Griffith University’s fight towards a cure for one of the world’s most deadly diseases is edging closer after human clinical trials of a malaria vaccine developed by the Institute for Glycomics were a success.

Researchers have shown the world-first whole blood-stage malaria parasite vaccine PlasProtecT®, tested in collaboration with the Gold Coast University Hospital, is safe and induces an immune response in humans.

Now efforts are turning to an international fundraising campaign to enable further evaluation of the vaccine in clinical trials, before researchers can shift their focus to malaria endemic countries.

The Malaria Vaccine Project, officially launched by His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, aims to raise $500,000 to get the research to the next stage through Rotary fundraising efforts.

Speaking at the Institute on Monday (March 27), Sir Cosgrove said the work represented Australian science and innovation at its very best.

“This is what will make a difference, a better world and save lives. It is being done in our corner of the world, for the world,” he said.

The malaria project has been years in the making for researchers Professor Michael Good and Dr Danielle Stanisic who first started clinical trials in 2013 working with medical staff at Gold Coast University Hospital.

Professor Michael Good receives PlasProtect from Dr John Gerrard at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

Professor Good has so much faith in a vaccine that could save millions of people that he was the first person to receive it.  As a study participant, he had to step back from his usual research role in the “first-in-man” clinical trial.

“I wouldn’t ask people to do what I wouldn’t be prepared to do, and we couldn’t do this without the volunteers who give their time to us knowing they are helping further work towards a cure,” he said.

Gold Coast Health Director of Infectious Diseases Dr John Gerrard said ground breaking collaborative research of this type cemented the role of the Gold Coast University Hospital as a leading medical teaching and research centre in Australia.

“For the past four years eight medical specialists have provided medical oversight for the volunteers participating in the trial,” Dr Gerrard said.

Dr Stanisic said volunteers, who had to attend appointments at Griffith University’s s Clinical Trials Unit every two days for a month, were administered with the vaccine which consists of inactivated human malaria parasites that prevent them from growing and causing a malaria infection.

“Initially we showed that this vaccine was able to induce cross-species protection in pre-clinical trials,” she said.

“We’ve now taken a human version of the vaccine and tested it in volunteers and shown it is safe and induces an immune response.

Professor Michael Good and Dr Danielle Stanisic.

“This is a world first. We are the first to put a vaccine like this into humans that has potential to protect against multiple strains and species of malaria.”

There are approximately 3.2 billion people currently living in malaria endemic countries worldwide and of the 500,000 sufferers who die each year, 80 per cent are young children who are simply not strong enough to fight off the killer parasite.

Rotary past district governor Graham Jones AM said Rotary’s work with impregnated nets was helping in all kinds of endemic countries but an effective vaccine was sorely needed.

“This research could be the gateway to sustainable development of the vaccine and its use in eradicating malaria worldwide,” he said.

Steve Carroll, Rotarians Against Malaria chairman for District 9670 who lost his daughter Michelle to malaria when she was 19 years old, said they were on a crusade to make malaria the new polio for Rotary.

“She was our baby and for the first couple of years we were just devastated until we found Rotary,” he said.

“People don’t think of malaria as being much because we’re in a nice safe country but if we can get this vaccine out there, just imagine all the lives it could save.”

The next trial will test whether or not the vaccine protects people by immunising volunteers and challenging them with the malaria parasite.

To donate visit the Malaria Vaccine Project fundraising page.

For more information on how to donate to the Institute visit their website.



In March 2018, it will be 30 years since Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) brought our first patient, 11-year-old Annand Chand from Fiji, to the John Hunter Hospital for life-saving surgery. Since then, over 500 children, from our neighbouring island countries have received life-giving or dignity-restoring surgery, thanks to ROMAC. We can all be proud of our efforts.
To celebrate, I invite you and your partner to attend our 30th Anniversary Dinner at Strangers’ Dining Room, NSW Parliament House, 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney on Friday 16 March 2018.
The dinner is $150 per person (inc GST), plus the online booking fee, and includes 3 courses and drinks. All meals are gluten-free. Dairy-free and vegetarian options are available when booking online. More information about the Dinner is available in the 30th Anniversary Dinner Flyer.
You will be in the illustrious company of the current Rotary International President, Ian H.S. Riseley, and his wife Juliet; The Hon. Brad Hazzard, NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research; other key Rotarians, members of the medical profession and government, former patients and of course, our ROMAC friends and volunteers.
I would be delighted if you can participate in this significant event because:
  • It is a time to look back and to look forward - and to thank and recognise all the members who made ROMAC possible, including your Clubs
  • We need to thank the medical profession - the specialists, nursing and support staff who treat the children - for all they do
  • The governments, agencies and friends who provide support should see what Rotary is made of and what it can achieve
  • You will be supporting ROMAC’s commitment to saving the lives of children
    Please register online at as soon as you can because places are strictly limited. Also, please invite your ROMAC friends and your clubs to attend. Tables of 10 are available for $1500 (inc GST), plus booking fee.
Rob Wilkinson
ROMAC - Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children
IT'S TIME TO CELEBRATE Jade Catherall 2018-01-14 13:00:00Z 0
SOKS - BENEFACTORS & BENEFICIARIES NIGHT - 26 FEBRUARY Jade Catherall 2018-01-14 13:00:00Z 0


Would you like to help a child in a wheelchair to experience the thrill of summiting Mt Kosciuszko this March?

Or would you like to experience the thrill of trekking to Everest Base Camp this April/May?


Both events have been arranged by Turramurra Rotary as part of a world record attempt by a spinal injury survivor to climb the “Seven Summits” in just four months.  The events are raising funds for SpinalCure AustraliaSurf Life Saving and Wheelchairs for Kids.


Click here for more info or visit



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Yvonne Taylor, a member of Lindfield Rotary Club, has been named “2018 Local Woman of the Year” by Davidson state MP Mr Jonathan O’Dea.  Yvonne is recognised for her dedication to “inspiring youth from all classes and cultures to contribute to their local communities”.  A teacher for some 30 years, Yvonne worked as an English as a Second Language (ESL) educator, and assistant school principal.  She served on the ministerial committee overseeing the first Aboriginal Education Curriculum for NSW and is still involved in peer support at Killara High School.  Yvonne is current a Lindfield Club director with Youth and Membership portfolios and has twice been club president.


Congratulations Yvonne.

CONGRATULATIONS - LOCAL WOMAN OF THE YEAR Jade Catherall 2018-01-14 13:00:00Z 0

Rotary International President-elect Barry Rassin laid out his vision for the future of the organization on Sunday, calling on leaders to work for a sustainable future and to inspire Rotarians and the community at large.

Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, unveiled the 2018-19 presidential theme, Be the Inspiration, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “I want you to inspire in your clubs, your Rotarians, that desire for something greater. The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us.”

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2018-19 RI President Barry Rassin announces his presidential theme, Be the Inspiration, at Rotary's International Assembly.


Rassin stressed the power of Rotary’s new vision statement, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” This describes the Rotary that leaders must help build, he said.

To achieve this vision, the president-elect said, Rotarians must take care of the organization: “We are a membership organization first. And if we want to be able to serve, if we want to succeed in our goals — we have to take care of our members first.”

Rassin asked the incoming district governors to “inspire the club presidents, and the Rotarians in your districts, to want to change. To want to do more. To want to reach their own potential. It’s your job to motivate them — and help them find their own way forward.”

Progress on polio

Rassin noted that one source of inspiration has been Rotary’s work to eradicate polio. He described the incredible progress made over the past three decades. In 1988, an estimated 350,000 people were paralyzed by the wild poliovirus; just 20 cases were reported in 2017 as of 27 December. “We are at an incredibly exciting time for polio eradication,” he said, “a point at which each new case of polio could very well be the last.”

He emphasized that even when that last case of polio is recorded, the work won’t be finished. “Polio won’t be over, until the certifying commission says it’s over—when not one poliovirus has been found, in a river, in a sewer, or in a paralyzed child, for at least three years,” he said. “Until then, we have to keep doing everything we’re doing now.” He urged continued dedication to immunization and disease surveillance programs.

Sustaining the environment

Rotary has focused heavily on sustainability in its humanitarian work in recent years. Now, Rassin said, Rotarians must acknowledge some hard realities about pollution, environmental degradation, and climate change. He noted that 80 percent of his own country is within one meter of sea level. With sea levels projected to rise two meters by 2100, he said, “my country is going to be gone in 50 years, along with most of the islands in the Caribbean and coastal cities and low-lying areas all over the world.”

Rassin urged leaders to look at all of Rotary’s service as part of a larger global system. He said that this means the incoming district governors must be an inspiration not only to clubs, but also to their communities. “We want the good we do to last. We want to make the world a better place. Not just here, not just for us, but everywhere, for everyone, for generations.”


The Rotary Leadership Institute course is now run over two days, powerpacked with information, learning and skills you can use in your Rotary life straight away. 
Networking with other Rotarians and led by experienced facilitators, you are sure to enjoy what others are describing as the best Rotary training they have had.  Register online now at and supercharge your Rotary.
There are 2 courses available for registration:
RLI 45 - Sunday 18 February and Sunday 18 March 2018
RLI 47 - Saturday 5 and 19 May 2018
Please share this with your club members, particularly new Rotarians and new 2018/19 Board members.
SUPERCHARGE YOUR ROTARY WITH RLI IN 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-01-08 13:00:00Z 0
The 2018 District Conference on 10-11 March is going to be a fantastic weekend in the glorious Blue Mountains. Join us at The Fairmont Resort, Leura to hear world class speakers like Past Rotary International President John Germ, Shane Fitzsimmons and Dr Gill Hicks. Saturday Night will be a great time to catch up , enjoy great music, dance and be entertained by the Turtle Search Band. The Conference will inspire you, motivate you and empower you as a Rotarian,
THE DISTRICT CONFERENCE IS ONLY TWO MONTHS AWAY! Jade Catherall 2018-01-02 13:00:00Z 0
YOUTH EXCHANGE STUDENTS WEEKEND @ UMINA BEACH Jade Catherall 2018-01-02 13:00:00Z 0
POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2017 Jade Catherall 2018-01-02 13:00:00Z 0
Bobbin Head Cycle Classic  Sunday 25 March 2018
This major community event will be held on Sunday 25 March. It is being organised by the Rotary Clubs of St Ives, Ku-ring-gai, Turramurra and Wahroonga. It is the premier cycling event in Sydney. Some key statistics from the 2017 event:
·         2,500 cyclists raised $200,000 of which 50% was donated to our charity partner, Lifeline
·         The other 50 % was donated to other charities supported by the Rotary clubs organising the event. These   
          charities are:
                       Cromehurst Foundation, Eagle RAPS, The Hornsby Women’s Shelter, Bo Hospital and KYDS
·         Over 400 volunteers are involved to ensure the safety of the cyclists
There are 4 ride distances being 27km, 57km, 80km and 104km. The cost to participate varies with each ride.
Please see the website for full details:
The committee would welcome Rotarians registering to ride in the event. The committee is also looking for volunteers prepared to be marshals during the event to ensure the safety of the cyclists. For further information please email Tony McLelland  at or Peter Lorschy at
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GOSFORD NORTH TRIVIA NIGHT Jade Catherall 2018-01-02 13:00:00Z 0

1490072094_explorer-bus-logoFor those Partners who wish to explore the Mountains on Saturday 10 March, here are details of the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus.


Start point: Explorer Bus ticket office, outside Katoomba Station.
Tour duration: 60 minutes
First Departure: 9.00 am
Frequency: Every 30 minutes.
Last Departure:4.15 pm
Season: They run every day of the year. Even Christmas Day!
Ticket Validity: Up to 3 days. Validate your ticket upon arrival at the Katoomba shop..


Download a PDF Timetable (PDF 20.9 kb)



How much can you fit into your day with the Explorer Bus?

Plan your day using one of our Adventure Ideas.

Park and ride the explorer bus


Tickets can be purchased from the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus Booking Site.

Further information can be found on the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus Website




PARTNERS' OUTING Jade Catherall 2017-12-30 13:00:00Z 0

Jeremy Carter is the CEO of Rapport Leadership International in Australia. After a successful corporate career and ten years as a leading business and executive coach and entrepreneur, Jeremy decided to bring Rapport Leadership International to Australia after attending one of their leadership training courses in the United States and seeing the transformational outcomes experienced by attendees at the course.

A thought leader, Jeremy has been featured in the Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Financial Review and Daily Telegraph as well as magazines including CIO, APAC CIO Outlook and Face2Face. His leadership articles on LinkedIn have resulted in him attracting an audience of over 13,000 followers.

"Leadership is as much an art as it is science. A leader will either hold a team back or stretch them to a whole new level. Developing your leadership skills is one of the fastest ways to improve results as it enables you to bring the best out of yourself and the people around you. "





GUEST SPEAKER - JEREMY CARTER Jade Catherall 2017-12-30 13:00:00Z 0

JA-Promo-2Professor James Arvanitakis is the Dean of the Graduate Research School at Western Sydney University. He is also a lecturer in Humanities and a member of the University’s Institute for Cultural and Society. James was also the founding Head of The Academy at Western Sydney University that received an Australian Financial Review higher education excellence award (2016) and the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue Excellence in Education Award (2017).

James is internationally recognised for his innovative teaching style and was the recipient of the Prime Minister’s University Teacher of the Year Award in 2012 and an Eminent Researcher Award from the Australia India Education Council in 2015. In 2017 he was appointed a Research Fellow of the Australian Indian Institute and sits on the Australian Indian Education Working Party.

A former economist and free market advocate, James changed his position after witnessing child and indentured labour. After 9 years of working in finance, he has since worked with a cross section of organisations across Australia, Asia, Pacific and Europe including Oxfam Hong Kong, Aid/Watch and Friends of the Earth (France).

His research areas include citizenship, resilience, piracy and the future of universities. James has authored over 100 articles and this year has released three books: Sociologic (a first year sociology textbook with Oxford University Press), Citizen Scholar and the future of universities (Palgrave), and From Despair to Hope (Penguin). James is a regular media commentator appearing on ABC TV and hosts the podcast ‘Sociologic’.

James is a board member of the Public Education Foundation, the Chair of Diversity Arts Australia, an Academic Fellow at the Australian India Institute and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Development.

A collection of his work can be found at and can be connected through twitter @jarvanitakis

GUEST SPEAKER - PROFESSOR JAMES ARVANITAKIS Jade Catherall 2017-12-29 13:00:00Z 0
Wishing all Rotarians, their families and friends all the best for a wonderful Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year in 2018.
SEASONS GREETINGS Jade Catherall 2017-12-16 13:00:00Z 0
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
After almost 100 years of successful operation in Australia and New Zealand, Rotary finds itself at a very significant cross road.  With a declining membership over the last ten years, Australia has lost 4,314 members (13%) and New Zealand has lost 1,967 (19%) plus an ageing membership demographic, the continued existence of Rotary as we know it is under considerable threat.
Do we remain doing what we are currently doing and find we no longer exist in 20 years OR do we acknowledge we have a problem and accept the challenge to work together to address the issues and make the changes necessary to take Rotary forward for another hundred years?  It is both a challenging and an exciting time for Rotary in this part of the world.
There is an urgent need for change both at the Club and the District levels.  Clubs need to find new ways of attracting and retaining members and Districts need to focus their efforts on providing the best possible support mechanisms to Clubs in their crucial endeavour to grow and strengthen Rotary. Larger and better resourced Districts are seen as a significant way of providing this support to Clubs.
In recent weeks I have had the pleasure of working with a ‘Task Force’ of dedicated Rotarians from all levels of service to discuss urgent planning and action required to reverse the serious downward trend in membership across all 27 Districts in Zone 7B and 8 – and discuss how we can all move forward with confidence that Rotary will flourish for another 100 years.
The task force included grass roots Rotarians, club presidents, Governors Nominee, Governors Elect, Past Governors and RI staff – male and female and of a variety of ages.
I am delighted to report a wonderful spirit and commitment during the two days and there was general agreement that I now had to share the same positive message with you all – as we move forward together.
Be very certain that this message is NOT just about re-Districting. Re-Districting is only one of the suite of changes needed to revitalise Rotary ‘down under’.
We all agreed that ONLY Rotary Clubs can turn around the current alarming membership challenge confronting Rotary in the western world.  However, for this to happen, the administration of Rotary at District level has to change dramatically to provide Clubs with the support they need to address this challenge.
The meeting acknowledged that the age of ‘Larger Districts’ has arrived – and that these larger, more resourced and more support focused Districts will start to happen from 1st July 2020.
Planning is already well advanced for the merger of Districts 9700 and 9710 in central west and southern NSW along with Districts 9500 and 9520 in South Australia. Senior leaders are considering various options in WA, Victoria and northern Australia, along with southern Queensland and northern NSW.
Similar discussions are taking place in New Zealand where a meeting is planned for early March to discuss re-Districting options in that country.
The Task Force concluded that new LARGER DISTRICTS provide a great opportunity for:
  • Developing a flatter, more streamlined District administration with access to a greater number of resources to better support clubs, including the possibility of having a paid administrator/CEO to lead the business team and enable cost efficiencies;
  • Decluttering the role of the District Governor and increase focus more on strategic leadership thereby enabling the possibility of attracting working/younger Rotarians taking up the Governor role;
  • Strengthening the role of the Assistant Governor by giving them the training and resources to provide direct support to clubs and turning them into Area Governors with a maximum of 15 clubs each;
  • Making better use of technology for more regular communication within the District and between Clubs and the provision of a wider range of training and support activities;
  • Utilising economies of scale to employ professional facilitators/resources to help Clubs;
  • Dissemination of a clearer ‘national and state voice’ for Rotary and improve the public image of Rotary;
  • Attracting national corporate sponsorship and the possibility to employ a national fund raiser to support and fund the business model.
The Task Force was adamant that such sweeping District changes must not only encourage but also support genuine change within Rotary clubs; it also acknowledged that changes may generate increasing levels of anxiety within Clubs, which is an understandable reaction as things held in high regard for years start to change. 
However, the important thing to remember as we strive to continue as a vibrant, community focused service organisation, is that some things must never change; these include our Objects, Values and Ethics (4 Way Test), as well as our desire to serve others and to enjoy fellowship.
Consequently, for Club leaders to affect meaningful change within their Clubs they will need to appreciate and accept that Rotary has a problem that needs to be addressed and in so doing, they have an exciting opportunity to:
  • Play an active role in changing Rotary to enable it to flourish for at least another hundred years;
  • Re-invigorate their Club with targeted and customised support from the District so they promote and market Rotary in a variety of new ways to attract and retain members;
  • Enhance and strengthen community and vocational service;
  • Promote the new flexibility in Rotary and utilise the new resources available;
  • Work together with other Clubs in different ways or networks that retain individuality and treasured elements but capitalise on the advantages of a larger cohort of members;
  • Establish strategic partnerships with local entities and organisations.
The Task Force also considered how Districts and Clubs could work together to:
  • Make Rotary membership more physically and financially accessible by developing innovative ways of engagement for a wider variety of cultural and special interest groups;
  • Turn the focus from fundraising to service and provide Rotarians with more hands-on ways to serve. I leave you with the new RI Vision Statement … “Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves”
Noel Trevaskis, RI Director 2016-2018
2016-17 RI ANNUAL REPORT Jade Catherall 2017-12-16 13:00:00Z 0

As happens every year, the RYLA program of 2018 includes a formal dinner for RYLA participants and the Rotarians of their sponsoring clubs. It is an important part of the RYLA experience, and an opportunity for us to show our sponsored young leaders that RYLA is a program which we as Rotarians hold in high regard. It is also a chance to get to know your sponsored participants better, and invite them to your club meetings to talk about their RYLA experience or as potential new members.

It would be great if we could have a strong turnout of District 9685 Rotarians. Partners and guests, including the parents and family of sponsored participants, are more than welcome.

The formal dinner will be held on Tuesday 9th January 2018 at Miramare Gardens, Terrey Hills. The event commences at 6.30 pm and will conclude at approximately 10.30 pm. The cost is $50 per person and includes a two-course meal. Our guest speaker will be Michael Regan, Mayor of Northern Beaches Council. 

If you wish for family and/or friends to attend, please provide their names, Club association and any dietary requirements to RYLA dinner coordinator, Raylene Jarvis of Upper Northern Beaches Rotary Club. Her contact email is

Payment for the dinner can be made by direct deposit:

Rotary D9685 RYLA

Westpac BSB: 032 086

Account no.: 333 127

Please complete payment by December 31st and send an email to Raylene when a direct deposit payment has been made. 



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PCYC CEO DOMINIC TEALE ON 2GB Jade Catherall 2017-12-05 13:00:00Z 0


The Rotary International Presidential Peacebuilding Conference 2018 (RIPPC 2018),  will be taking place on the 17 March 2018 at Sydney Town Hall. This is a Conference you do not want to miss with this being one of the six Rotary Peace Conferences to be held across the globe.

