Rotary Club of Northbridge

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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
 
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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 !

Postal address:  PO Box 80,  Northbridge  NSW  1560

 
 
 
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Record Attendance at Rotary’s Northbridge fireworks
A record crowd estimated at more than 4,000 attended Northbridge Rotary's Community Fireworks 30th Anniversary Spectacular on Northbridge Oval on May 13.
The event was a great success, according to the organizer, Rotarian Rob Coote. “We were lucky with near perfect weather and it was a great night for families who attended the evening,” Rob said. “The fireworks were spectacular, there was varied musical entertainment from local school bands plus exciting rides for the many happy children in attendance.
“We had about 120 Rotary Club members, spouses and Friends of Rotary helping on the night,” Rob said.
 
The spectators included North Sydney MP Trent Zimmerman, Premier  Gladys Berejiklian and Willoughby Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney. The Mayor welcomed the huge crowd and thanked Rotarians, volunteers and sponsors for making the huge community event so successful.
The event raised a surplus of more than $40,000 (net of expenses), which will be used to support local and overseas charities.
 
In this regard the Board of the Club at its May meeting resolved to award 100% of the surplus to organizations in greatest need. These included StreetWork (a local youth charity ) to assist in purchasing a new community vehicle ,the Rural Fire Service, children and women’s emergency accommodation, Rotary’s Polio Eradication programme, The Rotary Foundation, medical research into the causes and treatment  of dementia and high need overseas charities in East Timor and Nepal (water delivery infrastructure and schools..)
 
Rotary President Paul Sullivan expressed the Club’s appreciation to Northbridge Plaza (managed by AMP Capital) as the major sponsor of the event and the new co-sponsor Commonwealth Bank  . The invaluable assistance of Willoughby City Council was also greatly appreciated.
At a Club meeting held 23 May 2017 President Paul reported that he had received a letter of resignation from long time member  Sydney (Syd) Grolman.  Syd has been a member of the Club for 19 years 6 months ably supported by his dear wife Marcelle.
Syd was inducted into the Club in 1998 after being nominated by President Paul.
He and Paul first met at a bus stop when they were both working in North Sydney, Syd going home to Cammeray and Paul to Northbridge.
Throughout his distinguished service Syd has made a significant contribution to the Club including:
Sailability (Honorary Treasurer 6 years),managing the Club’s annual Bowel Scan programme, organising the Blood Bank’s  periodic visits to Northbridge  for several years, the initiation of the Book Collection Box at the Plaza with all children’s books initially  going to the Indy Kindy Foundation.
In addition he served on the Board of Northbridge Rotary for 5 years in various roles.
Syd was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2007 and the Sapphire Pin in 2012.
Following the acceptance of his resignation the Board in recognition of his exemplary service and resolved to award him an Honorary Membership.
Northbridge residents made a generous contribution to a Rotary bucket appeal at Northbridge Plaza in February.
The appeal was held by Rotary Club of Northbridge as part of Rotary’s worldwide efforts to end polio in the world. 
In all, the club collected more than AUD$3500 during the appeal. This amount was matched by Rotary District 9685 (representing more than 2000 Rotarians in northern Sydney), and augmented by grants from Rotary International and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, so that the total attributed to Northbridge was a very substantial US$19,875.
 
42 other clubs in the Rotary District also participated in the “End Polio Challenge” and a massive total of AUD$1.15 million was attributed to the district. Rotary’s District Governor Bruce Lakin said: “The amount was probably the largest donation from any District in this part of the Rotary World.”
 
Rotary worldwide launched its “End Polio Now” program in 1985 in partnership with World Health Organisation, UNICEF and, more recently, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Since then, Rotary has raised $1.6 billion for the cause, helping to immunize more than 2.5 million children in 122 countries. In 2015 less than 75 cases of polio were confirmed worldwide, a remarkable reduction of 99.9% since the Rotary program commenced.
 
As part of our community programs we are advising you of the Rotary BowelCare Program and that the BowelCare kits will be on sale at participating pharmacies for two months commencing 1st April, 2017.
 
Check with your local pharmacy or go to our website http://www.bowelcare.org.au for a listing of all participating pharmacies in your area. 

This year’s BowelCare kit will cost only $15.00. This price includes pathology testing, with notification of your result to both yourself and your nominated doctor. Your result will be issued within 30 days of your test kit being received by pathology. Please use the pre-paid envelope provided within the kit package. 
Northbridge Rotary Club held another successful Senior’s luncheon on Saturday 3 March 2017 at St Marks Hall in Tunks Street Northbridge.
 
Inclement weather did not deter 80 guests from attending the annual lunch for seniors in our community. They were attended by over 30 hardworking Rotarians and friends, who served a delicious three course meal with  appropriate refreshments.
 
Guests were entertained by a talented young local violinist and they received gifts provided by Northbridge Compounding Pharmacy or a complimentary coffee card from the Inner Cravings Café  in the Northbridge Plaza.
 
A special prize was awarded to Mr  Geoff Lamb who, at 103 years of age, was the oldest  in attendance.  
The Rotary Club of Northbridge came to the rescue when a village in Nepal was totally destroyed by the 2016 earthquake. 
 
The Club raised over $18,000 to build 12 houses and renamed the village to Northbridge Nepal.
 
With the left over monies the village then built a water tank that supplied drinking water for the whole village which included the only school. Again we would like to thank the Northbridge community for their generosity, as do the villages.
 
Northbridge Rotary Club will continue to support projects like this one as it really does save lives.   
 
Our Club on an ongoing basis collects unwanted second hand books at Northbridge Plaza via its book box.
The Club received a request from a Fijian school for children’s books.
 
Travelling on a cruise to the Pacific Islands Northbridge Rotarian Peter Antaw received permission to carry an additional 2 cases of kids’ books that were requested by a school child in Fiji.
In 1917, RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed that an endowment be set up “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” 
 
After Rotary’s founder, Paul P. Harris, died in 1947, contributions began pouring into Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.
 
That year, the first Foundation program – the forerunner of Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships – was established. In 1965-66, three new programs were launched: Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training, and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of The Rotary Foundation, which was later called Matching Grants.
 
The Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants program was launched in 1978, and Rotary Volunteers was created as a part of that program in 1980. PolioPlus was announced in 1984-85, and the next year brought Rotary Grants for University Teachers. The first peace forums were held in 1987-88, leading to the Foundation's peace and conflict studies programs.
 
Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, it has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion. More than $70 million was donated in 2003-04 alone. To date, more than one million individuals have been recognized as Paul Harris Fellows – people who have given US$1,000 to the Annual Programs Fund or have had that amount contributed in their name.
 
Such strong support, along with Rotarian involvement worldwide, ensures a secure future for The Rotary Foundation as it continues its vital work for international understanding and world peace.
 
Get to know The Rotary Foundation’s Goals 
  1. Eradicate polio, our top priority
  2. Build a sense of ownership of our Foundation among Rotarians through their contributions to the Annual Programs Fund, the Permanent Fund, and our Rotary Peace Centres
  3. Continue our progress on the Future Vision plan and align our service projects with the six areas of focus
    •   Peace and conflict prevention/ resolution
    •   Disease prevention and treatment
    •   Water and sanitation
    •   Maternal and child health
    •   Basic education and literacy
    •   Economic and community development