President's Message
We had an inspiring talk from Louise Azzopardi this week.  Louise has been a Rylarian and credits RYLA with her ability to stand up and address an audience. Louise has had to establish herself in the very masculine world of heavy vehicle mechanics and has done so with hard work and skill. She has competed in national and international competitions and acquitted herself marvelously well. She has established her own company, Training & Development Solutions Pty Ltd, and mentors young women apprentices.
Our Club Board met on Tuesday 12 September. The following is a precis of Board discussions.
  • There will be a Club Assembly on 27 September to consider the survey results.
  • The Rotary Inspirational Women’s Awards lunch was held on Sunday. Our District was represented by DG Christine Owen, PDG Kalma McClellan as well as Mentie, Ken and Margaret Broadhead, Margaret Sachs, Jo Karaolis.
  • I attended my first Bobbo meeting. I have suggested to the Board that another club member would be better equipped to represent our club
  • The Board discussed contributing to the RAWCS appeal for Maui. It was decided to consider the disaster in Morocco in preference. Limited disaster aid is being accepted into the country, but the UK arm of Shelterbox can get in. We contribute to Shelterbox and can help that way.
  • International chair, Anne Prescott, will approach her committee members to see if anyone will organise our participation in the End Polio train ride on 24 October.
  • Our District grant application has been approved. A total of $5,000 ($2.5K from the grant and $2.5K from the club) will go towards paying for roof repairs on the Women’s shelter. The acquittal of the grant has to be completed by May next year.
  • Funds have been requested for the kitchen in the Jeevanandra Orphanage in Sri Lanka. There are enough funds in that account to accommodate the request.
  • Vocational talks by members will be reintroduced.
  • An article about the laneway has been submitted to The Post and to RDU magazine.
  • Raffle prizes have been finalised.
  • Arrangements are underway for an Awards night.
  • A quiz night to raise funds for International will be held on 28 October.
This coming week we will hear from Michele Bell, who will speak to us about changes in Aged Care and Living Well, including the latest information about dementia. Michele spoke to us back in October 2020 about the Ku-ring-gai Neighbourhood Centre’s role working in the community.
Mentie Knowles
President 2023/2024
The Annual raffle is shaping up!
The Youth committee has been busy planning and organising prizes for the Annual Raffle to be launched next month. The proceeds will be used to underpin the Bursary programmes we offer for St Lucy's and St Edmunds.raffle image | Heidelberg Township
Further details for the scheduled street selling programme and volunteer requirements will be forthcoming shortly.
  • This year we will produce individual tickets for the Raffle
  • We will distribute at least 2 books of tickets for each Member (10 tickets per book)
  • We will also distribute the tickets amongst the shops and businesses at the Village
  • Mariela Salisch will arrange the design for an A5 brochure and tickets
  • Mariela will arrange for the printing of the tickets and brochure (printed by 11 October)
  • Bob to complete Envelopes and give to Barbara (by 01 October)
  • Commence with Food and Wine Fair in late October
  • Drawn Saturday 23 December 2023
  • Ticket sales:       1 for $5. 3 for $10, 7 for $20, 20 for $50
1.            Four people for 5 nights at Beachfront location at Cairns Value $1,500
2.            Alister Henskens SC MP Parliament House Lunch/Dinner for 2 Value $400
3              Handmade QUILT Valued at $300
4.            Sparkling High Tea at Mosman Value $170
5.            $120 towards a Dinner or Lunch at Café Patina at Wahroonga Park
6.            $120 worth of goods from McFarland’s Gourmet Meats, Wahroonga
Rotary Vocational  Awards programme
Vocational Awards; the search begins for nominations for Young Achiever, Small Business and Pride of Workmanship  Awards. 
Pause for a moment…. Reflect on all the inspirational people of all ages, with whom you have come in contact...…in business…in sustainability,…. caring for the environment…in education, in volunteering, in local, national and international projects…. Who are those hidden heroes who are worthy of acknowledgement?
See attached flyer and nomination form to submit to 
Ann Davidson 
Dementia Action Week September - 18-22nd.
Sydney North Health Network is screening ‘Live the Life You Please' at Roseville Cinema on Thursday, September 21st during Dementia Action Week.
This is a film-led social impact campaign aimed at sharing stories of Australians in their, or their loved ones', palliative care journey. We know the powerful impact of community storytelling. Any one person's story can change the way we think, and by changing the way people think about death and dying, we are removing barriers of access to quality palliative care.
Here is the trailer. It's a free event, and we would love to see some of you there!
Doors open at 5:30pm with some light refreshments. The movie screens at 6:30pm, followed by a brief Q&A panel.
PP Neil McWhannell and a Starfish story
Which Starfish will you save?
Rotary International President Gordon McInally, recently highlighted the huge number of issues, needs and potential Rotary projects within the world. He likened these to a beach covered in dying starfish and stressed that we cannot save them all – but we can save some!
As Rotarians, we have the potential to have a lasting impact on the world by leaving a BEQUEST to The Rotary Foundation. You will make a tangible difference to the lives of those in need. The more we donate, the more we can achieve.
I encourage all Rotarians to leave a small amount of their estate to The Rotary Foundation. By doing this, you will have a lasting and positive impact on the world.
Please contact me for assistance or if you would like me to give a short presentation to your Club. We have sample Wills and Codicils available.
See why people are donating:
We look forward to acknowledging all donors at the Foundation Recognition Dinner on Monday 6 November.  Click here to register.
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Items of Interest
Sustainable Futures Day on 
30 September
at the St Ives Village Green
Attend educational stalls and listen to inspiring speakers and live music at this day long
Sustainable Futures Day being organised by Ku-ring-gai & Hornsby Councils
Click - here - to learn more about the event

