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Lunch with MP's Jason Clare & Scott Morrison

Next week (13 Aug), the Sydney Rotary Club will be honoured by the presence of two high profile politicians - Jason Clare, Labour member for Blaxland and Scott Morrison, Liberal Member for Cook, who will speak about the Mateship Trek,The Mateship Trek is a bi-partisan initiative established in 2009 to bring together young Australians from different backgrounds to learn about each other, their potential and Australian military history through participating in the Treks.

The Treks are conducted every 2 years and are about

* raising money for charity;
* raising awareness of our military history;
* building friendships between young people of different backgrounds; and

* building leadership skills.

The first Trek in 2009 was along the Kokoda Track,and in 2011 the group retraced the path of the World War II prisoners of war in Borneo along the Sandakan Death March.  
In April 2013, Mateship returned to Papua New Guinea to walk the Black Cat Track from Wau to Salamaua, commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the World War II campaigns in that area.

The Governor of New South Wales and Honorary Sydney Rotarian, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC, is patron of the Mateship Trek.

Lunch with Myer's CEO Bernie Brookes

The CEO of Myer Limited, Bernie Brookes, was guest speaker at the Sydney Rotary Club last year.  

Bernie Brookes is a 30-year retail veteran and at 48 has significant retail experience.
Bernie's experience includes leading a multi-divisional organisation during significant periods of change and re-engineering. 

Having worked in three states across all major divisions, he has an excellent grasp of a variety of areas of senior management. He has significant international experience. 

He has undertaken roles in India and China and has also been a management Director for the Woolworth's Group.
His strengths include expertise in business management displaying energetic and self-confidence with the ability to find solutions to complex situations, through analytical, conceptual and entrepreneurial skills. Ultimately he is motivated by results. 

With 30 years of experience he brings substantial skills in managing change, organising people and leading teams with a passion for entrepreneurial-ship and empowerment
He was a chief engineer of Woolworth's Project Refresh and became Director of Marketing for the group after performing roles across all areas of the Group.
He has been the CEO of Myer Limited since 2 June 2006, managing the carve out of Myer from Coles Group and the rebuilding of the Myer business under new owners. 


Sydney Rotary Club's Guest Speaker on Tuesday 2nd July was Gail Kelly, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Westpac Group.

Gail began her banking career in 1980, and by 2001 she had held various senior management roles in a broad range of areas, including retail and commercial banking, strategy, marketing and human resources. Gail has spent the last eleven years as CEO of two Australian banks, St.George Bank from 2002 to 2007 and Westpac from 2008 to date.
Gail has presided over a period of enormous change and challenge for the Westpac Group. In 2008, she led Westpac through its merger with St.George, the largest merger in Australian financial services history. Gail also led Westpac as it successfully navigated through the turbulence and risk of the Global Financial Crisis and the consequent and continuing structural shifts in world banking and financial markets.

The Jewish Experience in Australia

Next Tuesday, the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Sydney will 

be Lynda Ben-Menashe who works as NGO Relations Manager of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies.

She will speak on "The Jewish Experience in Australia," covering local Jewish history and demography, as well as information about Jewish connections to Israel and its current events.

Lynda was born in Sydney and is fifth generation Australian. She has travelled overseas extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East and the United States and lived in Israel for 7 years during the 1980s and 90s. 

She visits Israel and the West Bank annually. Lynda has three children aged between 13 and 18, speaks fluent Hebrew.

The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies is the elected representative roof body of the NSW Jewish community and the major focus of Lynda's role is combatting racism and building social cohesion in NSW.  

Lunch with The Hon. Victor Dominello, MP
by Benner, Tony

The Hon. Victor Dominello MP, Minister for Citizenship and Communities and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, will be the guest speaker at Sydney Rotary Club's Luncheon on 14th May.  He will also present the Club's Community Service Award.

We extend an invitation for you to attend this special luncheon at the Castlereagh Hotel, 169 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, commencing at 12:30pm.  Booking details here.

The Minister will speak about the ways in which non-government organisations such as Rotary can enact positive change in communities through capacity building.

He will illustrate, using examples from his professional life, how Rotary clubs can empower individuals and communities for the betterment of society.

Lunch with the Deputy Police Commissioner

NSW Police Force Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn, Specialist Operations will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Sydney on Tuesday, 30 April.  She will speak on "Challenges of Running a Modern Police Force".

As Australia's highest ranked police woman, Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn, was named the 2011 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year.

She was appointed as Deputy Commissioner Specialist Operations in October 2012.  
Lawyers and Commercialism: Help or Hindrance?

The Chief Justice of NSW, the Hon. Thomas Bathurst, will be the guest Speaker at Sydney Rotary Club's Consular Luncheon on 16th April.

