• Club Number 18039
  • District 9685
  • Chartered 1946

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Rotary Club of Ryde Days for Girls Ryde Team and SewAID combine to empower girls and women in Cambodia

SewAID is a program which offers selected women in very poor countries the opportunity to not only learn to sew, but to also provide them with the machines, equipment and skills they need to start a small home business in dressmaking or alterations and repair.
The program is run by founder Tony Castley, and closely supported by his family business Sewgroup International. Additionally most programs are run in conjunction with Rotary International as Tony is very involved with Rotary and has found that the Rotary connection is vital to the success of the programs in Third World countries.
Earlier this month SewAID sent a team to Cambodia. The team included Rotarians and 2 members of Days for Girls Ryde Team.
Their objective was twofold, firstly to teach the sewers there how to make Days for Girls kits, and start them on their way to making an order of 500 DFG kits being financed by the Rotary Club of Ryde and Rotary District 9685, secondly to show the sewers how to make market goods that can be sold in the top tourist shops and to also assist them to establish a sales outlet in Siem Reap.

Kelvin Graduates from School of St Jude

On Saturday 28th May 2016, Kelvin graduated from Form 6 here at The School of St Jude.
Early Saturday morning, the familiar St Jude’s buses traveled the streets of Arusha, collecting the families of this year’s graduands, as well as visitors joining us for this special occasion. After a colorful graduation ceremony, our Class of 2016 proudly paraded out of the hall as only the second group of St Jude’s students to have graduated from Form 6.
Completing the final year of high school is a milestone in the life of any young adult, and here in Tanzania it is an achievement attained by all too few young people. Kelvin would not have made it this far without his hard work and the great opportunities you have helped make possible.
Attached are some photos of Kelvin from the day. We hope you enjoy the pictures.
When final results are out here in Tanzania, we will be in touch again to share the news with you. For now, thank you All at The Rotary Club of Ryde Inc for your support and well done to Kelvin!
Best wishes,
Tracey Pahor
Sponsor Relations Team
PO Box 11875, Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa
Website: www.schoolofstjude.org

Ryde Rotary Celebrates Excellence

The Rotary Club of Ryde held their annual Pride of Workmanship Awards on Tuesday night, to promote and celebrate excellence and dedication in the workplace.

The Awards were established in 1975 and enable employers to help employees achieve job satisfaction by publicly recognizing them for their efforts.  This year, Ryde hosted a diverse group of 6 deserving nominees, including a hospital clerk, a florist, a team leader at Ryde Council, a Policewoman, a volunteer ambassador and manager at Tebbutt Lodge.
The keynote speaker this year was Employment & Industrial Relations Specialist Lawyer, Shawn Skyring, Partner at Hunt and Hunt Lawyers North Ryde. He spoke of the importance of creating a supportive and productive work environment with the perfect balance of employee and employer responsibilities that allow everyone to be their best.  It was clearly evident on the night that the  nominating employers have found that balance, with a high calibre of nominees, each getting a special commendation and award to acknowledge their great work.

Congratulations to 2014 Pride of Workmanship awardees; Gail Wilson, Melissa Mayson, Paul Archer, DSC Morena Connell, Balvinder Young and Panos Marlassi. 

Photo Credits (Photo L to R) Shawn Skyring (Hunt & Hunt Lawyers North Ryde), Linda Hallett, Barry Hodge (City of Ryde), Melissa Mayson (Crazy About Flowers), Paul Archer (City of Ryde), Gail Wilson (Ryde Hospital Maternity Unit), Anna Winter (Midwifery Unit Manager, Ryde Hospital), Detective Senior Constable Morena Connell (Ryde Local Area Command, NSW Police Force), Superintendent John Duncan, Commander, Ryde Local Area Command), Balvinder Young (Ambassador & Volunteer, Royal Rehab), Adrian Hallett (President, Rotary Club of Ryde), Martin Aston (Vocational Chairman). Photo by David James

District Training Schedule for 2014-15 Now Available

The District 9685 training schedule is now available for download on our Website. Please go to www.ryderotary.org.au/downloads and click on "2014-15 Training Schedule"

Primary Schools Public Speaking Competition Finals

On Tuesday 28th May our club meeting hosts the Junior School Public Speaking Competition Final: it is a partner’s night, and a list will be circulated to members this coming Tuesday to gauge attendance.

