The Rotary Leadership Institute course is now run over two days, powerpacked with information, learning and skills you can use in your Rotary life straight away. 
 
Networking with other Rotarians and led by experienced facilitators, you are sure to enjoy what others are describing as the best Rotary training they have had.  Register online now at rli.rotarydistrict9685.org.au and supercharge your Rotary.
 
There is 1 course available for registration:
 
RLI 48 - Saturday 4 and 25 August 2018
 
Please share this with your club members, particularly new Rotarians and new 2018/19 Board members.
 
 
 
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for May 2018.   Please feel free to share and send us your great membership stories.
 
 

I am honoured to advise you ShelterBox has been nominated for the 2018  Nobel Peace Prize, the winner to be announced in October.  Whatever the result, this is an amazing nomination and we are truly honoured. The nomination reflects the incredible work done by the ShelterBox staff and volunteers around the world, and to those who have supported us, especially the many Rotary Clubs and Rotarians.

 

The nomination is also an implicit recognition of the partnership between ShelterBox and Rotary International.  Two great organisations combining their efforts to provide disaster aid wherever it may be required across our world.  I am reminded that last year we helped 32,000 households, or 160,000 people, who had lost everything through conflict or natural disaster. We responded to world events 24 times in the year and deployed aid to 20 different countries. Rotary groups around the world helped us provide vulnerable people with emergency shelter and aid in almost all of the countries we have worked in affected by natural disaster.  In 2017, we also surpassed the highest number of days ever deployed in one year. This includes 84 ShelterBox Response Team volunteers who deployed for a total of 1,530 days. That’s an average volunteer deployment of 18 days each.

 

I never underestimate the impact of the support of Rotary International, Rotary Clubs and individual Rotarian has to ShelterBox in achieving our goal of no family without shelter.

 

As we continue to pursue our goal, we thank each and every one of you for the support given, and make an impassioned plea for that support to continue into the future.  As individual organisations we can make a difference in the world; as a partnership we can do even more.

 

Thank you.

 

Rowley

 

ROWLEY TOMPSETT  CRLSS  FICDA  JP

Chair

 


 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to PDG Tony Castley on his election to the board of Rotary Down Under (RDU) representing the 9670, 9675, 9685, 9700, 9710 Districts.  Tony brings a wealth of experience in media, marketing, and business.

 

Tony was 9680 District Governor in 2008-09, is a member of the Rotary E-club of Greater Sydney, was a past and very successful District Foundation Chairman, is Chairman of Sew Group international, is publisher of the “Humanity and Motion” books and so much more.

 

Together with his wife Sandra, Tony has for many years helped people in poverty throughout Asia via the Sewaid International programme.

 

Tony has previously worked closely with RDU and we look forward to Tony’s contribution the RDU board.

 

 

 

 
Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant today announced 24 NSW and 8 ACT finalists for the 2018 Rotary Clubs and Districts of NSW and ACT Emergency Services Community Awards.
 
Mr Grant said the expanded awards, which include the ACT for the first time, are a fantastic opportunity to shine a light upon the enormous contribution of emergency services workers such as nominee Alan Johnson from Batlow who has been a volunteer for over 52 years.
 
“These awards celebrate the outstanding commitment, sacrifice and spirit of service. As a community it is important that we take the time to acknowledge and thank volunteers and personnel who give so much of themselves and ask so little in return,” Mr Grant said.
 
“As a state we are hugely indebted to all our emergency services men and women. We should never take for granted their commitment to protecting us and it is important that we acknowledge the unsung heroes who repeatedly go above and beyond.
 
“This year’s finalists have more than 600 years of combined service and I thank them all for their exemplary community service.”
 
Finalists come from the following emergency services agencies:
 
  • Fire & Rescue NSW
  • ACT Fire & Rescue
  • NSW Ambulance
  • ACT Ambulance
  • NSW Rural Fire Service
  • ACT Rural Fire Service
  • NSW State Emergency Service
  • ACT State Emergency Service
  • Marine Rescue NSW
 
  • NSW Volunteer Rescue Association.
 
