Chartered 18th May 1962 District 9685 


Facebook: Northlakes Toukley Rotary  

Web Site: www.northlakestoukleyrotary.org.au


President Message 

Hello Rotarians and Namaste.

Basic Education and Literacy are one of the Rotary International Incentives and in that vein, we will begin our project. September is the  Education and  Literacy Month and September 8th was Literacy Day. 

We will do our share and continue to expand our Rotary Hour at the Lakehaven Library starting soon. The Peer Tutoring will be our first step hopefully on Monday's and adding more hours and days as needed. 

Mitch has done an excellent job of sending emails to all members with relevant information before the meeting. He introduced our guests and a lively discussion followed. 

We had an exciting and informative evening with our guests- Graham and Brian - The Hot Rodders and confirmed Show and Shine Event to be held and Doyalson Wyee on December 2nd Sunday in aid of the Farmers Christmas Fund Raiser. We approved the use of the Rotary Logo for the December 2nd Show.

The excellent response by the members indicated that this will be an ongoing project for our club!. Please, members, let Mitch know if you are able to help in any way. 

The Merriwa Project is on schedule and the hay will be delivered by truck on Friday, October 5th which will be received by the Merriwa Rotary Club and distributed to the farmers.  If any of our members want to meet  with the club and join them for a Rotary dinner and stay overnight, please let David Rivett, AG 2018-2019, Gosford North Rotary Club. 0418410106.  

Golf Day is 19th October and Peter has requested help especially both morning and afternoon sessions. Please give a helping hand any time if you can by getting in touch with either Jenny or Peter. 

Primary Citizenship Awards, November 21st, Bruce  thank you for the update Christmas tree sales, December 1st and 2nd as well as 8th and 9th. Show and Shine Event December 2nd. 

Our AGM will be on December 5th. I am certain Brett will have our financials ready for approval and Stuart will be ready for the new Board announcement. 

The Christmas Party will be on Wednesday, December 12th but the venue will be announced later.The Bunnings BBQ is on December 16th. This will be the last  Rotary day for this year. 

Thank you to the following Rotarians for attending and helping to set up for the meeting:  Mitch, Peter, Jan, Debbie, Bruce Thompson,  David Knight, Bruce Hodges, Stuart and  Rotarian  Doreen Fender who will transfer soon to our club.

Apologies from Maurie, Philip, Rasik, Brett, Torrin, Kylie, Jenny and Annette. 

See you all at the next Board and Club meeting on Oct 3rd.  We will have Sudip, Jan's manager from the Didi Foundation Nepal as our guest and venue to be announced later. 

In the meantime, be safe, be kind and be inspired. 


Yours in Rotary, 


If you have booked to attend Grand Opening of Camp Toukley shed on Tuesday 25th September. TIME CHANGE it is now 9am.


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.

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RAWCS Project 17 of 2018-19,   

Drought Relief Fund for Australian Farmers 

Supported by Rotary in Australia, National Farmers’ Federation & Channel 9. $10m target has been reached

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 3rd October 2018


5.30pm Board Meeting Hali Board Room


6.30pm for 7pm Dinner Meeting 


Guest Speaker Sudip Koirala

Didi Foundation Nepal Manager

Sudip will be speaking about Didi Foundation current projects in Nepal and also the value of empowering women in a developing country.  

About Sudip Koirala

Sudip is the co-founder of The Didi Foundation and implements and manages all facets of the charity in Nepal. He is the youngest Rotarian in Nepal, past secretary of the Rotary Club of Rudramati Kathmandu, Nepal. In 2016-17 he was club secretary and is now the  nominee president elect. He is also an honourary member of the Rotary Club of Fort Collins Denver USA and has implemented over 45 projects for them in Nepal. He was a key note speaker at the 2018-19, District  5440 Change over dinner Denver,  An outstanding effort for a young man of  29 years of age.   

Reminder of Sudip when he last visited and spoke at RCNT October 2017


 Please click below to  make dinner booking

We must have final numbers by 5pm on the 2nd October 2018


Meeting 17th October 2018


6.30pm for 7pm Dinner Meeting

Guest Speaker Dennis  van Someren - Kenthurst Rotary Club


We support children, young people and families with relatives in the criminal justice system

Valued SHINE volunteer, Dennis van Someren spoke to Richard Fidler on ABC Conversations in an hour-long interview about his personal story and why he volunteers for SHINE for Kids.

Dennis’ happy family life was destroyed in the 1960s, when he was just 12 years old. His popular and respected father, an accountant, was charged with corporate fraud, and eventually jailed.  The outcome for Dennis’ parents and siblings was dire.  The family lost not only their material wealth and status, but also many friends.

