Christmas Trailer Raffle 2020

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.
Christmas Trailer Raffle 2020 David Firth 2020-12-21 13:00:00Z 0

Welcome to our New Member

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.
Welcome to our New Member David Firth 2020-11-11 13:00:00Z 0

Rotary District 9685 Vocational Excellence Award

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 District 9685 Vocational Excellence Award David Firth 2020-11-11 13:00:00Z 0

Update to our Covid 19 Pandemic Response

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.
Update to our Covid 19 Pandemic Response David Firth 2020-07-28 14:00:00Z 0

Providing Help to our Senior Community Members - continued

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.
Providing Help to our Senior Community Members - continued David Firth 2020-07-05 14:00:00Z 0

Providing Help to our Senior Community Members

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.
Providing Help to our Senior Community Members David Firth 2020-07-05 14:00:00Z 0

Our Club celebrates it's 60th Birthday

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.
Our Club celebrates it's 60th Birthday David Firth 2020-03-19 13:00:00Z 0

Our Australia Day Celebration

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.
Our Australia Day Celebration David Firth 2020-03-19 13:00:00Z 0

Beecroft Fire Station Visit

Beecroft Fire Station Visit on September 25th, 2019
We were greeted by the team of four firemen who were about halfway through their 24 hour shift. Obviously they have sleeping quarters there and do their own catering. They are on call for the whole time. The Beecroft Station has 4 x 4 man teams with the shift patterns as follows—24 hours on, 24 hours off, 24 on, 24 off, then 4 days off.
            They explained that calls come through 000 and are relayed to the nearest station with the next nearest station also sent as a back-up. This is for house fires, however they are also involved in rescue work, car accidents, bush fires and other emergencies as well as commercial and industrial fires. Additional fire units are sent depending on the scope of the problem. Interestingly, when they are called out, the whole team goes leaving the station unattended.
            They were very keen to advise on preventative measures with household fires and household safety. They talked about smoke detectors - not just ensuring the batteries are renewed annually, but also replacing any detector more than 10 years old. Of particular interest to members was their offer of individual house inspections to advise on safety and fire prevention. This is a free service and they will service smoke detectors during their visit. They encouraged all members to take advantage of this free service.
Beecroft Fire Station Visit David Firth 2020-01-14 13:00:00Z 0

2019 Tree of Joy

The Tree of Joy at Pennant Hills Marketplace came to a very successful conclusion this week. We have hung well over 300 cards on the tree and we believe we will have received approximately 350 gifts by weeks end. The response by the Pennant Hills community has been phenomenal with cards being taken at a constant rate each day for the last 4 weeks.
Just over 60 gifts for Stewart House at Curl Curl were delivered last Tuesday. They were very pleased to receive the gifts just in time to give to their last intake of children for the year. These are children who would probably not receive any presents at Christmas.
On Friday the delivery took place to Parramatta Mission. They received the balance of the gifts received from the tree. Again they were overjoyed at the quantity of presents received. Christmas is a very busy time for the mission with a vast number of hampers prepared for needy families. The presents are a great addition for these people – seniors, adults and children.
We are very greatful for the support of the Pennant Hills community, the Pennant Hills Market Place and the Banna Group who supported and provided the security for the gifts throughout the time of the Tree of Joy.
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The Club Changeover David Firth 2019-07-17 14:00:00Z 0

A New Rotary Year & A New President

Welcome to our President for this year, James (call me Jim) Fraser. Jim joined our club, and became a Rotarian, in February, 2016. He quickly became involved in the club activities and programs. We have enjoyed his friendship and his willingness to get involved and take on whatever tasks were offered to him. We are looking forward to the year ahead.
A New Rotary Year & A New President David Firth 2019-07-17 14:00:00Z 0

The 'Tree of Joy' at Pennant Hills Market Place

Once again, our club's 'Tree of Joy' is operating at Pennant Hills Market Place actively supported by the centre management company, Banna Group. Gifts will be distributed to both Stewart House (supporting underprivileged school children from around NSW) and Parramatta Mission (who assist individuals and families in need in Western Sydney and outer areas). We are also particularly grateful to the management and staff of the Westpac Bank who provide daily security for the gifts left under the tree. If you would like to help, the instructions are displayed at the tree.
The 'Tree of Joy' at Pennant Hills Market Place 2018-12-05 13:00:00Z 0

Another New Member Joins Our Club

We inducted another new member during October. Kaye Carter, with a classification of 'Tertiary Education', was inducted by our President Adrian Bell. Kaye works at Macquarie University teaching English to students from overseas who need to enhance their understanding of English to commence or continue their studies. Kaye is looking forward to being involved in club activities both locally and overseas.
Another New Member Joins Our Club David Firth 2018-10-14 13:00:00Z 0

