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6 04, 2022

The Darling: 7/4/2022 – Special Edition


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 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 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 linking to them in our newsletter. That decision is based on delivering the best possible experience to individuals who cannot make our physical morning meetings. 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.

The Darling: 7/4/2022 – Special Edition2022-04-07T07:25:33+10:00
3 04, 2022

The Darling 4/4/2022


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.

The Darling 4/4/20222022-04-03T19:03:06+10:00
27 03, 2022

The Darling: 28/3/2022


I've been involved with Rotary since I first joined the University of Wollongong Rotaract Club in 2009. From then, I've participated in a number of youth programs, served on boards and have enjoyed scores of events. Most importantly, Rotary is responsible for the clear majority of the friends in my life. Imagine my delight when I received an email from a woman I attended RYLA with back in 2010. Sally Hetherington, a former Rotarian herself, has established the Human and Hope Association which empowers local communities in Cambodia and provides vocational training and community development programs aimed at alleviating poverty. Sally has been doing this work for over ten years, and has asked that we participate in their upcoming Walk to Cambodia, wherein participants are striving to collectively walk 50 million steps - five times the distance between Sydney and Siem Reap in Cambodia. If you're interested in joining, please consider signing up. We'll be hosting our own walk later in April to raise funds for this cause, I hope to see you there.

The Darling: 28/3/20222022-03-27T18:39:00+11:00
20 03, 2022

The Darling: 21/3/2022


I've just spent a weekend with my fellow Rotarians. Not just the Darlings, but Rotarians from throughout the District. We've called out our accomplishments, identified our priorities and have listened to diverse and engaging guest speakers talk about their work in making the world a better place. As with any year, District Conference is an excellent source of energy and ideas. Our fellow Clubs are doing a lot of great work and, with COVID restrictions lifting, we have a wide horizon of potential projects and activities. As always, the Darlings stellar reputation of getting involved and punching above its weight remains in-tact and accurate. My Presidency in this Club is a distinct privilege, and the past two days have made me even more excited about our future. I hope to see you at our next meeting where you can be a part of it.

The Darling: 21/3/20222022-03-20T19:52:59+11:00
13 03, 2022

The Darling: 14/3/2022


It's hard to believe, but life is slowly returning to normal. I've chaired two physical meetings as President, I've been back into my office and I've even sat in a cafe and drank a cup of coffee. Truly, the things that we've missed for more than two years are coming back. In that spirit, I've very happy to confirm that we will be helping out at the 2022 Sydney Rotary ANZAC Day BBQ. This is always a fantastic day where we're in front of public, honouring the members of our armed services, and working alongside our Rotary colleagues. The BBQ is scheduled for ANZAC Day on the 25th of April, and if you would like to get involved please register to volunteer at As the world re-opens we have a lot of other events to look forward to. The best way to stay informed is to head into our meetings on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. And don't forget the Rotary Conference, occurring this weekend at The Warwick. Tickets are still available, and can be purchased at

The Darling: 14/3/20222022-03-13T16:16:22+11:00
6 03, 2022

The Darling: 7/3/2022


Well, I must say I'm nervous. After seeing so many strong and powerful presentations at Saturday's Rotary 9675's International Women's Day Lunch in the company of so many of Rotarians, I'm not entirely sure that it's an act I can follow. The day opened with Sahera Sumar talking about her work with SHEroes, where she and her team strive to close the gender gap by empowering women, then gave the floor to Rosemary Karuiki, the Australian of the Year Local Hero 2021 to talk about her experience as an immigrant and her work as a multicultural liaison officer for the NSW Police in Campbelltown, and wrapped with founder and CEO of Escabags Stacey Jane, to tell her story as an abuse survivor, and her work in supporting others in that situation. Truly, it was an inspiring, emotional and encouraging day. For those that missed it, our very own Sue Hayward will be recapping the event at our meeting on Wednesday. Don't forget, we're back in The Grace that morning. Zoom will still be available for those that can't make it in, but if you're able it would be great to see you all in person again. And finally, District Conference is fast approach. If you've not done so already, you can purchase your tickets via the District Website.

The Darling: 7/3/20222022-03-06T21:04:13+11:00
27 02, 2022

The Darling: 28/2/2022


Thanks for to everyone that attended our meeting on Wednesday, which had the distinction of being the first physical meeting of my Presidency. Finally, after two difficult years, it does feel like life is slowly returning normal. As part of that "slow return", the Annual Polio Train Ride is going to be slightly different this year. Traditionally, Rotarians would work together to cover every train station in the entire network via a series of co-ordinated train rides, with us raising money to combat Polio. This year, due to COVID, Rotarians will be instead taking photos of themselves next to train station signs, with the goal of photographing all stations within the network. As such, we’re asking all members to take a photo of themselves under their nearest train station sign, and send that to All photos will be used in press-releases and promotional material for this initiative. Also, if you’re in a position to do so, consider donating directly at

The Darling: 28/2/20222022-02-27T10:19:58+11:00
20 02, 2022

The Darling: 21/2/2022


District Conference is now less than a month away! These are always a fantastic weekend, and provide an opportunity for the Clubs in the District to step away from their regular and ongoing work, and see what their neighbours in our Clubs are doing and the broader initiatives currently in-play by the District and Rotary International. If you've not purchased your tickets yet, please do so by visiting After a long and challenging lock-down, I must say that I am very much looking forward to seeing the friendly faces of my fellow Rotarians. Speaking of which, don't forgot that we have an in-person meeting this week at the Grace! I look forward to seeing you there.

The Darling: 21/2/20222022-02-20T20:35:14+11:00
13 02, 2022

The Darling: 14/2/2022


Thank you to everyone that attended our meeting on Wednesday. Our speaker, Jess Hodge, did a truly excellent job of explaining the issues with single-use plastic, and her organisation's efforts in providing real solutions to this issue. For this that missed our meeting, our would like to find out more about Jess's work, please visit There's no regular Club Meeting this week, but we do have our first board meeting of the year on Wednesday evening. As always, if you would to be involved in the discussion of what the Club does and we do it, you're more than welcome attend. We return to the Grace Hotel for a physical meeting on the 23rd of February.

The Darling: 14/2/20222022-02-13T15:21:56+11:00
6 02, 2022

The Darling: 7/2/2022


My heart is a flutter. After so many weeks of absence, including Christmas, New Years and my COVID-19 isolation, our morning meetings are almost back. And we're kicking off strong this year, with our first guest speaker being Jess Hodge from Resourceful Living, to talk about her work in changing the way we think about Single Use Plastics. As you might imagine from the fact that I just had a coffee in my Keep-Cup and am presently enjoying some water out of my metal reusable drink bottle, this is a cause which I am passionate about, and I look forward to learning more about it. As per last week, the meeting will be online, kicking off at 7.30AM. The Zoom will be open from 7, so please make sure you're logged early so we can kick off right on time. Otherwise, I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend, and I look forward to seeing your smiling faces in my Zoom window on Wednesday morning.

The Darling: 7/2/20222022-02-06T10:45:42+11:00
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