Rotary Club of Wahroonga

Chartered on the 25th November 1975

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Australia's First Breakfast Club

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:15 AM
Warrawee Bowling Club
1479 Pacific Highway
(Mail: PO Box 13 Wahroonga NSW 2076)
Warrawee, NSW  2074
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  • Steve McGregor
    August 2, 1991
    25 years
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    August 4, 2004
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    August 12, 2015
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    August 29, 2012
    4 years
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    August 30, 1994
    22 years
Club Information

Australia's First Breakfast Club

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:15 AM
Warrawee Bowling Club
1479 Pacific Highway
(Mail: PO Box 13 Wahroonga NSW 2076)
Warrawee, NSW  2074
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The main hall at St Lucy's in Wahroonga was full of colour and vitality on Friday evening when Jo Karaolis hosted a sit down fund raising dinner for about 140 guests to support the Kopanang Cooperative. President Neil McWhannell compered the evening and Sister Sheila updated the gathering attended. Students from Knox and Abbotsleigh joined in to assist with the organisation.
On the night we raised a total of $15,637. With $5000  Rotary will donate to the Kopanang training project, this brings us up to our total commitment of $42,000 over 3 years to provide the Women's leadership and members with the training they judged necessary to equip them to take over self-managing the Project after Sister Sheila retires to Australia at the end of this year.
Members assembled on Friday morning --a chilly morning to say the least--but the cause was worthwhile--our annual Daffodil day sales effort at the Wahroonga Station.
The public was most generous.

Help Jo as she helps bring
hope to the women of Kopanang
Jo Karaolis invites us all to St Lucy’s, Cleveland St Wahroonga, on Kopanang Night, August 26th  for “a night of simple pleasures so we can align ourselves with the women of Kopanang and their fight to change the future for their children.”
 Sister Sheila Flynn will speak and show a video and we will have enormous fun with games and competitions and opportunities for our Rotary brilliance to shine.
Book in tables of 8 or10 or individually with: and a Table will be allocated.
Please remit $40 per head before the function -noting “Name” & “Kopanang” - to- Rotary Club of Wahroonga - BSB  032189  Account  790267
Kopanang is an impoverished settlement on the outskirts of Johannesburg where a Dominican sister, Sister Sheila, is working to better the lives of a community of women, mostly single women. They have been trying to stay alive by prostitution in a community battling AIDs and poverty,
Jo said she first met Sister Sheila when Jo was principal of St Lucy’s. Sheila said when she first visited us she wanted to thank us “on behalf of our mothers, our grandmothers, our children of Kopanang” for giving people hope. 
The women make and try to sell wonderful wall hangings, and a co-operative that the sisters there have formed now trains them in design – and in running a production, learning how to run a photocopier.

The Annual Vocational Teachers Awards night was held at the Pymble Golf Club on Wednesday 17th August.
Brian Wexham ( Chair of World Skills Australia) was the popular presenter for the evening 8 North Shore Schools nominated candidates It was a glittering evening and well put together by Vocational Chairman Angus Robinson and his team.
Left to Right:
(BR)Peter Kirkwood -Brian Wexham - Brianne Balfoort Turramurra High  - Neil McWhannell --Bobby Redman --Susan Filan Abbotsleigh- John Diamond Knox-Angus M Robinson
(FR)Eva Southern St Lucy's--Heather Hansby  PLC--Nikki Grauman Masada-- Rose Raward Wahroonga Prep-- Heba Oweis Abbotsleigh Junior

The next Joint Event with the Ku-ring-gai Council and Better Business Partnerships is coming up... bookings can be made -- Here

Wahroonga Rotary in conjunction with the St John Uniting Church is presenting an afternoon of wonderful music in support of several Schools our Rotary Club supports in Wahroonga and In Tanzinia
The Sydney Welsh Choir in an “All Saints Concert”
St John’s Uniting Church, Wahroonga,
Corner Stuart St and Coonanbarra Rd
Sunday 30th October 2016 at 3.00pm
Tickets $25 Includes wine and canapes at conclusion of concert.
Enquiries: Jim Verco, ph.9449 2847; mob.0414 814 044
Enjoy an inspiring afternoon with this internationally acclaimed Australian choir singing quality popular songs, Welsh songs and hymns, sacred music & items from opera and stage musicals.
All funds raised will go to our local schools for children with special needs: St Lucy’s , St Edmund’s and The School of St Jude in Tanzania

The Club is proud to release the Nepal Schools Project report -- comprehensively prepared by Richard Jackson.
The objectives of the report are:
  • To provide an update on the parts of the project supported by the Club.
  • Introduce the project to our many newer members

Yesterday President Neil welcomed Jim Fulton to the club and PP John Collins seen here welcoming and handing Jim his membership material. Congratulations and welcome Jim

Recently our recently inducted Member Abhi Poudel introduced the Club to a new project in his home country of Nepal. The International team made application to District 9685 for a Grant for the Project and were successful. So below is a description of the Project which will now move into fundraising mode to raise additional funds to launch the training facility
President Neil McWhannell together with District Governor Bruce Lakin welcomed Stuart Armstrong to the Club this week. Stuart has up until recently a member of our sister Club in the UK Gerrards Cross Chalfont St Peter. We welcome Stuart and Helen to Wahroonga Rotary

A celebratory meeting this week as PP Gary Webb and PP Peter Smith thanked all Board Members and Volunteers who made possible the record funding generated at the Novus Gala Dinner in May 2016.
Over $190,000 was raised and the beneficiaries Open Heart International, SAN Australasian Research Institute, KYDS and Streetworks  joined the meeting to receive their share of the Funds.

The Club's 9 months of involvement with this project culminated at the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower garden yesterday at a well organised Welcome to Refugees event.
Over 100 Refugees attended and community volunteers. Our participation was to man the BBQ and drink facilities--all enjoyed the experience immensely and we thank the Mayor Cheryl Szatow for her invitation to support the project along with our friends from the local Gordon Lifeline team.
A series of photos from the event can be viewed in the Photo Album here. Refugee Welcome Event

On saturday morning the weather cleared and the team assembled at Knox Wahroonga to off load books for the Book Fair 14th-17th July--well done team--overseen by Director Wendy Carver

Last Wednesday at the Changeover Dinner at Asquith Golf Club saw the culmination of a very successful year for President Marlene Carty.
The Club was rewarded as joint winners of the Best large Club in District 9685 at the District Changeover last week
We inducted 2 inaugural Honorary Past members Peter Edwards and Gordon Fuller and Ken Broadhead received the Ferguson Plate with George Richards the Martin Forrow lecturn award.
President Marlene invests Neil McWhannell with the Presidential chain for 2016/2017.     
      Peter Edwards, Gordon Fuller
                                                                   Marlene Carty , George Richards
     Ken Broadhead, Marlene Carty,
                    Rob Ferguson
                                                                   Neil McWannell - Marlene Carty

Members Weekly Bulletin
  Wahroonga Club
August 2016
Community Volunteering
Aug 31, 2016
Bhuvan Unhelkar
Global Rotary Experiences: An excellent growth opportunity
Sep 14, 2016
Solange Cunin
Young Entrepreneurs
Sep 28, 2016
Abhishesh Poudel - New Member
The Life and Times
Oct 05, 2016
Christine Evans
Aboriginal Education and Consultative Group
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