District 9685 eNews

September 16th 2021

Rotary District 9685 acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the Traditional Owners and
Custodians of the land and gives respect to the Elders – past and present – and through them to
all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Each month, I read Rotary Down Under.
The September edition is full of uplifting positive stories, stacked with great ideas – to copy, plagarise replicate and build upon.
P13 has a great story about Epping club and a ‘patch of dirt’.
Being Education & Literacy month there are many informative stories, particularly the empowerment of girls through literacy.  Read about the inspirational Sylvia Byers on P24
D9685 has proven to be the most consistent ShelterBox giving district over 3 years. P41 Congratulations to Chatswood Roseville - Gold, Crows Nest - Silver and 7 other clubs - Bronze.
Thus far we have visited 39 clubs and been amazed by the number of great Club projects implemented or planned. Why not share your humanitarian projects with RDU?
Zooming success:
Once a new technology rolls over you, if you're not part of the steamroller, you're part of the road. -- Stewart Brand, American author b 14/12/1938
Last week a club attended their first Zoom meeting in 76 years to meet the DG. I think the Board was satisfactorily surprised at how easily the directors joined online.
At RC Ku-ring-gai, Greg Newling observed, 'the good thing about a Zoom meeting, is you can see everyone’s face, instead of the back of heads'.
Diary Note:
October is Economic & Community Development month so a good time to review what our projects have achieved and ask, ‘Did we teach them to fish or just provide a few meals?
Stay Safe
DG Lindsay n Tania
Lindsay May OAM
District Governor 2021-2022
Monthly Message for September 2021Shekhar Mehta
I am sure you are having an enriching experience as you Serve to Change Lives. One of the ways you can make the greatest change in a person’s life is to help them learn to read. Literacy opens up the world to us. It makes us better informed about life in our own communities and opens vistas to other cultures. Reading and writing connects people and gives us another way to express our love for one another.
September is Basic Education and Literacy Month in Rotary. Enhancing literacy skills is critical in...
Shekhar Mehta
RI President 2021-22
Twenty-nine clubs will soon be receiving District Grants from The Rotary Foundation. