Title Author Date
PROBUS CHAIRMAN
 
  • 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
ANZAC DAY GOLF CLASSIC
ANZAC DAY GOLF CLASSIC Jade Catherall 2017-02-24 13:00:00Z
DAYS FOR GIRLS WORKSHOP
DAYS FOR GIRLS WORKSHOP Jade Catherall 2017-02-24 13:00:00Z
WISHES DO COME TRUE!
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
NEPEALESE CULTURAL EVENING
NEPEALESE CULTURAL EVENING Jade Catherall 2017-02-24 13:00:00Z
SEVEN WOMEN CHARITY SCREENING
SEVEN WOMEN CHARITY SCREENING Jade Catherall 2017-02-20 13:00:00Z
WORKING WITH CHILDREN WORKSHOP - 29 APRIL

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
 
WORKING WITH CHILDREN WORKSHOP ON 29 APRIL - Register HERE today!
WORKING WITH CHILDREN WORKSHOP - 29 APRIL Jade Catherall 2017-02-19 13:00:00Z
GEMMA SISIA VISITS AUSTRALIA
 
 
 
GEMMA SISIA VISITS AUSTRALIA Jade Catherall 2017-02-17 13:00:00Z
DAYS FOR GIRLS MOVIE NIGHT
DAYS FOR GIRLS MOVIE NIGHT Jade Catherall 2017-02-17 13:00:00Z
BOBBIN HEAD CYCLE CLASSIC
BOBBIN HEAD CYCLE CLASSIC Jade Catherall 2017-02-17 13:00:00Z
CENTRAL COAST INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY EXPO
CENTRAL COAST INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY EXPO Jade Catherall 2017-02-15 13:00:00Z
ST IVES FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL
ST IVES FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL Jade Catherall 2017-02-14 13:00:00Z
POLIO IMMUNIZATION DAY - INDIA
 
Anybody who wishes to be a part of this team would be welcome to come and join this. A flyer has been prepared and the program  and other details are on the  web site http://www.shikhar.com/rotary-international
 
POLIO IMMUNIZATION DAY - INDIA Jade Catherall 2017-02-11 13:00:00Z
TOAST THE COAST
TOAST THE COAST Jade Catherall 2017-02-06 13:00:00Z
CHARITY RACE DAY
CHARITY RACE DAY Jade Catherall 2017-02-06 13:00:00Z
COME SAIL WITH US
COME SAIL WITH US Jade Catherall 2017-02-06 13:00:00Z
MUSTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH
MUSTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH Jade Catherall 2017-02-06 13:00:00Z
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - FEBRUARY 2017
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for February 2017.
 
 
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - FEBRUARY 2017 Jade Catherall 2017-01-31 13:00:00Z
2017 DISTRICT TRAINING DATES
2017-18 Board Members, please be aware  of the following 2017-18 District training dates:
 
President Elects Training (PETS)
Saturday 1 April 2017
Macquarie Graduate School of Management
Talavera Road, North Ryde
 
District Assembly
Sunday 23 April 2017
The Kings School
Pennant Hills Road, Parramatta
 
These events 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. If your club's President Elect cannot attend it is important that a representative from the club take their place.
2017 DISTRICT TRAINING DATES Jade Catherall 2017-01-26 13:00:00Z
INTERNATIONAL WOMENS' DAY LUNCH
INTERNATIONAL WOMENS' DAY LUNCH Jade Catherall 2017-01-21 13:00:00Z
ROTARY CELEBRATING 112 YEARS OF SERVICE
ROTARY CELEBRATING 112 YEARS OF SERVICE Jade Catherall 2017-01-21 13:00:00Z
ROTARY: MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN 2017-18

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
6 KEY NUMBERS IN THE FIGHT TO END POLIO

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
YOUTH EXCHANGE WELCOME HOME DINNER
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 jpogson@bigpond.net.au
 
 
YOUTH EXCHANGE WELCOME HOME DINNER Jade Catherall 2017-01-11 13:00:00Z
DISTRICT CONFERENCE - LIGHTHOUSE SHOWCASE
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

LIMITED STANDS – REGISTER YOUR INTEREST BY 10 FEBRUARY 2017

If your Club has a special project you would like to showcase, please send an Expression of Interest to Raylene Jarvis, Conference Chair – conferencechair@rotarydistrict9685.org.au

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
BOLLYHILLS 2017

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:

https://www.facebook.com/BollyHills/

https://www.facebook.com/RAWCSCommunityDevelopment/

 

For information on BOLLYHILLS2017 - https://www.facebook.com/events/186581011803588/

BOLLYHILLS 2017 Jade Catherall 2017-01-09 13:00:00Z
KATOOMBA ROTARY'S 80TH BIRTHDAY
KATOOMBA ROTARY'S 80TH BIRTHDAY Jade Catherall 2017-01-09 13:00:00Z
ROTARY GLOBAL GRANT SCHOLARSHIP IN 2017
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
HIGHLIGHTS OF 2017 DISTRICT CONFERENCE
Watch this video to see some of the highlights of the upcoming District Conference in March 2017.
 
 
 
For more information and to register: www.conference2017.rotarydistrict9685.org.au
 
HIGHLIGHTS OF 2017 DISTRICT CONFERENCE Jade Catherall 2017-01-04 13:00:00Z
DISTRICT CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

REGISTRATIONS CLOSE ON 3 MARCH - REGISTER NOW!

 

At the District Conference in March 2017, there are a wonderful array of speakers - a great mix of Rotary information and entertaining and informative speakers such as David Ireland and Peter Switzer.

 

District Governor Bruce would welcome your club encouraging and sponsoring (if able) Rotaractors and new members and volunteers to join you and have fun with us and learn more about Rotary in March 2017.

 

The day will be topped off with a wonderful evening with a glamorous cocktail function and entertainment provided by Normie Rowe and the Playboys - LIVE on stage.

 

Different registration packages are available:

* Platinum Package

* Day Package

* Alternate Partners' Program

* Entertainment Package

 

Find out more on the Conference Website.

 

Please share this great opportunity with all your Club members and join us at the Conference. Register at conference2017.rotarydistrict9685.org.au TODAY!

 

REGISTRATIONS CLOSE ON 3 MARCH - REGISTER NOW!

 

 

DISTRICT CONFERENCE REGISTRATION Jade Catherall 2017-01-02 13:00:00Z
REGISTRATION AND MORE INFORMATION
 
 
REGISTRATION AND MORE INFORMATION Jade Catherall 2017-01-02 13:00:00Z
DISTRICT CONFERENCE EARLY BIRD LUCKY DRAW WINNERS
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
 
 
DISTRICT CONFERENCE EARLY BIRD LUCKY DRAW WINNERS Jade Catherall 2017-01-02 13:00:00Z
AUSTRALIA DAY IN THE HILLS
AUSTRALIA DAY IN THE HILLS Jade Catherall 2017-01-02 13:00:00Z
AUSTRALIA DAY IN GLENBROOK
AUSTRALIA DAY IN GLENBROOK Jade Catherall 2016-12-29 13:00:00Z
PROJECT SHOWCASE - LIGHTHOUSE SHOWCASE
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

LIMITED STANDS – REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

If your Club has a special project you would like to showcase, please send an Expression of Interest to Raylene Jarvis, Conference Chair – conferencechair@rotarydistrict9685.org.au

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
SPEAKER PROFILE: PETER SWITZER

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
SPEAKER PROFILE: GLADYS BEREJIKLIAN MP

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
SPEAKER PROFILE: BOB AITKEN AM & JOHN BARNES

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
SPEAKER PROFILE: MALCOLM LINDQUIST

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
SPEAKER PROFILE: DAVID IRELAND

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
SPEAKER PROFILE: STUART HEAL

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
HAVE YOU REGISTERED? HAVE YOU REGISTERED? Jade Catherall 2016-12-26 13:00:00Z
BREAKOUT SESSIONS

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
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.

 

 

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

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

Lunch

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
ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

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 H9877@accor.com 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
CONFERENCE VENUE - PENRITH PANTHERS
 

123 Mulgoa Rd, Penrith NSW 2750

http://penrith.panthers.com.au/

 

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
COCKTAIL FUNCTION & ENTERTAINMENT
 

Following the Conference, there will be a Pre Show Cocktail Function including drinks, finger food and feasting platters. This will be followed by a special live on stage performance featuring Normie Rowe & The Playboys.

Register as a Platinum Delegate to join in the fun

 
 
 
 
COCKTAIL FUNCTION & ENTERTAINMENT Jade Catherall 2016-12-20 13:00:00Z
REGISTRATION PACKAGES

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
COMMUNICATIONS 2016/17
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 (communications@rotarydistrict9685.org.au). 
 
 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:
 
Item
 
 
Email
 
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   club.bulletins@rotarydistrict9685.org.au
 
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
ROTARY'S STORY TO BE TOLD IN A FRESH, EXCITING WAY
In January, visitors to Rotary.org 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
RYDE SATELLITE E-CLUB'S E-TRIVIA

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 - www.e-trivia.org.au 
 
 
RYDE SATELLITE E-CLUB'S E-TRIVIA Jade Catherall 2016-12-19 13:00:00Z
NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION - REGISTER FOR RLI

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 rli.rotarydistrict9685.org.au

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
HIGHLIGHTS OF 2017 DISTRICT CONFERENCE
Registration and More Information at conference2017.rotarydistrict9685.org.au
 
 
HIGHLIGHTS OF 2017 DISTRICT CONFERENCE Jade Catherall 2016-12-13 13:00:00Z
DENG ADUT URGES YOUNG PEOPLE TO BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES
“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.
DENG ADUT URGES YOUNG PEOPLE TO BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES Jade Catherall 2016-12-13 13:00:00Z
INDONESIAN DINNER
 
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 crowsnestbook@gmail.com
 
INDONESIAN DINNER Jade Catherall 2016-12-13 13:00:00Z
CONVENTION MINUTE
 
CONVENTION MINUTE Jade Catherall 2016-12-06 13:00:00Z
DICK SMITH DONATES $1 MILLION TO ROTARY TO ALLEVIATE SUFFERING
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.
 
 
 
DICK SMITH DONATES $1 MILLION TO ROTARY TO ALLEVIATE SUFFERING Jade Catherall 2016-12-06 13:00:00Z
NEW ATTRACTION IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS!

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
CAROLS ON THE COMMON
CAROLS ON THE COMMON Jade Catherall 2016-11-29 13:00:00Z
BEECROFT ROTARY CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT
BEECROFT ROTARY CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT Jade Catherall 2016-11-29 13:00:00Z
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - DECEMBER
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for December 2016.
 
 
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - DECEMBER Jade Catherall 2016-11-29 13:00:00Z
DENG ADUT- 2017 NSW AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
DENG ADUT- 2017 NSW AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR Jade Catherall 2016-11-18 13:00:00Z
BEROWRA COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS NIGHT MARKETS
BEROWRA COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS NIGHT MARKETS Jade Catherall 2016-11-15 13:00:00Z
ROTARY NEW ZEALAND - EARTHQUAKE APPEAL
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 info@rnzwcs.org   
 
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                    http://www.rnzwcs.org/donate/
Give a Little at           https://givealittle.co.nz/org/rnzwcs/share
Cheque to                   RNZWCS Limited (Rotary New Zealand), PO Box 20309, Christchurch 8543
 
For more information email info@rnzwcs.org or our contacts listed on   http://www.rnzwcs.org/aboutus/
 
 
ROTARY NEW ZEALAND - EARTHQUAKE APPEAL Jade Catherall 2016-11-15 13:00:00Z
SUPER COOPER TRIVIA NIGHT
SUPER COOPER TRIVIA NIGHT Jade Catherall 2016-11-01 13:00:00Z
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - NOVEMBER 2016
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for November 2016.
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - NOVEMBER 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-10-30 13:00:00Z
INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF EDUCATORS
The International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators is one of RI's newest fellowships. The website address is www.rotarianeducators.org. 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.
Chair
 
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
HURRICANE MATTHEW
 
CURRENT SITUATION
 
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 RESPONSE
 
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).
 
EXPERIENCE RESPONDING IN HAITI
 
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.
 
LOOKING AHEAD

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.
 
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
 
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
CALVIN'S BOUND FOR BRAZIL
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
CENTRAL COAST ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE SALES
CENTRAL COAST ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE SALES Jade Catherall 2016-10-18 13:00:00Z
DISTRICT CONFERENCE 2017
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.
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER NOW: www.conference2017.rotarydistrict9685.org.au
 
 

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
POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARDS
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 http://www.sydneyrotary.com/events/police-awards 
 
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
ROTARY CLUB OF NORTH ROCKS - TRIVIA NIGHT
ROTARY CLUB OF NORTH ROCKS - TRIVIA NIGHT Jade Catherall 2016-10-03 13:00:00Z
ROTARY ON THE MOVE NEWSLETTER - OCTOBER 2016
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for October 2016.
 
 
ROTARY ON THE MOVE NEWSLETTER - OCTOBER 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-10-03 13:00:00Z
ROTARIAN ADVENTURE IN CAMBODIA - 2017
 

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
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE WORKSHOP - 12 NOVEMBER 2016

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

RSVP TO SUSAN WAKEFIELD BY 1st November 2016

INTERNATIONAL SERVICE WORKSHOP - 12 NOVEMBER 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-09-25 14:00:00Z
RAWCS EASTERN REGION MEETING - 12 & 13 NOVEMBER 2016
RAWCS EASTERN REGION MEETING - 12 & 13 NOVEMBER 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-09-25 14:00:00Z
ANOTHER ROTARY OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME – FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGE.
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 gradav@ozemail.com.au 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
ANOTHER ROTARY OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME – FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGE. Jade Catherall 2016-09-25 14:00:00Z
TRIVIA NIGHT SUPPORTING YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH
TRIVIA NIGHT SUPPORTING YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH Jade Catherall 2016-09-25 14:00:00Z
AUSTRALIAN ROTARY HEALTH
AUSTRALIAN ROTARY HEALTH Jade Catherall 2016-09-25 14:00:00Z
THE DUCK DASH TO END POLIO
 
THE DUCK DASH TO END POLIO Jade Catherall 2016-09-25 14:00:00Z
LINCOLN'S LOVING HIS NEW RIDE
Hills Shire Times - 13 September 2016
 
LINCOLN'S LOVING HIS NEW RIDE Jade Catherall 2016-09-25 14:00:00Z
E-CLUB OF GREATER SYDNEY'S 5TH BIRTHDAY
 
E-CLUB OF GREATER SYDNEY'S 5TH BIRTHDAY Jade Catherall 2016-09-25 14:00:00Z
CONCERT FOR CONGO
 
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: https://www.trybooking.com/MQXI  
 
CONCERT FOR CONGO Jade Catherall 2016-09-25 14:00:00Z
7 GREAT REASONS TO DO RLI
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
GRAFFITI REMOVAL DAY - 30 OCTOBER 2016
 
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   www.graffitiremovalday.org.au and NOMINATE A SITE or VOLUNTEER
For more details contact Graffiti Removal Day’s Volunteers Manager:
Johan Mare           1300 665 310  0450 631 164 info@graffitiremovalday.org.au
GRAFFITI REMOVAL DAY - 30 OCTOBER 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-09-13 14:00:00Z
OKTOBERFEST AT THE AUSTRIAN CLUB
 
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
2016 MANUAL OF PROCEDURE (MOP)
The 2016 Manual of Procedure (MOP) has been released online, through MyRotary.
 
 
 
2016 MANUAL OF PROCEDURE (MOP) Jade Catherall 2016-09-11 14:00:00Z
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN - ECLUB OF GREATER SYDNEY MOIE FUNDRAISER
 
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN - ECLUB OF GREATER SYDNEY MOIE FUNDRAISER Jade Catherall 2016-09-11 14:00:00Z
A POSTIE THAT TAKES PRIDE IN DELIVERING MAIL!
 
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
WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING FOR WORLD POLIO DAY? 24 OCTOBER 2016

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
STUDENT WINS ROTARY SCHOLARSHIP
Mosman Daily - 25th August 2016
STUDENT WINS ROTARY SCHOLARSHIP Jade Catherall 2016-09-11 14:00:00Z
NORTHERN BEACHES ROTARACT CHARTER NIGHT - 28 OCTOBER
 
NORTHERN BEACHES ROTARACT CHARTER NIGHT - 28 OCTOBER Jade Catherall 2016-09-11 14:00:00Z
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - SEPTEMBER 2016
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for September 2016.
 
 
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - SEPTEMBER 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-08-30 14:00:00Z
CROSS COUNTRY CHALLENGE - 11 SEPTEMBER
 
 
CROSS COUNTRY CHALLENGE - 11 SEPTEMBER Jade Catherall 2016-08-26 14:00:00Z
FATHERS DAY SPRING PLANT SALE
 
 
FATHERS DAY SPRING PLANT SALE Jade Catherall 2016-08-22 14:00:00Z
SWING WITH STRINGS - 21 SEPTEMBER 2016
SWING WITH STRINGS - 21 SEPTEMBER 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-08-16 14:00:00Z
AUSTRALIAN TRANSPLANT GAMES – 24 SEPTEMBER-3 OCTOBER 2016
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.
 
Signage
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 www.Australiantransplantgames.com – 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
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - AUGUST 2016
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for August 2016.
 
 
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - AUGUST 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-08-02 14:00:00Z
TRIVIA NIGHT - 27 AUGUST 2016
TRIVIA NIGHT - 27 AUGUST 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-08-02 14:00:00Z
EMERGENCY SERVICE PERSONNEL RECOGNISED
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
COME OUT SWINGING - 2 SEPTEMBER 2016
COME OUT SWINGING - 2 SEPTEMBER 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-08-02 14:00:00Z
ST IVES' COMEDY FOR A CAUSE
ST IVES' COMEDY FOR A CAUSE Jade Catherall 2016-08-02 14:00:00Z
ROUSE HILL ROTARY TRIVIA NIGHT - 13 AUGUST
ROUSE HILL ROTARY TRIVIA NIGHT - 13 AUGUST Jade Catherall 2016-07-29 14:00:00Z
CHRISTMAS FRUIT CAKE & PUDDING ORDERS
 
Click here for the order form
 
CHRISTMAS FRUIT CAKE & PUDDING ORDERS Jade Catherall 2016-07-29 14:00:00Z
RYLA BALL RYLA BALL Jade Catherall 2016-07-16 14:00:00Z
DONATE LIFE WEEK 31 JULY - 7 AUGUST 2016
 
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  mmm@myisp.net.au
 
 
 
 
DONATE LIFE WEEK 31 JULY - 7 AUGUST 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-07-16 14:00:00Z
ROTARY FOUNDATION MILLION DOLLAR DINNER - 28 NOVEMBER 2016
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 savillem@bigpond.net.au 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
THE BEST 100 YEAR OLD ROTARIAN!
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
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS - GLENBROOK CINEMA - 3 AUGUST
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
NEW RLI COURSES AVAILABLE

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 rli.rotarydistrict9685.org.au.  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 rli@rotarydistrict9685.org.au.

