Club Information

Welcome to The Rotary Club of Northbridge

Northbridge

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
Northbridge Golf Club
Sailors Bay Road,
Northbridge, NSW 2063
Australia
Club Postal Address
Rotary Club of Northbridge
PO Box 80
Northbridge
NSW 1560
What in the World is Rotary?
A video produced by the Rotary Club of Lane Cove, NSW, Australia featuring renowned Australian newsreader Roger Climpson, himself a Rotarian.
 
 
2019 Fireworks Sponsors
Upcoming events
Speakers
Peter Russell
Sep 29, 2020
Intelligence & Secrets
Steve Tucker
Oct 06, 2020
Ethics in Financial Services - an interview with Jon Gidney
Club Forum - Visioning
Oct 13, 2020
John Kapos
Oct 20, 2020
Chocolate Making
Karin Eurell & Andrew Rennie
Oct 27, 2020
Members Behind the Badge
No Meeting
Nov 03, 2020
Melbourne Cup
Rosemary McCulloch
Nov 10, 2020
The BBC
Noel Child
Nov 17, 2020
Warringah Freeway & Tunnels
Matt Wankin
Nov 24, 2020
Talamunde
The 4 Way Test
Photo Albums
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 !
 
Home Page Stories
 
The World Health Organization (WHO) on 25 August announced that transmission of the wild poliovirus has officially been stopped in all 47 countries of its African region. This is a historic and vital step toward global eradication of polio, which is Rotary’s top priority.
 
After decades of hard won gains in the region, Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) — WHO, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gavi, the vaccine alliance — are proclaiming the milestone an achievement in public health. They offer it as proof that strong commitment, coordination, and perseverance can rid the world of polio.
3 weeks ago Sally, Valda and I along with 2 friends took a 5 day road trip down the south coast to support local communities and at the same time checked out the two projects that our Rotary Club has supported, namely at Mogo and Kiah.
 
The Mogo project near Batemans Bay   Sally, Valda and I met with representatives from the Batemans Bay Rotary Club and visited the Boomerang Indigenous Centre where our Club had agreed to partially fund to the tune of $5,100 a landscaping project, which involved the tidying up of a landscaped area and replanting.
 
Mogo had been devastated by the fires with several buildings lost and it was interesting that the Batemans Bay RC were very involved with restoration by operating a Hub in Mogo, where counselling services are available as well as computers available for use by the local community.
 
The Kiah Pavillion project   Whilst our group was in Bega I drove south to Merimbula to meet up with representatives of the Merimbula RC who drove me south past Eden to the little village of Kiah to see the pavilion  project where our Club has contributed $22,500 in partnership with the Rotary Clubs of Bega, Merimbula and Pambula.
 
The concrete slab has now been poured and the structural steel is now being manufactured.
 
After the inspection I returned to Merimbula and participated in their face to face Changeover Dinner where our contribution to the Kiah project was gratefully acknowledged, knowing that Rotary Clubs working together can make a difference.
 
Thank you to everyone in our community who contributed generously towards our Northbridge Shopping Centre bucket appeals, BBQs' fund raising and other activities.
 
Peter McNair
Local and international humanitarian disasters have become the new norm and the Rotary Club of Northbridge has been involved in assisting wherever possible. Recently COVID-19 has received the bulk of media attention. Before that it was the eastern seaboard drought and bushfires. Then, in April, Cyclone Harold devastated parts of Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga.
 
COVID-19 has considerably reduced Northbridge Rotary’s 2020 fundraising capability, including cancellation of its major fundraiser, the annual fireworks. Prior to this, the Club had raised $29,580 to aid those areas in NSW affected by the bushfires and drought.
 
With some of its remaining funds, the Club has committed $22,500 towards building a Community Pavilion at Kiah on the NSW south coast and repairing gardens around the Boomerang Centre in severely fire-damaged Mogo near Batemans Bay.
 
The Kiah Pavilion was completed 25th July and an official opening is planned for 8 August and we hope some members of Northbridge will be able to attend.
There is a story on the Rotary Club of Merimbula website if you would like to take a look please click on the link below.
 
 
 
Internationally, the Club has been asked to assist in the fight against COVID-19 by the Rotary Club of Kathmandu in Nepal.
Covid-19 cases have increased significantly in Nepal since late May with tens of thousands of migrant workers returning home from India and Nepal commencing a phased reopening in mid-June. 
 
With the assistance of other local Rotary Clubs, Northbridge Rotary has been able to donate $10,000 to help with the purchase of PPE equipment for medical staff, installing hand washing stations in strategic locations and supplying food for orphanages and others in need, as the photo(s)on this page illustrate.
 
Peter Russell
Publicity Director
At a special ZOOM On Line Changeover Meeting held on 7th July, Kevin Tattrie was inducted as President of the Rotary Club of Northbridge for the 2020-21 year.
 
Kevin is an expatriate Canadian who has called Australia home for almost a generation. 
Born and raised in Ottawa, he is the 3rd of 4 adopted children. He attended college in Ottawa then worked there during the 1980s and early 90s before travelling on business to Australia in the mid-1990s. 
 
In 1997 Kevin was posted to Sydney to assist with his Ottawa-based company’s expansion into Asia where he was beginning to travel frequently.  For the next 13 years he based himself in various NSW locations, initially in Northbridge, then on the Central Coast. In 2010
he settled permanently in Willoughby. The following year, Kevin co-founded an Australian system integration company called The Forms Agency which is located in North Sydney.
 
