9 December 2022 
Hello Fellow Rotarians and friends,
Welcome to this fortnight’s newsletter. Hard to believe that we are already one and a half months into 2023. As discussed at our club meeting on Friday 3 February 2023, there are several activities coming up in the next few months including the North Ryde eFun Run 2023, IT Tour for Country Students, Youth projects, Pride of Workmanship, and others. It is going to be a busy second half of the Rotary year.
At our club meeting on Friday, 10 February we heard from Brian Bailey who spoke about Rotary Action Groups, and in particular WASH – Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Rotary Action Group. It was an informative segment of our meeting and we plan to have such talks from time to time for all of us to learn more about Rotary.
The Bunnings BBQ fundraiser on 11 February went well. Thank you to everyone who helped on the day. It was a very warm day as evidenced by more than usual sales of drinks. The occasional breeze was really welcome, particularly for those near the BBQ. It was great to meet up with Mike Hetherington, past member and a longtime friend of our club, who helped us on the day. It was also wonderful to make acquaintance with Navneet Kaur who is exploring joining Rotary and gave up her morning to help us. It was a successful fundraiser and with Garry’s awesome overall co-ordination, we seem to have nailed the running of this event perfectly!
It is great to hear that the Rotary Youth Exchange program has started again after the COVID pandemic resulted in the program being put on hold for nearly 3 years. Already 3 students have left for Brazil and 4 have arrived here from Brazil. Our club has supported the Exchange students over a number of years and will be doing so again. We are on the lookout for families who can host exchange students for 3 months at a time.
Earlier in January, RYLA 2023 was held as an in-person program, and it was a huge success thanks to the wonderful facilitators who do such a splendid job.  Our club sponsored Bernadette Sear who works at Bunnings Gladesville to go on this program. We are looking forward to her talk about her experience at our upcoming club assembly at Dunmore Lang College.
Still on Youth, the dates for Northern MUNA (Model United Nations Assembly) have been announced as 20-21 May and it will be held at Arden Anglican in Epping. We are looking to sponsor a high school team to attend this wonderful learning event.
On 21 February, a committee of members will meet to further discuss North Ryde eFun Run which is planned to be held from Sunday 30 April to 7 May. Pam Wood and Bernie Mason are taking a lead role in getting us organized for this project and I thank them for all the work done uptil now.
On Wednesday 22 February, we will be holding the first multi-club meeting of the Riverside Rotary clubs – North Ryde, Macquarie Park, Ryde, Hunters Hill and Eastwood-Gladesville.  Bernadette Horrell (President, Rotary Club of Ryde) has been instrumental in coordinating this event and we are expecting more than 50 members and partners/friends to attend. The meeting will be held at North Ryde RSL with a 6pm start for 6:30pm. I am looking forward to what promises to be a great start to better connection among the clubs and an opportunity to become involved in something greater than just our own clubs.
Carols 2022 debrief meeting is planned for Thursday 23 February at North Ryde RSL Sports Club. Members of the organizing committee from both our club and Rotary Club of Macquarie Park will be there.  All club members are welcome to attend this meeting.
I thank everyone in the Club for their commitment, energy and contribution towards making a difference.  
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.
RAWCS - multiple projects
There are many areas of need in the world.  Floods in New Zealand, earthquakes in Turkeye and Syria, war in Ukraine, bushfires in WA.  Rawcs has set up projects and you can donate directly.   Go to and find a project you wish to support.
Disaster Aid - Turkeye and Syria

Turkiye-Syria Disaster relief

Humanitarian aid will be required for months to meet peoples' basic needs....

Join us in providing support.



We will provide updates so you can see the support you’re helping to provide.

Thanks to you, DAA can provide Smart Aid.


More than 28,000 people have been killed and tens of thousands are left injured or homeless after the magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Turkiye and Syria on Monday 6th February 2023.

We help communities affected by Major Disasters with Smart Aid.

Our aid involves consultations to ensure we are providing the help the community want. This may be emergency shelter, providing building materials to help rebuild homes or providing clean drinking water, with our 'Skyhydrant Rapid Response Packs'.

Disaster Aid Australia is in contact with our closest Disaster Aid International partner, Disaster Aid Europe, who have strong contacts with local Rotary Clubs in the area, which are helping on the ground. 

It is possible to get aid directly through to those in need with our partnership networks, such as Disaster Aid Europe and in-country Rotary Clubs.

Joint meeting Riverside Cluster - 22 Feb 2023
This is a flyer for the Riverside Cluster joint meeting.  Please let Garry know if you can attend or are an apology.
Bunnings BBQ Feb 2023
Another great success.  Here are a few photos of the hard workers.
Upcoming Events
17 Feb 2023 Club Assembly at DLC and (via ZOOM)
Dunmore Lang College
Feb 17, 2023
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
2023 eFUN RUN Committee Meeting (via ZOOM)
Feb 21, 2023
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Combined meeting of the Riverside Rotary Clubs
North Ryde RSL
Feb 22, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
NO CLUB MEETING Friday 24 Feb 2023
Feb 24, 2023
Feb 2023 Club Board Meeting (via ZOOM)
Feb 28, 2023
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
3 March 2023 Club Meeting (via ZOOM)
Mar 03, 2023
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
10 March 2023 Club Meeting (via ZOOM)
Mar 10, 2023
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
17 Mar 2023 Club Assembly at DLC (and via ZOOM)
Dunmore Lang College
Mar 17, 2023
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
NO CLUB MEETING Fri 24 March 2023
Mar 24, 2023
March 2023 Club Board Meeting (via ZOOM)
Mar 28, 2023
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
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Feb 17, 2023 7:30 AM
My RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) Experience
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Mak Khalil
February 18
Victoria Crawford
February 27
”It’s always something, to know you’ve done the most you could. But, don’t leave off hoping, or it’s of no use doing anything. Hope, hope to the last.” – Charles Dickens
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