 

 

 

NEW RLI COURSES AVAILABLE Jade Catherall 2016-07-04 14:00:00Z
DISTRICT COMMUNICATIONS IN 2016-17
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 (communications@rotarydistrict9685.org.au). 
 
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:
 
Item
 
Email
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   club.bulletins@rotarydistrict9685.org.au
 
Thanks and best wishes to everyone for a great year in 2016/17.
 
Jade Catherall
District Communications Director 2016/17
 
DISTRICT COMMUNICATIONS IN 2016-17 Jade Catherall 2016-07-04 14:00:00Z
ROSEVILLE CHASE ROTARY FUN RUN - 31 JULY 2016
ROSEVILLE CHASE ROTARY FUN RUN - 31 JULY 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-07-04 14:00:00Z
CHATSWOOD SUNRISE'S GREAT DEBATE - 15 AUGUST 2016
CHATSWOOD SUNRISE'S GREAT DEBATE - 15 AUGUST 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-07-04 14:00:00Z
DISASTER AID AUSTRALIA - WINTER 2016
Please find news from Disaster Aid Australia
DISASTER AID AUSTRALIA - WINTER 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-07-04 14:00:00Z
RAWCS ROVER - THE AUGUST EDITION IS AVAILABLE
 
The August edition of RAWCS Rover is now available
RAWCS ROVER - THE AUGUST EDITION IS AVAILABLE Jade Catherall 2016-07-04 14:00:00Z
WAHROONGA & LOWER BLUE TAKE OUT THE DG'S SHIELD
A very well attended Changeover Dinner on Saturday night saw District Governor, Gina Growden present the remaining district awards and other recognitions of some individual Rotarians and Clubs that have put Service Above Self over the past 12 months.
 
 
WAHROONGA & LOWER BLUE TAKE OUT THE DG'S SHIELD Les Walsh 2016-06-26 14:00:00Z
WE HAD A BLAST DOING ROTARY
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
WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN TO END POLIO
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
WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN TO END POLIO Les Walsh 2016-06-24 14:00:00Z
NUSA TENGGARA ASSOCIATION AT LANE COVE
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.
 
NUSA TENGGARA ASSOCIATION AT LANE COVE Les Walsh 2016-06-22 14:00:00Z
HORNSBY'S CHARITY TRIVIA NIGHT
 
Download resources
HORNSBY'S CHARITY TRIVIA NIGHT Les Walsh 2016-06-21 14:00:00Z
WOMEN IN SERVICE DINNER
 
Click on the image or here to download the flyer
WOMEN IN SERVICE DINNER Les Walsh 2016-06-20 14:00:00Z
ANNUAL REPORT 2015-16
 
Click on the image or here to download the Annual Report
 
ANNUAL REPORT 2015-16 Les Walsh 2016-06-19 14:00:00Z
RAWCS ROVER - THE AUGUST EDITION IS AVAILABLE
 
The August edition of RAWCS Rover is now available
RAWCS ROVER - THE AUGUST EDITION IS AVAILABLE Les Walsh 2016-06-19 14:00:00Z
CHATSWOOD SUNRISE HIPPO ROLLERS DELIVERED
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 www.rotarychatswoodsunrise.org or the Club's Facebook page..
CHATSWOOD SUNRISE HIPPO ROLLERS DELIVERED Les Walsh 2016-06-17 14:00:00Z
FINALSTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2016 ROTARY NSW EMERGENCY SERVICES COMMUNITY AWARDS
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 www.RotaryESCawards.org,au
FINALSTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2016 ROTARY NSW EMERGENCY SERVICES COMMUNITY AWARDS Les Walsh 2016-06-17 14:00:00Z
REMINDER - 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: changeover.rotarydistrict9685.org.au

Enquiries: changeoverregistrations@rotarydistrict9685.org.au

 

MAKE SURE YOU REGISTER BEFORE FRIDAY 17 JUNE

REMINDER - DISTRICT CHANGEOVER Les Walsh 2016-06-14 14:00:00Z
CONGRATULATIONS
   
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
TURRAMURRA SETS A RECORD THAT WILL BE HARD TO EQUAL/BEAT
Turramurra members had two weddings and a baby this year!!!!!
 
   
Rob Byrne & Ulli Clarke     Mathieu Bertrand & Jenna Leo     Evan & Barbara Burrell
 
TURRAMURRA SETS A RECORD THAT WILL BE HARD TO EQUAL/BEAT Les Walsh 2016-06-09 14:00:00Z
TWELVE LOWER MOUNTAINS VOLUNTEERS HONOURED FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE
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.
 
TWELVE LOWER MOUNTAINS VOLUNTEERS HONOURED FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE Les Walsh 2016-06-04 14:00:00Z
SPRINGWOOD INVESTS $48,000 IN COMMUNITY HEALTH
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
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - JUNE 2016

Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for June 2016.

ROTARY ON THE MOVE - JUNE 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-05-30 14:00:00Z
RYDE & APIA CLUBS CHANGING FUTURES IN THE PACIFIC REGION WITH INTERPLAST
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.
RYDE & APIA CLUBS CHANGING FUTURES IN THE PACIFIC REGION WITH INTERPLAST Les Walsh 2016-05-30 14:00:00Z
JOIN US IN ATLANTA
 

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
DISTRICT CHANGEOVER - 2 WEEKS UNTIL REGISTRATIONS CLOSE

MAKE SURE YOU REGISTER BEFORE FRIDAY 17 JUNE

 

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: changeover.rotarydistrict9685.org.au

Enquiries: changeoverregistrations@rotarydistrict9685.org.au

 

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 - 2 WEEKS UNTIL REGISTRATIONS CLOSE Jade Catherall 2016-05-27 14:00:00Z
A ROTARIAN TO REMEMBER

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
NORTHBRIDGE ROTARY HELPS FIJI FIGHT INFECTION
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.
NORTHBRIDGE ROTARY HELPS FIJI FIGHT INFECTION Jade Catherall 2016-05-24 14:00:00Z
ORD MINNETT - MARKET UPDATE
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 khailes@ords.com.au.
ORD MINNETT - MARKET UPDATE Les Walsh 2016-05-23 14:00:00Z
DISTRICT RECOGNISES GREAT CLUB EFFORTS
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:
DISTRICT RECOGNISES GREAT CLUB EFFORTS Les Walsh 2016-05-21 14:00:00Z
RLI LOOKING FOR A LAPTOP
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 - ianscott@rotarydistrict9685.org.au
RLI LOOKING FOR A LAPTOP Jade Catherall 2016-05-17 14:00:00Z
SUSAN WAKEFIELD APPOINTED DG 2018-19
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
NEWS FROM AUSTRALIA ROTARY HEALTH
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
ANNIKA TIERNEY - GUEST SPEAKER AT BELROSE
ANNIKA TIERNEY - GUEST SPEAKER AT BELROSE Jade Catherall 2016-05-09 14:00:00Z
DISTRICT CHANGEOVER - 25 JUNE 2016

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: changeover.rotarydistrict9685.org.au

Enquiries: changeoverregistrations@rotarydistrict9685.org.au

 

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
NEW NORTHERN BEACHES ROTARACT

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

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1204027956275276/

NEW NORTHERN BEACHES ROTARACT Jade Catherall 2016-05-08 14:00:00Z
YOUTH EXCHANGE ON SAFARI
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
CHATSWOOD INTERNATIONAL'S MOVIE PREMIERE

 
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.
 
BANK: WESTPAC
Account name: ROTARY CLUB OF CHATSWOOD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
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 vonney.chua@gmail.com  
Michelle Chua – Rotary Chatswood International at michelle_.chua@hotmail.com 
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: http://www.debbailly.org/ 
CHATSWOOD INTERNATIONAL'S MOVIE PREMIERE Jade Catherall 2016-05-08 14:00:00Z
SKILLS ONE'S THEATRE SHOWCASES
SKILLS ONE'S THEATRE SHOWCASES Jade Catherall 2016-05-08 14:00:00Z
ROTARY FOUNDATION EXCHANGE RATE LOWERED FOR MAY
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 www.rotary.org
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

ROTARY FOUNDATION EXCHANGE RATE LOWERED FOR MAY Jade Catherall 2016-05-02 14:00:00Z
POST POLIO WORKSHOP - CENTRAL COAST
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
STARS OF THE NORTH - DANCE FOR CANCER
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
 
About:
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!
 
 
Website:
STARS OF THE NORTH - DANCE FOR CANCER Jade Catherall 2016-05-02 14:00:00Z
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - MAY EDITION
Please click HERE to download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for May 2016.
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - MAY EDITION Jade Catherall 2016-05-02 14:00:00Z
HAVE YOU REGISTERED FOR RAWCS GENERAL MEETING IN MAY?
  • 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
ORD MINNETT - MARKET UPDATE
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 khailes@ords.com.au.
ORD MINNETT - MARKET UPDATE Les Walsh 2016-04-25 14:00:00Z
DISTRICT ASSEMBLY PRESENTATIONS
Presentations from District Assembly are available on the District 9685 website
 
Go to District > District Training > District Assembly or:
 
DISTRICT ASSEMBLY PRESENTATIONS Jade Catherall 2016-04-19 14:00:00Z
$200,000 TO REDUCE HOMELESSNESS

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
COUNCIL GRANTS CLUBS GREATER FLEXIBILITY IN MEETING, MEMBERSHIP
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.
COUNCIL GRANTS CLUBS GREATER FLEXIBILITY IN MEETING, MEMBERSHIP Les Walsh 2016-04-19 14:00:00Z
GLI AN INCREDIBLE ROTARY LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY!!!

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 (https://www.dolcenorwalk.com) 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.
 
GLI AN INCREDIBLE ROTARY LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY!!! Les Walsh 2016-04-18 14:00:00Z
DEADLY EARTHQUAKE STRIKES IN ECUADOR
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 http://ow.ly/4mOf7B) ] 
DEADLY EARTHQUAKE STRIKES IN ECUADOR Les Walsh 2016-04-18 14:00:00Z
REGISTER FOR THE PRESIDENTS' MEETING & AWARDS PRESENTATION

The next Presidents' Meeting & AWARDS PRESENTATION

will be held on

SATURDAY, 21 MAY 2016 at

HORNSBY RSL CLUB, 4 HIGH STREET, HORNSBY 2077

7.30am FOR AN 8.00am start
RSVP Monday 16 MAY 2016
Cost: Complimentary

Register at presidentsmeeting.rotarydistrict9685.org.au

Email apologies to presidentsmeeting@rotarydistrict9685.org.au

REGISTER FOR THE PRESIDENTS' MEETING & AWARDS PRESENTATION Les Walsh 2016-04-14 14:00:00Z
ROTARY COMMUNITY RAFFLE BRINGS IN $130,000 FOR LOCAL GROUPS
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
ROTARY ERINA CENTURY CHALLENGE
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ROTARY ERINA CENTURY CHALLENGE Haran Ramachandran 2016-04-09 14:00:00Z
RAWCS ROVER APRIL 2016
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 www.rawcs.com.au
  • 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
AUPAIR - REQUEST FOR HELP
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
RAWCS MEETING AT THE ENTRANCE
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
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - APRIL 2016
Click here to view the April Edition of Rotary on the Move.
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - APRIL 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-03-30 13:00:00Z
FIFTH POST-POLIO CLINICAL PRACTICE - PENRITH WORKSHOP
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 – siviraj5@optusnet.com.au
  • Windsor – Saturday, April 16, at 9.30 am at Hawkesbury Clinical School Rooms.  AG Bob Kay-Smith is the contact person – KayeSmithR@syntechtron.com
  • Gosford – Thursday, April 28, at 1 pm at Gosford Hospital. AG Russell Grove is the contact person – russellgrove50@gmail.com
  • The rescheduled Brookvale Workshop will be held in The Tramshed Hall on Pittwater Road, Narrabeen and AG Rayleen Jarvis is the contact person – Rayleen.jarvis@gmail.com
 
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.
 
FIFTH POST-POLIO CLINICAL PRACTICE - PENRITH WORKSHOP Jade Catherall 2016-03-28 13:00:00Z
COMEDY FOR A CAUSE - ROSEVILLE CHASE
Please find more details here.
COMEDY FOR A CAUSE - ROSEVILLE CHASE Jade Catherall 2016-03-27 13:00:00Z
2017 CONFERENCE TICKET WINNERS
2017 CONFERENCE TICKET WINNERS Jade Catherall 2016-03-27 13:00:00Z
GOSFORD WEST'S MASQUERADE BALL
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 http://www.gosfordwestrotary.org.au/
GOSFORD WEST'S MASQUERADE BALL Jade Catherall 2016-03-26 13:00:00Z
SPRINGWOOD'S GALA DINNER
SPRINGWOOD'S GALA DINNER Jade Catherall 2016-03-26 13:00:00Z
ORD MINNETT - MARKET UPDATE
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
Company
   
Recommendation
  
Note
Rio Tinto
 
Hold
 
Jacques takes on mantle
Caltex
 
Buy
 
At the margin
NAB
 
Hold
 
Home alone
 
To discuss further, please contact Kieran Hailes of Ord Minnett on (02) 8216 6337 or khailes@ords.com.au.
ORD MINNETT - MARKET UPDATE Les Walsh 2016-03-22 13:00:00Z
SHELTERBOX NEWSLETTER - MARCH 2016
Click here to download the March Edition of the Shelterbox Australia Newsletter.
 
SHELTERBOX NEWSLETTER - MARCH 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-03-21 13:00:00Z
DISTRICT ASSEMBLY 2016 ~ SATURDAY 16 APRIL
TRAINING FOR ALL 2016/17 BOARD MEMBERS

at

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 assembly.rotarydistrict9685.org.au 

DISTRICT ASSEMBLY 2016 ~ SATURDAY 16 APRIL Jade Catherall 2016-03-21 13:00:00Z
UPPER NORTHERN BEACHES - GOLF DAY
UPPER NORTHERN BEACHES - GOLF DAY Jade Catherall 2016-03-21 13:00:00Z
CONFERENCE POSTSCRIPT
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
LEARN MUCH MORE ABOUT ROTARY
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
ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE STUDENTS AT CONFERENCE
   
   
   
 
Photos courtesy (1&2) Michael Small, & (3) John Edwards
If you wish to obtain the original please email communications@rotarydistrict9685.org.au
 
ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE STUDENTS AT CONFERENCE Les Walsh 2016-03-21 13:00:00Z
CITIZEN-SCIENTISTS NEEDED TO COMPLETE A QUESTIONNAIRE TO FIND THE CAUSE OF MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE
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 www.alsquest.org.  
 
If you have any questions, please email us at als.quest@sydney.edu.au.  
 
Jane Parkin Kullmann (ALS Quest research project organiser)
Discipline of Pathology, Sydney Medical School
Brain and Mind Centre, The University of Sydney 
ALS Quest - www.alsquest.org
CITIZEN-SCIENTISTS NEEDED TO COMPLETE A QUESTIONNAIRE TO FIND THE CAUSE OF MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE Les Walsh 2016-03-21 13:00:00Z
TREK 4 TIMOR - THEY MADE IT!

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
NSW EMERGENCY SERVICES COMMUNITY AWARDS - NOMINATE NOW
 
Click here to download the 2016 NSW Emergency Service Community Awards Flyer.
NSW EMERGENCY SERVICES COMMUNITY AWARDS - NOMINATE NOW Jade Catherall 2016-03-14 13:00:00Z
2016 VOCATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS
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
CONFERENCE PHOTOS
 
 
  Some interesting photos from our 2016 District Conference  
CONFERENCE PHOTOS Les Walsh 2016-03-13 13:00:00Z
GET THE DISTRICT CONFERENCE PHOTOS & PRESENTATIONS
 
The District Conference is over for another year!
View the Conference photos here or here
Download the presentations at this link
 
 
   
     
 
GET THE DISTRICT CONFERENCE PHOTOS & PRESENTATIONS Les Walsh 2016-03-13 13:00:00Z
BELROSE ROTARY's EASTER EGG HUNT
BELROSE ROTARY's EASTER EGG HUNT Jade Catherall 2016-03-12 13:00:00Z
UPDATE ON 2014/15 DG'S PARTNER PROJECT
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
DISTRICT ASSEMBLY SHOWCASE
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 da.showcase@rotarydistrict9685.org.au 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
GIRL RISING FILM - 22ND APRIL 2016

 

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 www.roomtoread.org.

 

GIRL RISING FILM - 22ND APRIL 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-03-12 13:00:00Z
GOLF IN YOUR PYJAMAS
 
We’re embarking on our second (now annual) golf tournament in May. This is a form of golf which can be played without having to wear funny clothes or turn up on a rainy morning to play 18 holes in soggy shoes.
 
The Rotary Satellite e-Club of Ryde embarked on this project in 2015 and, as far as we know, an untried method of fundraising … Golf in your pyjamas. It’s an eSatRyde brainchild. Monday 30th May 2016 is the “day”; starting at midnight and concluding at midnight. Yes a whole day of virtual golf – 18 holes of golf played with your mouse!
 
Drinks are provided by you, from your own kitchen. And you can also have as many breaks in the game during the day as you need – just keep the game open on your computer.
 
Registration to play is open and the only way to book is by www.trybooking.com/KLTK. The cost of a game is $30 per person (plus booking fee), so why not enrol your family as well. If you register now and later discover more people you’d like to pay for, add a new registration.

We’re looking for SPONSORS
Tournament sponsors receive a space for a banner advertisement on the web-page as well as a similar visual in each of the mailouts we’ll send to our “golf list”. These little ads can have a hyperlink back to your website. If they sign on as the major sponsor, this comes with complimentary games.

Our beneficiaries represent local, national and international organisations –
» Brighter Futures, West Ryde (Benevolent Society)
» Indigo Foundation (an extension of the prior commitments of the core club)
» The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia

Please support this initiative.

You don’t have to be a wiz at golf or a technical genius. If you can load a web-page and use your mouse and keyboard then that’s the primary qualification.
 
 
David James
Tournament Manager
M: 0419 628 850
GOLF IN YOUR PYJAMAS Jade Catherall 2016-03-06 13:00:00Z
COUNTDOWN TO KOREA
Join thousands of Rotarians in Korea 28 May--1 June at the Rotary Convention. Register before 31 March for extra savings. After you register, be sure to sign up for a memorable host committee event: the Welcome Festival, a night at the symphony, or an evening of contemporary ballet. Connect with old friends and make new ones, and be a part of the best that Rotary has to offer.
 
