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.
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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.
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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
 
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                                  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.
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                 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.
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                           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.
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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.
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                  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.
 
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              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.
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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!
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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.
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              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
 
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Mike will speak on the USS Enterprise, one of the most formidable military weapons of the 20th century.
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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.
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        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.
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         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.
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            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.
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                     We hear a great deal about the shortcomings of health care in this country but things are very different in our near neighbour, East Timor.       At its most basic, healthcare must surely begin with childbirth.     Young mums in Australia can expect the services of fully trained  Doctors ,hospitals and midwives but it isn't the same for young East Timorese at their most vulnerable time.
             Come along and hear how volunteers from Erina Rotary set about changing things for the better.      Visitors always welcome.
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In Australia costs of supporting the homeless are considerable, yet the risks of being homeless are not nearly as great as being homeless in Thailand.        Sharon Green and Dominique Brown from ADFA, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, are going to speak about how the risk/cost balance is completely reversed in Thailand.
                Girls at great risk and others who are already victims of abuse need to be, and can be given shelter and food for as little as $200 pa.
Visitors are welcome to come along on Feb 2 and hear how a group of volunteers have achieved this remarkable result.
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Australia Day this year falls on a Thursday so there will be no evening meeting.     Gosford Rotary doesn't meet on public holidays in the normal course of events but many members will be joining the Somersby CWA for brunch, from 0930.
Our long association with the CWA has its culinary benefits and this will be no exception.
All members and guests are welcome to celebrate Australia Day with a morning of good food and fun.      RSVP Jan 20 and remember.....guests really are welcome both at the CWA and Gosford Rotary.
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                          For many children in Tanzania a primary school education in a state run school would be more than they could expect.          But that is not the case for Brenda Mushi.
Brenda is a pretty smart young lady---smart enough to be accepted into Tanzania's School of St Jude and so to receive a standard of education which will equip her to play a leading role in Tanzania's future.      Established 12 years ago the School of St Jude has grown from a few to an enrolment of 1800, with many of those in full boarding accommodation.       The School of St Jude does not receive government funding and a high proportion of its students are funded through Rotary Clubs or ancillary bodies.
                       Brenda's education fees are met by this club, The Rotary Club of Gosford.        We pay for her education fees, uniforms, full board and equipment costs and so we are absolutely thrilled that she has graduated from primary school with an average A pass in all subjects, particularly mathematics.
                        It doesn't end here though as Gosford Rotary is absolutely committed to funding her 6 years of secondary education and we can hardly wait to see where it leads her.
            Well done Brenda!
 
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It was a foot tapping performance from Aubrey and Martin that set the tone  as Gosford Rotary enjoyed a great Christmas Party at the East Gosford Art Centre.         Despite the ongoing inability of the MC to consistently remember names in pairs, Aubrey and Martin ignored wild references to Torvill and Dean, Laubman and Pank or Black and Decker and showed how 40 years in entertainment have made them so successful.               
                   After dinner we were treated to some great music in their well honed country+rhythym-blues style before a stumbling entrance from Father Christmas.    It seemed the North Pole facility had been taken over by an administrator, a low cost model sleigh operation had resulted in a pretty rough ride for our venerable good cheer guy.      A shocked rotary club tried its best to avoid looking at his outfit, which revealed more than we wanted to know about the low cost model.
             Once again Aubrey and Martin were able to save the day with a round of Christmas Carols with unprecedented audience participation.        This was a night to remember with over 50 attendees including a very welcome small group from the Somersby CWA, with which we share a common bond of projects, events and tradition.
 
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On December 15 Gosford Rotary President 2016-17 Dennis Allen will reveal his amazing account of how he was able to simultaneously enjoy an extended driving holiday to Western Australia's Indian Ocean coast and also manage his Presidential duties in Gosford, on the Pacific Coast.
          His close relative, the famous singer, Peter Allen, wrote a smash hit song called Bi-Coastal (although it referenced his life in New York and Los Angeles)  and it seems the idea took root in their close knit family.   
President Dennis will not be singing, there will be no marraccas, instead it will be a slide show of his trip.
         This evening should be compulsory attendance for all Presidents and President Elects as Dennis reveals his extraordinary powers of delegation.
 
 
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Gosford Rotary has long enjoyed a close association with the Gosford Musical Society.
         On Nov17 Daryl Davis visits Gosford Rotary to talk about how GMS started as a small but enthusiastic group and now, through the construction of the wonderful Laycock Street Theatre, has risen to become Australia's premiere regional musical and theatrical  group.         
        Come along to hear how it can so regularly produce musicals which would challenge those in major cities.
 
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In another busy week for Gosford Rotary six members spent Friday, Sept2, collecting for Legacy.                   Members were very impressed with the public recognition of Legacy and the willingness to donate to such a cause.                 Legacy was very well organised for its annual Legacy Day and our members were very pleased to be of assistance.
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On August 31 Gosford Rotary met at the Preview Restaurant, on the Ourimbah Campus.             We enjoyed a really splendid 3 course meal produced by the apprentice chefs and served by students enrolled in the Hospitality course.
Then it was time to present 2 of our clubs favourite awards.                The "Jimmy", named after legendary rotarian Jim Kirkness was presented by his son, Tim Kirkness to Nathan Cooper as the best final year apprentice in the building trades.
The "Milty",named after Milton Fraser was most appropriately awarded for the best all round contribution to his course, and was presented to Kyran Vermey by our MC and stand-in President David Nichols.
         It can be said that Craig Deakes, justly proud head of department, literally oversaw both presentations.
 
