STORIES
As Rotary Clubs around the world have and are doing, we changed over our leadership and board on Thursday 30th June. Outgoing President Kaye Carter presented her report by way of a Powerpoint presentation. Then, assisted by Assistant Governor Stuart Armstrong, handed over the Club Charter and the chains of office. This new Rotary year, we have joint presidents, David Firth and Phillip Stanton. Unfortunately Phillip was away on a well earned holiday, so David accepted the charter and chains on behalf of both presidents.
David then presented the usual Past president badge and plaque to Kaye before presenting her with a Paul Harris Fellow Award in recognition of her service to our club and to the wider parts of Rotary.
David then outlined the major objectives for our club in the new year, and introduced the new board of directors.
All in all, a most enjoyable evening at the Pennant Hills Golf Club. 
 
The Tree of Joy Project 2021
This year we had the 2 sites – Pennant Hills and Thornleigh Marketplaces. We placed just on 500 cards on the 2 trees and the gifts have been flooding in. Pat Parker collected them from Pennant Hills and David Firth from Thornleigh. We are thankful for the Banna Group Security people for collecting & storing at Pennant Hills. At Thornleigh, AWS Hair Salon collected and stored the gifts.
Monday Pat and Jason Terry delivered about 60 gifts to Stewart House. On Thursday morning we delivered the rest of the gifts to Parramatta Mission. There were so many that we needed a box trailer to load them into so that we could deliver them in one load. Both Stewart House and Parramatta Mission were extremely grateful for the gifts, with the mission having been very busy coping with the increased call on their help during the pandemic.
Jason Terry presenting gifts at Stewart House
Some of the gifts delivered to Parramatta Mission being readied for distribution.
REMEMBRANCE DAY
Our poppy project in aid of the Hornsby RSL Sub-Branch has been very successful with sales in various locations - including our local shopping centres. We raised in excess of $1,850.00. What a great result and great support from the community at large.
On Remembrance Day President Kaye Carter and Secretary John Ellis attended the service at Hornsby conducted by the RSL.
As they are both ex service persons, they laid wreaths. John advised that the keynote speaker was our local Federal member Julian Leeser who gave a very appropriate speech.
Kaye was involved in making the wreaths the previous day with some other helpers.
 
Pre-Diwali Lunch
 
 
Sunday 31st October, Anoop and Neeru Sud and their family warmly welcomed some 11 members and partners to their home for a Pre-Diwali Lunch - correction, it was a feast! It was prepared by Neeru with the assistance of her 2 daughters-in-law. We met their two sons and their 3 grandchildren. What a delightful, friendly and welcoming family they are. The array of food was great with our hosts explaining both the food and the purpose and origin of the Diwali Festival
 
 
 
  
OUR 2021 CHRISTMAS TRAILER RAFFLE IS UNDERWAY!
The club's traditional bright red Christmas Trailer which we raffle to raise funds for St Lucy's School at Wahroonga and some other projects, got its first airing last Saturday at Pennant Hills Market Place. Thanks to those who shopped there that day, we received a very good reception. The prize is worth in excess of $2,000 and the tickets are just $5 each or 3 for $10. We will be selling at shopping centres in the surrounding communities over the coming weeks with the raffle drawing on Sunday 19th December at Pennant Hills Golf Club.
We would like to express our sincere thanks to Bunnings at Dural who were so generous in providing an array of items for the trailer. Our thanks also to the Pankhurst Family for once again donating the trailer.
This past week we had a 'virtual' induction of another new member this year. Anoop Sud is an experienced Rotarian having been a member of the Rotary Club of Bombay. He joined that club in 1989 before migrating to Australia some years ago with his immediate family. Anoop is a retired Software Developer and Project Manager, but is now very involved with volunteer work in a number of areas. And now he is bringing his knowledge and enthusiasm to our club's projects. 
Our Chinese Lantern Project
 
Cultural Background to this Chinese Lantern Project:
 
The Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival or Mooncake Festival, is a traditional festival with a history dating back 3,000 years to worship the moon for bountiful harvests in China and other Asian regions. It's held on the 15th of the 8th lunar month in the Chinese calendar. It celebrates three fundamental concepts:
 
  • Gathering - such as family and friends coming together, or harvesting crops for the festival. On this day the moon is the brightest and roundest which means family reunion.
  • Thanksgiving - to give thanks for the harvest, or for harmonious unions.
  • Praying - for babies, a spouse, beauty, longevity, or for a good future.
On the day, lanterns are carried and displayed - symbolic beacons that light people's path to prosperity and good fortune.
 
