We hope that you can join us at Panthers, Penrith on 11 March 2017 for a wonderful day of fellowship, great guest speakers and project showcase. Stay into the evening for the Cocktail Function and Entertainment with Normie Rowe.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER NOW: www.conference2017.rotarydistrict9685.org.au

The finalists for the Police Officer of the Year Awards, 2016, have been announced and the good news is that there are 2 finalists from our District.
Congratulations to Constable Andrew Schepis of the North Shore LAC and Detective Sergeant Michael O’Keefe of the Marine Area Command (Special Services Group).
Time to book to go along to the Awards Night, on November 4th at the Four Points by Sheraton, at Darling Harbour. This promises to be a wonderful Gala Night, so don’t miss out. Full details and booking information can be found on http://www.sydneyrotary.com/events/police-awards 
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
Tickets still only $95 per person

The Rotary Clubs of NSW 2016 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.


Rotary District 9685 Centennial Million Dollar Dinner
The Epping Club, 45-47 Rawson Street, Epping
Monday 28 November 2016
6.30pm – 10pm
It would be wonderful to have as many Clubs and Rotarians attending this special event on Monday 28 November 2016. 


The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) has more courses organised for the first half of 2016-2017.  RLI is of great benefit to all Rotarians regardless of years of service, and in fact "senior" Rotarian participation is encouraged as their knowledge and experience is invaluable during the workshops.
The course is run over three days at the District 9685 office in Sefton Road, Thornleigh.
The day starts at 8:30 am and finishes around 3:45 pm; morning tea and lunch are supplied.
The course dates are: 

RLI 38 runs 15 October, 12 November and 26 November

If you wish to register for one of these courses, please register on-line at rli.rotarydistrict9685.org.au.  You will receive a confirmation email and further details on the venue.

If you need any further information, please contact RLI Convenor PDG Ian Scott rli@rotarydistrict9685.org.au.






INVITATION TO ATTEND - Rotary District 9685 International Service Workshop

Come and share your club's International projects
Come and learn how to find a project
Come and learn how to fund a project

Registration from 9.30am

Workshop from 10.00am - 4.00pm

Location: RIDBC - Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, North Rocks Road, North Rocks

All Rotarians are welcome!

Cost is Free BUT RSVP required for catering purposes



Taking part in a Rotary Friendship Exchange where you visit another Rotary District somewhere in the World and stay with like minded people is truly an opportunity of a lifetime.  My club has taken part by being the hosts of teams from the USA and Sweden and we have taken a team to Brazil, now the opportunity exists for two more great experiences.
Our District has received two requests to take part in a reciprocal Friendship Exchange, one from Tampa Bay in Florida, USA, in District 6890.   The second one is from District 9370, South Africa and is well placed for the Cricket Tragics in our District.    I will explain more later.
If you are attending the Atlanta Convention in 2017, then the opportunity of taking part in a Friendship Exchange is a possibility.  It also leads to other activities as Miami and Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Centre are not far away.  Also there are great Cruise liners who leave from Miami for the Caribbean, not to mention Disney World and Epcot just a short distance away. 
South Africa is another wonderful place to visit and the Cricket matches between Australia and South Africa will no doubt be a feature in the proposed Friendship Exchange to D9370.  A reciprocal visit to Australia and our District would take place when the next cricket season is on in Australia where we would be expected to host a similar group from D9370.  If you don’t wish to spend all of your time at the cricket, Kruger National Game Park is not that far away.
An ideal number of persons to take part in such an exchange is 12 and can comprise of both single persons or couples.  The trip to the USA has identified three possible locations of 2 or 3 nights in each location.  A similar number of persons would be best suited to the South Africa exchange.
Having visited both of these two Rotary Districts, I can certainly vouch for the hospitality and the friendship that evolves from such a trip.  It is a fantastic opportunity for a single Rotary Club or Zone to become involved.  The major expenses are your air fare and your spending money.  You will be accommodated in Rotarians homes and transported to all of the wonderful places that will be shown to you by your hosts.
Of course our District will be obliged to host an inbound team from each District at some time in the future.  We will let you know when that is likely to occur as no time frame has been put in place by the other Districts as yet.
If you have any further inquiries, please contact myself or PDG Graeme Davies  on gradav@ozemail.com.au and as the Co-Chairs of Friendship Exchange for D 9865, we will assist you in organising your team, or if you wish hosting an inbound team.
PDG John Wakefield OAM


