Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for November 2017.   Please feel free to share and send us your great membership stories.

Andrew Best from Turramurra Rotary, is participating in a 170km Ride to End Polio Bike Race.


With over 9000 cyclists, and 100 fellow Rotarians, (I am the only Australian Rotarian in the race), we are aiming to raise $10 million USD for the fight to eradicate polio. To date, I have raise $5000 USD and I am asking for your support to spread the word and share this link throughout your District to generate donations this November, Foundation Month.


Below is the link to my page. If Rotarians log in through MyRotary, their donations will be tracked and recognition points will be given. Clubs and Districts can also donate, online, or offline by contacting Andrew directly.

District 9685 has been awarded the 2016-17 Presidential District Citation.



The covering letter from PRIP John Germ expresses his thanks for your efforts in Serving Humanity and acknowledges your outstanding contribution to the Rotary Foundation.


You will remember that D9685 was recognised at the Atlanta Convention for your End Polio generosity.


As DG Peter said recently…….”It is nice when the Boss sees that you are doing good work!”




Our 2017 Foundation Dinner will be held on Monday 20th November at the Blacktown Workers Club. Our guest speaker is Jennifer Jones, who is a Past RI Director. Please put this date in your diary, and we look forward to your club booking a table.

Registrations are now open. Further details are on the brochure


We look forward to the usual wonderful support from D9685 clubs and Rotarians.


Don't miss out on your chance to attend this year's Rotary NSW Police Officer of the Year Awards.
This event will sell out so please book early!

Friday 10 November 2017
Hyatt Regency, Darling Harbour, Sydney

The Rotary Club of Sydney is proud to host the 8th Annual Awards for the NSW Police Force to give state-wide community recognition for excellence in Police service to officers and unsworn employees throughout NSW. This year as last, nominations for the Customer Service award were made by the General public and Rotarians. This year’s Rotary NSW Police Awards promises to be the best ever!

The event will bring together the local winners from all over the state. Together with their colleagues we will come together to celebrate the hard work and outstanding achievements of officers, volunteers and civilian employees for excellence in Police Service throughout NSW.

The evening will include:

  • A cocktail reception on arrival
  • The presentation of the awards
  • A three course meal with fine wines
  • Dancing to the NSW Police Band

Order Your Online Tickets Now

Tickets still only $95 per person

The Rotary Clubs of NSW 2017 Police Officer of the Year Awards proudly supports Police Legacy and The Rotary Foundation. Funds raised from the evening will be donated to the supported charities.


See a list of the Finalists in the 2017 Police Officer of the Year Awards.

Your opportunity to be involved!
Between November 16-19 we have a delegation of 120 Rotarians and their partners from District 3232 from Chennai India here in District 9685.  The delegation will visit our district for a Friendship Exchange having completed the first half of their visit in Victoria..  I would like to invite all clubs to participate in this historic exchange at events hosted at various zones in our district.  District 3232 is very keen to establish Sister club relationships. This supports part of the Rotary objective to build international understanding and goodwill. Sister clubs share club information, projects and activities.
The RFE members will stay at the  PARKROYAL Parramatta.
Thursday 16 November
  • Arrival from Melbourne – Flight Details to be confirmed. 
  • Dinner – Sydney Showboat Departing Kings Street Wharf Darling Harbour (Cluster 2 & Cluster 5 / Zones City North, North Shore, Upper North Shore and Beaches) – Those interested to attend can contact Rtn. Haran Ramachandran for booking.
Friday 17 November
Saturday 18 November
  • Day Trip Central Coast (Cluster 4 / Zones Central Coast, Lower Central Coast and Upper Central Coast)
  • RAWCS Dinner – Diggers RSL Club, The Entrance
Sunday 19 November
  • Sydney City Tour
  • Dinner meeting – Harris Park (Little India) (United India Association, Consortium of Tamil Associations, Australian Tamil Chamber of Commerce and Australian Medical AID Foundation).  Rotarians are also welcome to join the Sunday Night Dinner at Harris Park.  Dinner Cost $40 + BYO (No corkage)
A number of the Indian clubs are interested in sister club arrangements. A sister club is one that has a sharing relationship with another club, preferably an international club. This supports part of the Rotary objective to build international understanding and goodwill. Sister clubs share club information, projects and activities.
Ideally, such clubs should have some club members visit each other periodically. On such visits, visiting Rotarians can be home hosted, experience something of the club, district, culture and the country. Visiting Rotarians can visit local club projects, club meetings and district activities. Visiting Rotarians can also be encouraged to support proposed local and international projects.
It is possible for sister clubs to participate in important club meetings via internet video connections. Club bulletins should be exchanged on a regular basis and project reports.  It is important to maintain regular contact with sister clubs to build a strong relationship and knowledge of each other and each other’s country.
Contact Hara Ramachandran or Jim Sifonis for further information and to get involved.
Berowra Rotary Guest Speakers: Professor Bill Gibson AO and the author of his biography, Tina Allen. Wednesday 22 November 2017 6.30pm for 7.00pm
A biography about Prof Gibson, Bill Gibson: pioneering bionic ear surgeon by Tina K Allen has recently been published. Professor Bill Gibson, who is a world expert in cochlear implant surgery and Menière’s disease, will be introduced by Tina Allen and his biography will be available for purchase on the night ($30).  
Bill Gibson has been a member of the Rotary Club of Berowra, the Rotary Club of Haberfield, and the Rotary Club of Balmain; and a recipient of a Rotary District 9685 Vocational Excellence Award in 1992/93.  
Everyone is welcome to attend this dinner meeting at the Berowra RSL Club, but RSVPs are essential for catering purposes by COB on 17 November to Jan Childs on: 9456 1482 or
Rotarians, partners, children – even family pets – gathered at Tench Reserve on the Nepean River, Penrith, on Sunday morning to take part in a special observance to mark World Polio Day on October 24.
A spectacular parade of almost 100 people with the words END POLIO NOW emblazoned on their bright red t-shirts enjoyed a three kilometre stroll in brilliant morning sunshine – much to the interest of early morning joggers and diners.
Rotary clubs of Penrith, Penrith Valley, Nepean, Lower Blue Mountains and Springwood were all represented in the walk, broken half way by a pause to plant a tree on the river bank to mark the Global Polio Eradication Initiative involving Rotary International, the World Health Organisation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and several other major partners.
The tree planting also marks the Rotary International Presidency of Australian Ian Riseley OAM in 2017/18 – the fifth Australian to lead the world’s oldest service club organization!
Rotary’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative is on the brink of ultimate success with only 12 cases of the Wild Polio Virus reported so far in 2017 in just two countries – Pakistan and Afghanistan. The downward trend has been impressive in recent years – 359 cases in 2014, 74 cases in 2015, and 37 cases last year,
The cost of ultimate success is huge. Rotary has invested US$1.9 billion in the campaign with clubs throughout Australia and New Zealand heavily involved in ongoing fundraising. Costs are not confined to the manufacture of serum but also the cost of ongoing surveillance to ensure no children in any part of developing countries are overlooked. Governments of the world have also invested billions in the campaign and ultimate success will result in vast savings for the world economy.  
Chris and Carol Bennett, owners of the Nepean Belle Paddle Boat, generously hosted walkers and families to a genuine Aussie breakfast, at the end of the walk – and treated walkers to their own private cruise on the Nepean River!
Chris Bennett said he and Carol had a tremendous respect for Rotary and were proud to offer their support to this significant celebration.
Rotarians who believe that they can make a difference, one club at a time are encouraged to train as a Club Vision Facilitator. 
Club Visioning is a foundation element for clubs, bringing members together towards:
  • Continuity of leadership, vision and process
  • Consistency in programming
  • Consensus toward solidarity and unanimity in purpose and action

