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Sailors Bay Road,
Northbridge, NSW 2063
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Feb 25, 2021
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Member Birthdays
Jon Gidney
December 9
Helen Gulson
December 19
Malcolm Lye
December 23
Spouse Birthdays
Faye McIntosh
December 11
December 11
John Garrett
Fran Garrett
December 19
Join Date
Don Landers
December 5, 1983
37 years
Peter Hodgson
December 5, 1983
37 years
Peter Fehon
December 12, 2017
3 years
Masa Ohtani
December 19, 1995
25 years
Kim Wilkins
December 20, 2011
9 years
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Club Meeting News -  8 December 2020
President Kevin welcomed all members and guest speaker Jay Allen from the Melanoma Institute who attended via Zoom.
Michael Bartok proposed a toast to the Rotary Club of Gosford, the oldest club on the Central Coast having been chartered in 1945. The club has contributed to parks and memorials in the area and provided funds for the Rotary Lodge at Gosford Hospital. There are now five Rotary clubs in the Gosford area.
Annual General Meeting
The annual general meeting of the club took place, chaired by Liz Grey. The minutes of the previous AGM and the financial accounts as presented were moved and accepted.
Liz announced those members who nominated to serve on the 2021-2022 Board. There being the exact nominations for the number of positions, all those nominations were accepted.
Sally O’Neill updated the club on the progress of the club raffle and over $3,500 has been raised so far. She thanked all those members who have helped so far. Two more weekends of selling will take place before the draw on 20 December.
Eleanor Chevor is still looking for volunteers for the Dementia Café. Training to learn to work with those with dementia will take place in February and commitment to the café will be once a month.
Eleanor also reminded members about the Tree of Joy which has been set up in Northbridge Plaza. Please make a contribution to give some joy to those children whose families are experiencing hardships particularly at this time of year.
President Kevin reminded members of the club’s Christmas celebration to be held at Mrs Miller’s Kitchen in Stocklands Square at Cammeray. Please let Kim Wilkins know if you and your partner will be attending. It will be a great opportunity to celebrate the end of what has been a particularly difficult year all round.
Malcolm Lye updated the club on Peter Hodgson’s health. He visited Peter who is on oxygen and quite frail. He hopes to get back to driving soon and sends his regards to all club members.
This December the Rotary Club of Northbridge is supporting ShelterBox. Right now, more than 104 million people around the world have been made homeless by natural disaster and conflict. By providing emergency shelter and tools for families robbed of their homes by disaster, ShelterBox is transforming despair into hope. This article - ShelterBox daunting final exam for volunteers | Rotary International - explains the rigorous training undertaken by those who deploy with the shelter boxes to the disaster areas.
Donations can be made through:
Northbridge Rotary Benevolent Fund
BSB: 032199
Account Number: 194514
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The Rotary Club of Northbridge Benevolent Fund (ABN 89 924 124 549) is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and is an endorsed Deductible Gift Recipient as a public ancillary fund covered by Item 2, of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.
Thank you to those who have already generously supported this appeal.
Guest Speaker - Jay Allen, Melanoma Institute
Bob Edwards introduced guest speaker Jay Allen, Community Engagement Manager at the Melanoma Institute. Bob related his own experiences with Melanoma and the successful treatment he has received and explained that the Melanoma Institute is an NFP organization which conducts education and research into melanoma. The Poche Centre at Crows Nest, opposite the Mater Hospital, is the world’s largest education and research centre.
As Community Engagement Manager since 2011, Jay’s job is to raise awareness and funds for research into melanomas which is the most common cancer affecting 15 to 39 year olds and from which someone in Australia dies every 5 hours.
Melanoma Survivor
Jay himself is a melanoma survivor. Whilst working as a truck driver some years ago, he noticed a mole on his ankle which looked unusual and kept bleeding and which he blamed on his work boots. Eventually his wife insisted he go to the doctor to have it looked at and it was found to be a 1.95 mm deep melanoma which had already spread to his lymph nodes. After surgery and treatment, 12 years later he is now fighting fit, but had he ignored it he would not be here today to educate others about the dangers of melanoma. His story was highlighted in a television episode of RPA.
Jay showed us various video examples of the types of moles which can be melanomas and which should never be ignored. Even one severe case of sunburn when you are young can lead to melanoma decades later, and everyone should always wear hats, use 50+ sunscreen and keep out of the sun during the hottest part of the day if possible. Regular check ups with a dermatologist is very important if you have a lot of moles or notice something unusual on your skin.
Jay showed us several videos highlighting melanoma. Australia and NZ have the highest rates of melanoma in the world. 13,000 people will be diagnosed this year, and once it has spread, the cancer can travel to the brain, liver or lungs.
