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District  Governor's eNews

November 5, 2020

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
We wish to acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional owners of this land
– the Aboriginal people past and present.
It is upon their ancestral lands where we are today.
As we share our knowledge, Rotary practices and ideas, through this newsletter and all of our activities, may we also pay respect to the knowledge embedded forever within the Aboriginal Custodianship of Country.
 
DISTRICT GOVERNOR'S WELCOME
My dear Rotarians and Members of the Rotary family
I was fortunate to be at the Polio event during last month to recognise the people that are working so hard to eliminate Polio in the world. This event was to highlight our (Rotary’s) work, with the help our partners Global Citizen, Results Australia, UNICEF, World Health Organisation and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It was a really wonderful event and I urge you to spend one hour and have a look at the video. It will show you just how close we are to reaching our goal of zero Polio cases.
Here is the link for the video.  https://vimeo.com
 
So much has changes since Rotary was formed in 1905. The world population then was 1.7 Billion, and today it is just over 7.7 Billion. There were 4 telephones per 100 people and now it is estimated that 94 percent of the world’s population owns a  telephone (either mobile or fixed) and China and India have more than one Billion mobiles in use at any one time. In the 115 years since Rotary was founded, seemingly everything has changed except our Rotary Values. We began, committed to Fellowship, Integrity, Service, and leadership, and while our (Service Above Self) motto dates back to 1911, the ethos behind these words have been ingrained into everything we do by our Rotary’s founders. At no other time in history as the pace of change worldwide continues to accelerate due to COVID-19, the need for our Rotary Service is greater than ever. It is one thing to read about service projects, quite another to see them in action and see the grateful faces of people who have benefited from them and how those people's lives have been changed forever.
 
 
Sometimes, at 6.00 am when I am going through the hundreds of emails I receive, I sometimes curse (inside) that I have unfortunately missed out on joining you all at face to face club meetings for my official visits. The great part about being a District Governor is to be able to see all the projects that clubs in our District are doing, not just in our local area, in the state or in Australia, but also overseas. I get every RAWCS (Rotary Australia Word Community Service) project update as well as all the Foundation reports and all your wonderful bulletins where I read all about your tremendous projects, and the vast array of wonderful projects and activities have amazed me and also make me so proud of what our clubs and members in District 9685 are doing.
Here, just to name a few:                                                                                                               
  • RYLA and RYPEN training and education in East Timor $20,000;                                                                                                        
  • Building new Toilet blocks in Mando High School PNG costing around $56,000:                                                                                  
  • Vocational health programs and supply of menstrual products in Uganda $10,000;                                                                   
  • Supporting safe births in Timor-Leste training for midwives $11,000 and I could go on and on.
 
In every area of the Rotary focus, and in every part of our District, Australia and the world, our Rotary club’s projects are improving lives and helping communities adapt in this time of rapid change and helping change people’s lives for ever.
With every great challenge (and we have certainly seen challenges this year), there is an opportunity for renewal and growth. Rotary Opens Opportunities is not just a theme, just as Rotary is not just a club that you join; it is an invitation to endless opportunities. We believe in creating opportunities, for others and for ourselves. We believe that our acts of service, large and small, make a difference in people’s lives and generate  opportunities for us and people who need our help, to live a richer more meaningful life with friends here and all over the world, based on our core values, Service Above Self.
Next year we are celebrating 100 years of Rotary in Australia and NZ.  Let us show case our Rotary club’s projects and tell the world what we are doing to make this world a better place. And please look at unique ways we can show the communities just what our clubs have been doing in the last 100 years.                
 
And remember: If it stops being fun stop doing it.
 
A big thanks to our sponsor Kennards at Thornleigh
Phone: (02) 9481 9400
 
Cheers,
David Clark
District Governor 2020-2021
Rotary District 9685
 
THE ROTARY FOUNDATION
 
 
Hello Rotarians of D9685,
 
WELCOME TO FOUNDATION MONTH!
November is the month in the Rotary calendar when we celebrate the good work of Our Foundation. It is the time of year when you are asked to generously donate.
CENTURION WEEK will start on Monday 9 November and you have the opportunity to become a CENTURION, or to renew your membership. For just $100 you can support Our Foundation, help to END POLIO and recognize 100 years of Rotary in ANZ.
Whether you are a Major Donor, a PHS or you have not contributed before….
Just DO it, it will feel really good!
         