The Conference Program includes keynote lecturers and presentations from international and national leaders in the industries of ‘Economic and Community Development and Peace’. Delegates will hear about the underlying causes of conflict including poverty, disease, lack of water and food security and the lack of education from our inspirational and stimulating speakers.

PRESIDENTIAL PEACEBUILDING CONFERENCE 2018 Jade Catherall 2017-12-05 13:00:00Z 0
PDG Danny has just been in Vietnam where he has been awarded the Friendship Medal by the President of Vietnam, being the highest honour conferred on a foreigner for service and contributions to Vietnam in addition to promoting friendship between Vietnam and Australia. This comes to Danny after his tireless efforts to bring Rotary to Vietnam and in particular promote relationships between our club and various entities in Vietnam.
CHRISTMAS TREE SALES Jade Catherall 2017-11-14 13:00:00Z 0
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for November 2017.   Please feel free to share and send us your great membership stories.
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - NOVEMBER 2017 Jade Catherall 2017-11-14 13:00:00Z 0

WorldSkills Australia in top 10 skilled nations in the world

The outstanding performances of the 2017 ‘Skillaroos’ and their experts at the 44th WorldSkills International competition in Abu Dhabi has propelled WorldSkills Australia into the top 10 skill nations in the world.

Congratulations to the Skilleroos on their great achievements.  Some of these young people are willing to make themselves available to talk to Clubs about their experience. If you would like to find out more, please contact Bobby Redman - District Vocational Chair

WORLDSKILLS AUSTRALIA IN TOP 10 SKILLED NATIONS Jade Catherall 2017-11-14 13:00:00Z 0

Andrew Best from Turramurra Rotary, is participating in a 170km Ride to End Polio Bike Race.


With over 9000 cyclists, and 100 fellow Rotarians, (I am the only Australian Rotarian in the race), we are aiming to raise $10 million USD for the fight to eradicate polio. To date, I have raise $5000 USD and I am asking for your support to spread the word and share this link throughout your District to generate donations this November, Foundation Month.


Below is the link to my page. If Rotarians log in through MyRotary, their donations will be tracked and recognition points will be given. Clubs and Districts can also donate, online, or offline by contacting Andrew directly.

RIDE TO END POLIO Jade Catherall 2017-11-14 13:00:00Z 0
We are delighted to have John and Judy joining us in Leura. Don't miss a wonderful opportunity to hear from Immediate Past RI President, John in March 2018.
John F. Germ, a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, and chair of the International PolioPlus Committee, was Rotary International President of RI in 2016-17.
For Rotary to thrive, Germ says, members must face current and future challenges and opportunities with "passion, enthusiasm, perseverance, and above all, integrity."
"I envision Rotary boldly and creatively engaging the success of polio eradication, membership and identity issues, strengthening clubs, work with youth – our future lifeblood, and the creation of critical, strategic partnerships," says Germ.
Germ says no one should ever have to ask, "What is Rotary?"
"We will enhance Rotary's public image by successfully and enthusiastically marketing who we are, what amazing things we are doing, and incredibly, have done locally and globally," says Germ.
With the global economy still unpredictable, Germ says Rotary must make participation affordable and "also be unfailingly diligent in efforts to ensure we spend every dollar effectively and efficiently," he says.
In 1965, after four years in the U.S. Air Force, Germ, an engineer, joined Campbell and Associates Inc., an engineering consulting firm. He now serves as the company's board chair and chief executive officer.
He also serves on the boards of several organizations including the Public Education Foundation, Orange Grove Center Inc., and the Blood Assurance Inc. He is the founder and treasurer of the Chattanooga State Technical Community College Foundation and is president of the Tennessee Jaycee Foundation.
In 1970 he was recognized as Tennessee Young Man of the Year, Engineer of the Year, and Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year in 1992.
A Rotary member since 1976, Germ has served Rotary as vice president, director, Foundation trustee and vice chair, chair of Rotary's US$200 Million Challenge, and RI president's aide. He is a recipient of Rotary's Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Judy, are members of the Arch Klumph Society.
"Rotary will adapt to a rapidly changing world by embracing innovation within the guidelines of our tradition and values," says Germ. "By aggressively embracing new technologies, social media, and new opportunities, individuals and businesses will see that Rotary helps promote a good civic and public image while adding credibility to their people."
PRIP JOHN GERM ATTENDING D9685 CONFERENCE Jade Catherall 2017-11-03 13:00:00Z 0
Berowra Rotary Guest Speakers: Professor Bill Gibson AO and the author of his biography, Tina Allen. Wednesday 22 November 2017 6.30pm for 7.00pm
A biography about Prof Gibson, Bill Gibson: pioneering bionic ear surgeon by Tina K Allen has recently been published. Professor Bill Gibson, who is a world expert in cochlear implant surgery and Menière’s disease, will be introduced by Tina Allen and his biography will be available for purchase on the night ($30).  
Bill Gibson has been a member of the Rotary Club of Berowra, the Rotary Club of Haberfield, and the Rotary Club of Balmain; and a recipient of a Rotary District 9685 Vocational Excellence Award in 1992/93.  
Everyone is welcome to attend this dinner meeting at the Berowra RSL Club, but RSVPs are essential for catering purposes by COB on 17 November to Jan Childs on: 9456 1482 or
BEROWRA ROTARY - GUEST SPEAKERS Jade Catherall 2017-10-31 13:00:00Z 0

District 9685 has been awarded the 2016-17 Presidential District Citation.



The covering letter from PRIP John Germ expresses his thanks for your efforts in Serving Humanity and acknowledges your outstanding contribution to the Rotary Foundation.


You will remember that D9685 was recognised at the Atlanta Convention for your End Polio generosity.


As DG Peter said recently…….”It is nice when the Boss sees that you are doing good work!”




Rotarians, partners, children – even family pets – gathered at Tench Reserve on the Nepean River, Penrith, on Sunday morning to take part in a special observance to mark World Polio Day on October 24.
A spectacular parade of almost 100 people with the words END POLIO NOW emblazoned on their bright red t-shirts enjoyed a three kilometre stroll in brilliant morning sunshine – much to the interest of early morning joggers and diners.
Rotary clubs of Penrith, Penrith Valley, Nepean, Lower Blue Mountains and Springwood were all represented in the walk, broken half way by a pause to plant a tree on the river bank to mark the Global Polio Eradication Initiative involving Rotary International, the World Health Organisation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and several other major partners.
The tree planting also marks the Rotary International Presidency of Australian Ian Riseley OAM in 2017/18 – the fifth Australian to lead the world’s oldest service club organization!
Rotary’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative is on the brink of ultimate success with only 12 cases of the Wild Polio Virus reported so far in 2017 in just two countries – Pakistan and Afghanistan. The downward trend has been impressive in recent years – 359 cases in 2014, 74 cases in 2015, and 37 cases last year,
The cost of ultimate success is huge. Rotary has invested US$1.9 billion in the campaign with clubs throughout Australia and New Zealand heavily involved in ongoing fundraising. Costs are not confined to the manufacture of serum but also the cost of ongoing surveillance to ensure no children in any part of developing countries are overlooked. Governments of the world have also invested billions in the campaign and ultimate success will result in vast savings for the world economy.  
Chris and Carol Bennett, owners of the Nepean Belle Paddle Boat, generously hosted walkers and families to a genuine Aussie breakfast, at the end of the walk – and treated walkers to their own private cruise on the Nepean River!
Chris Bennett said he and Carol had a tremendous respect for Rotary and were proud to offer their support to this significant celebration.
MALARIA VACCINE PROJECT Jade Catherall 2017-10-31 13:00:00Z 0
Best dressed female/male/table and lucky door with local wine in the offering as prizes. 
Need lots of bright colours, orange, yellow purple green etc
The music will be provided by “Turtle Search Big Band”
A great time for catch up, music, hip swinging, few drinks and lots of laughter.
SATURDAY NIGHT THEME - COLOUR YOUR WORLD, BE HAPPY Jade Catherall 2017-10-27 13:00:00Z 0
Shane Fitzsimmons has over 30 years experience with the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) serving as both a volunteer and salaried officer.  In 1998 he was appointed an Assistant Commissioner with the RFS and has held portfolio responsibilities for Operations, Strategic Development and Regional Management.
In 2004 he was appointed the inaugural Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) Visiting Fellow to the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) for a period of 12 months.
In September 2007 he was appointed Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) and also the Chair of the NSW RFS Bushfire Co-ordinating Committee and the Rural Fire Service Advisory Council.
He was appointed a Director of the National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC) in March 2008 and was the Chair of the NAFC Board from 2009 to 2013.
He is also a member of the NSW State Emergency Management Committee and the NSW State Rescue Board and was Chairman from 2008 to November 2015. He was a Director on the Bushfire Co-operative Research Centre from 2009 to 2014.
In July 2012, he was appointed a Board Member of the NSW Government Telecommunications Authority.  In January 2016 he was appointed as a Councillor of the Royal Humane Society of NSW Inc.
Shane was awarded the National Medal in 1999 and the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) in 2001.
GUEST SPEAKER - SHANE FITZSIMMONS Jade Catherall 2017-10-27 13:00:00Z 0

Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) requires a self-motivated Rotarian to fill the role of Operations Director.

The position requires the Rotarian to become a Director of ROMAC entities and take overall responsibility (together with the ROMAC Operations Manager), for all operational matters pertaining to the processing of referrals through to the safe return, after treatment, of the ROMAC Patient and their Carer.

To be a successful in this role a candidate will require the following attributes:

1. Proven organisational skills

2. Experience in negotiations at a high level. Experience within the medical and health delivery areas, and other State and Federal government departments, would be beneficial.

3. Confident in their computer skills and demonstrable skills in this area are essential.

4. The Operations Director requires a personality and an ability to accommodate different cultures and encourage volunteers to work as a team.

5. The Operations Director also requires a big heart and be prepared to be one of the key persons to enable ROMAC to fulfil its Mission; that of providing specialist treatment for children from developing countries, in the form of life saving and/or dignity restoring surgery not accessible to them in their home country

Please direct your application, or queries, to the ROMAC Chair, Rob Wilkinson, at

ARE YOU THE NEXT ROMAC OPERATIONS DIRECTOR? Jade Catherall 2017-10-17 13:00:00Z 0
Dear Friends,
Following the many years of traditional Rotary Christmas cards, we’ve launched the modern, efficient, environmentally-friendly version – CHRISTMAS E-CARDS!!
Proceeds from the sale of our e-cards support Interplast in rebuilding bodies and rebuilding lives in the Asia-Pacific region.
Recipients of the e-cards you choose will see our Rotary and Interplast logos when they open their cards.
You and your club members and/or friends can take advantage of this service by going to our website at and following the instructions there.
We hope you will join us in this initiative to support a really good cause, and to further demonstrate that e-clubs really can do just about anything conventional clubs can do.
Yours in Rotary,
Rob Mitchell
Projects Director, Ryde Rotary e-Club
E-CLUB CHRISTMAS E-CARDS Jade Catherall 2017-10-17 13:00:00Z 0
Your opportunity to be involved!
Between November 16-19 we have a delegation of 120 Rotarians and their partners from District 3232 from Chennai India here in District 9685.  The delegation will visit our district for a Friendship Exchange having completed the first half of their visit in Victoria..  I would like to invite all clubs to participate in this historic exchange at events hosted at various zones in our district.  District 3232 is very keen to establish Sister club relationships. This supports part of the Rotary objective to build international understanding and goodwill. Sister clubs share club information, projects and activities.
The RFE members will stay at the  PARKROYAL Parramatta.
Thursday 16 November
  • Arrival from Melbourne – Flight Details to be confirmed. 
  • Dinner – Sydney Showboat Departing Kings Street Wharf Darling Harbour (Cluster 2 & Cluster 5 / Zones City North, North Shore, Upper North Shore and Beaches) – Those interested to attend can contact Rtn. Haran Ramachandran for booking.
Friday 17 November
Saturday 18 November
  • Day Trip Central Coast (Cluster 4 / Zones Central Coast, Lower Central Coast and Upper Central Coast)
  • RAWCS Dinner – Diggers RSL Club, The Entrance
Sunday 19 November
  • Sydney City Tour
  • Dinner meeting – Harris Park (Little India) (United India Association, Consortium of Tamil Associations, Australian Tamil Chamber of Commerce and Australian Medical AID Foundation).  Rotarians are also welcome to join the Sunday Night Dinner at Harris Park.  Dinner Cost $40 + BYO (No corkage)
A number of the Indian clubs are interested in sister club arrangements. A sister club is one that has a sharing relationship with another club, preferably an international club. This supports part of the Rotary objective to build international understanding and goodwill. Sister clubs share club information, projects and activities.
Ideally, such clubs should have some club members visit each other periodically. On such visits, visiting Rotarians can be home hosted, experience something of the club, district, culture and the country. Visiting Rotarians can visit local club projects, club meetings and district activities. Visiting Rotarians can also be encouraged to support proposed local and international projects.
It is possible for sister clubs to participate in important club meetings via internet video connections. Club bulletins should be exchanged on a regular basis and project reports.  It is important to maintain regular contact with sister clubs to build a strong relationship and knowledge of each other and each other’s country.
Contact Hara Ramachandran or Jim Sifonis for further information and to get involved.
Don't miss out on your chance to attend this year's Rotary NSW Police Officer of the Year Awards.
This event will sell out so please book early!

Friday 10 November 2017
Hyatt Regency, Darling Harbour, Sydney

The Rotary Club of Sydney is proud to host the 8th Annual Awards for the NSW Police Force to give state-wide community recognition for excellence in Police service to officers and unsworn employees throughout NSW. This year as last, nominations for the Customer Service award were made by the General public and Rotarians. This year’s Rotary NSW Police Awards promises to be the best ever!

The event will bring together the local winners from all over the state. Together with their colleagues we will come together to celebrate the hard work and outstanding achievements of officers, volunteers and civilian employees for excellence in Police Service throughout NSW.

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

Order Your Online Tickets Now

Tickets still only $95 per person

The Rotary Clubs of NSW 2017 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.


See a list of the Finalists in the 2017 Police Officer of the Year Awards.

NSW POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARDS Jade Catherall 2017-10-03 13:00:00Z 0
Rotarians who believe that they can make a difference, one club at a time are encouraged to train as a Club Vision Facilitator. 
Club Visioning is a foundation element for clubs, bringing members together towards:
  • Continuity of leadership, vision and process
  • Consistency in programming
  • Consensus toward solidarity and unanimity in purpose and action

Becoming a Club Vision Facilitator contributes to Rotary President-elect Ian Riseley’s theme for the 2017-2018 year - Rotary: Making a Difference.  President Ian “We know that we can do more together than we could ever hope to do alone”.  “Clubs will make a difference this year through their own decisions, said President Ian, but it will take teamwork on a global scale to move Rotary forward and secure its future”.

The Club you serve will benefit from the teamwork that you and your fellow Vision Facilitators display as you guide a group of Rotary Club leaders through a process that will deliver a vision result. This Vision Result presents a club with a strong path toward the future, while engaging current membership toward a clear set of goals.
Professionally, as a Facilitator you will learn a skill set and process that can be applied where ever a group of individuals come together for a common purpose looking for an uncommon result. The skills you develop and the process you learn will be an asset available to each of you in times to come.
Personally, as a Rotary volunteer you will not only grow as a leader but will make a difference with your fellow Rotarians and their clubs through your actions. The personal satisfaction that comes from facilitating your fellow Rotarians toward their vision in growth and delivery of humanitarian service cannot be matched. It is your “Legacy of Service”. 
You are encouraged to have a look at the Club Visioning material on the District website, under District, Club Visioning or Google Rotary Club Visioning and have a look at the power of the program to make real and lasting change that will underscore Rotary: Making a Difference.
If you are interested in delivering planning and club assistance to clubs in our district, then Club Visioning may be for you.  Typically a club visioning session occurs on a week day evening starting at 5.30pm concluding at 9.30pm although there may be events scheduled for a weekend .  Hospitality is provided to the facilitators by the club. 
Club Vision Facilitation Training is scheduled for Sunday 3rd December 2017 8.30am for 9.00am concluding at 4.00pm at the District Office in Thornleigh.  After the District’s contribution to the cost of providing the training which will include morning and afternoon tea and lunch and a Club Visioning Facilitation Manual there is nothing for you to pay.
Please contact the District 9685 Club Vision Facilitation Chair - David Mylan (Terrigal) on 0411 878 854 or email
BECOME A CLUB VISIONING FACILITATOR Jade Catherall 2017-10-03 13:00:00Z 0
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for October 2017.   Please feel free to share and send us your great membership stories.
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - OCTOBER 2017 Jade Catherall 2017-10-03 13:00:00Z 0
Whilst the news of a further WPV case during the week is disappointing, it must be remembered we are now in peak season for the virus in the endemic countries (Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan). The total of 11 WPV (6 in Afghanistan, 5 in Pakistan) cases for the year to date reflects the controlled and improving situation when we note a total of 25 for the same period last year.  Nigeria has been clear for 12 months now.
RI President Ian Riseley has maintained very simple fund raising goals this year and is appreciated of your support –
  • DDF money is to be spent, not saved, and a donation of 20% of unused funds is recommended.
  • Every Rotary Club to be encouraged to make a special ‘one off’ donation of US$1,500 to END POLIO NOW to gain maximum advantage from Gates Foundation support.
  • Every District to continue the search for TRF Major Donors of US$10,000.
  • All clubs be requested to plan a special promotion to mark World Polio Day on October 24.
Again, thank you for all you are doing and best wishes for another outstanding year of Rotary service …
PDG Bob Aitken AM and RI Past Director Ken Collins AM,
RI END POLIO NOW Coordinators, Zones 7B and 8, 2016/18
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CONFERENCE WEBSITE Jade Catherall 2017-09-30 14:00:00Z 0

There are a number of accommodation options available in Leura, Katoomba and surrounding towns. However the Fairmont Resort has provided options for the Conference weekend.

For a 2 night stay  Friday 9/3/18 and Saturday 10/3/18 rates are:
Fairmont room  (inc breakfast for 1)
Friday night –   $215    Saturday night -   $224
Fairmont room  (inc breakfast for 2)
Friday night –   $244    Saturday night -   $253
Saturday night ONLY 10/3/18 rates are:
Fairmont room  (inc breakfast for 1)
Saturday night -   $331
Fairmont room  (inc breakfast for 2)
Saturday night -   $363
Upgrade fees to other room types apply.
Conference booking code is ROT100318.
FAIRMONT ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS Jade Catherall 2017-09-29 14:00:00Z 0

Saturday 10 - Sunday 11 March 2018


Saturday 10 March

Registration Opens from 8.00am

Conference Begins at 9.00am

Lunch at 12.30pm

Day 1 Wrap up at 5.00pm


Pre-Dinner Drinks at 6.30pm

Dinner at 7.30pm


Sunday 11 March

Day 2 begins at 9.00am

Day 2 Wrap up at 12.30pm

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Full Registration (incl. Saturday, Dinner and Sunday) – $280

Includes all Conference sessions (incl. Saturday morning tea, lunch, & afternoon tea, Dinner and Sunday morning tea).


Saturday (Day Only) – $100

Registration for the Plenary sessions includes the Conference plenary sessions on Saturday only (incl. morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea)
Does NOT include any other sessions or events.


Saturday (Day and Dinner) – $200

Registration for the Saturday Plenary sessions and Dinner includes the Conference plenary sessions on Saturday only (incl. morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea) and Saturday Dinner.
Does NOT include any other sessions or events.


Saturday (Dinner Only) – $110

Registration for the Saturday Dinner includes Saturday Dinner. ONLY
Does NOT include any other sessions, catering or events.


New Rotarians (on or after 11 March 2017) Full Conference – $190

For New Rotarians, joining Rotary on or after 11 March 2017 in District 9685.

Includes all Conference sessions (incl. Saturday morning tea, lunch, & afternoon tea, Dinner and Sunday morning tea).


