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Club Meeting News - 5 October 2021
Following the Welcome to Country, President Jon welcomed guests Chris Curtis from the RC of Lane Cove and Joe Campisi.
Tony Clifford, who recently secured a Pfizer vaccination, proposed a toast to the most efficiently run RNSH Hospital Vaccination Clinic and to all Vaccination Personnel there and at all Vaccination Centres.
Following the resignation from Parliament of Premier Gladys Berejiklian, President Jon talked about her long association with RC of Northbridge. Gladys first joined Northbridge RC in 2003, being a very active member until 2007 when her parliamentary commitments precluded her from remaining involved. At that time she was made an Honorary Member of the club and subsequent to that she became a Patron of the club. In 2017 she was considered and proposed for a Paul Harris Fellowship, although this has not yet been conferred as it was seen to be a conflict at the time due to her position. It is proposed that a presentation to her now be re-visited for her dedicated contribution to the community. Malcolm Lye suggested a letter of welcome back to the club be sent to her for whenever she chooses to return.
President Jon announced that Doreen had advised that under the new Covid conditions it is likely we could return to NGC on 26 October. It will be decided whether to return then or on 9 November.
As we will not be having a meeting on 2 November, Jon also suggested members Zoom in to Lane Cove Rotary club meeting to visit during Outreach Week of 1 November instead.
Other diary events are 23 November for the Cluster dinner (more details to come) and Northbridge Rotary Christmas Party on 7 December at Miller’s Kitchen, Cammeray.
Hopefully we can get a couple of bookstalls in before Christmas, and the Tree of Joy will be going up in December.
President Jon advised that it was agreed at the District meeting that there will be no discrimination between vaccinated and unvaccinated members attending Rotary meetings. However, entry to any venue where the club meets will be determined by the restrictions of the venue.
Alan Hession advised that the plans for the Christmas Raffle are underway and more details will be advised shortly, but many volunteers will be needed to sell the raffle tickets at the Plaza. Please email ASAP to advise him you can help out.
Everyone helping out on the bookstall and/or Christmas raffle will need to be double vaccinated.
Luke Keighery spoke about the generosity of David Robertson. David is selling medical equipment used by his late father during his illness. The equipment includes wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility aids. To date David has successfully negotiated the sale of several items and has raised a few hundred dollars which he will be donating to our Rotary Charities account. Congratulations and thanks go to David for a very generous initiative.
Chris Curtis, our guest from Lane Cove RC updated us on his club’s activities. They too are scrambling to find more fundraising activities due to Covid. They will be running a Raffle, and they are selling a book of short stories that he has written of which most of the sales funds will go to the club.
CONGRATULATIONS to Geoff & Jan Duggin who celebrate the significant milestone of their Golden Wedding Anniversary on 8 October. 
Guest Speakers - Members Behind the Badge - Malcolm Lye, Peter McNair and David Perabo
President Jon introduced our 3 Members Behind the Badge, all of whom are past presidents.
Malcolm Lye joined Northbridge Rotary in 2001 and has been a very active member of the club having held several director positions over the years, including as president in 2019-2020.
Malcolm was educated in Sydney and studied Mining Engineering at USyd. He and his wife Penny have 4 children. His first job on graduating was with BHP. He worked in all types of the mining & commodities industry from gold mines in Canada, mineral sands mining, copper mining in the Philippines, at Mt Isa and Broken Hill to his final job with Pioneer Concrete in Sydney.
To qualify to work in the mining industry Malcolm had to have experience working in mines. At the age of 19 he worked for 3 months in BHP’s Old Bulli Colliery coal mine and he related some stories about his experiences. Once he gained his certificate, he never worked down a mine again.
Malcolm said that in his whole career he never had any difficulty in getting a job and his jobs took him many places he would otherwise have never gone and had experienced many extraordinary times in his career.
Peter McNair joined Northbridge Rotary in 2005, and has held many director positions over the years including as president in 2010.
Known as Mr Northbridge until his move to Cammeray a couple of years ago, Peter lived 63 years in Northbridge in the same house in which he grew up. He attended Northbridge Public School and North Sydney Boys High and attended Northbridge Swimming and Tennis clubs, Cubs and Scouts. He was involved with the Presbyterian Church becoming a youth leader and state president of Presbyterian Fellowship.