        WELL DONE, TRAIN RIDERS to END POLIO
On Friday 23 October, many Rotarians joined Mark and David Anderson to ride the train telling all of Sydney about the Rotary crusade to End Polio. Many Clubs and many Rotarians made donations to support the cause and some cheques were presented on the train and some on the platform
And everyone had a very FUN time!      Thank you, Mark and David
 
 
Thank you for reading. 
REMEMBER TO GIVE this month.
Stay safe.
 
PDG Bruce Lakin
District Rotary Foundation Chair 
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CENTURION WEEK

The Centurion Program was initiated many years ago by the districts in Australia and New Zealand.  It’s an easy way for all Rotarians to support their charity: The Rotary Foundation. The program asks members to make a yearly contribution of A$100 or more to the Foundation’s Annual Fund.  That’s about $2 per week. This year, the A/NZ districts are launching Centurion Week, during the second week of Foundation Month, from 9th to 15th November.  With Rotary about to celebrate 100 years in Australia and New Zealand, how about becoming a Centenary Centurion!     Why?

The Foundation helps you as a Rotarian to deliver much greater impact,
whether in your own community or around the world.

 

 
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DISTRICT GOVERNOR 2023-2024 NOMINATING COMMITTEE
CLOSING DATE FOR NOMINATIONS EXTENDED.
 
The closing date for nominations of suitably qualified Past President from District 9685 to form the D.G. 2023-2024 nominating Committee has been extended to Wednesday 11th November 2020.
This is committee is responsible for the selection of the next District Governor for D9685. To date only one nomination has been received.
The clubs of  each of the 5 Clusters in the district are represented on this committee. It is disappointing that by the due date we have received only one nomination.
The task is not onerous but important to the future of our district. Any Past President who is a member in good standing of a Rotary Club in District 9685 is able to be part of this committee.
Nominations are to be forwarded to District Secretary Pamela Noal HERE by 11.11.2020. If more than one nomination is received from a cluster the vote will be taken at the District AGM.
 
Thanking you 
Susan Wakefield
Chair of Nominating Committee.
 
THANK YOU FOR WORLD POLIO DAY
Friends,

I write to thank you all – and to ask you to pass on to all members – our sincere thanks for the outstanding support of World Polio Day throughout New Zealand and Australia yesterday. There was a more enthusiastic approach from everyone this year – towards fund raising and having fun with promotional events involving the public. Our senior leaders were a little concerned 18 months ago that there may have been a sense of apathy creeping into our END POLIO NOW campaign. We did recover strongly to make all goals for the year but that underlying thought has remained a concern. However, the prevailing enthusiasm in 2020/21 is a tribute to all of the current District Governors and District officials.  I have been very impressed to note the new ideas and early fund raising success this Rotary year.

Attached are a couple of colourful examples of World Polio Day fun in the Sydney area … first a pic of the crowd greeting ‘ride the train for Polio’ officials at Emu Plains Station on Friday morning and, secondly, the colourful flag raising ceremony at Glenbrook Park which attracted plenty of public attention on Saturday

Warm Best wishes,

Bob
PDG Bob Aitken AM JP
RI END POLIO NOW Coordinator, Zone 8, 2020/21
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LAUTOKA ROTARY DONATES 240 WHEELCHAIRS
 
It would be given to few Non-Government Organisation groups like the Fiji Cancer Society, Purple Rose and the Sugar Festival Association.
By Nicolette Chambers
27 Oct 2020 10:33
     
The Rotary Club of Lautoka will be donating 240 wheelchairs to individuals around the country who are in need of them.
The wheelchairs were donated by the club in conjunction with the Wheelchair Foundation of Australia, Rotary Club of Gosford West, Rotary Club of Kincumber Australia and also including individual donors.
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OTHER NEWS
 
