President's Message
One of the things I’ve always enjoyed in Rotary is engaging with local community and building on relationships. This brings me to our breakfast meeting this past Wednesday at St Edmund’s College.
For over a decade Wahroonga Rotary has been providing financial support for disadvantaged families and students in the form of an annual Bursary. The Bursary funding is usually presented at our annual St Edmund’s breakfast meeting, and for the past few years we have been entertained by students giving a percussion performance. The students were unable to perform this year, but we did have a mini performance by the new Principal Michael Farrell who entertained us with a tap dance. Michael is well known to some of our members. Building on our relationship with St Edmund’s, we did have student involvement with our Centenary event in Wahroonga Park, and students have been invited to perform at the Wahroonga Village Fair. There’s also the possibility of having students involved in the Wahroonga laneway gardening project.
During our breakfast meeting I felt it would be honouring to spend some time reflecting on the remarkable and long life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and to observe a minute silence.
Three remarkable ladies have left us within a matter of weeks: Judith Durham AO, Olivia Newton-John AC DBE, and Queen Elizabeth II. With the recent passing of Judith Durham, I have been interested in learning more about The Seekers and their music. This included downloading some video clips including the story behind the song I Am Australian. To me, this is one of the greatest Australian songs ever crafted and I have been privileged to accompany this song with the didgeridoo on several occasions. Venues include the Sydney Town Hall, The Star Event Centre, John Cameron’s DG Conference in Port Macquarie, etc. Here’s a link to an interview with Bruce Woodley, a member of The Seekers and co-author of I Am Australian
As mentioned in last week’s Wahroongler, we had PDG Bruce Lakin visit our club (Zoom) on Wednesday 20th July to talk about Regionalisation. Rotary Zone 8 (Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands) is one of two Rotary Zones chosen to take part in a pilot study that could determine the future structure of Rotary International. A copy of Bruce’s Zone 8 Pilot presentation is attached together with his summary of questions asked by some clubs attached.  
Also attached is a Regional Project document from RISPPO (Rotary International South Pacific and Philippines Office) advising that a ballot will be conducted this month to decide if the propose Rotary Zone 8 regionalisation pilot will proceed. Club presidents will vote by representing the views of the majority of their members; it’s a yes/no vote. The wording of the vote is in the attached Regional Project document. This Wednesday I’ll call for a show of hands.
Thank you to all the members together with family and friends who assisted with the Bobbo Cycle Classic this past Sunday. This was a major event involving the Rotary Clubs of Turramurra, St Ives, Ku-ring-gai and Wahroonga. (see story and pics below)
This Wednesday our guest speaker is Daniel Allars, Top Blokes Foundation. Some might remember Daniel who was the PCYC manager during the construction of the new club.

Bobbin Head Classic 2022
A sensational day on Sunday for the Bobbin Head Classic - an annual Bike ride throughout the Ku-ring-gai LGA and surrounding areas. The event is managed by the four local Rotary Clubs of Ku-ring-gai, Turramurra, St Ives and Wahroonga.
Our Club responsibility this year (a very early start) was to set up/take down and run the Start and Finish location at Karuah Oval Turramurra. The management for which fell to Dave Rigby who did a fantastic job and all the pieces came together with little in the way of dramas (that were visible anyway) - congratulations Dave - a job well done (along with your team of helpers). John Collins supervised the ride sector from Karuah to Asquith and return with a team of road volunteers from our beneficiaries.
Some of the early morning team
1900 riders/400 volunteers across the event - about 100 contributed by Wahroonga RC and its beneficiaries. We had one active rider Judy Tanna representing the SAN - well done Judy, and several partners of members also pitched in to assist.  
Our Beneficiaries the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Womens Shelter and Hornsby Connect will be the proud recipients of our funding share along with the key beneficiaries - Lifeline Harbour to the Hawkesbury and KYDS.
An outstanding effort by all our Rotary Clubs and their members.
Click - here - to view a pictorial record of activities in an around the Karuah Oval during the morning.
Two Community events at Wahroonga Park
For Club members and families - there are two events to be held at the Wahroonga Park during October so please save the date and your volunteering participation is welcomed.
The Ku-ring-gai Council Twilight Concert on October 15
Click - here- for the event information. Our Club has agreed to join with Hornsby District Rotary Club and our Rotaract Club to provide volunteers between the hours of 4pm - 8pm to assist Hornsby Connect (the primary event applicant) with a BBQ and soft drink stall to service the attendees expected to be up to 3000 people.
Volunteer registration is now open - please indicate your interest (for part or all the event) click - here - to register. 
The Ku-ring-gai Food and Wine Festival on October 30
Click - here- for the event information. Our Club will have a stall from which we will sell Raffle tickets and distribute Club brochures to attendees between the hours of 10am and 3pm on the day.
Volunteer registration will be open shortly and the link emailed to you.
New Club Wine Release - now available!