He will deliver an address entitled "Lawyers and Commercialism: Help or Hindrance?"

His Honour will analyse the economic rationale for legal regulation of commercial activity and outline the ways in which the law assists business to operate efficiently and effectively, with particular regard to laws regulating market manipulation and competition. 
MARRIAGE EQUALITY? - a View from the Inside


We are pleased to announce that former High Court Judge Michael Kirby will be our guest speaker on Tuesday 2nd April.

He will be speaking on "Marriage Equality? - a View from the Inside."

As this promises to be a very popular luncheon, we are now taking advance bookings.  Book early here to avoid disappointment.
The United States in the Asian Century

The guest speaker at Sydney Rotary Club of Tuesday 5th March is the US Consul General, Niels Marquardt who will address the subject, "The United States in the Asian Century."

Niels Marquardt assumed his position as U.S. Consul General in Sydney on August 21, 2010.  He is a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, with the rank of Minister Counselor. 

He previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to Republic of Madagascar and to the Union of the Comoros from 2007 to 2010, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Cameroon from 2004 to 2007, and as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea from 2004 to 2006.

Sydney Rotary Royal Society Luncheon

Next Tuesday's guest speaker will be the President of The Royal Society of NSW, Dr Donald Hector.

The Society is the oldest "learned society" in Australia and in the Southern Hemisphere, having come into being as The Philosophical Society of Australasia on June 27, 1821.

Based in Sydney with active branches in Mittagong and Orange its membership is open to anyone interested in promoting the studies in Science, Art, Literature and Philosophy. The Society has monthly meetings and other events and publishes a peer-reviewed journal. 

In his professional life, Dr Hector works for Grassic, a specialist firm which provides advice to listed and private companies, government corporations, and not-for-profit enterprises on sustainability, strategy and governance.

Celebrate Rotary Means Business during International Networking Week

We invite you celebrate International Networking Week at the next Rotary Means Business networking event from 5:45pm on Thursday 7th February at the

Castlereagh Hotel, 169 Castlereagh Hotel, Sydney. Image

The ROTARY MEANS BUSINESS networking event gives attendees a good opportunity to relax with friends, fellow Rotarians and business colleagues. Some of the business categories represented at our last event included legal services, real estate, printing, photography, architecture, marketing, business coaching, accountancy, recruitment, financial planning, research, communications, travel, cleaning, graphic design, immigration and many more. 

Please register here to let us know you will be attending or contact Tony Benner at Sydney Rotary on Tel. 0407 366 140 for further details

Wendy Machin Joins Sydney Rotary Club for Lunch

Wendy Machin is the President of NRMA Motoring Services. She is also a former National Party MP. She is  the principal of public relations company Machin Consulting, and maintains a beef cattle property near Wingham, NSW. Her career in politics and public relations began after university, when she took a job as communications officer for the National Party.

At 25, Wendy established her own consultancy business and was also elected to North Sydney Council, where she served until her election to the NSW Parliament in 1985. Wendy was the first woman elected to represent the National Party in the NSW Legislative Assembly. She held portfolios in Government and Opposition, including Minister for Consumer Affairs, and Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport. Wendy resigned in 1996 after the birth of her second child.

Sydney Rotary Club FAMILY DAY Luncheon

Tuesday 12 February is the date for Sydney Rotary's Club's Family Day Luncheon with Councillor Angela Vithoulkas as the guest speaker.

"He is Heavy, he's my Brother & Business Partner" is the intriguing title of an address to be given by Angela who is a strong advocate of small business in Australia, drawing on more than 27 years of hands-on business experience.


Angela is now a Councillor on the City of Sydney Council after accepting the nomination by the Living Sydney Independent Team to be a mayoral candidate for the City of Sydney elections in 2012. 


As one of  Australia 's most prominent keynote speakers and MC's, Angela delivers relevant and timely small business advice and expertise - all in her renowned humorous and entertaining style.  

New Zealand - More than Earthquakes and Pavlova!

On Tuesday 5th February , the Sydney Rotary Club will be helping to celebrate New Zealand’s Waitangi Day with Martin Welsh as the guest speaker. He will speak on “New Zealand – More than Earthquakes and Pavlova!”

 Martin Welsh is New Zealand’s Consul General for New South Wales and Queensland, based in Sydney. He was appointed in September 2010 for a four-year term.

Martin is a career diplomat who joined New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) in 1992 as a graduate recruit. He has served in a number of foreign policy roles both in Wellington and offshore, including Canberra, Noumea and more recently in Hanoi, Vietnam, where he was Deputy Head of Mission from 2002 to 2006. Martin was New Zealand’s Deputy Senior Official for APEC between 2007 and 2008. Prior to taking up his current role, Martin was Deputy Director of MFAT’s Europe Division in Wellington.

