Club President's Message
Greetings Rotarians and friends !
I hope you enjoyed our joint meeting last week with the Rotary Club of Granville as much as I did.  Thankyou again to James Addo and Paul Keteko who were applauded for wearing their  traditional Ghanian attire.  We are grateful to Rotary Granville for planning a fun evening and the special cake to celebrate the birthday of Paul Harris - the founder of Rotary !
Today I attended the farewell of Kathryn Hammond at the Dundas Area Neighbourhood Centre.  We first met Kathryn when she reached out via the Next Door app to seek volunteer assistance with renovating their office space.  It was clear from the people attending today's gathering that Kathryn has made a big impact on the Telopea / Dundas community in a relatively short period of time.  We wish her well in her new job out at Richmond which is closer to home.  The Telopea community garden project is ongoing and a meeting is expected to be held about mid-May for all project partners to meet the next Community Centre Manager and move the project forward.  
Life has been a bit hectic in the Stevenson household recently, so James and I are taking off for a couple of weeks on a driving adventure up to Longreach / Winton and back.  
There is no club meeting this week due to ANZAC Day.  And IPP Sudhir Mooray will be presiding over the meeting on May 2nd when Fay Kitto from Rotary North Rocks will be speaking about Cambodia.
Numbers are limited for the visit to the new Next Sense site at Macquarie Park on Tuesday 9th May at 2pm.  This is a construction site and good footwear is required.  If you want to attend, please email Mike Morgan to get your name on the list.
Planning is underway for the North Rocks Market 40th Anniversary on Sunday 21st May - do put this one in your diary.  If you know of someone who might want to be a stallholder, send them our North Rocks Market 40th Anniversary website booking link.
Hub Report 
HUB REPORT for TUESDAY 18th April 2023 - Joint meeting with Rotary Club of Granville at Granville Diggers.
Hub Reporter: Rod Jolly.
The meeting was opened jointly by the President of the Rotary Club Granville, Mary Ghribian, and the President of the Rotary Club of Carlingford, Trudy Stevenson. A welcome to country was given by Bharathi Rengarajan. President Mary then welcomed everyone, especially those from the Rotary Club of Parramatta Daybreak. This was followed by a toast to Rotary.
The meeting consisted of an extended presentation from each club giving information about the club and its projects and then some fun trivia and concluding comments from Renga Raja Chidambaranathan, who is the Rotary Foundation director for Granville.
A presentation on RC of Granville, supported by Powerpoint, was given by Bharathi.  She informed us that the club is in District 9675 and was chartered on 18 July, 1956 with 24 members. In 2023 they have 20 members including the youngest woman president.  Nine nationalities are represented, there is a gender balance and the age range is from 20 to 80. The club has had 2 District Governors; Sue Emerett and Ken Nicholls. Fund raising activities include Bunnings’ barbecue, special dinners and raffles.
Granville club has been involved in many local, national and international projects. A major local project was the Girl Guide Hall in East Granville and another was tree planting. The club is promoting Rotary in the community by Partnership with Local Council, engaging the Local Member of Parliament and building relations with media so that activities are reported widely. International projects include medical aid to Sri Lanka and India.  Youth projects have included programs to help local youth with preparing for job opportunities and interviews and mental health programs.  Granville club has also supported RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards), RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment) and NYSF (National Youth Science Forum).
An important focus of the club is on fellowship and they have organized projects with fun events attached in Jindabyne, Camden and Dural to name just a few.  They subscribe to the idea of keeping the member in Rotary and keeping Rotary in the member.  They meet once a fortnight rather than weekly, in line with a philosophy of fewer meetings and more projects. They have projects in every avenue of service, including Peace Forums, provision of food hampers and hygiene packs for those in need, women’s health projects and youth projects.
President Trudy Stevenson then addressed the meeting outlining the formation and composition of Rotary Club Carlingford. The club has just celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. It has 44 members drawn from 15 countries and of these members 27% are female.  Ages range from 30’s to 80’s. Trudy told us the club has a strong core of health-related professionals, covering medical, dental and audiology and its major fund raising activity is the Market held each Sunday.
Mike Morgan then informed the meeting about the North Rocks Market. The first market, held on 22 May 1983, had 16 stalls and produced an income of $160. The greatest number of stalls at a market has been 215 and the greatest annual income was $209,000 in 2009. The market has had a gross income of over five million dollars, with Next Sense being the major beneficiary.  We currently average approximately 40 stalls per market and anticipate an income of $80,000 this year to fund projects.
Two major projects in Vocational Avenue of Service are the 3 year Nursing Scholarship at University of Western Sydney for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student and the Renwick Scholarship for postgraduate study given to a staff member at Next Sense.
Aaron Kamarajan advised the meeting of Carlingford’s Community projects, focusing on three projects. These were firstly the Parramatta Mission Lunch project at which our club provides 150 meals. A team of 10 volunteers works from 9am to 2pm and the club contributes $2000. Secondly the Eugowra flood relief project in association with Rotary Club of Parkes and lastly the provision in conjunction with RC of Granville of Rapid antigen test kit to community.
Sandra Payne highlighted two Environmental projects, the Clean Up Australia Day at Eric Mobbs Park and the community garden project in Dundas Valley for which we have held our first working bee.  Sandra expressed particular interest in Granville’s tree planting and was given enticing detail of their trip to Jindabyne which culminated in an excellent roast dinner. “Too much fun!” said Sandra.  But it could be a good model to adapt!
James Addo provided considerable detail on the construction of wells in Ghana that our club has been involved in over several years.  Our club was involved with the development of 22 wells in the Volta region. The latest project involves the construction of clean drinking water facilities and micro toilets in the Kona region. Kona is the capital town of the region and has a population of 22,000 people.  During rain the water supply in the region gets contaminated. A global grant of $240,000 involving clubs from Canada, 10 US states and our club can help to make a difference in the whole area and potentially affect up to a million people.
A project for providing latrines for houses in Bali has been initiated by Nita and would be conducted in association with Rotary Club of Bali Bersinar. It is planned to obtain a global grant for this.
President Trudy told us of Public Image/Community project for Australia Day that our club runs in conjunction with RC of North Rocks and RC of Beecroft.  It includes a Flag Raising Ceremony, various cultural activities including traditional dancing and music from a range of nationalities and a movie screened in the early evening.  President Trudy also introduced President-elect Bass Bhaskaran and President-nominee Martha Jabour in significant community projects was also acknowledged.
An exchange of banners between the clubs concluded these information sessions.
A series of trivia questions on Rotary and on World Landmarks presented in Kahoot format (multiple choice with 4 options for each question) resulted in some discussion as groups of approximately 6 Rotarians determined their agreed responses.  The winning team got a perfect score and then shared the “Favourites” chocolates that they won. How perfect is that!
Then came even more fun as we celebrated Paul Harris’s 155th birthday (Born on 18 April, 1868) with a birthday cake jointly cut by the 2 presidents, Mary and Trudy.
A reflection and vote of thanks were given by Renga Rajan Chidambaranathan of Granville club.  He was pleased to tell us of 2 projects, one to provide 36 dialysis machines to India and the other related to provision of computers for rural students. He thanked those attending, especially those for whom it was their first attendance at a Rotary meeting.


