At the District Conference in March 2017, there are a wonderful array of speakers - a great mix of Rotary information and entertaining and informative speakers such as David Ireland and Peter Switzer.


District Governor Bruce would welcome your club encouraging and sponsoring (if able) Rotaractors and new members and volunteers to join you and have fun with us and learn more about Rotary in March 2017.


The day will be topped off with a wonderful evening with a glamorous cocktail function and entertainment provided by Normie Rowe and the Playboys - LIVE on stage.


Different registration packages are available:

* Platinum Package

* Day Package

* Alternate Partners' Program

* Entertainment Package


Find out more on the Conference Website.


Please share this great opportunity with all your Club members and join us at the Conference. Register at TODAY!





2017-18 Board Members, please be aware  of the following 2017-18 District training dates:
President Elects Training (PETS)
Saturday 1 April 2017
Macquarie Graduate School of Management
Talavera Road, North Ryde
District Assembly
Sunday 23 April 2017
The Kings School
Pennant Hills Road, Parramatta
These events will begin with registrations at 8.30am and formal start at 9.00am, finishing at 4.30pm.
The training content will be informative and entertaining. It is a Rotary International requirement that each club is represented at PETS and District Assembly. If your club's President Elect cannot attend it is important that a representative from the club take their place.

Understanding our Working with Children obligations

Does your club participate in any of the following or similar Youth programs?
Programs organised and administered by District Committees and supported by Clubs
  • Rotary Youth Exchange [RYEP]
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards [RYLA]
  • Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment [RYPEN]
  • National Youth Science Forum [NYSF]
  • Siemens Science Experience, Engineering Schools [SSE]
  • Science & Engineering Challenge
  • Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA)
  • Recognition of Youth Awards (ROYA)
  • Pacific Australia Cultural Exchange (PACE)
Programs organised and administered by other organisations and supported by Clubs
  • Youth Driver Awareness [RYDA]
  • Operation Hope (Wesley Mission Camps for disadvantaged children)
  • Youth Insearch (community-based organisation coordinating program focusing on resolving adolescent issues at a peer level)
Programs initiated by Clubs to meet the needs of young people in their local communities
  • Scholarships, bursaries and awards for school students
  • Inter-school debating competitions
  • 'My Mother - My Hero' Mother's Day Essay/ Poem for Primary School students
  • Homeless youth programs
  • Community Centres for Youth
  • Youth Forums, ARH High School Forums on Mental Health (Years 10 & 11)
  • Youth Art Shows, Drama Festivals and Showcases of Musical Talents
  • Leadership training for High School Student Representative Council members
  • Support for students with disabilities - wheelchairs, computers, social outings
If so, the following WWC obligations apply:
  • Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012
  • Child protection (Working with Children) Regulation 2013
  • Children and Young People (care and Protection) Act 1998
  • Rotary Youth Protection Guide (2016)
These requirements are encapsulated in the draft “Child Protection Policy and Procedure Manual” available to clubs on the D9685 website. It is recommended that all clubs adopt this manual if they participate in any form of Youth Program.

To learn more

D9685 is taking a 3-phased approach to explaining how these obligations affect our District and Club Youth programs. It will be achieved as follows:
Phase 1           PETS 1 April 2017     
An overview of the relevant documents and their requirements to create an awareness for President’s – Elect so that they have a basis to manage the responses of their respective Clubs.
Phase 2           District Assembly 23 April 2017       
Club Board members and the Club Verification Officer should attend to hear a more detailed explanation about these important requirements and to receive guidance about their implementation.
Phase 3           FREE “Working with Children” workshop on 29 April 2017 in the District Office, Thornleigh, to expand on the DA.
A representative of the Office of the Children’s Guardian will be present and the primary objectives will be to:
  • Explain more about WWC and why it is an important matter; and
  • Participate in a Q&A session at which any misconceptions or misunderstandings that may exist will be addressed.
Suggested attendees would include:
  • 2017-2018 D9685 Directors responsible for Youth programs
  • Relevant 2017-2018 D9685 and Club Committee Chairs (e.g. RYE Program)
  • Club Verification Officers
  • Club Youth Service Directors
  • Club Presidents
  • Rotarians
Anybody who wishes to be a part of this team would be welcome to come and join this. A flyer has been prepared and the program  and other details are on the  web site
Rotary Clubs provide the heart and soul – and inspiration – of every District Conference and our Conference on 11 March will be no exception. 

