January 17 2019

Happy New Year! Best wishes as we head into the second half of the Rotary year. As I work full time, the best (and preferred) way to contact me is email ( 
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:
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Thanks and best wishes to everyone for a great year in 2019.
Jade Catherall
District Communications Director 2018/19

A reminder about some important dates that we first shared with you in July 2018. If you haven't already, please add them 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


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


29 June 2019 - District Changeover at Hornsby RSL




2019-20 RI president announces his presidential theme

By Arnold R. Grahl Photos by Alyce Henson
Rotary International President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney explained his vision for building a stronger Rotary, calling on leaders to expand connections to their communities and to embrace innovative membership models.
RI President-elect Mark Maloney announces the 2019-20 presidential theme, Rotary Connects the World, to incoming district governors in San Diego, California, USA.
Maloney, a member of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA, unveiled the 2019-20 presidential theme, Rotary Connects the World, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s annual training event, the International Assembly, in San Diego, California, USA, on Monday.
“The first emphasis is to grow Rotary — to grow our service; to grow the impact of our projects; but, most importantly, to grow our membership so that we can achieve more,” Maloney said.
Maloney believes that connection is at the heart of the Rotary experience.
“(Rotary) allows us to connect with each other, in deep and meaningful ways, across our differences,” Maloney said. “It connects us to people we would never otherwise have met, who are more like us than we ever could have known. It connects us to our communities, to professional opportunities, and to the people who need our help.” Maloney also called on every Rotary and Rotaract club to identify segments of their community not represented in their club by creating a membership committee with diverse members. “Through Rotary, we connect to the incredible diversity of humanity on a truly unique footing, forging deep and lasting ties in pursuit of a common goal,” he added. “In this ever more divided world, Rotary connects us all.”
Maloney urged leaders to offer alternative meeting experiences and service opportunities to make it easier for busy professionals and people with many family obligations to serve in leadership roles.
“We need to foster a culture where Rotary does not compete with the family, but rather complements it,” Maloney said. “That means taking real, practical steps to change the existing culture: being realistic in our expectations, considerate in our scheduling, and welcoming of children at Rotary events on every level.”
Maloney said many of the barriers that prevent people from serving as leaders in Rotary are based on expectations that are no longer relevant.
“It is time to adapt, to change our culture, and to convey the message that you can be a great district governor without visiting every club individually, and a great president without doing everything yourself.”
Relationship with the United Nations
During 2019-20, Rotary will host a series of presidential conferences around the world, focusing on Rotary’s relationship with the United Nations and the UN’s sustainable development goals that many Rotary service projects support. More information will be available in July.
In 2020, the United Nations will celebrate the 75th anniversary of its charter and its mission of promoting peace. Rotary was one of 42 organizations the United States invited to serve as consultants to its delegation at the 1945 San Francisco conference, which led to the UN’s charter. For decades, Rotary has worked alongside the United Nations to address humanitarian issues around the world. Today, Rotary holds the highest consultative status that the UN offers to nongovernmental organizations.