 
Mr Grant announced the creation of a $1,000 Dorothy Hennessy Emergency Services Youth scholarship for a volunteer aged up to 21 for training and educational materials or equipment.
 
“This scholarship celebrates our young volunteers and honours the outstanding contribution of an individual in providing support to their community,” Mr Grant said.
 
Commissioners from the NSW SES, NSW RFS, Marine Rescue NSW and the NSW Volunteer Rescue Association will each nominate an outstanding individual for consideration of the scholarship. A Rotary NSW panel will determine the most deserving candidate.
 
Winners for each service, plus two special winners for NSW and for ACT, and the young volunteer will be announced at an Awards Presentation Dinner, at the Bankstown Sports Club.
 
Family, friends, supporters and the general public are invited to attend the presentation dinner. Tickets can purchased at: www.RotaryESCawards.org.au.
 
The 2018 Rotary NSW and ACT Emergency Services Community Awards finalists:
 
Service / Agency
First Name
Last Name
Community / Suburb
Fire & Rescue NSW
John
McGarvey
Gosford
Fire & Rescue NSW
Justin
Sullivan
Bankstown
Fire & Rescue NSW
Russell
Turner
Ingleburn
Fire & Rescue NSW
Andrew
Verus
Kogarah
Marine Rescue NSW
Paul
Bellard
Birkenhead Point
Marine Rescue NSW
Paul
Robinson
Birkenhead Point
Marine Rescue NSW
Jacquelyn
Taffs
Wooli
Marine Rescue NSW
Richard
Wrightson
Lake Macquarie
NSW Ambulance
Susan
Baker
Ashford
NSW Ambulance
Jarrod
Browning
Hawkesbury
NSW Ambulance
Allan
Simpkins
Kempsey
NSW Ambulance
Paul
Vowels
Beresfield
NSW Rural Fire Service
Donald 
Anderson
McMasters Beach
NSW Rural Fire Service
Glenn
Byrnes
East Maitland
NSW Rural Fire Service
Les
Goldie
Kearsley
NSW Rural Fire Service
Deborah
Sharp
Engadine
NSW State Emergency Service
Bill - Roy
Atchison
Grenfell
NSW State Emergency Service
Keith
Dawe
Condobolin
NSW State Emergency Service
William 
Dodd
Forster Tuncurry
NSW State Emergency Service
Naomi
Leviton
Manly
NSW Volunteer Rescue Association
Geoffrey
Hawes
Mudgee
NSW Volunteer Rescue Association
Alan
Johnson
Taree
NSW Volunteer Rescue Association
Debra
Scanes ESM
Binalong
NSW Volunteer Rescue Association
John
Wraight
Byron Shire
 
 
 
 
ACT Ambulance
Michael
Bohun
Fairbairn
ACT Ambulance
Andy
Francey
Belconnen
ACT Fire and Rescue
Mark
Blake
Canberra
ACT Fire and Rescue
Robert
Thompson
Fyshwick
ACT Rural Fire Service
Anthony
Kidney
Holt
ACT Rural Fire Service
Mark 
Sedgman
Stromlo
ACT State Emergency Service
Sue
Elsbury
Campbell
ACT State Emergency Service
Norm
Nelson
Pialligo
 
 
 

Gosford North Rotary Club has visited Madagascar eight times over the past few years delivering essential aid. They have been involved in a RAWCS approved program that distributes medical equipment, wheelchairs, SewAid, solar lights, blankets as well as setting up many programs including orphanage building, Skyjuice water project, carpentry skills building, school desk building, educational supplies.

 

On 6th June 2018, we are off again! This time we are taking in 1,112 RAWCS approved solar lights & undertaking a major water project. The people of Madagascar are experiencing the worst drought in many decades. We have raised some $20,000 to purchase materials to fund a two kilometre gravity fed water pipeline from a natural spring in the mountains down into a 'parched' village of 2,200 people.

Can you please help us? We are just $3,500 short of funds necessary to upgrade 12 existing, but damaged water points. We will be able to complete the work with this assistance.

On our return we would be pleased to visit your club with stories & testimonials.

 

We are so thrilled to be joined on this trip by Mr Howard Sullivan, Hydrogeologist, from Crows Nest Club. Please contact Madagascar project organiser Peter Pearce if you can assist the wonderful yet disadvantaged people of Madagascar. PS If you would love to join us on this trip, applications are open, leaving on 6th June.

 

Kind regards, YIR,

 

Peter Pearce OAM    0431 778655        peterpearce48@hotmail.com


NEWSLETTER UPDATE #3 7th May 2018
 
THE AREA / THE FIRES  ‘No Lives were Lost’
The central district of District 9780 has been severley affected by 4 fires.
4 Fires are known as Hawesdale/Gazette, Garvoc, Terang/Cobden & Camperdown.
3 Peat fires still remain adjacent to Cobden. They are controlled with water being piped to the area, with the other firefighting assets have now been removed.
There have been the loss of up to 26 homes, 40,000 hectares of feed, equipment shedding, dairies, 4000km of fencing and wind shelter.
 
THE ASSISTANCE
Local assistance has been magnificent. Financial response has been fantastic with support ranging from Western Australia to NSW and everwhere in between. Material support has been from 41 truck loads of feed from Warracknabeal to Western Emergency Relief Network from D 9800.
 
THE CHALLENGES IMMEDIATE
Blaze Aid has set up camps at Cobden, Terang and MacArthur with volunteer efforts, materials of post and wire being purchased locally.
Internal boundary fences with burnt trees are not attracting funding support, but must be removed before the fencing recontruction can take place. This is an enormous cost and investigations are taking place with governments.
Feed management and reestablishment of pastures is a urgency.
 
THE CHALLENGES MID / LONGER TERM
Housing needs to be replaced, as well as shedding and equipment
Farm viability and farmer/family health are perceived a substantial pending challenges.
 
A Community Group has former to assist with donor distributions. The South West Victoria Fire Community Relief Fund Committee, has broad Local Government, Health, Industry and Community Bank. We have joined this committee to assist with the process of identifying needs. We will pool $60,000 of Rotary’s donations into the consolidate community fund. Bendigo Bank network have contributed approx $75000 to this account.
 
Thankyou to the many individuals and clubs, both locally and out of District 9780 for your generous support.
 
We have an account assigned for receipt of donations.
Account:         Rotary International District 9780 – bushfire appeal
BSB                 035070
Account          179149
Reference        Name & email details to secretary
 
Contacts
Graeme Fischer Assistant Governor Group 6 Clubs  graeme.fischer@bigpond.com 0439 135 766
Ray Herbert District Governor District 9780 herbert.r@telstra.com  0407 785 633
Barry Clark District Secretary Barry.Clark@rotary.org
Last year the Awards were a remarkable success and the women who were nominated were truly an inspiration.
 
This year the Awards Ceremony will be a lunch at The Epping Club – details to be provided later.
 
The Inspirational Women’s Awards (RIWA) have been established to recognise women and young women who best exemplify Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self (i.e. the community service the individual performs above and beyond their normal role.
The Awards are an initiative of the Rotary Districts and Clubs of NSW.
 
The Committee hope these Awards will be a Statewide event and are hoping for your support of the Awards. There are three categories:
  • Rural;
  • City/Urban; and
  • Volunteer.
Key dates for the Awards:
  • Nominations open - 2 May 2018
  • Nominations Close - 13 June 2018
  • Judging dates - 14 - 27 June 2018
  • Announcement of finalists - 4 July 2018
  • Awards presentation - 26 Aug 2018
 
Please click here for the Nomination Form.
 
 
 
 

ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children) fulfils an exciting and very satisfying role within Rotary. It offers a unique chance to seriously help those who are disadvantaged. The reward received after being part of a team that repairs a child’s broken life and sees them return home fit and well, is unbelievable. The contact, humility and gratification are astonishing. It is perhaps why many of us joined and remain in Rotary

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE PART OF THE TEAM?

