President's Message

This week we heard from Chris D’Arcy, who is the President of Search Dogs Sydney. Chris leads a specialist search and recovery team with specially trained canines and state of the art drone technology, to locate “live” and “deceased” humans. He, Adele Jago and dog Koa, gave us a fascinating insight into the work they do assisting police and emergency agencies in the search for missing persons.

They shared some shocking statistics, one of which was that in Australia a person is reported missing every 15 minutes. Another fact, this time positive, is that a trained search dog can cover the same amount of ground it would take about 30 humans to search.

If you want to help out volunteers in various roles are always welcome. Contact Chris D’Arcy on 0412 524 715.


The club’s changeover dinner is coming up on Wednesday evening, 26 June. Bookings are open via Humanitix. Come and join us celebrating one year and welcoming in the next! Pleasant surroundings, good food, great company – what more could you want!

The Board will meet 6.30pm at PCYC on Tuesday 14 May. All welcome.

This coming week, 15 May, we will be joined by Indu Balachandran, who leads work in strategy and governance in the social-purpose sector. She is a global Atlantic Fellow and co-chair of waste/recycling company Community Resources which employs 700 people nationally. Indu is also on the Board of Western Sydney University’s Institute of Culture and Society.

The following week, Wednesday 22 May, we will have a vocational meeting at KIESER, PYMBLE. This will be in place of the normal meeting. Same time as usual – 7.15am for 7.30am to 8.30am. We will enjoy breakfast there at our normal cost of $25 and hear about strength training for all ages. The title of the presentation is Strength for Wellbeing. We will also have a ‘tour’ of the machines used there.

A gesture from Kieser to us, as Rotarians, will be to offer half price on an initial assessment, 4 weeks complementary core membership, and ongoing 25% discount on memberships/sessions with a member of the Physiotherapy team.


Mentie Knowles
President 2023/2024
Ku-ring-gai Chase Fun Run
The annual Ku-ring-gai Chase Fun Run is to be held on the 16th June - at the Claude Cameron Oval East Wahroonga. In past years we have conducted the BBQ for the competitors and visitors.
The students from Knox Grammar School also take part to act as mentors for the disabled competitors.
Read more about the event - here.
We will need about a dozen volunteers on the day over two shifts -- so please register your interest - here - to assist with the event.
More details to follow.
Our Changeover Celebration
Well it's that time of the year again - the sunset on President Mentie's leadership and the dawning of that for Sallianne. We thank Mentie and her team for the positive contribution to our Community throughout the year.
This event is an opportunity to reflect on our achievements and acknowledge members' contribution.
Please join your colleagues at our Annual Changeover Dinner at Magpies Waitara on the 26th June to share in the celebration.
You can book for this event at: Humanitix - Bookings close on the 12th June
Our Contribution to Youth development

YOUTH matters are the District Topic for MAY and we have found that Wahroonga Rotary has raised almost half a Million dollars towards Youth in the past 15 Years!

The Rotary Club of Wahroonga’s Youth Committee has been a very active and vibrant part of Wahroonga for many years. In fact, over the past 15 years, the Wahroonga Youth Committee has raised over $485,000 for community projects…. which is an average of $32,000 per annum.

We chose a period of 15 years as we have clear records of where our $485,000 in Revenue and our $433,000 in expenditure was sourced and applied. We believe that the Award should not only recognise exceptional annual efforts but also recognise longer term sustainable progress supported by Youth innovations such as the NOVUS Foundation which allowed Wahroonga to maintain their Youth support over a quite lengthy period. We will provide a summary of this distribution in the next Wahroongla.

Over half of this was down to the Wahroonga Rotary’s biggest innovation, the NOVUS Foundation a not for profit organisation established to assist Youth in our Community.

The NOVUS Foundation was a cooperative effort by the SAN Hospital, the McCarroll Automotive Group and Wahroonga Rotary. It was a Not for Profit Foundation limited by Guarantee. NOVUS was established in 2007 and was active for over 18 years. The Gala Dinners raised around $2 million for Youth in our area. When we started, we thought it may have a life of only 3 years but due to the exceptionally effective effort by the three parties they were able to run 16 annual Gala Dinners and it ceased to operate in 2022.

When you add together the District Youth contributions over this same period, it would amount to many, many millions of dollars directed by our District Rotary Clubs.

