on May 30, 2017
Our Team at the Hornsby Volunteer Expo arranged by the Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby Councils --a lot of community interest shown in volunteering with Rotary.
Volunteer Expo at Hornsby Mall Ian cameron 2017-05-29 14:00:00Z 0

The Novus Fundraising Event a successful outcome AGAIN!

Posted by Ian Cameron on May 14, 2017
The annual Novus Fundraising Event at Mirramare Gardens was another outstanding success with over 400 in attendance and $120,000 raised to support local youth charities. Congratulations to the new management team for their untiring efforts --well done!
A great team of Rotaractors from the new Upper Northern Beaches Rotaract Club joined the event as volunteers--thanks guys.
The Novus Fundraising Event a successful outcome AGAIN! Ian Cameron 2017-05-13 14:00:00Z 0

Celebrating Volunteer Week

Posted by Ian Cameron on May 08, 2017
This week we support Volunteer week  and encourage the Community to join our "Friends of Rotary" to assist with the many Overseas and Local Projects undertaken annually.
To join the Wahroonga Rotary Volunteer team YOU can make contact with: volunteers@wahroongarotary.org to discuss these opportunities.
Celebrating Volunteer Week Ian Cameron 2017-05-07 14:00:00Z 0

PCYC and their programmes (and a new building)

Posted by ian Cameron on Mar 02, 2017
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.
PCYC and their programmes (and a new building) ian Cameron 2017-03-01 13:00:00Z 0

International Womens Day Event

Posted by Ian Cameron on Feb 18, 2017

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.
International Womens Day Event Ian Cameron 2017-02-17 13:00:00Z 0

FIVE Star Fellowship

Posted by Ian Cameron on Feb 16, 2017
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.
FIVE Star Fellowship Ian Cameron 2017-02-15 13:00:00Z 0

A dedicated Service to the community

Posted by Ian Cameron on Feb 13, 2017
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
A dedicated Service to the community Ian Cameron 2017-02-12 13:00:00Z 0

Awards to two long serving Rotarians

Posted by Ian Cameron on Feb 13, 2017
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.
Awards to two long serving Rotarians Ian Cameron 2017-02-12 13:00:00Z 0

RYLA quite a hit with our nominees

Posted by Ian Cameron on Feb 03, 2017
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)
RYLA quite a hit with our nominees Ian Cameron 2017-02-02 13:00:00Z 0

IT Precautions against Fraud etc

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jan 31, 2017
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.
IT Precautions against Fraud etc Ian Cameron 2017-01-30 13:00:00Z 0

Clean up Australia Day

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jan 27, 2017
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: http://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/rwc2017
Clean up Australia Day Ian Cameron 2017-01-26 13:00:00Z 0

Phoebe as charming as ever

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jan 24, 2017
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
Phoebe as charming as ever Ian Cameron 2017-01-23 13:00:00Z 0

A VISION for our health and fitness

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jan 17, 2017
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.
A VISION for our health and fitness Ian Cameron 2017-01-16 13:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ian Cameron on Jan 10, 2017
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)
HAPPY NEW YEAR Ian Cameron 2017-01-09 13:00:00Z 0

Plenty of Christmas cheer to share...

Posted by Ian Cameron on Dec 22, 2016
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!
Plenty of Christmas cheer to share... Ian Cameron 2016-12-21 13:00:00Z 0

ABBOX 2016

Posted by Ian CAmeron on Dec 17, 2016
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.
ABBOX 2016 Ian CAmeron 2016-12-16 13:00:00Z 0

Kopanang Re-visited--great progress

Posted by Ian Cameron on Dec 17, 2016
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.
Kopanang Re-visited--great progress Ian Cameron 2016-12-16 13:00:00Z 0

A million reasons to be thankful

Posted by Ian Cameron on Dec 07, 2016
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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A million reasons to be thankful Ian Cameron 2016-12-06 13:00:00Z 0

The young folks support the Four Way Test

Posted by Ian Cameron on Nov 29, 2016
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 young folks support the Four Way Test Ian Cameron 2016-11-28 13:00:00Z 0
Lest We Forget Ian Cameron 2016-11-10 13:00:00Z 0

Vocational Awardees--with the Kur-ing-gai Council

Posted by Ian Cameron on Nov 09, 2016
 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
Vocational Awardees--with the Kur-ing-gai Council Ian Cameron 2016-11-08 13:00:00Z 0

And the winner is... you decide?

Posted by Ian Cameron on Nov 01, 2016
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
And the winner is... you decide? Ian Cameron 2016-10-31 13:00:00Z 0

St Lucy's and others the winners.

Posted by Ian Cameron on Oct 31, 2016
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.
St Lucy's and others the winners. Ian Cameron 2016-10-30 13:00:00Z 0

District 9685 Conference 2017

Posted by Ian Cameron on Oct 13, 2016
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
District 9685 Conference 2017 Ian Cameron 2016-10-12 13:00:00Z 0
There's hope if your lost--maybe? Ian Cameron 2016-10-11 13:00:00Z 0

A wonderful perspective--Abhi Poudel

Posted by Ian Cameron
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.
A wonderful perspective--Abhi Poudel Ian Cameron 2016-09-28 14:00:00Z 0

New Wine delivery

Posted by Ian Cameron on Sep 22, 2016
STOP PRESS-- PLUS--there has been a price reduction for the remaining few cases of the Shiraz and the Chardonnay--get in early
An order form can be downloaded here: Order Form
The very popular 2011 Monument Verdelho wine that sold out earlier this year is back in the Cellar. Another 50 dozen now available for sale
Please email orders back to Peter Smith at:  reachfar53@bigpond.com
Jenetta and Greg unloading at St Ives
New Wine delivery Ian Cameron 2016-09-21 14:00:00Z 0

"Puddles" Lake and her Chooks

Posted by Ian Cameron on Sep 21, 2016
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 : www.peggypuddle.com.au --a great Children's Christmas present indeed?
Below her presentation encapsulated.
"Puddles" Lake and her Chooks Ian Cameron 2016-09-20 14:00:00Z 0

What a STAR

Posted by ian Cameron on Sep 17, 2016
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!
What a STAR ian Cameron 2016-09-16 14:00:00Z 0

A hard fought challenge

Posted by Ian Cameron on Sep 12, 2016
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
A hard fought challenge Ian Cameron 2016-09-11 14:00:00Z 0

An inspiring meeting

Posted by Ian Casmeron on Sep 08, 2016

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.
An inspiring meeting Ian Casmeron 2016-09-07 14:00:00Z 0

All about Social media

Posted by Ian Cameron on Sep 05, 2016
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.
All about Social media Ian Cameron 2016-09-04 14:00:00Z 0

Another fabulous International Project--"Kopanang"

Posted by Ian Cameron on Aug 21, 2016
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:   jokaraolis1@bigpond.com 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.
Another fabulous International Project--"Kopanang" Ian Cameron 2016-08-20 14:00:00Z 0

A group of proud awardees

Posted by Ian Cameron on Aug 18, 2016
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
A group of proud awardees Ian Cameron 2016-08-17 14:00:00Z 0

The 2016 Joint Business gathering

Posted by Ian Cameron on Aug 12, 2016
The next Joint Event with the Ku-ring-gai Council and Better Business Partnerships is coming up... bookings can be made -- Here
The 2016 Joint Business gathering Ian Cameron 2016-08-11 14:00:00Z 0

International Nepal Schools Report

Posted by Ian Cameron on Aug 05, 2016
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
International Nepal Schools Report Ian Cameron 2016-08-04 14:00:00Z 0

Another new Member for Wahroonga

Posted by ian Cameron on Jul 28, 2016
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
Another new Member for Wahroonga ian Cameron 2016-07-27 14:00:00Z 0

Our newest member

Posted on Jul 21, 2016
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
Our newest member Ian Cameron 2016-07-20 14:00:00Z 0

