A month into the new Rotary year and we have completed our club survey already and made decisions on 'forward' operations for our club. What a great start members!!!  smiley Also exciting is the start of a new member Stacy Jacobs and new sponsor Excellence Laser & Cosmetic Clinic, great work members in growing the club and support team to serve our community.  Enthusiasm and energy is well evident and we are on the way to make the necessary changes to fulfil our goals for the year.  These are to grow our club to enable us to better serve our community, to support youth programs to give new hope and opportunities, to connect with other community entities so that we work together where needed to make a significant difference.  A very positive outlook indeed. 
Thanks members for your efforts so far, it's going to be an exciting year ahead.smileysmiley
Best wishes to all,   
President John
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Club Events/Special Projects
Welfare Officer
Rotary Foundation
Membership & Sponsorship
Public Relations & Media
Club Administration
Public Officer
Education & Development
Youth Counsellor
Youth Programs
Youth Protection Officer
Clubrunner administrator
Sergeant At Arms
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Gai Good
    October 6
  • Jo Rosee
    John Rosee
    October 12
  • John Rosee
    Jo Rosee
    October 12
Join Date:
  • Janette Jackson
    October 19, 2001
    18 years
Rotary Roadside Cleanup Commitments
The following are the dates our club has committed to, for the Rotary Roadside Cleanup along Maitland Road. This is our signature Community Service project and gives us broad recognition.
Saturday 8th December
Saturday 2nd February 2019
Saturday 6th April 2019
Saturday 18th May 2019
Please keep free as many of these dates as possible as there will be a requirement for a minimum of 5 personnel on each day.
Supporting our community for 82 years
The Rotary Club of Cessnock formally began in 1937. Over the years many changes have occurred to enhance the well being of the club and its members.  Our motto is to serve our community in the best way possible, help with youth programs and keep connected with key community entities who can help us support our club goals in serving the community. 
Welcome Welcome....
Our new member Stacy Jacobs has started with gusto.  Stacy has already given members a great insight in the Cessnock Interact Club and the students at Cessnock High are now actively involved in serving the community.  The Interact Club has grown from 8 members in November 2019 to 45 in July 2019.  How fantastic a result!!!  Stacy will also be leading the charge to restart a Rotaract Club (18-35 yr olds), and we look forward to her energy in creating this club for our community.  So folks, watch this space, it is all happening!!!!
News from Cessnock & District 9670
The Cessnock Rotary Changeover Dinner 
The Cessnock Rotary Changeover Dinner on 27th June was a wonderful evening at the Cessnock Leagues Club.  Our special guests were Bob Pynsent and his lovely wife Kathy, Peter & Margaret Rainor,  Earl & Barbara Heckman, Kerry Hayes, and several special community guests.  The club gave out a few special awards during the night to very worthy recipients, and also presented several donations to organisations in the community.   Our new President, John Rosee introduced his new board and committee members and gave a short speech of his mission to bring positivity into the 2019-2020 Rotary year ahead.  John advised his mission was to grow club membership, sponsorship and friendship, through building strong connections with the community and its organisations.  He further mentioned that the club will reignite a Rotaract club in Cessnock, promote youth support programs and assist the community in various special support programs.  Our evening concluded with a special thanks to the Leagues Club personnel for serving an outstanding dinner and taking every care not to disturb the function's proceedings.  In all a great night, and great things to come this coming year!!!
The First of our Goodbyes
On Saturday, 15th June, the Club held an alternate meeting in the form of the first of our farewells to our very popular Exchange Student, Emil Beyer Jensen. It was held at the Putt Putt Golf attraction at Hunter Valley Gardens, where the club put on a sausage sizzle for Emil, his invited guests and Rotary members and Friends. Our Events Director Vicki Steep provided the main course and Claudia Koncz supplied a fantastic array of sweets. Both Emil's host families, Matt & Rebecca Price and Dominic and Jane Peacock were well represented and both families were presented with a family photographic portrait very professionally done by George Koncz as a token of the Club's gratitude. It is well to remember that without host parents there would be no Youth Exchange program. It was great to see a large group of Emil's school friends from St. Philips School which included his host brothers Angus and Samuel, enjoying themselves kicking a football or playing Putt Putt. All in all a great afternoon and many thanks to all club members who attended and assisted.
