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.”

Invitation to a young person interested in international postgraduate study to apply for a Rotary District 9685 Global Grant Scholarship
The purpose of the Global Grant Scholarship program is to support international study at post graduate level.
Rotary District 9685 supports the Global Grant Scholarship Program of The Rotary Foundation and will offer one Global Grant Scholarship in 2017. This scholarship program is funded by a District 9685 grant of US$15,000 which is matched by the Rotary Foundation providing a scholarship to the total value of US$30,000.

We are close to eradicating a human disease for only the second time in history. A global public-private partnership has reduced the poliovirus caseload by 99.9% over the last 30 years, but there’s still plenty of work to do.

Even before we reach that milestone, the knowledge and infrastructure built to fight polio is being repurposed to take on other global challenges.
3 countries where polio is still endemic
Fewer than 40 children were paralyzed by polio in 2016, the lowest number in history. This is a dramatic decrease from the estimated 350,000 cases per year in 125 countries that the world saw in 1985 — the year that Rotary International initiated a worldwide effort to eradicate this terrible disease.
155: the number of countries involved in largest coordinated vaccine switch in history
In 1988, Rotary was joined in the effort by WHO, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, UNICEF (and more recently the Gates Foundation) to create the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).

Feel there are gaps in your Rotary knowledge? Want to prepare for your Rotary Year? Hungry for knowledge that goes beyond PETS and DA? Want to share your experience of Rotary with others? Then RLI is for you and Courses for 2017 are opening now:


RLI 37 runs Sundays 22 January, 19 February and 19 March


RLI 39 runs Saturdays 4 February, 18 February and 18 March


Register at rli.rotarydistrict9685.org.au

Rotarians who have partially completed earlier RLIs and wish to do individual parts should contact PDG Ian Scott for registration by response to this email.


The benefits of doing RLI are many; so boost your knowledge and skills and share your experience by joining in.


The three part course is held  at our District Office, Thornleigh. Morning tea and lunch are provided.  Each day starts at 8:30 for 9:00am and finishes around 3:45pm. 

Until further notice, District is bearing the full cost as part of its training budget - it is free.
You are invited to the annual Welcome Home Youth Exchange Dinner for all our Returning and Inbound Students at Muirfield Golf Club, Barclay Rd, North Rocks
on Friday 10 February 2017 at 6:30 for 7pm.
Cost is $40 per person. Normal practice is for the Club to pay for their inbound and
returning students and for family members and friends to pay for themselves.
RSVP  Friday 3 February 2017.
Payment by cheque to Treasurer, Rotary Club of Carlingford, PO Box 2740 Carlingford Court, NSW 2118 or EFT to BSB 062 300 Account number 2802 2803. You will need to include the names of the people you are paying for and your club in either method.
Please also confirm by sending Joy Pogson an email jpogson@bigpond.net.au
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 – conferencechair@rotarydistrict9685.org.au

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

Watch this video to see some of the highlights of the upcoming District Conference in March 2017.
For more information and to register: www.conference2017.rotarydistrict9685.org.au

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!


Lane Cove Rotary Club will be hosting an Indonesian Dinner on Tuesday evening, February 7 at Lane Cove Country Club starting at 6.30 for 7.00pm.
You don’t see many Indonesian restaurants this side of the harbour so when an opportunity for quality Indonesian cuisine, excellent entertainment and pleasant company appears, then perhaps you could consider it.
The evening will be a fund-raiser for our Rotary Small Grants Project Indonesia, which funds small grants to farms and school projects in eastern Indonesia.
The evening offers you:
·      Genuine Indonesian food prepared by experts.
·      Traditional Indonesian musical acts.
·      Entertaining raffles and auctions.
·      The company of many very nice people including. Representatives from the Indonesian Consulate and Lane Cove Council and Rotary District 9685 have been invited.
This is your opportunity to wear that souvenir batik shirt or sarong Kebaya that you have never quite found a suitable function for. Perhaps you are worried about the spicy food. Please don’t be. The spices will generally be ‘on the side’ to be chosen to your taste. You will feast on;
·      Potato Croquette
·      Nasi Tumpeng. A traditional yellow rice dish cooked in coconut milk. This is a meal that is usually reserved for special occasions. It includes vegetables and meat patties.
·      Chicken Satay will be personally cooked by Rtn Andre Hariman from Chatswood Sunrise club.
·      Gado-Gado. Blanched vegetables with peanut sauce (on the side, of course!).
·      Indonesian cake and mixed tropical fruits.
And if that is not sufficient, we can direct you to the nearest McDonalds!
This is a great opportunity. Set it in your 2017 calendar now. Rotary Club of Lane Cove, Indonesian Dinner, iron shirt (or sarong), 7 February 2017.
To make a booking phone Chris Curtis, 0417049335 or email crowsnestbook@gmail.com

I bet you thought the use for those old encyclopaedias in the garage was well gone.

Nope. Its time to start swotting for the 2017 e-TRIVIA CHALLENGE. Google won't help you on this occasion, but a bookshelf of encyclopaedias, memorised, will.

Set aside 11th February. You'll get only a few minutes to answer and if you're at or near the top of the leaderboard you'll be in the running for prizes.

And you can start receiving weekly clues, hints, or teasers from our Quizmouster to give you the jump on your competitors. 

You'll have to be quick, early and organised. Cost is only $20 a game. All proceeds go to Australian Rotary Health and Ryde Family Services.  

Register now for our e-Trivia Challenge so you don't miss out on hint #1, coming soon - www.e-trivia.org.au 

BOLLYHILLS 2017 is HERE.  Let us celebrate by supporting a program which is sponsored by the Trustees of Our Foundation,“WinS – WASH in Schools” India.  We will also support the campaign for “Prevention of Drug Abuse and HIV / AIDS in Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka”.


When:         Saturday 18th of February 2017

Time:           6pm onwards

Where:        Cherrybrook Community Centre 31 Shepherds Ln, Cherrybrook NSW 2126

Tickets:       $50 ($500 for  Table of10)


Please support us with your presence and help us promote this event with fellow Rotarians, Friends and Family.


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For information on BOLLYHILLS2017 - https://www.facebook.com/events/186581011803588/

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 peterlorschy12@bigpond.com for a full itinerary or to register your interest.

Event Calendar
January 2017


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