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Rotary Fellowships:
Are you interested in Wine? Or maybe Gin or Coffee is more to your liking? Have you ever considered joining a Rotary Fellowship? Rotary Fellowships are international groups that share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience. For more information or to sign up, click here: Rotary Fellowships | Rotary International
End Plastic Soup:
EndPlasticSoup is a global initiative supported by thousands of Rotarians and hundreds of Rotary, Rotaract & Interact Clubs worldwide. The goal is that by 2050 there will be no more plastic soup in the oceans & seas; no more plastic waste in our lakes, rivers, forests, parks and streets. Recently our DG Christine Owen held a Zoom seminar on this topic with a presentation by Melanie Lewis, our District Environment Chair and President of the Rotary Social Impact Network e-Club. A video recording of this seminar can be viewed here. I encourage you to listen and think about what we can do to support this important project.
Musical Soiree:
We have been invited by the Rotary Club of Mosman to a Musical Soiree. It will be held at the Mosman Art Gallery on Friday 15 September from 7.15pm. Cost is $95 and the proceeds go to support ongoing visits to Vietnam by Mosman resident Dr Peter Scougall and colleagues from the Hand Surgery Unit of Sydney Hospital to teach the intricacies of hand surgery to local surgeons. For more information and tickets, click here.
To end this message, here are Old Movie Stars dancing to Uptown Funk. Enjoy!
Luke Keighery
The Rotary Club of Northbridge gratefully acknowledges our major Fireworks sponsor
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Club Meeting News - 8 August 2023

President Luke Keighery welcomed members and guest speaker Phillip Lawrence.

Kim Wilkins proposed a toast to the Rotary Club of Rome International, the only English speaking club in Italy. The club sponsors education programs in developing countries particularly Uganda and Sri Lanka and has a number of social activities.

Peter Russell announced that Thursday night’s Comedy for a Cause had been a sellout success with 129 attendees. Just under $4,000 was raised on the night.


Luke Keighery reminded the club of both next year’s District Conference to be held Terrigal on 15 and 16 March, and the International Conference in Singapore from the 25 to 29 May and the benefits of booking early.


Therese Stubbs, the Foundation Director, explained to the members how the Rotary Foundation operates and that it had raised the percentage it took for administration from 5% to 9%, still less than any other charity.


Peter Antaw advised that former Rotarian, John Francis, was very ill in hospital where he has been since February, and suggested any members who knew him might like to get in touch with him.


Michelle Barry advised that she and Eleanor Chevor had visited the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at RNSH to discuss how our club can assist these newborn babies and their families during these traumatic times. Beads denoting the baby’s progress e.g. first time they breathe on their own, their first physical contact with their mother, first bath, etc are made up as a necklace and given to the parents as a memento when their babies are well enough to go home - usually after 100 days in an NICU.  Michelle is putting together a proposal for how our club can assist in this and other projects needed in the NICU.


The prize for answering the question in the President’s Weekly message in the Bulletin went to Bob Edwards!

Guest Speaker - Phillip Lawrence - The Frankenstein Law

Peter McNair introduced guest speaker, Phillip Lawrence. Phillip had  worked in the US and Europe until 2007, and lectures at the University of Sydney. His talk was on the Frankenstein Law. He is also researching the development of capitalism.


Phillip said that in his view the most significant event in modern history was the passing by the British Parliament of the 1862 Companies Act which transformed company law.  Previously companies consisted of no more than 25 investors who had to pay at least £1,000 for a share, equivalent of a £1m today, and were liable for the actions of the company. The new Act transformed companies into the entities we see today with investors who are not involved with the running of the company and not liable for its actions. The new company was a separate, faceless legal being. Within 5 years it had spread worldwide.


It was unpopular and much social literature of the time such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and RL Stevenson's Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde  related to the development of the company or corporation as the new monster.


In Phillip’s view this was the moment the Anthropocene began, that is, the period when the human activity started to have a significant impact on the planet and the earth's crust.


Phillip explained how in his view the development of the company into corporations led to the explosion of the earth’s population, the wars of the 20th century, climate change and much of the ills present today. He explained that in his view the model being considered in France at the time would have been preferable where there was a division between the members involved in the running of the company, who would be liable, and those who were not involved.


Peter McNair thanked Phillip for a fascinating talk.

With thanks to Kim Wilkins
Finally, did you know .....
  • There are more than 300 flavours of Kit Kat in Japan.
  • It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
  • Strawberry is the only fruit with its seeds on the outside.
  • The liquid inside young coconuts has been used as a substitute for blood plasma in an emergency.
  • The names of all the continents ends with the same letter that they begin with.
  • Selfies now cause more deaths than shark attacks.
  • Lemons float but limes sink as limes are denser than lemons.
  • The original name for the search engine Google was Backrub.
  • Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
  • There is enough gold inside Earth to coat the planet.
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
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