Wine Sales 2015/2016

The Fundraising and Partnerships Committee have had three delicious  wines chosen for members and guests.
The first a 2011 Verdelho from the Monument Winery near Orange NSW, which exhibits tropical fruit with high acidity, alcohol and tang. An easy drinking white wine.
Then two wines Two Thumbs 2014 Chardonnay from Pepperton Estate Langhorne Creek, with a tropical fruit bouquet and peach fruit flavour with a well balanced palate and clean crisp finish and a top class Beelgara 2012 Black Label Shiraz from the Clare Valley this Shiraz has a deep red colour and has generous plum aromas. A mouth filling wine with rich plum fruit flavour and well integrated Mocha oak, finishing with elegant soft tannins.  
2011 Monument Verdelho (6 Packs)
$120.00 Per Doz
2014  Two Thumbs Chardonnay
$130.00 Per Doz
2012 Beelgara Black Label Shiraz (6 Packs)
$170.00 Per Doz

These are now available through the Club Committee --please contact Peter Smith at: pandjsmith@bigpond.com. To receive an order form.
Wine Sales 2015/2016 2016-07-15 14:00:00Z 0

Lifeline Annual Book Fair

Posted by ian Cameron on Jul 10, 2016
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
Lifeline Annual Book Fair ian Cameron 2016-07-09 14:00:00Z 0

Another wonderful year at Wahroonga

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jul 02, 2016
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
Another wonderful year at Wahroonga Ian Cameron 2016-07-01 14:00:00Z 0

Run and Fundraise for the HKWS

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jul 01, 2016
Join the Hornsby Kuringgai Womens Shelter --Local MP  Matt Keane has even signed up  -- click here to hear Matt's message --City2Surf team
Register here to Run AND/OR Fundraise for the team
Run and Fundraise for the HKWS Ian Cameron 2016-06-30 14:00:00Z 0

Into the winners circle

Posted by ian Cameron on Jun 26, 2016
President Marlene and the District Changeover attendees celebrated the Award for the best large Club in D9685 for 2015/16. We were joint winners with Lwr Blue Mountains.
We won this Award last in 2007 --Peter Smith's Presidential year.
Into the winners circle ian Cameron 2016-06-25 14:00:00Z 0

Refugee Week action

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jun 25, 2016
Last week Janelle Speight attended a training seminar at the Ryde Council offices on the subject of--"Culturally and linguistically diverse" (CALD) people.
A report from Janelle is enclosed here below. "
Refugee Week action Ian Cameron 2016-06-24 14:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ian Cameron
Facebook has a new friend on Social Media! 
The Rotary Club of Wahroonga now has a Twitter account if any of you have Twitter you can now Tweet us @RotaryWahroonga 
TWEET TWEET Ian Cameron 2016-06-19 14:00:00Z 0

Indigenous Education intitiative at Knox

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jun 17, 2016
Deputy headmaster at Knox Grammar --Scott James--described to members the caring indigenous programme conducted through the Boarding School establishment--guided by a very capable Wahroonga Rotarian Helen Clarke. President Marlene presented a cheque for $5000 to the programme.-below
  Scott James accompanied by Helen Clarke (L) and Angus Robinson (C)
Indigenous Education intitiative at Knox Ian Cameron 2016-06-16 14:00:00Z 0

Knox Indigenous Programme

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jun 15, 2016
At the Club meeting today members learn't a lot about the compassionate and caring Indigenous programme at Knox Grammar and President Marlene presented a cheque to the Deputy headmaster Scott James to support the worthy project
Rtn Helen Clarke and Deputy Headmaster Scott James presented the story.
Knox Indigenous Programme Ian Cameron 2016-06-14 14:00:00Z 0

The generous donors around Wahroonga

Posted by Ian Cameron on May 29, 2016
A successful Red Shield morning at Abbotsleigh--over $9000 raised and 80 girls and parents joined the collection team.
Well done to Ian Faulks and the Rotary team.
The generous donors around Wahroonga Ian Cameron 2016-05-28 14:00:00Z 0

An International Service Commendation

Posted by Ian Cameron on May 26, 2016
At the recent Presidents meeting at the Hornsby RSL--District Governor Gina Growden along with International Service Director David Mylan, presented President Marlene with a Commendation for our hands on contribution and fundraising initiatives for Projects in South Africa & Nepal, together with a global grant to build toilet blocks in schools in Nepal, all of which were considered sound achievements. 
An International Service Commendation Ian Cameron 2016-05-25 14:00:00Z 0

The Bobbin Head Classic Wrap

Posted by Ian Cameron on May 26, 2016
It was Wahroonga's turn together with Partners Clubs, Kur-ing-gai, Turramurra, and St Ives  to host an elegant evening at the Pymble Golf Club last week to present the Bobbin Head Classic Beneficiaries with their Cheques. President Marlene Carty presented the Hornsby Kur-ing-gai Womens Shelter Chairman--John Lockyer their share of the funds raised.
The Bobbin Head Classic Wrap Ian Cameron 2016-05-25 14:00:00Z 0

The Four Winds and Quite Achiever Award

Posted by Ian Cameron on May 11, 2016
Greg Meyer addressed the meeting this week with a wonderful presentation on the competing dynamics of  internal Company business relationships.
Classified as the "Four Winds" --Vision--Strategies-- People and Results
And afterward Greg made a presentation to two Quiet Achievers nominated by Rotarian Dr Anne Prescott
Anne and Warren Pool from UTS here with Anne Prescott (centre) and Angus Robinson (right -Vocational Chair)
The Four Winds and Quite Achiever Award Ian Cameron 2016-05-10 14:00:00Z 0

Celebrating Volunteer Week

Posted by Ian Cameron on May 10, 2016
This week we support Volunteer week  and encourage the Community to join our "Friends of Rotary" to assist with the many Overseas and Local Projects undertaken annually.
To join the Wahroonga Rotary Volunteer team YOU can make contact with President Marlene Carty OR Ian Cameron to discuss these opportunities.
Celebrating Volunteer Week Ian Cameron 2016-05-09 14:00:00Z 0

The girls stand tall

Posted by Ian Cameron on May 03, 2016
Two of our long standing lady members celebrated twenty years at the Club last week.
Here President Marlene and PP Margaret Sachs (right) congratulate Judith Kaine (left) and Janet Grundy (centre)
Well done ladies--30% of the members of Wahroonga Rotary Club are female. President Marlene also shared a special tribute video here with members-- from the first American lady President of Rotary.
The girls stand tall Ian Cameron 2016-05-02 14:00:00Z 0

Turramurra Hub Community Event

Posted by ian Cameron on May 03, 2016
Last Saturday the Club responded to the Ku-ing-gai Council request to assist at the Turramurra Hub Community Day--and we raised over $1100 for the Nepalese Schools Programme
Below Abhi Poudel doing the work of two?
Turramurra Hub Community Event ian Cameron 2016-05-02 14:00:00Z 0

District Assembly 2016 at the Kings School

Posted by Ian Cameron on Apr 17, 2016
A small but enthusiastic team attended the District Assembly on the 16th April.                              
--ready to "Shine a Light on Rotary"
District Assembly 2016 at the Kings School Ian Cameron 2016-04-16 14:00:00Z 0

Youth Ambassadors for Rotary

Posted by Ian Cameron on Apr 02, 2016
Our meeting this week was honored to have youth representatives (our nominees) having attended the Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment (RYPEN)and National Youth Summer School (NYSF) speak to us about their experiences. "Our future is in good hands"--said Youth Chair Bob Howe
Vinay Kumar from Knox Grammar
(NYSF Nominee)                                              
                                                                Mia, Nathalie, Claire & Emily
                                                                                                                                         from Northern Beaches Christian School    (RYPEN Nominees)
Youth Ambassadors for Rotary Ian Cameron 2016-04-01 13:00:00Z 0

Sydney Adventist Hospital Awards

Posted by Ian Cameron on Mar 22, 2016
The Club's annual visit to the SAN last week where Pride of Workmanship and Bill Leventhal Awards were presented by Chief Operating Officer Phil Currie and President Marlene Carty.
Sydney Adventist Hospital Awards Ian Cameron 2016-03-21 13:00:00Z 0

