• Club Number 18039
  • District 9685
  • Chartered 1946

Club News

Paint Vandalism Retreats in Ryde CBD

The Rotary Club of Ryde is participating in the state government sponsored paint vandalism clean-up day in October. President Adrian is a nominated organizer for our area and he is working hard to make the day a success in Ryde.

As part of his role, Adrian needs to identify suitable sites for work on the day. I accompanied him early last Saturday on a tour of the city’s known “black-spots”. I was amazed that we struggled to find suitable sites for work. That’s not to say that paint vandalism has ceased. We found enough isolated work to keep the club’s energetic squad in business but there was a marked absence of highly visible vandalism.

In particular, the Ryde CBD remains remarkably free from this blight. PP Charles Kilby has noted this on other occasions; if we persist, they desist!

We all know how a mayor of New York City once took this strategy, employed a competent police executive and executed tactics based on the strategy with no compromise. I have read that it was an outstanding success and I have been told by recent visitors that the city is a far cry from the New York of old.

Paint vandalism has no place in our community and we are providing a valuable community service in demonstrating a part of the solution.

Past President, Geoff Brennan

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

Ryde Rotary Art Appraisal Day – Sunday 20 November

Rotary Club of Ryde offers the community an Art Appraisal Day on Sunday 20 November 2011 from 11:00am to 2:00pm at Addington House, 813 Victoria Road, Ryde.

Look through your house and select an item or more to be appraised by fine art experts Mr. David Hulme and Ms. Brigitte Banziger of Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants.

David and Brigitte are offering their services for the Rotary Club of Ryde to raise funds for the ongoing projects that the Club supports, such as Eradication of Polio, Tree of Joy and Borjegai School in Afghanistan, just to name a few.

The artworks to bring in for appraisal can be sculptures, paintings, watercolours, photos and prints such as lithographs, etchings and screen prints.  If the artwork is large, you can take several photos and bring those in for appraisal.  You will also receive advice on how to care for the artwork.

The cost is $5.00 per work of art.

Rotary Club of Ryde greatly appreciates Friends of Addington House for making the venue available on Sunday 20 November2011.

For any enquiries please contact Rtn. Nora Etmekdjian on nora@summitconsultants.com.au or 0417 699 955.

For more details about Ryde Rotary projects visit www.ryderotary.org.au

Hope you can join us and have fun watching some of the artworks that people will bring in for appraisal.

Light refreshments will be served by the volunteers of the Friends of Addington House.

Lorraine & Malcolm Cox honoured with 2 Paul Harris Fellow Awards

At the recent Ryde Chamber of Commerce event, hosted by John Booth at The Weekly Times, Ryde Rotary President surprised Lorraine and Malcolm Cox with a Paul Harris Fellow award each.  Paul Harris Fellows are awarded to Rotarians and Non-Rotarians alike, who show outstanding commitment to community service.  Lorraine and Malcolm are ideal recipients, with all the charity and community work they do.

Lorraine and Malcolm's business, Ryde Furniture Freighters, has become very well known for helping those in need.  They cart furniture for charities and they donate large amounts of furniture left over from their clients' downsizing moves – all at their own expense.

Ryde Rotary has been at the receiving end of Lorraine and Malcolm's generosity, when they offered to cart a shipment of furniture bound for one of our international aid program destinations.

Tony Abboud from Ryde Rotary introduced President Allen Horrell to the Ryde Chamber crowd (a crowd which, for some reason, seemed to be padded out somewhat with a few Rotarians!).  President Allen commenced his presentation with an explanation of the Paul Harris Fellow award and its significance, not only as a recognition of great respect and honour, but that one aspect of the award is that Rotary donates $1000 to the Rotary Foundation on behalf of the recipient.  This evening, $2000 was donated and two very surprised recipients were asked to come up and receive their awards.  Malcolm and Lorraine are two of the nicest, humblest people you could meet and they certainly weren't ready for all the accolades and the attention.  There were more than one or two tears from the recipients and from the crowd as the emotion of such a public recognition of great community service unfolded.

Congratulations Lorraine and Malcolm, on all your amazing support and good work. 

Photo (L-R):  Malcolm Cox, The Weekly Times Editor John Booth (OAM), Lorraine Cox, Ryde Chamber President Tony Abboud, Ryde Rotary President Allen Horrell

Ryde Rotary Charity Golf Day 25/02/11 Entry Form Now Online

The Rotary Club of Ryde Charity Golf Day is on again at Oatlands Golf Club on Friday 25 February 2011.  Another huge day of fun, fundraising and friendly competition is planned.

We are looking for players, teams and sponsors.  Please contact Mick Nelson for full details and bookings on 0428 645 128.

Download theregistration form now.

Next Circus Quirkus show coming up Sunday 12 September!

Circus Quirkus is on again!

The beneficiaries of the proceeds raised by the Club from hosting this event will include construction of a School in Borjegai – Afghanistan & Other Rotary Projects.

Show Date:
Sunday 12 September 2010

Show Times:
11.00am & 2.00pm

Sydney Convention Centre
Bayside Auditorium
Darling Harbour

More information: http://www.circusquirkus.com/circus-show-ryde-96362635.htm

Bayside Info and Map: http://www.darlingharbour.com/index.cfm?menu_id=2994&venue_id=101

Contact @ Ryde Rotary: Graham Metcalfe: Ph: 02 9876 3128

Graffiti Clean-Up Program Continues Around Ryde

Saturday 7 August 2010 was Graffiti Clean-Up Day again. The Rotary Club of Ryde has adopted this program from Turramurra Rotary and has received full support from the Ryde Chamber of Commerce and City of Ryde Council.

One of the most effective ways to deal with Graffiti is to clean it off as quickly as possible. We have seen a marked drop already in paint vandalism around the city since our program began.

Rotarians, led by Past President Charles Kilby, met at the old "cash for cans" collection site at 8:00am and began another great day of successful community service. See you at the next one!

Ryde Hospital receives a new Ultrasound Machine from Ryde Rotary

Ryde Rotary is very proud to have donated a brand new vein-finding ultra-sound machine to the emergency department of Ryde Hospital.  Dr Peter Roberts runs President Steve Thorp through the machines paces.

Ryde Rotarians for a Brighter Future

Last weekend Ryde Rotary completed their major local community service project – a working bee to repair and make usable the playground at ‘Brighter Futures’, North Ryde.

This important early intervention program for families facing difficult times is a huge asset to the local area, as it gives children hope and refuge when times are tough.  The problem was the playground was not safe to use.  The sandy area around the equipment was too small, not meeting the safety regulations of having sufficient distance from the equipment in case of falls.

The entire area had to be expanded, requiring a great deal of man-power, which Rotary was happy to provide over three weekends.  There was a lot of drilling, sawing and sledge-hammering, but in the end the result was amazing.  A brand new safe play area for the kids is now fully operational, and the kids love it.


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