Increasing public awareness of the imminent demise of the dreaded Polio virus – and raising vital dollars to fund the end of Rotary’s 40 year PolioPlus campaign – must be the common goal of ALL Rotary Clubs and Districts on World Polio Day … October 24!

Effective fund raising is always a priority, BUT projects that build public awareness and image ensure that we really connect with our respective communities!

In Great Britain, Rotarians are gearing up to sell 50.000 colourful Crocus plans and bulbs to highlight their ‘go purple’ for a day promotion, ie: purple clothes, decorations, hair, offices, purple cake stalls, and sale of teddy bears with purple vests, etc on Polio Day.

In Germany, plans are in place to print one million END POLIO NOW stickers for general distribution – along with special athletic events for children.

In the USA, Million Dollar Community Dinners encouraging people to support Rotary in the wills have proved successful.

Around New Zealand and Australia, many excellent ideas are emerging … main street END POLIO NOW barbecues, bush dances, Battle of the Bands for schools, walkathons, family cycle days, movie nights, $100 Centurian collection poles and jumble sales to name a few.

Clubs are being urged to link with high profile personalities, local politicians and sports men and women to help achieve media coverage.

All events must be high profile, ie: Rotarians wearing the red END POLIO NOW t-shirts and copious numbers of posters and Polio pull-up banners delivering effective messages are important.

No idea it too big or too small but start planning NOW!


GRAFFITI REMOVAL DAY is being held this year on Sunday 30th October.
This Rotary driven project is an initiative of the NSW Government’s Dept. of Justice aimed at creating a greater awareness of graffiti vandalism. It encourages local communities throughout NSW to get involved in the removal and prevention of graffiti.
To Rotary clubs it offers a lot more eg
  • Getting involved with a fun yet different activity
  • Only needing a few people – men or women
  • Providing an opportunity for your club to be exposed and promoted in your local community
  • Working on a common cause with other volunteers – which may even lead to finding a few more new members!!
  • Involving no costs as all the required materials such as paint, brushes etc are provided by sponsors – the major one being Dulux. Even murals and green screening can be undertaken.
This is a big event – now in its fourth year. Last year almost 2000 volunteers removed over 20,000 sq. metres of graffiti from over 450 sites in 56 Council areas.
So what do you need to do???
Visit the website   www.graffitiremovalday.org.au and NOMINATE A SITE or VOLUNTEER
For more details contact Graffiti Removal Day’s Volunteers Manager:
Johan Mare           1300 665 310  0450 631 164 info@graffitiremovalday.org.au

Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful Caribbean hurricane in nearly a decade has left thousands of people displaced in Haiti, with officials struggling to reach the worst hit areas.  Haiti is one of the world’s poorest countries, and many residents live in flimsy housing in flood prone areas.
There have been a number of deaths in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, which together comprise the island of Hispaniola.  Death tolls are expected to rise as the extent of damage emerges. In the port town of Les Cayes an estimated 70,000 people were affected by flooding, and many of the area’s fragile houses have lost roofs.
With advance warnings at least 10,000 people were evacuated to shelters, but the UN has since reported overcrowded hospitals and fresh water shortages, with fears of waterborne disease. An estimated four million children may have been exposed to hurricane damage.
ShelterBox already has aid stored in Haiti and large stocks of aid in Panama, ready to assist during the hurricane season. With airports closed, some of this aid has already been dispatched from Curacao aboard the Dutch Navy vessel HMNS Holland.  The aid includes water filtration equipment which will be vital given the flooding, solar lighting to assist during electricity blackouts, blankets, special shelter kits of tools and tarps to help weatherproof damaged buildings.
An SRT is heading out this week to assess damage and need. The team includes: Andre Bloemink (CA), Peter Leach (UK), Rachel Swist (UK), Mike Peachy (NZ), Yi Shun Lai (US) and Bill Woodard (US).
ShelterBox has responded in Haiti previously after hurricanes in 2004, 2007 and 2012, as well as the devastating earthquake in 2010 which left 1.5 million homeless, injured around 300,000 people, and left over 230,000 dead.
ShelterBox responded immediately after the quake struck and provided more than 25% of all emergency shelter in Haiti. The deployment went on to be the biggest, longest and most complex in the history of the international disaster relief charity.

