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
Gwen Korebrits
Jul 21, 2020
Keeping Active
Susan Law, Peter Russell & Therese Stubbs
Jul 28, 2020
Member Behind the Badge
District Governor Visit
Aug 04, 2020
Joint Club Meeting with Lane Cove RC
Adrian Mitchell
Aug 11, 2020
George Collingridge
Ian Burnett
Aug 18, 2020
TBA
Dr. Bill Ketelbey
Aug 25, 2020
Alzeimers Research
Dr. Penny Bishop
Sep 01, 2020
Alfred Nobel & the Nobel Peace Prizes
Angela Stravo
Sep 01, 2020
Rotary P.R Short Presentation
No Guest Speaker
Sep 08, 2020
Club Committees Night
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
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.
 
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
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
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.
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.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Northbridge is offering a Peace Scholarship in 2020-21
 
The Rotary Peace Fellowship is the premier educational program of The Rotary Foundation and supports Rotary’s mission to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace. It is intended for individuals who have chosen a career related to international relations, peace, and conflict resolution; who have work experience in these areas; and who have a commitment to community or international humanitarian service and working for peace.
 
These links explain the scholarships and where they are offered.
 
 
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Applicants should consider the objectives and criteria carefully before applying.
This scholarship program is fully funded by The Rotary Foundation.
To discuss this opportunity please contact Valda Andrews
 
Email:    valda_andrews@yahoo.com.au or Call on 0416 576 669.
 
Applications for the Rotary Peace Fellowship to the Rotary Club of Northbridge, PO Box 80, Northbridge, NSW 2063, by 30 May 2020.”
 
Children from the Wellington district enjoying their day out at the Dubbo Zoo with BBQ lunch.
 
Rotarians in Action: 
Members of Northbridge and Wellington NSW at the Dubbo Zoo
Photo: Cheetah, Dubbo Zoo
The Rotary Clubs of Northbridge (Sydney) and Wellington (NSW) have embarked on a joint project to support the families of drought-affected communities in Western NSW.  There are 744 primary school kids from the Wellington District and they are all being treated to a day at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo including a BBQ lunch. 
 
The project is being run over a 7-week period. Rotarians from Northbridge are driving there to connect with their fellow Rotarians in Wellington and to jointly run the BBQ. Northbridge President, Peter Antaw, said that of the families: “The children are suffering as well, most of them don’t understand the financial and extreme pressures that their parents are going through.”  The families are anxious about their future but there is also much determination to keep their communities alive.
 
Australia is experiencing one of its most severe droughts on record, with areas in NSW facing the prospect of running out of water by mid-2020.
The Burrendong dam is now at 4.5% capacity and dwindling rapidly.
The crisis is severely impacting the Wellington area and so special treats like a visit to the zoo is just not possible for many locals and their families.
 
3000 muesli bars, supplied free by Nestles, as well as 744 sausage sandwiches and a cold drink will be given to the children of the district which includes regional small towns such as Geurie, Mumbil, Stuart Town and Euchareena.
 
The joint project was launched on 11th September and Channel 7 Prime TV attended the Zoo to film the event. ABC Morning Radio interviewed the Presidents.  The kids thoroughly enjoyed their day with most of them citing  the Cheetahs and Meer Cats as their favorites.
 
Ben Shields (Mayor of Dubbo Regional) and Daryl Thompson (Headmaster of Wellington Primary) also attended the launch. They both congratulated the Rotary Clubs for identifying children as the hidden victims of the drought.  President Greg Hart of Wellington Rotary also thanked Northbridge Rotary and the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society for their very generous contributions to the project, and for driving up from Sydney to help at the BBQ’s. Without Northbridge, Wellington would not have taken on this project.