San Isidro Gardens

We have been supporters of the San Isidro school garden, project in the Philippines for a few years. Last year’s fundraiser event, the cocktail party was cancelled because of COVID. We have now rescheduled the cocktail party to March 12, 2022. Many have already paid for the event, so please put the date in our diaries. Craig Gallagher has kindly offered to host the party at his place, as he did last time.
 
In the meantime, the garden is producing fruits and vegetables, which are distributed to needy families in the area. Phil Atkins, who is the program manager, has kindly sent us pictures of a distribution day in September 2021.
 
San Isidro Gardens Alan Baker 2021-10-01 14:00:00Z 0

Walkathon - Final Update

The Walkathon project was conceived during lockdown. It was a way to help members of the club improve their own mental health through walking, one of the few activities we could realistically do when we were allowed out of our homes for only one hour a day. It was also a way to raise funds for mental health research and other Rotary projects.
 
It was the first time this type of project was attempted by our club. We did not know how we would fare.
 
The timeline was set to four weeks, August 23 to September 20, 2021. Participating members determined the number of kilometres they would walk before asking their friends and acquaintances for sponsorship.
 
Diaries of the imaginary voyages were written and shared with sponsors and other club members. It encouraged others to also share other walks around Sydney. The tone was set. It was creative, it was entertaining, and it was fun.
 
Six members participated in the Walkathon: Narelle Barker, Monica Saville, Gail Davis, Deretta Andrew, Sharyn Hubert and Toula Serna. Other club members sponsored participants or donated directly to the Walkathon funds.
 
We raised a total of $6,277 in four weeks!
 
The funds will be distributed as follows:
   
  Australian Rotary Health            $3,777
   Polio Plus                                 $1,500
   ROMAC                                    $1,000
 
Many thanks to all the participants who did an amazing job at raising spirits, increasing fitness, and keeping club members entertained and engaged in difficult times.
 
Special thanks to Gail Davis, our Club Service Director for organising and coordinating the project.
 
The Walkathon was certainly a great success on all fronts.
 
Walking in tunnel under the M2
Walkathon - Final Update Alan Baker 2021-09-26 14:00:00Z 0

Raffle Results

 
The Rotary Club of Epping has drawn the Community Raffle on Monday 23 August.
 
These are winners of the raffle prizes:
First Prize
Weekend for two to Werri Beach
Julie Thorp
Second Prize
$200 Rawson Restaurant gift voucher
Trevor McAlister
Third Prize
Mixed dozen Epping Rotary Wine
Ian Stephenson
Fourth Prize
$100 Macquarie Shopping Centre Voucher
Janet Stacey
Fifth Prize
$100 Epping Hotel Voucher
Rob Tosswill
Sixth Prize
Bottle Veuve Cliquot Champagne
Minna Rana
 
My thanks to all club members and the community at large who so generously supported the raffle through generous contribution. This has enabled our Club to fund our Community Garden project.
 
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Changeover 21-22

Epping Rotary  - Zoom Changeover 21-22
 
Thank you to everyone who attended our first ever Zoom Changeover on Monday evening. We welcomed PDG Dave Clark, Past AG Robert Erskine and AG Stuart Armstrong to our celebration of the Rotary year 2020-2021 and the commencement of the 2021-22 Rotary year – Serve to Change Lives.
 
In all, we had 31 participants online. Rotarians joined in the spirit of this event by dressing up (at least the part we could see on screen!) for the occasion. I’m sure all will agree it was nice to have an excuse to lift the level of our dress from our very casual ‘lockdown’ attire.
 
During the evening, we looked back on the year that was, thanked the outgoing Board, acknowledged Betty Ockerlander in achieving her Ruby Paul Harris and recognised Alan Baker with a Paul Harris for his ongoing work, putting together RIM each week. In conclusion, a video of photographs illustrating the projects and other activities we engaged in over the year, was shown. Following this, Peter thanked Toula for her enthusiasm, commitment, and hard work in her role as President and a presentation of a Rotary clock was made by Deretta
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  The induction and passing over of the President’s collar and the introduction to the new Board took place, before another significant highlight of the night – the induction into the Rotary Club of Epping, Ying Chan.
 
 
 
21-22 Plan in Brief
 
Our vision for 21/22 can be summarised by “A progressive club with happy and engaged members who serve the local and worldwide community, promoting a vibrant image of Rotary.”
 