Martin holds a Law degree and an Arts degree in French and Psychology from the University of Otago, New Zealand. He speaks fluent French and intermediate-level Vietnamese. 

PS.  Pavlova will be served. 

Sydney Rotary Club Christmas Dinner

Next Tuesday, 11th December, the Sydney Rotary Club will be holding its annual Christmas Dinner at the Castlereagh  Hotel, 169 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, at 6:30pm for 7:00pm.


The Chefs at the Castlereagh Hotel are serving Dukkah crusted turkey 

breast, confit potato, sautéed sprouts & pancetta lardoons, festive farce and roast jus.   This will be followed by a Festive Yuletide Log with Seasonal Fruit. 

Entertainment will be provided by Howard Collins who is a seasoned  entertainer and songwriter. He has performed in hundreds of renowned venues throughout Europe, US and Asia - at corporate & private functions, live on national television and the musical 

Sydney Rotary Luncheon with Slovenian Ambassador

On Tuesday 4th December, the Guest Speaker at the Rotary Club of Sydney will be  the Ambassador of Slovenia in Canberra, Dr. Milan Balazic,

"After turbulent historical events of the 20th century, joining European Union for Slovenia had been a natural decision.  Now the country's common house,  the EU is in financial crisis, Slovenia is well, alive and kicking. There are no fast answers and easy solutions for the future of Europe and we live in times of great decisions," said Dr Balazic.

He studied political science at the Faculty for Social Sciences where he graduated as Bachelor of Arts in 1985. After that he studied sociology of culture at the University in Ljubljana and in 1992 received the Master's Degree in Arts. In 1994 he received his doctorate from the same faculty.

Dr Balazic started his professional career in politics. In the times of Slovenian democratisation he was a member of the leadership of the Slovenian Youth Organisation and in 1990 was elected to the first Slovenian democratic parliament which declared Slovenian independence.

Dr Balazic continued his career in diplomacy as state undersecretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia and became head of the Analysis Department.  After that came his academic career: From 1999 to 2008 he was Professor of Political Philosophy at the Faculty for Social Sciences and was invited to deliver lectures in universities and diplomatic academies in Europe and in other parts of the world.

In 2009 he started working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs again where he served as Secretary for Strategic Affairs in the Minister's office. Last year the Government appointed Dr Balazic as Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia in the Commonwealth of Australia.  
Italian Lunch with the Ambassador at Sydney Rotary Club
by Benner, Tony

On Tuesday 20th November, the Guest Speaker at the Rotary Club of Sydney will be  the Ambassador of Italy in Canberra, H.E. Mr. Gian Ludovico De Martino di Montegiordano. 

His Excellency was born in Rome and graduated with a degree in Political Science from the University of Rome.

In 1978 he joined the Diplomatic Service and the following year served as Secretary, General Directorate Cultural, Scientific and Technical Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rome.

In the subsequent years he held diplomatic postings in Seoul, London, Moscow, St Petersburg, Paris and Baghdad.

In 2004, His Excellency was promoted to the rank of Minister Plenipotentiary, and in 2006 as Coordinator, Task Force Iraq at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In 2009, he was appointed to his current position of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Italy to Australia (also accredited to Fiji, Micronesia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu).  

Bluffers Guide to our Environment

Next Tuesday, Sydney Environmentalist and Rotarian, Michael Chilcott, will be the guest speaker on "Here and There" - a bluffer's guide to the state of our environment, locally and globally.

His address will provide members and guests with enough information to be both dangerous and believable at any dinner party where the subject of environment is raised.

Michael Chilcott is Director of Linchpin Environmental, a consultancy focusing on environmental planning and assessment, and community consultation, on major projects in NSW.  

He has more than 25 years' experience working in Australia, Asia, Europe and Africa, representing environment and community outcomes on a wide range of natural resource management, energy, transport and water/wastewater infrastructure, land development and protected areas projects.

Michael is also President of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand, the professional association for environmental practitioners in the region.

Champagne Breakfast on Melbourne Cup Day with Sydney Rotary Club

On Tuesday, the Sydney Rotary Club will be starting off the Melbourne Cup Day celebrations with a Champagne Breakfast, a Calcutta and a Competition for the fanciest hat (male or female).

The Castlereagh Hotel will be serving a Grand Melbourne Cup Breakfast with with an equine theme - Horseshoe Pastries, Flemington Fizz, and substantial cooked items to set you up for the day ahead. 

