Cessnock High School Interact Recognised

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In the world, there are 10700 Interact clubs and each year they are able to be reviewed for an International President Citation. These come in 5 levels, a citation, a bronze citation, a silver citation, a gold citation, and a platinum citation. We are very proud to announce that the Interact Club at Cessnock High School has been recognised with one of the rarest awards a Platinum Citation from the International President of Rotary International. This team of students is quite amazing and it is wonderful to see their efforts rewarded. Last year they hosted a food drive, raised money for polio, hosted leadership sessions, made a movie, took on a kindness project, and had many students participating in service projects in the community. We look forward to presenting a framed certificate in the future to the team. Although they have been interrupted briefly by COVID 19 they are in current plans for their next project and we look forward to supporting them.
Cessnock High School Interact Recognised 2020-07-24 14:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Cessnock is back in action after the Covid 19 Lockdown restrictions

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This week Cessnock Rotary have been able to host our first fundraiser at Hunter Valley Gardens outside the Putt Putt and Aqua golf. We hope to be a regular in this space and with thanks to our events director Sharon Waite for thinking outside of the box. It was great to be out in the sunshine for a few hours. Some of the community may see our BBQ van at regular events such as Bunnings BBQ's but we are always interested in new opportunities and the money raised through this fundraising helps our local community of Cessnock LGA, National and International projects.  If you are interested in having us at your event, getting involved as a sponsor or even helping us out as a friend of Rotary please contact us via our website, facebook or instagram. 

Covid 19 has been a difficult time for our club, having to adjust to keeping in touch with zoom, the opportunity of this has been members have been able to enjoy our meetings from wherever they are. This flexibility of being able to check in via zoom will continue even as face to face meetings return in early August on our regular Thursday night time at Cessnock Leagues Club. Rotary has changed a lot over the years with its transformation into a far more inclusive, flexible organisations whose focus is to help, wherever they can.
On the 2nd of July we held our Club’s Changeover. The event itself was available via zoom and included a few physical presentations.  The meeting was attended by the District Governor Graeme Hooper. President John Rosee presenting his annual report detailing donations to the community, which was achieved through the sponsorship of businesses, fundraising and our BBQs in the community.  A special presentation was made to PDG Greg Bevan with his Paul Harris Fellow triple Ruby recognition.  This year the board decided to introduce a special award, where the President selects a person who has shown outstanding service, to receive the “David Clark Memorial Award”  to recognise the outstanding service rendered, this year Friend of Rotary, Ron Jackson was chosen for his continued participation in the Christmas Lights project for the last 7 years. Then the highlight of the night where John inducts Vicki Steep as our new president. She now becomes our 84th President and President for the third time which no other member has ever achieved in club history.
The Rotary Club of Cessnock is back in action after the Covid 19 Lockdown restrictions 2020-07-15 14:00:00Z 0

Inspiring Team

What an inspiring performance by our Cessnock Rotary Club team over the last months since I started my presidency.
The energy, the commitment and the dedication shown by members and friends of Cessnock Rotary is truly encouraging.
The amazing amount of work, organisation, and behind the scene efforts, which has gone into our fundraising events and community services given, is truly representative of the support our club has provided and will continue to provide in the future to the community and beyond.
I would also like to thank our wonderful Sponsors for their continued support to help Cessnock Rotary serve the community.

An outstanding achievement!!!! Thanks to all for your tireless efforts.
Kind Regards, John Rosee
Cessnock Rotary Club President 2019-2020
Inspiring Team Jo Rosee 2019-11-24 13:00:00Z 0

Cessnock Rotary Changeover Dinner

Posted by Jo Rosee
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!!!
Cessnock Rotary Changeover Dinner Jo Rosee 2019-07-17 14:00:00Z 0

Emil's Farewell Party

Posted by Dave Owens
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.
Emil's Farewell Party Dave Owens 2019-06-15 14:00:00Z 0

Presidents Annual Report

Posted by Dave Owens
Annual Report 2018-19
My year as President was one of positives and negatives. On the positive we welcomed some very effective new members and our fund raising efforts have been outstanding. Our new catering trailer has proved its worth and has enhanced the Rotary presence wherever we have taken it.
Unfortunately, we had our share of negatives as well. We started the year with the loss of two of the clubs hardest working members and lost three more valuable members during the year. It has also become clear that the cost of running the club is rising particularly as the Australian Currency continues to devalue against the American. This makes our fees to Rotary International increasingly expensive and in the very near future serious consideration will have to be given to increasing our membership subscription. Additionally, as our membership ages, the pool of physically active members who can do all the hard work associated with our fund raising efforts continues to shrink and unless we can attract younger members the club will find itself in a very difficult position.
It was disappointing to me personally that we were not able to arrange a greater variety of social and vocational events within the club during the year. The club cannot continue to exist purely as a fund raising entity. There must be an equal amount of fun and fellowship in our program if we are to attract new members. We also need to publicise our club properly. We have an internal newsletter, SPOKE, which tells us what we do but it is only distributed to 55 people most of whom are members, ex-members and Friends of Rotary and that is NOT getting our message out to the wider community.. We have a website and a facebook page both of which are global and that is where we should be concentrating our efforts to get our message out. Sadly though only one club member has put any posts on the Website in the last 12 months which begs the question, are we serious about showcasing the community work we do?   
Finally, I would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the Board and Directors of the club. Jo Rosee as our tireless and efficient Secretary, Vicki Steep as Fund raising Service Director for keeping us all on track, Bev Hannay for her excellent contribution as Treasurer and her work with Interact, Graham Lidbury as Sergeant and Membership Director.  Greg Bevan for his fantastic effort as Foundation Director and George Koncz for his efforts with SPOKE.  Finally, all the Directors and members who assisted with the YEP program it is such a great pity that it is not continuing next year. I would also like to thank and congratulate our Rotarian of the Year, Sharon Waite who has been an absolutely outstanding member since she joined. I only wish we had a dozen more of her. Additionally, as this is my last official function as President and as a member of this club and of Rotary, I would like to thank all the members, honorary members and friends of Rotary who are the backbone of the organisation and the reason it continues to exist.
I wish the incoming Board and the Club all the very best in the future.
R. David Owens
President 2018-19  
Presidents Annual Report Dave Owens 2019-06-07 14:00:00Z 0

Living with Cystic Fibrosis

Posted by Dave Owens
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. 
Living with Cystic Fibrosis Dave Owens 2019-05-23 14:00:00Z 0

Report on the Outback Bash

Posted by Dave Owens
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.
Report on the Outback Bash Dave Owens 2019-03-29 13:00:00Z 0

Vocational Visit Binnorie Dairy

Posted by Dave Owens
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.
Vocational Visit Binnorie Dairy Dave Owens 2018-11-30 13:00:00Z 0

Help the Farmers Golf Day

Posted by Dave Owens
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.
Help the Farmers Golf Day Dave Owens 2018-11-23 13:00:00Z 0

James Johnstone Award

Posted by Dave Owens
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.
James Johnstone Award Dave Owens 2018-11-23 13:00:00Z 0

Rotary Hat Day

Posted by Dave Owens
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.
Rotary Hat Day Dave Owens 2018-10-17 13:00:00Z 0

Spring Cruze-in and CMRL BBQ

Posted by Dave Owens
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.
Spring Cruze-in and CMRL BBQ Dave Owens 2018-09-22 14:00:00Z 0
New Catering Trailer Dave Owens 2018-09-02 14:00:00Z 0

Update on Rotary Drought Relief

Posted by Dave Owens
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 https://farmers.org.au/campaign/drought-2018/
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:  https://southbank.org.au/farmers
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 (stephen@tradecreative.com.au) and Kelly Kayne (kellykayne@me.com)  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
Update on Rotary Drought Relief Dave Owens 2018-08-16 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary Fighting for Farmers

Posted by Dave Owens on Aug 01, 2018

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: https://donations.rawcs.com.au/17-2018-19


The RAWCS website home page has the link also: http://rawcs.org.au/


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


Rotary Fighting for Farmers Dave Owens 2018-07-31 14:00:00Z 0

Our new Exhange Student Arrives

Posted by Dave Owens
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.
Our new Exhange Student Arrives Dave Owens 2018-07-24 14:00:00Z 0

Roadside Cleanup

Posted by Dave Owens
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. 
Roadside Cleanup Dave Owens 2018-07-07 14:00:00Z 0

Ossi's Farewell

Posted by Dave Owens
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.
Ossi's Farewell Dave Owens 2018-06-23 14:00:00Z 0
2018-19 CHANGEOVER DINNER Dave Owens 2018-06-10 14:00:00Z 0

David Clark Memorial

Posted by Dave Owens
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.

David Clark Memorial Dave Owens 2018-05-27 14:00:00Z 0

ANZAC Day 2018

Posted by Dave Owens
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.
ANZAC Day 2018 Dave Owens 2018-04-28 14:00:00Z 0

Presidents Report

Presidents Report
Thank you to all that were in attendance last week
Our visitors were Janette and Harma, great to have you visit again ladies
Our Exchange student Ossi, gave us an update on his excursion to Port Hacking organised by his school and his visit to Sydney
Past President Ross, gave a short but detailed “ This is My Life” and after prompting with questions about his considerable involvement in cricket, gave us his view on the weeks cricket fiasco
Plans were finalised for the planting of our Rotary Tree in Kitchener Park. This tree was donated by Hunter Valley Gardens, will be planted by Cessnock City Council . The Claret Ash will be a memorial to David Clark. Hopefully this will be in place before Earth Day and will be the beginning of further plantings in keeping with Rotary Internationals challenge for all Rotary members around the world to plant a tree . Thank you to Lyall Green from Cessnock Council and Sean Obrien from Hunter Valley Gardens.
On 19th April , we have Susan Rynberk from the District YEP committee speaking to us about Youth Exchange. As you know we have agreed to continue our clubs’ involvement in the Program and we are seeking Host Parents. Please bring along anyone you might know, who may be interested.
May 31, is the 5th Thursday in the month and I propose that we have a BBQ at Kitchener Park,
in place of dinner at the club. This will be a partners and friends night . BYO drinks and $10pp
RSVP to Graham Lidbury by   24th May please for catering purposes.
Hope to see you all this week
Presidents Report 2018-04-02 14:00:00Z 0

Vale David Clark

Posted by Dave Owens
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.
Vale David Clark Dave Owens 2018-02-26 13:00:00Z 0

Introduction to our new Exchange Student.

