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St Ives


Wed 16 Jan at 6:15pm
The St Ives Club
100 Killeaton Street,
St Ives, NSW  2075
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Australia Day Celebration
Jan 23, 2019 6:00 PM
The Crofts
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Would you like to find out more about Rotary?
If you would like to visit our club or are thinking of joining a Rotary club, please come to one of our regular meetings, just let us know two days in advance so that we can organise catering for you. 
We meet on Wednesday evenings at the Peter Canisius House, 102 Mona Vale Rd Pymble at 6.30 pm, with the formal part of the meeting starting at 7.00 pm.  We usually finish at 8.30 pm. We have a two course dinner. 
The cost of dinner is $35 per person.  Please send an email to if you would like to attend a meeting. Our Club Secretary, will confirm your attendance.

The Rotary Club of St Ives welcomes Corporate Sponsors who would like to promote their businesses and help us with our service projects and charitable activities.  This website is visited by our members and the general public hundreds of times per month, and provides ongoing name recognition and contact details for our sponsors.
Sponsorship also includes advertising placement in our weekly newsletter, The Waratah, and in our public activities.
The "Silver Sponsor" package is $500 per year.
The "Gold Sponsor" package, costing $1000 per year. 
To apply for sponsorship, please click here for the application form, and send it back to the address indicated.
Home Page Stories
It is always special when we have visiting Rotarians come to our club.  It is extra when those visiting Rotarians are from as far away as Germany and indeed come back a second time to visit St Ives.  We welcomed Rotarian Ute Scholle from Dusseldorf Rotary Club and her daughter Silvia to a meeting at The St Ives Club last Wednesday 16 January 2019.   In addition to exchanging banners with our President Russell Crofts, it was fascinating to hear about her Rotary Club.  Dusseldorf Rotary Club is a much larger club that ours and has about 55–65 members.  We learned something of their meeting structure and how they assist charities and the community. Perhaps the biggest difference between their club and ours is how they organise their weekly meetings with payment for the meal being paid upfront at the beginning of the year.  Whether you come to the meeting or not you have paid for your meal for the year and there are no refunds if you cannot attend.  Little wonder they have such high attendance records!  Ute will return home but says she will be back next year to visit her daughter and hopes to have time to visit our club again.
The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is a week-long residential personal development program for young people aged 19 to 25. The Rotary Club of St Ives delighted to sponsor three outstanding young people to the 2019 camp ... Josh Lorschy, David Best and Hugh Percival. The RYLA celebration dinner was held this week and a wonderful night was had by all.
You may have followed the media discussion this past week about whether onions should be on top of the sausage or underneath the sausage!  Social media has a way of getting people talking!  Whether you care about onions on your BBQ sausage or not this week showed just how powerful social media can be to engage people!!  To capitalise on the promotion of Rotary BBQs at Bunnings this is what was posted on Rotary Club of St Ives Facebook page:
We are very much looking forward to having some feedback about the six week pilot program called D-Caf being held on Thursdays between10.00am - 12 noon at PCYC.
Tim, Fiona and team have been working hard to make this wonderful initiative a reality.  
Great tubes happen when people with great passion share great ideas!



This week we are delighted to meet the students we are sponsoring for Rotary Youth programs through District 9685 and to hear a little more about the various programs offered to youth through our District. Thanks to Lyndall for registering and coordinating the candidates for these events:

RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of ENrichment) is an amazing opportunity for young people aged 14 – 16 years to attend a weekend camp designed to develop their potential, self-respect, confidence, leadership, and other life skills.

Rotary Club of St Ives Is sponsoring:

  • Kathy Kim St Ives High School

  • Suane Bloem St Ives High School

  • Zoe Evans Turramurra High School

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    Rotary Club of St Ives is sponsoring:

  • Daniel MacNamara

  • Amy Wang

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    The ConocoPhillips Science Experience is a fun 3 days of science activities for Year 9 and Year 10 students. St Ives Rotary Club is sponsoring two students who have been suggested by teacher Skye Wacher

  • Fiona Tucker – Brigidine College

  • Courtney Wilkinson – Brigidine College

    For more information:

    Rotary Youth Leadership Award is a transformational leadership program designed for young adults 18 to 27 and is held at the Conference Centre at Elanora Heights.

    The St Ives Rotary Club is sponsoring:

    • Josh Lorschy

    • Hugh Percival

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Wednesday is an opportunity to hear from the candidates. Congratulations to all students attending these events and to our Youth Director, Lyndall for coordinating the registrations. 

We welcomed Rotarian Ute Scholle from Dusseldorf Rotary Club and her daughter Silvia to a meeting at The St Ives Club last Wednesday 16th. We enjoyed hearing about her Rotary Club with about 55–65 members, their meeting structure and how they assist charities and the community. We swapped Club Banners.
I wonder how some of our members would like the Dusseldorf RC fee structure. The subs for each Rotarian INCLUDES the weekly lunch fees! You don’t have to attend but there are no refunds. No wonder their attendance is good!
As far as balancing our budget is concerned, it would make things a lot easier? It was great to see some of our ‘wounded and recovering’ members back at the meeting and we hope they have a healthy 2019.
The RYLA Dinner at Miramar Gardens, Terrey Hills, bought together the 70 Rylarians with 250 Rotarians and family from District 9685. The night was a great success. Eleven St Ives Rotarians and family joined our three excellent candidates in Hugh Percival, David Best and Josh Lorschy. The lads are returning to St Ives Rotary on 6th February at Canisius to update members on their RYLA Experiences. Not only do we hope to hear feedback about RYLA but possibly about High’s experience in Nepal, cyber security from David and Josh speaking on social justice in the community.  A great night to hear from the next generation of community leaders?
Next Wednesday 23rd January is our Great Aussie BBQ at Crofts. We look forward to seeing you all and it appears we now have a full house! We hope for fine weather and a pleasant temperature.
On 13th February at Canisius St Ives Rotary will be one of the first Rotary Clubs to be part of the public awareness “I’m a Dementia Friend” program launched by the federal government through Dementia Australia.
We are proud to be the first Rotary Club to facilitate this program and I am looking forward to being updated about the new material and support in the community.
You will also see attached a flyer publicising The Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Rotaract Club. Please let young people know that this new Club is being formed with the first interest meetings on 13th and 16th February at the PCYC at 6pm and 11am respectively. This is a great initiative for young people under 30 and there will be a lot of support from all upper North Shore Rotary clubs.
Our meeting program is starting to fill up so we urge you to speak with Barry if you have a good speaker in mind.
On 20th February we hear from Sarah McKenna on a ground-breaking initiative to save Australia’s threatened Wildlife.

On 27th February at Avondale we hear from Jacqueline Harvey on writing and a Room to Read update.
To close my Russellings on a more sombre note than usual, I would like to remind all members that if they cannot attend a meeting, then they should contact Rosemary ASAP when they know they cannot attend. If you are going to be away, please let Rosemary know. Our Club is charged for non-attendance by all caterers when minimums are not reached. However, if we advise actual numbers the penalty is not as great.
Have a great week and we hope you enjoy Australia Day!
Have a great week.
President Russell

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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Megan Tilley
    January 7
  • Tim England
    January 9
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Dinah Crofts
    January 8
  • Joan Edwards
    January 26
  • Peter Lorschy
    Marika Lorschy
    January 3
Join Date:
  • George Papallo OAM
    January 7, 1987
    32 years