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

I am often reminded by my friends from overseas as to how lucky we all are to live in Australia. Our beautiful environment, our friendly people and our multi-cultural society are all a real gift for all of us, which we can often take for granted. There’s a lot of reasons why Australia is the lucky country, by our armed service men and women and their proud legacy of service is truly one of the most significant of them. I hope that you have found time today to remember their sacrifice. Lest we forget.

On lighter matters, and speaking of friends from overseas, Jessica Rudolph, President of the Rotary Club in Short North (Columbus, Ohio) is presently in Sydney, and attended last week’s evening meeting. She does a lot of interesting work, and has founded My Very Own Blanket, which plays a very important role in the lives of many children. She has agreed to be our guest speaker for Wednesday’s Digital Club Meeting, so I really hope to see you there.

Finally, don’t forget to register for our Walk to Cambodia on May 1st! This will help us lend support to the empowerment of Cambodian Communities, while also enjoying some long absent fresh air and sunshine.

Upcoming Events

Digital Club Meeting – 27/4/2022: Jessica Rudolph & My Very Own Blanket
April 27, 2022 at 7:30 am

This week we are joined by Jessica Rudolph, President of Short North Rotary in Columbus, Ohio, and founder of My Very Own Blanket. Jessica will be speaking about her experiences in starting her charity which aims to warm the heart of every child in the foster care system and other youth in need with a blanket, to give them a feeling of comfort, security and most of all, a smile. Jessica facilitates the creation of handmade blankets through the loving care of volunteers.

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 and […]

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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

Board Meeting – 18/05/2022
May 18, 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. Board meetings allow for […]

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Digital Club Meeting – 25/5/2022
May 25, 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

Final Thoughts

Queen Elizabeth has an official shoe-wearer who breaks in her shoes so they don’t give her blisters.

Well, that’s it from me. Don’t forget that our next meeting will be held in person on the 27th of April, taking place online. For more information, please visit

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