President's Message
I mentioned at last Wednesday’s meeting that it’s interesting the connections we make in life. A while back I received a call from my son who said he’d been playing pickleball with a chap who has an organisation called CPR and that he gives talks on CPR to community groups.
This led to a chat with Ian ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson and a discussion regarding defibrillators. I mentioned we were intending to install a defibrillator in the Wahroonga Village as part of our Village Connections focus. Ian recommended a model and supplier, and we have since purchased the unit. Ian, and his best mate Don MacKee gave a most informative, interesting, and entertaining discussion on CPR.
During the Bobbo cycle event, there were some St John’s folk stationed at Bobbin Head. This led to another interesting connection where I met Dr Rob Lang, Superintendent Ku-ring-gai Division St John.
In a chat with Rob, I mentioned that we had on order a defibrillator that would be installed in the Wahroonga IGA store. Rob mentioned that he’d been thinking of applying for a grant to install defibrillators in IGA stores! I invited Rob to come along to Ian and Don’s CPR presentation.
Sergeant Simon reminded me on Wednesday that I have now clocked up 23 years in Rotary. When I joined Rotary I had no knowledge of Rotary, in fact I thought it might have been some sort of secret or selective organisation. I had recently moved my office to Hornsby with no connection to the local community; I was travelling extensively throughout Australia, the Pacific and beyond. I attended a few meetings and what interested me about Rotary was local project involvement. Rotary had a project with Waitara Public School to construct an outdoor learning area. The students had taken a lead and Rotary was involved with the design and construction. My kids had recently completed their OC years 5 & 6 at WPS. So, being back on the school grounds and involved with a project seemed quite natural and comfortable for me.
This connection with the school, and other organisations, became my Rotary Community Connections project. This was a partnership between Rotary, PCYC, Studio ARTES, Waitara Public School, Fusion and Hornsby Rockets (disability tenpin bowling team).
I think my message here is that it’s so essential to have projects and member engagement. With the Wahroonga Village Fair now only two weeks away, we have the opportunity to have maximum member engagement.      
This week’s breakfast meeting will be chaired by PE Mentie as I’m on a road trip to Wagga Wagga for the official opening of the new PCYC. The speaker at the RCW breakfast will be Rotary Peace Fellow, Patricia Garcia.


Western NSW Flood Appeal
Rotary District 9685 & local Rotary Clubs (Kurrajong &North Richmond)
are calling for Non-Perishables
to be donated to help those most affected by these catastrophic floods.
Wahroonga Rotary has agreed to participate and are in discussions with the Project Coordinator (Pam Hudson - Pennant Hills) 
If you would like to bring non-perishable goods to Rotary on Wednesday next to kick off our Club's contribution they will be welcomed.
We are presently exploring the possibility of a Village collection point to encourage our Community to participate - WIP!
If you would like to assist/participate please contact me at
A Community Grant for the Defibrilator Unit
We recently lodged an application with the Ku-ring-gai Council under the "Community Grants 2022 Program" to support our initiative
to install a Defibrilator Unit at IGA in the Wahroonga Village.
That application was successful to the tune of $1500 - which covers 80% of the cost of the unit.
A very pleasing result - we thank the Council staff and Councillors for this favourable outcome, recognising the value to the Community of such a life saving device.
Bursary Raffle Ticket Selling - Wahroonga Village
You are invited to participate in our “Just Do One Thing” campaign for
St Lucys and St Edmunds Bursaries.  
 Our team of Rob Giacometti and Ian Cameron added another $400 to our Bursary fund this week - it's fun and you get to meet the Community and promote our Rotary activities.
We need time slots filled through to the Wahroonga Fair URGENTLY! 
Please register HERE
Remember, you're doing this as a donation of your time for Bursaries at St Lucys and St Edmunds!
The SAN Carols are on this Year
A sign that "normal" times are back with us - the SAN CAROLS are back this year with a star studded line up on offer. 
As has been our practice in past years we have supported the SAN by attending with our "buckets" in hand to collect for local charities. This year we will proudly direct those funds to the SAN Foundation who are seeking to raise their profile post COVID under the leadership of Judy Tanna - a recent new member of our Rotary Club.
We have been inundated with opportunities to volunteer on a number of occasions recently and fresh from what is expected to be a very successful Wahroonga Village Fair is the opportunity to participate in the joys of Christmas at this signature event.
Read more about the event - here.
We will need approximately 10 members and friends to attend, to join several SAN volunteers for one hour on Sunday 11th December to assist with this annual event.
Please click on the link - here - to volunteer for this event, our last service opportunity before the Christmas break.
Our Christmas Party
‘Now’s the time to book for our Christmas party! It will be a very relaxed affair: a fun game of barefoot bowls if you choose, then an informal get-together with no agenda but to chat with friends and enjoy delicious and substantial canapés. Come when you can, go when you like.
Looking forward to sharing a wonderful evening together. 
Courtesy Janelle!                              
Start: 5:15pm for 5:30pm, for an hour’s fiercely contested barefoot bowling comp with prizes for the winners, wooden spooners and most enthusiastic teams! Finish: 9pm
Dress: Christmas casual
Cost: $45 pp (if you can’t do the bowling, we hope you’ll be happy to donate the $12 for that activity to the women’s shelter as a Christmas gift)

1st December deadline in order to give final numbers to the venue. So please complete the form linked - here - to register and complete payment.
Please RSVP as soon as you can so that we can plan accordingly.                 

