Meeting Responsibilities for next week
Morgan, Susie
Miller, Douglas
Attendance Desk
Pack, John
Park, David
Taking Notes
Midgley, Sherry
Future Guest Speakers
Mar 20, 2018
Getting to know our members
Mar 27, 2018
Literacy Network
Apr 24, 2018
OzGreen Program Manager
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Upcoming Events
Rotary International Peace Building Conference
Mar 17, 2018
Manly Rotary Fun Run and Walk
Jun 03, 2018
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Peter Sommer
March 19
Sherry Midgley
March 31
Join Date
David Park
February 1, 1971
47 years
Andrea Hogan
February 3, 2015
3 years
Ron Delezio
March 25, 2014
4 years
Welcome to our Club
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Royal Far West
19 South Steyne
Manly, NSW  2095
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What a great weekend we had at The Fairmont in Leura, attending the 9685 District Conference. There were 430 participants in the event and we were able to meet up with other clubs in our area. The weather was stunning, though we didn’t have much time on our hands to take in all of the beautiful Blue Mountains. We were able to enjoy our breaks on the lawns overlooking the sandstone cliffs however our Showcase stand was a great success with many conference participants coming to have a chat (see photo below). Particular interest was shown in our Fun Run coming up on 3 June and we were able to talk to people about the Rambutso sanitation program and Australian Doctors International. Our conference speakers were motivational and absorbing, with speeches from our youth to experienced Rotarians. Saturday night’s dinner was fun with congratulations to Ty Stoke for his win in “the most colourful dress” and also the musical competition.
Plans for the fun run are progressing according to plan. Robert Jones, Norm Thomson and I were pleased it wasn’t raining today when we walked the 10k route to double check our requirements for this new route. What a great course this is with a degree of difficulty and wonderful scenery along the way. We are sure this year’s runners/walkers will enjoy the changes that have been made.
Hope you all have a great week, Susie
Our Manly Club Stand
Tuesday, 13th March 2018
We give thanks for food, friends, fellowship and the opportunity to serve through Rotary. Toast to Australia
The Shanahans, Bojana Deskov, Ted & Robyn Waters, Barbara Gardiner
  • Patrick Stone, visiting from US
  • Cathy Hockey, Manager Bushlink,
  • Anna Bowden, Community Engagement Manager Royal Far West
Club News    
Stand Tall
Volunteers please go to North Club Cammeray at 12.30 on Saturday 17 March.
Details of their event on 13 June will come soon, to be held at International Convention Centre. Volunteers required
District News
  • President Elect training 7 April 2018, if anyone is interested in attending. Please see Susie
  • Susie has sent around details of a scam awareness training if anyone is interested (also attached at bottom of Bulletin)
  • Peace Building Conference Sydney Town Hall 17 March 2018 (details below in Bulletin)
  • District Assembly to be held at The Kings School, Parramatta 8.30am – 4.30pm 29th April. Club members must attend the Foundation session or we are not eligible for any grants.  Give your name to Doug if you are interested in going. Full details here:  Registrations close 20th April
General Business 
Congratulations to Lynne Shori on winning the Blackmores Mercy Whelan Women & Wellness Award Category - Change-being woman
Summary of District Conference by Sherry, Vivien, Susie, Ty, Beverley
The theme of the conference was Old ways won't open new doors, with many of the speakers touching on this theme - respecting the traditions whilst being open to new ways to doing things. All who attended agreed the quality of speakers were very good. Particular favourites by the group were Gill Hicks, who talked about rebuilding her life after losing her legs in a terrorist attack, Kalma McLellan on ending Trachoma by 2020 (did you know Australia is the only developed country with trachoma?) & Ex Rotary International President John Germ who opened and closed the conference with a very funny and passionate talk.
There was also an interesting presentation on the process for applying for District grants and how to understand the system.
We also had a lot of fun, with Ty winning both the best dressed male and the music competition!
Next year's District Conference will be held in Newcastle on the 29/30/31 March (see details below) and it would be great if we can have more club members who want to attend
Sherry with Speaker Gill Hicks
Guest Speakers
Anna Bowden, Community Engagement Manager, The Royal Far West

For 94 years the Manly and Northern Beaches community has supported Royal Far West and country families. Building on this strong tradition, Royal Far West’s City to Country week from March 24 – 30 2018 is a call to action for our Northern Beaches community to get behind country kids and connect them with the care that they need.

How can Rotary members get involved?

Join in the fun of our City to Country week trail from March 26-29. Eat and drink your way around Manly at selected venues, they donate to Royal Far West and you can win some amazing prizes.

