Welcome to The Rotary Club of Northbridge
We meet Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
Northbridge Golf Club
Sailors Bay Road,
Northbridge, NSW 2063
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Club Service Duty Roster
May 04, 2021
Club Committee Meetings
May 11, 2021
Story of Francis Greenway
May 18, 2021
Service to Women & Dramatic Arts
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Upcoming Events
Quiz Night at Northbridge Golf Club
Jun 24, 2021
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Corporate Fundraiser, at Northbridge Golf Club
Jul 13, 2021
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The Rotary Club of Northbridge gratefully acknowledges the generous sponsorship of Northbridge Plaza
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Luke Keighery
May 3
Kevin Tattrie
May 6
Ros Virtue
May 18
Douglas Herridge
May 29
Join Date
Michael Bartok
May 14, 2002
19 years
Ian Burnet
May 17, 2005
16 years
Peter McNair
May 17, 2005
16 years
Valda Andrews
May 25, 2010
11 years
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Club Meeting News - 27 April 2021
President Kevin welcomed members, guest speaker Ian Burnet, guests Sabina Allman, Robert Brittain and Rhonda Kingsbury.
Andrew Rennie proposed a toast to the RC of Port Moresby. The club meets at 6.30pm every Thursday and has been operating for over 60 years. Its major ongoing projects include Rotarians Against Malaria, Donations In Kind and Say No to Violence. Their Desk Manufacturing Project aims to ensure every child has a desk to sit at whilst at school. Their largest fundraising activity is an annual charity golf day. In March 2021 the club donated 1000 care packages containing coffee, tea, sugar and biscuits to PNG health workers who are charged with looking after the sick, especially during the Covid period.
President Kevin reminded members of the upcoming Taldumande charity dinner on 14 May for anyone wishing to go.
The first D-Café to be held on 29 April has 23 people registered to attend.
Sally O’Neill reported a very successful Comedy for a Cause held on 22 April. The show had an audience of 129 and $3,720 was raised in addition to $945 from the raffle. Sally thanked all those organized in the planning of the event.
There is a Quiz Night planned for Thursday 24 June. More details to come.
Guest Speaker - Ian Burnet - The Voyages of the Duyfken
Chris Switzer introduced guest speaker Ian Burnet, published author of six books and well known to all of us.
Ian spoke about the history of the Dutch ship the Duyfken an early 17th Century explorer which played a significant role in the history of Australia, and a replica of which was built in Fremantle, WA.
The ship is a sister ship to the HMB Endeavour. After the replica Endeavour was built in 1994, there was a fear that the skills of those who built it could be lost and the best way to ensure this didn’t happen was to start another such project. Thus a replica of the 1606 Duyfken was embarked upon in the late 1990s.
Ian went on to describe how the replica ship was built in Fremantle, the replica’s keel being laid by Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander on 27 March 1997. As it was to be an ocean going vessel, it had to be built with engines, which are very cleverly hidden to maintain its original appearance. The ship was completed and launched on 24 Jan 1999.
Once completed, the ship was brought over to Newcastle on a carrier ship from Fremantle and then sailed down to Sydney. The ship carries a ballast of Dutch bricks which came from an old house in the Netherlands. The Duyfken, together with the HMB Endeavour and the James Craig, are based at the Sydney Maritime Museum, and often cruises Sydney Harbour. It is the only maritime museum in the world to have three ocean going vessels.
Duyfken's Voyages
In 2000 the vessel sailed from Banda, Indonesia to Cape York in a re-enactment of the original voyage of 1606. In 2002, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Dutch East India Company, the Duyfken sailed into Rotterdam harbor which was closed for the special occasion.
The original Duyfken, or Little Dove, first voyaged to the East Indies in 1595 and showed up on the map of the Company for Far Distant Lands. Four Dutch ships Amsterdam, Hollandia, Mauritius and Duyfken, which was the scout ship, sailed to the East Indies with a total crew of 240 of which only 83 returned home again. Though a failure for its investors in a commercial sense, the expedition did actually make it to the East Indies and formed the beginning of the Spice Trade. The 2nd expedition in 1599 was more successful for the investors who reaped a 400% profit. This was followed by a 3rd voyage in 1602. A number of companies started up but eventually they became the Dutch East India Company.
On 18 Nov 1605 the Duyfken sailed from Banda, Indonesia eventually arriving at Cape Keerweer on the Cape York Peninsula in 1606, being the first recorded European contact on Australian shores.
The original Duyfken sailed between 1595 and 1608, when it was condemned as being beyond repair and was abandoned in Ternate Harbour in the Maluku Islands.
Chris thanked Ian for his interesting and informative talk.
Helen Gulson
A little bit of humour ....
Clever ripostes
A member of Parliament to Disraeli:  "Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease."
"That depends, sir," said Disraeli, "whether I embrace your policies or your mistress."
"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." - Winston Churchill   
"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." - Clarence Darrow  
"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." - William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)   
"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." - Mark Twain   
"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends." - Oscar Wilde  
"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one." - George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill
"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is one." - Winston Churchill, in response.  
"He is a self-made man and worships his creator." - John Bright   
"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up." - Paul Keating   
If anyone has any jokes or funny stories, feel free to send them to me for the humour section of the Bulletin! 
Comedy for a Cause
Northbridge Rotary Bookstall is Back in Business
Thanks to Northbridge Plaza management, the Northbridge Rotary Club bookstall is back in business at Northbridge Plaza on the third Sunday of every month from 9am to 5pm.
The Club is selling a range of adult fiction at $3 each plus childrens’ books at $2 each; all in mint condition. 
Books can be purchased with cash or via credit card. As always, all of the money raised from these sales goes to a range of worthy causes. 
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?