1.  COUNCIL ON RESOLUTIONS - 2020
A recent email was sent to all Rotarians in District 9685which discussed Resolutions to be debated and considered for approval by the Council on Resolutions. The Council on Resolutions meets online every year to consider and vote on resolutions to be put to the RI Board.  The 2020 Resolutions are now available and as the District 9685 Representative, I have reviewed them and made notes on how I believe the vote should go.  Only the Representative votes, but DG David and I would like all Rotarians in the District to view the compiled list of Resolutions and if any disagree with my intended vote, to let me know with reasons made out.  Even if you do not wish to comment, the Resolutions are an interesting window into what is on the mind of our fellow Rotarians across the globe. The Resolutions for which there will be a vote can be seen HERE
 
Ian Scott, District 9685 Council on Legislation Representative 2020-2023, will need any comments by 5pm Monday 9 November 2020 to allow him time to consider them and to enter the votes. You can send your comments HERE.
 
2. YOUR ROTARY CLUB VIDEO
Just a reminder that we are asking every Club to prepare a 3 to 5 minute video about what you have been achieving during this annus horribilis. The videos are due to the Communications Director by the end of January. The finalists will be featured at the District Virtual Conference in March 2021 and the winners will be awarded a PHF to give to someone of their choice. This is a bit of fun, a bit of a promotional opportunity for your Club and should be an enjoyable challenge for all.
 
3. ROTARY CLUB OF LANE COVE  MEGA RAFFLE AND SILENT AUCTION
WE NEED YOU! PLEASE SUPPORT Lane Cove Rotary Club. BUY A RAFFLE TICKET & WIN BIG PRIZES
The Rotary Fair of Lane Cove is our biggest annual fundraising event but sadly due to COVID-19 will not operate it in 2020. So instead we’ve organised a sensational Mega-Raffle, with many fabulous prizes on offer, and invite you to buy a ticket or 5.
Purchasing is simple. Please visit: https://lanecoverotaryfair.org
 
4. WAHROONGA ROTARY'S YOUTH TEAM NEEDS YOUR HELP! 
We welcome your participation and enjoy the experience. The Rotary Club of Wahroonga is seeking much needed funds through our silent auction to support priority activities such as a proposed Community Collaborative Mental Health Hub and Youth Leadership Programs. 
The Silent Auction is open from the 7th October until the 7th November.  
 
5. NAIDOC WEEK
NAIDOC Week 2020 is from 18th to 15th November. Apart from an Acknowledgement of Country, does your Club intend to do anything to recognise the 60,000-year-old culture that that Aboriginal people represent?
Some suggestions you might like to consider:
The Moree Project is slowly developing. A quote is being obtained for the shade covering and we have an offer of a significant number of laptops and (hopefully) a solution to the issue of WiFi in the students’ homes. We need as many laptops as possible as other schools around Moree would have the same issues.
 
R100 PROJECT DISTRICT 9685 UPDATE
            

D9685 R100 UPDATE- November

The centenary celebrations are coming together – thank you for all your input and suggestions.

And we need your help in support of one project – 100 plants for 100 years! Those most severely affected by last year’s bushfires will be receiving Christmas hampers and we need your immediate help with:

  • vege seeds – perhaps dedicate one of your November meetings to the collection of packets of vegetable seeds – maybe as a condition of entry, or as a bit of an adventure!! Pick a vege that is close to your heart, or your diet, or a whole bunch of them!! We will arrange their gathering through your AG.

  • funds for gift vouchers which will be obtained from local nurseries. This will boost local economies, and provide some immediate choice to those most affected. Minimum value is $500 to make a difference, and a RAWCS account will be available for this contribution.

Other options in support of this project are not so urgent and will be rolled out over the next 6 months. Let me know if you have any questions.

We look forward to lots of seeds to get the countryside growing again!