Find out more about Royal Far West  at our “Behind the Scenes’ Open Day. Sunday March 25 11am-3pm
Take a look at the past, present and future of Royal Far West with historic photo exhibitions, tours, workshops, BBQ , country games and a monster raffle. Visit the website at

Gala Dinner at Ruby Lane

Ruby Lane Manly has invited some of their paramount suppliers, Ethical Farmers and Tamburlaine Organic Wines, to highlight the importance of sustainable organic producers and create a real connection between country and city. The skilled chefs at Ruby Lane Manly have created a unique five course ‘paddock to plate’ style dinner menu for what will be a memorable evening with live entertainment on March 24

They are always looking for volunteers and fundraisers at Royal Far West. If you’d like to know more please contact or call on 89668516


Patrick Stone
Patrick kindly donated a flag from his local club to the Manly club
Cathy Hockey, Manager Bushlink
Cathy opened her talk by thanking the Manly Rotary club for supporting them in their desire to pilot a new scheme.
They have used the money donated to produce a number of self-sustainable veggie gardens which they are trailing by placing them in local schools (currently Collaroy and Manly West). The gardens are built by the disabled employees and the long term plan is to be able to sell them to other schools and the general public. The trial has started well and the gardens that have been built have not needed watering for 4 weeks due to the built in reservoir of water within the bed. The beds are currently costing $600-700 each but the trial is looking at ways they can reduce this cost by changing the materials.  The funding has meant they can learn how to produce them, look at the teams required, what worked, what didn't work and in June they will assess what model works best.
This trial and the other work undertaken by Bushlink provides people with disabilities the opportunity to meaningful employment
In May/June Bushlink would like to invite Rotary members to come along and help make some veggie beds as well as plant some trees which is a Rotary goal for this year, to plant 1 tree for every club member.
This is the link to the video that didn't work this morning.
A very profitable 'who did it' session run by Ty
Raffle - Lynne
Tuesday, 6th March 2018
STANDTALL” FUNDRAISER, Saturday March 17, announced by Ted Waters who is looking to fill a table of 8 and some volunteers to help set up for the event at the North Sydney Leagues Club.
Susie Morgan confirmed the annual DISTRICT ASSEMBLY to be held from 8.30am to 4pm at the Kings School, Parramatta on Sunday, April 29.  Ted Waters explained the importance of ROTARY FOUNDATION Directors attending the breakouts for future access to Foundation Grants.
Susie mentioned her proposed visit along with a friend to the UMOJA – KENYA project and suggested she hold a fundraiser lunch at her home with perhaps some donated gifts to provide some funds for the project and at same time get some recognition for the Manly Rotary Club.  Suggestions please.
Susie announced State Member James Griffin’s Community Recognition Statement and the mention he gave in parliament to Manly Rotary for the good work being done in the community in supporting the BUSHLINK plant propagation project. 
Doug Miller announced that the regular club meeting on May 8 would have as guests our current Community Leaders, James Griffin, Mike Regan, Candy Bingham and possibly Dave Darcy.  He called for maximum attendance to demonstrate the strength of our club.
The renamed MANLY WOMANS SHELTER has announced a Gala Fundraiser Dinner to held June 2, 2018 and extended invitations to our members.
The “worlds newest Rotarian”…great presentation by Ted Waters in welcoming Bo into the Manly Rotary family.  Ted had preliminary meeting with Bo and Co-President Susie and gave a good example of the informal mentoring that he has proposed.
A big welcome to Bo!
The ongoing means by which Doug wants to reaffirm the results of a Survey conducted by Ann Horwitz last year before moving north.  The theme that Doug is reinforcing is the need to continue developing the standard of our meetings, the mixture/variety of guest speakers and in-house discussions, the ongoing “5 by Me” introductory speakers, the frequency of separate social dinners/gatherings etc.  Doug gave as an example a format of the Turramurra Rotary Club and that we should consider all manner of input to keep our club as desirable for new members and progressive for the current membership. The limited number of members for Directorships and the most important of these directorships is an ongoing issue but Youth programmes were considered of high importance.
Ty raised the previously mentioned First Aid Courses proposed by David Brown and it was suggested that a professional guest to the club could be more accessible.  Bo, the world’s newest Rotarian, mentioned she may know someone that could fill this role.
Viv Coulson with her Community Director’s hat on announced the nomination and finalist of our Lynne Shori in “Blackmores” International Women’s Day awards, good luck Lynne.  Also, the awarding of a three year Grant from the June Canavan Foundation for Lynne’s PNG projects.  Lynne informed the club that she has been invited to address government leaders and corporate dignitaries in Port Morseby on her PNG projects and this is by far the most senior presentation she has presented and bodes well for future funding.
A wonderfully prepared “finefest” by Viv based on innuendo, insinuations and half-truths that had all members reaching for their small change.
Raffle – Richard Schroder
Manly Fun Run
Scam Awareness Seminar
Rotary District 9685 Conference 2019
For full details on the Rotary District Conference please click here
Joke of the week

Weekly Newsletter from the Manly Rotary Club - 13th March 2018