1. Important Events in the Distict Calendar
  • District Governor 2025-2026 applications are open. These close on 31st march
    For more details view past Rotary Round Up Newsletters.
    For further details, please contact: Chair of the Nominating Committee, PDG David Clark, 0414 364 812 davd.clark.1606@gmail.com    (Please note there is no (i) in davd in the email address
  • President Elect Learning and Development Day, 4th March
  • District Assembly, 15th April (arrangements TBC)
  • Western Sydney MUNA at Nepean CAPA HS, 3rd-4th June. Applications close 31st March
    To view each of the following MUNA documents, please click on the names below:
2.   End Polio contributions
You may have received this excellent promotional material from PDG Murray Verso – our END POLIO NOW Zone Coordinator. We are so close, but the fight to End Polio in the world is not yet over.
To view the PolioPlus Society overview, please click HERE.
To download the PolioPlus Society Commitment Form, please click HERE.
To view the 2022-23 District Designated Funds Form, please click HERE.
​​​​​​3.  Pocket Pals for Earthquake Victims
Our inspiring club knitter, Deborah Wood (RC of Springwood Inc), has developed an easy knitting pattern for these so very cute Pocket Pals for children who are earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria.
She is encouraging Rotary members and friends in our District to start knitting so that we can send a consignment overseas in the near future. They are little and cute, approximately 12 cm long made from a knitted rectangle, and are easy to knit for even the most amateur of knitters.
Once there is a collection of the knitted ‘skeletons’, we recommend that clubs hold a ‘stitching and stuffing day’ where the collective group can finish them off and ready them for sending.
Would your club be interested? The pattern is available from Deborah Wood on helixfac@outlook.com
Let’s start knitting!
4. RAWCS Eastern Region quarterly Meeting - 11th 12th February
To view the report, please click HERERAWCS | District 9705
Regardless of the mammoth challenges we had to hold this meeting, it was probably the best we have ever had.
A huge thank you goes out to Dianne and David Waterhouse for opening up their home to the 30 plus who attended the meeting.
Due to the change in our circumstances we had to adjust the Saturday afternoon format. Regardless, we had three fabulous speakers showcasing the work of RAWCS in District 9685. 
Guest speakers included Lucy Hobgood-Brown who has just returned from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Phil Isaacs speaking on the strength of Rotary clubs collaborating to work on valuable community projects in the Blue Mountains area. 
Mary Crammond  showcased her project 'Shelterbags' which are being distributed all over Australia to support the homeless and those living rough. Quality time was spent on Saturday night socialising before we had dinner at a Chinese restaurant. 
Sunday's meeting chaired by Brian Goldstraw saw the introduction of our new ER Secretary Susan Morgan. We thank those who travelled far and wide, from Canberra, Mouraya and Port Macquarie. 
This was an inspiring event where lots of fellowship was enjoyed with like minded souls.
Jan Pryor
5. Rotary Voices - Rotary Growth in Ukraine
To view this facinating article, please click HERE.
Extract from the Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Blackheath, 21 February 2023
6. Club insurance declaration by Presidents
Presidents please take note of the following format recommended for inclusion in all future Presidents Reports:
  1. For the months of February and March each year, confirmation that the Club insurance declaration has been provided to the District Insurance Officer (DIO).
    YES – NO – (circle) - Comment……………………………(as appropriate)
  2. Monthly, confirmation that an Insurance Pro Forma has been completed for any activity or project that is being planned for the Club, and that appropriate and necessary liaison has taken place with the District Risk Manager and/or the District Insurance Officer (DIO).
    YES – NO – (circle) - Comment……………………………(as appropriate)
7. Rotary Action Group Against Slavery (RAGAS - another acronym to add to the list published in the last newsletter)
We had a RAGAS presentation at our meeting yestereday.  DG Mina also attended. About five of our members have already put up their hands to be guest speakers throughout our District to do the RAGAS presentation and ensure all Rotarians in our District are also aware of this program.  
Polio Plus started out slowly and it's taken nearly 40 years to eradicate this disease - but, WE did it - Rotarians throughout the world.
If it also takes 40 years to stop human trafficking, it will be worth it - WE just have to start.
If you want to know more about RAGAS, go to https://ragas.online/about-us/  and https://www.facebook.com/ragascentral/
8.  Vocational Service Information
Vocational Service Schedule and Information Rotary District 9685 Notes for D9685 Rotary Round Up 2 March 2023
A great deal of information is behind this link. Please click HERE to view this information.
Ken Broadhead OAM RFD
Vocational Service Chair
District Service Awards
To download the District Awards Application Form - May 2022, please click HERE
Rotary Emergency Services Community Ards (RESCA)  Awards
  • To attend the launch of the RESCA Awards, use the QR Code on the image to the left
  • To view the RESCA  Award and Nominations Guidelines 2023, please click HERE.
  • To view the RESCA website, use the following QR Code
  • To view the RESCA Code for Nominations Guidelines 2023, use the following QR Code