The latest trends in digital marketing and making them work for you

When: Friday 22 September 10 - 11.30am

Where: Ku-ring-gai Council Chambers, 818 Pacific Highway, Gordon (free parking available)

 Click - here - to register


PP Stuart Armstrong reminds us

to keep up to date on the 

Regionalisation Progress

Click - here - to read more.



District 9685 Convention 
SAVE the Date
Check out the details and ensure a
special room rate offer.
Click - here
JSA Early Support Aboriginal Literacy Program
Volunteers are needed to work with primary school Aboriginal children
in the Hornsby to Mt Colah area on
their literacy and/or numeracy.
Read more about the program - here
Contact President Mentie for further information.
A chance to support a Shelterbox fundraiser.
Chatswood/Roseville Rotary Club 
Friday 27 October, 6:30 for 7pm
Kaiserstub’n Restaurant | Cnr McCarrs Creek Rd & Mona Vale Rd, Terrey Hills
$75 per head
To book transfer funds to Rotary Club of Chatswood Roseville
BSB 032-090 ACC 790136
(use your name as reference).

Contact Peter Timmermann at
or John Hartley at or 0422 383 583
for more information.
Rotary Matters
Kirsten Velthuis of the Lower Blue Mountains Rotary Club is determined to improve the Club's sustainability footprint. She patiently tracks the output of the Rotary Recycles Op Shop and is about to do the same at Glenbrook Markets. These initiatives have helped grow the Club's membership who share the sustainability values and raise community awareness of Rotary's environmental goals.
Click - here - to enjoy these discussions.
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
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
Sept 20David Russell/Hugh BurneSimran Talwar
Sept 27Greg Starr/Peter SmithJanelle Speight
Oct 4Janelle Speight/Greg StarrPeter Smith
Oct 11Peter Smith/Janelle SpeightGreg Starr
Upcoming Speakers
Oct 11, 2023
Hornsby Connect
Oct 18, 2023
Annual Visit to St Lucy's
Oct 25, 2023
Domestic Family Violence
Nov 15, 2023
View entire list
 Club Events
Fundraiser for "Books in Homes" - Moree PS
Jul 30, 2023 9:00 AM –
Oct 31, 2023 12:00 PM
Wahroonga Rotary Breakfast Club 11/10/2023
Oct 11, 2023
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Train Ride for POLIO
Oct 24, 2023
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
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Club Sponsors
Social Media
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