Posted by Chris McGrath on Feb 09, 2019

This month we take a look at Peace and conflict resolution

 
click HERE to learn about Peace Fellowships
AND
click HERE for an extra article on Promoting Peace


 
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Posted by Chris McGrath on Nov 20, 2018
 
This article is from Matt explaining about his trip to Bangkok on 28th to 30th November. He has been invited to be part of the "Peace Summit for Emerging Leaders" at the UN in Bangkok. President Howard Mole, presented Matt with a cheque for $300 to help with his expenses.
A short article is below under the "Read More" tag
 
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Posted by Chris McGrath on Feb 25, 2018
Goods have arrived and have been delivered to the School!
 
ROTARIANS FROM WARATAH AND SINGLETON SUNRISE MAKE A DIFFERENCE
A chance visit to a small island off the south coast of Fiji sparked an interest in assisting the teachers and students from a small primary school in the South Pacific.
Dravuni Island school has 27 students from kindergarten to year 4, and two very dedicated teachers.
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Posted by Chris McGrath on Feb 15, 2018

A lovely sunny day, approximately 700 entrants this year on new route for the first time. General opinion was very positive, some minor issues but the riders I spoke to will be back again next year.
The family ride around the cycle way was very popular again this year, great to see Mums & Dads enjoying the day with the kids and taking advantage of the event.

 
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Posted by Chris McGrath on Dec 13, 2017
 
99 years old on 14th December 2017
 
Nev Chant celebrated his birthday a little early this year. On Monday night, 11 December, Nev was totally surprised as the Christmas party turned into a Birthday party, because on 14 December, Nev would turn 99 years old!! 
 
Our valued member, Neville Chant turns 99 Chris McGrath 2017-12-12 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Dec 11, 2017
 
A great start to our Giant Christmas Stocking Raffle held at an open day at Waratah Men's Shed on 11th November.
Thank you the to Men's shed for inviting us and taking us through the "shed" and explaining the operation, plus explaining their plans for the future.
Photos below of winner and our event.
 
 
 
 
 
The lucky winnerOur new cashier, Georgia

 
Giant Christmas Stocking Raffle Result Chris McGrath 2017-12-10 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Nov 29, 2017
 
 
President Madeleine met with teacher Anne Grieve at 8:30am at the school so a group of students could pack the car with the huge amount of used clothing donated to the SRC
Interact Group. 
 
Waratah Interact Clothing Collection project Chris McGrath 2017-11-28 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Nov 22, 2017

It is great to be back at Rotary again after our holiday.

Next Monday 27 November, we are having a friendship night, so we can have time to relax and enjoy each other’s company.

I will share a few photos of the holiday so please bring your partners with you. Additional numbers to Grant please!

See you next week.

President Madeleine

 

 

Friendship Night at Rotary Madeleine Atkins 2017-11-21 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Nov 16, 2017
 
Giant Christmas Stocking to win:
For all the friends of Waratah Rotary, we will be selling raffle tickets in a giant Christmas stocking at the following venues and times.
Well worth a visit and buy a raffle ticket to support our local community!
 
More volunteers needed for the dates below highlighted in red
Thursday 30 November (12:00pm-6:00pm) at Aldi Hamilton
Friday 1 December (10:00am-4:00pm) at Aldi Hamilton
Saturday 2 December (9:00am-5:00pm) at Waratah Village
Sunday 3 December (9:00am-5:00pm) at Waratah Village
Thursday 7 December (12:00am-6:00pm) at Aldi Hamilton
Friday 8 December (10:00am-4:00pm) at Aldi Hamilton
Saturday 9 December (9:00am-5:00pm) at Waratah Village
Sunday 10 December (9:00am-2:00pm*) at Waratah Village
 
* Raffle drawn at 2:00pm.
 
A huge thank you to the Rotary Clubs of East Maitland and Wallsend-Maryland for your support.
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A very warm but successful day, the warm weather brought out the crowds and the flying demonstrations were superb. Sadly the Catalina flying boat had engine problems so flew past on one engine and landed at Rutherford for repairs. Photos soon.
Who owns the car???
 
 
 
 
 
Catalina Festival at Rathmines, Sunday 29th October 2017 Chris McGrath 2017-10-08 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Sep 24, 2017
Vounteers at Speers Point Living Smart Expo, representing ShelterBox and Rotary InternationalA very special opportunity to be involved in The "Living Smart" Expo held at Speers Point Park on Saturday 23rd September 2017.
 
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Congratulations to Wilma from the Rotary Club of Wallsend-Maryland for her support of the cancer research project “BECcause”.

It was fabulous to see so many supporters attend the afternoon adventures.

Well done Wilma and friends.

 

 

Congratulations Wilma Madeleine Atkins 2017-07-22 14:00:00Z 0

Year 11 student Jye Hollier from Merewether Selective High School was our guest speaker on 17 July.

 

He was introduced by Bob C who gave the Waratah members an outline of his academic studies to date. Bob also welcomed Jye’s mother Kylie.


 
NYSF Applicant Speaks to Club Madeleine Atkins 2017-07-17 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Jul 12, 2017
Congratulations President Madeleine and Gerry for starting off the year with the new bulletin format.
 
It is quite a challenge but I'm sure you will make it.
 
 
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What a lovely relaxed night we had a Rotary last Monday.
 
Thank you for the great fellowship following our effective Board Meeting.
 
Sometimes Rotary nights can just include a warming meal and a chat with friends.
 
Bob M did a sterling job of trying with speak South African.
Next month Grant will try his Irish accent!
 
See you all next Monday.
 
President Madeleine
10 July The Waratah Bulletin Madeleine Atkins 2017-07-11 14:00:00Z 0
Chris receiving cheque for ShelterBox from PP Tony Larkin, Belmont Rotary Chris McGrath 2017-07-06 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gerry Davies on Jul 05, 2017

MONDAY 3 JULY 2017

 

Welcome to our first meeting of the Rotary year. Madeleine Atkins is to continue as President for another year.

 

The first meeting was about fellowship with a small amount of Rotary business.

 

The President reported on Jye Hollier, a Merewether High student who has applied to attend the National Youth Science Forum Program in Canberra next January. We will sponsor Jye if he is successful.  Jye attended the Aerospace Youth Forum at Brisbane University this week. He will be a guest speaker on 17 July. Newcastle Rotary Club members have been invited to attend, as they will contribute funds towards Jye’s NYSF aspirations.

 

Our changeover dinner was a great success and well attended with special guests PDG Gerard McMillan and Yvonne Palmer representing DG Steve Jackson. AG Phil Gorton and his partner Ruth attended for his last official visit. Our new Assistant Governor is Sharon Chambers.

 

Madeleine has also invited William Cullen to attend our club as a guest speaker on 7 August. William attended our Trivia Night as a volunteer to help with the Chocolate Wheel he supplied from DGE Brian Coffey.

 

Monday 21 August will see us have another night of Fun and Games, complete with poker chips, but no gambling.

 

Monday 28 August will be a Rotary Information Night. More details later.

 

For the members information, Michael Grant has changed jobs and is now working at Wallsend Aged Care. We wish Michael a successful career change.

 

Weekly Bulletin Editor

Gerry Davies

3 July Waratah Rotary Bulletin Gerry Davies 2017-07-04 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Jun 27, 2017
ROTARY CLUB OF WARATAH CLUB CHANGEOVER
 
Last night we held our 48th Annual Changeover Dinner at the beautiful Memories Function Centre.
 
Our special guests for the night, representing DG Steve Jackson, were PDG Gerard McMillan and Yvonne Palmer. Thank you for your involvement in the program.
 
We also took the opportunity to farewell outgoing Assistant Governor Phil Gorton and partner Ruth, and wished them well with their new Zone Clubs in 2017-2018.
 
It was a relaxed night of fun and fellowship.
The meal was very tasty! Thanks to Holly and Sharon.
 
It was great to have PDG Brian back at Rotary, and to give the toast to Rotary International, ably thanked by PDG Gerard.
 
MC Bob did a sterling job, Audio Visual superstars Howard and Chris excelled and Presentation Whizz Gerry put together a most enjoyable slide show. We won’t mention the President who forgot the projector and Chris had to save the day yet again! Thanks also to Grant for preparing the venue.
 
After the formalities of the President’s and Treasurer’s reports, induction of the new President and introduction of the 2017-2018 Board, we got to the most important part of the evening.
 
Perpetual Honorary Membership was given to Helen McGrath and Ann Winkelmann.
The Stirrer’s Spoon Award was presented to the gentlemanly stirrer Allan Pettigrew.
The Sergeant-at-Arms handed over the baton.
Everyone won a prize …. Karen thanks all who attended …. and we stayed for a coffee and a chat.
 
Thank you everyone for a memorable evening.
 
President Madeleine
Rotary Club of Waratah Changeover Dinner Madeleine Atkins 2017-06-26 14:00:00Z 0
Changeover Dinner Madeleine Atkins 2017-06-26 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Jun 24, 2017
Rotary Club of Wallsend-Maryland Changeover Night
 
Brian and I were fortunate enough to represent DG Steve Jackson at Wallsend-Maryland’s Changeover last Tuesday.
 
We were delighted when our dear friend and member Allan Pettigrew was awarded the inaugural Wallsend Community Awards 2017 Audrey Mathews Business Award for Community Contribution.
 
Allan was a long-standing friend of the late Past District Governor Doug Mathews and the late Audrey Mathews, and was a most worthy winner of such a prestigious award.
 
Congratulations Allan.
 
President Madeleine
 
Congratulations Allan Pettigrew Madeleine Atkins 2017-06-23 14:00:00Z 0
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What a fine group …. (part of) the outgoing and incoming Board of Directors taken at our joint Board meeting last night at Rotary.
 
Board Members from Waratah Rotary Madeleine Atkins 2017-06-19 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Jun 20, 2017
Congratulations Bob Main, our new District 9670 ShelterBox Liaison Officer …. with his “L” plates on!
 
ShelterBox Liaison Madeleine Atkins 2017-06-19 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Jun 07, 2017

We had a most enjoyable evening with Louise last Monday when she shared her passion for quilting.

Thank you, Louise for bringing several samples with you. They were outstanding.

There is so much more work involved in quilting than I imagined.

Another varied and interesting night at Waratah Rotary.

 

The Joys of Quilting Madeleine Atkins 2017-06-06 14:00:00Z 0
MUNA-this Friday and Saturday in Muswellbrook Madeleine Atkins 2017-05-29 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on May 29, 2017
Thank you to the teacher and two students from Merewether High School who will be attending the Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) this weekend in Muswellbrook.
 
Our members were pleased to be able to sponsor the team, and we wished them well at our meeting tonight when they addressed the club.
 