Game On at the D9685 District Convention

Posted by Ian Cameron on Mar 14, 2016
A Wahroonga contingent traveled to Canberra over the weekend and enjoyed the action packed Plenary sessions and the social events on Friday and Saturday evening.
Game On at the D9685 District Convention Ian Cameron 2016-03-13 13:00:00Z 0

Clean up Australia Day

Posted by Ian Cameron on Mar 10, 2016
Last Sunday the Club members were joined by a group of Abbotsleigh girls (shaperoned by Rtn Rochelle Wiley) to clean up the Wahroonga Park and surrounding streets-- as well as a contingent assembled at Cliff Oval.
Clean up Australia Day Ian Cameron 2016-03-09 13:00:00Z 0

International Womens day Celebration

Posted by Ian Cameron on Mar 10, 2016
District 9685 Officer for Women Lyn Davies joined us for a special Womens day breakfast celebration with our coterie of wonderful member ladies (20) last week.
International Womens day Celebration Ian Cameron 2016-03-09 13:00:00Z 0

RYPEN attendee --very impressed

Posted by Ian Cameron on Feb 26, 2016


Wahroonga Rotary have participated in and run the District RYPEN programme for a number of years. A youth leadership course for students in years 9/10 without equal.

Recently we received a glowing endorsement from one of our sponsored students following the event this year in February ........

“Thank you so much for giving me an amazing opportunity this year by nominating me to be sponsored by Rotary to go on the RYPEN Leadership camp 2016! On the camp I learned about working as part of a team, how to be a leader and how to share my ideas without thinking they are silly. One year ago I would have never pictured myself getting the opportunity to go on a leadership camp. After this experience, I definitely feel more confident and I feel like I can achieve anything. I can't thank you enough for choosing me to be sponsored! It is definitely something I will never forget! Moving on to the future I plan to use the skills I have learned in everything I do. I am truly grateful for this opportunity and I hope that I can pass on some of what I have learned to other people.”

Thank you,

RYPEN attendee --very impressed Ian Cameron 2016-02-25 13:00:00Z 0

Apprenticeship Award

Posted by Ian Cameron on Feb 25, 2016
Wahroonga Rotary celebrated Rotary International 111th Birthday this week with a special celebration at its breakfast meeting. The occasion was marked with a special Vocational Apprenticeship Award to Ms Joanne Nicol from JB’s Hair Design in Turramurra.
Here President Marlene, nominator Janelle Speight and presenter Kerrin McCormack joined Joanne and her two colleagues Larissa and Umi for the presentation.

Apprenticeship Award Ian Cameron 2016-02-24 13:00:00Z 0

RYLARians very impressed

Posted by Ian Cameron on Feb 03, 2016
A wonderful group of RYLA speakers attended the Club this morning, welcomed by Youth Chair Bob Howe and President Marlene Carty.
RYLARians very impressed Ian Cameron 2016-02-02 13:00:00Z 0

Eggs and bacon by the truckload

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jan 27, 2016
Club members joined the Citizenship Ceremony and Australia Day BBQ held by the Kur-ring-gai Council on Tuesday. We were engaged along with the St Ives Lions Club to provide food for the hundreds of attendees at the annual function. We were delighted to raise funds for the Refugee Pack Appeal and our Youth charities.
Eggs and bacon by the truckload Ian Cameron 2016-01-26 13:00:00Z 0

Hard at Work...

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jan 24, 2016
Our Club members joined other community leaders at the local Kur-ing-gai Council Depot to sort and pack donated goods for the Refugee Pack Appeal recently.
Included were two Presidents (and one partner).
Hard at Work... Ian Cameron 2016-01-23 13:00:00Z 0

Two announcements....

Posted by Ian Cameron on Dec 17, 2015
President Marlene Carty was pleased to make two announcements at the Club meeting yesterday.
A well earned Paul Harris Fellowship was awarded to Past President David Russell--congratulations David.
And-- Neil McWhannell was appointed the Club's 41st President by the Board--for 2016/2017--congratulations Neil
Two announcements.... Ian Cameron 2015-12-16 13:00:00Z 0

Club Members had a busy week

Posted by Ian Cameron on Dec 16, 2015
Members had a busy week firstly managing the BBQ at Knox last Tuesday for the ABBOX Camp for disabled children ( run by the Knox and Abbotsleigh schools), followed by the SAN Carols collection on Sunday raising $2200 to be shared with the SAN and the Club.
Club Members had a busy week Ian Cameron 2015-12-15 13:00:00Z 0

Some great Christmas stories from members

Posted by Ian Cameron on Dec 16, 2015
Sergeant Steve McGregor asked 7 members to recount their most memorable Christmas experiences at the meeting this morning.
President Marlene Carty wished members and their families a very Merry Christmas and Enjoyable New Year
Some great Christmas stories from members Ian Cameron 2015-12-15 13:00:00Z 0

A jolly time was had by all

Posted by Ian Cameron on Dec 10, 2015
Members and Partners joined the Annual Christmas party at the Jane and Peter Smith residence last Saturday. Excellent food and wine was served and a happy time was had by all.
A jolly time was had by all Ian Cameron 2015-12-09 13:00:00Z 0

The Past and Present

Posted by Ian Cameron on Dec 01, 2015
There were 120+ Past and Current members and Partners at the recent 40th Anniversary Celebrations at the Asquith Golf Club. A memorable night--and President Marlene thanked-- "the organising committee in particular Gordon Fuller, Kerri Hodge, Rob Ferguson and Rob Giacometti and their teams"
Many smiling faces--
Barbara Salisch, Judi Johnson and Gordon Fuller were also presented with Paul Harris Sapphire Pins
The Past and Present Ian Cameron 2015-11-30 13:00:00Z 0
The gifts are rolling in Ian Cameron 2015-11-29 13:00:00Z 0

Extending the hand of Friendship

Posted by Ian Cameron on Nov 18, 2015
This week President Marlene,Janelle Speight and Ian Cameron attended the Ku-ring-gai Council's Community launch of the 'Welcome Pack' project to assist Syrian, Afghan and Iraqi refugees with essentials on arrival into NSW.
More about the Project here:  Welcome Pack Project
40 Community Organisations were represented at the launch. Wahroonga Rotary has been a member the Advisory committee at the request of Mayor Cheryl Szatow and have developed the Donations Portal and established tax deductibility status for the Project via Rotary's RAWCS Benevolent Fund.
Extending the hand of Friendship Ian Cameron 2015-11-17 13:00:00Z 0

A damp day expected for San RunforLife

Posted by Ian Cameron on Nov 15, 2015
After a day and night of heavy rain we woke early to an overcast and damp day--BUT the rain held off --what a relief to organisers and participants.
Almost 800 runners braved the elements  (160+ registering on the morning) and a successful event went ahead on time at 7.00am. Our club excelled in manning the BBQ and fed a hungry group of runners. Several local political entrants including--Paul Fletcher,Jonathan O'Dea, Alister Heskens, Matt Keane, Damian Tudehope (Epping) and Ku-ring-gai Mayor Cheryl Szatow brought her family to join the event.
A damp day expected for San RunforLife Ian Cameron 2015-11-14 13:00:00Z 0

A night of fun and frivolity

Posted by Ian Cameron on Nov 14, 2015
Members and many visitors attended a recently scheduled Movie evening at the Roseville cinema for a special showing of unIndian starring Australia's celebrated fast bowler Brett Lee. A group of Bollywood dancers also joined in and added colour to the evening--proceeds to Shelterbox.
A fun evening and plenty of smiles.
A night of fun and frivolity Ian Cameron 2015-11-13 13:00:00Z 0

An unusual Breakfast Venue

Posted by Ian Cameron on Oct 30, 2015
The Club meeting this week was held at the Peter Canisuis House in Pymble. Anne Prescott and Richard Jackson updated the Club on the status of proposed projects in Nepal for 2016 and beyond.
A highlight of the morning was the induction of a new member Leonardo Santos (and Nebula) to the Club.
Congratulations Leonardo we are delighted to have you join the Club.
An unusual Breakfast Venue Ian Cameron 2015-10-29 13:00:00Z 0