This special Breakfast will be held on the 4th Floor Grand Dining Room of the Castlereagh Hotel, commencing at 7:30am.  Cost for the sumptuous meal and drinks will be $40.00.

Please ensure you enter into the spirit of the day by dressing for the occasion - you could win one of the prizes. 
Rotary Club of Sydney Luncheon with Richard Woolcott AC

With Australia being elected to the UN Security Council, the Sydney Rotary Club is fortunate to have as its Guest Speaker next week, Richard  Woolcott, AC, who served as the President of the Security Council for Australia's term in November 1985 .

Richard Woolcott, who is described as a retired Australian diplomat, author and commentator, was educated at Geelong Grammar School and the University of Melbourne, and became a member of the Australian Diplomatic Service.

He held positions as Australia's ambassador to Indonesia and The Philippines, as well as High Commissioner to Malaysia, Ghana and Singapore.  He was the Australian Ambassador to the United Nations from 1982 to 1988.

He also served as Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the most senior diplomatic posting in Australia, from 1988 to 1992.   In that role, he was involved in the establishment of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

In 2008, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced that Richard Woolcott had been appointed as an envoy to conduct discussions to form a new Asian regional forum

In 2003 he wrote a personal memoir entitled "The Hot Seat: Reflections on Diplomacy from Stalin's Death to the Bali Bombing," and also wrote a book called Undiplomatic Activities in 2007.

For his services to diplomacy and international relations, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1985, and appointed a Companion of the Order in 1993. 

Lunch with Cricket's Jim Maxwell

Next Tuesday's Guest Speaker is Jim Maxwell is a sports commentator with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation who is best known for covering cricket.Image

Jim played grade cricket in Sydney at the Cranbrook School and once toured with an Australian Old Collegians team in 1972.

In 1973 Jim joined the ABC after two unsuccessful attempts.   Initially working as trainee, he later moved onto sports commentary.  He is best known for his coverage of Australian cricket and has provided radio commentary for numerous One Day Internationals, including four World Cups.  He has edited the ABC Cricket Magazine since 1988, and is the author of three cricket books.

Jim is a frequent member of the BBC's Test Match Special team when Australia play England for the Ashes. He has also covered a number of other sports, including rugby union, rugby league, golf, hockey and table tennis. He has been involved in radio coverage of the last few  Olympic Games.

Jim, who is married with two sons, and is a keen amateur photographer.

Lunch with Julie McKay

Next Tuesday, our guest speaker is Julie McKay, who has a passion for achieving social change and gender equality, in Australia and internationally. 
Having held the position of Executive Director at UN Women Australia (formerly UNIFEM Australia) since March 2007, Julie has overseen many campaigns to raise awareness of gender equality issues. She has previously also been the National Campaign Manager for White Ribbon.

As a young professional, Julie advocates on key issues affecting women including women's leadership, pay equity, political participation and violence against women.

With experience in both the corporate and NGO sectors Julie actively works to support strong partnerships between the community, the private sector and government.

Julie was the Australian Institute of Management's Young Manager of the Year in 2010 and was named Telstra Young Business Woman of the year (ACT) in 2011.

Julie sits on the Steering Committee of the Australian Institute of Management ACT, the Equality Rights Alliance and the Royal Australian Navy's Success Implementation Committee. In 2012, Julie was also appointed to the Australian Defence Force Gender Advisory Board.

Adding to her experience, Julie has recently completed her Executive MBA at the University of Sydney, with a Scholarship for Excellence in NGO Leadership. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from ANU and Bachelor's degrees in Business Management and International Relations. 

David Gonski AC stands out as an inspiring public figure who has deeply marked Australian Life.Image

And now you have the opportunity to join David Gonski for lunch on 9th October when the Rotary Club of Sydney will present him with the Club's prestigious Vocational Service Award for 2012.

David Michael Gonski, BComm, LLB, AC, is an outstanding Australian public figure and businessman. The Sydney Morning Herald has described him as "one of the country's best-connected businessmen" and dubbed him "Mr Networks" for being "arguably Sydney's most networked man".

David Gonski was born in 1953 in Cape Town, South Africa. His family migrated to Australia in 1961. He attended Sydney Grammar School and graduated with the degrees of Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (with the University Medal) from the University of New South Wales. He practised as a solicitor with the firm of Freehills from 1977 to 1986, becoming their youngest ever partner at age 25, before leaving to co-found an investment bank. While at Freehills, he taught Intellectual Property for the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales.

The world of business and finance derived great benefit from his high profile and innovative leadership.  Current positions include chairman both of Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd and of Investec Bank (Australia) Limited, Director Singapore Airlines Ltd and Consultant as well as Chair of the Advisory Board of Transfield Holdings Pty Ltd.  He has served on 40 boards and recently was appointed by the Commonwealth Government as Chairman, Future Fund Board of Guardians.