Notes about Registration

  • Friends and family may be added to your registration, or they can register themselves as a full delegate.  You do not need to be a Rotarian to attend.
  • A joint registration requires full registration for each person.
  • Attendance requires prior registration.
  • You may pay by Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard only, via PayPal) or by direct credit or cheque.  You do not need to have a PayPal account in order to pay by credit card. But you do need to select the PayPal option to pay by Credit CardFollow these instructions
  • If you wish to re-visit or amend your registration, please email
On Sat 9 Sept 42 Rotarians participated in the Advisory Board Training offered free of charge by Rapport Leadership at Hornsby RSL.  Norwest Sunrise Rotarian Jeremy Carter and Bruce Manefield delivered a very engaging workshop that provided lots of tips and strategies for conducting successfully Board meetings.
Board meetings have 3 key functions: to set direction for your club; to make decisions; and to ensure, as a legal entity, that the club is compliant with regulations.
Participant comments included: ‘Fast, on time and concise’: ‘Really helpful – lots of good practical tips’; ‘Best training I have participated in all my years in Rotary’; ‘Logical and realistic with good examples and a purposeful small group exercise that made us think’; ‘A fun, interactive session providing immediately applicable strategies and ideas.’ Many thanks Jeremy and Bruce.
Jeremy is running a similar session on the evening of Oct 12 in Baulkham Hills for Council. It won’t have as much Rotary content but will still be useful if anyone wants to attend that could not make it last Saturday. Go to  Use discount code ‘rotary’ for free registration.
TREE PLANTING PROJECT IN CONGO Jade Catherall 2017-09-28 14:00:00Z 0
NORTH RYDE CHARITY GOLF DAY Jade Catherall 2017-09-28 14:00:00Z 0
DISTRICT CONFERENCE 2018 Jade Catherall 2017-09-22 14:00:00Z 0
GRAFFITI REMOVAL DAY - 29 OCTOBER 2017 Jade Catherall 2017-09-19 14:00:00Z 0
FLOODING CRISIS - SHELTERBOX Jade Catherall 2017-09-19 14:00:00Z 0
Special Interest Meeting - Role of District Governor
Sunday, 19th November 2017 at 10am
Have you sometimes thought you’d like to put your name forward for District Governor, but are not sure what the job entails or whether you have the necessary attributes to carry out the role successfully?
An opportunity to find out about the role of District Governor and to have your questions answered will take place during a Special Interest Meeting to be held on Sunday 19th November 2017 between 10am and 12 noon at the District Office, Thornleigh.
Topics discussed will include:
               The role of District Governor
               Obligations and Expectation
               The Selection Process
               What happens after selection
               Costs involved.
               There will be ample time for questions to be answered
Attendance at this meeting does not create any obligations or expectations for you to apply for District Governor this year or in the future.
For catering purposes (morning tea will be provided), if you are interested in attending this meeting please contact PDG Gina Growden, Chair, District 9685 DG Nominating Committee for 2017-18 on or 0412 128 106 by Monday, 13th November.
OKTOBERFEST - 27 OCTOBER Jade Catherall 2017-09-19 14:00:00Z 0
AUSSIE HAT NIGHT Jade Catherall 2017-09-19 14:00:00Z 0
AUSTRALIAN ROTARACT CONFERENCE Jade Catherall 2017-09-19 14:00:00Z 0
Understanding that there will be many options and opinions about what counts as service and what does not, club leaders are encouraged to use the four-way test to determine what they think counts.

A few guidelines from RI President Ian Riseley:

Q    What kinds of hours should we track?

A     Keep track of any hours that are directly related to service.
        Time spent organizing, preparing for and participating in a service project should be tracked and counted.

Q    Does time spent in club committees count?

A     Most time spent in club committee meetings does not count as direct service. However, count time spent in club committee meetings for the purpose of planning service activities.

Q    Do Fundraisers count?

A     The hours spent planning and participating in fundraisers does not count. The funds raised will be counted when contributed to a specific service activity.

Q    Does attending a club meeting count?

A     Some clubs do a service project during one or more of their regular meetings. These hours count. However, a regular meeting with (or without) a meal, announcements and a speaker does not count as service.

Q    How should we count hours for projects done in collaboration with other organizations?

A     If a Rotary club does a service project that includes Rotaractors, Interactors, members of a Rotary Community Corps, scouts, or other community volunteers, you should count the hours of all of the volunteers because the club arranged the service opportunity.
        On the other hand, if a few Rotarians volunteer at a soup kitchen that was run by the Boy Scouts, you should only count the hours of the Rotary club members that participated.

Q    What if I have a question I don’t see answered here?

A     There are an infinite number of possible questions about how to count service hours. This endeavor is intended to be comprehensive, without being overly complicated. If your specific question is not addressed above, please use the four-way test to decide if you will include the hours in your tally.
CHARITY POKER NIGHT Jade Catherall 2017-09-19 14:00:00Z 0
To celebrate World Polio Day – October 24
‘Enjoy a bowl of soup and donate $10 towards END POLIO NOW’ to celebrate World Polio Day on October 24’!
That’s the special request from RI Director Noel Trevaskis as Rotary International edges ever closer to its thirty year goal of eradicating polio from our world.
Director Noel emphasises that the dwindling number of polio cases around the world – just NINE so far this year – calls for a genuine celebration by Rotary Clubs and Rotarians to mark this red letter day.
‘When we launched the amazing PolioPlus campaign in 1985/86, there were 350,000 cases of Polio in 125 countries. This number has dropped significantly in recent years – 359 in 2014, 74 in 2015, 37 in 2016 – and the wild virus is now circulating in just three countries … Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.’
Rotary clubs are urged to involve community organisations and members in their celebrations. To list just a few ideas -
  • Walkathons and Swimathons
  • School bicycle marathons
  • Music concerts, talent quests, Battle of the Bands sessions in schools
  • Main street/railways station FREE barbecues with high impact signage and bucket collection points.
  • ‘Paint a Pinkie’ for a gold coin in infant schools and primary schools.
  • Odd sock/crazy shirt days
However, the ‘Soup Saver Meal’ requires real commitment from Rotarians at their regular meetings and create good media opportunities if politicians and community leaders are involved.
Concept is simple … members agree to pay $15 for a bowl of soup and bread roll.  Five dollars should cover the cost and $10 goes into the Club END POLIO NOW fund.
For added value, clubs may negotiate with leading restaurants to provide the soup in return for community publicity and media coverage.
IF adopted by every Rotary Club in Australia and New Zealand, the concept could raise as much as $750,000!
Plans are in hand to encourage a similar ‘saver meal’ concept during the week of Rotary’s birthday - February 23 next.  However, on that occasion, it will be a coffee and birthday cake meal – involving local High School home science classes to bake giant birthday cakes.
Director Noel said that a strong commitment to fund raising was vital to ensure successful completion of the Polio Eradication Campaign.
‘Costs are heavy. For example, there are 363 permanent transit teams working 19 cross points on the Pakistan/Afghan border; some 38 million children under five have been targeted in recent National Immunisation Days in Pakistan – and that program involved 250,000 vaccinators!’ he concluded.
PDG Bob Aitken AM
Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains
SOUP SAVER MEAL - A CULINARY DELIGHT Jade Catherall 2017-09-19 14:00:00Z 0
Hat Day on 10th October , in the guise of Lift The Lid is fast approaching, so we need to get our skates on.
Apart from the usual club activities there are two additional events to consider.
  1. Railway Station collections.
    1. Our ARH Director, Graeme Davies has gained permission for Rotary Clubs to mount a donation campaign at railway stations on the Metropolitan  network however each station must have individual permission. Please consider doing a collection at your nearest station, let me know of your intention and Graeme (who is on holidays at the present)  will organise the necessary permission. Contact me at
  2. Bunnings information tables.
    1. If your club regularly does a Bunnings BBQ it has been OK’d for you to run a Lift the Lid information table on or about 10th October. You must contact the Community Liaison person at the shop and organise everything with him/her. They will supply a table and chairs etc. Again, please let me know of your intentions  ( so I can schedule clubs to the various shops to prevent doubling up.  Don’t assume that another club will “get the job”,  go and see for yourself.
  3. Lift the Lid" promotion at a favourite coffee shop There is also a possibility for a club to conduct a "Lift the Lid" promotion at a favourite coffee shop. More details to follow on this one.
With the upwards spiral of suicides, especially in young men and in particular country men, it is imperative that we do all we can to fund more research into the problem so that a solution is found.
This cannot wait. Mental Health problem affect us all both directly and indirectly so please,  get behind all events aimed at helping  everyone with M H issues.
Dudley Mercer
ARH Chair D9685.
LIFT THE LID - AUSTRALIAN ROTARY HEALTH - OCTOBER Jade Catherall 2017-09-05 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary Inspirational Women Awards Luncheon

on Sunday 15 October

at 12noon

at Club York, 99 York St Sydney City


Love you to come along and bring others with you.

Guest speakers include:

1. Fiona Shewring (trades industries)

2. Chris Forster (/Tony Abbott’s sister)

There will be a number of awards in different categories and hopefully some nominations in our district will be successful.


Kind regards,


Lyn Davies

INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN AWARDS Jade Catherall 2017-09-04 14:00:00Z 0

Our 2017 Foundation Dinner will be held on Monday 20th November at the Blacktown Workers Club. Our guest speaker is Jennifer Jones, who is a Past RI Director. Please put this date in your diary, and we look forward to your club booking a table.

Registrations are now open. Further details are on the brochure


We look forward to the usual wonderful support from D9685 clubs and Rotarians.


FOUNDATION DINNER - 20 NOVEMBER Jade Catherall 2017-09-04 14:00:00Z 0
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - SEPTEMBER 2017 Jade Catherall 2017-09-04 14:00:00Z 0
MOVIE PREMIERE - VICTORIA AND ABDUL Jade Catherall 2017-09-04 14:00:00Z 0
Once again the Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches is presenting the Northern Beaches Spring Concert, on Wednesday 20 September and featuring our own Northern Beaches Orchestra. This year we are delighted to have as our special guest the acclaimed Australian singer/songwriter Melinda Schneider. Come along to the Grand Theatre at United Cinemas Warriewood and enjoy this exciting live show, Melinda Schneider Sings with Strings, packed with popular hits. Buy your tickets from
NORTHERN BEACHES SPRING CONCERT Jade Catherall 2017-08-25 14:00:00Z 0
RAWCS Madagascar October Visit 2017
Gosford North Rotary Club are leaving for their seventh deployment to Madagascar.
This year the focus will be:
  • personally delivering 1200 Luminaid solar sights to remote communities,
  • building of a recreational area within a children's home
  • delivering medical community programs through newly established Rotary  clinic
  • general building & welding projects
Team members required for working team leaving for Madagascar in  late October. Interest sought from physically fit individuals with specific skills that are required within the team. Skills required are medical, dental, electrical, plumbing, building, welding, education or enthusiastic  general team support persons.
Limited numbers available
Please contact Madagascar Project Manager Peter Pearce  OAM
0431 778655
WE GOT TO MOVE IT. MOVE IT! Jade Catherall 2017-08-25 14:00:00Z 0
PDG Leslie Whitcroft AM, the man who ‘kick started’ serious fund raising for Rotary International’s PolioPlus program in 1986, passed away at his home in Turramurra, Sydney, on August 12 aged 97 years.
Les was an outstanding Rotarian, businessman and family man – and pursued a lifetime of community service.
With his friend Harry Tyrell, he founded National Can Australia in Fitzroy, Victoria in 1954. He was the driving force behind the success of the company in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Oceania over the next 60 years. He retired from the Company in 1981 to focus on Rotary and community service.
A generous and caring man, Les with his wife Shirley, established The Whitcroft Foundation to benefit many charitable organisations around Australia – including long term sponsorship of the ‘Bridging the Gap’ youth mentoring organisation in Blacktown, NSW.
Les enjoyed an amazing Rotary career and was the inspiration behind many outstanding projects –
  • Past President and member of the Rotary Club of Ryde for 43 years.
  • Past Governor of District 9685.
  • Founding Director of Australian Rotary Health.
  • Chairman of the Fund Raising Committee for the Rotary Wing at Westmead Childrens Hospital.
  • Past Chairman, long serving Director and benefactor of Rotary Down Under Incorporated. Les provided an interest free of $730k over three years to fund the purchase of the original Rotary Down Under House in Argyle Street, Parramatta, in 1985. The debt was repaid by the Rotarians and Rotary Clubs and Districts of Australia and New Zealand – and the building changed the course of Rotary in Australia by providing a solid base for administration of many programs over the next decade.
However, it was his service as National Chairman of the Australian PolioPlus Committee in the late 1980s that Les made an extraordinary contribution.  Rotary International set a fund raising goal of $125 million in 1986 and early progress was slow until Les and Shirley Whitcroft made a donation of US$250k to then RI President MAT Caparas at a Pacific Regional Conference in Adelaide. This single act provided great leadership to Rotarians and corporates around the world and donations began to flow in great numbers and amounts. Shirley Whitcroft was a key figure in the campaign – inspiring everyone by way of her own battle with polio. Shirley contracted the dreaded virus after she and Les were married and her youngest child was just 18 months old.
Les Whitcroft’s lifetime of service was suitable recognised when he was honoured with an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) in 1989.
He is survived by his daughters Prudence and Diana, son in law Michael, grandchildren Scott, Kirsty, Louise and Fiona, and great grandchildren Xavier, Joshua, Lachlan, Savannah, Eugenie and Josephine.
A Service of Thanksgiving will be held at  Christ Church St Ives, 1 Cowan Road, St Ives on Monday 21 August 2017 at 1pm.
Rotarians attending the service - parking is limited in the area, so carpooling and early arrival are advised.
VALE PDG LES WHITCROFT AM - DEATH OF A POLIOPLUS HERO Jade Catherall 2017-08-15 14:00:00Z 0
LIFT THE LID AT BUNNINGS WAREHOUSE Jade Catherall 2017-08-15 14:00:00Z 0
Jeremy Carter, President of Norwest Sunrise Rotary Club has offered his company's training course for Board Members - for free to Rotarians and $50 for Non Rotarians.
Saturday 9 September 2017 - 8.00am-11.30am
8.00am Coffee & Registration
8.30am - 11.30am Training incl. Morning Tea
Register HERE by Tuesday 5 September 2017 for catering and room organisation purposes.
Advisory Boards – Unlocking success in your organisation
Having a great board of advisors is a powerful asset for your Rotary Club (or any organisation for that matter) to get objective advice, identify unexplored opportunities, open new doors and increase profitability and sustainability.
This workshop covers what you need to know in order to establish an effective Advisory Board from inception to succession. Unlike corporate boards, advisory boards do not have fiduciary responsibility and their advice is non-binding.
Topics include:
  • The importance of governance in organisations
  • How to setup an effective advisory board
  • Choosing the right people for the board
  • Setting objectives, expectations and compensation
  • Planning for Meetings
  • Running effective board meetings
  • Best practice communication strategies
We'd appreciate registration by Tuesday 5 September, so that necessary catering and room organisation arrangements can be made.
BOARD TRAINING FROM RAPPORT LEADERSHIP Jade Catherall 2017-08-15 14:00:00Z 0
TRIVIA NIGHT - 26 AUGUST 2017 Jade Catherall 2017-08-12 14:00:00Z 0

Feel there are gaps in your Rotary knowledge?  Want to prepare for your Rotary Year?  Hungry for knowledge that goes beyond PETS and DA?  Want to share your experience of Rotary with others?


Then RLI is for you and there are plenty of spaces available on RLI 43;

RLI 43; Sundays; 10 September, 24 September, 8 October.

Register at

The cost for the full course is $75*.


The benefits of doing RLI are many; so boost your knowledge and skills, and share your experience by joining in.


The three part course is held  at our District Office, Thornleigh. Morning tea and lunch are provided.  Each day starts at 8:30 for 9:00am and finishes around 3:45pm.

Here is what recent graduates had to say about the Rotary Leadership Institute Course;


The course is by far the most educational, inspirational and motivational element of Rotary thus far. The people who deliver the course are not dogmatic, not zealous, but they do know their subject and can deliver it very effectively. Michael Sawczak., RC The Entrance, RLI 39


Excellent workshop, very beneficial to everybody;  Excellent! Time well spent; Eye-opening; Gives confidence in initiating a club project; The course is an essential activity for all members. Participant feedback from RLI 37.


* The fee covers direct participant costs.  Rotarians who have partially completed RLIs prior to today and wish to do individual parts should contact PDG Ian Scott for registration by response to this email; the cost for catch up sessions is $20.



NORTH RYDE FUN RUN Jade Catherall 2017-08-01 14:00:00Z 0
Castle Hill Rotary wish to announce that registrations for the “2017 Cross Country Challenge” are now open. Come along and get active for a good cause then spend the day enjoying entertainment, food stalls and much more. Register now and help us put an end to domestic violence at
CROSS COUNTRY CHALLENGE Jade Catherall 2017-08-01 14:00:00Z 0
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - AUGUST 2017 Jade Catherall 2017-08-01 14:00:00Z 0
BEECROFT ROTARY BOOK FAIR Jade Catherall 2017-08-01 14:00:00Z 0


RESCA WINNERS OFFICIAL PHOTO]n keeping with the Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”, the Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Awards recognise and acknowledge the selfless Community Service of NSW Emergency Services Personnel while supporting an important Australian Rotary Health initiative “PhD Research Scholarship into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” (PTSD) in Emergency Services Personnel (workers and volunteers).

Emergency Services Agencies involved in this project include Fire and Rescue NSW, Marine Rescue NSW, NSW Ambulance, NSW Rural Fire Service, NSW State Emergency Service and NSW Volunteer Rescue Association.

The Awards Presentation Dinner is an opportunity for Rotary, the Emergency Services and New South Wales to celebrate the outstanding community service of Emergency Services personnel across the state.

Join Rotary on Friday, 4 August 2017 in acknowledging and celebrating outstanding Community Service of NSW Emergency Service Members.


NSW POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARDS Jade Catherall 2017-07-18 14:00:00Z 0
As a precursor to the fourth annual North Ryde Rotary Fun Run, the Rotary Club of North Ryde is again holding mental health seminars with the Macquarie University Centre for Emotional Health.
The Fun Run is Sunday 27 August 2017 at Macquarie University Sports Grounds with proceeds to Australian Rotary Health and practical programmes for youth mental health. To find out more about the mental health seminars please go to the following web pages. and
Social anxiety in youth – 26th Jul 2017 6:00pm – 7:00pm
The Centre for Emotional Health in partnership with Rotary Club of North Ryde* is pleased to present a FREE community information evening for parents, carers, school counsellors and teachers on dealing with social anxiety in youth.
Around 2-3 % of Australian youth (4-18 years) suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder – a fear or worry about other people’s evaluations to such an extent that it stops them from easily making friends, talking to people or being the centre of attention.
In this informative session Distinguished Professor Ron Rapee will discuss:
  • Ways to identify social anxiety disorder in young people
  • How social anxiety can affect children
  • Tips to manage social anxiety in youth
  • Available treatment options for children offered through the Centre for Emotional Health Clinic
The presentation will include Q&A time. About the Presenter
Ronald M. Rapee is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia and founder of the Centre for Emotional Health. Prof Rapee has established an international reputation for his research into the understanding and management of anxiety and related problems in both children and adults and has published widely in some of the leading scientific journals. He has developed a number of empirically supported treatment programs that are used by researchers and therapists in countries across the world.
Event Information
Date: Wednesday, 26 July 2017
Time: Doors open 5.30pm. Event 6.00pm to 7:00pm Venue: Australian Hearing Hub, Level 1 Lecture Theatre 16 University Ave, Macquarie University NSW
Parking: Free parking from 5.30pm in X2 and W3 car parks. All people who register will be emailed a parking permit.
RSVP: Bookings are essential as places are limited.


Overcoming procrastination in adolescence

Stress around academic performance is very common during adolescence as pressures at school escalate. Increased stress has been shown to be related to worry and procrastination around school work, and reduced self-esteem around work output.
By the end of this presentation teenagers will have gained practical ideas in how to manage negative emotions and stay on task. Procrastination is largely a habit which can be overcome with the right strategies and plan. To maximise learning, the seminar will involve several hands-on exercises, and a portfolio of free worksheets.
In this information session, Dr Carolyn Schniering will discuss:
  • the factors which make youth vulnerable to procrastination,
  • practical strategies to manage procrastination in this age group for both parents and teenagers, and
  • available treatment options for adolescents through the Centre for Emotional Health.
About the Presenter
Doctor Carolyn Schniering is a senior lecturer, researcher and child psychologist. Carolyn’s passion is to increase understanding of childhood emotional health problems and to improve treatment programs for anxiety and depression in youth. She has developed and evaluated a treatment that targets both anxiety and depression simultaneously for adolescents – a unique offering in Australia. She is also the creator of the Children’s Automatic Thoughts Scale (CATS) which has been used nationally and internationally to identify unhelpful thinking styles associated with emotional difficulties in youth.
Event Information
Date: Thursday 3 August 2017
Time: Doors open 5.30pm. Event 6.00pm to 7:00pm Venue: Australian Hearing Hub, Level 1 Lecture Theatre 16 University Ave, Macquarie University NSW
Parking: Free parking from 5.30pm in X3 and W4 car parks. All people who register will be emailed a parking permit.
The North Ryde Fun Run for Youth Mental Health is a community event organised by the Rotary Club of North Ryde, with venue partner Macquarie University and local community groups.
The 2017 Fun Run will be held on Sunday 27th August from 9am to 2pm at the Macquarie University Sport Fields, corner of Culloden and Talavera Roads, Macquarie Park. There is a 2 k walk and a 5 k run.
RSVP: Bookings are essential as places are limited. REGISTER
MENTAL HEALTH SEMINARS Jade Catherall 2017-07-18 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary President-elect Sam F. Owori died Thursday 13 July.

“Rotary has become a way of life for me – with the intrinsic value and core belief in mutual responsibility and concern for one another as a cornerstone,” Sam said when he was nominated last year. “I feel immense satisfaction knowing that through Rotary, I’ve helped someone live better.”