St Lucy's challenge

Posted by ian Cameron on Oct 23, 2015
On Wednesday our regular breakfast meeting was held at St Lucy's in Wahroonga and catered for by the wonderful staff. The principal Ms Georgina Reynhout addressed a very quiet meeting as we undertook the "Week without Words" challenge until 8.00am.
Members were provided with cards and notepads to experience the challenges the children undertake daily. It was indeed a challenge.
Several members undertook a fundraising campaign and collectively raised $3000 for a Bursary. Thank you for a wonderful experience Ms Reynhout and your staff.
St Lucy's challenge ian Cameron 2015-10-22 13:00:00Z 0

An inspirational day

Posted by Ian Cameron on Oct 16, 2015
A heart warming experience for members at the Annual visit to St Edmunds this week as their guests for our Breakfast meeting. Principal Kathy Freeman addressed the members and received from President Marlene a Paul Harris Fellow Award. The meeting was delighted to have Shannon Burrows (one of our Bursary students) sing for us--an inspirational day all around.
An inspirational day Ian Cameron 2015-10-15 13:00:00Z 0

A Hat Day to remember

Posted by Ian Cameron on Oct 09, 2015
Dr Ross Grant a member of the SAN research team (and a Wahroonga Rotarian) spoke to us today about the intricacies of young brain development processes,nutrition and resultant potential impact on the incidence of depression in young people. An absorbing address--applauded by members and guests.
It was also Annual Rotary Hat Day--acknowledging the valuable research work undertaken by Australian Rotary Health.
A Hat Day to remember Ian Cameron 2015-10-08 13:00:00Z 0

Week without Words

Posted by Ian Cameron on Sep 24, 2015
Ms Susan Jones the Deputy Principal at St Lucy's addressed the meeting this week about the fundamentals of Sign language used at the school with students.
Susan demonstrated a range of "signs" which members were quizzed upon --with mixed success!! The Club has agreed to undertake a fundraising exercise over the next month via an Everyday Hero link to sponsor members to have a "no words" 12 hour period in late October.
The website to sponsor a Member of make a donation is: Week without words.
Week without Words Ian Cameron 2015-09-23 14:00:00Z 0

Hornsby Womens Shelter

Posted by Ian Cameron on Sep 16, 2015
This morning CEO Dick Babb presented to the Club on the progress in 7 months since the Centre's opening and the growing needs in the Community for the work and counseling and other support activities being provided by the facility. We are certainly proud of the contribution we have made and will continue to make toward the success of this venture.
You can join the Coffee Crew and contribute to the Centre by visiting the Women's Shelter website --Coffee Crew
Hornsby Womens Shelter Ian Cameron 2015-09-15 14:00:00Z 0

Visiting Rotaractors

Posted by Ian Cameron on Sep 09, 2015
We were treated to a delightful and enthusiastic presentation from three of the members of the Macquarie University Rotaract Club this morning.
The members (L to R) are Christopher Lew, Taylor Murphy (President Marlene Carty) and Elise Dean-Jones all Macquarie University students.

Visiting Rotaractors Ian Cameron 2015-09-08 14:00:00Z 0

Local MP welcomed as an Honorary Member

Posted by Ian Cameron on Aug 20, 2015
Last night at the glittering Vocational and Community awards evening--President Marlene Carty welcomed and congratulated recently elected Ku-ring-gai MP Alister Heskens SC as he was inducted as an Honorary Member of the club. Alister has been a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.
Alister presented 9 awardees from 8 local high schools their richly deserved recognitions.
Local MP welcomed as an Honorary Member Ian Cameron 2015-08-19 14:00:00Z 0

Vocational and Community Awards Dinner

Posted by Ian Cameron on Aug 19, 2015
Vocational and Community Awards Evening
This evening (19th August) Vocational Chair Angus M Robinson and Community Services Chair Jim Verco and the Club services team will conduct an Awards presentation evening (7.00 for 7.30pm) at the Pymble Golf Club.
There are 10 awardees in all, and Local State Member Alister Heskens SC will present the awards, Alister will also be recognised with Honorary Membership of the Club.
President Marlene Carty said--- "she was proud to welcome Alister Heskens to Wahroonga Rotary Club and congratulated the Committees for the their initiative in designing this recognition programme to highlight the wonderful contribution teaches and staff make to our local Educational institutions".
Click here to see the recipients and their Citations
The happy band of Awardees
Individual presentation pictures of the recipients--click here
Vocational and Community Awards Dinner Ian Cameron 2015-08-18 14:00:00Z 0

Please Note

Posted by Ian Cameron on Aug 19, 2015
You can now check out our recent Facebook posts by using the FB scroll bar on our Website without a seperate login.
LIKE us on Facebook.
Please Note Ian Cameron 2015-08-18 14:00:00Z 0

The SAN RunForlife

Posted by Ian Cameron on Aug 05, 2015
The SAN RunForLife --launched !!
to be held on
15th November 2015
See the link below for all the details.
For Rotary members --Jim Verco is looking for Volunteers--you can register at the web site link below.
The SAN RunForlife Ian Cameron 2015-08-04 14:00:00Z 0

Assistance required

Posted on Jul 30, 2015
Volunteers desperately needed!
We desperately need volunteers to man a stall in St Ives Village Centre to promote the HKWS Annual Gala dinner, the aprons that are being auctioned, as well as the Gala Bid site…
Please can you let Lynette Ivimey, Volunteer Co-ordinator, HKWS (lynivimey@hotmail.com) know if you are available to help any time between:
Thursday 6th August - Wednesday 12th of August Any time between 9 am to 6 pm at St. Ives Village Centre
Any time at all that you can spare would be really, really helpful so do get in contact!  Any queries at all, please give Lynette a call on 0413 777 055.
Assistance required Ian Cameron 2015-07-29 14:00:00Z 0

an in house meeting and a PHF

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jun 18, 2015
Jo Karaolis (left) describes to members the progress at the "women's project" at Kopanang near Johannesburg.
The project provides a 3 year management training program for the women members of the Kopanang Community Trust, Geluksdal, South Africa, to enable them to become sustainably self-managed.
 Dr Anne Prescott (right) was awarded a Paul Harris Sapphire Pin
International Chair Richard Jackson read the citation "Read More" below
an in house meeting and a PHF Ian Cameron 2015-06-17 14:00:00Z 0

...Gallipoli revisited

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jun 10, 2015
The meeting this morning was treated to an excellent presentation from two member's recent visit to the 100 th Celebrations at the Gallipoli dawn service.
Cam Turner accompanied his son to the event and Peter Smith toured on a cruise ship off the Gallipoli peninsular.

