Dear Rotarians,
It was great to be back at one of our old venues. Crows Nest Hotel boardroom was perfect, and the service & food great.  
I was blown away by the number of projects Mary Mackillop Today was involved in (see below). Angelo made an excellent point, in that there is so much work by charities in places like East Timor that we need to talk to each other, so we can reduce the duplication of effort and costs.
Angelo has volunteered to co-ordinate the election of next year’s board at the AGM (25th Nov). Please call him if you can help out next year.    
Yours in Rotary
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Next Meeting Monday 18th of November- Harsatnam Hundal from Sydney Metro

Harsatnam is the Senior Communications Manager, Integrated Station Developments for Sydney Metro and his
Team will give us an update on the tunneling at Crows Nest, along with an update on the new Victoria Cross metro station in North Sydney

Please note, we are changing location, back to the Crows Nest Hotel, upstairs in the Boardroom


Last Monday's, the 11th of November, Meeting

Our Guest Speaker was Madeleine Gough from Mary McKillop Today

Madeleine Gough is the new Community Partnerships Coordinator at Mary MacKillop Today, based in North Sydney. Her role involves working with community groups including Catholic groups and schools who participate in fundraising activities for Mary MacKillop Today. Madeleine has a background in community health programs in the not for profit sector and in television production.

Mary McKillop Today work with the poorest communities in Australia and Internationally, in Timor-Leste, Peru, Papua New Guinea, and Fiji to empower and support local communities. In the spirit of Saint Mary McKillop, Mary McKillop Today's focus is on building dignity through education, health, financial inclusion, and livelihoods.

In response to questions about their overall financial status, you will see in their Annual Report that the total revenue for the 2018-19 financial year was $4.5M representing an overall increase of 48% in comparison to FY 2017-18. Mary MacKillop Today had a total program expenditure of $3.1 million with $1.16 million spent on newly acquired domestic programs. There was a total expenditure of $1.94 million on international programs, including $90K on non-development projects, which reflects an overall increase in international program expenditure of 22% in comparison to last year.
In terms of the questions around whether they partner with other organizations that do similar work in Timor-Leste,their office in Dili operates all of their programs, and so they don’t ‘fund’ any other organizations. Their office in Dili works together with many other organizations in-country. They have a formal partnership via a Memorandum of Understanding with the Timor-Leste Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health, for their work training teachers. They work closely with them at the national, district and community levels. They also work closely with the Catholic Education Office for their work training teachers.
They currently partner with ChildFund to deliver their Mobile Learning Centre project – they have been working with them for 18 months and have an agreement for another 18 months.
They are also part of several formal Working Groups in-country, which is where NGOs working in the same sector (in their case, usually preschool or primary school education) get together to share ideas, strategies and ensure work being done in Timor is complementary rather than duplicative.
They have also worked with several local religious orders doing work in particular districts, including the Franciscan Friars and the Christian Brothers.
In the past, they have also partnered with the Asia Foundation (TAF), USAID, and World Vision on various projects in Timor.


International Toast was given by Mark - Rotary Club of Singapore

  • Some discussion around the AGM on the 25th of November, the agenda has been sent out and the Treasurer's Report is now in ClubRunner.
  • Howard also reviewed the roster for the next BBQ on the 16th of November
  • Sue and Phil attended a meeting with Edmund from Phoenix House to discuss the IT Lab. Edmund is in the process of obtaining final quotes, and once set up we will be invited to attend a demonstration. Edmund will also be getting support from Cisco. This is all part of a District Grant, with $3000 from District and $3000 from our Club.
  • We have been asked for nominations for MUNA
  • Our Club has nominated Mary's House for a Community Service Award on the 20th of November to be presented by Trent Zimmerman, MP for North Sydney at a special award function.
  • We have been asked for nominations to sponsor a Year 11 Student at a Canberra Conference.
  • Howard attended a recent Rotoract Meeting in North Sydney to assist with their Registration process
  • Sue will be sending out this week the dates,9th to the 13th of December, and the time slots available for us to cover our Tree of Joy commitments.
  • Next Board Meeting- Tuesday, Nov 14th - did you know, the minutes of the last Board Meeting can be read by clicking on HERE!
  • AGM- Monday,Nov 25th
  • Giving Night- Dec 9th
  • Tree of Joy-Nov 9th to the 13th.
  • District Conference 20-22 March 2020
  • Next Year RI Convention will be in Honolulu, and as always our Club will be well represented.
District Conference 20-22 March 2020 - A reminder that you and your partner are invited to attend the 2020 combined Rotary District 9685 & 9675 “Reasons” Conference.   Early Bird Registration is $200.00 per person.   The theme for the Conference is ‘Reasons’ and will give Rotarians a chance to focus on questions like:

·        Why are we Rotarians?

·        Why did we become Rotarians?

·        What keeps us serving our communities? 

The District Conference will be held in Wollongong at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre on Friday 20th March to Sunday 22nd March 2020 – a wonderful venue right on the beach: what more Reasons do you need to attend?

Club Plans for 2019-20

Club Plans fo 2019-20 - have a read...

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Nov 18, 2019
Up-Date on Sydney Metro
Nov 25, 2019
Club AGM
Dec 02, 2019
The Tasman Map – Abel Tasman, the Dutch East India Co. and the first Dutch Discoveries of Australia
Dec 09, 2019
Christmas Party and Giving Night
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Board Meeting November 5th
Church Hall
Nov 14, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Nov 25, 2019
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Smith, Philip
International Toast
Lee, Bill
Speaker Introduction
Introduce Speaker
Coote, Peter
Speaker Thanks/Write-up
Thank Speaker - Write-up
Pocock, Ian
Front Desk
Clark, Cyril
Jayaraj, Anthony
Room Set Up / Food
Saunders, John