Posted by Dave Owens
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.
Introduction to our new Exchange Student. Dave Owens 2018-02-01 13:00:00Z 0

Copy of Merry Christmas

To all our members, friends and our local community, have a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year in 2019.
Copy of Merry Christmas Dave Owens 2017-12-16 13:00:00Z 0

Merry Christmas

To all our members, friends and our local community, have a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year.
Merry Christmas Dave Owens 2017-12-16 13:00:00Z 0

Donation - Cessnock RSL Sub-Branch

Posted by Dave Owens
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.
Donation - Cessnock RSL Sub-Branch Dave Owens 2017-11-30 13:00:00Z 0

Rotary Cessnock Bunnings BBQ

Posted by Dave Owens
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.
Rotary Cessnock Bunnings BBQ Dave Owens 2017-11-12 13:00:00Z 0

2017 Cessnock Postie Bike Races

Posted by Dave Owens
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.
2017 Cessnock Postie Bike Races Dave Owens 2017-11-05 13:00:00Z 0

HVG Christmas Lights for 2017

Posted by Dave Owens on Nov 04, 2017
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.
HVG Christmas Lights for 2017 Dave Owens 2017-11-03 13:00:00Z 0

Visit by District Governor

Posted by Dave Owens
Presentation of Interact Charter
On Thursday evening, 12th October, we were joined by special guest District Governor Helen Ryan and partner Mike accompanied by Assistant Governor Kerry Hayes. Also present were  3 representatives from the newly formed Cessnock High School Interact Club, Kyle, Michael and Catelyn, pictured here receiving their Charter and badges from DG Helen. Also present were Kyle's father Phillip and Michael Weatherall Interact Chair from the Rutherford Telarah Rotary Club..
Visit by District Governor Dave Owens 2017-10-13 13:00:00Z 0

Rotary Health Hat Day

Posted by Dave Owens
Lift the Lid on Mental Health
On Friday the 13th October, Cessnock Rotary Club conducted a Bunnings BBQ in support of Australian Rotary Health Crazy Hat Day.
Rotary Health Hat Day Dave Owens 2017-10-13 13:00:00Z 0

Club Community Announcement

Our Club’s annual drive to help women who are homeless.  Refuges are always looking for items for women, and their children, when they are in dire needs.  And Christmas time is often the time when things are needed most. We can help!  Please bring a few items which we can collect and deliver to our friends at Jodie’s Place.  These can be soaps, deodorants, skin care items, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoos, hair conditioners, sanitary items, dish washing items, clothes washing items, towels.  And to help cater for the children – tooth brushes, toothpaste, children’s shampoo, talcum powder, disposable nappies, baby needs, tins of food, small toys, children’s books. Do not include anything which will not have a long(ish) shelf life – no foods, or other perishables. Please bring these things in as you can, and leave with Janette, who will arrange for them to go Jodie’s Place.
Club Community Announcement Dave Owens 2017-10-10 13:00:00Z 0

Italian Theme Night

Posted by Dave Owens on Sep 01, 2017
The club meeting venue was turned into an Italian Ristorante for the fellowship meeting of the 31 August. The balloons in the Red, Green and White colours of the Italian flag and the red and white chequered tablecloth inserts emphasised the Italian ambience. Many thanks to Jo Rosee for the idea, Jo and Bev Hannay for the decorations , Jo and John Rosee for the setup and Leisa Craig the club Events Manager for the finishing touches. The buffet style meal of a number of Italian dishes in quantities reminiscent of Italian feasts was beautifully prepared and of exceptional quality. Many thanks to the Club Catering Staff for a great job. Club members were joined by guests Kay Carver,  Val Calvey and past member Louise Selmes and granddaughter Chloe. It was a great night of fun and fellowship with Sergeant John Rosee extracting many fines, deserved and undeserved, from all members.
At the end of the evening prior to the National Anthem members and guest were treated to a stirring rendition of the Italian Classic O Sole Mio in Neapolitan by our club resident Tenor Peter Carver.
O sole mio is a globally known Neapolitan song written in 1898. Its lyrics were written by Giovanni Capurro and the music was composed by Eduardo di Capua 
Italian Theme Night Dave Owens 2017-08-31 14:00:00Z 0

