Chartered 18th May 1962 District 9685 


Facebook: Northlakes Toukley Rotary  

Web Site: www.northlakestoukleyrotary.org.au


President's Message


It was a pleasure to have the company of our District Governor Peter Ward and Anne Ward, Assistant District Governor Jayne Mote and Mery-Anne Bonnici from the Rotary Club of Kariong Somersby. It is helpful for the DG to become aware of our clubs activities and aims as well as support offered by the District. Already, District Foundation released $3,00 towards our SAES shed project.

For me, the highlight of the evening was the presentation of a Paul Harris Fellow to Torin O'Grady by Mitch and the DG. A well deserved acknowledgement of Torin's faithful commitment to the ideals of Rotary, betterment of the community and the members fellowship. Also attending were his two brothers which took some doing to ensure Torin was unaware of the attendance.

The Board meet prior to the meeting and passed a projected 2017/18 budget which included many of the community programs we have supported in the past. While the SAES shed was approve at $28,000 we were encouraged by the Foundations grant and the strong possibility of a State grant via local member Emma McBride of $15,000. It seems we can complete this project within this Rotary year with some funds left over for other proprieties. Thank you Board members.

May I encourage you to attend our next meeting on Wednesday 20 September where Hans Schriver from The Salvation Army's Emergency Services (SAES) will give a comprehensive talk of their avtivities on the Central Coast and why our shed project is of value.


Regards & blessings

David Knight

President 2017/18

DG Peter Ward, Anne Ward, PP Torin O'Grady, AG Jayne Mote, P. David Knight, Mery-Anne Bonnici



Note from eNewsletter / WEB Editor

 Please supply me with stories, articles etc. for Newsletter. 

NOTE: meetings will now be on 1st and 3rd Wednesday in the month. Board Meetings will be at 5.30pm before the 1st meeting in the month.

REMINDER to send Roshni email if you wish to be a Centurion this year. 

Annual Report for 2016 - 2017 is now available on web site under MEMBER SECTION


Next Meeting 20th September

Speaker Hans Schryver

Salvation Army Area Coordinator

Emergency Services Central Coast & Hunter


As a major project this year RCNT are looking at donating a "large" shed where the Salvation Army can store emergency equipment which at this time is stored all over the place, this is most inefficient when emergency's and disasters occur.  




Duty Roster for the evening:

Debbie Carroll

Brett Herbert


Meeting 4th October 2017


A Very special guest from NEPAL. The CEO of  Didi Foundation Nepal will be visiting us. I believe this is only the second guest we have had visit from one of our International projects, so a good attendance will be much appreciated. 

Unfortunately at the time of publishing this newsletter I did not have all the details like name/background etc. I will supply as soon as available.


Last Meeting 6th September 2017

Past President Torin O'Grady latest Paul Harris Fellow one of the highest awards given by Rotary for your contribution to club, community, international and fellow members. Business owner of LakesPODIATRY Torin was one of the youngest Rotarian to hold the position of President, bringing change and new ideas to Northlakes Toukley. Torin is one of the driving forces behind the sale of Christmas Trees to support Grandparents Raising Grand Children. Award presented by District Governor Peter Ward and Past President Mich Cowan. 2 of Torin's brothers Lian and Braden also attended the special evening. NOTE: visit http://www.centralcoastxmastrees.com.au/ for locations and dates.


Mery-Anne Bonnici - Rotary Club Kariong Somersby

Gave us an update on the fundraising event taking place on the 8th March 2018 to raise money for vital research into autoimmune diseases especially Pulmonary Hypertension. 

Mery-Anne has asked our 3 clubs (Wyong, Northlakes and The Entrance) to support Alan Woods with his plans to hold a Kayak Marathon Fundraiser on the Tuggerah Lake in March next year.

Paddle For Autoimmune (Pulmonary Hypertension) - 4 Bridges

For more information see details below


DG Peter Ward - gave us an update on his plans for the year, including membership and avenues available to get our message across. 


This is the Peter's ENews Message this month:

Acknowledging Geoff Crews at Foresythes Recruitment as the author, I thought the comments in the article below, while focused towards employers is equal relevant to us as we look to grow our membership.

We have entered a new era of recruitment. With underemployment in the youth labour force at its highest level in 40 years, it is time for businesses to assess how they are attracting, engaging and working with the needs, wants and expectations of the emerging generations. But before we talk about how to do this, let’s look at each of these generations and what they have to offer.


The millennial generation, born between 1980 and 2000, are currently entering employment in vast numbers. Having grown up alongside some of the same tech tools we use today and in the shadow of life-changing events like 9/11 and the Global Financial Crisis, they are no stranger to change, technology or innovation.

Gen Z

Gen z is composed of young adults born between 1996 and 2010. This means the older section of this demographic is 21 years of age and getting ready to jump into the working world. Like millennials, they are formally educated and tech savvy, but this group of digital natives don’t remember life without a smartphone in hand, and their confidence and skills across social media platforms exceed those of older generations.

Attracting and Retaining the New Generation of Employees

Attracting the best of these generations is critical to the future of your business. Their career aspirations, attitudes about work, and knowledge of new technologies will define the culture of the 21st century workplace. But what can businesses to do to attract and retain the new generation of employees?

Firstly, we need to understand that the ideal workplace twenty years ago won’t cut it for today’s always-on millennial / gen z workforce. What works in attracting and motivating older generations of talent won’t keep these young workers invested. Employers need to update their workplace culture to reflect the needs of the new generation, otherwise you will risk missing out on top young talent.

Here are seven simple ways you can attract and retain the next generation for your business.

Support Personal and Professional Growth

A great way to engage and connect with the younger generation is to show them that you not only care about their future at your company, but that you also care about their growth as an individual. This is the “connected” element so many young people talk about when looking for a work environment that makes them feel fulfilled. They want to know that the years invested in their jobs are propelling them forward on their journey of self-development.

and initiatives will help them feel more empowered and connected to their workplaces.

Be Flexible

Flexibility and work-life bGive Them Ownership of Their Work

One of the best ways to engage your young employees is to give them ownership of their projects. Technology has encouraged independent thinking, and today’s young people want to feel some sort of ownership. Even though they will make mistakes, this independence will teach them how to work smarter – a definite benefit for your business.

Offer Feedback

While the new generation of employees don’t want to be micro-managed, they do like open conversations. Finding the right balance between letting them learn from their mistakes and giving them guidance is key to conveying that you care about their personal development.

Give Them a Voice

The young demographic brings an innate understanding of the mindsets and social behaviours of the youth. By encouraging millennials and gen z-ers to share their insights and ideas, your organisation can stay fresh and relevant.

Create Communities

Both millennials and gen z-ers are socially conscious groups, driven to ignite positive change. Both demographics wants to see that their employer isn’t just talking the talk, but is also walking the walk, primarily by implementing sustainable practices and focusing on building communities and real relationships. Giving young employees the opportunity to participate in these groups alance are very important to job satisfaction for both generations, in particular millennials. Offering staggered starting times or one of the popular benefits at the moment, summer hours, are something all generations within your organisation would appreciate.


Peter Ward

Governor, RI District 9685, 2017-18


Birthdays August/September, 2017

3rd September - Adam Marshall

12th September - Raylee McLeod

14th September - Maurie Schokman

20th September - Mitch Cowan

23rd September - Alan Thompson

30th September - Roshni Sinha 

 Anniversaries August/September, 2017

4th September - Maryann & Ken Smith



20th September                           Guest Speaker is Hans Schriver Salvation Army Emergency Services Central Coast Toukley & Hunter Region.

4th October 2017                         Meet Didi Foundation CEO from Nepal

5th October 2017                         Rotary Clubs Central Coast Combined Dinner

27th Oct 2017                               RCNT Annual Charity Golf Day -  Kooindah Waters


Whats Up


Rotary Leadership Institute - New course available

Feel there are gaps in your Rotary knowledge?  Want to prepare for your Rotary Year?  Hungry for knowledge that goes beyond PETS and DA?  Want to share your experience of Rotary with others?

Then RLI is for you and a new course for 2017 are open now:

RLI 43; Sundays; 10 September, 24 September, 8 October.

Register at rli.rotarydistrict9685.org.au

The cost for the full course is $75*.

 The benefits of doing RLI are many; so boost your knowledge and skills, and share your experience by joining in. 

