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

Thank you to all that attended our Annual General Meeting, and our last Club meeting for the year. As with past years, we’ll be having less formal breakfast meetings in January. From February, we should be returning to our new normal schedule, which is one hybrid meeting a month and one virtual meeting a month. Evening meetings should also be returning, with these taking place in person. Most importantly, 2022 should allow us to return to boots-on-ground fundraising and volunteering, which I’m sure we’ve all been missing.

So thank you! Rotary has definitely been a welcome spot of light for me in a challenging year. I’m confident that 2022 will be absent of lock-downs, and I’m excited to be making the best of that. As always, stay tuned to our newsletter for all the details on what we have planned.

Have a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and, I hope, a well earned break. I’ll see you in January!

Upcoming Events

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.

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Recent News

2022 RYLA Candidates: Jessica Burns and Madalanne Taylor022

The Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour will again be participating in the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) this year, and we have been lucky enough to be able to sponsor two candidates to attend the RYLA week, Jessica Burns and Madalanne Taylor.

As with previous years, the young individuals we’re sponsoring are already stellar representatives of young people. Jessica heads a global development team at Macquarie Bank, and is involved heavily in Surf Life Saving and professional mentoring. Madalanne is engaged as a Student Support Officer at Tranby Indigenous Education and Training College, providing quality educational and vocational support to members of the Indigenous community, to help them thrive in their endeavours.

RYLA is one of the longest standing youth initiatives that the Club is involved in, and is a part of how our Club is able to play a part in people growing into the best versions of themselves. We really look forward to hearing about how Jessica and Madalanne experience RYLA, and we look forward to seeing their continued good works in the future.

Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour Changeover – Thankyou, Mel LaneRotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour Changeover – Thankyou, Mel Lane

On the 1st of December in a lovely Italian restaurant on Sydney’s Darling Harbour, the Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour held it’s Changeover. Long-delayed by Covid, this evening gave us an opportunity to reflect on the two years of Mel Lane’s Presidency, and our accomplishments during these unusual and unprecedented times. Mel’s speech from the evening is listed below, and details her many accomplishment in her two years as Club President.

Thanks for everything Mel. You’ve left some large and very shiny shoes to fill.

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Final Thoughts

The largest gingerbread house ever made was as big as a real house. Given Sydney’s housing prices, it’s starting to seem like a more sensible option!

Well, that’s it from me. Our next meeting will be an informal breakfast in the new year, we’ll send out the details in January.

Thanks for a wonderful year,
Drew Sturgiss
Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour