The Rotary Club of Sydney meets for Lunch on Tuesdays 12.30pm to 2.00pm at
The Castlereagh Boutique Hotel Cello Room, 4th Floor, 169 Castlereagh Street
(between Market and Park Street) Sydney NSW 2000.
Guests are always welcome. 

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Soils for Life Luncheon


Tuesday 26th September

The guest speaker at the Sydney Rotary Club luncheon on Tuesday 26th September will be the former Governor-General, Major General The Honorable Michael Jeffrey, Chairman of Soils for Life.

The Rotary Clubs of Sydney and Sydney Cove have enabled a further expansion of the Western Division Resilient Landscapes Project launched by the Rotary Club of Sydney and Soils For Life in June 2014. This follows successful Soils For Life meetings hosted by Rotary in Wentworth in the south west corner of NSW and Cobar in the north west of the state.  

General Jeffrey will be joined at the luncheon by Natalie Williams, Chief of Staff, Soils For Life and one the owners of a showcase property mentoring other farmers on behalf of Soils For Life.

The Western Division Resilient Landscapes Project aims to help farmers learn how to manage their properties to minimise the impact of drought on production and landscape health. Soils For Life focuses on the national and global challenges of land degradation, a changing climate, food and water security, energy demands and the needs of an increasing population.

Additional funds announced in 2017, bringing the total financial support by Rotary for Soils For Life to $200,000 and the success of the program has led to Local Land Services adopting mentoring as the preferred medium for delivering many of its extension programs to landholders.

A more detailed briefing session will be conducted by General Jeffrey after the luncheon.

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Tuesday 3rd October

The luncheon at the Sydney Rotary Club on Tuesday 3rd October will be a “Back to the Future” day for the Club with many past members and former presidents being invited to attend.

The guest speaker will be a former President of the Club, Chris Joscelyne, who will share some recent Club history that promises to be informative and entertaining, with some quirky anecdotes from the earlier days.

Chris has had a long and distinguished career in radio and technology, starting out with Radio 7EX in Launceston where he was known as “CJ the DJ.” Much later he was appointed general manager of Radio 2CH.


During the luncheon, the local command nominees for the NSW Police Officer of the Year will be announced.

It should be quite an arresting luncheon! Visitors most welcome.

On Tuesday 3 October 2017 at 12:30pm

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Tuesday 10th October

On Tuesday 10th October, Sydney Rotary Club will be holding a less formal meeting including lunch, fellowship, and sharing of projects from the wider Rotary world.

During the meeting we will hear from three visiting Rotarians sharing their projects with members. Learn about projects that Rotary is involved in and share with colleagues ideas for future Rotary Club of Sydney projects and activities.

Projects highlighted will be:

Rotary Solar Lights - Bringing light to communities around the world;

Rotary Action Group for Endangered Species - To mobilise Rotarians and provide global awareness and focused action in the continuing struggle to preserve and protect endangered species;

SHINE For Kids - supports families of prisoners - to alleviate the effects of imprisonment on children and families and consequently to reduce the likelihood of reoffending through support and information and advocacy for the rights of children at all levels.

On Tuesday 10 October 2017 at 12:30pm

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Tuesday 17th October

The guest speaker at Sydney Rotary Club on Tuesday 17th October will be Melanie Noden, CEO of The Hunger Project Australia.

Originally from an investment banking background (15 year career with Deutsche Bank in Australia and London and 5 years as a Solicitor with Allens Arthur Robinson), Melanie transitioned to the non-for-profit sector and became the CEO of the Asylum Seekers Centre.

During the four years there, she successfully established a sound financial platform at the organisation, through a combination of fundraising, media positioning and lobbying and increased the number of clients served by 500%.

Melanie has a huge passion and belief in social justice, equity and the health and well-being of all people and has used her professional skills and qualifications to provide pro bono work for a range of not-for-profit organisations throughout her career.

The Hunger Project’s mission is to end hunger and poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centered strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in countries throughout the world.

On Tuesday 17 October 2017 at 12:30pm

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Tuesday 24th October

The guest speaker at Sydney Rotary Club on Tuesday 24th October will be distinguished journalist and author, Hugh Riminton.

Over nearly 40 years as a journalist and foreign correspondent, Hugh Riminton has been shot at, blown up, threatened with deportation and thrown in jail. He has reported from nearly 50 countries, witnessed massacres in Africa, wars and conflicts on four continents, and every kind of natural disaster.

It has been an extraordinary life.

From a small-town teenager with a drinking problem, cleaning rat cages for a living, to a multi-award winning international journalist reporting to an audience of 300 million people, Hugh has been a frontline witness to our times. From genocide in Africa to the Indian Ocean tsunami, from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to slave-buying in Sudan, Hugh has seen the best and worst of human behaviour.

In Australia, he has covered political dramas, witnessed the Port Arthur Massacre and the Thredbo disaster and broke a major national scandal. His work helped force half-a-dozen government inquiries.

Hugh’s latest book, Minefields, is a compelling exploration of a foreign correspondent's life - proof of Hugh's belief that 'if you go looking for trouble, you'll probably find it.'

On Tuesday 24 October 2017 at 12:30pm

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Tuesday 31st October

The guest speaker at Sydney Rotary Club’s luncheon on Tuesday 31st October will be Derrick Thompson, Senior Business Development Manager of Hitachi Australia.

For decades Japan has given us the latest in high-technology advances from household appliances and office computer breakthroughs to industrial-scale electronics and robotics. Now it agriculture’s turn.

From Central Queensland to southern NSW, Hitachi Australia, is trialling a range of different technologies enabling farmers to run driverless machinery or remotely calculate pasture and soil moisture conditions to make better grazing management decisions.

A new network of Japanese satellites over the Asia Pacific region promises to provide global positioning system (GPS) style technology capable of driving unmanned tractors and harvesters, guiding long-flight drones over crops and grazing properties and assisting decision making calculations.

With information technology taking artificial farm intelligence to a new level, self-driving cars, freight trucks and delivery drones are among the many other likely users of the geolocation information transmitted by the Japanese satellites.

On Tuesday 31 October 2017 at 12:30pm

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