Our 43rd Pride of Workmanship Awards Presentations

June 4th saw our 43rd Pride of Workmanship Awards at Pennant Hills Golf Club with 80 members and guests in attendance.
This year we presented 10 awards to a wide variety of vocations - from a chef to a school teacher to a retail sales consultant to a property manager.
The guest speaker was Jason Pireh, a dentist and principal of Smart Dental, who, with his assistant Rebecca Jones, told of their volunteer work in Cambodia with World Hope.
This was a great night of fellowship with the 10 awardees being given well deserved recognition.
Our 43rd Pride of Workmanship Awards Presentations David Firth 2018-07-14 14:00:00Z 0

Pakistan Today

We had the honour to welcome Abdul Majid Yousfani, Consul General of Pakistan, as guest speaker on April 23rd. He provided a very interesting talk on his homeland, Pakistan. He illustrated his talk with photos, both of tourist areas and of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) developments including the Gwadar Port. The CPEC is a collection of infrastructure projects currently valued at $62 billion. CPEC is intended to rapidly modernize Pakistani infrastructure and strengthen its economy by the construction of modern transportation networks, numerous energy projects, and special economic zones. Consul Yousfani commented on one of the major problems facing his country. They have 1.4 million refugees in Pakistan, mainly from Afghanistan and Iran, which they are feeding and housing. All in all, a very enlightening talk.
Pakistan Today David Firth 2018-07-14 14:00:00Z 0

Our Newest Member Inducted

Welcome to our newest member, Ahmadul Ameen, who was inducted last Monday evening at our Australia Day meeting. President Alex conducted the induction assisted by District Governor Nominee Kalma McClellan from the Rotary Club of Ryde. Ameen responded by thanking the club for its welcome and he is looking forward to lending his hand to the club’s activities.
Ameen was a member of the Rotary Club of Kerian, Malaysia from 2002 to 2006, and then a member of the Rotary Club of Buriganga, Bangladesh from 2008 to 2015. He has a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Strathclyde University, Glasgow and worked in the natural gas industry in Bangladesh. He spent 18 years lecturing at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore before retiring to Bangladesh and then Australia.
Our Newest Member Inducted David Firth 2018-07-14 14:00:00Z 0

Australia Day Meeting 22nd January 2018

PP Theo Glockemann introduced our keynote speaker, Caitlin Bell. Caitlin was the inaugural ‘Young Endeavour’ awardee in 2001 and won the Order of Australia Association Medallion for the voyage. This undoubtedly led to her appointment to the Young Endeavour Board of Directors in 2007 where she served until 2009. She attended RYLA in 2003 - was a facilitator at RYLA from 2004 to 2007 - and helped form the Crosslands Rotaract Club. 2005 was a big year for her as she turned 21, attended the International RYLA and Rotary’s Centenary Conference in Chicago. Theo continued on with highlights of her employment with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) which she joined in 2009 as a graduate trainee. Then in December 2017 she was awarded Master of Law by the Australian National University
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Iodine Deficiency - An Update by Professor Creswell Eastman AM

Professor Cres was able to recall his previous talk to our club for Australia Day 2007 when he received the Australia Day Merit Award.
He had an excellent power point presentation entitled ‘Protecting the Intelligence of Children’ by avoiding or correcting iodine deficiency. He illustrated the problem in Australia by referring to several newspaper headline stories including the SMH on December 4, 2000 “We Are Failing Our Children”, a story about Australian children doing worse than those in Kazakhstan. Cres believes that environmental iodine deficiency during pregnancy and infancy – the first 1000 days – is the major cause of reduced child performance. Indeed, his research has suggested a connection between maternal iodine deficiency and autism and also ADHD.
Iodine Deficiency - An Update by Professor Creswell Eastman AM 2018-02-21 13:00:00Z 0

Karen Long - My Time in Uganda

Karen became aware of the Watoto organisation in Uganda helping orphans and abandoned children in the year 2000. Watoto’s motto is ‘Rescue, Raise and Rebuild’. Watoto’s mission is to educate children who will be the future of Uganda.
Every so often Karen was reminded of her desire to venture to Uganda and provide help to children in need. This went on for over a decade, then a New Year’s resolution at the beginning of 2016, Karen decided it was time to fulfil her desire to travel to Uganda to help children. Karen applied to Watota as a volunteer and was accepted in 2016. General volunteers help wash baby bottles and other supporting domestic duties.
Karen Long - My Time in Uganda David Firth 2018-02-21 13:00:00Z 0

Some of our recent Guest Speakers

We have had an array of great Guest Speakers in recent weeks. They have included David Raphael, Principal of St Lucy's School in Wahroonga, Liesl McGrath, Fundraising Manager at Hornsby Hospital, and Glen Deutscher, Head of Events & Community Fundraising for Cerebral Palsy Alliance.
Some of our recent Guest Speakers David Firth 2017-06-19 14:00:00Z 0

