1 October 2021
Hello fellow Rotarians and friends,
We have been behaving ourselves, apparently, as we have now some extra freedoms and late October will allow a start for the return to getting back to a ‘new’ normal life. Let us hope this will keep progressing so we can enjoy a Christmas with our family and friends.
I do hope you are all well and safe and have had a good week, whilst keeping yourselves isolated and I hope you are all doing your regular mental and physical exercises. Please look after yourselves and your loved ones.
I hope you all enjoyed your little break Friday last week not having to be up and functioning so early?
This Friday, 1st October, Rob has arranged an engaging speaker, Sue O’Neill to enlighten us. See you all there at 7:15 am for a 7:30am start.
I attended the District wide Club Presidents' meeting on Saturday last week. It was noted there are now 1701 Club members in 67 Clubs which is an increase of 30 new members.
Past DG Susan Wakefield OAM gave a brief outline about one of her favorite passions ‘Empowering Girls’. The AG for Lower Blue Mountains, Michelle Ellery, also outlined another Rotary initiative called ‘Safe Families’ regarding the stopping of abuse in families. Perhaps we can engage them for presentations, if possible, Rob?
The International Conference for 2023 is due to be held in Melbourne, Australia over 21-23 May. More details will be made available in due course.
The District team advises the Inspiration and Service awards are open for nominations. If any of our Club members know of any worthwhile recipient, please let us know!
• Rotary Emergency Service Awards RESCA, Event 14 August 2021, Nominations for 2022 close 8 May 2022.  
• Rotary Inspirational Womens’ Awards RIWA, Event 19 September 2021 Windsor, Nominations for 2022 close 15 June 2022.
• Police Officer of the Year Awards POOTYA, Event delayed to 29 April 2022, Nominations for next year close 27 August 2022.
The District team also provided a Polio update which is provided later in the bulletin.
We are excited to announce that we have a strong candidate for the RYLA weeklong camp in January 2022. Bernie and I have conducted the interview, via zoom, and we are waiting for the candidate to confirm all processes are okay for her to go ahead.
I am also excited to announce Trisha Chari, has been accepted to participate in the National Youth Science Forum, running in January 2022, in Canberra. Congratulations Trisha, wonderful news. Our club is thrilled to sponsor you.   
Please remind your family, friends and colleagues that orders for the Christmas puddings can now be placed until the end of October for delivery in late November. For more information see here.
Presbyterian Aged Care - North Ryde Community Aid at North Ryde has sent out a call for donation of food/goods to help locals who may be doing it a bit hard to make ends meet at this time. Click here for more information. Any donations can be left in the box located inside IGA or dropped at the Community Aid Centre at 4 Cutler Parade, North Ryde. If there is a closed sign on the door of the centre please ring the bell to deliver your donations of goods. There is someone in attendance at the centre Monday to Friday 9am- 4pm.
If any of the members have people, they know who has an interesting story to share, please let Rob know and we may be able to arrange for them to attend a Club meeting to enlighten us all.
I am very grateful for all the hard work and commitment by everyone in our Club during these difficult times, thank you.    
Peter Mason JP
Rotary Club of North Ryde
President 2021-2022
Rotary District 9685
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Regaining your health after lockdown
Invitation from North Sydney Sunrise Rotary - Speaker Taylor Harrison 5 October
This talk will give practical tips and information on ways to get your bodies moving, prevent injuries and regain fitness following four months of lockdown. In particular, the talk will focus on strengthening and improving balance. The exercises and tips will be simple and easy to perform and won't require any special equipment.
Taylor Harrison is the founder and director of Active Seniors Health Centre which he started in 2006. These centres have helped thousands of Seniors remain active. Taylor has written 4 books on the topic as well as producing online videos which have been watched over 1 million times.
The meeting will be held via Zoom from 7:00 am for 7:15 a.m. start. At about 7:30 a.m., Taylor will talk for about 30 minutes, followed by questions.  We finish promptly at 8:30 a.m.
Here are the Zoom meeting ID details:
Read the latest news about North Sydney Sunrise Rotary here:
Christmas Puddings Updated Information. Orders close end of October. 
Christmas Puddings
The Rotary Club of Chatswood Sunrise lives on as its Pudding fundraising of previous years is on again. This year, however, it is a joint project of the Rotary Clubs of North Ryde, Chatswood/Roseville, Wahroonga, Pennant Hills and Turramurra!
The puddings have won international prizes in previous years and include your traditional Christmas pud, macadamia and brandy, gluten free, date and toffee, rum and plum, mango and brandy and a variety of evil dark chocolate. 
All proceeds will go to benefit the “Books in Homes” program at Moree East Public School, where over 80% of the students come from the Aboriginal community. 
The program provides “…quality books-of-choice to children living in remote, disadvantaged and low socio-economic circumstances, ensuring crucial early literacy engagement and the development of reading skills needed for lifelong achievement.” The Rotary Clubs in Moree will be our local representatives. 
For more information check out
For the price list see here and order form see here or for more information contact Bob at
Please note some puddings are now no longer available they include:

Classic 120gm (4x1) 

Classic boxed 600gm and 1.4 kg

Chocolate macadamia
However there is a new one: Vegan 500 gm log  for $32 
Andre will email anyone who ordered the non-available items. These people can choose an alternative or opt for a refund. 
Hat Day

Support Hat Day This October!

