We’re all mourning the loss of a wonderful man – a great friend and one of very few people who achieve the status of ‘a real life legend’ in their own life time …
  • He sustained a mild heart attack last Saturday week – few days in hospital – home last Thursday.  I enjoyed three hour long discussions and he was VERY relaxed … full on as we covered Rotary in general, our mutual challenge with the Century of Rotary in Oceania, political correctness and – reluctantly – his condition. He was still sharp as a tack – only his mortal body was failing …
  • Paul knew his time was up – he chuckled as he told me his ‘parts’ had worn out and doctors said there was nothing more they could. He said he had a great life – blessed with a wonderful family and plenty of opportunities to make a difference …
  • He never stopped giving - from service as a 22 years old mortar lieutenant on the Kokoda Track in PNG to ‘looking after’ 80 years old legacy widows as a 90 years old legatee !
  • Never talked much about his war service but admitted every year he has enjoyed since was a blessing with clear memories of Japanese bullets whizzing past his head several times. He shared with me he had once lost the skin off the souls of his feet as a result of months of jungle warfare in sodden conditions!!!
  • My wife Ann and I talked long and hard before I decided to apply for the position of managing editor at RDU back in 1983 – but sometimes in life, one gets lucky!  I got to share 35 years with the most amazing man I have ever met …
  • I knew he was special from my first day at the old building in Harris Park.  Every staff member loved him! It was very easy for me to continue to drive the organisation from that lofty position …
  • From the outset, his caring nature shone through … he stayed with me for six months to ensure I was settled in the job – and then jetted off with Peggy for another Rotary Convention!
  • Paul was a brilliant journalist.  In fact, more than a journalist, he was an old style English essayist! His grasp of the English language was perfect. He was a genuine leader of men, but usually from behind sowing the seed and allowing others to think they had a brilliant idea!!!
I could talk about my experiences with Paul for hours but I should let the facts of his amazing life speaker for themselves …
  • Born January 26, 1921 - Country boy with a rural background – educated at Leeton High School. Loved cricket – claimed he could not play very well …
  • 1937/39 – junior clerk Woolworths in Sydney – copy writer/announcer – freelance journalist.  Accepted by St John’s Theological College, Morpeth, NSW but entry in 1940 was deferred at outbreak of war.
  • War service – enlisted June 4, 1940. Officers School – Commissioned Lieutenant, December 1941 – active service in PNG – transferred to Officers Reserve January 1946.
  • University of Sydney 1946/48
  • 1948/54 – social worker with returned service personnel, leader within several service support organisations, including editor of the Australian Legion newspaper.
  • 1954/65 – launched and published his own newspapers – The Guardian and Newtown Daily.
  • Joined Rotary Club of Marrickville in 1955; later transferred to Rotary Club of Newtown due to proximity to his office.
  • 1965/84 – Founding editor of Rotary Down Under – three year trial!  Led the Rotary magazine world to achieve recognition by RI for all magazines to be an official alternative to The Rotarian.  Finally achieved in 1976 after a three year trial and several surveys … now 31 magazines in 24 languages!
  • RDU went from strength to strength and a Merchandise organisation (RDU Supplies) followed  …
  • Many other successful campaigns – part of team to established Probus in Australia and Probus Centre South Pacific; Sydney Legacy and Editor of Torchlight Magazine for Legacy movement in NSW.
Some of his favourite causes and projects –
  • RSL sub branch
  • Australian Association of Social Workers/Family Welfare
  • Marriage Guidance Council of NSW
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards – District and Regional
  • NSW Association for Mental Health – Hon Secretary
  • District Governor, Rotary International; various committees
  • Duke of Edinburgh Awards State Committee
  • Ranfurly Library Service
  • University of Western Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee
  • Jane Austen Society of Australia
Accomplished historical author –
  • Gift of God, Friend of Man – history of timber industry 1986
  • Seventy Five Years of Service – Rotary in Australia 1921/71
  • In Search of Health (2001) for Australian Rotary Health
  • With Health in Mind (2011) updated for ARH
  • History of Probus (2014) for Probus Centre South Pacific
  • Editor of the narrative poem I, Jane Austen by Mary Corringham (2001)
  • Centenary of Rotary in Oceania – current …
Awards –
  • Order of Australia Medal (0AM) January 2001
  • Australia Day Council Citizen Award 2001
  • The Australia Rotary Health Research Medal for 2006
  • Rotary Down Under Distinguished Service Award
  • Diploma of Social Studies, 1948
  • Master of Arts (Coursework), 1992
  • Doctor of Philosophy, 1996
  • Master of Arts (Hons) (Research), 2016
I don’t know how anyone individual could fit so much into one lifetime? 
But I do know how much he loved this Rotary Club and all of the members within.  He had the time of his life at our recent 50th anniversary celebration – loved the walk down memory lane, catching up with so many old friends, Greg North’s poem, and so many entertaining program highlights …
He truly was a real life legend – and his spirit will live on within our hearts and minds for many years to come …
Thank you – Bob Aitken AM, Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains.
PAUL HENNINGHAM OAM - A REAL LIFE LEGEND Jade Catherall 2018-12-04 13:00:00Z 0

Expressions of Interest are being called for to create an Emergency Response Team for District 9685.

If you have expertise or in the area of Emergency Management (Recovery) we invite you to contact

D.G. Susan Wakefield by 30.12.18.

It is envisaged that this team would direct response to natural or man-made disasters within our district boundaries




EXPRESSION OF INTEREST REQUIRED Jade Catherall 2018-12-04 13:00:00Z 0
THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN - MOVIE NIGHT Jade Catherall 2018-12-04 13:00:00Z 0
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for December 2018.   Please feel free to share and send us your great membership stories.
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - DECEMBER 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-12-04 13:00:00Z 0
Ku-ring-gai Rotary Club has transformed a little used storage shed and some heavily overgrown waste ground into a bright new learning centre and vegetable garden, complete with chicken house for Clarke Road School in Hornsby.
The work included building garden beds, bringing water to different parts of the garden, including a cistern to ensure continuous water for the chickens.  The group also assembled the chicken coop, cleaned out the shed, installed new doors, added a deck and stairs and installed potting benches, all in an area which can only be reached on foot up long ramps.
The new facility including the refurbished shed will enable children with intellectual disabilities to learn skills which until now have not been able to be taught at the school.  It will help the dedicated staff provide more opportunities for senior students.
Joy Newling, President of Ku-ring-gai Rotary Club, said that members were inspired by the teachers and parents of “this amazing school”, and were proud to provide not just a facility but opportunities for students.
This wonderful project could not have happened without a District Grant from The Rotary Foundation for which the club is extremely grateful.
The Council on Resolutions for 2018 has been finalised and the attached document provides the outcome of those resolutions which have been adopted and will go to the RI board
The resolution 18R- 08 which was filed by Central Blue Mountains, on behalf of the D9685 was successful.  If passed by the RI board, then clubs will be able to record all volunteer hours including administration and fund raising.
COUNCIL ON RESOLUTION RESULTS Jade Catherall 2018-12-04 13:00:00Z 0
Greetings everyone,  I wish to bring you up to date with some developments with my DG Partners Project, which is Grace’s Place.   For those of you whom District Governor Susan and I have yet to visit, Grace’s Place is a purpose-built project to assist the children who have been the silent victims of a domestic homicide.   This is a project of Martha Jabour, the CEO of the Homicide Victim’s Support Group in New South Wales, who is one of our keynote speakers at the District Conference next March.
It had been planned for a ‘SOD Turning” to get the project underway at the land in Doonside that had been donated to the group by the NSW State Government and the Blacktown City Council.   Unfortunately, when the initial inspection was made of the land, it was found that it contained a large amount of Asbestos which had been dumped there over years gone past.   Blacktown City Council has now undertaken a clean-up operation in readiness for an inspection and a building application to be approved.   It is now thought that the turning of the ‘SOD’ will be either just before or just after the District Conference next march.
For those of you who like to have a shot at the ‘SOD’, or DG Susan’s Official Driver, the turning of the SOD is purely a building term and not associated with me, but I intend to attend that event.
I wish to thank the following clubs and Rotarians who have donated funds to Grace’s Place so that we can fit out one or more of the therapy rooms in the complex in the name of Rotary District 9685.  Those clubs are Brookvale, Glenhaven, Castle Hill, Kenthurst and the Rotary E Club of Sydney.  I would also like to thank Karo Haltmeier for her personal donation.
If you wish, you may meet with Martha Jabour at our District Conference in Newcastle where she will be selling ‘building blocks’ at a stall or you can EFT funds to the District 9685 Admin Account and use the Reference 9875 which will alert the District Treasurer that the funds transferred are for Grace’s Place.   If you could also send me an email so that I can have an audit trail for funds raised.  If you would prefer to use a cheque, please make the cheque out to the District 9685 Admin Account.  If you make it out to Grace’s Place, please endorse the back of the cheque to pay the Rotary District Admin Account.
Once again, thank you for your interest and support of Grace’s Place which is named after Grace Lynch, the mother of murder victim Anita Cobby.  Grace was one of the four people who started the Homicide Victims Support Group after the death of her daughter.
John Wakefield OAM
PDG 2002-3 D9690
2019 District Conference Chairman.
GRACE'S PLACE UPDATE Jade Catherall 2018-12-03 13:00:00Z 0
PROMOTING ROTARY PUBLIC IMAGE Jade Catherall 2018-12-03 13:00:00Z 0
JOB VACANY Jade Catherall 2018-11-13 13:00:00Z 0
Governor Wendy Protheroe and her amazing team in District 9600 have just received the best possible boost from the END POLIO NOW team at Rotary Headquarters in Evanston, USA … a grant of $185,896.95 to fund hi viz safety vests for our brave volunteers in PNG!
The story goes back to early September and meetings with representatives of WHO and UNICEF who explained the urgent need for the vests to enhance the safety and security of the volunteers providing medical support for victims of vaccine derived polio in the remote outposts of mountainous PNG.
Cost of the vests was estimated to be in the vicinity of $200,000 – completely out of reach for District 9600 and resources available to WHO and UNICEF at that time.
After discussions with Governor Wendy and her team, I sent a request to END POLIO NOW campaign manager Carol Pandak in Evanston seeking special support for the vital requirement.
Carol and her team were on the job immediately and sought support from Wendy and her District leaders in setting up a leadership team, special bank account and other resources.
It was very opportune that the Governor was about to leave for her visit to PNG and she really hit the ground running.
Yesterday, Governor Wendy received official word that The Rotary Foundation Chair Ron Burton had signed off on the grant and $185,896.95 was on the way to the District 9600 Management team – District TRF Chair Darryl Iseppi, Assistant Governor Wendy Scholz and Governor Wendy Protheroe.  Governor Wendy has agreed to accept stewardship responsibilities.
The team has commenced the next step – getting the vests printed with the current Rotary mark and necessary words, followed by distribution to all teams in various regions of PNG.  The vests will ensure the safety of volunteers and it follows contribute to the health of PNG children.
Governor Wendy and her support team was able to visit children in hospital in PNG and became caught up in the emotion of the experience.
Please allow me to share her heartfelt thoughts with you all …
  • Thanks to all the Rotarians who donate funds to Polio Plus – and for making sure the vaccines are reaching the children of the world.
  • Thanks to Polio Plus for recognising that sometimes we need to look a little more broadly than just vaccines and that we truly do have the ability to respond to special needs in various parts of the world.
  • Thanks to Rotarians  on the ground in PNG who are encouraging everyone to travel and connect their children with the vaccinating teams.
  • Thanks to all Rotarians in District 9600 – and I have absolutely no doubt that each of your will donate just a little more this afternoon as you remember why we live ‘service above self’.
Friends … I urge you all to share this story with EVERYONE in your respective Districts.  It provides absolute proof that the fund raising support we have maintained for Polio Plus since 1987 is vital and can benefit people in all parts of the world – even our own back yard!!!
When you are asked ‘why are we still supporting Polio Plus?’ share this story – and how quickly our dedicated leaders at The Rotary Foundation were able to respond.
I encourage you all to use the story to maximise giving in your respective Districts as we move towards the completion of the first half of our Rotary year  -
  • US$1,500 per Rotary club
  • Plan now for 20% of unused DDF to go to END POLIO NOW at year’s end
  • Maintain the search for major donors – US$10,000 each.  They are out there waiting to be asked …
Warm best wishes and thanks,
Bob Aitken AM JP
RI END POLIO NOW Coordinator, Zones 7B/8, 2018/19
GREAT TRF SUPPORT FOR PNG CAMPAIGN Jade Catherall 2018-11-13 13:00:00Z 0

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ROTARY ON THE MOVE - NOVEMBER 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-11-13 13:00:00Z 0



Bookings for our wonderful celebration of our Rotary Foundation on Monday 26th November are coming in steadily now.  It would be great to have a record attendance of D9685 and D9675 Rotarians, partners, and friends at our dinner with Past Rotary International President Ian Riseley as our Guest Speaker.  PRIP Ian will also make a very special presentation to a Sydney based recipient of a Peace award which is only awarded in the year to one person world wide.


Bookings are closing on Sunday 18 November. Our numbers needs to be finalised for the catering, so I urge you to get those table bookings in for your club as soon as possible.  And for those of you coming individually we look forward to you registering as soon as possible now.


Please register at foundationdinner.rotarydistrict9685.org.au


For Table Bookings please head here


We welcome you to a great night of fellowship and learning more about our Foundation.




ROTARY FOUNDATION DINNER - 26 NOVEMBER 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-10-30 13:00:00Z 0
BLACKHEATH ROTARY CELEBRATING 75 YEARS Jade Catherall 2018-10-30 13:00:00Z 0
Terrigal Drive, Terrigal on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November 2018.

We raise funds for our charity donations and will be able to support youth projects, both locally and in Africa.
We are now collecting books and looking for volunteers
 Contact JOHN on 0411 176 364
if you have really good books for us to collect, or want to help out.
Thank you
• Fiction Paperback books
• Fiction Hardback books
• Sci Fi
• DYI, Gardening, Craft, Hobby, Painting Books
• Cook Books
• Military and History Books
• Children’s books
• CDs
• DVDs
• Puzzles and games
• Comics, graphic novels & Manga
• ‘Talking book’ audio on CD NO THANK YOU
• Reader’s Digest condensed books
• Law books, older than 3 Years
• Encyclopaedias, no matter how new
• Atlases older than 3 years
• Magazines
• Text books, unless recent & in mint condition
• Any item not meeting our quality standards (any books that are yellowed, mouldy, torn, dirty, written in, or defaced can unfortunately not be sold)
GREAT BOOK SALE Jade Catherall 2018-10-30 13:00:00Z 0

The International Fellowship of Cricketing Rotarians (IFCR) is one of the most popular of all Rotary Fellowships with a membership now touching 1350.
Melbourne has the honour of hosting this festival from January 20 next year. We will follow in the footsteps of previous festivals in Christchurch (2017), Nottingham (2014), Vapi in India (2012), Durban (2010), Colombo (2007) and Hunter Valley (2004).
Registrations include 185 players from 9 countries and 85 non-players. Cricket games will be played at Caulfield Park and East Caulfield Reserve from Monday January 21 through to Friday January 25.
On Wednesday 23 there will be a game at the spiritual home of Australian IFCR at Strath Creek which is 70k from Melbourne.
A novel feature of this festival is that players will play in mixed teams. The spirit of cricket and the fellowship of Rotary will be assured across all competing countries.
The Opening Dinner at the MCG on Sunday night January 20 will have one of Australia’s leading sports commentators as guest speaker. The Friday night Closing Dinner will feature leading cabaret performer, Marney McQueen.
All in all, it will be a great week of cricket, fun, entertainment and fellowship. Festival details: http://rotarycricket.org
Festival email: rgroom@iinet.net.au
Australian IFCR enquiries to Doug King, email: kingdoug12@gmail.com



I have reviewed the proposed resolutions put forward by districts around the world. Our district, through Central Blue Mountains Rotary proposed the resolution regarding capturing volunteer time on administration and fundraising.
The results of the vote will be known in late November. 
David Cook and I participated in the Council on Legislation sessions at Institute. It was good practice and worth listening to the proposals put forward by other districts and the RI Board. Our district put forward two proposed enactments.
Basically the Council on Resolutions manages recommendations to the Board to change policies set out in the Code of Policies. 
The Council on Legislation acts as the parliamentary body and votes on bylaw and constitutional changes. 
One Rotarian from every district forms part of the Council. Currently we vote on resolutions every year and on enactments once every three years. 
On behalf of D9685 I have currently voted on the 2018 Council on Resolutions
If Rotarians are interested in finding out more the following materials are available to help you navigate the COR:
  • Council on Resolutions FAQs
  • Council on Resolutions Rules of Procedure
  • How to Read Resolutions
  • How to Participate in the Council on Resolutions
SHELTERBOX CLUB CHAMPION LAUNCH Jade Catherall 2018-10-30 13:00:00Z 0
LIGHT UP EAST RYDE Jade Catherall 2018-10-30 13:00:00Z 0
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Jade Catherall 2018-10-16 13:00:00Z 0

We are getting a number of inquiries as to the outcomes of the train ride. AS of today the tally is at A$245k so we are just $5k short. If there are any Clubs out there that can find it within their bank accounts to contribute and get the tally to $250k, we think this would be outstanding.