On Thursday 16th May our club was host to a very special group of visitors. They were the Family, Carer, Social Workers and a Specialist Nurse all supporting an amazing 21 year old named Eliza York (Pictured Centre next to President David) who has lived her whole life with the insidious disease, Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Eliza spoke eloquently of her life and how it has been affected by this terrible affliction. You could not fail to be moved by the courage and fortitude shown by this young lady as she battled throughout her life against almost insurmountable odds.  Her mother, who is also her primary carer, spoke about the effect on the family and the adjustments required to respond to the special needs of their daughter and sister.  Also speaking about the wider problems faced by sufferers of CF, particularly in the Hunter New England Local Health District, where there are currently 120 individual CF patients from as far north as Tenrterfield, as far west as Narrabri and as local as here in Cessnock, were Cathy Morrison (Cystic Fibrosis Social Worker), Kim Cookson (Cystic Fibrosis & Lung Transplant Coordinator) and Melissa Frost from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The presentation on the night from all who spoke was very interesting and thought provoking and the Club has decided to refer  the matter to the Board to determine how we can assist. It may even be possible to run a specific event in aid of the foundation in our local community. 
Last Thursday 28th  March, guest speakers Adrian and Sarah Donohoe (pictured below), gave a very informative report and slide show about the Outback 4WD Adventure Driving for Prostate Cancer from Cobar to Broken Hill via the Simpson desert and many historical places in between. Adrian undertook this adventure to help raise money for Prostate Cancer and had sought a donation from the Cessnock Rotary Club.  Our club agreed to make a donation to this very worthwhile cause and we, like most. expected that a modest amount could be raised considering it was the first time it had been tried. To every ones surprise and gratitude, the magnificent sum of  $197,500.00 was raised which was an excellent result. Congratulations to every one involved.
On Thursday 29th the club visited the Binnorie Dairy situated at 25 Lodge Road Lovedale. We were hosted by the owners Simon and Sally (Pictured below with President David) who made sure we had a most interesting and enjoyable evening. The Dairy has its own cheesemaking factory on site and although it wasn't operating during our visit Simon was able to give us a very detailed and informative explanation on the cheese makers art and the type of product they manufacture at Binnorie. We were then treated to a wonderful meal finished off with an enormous cheese platter accompanied by some excellent wine. The Binnorie Dairy is a relatively new business and deserves to be a great success and we would encourage people to support this local business as they support our local community. At the end of the evening our hosts were thanked by President David who presented them with a Certificate of Appreciation for their support of our Vocational Night.
Thursday 15th November was a very important night for the Cessnock Rotary Club. Two presentations were made which go to the very heart of why this Rotary Club exists, that is to support our local Community.
Help the Farmers Golf Day.
Earlier in the year our club was approached by two former Rotary Club members who are members of the Vintage Golf Club. They asked us to join with them in organising a Charity Golf Day in aid of the drought affected farmers in the upper Hunter Valley. Our club readily agreed to this and an organising committee comprising John Retallick and Tom Hannah from the Vintage and President David , Graham Lidbury and Sharon Waite from the Rotary Club set about preparing for the day.
On Monday 24th September the Golf Day went ahead with 96 players. The weather stayed fine for the playing time and following on from the golf a magnificent lunch was provided by the Vintage Golf Club. The day raised $15,330.05 for the farmers from the golf and the auction of donated items. Many thanks to all the sponsors and prize donors.
On the 15th November District Governor Brian Coffey was present to receive the BIG Cheque from John Retallick and Tom Hannah from the Vintage on behalf of Cessnock Rotary Club. Photo below shows Left to right John Retallick from The Vintage, DG Brian Coffey, David Owens President Cessnock Rotary Club and Tom Hannah from The Vintage making the presentation.
DG Brian was given the cheque to pass on to the Rotary Help the Farmers appeal.
James Johnstone Memorial Award.
This award is presented annually by our club to a Kurri Kurri TAFE mining student and is to commemorate the Cessnock Rotary Club’s Charter President and founding member, James Johnstone, who was responsible for the formation of the Club in 1937. James Johnstone migrated to Australia from Scotland and became a mining engineer and rose to be the General Superintendent of JA Brown and Abermain Seeham Collieries. The award named after him was first presented at the Club’s 50th Anniversary in 1987 and is awarded to the highest achieving mining student at the Kurri Kurri TAFE.  This years award was presented to Michael Millgate who was accompanied by his wife Katie and who spoke of his life and his achievements in the mining industry. Also present was Garry Evans who was Michael’s teacher at Kurri Kurri TAFE.
They are pictured below with President David, Past President Ross Lidbury who organised the night and Past District Governor Greg Bevan who gave a detailed history of the award.
Join us tomorrow, Friday 19th October at Bunnings Cessnock for a BBQ in aid of Australian Rotary Health and Lift the Lid on Mental Illness. It is a crazy hat day and every one is
