Well-known philanthropist Dick Smith has today announced his donation of $1 million towards alleviating the suffering of Australians in need. The funds will be distributed via a specific Rotary program developed for this cause, which includes eligibility criteria determined by Dick and Pip Smith.
 
The program will provide support for individuals suffering personal hardship. It will be up to Rotary Clubs to identify those recognised by the local community who need support, and be willing to match the requested grant on a 50/50 basis.
 
This donation continues Dick and Pip’s ongoing relationship with Rotary. Dick has previously given a significant amount through Rotary towards the eradication of the once widespread disease polio. This project has run for thirty years and is nearing completion, polio is now isolated to a few small enclaves in remote regions. Dick joins the likes of world-renowned philanthropist Bill Gates as a major supporter of Rotary and its various programs worldwide.
 
On this occasion, the donation by Dick and Pip will be administered by the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society, for the benefit of local individuals and communities. Dick highlighted the fact many Australians suffer personal hardship, whether through accident, illness or misadventure. He considers Rotary one of the most trusted and respected charities in the world.
 
The Chairman of the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society, Mr Michael Perkins, thanked Dick and Pip Smith for their generous donation and looks forward to seeing how Rotary volunteers throughout Australia will turn their project vison into a reality.
 
“For more than 100 years Rotary has worked with communities, corporates and philanthropists to make a difference throughout the world. We now have an extra $1 million to help those in need in our own backyard and with the famous Australian ingenuity I can’t wait to see how far we can make it reach,” said Michael.
 
The program will be launched in February 2017 and full details will be made available then.
 
 
 

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 party and entertainment provided by Normie Rowe and the Playboys - LIVE on stage.

 

Please share this great opportunity with all your Club members and join us at the Conference. Register at conference2017.rotarydistrict9685.org.au TODAY!

 

Don't forget to take advantage of the Early Bird booking before 31 December 2016.
New Zealand was hit by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake at 12.02 am on 14 November 2016. Fortunately major damage to communities was limited in the main to the South Island town of Kaikoura and surrounding districts.
 
Kaikoura, a coastal tourist town is situated 180 kms north of Christchurch and has a population of approx. 2000.
 
Following inquiries from within New Zealand and overseas an Appeal has been set up
 
Rotary New Zealand will be working with members of the New Zealand Disaster Relief Forum to provide any support that is called for. Any specific concerns as to welfare of people etc. email info@rnzwcs.org   
 
Kaikoura and surrounding districts which is in District 9970 does not have a Rotary club. Appeal funds will be distributed to community activities resultant from the Earthquake as approved by District Governor 9970.
 
Four Donation Options Quoting Activity No. 999
Internet Banking              Westpac 03 1702 0192208 01  -  Swift Code WPACNZ2W  IBAN Code  031702
Paypal at                    http://www.rnzwcs.org/donate/
Give a Little at           https://givealittle.co.nz/org/rnzwcs/share
Cheque to                   RNZWCS Limited (Rotary New Zealand), PO Box 20309, Christchurch 8543
 
For more information email info@rnzwcs.org or our contacts listed on   http://www.rnzwcs.org/aboutus/
 
 
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for December 2016.
 
 

Central Blue Mountains promoting Rotary across the Blue Mountains and into Greater Sydney!

With the assistance of Tom Colless OAM, and his company Colless Foods, Katoomba, Central Blue Mountains Rotary have established what might be a “first” in Australia - a mobile billboard that promotes Rotary and urges people to join our community of leaders and take action at home and around the world.

The massive signage on each side of the truck is 30 feet long and 9 feet tall. It cannot be missed. The truck travels the Great Western Highway and into Greater Sydney four days a week. It’s estimated life span is 10 years.

Give the driver a wave next time you see it.

 

 

Taking part in a Rotary Friendship Exchange where you visit another Rotary District somewhere in the World and stay with like minded people is truly an opportunity of a lifetime.  My club has taken part by being the hosts of teams from the USA and Sweden and we have taken a team to Brazil, now the opportunity exists for two more great experiences.
 
Our District has received two requests to take part in a reciprocal Friendship Exchange, one from Tampa Bay in Florida, USA, in District 6890.   The second one is from District 9370, South Africa and is well placed for the Cricket Tragics in our District.    I will explain more later.
If you are attending the Atlanta Convention in 2017, then the opportunity of taking part in a Friendship Exchange is a possibility.  It also leads to other activities as Miami and Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Centre are not far away.  Also there are great Cruise liners who leave from Miami for the Caribbean, not to mention Disney World and Epcot just a short distance away. 
 
South Africa is another wonderful place to visit and the Cricket matches between Australia and South Africa will no doubt be a feature in the proposed Friendship Exchange to D9370.  A reciprocal visit to Australia and our District would take place when the next cricket season is on in Australia where we would be expected to host a similar group from D9370.  If you don’t wish to spend all of your time at the cricket, Kruger National Game Park is not that far away.
 
An ideal number of persons to take part in such an exchange is 12 and can comprise of both single persons or couples.  The trip to the USA has identified three possible locations of 2 or 3 nights in each location.  A similar number of persons would be best suited to the South Africa exchange.
 
Having visited both of these two Rotary Districts, I can certainly vouch for the hospitality and the friendship that evolves from such a trip.  It is a fantastic opportunity for a single Rotary Club or Zone to become involved.  The major expenses are your air fare and your spending money.  You will be accommodated in Rotarians homes and transported to all of the wonderful places that will be shown to you by your hosts.
 
Of course our District will be obliged to host an inbound team from each District at some time in the future.  We will let you know when that is likely to occur as no time frame has been put in place by the other Districts as yet.
 
If you have any further inquiries, please contact myself or PDG Graeme Davies  on gradav@ozemail.com.au and as the Co-Chairs of Friendship Exchange for D 9865, we will assist you in organising your team, or if you wish hosting an inbound team.
 
PDG John Wakefield OAM
We hope that you can join us at Panthers, Penrith on 11 March 2017 for a wonderful day of fellowship, great guest speakers and project showcase. Stay into the evening for the Cocktail Function and Entertainment with Normie Rowe.
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER NOW: www.conference2017.rotarydistrict9685.org.au
 
 

early-bird-registrationEarly Bird Registration Lucky Draw

Register and fully pay for your Conference registration before 31st December 2016 and go into the Draw to be one of four lucky delegates receive your Conference Registration refunded* – so you can attend the Conference for free!

* Early Bird Lucky Draw Winners will either be Platinum or Day Delegates – Platinum Delegates will be refunded $150 and Day Delegates will be refunded $100.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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