President's Message

few weeks ago, I had a chance meeting with Daniel Allars at the PCYC. During our brief chat he asked if he could visit Wahroonga Rotary and give a presentation on the Top Blokes Foundation, an organisation with which he is now connected. I’ve known Daniel for well over a decade when he started at the PCYC as a sports activity coordinator. As he showed leadership ability, he was promoted to Assistant Club Manager and then to Club Manager. Wahroonga Rotary supported Daniel’s leadership development by offering him a placement at RYLA. From memory this was around 2012.

After Daniel had taken over as the PCYC club manager, we worked closely together during the design and build of the new PCYC.

Following the sale of the old PCYC to a property developer, we had a lease back arrangement before having to relocate into the old Hornsby Bowling Club; this was during the build of the new club which had been delayed. The PCYC had taken over the bowling club which I set up as the PCYC Performing Arts Centre. Again, this had Daniel’s support as he is a musician (vocal and guitar) and regularly ran band nights at the PCYC.

So, it’s been interesting to watch Daniel’s development. Initially as a competent young person, then to take on leadership and family responsibilities, and to become an engaging and interesting presenter. One key point I noticed from Daniel’s presentation is that he engaged with his audience from the outset, and then throughout his presentation.

Thank you to Dave Rigby for an interesting overview of the Bobbo event that took place on Sunday 18 September, and thank you to all our members who assisted on the day.

This Wednesday our guest speaker is Jodie Mullen, to present the Room to Read story

Boongala Gardens - a real treat
21 members and family attended a most enjoyable and informative morning at Boongala Gardens at Kenthurst on Saturday. Rain threatened mightily but it stayed fine until we were packing up our deliciously shared morning tea, when we got a few drops….then a few more…. And yes, it poured!

We learnt a lot about native plants, edible and deadly while walking through this surprising rainforest set in the middle of dry Kenthurst. Malcolm has done an amazing job over more than 40 years to grow this magical place.

We enjoyed browsing and buying some native plants at their little nursery on site.
We have a pictorial record - here - for you to browse.

Thanks for coming!
Wahroonga Park Twilight Concert
For Club members and families - this outstanding event will held at the Wahroonga Park in 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. 
Raffle Ticket selling at the Wahroonga F and W festival
Welcome Back to the Wahroonga Food and Wine Festival                 
30th October 2022
This well attended event is ready for a comeback after a two year sabbatical. It has become a signature event on our calendar in recent years.
The Raffle ticket selling Volunteering roster is now open, so please indicate which session you would prefer.
Click - here - to register.
Any questions or answers please call Bob Howe on 0411 186 722.
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.
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 28Bob Howe/Janet GrundyRob Hamilton
October 5Rob Hamilton/Bob HoweJanet Grundy
October 12John Julius/Jo KaraolisPeter Kirkwood
October 19Jo Karaolis/John JuliusPeter 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!
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"
(click image below to enlarge)

The Mayor's latest newsletter.
Click - here - to review.
Studio Artes News and Celebration
Click -here -to read more about the
event and lots more.
In October we celebrate
World Polio Day
Members can participate by joining the
annual Train Ride around Sydney
attend the traditional Polio Movie screening


Polio Movie Event — The Lost King

(Maybe a whole of Club effort)


A tribute to
AFL Grand Final Loser
(from Steve McGregor)
Rotary Matters
The St Ives Food and Wine Festival is back following two Covid cancelled years. Di Barnes tells us what to expect including wines to taste, a variety of food to sample, choirs, singers, jazz band, pony rides, farm animals and activities for everyone. Sunday 25 September (a recap on the event of course but enlightening listening to Di Barnes on the wonderful event)
Click - here - to enjoy the interview
Meeting Speakers
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
World POLIO day
Oct 05, 2022
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Twilight Concert - Social and Volunteering Event
Wahroonga Park
Oct 15, 2022
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Raffle Ticket selling at the WF and W 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
View entire list
Club Sponsors
Marshall. Chan. Yahl. -
Social Media
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Wednesdays at 7:15 AM
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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.