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Our annual Christmas Trailer Raffle has been run again this year despite the doubts and difficulties presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. We commenced in mid October at our 'home' shopping centre, Pennant Hills Market Place, and then went to eight different centres over the next 9 weeks - we sold at Thornleigh Marketplace and Pennant Hills on 2 Saturdays. We experienced a great positive reaction from the community, in part no doubt, due to the fact that we were raising funds for St Lucy's School, Wahroonga, which was very popular with many of our customers. We were also supported very generously by Bunnings at Dural who donated a range of items for the trailer prize.
Our last sales day was Saturday December 19th at Pennant Hills, and the draw took place the following day at Pennant Hills Golf Club. Sara Milroy, a member of staff there, drew the winning ticket No. 1050, and later in the day the prize was delivered to a very surprised but elated Mary Ann Chehade. We would like to thank all those who supported us by buying tickets, and also thanks to all those shopping centres who welcomed us and enabled us to raise much needed funds for St Lucy's School, and some other Rotary projects.
On the occasion of the Official Visit of our District Governor, David Clark, we inducted our first new member for this Rotary year. Her name is Ida Xiandi Shi, and we first met her when she came as a Guest Speaker in July. She made a big impression on the members that night as she recounted her experiences in her 'Journey of a Chinese Student to Sydney'. Having completed a degree in software engineering in China and then spending time in Hospitality while living in Beijing, she decided she wanted to come to Australia as a full-time student at Macquarie University where she enrolled in a Masters Degree course in Social Entrepreneurship which she completed with High Distinctions in several subjects. Following that talk, Ida was invited to join the club which she quickly agreed to. She is keen to become involved in our community connections as her goal in life is to make improvements in society.
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.
After ceasing to meet in March, we have been meeting on Zoom. But now we are back meeting face to face whilst observing social distancing. We are back at the Pennant Hills Golf Club on Wednesday evenings, meeting at 6.00 for 6.30pm start. If you are interested in learning more about Rotary, come and join us at one of our meetings. You'll be made very welcome.
After the success of our Easter Bunny project, we looked at other ways to provide support for our vulnerable senior citizens as they continued their isolation from family and friends. This time, having looked at a number of retirement villages and establishments in our community, we decided to provide support for the residents of the Uniting 'Mawarra' Retirement Village in West Pennant Hills.
At Easter we played the Easter Bunny for the residents of Lutanda Manor, a retirement village in Pennant Hills. This is a village which we are quite familiar with and whose Community Centre we have used for functions from time to time. This project came about during a Zoom meeting just prior to Easter when it was suggested that we provide the residents with a surprise on Easter morning to raise their spirits during the Coronavirus pandemic which left our senior folk so isolated.
What a grand celebration it was all round to recognise the Diamond Anniversary of the Pennant Hills Rotary Club. 60 years since the club was chartered was celebrated by many current and past members and their partners. We had our District Governor, Kalma McLellan and Assistant Governor Robert Erskine in attendance plus the Mayor of Hornsby Shire, the Hon. Cr. Philip Ruddock. All three spoke of Rotary's contribution in the community and in particular the wonderful contribution our club has made over the years. A power-point presentation highlighted many of the projects and achievements of our club through the years. This was supported by a series of reminiscences by some of the more senior past and present members. We were very well hosted for this afternoon tea by the Pennant Hills Golf Club who came to our assistance when the original venue was closed due to the COVID 19 virus.
We had a birthday cake which was ceremoniously cut by our most senior member PP Jack Reid watched on by PP John Ellis and DG Kalma.
For our Australia Day Celebration, we invited Jan-Maree Ball OAM as our Guest Speaker. Jan-Maree had a fascinating story to tell starting with her time in the defence force and then her realisation that our defence force personnel need the feeling that they are supported back home, particularly when they have been injured. So she began Aussie Hero Quilts with the aim of supplying a laundry bag and quilt to every defence force person overseas.
Following her talk and quilt showing, the club presented her with our Australia Day Merit Award. Jan-Maree thanked the club on behalf of the approx. 200 quilters she has scattered around Australia.
 
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Pennant Hills Golf Club
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Beecroft, NSW 2119
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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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