COUNTDOWN TO KOREA Jade Catherall 2016-03-05 13:00:00Z
WELCOME TO CANBERRA
We look forward to seeing you in Canberra
Whether you have registered for the full conference, or just plan to attend on Friday Night, Saturday, or Saturday Night - we look forward to welcoming you to Canberra for the District Conference.
 
Not only will it be lots of fun, it will also stimulate you and reinvigorate your involvement in Rotary.   As DG Gina has said: "the best part of Conferences is the opportunity to catch up with old friends and make some new ones.  Fellowship is such an important part of Rotary." 
 
Good news will also be contagious and in good supply.
 
Canberra will not disappoint!
WELCOME TO CANBERRA Les Walsh 2016-03-04 13:00:00Z
Dress Code
What do I wear?
  • Friday night is a ‘normal’ Rotary meeting, so business attire would be appropriate (ties not necessary for the men!).  Ladies do not need to get the tiara’s out – or the basic black and pearls!
  • Saturday - smart casual
  • Saturday Night - see the website BUT it's up to you/your club!
Dress Code Les Walsh 2016-03-04 13:00:00Z
Canberra information Canberra information Les Walsh 2016-03-04 13:00:00Z
Welcome to Canberra
We look forward to seeing you in Canberra
Whether you have registered for the full conference, or just plan to attend on Friday Night, Saturday, or Saturday Night - we look forward to welcoming you to Canberra for the District Conference.
 
Not only will it be lots of fun, it will also stimulate you and reinvigorate your involvement in Rotary.   As DG Gina has said: "the best part of Conferences is the opportunity to catch up with old friends and make some new ones.  Fellowship is such an important part of Rotary." 
 
Good news will also be contagious and in good supply.
 
Canberra will not disappoint!
 
Welcome to Canberra Les Walsh 2016-03-04 13:00:00Z
PROGRAM BOOK AVAILABLE
The Program Book is now available
The Program Book for the District Conference may be downloaded at this link.
PROGRAM BOOK AVAILABLE Les Walsh 2016-03-04 13:00:00Z
6 MORE SLEEPS
 
This edition of Conference eNews is being sent to all Conference delegates
6 MORE SLEEPS Les Walsh 2016-03-04 13:00:00Z
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - MARCH 2016
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for March 2016.
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - MARCH 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-02-29 13:00:00Z
TWO WEEKS TO CONFERENCE
TWO WEEKS UNTIL THE START OF THE CONFERENCE
This could be your last chance to register!
 
Remember that the official start to the Conference is on Friday Night when the whistle will signal GAME ON.
 
Quality speakers and outstanding stories of service and achievement will be the highlights, as well as the sports night on Saturday.
 
Check out all the details using the links below.
 
Go to the on-line registration site here and register NOW please!
TWO WEEKS TO CONFERENCE Les Walsh 2016-02-25 13:00:00Z
LINDFIELD FUN RUN - 3 APRIL 2016
LINDFIELD FUN RUN - 3 APRIL 2016 Jade Catherall 2016-02-24 13:00:00Z
TOAST THE COAST FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL
Gosford City Rotary Club will be holding the “Toast the Coast” Food and Wine Festival on the Central Coast on Saturday 2nd April at The Entertainment Grounds Gosford. 
 
The funds raised from this event will go to the awareness & education for the prevention of domestic violence on the Central Coast, with the primary beneficiary being Coast Shelters’ domestic violence prevention, protection and education programs.
TOAST THE COAST FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL Jade Catherall 2016-02-24 13:00:00Z
URGENT WINTER APPEAL FOR AID
When a family loses its home, it’s devastating. But when a family loses its home in the depths of winter, with temperatures as low as -25°C, it’s a matter of life and death.
 
In the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (the DPRK), families are facing the bite of winter with nowhere safe or warm to sleep. Year after year, floods and severe storms have smashed through the countryside, tearing homes in two and destroying crops. This means no building materials and little hope of rebuilding again.
 
URGENT WINTER APPEAL FOR AID Les Walsh 2016-02-19 13:00:00Z
DON’T FORGET ROTARY’S 111TH BIRTHDAY!
Tuesday, 23 February is Rotary’s 111th Birthday and it’s the time of the year that Rotary clubs everywhere should plan an appropriate celebration.
 
Rotary’s many new members need to experience the happy, social side of Rotary and an entertaining birthday party is a simple way of achieving fun and fellowship.
 
Some clubs have the date permanently listed on their program planners and schedule a major event but others choose to observe a simple celebration within their own weekly meeting –
  • A celebration party at the weekly club meeting – complete with birthday cake and party hats.
  • Plan a special Rotary birthday program and invite several club members to address the meeting for 2-3 minutes on a Rotary success story. Request all members to bring a guest and hear Rotary’s story.
  • Inform your social media ‘team’ and followers that February 23 is Rotary’s 111th birthday and change your Facebook cover photo to a birthday cake image.
  • Plan a special community project to mark the anniversary and strive for coverage in the local media.
  • Confer Paul Harris Fellow recognition on a local community leader/achiever and inform local media the recognition is provided to mark Rotary’s 111th birthday.
  • Make a special donation to a major Rotary project like Australian Rotary Health or Rotary Oceania Medial Aid for Children, and issue a press release providing details.
  • Conduct a main street FREE barbecue during lunch time on February 23 – with plenty of banners announcing Rotary’s birthday, and flyers to hand out to members of the public.
Whatever you decide to do, take photographs and distribute same on social media – and send coverage to the local press and radio outlets.
DON’T FORGET ROTARY’S 111TH BIRTHDAY! Les Walsh 2016-02-16 13:00:00Z
SEATS ARE SELLING FAST
SEATS ARE SELLING FAST
It is time to ACT.  Register your club members ... Now!
 
We know there are many who say they are going to Canberra BUT they have not yet registered.  The organisers want to know that your club Members are definitely attending the District Conference, so they can cater for you. 
 
Tell us now please.  See the club booking instructions below.
 
Go to the on-line registration site and register NOW please!
SEATS ARE SELLING FAST Les Walsh 2016-02-14 13:00:00Z
FAMILY BOWLING DAY
FAMILY BOWLING DAY Haran Ramachandran 2016-02-08 13:00:00Z
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - FEBRUARY 2016
There’s a saying often quoted ‘that a vision without action is just a daydream’, and it’s never more true than in relation to our Regional Membership Plan.  Our current plan has three key goals – to strengthen clubs, attract new members, and increase member engagement. There’s a focus on providing better support to clubs, increasing club numbers and diversity within clubs, and improving retention. There’s also an emphasis on supporting individual Rotarians and clubs to access Rotary’s digital and online resources, and to connect with other Rotary clubs and projects around the world.
 
Read more on this and other news in the current edition of Rotary On The Move Newsletter Zone 7B and 8
 
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - FEBRUARY 2016 Haran Ramachandran 2016-02-06 13:00:00Z
MOSMAN - ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE INFORMATION NIGHT
   
 
Students in years 9,10 & 11 are being invited to an Information Night to learn about Rotary Youth Exchange and meet current and former exchange students, host families and participating clubs
Download resources
 
MOSMAN - ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE INFORMATION NIGHT Les Walsh 2016-02-02 13:00:00Z
TOOLS FOR MADAGASCAR
   
   
TOOLS FOR MADAGASCAR Les Walsh 2016-01-29 13:00:00Z
KARIONG - ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE INFORMATION NIGHT
   
 
Students in years 9,10 & 11 are being invited to an Information Night to learn about Rotary Youth Exchange and meet current and former exchange students, host families and participating clubs
Download resources
 
KARIONG - ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE INFORMATION NIGHT Les Walsh 2016-01-28 13:00:00Z
FRENCHS FOREST - ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE INFORMATION NIGHT
   
 
Students in years 9,10 & 11 are being invited to an Information Night to learn about Rotary Youth Exchange and meet current and former exchange students, host families and participating clubs
Download resources
 
FRENCHS FOREST - ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE INFORMATION NIGHT Les Walsh 2016-01-28 13:00:00Z
ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE INFORMATION NIGHTS
   
 
Students in years 9,10 & 11 are being invited to an Information Night to learn about Rotary Youth Exchange and meet current and former exchange students, host families and participating clubs
 
ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE INFORMATION NIGHTS Les Walsh 2016-01-28 13:00:00Z
POLICEWOMEN WALK A DIFFERENT BEAT - UPDATED
   
 
The latest posters are now available
 
Please consider for your club bulletin
 
Libby and Teresa will be available for interviews before the trek starts but can also be contacted along the way.
 
Tax-free donations can be made through the Rotary Club of Blackheath’s webpage www.rotaryclubofblackheath.com.au  by clicking our emblem on the right, or alternatively on the Sentru Formasaun Ba Juventude Facebook page, by clicking the hyperlink on the left hand side under “About”.
 
For more information and coordination of media interviews contact Libby Bleakley on M-0411032961 or Bob Aiken on M-0417722190.
 
POLICEWOMEN WALK A DIFFERENT BEAT - UPDATED Les Walsh 2016-01-27 13:00:00Z
AUSTRALIAN ROTARY HEALTH'S CORPORATE GOLF DAY

The winners of the 2015 Challenge Cup

Home World and Australian Rotary Health, in partnership with Nanshan Australia Golf Resorts, are challenging corporate golfers to support Mental Health Research in our universities and institutes by registering for the 10th Annual Charity Golf day on Wednesday 24 February 2016 at Riverside Oaks.

Show you are supporting mental health by registering a corporate team.

Phil Jones said that Home World Builders understand the value of good mental health in the work place and endorses Australian Rotary Health “supporting healthier minds, bodies and communities through research, awareness and education”.

Contact Terry Davies to organise your team & corporate signage for the 2016 Challenge Cup on 0412 229 994.

Book now..... Telephone Terry Davies 0412 229 994.

Click here for more information

Click here for registration form

AUSTRALIAN ROTARY HEALTH'S CORPORATE GOLF DAY Les Walsh 2016-01-27 13:00:00Z
SEATS ARE SELLING FAST
SEATS ARE SELLING FAST
It is time to ACT.  Register Now!
 
We know there are many out there who are going to Canberra BUT have not yet registered.  The organisers want to know that you are definitely coming, so they can cater for you. 
 
The earlier you tell us the better.
 
Go to the on-line registration site and register NOW please!
SEATS ARE SELLING FAST Les Walsh 2016-01-27 13:00:00Z
HAVE YOU REGISTERED?
Don't wait any longer ...
Register today online here.  the organisers want to know that you are definitely coming. The earlier you tell us the better.
 
 
   
     
HAVE YOU REGISTERED? Les Walsh 2016-01-27 13:00:00Z
MOSS VALE CHARITY GOLF DAY
   
  Download the flyer here  
MOSS VALE CHARITY GOLF DAY Les Walsh 2016-01-27 13:00:00Z
RAWCS ROVER - THE FEBRUARY EDITION IS HERE
   
  Download February's RAWCS Rover here  
RAWCS ROVER - THE FEBRUARY EDITION IS HERE Les Walsh 2016-01-27 13:00:00Z
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
The Conference has outstanding speakers to provide us all with the opportunity to renew our commitment and passion for what Rotary is and does for the many communities which it serves – in our clubs, our district and internationally.
 
To more about the speakers, click on the images below, or go to the Speakers page on the Conference website.
 
Professor Greg Nelson
Professor Greg Nelson
 
Robert Pennicott
Robert Pennicott[
Dr Sam Prince
Dr Sam Prince
Dr Tim Sharp
Dr Tim Sharp
 
Gemma Sissia
Gemma Sissia
Simon Kent-Jones
Simon Kent-Jones
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Les Walsh 2016-01-27 13:00:00Z
2016 CRICKET FESTIVAL
   
 
Cricketing Rotarians, Partners and Friends are invited for a week of cricket
in Wagga Wagga for the Bi Annual IFCR
Australian Festival, from Sunday 16 to Friday 21 October
2016.
 
Come along and be part of this great Rotary Cricket Fellowship.
 
 
2016 CRICKET FESTIVAL Les Walsh 2016-01-26 13:00:00Z
ANNOUNCING NEW ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY ROTARIAN ACTION GROUP
It is with great pleasure that we inform you that the Board of Rotary International approved a proposal to establish the Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group (ESRAG) on 23 October 2015. 
 
We established ESRAG to help protect and sustain our planet’s environment for present and future generations. Other RAGs, including the RAGs for Population and Development, for Peace, Water and Sanitation, among others share parts of our Mission.  As our ESRAG evolves we will be partnering closely with other RAGS around shared objectives to multiply our impact
 
ESRAG will assist Rotarians in implementing service projects, building awareness, and inspiring action toward environmental sustainability. ESRAG will particularly focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate the global warming humanitarian crisis.

Go to the ESRAG website for more information and to join.
ANNOUNCING NEW ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY ROTARIAN ACTION GROUP Les Walsh 2016-01-26 13:00:00Z
CONNECT WITH KOREA – TOUCH THE WORLD
   
  Register at riconvention.org  
CONNECT WITH KOREA – TOUCH THE WORLD Les Walsh 2016-01-26 13:00:00Z
YOUR INVITATION TO SEOUL
   
  Register at riconvention.org  
YOUR INVITATION TO SEOUL Les Walsh 2016-01-26 13:00:00Z
HEAR YE, HEAR YE, HEAR YE
   
  Register at riconvention.org  
HEAR YE, HEAR YE, HEAR YE Les Walsh 2016-01-26 13:00:00Z
SATURDAY'S SPORTS FUN & FROLICS
SATURDAY'S SPORTS FUN, FROLICS, ENTERTAINMENT & DANCING
 
What else do you want?
 
Saturday night’s dinner and dance will be held at the world-famous Australian Institute of Sport.
 
Come dressed as:
  • your favourite sporting identity, or
  • in your team colours, or
  • in Olympic colours
A pre-dinner session in the AIS’s interactive facility will allow those of you who are competitive to test your skills kicking goals, serving aces, slam dunking or swinging the golf club.  View this video to learn more about the Sportex program.
 
Breaking News

And ..........
  • Australian Brennon Dowrick is one of Australia’s most successful gymnasts - and he is joining us for dinner.  He has represented Australia at two Olympic games, three Commonwealth Games and seven World Championships.   Brennon was Australia’s first ever gymnastics Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist in 1990, a feat he repeated in 1994.  He also was Australia’s first Olympic games finalist at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
  • Smooth Ops -a six piece Canberra cover band - is also joining us on Saturday night.  Will they have live karaoke, bagpipes, horns or even violin?  With two fabulous singers and a tight ensemble of keyboard, lead guitar, bass and drums, the dance floor won’t stop moving with the best loved tunes from the 60s to now.  Don't miss the dancing!
 
 
SATURDAY'S SPORTS FUN & FROLICS Les Walsh 2016-01-25 13:00:00Z
CONGRATULATIONS
   
Congratulations to this year's recipients from our District in the 2016 Australia Day Honours List:
  • Noel Cislowski AM - Chatswood; for significant service to the performing arts, particularly to speech and drama, to music, and to a range of community organisations  (Noel was also recognised as Willoughby's Citizen of the Year!)
  • PDG Geoff Grenfell OAM - for service to the community of the Central Coast, and to youth Gosford;
  • Trevor Lloyd OAM - Lower Blue Mountains; for service to the community of the Blue Mountains
  • PDG Monica Saville OAM - Epping; for service to the community, particularly through Rotary
  • Tamara Sloper-Harding OAM - Upper Northern Beaches; for service to the communities of Timor Leste and Pittwater
  • Trish Wetton OAM - Carlingford; for service to people with a disability, and to the community
  • Ray Wiles OAM - Central Blue Mountains; for service to the community through a range of organisations
CONGRATULATIONS Les Walsh 2016-01-25 13:00:00Z
REGISTRATIONS CLOSING
Will you be eating?
 
So numbers can be given to the Conference caterers, we will be looking to finalise numbers in two weeks' time.
 
Please go to the on-line registration site and register NOW !
REGISTRATIONS CLOSING Les Walsh 2016-01-24 13:00:00Z
TO MARKET WITH THE ROTARY MARK
   
  Courtesy Rotary Down Under  
TO MARKET WITH THE ROTARY MARK Les Walsh 2016-01-24 13:00:00Z
ROTARY AUSTRALIA BENEVOLENT SOCIETY ROTARY AUSTRALIA BENEVOLENT SOCIETY Les Walsh 2016-01-24 13:00:00Z
MONTHLY THEMES
   
  Courtesy Rotary Down Under  
MONTHLY THEMES Les Walsh 2016-01-24 13:00:00Z
THE ROTARY FOUNDATION ENDOWMENT FUND
   
THE ROTARY FOUNDATION ENDOWMENT FUND Les Walsh 2016-01-24 13:00:00Z
NEW ROTARY THEME GETS BACK TO BASICS
   
  Courtesy Rotary Down Under  
NEW ROTARY THEME GETS BACK TO BASICS Les Walsh 2016-01-24 13:00:00Z
Register Now
Do not wait any longer!
It is time to ACT.
 
We know there are many out there who are going to Canberra BUT have not yet registered.  Yes! there are still 43 days before the Conference starts on 11 March, however the organisers want to know that you are definitely coming.  The earlier you tell us the better.
 
Go to the on-line registration site and register NOW please!
Register Now Les Walsh 2016-01-24 13:00:00Z
REGISTER NOW
Only 4 Weeks for the whistle to signal GAME ON
 
Yes!  29 days before the Conference starts in Canberra on 11 March
 
The organisers want to know that you are definitely coming.
 
Go to the on-line registration site and register yourself NOW!
 
See you in Canberra on 11 March!
REGISTER NOW Les Walsh 2016-01-23 13:00:00Z
QUALITY SPEAKERS, AMAZING STORIES OF SERVICE AND ACHIEVEMENT!
QUALITY SPEAKERS, AMAZING STORIES OF SERVICE AND ACHIEVEMENT
Bulletin Editors - Please publish in your next club bulletin, or send to your members
 
[ The word version is available here.  The PDF version may be downloaded here ]
 
 
Quality speakers and outstanding stories of service and achievement will be the highlight of the Rotary District 9685 Annual Conference planned for Canberra on March 11 and 12.
 
Rotary District 9685 stretches from the Blue Mountains to Gosford and back to the north western districts of Sydney. It is one of the largest and most successful Rotary Districts in Australia.
 
District Governor Gina Growden chose the Canberra Convention Centre as the venue for her major event of the year because of the quality and pricing of the facility and nearby accommodation – compared to other major venues around NSW.
 
Always the innovator, Governor Gina has created a unique opportunity for Conference patrons in that weekend sessions will be confined to Friday evening; and Saturday – with a free day to explore and shop in Canberra on Sunday!
 
