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Club Bulletin News 13 February 2024
 
Welcome
 
President Luke welcomed all members, guest speaker Delia Rothnie-Jones and her husband John from Savusavu, Fiji. He also welcomed Masa & Momoe Ohtani and Roy McCullagh.
 
 
Toast
 
Peter Antaw proposed the toast to the RC of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The club was chartered in 2016 and is a very active club. It focuses on education including having donated 40,000 books to schools, created special needs education and reading materials including bilingual, braille, daisy and sign language video books, provided training for parents, teachers and librarians all over the country. This year’s project proposals include ambulance worth, a midwife project, GER Kindi project and a water project.
 
 
Announcements
 
President Luke thanked everyone for their participation in the successful 40th anniversary dinner on 6 February, especially thanking Helen Gulson and her committee for coordinating the evening.
 
Luke advised that for health reasons Valda Andrews has resigned from the club after a membership of nearly 14 years, but will remain a friend of Rotary.
 
Luke reminded members that the Rotary Fireworks are on Saturday, 4 May and publicity for same will be ramped up. All members should take the opportunity to talk about the upcoming fireworks whenever they can.
 
PP Masanori Ohtani sadly announced to club members that he is resigning from the club as he and Momoe are returning to Kyoto to live. He said he has many fond memories of his involvement with the club over 30 years, especially the tours members of our club made to Tokyo for the 20th & 30th anniversary celebrations of the RC of Tokyo Suginami.
 
Momoe also spoke about her involvement with the club over many years and thanked everyone for their friendship through attending meetings, helping on BBQs, Bookstalls and the fireworks.
 
Masa & Momoe have both been major contributors to the club in so many ways and they will be sorely missed.
 
Richard McDonald advised that all funds for international projects in Fiji and Nepal have now been expended and David Robertson spoke about the school for special education in Tavenui.
 
Helen Gulson spoke about the planned day tour to the soon to be completed Western Sydney International Airport, Australia’s first Smart Airport. The tour includes morning tea and lunch, and a chance to see the new runways and buildings and to experience the interactive displays at the Experience Centre. The tour is planned for Wednesday, 3 April. Please let Sally O’Neill know ASAP if you are interested in coming along.
Notes thanks to Michael Bartok
 
Guest Speaker - Delia-Rothnie Jones - RC of Savusavu, Fiji
 
 
David Robertson introduced our guest speaker, Delia Rothnie-Jones. Delia is a member of the RC of Savusavu and has a degree in Philosophy, Politics & Economics from Oxford University. After a career in advertising, she spent a long period of travel and living in different continents including South Africa, Australia and Fiji before finally settling in Fiji in 1989 with her husband and two children where they bought Daku Resort in 2004. She joined the RC of Savusavu in the mid 1990s and has been president and is currently secretary.
 
Delia showed us a video of the beauty of Fiji which has a population of over 900,000. It gained its independence in 1970. The RC of Savusavu was chartered in 1996 and has all the challenges of a small club, lack of members, transport/shipping difficulties, etc. They have a membership of 12 and are reliant on grants for their projects as they have minimum opportunity for fundraising.
 
The club has completed several projects – a safe water stations project for 900 households which has help prevent disease; provided bus shelters; school playgrounds; has been involved in cyclone responses and hosted university students. The club has also helped remote health centres, providing first aid kits and an X-ray machine.
 
In 2023 the Urata Lookout Café was opened, a project between the RC of Savusavu, the mataqali of Urata, the US Embassy and many others, which was officially opened by the Prime Minister of Fiji. The café has created jobs and opportunities for the people of Urata and each month pumps thousands of dollars into the community.
 
The club’s latest endeavour is a waste disposal project called the Burn Barrel - high temperature incinerators which can safely burn waste, and which are urgently needed to overcome the huge waste problems in the region. (Check out https://hackaday.com/2021/10/21/smokeless-burn-barrel-makes-your-backyard-fire-much-cleaner/ to see how a Burn Barrel works!)
 
David thanked Delia for her very interesting talk and noted with interest her information about the Burn Barrel.
Michael Bartok
 
 
40th Anniversary Dinner - Presentation by Joanne Coleman
 
 
Joanne Coleman gave a wonderful presentation at the 40th Anniversary Dinner of the progression of Northbridge Rotary Club over 40 years and this has been reproduced here.
 
