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Northbridge Golf Club
Sailors Bay Road,
Northbridge, NSW 2063
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Member Birthdays
Robert Coote
July 1
Noel Phelan
July 6
Kim Wilkins
July 20
John Bolton
July 21
Geoff Duggin
July 31
Susan Law
July 31
Spouse Birthdays
John Bolton
July 21
Join Date
Douglas Herridge
July 3, 1984
36 years
John Weingarth
July 3, 1984
36 years
Derek Matz
July 9, 2013
7 years
Karin Eurell
July 9, 2013
7 years
Geoff Duggin
July 10, 2007
13 years
Paul Sullivan
July 20, 1993
27 years
Bob Farrar
July 25, 2000
20 years
Mike Cocks
July 30, 1996
24 years
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Club Meeting News - 28 July 2020
President Kevin welcomed all members present as well as the Zoom attendees, and a guest, Jane Cameron.
President Kevin advised that the building of the Kiah Pavilion on the South Coast had now been completed and the official opening is on August 8. If anyone is interested in attending please let him know.
Kevin also mentioned the Food Drive set for September which will be held at St Marks Church Hall. More details to come.
Guest Speakers
Below is a summary of the club’s guest speaker on 21 July, Gwen Korebrits, as well as the three Members Behind the Badge who spoke on 28 July.
21 July – Gwen Korebrits – Dance Health Alliance
On Tuesday 21 July 2020, at the club’s second non-Zoom meeting, Gwen Korebrits from entertained and motivated even the most staid of our members to clap, stretch, click fingers and even sway as she demonstrated the benefits of body movement generally to our well-being. She claimed that dance is in our DNA!
The Alliance, founded in Australia in 2015 by Gwen and her cousin Andrew Greenwood, both with ballet backgrounds, is based on Andrew’s earlier work in injury prevention and rehabilitation for dancers.
The Alliance’s programs focus the dangers of inactivity at all ages, the effectiveness of 30 minutes of activity per day and the knowledge that dancing reduces the chance of developing dementia by 75%.
Gwen outlined the Alliance’s work in retirement villages and hospitals and with organisations supporting those who have Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Arthritis. She gave examples of quite unexpected responses by severely handicapped patients to being encouraged to dance, stressing that she wanted them to move, not just sit.
Gwen also spoke of the way Covid-19 has changed the organisation’s work from essentially face-to-face to what is now a very effective online service.
Barry Anderson
28 July – Members Behind the Badge
Three of our Rotary members each gave a very informative and interesting talk about their lives.
Peter Russell
Peter grew up in Innaloo, Perth where he spent a happy childhood which was very physical, rarely emotional and not at all spiritual. Peter spoke of his life as a series of life lessons.
Peter had one sister, however she died when she was 4 days old so Peter was brought up as an only child. He was told by his mother that her family came from northern England and that his father’s family came from Kent. His father arrived in 1929 and worked for his step brother in poor conditions and met Peter’s mother at the Southern Cross Hotel. His father went on to study bookkeeping. Lesson One: When you’re young and totally “me-focussed” you forget to ask the questions about things that really matter, such as questions about your family.
Peter’s father was a distant, reserved person so all the love he received came from his mother. At different times he would find this to be embarrassing, distracting and unsolicited. Lesson Two – Why didn’t I understand how much my mother loved me.
Peter graduated from university and wanted to be a print journalist so took on a cadetship. Through family connections he managed to secure a job as a part time casual reporter at a local newspaper. Lesson Three – It’s not what you know but who you know!
In the 1960s Peter switched to an English Honour’s degree at WA Uni. In his final Honours year two very pretty young women were in his course. Thanks to a particular professor in the department, one of those students had been allowed to repeat and the other was given numerous exemptions and extensions. Both ladies scored first class Honours and Peter scored a second class. Lesson Four – Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely!
At 20 Peter was working as a cub reporter in Perth. He decided to apply for the Diplomatic Corps and was one of a group of sparkling new West Australian university graduates to sit a comprehensive series of what used to be called “IQ tests” and he was one of 8 flown to Canberra to be put through a recruitment assessment centre. One of the others was Steven – Gough Whitlam’s son. All of them turned up at his hotel room to help Peter celebrate his 21st birthday. Next morning the hotel lodged a complaint with the Department of External Affairs about the state of the room. Peter was informed that his application to join the Diplomatic Corps had been unsuccessful! Lesson Five – Timing is absolutely everything (never host a significant birthday in your hotel room when a job seeker).
When Peter was working as a part time print journalist in Perth he contributed to articles in the WA University paper called “The Pelican”. In relation to a student demonstration, he wrote a strongly worded letter in “The Pelican” expressing his views as to the inaccuracies in the newspaper’s reporting of it. His Chief of Staff was not impressed with the article. To ensure his career in journalism continued he was given a few minutes to submit a written apology to the Chief, which he did. Lesson Six – Never put your name to anything. Loyalty and truth do not mix. Fake news will always prevail. Make friends with a good lawyer from an early age.
