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
Jan 26, 2021
Feb 02, 2021
Feb 09, 2021
Development of Polio Vaccine
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Upcoming Events
Bunnings Chatswood - BBQ
Jan 24, 2021
Quiz Night
Feb 25, 2021
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Remembrance Day
11th November 2020
Poppies projected onto Sydney Opera House.
Lest we forget.
The Rotary Club of Northbridge gratefully acknowledges the generous sponsorship of Northbridge Plaza
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Michael Bartok
January 4
Brian Robson
January 8
Denise Woodward
January 13
Sally O'Neill
January 13
Chris Switzer
January 16
John Turner
January 2
Peter Hodgson
Audrey Hodgson
January 11
Don Landers
Shush Landers
January 12
Join Date
Bob Edwards
January 22, 1985
36 years
John Turner
January 22, 2002
19 years
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President's Message
Kevin Tattrie
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Club Meeting News
President Kevin - introduced the Guest Speaker Rosemary McCulloch, as well as our other guests John Kelly and Rick Sanders.
Barry Anderson toasted the Rotary Club of Nambucca Valley where he and Barbara visited and dined with the Rotary Club.  Our Rotary Club donated $15000.00 for the bush fires in December 2020 and the Rotary Club Nambucca Valley accumulated $50,000 in donations dispensing $40,000 already.  They have also started a tool library, building 5 collapsible cages for the local WIRES and internationally $45,000 hospitality training school in Fiji.
Peter Grinter talked about the new restaurant Sailors Bay and Fishes at Northbridge.  John Kelly guest conducted a beer raffle at the restaurant and raised $140 which he donated to the Club.  Flyers on the table if you took to the restaurant you would get ½ price on first drink.
President Kevin mentioned the following upcoming events:
  1. Visioning Club meeting 21/11/20.
  2. Willoughby Girls High School interviews not going ahead.
  3. Tree of Joy at Plaza Eleanor is organising.
  4. Kevin will be attending President group meeting.
  5. Looking for volunteers in January for the dementia cafe at Crows Nest Community Centre.  They are having a planning meeting and training in February.  Let Eleanor know if interested in volunteering.
Sally O’Neill spoke of the Christmas raffle and are looking for gift donations as soon as possible as running out of time.  There will be a roster out shortly for 3 weekends, and 1 day a week, couple of hours x2.  Sally also has 15 tablecloths for sale
Kiah Pavilion Visit Report - Elanor recently returned from Canberra & visited the Kiah Pavilion, south of Merimbula & Boydtown, where our Club donated funds towards the construction of a large steel & concrete slab Pavilion.   It was recently completed & situated on top of the hill with a great vantage point over the district & surrounding areas - built next to the Rural Fire Service building I’m sure the Community will find many uses for the BBQ, seating & large open space, Eleanor
Guest Speaker Rosemary McCulloch
Peter Russell introduced our guest speaker.  This was the voice of the BBC World Service.  What a delight to hear Rosemary’s reminiscences on Behind the Scenes of the BBC.  Rosemary is also involved in her own company of effective public speaking and president of U3A Northern beaches. Rosemary started her talk with her signature tune “have no regrets” by Edith Piaf.  Rosemary said don’t regret anything.
Rosemary came to Australia after the death of her husband of 42 years.  Rosemary lives on the northern beaches and started bushwalking where she met and married an Australian thereby paying $6000 rather than $33000 for her visa.
Using her beautiful strong BBC voice Rosemary told us of the many roles she had played: news reader interviewer, sound engineer, sound effects person and tape player and BBC licence promoter.
Rosemary advised sometimes things went wrong like on Christmas day when one tape was missed which was the “Queens Speech”!!!.  Everything mostly live is very stressful.
Rosemary worked with David Attenborough who she said was a great human being as well as Sir Malcolm Sargent.  Rosemary said that most people are nervous when on stage and its natural to be nervous, you need a thick skin and a strong bladder.
She paid tribute to husband John.  Their association worked well but had its difficulties.  When a dinner guest told John she was “charming” he replied “she can be”.  When asked how they met She said she had been a Stripper!!.
Rosemary finished with a story regarding communication.  Two naval powers America and Canada were at sea and the Americans advised the Canadians they had to change course 15o north and insisted they had to avoid collision.  Canadians replied “We are a light house!!”
Peter thanked Rosemary for her entertaining and informative talk and her motto “have no regrets”
Malcolm Lye conducted the Sargent sessions
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!”
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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