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St Ives

Rotarians Serving Humanity

We meet Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
Peter Canisius House
102 Mona Vale Rd
Pymble, NSW  2073
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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.

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With the kind support of Ku-ring-gai council, Peter Canisius House (Pymble) and some local businesses, The Rotary Club of St Ives is hosting a number of DEMENTIA  educational community events.
Scheduled during the month of March, these FREE events will inform participants the truth-about-dementia and it's impact on individuals and their family, the local community, and discuss what simple actions communities can do to support those living with dementia. 
Using non-complicated terms and language these daytime sessions are ideal for carers and family members of someone living with dementia, or anyone who wishes to gain practical knowledge and understanding about dementia. 
The Rotary Club of St Ives requests your attendance and encourages each Rotarian to include a guest when completing their booking.
Seats are limited and bookings are essential. 
To avoid disappoint please secure your place via the booking links below.
Wednesday 8th March 12.30pm - 2.00pm -
Wednesday 8th March 3.00pm - 4.30pm -
Wednesday 29th March 4.00pm - 5.30pm -

Tim England
Dementia Champion - 0406 764 340
Big thank you to Tony Pang from Northside Radio 99.3
for the fabulous interview he gave to Di Barnes
to help us promote the St Ives Food and Wine Festival
on Sunday 5 March.  

Thank you to all Rotarians of the Rotary Club of St Ives who helped make the Tree of Joy such a wonderful success in 2016.  Manning our table for three weeks at St Ives Village is a huge commitment and everyone did a splendid job of representing the face to Rotary to our community.

John and Jane Ann Tainsh with John Steel ready and organised with boxes of gifts for collection and delivery
The two John's helping Tim English load up his car for one delivery
Jade from McQuoin Park Catholic Care Waitara

Rotary St Ives will be at The Tree of Joy from now uni until Wednesday 21 December at St Ives Shopping Village. 

Our first gift returned to the tree on Monday was from the sweetest little boy and his Mum. He is so small he almost gets lost in the tree behind him, but you can't miss that big smile:) So special that children are learning to be generous to elderly people in nursing homes at Christmas. The spirit of Christmas is alive and well in St Ives.


The winning entry of the ‘Four-Way Test’ Writing Competition was written by Amin Habibi, a Year 9 student from St Ives High School and is published below. 

Everything in life, whether it be through actions or speech, affects not only those that instigate the action, but the countless number of people who are also in one’s social circle. The clichéd saying “There is a time and a place for everything,” is quite appropriate as one must always consider the manner of their actions in relation to the people around them. Therefore, it is necessary to think through the Four-Way Test and analyse the strategies one can use to make the right decisions, say the right things and ac appropriately in the right place at the right time.

Is it the Truth?

Honesty is a trait that is cherished and valued by society. Unfortunately, dishonesty is becoming more and more accepted in the general public as role-models continue to disappoint my generation with their immoral, fraudulent acts. Lance Armstrong professional road racing cyclist, was diagnosed with a potentially fatal form of testicular cancer which has spread to his brain, lungs and abdomen. When asked in an interview on Lance’s chance of survival, Jim Reeves (his urologist) said “Almost none”. Miraculously, he came back from his cancer ordeal to win the Tour de France seven consecutive times. Jim Reeses said on his unbelievable comeback, “incredible. It’s almost too good to be true ....”” Due to his ridiculous feat, allegations of doping began to plague Armstrong. He continued to deny any form of doping for six years. He had the whole world behind him. He was my role-model, I defended him and thought the media was wrong. In 2013 Lance Armstrong admitted to doping in a live televised interview with Oprah Winfrey. His story goes down as one of modern history’s worst lies and his reputation (as well as cycling’s) was tarnished forever. I could never look at him the same way ever again. This is how I learnt the consequences of dishonesty. Honesty is very important no matter what age you are or what the situation is. The ability to balance the act of truthfulness is essential to the Four-way Test, as one cannot be to honest to the point of being offensive.

Is it fair to all concerned?

Life is not fair, and as truthfully hurtful it may be, it is still true. However, there is a point where one can harass, bully, or abuse someone, and that is definitely not fair. The antagonist in this situation has not thought or even considered their actions towards this person and the way they might feel in response to their comments or actions. If every person that went out of their way to make someone else miserable considered the fairness of their choice there would be no harassing, bullying or abusing. Displaying respect to your peers is incredibly beneficial, as they will most likely display the same respect back. This is why it is important (to) understand how others feel about the things you think, say or do.

Will it build good will and better friendships?

Baltasar Gracian once said, “True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert ... to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune, to keep them is a blessing.” There is no other way to stress the importance of friendship in our modern society. Understanding how to build positive relationships is imperative in having great friendships. Therefore, evaluating your decisions before you act upon them is important as it is very easy to seriously harm, or even break one’s relationships.

Will it be beneficial to all concerned? “If you’ve got nothing nice to say, don’t say it.”

Whether it be adding to class discussion, or suggesting an idea at a meeting, it is essential that everyone can capitalise on the positive values and thoughts one can display. Through demonstrating these types of values, one can attract respect from their peers and hopefully pass on their values to others. However, in a world where people are sacrificing the future of our planet for immediate financial gain, it is important to remember that if there was to be a scenario where one person’s immediate wellbeing must be sacrificed, it should be yours. The hackneyed saying of “Put others before yourself” is very relevant in this case.

Displaying respect to one another is incredibly important to me, and as my father always says “respect is very easy to lose, but incredibly difficult to gain back”. This saying is synonymous with all of the Four Tests and should be applied alongside each of the tests. Essentially, considering the truth, fairness fellowship and benefits of your actions can help you make the right decision every time. When you reflect on the truth of a statement, you can save yourself the potential embarrassment and tarnishing of your image. By considering the fairness of your choices, the decisions you make will not be offensive or humiliate anyone and in turn will strengthen your personal image. This is why the Four-Way Test should be applied to any aspect of your life.