District 9685 Annual Conference 2022
Emergency Food Drive
The Rotary Club of North Ryde is assisting Presbyterian Aged Care – North Ryde Community Aid with a drive for much needed items for their Emergency Food Relief Hampers. 
Urgent donations of the following items are needed to help the more vulnerable members of our North Ryde community during this difficult time:
Breakfast Cereal
Instant Noodles Cup/Packet
Pasta/Pasta Sauce
Tinned Fish – Tuna, Salmon
Tinned meats – Spam
Tinned vegetables- Carrots, Beans, Corn, Peas and Mixed Vegetables
Tinned Fruits – Peaches, Pears and Pineapple
Baked Beans
Tinned Spaghetti
Tinned/Packet Soup
Vegemite/Peanut Butter/Jam
Long Life Milk
Tea bags
Small Jars of Coffee
Sugar Sachets
Toilet Paper
Pet Food
Personal Hygiene Items – soap, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, razors, feminine hygiene items
*Please note tins with ring pull openings are preferred
Contactless drop off: 4 Cutler Parade, North Ryde
Drop off days/times
Mon-Fri 9a.m – 4pm. Please ring the doorbell if the sign states the Centre is Closed - there is someone in attendance every day Mon-Fri to take donations.
Ph 98883380
Cash donations made directly to Presbyterian Aged Care - North Ryde Community Aid are also greatly appreciated.
Please pass this information on to your friends and neighbours in the local area. To download the flyer see here.
A message from Riding for the Disabled
Thank you for your ongoing support of RDA Ryde.
Despite challenging times we remain optimistic for a brighter future. 
Thank you for your ongoing support which is so important to know we are not alone.
During these unusual times a small bubble of dedicated volunteers look after our horses each day.
Various online meetings and programs have been done to help keep our volunteers engaged and skilled.
It would be fantastic if you could circulate this to others to help raise awareness of RDA Ryde.
Thank you.
Best wishes
Warren Smith
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Centre for Emotional Health eNews Sept 2021
The Rotary Club of North Ryde is a supporter of the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University Cool Kids Program. We are now receiving the monthly eNews from CEH. To access the September issue click here.
Friday Evening Chinwag 1 October 2021
Friday evening ‘Chinwag’. 🍷🍷🍷👍👍👍😜😜😜🇦🇺
Friday week ago, we held our second Chinwag, originally for members in our Cluster 2 Rotary Clubs, but the invite was all other Rotarians and friends around Australia.   However, Rotarians from as far away as Melbourne and Queensland attended and participated! 
So this invitation is open to all Rotarians and their friends, wherever you reside!
It was a good evening around a glass of wine or beer, and attendees waxed lyrical on all matters ‘Rotary’ and other issues!  
A casual get-together (virtual on Zoom) and a casual chat,,, at the end of the working week ie Friday evening.  Feedback from attendees was really positive.  To that end a date of Friday 1st October 2021 at 6pm is booked.
That’s this Friday evening, when we have a very special visitor who is going to talk about the Australian Wine industry, and how wine is made.  Don’t miss it! 🍷🍷🍷👍👍👍😜😜😜🇦🇺
‘Chinwags’ are get togethers, a bit like going to the pub for a beer - you never know who you will meet, what you will talk about, but you do know it will be fun.   And in a Chinwag using ‘Zoom’….you don’t need an Uber to get home!
No registration, just turn up! Relax, and chat or just listen to the others.
Bring/invite a friend along and if you wish to talk about a particular subject (photo, project) or even wish to invite or know of a guest speaker to address our chinwag, just email to arrange;
The next Chinwag is this Friday 6pm, 1st October 2021. !!  🍷🍷🍷👍👍👍😜😜😜🇦🇺
Put this Date and Time in your diary now!!
The Link for joining the meeting is;
‘Barman’ Phil, will be the host for the night, but this will rotate.
Stay Safe!  COVID safe!!!
See you there 6pm on 1st October!
The Chinwag Team.


End Polio
Please note the change of date!
PDG Bob Aitken AM, Lower Blue Mountains - RI Meeting this week “never been more confident of the imminent success of our campaign!”
• Only 2 cases of wild polio virus so far in 2021 (last in January 21)!
• Total of 13 wild polio virus cases Afghanistan & Pakistan Sept 20 – Sept 21!
Global Polio Eradication Initiative:
• The new Novel vaccine to attack vaccine derived polio has been very successful - still under ‘early user license’.
• Strong demand – especially the African continent – with 85 million vaccines already administered. Manufactured in Indonesia and supply and delivery remains a challenge.
• Constant reports of new wild polio virus cases across the middle of Africa, on EVERY occasion, all identified as ‘vaccine derived’. 
Rotary International Convention 2022
The Rotary fun doesn’t have to stop with our virtual convention!

Join us next year at the 2022 Rotary International Convention in Houston, Texas, from 4-8 June 2022. 
No matter who you are or where you’re from, you’re bound to find inspirational moments throughout the convention.  
Upcoming Events
Club Meeting (via ZOOM)
Oct 01, 2021
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
Club Meeting (via ZOOM)
Oct 08, 2021
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
Club Assembly (via ZOOM)
Oct 15, 2021
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
October Club Board Meeting (via ZOOM)
Oct 26, 2021
7:15 PM – 9:00 PM
Club Social Morning Tea at Blenheim Park, Nth Ryde
Oct 30, 2021
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Oct 01, 2021 7:15 AM
Sue's experiences in Uganda and the school she works with.
Oct 08, 2021 7:15 AM
Ethics and Rotary
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