Becoming a Club Vision Facilitator contributes to Rotary President-elect Ian Riseley’s theme for the 2017-2018 year - Rotary: Making a Difference.  President Ian “We know that we can do more together than we could ever hope to do alone”.  “Clubs will make a difference this year through their own decisions, said President Ian, but it will take teamwork on a global scale to move Rotary forward and secure its future”.

The Club you serve will benefit from the teamwork that you and your fellow Vision Facilitators display as you guide a group of Rotary Club leaders through a process that will deliver a vision result. This Vision Result presents a club with a strong path toward the future, while engaging current membership toward a clear set of goals.
Professionally, as a Facilitator you will learn a skill set and process that can be applied where ever a group of individuals come together for a common purpose looking for an uncommon result. The skills you develop and the process you learn will be an asset available to each of you in times to come.
Personally, as a Rotary volunteer you will not only grow as a leader but will make a difference with your fellow Rotarians and their clubs through your actions. The personal satisfaction that comes from facilitating your fellow Rotarians toward their vision in growth and delivery of humanitarian service cannot be matched. It is your “Legacy of Service”. 
You are encouraged to have a look at the Club Visioning material on the District website, under District, Club Visioning or Google Rotary Club Visioning and have a look at the power of the program to make real and lasting change that will underscore Rotary: Making a Difference.
If you are interested in delivering planning and club assistance to clubs in our district, then Club Visioning may be for you.  Typically a club visioning session occurs on a week day evening starting at 5.30pm concluding at 9.30pm although there may be events scheduled for a weekend .  Hospitality is provided to the facilitators by the club. 
Club Vision Facilitation Training is scheduled for Sunday 3rd December 2017 8.30am for 9.00am concluding at 4.00pm at the District Office in Thornleigh.  After the District’s contribution to the cost of providing the training which will include morning and afternoon tea and lunch and a Club Visioning Facilitation Manual there is nothing for you to pay.
Please contact the District 9685 Club Vision Facilitation Chair - David Mylan (Terrigal) on 0411 878 854 or email

Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) requires a self-motivated Rotarian to fill the role of Operations Director.

The position requires the Rotarian to become a Director of ROMAC entities and take overall responsibility (together with the ROMAC Operations Manager), for all operational matters pertaining to the processing of referrals through to the safe return, after treatment, of the ROMAC Patient and their Carer.

To be a successful in this role a candidate will require the following attributes:

1. Proven organisational skills

2. Experience in negotiations at a high level. Experience within the medical and health delivery areas, and other State and Federal government departments, would be beneficial.

3. Confident in their computer skills and demonstrable skills in this area are essential.

4. The Operations Director requires a personality and an ability to accommodate different cultures and encourage volunteers to work as a team.

5. The Operations Director also requires a big heart and be prepared to be one of the key persons to enable ROMAC to fulfil its Mission; that of providing specialist treatment for children from developing countries, in the form of life saving and/or dignity restoring surgery not accessible to them in their home country

Please direct your application, or queries, to the ROMAC Chair, Rob Wilkinson, at

Dear Friends,
Following the many years of traditional Rotary Christmas cards, we’ve launched the modern, efficient, environmentally-friendly version – CHRISTMAS E-CARDS!!
Proceeds from the sale of our e-cards support Interplast in rebuilding bodies and rebuilding lives in the Asia-Pacific region.
Recipients of the e-cards you choose will see our Rotary and Interplast logos when they open their cards.
You and your club members and/or friends can take advantage of this service by going to our website at and following the instructions there.
We hope you will join us in this initiative to support a really good cause, and to further demonstrate that e-clubs really can do just about anything conventional clubs can do.
Yours in Rotary,
Rob Mitchell
Projects Director, Ryde Rotary e-Club
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