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Club Meeting News - 31 August 2021
Following the Welcome to Country, President Jon welcomed members and guests - Joe Campisi, and guest speaker Rob Edwards from the RC of Corrimal.
David Robertson proposed a toast to the RC of Ulanbatar, Mongolia, a place he visited some years ago. Chartered in 1996, it is the first Rotary Club in Mongolia and is mainly made up of international members. The year 2000 saw its first Rotoract club, and there is an Interact Club at the Music & Dance College. The club supports water purification and education projects, Eye Health and Vocational Training amongst other projects. During Covid it has provided food coupons to those in need.
Alan Hession said that there needs to be a trebling of Christmas pudding & cake orders to make this fundraising project viable, and encourages all members to support it by letting him know how many you are likely to order. Don’t forget to ask friends and family if they want to purchase some goodies.
Luke Keighery reported that he attended the Trivia Quiz organised by the E-Club of Sydney held on 28 Aug. The fundraiser raised around $4,000.
Luke also talked about the club's $4,000 donated by club members to ShelterBox. These funds are to be used to support people who have lost their homes in Haiti (due to cyclone) and Afghanistan (due to conflict).
The District Grant for the money for Fiji should come through shortly.
John Garrett spoke about a particular StreetWork case. StreetWork of course if one of the main charities the club supports, and John said we should be proud of our support of it when they can achieve outcomes such as that described in the article below.
A Young Person’s Story
The announcement of the extended lockdown period came as frightening news to 15 year old Kane. Kane was afraid of the violence inflicted on him by his older brother, Jordan.
The brothers had one laptop between them and Kane, who enjoyed learning, needed it daily to attend online school lessons and to submit his homework. Jordan kept the laptop in his room and used it day and night for gaming. Requests by Kane for use of the laptop often ended in Jordan physically harming Kane.
Kane's parents were experiencing financial hardship. Distracted by their own concerns, they ignored Kane's requests for help.  
Kane felt that the only solution to his dilemma was to skip lessons and to avoid seeing his brother by retreating to his room during the day. At night, after the family went to sleep, he escaped his troubled home life to drink with friends at a nearby oval. His night time activities brought him into contact with the police, who referred Kane to StreetWork.

Craving attention from a caring adult, Kane willingly enrolled in StreetWork's KickStart program and was matched with his own youth case worker - Tyson. Tyson didn't criticise Kane for not attending online lessons or for his night time drinking. Instead, he listened to Kane and supported him to set and achieve the goals that would turn his life around - an improved relationship with his family and a return to school. Tyson supported Kane to achieve those goals. First, he phoned Kane's teachers and the school offered Kane use of a laptop and contact with a tutor so that he could catch up on the assignments he had missed. Kane's parents were referred to a financial support service and Jordan to a psychologist.
Over the next few months, the family learnt how to resolve their conflict, and
Kane graduated from StreetWork with a newfound sense of purpose. He became confident that he did have choices and that he could access support people to help keep him safe during the isolation of lockdown.
Guest Speaker - Rob Edwards - Sustainability and the Environment
John Garrett introduced guest speaker Rob Edwards OA from the RC of Corrimal. Rob received an OA for his work in setting up solar power in remote islands schools in Fiji. He is a member of Australia/NZ/Pacific Environmental Committee, and a professional speaker on Health & Wellbeing.
Rob has done much field work in the Pacific and Fiji in particular. He is founder of the “It’s Time Foundation” which has overseen the installation of solar power which has seen schools move from chalk boards to computers, and with a saving of some $8k/year in electricity costs. Fuel savings from solar installations makes for cash flow to purchase computers. It has also meant less dependence on diesel generators.
Damage from cyclone Winston in 2016 saw devastation impacting 40% of the Fijian population. Rob and his foundation have built some 18 new schoolrooms following the cyclones in the Pacific, including installing 5km of wiring to distribute the solar power, all of which has changed the education prospects of the children.
Rob also spoke about the huge amounts of plastics in the oceans and on land which compromise the health of the planet. In Fiji Rob has worked with and encouraged children to pick up the plastics on the beaches and teaches them about the importance of sustainability. In his presentation he showed us a video of the efforts of the children in Fiji.
Rob is working on a sustainability project to encourage Rotary club members to spend one day a month picking up plastics in a designated area to make a difference and as a way of showcasing to the public one of Rotary’s seven areas of focus, i.e., Supporting the Environment.
John thanked Rob for his talk and said he would be in touch about discussing the possibility of becoming involved in his sustainability project.
A bit of humour, and probably not without
a degree of truth ....
A group of women were at a seminar on how to live in a loving relationship with their husbands.
The women were asked, "How many of you love your husband?" All the women raised their hands.
Then they were asked, "When was the last time you told your husband you loved him?"
Some women answered today, a few yesterday, and some couldn't remember.
The women were then told to take out their cell phones and text their husband - "I love you, Sweetheart."
Next the women were instructed to exchange phones with one another and read aloud the text message they received in response to their message.
Below are 11 hilarious replies. If you have been married for quite a while, you understand that these replies are a sign of true love. Who else would reply in such a succinct and honest way?
  • Who the hell is this?
  • Eh, mother of my children, are you sick or what?
  • Yeah, and I love you too. What's wrong?
  • What now? Did you wreck the car again?
  • I don't understand what you mean.
  • What the hell did you do now?
  • Don't beat about the bush, just tell me how much you need.
  • Am I dreaming?
  • If you don't tell me who this message is actually for, someone will die.
  • I thought we agreed you wouldn't drink during the day.
  • Your mother is coming to stay with us, isn't she?             
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
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?