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Our volunteers are amazing people!  Meet Susie ... not only is she helping us with manning the Tree of Joy, but she also kindly made the beautiful red tablecloth, which is a new addition to our stand this year!  Susie is a former member of the Rotary Club of St Ives and comes back to help us out for special occasions.  Always so good to see you Susie!
Spread the joy of Christmas! Be sure to visit the Rotary Club of St Ives Tree of Joy at St Ives Shopping Village this coming week and leading right up to Christmas. The way it works is community members collect a card off the tree , with the name of a resident in a nursing home, and their request for a gift. The community buy the gift for them and return it to the Tree of Joy stand gift wrapped and with the card attached. The Rotary Club of St Ives will ensure the gifts are delivered to the residents before Christmas.
Befitting we share an interview with Wal Edwards OAM, aged 103 talking about his life on Remembrance Day.  At age 104 years this month Wal has so much wisdom to share. 
Copy the URL and watch the video interview with James Griffin MP - soak in the words - be inspired! 
Wal Edwards OAM 103 year old Australian Military Veteran. The Rotary Club of St Ives is holding a birthday celebration for Wal on Wednesday 25 November ... as you can tell from this interview Wal is still involved in the Rotary Club of St Ives Tree of Joy which opens at St Ives Shopping Centre later this month.  
Video Link: https://www.sevenmile.org.au/blog/interview-with-wal-edwards-oam-103-year-old-australian-military-veteran
We believe our Wal Edwards just may be a world record breaker ... as the eldest active Rotarian ... we are going to do some research to find out if this is so!  Watch this space. Anyway Wal will be turning 104 years young on 22nd November and we are hoping he and Joan will join in celebration of his wonderful life and the immense impact he has had on all who know him.
We will get to hear from Alex Gibbs about the story of this family run business of  handcrafted and bottled beer by the Gibbs Brothers.  They  have an obsession with boutique beer and the use of  high quality raw ingredients and expertise in brewing creates a unique premium beer. A night not to miss and remember to let your family and friends know to join us - more details to come.
We raised $1,294.53 selling 670 sausages and a great quantity of drinks before the weather forecast came to pass with the heavens breaking out with a good old thunder storm. It great seeing Matt experiencing his first Rotary BBQ and ex members Christiane and Judy Gordon returning to help out! So thanks to all those who helped and it seemed enjoy the day and had some fun in doing so.  Photo below shows: Lyndall Pearson, Harold Morgan, Matt Cross, Greg Rappo, Christiane Berlioz, John Steel and Tim England.
To acknowledge the good work of teachers on World Teachers Day ten schools in St Ives received a basket apples for staff.  Over 500 teachers in primary and secondary schools in St Ives munched on apples thanks to the generosity of Fita Fruita and the initiative of the Rotary Club of St Ives Club. 
We are very grateful for the support of Fita Fruita who donated the apples.  Be sure to let them know how wonderful they are in supporting this community event next time you are in there picking up the best quality fruit available on the North Shore.
The recipients of the Pride of Workmanship Awards were impressive and reminds of just how significant it is to building a better Australia when we “Do it once and Do it well”.  We had a fabulous evening at Canisius House where our four worth recipients received their Pride of Workmanship Award.  Special thanks to our Vocational Director Murray Lennon who organised the Pride of Workmanship Awards.

Many adults around the world remember these scenes of thousands of children in wheel chairs, calipers, and in iron lungs.  Many adults around the world had their lives permanently changed as a result of contracting polio.  It was a terrible illness. No child today need worry about polio!




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St Ives


We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 5:30 PM
St Ives
St Ives, NSW 2075
We will be meeting via Zoom until further notice

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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 attend@stivesrotary.asn.au 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.
Letter from Lyndall
Happy New Year and I hope you’ve had a happy festive season. Let's make 2021 fun as we break through new barriers in a challenged world.
I am honoured to have our Members' confidence to lead the Club as your President. 
Our Club reflects diversity. We have members from different cultural backgrounds, an increasing number of women and a wide  range of ages from millennials to retirees and people who have diverse experience and skills. We are joined together by Rotary with a common objective to make a difference in our world. 
Our Club strongly encourages all members to become actively involved. 
 2020 was a year of many challenges as we faced the emergence of a pandemic, significant periods of lockdown and unprecedented  economic circumstances. Whilst it was confronting in many ways we learnt to adapt and change rapidly. We have indeed displayed our resilience and grown from the experience.
Continuing with this theme, we need to be creative, nimble, involved and flexible. It is also very important that we show sensitivity and kindness to each other as we adapt.
During the holidays, ideas have been flowing as your Directors have been leading and planning for the new year.
Darren Bark has also been creating a promotional video for our Club and Di Barnes has been sending him photos for inclusion. If you have any pics in a secret stash please let us know asap.
Greg, Matt and Christiane are preparing for Clean- up Australia Day.... a picnic may follow for our Rotarians at Work.
Harold is well underway preparing for Bobbo and ensuring it is COVID safe. He is also compiling a list of fund raising ideas for 2021 to fill the empty coffers.
Di has restarted The Waratah last week. She is very keen to be sent content so it remains interesting and stimulating to our members and Rotary Friends.
Barry, our Programme Director, has some interesting speakers lined up. The topics reflect members' suggestions from  our survey last year. Please send more ideas to Barry for inclusion.
We have already taken steps to make our Club family friendly and COVID safe. We are indeed fortunate in St Ives to be surrounded by fabulous outdoor facilities which hopefully we will utilise more.
All suggestions are welcomed and appreciated as we continue to evolve as a Club.
Happy New Year to you and your family!
Sent from Hawks Nest where I’ve been enjoying family time after my family were in lockdown during the festive season.

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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Megan Tilley
    January 7
  • Tim England
    January 9
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Martine Bark
    January 3
  • Dinah Crofts
    January 8
  • Joan Edwards
    January 26
  • Darren Bark
    Martine Bark
    January 5
Join Date:
  • Greg Bell
    January 1, 2007
    14 years
  • George Papallo OAM
    January 7, 1987
    34 years