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                 On November 9 Brett Torey will speak on North Korea.             To understand how the world has arrived at the current unstable situation we need an understanding of the past.       Few people are as well qualified to understand the strategic mechanations as Brett so come along for what is certain to be an unusually well qualified discourse.
              Visitors welcome, contact us for catering arrangements.
Iron ore is a massive part of the Australian mining portfolio and probably our biggest natural resource.
            But how much do you know about how we mine it, transport it and export it.
       On Nov 16 Matt Aldrick will tell us all about his experiences in this vital part of the Australian economy.
                              Contact us for catering purposes.
Saturday 21 October
                 The 20th Annual Rotary Gala Concert
 
          featuring          The Central Coast Brass Band
                                     Central Coast Concert Band
                                     Central Coast Youth Orchestra
                                     Philharmonia Choir
                                                with special guests from the Gosford Musical Society Juniors
           another spectacular concert to celebrate our 20th succesive year.
 
      Phone 43247477 to reserve your tickets then collect at the door of the Parkview Room, Central Coast Leagues Club.
                                    Doors open at 1.30 for a 2pm start
 
                                  September 28
             Jodie Smith and Milka Roach are going to to speak about one of the very most interesting topics in our country today.             We've all heard the term "Multi Culturalism" but here on the Central Coast not many of us have first hand experience.
              This is a wonderful opportunity to hear and learn about the activities of our own Central Coast Multi Cultural Centre and to offer the usual full Gosford Rotary welcome to our fellow community members, of all cultural backrounds.
           Cultural diversity enriches us all so come along and join us.          Use contact us for catering arrangements.
                 September 21
Cassandra O'Connor and Melinda Kelly  will speak about the North Connex Tunnel..........a 9 km tunnel linking the M1 and the M2 and removing the vast bulk of the traffic from Pennant Hills Rd.
            Without exception everyone who has shared the Pennant Hills Rd gridlock with massive trucks will be pleased to see this project reach conclusion but on Thursday Sept 21 at Gosford Rotary we are going to see and hear how this remarkable, deep long tunnel is being constructed.
          Come along and join us in this great opportunity to see behind the scenes of a major piece of NSW infrastructure.
                           Not many people know how to run a radio station and even less of us know about the unusual events that can be thrown at such management.           Peter Little has a long and distinguished back round in the day to day management of a radio station right here on the Central Coast and on Sept 14 he is going to share with us not only the day to day issues but some of the really curly ones with which  he has had to deal.
             
                    It takes a wily approach to lure such a speaker out into the open but Gosford Rotary has found the way.      Come and join us, visitors welcome, just let us know for catering purposes.
It can be tough growing up these days or it can be easy.       Its a fact though that if you have an Aboriginal back round and you are a young bloke then the short odds say its a lot harder than it need be.     On Sept 7 Bob Williams and Mick Pittman are going to tell Gosford Rotary all about it and how this vexed problem is best addressed.
 
            A lot of resources have been thrown at this problem and we are determined to find a better way.
                  Gosford Rotary has been around for more than 70 years so as you might imagine, we've done a thing or two.
     
        If you might be interested in numerous youth sponsorship programs
                                             or
           building a park at Pt Frederick
                                              or
         running a science  and engineering educational challenge for 500 of the coast's best students
                                              or
         building a sanitary block in a shanty town in Johannesburg
                                             or
        raising and donating $25000 to victims of domestic violence
                                            or
             building a hospital at Kokoda
                                           or
              pretty much anything which would benefit our local or the international community, then we would like to get to know YOU.
 
            On August 31 members will speak briefly about the above projects.    Its an information night--no obligation, just find out what we have achieved and think about what you might be able to do if you were a rotarian.
 
                  Phone Jim on 0414 777 748 or contact this web site to register your interest.
 
              Ron Thompson provides some interesting insights into infrastucture in the 1990's.     Roads, bridges, freeways and major public structures don't just happen.
Most of us have no idea how much planning goes into these big projects and we are fortunate to have Ron help us piece these steps in infrastructure together.
                    No need to wonder about the planning for the Sydney Harbour Tunnel......we can just ask Ron.
Visitors welcome as always.....let us know for catering purposes.
Steve Woods lived in Zimbabwe throughout the 90's, a time of great change and difficulty in an African nation.
             A world far removed from the relative stability we enjoy has produced people of great resilience, courage and determination and in many ways Australia has been the beneficiary of political turbulence in a country far removed from our own.
           Steve's insights and recollections are sure to be educational and interesting.
                      He is not to be missed!
We all know about Meals on Wheels and what a good thing it is, but how many of us know how it works.
       You can't have such a massive organisation without a lot of infrastructure and management.
Come along and hear from Gail Ransley all about the size and methods of one of Australia's best service groups.
              Calling all women who want to be part of one of the largest voluntary service clubs in the world.
Exclusively for women, the Inner Wheel supports local, national and international causes and has fun while doing so.
 
              If you would like to know more, you're invited to a no-obligation morning tea at The Entrance.
                         Cost; no cost
                         Venue; Diggers at the Entrance
                         Date ; Wednesday August 23, 2017
                         Time; 1030
          
              RSVP by Aug16
 
Mike will speak on the USS Enterprise, one of the most formidable military weapons of the 20th century.
Jayne Mote is the Assistant Governor for our district.       Jayne will speak on activities within our district with which we might engage and also offer advice on the latest rotary requirements.       She is an active member of Woy Woy rotary, she joined in the Science and Engineering Challenge on both days and has already kicked a BIG goal for Interact.
         It is certain to be an interesting night and may open new doors of interest and service to our club.
Stories abound in Australia about CTP scams, but are they really the truth?           Is it really happening or is it fake news?
          David Zammut actually knows and is going to reveal all.
 