Both students have done much planning on their presentation as members of the French contingent.
 
We look forward to hearing the results.
 
Merewether High has a proud history of success at MUNA so we are sure the students will represent their school extremely well.
 
 
 
Good luck MUNA team from Merewether High School Madeleine Atkins 2017-05-28 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on May 23, 2017
 

Madeleine and Howard had the pleasure of meeting Peter Lewis …. all in the name of ShelterBox.

Chris and Helen were too busy supervising the Shelterbox team.

I believe they should have left the tent erection to Chris as they had a load of trouble with the tent!

Peter Lewis Cartoonist donates his time for ShelterbBox Madeleine Atkins 2017-05-22 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on May 22, 2017

Thank you to AG Chris and Helen for all your work with the ShelterBox fundraiser tonight at Belmont Rotary Club.

Our members were very pleased to have been able to attend.

ShelterBox Madeleine Atkins 2017-05-21 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on May 15, 2017
“My Bucket List took me to Base Camp”
 
Thank you Rotarian Karen, for an amazing visual presentation and talk tonight at Rotary on your huge adventure to Base Camp Nepal.
 
We were all enthralled with your description of life as you experienced it a new and exciting country. We learned so much from your presentation.
I’m not sure how many of your fellow Rotarians are keen to follow in your footsteps ….  you lost me on the swinging rope bridge over the ravine.
 
President Madeleine
 
 
 
"My Bucket List took tme to Base Camp" Madeleine Atkins 2017-05-14 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on May 08, 2017

Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Wallsend-Maryland on another successful Community Awards event.

We at the Rotary Club of Waratah are very proud of Rotarian Allan P, one of the recipients of your awards.

Congratulations Allan.

 

 

Congratulations Allan Madeleine Atkins 2017-05-07 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Apr 10, 2017
What’s Coming up at Waratah Rotary
 
Sunday 23 April – Assist Wallsend-Maryland Rotary with graffiti removal at Council Street, Wallsend. If any member is available for a few hours to assist please ring Chris next week.
Waratah helpers Chris & Helen paint out graffiti on Sunday 23 April at Wallsend.
 
Monday 24 April – Interplast Guest Speaker – Partners night. Numbers to Grant please prior to 1pm. Please note this will be a 6:30pm start
 
Monday 1 May – Partners night to hear DGN Brian Coffey and Carol
 
Monday 22 May – We are off to Belmont Rotary for the night. Supporting ShelterBox. 6 for 6.30 Belmont 16 footers.
 
Thursday 25 May – Keep the date free. We are heading to the movies at Glendale with Wallsend-Maryland Club. Details soon.
 
President Madeleine
What's coming up at Waratah Rotary Madeleine Atkins 2017-04-09 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Mar 28, 2017
A HUGH THANK YOU to our members for your commitment to our Trivia Night.
Everyone has made a great effort to assure a successful evening.
Once again we have a full house from the community with great support from our fellow Rotarians from local Clubs.
We have over $1,600 worth of raffle prizes alone, not to mention the fun games and the challenging trivia.
See you there!
President Madeleine
Leading into the Annual Trivia Night Madeleine Atkins 2017-03-27 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Mar 21, 2017
Annual Trivia Night on Friday 31 March 2017
At Memories Function Centre Wallsend
6:30pm start.
 
Only one table of 10 and one table of 8 left available.
Contact us asap for a booking.
 
We have AMAZING prizes this year to be won.
 
Join us for a great night of fun and fellowship, and help us support our local community and RUSH Mentoring Services.
AMAZING Prizes to be Won Madeleine Atkins 2017-03-20 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Mar 20, 2017
AG Chris and Helen flying the flag for our club at the District Conference over the weekend … and proudly supporting Shelterbox in their Ambassadorial role.
Thank you Chris and Helen
Shelterbox at the District 9670 Conference in Dubbo Madeleine Atkins 2017-03-19 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Mar 13, 2017
Thanks everyone for a great night.
We managed to get through a lot of Rotary business, and have a few laughs along the way.
A huge thank you to Rotarians Ros and Allan for their “What’s Behind the Badge” talk. It was generous of you to share your stories among friends.
Remember everyone, partners next week as we have a great guest speaker Ed Tonks.
Keep thinking TRIVIA …. The night is getting close and our final plans need to be in place.
President Madeleine
13 March - Our Rotary Club Assembly Madeleine Atkins 2017-03-12 13:00:00Z 0

A huge thank you to Graham and his mate Paul from the Rotary Club of Williamtown for making our night at Rotary so enjoyable.

It was a great pleasure to have you both share a night of Rotary with us.

What an interesting career Graham. Thanks for sharing your story.

Guest Speaker Graham Giddey Madeleine Atkins 2017-03-05 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Feb 28, 2017
Thanks everyone for the great company last night.
 
We had a HUGE meal at the Lambton Park Hotel, and certainly enjoyed each other’s company. It was nice to have relax night out.
 
Remember Sergeant Fred had his note pad with him so bring your money next week!
 
President Madeleine
Social Night Out Madeleine Atkins 2017-02-27 13:00:00Z 0
A message from Melinda Gates Chris McGrath 2017-02-23 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Feb 21, 2017

Congratulations Ros P on your Paul Harris Fellow 2 Sapphire, and Ann W on your Paul Harris Fellow 1 Ruby presented at Waratah Rotary last night by District Governor Stephen Jackson.  Your continuing contribution to the Rotary Foundation is very much appreciated.     

 


 
The Rotary Foundation Contributions Madeleine Atkins 2017-02-20 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Feb 06, 2017

 
What an inspiring evening we have just enjoyed with our Rotarian friend Wilma from Wallsend-Maryland Rotary Club.
 
Wilma shared some of the history of the Newcastle Industrial School and the connection with the “Stitched Up” project which will be on display at the Timeless Textiles Gallery at the old “Lock up” in Hunter Street, Newcastle.
The exhibition will run 23 June to 6 August 2017, and is one not to be missed.
 
The letter Wilma read from one of the girls from the Newcastle Industrial School (1867-1871) was very stirring. The school was located in the grounds of the now James Fletcher Hospital.
 
Thank you Wilma for your interest in history, education, textiles and community.

 
Newcastle Industrial School (1867-1871) Madeleine Atkins 2017-02-05 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Dec 31, 2016
Dear Rotary friends
 
Wishing you and your family a happy New Year.
 
Thank you all for your commitment to 'Service Above Self' in 2016, and I look forward to a very exciting 2017 in Rotary service.
 
President Madeleine
 
 
 
 
Happy New Year Madeleine Atkins 2016-12-30 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Dec 16, 2016

Waratah Rotary Club’s 2016 Christmas Hamper was drawn by the Coles Supervisor at 8:00pm last night, Thursday 15 December 2016.

The lucky winner was Mrs K Moore, a long-time supporter of Rotary. Congratulations Mrs Moore.

A huge thank you to all the members of our club who participated in our raffle. It will enable us to continue to serve our local community.

President Madeleine

Christmas Hamper Winner! Madeleine Atkins 2016-12-15 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Dec 12, 2016
Thank you to all our volunteers who have assisted so far at Waratah Village with our Christmas Hamper raffle ticket sales.
 
We only have one big evening to go – next Thursday 15 December.
 
You will find us between the K Mart and Coles shops from 5:00pm.
 
The raffle will be drawn at 8:00pm.
 
Good luck everyone!                 
Christmas Raffle at Waratah Village Madeleine Atkins 2016-12-11 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Nov 30, 2016

The Christmas Hamper is building up into a very attractive prize for a lucky family.

Thank you to the members who donated well-chosen gifts. A special thanks to Bob M and Helen who are looking after “the trolley”, and to Chris, Helen and Fred for your extra involvement.

Here’s hoping we have a few big sale days at Waratah Village.

 

Christmas Hamper Madeleine Atkins 2016-11-29 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Nov 29, 2016
Rotary friends
 
Our annual Christmas Party is on next Monday 5 December. Please invite your family and friends to join you. Numbers to Grant please.
Don’t forget to wear your Santa hat or Christmas-bell earrings. There will be fun and games for everyone.  
 
We are having a special Christmas meal so allow an additional $5 on top of our meal cost. Please bring a small gift for exchange, and donation to the residents at Maroba Aged Care.
Normal meeting time of 6:15pm start. I look forward to seeing you next week.
 
President Madeleine
 
Annual Christmas Party Madeleine Atkins 2016-11-28 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Nov 25, 2016
Announcing a new Ambassador for Shelter Box
 
Congratulations to Assistant Governor Chris McGrath and Helen for accepting the important District role of Ambassador for Shelter Box.
 
The Rotary Club of Waratah has proudly supported Shelter Box over many years, and now Chris and Helen will have the opportunity of spreading the word around the clubs in our District.
 
Another example of ‘Service above Self’.
 
President Madeleine
 
Announcement - Shelter Box Madeleine Atkins 2016-11-24 13:00:00Z 0
Announcement Madeleine Atkins 2016-11-24 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Nov 04, 2016
PLEASE NOTE THE OBSERVATION DRIVE HAS BEEN POSTPONED
 
Our friends at Wallsend-Maryland Club invited us to attend their Observation Drive on Sunday 13 November.
It certainly sounds like a relaxing, enjoyable morning.
Everyone is to meet at Speers Point Park for an 8:30am start to the "secret location".
Please contact me for more information.
President Madeleine
 
Observation Drive with Rotary Club of Wallsend-Maryland Madeleine Atkins 2016-11-03 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Nov 02, 2016

Just a reminder to our members and friends that the Rotary Club of Wallsend-Maryland have a few tickets left for their fundraiser.  

Thursday night at the movies to support "Beyond Blue".

3 November at Event Cinemas Glendale, 6pm for 7pm start.

Tickets are only $20 with pre-movie nibbles in the cinema foyer.

Contact me for more details on how to purchase a ticket.

President Madeleine

 

 

 

Movie Night with Rotary Club of Wallsend-Maryland Madeleine Atkins 2016-11-01 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Oct 31, 2016
 Melbourne Cup Fellowship Night tonight with our friends from the Rotary Club of Wallsend-Maryland.
 
Melbourne Cup Fellowship Night Madeleine Atkins 2016-10-30 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Oct 19, 2016
District Governor Steve Jackson visited our club on Monday night, 17 October 2016. Thank you Steve for an informative and relaxed evening with the Rotarians from Waratah. We look forward to catching up with you again soon.
District Governors visit 17th October 2016 Chris McGrath 2016-10-18 13:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 06, 2016
Join me in wearing a hat this Friday for Rotary Hat Day for Mental Health Research.
Remember to also wear your hat to Rotary next Monday.
President Madeleine
 
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Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Sep 25, 2016

Sunday 25 September 2016 – Beaumont Street Hamilton

 

Thank you Team Waratah for assisting our friends from Newcastle Rotary Club to sell lanterns and monkeys.

