President’s Message 12th January 2015

Welcome to 2015 –  The Year of the Sheep(/Goat) and International Year  of Light – may the year bring you and your family health, happiness & prosperity.

Club members were certainly busy in December ensuring 2014 finished on a very high note –

  1. Torin and his team of Club members & friends conducted a very successful fund raising event –Xmas Tree Sales. Whilst total sales from the participating Clubs across the Coast is yet to be finalised , our Club’s efforts through the sale the of  332 Xmas Trees and 65 Stands raised  in the vicinity of $10,000 with 50% of net proceeds to be donated to Grandparents raising Grandchildren. Our Club also managed to donate a few Xmas Tress to some needy Community Groups and/or individuals.
  2. A new project for our Club – The Ray White Real Estate / Rotary District Xmas Giving Tree Appeal was successfully managed by Owen Fletcher.  In the two weeks leading up to Christmas ,  Owen collected 146 presents donated via Ray White Real Estate (Gorokan & Budgewoi) and distributed them to three local community groups – Central Coast Shelter; Grandparents supporting Grandchildren; and Homeless No More. My brief conversation with Owen clearly indicates  he has been deeply moved  by this project and its impact on a number of families living in our area.
  3. International Dinner Night – Whilst not a great success by any stretch of the imagination, the members who supported the event certainly had the opportunity to dust of the old dance shoes and enjoy an evening of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

The Club held its AGM on the 10th December. With   excellent attendance on the night,   it is very pleasing to note that virtually all formal Club positions and/or portfolios have now been filled for the 2016/17 Rotary year -and we also have a President Elect for 2017/18. My congratulations to Jenny Abourizk on her election as Club President for 2015/16 and to Steve Edmonds on his appointment as President Elect for 2016/17.  In you weren’t at the meeting and therefore not given the chance to nominate for a Club position or participate in a particular Club project don’t despair as I am sure Jenny will shortly be knocking on your door to sign you up for at least one if not multiple activities.

At the December Board meeting , it was agreed that the Rotary Club of Northlakes Toukley contribute funds to the following community groups / appeals –

  • $200 – House of Praise : regional community appeal aiding distribution of Xmas Hampers to homeless & disadvantaged families on the Central Coast.
  • $950 – Cararoo Foundation: Xmas gifts for children supported by the Foundation in the Philippines
  • $2,000(AU) – Rotary Foundation : our annual contribution in the “Fight to Eradicate Polio ” has been made early this year in case the Aus/USA exchange rate drops even further.
  • $300 – Kyle Prior Appeal : This appeal is being spearheaded by the Rotary Clubs of The Entrance & Wyong Tuggerah and seeks to raise approximately $15,000 being the cost to provide a young autistic boy with a Smart Pup.

Currently our Club is on target to raise in excess of $45,000 for the year and after allowing for committed funds (both local & international projects), we should still be able to provide around $10,000 to other worthwhile local community groups / projects.

Please let me know if you are aware of any  local/regional  Charity group or Community Project that might benefit from a donation from the Rotary Club of Northlakes Toukley – preferably please put your recommendations in writing.

Reminder to members paying their Membership Subscription by instalments – ½ yearly subs are now due – $130 .00 to be deposited to General Account:  BSB 637000 Account 717784928 Ref: (Your Surname)

A reminder that District 9685 annual conference is being held in the Hunter Valley on Sat 20th & Sun 21st of March.  Whilst we do not have members attending the full two day conference , a number of members and partners have already lodged a single day registration for the 21st.  If you have never been to a District Conference before  here is a great opportunity ,at minimal expense, to experience first hand the true meaning of Rotary  International.

Our first meeting for 2015 will be a Members & Friends Social Night – BBQ at Lyn & Alan Thompson’s place on Wednesday 21st January. Torin will provide full details next week.

Pat & I look forward to catching up with everyone as we all welcome in 2015 – the Year of the Sheep


Peter McCloskey

Club President