Saturday evening will be a fun night at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra with Rotarians and partners dressing in special sporting theme costumes.
 
Another innovative feature of Governor Gina’s planning is her invitation to the general public to attend the Conference to be informed, enlightened and entertained!
 
Interested members should go to the District Conference website –
http://conference.rotarydistrict9685.org.au – for registration details and additional information.   To go direct to the online registration site, click here.
QUALITY SPEAKERS, AMAZING STORIES OF SERVICE AND ACHIEVEMENT! Les Walsh 2016-01-21 13:00:00Z
BRINGING VOCATIONAL SERVICE TO LIFE THROUGH CLUB PROJECTS
   
 
My club does not have a vocational service committee.  However, last year when I surveyed my colleagues, it became apparent that the concept of vocational service is deeply integrated into the fabric of our club.  My fellow club members knew that through their Rotary affiliation they were using their skills and expertise to do good in our community and the world.
 
For example, although at the time we did not consciously consider our club’s International Women’s Day event as a vocational service project, it is an example of an application of the concept by my club.
 
At the 2014 RI International Convention in Sydney, a local Women in Rotary group .....
 
 
BRINGING VOCATIONAL SERVICE TO LIFE THROUGH CLUB PROJECTS Les Walsh 2016-01-19 13:00:00Z
IMPORTANT LINKS IMPORTANT LINKS Les Walsh 2016-01-18 13:00:00Z
THE CONFERENCE STARTS ON FRIDAY NIGHT
SESSION ONE OF THE CONFERENCE iS ON FRIDAY NIGHT
 
Remember that the District Conference will officially open on the Friday evening.
 
The official opening will include the traditional welcomes and presentations relating to The Rotary Foundation - plus keynote speaker, Robert Pennicot.  Don't miss his exciting presentation!
THE CONFERENCE STARTS ON FRIDAY NIGHT Les Walsh 2016-01-18 13:00:00Z
'ROTARY SERVING HUMANITY’ IS 2016-17 PRESIDENTIAL THEME
   
 
Rotary International President-elect John Germ believes everyone recognises the opportunity to serve Rotary for what it truly is: not a small opportunity, but a great one; an opportunity of a lifetime to change the world for the better, forever through Rotary’s service to humanity.
 
"Rotary members around the globe are serving humanity by providing clean water to underdeveloped communities, promoting peace in conflict areas, and strengthening communities through basic education and literacy. But none more important than our work to eradicate polio worldwide", he said.
 
 
 
'ROTARY SERVING HUMANITY’ IS 2016-17 PRESIDENTIAL THEME Les Walsh 2016-01-18 13:00:00Z
POLICEWOMEN WALK A DIFFERENT BEAT
   
 
Two off-duty policewomen will start a 357km trek from Martin Place in Sydney at 7am on 3 March, to kick-start the 10-day Trek for Timor to Parliament House in Canberra, arriving 12 March.
 
Rotarians Libby Bleakley and Teresa Beck (both Australian Federal Police members) are walking a different beat to raise funds for their Community and Youth Centre ‘Sentru Formasaun Ba Juventude’, in Dili, Timor-Leste.
 
POLICEWOMEN WALK A DIFFERENT BEAT Les Walsh 2016-01-18 13:00:00Z
IMPORTANT LINKS IMPORTANT LINKS Les Walsh 2016-01-17 13:00:00Z
VINEGAR HILLS IS NOW THE PONDS
The Rotary Club of Vinegar Hill has changed its name to the Rotary Club of The Ponds.
 
All other details of the club are unchanged.
VINEGAR HILLS IS NOW THE PONDS Les Walsh 2016-01-16 13:00:00Z
HOW TO PROMOTE PEACE FELLOWSHIPS
Rotary members are vital to recruiting qualified candidates.  You can help advance peace in troubled areas around the world by promoting peace fellowships and supporting peace fellow candidates through the application process.
 
Some of the best candidates for Rotary Peace Fellowships are in your community.
 
 
 
HOW TO PROMOTE PEACE FELLOWSHIPS Les Walsh 2016-01-15 13:00:00Z
ROTARY CONDEMNS DEADLY ATTACK ON POLIO SECURITY PERSONNEL IN PAKISTAN
Rotary members and our partners in the fight to eradicate polio offer our heartfelt condolences and express a deep sadness in the wake of a horrific bomb attack in Quetta, Pakistan, that took the lives of at least 15 security personnel on 13 January.  See story here
 
This tragic attack outside a polio immunization center is a stark reminder of the dangers faced by Rotary, our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, and the brave women and men on the front lines of our effort to protect all children from the paralyzing effects of polio. While the bombing will be investigated, one thing is clear: The security personnel who were killed died because their job was to protect teams of polio immunizers. We applaud the government's commitment to continue the vaccination campaign throughout Pakistan, which is one of only two countries where the poliovirus is still endemic.
 
Today we pause to honor the sacrifice made by the heroic police officers killed. Yet our 30-year commitment to end polio remains steadfast. Even as we absorb the horror of this bombing, we are redoubling our efforts to educate families and build confidence in the safety of polio vaccines, and to engage community and religious leaders to support our campaign.
 
We are closer than ever to achieving a polio-free world. Vast improvements have been seen in Pakistan, with more than 80 percent fewer cases in the country than in 2014. In order to stop polio in Pakistan in 2016, we must ensure the safety of vaccinators to reach every child.
 
And today, our release of $35 million in grants for polio eradication signals our determination to finish the job to which thousands of courageous individuals have committed themselves, and to never forget the sacrifices made by those who lost their lives in this effort.
 
Rotary News
13-Jan-2016
ROTARY CONDEMNS DEADLY ATTACK ON POLIO SECURITY PERSONNEL IN PAKISTAN Les Walsh 2016-01-15 13:00:00Z
JOEY FIMMANO’S EUROPEAN CLASSICS
   
 
Promoted by the Rotary clubs of
Northlakes Toukley, The Entrance & Wyong Tuggerah
Bookings at the Halekulani Bowling Club
Phone 43 90 6400
halibowling.com.au
northlakestoukleyrotary.org.au
 
JOEY FIMMANO’S EUROPEAN CLASSICS Les Walsh 2016-01-13 13:00:00Z
ALSAA NEEDS YOUR HELP
   
  Click on the image or here to participate  
ALSAA NEEDS YOUR HELP Les Walsh 2016-01-12 13:00:00Z
WINDSOR IS GOING TO THE RACES FOR CHARITY

On Thursday, 25 February, the Rotary Club of Windsor will hold its annual Charity Race Day at Hawkesbury Racecourse, Clarendon.

Bookings are now available for Tables of 10 at a modest fee of $1500 and provides an excellent opportunity to invite clients, friends or family to enjoy a day at the races. Table bookings include course entry, race book, hot and cold buffet lunch with dessert, tea and coffee and drinks (draught beer, red & white wine and champagne) for 10 people in the Ted McCabe Function Centre. You may also display a small sign (provided by you) on your table to promote your business.

Individual tickets are also available, for $150 per person and also include entry, race book, lunch and drinks as described above.

Further information and a ticket booking form may be downloaded from www.windsorrotary.org.au and then Service Projects/Charity Race Day.

Alternatively, contact Harry Grange on 0409 124 382.

WINDSOR IS GOING TO THE RACES FOR CHARITY Les Walsh 2016-01-10 13:00:00Z
THE APHASIA AWARENESS DELEGATION WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO YOU!
   
 
Call or email to book our speakers for your club in 2016:
Colleen 0403 903 822  or  Bernard 0411 527 327 or email: colleenk.optimalsp@gmail.com
 
     
  See this and other speaker opportunities on our Speaker Bank here  
THE APHASIA AWARENESS DELEGATION WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO YOU! Les Walsh 2016-01-05 13:00:00Z
OUTSTANDING TRAINING RESULT FOR INTERPLAST
Fijian physiotherapist Alena has been working with Interplast teams for three years, in particular with Interplast volunteer physiotherapist Mrs Jennifer Ball, who visits Fiji on a regular basis.  Alena has been identified as one of the senior physiotherapists by the Colonial War Memorial (CWM) Hospital, and is now the key referral point for local surgeons for the rehabilitation of hand and burns patients. 
 
The head of the Physiotherapy Department at the hospital, and Jenny, identified that Alena would benefit greatly from a training attachment in Australia, supported by Interplast’s physiotherapy and hand therapy volunteers, with a particular focus on hand management and burns.
 
Interplast was extremely grateful that our Rotary District generously funded this program to provide an invaluable training opportunity for Alena. 
OUTSTANDING TRAINING RESULT FOR INTERPLAST Les Walsh 2016-01-04 13:00:00Z
WINSTON HILLS CELEBRATES AUSTRALIA DAY
In July last year The Rotary Club of Winston Hills merged to become part of the Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville.  Members of the merged Club agree this has been a very positive move as they continue to work in the community of Winston Hills and surrounding areas while joining with other Rotarians in supporting communities in the Hills area of Sydney.
 
President Ray Campbell and members of The Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville are looking forward to hosting The Australia Day Breakfast, which has been organized by Rotary for over 25 years.  A large crowd is once again expected at the Rotary Club of Winston Hills Australia Day Breakfast and Citizenship festivities at Third Settlement Reserve Edison Parade Winston Hills.
 
Community Service Director Joan van den Burg commented “The Club has developed strong local partnerships that have provided great support to ensure that residents of our community have an opportunity to come along join in the fun and ignite national pride in this historic landmark area of Winston Hills”.
WINSTON HILLS CELEBRATES AUSTRALIA DAY Haran Ramachandran 2016-01-04 13:00:00Z
TURRAMURRA TRAVELS TO HELP PROJECT
Our Turramurra club has recently commenced a terrific program to support the provision of wheelchairs to kids in Bangladesh.   A $5,000 District Grant supported this great project.
 
To help fund the activity, one of their members, who is in the travel business, has put together a tour through Vietnam and China and is providing it at cost plus a contribution to the project.  Outstanding value!
TURRAMURRA TRAVELS TO HELP PROJECT Les Walsh 2016-01-04 13:00:00Z
IFMR NEWSETTER DECEMBER IFMR NEWSETTER DECEMBER Les Walsh 2016-01-02 13:00:00Z
ST IVES CHANGES VENUE
After 48 years, the St Ives club has moved.

From 6 January, the club's venue will be Peter Canisius House, 102 Mona Vale Road, St Ives.
 
ST IVES CHANGES VENUE Les Walsh 2015-12-27 13:00:00Z
MEMBERSHIP MINUTE
   
 
Download the latest Membership Minute
 
MEMBERSHIP MINUTE Les Walsh 2015-12-18 13:00:00Z
ROTARACT INTERACT RECOMMEND CHANGES
​Rotaract and Interact Committee 2015-16 met on Dec 3-4, 2015 at Rotary International Headquarters, Evanston, USA.
 
The agenda of the meeting was to look into existing policies and recommend changes which can improve Rotaract and Interact movement across the globe.  During the meeting various strategies and policy changes were discussed which would be further passed on to the Board of Directors. 
ROTARACT INTERACT RECOMMEND CHANGES Les Walsh 2015-12-18 13:00:00Z
INTERPLAST'S ROTARIAN REVIEW INTERPLAST'S ROTARIAN REVIEW Les Walsh 2015-12-18 13:00:00Z
EARLY BIRD WINNER
Early Bird Winner announced
Assistant Governor Russell Grove (Woy Woy) was surprised at the recent Team Meeting when District Governor Gina announced that he was the winner of the Early Bird prize for the 2016 District Conference.
 
Russell will of course be going to Canberra for the 11-12 March Conference so you will be able to congratulate him there, if not before.
 
The time to GAME ON is flying so encourage all your colleagues who may not have registered to register now - it is not too late!
EARLY BIRD WINNER Les Walsh 2015-12-15 13:00:00Z
SEASONS GREETINGS

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and a Happy New Year

SEASONS GREETINGS Les Walsh 2015-12-15 13:00:00Z
PDG DAVID RANDS - UPDATE & THANKS
It was great to hear that David is feeling a bit better and would welcome some visitors. 
 
Please SMS Anne before visiting, to ensure that it is convenient, and to make sure everyone doesn’t turn up at the same time!  She can then also advise of the most suitable time to visit so as to not interrupt his physio sessions etc.  
 
Please also ensure that you don’t stay very long – a maximum of 5 minutes – so as to not tire David too much.
 
In a recent note, David writes:
 
"I have received many scores of wonderful messages, and when looking at them all I realise I haven't personally acknowledged them all.  So please forgive me for a group thank you. Each message has been a great boost and very warming for me.

"The future is still nebulous; the wound seems to be healing slowly, and already I am spending several hours a day up and in a wheelchair and have commenced a physio regime to get me more able to ultimately get independent.

"Will be a long haul, but I am in good spirits, and can keep in touch with everything going on outside thanks to Comms devices.

"Anne and I wish everyone a great Christmas and a happy New Year, David"

 
PDG DAVID RANDS - UPDATE & THANKS Les Walsh 2015-12-13 13:00:00Z
UPDATING YOUR CLUB OFFICERS FOR 2016-17

It is time for you to update your Club's Executive for 2016-17 on the District website, or via your own club's site if you are a ClubRunner subscriber.
 
Instructions on how to do so are available on the District website Helpdesk, specifically this document which we ask you to follow.
 
We especially ask that you ensure that members have been allotted to the following positions:
  • Community Service
  • Vocational Service
  • International Service
  • Youth Service
  • Administration/Club Service
It is important that all club positions be reflected in your club's listing so that correspondence from District on the various portfolio responsibilities gets to your club.
 
If there is no name against a particular position, then the risk is that your club will not receive important communications.
UPDATING YOUR CLUB OFFICERS FOR 2016-17 Jade Catherall 2015-12-11 13:00:00Z
DISTRICT 3230 SEEKS YOUR SOLIDARITY

Chennai Floods

It is indeed a time of deep grief for all of us with the fury of rains rendering untold hardship on many of our fellow citizens.  This has hurt all of us, especially the poor and homeless. Many Rotarians and Rotary clubs are already on the ground providing support to the needy.
 
As part of a larger measure, it is time for all of us to gear up to rehabilitate the people who have lost their homes, belongings and in some cases family members.
 
A flood relief committee has been formed and the terms of reference of this team will be:-
  1. To address the basic needs of people affected by the flood waters.
  2. To receive the relief materials and arrange for effective distribution.
DISTRICT 3230 SEEKS YOUR SOLIDARITY Haran Ramachandran 2015-12-09 13:00:00Z
PETS & District Assembly 2016
SAVE THE DATES
President-Elect Training Seminar and District Assembly
 

Please advise your Club, Members and in particular 2016-17 Board Members of the following 2016-17 District training dates:

 

President Elect Training Seminar (PETS)

Saturday 27 February 2016

Macquarie Graduate School of Management

Talavera Road, North Ryde

 

District Assembly - Training for all Club Board Members

Saturday 16 April 2016

The Kings School

Pennant Hills Road, Parramatta

 

Partners are welcome at both events and will begin with registrations at 0830 and formal start at 0900.

 

The training content will be informative and entertaining. It is a Rotary International requirement that each club is represented at PETS and District Assembly. If your club's President Elect cannot attend it is important that a representative from the club take their place.

 

More details will follow in the new year.

PETS & District Assembly 2016 Jade Catherall 2015-12-08 13:00:00Z
KYDS TURNS 10
In 2005, a visionary, hard working group of Lindfield Rotarians dreamt up the concept of KYDS (Ku-ring-gai Youth Counselling Service) which in turn became a reality in the same year.  It is now known as KYDS Youth Development Service, and proudly celebrated it’s 10 year anniversary on 26 November. 
 
KYDS is a non profit provider of adolescent mental health and counselling support to the community of Northern Sydney and receives no on-going state or federal government support and is dependent upon the community it serves to continue operating.  Lindfield Rotary Club, with the support of Ku-ring-gai Council, continues to actively support the KYDS organisation as it continues to help young people in need.
 
Professor the Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO, who is the Patron of KYDS, said in a congratulatory letter to KYDS:
 
I would like to acknowledge the members of the Rotary Club of Lindfield who initially recognised the need for a dedicated youth counselling service in the area, and who then worked tirelessly to bring the idea to fruition. I would also like to acknowledge Ku-ring-gai Council for its early and ongoing support particularly in providing a central location for the service. It is because of your energy and enthusiasm, and belief in doing good for others, that KYDS exists and thrives today. This is a great investment in our nation.
 
The Rotary Club of Lindfield, continues to provide on-going financial support to the KYDS organisation through its fund raising activities.
KYDS TURNS 10 Les Walsh 2015-12-08 13:00:00Z
TAKING A BREAK
 
This is the last edition of eNews for Bulletin Editors for 2015
 
 
     
 
The first issue in 2016 will be 13 January
 
 
TAKING A BREAK Les Walsh 2015-12-08 13:00:00Z
SHELTERBOX HONOURS PETER PEARCE
In recognition for years of dedication to ShelterBox and disaster relief, ShelterBox Ambassador, Peter Pearce was recently given a Distinguished Service Award at the Rotary Zone 8 Institute in Melbourne.
 
Peter, (second from the left and a North Gosford Rotarian) deployed 20 times as a Shelterbox Response Team member, served on the board of ShelterBox Australia and continues to work tirelessly as an Ambassador in every sense of the word.   ShelterBox said "the award is a small token of our appreciation to one of our most dedicated volunteers".
 
Congratulations Peter!
SHELTERBOX HONOURS PETER PEARCE Les Walsh 2015-12-08 13:00:00Z
LANE COVE IN THE SWIM

Sunday 22 November was the Lane Cove Swimming Club's Spring Carnival.  It attracts entrants from all over the Metropolitan area as it is a qualifying event for the State Championships.  Lane Cove Rotary was invited by the swimming club to run a barbeque in conjunction with the event.
 
Despite grey skies, a lot of egg and bacon or sausage sandwiches were sold, an enjoyable time was had, and it raised nearly $900.
 
The swimming club really appreciated the effort, as did all the hungry swimmers and supporters!
 
LANE COVE IN THE SWIM Les Walsh 2015-12-04 13:00:00Z
SURVEY RESULTS
Thank you to all those who completed our survey.  Feedback is very useful in our planning.
 
 
  • 43 responses - 37% Bulletin Editors & 40% Presidents
  • 95% thought the Bulletin Editors' eNews was a good idea
  • Only two negatives and three not usefuls
  • See below for a list of comments
 

What improvements would you make?