Fundraising Walks
Jay and a team of volunteer walkers have walked the country during several fundraising walks. In 2014 he walked from Sydney to Melbourne and in 2017 from Brisbane to Sydney raising $264,000 but Jay’s longest walk took place in 2019 when he walked 2000km from Adelaide to Sydney, a journey which took 50 days and raised over $600,000.
Jay spoke about some of the young people who walked with him who had suffered from melanoma, a few of whom have sadly since died.
Bob Edwards thanked Jay for his presentation and raising our awareness about melanoma. We all know what it is, but we need reminding from time to time, and perhaps we all need to remind our adult children about being aware of melanoma.
And now for little bit of humour .....
  • I've always wondered if chickens communicated using foul language. Maybe only when they're egg-cited.
  • An invisible man married an invisible woman. The kids were nothing to look at either.
  • I didn’t think the chiropractor would improve my posture. But I stand corrected.
  • I took my new girlfriend out on our first date to the ice rink, and entry was half price. She called me a cheap skate.
  • Studies show cows produce more milk when the farmer talks to them. It’s a case of in one ear and out the udder.
  • I used to date a girl with one leg who worked at a brewery. She was in charge of the hops.
  • My cross-eyed wife and I just got a divorce. I found out she was seeing someone on the side.
  • My wife claims I’m the cheapest person she’s ever met. I’m not buying it.
  • Did you know that a raven has 17 rigid feathers called pinions, while a crow has only 16. The difference between a raven and a crow is just a matter of a pinion.
  • I told my carpenter I didn’t want carpeted steps. He gave me a blank stair.
  • What did the surgeon say to the patient who insisted on closing up his own incision? Suture self.
If anyone has any jokes or funny stories, feel free to send them to me for the humour section of the Bulletin! 
Northbridge Rotary Community Food Drive 2020
Saturday 26 September shone a bright light over Northbridge. From first light they came bearing gifts of love – by car and on foot, trailing children, dogs and each other. The blue uniformed brigade of Northbridge Rotary was there to meet them – about 40 in all, bright eyed and Covid safe. From early morning the first shift was beginning to receive and unload a continuous flow of non-perishable food supplies, making sure the donors went away with a smile. Northbridge Rotary’s Community Food Drive was in full swing.
By mid-morning, the alcoves and stairs of St. Marks Anglican Church Memorial Hall in Malacoota Road were bulging with rows of food boxes and packed shopping bags. The pace ebbed and flowed as people trailed in and out. When the two charity collection vans from Taldumande Youth Services and StreetWork had departed fully laden late that afternoon, there was still a supply of food remaining and Oz Harvest obliged with a collection of the remaining donations the following morning.
In all, it is estimated the Northbridge and North Shore community contributed to over a tonne of non-perishable food supplies that filled over 100 boxes and 50 shopping bags – enough for 2,400 meals or sufficient to feed a needy family of four for 18 months.
Liz de Rome, Taldumande’s Grants, Community and Volunteers Officer summed the impact of this event up perfectly:
“I wanted to share that as we dropped off bags and boxes of food to our young people, they were so grateful for their generous parcel. This morning, one young girl nearly cried (and me) as she couldn’t believe her luck. She wasn’t sure how she was going to make ends meet this week. The generosity of the community and Northbridge Rotarians has helped fill the pantries of our young people and they’re so grateful.”
The final comment belongs to the Northbridge Rotary event organiser, Eleanor Chevor: “What a day!”
Peter Russell
Publicity Officer
Rotary and its GPEI Partners Celebrate Eradication of Wild Polio in Africa
The World Health Organization (WHO) on 25 August announced that transmission of the wild poliovirus has officially been stopped in all 47 countries of its African region. This is a historic and vital step toward global eradication of polio, which is Rotary’s top priority.
After decades of hard won gains in the region, Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) — WHO, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gavi, the vaccine alliance — are proclaiming the milestone an achievement in public health. They offer it as proof that strong commitment, coordination, and perseverance can rid the world of polio.
The certification that the African region is free of wild poliovirus comes after the independent Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) conducted thorough field verifications that confirmed no new cases and analyzed documentation of polio surveillance, immunization, and laboratory capacity by Cameroon, Central African Republic, Nigeria, and South Sudan. The commission had already accepted the documentation of the other 43 countries in the region.
The last cases of polio caused by the wild virus in the African region were recorded in Nigeria’s northern state of Borno in August 2016, after two years with no cases. Conflict, along with challenges in reaching mobile populations, had hampered efforts to immunize children there.
Now that the African region is free of wild poliovirus, five of WHO’s six regions, representing more than 90 percent of the world’s population, are now free of the disease. Polio caused by the wild virus is still endemic in Afghanistan and Pakistan, in the WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean region.
The African region’s wild polio-free certification was celebrated during a livestream event. Speakers included Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Bill Gates, Rotary International President Holger Knaack, Nigeria PolioPlus chair Dr. Tunji Funsho, and representatives of other GPEI partners. The celebration was followed by a press conference.