David Gonski's horizons extend into the cultural and educational spheres.   Here too he has exerted a profound impact through chairmanship and membership of Boards and Foundations devoted to furthering the work of the Australia Council for the Arts, the Art Gallery of NSW, the State Library of NSW, the Sydney Theatre Company and the National Institute of Dramatic Art.


These attainments were appropriately recognised when David Gonski was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2002.


It is fitting that the Rotary Club of Sydney should honour David Gonski with the 2012 Vocational Service Award, particularly because embedded in his life as a family man and public figure are ideals central to the Rotary movement.

Australian Himalayan Foundation

ImageResolve, results and rewards: the Trek so far of the Australian Himalayan Foundation.
Next Tuesday, Simon Balderstone will show why and how the Foundation was established, and give you an insight into its programs and the on-going needs of the people of the Himalayas. Along the way, he will also provide insights into challenges facing the Foundation, and the philanthropic sector in general.

Simon Balderstone AM is Founding Chairman of the Australian Himalayan Foundation. A former journalist and Prime Ministerial Adviser, he was a Board Member then General Manager of the Executive Office of SOCOG (the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Organising Committee). He was also a trek guide, and a member of the 1984 First Australian Everest Expedition. He is the Founding Director of Ways and Means Consultancy, writing for and advising governmental, corporate and Olympic organisations on sport, Olympic bids and operations, and environment and Indigenous policy. 
District Governor to Share Vision - 18 September

Next Tuesday, the Rotary Club of Sydney will be welcoming our District Governor, Bill Salter, and his wife Christine.
This is an ideal opportunity to see the bigger Rotary picture.   We are not just a city club, but part of a huge and vibrant global organisation with clubs in almost every country.

Fortunately the State of Origin series is over as Bill was born in Queensland and as an Accountant moved to Sydney in 1974.
Bill joined the Rotary Club of Ingleburn in 2002, has been a board member and served as Treasurer, elected President in 2005-6 and recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow in 2009. 
He was an Assistant Governor in 2007-10 and Chair of the 2010 District Conference committee.
Christine Salter is very active in community activities.  They have three children, Craig and twins Lauren and Mark.  Bill and Christine may be grandparents this month!
Bill will share with us his vision for Rotary, locally and globally and Christine will support him with an update on ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children). 
Sydney Rotary Police Officer of the Year Award

On Tuesday, the Rotary Club of Sydney will be recognising the good work that is done by the City Central Local Area Command of the NSW Police.

There will be three finalists for Sydney Rotary's Police Officer of the Year Award for 2012.   They are Sergeant Craige Hansen, Sergeant Stewart Lockery and Leading Senior Constable Brad Tod.

The Awards will be made in the presence of Superintendent Mark Walton - Commander, City Central LAC.

Detective Superintendent Mick Goodwin, Commander - NSW Police Force Dog Unit, is the speaker, and  will give a short address on the many roles performed by the NSW Police Force Dog Unit, including insight into the various breeds of dogs used and their varied functions.  He will highlight how this specialist unit plays a key role in crime reduction.   

Lunch with the Vice-Chancellor of Sydney University

The Guest Speaker for Tuesday (4th Sept) at the Rotary Club of Sydney is the Vice-Chancellor of Sydney University, Dr Michael Spence.

As Vice-Chancellor, Michael Spence is the University of Sydney's principal executive officer with responsibility for promoting the interests and furthering the development of the University.Image

He is an alumnus of the University, having graduated with First Class Honours in English, Italian and Law (BA (Hons)'85 and LLB (Hons)'87). Before leaving for the University of Oxford in 1988 to undertake doctoral studies, Dr Spence lectured in Law at the University of Sydney and also worked for the Australian Copyright Council. 

At Oxford, Dr Spence obtained his DPhil and continued to develop his career there over the next 20 years. He became a Fellow of St Catherine's College and a Lecturer of the University of Oxford in 1992. He also obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Theology from Oxford. After a period as head of the Law faculty at Oxford, he was appointed as head of the Social Sciences Division, one of the four divisions that make up the University of Oxford.

He is internationally recognised as a leader in the field of intellectual property theory. His work includes articles and books on both intellectual property law and the law of obligations, with a critical focus on suggested ethical and economic justifications of the existing regimes.
Fulfilling a Lifetime Dream


For Sydney couple Annette Edis and husband Ray, retirement has meant a whole new adventure.
Fulfilling a lifetime dream, they took the plunge, sold their house and went to live in Italy. 

