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
District Governor Bruce Lakin has joined District Rotary Foundation Chairman David Rands in calling for EVERY club in District 9685 to donate US $2,650 towards the END POLIO NOW campaign in support RI President John Germ’s personal request for special giving to mark the 100th anniversary of The Rotary Foundation in 2016/17.
This unique amount from each club will then be matched by a similar amount from the District 9685 District Designated Fund (DDF), followed by a 50% Rotary World Fund match for a sub total of $6,625.
The amazing generosity of the Gates Foundation then comes into play with a 2 for 1 further match for Polio giving.
Total impact of the original special club donation of $2,650 is and amazing $19,875!!!
Rotary Foundation Chair David has had enquiries from several clubs, but noted payment rom only a small number so far. So during March we would like to see many more clubs make that special effort and stretch in order to take advantage of the absolutely wonderful opportunity to stretch your $2650 to $19875 of benefit.
Governor Bruce joined the push this week and stated ‘like all things in Rotary, this excellent opportunity will not achieve maximum impact unless we make it happen’.
‘The 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation is a very special occasion and there is no better way to celebrate than for everyone to make an extra effort to strive for Polio eradication. I request club presidents to discuss this request within clubs during the next week and get donations to Chairman David and his team as soon as possible,” he said.
Governor Bruce reminded club presidents that this donation is a special ‘one off’ request and should be in addition to normal giving to The Rotary Foundation.
District Polio Chairs Bob Aitken and Bruce Nicholls have joined District leaders in this fund raising ‘push’ and reminded club presidents that RI President John Germ, in his 2016/17 citation, requests Rotarians around the world to support the club giving program with a personal gift of $26.50 to END POLIO NOW.
This amount of $26.50 is the original amount donated from the International Convention that year to launch The Rotary Foundation and has special significance in this 100th anniversary year.
Chairmen Bob and Bruce suggest that clubs organise a special event in March to raise the total amount required and ease the cost burden on individual members. Community ‘Walk because you can’ events have proved very popular and successful with mass school children joining Rotarians in main street marches for gold coin donations.
- Are you up for a challenge?
- Do you feel the urge to fill some very large shoes??
- Would you like the opportunity to promote and progress the ideals of Probus in our District?
There was a great response to the Raffle of two bottles of Muster Wine and four acrylic goblets at the District conference. The winner was Margaret Neal from the Rotary Club of Kincumber.
The total amount raised for ARH was $222 which represents around 50c per person who attended the conference.
Australian Rotary Health District Chair, Dudley Mercer said “Everyone who was asked bought a/some ticket(s) so, Thanks to everyone.”
ARH continues to be a large investor in Mental Health Research Scholarships, second only to the Federal Government.
The research is “By Australians – In Australia - then made available the World.”
A large number of research results and developed programs are in use overseas particularly the “Mental Health First Aid” program flagged by then President Obama as a very worthwhile program.
District 9685 is a very generous donor to ARH, something the committee is keen to maintain. Please keep ARH in mind when distributing funds or perhaps hold a special ARH event – this year’s Hat Day is titled “Lift the Lid” on mental health – look out for more information here later on.
Watch this space for more details of the D9685 contingent in the Muster for Mental Health later on in the year too.
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.