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Club Meeting News - 12 October 2021
PP Kevin Tattrie stood in for President Jon who was unable to make the meeting. Following the Acknowledgement to Country, PP Kevin welcomed our guest speaker, Susan Law and returning visitor Joe Campisi.
PE Rob Coote proposed a toast to the RC of Canterbury, Victoria (10km from Melbourne CBD). The Club has 40-50 members and is involved in numerous Philippines projects and volunteers each year for projects to assist sight and hearing impaired in that country. They are involved in youth projects and have partnered with the Girl Guides and Scouts. They also collect the local markets entrance fee which makes $1000 a week. They are also involved in Rotarians for Bees ( which has been actively taken up by many Rotary clubs.
PP Kevin commented on the variety of hats being worn by members and spoke about Lift the Lid on mental illness, a Rotary Health initiative. Voluntary donations can be made via
Kevin also reminded members about joining another club’s meeting during Melbourne Cup week as we will not be having a meeting ourselves.
The Cluster dinner is still scheduled for 23 November. More details to come.
Alan Hession advised the Christmas raffle would commence at the end of November. The next Bookstall is tentatively scheduled for 21 November. The Plaza is yet to confirm both these events.
Sally O’Neill advised the next Bunnings BBQ will be held on Saturday, 13 November.
The Raffle, Bookstall and Bunnings BBQ will all need volunteers so please notify your availability to those in charge.
David Robertson advised that funds are building up from the sale of his late father’s medical equipment which is being donated to the club.
Guest Speaker - Susan Law
John Turner introduced former club member Susan Law, a fellow South African who earlier this year moved to the Southern Highlands.
Susan spoke to us about the move that she and Ian made to the Southern Highlands where they have purchased 6 acres of farmland. The farm was lacking animals so they very quickly obtained some animals from near Wellington. They started with two chickens, a rooster, six lambs and a dog, and followed that up with a small herd of red goats which apparently make for very good eating.
Susan said that the Wellington countryside is looking good due to good rain, good stock and good prices and it’s looking to be a good season for primary producers. However, the negative impact of the mice plague on the economy and psyche has been significant. The road from Dubbo to Wellington has been called the “felt highway” due to all the dead mice on the road. Farmers have had to burn hay bales infested with mice, and the stench of mice is overwhelming. Winter stopped the mice breeding but they have been advised by bio-security experts to prepare for a resurgence of the mice plague in the summer.
The RC of Wellington is concerned about the effect of Covid on the local indigenous communities, 78% of whom have had Covid. She said that NSW Health was doing an excellent job with mobile facilities visiting the communities and that the testing and vaccination clinics have been travelling the roads. However there has been misinformation and scare stories going round the communities which hinders progress. Bernados is also doing a good job in the community supporting people.
Susan said that as they moved to the Southern Highlands shortly before the lockdown, they have not had much chance to get to know or interact with the community. Southern Highlands Rotary meets intermittently, and the RC of Wellington has not been meeting either. She has joined the Older Women’s Network which promotes the rights, dignity and wellbeing of older women.
Susan said that the past few months have given her plenty of time to think about life – assess, plan and re-evaluate. Covid has changed so much. She said she has been thinking about how to spend her time, what dreams she still has and how to follow them. She said aging is a privilege and we should elevate our dreams, work on our plans, be bold, brave and resourceful - “DREAM YOUR DREAMS – DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO”!
John thanked Susan and said how nice it was to see and hear from her. He thanked her for her positive outlook ahead and wished her and Ian all the best for the future.
Now for a little bit of humour ....
Kids were asked questions about the Old and New Testaments. The following 10 answers about the Bible were written by children. One can only imagine the teacher trying to keep a straight face while marking!
  1. Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. Noah's wife was Joan of Ark. Noah built an ark and the animals came on in pears.
  2. Lot's wife was a pillar of salt during the day, but a ball of fire during the night.
  3. The Jews were a proud people and throughout history they had trouble with unsympathetic genitals.
  4. Moses led the Jews to the Red Sea where they made unleavened bread, which is bread without any ingredients.
  5. The seventh commandment is thou shalt not admit adultery.
  6. Solomon, one of David’s sons, had 300 wives and 700 porcupines.
  7. Jesus was born because Mary had an immaculate contraption.
  8. It was a miracle when Jesus rose from the dead and managed to get the tombstone off the entrance.
  9. The people who followed the Lord were called the 12 decibels.
  10. Christians have only one spouse. This is called monotony.
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.
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?