  • Pay more attention to your information  although I often find our club's own news coupled with other close clubs takes the space we have most weeks.
  • maybe a Club highlight?
  • Cosmetic
  • Is there a portal where club editors and presidents can submit items for publication to eNews?  Is there a procedure for this?
  • Include more articles from District clubs activities. Maybe have a website where we could upload stories and photos for inclusion
  • Not put it out as everyone gets the DG newsletter and if they wanted to read something they would read it there.
  • It is very informative as it is.
  • reduce information - we're suffering from information overload
  • Have an index as the first item so we can know what we need to find and not have to go through the whole thing.  As always emails can be a positive and negative and for most of us we get more of them that we can comfortably manage.
  • More input from clubs needed. As well as project news, who were good guest speakers might help  
  • It is OK as it is
  • Just right-plenty of information but not too long

Any other comments?

  • Take an interest in your info even though no apparent value
  • Your eNews makes my job as bulletin editor much easier.
  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder :)
  • If it is NOT supported by clubs then discontinue
  • This is probably already done but is all the information that an Editor might simply copy and paste in the same font and size format on eNews?Good to keep up on current issues
  • I have found eNews valuable to publish stories or events on our club website and bulletin, thereby not spending too much time in trying to source these articles (good content for both), also our club members through the bulletin are getting this information easily.
 
 
SURVEY RESULTS Les Walsh 2015-12-04 13:00:00Z
ROMAC, A TEAM EFFORT …
Looking like a little boy lost in the big city ' Junior ' John Kali is in Sydney from Honaira, Solomon Islands.
 
Just two and half years of age and wondering what all the fuss is about.
 
John is here with his mother Junita, and is scheduled for a heart procedure at Westmead Children's Hospital.
 
Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children ( ROMAC ) is Rotary in action of a special kind, identifying children who could not otherwise access surgery, facilitating medical assessments, transport, host families, hospital, medical and other support.
 
While in Sydney John and his mum will be hosted by the Rotary Club of Glenhaven, thanks to regular ROMAC hosts, Rotarians Liz and Hans Rupp.
ROMAC, A TEAM EFFORT … Les Walsh 2015-12-03 13:00:00Z
SHARE YOUR NEWS WITH OTHERS SHARE YOUR NEWS WITH OTHERS Les Walsh 2015-12-03 13:00:00Z
COMMUNITY GROUPS WELCOME PACKS
The Wahroonga Rotary Club has joined forces with Community groups to provide WELCOME PACKS for 200 Refugee families due to arrive into NSW in early 2016.
 
A Community Appeal was launched by Ku-ring-gai Mayor Cheryl Szatow recently to join the initiative.
 
The club is seeking the support of schools, churches, sports clubs, community organisations and local businesses to assist in rallying the community and encouraging them to donate new “Goods in Kind” and Cash donations via the link below to support the project.
 
A RAWCS Benevolent Fund Project #26 has been established to receive funding for this purpose.
 
Wahroonga Rotary welcome your participation and invites other Rotary Clubs and Community Organisations to join this Community Project.
 
 
     
  Read on to download resources  
COMMUNITY GROUPS WELCOME PACKS Les Walsh 2015-12-02 13:00:00Z
TAKING A BREAK
 
The last edition of eNews for Bulletin Editors for 2015 will be next week, 16 December
 
 
     
 
The first issue in 2016 will be 13 January
 
 
TAKING A BREAK Les Walsh 2015-12-02 13:00:00Z
EARLY BIRD HERALDS A GREAT RESULT
Early Bird heralds a Great result
We are pleased to inform you that a total of 382 have so far registered for the Saturday plenary sessions; 346 on the Friday night for the start of the conference, and 369 for the Sports Gala on Saturday Night.
 
That is a great early outcome and we congratulate you on the efforts you have made to date to make the Conference a success.
 
However, there is a long way to go - as DG Gina said in her 1 December eNews:
 
" ... I am aiming for 750 so we’ve still got a way to go!  Remember, the clubs that have the most fun at District Conferences are those that have a good roll-up of their members.  Conferences are not just the keynote speakers and the Rotary presentations.  To me, the best part is the fellowship opportunities and the chance to catch up with friends from other clubs – and of course, to make new friends.  I’m hearing all sorts of rumours of the dress-up themes clubs are considering for the Saturday night dinner (hopefully there won’t be too much lycra!).  It sounds like it’s going to be lots of fun, so I encourage you all to be part of it."
 
So please keep up your good promotional work in your club as we edge closer to 11 March next year - the time will fly and then it is GAME ON!
EARLY BIRD HERALDS A GREAT RESULT Les Walsh 2015-12-01 13:00:00Z
ROTARY ON THE MOVE
Please click HERE to read the latest edition of Rotary on the Move newsletter. 
 
At Rotary Institute in Nelson, RI Director Elect Noel Trevaskis stated that the majority of those who leave Rotary comment that "we know no more about Rotary than when we joined".  This lack of knowledge about Rotary means that they did not know how, or have the confidence to become engaged.  Yet there are in place some ready tools and opportunities that any club can make known and available to their members.
 
ROTARY ON THE MOVE Les Walsh 2015-12-01 13:00:00Z
POLIO NEWS
In November, we reached three years without a case of wild poliovirus type 3 (WPV3), an important sign that the genetic diversity of the disease is shrinking. But sounding a note of caution, the Emergency Committee of the International Health Recommendations met for the seventh time, extending the temporary recommendations to address the risk of the international spread of wild polio and expanding these to include circulating vaccine derived polioviruses. Earlier in the month, the Independent Monitoring Board reported on both the recent successes and the final challenges that stand in the way of finishing polio for good. And wrapping up this month, leaders from Commonwealth countries gathered in Malta to announce new commitments that will help to drive us forward towards a polio-free world.
 
Download the latest news here
POLIO NEWS Les Walsh 2015-12-01 13:00:00Z
WASRAG NEWSLETTER
Download the latest newsletter here
WASRAG NEWSLETTER Les Walsh 2015-12-01 13:00:00Z
FOUNDATION GLOBAL GRANT UPDATE
Congratulations to Wahroonga and Chatswood for having their Nepal Global Grant approved last week !
 
We are constantly hearing from other districts complaints that the Global Grant process is too hard and too restrictive.  But in our district we have no complaints !
 
Currently we have 32 active global Grants. whereas we hear that the average in other Australian districts is around 0-4 !
 
It is simply a matter of following the rules and focusing the project  on sustainability.  For years many of us have visited past projects just to find them broken down or completely missing, so it is not hard to understand that in Rotary we want to build projects which are sustainable and that will stay active for many years !
 
If you have a Global Grant project in mind, please ring PDG Tony Castley and he will guide you through the process or recommend other contacts who can help.
FOUNDATION GLOBAL GRANT UPDATE Les Walsh 2015-11-29 13:00:00Z
SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH OF POST POLIO CLINICAL PRACTISE WORKSHOPS
Ten health professionals took part in the successful launch of District 9685’s pilot series of Late Effects of Polio Workshops at Royal Rehab, Ryde, on Thursday, November 19.
 
Governor Gina Growden and her District team have partnered with Polio Australia to get the historic program off the ground.
 
The next Workshop is scheduled for December 8 at ARC Health, St Leonards, with eight further Workshops planned over the next five months, culminating at Gosford on April 26. 
 
Registrants who participated in Thursday’s historic event included physiotherapists, nurses, an occupational therapist and a massage therapist.
 
Workshop topics included the history of polio and why there is still a need to vaccinate children in these modern times.
SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH OF POST POLIO CLINICAL PRACTISE WORKSHOPS Les Walsh 2015-11-27 13:00:00Z
CAN YOU BILLET A NATIONAL YOUTH SCIENCE FORUM CANDIDATE?
This year there were some very good candidates for the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF).
 
Keep up the good job in selecting these students.  Thank you all for paying your students fees promptly.
 
Are you able to billet one or two of these students in January -  around the 2, or 3, or 16, or 17 January?  Usually for just one night.  
 
Normally NYSF organises the candidates to stay with other students but sometimes these arrangements fall through, or there isn’t quite enough placements and often we don’t find out until quite late.
 
So NYSF Chair Sarah Whereat is asking now for you to consider your availability and let her know.  Then she won’t need to ring around at the last minute. Sarah's contact details are below:
CAN YOU BILLET A NATIONAL YOUTH SCIENCE FORUM CANDIDATE? Les Walsh 2015-11-25 13:00:00Z
COMFORT IN CRISIS EVENT FOR WHITE RIBBON
   
  Read on for the story about Erina club's White Ribbon event  
COMFORT IN CRISIS EVENT FOR WHITE RIBBON Les Walsh 2015-11-25 13:00:00Z
THE FAMILY OF ROTARY
"There are many such caring Rotarians in this world, who can ALSO become part of your “family”.  They don’t NEED to speak to you every week or every month.  Somehow, they just seem to care so much about other people."
 
Read a little more about PDG Peter Perry OAM in this tribute by one of our Rotarians.
THE FAMILY OF ROTARY Les Walsh 2015-11-25 13:00:00Z
ONLY 5 DAYS TO BE AN EARLY BIRD
 
Only 5 days to be an Early Bird
Five days left to register at concessional rates!
 
Members are encouraged to register individually - but your club is welcome to arrange a bulk club registration (details here). 
 
Register before 1 December to be eligible for Early Bird pricing - and the Early Bird Prize of a case of Tyrrell's wine.  Full conditions are available here. That could be an estimated benefit of around $300 just for being early (for a couple & if you are the winner!).
 
Remember, delegates also need to secure their own accommodation.
 
All Conference information is available on the Conference website conference.rotarydistrict9685.org.au
 
ONLY 5 DAYS TO BE AN EARLY BIRD Les Walsh 2015-11-25 13:00:00Z
NOW - HAVE YOU REGISTERED
Now - Have you registered?
   
     
  Don't wait another minute, do it now!  
     
 
 
NOW - HAVE YOU REGISTERED Les Walsh 2015-11-24 13:00:00Z
MEET THE RIPR
Meet the RI President's Representative
   
  Find out more about PDG Alagu Alagappan and Alagammai on the Conference website here  
MEET THE RIPR Les Walsh 2015-11-24 13:00:00Z
NEW ROTARY FLAG AND BANNER MATERIALS
Give your Rotary flag or banner a new and professional look with our updated materials, available in the Brand Centre.  With eight options of colors and backgrounds to choose from, you can find the design that will best strengthen your club or district brand.
 
The Brand Centre also offers everything you need to create communications with the Rotary look and tone.  You can download Rotary’s logo - or create your own club or district logo.  And you’ll find editable templates for brochures, newsletters, PowerPoint presentations, fliers, and more. (Sign-in required.)
   
NEW ROTARY FLAG AND BANNER MATERIALS Les Walsh 2015-11-24 13:00:00Z
A SHORT SURVEY
It is five months since we first started publishing this weekly Bulletin Editors' eNews.
 
Let us know what you think please.
 
Please go to this link to complete the short evaluation.
A SHORT SURVEY Les Walsh 2015-11-24 13:00:00Z
CLUB VISIONING FACILITATION
   
 
Passionate and District trained facilitators available to support clubs map their future
 
Interested? 
 
Are you a club leader in 2016-17?
 
Read on for more information about Club Visioning ...
 
CLUB VISIONING FACILITATION Les Walsh 2015-11-24 13:00:00Z
REMINDER - A SHORT SURVEY
It is five months since we first started publishing this weekly Bulletin Editors' eNews.
 
Let us know what you think please.
 
Please go to this link to complete the short evaluation.
REMINDER - A SHORT SURVEY Les Walsh 2015-11-23 13:00:00Z
DID YOU COMPLETE OUR SHORT SURVEY
It is five months since we first started publishing this weekly Bulletin Editors' eNews.
 
Let us know what you think please.

Last chance - results next week

Please go to this link to complete the short evaluation (IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO).
 
 
 
DID YOU COMPLETE OUR SHORT SURVEY Les Walsh 2015-11-22 13:00:00Z
UNINDIAN FUNDRAISING MOVIE NIGHT
   
UNINDIAN FUNDRAISING MOVIE NIGHT Les Walsh 2015-11-22 13:00:00Z
NOT JUST A RESEARCH CHARITY
   
 
As well as funding a broad range of medical research, Australian Rotary Health has a strong vision to improve the health of Australians living in rural & remote areas, as well as for Indigenous Australians.
 
Read on
 
NOT JUST A RESEARCH CHARITY Les Walsh 2015-11-22 13:00:00Z
CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF BUILDING PEACE

Chulalongkorn is unique among the six Rotary Peace Centers in packing intensive coursework and field studies into a three-month program aimed at professionals already working in fields related to peace.

In its first decade, the center has graduated 355 peace fellows from 69 countries with certificates of professional development. Read more about Chulalongkorn and join a discussion on peace.

CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF BUILDING PEACE Les Walsh 2015-11-20 13:00:00Z
CONFERENCE PHOTO ARCHIVE
 
 
  Some interesting photos from previous conferences  
 
 
CONFERENCE PHOTO ARCHIVE Les Walsh 2015-11-20 13:00:00Z
EARLY BIRD CLOSING

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATIONS CLOSE ON 30 NOVEMBER - PRICES GO UP ON 1 DECEMBER

REGISTER TODAY HERE

EARLY BIRD CLOSING Les Walsh 2015-11-19 13:00:00Z
CONFERENCE FUN
Conference Fun, Learning and Feeling Good
   
  Click on the photo or here to get an idea of what the District Conference can hold for you  
     
  For a peek further back in the archives click on this link  
 
 
CONFERENCE FUN Les Walsh 2015-11-19 13:00:00Z
WANT TO KNOW MORE
Want to know more?
The Conference website has most of the information you will want to know about in order to make that decision to attend.  Here are a few pages to read:
Other pages of interest include:
WANT TO KNOW MORE Les Walsh 2015-11-18 13:00:00Z
WHY DID YOU JOIN ROTARY?
As a police department peace officer in Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada, Jennifer Jacobson deals with child abuse cases and sometimes sees the worst of humanity.  But the goodness she sees in her fellow club members keeps her excited about Rotary.  Her experience as a Rotary Peace Fellow cemented her decision to become a Rotarian.  “Rotary has given me so much.  I couldn’t not be a part of it,” says Jacobson, who is also a former Group Study Exchange participant.
 
WHY DID YOU JOIN ROTARY? Les Walsh 2015-11-18 13:00:00Z
ONLY 12 DAYS REMAIN TO BE AN EARLY BIRD
Only 12 days left to be an Early Bird
12 days left to register at concessional rates!
 
Members are encouraged to register individually - but your club is welcome to arrange a bulk club registration (details here). 
 
Register before 1 December to be eligible for Early Bird pricing - and the Early Bird Prize of a case of Tyrrell's wine.  Full conditions are available here. That could be an estimated benefit of around $300 just for being early (for a couple & if you are the winner!).
 
Remember, delegates also need to secure their own accommodation.
 
All Conference information is available on the Conference website conference.rotarydistrict9685.org.au
 
ONLY 12 DAYS REMAIN TO BE AN EARLY BIRD Les Walsh 2015-11-18 13:00:00Z
PRICES GO UP ON 1 DECEMBER
Prices go up on 1 December
Remember, the price of a full registration goes up by $25 on 1 December.
 
For a couple, the saving by registering now is $50.
PRICES GO UP ON 1 DECEMBER Les Walsh 2015-11-17 13:00:00Z
VOCATIONAL SERVICE AWARDS FOR LOWER MOUNTAINS AND PENRITH BUSINESSES
Lower Blue Mountains Rotary honored twelve citizens of the Lower Blue Mountains and Penrith at a special Vocational Service Awards Night at Emu Plains Sports and Recreation Club on Tuesday night.
 
‘Rotary is a vocationally based community service organization and it is most appropriate we recognize those within our community who go the extra mile to provide quality service within their respective businesses,” Club Vocational Service Director Stan Noal told the gathering of award winners and family, Rotarians and friends.
VOCATIONAL SERVICE AWARDS FOR LOWER MOUNTAINS AND PENRITH BUSINESSES Les Walsh 2015-11-17 13:00:00Z
SHIPBUILDERS MEMORIAL OPENING SHIPBUILDERS MEMORIAL OPENING Les Walsh 2015-11-17 13:00:00Z
ARH CHRISTMAS DINNER ARH CHRISTMAS DINNER Les Walsh 2015-11-17 13:00:00Z
EARLY-REGISTRATION DISCOUNT ENDING FOR THE EXCITING SEOUL CONVENTION 2016
It’s time to start planning for the exciting Seoul Convention 2016

Early-registration discount ends 15 December

 
 
EARLY-REGISTRATION DISCOUNT ENDING FOR THE EXCITING SEOUL CONVENTION 2016 Les Walsh 2015-11-15 13:00:00Z
2016 NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION DAY – INDIA FEBRUARY 2016
Advice has been received regarding the 2016 National Immunisation Day (NID) trip to India, organised by Howard Travel (US), the group that organised the Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains team’s 2014 & 2015 NID trips.
 
The Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains members found this to be a very well organised tour, as well as being a thoroughly rewarding experience.  It gives those who take part a real experience of Rotary in Action.
 
Please contact Lower Blue Rotarians - Susan or John Wakefield, Peter Agar, David Cook, Irene Williams or Sue Bell – contact details are available in the District Directory. 
 
Read on for Howard Travel's information ...
2016 NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION DAY – INDIA FEBRUARY 2016 Les Walsh 2015-11-15 13:00:00Z
ST IVES FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL
The Rotary Club of St Ives will be holding the St Ives Food and Wine Festival on Sunday 6 March 2016 at the St Ives Village Green.  This will be the Club's major fund raising event for the 2015-16 Rotary year.  The Club would appreciate the support of all Rotarians, their family and friends by coming along for a fun day.
 
The event will have 60 food, wine and life style stalls on the St Ives Village Green.
 
The event is supported by Ku-ring-gai Council and is expected to attract about 10,000 visitors.
ST IVES FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL Les Walsh 2015-11-14 13:00:00Z
ROTARY CAN REGATTA
   
  More details at canregatta.com.au  
ROTARY CAN REGATTA Les Walsh 2015-11-14 13:00:00Z
OPERATION CLEFT NEWSLETTER
Download the latest newsletter here.
OPERATION CLEFT NEWSLETTER Les Walsh 2015-11-13 13:00:00Z
WILLING TO WORK - SURVEY FOR ROTARIAN EMPLOYERS
Break Thru invites our Rotarians to participate in an important survey about employment of people with disabilities.  The survey is voluntary should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.
 
 
The Australian Human Rights Commission has launched an inquiry into Employment Discrimination against Australians with Disability and invite all interested people and organisations to make a submission to the Inquiry.  Break Thru is a champion for social inclusion and we are keen to provide a means by which people can have  their voices heard on this important issue. Participation in this survey is completely voluntary.  You have been invited to take part because we value your insight, experience and expertise.
 
Bulletin Editors, please distribute this survey to your members.
 