The train ride for Dave and myself was a great opportunity to help get the Polio massage to a larger audience and a big THANK YOU to all the Clubs that turned out to present cheques, to ride the train, and to promote the brand. We did have a lot of red End Polio Now shirts visible on the day. At the end of this month we will have a final tally and there will be a story in RDU November edition.







THE TRAIN TO END POLIO HAS BEEN RIDEN! Jade Catherall 2018-10-16 13:00:00Z 0
Barry Rassin
President, 2018-19
My dear friends,

24 October is just a couple weeks away, and I hope all of you are busy planning for how your club will mark this year’s World Polio Day. It’s just fantastic to see how many clubs and districts have already registered events at endpolio.org, and how much thought and creativity has gone into their planning. There will be lectures, concerts, polio walks, polio rides, and of course, livestream viewing parties. Many clubs are also taking advantage of the virtual reality films now available and incorporating a virtual reality experience in their World Polio Day activities.

If you haven’t yet, be sure to head over to endpolio.org to promote your event, get details on the livestream, and find out what else is going on in your area. Remember that hosting a World Polio Day event can help you earn this year’s Presidential Citation!

One of the things I’ve heard as I’ve traveled for Rotary is that Rotarians don’t always know how to answer some of the tough questions they get on polio eradication. To help, we’ve prepared a brief Q & A outlining some of the basics. The questions I hear most often, though, are the simplest ones: Why aren’t we there yet, and why are we still raising so much money for polio?

To answer that question, it’s helpful to use a metaphor many of us can easily understand: mowing a lawn. For most small lawns, you don’t need more than a push mower. If you’ve got something much larger—say, half an acre—you’d invest in a riding mower. And you’d be fine.

Now imagine you’re faced with mowing an absolutely enormous field—say, forty acres, or about sixteen hectares. Imagine it hasn’t been mowed in years, and it’s full of weeds, brambles, and thorns. And imagine you need everything on that field cut to the exact same height. You couldn’t do it over a period of days: the section you mowed first would grow back before you reached the end. What would you do? You couldn’t even think about a push mower. Even a riding mower would take a week and probably couldn’t handle it. The only way to do it would be to bring out the big guns, and get a tractor with a six-foot mower in the back—maybe even a couple of tractors.

Now consider the logistics of polio eradication.  There are 360,000 babies born every single day in the world. To be fully protected against polio, each of them must be vaccinated not just once, but several times. To stop the virus from traveling, every child must be fully vaccinated all at the same time—before enough new children are born to allow the virus to travel again.

The only way to achieve eradication is through the massive and coordinated scale on which we are now working: using a vast network of systems to deliver about 430 million doses of vaccine every year, via mass immunization campaigns. Forget a 40-acre field—we’re talking about Africa, we’re talking about southeast Asia. Places with vast distances, incredibly remote communities, wars, instability, poverty—and hundreds of millions of children. We need to reach them all.

The only way to finish the job is to give it everything we have, all at once. Yes, it’s expensive. Yes, it’s difficult. Yes, it is a task of breathtaking ambition and scope. But thanks to you--we are doing it.

That is what all of us need to know, and understand, on this World Polio Day. Now is the time to give it everything we have, to raise the funds, raise the awareness, and Be the Inspiration to End Polio Now.

Yours in Rotary,

Barry Rassin
President, Rotary International 2018-19
HOW WILL YOU HELP IN THE FIGHT AGAINST POLIO? Jade Catherall 2018-10-16 13:00:00Z 0
YOUTH EXCHANGE 60TH ANNIVERSARY Jade Catherall 2018-10-16 13:00:00Z 0

We would like to congratulate all the finalists in this year's Statewide Police Officer of the Year Awards.  We have very happy to confirm that there are 5 finalists from District 9685 in the finals and wish them every success in winning their category. 


The finalists are:


Sgt. Barry Cash, from Workforce Safety Command, Woy Woy - a finalist in the Corporate Services Police Officer of the Year Category


Snr. Constable Steven Mark Day, from the Blue Mountains Police Area Command - a finalist in the Metropolitan Police Officer of the Year Category


Leading Snr. Constable Daniel Glenn, from the North Shore Police Area Command - also a finalist in the  Metropolitan Police Officer of the Year Category


Det. Sgt. Kelsey Priestley, also from the North Shore Police Area Command - a finalist in the Irene Juergens Fellowship Award Category


Harry Scope, from the Tuggerah Lakes Police District - a finalist in the Police Volunteer of the Year Category


It is a great honour for these worthy nominees to reach the final three in each of the categories, and it would be wonderful if you would consider coming along to the very prestigious Awards Night on the 16th November to cheer them on.


POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARDS FINALISTS Jade Catherall 2018-10-16 13:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Barry Edmundson, District Drought Appeal Co-ordinator gave a comprehensive report to the recent Presidents meeting regarding the district’s response to the drought appeal.

At the recent Australia and NZ Conference the District Governors from the drought affected regions were extremely grateful for the support of the rest of Australia. The support both monetary and physical is much appreciated by all those people living through this terrible time.

Many clubs around the district are still raising funds in a wide variety of ways ranging from Theatre nights to the old-fashioned bucket drops. The Channel Nine appeal has been closed off to donations after reaching just over $10 Million. The disbursement of those funds has begun. A full list of those disbursements can be found on the Channel Nine website about $4 million has been sent to the various organisations involved in drought relief including many rotary districts and projects.

While the Channel Nine RAWCS account has closed there are still RAWCS accounts open and receiving money for the drought relief. Please check the RAWCS website if you wish to donate money into one of those accounts.

Many many clubs are liaising directly with clubs and districts in the rural areas and I encourage you to continue to do that but please let Barry Edmundson know what your plans are.

At the recent President’s meeting a short YouTube clip was shown called “Adopt A Town”. This is an initiative from the Rotary Club of Caringbah, your club might like to take a look.

Thank You to all those Rotarians and clubs that are supporting the drought relief, your hard work is truly appreciated.


DROUGHT RELIEF UPDATE Jade Catherall 2018-10-03 14:00:00Z 0
Let’s Paint NSW Clean!
Locals across NSW are being encouraged to Love Where We Live by getting involved in Graffiti Removal Day on Sunday 21 October 2018.
Graffiti Removal Day is an annual state-wide volunteer day supported by the NSW Government.
The day draws attention to the fight against graffiti vandalism, and encourages the removal and prevention of graffiti in our local communities.
Graffiti vandalism costs our community millions each year. This is money that could be invested into improving our roads, schools and hospitals.
According to The Department of Justice, in NSW residential dwellings are the largest target for graffiti vandals, closely followed by public transport and commercial properties.
“Graffiti Removal Day is a day where locals come together to join in the fight against graffiti, restore community pride, and to show we can all Love Where We Live,” said Graffiti Removal Day Chairman, Bob Aitken.
“Rotary clubs throughout NSW are committed to combating graffiti alongside the NSW Government, Graffiti Removal Australian and sponsors such as Dulux, and Selleys.”
Last year across NSW, more than 1,800 volunteers removed 30,050m2 of graffiti from nearly 500 sites, and gained the support of close to 70 local councils, saving our community $2.1 million in clean-up costs.
“This year, become a local hero in the fight against graffiti by volunteering on the day or nominating a clean-up site at www.graffitiremovalday.org.au,” Aitken stated.
“Those who cannot make it on the day can still show their support by promoting the day on social media using the hashtags #GRD18 and #LoveWhereWeLive,” concluded Aitken.
GRAFFITI REMOVAL DAY Jade Catherall 2018-10-02 14:00:00Z 0
With 1 in 5 people experiencing a mental illness every year, it's very possible that you know someone who has had a tough time with their mental health.

It's now Mental Health Month and World Mental Health Day is 1 WEEK AWAY. That's when Australian Rotary Health will be celebrating Hat Day to #LiftTheLid on Mental Illness.

It's not too late to get involved! Register here.

100% of funds raised will go towards vital mental health research at universities across Australia.
1 WEEK UNTIL HAT DAY Jade Catherall 2018-10-02 14:00:00Z 0


The Rotary Club of Beecroft are collecting toiletries to form “Starter Kits’ for homeless children/youth as they enter into the services of Taldumande Youth Services and we are hoping you, our wonderful community will help us once again!

Please have a look to see if you have anything around the house for these toiletry “Starter Kits” for girls and boys and if not, maybe you could pop an item into your shopping trolley next time you’re out.


Useful items for each pack –

Roll on deodorant (female and male)
Face Wipes
Shaving Cream
Body Wash
Body Lotion
Bars of Soap
New and unused sample/travel-size items that you may have collected from hotels are perfect

We will be collecting toiletries from Saturday 29th September until Saturday 3rd November.

We have Sydney drop off addresses at Wahroonga, Normanhurst, Castle Hill, Beecroft, Warrawee, North Rocks, East Ryde and Epping


Taldumande are a registered charity who provide support to vulnerable and homeless children, young people aged 12-21, and their families across Northern Sydney, an area that extends from Sydney Harbour to the Hawkesbury River, into the Northern Beaches, out to Ryde, Denistone and Pennant Hills.

Please if you can SHARE this post so others can join in and help too, it would be appreciated.

If you would like to know more about their services, please visit their website https://www.taldumande.org.au/





COLLECTING TO SUPPORT TALDUMANDE Jade Catherall 2018-10-02 14:00:00Z 0


Having a consistent brand image is important to all organisations, Rotary is no exception. In 2013, a new logo & brand image pack was developed, this was to ensure every club, in every district across the world could have the same high standard of brand recognition.


Over the past few months, we have been completing health checks, and it is very noticeable that there a lot of old style graphics being used in various publications, including newsletters & flyers, and hardware items, such as banners. Could all clubs please check all of their clubs portfolio, and make the correct changes. When posting anything on social media, or submitting items to the District newsletter, please make sure they are updated.


If you're still in doubt, download Rotary's official Voice and Visual Identity Guidelines: https://brandcenter.rotary.org/Asset/DownloadMaster/118




IS YOUR CLUB USING CORRECT ROTARY BRANDING? Jade Catherall 2018-10-02 14:00:00Z 0


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




ROTARY ON THE MOVE - OCTOBER 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-10-02 14:00:00Z 0
Join the Celebration
World Polio Day is 24 October!

Now’s the time to start planning your World Polio Day event. Spread the word in your community about the ongoing fight to end polio. Together, we can — and will — make history by ending polio for good. 

You can join our global celebration in many ways:
  • Hold a fundraiser. Consider making virtual reality a part of it so people can see what it’s like to vaccinate a child against polio.
  • Educate your neighbors. Talk with friends, family, and colleagues about Rotary’s work to end polio.
  • Hold a viewing party. Watch the livestream of Rotary’s World Polio Day event as a club or with another Rotary or Rotaract club.
  • Light up your city. Illuminate a local landmark with the End Polio Now logo.

No event is too big or too small. Whatever you’re planning for World Polio Day, be sure to tell us about it.

Find resources to help you plan or promote your event at endpolio.org.   
WORLD POLIO DAY - 24 OCTOBER Jade Catherall 2018-10-02 14:00:00Z 0
ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION - PROFESSOR O'CONNELL Jade Catherall 2018-10-02 14:00:00Z 0
Tickets are now on sale for the next of Lower Blue Mountains Rotary’ popular charity movie nights – Ladies in Black - at the Glenbrook Cinema.
Just $20 for tasty finger food, beverages and a movie ticket represents great value
Set in one of Sydney’s major Department stores in the 1950s, Ladies in Black has been acclaimed as the latest movie hit for Australia’s premier movie Director Bruce Beresford.
Driving Miss Daisy and Breaker Morant are among the Director’s biggest hits.
All recent Rotary charity movie nights at Glenbrook Cinema have been ‘sold out’ and Ladies in Black will be no exception.
A ‘black business attire’ theme has been adopted for the night – Sunday, October 14 – and another light hearted evening of great entertainment is certain. Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed ‘Ladies in Black’ and their male escorts.
Bookings are with Rotarian Pamela Noal on 0447 778 870.
Doors to the Glenbrook Cinema Hall will open at 6 pm for finger food and refreshments, best dressed prizes will be presented at 7 pm and seating will commence at 7.15 pm.
Proceeds from the charity night will benefit Rotary’s youth programs in the Lower Mountains – Books for Schools, Primary School citizenship awards, mentoring youth, Rotary Youth Leadership awards, and maternal and child care in developing nations.
LADIES IN BLACK Jade Catherall 2018-10-02 14:00:00Z 0

We are trying to negotiate a few opportunities for friendship exchanges between our district and other districts in the world. 


Our first exchange will take place in District 3141In Mumbai India. The district has 5,000 Rotarians. We are looking up to12 participants, including partners who would like to visit for 7-10 days in late February. This is a time of many polio immunisation initiatives as well as their district conference on 23-24 February which is generally attended by 1,000 Rotarians. If the group would prefer, we can arrange any time between December and March. The district hosts can also arrange a visit to popular Indian destinations like Goa, New Delhi, Agra- Taj Mahal and Rajasthan, or elsewhere. 


Rotarians - can you please contact me ASAP if you are interested in participating in this great opportunity.


