Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Strathfield which Immediate Past District Governor Dianne North has just announced as the Rotary District 9675 Club of the year for 2019-20. Under the leadership of Immediate Past President Arie Pappas, the club has achieved an incredible amount during the past Rotary year in order to receive this award.
The club has two International projects in Sri Lanka. The first project provides repurposed health and medical equipment to victims of the war in Sri Lanka. The other project assists in the prevention of drug abuse and consequently HIV/AIDS in the Sri Lankan community. These two projects have been driven by the club's International Director, Thaya Ponniyah for which he was recognised by Rotary International with an Avenues of Service Award.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 the club has continued to be very involved in many community activities. Over half of their members participated in activities such as:
*providing Mothers Day gifts to elderly residents in local nursing homes during the COVID-19 lockdown when families couldn't visit; *providing 1500 meals each week to the homeless, refugees and overseas students in their community; *recognising the work of hospital cleaners on International Cleaners Day when during the pandemic most of the emphasis is placed on our frontline health workers such as doctors and nurses;
* providing electronic equipment to the Chalmers Rd School for the disabled to assist with the students' online education; *providing free professional counselling to elderly members of the community suffering stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic; *assisting at Foodbank to distribute food to the needy in the community; *providing monetary assistance to Concord Hospital's Cancer Survivorship program when regular sponsors were no longer able to contribute due to COVID-19; *making a donation to The Rotary Foundation's COVID-19 projects.
For these COVID-19 related projects the club also receive the Rotary International recognition of a Significant Service Award. 
The Rotary Club of Strathfield received a District Grant last year for an indigenous project in Yuendumu, north west of Alice Springs. This project provides an indigenous bush garden, a contemporary vegetable garden and play equipment for preschoolers. This project helps in the education and development of indigenous children and it involves the whole community.
The Rotary Club of Strathfield was also acknowledged by Rotary International with a Rotary Citation with a Platinum Distinction, the highest recognition possible in this award. Among many of their achievements for this citation the club had a net increase of more than 5 members during the year, had an active Foundation Committee and participated in the Polio Train Ride. The club is very active with their Interact Club (Homebush Boys High School) and with many thanks to PP Peter Smith, the Club's Youth Director, the Interact Club also received a Rotary Citation.