Dear Members and Friends of the Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour,

What an incredible first in person meeting with the Darlings having some great speakers and great projects serving our community ahead. Rachael Imburgia shared some of the significant advances in heart surgery and the incredible work that occurs in a cardiac operating theatre! Our RYLA sponsored graduates Ajit & Artun shared their life changing experience a RYLA camp in January this year with their stories of reliance and growth. A leadership and personal growth experience that is a once in a life time opportunity. Please continue to think about any candidates for the 2024 intake for RYLA for our District and if you like to nominate a youth please send an email to

Next week with have a Rotary Peace Fellow Ana Prada from Colombia attending our virtual meeting to present about her internship at the Institute of Economics & Peace in Sydney. Ana will talk through how her studies will help her in her passion of Latin America local peacebuilding processes and sustainable agriculture.

Joint President Elects, Michael Mazza & John D’Alessandri, want to get your input on how to continue to improving the club. Please take 5 minutes (I have done it already and it only takes 5 minutes) to  please complete the Club Health Check and submit it before 11 March 2023. This is an anonymous survey and your honest answers will help the board develop the club’s strategic plan. Please use the link

We are looking for a volunteer to help with a project to help assist the Budapest Rotary Club to get generators to go to Ukraine. The role will require to be the contact liaison for those who are organising the generators to present to the club on timeframes, funding required and method of donation.  If you are interested in help in any way please reach out to me on

Upcoming Events

Virtual Meeting – Speaker Ana Prada – Rotary Peace Fellow – 22/02/2023
February 22, 2023 at 6:00 pm

SPEAKER: Ana Prada is Colombian and especially interested in Latin American local peacebuilding processes and sustainable agriculture. She has studied organic and agro-ecological production processes in Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru.  She has also worked with different organisations in the implementation of a Peace Agreement in rural reform, economic reintegration and solutions to the drug problem. She is currently a Rotary Peace Fellow at the University of Queensland. She is also an alumna of the International Training in Dialogue and Mediation at Uppsala University and the international course on Food Systems and Sustainable and Healthy Diets at the University of Wageningen.

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Board Meeting – 22/02/2023
February 22, 2023 at 7:00 pm

Board meetings allow for the Club’s leadership to discuss plans, co-ordinate on strategies and address Club issues. They allow the Club’s leadership a chance to discuss the our upcoming events and projects, and help ensure that we remain vibrant and cohesive.

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Rotary Adopt a Tree Planting in Mandemar
March 4, 2023 at 9:00 am

The Environment is now one of Rotary’s areas of focus, and tree-planting will be a regular activity that the Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour is engaged in. Like many of our projects, planting trees involves us performing works that will pay off over the course of years and decades. This March, we will be visiting two farms in Mandemar to aid the Rotary District in the planting of 1250 trees. To enjoy a fun weekend of worthwhile labour with your Rotary friends, please register your interest via the link below.

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Final Thoughts

Bones, stop growing after puberty and muscle and fat cells also stop dividing. But cartilage – that’s the plastic-like stuff in ears and noses – cartilage continues to grow until the day you die. Not only does cartilage grow, but the earlobes elongate from gravity. And that makes ears look even larger.

Join us at our virtual meeting to hear from Ana a Rotary Peace Fellow on February 22th at 6PM. For more information

Looking forward to seeing everyone next week at our virtual meeting,

Nishant Samuel


Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour