Club President's Message
Following the Club AGM last week, I congratulate President-elect Bass Bhaskaran on the successful selection of the new 2023-24 Club Board, and also extend my congratulations on behalf of the club to President-nominee designate Martha Jabour OAM.  
Over the weekend, I had the most interesting Zoom meeting.  I met Rotarian Mark Balla "The Toilet Warrior".  A member of RC Box Hill Central in Victoria, Mark is focussed on improving the availability of toilets at schools in India. Mark is a member of the The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Cadre and his knowledge about toilets and latrines is amazing.  Mark has a TedTalk here which members may find interesting to watch.  Mark and DGN Niranjan Deodhar (D9685) both freely shared their experience on WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) projects which we hope to put to good use with the current proposal from the Rotary Club of Bersinar - latrines in rural households project, introduced by Rotarian Nita Yunita.
As a club we have a busy weekend ahead, with the North Rocks Christmas Market on Sunday morning and then the North Rocks Twilight Carols at John Wearn Reserve.  We need more volunteers please for the Twilight Carols.  Assembly at John Wearn Reserve at 4.30pm to assist with the set up.  Please see me for more information or to volunteer your time.
This week is our final regular club meeting for the year and will be an excellent meeting to attend and hear from Jacqui Gibbs about the great work of Good360.
We also need final numbers and payment this week please for the club Christmas party Barefoot Bowls and Dinner at F C Social Rydalmere on Friday 16th December.  Payment can be made via Humanitix here, or tap payment to the club bank account at our club meeting tomorrow.  A final reminder that we will also be collecting gifts for delivery to Christian Community Aid (CCA) at Eastwood both tomorrow and at the Christmas Party.
See you at Vikings this Tuesday evening !
Hub Report
The Club Annual General Meeting was held.  Minutes and reports being circulated via email from Club Secretary Gary Hayman.
Following the AGM the regular club meeting was opened.  Guests Fay Kitto, David Faulkner-Dick and Adithi Nagajuna all from Rotary North Rocks were in attendance.
The following reports were made:
1) Club Secretary Gary Hayman and President-elect Bass Bhaskaran attended the Rotary District 9685 AGM at St Joseph's Baulkham Hills on Saturday.  Of note was that the Zone 8 Regionalisation project vote was successful with 20 0f 21 Districts in the Zone voting to proceed.  More information to come.
2) PP Ed Strom provided the following update in relation to the Eugowra Flood Disaster.
On Monday last Bob O’Shea, his grandson Zac, a mate of Bobs (in a great 49 Ford pickup), Pam Hudson and her husband, the District Secretary and I went up and back to Eugowra with five vehicles full of non-perishable food, hand tools, electrical leads, power boards, power tools and a few odds and ends.
I was surprised when we arrived at the showground as there was no one there except a few Rotarians from Parkes and Orange and some support workers, I realised that we had arrived at the same time as the funeral for the lady that lost her life and everybody had attended that.
They do not require any more food or clothing but their immediate needs are plumbers and electricians.  There would be the need , in the near future, for cleaners, painters and general roustabouts.  On the material side of things they needed disinfectant, cleaning products, cleaning gear and mosquito repellent.  They would also like some gift cards so they can purchase personal items.  Pam Hudson was camping overnight and would get more details the next day.
So after a sausage sandwich, cooked by Rotarians of course, we headed back to Sydney.  It will be a long road back for Eugowra and now the water has gone down, the work continues and will for many months. Thank you very much to the people who have contributed and made the trip to Eugowra.
3) Sandra Payne provided an update in relation to the makeover at the Telopea Community Centre.  The overall plan has been wound back a little given that the garden is likely to be relocated in the future when the new Telopea Community Redevelopment is underway.  The Dundas Area Neighbourhood Centre have locked the garden so it is no longer in use pending the garden makeover being completed.
Sandra is planning a working bee at the garden on Saturday 17th December and is inviting members to participate.  Work is likely to be mostly demo of the existing structures.  
4) Aaron Kamarajan provided a short update that he is planning to visit the Rotary Club of Parramatta to let them know about the planned walkathon at Parramatta Park next year.
5) Trudy Stevenson provided an update that CCA at Eastwood are requesting donations of items for Christmas gifts.  Items to be collected at the next club meeting and the Christmas Party.
Trudy also reminded members that the earlybird registration for the 2023 Rotary Convention in Melbourne will end on December 15th.  Anyone planning to attend the Melbourne Convention, should ensure they have registered to avail of the reduced price.
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Upcoming Events
Board Meeting
Dec 13, 2022
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Club Board Meeting
Vikings Club
Dec 13, 2022 6:30 PM
End of Year Barefoot Bowls & Dinner
F C Social
Dec 16, 2022 5:00 PM
Australia Day @ John Wearn Reserve
John Wearn Reserve
Jan 26, 2023
7:00 AM – 10:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Erma Yunita
December 13
Sandra Payne
December 18
Spouse Birthdays
Lyn Booth
December 12
Mike Morgan
Carol Morgan
December 16
Join Date
Russ Riddell
December 1, 1986
36 years
Prazad D'Zouza
December 4, 2018
4 years
Trudy Stevenson
December 4, 2018
4 years
Pamela Lawrance
December 11, 2001
21 years
Erma Yunita
December 13, 2021
1 year
Ben Fox
December 14, 2010
12 years
John Allsopp
December 15, 1981
41 years
Dexter Tabeta
December 16, 2008
14 years
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Trudy Stevenson
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