The survey will be open until 19 November.
 
 
Liz Hudson
Research Manager
M: 0400 897 989
The Hub Melbourne
Level 3
673 Bourke Street Melbourne  VIC 3000
WILLING TO WORK - SURVEY FOR ROTARIAN EMPLOYERS Les Walsh 2015-11-13 13:00:00Z
HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS
Bulletin Editors, please include one of the brief Health Highlights each week in your Bulletin in the lead up to Christmas.
 
Download Health Highlights as Word or PDF documents.
 
These weekly Health Highlights will be provided each month throughout the year for your use. Simply cut and paste each highlight as needed.
HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS Les Walsh 2015-11-13 13:00:00Z
SURGERY SAVES A YOUNG LIFE
Solomon Islanders 17 year old Roselyn Jatobatu and her mother Anna have a lot to smile about after live-saving heart surgery.
 
ROMAC has transformed more than 400 lives since its inception 27 years ago identifying children who could not otherwise access surgery, facilitating medical assessments, transport, host families, hospital, medical and other support.
 
Read on for the full story ...
SURGERY SAVES A YOUNG LIFE Les Walsh 2015-11-10 13:00:00Z
FOUR CLUBS COMBINE TO SET UP COMPUTER LAB IN FIJI

A combined effort between members of four Rotary Clubs has seen a new computer lab set up in a remote school in Fiji.

The project kicked off when PP Ken Engsmyr of RC Parkes was offered 25 computers from Northparkes Mine.

Having visited Fiji with a team from RC Parkes to work at Koroipita, formerly the Fiji Rotahomes Project, under team leader Liz McDougall, Honorary Member of RC Brookvale, Ken suggested they go to a school in Fiji.

Liz has been assisting the Ra Maternity Hospital, a three hour drive north east of Nadi, for almost 20 years and was aware of a new high school opposite.

With Ken co-ordinating the computers and Liz the Fiji details, Rod Smith, RC Dee Why Warringah loaned his ute and muscles to get the computers to Port Botany and RC Lautoka, Fiji, looked after the shipment and transportation Fiji side.
 
Read on for the full story and photos ...
 
FOUR CLUBS COMBINE TO SET UP COMPUTER LAB IN FIJI Les Walsh 2015-11-10 13:00:00Z
CHRISTMAS TREES FOR SALE ON THE CENTRAL COAST
   
 
Since 2009, the Rotary Clubs of Erina, Kariong Somersby, Northlakes Toukley & Woy Woy have sold over 6000 trees raising $140,000 to support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren on the NSW Central Coast and other local community projects.
Their target for 2015 is 1500 trees with a potential income of $50,000. www.centralcoastxmastrees.com.au
 
CHRISTMAS TREES FOR SALE ON THE CENTRAL COAST Les Walsh 2015-11-08 13:00:00Z
ROTARY ON THE MOVE
Please click HERE to read the latest edition of Rotary on the Move newsletter. 
 
What we do in the Rotary Club of Doncaster is make everyone in our club feel welcome and important, and make our meetings enjoyable. Members start gathering up to an hour before our club meeting to socialise, and new and visiting members are swept into the constantly moving and changing conversational groups that form during this time. One of our club’s strengths is that we make everyone feel a part of the group and no one finds themselves standing alone with no one to talk to.
 
ROTARY ON THE MOVE Les Walsh 2015-11-08 13:00:00Z
DON'T FORGET TO GET A BED
Don't forget to get a bed
There is a great range of accommodation options within easy walking distance to the National Convention Centre. There are also over 75 hotels within easy driving distance.
 
The table on this page of the Conference website shows a selection (but not all) of the closest properties.
 
There are also many serviced apartments with up to 5 bedrooms for group bookings as well as camping and caravan parks.
 
Check the Trivago or Hotels Combined websites for best rates.
 
The Crowne Plaza Canberra is the Conference Hotel - see the concessional booking rates here.
 
AccorHotels is also offering special discounted rates for Conference attendees - details here
DON'T FORGET TO GET A BED Les Walsh 2015-11-07 13:00:00Z
MAKE SURE YOU ARE AN EARLY BIRD
Make sure you are an Early Bird
The time left to register at concessional rates is getting much closer!
 
Members are encouraged to register individually
 
Register before 1 December to be eligible for Early Bird pricing - and the Early Bird Prize of a case of Tyrrell's wine.  Full conditions are available here
 
Remember, delegates also need to secure their own accommodation.
 
All Conference information is available on the Conference website conference.rotarydistrict9685.org.au
 
MAKE SURE YOU ARE AN EARLY BIRD Les Walsh 2015-11-07 13:00:00Z
ONLY 18 DAYS REMAIN TO BE AN EARLY BIRD
Only 18 days left to be an Early Bird
18 days left to register at concessional rates!
 
Members are encouraged to register individually - but your club is welcome to arrange a bulk club registration (details here). 
 
Register before 1 December to be eligible for Early Bird pricing - and the Early Bird Prize of a case of Tyrrell's wine.  Full conditions are available here
 
Remember, delegates also need to secure their own accommodation.
 
All Conference information is available on the Conference website conference.rotarydistrict9685.org.au
 
ONLY 18 DAYS REMAIN TO BE AN EARLY BIRD Les Walsh 2015-11-07 13:00:00Z
ONLY 21 DAYS LEFT TO BE AN EARLY BIRD
Only 21 days Left to be an Early Bird
21 days left to register at concessional rates!
 
Members are encouraged to register individually but your club is welcome to arrange a bulk club registration (details here). 
 
Register before 1 December to be eligible for Early Bird pricing - and the Early Bird Prize of a case of Tyrrell's wine.  Full conditions are available here
 
Remember, delegates also need to secure their own accommodation.
 
All Conference information is available on the Conference website conference.rotarydistrict9685.org.au
 
ONLY 21 DAYS LEFT TO BE AN EARLY BIRD Les Walsh 2015-11-07 13:00:00Z
BULK CLUB BOOKINGS WELCOME
Bulk Club Bookings are welcome!
We are pleased to accept multiple bookings from a club in accordance with the procedure outlined below.

Procedure for Club Bookings

The responsible person should register him/herself in the normal way by providing personal details then selecting a package followed by the number of additional registrations required for each category.
 
Please register & pay by credit card or EFT using the on-line registration facility – then, send the names of all persons using this Booking Form by email to ConferencePayments@rotarydistrict9685.org.au
 
 
Direct Credit Option EFT payment should be made immediately by direct deposit to the following bank account: Westpac Banking Corporation Rotary District 9685 BSB 032 086 A/c 333 071
 
Please send a confirmation email including your name, club, registration number (from the confirmation email), amount credited and the names of all persons (using this Booking Form) by email to ConferencePayments@rotarydistrict9685.org.au
 
If EFT is not possible, please register – then:
  1. send the names of all persons (using this Booking Form) by email to ConferencePayments@rotarydistrict9685.org.au and
  2. immediately send a cheque for the full amount to the address below: Treasurer, Rotary District Conference c/- PO Box 5575 West Chatswood 1515
BULK CLUB BOOKINGS WELCOME Les Walsh 2015-11-07 13:00:00Z
2014-15 MEMBERSHIP AWARDS
Congratulations to the following clubs in our District for rising to Rotary International’s Membership challenge during 2014-15.  Rotary International is recognising clubs within Districts who achieve success in membership growth in various categories during the period 1 July 2014 to 1 July 2015.
 
Clubs who received Certificates from Rotary International in recognition of their membership growth achievements last year are:
  • Norwest - highest growth rate
  • Chatswood Sunrise - highest growth rate of members under 40
  • Kincumber - highest growth rate of female members
  • Central Blue - highest retention rate over last three years.
Well done, and keep up the good work!
2014-15 MEMBERSHIP AWARDS Les Walsh 2015-10-30 13:00:00Z
POLIO NEWS - OCTOBER 2015
   
     
  Download the latest newsletter  
POLIO NEWS - OCTOBER 2015 Les Walsh 2015-10-30 13:00:00Z
CONTACT ROTARY DOWN UNDER FOR SUPPLIES
   
CONTACT ROTARY DOWN UNDER FOR SUPPLIES Les Walsh 2015-10-29 13:00:00Z
WORLD TOILET DAY: NOVEMBER 19
World Toilet Day is a day to take action. It is a day to raise awareness about all the people who do not have access to a toilet - despite the human right to water and sanitation. Of the world's seven billion people, 2.5 billion people do not have improved sanitation. One billion people still defecate in the open. Women and girls risk rape and abuse because they have no toilet that offers privacy. 
 
It is a day to do something about it. Want tools to help?
WORLD TOILET DAY: NOVEMBER 19 Les Walsh 2015-10-29 13:00:00Z
WINDSOR'S 60TH CELEBRATION ON 6 NOVEMBER
   
WINDSOR'S 60TH CELEBRATION ON 6 NOVEMBER Les Walsh 2015-10-29 13:00:00Z
ROTARY PEACE FELLOWSHIPS FOR THE 2017 ACADEMIC YEAR
   
 

Applications are invited for Rotary Peace Fellowships awarded in 2016 for the academic year in 2017

 
The Rotary Peace Fellowship is the premier educational program of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and supports Rotary’s mission to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace. It is intended for individuals, who have chosen a career related to international relations, peace, and conflict resolution; who have work experience in these areas; and who have a commitment to community or international humanitarian service and working for peace. Applicants should consider these objectives carefully before applying.
 
     
  Follow this link for full details  
ROTARY PEACE FELLOWSHIPS FOR THE 2017 ACADEMIC YEAR Les Walsh 2015-10-27 13:00:00Z
ROTARY GLOBAL GRANT SCHOLARSHIP IN 2016
   
 

ROTARY DISTRICT 9685 Rotary Global Grant Scholarship in 2016

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 2016. 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.
 
     
  Follow this link for full particulars  
ROTARY GLOBAL GRANT SCHOLARSHIP IN 2016 Les Walsh 2015-10-27 13:00:00Z
NOVEMBER RAWCS ROVER IS OUT
RAWCS - or the Rotary Australia World Community Servuce - is a big business with an exciting future.  The RAWCS management team are putting in sound strategies to enable more growth and more opportunities for Rotarians to do wonderful humanitarian work locally and internationally.

With the emergence of Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) RAWCS can now respond to humanitarian need or crisis in our own local community.

RAWCS is a growth area of Rotary.  Volunteers both Rotarian and non-Rotarian working on RAWCS projects continues to increase.

The RAWCS quarterly meetings are a great opportunity to see what RAWCS is all about.  All Rotarians and friends are welcome to attend.  If you can make it, we would love to see you there.  It is a great chance to hear about some wonderful Rotary work undertaken and meet some inspiring Rotarians.

RAWCS is all about ordinary people doing extraordinary things.  You can find out much more in the latest RAWCS Rover.  Download it here
NOVEMBER RAWCS ROVER IS OUT Les Walsh 2015-10-27 13:00:00Z
HONOURING WOMEN IN ROTARY
   
  Click for downloads  
HONOURING WOMEN IN ROTARY Les Walsh 2015-10-27 13:00:00Z
RLI COURSE 30 CANCELLED
Please note that Rotary Leadership Institute course 30, previously scheduled to commence on 15 November has been cancelled.
 
New courses will open in the new year.  Send your enquiries by email to rli.2015-16@rotarydistrict9685.org.au for further information.
RLI COURSE 30 CANCELLED Les Walsh 2015-10-24 13:00:00Z
HOW IS YOUR CLUB GOING?
You may check your club's progress by following this link to see who has already registered. Follow this link to see how your club compares with others.
 
Remember to keep encouraging your members to register - it assists the organisers if action is not left until the last minute!
 
We are looking forward to a great Conference and hope to see as many of your members there as possible.
 
 
HOW IS YOUR CLUB GOING? Les Walsh 2015-10-24 13:00:00Z
REGISTER IN NOVEMBER FOR EARLY BIRD RATES
Less than one month to register at concessional rates!
 
Members are encouraged to register individually but your club may arrange a bulk registration.  Delegates need to secure their own accommodation.
 
Register before 1 December to be eligible for Early Bird pricing - and the Early Bird Prize of a case of Tyrrell's wine.  Full conditions are available here
 
All Conference information is available on the Conference website www.conference.rotarydistrict9685.org.au
 
REGISTER IN NOVEMBER FOR EARLY BIRD RATES Les Walsh 2015-10-24 13:00:00Z
EARLY BIRD RATES FOR ANOTHER FIVE WEEKS
Less than six weeks to register at concessional rates!
 
Members are encouraged to register individually but your club is welcome to arrange a bulk club registration.  Delegates also need to secure their own accommodation.
 
Register before 1 December to  be eligible for Early Bird pricing - and the Early Bird Prize of a case of Tyrrell's wine.  Full conditions are available here
 
All Conference information is available on the Conference website www.conference.rotarydistrict9685.org.au
 
EARLY BIRD RATES FOR ANOTHER FIVE WEEKS Les Walsh 2015-10-24 13:00:00Z
ABC’S SIMON MARNIE ENTERTAINS ROTARY COMMUNITY NIGHT CROWD
ABC weekend morning presenter Simon Marnie was a big hit with the capacity crowd at the Lower Blue Mountains Rotary Community Night in Emu Plains Sports and Recreation Club on Tuesday.
 
A most entertaining speaker, Simon recounted the highs and lows of his outstanding career in radio – along with experiences as a food critic and judge of oysters and coffee at various high profile events.
 
The special guest made many friends in the Blue Mountains area as a result of critical on air support during the most recent Bushfires in Springwood and Winmalee. He has a strong listener base in the Mountains and many of those people joined the audience for the evening.
 
After his address, Rotary President Drew Fitzpatrick and Rotary Past Governor David Cook presented Simon with Paul Harris Fellow Recognition – in honour of his ongoing support for Rotary and so many other community organisations.
 
The Paul Harris Recognition means that ...
ABC’S SIMON MARNIE ENTERTAINS ROTARY COMMUNITY NIGHT CROWD Les Walsh 2015-10-23 13:00:00Z
YOU ARE INVITED TO THE PRESIDENTS' CHRISTMAS DINNER
   
 
Everyone is welcome to attend - Presidents, members and partners
 
 
YOU ARE INVITED TO THE PRESIDENTS' CHRISTMAS DINNER Les Walsh 2015-10-23 13:00:00Z
ROTARY IN THE NEWS
During the last three months, top media outlets have featured Rotary’s leadership in the effort to eradicate polio worldwide.  Rotary spokespeople were quoted in stories about our recent milestones in Nigeria and Africa in USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. Time, People, and the Associated Press also highlighted Rotary’s spearheading role in the global polio eradication initiative.
 
ROTARY IN THE NEWS Les Walsh 2015-10-23 13:00:00Z
HURRY TO LEARN ABOUT ROTARY
The next Rotary Leadership Institute course, course 30, will be run on 15 & 29 November and 13 December for parts 1,2 and 3 respectively.

The course will be held at our district in Thornleigh.
 
As there are still a few vacancies you can apply to register or seek further information from Pam Pritchard by emailing Pam on pam.1@bigpond.net.au
 
Alternatively you can also email rli.2015-16@rotarydistrict9685.org.au for further information.
 
We look forward to hearing from you
 
HURRY TO LEARN ABOUT ROTARY Les Walsh 2015-10-20 13:00:00Z
ROTARY GLOBAL WOMEN OF ACTION 2015
Lucy Hobgood-Brown has been named as one of six six women honoured for leadership and humanitarian service.
 
Lucy is a member  of the Rotary E-Club of Greater Sydney and cofounded HandUp Congo, a nonprofit that promotes and facilitates sustainable, community-driven business, educational, social, and health initiatives to underprivileged communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
 
Congratulations Lucy!
 
Read the full story here.
 
RAWCS team successfully concludes Congo Canoe Challenge
 
Munching on caterpillars and travelling 600 km in a motorised canoe are just two of the exhilarating highlights experienced in August and September by e-Club of Greater Sydney members Dr Grace maano and Lucy Hobgood-Brown, when they travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo on a four week medical training mission in August.  The self-funded team included three other Australians, Dr Vera Sistenich, Chris Coombes and Maureen Burdynski.
 
In cooperation with HandUp Congo, Rotary Australia World Community Service and, with the help of numerous donors including many Rotarians, the team took 400 kilos of donated medical equipment, eyeglasses, footballs and other community development resources to four locations.
 
NSW-based Dr Vera Sistenich, an Emergency Physician and Fellow of the Australian College of Emergency Medicine, provided training in neonatal, pediatric and adult life support, airway and trauma management, as well as fluid resuscitation for children.  Dr Grace Maano, a Locum Career Medical Officer based in NSW, trained Congolese medical staff in basic ECG reading and obstetric ultrasound scanning, handling obstetric emergencies and contraceptive (Jadelle) implant insertion.
 
Chris Coombes and Maureen Burdynski documented the medical training of more than 90 health care staff in the four venues, as well as more than 150 women receiving contraceptive implants.  They also roamed each training site, photographing local communities’ capacity building initiatives, including a Pygmy village in remote Equateur Province.  This village is accessible only by canoe, which inspired HandUp Congo to initiate regular Congo Canoe Challenges with skilled volunteer teams.
 
Many photos can be viewed on HandUp Congo’s facebook. A video of the 2015 Congo Canoe Challenge can be viewed here.
 
Listen to an interview about the trip here (25 minutes into the program).
 
Celebrate Congo and all the supporters of the 2015 Congo Canoe Challenge!

Sunday, 22 November 2015
12 noon to 4 pm
 
Blugibbon, 211 Pacific Highway, St Leonards = a short walk from St Leonards train station. Ample free parking.
 
ROTARY GLOBAL WOMEN OF ACTION 2015 Les Walsh 2015-10-20 13:00:00Z
TAKE HEART AUSTRALIA DAY 2015
Over 30,000 Aussies suffer Sudden Cardiac Arrest every year… and only 10% survive. If more people knew basic CPR, we could turn that statistic right around.
 
TakeHeart Australia would like to invite you and your club members to join us on the 30th of November for a day of free CPR and emergency training at Allianz Stadium, Moore Park.
 
To register your club’s involvement and find out more about the day, go to www.takeheartaustralia.org/signup/
TAKE HEART AUSTRALIA DAY 2015 Les Walsh 2015-10-20 13:00:00Z
UMINA – THE FIRST FIFTY YEARS
   
 
On Saturday 7 November there will be a premiere screening of "Umina - the First 50 Years" at Cinema Paradiso, Ettalong, at 6.30pm for 7.00pm.   Ticket price is $15.
 
This film is the work of Julie Aitchinson and is based on the research that Julie did last year for the centenary of Umina.  The film covers a history of Umina from 1914 to 1964.   Attached is a promotional brochure.
 
