The 2023 District Conference was an outstanding success. The heat outside was not an issue once inside the venue which was fully air conditioned. Any issues that arose during the Conference were expertly handled and solved by the Conference team, and a friendly, informal, yet informative Conference was held for the approximately 300 participants who attended. The catering by the Rotary Club of Cowra for the barbecue meal on the Friday went way beyond a sausage sandwich at Bunnings, and the brunch on Sunday in the Japanese Gardens also catered by the Rotary Club of Cowra was a great meal including coffee.
A summary of the events and highlights have been gathered from a number of Rotarians who are acknowledged for allowing the editor of this newsletter to use their contribution.
Congratulations are in order for the great job done by our District Governor, and the Conference team under the leadership of Carol Lemon-McCoy and John Isbister, Conference Co-Chairs. Every member of the team had their roles and all worked extremely hard achieving all of the goals that had been set for them.
Here are some of the highlights of the Conference, by no means in chronogical order of when they occurred.
1. The Japanese Ambassador, His Excellency Shingo Yamagami
Shingo Yamagami gave a most impressive and powerful presentation on the Sunday morning in the Japanese Gardens, and he has graciously consented for us all to read his speech. Please click HERE to read what he presented.
The photo shows His Excellency Shingo Yamagami being presented with a gift by District 9685 Governor Mina Howard.
2. Greg North - Bush Poet
Thanks to Michele Ellery for allowing me to use her video. Please click HERE.
3. The Sheep Dog Rxhibition with Nick Forster
Once again, thanks to Michele Ellery for allowing me to use her video. Please click HERE.
4. The Local Indigenous Dance Troupe From Cowra HS
And again, thanks to Michele Ellery for allowing me to use her video. Please click HERE.
5. A Summary of the Conference Activities
Written by District Secretary, Liz McDougall, and reproduced from the Rotary Club of Warringah newsletter with permission from its editor Chrisy Savvides, click HERE to read.
Some Photos From the Conference
More to come from the official photographers. These photos were contributed by Michele Ellery (Lower Blue Mountains), Julie Thorp (Ryde) and Maureen Rose (Richmond) and gratefully received. 
25 Walking sticks presented. $2087 raised for Rotary Foundation.