President John  van den Burg

 

 

ROTARY MEETINGS RESUME AFTER COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS EASED

As restrictions imposed due to concerns about the current COVID-19 virus have been relaxed  meetings of this Club resumed from July 6th 2020.

Our meetings are now held at St. Joseph's Conference Centre, St Joseph's Road (off Barina Downs Road), Baulkham Hills. 

If you want to contact the Club for meetings please contact Club Service Director Jim Sifonios  on 0413  531 140 or for other matters please contact the Secretary Wilf van Emmerik on 0428 477 000 or email wilfred.vanemmerik@bigpond.com.

 

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Rotary Club of The Hills - Kellyville meets every Monday for Dinner at the St Joseph's Conference Centre.
Arrive 6:30 pm  Start 7:00 pm
End 8:45 pm

St Joseph's Rd
Baulkham Hills NSW 2153 Australia

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 The Hills are Alive... with award winning gardens

  

Mrs Elsie Hehir's  Championship winning garden from 2017

The Sydney Garden Competition is on again in 2020. Steeped in history and intricately linlked to the Hills Shire, the first competition ran in 1959 as the brain child of Councillor Eric Mobbs. It became the forerunner of the Orange Blossom Festival, so has a significant place in the cultural history of "The Garden Shire"

Many gardeners have had more time than usual to spend in their gardens this year, so if you are justly proud of your efforts, why not enter this year's competition. You have nothing to lose, as there is no entry fee and you could well be rewarded with a prize  and to get some tips from our professional judges who are experienced horticulturalists.

 

To be eligible to enter this competition, gardens must be located in The Hills Shire or in the adjoining parts of suburbs  including Baulkham Hills, Northmead, North Rocks, Carlingford, West Pennant Hills, Cherrybrook, Glenhaven, Glenorie, Dural, Galston and Arcadia.

Entries close on Friday 11th September and judging will take place between 15th and 19th September. The judges will need to visit your garden and during this time and you will be advised of the date and estimated time of their visit the previous weekend.

An Awards Night will be held on Friday 25th September where award winning gardens and their gardeners will be honored and receive prizes. This event will be at the Harvey Lowe Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground from 7:30PM. Photos of all gardens will be shown from 7:00 PM and at the conclusion of the award presentation a light supper will be served. If the Award Night is unable to be held the  winners will have their prizes delivered to them and all entrants will be advised of the results.

For more information about entering your garden or sponsorship opportunities contact Keith Stapley on 0412 079 014

An entry form can be downloaded here:  entry form 2020 v3.pdf

 

The Sydney Hills Garden Competition is an Orange Blossom Festival Event

  

A project of the Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville Inc.

 

August 2020

The Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville

The Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville  is an active and enthusiastic Club which was formed from the amalgamation of the Rotary Clubs of Baulkham Hills, Kellyville (2009) and Winston Hills (2015).

Our Club is involved in many activities at both a local and international level covering aspects such as community service, international service, vocational service and youth. 

 Some of our current and recent projects are The Sydney Hills Garden Competition, Jazz at the Pines , Christmas Tree Sales, Writing Competition for local schools, Australia Day ceremony,  sponsorship of the Bourke Public School breakfast programme,   Youth Exchange students, Rotary Youth Leadership, numerous partnership projects in India and Sri Lanka and supporting local causes such as North West Disability Services and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Of course while our projects do provide good fellowship as well as good service we also also like to have fun and fellowship at our social events.

  If you would like to give something back to the community and enjoy fellowship and fun with like minded individuals you are always welcome at one of our meetings.

 Contact   Membership Director John Collignon on 0409 841 281  or Secretary Wilf van Emmerik on 0428  477 000 or wilfred.vanemmerik@bigpond.com

Proposed Baulkham Hills Community Garden

A new garden for you in the Garden Shire

 

 

  

 MEETING SCHEDULED FOR EARLY APRIL DEFERRED DUE TO COVID-19

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he Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville is proposing the establishment of a Community Garden at Conie Avenue Reserve Baulkham Hills.

Community gardens have been shown to contribute to a better and healthier lifestyle by:

  • providing fresh, safe, affordable herbs, fruits and vegetables

  • helping to relieve stress and to increase a sense of wellness

  • getting people active to help improve their overall physical health

  • providing social opportunities that build a sense of community and belonging

  • giving people an opportunity to learn and share knowledge on gardening, nature, and cooking

  • providing an inclusive meeting area where interested people of all ages and cultural backgrounds can come together to share experiences

 A grant under the Federal Stronger Communities Programme is available to establish the Community Garden and we have the support of The Hills Shire Council. 

Two public interest meetings have been held for this project and a number of community members have expressed an interest in being involved in progressing this initiative. 


 A further meeting of interested persons was scheduled to be held in early April, but unfotunately has been deferred due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus.  While we apologise for this we were left with no choice in pausing this project,    we are concerned for the well being of the interested community members, our own members and the staff and clients at North West Disability Services where the meeting would have been held. 

If you are interested in the Community Garden project, please contact Keith Stapley on 0412 079 014 or glenhope@ozemail.com.au .


CLUB CHANGEOVER 27TH JUNE 2020

 

Club members and friends gathered for the first time in 15 weeks to help President Fran Broadbent celebrate our achievements over the 2019-20 year and to welcome our  President for 2020-21, John van den Burg and his Board.

 

 President Fran

Members were delighted to be joined by District Governor Kalma McLellan; Assistant Governor Robert Bredin, Hills Shire Mayor, Dr Michelle Byrne; and The Hon. David Elliott MP (Member for Baulkham Hills and Minister for Police and Emergency Services); partners and other guests. 

DG Kalma complimented President Fran and the club for an excellent year, especially for our adaptability to remain connected, active and effective during the difficulties associated with the Covid-19 pandemic Similar sentiments were expressed by Mayor Dr Byrne and Minister David Elliott.

President Fran thanked DG Kalma, Mayor Dr Byrne and Minister David Elliott for their kind remarks and thanked the Board and all Club members for their support over the last two years and her pride in what we had been able to achieve. Her special project had been to establish a community garden in Baulkham Hills and while this had not yet been achieved it was well in progress thanks to the persistence of Keith Stapley and the support and assistance of the Mayor. The Club had also been recognised by our District with awards for International, Youth and Community Service programs.

 

District Governor Kalma McLellan presented Paul Harris Fellowship Awards to Graeme Rohan; Michael Griscti; Margaret van Emmerik and Lyn Stapley. Paul Harris Fellowship  Awards were also  presented for Gordon Scoble and Robyn Scoble, in absentia.

DG Kalma also presented an Avenue of Service Recognition to Haran Ramachandran, for his successful International Service work this year and Paul Harris Fellow Pins to Ahsha Ramachandran, Gordon Scoble and John Van Den Burg, in recognition of individual contributions to The Rotary Foundation.

The Bill Bazeley Award for Rotarian of The Year was presented to Keith Stapley by President Fran before she handed over the reins of office to President John van den Burg.


 
 President John