President David Russell welcomed Neil McWhannell (Heather) as our newest member this morning.
...Gallipoli revisited Ian Cameron 2015-06-09 14:00:00Z 0

..flying risks highlighted

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jun 03, 2015
Wayne Kearns an experienced retired Qantas pilot, spoke at our meeting this morning and planted in our minds doubts
as to the safety of flying in light aircraft --be conservative and know your limitations was the message for inexperienced pilots.
On a lighter note a delightful occasion to have Margaret and Camryn Turner in attendance as Cam was inducted to Club membership by President David Russell.
..flying risks highlighted Ian Cameron 2015-06-02 14:00:00Z 0

...a visit from an old friend

Posted by Ian Cameron on May 27, 2015
Our speaker today was Past President Jim Mein formerly Moderator of the Uniting Church in N.S.W., President of our club in 1992-93, and holder of many Rotary offices at District level, a retired executive of a large accounting firm. He talked about an ancestor, Pastor James Mein, pastor of Ebenezer Church in 1802 to 1826... edited from George Richards text.
We were also delighted to have Brett Goods (SAN) inducted to the Club by President David.
...a visit from an old friend Ian Cameron 2015-05-26 14:00:00Z 0

..a great night out

Posted by ian Cameron on May 24, 2015
A great event at the Clubs Trivia Night at Abbotsleigh last night --28 tables (200 people) Cam Turner the champion paper plane thrower, David Russell's table won the night ( I think George was there too?) and we raised $9000+
Well done to Anne Prescott and all the people who made up tables and thanks to the guests.
..a great night out ian Cameron 2015-05-23 14:00:00Z 0

...the fruits of our labour

Posted by Ian Cameron on May 21, 2015
 President David Russell presented a cheque to Mr John Lockyer - Chairman of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women's Shelter-- on Tuesday evening at joint Club dinner at the Pymble Golf Club.
This was our share of the proceeds ($22,000) from the recent successful Bobbin Head Cycle Classic event.
...the fruits of our labour Ian Cameron 2015-05-20 14:00:00Z 0
...PDG John Cameron spreads the Rotary Foundation word Ian Cameron 2015-05-15 14:00:00Z 0
....more from Nepal about the schools project Ian Cameron 2015-05-08 00:00:00Z 0

...a trip to Nepal --just beat the Earthquake

Posted by Ian Cameron on May 06, 2015
Our speaker this morning was Dr Leon Clark--who outlined details of his recent trip to Nepal with a SAN medical team to undergo procedures to improve women's health from outlying villages and showed many aspects of Nepalese life in the mountainous areas.
...a trip to Nepal --just beat the Earthquake Ian Cameron 2015-05-06 00:00:00Z 0

...PCYC Hornsby folks doing a great job

Posted by Ian Cameron on May 02, 2015
PP Peter Kirkwood ( President of the Hornsby PCYC Committee), introduced Constable Lisa O'Meley and Senior Constable Paul Godfrey who spoke to the Club on Wednesday about the programmes they conduct supported in part with the Fundraising and contribution from the Wahroonga Rotary Club.
They are making a difference to youth in our district.
...PCYC Hornsby folks doing a great job Ian Cameron 2015-05-02 00:00:00Z 0

....100 years on

Posted by Ian Cameron on Apr 26, 2015
A wonderful experience for all involved--our Club ably represented at the Turramurra Commemorative service at Karurah Oval Turrumurra organised by the National Servicemans Association of Australia -- Rtn David Cooper played a major role organising the events of the day.

ANZAC Memorial Service 25th April 2015

Rtn Major David Cooper delivering the Prologue                                                                      MP Alister Heskens MLA congratulating David
Commemorative Flowers and Wreaths
....100 years on Ian Cameron 2015-04-26 00:00:00Z 0

ANZAC awareness

Posted by Ian Cameron on Apr 23, 2015
Jackie van Bergen from the Kur-ring-gai Historical Society delivered a wonderful Anzac Day address to the Club on Wednesday morning with a variety of anecdotes and personal stories about local residents exploits during the Gallipoli campaign
ANZAC awareness Ian Cameron 2015-04-23 00:00:00Z 0

--the Packer Wackers

Posted by Ian Cameron on Apr 15, 2015
Julia Zuza from Response for Life gave members a wonderful demonstration of the how to..of using a defibrillator. A life saving skill.
--the Packer Wackers Ian Cameron 2015-04-15 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ian Cameron on Apr 06, 2015
Last week we had reports from Jo Kariolis on the Kopanang refuge in South Africa, and a wrap by Doug Reid on the Bobbin Head Classic event( see recent article below 30th March).
A unit managers workshop
George Richards gave
 an entertaining account of his
Umpiring highlights
...reports/updates Ian Cameron 2015-04-06 00:00:00Z 0

...a photographer's paradise

Posted by Ian Cameron on Mar 30, 2015
A great day out on the hustings on Sunday--the Bobbin Head Classic Cycle Event.
The Photographer
Our members and many other volunteers assisted on the day.
  • We had 2,700 riders (compared with 2,000 last year)
  • They rode approximately 220,000 km
  • We had 400 volunteers supporting the event
  • We are on track to raise net for our charity partners $205,000 to $225,000. – up from $130,000 last year. Donations are still being received – we won’t know the final outcome for 2 to 3 weeks.
Members and others in action
More shots click-- Bobbin Head Classic
...a photographer's paradise Ian Cameron 2015-03-30 00:00:00Z 0

...what a surprise it was

Posted by Ian Cameron on Mar 25, 2015
Leon Clark (Vocational Excellence) and Margaret Sachs (Vocational Leadership) were among the delighted and surprised recipients of District Awards at the Annual District Conference in the Hunter Valley last weekend. Here hosted by District Governor Ian Scott .
...what a surprise it was Ian Cameron 2015-03-25 00:00:00Z 0

...worthy winners

Posted by Ian Cameron on Mar 25, 2015
Worthy award winners at the annual SAN Vocational Awards breakfast yesterday. L to R. Mike Weir, Barbara Ward, Maureen Attenborough, Melissa Ward, Agnes Esak, and Lindsay Douglas
...worthy winners Ian Cameron 2015-03-25 00:00:00Z 0

....bags of fun and money to come

Posted by Ian Cameron on Mar 21, 2015
At our meeting last week AG Paul Rickard and Ray Rice briefed the members and distributed kits for the upcoming Bobbin Head Classic on the 29th March
....bags of fun and money to come Ian Cameron 2015-03-21 00:00:00Z 0

....One of Rotary's key strengths

Posted by Ian Cameron on Mar 14, 2015
As part of the Club's Vocational programme --Angus Robinson introduced PP David Hart--who spoke to us at our meeting last week on the topic of utmost importance to all Rotarians on the subject of Ethics and Rotarians response .
See here a link to visit David's presentation: Rotary Ethics
....One of Rotary's key strengths Ian Cameron 2015-03-14 00:00:00Z 0

The Goons excel

Posted by Ian Cameron
The GOONS show at the Warrawee Bowling Club last Friday evening was a great success. We even had Patrick Milligan join us for the occasion (Spikes brother)--here with the actors.
Book for the 14th and/or 21st March at the Events tab below.
The Goons excel Ian Cameron 2015-03-10 00:00:00Z 0

KYDS --what a wonderful support group

Posted by Ian Cameron on Mar 09, 2015
A wonderful presentation at last weeks meeting by Felicity McDonnell, of KYDS, telling how KYDS concentrates on the wellbeing and health of adolescents across northern Sydney and how Novus and Wahroonga Rotary contribute to its work.
Congratulations Felicity you are making a difference.
KYDS --what a wonderful support group Ian Cameron 2015-03-09 00:00:00Z 0

The Abbotsleigh --Indigenous Student programme

Posted by Ian Cameron on Feb 18, 2015
The Club was very impressed with Abbotsleigh Headmistress--Judith Poole's-- address to the Club his morning on the origins, challenges and successes of the School's Indigenous Student programme.
Rtn Helen Clarke (Knox) thanked Judith.
The Abbotsleigh --Indigenous Student programme Ian Cameron 2015-02-18 00:00:00Z 0

Future leaders impress

Posted by Ian Cameron on Feb 04, 2015
The Meeting this week was treated to a group of 4 very eloquent young folks who have recently enjoyed the challenges at the RYLA week. All expressed their enthusiasm for the wonderful tools they were given to grow their personal careers.
Future leaders impress Ian Cameron 2015-02-04 00:00:00Z 0

A helping hand.....

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jan 19, 2015
Last week the Club was delighted to welcome Sharminie Niles, telling us about the organisation she supports, Help Orphans Now.
It is a not-for-profit and voluntary, created in 2005 following offers of assistance from the Australian public, to aid young people affected by the Boxing Day Tsunami 2004 in Sri Lanka.
A helping hand..... Ian Cameron 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0

All in a days work...

Posted by Ian Cameron on Dec 17, 2014
The Rev Greg McDonnell Uniting Church Turramurra's Minister spoke about his two four-month tours of duty as a Reserve officer (Chaplin) with the RAAF in the two Gulf wars and talked of the stresses and strains on the Australian service men and women and i his role with the injured Americans and Australians and numerous other country units. He spoke of the effect on the servicemen and women of being away from home for Christmas.
All in a days work... Ian Cameron 2014-12-17 00:00:00Z 0

Two in one....

