President's Message 
Reflections on our Hybrid meeting #5
Linh Nong, a diminutive Rotary Peace Fellow, was our guest speaker at our penultimate meeting for the year and despite her seeming youth, humbled us with the story of her career to date. She was born, she explained, in a small town near to Vietnam’s border with China. Growing up, she developed what she described as an energetic commitment to human rights, especially of women, children and the vulnerable.
She had to think pragmatically and so her first degree was in economics at the Foreign Trade University in Hanoi and her first job was with a medical import and export company. It was not long though before her heart led her to Vietnam’s Center for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender – Family-Women Adolescents (CSAGA), a non-profit organisation dedicated to the rights of women and children subject to violence in Vietnam, where Linh worked for four years. Her roles included administration, communication, fundraising and project development. After four years, Linh moved to USA to take up an internship in Advocacy with the NFP Global Ties for five months before returning to Vietnam to a senior position in Thrive Networks, an international NGO pioneering evidence-based programs in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and education for underserved populations in Southeast Asia. Linh worked in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos and told us that it is here she wants to focus her future efforts. However she felt the need for further education and so went back to the US in 2018 on a Fulbright Scholarship and a United Nations Graduate Fellowship to do her Masters in International Development.
Linh provided links to free courses/programs provided by the Institutes for Economics and Peace (IEP): 
With this completed, Linh applied for and won one of the fifty Rotary Foundation’s Peace Fellowships to undertake a Masters of Arts degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution. She is spending her summer doing ‘fieldwork’ in Lindfield and was introduced to our Club by DGE Lindsay May. It was very evident that this unassuming and gentle young woman was an outstanding recipient of a Rotary Peace Fellowship and that she will use the training and experience it gives her to become a powerful advocate and leader for vulnerable women and for the rights of all in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos experiencing gender-based discrimination. 
Helen, PDG John, President Janelle, Linh Nong (Rotary Peace Fellow) and Rev Manas Ghosh 
This week's Meeting (back on Line)
This week we have the pleasure of welcoming Rev Punam Bent the Chaplain at the Pymble Ladies' College speaking with us.
‘From Ashes to Pandemic and beyond…’
Rev Bent has been a Minister of the Word in the Uniting Church for 25 years and was ordained in the United Methodist Church, USA in 1992. 
Rev Bent is an Australian - Indian who was born in the US and was raised in India as her mother found it difficult to adjust in the US (late 60s-70s). She grew up on a theological seminary campus where her father lectured in the Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament and her mother was a social worker. She has served as a School Chaplain for 17 years now, previously at MLC School in Burwood, and currently at Pymble Ladies’ College. Previous to her Chaplaincy years she was engaged in congregational work and ministry. At school her areas of interest were Service Learning, Interfaith dialogue, Climate Justice and partnering with agencies working with communities on the fringes, where students can directly engage and practice friendship and true partnerships.
There will also be some impromptu member presentations.
Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women's Shed
Last week the Club was represented at the annual Christmas celebration of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women's Shed held at the PCYC.
A happy event attended by many local community leaders.- Click - here - for more pictures.
Amazing celebration at the Women’s Shed today with lots of community groups. Thanks to Mala Mehta and all the "Shed" members.
Great to be at PCYC Hornsby / Ku-ring-gai with Michele Bell from Ku-ring-gai Neighbourhood Centre, Fiona Zhou and Barry Vincent 
Kuring Gai Police Area Command
 Uma Menon,  Teela Mah and many more. Mayor Ruddock 
Hornsby Shire Council  and @JulianLesser MP were in attendance presenting thank you gifts to volunteers 🙏 Great celebration.
Our Greening Project
Our Club is helping Hornsby Council achieve its goal of planting 80,000 trees in the Shire by connecting Hornsby schools with the Community Nursery at Pennant Hills. Yesterday I delivered three very healthy bottle brushes from the local area to Berowra Public School. The two environmental leaders from the school proudly took responsibility for the trees and also the ‘magic dust’ that the Nursery staff had given me to put in the carefully dug holes for each tree.
More on this and other projects  - "Read More" below

Jo Karaolis
Christmas Market Stall
I have to say I’m overwhelmed with the success of our recent Christmas Stall on Saturday 12th Dec.

