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.
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

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.


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
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for October 2017.   Please feel free to share and send us your great membership stories.
Whilst the news of a further WPV case during the week is disappointing, it must be remembered we are now in peak season for the virus in the endemic countries (Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan). The total of 11 WPV (6 in Afghanistan, 5 in Pakistan) cases for the year to date reflects the controlled and improving situation when we note a total of 25 for the same period last year.  Nigeria has been clear for 12 months now.
RI President Ian Riseley has maintained very simple fund raising goals this year and is appreciated of your support –
  • DDF money is to be spent, not saved, and a donation of 20% of unused funds is recommended.
  • Every Rotary Club to be encouraged to make a special ‘one off’ donation of US$1,500 to END POLIO NOW to gain maximum advantage from Gates Foundation support.
  • Every District to continue the search for TRF Major Donors of US$10,000.
  • All clubs be requested to plan a special promotion to mark World Polio Day on October 24.
Again, thank you for all you are doing and best wishes for another outstanding year of Rotary service …
PDG Bob Aitken AM and RI Past Director Ken Collins AM,
RI END POLIO NOW Coordinators, Zones 7B and 8, 2016/18
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.

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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