Sam's term as Rotary’s 108th president would have begun on 1 July 2018.

“Please remember Sam as the outstanding, hard-working Rotarian he was,” said Rotary International President Ian Riseley. “In this difficult time, I ask you to keep his wife, Norah, the Owori family and Sam’s millions of friends around the world in your thoughts.”

Under Sam’s leadership, the number of clubs in Uganda swelled from nine to 89 over the course of 29 years. 

Sam saw in Rotary members "an incredible passion to make a difference," and wanted to "harness that enthusiasm and pride so that every project becomes the engine of peace and prosperity."

Sam was the chief executive officer of the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda, whose mission is to promote excellence in corporate governance principles and practice in the region by 2020. Previously, he was executive director of the African Development Bank and managing director of Uganda Commercial Bank Ltd., and director of Uganda Development Bank.  He has also served as corporation secretary of the Central Bank of Uganda.

He served as member and chair of several boards including FAULU (U) Ltd., (now Opportunity Bank), the Uganda Heart Institute, the Centre for African Family Studies, Mulago Hospital Complex, Mukono Theological College, and the Kampala City Council.

Sam also was the currently vice-chair of the Hospice Africa Uganda, and member of the board and chair of the Audit Committee of PACE (Programme for Accessible Health, Communication and Education) in Uganda.

“Sam was a special person in so many ways, and his unexpected death is a huge loss to Rotary, his community and the world,” Riseley said. “In addition, we are establishing details on plans to celebrate his life as they become available.” 

Rotary is establishing a memorial fund in Sam's honour and will provide further details soon.    


ROTARY PRESIDENT-ELECT SAM OWORI DIES Jade Catherall 2017-07-15 14:00:00Z 0
THE FUTURE OF ROTARY: UNLIMITED OR ON BORROWED TIME? Jade Catherall 2017-07-06 14:00:00Z 0
ROSEVILLE CHASE ROTARY FUN RUN Jade Catherall 2017-07-06 14:00:00Z 0
I am delighted to be serving in the District Communications Director role in 2017/18. As I work full time, the best (and preferred) way to contact me is email ( 
Our plan is to send out 2 eNews editions each month:
* DG's eNews - 1st Thursday of the month
* eNews - 3rd Thursday of the month
Please look out for them in your inbox, please take the time to read and contribute to them!
It would be appreciated if the following email addresses could be used by you, your team and clubs:
News or Event for
the website & eNews
Please include short text,
extended text, image, and pdf
Request to email Club Executives
Include subject heading, full text,
and attachments as pdf and/or image
Booking the District Office
Check availability in the Events Calendar,
then email your request to
Corrections to website content
Please include URL page, clear advice on
changes for minor corrections, &
full text for major corrections
Copy of Club Bulletins   
For consideration for the District Bulletin
Award/s and for your bulletin to reach
DG Peter Ward.
Thanks and best wishes to everyone for a great year in 2017/18.
Jade Catherall
District Communications Director 2017/18
DISTRICT COMMUNICATIONS IN 2017-18 Jade Catherall 2017-07-05 14:00:00Z 0
Feel there are gaps in your Rotary knowledge?  Want to prepare for your Rotary Year?  Hungry for knowledge that goes beyond PETS and DA?  Want to share your experience of Rotary with others?
Then RLI is for you and new Courses for 2017 are open now:
RLI 42; Saturdays; 8 July, 29 July, 12 August
RLI 43; Sundays; 10 September, 24 September, 8 October.
The cost for the full course is $75*.
The benefits of doing RLI are many; so boost your knowledge and skills, and share your experience by joining in.
The three part course is held  at our District Office, Thornleigh. Morning tea and lunch are provided.  Each day starts at 8:30 for 9:00am and finishes around 3:45pm.
Here is what recent graduates had to say about the Rotary Leadership Institute Course;
The course is by far the most educational, inspirational and motivational element of Rotary thus far. The people who deliver the course are not dogmatic, not zealous, but they do know their subject and can deliver it very effectively. Michael Sawczak., RC The Entrance, RLI 39
Excellent workshop, very beneficial to everybody;  Excellent! Time well spent; Eye-opening; Gives confidence in initiating a club project; The course is an essential activity for all members. Participant feedback from RLI 37.
* The fee covers direct participant costs.  Rotarians who have partially completed RLIs prior to today and wish to do individual parts should contact PDG Ian Scott for registration by response to this email; the cost for catch up sessions is $20.
RLI - COURSES BEGINNING THIS WEEKEND! Jade Catherall 2017-07-04 14:00:00Z 0
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - JULY 2017 Jade Catherall 2017-07-04 14:00:00Z 0

RI President John Germ, early in his term, wished to make a special push on the End Polio Now effort in the Rotary Foundation’s Centenary year. He was conscious of the huge amount of District Designated Fund money lying unused in many districts of the world, so exhorted Governors around the world to make a special donation to the Polio Plus campaign from their DDF.  He promise to honour the top 5 districts giving from their DDF at the International Convention in Atlanta in June 2017.


District Governor Bruce Lakin asked the Foundation committee to consider making a donation in this way.  We hadn’t done this in the past conserving our District Designated Fund for humanitarian and educational projects.  However we had accumulated sufficient to believe that in this Centenary year we could make a donation of up to USD $50,000.  Grants Chair, David Dean suggested asking the clubs to match a DDF donation  and we worked out that in doing so their donation to Polio would be multiplied by a factor of 7.5 thanks to a 50% subsidy of DDF money by the Foundation’s World Fund, and then the 2 to 1 match from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation   If we had just provided DDF, then that money would have gone from our ability to use it with no recognition anywhere in the system. However, with club involvement it would serve to really focus our District Clubs’ attention on how close we are to eradicating polio and how important it is to still work hard collectively to fund the program.


So, as already reported, we were astounded and delighted when 43 of our 72 clubs met the challenge of donating USD $2650 (John Germ’s challenge)  or AUD $3577 to Polio Plus.  This meant over USD $114,000 from clubs was matched by this amount from our DDF, providing USD $854,000 (or AUD $1.15M) to the battle against Polio.  We were delighted to hear during May that as the third largest contributing district from DDF in the world that we would be called to the stage in Atlanta to receive recognition.  PDG Bob Aitken, our district Polio co-Chair was at the Convention and delightedly received the certificate on behalf of District Governor Bruce Lakin.


Well done and congratulations to all those clubs that were able to make this special effort by March of 2017.


THIRD LARGEST CONTRIBUTING DISTRICT Jade Catherall 2017-07-04 14:00:00Z 0
DISTRICT DIRECTORY 2017/18 Jade Catherall 2017-07-04 14:00:00Z 0
KATOOMBA'S 80TH BIRTHDAY Jade Catherall 2017-06-13 14:00:00Z 0
Sandra Meihubers AM (Dee Why Warringah)
Mike Blair OAM (Castle Hill)
Robert Erskine OAM (Eastwood-Gladesville) 
Ian Howden OAM  (Turramurra - Honorary Member
QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY HONOURS Jade Catherall 2017-06-11 14:00:00Z 0
DISTRICT CHANGEOVER - SHOWCASE OF PHOTOS Jade Catherall 2017-05-30 14:00:00Z 0
AUSTRALIAN ROTARACT CONFERENCE Jade Catherall 2017-05-30 14:00:00Z 0
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - JUNE 2017 Jade Catherall 2017-05-30 14:00:00Z 0
All 9685 clubs are invited to start organising their Hat Day “Lift the Lid” event.
When:-  10th October 2017 which is World Mental Health Day.
Please look at this video Lift The Lid ARH  for a message from ARH Chair Elect  Greg Ross
The direction of ARH research into Mental Health, is of vital importance to us all, particularly since statistics clearly demonstrate the staggering fact that the age when problems start is dropping alarmingly and youth suicides are on the increase. We owe it to the children of our country to help NOW.
LIFT THE LID ON MENTAL ILLNESS Jade Catherall 2017-05-26 14:00:00Z 0
Marshall received his exciting news just in time to head for New York in June to take up his studies at Columbia University for an MA in Psychology and Education.
His Area of Focus is Peace and Conflict Resolution.
As a teacher, speaker and author he envisions working in disadvantaged communities helping them to combat abuse, bullying, domestic violence and suicide.
Rotary support will be given to Marshall at home and overseas.  Mosman is his sponsor club here and the Rotary Club of Wall Street is his host sponsor club in New York.
Caroline English has just received the exciting news that she has been awarded a US$30,000 Global Grant Scholarship funded by our District and The Rotary Foundation.
Her Area of Focus is Economic and Community Development.
She leaves in September to study for a Master of Public Administration at the London School of Economics.  Her involvement with the UN Youth Association of Victoria, her role as Chief Financial Officer for the Oaktree Foundation and her current role in Strategy Consulting with Port Jackson Partners has led to her plans to work in Economic Development in South East Asia.
There will be Rotary support for Caroline at home and in London.  Turramurra is her Club sponsor at home and the Rotary Club of Leytonstone and Woodford is her host sponsor for her time overseas.
SUCCESS FOR OUR GLOBAL GRANT SCHOLAR Jade Catherall 2017-05-25 14:00:00Z 0
Our Peace Fellow for 2016-17 is Patricia Garcia OAM, who has just completed her three months of study at the Peace Centre at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.  The 22 Fellows are hosted by the Rotary Club of Bangkok and other Bangkok clubs.
Patricia found the course to be extremely intense, challenging and inspiring and is already making plans for future work in peace and conflict resolution.
Patricia is a highly respected humanitarian and human rights advocate who has worked in war zones for over 20 years (Afghanistan, Sudan, Burma) and has worked for many global NGOs, managing programs with responsibility for emergency and post conflict recovery.
She was a state finalist for Australian of the Year (Humanitarian) and has been recognised with an OAM.
Patricia is looking forward to speaking at Rotary Clubs.
Contact details:
Mobile :           0409 890 777
OUR PEACE FELLOW GRADUATES Jade Catherall 2017-05-25 14:00:00Z 0

Antiques, Vintage and Collectables Fair

The Rotary Club of Springwood Inc. invites everyone to attend our annual Antiques, Vintage and Collectables Fair.

When: Saturday 3rd June and Sunday 4th June

Times: Saturday 9.00am to 4.00 pm, Sunday 10.00a, to 3.00pm

Where: Winmalee High School, Hawkesbury Rd, Winmalee

Cost: $9

Enquiries: Valda 02 4751 8277, or Ross 0414 279 805



ANTIQUES, VINTAGE AND COLLECTABLES FAIR Jade Catherall 2017-05-25 14:00:00Z 0
SHELTERBOX Jade Catherall 2017-05-16 14:00:00Z 0

Your D9685 RLI Faculty are trialling a one-weekend-two-day RLI as an adjunct to our normal 3 days over three different weekends.  If this suits your availability better, please register for this opportunity.


RLI 41 runs over the weekend 24-25 June 2017 


Register at

This weekend course is held  at our District Office, Thornleigh. Morning teas and lunches are provided. 

Each day starts at 8:00 for 8:30am and finishes around 3.30 - 4.00 pm.



SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY TO DO RLI IN ONE WEEKEND Jade Catherall 2017-05-16 14:00:00Z 0
2017 DISTRICT CHANGEOVER Jade Catherall 2017-05-11 14:00:00Z 0
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - MAY 2017 Jade Catherall 2017-05-02 14:00:00Z 0
CLUB CHALLENGE REULTS Jade Catherall 2017-05-02 14:00:00Z 0
NSW EMERGENCY SERVICES COMMUNITY AWARDS 2017 Jade Catherall 2017-04-28 14:00:00Z 0

District Assembly presentations are available:

Go to District > District Training > District Assembly or:

DISTRICT ASSEMBLY PRESENTATIONS Jade Catherall 2017-04-22 14:00:00Z 0

How do you communicate with your community about your club? Are prospective members hearing about who you are and what you do? If your club is looking to promote its unique culture, events, and service projects, you can customize a club brochure. Edit the content or upload your own photos to make a distinctive promotional pamphlet. 

Use the Discover Rotary presentation and the Impact Begins With You prospective member brochure to introduce Rotary’s values and history, the benefits of membership, and what makes Rotary stand out.

Does your club sponsor an Interact or Rotaract club? You can customize your own promotional cards for Rotary’s programs for young leaders through the Rotary Brand Center. This is a great opportunity to show potential members all the ways they can get involved through Rotary.
PROMOTE YOUR CLUB WITH NEW RESOURCES Jade Catherall 2017-04-18 14:00:00Z 0
RABS Project Criteria
Rotary Australia Compassionate Grants (RACG)
Rotary Australia Compassionate Grant (RACG) Projects have been made possible by a $1,000,000 donation to Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) by Dick Smith.
RACG Projects are registered under the entity of Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS), ABN 54 563 288 318.
All RABS Projects have DGR status with the ATO. ie. donations are tax deductible.
The aim of the RACG Projects is to provide assistance to disadvantaged members of the Australian community irrespective of their location.
What are the Project Criteria
1.         RACG online Project Applications may be submitted by a Rotary Club or a Rotary District.
2.         RACG Projects must provide specific, direct relief to people in need and not be simply a general funding donation to an organisation even though that organisation may provide assistance to people in need
3.         The funding must satisfy a specific need and may be provided directly to a person or a small group of people. Alternatively, the funding may be to an organisation to provide a piece of equipment that will satisfy the needs of a disadvantaged section of the community.
4.         The funding must satisfy the needs of disadvantaged people or a small disadvantaged section of the community and not be simply to provide a benefit to the whole community.
5.         The project should be such as to arouse the compassion of the community.
6.         The project should define and target the disadvantage or need of the people or group of people for whom it is intended.
7.         The concept of disadvantage is unlimited and could arise from sickness, suffering, distress, misfortune, disability, destitution, helplessness or poverty, any aspect of the negative side of the human condition. The criteria are not prescriptive but should be used as a guide to determine the disadvantage.
8.         Priority for grants will be given to those whose disadvantage has arisen from an ‘ad hoc’ event over which the disadvantaged had no control, such as an accident, assault, medical condition.
9.         RACG Projects cannot be registered as part of an existing RABS Project.
10.       Rotary Australia Compassionate Grants will match a Club’s or District’s fundraising on a dollar for dollar basis subject to the following;
a.         a qualifying project must have a minimum value of $2,000 (ie. a minimum grant of $1,000),  and
b.         a Club or District can apply for up to 2 grants in any calendar year, subject to a maximum grant total of  $10,000.
11.       All RACG Projects must contain a budget that states the total cost of the project and the anticipated source of these funds.
12. All RACG Projects must be completed within 12 months of the date of registration and are required to submit six monthly online progress reports when requested and a final report on completion.
Registering a RACG Project
All RACG Projects are registered on-line Click here to apply.
The normal RAWCS project approvals process has been streamlined to enable efficient administration.  The Club provides final endorsement of each project submitted by the Project Manager and the project then goes to a Screening Committee of two Rotarians. Following endorsement by the Screening Committee, the Project goes to the RAWCS National Project Manager for approval and registration. Once registered, RACG Projects appear as normal RABS Projects with (RACG) appended to the Project title.
The following RABS projects are examples of projects considered to meet the above RACG approval criteria.
  • Provision of a modified family motor vehicle for a 6 year old with cerebral palsy
  • Modifications to a home to assist access and functionality for a quadriplegic
  • Financial assistance for a seriously injured sportsman’s family
  • Ongoing support for non PBS medicines for a sufferer of Lymes disease
  • Provision of a specialised bed for a person with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Supply insulin pumps to three children with juvenile diabetes
  • Provision of improved prosthetics for an amputee
  • Assistance to a family who lost everything in a fire
  • Provision of financial assistance to a young family whose mother drowned
  • Providing refurbishment of a kitchen and bathroom for a women’s refuge or for a house for disabled people.
    For further assistance or to get in touch with a club please contact:
ROTARY AUSTRALIA COMPASSIONATE GRANTS Jade Catherall 2017-04-18 14:00:00Z 0
G’day all 9685 Rotarians, Caravanners, 4WDers and car tourers.
Like to join this ARH initiative AND see parts of Australia (maybe for the first time maybe on a return trip), meet other Rotarians, meet the friends you are yet to make and at the same time help ARH in this great initiative for meeting the challenge of Mental Health (Yep we can say it now)
Go here to see all the drives, from 16th July 2017 to 3rd June 2018, 12 legs in total
select the one you want to join and  let Dudley know at I’ll put together a data base for all to see.
This is open to everyone so invite your friends, form a group and double, triple, quadruple (don’t know the word for any more)  your  fun.
See you on one of the Drives. You don’t have to do the full drive(s) just go for a while or as much as you want to. It is Hop On Hop Off.
Kindest Regards   Dudley Mercer   Chair Rotary D9685 ARH Committee.
MUSTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH Jade Catherall 2017-04-03 14:00:00Z 0
Top 5 Reasons to support EndTrachoma by 2020
Clubs around Australia support many worthwhile charities and projects. But EndTrachoma by 2020 is something particularly special for Rotary Australia.
TOP 5 REASONS TO END TRACHOMA Jade Catherall 2017-04-03 14:00:00Z 0
PENRITH POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR Jade Catherall 2017-04-03 14:00:00Z 0
CENTURY CYCLE CHALLENGE Jade Catherall 2017-03-31 13:00:00Z 0
EASTER EGG HUNT Jade Catherall 2017-03-31 13:00:00Z 0
NORTH ROCKS TRIVIA NIGHT Jade Catherall 2017-03-31 13:00:00Z 0
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - APRIL Jade Catherall 2017-03-31 13:00:00Z 0

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.


Kindly RSVP to Pamela Noal via:  0447778870  

or  E:  noting any special dietary requirements.   



NOEL TREVASKIS IS VISITING THE MOUNTAINS Jade Catherall 2017-03-15 13:00:00Z 0
Canberra dinner on May 1 to showcase Australia’s Peace Centre
The Rotary Peace Centres Program is one of Rotary’s star performers. Australia is privileged to host one of the six global centres, based at University of Queensland. Each year a class of around 10 outstanding Fellows study for their Masters in Peace and Conflict Resolution, but there are few opportunities for them to meet the wider Rotary community. Past RI Director John Lawrence has taken advantage of Class 14’s visit to Canberra to convene a dinner on May 1st, with the help of Canberra area Rotary Clubs, to which all Rotarians are invited. It is a chance to meet and hear from these wonderful Rotary ambassadors. Honoured guests include RIPE Ian Riseley, senior politicians and members of the diplomatic community. Venue for the dinner is the Commonwealth Club in Yarralumla, with a limit of 200 attendees.
For bookings and click on the link to book.
Date: May 1st
Location: Commonwealth Club, Yarralumla
Time: 6:30pm for 7:00pm
Cost: $70 per person with a cash bar.
SHOWCASE OF AUSTRALIA'S PEACE CENTRE Jade Catherall 2017-03-15 13:00:00Z 0

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.

THANK YOU FROM ARH Jade Catherall 2017-03-15 13:00:00Z 0
LINDFIELD ROTARY FUN RUN Jade Catherall 2017-03-15 13:00:00Z 0
RAWCS DICK SMITH PROJECT Jade Catherall 2017-02-28 13:00:00Z 0

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.


EVERY DISTRICT 9685 CLUB CAN GENERATE $19,875 FOR POLIO ERADICATION Jade Catherall 2017-02-28 13:00:00Z 0
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - MARCH NEWSLETTER Jade Catherall 2017-02-27 13:00:00Z 0
CHARITY GOLF DAY Jade Catherall 2017-02-27 13:00:00Z 0
DAYS FOR GIRLS WORKSHOPS Jade Catherall 2017-02-24 13:00:00Z 0
  • 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?
If so, the I would love to hear from you!
And if you are wondering why, it is because, after many years of devoted and dedicated service, PP Adrian Hallett has decided to pass the baton to a new owner and give someone else the same opportunities that he has enjoyed.
In the words of Probus Chairman of the Board, Douglas Geekie,
“I express our thanks and appreciation for your efforts over your term of office in advancing and supporting our Probus Organisation.  Your devotion and commitment is recognised, and has been greatly appreciated.
Probus South Pacific Ltd is indeed indebted to our many and various volunteers for their devotion and hard work that results in the success of the company.  Without such commitment and support, we would be a much lesser organisation.  Your personal  contributions have been significant in the role of RDPC which has provided great communication lines with our resident Director, the Probus team in Parramatta and of course the many Probus Clubs in your Rotary District.  Together, we have successfully  promoted the image “Probus -  a Community Service Activity of Rotary Clubs”.
We wish you well in your continuing Rotary Life and various other community commitments.”
Adrian has been an integral part of Probus for a long time, and now it is your turn!
Please let me know if you are interested in finding out more about advancing and leading  the ideals and outcomes which Probus delivers to its thousands of members in our District!
Kalma McLellan
District 9685 Community Service Chair
0417 696 156
PROBUS CHAIRMAN Jade Catherall 2017-02-24 13:00:00Z 0
ANZAC DAY GOLF CLASSIC Jade Catherall 2017-02-24 13:00:00Z 0
Samantha Chebat is 12 years old and suffers from a rare, serious disabling disease which means that she cannot go to school or associate with other children because of the risk of infection and possible death.
She has wonderful parents and recently, Ryde Toyota in collaboration with our club arranged for a new car to be specially fitted out and supplied for her parents to take her around.
The car cost $30,000 (interest free loan) and to date there has been very generous support from local individuals and The TWT newspaper, we have raised approximately $8000 so far and the funds are initially processed through the RAWCS account for further disbursement .
My personal wish, which is fully supported by our club, is to raise enough funds to clear the debt by mid-year 2017. At the end of the Rotary Year, many clubs look for deserving local community charity cases to be given donations at the Changeover Dinner.
Could you consider making Samantha one of the beneficiaries of your Club’s generosity this year? Any funds raised in excess of the $30,000 target will be donated to Polio Plus”
Could you please help us do this? Any contribution will help this wonderful young girl.
Yours in Rotary
David Malone
President, Rotary Club of Macquarie Park
WISHES DO COME TRUE! Jade Catherall 2017-02-24 13:00:00Z 0
NEPEALESE CULTURAL EVENING Jade Catherall 2017-02-24 13:00:00Z 0
SEVEN WOMEN CHARITY SCREENING Jade Catherall 2017-02-20 13:00:00Z 0

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)
These requirements are encapsulated in the draft “Child Protection Policy and Procedure Manual” available to clubs on the D9685 website. It is recommended that all clubs adopt this manual if they participate in any form of Youth Program.