With a final total of $6,000, this will go towards a bursary for St Lucy’s to help a family send their child to this very special school.
We are fortunate enough to live in a community that cares and a team of volunteers that continually strive to make a difference in the world.
The Men's Shed in Berowra, The Bush School in Wahroonga and Tiggy - a local company producing handmade leather goods - all played a part in making it a success.
Of course, we couldn’t forget the team of enthusiastic Rotarians and their partners who continue to support and give to the community.
I’m so grateful to be a part of the Club and community of Wahroonga!

Warm thanks,
Christine Biddle

Monster Christmas Raffle 
Our Christmas Raffle 
Funding bursaries for children with a disability to attend
St Lucy's and St Edmund’s special schools.
The results will be available on the Club Website and on our social media accounts on Monday afternoon!
Our 2020 Members Wine Sale
The wines are from
Tumblong Hills in Southern NSW and McCaw's Creek, Mt Lofty Ranges in South Australia.
All wine now available in
6 packs.
You can click - here - download a form and view the wine choices and payment options.
Jan 27, 2021
Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Womens Shelter President
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* NOTE: the last meeting for 2020 will be on 23rd December and the first meeting in 2021 will be on 20th January - at the PCYC (and will also be online).
VOLUNTEERS needed for 2021
President Janelle is keen to seek member interest in other volunteer roles for this Rotary year.
  • Volunteer Technical Support with invitation emails to members: once a week and training provided - contact Janelle Speight or Doug Reid .
  • Volunteer Author: to assist with the production of the Club's Annual Report - contact Steve McGregor or Janelle Speight.
Club Polo shirts and caps
Stock of Club Polo shirts and caps are still available.
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Rotary Snippets
A new Home for Rotary International South Pacific and Philippines Office.
RISPPO will move in 1st July with RDU, Australia Rotary Health, Shelter Box and RAWCS moving there during the period August to December 2021.
It certainly is a great asset to Rotary in Zone 8.
Mentie Knowles provides our Club members' experiences (below) from a Recent RLI Course.
The RLI seeks to have Rotary Clubs identify those Rotarians who appear to have the potential for future Club leadership (not necessarily as Club Presidents) and provide them with a quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills.
Certificates are presented when the full course has been completed.
On a weekend in November, five Wahroonga Rotary Club members attended the RLI course online.
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26th to 28th February, 2021
Register for this Virtual Learning Opportunity.  RLI60 has just recently concluded with great success. Don't miss out on this great opportunity
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13th & 14th March, 2021
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Community News Items
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Rotary Matters
Ian Stuart from Turramurra Rotary Club is the presenter of a FM Radio programme on our local station 2HHH 100.1 - every Friday at 3 pm.
This week we meet Chris Brownlee, President Belrose Rotary to discuss a unique program. The Rotarians from Belrose host a bunch of students from Peak Hill School, in rural New South Wales for a five day experience in Sydney, visiting the main sights but importantly they also get an inside look at commerce, manufacturing and service industries. Later in the year, Rotarians travel to Peak Hill to provide advice on résumé writing, career planning and to undertake mock interviews.
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Australia's First Breakfast Club
Service Above Self
Wednesdays at 7:15 AM
Warrawee Bowling Club
1479 Pacific Highway
(Mail: PO Box 13 Wahroonga NSW 2076)
Warrawee, NSW 2074
Our meetings are currently hybrid meetings - if you wanted to join in person -please contact the Club Secretary - use the Contact section below.
Rotary Club of Wahroonga, PO Box 13, Wahroonga, 2076.
Phone: Janelle Speight M:0409 745 037