Blue Mountains Interplast Dinner a Fantastic Success
Over 50 Rotarians and friends raised over $6,500 at the Interplast Dinner last Wednesday night. Notwithstanding heavy rain, everyone turned up for a night of fun, fellowship and serious fundraising.  The funds raised contribute to District 9685’s goal of raising $50,000 to fund an Interplast team of plastic reconstructive surgeons to the Asia/Pacific region.  The night was organised by Upper Blue Mountains Sunrise and well supported by the other mountains clubs, particularly Springwood, Central Blue Mountains and Blackheath.
Interplast teams include volunteer plastic reconstructive surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals to repair bodies and rebuild lives of those with cleft palate, burns, and hand and foot deformities, and to upgrade the skills and capacity of local medical personal.
30,000 Wheelchairs!
At the workshops, on 18 February, the 30,000th wheelchair was loaded, along with 165 others, into a sea container for Myanmar. The occasion was celebrated by the Volunteers along with special guests.
This milestone has been achieved after 16 years of volunteer wheelchair production during which time there have been in excess of 380 volunteers who have, at some point, given their time to hands-on wheelchair production
Without the Rotary support generated from your district we may not have reached this magical milestone in production.
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More club histories added - have you shared yours?
We recently update these clubs to the record of The History of Clubs in Rotary District 9685.  Check out the following links to see the individual histories. 
While doing so, check if your club is listed; if not, why not submit your club's history to
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See other recent updates here.

Opportunity to have Kim Saville speak
Kim Saville (fellow Rotarian) is currently touring Australia.  Kim has been at St Jude’s since the school had 11 students, one bus and no electricity!  With the support of many Rotary clubs, the school now educates more than 1,900 of Tanzania’s poorest students, fighting poverty through education.
Kim will be in Sydney next week (27 April - 1 May) and then again Thursday 7 May - Tuesday 12 May and is eager to attend any Club meetings that are keen to learn more about our work in Tanzania.
If anyone is interested in Kim attending their meeting it is best to touch base with Sarah Henry (who is the contact here in Australia for The School of St Jude, Tanzania) by emailing her at

Istanbul Declaration on Peace
Attending the Istanbul Rotary Peace Conference
(L-R) Larry & Mina Howard (Blackheath), Jennifer & Ian Scott (Central Blue), and Di & Michael Mead (Balgowlah)
with the Istanbul Declaration

Have you shared your Club's History
We recently added these clubs to the record of The History of Clubs in Rotary District 9685.
Check out the following links to see the individual histories.  While doing so, check if your club is listed; if not, why not submit your club's history to
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Hornsby's Casino Night

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Polio: Beginning to End
  District Polio Chair, Rob Byrne of the Rotary Club of Turramurra gave a presentation at the 2014 District Conference.  Watch the video on YouTube in conjunction with the presentation slides (click here)
An update was given at the 2015 District Conference and the slides from that presentation may also be downloaded here
One of the legends of the Rotary Polio project passed away recently.
Professor Ron Huckstep (pictured in the centre) was pivotal, together with Past President Rob Sheldon (North Sydney) in getting the District Governor and the World President Elect aboard the polio project which as it's first act was to immunise the Philippines...that is how it started and on it goes.
Ron and Rob threw the first pebble into the pond which started those tiny ripples which have turned into waves which have saved so many lives and reduced much human suffering.
When it started polio was endemic in 125 countries with 350,000 polio cases or 40 children being diagnosed every hour. The mortality rate among kids was 2 - 5% which meant that there were over 10,000 deaths per year.
We are close to the end and we thank you Prof Ron Huckstep for your persistence your humility, your determination and your resolve.

Long Serving Community Volunteers Honoured
Gateway Family Services volunteers were the big winners at the inaugural Community Volunteer Awards Presentation Evening hosted by Lower Blue Mountains Rotary recently.
Some 110 Rotarians and partners, Award winners, family and friends crowded into the function room at Emu Plains Sports and Recreation Club to enjoy the historic evening.
Ten Lower Mountains citizens were honoured.
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See the District Assembly photos & presentations

Photos and Presentations now available

The District Assembly was held on 12 April
at The King's School
See the photos and presentions at

Australia National Maritime Museum (ANMM)
ANMM at Darling Harbor has a speakers program where volunteer guides are available to speak to clubs. The presentations available cover some important events in Australian Maritime history. There is more information about the topics on our Speaker Bank.
Have you had a good speaker at your club?  Remember to share the details so other clubs may benefit.

Discover new strategies for recruiting members

The final webinar in RI's Membership Matters! series focuses on growing and strengthening your club by inviting new and diverse groups of professionals to club meetings, asking friends and colleagues to participate in projects, and reaching out to Rotary program alumni

Register today for How to Recruit New Members and Strengthen Your Club, 7 May, 1-2am Sydney time.  If that's too early/late, read on.

The Membership Matters! webinar series provides tools to evaluate and improve the membership experience, and strategies to engage current and potential members. Club leaders are encouraged to share the series at club meetings and discuss ideas for your club. Find recordings of the first four sessions.



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