When were you last inspired by a woman and what was so extraordinary about their inspiration? 

How were you able to learn from their inspiration?

These and many more answers will be revealed when the NSW and ACT Rotary Districts and their clubs announce
winners of the Inspirational Women's Awards 2018
Sunday, 26 August 2018 at 11.30 am for 12 noon
The Epping Club, Rawson Street, Epping
2 course lunch with cash bar

To reserve your seat or table Book Now!

Amazing guest speakers who will share their journey as you discover more about our 2018 inspirational winners.

The guest speakers include:
  • Louise Azzopardi – Diesel (Heavy Vehicle) Mechanic, SALT Apprenticeship Ambassador and successful WorldSkills competitor will share - What Has My Career in Heavy Machinery Maintenance Led To?  
  • Detective Superintendent Deborah Wallace, NSW Police about - Inspirational Challenges and Making a Difference.
These awards recognise service to the community across all sectors. Directed at the non-Rotary community, it is about commitment, dedication, perseverance and proactivity in improving the lives of others across NSW and the ACT.

Often women, especially in country and regional NSW and ACT are the "quiet achievers" whose actions inspire others and make a difference in their communities. 

The Awards cover 2 key categories inclusive of Rural, City Urban and Volunteer for each category:
  • Young Inspirational Woman of the Year for the 18-30 years 
  • Inspirational Woman of the Year for the 30+ years 
Finalists are selected from each category, resulting in 2 overall winners:
  • Young Inspirational Woman of the Year
  • Inspirational Woman of the Year
An exemplary number of applications ensured the panel of independent judges from Rotary Districts were challenged as they assessed the three key criteria:
  • Community service which best exemplifies Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self 
  • Achievements
  • Personal attributes

* Your ticket purchase and proceeds from this event will support an Australian Rotary Health Scholarship for a young female GP by assisting with expenses during her 12 month placement in a Rural GP practice.
** Opting to incur the administration costs related to the issue of this ticket/s results in Rotary Health receiving those proceeds.


Here are some important dates to add to your Club Calendar NOW. Please don't schedule Club Projects or Events on any of these dates, as they are all important District Events (Conference & Changeover) or Training for 2019/20 Club Leaders.




16 March 2019 - President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) - COMPULSORY Training for 2019/20 Presidents


29-31 March 2019 - District Conference, Newcastle. Register at conference.rotarydistrict9685.org.au


14 April 2019 - District Assembly - Training for all 2019/20 Club Board members and executives


29 June 2019 - District Changeover




Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for July 2018.   Please feel free to share and send us your great membership stories.




I am delighted to be serving in the District Communications Director role in 2018/19. As I work full time, the best (and preferred) 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:
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
(Please BCC or send separately)
For consideration for the District Bulletin
Award/s and for your bulletin to reach
DG Susan Wakefield.
Thanks and best wishes to everyone for a great year in 2018/19.
Jade Catherall
District Communications Director 2018/19
Tickets are now on sale for Invictus Games Sydney 2018
From 10am 12 July, to coincide with 100 days to go to the Games, tickets went on sale for the Closing Ceremony, archery, powerlifting and wheelchair tennis.
There are also still some tickets available for our first release of sports including athletics, indoor rowing, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby.  Further sessions will be released in the coming weeks.
Spectators will enjoy free entry for the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge, road cycling and sailing events.
Our Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Ticketing Guide has all the details you need.
Contact: Rotary District 9685 Liaison 
PDG Marilyn Mercer 0416 026 848  mmm@myisp.net.au

The Rotary Leadership Institute course is now run over two days, powerpacked with information, learning and skills you can use in your Rotary life straight away. 
Networking with other Rotarians and led by experienced facilitators, you are sure to enjoy what others are describing as the best Rotary training they have had.  Register online now at rli.rotarydistrict9685.org.au and supercharge your Rotary.
There is 1 course available for registration:
RLI 48 - Saturday 4 and 25 August 2018
Please share this with your club members, particularly new Rotarians and new 2018/19 Board members.

The Rotary Club of North Ryde in partnership with the Centre for Emotional Health is pleased to present two free information evenings ideal for parents and teachers. The seminars will be held at the Hearing Hub, Level 2 Lecture Theatre at Macquarie University.


