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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
Registrations close on 24 April.

How do you communicate with your community about your club? Are prospective members hearing about who you are and what you do? If your club is looking to promote its unique culture, events, and service projects, you can customize a club brochure. Edit the content or upload your own photos to make a distinctive promotional pamphlet. 

Use the Discover Rotary presentation and the Impact Begins With You prospective member brochure to introduce Rotary’s values and history, the benefits of membership, and what makes Rotary stand out.

Does your club sponsor an Interact or Rotaract club? You can customize your own promotional cards for Rotary’s programs for young leaders through the Rotary Brand Center. This is a great opportunity to show potential members all the ways they can get involved through Rotary.
G’day all 9685 Rotarians, Caravanners, 4WDers and car tourers.
Like to join this ARH initiative AND see parts of Australia (maybe for the first time maybe on a return trip), meet other Rotarians, meet the friends you are yet to make and at the same time help ARH in this great initiative for meeting the challenge of Mental Health (Yep we can say it now)
Go here to see all the drives, from 16th July 2017 to 3rd June 2018, 12 legs in total
select the one you want to join and  let Dudley know at mrdgm41@gmail.com. I’ll put together a data base for all to see.
This is open to everyone so invite your friends, form a group and double, triple, quadruple (don’t know the word for any more)  your  fun.
See you on one of the Drives. You don’t have to do the full drive(s) just go for a while or as much as you want to. It is Hop On Hop Off.
Kindest Regards   Dudley Mercer   Chair Rotary D9685 ARH Committee.
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.
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for April 2017.
RABS Project Criteria
Rotary Australia Compassionate Grants (RACG)
Rotary Australia Compassionate Grant (RACG) Projects have been made possible by a $1,000,000 donation to Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) by Dick Smith.
RACG Projects are registered under the entity of Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS), ABN 54 563 288 318.
All RABS Projects have DGR status with the ATO. ie. donations are tax deductible.
The aim of the RACG Projects is to provide assistance to disadvantaged members of the Australian community irrespective of their location.
What are the Project Criteria
1.         RACG online Project Applications may be submitted by a Rotary Club or a Rotary District.
2.         RACG Projects must provide specific, direct relief to people in need and not be simply a general funding donation to an organisation even though that organisation may provide assistance to people in need
3.         The funding must satisfy a specific need and may be provided directly to a person or a small group of people. Alternatively, the funding may be to an organisation to provide a piece of equipment that will satisfy the needs of a disadvantaged section of the community.
4.         The funding must satisfy the needs of disadvantaged people or a small disadvantaged section of the community and not be simply to provide a benefit to the whole community.
5.         The project should be such as to arouse the compassion of the community.
6.         The project should define and target the disadvantage or need of the people or group of people for whom it is intended.
7.         The concept of disadvantage is unlimited and could arise from sickness, suffering, distress, misfortune, disability, destitution, helplessness or poverty, any aspect of the negative side of the human condition. The criteria are not prescriptive but should be used as a guide to determine the disadvantage.
8.         Priority for grants will be given to those whose disadvantage has arisen from an ‘ad hoc’ event over which the disadvantaged had no control, such as an accident, assault, medical condition.
9.         RACG Projects cannot be registered as part of an existing RABS Project.
10.       Rotary Australia Compassionate Grants will match a Club’s or District’s fundraising on a dollar for dollar basis subject to the following;
a.         a qualifying project must have a minimum value of $2,000 (ie. a minimum grant of $1,000),  and
b.         a Club or District can apply for up to 2 grants in any calendar year, subject to a maximum grant total of  $10,000.
11.       All RACG Projects must contain a budget that states the total cost of the project and the anticipated source of these funds.
12. All RACG Projects must be completed within 12 months of the date of registration and are required to submit six monthly online progress reports when requested and a final report on completion.
