• Club Number 18039
  • District 9685
  • Chartered 1946

Club News

Rotary Makes the News for World Polio Day

The Sydney morning herald today features an article co-written by Bill Gates and Prime Minister Julia Gillard, about the challenge to eliminate polio from the planet.  The relevant paragraphs to Rotary in this excellent article are:

"The global call to eradicate polio was made in 1988, and it has a deeply Australian history. It was an Australian Rotarian, Sir Clem Renouf, who laid the foundation for the establishment of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the public-private partnership in charge of this campaign.

Rotary has been a critical partner in the initiative for more than 20 years, and it has shown how committed individuals banding together can become leaders on a global issue. In partnership with national governments, the global initiative has reduced the number of polio cases by 99 per cent over this time."

Read the entire article here

If you want to help eradicate polio, click here

Third Annual Interact Video Contest Launches

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Communities for Communities Breakfast in Ryde – Wed 26 October

Communities for Communities invites you to attend a ‘Foundations of Community’ breakfast meeting on Wednesday 26 October.

The breakfast will feature Charlie Lynn MLC, who will reflect upon his experience of Community through a variety of activities from his fascinating life including his experience on the Kokoda track, the Westfield Ultramarathon to the halls of NSW Parliament.

The details are as follows:

DATE:  Wednesday 26 October 7.15AM 

VENUE:  Eden Gardens, 301-307 Lane Cove Road (cnr Lane Cove & Fontenoy Roads), North Ryde

COST:  $30


Money raised from this event is being used to support the construction of Livvi’s Place, a new inclusive playground that is being built in Ryde.

We would be delighted if you could join us to support this important new initiative which will further strengthen the great community of Ryde.  The Member for Ryde and Minister for Citizenship and Community, Victor Dominello will also be present to participate in the launch of Communities for Communities in Ryde.

Rotary International Partners with Mercy Ships

Rotarians will help improve the delivery of vital health care services to West Africa through a new strategic partnership between The Rotary Foundation and the global charity Mercy Ships.

Through the partnership, the Foundation will offer packaged global grants for Rotary Clubs and districts to assemble vocational training teams of medical professionals.  These teams will perform or assist in life-changing surgeries.  The Rotarian volunteers will also work to enhance the skills of local health care professionals.

The initial projects will take place in West Africa, the area of operations for the charity‘s 16,500-ton state-of-the-art hospital ship, Africa Mercy, now based in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

This strategic partnership with Mercy Ships enables Rotary to work with a globally recognised leader in the delivery of vital medical and surgical care to the world‘s most vulnerable populations, says Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair William B. Boyd.  It allows Rotary Club members to directly contribute their valuable expertise and skills within the framework of a proven and highly successful health care program.

Founded in 1978, Mercy Ships uses its hospital ships to deliver free, world-class health care and assistance in capacity building and sustainable development to developing countries.  The charity has worked in more than 70 countries, performing services that have had an impact on more than 2.9 million people.  Each year, more than 1,200 surgeons, dentists, nurses, health care trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, or agriculturalists volunteer their time and skills.

Rotarians have a record of working with Mercy Ships, carrying out projects in several countries.  The Rotary Clubs of Jacksonville, Florida, USA and Tema, Accra, Ghana, helped equip the Africa Mercy in 2007 to provide medical aid in Ghana.  Jacksonville Rotarians also partnered with the Rotary Club of Monrovia, Liberia to support eye and facial surgeries for more than 1,200 patients in Monrovia from 2008 to 2011.

Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland named Mercy Ships its Charity of Choice in 2005–06.

Rotary Foundation Global Grants support large, international projects with sustainable, high-impact outcomes in Rotary‘s areas of focus.  Packaged global grants developed by the Foundation and Mercy Ships will directly support the disease prevention and treatment area of focus.

Because the administrative work of designing the project and finding a partnering organisation has already been done, Rotary Clubs and districts can focus on identifying beneficiaries, providing technical expertise or direct service, and publicising the effort.

By Arnold R. Grahl – Rotary International News

New 'Humanity in Motion' magazine out now! Only $3.50

We all remember the fabulous Humanity in Motion book that then Governor Tony Castley had printed as his major Public Relations project three years ago, featuring the activities of Clubs in District 9680.

Well, this year he has gone national, and the result is another stunning book that Clubs can purchase for just $3.50 per copy.

Humanity in Motion is a perfect souvenir of Rotary for anyone who visits or comes to address your Club.  Humanity in Motion is a high-quality coffee table book that shows Rotarians from all over Australia in action, from Australian Rotary Health, to Literacy programs, local community projects, polio eradication and so much more from 10 Districts all over Australia, including District 9680.

District 9680 has a large supply of these books, that can also be used to promote Rotary in doctors' waiting rooms, local libraries, schools, hairdressers and all the other places where people gather.

There’s also a space on the back cover where your Club’s contact details can be inserted for those who may be inspired to find out more about Rotary after flicking through the pages.

Contact District Secretary, Gina Growden for more details by email at gina.growden@bigpond.com or by phone on: 0412 128 106.

Write to our Prime Minister to End Polio Now!

The Rotary Club of Ryde is asking everyone to write to our Prime Minister and ask for their support to help end polio.

We have created a letter template that you can use and edit to your liking before posting it off to our Prime Minister (you might even have to change their name, depending on how long they remain in power!)

Your help with this campaign would be greatly appreciated.  We are so close to eliminating polio completely from this planet.  With the support of our leaders, we will achieve this goal,

Click here to download the Word document template

Our Website celebrates its 1st birthday today!