RYLA 2017 - Taking an Opportunity

Ivana Pasavicova is one of the two young people our club sponsored to RYLA in January. She heard about RYLA in an unusual way. For those who missed the story, Theo Glockemann was selling raffle tickets at Hornsby last December and found the passers by were much taken with the attractive busker across the square. Her singing was attracting much more attention and contributions than Theo’s singing, so he went across and promoted RYLA. Ivana accepted and now she was to tell us something of her week at RYLA.
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The Tree of Joy was officially completed on December 19th with the delivery of the last of the gifts to Pennant Hills Neighbour Aid. However gifts continued to be left at the tree with Westpac staff collecting them. Consequently, we delivered a further car load of gifts to Parramatta Mission on December 21st, which meant that in all we supplied over 350 gifts to them, approximately 100 gifts to Stewart House, and about 60 gifts to Pennant Hills Neighbour Aid - a total of over 500 gifts, which is a record yet again. The generosity of the local community for this particular project continues to amaze us each year.      
TREE OF JOY 2016 David Firth 2017-02-06 13:00:00Z 0
2017 Australia Day Merit Award Meeting David Firth 2017-01-24 00:00:00Z 0

"The PKU Research Project - An Update"

Posted on Jul 18, 2016
We were privileged to welcome Professor Dr John Christodoulou to our meeting to advise on the current progress with this project. Our club has been a strong supporter of the research for a number of years - the research aimed at developing a genetically modified probiotic to break down the amino acid which prevents sufferers from eating protein. Dr John believes they are getting close to full patient trials, noting that all of this is a very expensive and time consuming process. This research is being conducted at the Westmead Children's Hospital. Recently, Dr John accepted the position of Chair in Genomic Medicine in Melbourne, a joint appointment of the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and the University of Melbourne's Department of Paediatrics. However he is still involved with the work at Westmead.

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The 41st Pride of Workmanship Awards Presentation

This was a Special Meeting as it was our 41st Pride of Workmanship Awards Night and we had a good turn out of Members, Guests and Awardees present. The Keynote Speaker for the evening was Bill Aitken, formerly of ‘The Monthly Chronicle’, who was introduced by David Firth. Bill began his address by recalling the ‘Pride of Workmanship’ Award, which he received in 1985 from Hornsby Rotary Club. He reminded us all that it is important to recognize achievement because we are eclectic in our recognition of people. Emphasising the motto of the Award - ‘Do it once, do it well. Build a better Australia’, he went on to say that there is the need to come together, putting aside differences, to forge a united Australia. Bill was presented with a token of appreciation.
PP Pat Parker gave us an outline of the Pride of Workmanship Awards. This was followed by the presentation of the awards by President Ian and Bill Aitken.
The following are the recipients:
(1) Madeline Aitken - Office Assistant at the Pennant Hills Neighbour Aid.
Her reassuring and understanding approach to the Elderly Clients, easing their worries and sup-porting their needs.
(2) Carlie Hoysted - Golf Event Coordinator at Pennant Hills Golf Club.
On making people enjoy their time at the Club and delivering superb Charity Fundraising Golf Events. She is conscientious in her work and endeavours to deliver good experience for the clients of the Club.
(3) Maryann Vernon - Assistant Store Manager at By-Dezign Pty Ltd, Auburn.
An Interior Designer who takes to her role with passion and her ability to plan and organize has been fundamental to controlling merchandising in the store. Handles all things with a legendary calmness and professionalism. A valuable asset of the Company
(4) Amanda Woods - Sales Consultant with W-Group.
Has demonstrated excellent work ethic, putting in long hours and going the extra mile for all her clients and loyalty to the Company is truly appreciated. Goes out of the way to assist clients in any way possible to make the selling process as smooth as possible.
(5) Heidi Currie - Head Teacher, Secondary Studies at Pennant Hills High School.
A valued senior member of Staff who performs exceptionally well under pressure. Can always be relied upon to complete complex and demanding tasks within tight time frames in a professional and controlled manner. Respected by her peers and has excellent rapport with Students, Parents and the wider School Community.
(6) Brett Williams - Functions Chef at Pennant Hills Golf Club.
Been an integral part of the Team in lifting overall quality and standards of the catering Department. Has a great attitude to work and always strives for perfection. Well respected by the Management and Staff. Leadership with other Chefs is commendable.
(7) Rasta Samiian - Assistant Store Manager at By-Dezign Pty Ltd, Artarmon.
Has always been prepared to roll up his sleeves to help do whatever that needs to be done. His technical skills and willingness to help others has made him a valuable member of the team. His calm & friendly personality is appreciated and well received by customers.
(8) Oliver Desa - Assistant Accountant at Barry Smith Holden & Hyundai, Pennant Hills.
Good acknowledgement by his peers of his high integrity and willingness to help colleagues. Always willing to take on extra duties and put up with any stress.
Madeline Aitken made a response on behalf of the recipients and thanked Rotary for the recognition accorded to them all. “An honour to be recognized for the work we do”, she said. Richard Adams thanked Rotary on behalf of the Sponsors. Then followed closing remarks from President Ian, acknowledging that it is a pleasure for this Rotary Club to award and recognise people in this manner.
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Our Youth Leadership Program at Pennant Hills High School

