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Welcome to The Rotary Club of Northbridge

Northbridge

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
Northbridge Golf Club
Sailors Bay Road,
Northbridge, NSW  2063
Australia
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Rotary Club of Northbridge
PO Box 80
Northbridge
NSW 1560
 
Speakers
Deborah Just
Nov 21, 2017
Willoughby City Council
Liz Grey & Ros Virtue
Nov 28, 2017
Nepal Trip
Derek Matz
Dec 05, 2017
Club Forum
Neil Howie
Dec 12, 2017
Rotary Foundation
Rachel Hill
Dec 19, 2017
Welcome RYLA Guests
No Meeting
Jan 09, 2018
Club Meeting - Restaurant Dinner
Jan 16, 2018
Springwell Cafe, Northbridge
RYLA Presentation TBC
Jan 23, 2018
Merlyn Alt
Jan 30, 2018
 
 
The 4 Way Test
 
2017 Fireworks Sponsors
 

Connect For Good

 
 
 
 
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Northbridge

The Rotary Club of Northbridge was founded in 1983 and is part of Rotary International, the world's first service club organization with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide.

Rotary Club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service above Self

You are welcome to come to one of our meetings, join a lively social group, make 50 new friends, and see how you can make the world a better place !

 
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The Rotary Club of Northbridge was founded in 1983 and is part of Rotary International, the world's first service club organization with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide.

Rotary Club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service above Self

You are welcome to come to one of our meetings, join a lively social group, make 50 new friends, and see how you can make the world a better place !

 
23rd  October 2017-10-30
 
Liz and Ros first day in Kathmandu seeing the damage caused by the earthquake to the many historical buildings.
 
  
 
 
24th October 2017
 
Meeting the Denmark rotary group and the manager of NGO who we work with in Nepal
 
 
25th October 2017
 
Great day visiting Days for Girls in Kathmandu and ordering 80 kits to take to the school. Not only does this give work to women in Kathmandu but educate the girls
 
  
 
26th October 2017
 
Dhulikhel resort overlooking valley have seen corn being dried at the temple, sheep and cows in the Main Street and beautiful buildings now decaying, and corn being looked after in the street. Liz thought the old lady was probably younger than we are!!!!!
 
    
 
1st November 2017
 
We did not make the trek to Sagar-bhakange. After a gruelling 12 hour Jeep ride from Kathmandu on the worst road including getting past a broken down truck next to a precipice in the rain, and a sleepless night On hard boards in a squalid Guest house, Liz decided that the trek was beyond her limited stamina and Ros was certainly not enjoying it. Then it rained and the road back to Kathmandu was closed, but that’s another story.
 
  
 
Rotary Club of Northbridge has completed the rebuilding of two class rooms at the Secondary School in Sagar-Bhakanje, in a remote region of Nepal, which was destroyed in the 2015 earthquake. This was funded by a bucket appeal at Northbridge Plaza, a private donor, and Rotary International.
 
Rotarians Ros and Liz are travelling to Nepal on 22nd October 2017 and will be trekking to the school to inspect the work and present a plaque. We will also be assessing for ourselves what we can provide to assist in the reconstruction of the other class rooms.
 
Should anyone wish to donate they may do so by sending a donation to Northbridge Rotary Club International Projects Account BSB 032 199 Account No. 286136. Ref: (your surname) Nepal. Should you require a receipt please email treasurer@northbridgerotary.com.au 
 
We will be sending back photos and details of our trip
2018 Rotary District Conference will be held on 10th - 11th March 2018 at the Fairmont Resort Leura. 
 
Members, family and friends are welcome. For further details and registration please visit the CONFERENCE WEB SITE: www.conference2018.rotarydistrict9685.org.au 
 
Guest speaker will be Dr. Gill Hicks. Gill is considered to be one of the most thought provoking, powerful and life affirming speakers in Australia and the UK. She is globally known as an Advocate for Sustainable Peace and a valuable resource in Countering Violent Extremism.

Her devotion to making a personal greater contribution and positive difference to the urgency of building peace was realised when she was made permanently injured in the London terrorist Bombings on July 7th, 2005.

Her ‘lived experience’, from survival to rehabilitation as a double amputee created a clear demarcation from all she had known before the bombings, being at the helm of some of the UK’s most prestigious and respected institutions – including Publishing Director of the architecture, design and contemporary culture magazine, Blueprint, Director of the Dangerous Minds design consultancy and Head Curator at the Design Council, along with being one of the first women to be invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (the RSA).

Her 2nd Life is built on what she describes as a series of conscious choices, of mindfulness and being aware of the importance of the moment. Sharing what she has learnt about herself, about humanity and the extraordinary and what she believes is an inherent ability to not only face but to rise in the wake of adversity is not only inspiring, but it is a valuable insight into what is possible in life

On the 22nd August 2017 the Club had the privilege of having as our guest speaker, Trent Zimmerman, MP Federal member for North Shore.  Trent spoke of his life in the past 18 months as a new MP and the issues facing Australia.  He said “nothing had prepared me for life as an elected member, the lack of anonymity, busy committee work, communications with Ministers, party room, colleagues and Opposition members and time in the electorate.
 
He advised that he was optimistic about Australia’s future because of its stability and security, diversity and high living standards.
 
He see the main challenges:
  1. Competitiveness of Australia’s industries.  He expects Australia’s main growth to be in the service industries and agriculture and see a need for lower company taxes and more free Trade Agreement.
  2. Maintaining health care and pensions for Australia’s ageing populations.
  3. Increasing cost of energy as Australia tries to combat climate change.  He see “technology as our friend” with solar costs reducing and providing secure affordable energy.
The Bridge Day was held on 31st August 2017 at the Northbridge Bowling Club and was a great success.
 
We had 80 ladies playing bridge at 20 tables. On arrival they had morning tea, with the bridge playing interrupted at 12.30 for lunch and the formal opening by Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney.
 
Gail introduced the speakers representing the Charities to benefit from the Day. Janice Gibson outlined the impressive role provided by Marys House in supporting women and children who need help because of domestic violence.
 
Ian Burnett then described the work of Disaster Aid in international disaster relief and rebuilding.
 
We had 38 Rotarians, partners and Friends of Rotary work together to make this day happen, including making 280 sandwiches and cooking well over 400 biscuits/slices/little cakes. All delicious!
 
Our raffle was for some amazing prizes including a beautiful hand-made quilt, plus we had a Jewellery table with 20% of sales donated to our day.
The end result was a profit of $4,117.00, making the work involved most worthwhile and committing us to do it again next year!!
 
The Nepali Earthquake of 25 April and 12 May 2015 destroyed or severely damaged most of the 356 houses and most of the school buildings in Bhakanje VDC (municipality).  The Secondary School of Sagar-Bhakanje was severely damaged, leaving only one building intact (built to earthquake-proof standards ) while five n 2014buildings too damaged to occupy safely. Fortunately the earthquake occurred on a Saturday at the beginning of school holidays when the school was closed, otherwise many children would have been killed or injured.
 
The Rotary Club of Northbridge raised funds in a bucket appeal at Northbridge Plaza.  These funds, together with a Rotary grant and a generous contribution from a Northbridge resident, paid for the reconstruction of two of the classrooms at the Sagar-Bhakanje Secondary School.
 
The Club worked with the Rotary Clubs of Kathmandu, Nepal and Skivehus, Denmark, the School Coulcil, and Himalayan Project Nepal (HIPRON) to deliver the project.  All materials and labour were sourced in Nepal, providing much needed revenue and work opportunities.
 
This means that, thanks to Rotary and the people of Northbridge, normal school operations can recommence for the 145 students and 13 teachers.