Epping Rotary Changeover

New President 20/21 Toula Serna
20/21 Board: Betty, Chris, Alex, Narelle, Robert, Bruce, Peter, John C, John F, Deretta & Toula
A huge Thank You to everyone who attended the 58th Changeover, whether in person or on Zoom. It was wonderful to see members I have not seen in months and months. 26 members attended in person and 8 people joined in on Zoom. The mood was buoyant and the atmosphere buzzing
Epping Rotary Changeover Chris 2020-08-06 14:00:00Z 0

National Centre for Childhood Grief

 
Annette Gurr, NCCG Development Manager, gave a clear, informative and heart-rending presentation on the fantastic service provided by the staff of the National Centre for Childhood Grief.
How have we never known about this local organisation addressing a critical need that is mostly overlooked?
 
 
National Centre for Childhood Grief Chris 2020-06-21 14:00:00Z 0

North Epping Backyard Blitz

 
The Epping Rotary Backyard Blitz team went to work in a backyard in North Epping to assist a couple in North Epping who are not in a position to keep on top of things in the garden. The objective: to spruce things up for Christmas and make the garden a more inviting area!
 
North Epping Backyard Blitz Chris 2019-11-22 13:00:00Z 0

From Apartheid to Australia

 
On Monday evening, Seddique Martin’s presentation was educational, hard-hitting and moving. He told us the story of his childhood and painted a graphic picture of apartheid in South Africa and what life was like as a ‘coloured’ . To come through such a childhood and stand before us an outstanding Deputy Principal and first grade rugby coach at Epping Boys High School is a credit to Seddique and his family; it was a privilege to be at this presentation.
“Civilization is but a thin veneer stretched across the passions of the human heart. And civilization doesn't just happen; we have to make it happen.” Bill Moyers.
I like to think that in Epping Rotary in a small way we are doing our best ‘to make it happen’.
 
From Apartheid to Australia Chris 2019-11-22 13:00:00Z 0

Golden Oldies Ferry Trip

Last Saturday a harbour cruise for retirement and nursing home residents, with the fantastic help of prefects from Epping Boys HS and Cheltenham Girls HS, was a lot of fun and a joy-filled event. A huge thank you to Epping Community Bank Branch for partnering with us and sponsoring the boat, also to The Tokens for once again providing some great music that had the dance floor pumping! Thanks to Captain Wal for the organisation, to everyone who contributed towards a spectacular tea, and for those who valiantly conquered the cramped conditions in the galley kitchen to prepare food and drinks; it was a great team effort.
 
Golden Oldies Ferry Trip Chris 2019-11-15 13:00:00Z 0

Epping Primary School Debates

A fantastic celebration of youth at the finals of the Primary School Debates. Congratulations to Epping PS on winning the debate and being awarded the Roy Sadler Shield. It was wonderful to have representation from the 6 local Primary Schools who all had a chance to speak in front of a large audience. Noone could be left unmoved by the confidence and composure that universally demonstrated by these students. What a great life skill!
 
A huge thank you to Betty Ockerlander for both coordinating the debates through the year and for sponsoring the Finals evening.
Also many thanks to the adjudicators, Helen, Cliff and Nesha; also stand-in adjudicators Monica and Narelle without whose skills this project wouldn’t be possible.
 
Epping Primary School Debates Chris 2019-10-25 13:00:00Z 0

Karonga School

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It was brilliant to hear from Karonga Assistant Principal, Murray Graves, about this local Epping school for students with special needs. Speaking in front of a group of Rotarians about the school may have been a new experience but not only was it informative and educational for us but what shone through above all was the passion, commitment and compassion. Not just Murray’s but clearly of all the staff. We will start exploring ways in which we may be able to reconnect with Karonga.
 
Karonga School Chris 2019-10-20 13:00:00Z 0
 Epping Arts Fair Chris 2019-02-20 13:00:00Z 0

 
Epping Rotary billy-cart experts steer the way!

There were plenty of smiles on the happy faces of the young boys and girls who attended a CCA holiday program run recently at 'The Shack'.  Epping Rotarians Peter Garrard, Alan Cunningham and Trevor McAlister led a group of 15 youngsters through the process of building four of these fun machines.
 
 Epping Rotary billy-cart experts steer the way! Chris 2018-03-03 13:00:00Z 0

2019 First Meeting

 
The year started with a highly competitive game of barefoot bowls at North Epping Bowling Club! Recuperation included plenty of pizza and visits to the bar.
 
2019 First Meeting Chris 2018-03-03 13:00:00Z 0

 
Clean Up Australia Day - Terrys Creek

Record numbers (45) turned out to give Terrys Creek an autumn clean! Epping Rotarians with the help of Epping Presbyterian Boys Brigade, Eastwood Epping Leos and local volunteers extracted the usual range of shopping trolleys, old tyres, plastic and more plastic from the creek. Thank you everyone, particularly to master coordinator, Ian Bittner! A job well done.
 