Our Guest Speaker, Noah Binet is in Year 12 at Pennant Hills High School and was selected late last year to join the “Young Endeavour” for a 10 day sail as a leadership training program which our club has sponsored for the past 15 years.
Noah was quick to thank the club for giving him the opportunity to participate in such a wonderful program. Noah advised that the “Young Endeavour” is an Australian Tall Ship, built by Brooke Marine and given to Australia by the British Government in 1988 as a gift to celebrate Australia’s bicentenary of colonisation. Although operated by the Royal Australian Navy, the ship is primarily used to provide Tall Ship Training to Australian Youth. The ship usually has 30 youth supplementing the small naval compliment on board on a voyage. 
            Noah’s trip involved sailing from Sydney Harbour and heading north towards Nelson Bay and Broken Bay and then back to Sydney Harbour. Unfortunately for Noah and other members of the crew, the weather produced lots of rain and according to some sources, some of the roughest seas ever recorded on a “Young Endeavour” trip. Fortunately they had good supply of sea sickness food of Saos and bananas. Despite his battles with sea sickness, Noah managed to acquire a sound knowledge of the ship’s rigging and fully understood the positioning of the 10 sails and their purpose, and, like all good sailors, had his fair share of being up on the rigging during extremely windy and wet conditions.
            It was also apparent that Noah and the other members of the crew enjoyed their trip and managed to participate in other activities, including going on shore with a raiding party to “capture“ 60 people to sing the National Anthem and to be part of the themed dinner party, in their case, the Italian Mafia. Noah certainly had a “mixed” crew including some from Tasmania, Queensland, Victoria and Scone, NSW. There were 12 girls and 15 boys.
            Other students who were unsuccessful in applying for this opportunity were taken on a day sail on the “James Craig” Tall Ship out of Darling Harbour.
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Our Annual Charity Golf Day – 23rd February

Posted by David Firth on Feb 27, 2016

We were blessed with a fine day for the Charity Golf Day this year, although perhaps a little warmer than some would have liked. It was pleasing that we attracted over 70 golfers plus sponsors to support our long-running research project aimed at providing a better treatment for sufferers of PKU. Success with the current research project will ultimately provide a probiotic allowing patients to have a diet more like everyone else rather than the heavily restricted diet forced on them now.

The day commenced with breakfast followed by a shotgun start at 8.30am. The course was a credit to the ground staff at Pennant Hills Golf Club, providing many challenges to regular and occasional golfers alike. The competition was a stableford 2 ball best ball as well as individual stableford. There were competitions for the longest drive – men & women, and nearest the pin on each of the par 3s. In addition, golfers were invited to add to the charity coffers by wagering on their skill at the par 3 9th hole and the par 3 18th hole. All in all, it was an excellent morning.

On return to the clubhouse there followed a lunch, during which we had a short talk by Naz Al Hafid, one of the researchers at Westmead, who gave an update on progress with the project. This was followed by an auction with PP Theo Glockemann doing the honours.

After a most enjoyable day, we were able to raise in the order of $15,000 to further the work of the research team at Westmead.

Our Annual Charity Golf Day – 23rd February David Firth 2016-02-27 00:00:00Z 0

Australia Day Merit Award 2016

  • News reprinted from 'The Monthly Chronicle' February 11, 2016
    Ray Dearlove and Ian Chappel at the Rotary Club of Pennant Hills presentation dinner, Pennant Hills Golf Club Photo: Anthony Brewster
    By Anthony Brewster
    The Rotary Club of Pennant Hills recently held its Australia Day Meeting at Pennant Hills Golf Club. Highlight of the program was the presentation of their Australia Day Merit Award to Ray Dearlove.
    Dearlove, who also gave a presentation on the night, was awarded for his work as both founder and patron of the Australian Rhino Project. Ian Chappel, club president, highlighted not only the project’s day to day work but also the importance of educating the community on wildlife preservation.
    “This is a very well deserved award for the work you are doing and the education you are providing to many people about this important issue,” he said.
    The Australian Rhino Project primary objective is to establish a breeding herd of rhinoceros in Australia. The indigenous herds in Africa are currently under threat predominantly from poaching and the Australian herd is designed to act as an insurance population in the event of extinction.
    The project’s plan is to import 80 rhinos into Australia over the next three to four years. The project has been operational and preparing for the past three years.
    The Rotary Club of Pennant Hills Australia Day Awards, from 1986 onwards, are on display at the Pennant Hills Library.
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40th Pride of Workmanship Awards