As a teenager, Dennis was forced to grow up quickly, and find a way to endure the schoolyard bullies and the instability that surrounded him.

After leading a successful working life, Dennis was looking to do volunteer work in his retirement. He happened across a perfect fit when he heard Kirsty Vallance’s interview on Conversations 10 years ago – Shine for Kids, which assists some of the 60,000 Australian children who have a parent in prison.

Since 2009, Dennis has been a Children’s Supported Transport Service Volunteer, accompanying children on visits to their incarcerated parents.



Last Meeting 19th September 2018


Guest speakers from Independent Rodders of Lake Macquarie. Discuss joint venture to raise funds to support Farmers Christmas Fund Raiser.

If anyone would like to join the committee for this event please let me ASAP as we have lots to do before then. 

Also could you all please indicate if you would be available to help on the day. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND WE NEED PEOPLE FOR CHRIsTMAS TREE SALES AS WELL.  The earlier you let me know that would be great so we can see how people we will have available so we can work out our resources for the day. Regards Mitch 

Show And Shine Show 2nd December 2018

Show and Shine Show held at Doyalson Wyee RSL in aid of Farmers Christmas Fund Raiser Thus event will be held on SUNDAY 2nd December 2018. This is a joint project between the Independent Rodders of Lake Macquarie and the Rotary club of Northlakes Toukley. The aim of the event is to run a Show and Shine car and bike …

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Updated Project List 23rd September 2018


It is great that we are now starting to get Project Dates on the 17 or so projects for this Rotary year. I remind all Project Managers that we need to have Project Activity Planners completed and approved by the Board. Thanks Bruce and Torin for following updates. Other project managers please send me short updates for Newsletter:

Christmas tree update: 

- dates locked in for 1st and 2nd, 8th and 9th Dec

- 700 trees the first weekend and 800 the second

- Site across the coast are all the same, except our site will be moved from Wyong Leagues club to Bunnings Lakehaven.

- Trees wil be sold at the same price as last year, however they will be costing us about $2 more a tree

- Stands will be available the same as previous years

- We will be getting some more signage made to display at Wyong leagues club to tell people we are at Bunnings Lakehaven, and we will also be putting them at the Doylason lights to try and stop the public thinking that it is Rotary who sells at the lights. 

Any ideas anyone else has, please let me know! 

Activity Planner will be ready for approval at the next meeting once i have costings on the new banners .

20th Primary Citizenship Awards 

The club will hold it's 20th Awards on 21st November 2018 at the Halekulani Bowling Club. The organisers anticipate that 18 schools will again  participate with 36 children receiving awards. This year our special guest will be the Member for Dobell, Emma McBride and  we look forward to as many Rotarians attending as possible too. Bookings can be made through the" trybooking" site for the night at the special Rotarian price of $20. Bookings must be made by Friday 16th November. The booking site is  https://www.trybooking.com/YBWV. Rotarians need the special code to book   - available from Jan Pryor.


Birthdays September, 2018

12th September - Raylee McLeod

14th September - Maurie Schokman

20th September - Mitch Cowan

23rd September - Allan Thompson

30th September - Roshni Sinha

Anniversaries September, 2018

4th September - Maryann & Ken Smith 



25th September 2018                     9am Opening Camp Toukley Shed

3rd October 2018                            Guest Speaker DIDI Foundation Nepal Manager Sudip Koirala                                                               Empowering Women in third world country

17th October 2018                          Speaker Dennis Someren - Shine For Kids

19th October 2018                          Charity Golf Day

21st November 2018                      20th Year - Primary Citizenship Awards

1st/2nd/8th/9th December              Christmas Tree Sales Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

2nd December 2018                       Show And Shine Dayalson RSL - Aid Farmers Christmas Fund                                                               Raiser. Run in partnership with Lake Macquarie Rodders

5th December 2018                        RCNT AGM

12th December 2018                       RCNT Christmas Party

16th December 2018                       Bunnings BBQ

30th March 2019                             RCNT Charity Race Day

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


Whats Up


Australian Rotary Health:   https://australianrotaryhealth.org.au/


Thank You PDG Graeme Davies  

At the AGM we acknowledged the amazing work of PDG Graeme Davies  as Director of Australian Rotary Health. He stepped down from the position after 4 years in the role. (Pictured with wife Lyn). 


Dementia Awareness Month

PhD scholar Lauren Whyte hopes that her research will contribute to the increasing knowledge we are gaining about dementia, so that one day soon, it won’t be so familiar to so many people


Win a Harley Davidson Motorbike


Rotary District 9830’s Rotary Club of Deloraine are fundraising for Australian Rotary Health - raffling two 2018 Harley Davidson motor bikes.

