President's Message

Dear  Club Members and Friends,
Our guest speaker at last week's breakfast meeting was dietician, Stephanie Gilroy from Macquarie University. Stehanie's presentation on Healthy Eating provided us with some excellent advice about maintaining a healthy diet and an  active lifestyle. You will be pleased to know that Stephanie gave our breakfast a general 'thumbs up'. Stephanie has provided some brochures on Living Well after 65 years, I will have them available at the next club meeting on Friday 3 August for those who would like one.
This Friday is a Board meeting at Dunmore Lang College commencing at 7.15a.m.. Members are always welcome to attend the Board meetings which provide an opportunity to hear about the work behind the scenes of our club and future planning. Please let David Martin know by 9 a.m. Wednesday mornings if you wish to do so.
I attended the District 9685 President's meeting on Saturday morning at Hornsby RSL. It was a very interesting morning where  PDG Peter Ward provided an overview about an opportunity currently being considered for creating a new District with District 9675. DG Susan Wakefield and Barry Edmundson of the Rotary Club of Wahroonga spoke about the District's response to drought relief in NSW (See article below). There were also presentations of two projects we may be interested in supporting Diabetes Alive and Ride the Train to End Polio. I will give more information on these projects at our next meeting.
The first seminar on Youth Mental Health was held last Tuesday evening. The topic of the seminar was Responding to Eating and Body Image Disorders and was presented by Alexandra Lonergan B.A.(Anthropology); B.SocSci(Pysch); M.ClinPsych(candidate);PhD(candidate). Whilst there were only a small number of attendees, the small group enabled great discussion and opportunity for interaction with Alex.Thank you to Mandy Van and Terrie McConnell who came along to help with registrations and refreshments and to Barb Corapi from the Centre for Emotional Health for organising the seminar.
The second free seminar will be held on Wednesday 22 August and the topic will be Nature and Treatment of Adolescent Depression presented by Dr Carolyn Schniering a child psychologist and researcher in the Centre for Emotional Health. To register see here.
The first Rotary Carols on The Common Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday evening 8 August at Roseanna Gallo's home 14 Agincourt Rd. Marsfield. Please let either myself or Victoria Crawford know if you would like to join the committee, it always great to have a few representatives from North Ryde Rotary club at these meetings.
Kind regards
Pam Wood
President 2018-19
Dietician, Stephanie Gilroy gave a presentation on Healthy Eating at Friday's Club Meeting
Fun Run Update July
Registrations are now open for the North Ryde Fun Run! With four weeks to go please let your friends, families work colleagues and networks know they can now go online and register at
We have had another new sponsor come onboard with Timezone Macquarie Centre providing vouchers for prizes. So get your dress up outfits ready and your running shoes on!
It should be a great day and we look forward to a successful fundraising event for Youth Mental Health research provided through Australian Rotary Health and the Cool Kids mental health program at the Centre for Emotional Health.
The next meeting of the North Ryde Rotary Club Fun Run committee will be held on Tuesday 7 August at Hunters Hill commencing 7.30p.m. and the final meeting with the University contact committee will be Friday 10 June at Robert Menzies College commencing 9.30a.m.
Flyers will be ready for distribution at the next Club meeting, volunteers will be needed to distribute the flyers. Our thanks to Konica Minolta for providing the printing.
Don't forget the Corporate team prizes provided by Vision Training as well. Encourage your work colleagues to form a team and participate.
The North Ryde Fun Run for Youth Mental Health - Register Now!
Vision Personal Training Bioscan at North Ryde Fun Run
This year Vision Personal Training will have their Bioscan available at the North Ryde Fun Run on Sunday 26 August. For a $10 donation participants can have a full health check on the spot!
Does your business have a team of Runners who would like to compete at the North Ryde Fun Run?
Vision Personal Training has donated the following prizes for the North Ryde Fun Run:
2x $400 PT voucher to the highest corporate team.
2x $250 voucher to the runners up.
1x $500 PT voucher to the individual who bids for it!
Response to Drought Relief in Country NSW


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.

Barry has been and will continue to be in touch with the Districts most affected by the drought in NSW. Barry will be able to advise clubs that don’t have rural contacts just where their relief can be sent.

There are many ways we can support the rural communities and Barry will also have that information. We must remember that along with the farmers and their families, the businesses and schools in the drought affected regions also need support and relief.

I have been in contact with the District Governors in country NSW and 2 have responded with information and suggestions on how we can help.

It is important to remember that often times 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

Please think about how you and your club or cluster of clubs can help our country communities.

DG Susan

Rotary Leadership Institute - New Courses Available

The Rotary Leadership Institute is a great way to fill gaps in Rotary knowledge with interactive learning and workshops that get down to practical advice and guidance.  Going beyond PETS and District Assembly, RLI enthuses Rotarians and is a proven retention booster.  I recommend it to all Rotarians, but especially Club leaders on the Board and Committee chairs. 

A new Courses for 2018-19 is now open:

RLI 48 - Saturday 4 and 25 August 2018

Register at

The cost for the full course is $75.

The benefits of doing RLI are many, so boost your knowledge and skills, and share your experience by joining in.

The two part course is held  at our District Office, Thornleigh. Morning tea and lunch are provided.  Each day starts at 8:00 for 8.15am and finishes around 4.00pm.

Here is what recent graduates had to say about the two day Rotary Leadership Institute Course;

Highly recommend RLI to all Rotarians whether new or old.  The Rotary experience will be better for all of those trained in RLI.

Why did I wait so long?  No nodding off, interest held all the time and thoughts provoked.  As a result of attendance I will be more effective in my Club and I intend to invest more of my activities and talents in Rotary.

The better understanding of [course content] I hope will assist me with becoming a better President.  I feel more confident that I will be able to plan the future of our Club and add additional value to Rotary.


Ian Scott

The Rotary Club of The Entrance invites you to attend an evening with Jeremy Scott


Don’t miss the opportunity to meet Jeremy and hear his truly inspirational story on the 31st July at the Rotary Club of The Entrance meeting at  Mingara Recreational Club at 6.30 pm

For more information see here.
Tickets are now on sale for Invictus Games Sydney 2018
From 10am 12 July, to coincide with 100 days to go to the Games, tickets went on sale for the Closing Ceremony, archery, powerlifting and wheelchair tennis.
There are also still some tickets available for our first release of sports including athletics, indoor rowing, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby.  Further sessions will be released in the coming weeks.
Spectators will enjoy free entry for the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge, road cycling and sailing events.
Our Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Ticketing Guide has all the details you need.
Contact: Rotary District 9685 Liaison 
PDG Marilyn Mercer 0416 026 848
Upcoming Events
Board Meeting
Jul 27, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:45 AM
Social Night
Jul 27, 2018
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Club Meeting
Aug 03, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Club Assembly
Aug 10, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Club Meeting
Aug 17, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Club Assembly
Aug 24, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
North Ryde Fun Run for Youth Mental Health
Aug 26, 2018
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Board Meeting
Aug 31, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:45 AM
Aug 03, 2018
NSW Minerals Council
Aug 17, 2018
An Update on School Activities
Sep 14, 2018
Vision Personal Training
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Member Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Sharon Levingston
July 2
Liane Corbett
July 27
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