 

It was a great day of fellowship and community spirit.

 

Luckily the rain stopped when we arrived, and started again once all the goods had been packed away and the team was heading home.

 
President Madeleine
 
 
China Week Festival Closing Event in Hamilton Madeleine Atkins 2016-09-24 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Sep 23, 2016
SRC / Interact Group's Community Project
 
I'm not sure if teacher Rotarian Anne G was expecting her staff room to look like this so soon!
 
The students have really embraced the collection of dog food and donations to assist our farmers out west .... and the project won't be happening until January 2017.
Perhaps we need to find Anne a storage area after the school holidays.
 
Well done everyone. Your thoughtfulness will make a difference.
 
President Madeleine
 
 
Student Representative Council - Interact Group's Community Project Madeleine Atkins 2016-09-22 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Sep 23, 2016
 
A message just posted on our District's Facebook profile that will be of interest to all our friends:
 
"The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.
 
In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability/transparency. The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness.
 
In the previous rating, the Foundation received 97 points but has held the top 4-star rating consecutively for the past eight years. This is an incredibly forceful indication of the development, implementation and management of all aspects of The Rotary Foundation’s operations."
The Rotary Foundation Madeleine Atkins 2016-09-22 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Sep 17, 2016
China Week Celebrations - Gregson Park Hamilton
Saturday 17 September 2016
 
I shared some Rotary service with our friends from Newcastle Rotary Club tonight in Gregson Park for the China Week celebrations.
It was loads of fun selling lanterns and monkeys (2016 is the Year of the Monkey). Sales were extremely good thanks to the generous families enjoying the event.
Huge crowds, loads of food stalls, live music and a whole lot of community spirit.
 
It was great to fly the flag for Waratah Rotary.
 
Names to Chris please for the roster on Sunday 25 September. Details of meeting place in Beaumont Street next week. And ... you had better car-pool as parking will again be a premium.
 
President Madeleine
 
 
Volunteering at China Week Hamilton Madeleine Atkins 2016-09-16 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Sep 16, 2016
Saturday 22 October - keep the date free
 
The members of Waratah Rotary club will be selling Waratahs as a fund raiser for our club.
 
Set up will commence from 8am ready for sales by 9am.
 
The Waratah is the floral emblem of New South Wales. The Waratah (Telopea speciosissima) is a large and spectacular scarlet flower which grows in the bush in clumps of tall stem.
 
We wish to thank the management of Waratah Village Shopping Centre for their assistance and support.
 
Sales of Waratahs at Waratah Village Shopping Centre Madeleine Atkins 2016-09-15 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Sep 06, 2016
I had a very productive meeting with the SRC / Interact Group at Waratah Campus this morning. 
 
We spoke about how they have spent their time doing community service.
 
We discussed the process required for the next project on the table.
More details will follow over the coming weeks as permission is sought firstly from all stakeholders.
 
A huge thank you to teacher Anne G for encouraging such a fine group of young people to work with our Rotary Club.
 
President Madeleine
Student Representative Council / Interact Group Madeleine Atkins 2016-09-05 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Aug 31, 2016
It was great to see Brian back with the team at the Challenge, and supporting our members in their role as Activity Assistants and Supervisors. What a team!
Science and Engineering Challenge Madeleine Atkins 2016-08-30 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Aug 24, 2016
Congratulations to the members of our Rotary club for your support with the S&E NSW Super Challenge
roster next week.
 
Brian is overwhelmed with the assistance from his friends and fellow Rotarians in making the Challenge the huge success it has become.
Both he and Deputy Chair Paul G say a collective "thank you".
 
President Madeleine
Science and Engineering Roster Madeleine Atkins 2016-08-23 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Aug 22, 2016
Thanks for making my night at Rotary full of fun and games!
President Madeleine
Club Fun and Games Night Madeleine Atkins 2016-08-21 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Aug 19, 2016
Are you available for the Science and Engineering Roster?
 
Tuesday 30 August
Wednesday 31 August
Thursday 1 September
 
The Forum Sports and Aquatic Centre
for the NSW Super Challenge

Names to Secretary Bob please
Thanks to the members who are already assisting
Roster for Science and Engineering Challenge Madeleine Atkins 2016-08-18 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Aug 18, 2016
Thursday 8 September
Waratah Rotary BBQ team required
 
S&E Discovery Day Program
St Therese’s Primary School New Lambton
 
10am cooking 12noon serving
Names to Secretary Bob please
 
Extra team may be needed for Tuesday 6 September
Keep the date free
Waratah Rotary BBQ Team required Madeleine Atkins 2016-08-17 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 13, 2016
ROTARY NEWS
 
On Friday 12 August Assistant Governor Chris and I attended the District meeting at Rutherford.
 
There was an encouraging number of Presidents in attendance to hear an update from District Governor Steve Jackson.
 
We had presentations from Christine Roach (GSE Team), PDG Janette Jackson (Rotary Learning Initiative) and IPDG Adrian Roach (Paul Tunn Memorial VTT Dental project).
 
Each of the Presidents were affordable a few minutes to speak on their clubs activities.
It was my pleasure to represent our members and speak of the great work were are doing with the youth in our area.
 
These meetings are very informative and all members are invited to participate.
 
Madeleine Atkins
President 2016-2017
Waratah Club
 
 
AGs, Chair of Committee and Presidents Meeting 2016-08-12 14:00:00Z 0
Some Thoughts Chris McGrath 2016-07-27 14:00:00Z 0
2016-2017 Board of Directors Madeleine Atkins 2016-07-09 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 03, 2016

Congratulations to Chris McGrath from our wonderful Rotary Club as he embarks on a new chapter in Rotary as Assistant Governor to District Governor Steve Jackson.

All our members are very proud of you Chris and we wish you a most successful and rewarding year.

Thank you to Helen for supporting you all the step of the way.

Our new Assistant Governor 2016-07-02 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Cherry on May 20, 2016
GUEST SPEAKER – MELANIE CLARK - “MEND A HEART PROGRAM” – 16/5/16
 
Melanie (Mel) Clark was introduced by Karen Scott, who indicated Mel has set up her own organisation and it will be very interesting to hear Mel’s talk about support for children.
Mel, with four children, and welfare and community service qualifications, spoke of her family background and the setting up of the “Mend a Heart” Program. She has worked with victims, offenders and police in relation to trauma and related matters. For a time she was based at Waratah police station, in a role supporting victims of crime (support for mums/ family members).
 
After a break and some training in Queensland, Mel got into outreach support (into homes), assisting with mental health issues, and having rapport with police. She has contact with the Salvation Army, the Samaritans, and Hamilton South young people. Mel said a lot of her work is about “building relationships after fractured circumstances”, and building rapport and support re misunderstood families by liaising and advocating on their behalf..... breaking down barriers, education, changing behaviours, etc.
 
Mel operates her “Mend a Heart” Program, in a voluntary manner, with no pay or funding. She has been doing this work for about 4 years.
 
Mel spoke of her working with Roadwhyz on matters such as grief, suffering, impact on people, behavioural change. Techniques being used are collaborative art therapy, postings on Instagram and connections with police. 
 
She went on to talk about the need to talk to young people re their physical safety (uses a Daniel Morcombe book) and information packs for parents about safe boundaries re sexual health of children (uses a book).
 
Mel answered questions, including one about financial support and one about costs (including printing).
 
Mel was thanked for her presentation by Kevin Goodwin, who presented Mel with the current issue of “Rotary Down Under” and a cheque for $200 from the Rotary Club of Waratah.   
 
  
Melanie Clark - Mend A Heart Programme Bob Cherry 2016-05-19 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Cherry on Apr 20, 2016
GUEST SPEAKER – ADAM TYRRELL, Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service – 18/4/2016
(Posted by Bob Cherry)
Adam Tyrrell was introduced by Gerry Davies, who spoke of the great work of the Helicopter Service.
 
Originally from Thornton, Adam studied Building Construction before obtaining the Helicopter position and is now a Community Liaison Officer for the Hunter Region. He told us some interesting and amusing stories of his early experiences in this “great organisation”.
 
Operations started 40 years ago with beach patrols on weekends in 1975. Operations now cover from Coffs Harbour to Coonabarabran to Central Coast. Apart from the Newcastle base, there is one at Tamworth and one to be at Lismore. With new larger aircraft coming, the Newcastle base will move to Pelican where there will be a new hangar and offices. The Broadmeadow location will still be used for heavy maintenance and training.
 
Adam spoke of the program “Air Rescue” on Prime tv. He referred to the many successes of the Helicopter Service, and also some tragic situations with operators requiring counselling. He explained a Primary operation (eg resulting from a 000 call) with a pilot, two crewmen, a doctor and a paramedic on board the helicopter....versus a Secondary operation (helipad to helipad, eg Maitland hospital to John Hunter hospital) with fewer people on board.
 
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is a free of charge service, with 40% government funding and 60% community sponsorship. Westpac is a major sponsor and there are other significant donors and workplace giving schemes. There are over 700 volunteers working for the Service.
 
Adam then showed us three brief DVDs of the Service in action:
  1. A mining accident with crush injuries and fractures
  2. A helicopter took a woman with severe cancer and her husband to Goulburn for their son’s graduation from the Police Academy
  3. Views of a bush rescue, a farming accident rescue, a heart attack rescue, road accident rescue.... with a background song “Have a little faith in me “.
 
Following questions, Adam was thanked for his presentation by Michael Grant, who gave Adam some Rotary information. Adam handed out a magazine called “Rescue”.
Guest Speaker, Adam Tyrrell Bob Cherry 2016-04-19 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Cherry on Mar 04, 2016
GUEST SPEAKER 29/2/16 – CELESTE HARRISON
(posted by Bob Cherry)
Celeste Harrison works at Memories and provides us Rotarians with food and drink at our Monday  night meetings. As our guest speaker, Celeste was introduced by Howard Mole, to tell us of her role in Cancer Research.
 
Celeste has been at the University of Newcastle for 8 years doing research into lung cancer, including investigating the mechanisms of tobacco cigarette smoke induced lung cancer. She is currently based at HMRI (near John Hunter hospital) and is aiming to submit her PhD thesis, after about 3 and a half years PhD work, by May.
 
Celeste told us that lung cancer is a leading cause of death from cancer, with 20% being “small cell” and 80% being “non-small cell”. The best outcome can come from surgery, followed by chemotherapy and radiation; however the median survival time after diagnosis is 2 to 24 months. There are many unknown factors in the growth/ progression of cells, including the immune system and genetic alterations.
 
