A diverse range of visitors meet with us at the Manly Leagues Club telling us about their work, projects or life.

7 February 

Sharon Dale

Sharon is the Centre Manager for Relationships Australia on the Northern Beaches.

Sharon spoke on elder abuse and a Relationships Australia NSW service, Let's Talk, a mediation service for older people and those who care about them. It supports individuals and families to have conversations about important age-related issues and disputes.

Families can discuss inter-generational relationship challenges and engage in future planning. Their experienced staff ensure the older person's voice is heard, their rights upheld and their wishes are represented.

25 January
Mike and Suzanne Pawley.

In 2012 Mike and Suzanne started an Australia non-for-profit to raise funds to assist impoverished children in a rural village 18km from Siem Reap in Cambodia. Since then they have sponsored toilet blocks in schools, 22 full high school scholarships, 15 full univeristy scholarships and vocational training, the provision of sports ovals, basketball hoops and inter-school sports carnivals and much, much more.

A breakfast feedin program, music and traditional dance classes (including traditional instruments and costumes), motor bikes for students/families in need and thousands of mosquito nets.

To read more go to www.mikepawleysports.com.au home page.

Tuesday, 5th November

Daniel Dummer

A former champion university debater, Daniel now works in education and is Youth Director at the Rotary Club of Beecroft and co-director of our District's Summer RYPEN Camp.

RYPEN brings an amazing range of experiences and expertise to help students entering Year 10 who have undeveloped potential.

The program offers them a chance to develop leadership, initiative and motivational skills

Tuesday, 15th November
Karo Haltmeier, Rotary Club of Kenthurst.

Karo is determined to build a dental clinic in Korogu, a town on the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea. It will serve 200,000 people who currently have no dental services.

A site has been chosen and the villagers are preparing timber to build it. With the help of Rotary grants Karo is hoping to start work in the new year.

Volunteer dentists will use portable equipment at the clinic to bring relief to locals and to show the PNG government how achievable such facilities are.

Tuesday, 5th November

Daniel Dummer

A former champion university debater, Daniel now works in education and is Youth Director at the Rotary Club of Beecroft and co-director of our District's Summer RYPEN Camp.

RYPEN brings an amazing range of experiences and expertise to help students entering Year 10 who have undeveloped potential.

The program offers them a chance to develop leadership, initiative and motivational skills

Tuesday, 25th October
Jay Bacik OA.

Former CEO if Life Education Australia, and worker with Sydney City Mission, Diabetes Australia and much, much more, our Club member Jay spoke about attitudes towards drugs today.

Maintaining his stance that there is no safe drug taking, he spoke about his concerns surrounding pro-legalisation of drugs and the myth of harm reduction strategies.

Tuesday, 18th October

Keenan Mundine

Keenan is the Co-Founder and Ambassador for Deadly Connections - Community and Justice Services.

Keenan faced many difficulties as a youngster, made some poor decisions in his adolescence resulting in a lengthy involvement with the justice system.

His passion is giving back to those who have had similar experiences, working to keep them out of prison and advancing to a better life.

Tuesday, 4th October
Robert Tickner OA.

Robert Tickner, the founding and current Chair of the Justice Reform Initiative, spoke about how 'Jailing is Failing' in Australia.With a group of prominent Australians he seeks to reform justice so those who enter the prison system have a real chance at reform so. are less likely to re-enter the prison system.

Tuesday, 20th September

Paul Cope

Paul has a long term connection with Norfolk Island. He spoke about from Mutiny to 2022, explaining some of the interesting historical and current aspects of this beautiful island.

He is a resident of Norfolk Island (and the Northern Beaches) and runs a hire car firm there so visitors can make the most of the many lovely aspects of the island.

Tuesday, 13th September
Dr Sandra Meihubers AM

Sandra  updated us on her projects in Nepal and Bangladesh. Sandra is a member of our club and her work is supported by Rotary Australia World Community Service Grants.

Her Nepal projects include dental, village sanitation and village reconstruction. The AusBangla Care for Dental program provides dental care in impoverished areas.

Tuesday, 30th August

Mayor Michael Regan

The Mayor delivered a comprehensive update on projects and activities throughout the Northern Beaches.