encouraged to wear the craziest hat they can find to help emphasise the importance of research into the scourge of mental illness.
On Sunday 16th September Cessnock Rotary Club and the Cessnock Girl Guides combined to provide catering support at the Spring Cruize-in event held at the Hunter Valley Gardens. 
The event is hosted by the ANSMA Australian National Street Machine Association and proudly supported by Hunter Valley Gardens. At the same time members of the Rotary Club provided a BBQ for the Cessnock Minor Rugby League Club at Mount View Park (The Basin).  Our brand new Rotary Catering Trailer got a real workout but everything worked perfectly and was such a vast improvement over the old trailer. Even so it was only through the generous loan of equipment from the Rotary Club of Kurri Kurri that we were able to have such a successful day. Many thanks to all our members Friends and Volunteers who worked tirelessly during the day, the success is due to you.
Dear District Governors and Rotarians,
The Drought Relief for Australian Farming Families campaign continues to raise much needed dollars, surpassing $4.2million with the hope of reaching $10million by the end of the month. This will be given a considerable boost by Channel 9 who are conducting a special telethon commencing at 6:30am on Monday 20th August 2018 on the Today Show with a direct telecast from Dubbo. A number of Corporates including Westpac, Optus and Carlton United Breweries are making significant contributions which will be announced during the telethon.
Rotary continues to play a key role for the project with many Clubs and Districts making their own contributions both in dollars and hands on activities. A huge thank you to all who have embraced this very needy initiative.
How is the 2018 Drought Relief for Australian Farming Families distributing support?
The 2018 Drought Relief for Australian Farming Families is not providing direct financial support to farm businesses. Instead, we are working with trusted partners to amplify their existing relief efforts on the ground.
RAWCS (as the custodian of the funds) is working with the ‘National Farmers’ Federation’ (NFF) to direct funding to organisations and projects that meet strict criteria. These include: full transparency and accountability; strong and established governance structures; low (if not nil) administration costs; and proven networks within affected communities.
Funding will be released in regular tranches, with new organisations and programs assessed in each round.
As of Round One, $1 million has been released via the ‘Country Women’s Association’ and the ‘Need for Feed’ initiative. This initial funding will help farmers access donated fodder to feed livestock, plus financial support for household expenses.
Farmers can register to access this support by contacting those organisations directly.
For contact details of those organisations, plus other active relief agencies, visit
Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS)
RAWCS and Rotary Clubs in Australia have been invaluable to this process, and the ‘National Farmers Federation’ realise we can do more to help by delivering effective projects on the ground. 
Therefore, after RAWCS has approved it, $100,000 will be allocated to each of the three existing Rotary projects, registered with RAWCS, that are assisting farmers. Other Rotary Clubs are encouraged to apply for funding with a proposal on how the funds will be used and what impact they will have. 70% of the funds raised will address immediate relief and 30% will be allocated to long-term investment on farms and in the community. 
Proposals will be accepted on the following: 
  1. Relief type: 
·       Fodder
·       Water
·       Household expenses
·       Mental Health
·       Other
  1. Criteria: 
·       Governance structure
·       No admin fees
·       Ability to reach drought affected areas
·       Ability to deliver on the ground
·       Good process for determining eligibility
·       Collaboration
Allocating these funds is a huge task for RAWCS and the NFF, with the need to provide immediate relief whilst also planning for long-term impact. The first tranche is going to those programs already running via organisations who have an existing relationship on the ground, with others to follow after proposals are submitted and vetting process ensues. The approved programs include:
- $250,000 for fodder vouchers and payment of household bills or store credits:  administered by CWA QLD 
- $250,000 for water and cash grants for immediate and overdue bills: administered by CWA NSW
- $250,000 to provide fodder for stock and other animals; administered by 'Need for Feed' Program 
A big thank you to Mike Whitehouse, Michael Perkins, Belinda Griffen, Pauline Lane and the wider RAWCS team for their amazing work. 
Further details including FAQ’s can be found at the following website link:
District Governors could you please consider asking your Clubs to register the details of their projects related to Drought Relief for Australian Farming Families by sending a brief account of their project to Stephen Los ( and Kelly Kayne (  who will update our project page. This enable us to keep track of the Australia wide activity involving Rotarians.
We will update you again soon. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Kindest regards,
Philip Archer
* District Governor Nominee
* Director – Rotary Foundation Australia Limited
Tel:   +61 448 999 555
117 Queensbridge Street, Southbank Vic 3006
PO Box 212, South Melbourne Vic 3205

A partnership has been formed between Rotary Australia, Channel 9 and the National Farmers’ Federation to help our drought-stricken farmers. A fundraising appeal will be launched on Channel 9’s Today show, tomorrow morning, Thursday, 2nd August.


In Australia, farmers are the lifeblood of our country and they are in crisis. Record breaking heat and lack of rain means farmers are struggling to feed sheep and cattle, and keep crops alive. Families on the land are suffering and they need our help. Channel 9 and Rotary Australia have partnered with the National Farmers’ Federation, launching an appeal to big business and everyday Australians, so we can provide some emergency relief. 100% of donations goes to the farmers and is tax deductible via Rotary and RAWCS.  Every dollar counts. 


The link for the donation page for the project is:


The RAWCS website home page has the link also:


This effort was made possible by DGN Philip Archer and his team from District 9800.


Two weeks after we farewelled our Finnish exchange student Ossi,  we have welcomed our newest exchange student Emil Beyer Jensen who is from just around the corner from Ossi in Denmark. Pictured below 2nd from the left is Emil on his arrival at Sydney Airport with a group of Rotary Exchange students who arrived on the same flight. Emil will be staying with President David and Janette for the first few days to get all of the administrative details finalised. Emil is enrolled in St Phillips Christian School and has already had a personal guided tour by the Registrar Lindsay O'Reilly. He starts school proper on Thursday 26th July and will be in Year 10. In the short time he has been here he has visited the Newcastle foreshore, toured Fort Scratchley and has had his first Australian meat pie at Harry's Café De Wheels. He will be at our meeting on Thursday night to be welcomed to our club.
As a community service, the Cessnock Rotary Club has undertaken to assist the Cessnock City Council by Adopting a section of Maitland Road between Quarry Street and Duffie Drive and keeping it as free of litter and rubbish as possible using our clubs resources of manpower and basic equipment. 8 of our club members braved the early morning chill last Saturday to do our monthly cleanup and in the process managed to collect 83 kilos of rubbish and roadside litter thereby enhancing the view of the approaches to our City. 
Cessnock Rotary Club has planted a memorial tree dedicated to the memory of one of its hardest working members, Rotarian David Clark, who passed away recently. The tree is a Claret Ash and was donated by Hunter Valley Gardens. A memorial plaque has now been placed at the base of the tree as a fitting tribute to the amazing contribution to the local community made by David Clark during his lifetime. Volunteers from the Cessnock Rotary Club will look after the tree as it grows to maturity and members will gather at the tree on the 31st May for a special dedication meeting.

Ossi's Farewell

It is time for Ossi to bid farewell to Australia. Come and help us celebrate his time here.