Risk Factor 1 is smoking (many chemicals in cigarette smoke). Risk Factor 2 is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) eg emphysema.
 
Celeste’s work is to investigate/ target the various unknown factors which significantly drive lung cancer. She showed us detailed “graphs” on the screen, of the effect of unknown factors on lung cells, with exposure durations of up to 8 weeks. The aim of this research is to reduce the initiation and progression of tumours.
 
Celeste answered a number of questions, and was thanked by Fred Neal for her interesting and detailed presentation.    
Guest Speaker Celeste Harrison- Lung Cancer Research Bob Cherry 2016-03-03 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Feb 27, 2016
THE LATEST FROM SHELTERBOX
 
 
There is a desperate need for shelter in Fiji still in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston.
 
ShelterBox response teams are working across Fiji to provide shelter for families after Cyclone Winston, the worst storm ever recorded in the southern hemisphere.
 

The storm hit on 20 February, bringing torrential rain, wind speeds of 200 mph, and 40ft waves to the country’s 330 islands. The sheer force of the storm has obliterated up to 90% of structures and left an estimated 120,000 people without shelter.

On the island of Makogai, the villagers put on life jackets and sheltered in their homes as the winds gathered speed. As the houses began to tear apart, schoolteacher Sakaraia Balebuca and his family decided to hide underneath their raised brick floor. As Sakaria moved to crawl under the house, one of the walls broke and crashed into him. Without the lifejacket he was wearing, Sakaria would have been crushed. More people joined the family under the brick floor until more than 40 villagers, including children and mothers with infants, were all hiding together.

When a ShelterBox response team arrived, they found the whole village sheltering in the only four buildings left standing.

Thanks to prepositioned stock in Fiji itself, as well as New Zealand and Australia, our ShelterBox response teams have already been able to deliver tents and ShelterBoxes to families on six remote islands, including Makogai. To reach these islands, we have teamed up with Sea Mercy; a charity that uses a network of luxury yachts to deliver aid and medical expertise in the South Pacific.

More aid is on its way, including 2,000 solar lights that will provide light and safety to communities without power, but it’s not enough.

There are still many tiny islands too remote to have yet received help. We need your support to send another 2,000 ShelterBoxes to reach these communities and give people like Sakaria comfort and safety.

 

Please help the people of Fiji today and donate to Shelterbox. For further information or to donate, please contact either Peter (0427707722) or Lorraine Croft (0488707766).

 
 
 
 
 
- See more at: file:///C:/Users/Staff%20User/Desktop/the-latest-from-shelterbox.htm#sthash.N5hBI1MQ.dpuf
 
Picture of Neville in his backyard
 
 
From left to right; Bob Main & Fred Neal on the truck, Roslyn Parton & Bob Cherry below.
 
 
Cleanup day at the home of Nev Chant, the crew cut down overgrown trees & stacked the branches & logs in Fred Neal's truck ready for trip to the dump. A good effort everyone!

 
 
Cleanup of Nev Chant's Backyard Chris McGrath 2016-02-26 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Jan 31, 2016
Hi all
After a lot of shuffling I released the rosters for our commitment to The Light Up Newcastle Lantern Walk  on the 13th February at the Honeysuckle Precinct. 
 
If you are unsure please log in to your page, go to My ClubRunner, My Commitments, Commitments, then click Light Up Newcastle Lantern Walk. When you reach this you will see your commitments.
 
They should also show on this bulletin.
 
See you tomorrow night.
Chris 
 
Briefing / Induction for Light up Newcastle celebrations Chris McGrath 2016-01-30 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Cherry on Oct 29, 2015
GUEST SPEAKER – 26/10/15 - DR JENNETTE SAKOFF, CALVARY MATER HOSPITAL
 
 
Dr Jennette Sakoff, of Cancer Treatment Drugs Research and Helen Ellis, Public Affairs and
Communications Manager, both at Calvary Mater Hospital, Waratah, were introduced by Madeleine Atkins.
 
Jennette began by showing us a 7 minute video on the various areas of research at the Mater, including medical oncology, palliative care, toxicology, surgical oncology (including breast cancer research) and haematology. The Mater is a leading site in Australia, with links to other Australian and international research.
 
From Canberra originally, Jennette studied science at the University of Newcastle and obtained a PhD in 1996, after which she started at the Mater. She now is Chief Hospital Scientist in Medical Oncology Research, and also a Conjoint Lecturer at the University of Newcastle.
 
The cancer drug development laboratory is located in the Newmed building, cnr Edith and Platt Streets. Jennette works in a team of six colleagues. She indicated that the key to cancer drug development is to balance efficacy versus toxicity in the treatment of cancer (in common parlance “kill the tumour before killing the patient”).
 
Cancer drugs can be based on natural compounds, or synthesised using computer modelling. Jennette showed us images on screen of various cancer cell lines and normal cell lines, use of robots to move/ manipulate liquids, and use of a fluorescent microscope.
 
She presented statistics on breast cancer and spoke of research to selectively kill cancer cells; and on brain cancer where treatment is increasing survival time and spoke of a current project to regrow healthy cells.
A screen at the end of the talk showed “MOR at the Mater”, short for Medical Oncology Research at the Mater.
 
After questions, Jennette was thanked by Howard Mole for a very interesting and detailed presentation.    
 
Guest Speakers, Calvary Mater Hospital Bob Cherry 2015-10-28 13:00:00Z 0
Introduced by Bob Main, Dana Fuller is the Principal at Callaghan College Waratah Technology Campus.
 
Dana opened by congratulating the Rotary Club on its volunteer activities. He spoke of his career as a science teacher at various NSW schools, and also a school in Iowa, USA. He became Principal at Waratah in 2009. There are three Callaghan College schools, Waratah and Wallsend (both years 7 to 10) and Jesmond (years 11 and 12).
 
 
Guest Speaker Dana Fuller Bob Cherry 2015-10-21 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Oct 21, 2015
Another busy week with more to come as you can see on the calendar.....
 
Good news- Neville comes home today, (Tuesday), after his stint in hospital He was looking forward to it when I spoke to him on Monday,  nothing like being home in your own bed. He would love a visit once he settles back in.
 
From all reports Bob M, Bob C, Fred & Gerry had a good morning on Sunday cooking breakfast at Fort Scratchley, however there were nearly a few accidents when the fort gun was fired without warning! Thanks for helping out & special thanks to Procare, (HPCA) for providing what is to all accounts a great BBQ setup. Hope you all have done a food handling course eh?
 
 
Moving along its all systems go for our trip to Murrurundi to support their celebrations. Thankyou to the members & friends who are coming along! Just because the train was cancelled we shouldn't stop supporting such a small club in their endeavours to raise funds for their community. Talking to Robyn Stanford this week they have increased their membership from 4 to 8. For the record Murrurundi has a population  of around 800 & 30 service clubs... amazing isn't it?
 
Bob C reported on the Trivia night after their meeting on Monday night.  All seems to be going along well but Bob asked if you are bringing prizes for the raffle please think of something else other than  a bottle of wine.
 
As there is only a small contingent interested in going to Cardiff on 13 November should the club be reversing it's decision to cancel the meeting on the Monday? My vote is we hold our regular meeting, anyone else??
 
Our guest speaker for the evening will be reported on as usual by Bob C.
 
Registrations are now open for the District Conference at Mudgee in March 2016, I have supplied a link for you on the home page. If you want reasonably priced accommodation get in early as nearly everything is booked out!
 
To date still waiting for some contributions to the newsletter.
 
Well, like like Bugs Bunny says "that's all folks"
 
Chris enlightened
 
From The News Desk 20 October 2015 Chris McGrath 2015-10-20 13:00:00Z 0
Our Annual Trivia Night to be held on 6 November Chris McGrath 2015-10-13 13:00:00Z 0
Waratah Momentos Chris McGrath 2015-10-05 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Sep 30, 2015
Well, a lot has been happening with plenty more activity to come in the next few weeks. When you have a read of this you will see what I mean. The month of October is shaping up to be quite a busy time.
 
Our oldest member Neville, (soon to be 97) had a nasty fall last Sunday. He was taken to Lake Macquarie Private Hospital for assessment, & is still there as of today but most of the tubes etc., now have been removed, and from all accounts he is quite chirpy.
Anne should be back soon from her big trip, can't wait to hear about her adventures!
Howard is busy with his new job & lining up some interesting guest speakers for us, watch this space.
 
On 10th October a Rotary Foundation dinner is being held at West's Mayfield, cost $75 per person. Gerry sent you details.
18th October Hunter Prostate Alliance (Procare) have asked for your support in cooking a BBQ at Newcastle Harbour Foreshore.  I did see 4 or 5 hands go up on Monday night plus myself, just waiting now on some more details. Will send out the usual event registrations by email & I will do the risk management & assessment for The District Insurance Officer.
On 25th October so far 16 members & partners are going to celebrate the day of festivities at Murrurundi, lots of stalls, model trains, exhibits, trip to Emirates horse stud etc., I still have a few seats left on the coach @ $50 per person if anyone else would like to join us. It promises to be great day out, isn't that what the members keep complaining about that we don't have enough of these? So think about it again, you can't complain if you don't come.
26th October Howard has lined up speakers from Calvary Mater Hospital to speak on breast cancer... it will be a ladies/partners night.
29th October is The Science & Engineering Challenge Dinner to be held at The Brennan Room, Newcastle University Campus, only $45 per head, so we need a good roll up to support this great cause. Email & invitation has been sent by Brian. Waratah have offered to help on this day & evening so put it into your diary.
30th October is Finals day of The Science & Engineering Challenge to be held at The Forum, Newcastle University Campus.  It will be terrific day of competition with the best national high schools competing for the grand prize.
Our Trivia night on the 6th November is the night to be ready for all to help out, bring friends to swell the numbers, from all reports donations are flowing in so we can look forward to a profitable night. Proceeds are going to Hunter Procare. If you can help Bob and his team please let him know.
13th November Cardiff Rotary will be celebrating it's 50th Anniversary, & we are changing our meeting night to attend this celebration. Grant would like numbers soon please.
 
More news as it comes to hand,
Chrisenlightened
E. & O.E. (just for you Allan)
From The News desk 30 September 2015 Chris McGrath 2015-09-29 14:00:00Z 0
District Governor Adrian Roach & Christine's visit 14 September Chris McGrath 2015-09-16 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Jul 14, 2015
                                                       
        PDG Brian Atkins receiving his 4 Sapphire Paul Harris recognition at last nights meeting.
 
