1st February, 2015


President's Message

This week our guest speaker is from Australia Red Cross and his presentation will be on REDiPlan – How to prepare for a natural disaster.

 I wonder how many members remember where they were on the 2007 June Long Weekend. I certainly do. At the time, I was Regional Manager for Red Cross and following severe flooding in various low lying areas in the Wyong Shire and a complete blackout in many suburbs  across the Central Coast I was involved in establishing three Emergency  centres – Diggers@The Entrance, Wyong Golf Club & Toukley RSL Club. These emergency centres were open for three days and then support services moved to an Evacuation   centre established  at Wyong Council Chambers which continued operation for the next three weeks.

A natural disaster can strike at any time and in the most unlikely of places – there are many on the Coast who would still not be aware of the devastation  and hardship caused by the torrential rains and gale-force winds that hit the Central Coast on that June long weekend.

What is your contingency  plan in case of an emergency -NOT SURE  -  than come along to our next dinner meeting and get the run down on REDiPLAN .

Peter McCloskey



Presidential Message February 2015


As president of Rotary, it's my job to encourage and inspire Rotarians wherever I meet them. It's also my job to listen to what they have to say. Whether it's a successful project or a challenge to overcome, a great Rotary Day or a new idea, I want to hear what Rotarians are thinking, doing, and …

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Central Coast RYDA

Volunteers Needed

 Central Coast RYDA (Youth Driver Awareness Program) commences on Monday 2nd March at the Wyong Race Club and runs until Friday 20th March (excluding Wed 4th & Thu 5th March). This very worthwhile one day program specifically targets year 11 students who are just beginning to drive to assist them in becoming safe drivers on our roads.  All local high schools have been contacted and many have booked already. 

  As you may be aware we need six volunteers each day to act as guides for the student groups. We would also like one or two reserves each day as there are often last minute changes & cancellations that need to be covered.  Volunteers are required from 9am to 2pm, with lunch & morning tea provided.

 Please note that we also need a Day Manager each day. MeryAnne Bonnici has taken on this role for many years but is unable to do every day this year so it is essential we have someone who is able to step in on the days she is unavailable as we cannot operate without a Day Manager. The Day Manager is responsible for the smooth running of the event; we can arrange training on the first day for those who are interested.

 Graham Steel

Youth Chair

Click here to let Graham know if you can help


Foundation Money Box

How is your money box going?  

So far we have four new Centurians that have saved their $100 with at least one more on the way.  Let's see if we can have a few more before the end of this Rotary year.



Polio eradication

 Australians fight polio

Australians have made significant contributions to polio eradication. Past RI President Clem Renouf had the vision to involve Rotary in the effort, and Rotary member Jenny Horton has spent her life on the front lines, immunizing children against the disease. Susanne Rea, organizer of the World’s Greatest Meal, which raises money for PolioPlus, reflects on her country’s contributions in a blog post in honor of Australia Day, 26 January.

• Read Rea’s blog post

• Find out more about the World’s Greatest Meal

• Read about Rotary’s release of $34.8 million for polio immunization activities


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