Posted by Ian Cameron on Dec 10, 2014
The Club was privaleged to have Glen Maroney ( the Principal of Scenic Tours) speak to us on Wednesday. Glen has built his organisation into a world wide leader in tourism from humble beginnings in Victoria. Scenic Tours is also a major contributor to the Novus Foundation through offering packaged holidays as raffle prizes.
The Club recognised Glen's contribution to the tourism industry and his generosity with a Paul Harris Fellowship.
Two in one.... Ian Cameron 2014-12-10 00:00:00Z 0

Behind the scene workers...

Posted by Ian Cameron on Dec 07, 2014
While the red army were out selling Raffle tickets raising funds for St Lucy's bursaries-- others were behind the scenes helping out.
Behind the scene workers... Ian Cameron 2014-12-07 00:00:00Z 0

Ride a Day in my Wheels

Posted by Ian Cameron on Dec 07, 2014
The annual Studio Artes  challenge was taken up by Ian Faulks this year and
he undertook the tough assignment--with some assistance from
Peter Kirkwood and Wendy Escott--at the Hornsby Mall on Saturday afternoon.
--well done Ian
(Great Photos George)
Ride a Day in my Wheels Ian Cameron 2014-12-07 00:00:00Z 0

The Wonder of new technology...

Posted by Ian Cameron on Nov 28, 2014
Mr Peter Thompson Inspector,
Technology Education for the NSW Board of
Studies Teaching and Educational Standards
(BOSTES), was introduced to the meeting this
week by Angus Robinson.
Peter spoke of the NSW technology curriculum,
which is widely regarded as world class.
The high tech tools and equipment available to
students these days is truly amazing.
The Wonder of new technology... Ian Cameron 2014-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
A host of Awards... Ian Cameron 2014-11-12 00:00:00Z 0

St Lucy's never ceases to amaze...

Posted by Ian Cameron on Nov 05, 2014

A bursary for a deserving family and a tribute to St Lucy's dedication

Presentations at our Club meeting this week
Shannon Noonan speaks about the wonderful
progress her daughter Maggie has made under the
specialist schooling at St Lucy's
St Lucy's Principal Georgina Reynhout speaks about
the recent successes at the school and thanked
President David and the Club for the Bursary
presented for a deserving family.
St Lucy's never ceases to amaze... Ian Cameron 2014-11-05 00:00:00Z 0

Scary monster....

Posted by Ian Cameron on Oct 29, 2014
At this weeks meeting we were privileged to have one of own members (Doug Reid) present a very instructive (but a little scary) account of the extent of Cybercrime in our society and efforts by the authorities to combat it's incursion into our lives.
--err on the side of caution --was Doug's strong message.
Scary monster.... Ian Cameron 2014-10-29 00:00:00Z 0

New PHF's for the Club

Posted by Ian Cameron on Oct 22, 2014
The Club was proud to present three Sapphire Pins to existing Paul Harris Fellows at this mornings meeting
New PHF's for the Club Ian Cameron 2014-10-22 00:00:00Z 0

The SAN Opening 17th October 2014

Posted by Ian Cameron on Oct 17, 2014
Several Wahroonga Rotary members represented the Club today at the Opening of the new facility at the Sydney Adventist Hospital at the invitation of the SAN Foundation
See attached here a presentation of the days events. 
       The SAN Opening
The SAN Opening 17th October 2014 Ian Cameron 2014-10-17 00:00:00Z 0

Very relevant --President David's editorial

Posted by Ian Cameron on Oct 14, 2014
President David's "Despatch"
A very relevant article today by President David
Women and Children first --- Hearing that the 17-year-old Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi, have jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize reminded me of how much we in the “west “ often take for granted basic rights like education, equality and freedom. While it’s wonderful to see the rights of women and children being given so much prominence, it’s only been relatively recently that the veil has been lifted on some of these issues.…...
Very relevant --President David's editorial Ian Cameron 2014-10-14 00:00:00Z 0

A new member on a colourful day!

Posted by ian Cameron
Nice to have a new member join the Club-- welcome Alfreda White introduced by Carol Johnson.
Our Annual Hat Day an initiative to raise funds on behalf of Australian Rotary Health. Several wonderful contributions from Members.       
Two Birthday celebrations also today George Richards and Carol Johnson
A new member on a colourful day! ian Cameron 2014-10-08 00:00:00Z 0

A great day out......

Posted by Ian Cameron on Oct 07, 2014
This event is a great opportunity to have a Club social outing and take in the fun at this annual festival.
26th October 2014
Go To: http://wahroongafoodandwinefestival.com.au/
A great day out...... Ian Cameron 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z 0

A testing subject...

Posted by Ian Cameron on Oct 06, 2014
Mr Tim Parker( RMS)  accepted an invitation to attend the meeting last week to bring a different perspective to the controversial subject of the North Connect tunneling project and the emissions stacks proposed for the Wahroonga end of the tunnel.
There were some spirited questions handled well by Tim.
A testing subject... Ian Cameron 2014-10-06 00:00:00Z 0

Our Kids Our Mob

Posted by ian Cameron on Sep 17, 2014
Adam Cryer (Our Kids Our Mob) co-ordinator of this popular Aboriginal programme spoke at our meeting this morning about the success of their youth programme and the support received from Rotarian Bob and Phil (pictured here with Adam)
Our Kids Our Mob ian Cameron 2014-09-17 00:00:00Z 0

Awards galore...

Posted by Ian Cameron on Sep 10, 2014
At the recent Zone meeting at the Pymble Golf Club President David was delighted to formally receive from District Governor Ian Scott --three awards granted to the Club at the 2014 District Changeover.
* 2013-14 District International Service Award. (Thanks to a great submission by Chair Richard Jackson on behalf of International)
*Highly Commended District Governor Trophy;
*2013-14 Rotary Club Central Award (citation reads.:For setting strategic goals to Engage Rotary, Change Lives this year and in years to come).
Awards galore... Ian Cameron 2014-09-10 00:00:00Z 0

Novus Foundation presentations

Posted by Ian Cameron on Sep 03, 2014
Novus Foundation Chairman Phil McCarroll and Rotary President David Russell were proud to present cheques for funds raised at the Annual Gala Dinner in May 2014 to a worth group of recipients,
Novus Foundation presentations Ian Cameron 2014-09-03 00:00:00Z 0

One person CAN make a difference..

Posted by Ian Cameron on Aug 27, 2014
The meeting sat in silence throughout the wonderful presentation provided by Sister Sheila Flynn OP. -- a Dominican Nun. Her efforts ( as a Director)  in securing resources and implementing life changing conditions through the establishment of the Kopanang Women's Co-operative for women and girls facing extreme conditions in Tsakane South Africa; particularly with the threat of AIDS and HIV. The Club made a substantial donation .
Read more at : Kopanang
One person CAN make a difference.. Ian Cameron 2014-08-27 00:00:00Z 0

The Flower children...

Posted by Ian Cameron on Aug 22, 2014
A slightly damp morning but Daffodil day a real success--all sold--a happy team contributed from 6am !
The Flower children... Ian Cameron 2014-08-22 00:00:00Z 0

Assault on Anzac Cove.

Posted by Ian Cameron on Aug 20, 2014
Lt Col Peter Sweeney's presentation at this mornings meeting about the events surrounding the ultimate assault at Anzac Cove on the 25th April 1915, was outstanding and well received by members.
Assault on Anzac Cove. Ian Cameron 2014-08-20 00:00:00Z 0

Lace it up

Posted by Ian Cameron on Aug 15, 2014
Youth of the Streets is a very needy group --and our Youth committee has secured a parcel of--LACES--you can secure a pair or two for your joggers, brogues--or the grandchildren next Wednesday morning.
Lace it up Ian Cameron 2014-08-15 00:00:00Z 0

Old friends...