AVCF 2023 Medical mission to
south vietnam announced
AusViet Charity Foundation (AVCF) is pleased to announce that AVCF 2023 Mission will be in Mo Cay District, Ben Tre Province in the Mekong Delta South Vietnam. It is from Sunday 24 September 2023 to Sunday 1 October 2023.  For more information about joining this trip as a volunteer please click this link, or ask Trudy for the email with details and Expression of Interest forms circulated by Dr Phuoc Vo.
Beecroft Youth Awards
When: Sunday 30 April 2023
Time: 12:30-2:30pm
Where: Beecroft Community Centre, 111 Beecroft Rd, Beecroft
Register here - $20 per adult, free for students & children
These awards recognise students in Years 11-12 who pursue their passion while making a difference in the community. Nominations are open now.
The awards will celebrate achievement across 9 categories
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Employee of the Year
  • Sportsperson of the Year
  • Journalist of the Year
  • Performing Artist of the Year
  • Young Person in STEM of the Year
  • Environmentalist of the Year
  • Designer of the Year
We will present the awards at a community afternoon tea with 100+ local students, families, supporters and Rotary members.  Members of the Rotary Club of Carlingford are invited to attend.
Daniel Drummer, Youth Director, RC Beecroft
Please contact Martha Jabour for a group booking
Rotary International District 9685 Changeover
DG Mina Howard and DGE Christine Owen invite you to join
friends and leaders from across the district as we celebrate the service
and accomplishments of Rotarians over the past year and begin to grow Rotary together in 2023-2024. 
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Crosbie will share his personal experience of living with a mental health condition,
Crosbie will share his personal experience of living with a mental health condition,

Crosbie Lorimer bio
Crosbie Lorimer is a Landscape Architect who came to Australia from the UK in 1989 for a year and never quite got back to England.
He is a volunteer speaker for Beyond Blue, a national organisation that works to raise awareness about anxiety and depression, reduce the associated stigma and encourage people to get help.
Crosbie became a Beyond Blue speaker because he felt the need to open up the conversation about depression and anxiety having experienced and recovered from both, and in light of his experience of depression, anxiety and suicide in his family.
Amongst other things in his twenty five years in Australia, Crosbie has married, become a Director of his company, raced yachts, wind-surfed, sung in choirs, played bad social tennis with his wife and become a volunteer for Sailability, taking disabled people sailing.

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