Ryde Rotary is very glad to be celebrating our Website's 1st birthday today!  12 months ago to the day, we clicked the big "go live" button and launched our Internet presence to the world.

It was a huge undertaking, involving an extended team from the Club and from Cyrius Media Group (the Website designers and developers).  Everyone pitched in to create the best site we could, with so much information generated by the Club over the decades and so many great projects being undertaken by the Club today.

Since launching, we have received so much great feedback and even won the 2010–11 District Award for Best Website – the Norm Roach Memorial Shield.  Not only that, but the site has attracted new members, many new enquiries about donating and supporting the Club and has been instrumental in helping the Club gain numerous publicity opportunities.  12 months on and many thousands of visitors later, Ryde Rotary is very glad to have embarked on our journey into cyberspace.

1 year old! Many happy returns, and many great years ahead!

Ryde Scoops the Pool in the 2010–11 District 9680 Awards

Ryde Rotary 2010–11 President Allen Horrell attended the recent District Awards dinner, where Ryde Rotary picked up a total of 5 District awards:

  1. The Presidential Citation with Distinction for the Club signed by Ray Klinginsmith
  2. The 2009–10 Rotary Foundation Certificate for being in the top 10 Clubs in our district on a per-capita giving basis, presented to retired Rotarian and PDG Alex Sawyer the previous Friday
  3. The International Service Award, awarded for Outstanding and Comprehensive International Service through involvement in District programs and Club initiatives that may also include an outstanding special International program or project (in our case the Borjegai School), usually awarded to the International Chair, but with his agreement awarded to Projects Director Rob Mitchell, for his central involvement in this project
  4. The Vocational Service Award, awarded for Outstanding and Comprehensive Vocational Service through involvement in District programs and Club initiatives that may also include an outstanding special Vocational program or project.  This year The Rotary Club of Ryde introduced a four-minute rostered talk by members where they speak about their Vocation or The Four-Way Test, or failing that, they have the option of just reciting The Four-Way Test.  In this way we as a Club get to hear more about our members’ vocations or to hear more about The Four-Way Test, the RI Ethical guide to behaviour in our vocations and in our daily lives.  Once again Ryde ran the District Four-Way Test Public Speaking competition, with the finals held at our Club meeting 15/02/2011, as reported in our Hub, and we ran our Annual Apprentice of the Year Awards 16/11/2010, and our finalist went on to win the District Award too.  Vocational Chair Jan Cutler did a great job organising another polished performance of this long-running and worthy event, the brainchild of PDG Les Whitcroft, who coined the phrase "Do it once, do it well!"  Pride Of Workmanship was ably organised by PP Graham Rushforth, sadly deceased the next day, and run on the night by PP Geoff Brennan.  We also had Vocational talks from all our new members, and two Vocational visits, so the Award was earned, I believe, by comprehensive excellence across the breadth of the Vocational portfolio.  Since the District Vocational Chair was our Bob Kaye-Smith, he took no part in the award process, the judgement being made by the other District Chairs.  The Award was presented to Vocational Chair PP Jan Cutler.
  5. The Norm Roach Website Memorial Award:  Norm Roach was Alex Sawyer’s Aide in his District Governor’s year, and according to Alex, one of the finest Rotarians he has ever met.  It is a great honour to have this award presented to the Club for our new Website, during its very first year since launching.

Ryde Rotary picks up two more District Awards for 2010–11!

At the Rotary District 9680 Changeover dinner last night, Ryde Rotary picked up another two awards.  We won the ARHRF Award for being the highest donor Club this year and the District Governor's Shield for the Best Rotary Club in the district.

Immediate Past President Allen Horrell, who attended the event, noted that there was a big connection to one of our most esteemed members, Past District Governor, Les Whitcroft.  The first award – ARHRF Biggest Donor Award – was due to his incredible generosity and the second award of Best Club in the District was an award initiated by Les Whitcroft himself back in 1976–77, when he was District Governor.

To put the icing on the cake, it is Les Whitcroft's 91st birthday today!  Happy Birthday, Les, and congratulations on being such a fabulous Rotarian and contributor to so many aspects of Club life.

Rotary Club of Ryde wins award for the Best Website in the District for 2010–11

The Rotary Club of Ryde was very proud to have received the Norm Roach Memorial Shield for Best Website in the Rotary District of 9680 for 2010–11.

The district awards were held recently, with Ryde Rotary President, Allen Horrell collecting the award on behalf of the Club.  It was a big night for Ryde, as the Club scooped 5 district awards all up.  President Allen kept the secret of all the awards until the Club’s changeover dinner.

Ryde Rotary PR Director, Stefan Sojka was pleasantly surprised to be the subject of one of President Allen’s presentations of a Certificate and the Norm Roach Perpetual Trophy.

The Norm Roach Best Website Award is chosen on the following criteria:

  • Overall design
  • Presentation and content – does it inform members?
  • What impression does it make on a prospective member?
  • Visual appeal, legibility, ease of navigation
  • Links to Rotary District and Rotary International Websites
  • Does the Website have a Password protected area for members’ information?

In his acceptance speech, Stefan passed the credit for winning the award on to Cyrius Media Group Managing Director Lata Sojka, whose drive, enthusiasm and attention to detail ensured the Website was produced to the right standard to do the Club justice and help raise the profile of Rotary through the Club’s activities.

Congratulations to the entire Club for supporting this important project.


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