In Annettes new travel memoir, Retire and Live the Dream: Our Long Journey to la Dolce Vita, she shares her story to inspire others and encourage readers to travel. After all, life is for living! 
The book includes an abundance of travel tips for both affordable and enjoyable travel, a history of the places visited, and looks at the importance of life goals and staying young in your outlook on life.  
Making air travel safer and keeping kids out of jail: the contemporary role of the Australian Museum

ImageThe Guest Speaker for Tuesday 21st August is Frank Howarth, the Director of the Australian Museum.
The Australian Museum is much more than meets the eye. They do make air travel safer and keep kids out of jail. And they combat illegal fishing, preserve coral reefs, produce the next generation of scientists, and pass Indigenous knowledge between generations. 

Throw in the odd blockbuster exhibition like Alexander the Great, and their Jurassic Lounge late nights, and that's some of what the Museum does!

Frank Howarth is passionate about the natural world, and about Sydney and its cultural institutions. He trained as a geologist, completing a Geology Degree at Macquarie University, and followed that with a Master of Science and Society from the University of NSW. In 1996 he became Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust. In February 2004 he took up his current role as Director of the Australian Museum.


We invite you and your colleagues to attend a Sydney Rotary Club Business Breakfast with Jonathan Despinidic, General Manager - Australia, Jemm Media Ltd.

With the web transforming the way business is conducted across so many sectors such as finance, travel and insurance, breakfast with Jonathan Despinidic is a high priority for business people wanting to stay ahead of the competition.Image

Jonathan  Despinidic has almost a decade of experience in the online media space. His passion lies in business, technology, online media and where the three converge in the middle.

Jonathan joined Jemm from one of Australia's largest private ad networks, Digital Network Sales (DNS) where he launched performance media products and oversaw the ad operations team. 


Prior to this Jonathan assisted in the Launch of The Performance Network in Australia and worked at Ninemsn in their Performance Media division.


Jonathan has a deep understanding of the ever changing digital landscape and how a brand can enhance its marketing power through the strategic use of clever technology. 


Jonathan has been central to Jemm's transition from a traditional ad network model to a technology driven environment based on real time bidding with smarter and more efficient media buying.


Please book online here to reserve your place or email Sydney Rotary Club.


We look forward to seeing you on 27th September.


Best wishes

Tony Benner

Communications Director

The Rotary Club of Sydney

Tel. 0407 366 140
This is "Mega Engineering." Dow's Jim McIlvenny to Speak


On 14 August the guest speaker is Jim McIlvenny, a Senior Vice President of The Dow Chemical Company and Chairman of the Dow Sadara Project Office.  
Jim is responsible for leading Dow's key, large-scale investments designed to meet the growth opportunities of tomorrow, and to enhance the long-term profitability of Dow.

The way we build and operate the facilities that manufacture the chemicals and plastics essential to our daily lives is rapidly changing.  The new facilities currently undertaken are being built on a massive scale, utilising new feedstocks often in a partnership between government owned companies and private industry.

In Saudi Arabia the Dow Chemical Company has recently formed a partnership with Saudi Aramco to build a huge complex in the city of Jubail.  This joint venture has been named the Sadara Chemical Company (Sadara).   Once complete, the joint venture complex now under construction will be one of the world's largest integrated chemical facilities and the largest ever built in a single phase.

Sadara will cover an area of approximately 7.5 square kilometers. 65,000 people will be involved in the construction phase. The construction phase is planned to cover a period of four years, but the program aims to have some production commencing after three and a half years. In effect, the Sadara Project redefines the term 'mega engineering'.   Sadara is expected to deliver annual revenues of approximately $10 billion within a few years of operation.

In September 2009, Jim McIlvenny was named Senior Vice President for Performance Products, and had overall responsibility for a division that accounted for US$13 billion in sales. The businesses within this global division covered an extensive range of products for household, transportation, coating and personal care markets.  McIlvenny was named Group Senior Vice President of Mega Projects in August 2010 and accepted his current role in September 2011.

Jim graduated from the University of Sydney with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. He is married with 3 children who are currently attending universities. 
Hon.Shaoquett Moselmane MLC to Speak at Rotary Citizenship Ceremony

The Guest SpeakerImage at Sydney Rotary Club's Citizenship ceremony on 7th August will be The Hon. Shaoquett Moselmane MLC (born in 1965, in Konin, a village in southern Lebanon), who is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council since 2009, representing the Australian Labour Party.

Shaoquett arrived in Australia in 1977 together with his parents and ten other brothers and sisters. He attended Rockdale Public School and James Cook Boys' High School before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Politics and Government Administration) from The University of Sydney. Obtaining a Master degree in politics from Macquarie University, he went on to complete a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales. In 1999, he commenced practicing law as a solicitor.

