14th August, 2016


President's Message

 Thanks to PDG Graeme Davis for visiting last week as our guest speaker, it’s always a pleasure Graeme is a wealth of knowledge in regard to Rotary and I hope everyone that was there was able to get something out of his talk.

 I would like to pass on congratulations to our honorary members that the club has chosen for the year at the last board meeting and they are:

 1)      Neville Royal

 2)      PP Ken Smith

 3)      PP Phil Cohen

 4)      Phil Schokman

 After a couple of meetings and some hard work looks like we will be able to help the D.A.L.E school out and get them under a RABS project which will help them in their fund raising efforts for such a great cause by being able to offer those who donate a tax deductible receipt Jan and I are meeting with Board of the School later this week to hopefully start the process. Well done Jan and Annette this will be hopefully used as an example of how and what a RABS project can do and why aren’t we doing more of them.

 Golf day is approaching very fast, Jenny has worked extremely hard to put together what should be another great event. She is still looking for a couple of more teams to play and anyone who can help on day please let Jenny know ASAP.

 Wednesday the 24 August we will be inducting at least one new member maybe more so it would be great to have all club members turn up on the night and welcome our new member/members. It very important that we make them feel very welcome and the District Membership chairperson Bruce de Graaf will also be joining us and talking about Membership, you never know Bruce might even arrive on his Skateboard should be great and entertaining meeting with a speaker who is very engaging please don’t miss it. 

 Next week our guest speaker is Sharon Crean from Beyond Water. Sharon and her husband will be joining to talk about their projects overseas and should be very entertaining and informative so let’s again have a great turn to listen to so good guest speakers.

 In next week’s newsletter a will have some information about so upcoming events that may mean some meetings nights changes for these events. One is the District Governor visit in October to the central coast and the other a Foundation celebration night in November where all clubs from the coast will hopefully all come together for two great nights more next week.

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


What is RABS (Rotary Australia Benevolent Society)? RAWCS has established the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (ABN: 54 563 288 318) to assist Rotary Clubs and Rotary Districts within Australia to respond to needs within their own communities and to gain tax deductibility for donations made to their particular project. RABS is a public benevolent institution (PBI) with full Australian Taxation Office certification. RABS will be administered on a National basis, fully utilising the RAWCS website to minimise administration costs.


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


District 9685

DG's eNews - 4th August


We have left this in again as a reminder:

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.


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.




17th 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.



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 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.



Membership of Fellowship Directory.

As promised PDG Barry Philps speaker 3rd August has supplied a PDF with details - Click Below


Last Week Meeting 10th August, 2016

Speaker: PDG Graeme Davies

As always an informative and thought provoking presentation given by PDG Graeme Davies, even given the fact that we had a PowerPoint failure and PDG Graeme had to work from hand written notes.

                     PDG Graeme Davies, Debbie Carroll, P. Mitch Cowan, PP. Col Stephens


Weekly Meeting 24th August, 2016

Speaker: Bruce de Graaf

District Membership Chairperson


New Member Induction

 Please attend and support induction of new member/members and our visiting District Membership Chairperson who we understand is quite and entertaining and engaging presenter.  


See article below on Membership Month


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.




 15th August - George Abourizk

15th August - Ken Smith



 19th August - David & Judy Knight

20th August - Gavin & Raylee McLeod



17th August                           Sharon Crean - BeyondWaters

24th August                          Bruce de Graaf District  Membership & Member Induction

26th August                           Annual Charity Golf Day

31st August                           Pat Thompson Marine Rescue Norah Head



Dear fellow Rotarians,

I embarked on my road to Rotary thanks to George Campbell, a dear friend and mentor who taught me the importance of civic responsibility. My former boss saw a potential leader in me and I thank him for his guidance. After starting down that road, I met many other Rotarians walking the same path. They offered me their help, shared advice, and made sure I kept moving in the right direction.

I am the person I am today because of Rotary. To be a member of the Rotary family is to be a part of something much bigger than yourself. It means that you are a member of a diverse, worldwide team whose members together have provided extraordinary service to humanity.

As we celebrate Membership Month this August, I hope you reflect not only on your road to Rotary, but also how to help set others down that road. As club and district leaders, you set the example for your fellow Rotarians as active, engaged members of our organization. You not only play an important role in inspiring current members, but also in attracting new ones. There is a potential Rotarian in anyone who cares about their community and strives to make the world a better place. Finding a new member can be as simple as inviting someone you know to your next meeting or engaging Rotaractors and alumni.

Providing you with the materials to help cultivate and maintain membership is something Rotary is striving to do, now more than ever. Clubs can use our new Rotary Club Health Check and Membership Assessment Tools to identify their problem areas and develop strategies to address them. Also available is Impact Begins with You, a regionalized brochure for prospective members available on shop.rotary.org. As part of our Membership Month celebrations, Rotary is offering a 20% discount on orders of this prospective member brochure (up to 20 packs of 5) through August 31.

The membership flexibility legislation approved during the 2016 Council on Legislation provides clubs with the freedom to determine how meetings are held, who is invited to join, and what defines engagement, which can help them grow into vibrant, successful clubs. You can read more about what some Rotary clubs are doing here. There are also new videos on membership flexibility that help better define and explain what clubs can now do, which are available here.

 I hope that on 11 August, at 10 a.m. Chicago time, you and your fellow Rotarians will be able to join me and Rotary Vice-President Jennifer Jones for a Facebook Live video chat. We’ll be talking about the importance of membership and taking questions. More information is available on my Facebook page.