Phone: 0414367631 or jennifer@scottadr.com


PDG Jennifer Scott




FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGE Jade Catherall 2018-10-02 14:00:00Z 0
GIANT CHARITY GARAGE SALE Jade Catherall 2018-09-18 14:00:00Z 0
WOMEN IN ROTARY FORUM Jade Catherall 2018-09-18 14:00:00Z 0
ROTARY TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND Jade Catherall 2018-09-18 14:00:00Z 0
NSW POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARDS Jade Catherall 2018-09-18 14:00:00Z 0
District Governor Susan Wakefield OAM was delighted to receive a real financial bonus for District 9685 and The Rotary Foundation’s END POLIO NOW campaign during her recent official visit to the Rotary Club of Belrose.
President Shane Broekman presented a cheque for $100,000 from the deceased estate of resident Kathleen Sheather.
Fortunately for Rotary and three other charities, Rotarian solicitor Kos Psaltis was requested to advise on suitable charities for donations from the estate and $100k has been donated to The Rotary Foundation – specifically for the Polio campaign, along with The Fred Hollows Foundation, Cancer Council and Westmead Children’s Hospital.
District TRF Chair PDG David Rands was aware of the pending gift and was delighted to learn of the recent presentation.
He emphasised that the best news was that the $100,000 will become $300,000 when Rotary applies the multiplier effect of the Gates Foundation and other bonuses.
All Rotary Clubs and senior leaders are reminded of the momentum building for the TRAIN RIDE TO END POLIO on Friday, September 28 …
Mark and David Anderson of the Rotary Club of Beecroft will ride the Sydney train network to visit ALL 187 railway stations and Rotarians and Rotary Clubs have the opportunity to be part of the largest and most successful public Polio promotion in Australian Rotary history.
Many clubs are already planning special activities to draw public attention to the event which involved the two Sydney Districts and should attract a colourful ‘army’ of red END POLIO NOW t-shirt ‘soldiers’.
The Andersons have called for club representatives to join them on the ride – and bring donations to grow District Polio funds –
  • Suggested personal gifts of $187 – one dollar for each station.
  • Club gifts of $10 per station - $1,870,
  • Canvas corporate supporters for $100 per station - $18,700.
Remember, personal and corporate donations are tax deductible through the Australian Rotary Foundation Trust and will be boosted by the Gates ‘multiplier’.
This event is a wonderful opportunity for club interaction. The Blue Mountains Clubs are urged to join Governor Susan Wakefield OAM on the morning train leaving Blackheath and taking in all stations to Emu Plains on Friday, September 28.  Susan and her Lower Blue Mountains entourage will be on the 11.14 am train from Emu Plains so Rotarians along the Mountains line should check their time tables to coordinate their travel
Members from all over the Sydney area (Districts 9685 and 9675) are urged to wear their red END POLIO NOW T-shirts and join trains at station of choice.
Governor Susan and her entourage will join the train at Emu Plains Railway Station – where the Lower Blue Mountains Club is planning another END POLIO NOW barbecue to sell sausage sandwiches to commuters from 7 am.
The club will have promotional material and banners on display, and distribute membership flyers to train travellers.
All District Rotary Clubs are urged to make a ‘fun’ day of this excellent promotional initiative.  Contact Mark Anderson on 0408 622 698 or email mark.anderson@rotary.org if you require further information on times and donations.
The big Rotary International news last week was announcement of a further US$96.8 million in grants to support the END POLIO NOW campaign.
The announcement came as Nigeria marks two years without further reported cases of wild poliovirus – following four reported in 2016.
The new grants support ongoing efforts in Nigeria ($16.1m), Afghanistan ($22.9m) and Pakistan ($21.7m) and underline the vital importance of continuing intensive fund raising efforts around the world to ensure surveillance and vaccination continues in vulnerable countries.
Rotary is committed to raising US$50m per year to maintain the Gates Foundation support.
Remember, our fund raising goals this Rotary year remain similar to last year –
  • US$1,500 per Club – to raise a world goal of US$50m.
  • 20% or more from District Designated Funds (DDF) – goal of US$10m.
  • Ongoing quest to attract major donors in all Districts – goal of US$4m.
Sincere thanks to everyone for ongoing support,
PDG Bob Aitken AM JP
RI END POLIO NOW Coordinator, Zone 8, 2018/19
$100K FOR D9685 AND THE END POLIO NOW CAMPAIGN Jade Catherall 2018-09-04 14:00:00Z 0
Please study the following excellent summary from RI’s Rob Byrne if you are keen to take advantage of a simple ‘fund raiser’ for your Rotary Foundation commitment this year …
Several clubs throughout our District stage regular charity movie nights and all are very successful.
Apart from the obvious fund raising benefit, such nights involve members of the public and provide the perfect public relations exercise for contact with potential new members.
So, please take time to study Rob Byrne’s excellent guidelines, then make arrangements for a meeting with your local movie cinema manager.
We recommend clubs in one suburb/city combine forces for the evening and make this a combined event.
Be sure to take Rob’s notes with you to the cinema meeting and share with the manager.  Such action makes it very clear that Rotary has the full support of Fox Studios with this annual promotion.
I also suggest you print your own copies of the poster to share with Rotary club members – or circulate on line via your club bulletin once the event is arranged.
You will need to negotiate your special price with the cinema manager but please remember this is voluntary community service on his/her part and they are under no obligation.  We need to build relationships with cinema people in the best possible way.
Some clubs serve finger food and beverages to add to the social occasion but such arrangements need to be made with the cinema manager.
Lower Blue Mountains Rotary has a great success story with charity movie nights and if anyone was further discussion, don’t hesitate to contact me directly.
With thanks and best wishes,
PDG Bob Aitken AM JP
District 9685 Public Relations Co-Chair
From Rob Byrne:
As you would know, this year’s Polio Movie Event is looking like the biggest and best ever.  Bohemian Rhapsody, the story of Queen and Freddie Mercury, is something that we can all relate to, no matter what our age.  Check out the trailer at www.bit.ly/BohRhapTrailer -- it will rock you!
To help your clubs to promote the event, I’ve created an A4 promotional flyer.  I did it in PowerPoint so that clubs would easily be able to personalise it.  Once they’ve done this, they can:
  • get flyers printed:
    • by printing it themselves (for small volumes)* or
    • saving it as a PDF and sending it to a printer
      (a good printer can shrink it to A5 if that’s preferred)
  • save the file as a .jpg image and use it in their:
    • club bulletin
    • Facebook page
    • website
    • email campaigns
    • etc.
But first, they will need to:
  • decide whether to partner with other local Rotary clubs
  • discuss the event with their local cinema, explaining that:
    • it is a fundraiser for Rotary’s #1 cause, EPN, and the cinema’s assistance would be greatly appreciated  (please note that clubs need to avoid aggressive negotiations – this has occurred in some areas in the past and has damaged our relationship with Fox)
    • the offer from Fox is available for the seven days commencing Thursday 1st November (which is also the date of the worldwide release)
    • the cinema needs to contact James Warhurst, Sales Coordinator at Fox Studios (james.warhurst@fox.com) to discuss terms (this is not done by Rotary)
    • the cinema is likely to regard the Rotary event as great word-of-mouth promotion for the movie.
  • the club may want to consider making it more than just a movie event, by including other activities, such as dinner or canapés, raffles, prizes for best-dressed (Freddie-style?!), etc.
Please let clubs know that, to maintain consistency, the event is only to be used to fundraise for End Polio Now.
I’ve also attached a PowerPoint that you may wish to use to create an ad for your district bulletin, Facebook, etc.  Feel free to edit.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
* Unfortunately, PowerPoint leaves a large margin around the printed area of a slide.  If the club would like to reduce the size of this white border, they just need to increase the flyer’s printed size.  In PowerPoint, select Print > Printer Options > Effects tab > Percentage of Actual Size and use about 110% (varies by printer).
Senior Coordinator – Foundation Services
Rotary South Pacific & Philippines Office
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL | South Pacific and Philippines Office| Level 2, 60 Phillip St. | Parramatta, N.S.W., Australia 2150
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    On line to the Disaster relief Fund at www.cwaofnsw.org.au/donate
    Direct debit contactinfo@cwaofnsw.org.au for details so that donation  can be received and cross referenced
    Bank details BSB 032005 Acc No  810633 Name  The Salvation Army  Red Shield appeal
    Send an email to donations@aue.salvationarmy.org detailing payments (date and amount)and receipting details (Nam as well as a note specifying the donation to Rural Support and address)
    Acc  Name   RiuralAid limited
    St George Bank BSB 114 879
    Acc No  439 938 530
    Ref   ( your name) then email us at deposits@buyabale.com.au with your reference number, name and donation amount a we will email your receipt
BSB 062195
Acc  no  10104674 then  please email info@bcef.org.au with details of deposit amount to get a receipt
    Log on to rawcs.org.au/project-search  find project listed as Drought Relief NSW project number 2-2018-19
DROUGHT APPEAL DONATION DETAILS Jade Catherall 2018-09-04 14:00:00Z 0

The Rotarians and Clubs in our district have responded magnificently to the drought relief appeal. It does not matter where you send your money. There are many and varied organisations that are working hard to provide relief to the rural communities.

I would like to highlight that it is all of the rural community that needs our support. The farmers and their families are of course a high priority but the business’s in the rural communities also need the support. I would like to encourage everyone to send the support in forms that support everyone.

The notion of taking trailer loads of “goods” to the bush is wonderful but it is not going to help the supermarket/general store in the small towns or the chemist or the local feed and grain merchant. These business’s also need people shopping with them if they are to survive.

Many clubs are now organising visits to small country towns within an easy drive from their areas, spending the night in the pub or caravan park, buying meals and afternoon teas in the clubs, pubs and cafes. Buying groceries and essential items in the local stores and putting them in the collection bins in the towns.

This way everyone is being supported.

Please continue to update Barry Edmundson with your efforts so I can keep my Governor colleagues advised to how we in District 9685 are assisting.

Thank you for what you are doing every little bit helps.




DROUGHT RELIEF REPORT Jade Catherall 2018-09-04 14:00:00Z 0
Barry Rassin
President, 2018-19
My dear friends and fellow Rotarians,

This year, on 24 October, Rotary will again mark World Polio Day. I am writing to ask all of you to join me on that day in raising global awareness of the urgent need to End Polio Now.

I have been a Rotarian since long before Rotary committed to eradicate polio. When I was inducted as a member in April of 1980, the idea of taking on polio eradication as a corporate project had not yet been seriously raised; polio still ravaged the lives of some 350,000 people, nearly all of them children, every year.

Today, the world is a very different place. Thanks to the vision of Rotary’s leaders then, and the commitment of the generations of Rotarians who have followed, we now have fewer cases of polio than at any time in history. As I write this message, only 14 children have been paralyzed by the wild poliovirus in all of 2018. Only three countries are still polio-endemic; wild virus still circulates in only one remaining reservoir, on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The success of this work has come as the result of decades of concerted and sustained effort by Rotary and all of our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Rotary’s involvement has been wide-ranging: we have raised over 1.9 billion dollars to date, and have contributed countless volunteer and staff hours to the practical work of eradication, including immunization, fundraising, and advocacy. Our success has been tremendous, and we are confident that our work will soon be complete.

Yet significant challenges remain, and the need for continued funding is acute. Until eradication is certified—at least three years from the time the last poliovirus is found anywhere in the world—every single child must be immunized, at a continuing cost of hundreds of millions of dollars per year. If any of that work is slowed or stopped, if any of our momentum is lost, we risk losing everything we have worked for, for so many years.

This is why I am asking every Rotary club to find its own way, on 24 October, to raise awareness of Rotary’s work to eradicate polio. At EndPolio.org, you can find some great resources to help plan an event, where you can also promote your event, find nearby events, and join our World Polio Day livestream from the College of Physicians in Philadelphia at 18:30 United States Eastern Time.

I look forward to coming together with all of you on World Polio Day—when we can all Be the Inspiration to End Polio Now.

Yours in Rotary,
Barry Rassin
Rotary International President, 2018-19
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ROTARY ON THE MOVE - SEPTEMBER Jade Catherall 2018-09-02 14:00:00Z 0
It is time to provide you all with an update where the community is at following the 18 March fires that impacted Tathra.
Most of the Rotary Clubs contributed to the Mayoral Appeal and this fund has now accumulated over $1.5m.
The seven persons Committee set up to distribute these funds to individuals included 4 community members, one of which is Bega Rotary Past President Richard Galton.
  • Stage 1 - Initial distributions of a “flat rate” of $300,000 have been made to people where their house was destroyed either as primary residence owned or renting.
  • Stage 2 – Payments totalling approximately $609,000 has been made to 105 people with damage to their property.  
  • Stage 3 - The criteria for the third distribution is currently being confirmed.
As previously advised, funds that were donated to Bega Rotary are being held and will be used as we identify specific cases that other funds do not cover. As previously indicated we have a long-term focus in this regard. The local Lions Clubs are taking a similar approach.
A summary of the current status
  • All blocks have now been cleared of fire debris.
  • Council has moved the “one stop” office to Tathra. This is to assist people work through the planning and development process for any rebuild. There is also dedicated people to address the emotional and social needs.
  • Replacement of retaining walls and repairs to damaged property is well advanced.
  • The first houses to be rebuilt are in progress – one already has frame & roof complete and the other the frame is being erected. Several others have materials on site and are ready to start.
  • I am aware 4 to 5 properties have been sold after the fires. The prices paid have been higher than if sold before the fire.
  • As expected, the social welfare issues have emerged with some families or individuals struggling with the situation on “rollercoaster” periods as predicted.
  • Two Rotary ladies have organised two “Ladies lunches” for the locals to get together as part of moving forward. Over 50 ladies attended each lunch.
  • Rotary has sponsored the publishing of a book by students at Tathra Primary School telling of their experience of being affected by the fires. These funds were from proceeds of our Winter Book Fair.
  • Rotary members have assisted in landscaping for an elderly couple that had fire damage. This will move into plantings in burnt gardens as we get into spring. Tathra Lions have been very active in this area.
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TRIVIA NIGHT Jade Catherall 2018-09-02 14:00:00Z 0


 All Rotary and Rotaract Clubs across Australia are encouraged to enter teams in the 2018 Waterline Challenge® which will be held 12-18 November. ‘Rotary Working Together’ will raise significant funds for ROMAC to help many more children from the Oceania island nations receive life-saving or dignity restoring surgery. See www.romac.org.au


Waterline Challenge® is a national event. Teams of up to 10 people can walk, run, cycle, paddle, row, swim, skate, horse ride, windsurf, along our waterways; coast, estuaries, rivers, lakes, islands. Be as creative as you can! You choose how you do it, how far you go, when you do it, and the money you raise goes to ROMAC. Each person is asked to raise a minimum of $200, so a team of 10 to asked to raise a minimum of $2,000 between them.


Clubs are asked to nominate a Waterline Challenge® Champion to put their team together and also promote the event to other community groups in their area to put teams together to raise funds for any of the 14 Waterline Charities. For further information or to register your Rotary or Rotaract Club go to www.waterlinechallenge.org


Julian Day, President RC Drummoyne and Founder of Waterline Challenge® will be attending the President’s Meeting on Saturday 29th September. He can be contacted on 0413 309 056.



WATERLINE PROJECT SUPPORTING ROMAC Jade Catherall 2018-09-02 14:00:00Z 0
ST IVES FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL Jade Catherall 2018-08-27 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary Matters goes to air on community station Triple H 100.1 FM, on Fridays at 3 pm. The idea is to attract interest and engagement from non Rotarians. Each program features an interview about a prominent Rotary topic eg Shelterbox, National Youth Science Forum, Pride of Workmanship Awards, MUNA, ROMAC, Interplast etc.


The program finishes with a What’s On giving details of Rotary activities in 9685 open to non Rotarians. Clubs in 9685 are invited to propose topics, causes, activities and people who would make an interesting radio interview and  to send details of their club activities to be mentioned on air. Triple H covers Hornsby and Kuring gai shires but the signal can be picked up much further afield. Contact Ian Stuart, presenter Rotary Matters,  ian.stuart@optusnet.com.au


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October is Mental Health Month
Mental illness is very common. One in five (20%) Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year. The most common mental illnesses are depressive, anxiety and substance use disorder. These three types of mental illnesses often occur in combination.    Australian Rotary Health is one of the largest independent funders of mental health research within Australia.
Australian Rotary Health have a number of different events that will engage with your members and potential members.
Save these Dates and register:
Thursday,11th October, 2018 – Golf for Research – Camden Lakeside Golf Club, 50 Raby Road, Catherine Field.
This will be an Ambrose Event (team of 4) with players sharing carts.   The Full Package includes Breakfast and Buffet Lunch.   7am - Registration starts and 8am - Shot Gun Start  Presentation and Lunch at 1.30pm.
Thursday, 25th October, 2018 – A Night with Researchers’ Dinner – Dooleys, Lidcombe Catholic Club, 17 Church Street, Lidcombe
This night will be an opportunity for Rotarians and the community to hear from some of our researchers in a relaxed atmosphere.
Researchers that will be with us on the night will include:
  • Professor Jane Pirkis - Jane has undertaken a number of policy-relevant studies of suicide and suicide prevention in Australia.   She has a particular research interest in suicide and the media. 
  • Professor Vera Morgan – Vera is a psychiatric epidemiologist with a special interest in studying schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders using record-linkage and survey methods.
  • Professor Allison Waters -Allison focuses her research on the cognitive-neuroscience of emotional disorders in children and aims to translate findings from laboratory and basic science research into clinical practice. 
Book now to avoid disappointment …..  $60 per person
Saturday, 27th October, 2018 – Epiphanies, A Musical Theatre Gala Concert – York Theatre, Seymour Centre.
2 Sessions: 2pm and 7.30pm
Epiphanies will present some of the greatest pieces of music from the great shows of the 20th and 21st Centuries, backed by a stunning 18 piece orchestra. Rob McDougall (Les Miserables), Kerrie Anne Greenland (Helpmann Awarded Eponine, Les Miserables; Violet, Sideshow) and Daniel Belle (The Ten Tenors; Cover Valjean, Les Miserables) perform a dazzling array of pieces from the most beloved musicals, including Phantom of the Opera, Carousel, Wicked, The Secret Garden, Sweeney Todd, Sunset Boulevard and The Sound Of Music
Adult: $75    Pensioner: $63.80 
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Our facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/crosscountryau/ is being updated regularly with information and updates.

Registrations can be done on the webpage https://www.crosscountrychallenge.com.au


**FABULOUS PRIZE** The participant* (*must raise minimum $1000 to be eligible) who raises the most money for this year’s Cross Country Challenge will win 2 night’s accommodation at a luxurious penthouse in Hamilton Island** plus two return flights departing from Sydney. The total prize is valued at more than $4,000!

Further info on prizes and to register visit  https://www.crosscountrychallenge.com.au



CROSS COUNTRY CHALLENGE Jade Catherall 2018-08-27 14:00:00Z 0
ROTARY FOUNDATION DINNER - 26 NOVEMBER 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-08-14 14:00:00Z 0
Thanks to all those Rotarians from Districts 9685 and 9675 who assisted with the Bucket Collection at the NRL - Rabbitohs vs Roosters game on Friday 10 August. The volunteers collected over $10,000 for the Drought Relief Appeal. If you would like to make a contribution head to http://rawcs.org.au/
As at 4.30pm on Wednesday 15 August, the Drought Relief Appeal has raised a staggering $4,176,209.
NRL BUCKET COLLECTION - DROUGHT RELIEF Jade Catherall 2018-08-14 14:00:00Z 0
Breakout sessions as part of the convention program can inspire attendees, helping them polish their leadership skills and giving them new ideas for projects, fundraising, strengthening membership, and much more.
We know your Rotary network has many great initiatives, projects, and information to share with the Rotary world. As such, we’d like to officially invite you to submit your breakout session proposal for the 2019 Hamburg Convention!
Submitting your online proposal is easy! To complete your form, you’ll need to tell us:
  • Your session title, brief description, and a few learning objectives
  • Your intended audience and ideal format
  • Any equipment needs and schedule preferences
Help us build a breakout program that celebrates Rotary’s diversity! We are seeking sessions in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish.
All proposals must be submitted online by 23:59 Chicago time (UTC-5) on Sunday, 30 September 2018.
If you have any additional questions, please contact us at conventionbreakouts@rotary.org.
With the annual Graffiti Removal Day in NSW approaching on Sunday, October 21, several local government areas have fallen short with the provision of volunteers.
Graffiti Removal Day Volunteer Manager PDG Barry Antees urgently needs supervisors and volunteers for the following areas –
  • Lithgow City Council
  • Northern Beaches Council
  • North Sydney Council
  • Willoughby Council
  • Hunters Hill Council
  • Lane Cove Council
Please respond directly to Barry at info@graffitiremovalday.org.au – or telephone 1300 665 267;  0413 880 267
GRAFFITI REMOVAL DAY - CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS Jade Catherall 2018-08-14 14:00:00Z 0
2019 ROTARY ADVENTURE IN CAMBODIA Jade Catherall 2018-08-14 14:00:00Z 0


In Australia, farmers are the lifeblood of our country and they are in crisis.  Record breaking heat and lack of rain means farmers are struggling to feed sheep and cattle, and keep crops alive.  Families on the land are suffering and they need our help.  Channel 9 and Rotary Australia have partnered with the National Farmers’ Federation, launching an appeal to big business and everyday Australians, so we can provide some emergency relief.  100% of donations go to the farmers and are tax deductible via Rotary and RAWCS.  Every dollar counts. 