To learn more

D9685 is taking a 3-phased approach to explaining how these obligations affect our District and Club Youth programs. It will be achieved as follows:
Phase 1           PETS 1 April 2017     
An overview of the relevant documents and their requirements to create an awareness for President’s – Elect so that they have a basis to manage the responses of their respective Clubs.
Phase 2           District Assembly 23 April 2017       
Club Board members and the Club Verification Officer should attend to hear a more detailed explanation about these important requirements and to receive guidance about their implementation.
Phase 3           FREE “Working with Children” workshop on 29 April 2017 in the District Office, Thornleigh, to expand on the DA.
A representative of the Office of the Children’s Guardian will be present and the primary objectives will be to:
  • 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
  • Rotarians
Registrations close on 24 April.
WORKING WITH CHILDREN WORKSHOP - 29 APRIL Jade Catherall 2017-02-19 13:00:00Z 0
GEMMA SISIA VISITS AUSTRALIA Jade Catherall 2017-02-17 13:00:00Z 0
DAYS FOR GIRLS MOVIE NIGHT Jade Catherall 2017-02-17 13:00:00Z 0
BOBBIN HEAD CYCLE CLASSIC Jade Catherall 2017-02-17 13:00:00Z 0
CENTRAL COAST INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY EXPO Jade Catherall 2017-02-15 13:00:00Z 0
ST IVES FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL Jade Catherall 2017-02-14 13:00:00Z 0
POLIO IMMUNIZATION DAY - INDIA Jade Catherall 2017-02-11 13:00:00Z 0
TOAST THE COAST Jade Catherall 2017-02-06 13:00:00Z 0
CHARITY RACE DAY Jade Catherall 2017-02-06 13:00:00Z 0
COME SAIL WITH US Jade Catherall 2017-02-06 13:00:00Z 0
MUSTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH Jade Catherall 2017-02-06 13:00:00Z 0
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - FEBRUARY 2017 Jade Catherall 2017-01-31 13:00:00Z 0
2017-18 Board Members, please be aware  of the following 2017-18 District training:
District Assembly
Sunday 23 April 2017
The Kings School
Pennant Hills Road, Parramatta
It will begin with registrations at 8.30am and formal start at 9.00am, finishing at 4.30pm.
The training content will be informative and entertaining. It is a Rotary International requirement that each club is represented at PETS and District Assembly.
DISTRICT ASSEMBLY Jade Catherall 2017-01-26 13:00:00Z 0
INTERNATIONAL WOMENS' DAY LUNCH Jade Catherall 2017-01-21 13:00:00Z 0
ROTARY CELEBRATING 112 YEARS OF SERVICE Jade Catherall 2017-01-21 13:00:00Z 0

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.”

ROTARY: MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN 2017-18 Jade Catherall 2017-01-16 13:00:00Z 0

We are close to eradicating a human disease for only the second time in history. A global public-private partnership has reduced the poliovirus caseload by 99.9% over the last 30 years, but there’s still plenty of work to do.

Even before we reach that milestone, the knowledge and infrastructure built to fight polio is being repurposed to take on other global challenges.
3 countries where polio is still endemic
Fewer than 40 children were paralyzed by polio in 2016, the lowest number in history. This is a dramatic decrease from the estimated 350,000 cases per year in 125 countries that the world saw in 1985 — the year that Rotary International initiated a worldwide effort to eradicate this terrible disease.
155: the number of countries involved in largest coordinated vaccine switch in history
In 1988, Rotary was joined in the effort by WHO, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, UNICEF (and more recently the Gates Foundation) to create the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).
6 KEY NUMBERS IN THE FIGHT TO END POLIO Jade Catherall 2017-01-13 13:00:00Z 0
You are invited to the annual Welcome Home Youth Exchange Dinner for all our Returning and Inbound Students at Muirfield Golf Club, Barclay Rd, North Rocks
on Friday 10 February 2017 at 6:30 for 7pm.
Cost is $40 per person. Normal practice is for the Club to pay for their inbound and
returning students and for family members and friends to pay for themselves.
RSVP  Friday 3 February 2017.
Payment by cheque to Treasurer, Rotary Club of Carlingford, PO Box 2740 Carlingford Court, NSW 2118 or EFT to BSB 062 300 Account number 2802 2803. You will need to include the names of the people you are paying for and your club in either method.
Please also confirm by sending Joy Pogson an email
YOUTH EXCHANGE WELCOME HOME DINNER Jade Catherall 2017-01-11 13:00:00Z 0
KATOOMBA ROTARY'S 80TH BIRTHDAY Jade Catherall 2017-01-09 13:00:00Z 0
Rotary Clubs provide the heart and soul – and inspiration – of every District Conference and our Conference on 11 March will be no exception. 

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


If your Club has a special project you would like to showcase, please send an Expression of Interest to Raylene Jarvis, Conference Chair –

Please indicate if you need access to power. Setup of stand may be carried out on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning at 7am.

DISTRICT CONFERENCE - LIGHTHOUSE SHOWCASE Jade Catherall 2017-01-09 13:00:00Z 0

BOLLYHILLS 2017 is HERE.  Let us celebrate by supporting a program which is sponsored by the Trustees of Our Foundation,“WinS – WASH in Schools” India.  We will also support the campaign for “Prevention of Drug Abuse and HIV / AIDS in Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka”.


When:         Saturday 18th of February 2017

Time:           6pm onwards

Where:        Cherrybrook Community Centre 31 Shepherds Ln, Cherrybrook NSW 2126

Tickets:       $50 ($500 for  Table of10)


Please support us with your presence and help us promote this event with fellow Rotarians, Friends and Family.


Keep up to date by Liking our pages on Facebook:


For information on BOLLYHILLS2017 -

BOLLYHILLS 2017 Jade Catherall 2017-01-09 13:00:00Z 0
Invitation to a young person interested in international postgraduate study to apply for a Rotary District 9685 Global Grant Scholarship
The purpose of the Global Grant Scholarship program is to support international study at post graduate level.
Rotary District 9685 supports the Global Grant Scholarship Program of The Rotary Foundation and will offer one Global Grant Scholarship in 2017. This scholarship program is funded by a District 9685 grant of US$15,000 which is matched by the Rotary Foundation providing a scholarship to the total value of US$30,000.
ROTARY GLOBAL GRANT SCHOLARSHIP IN 2017 Jade Catherall 2017-01-07 13:00:00Z 0
HIGHLIGHTS OF 2017 DISTRICT CONFERENCE Jade Catherall 2017-01-04 13:00:00Z 0



At the District Conference on 11 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.


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 TODAY!





DISTRICT CONFERENCE REGISTRATION Jade Catherall 2017-01-02 13:00:00Z 0
REGISTRATION AND MORE INFORMATION Jade Catherall 2017-01-02 13:00:00Z 0
The District Conference Early Bird Lucky Draw has been held!
 Congratulations to the following Winners.......
 Stuart Armstrong - Wahroonga
 Dudley Mercer - Glenhaven
 Sue Owen - Wahroonga
 Ross Rocca - Ryde
Thank you to all who have now registered for the Conference.
To everyone who has not yet registered, you can be a Winner too!!!
Just get booked in for an informative Rotary day and a RocknRoll evening!
It will be a Winning Day! REGISTER HERE
AUSTRALIA DAY IN THE HILLS Jade Catherall 2017-01-02 13:00:00Z 0
AUSTRALIA DAY IN GLENBROOK Jade Catherall 2016-12-29 13:00:00Z 0
Rotary Clubs provide the heart and soul – and inspiration – of every District Conference and our Conference on 11 March will be no exception. 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


If your Club has a special project you would like to showcase, please send an Expression of Interest to Raylene Jarvis, Conference Chair –

Please indicate if you need access to power. Setup of stand may be carried out on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning at 7am.


PROJECT SHOWCASE - LIGHTHOUSE SHOWCASE Jade Catherall 2016-12-27 13:00:00Z 0

Peter Switzer is one of Australia’s leading business and financial commentators, launching his own business more than 20 years ago. The Switzer Group has since grown into three successful companies spanning media and publishing, financial services and business coaching.

Peter is an award-winning broadcaster, twice runner up for the Best Current Affairs Commentator award for radio, behind broadcaster Alan Jones.

SPEAKER PROFILE: PETER SWITZER Jade Catherall 2016-12-26 13:00:00Z 0

Gladys was elected Member for Willoughby in 2003.

She was appointed Minister for Transport following the election of the O’Farrell Government in March 2011 and has served as Deputy Leader of the NSW Parliamentary Liberal Party since April 2014.

After the election of the Baird Government in March 2015, Gladys was appointed Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations.



SPEAKER PROFILE: GLADYS BEREJIKLIAN MP Jade Catherall 2016-12-26 13:00:00Z 0

Bob Aitken AM

Fifty plus years in journalism and media management – 27 of which were spent ‘flying the flag’ as managing editor of Rotary Down Under – saw Bob well prepared to enjoy the role of Executive Director of Rotary Down Under Inc, specialising in public relations and corporate development in his final three years as leader of the Rotary region’s premier media organisation.

In 2015/16, Bob was chairman of District 9685 Public Relations and Polio committees, project manager of Rotary’s NSW Graffiti Removal Day project – in partnership with the NSW Government, and assisted with promotion of favourite Rotary projects in Australian Rotary Health and Dream Cricket. In 2016/17, Bob continues his role as Chairman of District 9685 Polio Committee; and that of Chairman of Graffiti Removal Australia Ltd. RI President John Germ has invited Bob to serve as END OF POLIO Coordinator in Zone 7B and part of Zone 8 in 2016/17.


John Barnes

John Barnes joined the Rotary Club of Clayton in District 9810 in 1979. He was President in 1983/84 and again in 2002/03.  He has held most positions at Club level including Secretary for ten years and is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and a member of the Paul Harris Society. 

In 2010/11 he began a three-year appointment as an Assistant Rotary Coordinator.  In 2011/12 he commenced a four-year term as District Foundation Chair.  In 2013/14 John received a Citation for Meritorious Service from the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation.  John has also been a part of the GETS Training Team for incoming District Governors in 2010, 2011 and 2012.  

On 1 July 2014, John commenced his three-year term as a Trustee for The Australian Rotary Foundation Trust (TARFT). In March 2015 John and Gaye represented the RI President and his wife at the District Conference of District 1260 in St. Albans England and again at the District Conference of  District 3011 in New Delhi, India in February 2017.

John is also a member of Interplast ANZ’s Committee of Rotarians,  having been associated with Interplast since 1999 and a Board Member from 2002—2014.  

From 1 July 2015 John took up a position as a Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, responsible for the six New Zealand Districts and the ten South Eastern Australian Districts.



SPEAKER PROFILE: BOB AITKEN AM & JOHN BARNES Jade Catherall 2016-12-26 13:00:00Z 0

Malcolm is the Rotary Zone Coordinator for 12 Districts in Zone 8 which includes Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and the Solomon Islands and has been jointly responsible for administering the Regional Membership Development Plan for Australia and New Zealand and is responsible for distributing the electronic newsletter Rotary on the Move.

In 2010-11 Malcolm was the District Governor of Rotary District 9520. He joined the Rotary Club of Brownhill Creek in 1986 and was President in 1990/91.  In 1990 he was a member of a Fourth Avenue In Motion (FAIM) team to the Solomon Islands and in 2003 led a Group Study Exchange (GSE) team to District 2760, Japan.



SPEAKER PROFILE: MALCOLM LINDQUIST Jade Catherall 2016-12-26 13:00:00Z 0

David Ireland is arguably one of the world`s most experienced wildlife film producers and presenters, his Wildlife Man films are shown to countless millions world-wide on major TV networks in Europe and Asia, including Discovery HD Channel USA and Canada and Channel Nine and Win TV Australia. David works with a huge diversity of animals, everything from lions and leopards to sharks and crocodiles, deadly snakes and ocean giants like humpback whales.David often works with dangerous animals and has many life threatening encounters, his back has been broken by a whale, his ribs smashed by a wild boar and has come close to being killed by a massive crocodile.


SPEAKER PROFILE: DAVID IRELAND Jade Catherall 2016-12-26 13:00:00Z 0

Stuart is living proof we can get alumni of our programs to join Rotary. He first came into contact with Rotary as an attendee of RYLA as a 20 year old in Auckland, New Zealand. Some 15 years later he was part of a D 9980 GSE team that went to Nigeria in 1987. That was the experience that has led to a lifetime of involvement with Rotary. He saw first-hand how Rotary can make a difference to peoples lives.

Stuart has worked in business all of his life and was CEO of the largest agricultural supply cooperative in New Zealand for 20 years. On retiring from that position he has focused on governance roles and chairs a number of boards of directors giving him a broad perspective of many sectors including NZ Cricket, University Bookshop (Otago) Ltd, Pioneer Generation Ltd, Infinite Energy (NZ) Ltd, and Well South Primary Health Network. He is also a director of a Rural Fire Authority and a Forestry Management company. He was a director of Rotary International 2010-2012 during which time he also chaired the RI Strategic Planning committee. He was an International Assembly training leader in 2003 and 2004. Stuart and Adrienne will be the moderators for Rotary International Assembly in 2017 in San Diego.


SPEAKER PROFILE: STUART HEAL Jade Catherall 2016-12-26 13:00:00Z 0
HAVE YOU REGISTERED? Jade Catherall 2016-12-26 13:00:00Z 0

Community Service

Projects and Membership- What is the Link?

Community projects and membership session 

Presented jointly by Ian Scott and Kalma McLellan

International Service

Friends of Soibada

Tamara Sloper- Harding will present the story of her project to assist the people of Soibada, Timor Leste, with time for questions.

RAWCS in Action

Introduced by Susan Wakefield, this interactive session will inform on the operation of Rotary Australia World Community Service.

Vocational Service

WorldSkills Australia

Presented by Brian Wexham – CEO SkillsOne Television and Chair of WorldSkills Australia

Speaking of these organisations, their role in the development of skills in young people training  to work in trades.

This session will provide an opportunity for interactive participation by delegates (30 minutes)

The Four Way Test Debate

The traditional debate/competition between school students (30 minutes)

Youth Service

The Open Forum

 Moderated by Evan Burrell, this panel featuring the Youth Avenue of Service Chairs will discuss,

“How to work together to achieve results for all our youth programs”

“Tips for attracting past youth program participants into Rotary”



BREAKOUT SESSIONS Jade Catherall 2016-12-22 13:00:00Z 0

(Linked with a Platinum Registration) $150

For those Partners not keen on attending the Conference day sessions but wish to enjoy the evening with their partner, an alternate Partners Program is being offered.

You will travel to the Blue Mountains for:

  • Some retail therapy in Leura Village, followed by

  • Lunch at the Fairmont Resort, and then

  • Some relaxing cultural time with a visit to the Norman Lindsay Gallery

An air conditioned coach will be available for the day.

This Partners program option is available only in conjunction with a Platinum registration.

The cost includes all transfers, luncheon, Gallery entry and the Conference Cocktail Function and Entertainment.

Departure will be 9.15am from Penrith Panthers, returning at 4.30pm for the Cocktail Function and Entertainment.

Note: Numbers may be limited.



ALTERNATE PARTNERS' PROGRAM Jade Catherall 2016-12-22 13:00:00Z 0

Registration and Coffee

Opening Ceremony incl. Welcome to Country

The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian

Rotary in Australia

Malcolm Lindquist

There is more to Rotary than just great sausages!

Evan Burrell

Morning Tea

100 years of Doing Good and End Polio

John Barnes & Bob Aitken AM

Vocational Excellence Awards


Now for something different!

David Ireland – Wildlife Man


Breakout Sessions

Afternoon Tea

The Future, Opportunities for Rotary

Peter Switzer

Rotary in the Future

Stuart Heal

Conference 2018


Cocktail Function and Entertainment


CONFERENCE PROGRAM Jade Catherall 2016-12-22 13:00:00Z 0

Mercure hotels cmjn therry street

The Mercure Hotel Penrith is providing accommodation for the 2017 Rotary District 9685 Conference.

The below rates are available subject to availability on a first come first served basis, there is a limited block for the Rotary group. Full prepayment is required.

Rates will be held at the below costings until one month before the event 10 February 2017. Late bookings will incur the full price of the Best Unrestricted Rate of the day. Should all of the rooms be taken before this date the hotel will sell upgraded room types at public rates.

To book simply fill in this form and return to and we send back your confirmation number. There are limited amounts of each room type.

Room Type 1 – Standard Room $170.00 per night

Room Type 2 – Superior Room $185.00 per night

Mecure Penrith - Rotary District Conference Booking Form


The following accommodation is within a five minute drive of Panthers:

Other accommodation options can be found at Visit Penrith


ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS Jade Catherall 2016-12-20 13:00:00Z 0

123 Mulgoa Rd, Penrith NSW 2750


From Sydney use the M4 Motorway and take the Mulgoa Road exit to get to Penrith.

From the North use the Sydney Newcastle Freeway or Pacific Highway follow Pennant Hills Road and the Cumberland Highway to M4 Motorway, turn right along M4 or use M2 Motorway to the M7 Tollway and exit at the M4 Motorway and then take the Mulgoa Road exit to get to Penrith.

From the West use M4 Motorway/Great Western Highway, take the Mulgoa Road exit for Penrith.

By Public Transport - Penrith is on the Western and Blue Mountains line of the Sydney Trains network. The local railway stations are St Marys, Werrington, Kingswood,  Penrith and Emu Plains. Trains to the Blue Mountains via Penrith and Emu Plains depart from Central. Suburban trains depart regularly from Central  and City stations.


CONFERENCE VENUE - PENRITH PANTHERS Jade Catherall 2016-12-20 13:00:00Z 0
COCKTAIL FUNCTION & ENTERTAINMENT Jade Catherall 2016-12-20 13:00:00Z 0

Platinum Package - $150

Includes all Conference sessions (Morning tea, lunch, & afternoon tea, Cocktail Function and Entertainment).


Alternate Partners' Program (Linked with a Platinum Registration) $150

For those Partners not keen on attending the Conference day sessions but wish to enjoy the evening with their partner, an alternate Partners Program is being offered.

You will travel to the Blue Mountains for:

  • Some retail therapy in Leura Village, followed by

  • Lunch at the Fairmont Resort, and then

  • Some relaxing cultural time with a visit to the Norman Lindsay Gallery

An air conditioned coach will be available for the day.

This Partners program option is available only in conjunction with a Platinum registration.

The cost includes all transfers, luncheon, Gallery entry and the Conference Cocktail Function and Entertainment.

Departure will be 9.15am from Penrith Panthers, returning at 4.30pm for the Cocktail Function and Entertainment.

Note: Numbers may be limited.


Day Package - $100

Registration for the Plenary sessions includes the Conference plenary sessions on Saturday only (incl. morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea)
Does NOT include any other sessions or events.