 
Paul Harris Sapphire recognition Chris McGrath 2015-07-13 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Jun 23, 2015
Tonight we celebrated our 46th Changeover at Memories Function Centre at Wallsend . Our thanks go the management and staff for such a great venue for our meetings.
We were honoured by the attendance of District Governor Gerard McMillan who made the time to attend our changeover night
46th Changeover Dinner meeting Chris McGrath 2015-06-22 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Jun 13, 2015
 
What a day! Where to start?
 
Here we go then -  after a rainy week Saturday 13th June turned out cloudy in the morning then turning to lovely sunshine later in the day which we all appreciated. A total of 13 members from our club  and 3 from Wallsend Maryland club. Words fail me, as you know I do get bit excitable sometimes but this time I do think it's worthwhile to take some time and make mention of few things that made the day so enjoyable........
Community Service day. Installation of two greenhouses Chris McGrath 2015-06-12 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Cherry on Mar 17, 2015
Our guest speaker from Waratah Public School being thanked by PP Gerry Davies and receiving a presentation from the Club.
 
 
Waratah Public School Bob Cherry 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Cherry on Mar 11, 2015
Our guest speaker, at short notice, was PP Bob Main who was welcomed by Neville Chant. Bob is the District facilitator for The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) and has visited other clubs.
We need to acknowledge where Rotary has been, where it is now, and have a vision as to what Rotary can be. RLI is not owned by Rotary, but has been endorsed by Rotary. It runs in 36 countries and is in its third year in Australia.
Copy of Guest Speaker 9/3/15 - Bob Main Bob Cherry 2015-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
The Great Rotary Challenge Trivia Night Chris McGrath 2015-03-08 13:00:00Z 0
Lake Macquarie Charter Night Madeleine Atkins 2015-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Feb 27, 2015
Better late than never, have had a busy couple of days after the Chinese New Year celebrations.
 
We had a good night learning new things, and having some good fellowship as well. Thanks for organising the pizzas Howard, they went down well.
 
I have posted many pictures on the web of the celebrations in town, and our night as well. Gerry has also posted quite a few photos too, so go and have a look when you get time.
You will also notice some major changes to the web page, I'm finally beginning to master the new version at long last!
 
We had a surprise visit from District Governor Gerard McMillan, what a treat! Thanks Gerard for taking the time to visit  and help celebrate Rotary's 110th birthday with us!   
Training and celebration 23rd February Chris McGrath 2015-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins on Feb 23, 2015
Hi everyone
A huge thank you to Chris and Helen for making their home available so we could have a social night for the 110th anniversary of Rotary.
 
What a surprise to have District Governor Gerard McMillan attend.
 
Welcome back President Fred, glad to see you improving each day.
 
The training session on emails was very useful. I look forward to more training as we learn more about the ClubRunner site.
 
See you next week.
Madeleine
Happy 110th Anniversary Rotary Madeleine Atkins 2015-02-22 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Cherry on Feb 17, 2015
 Rev. Peter Middleton from Mission to Seafarers was introduced by Madeleine Atkins. The organisation cares for seafarers around the world.The Newcastle "Mission" has been here since the 1870s and is located at Wickham. It is a Christian enterprise, with Mission to Seafarers and Stella Maris working together in Newcastle.
 
Each year there are some 2000 ships and 40 to 50 thousand seafarers coming to the port of Newcastle. The "Mission" visits about one third of ships and has contact with about 12 thousand seafarers each year, on ships and at Wickham. We saw views inside the "Mission" building. Facilities include cooking, computers (with Skype, etc), a chapel, and a small shop.
 
Peter indicated that there are about 40 volunteers who, in various ways, assist to enhance the stay of the seafarers, some of whom may experience loneliness/ depression being away from the home/ family experience. The volunteers have one bus (with only part-time use of an old second bus) to take people from the ship to go to the shops, beaches, etc in Newcastle. A temporary visa is used for the short time away from the ship.
 
There is some funding of the "Mission" by the Port Corporation, Coal enterprises, etc as well as community donations. Peter expressed gratitude to  Rotary and to our Club for being involved in the "Light Up  Newcastle Lantern Walk" to be held next Saturday, funds from which will go towards a new bus for transporting seafarers. He handed out a brochure and a current newsletter.
 
Peter was thanked for his talk by Bob Main, who presented Peter with a copy of the booklet "Rotary Down Under - Humanity in Motion".   
 
Well done Bob, Thank you
Chris
 
 
  
Guest speaker Peter Middleton 16 Feb, 2015 Bob Cherry 2015-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Atkins on Feb 12, 2015
A huge thank you to Chris for all his assistance this week with the Light Up Newcastle Lantern Walk.
 
There are many tasks to be completed over the next 8 days and I will need to rely on Chris for all of them.
 
I sincerely hope several members from the Club will also be able to assist.
 
Please contact Chris with your availability.
 
Regards Brian
Thank You Brian Atkins 2015-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Cherry

Introduced by Chris McGrath, Doug Tudor spoke about Vocational Service and the role of this avenue of service in meeting the objectives of Rotary, where people use their business, professional and community skills in planning, carrying out and assisting with Rotary projects. Madeleine Atkins displayed aspects of Vocational Service on the screen.

Doug spoke of our recent visit to Pettigrew Family Funerals, a visit to Civic Park (where Paul Harris planted a tree) early in the new year, and a "Rotary Service Award" planned for next year.

On a personal note, Doug spoke of his role in this Rotary Club over the years. He spoke of his career at Sorbys (hardware) and Cappers Hardware at Mayfield, each for about 10 years, followed by about 13 years at Macquarie Timber and Hardware at Belmont. Doug did some volunteer work, driving people to appointments. Doug is a member of Adamstown Men's Probus Club.

Doug was thanked for his presentation by Gerry Davies and Kevin Goodwin.

Doug Tudor - "Rotary Information Night" - 17/11/14 Robert Cherry 2014-11-16 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins

Hi Rotary friends

Please invite your partners next Monday as we would love to share our recent holiday stories with you. Make sure you let Grant P know of any extra numbers.

Highlights of the holiday to be covered will be

Ground Zero Memorial in New York, Queen Mary 2 cruise, lunch at Buckingham Palace and sand dune adventure in Dubai.

See you on Monday.

Brian and Madeleine

November 10 - Brian and Madeleine's Holiday Madeleine Atkins 2014-11-09 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Cherry

Our scheduled Guest Speaker at our meeting 15/9/14 did not arrive, so Michael Grant, just back from a holiday in Hawaii, kindly agreed to tell us of the trip he and Eva and friends took to that destination. They flew Hawaiian Air, which took 9 hours and stayed at a hotel near Waikiki beach. Michael described the holiday as interesting and enjoyable and spoke of wonderful people providing great service.

Among the experiences Michael spoke of were shopping (inexpensive and expensive), a visit to Pearl Harbour museum, restaurants and cheesecake shops, markets in laneways, music after dark from a stage on the beach, a zoo and aquarium near Waikiki beach, a bus ride around the island (120 miles) and lovely water for swimming!  A downside, however, was to see quite a lot of poverty and homeless people in makeshift tents. All in all, though: "well worth a visit".

Karen Scott thanked Michael for providing us with a great "snapshot" of the holiday.

Cheers, Bob...sorry it took me a week to get this on to the bulletin!  

Michael Grant's Hawaiian Holiday Robert Cherry 2014-09-14 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Madeleine Atkins

Hi all.

I am receiving constant emails from District Governor 7570 Ron Mabry and Sandi who are tracking the GSE Team in West Virginia.

Sandi writes "...snow finally finished. About 6 inches bit thankfully NOT the ice they predicted . Team arrived on time and we got them to their families without problems. We have already heard they are a great group-no surprise to you. We will be posting pictures of the conference and of their stay in the district, on our district facebook page. Go to face book and search rotary district 7570. We start March 14."

The team has their own page "GSE 2014 - 9670".

Madeleine

GSE Team Update Tuesday 4 March 2014 Madeleine Atkins 2014-03-03 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Cherry

There were two visitors at this meeting, one a South Korean teacher, Chisu (spelling is probably wrong) here for 2 weeks at Callaghan College Waratah Campus where our members Karen and Anne are teachers. The other visitor, interested in Rotary, is John from Kenya who is a Registered Nurse at Maroba Aged Care.

Our guest speaker was Gary Hughes, introduced by Ron Jenkins. Gary spoke and showed scenes/ views about Broken Hill. With a great amount of knowledge, Ron told us of the discovery of minerals (silver, lead and zinc) and the setting up of The Broken Hill Proprietary Company (BHP) in 1885. He showed us scenes of current mines and early year smelters. He talked of early BHP leaders of note. There were views of historical structures, shafts and monuments. He explained that the mineralisation was/ is in a geological feature called the "Line of Lode", fairly narrow but about 8km long.

Gary spoke of the role of the NSW government eg water pipeline from the Darling River, railway lines, a newer railway station, and a tramways (now closed). We saw views of pubs and other significant buildings (Post Office, Town Hall, Trades Hall - unions played a significant role at Broken Hill).

After questions, Michael Grant thanked Gary for an interesting and informative presentation.

Cheers, Bob

Meeting 10/2/14 - Gary Hughes - "Broken Hill" Robert Cherry 2014-02-09 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Cherry

At this stage, I see myself as a bit of a "fill in" or "apprentice" bulletin editor, but I have decided to report as we head towards the end of the calendar year.

As always, the Science and Engineering Challenge wrap-up dinner on 25/11/13 was a big night for the club. It was great to see people from the University of Newcastle, Ausgrid, other Rotary clubs, and the two successful schools - St Marys, Gateshead and All Saints College, St Peters campus, Maitland. It was a very successful evening!

Last Monday night (9/12/13) was the Christmas party, and the usual fun night! Madeleine and Brian's "Christmas Trivia" test was won by Leone, with Malcolm second. Thanks to Eva who again conducted the raffle/ guessing competition, and also the crazy "swapping of gifts" event. We sang carols with music from Malcolm and Fred Benjamin, and Fred's friend Alston (great to see Fred and Ranji visiting from Sydney!). The ladies received a gift from Santa Doug, assisted by helper Fred Neal. (the "real" Santa Kevin was not able to be with us). A nice evening and good company!

Our last meeting for 2013 in on next Monday 16/12/13. It is also the AGM. At the meeting, we need to finalise arrangements for the lunch we are providing for the teachers at Callaghan College Waratah campus on the last day of school for the year, Friday 20/12/13.

