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

It is refreshing to look at the upcoming events list below and see two physical volunteering events and an exciting guest speaker in the near future. 2022 is really finally starting to break lose of the lingering grip of the pandemic, and the future is looking even brighter.

To celebrate our new-found freedom, if you’ve not done so already, please consider joining the Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour on Humanity and Hope’s Walk to Cambodia fundraiser. This is a great way to literally exercise our new-found freedom, while raising funds for an important cause.

Upcoming Events

Evening Meeting – 7/4/2022
April 7, 2022 at 6:30 pm
The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines

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. This month, we’re back after a long COVID winter! After two years of lock-down, we’re keen to establish new projects for the Club to work on. If you’ve got a good idea and are looking for a team to help you implement it, or if you have a lot of energy and are looking for a positive outlet for it, or if you are just keen to make some new friends, then this is the meeting for you. Rotarians, Rotaractors, and newcomers of all ages are more than welcome to attend. Meetings typically run for an hour, and attendees are welcome to join us for dinner and drinks after the meeting.

For more information, or to get involved, visit rotarydarlingharbour.org.au/events/evening-meeting-7-4-2022/

Club Meeting – 13/4/2022: Shirley LaPlanche
April 13, 2022 at 7:30 am
The Grace Hotel

Our regular club meetings are used to discuss our upcoming events, ongoing projects and recent news. 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 rotarydarlingharbour.org.au/events/club-meeting-13-4-2022/

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. Board meetings allow for […]

For more information, or to get involved, visit rotarydarlingharbour.org.au/events/board-meeting-20-04-2022/

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 rotarydarlingharbour.org.au/events/anzac-day-parade-volunteering-2022/

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 rotarydarlingharbour.org.au/events/digital-club-meeting-27-4-2022/

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 walktocambodia.org/donate

For more information, or to get involved, visit rotarydarlingharbour.org.au/events/human-hope-walk-to-cambodia/

International Toast

This week we are toasting the Rotary Club of Bologna, Italy. Found on March 5, 197, the Rotary Club of Bologna meetings the 1st Tuesday of each month at 1930 at the Via Castiglione hotel. They’re engaged in a diverse array of projects, including promoting the oral health of children with Down syndrome and supporting Afghan refugees. You can find out more by visiting their website at rotarybologna.it/.

Cheers to you, Rotary Club of Bologna!

Today in History

On April 4th, 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen would establish Microsoft. Microsoft would go on to revolutionise the personal computing industry, and is the world’s largest software maker by revenue.

Final Thoughts

The “lower bar” on women’s bikes is antiquated and was created to accommodate the heavy dresses women wore in the late 1800s.

Well, that’s it from me. Don’t forget that our next meeting will be held in person on the 7th of April. For more information, please visit rotarydarlingharbour.org.au/events/evening-meeting-7-4-2022/.

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