REGISTRATION PACKAGES Jade Catherall 2016-12-20 13:00:00Z 0
I am delighted to be serving in the District Communications Director role in 2016/17. As I work full time, the best way to contact me is email ( 
 Each month 2 eNews are distributed:
* DG's eNews - 1st Thursday of the month
* eNews - 3rd Thursday of the month
Please look out for them in your inbox, please take the time to read and contribute to them!
It would be appreciated if the following email addresses could be used by you, your team and clubs:
News or Event for
the website & eNews
Please include short text,
extended text, image, and pdf
Request to email Club Executives        
Include subject heading, full text,
and attachments as pdf and/or image
Booking the District Office
Check availability in the Events Calendar,
then email your request to
Corrections to website content
Please include URL page, clear advice on
changes for minor corrections, &
full text for major corrections
Copy of Club Bulletins
Thanks and best wishes for a great year in 2017.
Jade Catherall
District Communications Director 2016/17
COMMUNICATIONS 2016/17 Jade Catherall 2016-12-19 13:00:00Z 0
In January, visitors to will discover a new, contemporary site that tells Rotary’s story in a fresh and exciting way. Rotary staff offer a look at the site’s features: a modern design, increased use of imagery and graphics, and better organization to help readers – especially newcomers – find out who we are and what we’re doing.
ROTARY'S STORY TO BE TOLD IN A FRESH, EXCITING WAY Jade Catherall 2016-12-19 13:00:00Z 0

I bet you thought the use for those old encyclopaedias in the garage was well gone.

Nope. Its time to start swotting for the 2017 e-TRIVIA CHALLENGE. Google won't help you on this occasion, but a bookshelf of encyclopaedias, memorised, will.

Set aside 11th February. You'll get only a few minutes to answer and if you're at or near the top of the leaderboard you'll be in the running for prizes.

And you can start receiving weekly clues, hints, or teasers from our Quizmouster to give you the jump on your competitors. 

You'll have to be quick, early and organised. Cost is only $20 a game. All proceeds go to Australian Rotary Health and Ryde Family Services.  

Register now for our e-Trivia Challenge so you don't miss out on hint #1, coming soon - 
RYDE SATELLITE E-CLUB'S E-TRIVIA Jade Catherall 2016-12-19 13:00:00Z 0

Feel there are gaps in your Rotary knowledge? Want to prepare for your Rotary Year? Hungry for knowledge that goes beyond PETS and DA? Want to share your experience of Rotary with others? Then RLI is for you and Courses for 2017 are opening now:


RLI 37 runs Sundays 22 January, 19 February and 19 March


RLI 39 runs Saturdays 4 February, 18 February and 18 March


Register at

Rotarians who have partially completed earlier RLIs and wish to do individual parts should contact PDG Ian Scott for registration by response to this email.


The benefits of doing RLI are many; so boost your knowledge and skills and share your experience by joining in.


The three part course is held  at our District Office, Thornleigh. Morning tea and lunch are provided.  Each day starts at 8:30 for 9:00am and finishes around 3:45pm. 

Until further notice, District is bearing the full cost as part of its training budget - it is free.
NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION - REGISTER FOR RLI Jade Catherall 2016-12-13 13:00:00Z 0
HIGHLIGHTS OF 2017 DISTRICT CONFERENCE Jade Catherall 2016-12-13 13:00:00Z 0
“Young people of today must believe in themselves and make the most of every opportunity that comes their way.
“Australia is still the lucky country and future generations share the responsibility of building a better future for all people and cultures”, said Deng Adut – NSW nomination for Australian of the Year – at a Rotary Community Forum night in Penrith this week.
Lower Blue Mountains Rotary pulled off a major public relations success with its “Night with Deng Adut”
A capacity crowd of 166 Rotarians, partners, university and high school students, and interested citizens packed into the Emus Plains Sports Club at Penrith and acknowledged the quality of the guest speaker with a standing ovation after his 45 minute address.
Just 33 years of age, Deng enthralled the audience with stories of his life – child soldier, refugee, service station employee, student, now defence lawyer and winner of the 2016 Law Society President’s Medal for service and achievement! 
Rotary President Pamela Noal said the inspirational evening provided ultimate proof that successful Rotary Clubs ‘connect’ with their communities. She said the club extended special invitations to students from local high schools to attend – and members were delighted with the response.
Lane Cove Rotary Club will be hosting an Indonesian Dinner on Tuesday evening, February 7 at Lane Cove Country Club starting at 6.30 for 7.00pm.
You don’t see many Indonesian restaurants this side of the harbour so when an opportunity for quality Indonesian cuisine, excellent entertainment and pleasant company appears, then perhaps you could consider it.
The evening will be a fund-raiser for our Rotary Small Grants Project Indonesia, which funds small grants to farms and school projects in eastern Indonesia.
The evening offers you:
·      Genuine Indonesian food prepared by experts.
·      Traditional Indonesian musical acts.
·      Entertaining raffles and auctions.
·      The company of many very nice people including. Representatives from the Indonesian Consulate and Lane Cove Council and Rotary District 9685 have been invited.
This is your opportunity to wear that souvenir batik shirt or sarong Kebaya that you have never quite found a suitable function for. Perhaps you are worried about the spicy food. Please don’t be. The spices will generally be ‘on the side’ to be chosen to your taste. You will feast on;
·      Potato Croquette
·      Nasi Tumpeng. A traditional yellow rice dish cooked in coconut milk. This is a meal that is usually reserved for special occasions. It includes vegetables and meat patties.
·      Chicken Satay will be personally cooked by Rtn Andre Hariman from Chatswood Sunrise club.
·      Gado-Gado. Blanched vegetables with peanut sauce (on the side, of course!).
·      Indonesian cake and mixed tropical fruits.
And if that is not sufficient, we can direct you to the nearest McDonalds!
This is a great opportunity. Set it in your 2017 calendar now. Rotary Club of Lane Cove, Indonesian Dinner, iron shirt (or sarong), 7 February 2017.
To make a booking phone Chris Curtis, 0417049335 or email
INDONESIAN DINNER Jade Catherall 2016-12-13 13:00:00Z 0
CONVENTION MINUTE Jade Catherall 2016-12-06 13:00:00Z 0
Well-known philanthropist Dick Smith has today announced his donation of $1 million towards alleviating the suffering of Australians in need. The funds will be distributed via a specific Rotary program developed for this cause, which includes eligibility criteria determined by Dick and Pip Smith.
The program will provide support for individuals suffering personal hardship. It will be up to Rotary Clubs to identify those recognised by the local community who need support, and be willing to match the requested grant on a 50/50 basis.
This donation continues Dick and Pip’s ongoing relationship with Rotary. Dick has previously given a significant amount through Rotary towards the eradication of the once widespread disease polio. This project has run for thirty years and is nearing completion, polio is now isolated to a few small enclaves in remote regions. Dick joins the likes of world-renowned philanthropist Bill Gates as a major supporter of Rotary and its various programs worldwide.
On this occasion, the donation by Dick and Pip will be administered by the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society, for the benefit of local individuals and communities. Dick highlighted the fact many Australians suffer personal hardship, whether through accident, illness or misadventure. He considers Rotary one of the most trusted and respected charities in the world.
The Chairman of the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society, Mr Michael Perkins, thanked Dick and Pip Smith for their generous donation and looks forward to seeing how Rotary volunteers throughout Australia will turn their project vison into a reality.
“For more than 100 years Rotary has worked with communities, corporates and philanthropists to make a difference throughout the world. We now have an extra $1 million to help those in need in our own backyard and with the famous Australian ingenuity I can’t wait to see how far we can make it reach,” said Michael.
The program will be launched in February 2017 and full details will be made available then.

Central Blue Mountains promoting Rotary across the Blue Mountains and into Greater Sydney!

With the assistance of Tom Colless OAM, and his company Colless Foods, Katoomba, Central Blue Mountains Rotary have established what might be a “first” in Australia - a mobile billboard that promotes Rotary and urges people to join our community of leaders and take action at home and around the world.

The massive signage on each side of the truck is 30 feet long and 9 feet tall. It cannot be missed. The truck travels the Great Western Highway and into Greater Sydney four days a week. It’s estimated life span is 10 years.

Give the driver a wave next time you see it.



NEW ATTRACTION IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS! Jade Catherall 2016-11-29 13:00:00Z 0
CAROLS ON THE COMMON Jade Catherall 2016-11-29 13:00:00Z 0
BEECROFT ROTARY CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT Jade Catherall 2016-11-29 13:00:00Z 0
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - DECEMBER Jade Catherall 2016-11-29 13:00:00Z 0
DENG ADUT- 2017 NSW AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR Jade Catherall 2016-11-18 13:00:00Z 0
New Zealand was hit by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake at 12.02 am on 14 November 2016. Fortunately major damage to communities was limited in the main to the South Island town of Kaikoura and surrounding districts.
Kaikoura, a coastal tourist town is situated 180 kms north of Christchurch and has a population of approx. 2000.
Following inquiries from within New Zealand and overseas an Appeal has been set up
Rotary New Zealand will be working with members of the New Zealand Disaster Relief Forum to provide any support that is called for. Any specific concerns as to welfare of people etc. email   
Kaikoura and surrounding districts which is in District 9970 does not have a Rotary club. Appeal funds will be distributed to community activities resultant from the Earthquake as approved by District Governor 9970.
Four Donation Options Quoting Activity No. 999
Internet Banking              Westpac 03 1702 0192208 01  -  Swift Code WPACNZ2W  IBAN Code  031702
Paypal at          
Give a Little at 
Cheque to                   RNZWCS Limited (Rotary New Zealand), PO Box 20309, Christchurch 8543
For more information email or our contacts listed on
ROTARY NEW ZEALAND - EARTHQUAKE APPEAL Jade Catherall 2016-11-15 13:00:00Z 0
SUPER COOPER TRIVIA NIGHT Jade Catherall 2016-11-01 13:00:00Z 0
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - NOVEMBER 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-10-30 13:00:00Z 0
The International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators is one of RI's newest fellowships. The website address is 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.

INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF EDUCATORS Jade Catherall 2016-10-18 13:00:00Z 0
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
HURRICANE MATTHEW Jade Catherall 2016-10-18 13:00:00Z 0
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.
CALVIN'S BOUND FOR BRAZIL Jade Catherall 2016-10-18 13:00:00Z 0
CENTRAL COAST ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE SALES Jade Catherall 2016-10-18 13:00:00Z 0
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.

early-bird-registrationEarly Bird Registration Lucky Draw

Register and fully pay for your Conference registration before 31st December 2016 and go into the Draw to be one of four lucky delegates receive your Conference Registration refunded* – so you can attend the Conference for free!

* Early Bird Lucky Draw Winners will either be Platinum or Day Delegates – Platinum Delegates will be refunded $150 and Day Delegates will be refunded $100.


DISTRICT CONFERENCE 2017 Jade Catherall 2016-10-14 13:00:00Z 0
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 
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.

POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARDS Jade Catherall 2016-10-10 13:00:00Z 0
ROTARY CLUB OF NORTH ROCKS - TRIVIA NIGHT Jade Catherall 2016-10-03 13:00:00Z 0
ROTARY ON THE MOVE NEWSLETTER - OCTOBER 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-10-03 13:00:00Z 0

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

ROTARIAN ADVENTURE IN CAMBODIA - 2017 Jade Catherall 2016-09-27 14:00:00Z 0

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


INTERNATIONAL SERVICE WORKSHOP - 12 NOVEMBER 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-09-25 14:00:00Z 0
RAWCS EASTERN REGION MEETING - 12 & 13 NOVEMBER 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-09-25 14:00:00Z 0
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 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
AUSTRALIAN ROTARY HEALTH Jade Catherall 2016-09-25 14:00:00Z 0
THE DUCK DASH TO END POLIO Jade Catherall 2016-09-25 14:00:00Z 0
LINCOLN'S LOVING HIS NEW RIDE Jade Catherall 2016-09-25 14:00:00Z 0
E-CLUB OF GREATER SYDNEY'S 5TH BIRTHDAY Jade Catherall 2016-09-25 14:00:00Z 0
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:  
CONCERT FOR CONGO Jade Catherall 2016-09-25 14:00:00Z 0
The success of Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) in District 9685 is because it delivers skills and knowledge that Rotarians can apply straight away in their clubs.  RLI (1) hones leadership skills, (2) builds Rotary knowledge, (3) gives a perspective about where Rotary has been and where it is now, and (4) shares a vision of what Rotary can be.  This is all done while (5) networking with Rotarians from other clubs and (6) providing opportunities for partnering in service. 
The three-part course is held on Saturdays or Sundays at our District Office, Thornleigh. Morning tea and lunch are provided.  Each day starts at 8:30 for 9:00am and finishes around 3:45pm. 
Until further notice, District is bearing the full cost as part of its training budget - (7) it is free.
Courses 37 (Sundays) and 38 (Saturdays) and are open for registration:
RLI 37 runs 18 September, 9 October, 30 October
RLI 38 runs 15 October, 12 November and 26 November
Rotarians who have partially completed earlier RLIs should contact PDG Ian Scott for registration by response to this email.
7 GREAT REASONS TO DO RLI Jade Catherall 2016-09-25 14:00:00Z 0
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 and NOMINATE A SITE or VOLUNTEER
For more details contact Graffiti Removal Day’s Volunteers Manager:
Johan Mare           1300 665 310  0450 631 164
GRAFFITI REMOVAL DAY - 30 OCTOBER 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-09-13 14:00:00Z 0
It’s the time of the year when the Oktoberfest gets celebrated in Munich. As most of us can’t attend the original Oktoberfest I’ve organised one closer to home!
You’ll enjoy life music, dance, sing along and sway, very tasty and ‘filling’ German food , beer and wine and a great raffle  -  the proceeds go to ShelterBox Australia. It would be great if we can get a ‘Colleagues / Friends-table’ together and have again lots of fun.
Hopefully you can join in for the Oktoberfest. Looking forward to welcome you at the Austrian Club soon.
OKTOBERFEST AT THE AUSTRIAN CLUB Jade Catherall 2016-09-13 14:00:00Z 0
2016 MANUAL OF PROCEDURE (MOP) Jade Catherall 2016-09-11 14:00:00Z 0
Daryn Hardy, a Lane Cove postman, was presented with a Pride of Workmanship Award from the Rotary Club of Lane Cove in May but he was unable to attend on the evening due to his wife being unwell. President (at the time) Jenny May went to the St Leonard's Mail Delivery Centre a few days later to present Daryn with his award in front of a large number of his work colleagues. It was a great experience to see the very positive reaction of all of Daryn's colleagues and senior management at his recognition. Several photos were taken and a couple of these later appeared in the national Australia Post Journal which was great publicity for Rotary despite a few typos in the article!
A POSTIE THAT TAKES PRIDE IN DELIVERING MAIL! Jade Catherall 2016-09-11 14:00:00Z 0

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!

WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING FOR WORLD POLIO DAY? 24 OCTOBER 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-09-11 14:00:00Z 0
STUDENT WINS ROTARY SCHOLARSHIP Jade Catherall 2016-09-11 14:00:00Z 0
NORTHERN BEACHES ROTARACT CHARTER NIGHT - 28 OCTOBER Jade Catherall 2016-09-11 14:00:00Z 0
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - SEPTEMBER 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-08-30 14:00:00Z 0
CROSS COUNTRY CHALLENGE - 11 SEPTEMBER Jade Catherall 2016-08-26 14:00:00Z 0
FATHERS DAY SPRING PLANT SALE Jade Catherall 2016-08-22 14:00:00Z 0
SWING WITH STRINGS - 21 SEPTEMBER 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-08-16 14:00:00Z 0
Proudly supported by Rotary District 9685 and 9675
Transplant Australia is looking for volunteers in the following areas: Administration, Transport, Signage, Sports, Junior program, DonateLife Fun Run, Special Events, Health Care (including physio) and Promotions.
BBQ help needed :
Thursday 29 September 11:30-1:30 at Aqua Golf Penrith – a few to cook and serve BBQ for 30-40 people
Saturday 1 October 12:30PM – Jamison Park, Penrith, before the Soccer Game between Transplant recipients and the LAC Police Team a BBQ as “Thank You” for volunteers (free) and others (purchase). Need mobile BBQ trailer, cooks and servers.
Rotarians have donated the use of vehicles. They need helpers to come with them to put out the signs early each day and take down in the afternoon. Maybe you can help one day , or mornings or afternoons – any help will be appreciated,
All volunteers must register for the Games please visit – Click on ‘Get Involved’ and then ‘Volunteers’.  .
For more information, please contact
PDG Marilyn Mercer
2016-17 Representative
D.9685 Australian Transplant Games
0416 026 848
AUSTRALIAN TRANSPLANT GAMES – 24 SEPTEMBER-3 OCTOBER 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-08-16 14:00:00Z 0
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - AUGUST 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-08-02 14:00:00Z 0
TRIVIA NIGHT - 27 AUGUST 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-08-02 14:00:00Z 0
Over 350 guests attended the second annual, Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Awards Presentation Dinner at Dockside Pavilion, Darling Harbour on the 23rd July to acknowledge and celebrate selfless community service performed by members of the six New South Wales Emergency Service Agencies.  Funds raised through the awards support an Australian Rotary Health, PhD Research Scholarship investigating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Emergency Services personnel.
The event is an initiative of the Rotary Districts and Clubs of NSW and is the only time all six NSW Emergency Service Agencies are recognised in a combined awards program (Fire & Rescue NSW, Marine Rescue NSW, NSW Ambulance, NSW Rural Fire Service, NSW State Emergency Service and NSW Volunteer Rescue Association).
Stephen Humphreys, District Governor of Rotary District 9675 said “Rotary is honoured to recognise the selfless work performed by the many paid and volunteer members of our Emergency Services.  Their work epitomises Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self”.
The Hon David Elliott MP, Minister for Emergency Services was on hand to present the awards and congratulated the winners for their outstanding service.
Twenty-four (24) finalists from across the state were recognised and presented with commemorative plaques.  Six Officers of the Year were announced - one for each of the six Emergency Service Agencies.  The finale of the evening saw two Overall Officers of the Year announced – one Volunteer Officer of the Year and one, Paid Officer of the Year.
Emergency Services, Officers of the Year:
Fire & Rescue NSW                                           Graham Parks from Leeton      
Marine Rescue NSW                                         Peter Taylor from The Shoalhaven Region                         
NSW Ambulance                                                Grant Prendergast from Murwillumbah                              
NSW Rural Fire Service                                    Mark Murphy from Liverpool Range Zone                         
NSW State Emergency Service                     Danielle Osborne from Lightning Ridge               
NSW Volunteer Rescue Association           David Cotsios from Batlow
Overall Officers of the Year:
Officer serving in a Volunteer Capacity: David Cotsios, NSW Volunteer Rescue Association
Officer serving in a Paid Capacity: Graham Parks, Fire and Rescue NSW
EMERGENCY SERVICE PERSONNEL RECOGNISED Jade Catherall 2016-08-02 14:00:00Z 0
COME OUT SWINGING - 2 SEPTEMBER 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-08-02 14:00:00Z 0
ST IVES' COMEDY FOR A CAUSE Jade Catherall 2016-08-02 14:00:00Z 0
ROUSE HILL ROTARY TRIVIA NIGHT - 13 AUGUST Jade Catherall 2016-07-29 14:00:00Z 0
CHRISTMAS FRUIT CAKE & PUDDING ORDERS Jade Catherall 2016-07-29 14:00:00Z 0
RYLA BALL Jade Catherall 2016-07-16 14:00:00Z 0
Register, discuss and get involved to save lives!
DonateLife Week 31 July - 7 August 2016!
  • Only one in three Australians have joined the Australian Organ Donor Register, even though 81% believe registration of donation decisions is important  (Woolcott Research 2015)
  • 91% of families agree to donation proceeding where the deceased was a registered organ donor. This drops to just 52% where the deceased was not registered and the family had no prior knowledge.
  • 1,500 +Australians are today waiting for a life-saving or life-transforming transplant.
  • Registration of your donation decision leaves your family in no doubt and, in doing so, provides comfort that they are upholding your decision
  • In DonateLife Week (31 July – 7 August) we are asking all Australians, “What are you waiting for? Join the Australian Organ Donor Register online today!” 
  • For more information contact Marilyn Mercer PDG.  Rotary District 9685, Organ and Tissue Donor Liaison and Australian Transplant Games LOC Member 0416 026 848
DONATE LIFE WEEK 31 JULY - 7 AUGUST 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-07-16 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 9685 Centennial Million Dollar Dinner
The Epping Club, 45-47 Rawson Street, Epping
Monday 28 November 2016
6.30pm – 10pm
Thank you to all the people who have registered for the Million Dollar Dinner. For Rotarians who have not yet registered, the last day for registrations is Sunday 20 November 2016. 
The two best ways to register now are:
direct deposit to: 
The Rotary Club of Epping Million Dollar Dinner 
Account BSB:633 000
Account: 153 765 722
Reference: Surname 
email Monica Saville your full name, club and any special dietary requirements.
PARKING: As parking is limited at the club, please advise Monica if you need reserved parking because of a disability (sticker required) or have limited mobility.
Otherwise free parking is available in the car park adjacent to Coles just a few metres from The Epping Club.
BEQUESTS and DONATIONS: There has been an excellent response from many generous Rotarians and their partners and we're well on our way to that Million Dollars! Rotarians considering leaving a bequest or making a donation and who would like to be recognised at the Dinner, need to contact Monica no later than Sunday 20 November.
ROTARY FOUNDATION MILLION DOLLAR DINNER - 28 NOVEMBER 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-07-13 14:00:00Z 0
Local identity Les Arndell, still lives on his own, has his licence and still drives, is very active in Rotary and is really enjoying life after his 100th birthday. In 1788 Captain Arthur Phillip landed in Botany Bay. On Board Friendship was Dr Thomas Arndell. Five generations of Arndell's later, on 27th June, 1916, Les Arndell was born in Armidale.
When Les and his wife, Ivy moved to the Central Coast, his first job working for the Red Bus Company as a mechanic and conducting tours. He borrowed 500 pounds from the bank and started Midway Motors, having a dealership for Land Rovers. Midway Motors became a very successful business on the site of the current Mitsubishi dealership at North Gosford.
In 1972 a new and very important part in the life of Les Arndell was about to begin. Rotary.
Les was approached to become the first President of a new Rotary Club about to be formed, Gosford North. With no knowledge of what Rotary was, he declined, but did become the second President. He is one of three Charter members still in the Club. The number of successful projects during his Presidency were remarkable.
Les held many Board positions in Rotary but it was in the International field where he excelled, being the District International Chairman for several years. He twice visited New Guinea on Rotary projects. Les also often flew District Governors to many parts of the country. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and remains very active and generous with his advice in Rotary matters.
Les is now one hundred and shows no signs of slowing down, attending Rotary nearly every week. He also attends the Club’s Rotary Wheel most Saturdays, being their best ticket seller. Few Rotarians achieve 100% attendance and his club believe he has achieved this by averaging participation in a Rotary project every week over the past year.
When asked what he owes his longevity to, Les gives many reasons. One is Rotary.
Gosford North Rotary Club offers a challenge. “Do any other Clubs in the world have a hundred-year-old member as active as Les?”
We believe Les is the ‘best active 100 year old Rotarian in the world’
THE BEST 100 YEAR OLD ROTARIAN! Jade Catherall 2016-07-12 14:00:00Z 0
If you enjoy an ‘absolutely fabulous’ night at the movies, Glenbrook Cinema is the place to be on Wednesday, August 3, for another Rotary ‘fun’ charity night.
The Lower Blue Mountains Rotary charity night is scheduled for Wednesday, August 3 – the night before the movie is officially released in Australia. The all inclusive price is just $20 and bookings must be made with Susan Bell on 0409 834 646.   All proceeds will be shared between Rotary’s local youth programs and The Rotary Foundation’s END POLIO NOW campaign.
Delicious finger food and light refreshments will be served at 6.30 pm with seating at 7.15 pm and screening to commence at 7.30 pm.
Glenbrook Cinema has limited seating so don’t be disappointed.  Book early.
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS - GLENBROOK CINEMA - 3 AUGUST Jade Catherall 2016-07-12 14:00:00Z 0

