Chartered 18th May 1962 District 9685 


Facebook: Northlakes Toukley Rotary  

Web Site: www.northlakestoukleyrotary.org.au


President's Message

Hello Rotarians,

Report for 15/8/18 - PE Stuart

 Hello fellow Rotarians. 

A wonderful night of fellowship and some great discussions about our upcoming events and what the future holds for our club. Some fantastic energy and obvious commitment to the community demonstrated this meeting. 

A small crowd compared to other meetings as it seems many have been struck down with the many viruses and bugs floating around this time of year (including myself last month) however, still a great evening. The main focus discussed was the project committees required for this year. We pretty much have a manager and back-up manager for each of the clubs events. In saying that, the committees still need to be finalised when the whole club can meet and commit to a project. A couple of new ventures for this year still to be finalised but we have some dedicated members ready to handle the task at hand. 

Debbie has worked her usual magic and we have some wonderful guest speakers planned for the year. Well done Debbie. 

We had a wonderful update on Arki and her travels from Kylie (AKA mum). It seems the young lady is having a fantastic time, but not without some challenges that she is grappling by the horns and representing herself wonderfully. There has even been a chance for her to mentor some fellow Rotary exchange students which I am sure Arki would have done very well. A great experience for all involved. 

We also had an excellent group discussion regarding membership and how we should focus on increasing the clubs numbers. A big project which will take all of us to focus on the ensure the clubs growth and participation within the community over the coming years. Much to consider here and I am sure it will be an ongoing theme for the rest of this year at general meetings. 

Thank you all for the opportunity, and I really enjoyed the evening.

Regards Stuart.

Yours in Rotary,



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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.


RAWCS Project 17 of 2018-19,   

Drought Relief Fund for Australian Farmers 

Supported by Rotary in Australia, National Farmers’ Federation

& Channel 9

In Australia, farmers are the lifeblood of our country and they are in crisis. Record breaking heat and lack of rain means farmers are struggling to feed sheep and cattle, and keep crops alive.  Families on the land are suffering and they need our help.  Channel 9 and Rotary Australia have partnered with the National Farmers’ Federation, launching an appeal to big business and everyday Australians, so we can provide some emergency relief. 100% of donations goes to the farmers and is tax deductible via Rotary and RAWCS.  




Next Meeting 5th September 2018


District 9685 DG Susan Wakefield OAM

will attend Board Meeting and dinner meeting


5.30pm Board Meeting Hali Board Room


6.30pm for 7pm Dinner Meeting 

DG Susan Wakefield OAM (John) was invited to join the Rotary club of Lower Blue Mountains in 2007 after being involved in Rotary Youth Exchange as a host parent and counsellor with husband PDG John Wakefield OAM. Susan has held positions as club President and both club and District roles as District chairman of the Australian Rotary Health Fund in D9690 as well as the District Community Service Chair in D9690 and the District international Service chair in both D9690 and D9685. 

In her business life she has been a Plainclothes Policewoman, Department manager in a retail Store and the Financial Officer for a Foster Care Organisation.  Susan has been a senior Girl Guide Leader with over 35 years of leading young women and adults. She has been the international advisor at State Level and the Australian International Commissioner for Girl Guides Australia. 

Susan was awarded the medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her services to the Girl Guide movement in Australia. She has also received the Jean Harris award and is a Paul Harris Fellow (3 Sapphires). 

Susan enjoys international travel and has taken groups of Girl Guides to guiding events in Finland and India. She has also taken a group of guiding adults to visit the Girl Guide World centres in Mexico, Switzerland, United Kingdom and India. She has also taken part in a Friendship exchange to Brazil and attended the Polio national immunisation Day in India with her husband John and five members

of the Rotary Club of Lower Blue mountains. Susan has attended rotary international conventions in Australia and overseas. 

Susan and John have enjoyed a long and happy marriage and their son, daughter in law and three grandsons live in Norway. 

Susan is looking forward to making a positive contribution to District 9685 leading up to and including her year as District Governor of this great district.