Cheers, Bob  

  

As we head towards Christmas 2013 Robert Cherry 2013-12-17 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Sep 22, 2013

Information received from Greg Bevan re a carers expo day to be held at Newcastle Panthers Club on Thursday 10th October 2013 beginning at 10am

Further details please contact Greg on the information below.

 gandlbevan@bigpond.com

Message from Ted Lewis re vocational award

Dear Bob,

Would you please send the following missive to all Club Presidents and Secretaries?

Regards,

Ted Lewis

 

“Dear President and Secretary,

Rotary International has a Vocational Service Leadership Award.  

This award is given to Rotarians who have used their occupation to make an impact in the community, demonstrated integrity in their profession and in Rotary, and undertaken at least one of six activities outlined in the award guidelines.

The Award is made to only one Rotarian in each District so you must understand that it is a prestigious one.

Our DG Brian has asked me to contact each Club in the District and request that the Club President nominate one Rotarian from their Club to be considered as the District 9670 “Vocational Service Leadership Awardee”

Vocational Service was a cornerstone in Paul Harris’ vision for Rotary and still is. Most Clubs are active in participating in Vocational Service and here is a chance to recognise a Club member who promotes this Avenue of Service for the betterment of your community.

I have attached details of how you can nominate a Club member for the Award. Please note that the closing date for Nominations is 21st October.

Regards,

Ted Lewis

District Vocational Service Director”

Carers Expo at Newcastle Panthers Club + Message on Vocational service awards Chris McGrath 2013-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Sep 22, 2013

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 Apologies for the break in the document, still learning how to copy & paste different documents to our website

 

To: Bob Main, Rotary Club of Waratah Inc.


Good evening Presidents Mark, Phil and Bob.

Thank you for offering to host the inbound GSE team in March next year.  We have developed a draft itinerary for the team, and the team will arrive in the District on Friday 21 March, moving to their first hosts on Sunday the 23 March.  We are hoping that the Wallsend Maryland and Belmont clubs are able to share the responsibility of hosting the team for the 5 nights ( Sun 23 - Fri 28).  We have elected to share the hosting during the period as many of your club members may be involved in the set up / support for the District conference, and we hope that this will be positively received by your clubs, this placing a lower obligation on each of your clubs by sharing home hosting and programming.

The team will have had a rest period for the two days prior, so should be refreshed and ready to go.  This rest will be in the Newcastle area, and your clubs are able to collect the team members at a time convenient tote clubs.  

The Rotary Club of Waratah has been invited to host the official welcome dinner, which also falls during this hosting period, on Monday 24 March. 

 As it is a 5 night stay, I am hoping you are able to also provide vocational experience/ visits for the team members, although at this stage, we do not yet know the vocations as the US team will not be selected  until October. 

 On the Friday, preferably in the morning, the  team will transfer to new host families/ clubs in the Lake Mac area, prior to the conference.

If you could confirm please by Wednesday 25 Sept. that you are still happy to host, and that these days are Ok for you , so that we can plan subsequent host arrangements. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns.

 

kind regards

shari Tanzer

GSE Chair

shari.milsom@y7mail.com

0438787343 



Shari Tanzer
Rotary e-club of District 9670

Group Study inbound team announcment Chris McGrath 2013-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Sep 20, 2013
Good morning President Bob and Chris (for the bulletin)

A personal thank you for a most delightful evening when I attended our Club with Brian on Monday.

We are certainly enjoying our District Club visits.

I enjoyed speaking with our dedicated Rotarian friends from Waratah and learning more about Rotary in our community. It was great to come home after all our travels.

Please pass on to Helen and the partners how much I appreciated them looking after me while Brian was at the Board meeting.

Thank you for all your support.

I look forward to coming back to the Club again whenever I can.

Warm wishes
Madeleine

Madeleine Atkins
Mobile: 0447 523 221
Email: madeleineatkins@bigpond.com
PO Box 357, New Lambton 2305
Thankyou from Madeleine Chris McGrath 2013-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Article form The Newcastle Star September 11 2013 Chris McGrath 2013-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Sep 10, 2013

From Janette Jackson

(An update though – the Club of Newcastle Enterprise has taken the challenge of being the contact Club, and the first contact is President Julia Brougham, and we do thank Julia for becoming involved.  This is outrageously generous of her!!!!)

 p.s. Don't forget if you want be involved please let someone know. (Chris)

Update on new local contact for Graffiti Day Chris McGrath 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Sep 09, 2013

Hello fellow Rotarians

These days we seems to be on the road more than we are at home, but still enjoying ourselves.

We miss our friends at Waratah and look forward to our visit on 16 September.

Since my last update we have been to the Rotary Clubs of Rutherford-Telarah, Rylstone-Kandos, Scone, Myall Coast, East Maitland, Maitland, Dubbo, Dubbo Macquarie and Dubbo South. We are off to Dubbo West tonight and hopefully the Dubbo Zoo on Friday!

We have also presented at the Rotaract Club of the Hunter.

In the last few weeks Brian has chaired a G-Train and Finance meeting, a Chairs of Committee Training Workshop, and Assistant Governors and Presidents meeting.

He has been involved in the Group Study Exchange Team Leader and Team Member interviews at Singleton with the final selection weekend coming up on 14-15 September in Tocal.

We have attended a Youth Exchange Orientation Day for the inbound students at Club Macquarie and met the outstanding students staying in our District this year. You will have the opportunity of meeting them at the District Conference if not before.

We have not seen any more camels or kangaroos, but did dodge a calf on the road after leaving Rylstone-Kandos. Life is full of surprises.

My presentation on ROADwhyz has been well received so far. A member of the Rotary Club of Rylstone-Kandos has agreed to join the ROADwhyz team as an ambulance officer which was very much appreciated.

Keep the eBulletins coming so we can keep up to date on the news at home.

The new website looks great! Congratulations to the team keeping it so relevant.

Please keep in touch, stay well and happy.

Warm wishes

Madeleine

Latest news from Madeleine Chris McGrath 2013-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Guest speaker Will McLean speaking on Blaze Aid Chris McGrath 2013-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Aug 27, 2013

<v:V:PATH o:connecttype="rect" gradientshapeok="t" o:extrusionok="f"> <v:V:IMAGEDATA o:href="cid:image002.jpg@01CE9E59.037B4010" src="file:///C:\Users\STAFFU~1\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image001.jpg"> Graffiti Removal Day 2012 was a great success.

 

The volunteers played a large part in the day being so successful.

 

With Graffiti Removal Day 2013 fast approaching – October 20 – we are again calling on Rotarians and members of the public to assist with removing graffiti from our suburbs.

 

We notice that you volunteered to help on the day last year and would like to give you the opportunity to again be part of this great day.

 

Please visit our website: http://www.graffitiremovalday.org.au to register to be a volunteer and to nominate any sites in your area.

 

We thank you for your assistance.

 

 

Support Team

Graffiti Removal Day 2013

Phone: 1300 665 310

Fax: 02 98915984

Website: www.graffitiremovalday.org.au

 

 

Graffiti removal day October 20th 2013 Chris McGrath 2013-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Aug 20, 2013

The letter below has been scanned and is al little small but if you use CTRL+ on your keyboard you can enlarge the print.

Doug has spoken to Heather last Saturday and she asked after all the members of the club & has sent her best wishes to all. Looking forward to seeing Heather back with us soon.

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Latest informantion on new RI website as received from Gerry Davies Chris McGrath 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Aug 18, 2013

Hello fellow Rotarians

Brian and I have started our official visits in earnest, and so far all is going well.

We have been to the Rotary Clubs of Newcastle Enterprise, Morisset, Greenhills Maitland, Nelson Bay, Belmont, Wallsend-Maryland, Bourke, Nyngan, Muswellbrook, Raymond Terrace, Charlestown and Adamstown-New Lambton.

Next week we will visit Rutherford-Telarah, Rylstone Kandos, Scone and the Rotaract Club of the Hunter.

The trip to Bourke was an adventure. While I was driving from Nyngan to Bourke I dodged a wild camel on the roadside the size of a giraffe and many wild goats. This is not what I was expecting as we had only been warned about kangaroos!

We had a broken driver’s window from a rock on the way to Morisset so I am hoping there will be no more excitement over the next few months.

It has been amazing to experience the difference in Rotary Clubs. The members of each of the Clubs we have visited have been most welcoming.

I have been telling people with pride of my membership of the Rotary Club of Waratah. I have also been gathering some different ideas that I would like to slowly trial when we are back in town and settling in to our weekly meetings with our friends at Waratah.

I love receiving the eBulletin and keeping up to date on what is news at home.

Please keep in touch, stay well and happy.

Warm wishes

MADELEINE

Update from Madeleine Chris McGrath 2013-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Aug 18, 2013

Hello fellow Rotarians

Brian and I have started our official visits in earnest, and so far all is going well.

We have been to the Rotary Clubs of Newcastle Enterprise, Morisset, Greenhills Maitland, Nelson Bay, Belmont, Wallsend-Maryland, Bourke, Nyngan, Muswellbrook, Raymond Terrace, Charlestown and Adamstown-New Lambton.

Next week we will visit Rutherford-Telarah, Rylstone Kandos, Scone and the Rotaract Club of the Hunter.

The trip to Bourke was an adventure. While I was driving from Nyngan to Bourke I dodged a wild camel on the roadside the size of a giraffe and many wild goats. This is not what I was expecting as we had only been warned about kangaroos!

We had a broken driver’s window from a rock on the way to Morisset so I am hoping there will be no more excitement over the next few months.

It has been amazing to experience the difference in Rotary Clubs. The members of each of the Clubs we have visited have been most welcoming.

I have been telling people with pride of my membership of the Rotary Club of Waratah. I have also been gathering some different ideas that I would like to slowly trial when we are back in town and settling in to our weekly meetings with our friends at Waratah.

I love receiving the eBulletin and keeping up to date on what is news at home.

Please keep in touch, stay well and happy.

Warm wishes

MADELEINE

News update from Madeleine Chris McGrath 2013-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Aug 13, 2013

This is some information for you from previous weeks. Grant is having some difficultly finding the time so I will fill you in briefly.

