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Club Meeting News - 28 September 2021
Following the Welcome to Country, President Jon welcomed our guest speaker, Rachel James and Rotary partners Marillyn Stewart, Penny Lye, Shush Landers, Gail Giles-Gidney, Marie Rennie, Vicki Antaw, as well as John Zhang, Joe Campisi and Rach Edwards.
Kim Wilkins toasted the Rotary Club of Buenos Aires, Argentina where he visited just over a year ago. There are 600 clubs in Argentina. The Club commenced in 1919 and has 280 members and undertakes many of the usual Rotary activities.
President Jon mentioned that traditionally we do not meet on Melbourne Cup Day but encouraged members to join another Rotary club’s Zoom meeting during that week.
A Cluster Dinner has been scheduled for 23 November. More details to come as to whether or how this will take place.
The club’s Christmas party has been scheduled for Tuesday, 7 December at Miller’s Kitchen at Cammeray Square, so please put that in your diary.
Alan Hession mentioned the cancellation of the pudding drive, and the next event would be the Chrismas raffle.
Ros Virtue thanked the members for their generosity in supporting her and her grandchildren with their walk4braincancer and how they had raised $3000.
Guest Speaker - Rachel James - Suddenly an Everyday Carer
Valda Andrews introduced Rachel James whose daughter Emily suffered a catastrophic snowboarding accident in 2012. Rachel was born in London and is a registered nurse and midwife who settled in Australia with her family.
After Emily completed her Bachelor of Commerce like many young people, she travelled overseas. In 2012 she was in North America with friends when her boyfriend surprised her with a weekend away skiing during which time she suffered a snowboarding accident and broke her spine. The doctor, in his initial call to Rachel back home in Sydney, advised her that her daughter suffered a C4 & C5 fracture of her spine and would never walk again. She said this was a decisive moment in her life and she made the resolve then that she was going to manage the crisis.
Rachel travelled to America and after some weeks Emily was medically evacuated back to Sydney where she spent some 10 months in RNSH before transferring to Royal Rehab at Ryde where she had to learn how to live her life as a quadriplegic. She was 22 at the time. It was in Rehab that Emily was told by another patient that “you have to be more independent than you ever thought possible”.
Rachel said that real recovery begins at home and she resolved to manage Emily’s recovery. She said you have to know your strengths, and spoke of resilience, recovery and caring. You have to draw on all your life skills and learn to cope with setbacks. Being overwhelmed is normal.
Rachel organised home renovations, equipment and facilitating services. Emily had to focus on occupational therapy, rehabilitation, mental health. She said their strengths complemented each other.
It is important to delegate, and not be afraid to ask for help. Meal drops at the front door were an enormous help.
Rachel gave some quotes which truly resonate with her:
“Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected” - Jamais Cascio
“To choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way” - Viktor Frankl
Rachel said her 4 fundamental beliefs are:
  • Know your strengths
  • Have confidence in your abilities
  • Keep Healthy relationships
  • Knowing when to ask for help; and delegate, delegate, delegate.
Some of Rachel’s other favourite sayings are “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” and “There is always the potential to succeed.”
Emily went on to study Sociology at University receiving her Masters in 2018, works at Royal Rehab, married and in 2020 had baby Poppy Rose.
“It’s not how we fall. It’s how we get back up again”.
Rachel’s book is “Suddenly an Everyday Carer”.
Valda thanked Rachel for her wonderful and inspirational talk and obvious great strength.
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
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.
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.
 "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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