5th April, 2015


Welcome New Subscribers

A very big welcome to those who subscribed to our Newsletter at our "getting to know Rotary" meeting last week.  Although we were only able to barely scratch the surface of what Rotary is all about at that time, hopefully, this Newsletter will inform you a little more about Rotary as well as keeping you in touch with what is happening at Northlakes Toukley Rotary Club. 


President's Message

 My thanks to all members who contributed to last week’s Members Night with a Twist with special thanks to my co-host Lyn Thompson. We had 16 guests on the night with several showing a strong interest in becoming a future member of our Club. If you brought along a guest, remember to follow up, and invite them to another event. The night also allowed Rotarians to catch up with two dear friends Dawn Hooper & Bev Baldwin from the Iris Foundation  and  the hilarious antics of Kami Dibden(McDonalds Family Room at Gosford Hospital) foreshadowing what we can expect when she hooks up with Jenny Abourizk again this year for the running on the 2015 Charity Golf Day.

 A reminder there is no Dinner Meeting this week …instead we are all off to Wyong Racecourse for the running of the Northlakes Toukley’s 2015 Charity Race Day. Major beneficiary of this event will be   Community Care Services –Central Coast with all funds going towards the establishment of a Sensory Garden at their dementia centre, Beryl’s Place, Gorokan. 

Peter McCloskey

Club President



Presidential Message



APRIL 2015

Today, there are so many more ways to communicate than ever before. In the age of video conferences and instant messages, we can work together from almost anywhere, and always be in touch; we can share our Rotary work on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Rotary.org. But there will always be a tremendously important role for the magazine that you are holding in your hands – or reading on an electronic device – right now.

The Rotarian is one of the oldest continuously published magazines in the world, with an unbroken publication history dating back to its first issue, featuring Paul Harris as a contributor, in 1911. Back then, the magazine was printed in black and white, and was only a few pages. The type was small, the pictures were few, and the advertisements were for piano dealers, haberdashers, and a hotel fully equipped with hot and cold running water!

Now, you can read The Rotarian on your phone or tablet, and regional magazines are published in 24 languages. Seventeen Nobel Prize winners and 19 Pulitzer Prize winners have written for the magazine, including Mahatma Gandhi, Desmond Tutu, George Bernard Shaw, and Nicholas Murray Butler. Every month, The Rotarian brings us a snapshot of the best of the Rotary world: It engages, entertains, enlightens, and inspires.

In an age of constant communication, with so many ways to find new information, do we still need a Rotary magazine? Absolutely. Because the magazine is now, as it has always been, one of the best ways to spread the word about Rotary. It has allowed me to share the fun and excitement of Rotary Days, it showcases the good work of Rotarians around the world, and it puts a spotlight on important issues affecting us all. The Rotarian isn't just enjoyable for Rotarians – it's a great way to boost Rotary's public image, and show the world the work that Rotarians do.

So when you're done reading this issue, pass it along. Ask yourself who might be particularly interested in this month's articles. Give the issue to a friend, a co-worker, or a colleague. Share it with someone you've invited to a Rotary club meeting. Visit www.therotarianmagazine.com to share stories on social media, or send links through email. Use it toLight Up Rotary – just as Rotarians have been doing for more than 100 years.


This Week

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Rotary Club of Northlakes Toukley

Charity Race Day

Wyong Racecourse

Thursday 9th April, 2015

Come along and enjoy a great day while supporting Beryl's Cottage Dementia Care Centre and other Rotary projects. Tickets still available.  Contact Mitch here.


Last Week

Dawn Hooper from the Iris Foundation and Kami Dibden from Ronald McDonald Family Room at Gosford Hospital spoke at our "Getting to know Rotary for prospective members" night. Congratulations Membership and Social Director Lyn for a great night. We already have new members to show for it.


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Rotary - Busting the Myths

 It is common for many people that  don't always fully understand what we do and who we are in Rotary. So we thought we'd share with you some answers to the TOP 10 myths we bump into out there in the community.

Myth 1 - Rotary is for men only: Rotary International began in 1905, …

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 Rotary changes lives all over the world

From Rotary Weekly

Rotary clubs are having a tremendous impact on communities around the world. In southwest Uganda, Rotary members from Europe, Uganda, and the United States have teamed up with a pioneering doctor and two private entrepreneurs to address the needs of the Batwa Pygmies. Together, they’ve opened a nursing school to train badly needed caregivers for the entire region.

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• Learn more about how Rotary works to save mothers and children

• Browse Rotary Showcase for projects that have reached mothers and children

• Support a project to build a hospital in Ngandu, Uganda


April District Community Newsletter


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Rotary Success Conference and Youth Summit

Over the last two years Rotarians have been asking when we were we going to have another National Rotary Success Conference. It is going to happen this September! I would urge you to register now for what I am sure will be a great conference. I would like to invite all Rotarians to the 2015 Rotary Success Conference and Youth Summit which will …

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