The link for the donation page for the project is:



DROUGHT RELIEF FUND FOR THE FARMERS Jade Catherall 2018-08-01 14:00:00Z 0
RIDE THE TRAIN TO END POLIO Jade Catherall 2018-07-31 14:00:00Z 0

District 9685 calls on all clubs and Rotarians to get behind the urgently needed district support program for stricken farming communities.

Details below on how to support the program-


  • Donations to the Australia wide RAWCS Account as seen on The Today Show on Channel Nine on Thursday 2/8/18. RAWCS Account 17-2018-19.
  • Clubs encouraged to make donations (generous giving please) via District 9650 RAWCS account which offers tax deduction and will be matched $ for $ up to $15,000.00. District 9650 is very, very drought affected.
  • Donate via RURAL AID, which operates the Buy a Bale Program.

There are two ways to support this program with Rural Aid, either by direct donations which can be directed to Feed, Groceries, Medical Assistance, Goods and Services (the donor can specify and area of support); and/or Buy a Bale, clubs can request money boxes to be placed in shops and at Rotary Functions. This approach will need a club ‘champion” to collect and replace the money boxes. Contact for these options Contact@ruralaid.org.au or www.buyabale.com.au

  • Clubs can also donate to Sydney Rotary clubs Hay Appeal. The club sends convoys of semi-trailers with feed to the bush. The cost of a semitrailer is approximately $14,000.


  • Clubs that have relationships with country communities are encouraged to continue to support via the short-term goals. The long-term plan is to provide moral and physical support to these communities.
  • Possible club visits to hard hit rural areas to implement working “bees” for support around the farm and home.

It is important to remember that it is not only the Farmers doing it tough but the small businesses and schools as well.

District 9685 has appointed Rotarian Barry Edmundson as our Coordinator. Barry is the “go to” person for information on where and when support is to be provided. Clubs are STRONGLY encouraged to advise Barry of their plans and actions.

We are working with other districts around the country as we strive to cover all critical situations as soon as possible.

Any and all support will be gratefully received at this time.

Other agencies providing support are CWA, Salvation Army Bush Schools education and the major Church organisations.

Goods either new or second hand are not a good idea, as we need to provide cash to support the small business in stricken area.

Our Central Coast Rotary Clubs have been meeting to form a coordinated approach with the 5 clubs in the cluster.

Barry Edmundson’s email is jbedmundson@gmail.com.

Let’s all commit to this vital program immediately!

Susan Wakefield OAM

District Governor 2018-2019




DISTRICT 9685 DROUGHT RELIEF PROGRAM Jade Catherall 2018-07-31 14:00:00Z 0
GRAFFITI REMOVAL DAY- 21 OCTOBER 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-07-31 14:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville in partnership with Lions Club of Dehiwela North, Sri Lanka has conducted two successful Eye Camps.   At the first Eye Camp approximately 280 needy recipients were tested and provided with the eye glass.  The recent camp on 14 July was conducted at Al- Musthapa College, Waduwegama, Biyagama.  A team of optometrists screened well over 250 patients & 219 of them received spectacles, which were collected by.  The recipients, mostly from low income group from this sub-urban area were overjoyed.   We also had Eye Specialist to provide further assistance to the patients who identified as high risk.


Rotarians from our district and Districts which make up the RAWCS Eastern Region collected well over 1,000 eye glasses from their local optometrists.  These were sent to Sri Lanka to be distributed among the Deedy.  The eye glasses were tested and graded by professionals, and unusable ones discarded in environmentally safe method.  Eye camps were then published among the local community where a need was identified.


In response to requests made, The Hills-Kellyville Club are planning to conduct two more Eye Camp projects are planned in Ramboda in the Central province and the other in the North Central province.


More information on The Hills-Kellyville's International Projects visit their Facebook page or contact their International and Foundation Director –  Pathmanthan Rama.



UNWANTED EYE GLASSES? WE MAKE USE OF THEM Jade Catherall 2018-07-31 14:00:00Z 0
ST IVES FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL Jade Catherall 2018-07-31 14:00:00Z 0
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ROTARY ON THE MOVE - AUGUST 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-07-31 14:00:00Z 0

District 9685 has responded to the drought crisis in the rural areas of our state by appointing Rotarian Barry EDMUNDSON of the Rotary Club of Wahroonga to be the District Coordinator for Drought Relief.

Barry has been and will continue to be in touch with the Districts most affected by the drought in NSW. Barry will be able to advise clubs that don’t have rural contacts just where their relief can be sent.

There are many ways we can support the rural communities and Barry will also have that information. We must remember that along with the farmers and their families, the businesses and schools in the drought affected regions also need support and relief.

I have been in contact with the District Governors in country NSW and 2 have responded with information and suggestions on how we can help.

It is important to remember that often times money is the best sort of assistance that we can send. The money can be converted into grocery cards administered by agencies such as The Salvation Army or local Councils.

The Rotary Club of Sydney is coordinating the sending of semitrailer loads of stock feed to areas of need.

Rotary District 9650 has set up a RAWCS project. That project will be matched dollar for dollar up to $15,000.00.

The project is listed on the RAWCS website as “Drought Relief NSW” project number 2-2018-19.

Barry Edmundson is contactable via email jbedmundson@gmail.com

Please think about how you and your club or cluster of clubs can help our country communities.

DG Susan



RESPONSE TO DROUGHT RELIEF IN COUNTRY NSW Jade Catherall 2018-07-17 14:00:00Z 0


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.

INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN'S AWARDS Jade Catherall 2018-07-16 14:00:00Z 0
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
DISTRICT COMMUNICATIONS IN 2018-19 Jade Catherall 2018-07-16 14:00:00Z 0
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
INVICTUS GAMES Jade Catherall 2018-07-16 14:00:00Z 0
SCIENCE EXPERIENCE Jade Catherall 2018-07-16 14:00:00Z 0

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



IMPORTAN DATES FOR 2018-19 Jade Catherall 2018-07-15 14:00:00Z 0

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






NORTH RYDE ROTARY FUN RUN Jade Catherall 2018-07-10 14:00:00Z 0

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



FREE SEMINARS ON YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH Jade Catherall 2018-07-10 14:00:00Z 0
TRIVIA NIGHT Jade Catherall 2018-07-10 14:00:00Z 0
PCYC CHARITY GOLF DAY - 14 SEPTEMBER Jade Catherall 2018-07-10 14:00:00Z 0
HILLS ROTARACT INFORMATION NIGHT Jade Catherall 2018-07-03 14:00:00Z 0
FIESTA LATINA DINNER DANCE Jade Catherall 2018-07-03 14:00:00Z 0


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ROTARY ON THE MOVE - JULY 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-07-03 14:00:00Z 0
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
WHEELCHAIRS FOR KIDS PROGRAM Jade Catherall 2018-07-03 14:00:00Z 0
BOOK FAIR AT BEECROFT Jade Catherall 2018-07-03 14:00:00Z 0
18 DAY ROTARY TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND Jade Catherall 2018-07-03 14:00:00Z 0
 PDG John Cameron AM (Wahroonga)
 PDG Tony Castley OAM (E-Club of Greater Sydney)
 Warren Mills OAM (Gosford North)
 John Nelson OAM (Mosman)
 Peter Smith OAM (Wahroonga)
 Tom Sweeney OAM (Crows Nest)
 Gary Webb OAM deceased (Wahroonga)
QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY HONOURS Jade Catherall 2018-06-10 14:00:00Z 0
At the May Presidents Meeting, the following awards were presented - Congratulations to those clubs recognized and all clubs in the District for their efforts and service.

Membership growth - SmallNorth Sydney Sunrise (40%)
Membership growth - LargeWoy Woy (23%)
Golden Quill for PRTurramurra
Noel McDonald BulletinWPH-Cherrybrook
Norm Roach WebsiteWoy Woy
Vocational ServiceThe Hills-Kellyville
International ServiceErina
Community ServiceTurramurra
Youth ServiceRyde & Gosford
2017/18 DISTRICT AWARD WINNERS Jade Catherall 2018-06-05 14:00:00Z 0
BBQ trailer for sale. 2 big BBQ plates, gas bottles, tables & all other equipment. Registered, good condition, $475. Chris Taylor 0403 460 674
BBQ TRAILER FOR SALE Jade Catherall 2018-06-04 14:00:00Z 0

MUNA 2018 was a huge success. It had a record number of 44 teams register, from 29 private and public schools and a record number of 27 sponsoring Rotary Clubs who sponsored 38 teams. The 126 students who participated were outstanding and one of the MUNA theme's of the weekend of " Building Future Leaders " was emphatically displayed. Their behaviour, attitude, debating skills and spontaneous gratitude and thanks were outstanding and quite moving.


The Parade of Nations on Sunday morning was a highlight with the Best Dressed Award going to Mackellar Girls representing Venezuela.


Third overall was Shore, second was Ascham and the winning team was PLC Pymble. PLC will proceed to Canberra in August to contest National MUNA.


Our distinguished Secretary General was David Ellyard with the two adjudicators being Rob Mitchell and Monica Saville.


Epping Boys High School deserve huge praise. They provided an outstanding venue free of charge and through their hospitality centre catered for over 150 students, staff and volunteers for the 2 days.. Special thanks to


Nadine Koff who was magnificent with the catering.


 EBHS represented Canada and Kenya, and I was fortunate enough to be invited to a school assembly to present awards to the 6 students who represented their school so well and so proudly.Thanks to teacher, Michael De La Penna, who attended the whole weekend. He was a great help and also arranged students from EBHS to be volunteers.We had over 40 volunteers for the weekend from Balgowlah Rotary, St. Ives Rotary, Glen Haven Rotary and especially Epping Rotary Club where over 25 members and family helped. Volunteers were also from EBHS and Macquarie Rotaract.


Rotary District Photographer, Bill Forsyth, was there both days including 6 hours on the Saturday. A lasting image of the weekend will be of Bill climbing up a ladder on the roof to get shots of all 126 students following the Parade of Nations. The photos are available on the MUNA Website.


We were fortunate to have our Federal MP, John Alexander, and State MP, Damien Tudehope, open the event on Saturday morning. Damien was gracious enough to return on Sunday and be one of the judges for The Best Dressed Award, as were Damien Azzapardi  and Carla Rank from Rotaract. This clearly illustrated the second theme of the weekend which was " Building Partnerships".


I'd like to thank the MUNA Committee who worked tirelessly for over 6 months to make MUNA 2018 the great success that it was. Gavin Ralston, Nick Pride, Phil Wishart, Janet Stacey, Peter Garrard, Alan Cunningham and Deretta Andrews were outstanding. However special mention must be made of Toula Serna who was amazing. Without Toula, this event would not have been the success that it was. Thanks Toula.


It's been a privilege to have worked with such great supporters of Youth and to witness the talents and quality of our future leaders.


Bruce Jacob , MUNA Chair, 2018.

NORTHERN SYDNEY MUNA - A GREAT SUCCESS Jade Catherall 2018-06-04 14:00:00Z 0

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, has announced the Government will provide $ 50 million in friendship grants to boost Pacific ties. Grants between $ 30,000 and $ 60,000 will be awarded to Australian groups to help educational and developmental projects in the region. It is stated the grants are designed to strengthen connection between Australian groups such as Rotary and developing nations with small communities overseas.


DFAT are in the process of finalising the application documentation. I encourage you to register your interest at www.dfat.gov.au/FriendshipGrants to be the first to hear when the grant round opens.

SMALL STEPS TO PROGRESS Jade Catherall 2018-06-04 14:00:00Z 0
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ROTARY ON THE MOVE - JUNE 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-06-04 14:00:00Z 0
District Grant Applications;
Please note that our Rotary Foundation Grants Committee is will seeking applications for District Grants to support your club’s local and overseas projects.  We do have increased funding available for District Grants this coming year so can offer the support to more clubs. It is a great way to double the effectiveness of your club’s contribution to a project.
Details are in your club Foundation Chair Manual, but can be briefly summarised as follows:
  • Up to $3000 for local projects and $6000 for international projects.  
  • Must be matched by the club
  • Must be completed with in the Rotary Year
  • Project must be a new one and not already be started
  • Preference will be given to clubs who plan full club member involvement
  • Th Rotary club is responsible for simple recording of payments and the grant funds and will be required to give a summary when the project is complete.
  • Club must be qualified to take part with the Rotary Foundation
We look forward to Boards and Avenue of Service chairs discussing their project plans prior to the new Rotary year starting and making applications for Foundation assistance through District grants.  Applications should be in before the end of June 2018.
DISTRICT GRANT APPLICATIONS Jade Catherall 2018-06-04 14:00:00Z 0

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.
SUPERCHARGE YOUR ROTARY IN AUGUST 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-05-15 14:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Epping is hosting Northern MUNA at EBHS on May 19 and 20 starting at 9.00am. There are 44 teams from 29 schools registered. It will be opened by our Federal MP, John Alexander, and our State MP, Damien Tudehope.


Rotarians and friends from other Clubs are most welcome.


Bruce Jacob. MUNA Chair

NORTHERN MUNA - 19/20 MAY Jade Catherall 2018-05-14 14:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to PDG Tony Castley on his election to the board of Rotary Down Under (RDU) representing the 9670, 9675, 9685, 9700, 9710 Districts.  Tony brings a wealth of experience in media, marketing, and business.


Tony was 9680 District Governor in 2008-09, is a member of the Rotary E-club of Greater Sydney, was a past and very successful District Foundation Chairman, is Chairman of Sew Group international, is publisher of the “Humanity and Motion” books and so much more.


Together with his wife Sandra, Tony has for many years helped people in poverty throughout Asia via the Sewaid International programme.


Tony has previously worked closely with RDU and we look forward to Tony’s contribution the RDU board.




RDU GROUP 3 BOARD ELECTIONS Jade Catherall 2018-05-14 14:00:00Z 0

Gosford North Rotary Club has visited Madagascar eight times over the past few years delivering essential aid. They have been involved in a RAWCS approved program that distributes medical equipment, wheelchairs, SewAid, solar lights, blankets as well as setting up many programs including orphanage building, Skyjuice water project, carpentry skills building, school desk building, educational supplies.


On 6th June 2018, we are off again! This time we are taking in 1,112 RAWCS approved solar lights & undertaking a major water project. The people of Madagascar are experiencing the worst drought in many decades. We have raised some $20,000 to purchase materials to fund a two kilometre gravity fed water pipeline from a natural spring in the mountains down into a 'parched' village of 2,200 people.

Can you please help us? We are just $3,500 short of funds necessary to upgrade 12 existing, but damaged water points. We will be able to complete the work with this assistance.

On our return we would be pleased to visit your club with stories & testimonials.


We are so thrilled to be joined on this trip by Mr Howard Sullivan, Hydrogeologist, from Crows Nest Club. Please contact Madagascar project organiser Peter Pearce if you can assist the wonderful yet disadvantaged people of Madagascar. PS If you would love to join us on this trip, applications are open, leaving on 6th June.


Kind regards, YIR,


Peter Pearce OAM    0431 778655        peterpearce48@hotmail.com

MADAGASCAR Jade Catherall 2018-05-14 14:00:00Z 0

THE AREA / THE FIRES  ‘No Lives were Lost’
The central district of District 9780 has been severley affected by 4 fires.
4 Fires are known as Hawesdale/Gazette, Garvoc, Terang/Cobden & Camperdown.
3 Peat fires still remain adjacent to Cobden. They are controlled with water being piped to the area, with the other firefighting assets have now been removed.
There have been the loss of up to 26 homes, 40,000 hectares of feed, equipment shedding, dairies, 4000km of fencing and wind shelter.
Local assistance has been magnificent. Financial response has been fantastic with support ranging from Western Australia to NSW and everwhere in between. Material support has been from 41 truck loads of feed from Warracknabeal to Western Emergency Relief Network from D 9800.
Blaze Aid has set up camps at Cobden, Terang and MacArthur with volunteer efforts, materials of post and wire being purchased locally.
Internal boundary fences with burnt trees are not attracting funding support, but must be removed before the fencing recontruction can take place. This is an enormous cost and investigations are taking place with governments.
Feed management and reestablishment of pastures is a urgency.
Housing needs to be replaced, as well as shedding and equipment
Farm viability and farmer/family health are perceived a substantial pending challenges.
A Community Group has former to assist with donor distributions. The South West Victoria Fire Community Relief Fund Committee, has broad Local Government, Health, Industry and Community Bank. We have joined this committee to assist with the process of identifying needs. We will pool $60,000 of Rotary’s donations into the consolidate community fund. Bendigo Bank network have contributed approx $75000 to this account.
Thankyou to the many individuals and clubs, both locally and out of District 9780 for your generous support.
We have an account assigned for receipt of donations.
Account:         Rotary International District 9780 – bushfire appeal
BSB                 035070
Account          179149
Reference        Name & email details to secretary
Graeme Fischer Assistant Governor Group 6 Clubs  graeme.fischer@bigpond.com 0439 135 766
Ray Herbert District Governor District 9780 herbert.r@telstra.com  0407 785 633
Barry Clark District Secretary Barry.Clark@rotary.org
WESTERN VICTORIAN BUSHFIRES - 17 MARCH 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-05-14 14:00:00Z 0

I am honoured to advise you ShelterBox has been nominated for the 2018  Nobel Peace Prize, the winner to be announced in October.  Whatever the result, this is an amazing nomination and we are truly honoured. The nomination reflects the incredible work done by the ShelterBox staff and volunteers around the world, and to those who have supported us, especially the many Rotary Clubs and Rotarians.


