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The Rotary Club of Wahroonga invites you to an Evening of Classical Indian Dance and Jazz on Saturday 23 November from 5:15 pm in the Peter Duly Auditorium at Abbotsleigh School, Wahroonga.
This event, featuring Suhasini Sumithra and Hugh Barrett, is raising funds for a training program for people with disability, women and caregivers at Cheshire Homes in Coorg (South India) to work in plastic waste management.
Bookings are now open -

Suhasini Sumithra started her training in the classical Indian dance style of Bharatanatyam at the age of four in Buffalo, New York. In her early teens, she spent a summer learning another style of classical Indian dance called Kuchipudi at the Kuchipudi Art Academy in Chennai and fell in love with the dance style.
She continued her studies in both Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi under the tutelage of Dr Tejaswini Rao in Buffalo, but completed her Rangapravesam (or debut solo performance) in the Kuchipudi dance style at the age of 16. Suhasini has since had the privilege to study Kuchipudi under Dr Sobha Naidu in Hyderabad and Shri Raghavan Nair in Sydney.
While living in Canberra, she began studying Kuchipudi with Smt Vanaja Dasika, niece of the legendary Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam who founded the Kuchipudi Art Academy where Suhasini's passion for Kuchipudi first began. Suhasini currently lives in Sydney but continues to study and perform Kuchipudi with Smt Dasika.

Hugh Barrett studied jazz piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Paul McNamara, Judy Bailey, and Mike Nock, graduating in 2006 with a Bachelor of Music with first class honours.
He was a James Morrison Jazz Scholarship finalist in 2003 and 2004 and an Australian National Jazz Awards semi-finalist in 2006 and 2013. Hugh has been a member of the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra since 2006, providing him with opportunities to perform with acclaimed international artists such as Chris Potter, Maria Schneider, Bob Shepherd, Alex Sipiagin, Florian Ross, Charles Tolliver, and Bert Joris.

Hugh has also performed in smaller ensembles with American drummer John Riley and Australian jazz icons such as Dale Barlow, Bernie McGann, and Dave Panichi, and at many of Australia’s best jazz festivals, including the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

A versatile musician, Hugh also recorded and toured nationally and internationally as part of popular group The Beautiful Girls from 2009 to 2012.

Our Christmas Raffle raises funds for us to support bursaries at St Lucy’s and St Edmund’s schools.
On the first day of sales at the Wahroonga Food & Wine Fair on Sunday 27th October, a team of 18 enthusiastic Rotarians sold a total of 1,120 tickets to raise $2,240.
 Jenetta Russell who sold 33 books - 29% of the number of books sold.

We were also delighted to receive a further $80 of donations to our funds.
In addition, two members of the public approached us with a view to becoming Club members. A very successful day indeed!
Upcoming Events
Meeting Speakers
Angus Martin
Nov 20, 2019 7:30 AM
Running a Veterinary Practice
Running a Veterinary Practice

Dr Angus graduated from Sydney University in 1984. He worked for 5 years at Ku-ring-gai Vet Hospital then at several different hospitals as a locum before purchasing Hornsby Veterinary Hospital in 1992. 

Angus will speak on the changes in Veterinary Science since he graduated in 1984


Chris Smallbone
Nov 27, 2019 7:30 AM
WildThings NSW
Patricia Garcia OAM
Dec 04, 2019 7:30 AM
Rotary Peace Fellow
Colin Christie
Mar 25, 2020 7:30 AM
The World of Amateur Radio
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Australia's First Breakfast Club
Wednesdays 7:15 AM at the 
Warrawee Bowling Club
1479 Pacific Highway
Warrawee, NSW  2074
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Mail: PO Box 13 Wahroonga
NSW 2076
Walking from Warrawee Station
Rotary Anniversaries
Join Date:
  • Barbara Salisch
    November 7, 2012
    7 years
  • Rob Ferguson
    November 10, 1975
    44 years
  • John Cameron AM
    November 12, 1986
    33 years
  • Peter Kirkwood OAM
    November 15, 1999
    20 years