 
Four Decades of Evolution and Change
by Joanne Coleman
for the 40th Anniversary Dinner 6 February, 2024
 
The Charter Dinner was held on 3rd February 1984 at North Sydney Leagues Club. There were 24 Charter Members, the Charter President being Frank Perriman. Charter Members Ross Alexander and Brian Melloy are with us tonight. I was at the Charter Dinner as a guest.
 
First Decade - 1984 to 1993
DECADE OF YOUNG FAMILIES AND GROWTH
  • Over half the Members were under 50 with young families. Activities included families joining Club Dinner Meetings on occasions during the early years.
  • There were a number of Family Days, including daytime pre-Christmas parties.
  • The first Fireworks were in 1987-1988.
  • Heart Surgery Project in less developed countries commenced from 1990.
  • Lighting of the Bridge on 17th October 1992 - a very large Event.
  • Graham Goodfellow in 1993-1994 was the District Governor - our only DG.
  • Membership included 26 new Members in the first 18 months, then 56 new Members over 7 years to a Membership peak of 64 Members in 1992-1993.
  • Total Members (including Charter Members) joined in first eight and a half years = 106, over half of all Members in 40 years (209).
 
Second Decade – 1994 to 2003
DECADE OF THE CORD BLOOD BANK and ENTRY OF WOMEN MEMBERS
 
  • Cord Blood Bank Launch commenced 1995-1996, led by Norbert and Sharon Wyzenbeek. One of the biggest Projects in Australian Rotary, several million dollars was raised until it grew to be The Australian Cord Blood Bank, which then became Government funded.
  • First Woman joined in 2000. Decade ending in 2003 with 5 Women Members.
 
Third Decade – 2004 to 2013
DECADE OF LONG-TERM MAJOR EVENTS & INCREASING IMPACT OF WOMEN
 
  • Fireworks expanded in 2005-2006 from a previous 1,200 attending to a 3,500 attendance at a Major Event. Hence it has continued as a Major Event for the Club.
  • Barbeques became well established during this decade from 2005-2006 as a Major Fundraiser, this has continued to the present, thanks to Sally O’Neill.
  • 2004-2005 was the year of President Freya Luick – the only Woman President in the 40 years of Rotary Northbridge. From 2009-2010 onwards the Club has averaged 3 or more Women Board Members each year, notably strengthening the many contributions of Women Members. Women Members grew steadily in the Decade from 5 to 11.
  • Membership numbers returned to peak Membership of 64 at the end of President Freya’s year (2004-2005).
 
Fourth Decade – 2014 to 2023
DECADE OF CONSOLIDATION OF ACTIVITIES, FUNDRAISING & AGING OF THE CLUB MEMBERSHIP
 
  • International Service and Youth Service Activities continued, most started in the first decade and became well established in the second decade, continuing in the third decade, an exception being no exchange students in the fourth decade (due to aging of the Club). In the first 3 Decades Exchange students totalled 12 being sent by the Club and 12 being received by the Club.
  • Fundraising consolidation in 8 non Covid years of the Fourth Decade has resulted in a large increase to average annual funds of $80,000 being raised, since 2014-2015.
  • Aging of the Club can be balanced by recruiting a minimum of 5 Members every year who are below 55 years of age – this is a high priority ongoing task.
 
 
SOME SUMMARY HIGHLIGHTS
 
New Member ‘Win Rate’
First eight and a half years
107 New Members
(Ave 12.5 / year)
Excl. 24 Charter members
82 New Members
(Ave 9.6 / year)
Last eight and a half years
30 New Members
(Ave 3.5 / year)
 
New Members by Diversity    
Decade
1
2
3
4
TOTAL
Men
77
31
28
18
154
Women
-
6
11
14
31
 
Membership by Years of Service
Years of Service
1-4
5-9
10-19
20+
TOTAL
No of Members
80
41
48
40
209
TOTAL YEARS
155
276
684
1076
2191
 
  Average Years of Service given for 209 members of 10.5 years
 
Acknowledgement of Partners present this evening
  • 39 years service – Barbara Anderson and Margaret Edwards
  • Partners of Charter Members – Christine Alexander, Jean Melloy and Mary Medway
  • Partners of Past Members at the time they were active Rotarians
  • Partners of Current Members
 
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