Chartered 18th May 1962 District 9685 


Facebook: Northlakes Toukley Rotary  

Web Site: www.northlakestoukleyrotary.org.au


President's Message

Hello Rotarians, 

A special thank you to our assistant AG Jayne Mote and incoming assistant  AG Annona Pearce for attending the Changeover Dinner. 

Thank you to the following   Rotarians for attending the Changeover Dinner;  President David, PP Mitch, Jan,  Maurie, PP Annette, Debbie, PP Peter, PP Jenny, Philip, PP Bruce Thompson, and Rasik.  

I would like to especially thank their partners: Judy, Carrol, Debra, Pat and Lorrelle, your attendance made it really special for me.  

A very special thank you to Edna Lee, Jenny's mother who is 92 and actually danced and told me she used to go dancing every Saturday.  No wonder she is a good 92!

A special thank you to Lyn Thompson, a past Rotary member who came to encourage me in Rotary, and connect with her Rotary friends. She really enjoyed the Belly dancing!.

To all our sponsors, thank you.

I want to thank the Hali members, Bob, David, Paul and their partners for making this a very enjoyable evening. .Bob has a hidden talent!   

The Job Centre group for your support and for attending in full force.

The Toukley Camp manager Martyn with his two boys, thank you for coming, I really appreciated your effort.

My thanks to Lesley, Peter and Pat's daughter who came to support her father and watch him receive the Paul Harris Fellow.

I would like to thank Rasik and my son, Naman for all their support during this time and making the Changeover a success.

It took each of these people to make the 2018 Changeover a memorable one.

There were apologies from Stuart, Torrin, Jackie, Kylie, Graham, Brett. and Bruce Hodges.  I did miss you all.

Torrin, the Belly Dancing was especially for you- perhaps next time. It will be better if Barbara is here! 

Congratulations to our four well deserved  Paul Harris Fellow recipients,

 Mr. Maurie Schokman, Mr. Peter McCloskey, Mrs. Jennifer Abourizk and from the Halekulani Bowling Club,  Mr. David English.

The Paul Harris Fellow is given to those people who excel in "Service Above Self".

These four recipients have gone above and beyond this call. This is indeed well deserved. 

Our theme this year is BE THE INSPIRATION.

This actually means ordinary people doing extraordinary things and to inspire confidence in others. 

Our vibrant Rotary Club of 21 members is doing a lot for our community.  This year we distributed $57.461.76. albeit $18.000. went to Camp Toukley and the rest to our normal list of charities.  Thank you, Peter, for your extensive work to get the grants for the shed otherwise it would have cost the club another $18.000.  This is service above self, you single-handedly saved the club $ 18,000.  Well done.The amount $57.461.76 has been collected by hardworking Rotarians who have spent numerous hours of their time in our Christmas Tree sales by Torin,  Golf Day by Jenny,   Race Day by Mitch, Rotarians have been helping as well.

Community Raffle started by Jenny with Peter taking over and Rotarians helping to sell tickets.

 There are numerous hours involved in community activities: Primary Citizen Awards by Bruce Thompson,

 Vocational Awards by Jan and Annette with Rotarians helping as well, and our secretary is Stuart who is also helping Maurie and our treasurer is Brett.

A special thank you to Maurie for all our newsletter, photographs and dinner arrangements.  He and  Philip are always early to set up for the meeting. Thank you, Philip, I expect you to keep up the good work.

We do so much for our community, I hope we can help the International Community as well.  I would like to thank all the Rotarians who have offered to guide me and help me during the 2018 year. I am forever grateful.

There is nothing better than to have the expertise of previous Presidents and fellow Rotarians at my disposal. 

Please expect an "S.O.S." from me probably during the wee hours of the morning when I wake up to find out that this is not a dream!

Rasik and I had been to the Arabian Lounge at least 3 times to ensure that everything was organized, on time and that the evening progresses with the dignity which Rotarians and guests deserve. We actually had the Meditarrean Banquet a few weeks earlier, I wanted to know if there was enough food at the Banquet! 

Thank you for the feedback and I am ecstatic that all of you enjoyed the evening.  

Now with your help, the work begins. 

 I  hope to see all of you at our first meeting. July 4th- both at the Board Meeting and at the Club Meeting.

A special invitation to all the partners please remember you are always welcome. 

Good night and  thank you 


Yours In Rotary


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.

Paul Harris — First but not First •

Was Paul Harris the first president of a Rotary club? No. •

Was Paul Harris the first president of Rotary International? Yes.

