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10 09, 2022

The Darling: 12/9/2022


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

For much of the past few years, it has felt as they we were living as history was being written around us. The bushfires, the pandemic and the floods will all likely be their own chapters in Australia’s story.

The Darling: 12/9/20222022-09-10T20:33:15+10:00
28 08, 2022

The Darling: 29/8/2022


A big thank you to everyone who attended our most recent evening meeting. As you'd recall, our Assistant District Governor, Shane Burrett, spoke to the Club about the Rotary regionalisation project. This is a bold change to the District structure of Rotary, which the Club will be voting on between the 15th and 29th of September. If you're interested in learning more about this proposal, more information can be found at the Creating Tomorrow Rotary page, or at the Rotary Zone 8 website. Otherwise, I hope you're enjoying your Monday!

The Darling: 29/8/20222022-08-28T18:25:04+10:00
21 08, 2022

The Darling: 22/8/2022


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

In what has become a welcome return to normal, my joints and muscles are presently aching again after a thoroughly successful volunteer effort. This week, members of the Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour and volunteers from Sydney’s

The Darling: 22/8/20222022-08-21T12:37:49+10:00
14 08, 2022

The Darling: 15/8/2022


Accompanied by several Club members and Rotarians from throughout Sydney, I spent Sunday morning volunteering at the City2Surf. Though I'm sure some Rotarians did compete in the event, we helped out by marshalling. I personally spent the morning standing next to a fence, informing walkers that the fence was there for an important reason. You would be surprised how many assumed the fence was purely decorative. By volunteering at City2Surf, attendees are able to receive a donation to their organisation they're volunteering with, so our brisk morning of marshalling will aid the Club in our important work. As you might guess, a lot of other groups sent their volunteers for similar reasons, meaning I spent the morning in the company of Scouts, running enthusiasts and others dedicated to their communities and causes. Truly, even if it did require getting up at 4AM, this was a pleasant morning, and I'd encourage anyone who missed to strongly consider attending next year!

The Darling: 15/8/20222022-08-15T08:16:20+10:00
7 08, 2022

The Darling: 8/8/2022


The Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour recently voted to endorse the Uluru Statement from the Heart. This is an important statement which would provide our First Nations people a voice in Parliament. As a Club which has always worked to support elevating the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, the Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour urges all Australians to support its calls and join the journey for a better future. On less weighty matters, don't forget that we have an in-person Club Meeting this weekend, and volunteering at the City2Surf this weekend. If you've not volunteered already but would like to help at, please email me at to see if we can squeeze you in.

The Darling: 8/8/20222022-08-07T08:18:42+10:00
31 07, 2022

The Darling: 1/8/2022


Dear members and friends of the Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour,
Forgive me if this edition arrives a little dirty, I’m writing it out after having just worked with other members of the Club to plant roughly 100 trees in Sydney. Given we were in the area anyway, we stopped

The Darling: 1/8/20222022-07-31T19:06:36+10:00
24 07, 2022

The Darling: 25/7/2022


We have an exciting few weeks ahead. Wednesday is our first evening meeting in our new location, the PSK Private Wealth offices in the Sydney CBD. On Friday, we have our first Friday Social event, enjoying the beautiful harbour we were named after at The Sporting Globe. On Sunday, we'll be back in the city to plant trees and then, after two weeks of recuperation, we'll be marshalling for the City2Surf on the 14th of August. There's a lot there for everyone, and the details for all those events are below. Please make sure to register for any volunteer opportunity, and visit our website for more information.

The Darling: 25/7/20222022-07-24T19:29:17+10:00
17 07, 2022

The Darling: 18/7/2022


I know. I missed you too. I apologise for temporary hiatus in our newsletters. As discussed in previous editions, the Club needed to take some time to refocus, and work out what our future looks like. The past few years have held a lot of challenges which has made our work more vital, but also more difficult to do. And we've seen that difficulty play out across our partners in Rotary service, with different work-patterns impacting attendance and engagement. It was clear that Rotary generally and our Club specifically needed to make changes to remain vibrant, active, and above-all useful to the various initiatives we strive to support. I'm happy to report that our time has been well spent. With the easing COVID restrictions we have physical events in the pipeline, and partners eager to work with us to make the world a better place. Established Rotary programs like RYLA, MUNA and NYSF are continuing, and we look forward to supporting their work in the future. And with our evening meetings and subsequent casual dinners, fellowship will continue to be a core of what we do. Rotarians strive to be truthful, but I'd encourage you to review the agenda of our next event if you would like to keep me honest. As always, the core of this newsletter is our list of upcoming events for the next month. I would encourage you to watch this space, as the priority for this year's board is to ensure our calendar is brimming with opportunities to learn, grow, and be of service to other people.

The Darling: 18/7/20222022-07-17T16:39:21+10:00
19 06, 2022

The Darling: 20/6/2022


Dear members and friends of the Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour,
We’ve finally made it – this is the last newsletter of my first year as President. I feel like someone has called half-time in my Presidential journey. With a new meeting schedule, new venue and new projects underway, I’m

The Darling: 20/6/20222022-06-19T10:34:10+10:00
12 06, 2022

The Darling: 13/6/2022


It's been a big few weeks. As you'd know, the Club has made the decision to change it's meeting time to evenings, and then ran into some challenges in finding a meeting venue. Being a Sydney CBD Club has a lot of benefits, but it also means that real estate and meeting venues come at a premium. Fortunately, we have a solution. Long-standing member John D'Alessandri has been able to secure the use of a board meeting room for the Club in his office at PSK Private Wealth, located at 44 Market St Sydney. This was vital for the Club, as it allows us to hold meetings in our private space without passing on costs to our members. PSK Private Wealth have done us a real kindness, and have provided as a real opportunity to pay forward their generosity in our efforts to be of service to other people. I cannot thank them enough. In our second exciting development for the week, our Changeover is scheduled for the 23rd of June at the Blue Eye Dragon Restaurant in Pyrmont. Ticket are $60 per person, and can be purchased at I look forward to seeing you there. Lastly, this month will see a few changes to our schedule. There will be no meeting on the 22nd of June, with us instead catching up at the changeover. Due to stiff competition from the State of Origin, our meeting on the 13th of July will be held virtually, with the 27th of July being a physical meeting. We will have drinks in the CBD on Friday the 29th of July. Thereafter, we'll be returning to our normal schedule of physical meetings on the 2nd Wednesday, virtual meetings on the 4th Wednesday, and CBD drinks on the last Friday. As always, our website, Facebook and this newsletter will always contain our accurate calendar. With the new Rotary year about to start and our new format finally decided upon and established, I've never been more optimistic about the future of this Club. Thank you for your patience as we worked out the logistics, and please enjoy the triumphant return of our traditional newsletter format.

The Darling: 13/6/20222022-06-12T10:36:48+10:00
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