Right now ROMAC is in the process of fulfilling its orderly succession plan.

The regular introduction of new people and fresh ideas ensures ROMAC continues its wonderful program. A program which, one way or another, has so far saved the lives of 500 children.

ROMAC is looking for Rotarians in the mould of those who have gone before; Rotarians who are self-motivated, committed and dedicated.

Two Australia and New Zealand wide positions are available:-

Deputy Chair:

Operations Secretary

A third, position that of Eastern Region Chair, is available to a Rotarian residing within ROMAC’s Eastern Region (RI Districts 9670; 9675; 9685; 9700; 9710)

All positions are for a term of four years which commence after the ROMAC AGM in Hobart on Friday 14th September 2018

YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE PART OF THE TEAM?

Then check out the links above for each position and email your application to the ROMAC Chair, Rob Wilkinson at chair@romac.org.au

 
 
 
With just two months of our Rotary year to run, I request everyone to step up their efforts of ‘quietly encouraging’ Rotary Clubs and Rotarians to contribute to the END POLIO NOW campaign when considering their end of year donations.
 
Never has the need for funding been so important … especially when we note the amazing resilience and service coming out of countries like Pakistan …
Two weeks ago, Pakistan launched a new nationwide polio vaccination drive to reach 38.7 million children and push toward final eradication of the potentially deadly virus in one of the last endemic countries in our world!
 
Nearly 260,000 volunteers and workers fanned out across Pakistan in a sustained effort to reach every child under five in the week long campaign.
Pakistan’s national coordinator Mohammad Safdar told the Reuters news agency that everyone was cooperating with the door-to-door effort.
“The situation in our country has improved dramatically from 306 cases in 2014, to just eight last year and only ONE so far in 2018,” he said.
 
Efforts to eradicate the disease have been undermined by opposition from the Taliban and other Islamist militants who say immunisation is a foreign ploy to sterilise Muslim children or a cover for Western spies.
 
In January, gunmen killed a mother and daughter vaccination team working in the southwestern province of Baluchistan – where this year’s lone case of Polio was reported.
So, the 2017/18 request from RI President Ian Riseley and the Polio Eradication Program was simple –
  • Individual Rotary Clubs are requested to donate a special grant of $1,500 in addition to normal giving to END POLIO NOW.
  • All Districts urged to donate 20% of unused DDF to the Polio Eradication Campaign.
  • Districts and Clubs are urged to continue the search for TRF Major donors – at US$10,000 each.
  • Districts and Clubs are requested to include special promotions within their annual programs to celebrate World Polio Day on October 24 and Rotary’s birthday on February 23 every year.
Please be sure to thank your clubs and Rotarians for everything they are doing to sustain the Polio Eradication Campaign.
PDG Bob Aitken AM JP
RI END POLIO NOW Coordinator, Zones 7B/Part 8, 2014/18.
 
 
 
The Conference (formerly the Institute) will be held in Hobart on 14 – 16 September 2018 and Rotary International Director Noel Trevaskis invites all Rotarians to join us for this event. There will be a number of interesting presenters covering Rotary projects and issues of interest together with a variety of breakout sessions. What better way to keep up-to-date and enjoy mixing with Rotarians from all Australian states and the North and South Islands of New Zealand as well as visiting some of the many attractions on offer.
 
Further details can be found on the Conference website http://www.rotaryinstitute.org.au/  and additional information is available from the contacts listed on the site.
 
And there is more! Rotaractors can attend the conference at a reduced fee and participants in the Youth Exchange Program in 2018-19 or in the past 5 years can attend with no fee to pay. We know of several Rotarians who intend to holiday in Tasmania in conjunction with the Conference – why not you? Why not assist Rotaractors and Youth Exchange participants/alumni to join you?
 
 
Regards
Peter Murfett
Co-Chair
Australia and New Zealand Rotary Conference 2018
 
 
 
Top 5 Reasons to support EndTrachoma by 2020
 
Clubs around Australia support many worthwhile charities and projects. But EndTrachoma by 2020 is something particularly special for Rotary Australia.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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