3 July 2020

Dear Fellow Club Members and Friends,

Thanks to the Club Board 2019-2020.

Under difficult circumstances, on Friday 26 June 2020 our club held a soft handover of the club presidency and expressed our appreciation for long service member – Pat Perrin,  in a limited small group gathering at Basil’s Seafood Restaurant. Thanks to Garry and Victoria for organising this memorable dinner for us. See here or in photo albums for photos

With 15 of us, we learnt about the story of the Club mascot bird, the Red-rumped Parrot and Pat’s great contribution to our club. 

Our annual community celebration/awards dinner is postponed until possibly September. We hope we can all come together soon.

Welcome to New Board and Committee Members:
President                               Mandy Van
Immediate Past President      Mak Khalil
President-Elect                      Peter Mason
Co-Secretary /Public Officer Pam Wood
Co-Secretary                          Garry Maloney
Treasurer                                Sandeep Rathi
Director                                  Juliet Chen 
Director                                  Bernie Mason
Avenues of Service Coordinators
Club Admin                        Garry Maloney/Rob Wilkinson
Rotary Foundation              Sandeep Rathi
Community Service            Pam Wood
Youth                                   Bernie Mason
Vocational Service               David Martin
International Service           Victoria Crawford
Membership                         Brian Powell
As our club meetings will still run by Virtual Zoom Meetings, we are unable to invite all local schools for an official donation presentation. Thanks to Bernie, Peter, Rob and Pat for delivering cheques to the schools before the end of the financial year. The 5 schools we support are Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School, North Ryde Public School, Truscott St Public School, Ryde East Public School, Ryde Secondary College and Kent Street Public School. See here.
Keep safe and heathy for you and your family.

You are invited to our scheduled NR Rotary Club 2020-21 Club Zoom Meeting 1
Time: Jul 3, 2020 07:30 AM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Meeting ID: 833 8637 8174
Password: 2113

See you all soon.
Best Regards
Mandy Van JP
Rotary Club of North Ryde
President 2020-2021
Secretary 2017-2020
Rotary District 9685
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Presentation of Cheques to Local Schools
During the last week of June, members from the Rotary Club of North Ryde delivered cheques to the local schools.The 5 schools we support are Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School, North Ryde Public School, Truscott St Public School, Ryde East Public School, Kent Road Public School and Ryde Secondary College.
The Youth Exchange program (YEP)
"It is Not Better or Worse. It is Just Different"
The above quote is something that youth exchange committee members around the world teach our prospective students before we send them on their journey of a lifetime.
This year that quote has been particularly apt as the world has coped with the Coronavirus pandemic and it's continuing effects on the world.
District 9685 has not been immune to the effects of the virus with all face to face events cancelled from March 2020. The District Youth Exchange Team was able to hold its first (socially distanced, limited numbers) face to face event last Sunday afternoon to farewell our European inbound students who will start to make their way home to their families and friends over the next few weeks. We felt now was a good time to advise the wonderfully supportive Rotary Clubs in the district of the situation for the program going forward.
In the last few weeks, Rotary International has issued all Districts around the world participating in Youth Exchange with a set of COVID-safe guidelines for us to follow. The Committee in D9685 has taken those conditions onboard and will be compliant with all of the requirements suggested to us for the continuation of any part of the program. These necessarily take into account the situation world-wide, and we have been very fortunate here in Australia that the number of people becoming ill with COVID-19 has been very low.
At our June meeting, the District Committee made the very reluctant and difficult decision to defer our inbound and outbound program for the Rotary Year 2020-2021. This means that we will not be receiving any inbound students until at least July 2021 and we will not be sending any outbound students until January 2022. This decision was not made lightly as we have 5 very enthusiastic applicants who were not put off by the current crisis. We held a zoom meeting with these young people and their parents to discuss the risks and opportunities of exchange in the current climate.
The advice to these students was that as many of our partner countries have also taken the step to defer their future program and in some cases cancel their current program and return all students to their countries of origin we could not offer them an exchange that was viable even if the current health crisis changes. We are happy to report that almost all of these students and their families are happy to defer their applications until the 2022 program.
We are continuing to host 3 inbound students until January 2021, and all but 3 of our current outbounds remain in place hosted by wonderful Rotarians and Clubs.
It is hoped that during this reduction in the day-to-day work of student care, our committee can take the opportunity to promote the program throughout the district. There is no doubt that the current outbounds will have amazing stories to tell of their year away. We look forward to being able to visit your club soon to share this experience with you and your members.
The committee has worked extremely hard during the lockdown period to continue to support both our inbound and outbound students via regular contact with both the students and in the case of outbounds their natural parents.
You will no doubt know that the Capricorn Ramble (Safari) was postponed by the provider and has caused much angst for all concerning appropriate refunds. The District Youth Exchange Secretary Rtn Michelle Westlund has worked tirelessly with all the students and parents to ensure that as many students as possible were not left out of pocket. In the case of the students who had returned to their home countries before the original start date and were not offered any refund, we have been able to facilitate an insurance payout (if they were covered by Chubb Insurance) or assisted them to approach their banking institution for a chargeback on the credit card used to pay for the trip.
Given the unexpected approach and attitude of the provider in this moment of crisis, with whom we have worked over numerous decades and generations, the committee has resolved to also use the opportunity over the next 12 months to put provision of our travel services both inbound and outbound out to tender.
If you wish to discuss the contents of this letter, please do not hesitate to contact District Chairs John and Susan Wakefield on 0418 411 449 (John) or 0412146055 (Susan).
New Focus Area for Rotary International
Supporting the environment becomes Rotary’s new area of focus 
The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: supporting the environment.
More than $18 million in Foundation global grant funding has been allocated to environment-related projects over the past five years. Creating a distinct area of focus to support the environment will give Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact.
Supporting the environment becomes Rotary's seventh area of focus, which are categories of service activities supported by global grants. It joins peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development.
Grant applications for projects will be accepted beginning on 1 July 2021. Gifts and commitments from Rotarians and others will be sought to provide global grant support for the new area of focus.
More information about this new cause will be announced soon.
Centenary of Rotary In Australia
Rotary’s Centenary is a time of celebration!  It Is a time to reflect on our past, and take pride in all that has been achieved.  It is a time we play our part in the history of Rotary.

Our centenary is also the time to lay the foundations for our future, as we still have much to do.  The key project in our centenary year will focus on stopping the one in 16 children who die in 9 Pacific nations before the age of five. 

We invite you to join Rotarians across Australia on 10th July for virtual fellowship, as well as meet our R100 Centenary Ambassadors, the Governor General and Mrs Hurley, as they launch our national centenary campaign.  By joining us, you will witness the “Passing the Baton” ceremony.  The baton that will carry the symbols of our centenary and will travel far and wide across Rotary clubs and Districts.  
We wanted to take the opportunity of sharing with you the video that our Ambassadors have provided and you are welcome to share this with your Districts and Clubs. In fact we would encourage you to do so.
We ask for your support in helping us raise funds for our R100 Centenary project, "Rotary Give Every Child a Future"; saving young lives in Pacific nations. 

Please expect registration details on how you can join within the next week.

We look forward to you joining in and making your mark on history!

Kind regards,

Garry Browne                                                                             
Hugh Bucknall

Chair - National  Centenary of Rotary Committee                       
Founder - Centenary of Rotary Campaign             
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