• Club Number 18039
  • District 9685
  • Chartered 1946

Club News

Latest News from Borjegai Schools Project in Afghanistan

Our popular Project Officer, Ali Reza Yunespour, received a most enthusiastic welcome on his recent visit to Kabul, Borjegai and Jirghai.  Apart from attending and being an honoured guest at two weddings, an area wide horse racing event was organised with around 500 people from all the Borjegai sub-villages and most areas in Jirghai too.  

The opening ceremony for the Salman-e Fars School had been delayed until Ali arrived and was a well attended event.  Many speeches including those of influential Mullahs and some school principals from neighbouring Jirghai were made.  There were plenty of opportunities for Ali to talk with people associated with all the schools in Borjegai at the opening and when he visited each and every school.  
The community expressed its gratitude for the continued support provided over the past ten years by indigo foundation and the Rotary Club of Ryde.  

In Kabul, Ali talked with many of the university graduates and current tertiary students in Kabul who completed their secondary education in Borjegai schools.  Some of these graduating students have returned and are now working as teachers and principals in the Borjegai schools - a true demonstration of sustainability in support for their education system and infrastructure.

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.

Ryde Rotary Junior School Public Speaking Competition Round 1

The first round of the 7th Annual Ryde Rotary Junior School Public Speaking Competition was held last Wednesday night at Eastwood Heights Public School. Allen Horrell, the convenor of this year's event, welcomed Parents, Teachers and most importantly, the children for attending the competition.

 Mr Lawrence Van Ryn, Principal of Eastwood Heights Public School was thanked for hosting the event again this year. Eastwood Heights has hosted this event for the last 5 years, saving Ryde Rotary from having to charge an entry fee for the competition venue.  

Ryde Rotary runs this competition to give junior school students from the Ryde District the opportunity to demonstrate their speaking skills in a public forum. It also allows local schools to showcase the hidden talent that is within our schools in the Ryde District. 

 27 Students gave 3 minute speeches on a variety of topics ranging from "Living in my Suburb" to "Dear Madam Prime Minister", but the most popular was "Turn Off that TV!" to the discomfort of Channel 10 employee, Rtn David Johnston. He brightened up when one child not only changed the speech to "Turn On that TV!", but also gave Master Chef a plug!

The adjudicators who volunteered their time on the night, Donna Fernandez, Vanessa Thorp and Michele Hilder, had a tough job to select the three finalists to go forward to the final competition to be held at the Ryde Rotary meeting on Tuesday 27th March, but they were up to the challenge. The finalist schools, students and topics are:

Hunters Hill Public School – Conan O'Connell – Reach for the Stars

St Kevins Primary School – Joanna Crawford – Our Country

St Michaels Primary School – Natalia Reale-Bryant – Turn Off that TV!

The Rotary Club of Ryde thanks the main sponsor, the Ryde-Eastwood Leagues club for sponsoring all prizes for the contestants, the finalists and their schools. 

Other sponsors were Woolworths West Ryde, Fondue2you, Stylesetter International and Channel 10.
Allen thanked the committee who had worked so hard to put this event together, Rotarians Maureen Mulheron, Kalma McLellan, Geoff Nix, Erdem Toner, Jan Cutler and David Johnson, and photographer Duncan Taylor. 

7th Annual Rotary Club of Ryde Primary School Public Speaking Competition

Dear Teachers,

Once again this year, the Rotary Club of Ryde is hosting the 7th Annual Junior School Public Speaking Competition, the finals to be held on Tuesday, 27th March, 2012, 6pm for 6:30 at our Rotary meeting held at the Next Generation Club (next to the Ryde Aquatic Centre) Victoria Road, Ryde.  In the first instance, we are calling for your expression of interest and would appreciate you registering your intent by return email to Allen.Horrell@Bluescopesteel.com 

This competition gives Junior School students from the Ryde district the opportunity to demonstrate their speaking skills in a public forum and prizes are awarded to the winning competitors.

Each registered school may nominate two of their students from Grades 5 or 6 to enter the preliminary competition which will be held 6pm, Wednesday 14th March, at the Eastwood Heights Primary School Hall.  Three finalists will be chosen from the competing schools, progressing to the final.  Parents, friends and school staff are invited to attend.

Below are the five topics from which your nominated public speaking competitor may choose. The speech should be 3 minutes in length:

  1. Our Country
  2. Reach for the Stars
  3. Living in my suburb
  4. Turn off that TV!
  5. Dear Madam Prime Minister...

The three finalists will be asked to repeat the speech given at the preliminaries to our Rotary meeting. They will then be allotted ten minutes to prepare and present a one minute impromptu speech to conclude the judging.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like any further information.
I look forward to hearing from you.


Allen Horrell
Public Speaking Convener, 
The Rotary Club of Ryde, Inc.
M: 0406360204

6th Annual Rotary Club of Ryde Primary School Public Speaking Competition

The 6th Annual Rotary Club of Ryde Primary School Public Speaking Competition this year will be held on Tuesday, 5 April 2011.

Prior to the competition, there will be a workshop run by Michelle Dodd on Thursday, 10 March 2011 at the Eastwood Womens' Rest Centre, Eastwood.  The students should arrive at 5:00pm.  The workshop starts at 5:15pm and finishes at 6:45pm.  Attendance at this workshop is not obligatory.

The preliminaries will be held on Thursday, 24 March 2011 at Eastwood Heights Public School.  Children should arrive in their school uniforms at 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start – parents and teachers are most welcome to attend.  Light refreshments will be served during the evening.

The three finalists from this preliminary competition will be asked to repeat the same speech at a Rotary Club of Ryde meeting which will be held on Tuesday, 5 April 2011 at the Next Generation Club, 2nd Floor, 504 Victoria Road , Ryde (next to the Ryde Aquatic Centre) commencing at 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start.

After a brief interval, the finalists will be given ten minutes in which to prepare a one minute, impromptu speech.  The 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed winners will be announced by the adjudicators and prizes will be awarded to the winners and a perpetual trophy is presented to the winning school.

During the evening, dinner will be served which will be complimentary for the three finalists and provided at a cost of $30 per person for their family, friends and teachers.  There will also be available a cash bar for drinks.  For catering purposes, please advise your child’s public speaking teacher the numbers attending at least one week prior to the event.

If you would like any further information or have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Nora Etmekdjian, the co-ordinator of the competition for this year, on either 0417 699 955, norartin@hotmail.com or nora@summitconsultants.com.au

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

Macquarie Uni Rotaract Launches with gala Charter night & fundraising trivia night

Macquarie Uni Rotary is getting a new Rotaract Club!  This is great news, as it shows a resurgence of interest in community service among our youth.  Supported by Ryde Rotary Club and other local Clubs, the Macquarie Uni Rotaract Club is going to become an excellent vehicle for students to experience and create community service projects.

They have already achieved some excellent results with International Service in pre-launch project warm-ups; two big projects in Vanuatu and Ache.

Support our youth and their efforts by attending these upcoming events:

Trivia night
21/8 Sat 6:30pm
Masonic hall Rowe St Eastwood
RSVP trivia@rotaractmq.org

Charter night
4/9 Sat 6:30pm
Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club, 117 Ryedale Road, West Ryde
Buffet, beer, wine & soft drinks included
rsvp charter@rotaractmq.org 


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