Lift the Lid - Hat Day!

 
Only 2 weeks until Australian Rotary Health celebrates Hat Day on World Mental Health Day, October 10!

If you can't celebrate on that day, that's okay - we have plenty of events you can get involved in/support during Mental Health Month in October. Of course, you can host your own as well! 

By supporting Hat Day you are helping to Lift the Lid on Mental Illness by breaking down the stigma and contributing to vital mental health research. 

We know that 1 in 5 Australians experience a mental illness every year, but with COVID-19, these figures may have increased. Therefore, it is more important than ever that we continue to fund mental health research, especially for our youth.
 
Lift the Lid - Hat Day! 2020-09-29 14:00:00Z 0 #HatDay,#HatDay20,#LiftTheLid,#MentalHealth,#MentalIllness
Lift the Lid Afternoon Tea with Prof. Felice Jacka (Zoom) 2020-09-29 14:00:00Z 0 #LiftTheLid,#MentalIllness,#WorldMentalHealthDay

Rotary in Harmony Classical Concert (Zoom)

11th October 2020

 

As a gift of music to our fellow Rotarians, families and communities, please join us on Zoom on Sunday, 11th October at 3pm.

In this year 2020 when many have found themselves in trying times, the value of the enjoyment of music on one's mental health has prompted a group of D9800 Rotarians to gather vocalists and musicians together for an afternoon concert to uplift the soul.

This concert is FREE but you are encouraged to donate to Australian Rotary Health.

Book Here

Rotary in Harmony Classical Concert (Zoom) 2020-09-29 14:00:00Z 0 #ClassicalConcert,#RotaryInHarmony

Presidents' Message September 2020

Posted by Angela Porritt
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As September and Springtime arrived we turned our attention to Basic Education and Literacy.  This month we had wonderfully informative talks from John Walters of the Rotary Club of Engadine about the See It, Say It, Share It immersive and icon reading & literacy project and are in talks with the other Rotary Clubs that meet on Wangal land in the Eora Nation to have a Wangal story produced in this format for the children of our communities and further afield.  In addition Jenny-Lee Scharnboeck from Take 3 for the Sea spoke to us about plastic pollution and the importance of removing and preventing plastic from entering the sea and our environment.  Also joining us were Jackie MacCullagh and Linda Connor from the Concord Emergency Department Sustenance Team and our own Peter Dowley who spoke to us about how to keep ourselves and our accounts safe when interacting with the virtual world.  If you missed any of these presentations follow the links above to view the video recording of each presentation.  I will provide updated links as the videos become available or you can check out our Speakers Presentations page in News & Updates. 
 
One of the wonderful things about literacy and being able to read is the many places, experiences and things that can be learned.  Even more than that reading and sharing stories unites people and friends through a shared experience.  In addition to supporting the See It, Say It, Share It project I am encouraging anyone who enjoys a good story to join me in supporting Shelterbox in a new way by joining their book club.
 
https://www.shelterboxaustralia.org.au/book-club/
 
Plastic Fact: Over 1 million plastic bottles are purchased every minute around the world. Single-use plastic water bottles are a major source of pollution, clog landfills and require large amounts of energy and water to make and transport.
 
Solution: Refuse plastic bottles and seek reusable alternatives. Don’t drink bottled water, instead purchase a quality reusable drink bottle and source healthy drinking water from the tap or bulk sources. Every single-use bottle you refuse is a positive move for the planet. Take 3 for the Sea
Presidents' Message September 2020 Angela Porritt 2020-09-29 14:00:00Z 0 #RotaryClubofConcord,#SeeItSayItShareIt,#Take3,#Take3ForTheSea,#plasticfacts
Virtually Alice Springs Zone 8 Conference 2020-08-13 14:00:00Z 0 #AliceSprings,#Rotary,#VirtualConference

NSW INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN’S AWARDS 2020

Nominations Now Open! 

The NSW Inspirational Women’s Awards are an initiative of the combined efforts of a group of passionate Women Rotarians in the Greater Sydney and Illawarrra Clubs. In keeping with Rotary’s motto of ’Service Above Self’, the purpose of the Awards is to acknowledge and celebrate community service performed by women through their vocations, selfless gifts of their skills, their time in various activities and endeavours. The Awards recognise the work done by women, the “quiet achievers”, whose actions inspire others and make a real difference in their communities.
 
The Awards are open to all women above the age of 18 years of age across NSW and members of the public are encouraged to submit online nominations at www.riwa.com.au 
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Presidents' Message August 2020

Posted by Angela Porritt
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And before we knew it August was upon us and despite the persistence of COVID-19 and the worrying thought of it lurking wildly in places unknown in the community we continue on as best we can, maintaining social distancing, looking out for each other and keeping our Market customers and each other safe.
 