Posted by Ian Cameron
Past Member Leofric Kingsford-Smith and Pauline recently visited with our Exchange Student --Ylva Rantfors-- they were host parents for a period while Ylva was sponsored by our Club during 2006/7
Old friends... Ian Cameron 2014-08-15 00:00:00Z 0

A concrete story with a difference.........

Posted by Ian Cameron on Aug 13, 2014
Members always enjoy their peers presenting stories from their "life and times.." This morning Daksh Baweja was no exception. Dak acknowledges the thunderous applause!!  Great story Dak well done.

A concrete story with a difference......... Ian Cameron 2014-08-13 00:00:00Z 0

A stack of chairs...

Posted by Ian Cameron on Aug 07, 2014
Members were treated to an excellent presentation from our Avenue of Service Chairs at the meeting this week--with many new initiatives to challenge our initiative.
A stack of chairs... Ian Cameron 2014-08-07 00:00:00Z 0

More hands on Rotary.....

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jul 31, 2014
Dr Peter Tuchin treated members to a most interesting reminder of the need to ensure our posture and exercise are serious considerations for us all, and was accompanied by a naked shapely assistant for the demonstrations of good practice.
More hands on Rotary..... Ian Cameron 2014-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Hands on Rotary...... Ian Cameron 2014-07-23 00:00:00Z 0

Where there is smoke ..........

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jul 16, 2014
There was a strong case put by the CAPS Group ( Dr Elizabeth Johnson and Jonas Ball) at the meeting this week--for the relocation of the proposed Exhaust stack from the location planned in Wahroonga.
They also gave indication of the absence of reliable information to explain the harmful properties of such exhaust emissions-- and their effect on the local community. Members had lots of questions of the visitors displayed below.
PP Jim Verco reminded members of a meeting of the Emissions report to be see at: http://northconnex.com.au/library.php
also that a NorthConnex Air Quality public forum which will be held on 29.7.14 at Hornsby RSL at 7-9pm.
The CAPS folks presented statistics and observations associated with the NorthConnex project in a Powerpoint presentation which can be viewed in a in a link here: NorthConnex

Where there is smoke .......... Ian Cameron 2014-07-16 00:00:00Z 0

Lifeline Book Fair July 2014

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jul 14, 2014
The Annual Northern Zone Lifeline Book fair was held at the weekend and was as usual very successful--some of our members assisted with the loading and
assembly last weekend and others assisted at Knox Grammar on Sunday evening packing away unsold books.
Lifeline Book Fair July 2014 Ian Cameron 2014-07-14 00:00:00Z 0

Recap by the RI Covention Volunteers

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jul 13, 2014
Several Club Volunteers presented their experiences at this weeks meeting about their time as the RI Convention volunteers--clearly a very rewarding exercise.
Also Past President Jim presented a Paul Harris Fellowship to a delighted (and surprised) Rochelle Wiley.
Recap by the RI Covention Volunteers Ian Cameron 2014-07-13 00:00:00Z 0

A step back in History

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jul 03, 2014
Major Laurie Hindmarsh thanked by Ken Broadhead, presented the meeting with a humorous insight into life and experiences at the Prison Hostel located in St Ives in the early 1940's
The Ferguson Plate emerged from the Richards removal boxes and was duly presented to Ian Cameron.
Immediate Past President Jim was delighted to present PP John Collins with a well deserved Paul Harris Fellowship Award, ably assisted by President David.
A step back in History Ian Cameron 2014-07-03 00:00:00Z 0

The Changes in Education from close to home

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jun 19, 2014
The meeting this week was privileged to have the Knox Grammar school Headmaster Mr John Weeks talk to us about the changes in Education funding and the new age developments in the style of education now presented to students and the influence of technology.
Carol Johnson presented President Jim with a $1000 to support the  Nepalese Toilet installation project being driven by Anne Prescott.
Well done Carol who is also a club sponsor --Chilton Real Estate.

The Changes in Education from close to home Ian Cameron 2014-06-19 00:00:00Z 0

Recap on the Novus Foundation Dinner and the RI Convention

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jun 11, 2014
This weeks meeting was devoted to a recap on the outcomes of the Novus Foundation Fundraiser dinner--Read more...(below) and the RI Convention held in Sydney 1-4 th June
We also had a visit from Dick White the HOC Home hosting organiser, to thank the Club members and it's Hosting organiser John Cameron, for the outstanding event success--58 visitors were hosted by club members.
Photos see appended here via the Club photo album Link.:  Photo Album
The CEO of the Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia organisation also attended to thank the Club ( Ken Broadhead) for the encouragement given to have a stand in the House of Fellowship at the RI Convention--it was a great success resulting many new contacts and relationships and donations.
Recap on the Novus Foundation Dinner and the RI Convention Ian Cameron 2014-06-11 00:00:00Z 0

What a week for Rotary--and theWahroonga Rotary Club

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jun 08, 2014
We had a very special week this last week attending the annual Novus Dinner and the International Rotary Convention
A record fundraising effort --$175,000.
John Cameron advises...
Twenty-six members were directly involved in the Home Hosting Night Dinner project where we supported fifty eight international guests . . .
. . . as well as our Convention attendance of twenty nine Wahroonga folk along with several volunteers . . .
What a week for Rotary--and theWahroonga Rotary Club Ian Cameron 2014-06-08 00:00:00Z 0

One club makes a difference

Posted by Ian Cameron on May 30, 2014
A visit from Michael Wright a member of the Rotary Club or Pnom Penh described to us the wonderful work their Club is doing in conjunction with local authorities to alleviate a facial birth defect in Cambodian Children--achieving outstanding outcomes. A project worthy of support.
Also the induction of Dakh Baweja to the Club--a new member well known through business and social circles to several of our members--welcome Dakh.
One club makes a difference Ian Cameron 2014-05-30 00:00:00Z 0

A man with a passion

Posted by Ian Cameron on May 22, 2014
Albert Teo shared with us this week the amazing developments and contribution to the welfare of his country folk in Borneo through his interest in the fabulous protection of the ecological aspects of this country.
   More about these projects at: Projects
A man with a passion Ian Cameron 2014-05-22 00:00:00Z 0

Indigenous Charm

Posted by Ian Cameron on May 14, 2014
Members were treated to a rare pleasure at this weeks meeting, having PP Peter Kirkwood display his talents and relate his stories about the wonderful aboriginal creation--the Didgeridoo.
     Open the link attached here to listen to Peter's music:    Didgeridoo
Indigenous Charm Ian Cameron 2014-05-14 00:00:00Z 0

The boy from the bush

Posted by Ian Cameron on May 07, 2014
At this week's meeting we welcomed Club Honorary Member; Chairman of the Novus Foundation and Senior business figure in our community Mr Phil McCarroll OAM.
Phil presented his views as to the Future of the Motor Vehicle industry in Australia ---to a swelled audience, as we had 11 visitors including several prospective members--"....certainly challenging but exciting times"-- Phil observed.
The boy from the bush Ian Cameron 2014-05-07 00:00:00Z 0

One person makes a difference

Posted by Ian Cameron on May 01, 2014
Lita Ford a SAN employee presented her heartfelt story of the wonderful work she has instigated in her home country --the Philippines-- with the assistance of SAN medical professionals,in undertaking cataract surgery in her home village.
Watch the video here of the work undertaken: http://youtu.be/x94qdXlgK6w
One person makes a difference Ian Cameron 2014-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

What an experience !

Posted by Ian Cameron on Mar 27, 2014
Two wonderful RYPEN attendees Annika and Maggie spoke to us this morning about their experiences at the District RYPEN event. They spoke with confidence and John Haynes Annika's grandfather (in attendance) was very proud.
What an experience ! Ian Cameron 2014-03-27 00:00:00Z 0

Our annual visit to St Lucy's

Posted by Ian Cameron on Mar 18, 2014
President Jim presented a Paul Harris Fellowship to Tina Donnelly a longstanding and highly regarded teacher at St Lucy's.
Bob Howe presented Georgina Reynhout -Principal at St Lucy's--a Student Bursary, which was accepted with appreciation.
Our annual visit to St Lucy's Ian Cameron 2014-03-18 00:00:00Z 0

The view from the bench

Posted by Ian Cameron on Mar 13, 2014


 Judge Elizabeth Olsson told us of her experiences, and some wonderful anecdotes arising from her career as a District Court Judge, a presentation that was very well received by members.

