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St Ives

Rotarians Serving Humanity

We meet Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
Peter Canisius House
102 Mona Vale Rd
Pymble, NSW  2073
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Aug 03, 2016
Brian Wexham
Skills One Australia
Aug 10, 2016
Professor Anurag Agarwal
Medication to Meditation
Aug 17, 2016
Club Assembly
Aug 24, 2016
Ronan Ribeiro & Mirelle Ranzani
International Youth Exchange
Aug 31, 2016
Professor John Carter
Cromehurst Foundation
Sep 06, 2016
Sep 07, 2016
Sep 10, 2016
Comedy for a Cause
Roseville Golf Club
Sep 14, 2016
Colleen Zurowski
Room to Read
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Vice President
Immediate Past President
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If you would like to visit our club or are thinking of joining a Rotary club, please come to one of our regular meetings, just let us know two days in advance so that we can organise catering for you. 
We meet on Wednesday evenings at the Peter Canisius House, 102 Mona Vale Rd Pymble at 6.30 pm, with the formal part of the meeting starting at 7.00 pm.  We usually finish at 8.30 pm. We have a two course dinner. 
The cost of dinner is $35 per person.  Please send an email to if you would like to attend a meeting. Our Club Secretary, will confirm your attendance.

The Rotary Club of St Ives welcomes Corporate Sponsors who would like to promote their businesses and help us with our service projects and charitable activities.  This website is visited by our members and the general public hundreds of times per month, and provides ongoing name recognition and contact details for our sponsors.
Sponsorship also includes advertising placement in our weekly newsletter, The Waratah, and in our public activities.
The "Silver Sponsor" package is $500 per year.
The "Gold Sponsor" package, costing $1000 per year. 
To apply for sponsorship, please click here for the application form, and send it back to the address indicated.
Home Page Stories
Past President Bhuvan Unhelkar truly is a global citizen with rich experiences and an interesting and very valuable perspective on the Rotary family around the world.
Bhuvan is not only an outstanding educator and communicator, but knows how to prepare presentations worthy of attention.Perhaps the most powerful thing though was what he had to say to accompany the presentation – truly inspiring Bhuvan!Best known to us as our ‘always happy’ Past President, Bhuvan truly is a man of the world as his presentation demonstrated. 
His Rotary experiences overseas are rich and varied.  From being part of a team going into India to distribute vaccines to End Polio, to makeup meetings in Malaysia and working with children of people in prison in Brazil Bhuvan has seen a lot of ‘Rotary in action’.  These experiences with Rotary go a long way to giving Bhyvan a very special perspective, of what it means to be a member of the Rotary family internationally.
Being a bit of a traditionalist himself, Bhuvan enjoys the many hallmarks that make attending a Rotary meeting in any part of the world feel familiar. Despite our cultural, language and historical differences our common ground is very unifying wherever you go on the planet it would seem.  It would also seem that Bhuvan is doing all he can to meet as many of the 1.2 members of Rotary worldwide.
Bhuvan gave us a powerful analogy to consider when talking about Rotary – a tree!  Each section holding an important Rotary value and symbolic meaning:
Leaves – our diversity
Branches – our fellowship
Trunk – our integrity
Roots – our service
We’ve become very accustomed to having Bhuvan around these past few months and when he leaves to go back to Florida his presence and energy will be sincerely missed.  The one thing we know though, wherever he is on the planet, he will consistently give of his best in the service of others.
Russell perhaps best summed up what the audience felt at the end of the presentation.  Bhuvan Unhelkar is an extraordinary Rotarian and a truly extraordinary man.  With so much to share and generously to give – Bhuvan epitomizes what it means to be a Rotarian.

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What a FABULOUS night!  
Especially wonderful to catch up with some ‘old’ friends
as well as welcoming our ‘new’ friends!


Lifeline needs more books for their Book Fair - great time to clear out your bookcases for a good cause!