Please ask your wives, husbands or partners whether they would like to attend: it will be a memorable night, with four children competing, and with their Parents and Teachers attending. 

The finals will be held at our club meeting place: Level 2, Next Generation Club, next to Ryde Aquatic Centre, 504 Victoria Road, Ryde, on Tuesday 28th May, 6pm. Teachers, visitors, parents and siblings are welcome to attend for our normal dinner charge of $30 each. We need the numbers for the caterers, and the names of all attending for our President’s welcome to guests.  

Please advise numbers and names as soon as they come to hand, but no later than noon, Friday, 24th May to AllenJohn.Horrell@Bluescopesteel.com. If you do not register your intention at the club meeting.

 Payment is to be made on entry; as we do not have EFTPOS or Credit Card facilities, payment is by Cash or Cheque only. Our preference is for one cheque from each group attending.

Vale Past President Eric Bond A.M. - who passed away on 1 March 2013

Ryde Rotarian. Eric Ernest Bond, 9.2.1918 - 1.3.2013, passed away peacefully at home.  Late of East Lindfield.  Much loved husband of Pat, loving father and father-in-law of Cathy and Ross, Julie and Garry. Cherished grandfather of Nicholas, Alexander, Hannah, Rebecca, Kate, Natasha and Sarah. Devoted companion of Sam.

Family and friends of ERIC attended his Funeral Service, held at Macquarie Park Crematorium, North Ryde, in the Camellia Chapel on Wednesday March 6, 2013.  Eric was one our our most esteemed members, having been awarded an A.M. and having a scientific career that was responsible for phenomenal improvements in food production and nutrition across the globe, as a lead scientist at the CSIRO

From Eric's biography, that he provided our club in 2012:

All my working life, covering some 50 years, has been associated with the cereal industry – wheat, flour milling and bread.  Starting as a young laboratory assistant in 1934 – the tail end of the great depression – with a company making then newly developed compressed yeast for the bread industry, where I was delegated to assist with testing required by the 1934–36 Royal Commission into the three industries. 

From there I was appointed Cereal Chemist with the Victorian Dept of Agriculture.  At the outbreak of war I was appointed Chief Chemist of Bruntons, a large flour milling company in NSW and Victoria, setting up central laboratories in Sydney as part of wartime food control.  After the war, another Royal Commission into the Bread Industry resulted in the establishment, in 1947, of the Bread Research Institute of Australia to which I was appointed founding Director.  The BRI worked closely with CSIRO which, in 1957, established the Wheat Research Unit with me as Officer in Charge.  I remained in those dual positions until my retirement in 1983.

My work has entailed a great deal of time overseas.  As President of the International Association for Cereal Chemistry with headquarters in Vienna, from 1970–72 – the cold war period, I spent much time in countries east and west of the Berlin wall.  As well there were many visits to overseas countries – established and prospective markets for our wheat.  Consider these three situations in the work place:

It is 1970 and I am in Santiago, Chile.  I receive an invitation from a large company in the Argentine to come up to Buenos Aires for the weekend.  Buy a ticket, fly up to BA, I am stopped at customs – no visa.  I was being ushered away to the transit lounge when a small, dark, man steps forward and whispers conspiratorially to the customs man.  I am released.  ‘Nickinson’, the said man, whispers to me “all we have to do now is sign a false declaration and then off to BA for the weekend”.  Was it the truth?
It is 1973, I am in South Africa in the days of Apartheid – I am attending a meeting of the South African Wheat Board as a consultant.  I place before it a recommendation made on behalf of senior scientific staff that a black worker in the laboratory, doing excellent scientific work should be recognized, and classified, as the lowest grade of technical assistant and not, as currently classified, labourer/cleaner.  There was a stoney silence from the Board of predominantly Afrikaaner farmers then ‘Next Business’.  Was it fair to all concerned?