Projects will provide lasting inspiration for all Conference attendees – and especially those new club members sampling their first ‘taste’ of Rotary District service.

Expression of Interest for a stand in the Lighthouse Project Showcase


If your Club has a special project you would like to showcase, please send an Expression of Interest to Raylene Jarvis, Conference Chair –

Please indicate if you need access to power. Setup of stand may be carried out on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning at 7am.

Samantha Chebat is 12 years old and suffers from a rare, serious disabling disease which means that she cannot go to school or associate with other children because of the risk of infection and possible death.
She has wonderful parents and recently, Ryde Toyota in collaboration with our club arranged for a new car to be specially fitted out and supplied for her parents to take her around.
The car cost $30,000 (interest free loan) and to date there has been very generous support from local individuals and The TWT newspaper, we have raised approximately $8000 so far and the funds are initially processed through the RAWCS account for further disbursement .
My personal wish, which is fully supported by our club, is to raise enough funds to clear the debt by mid-year 2017. At the end of the Rotary Year, many clubs look for deserving local community charity cases to be given donations at the Changeover Dinner.
Could you consider making Samantha one of the beneficiaries of your Club’s generosity this year? Any funds raised in excess of the $30,000 target will be donated to Polio Plus”
Could you please help us do this? Any contribution will help this wonderful young girl.
Yours in Rotary
David Malone
President, Rotary Club of Macquarie Park

A specially tailored 9 day tour to Japan is being organised by the Rotary Club of St Ives leaving Sydney on 20 May 2017.

This guided tour will include visits to Tokyo, Kamakura, Mt Fuji, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Nara. The group will fly with JAL, meet local Rotarians and learn about Japanese culture.


The total cost will be $ 4648 including economy flights, 3 or 4  star accommodation, transfers, all breakfasts, 4 lunches and an English speaking guide. The price includes a donation of $ 100 per person to the Rotary Foundation. The tour is open to Rotarians, partners and friends and extra days can be added before or after the tour so participants can leave earlier or return later.


Please contact Peter Lorschy for a full itinerary or to register your interest.

2017-18 RI President Ian H.S. Riseley announces his presidential theme, Rotary: Making a Difference

Rotary International President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley made the case on Monday that protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service.

Riseley, a member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, unveiled the 2017-18 presidential theme, Rotary: Making a Difference, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.

Environmental degradation and global climate change are serious threats to everyone, Riseley said. “They are having a disproportionate impact on those who are most vulnerable, those to whom Rotary has the greatest responsibility. Yet environmental issues rarely register on the Rotary agenda,” he said.

Environmental degradation is one of the major threats listed by the UN’s High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change.

Riseley added, “The time is long past when environmental sustainability can be dismissed as not Rotary’s concern. It is, and must be, everyone’s concern.”

The president-elect challenged every Rotary club to make a difference by planting a tree for each of its members between the start of the Rotary year on 1 July and Earth Day on 22 April 2018. Trees remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, which slows global warming.

“It is my hope that the result of that effort will be far greater than the environmental benefit that those 1.2 million new trees will bring,” Riseley said. “I believe the greater result will be a Rotary that recognizes our responsibility not only to the people on our planet, but to the planet itself.”

Securing Rotary’s future

In his address to the 2017-18 class of district governors, Riseley also urged clubs to improve their gender balance and lower the average age of their members.

Only 22 percent of Rotary’s members are women, up from 13 percent 10 years ago. At that rate, Riseley said, it will take another three decades for Rotary to achieve gender parity.

We know that we can do more together than we could ever hope to do alone.

“Three decades is far too long to wait to achieve a Rotary that reflects the world in which we live. We need to make it a priority now,” he said.

Noting that 103 of the 539 incoming governors are women, Riseley said they are the type of women we need in Rotary, “leaders who will help Rotary connect with, and represent, and better serve, all of the members of all our communities.”

Riseley also believes it is imperative that clubs find ways to attract and engage younger members. Today only 5 percent of reported members are under 40, and a majority of members are over 60, Riseley told the audience.

“Consider what Rotary stands to look like 10 or 20 years from now if we don’t get very serious, very soon, about bringing in younger members,” Riseley said.

Clubs will make a difference this year through their own decisions, said Riseley, but it will take teamwork on a global scale to move Rotary forward and secure its future.

“We know that we can do more together than we could ever hope to do alone,” he told incoming governors. “I ask you to keep that spirit of teamwork and cooperation always in your minds and to take it back with you to your districts.”

Event Calendar
February 2017


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