  •  Response from benefactor of our Trivia Night to Bob Cherry. The recipient was able to attend a workshop and information session held by IDFA and  gained tremendous benefit from this. This was due to our fantastic fundraising effort on the night! Had we not raised the money this would not have been possible. Well done everyone, this is Rotary in action! I have added a link to IDFA on our main page should you wish to learn more or possibly donate some money.
  • Last week we had a very interesting and informative night when Gerry's daughter Cathy spoke to us about Lupus. As you maybe are aware Cathy suffers from this disease of the immune system and consequently had to leave her position from The John Hunter Hospital because of the risk of infection due to this condition. Cathy gave an in depth presentation and alerted us all as to the seriousness of the illness and it's side effects. But Cathy has taken this Imageon head on and is remarkably well at this stage.
  • Last night's speaker Melissa Novarini from "Out Of Home Carers For Children" as part of The Salvation Army  group spoke to us abut her role in interviewing, assessing and training carers in their role and the continuing process. The ongoing commitment of carers and The Salvation Army itself is incredible, it's wonderful to see that there are pople in the community willing to "pitch in" and do the job willingly.
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  • On Monday I completed the Facebook linking process to ClubRunner so I think all is complete from this end, hope any Facebook followers from our Club will derive some benefit from this new link.
  • Next week Michael will be our guest speaker on Stockton Hospital, should be an interesting night.
  • FOOTNOTE: I am still looking for member contributions to our website, come on everyone it's your website let's make it interesting!!!
  • Our Treasurer David announced last night that SIX members are unfinancial, this is not the Rotary spirit, so if you are one of them pay up now! Next week I will be happy to put the names on the web as the fees are more than overdue. The Club still has to pay it's dues to RI on your behalf.
  • Is It Fair To All Concerned???
Catching up from previous weeks Chris McGrath 2013-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Aug 13, 2013
Sent: Monday, August 12, 2013 1:34 PM
Subject: Rotary Working with Children Check
 

To all Presidents and Secretaries

Copy to Youth and New Generations Directors

 

Please see note below from PDG Don, our District New Generations Chair.  To assist you with the process I have attached an information flyer and a screen shot of the site.

 

Simply log onto the site as indicated  http://www.kids.nsw.gov.au/Working-with-children/New-Working-With-Children-Check/New-Working-with-Children-Check

 

Press Start here and on the next screen press Apply

 

This will take you to the registration page.  Remember to check the volunteer box in purpose for check.

 

Once lodged you will get a number and then an email confirming your application number and instructions to take this to an RTA office which I suppose is now more correctly an RMS Office.

 

All you need do is confirm your ID and then you will get another email with a letter confirming your registration number which is valid for five years.

 

This is a simple process and I hope the above is of help. 

 

Bob Nelson

District Secretary 2013/14

 

 

Dear Club President and New Generations Chair,

 

New Generations programs conducted by Rotary International, district and clubs involve Rotarians working with young people. You will recall that this matter was addressed at both PETS and The District Assembly. It is essential that at all times we put in place processes that will ensure the welfare of young people and also those who are working with them.

 

The NSW Government through the NSW Commission for Children and Young People has introduced the WORKING WITH CHILDREN check which is a prerequisite for people in child related work. It also has implications for clubs such as Rotary where volunteers work and interact with children and young people.

 

Previously all Rotarians working with children signed a declaration form and this was kept in safe keeping by the club officer. In future we will be required to undertake the working with children check. This is simple to complete and with their permission I have reproduced below an article extracted from a Rotary Club of Charlestown recent club bulletin. This outlines quite clearly the process and I recommend it is a procedure that all clubs should implement.

 

Please ensure the processes of confidentially and privacy that have always been paramount continue to be observed.

 

AG Trevor Lynch is the District's Child Protection Officer. He is currently overseas. Both Trevor and I would be happy to assist in any way we can.

 

Yours in Rotary,

 

Don

The New Working with Children Check

The Rotary Club of Charlestown Board recommends that every member, and some other household members, undertake a Working with Children Check.

 

Why?

Our Rotary Club needs to manage risk.

What are the Risks?

The risk might sit with the Club – its difficult to monitor the level of everyone’s involvement in child related work. No body wants to limit your voluntary work.

The risk might sit with a member or adult household member. Imagine if an allegation is made. Have you managed your own risk?

The risk might be to assume everyone behaves appropriately. But we all know some people don’t. Our aim is to guard the safety of children.

When?

All Members - before 30 December 2013
YEP Host Parents, RYPEN - before you participate

How and where?

1. Register online www.kids.gov.nsw.au   or Google NSW Child Checks

2. Go to the RTA with your reference number and ID document.
3. Receive your WWCC ID card
4. Show your Card to Tony Carmichael, Public Officer

Before you start online, be ready with:

- your Drivers Licence or Passport
- pen and paper to write down your reference number - its free

Answers to some Questions

a) Purpose of the Check? Volunteer
b) Child Related Sector? Clubs or other Bodies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please attend to new information working with children per Gerry Davies Chris McGrath 2013-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Aug 07, 2013
Was shown this article on Monday night, no mention of Rotary, our Club or the hard work Brian and his team do to get this up and. running each year, It's a fantastic programme and it saddens me to see that the people involved don't even get a mention!! I think Neville sums it up very well.
Science and Engineering Challenge Chris McGrath 2013-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Aug 02, 2013

Hi all,

Have just done some major changes to our web page in content and design, hope you like it. I have tried to make the whole thing look a little more inviting, your comments would be appreciated.

I have contacted ClubRunner about a couple of issues and am waiting a reply. I have emailed NCC regarding incorrect meeting data and ClubRunner re incorrect link to District, I am unable to edit this so will leave it to them to take care of it.

Please when you attempt to login make sure your are logging in to the correct site if you are unsure let me know.

For Facebook users I have added the Facebook tag on the top right hand side of the page, for those that are Facebook savvy you will know what to do from there I hope. If more needs to be done please let me know.

Finally if you want add any links that may be of benefit to our club & Rotary in general please let me know as they are quite easy to add, conversely it would be nice to have them linked to us if appropriate.

That's all for now.

Chris

 Facebook   LinkedIn   Twitter   YouTube
New changes to web page Chris McGrath 2013-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Aug 01, 2013

As in line with last year the club is working towards holding a "WARATAH DAY" at the K Mart Waratah providing we get permission. Last year we sold out in a very short time and were able to raise funds for much needed charitable work.

Anne Grieve has offered to coordinate the day the date being Saturday 21st September so if you are available Anne would welcome your support.

 

Waratah day Chris McGrath 2013-07-31 19:12:40Z 0
Posted by Howard Mole on Jul 28, 2013
To my Rotary friends at theRotary Club of Waratah, I extend a very heartfelt thank you for the practical and emotional support over the recent weeks surrounding the death of my son "Bobby King".  Your texts, messages, cards, posts and attendance at the "Celebration of his Life"  have been very encouraging and uplifting. Through his very genuine charm, generosity and care about others, he attracted a lot of people into his circle which makes this even more tragic and his loss has been felt by many besides his family. Throughout the ordeal however God has proven himself as faithful yet again, giving me an inner peace that is even beyond my own understanding. For that peace I am very grateful, and give God thanks both for that and the support of friends such as yourself with which he has surrounded me.

Again I say thank you.

Howard Mole

Thank you to Rotary Family Howard Mole 2013-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Jul 23, 2013

A short recap on our guest Speaker who went to Gallipoli as a volunteer to assist with many jobs over the period of the gathering to commemorate ANZAC day as we know it.

Phil gave a slide presentation and talk of not only his experiences but of the history of that awful time.

He spoke of many historic places, people and events. Just to mention a few; Simpson's grave, Plugge's Plateau, Suvla Bay, Shrapnel valley, The Judas tree, Lone Pine, Razor back and many more.

Overall Phil said it was a rewarding and quite emotional experience for him as some family members had fought at these places, some perished and others lived to come back home, but strangely those that came home did not want to talk about their experiences.

The members asked Phil may questions about his talk and fellow Bob Cherry has been to Gallipoli to see  for himself. It was a very interesting night we all came away learning a lot more. Our guest was ably thanked by Ron Jenkins.

Our Guest Speaker Phil Morris Chris McGrath 2013-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Jul 23, 2013

ImageNot a very good reproduction but does anyone remember this????

 

President  Bob gave  a full report on the events for the last two weeks as we had not met at our normal meeting venue.

We had a good attendance at the Club & District changeover held at Charlestown Bowling Club on the Saturday evening. The following Monday week The Science & Engineering Challenge dinner was held at Belmont 16 Footers Club. The reports on the night were very positive & the members commented on the quality of the meal as being very good.

Since then the Science & Engineering Challenge started at the new venue for this year at The Newcastle University Campus on Monday 22nd July. I think I heard that Pres Bob, David & Doug attended. I believe there is room for more volunteers so if you have the time give Pres Bob a call & he will slot you in. If I have missed anyone my apologies in advance.

Other news is Pres Bob will be away for two weeks & Vice President Fred will taking the chair, good luck Fred we will try not to give you a hard time.

NEWS FLASH! James couldn't fine the President tonight as he was wearing his chain of office!

Who was the member who told the kitchen staff to put Fred's dinner in the refrigerator just because he was late???

Pres Bob, (don't you just like the sound of the shortened version?). He mentioned that 5 members have not accessed their details or logged in to the new website yet.

Come on fellows it is very easy to use and it is where you will get all the information you need and it is your opportunity make a contribution. Chris has offered a one to one workshop at his home to help you out. We could run to two people maximum hands on, it would not take more than an hour for you pick up the basics. As Pres Bob said last night this will soon be your main source of information so don't let it pass you by. We are endeavouring to get some information out for those members that do not have computers.

The rosters for the next 3 weeks are on the web so please check these out before the meeting. If you look at the bottom of this bulletin that information will be there as well.

You will find under the heading "gallery" the  photos taken at the District Governor's changeover. Have a peek you can just hit "slideshow" and you can view them all. If you want to send pictures to put in the gallery just let me now.

A new web update version 3 has now been released with new web design and a whole new bulletin design and a "drop nad drag facility". I am currently doing some work with this new feature but not sure when we go live with it. It still requires me to go back to version 2 for all administration work.

Grant should be able to take over the bulletin section as soon as he up to speed I will still keep you up date under the news tab on the web page and the home page itself. So happy surfing everyone.

My thanks to the members who have logged in since the meeting and helped me out, this is how the website works at it's best!

Nearly forgot, congratulations to our 100% attenders for the year! AND Nev Chant is the recipient of "The wooden spoons for the year" Nev, make sure you hang them up in pride of place!

Bulletin from meeting 22nd July 2013 Chris McGrath 2013-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 18, 2013
We are now approaching live presence on the web and at the same time we are upgrading to ClubRunner version 3. I hope the transition will be smooth and that we all benefit from this new experience. The new version covers website management and new bulletin production.
Working with cloud technology is a new experience for me if anyone has worked with it and has any tips they would be appreciated.
As we move into the public arena it is important that we work together establishing our Rotary Club as a public entity and there to help the community where we can.
Once operational I will be able over the months to upload information you may have that is relevant and publish it for you. The new facility for uploading photos and having them available for viewing by anyone looks to be a great advancement in this version too.
Please let me know what you think would be beneficial to add as my capacity is limited to my ideas only.
Hope you enjoy the experience.
Chrissmiley
Update 18th July 2013 2013-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Jul 17, 2013

Hi All

President Bob has sent me the next 3 weeks of duty rosters. Please have a look before the meeting on Monday. I have had to create a new format to fit 3 weeks of rostering in as the programme only allows for one week at a time, hope you can follow it easily.

