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3rd May, 2015

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Presidents Message

 A message from Gary C.K. Huang President, Rotary International 2014-15

Dear Rotarian, 

We express our profound sadness and extend our sympathies to all those affected by the devastation resulting from the 25 April deadly earthquake in Nepal. Rescue missions and emergency aid continue to arrive in Nepal for the 8 million people impacted by the massive 7.8 magnitude quake.

 As we mourn the thousands of lost lives, Rotary joins many international agencies in providing immediate relief to survivors and mobilizing our expertise to support long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts.

 How to help: 

• District 3292, Nepal, has established a disaster relief fund to provide needed equipment and supplies to affected communities. Contact District Governor Kumar Piya for information about contributing to the fund.

• Rotary’s service partner ShelterBox is working closely with Nepali Rotarians to coordinate immediate relief efforts. On Monday, 27 April, and Wednesday, 29 April, Rotarians greeted ShelterBox response teams in Nepal who will mobilize temporary housing and relief efforts. An initial 1,000 housing tents and 1,000 shelter kits will be distributed throughout affected communities. Two more ShelterBox relief teams and additional kits are ready to be deployed once further assessments are complete. Learn more about supporting ShelterBox’s relief efforts.

• As with all disasters, the Rotary family may apply for global grants to support long-term recovery efforts in Nepal. Once immediate health, safety, and relief efforts have been addressed, work with local Nepali Rotary members and their international partners to develop projects within Rotary’s six areas of focus.

Monitor the announcements section of My Rotary for more information as it becomes available and do not hesitate to contact relief@rotary.org with any questions.

 Our thoughts are with our Nepali neighbours during this difficult time. Thank you for continuing to Light Up Rotary through your compassion and generosity.

 Yours in Rotary,

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 Whilst the Central Coast & its residents had to deal with its own challenges following the recent cyclonic conditions that lashed the Coast, words cannot adequately describe the challenges that must now lay ahead for the people of Nepal.

  Our Club’s immediate response may be to provide an additional donation to Shelter Box however it might be of value firstly to get a first- hand account  from one of our own Rotary members Jan Prior. Whilst details are still a little sketchy, Jan and a group of volunteers from the Didi Foundation were recently in Nepal and may have only left a day or two before the earthquake struck. Jan is now on her way home and advises the children from the orphanage sponsored by the Didi Foundation are safe & well.

 Peter McCloskey

Club President

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This Week

This week we have a speaker from the Life Project Cambodia.

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Last Week

 Board Meeting

Jottings from last week's Board Meeting

1.  Club Financials(28/04/15):  General Account: $5,468.14   Community Account: $28,185.93  (commitments to some local charities have been made from this account).

2. Trivia Night is planned for 16/05/15  at Wyong Golf Club   $15 pp   10 per table. We need Rotarians to come along in numbers to make it a success. Book a table with Annette D'Adam today!

3. Bowelcare Kits have been delivered to all chemists in our area. Available now for $15 each.

4. Awards Night has been shifted to Thursday 28th May to avoid clashing with the NSW State of Origin.

5. Member survey - so far 17 out of 31 have responded. PE Jenny is hoping for a 100% response.

6. Three new members will be inducted at an Induction Night to be held on  Wednesday June 3rd. A good attendance is required as we had at the Prospective members night.

7. Rotary Foundation money boxes distributed last year will be collected in May by Ken.

8. Community Chair Owen presented plans to the Board regarding improvements to the grounds of a local refuge. A Rotary hands on project.

9. Camp Breakaway has experienced quite a lot of damage (mostly trees down) - Owen is working with camp volunteers to improve situation.

10.Owen has a project at Breakaway for the club to get involved with - to establish a patch of lawn within the sensory trail completed two years ago.

11.Jan Pryor who was in Nepal at the time of the earthquake is safe. She reported before the disaster that the solar  and computer projects, funded partially by our club were greatly appreciated by all in Nepal.

Bruce Thompson

Secretary

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Next Week

Next week the meeting has been transferred to the Trivia Night on Saturday 16th May.  Make sure you come along for an evening of prizes fun and fellowship..

 

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MEMBERS' SURVEY

Have you completed your Members' Survey yet?  If not the deadline is 5th May. This is your last chance to express your views.

Click here for survey (note this survey is for members only and is password protected)

Forgot my password

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Organizing aid for earthquake survivors in Nepal

From Rotary Weekly

Rescue missions and emergency aid continue to arrive in Nepal after a massive earthquake hit the country on 25 April, killing at least 5,200 people and injuring thousands more. The 7.8 magnitude quake, the worst in Nepal in more than 80 years, has affected 8 million people in the country’s 39 districts. (Photo courtesy ShelterBox) 

• Learn how you can help 

• Read a statement from RI President Gary C.K. Huang

• Learn what Rotary’s partner ShelterBox is doing to help

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End Polio Now Money Boxes.

It is time to start returning your money boxes.  Foundation Chair Ken Smith is ready to receive them at any meeting or at any time especially during this month.  He will count the contents with all the funds going towards the End Polio Now campaign. As well as that all you have saved will also be credited towards your 2015-16 Centurion membership.

Now is the time to start returning those money boxes.

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District Changeover

Join District Governor Ian Scott and District Governor Elect Gina Growden at District 9685's Changeover

27th June 2015 at 6pm for 6.30pm

Hornsby RSL, 4 High Street Hornsby

 

Click here to register

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Lorelle and Bruce Thompson

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