 Please click below to  make dinner booking

We must have final numbers by 5pm on the 4th September 2018



Last Meeting 15th August 2018


6.30pm for 7pm Dinner Meeting - Club Forum


PE Stuart chaired the meeting, see his update in President Report above. Updated Project List below. 


Birthdays August, 2018

23rd August - Jacqueline Miles

12th September - Raylee McLeod

14th September - Maurie Schokman

20th September - Mitch Cowan

23rd September - Allan Thompson

30th September - Roshni Sinha

Anniversaries August, 2018

20th August - Raylee & Gavin McLeod

24th August - Veronica & Brett Herbert

4th September - Maryann & Ken Smith 



25th August 2018                           DIDI Trivia Night (see flyer below) 

5th September 2018                       DG Susan Wakefield OAM Club Visit       

20th September 2018                     Drought Relief Trivia Night (see flyer below)

21st November 2018                      Primary Citizenship Night 20th Year

5th December 2018                        RCNT Christmas Party

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


Whats Up



Central Coast Rotary Clubs 

Venue - Breakers Country Club

Clubs are encouraged to book a table: www.eventbrite.com.au



Drought Relief Concert - "Rotary's Got Talent"

See proposal below from Gosford City Rotary. Do we have any talent at RCNT?, please contact P. Roshni if interested.


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 (AUGUST 2018), many wonderful stories on how Foundation funds are spent.

 Email Roshni Sinha : rosalynprasadsinha@yahoo.ca


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






Cararoo Foundation Philippines - Founder Maurie Schokman visited Cararoo project in Philippines July-August 2018.


Cararoo Foundation Update

Maurie visits Cararoo Foundation project in Philippines July-August 2018 I had not visited the Philippines for over 12 months, in that time we took the opportunity to achieve many goals that were agreed at 2016 Board Meeting: 1. Outsource village nursery. This has been achieved with Springboard Foundation taking over running and management of nursery. Reducing number of children by …

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Didi Foundation Nepal: Trivia Fundraiser  25th August 2018

Rock n Roll Trivia night Annual Fundraiser
Rock the night away with the 'Aimless M'
Lots of Trivia, Lots of Prizes, Lots of Fun, Lots of Dancing

Join Jan and the Didi group for a fabulous night out to raise funds to help us raise the status of women and children in Nepal through education and vocational education.


This Week's Humour


I found myself in a pub in Cork, Ireland. A group of American tourists came in. 

One of the Americans said, in a loud voice, "I hear you Irish think you're great drinkers. I bet $5,000 that no one here can drink 20 pints of Guinness in 30 minutes."   

The bar was silent, but the American noticed one Irishman leaving. No one took up the bet.  

40 minutes later, the Irishman who left returned and said, "Hey Yank, is yer bet still on?"  

"Sure" said the American, "20 pints in 30 minutes for a bet of $5,000 ."  

"Grand, " replied the Irishman, "so pour the pints and start the clock."  

It was very close but the last drop was consumed with 2 seconds to spare.  

"OK Yank, pay up." said the Irishman.  

"I'm happy to pay, here's your money" said the American. "But tell me, when I first offered the wager, I saw you leave. Where did you go?'  

"Well sir", replied the Irishman, "$5,000 is a lot of money to a man like me, so I went to the pub across the road first to see if I could do it.


Taking a wee break from the golf course, Rory Mcllroy drives his new Mercedes into an Irish gas station. An attendant greets him in a typical Irish manner, unaware who the golf pro is... 

"Top o’ the mornin to ya." 

As Rory gets out of the car, two tees fall out of his pocket. 

"What are those things, laddie?" asks the attendant. 

"They're called tees," replies Rory. 

"And what would ya be usin 'em for, now?" inquires the Irishman. 

"Well, they're for resting my balls on when I drive," replies Rory. 

"Aw, Jaysus, Mary an' Joseph!" exclaims the Irish attendant. "Those fellas at Mercedes think of everything."