PDG Kalma McLellan

ROTARY MATTERS
 
 
Rotary Matters
 
On air Friday 3.00 pm - 4.00 pm
 

Radio is a powerful way to spread your Club stories. If your Club has a project, local or overseas, which would interest the wider general public, discuss it with Rotary Matters presenter Ian Stuart who will be glad to help spread the word. Ian.stuart@optusnet.com.au 0416 138 860

For these latest podcasts, see "Read More"

  • Dressing for Success

  • Carlingford Community Online Art Show

  • Books in Homes

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RESHAPING ROTARY’S FUTURE WITH ONLINE LEARNING

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a challenge to the way Rotarians meet and provide training. But it has also provided an opportunity for Rotary to adapt and innovate. We’ve seen that district and club leaders have turned to the Learning Centre for resources and materials to help convert in-person training events to virtual learning sessions. Between April and June 2020, the number of people using the Learning Centre rose from 2,800 per month to 10,000.

 

Don't forget to explore these courses:                                                                                           ​​​​​

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DRIVING TOWARDS ZERO

Click on the above to view a PowerPoint prepared by Eric Cantor, Tom Hickey, and Paul Pixton, passionate Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Central Blue Mountains concerned with the death and injury toll on our roads due to the use of alcohol.

YOUTH COMMITTEE OF ROTARY CLUB WAHROONGA
Christine Biddle and Phillip Easton
Margaret Broadhead, with Jan Cameron and Joan Giacometti in the background
 

For most charities, not for profit organisations and community groups serving local communities, this year has been one of the most challenging years for fund raising activities and events. We’ve seen some of our local businesses take on ‘the challenge’ of social distancing, lock downs and government restrictions by changing the way they ‘normally’ do business, by being creative and ‘thinking outside the box’.

Influenced by these amazing local business, some of us at the Rotary Club of Wahroonga took on the challenge to make funds for our Youth Committee by having a working bee, making face masks, in the hope of selling enough to support some of much needed youth projects, like Bursaries for Special Schools St Lucy's and St Edmunds and the Youth Mental Health North Shore Community Collaboration being led by Helen Jarvis from KYDS.

A huge THANK YOU to those Rotarians and partners who supported the face mask sale on Saturday 3rd Oct. 2020. Although the sale was on the long weekend a ‘slow and steady’ approach won the race! With 2 locations Wahroonga and Turramurra, the spectacular sales team managed a stupendous result of over $3,400.00, also thanks to a willing and supportive community who never seems to let us down. Our super team of creative minds are now working on our next fund-raising project – Christmas stalls in both locations selling hand-made, organic and ethical gifts. We wish them all the best!

Well Done to Rotary Club of Wahroonga!

Coordinator: Christine Biddle PHF, Rotary Club of Wahroonga

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UPCOMING EVENTS
CENTRAL COAST CHRISTMAS TREE SALES 

Let’s make this a special Christmas & SUPPORT the Rotary Clubs (above) on the Central Coast in our Annual Christmas Tree sales - 12 Years & Still Going Strong. Seven (7) Handy Sales Locations (see below) December 5th /. 6th /12th / 13th - 7am until sold out

OUR BIGGEST YEAR EVER 1,600 TREES THEY WONT LAST LONG
Major beneficiary again this year will be Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. With an estimated 30,000 children living with their grandparents as their guardian and over half of these families are located in New South Wales. This is often a result of these children being subjected to physical abuse, parental drug/substance abuse, child neglect and other issues. Given the PANDEMIC these families are going to need our help this year. SO PLEASE SUPPORT THIS WORTHY CAUSE
 
Since starting the annual Christmas tree sales in 2009, the Rotary Clubs on the Central Coast have sold over 15,000 Christmas trees; raising nearly $400,000 for local Rotary projects. (Including Grandparents Raising Grandchildren)
 
The GRG program is managed by the Central Coast Family Support Services (CCFSS); with generous support from 10 Rotary Clubs, Inner Wheel, Lions and The Pandora Committee. However, the community has just as much involvement in this program. By buying a Christmas tree you are investing in the future of this program.
 