Community Service Director Ron Wainberg presented a Community Service Award to --Harm Drenth a member of the Kur-ing-gai SES.
The view from the bench Ian Cameron 2014-03-13 00:00:00Z 0

An Image to remember

Posted by Ian Cameron on Mar 05, 2014
We were treated at our meeting this week to a talented display of caraciature drawings and many anecdotes from Mick Joffe, a celebrated author who has written and illustrated several books on significatant Australians end events.
John Cameron become an instant subject
See his web site here for more information: ivebeenjoffed
An Image to remember Ian Cameron 2014-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
A feast of presentations Ian Cameron 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0

The Challenges of Ageing vision

Posted by Ian Cameron on Feb 19, 2014
Ms Donna Hendry Senior Educational officer from the Macular Disease Foundation presented a very clear outline of the early detection and management of Macular degeneration in ageing folk.
A very instructive presentation.
The Challenges of Ageing vision Ian Cameron 2014-02-19 00:00:00Z 0

A waste of resources

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jan 31, 2014
Member Ron Wainberg  ( 20 year service to the Club this month) was asked to fill in for an absent speaker last week, and he gave us a wonderful background (with a slide show) of the modern techniques being used to maximise the efficiencies in processing industrial and domestic waste.
A offer to visit one of the modern plants was received with enthusiasm and a visit will be planned in the future. Well done Ron!
A waste of resources Ian Cameron 2014-01-31 00:00:00Z 0

A Tall story

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jan 27, 2014
Alan Edenborough North Sydney Technical High School graduate ( along with Ken/Gordon and Jim ), was one of the sailing tragics who discovered the rusting hulk of the James Craig in Hobart, brought it to Sydney and rebuilt it. He is very active in the Sydney Heritage Fleet and is Chair of the Australian Association of Maritime Museums. Alan gave us a wonderful insight at our meeting last week into the remaining historical tall ships located around the world
A Tall story Ian Cameron 2014-01-27 00:00:00Z 0

A Sydney Adventist Hospital Fundraiser

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jan 23, 2014
The Sydney Adventist Hospital have joined with Harvey Norman to have donated
to their Integrated Cancer Centre a percentage of sales on the weekend of the
8th and 9th of February
SO, please take note-- if you are contemplating a purchase from this supplier.
A Sydney Adventist Hospital Fundraiser Ian Cameron 2014-01-23 00:00:00Z 0

New Rotary Logo for 2014/15

RI released the new Rotary Logo to be used in the 2014/15 Rotary year today.
 The Theme is "Light up Rotary"
New Rotary Logo for 2014/15 Ian Cameron 2014-01-14 00:00:00Z 0

The new calendar year is off to a Flying start

Posted by Ian Cameron on Jan 08, 2014
Today’s speaker was Patricio Parragué, who spoke to the meeting
bout the Australia/Chile connection crossing the Pacific in Catalinas.
The Catalina was an American flying boat of the 1930s and 1940s.
Patricio highlighted the story of Chilean Air Force Captain
Roberto Parragué, ( a relative) who was the first pilot to fly between
Easter Islands and Chileand the first to fly to Tahiti in a Catalina.
Australian pilot  P. G. Taylor at the same time pioneered flight routes between South America and Australia.
The Ferguson Plate was also presented by John Baikie to his
co-winner George Richards. inducted in April 1990
It was also President Elect David's Birthday   Balloon - Foil Airwalker Tweety Bird
The new calendar year is off to a Flying start Ian Cameron 2014-01-08 00:00:00Z 0

ABBOX Barbeque

Posted by Ian Cameron on Dec 11, 2013
Our team attended Abbotsleigh on Tuesday this week
to provide support for the Annual Christmas party
held for group of Disabled children as part of the 
ABBOX(Abbotsleigh/Knox) annual programme.
ABBOX Barbeque Ian Cameron 2013-12-11 00:00:00Z 0

A new Tourism frontier

Posted by Ian Cameron on Dec 11, 2013
WRC Member Angus Robinson introduced us
all to the world of Eco-Tourism and Eco Parks
this morning, offering us all an expose into a
world wide development to visit a wonderful
range of picturesque and unique natural wonders.
The link to the presentation is included here for your sharing,
send the Website link to friends and family--Leisure Solutions
A new Tourism frontier Ian Cameron 2013-12-11 00:00:00Z 0

The SAN collection for Shelterbox

Posted by Ian Cameron
The collection at the San on Sunday night brought in $2,488.60
forShelterBoxes for the Philippines.
Great work - and thanks to the San for contributing its
usual half of the collection to the ShelterBoxes.
The SAN collection for Shelterbox Ian Cameron 2013-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
The Wahroongler 4th December 2013 Ian Cameron 2013-12-04 00:00:00Z 0

A day at St Eddies

Posted by Ian Cameron on Dec 02, 2013
Our annual visit to St Edmunds for breakfast and the presentation
of a cheque to support the wonderful work done by the dedicated staff
and enjoy the entertainment provided by the students.
President Jim hands a cheque for $4500 to Karen Houlcroft
A day at St Eddies Ian Cameron 2013-12-02 00:00:00Z 0

A wonderful Cochlear Story

Posted by Ian Cameron on Nov 22, 2013
A great personal account at this weeks meeting
by Michael Chang of the "new life" a Cochlear implant
offers recipients.
A wonderful Cochlear Story Ian Cameron 2013-11-22 00:00:00Z 0

Yajilarra " To Dream"

Posted by Ian Cameron on Nov 15, 2013
Professor Jane Latimer joined us on Wednesday and
showed us a brilliant video related to the Community
driven intiative to curb excessive alchohol
consumption in the Fitzroy Crossing area of the Kimberley region.
Article on "The George Institute" web site Click here
Yajilarra " To Dream" Ian Cameron 2013-11-15 00:00:00Z 0

A second St Lucys scholarship

Posted by Ian Cameron on Oct 23, 2013
Following John Welch's initiative in donating a substantial sum toward
a second scholorship for a St Lucy's family--other Club members
clubbed together and a cheque for $5200 was handed over to the
Principal of the school, Georgina Reynhout at this mornings' meeting.
A second St Lucys scholarship Ian Cameron 2013-10-23 00:00:00Z 0

Collection for the Fire event

Posted by Ian Cameron on Oct 22, 2013

Several members were on hand at the Wahroonga and Warrawee railway stations this week to collect funds for the Fire Appeal

We raised over $4000 in two mornings
Collection for the Fire event Ian Cameron 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0

Poetry Corner

Posted by Ian Cameron on Oct 20, 2013
PP Noel Cislowski, ( Chatswood Rotarian) one of Australia’s top performers of Australian bush ballads, especially those of Banjo Paterson and the poems of C.J. Dennis, treated us to a wonderful series of poems and ballads on Wednesday (16th).
Click here for the sound clip of many of our favourite poems incl. The Man from Iron bark, The Man who is away, Clancy of the Overflow and The Man from Snowy River
Poetry Corner Ian Cameron 2013-10-20 00:00:00Z 0

Marriage equality et al

Posted by Ian Cameron on Oct 02, 2013
The meeting this morning was treated to a very accomplished and
humourous account of some of the forgettable experiences from
Ms Kerry Cumming --Marriage celebrant extraordinaire
Who would have guessed??
Marriage equality et al Ian Cameron 2013-10-02 00:00:00Z 0

Tribute to our favourite son Henry Salisch

Posted by Ian Cameron on Sep 25, 2013
We were honoured this morning to have Andrew Young deliver the annual Henry Salisch memorial lecture and provide us with an insight into CSG mining operations