Dear members and friends of the Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour,

I don’t know if it’s because 2021 has been an especially challenging year, or if an over-abundance of enthusiasm for Christmas is simply a side-effect of being the President of the Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour, but the constant sight of Christmas trees and welcome sounds of Christmas carols has been warming my heart lately. That’s why it was especially encouraging that the Uniting Harris Community Centre is holding their Nativity event on the 17th of December, and have asked us to run their BBQ and Gelato stand. Details are down below in the “Upcoming Events” section, and I’d encourage you all to attend. I have it on good authority that Santa will be attending, so this would be a good opportunity to get back on the Nice list.

And don’t forget our Changeover on the 8th of December! Having a Changeover 5 months into a Presidency is certainly a bit unusual, but should allow for spirited rebuttals and constructive feedback when compared to my plans for the year. Details on how to purchase tickets are also in “Upcoming Events” section.

Upcoming Events

Digital Club Meeting – 24/11/2021: Kevin Watene & Homelessness in our own Backyard.
November 24, 2021 at 7:30 am
Online Event

The Impact of homelessness especially for the vulnerable and marginalized is significant. In our own city, we’ve a homelessness issue that is struggling to be contained. Rental increases, home ownership stress… what is to be done? Kevin Watene will be joining us to discuss the Salvation Army’s response to this issue.

For more information, or to get involved, visit

2021 Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour Changeover
December 1, 2021 at 6:30 pm
Casa Ristorante Italiano

Continuing a proud tradition, the Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour will changeover its board this year. President Mel Lane will wrap up her two year Presidency, and handover to Drew Sturgiss. If that isn’t enough to whet your appetite, the Changeover is being held at Casa Ristorante Italiano, giving us the opportunity to enjoy authenticate Italian cuisine on the shore of our Club’s namesake, the Sydney Darling Harbour. Tickets are 65pp and includes a three course meal. We hope to see you there as we kick off another Rotary year.

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Club Meeting – 8/12/2021
December 8, 2021 at 7:30 am
The Grace Hotel

Our regular club meetings are used to discuss our upcoming events, ongoing projects and recent news. If you are looking to give something back to the community, to develop professionally, to help steer exciting projects, or are just interested in making new friends, you are very welcome to attend our meeting.

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Board Meeting – 15/12/2021
December 15, 2021 at 6:30 pm

The Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour is engaged in several different projects. Whether it’s working within our local community, advancing international understanding and providing humanitarian aid, providing for the development and advancement of our members or fostering new friendships, our Club strives to always put its hands to something useful. Board meetings allow for […]

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Uniting Harris Community Centre Nativity Event
December 17, 2021 at 5:30 pm
Uniting Harris Community Centre

The Harris Community Centre will be holding their annual Christmas event, and have asked for our support in running their BBQ and Gelato store. These are always a fantastic way to cap off the year, with youngsters running underfoot, grown-ups catching up and even an appearance from Santa.

For more information, or to get involved, sign up at

Final Thoughts

In 2005, Australian Parliament took a few citizen complaints a little too seriously and banned anyone on their staff from using the word “mate” while at work. The ban lasted one day.

Well, that’s it from me. Don’t forget that our next meeting is scheduled for 7.30AM on Wednesday the 24th of November, taking place online. For more information, including how to access the meeting remotely, please visit

Until next week,
Drew Sturgiss
Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour

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