The Project:
 
 To connect and engage with the local Chinese community in celebrating this festival in 2021, as free gifts 150 handmade paper lanterns are being made by club members and will be given to Chinese residents of the Heritage Aged Care facility in Pennant Hills and other Chinese businesses in the area.
 
 

RECYCLE unused iPads and tablets

to donate to the elderly living in care during lockdown due to the pandemic.

Our aim is to supply used IPads or Tablets for elderly residents currently in care.
They will be able to talk face to face with family members and friends while in current lockdown due to Covid.
 
If you can help and do have a device to donate, here’s how you can contribute:
  • Please ensure your iPads or Android tablets for donation are  no more than 5 years old.  
  • Camera is needed.    
  • Please ensure the device is in good working order, cleared of all data, and restored to factory settings. (Help with this is available.)
email: rotaryclubpennanthills@gmail.com
 
Phone: (02) 9294 2107
A NEW MEMBER TO START THE YEAR
We are fortunate to have a new member to commence our year. Jason Terry joins us from our neighbour club West Pennant Hills-Cherrybrook due to Jason's involvement in Rotaract. He is President of the Pennant Hills-Cherrybrook Rotaract Club which he initiated and then formed last Rotary year. Due to his efforts and enthusiasm for Rotaract and Rotary in our district, Jason is the Rotaract District 9685 Representative this year. He brings a good helping of youth to our club, a trend we would like to see continue.
The Second Half Highlights of Rotary Year 2020-21
 
The second half of the year is traditionally busier in our club and our program this year was no exception. Fortunately, we were able to continue to operate without major disruption from the Covid pandemic until towards the end of June when a lockdown in Greater Sydney meant we could no longer meet face to face, so we reverted to meeting on Zoom.
 
Our highlights included -
 
      Our Australia Day Celebration including our Australia Day Merit Award;
 
     The induction of our second new member for the year, Herbert Chan;
 
     Our regular Pride of Workmanship Awards Night with 9 awardees;
 
     A Special Keynote Speaker, the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions, Lloyd Babb SC;
 
     And the Changeover from President David Firth to President Kaye Carter.
The visit of our District Governor on 31st August was highlighted by the presentation of a District 9685 Vocational Excellence Award to our club's nominee, Dr Minal Menezes who is Senior Research Officer in the Department of Anesthesia at the Children's Hospital Westmead and also a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sydney. In her spare time she heads research at the Children's Hospital Westmead into Phenylketonuria or PKU.
Rotary International Theme 2022-23
Club Information
Welcome to our Club!

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
Hotel Pennant Hills
352 Pennant Hills Road
Pennant Hills, NSW 2120
Australia
Phone:
0407 805 487
We are currently seeking for a permanent meeting place. Please phone 0407 805 487 for this week's meeting place.
 
Club Executives & Directors
President (Joint)
President (Joint)
Secretary
Treasurer
Administration
Community projects
Foundation
International
Membership
Projects
Public Image
Environment Chairman
Vocational
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Youth
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Pride of Workmanship Awards Project
This project, which originated in our club, provides Rotary Clubs with an opportunity to connect with their local community, particularly the business community. They provide organisations and businesses with the vehicle by which key staff can be publicly recognised for their contribution to the success of the business. Award trophies are available together with other associated materials including a complimentary Program Guide. 
 
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Visitors, please phone 0451 265 122 and advise if you are attending the next meeting. Members, please advise Ida if you are bringing a guest to the meeting or if you are an apology. 
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