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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Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
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  • Greg Starr
    February 10, 1999
    18 years
  • Phil McCarroll
    February 10, 2010
    7 years
  • Barbara Ward
    February 13, 2013
    4 years
  • Ross Grant
    February 16, 2011
    6 years
  • Doug Reid
    February 25, 2009
    8 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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Ku-ring-gai International Womens Day Celebration in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Wahroonga


We would love you to join us at this signature event

Celebrating International Women's day

Share in this Community event and enjoy wonderful Nepalese Fare and entertainment


Help us raise much needed funds to support three Nepalese Charities targeted at improving the life of young women.

Go to the Event webpage: International Womens Day Event
to read more about the event and BOOK you table--bring your colleagues and friends.
An opportunity to join the Wahroonga Rotarians in a relaxed environment and enjoy a light breakfast together. We welcome guests, colleagues and friends of members --ask about Rotary and see how you can join the VOLUNTEER team to engage in the many community and international activities in which Rotary has an interest.
Contact President Neil Mc Whannell to confirm attendance.
At the Warrawee Bowling Club on the 22nd February at 7.15 am and close at 8.30am -- parking on site.
The Club members were not only impressed, but moved by the incredible and harrowing rescue experiences  from Detective Chief Inspector Gary Raymond APM, OAM (Ret’d)--Gary's brave and emotional account of the amazing work he was involved with in his many rescues serving NSW communities--underlined his dedicated service with the NSW Ambulance, Police Rescue, as a Detective, Duty Officer, now Chaplain Police Post Trauma Support & Welfare Office--he performed 1500 rescues, of which 1,000 were motor vehicle collision rescues, 200 vertical rescues and 200 suicide crisis negotiation retrievals--a full account of his heroic exploits is in the Club Bulletin
Both PP Rob Ferguson ( Foundation Member) and PP David Russell were awarded Paul Harris Sapphire pins in recognition of their dedicated work supporting the Wahroonga Rotary Club by the President Neil.
Four very impressive young people joined us to speak of their RYLA experiences and some of their hopes and aspirations. John Welch introduced the visitors
Left to Right were: Matt Cleave --CAMS, Rose Stuart --Florist,( Phil Comfort) Jose Bautista--Barista, Alex Collins -Cube Rider (Neil McWhannell and John Welch)
Last week Peter Watson an IT specialist provided the meeting with some useful tips on using the internet and avoiding malicious fraud and damage to your Computer system. Peter not only informed us on the various ways this is occurring, but gave us all some great advice on being savvy about checking all correspondence to ascertain its true origin, to regularly back up our devices and to avoid clicking any links   unless we are confident of their source--thanks for the heads up Peter.
Our Club will be holding its Annual Clean Up Australia day activity at the Wahroonga Park and at Cliff Oval on the 5th March 2016
Register as a volunteer at:
We had the pleasure of the delightful and bubbly Phoebe Alexander join us this week to share some of her travel exploits and encourage members to join one of her hosted events to the Asian region with the not for profit group Odyssey Travel--Phoebe was able to renew friendships with our members as she was an active member for 5 years before joining Sydney Rotary
This week we were delighted to have Sarah Broad ( Principal), Christian de Stoop and Helen Kennedy from one of our Club Sponsors Vision PT Wahroonga. The team was introduce by Janelle Speight and spoke to the meeting about their organisation and our opportunity to make the best of our health and fitness. The message is --there are 4 E’s— Emotion, Education, Eating & Exercise.
Time to get back together and take care of the busy second half Rotary Year- RYLA-( Jan)-Rotary International's Birthday (Feb), Bobbin Head Classic Event (March)--District Conference (March)
Our final meeting for 2016 was a fun affair and lots of good cheer. Highlights from photos taken during the year shown to us by Steve MacGregor--a great job Stevie--some photo shop work on some --very clever!
The annual ABBOX event was held at Knox Grammar on Thursday last week--most of the Children attending were from St Lucy's Special School at Wahroonga and the Abbotsleigh and Knox Students were mentors for the children for the week. This event is sponsored by the Sony Foundation and provides a week of respite for parents.
Our members assisted by cooking and serving their luncheon --a task from which we get a great deal of satisfaction.
We had the pleasure of a visit from Sr Sheila at our meeting last week, and she told of the heart warming stories emanating from her wonderful work with the women at the Kopanang Refuge in Tanzania. Sr Sheila is an inspiration -- acting Chairman David Russell presented a cheque for $5000 to assist in maintaining her successful work at that Refuge.
Our meeting this morning was a great event--with 70 people in attendance to hear our Guest speaker Dick Smith AO talk about his vision for Australia. Dick was introduced to the members and guests by old school friend and Wahroonga Charter member Rob Ferguson.
There was also another reason for Dick's visit and that was to present to National RAWCS Chairman Michael Perkins a cheque for $A1million for projects to be administered by the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society--to be launched in February 2017.