The nomination is also an implicit recognition of the partnership between ShelterBox and Rotary International.  Two great organisations combining their efforts to provide disaster aid wherever it may be required across our world.  I am reminded that last year we helped 32,000 households, or 160,000 people, who had lost everything through conflict or natural disaster. We responded to world events 24 times in the year and deployed aid to 20 different countries. Rotary groups around the world helped us provide vulnerable people with emergency shelter and aid in almost all of the countries we have worked in affected by natural disaster.  In 2017, we also surpassed the highest number of days ever deployed in one year. This includes 84 ShelterBox Response Team volunteers who deployed for a total of 1,530 days. That’s an average volunteer deployment of 18 days each.


I never underestimate the impact of the support of Rotary International, Rotary Clubs and individual Rotarian has to ShelterBox in achieving our goal of no family without shelter.


As we continue to pursue our goal, we thank each and every one of you for the support given, and make an impassioned plea for that support to continue into the future.  As individual organisations we can make a difference in the world; as a partnership we can do even more.


Thank you.












SHELTERBOX NOMINATED FOR NOBEL PEACE PRIZE Jade Catherall 2018-05-14 14:00:00Z 0
MANLY FUN RUN Jade Catherall 2018-05-03 14:00:00Z 0
Last year the Awards were a remarkable success and the women who were nominated were truly an inspiration.
This year the Awards Ceremony will be a lunch at The Epping Club – details to be provided later.
The Inspirational Women’s Awards (RIWA) have been established to recognise women and young women who best exemplify Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self (i.e. the community service the individual performs above and beyond their normal role.
The Awards are an initiative of the Rotary Districts and Clubs of NSW.
The Committee hope these Awards will be a Statewide event and are hoping for your support of the Awards. There are three categories:
  • Rural;
  • City/Urban; and
  • Volunteer.
Key dates for the Awards:
  • Nominations open - 2 May 2018
  • Nominations Close - 13 June 2018
  • Judging dates - 14 - 27 June 2018
  • Announcement of finalists - 4 July 2018
  • Awards presentation - 26 Aug 2018
Please click here for the Nomination Form.
ROTARY INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN AWARDS Jade Catherall 2018-05-01 14:00:00Z 0
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ROTARY ON THE MOVE - MAY 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-05-01 14:00:00Z 0
DISTRICT ASSEMBLY PRESENTATIONS Jade Catherall 2018-04-28 14:00:00Z 0
DISTRICT CHANGEOVER - 7 JULY 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-04-26 14:00:00Z 0

ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children) fulfils an exciting and very satisfying role within Rotary. It offers a unique chance to seriously help those who are disadvantaged. The reward received after being part of a team that repairs a child’s broken life and sees them return home fit and well, is unbelievable. The contact, humility and gratification are astonishing. It is perhaps why many of us joined and remain in Rotary


Right now ROMAC is in the process of fulfilling its orderly succession plan.

The regular introduction of new people and fresh ideas ensures ROMAC continues its wonderful program. A program which, one way or another, has so far saved the lives of 500 children.

ROMAC is looking for Rotarians in the mould of those who have gone before; Rotarians who are self-motivated, committed and dedicated.

Two Australia and New Zealand wide positions are available:-

Deputy Chair:

Operations Secretary

A third, position that of Eastern Region Chair, is available to a Rotarian residing within ROMAC’s Eastern Region (RI Districts 9670; 9675; 9685; 9700; 9710)

All positions are for a term of four years which commence after the ROMAC AGM in Hobart on Friday 14th September 2018


Then check out the links above for each position and email your application to the ROMAC Chair, Rob Wilkinson at chair@romac.org.au

IS ROMAC FOR YOU? Jade Catherall 2018-04-26 14:00:00Z 0
QUIZ NIGHT Jade Catherall 2018-04-26 14:00:00Z 0
With just two months of our Rotary year to run, I request everyone to step up their efforts of ‘quietly encouraging’ Rotary Clubs and Rotarians to contribute to the END POLIO NOW campaign when considering their end of year donations.
Never has the need for funding been so important … especially when we note the amazing resilience and service coming out of countries like Pakistan …
Two weeks ago, Pakistan launched a new nationwide polio vaccination drive to reach 38.7 million children and push toward final eradication of the potentially deadly virus in one of the last endemic countries in our world!
Nearly 260,000 volunteers and workers fanned out across Pakistan in a sustained effort to reach every child under five in the week long campaign.
Pakistan’s national coordinator Mohammad Safdar told the Reuters news agency that everyone was cooperating with the door-to-door effort.
“The situation in our country has improved dramatically from 306 cases in 2014, to just eight last year and only ONE so far in 2018,” he said.
Efforts to eradicate the disease have been undermined by opposition from the Taliban and other Islamist militants who say immunisation is a foreign ploy to sterilise Muslim children or a cover for Western spies.
In January, gunmen killed a mother and daughter vaccination team working in the southwestern province of Baluchistan – where this year’s lone case of Polio was reported.
So, the 2017/18 request from RI President Ian Riseley and the Polio Eradication Program was simple –
  • Individual Rotary Clubs are requested to donate a special grant of $1,500 in addition to normal giving to END POLIO NOW.
  • All Districts urged to donate 20% of unused DDF to the Polio Eradication Campaign.
  • Districts and Clubs are urged to continue the search for TRF Major donors – at US$10,000 each.
  • Districts and Clubs are requested to include special promotions within their annual programs to celebrate World Polio Day on October 24 and Rotary’s birthday on February 23 every year.
Please be sure to thank your clubs and Rotarians for everything they are doing to sustain the Polio Eradication Campaign.
PDG Bob Aitken AM JP
RI END POLIO NOW Coordinator, Zones 7B/Part 8, 2014/18.
AND WE THINK WE HAVE IT TOUGH? Jade Catherall 2018-04-26 14:00:00Z 0
Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant today announced 24 NSW and 8 ACT finalists for the 2018 Rotary Clubs and Districts of NSW and ACT Emergency Services Community Awards.
Mr Grant said the expanded awards, which include the ACT for the first time, are a fantastic opportunity to shine a light upon the enormous contribution of emergency services workers such as nominee Alan Johnson from Batlow who has been a volunteer for over 52 years.
“These awards celebrate the outstanding commitment, sacrifice and spirit of service. As a community it is important that we take the time to acknowledge and thank volunteers and personnel who give so much of themselves and ask so little in return,” Mr Grant said.
“As a state we are hugely indebted to all our emergency services men and women. We should never take for granted their commitment to protecting us and it is important that we acknowledge the unsung heroes who repeatedly go above and beyond.
“This year’s finalists have more than 600 years of combined service and I thank them all for their exemplary community service.”
Finalists come from the following emergency services agencies:
  • Fire & Rescue NSW
  • ACT Fire & Rescue
  • NSW Ambulance
  • ACT Ambulance
  • NSW Rural Fire Service
  • ACT Rural Fire Service
  • NSW State Emergency Service
  • ACT State Emergency Service
  • Marine Rescue NSW
  • NSW Volunteer Rescue Association.
Mr Grant announced the creation of a $1,000 Dorothy Hennessy Emergency Services Youth scholarship for a volunteer aged up to 21 for training and educational materials or equipment.
“This scholarship celebrates our young volunteers and honours the outstanding contribution of an individual in providing support to their community,” Mr Grant said.
Commissioners from the NSW SES, NSW RFS, Marine Rescue NSW and the NSW Volunteer Rescue Association will each nominate an outstanding individual for consideration of the scholarship. A Rotary NSW panel will determine the most deserving candidate.
Winners for each service, plus two special winners for NSW and for ACT, and the young volunteer will be announced at an Awards Presentation Dinner, at the Bankstown Sports Club.
Family, friends, supporters and the general public are invited to attend the presentation dinner. Tickets can purchased at: www.RotaryESCawards.org.au.
The 2018 Rotary NSW and ACT Emergency Services Community Awards finalists:
Service / Agency
First Name
Last Name
Community / Suburb
Fire & Rescue NSW
Fire & Rescue NSW
Fire & Rescue NSW
Fire & Rescue NSW
Marine Rescue NSW
Birkenhead Point
Marine Rescue NSW
Birkenhead Point
Marine Rescue NSW
Marine Rescue NSW
Lake Macquarie
NSW Ambulance
NSW Ambulance
NSW Ambulance
NSW Ambulance
NSW Rural Fire Service
McMasters Beach
NSW Rural Fire Service
East Maitland
NSW Rural Fire Service
NSW Rural Fire Service
NSW State Emergency Service
Bill - Roy
NSW State Emergency Service
NSW State Emergency Service
Forster Tuncurry
NSW State Emergency Service
NSW Volunteer Rescue Association
NSW Volunteer Rescue Association
NSW Volunteer Rescue Association
Scanes ESM
NSW Volunteer Rescue Association
Byron Shire
ACT Ambulance
ACT Ambulance
ACT Fire and Rescue
ACT Fire and Rescue
ACT Rural Fire Service
ACT Rural Fire Service
ACT State Emergency Service
ACT State Emergency Service
TRIVIA NIGHT Jade Catherall 2018-04-17 14:00:00Z 0

Following the initial earthquake on the 26th February, ShelterBox deployed a team to PNG.  Our team was on the ground on the 15th March and spend two weeks searching for an implementing partner (a humanitarian organisation that will support us with importation, installation or distribution of our aid); our preferred mode of operating.  There are very isolated villages in the disaster area we need to access and in order to do this effectively the local villagers need to have an understanding of us and how we work, and we also need to be familiar with how they operate.  In this instance we could not gain this knowledge or secure a local partner to operate in this manner.


The lack of an implementing partner, and the recognised security risk in PNG, meant we were not able to operate as a single agency, and were not prepared to put our volunteer ShelterBox Response Team members at risk. Consequently, we won’t be able to operate in PNG; the team has withdrawn and returned home.


While our team has departed, we are keeping a close eye on the situation and should there be a change in circumstances in PNG we may return.


We are aware that a number of Clubs and individual Rotarians made donations specifically for the PNG disaster.  Those funds can still be used to support ShelterBox operations in Syria, Somaliland, Bolivia and the Lake Chad basin.  There is always more to be done … and we don’t know when the next disaster will strike.  Nonetheless, if any donor wishes to have their PNG donation applied to another specific disaster, or returned to them, ShelterBox will respect those wishes.  All they need do is contact ShelterBox on 1300 996 038 to make those wishes known.



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CENTRAL COAST CENTURY CHALLENGE Jade Catherall 2018-04-17 14:00:00Z 0

PNG Earthquake Response


I have received an update from the ShelterBox Operations Centre.  The latest advice is:


Following powerful earthquakes and aftershocks that have shaken the country since 26 February, ShelterBox has sent an assessment team comprising Ops staff, two SRT volunteers from UK and US. We hope they will be joined by colleagues from Australia and New Zealand in due course. An estimated half a million people have been affected. These families are in remote mountain locations, their villages and communities have been devastated, and the emergency shelter need is high. We are working with the Papua New Guinea Disaster Management Team, the Shelter Cluster and partners on the ground to make sure we can give families the right aid to help them rebuild their lives. ShelterBox has vital aid, including tarpaulins, ropes and mosquito nets, stationed in Subang, Malaysia. On arrival in the capital Port Moresby our teams will first assess need, and the challenges of reaching the most vulnerable.


Clubs may wish to provide support in anticipation of our involvement.


ShelterBox Nepal Trek


This venture, advertised on the back cover of the March issue of RDU, provides a novel and adventurous way for Rotarians and Rotaractors to support ShelterBox while trekking through Nepal and experiencing the Annapurna region.  Former Australian ShelterBox response Team member Peter Pearce will accompany the trek.  Peter’s vast experience in ShelterBox operations will enable trekkers to gain an insight into how ShelterBox delivers its aid.  Peter has also walked the length of the UK raising funds for charitable work in Mauritius.  His presence will make this adventure even more worthwhile.  You are invited to join the trek.  Simply use the contact details on the attached promotion.
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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

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



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Posted by Jade Catherall

FPS RAG was the first Australian RAG registered by Rotary International.

 Food Plant Solutions provides a self-sustainable solution that empowers people to make informed choices about what plants to grow and eat that will nutritionally feed their family. We rely solely on fundraising to sustain our activities. Detailed information is available on www.foodplantsolutions.org and you can donate via our website.

 Funds are urgently needed to enable the continued development of information and resources to support programs being developed in countries throughout the world.  We receive emails every week asking for assistance.  Without ongoing funding, at best we would be very slow in answering the call for assistance as we would need to go to specific clubs to ask for funds to cover the costs.  Worst case, we would not be able to answer all calls for assistance.

 This is the time of the year when clubs and districts are making decisions about where to put the funds raised during the year.

Could you please assist us this year when “ Rotary: Making a difference” is our theme.

 Remember “Every minute of every day, 5 children under the age of 5 die from malnutrition”.   Can you continue to let this happen?

 Yours in Rotary,


PDG Una Hobday

Chair - Food Plant Solutions RAG
FOOD PLANT SOLUTIONS RAG Jade Catherall 2018-03-29 13:00:00Z 0
With the sale of historic “Dunrath” at West Pennant Hills now finalised, the former owners are selling off the contents at an on site Auction Sale on 7th and 8th of April and Rotary has been asked to provide refreshments on both days.
Dunrath has been a district landmark since about 1939 when Captain de Groot of Sydney Harbour Bridge fame moved the 1850s stone from Bellevue Hill to its present site.
In later years the property has been owned by famed artist William Dobell and later by radio personality Barry Spicer. Since 1975 the property has been home to the McMillan family.
The Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville will be doing a BBQ with sausage sandwiches and steak sandwiches on sale and the ladies of Baulkham Hills Inner Wheel Club will be offering their famous Devonshire Teas on the rear lawn.
“We will be open for business from 10 am on Saturday and from 9 am on the Sunday morning,” Mr Stapley, spokesman for the club told The Times this week. “Mr McMillan has been a very generous supporter of our Rotary Club over the years and now we have our final chance to use this magnificent property to raise more funds for local and overseas charities “ he continued.
Details of the auction and a catalogue can be found at www.lawsons.com.au.
The attached photo shows the rear lawn.
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THE INVICTUS GAMES Jade Catherall 2018-03-29 13:00:00Z 0
Patrons at the next Lower Blue Mountains Charity Movie Night will enjoy a special barbecue treat on entry to the Glenbrook Cinema Hall!
It’s all part of another charity Rotary theme night for the acclaimed new Australian movie – The BBQ. The barbecue will be prepared and served by Rotarians colourfully clad in their blue Rotary aprons.
With barbecue plates in hand, guests will be ushered into the hall for the usual liquid refreshments for cake and other savoury delights from 5.15 pm. Movie commences at 6 pm.
Any Australia movie starring Magda Szubanski and Shane Jacobson is certain to be a hilarious success so book now for the Charity screening at Glenbrook Cinema on Sunday, April 15. Tickets – inclusive of tickets, barbecue/ tasty snacks, and liquid refreshments are just $20 each.
Bookings are again with Rotarian Gaye Van Der Meer on 0430 433 717 – and please note payment on line (or cash) must be received to confirm bookings.
To again complement the BBQ theme, tickets will be sold for a super meat tray raffle and assortment of barbecue implements.
THE BBQ is a very funny movie with Shane Jacobson of ‘Kenny’ fame cast as the suburban everyman Darren ‘Dazza” Cook.  Dazza finds his passion for the neighbourhood backyard ‘barbie’ thrust into the competitive international arena of BBQ festivals.  The ‘steaks’ are high and Dazza will need some expert tuition if he is going to make it through to the finals – and of course that tuition is provided by Australia’s favourite funny girl Magda Szubanski.
Lower Blue Mountains Rotary conduct the movie nights in partnership with Ron Curran and his wonderful team at Glenbrook Cinema. All proceeds benefit Rotary’s amazing array of youth mentor programs and Australian Rotary Health Research – leading Australian research into mental illness.
Remember, tickets are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
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ROTARY EMERGENCY SERVICE AWARDS Jade Catherall 2018-03-13 13:00:00Z 0
INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN AWARDS Jade Catherall 2018-03-13 13:00:00Z 0
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Ian Riseley
President, 2017-18

Dear fellow Rotarians:

I am pleased to invite you to the Sydney Town Hall on 17 March for the Presidential Peacebuilding Conference where we will explore economic and community development in relation to peacebuilding on a local, national, and international scale. 

Rotary District 9675 has planned an outstanding program featuring Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, noted Australian foreign correspondent Hugh Riminton, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace Steve Killelea, Vice Chair of the Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery Dave McCleary and UNICEF CEO Tony Stuart. Joining them will be a host of other internationally recognised thought leaders from across the business and philanthropic communities. 

We discuss important topics including the cost of conflict, the power of education, facilitating peaceful outcomes, as well as pressing issues such as cyberbullying and modern slavery affecting the harmony of our global community. 

We’ll explore the real causes of economic instability, the intersection of sound community development and reconciliation, and opportunities to create peace through collaborative service projects globally and locally. You will leave the conference motivated to expand existing efforts in peacebuilding or initiate new ones.