 Clean Up Australia Day - Terrys Creek Chris 2018-03-03 13:00:00Z 0

 
Pride of Workmanship & Community Service Awards

Congratulations to these six deserving recipients of Rotary Pride of Workmanship or Community Service Awards who through their work or their voluntary efforts are making a positive difference in our local Epping community and the wider world. This photo does not do them justice…
 Pride of Workmanship & Community Service Awards Chris 2016-11-11 00:00:00Z 0

Australian Rotary Health - Hat Day - Friday 7th October 2016

Epping Rotarians in action at Epping station. Thanks to the generosity of Epping rail users more than $1000 was raised to fund research helping the one in five Australians affected by depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and many other illnesses
 
 
 
Australian Rotary Health - Hat Day - Friday 7th October 2016 Chris 2016-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
CCA & Epping Rotary 2016 Quiz Night Chris 2016-09-19 00:00:00Z 0

Epping - Social Infrastructure

 
Amanda Chadwick, Administrator for the new City of Parramatta Council, will address the Epping Rotary meeting this Monday focusing on social infrastructure in and around Epping.
 
This is a great opportunity to become better informed and to ask questions. Also, to find out what Epping Rotary is about and up to in the local community.
 
When: Monday 29th August  6.00 for 6.30; (approx. finish 8.15pm)
 
Where: The Epping Club, Rawson St, Epping (The Terrace Grill)
 
Cost: $25pp; excellent(!) 2-course meal plus coffee/tea
 
Booking is necessary for catering and seating purposes.
To attend please contact Peter Garrard (0410 685 417) or email: president@eppingrotary.org.au.
Ideally before the end of Friday 27th August to help estimate numbers!
 
Epping - Social Infrastructure Chris 2016-08-23 00:00:00Z 0

Epping Rotary supports our Local Youth

 
 
At last Monday’s meeting (15/8) members were blown away by the confidence and composure of two outstanding young persons following their attendance at two quite different, but formative, programs assisted by Epping Rotary.
 
Annie attended the NSW Youth Parliament and Angus attended the Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) http://rotarydistrict9685.org.au/Page/rypen, a program that develops "life skills" and motivation to help teenagers cope with the challenges of a very competitive future.
 
Both were grateful for the support from Epping Rotary and both were impressive as they provided a thoughtful and stimulating perspective on their experiences and understanding of current issues.
 
In addition, Else gave an excellent summary of the work that The Shack (http://www.theshack.org.au/) undertakes to support the youth of the Epping area. The importance of this service was very clear from the range of activities and services provided often on a 1:1 basis due to the significant issues that the young person may be dealing with. Else's presentation made it so clear why we as Epping Rotary are committed to fundraising for this vital service in our local community.
 
These impressive young people are examples of the youth in our community and we as a Club are proud that we can support them in a range of ways.
 
 
Epping Rotary supports our Local Youth Chris 2016-08-19 00:00:00Z 0

Epping Rotary Community Forum - Epping Traffic & Parking

Epping Rotary is holding this forum on traffic, congestion and parking to help Epping residents keep abreast of local issues at a time of major change. 
 
We are all concerned about traffic in the area and I invite you to join us and Rotary members at our meeting on Monday 25th July.
 
Booking is essential for catering purposes.
 
Monday 25 July    6:00 for 6.30pm - finish by 8.30
The Epping Club
45 Rawson St, Epping. 
 
Speakers:
Damien Tudehope, MP for Epping
Representative from RMS. 
 
Cost: $25 includes food. 
Booking: neil_anderson@optusnet.com.au by Friday 22 July 
 
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Epping Rotary Community Forum - Epping Traffic & Parking 2016-07-25 00:00:00Z 0

Epping Rotary Changeover Night 2016

PRESIDENT PETER'S  Rotary Year in Review: 2015-16 Theme "Be a gift to the World "
 
Everyone of us has something to give. We can give our talent, our knowledge, our abilities and our effort.  We can give our dedication. Through Rotary we can take these gifts and make a genuine difference in the lives of others and in our world. Through Rotary we can leave behind something that is real and lasting.
 
How did Epping Rotary work towards achieving this goal of being a gift to the world?
 
Firstly, by being a Rotary club that challenges the emphasis on material comforts and a sense of entitlement to leading a comfortable life through focusing on what we can do for the community.
Secondly,  by focusing on the Rotary ideal of service to others in our community in which we live in Epping.  This ideal of service is one that permeates through Rotary in every avenue and project that is planned. 
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Epping Rotary & Allowah Quiz Night 2016-06-04 00:00:00Z 0

Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.
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India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
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