President's Message 
RU OK? 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone and circumstances have made it even more important to stay connected. Simple steps:
1. Ask R U OK?
2. Listen
3. Encourage action
4. Check in
Thank you to Mayor Jennifer Anderson from Ku-ring-gai Council for presenting an update on the emerging social needs and gaps in service delivery in the uncertain environment of the current COVID-19 pandemic. The Mayor also covered R U OK? topic and programs available for the community running over September and beyond. 
Council team members Samantha Marren and Danny Houseas (Community Development) came along to answer questions. Youth services, Cherise Ricciardo and Aged Services Robin Hall also gave a brief overview of their areas within Council, and how they are adapting to support the community.  
We were well represented at the meeting with over 50 people in attendance and representatives from other Rotary clubs included Hornsby, Pennant Hills, Ku-ring-gai and Misbourne Matins in the UK, and thanks to our club members and other guests for their attendance on Wednesday.
RU OK?  Day is 10th September, but we need to keep the conversation going beyond this date each year. For instance, I have members ask me all the time about other members; “Are they OKAY?” We report each week on members welfare but sometimes a member may not be ill, they might just be away or they may have left the club because their circumstances have changed. Maybe you haven’t seen your neighbour or friend for a while? Whoever it is, it is still good to call, say hello and ask that question; RU OK?.....
Club News
Reflections on our Online meeting #24 - Jo Karaolis
It was great to have so many interesting visitors at our meeting today, especially the representatives from the newly expanded Ku-ring-gai Rotary Club and a whole range of others whose presence broadened our focus.
Our Guest Speaker Mayor Jennifer Anderson gave us an overview of how Ku-ring-gai Council has maintained and adapted its services in response to changing health protection orders and other challenges of this COVID-19 year. A copy of Mayor Anderson's presentation included - here - for your review.
Ken Greatbatch commented from the UK during the coffee chat on how much the Mayor was on top of her brief and that he doubted if his local representatives would have as comprehensive grasp of the issues as our Mayor displayed.
It was also impressive to have so many Council staff present including Robin Hall from Aged Services, Cherise Ricciardo for Youth Services and Samantha Marren and Danny Houseas who are from Community Services.
The gobsmacking moment of the meeting came with the Mayor’s reply to a question from David Russell about mooted expansion of high-rise zoning and residential intensification. She told us of the letter she received just yesterday from the Minister for Planning advising that there is no legal requirement for Councils to meet Planning Targets. For this to come after enormous sums of money and hours and weeks of time have been spent by Councils in responding to the Greater Sydney Commission’s plans and targets was astonishing, as well as potentially a game-changer for all us lovers of our green spaces. The Ku-ring-gai Council's press release on the matter included - here - for your information.
This was our R U OK? meeting in recognition of R U OK? Day (always the second Thursday in September). The goal of R U OK? is to encourage us all to have conversations with others who may be at risk of self-harm. It is based on strong evidence for the benefit of social connection as a protective factor against suicide.
Last week’s Wahroongler published Lucy Dahill’s advice about how to have an R U OK? conversation with a friend or family member. The Mayor spoke about the tragic rise of youth suicide and attempted suicide in our area and the events that Council is hosting for R U OK? week. These included a webinar by former policeman Simon Gillard on his lived experience of PTSD with practical steps for asking others R U OK? as well as online sessions for parents worried about their teenagers and an R U OK? session for Seniors run by Lyn Worsley.
Doug Reid gave us good news about Hornsby Connect’s contribution to supporting the community during the harsher aspects of this year and reminded us to refer to him any person we know who may be in need of food support. He gratefully acknowledged the support of the Mayor and of the Rotary Club of Ku-ring-gai in establishing the Ku-ring-gai offshoot of Hornsby Connect and especially President Roger Desmarchelier and Lindsay Forrest who were present at the meeting and spoke of their enthusiasm for the project they have taken under their wing.
Peter Smith reported that our bushfire relief support of the Mogo school and community has been enhanced by a serendipitous connection with the Half Acre House retirement home in Rochdale, Lancashire whose residents raised a lot of money for bushfire relief. Half Acre House has become a sponsor of Mogo School’s pictorial reflection of the past 150 years, which they are working on to commemorate the school’s 150th anniversary next year. Delightfully, children of the school and residents of Half Acre House will become pen pals as part of the programme.