Therese Stubbs
Therese was born and grew up in Canberra, the oldest of three girls, and she studied at Canberra High School and Hawker College. Her first job at 14 was a shop assistant at a fruit shop and then she worked as a dental assistant.
In 1988 she joined University of Canberra in the HR/pay roll office and had various roles and promotions across human resources, industrial relations and Equal Employment Opportunity.
In her 20s Therese travelled to the UK, Europe, Egypt & Israel on a working holiday before returning to work at Canberra University Secretariat. She left Canberra University in 2007 for an executive role in DEWAR - Document processes for the administration and processing of Australian Workplace Agreements.
When asked to apply for her current role she moved to Sydney and now works for a large family business, Romani Pastoral Company. This was a totally new experience, in new city, with few acquaintances and a job that was completely different to what she had experienced before. Therese has worked for the family now for 12½ years and the job changes and evolves with the business requirements and activities. The business has five properties and several thousand sheep and cattle and produces merino and cross bred sheep (42,000 head) as well as 13,000 head of cattle. It also has several thousand hectares of summer and winter crops. She works across a few businesses so has a number of titles. In the Sydney office Therese has an assistant and various hands-on staff such as housekeepers, gardeners and other maintenance staff and contractors which she manages.
Therese joined Rotary in 2009 and married John Bolton in May 2018.
Susan Law
Susan comes from a very traditional background where the male reigns and the woman’s role was to get married. Her father felt that his legacy to his children should be the best education he could provide but even then he felt that Susan’s time at university should be a Bachelor of husband hunting! Susan married Ian and they moved to Australia but Susan felt unsettled and that she was living in her husband’s shadow. Farming was always Susan’s passion and despite her lack of background or experience in farming it was a challenge she decided to take. Once Susan started, it was do or die, quite literally as some of her mistakes initially cost the lives of several animals! However, she was determined to grow a top quality, financially viable primary production enterprise.
Susan was faced with an incredibly steep learning curve, both as a farmer in Wellington of 3500 acres and also in the Rotary environment where for years she was the only woman. As she battled to build a viable enterprise and at the same time contribute to her community in a meaningful way, it was the lessons she learnt about herself, that she was not a lesser person, only different, that enabled her to achieve the degree of self esteem and confidence that gave her the courage to stand in front of us.
Susan showed us a variety of photos of her property including the animals and the various pieces of farm equipment she had to learn to use – quad bikes, tractors and other machinery – to undertake such physical tasks as fencing. She also learned to fly a Microlight plane. Susan was and still is a very respected member of the Wellington community, and with her gained knowledge and experience she has held information sessions and judged sheep competitions which has greatly increased her confidence and self-esteem.
Ros Virtue
In 2007 the Club was introduced to the charity ‘Kids Like Brett’ which had been founded by Stephen & Roslyn Jones of North Sydney. In 1989 Stephen & Roslyn became the parents of a third child, Brett. It was obvious from a very early age that something was wrong with Brett and after a lot of trouble his condition was finally diagnosed as Nezelop Syndrome, a very rare condition affecting the immune system. At that time Brett was only the 20th person to be known to have this condition. Brett was not expected to live to his 1st birthday and he needed a bone marrow transplant which he ultimately got from his mother. However, he spent most of his first year in hospital undergoing treatment which was successful and he is now a happy and healthy young man. While he was in hospital Stephen and Roslyn noticed that the hospital was desperately short of equipment, so they decided to raise funds to purchase equipment for treating children in hospital which they are successfully continuing to do to this day. The Club has from time to time made donations to this charity.
2020 Calendar!
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Northbridge Rotary Provides Local and Overseas Disaster Assistance
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
Report on two Rotary Bushfire Appeal Projects
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
Dine In for a Cause Raised Funds to help the Vulnerable in our Community
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.
Talented Rotarian Combats Cabin Fever & Put Self-Isolation to a Good Cause.
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 -
1). "Flower Headband" 38cm circumference: $10             2). Octopus Monster, 35cm: $15
3). Dog Baby Comforter, 20cm: $15                                4). Owl Hanging Mobile, each owl 7cm x 5cm beaded hanger $30
5). Snail Cushion, 35cm dia: $35                                      6). Fox Scarf, 86cm: $40. 7). Matching Hat $35
8). Triceratops Keyhole Scarf, 82cm: $40.                         10). Snake Key Hole Scarf, 170cm:$35
9). Matching Toy, 46cm: $40
11). Rabbit Key Hole Scarf, 82cm: $40                              12). T-Rex Key Hole Scarf, 95cm: $40
13). T-Rex Toy, 40cm: $40                                              14). Jester Teddy Bear, 42cm: $40
15). Cheeky Monkey, 35cm: $30                                      16). Snake Blue, 75cm: $30
17). Snake Orange & Green, 75cm: $30               18). Sloth Plant Hanger (plant not included), 18cm: $30
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