I look forward to joining you in Sydney as we come together to Make a Difference by discussing challenges and identifying opportunities to address some of the most pressing concerns of modern times.

If you have not already registered, you may do so online http://rippc2018.com.au/registration. Consider bringing along a friend, school student or young person to learn and be inspire as we come together to explore how all of us can thoughtfully and practically build peace in our world

Ian Riseley
President, Rotary International
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - MARCH 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-02-27 13:00:00Z 0
2018-19 Board Members, please be aware  of the following 2018-19 District training:
District Assembly
Sunday 29 April 2018
The Kings School
Pennant Hills Road, Parramatta
It will begin with registrations at 8.30am and formal start at 9.00am, finishing at 4.30pm.
The training content will be informative and entertaining. It is a Rotary International requirement that each club is represented at PETS and District Assembly.
DISTRICT ASSEMBLY 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-02-25 13:00:00Z 0
BOBBIN HEAD CYCLE CLASSIC Jade Catherall 2018-02-25 13:00:00Z 0
Time is running out to register and attend the 2018 District Conference in Leura.
Register for the whole weekend, come for the day on Saturday - there are options to suit everyone.
Registrations are closing on Friday 2nd March.
Don't delay....register TODAY!!
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CONFERENCE SHUTTLE ON SATURDAY EVENING Jade Catherall 2018-02-21 13:00:00Z 0
113 YEARS OF SERVICE Jade Catherall 2018-02-13 13:00:00Z 0
Availability of a second hand Rifton Utility Chair for an Australian disabled child.
You can visit the website at:
The wheelchair is fairly new and in good condition. The donor’s child had outgrown the use of this and like to have Rotary to onward donate to another child who can use this.
This is more suited for home use or rehab centre and not so for a hospital.
The Rifton Activity Chair is stored in Kennard Storage, Artarmon, NSW.
Anyone interested to contact me.
PDG Danny Low
Rotary Club of Mosman
Tel: 0418 167 473
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3 WEEKS UNTIL THE DISTRICT CONFERENCE Jade Catherall 2018-02-03 13:00:00Z 0
RAWCS ROVER - FEBRUARY 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-01-30 13:00:00Z 0
Honour Our Fallen is a newly raised not-for- profit organisation (registration pending) formed to honour and preserve the memory of those deceased military personnel, buried in Australia, who served our Nation in all conflicts and theatres since the Boer War.
In partnership with local Schools, who will research and locate ex-Service personnel graves in local cemeteries, in any area and thereafter, on each Anzac Day beginning in 2018, place an Australian flag on each gravesite or memorial plaque.
We request all veteran groups, historical, community, ex-Service associations and schools through member newsletters, and individual families and friends of deceased veterans, to individually complete a simple “Flag Request” form to assist us in our research and commemorative activities.
Honour Our Fallen was launched on Remembrance Day, 11th November 2017, through media announcements and via correspondence to a number of Government authorities requesting their assistance, with positive results to date. The program will allow us to implement our plans in concert with the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War 1.
Commemoration will include Army, Navy, Airforce, Nursing Corps, Women’s Services, Merchant Seamen and Peacekeeping personnel from all conflicts dating back to the Boer War.
Honour Our Fallen’s mission is to perpetuate the memory of all deceased veterans and to build pride in our community, particularly our youth, in the virtues of service to our Nation and respect for those who died protecting our freedom and way of life. This in turn should lead to greater recognition and respect for those presently serving in uniform, in particular, a feeling of acceptance on their returning from overseas duties.
Go to honourourfallen.com, complete a Flag Request form and press submit. We do the rest pre ANZAC Day 2018 in all requested areas of the Nation.
Rick McCarthy OAM                                                                                     
Honour Our Fallen                                                                                           
 (e) info@honourourfallen.com                              Form: HOF 100
Vision:       Create Community Respect in our Defence Forces, past and present.
Mission:     Partner Schools to erect an Australian flag each ANZAC DAY, on every
                 Defence Service personnel’s grave, buried in Australia, while developing
                 an awareness, beginning with our youth, of the Pride to wear a
                 Service uniform along with the appreciation and acceptance from the
                 Community for overseas duty, past and present.
Values:                        RESPECT        PRIDE       EDUCATE
Goals:       1. To visually commemorate and perpetuate the efforts of our Military history.
                2. To support the education of our Youth and instill life virtues.
                3. To encourage acceptance of those on overseas duty and as they return.
                4. To ensure a relevant and sustainable program.
Motto:                              “THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE”
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My name is Peter Pearce, Rotarian, ShelterBox Ambassador & Response Team Member.

After 20 deployments as a ShelterBox Response Team member in various locations around the world, I am more than excited to inform you that I will be joining the ShelterBox Nepal Trek with the team departing in September 2018.

In 2015 I was deployed to Nepal after the devastating earthquake, therefore,I know firsthand of the hardships this type of disaster causes its people.
ShelterBox responded with enough aid to provide shelter for more than 67,000 people.
Reporting from earthquake-hit Pipaldanda, Sindupalchowk, Nepal 2015. Click on the image to view the video.

Your fundraising efforts to provide ShelterBoxes & ShelterKits will transform lives & rebuild communities that have been affected by disaster & humanitarian crisis.
Unloading ShelterBox aid at Kathmandu Airport

I would love to have your company on this stunning adventure

The 'ShelterBox experience' has changed my life & I am sure this trip will positively change yours

Together, we will share spectacular views of the majestic Annapurna ranges & enjoy many of Kathmandu's main attractions.

I am available to assist with your fundraising objectives & 'all things ShelterBox', from speaking engagements to information on becoming more involved in ShelterBox as a Response Team Member or Ambassador.

Do you need help with presentations, speaker notes, a ShelterBox & its contents for a fundraising or promotional event or information about ShelterBox & its operations?, I am ready to help.
Please share this email with friends and familiy members that might be interested in this amazing opportunity or contact me to get a poster to put up in your workplace or local noticeboard.
Feel free to call me at any time to discuss this very special opportunity, let's do it together!
Peter Pearce OAM    
0431 778 655
You can support the ShelterBox Nepal Trek by sponsoring me here:

Bill Gates now believes that we can eliminate malaria in the Asia Pacific area by 2025 and Julie Bishop (representing Australia) has agreed to join the End Malaria Council, co-chaired by Bill Gates to increase our Government’s commitment to the task. Read all about it in the ‘Australian’ newspaper story from Tueday 23 January, 2018  by following the link below:-


ROTARY DISTRICT 9685 CONFERENCE - 10 & 11 MARCH 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-01-26 13:00:00Z 0
Rotary Clubs provide the heart and soul – and inspiration – of every District Conference and our Conference on 10 and 11 March will be no exception. 
The Turning Point Showcase for Club and District Projects is an opportunity to display projects that your club or the District is engaged in. Projects will provide lasting inspiration for all Conference attendees – and especially those new club members sampling their first ‘taste’ of Rotary District service.

Register your Interest for a stand in the Turning Point Showcase

If your Club has a special project you would like to showcase, please REGISTER HERE
Please indicate if you need access to power and/or require a display board.
Setup of stand may be carried out on Friday afternoon (To be confirmed by venue two weeks prior to event)  or Saturday morning at 7am.”
If you have any questions about the Turning Point Showcase, please contact Raylene Jarvis conferenceshowcase@rotarydistrict9685.org.au
Rotary - Club and District Projects
Space and Table - can display pull up banners etc
No Charge
Back Board for Display    $35                                                      
Saturday - Lunch, Morning & Afternoon Tea Only
(Does not include attendance at Conference Sessions)
Sunday - Morning Tea
(Does not include attendance at Conference Sessions)
Non Rotary Club and District Projects
Space and Table - can display pull up banners etc
$100 + any of the above
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                           Neville Barnier OAM (Nepean)                                 
AUSTRALIA DAY HONOURS Jade Catherall 2018-01-24 13:00:00Z 0
After 20 years secondary teaching and retraining in computers Tim went into business in information technology.   His hobbies are computers, photography and 4 wheel driving.   What a mix!  His wife Jane is a relatively new Rotarian, who shares his Rotary interests.  They have a son 37 – a mechanical engineer in the UK and daughter 34 in marketing and a recent first grandchild.
His Rotary life has spanned many opportunities, as a long term member of the Rotary Club of Berwick, president, an array of club and district responsibilities, Assistant Governor and then District Governor for 9820 in 2013-14.   More recently he has represented District Governors on zone membership committees and helped train Governor Nominees and Elects.   Locally he has been IT and membership chairs of his district.  He especially enjoys working with clubs and districts on strengthening and growing membership as an Assistant Rotary Coordinator.   He is a Board member of Rotary Down Under representing Victorian and Tasmanian districts.
This Rotary year has seen a new role as a Rotary Coordinator for 13 districts in Australia working closely with other Rotarians and Coordinators in our Zone and NZ.   His role is to publicise and encourage all Districts and Clubs to promote and practice the objectives of Rotary international and our Zone.   It is a role that he is really enjoying, particularly working with the many Rotarians that share his passion for growing Rotary, so we can achieve more in the local community and worldwide.
GUEST SPEAKER - TIM MOORE Jade Catherall 2018-01-22 13:00:00Z 0
Maddison is a student advocate campaigner and entrepreneur who’s passionate about mental health and education. Maddison runs her own business “High Tide” which provides mental health education workshops to high Schools. Maddison is also a facilitator at the Reach Foundation and last year ran workshops for over 2,000 students through both of these organisations.
Maddison has spoken to the United Nations on human rights and the sustainable development goals; she will be speaking at Commission of the Status of Women (CSW) this March in New York at the United Nations Headquarters.
For her work Maddison has been awarded the NSW Young Achiever of the Year for Community Service and Leadership, a Youth Order of Australia and was the first Australian to make the finals for the Dalia Lama Peach fellowship.
GUEST SPEAKER - MADDISON O'GRADY Jade Catherall 2018-01-22 13:00:00Z 0
Melissa Abu-Gazaleh is passionate about young men’s health and well-being. At age 19, she founded and became CEO of the Top Blokes Foundation, a boy’s health organisation which today has worked with over 11,000 young men, becoming Australia’s leading boy's social education organisation improving boys mental health and well-being. 
She is 2017 EY’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year,  2016’s NSW Young Australian of the Year and named in Australian Financial Review’s Top 100 Women of Influence. In 2017, Melissa authored two chapters for the Nurturing Young Minds book, which is now available in book stores.
She is an Executive Director of the NSW Men’s Health Forum, Member of the Advisory Board of the Men's Health and Information Resource Centre and is an acclaimed speaker having presented at many national and state based men’s health conferences.
From passion to CEO, Melissa has overcome a number of challenges to learn the ropes of business during her 20’s. Today, she believes those experiences have helped shape the business woman that she is.
Melissa believes that empowering young men to challenge and redefine their own thoughts and behaviours is the key to reducing many social issues including youth suicide, family violence, drugs, alcohol and other anti-social and risk-taking behaviours.
She is passionate about youth leadership and empowering young men to be agents of change, not tomorrow, but today.
GUEST SPEAKER - MELISSA ABU-GAZALEH Jade Catherall 2018-01-22 13:00:00Z 0
CONFERENCE SPONSOR - SCENIC WORLD Jade Catherall 2018-01-22 13:00:00Z 0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Professor Michael Good and Dr Danielle Stanisic.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To donate visit the Malaria Vaccine Project fundraising page.

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



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


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

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


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


Click here for more info or visit www.turramurrarotaryproject7in4.com



TWO AMAZING EVENTS Jade Catherall 2018-01-14 13:00:00Z 0

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


Congratulations Yvonne.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Progress on polio

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

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

Sustaining the environment

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

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


The Rotary Leadership Institute course is now run over two days, powerpacked with information, learning and skills you can use in your Rotary life straight away. 
Networking with other Rotarians and led by experienced facilitators, you are sure to enjoy what others are describing as the best Rotary training they have had.  Register online now at rli.rotarydistrict9685.org.au and supercharge your Rotary.
There are 2 courses available for registration:
RLI 45 - Sunday 18 February and Sunday 18 March 2018
RLI 47 - Saturday 5 and 19 May 2018
Please share this with your club members, particularly new Rotarians and new 2018/19 Board members.
SUPERCHARGE YOUR ROTARY WITH RLI IN 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-01-08 13:00:00Z 0
The 2018 District Conference on 10-11 March is going to be a fantastic weekend in the glorious Blue Mountains. Join us at The Fairmont Resort, Leura to hear world class speakers like Past Rotary International President John Germ, Shane Fitzsimmons and Dr Gill Hicks. Saturday Night will be a great time to catch up , enjoy great music, dance and be entertained by the Turtle Search Band. The Conference will inspire you, motivate you and empower you as a Rotarian,
THE DISTRICT CONFERENCE IS ONLY TWO MONTHS AWAY! Jade Catherall 2018-01-02 13:00:00Z 0
YOUTH EXCHANGE STUDENTS WEEKEND @ UMINA BEACH Jade Catherall 2018-01-02 13:00:00Z 0
POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2017 Jade Catherall 2018-01-02 13:00:00Z 0
Bobbin Head Cycle Classic  Sunday 25 March 2018
This major community event will be held on Sunday 25 March. It is being organised by the Rotary Clubs of St Ives, Ku-ring-gai, Turramurra and Wahroonga. It is the premier cycling event in Sydney. Some key statistics from the 2017 event:
·         2,500 cyclists raised $200,000 of which 50% was donated to our charity partner, Lifeline
·         The other 50 % was donated to other charities supported by the Rotary clubs organising the event. These   
          charities are:
                       Cromehurst Foundation, Eagle RAPS, The Hornsby Women’s Shelter, Bo Hospital and KYDS
·         Over 400 volunteers are involved to ensure the safety of the cyclists
There are 4 ride distances being 27km, 57km, 80km and 104km. The cost to participate varies with each ride.
Please see the website for full details:   http://www.bobbinheadcycleclassic.com.au/content/ride/gjgsjd
The committee would welcome Rotarians registering to ride in the event. The committee is also looking for volunteers prepared to be marshals during the event to ensure the safety of the cyclists. For further information please email Tony McLelland  at tony@wildcolour.com or Peter Lorschy at peterlorschy12@bigpond.com
BOBBIN HEAD CYCLE CLASSIC Jade Catherall 2018-01-02 13:00:00Z 0
GOSFORD NORTH TRIVIA NIGHT Jade Catherall 2018-01-02 13:00:00Z 0

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



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


Download a PDF Timetable (PDF 20.9 kb)



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

Plan your day using one of our Adventure Ideas.

Park and ride the explorer bus


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

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




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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

A collection of his work can be found at www.jamesarvanitakis.net and can be connected through twitter @jarvanitakis

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

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

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

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

If you wish for family and/or friends to attend, please provide their names, Club association and any dietary requirements to RYLA dinner coordinator, Raylene Jarvis of Upper Northern Beaches Rotary Club. Her contact email is raylene2@iprimus.com.au

Payment for the dinner can be made by direct deposit:

Rotary D9685 RYLA

Westpac BSB: 032 086

Account no.: 333 127

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



RYLA 2018 DINNER - TUESDAY 9 JANUARY Jade Catherall 2017-12-05 13:00:00Z 0
PCYC CEO DOMINIC TEALE ON 2GB Jade Catherall 2017-12-05 13:00:00Z 0


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

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

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

WorldSkills Australia in top 10 skilled nations in the world

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

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

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

Andrew Best from Turramurra Rotary, is participating in a 170km Ride to End Polio Bike Race. http://ridetoendpolio.org/


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


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



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

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



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


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


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




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

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

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

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

1. Proven organisational skills

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

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

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

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

Please direct your application, or queries, to the ROMAC Chair, Rob Wilkinson, at chair@romac.org.au

ARE YOU THE NEXT ROMAC OPERATIONS DIRECTOR? Jade Catherall 2017-10-17 13:00:00Z 0
Dear Friends,
Following the many years of traditional Rotary Christmas cards, we’ve launched the modern, efficient, environmentally-friendly version – CHRISTMAS E-CARDS!!
Proceeds from the sale of our e-cards support Interplast in rebuilding bodies and rebuilding lives in the Asia-Pacific region.
Recipients of the e-cards you choose will see our Rotary and Interplast logos when they open their cards.
You and your club members and/or friends can take advantage of this service by going to our website at http://ryderotary.org.au/e-club-ecards and following the instructions there.
We hope you will join us in this initiative to support a really good cause, and to further demonstrate that e-clubs really can do just about anything conventional clubs can do.
Yours in Rotary,
Rob Mitchell
Projects Director, Ryde Rotary e-Club
E-CLUB CHRISTMAS E-CARDS Jade Catherall 2017-10-17 13:00:00Z 0
Your opportunity to be involved!
Between November 16-19 we have a delegation of 120 Rotarians and their partners from District 3232 from Chennai India here in District 9685.  The delegation will visit our district for a Friendship Exchange having completed the first half of their visit in Victoria..  I would like to invite all clubs to participate in this historic exchange at events hosted at various zones in our district.  District 3232 is very keen to establish Sister club relationships. This supports part of the Rotary objective to build international understanding and goodwill. Sister clubs share club information, projects and activities.
The RFE members will stay at the  PARKROYAL Parramatta.
Thursday 16 November
  • Arrival from Melbourne – Flight Details to be confirmed. 
  • Dinner – Sydney Showboat Departing Kings Street Wharf Darling Harbour (Cluster 2 & Cluster 5 / Zones City North, North Shore, Upper North Shore and Beaches) – Those interested to attend can contact Rtn. Haran Ramachandran for booking.
Friday 17 November
Saturday 18 November
  • Day Trip Central Coast (Cluster 4 / Zones Central Coast, Lower Central Coast and Upper Central Coast)
  • RAWCS Dinner – Diggers RSL Club, The Entrance
Sunday 19 November
  • Sydney City Tour
  • Dinner meeting – Harris Park (Little India) (United India Association, Consortium of Tamil Associations, Australian Tamil Chamber of Commerce and Australian Medical AID Foundation).  Rotarians are also welcome to join the Sunday Night Dinner at Harris Park.  Dinner Cost $40 + BYO (No corkage)
A number of the Indian clubs are interested in sister club arrangements. A sister club is one that has a sharing relationship with another club, preferably an international club. This supports part of the Rotary objective to build international understanding and goodwill. Sister clubs share club information, projects and activities.
Ideally, such clubs should have some club members visit each other periodically. On such visits, visiting Rotarians can be home hosted, experience something of the club, district, culture and the country. Visiting Rotarians can visit local club projects, club meetings and district activities. Visiting Rotarians can also be encouraged to support proposed local and international projects.
It is possible for sister clubs to participate in important club meetings via internet video connections. Club bulletins should be exchanged on a regular basis and project reports.  It is important to maintain regular contact with sister clubs to build a strong relationship and knowledge of each other and each other’s country.
Contact Hara Ramachandran haran01@bigpond.com or Jim Sifonis dimitry8@bigpond.com for further information and to get involved.
Don't miss out on your chance to attend this year's Rotary NSW Police Officer of the Year Awards.
This event will sell out so please book early!