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  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




NEW RLI COURSES AVAILABLE Jade Catherall 2016-07-04 14:00:00Z 0
ROSEVILLE CHASE ROTARY FUN RUN - 31 JULY 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-07-04 14:00:00Z 0
CHATSWOOD SUNRISE'S GREAT DEBATE - 15 AUGUST 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-07-04 14:00:00Z 0
DISASTER AID AUSTRALIA - WINTER 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-07-04 14:00:00Z 0
RAWCS ROVER - THE AUGUST EDITION IS AVAILABLE Jade Catherall 2016-07-04 14:00:00Z 0
WAHROONGA & LOWER BLUE TAKE OUT THE DG'S SHIELD Les Walsh 2016-06-26 14:00:00Z 0
The E-Club of the Southern Cross has had a short but successful life - a hard but correct choice as the club closes at the end of June. The majority of the remaining  members are moving into other Rotary clubs.
President Amanda Barnes (nee Woods) has provided a final club report - download it here and take a moment to see what this club in fact achieved.
WE HAD A BLAST DOING ROTARY Les Walsh 2016-06-25 14:00:00Z 0
When was the last time there was polio in Europe? If you guessed 2002, the year the region was certified polio-free, you were wrong. The last time polio affected a child in Europe was last summer. In 2015, two Ukrainian children were diagnosed with paralytic polio, and, given the way the disease manifests itself, that means many more were likely infected and didn’t show symptoms. At least one Western news outlet deemed the outbreak “crazy” – but the reality is that no place on earth is safe from polio until the disease is eradicated everywhere. Ukraine...
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian
This is an invitation to attend a very informative and pleasant evening at Lane Cove Rotary Club.
On Tuesday night 5 July, Dr. Colin Barlow will be talking to Lane Cove Rotary club about the work of the Nusa Tenggara Association in the alleviation of poverty and other developments in eastern Indonesia.  Lane Cove supports Dr. Barlow with our program Rotary Small Grants Project Indonesia
Dr. Barlow in an agricultural economist and expert in Indonesia. He has been visiting the area twice each year of for more than 30 years as he and his team monitor the NTA's projects.
The meeting is held at the Lane Cove Country club on River Road Lane Cove and commences at 6.15pm for 6.45pm.  Please register here ( or RSVP by email or telephone 0417049335 for catering purposes).
A wonderful evening is assured.
HORNSBY'S CHARITY TRIVIA NIGHT Les Walsh 2016-06-21 14:00:00Z 0
WOMEN IN SERVICE DINNER Les Walsh 2016-06-20 14:00:00Z 0
ANNUAL REPORT 2015-16 Les Walsh 2016-06-19 14:00:00Z 0
Some time ago, Vernon Song proposed to his fellow Rotarians at the Rotary Club of Chatswood Sunrise that they explore the possibility of supplying HippoRollers to a village in South Africa where women and children traditionally cart buckets from local water sources to their homes - 20 litres (20 kgs!) carried either on the head or by hand.  Yet one HippoRoller can carry 90 litres,  All the weight is in the barrel and it's easily pushed or pulled.

This week the fund-raising bore fruit: thirteen HippoRollers were delivered to the rural community of Mathibestad, northwest of Pretoria.  No longer are backs and necks strained; one trip to water replaces four; children can instead attend school.  Chatswood Sunrise, the "boutique" Rotary Club of the three in Willoughby, is pleased to be " a gift to the world" as it "serves humanity." And they have had fun doing it as well!

(Once the exchange rate is taken into consideration - payment is in USD - each HippoRoller costs around $AUD200)
For more information Google "HippoRoller" or see or the Club's Facebook page..
The twenty-four (24) finalists for the 2016 Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Awards were recently announced by Hon. David Elliott MP.
While each service runs their own internal awards, the Rotary NSW Emergency Service Community Awards are the only awards that recognise all Emergency Service personnel. The Public were invited to submit nominations in any of the six officially recognised State Emergency Service Organisations. i.e. Fire and Rescue NSW; Marine Rescue NSW; NSW Ambulance; NSW Rural Fire Service; NSW State Emergency Service; and NSW Volunteer Rescue Association, and the finalists were selected by teams of Rotarians from various Districts through NSW.
Finalists will attend an Awards Presentation Dinner to be held at the Dockside Pavilion, Darling Harbour on Saturday 23rd July 2016 where winners for each service will be announced, plus two special winners:
  • Emergency Service Officer of the Year serving in a voluntary capacity
  • Emergency Service Officer of the Year serving in a paid capacity
Family, friends, supporters and the general public are invited to attend.  Tickets are $97.80 per person and can be booked online at,au
REMINDER - DISTRICT CHANGEOVER Les Walsh 2016-06-14 14:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to this year's recipients from our District in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours List:
  • Dr Nick Dorsch AM - For significant service to medicine as a neurosurgeon, to medical education and training both nationally and internationally, and to research (Chatswood)
  • PDG Danny Low OAM - for service to Rotary International (Mosman)
  • Peter Pearce OAM - for service to the international community through humanitarian programs (Gosford North)
CONGRATULATIONS Les Walsh 2016-06-12 14:00:00Z 0
Twelve outstanding citizens of the Lower Mountains were recognised for their contributions as valued volunteers during a polished ceremony at Emu Plains Sports Club last week.
Lower Blue Mountains Rotary called for nominations from the community some months ago and last Tuesday’s function was the culmination of many hours of assessment by the Rotary organising committee.
Blue Mountains Citizen of the Year Heather Gwilliam set the tone for the evening with a special address to congratulate the 12 guests of honour.
She said the room was ‘packed with citizens of the year’ such is the service ethic of Rotarians and volunteers everywhere.
“There is a wonderful community spirit throughout the Blue Mountains,” she continued.
“I an energised by volunteering and we have people here tonight who represent a myriad of community groups all of which offer support and value to our community. We are all the richer for knowing our neighbours and we have many examples of outstanding volunteer caring through the bushfires and disasters that impact our lives from time to time”, she said.
Members of Springwood Rotary Club are very proud of their $48,000 contribution towards community health in the Lower Blue Mountains of NSW.
Club members and representatives of Blue Mountains City Council recently combined resources to fund and install a ten station exercise area on the southern border of Summerhayes Park, Yellow Rock, on the outskirts of Springwood.
The project is the ‘brainchild’ of 2015/16 Club President Pat Ainslie during her year as President Elect and the plan has been slowly developed over the last two years. She received staunch support from Past President Colin Kenney and a small committee of dedicated workers.
Springwood Rotary provided the major part of the cost of the state of the art exercise equipment, whilst Blue Mountains Council provided support with site selection and installation.
Ten work stations allow for a full range of physical exercise and training – legs, arms, shoulders and back – and large groups of morning and afternoon joggers have already been seen enjoying the facilities. The exercise area will be open for public use 24 hours a day and the equipment is designed to be vandal proof.

An impressive plaque has been struck to acknowledge Springwood Rotary and Council.  It will be safely installed in a secure rock bed to ensure permanent record.
SPRINGWOOD INVESTS $48,000 IN COMMUNITY HEALTH Les Walsh 2016-05-31 14:00:00Z 0
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - JUNE 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-05-30 14:00:00Z 0
Through a Vocational Training Team grant, Interplast - with the generous support of the Rotary Clubs of Ryde and Apia - recently delivered a successful surgical skills workshop in Apia, Samoa.  The workshop was the first of its kind and the first time that Interplast has partnered with Rotary International for a Vocational Training Team grant.
Much more detail on this project is available in this report on the workshop.
Without the generous support of the two clubs and Rotary International, the program would not have been possible.  Interplast looks forward to continuing its longstanding relationship with Rotary Clubs in Australia and New Zealand and in partner countries to implement its life changing and lifesaving programs.

IT'S arch klumph's birthday, but you get the gift!

Celebrate with us in Atlanta!

At the 1917 Rotary Convention in Atlanta, President Arch Klumph spoke about his dream of creating a Rotary endowment fund. A century later, we're celebrating The Rotary Foundation and all the good work Rotarians have been able to do since then -- because one man dared to dream.

We're offering an extra-special early registration rate of $265 for the 2017 Rotary Convention, in honor of Arch Klumph's 6 June birthday, and the $26.50 first contribution to Rotary's endowment.

Join us in Atlanta next June. Register and pay today, because this special price of $265 is good only until 6 June 2016.

Register now for Atlanta 2017
JOIN US IN ATLANTA Les Walsh 2016-05-28 14:00:00Z 0



2016 District Changeover Details

When: Saturday 25 June 2016

Time: 6.00pm for 6.30pm

Cost: $50 incl. 2 course dinner

Where: Hornsby RSL, 4 High St, Hornsby

Register by 17 June:



A time to celebrate the year that has past and welcome the future. It is a wonderful evening and a great opportunity to gather with Rotarians from across the District. Now is the time to talk to your club members and organise a table.


We look forward to seeing you and your partner at the District Changeover.


On Saturday 14th May 2016, well over 100 people gathered for a special Rotary occasion.


A sandstone Monument and 4 sandstone timber topped seats were unveiled to celebrate 64 years of continuous, Active Service to Rotary, by PP Rod Radford PHF, aged 96.        


The Monument was unveiled by his great grandson, Logan Ascot Radford, aged 11 years, on behalf of the Rotary Club of Umina Beach.


Rod opened a Pharmacy in Ferry Road Ettalong 1945.


The Monument also informs the locals of many years of community service delivering urgent medicines to the Peninsula area with, firstly his “rowing boat” for 20 years, then with his “Amphicar” all before the Rip Bridge connected Daleys Point to Ettalong in the early 1970’s.  (See Rod Radford Story – attached) Rod also used his car for many projects run by his Rotary Club and over the ten years he wore out two of them.


Tony Nassar, a restaurateur in Cooma, also has a working ”Amphicar”. Tony brought his car up from Cooma to help “re-create”  the car trip over the water from Rod’s home at Wagstaffe to Ettalong. Rowan Hatfield is restoring Rod’s old rusted car in Indooroopilly, Qld. Rowan also came down for this event.  The event was two years in the planning/ approval stage.


A ROTARIAN TO REMEMBER Jade Catherall 2016-05-24 14:00:00Z 0
Northbridge Rotarian David Robertson travels to Fiji twice each year and he always manages to take with him donations which provide practical help to poor and disadvantaged families.
In May, the Rotary Club of Northbridge supplied David with many packages of rubber gloves for the Lautoka Hospital in Fiji to lessen the chances of cross infection. David also brought soaps to wash nurses’ and doctors’ hands before seeing their patients, surgical scissors  and toothbrushes and toothpaste for each child so they can be taught oral health and keep their incredible white smiles.
Last year, David – a Castlecrag resident - brought more than 500 solar-powered lights to remote villages in Fiji which do not have regular electricity to provide a source of light for school children and their parents.
“Most people know Fiji for its fabulous resorts and some of the friendliest people on earth,” David said. “What they don’t know is that just a few kilometres away there are seriously poor and disadvantaged families living in extreme poverty. They don’t get the tourist dollar, and on some islands the villages have no access to health care”.
Northbridge Rotary expressed its sincere thanks to Ansell for supplying the gloves; Donations In Kind for donating the toothbrushes and soaps; and to David for carrying the 30 kilograms of baggage from Sydney to Fiji.
The Australian stock market has been up for six consecutive weeks on the back of strong commodity prices, lower Australian dollar, healthy data sets locally and abroad, and lastly the RBA rate cut. However,investors remain wary of global growth prospects as uncertainty lingers over China and renewed talks about the US Federal Reserve increasing interest rates.
Australia’s jobs data printed close to expectations, with the unemployment rate holding steady at 5.7% (expectation: 5.8%). The Australian dollar remained soft, currently trading at US$0.7230. Oil Search recently announced plans to buy Papua New Guinea-focused InterOil for $US2.2 billion ($A3.04 billion) with the aim of boosting its liquefied natural gas development.
Key Investment Ideas
Company             Recommendation           Note
Origin Energy     Accumulate                        Potential Spin-Off
Credit Corp         Accumulate                        Hinting Acquisitions
JB Hi-Fi                Hold                                     The Good Guys
James Hardie     Hold                                      Full-Year Results
To discuss further, please contact Kieran Hailes of Ord Minnett on (02) 8216 6337 or
ORD MINNETT - MARKET UPDATE Les Walsh 2016-05-23 14:00:00Z 0
District Governor Gina took the opportunity at the Presidents' Meeting on Saturday 21 May to recognise the sterling efforts and achievements of many clubs during the 2015-16 year.  All clubs are deserving of recognition for the work being done and the task of selecting 'winners' was indeed difficult.
The District Governor's Shield, the District Governor's Trophy for Small Clubs, and The Rotarian Vocational Excellence Award will be presented at the District Changeover on 25 June.
See all the photos here.
The full list of awards follows:
Our District's Rotary Leadership Institute program is looking for a new (second hand) laptop!
The current laptop used for projecting material during the three days of each course has failed and it is necessary to acquire another one.  
Do you have or know of a laptop that is being replaced, privately or in a business, and could acquire it for this worthy cause? 
If so, please contact PDG Ian Scott AM -
RLI LOOKING FOR A LAPTOP Jade Catherall 2016-05-17 14:00:00Z 0
Susan Wakefield OAM of the Rotary Club of the Lower Blue Mountains has been appointed District Governor for the year 2018-2019.
Congratulates Susan on your appointment.
SUSAN WAKEFIELD APPOINTED DG 2018-19 Les Walsh 2016-05-15 14:00:00Z 0
I’ve just had some great news from ARH Director PDG Graeme Davies. D 9685 is one of the TOP donors to ARH this year with around $66K being exceeded by only two other districts. (This is where we all cheer, clap ourselves on the back and congratulate each other.)
On looking at the statistics I am even more excited because there are still about 40 9685 clubs yet to send on their donations to ARH. I know a lot of clubs are yet to finalize their donations so I feel sure we may in fact double the $66K. You may recall that I suggested that if each club donated $500 of their hard earned funds we would, as a District, donate some $35K to ARH – we are well on the way to achieving this.
At the end of this Rotary year I look forward to letting you all know that we at least hold our position or step up the donations ladder. Keep in mind that ARH funds research ONLY in Australia BUT that the results of that research is made available to the whole world – what a wonderful gift we help make come true.
Dudley Mercer
Chair D9685 ARH Committee
NEWS FROM AUSTRALIA ROTARY HEALTH Jade Catherall 2016-05-13 14:00:00Z 0
ANNIKA TIERNEY - GUEST SPEAKER AT BELROSE Jade Catherall 2016-05-09 14:00:00Z 0

District Governor Gina Growden and District Governor Elect Bruce Lakin warmly invite you and your partner to the 2016 District Changeover.


2016 District Changeover Details

When: Saturday 25 June 2016

Time: 6.00pm for 6.30pm

Cost: $50 incl. 2 course dinner

Where: Hornsby RSL, 4 High St, Hornsby

Register by 17 June:



A time to celebrate the year that has past and welcome the future. It is a wonderful evening and a great opportunity to gather with Rotarians from across the District. Now is the time to talk to your club members and organise a table.


We look forward to seeing you and your partner at the District Changeover.

DISTRICT CHANGEOVER - 25 JUNE 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-05-08 14:00:00Z 0

We are Northern Beaches Rotaract and we are a new club based on the Sydney Northern Beaches.
We are running our first event in a few weeks and would love to invite you to a relaxed Sunday BBQ on the 22nd of May at Manly Dam! 

There will be great food, great company and great times to be had all round meeting, new people and supporting our club in starting up :)

For $10 we are offering a BBQ deal including a sausage sandwich and beer/soft drink, and these costs will go towards us getting started as a club.

In true Rotaract spirit, we will also be holding a fundraiser during the afternoon so bring your spare change!

Look forward to seeing you there!

Please extend the invite to anyone you think would be interested



NEW NORTHERN BEACHES ROTARACT Jade Catherall 2016-05-08 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youth Exchange Students from District 9685, recently joined with other Exchange Students from Districts 9675, 9670 and 9650 for the annual Youth Exchange Safari around Australia.  Students had a wonderful time, developing and strengthening relationships with each other, whilst discovering Australia and  learning more about the culture.
The tour took the students up the East Coast of NSW and Queensland, as far as Cairns; across to Alice Springs as a starting point for exploring the Red Centre; before heading out through South Australia and Victoria, driving up on the Great Ocean Road; through Melbourne, Canberra and home.
Each night the students held a Rotary Meeting, which included the compulsory Rotary fines session…at these sessions the students raised $314 (pretty impressive on 20c fines), which they decided to donate to Taldumande, the “Place of Refuge” providing support and accommodation for homeless youth. Mosman Rotary Club generously made the amount up to $500, which was presented to this fantastic organisation. Well done to the Rotary Youth Exchange Students and thank you Mosman Rotary for your support.
YOUTH EXCHANGE ON SAFARI Jade Catherall 2016-05-08 14:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Chatswood International invites you to the private screening of the premiere of Alice Through the Looking Glass
Thursday 26 May 7.00pm
Events Cinema, Level 4, Top Ryde City Shopping Centre
109 – 135 Blaxland Road, Ryde
Admission is $25 per person
To secure tickets, please deposit funds to the account below.
BSB: 032090 Account no: 747824
Reference number: ***** Please put in your name *****
For individual/ group bookings please provide your name/ names of your guests, your mobile number and email address along with your deposit confirmation to contact person/s below:
Yvonne Chua – Rotary Chatswood International at  
Michelle Chua – Rotary Chatswood International at 
Anthony Ching – Rotary Chatswood International on 0416218989
All proceeds raised go to The Deb Bailey Foundation for MND Research at
Macquarie University. Ambassador for MND Research will speak on the night.
For more details about MND, please go to: 
CHATSWOOD INTERNATIONAL'S MOVIE PREMIERE Jade Catherall 2016-05-08 14:00:00Z 0
SKILLS ONE'S THEATRE SHOWCASES Jade Catherall 2016-05-08 14:00:00Z 0
We are pleased to advise that the Foundation exchange rate for May is 1.30 . That is  $1.30 Australian equaling  US$1.00 . Previously it was $1.40 in March and $1.35 in April and while not a huge improvement it is still a considerable assistance to helping us raise our Rotary Foundation targets which are all in US$s .
Clubs and Rotarians, May is now the ideal month to contribute to The Rotary Foundation. US$1,000 Paul Harris Fellow and Paul Harris Society payments  are now A$1,300, where as they were previously $1,350 in April and $1,400 in March. 
Centurions are always in A$100. 
But now,due to the recent dollar drop as a result of the lowering of the interest rates, the official Rotary exchange rate for June is likely to be 5 to 7 %  lower . Therefore payments made in June,as opposed May,  will be recorded at a lower US$ value than the will be this month.
Here is some useful information for donating through the RI website.
Contributions to the Rotary Foundation can be made very easily at
Go to: My Rotary: The Rotary Foundation; GIVE:  Annual Fund and Share - GIVE NOW.
Then it is recommended that you select Annual Fund SHARE, this way the money comes back to our district to fund grants, and then you will select your donation in Australian Dollars and you can see is going into the Australian Rotary Foundation Trust- so all the money stays in Australia.
Otherwise  your Club Foundation Chair has a number of forms and other information as to other ways to contribute to the Rotary Foundation 
Thank you for your support!


