Chartered 18th May 1962 District 9685 


Facebook: Northlakes Toukley Rotary  

Web Site: www.northlakestoukleyrotary.org.au


President Message 

Hello, Fellow Rotarians and Namaste.


Happy World Teacher's Day - October 5th to all our Teachers in Rotary.  "The greatest gift in life is an education given by a great teacher"  Roshni Prasad Sinha. A teacher or "Guru" comes in many forms.  A person who has complete knowledge of a subject and succinctly imparts that knowledge. I am certain …

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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.


Next 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.



 Please click below to  make dinner booking

We must have final numbers by 5pm on the 16th October 2018


 Last Meeting 3rd October, 2018

We were lucky to have Rotarian and the co-founder of The Didi Foundation Nepal speak at last weeks meeting. 

Sudip Koirala engaged us with his passionate address regarding the work that the Didi Foundation is going in Nepal. He focused on why it was important to support underprivileged and marginalized women in his country. He stated that by doing this you not only educate one women you educate the community. 

He proudly showed images of the new Didi Headquarters being built and thanked Annette and Mark D'Adam for their generous contribution and belief in the Didi Foundation.  

He gave an overview of the vocational educational courses that Didi Nepal runs discussed the successful measurable outcomes and how 64% of women have started their own businesses. Some of these women were illiterate but due to being educated,now run there own business and because these women are income generators they are now being perceived with respect not only for their contribution to their family but the community also.

Sudip also gave insight into the issues of women's health, in particular those of the poor and how Didi Foundation runs educational health programs and free medical clinics that offering access to free service for those with proper conditions. 

Most members came aware inspired by the work of the Didi Foundation and the services which are being offered to those who are underprivileged and of marginalized groups in the community.


Updated Project List 3rd October 2018


Thanks Torin and Peter for updated Activity Planners.



Birthdays October, 2018

10th October - Peter McCloskey

19th October - Bruce Thompson

Anniversaries October, 2018

19th October - Debra and Maurie Schokman

21st October - Lyn and Alan Thompson

24th October - Ann and Graham Steel




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


6th October 2018


Drought Relief Central Coast Rotary Clubs


Back in August AG David Rivette proposed that the Rotary Clubs on the Central Coast fund the purchase of 50 bales of hay at a cost of $12,500. Rotary clubs would be asked to donate at least $1,000 each towards the cost. RCNT donated $3,000, of which $2,000 were private donations.


Delivery of 50 bales to Merriwa Community. AG David Rivette provided the following update and pictures.

"Here are some pictures from the hay delivery.  Very bare with no grass growing. 

The farmers that this hay will go to were very happy but even though there are 50 bales of hay (320kg each) there is only enough hay to feed about 150 cows for 1 week so they are desperate for more rain.  One young farmer said to me it wasn’t just getting the hay but just to have us involved & delivering hay to them was a real morale booster & showed that people really did care which made it all worthwhile. 

Thank you again for all your help & support & hope to catch up again soon"


 25th September 2018 OPENING CAMP TOUKLEY SHED


After many months of hard work Rotary and Camp Toukley are proud to announce the opening of a new parking and storage area at Camp Toukley. Rotary Club Northlakes Toukley and Camp Toukley have had a long relationship and in February 2018 then Rotary President David Knight established a project to replace the old weathered parking and storage shed with a new $35K plus parking and storage shed. Funding for this project was sourced via a grant from the Australian Government Stronger Communities Programme (with the assistance of Emma McBride MP, Federal Member for Dobell), Rotary District Grants and funds raised by Rotary Northlakes Toukley.
The shed was officially opened by Emma McBride MP and supported by the following officials:
From Rotary - President Roshni Sinha, Past Presidents David Knight, Mitch Cowan & Peter McCloskey (project manager for this project). 
Nelson Green (Chairman of Board, Lutanda Children’s Services)
Alex Worley (Managing Director, Lutanda Children’s Services)
Martyn Buckland (Centre Manager, Camp Toukley)
Luke Willersdorf (acting Centre Manager, Camp Toukley)
Others attending were Camp Toukley volunteers and Rotary members.


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.


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

Two tourists were driving through Brisbane. As they passed a sign announcing they were in the suburb of Indooroopilly, they started arguing about the pronunciation of the name. They argued back and forth until they stopped for lunch. As they stood at the counter, one tourist asked the employee, "Before we order, could you please settle an argument for us?
Would you please pronounce where we are... very slowly?"
The blonde girl leaned over the counter and said, "Maaaaaac...Donnnn...aaallld.....sssss...".


On average, an American man will have sex two to three times a week. Whereas, a Japanese man will have sex only one or two times a year. This is very upsetting news to me. I had no idea I was Japanese.