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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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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