Posted on May 25, 2015
           On Monday, 18th May we celebrated our 40th Pride of Workmanship Awards presentations, a tradition in our club commenced by PP David Hopping and his team back in 1976 when the program was born. This year, as no doubt in most, if not all, of the previous years, we had canvassed a broad selection of businesses and organisations, inviting them to consider nominating a suitable candidate for an award. Not all responded positively to our invitation, however we did receive 8 excellent nominations, and as a result, we had just under 70 people in attendance.
            Our keynote speaker was Marelle Thornton AM. She has recently retired from her position on the board and as President of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, an involvement spanning 35 years. She had also been a teacher with NSW Dept of Education for 39 years.
            Marelle delivered a wonderful speech which was so appropriate to the occasion. She had obviously ‘done her homework’ and skilfully wove the essence of the Pride of Workmanship Awards into her experience with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.
            The chairman thanked Marelle for her most appropriate talk and David Firth gave a background to the awards, noting that for all but the first year in 1976, Pennant Hills Holden/Barry Smith Hyundai and its predecessors back to Les Vagg Holden have had at least 1 awardee every year. He also noted others who were present and had nominated often over the years - Hornsby Hospital, By-Dezign Pty Ltd, and Pennant Hills High School.
            The awards were then presented to the 8 awardees by Marelle Thornton and President Adrian. They also presented awards to the employers with Pennant Hills High School rewarded with an Executive Plaque in recognition of the support for the program over the years. Overall, it was a fitting 40th awards night, enjoyed by all who attended.
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Australia Day Merit Award 2015

This is traditionally one of our major meetings each year, and this one was no exception. For the first time in many years, we actually got to have our Australia Day celebration on the actual day - January 26th!
President Adrian welcomed one and all with particular mention of special representatives from St Lucy’s School Wahroonga, Pennant Hills Neighbour Aid, Wee Care, and Hornsby Hospital. These are all organisations which we have supported over the past 12 months and in most cases over a much longer period.
After dinner, the representatives of the four organisations we support were invited to give a short summary of their organization and our club’s involvement with them. Following these talks, President Adrian outlined the history and purpose of the club’s Australia Day Merit Awards, highlighting the fact that 2015 marked the 30th year of the awards. Noting the list of past awardees, Adrian observed that there was, rightly he believed, a preponderance of local folk who had been honoured by the club.
He then announced that, in keeping with this emphasis, the awardee for 2015 was Mrs Marj Ebb. The announcement was greeted with applause although Marj looked to have been taken completely by surprise. Adrian outlined a range of activities Marj has been involved in over many, many years - Probus, Pennant Hills Uniting Church, Lutanda Village, Girl Guides & Brownies, and of course the Smocking Arts Guild of NSW and Wee Care. Marj acknowledged that for once she was speechless, but thanked the club for the honour.
Australia Day Merit Award 2015 David Firth 2015-02-12 00:00:00Z 0

The Tree of Joy at Pennant Hills Market Place 2014

For the sixth year running, we are conducting the “Tree of Joy” at Pennant Hills Market Place this Christmas. Due to renovations at the centre, the tree is located down adjacent to the Pharmacy. The generous community members are invited to take a card from the tree and purchase a suitable gift for the person described on the card. The wrapped gift and card are returned and placed in the bins around the tree. The club is providing gifts for Pennant Hills Neighbour Aid, Parramatta Mission, Delvina Women’s Refuge and Stewart House. The club is grateful for the support provided by the local businesses in the Market Place, particularly Westpac Bank and the Banna Group.
Final Report: We placed a total of 264 cards on the tree but received over 300 gifts from our very generous community members. 55 presents were delivered to Stewart House, Curl Curl; over 50 gifts were distributed to clients of Pennant Hills Neighbour Aid; gifts were distributed to residents of a nearby women's refuge; and the balance were taken to Parramatta Mission for distribution to needy families in their care. A really wonderful expression of the true Christmas spirit.
The Tree of Joy at Pennant Hills Market Place 2014 David Firth 2014-12-29 00:00:00Z 0

Our 2014 Christmas Trailer Raffle about to start

Posted by David Firth on Oct 16, 2014
As our club prepares for another Christmas Charity Raffle, we have decided to support St Lucy’s School at Wahroonga for a second year, as well as Hornsby Hospital. St Lucy’s School received half the proceeds from our 2013 raffle and recently revealed how those funds were applied. They had a part of the school grounds which were in dire need of refurbishment. The photos below show the ‘before’ and ‘after’ results. Both staff and pupils are thrilled with the result!
So, with the success of our efforts last year, we are raising funds again this year to assist with further upgrading of play equipment which is so vital in the education of the students who have a wide range of disabilities. If you would like to know more about St. Lucy’s, check them out on their website at or on their Facebook page.
Our 2014 Christmas Trailer Raffle about to start David Firth 2014-10-16 00:00:00Z 0

We welcome our first new member this year!