Money that would otherwise not have been raised!

Our Youth Committee is made up of a group of dedicated individuals (12 in all) who each have an individual passion for specific activities which ensures they stay interested, committed and dedicated.

Membership has remained fairly constant with about half long term and others quite new. I should also like to thank all Club members for their support for our Youth activities over the many years.

Raflle ticket selling Wahroonga 
NOVUS dinner 
Upcoming District events 
At this time of the year there are several interesting District events at which members may wish to participate. You are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities to learn more about our District and Rotary and for incoming Board members the chance to equip them for their year ahead.
Make a date for the Movies - Volunteers Invited
Note that 20 – 26 May 2024 is Australia’s volunteer week, to thank volunteers for their contribution, Ku-ring-gai Council has organised two movie days for your volunteers in Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai area. Every volunteer can bring a friend or a family member to watch the movie.  Please kindly promote the events to your volunteers.
Thank you. Lily
The film:  The Fall Guy
 Tue 21 May 10.30am, Event Cinema Hornsby Westfield
• Thurs 23 May 10.30am, Roseville Cinema
Booking is essential, click on the link to choose from the following sessions  - Movie day for volunteers Ku-ring-gai (
The Social calendar
Rochelle announced an afternoon out at the wonderful Pymble Players for November 3rdImage result for party images
Plenty of time to plan your diary - click on the link below to learn more and register your interest.
"The 39 Steps"
 Items of Interest

Rotary International Conference 2024

Click - here- to learn more and booking.


The Turramurra Rotary Club will be hosting the presentation evening
on May 23rd at the Magpies in Waitara.
Please advise if you intend to attend the event.
Full details - here - accept or decline
Janet Grundy is raising funds for Cancer
You may like to support her
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Click - here - to donate
Rotary Leadership Institute

Course #79 for 9685

is now open for registration for 17/18/19 May 2024.

Contact President Mentie for further details.

  Click - here - to register

Lion dancer
Click - here - for the latest news from 
Ku-ring-gai Council
A Census presentation event
as it relates to our LGA
Click - here - to register for the event
The Ku-ring-gai Dementia Alliance Expo
 clickHappy Brain, Happy Life - to register.
At Gordon Uniting Church Community Hall
30 May -10.00 am to 1.00 pm.
More about our Council initiative to create Ku-ring-gai as a Dementia friendly LGA - here.
For more information check with Janet Grundy.
Follow us on Social Media
You can follow any Club news on the internal Facebook - if you would like to join either group let me know.
Rotary District and International News
A new story to be available each week will be in this location and channel stories from our District and International pages.Rotary International
Rotary Matters
The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards is an intensive leadership experience where students develop their skills as a leader while having fun and making connections. They build communication and problem solving skills and learn from community leaders, inspirational speakers and peer mentors. Thowshi Dimantha, a Sydney student describes her recent RYLA experience and significantly the lessons she learned.
Click - here - to enjoy these discussions.
Meeting Duty Roster
Reception & Set Up Roster
Members please register when you get Ron's email 
If you are unable to attend the meeting, please arrange a substitute and inform Ron Wainberg  
Set up/Take down
May 15thIan Faulks/Chima EkemezieChris Waugh
May 22nd
Jim Fulton/Helen Clarke 
(at the Kieser Gym)
Not required
May 29thRob Giacometti/John CollinsJudith Kaine
June 5thBrett Goods/Phill ComfortNasrin Azzi
Upcoming Speakers
May 15, 2024
Women's support Work
May 22, 2024
Vocational Visit - Kaiser
Jun 05, 2024
Food, beauty and travel
Jun 12, 2024
Refugees from Afghanistan
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 Club Events
Wahroonga Rotary Breakfast Club 15/5/2022
May 15, 2024
7:00 am – 8:30 am
BOBBO Presentation Dinner
Magpies Club
May 23, 2024 6:30 pm
Ku-ring-gai Chase Fun Run
Claude Cameron Oval East Wahroonga
Jun 16, 2024
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Club Changeover Dinner
Jun 26, 2024
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
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Club Sponsors
Social Media
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1479 Pacific Highway
Warrawee, NSW 2074
Our meetings are currently face to face - if you want to join in person - please contact
Rotary Club of Wahroonga, PO Box 13, Wahroonga, 2076.