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23 01, 2022

The Darling: 24/1/2022


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

I’m sorry to have missed a newsletter last week. As some of you may now, the Universe decided to mark the end of my Tasmanian holiday with a positive Rapid Antigen Test, requiring to isolate in my hotel for

The Darling: 24/1/20222022-01-23T14:49:00+11:00
5 01, 2022

The Darling: 10/1/2022


Happy new year! I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas and has helped ensure that 2021 was thoroughly searched before it left the building. I know we often say the years go by quickly and we're ringing in the New Year too early, but I can't imagine anyone being of that view when it comes to 2021. Speaking of last year, a big "thank you" to everyone who was able to help out at the Uniting Harris Community Centre BBQ. This was a challenging one, with the bulk of our volunteers having to pull out on the morning of the event due to a COVID contact. In spite of that, we were able to raise funds of almost 600 dollars to support our worthwhile causes in the year ahead. As with previous years, January will have informal meetings. Due to the fourth Wednesday of January falling on Australia Day, we will only be having one meeting this month. These will be in-person only and will not be accessible via Zoom. Details are below, and I hope to see you there.

The Darling: 10/1/20222022-01-05T12:34:01+11:00
12 12, 2021

The Darling: 13/12/2021


Thank you to all that attended our Annual General Meeting, and our last Club meeting for the year. As with past years, we'll be having less formal breakfast meetings in January. From February, we should be returning to our new normal schedule, which is one hybrid meeting a month and one virtual meeting a month. Evening meetings should also be returning, with these taking place in person. Most importantly, 2022 should allow us to return to boots-on-ground fundraising and volunteering, which I'm sure we've all been missing. So thank you! Rotary has definitely been a welcome spot of light for me in a challenging year. I'm confident that 2022 will be absent of lock-downs, and I'm excited to be making the best of that. As always, stay tuned to our newsletter for all the details on what we have planned. Have a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and, I hope, a well earned break. I'll see you in January!

The Darling: 13/12/20212021-12-12T11:23:52+11:00
10 12, 2021

2022 RYLA Candidates: Jessica Burns and Madalanne Taylor


The Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour will again be participating in the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) this year, and we have been lucky enough to be able to sponsor two candidates to attend the RYLA week, Jessica Burns and Madalanne Taylor. As with previous years, the young individuals we're sponsoring are already stellar representatives of young people. Jessica heads a global development team at Macquarie Bank, and is involved heavily in Surf Life Saving and professional mentoring. Madalanne is engaged as a Student Support Officer at Tranby Indigenous Education and Training College, providing quality educational and vocational support to members of the Indigenous community, to help them thrive in their endeavours. RYLA is one of the longest standing youth initiatives that the Club is involved in, and is a part of how our Club is able to play a part in people growing into the best versions of themselves. We really look forward to hearing about how Jessica and Madalanne experience RYLA, and we look forward to seeing their continued good works in the future.

2022 RYLA Candidates: Jessica Burns and Madalanne Taylor2021-12-12T11:17:29+11:00
8 12, 2021

Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour Changeover – Thankyou, Mel Lane


On the 1st of December in a lovely Italian restaurant on Sydney's Darling Harbour, the Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour held it's Changeover. Long-delayed by Covid, this evening gave us an opportunity to reflect on the two years of Mel Lane's Presidency, and our accomplishments during these unusual and unprecedented times. Mel's speech from the evening is listed below, and details her many accomplishment in her two years as Club President. Thanks for everything Mel. You've left some large and very shiny shoes to fill.

Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour Changeover – Thankyou, Mel Lane2021-12-20T18:13:07+11:00
28 11, 2021

The Darling: 29/11/2021


My heart is a quiver. After six months of our new board, our Changeover is finally within reach. Though a mid-year Changeover is unusual, this will give us an opportunity to celebrate our achievements in Mel Lane's two years of leading the Club while setting our vision for the future. As always, Changeover provides us an opportunity to reflect on what it is that our Club is here to do. It sets our direction, checks our progress and acknowledges the tireless and inspiring contributions of our members. I really hope to see a lot of you there on Wednesday and that you will continue to be a part of our story going forward.

The Darling: 29/11/20212021-11-28T17:45:49+11:00
26 11, 2021

Kevin Watene and Homelessness in our own Backyard


On the 24th of November, Kevin Watene from the Salvation Army presented to our Club about the Salvation Army's response to homeless in Sydney. Homelessness is and always has been a key concern for the Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour, making it especially poignant to hear Kevin's experiences of individuals without a home, and especially heartening to hear about the Salvation Army's robust network of services designed to provide support to individuals and families facing this challenging situatio

Kevin Watene and Homelessness in our own Backyard2021-12-08T19:18:48+11:00
21 11, 2021

The Darling: 22/11/2021


I don't know if it's because 2021 has been an especially challenging year, or if an over-abundance of enthusiasm for Christmas is simply a side-effect of being the President of the Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour, but the constant sight of Christmas trees and welcome sounds of Christmas carols has been warming my heart lately. That's why it was especially encouraging that the Uniting Harris Community Centre is holding their Nativity event on the 17th of December, and have asked us to run their BBQ and Gelato stand. Details are down below in the "Upcoming Events" section, and I'd encourage you all to attend. I have it on good authority that Santa will be attending, so this would be a good opportunity to get back on the Nice list. And don't forget our Changeover on the 8th of December! Having a Changeover 5 months into a Presidency is certainly a bit unusual, but should allow for spirited rebuttals and constructive feedback when compared to my plans for the year. Details on how to purchase tickets are also in "Upcoming Events" section.

The Darling: 22/11/20212021-11-21T14:35:05+11:00
14 11, 2021

The Darling: 15/11/2021


A big thank you to everyone who has already gotten involved with the Clem Renouf End Polio Now Club. Named after Past RI President Clem Renouf (An Australian who first steered Rotary towards eradicating Polio), the initiative would see Clubs aiming to have EVERY member donate just $10 to Rotary’s Polio fund to mark World Polio Day in 2021/22. Statistics show that only 10% of Rotarians make a personal donation to End Polio Now each year, with this initiative therefore representing a potential hugely significant windfall. We've seen an outstanding take-up from our members, with some going so far as to pay considerably over the ten dollars requested from every Rotarian. As with any donation, participation is completely optional. If you are in a position to give ten dollars to this very worthy cause and would like to join with us as we work to fully eradicate polio, please email info@rotarydarlingharbour.org.au for details on how to get involved.

The Darling: 15/11/20212021-11-14T21:21:57+11:00
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