It is 1969, I am in Moscow, in the office of my good friend and predecessor as President, of the International Association, Prof. Trisviatsky, Director of the Soviet Union Grain Research Organisation.  A staunch member of the Communist Party, he is concerned about a delicate decision he is to take as President.  I suggested a way out of his dilemma (a democratic way) would be to appoint a sub-committee to recommend.  He requested that I arrange it.  I take the result to Trisviatsky – it solves his problem.  Relieved, he jumps up, takes a bottle of Vodka from a cupboard and we drink a toast to what he describes as a very democratic solution.  Did it build goodwill and better friendships? and Was it beneficial to all concerned?

News Flash – The Four-Way Test Song Now on iTunes & Amazon

The Rotary Club of Ryde is proud to announce the release of the Four-Way Test Song.  Ryde Rotarian and composer Stefan Sojka, with the help of the entire Rotary Club of Ryde providing the backing vocals at their annual changeover dinner, has composed a version of the Four-Way Test, to inspire all Rotarians ...and help us remember the words!

A rousing marching-band-style anthem is sure to get everyone singing along and asking themselves the four vital questions of the things we think, say or do.

The song project has been created as a fundraiser, with 50% of all net revenue from Apple iTunes and Amazon being donated to Rotary Foundation.  Buy your own copy now and send the link to all your Rotarian friends and family.  Raise some money, raise your voices and raise the roof!


Buy the Album – Both Versions

Buy the Single – Vocal Version

Buy the Single – Instrumental Version


Buy the Album – Both Versions

Buy the Single – Vocal Version

Buy the Single – Instrumental Version

Go to our Four-Way Test Web Page to find out about how it all started.

2012 Christmas Gift Wrapping Wrap-Up

2012 Christmas gift wrapping at Top Ryde City Shopping Centre was a successful fund raiser for Ryde Rotary. During the ten days (87.30hours) of gift wrapping we raised $5,468.95. The project was a good promotion for Rotary, we were able to display our banner in the shopping centre and we had a radio advertisement on 2RRR played leading up to Christmas. We were surprised when we had television coverage by SBS TV on Christmas Eve.

Ninety five volunteers participated in gift wrapping and in total they donated 560 hours and 45 minutes for this project. This year 65% of the participants were school and university students from James Ruse Agricultural High School and Ryde Youth Council, who enjoyed the experience and they were keen to spend long time gift wrapping. Apart from our Club members, Eastwood Rotary and Ryde Inner Wheel members came to help.

Here is a breakdown of the groups who helped and how much they contributed:

Rotary Club of Ryde
15 Rotarians + 7 family members - 198 hours and 25 minutes

Rotary Club of Eastwood
4 Rotarians - 20 hours & 25 minutes

Ryde Inner Wheel
3 Inner wheel  ladies - 8 hours & 50 minutes

James Ruse Interact Club
50 Interactors - 176 hours & 40 minutes

Ryde Youth Council
12 Ryde youth members - 141 hours & 55 minutes

Friends of Rotary
4 friends of Rotary - 14 hours & 30 minutes

The activity was highly appreciated by the management of Top Ryde City Shopping Centre and they are happy to extend our involvement to run other community projects in the Centre. All supplies (paper, ribbon and tapes) were donated by the Shopping Centre.  At the start of the project we were given two tables and by Christmas Eve we were using four tables

The success of this project was primarily due to the eagerness of the volunteers to help and the good location offered by the management of the Shopping Centre. 

I sincerely thank every Rotarian and their family members who came to help. My special thanks goes to Kalma McLellan, John Brown, Robert Senior, and Artin Etmekdjian who devoted over 10 hours each to gift wrap.  I would take this opportunity to mention James Camilleri and Carla Kassab from Ryde Youth Council who devoted 49 hours jointly to the project. I enjoyed working with both of them, when they turned up they were in charge of the project and making sure no one leaves the Centre without having the gifts purchased wrapped by Rotary volunteers.

Finally, I kindly ask you not to throw 2012 Christmas cards in the recycling bin, please give them to me to re-use as Christmas gift tags for 2013.

Thank you to all.

Nora Etmekdjian
Community Services Chair

Community Service Report for the Oct-Dec 2012 Quarter

Every year Community services run four Christmas related projects between months of October and December. The following is a report on each for 2012:

Christmas Puddings and Cards
This year Kalma McLellan took on the responsibilities of arranging the Christmas puddings and cards for the members of the club. In the process $200 was raised for the club. Thank you Kalma - job well done!

Pre Christmas Gift Wrapping
The preparation for this fund raiser is going well. After being involved in gift wrapping for the past six years I feel confident that it will be even better than previous years.
Top Ryde City Shopping Centre is providing us gift wrapping supplies (paper, pair of scissors and tapes). In total we have 93 people wrapping gifts. Forty-six students from the Interact Club of James Ruse Agricultural High School are keen on the project. The other 47 volunteers are Rotarians and their partners from Rotary Clubs of Ryde and Eastwood, friends of Rotary, Ryde Inner Wheel ladies and Ryde City Youth Group.

In total there are 31 shifts, all are covered well except for three shifts that need two more volunteers each. Once the project starts, the interest builds up and those shifts get filled with helpers. On Wednesday evening I visited the Rotary Club of Eastwood and I had eight members put their name down to help.

Last year we had only two Rotarians who utilised our wrapping services— we hope more Rotarians will take advantage of our expertise in gift wrapping for a gold coin donation per gift. We will be located on LG1 of Top Ryde City Shopping Centre outside Specsavers. This is the same level as Big W. Start date is Saturday 15 December and we finish on Christmas Eve.
If you are interested to join the gift wrappers, please send an e-mail to me: norartin@hotmail.com or ring me on 0417 699 955.

Tree of Joy
The community and especially the employees of City of Ryde love the Rotary Tree of Joy. I often hear from the public that they are how happy to have the chance to buy a gift or two for a needy person. It is a wonderful idea to expand this project to the corporate world in Ryde district.
On Sunday 3 December our club was offered the opportunity to run the BBQ for the City of Ryde Community Christmas Day. We raised $1,762.00 for our club. 

Merry Christmas to everyone!

Nora Etmekdjian, Community Services Chair

Sad news of the passing of Val and Reg Style - Funeral Details

I'm saddened to inform you of the death, last Wednesday, of former Rotarian and Past President of Rydalmere Rotary (1997-1998), Val Style. Val was well regarded in local Rotary circles (through Rotary Down Under) and in assistance to Past District Governor Les Whitcroft. Ryde Rotarians helped to do a pre-sale de-clutter of Reg and Val's home in Telopea as Val was in a nursing home in Dundas. She died peacefully at John Whiddon Masonic Home on Wednesday. Reg had been in Campbelltown Hospital recovering from a brief illness. Sadly I also have to tell you that Reg passed away Sunday night (21 October).

There will be a funeral service for Val and Reg on Thursday 25th October 2012 in the North Chapel of Forest Lawn Crematorium, Camden Valley Way, Leppington at 9.00am for a 9:15 (sharp) start.

The commencement time has been advanced to accommodate the double ceremony. Val's family (who are organising both services) have asked that I convey likely attendance numbers to them as soon as possible because refreshments will be served after the service. It will help with catering if we can give the organIsers approximate numbers by Wednesday of this week. 

If you intend to go, please let me know by phone or e-mail so I can pass on the details. Click here to generate an email to me or phone one of the numbers below.

I'm sending this e-mail to all Ryde Rotary members and friends and also to the e-mail addresses I have for former Rydalmere Rotarians. I would be grateful if you would pass on this news to anyone who knew Reg and Val and, likewise, let me know if they are planning to attend the service.

David James
Tel (Home): 02 9712 7290
Mobil: 0419 628 850


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