Yours in Rotary

Chris

Latest duty rosters now posted on web Chris McGrath 2013-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Jul 16, 2013

It is a time for us all to gather together to be with Howard Mole on Thursday 18th July at The Salvation Army centre in Cleary Street Hamiltion.

A memorial service is being held  at 11.00 am.

Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to Howard and his family at this time.

Memorial Service for Bobby Chris McGrath 2013-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Jul 15, 2013

Hi all,

Just received last week new beta version of ClubRunner, working through it now as I write this note. Changes have been made to website, data storage and transfer, many new features for design and content, new and simplified bulletin. looks as if we can archive bulletins now for anyone to catch up on.

I have been assured that our details are  more secure now, with most details stored using cloud technology, this is also providing a lot more speed in some areas that I am currently working with.

I have loaded a lot of the member photos onto the new version, much simpler than before.

Will look at going live with new format as soon as we can check it out.

Any suggestions or comments for the website would be welcomed plus if anyone is having trouble accessing the information I am happy for you drop by and I will guide you through.

Yours in Rotary

Chris

New version 3 ClubRunner Chris McGrath 2013-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 14, 2013
Hi all
Just arrived on my desktop last week is the Beta version 3 of ClubRunner for our club. It is absolutely amazing and does so much more, I thought the current version was good! At this stage the major changes are the webpage, the bulletin, and all that is now included with these two sections.
I have already uploaded all our photos, designed a new webpage for your approval and spent some time learning the new way to do things. From what I can see our data will be loaded up to "the cloud" now which seems to be a lot faster. Don't know much about this but if works it's OK by me, they assure us it is very secure.
 
Bulletins can now be archived so anyone can catch up on previous issues with ease and much more.
It's very pleasing to see that most of our members with internet access have accessed the website and in some cases edited their personal file. This is great news,  congratulations for having a look around!
 
If anyone needs help accessing the site, accessing your file, or just looking around our website or would like some hands on experience I am happy to do that for you here at home if you think it would help.
 
Sorry I can't be with you tonight will see you next Monday night.If you have any comments or wish to add some photos or an article please let me know and I will set it up for you.
Regards
Chris
 
Beta version 3 information Chris McGrath 2013-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Jul 09, 2013

Dear friends

I just wanted to express my excitement at joining Waratah Rotary Club on Saturday.

I am not quite sure why I waited 39 years to do so.

Thank you for your good wishes and for making me part of your Rotary family.

Over the coming months I will be able to settle in to a great Club filled with life-long friends.

Since seeing you at Anne’s induction on July 1, Brian and I have attended another meeting for the District Conference with President Bob. We also attended the Morisset and Nelson Bay Rotary Club’s changeovers.  Both evenings were most enjoyable and we learned more about the programs being conducted in those Clubs.

A huge thank you to all those members who could attend the District Changeover last Saturday. We truly appreciated seeing you there. I wish I had more time to talk with each of you.

On Sunday we hosted the College of Governors meeting and lunch at Memories Function Centre. This is a gathering of all the Past District Governors who support and give advice to Brian. I am sure we will call on their experience as the year progresses.

I have shared some photographs of the changeover and look forward to seeing you at Belmont Club next Monday.

Your fellow Rotarian

Madeleine

 

 

Letter from Madeleine Atkins - New Rotary member Chris McGrath 2013-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Jul 07, 2013

There was a good attendance at the District Governor's changeover & our club changeover at Charlestown Bowling Club last night, where we saw our president Bob main inducted for his second term, Congratulations Bob!!! I see that Bob has retained most of his Board Of Directors for the upcoming year too, great work everyone, look forward to an interesting year ahead.

Our member Brian was officially inducted last night as our District governor for the year. Congratulations Brian, we hope you and Madeleine have a very rewarding year serving the District. Congratulations too for Madeleine too as she was inducted   into our Rotary Club last night too. Guess who was her sponsor??? We look forward to having Madeleine join us a full member soon, however she will be supporting Brian in his District duties for the next few months.

On a sadder note Howard is currently in Perth where he has had to come  a very difficult & heartrending decision with his son Bobby. Howard, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time for you and your family.

There will be no meeting on Monday 8th July, duty rosters will be published when they come to hand, please check under the news tag until I become more proficient with editing & compiling a short bulletin until Grant is ready to take over.

Until then, bye for now.

7th July 2013 Chris McGrath 2013-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christopher McGrath

 

7th July 2013 NEWSLETTER

There was a good attendance at the District Governor's changeover & our club changeover at Charlestown Bowling Club last night, where we saw our president Bob Main inducted for his second term, Congratulations Bob!!! I see that Bob has retained most of his Board Of Directors for the upcoming year too, great work everyone, look forward to an interesting year ahead.

Our member Brian was officially inducted last night as our District governor for the year. Congratulations Brian, we hope you and Madeleine have a very rewarding year serving the District. Congratulations for Madeleine as he was inducted   into our Rotary Club last night. Guess who was her sponsor??? We look forward to having Madeleine join us a full member soon, however she will be supporting Brian in his District duties for the next few months.

On a sadder note Howard is currently in Perth where he has had to come  a very difficult & heartrending decision with his son Bobby. Howard, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time for you and your family.

There will be no meeting on Monday 8th July, duty rosters will be published when they come to hand, please check under the news tag until I become more proficient with editing & compiling a short bulletin until Grant is ready to take over.

Until then, bye for now.

Newsletter/Bulletin 1st July 2013

 

Tonight we welcomed back Allen Pettigrew to our club, it was good to see him return. Our new District Governor & his partner were in attendance too.

We welcome into our Rotary club Anne Grieve, our newest member, welcome Anne! 

President Bob did a great job inducting Anne & we look forward to her company over the years to come. Anne gave a story of her life with a very slick presentation which we all enjoyed.

I hear that Glenn Davies & Anne went to Warners Bay high school at the same time. Small world isn't it?

Remember we meet at Charlestown Bowling Club, 6pm for 6.30pm on Saturday 6th July for the District Governors changeover.

Until then.

Chris

3OTH JUNE 2013 NEWSLETTER

Still muddling around to try and send just one updated bulletin less the previous bulletins. Have sent some requests by email to the Clubrunner group for some help in this area, may have some news by Monday night.

Don't forget we need the $40.00 per head paid into the club's bank account or pay David if you like. (The club's account information is detailed for under the news heading on the main web page).

We will be inducting our newest member to Rotary on Monday night and it is a partners night too, please let Grant know if you are bringing extra people.

Great to see that we now have seven members log in & visit the site proper, if you have not done so and being a rainy day it may help fill the day for you.

See you Monday night.

Chris

SOME MORE NEWS FROM 30TH JUNE

Hi all,

This will have to do until we can all learn how to send a bulletin out without the previous information being lost.

It was pleasing to see a good rollup for Sylma Pettigrew and enjoy the fellowship after the service.

I have sent a list of questions to Clubrunner with regard to some minor items I am  having trouble understanding, hope to get a reply before Monday night.

Hope this rain goes away or I will never get my builder to start work!

That's all for now.

Chris

 NEWS FROM 24th JUNE 2013

The Clubrunner group for some help in this area, may have some news by Monday night.

Don't forget we need the $40.00 per head paid into the club's bank account or pay David if you like. (The club's account information is detailed for under the news heading on the main web page).

We will be inducting our newest member to Rotary on Monday night and it is a partners night too, please let Grant know if you are bringing extra people.

Great to see that we now have seven members log in & visit the site proper, if you have not done so and being a rainy day it may help fill the day for you.

See you Monday night.

Chris

Welcome to our Rotary Club!

 

 

Archived news and bulletins Christopher McGrath 2013-07-06 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Jul 06, 2013

There was a good attendance at the District Governor's changeover & our club changeover at Charlestown Bowling Club last night, where we saw our president Bob main inducted for his second term, Congratulations Bob!!! I see that Bob has retained most of his Board Of Directors for the upcoming year too, great work everyone, look forward to an interesting year ahead.

Our member Brian was officially inducted last night as our District governor for the year. Congratulations Brian, we hope you and Madeleine have a very rewarding year serving the District. Congratulations too for Madeleine too as she was inducted   into our Rotary Club last night too. Guess who was her sponsor??? We look forward to having Madeleine join us a full member soon, however she will be supporting Brian in his District duties for the next few months.

On a sadder note Howard is currently in Perth where he has had to come  a very difficult & heartrending decision with his son Bobby. Howard, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time for you and your family.

There will be no meeting on Monday 8th July, duty rosters will be published when they come to hand, please check under the news tag until I become more proficient with editing & compiling a short bulletin until Grant is ready to take over.

Until then, bye for now.

Report for 7th July 2013 - Please read important information Chris McGrath 2013-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath

Welcome AnneTonight we welcomed back Allen Pettigrew to our club, it was good to see him return. Our new District Governor & his partner were in attendance too.

We welcome into our Rotary club Anne Grieve, our newest member, welcome Anne! 

President Bob did a great job inducting Anne & we look forward to her company over the years to come. Anne gave a story of her life with a very slick presentation which we all enjoyed.

I hear that Glenn Davies & Anne went to Warners Bay high school at the same time. Small world isn't it?

Remember we meet at Charlestown Bowling Club, 6pm for 6.30pm on Saturday 6th July for the District Governors changeover.

Until then.

Chris

Meeting 1st July 2013 Chris McGrath 2013-06-30 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Jun 30, 2013

Hi all,

This will have to do until we can all learn how to send a bulletin out without the previous information being lost.

It was pleasing to see a good rollup for Sylma Pettigrew and enjoy the fellowship after the service.

I have sent a list of questions to Clubrunner with regard to some minor items I am  having trouble understanding, hope to get a reply before Monday night.

Hope this rain goes away or I will never get my builder to start work!

That's all for now.

Chris

Update 30th June 2013 Chris McGrath 2013-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris McGrath on Jun 28, 2013

We will be showing you some new information about the Clubrunner programme, see you on Monday night!

Howard & Chris presented the new website and database to those present, many questions were asked on the night. The meeting was a success and now the Board will make a decision on the matter on Monday night.

I hope many of you have now had the chance to visit the site,  check and amend your own personal database record and see the benefits.

Looking forward to hearing your comments on Monday night.

Chris

Club bank account details. Rotary Club Of Waratah Incorporated

BSB 062814 A/C# 00905203

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