9 December 2022 
Hello Fellow Rotarians and friends,
Welcome to this fortnightly newsletter, which will be the last one for 2022. At the last Board meeting it was decided that we will move to a fortnightly newsletter. The cadence will be week one and week three of the month. As a Club, we take a break over the holiday season and the next newsletter will come out in early February.
We had a successful Bunnings BBQ on Saturday 3 December.  Thank you to everyone who helped on the day – Rob, David, Peter, Bernie, Garry, Mandy, Gary (Patni), Poulomee and Brian. A special thank you to Garry Maloney who takes on the responsibility of organizing these every couple of months – coordinating all the volunteers, allocating tasks and responsibilities and then being there on the day from the start to the end. The BBQs have been an important fundraiser for our club.
On Saturday, 26 November, I attended District 9685’s AGM & Presidents Meeting which was held in person at St Joseph's Conference Centre in Norwest. It was great to meet Rotarians from other clubs in person. We heard that the Regionalisation Project has been approved by the RI Board and cost analysis is being prepared for submission to the RI Board during December.
District 9685 Clubs and Rotarian donors were recognised at the Canberra Zone 8 Conference for extraordinary generosity to The Rotary Foundation. In 2021-22, combined contributions of US$558,438 were donated to the Annual Fund, Polio, Global Grants, Disaster Response and Directed Gifts. This represents about AU$834,000 and the largest contribution of all 22 districts in Australia and New Zealand.
The club’s 2022 Christmas Party will be held at the North Ryde Golf Club (NRGC) on Friday 9 December 2022. The function will be held in the Gardenia Room of NRGC from 7:15pm, following the club's Annual General Meeting. All details are included in the email invitation from Garry. I look forward to seeing a number of you at the function.
2022 Rotary Carols on the Common event is only two weeks away and preparations are in full swing. We will be returning to the Common after two years and it will be great to have a community event which is enjoyed by everyone. We are hoping for good weather and a large crowd on Sunday 18 December 2022. Thank you to everyone who has been involved in planning and organizing until now and to those who will be helping on the day. A huge thank you to Victoria Crawford who has led the project for our Club alongside Macquarie Park.
It is appearing possible that our IT Tour for country students might go ahead next year. There has been good interest shown by several organisations. David Martin is getting in touch with country Rotary clubs to progress this very worthwhile project.
The Tree of Joy has been up at Cox’s Road Mall thanks to Pam Wood and her group of helpers. A huge number of gifts have already been collected and we are seeing a steady stream of gifts coming in.  Special thanks to Bendigo Bank North Ryde who is a major supporter of this activity.
The Christmas Puddings have arrived – a big thank you to Bob Selinger for making personalised deliveries. As Bob keeps reminding us, I hope nothing goes to “waist”. This fundraiser is being run in conjunction with several other Rotary Clubs and has raised more than $2,200 for Books in Homes Project.
At the last Riverside Cluster Presidents meeting, my proposal to have a multi-club social event and/or meeting was received with a lot of enthusiasm.  We hope to have an event organized in the new year.
The club will be having its traditional start of the year breakfast at Cafe SaBu, in Cox's Road Mall, on Saturday 21 January 2023 at 9am. Garry will be sending out an email at the beginning of January 2023 to ask if you will be attending. Please keep a note of the date in your diaries.
I thank everyone in the Club for their commitment, energy and contribution towards making a difference.  
Wishing everyone a safe, relaxing and enjoyable holiday season.
Sandeep Rathi
Rotary Club of North Ryde
President 2022-2023
Rotary District 9685
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The 2022-23 presidential theme logo was designed by renowned Australia-based Indigenous artist Riki Salam to represent RI President Jennifer Jones’ theme and initiatives. The logo represents key elements of Rotary while honouring the Indigenous culture:
  • The circle signifies connections to one another.
  • The dots around the circle represent people, one for each of our areas of focus.
  • The circle and the dots together become a navigation star, which signifies Rotary’s guiding light.
  • The solid line underneath signifies a digging stick used for hard work — a tool that Rotary’s people of action use to get things done.
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the country on which we meet, the Wallumattagal people of the Eora Nation. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
Carols 2022
The 2022 Tree of Joy 
Bendigo Bank Donation for Tree of Joy
We have had wonderful support from the Bendigo Bank at North Ryde. 
Here is a photo of Branch Manager James Hole presenting a cheque to PP Rob Wilkinson.
And what a cheque!!
A few of the gifts
Here are a few photos of some of the gifts we are collecting for the community. 
On Tuesday of this week some generous donors gave us $1,800 and we purchased non-perishable food and personal items.
The community is being very generous.
Last BBQ for the year
December 3 saw the last BBQ forthe year.  As usual it was agreat success with a small but committed band of volunteers.
Here are a few of the pics.
RAWCS Flood Response
1. RAWCS Flood Disasters Response - We need your help! 
RAWCS is responding to the unfolding, escalating Flood Crisis by maintaining our National Flood Appeal through the Rotary Australia Relief Fund (RARF) and by opening RABS projects specific to each Flood affected area. Funds raised to date have been directed through local Rotary Clubs providing $500 Rotary Vouchers to those whose homes are uninhabitable and providing temporary accommodation. Support is also available to Rotary Clubs ‘on the ground’ for their projects for their communities. With mounting concerns over the potential of swarming mosquitos in the flooded areas, carrying disease such as Japanese Encephalitis and Ross River Fever, RAWCS has secured a supply of mosquito repellant candles to distribute free to Flood victims through the affected Clubs. (Thanks to DG Tim Keeler for identifying this opportunity.) For the past two weeks we have been requesting contact details for Club Presidents of all Australian Rotary Clubs from RISPPO, however they have now refused us access to this information stating, “Rotary International is not responsible or obliged to provide data or specific operational needs to Multidistrict Organisations.” 
As our current shareholders please help RAWCS (your Company) to deliver Rotary assistance to those affected by the floods by emailing to us current contact lists for Presidents of all the Rotary Clubs in your Districts. RAWCS has in place strict Privacy Policies and will respect the information and keep it confidential as we have in the past, but to be effective we need to be able to message our Australian Rotary network directly in times of crisis such as now.    
Please help us to help! 
RAWCS Flood Appeals:                                   Project Number 
National Flood Appeal (RARF)                          47-2021-22 
NE NSW & SE Qld (RABS)                               54-2021-22 
Sydney & Surrounding Areas (RARF)               1-2022-23 
Victoria & Border Areas (RABS)                        31-2022-23 
Central West NSW (RABS)                               32-2022-23 
David Pearson, RAWCS Chairman
Upcoming Events
2022 Annual General Meeting at North Ryde GC
North Ryde Golf Club
Dec 09, 2022
6:30 PM – 7:15 PM
2022 Club Christmas Party at North Ryde GC
North Ryde Golf Club
Dec 09, 2022
7:15 PM – 10:00 PM
Carols on the Common
Ryde Common
Dec 18, 2022
5:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Club Social Breakfast Sat 21 Jan 2023 at Cafe SaBu
Cafe SaBu
Jan 21, 2023
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
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Nov 04, 2022
'My Experience at NYSF'
Nov 11, 2022
'The Life of a Principal'
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Juliet Chen
November 3
Mandy Van
November 6
Sandeep Rathi
November 11
“Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.” – Dalai Lama
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