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

It’s an exciting week. On Wednesday, have an in-person meeting, which will be our first in the Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, located at 169 Castlereagh St, Sydney. This is a big change for the Club, made all the more exciting by our guest speaker Deanne Carson.

This will also be the first physical meeting since COVID to not be available as a hybrid meeting, with us instead recording our speaker for upload onto YouTube and Facebook. That is two big changes to how our Club does business which I couldn’t be more excited about.

So I hope to see you there! The past three years have meant we’ve all spent a lot of time apart, so I’m looking forward to our Club spending time together in our new home, The Castlereagh Boutique Hotel.

Upcoming Events

Club Meeting – 13/4/2022: Deanne Carson & Body Safety Australia
April 13, 2022 at 7:30 am
The Castlereagh Boutique Hotel

Our regular club meetings are used to discuss our upcoming events, ongoing projects and recent news. This week, we’ll be joined by Deanne Carson of Body Safety Australia who promotes childhoods free from violence. By working with children from their early life until Year 12 they seek to promote safe and respectful relationships. Deanne will be speaking her work in this space, and how Rotary can potentially support their important work.

For more information, or to get involved, visit

Board Meeting – 20/04/2022
April 20, 2022 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.

For more information, or to get involved, visit

Evening Meeting – 21/4/2022
April 21, 2022 at 6:30 pm
The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines

The Rotary Club of Sydney Darling is an active and an effective community service group, with a broad array of projects on the go. We support women’s homeless shelters, we plant trees, we organise fundraisers and much, much more. We have members from all walks of life and are always ready to try our hand at something new.

Our evening meetings are a new initiative to draw in new-comers and establish new projects. Like any Rotary Club, our members are our most valuable asset. Their passion, skills and service are the only reasons we’re able to make the changes in the world that we can. We would love to have you amongst us and to work on things you care about.

For more information, or to get involved, visit

ANZAC Day Parade Volunteering
April 25, 2022 at 5:00 am
Hyde Park

ANZAC Day is a day of remembrance. It is an opportunity for veterans, current service men and women and the general public to pay their respects to those who have served our country. The Darlings are joining the Rotary Club of Sydney stall on ANZAC Day to sell ANZAC biscuits to participants and spectators of the annual ANZAC Day Parade. Please join us in raising money for Rotary projects which include supporting women and children at risk, homelessness in Sydney and a number of other important causes. If you can spare anytime during the day, your efforts would make an important difference in the day.

For more information, or to get involved, visit

Digital Club Meeting – 27/4/2022
April 27, 2022 at 7:30 am

Our digital club meetings are a great opportunity to discuss our upcoming events, ongoing projects and recent news from the comfort of your home office. 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

For more information, or to get involved, visit

Human & Hope: Walk to Cambodia
May 1, 2022 at 10:00 am
Sea Life Sydney Sydney Aquarium

Human and Hope is an Australian charity which seeks to empowers communities to address inequality. Being a charity, they are reliant upon donations to continue their important work. Throughout the month of April, they’re running a Walk to Cambodia, urging participants to collectively walk 50 million steps, representing five times the distance from Sydney to Cambodia. To support their work, we’re hosting a walk ourselves, starting from the Sea Life Sydney aquarium, and continuing to the Circular Wharf for coffee. More intrepid participants will be invited to continue on to Bondi, while those seeking a more relaxed morning can take in the view of the iconic Sydney Harbour. No matter how you participate, please considering donating generously to support Human and Hope’s valuable work at

For more information, or to get involved, visit

Evening Meeting – 5/5/2022
May 5, 2022 at 6:30 pm
Club York Sydney

Our evening meetings are used to discuss both our upcoming events and broader world issues. They have a focus on work-shops and project discussion, and are geared to be enjoyed after a hard day of work. If you are passionate about improving your world and local community, making new friends and developing new skills, you are most welcome to join us.

For more information, or to get involved, visit

Club Meeting – 11/5/2022: Shirley LaPlanche
May 11, 2022 at 7:30 am
The Castlereagh Boutique Hotel

This week, we’ll be joined by Shirley LaPlanche, who will talk about her experience of self-publishing a novel. She’ll explain what it involves, why it has become so popular, how to go about and if it is worth your while. Shirley is no stranger to this field, having self-published her most recent book, “The Fatal Path”, a psychological thriller which quickly becomes impossible to put down.

For more information, or to get involved, visit

International Toast

This week we’re toasting the Rotary Club of Vancouver, Canada. Founded in 1913 as the first club in British Columbia and the second in Canada, the Rotary Club of Vancouver meets every Tuesday at noon at Vancouver’s Terminal City Club. One of their more popular long-term projects, an annual Bike-A-Thon now in its 38th year, has provided well over $3 Million dollars in support of the Rotary Hearing Foundation which has seen the establishment of the Rotary Hearing Clinic at St. Paul’s Hospital and the Rotary Hearing Center at University of British Columbia.

Cheers to you, Rotary Club of Vancouver, Canada!

Today in History

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared that the COVID-19 outbreak was a pandemic.

Final Thoughts

The person who voiced the iconic whispered line of, “If you Build It, He Will Come”, in the 1989 film, “Field of Dreams”, has never been identified.

Well, that’s it from me. Don’t forget that our next meeting will be held in person on the 13th of April at the Castlereagh Boutique Hotel. For more information, please visit

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