Newsletter for 19/11/15

People of Earth, 

It feels somewhat strange to begin like this, but, it would be remiss not to touch on it, since we last spoke there have been a series of devestating attacks in Paris and Beruit

Such news is always difficult to process and I urge you to take some time out of your day to let Rotaractors in France and Beruit that we're thinking of them. 

It's been making the rounds at the moment, but, I do think the quote of Martin Luther King Jr is particularly apt: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

For those looking to do something, I am personally thinking of getting involved in a Rotary Action Group on Peace. You're more than welcome to join me. 

In lighter more club related matters we have been hard at work coming up with new T-shirt designs to be with us for the new year. You can vote on what one you want to wear in our Facebook group

Upcoming Events:

Rotary Means Business - Christmas Edition - 26/11/2015

Join us on Thursday 26th November for the annual Rotary Means Business Christmas Edition - the premier networking event in Sydney for Rotarians, Rotaractors, their friends and business associates. If possible, please bring a Christmas present which will be distributed to needy children in Sydney by the Salvation Army. There will be 60 second elevator statements from...

For more information, and to get involved, please visit

The Dance! - 27/11/2015

Sydney City Rotaract is taking party in ‘The Dance’, Sydney’s largest flashmob! The Dance is a fun way to let your hair down in the city on a Friday while raising money for a great cause.  

Join our team at!

All funds go to Rotary Kids Health!

For more information, and to get involved, please visit

SCR joins the People's Climate march - 29/11/2015

Why we’re marching: The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP 21, will be held in Paris, from November 30 to December 11. The conference will bring world leaders to the table, and the objective is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world.

This is a critical time, as climate change is set to pass the milestone of 1C of warming since pre-industrial times by the end of 2015, representing a change never...

For more information, and to get involved, please visit

Stepping Stone House Working Bee - 05/12/2015

Stepping Stone House is an organisation that provides long term accomodation for young people who, throughno fault of their own, areunable to stay with their families.

For more than a decade, Sydney CIty Rotaract has been proud to partner with Stepping Stone House, and the cornerstone of this partnership is our quarterly working bee, where we help the residents with general house maintanence (...

For more information, and to get involved, please visit

Market day for Human & Hope Association - 12/12/2015

SCR will be setting up a stall at the Glebe markets to sell sewing products and greeting cards on behalf of the Human Hope Association (HHA) based in Cambodia. Please join as we need volunteers throughout the day!

HHA is an NGO that provides disadvantaged Cambodians with vocational trainings and education, such as the sewing skills training program. SCR would like to help them by selling some of...

For more information, and to get involved, please visit

Final Thoughts: 

Be wonderful to eachother friends and keep on being beacons of hope. 

Fun fact: all steel produced after the 1950s is contaminated with radionuclides and can't be used in certain types of nuclear sensative equiptment e.g. Geiger counters. Steel produced before this time is called 'low-background steel', which is often gathered from Sunken warships. (source). 
Well that's it from me

Don't forget that our next meeting is on Wednesday, the 25th of November, at the Tresscox Lawyers Offices, starting 6.30pm. For more information, including a map and a full agenda, please visit:
Until next time, 
Editor in Chief,
Aidan Simmons