Registering a RACG Project
All RACG Projects are registered on-line Click here to apply.
The normal RAWCS project approvals process has been streamlined to enable efficient administration.  The Club provides final endorsement of each project submitted by the Project Manager and the project then goes to a Screening Committee of two Rotarians. Following endorsement by the Screening Committee, the Project goes to the RAWCS National Project Manager for approval and registration. Once registered, RACG Projects appear as normal RABS Projects with (RACG) appended to the Project title.
The following RABS projects are examples of projects considered to meet the above RACG approval criteria.
  • Provision of a modified family motor vehicle for a 6 year old with cerebral palsy
  • Modifications to a home to assist access and functionality for a quadriplegic
  • Financial assistance for a seriously injured sportsman’s family
  • Ongoing support for non PBS medicines for a sufferer of Lymes disease
  • Provision of a specialised bed for a person with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Supply insulin pumps to three children with juvenile diabetes
  • Provision of improved prosthetics for an amputee
  • Assistance to a family who lost everything in a fire
  • Provision of financial assistance to a young family whose mother drowned
  • Providing refurbishment of a kitchen and bathroom for a women’s refuge or for a house for disabled people.
    For further assistance or to get in touch with a club please contact: racg@rawcs.org.au
Canberra dinner on May 1 to showcase Australia’s Peace Centre
The Rotary Peace Centres Program is one of Rotary’s star performers. Australia is privileged to host one of the six global centres, based at University of Queensland. Each year a class of around 10 outstanding Fellows study for their Masters in Peace and Conflict Resolution, but there are few opportunities for them to meet the wider Rotary community. Past RI Director John Lawrence has taken advantage of Class 14’s visit to Canberra to convene a dinner on May 1st, with the help of Canberra area Rotary Clubs, to which all Rotarians are invited. It is a chance to meet and hear from these wonderful Rotary ambassadors. Honoured guests include RIPE Ian Riseley, senior politicians and members of the diplomatic community. Venue for the dinner is the Commonwealth Club in Yarralumla, with a limit of 200 attendees.
For bookings www.rotary.9710.org.au and click on the link to book.
Date: May 1st
Location: Commonwealth Club, Yarralumla
Time: 6:30pm for 7:00pm
Cost: $70 per person with a cash bar.
With Rotary and government support Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby Meals on Wheels Service at Turramurra will become the proud owners of a new delivery van on Saturday 4 March. The new van will be used to move meals from the Meals on Wheels kitchen at Gilroy Lane Turramurra to the Hornsby distribution and storage centre. It will also be used to transport readymade meals to other Meals on Wheels Services in Sydney.
A combined fundraising effort led by Roseville Chase Rotary Club, Federal and State governments, Ku-ring-gai Council, local Rotary clubs from Beecroft, Carlingford, Hornsby District, Ku-ring-gai, Lindfield, St. Ives, Turramurra, Wahroonga, West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook and The Rotary Foundation has resulted in the new van being fully optioned to go out on the road with a built-in refrigeration unit for transporting meals.
Hon. Paul Fletcher, Federal member for Bradfield and Minister for Urban Infrastructure said the project ticked all boxes in the Governments grants scheme of volunteer groups helping local charities. 
Mayor Anderson said the Meals on Wheels kitchen benefitted from an upgrade carried out with Council assistance last year and had a fully qualified chef supervising menu options.
Roseville Chase Rotary Club President, Peter Lewis said "Meals on Wheels was a ‘pillar of our community’ and the service was in a growth period. Through the Rotary Clubs' fund raising of $52,000 we are able to contribute to the local community’s needs. We have developed strategic partnerships that allow us to work with like- minded organisations and achieve an even greater impact ".

An invitation is extended to fellow Rotarians to join Lower Blue Mountains Rotary Club in the welcome of our guest speaker, Rotary International Director, Noel Trevaskis, who will be joining us on Tuesday 2nd May 2017.


Lower Blue meets at the Leonay Golf Club, 1 Leonay Parade, Leonay (exit M4 at Russell Street ) at 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm.   Dinner costs are $23.  Payments at welcome desk or via Club cheques please.


Kindly RSVP to Pamela Noal via:  0447778870  

or  E: pamelanoalrotarylbm@gmail.com  noting any special dietary requirements.   



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