Sydney Rotary meets at the Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, occasionally at other locations, on Zoom and Hybrid. See Upcoming Events at Sydney Rotary below. Visitors are very welcome but please book.
Sydney Rotary supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Click above & read the statement.
12.00 noon to 2.00pm Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Palace Chinese Restaurant. Details below. 
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12.00 noon to 2.00pm Tuesday 13 December 2022
Palace Chinese Restaurant Level 1, Picadilly Centre 133/145 Castlereagh St Sydney
Members, prospective members, and friends of Sydney Rotary please join us for our annual end of year celebrations.  It’s another opportunity for great fellowship and to discuss highlights of the year to date and plans for the future.  
Rotarians are invited to attend one of three webinar information session to receive an update on the Zone 8 Regionalisation Pilot.
Please attend one of these webinars. It is an important step in securing the future of Rotary in Australia.
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Learn more about the Zone 8 Regionalisation Pilot at 
Rotary Club of Sydney is proud to be a partner in the "Rotary Adopt a PCYC" initiative.
This Wednesday, 30th November, at 12:30pm the Rotary Club of Sydney will be visiting the PCYC South Sydney club at 638 Elizabeth St, Redfern and at 3pm the PCYC City of Sydney at Cathedral St &, Riley St, Woolloomooloo to the launch of the Rotary Adopt a PCYC initiative.
To find out more and to become part of this exciting new initiative click on 'Read More' below.

The Longreach School of the Air musical production is back in November 2022 after Covid disruptions in recent years. 

The Burrumbuttock Hay Runners and Rotary Sydney are again bringing hair and makeups artists from Brisbane to Longreach to work with the students on their production, just like happens in big city schools.

Brendan Farrell (photo above) of the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners said, with the help of Sydney Rotary,  they support remote communities with more that just hay runs.

Rotary International has a global partnership with the internationally renowned think-tank, the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP). 
Rotary Sydney is developing a close working relationship with the Sydney based global IEP.
Peace building and conflict prevention is one of Rotary's seven Areas of Focus (see list of Areas of Focus on this page). 
IEP is aiming  to create a paradigm shift in the way the world thinks about peace by developing global and national indices, calculating the economic cost of violence, analysing country level risk and fragility, and understanding Positive Peace. Click here the read about the 8 Pillars of Positive Peace.
The synergies are clear. 
IEP Positive Peace Ambassador programme
Rotary Sydney's President and President Elect were both involved in presenting the IEP Ambassador programme at the Rotary Club of Adelaide in 2022. The IEP Ambassador programme provides an opportunity for individuals to expand their skills in the areas of peace research, and learn about investing in the factors that build peace. See below.
Rotary Club of Adelaide - Positive Peace Workshop
Past President  of the Rotary Club of Adelaide, Heidi Unferdorben says: “I am passionate about understanding peace, but how can I clearly explain what peace is and support Rotary members and the wider community to embed the Positive Peace framework into their service projects."
The IEP Ambassador Positive Peace programme will be presented in Sydney in early 2023. Details will be available here soon. 
See below information on a Rotary Sydney, IEP & PCYC initiative.
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Rotary Sydney & IEP partnered with the Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) to successfully apply for a $100,000 grant from Multicultural NSW for a two-year project bringing together the experience and programs of these three organisations. Rotary will bring leadership development and mentoring through the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) and Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN). We will report on the positive impact of the programme during 2023. 
While the partnership between Rotary and IEP is relatively new the relationship with PCYC  goes back to the formation of the then named Police Rotary Youth Club (later the Police Boy's Clubs) by the Rotary Club of Sydney in1937.
A push for First Nations recognition in the Constitution has been awarded the Sydney Peace Prize, Australia's only international prize for peace. 
Above: Uluru Statement from the Heart painting on the ground with elders. Credit: Uluru Statement from the Heart/Sydney Peace Foundation.
Rotary Sydney members celebrated at the Gala Dinner to honour the the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Click the link in blue bar above to read the statement. The Rotary Club of Sydney has been a long term supporter of the Uluru Statement from the Heart with strong recognition on our website and at Club meetings. 
Sydney Rotarians and friends were hosted at the dinner by Karen Loblay, AO. See below. 
Support for the People of Ukraine | NY State Senate
Rotary Sydney has registered a new project with RAWCS  to support the Kyiv Geriatric Boarding House in Ukraine which currently hosts over 180 elderly people including over 50 refugees from the war-impacted areas around Kyiv and Eastern Ukraine. In addition, more than half of residents have mobility issues. The house is on the verge of not having a sustainable source of heating and electricity for the upcoming winter and beyond. The project aims to raise funds to initially secure individual space heaters, a generator, and supplies such as blankets, nappies, and essential medications to support the house this winter. As a longer term goal, the project will facilitate the installation of an independent heating and hot water system for the facility. ICS Chair Bernard Macleod supported newly inducted member Iurie Brinister, as he re-joined the Club and introduced the project. Below some images from Kyiv Geriatric Boarding House.
What is RAWCS? Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd (RAWCS) works in harmony with the Rotary Foundation and its ‘Areas of Focus’, delivering humanitarian aid through the Australian regional network of Rotarians, Clubs and Districts Click here for more information.
Each year, Rotary awards up to 130 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our peace centers. There were over 600 applicates for the 2023 fellowships.
Two out of three Rotary Sydney applicants were successful: 
Alfred Mupenzi to Makerere University Peace Centre in Uganda:
 to Uppsala University Peace Centre in Sweden:
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Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops the capacity of peace and development professionals to become effective catalysts for peace. The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and internship and field-study expenses.
For more detail click here
Rotary Sydney Peacebuilding Group has hosted two events recently highlighting:
  • The International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons &
  • Project Rozana: a cross-border, people-to-people peacebuilding activity in the Middle East focusing on improved health care.
The Australian Government has now dropped Australia’s opposition to the UN Treaty.  Clearly a step in the direction of peace.  
At a recent Rotary Sydney meeting the guest speaker was Gem Romuld, Australian director of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winner ICAN, the International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons.  At the meeting she told us how ICAN was promoting support for the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, a treaty that Australia had until now opposed.  
Project Rozana is a cross-border, people-to-people peacebuilding project that aims to improve relations between Israelis and Palestinians by focusing on improved health care training and delivery in Gaza and the West Bank. Rotary has already funded a Project Rozana program that has trained 50 Israeli and 50 Palestinian doctors specialising in trauma life support delivering improved patient outcomes through cross-border cooperation, and professional development.
Peacebuilding is moving to a higher level with a recent collaboration between Project Rozana and the Sydney-based Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). Rotary and IEP already partner to promote Positive Peace.
    Nathan Gabriel from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad was recognised for his unwavering commitment to solving crimes, particularly while operating during Covid-19 lockdowns.
    The NSW Police Officer of the Year awards is a joint initiative by the Rotary Club of Sydney on behalf all Rotary Districts in NSW and the NSW Police Force, to recognise professional excellence and dedication to service by officers and civilian staff.
    Above: Rotary Sydney President, David Hirsch; NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb APM; and CEO Police Bank,Greg McKenna congratulate Nathan Gabriel
    Sydney Food Share provides food packs and hampers to communities in need; amongst all their other community work, they are delivering 80 Snack Packs every week to Rotary Sydney's  adopted PCYC Clubs, City of Sydney and South Sydney.
    See Read More for details and how you can help. Thanks to Glenn Stafford for bring this to our attention. 
    Upcoming Events at Sydney Rotary 
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    Chair Soukup Memorial Scholarship Fund
    Chair Rotary NSW Police Office of the Year Awards
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    Register now for a polio and healthcare event in Geneva

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