Kevin joined the Rotary Club of Northbridge in November 2015 and has been a board member for 4 years, 3 of those as Youth Director.
In 2018, he received Rotary’s highest honour, the Paul Harris Fellowship Award.
 
The Rotary Club of Northbridge, says Kevin, provides the perfect avenue to service projects on a local level (as with our youth programs), the national level (as seen with our bush fire and drought relief appeals), and internationally (as with our water projects in East Timor, and projects in Nepal).  It is amazing to be involved with an organisation with a truly global impact as we see with the Rotary International Project to End Polio.
 
Kevin is the proud father of a daughter who turns 21 this year.
During the COVID19 public and social gathering restrictions Northbridge Rotary Club continued meeting using Zoom remote online meeting tool.
 
The photo shows members participating at a meeting only a few weeks ago – at hopefully our last Zoom meeting. 
 
On Tuesday 14 July we transitioned back into our regular club meeting at the Northbridge Golf Club, with all the necessary social distancing rules being implemented.  We can only hope this is a time of renewal not just for ourselves but for everyone who has had to manage their life in social isolation in recent months.
 
Our traditional Rotary Club fund raising activities have been halted in recent months by the social isolation restrictions to prevent the spread of the COVID19 virus.
Members of the club have come up with a few innovative ideas to raise funds to help the needy in our community.
 
On the 4th July the club ran “Dine-in for a Cause” fund raising event.
 
The Dine-in for a Cause event was attended by 32, mainly Rotarians, over 4 Host homes. It included a Quiz and a Silent Auction, raising $1,425 all up, with the funds going to Phoenix House, a charity located at Crows Nest over the last 30 years, providing early intervention and support services to the most vulnerable and challenged young people living in Northern Sydney.
 
In total $2,000 was raised from our recent Dine-in for a Cause fundraiser - to Phoenix House and has been gratefully received.
COVID 19 has severely impacted the ability of Northbridge Rotary Club to raise monies to support our various Charities, so one of our talented Rotarians has found a way to
combat cabin fever & put self-isolation to a good cause.
 
She has been busy knitting various children’s items from headbands, baby comforters, owl mobiles, snail cushions, toy animals & scarves.
These would make ideal gifts for children, grandchildren or those of friends & relatives and you would be helping our Rotary Club with much needed funds.
Another option if you don’t have anyone to gift to, then choose an item and we’ll donate it to a child in our country areas which has been devastated by the droughts, bushfires and now the virus! Many of these families would not have the spare cash nor the ability to purchase their children a gift for that special occasion. Every item will come with a gift tag stating that the knit has been hand-made by a Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Northbridge.
 
As these gifts are knitted to order you have the option of choosing your own colours.
Looking forward to your support.
 
The cost of these knitted items have been generously donated and prices range from $10 to $40.
 
Photos and costs of these knits are below (or on the next page)
 
You can make your payment directly to Northbridge Rotary’s Charity Account - BSB 032 199, Account 901063 and then email your order to Eleanor -  erchevor@yahoo.com
 
On 10th March 2020, Rotary hosted its annual Pride of Workmanship Awards to celebrate outstanding vocational and community service.  
 
The Premier of NSW, Gladys Berejiklian, presented the awards to the following very worthy recipients:
 
Community Service Awards  
 
Eileen Ablett - Elaine has organised the Combined Probus Club of Northbridge guest speakers for the past 12 years and was a charter member of Probus when it commenced in April 1999.  
 
Michelle Barry - Michelle, on a voluntary basis, organises food for the parents of premature babies in the neonatal wards of RNSH. This indispensable service is vital for the parents of babies who are sometimes in hospital for months. Understandably the parents find it difficult to take breaks for meals.  Michelle has recently established another community project to support healthcare workers during the current global pandemic.
 
Rosemary Bekker - Founder and president of Willoughby Friends of Ossu. Rosemary (Rosie) uses her skills in Project Management, Business and Education to lead projects that have resulted in meaningful and rewarding benefits for the people of Ossu. Rosie’s love of Timor-Leste grew from teaching Timorese refugees in the 1980’s in Victoria, Australia.
 
Warringah Headquarters Rural Fire Brigade - The award was presented to Captain Luke Robinson and Senior Deputy Captain Simon Adams, representatives of Warringah Headquarters Rural Fire Brigade (which is Northbridge’s local RFS). Luke and Simon, in effect, represent all members of NSW Rural Fire Services. The award is made in recognition of the extraordinary work and dedication over many months that the Warringah Headquarters Rural Fire Brigade have made as well as all of the State’s volunteer fire fighters. Their work is ongoing and even though the fires have been extinguished there is much work to be done in overhauling and renewing equipment. 
 
Pride of Workmanship Awards
 
Dr Michael Burke - Michael retired just before Christmas 2019 having practiced, except for break of 4 years, as a GP in Northbridge since 1981. Over that time Michael has treated up to three generations of Northbridge families. Michael graduated in 1977 from the University of Sydney and was awarded Fellowship of the College of General Practitioners in 2000. Over many years Michael has treated patients in Castlecrag Private Hospital, at several nursing homes in the area as well as many residents of Northbridge and Castlecrag.
 
Dr Tim Clark - Tim retired late 2019 having practiced as a Dentist in Northbridge for a number of decades. Tim is the last of three generations of Clarks who have practiced as Dentists in Northbridge. Tim took over his father’s practice which his grandfather opened over 90 years ago. Many of Northbridge’s residents have been patients of Dr Clark. Tim has a fine reputation for a meticulous standard of competence and a bright and breezy disposition to put people at ease when visiting a dentist.