Posted by David Firth on Sep 23, 2014
Earlier this month, we welcomed Claude Rigney into membership of Rotary and our club. Claude will represent the classification of 'Pharmacy'. He has a particular interest in assisting third world countries in our region with medical supplies. At his induction, Claude was accompanied by his wife, Jeanette, who was welcomed with a presentation of flowers by President Adrian's wife, Wendy. PP Terry Pankhurst nominated Claude having met him on a recent overseas trip. We look forward to Claude and Jeanette's involvement in our club and its various projects.
We welcome our first new member this year! David Firth 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0

Our 55th Changeover

Posted by David Firth on Jul 01, 2014

Monday June 30th saw the Annual Changeover held at Pennant Hills Golf Club. Our meeting was graced with the presence of District Governor Elect Gina Growden heading a group of guests and members' partners. It was an excellent evening - a fitting conclusion to a great year under outgoing president Theo Glockemann. His report on a very active year for the club highlighted many of the events and projects enjoyed throughout the year. Amongst the awards he presented were two Paul Harris Fellowships presented to hardworking wives of members, namely Heather Firth and Susan Wilson. Both ladies, although very surprised with their awards, thoroughly deserved the recognition for their contributions to Rotary and particularly to the Rotary Club of Pennant Hills.

Incoming President Adrian Bell introduced his executive and directors and then gave a short outline of his vision for the club in 2014 - 2015 under our new theme "Light Up Rotary".Image

Our 55th Changeover David Firth 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z 0

The Painting of Pennant Hills Community Health Centre

Posted by David Firth on Mar 25, 2014

The poor condition of the Pennant Hills Community Health Centre came to the attention of the Rotary Club of Pennant Hills nearly 2 years ago. The centre was opened in November 1987 and has never been repainted in the intervening 26 years! As a community centre which is used every week from Monday to Friday, it was felt that the public areas and the consultation and treatment rooms needed to be brightened up.


The club decided to get quotes to paint the ground floor area inside and see if funds could be obtained to have the work carried out. Facing a cost of over $9,000, the club decided to apply for a Rotary District grant to help. This was finally obtained late last year so that a painting contractor, David Feeney, could be engaged to do the work. Due to the need to comply with Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Hospital O H & S policies, work was delayed until mid March when the centre closed for a week to allow the work to be done without interruption.

The result has been a transformation of the centre throughout. Manager Vera Bucci was ecstatic about the result as were the various staff members who operate clinics and provide treatment to patients. The community hall at the rear of the centre, used by over 300 people on a weekly basis according to Vera, is so much brighter and users are also delighted with the upgrade.

The General Manager of Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Hospital, Frank Bazik, in his Monday Memo to all staff, acknowledged the work as follows-

“The Pennant Hills Community Health Centre is getting a makeover thanks to the generosity and the outstanding community spirit of the Pennant Hills Rotary Club. The Centre was painted last week and is looking immaculate.”

This is the third project the Rotary Club has completed at the Community Health Centre, having previously provided a kitchen in the community hall and later funded new floor covering for the hall.

The Painting of Pennant Hills Community Health Centre David Firth 2014-03-25 00:00:00Z 0

2014 Australia Day Merit Award Presented to SES Volunteer

Posted by David Firth on Jan 21, 2014
Our annual Australia Day Merit Award was presented to Mrs Lee Lowe, an SES Volunteer for 17 years with the Hornsby Unit and champion of the SES Cadet Program at Pennant Hills High School where she is a school administrative staff member.
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2013 Christmas Trailer Raffle Drawn

Posted by David Firth on Dec 23, 2013

The 2013 Christmas Trailer Raffle was drawn, as scheduled, on Sunday 22nd December at Pennant Hills Golf Club. A club staff member drew the winning ticket, No.3561 which had been sold at Thornleigh Plaza on November 30th. The winners were a family from nearby Normanhurst who were both surprised and delighted. This completes this annual project which commenced early this year to take advantage of the Federal Election in September. Tickets were sold that day and on the 10 Saturdays up to and including December 21st.

The proceeds from the Trailer Raffle will be shared between St Lucy's School, Wahroonga - a school for children with disabilities, and Pennant Hill Neighbour Aid - a voluntary organisation providing transport and support for frail aged and disabled in the local community. Both organisations are very grateful for the financial assistance the Rotary Club will provide through the generous support received at various places for our Trailer Raffle.