We believe that Member Welfare is key to having engaged members and a harmonious Club. We plan to engage good speakers, organise more social events and acknowledge milestones. We will work hard to increase membership and mentor new members. We hope to engage more with other local Rotary Club thus developing closer relationships and sharing ideas.
 
In addition to running and promoting our signature projects and events in the various Areas of Service in the upcoming year, we will be hosting a special event to celebrate the Club’s 60th anniversary.
 
We plan to find ways to market and promote the Club and the good work that we do through various means. We will create new opportunities for partnerships with local businesses, corporations and community groups. We will work jointly with partners to celebrate the projects that we do. There will be expectations on us to market ourselves better, but also on our partners to help us do that.
Changeover 21-22 Alan Graham Baker 2021-08-27 14:00:00Z 0

North Epping School - Garden completed 

The partnership between Epping Rotary and Epping North PS was celebrated at the Club meeting on Monday night.

The focus of the meeting was a question-and-answer session with the Principal Kerry-Anne Goldhagen, Michael Taylor Assistant Principal and Glenn Gallagher the General Assistant.
The responses showed a commitment to the project which the school managing through the students being involved with planting seeds. The pictures show the students enjoying their class activity.
 
  
 
Pride of Workmanship award was presented to Glenn Gallagher from Epping North PS for his wonderful support of the Community Garden Project. He has helped with the project working bees during on weekends and school holidays. Nothing was too much for Glenn. He is a worthy recipient of the POW.
See picture of presentation, in Toula’s report above.
 

BREAKING NEWS
The Club has been successful in gaining a Federal Grant under the Stronger Communities Project.
$17,500 has been approved which is a wonderful support to our Community Garden Project in partnership with Epping North PS

Peter Garrard
Community Director
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Ikebukuro - 50 Years

Last Monday 17 May we celebrated the Golden Jubilee of a relationship between our club and the Rotary Club of Ikebukuro in Tokyo, Japan. A relationship between two Rotary Clubs across the oceans which has lasted for 50 years.
This enduring friendship is a shining example of what the mission of Rotary International is. It is a wonderful representation of what Rotary aims to achieve.
 
 The Consul General of Japan, Mr. Kiya Makahiko spoke about the importance of the Australia Japan relationship and John Alexander MP reciprocated.
We were also joined by David Clark, our District Governor, David Clarke.
 
The evening was meticulously organised by Narelle, Monica was the amazing MC on the night and the beautiful table decorations done by our very own Di Walker. A big thank you to all involved.
 
    
 
 
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Paul Clune Memorial

Paul Clune Memorial
 
A year after his passing, the celebration of life service for Paul Clune on Saturday May 1 was a moving memorial for a family man with impeccable sartorial taste who served in Rotary for 36 years.
Paul was a president of the club in 87/88 and served as a Board Member for many years. He was remembered by 12 Rotarians who attended the service. Peter Garrard delivered a tribute on behalf of Bruce Jacob who unfortunately could not attend.
His daughter requested the group photo below to show her mother, Joan who was in hospital sadly and too sick to attend.
 
   
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Celebrating Di Walker 

Great Night to Honour Di.

50 current and past Epping Rotarians, DG Dave, AG Robert, Di’s son Scott and his wife Fiona, partners and spouses contributed to a wonderful evening. However the undoubted star was Di.
Di has had a 59 year association with Epping Rotary, and in a lovely speech, outlined the outstanding contributions (my words, Di’s too humble) of the Walker family to our Club.
The point was made that a huge reason explaining the current success of our Club is based on the foundations established by past members. It is they who have set the standards, culture, ethos etc.
No family has done more than the Walker family. Thanks Di, you and your families contributions have  been enormous and greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Bruce
 
 
Celebrating Di Walker Alan 2021-04-19 14:00:00Z 0

RYPEN Epping Boys High 

The evening was a celebration of our Rotary Club’s relationship with Epping Boys High School.
 
Our Youth Director, Anne Robinson introduced Jonathon Mullins and Chris Wilden, the two students who participated in this year’s RYPEN, which was delivered on Zoom over two successive weekends. Jonathon and Chris delivered a professional presentation about their work and presented to us a model of a solar lamp they created as part of the program, which will be delivered to a third world country where electricity is not reliable.
 
