On 24 July, Ravindran congratulates the African nation on going one full year without a case of wild-polio virus.

If the video is not available, read on

Nigeria has been the last polio-endemic country in Africa. History is being made as we set course on a polio-free future for the African continent.

This issue of RGHF's Our Foundation Newsletter carries updated news and information on this historic milestone.

We now need to continue our battle and put our full efforts in supporting Pakistan and Afghanistan, the other two remaining polio-endemic countries, to become polio-free. 

Newly inducted President of Lower Blue Mountains Rotary, Drew Fitzpatrick, did not waste any time inducting his first new member for 2015/16 – his wife Carolyn Fitzpatrick!
Carolyn has been a standout Rotary ‘partner’ for many years and when her husband Drew (a prominent Penrith cardiologist) finally found time to accept the leadership of one of District 9685’s outstanding Rotary clubs, she said she felt she should ‘do the right thing’ and present herself for Rotary membership.
However, Drew’s new member drive will not end with his wife.  He and his new Board have just launched an outstanding membership program for the new Rotary year.  Watch this space …
Following is the draft proposal for a series of Polio Clinical Practice Workshops throughout Rotary District 9685 – as presented to the District Presidents’ meeting on Saturday.
The proposal was well received by Presidents and will now be further discussed by clubs in association with their Assistant Governors, before reporting back to District Governor Gina Growden who is seeking District support for the program.
Venues and dates of the final Workshop program are being developed by Polio Australia in association with our District Polio team, and will be advised as soon as possible.
Public Relations in Rotary is all about ‘connecting’ with the community and the Rotary Club of Kincumber on the NSW Central Coast (District 9685) recently hit a public relations ‘home run’ with unique assistance from the Kincumber branch of Westpac Bank.
Sandy Hunt-Sharman is Kincumber Rotary’s membership chairman and never lets a chance go by that might promote her Rotary club and enhance membership interest within the community.
During a recent visit to the Westpac branch, she was discussing Rotary promotion and public relations endeavours with Branch Manager Katja Hagries.
Money raised from the sale of cute, cuddly rams and
lambs plus donations goes to a D9630 trust fund.
Farming families in need are offered money vouchers for
use in nearby towns, thereby helping them and the local
Rotary clubs wishing to assist can purchase
rams and lambs or obtain them on consignment.
Contact Ray Wiles 02 4784 1643 - 0409 845 415 or
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This year's theme of WASH in Schools proved to be very popular.  Attendees gave the event rave reviews. If you weren't able to attend in person, you can listen to all the sessions.  You'll also find the PowerPoint presentations that were used by our presenters.
For this and more WASRAG stories read on

Wahroonga Rotary has joined forces with the Ku-ring-gai Council to sponsor a Community Business Breakfast on the 13th August 2015 .
An inspirational Business speaker Jeremy Carter, a leadership specialist, international business coach, trainer and consultant will attend the event-- which is free for attendees. Numbers are limited!
We encourage small to medium size businesses to participate and takeaway some special skills.
See link here for for further details  Business Breakfast


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

  National Skills Week this year will be held 24-30 August and the launch of National Skills Week is set for Monday 24 August (6.30pm - 8.30pm) at Parliament House.  All Rotarians from D9685 and D9675 are invited to attend.

Why not attend and make the night a vocational visit?

The Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville Writing competition awards night will be held on Monday 10 August 2015.  The night is also combined with a School Principals night where we recognise the outstanding work being done by the principals in our local primary schools.
The aim of this project is to promote literacy in our schools and is part of our Rotary Youth encouragement program.  The format of the project is that Year 6 students from local schools are invited to write a piece in their own words on a nominated topic.  Each participating school then submits the three best entries and a panel of judges from the Rotary Club then selects the three major prizewinners.  Read on for full details and the flyer.
Northbridge has donated around 100 corrugated iron permanent shelters to victims of the Nepal earthquake.  The club’s donation was made possible mainly through a “bucket appeal” to Northbridge residents in May and subsequent donations which together raised more than $18,000.
The houses each hold from six to eight people, and in total will provide shelter for up to 800 people.  Most of these houses will be overseen and organised through the Rotary Club of Banepa, Nepal.
The full press release follows
11-12 March 2016
All details and registration at
Register at conference2014.rotarydistrict9685.org.au

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