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David Perabo
September 3
Garth Carter
September 8
Barry Anderson
September 16
Therese Stubbs
September 23
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September 14
Therese Stubbs
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 Welcome to Country, President Jon welcomed members, returning guest Joe Campisi and gave a special welcome to fellow member and guest speaker Noel Phelan.
Maggie Shanahan proposed a toast to the Rotary Club of Manly of which she was a member for many years. Chartered in 1937 with 24 members, the club has sponsored 4 other clubs. In 2014 the club merged with Manly Sunrise club. Their main fundraiser has been a Fun Run which to date has raised over $2 mil. The club has undertaken many major projects including a new hospice at Manly hospital in conjunction with the NSW Government.
Alan Hession is still encouraging members to contact him about purchasing the Pudding Lane Christmas Puddings. To date only 21 members have advised him they are interested so please consider purchasing some goodies and contact Alan.
Luke Keighery advised that the Footy Tipping Competition had netted $800 for the Charities account. The next competition will commence in late January.
Guest Speaker - Noel Phelan - Captain Cook Graving Dock
Ian Burnet introduced guest speaker and fellow Rotarian, Noel Phelan. Noel is a former mathematics and science teacher who went on to work for IBM for 25 years. In his retirement Noel volunteers at the Sydney Maritime Museum and the Naval Historical Society.
  • Noel’s presentation was on the history of the Captain Cook Graving Dock in Sydney Harbour.
  • The planning and building of the Dock started prior to the start of World War 2 and is Australia’s third largest engineering project after the Snowy Mountains Scheme and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  • The need for a Dock to repair damaged ships became critical during the war. Australia needed to be independent and self-reliant, particularly after the fall of Singapore and the loss of the dock there.
  • Built by the Civil Construction Corps, the dock was built by some 77,000 men aged from 18-60 years. Land was reclaimed thus connecting Garden Island to the mainland.
  • The Dock can accommodate the largest warships, large ocean liners and cruise ships. There were many allied ships repaired there immediately after the war.
  • The Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth were converted to troop ships at Cockatoo Dock during the Falklands War.
  • The capacity of the Graving Dock is that of 87 Olympic sized swimming pools.
  • The Hammerhead Crane built between 1944 and 1951 and for so long such a recognizable sight on the harbour, was last used in 1996 and demolished in 2014 at a cost of $10m.
  • Noel showed slides and described the building process, the Coffer Dams, the underground tunnels and the environmental impact. It was completed in 1945 and at its height it had 4000 workers building and repairing ships.
Ian thanked Noel for his presentation. He said he had no idea how large the Captain Cook Graving Dock is and of its importance to the security of our naval and communications vessels.
A little bit of humour ....
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.
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