The three part course is held  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.

Here is what recent graduates had to say about the Rotary Leadership Institute Course;

 The course is by far the most educational, inspirational and motivational element of Rotary thus far. The people who deliver the course are not dogmatic, not zealous, but they do know their subject and can deliver it very effectively. Michael Sawczak., RC The Entrance, RLI 39

 Excellent workshop, very beneficial to everybody;  Excellent! Time well spent; Eye-opening; Gives confidence in initiating a club project; The course is an essential activity for all members. Participant feedback from RLI 37.

In the last couple of years we have many members who have attended RLI course. PP Annette, Jan, Brett I am sure they will be happy to share their experiences with you.


Become a Rotary Centurion Annual Fee $100

Our Director Foundation PE Roshni is currently on vacation and has asked all members interested in becoming a Centurion to send her an email, payment can be sorted out when Roshni get back from vacation. We already have a number of members who are Centurions.

Click on Foundation logo below to view latest Foundation Newsletter, many wonderful stories on how Foundation funds are spent.

 Email Roshni Sinha : rosalynprasadsinha@yahoo.ca


Anita Cobby - Building Grace's Place

Following the success of last year's Anita Cobby Memorial Dinner another is being organised for 19th September to support the building of Grace's Place. They are hoping to have around 700 in attendance.

 The NSW Governor David Hurley and Mrs Hurley have confirmed their attendance as has the new Commissioner Mick Fuller, the Attorney General Mark Speakman, Assist Commissioner Denis Clifford and we're waiting to hear from the Premier.

The dinner is supporting the building of Grace's Place -  a world first residential trauma recovery centre, which will provide support, therapeutic programs and learning skills on how to survive the trauma of losing a loved one.

The dinner will also highlight the campaign on Preventing Violence against Women and the extensive work of Garry and Grace Lynch and the HVSG.



Thursday 5th October 2017

Rotary Clubs Of Central Coast Combined Dinner

For more details contact Annona Pearse

Phone – 0407 402 518


Friday 27th October, 2017

RCNT Annual Charity Golf Day





March 2018

Paddle For Autoimmune (Pulmonary Hypertension)

PAH - 4 Bridges

As you are probably aware Mery Anne Bonnici from the Rotary Club of Kariong Somersby has asked our 3 clubs (Wyong, Northlakes and The Entrance) to support Alan Woods with his plans to hold a Kayak Marathon Fundraiser on the Tuggerah Lake in March next year.

This fundraiser will assist A/P Glenn Reeves in vital research into autoimmune diseases especially Pulmonary Hypertension. 

Click on Kayak BELOW for more details


This Week's Humour

Pythagora's Theorem Day, 2017.

For everyone who didn’t realize, and for all those who haven’t got a clue, Tuesday 15th August, 2017 was Pythagora’s Theorem Day. !

What ? you might well ask. The theorem you are sure to remember says that with regard to a right angled triangle … “The square of the Hypotenuse equals the sum of the squares of the other two sides”

Try the August 15th 2017… 15.8.17. (17 being the Hypotenuse … 17 x 17 = 289. Using your well-honed maths skills you can show that 15 x 15 = 225 and 8 x 8 = 64 …. 225 + 64 = 289. Wow ! When is the next Pythagora’s Theorem Day ? December 16, 2020. And the one after that?

If you know the answer send me an email and I may shout the first person a beverage


A senior citizen drove his brand new Porche convertible out of the dealership. Taking off down the road, he floored it to 130kph, enjoying the wind blowing through what little hair he had left.

"Amazing," he thought as he flew down Pacific Motorway, pushing the pedal even more.
Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw a state trooper behind him, lights flashing and siren blaring.

He floored it to 150kph, then 160, then 180. Suddenly he thought, "What am I doing? I'm too old for this," and pulled over to await the officer's arrival.

Pulling in behind him, the policeman walked up to the Porche, looked at his watch and said, "Sir, my shift ends in 30 minutes. Today is Friday. If you can give me a reason for speeding that I've never heard before, I'll let you go."

The old gentleman paused. Then said, "Years ago, my wife ran off with a Highway Patrol Officer. I thought you were bringing her back."
Have a good day, sir," replied the Officer...