In the program, Knaack spoke about people needing good news during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “The challenges ahead are formidable,” Knaack said. “That’s why we must recognize this great achievement and commend all the people who played important roles in reaching this milestone. It took tremendous effort over many years.”
An achievement decades in the making
Not detecting any wild poliovirus in Africa is in stark contrast to the situation in 1996, when 75,000 children there were paralyzed by the disease. That year, at a meeting of the Organization of African Unity in Cameroon, African heads of state committed to eradicating the disease from the continent.
To bolster the effort, also in 1996, Rotary, its GPEI partners, and South African President Nelson Mandela launched the Kick Polio Out of Africa campaign. Using soccer matches and celebrity endorsements, the campaign raised awareness of polio and helped more than 30 African countries to hold their first National Immunization Days. Mandela’s call to action helped mobilize leaders across the continent to increase their efforts to reach every child with polio vaccine.
Children in Cote d’Ivoire receive oral polio vaccines during an immunization campaign.
Since 1996, countless Rotary members from across Africa and around the world have raised funds, immunized children, and promoted vaccinations, enabling the GPEI to respond to and stop polio outbreaks. More than 9 billion doses of oral polio vaccine have been provided throughout the region, preventing an estimated 1.8 million cases of paralysis. Each year, about 2 million volunteers help vaccinate 220 million children against polio multiple times in the African region.
Rotary members have contributed nearly $890 million toward polio eradication efforts in the African region. The funds have allowed Rotary to issue PolioPlus grants to fund polio surveillance, transportation, awareness campaigns, and National Immunization Days.
Dr. Tunji Funsho, chair of Rotary’s Nigeria PolioPlus committee, noted Rotarians’ tremendous contributions to polio eradication efforts in Africa: “From raising funds and immunizing children, to providing ‘polio plusses,’ such as soap and health kits, Rotary members have shown resilience and steadfast dedication to our top priority of ending polio.”
Rotary members have helped build extensive polio infrastructure that has been used to respond to COVID-19 and, in 2014, the Ebola crisis, as well as to protect communities from yellow fever and bird flu.
Challenges still ahead
The GPEI’s challenge now is to eradicate wild poliovirus in the two countries where the disease has never been stopped: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Additionally, routine immunization in Africa must also be strengthened to keep the wild poliovirus from returning and to protect children against circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus, which is rare but continues to infect people in parts of the African region.
To eradicate polio, multiple high-quality immunization campaigns must continue to be given priority. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s necessary to keep children vaccinated against polio while also protecting health workers from COVID-19 and making sure they don’t contribute to its transmission.
Global health officials and experts say that sustained fundraising and advocacy are still crucial, not only to protect gains in Africa, but to reach the ultimate goal of a world without polio. Rotary members still have a critical role to play in keeping the African region free of wild poliovirus and eliminating the virus in the two countries where polio remains endemic.
As Knaack said, “This is a big step in our journey to a polio-free world, but the fight is not over yet. We still need the support of our Rotary members, donors, and heroic effort of health care workers to finish the job.”
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Published by Rotary International. 25-Aug-2020
Northbridge Rotary Provides Local and Overseas Disaster Assistance
Local and international humanitarian disasters have become the new norm and the Rotary Club of Northbridge has been involved in assisting wherever possible. Recently COVID-19 has received the bulk of media attention. Before that it was the eastern seaboard drought and bushfires. Then, in April, Cyclone Harold devastated parts of Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga.
COVID-19 has considerably reduced Northbridge Rotary’s 2020 fundraising capability, including cancellation of its major fundraiser, the annual fireworks. Prior to this, the Club had raised $29,580 to aid those areas in NSW affected by the bushfires and drought.
With some of its remaining funds, the Club has committed $22,500 towards building a Community Pavilion at Kiah on the NSW south coast and repairing gardens around the Boomerang Centre in severely fire-damaged Mogo near Batemans Bay.
The Kiah Pavilion was completed 25th July and an official opening is planned for 8 August and we hope some members of Northbridge will be able to attend.
There is a story on the Rotary Club of Merimbula website if you would like to take a look please click on the link below.
Internationally, the Club has been asked to assist in the fight against COVID-19 by the Rotary Club of Kathmandu in Nepal.
Covid-19 cases have increased significantly in Nepal since late May with tens of thousands of migrant workers returning home from India and Nepal commencing a phased reopening in mid-June. 
With the assistance of other local Rotary Clubs, Northbridge Rotary has been able to donate $10,000 to help with the purchase of PPE equipment for medical staff, installing hand washing stations in strategic locations and supplying food for orphanages and others in need, as the photo(s)on this page illustrate.
Peter Russell
Publicity Director
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