REGISTRATIONS CLOSE ON 3 MARCH - REGISTER NOW!
At the District Conference in March 2017, there are a wonderful array of speakers - a great mix of Rotary information and entertaining and informative speakers such as David Ireland and Peter Switzer.
District Governor Bruce would welcome your club encouraging and sponsoring (if able) Rotaractors and new members and volunteers to join you and have fun with us and learn more about Rotary in March 2017.
The day will be topped off with a wonderful evening with a glamorous cocktail function and entertainment provided by Normie Rowe and the Playboys - LIVE on stage.
Different registration packages are available:
* Platinum Package
* Day Package
* Alternate Partners' Program
* Entertainment Package
Find out more on the Conference Website.
Please share this great opportunity with all your Club members and join us at the Conference. Register at conference2017.rotarydistrict9685.org.au TODAY!
REGISTRATIONS CLOSE ON 3 MARCH - REGISTER NOW!
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)
To learn more
- 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
Projects will provide lasting inspiration for all Conference attendees – and especially those new club members sampling their first ‘taste’ of Rotary District service.
Expression of Interest for a stand in the Lighthouse Project Showcase
LIMITED STANDS – REGISTER YOUR INTEREST BY 10 FEBRUARY 2017
If your Club has a special project you would like to showcase, please send an Expression of Interest to Raylene Jarvis, Conference Chair – firstname.lastname@example.org
Please indicate if you need access to power. Setup of stand may be carried out on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning at 7am.
A specially tailored 9 day tour to Japan is being organised by the Rotary Club of St Ives leaving Sydney on 20 May 2017.
This guided tour will include visits to Tokyo, Kamakura, Mt Fuji, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Nara. The group will fly with JAL, meet local Rotarians and learn about Japanese culture.
The total cost will be $ 4648 including economy flights, 3 or 4 star accommodation, transfers, all breakfasts, 4 lunches and an English speaking guide. The price includes a donation of $ 100 per person to the Rotary Foundation. The tour is open to Rotarians, partners and friends and extra days can be added before or after the tour so participants can leave earlier or return later.
Please contact Peter Lorschy email@example.com for a full itinerary or to register your interest.
2017-18 RI President Ian H.S. Riseley announces his presidential theme, Rotary: Making a Difference
Rotary International President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley made the case on Monday that protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service.
Riseley, a member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, unveiled the 2017-18 presidential theme, Rotary: Making a Difference, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.
Environmental degradation and global climate change are serious threats to everyone, Riseley said. “They are having a disproportionate impact on those who are most vulnerable, those to whom Rotary has the greatest responsibility. Yet environmental issues rarely register on the Rotary agenda,” he said.
Environmental degradation is one of the major threats listed by the UN’s High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change.
Riseley added, “The time is long past when environmental sustainability can be dismissed as not Rotary’s concern. It is, and must be, everyone’s concern.”
The president-elect challenged every Rotary club to make a difference by planting a tree for each of its members between the start of the Rotary year on 1 July and Earth Day on 22 April 2018. Trees remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, which slows global warming.
“It is my hope that the result of that effort will be far greater than the environmental benefit that those 1.2 million new trees will bring,” Riseley said. “I believe the greater result will be a Rotary that recognizes our responsibility not only to the people on our planet, but to the planet itself.”
Securing Rotary’s future
In his address to the 2017-18 class of district governors, Riseley also urged clubs to improve their gender balance and lower the average age of their members.
Only 22 percent of Rotary’s members are women, up from 13 percent 10 years ago. At that rate, Riseley said, it will take another three decades for Rotary to achieve gender parity.
We know that we can do more together than we could ever hope to do alone.
“Three decades is far too long to wait to achieve a Rotary that reflects the world in which we live. We need to make it a priority now,” he said.
Noting that 103 of the 539 incoming governors are women, Riseley said they are the type of women we need in Rotary, “leaders who will help Rotary connect with, and represent, and better serve, all of the members of all our communities.”
Riseley also believes it is imperative that clubs find ways to attract and engage younger members. Today only 5 percent of reported members are under 40, and a majority of members are over 60, Riseley told the audience.
“Consider what Rotary stands to look like 10 or 20 years from now if we don’t get very serious, very soon, about bringing in younger members,” Riseley said.
Clubs will make a difference this year through their own decisions, said Riseley, but it will take teamwork on a global scale to move Rotary forward and secure its future.
“We know that we can do more together than we could ever hope to do alone,” he told incoming governors. “I ask you to keep that spirit of teamwork and cooperation always in your minds and to take it back with you to your districts.”