When he left school Peter started an architecture degree before switching to building and construction. His first job was with AV Jennings, and in 1966 he worked in property development building high rises in Melbourne before his career took him to Adelaide in 1974 where he moved with his wife Susan, whom he married in 1967, and their family. They enjoyed their time in Adelaide but moved back to Northbridge in 1980, where his three children attended NPS and he joined the School Council.
At that time he was General Manager of a property company, and in 1990 he changed careers becoming involved in the strata management industry setting up his own strata management company, and Susan joined him in the business. In 1991 Peter suffered a heart attack but recovered well.
Peter sold his shareholding in the business in 2005 and retired. Sadly Susan died in 2011. He was involved in many community activities, including as president of Probus and Northbridge Progress Association. In 2017 he received the honour of being awarded Willoughby Citizen of the Year which he said was totally unexpected.
When he finally sold his home in Northbridge and moved to Cammeray Peter has become involved in the local Cammeray Community.
David Perabo, a recent addition to our club, was a treasurer of RC of Orange, and twice president of Chatswood Sunrise RC as well as being on the Rotary Foundation Committee and RAWCS.
Of Italian heritage, David grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney and started his working life as an industrial arts teacher before switching to nuclear medicine technology. He has worked in various areas of the health management sector across the state including the Red Cross, SW Sydney Area Health, Northern Area Health, Westmead and Concord.  
David’s work also took him to Orange where he lived for some years. It was there that a friend introduced him to Rotary and he joined Orange Rotary Club where he became treasurer and was involved in local projects. He loved living in Orange but family commitments meant a return to Sydney.
Since his return to Sydney, David has worked with NSW Health and is currently manager in the finance and accounting aspects of mental health and drug & alcohol.
On his return to Sydney, David joined Chatswood Sunrise RC where he was twice president, and where he was involved in initiating club projects. When the club closed David wanted to join a large club in which he could become involved and so joined Northbridge RC.
President Jon thanked all our speakers for their presentations, and commented that through “Member Behind the Badge” you learn aspects of fellow club members’ lives of which you were unaware.
Now for a little bit of humour ....
  1. My goal for 2021 was to lose 10 kilos. Only have 14 to go!
  2. Ate salad for dinner. Mostly croutons and tomatoes. Really, just one big round crouton covered with tomato sauce, and cheese. FINE, it was a pizza....OK, I ate a pizza! ARE YOU HAPPY NOW?
  3. A recent study has found women, who carry a little extra weight, live longer than men who mention it.
  4. Senility has been a smooth transition for me. 
  5. I may not be that funny, or athletic, or good looking, or smart, or talented....... I've forgotten where I was going with this.
  6. I love approaching 80, I learn something new every day and forget 5 other things.
  7. A thief broke into my house last night. He started searching for money. So I got up and searched with him.
  8. Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed.
  9. It's weird being the same age as old people.
  10. When I was a kid I wanted to be older...this is not what I expected.
  11. Chocolate is God's way of telling us he likes us a little bit chubby.
  12. It's probably my age that tricks people into thinking I'm an adult.
  13. Marriage Counsellor: Your wife says you never buy her flowers. Is that true?  Him: To be honest, I never knew she sold flowers.
  14. Never sing in the shower! Singing leads to dancing, dancing leads to slipping, and slipping leads to paramedics seeing you naked. So remember - don't sing!
  15. I watch people about my age mountain climbing; I feel good just getting my leg through my underwear without losing my balance!
  16. If you can't think of a word say "I forgot the English word for it." That way people will think you're bilingual instead of an idiot.
  17. I'm at a place in my life where errands are starting to count as going out.
  18. Coronacoaster: noun; the ups and downs of a pandemic. One day you're loving your bubble, doing workouts, baking chocolate cake and going for long walks. And the next you're crying, drinking gin for breakfast and missing people you don't even like.
  19. I'm at that age where my mind still thinks I'm 29, my humour suggests I'm 12, while my body mostly keeps asking if I'm sure I'm not dead yet.
  20. I don't always go the extra mile, but when I do it's usually because I missed my exit.
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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1). Is it the TRUTH?

2). Is it FAIR to all concerned?


4). Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?