MHERV - Rotary Cessnock

Posted by Dave Owens
MHERV  is coming to Cessnock and Kurri Kurri
So ‘who’ is MHERV? ... Mherv is a rural life-saver in a purpose-built caravan that begins its 2017/18 tour of 56 centres across NSW in Cessnock, on the 24th and 25th of August, followed by Kurri on the 27th and 28th.
The Men’s Health Education Rural Van (mherv) accommodates a registered nurse who runs some simple health tests for rural men who are notorious for not finding time to see their GP for check-ups.  Many just ‘drop dead in the paddock, at work in the mine , at home in the backyard, in the vineyard ’ ... because nobody saw it coming!
As a Rotary initiative, MHERV has been visiting rural centres since 2008 especially way out west.  But the project has more potential than was being realised on casual outings.
Retired Magistrate and Cessnock Rotary Club’s Steve Jackson has recently handed over the role of District Governor to Nelson Bay’s Helen Ryan. During his Rotary District Governorship in 2016/17 he was keen to see the Mherv project really get ‘out there’   Now ... starting in Cessnock, and then Kurri Kurri,mherv is scheduled to undertake men’s health screenings in 56 centres during 2017/18
Cessnock’s Rotary Club president Graham Farish said “ it’s good that we can cooperate on this project with Kurri Kurri Club led by President Paul Hughes. We are having screenings in both towns, one after the other.
Cessnock -Thursday and Friday 25 August – Cessnock Supporters Club Carpark
Kurri Kurri -Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August – Main St Kurri- carpark at old Workers Club
As Rotarians are often seen raising money with barbecues, raffles and other events, but people rarely see where that money is being spent.  Rotary will be doing these health tests without charge, it’s a community project ... already on previous outings mherv has saved lives.”
MHERV is generously supported by The Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution.  They have world’s-best-practice aged care facilities in Cessnock and Kurri Kurri, and also offer home care packages in the area.  The RFBI has provided funds for the registered nurse who is soon to join the project to conduct the tests. The dedicated mherv nurse will be assisted by community nurses whenever possible, so the two consulting rooms in the van can be used at the same time.
Paul Cousins , CEO of the Cessnock Supporters Club is sponsoring the Cessnock leg of the Mherv visit
On screening days both the  Cessnock and Kurri Clubs club will have their barbecue lit up - hot and sizzling, close to the MHERV van in The Cessnock  Supporters Club carpark and .  All those who get checked will get a free sausage sandwich or whatever is on offer on the day. Screenings there will be between 9am and 5pm on both days.
President Graham Farish says “it doesn’t matter if you’re farmer, a miner, a footy-fan or a publican, the local community needs you! ... so if you’re one of those blokes who hasn’t seen your GP for a checkup in ages ... ‘man-up’ and get checked for free!”
It’s a five minute ... non-invasive group of tests. • Blood pressure just to check the heart isn’t too stressed. • Blood sugar levels ... just a pin-prick in the finger, to make sure there’s no type two diabetes ... which is manageable even if there is. • Cholesterol ... just another pin-prick to see if levels are high and need attention. • There’s also a test for bowel cancer …we’ll provide the kit, but that needs to be done later at home.
 See! ... nothing to it! But in the past when mherv has shown us a bright red light, we know that lives have been saved.
C’mon girls! ... don’t lose the one you love for the sake of five minutes with MHERV  “ drag them in “
Girls! ... be persuasive!
A health check with mherv is completely FREE. It is a community service provided by Rotary and our sponsors. You will see and hear about mherv before the van arrives in town.
 Local Rotary clubs will make sure you know all about it. Where the van will be parked, and the times it will be open to do the tests. Rotarians will host the project, they are people you know from your district ...they will be on hand throughout the visit. So... Visit MHERV  ... just man up and get tested – your family will be glad you did
MHERV - Rotary Cessnock Dave Owens 2017-08-01 14:00:00Z 0

The 2017 (80th) Changeover Dinner.

Posted by Dave Owens
On the 29th June 2017 The Cessnock Rotary Club held its 80th Annual Changeover Dinner at the Potters Hotel and Brewery. District Governor and club member Stephen Jackson performed admirably in the role of MC for the proceedings.  An evening of fun and fellowship was also the setting for the presentation of a number of awards and donations to Rotary Members, Community organisations and outstanding members of the community. The prestigious Community Innovation and Excellence Award was made by Past President Vicki Steep to Helen Scott for her tireless work in the Branxton Community. Club donations to the community were made to the Girl Guides, Cessnock Volunteer Rescue Association, Wheeling and Able and Jacaranda Lodge. PP Vicki Steep also accepted a contribution to the Umoja Orphanage in Kenya and the club made a donation to Past District Governor Janette Jackson for the District Governors Partners Project, End Polio Now.
President Ross in one of his last official duties presented Peter Carver and John Jowett with a well deserved Sapphire Pin to their Paul Harris Fellow award. President Ross was surprised by being made a very deserving Paul Harris Fellow.
As the culmination of the evening President Ross presented the Chain of Office to incoming President Graham Farish who outlined his vision and plans for the club for the ensuing year. President Graham was then able to induct our newest member into the club, Bev Hannay.
Special mention must be made of the 2017 Changeover cake which was a masterly creation by Claudia Koncz.
A very Special evening finished with a rousing rendition of the National Anthem.
The 2017 (80th) Changeover Dinner. Dave Owens 2017-07-05 14:00:00Z 0