This Membership Month, I want you all to remember that you are helping build a team that can and will strengthen your local community and make the world a better place for all who live in it, because Together Everyone Achieves More.

Thank you again for all that you do for your clubs and districts, and that you will continue to do all you can to be part of Rotary Serving Humanity.

John F. Germ
Rotary International President, 2016-17


Whats Up


We need your pre-loved Rotary Down Under magazines. After reading your monthly magazine please bring them along to Wednesday meeting and we will look at attaching an RCNT details sticker on the back of the magazine and redistribute to waiting rooms in the district.


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


Lorelle & Bruce Travel Blog - Ireland

Hello again,

 Our road trip around Ireland (or parts thereof) concluded today. We have returned the hire car, free of any scratches - no mean feat in this country where they only have half width roads, and we are relaxing in a hotel nearby to the airport, ready for a flight to Manchester tomorrow.

 How was Ireland? It lived up to expectations in every way - including the changeable weather. One minute it's sunny, the next it's pouring.

 So, the positives:

 In spite of what I just said, overall we struck good weather according to everyone we spoke to. Our small experience with the changeable weather was nothing compared to what it is often like. It seems they have had a good summer, well deserved after a bad winter. The countryside looks beautiful. Looks like they've had a good season.

The people are so friendly. Not only when we initiated a conversation, but the locals themselves came up to us for a chat. This is an aspect that has really enhanced our trip.

The locations in which we stayed. We landed on our feet every time. The accommodation has been pristine and conveniently located for us to get out and about.

The pub culture - another warm, friendly experience. And Bruce enjoyed trying all the different beers, but wouldn't come at the real Irish Guinness -(woos) so many pubs - small, plenty of atmosphere and very well patronised. You'd wonder how so many pubs could survive in any one town but they do.

The small towns we travelled through were so picturesque. Ireland has a style and personality of it's own and it's lovely. We certainly saw our share of old castles along the way, and they were great to see, but they didn't overshadow all the other things that make Ireland different.

Now, the negatives:

 And really, these aren't negatives - they just added to the 'experience', and are what makes Ireland Ireland.

The narrow, scary roads. I take my hat off to Bruce's driving. We returned the hire car without a scratch and that's no mean feat. Many country roads are extremely winding and 2 cars can just pass with about 5 cms. to spare. Add to that, the sides of the roads are lined with stone walls - again, about 5 cms. from the side of the car - rough, with sharp bits poking out - and on corners too. We saw cars with scratches and dents that obviously were caused by these walls. Having said that, considering the conditions we didn't see that many damaged cars.

And then there were the spots where 2 cars couldn't pass no matter how far you got off the road. Then you had to back up to where you could pull over. Imagine meeting a tourist bus on these roads.

And we did! Not everywhere thank goodness. We managed to navigate to areas that avoided a lot of them, but you couldn't all the time. Unfortunately, we chose peak holiday season to come away so we have been amongst the thick of the tourist buses.

And speaking of holiday season, we clashed in Galway with the major annual Irish horse racing festival. It lasted a week and everyone goes. We hit the beginning of the Tralee rose festival, and in Killarney it was the bank holiday weekend. So, coupled with the 'summer weather' we struck some very crowded towns. We didn't mind. It added to the atmosphere and gave us much enjoyment to watch the crazy traffic jams along the narrow streets in the town centres.

Change in food. Typical Irish food revolves around potatoes and meat. Salad consists of a bit of lettuce, in season vegetables are from the frozen food department. I miss my Scandinavian diet. It was perfect for me. All that said, for someone not as fussy as me, there's nothing wrong with Irish food. It looks fine - for those who like it.

Coffee. Not easy to get a good brew.

Road signs. A bit confusing at times. It meant we saw places we didn't mean to and went round in circles a couple of times - but it was all good in the end.

OK. Now for overall interesting:

 The scenery whilst travelling through the countryside - the pretty villages, style of farmhouses, green paddocks, loads of hay bales being prepared for winter, lots of healthy looking cows and sheep.

It's like New Zealand. They can concentrate sheep in such small spaces. Why do we bother with sheep when each sheep station has to be the size of Ireland for the sheep to find enough to eat?

The beautiful wild flowers in bloom everywhere, particularly along the edges of the road. So lovely - except they hide those dangerous hard stone walls Stone and rock everywhere. Some areas we went through were all rock, the mountains had no vegetation whatsoever. And it's obvious the stone has been put to good use over the centuries. Not only did they use it in the old days for fences, walls, buildings etc, but the tradition continues today. Rock is still used in a major way for features walls for houses, fences and outdoor buildings The window boxes of potted colour out the fronts of pubs, shops, houses. Colour everywhere. Beautiful. Geraniums and roses, pansies, lavender and all the rest.

Tractors. The motor homes in Norway were replaced by the bikes in Sweden, which have been replaced by tractors in Ireland. They are everywhere on all the roads. They are mainly being used in connection with the harvesting of the grass and the making of the hay bales. I think the relatively fine weather has meant they are out 'making hay while the sun shines'. (Ha. Ha) Hearing a little bit about the history of Ireland. Same old story. Always someone wanting more and running others off the land. The potato blight was another interesting consideration. And present day issues - Brexit and other things very similar to our own case - increasing poverty, funding for educating, unemployment, decline living wages etc.

Donkeys.  The missing animals in Norway became horses and cows and finally donkeys - everywhere. Not sure why they are so popular around here.

 And to finish off. We spent the last 2 1/2 days at Youghal (pronounced Yorl). A small town right on the southern coast of Ireland. We walked and drove all,around there and loved it. A fitting end to our stay in Ireland.