7th August, 2016

Early Edition, editor attending RAWCS this weekend


President's Message

This week’s newsletter comes a little early as Maurie is off to a RAWCS meeting in Port Macquarie and leaves on Thursday for this.

So next week should be able to tell you a little about Rotary Fellowship after PDG Barry Phillips visits the club tonight for those that could not make the meeting.

Our social night at Ten Pin Bowling will now be held on Wednesday the 19th October as a few of the Wyong club are away during the month of September, if you have not already emailed me that you would like to come along please do.

The Golf day is fast approaching and Jenny has her hands full doing all the arrangements for what should again be a fantastic day, please let Jenny know if you are available to help out on the day or beforehand. Please lend a hand and don’t just assume that Jenny has it all in hand and you don’t want to interfere there will plenty of things to do and help with.

We are currently formalising our Working With Children policy and need someone to put their hand up to be our Child protection officer please. The hard work is done and the policy nearly finished and we just need someone to look after this area please. We don’t do a lot of things that will involve this however we are required to have a Child protection officer within the club. Let me know if you can help out or we have to do a secret ballot and elect someone.  

Next week’s speaker is PDG Graeme Davis who is a great friend of the club and will talk about Rotary the organisation from International to district to club. Again as part of the learning curve for ALL Rotarians this will help you better understand how big and great Rotary is hear and overseas. Please make the effort to attend these meetings as it your chance to better understand what you are involved in.

Why not invite a friend or someone you know that maybe interested in maybe joining Rotary. We have had a couple of potential members visit so far, let’s see if can get at least one visitor or potential member join us EVERY week. Remember if you don’t ask people if they maybe interested in joining Rotary then you will never know if they are interested.

Please remember to reply to Maurie as early as possible if you are attending meetings, this will make life a lot easier for him.  


Yours in Rotary



Note from eNewsletter / WEB Editor


Your attendance and meal orders for Wednesdays meeting must be sent to me by 10am on the Wednesday, giving me time to correlate the information and place dinner orders with Hali by mid day.

Thanks, Maurie


Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Courses Available

The success of Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) in District 9685 is because it delivers skills and knowledge that Rotarians can apply straight away in their clubs.  RLI hones leadership skills, builds Rotary knowledge, gives a perspective about where Rotary has been and where it is now, and shares a vision of what Rotary can be.  This is all done while networking with Rotarians from other clubs and providing opportunities for partnering in service. 

 The three part course is held on Saturdays or Sundays at our District Office, Thornleigh. Morning tea and lunch are provided.  Each day starts at 8:30 for 9:00am and finishes around 3:45pm. 

Until further notice, District is bearing the full cost as part of its training budget.

Courses 36 (Saturdays) and 37 (Sundays) are open for registration:

RLI 36 runs 20 August, 17 September, 1 October

RLI 37 runs 18 September, 9 October, 30 October

Please encourage your Board and Club members to participate in RLI.

Register at rli.rotarydistrict9685.org.au


Rotarians who have partially completed earlier RLIs should contact PDG Ian Scott for registration by response to this email:    mailservice@clubrunner.ca

If interested but not sure have a chat to club Rotarians Annette, Jan, Brett or Jacquelyn who all attended the Leadership Courses last year.



Club Program Officer - Torin O'Grady 

If your name is allocated and you cannot make the meeting it will be your responsibility to make contact with other Rotarian's attending and organise someone to take your place. 

Meeting 10th August 2016

                      Bruce Hodges and Torin O'Grady

Meeting 17th August 2016

                     David Knight and Jacqueline Allen

Meeting 24th August

                    Peter McCloskey and Adam Marshall

Meeting 31st August

                   Gavin McLeod and Jan Pryor

Maurie & Graham will continue to book the meals and organise visual PC's etc. each week and will email an attendance list around mid day on the Wednesday,  to the 2 people on duty that night. Please print and bring the list with you.




10th August, 2016

Please use the link below to indicate your attendance and meal selection for this week

 It is imperative that your indication is made prior to 10am Wednesday as the meal order is given to the club at this time.


Last Week 3rd August, 2016

Speaker: Barry Philps - D9680 DG 2001/02

Opportunities in Rotary that are offered by

Membership of Fellowships.

Barry, first many thanks for travelling North from Castle Hill, given the storms and crazy weather we would not have been surprised if you postponed your presentation for another day. Glade you made it we all found the idea of Membership of Fellowship very interesting and surprised to find that there are  sixty nine Fellowship project. Please send us the detailed document on the various Fellowship projects you spoke about and we will publish document in Newsletter and Facebook.

