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November 20
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November 21
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November 28
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Barry Anderson
November 1, 1984
37 years
Kevin Tattrie
November 10, 2015
6 years
Amy Brittain
November 13, 2018
3 years
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November 14, 1989
32 years
Brian Robson
November 19, 1985
36 years
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Club Meeting News - 19 October 2021
President Jon welcomed all members, guest speaker Kieran Fitsall, and guest Joe Campisi.
Alan Hession toasted the RC of Mudgee which is one of the three oldest clubs in the district covering an area extending from Newcastle to Bourke. The Club started in 1937 and has sponsored the formation of the Mudgee Probus Club. In 2018 the club raised $100,000 for Blaze Aid and only last week held a garden show with many local gardens involved. The Club participates in a number of medical/health causes.
President Jon reminded members that it is World Polio Day on 24 October and as such is a good opportunity to make a contribution to the End Polio Campaign.
We will be returning to NGC for face to face meetings on 9 November 2021. It will be necessary to show two vaccinations to enter the club.
There is to be a Bunnings BBQ on 13 November at Chatswood and the Rotary Bookstall will re-commence at Northbridge Plaza on 21 November. Please advise Sally and Kim of your availability to help on the day.
The Rotary Christmas Party will be on 7 December at Miller’s Kitchen, Cammeray.
Sally O’Neill advised that Sailability will be back operating at The Spit on 31 October 2021.
Peter Russell advised that ticket sales at the Plaza for the Christmas Raffle will commence at the end of November.
Guest Speaker - Kieran Fitsall - Setting up a Business in a Pandemic
Chris Switzer introduced Kieran Fitsall who with his husband, Robert Stevens, runs the Sailor Bar at 128 Sailors Bay Road Northbridge.
Kieran and Rob arrived in Australia 3 years ago from Brighton, UK. Rob’s background is in insurance and it was his work that initially brought them to Australia. Kieran’s background is in local government where he worked for Westminster City Council running their parking service which generated some £80mil per year.
Although he had no experience in hospitality, Kieran had always been interested in that business so set about looking for a suitable venture in Sydney. He found Hello Sailor bar in Northbridge in late 2019 and saw an opportunity to bring character and personality to the area. After due diligence they purchased the business and took possession of the keys on 23 March 2020 - the same day Sydney’s first lockdown started! The restaurant’s chef remained with the business and Kieran opened up for takeaway selling fish & chips from an open window. He learned the business on the go, navigating the complex licencing and gaming laws, and adapted as the Covid rules changed. The change in alcohol rules meant he was able to sell takeaway cocktails which were a great hit with his customers. He was able to establish who they were as a business between lockdowns and said an important part is to engage with the community and listen to the feedback.
Kieran expanded the business when Flight Centre closed and the space next door became available. He said it was an opportunity not to be missed, despite the challenge. With this opportunity the restaurant is looking at hosting different events – bingo nights, trivia, cabaret nights and live music with the aim of bringing life to that part of Northbridge. Kieran said he has put a proposal to Council to activate more public space along Sailors Bay Road.
Sailor Bar has sponsored Northbridge Sailing Club’s North Harbour Challenge and also the Finska competition at Warners Park.
Chris thanked Kieran for his talk, and commented on what an interesting journey he has had and how he has embraced a new career.
If anyone has any jokes or funny stories, feel free to send them to me for the humour section of the Bulletin! 
Northbridge Answers R.C. Kathmandu Call for COVID Medical Assistance
52 Oxygen Concentrators Purchased by RC of Kathmandu Using Donations from Northbridge & Partner Clubs
54 Units of 10 L Oxygen Concentrators are ready for handover to the concerned health institutions.
RC Kathmandu appreciates the effort of Club members and partner clubs for making this happen.
One of those “partner clubs” is the Rotary Club of Northbridge
Flood Relief Assistance for Telegraph Point School Children
Year 2 students were very thankful for the donation of winter jackets and school readers
A ROTARY Club partnership has delivered a special gift to the students of Telegraph Point Public School.
A donation worth more than $9,000 will keep the 130 students warm this winter while also replenishing the book shelves.
The generous offer is more welcome news for the school community with every family impacted in some way by the devastating March floods.
Wauchope Rotarian Diana Reynolds reached out to the Northbridge Rotary Club in Sydney to make the donation possible. Northbridge Rotary Club raised funds from their local community.
Northbridge Rotarians Eleanor Chevor, Kevin Tattrie and Peter Russell delivered the new winter jackets and readers at a special presentation on Tuesday, June 8.
Principal Duncan Adams said the community generosity shown towards Telegraph Point School has been overwhelming and reaffirms the human spirit is alive and well.
The school's prime minister Leeara Elford and deputy prime minister Shaylee Wilcox thanked Rotary on behalf of the students.
 "It has been really refreshing for the children to be back on site," Mr Adams said.
The entire school was relocated to Hastings Secondary College's Westport campus after the floods while six new demountable buildings were installed at the school site.
"To have the consistency of school every day is very meaningful in their lives when many of them have lost everything in the floods.
"We have a lot of families who have lost everything, and many who are still displaced."
The tender process for the school's rebuild has closed with construction to commence later this year.
This article is an edited copy of a news article printed in the Port Macquarie News on 8th June 2021.
Comedy Evening Raises Funds for Streetwork
129 people enjoyed a fun evening raising over $3,700 to assist our local Streetwork Charity.
Streetwork is a local community organisation, founded 41 years ago, working with 'at risk' young people affected by crime, mental health issues, violence, destructive relationships, social isolation, homelessness, those disengaged from school or with poor employment opportunities and those impacted by alcohol and substance abuse, to turn their lives around. 
Thank you to our comedians Tommy Dean, Daniel Townes, Bruce Griffiths & Oliver Phommavanh for putting on a fabulous show & all our generous donors for supporting a worthwhile cause.
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