2013 Christmas Trailer Raffle Drawn David Firth 2013-12-23 00:00:00Z 0

Our Visit to St. Lucy's School, Wahroonga

Posted by David Firth on Oct 21, 2013


Last Thursday a small group from our club were privileged to be able to visit St Lucy’s School and enjoy a guided tour, afternoon tea, and be present at their weekly school assembly together with a number of parents. We were most efficiently hosted by Rebecca Welsh, the Development Manager at the school. We took the Trailer with us and while we were otherwise occupied, parents and staff managed to purchase $150 worth of tickets! In addition, they have taken 2 books of tickets to sell also.

Our tour was a real eye opener in that we quickly were introduced to the security which is necessary to ensure that the 120 students are kept safe (and within the school grounds) each day. They have a total of 167 students, however 47 are in 3 satellite classes in mainstream Catholic schools in Narabeen and Naraweena. As all of their students have mild to profound disabilities, their staffing ratios are necessarily much higher than regular schools. Indeed, they have 70 staff, with classes having 9 to 13 students with atleast a teacher and teacher’s aid in each class. Where disabilities are more severe, the staffing level is increased.

We were able to witness the children during their half hour play time following lunch. It was interesting to observe the different reaction from them to a group of visitors walking around the school grounds - some naturally ignored us, while others were keen to meet us and talk with us. One couldn’t be other than impressed with the array of equipment and facilities in the grounds to keep the children occupied and active. We also got to see an area where the school is looking to refurbish the  ground cover and landscaping. This may well be where the funds our raffle raises will be applied. We were shown a very impressive library facility which included their computer laboratory. This latter facility they hope to move to a dedicated computer facility at some time in the future.

We then experienced the weekly school assembly in their multi-purpose hall, courtesy of the past government’s Building the Education Revolution. It was a very impressive addition to their facilities. We were again impressed by the involvement of the children and the dedicated and caring attitude of the staff. It was a delight to see how the songs and music were so popular with the children.

I am sure I speak for those who were there when I say that there could be no more deserving recipient of the proceeds from  the Christmas Trailer Raffle.                                                                                                                   

Our Visit to St. Lucy's School, Wahroonga David Firth 2013-10-21 00:00:00Z 0

Our 38th Annual Pride of Workmanship Awards Presentations

Posted by David Firth on May 20, 2013

Last Tuesday evening saw the continuation of a club tradition established back in 1976 - 38 years ago. That year saw the first ever Pride of Workmanship Awards presented by our club. So it was encouraging to be able to present another 7 Pride of Workmanship Awards plus 2 Community Service Awards. It was also nice to have the Golf Club room comfortably filled with a total of 75 people present.

We were privileged to have as Keynote Speaker, the Hon Matt Kean, Member for Hornsby in the Legislative Assembly. Matt gave an excellent talk in which he highlighted that Rotary is the only service club which features Vocational Service. He acknowledged the contribution made by volunteers in the Australian community and encouraged us all to celebrate the people who make a difference - who are the best that they can be in whatever they are doing.

Club President Peter Wilson and Matt Kean then presented  the awards and sponsor certificates of appreciation as the culmination of a very enjoyable dinner.

Our 38th Annual Pride of Workmanship Awards Presentations David Firth 2013-05-20 00:00:00Z 0

2013 Australia Day Merit Awards

Posted by David Firth on Jan 26, 2013
Continuing the tradition commenced in1986, our club presented our Australia Day Merit Award at a gala function at the Pennant Hills Golf Club on Tuesday 22nd January. However, this year we awarded not one, but two awards - the awardees being Nan Horne OAM, a well known resident of Cherrybrook, and Theo Glockemann, a member of our club and champion of a range of Youth programs.
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Another successful 'Tree of Joy'

Posted by David Firth on Dec 24, 2012

Another Successful ‘TREE OF JOY’ at Pennant Hills Marketplace

This was our fourth year of running the ‘Tree of Joy’ at Pennant Hills Marketplace. As in previous years, we received much support and encouragement from the businesses in the centre, as well as from the centre management, Banna Property Group. Once again, we were fortunate to have the Westpac Bank, Manager Emma Tippett and their staff providing security for the gifts as they arrived.

Another successful 'Tree of Joy' David Firth 2012-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
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A 'Thank You' Morning Tea from Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Health Service

Posted by David Firth

ImageWe had six representatives of the club present last Friday for a morning tea arranged by Hornsby Hospital and the Pennant Hills Community Health Centre to thank us for the painting of the downstairs areas of the Health Centre in Fisher Avenue. Vera Bucci, who runs the Centre, had arranged for the Stroke Recovery group who normally meet on Fridays there, to join us. The General Manager of the hospital, Frank Bazik, came together with Greg Lill, Public Relations & Fundraising Manager, and Linda Glanfield ofcourse, who is Divisional Manager, Rehabilitation and Aged Care Service.