Jo Karaolis on behalf of Lucy Dahill reported that three organisations are recipients of Community Caring Awards for September, namely Clarke Road Special School, Thornleigh West Public School and Prouille Football Club. She observed that the school awards are essentially totem awards that acknowledge the exceptional contribution of all our schools to their communities during this challenging year. Jo asked Club members to nominate any organisation which they feel is deserving of a Community Caring Award by going on line:
Launch of the 2020 Members Wine Sale
At our last Club meeting Richard Pitt launched the Club's new choice of Wine for sale to members and friends.
A storage facility has been established and the wine has been delivered.
The wines are from Tumblong Hills in Southern NSW and McCaw's Creek, Mt Lofty Ranges in South Australia
So it's time to get our orders in to avoid disappointment  order your wine now!
Go to the link - here - to survey the wine choices and login to download an order form to complete and send to Richard.
Our Meeting this week
This week we welcome a dedicated Rotarian  Ms Libby Bleakly a member of the Blackheath Rotary Club 
Libby's presentation will update us on her passionate youth project in Timor - Leste
Libby has served as a Police Officer for nearly 30 years, 19 years of which she served with the New South Wales Police Force specialising in crime prevention, domestic violence, sexual assault, child protection, indigenous and youth issues.
Libby’s continuing interest for community, culture and crime prevention led her to explore the international arena by joining the Australian Federal Police International Deployment Group in 2008. Since then, she has been deployed to the Northern Territory, Sudan and Timor-Leste resigning from the AFP in 2019.
Her biggest achievement was during her personal time where she developed her own crime prevention initiative, a youth and community centre in Timor-Leste. The initiative is a registered Rotary Australia World Community Service Project.
Currently Libby is an author and runs a coffee roasting business raising funds for her centre.
Peter Smith has a request for assistance: He is need of a wheel chair for a few weeks for his wife following ankle surgery - she has a knee scooter to get around but a chair will be more comfortable in some situations - has anyone access to one he could borrow for a period - if so call Peter on 0409284245. Many thanks
A TRIVIA Night - International Team - Dr Anne Prescott
Anne Prescott and her team are preparing for their annual fundraiser in the form of an "Online" trivia night.
The fundraising committee are working with Anne on the technical side  - preparing the logistical details.
A request has gone out for prizes for the event - see below more details on the event and booking details
(click below)
PLEASE NOTE: You can have up to 8 people in a team, and they can either be in one place, or distributed among two or more locations. Team members can all book in together, or separately, but please tell us the name of your team captain in the space provided. We will send you a follow-up email to provide extra information about the Zoom sessions.
The Sergeant's Corner
for your contribution
Members (and others) can click on the box (left) to contribute to the running of the Club until we have the opportunity to meet face to face.
Rotary Snippets


This will be a wonderful opportunity to listen to some amazing Rotarians including the current Rotary International President Holger Knaack

and the recently nominated 2022-2023 President Jennifer Jones.


Click on the image above to find out all the details and register early.

Community News Items
Below a link to the September Newsletter from this wonderful team.

The Ku-ring-gai Neighbourhood Centre brings to our attention a very useful course..
Many of us have time and always happy to learn new things
This may be worth your time to learn about this debilitating condition that seems to be on the rise in the older age groups (but not only)
Click on the image below to see more details of this interesting subject 
Rotary Matters
Ian Stuart from Turramurra Rotary Club is the presenter of a FM Radio programme on our local station - 2HHH 100.1 - every Friday at 4 pm.
Podcasts of each week's programme can be found on the Rotary Matters facebook page soon after the programme's timeslot.
See below an explanation of Friday's programme 11th September plus a link to the programme for your enjoyment. Click on "Read More" below.
This week we meet the tireless and passionate Haran Ramachandran who leads the funding campaign at Hills-Kellyville.
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Sep 23, 2020 7:15 AM
An update on Fundraising plans to support our Annual Youth Projects
Sep 30, 2020
Rotary Theme Meeting
Oct 14, 2020
Update on SAN and Covid 19
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