11th October, 2015


Have you booked your movie tickets yet?

See the article below


President's Message

My first week back from my trip has certainly been a busy one.  Once again I would like to thank Steve and the team for a wonderful job while I was away.

It would seem that October has become a real 'HANDS ON' month for our club.  There are a lot of activities that require volunteers and helpers to make them succeed.  If you can spare any time to help in one or more of them  our club and our community would appreciate it very much.  To allow a little planning it would be good to know who and how many might be available to assist at one or more of these activities.  To give me some idea Ken has added these items to the dinner notification form so even if you can't attend this week's meeting please return the form indicating which events you may be able to assist with.  If later you find you can help, just turn up.

1. Ronald McDonald Family Room cheque presentation.  This will take place tomorrow (Monday 12th) at the Family Room Gosford Hospital.  I apologise for the lateness of this notice but it is being covered nationally by the Seniors paper.  Anyone that would like to go with me please let me know.

2. Club Monster Raffle Launch.  The launch of our raffle will take place at McDonalds Lakehaven  on 17th October during the annual McHappy Day promotion.  Proceeds of the ticket sales on this day will form part of our Ronald McDonald Family Room support for this year.  Ticket sellers are needed between  11:00am and 2:00pm.

3. Graffiti Removal Day.  We have been asked to help remove the graffiti under the Toukley bridge on Sunday 18th October.  Volunteers will meet at the Fish Co-op.  Times will be sent to volunteers when we know more.

4. BBQ Chefs.  We have been asked to provide a barbecue at a golf day at Kooindah Waters for the Haven School's Books in Homes program providing books for indigenous children.  This will take place on Friday 23rd October.  If you can help support this worthy project once again let me know.

Finally a reminder of our movie night on 21st October.  If you haven't already booked please do so as soon as possible.  The night is in support of Rotary's End Polio Now campaign.  We're almost there so let's play our part in finally putting the nail in the coffin of this insidious disease.

 Until next time

Yours in Rotary

Jenny Abourizk






Last month, after confirming a full year without a single case of wild poliovirus, Nigeria was removed from the list of the world's polio-endemic countries. It was the last polio-endemic country in Africa. Today, only two countries – Afghanistan and Pakistan – harbor the world's final reservoir of endemic poliovirus. As this issue of The Rotarian goes to press, global cases of polio in 2015 number only a few dozen.

The scale of this achievement can hardly be overstated. Polio has existed for millennia; it has plagued humanity since our earliest civilizations. Today, because of Rotary's work and that of our partners, the end is in sight. We are counting down not in years, but in months.

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This Week

14th October

• Board Meeting in the Hali Boardroom 5:30pm

• Club Forum 6:30 for 7:00pm

Attendance Intention This Week

Please click the button below to submit your attendance intention and meal selection for this week. A reply, even if an apology no later than midday on Wednesday, would assist our dinner organisor Graham tremendously.

Hands On Month volunteer selection is also included this week.  Please let President Jenny know if you are available to help with any of this month's activities.



Next Week

Charity Movie Night

Wednesday 21st October

Join us for a great night in support of this important project.  There is more reason to celebrate now that Nigeria has been declared polio free and that only 36 cases of polio have been reported world wide so far this year. However we can't rest and the fight must continue until this scourge is beaten permanently.

All profits raised will support the End Polio Now campaign and every dollar raised will be matched 2 for 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation so it really is an opportunity to make a difference.

For bookings and to find out more click here


Last Week

7th October

Paul Maudlin, the manager of  The Positive Support Network was joined by Amanda Burfitt the Blood Borne Viruses Heath Promotion Officer from the Central Coast Local Health District to provide us with information and background to their great work in supporting patients, careers and families of those with HIV.  A major part of their work has been the education of he wider community through talks to schools and organisations.

The network has been operating for 23 years with funding from NSW Government.. Funding restructuring has meant that the network will no longer receive the funding it has in the past.  Paul however feels that the network has reached the stage where the clients are able to take advantage of other services. The network will therefore be closing in December.

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Pictured are Paul and Amanda with Debbie Carroll and President Jenny


Coming Up

Vocational visit to Central Coast Brewery

28th October

Put it in your diary.


Jeff Holmesby



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