President's Message
This week Agricultural Scientist, Chris Russell, spoke to us about Feeding and Watering our Future World. What a fascinating and informative talk!
Thank you Chris. Chris has also provided a copy of his PowerPoint presentation. Please let me know if you would like a copy.
We also welcomed Len Stanley back into our Rotary fold, and inducted Chima Ezemezie as a member. It was great to hear Doug Reid’s introduction of Chima and learn of his passion and interest in humanity and humanitarian concerns. I have no doubt he will be a great asset to our club.
I was surprised and pleased to learn that the KYDS outing to Thenford Lodge gardens, the high tea and the silent auction raised $34,000. Those of us who attended had a thoroughly enjoyable day; it has reaped remarkable results for an organisation that our Club also supports.
On behalf of our Club, I attended the memorial service at St Lucy’s for Sahan Shahriar last Wednesday. Jo Karaolis was there supporting the Principal, David Raphael, and the staff. I have offered any assistance we can provide. At this stage, the school is coping day by day and everyone supporting each other.
Our Club’s Board meeting was held on Tuesday 14 November. Below is a precis of decisions and discussions.
  • The position of Fundraiser that Peter Smith has held was discussed, and the decision made to retain it. The Board will put a framework around it and discuss further at the December Board meeting.
  • There had been a request for speakers to use clip on microphones. This will be investigated further.
  • The PhD research scholarship application will be  submitted this week.
  • Funds will be transferred from the Dharapani account to another RAWCS project in Nepal.
  • The AGM is coming up on 13 December. Nominations will be called for vacant positions.
  • Attendance at the District Conference is encouraged. Several Board members intend to go but are yet to register.
  • The goals for the Foundation, in particular the Annual Program funds, are to be reviewed following information on how our dues are spent.
  • Wahroonga Village Fair – all stall positions have been filled. Other planning is well underway.
  • Avenues of service are all beavering away – youth (raffle), community (Rotary walk/gardens, walk against domestic violence), vocational (awards night), International (funds transfer)
This coming week we will welcome Sally Ericksen, Environmentalist, to speak with us. Sally taught at Abbotsleigh Junior School from 2013 to 2021. She is currently employed part-time at Ku-ring-gai Council as the Sustainability Education Officer.
Mentie Knowles
President 2023/2024
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VOLUNTEERS - Wahroonga Village fair
Only 2 weeks to go and we still need member volunteers for both Saturday (setting up) and on the Fair day - Sunday all day.
Lots of tasks to undertake, a couple of hours on either day would be very much appreciated.
 Many hands make light work.
Please contact me as soon as possible by email or mobile phone to confirm your availability and we can discuss a suitable task and time slot.
Jo-Ann's Email:, Mobile: 0425 272 571
Many thanks
Annual Christmas Party
Closing date Monday 20th (tomorrow)
Are you up for an evening of fun and frivolity? 
Our Annual Christmas party is scheduled for the
29th November 2023
The Warrawee Club
Please book and include your details requested
at the link below
Our Annual raffle - Wahroonga Village precinct
Sincere thanks to all those Volunteers who have put their name up on the list to sell raffle tickets.  We have a Revenue Budget this year of $8600 and to date we have sold around $3,000 or 35%.
To date only 11 of our 60 Members have put in their tickets and it may be valuable to think of this as a Donation to St Lucys and St Edmunds!  You can make a payment to the Wahroonga Projects account BSB 032-189  Account 790275
We will need a good turnout for the sales for the Fair on the 3rd December so get to it and register at the link below also via the Event listed on our Website landing page -
Tickets and registration for the sales will be next to the ladies Christmas Stall located outside the now defunct Westpac office at the Fair.
Ticket Pricing as follows.
1 ticket for $5
3 tickets for $10
7 tickets for $20
20 tickets for $50
Please ensure when sold you transfer the proceeds into the
Club's bank account.


Rotary Club of Wahroonga.

Project Account: 032 189 790275

Together with members name and state 'Christmas Raffle'.


We will need your help during the rest of November 
the roster link is below.
Bob is also still looking for volunteers for Wahroonga Village selling
Click - here - to select a time slot.
 Call him on: 0411 186 722
The Wahroonga Village Christmas Fair will be held on Sunday 3 December and we will need volunteers to sell tickets all day (details are in the Roster link
Click on "Read More" below to check out the raffle prizes.
The Raffle will be drawn on Saturday 23 December
Rotary Vocational  Awards programme

Who is your Young Achiever/ Apprentice?
Vocational Focus – To find a passionate, determined responsible young apprentice.
Where will we find them?
> At the hairdresser?
> At your car service centre?
> Do they work for your plumber, electrician, builder?
> Do they work at your favourite restaurant?
 What to do!
> Call their manager/boss.
Email the flyer and nominee form.
Send the completed nomination form to me.
Thank you for your investigative powers to acknowledge our young hidden heroes in the community.
See attached flyer and submit to the nomination form to
Ann Davidson 
Items of Interest
Ku-ring-gai Small Business Solutions

Click - here - read about the programme



Time to consider an experience of a lifetime.
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District 9685 Convention 
SAVE the Date
2024 Conference dates: 
Friday 15th March 2024 to 
Saturday 16th March  2024
Click - here - for details 
The latest newsletter from
KRG Mayor Ngai
can be read - here.
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
Nov 22Ken Broadhead/Dave RigbyRochelle Wiley
Nov 29Ross Catterall/ Bob HoweMarg Sachs
Dec 6Margaret Sachs/ Greg StarrPeter Smith
Dec 13Hugh Burne/ Margaret SachsJo Karaolis
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Members can receive frequent news items by joining the Club's member Group - postings daily - you can share your items of interest too with your colleagues.
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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
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 Club Events
Raffle ticket selling - Wahroonga Precinct
Oct 29, 2023 10:00 AM –
Dec 03, 2023 3:30 PM
Christmas Party - 2023
The Warrwee Club
Nov 29, 2023
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
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Club Sponsors
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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.