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President's Message
Dear Rotarians,
 
 
Have you booked for our 40th anniversary dinner yet? If not, please do so as soon as possible so we know you are coming. The date is 6 February (…..approaching fast!) and you can book now at  Rotary Northbridge's 40th Anniversary | Humanitix
 
Looking for an extra Christmas gift to give to someone we care for? Why not a ticket in our $10,000 Super Lottery. Simply give them $25 and tell them to buy their ticket here: https://www.raffletix.com.au/northbridgerotary
 
Coming up in the New Year:
 
Wishing you and your family a very peaceful Christmas. Take the opportunity to relax and enjoy the season. As 2023 draws to a close, we can reflect on all the wonderful work our Club has done to Create Hope in the World. Thank you everyone for your contribution and service.
 
Christmas wishes.
 
Luke
The Rotary Club of Northbridge gratefully acknowledges our major Fireworks sponsor
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Michelle Barry
December 7
 
Jon Gidney
December 9
 
Anjana Basnet
December 15
 
Helen Gulson
December 19
 
Malcolm Lye
December 23
 
Spouse Birthdays
Penny
December 11
 
Anniversaries
John Garrett
Fran Garrett
December 19
 
Join Date
Enzo Smith
December 6, 2022
1 year
 
Masa Ohtani
December 19, 1995
28 years
 
Kim Wilkins
December 20, 2011
12 years
 
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Club Bulletin News 12 December 2023
 
President Luke opened the club's first breakfast meeting, and welcomed members, our guest speaker Melanie Lewis and guests Marillyn Stewart and Luke’s son-in-law, Michael Marlow.
 
Maggie Shanahan proposed a toast to the Rotary Club of Crows Nest, a club chartered by the Rotary Club of North Sydney in 1969 which in turn sponsored the start of Northbridge Rotary. Their fundraising includes Bunnings BBQs and provisions staff for the Crows Nest Fair.
 
President Luke made several announcements as follows:
  • This is the last Rotary meeting for the year and the next one will be on the 9 January.
  • The next Bunnings BBQ is at Chatswood East Bunnings on Saturday, 6 January. Sally O’Neill is still looking for more volunteers. Please contact Sally if you can help.
  • The club’s 40th anniversary dinner is on the 6 February at Foys at Kirribilli and requires a booking. Please book online at Rotary Northbridge's 40th Anniversary | Humanitix
  • The Rotary District Conference will be held at Terrigal on the 15 & 16 March 2024. Earlybird registration runs out on the 31 December so book now. Please let Luke know when you have booked, which you can do online at https://www.9685rotaryconference2024.com.au/ . Accommodation is available at https://terrigalpacific.crowneplaza.com/ Luke will form a What’s App Group to keep attendees updated with future information.
  • The Christmas raffle has already sold $2,400 worth of tickets. Alan Hession advised that it was on again this weekend and that they still had 2 positions to fill. Two members volunteered to do so.
  • Bob Edwards announced that during the Black Friday Sales he and Michelle Barry had purchased a lot of items including toys, pencils and crayons for the children and teenagers at RNSH NICU. Currently nursing staff have been buying these items out of their own pockets.
  • Bob also spoke about Streetwork advising he was putting together a plan for further funding an organisation the club has long supported.  He summarised their work with youth, one of their main aims being to keep young people out of the police system.
  • Luke spoke about the Tree of Joy at the Plaza and Ranald Stewart advised that gift wrapping will take place at his home at 1pm next Monday, 18 December. Please contact Ranald if you can help out for an hour.
  • The Starlight Foundation collected the first portion of unwrapped gifts and the second instalment to be wrapped at Ranald's house will be going to a first nations charity.
 
With thanks to Kim Wilkins
 
Merry Christmas to all club members, and a BIG thank you to Ros Virtue, Sally O'Neill, Kim Wilkins & Malcolm Lye for taking notes at every club meeting which enables me to produce the Bulletin each week. They've been fabulous!
 
Have a great Christmas break and see you all back on 9 January!
Helen Gulson   
 
 
 
If anyone has any fun facts, jokes or funny stories, feel free to send them to me for the humour section of the Bulletin? Email them to helenmgulson@gmail.com

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1). Is it the TRUTH?
2). Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3). Will it build GOODWILL & BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4). Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
 
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