There is an easy explanation to this apparent contradiction. Although Paul Harris was the founder and organizer of the first Rotary club in Chicago in 1905, the man selected to be the first president was one of the other founding members, Silvester Schiele. By the year 1910, there were 16 Rotary clubs, which linked up as an organization called the National Association of Rotary Clubs.

Two years later, the name was changed to the International Association of Rotary Clubs, as Rotary was organized in Winnipeg, Canada, and then in England, Ireland, and Scotland. In 1922, the name was shortened to Rotary International. When the first organization of Rotary clubs was created in 1910, Paul Harris was selected as the first president. He served in this position for two years, from 1910 until 1912. Thus, the founder of the Rotary idea, who declined to be president of the first club, became the first president of the worldwide organization, Rotary International.


Next Meeting 4th July 2018


5.30pm Changeover Board Meeting - can current & new Board members (2018-19) PLEASE attend. Location Hali Board Room


6.30pm for 7pm start.  New Board Club Forum


Please click below to order your meal. We need final numbers

by 5pm on 3rd July 2018


Last Meeting Changeover 20th June


Congratulations President Roshni and PP David for organizing a wonderful flavor packed and entertaining evening last Wednesday. We are sure that the 40 or so people who attended had a great evening.  The happy faces below tell the story, visit photo gallery to see more !!!!!??????


Meeting 18th July

Shelter Box Update


Our dear friend Greg Groppenbacher from Kariong Somersby Rotary will give us an update on Shelter Box. Please show your support and attend what will be an informative evening.


Click Logo for more information and to donate.


Birthdays June, 2018

1st June - Peter Davies

11th June - Jan Pryor

16th June - Cal Cowan

17th June - Torin O'Grady


Anniversaries June, 2018

8th June - Cal & Mitch Cowan

9th June - Roshni & Rasik Sinha



4th July 2018                                   Board Meeting 5.30pm Hali Board Room

8th July 2018                                   Charity Cabaret Hali Bowling Club 2pm to 5pm

18th July 2018                                Update on Shelter Box

29th - 31st  March 2019                 District 9685 Conference in Newcastle


Whats Up


Saturday 7th July - District 9685 ChangeOver Dinner


Sunday 8th July 2018 - Charity Cabaret


Northlakes Toukley and Wyong Tuggerah Rotary Charity Fundraiser Cabaret. Proceeds go to "Give Me 5 For Kids Charity" HELP CHANGE A SICK CHILD'S LIFE. We thank Hali Bowling Club for hosting the event. $20 a ticket 2pm to 5pm see poster for entertainment details.


District 9685 Conference in Newcastle

March 29th to 31st, 2019






Become a Rotary Centurion Annual Fee $100

Please contact our Director Foundation PE Roshni and become a Centurion.  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


The Rotary Leadership Institute course is now run over two days, power packed with information, learning and skills you can use in your Rotary life straight away. 

Networking with other Rotarians and led by experienced facilitators, you are sure to enjoy what others are describing as the best Rotary training they have had.  Register online now at rli.rotarydistrict9685.org.au and supercharge your Rotary.

There is 1 course available for registration:

 RLI 48 - Saturday 4 and 25 August 2018



Youth Exchange student ARKI'S BLOG - CLICK on group photo






This Week's Humour


God's Plan for Aging.....


Most seniors never get enough exercise. In His wisdom God decreed that seniors become forgetful so they would have to search for their glasses, keys and other things thus doing more walking. And God looked down and saw that it was good.

Then God saw there was another need. In His wisdom He made seniors lose coordination so they would drop things requiring them to bend, reach & stretch. And God looked down and saw that it was good.

Then God considered the function of bladders and decided seniors would have additional calls of nature requiring more trips to the bathroom, thus providing more exercise. God looked down and saw that it was good.


So if you find as you age, you are getting up and down more, remember it’s God’s will. It is all in your best interest even though you mutter under your breath!

Nine Important Facts To Remember As We Grow Older.

#9 Death is the number 1 killer in the world.
#8 Life is sexually transmitted.
#7 Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
#6 Men have 2 motivations: hunger and hanky panky, and they can't tell them apart. If you see a gleam in his eyes, make him a sandwich.
#5 Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to use the Internet and they won't bother you for weeks, months, maybe years unless you give them your email address.
#4 Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospital, dying of nothing.
#3 All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.
#2 In the 60's, people took LSD to make the world weird. Now the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make it normal.
#1 Life is like a jar of jalapeno peppers. What you do today may be a burning issue tomorrow.


Please share this wisdom with others while I go to the bathroom!