7 Sales Locations
Bateau Bay Golf Range—The Entrance Road Bateau Bay
WOY WOY—Commuter Car Park
Lisarow Plaza—Parsons Road
Green Point Christian School – Avoca Drive, Green Point
Rotary Park—Terrigal Drive
Anaconda Parking Lot— Central Coast Hwy, West Gosford
Bunnings—Lakehaven
  
THE ROTARY CLUB OF UPPER NORTHERN BEACHESTHE ROTARY CLUB OF WAHROONGA
 
  
THE ROTARY CLUB OF CARLINGFORD 
 
District 9685 Annual (Virtual) Conference 2021
Click HERE for the Conference website.
More information will be added to the site as we approach the event, so keep checking for the latest information
 
District 9685 Governor
2020-2021
David Clark
 
The 2021 Rotary International Convention will be here soon — and it’s going to be an unforgettable experience. Taking place 12-16 June in Taipei, Taiwan, the convention will offer fantastic entertainment, motivational speakers, inspirational sessions, and uplifting energy. Enjoy all of it with old friends and new ones.

We hope you’ll join us in Taipei to Feel the Energy. Don’t forget to invite your friends — download the promotional kit and share our official video about Taipei on your social networks.
 
ROTARY CONVENTION 
Opportunities for Peace
Registration is now open. Learn more and invite
a friend to join you.
For the month of November
 
 
THE ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE COURSE 60
13th to 15th November
There is still time to register
for this Virtual Learning Opportunity.  RLI59 has just recently concluded with great success and rave reviews. Don't miss out .
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HAT DAY 2020

Just a short video showing how Rotarians celebrated Hat Day 2020. Just click on the "Click Me!" button below.

NEWSLETTER - ROTARY
IN REVIEW

Great articles, eg.

  • Why I finally joined Rotary   

  • World Polio Day event focuses on achievements

To read, click HERE

NEWSLETTER - ROTARY SERVICE & ENGAGEMENT
Great articles such as:
  • Maintaining community development during a pandemic
  • Work with experts from a Rotary Action Group or a service partner
Click HERE
NEWSLETTER - ROTARY ON THE MOVE

The articles are excellent. eg.

  • Rotary Fellowships, why not join one or two?

  • Regional membership update

  • Katey Halliday appointed to new taskforce on diversity, equity and inclusion

To view, click HERE

MEMBERSHIP RESOURCE GUIDE

The Membership Resource Guide has been updated. The hyperlinked resources below (underlined) can be downloaded on www.rotary.org by clicking on the hyperlink.  If you experience any trouble when downloading resources, please email membershipdevelopment@rotary.org

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR
YOUR DIARY
 
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Course 60
Zoom
Nov 13, 2020 6:00 PM –
Nov 15, 2020 4:00 PM
 
Assistant Governors and District Team Training
St Josephs Conference Centre, St Josephs Close, Norwest Park.
Nov 14, 2020
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
 
Assistant Governors Presidents Meetings
Nov 20, 2020
 
G Train Meeting
Zoom
Nov 21, 2020
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
 
COTA Meeting
Zoom
Nov 21, 2020
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
 
Assistant Governors Meeting
Zoom
Nov 28, 2020
8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
 
District Team Meeting
Zoom
Nov 28, 2020
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
 
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Course 61
TBA
Feb 26, 2021 5:00 PM –
Feb 28, 2021 4:00 PM
 
District 9685 Conference 2021
Zoom / On-Line
Mar 13, 2021 8:00 AM –
Mar 14, 2021 4:00 PM
 
District 9685 Conference 2021
Mar 13, 2021 8:00 AM –
Mar 14, 2021 4:00 PM
 
President Elect Learning and Development Day
Details to be confirmed
Mar 21, 2021
8:00 AM – 11:05 PM
 
District Assembly Part A
Zoom
Apr 18, 2021
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
 
District Assembly Part B
Zoom
Apr 24, 2021
8:00 AM – 9:35 PM
 
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Course 62
TBA
May 14, 2021 5:00 PM –
May 16, 2021 4:00 PM
 
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KENNARDS STORAGE
Contact Details
6-8 Phyllis Avenue
Thornleigh NSW 2120
Phone    +61 2 9481 9400
Email      thornleigh@kss.com.au
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