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September 8
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September 16
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September 23
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September 14
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September 23
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Noel Phelan
September 6, 2011
10 years
Peter Antaw
September 13, 1988
33 years
Therese Stubbs
September 21, 2009
12 years
John Garrett
September 26, 2006
15 years
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Club Meeting News
Following the Acknowledgement to Country, President Jon welcomed members, guest Joe Campisi and guest speaker Tony Park, who is speaking to us from South Africa. 
PP Ranald Stewart gave a toast to the E-Club of Greater Sydney. Chartered in 2011, this is a Zoom only club with 35 members spread across the globe. The President is Val Bland who is based in Canberra and the club meets at 7.30 pm on the 1st Sunday of the Month and on the 3rd Monday and has a very good website. The club supports overseas projects, and has 14 RAWCS projects on the go. Their recent Trivia Night raised over $4,000.
Luke Keighery announced the winners of the Footy Tipping Competition as follows:
1st:          Jacks Point
2nd:         John Turner
3rd:         Luke Keighery
As a result of the Competition the Rotary Charities Account received $700.
Alan Hession has asked members to consider committing to the Pudding Drive by letting him know how many puddings and other baked goodies you and your friends/family would purchase.
You might consider buying one for yourself and one to donate to any one of a number of food banks or food collection points for those people who are doing it tough at the moment.
IPP Kevin Tattrie presented, albeit virtually, a double sapphire Paul Harris pin to PP Malcolm Lye awarded to him for his continued service to Rotary.
Guest Speaker - Tony Park - Writing Novels
Peter Russell introduced guest speaker Tony Park, author of 19 novels and 7 biographies. Born in Taupo, NZ, his family moved to Sydney when he was 3. He served in the Royal Australian Infantry from 1984-1996 and as part of the Army Reserve served in PNG, East Timor and Afghanistan. He served as a press secretary in the NSW Government and in 1996 was a print journalist in the UK.
Tony grew up surrounded by books and said that from a very young age he had always wanted to write. The first thing he did when he decided to start this process was to buy a book on how to write a book. He was guided by the processes in the book, which in the long run didn’t help at all.
The Process of Writing
As a first time author, Tony made a lot of mistakes. He thought he should write something people would read. He realized you need time and a place to write, and it comes at a cost to work life and family life. He quit work to write. He didn’t enjoy the process, knowing his writing wasn’t good enough, and his first attempt was rejected by the publisher.
After his initial lack of success, Tony returned to work. He then told us how a trip to Africa in 1995 planned by his wife changed their lives. He had no idea what it would be like, but once they arrived at Kruger National Park they immediately fell in love with the place. At the end of their trip they knew they would return there and have done so every year since, except for the year he spent in Afghanistan with the Army Reserve and 2020 because of Covid.
On their third trip to Africa 1998 Tony decided to try writing again. He wrote about a fictitious tour around southern Africa which was accepted for publication, and eventually published as “Far Horizon” in 2004. Since that time he has spent 6 months living in Australia and 6 months living in the African bush, researching and writing. He draws his inspiration from the animals, the people he meets and the environment in which he travels. He has written one novel a year since 2004, and co-written seven biographies.
Apart from Far Horizon, Tony’s many novels include Zambezi, An Empty Coast and African Dawn. His most recent novel, Blood Trail, incorporates the huge problem of rhino poaching and the ongoing war to conserve and preserve these animals. Because of COVID, this novel had to be written in his apartment in Artarmon!
Peter thanked Tony for his interesting talk and for entertaining us with his delightful presentation, and suggested that he might perhaps write a novel set in the Australian Outback!
A little bit of humour ....
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
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.
Enjoying their new readers are Harry Bollard and Taj McDonald
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.
Northbridge Rotarian Kevin Tattrie hands out the new winter jackets to students in year 2
 "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.
THE 4 - WAY TEST of the things we say or do

1). Is it the TRUTH?

2). Is it FAIR to all concerned?


4). Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?