13th December, 2015


President's Message

 It was my pleasure and privilege to represent our club and present prizes at two end of year school assemblies this past week.  On Wednesday night I was at Gorokan High School where I presented our Community Service award and was thrilled to be asked to hand out a number of other awards.  On Friday I was at Wadalba Community School where I presented the Dux of the School award.  We have presented this award every year since the opening of the school.  This opportunity allowed me to see at first hand the wonderful work our schools are doing and how many exceptional young people we have in our community.

I would like to personally thank our members and board for making the first half of our Rotary year so successful.  We can look back with pride at a number of exciting events such as our Golf Day, Primary Citizenship Awards and our most recent sale of Christmas Trees.  Our vocational visits have also been a highlight and included visits to Camp Breakaway, Meat at Georges, the Thai Restaurant and the Central Coast Brewery.  Another highlight was the Foundation movie night.

I have been pleased with our meeting attendance so far this year as well.  For this we can thank Debbie Carroll for organising such an interesting guest speaker program.

Thanks also to Ken Smith for providing us with this Newsletter each week.

The first major event for the New Year will be our combined clubs cabaret in February.  We  will be joining  with The Entrance and Wyong Tuggerah to present an afternoon of fun and entertainment.  Check the flyer in this Newsletter for more information.

Finally a very Merry Christmas to everyone and see you at the Christmas Party.

 Until the new year

Yours in Rotary

Jenny Abourizk






When the Canadian army liberated the Netherlands in 1945, they found the country on the brink of starvation. Seeing the suffering of so many, and especially moved by the faces of the children, four Canadian privates stationed near Apeldoorn that year decided to make that Christmas special for as many Dutch children as they could.



This Week

16th December

 WHERE: Coast 89 Restaurant at Toowoon Bay on the corner of Toowoon Bay Rd and Bay Rd. at 6:30pm


Last Week

Our guest speaker, Peita Berzins, from ShelterBox, gave us an informative insight into the current organisation and work of ShelterBox.  It was encouraging to hear how ShelterBox has continued to evolve and redesign its assets in light of the lessons it learns from experience.  The commitment and enthusiasm of the volunteers that respond to disasters world wide is a true inspiration.


In recognition for years of dedication to ShelterBox and disaster relief, ShelterBox Ambassador, Peter Pearce was recently given a Distinguished Service Award at the Rotary Zone 8 Institute in Melbourne.

Peter, (second from the left and a North Gosford Rotarian) deployed 20 times as a Shelterbox Response Team member, served on the board of ShelterBox Australia and continues to work tirelessly as an Ambassador in every sense of the word.   ShelterBox said "the award is a small token of our appreciation to one of our most dedicated volunteers".


Taking A Break

This is the final Newsletter for 2015.  We will return on 17th January, 2016

Next Meeting

20th January, 2016

Join us for fun and fellowship at an evening of Bowls and BBQ to start off the New Year.


Combined Rotary Clubs Cabaret



16th December.................... Christmas Party

20th January 2016...................................Bowls & BBQ at the Hali

 Sunday 7th February 2016...................... Cabaret at Halekulani Bowling Club 2pm-5 pm