This was followed by a Q&A session.

Tuesday, 16th August
Ken Broadhead OAM RFS

Ken is our Rotary District's Vocational Chair. He spoke about Rotary programs Rotary Clubs of NSW Police Officer of the Year Awards, Rotary Inspirational Women's Awards, Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards.

Ken also spoke about the importance of vocational excellence across the community. Pictured with NSW Premier Margaret Beazley.

Tuesday, 19th July

Melanie Lewis

Mel is our District Environment Chair and is passionate about informing people and helping them improve the environment.

As a marine biologist she is especially concerned about the oceans and attempts to remove the growing "plastic soup"..

Tuesday, 12th July
Dan Wolody 

Dan spoke about how locals, through the Australian Federation of Ukranian Organisations (AFUO) are partnering with Rotary to get medical supplies to the Ukraine and support Ukrainian refugees who have arrived in Australia.

The ongoing struggles for this nation are enormous and we will help support them. 

Tuesday, 5th July

PDG Bruce Lakin

Past District Governor Bruce Lakin explained the possibility of changes in Rotary structure in Australia which will improve administrative effectiveness.

He also spoke about The Rotary Foundation, Rotary's charity, which provides grants for the work we do.

Tuesday, 14th June
Wendy Finianos

 Wendy has just returned from visiting her family in Lebanon and updates us on life there since the massive Beirut harbour explosion in 2020. She followed up on some assistance we have given to children there. 

Tuesday, 31st May

Dr Ray Hodgson

Rotarian (Port Macquarie) Dr Ray Hodgson is well on the way to establish a maternity hospital in a remote area in Nepal to improve maternal and baby health. Local Rotary Clubs are seeing how we can  assist in raising more than $300,000 needed to finish the project.

Tuesday, 24th May

 A representative from Lifeline will update us on the work they are doing. The number of calls they receive from Australians experiencing emotional distress by providing access to 24 hour crisis centre and suicide prevention. 

Tuesday, 10th May

Sally Allen

Our newest member Sally, pictured with President Ruth, spoke about her life. Originally from Wollongong, Sally has made the Northern Beaches her home. She spoke about living with Multiple Sclerosis which she has had since she was 13. An accounting career is on hold as she manages this condition.

Tuesday, 3 May
Donna Stimson

Donna was travelling across Africa in 1994 on a trip that changed her life in so many positive ways. She met the children of Eating Stone. We share many of our deepest values, including the need to raise happy children to become happy, contributing adults. 

Tuesday, 25 April

Tim Becker

Tim is a Legatee who assists the families of veterans. To acknowledge Anzac Day, Tim will update us on how Legacy, which marks its centenary next year, is keeping the promise, made in World War I by a dying soldier to "look after the missus and kids". 

Tuesday, 12 April
Anne Salvador, Kathy Tufts

Network Heaven is a not for profit ministry of Frenchs Forest Baptist Church. Anne provides assistance for mothers with babies in poor communities and children's education in Sri Lanka. The current situation in her home country is serious as the economy has suffered hugely during the pandemic. 

Tuesday, 5 April

Shay Martin

Shay and his wife Jo run Seniors Helpers at Dee Why. Shay spoke about what services are available to help people live at home, how they are accessed and how this assists the carers of seniors. 

Many of us find ourselves caring for our own families and parents so asking for help makes a huge difference.

Tuesday, 29 March
Sue Heins

Cr Sue Heins has been a Northern Beaches councillor for many years and is is a former Deputy Mayor.

She is a recipient of the Minister's award for Women in Local Government, chairperson of Women and Children First and founder of Inspiring Women networking group.

Tuesday, 22 March

Sam Wilkins

Sam spoke about Northern Beaches Rotaract. This organisation is a wonderful way for young people 18-35 to be involved in the community. 

As well as friendship, fun and giving back to the community, Rotaract provides personal growth and development, continued learning and much, much more.

Tuesday, 8 February

Narelle Hand 

At the Northern Beaches Women's Shelter Narelle assists women and children who are leaving domestic violence or other situations where they are vulnerable.

Narelle was an awardee in our 2022 Pride of Workmanship Awards.

Tuesday, 22 February

Jan Watts

Jan is a busy women who volunteers in the community through VIEW Club which supports The Smith Family. VIEW stands for Voice, Interests and Education of Women and they are proactive in creating a more inclusive society.

Tuesday, 23 November

Wendy Finianos 

Club member Wendy spoke about the amazing breakfast event we held to support those facing homelessness on the Northern Beaches.

She also told us about her sister Cindy's role helping students in Lebanon who face many challenges since the massive expolosion in Beirut in 2020.

Tuesday, 9 November

Dr Sam English

Dr Sam hails from Canada, studied in the USA, worked in the Caribbean and Qatar and volunteered in developing countries before arriving in Sydney.

She now uses her extensive skills to care for local pets - and their humans!

Tuesday, 2 November

John Campbell-hike sticks.

John is the President of the Rotary Club of Blackheath and is our incoming Assistant Governor.

He showed us a range of hiking sticks made by Larry Howard who spent lockdown finding burnt sticks in the Blue Mountains and sanding them. Decorated by artists in his area they are being sold to raise funds for Australian Rotary Health projects.

Tuesday, 26 October

Andy Fernandez

Andy is a case worker at the Veterans Centre, based at Dee Why RSL. Formerly the Northern Beaches Veterans Centre, their expertise was recognised and now they serve veterans across the nation.  At a time when the needs of  currently serving and retired is being highlighted, Andy will update us on changes in this field.

Tuesday, 19 October

Bob Aitken AM - End Polio

Rotary, in conjunction with partners has helped vaccinate 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. We are so close to eliminating this devastating disease.

Bob will update us on what is needed to finish the fight.

Tuesday, 12 October

Sam King, The BEN

The Business Enterprise Network provides a diversity of support for young people on the Northern Beaches and beyond.  Sam has worked with BEN for more than 10 years and has seen firsthand the impact BEN's work has on the entire community.

Tuesday, 5 October

Karen Yeo - SmartStart

SmartStart is a local program aiming to provide 100 breakfasts every day for 100 children to disadvantaged children who are missing out on the most important meal for the day.

This improves their concentration so they can get on with the important tasks of learning.

Tuesday, 28 September

Liz North, RYLA

Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is an amazing program which enables future leaders. Run each January at Elanora, RYLA is a powerful and challenging program which empowers attendees to be positive and visionary.

Tuesday, 21 September

Phill Isaacs - RAWCS

Rotary  Australia World Community Service delivers aid through the Rotary network, in Australia and overseas. Many Rotarians work on RAWCS projects overseas giving them a unique insight  into how relevant aid projects benefit communities, build capacity of individuals and have a long term, ongoing benefit.

Tuesday, 14 September

Martin Davies

Our Club member has broad experience with the BBC and now "lives in Dee Why and works in Africa. Zooming in to radio stations across the continent, Martin gave us great insight into Podcasts and how we can produce our own!

Tuesday, 7 September

Susan Johnson - The Sargood Foundation.

The Sargood Foundation works to transform lives and create new futures for those who live with the physical and emotional trauma of spinal cord injuries. The Sargood on Collaroy is an amazing live-in facility with stunning views and access to Collaroy Beach and pool.

Tuesday, 31 August

David Dean, District Foundation Chair

Rotarian David Dean will talk about Rotary's "charity" The Rotary Foundation.  Our district runs many projects funded by the Foundation, transforming the lives of so many people close to home and around the globe. The projects advance understanding, goodwill and peace by providing quality education, improving the environment and alleviating poverty..

Tuesday, 24 August

DG Lindsay May OAM

When our District Governor Lindsay is not doing all things Rotary he is often found on the water. He has navigated 47 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races - winning 4, represented Australia t the Admirals and Clipper Cup and brings a wealth of practical experience and Rotary knowledge to our district.

Tuesday, 17 August

Michele Ellery

Rotarian Michele Ellery on Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) sees Rotarians in Australia and New Zealand access life saving and transforming medical care for children from around the Pacific when expertise is not available in their country.  For 30 years children's lives have been changed by ROMAC.

Tuesday, 10 August

Chrisy Savvides

Chrisy has supported Leprosy Mission Australia for many years. She has travelled to their hospitals in India.