In 1995, Shaoquett was elected to Rockdale City Council in Sydney's south and served as mayor from 2001 to 2003, from 2005 to 2006, and again in 2009 until his appointment to the Legislative Council. He is the first Muslim member of the New South Wales Parliament.

Schizophrenia: a cortex in crisis

ImageOn Tuesday 31st July, Sydney Rotary's Guest Speaker will be Professor Cynthia Shannon Weickert, Macquarie Group Foundation Chair of Schizophrenia Research Faculty, Department of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales.   Prof Shannon Weickerts research centres on the molecular developmental neurobiology of schizophrenia. She earned a PhD in Biomedical Science at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City and completed postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Mental Health. 

Prof Shannon Weickert is recognised as a world leader in molecular human cortical development and her papers are the most numerous in the field. Her work has broad impact outside psychiatry including examining molecular mechanisms by which hormones and growth factors cooperate to control gene expression and experimental examination of how sex hormones impact social development in adolescence.

Prof Shannon Weickert is a popular international speaker with over 20 symposium presentations works at the forefront of translational research approaches to personalised medicine based on subgroups of patients with schizophrenia.

Rosalind Strong AM Talks People & Causes That Matter
by Benner, Tony

Connecting People who Care with Causes that Matter to Sydney

Next Tuesday's Guest Speaker is Rosalind Strong AM, Chair of the Sydney Community Foundation (SCF), which is a not-for-profit, public philanthropic fund where donors combine their gifts to build a growing and permanent endowment for the benefit of the community of Greater Sydney.  

Ros has served as Chair of a number of not for profit and non-government organisations including Museums and Galleries NSW, UNIFEM Australia, the Asthma Foundation of NSW, and the University of Sydney Union Foundation. 

She has been a member of a wide range of other government and not for profit Boards, including the Australia Korea Foundation, the NSW Board of Adult and Community Education, and the National Training Board.

Ros worked for 35 years in the NSW Public Sector, retiring as Director of the NSW Heritage Office in 2002.  Her previous position was Assistant Director General in the Department of Education and Training Co-ordination where her responsibilities included vocational education and training, employment programs, adult and community education and adult migrant education.


Prior to this she worked in school education, particularly in migrant and multicultural education.  She was appointed as Principal of Vaucluse High in 1989 and was Director of the Adult Migrant Education Service from 1990 - 1993.
24 Hour MegaSwim - Sydney 23rd and 24th June 2012

It’s on again! If you love swimming and want to make a difference to the lives of people with MS, then prepare yourself for the number one swimming event of 2012! 
The MS 24 hour MegaSwim will be held in Sydney on the weekend of 23rd and 24th of June 2012 at the prestigious Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, Homebush with support from the Rotary Club of Sydney and other local Rotary Clubs.

This will be the fifith MegaSwim in Sydney and it has raised over $600,000 for sufferers of MS. In 2011 we raised over $200,000 and we want to do better this year. The money is used to fund the Go-for-Gold Scholarship program for MS sufferers. 

So to be a part of the 2012 MegaSwim, gather a team of up to 15 swimmers and divide the 24 hours up between you. All swimmers can swim as many times as they want. The only condition is that there has to be someone in the pool at all times! 

All profits will be going towards people living with MS, and prizes are awarded to teams who raise the most funds. This is not just a race! Points are awarded for times, distance and funds raised. There is also a prize for the best dressed team – an opportunity to engage your creative talents. 

All sorts of teams are encouraged; work teams, sporting teams, family teams, swim club teams or even a group of friends. The event is a fantastic team building exercise or off season training opportunity. 

If the 24 hour swim seems a bit daunting but you are still keen to be a part of the event, apply to be a volunteer through the website or contact one of the people below. 

Company Sponsorship is also encouraged in the form of team support, donations, matching fundraising or products for giveaways and prizes on the day. Platinum and Gold sponsors will be eligible to have their logos printed on the back of the event shirts. 

Places in the swim are limited so make sure you enter your team on-line. 

MS is the most common disease of the central nervous system among young Australians, affecting almost three times as many women as men. While the average age of diagnosis is 30, it can be diagnosed at any age. Common symptoms include temporary blindness, difficulties with speech and loss of balance and coordination. 

 There is no known cause or cure for MS. Through an extensive network of centres, branches, support groups and health services, the MS Australia provides specialist programs to people with MS, their families, carers, friends and health care professionals, until we ultimately find a cure. 