When:                                     Sunday 24th June 2018
Where:                                    Putt Putt Hunter Valley Gardens
Time:                                       1.00 pm for lunch  2 pm Putt Putt and Golf
Cost:                                        Putt Putt will be $5.00   Aqua Golf will be $7.00        
RSVP:                                      16th June 2018
                                                    Graham on 0414842327
Due to catering requirements RSVP’s must be received by the above date. When you RSVP please advise if you will be coming for both or just Putt Putt and Golf.
If you would like to donate to a farewell present for Ossi we will be taking donations towards a present that he will truly enjoy. Due to luggage limitations please don’t bring individual presents.
ANZAC Day 2018 - Rotary Remembers
Very substantial crowds turned out at all three local ANZAC Day services remembering the sacrifices of our service men and women during all the conflicts involving Australian and New Zealand personnel namely the Dawn Service at Cessnock War memorial, the post World War 2 service at the Veterans Park at Aberdare and the main march and service through Cessnock to the Cessnock War Memorial in TAFE Park. Cessnock Rotarian Graham Lidbury laid a wreath on behalf of Rotary during the main service.
On Thursday the 26th April we were privileged to have the Vice President of the Cessnock RSL Sub-Branch, Mr Tom Rutherford, as our guest speaker. Tom's presentation of an ANZAC theme was on the very important but little known contribution of the Royal Australian Navy to that epic and tragic Gallipoli campaign. In particular he gave us an in depth account of the part played by the Australian submarine AE2 which forced a passage through the Dardanelles.  Tom was thanked for his excellent presentation by David Lennon.
It is with deep regret that we record the passing of our esteemed member, David Clark. David passed away unexpectedly on the 23rd February 2018. Our deepest sympathy is extended to his wife Judy and his family. David's funeral will be held at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, Cnr Vincent Street and Aberdare Road, Cessnock, at 11am on Monday 5th March 2018. David was a long serving member of the Cessnock Rotary Club and his wise counsel and boundless enthusiasm for the Rotary cause was an inspiration. David was passionate about Rotary projects that supported and enhanced the local Cessnock Community and his guidance and determination in that area will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace David.
On the 14th January 2018, Janette and I travelled to Dubbo to pick up our clubs exchange student who we will be hosting for the next 5 to 6 Months. His name is Ossi Lehtihuhta, he is 17 years old and he comes from Finland. Whilst in Dubbo Ossi was hosted by the South Dubbo Rotary Club and had some fabulous adventures both with the Club and with the various host families that he stayed with.
He is now with our club and is enrolled at Cessnock High School and I am sure, with what is planned for him during his stay here, he will experience some extraordinary and fulfilling adventures and take home with him some lifetime memories. He has already assisted at one of our Bunnings BBQs and has experienced the HVG Christmas lights and this coming weekend will be assisting in our roadside cleanup. During April he will going on the Capricorn Ramble so with that and his stays in Dubbo and Cessnock he will see and experience a great deal of this wonderful country of ours.
Ossi will be a regular attendee at our meetings and will be keeping the club updated on his adventures.
To all our members, friends and our local community, have a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year.
The Cessnock RSL Sub-Branch does a great job looking after the welfare of Returned, serving and ex-service personnel and their families in our local community. However, currently, because of circumstances beyond their control, their normal funding sources are not available to them. Our Rotary club decided that the work that the local RSL club does in our community is so essential that we should assist them with a donation to help carry them through this current period.
Accordingly the President of the local Sub-Branch, Mr Max Lewis, was a guest at our club on 30th November and was presented with a donation cheque and a Certificate of Appreciation by President Graham in recognition of the very valuable work they do.
Yesterday, 12th November,  The Cessnock Rotary Club conducted a fundraising BBQ supported by Bunnings Cessnock. The Board of the Rotary Club had decided that the proceeds from this particular BBQ would be donated to the Cessnock RSL Sub-Branch who are currently prevented from fundraising on their own behalf which is having a serious negative affect on their ability to assist the veteran and ex-service community in the Cessnock Area. It turned out to be a very successful day with assistance provided by club members Graham Farish, Mark Simpson, Greg and Lorraine Bevan, Bev Hannay, David Clark, Val Calvey and the very welcome addition of Raylene Jackson from the Ladies Auxiliary of the RSL.. It was a fine example of Rotary doing good in the local community by helping another community group who, through no fault of their own, are currently unable to carry out their normal community support activities.
On a cool and rainy 5th November Cessnock Rotary Club once again braved the elements to operate the Sausage Sizzle at the Annual Postie Bike Racing Carnival  held in the grounds of Cessnock TAFE and the surrounding public streets. On the front line were Club members John Rosee, Vicki Steep, David Clark, Steve Jackson and one of our valued volunteers, Raylene Jackson, whilst in the background under the shelter shed wrapping the sandwiches was our erstwhile PP Ross Lidbury. Crowds were down slightly on previous years because of the inclement weather but in the periods when the rain stopped the crowds came and we were all kept quite busy. Meanwhile President Graham Farish and Bev Hannay with assistance from members of the Rotary Club of Kurri Kurri and the Girl Guides were doing a marvellous job running the VIP tent within compound adjacent to the pit area.
3rd November 2017 saw the first night of the Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular and the first night that our club volunteers assisted with helping visitors to the Gardens find their way around. There was a bigger crowd this year than last year, but the night was very relaxed and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves especially the children. The changes this year particularly in the event area up the top appear to be working very well and the fireworks at the back of the Event area were well received. All in all a very good start to this years premier event.
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