Presidents Annual Report

Posted by Ross Lidbury
Cessnock Rotary Club - President’s Report 2016-2017
From the first night, that being the change over (combined District and Cessnock club) on the 2nd July 2016 it has been a hectic pace during my year as president.
During the 12 months, the club had the following guest speakers:
A big thanks to David and Val for the organisation of guest speakers
Vic Lair (retired journalist)
John Cormick (University of 3rd age (U3A))
DG’s Wife Janette Jackson – district challenge
Sara Fenton (Mobile Travel Agent)
4 Mt View students presenting their experiences with MUNA
Rachael Pullicino (Potter Tavern Events Manager)
Tracey Frost (Ingenia – lifestyle development)
Michael Brendton – Little boats
Marine Bullen – Endeavor Sailing Ship
Brian Oakely NGSE
Damien Alley – Mayoral award 2016
Events that the club took part in 2016 - 2017:
A big thanks to Vickie, David Clarke and Graham Farish for the organisation of these events.
Branxton Markets (Book Stall)
Vintage Car Rally (B-B-Que)
Bunnings – (B-B-Que)
Postie Bike race (B-B-Que)
Hunter Valley Lights (Nov – Jan) Guides
Fire in the Park – Guides
Cessnock Council Christmas function – Guides
Special needs Christmas party (Santa and helpers)
Stomp Festival
Mayoral Awards
Effie O’Neil Debate
Cessnock Art Gallery Dinners
Some of the events that shaped the Rotary Year 2016-2017
  • The club embraced the start of a new 5 Year strategic plan steered by Wilma and Pam from District.
  • 18th August 2016 Peter Carver was award 50 Year service
  • 25th August 2016 Ben Yates was awarded the James Johnson award.
  • The AGM was held on the 8th December 2016 and a new constitution was presented for discussion and later approved in March 2017.
  • Christmas party was held on 15th December 2016 and a fun time was had by all who attended.
  • 9th March 2017 Club runner starts up – David Owens
  • 2nd May 2017 Mayorial Awards
  • 8th June 2017 Effie O’Neil Debate Between Mt View High School and Cessnock High School.
  • 15th June 2017 Meeting at Cessnock Art Gallery.
  • 29th June Change Over Dinner
During the Rotary year the Cessnock Rotary club has seen the passing of past president, Brad Dewhirst, John Jowett’s wife Meg and past member Ian Marshell.
The last twelve months has whizzed past and the club is already starting to organise its 80th Birthday in November 2017.
Thanks, must go to the Club’s media crew, George Koncz – “Spoke” club newsletter,
David Owens – Club runner, a job well done.
I wish to thank all the board members for their support during the year, for without their dedication this rotary year would not have been the success it was.
Cessnock Rotary President
Dr. Ross Lidbury
Presidents Annual Report Ross Lidbury 2017-06-18 14:00:00Z 0

Effie O'Neill Debate 2017

Posted by Dave Owens
On Thursday 8th June 2017 the annual Effie O'Neill Debate between student teams from Cessnock High School and Mount View High School took place at the Cessnock Rotary Club. The debating teams were given a choice of three topics for debate and chose "School tuck-shop menus should be chosen by the students/Teachers and parents". Cessnock High School took the affirmative position and Mount View the negative. Each team consisted of 3 speakers and a researcher with the first speaker from each team speaking twice to present the opening and closing arguments. Each speaker was allowed 3minutes with the timekeeper indicating the 2minute mark with a green light, the 2minute 30second mark with an amber light and the 3 minute mark with a red light at which point the speaker had 30 seconds to conclude before point penalties could be applied. The moderator was David Clark, the timekeeper was David Owens and the Adjudicators were; Judy Clark, George Koncz and Nicole Craft who, incidentally, had been a team member during the first Effie O'Neill debate.
Both teams conducted a well prepared and vigorous debate but in the final analysis Mount View High School were adjudged the winner and were presented with the shield and first prize.  
Effie O'Neill Debate 2017 Dave Owens 2017-06-08 14:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker Damien Alley

Posted by Dave Owens
Last Thursday night the club had a very interesting guest speaker. Damien Alley. Damien gave us an insight into the challenges associated with, firstly, primary school teaching and then the work/life balance with a young family and currently undertaking the Diploma of Building Design. Damien is a very impressive young man and we hope to see more of him in the future.
   Damien during his presentation.
Guest Speaker Damien Alley Dave Owens 2017-05-26 14:00:00Z 0