Sydney Welsh Choir - 2022
Rotary Club of Wahroonga and St John’s Uniting Church Wahroonga, jointly presented a memorable concert staged by Sydney Welsh Choir on Saturday afternoon 19 November 2022.
It was held in St John’s magnificent Chapel. Some 140 plus people enjoyed the singing by the 20 Choir members conducted by Ms Bronwyn Hendy, and solo harpist Karen Hickmott. Choir Accompanist is David Short who played piano and the church organ superbly.
Our Club Charter member and resident poet, Rob Ferguson and retired educator Cecile Ferguson, are members of the Choir, and St John’s congregation.
The event promotion and online bookings were handled by Sallianne McClelland and Ian Cameron. Ticket sales at the door by Sue Owen, Mentie Knowles and Ross Catterall. 
The Concert host was Reverend Dr Manas Ghosh, The MC was our Neil McWhannell who kept the show humming. The moving Bruce Woodley anthem ‘I am Australian’ - was enhanced by Didgeridoo played by our Club President Peter Kirkwood. Neil also undertook a brief Q&A with event beneficiary Chair Catherine Knox, who explained the work of Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter (HKWS). 

A blend of Welsh and other music kept the audience enthralled. The performance concluded with the National Anthems of Wales and Australia.

The Concert was followed by a sumptuous afternoon tea organized by Margaret Broadhead. She was helped by St John’s members and our Jo Moffatt a tireless supporter of HKWS. St John’s provided essential workers in the set-up, lighting, photography, supper and pack up.

Net proceeds are still being finalised but look like being around $3800. 
Items of Interest
You’re invited, please join us!
Mark Moran Warrawee  
     Residential Aged Care and Wellness
Friday 25th and Saturday 26th November 
Come in, meet the team, and find out why Mark Moran Warrawee   
is leading the way in comfortable, safe and innovative care.
Bookings are required. Call Alyse on
0460 300 023 today
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Jo-Ann accepted the proceeds from the Bobbin Head Classic team
during the week on behalf of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Womens Shelter.
(our Club's nominated recipient organisation)
Walk the Talk
Click on the image below to learn about this event 
promoted by the Womens Shed HK
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Learn more about our D9685 Conference in March 2023

Click - here - to review the agenda and register



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
November 23Sallianne McClelland/Neil McWhannellJo-Ann Moffat
November 30Neil McWhannell/Sallianne McClellandJo - Ann Moffatt
December 7Jo-Ann Moffat/Neil McWhannellSallianne McClelland
December 14Sue Owen/Anne PrescottRichard Pitt
Our Annual General Meeting
2022 Annual General Meeting 
The club AGM will be held on Wednesday 14th December 2022 as per attached notice click - here - to review. At that meeting we will be electing a President Nominee (to be President 2024- 25), Treasurer and Secretary. At present we have nominations for the Secretary and Treasurer.
Any club member interested in nominating for any of these positions must contact me by 7 December 2022. 
(Copies of the Notice of the AGM, past AGM Minutes, Reports of the Board and other information can be found in ClubRunner)
Ross Catterall
Rotary Matters
Two fine examples of Rotary at work. Sydney Cove's annual corporate regatta to save lives at sea and their initiatives to provide relief and support for besieged Ukrainians and Ukrainians who have made it to Australia. Past President Guy Glenny explains
Click - here - to enjoy the interview
Meeting Speakers
Nov 30, 2022
PNG Dental project
Feb 01, 2023
Child Grief
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 Club Events
Bursary Raffle Ticket Selling - Wahroonga Village
Nov 05, 2022 8:00 AM –
Dec 04, 2022 4:00 PM
Wahroonga Village Fair - Manpower
Wahroonga Viilage
Dec 03, 2022 4:00 AM –
Dec 04, 2022 6:30 PM
The Sydney Adventist Carols
Dec 11, 2022
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Wine Women and Song
Hornsby RSL Showroom
Mar 04, 2023 6:00 PM –
Mar 23, 2023 10:30 PM
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Club Sponsors
Marshall. Chan. Yahl. -
Social Media
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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.