Join us on Tuesday 24 July from 6:00 pm to 7p.m. to hear about Eating and Body Image Disorders in Adolescence :

•    Beyond the stereotype: who develops an eating disorder and what does it look like

•    Research findings from the EveryBody study: a world-first research endeavour investigating Australian teenage body image

•    The role of social media in young peoples’ eating and body image concerns

•    How parents and mental health professionals can help




And on Wednesday, 22 August, from 6:00pm to 7p.m. to hear about the Nature and Treatment of Adolescent Depression including:

•    Ways to identify depression in adolescents

•    Personal vulnerabilities to depression and anxiety

•    Treatment options for youth

•    Practical tools and techniques for supporting adolescents with depression



The North Ryde Fun Run for Youth Mental Health is a community event organised by the Rotary Club of North Ryde, with venue partner Macquarie University and local community groups.

The 2018 Fun Run will be held on Sunday 26th August from 9am to 12pm at the Macquarie University Sport Fields, corner of Culloden and Talavera Roads, Macquarie Park.

The proceeds raised go towards funding research into youth mental health through the Australian Rotary Health organisation and to treatment programs through the Centre for Emotional Health.


Check out the details and register to attend: northrydefunrun.com.au



The Rotary Clubs of Mosman and The Entrance, and the Interact Club at the Tumbi Umbi Campus of the Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College recently cooperated in the very successful running of a “Wheelathon” to support the provision of wheelchairs for disabled children in developing countries. The “Wheelchairs for Kids” (WFK) program has two key objectives:

1.      Providing wheelchairs to children enabling them to have mobility for the first time in their lives, facilitating their involvement with family activities, and aiding their integration into their local communities.  The wheelchairs are provided free of charge through various organisations, including overseas Rotary Clubs, World Vision etc. who arrange shipment and fitting to the individual children. The wheelchairs are a life changer for both the children and their families.

2.      Encouraging the school's students to think more generally about the importance of enabling access and inclusion for children who have less abilities than others and providing them with a meaningful opportunity to make a difference.

As part of the "Wheelathon", students are sponsored by family and friends to both "wheel" and "be wheeled" in wheelchairs around obstacle courses or sports grounds. The event at Tumbi Umbi ran for around half a day with great participation and enthusiasm from the students and more than $5000 was raised from sponsorship with additional funds coming from a sausage sizzle and other catering activities.

Manufacturing to support the WFK program is supervised by Rotary and carried out by volunteers in Perth. With the all up manufacturing cost being $200 per unit, the efforts of the team at Tumbi Umbi will mean more than 25 children and families will benefit from the provision of a wheelchair.

Mosman Rotary has 15 WFK wheelchairs for use in Wheelathons and can provide  information for preparation of proposals for consideration by schools; help with the promotion of events by providing access to videos, presentations, photos and other materials; and together with Rotary Clubs near schools provide logistical support and related fund-raising activities on the day such as sausage sizzles.
To date more than 40,000 wheelchairs have been manufactured and supplied to international charities for their distribution around the world but as always, demand exceeds supply. If your Rotary club is interested in joining with a local school in running a Wheelathon please contact Richard Vahtrick from Mosman Rotary at
The Conference (formerly the Institute) will be held in Hobart on 14 – 16 September 2018 and Rotary International Director Noel Trevaskis invites all Rotarians to join us for this event. There will be a number of interesting presenters covering Rotary projects and issues of interest together with a variety of breakout sessions. What better way to keep up-to-date and enjoy mixing with Rotarians from all Australian states and the North and South Islands of New Zealand as well as visiting some of the many attractions on offer.
Further details can be found on the Conference website http://www.rotaryinstitute.org.au/  and additional information is available from the contacts listed on the site.
And there is more! Rotaractors can attend the conference at a reduced fee and participants in the Youth Exchange Program in 2018-19 or in the past 5 years can attend with no fee to pay. We know of several Rotarians who intend to holiday in Tasmania in conjunction with the Conference – why not you? Why not assist Rotaractors and Youth Exchange participants/alumni to join you?
Peter Murfett
Australia and New Zealand Rotary Conference 2018
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