Leprosy is a tropical disease caused by bacteria and thought to be spread by droplets. It is curable and much work is being done to assist patients.

Tuesday, 3 August

Stove Team International

Started by a Rotarian, this organisation works in Latin America to save families from the dangers of open-fire cooking. The cookstoves help prevent respiratory illnesses as well as provide local employment and prevent C02 emissions. 

Tuesday, 27 July

Liz McDougall

Spoke about her family connection with aviation, from her father's WWII experience to working on the Bristol Brabazon (pictured) and career in Qantas. Her aunt was an air hostess based in Australia and Ceylon; her daughter and son-in-law are both pilots and there are many more connections including record-breaking flights.

Tuesday, 20 July

Don Rosenfeldt

Former Rotary Dee Why Warringah member now lives in Cambodia. He is the 2021-22 President of the Rotary Club of Phnom Penh and was back in Sydney. He zoomed in to talk about his club's work in health, education and community development.


Kirsty Bender from GIVIT will visit to tell us all about this wonderful organisation.

Our club was involved with GIVIT when we upgraded facilities at Biala Aboriginal Hostel last year.  People and business donate to GIVIT which then matches them with individuals and organisations needing items.

What a great idea!

Tuesday, 27 April

Dr Sandra Meihubers AM

Sandra is a member of our club and she has worked in remote Aboriginal communities for more than four decades (as well as in Timor Leste, Nepal and Bangladesh). She spoke about her experiences in the APY Lands in South Australia where she built a strong relationships with communities.

13 April, 2021

Amanda Garland

Club member Amanda Garland spent two weeks in quarantine early last year. She completed a course online with Yale University on the art of happiness. She broke down what she learned into some simple steps. Rotarians already know some of them but we can all improve. Some simple brain re-wiring helps you on your way.

Winner Paul Pholeros Foundation winner

Taylor Springthorpe

Taylor designed a portable hand washing facility for use in Nepal. Paul Pholeros AM, who died in 2016,  was closely associated with our club and his partner Sandra Meihubers AM is a member.  Taylor is  a Northern Beaches resident who is studying architecture and would like to work with Paul and Sandra's organisation Healthhabitat.

A prototype of Taylor's design will be built and sent to Nepal for assessment on site. Taylor is hoping to go to Nepal to see the work being done.

6 October 2020

Noel Trevaskis OAM

Noel is a member of the Rotary Club of Moruya and was on the Rotary International Board from 2016-2018. Noel spoke about his varied roles in Rotary, especially with de-stigmatising mental health through his roles with Australian Rotary Health and as an adviser to the Centre for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University.Writers' Group and continues as its leader. 

8 September 2020
Education update

Stacey Exner

Stacey is the Principal of Northern Beaches Secondary College which covers Balgowlah Boys, Cromer, Freshwater Senior, Mackellar Girls and Manly Selective Campuses.
Stacey spoke about education in 2020 and how her students and  staff were managing the challenges of learning during isolation and now they are back to school.

September 22 2020 - Write your life story

Zena Shapter

Zena is the founder of the Northern Beaches Writers' Group and continues as its leader. She provided some tips on how to write your story, to leave a legacy for your family.

25 August 2020
Update Cambodia

Don Rosenfeldt

Don was a member of our club until he moved to Cambodia in 2016. He updated us on his work with CHOICE Cambodia to alleviate poverty and his current work in helping to feed the poorest of the poor in the area where he lives. He also told us he is President Elect for the Rotary Club of Phnom Penh - great work Don.

August 18 2020

Koert Slik

Koert's family has been affected by brain cancer not once, not twice but three times.

Needless to say, this has taken a tremendous toll on his family, including daughter Sarra (pictured with Koert).

But with courage, strength and resilience Koert has faced his situation while working hard to raise awareness of brain cancer and raising funds for Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.

4 August 2020
Hearing from our Federal MP

Jason Falinski

Jason joined us to speak about a range of things - anything we asked! As our Federal MP he is supportive of the work Rotary does locally.

He expressed his concern about how young people are managing in these unusual times and we will look into ways we can further support them.


Come and Meet us!

Our Club currently meets every Tuesday night at 7pm at Manly Leagues Club, Brookvale.

Phone or message  Liz on     0419 267 960 for a chat.


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