Club News


Twilight Bike Rides Every Thursday at 5.30pm we gather at Speers Point Park to join Barry’s Twilight Rides. The rides are a community event and each week have included a few local riders joining Club members on investigating different rides around our beautiful lake.

They also provide a social get together for Club members and community members whether riders or spectators. You don’t need to be a rider, or on the roster, to come and enjoy the afternoon. We have streamlined the organisation. We provide soft drink or water as well as a sweet treat as a reward for sharing the evening. A reminder that a gold coin donation is appreciated and will go towards RCWB’s community service.
 
Text Yes, name and number of riders to 0428 259 769.
 
We look forward to sharing this regular event with you.
 
Guest Speaker introduction: Glenda introduced the guest speaker, Erica Henley, and her husband, Kim. Erica is the CEO of Operation Hope Australia Ltd – Supporting Refugees in Northern Iraq. Erica, a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Toronto, was the joint recipient of the 2020 Zone 8 Rotarian of the Year Award.
 
Erica gave a little of her history as a volunteer working with refugee children. It started when they were living in Brisbane. In 2016, she had the opportunity to volunteer in refugee camps in Greece. From there, Operation Hope Australia Ltd started growing. Erica’s husband, Kim, ensured that all the paperwork to register the humanitarian aid organisation and comply with all the legal requirements were met.
 
In 2017, Erica travelled to Kurdistan in Northern Iraq to help set up a Women and Children’s Ward in the Emergency Field Hospital, only 20km east of Mosel (which was under seige by ISIS). Erica & Kim’s son set up the facility for women & children, whilst Erica raised funds for 25 medical treatments and surgeries throughout 2017 & 2018.
 
Rotary Club of Warners Bay and their Christmas elves are busy getting together an awesome collection of goodies for you for Christmas.

The team of elves, led by Christine, John and Vina are gathering supplies to fill Santa’s sleigh. As its Australia and the reindeer are busy elsewhere, this amazing Christmas gift comes in its own brand new fully registered trailer. 
 
Tickets $2.00
 
Tickets will be sold in a location near you soon so look out for the Rotary Club of Warners Bay Christmas Trailer in your area.
 
If you would like to purchase tickets and you haven't caught us out and about, please contact Christine on christineje@bigpond.com 
 
 
 
It has been a frustrating few days to say the least. As I was setting up for our first face to face board meeting last Monday, I heard that our live-in Newcastle Jet had been sent home from school with cold-like symptoms. So we got him tested (negative), but had to cancel the face-to-face, just in case.
 
Then, having confirmed with Club Macquarie that we were good to meet there on Monday, we had 3 covid cases in Newcastle, with the potential for more, so I cancelled that too. Things do seem to be calming down, and I am hopeful we can meet face-to-face next time!
 
 
 
This charity, founded in March 2017 supports those affected by domestic violence, homelessness and unemployment. Some of the many things they do/provide are counselling, low cost food outlet, op-shop and a twice weekly cooked breakfast. These services are for anyone and everyone in need.
 
Christine Johnson-Evans and Kerry Hayes visited the venue to meet the founder and coordinator Maria, an amazing an inspirational woman. Maria showed them around and talked about the many great services the charity provides.
 
 
Our fortnightly Zoom meetings continue on and tonight we had guest speaker Sally Hetherington OAM, founder and CEO of Human and Hope Association Incorporated (Australia). At the age of 25, Sally bought a one-way ticket to Siem Reap, Cambodia, with the goal of helping people living in poverty.
 
A few months into her journey in Cambodia, Sally realised that the sustainable development of a community cannot be achieved through the involvement of short-term foreign volunteers. The realisation led Sally to transform a community centre into a locally run NGO registered organisation - Human and Hope Association (Cambodia).
 
Sally’s strong belief in local empowerment for community sustainability led to the selfless decision of making herself redundant at the end of the four-year transformation process. Human and Hope Association Incorporated was subsequently established under Sally’s leadership, with the purpose of raising funds to empower communities to reduce inequalities and spread awareness about the importance of local empowerment.
 
 
Last night we had our Rotary Club of Warners Bay changeover. Members and guests all zoomed in as our current President Les Corrigan passed the collar over to President Elect Barry Knowles.
 
We were pleased to have District Governer Graeme and Sue and Area Governer Clarice join us for our formalities and celebrations.
 
We had an induction into the Paul Harris Fellowship with a virtual presentation to RN Rob Woolley who is part of the MHERV initiative. His service to the community was recognised by all in attendance and Rob also shared with us some stories from the road. Our club along with Rutherford/Telarah has recently taken over MHERV as our own initiative.
 
A special recognition of the Rotary Superhero pin for the very first time in our club was presented to outgoing President Les in recognition of his work with Rotary and in the community.
 
A full report will be detailed in our next newsletter.
 
Club Executives
President: 
Barry Knowles
 
Secretary:
Katrina Henningham
 
Treasurer:
Christine Johnson-Evans
Postal Address:

P.O. Box 81
Warners Bay 2282
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