“Rotary shares the United Nations’ enduring commitment to a healthier, more peaceful, and more sustainable world,” Maloney said. “And Rotary offers something no other organization can match: an existing infrastructure that allows people from all over the world to connect in a spirit of service and peace and take meaningful action toward that goal.” 
Each year Rotary Clubs have the privilege and honour of suggesting candidates for District Governor from their membership.  District 9685 and its predecessors have a great history of Rotarians, supported by their Clubs, who have stepped up to the role.
District 9685 is now calling for applications for nomination as Rotary International District Governor for the 2021-2022 Rotary year.
An applicant must be a current member of good standing of a Club in the District with at least 5 years Rotary membership as at June 2019, as well as having served as President of a Rotary Club for a full term.
It is a challenging and rewarding appointment with a structured and exciting two year training and preparation period, prior to assuming the position.
It’s your opportunity to lead and inspire Rotarians in Clubs across the District.
As an initial expression of interest, please contact, PDG Bruce Lakin, Chairman of the Nominating Committee, via email at or mobile 0419 876073.  He will assist you by providing information about the role and the selection procedure.
You can help even if you are not intending to apply.
All Rotarians know someone who would be an excellent Governor and maybe need someone to tell them just that, so please encourage them to apply. If the response is “not just yet”, they could contact the Nominating Committee Chair to get information for the future.
Key dates are:
1 March 2019:             Formal Application Details and Package available
22 March 2019:          Closing date for applications
7 April 2019:               District Governor 2021-2022 Selection Interviews                                                                       
                                     (candidates must attend the District Office in Thornleigh in person)
Annual reports are boring, right?  Not Rotary’s!!
  • words are kept to a minimum – very easy to read
  • beautiful images, graphics, videos and audio – bringing it to life
  • links to compelling stories on a range of topics – highly engaging
  • a menu that allows quick and easy navigation.
We think this web page will serve a number of purposes:
  • making Rotarians even more proud to be members
  • telling the story of who we are to prospective members and others
  • conveying the value of the Foundation in delivering high-impact projects
  • giving recognition to the work of our wonderful partners, such as Shelterbox.
In other words, this is much more than an annual report.  It’s an outstanding new tool to convey how – together – we are making a difference in the world.  We’d encourage you to share it with all your audiences.
Tip: It’s even more powerful if you click the  full screen icon at the bottom right.
Q&A is the show where YOU (the audience) sets the agenda by asking the tough questions of Australia’s politicians, pundits and opinion-makers. We are live to air across the nation every Monday night at 9.30pm. We have had the pleasure of many Rotary members from across Melbourne and Sydney attending our shows during 2018 and we would like to invite members of your community to attend in 2019.
We know your members are enthusiastic to engage in the national discussion. As we head towards a likely federal election in May, there will be lots to discuss and plenty of questions that needs answers!
Would you be interested in organising a small (or large!) group for your members to attend Q&A in the New Year? We can help with free transport in and around Sydney for your group (within about 2 hours drive). Every Monday night we organise a bus from a different area of Sydney and its surrounds – please let us also know if that would be of interest to you and we will find a suitable date. If you are from further afield and happen to be with your group on a Monday night in Sydney (or individually too!) please also let us know and we will give you priority. For more information please contact us: Email: Ph: 02 8333 4065 Web: We look forward to seeing you at Q&A!
Head to the Conference website:

Each club has received a Gnome from DG Susan, as she has visited your clubs, to decorate and bring to Newcastle, as the District 9685 Gnomes gather.

Join the Rotary Rocks Gnome in Newcastle as each club decorates a gnome that represents their own club – will we see the marketing gnome from Carlingford, the running gnome from Lindfield, the operatic gnome from Woy Woy, the antique gnome from Springwood or the caroling gnome from North Ryde and Macquarie Park?

You’ll have to bring your club’s gnome to Newcastle and find out!

Decorate your gnome before 29 March 2019

Deliver your gnome to NEX, Newcastle when you come to the Conference

See all the different gnomes from all corners of our amazing District. Be creative,  think outside the gnome and turn your tiny gnome into the giant power of your Rotary club!

Libby has been a Police Officer for nearly 30 years, 19 years of which she served with the New South Wales (NSW) Police Force and during that time she specialised in crime prevention, sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, victim support and Indigenous issues. In 1992, she established and co-ordinated the first “Victim Support Unit” for the NSW Police and worked extensively with victims of crime. (Award received – Rotary Pride of Workmanship).
In 1996 – 1997, she held a position on the NSW Police Commissioner’s State Domestic Violence team. Libby developed and implemented the “Family Violence Awareness Training for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities” which she delivered to Aboriginal communities throughout NSW and to inmates in various Correctional Centres. (Awards received – Parliament House – Stop Domestic Violence Day Award; NSW Police Commissioners Commendation).
Throughout her NSW Policing years, Libby built a strong rapport with many communities, also focusing on Indigenous Elders and Leaders and she developed the Indigenous Elder’s Group, “Elders Walkabout”. (Award received – International Humanitarian Paul Harris Award).
Libby’s continuing interest for community, culture and crime prevention led her to explore the international arena by joining the Australian Federal Police International Deployment Group in 2008. Since then, she has been deployed to the Northern Territory during the “Government Intervention” (2008), Sudan with the United Nations (2009), Timor-Leste with the United Nations (2010-11) and then the AFP Timor-Leste Police Development Program (TLPDP) in Dili (2012-14).
From 2014 to 2019, Libby was based in Sydney working in various AFP roles, she resigned from the AFP in February 2018.
Her biggest achievement was during her personal time where she developed her own crime prevention initiative, a youth and community centre in Timor-Leste. The initiative is a registered RAWCS project and Libby joined the Rotary Club of Blackheath in 2014.
If you joined Rotary after March 12 2018, then you won't have had the wonderful opportunity to attend a Rotary District Conference......YET!
We'd love you to experience the magic and wonder of a District Conference, hear inspirational speakers, see amazing projects in the Project Showcase and enjoy the fun of the Rock n' Roll evening on Saturday night.
You can register to attend the FULL Conference (Friday Night through to Sunday Lunchtime), for just $200 for the WHOLE conference.
Register HERE today!

Emmanuel Musoni is the chair of Great Lakes Agency for Peace and Development International (GLAPDI), a community organisation founded in 2012 in Sydney. Emmanuel has been engaged in community development for many years both in Australia and overseas.

Emmanuel was raised in a refugee camp until he was 16 years. This has led him to be strongly committed and passionate about advocating for better settlement and integration of refugees and migrants who are yarning to call rural and regional Australia home. To date, Emmanuel has settled around 100 people in regional areas since 2016. At the same time, he is championing conversations with communities in regional areas on the strategies of welcoming and retaining migrants in the community and guiding research efforts in this field.

With the support of Scanlon Foundation and Regional Australia Institute, Emmanual has completed the development of “a community based national toolkit” which will guide the next generation of Regional migration.




In Memoriam
  • Ron Taffa - Ryde
  • Stan Redden - Berowra
  • Ken Sparks - Brookvale
Please email to let us know of any bereavements you would like published.  
You may also inform your Assistant Governor, the District Secretary, or the Governor.  Remember to also update your club's member database on the District website.
DG Nominating Committee 2021/22
District Office
Jan 20, 2019
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Rotary Foundation Committee Meeting
District Office
Jan 24, 2019
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
COTA Meeting
District Office
Jan 25, 2019
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
RYLA Committee Meeting
District Office
Feb 11, 2019
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
G Train Meeting
District Office
Feb 14, 2019
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
2018/19 District Team Meeting
District Office
Feb 16, 2019
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Presidents' Group Meetings
Feb 22, 2019
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
RLI 50.1
District Office
Mar 02, 2019
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
RLI 50.2
District Office
Mar 03, 2019
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Rotary Foundation Committee Meeting
District Office
Mar 07, 2019
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
COTA Meeting
District Office
Mar 15, 2019
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
2019/20 President Elect (PETS) Training
Mar 16, 2019
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
District 9685 Conference
Mar 29, 2019 7:00 PM –
Mar 31, 2019 1:00 PM
PDGs Meeting
District Office
Apr 06, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
DG Nominating Committee 2021/22 Interviews
District Office
Apr 07, 2019
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
2018/19 District Team Meeting
District Office
Apr 13, 2019
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
2019/20 District Assembly
The King's School
Apr 14, 2019
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Presidents' Group Meetings
Apr 26, 2019
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Rotary Foundation Committee Meeting
District Office
May 02, 2019
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
RLI 51.1
District Office
May 04, 2019
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
COTA Meeting
District Office
May 10, 2019
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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