Then followed a Q&A session with Jessica Schadel, the Relieving Principal of the school. Bruce asked the questions as Jessica impressed us all with her wonderful eloquence and clarity of vision. It was ipressibel to learn that the school spends $300,000 a year on their Wellbeing program which aims to get the best our over every student at the school It was an excellent interview!
 
RYPEN Epping Boys High Alan 2021-03-27 13:00:00Z 0

Community Garden North Epping 

Spectacular Progress Made on Community Garden Project
 
Last Saturday significant progress was made by members of our club towards finalising the dream of a community garden.  Despite temperatures in the low 30s, a team of 17 members together with three from the school P and C completed a compost bin together with two 1.4 x 1.2 x 0.4 metre high garden beds.  Half the team worked swinging picks and shovels to clear the weeds and shrubs in order to prepare the ground while the other half carried out the necessary woodwork.  This was not easy as the railway sleepers were wet and very heavy.  All had to be cut to size, then physically carried to the site a distance of over fifty metres and assembled.  It is something to be said for our Club that more than half our members were prepared to give up their Saturday and do this.  The fabulous morning tea prepared by Di Walker and the cold drinks from Toula and the camaraderie which we all enjoyed were things which made the morning's work special.  For it was not just about building garden beds, it is about building friendships while doing something really worthwhile for the community.
 
Having said all this, there are still eight garden beds to be built and they all have to be filled with dirt.  One of our biggest needs is sourcing suitable cordless drills and drivers along with the human power to drive them.  So, watch this space.  Thursday 8th April has been suggested for our next big effort.  This has yet to be confirmed but for those able to join us, mark this date in your diaries and come along at around 11.00am.  It will be a great day out and a useful one as well.
 
    
 
   
 
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Community Garden North Epping  Alan 2021-03-18 13:00:00Z 0

Pride of Workmanship

The Pride of Workmanship (PoW) is a Rotary programme to promote Vocational Service. It is to promote Pride of Workmanship in ALL vocations and hence provides employers with an opportunity to recognise employees who display those qualities which are worthy of an award. It is also to encourage  favourable employer/employee relationships and a sense of community pride in individual achievement. Plus it gives Rotary an opportunity to be involved in the Community. The Theme of PoW is “Do it once, Do it well. Build a better Australia.” The programmed has been adopted by over 600 Rotary Clubs in Australia, New Zealand, the South pacific, Malaysia, Canada and the United States.
 
 
Our 2021 PoW was held on Monday, March 15th at The Epping Club. There were 59 persons in attendance totally. Six Organisations/Groups and Companies nominated TEN employees for recognition and for the award. They were all great achievers and worthy recipients.
 
The following is the List of Nominators and the Awardees for this Year 2021:
 
      McGrath – Better Homes Realty          Omid Sayehban                  Cyrius Media Group P/L                        James Hill
 
                   
     
         Epping Boys High School                 Stephanie Dwyer                     Minimbah Challenge Inc         Andy Ker, Celena Coghlan
     
                      
     
          Dorothy Henderson Lodge                      Jacqueline Edwards
                                                                              Naresh Koirake
                                                                               Tony Ibrahim
                                                                               Homa Ahmadzei                    NSW Health Immunisation                      Dr Sonya Ennis
     
                   
     
           Appreciation to all who nominated people and the Board for encouraging PoW to happen again. Glad for all who turned up and made it a great night.
       
       
       

         
           
       
       
           
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
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      Pride of Workmanship Alan Baker 2021-03-17 13:00:00Z 0

      Community Service North Epping Public School 
       

      Community Service – North Epping Public School
       
      The Community Garden team had the first meeting at Epping North Primary with the principal and grounds man to look at the site and plan the next stage of development. 
      It is a very exciting project that will include Rotarians, teachers, parents and students from the school and senior citizens from the suburb. 
       
      Community Service North Epping Public School   Alan 2021-03-05 13:00:00Z 0

      Lily Serna - Mathematician

       
      President Toula's Corner
      Our first speaker for the year was certainly well received, based on the feedback I received.
      I do feel proud of Lily, she is a great kid! Many thanks to Justin for doing a lot of research and
      making the session informative, entertaining, and fun. You did an amazing job!
       
      Lily Serna - Mathematician Chris 2021-02-07 13:00:00Z 0

      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

      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

      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

      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. 
      Epping Rotary Changeover Night 2016 2016-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
      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.
      Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-15 00:00:00Z 0

      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."
       
      India celebrates three years without polio 2015-05-15 00:00:00Z 0