Well done Philip, looks like we have a new spinner and not a bad bunch of Rotarians including Barry.


Board Meeting - 9th August, 2016

5.30pm Board Room Hali Bowling Club

Please send Mitch and Peter any Agenda items.


Weekly Meeting 10th August, 2016

Speaker: PDG Graeme Davies

Our good friend PDG Graeme Davies will be speaking about What Is Rotary and differences between Internationa, District and Club. As always it will be an interesting presentation.

Given that RCNT are very active on all three areas here is a good opportunity to discuss with Graeme how Rotary is moving towards being an International organisation and how this can be blended with local community projects.

This is a very important subject and I urge our members to attend - I believe it will be a very stimulating meeting.


Weekly Meeting 17th August, 2016

Speaker: Sharon Crean BeyondWater

Sharon Crean and her husband are New Zealanders who have been based in Nairobi, Kenya for the past 3 years. Both are development workers who, when living in Australia started a charitable organization called BeyondWater (www.beyondwater.org.au)

BeyondWaters focus is on water and sanitation projects across East Africa.

This year,Sharon is travelling back to Australia to create awareness of BeyondWater and will be speaking to Service Clubs, schools and businesses about their work.

This Rotary Presentation will focus on BeyondWaters “The Girl Project” which is a Nairobi based health and sanitation program assisting females in the Kibera Slum.

Over the years we’ve heard stories of girls who can’t afford sanitary products. While they are relatively cheap in Africa, if your parents earn $2 a day, there is no way a family will sacrifice food or rent money for that. Instead, most girls stay home from school, keep as still as possible and wait it out. Some have got desperate enough to sell their bodies for as little as 60 cents. Others use rags or newspaper.

Like Northlakes Toukleys own Didi and Cararoo Foundations this without doubt will be an educational and humbling experience.

 As Jan Pryor has already done in Nepal, the Cararoo Foundation in the Philippines is also addressing this situation with PDG Tony Castley wife Sandra and Founders of Days For Girls Don and Celeste Mergens visiting the Cararoo project, in Manila on the 7th August. They are taking 40 sanitary pack to distribute to the young ladies and mother on our project.



Weekly Meeting 24th August, 2016

Membership Speaker and New Member Induction




Weekly Meeting 31st August, 2016

Marine Rescue Norah Heads

Deputy Unit Commander PAT THOMPSON

(see Community Service Advert Below)

This is a subject very close to us all, and I for one will be looking forward to hearing from Deputy Unit Commander Pat Thompson, on what Marine Rescue does and how can we as a coastal Rotary club  can help. 


Details on the operation and training program are in Community Service below.



RCNT Charity Golf Day 26th Aug, 2016

Jenny is looking for volunteers on the 26th August, if you are able to help please make contact with Jenny ASAP. We have around 100 players registered and could use another 20 to 30 players, so please consider registering a team or we can find you a group.




 8th August - Michael Herniman

8th August - Corrine Assaf

12th August - Jenny Abourizk

15th August - George Abourizk

15th August - Maryann Smith





9th August                            Board Meeting - 5.30pm Halli Board Room

10th August                          Graeme Davies - Rotary International/District/ Club Differences

17th August                           Sharon Crean - BeyondWaters

24th August                           Membership Speaker & Member Induction

26th August                           Annual Charity Golf Day

31st August                           Pat Thompson Marine Rescue Norah Head


Whats Up

Community Service Advert

Marine Rescue Norah Head - Recruiting members to be trained as Radio Operators

We received an email via our web site from Pat Thompson Deputy Unit Commander of Marine Rescue Norah Head (MRNH), to ask if RCNT could advertise via Newsletter that MRNH urgently need trained Radio Operators. (See details below).

Debbie Carroll is also organising for MRNH to attend one of our weekly meeting and give a presentation on Marine Rescue. 

Marine Rescue Norah Head is currently recruiting members to be trained as Radio Operators. All that is required is a clear speaking voice and a willingness to help the boating community in times of need.

 During summer time we work six hour shifts from 0600 to 1200 and then 1200 through to 1800 hours. Winter time we cut down to five hour shifts 0700 to 1200 and then 1200 through to 1700.

 Radio Operators usually work around two to three shifts per month on a rostered basis. Rosters are prepared well in advance, usually about two months ahead and can accommodate dates, days etc that suit individual operators. Some operators who are still employed only do two Saturday mornings per month, while others prefer afternoon shifts and therefore request not to be rostered on in the mornings. As volunteers, everybody’s needs can be catered for.

