District Community Service is taking on Books In Homes for 2015-16.
Penrith Valley has supported a number of local schools through the Books in Homes Program over the past several years as it believes that reading & literacy will play a major role in further enhancing the communication skills of todays youth.
Your support will enable us to continue this important path.  The goal is modest. Can you or your club help?

 “Service Above Self” is second nature to Rotarians.  But we all know fellow members who go “above and beyond” in service to their community – and indeed our nation.
They seek no reward beyond mere satisfaction that they have made a difference in the lives of individuals or society in general.
We recognise their commitment by Clubs contributing to our Rotary Foundation or by a District or sometimes an RI Award.
But while many Rotarians have also been honoured by our Nation through the Order of Australia, certainly there are others well deserving of recognition – but have never been nominated – or sometimes unsuccessfully. How often have you searched the Australia Day and Queens Birthday Honours List to identify recognised Rotarians?
RI President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran chose Be a Gift to the World as his theme for 2015-16.  Ravindran urges Rotary members to give the gifts of time, talent, and knowledge to improve lives in communities across the globe.
"Through Rotary, we can take these gifts and make a genuine difference in the lives of others and in our world."

Conference Chair Angelo Raveane is pleased to announce that registrations for the 2016 District Conference have opened with attractive ‘Early Bird‘ pricing.  “Full registration at $270 makes the Conference on 11-12 March very attractive and with the chance to win the ‘Early Bird Prize'”, he said.
District Governor 2015-16 Gina Growden said “The Conference will officially open on the Friday evening and will conclude following a celebratory dinner on the Saturday.  This, coupled with Canberra’s wide range of accommodation to suit every budget, will ensure that the Conference will be very affordable.  It will also mean that you can enjoy some of the many attractions that Canberra offers on Sunday prior to returning to Sydney!”
Early Bird pricing applies until 30 November.
Take advantage of this offer and register now.
Stay tuned for more Conference news

There are limited numbers of the hard copy available but you can always go on line!


Now you can have the District Directory in your pocket to use wherever you are.
Find out how by following this link.

The 30 April closing date may be a long way off, but start to plan now.
Did your club miss out on an Award last year?  Did your club make application where necessary?
Make sure you are equipped and plan for this year.  See more here

Great benefits for Early Birds
All registrations prior to midnight on 30 November will be eligible for the very attractive pricing that is now available AND for the chance to win a one dozen case of select mixed wines from Tyrell’s with a retail value estimated at well over $250.
The full conditions are available on the Conference website.

There is much more on the Conference website
  Go to the Conference website at conference2016.rotarydistrict9685.org.au  

Don't forget to book your accommodation
There is a great range of accommodation options within easy walking distance to the National Convention Centre.  There are also over 75 hotels within easy driving distance.  The Conference website shows a selection of the closest properties.  There are also many serviced apartments with up to five bedrooms for group bookings as well as camping and caravan parks.
Check the Trivago or Hotels Combined websites for best rates.
The official Conference Hotel is the Crowne Plaza Canberra which is within an easy walking distance of the National Convention Centre.  A large number of 'City View' rooms have been reserved for delegates to book at an attractive rate of $185 a night on 11 and 12 March.
In order to take advantage of this offer, please call 1300 662 218 (Mon–Fri 9am–5pm) to book directly with the Hotel quoting “ROT”.  See more information on the Conference website.

Get the Canberra Guide App
“The Canberra Guide” is the official smartphone app and mobile website that enables visitors to the nation’s capital to browse events, attractions, dining options and other useful information. 

Register now
Registrations have now opened for individual bookings and for multiple club bookings.
Conference promoters in clubs should refer to this page to get started.

Subaru again offers fleet discount rates


Subaru has offered Rotarians of District 9685 fleet discount rates for the purchase of any new Subaru.  Wherever you see the Subaru logo on the District website or in eNews, click on the image to follow the link to obtain a quote.



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Please click HERE to read the latest edition of Rotary on the Move newsletter. 
Younger Rotarians are encouraged to have their say about the future of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand at the upcoming ‘Youth Summit’ in Canberra in September.

The Youth Summit will run as part of the National Membership Success Conference to be held in Canberra on 5 and 6 September 2015. Younger Rotarians are invited to contribute their ideas about the future shape of Rotary, and to provide advice and guidance about strategies to make Rotary more attractive to younger people.

Some 395 Rotarians, partners and friends from our District (and beyond) attended the 2015 District Changeover held at Hornsby RSL Club last Saturday to mark the end of DG Ian Scott's 2014-15 year and to welcome our 2015-16 Governor, Gina Growden.  See more about DG Gina here

Start of another Rotary year - yet another occasion to renew our commitment of Service Above Self!
In his address at the 2015 Rotary Convention, TRF Trustee Chair John Kenny shared an update status on the five foundation goals which had been set for Rotary year 2014-15. It is encouraging to see the progress we have made on each of these goals, and as we step into the new Rotary year, we look forward to a fresh set of goals and begin working towards achieving these.

Grace Maano and Lucy Hobgood-Brown (of the E-Club of Greater Sydney)  are excited about their upcoming Congo Canoe Challenge. They will be in Congo from August 19 to September 11. Grace is piggybacking her time in Africa with further projects in East Africa.
Grants are available from this RAWCS Project 55/2014-15
A grant application form and the criteria that will be used in assessing applications are now available.
In his 2016 calendar, multi-award winning photographer John Edwards of our Turramurra club shares his magnificent images of wildlife in our southern oceans to aid the eradication of polio.
To order your 2016 calendar, contact John on 0412 219 999 or johnedwards@rotarydistrict9685.org.au
Date: 1 August 2015
Time: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children,
361 North Rocks Road, North Rocks
Contact: District International Chair – David Mylan
0411 878 854
Click here for more details

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