August is Membership and New Club development month within Rotary.  In line with that we will be holding a Club Assembly on 24th August to discuss members interests and ideas for the coming month and to prepare for a visit from District Governor Warwick Richardson.  Our club has a very busy schedule ahead with our second Market of the month coming up this weekend as well as having a number of speakers joining us at our Monday night meetings.  Please refer to our Speakers Schedule for more information.
 
We also have a club picnic scheduled for 30th August at another one of our beautiful local parks so keep an eye on our calendar for more details and remember to Take 3 for the Sea!
 
Plastic Fact: Over 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been made since its mass production began in the 1950s. Only 9% of this plastic has been recycled, the other 91% sits in landfill, floats in our oceans or has been burned.
Presidents' Message August 2020 Angela Porritt 2020-08-08 14:00:00Z 0 #ConcordRotaryFarmersMarket,#RotaryClubofConcord,#plasticfacts

Presidents' Message July 2020

Posted by Angela Porritt
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Welcome to the new Rotary Year!
 
Each year Rotary International chooses a theme for clubs to focus on.  For 2020-21, a year that promises to be unlike any other we have been provided with a theme that embodies hope and encourages us to embrace change - Rotary Opens Opportunities.
Presidents' Message July 2020 Angela Porritt 2020-07-04 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Convention 2020

Posted on Jun 21, 2020
 
 

Join us during the 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention, 20-26 June, for activities beyond the general sessions that will get you moving, help you get involved, and connect you with members from around the world.

 
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Monday night's Zoom Meeting 2020-05-25 14:00:00Z 0 Eggs,Maremma Dogs,Tobias Lehmann,West Walla Farm
Monday night's Zoom Meeting 2020-05-25 14:00:00Z 0

Your Rotary Survey

The District Governors of 2018-19 petitioned the RI Board to develop a proposed pilot structure for Rotary in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific that will help us be relevant for our members, contemporary and flexible.  They now invite all Rotarians to provide feedback on three simple questions:
  1. What is good in Rotary and Rotaract and should be retained?
  2. What needs to change and why?
  3. In an ideal world, how would Rotary and Rotaract be structured and operate?
Your responses will be collated and shared with the working groups to help them develop their proposed strategies and structure, which will feed into the design of a pilot structure for our region.
 
They request that you be honest and bold and provide your feedback by 21 June 2020.
Your Rotary Survey 2020-05-25 14:00:00Z 0 Regeneration,Survey,Your Rotary,pilot program
Concord Farmers Market - We're Back! David Brown 2020-05-10 14:00:00Z 0 Cintra Park,Concord Rotary Farmers Market,community,fundraising

OUTREDS - PRESS RELEASE

Posted on May 11, 2020

OUTREDS

(Outback Rotary Education Scholarships)

The resumption of our OUTREDS program is certainly a very positive outcome during the period of "hibernation" and proves once again the resilience of Rotary.
 
I have said it before but it needs reiterating, congratulations to both clubs involved and in particular to those individual members who have put so much effort into the success of this first scholarship which has the additional benefit of adding a further dimension to the relationship we have formed over the past few years.
 
Press release received from the Rotary Club of Quirindi follows:
 
OUTREDS - PRESS RELEASE 2020-05-10 14:00:00Z 0 Ian Lobsey,Marika Forsstrom,OUTREDS,Quirindi Rotary Club

President's Message - May 2020

Posted by Charmaine Langley on May 11, 2020
Dear Members, Families, Honorary Members and Friends of Rotary,
 
I want to thank all of you for joining our weekly online meetings.  It is so important that we check in with each other and know we're doing okay despite the challenges this pandemic has caused many of you.  I understand many of you have had impacts on investments, superannuation, jobs and family members being impacted as well.  Please reach out to us and we can talk through with you how we can help you if you are experiencing challenges.  Thank you to those of you who have reached out and we have tried to find solutions that work best in your situation.
President's Message - May 2020 Charmaine Langley 2020-05-10 14:00:00Z 0 ANZAC Day,COVID-19,Concord Rotary Farmers Market,David Brown,Marika Forsstrom,OUTREDS

President's Update Message - 26 March 2020

Dear Members and Friends of Rotary,
 
Please join us for our very first online meeting using an App called Zoom on Monday 30th March from 6:30 pm. Angela Porritt will be sending a link, with instructions very soon to you. 
 
Thank you David Brown for another bumper newsletter received recently. Also, a huge thank you to Angela Porritt, supported by Michael Brown, for a seamless transition to our new website. Thank you to everyone for many years of assisting with the Concord Farmer’s Market - all the behind the scenes meetings, hard work and planning are greatly appreciated.
 
Please note that the Concord Farmer’s Markets have been cancelled until further notice. We are doing everything we can to support our stall holders via facebook and our website during this tough time. When this is all over, we’ll re-launch the markets, and we know we’ll have club and community support to build the market bigger and better than ever before.  

We care very much about all of you. Please keep us informed if you need our help, need to talk and keep us updated of any illnesses or celebrations. Please, during this challenging time, look out for each other and continue to take precautions as advised to keep yourselves safe. We need to care about each other more now than ever before.  
 