Tony Castley, District Foundation Chair

The Post Polio Workshop at Gosford Hospital, saw a good turn-out of 29 professionals, including nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and one speech therapist.  The presentation given by physiotherapist, Mel McConaghy, was well received and the participants particularly seemed to enjoy the talks by the three volunteer polio survivors Wayne Woolley, Di Bull, and John Tierney. What interesting stories these folks had to tell and what tremendous courage in the way they told their stories. The audience were clearly very interested and the positive comments that followed said it all.
The workshop was opened by District Governor Gina and attended by Assistant Governors Russell Grove (Upper Central Coast) and Bobby Redman (Lower Central Coast).  A special thanks goes out to Gosford Hospital for providing the venue and to the members of the Rotary Clubs of Gosford North and Kincumber who provided a delicious afternoon tea.
Hopefully the word will spread, to other health professionals, of the importance of gaining a better understanding of Post Polio Syndrome, so that these people who have already fought their way through this insidious disease can gain the support and treatment required.
POST POLIO WORKSHOP - CENTRAL COAST Jade Catherall 2016-05-02 14:00:00Z 0
Name of event: Stars of the North – Dance for Cancer
Address: The Concourse, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood NSW 2067
Date: Saturday 4 June 2016
Time: 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Filled with fun, laughter and plenty of dancing, Stars of the North – Dance for Cancer is an inaugural fundraising event guaranteed to spark off a good time. Watch local community “Stars” with no dance experience team up with professionals to perform in the name of entertainment. These local heroes will fundraise and dance their way onto the stage in a bid to raise $100,000 for Cancer Council NSW.

The competition will be fierce as they compete to take home the trophy for:
– Judges Choice
– People’s Choice
– Highest Fundraiser

Cancer Council NSW believes that we can and will beat cancer. There are things that we can all do every day to help make this happen.

Stars of the North is a fresh, fun way to raise valuable funds and join in the fight against cancer. We hope you will join us for a night of fun, dancing and entertainment!
STARS OF THE NORTH - DANCE FOR CANCER Jade Catherall 2016-05-02 14:00:00Z 0
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - MAY EDITION Jade Catherall 2016-05-02 14:00:00Z 0
  • Are you thinking of an elusive project that you want to turn into a registered project?
  • Would you like to get a grant to support your project?
  • Do you want to know more about Rotary Australia Benevolent society (RABS)?
  • Want to learn how to make a difference to the teenage mothers in our own community?
  • Do you have a project for the indigenous community, and turn this into a RABS project?
  • Want to learn about woman's empowerment?
  • Hear how one club made a difference to one of its own member and his family.
  • And much more............
DONT MISS the RAWCS Eastern region general meeting on Saturday 14th of May at Diggers Club at The Entrance.   Our district is hosting the meeting and your RAWCS district committee has been working to educate and showcase RAWCS projects and how you can make that project you have in your mind into reality. We encourage you to attend the next RAWCS Eastern Region General Meeting at “The Entrance” on the beautiful Central Coast of New South Wales.
HAVE YOU REGISTERED FOR RAWCS GENERAL MEETING IN MAY? Haran Ramachandran 2016-04-30 14:00:00Z 0
The Australian stock market had another strong week, with resources stocks bolstered by a surge in commodity prices. Banks also enjoyed a bounce and offshore strength added to the firm tone. The S&P/ASX 200 Index was up 1.6% in Friday afternoon trade, adding to last week’s 4.6% gain, for the strongest two-week period since September 2015. The Australian VIX hit its lowest level in six weeks and the Australian dollar maintained its strength at US$0.78. Oil prices sustained an upward trajectory. Top iron ore miners Vale, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton, all trimmed production targets – a move that could help sustain the current rebound in iron ore prices. Minutes of the RBA's April decision revealed the board had paid greater attention to global headwinds in justifying its decision and current policy stance.
Key Investment Ideas
Company                             Recommendation                           Note
Telstra                                  Hold                                                    Capital idea
NIB                                       Buy                                                      Trending right now
Rio Tinto                              Hold                                                     Shipments to slide
BHP                                      Lighten                                                Shipments to slide
Austal                                  Accumulate                                        In the (Aussie) Navy
To discuss further, please contact Kieran Hailes of Ord Minnett on (02) 8216 6337 or
ORD MINNETT - MARKET UPDATE Les Walsh 2016-04-25 14:00:00Z 0
DISTRICT ASSEMBLY PRESENTATIONS Jade Catherall 2016-04-19 14:00:00Z 0

Community Sector Banking Grants open May 2

Recognising the crucial role that not-for-profits play in addressing homelessness, Community Sector Banking has announced their 2016 Social investment Grants Program will focus on reducing homelessness, offering not-for-profits the opportunity to apply for grants totalling $200,000.

The Social Investment Grants Program is funded by Community Sector Banking and contributions from Social Investment Deposit Account holders. The program shows the power that everyday banking can have on the community.
“This program highlights our commitment to improving social outcomes, and shows that everyday banking can have a tremendously positive effect on the community” says Amanda Watt, Community Sector Banking’s Head of Marketing, Communications and act.
$200,000 TO REDUCE HOMELESSNESS Les Walsh 2016-04-19 14:00:00Z 0
The 2016 Council on Legislation may well be remembered as one of the most progressive in Rotary history.
Not only did this Council grant clubs more freedom in determining their meeting schedule and membership, it also approved an increase in per capita dues of $4 a year for three years. The increase will be used to enhance Rotary’s website, improve online tools, and add programs and services to help clubs increase membership.
The Council is an essential element of Rotary’s governance. Every three years, members from around the world gather in Chicago to consider proposed changes to the policies that govern the organization and its member clubs. Measures that are adopted take effect 1 July.
The tone for this year was set early, when the RI Board put forth two proposals that increase flexibility. The first measure allows clubs to decide to vary their meeting times, whether to meet online or in person, and when to cancel a meeting, as long as they meet at least twice a month. The second allows clubs flexibility in choosing their membership rules and requirements. Both passed.
Read more about the changes here.

A life-changing opportunity for 19-35 year olds

Global Leadership Initiative
GLI is an intense leadership opportunity held in Norwalk Connecticut at the luxurious Dolce Convention Center ( July 26th-31st for global change makers between the ages of 19-35 years old. 

During the week participants will be pushed personally and professional to become the leaders they have the potential to be.
Deadly earthquake strikes in Ecuador
Once again nature has intervened to adversely affect the lives of thousands of people.  The article below outlines ShelterBox’s current position following the earthquake in Ecuador.  Once the Response Team has made its assessment, ShelterBox will be in a position to start moving aid into the country.
We cannot ignore the plight of thousands of Ecuadorians now homeless, without good shelter and warmth, and deprived of human dignity.  ShelterBox hopes, once again, Rotary can come to the aid of the Ecuadorian people.
[ Image: Damage caused by the massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador (Wikimedia ] 
7 April 2016 - Last night's draw of the Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches' Community Service Appeal marked the completion of the club's 19th and most successful annual raffle. Since September, the Rotary club and 17 local community groups have been selling $2 tickets for the grand prize, a new Nissan Micra. The proceeds from this year's ticket sales, which reached a record $130,000, will be distributed to the participating groups.
At the finale for the raffle, held at Bayview Golf Club, the prize car was on display on the clubhouse terrace. Pittwater Member of Parliament Rob Stokes drew the winner from the tickets that had been loaded into the boot of the car. Rotarian Mark Lawrie, who has been managing the raffle project for the past 15 years, then phoned the winner, a hard-working family who couldn't believe their good fortune.

ROTARY COMMUNITY RAFFLE BRINGS IN $130,000 FOR LOCAL GROUPS Haran Ramachandran 2016-04-13 14:00:00Z 0
ROTARY ERINA CENTURY CHALLENGE Haran Ramachandran 2016-04-09 14:00:00Z 0
RAWCS Volunteers are doing some really great things to make lives more comfortable for many of our near neighbours. Those of us that don’t do hands on stuff, like me, can assist the program by making sure that all Rotarians know about RAWCS, in particular our RABS Program, that will allow Tax Deductibility for donations to projects that meet the conditions, operating in our own local  communities.
If you don’t know about RABS, Click here and check out the conditions. Your Club might have somebody  or group that could be assisted!
Here are a few of the many RABS Projects presently in place. More can be found on the website
  • To improve the living standards of homeless youth clients to Taldumande and other safe houses in Sydney and immediate areas
  • To provide Welcome Packs of items to refugee families arriving in NSW
  • To provide financial & other relief for the family of 21 year old Tahlia who is suffering from Chronic Lyme Disease which causes frequent seizures. Her medications are expensive and not covered by the PBS.
  • To raise funds for Dean Walsh who was seriously injured in a car accident and requires a special vehicle to get him to physiotherapy & medical attention to complete his rehabilitation.
Download the latest edition of the RAWCS Rover to know more and share it with your fellow Rotarians and Friends
RAWCS ROVER APRIL 2016 Haran Ramachandran 2016-04-09 14:00:00Z 0
Dear Mrs.Growden,
my name is Wolfgang Jürgensen, I am a pharmacist and member of the Rotary Club Husum which is a small town in Germany near the border to Denmark. I have a rather unusual request for you and hope that I don’t bother you too much with it.

My daughter Hanna is finishing her A-Levels in summer 2016 and before studying, she would like to spend some time as an au-pair in Australia.

Since there are so many girls who share this wish there is unfortunately just a limited amount of host families for all the applicants and it is very hard to get a job. Therefore she wants to try it besides from matching-portals on the Internet also in this way.
AUPAIR - REQUEST FOR HELP Haran Ramachandran 2016-04-04 14:00:00Z 0
The next RAWCS meeting will be hosted by our district and is to be held at Diggers at The Entrance May 14 and 15. It is a great venue in a beautiful location. RAWCS weekends are a wonderful networking opportunity for all Rotarians and friends with a passion for humanitarian service.
Our District is incredibly active with RAWCS  and has 70 registered RAWCS projects operating in Australia and in 24 developing countries. 
We hope you can join us and Rotarians and friends from six Districts in NSW and ACT for an inspirational weekend.
As an added incentive Pink Umbrella Foundation is again offering six $1,000 grants to RAWCS and RABS projects, the application form is attached.
RAWCS MEETING AT THE ENTRANCE Haran Ramachandran 2016-04-03 14:00:00Z 0
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - APRIL 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-03-30 13:00:00Z 0
Penrith RSL Club was the venue for the FIFTH Post Polio Clinical Practice Workshop, sponsored by District 9685 and Polio Australia, last Thursday, March 24.
Governor Gina Growden said she was pleased to see the Workshop happen – although numbers were slightly down to eleven health professionals from the Penrith area. “We are pleased to be sponsoring these Workshops with Polio Australia and believe that every event is worthwhile as we strive to being recognition to the need for an accepted course of treatment for the Late Effects of Polio Condition”, she added.
ARC Health’s leading authority and facilitator, Mel McConaghy, conducted the workshop and those present were mainly physiotherapists from Nepean District Hospital, a chiropractor and a couple of therapists. Two well versed Polio survivors in Merle Thompson from Lithgow and Ben Tipton from Mt Riverview add great value to the forum sessions.
Workshops have now been held at Ryde, St Leonards, Katoomba, North Rocks and Penrith. The Wyong Workshop scheduled for February 27 was cancelled and the very first event planned for November 19 at Brookvale has been rescheduled to Thursday, May 5, at Narrabeen. 
Further workshops are planned as follows –
  • Hornsby – Thursday, April 7, at 1 pm at Mt Wilga Hospital.  AG Sivaraj Sagathavan is the contact person –
  • Windsor – Saturday, April 16, at 9.30 am at Hawkesbury Clinical School Rooms.  AG Bob Kay-Smith is the contact person –
  • Gosford – Thursday, April 28, at 1 pm at Gosford Hospital. AG Russell Grove is the contact person –
  • The rescheduled Brookvale Workshop will be held in The Tramshed Hall on Pittwater Road, Narrabeen and AG Rayleen Jarvis is the contact person –
All Rotarians and Rotary Club officers in these areas are requested to make contact with health professionals and urge them to attend the appropriate Workshop.
COMEDY FOR A CAUSE - ROSEVILLE CHASE Jade Catherall 2016-03-27 13:00:00Z 0
2017 CONFERENCE TICKET WINNERS Jade Catherall 2016-03-27 13:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Gosford West provide a service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.
One of the biggest and most significant projects we are undertaking is the Wheelchair Project.  This involves purchasing and arranging new wheelchairs for people in developing countries. We purchase and deliver wheelchairs for children, teenagers and adults in the Asia Pacific Region who need one, but simply cannot afford one.  Wanting to continue our mission and deliver further wheelchairs, The Rotary Club of Gosford West are hosting a fundraising event on April 29th.  
We formally invite you to attend this incredible fundraising event, with all proceeds going towards the projects supported by Gosford West Rotary Club. Please see attached your invitation with further details.
For further details, please visit our website at
GOSFORD WEST'S MASQUERADE BALL Jade Catherall 2016-03-26 13:00:00Z 0
SPRINGWOOD'S GALA DINNER Jade Catherall 2016-03-26 13:00:00Z 0
The Australian stock market is on track to notch up its first monthly gain of 2016. The Australian dollar has also risen as a US Federal Reserve decision to hold interest rates steady and dial back the pace of planned rate rises to potentially two rate rises this year impacted global currencies. The Bank of Japan and Bank of England have kept their benchmark interest rates steady, as expected, while Norway cut its rates further. RBA minutes revealed the Australian central bank is upbeat about the local jobs outlook, but said another rate cut could still be on the table as inflation remains tepid. It also acknowledged that employment growth had stalled in January following a surge in late 2015. Finally, the ABS reported that Australia’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.8% in February.
Key Investment Ideas
Rio Tinto
Jacques takes on mantle
At the margin
Home alone
To discuss further, please contact Kieran Hailes of Ord Minnett on (02) 8216 6337 or
ORD MINNETT - MARKET UPDATE Les Walsh 2016-03-22 13:00:00Z 0
SHELTERBOX NEWSLETTER - MARCH 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-03-21 13:00:00Z 0


The Kings School

Pennant Hills Road, Parramatta



Registrations from 0800 and the day begins at 0900.


Has your whole Club board registered for District Assembly yet?


The training content will be informative and entertaining.

It is a Rotary International requirement that each club is represented at PETS and District Assembly.


 Register at 

DISTRICT ASSEMBLY 2016 ~ SATURDAY 16 APRIL Jade Catherall 2016-03-21 13:00:00Z 0
UPPER NORTHERN BEACHES - GOLF DAY Jade Catherall 2016-03-21 13:00:00Z 0
The presentation by Dr Sam Prince at the District Conference was excellent and definitely one of the highlights.
For those that have asked, the restaurants in Sydney are:
  • Mejico - 105 Pitt Street, Sydney
  • Indu - 350 George Street, Sydney
CONFERENCE POSTSCRIPT Les Walsh 2016-03-21 13:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Leadership Institute has two courses organised for later this year. This of course is of great benefit to all Rotarians, but particularly for those who will become members of their club board from 1 July.
The course is run over three days, morning tea and lunch are supplied.
The day starts at 8:30 and should be completed around 3:45 pm.
The course is held at District 9685 office in Sefton Road, Thornleigh.
The course dates are: 
  • Course 33  30 April, 11 June and 2 July
  • Course 34 18 June, 9 July and 16 July
If you wish to register for one of these courses, please register on-line at this link.

LEARN MUCH MORE ABOUT ROTARY Les Walsh 2016-03-21 13:00:00Z 0
Our research group at The University of Sydney is looking for risk factors in the environment that may trigger motor neurone disease (MND). We have developed a questionnaire about these risk factors for people with MND, and for every person with MND we need two people who do not have MND to take the questionnaire, so that we can compare between the groups.
You can help us learn more about potential causes of MND by completing the online questionnaire, "ALS Quest."  The only requirement for participants is that they be aged 18 years or over.
The questionnaire takes about 60 minutes to complete, and can be undertaken in multiple sessions. No details that could identify you are requested.
More information about the study, and a link to the questionnaire, can be found at  
If you have any questions, please email us at  
Jane Parkin Kullmann (ALS Quest research project organiser)
Discipline of Pathology, Sydney Medical School
Brain and Mind Centre, The University of Sydney 
ALS Quest -

They made it!!

Rotarians Libby Bleakley and Teresa Beck (both Australian Federal Police Members) have completed their 357km ‘Trek-4-Timor’, arriving at Parliament House in Canberra last Saturday afternoon. Earlier this month they set off from Martin Place in Sydney and trekked south for the nation’s capital to raise funds for a youth and community centre in Timor-Leste.

The trek wasn’t always smooth sailing with many blisters and long, hot days, but they were sustained by a support team along the way.

Timorese Ambassador Abel Guterres joined Libby and Teresa for the last few kilometres of the trek.

All funds raised from their trek are being used to complete construction of a youth and community centre in Timor-Leste, which will focus on crime reduction through positive engagement

You can follow Libby and Teresa’s progress with their project at Timor Learning Centre on Facebook.

TREK 4 TIMOR - THEY MADE IT! Jade Catherall 2016-03-15 13:00:00Z 0
Vocational Excellence logo
The annual Rotary District 9685 Vocational Excellence Awards is an integral part of our clubs' Vocational Service program.
The Awards were inaugurated in 1982 and first presented to three candidates at the 1983 District Conference in Bathurst by PDG Graham Turnidge.
The aims of the Award in summary are:
  • To recognise VOCATIONAL EXCELLENCE of the highest order
  • To inspire further enthusiasm
  • To set an example to others of the need to strive for VOCATIONAL EXCELLENCE
The 2016 District Conference saw the 23rd annual presentation of the Vocational Excellence Awards.  This year we recognised:
  • Anthea Hammon -Director, Hammon Holdings Pty Ltd
  • Chris Rehn - Chief Executive, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
  • Dr Sandra Meihubers - Dental Public Health Consultant
Read their stories and see previous awardees on the Honour Board at this link.
2016 VOCATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS Les Walsh 2016-03-13 13:00:00Z 0
  Some interesting photos from our 2016 District Conference  
CONFERENCE PHOTOS Les Walsh 2016-03-13 13:00:00Z 0
BELROSE ROTARY's EASTER EGG HUNT Jade Catherall 2016-03-12 13:00:00Z 0
I thought I better update the district on work being undertaken with the the funds raised by Rotarians and clubs in District 9685 in 2014-2015 Rotary year for the spouse project - Sustainable Cambodia.
Please click here for a report for Village 4. Work commenced started on Village projects 3, 4 & 5, in October 2015. The support focuses on clean water and sanitation at the request of the villagers. Over the next year, further villages will receive assistance.
PDG Jennifer Scott
2014/15 DG's Partner
UPDATE ON 2014/15 DG'S PARTNER PROJECT Jade Catherall 2016-03-12 13:00:00Z 0
At District Assembly on 16 April, there will be a Project Showcase for an expo of Rotary projects and programs.


If you are interested in participating please contact Ross Pearse or 0408 416  906  to book a position.


There is limited space so it will be first in best dressed. The Kings School has a limited number of tables and chairs so we encourage you to provide your own, along with banners and any printed material.


The Showcase will be open from 8.00am and during the breaks throughout the day.

The venue is:
The King’s School
Wade Road (just off Pennant Hills Road)
North Parramatta NSW 2151
DISTRICT ASSEMBLY SHOWCASE Jade Catherall 2016-03-12 13:00:00Z 0


The Rotary Club of St Ives would like to invite you to see the film “Girl Rising “ which will screen on Friday 22 April at the Barker College theatre.

This film promotes gender equality and education for girls especially in Asia and Africa. Please see details on the flyer which enables you to book online.


 All funds raised will be donated to Room to Read which focuses on literacy and gender equality by building and resourcing schools and libraries and publishing book in 10 countries in Asia and Africa.  A fact sheet is available here. More details are on


GIRL RISING FILM - 22ND APRIL 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-03-12 13:00:00Z 0