There is also an article about this film in the Friday 16 October edition of  Express Advocate (page 54). 
 
Tickets are selling quickly.
 
The Rotary Club of Umina Beach is proud to have supported Julie in putting together this history. Proceeds from the evening go to local Rotary projects and the local Surf Club.
 
If you or any of your colleagues, family or friends are interested in attending, please email uminahistory@bigpond.com
 
UMINA – THE FIRST FIFTY YEARS Les Walsh 2015-10-16 13:00:00Z
DANCING IN MY DREAMS
   
DANCING IN MY DREAMS Les Walsh 2015-10-16 13:00:00Z
PICTURES ON THE PITCH
   
 
Northbridge Rotary Club’s first Pictures on the Pitch event on Northbridge Oval on October 10 was a very successful community evening, according to the organizer, Rotarian Karin Eurell.
 
The Australian movie Paper Planes was shown to an audience estimated at about 600.  The young Australian star of the movie, Ed Oxenbould, attended the evening and met many young locals.
 
Before the movie, a paper plane contest was held in which many local children showed their skills building and flying their planes. Prizes were awarded for the planes which travelled the longest distance on the oval.
 
The approximately $12,000 proceeds (before costs) from the event will be used to support worthy local youth charities and Rotary health and education projects overseas.
 
Karin said that the inaugural event went without a hitch. “It was a great night for families - we were lucky with perfect weather,” Karin said. “The movie was well supported by the community, there were rides for the children and the Rotary barbecues were busy.”
 
Karin thanked Northbridge Plaza which was the major sponsor of the event and also expressed her appreciation for other sponsors: Westpac, Anytime Fitness and Intelligentsia Café. “Without such generous sponsors, we would not have been able to hold the event,” she said.
 
Karin said she believed that local participation in such events was invaluable in building community spirit.  “I specially thank all those who came to support the event,” she said. “I’m also extremely grateful to the 60 Rotary Club members, partners and other volunteers who, together with Rural Fire Service, Community Radio 99.3 and Bunnings face painters, all helped to make the night a success.”
 
Picture captions:  
  1. Young Australian movie star Ed Oxenbould meets a Northbridge local at Rotary’s showing of the movie Paper Planes at Northbridge Oval on October 10.
  2. Part of the enthusiastic crowd at the showing of the movie Paper Planes at Northbridge Oval on October 10.
 
   
PICTURES ON THE PITCH Les Walsh 2015-10-16 13:00:00Z
TOM AND THELMA TAIT REMEMBERED IN AWARD
   
 
The Rotary Club of Lane Cove presented the inaugural Tom and Thelma Tait Award (in memory of PDG Tom Tait and his wife, Thelma) on Tuesday 13 October (Tom's birthday) to Jessica Ellis, a member of the Lane Cove Youth Orchestra. 
 
Part of the citation read: 
Jessica has been with Lane Cove Youth Orchestra for 6 years and has an impressive attendance record. She is always punctual and well prepared for rehearsals and concerts. She has developed into a highly competent player, a strong leader of the cello section and is always attentive in rehearsal and respectful of conductor’s or tutor’s directions as well as being a good friend to others in the group. 
 
This will be an annual award from the Lane Cove Rotary Club to a deserving member of the Lane Cove Youth Orchestra of which Tom was a great supporter. The club was fortunate to have Tom and Thelma's daughter, Julie Dalgleish, and their grandson, James Tait, make the presentation which covers the orchestra and camp fees for a year. 
 
 
TOM AND THELMA TAIT REMEMBERED IN AWARD Les Walsh 2015-10-16 13:00:00Z
UPDATED LEAD YOUR CLUB SERIES NOW AVAILABLE
Check out here the updated manuals in Rotary’s Lead Your Club series, which provide vital information about the role and responsibilities of the club president, secretary, treasurer, and recommended committees.
UPDATED LEAD YOUR CLUB SERIES NOW AVAILABLE Les Walsh 2015-10-16 13:00:00Z
JAZZ AT THE PINES
The next Jazz at the Pines is on Sunday 18 October and features the ‘Sydney Youth Jazz Orchestra’, starting at 12.30pm.  Location is Roughley House, 656 Old Northern Road, Dural. Tickets $18 adults and $15 concessions. Phone 9651 4411 or
 
Visit www.jazzatthepines.org.au for more information.
 
Tables can be booked for groups and individuals or simply turn up on the day with your chair, picnic rug and eskie, there is plenty of room.
 
Jazz at the Pines is a project of The Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville with the support of The Hills Shire Council.  The new season of Jazz starts on 20 September 2015 and runs through to May 2016.
 
JAZZ AT THE PINES Haran Ramachandran 2015-10-15 13:00:00Z
HE NAMED ME MALALA
   
 
The Rotary E-Club of Greater Sydney invites you to a special screening of "He Named Me Malala". The funds raised from the movie will support the provision of Days for Girls sustainable feminine hygiene kits to schools in Fiji to help girls stay at school and complete their education.
Malala comes from a family of Rotarians and became a celebrated global icon after she was shot for defying the Taliban by speaking out for girls' education.
Join us for light refreshments before the movie and hear more about the wonderful work of Days for Girls International. You may like to contribute items for the feminine hygiene kits detailed on the Days for Girls website.  We will be happy to collect these on the night.
Read on for details of the evening and the link to purchase tickets
 
 
HE NAMED ME MALALA Les Walsh 2015-10-14 13:00:00Z
BASKETS OF APPLES FOR ST IVES TEACHERS FOR INTERNATIONAL TEACHERS’ DAY
   
 
 “An apple a day may keep the doctor away”, but “an apple for the teacher” is exactly how St Ives Rotary Club is honouring teachers in St Ives.  There are ten schools in St Ives and this week every school received a gift-wrapped basket of apples … and that equates to just over five hundred teachers in our schools! 
 
Rotarians around the world celebrate Basic Education and Literacy Month in September.  In response to that focus month the Rotary Club of St Ives responded by initiating apples to say thank you to our teachers.
 
Inaugurated on 5 October 1994 by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), World Teachers’ Day is celebrated annually in over 100 countries.  World teachers’ Day celebrates the efforts of teachers on a global scale, acknowledging the important contribution made to our community in an increasingly complex, multicultural and technological world.
 
Di Barnes from Rotary Club of St Ives said “we recognize quality education offers hope and the promise of a better standard of living for children as well as providing support to families”.  Schools were sent a basket of apples for their teachers as a token thank you for the positive impact they have on the lives of students.
 
   
BASKETS OF APPLES FOR ST IVES TEACHERS FOR INTERNATIONAL TEACHERS’ DAY Les Walsh 2015-10-13 13:00:00Z
PROBUS TRAVEL INSURANCE
   
   
PROBUS TRAVEL INSURANCE Les Walsh 2015-10-13 13:00:00Z
YOUNG LEADERS RECOGNISED FOR SERVICE ABOVE SELF
Young leaders from Primary Schools in Lower Blue Mountains and Penrith were honored with ‘Service Above Self’ awards by Lower Blue Mountains Rotary on Tuesday night.
 
More than 120 pupils, their families, Rotarians and friends enjoyed the inspirational night at Emu Plains Sport and Recreation Club.
 
Schools are required to nominate one outstanding senior leader for the annual event each year and Rotary recognizes the students with a framed citation and special book prize.
 
The Rotary Club’s Youth Service Director Glenn Anslow explained to those present that it was never too early to recognize leadership and citizenship – and that the recognition evening was a perfect ‘fit’ for Rotary’s youth mentoring projects.
 
Those honored included Ben Watson of Blaxland East Primary School, Lexy Thorpe of Glenbrook, Savannah Burns of Mt Riverview, Grace Madill of Lapstone, Lara Roser of Our Lady of the Way Emu Plains, Caitlin Mitchell of Warrimoo, Lachlan Moore of Leonay, Liam Lester of Emu Plains, Anneleise Shapcott of Emu Heights, Tyler Pockran of St Finbars and finally twins Angelina and Lillian Hawkins of Blaxland.
 
Rotary President Drew Fitzpatrick made presentations to all pupils on behalf of the Rotary club.
 
YOUNG LEADERS RECOGNISED FOR SERVICE ABOVE SELF Les Walsh 2015-10-13 13:00:00Z
PROSPECTIVE ROTARIAN ACTION GROUP ADDICTION PREVENTION
Concerned about the growing impact of the use of drugs?  Convinced that this threat should be approached worldwide?
 
Then no doubt you believe that Rotary has an important role to play in fighting this disease. Please refer to the attached information for more details
 
Please draw your members attention to the existence of prospective Rotarian Action Group for Addiction Prevention and encourage them to become a member of this action group.
PROSPECTIVE ROTARIAN ACTION GROUP ADDICTION PREVENTION Les Walsh 2015-10-11 13:00:00Z
INDOOR RIDE TO END POLIO - AUSTRALASIA
   
  Read on for more information and resources  
INDOOR RIDE TO END POLIO - AUSTRALASIA Les Walsh 2015-10-08 13:00:00Z
IN MEMORIUM : LAURIE WATERSON
Springwood Rotarian and Past President 2013/14 Laurie Waterson PHF lost his courageous battle with brain & spinal cord tumours on Saturday 3rd October, 2015. He joined The Rotary Club of Springwood in January, 1995 and served on numerous boards over his years in the club including Secretary in 1999/2000 and again in 2014 until he was forced to resign due to his illness. He also served on various district committees in District 9690.
 
The pinnacle of his service came when the 2013 bushfires hit the Winmalee area. He led the efforts to look after our members, the emergency services and the wider community in that difficult time and brought a District Conference to tears during his presentation regarding the impact of the fires on his community.
 
He was cared for so beautifully by the staff at Westmead Private Hospital. You may like to consider a donation to Nogin - our brain tumour support group. We are also participating in Walk 4 Brain Cancer in November as a family.
 
His dedication, commitment and service above self will be missed by the members and friends of The Rotary Club of Springwood Inc.
IN MEMORIUM : LAURIE WATERSON Les Walsh 2015-10-08 13:00:00Z
HELP PREVENT SUICIDE AMONG FARMERS
Griffith University is researching the factors influencing suicide among farmers, so this is for you if you are next of kin to a farmer
 
HELP PREVENT SUICIDE AMONG FARMERS Les Walsh 2015-10-06 13:00:00Z
MELTON VALLEY FRUIT CAKE PROGRAM
   
  Download this flyer for the Rotary Club of Melton Valley Fruit Cake program  
MELTON VALLEY FRUIT CAKE PROGRAM Les Walsh 2015-10-06 13:00:00Z
SHELTERBOX AUSTRALIA OCTOBER NEWSLETTER SHELTERBOX AUSTRALIA OCTOBER NEWSLETTER Les Walsh 2015-10-06 13:00:00Z
CONNECT WITH KOREA – TOUCH THE WORLD
The Rotary International Convention travels to Seoul, 28 May-1 June 2016. Explore this world-class city and discover the rich culture that connects the latest trends with time-honored traditions. Taste eclectic cuisine and shop for the newest fashions and electronics. Meet new friends, share ideas, and interact with new technology at this dynamic, unforgettable convention. Connect with the thousands of Rotarians who will come together in friendship and peace.

Register Now and Save!

Check back for new details and program updates. Take advantage of your opportunity to save. Be sure to register before 15 December for early registration savings.
 
 
CONNECT WITH KOREA – TOUCH THE WORLD Les Walsh 2015-10-04 13:00:00Z
CONNECT WITH KOREA — TOUCH THE WORLD
You’re invited to Connect with Korea — Touch the World at the 2016 Rotary International Convention in Seoul, 28 May-1 June.   Of course, planning is to make it the most successful convention to date and with your help, attract a record number of Rotarians from across the globe.
 
Make convention promotion a high priority for this year. Make sure members know:
  • The Rotary Convention is for all Rotarians, featuring information, activities, and exchanging ideas  
  • Seoul is an amazing destination with so much to offer — history, cuisine, culture, and shopping
  • The convention provides an exciting opportunity to network, meet new people, and make lasting friendships
  • Attendees can participate in a meaningful project in the community
  • The program features engaging speakers, spectacular entertainment, and House of Friendship events
Use the tool kit of promotional materials available on the convention website at www.riconvention.org under Resources. You’ll find posters, brochures, postcards, web copy and letters to download and print.
 
Encourage members to make their travel arrangements, including flights and hotel, together. Let them know that they should register before 15 December to take advantage of early registration savings at www.riconvention.org.
CONNECT WITH KOREA — TOUCH THE WORLD Les Walsh 2015-10-04 13:00:00Z
BRIDGE OF SPIES AT CINEMA PARADISO
Woy Woy and Kariong Somersby Rotary are holding the movie Bridge of Spies for the Rotary End Polio Now project.
 
BRIDGE OF SPIES AT CINEMA PARADISO Les Walsh 2015-10-04 13:00:00Z
ROTARY ON THE MOVE
Please click HERE to read the latest edition of Rotary on the Move newsletter. 
 
Young people want to be office bearers and meaningful leaders in Rotary, and they want to support causes that they can relate to – these were just two of the many findings from the Australian National Youth Summit held recently in Canberra. Held in parallel with the National Membership Success Seminar, the Youth Summit brought together around 25 young people from Rotary, Rotaract, and Youth Exchange.
 
The theme of the Summit was ‘Shaping the Future of Rotary in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific’.
 
Download the newsletter for more about the Summit and much more.
 
Membership Directors - download the reports and summaries of the sessions here
ROTARY ON THE MOVE Les Walsh 2015-10-02 14:00:00Z
REGISTER FOR THE FOUNDATION DINNER
   
  Register at foundationdinner.rotarydistrict9685.org.au  
  Resources available here  
REGISTER FOR THE FOUNDATION DINNER Les Walsh 2015-10-02 14:00:00Z
SIMON MARNIE TO ADDRESS LOWER BLUE MOUNTAINS
Simon Marnie – popular weekend presenter on ABC Radio – will be special guest at the next Lower Blue Mountains Rotary Community Night – planned for Tuesday, October 20.
 
Members of the wider Penrith and Lower Mountains communities are welcome to attend the evening and share the insight into the life and times of this colourful personality.
 
Marnie has been a long time supporter of Rotary clubs and a huge variety of community events. He was very supportive of victims of the horrific Lower Mountains bushfires two years ago.
 
Born and raised on Sydney’s North Shore, Simon Marnie has lived and breathed radio all his life – commencing as station mascot at 2UW in the 1980s. He moved on to Triple J and later conceived and produced SBS TV’s music show, Nomad.  He has produced on WOW TV and reported on ABC TV’s TVTV, before getting back to mainstream ABC radio via Tony Delroy’s NightLife.
 
Now firmly ensconced in the Weekends Show, Simon says he loves the shift and everything about Sydney weekends.
 
Members of the public keen to enjoy this special community night should ring Rotarian Heather Chourlianis on 0424 002 314 by 5 pm on Sunday, October 18, to book.  The special event will be held in the Emu Plains Sports and Recreation Club (Leonay Golf Club) – 6.30 for 7 pm. Price is $25 per head for a two course meal and coffee/tea.
 
For further information, ring David Cook (0439 494 835).
SIMON MARNIE TO ADDRESS LOWER BLUE MOUNTAINS Les Walsh 2015-10-02 14:00:00Z
THE DRESSMAKER PREMIERES AT GLENBROOK CINEMA

The acclaimed new Australian movie from Universal Pictures International, The Dressmaker, is the star attraction at the latest premiere for Glenbrook Cinema on Thursday, October 22.

Lower Blue Mountains Rotary is proud to work with the Cinema Managing Director Ron Curran to offer yet another special ‘treat’ for Lower Mountains and Penrith movie enthusiasts.

Certain to be a box office success, The Dressmaker was directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse and stars Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving and Sarah Snook. It is a fascinating story of revenge – laced with drama and humour - in a small Australian rural town.

As always, Lower Blue Rotarians will spare no effort in staging yet another memorable evening, commencing with finger food and refreshments in the grounds of Glenbrook Primary School adjacent to Glenbrook Cinema.

Patrons will be invited to gather in the school grounds at 6 pm to enjoy fun and fellowship and a brief background summary of The Dressmaker story … before walking across to the Cinema for the commencement of the movie at 7.30 pm.

Tickets are priced at just $20 for the pre party and movie.  All proceeds will support Rotary Youth projects in the Lower Mountains and The Rotary Foundation’s ongoing campaign to eradicate Polio from the world.

Seats within the Glenbrook Cinema are limited and prospective patrons are urged to book early with Rotarian Sue Bell (0409 834 646) to avoid disappointment. 

The Dressmaker is based on the hit debut novel of the same name – by Australian author Rosalie Ham – published in 2000.

THE DRESSMAKER PREMIERES AT GLENBROOK CINEMA Les Walsh 2015-10-02 14:00:00Z
ENEWS 1 OCTOBER PUBLISHED ENEWS 1 OCTOBER PUBLISHED Les Walsh 2015-09-30 14:00:00Z
ROTARIANS ARE CRUISIN’
Rotarians can join Rotary’s newest Fellowship – the Fellowship for Cruising Rotarians, by emailing cruisingrotarians@gmail.com for the joining form and info.
 
Join 156 other like-minded Rotarians in this great fellowship.
ROTARIANS ARE CRUISIN’ Les Walsh 2015-09-29 14:00:00Z
NIGERIA TAKEN OFF ENDEMIC LIST
The World Health Organization (WHO) today announced that it has officially removed Nigeria from the list of countries where polio is endemic. It’s been 14 months since a case of polio caused by the wild virus was reported there. That leaves only two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, where transmission of the virus has never been stopped.
 
Read more about the WHO’s announcement.
 
NIGERIA TAKEN OFF ENDEMIC LIST Les Walsh 2015-09-29 14:00:00Z
INTERPLAST'S ROTARIAN REVIEW INTERPLAST'S ROTARIAN REVIEW Les Walsh 2015-09-29 14:00:00Z
LEARN MORE ABOUT ROTARY
The next two training courses in 2015 - and the first two in 2016 - are now available for registration.  The courses consist of three parts and are held at the district office in Thornleigh.  The course session starts at 8:30 in the morning and finishes at around 3:45 pm.  Morning tea and lunch are provided. Course materials will be sent to you nearer the time.
 