Thank you for your continued support during this challenging time.
President's Update Message - 26 March 2020 Charmaine Langley 2020-03-25 13:00:00Z 0 COVID-19,Cancellations,Concord Rotary Farmers Markets,Presidents Message

March is Water and Sanitation Month

Posted on Mar 09, 2020
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Clean water, sanitation and hygiene education are basic necessities for a healthy environment and a productive life.
 
When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families.
March is Water and Sanitation Month David Brown 2020-03-08 13:00:00Z 0 Nasik,Rotary Club of Box Hill Central,Rotary-USAID Partnership,The Rotary Foundation,WASH,sanitation,water

Rotary Youth Driving Awareness (RYDA) 2020

Posted on Feb 24, 2020
Rotary Youth Driving Awareness (RYDA) is starting up again for 2020 and Judy Love is after volunteers.  The duties are far from onerous and indeed a reasonably easy day of Rotary fellowship is usually enjoyed along the way.  So, if you have the time and you would like to join in, see Mrs Love for available dates.
 
On the other hand, if you are new to Rotary and are unsure what RYDA is all about...
Rotary Youth Driving Awareness (RYDA) 2020 David Brown 2020-02-23 13:00:00Z 0 RSE,RYDA,Road Safety Education,Rotary Youth Driving Awareness

Presidents Message - February 2020

Our club's calendar year started off really positively.

The same cannot be said for those drought, bushfire and more recently flood-affected communities.

While on duty on the bucket collection at our market last Sunday, one of the visitors to the market commented that "Australia is a country of extremes as evidenced by a bucket collection for both bushfires, drought and floods". 

Let's spare a thought for those reeling from natures' extremes.

Presidents Message - February 2020 Charmaine Langley 2020-02-22 13:00:00Z 0 Presidents Message,bushfire,drought,flood

Welcome Back in 2020

Welcome to the beginning of another new year where we will continue to have an ongoing commitment to the Liverpool Plains community through the Rotary Club of Quirindi.  At our next two markets we will be collecting tools in conjunction with Harry's Shed for the residents of the Balmoral/Picton area who lost over 200 sheds in the past few weeks.  Ray Kane has already generously delivered a trailer full of tools to the area and hopefully we can add considerably to that.
Welcome Back in 2020 David Brown 2020-02-10 13:00:00Z 0
Club Members Recognised in Australia Day Honours List David Brown 2020-02-02 13:00:00Z 0 Australia Day Honours List,Order of Australia Medal

2019 Christmas Cards

Posted on Dec 09, 2019
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The Rotary Club of Concord says 'Thank you" to all our friends, supporters and charities who have kindly sent us Christmas Cards, which we would like to share with you here and will add to as they are received.
 
 
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Welcome to Daniel Music 2019-08-22 14:00:00Z 0
A Visit with the Rotary Club of Guernsey Evelyn Scott OAM 2019-08-22 14:00:00Z 0

The continuing fight against malaria

Posted by David Brown on Jul 29, 2019
Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) - an activity of Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) is a volunteer-run organisation working to eliminated malaria.  In 1900s, malaria was pandemic in the world.  One can only imaging the burden of malaria disease to all countries.
 
Progress has been made.  Fifteen years ago, malaria killed a child every thirty seconds.  Under the Millennium Development Goals, however, considerable progress was made in preventing, diagnosing and treating malaria.  As a result, deaths have fallen by 60 percent.  Now under the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, we are aiming to reduce malaria cases and deaths by a further 90 percent by 2030.
The continuing fight against malaria David Brown 2019-07-28 14:00:00Z 0 Griffith University,,Professor Michael Good,RABS,RAM,The Malaria Vaccine Project,,malaria,,vaccine

August is Membership Month...

Posted by David Brown on Jul 29, 2019
All of us are ambassadors of Rotary and of our club.  Do you remember who invited you to Rotary?  Did someone call you and invite you to your first meeting or did you seek out Rotary on your own?
 
In my case, I not only had a moderate knowledge of Rotary through my father who was a member in our home town, but early in my career in the early sixties I was involved in the initial cover design for a new regional magazine which was to be known as Rotary Down Under, working with the first editor Paul Henningham.
August is Membership Month... David Brown 2019-07-28 14:00:00Z 0 membership month,,membership,,new members,

To mentor or not to mentor... that is the question!

Posted by David Brown on Jul 29, 2019
Recently at a club assembly, President Charmaine posed the question.... did we as a club need a system of mentoring not only new members, but older and longer serving members as well?
 
The word "mentor" originated in the mid 18th century from the name of the adviser of young Telemachus in Homer's Odyssey and is defined in the Oxford Dictionary of English as... "an experience and trusted adviser".
To mentor or not to mentor... that is the question! David Brown 2019-07-28 14:00:00Z 0 membership,mentor,mentoring,new members

Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.
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India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
India celebrates three years without polio 2015-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
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