A night of fabulous fun and fellowship!


A fabulous evening of fun and fellowship!

On Wednesday 22 June the members and friends of the Rotary Club of St Ives celebrated their Changeover Dinner.  Thank you Past President Murray Lennon and congratulations President Peter Lorschy.  Looking forward to a fabulous 2016-2017 Rotary year.

It is so good to see our Past President Bhuvan back in Australia and importantly back at St Ives Rotary this week! 
We are delighted that he will be around for a few more weeks as he enjoys America’s summer vacation back in his home-town.  Our loss has certainly been Rotary Club of Sarasota Sunrise’s gain! 
Buhvan was delighted to give President Murray Lennon the banner from his new Rotary club in Florida.  The only negative about having you back with us for a short period is that we have to say goodbye to you again and are once more reminded of how much we miss your cheerful company and wonderful humour!

Reflections on Wednesday 8 June 2016:
Where to begin?  At age 31 years Sharon Edington has a perspective on the world and rich life experiences that very few people gain in a lifetime!
She is an outstanding ambassador for Rotary and in particular for the Rotary Peace Fellow program.  She attributes many of her achievements to what Rotary has invested in her.  In truth, Rotary facilitated her opportunity to grow, but there is something very special about this young woman that goes beyond her achievements.
Sharon explained the Rotary selection process to become a Rotary Peace Fellow and it clearly is rigorous.  Undertaking a Masters Degree at the University of Bradford in the UK complemented the volunteer work Sharon had already done.  The opportunity to study with like-minded people from around the world who shared the common goal of making a difference and supporting disadvantaged communities was a defining time. 
Sharon profiled four people from her cohort Peace Fellows class (2013-2014) and it was evident from her descriptions of them as people, as well as their accomplishments, that those enrolled in the Masters course were all exceptional humanitarians.  It was also evident that Sharon continues to invest intellectually and socially with the network she formed during her studies.
There is little doubt that a young woman who has the following experience at such a young age has even greater things ahead of her: 
  • Ministry of Education, Atacama Desert, Chile (6.5 months 2006)
  • Youth Movement for Peace and Non-violence, Sierra Leone (3 months 2007)
  • Deputy Project Manager, Agriculture sector, PNG (4 years 2007-2011)
  • Action Aid Palestine, Wet Bank (2 years 2011-2013)
  • CARE International, Tbilisi, Georgia (2013)
  • Rotary peace Fellow (2014-2015
  • Current role – her ‘dream job’ as she describes it, is working for Act for Peace (2015)
Her service to community, focused personal and professional commitment to humanity requires high-level leadership skills, communication skills and personal attributes that are rare.  By supporting peace-builders Rotary International is investing in exceptional people who are ready, willing and capable of bringing significant changes to the world.
Sharon Edingon is a Rotary Peace Fellow and a person who exemplifies all that is admirable about the work of Rotary in the world. 
She went one step further before leaving us by inviting us to consider how she might be able to help us in the future …. now that is something for us to consider!


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This extra-special early registration rate of $265 for the 2017 Rotary Convention is in honor of Arch Klumph's 6 June birthday, and the $26.50 first contribution to Rotary's endowment. If you are thinking about attending here's an offer too good to miss!



Look out for the latest edition of Rotary Down Under
in your letterbox this week!
June 2016 Issue 584