“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” Ray Disney 

The Rotary Club of St Ives would like to thank the 57 students from St Ives High School who submitted essays in the Rotary ‘Four-Way’ Test Writing Competition.
The judging committee are delighted to advise the three students to receive monetary prizes are:
Prize Winners
1st Prize  $250 to Amin Habibi - The Importance of the Four-Way Test
2nd Prize $150 to Kate Farkas - A Better Outlook for a Better Future
3rd Prize  $100 to Hilary Ross -  Four-Ways from Age Four
The judges were impressed by the calibre of all the entries.  They wished to acknowledge seven students in particular whose writing and content was highly commendable.  The following students are to receive Highly Commended Certificates:
  • Abbey Cormican-Jones – Reflections As You Go
  • Abigail Bywaters – A Healthy Teenager with Healthy Relationships
  • Isla Davison – Foundations of a positive relationship
  • Lily Chadban – Testing the ‘Four-Way Test’
  • Grace Manning – Conquering the Battlefield of High School
  • Auria Nunes – Intuition over Instruction
  • Jessica Yap – Truth About High School Minds
We would like to invite the three Prize Winners to attend the Rotary Club of St Ives meeting on Wednesday 30 November to receive their cheques.  More information about that will be communicated to the three winning students.
Special thanks to Miss Smith, Head Teacher English at St Ives High School who coordinated this competition for us throughout St Ives High School.
There is no doubt about it! Rotarians at the Rotary Club of St Ives are young at heart and enjoy having fun!! Congratulations everyone for making the evening such a happy fun-loving one by letting your hair down and ‘dressing up’ for the occasion. Everyone proved to be up for the challenge of creatively combining The Melbourne Cup with a Halloween twist!!
Best dressed winners … The four prizes will be available for collection at Rotary this week! Reminder the winners were:
  • Cathy and George Papallo for being the most elegant Melbourne Cup couple
  • Chris Malloy for being the most glamorous Halloween character
  • Marie and Grahame for being the most coordinated couple – loved the hot pink hats
  •  John Steele for going ‘above and beyond’ with the makeup and costume – fabulous John!
  •  Jane Ann Tainsh for the most creative Halloween outfit and still looking gorgeous!

Dr Greg McDonald was the most amazing speaker at our Rotary meeting Wednesday night. What an extraordinary Emergency Department specialist and humanitarian!! 

We wondered about the title of his talk "Emergency Department Fun or Profit", but quickly came to understand the reality that working in an emergency hospital is never fun and certainly not for financial profit. The serious side of working in the Emergency Department of a large private hospital became clear, so too did the enormous level of commitment, expertise and experience this man brings to the culture of the SAN and all that work with him. What a gem of a gentleman!


It's all happening next week - Monday 31 October!  
As is tradition, we celebrate Melbourne Cup Eve at Rotary Club of St Ives.  It's an occasion for partners and friends to come and join in our fun.  It's an occasion to pull out the fashionable finery to celebrate the Melbourne Cup and the chance to win some prizes!
This year is a little different so expect the unexpected.  This is OUR MELBOURNE CUP night with the usual sweepstake tickets up for offer and of course fashions off the field being awarded with prizes.  Due to it also being Halloween there are a few EXTRA TREATS to eat to make the night sweeter.  
Looking forward to learning more about what life is like working in the Emergency Department at a major Sydney hospital.  Dr Greg McDonald from the SAN Emergency is our guest speaker and someone with a wealth of knowledge, understanding and compassion for the clients who visit an emergency department.  We are indeed fortunate to live in a country with excellent health services and especially fortunate to live in the North Shore where the SAN offers our families such outstanding medical care.
Monday 24 October is World Polio Day and your opportunity to join a live steam on the computer to hear the latest statistics and information about our fight against Polio.  You can register at this URL:
Last Friday was the closing date for the St Ives Four-Way Test Writing Competition.  Pleased to advise there were 57 entries submitted and all of them look very interesting.
A quick glance through them reveals some excellent examples of student writing and clearly some good higher order thinking and reflections.  It is always good to hear from our youth and especially interesting for us to hear what young people today think of the Rotary Four-Way Test as a set of guiding principles.
Our thanks go the executive of the school for supporting this initiative and in particular to Rebecca Smith, Head Teacher English who has coordinated the competition in the school and led the promotion among teachers and students.
If any member is interested in reading these essays please be in touch with Di.  Every essay will be kept and will be able for members to read.  We are hoping to have the winners of the competition come to one of our meetings and read their winning entries.  There will be more information shared in the coming weeks.  
Rotarians involved in judging this competition are: Di Barnes, Lyndall King and Grahame Rivett.  The external adviser for the finalists is Victoria Twead, a ‘New York Times Best Seller’ author.  You can learn more about Vitoria Twead and her books at:
It may have been a relatively small group who attended the Rotary International headquarters in Parramatta, but everyone was delighted with what they learned about Rotary – and of course delighted with the fabulous BBQ put on for them.
Rotary International is such a huge organization that it takes years for members to have a broad grasp of the possibilities for doing good using Rotary structures and opportunities. 
There’s an old saying … “the more you know the more you now you don’t know” and I would suggest that no matter how many years you've been a Rotarian there is always something new to learn and experience.
Looking forward to hearing Professor Steven Freehand discuss "Is the International Criminal Court a good idea?" Tuesday 11 October at our combined meeting with the Rotary Club of Turramurra. Members are reminded the change of meeting time is 6.15pm.
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