 Initial training is provided usually over a week end, this course is called Long Range Operator Certification Proficiency course and is owned by University of Tasmania, and as such it is the only training which requires payment of $100, this money is not retained by Marine Rescue, but is paid directly to the University of Tasmania. An exam follows the two day course and a pass of 75% is required, but we have not had any member fail this course ever.

Following completion of LROCP members are then mentored by experienced operators until such time as the new member feels confident to go solo, plus of course the mentor is confident they are ready.

 Further training can be undertaken to gain Ratings within Marine Rescue NSW which are recognised nationwide.

 Norah Head is a small unit, approximately 65 members, including around 10 who are Boat Crew.

 After a six month Provisional period, uniforms are provided free of charge.

Marine Rescue Norah Head 639 Maitland St, Norah Head NSW 2263

PO Box 49 Budgewoi  NSW  2262

H: +61 2 4959 3808 M: +61422435143

Can you believe this ?? Something to think about. (Thank you PE David Knight for the article)

In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business disappeared and they went bankrupt.

What happened to Kodak, tape decks, records. DVD/CDs etc will happen in a lot of industries in the not far off future. Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on paper film again?

 Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.

 Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected. In the US, young lawyers already don't get jobs. Because of IBM Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans. So if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% less lawyers in the future, only specialists will remain. Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, 4 time more accurate than human nurses. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans.

 Autonomous cars: In 2018 the first self driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be disrupted. You don't want to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while driving. Our kids will never get a driver's licence and will never own a car. It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% less cars for that. We can transform former parking space into parks. 1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 100,000 km, with autonomous driving that will drop to one accident in 10 million km. That will save a million lives each year.

 Most car companies might become bankrupt. Traditional car companies try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels. I spoke to a lot of engineers from Volkswagen and Audi; they are completely terrified of Tesla.

 Insurance companies will have massive trouble because, without accidents, the insurance will become 100x cheaper. Their car insurance business model will disappear.

Real estate will change. Because if you can work while you commute, people will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighborhood.

Electric cars will become mainstream until 2020. Cities will be less noisy because all cars will run on electric. Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can only now see the impact. Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil. The price for solar will drop so much that all coal companies will be out of business by 2025.

With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter. We don't have scarce water in most places, we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as s/he wants, for nearly no cost.

 Health: The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There will be companies who will build a medical device (called the "Tricorder" from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample and you breath into it. It then analyses 54 biomarkers that will identify nearly any disease. It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class medicine, nearly free.

 3D printing: The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from $18,000 to $400 within 10 years. In the same time, it became 100 times faster. All major shoe companies started 3D printing shoes. Spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amount of spare parts they used to have in the past.

At the end of this year, new smart phones will have 3D scanning possibilities. You can then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect shoe at home. In China, they already 3D printed a complete 6-storey office building. By 2027, 10% of everything that's being produced will be 3D printed.

 Business opportunities: If you think of a niche you want to go in, ask yourself: "in the future, do you think we will have that?" and if the answer is yes, how can you make that happen sooner? If it doesn't work with your phone, forget the idea. And any idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed in to failure in the 21st century.

 Work: 70-80% of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years. There will be a lot of new jobs, but it is not clear if there will be enough new jobs in such a small time.

 Agriculture: There will be a $100 agricultural robot in the future. Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field instead of working all days on their fields. Aeroponics will need much less water. The first Petri dish produced veal is now available and will be cheaper than cow produced veal in 2018. Right now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces is used for cows. Imagine if we don't need that space anymore. There are several startups who will bring insect protein to the market shortly. It contains more protein than meat. It will be labeled as "alternative protein source" (because most people still reject the idea of eating insects).

 There is an app called "moodies" which can already tell in which mood you are. Until 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial expressions if you are lying. Imagine a political debate where it's being displayed when they are telling the truth and when not.

 Bitcoin will become mainstream this year and might even become the default reserve currency.

 Longevity: Right now, the average life span increases by 3 months per year. Four years ago, the life span used to be 79 years, now it's 80 years. The increase itself is increasing and by 2036, there will be more that one year increase per year. So we all might live for a long long time, probably way more than 100.

 Education: The cheapest smart phones are already at $10 in Africa and Asia. Until 2020, 70% of all humans will own a smart phone. That means, everyone has the same access to world class education. Every child can use Khan academy for everything a child learns at school in First World countries. We have already released our software in Indonesia and will release it in Arabic, Suaheli and Chinese this Summer, because I see an enormous potential. We will give the English app for free, so that children in Africa can become fluent in English within half a year.


Thank you David fascinating read. I am sure we will receive lots of comments from this.