President's Message 
We’ve almost reached the end of 2021 and what a challenging but interesting and rewarding year.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we’ve learned to adapt to new technologies and embrace different ways to run meetings, hold fundraising events, induct new members, build community relations, etc. Understandably there were some events that we were not able to hold but will be back on the agenda in 2022.
This brings me to the Celebration/Christmas Party that was highly anticipated, well organised, and well attended. This was originally intended to be our Club Changeover then the date was changed and changed again; even the venue was changed. So, it is with immense pleasure to again congratulate Janelle Speight on her year at Club President 2020-21 and for the successful outcomes for the club and for the global community that we serve.
Our first meeting in the New Year will be breakfast at the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai PCYC on Wednesday 19th January 2022. A notice will go out before the 19th as we will need to know the number of attendees for catering.
On Saturday 4th February will be the Comedy for a Cause fundraising event so please refer to our club bulletin the Wahroongler for details.
Wishing everyone a Happy Christmas, safe travel and best wishes for 2022.
Lifeline Book fair at Barker College
A team of Wahroonga Rotarians joined the "bump in" activities on Thursday and Friday last week and Monday this week The Rosewood center was a great location with easy access. There were a large number of young students and others attending to take care of the book transfer operation - "truck to table" - a job somewhat more demanding than the venue table set up we undertook. However they were pleased with our contribution. Many thanks to members who volunteered - Greg Starr, David Russell, Ian Cameron, Jim Verco, Ross and Susan Catterall.
The Bunnings Market Stalls
A big team of members volunteered to support this initiative - hopeful of being an annual event. Phill Comfort and his helpers gathered together a wonderful array of re purposed gifts and other donated items to display. Their spirits were temporarily dampened - at 5pm a torrential downpour arrived that threatened the event, however all was recovered around opening time and our team went to work. Many thanks to Helen Clarke, Greg Starr, Sheila Flynn, Jim Fulton, Barbara Salisch, Simon Clegg and Lily, Peter Lorschy, Nermine Toma, Ann Davidson and Phill Comfort for the attendance.
Our Rotaractors were also in attendance with a stand. Dave Rigby also secured raffle ticket sales from a number of  folks. A useful stall profit (over $600) was achieved although perhaps the inclement weather turned a few patrons away. 
The Annual street stalls
Not to be outdone Mentie and Ann were on site at 8.30am on Saturday morning last to set up their stalls at Wahroonga (Ann) and Turramurra (Mentie). members and partners assisted with the set up and laid out a fantastic array of handcrafted goods and baked goodies. A number of members arrived at 9am to assist with the selling activities through until approx 1pm with $3500 + being collected.
A wonderful effort and a great thanks to the knitters and sewers who crafted some terrific items. Well done to all and thanks to the volunteers - Mentie Knowles, Ann Davidson, Robin and Ava Knight, Peter Lorschy, Peter Smith, Ian Cameron, Helen Clarke, Nermine Toma, Ross Catterall, Ken Broadhead, Rob Ferguson and Dave Rigby (raffle).
A very special thanks to the wonderful team of contributors - Jan Cameron, Margaret Broadhead, Joan Giacometti, Margaret Cameron, Barbara Salisch, Mentie Knowles, Ann Davidson, and Joan Freeman and Rosemary Wade (friends of Mentie)
A Christmas bash!
The long awaited get together face to face for members and guests finally arrived - an opportunity for a recognition of the 2020/2021 Rotary year as the traditional Changeover was cancelled due to pandemic closedowns, and a Christmas celebration. Our thanks to Rochelle, Janelle, Kerri and others for the efforts in ensuring the evening was a success. Old and new friends gathered at Magpies in Waitara for this very happy occasion. Award recognitions and a successful fines session added to the enjoyment of the evening.
Click - here - to view many more pictures from the evening.
Christmas Raffle

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Funding bursaries for children with a disability to attend
St Lucy's and St Edmund’s special schools
With less than one week to go before the Christmas Raffle draw, we have raised just over $4,000. So still a way to go to reach our target of $6,000 needed to fund one of the St Lucy's / St Eddies bursaries. A big thank you to the 50% of club members who have already purchased tickets! 
To those members who haven't purchased their tickets yet, please don't delay any longer and click here to buy your tickets online or come and see me at dinner on Thursday night with your cash or credit card/phone. 
Comedy for a Cause - we are back again!
Comedy for a Cause Friday 4 February 2022 at Magpies Waitara  
Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for children over 15. Please book your tickets using the “Comedy for a Cause” website Comedy For A Cause and invite your family, friends and social contacts to book.
Raffle tickets will be available in January with many excellent prizes. Click - here - to download our flyer to share.
For further details or questions please contact Peter Lorschy at
District 9685 Annual Conference
Navigating Change                    District 9685 Conference 2022
You are encouraged to take advantage of the early bird discounts and register for the District Conference.
You wont regret the decision to join this event - learn a lot about Rotary and make new friends.
Click - here - to read more about the speakers and register.
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Community news items
St Lucy's Christmas Newsletter
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St Ives Rotary Club features in the Rotary Matters weekly segment
Public Image Director Di Barnes speaks to Ian Stuart about the Tree of Joy 
and the pleasure the gifts provide to many aged care residents in our LGA.
Click  - here - to listen
Members' (Readers') Special Contributions
 Hugh Burne a special Award
It has come to our notice that one of our number has recently been awarded a special honour from the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) (see the story below)
Hugh was formally awarded The Lifetime Honorary AmCham Member Award, only the second AmCham member ever to be awarded in the 60  year history of AmCham Australia at a gala event at the Fullerton Hotel recently.
Peter KirkwoodOn behalf of the Rotary Club of Wahroonga we congratulate Hugh  on receiving this recognition and prestigious award from the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AmCham Alliance).
For an expanded version of the event detail click on "Read More" below

The Board and members thank our sponsors for their interest in and contribution to our Club throughout the year.
A Merry Christmas to you all.
Marshall. Chan. Yahl. -
 Club Events
Jan 09, 2022 9:00 AM –
Jan 15, 2022 3:00 PM
Comedy for a Cause
Feb 04, 2022
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Silent Auction
Feb 22, 2022
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Centenary Time Capsule at Wahroonga Park
Wahroonga Park
Feb 26, 2022
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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1479 Pacific Highway
Warrawee, NSW 2074
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Rotary Club of Wahroonga, PO Box 13, Wahroonga, 2076.