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Rotary Luncheon:


Transforming the NSW Returned Services League

Tuesday 19 June from 12:30pm to 2:00pm at Castlereagh Boutique Hotel

The guest speaker at Sydney Rotary Club’s luncheon on Tuesday 19th June will be James Brown, the new President of the NSW Returned Services League.

James, who is the Prime Minister’s son-in-law, will speak about the current transformation of the NSW RSL.

For the past year, RSL NSW has been working with The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission, as well as other state and federal regulators, the NSW Police, and our members to identify and rectify the problems within their complex and important institution. Enormous progress towards repairing the RSL has been made, but there is much more to be done.

In a statement last week, James Brown said the changes will provide RSL NSW with an opportunity to make a clean break from the ineptitude, cronyism, and leadership failures of recent years. RSL NSW’s absolute focus now must be on our charitable mission – making sure veterans and their families are respected, supported and remembered.

On Tuesday 19 June 2018 at 12:45pm

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Rotary Means Business Networking Event:



You are invited to Rotary's End of Financial Year Networking Event on Wednesday 20th June from 6pm at the Castlereagh Hotel.

A feature of the Rotary Means Business event will be a brief rundown on City Hall activities from Councillor Christine Forster.

It's a great opportunity to mix with people from a wide range of businesses in and around Sydney. There will also be some speed networking plus lucky door prizes. Visitors welcome.

On Wednesday 20 June 2018 from 6pm

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Rotary Social Event:


End of Rotary Year Cocktails

Members and family members are invited to a Cocktail Function to celebrate the end of the Rotary year.

It will be held on Tuesday 26th June from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the Attic of the Arthouse Hotel, 275 Pitt Street, Sydney.

The cost of $44 includes premium canapes and two drinks per person, with full bar service being available.

On Tuesday 26 June 2018 at 5:30pm

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Rotary Luncheon:


Sydney Rotary Club's Changeover Luncheon

Rev Keith Garner, AM, who is CEO and Superintendent of Wesley Mission, will be inducted as the President of the Rotary Club of Sydney at a special Luncheon on Tuesday 3rd July at 12:45pm.

Keith will introduce the Leadership Team for the new Rotary year and launch the Sydney Rotary Resilience Program.

Keith Garner is responsible for leading almost 2,000 staff and more than 4,000 volunteers across 130 different centres, and approximately 1,500 congregation members.

Since taking up the role in 2006, Keith has thoroughly immersed himself in the life and work of Wesley Mission, inspiring those who serve alongside him through his passionate teaching and preaching, and mobilising others through his role as social advocate and spokesperson.

Prior to working at Wesley Mission, Keith spent time in South Africa during the apartheid years encouraging churches to advocate for justice and peace, and offered teaching and support to church leaders in Myanmar in 2004.

Keith enjoys speaking in small and large gatherings and uses the media to reach national and international audiences. He is called upon regularly to speak at a national level at church conferences and social welfare forums in Australia.

He is responsible for guiding and directing a range of services for the marginalised and vulnerable. He is also a tenacious advocate, speaking out regularly in the mainstream media on social issues such as gambling addiction, financial stress and homelessness—often in the face of opposition from bodies such as clubs, poker machine manufacturers, legislative groups and political parties.

Keith has fervently and persistently voiced the concerns of homeless people in the community and is committed to finding solutions that will bring an end to homelessness in Australia. He currently serves as the Deputy Co-Chair of the NSW Premier’s Council on Homelessness and is a Board member of the Community Council of Australia, a peak body representing the not-for-profit sector.

In 2008 he participated in the Strengthening Communities, Supporting Families and Social Inclusion stream at the Australian Government’s 2020 Summit in Canberra. He has given evidence and made numerous submissions to government enquiries on issues ranging from suicide prevention to finance industry reform.

In 2015, Keith was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, for significant service to the community and for being an advocate for people who are homeless and socially disadvantaged, and to pastoral care.

Keith is married to Carol and they became Australian citizens in 2008. His interests include travel, reading, community involvement and sport.

On Tuesday 3 July 2018 at 12:45pm

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Rotary Breakfast:


Breakfast with Nick Farr-Jones AM - Leadership in Sport & Business

Tuesday 10 July at Castlereagh Boutique Hotel

You are invited to join Nick Farr-Jones AM for Breakfast at Sydney Rotary Club on Tuesday 10th July at 7:30am at the Castlereagh Hotel.

Nick captained the team that brought home the Rugby Union World Cup in 1991, the 1992 Bledisloe Cup and convincingly defeated the Springboks in August 1992. He was Australia’s most-capped scrum half and its most-capped captain.

Always a sportsman, Nick Farr-Jones captained every school team in which he played. Academically he achieved high standards as well, going from Newington College to Sydney University, where he studied Law from 1980-1985, before joining the Sydney city law firm of Garland Hawthorn Brahe.

Nick Farr-Jones is a true ambassador for Rugby Union. His effect on the game and influence in sporting circles beyond rugby was recognised in 1992 when he was awarded the AM. He retired from professional playing in 1993. Following a decade with the investment bank, Societe Generale, in 2010 Nick moved to Taurus Funds Management, one of Australia’s first resources hedge funds.

Nick Farr Jones has a winning combination – he has energy, enthusiasm and an instinctive understanding of what it takes to excel in any field. With persistence and strength of character, he is a model of excellence in the sporting field and beyond.

Nick is a former Senator of the University of Sydney, Director of NRMA, Councillor of the City of Sydney and Patron of the Children's Leukaemia and Cancer Foundation. He is currently a Director of the Wesley Mission and recently created his own charity known as Touch Life raising awareness and funds to support Wesley’s work in the homeless space.

On Tuesday 10 July 2018 at 7:30am Barista Coffee served from 7am.

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Rotary Luncheon:


Corporate Ethics in 2018 with Simon Longstaff AO

Tuesday 17 July at Castlereagh Boutique Hotel

A discussion on Corporate Ethics in 2018 will be a feature of Sydney Rotary Club’s Informal Luncheon on Tuesday 17th July.

The guest speaker will be Dr Simon Longstaff AO, Executive Director of The Ethics Centre.

Simon Longstaff began his working life on Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory where he worked in the Safety Department of the then BHP subsidiary, GEMCO. Following a period studying law in Sydney and a brief career teaching in Tasmania, Simon undertook postgraduate studies in philosophy as a Member of Magdalene College, Cambridge.

He commenced his work as the first Executive Director of The Ethics Centre in 1991. Simon is a Fellow of CPA Australia and in June 2016, was appointed an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University – based at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies.

Formerly serving as the inaugural President of The Australian Association for Professional & Applied Ethics, Simon serves on several boards and committees across a broad spectrum of activities.

In 2013, Simon Longstaff was made an officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for "distinguished service to the community through the promotion of ethical standards in governance and business, to improving corporate responsibility, and to philosophy.

On Tuesday 17 July 2018 at 1:00pm.

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