Bunnings BBQ in aid of Bushfire Appeal

Posted by Dave Owens
Cessnock Rotary Club, ever ready to grab a fundraising opportunity, were contacted by Bunnings Cessnock and asked to fill a community BBQ fundraising slot that had become vacant at very short notice. A scratch crew were immediately organised by IPP Vicki Steep and our club decided that all profits generated would be dedicated to the Rotary District Bushfire Appeal which is explained in the following extract from the District 9670 website:
Following the extensive bushfires which have occurred in central western NSW recently, the Rotary Club of Mudgee and Mudgee Sunrise have jointly sponsored and established a fund to assist individuals and families suffering significant loss and distress caused by the fires. The fund has been established through the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society – an arm of Rotary Australia World Community Service - and has been listed as a charitable fund. This means it has Deductible Gift Recipient status so that donations made to it are tax deductible. “Moneys donated to the fund will be used to assist those who have exhausted any assistance available from Government and Insurance resources following the Sir Ivan, Kains Flat and other fires in the Mid-Western Regional, Upper Hunter and Warrumbungle regions” the Project Manager, Margaret Barnes of the Rotary Club of Mudgee Sunrise, said today. “At last count 31 houses had been lost, as had 104 outbuildings and an unknown but significant number of livestock. The village of Uarbry, decimated by the Sir Ivan fire, lost 9 of its 12 houses and its church” she added.
The morning shift consisted of PE Graham Farish, Mark Simpson, David Owens, Vicki Steep with all the essential equipment delivered on time by David Clark. There followed a morning of fellowship punctuated by some periods of hard work with substantial sales being made and with some generous donations to the Bushfire appeal by Bunnings patrons. The afternoon shift of Greg and Lorraine Bevan, President Ross and Vicki continued on the good work culminating in a successful day with the profit of $857.20 donated to the bushfire appeal..
I should also mention one of our morning shift members who suffered a heavy fall whilst setting up but showed great dedication to the cause by completing his shift.
Bunnings BBQ in aid of Bushfire Appeal Dave Owens 2017-03-04 13:00:00Z 0

End Polio Fundraising Dinner

Posted by Dave Owens
On Thursday 23rd November the Rotary Club of Cessnock substituted its normal club meeting with a very important community event to raise funds for the Rotary International Foundation campaign to end polio in the world. Club members, Immediate Past President Vicki Steep and John Harvey (Royal Oak Hotel) organised the dinner which was held in the Hotel’s 5 star 221 Restaurant and Bar. A superb dinner was prepared consisting of an entrée of pan seared Canadian sea scallops accompanied by a Domaine de Binet Pinot Grigio 2015 followed by a main of Sous Vide Duck Breast accompanied by Audrey Wilkinson Tempranillo 2016.
The dinner was attended by 32 members and guests who enjoyed a great evening of fine food and fellowship. Guest speaker was Past District Governor Peter Raynor who spoke of the history of the Rotary Foundation and its links to the campaign to eradicate Polio in the world which at this stage has managed to isolate this deadly virus to only two countries in the world, a mighty achievement of which Rotary can be justly proud.
Successful fundraising on the night gained significantly from a very generous donation by John Harvey of $800.00 from the night’s takings at the Hotel. A useful amount was also raised by the clubs usual fun game of “Heads or Tails”.
A vote of thanks must go to the organisers, particularly Vicki and John, for what was a very enjoyable and successful evening. The evening was finally rounded off by a hearty rendition of the National Anthem.
End Polio Fundraising Dinner Dave Owens 2017-02-26 13:00:00Z 0

RYPEN Program

Posted by Johanna Rosee on Oct 13, 2016
The Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) in Rotary International District 9760 (a Youth Leadership conference for young students typically years 15 and 17 years old) was held again 23rd to 25th September 2016.  A student was selected by each of the local school's Year Youth Program Leaders to attend the camp at the Myuna Bay Recreational & Sports Facility. The conference was a weekend long camp designed at developing these young people’s potential leadership qualities (recognised by the School's Year Leaders), through a mixture of inspirational guest speakers, workshop sessions and adventure-based activities/ learning. 
Conference is designed to help develop basic skills in:
  • Resilience
  • Teamwork
  • Trust
  • Goal Setting
  • Forming and defining their own values
  • Leadership fundamentals and ethics
  • Taking initiative
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving and conflict management
  • Community and Global Citizenship
The program’s principal aim is to help communicate to young people (taking part in the program) of a series of positive ideas, recognition of problems and social experiences, which will assist them in forming their own values and moral standards, and allow them to broaden their horizons culturally, socially and academically.  Each student is free to discuss and interpret what they experience, and this may also be a help to make a significant step towards in fulfilling their future.
Cessnock Rotary were able to send 2 students (one from Cessnock High and one from Mt View High) to the camp for 2016.  Teachers from both high schools were delighted with the wonderful offer, to allow these students to attend, as well as helping with bringing one of the students to and from the camp, and thanked Cessnock Rotary for their support on youth enrichment.  School Year Leaders and the students have been invited as a guest, to give their feedback on the camp and their experience, and we are waiting for an appropriate date to hold the little presentation.  Cessnock Rotary will be looking at the next camp session, and will work with the local schools to sponsor further students to help enrich more students with leadership potential.
Thanks to all the Rotary members who helped make this camp session a great success!!!
RYPEN Program Johanna Rosee 2016-10-13 00:00:00Z 0

New Member for Cessnock Club

Welcome to our Rotary Family.......