If you wish to attend either of these courses please register now by emailing rli@rotarydistrict9685.org.au
 
The courses are:

Course 29 : 10 and 31 October and 7 November - HURRY, spaces still available
Course 30 : 15, 29 November and 13 December - spaces still available
Course 31 : 13 February, 5 March, 2 April
Course 32 : 21 February, 6 March, 3 April

If these dates are not suitable but you would wish to be notified in the new year please let us  know and we will contact you early in 2016.
LEARN MORE ABOUT ROTARY Les Walsh 2015-09-27 14:00:00Z
WOMEN IN SERVICE DINNER 2015
   
  Read on for resources  
WOMEN IN SERVICE DINNER 2015 Les Walsh 2015-09-25 14:00:00Z
GET INFORMED AND TAKE ACTION ON WORLD POLIO DAY
   
 
We’re closer than ever to ending polio, so find out how you can help us finish the job during our third annual World Polio Day live-streamed global status update. Join Rotary’s global partners, celebrity ambassadors, and polio survivors broadcasting live from New York City on 24 October at 09:30 AM AEDT.
But don’t wait to celebrate how far we’ve come. Here are ways you can make a difference now:
  • Download the World Polio Day tool kit and join our worldwide network of End Polio Now advocates.
  • Share our social media graphics to show your support for the final push to end polio.
  • Donate or host a fundraiser. Every donation that we commit to polio eradication will be tripled by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
 
GET INFORMED AND TAKE ACTION ON WORLD POLIO DAY Les Walsh 2015-09-23 14:00:00Z
LOCAL PRIZE WINNING GARDENS ON SHOW
 
The Sydney Hills Garden Competition has been held for this year and the Awards Night is to be held on Friday 25th. Some of the prize winning gardens will then be open to the public over the weekend.
 
So this is your chance to see the best gardens in The Hills. The gardens which will be open between 10 am and 4 pm on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September are : “Elsie’s Garden” , 16 Gordonia Grove, Baulkham Hills, “Taliesin” , 5 Jane Place Dural, “Boulevard”, 20 Wylds Rd Middle Dural, “Burnt Rails”, 28 Glen St, Galston
LOCAL PRIZE WINNING GARDENS ON SHOW Haran Ramachandran 2015-09-22 14:00:00Z
POLIO THIS WEEK
Check this page each Friday for the latest statistics globally & by country.  Bookmark www.polioeradication.org/Dataandmonitoring/Poliothisweek.aspx
  • Pakistan launched a nationwide polio campaign this week to vaccinate more than 35 million children in 163 districts of the country. Approximately 200,000 polio workers are participating in the polio campaign, during which Vitamin A will also be distributed. More 
  • As progress continues to be made towards polio eradication, surveillance is increasingly one of the most important things the programme can do to protect children against every last poliovirus. Read more about how surveillance works here.
End Polio Now
POLIO THIS WEEK Les Walsh 2015-09-21 14:00:00Z
YOUR CAUSE, YOUR DANCE, YOUR WAY
   
 
 
As a team building exercise for Corporates and a fabulous way to demonstrate corporate social responsibility, the Rotary Club of Sydney invites participation in “The Dance”, an exciting fundraising flashmob for ‘Rotary Kids Health’ and to support your chosen charity. This year will be the first of what we aim to be a major annual event. The idea is to bring CBD Sydney together to celebrate our good fortune to live in such a beautiful city with such a fantastic climate, where we can express our caring for others in such a healthy, liberating way. The theme for the Dance is ‘Your Cause, Your Dance, Your Way’ so that all Sydney-siders can own a piece of the action.
 
We have invited Charities to work with us towards our common goal of improving the lives of those we care about. Our RCS volunteers have organised the event and, in recognition, we hope that Charities don’t mind sharing 30% of the funds raised with ‘Rotary Kids Health’.
 
Rotarians and friends it is now time to dust off your dancing shoes and show that you really care about improving the lives of others. On “The Dance” website www.thedance.org.au  find out all about this fun-filled fundraising event where Sydney’s Martin Place will liven up with music and dance from a flash mob that includes you. If not you, then your representative, perhaps someone working in the CBD. Your involvement will help ensure a number of things:
 
•             Generate much needed funds for the many projects of Rotary under the banner ‘Rotary Kids Health’.
•             Show Rotary is a young, vibrant, all-inclusive organisation, teaming up with corporates and charities to support their favourite cause.
•             Reach a wider audience by harnessing the latest technologies and communications.
•             Start something really big, an annual event which will ultimately break records.
 
“The Dance” will eventually be Sydney’s largest flashmob, this year taking place at lunchtime in Martin Place on Friday 27th November 2015. Participants will be dancing to a choreographed routine for 3 minutes, sponsored by their network of family, friends and work colleagues.  “The Dance” will bring excitement and surprise to our streets, an energy that will be viewed on social media well into the future.
 
Improving the lives of children is the focus of ‘Rotary Kids Health’. Internationally, Rotary leads the way in the eradication of Polio from the world and the job is nearly done.  The Rotary Club of Sydney supports health and education programs in the Asia Pacific region as well as India and Africa. Locally our scholarships and personal development programs save disadvantaged kids from a life of misery and create a pathway for tomorrow’s young leaders. Find out more on our website www.sydneyrotary.com
 
 
YOUR CAUSE, YOUR DANCE, YOUR WAY Les Walsh 2015-09-19 14:00:00Z
BELROSE TRIVIA NIGHT
   
  Download resources here  
BELROSE TRIVIA NIGHT Les Walsh 2015-09-19 14:00:00Z
HELP SAVE THE FARM
   
  District Governor 9685 Gina Growden’s official visit to Central Blue was Wednesday 16/09. After being presented with one of CBM's large fluffy rams, Gina was photographed with club president Noel Hiffernan.
 
 
HELP SAVE THE FARM Les Walsh 2015-09-18 14:00:00Z
HELP SAVE THE FARM
   
 
Money raised from the sale of cute, cuddly rams and
lambs plus donations goes to a D9630 trust fund.
Farming families in need are offered money vouchers for
use in nearby towns, thereby helping them and the local
economy.
Rotary clubs wishing to assist can purchase
rams and lambs or obtain them on consignment.
Contact Ray Wiles 02 4784 1643 - 0409 845 415 or
raymar40@bigpond.com.au
 
Read on for flyer downloads
 
HELP SAVE THE FARM Les Walsh 2015-09-18 14:00:00Z
WORLD POLIO DAY 24 OCTOBER

CONNECT WITH YOUR COMMUNITY

TO CELEBRATE WORLD POLIO DAY – OCTOBER 24!

World Polio Day is some five weeks away and now is the time for your club to plan something special within your community to highlight the END OF POLIO …
WORLD POLIO DAY 24 OCTOBER Les Walsh 2015-09-18 14:00:00Z
ATTENDING THE RI CONVENTION IN SEOUL
   
  Download the flyer  
ATTENDING THE RI CONVENTION IN SEOUL Les Walsh 2015-09-17 14:00:00Z
GRAFFITI REMOVAL DAY 18 OCTOBER
   
 
Lower Blue Mountains President Drew Fitzpatrick and Lower Blue’s youngest member Chris Mahoney (with brush) stage for an Instagram to promote Graffiti Removal Day in NSW on October 18.  District clubs and Rotarians are urged to take note of Graffiti Vandalism sites around our District and go to the web site www.graffitiremovalday.org.au to nominate such sites for removal.  The call is also out to Rotarians and members of community organisations to register on the web site to assist at various sites on October 18.
If you would rather speak to a real, live person – call the Graffiti hot line on 1300 665 310
Read on for more resources
 
GRAFFITI REMOVAL DAY 18 OCTOBER Les Walsh 2015-09-17 14:00:00Z
ENEWS 17 SEPTEMBER
Click here to read this issue of eNews
ENEWS 17 SEPTEMBER Les Walsh 2015-09-15 14:00:00Z
YOUR HELP IS REQUESTED FOR THIS FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGE
   
 
All District 9685 Rotarians are invited to:-
  • Coordinate the program in your Zone – support us in managing an area of District 9685
  • Home host – enjoy a cultural exchange in your own home with people from this part of the USA or Canada
  • Be a host for a day - arrange an outing for the group and their host families – show off your part of the world!
  • Hold a function – welcome dinner, bbq or other event to introduce our Rotary friends to your community
If you can help this exchange with the Seattle Rotarians is coming to Sydney, please contact PDG Graeme & Lyn Davies
 
YOUR HELP IS REQUESTED FOR THIS FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGE Les Walsh 2015-09-15 14:00:00Z
STOP PRESS : ACCOR HOTELS OFFER SPECIAL CONFERENCE DISCOUNT
Accor Hotels is pleased to inform you that all members attending the 2016 District Conference will have special rates between Monday 7 March and Monday 14 March 2016 with the following AccorHotels in Canberra:
  •           Novotel Canberra
  •           Mercure Canberra
  •           Ibis Styles Canberra
  •           Ibis Eaglehawk
By just clicking on the “Book now! link you will have access to your preferential rates.
 
How to book and benefit from these exclusive advantages?
 
   
 
On the Web: www.accorhotels.com 
 
By Smartphone, through our accorhotels.com FREE mobile application
 
By phone: Accor reservation call centers are open 24/7
 
Through hotel reservation desk

Important: Remember to have your ID number and contract code available when making your reservation.
 

We look forward to welcoming you to our AccorHotels in the near future.

Sincerely,

Your dedicated Accor team
 
STOP PRESS : ACCOR HOTELS OFFER SPECIAL CONFERENCE DISCOUNT Les Walsh 2015-09-14 14:00:00Z
BOLLYHILLS 2015 NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT
The Hills Rotaract Club, Norwest Sunrise and The Hills-Kellyville Rotary clubs would love to see you all at our BOLLYHILLS 2015 fundraiser to be held on 31 October 2015 at the Our Lady of the Lourdes School Hall, Grantham Road Seven Hills.   This event will support the MEDICOS 4 BOLIVIA project of the Rotary Club of Norwest Sunrise (Bella Vista) and the School rebuilding project in Vanuatu of the Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville.
 
The tickets are priced at $50 per person - why not book a table of 10 to have an exciting evening with Rotary Fun and Fellowship. 
BOLLYHILLS 2015 NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT Haran Ramachandran 2015-09-14 14:00:00Z
COMING TO A CINEMA NEAR YOU?
   
  Ask your club's Foundation Director to organise a showing  
COMING TO A CINEMA NEAR YOU? Les Walsh 2015-09-14 14:00:00Z
DEVONSHIRE TEA IN THE GARDEN
INNER WHEEL CLUB OF BAULKHAM HILLS invites you to come and wander the beautiful gardens at the Open Gardens weekend on 26 and 27 of September and enjoy a delicious DEVONSHIRE TEA. You can search for bargains on the TRASH AND TREASURE stall. Parking available on site.
 
“Glenhope” 
113 Castle Hill Rd, Castle Hill
26 and 27 of September
10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Enquires 9634 2508

ALL MONEY RAISED WILL GO TO SUPPORT THE SANCTUARY, THE HILLS DISTRICT WOMEN'S SHELTER AND OTHER LOCAL HILLS CHARITIES 
DEVONSHIRE TEA IN THE GARDEN Haran Ramachandran 2015-09-14 14:00:00Z
2014-15 DISTRICT GRANT SCHOLARSHIP
Our Districts Grant Scholar for last year, William Chan, will leave for his studies in Milan Italy on the 23rd of this month.  A summary of his background which William prepared for the RC Milano Cordusio is available in Word and so you can easily condense it or change it to suit your club’s bulletin. Please keep your Club informed on important Foundation successes such as this.
 
For the information of Clubs and Rotarians there were 6 applicants. All honours graduates, two with University medals (William was one). Clubs need to know that they should only nominate someone with an outstanding academic background and with a track record of community service.
  • His field is water and sanitation.
  • He was nominated by RC Macquarie Park.
  • He knows ‘Rotary’ having been to RYLA and having been President of his school Interact club. Just reinforcing the importance of our Rotary Youth programs.
  • He leaves on 23rd September.
  • He will keep us informed with his news while he is way, and he will be able to speak at clubs on his return.
The Foundation Grant for William was US$30,000 and was paid into our District account as A$40.800.
 
Resources (Background and image) are available by reading on.
2014-15 DISTRICT GRANT SCHOLARSHIP Les Walsh 2015-09-14 14:00:00Z
2015-16 GLOBAL GRANT SCHOLARSHIP
We will shortly be calling for nominations for this Rotary Year’s US$30,000 scholarship, so Clubs and Rotarians please start making enquiries around your Universities and higher education facilities.
2015-16 GLOBAL GRANT SCHOLARSHIP Les Walsh 2015-09-14 14:00:00Z
LEARN ABOUT MINDDOG AT BELROSE
   
   
  MindDog, is an organisation uniquely Australian, that assists people who have a psychiatric disability to live as normal a life as possible with the assistance of a psychiatric service dog.
Tony Edwards, will be talking at Belrose on 20 October about these amazing dogs as well as mental health. He was first diagnosed with a mental health condition at 13 years of age. He will give a personal perspective on his journey with mental health and MindDog.
 
 
 
 
LEARN ABOUT MINDDOG AT BELROSE Les Walsh 2015-09-14 14:00:00Z
DO YOU HAVE A DISTRICT DIRECTORY IN YOUR POCKET

Now you can have the District Directory in your pocket to use wherever you are.
 
Find out how by following this link.
 
DO YOU HAVE A DISTRICT DIRECTORY IN YOUR POCKET Les Walsh 2015-09-14 14:00:00Z
AN EXCLUSIVE INVITATION
   
  An exclusive invitation to lunch on 29 October and to attend an investment seminar that will explore the impact of global markets on your financial portfolio.  
AN EXCLUSIVE INVITATION Les Walsh 2015-09-14 14:00:00Z
SHELTERBOX'S SYRIA REFUGEE APPEAL
   
 
Over 4 million refugees have fled Syria and more than 16 million people are in need of assistance. The majority are in desperate need of shelter and other vital aid, leaving their homes with just the few possessions they can carry. The need for emergency shelter and essential aid is now is greater than ever.
 
 
SHELTERBOX'S SYRIA REFUGEE APPEAL Les Walsh 2015-09-14 14:00:00Z
BOB MONTGOMERY'S PERTH2SYDNEY4MND BIKE RIDE

71 year old Bob Montgomery sets off from Perth to Sydney on 4,000km bike ride raising funds for Motor Neurone Disease

What are these three seniors thinking? Would you challenge yourself to help others? Will you reach your $50,000 target? What do you know about MND? How come Rotary are helping?

On 14 September, semi-retired business person, local cyclist and Rotarian Bob Montgomery, is embarking on a solo charity bike ride from Perth to Sydney...over 4,100km. All money raised will go towards raising awareness and research funds for Motor Neurone Disease. This is Bob's second charity ride, also for MND. In 2013 he rode from the Blue Mountains to Port Douglas raising over $35,000 for MND. Now aged 71, Bob and wife Jenny, and friend Peter Shehadie are about to set out again and need your support for MND.

Bob’s decision to support MND is based on ... (download the press release to continue reading)
BOB MONTGOMERY'S PERTH2SYDNEY4MND BIKE RIDE Les Walsh 2015-09-14 14:00:00Z
CLUB VISIONING FACILITATION TRAINING
Rotarians who believe that they can make a difference, one club at a time are encouraged to train as a Club Vision Facilitator on Saturday 21 November.

Club Visioning is a foundation element for clubs, bringing members together toward …
  • Continuity of leadership, vision and process
  • Consistency in programming
  • Consensus toward solidarity and unanimity in purpose and action
Read on if you are interested in serving Rotary in this way ...
CLUB VISIONING FACILITATION TRAINING Les Walsh 2015-09-11 14:00:00Z
HELP DEE WHY WARRINGAH RAISE FUNDS FOR SHELTERBOX



 
Each ShelterBox provides Shelter, warmth and dignity for ten people in a disaster.  ShelterBox has provided survival in nine years to 1m people in 80 devastated countries.

The Rotary Club of Dee Why Warringah is committed to raising funds for 100 ShelterBoxes, as the disasters continue and the ShelterBoxes are desperately needed.

There is much more information and resources on the club's website

HELP DEE WHY WARRINGAH RAISE FUNDS FOR SHELTERBOX Les Walsh 2015-09-08 14:00:00Z
PLAY POKER AND HELP CROWS NEST CHARITIES
 
 
  More information on the Crows Nest website  
PLAY POKER AND HELP CROWS NEST CHARITIES Les Walsh 2015-09-07 14:00:00Z
EFFECTIVE PAIN MANAGEMENT STARTS HERE
Come to the Theatre of the Kolling institute at the Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards  at 6.00pm on Tuesday October 13,and hear Dr Charles Brooker of the Pain Management Research Institute, talking about conquering pain.

Dr Charles Brooker is an Anaesthetist and Pain Medicine Specialist with over 17 years’ experience practicing in pain medicine.  He is involved in acute and chronic pain medicine and related clinical research.  Dr Brooker is currently Director of the Chronic and Cancer Pain Service and Head of the Department of Pain Medicine at the Royal North Shore Hospital.

Find the Kolling Institute here

Download the flyer and get more information from the Crows Nest website

EFFECTIVE PAIN MANAGEMENT STARTS HERE Les Walsh 2015-09-07 14:00:00Z
OKTOBERFEST 2015
   
  Flyer available here  
OKTOBERFEST 2015 Les Walsh 2015-09-07 14:00:00Z
ROTARY CLUBS REBUILDING HOMES LOST IN TYPHOON
   
 

The Rotary Club of Glenhaven is working together with the Rotary Club of Illawarra Sunrise to assist in the rebuilding of homes lost to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines during November.

The two clubs have worked hard to fund their building projects, latest fundraiser is 'Swing into Spring' held early September.

Glenhaven Rotarian and project volunteer Francis Bernabe has said " Homes dedicated to the typhoon victims will greatly improve the lives of recipient families."

" Parents can concentrate on providing food and education for their children now they have a secure shelter."
" The Bacolod community has embraced the generosity of Rotary and local government has acknowledged the tremendous task and support the Rotary Club of Glenhaven has undertaken."

" The rebuilding of houses is providing a much needed income for local workers, a positive economic domino effect is now noticeable. "

Credit must go to Glenhaven club's volunteers Francis and Ophelia Bernabe, Myra Castellano-Hegarty for their hard work and dedication, together they have made many trips to Philippines where they have assisted with building, medical and food programs.
 
 
ROTARY CLUBS REBUILDING HOMES LOST IN TYPHOON Les Walsh 2015-09-07 14:00:00Z
IT'S TIME TO START THINKING ABOUT ATTENDING THE 2016 DISTRICT CONFERENCE IN CANBERRA 11-12 MARCH
Less than three months to register at concessional rates!
 
You are encouraged to register individually but your club may be arranging a bulk club registration - check with your club's Conference Promoter.  You also need to secure your own accommodation.
 
Register before 1 December to  be eligible for Early Bird pricing - and the Early Bird Prize of a case of Tyrrell's wine
 
Full conditions are available here
 
IT'S TIME TO START THINKING ABOUT ATTENDING THE 2016 DISTRICT CONFERENCE IN CANBERRA 11-12 MARCH Les Walsh