Please register and fundraise online at For more information call 02 8299 0132 or email, or 

Kathryn Hughes James Allen or Robert Funke 
MS Australia ACT/NSW/VIC Rotary Club of Sydney 
Phone: 02 8299 0132 Phone: 0411 141 552 or 0414 888 364 

Soukup Scholarships being Awarded on 29th May
by Benner, Tony

Many Club members would be aware of the $1million contribution donated to the Club back in 2007 by George and Jenny Soukup to set up a scholarship fund.
These scholarships are awarded to applicants in need who are involved in post-secondary education, particularly those in rural and regional areas.

Scholarships are funded on an ongoing basis from the interest earned on the capital sum, with the funds being allocated through a special sub-committee led by Bert Rosenberg.
Some of the 2012 scholarship recipients will be present and will speak about their study plans.
Membership Director, Glenn Wran, will give his impressions of the Rotary International Conference held in Bangkok earlier this month
Premier to Address Sydney Rotary

On Tuesday, we welcome the Premier of NSW, The Hon. Barry O'Farrell, who will be inducted as an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Sydney.  We also welcome a large contingent from the Sydney Diplomatic and Consular Corps. (Sorry, Bookings closed)

Professional Background 

Determined to make a contribution, Barry worked as a public policy advisor at both State and Federal levels in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He also served as NSW State Director of the Liberal Party in the mid 1990s. 

Barry was elected to NSW Parliament in 1995 and now represents the electorate of Ku-ring-gai. In his inaugural speech to Parliament, Barry said:

"I am proud of the fact that my Party is the only political party not beholden to sectional interests. We do not kowtow to business, labour or rural interests. Instead, we represent each equally... This whole-of-community representation is
what allows us to make decisions based on what is right, not on what is demanded of us." 

After holding key posts, such as Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Transport Minister, Barry was elected unopposed by his Liberal colleagues as NSW Liberal Leader in April 2007, he was elected Premier on 26 March 2011.

Personal Background

The O'Farrell family - Barry, Rosemary, Tom and Will - live at Roseville in Sydney's northern suburbs.

Outside Parliament, Barry enjoys time with his family including his sons' weekend sport, reading about Australia's heroism in World War II, bushwalking, and following cricket. 

With Tom, his son, and Liberal colleague Charlie Lynn, Barry walked the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea. 

Growing up, Barry experienced different parts of Australia, as his dad was in the Australian Army. 

Barry went to the Australian National University in Canberra and earned a Bachelor of Arts in history, politics and Aboriginal indigenous studies in 1980. Barry joined the Liberal Party that same year. 
Dr Megan Davis

Next Tuesday's Guest Speaker will be Dr Megan Davis, a Professor of Law and Director, Indigenous Law Centre, Faculty of Law.   She is a UN expert member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples and holds the portfolios of Administration of Justice, Gender and Women and Intellectual property and indigenous knowledge.

In 2012 Megan was the Rapporteur of the UNPFII Expert Group Meeting on Violence Against Indigenous Women in New York. 

Megan is also a Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court.

She has had extensive experience as an international human rights lawyer and participated in the drafting of the UNDRIP from 1999-2004.  Megan is a former UN Fellow of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva and has participated as an international lawyer in Indigenous legal advocacy, UN working groups and expert seminars at the United Nations for over a decade.

Megan's doctoral thesis, to be published in a forthcoming book, argues that the right to self-determination as it is recognised in international law does not pay adequate attention to the situation of Aboriginal women and explores in particular one aspect of Martha Nussbaum's theory of capabilities, a constitutional guarantee to equality.   

Megan was the 2010 NAIDOC Scholar of the Year. 

Wesley Mission Ashfield Life Skills Centre

The major project for the Rotary Club of Sydney this year has been the provision of funds to Wesley Mission to enable Wesley Disability Services to conduct a centre for severely disabled young people at Ashfield.
Michael Knight AO Talks Olympics to Sydney Rotarians on 17 July

The unexpected reasons why the Sydney Olympic Games turned out so well will be discussed by The Hon Michael Knight AO at the Rotary Club of Sydney Luncheon at 12:30pm on Tuesday 17th July at the Castlereagh Hotel, 169 Castlereagh Street, Sydney.

Michael Knight was the Minister for the Olympics from April 1995 until January 2001.  He was also the Minister responsible for the Paralympics and President of the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG).   He therefore played a significant role in the first phase of development of Sydney Olympic Park. 

Since leaving Parliament, Michael has provided advice to a range of organisations, especially in the infrastructure, property and energy sectors, and has advised both the Greek Government and the Organising Committee on preparations for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.  He joined the Board of the Sydney Olympic Authority in July 2007 and is currently the Chairman. 

Apart from analysis and some war stories from the Sydney Games, Michael Knight will speculate on the success of the London Games which commence on 27th July. 

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