District Governor's eNews
April 6 2017

My Friends in Rotary,
A “Manic March” in the world of Rotary around our District! Lots of activities by all Clubs and lots of reasons to celebrate the many ways that you are Serving Humanity!
RC Gosford North held a Save Our Kids Recognition dinner, which attracted over 230 supporters. The program included great presentations by RYLA and RYPEN graduates together with a report on the activities of Central Coast Lifeline. Lifeline is the Club’s partner in a range of activities, including Rotary Youth programs, which are designed to prevent youth suicide. RC Gosford North took the opportunity to recognize a number of business houses that have supported the program and to award a PHF to the Lifeline GM, June Anderson. Outstanding work by these Rotarians!
The inspirational Gemma Sisia, Founder of the School of St Jude, was in town during the month. She visited several Clubs to thank Rotarians for their continued support and to provide an update on progress over the past 12 months. The development of this school since it was established in 2002 is truly remarkable. Made possible by the continued generosity of Rotarians because the school is full privately funded and offers free education to its students. Gemma was accompanied by one of the first graduates of the school, Winrose, who spoke about her experiences and the benefit that the school has had on her life. Like all graduates she is now doing one year of community service before moving on with her life’s journey.
Whilst we are talking about education, I should mention that Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Course 37 and 39 graduated this month. 17 committed Rotarians invested 3 days to learn more of Rotary and build relationships with Rotarians from other Clubs. Congratulations and thank you to them and to the RLI Facilitators. Together with the New Member Seminars, RLI is a great way of extending your knowledge and understanding of the BIG Rotary picture. Register at
And we enjoyed “Shining a Light on Rotary” at the District Conference! Over 500 of our Members turned up at Penrith Panthers to enjoy a very full agenda of mostly Rotary speakers. 300 stayed for the evening event to RocknRoll Rotary with Normie Rowe and the Playboys. You really needed to be there to appreciate the energy and enthusiasm in the Lighthouse Project Showcase and the Conference generally. The conference was made possible by the hard work of the Conference Committee and Rotarian volunteers of RC Penrith and Upper Northern Beaches. Well done and Thank you to all. If you missed all the FUN at Penrith, do not miss the conference next year to be held at the Fairmont @  Leura, you will enjoy it!
I had the pleasure of visiting the Mountain clubs during the month. Rotary is in good hands with all the Clubs actively supporting the objects of Rotary and doing great work in their communities. Do you know that we have a mobile billboard on both sides of a very BIG truck?? Check it out on RC Central Blue Mountains website. Do you know that Don Kerry became an Honorary Member of RC Blackheath after 45 years of Service above Self? Do you know that RC Upper Blue Mountains Sunrise is housing the only original Iron Lung machine left in D9685? Good on them for helping out Ken Broomhead and RC Wahroonga in maintaining this link with our End Polio past. Do you know that RC Lower Blue Mountains has the highest percentage of PDGs in Rotary Zone 8/7A/7B? When DGN Susan finishes her term it may well the highest in the world!  How about that for a contribution in showing the way for Rotary?
The month closed out with a magnificent Opera in the Arboretum at Pearl Beach attended by over 900 people, organized by RC Woy Woy.  A star-studded line up of performers including David Hobson and the Central Coast Chamber Orchestra…. you must be there next year! And the Bobbo (Bobbin Head) Cycle Classic organized by RC Ku-ring-gai, St Ives, Turramurra & Wahroonga that provided the opportunity for 2500 cyclists to pedal to the MAX. Seen amongst the riders was Margie Abbott, who was setting the pace for husband, Tony.
It is really impressive to see Rotary being displayed in such a professional way. And also to see the cooperation between Clubs to make big events happen. Well done to all Rotarians that worked so hard to ensure these events worked so well.
April began with President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) on 1 April. Pretty soon after District Assembly is held on 23 April. Both meetings are important in preparing for the next Rotary year. All Club leaders should attend and other Rotarians are welcome to join in the Assembly. You will learn lots and will meet many interesting people… but please make sure that you register before turning up. April is the month for many Clubs to hold their Police Awards events and for the District Governor to meet some more Rotarians in Gosford.
Have a great month and Enjoy Rotary!
Bruce Lakin
Governor RI District 9685, 2016-17
District Foundation Committee
District Office
Apr 06, 2017
Zone Presidents Meeting
Apr 07, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Central Coast New Members Seminar
Gosford RSL
Apr 19, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
2017/18 District Assembly
The King's School
Apr 23, 2017
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
New Members Seminar
District Office
Apr 26, 2017
7:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Working with Children Workshop
District Office
Apr 29, 2017
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
RLI Course 40.1
District Office
Apr 30, 2017
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
MUNA Planning Meeting
District Office
May 06, 2017
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
District Foundation Committee
District Office
May 11, 2017
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
COTA Meeting
District Office
May 12, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Club Visioning - Beecroft Rotary
District Office
May 13, 2017
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
RYLA Committee Meeting
District Office
May 15, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
2016/17 AGs Go2Meeting
May 19, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
RLI Course 40.2
District Office
May 21, 2017
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
2016/17 District Team Meeting
District Office
Jun 02, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
RLI Course 40.3
District Office
Jun 04, 2017
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Rotary International Convention
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Jun 10, 2017 – Jun 14, 2017
Winter RYPEN
Blue Gum Lodge, Springwood
Jun 16, 2017 – Jun 18, 2017
Youth Exchange 2016/17 Inbound Students' Farewell
Jun 17, 2017
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
District Changeover
Hornsby RSL
Jul 01, 2017
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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.

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.
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Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for April 2017.
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.

Dear President Curley and Members of Umina Beach Rotary Club,

This is just a quick note to thank you for allowing Rotary Youth Exchange Student (RYES) Valentine to attend Peats Ridge PS today as a guest speaker and helper for Harmony Day. 

We are a small mountains school with only 3 teachers and 41 students so a visit from a young, outgoing, French-speaking visitor was a real treat and everyone loved learning about Belgium, counting 1~10 and a few simple greetings. Valentine had put considerable time and effort into creating an informative Powerpoint presentation and the highlight for students was choosing their favourite waffle combo from a delectable shop window slide.

Afterwards, she helped judge the best costumes, colouring-ins and most delicious dishes at our pot-luck international buffet. My husband, Yoshito, was roped in to be another guest speaker and Valentine helped children dress up in kimonos and do yen coin rubbings. She mixed easily with staff, parents and children and was a tireless assistant all day.

My father, Max Austin, was a member of Singleton and Wyong clubs for many years and we have a long history with Rotary’s exchange program, with myself and 2 eldest children being ex-RYES and another son currently in Germany, sponsored by Terrigal. Before he flew out in January, we invited Valentine to join our family for a large Aussie Christmas gathering in Adelaide and afterwards she visited Kangaroo Island and Lake Mungo with us- nothing quite like crossing the Hay Plain in 45’C! Again, her friendly, caring and helpful nature impressed everyone she met and her positive attitude is wonderful.

Umina is fortunate to be the host club of one of the best RYES I have ever met and I am hoping you can also forward this email of appreciation to her sponsor club in Belgium.

Thank you for the amazing work you do for the community,

Amanda Austin

Principal, Peats Ridge PS 


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.
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