On Thursday, February, 15, 2016, Mark Simpson was inducted as an active member of Rotary International. He was accompanied by his wife, Rosemary and sponsored by his neighbor, John Rosee.
Mark has been attending our weekly gatherings for the last three week or so and has fit right into the club. He and Rosemary have already joined in with our Adopt-a- road project.

New Member for Cessnock Club Ellis Aldridge 2016-02-26 00:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellow Awards

Posted by Vicki Steep on Feb 11, 2016

Les Elvin posthumous award

The Rotary Club of Cessnock presented two Paul Harris Fellowships last Thursday night. The late Les Elvin was represented by his family to receive the highest award that Rotary can bestow. The award can be to a member of Rotary or someone that the club holds in high regard. 
The Paul Harris Fellow is named for the founder of Rotary. He and three business associates had the first meeting in Chicago in 1905. The Paul Harris Fellows was established in his honour in 1957 to express appreciation for the contribution to the humanitarian and educational programmes of The Rotary Foundation. These programmes include an array of projects that save and invigorate the lives of people around the world and enhance international friendship and understanding.
Foundation programmes provide educational opportunities, food, potable water, health care, immunisations and shelter for millions of persons. These activities are funded, implemented and managed by Rotarians and Rotary Clubs around the globe.
Rotarians award a Paul Harris Fellow to recognise a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives and mission of The Rotary Foundation to build world understanding and peace.
Uncle Les Elvin (as he was known to many), who passed away unexpectedly 16thAugust 2015, aged 77, not long after his seventy-seventh birthday. Uncle Les was an Aboriginal elder, an Wonnarua man, the first elder of the Aboriginal peoples recognized broadly and warmly in our community. He worked hard to bring people together and close the divide that unfortunately still exists between our Indigenous first Australians and those who came here later. Les was a Wonnarua man who was proud of his Indigenous heritage and was always willing to share his culture and heritage with everyone. Les is survived by his wife, Jan, his three children and his seven grandchildren. Les was a well-respected Aboriginal elder, artist and teacher. In 2008 he won the Australian NAIDOC Aboriginal Artist of the Year award and has since designed a number of the Newcastle Knights Indigenous jerseys. In 2011 he became the fourth person and the first non-former mayor of Muswellbrook to receive the keys to the city. In 2012 he was named Cessnock city’s Citizen of the Year.
Paul Harris Fellow Awards Vicki Steep 2016-02-11 00:00:00Z 0

Cessnock's Citizen of the Year

Posted on Jan 26, 2016

Rotary Club of Cessnock's Past President David Clark received Citizen of the Year Award. Honorary Member Alison Davey received Senior Citizen of the Year and Hayden Grey received Young Citizen of the Year. Past President Arthur Beckmore's daughter Melanie Reec received Marthaville's Art's and Cultural Awards. Melanie was a past exchange student through our club who went to Poland.

Cessnock's Citizen of the Year Ellis Aldridge 2016-01-26 00:00:00Z 0

Wheeling and Able Christmas Party

Posted by Louise Selmes
Please note that by clicking on the name of the photo album in the right hand column, you will see more photos of the most enjoyable event.





Wheeling and Able Christmas Party Louise Selmes 2015-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
HUNTER VALLEY GARDEN CHRISTMAS LIGHTS Ellis Aldridge 2015-12-03 00:00:00Z 0

Club Events

Posted on Dec 03, 2015
Due to the large number of members involved in the Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights, attendance at our regular Thursday night assemblies has been down but it's been reliably(?) reported that they still managed to have a good time. David Clark is still short of a few volunteers to fill his rosters so please make yourself available. It's an opportunity to raise substantial funds for the club.
The Wheeling and Able Christmas Party is on tomorrow night and, whilst we do have a couple of people attending, it would be nice to have more. All you need to do is turn up and enjoy yourself in the company of nice people.
Our AGM will be held on Dec 10th.
Our Christmas Party will be held on Dec 17th. If you haven't already RSVP'd Vicki it is imperative that you do so tonight. NO RSVP = NO TUCKER!