 
 
A great night at the Preview Restaurant Barry Henwood 2016-09-01 14:00:00Z 0
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Andrea Spencer-Cooke, as she is known professionally, has a long and distinguished backround in the field of environmental sustainability.        With professional qualifications in anthropology and a Masters in Environmental Science few can boast such a backround.                    For many years Andrea was a contributing journalist to a business oriented environmental magazine emanating from Sweden, eventually rising to the position of editor of that magazine.                Today she lives here in Australia but remains a principal of her own company, providing environmental sustainability advice and reviews to multinational companies such as Erikson and many others.               Her passion is the belief that multinationals can be responsible global citizens and enhance profitability at the same time.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    She speaks to Gosford Rotary on Sept 8.      Contact us if you would like to be there.     $30 includes a 2 course meal.
 
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We cooked 330 magnificent Egg and Bacon rolls in 2 hours and 30 minutes to feed a mixture of homeless persons and those who work or volunteer in related support areas.     Coast Connect is a very large scale day for those workers and volunteers.      It is both a tool for networking and a reward for efforts in the field.     Gosford Rotary is proud of our own rotarian, Bob Thomas, who is the Chairman of the organising committee.
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Gosford Rotary started another year in its 70+ year history on July7.        Over 50 people turned up to see outgoing President Don Wiseman preside over his last meeting then hand the baton to incoming President Dennis Allen.          Before standing down Don reviewed and thanked each of his directors in what was a fantastic year of achievment.       In a long list of events Gosford Rotary moved the school desks and furniture from the old Gosford Public School all the way to Poppondetta in PNG (a shared project with Gosford North Rotary which provided much of the initiative and most of the man power).      We sent year 10  students to RYPEN and another year 12 student to the National Youth Science Forum, a full 2 week live in event at the ANU.         We built 3 waterfront shelters in a heavily used park on Gosford's waterfront and we continued our association with Gosford's wonderful Musical Society with numerous theatre outings.         In association with 12 other Coast Rotary clubs and the Uni of Newcastle we organised the Science and Engineering Challenge for the 16 th year, engaging nearly 500 of the Central Coast's most promising year 10 science and maths students.        The Gala Concert was a great success once again.                                                                                   And we had a lot of fun at the same time.
Before standing down Don presented Robyn Kapp with a cheque fro $1000 to fight Huntington's Disease, and another $1000 cheque to Nancye Booth of the Inner Wheel for their continued research into the use of cord blood.                Don topped that with a great big cheque of $25000, presented by treasurer and chief fundraiser David Boardman, to Laurie Maher of Coast Shelter for their relief of victims of domestic violence.
               The evening closed on a high note when incoming President Dennis made a Don a very well deserved Paul Harris Fellow.
 
 
The Changeover 2016 Barry Henwood 2016-07-14 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barry Henwood on Jun 21, 2016
The 19th annual gala concert was again a wonderful success, featuring the Central Coast Brass Band, Central Coast Concert Orchestra, Central Coast Youth Orchestra, Central Coast Philharmonic Choir and a special guest appearance from members of the Gosford Musical Society.       It proved to be a great antidote to what was a wet and windy day with patrons asking for the dates for concert number 20.      Once again Gosford Rotary will donate all the funds raised to the participating musical groups.      W are proud to have once again presented the premier concert of the year for the Central Coast.
19th Annual Gala Concert Barry Henwood 2016-06-20 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barry Henwood on Mar 14, 2016
Central Coast Science and Engineering Challenge
The Science and Engineering Challenge is a day-long competition designed to provide (or year 9) high school students with a positive experience of science and engineering.  A maximum of eight (8) schools per day compete against each other at one central venue.
This year was another very successful event with 16 schools competing over 2 days.     Almost 500 students attended, good media coverage and 5 local and federal polititians  attending.     The University of Newcastle has on-going statistical evidence of the success of the program with increased tertiary enrolment in the Science,Technology, Engineering and Mathematics faculties.     This event has seen unprecedented cooperation among the Rotary clubs of the Central Coast, with 11 clubs contributing funds and 9 sending much needed volunteers to help over the 2 days.        Once again St Edwards College at East Gosford donated use of their fabulous hall, completely free of charge.      
        This years winning team from Gosford High School progress to the state finals in what has grown to be a national event, started 17 years ago by the Uni of Newcastle and the Rotary Club of Gosford.    In 2017 it will continue, once again at St Edwards.
 
It will be presented by The University of Newcastle ln cooperation with the Rotary Club of Gosford on Monday 19 June and Tuesday 20 June 2017.
 
Parents and members of the community are also very welcome to participate and/or watch.  Each team is divided into 8 groups of 2 to 4 students. Each group works on either one full-day activity or two half-day activities. (There are eight different workshop-style activities at each Challenge.)  Each activity is assigned a colour.  Students are given a wrist band the same colour as their activity.  For example, students wearing a silver wrist band will usually do the full-day activity 'The Bridge', but students wearing a purple wristband will do one half-day activity in the morning and a different half-day activiity in the afternoon.
 
Students are awarded points for each activity and the school with the most cumulative points at the end of the day is declared the winner.  The highest scoring winning schools from each state/zone will subsequently compete against each other for a place in the state and - perhaps - the national competition.
Science and Engineering Challenge Barry Henwood 2016-03-13 13:00:00Z 0
18th Gala Concert on 16 May
   
  Book on 4324 7477  
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D9685 joins the Australian Rotary District Blood Drive
Many will have seen the article (and front cover) of the March edition of RDU with our very own Bruce de Graaf dressed as a vampire. Hopefully it will set the scene for a great Rotary Community Activity and everyone gets to have a bit of fun on the way.

The teams at the Blood Service are in the process of being updated about the Rotary blood drive.
 
Read on for all the information you need but the important thing to remember is that all Rotarians must register with the Red25 program to make their donation count.
 
Obviously the real winners will be the patients in hospital.
 
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