8 October 2021
Hello fellow Rotarians and friends,
I do hope this week’s bulletin does find that you are all well and looking after yourself and your loved ones.
It appears the roadmap to our freedoms is close to allowing us more freedoms to enjoy the nice warm weather of spring and summer. As a result of our new found freedoms, a social get-together is arranged for 30th October 2021 at Blenheim Park from 10:00am. It has been suggested we support the new Café Giovette’s in Blenheim Road shops, and bring along coffee and something to eat. Sandeep has some entertaining surprises in-stall for us.
Let us hope this ‘opening up’ will keep progressing so we can enjoy a Christmas with our family and friends.
During our meeting last week, we were enlightened by the fascinating stories from Sue O’Neill of the Pink Umbrella Foundation. Sue started her charitable works hosting a young ROMAC patient and his mother, he was in Australia for a medical procedure. Sue was asked at that time by one of our past presidents, Phil Isaacs, if she would like to join Rotary. Sue then joined the Rotary Club of Kenthurst and now living in Terrigal (after a few years at Pearl Beach) is a member of the Rotary Club of Brisbane Water.  As they say the rest is now history and to Rotarys’ benefit.
Sue’s international charity work has spread far and wide from Papua New Guinea and then on to Uganda in EastAfrica. Schools were built and medical clinics set up over many years with the relevant training/education for the staff to ensure the facilities are now self-sufficient. Her family are also actively involved with their support.
The Pink Umbrella Foundation was established by Sue to help with the funding of this important work and Sue, with her family, has been active in doing this work for over 20 years. Sue did mention they have used the skills and services of Rob Wilkinson, and his Group Travel Management business in the past. Sue is an inspiration to us all.
Friday this week, 8 October 2021, Rob has arranged for our guest speaker to be Graeme Robinson who will advise and guide us through a talk about ethical behavior, and its relevance to living the Rotary ethos.
It appears we are lucky with the easing of lock-down restrictions that our delayed Annual Celebration dinner may finally happen and hopefully on 3rd December 2021 at Basil’s Seafood Restaurant. Garry has been in contact with the new owners, making the relevant arrangements for this, and the Christmas lunch for the Presbyterian Aged Care - North Ryde Community Aid aged community members. Thank you, Garry.
Pam advises the Christmas time, Tree of Joy, at North Ryde Coxs Road Mall can go ahead November and December this year. Pam will enquire to the charities we support, if they able to accept the donated gifts. Thanks for this Pam.
Bernie informed us all that we have a nominee wishing to attend RYLA in January 2022 at Elenora Heights. Eliza Byrne from Gladesville Bunnings has advised us she would like to attend. We will now follow up with this to confirm her attendance.
David has been in contact with the regional/remote schools to see if their students would be interested in the IT program our Club promotes. He has had positive feed-back from some of the schools and people contacted. This initiative was put on hold last year due to COVID, so let us all hope this can now resume! Thanks David.
More good news. The Christmas Carols joint venture with Macquarie Park Rotary Club, may also happen this year. There will be a meeting this Thursday afternoon (7 October at 4:00pm) of both Clubs, and representation from Ryde City Council. We will keep you informed of discussions and progress.
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. See here for more information.
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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Sue O'Neill - Pink Umbrella Foundation
A few slides from the fantastic presentation by Sue O'Neill - Rotary Club of Brisbane Water.
Work in Papua New Guinea in 2007
Pink Umbrella Foundation - founded by Sue O'neill and working with her family through RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service) in Uganda
Education is one of the major projects.  The school was built with local labour - even the bricks were handmade.
Proud children with their certificates for schoolwork.  
Shelterbox Bronze Award
The Rotary Club of North Ryde received a Bronze Award as a result of the contributions the club has made to Shelterbox.
This is an example of the devestation natural disasters can cause.
A Shelterbox tent can accommodate a family and provide immediate shelter.
And it is much appreciated.
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. 
The Case for Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) in Australia - 12 Oct 2021 - Tony Irwin 

Next  Tuesday is   Hat Day which is part of Australian Rotary Health's Lift the Lid on Mental Illness campaign to raise vital funds for mental health research so please wear a hat.

All Australia’s coal-fired power stations will be shutdown before 2050 and SMRs would be ideal to repower these sites, using existing infrastructure and the staff can be retrained saving jobs and the local economy. Tony will give examples of suitable SMRs and answer the questions “are they safe” and “what about the waste”.

Tony Irwin is a Chartered Engineer, Chair of Engineers Australia Sydney Division Nuclear Engineering Panel and Technical Director of SMR Nuclear Technology Pty Ltd.  Tony worked for British Energy (formerly the Central Electricity Generating Board) in the UK for more than thirty years commissioning and operating 8 nuclear power reactors. 

In 1999 he moved permanently to Australia and joined the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) where he managed fuel strategies and provided advice on nuclear issues. He was subsequently appointed as Reactor Manager for the commissioning and operation of ANSTO’s new OPAL research reactor. Tony is now a Consultant.  

Tony is the principal lecturer for the ANU Master of Nuclear Science Course Reactor and Fuel Cycle modules and visiting lecturer at USYD. 

The meeting will be held via Zoom from 7:00 am for 7:15 a.m. start. At about 7:30 a.m., Tony will talk for about 30 minutes, followed by questions.  We finish promptly at 8:30 a.m.

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Ken Preshaw
North Sydney Sunrise Rotary Club
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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.
Upcoming Events
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
Club Meeting (via ZOOM)
Nov 05, 2021
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
Club Meeting (via ZOOM)
Nov 12, 2021
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
Club Assembly (via ZOOM)
Nov 19, 2021
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
November Club Board Meeting (via ZOOM)
Nov 23, 2021
7:15 PM – 9:00 PM
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Ethics and Rotary
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Bob Selinger OAM
October 14
Barbara Lee
October 26
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