CEO Joy Gillett tried out the bike at the National Conference in Hobart. Funds raised will go to research into Youth Suicide and Mental Health.

$100 per ticket - contact 0408 648 895



RCNT MAJOR Project for 2017-18 - Re-Build shed at Camp Toukley - Grand Opening being planned by Lutanda to thank Rotary. (RCNT will be honored guest) 


Opening – Tuesday 25th September at  9am

Location – Camp Toukley , Evans Road, Canton Beach

Official Guest – Emma McBride MP Federal Member for Dobell.


The event will be managed by staff from Camp Toukley , we believe either Lutanda’s Chairman or  General Manager will be officiating on the day.


Rotary will be formally represented by P.Roshni & PP.Peter with all Rotarians invited .


PP.Peter would appreciate you letting him know if you will be attending, so we can inform Camp Toukley for catering etc.

Email PP.Peter rentamanager@outlook.com




The OLD bus garage and shed, with RCNT project manager Peter McCloskey. Picture of new shed below.

Camp Toukley Shed Project Sept 2018

MAJOR PROJECT FOR 2017/2018 COMPLETED. At the start of his year, President David sought ideas from club members for a major capital project that could be completed within the next twelve months and hopefully partially funded with assistance of a State or Federal community grant. The Club settled on” the Shed Project “– a facility to house the Salvation Army’s …

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Saturday 28th September - Bollywood Night The Arabian Lounge

The restaurant is having a Bollywood Night (including dancers) on September 28th at 6 pm for 6.30  Infusion Buffet.

It is a Buffet with Indian food:  Butter chicken, lamb, and chickpeas plus the regular Lebanese food 

with all the dips etc.

$45.00 for meat dishes and $35.00 for vegetarian dishes,  all you can eat

 The Arabian Lounge,

Shop 5/1 Tuggerah Parade, The Entrance, Phone 4333 3006.


Celebrating World Polio Day - 24th October

My dear friends and fellow Rotary leaders, This year, on 24 October, Rotary will again mark World Polio Day. I am writing to ask all of you to join me on that day in raising global awareness of the urgent need to End Polio Now. I have been a Rotarian since long before Rotary committed to eradicate polio. When I …

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19th October RCNT Annual Charity Golf Day

Please contact Jenny or Peter for booking information.


20th October 2018 - Central Coast Youth Charity Gala Ball

On behalf of the YC Group and the Rotary Club of Umina Beach, wi would like to invite you,  your members and friends to join us at the 2nd annual Central Coast Youth Charity Gala Ball at Mingara Events Centre on Saturday October 20 at 7.00 pm.  

Last year’s inaugural Ball was a great success and was a sell out. 

YC group helps individuals, families and communities to successfully transition through education and training, gain meaningful employment and access social support.  Top Blokes Foundation is currently running a program there that has been funded by Umina and Kariong/Somersby Rotary clubs.   The goal is to raise $30,000 to establish the Standing Strong Program to ensure that at risk students receive financial support to fund their educational journey at NG Central (a school based at Mt Penang and part of the YC Group) 

With warm Rotary regards 

Mike Curley, Secretary Rotary Club of Umina Beach 

Mob   0409 245 861


26th November, 2018 Rotary Foundation Dinner 

Click on Flyer to make booking


Saturday 30th March, 2019 RCNT Annual Race Day Wyong

Details will follow when available


March 29th to 31st, 2019

District 9685 Conference in Newcastle







Message from DG Susan, make sure we get gnome decorated and ready for presentation at conference next March 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







This Week's Humour

A minister was completing a temperance sermon. With great emphasis said, "If I had all the beer in
the world, I'd take it and pour it into the river." With even greater emphasis he said, "And if I had
all the wine in the world, I'd take it and pour it into the river." And then finally, shaking his fist in
the air, he said, "And if I had all the whiskey in the world, I'd take it and pour it into the river."
Sermon complete, he sat down. The praise leader stood very cautiously and announced with a smile,
nearly laughing, "For our closing song, let us sing Hymn #365, "Shall We Gather at the River.".


It is not economical to go to bed early to save the candles if the result is twins. - Chinese Proverb

If you want to be respected, you must respect yourself. - Spanish Proverb

"Sex appeal is fifty percent what you've got and fifty percent what people think you've got." - Sophia Loren

"I couldn't wait for success... so I went ahead without it." - Jonathan Winters

A man entered a local paper's pun contest. He sent in ten different puns, in the hope that at least one of the puns would win. Unfortunately, no pun in ten did..