Friday 10 November 2017
Hyatt Regency, Darling Harbour, Sydney

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

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

The evening will include:

  • A cocktail reception on arrival
  • The presentation of the awards
  • A three course meal with fine wines
  • Dancing to the NSW Police Band

Order Your Online Tickets Now

Tickets still only $95 per person

The Rotary Clubs of NSW 2017 Police Officer of the Year Awards proudly supports Police Legacy and The Rotary Foundation. Funds raised from the evening will be donated to the supported charities.


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

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

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

The Club you serve will benefit from the teamwork that you and your fellow Vision Facilitators display as you guide a group of Rotary Club leaders through a process that will deliver a vision result. This Vision Result presents a club with a strong path toward the future, while engaging current membership toward a clear set of goals.
Professionally, as a Facilitator you will learn a skill set and process that can be applied where ever a group of individuals come together for a common purpose looking for an uncommon result. The skills you develop and the process you learn will be an asset available to each of you in times to come.
Personally, as a Rotary volunteer you will not only grow as a leader but will make a difference with your fellow Rotarians and their clubs through your actions. The personal satisfaction that comes from facilitating your fellow Rotarians toward their vision in growth and delivery of humanitarian service cannot be matched. It is your “Legacy of Service”. 
You are encouraged to have a look at the Club Visioning material on the District website, under District, Club Visioning or Google Rotary Club Visioning and have a look at the power of the program to make real and lasting change that will underscore Rotary: Making a Difference.
If you are interested in delivering planning and club assistance to clubs in our district, then Club Visioning may be for you.  Typically a club visioning session occurs on a week day evening starting at 5.30pm concluding at 9.30pm although there may be events scheduled for a weekend .  Hospitality is provided to the facilitators by the club. 
Club Vision Facilitation Training is scheduled for Sunday 3rd December 2017 8.30am for 9.00am concluding at 4.00pm at the District Office in Thornleigh.  After the District’s contribution to the cost of providing the training which will include morning and afternoon tea and lunch and a Club Visioning Facilitation Manual there is nothing for you to pay.
Please contact the District 9685 Club Vision Facilitation Chair - David Mylan (Terrigal) on 0411 878 854 or email clubvisioning@rotarydistrict9685.org.au
BECOME A CLUB VISIONING FACILITATOR Jade Catherall 2017-10-03 13:00:00Z 0
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for October 2017.   Please feel free to share and send us your great membership stories.
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - OCTOBER 2017 Jade Catherall 2017-10-03 13:00:00Z 0
Whilst the news of a further WPV case during the week is disappointing, it must be remembered we are now in peak season for the virus in the endemic countries (Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan). The total of 11 WPV (6 in Afghanistan, 5 in Pakistan) cases for the year to date reflects the controlled and improving situation when we note a total of 25 for the same period last year.  Nigeria has been clear for 12 months now.
RI President Ian Riseley has maintained very simple fund raising goals this year and is appreciated of your support –
  • DDF money is to be spent, not saved, and a donation of 20% of unused funds is recommended.
  • Every Rotary Club to be encouraged to make a special ‘one off’ donation of US$1,500 to END POLIO NOW to gain maximum advantage from Gates Foundation support.
  • Every District to continue the search for TRF Major Donors of US$10,000.
  • All clubs be requested to plan a special promotion to mark World Polio Day on October 24.
Again, thank you for all you are doing and best wishes for another outstanding year of Rotary service …
PDG Bob Aitken AM and RI Past Director Ken Collins AM,
RI END POLIO NOW Coordinators, Zones 7B and 8, 2016/18
POLIO UPDATE Jade Catherall 2017-10-03 13:00:00Z 0
CONFERENCE WEBSITE Jade Catherall 2017-09-30 14:00:00Z 0

Saturday 10 - Sunday 11 March 2018


Saturday 10 March

Registration Opens from 8.00am

Conference Begins at 9.00am

Lunch at 12.30pm

Day 1 Wrap up at 5.00pm


Pre-Dinner Drinks at 6.30pm

Dinner at 7.30pm


Sunday 11 March

Day 2 begins at 9.00am

Day 2 Wrap up at 12.30pm

CONFERENCE KEY TIMES Jade Catherall 2017-09-29 14:00:00Z 0

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

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

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

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


Saturday (Day Only) – $100

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


Saturday (Day and Dinner) – $200

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


Saturday (Dinner Only) – $110

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


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

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

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


Notes about Registration

  • Friends and family may be added to your registration, or they can register themselves as a full delegate.  You do not need to be a Rotarian to attend.
  • A joint registration requires full registration for each person.
  • Attendance requires prior registration.
  • You may pay by Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard only, via PayPal) or by direct credit or cheque.  You do not need to have a PayPal account in order to pay by credit card. But you do need to select the PayPal option to pay by Credit CardFollow these instructions
  • If you wish to re-visit or amend your registration, please email ConferenceRegistrations@rotarydistrict9685.org.au.
On Sat 9 Sept 42 Rotarians participated in the Advisory Board Training offered free of charge by Rapport Leadership at Hornsby RSL.  Norwest Sunrise Rotarian Jeremy Carter and Bruce Manefield delivered a very engaging workshop that provided lots of tips and strategies for conducting successfully Board meetings.
Board meetings have 3 key functions: to set direction for your club; to make decisions; and to ensure, as a legal entity, that the club is compliant with regulations.
Participant comments included: ‘Fast, on time and concise’: ‘Really helpful – lots of good practical tips’; ‘Best training I have participated in all my years in Rotary’; ‘Logical and realistic with good examples and a purposeful small group exercise that made us think’; ‘A fun, interactive session providing immediately applicable strategies and ideas.’ Many thanks Jeremy and Bruce.
Jeremy is running a similar session on the evening of Oct 12 in Baulkham Hills for Council. It won’t have as much Rotary content but will still be useful if anyone wants to attend that could not make it last Saturday. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/smart-boards-establishing-an-advisory-board-for-a-business-or-community-group-tickets-35502006457  Use discount code ‘rotary’ for free registration.
TREE PLANTING PROJECT IN CONGO Jade Catherall 2017-09-28 14:00:00Z 0
NORTH RYDE CHARITY GOLF DAY Jade Catherall 2017-09-28 14:00:00Z 0
DISTRICT CONFERENCE 2018 Jade Catherall 2017-09-22 14:00:00Z 0
GRAFFITI REMOVAL DAY - 29 OCTOBER 2017 Jade Catherall 2017-09-19 14:00:00Z 0
FLOODING CRISIS - SHELTERBOX Jade Catherall 2017-09-19 14:00:00Z 0
Special Interest Meeting - Role of District Governor
Sunday, 19th November 2017 at 10am
Have you sometimes thought you’d like to put your name forward for District Governor, but are not sure what the job entails or whether you have the necessary attributes to carry out the role successfully?
An opportunity to find out about the role of District Governor and to have your questions answered will take place during a Special Interest Meeting to be held on Sunday 19th November 2017 between 10am and 12 noon at the District Office, Thornleigh.
Topics discussed will include:
               The role of District Governor
               Obligations and Expectation
               The Selection Process
               What happens after selection
               Costs involved.
               There will be ample time for questions to be answered
Attendance at this meeting does not create any obligations or expectations for you to apply for District Governor this year or in the future.
For catering purposes (morning tea will be provided), if you are interested in attending this meeting please contact PDG Gina Growden, Chair, District 9685 DG Nominating Committee for 2017-18 on gina.growden@bigpond.com or 0412 128 106 by Monday, 13th November.
OKTOBERFEST - 27 OCTOBER Jade Catherall 2017-09-19 14:00:00Z 0
AUSSIE HAT NIGHT Jade Catherall 2017-09-19 14:00:00Z 0
AUSTRALIAN ROTARACT CONFERENCE Jade Catherall 2017-09-19 14:00:00Z 0
Understanding that there will be many options and opinions about what counts as service and what does not, club leaders are encouraged to use the four-way test to determine what they think counts.

A few guidelines from RI President Ian Riseley:

Q    What kinds of hours should we track?

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

Q    Does time spent in club committees count?

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

Q    Do Fundraisers count?

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

Q    Does attending a club meeting count?

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

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

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

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

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

Rotary Inspirational Women Awards Luncheon

on Sunday 15 October

at 12noon

at Club York, 99 York St Sydney City



Love you to come along and bring others with you.

Guest speakers include:

1. Fiona Shewring (trades industries)

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

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


Kind regards,


Lyn Davies

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

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

Registrations are now open. Further details are on the brochure


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


FOUNDATION DINNER - 20 NOVEMBER Jade Catherall 2017-09-04 14:00:00Z 0
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - SEPTEMBER 2017 Jade Catherall 2017-09-04 14:00:00Z 0
MOVIE PREMIERE - VICTORIA AND ABDUL Jade Catherall 2017-09-04 14:00:00Z 0
Once again the Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches is presenting the Northern Beaches Spring Concert, on Wednesday 20 September and featuring our own Northern Beaches Orchestra. This year we are delighted to have as our special guest the acclaimed Australian singer/songwriter Melinda Schneider. Come along to the Grand Theatre at United Cinemas Warriewood and enjoy this exciting live show, Melinda Schneider Sings with Strings, packed with popular hits. Buy your tickets from www.rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org.
NORTHERN BEACHES SPRING CONCERT Jade Catherall 2017-08-25 14:00:00Z 0
RAWCS Madagascar October Visit 2017
Gosford North Rotary Club are leaving for their seventh deployment to Madagascar.
This year the focus will be:
  • personally delivering 1200 Luminaid solar sights to remote communities,
  • building of a recreational area within a children's home
  • delivering medical community programs through newly established Rotary  clinic
  • general building & welding projects
Team members required for working team leaving for Madagascar in  late October. Interest sought from physically fit individuals with specific skills that are required within the team. Skills required are medical, dental, electrical, plumbing, building, welding, education or enthusiastic  general team support persons.
Limited numbers available
Please contact Madagascar Project Manager Peter Pearce  OAM
0431 778655          peterpearce48@hotmail.com
WE GOT TO MOVE IT. MOVE IT! Jade Catherall 2017-08-25 14:00:00Z 0
PDG Leslie Whitcroft AM, the man who ‘kick started’ serious fund raising for Rotary International’s PolioPlus program in 1986, passed away at his home in Turramurra, Sydney, on August 12 aged 97 years.
Les was an outstanding Rotarian, businessman and family man – and pursued a lifetime of community service.
With his friend Harry Tyrell, he founded National Can Australia in Fitzroy, Victoria in 1954. He was the driving force behind the success of the company in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Oceania over the next 60 years. He retired from the Company in 1981 to focus on Rotary and community service.
A generous and caring man, Les with his wife Shirley, established The Whitcroft Foundation to benefit many charitable organisations around Australia – including long term sponsorship of the ‘Bridging the Gap’ youth mentoring organisation in Blacktown, NSW.
Les enjoyed an amazing Rotary career and was the inspiration behind many outstanding projects –
  • Past President and member of the Rotary Club of Ryde for 43 years.
  • Past Governor of District 9685.
  • Founding Director of Australian Rotary Health.
  • Chairman of the Fund Raising Committee for the Rotary Wing at Westmead Childrens Hospital.
  • Past Chairman, long serving Director and benefactor of Rotary Down Under Incorporated. Les provided an interest free of $730k over three years to fund the purchase of the original Rotary Down Under House in Argyle Street, Parramatta, in 1985. The debt was repaid by the Rotarians and Rotary Clubs and Districts of Australia and New Zealand – and the building changed the course of Rotary in Australia by providing a solid base for administration of many programs over the next decade.
However, it was his service as National Chairman of the Australian PolioPlus Committee in the late 1980s that Les made an extraordinary contribution.  Rotary International set a fund raising goal of $125 million in 1986 and early progress was slow until Les and Shirley Whitcroft made a donation of US$250k to then RI President MAT Caparas at a Pacific Regional Conference in Adelaide. This single act provided great leadership to Rotarians and corporates around the world and donations began to flow in great numbers and amounts. Shirley Whitcroft was a key figure in the campaign – inspiring everyone by way of her own battle with polio. Shirley contracted the dreaded virus after she and Les were married and her youngest child was just 18 months old.
Les Whitcroft’s lifetime of service was suitable recognised when he was honoured with an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) in 1989.
He is survived by his daughters Prudence and Diana, son in law Michael, grandchildren Scott, Kirsty, Louise and Fiona, and great grandchildren Xavier, Joshua, Lachlan, Savannah, Eugenie and Josephine.
A Service of Thanksgiving will be held at  Christ Church St Ives, 1 Cowan Road, St Ives on Monday 21 August 2017 at 1pm.
Rotarians attending the service - parking is limited in the area, so carpooling and early arrival are advised.
VALE PDG LES WHITCROFT AM - DEATH OF A POLIOPLUS HERO Jade Catherall 2017-08-15 14:00:00Z 0
LIFT THE LID AT BUNNINGS WAREHOUSE Jade Catherall 2017-08-15 14:00:00Z 0
Jeremy Carter, President of Norwest Sunrise Rotary Club has offered his company's training course for Board Members - for free to Rotarians and $50 for Non Rotarians.
Saturday 9 September 2017 - 8.00am-11.30am
8.00am Coffee & Registration
8.30am - 11.30am Training incl. Morning Tea
Register HERE by Tuesday 5 September 2017 for catering and room organisation purposes.
Advisory Boards – Unlocking success in your organisation
Having a great board of advisors is a powerful asset for your Rotary Club (or any organisation for that matter) to get objective advice, identify unexplored opportunities, open new doors and increase profitability and sustainability.
This workshop covers what you need to know in order to establish an effective Advisory Board from inception to succession. Unlike corporate boards, advisory boards do not have fiduciary responsibility and their advice is non-binding.
Topics include:
  • The importance of governance in organisations
  • How to setup an effective advisory board
  • Choosing the right people for the board
  • Setting objectives, expectations and compensation
  • Planning for Meetings
  • Running effective board meetings
  • Best practice communication strategies
We'd appreciate registration by Tuesday 5 September, so that necessary catering and room organisation arrangements can be made.
BOARD TRAINING FROM RAPPORT LEADERSHIP Jade Catherall 2017-08-15 14:00:00Z 0
TRIVIA NIGHT - 26 AUGUST 2017 Jade Catherall 2017-08-12 14:00:00Z 0

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


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

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

Register at rli.rotarydistrict9685.org.au

The cost for the full course is $75*.


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


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

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


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


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


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



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


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

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

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

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


NSW POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARDS Jade Catherall 2017-07-18 14:00:00Z 0
As a precursor to the fourth annual North Ryde Rotary Fun Run, the Rotary Club of North Ryde is again holding mental health seminars with the Macquarie University Centre for Emotional Health.
The Fun Run is Sunday 27 August 2017 at Macquarie University Sports Grounds with proceeds to Australian Rotary Health and practical programmes for youth mental health. To find out more about the mental health seminars please go to the following web pages. http://bit.ly/socialanxiety2017 and http://bit.ly/procrastination2017
Social anxiety in youth – 26th Jul 2017 6:00pm – 7:00pm
The Centre for Emotional Health in partnership with Rotary Club of North Ryde* is pleased to present a FREE community information evening for parents, carers, school counsellors and teachers on dealing with social anxiety in youth.
Around 2-3 % of Australian youth (4-18 years) suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder – a fear or worry about other people’s evaluations to such an extent that it stops them from easily making friends, talking to people or being the centre of attention.
In this informative session Distinguished Professor Ron Rapee will discuss:
  • Ways to identify social anxiety disorder in young people
  • How social anxiety can affect children
  • Tips to manage social anxiety in youth
  • Available treatment options for children offered through the Centre for Emotional Health Clinic
The presentation will include Q&A time. About the Presenter
Ronald M. Rapee is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia and founder of the Centre for Emotional Health. Prof Rapee has established an international reputation for his research into the understanding and management of anxiety and related problems in both children and adults and has published widely in some of the leading scientific journals. He has developed a number of empirically supported treatment programs that are used by researchers and therapists in countries across the world.
Event Information
Date: Wednesday, 26 July 2017
Time: Doors open 5.30pm. Event 6.00pm to 7:00pm Venue: Australian Hearing Hub, Level 1 Lecture Theatre 16 University Ave, Macquarie University NSW
Parking: Free parking from 5.30pm in X2 and W3 car parks. All people who register will be emailed a parking permit.
RSVP: Bookings are essential as places are limited.