    Come along and find out.    Visitors welcome just let us know for catering purposes.
 
President Dennis stands down and President Jim stands up.     Some new faces, some old, should be another good year for Gosford Rotary
        Barry Henwood winds the clock back and recalls a very big night out on the Boeing 747.
Most of the time things run smoothly for major airlines.     Sometimes small things go wrong.
 
         And then sometimes a lot of big things go wrong and then you end up with a big night out on a747.
 
         Come along and hear about one such night.         Visitors welcome as always.
         Brett Torey will discuss trachoma, an eye disease that can lead to blindness.       Australia has the unwanted distinction of being the only developed first world country where this disease is still in existance.       This has not escaped incoming International Rotary President Ian Risely and if Rotary's success in dealing with polio is any example then now is the time to focus on this lingering blight.       Incoming IRP Ian has made trachoma a primary objective for his year so a lot of rotary firepower will soon be brought to bear and we wait with great interest to hear rotarian Brett tell us about the disease and what we are going to do about getting rid of it.
        Come along and get on board with a very topical subject.     Visitors always welcome, just let us know for catering purposes.
            We live in a country with amazing climatic variation.     Our climate encompasses tropical cyclones in the North to snowy Antarctic blasts in the South.       It can be affected by ocean currents which produce droughts but others which produce flooding rains and through it all we expect our meteorologists to accurately predict what to expect.
          Our guest speaker on MAY 18 , Dick Whitaker, has spent a lifetime at the pointy end of that expectation.           Dick's career has taken him from senior positions in our Bureau of Meteorology to the very public role of TV weatherman on Skynews and its fair to say his lifetime of experience in predicting our weather would make him second to only a very few......if any at all.
 
             On the other hand a very experienced meteorologist once told your author "you can be right 99 times in a row but on the single occasion you are wrong........everyone tells you about it".
 
          You may be interested in the science of meteorology, the history of climatic events or Dick's opinions on climate change.    Whatever your interest Dick Whitaker is certain to be a wonderful speaker on May 18.
Visitors very welcome, just let us know for catering purposes.
Brett Torey has a long and distinguished military history which is particularly relevant to today's current events.      There can be few people in our local area with a better understanding of our most important strategic alliance.
       Whilst Brett will speak on battleships and today aircraft carriers have assumed the primary role in modern navies, the importance of of both extending navel power and at the same time defending a major asset largely remains the same.      
       Come along and hear an insiders view on how yesterdays great  ships were  a great advantage but also a major liability and how it remains relevant to the events unfolding right now.
As always, visitors welcome, just let us know for dinner arrangements.
The Science and Engineering Challenge is a major success story in what has become a depressing history of STEM participation in Australia.
      For a very long time now enrolments in engineering at the University of Newcastle had been falling and in the year 2000 the Engineering faculty decided to do something about it.     In combination with the Rotary Club of Gosford put on the very first Science and Engineering Challenge and it has grown every year since then.
      Now it is an event with participation from every rotary club on the Central Coast, all 14 of us.    Rotary clubs provide the bulk of the finance, nearly all the volunteers, while the Uof N do the hard yards of inventing the challenges, supplying the materials and providing a core group of well qualified professional educators.
     Almost 480 of the best year 9 and 10 students will thoroughly enjoy the event again this year with the winning school going on to a state final and eventually a national final.
Dr Chris Hendry will speak to Gosford Rotary on April 27 to update us on what is now a 17 year success story of encouraging participation in Science, Technology,Engineering and Maths....a rare event in Australia.
       Feel free to come along and challenge yourself, and hear Chris' update on rates of participation in STEM subjects.           Contact us for dinner arrangements.
      There seems no limit to the detailed knowledge of our own member, Jim Katrikilis, when it comes to military history.      He has spoken at length on many areas of strategic and political interest in WW1 and on April 20 he is going to describe the defining role the use of aircraft carriers had in WW2.
        Of course this was the first major conflict in which they were so decisive so come along and hear PP PHF and now PE Jim tell us how they were so influential.
        Visitors welcome, as always.
 
Dr Vanessa has been a registered and practicing chiropractor for 18 years and in that time has learnt a thing or two.                You may think chiropractors are good for straightening skeletins and that is pretty much the sum of it...........but you would be wrong.
Vanessa has quite a story to tell about her experience in treating the body as a whole, not just a symptom, and in the process getting the most out of the our bodies.    She can't actually reverse the aging process...or can she!         Come along and find out.
         As always, visitors welcome, just let us know you are coming.
         Gosford Rotary comes together for dinner then proceeds to the Laycock Street Theatre for the Gosford Musical Society's production of EVITA.            The Gosford Musical Society is the premiere musical society in the entire nation and we have been privelidged to enjoy a long association with their continuous ascent.           Another great night out for Gosford Rotary.
            Your average tourist may have taken a cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam  without consideration of the great river disconnect that entails.          But Gosford Rotary's Don Wiseman was not so easily diverted and he will reveil what his studies have shown.     The connection of the Danube and the Rhine Rivers is a great engineering achievement and one that carries a long and interesting history.    
        Come along and hear what Don has discovered when he and Nanette took the waters.
 
 
 
Gosford Rotary is the oldest Rotary Club on the Central Coast of NSW and for around 70 years, the club has served the region, and contributed to local organisations
 
‚ÄčIt has instigated projects such as Pioneer Park at Point Frederick, Bradys Gully Park at North Gosford and the memorial steps and fountain near the Gosford waterfront. It also built and subsequently refurbished Rotary Lodge at Gosford Hospital.
 
The Rotary Club of Gosford meets every Thursday at 6.15pm at the Gosford Golf Club. If you'd like to attend, please contact us.  You will be most welcome.
Postal Address PO Box472,Gosford,2250,NSW,Australia