CLUB WINE - Time to re-stock your cellar!

  A specialist wine tasting team

As a result of some surplus wine from our recent Novus Dinner we have been fortunate enough to be able to add two new lines to our wine list.  

A Chenin Blanc which is a very good white as those who tasted it at Novus will already know, and a Track Winding Back Shiraz, also very nice.

You can follow the link below to get more information about the wine and the wine order form

Check this link - here - to read about the new wines and others in stock.
A social outing at Boongala Gardens
Social Outing to Boongala Gardens
76 Pitt Town Rd
Saturday 24th September at 9:30am
Cost: $5 entry and $5 for tour. (Children are free for both entry and tour).
Take a look at the website for more information:
We are delighted with the member response - so looking forward to a fun social gathering.
If you don’t want to do the guided tour at 9:30 but want to join us later, but don't forget to bring your morning tea.
If you haven't registered let me know by email if you would like to join the gang.
Garden pics - courtesy Janelle
Meeting Duty Roster
Reception & Set Up Roster
If you are unable to attend any day please arrange a substitute and inform Ron Wainberg  
Set up/Take down
September 21Janet Grundy/Rob HamiltonBob Howe
September 28Bob Howe/Janet GrundyRob Hamilton
October 5Rob Hamilton/Bob HoweJanet Grundy
October 12John Julius/Jo KaraolisPeter Kirkwood
Items of Interest
Our Christmas Party event this year will be on the evening of
Thursday 15th December.
More details to come soon but put the date in your diary now!
The latest school holiday activities available.
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11th December 2022
The SAN Carols return.
"Friendly Phill"
will be organising the evening collection.
St John's Art sale
this event will be held 
October 2022 in the Church Hall.
A fundraiser for "The Dish"
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The Mayor's latest newsletter.
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Don't miss this wonderful festival returning to the
St Ives Village Green in September.
The latest school holiday activities available.
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A wonderful event for the
Salisch family
"Aliya was 15 hrs old when I was allowed to see and hold her.
Mother and daughter are doing well.
Pure happiness and gratitude" - Barbara
Rotary Matters
Patrick Price, a Rotarian from Sydney was shocked at the authoritarian and violent approach to teaching he found in Nepalese schools. Determined to do something about it he founded the Centre for Learning and Children's Rights a non profit organisation delivering educational and humanitarian projects in Nepal regardless of age, gender, religion or caste. including the successful Heartland Academy. and
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Meeting Speakers
Sep 28, 2022
Introduce Room to Read and the literacy and girls’ education program.
Oct 05, 2022
A five star fellowship interview
Oct 12, 2022
St Lucys visit to the Campus
Oct 19, 2022
Electric Vehicles
Nov 02, 2022
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships
Nov 09, 2022
Hiding in the sunflowers: An historical and interactive look at Neil’s recent travels in Europe.
Nov 16, 2022
The importance of CPR and the Defibrillator
Nov 23, 2022
A Rotary Peace Fellow
View entire list
 Club Events
Wahroonga Rotary Breakfast Club 21/9/22
Sep 21, 2022
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
A Club Social Outing to Boongala Gardens
78 Pitt Town Rd
Sep 24, 2022
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
World POLIO day
Oct 05, 2022
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Ku-ring-gai Council Twilight Concert
Oct 15, 2022
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Wahroonga Food and Wine Festival
Oct 30, 2022
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Bobbo Presentation Evening
Nov 15, 2022
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Welsh Choir comes to Wahroonga
Nov 19, 2022
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Wahroonga Village Fair
Dec 04, 2022
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The Sydney Adventist Carols
Dec 11, 2022
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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Club Sponsors
Marshall. Chan. Yahl. -
Social Media
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