Dear members and friends of the Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour,
Generally, we like to keep our emails to once a week. Our members all have busy lives, so the last thing we’d want to do would be to clog up their inboxes. However, this week I’m having to bend that policy as we have a number of important announcements. There is also a new fun fact at the bottom if that sweetens the pot.

Firstly, I had mistakenly double-booked speakers for our next morning meeting on the 13th of April, having told both Deanne Carson of Body Safety Australian and Australian author Shirley LaPlanche that they were able to speak at the same meeting. Fortunately, Shirley was able to accommodate my organisational snafu, and will be presenting to the Club on the 11th of May. Deanne Carson will be speaking about her work with Body Safety Australia at our next meeting on the 13th of April. These are two very high-profile and engaging speakers, so I really hope to see you there.

Secondly, due to changing business conditions, The Grace Hotel is no longer able to host our morning meetings. The Grace Hotel has been an excellent partner over the life of the Club, and I can say truthfully that we would not have enjoyed the life we have had it not been for their tireless support. We owe them a debt of gratitude.
Moving forward, the Club will now be holding its morning meetings at the Castlereagh Boutique Hotel. The CBH has an old-world charm and a convenient location, and I’m confident that it will serve as an excellent meeting venue for our Club for years to come.

Finally, as of our next meeting we will no longer be facilitating Zoom hybrid meetings during physical meetings. Instead, where possible, we will record our guest speakers and upload talks to YouTube, and link to them in our newsletter. That decision is based on delivering the best possible experience to individuals who cannot make our physical morning meetings. As always, we’re keen to hear your feedback, so please let us know what you think about this by emailing

Thanks for reading! Please find our upcoming events below, I’m certain they’re all accurate this time, and I look forward to seeing you soon.

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.

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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.

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Board Meeting – 20/04/2022
April 20, 2022 at 6:30 pm
Online Event

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.

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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.

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

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.

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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

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Final Thoughts

In 1965, artist Andy Warhol made an 8-hour, B&W silent film called “Empire” that consisted of one stationary shot of the Empire State Building. It had no characters or narrative, and Warhol stated that the purpose of the film was “to see time go by.”

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

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