President's Message

Dear  Club Members and Friends,
We had a lovely social night at Cafe Jolly in Leichhardt last Friday evening. There were 10 guests from our club who attended and all agreed the food was delicious and very affordable  It was a great opportunity to meet our exchange student from Finland, Helmiina Salila, who had arrived on the Sunday beforehand. Helmiina is very excited to be here for the year and will be staying with the Buick family for the first part of her exchange. Samantha Buick was our outbound exchange student last year.
Thank you to Annette Billington who hosted Helmiina for the first week after her arrival and also to Terrie McConnell who helped Annette and Helmiina with enrolment into Ryde Secondary College where she will attend school for the next 12 months.
Our guest speaker at this week's breakfast meeting  is Stephen Galilee from the NSW Minerals CouncilFriday 10 August will be a Club Assembly where we will look at the feedback from the surveys and plans for the year ahead.
The members of the Board met last Friday. Among other matters, we approved the budget for this year and set some dates for the year ahead.
Some dates for your calendar, please keep the following dates free:
Friday 24 August          Working meeting for the Fun Run 7.15a.m. at Dunmore Lang College
Sunday 26 August          The North Ryde Fun Run for Youth Mental Health at Macquarie University Sports Fields
Friday 12 October          Thank you Breakfast for the Fun Run
Friday 2 November        District Governor Susan Wakefield's visit to the Club breakfast meeting.
Friday 30 November      Club Christmas Party, venue to be decided
Friday 7 December         Club AGM 7.15a.m. at Dunmore Lang College
Saturday 15 December   BBQ and Tree of Joy at Cox's Road
Sunday 16 December      Carols on the Common
Friday 28 June                Club Changeover Dinner
I have included the District dates to remember from DG Susan Wakefield below. I have also included a Thank You letter from Shelterbox. Our Club has donated $2000 to Shelterbox from funds raised in 2017-18. This will provide 2 shelterboxes that will be sent to areas of most need.

We have received an email from Jacque North, the clinical educator for physiotherapy and medical students at Macquarie University which  Jacque is looking for volunteers who may like to participate in a program they are running in which their first year students visit a volunteer in the community who has any medical condition/s. If you are interested in participating in this program please see the article below for more information.


With a little over 3 weeks to go until the Fun Run, there is still many tasks to be done. Thank you to everyone who has offered to help on the day. The banners are up thanks to Victoria Crawford. The next task is to deliver the flyers and posters around the community. I will be sending around a spreadsheet for people to volunteer to do letterbox drops. If you cannot be at this week's club meeting and are keen to do an specific area, please let me know.
The next meeting of the Club Fun Run Committee  is on Tuesday 7 August at 93 Park Road Hunters Hill commencing 7.30p.m..The final University Contacts Committee will meet on Friday 10 August at Robert Menzies College commencing 9.30a.m. Anyone interested in attending either meeting are very welcome.
Kind regards
Pam Wood
President 2018-19
Incoming Exchange Student Helmiina Salila arrives at Sydney Airport on Sunday 22 July. Greeted by Terrie McConnell, Pam Bennett(pictured) and Annette Billington.
A fun social night at Cafe Jolly, Norton Street Leichhardt on Friday 27 July.
Important District 9685 Dates For 2018-19

Here are some important dates to add to your Club Calendar NOW. Please don't schedule Club Projects or Events on any of these dates, as they are all important District Events (Conference & Changeover) or Training for 2019/20 Club Leaders.


16 March 2019 - President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) - COMPULSORY Training for 2019/20 Presidents

29-31 March 2019 - District Conference, Newcastle. Register at

14 April 2019 - District Assembly - Training for all 2019/20 Club Board members and executives

29 June 2019 - District Changeover


Second Free Seminar on Youth Mental Health
The Rotary Club of North Ryde in partnership with the Centre for Emotional Health is pleased to the second of two free information evenings  ideal for parents, carers and teachers. The seminar will be held at the Hearing Hub, Level 1 lecture Theatre, 16 University Avenue Macquarie University. 
Join us on Wednesday, 22 August, from 6 pm to 7 p.m. to hear about the Nature and Treatment of Adolescent Depression including:
In this information session, Dr Carolyn Schniering will discuss:
  • Ways to identify anxiety and depression in adolescents
  • Personal vulnerabilities to depression and anxiety
  • Treatment options for youth
  • Practical tools and techniques for supporting adolescents and depression.
The seminars are a precursor to the North Ryde Fun Run.
The North Ryde Fun Run for Youth Mental Health is a community event organised by the Rotary Club of North Ryde, with venue partner Macquarie University and local community groups.
The 2018 Fun Run will be held on Sunday 26th August from 9am to 12pm at the Macquarie University Sport Fields, corner of Culloden and Talavera Roads, Macquarie Park.
The proceeds raised go towards funding research into youth mental health through the Australian Rotary Health organisation and to treatment programs through the Centre for Emotional Health.
Check out the details and register to attend:
The North Ryde Fun Run for Youth Mental Health - Register Now!
PO Box 6171 
Dear Rotary President 
Thank you very much for your generous donation to ShelterBox Australia. Because of you, we are able to provide vital shelter and the essentials to return to normality in the aftermath of natural disasters and humanitarian crisis. Your support doesn’t stop there. It goes much further than just tents, blankets, solar lights and tools. Your support has the power to transform lives and change despair into hope. See the impact you are making on families all over the world at
ShelterBox Australia relies totally on donations and we truely value your support. If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact us, either by return email or to me, as below.
Please find your tax-deductible receipt below.
Kind regards
Mike Greenslade, CEO
ShelterBox Australia
Ph. 0459 959 501
Macquarie University Physiotherapy and Medical Health and Wellbeing Collaboration program (HAWC)

To whom it may concern,

I am the clinical educator for physiotherapy and medical students at Macquarie University and as part of the program our first year students visit a volunteer in the community who have any medical condition/s.

The students visit the volunteers either at home or can arrange to meet them at the university and visit as a pair. They would see their volunteers approximately 4 times across the semester starting at the end of August.

The students practice skills they are learning in class such as taking a medical history, talking to their volunteer about their previous or current interactions/experiences with healthcare and practice basic assessment measures.

We wondered if any of your members would be interested in being volunteers for this program? If so I have attached the FAQs for the program as well as the Expression of Interest Form if they wanted to be involved. We call any interested people to discuss the program and answer any questions. I would also love to be able to come along to any meetings that you run to recruit volunteers if this was appropriate. The online Expression of Interest is at the following link:

As part of the program the students also get involved with some volunteering opportunities in the community themselves particularly if it relates to healthcare. If you had any suggestions for this we would also be interested.

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

Kind Regards


Jacque North

Clinical Educator (Physiotherapy)

Available Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays

Discipline of Physiotherapy |   Ground Floor, 75 Talavera Rd Macquarie University, NSW 2109, Australia

T:  02 98502793|  F: +61 2 9850 6630

M:  0402630570|

Macquarie University


Upcoming Events
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
Club Meeting
Sep 07, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Club Meeting
Sep 14, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Club Assembly
Sep 21, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Club Board Meeting
Sep 28, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:45 AM
Aug 03, 2018
NSW Minerals Council
Aug 17, 2018
An Update on School Activities
Sep 07, 2018
My home and life in Finland
Sep 14, 2018
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