  We were represented by Jack & Ruth Reid, Ian & Sue Huckel, and David & Heather Firth. The General Manager spoke of the importance of the services provided by the hospital and, in particular, those provided by the Community Health Centres such as the Pennant Hills centre. He acknowledged that in the 27 years that Vera Bucci has been at the centre, the number of people receiving services and support there has grown from 300 to 3,000 a week. He thanked the Rotary Club for identifying and satisfying the need for refurbishment of the treatment rooms as well as the Bernard Curran Hall and the entrance area and toilets. He presented a Certificate of Appreciation to PP Jack Reid who accepted it on behalf of President Adrian and the club.


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Annual Charity Christmas Trailer Raffle

Posted by David Firth
Following the familiar pattern followed for several years, the Rotary Club of Pennant Hills set out in October to raise badly needed funds for Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital and Pennant Hills Neighbour Aid. Both charities, although receiving much of their funding from government, still rely on donations from community groups such as ours to provide facilities otherwise not funded.
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Continued Contributions - Welcomed in Times of Need

Posted by Chris Morgan

In the latter months of 2011, heavy monsoon rains continually drenched Southeast Asia, causing mudslides and widespread flooding along the Mekong River. Parts of Thailand experienced their worst floods in half a century, as water inundated villages, historic temples, farms, and factories. High levels of flooding ground water caused fresh water drinking supplies to become contaminated and less available to a dense population, where clean drinking water is so vital.  

In realisation of need for portable water purification, Glenhaven Rotary rallied 15 other District Clubs, provisioning a combined allocation of $16,580.00 to deliver many purification units to areas of need within Thailand. Click the link . and see how as a global organisation Rotary makes a difference in the greatness and meaning of Humanity.  

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North West Rail Link - Provisions Opportunity to Present at Rotary Forum

Posted by Chris Morgan

Tuesday 12 June the 9680 Rotary community was provisioned opportunity to hear the progress to date with the North West Rail Link project and its aims to link the hills district with existing rail infrastructure already in place at Epping. A very informative presentation was delivered to a large Rotary audience represented by various clubs within the Hornsby / Hills regions. Question time enabled avenues for pro-active dialog - imparted by the audience, all of which was taken into account toward providing valuable inputs, expectations and voicing of concerns, some of which were positively absorbed by those presenting from the rail link project.

Overall the future development was endorsed by the audience, with a general consensus of a positive move and a great planning initiative instigated by the needs of the community and State government endorsement.  

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The Sun Shines as the Community Gives to a Worthy Cause

Posted by Chris Morgan
Two days of the community emptying their pockets and opening purses and presenting their wallets, resulted in another fantastic effort within the Pennant Hills region. The Pennant Hills Rotary Club, along other willing participants, students from Barker College and various other helpers, rallied together enabling vast numbers of collectors whom pounded the pavement on the morning of Sunday 20th of May.

Thanks to pivotal coordinating resources within the PHRC, both days of collection were welcomed by all residents of our community. PHRC and the Salvation Army wish to thank all who donated across the Pennant Hills community, willingly raising  in the vicinity of  $51,450, all of which contributes to the National collection effort.

Pictured below: President Ian Huckle, Major Gleny's Page (Salvation Army) and John Young


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PHRC - Visits the Child Research Institute Weastmead Hospital

Posted by Chris Morgan
The Rotary Club of Pennant Hills was recently privileged and visited the Children's Research Institute and witness first hand the amazing research undertaken to date in the field of PKU studies. As agreed by all of those whom attended," it was nothing short of amazing an awe inspiring at the same time".
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Donations create a bright future for children with a rare disorder

Posted by Bruce Callaway
The Rotary Club of Pennant Hills proudly supports the Genetic Research Unit of Western Sydney at the Children's Hospital Westmead, which is presently engaged in research into Phenylketonuria (PKU) and other genetic disorders. PKU or Pheylkentonuria is a rare, inherited (genetic) metabolic disorder. It only effects one in ten thousand babies born in NSW each year. Although PKU is a very rare disorder, one in fifty individuals in the normal population are carriers of the gene that causes PKU.

A person with PKU has inherited the defective gene from parents and only occurs when both parents are carriers, even then the chances of it being passed on are one in four. All babies in NSW and the rest of Australia undergo a compulsory blood screening process after birth. This is done by a sample collected on a Guthrie Card by way of a heel prick, at approximately 4 days of age. If this shows an elevated level of phenylalanine  a follow up Guthrei Card is organised. If PKU is diagnosed, the family is seen by a panel of clinicians and the diet is commenced immediately.

Current research indicates that the diet should be continued for life. Failure to adhere strictly to the diet may result in mental and physical retardation.


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