Club Events Ellis Aldridge 2015-12-03 00:00:00Z 0

Members' News

Sick List: We've still got George, and Jack on the sick list, and now they've been joined by Meg Jowett. (hopefully they have all improved in the past two weeks.)
Birthdays: Peter Carver.
Anniversaries: John & Meg Jowett
Lucky Draw: was won by Peter & Loarraine

Members' News Ellis Aldridge 2015-12-03 00:00:00Z 0

President's Report 12th November 2015

Posted by Vicki Steep on Nov 18, 2015

The report is a bit late this week and thanks to Ellis for putting his hand up to fill in for George who should be on holidays relaxing on a tropical island in the Pacific but sadly George had a rather nasty fall off a roof and damaged his shoulder, sorry George I do feel the pain and hope the “drugs” are working hard to give you some relief.
Ross Crump was our guest speaker this week with a passionate talk on Relay for Life in Cessnock and the changes being brought into the distribution of the funds raised locally to be used locally to support those in need of help dealing with their illness rather than all the funds going into central funds for ongoing investigation into cancer causes and treatments.  Ross expressed the need for support from local business and clubs like Rotary.
George continues to keep us up to date on Robyn’s adventures through Asia, Robyn is taking some wonderful photos and will have lots of good memories of her trip, I know many of you are not on face book but if you get a chance to take a look at Robyns’ page you will be able to follow her as she travels around the many different places.
Greg and Lorraine have returned from their trip and hope to see them back at our meetings soon, hope you are fully recovered Greg.
A reminder that the Wheeling and Able Christmas Party being held on Friday 4th December, unfortunately many of us will be at the Lights so could others please make a time to call in for this afternoon and see the delight on the children’s faces as Santa hands out gifts for all.
Ross Lidbury will be hosting next week’s meeting with a talk on the Foundation, don’t forget to bring in your “pigs” decorated and named even though you might have already handed in you donations. Knowing Ross there will be a bit of fun to be had and I believe a small prize for the best named/decorated pig.
Members are reminded that our roster begins at Hunter Valley Lights on Sunday 22nd, we need to be there at 6pm for signing, don’t forget to wear comfortable foot ware and be prepared for all weather with a rain jacket.
John Rosee has been attending our meetings on a regular basis lately with his move from Sydney to Cessnock, this Thursday we will induct John as a member of our club.  All members please make John welcome, as you have over the past weeks, this will be a partners and friends night.
Birthdays this month – Janette Jackson, Peter Carver and Ellis Aldridge, Rotary Anniversaries John Jowett.
President's Report 12th November 2015 Vicki Steep 2015-11-18 00:00:00Z 0

Gift of Life


Newborns start healthy lives when hospitals have vital medical equipment to care for babies in their first moments of life. Your gift can help start a healthy future: http://on.rotary.org/Rotary_Give
Gift of Life Ellis Aldridge 2015-11-18 00:00:00Z 0

Did You Know?

Posted by Ellis Aldridge on Nov 15, 2015
Clubrunner Website
Our Clubrunner site provides a handy repository for:
  • History
  • Photo albums
  • Details of past projects (eg., quantities of supplies for BBQs)
  • Directory of members both current and past, Friends of the club
  • Links to other Rotary websites
  • Past newsletters
  • and just about anything else that you want to save or tell the world about
This is the collective "tribal knowledge" that we always seem to lose!
It was designed by Rotarians for Rotarians. Provided you follow normal security procedures with your password your stored information is totally safe. The same personal information that would be on Clubrunner used to be written on cards. Older Rotarians will remember that there were many times that nobody even knew who had the cards!
When you decide to jump in and have a look, please call me if you have difficulties.
Cheers, Ellis
Did You Know? Ellis Aldridge 2015-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Lack of Education For Girls Ellis Aldridge 2015-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
DISTRICT 9670 Conference at Forster George Koncz 2015-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
110th Rotary Birthday George Koncz 2015-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
Hunter Valley Gardens George Koncz 2015-01-15 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by George Koncz on Sep 07, 2014
We had our own student Iver Harsjoen from Norway, who was christened Viking One by some of our members. Mara Vogel is hosted by the Rotary Club of Kurri Kurri and we also had Chloe who is the granddaughter of one of our members, Louise Selmes.
STUDENTS AT OUR MEETING George Koncz 2014-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
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75th Anniversary Celebrations

Posted by George Koncz on Jul 05, 2012
More than 80 members and guests helped Cessnock Rotary Club mark a major milestone, its 75th anniversary of service to the community.
The function was held in Cessnock Supporters Club with guests including present and former district governors from district 9670 and incoming exchange students.
President, Gail Thomas took the gathering through the proud history of the club that began with its charter in 1937 at a time when some in Rotary thought a club may not be viable on the Coalfields.
But survive and grow it did with many of its achievements evident at this present day. Cessnock Rotary Club built the scout hall and girl guides hall, was highly involved in launching the PCYC and the former Crippled Children’s Association.
President Gail also spoke of the legendary Pit Horse Derbies that began in the dark days of World War II when huge amounts of money was raised that provided comfort funds for our troops overseas.
At its peak the club boasted a membership of around 70 and has retained a solid foundation to keep up its work in the community.
The evening also featured an audio visual presentation that took the audience through photos of past presidents, club projects, portfolio of each Inbound and Outbound Exchange student,  and other club activities.
75th Anniversary Celebrations George Koncz 2012-07-05 00:00:00Z 0