Precautions are being taken already in Florida, the Bahamas, and along the Eastern seaboard as Hurricane Matthew tracks north. ShelterBox Operations will continue to monitor the storm's effects to these areas. ShelterBox USA has dedicated webpage to provide ongoing updates.
As has been the case in the past, I know you and your Clubs will rally to ensure we are able to make a major contribution to assisting those affected by this devastating natural phenomenon.  The ShelterBox Australia website provides the mechanism for Clubs and individuals to donate.  Because we don’t yet know exactly what aid will be required, we ask you to consider making your donation to ShelterBox Solutions, rather than to ShelterBoxes.  This will give us maximum flexibility to source and provide aid tailored to meet the need s of the people.
The need today is as great as it ever is.  Events such as these highlight to cooperation between Rotary and its disaster aid project partner, ShelterBox

Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for October 2016.

The 2016 Manual of Procedure (MOP) has been released online, through MyRotary.


Join fellow Rotarians on a trip into ancient Cambodia…

Rotarians from various clubs around the world are joining together with Sustainable Cambodia to take a journey into the heart of Cambodia.

Detailed information and itinerary - click here


The International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators is one of RI's newest fellowships. The website address is www.rotarianeducators.org. As you can see from the website, one does not have to be an educator or work in the field of education to be a member-just have a passion for or an interest in education. Membership is available for one year ($20 USD), three years ($50 USD), or a lifetime membership for $100 USD.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Charles Grant, Ph.D.
Note: International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators operates in compliance with Rotary International’s policies for Rotary Fellowships but it is not an agency of, or controlled by, Rotary International.


Featuring Afro contemporary dancer Lucky Lartey, Canterbury Girls HS, Rwandan and Ugandan dance groups and With One Voice choir
Why – to support a children’s social enterprise, raising ducks and fruit trees in Lotumbe, DRCongo, so the children can attend school
Where - Pitt Street Uniting Church, near Sydney Town Hall Station CBD
When - 2 pm, Sunday, November 6
Cost – Adult $25, concessions $15, Under 18 - $5, under 8 - FREE
Here is the link for purchasing tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/MQXI  

Blaxland teenager Calvin Canterbury is currently planning the ‘adventure of a lifetime’ – 12 months in Brazil as part of Rotary’s Youth Exchange Program! A Year Nine student at St Dominic’s College in Penrith, Calvin is the son of Julie and James Canterbury and a resident of Lapstone in the Lower Blue Mountains. Lower Blue Mountains Rotary Club is his Youth Exchange sponsor, via the District 9685 YEP Program.
Calvin is very excited at the prospect of everyday life in Santos, Brazil, following in the wake of the successful Olympic Games in Brazil.
“I see the Rotary Youth Exchange Program as an opportunity to build my self confidence and organisational skills – especially in a non English speaker country,” he said. “Soccer is my favourite sport and football is a way of life in Brazil,” he added.
Calvin is a keen Industrial Metal and Maths student at school and a career in the Royal Australian Airforce as Mechanical Engineer beckons ‘down the track’.
Again, he sees the Youth Exchange opportunity as a vital part of the ‘framework’ in building his future career.

Event Calendar
October 2016


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