Overcoming procrastination in adolescence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ROTARY PRESIDENT-ELECT SAM OWORI DIES Jade Catherall 2017-07-15 14:00:00Z 0
THE FUTURE OF ROTARY: UNLIMITED OR ON BORROWED TIME? Jade Catherall 2017-07-06 14:00:00Z 0
ROSEVILLE CHASE ROTARY FUN RUN Jade Catherall 2017-07-06 14:00:00Z 0
I am delighted to be serving in the District Communications Director role in 2017/18. As I work full time, the best (and preferred) way to contact me is email (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   
For consideration for the District Bulletin
Award/s and for your bulletin to reach
DG Peter Ward.
Thanks and best wishes to everyone for a great year in 2017/18.
Jade Catherall
District Communications Director 2017/18
DISTRICT COMMUNICATIONS IN 2017-18 Jade Catherall 2017-07-05 14:00:00Z 0
Feel there are gaps in your Rotary knowledge?  Want to prepare for your Rotary Year?  Hungry for knowledge that goes beyond PETS and DA?  Want to share your experience of Rotary with others?
Then RLI is for you and new Courses for 2017 are open now:
RLI 42; Saturdays; 8 July, 29 July, 12 August
RLI 43; Sundays; 10 September, 24 September, 8 October.
The cost for the full course is $75*.
The benefits of doing RLI are many; so boost your knowledge and skills, and share your experience by joining in.
The three part course is held  at our District Office, Thornleigh. Morning tea and lunch are provided.  Each day starts at 8:30 for 9:00am and finishes around 3:45pm.
Here is what recent graduates had to say about the Rotary Leadership Institute Course;
The course is by far the most educational, inspirational and motivational element of Rotary thus far. The people who deliver the course are not dogmatic, not zealous, but they do know their subject and can deliver it very effectively. Michael Sawczak., RC The Entrance, RLI 39
Excellent workshop, very beneficial to everybody;  Excellent! Time well spent; Eye-opening; Gives confidence in initiating a club project; The course is an essential activity for all members. Participant feedback from RLI 37.
* The fee covers direct participant costs.  Rotarians who have partially completed RLIs prior to today and wish to do individual parts should contact PDG Ian Scott for registration by response to this email; the cost for catch up sessions is $20.
RLI - COURSES BEGINNING THIS WEEKEND! Jade Catherall 2017-07-04 14:00:00Z 0
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - JULY 2017 Jade Catherall 2017-07-04 14:00:00Z 0

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


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


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


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


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

Antiques, Vintage and Collectables Fair

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

When: Saturday 3rd June and Sunday 4th June

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

Where: Winmalee High School, Hawkesbury Rd, Winmalee

Cost: $9

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



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

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


RLI 41 runs over the weekend 24-25 June 2017 


Register at rli.rotarydistrict9685.org.au

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

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



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

District Assembly presentations are available:

Go to District > District Training > District Assembly or:


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

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

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

Does your club sponsor an Interact or Rotaract club? You can customize your own promotional cards for Rotary’s programs for young leaders through the Rotary Brand Center. This is a great opportunity to show potential members all the ways they can get involved through Rotary.
PROMOTE YOUR CLUB WITH NEW RESOURCES Jade Catherall 2017-04-18 14:00:00Z 0
RABS Project Criteria
Rotary Australia Compassionate Grants (RACG)
Rotary Australia Compassionate Grant (RACG) Projects have been made possible by a $1,000,000 donation to Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) by Dick Smith.
RACG Projects are registered under the entity of Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS), ABN 54 563 288 318.
All RABS Projects have DGR status with the ATO. ie. donations are tax deductible.
The aim of the RACG Projects is to provide assistance to disadvantaged members of the Australian community irrespective of their location.
What are the Project Criteria
1.         RACG online Project Applications may be submitted by a Rotary Club or a Rotary District.
2.         RACG Projects must provide specific, direct relief to people in need and not be simply a general funding donation to an organisation even though that organisation may provide assistance to people in need
3.         The funding must satisfy a specific need and may be provided directly to a person or a small group of people. Alternatively, the funding may be to an organisation to provide a piece of equipment that will satisfy the needs of a disadvantaged section of the community.
4.         The funding must satisfy the needs of disadvantaged people or a small disadvantaged section of the community and not be simply to provide a benefit to the whole community.
5.         The project should be such as to arouse the compassion of the community.
6.         The project should define and target the disadvantage or need of the people or group of people for whom it is intended.
7.         The concept of disadvantage is unlimited and could arise from sickness, suffering, distress, misfortune, disability, destitution, helplessness or poverty, any aspect of the negative side of the human condition. The criteria are not prescriptive but should be used as a guide to determine the disadvantage.
8.         Priority for grants will be given to those whose disadvantage has arisen from an ‘ad hoc’ event over which the disadvantaged had no control, such as an accident, assault, medical condition.
9.         RACG Projects cannot be registered as part of an existing RABS Project.
10.       Rotary Australia Compassionate Grants will match a Club’s or District’s fundraising on a dollar for dollar basis subject to the following;
a.         a qualifying project must have a minimum value of $2,000 (ie. a minimum grant of $1,000),  and
b.         a Club or District can apply for up to 2 grants in any calendar year, subject to a maximum grant total of  $10,000.
11.       All RACG Projects must contain a budget that states the total cost of the project and the anticipated source of these funds.
12. All RACG Projects must be completed within 12 months of the date of registration and are required to submit six monthly online progress reports when requested and a final report on completion.
Registering a RACG Project
All RACG Projects are registered on-line Click here to apply.
The normal RAWCS project approvals process has been streamlined to enable efficient administration.  The Club provides final endorsement of each project submitted by the Project Manager and the project then goes to a Screening Committee of two Rotarians. Following endorsement by the Screening Committee, the Project goes to the RAWCS National Project Manager for approval and registration. Once registered, RACG Projects appear as normal RABS Projects with (RACG) appended to the Project title.
The following RABS projects are examples of projects considered to meet the above RACG approval criteria.
  • Provision of a modified family motor vehicle for a 6 year old with cerebral palsy
  • Modifications to a home to assist access and functionality for a quadriplegic
  • Financial assistance for a seriously injured sportsman’s family
  • Ongoing support for non PBS medicines for a sufferer of Lymes disease
  • Provision of a specialised bed for a person with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Supply insulin pumps to three children with juvenile diabetes
  • Provision of improved prosthetics for an amputee
  • Assistance to a family who lost everything in a fire
  • Provision of financial assistance to a young family whose mother drowned
  • Providing refurbishment of a kitchen and bathroom for a women’s refuge or for a house for disabled people.
    For further assistance or to get in touch with a club please contact: racg@rawcs.org.au
ROTARY AUSTRALIA COMPASSIONATE GRANTS Jade Catherall 2017-04-18 14:00:00Z 0
G’day all 9685 Rotarians, Caravanners, 4WDers and car tourers.
Like to join this ARH initiative AND see parts of Australia (maybe for the first time maybe on a return trip), meet other Rotarians, meet the friends you are yet to make and at the same time help ARH in this great initiative for meeting the challenge of Mental Health (Yep we can say it now)
Go here to see all the drives, from 16th July 2017 to 3rd June 2018, 12 legs in total
select the one you want to join and  let Dudley know at mrdgm41@gmail.com. I’ll put together a data base for all to see.
This is open to everyone so invite your friends, form a group and double, triple, quadruple (don’t know the word for any more)  your  fun.
See you on one of the Drives. You don’t have to do the full drive(s) just go for a while or as much as you want to. It is Hop On Hop Off.
Kindest Regards   Dudley Mercer   Chair Rotary D9685 ARH Committee.
MUSTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH Jade Catherall 2017-04-03 14:00:00Z 0
Top 5 Reasons to support EndTrachoma by 2020
Clubs around Australia support many worthwhile charities and projects. But EndTrachoma by 2020 is something particularly special for Rotary Australia.
TOP 5 REASONS TO END TRACHOMA Jade Catherall 2017-04-03 14:00:00Z 0
PENRITH POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR Jade Catherall 2017-04-03 14:00:00Z 0
CENTURY CYCLE CHALLENGE Jade Catherall 2017-03-31 13:00:00Z 0
EASTER EGG HUNT Jade Catherall 2017-03-31 13:00:00Z 0
NORTH ROCKS TRIVIA NIGHT Jade Catherall 2017-03-31 13:00:00Z 0
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - APRIL Jade Catherall 2017-03-31 13:00:00Z 0

An invitation is extended to fellow Rotarians to join Lower Blue Mountains Rotary Club in the welcome of our guest speaker, Rotary International Director, Noel Trevaskis, who will be joining us on Tuesday 2nd May 2017.


Lower Blue meets at the Leonay Golf Club, 1 Leonay Parade, Leonay (exit M4 at Russell Street ) at 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm.   Dinner costs are $23.  Payments at welcome desk or via Club cheques please.


Kindly RSVP to Pamela Noal via:  0447778870  

or  E: pamelanoalrotarylbm@gmail.com  noting any special dietary requirements.   



NOEL TREVASKIS IS VISITING THE MOUNTAINS Jade Catherall 2017-03-15 13:00:00Z 0
Canberra dinner on May 1 to showcase Australia’s Peace Centre
The Rotary Peace Centres Program is one of Rotary’s star performers. Australia is privileged to host one of the six global centres, based at University of Queensland. Each year a class of around 10 outstanding Fellows study for their Masters in Peace and Conflict Resolution, but there are few opportunities for them to meet the wider Rotary community. Past RI Director John Lawrence has taken advantage of Class 14’s visit to Canberra to convene a dinner on May 1st, with the help of Canberra area Rotary Clubs, to which all Rotarians are invited. It is a chance to meet and hear from these wonderful Rotary ambassadors. Honoured guests include RIPE Ian Riseley, senior politicians and members of the diplomatic community. Venue for the dinner is the Commonwealth Club in Yarralumla, with a limit of 200 attendees.
For bookings www.rotary.9710.org.au and click on the link to book.
Date: May 1st
Location: Commonwealth Club, Yarralumla
Time: 6:30pm for 7:00pm
Cost: $70 per person with a cash bar.
SHOWCASE OF AUSTRALIA'S PEACE CENTRE Jade Catherall 2017-03-15 13:00:00Z 0

There was a great response to the Raffle of two bottles of Muster Wine and four acrylic goblets at the District conference. The winner was Margaret Neal from the Rotary Club of Kincumber.


The total amount raised for ARH was $222 which represents around 50c per person who attended the conference.

Australian Rotary Health District Chair, Dudley Mercer said “Everyone who was asked bought a/some ticket(s) so, Thanks to everyone.”  


ARH continues to be a  large investor in Mental Health Research Scholarships, second only to the Federal Government.

The research is “By Australians – In Australia - then made available  the World.”


A large number of research results and developed programs are in use overseas particularly the “Mental Health First Aid”  program flagged by then President Obama as a very worthwhile program.


District 9685 is a very generous donor to ARH, something the committee is keen to maintain. Please keep ARH in mind when distributing funds or perhaps hold a special ARH event – this year’s Hat Day is titled “Lift the Lid” on mental health – look out for more information here later on.


Watch this space for more details of the D9685 contingent in the Muster for Mental Health later on in the year too.

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

District Governor Bruce Lakin has joined District Rotary Foundation Chairman David Rands in calling for EVERY club in District 9685 to donate US $2,650 towards the END POLIO NOW campaign in support RI President John Germ’s personal request for special giving to mark the 100th anniversary of The Rotary Foundation in 2016/17.


This unique amount from each club will then be matched by a similar amount from the District 9685 District Designated Fund (DDF), followed by a 50% Rotary World Fund match for a sub total of $6,625.


The amazing generosity of the Gates Foundation then comes into play with a 2 for 1 further match for Polio giving.


Total impact of the original special club donation of $2,650 is and amazing $19,875!!!


Rotary Foundation Chair David has had enquiries from several clubs, but noted payment rom only a small number so far.  So during March we would like to see many more clubs make that special effort and stretch in order to take advantage of the absolutely wonderful opportunity to stretch your $2650 to $19875 of benefit.


Governor Bruce joined the push this week and stated ‘like all things in Rotary, this excellent opportunity will not achieve maximum impact unless we make it happen’.


‘The 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation is a very special occasion and there is no better way to celebrate than for everyone to make an extra effort to strive for Polio eradication.  I request club presidents to discuss this request within clubs during the next week and get donations to Chairman David and his team as soon as possible,” he said.


Governor Bruce reminded club presidents that this donation is a special ‘one off’ request and should be in addition to normal giving to The Rotary Foundation.


District Polio Chairs Bob Aitken and Bruce Nicholls have joined District leaders in this fund raising ‘push’ and reminded club presidents that RI President John Germ, in his 2016/17 citation, requests Rotarians around the world to support the club giving program with a personal gift of $26.50 to END POLIO NOW.


This amount of $26.50 is the original amount donated from the International Convention that year to launch The Rotary Foundation and has special significance in this 100th anniversary year.


Chairmen Bob and Bruce suggest that clubs organise a special event in March to raise the total amount required and ease the cost burden on individual members.  Community ‘Walk because you can’ events have proved very popular and successful with mass school children joining Rotarians in main street marches for gold coin donations.


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

Understanding our Working with Children obligations

Does your club participate in any of the following or similar Youth programs?
Programs organised and administered by District Committees and supported by Clubs
  • Rotary Youth Exchange [RYEP]
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards [RYLA]
  • Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment [RYPEN]
  • National Youth Science Forum [NYSF]
  • Siemens Science Experience, Engineering Schools [SSE]
  • Science & Engineering Challenge
  • Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA)
  • Recognition of Youth Awards (ROYA)
  • Pacific Australia Cultural Exchange (PACE)
Programs organised and administered by other organisations and supported by Clubs
  • Youth Driver Awareness [RYDA]
  • Operation Hope (Wesley Mission Camps for disadvantaged children)
  • Youth Insearch (community-based organisation coordinating program focusing on resolving adolescent issues at a peer level)
Programs initiated by Clubs to meet the needs of young people in their local communities
  • Scholarships, bursaries and awards for school students
  • Inter-school debating competitions
  • 'My Mother - My Hero' Mother's Day Essay/ Poem for Primary School students
  • Homeless youth programs
  • Community Centres for Youth
  • Youth Forums, ARH High School Forums on Mental Health (Years 10 & 11)
  • Youth Art Shows, Drama Festivals and Showcases of Musical Talents
  • Leadership training for High School Student Representative Council members
  • Support for students with disabilities - wheelchairs, computers, social outings
If so, the following WWC obligations apply:
  • Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012
  • Child protection (Working with Children) Regulation 2013
  • Children and Young People (care and Protection) Act 1998
  • Rotary Youth Protection Guide (2016)
These requirements are encapsulated in the draft “Child Protection Policy and Procedure Manual” available to clubs on the D9685 website. It is recommended that all clubs adopt this manual if they participate in any form of Youth Program.

To learn more

D9685 is taking a 3-phased approach to explaining how these obligations affect our District and Club Youth programs. It will be achieved as follows:
Phase 1           PETS 1 April 2017     
An overview of the relevant documents and their requirements to create an awareness for President’s – Elect so that they have a basis to manage the responses of their respective Clubs.
Phase 2           District Assembly 23 April 2017       
Club Board members and the Club Verification Officer should attend to hear a more detailed explanation about these important requirements and to receive guidance about their implementation.
Phase 3           FREE “Working with Children” workshop on 29 April 2017 in the District Office, Thornleigh, to expand on the DA.
A representative of the Office of the Children’s Guardian will be present and the primary objectives will be to:
  • Explain more about WWC and why it is an important matter; and
  • Participate in a Q&A session at which any misconceptions or misunderstandings that may exist will be addressed.
Suggested attendees would include:
  • 2017-2018 D9685 Directors responsible for Youth programs
  • Relevant 2017-2018 D9685 and Club Committee Chairs (e.g. RYE Program)
  • Club Verification Officers
  • Club Youth Service Directors
  • Club Presidents
  • Rotarians
Registrations close on 24 April.
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2017-18 Board Members, please be aware  of the following 2017-18 District training:
District Assembly
Sunday 23 April 2017
The Kings School
Pennant Hills Road, Parramatta
It will begin with registrations at 8.30am and formal start at 9.00am, finishing at 4.30pm.
The training content will be informative and entertaining. It is a Rotary International requirement that each club is represented at PETS and District Assembly.
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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.”

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