1st March, 2015


This Week


To be advised





MARCH 2015

In Rotary, we have the opportunity to build bonds of friendship with fellow Rotarians around the world. And once a year, at our international convention, we have the chance to get together with all of our Rotary friends, to share new ideas, plan new service, and just have fun.

What better way to celebrate the end of the 2014-15 Rotary year, and Light Up Rotarywith your friends, than to travel together to the 106th annual Rotary International Convention in São Paulo, Brazil? Whether you have never been to a convention before or are an experienced convention goer, this will be one you won't want to miss. Preregistration pricing ends on 31 March, so plan now for the biggest Rotary party of the year.

The convention will begin on Saturday, 6 June, and after the opening ceremony there will be a traditional Brazilian Carnival party and a Samba School Parade at the Anhembi Sambadrome. Even if you think you have no rhythm or can't carry a tune, you will find yourself dancing, singing, and laughing all night long. The party and parade will feature the bright colors, feathers, and sequins of Carnival costumes as well as the sights and sounds of samba, the Afro-Brazilian music and dance, and the delicious food and drinks of São Paulo.

On Monday night, Ivete Sangalo, winner of two Latin Grammy Awards, will entertain Rotarians. And every evening of the convention, Rotary Restaurant Nights will let you enjoy discounts in the culinary capital of Latin America. Savor fish from the Amazon, sushi with a Latin flair, Brazilian beef, and other offerings from some of São Paulo's 30,000 restaurants and bars. Admission to several museums in São Paulo, including the excellent soccer museum, will also be free with your convention badge.

Brazil reflects a diversity almost as great as Rotary's: Paulistanos, as the people of São Paulo are known, have created a lively culture with influences from all over the world. One of the highlights of any Rotary convention is always hospitality night, where you can get to know local Rotarians. Monday night is your chance to experience thepaulistano lifestyle with the Rotarians of Brazil – but be sure to book early, as numbers are limited.

In Rotary, service and friendship go hand in hand. As you focus on the work of this Rotary year, I ask you not to lose sight of the importance of international friendship, and to register for the São Paulo convention now, at .


February Board Meeting

The meeting was attended by seven Directors and one Chair at the February Board Meeting, the first for 2015.  The following decisions  were made by the Board  at the meeting:

 1. $1600 was donated to the Didi Foundation towards the purchase of  four computers as part of the development of a technology unit in Nepal in conjunction with the  Pink Umbrella Foundation.. The Didi Foundation Nepal was successful in lobbying the Nepalese Education Department  to install computers into the Sindhuli Deaf School. These four computers the Club has financed will be part of a larger number of computers being acquired for this unit. The Didi Foundation will also fund  a technology tutor for two years with the option to renew the agreement. Funds will be paid through RAWCS.

 2.The Club will again support the Central Vision Public School's Art Exhibition to be held at Gosford Art Gallery in March. The Club donates $200 to a Year 12 student who has been judged to have been the most outstanding exhibitor. President Peter and Vocational Chair Jan will represent the club and make the presentation.

 3.The Grandparents Raising Grandparent's Christmas Tree Sales turned over in excess of $24000. After expenses (tree costs etc) the club donated $5000 to the Grandparents and retained over $4000 for other Rotary projects for distribution at the end of the Rotary year.

 4. The International Night raised $1800.

 5. The District Conference will be attended by PE Jenny Abourizk, Ken Smith, Jan Pryor and Bruce Thompson. Others are invited to register and come along.

 6. The Changeover Dinner will be held on 24th June at Kooindah Waters. A date for your diary.

 7. $400 was donated to Gorokan High School to assist with the  bus costs for students attending the Rotary Youth Driving Assistance (RYDA) program. A number of members will be in attendance as volunteers on March 18th.

 8. The District Assembly will be held at King's School, Parramatta on April 12th. Numbers are currently being determined re attendance

 9. The Race Day (April 9th 2015) at Wyong Race Course requires one more sponsor. Members are asked to consider sponsoring this great event or asking a local business if they could be a sponsor. The cost of sponsorship is $2750  - call Mitch as soon as you have someone. Once again Rotary will have a table or two - please let Mitch know if you are attending.

 10. The Benefactor's Night is set down for June 10th 2015. President Peter and PP Phil Cohen will be asking for names of all our sponsors in the near future.

 11. Ken will be collecting all the Foundation Boxes in the next month or so. Fill them them up so that we will have a record amount to donate to Foundation. We have already donated or raised close to $3000

 12. The Vocational Excellence/ Pride of Workmanship Awards are set down for 27th May and nominations are coming in. If you have a nomination please forward them to Jan Pryor asap.

Bruce Thompson



Rotary District 9685 Conference

Crowne Plaza Resort - Hunter Valley

March 20-22, 2015

To find out more and to register click HERE



The Didi Foundation and Bright Future Children's Home will have a display at 

CENTRAL COAST INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY EXPO - 7th March 10am. This is gearing up to be a wonderful day to celebrate women.

Come say hello and help celebrate this exciting day with us and our good friends and supporters from:  ROTARY -ZONTA AND WOW GIRLS...and many moreWe will be in the Zonta area

 ALSO I am speaking in Lecture Theatre 1 at 1.15pm about  " How saying YES, makes a difference and MAKES IT HAPPEN"'. Such an honour to be asked to speak

Jan Pryor

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Rotary Research Update

To everyone who participated in a survey in 2014, thank you!  Your participation in surveys is important:  Below, please see highlights of 2014 survey results and announcements of upcoming 2015 surveys. Upcoming 2015 Surveys March Assessment of Services Provided by Rotary's Headquarters and Regional Offices Member dues to Rotary International (RI) fund many services provided by Rotary's headquarters in Evanston/Chicago, IL, USA and official …

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Celebrating Rotary’s anniversary

From Rotary Weekly

This week marks 110 years since Paul P. Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram E. Shorey gathered in Loehr’s office in Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago for what would become known as the first Rotary club meeting. It also is 30 years since Rotary launched its campaign to rid the world of polio.

• View photos of celebrations around the world

• Read more about three decades of PolioPlus

• Learn more about the founders of Rotary


Rotarians and bike riders of Australia- join Rob Lewandowski from Tasmania in his epic ride around Australia in 34 days to create a new Guinness Record, while raising money for Rotary's' End Polio Now campaign.

Bike riders can join Rob on the road ( 30kph ) and everyone can donate a few dollars so that this ride can raise valuable money to eradicate Polio !! Approximate times and Places - but check for more accurate details https://www.facebook.com/rob.rides.australia?fref=ts

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