Present also were DG Bruce Lakin, Michael Whitehouse- RAWCS National Treasurer, RAWCS National Administrator -Belinda Griffen, Pip and Dick Smith AO, Keith Roffey- Donations in Kind National Manager, and Wahroonga Rotary Club President Neil McWhannell

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Three local school students Chantelle (Turramurra High) Brandon (Barker College) and Melissa (Abbotsleigh) debated the merits of the Rotary 4 way test at our club meeting this week.
THE FOUR WAY TEST  Is it the truth?   
Is it fair to all concerned?   
Will it build goodwill and better friendships?   
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
An engaging discussion adjudicated by Noel Cislowski, AM (Chatswood Rotary)
Chantelle Brown, Brandon Yoon, President Neil, Ken Broadhead, Bobby Redman District Vocational Chair, Melissa Li and Noel Cislowski, AM.  
The BOBBO committee has released an update newsletter for members --feel free to share this with friends and bikers.
Click here to read Newsletter
In the Month of November Rotary International celebrates its 100th birthday. There are many events around the world and locally engaging Clubs who are  participating in the celebration.
Locally many Clubs are holding joint Club meetings for this purpose. One such meeting is the Million Dollar Dinner put together by PDG David Rands and his team, inviting all District Rotarians to attend.
A further local initiative is to encourage Rotarians and friends to purchase a commemorative "Banknote"  for $26.50--representing the sum Arch Klumph subscribed 100 years ago to set up the Foundation --PDG John Cameron - would be pleased to receive your donation in exchange for a "NOTE"
A team of Rotarians and friends (26 in all) arrived at the SAN village green (some at 5.15am) on Sunday last to provide a BBQ facility and road marshals for this wonderful event to support the SAN Foundation. Several celebrities and politicians ran in the two events (10k and 5k) and the weather was very kind. A great day celebrated by 600 plus runners and walkers to raise funds for the Jacaranda Lodge Cancer support facility. Well done to all concerned and a great way to "Shine a Light on Rotary"
Further event photos here
 Rotary Club of Wahroonga recognised some special champions of sustainability and community in Ku-ring-gai this morning as part of their Vocational Awards breakfast at the Pymble Golf Club
Congratulations again to Maree, Alex, Michelle and Rachel on your awards. Thank you to Matt Potter from Better Business Partnerships Ku-ring-gai Council and Jennifer Anderson - Mayor of Ku-ring-gai 
Awardee Achievements:
Alex McManus – Kitchen2Compost initiative linking businesses including, Kipling's Garage Bar, and Community Gardens to reduce food waste through composting.
Michelle Tan – Sustainability Champion at Playdays Childcare Wahroonga for implementing resource saving initiatives with staff and children.
Rachel Wilson – Helping new residents feel welcome and link with local businesses and services through the Welcome Basket.
Maree Ryan– Quiet achiever award for always putting community first and a lifetime of care and passion for immunisation health and wellbeing of children locally.
Well done to all the Awardees on their achievements--their photos here
Thanks to President Neil and especially Heather for organising a colourful Melbourne Cup Day breakfast meeting this morning--results from the race had to wait until 3.05pm.
More photos available here
The Club members were not short of things to do last weekend in the Wahroonga Park area. Firstly a team spent several hours promoting Rotary and selling raffle tickets to raise funds for St Lucys at the Wahroonga Food and Wine Festival and from 3pm another team assisted with the Welsh Choir event at St John Church proceeds also for St Lucy's, St Edmunds and St Judes (Tanzania)-in excess of $5000 was raised from this event.
A terrific focus on Wahroonga Rotary in action in the community.
Sandy receives a beautiful hat to wear to our Melbourne Cup Breakfast on next Tuesday morning. Presented by President Neil on behalf of the Wahroonga Rotary Club. Sandy is part of the "Ministry of Fun" Committee ensuring we have a good time whilst helping raise much needed funds for the community.
Members and friends are welcome to apply to join Anne Prescott on her next visit to Nepal in January 2017 to continue to develop the education programme started some years ago and participate in some aspects of the rebuilding programme so badly needed in and around Gorkha--the epicentre of the earthquake that occurred last year.
See the attached programme and call or email Anne if you have interest in joining the Team.
Rotary District 9685 hopes that you can join them at Panthers, Penrith on 11 March 2017 for a wonderful day of fellowship, great guest speakers and project showcase. Stay into the evening for the Cocktail Function and Entertainment with Normie Rowe.
Date: Saturday, 11 March 2017 (all day)
Location: Penrith Panthers Convention Centre,123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith
Cost: from $100
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  Wahroonga Club
February 2017
Community Volunteering
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Constable Paul Godfrey
Mar 01, 2017
PCYC Programmes
PCYC Programmes
Doug Reid and Steve Hopwood
Mar 22, 2017
Hornsby Connect
David Russell
Mar 29, 2017
Work in ICU
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