My Friends in Rotary,
As the time to hand over the baton to incoming Governor Bruce rapidly approaches, I look back at the past 12 months with a great deal of satisfaction and gratitude.  I have been very fortunate in that it has been a very enjoyable and relatively incident-free time for me; we’ve had no major natural disasters such as bushfires or floods in our District, I’ve had a great team of talented and dedicated members who have gone out of their way to ensure that the year has been as successful as it could possibly have been, and Harold and I have been overwhelmed, and humbled, by the warmth and dedication that all members have offered us where-ever we have been this year.  District 9685 truly is a fantastic District and it’s been a great honour for me to serve as your Governor!
As you no doubt appreciate, a large proportion of my time this past year has been spent visiting Clubs and attending some of the fantastic programs and projects that you have carried out. To me, this has been by far the best part of my year as Governor.  Harold and I have been blown away learning of the wonderful work that you do in the name of Rotary and I sincerely thank you for your dedication and commitment to making the world a better place.   You have certainly risen to President Ravi’s challenge to Be A Gift to the World!
It was a privilege for me to be able to recognise some of the great work that you have done this year - at the Presidents’ Meeting last week - when the District Awards for 2015-16were presented.  Congratulations to those clubs who received the winning trophy in each category, and also for Clubs who received a Certificate of Meritorious Service (Unfortunately, there can only be one winner!).  Whilst a couple of the awards are judged automatically from information provided on the web (Membership Growth, Website and Bulletin Awards) most are selected from applications that are submitted to the appropriate Avenues of Service Chair.  Not all Clubs seek recognition – they just ‘get on and do it’, so if your Club didn’t receive an award, maybe it’s because you didn’t put in an application!  However, I think it’s great for Clubs to be recognised for the hard work you do, and I do encourage you all to consider applying next year.
I know many of you are in wind-down mode at the moment and are thinking about the year ahead, but this hasn’t halted the huge number of functions that have been held in our District over the past month or so.  Harold and I have been to a number of community recognition nights – Pride of Workmanship, Community / Unsung Heroes, Vocational Excellence and Police Officer of the Year Awards nights, and also events to recognise community supporters of major events such as the Bobbin Head Classic (run jointly by Wahroonga, St Ives, Turramurra and Ku-ring-gai), Richmond’s thank you to the Volunteers who helped out at the Richmond Show, and Woy Woy’s thank you to their Opera in the Arboretum supporters.  These have been very enjoyable evenings and are a great way to expose Rotary to the wider community and at the same time recognise worthy people in our local communities.
This last month also saw three very successful MUNA programs held throughout the District – on the Central Coast, at Baulkham Hills High and at Penrith High, and I congratulate everyone involved in organising and running these events – not to mention all the school teams who participated. The trouble that most teams went to, to accurately represent their assigned countries was outstanding and the debating skills of the students was very commendable.   Maybe our District will sponsor the winner of the National MUNA again this year!  Winter RYPEN is also coming up in a couple of weeks so if you have a last minute candidate, contact RYPEN Chair, Dave Clark, for details.  I also had the privilege of congratulating the 20,000th student to attend RYDA on the Central Coast recently.  Another great program which is strongly supported by our District!
You will all be aware that District Changeover is being held on Saturday 25 June at Hornsby RSL from 6pm for 6.30pm start.  Just like Club Changeovers, the District Changeover is a celebration of the year that has passed and an opportunity to welcome in our new Governor, Bruce Lakin.  It will be a fun night:  we will be keeping the formalities to a minimum, there will be some entertainment, delicious food, a presentation of a few awards, and a great opportunity for fellowship.  Cost is $50.00 per person which includes a two course meal and a drink on arrival.  We are planning a photographic display of projects and activities carried out by clubs during the year and ask that each club sends in some (up to a dozen) good quality, high resolution photos of your signature events.  Please send these to  The aim is to have a large cross section of Club activities showcased.   It would be wonderful to have all clubs represented at the Changeover dinner and I encourage you all to register as soon as you can - registrations close on 17 June.....REGISTER HERE.
As I said at the beginning of the year, it’s not been my year, it’s been OUR year, and I’m merely the conductor of the orchestra – you’ve played the music, I’ve just helped you keep in tune!  Thank you for giving me this wonderful opportunity, and for the fantastic support you have shown to Harold and me.  It truly has been a once in a life-time experience and we have so many wonderful memories!
I look forward to seeing you on 25 June.
Gina Growden
Governor RI District 9685, 2015-16

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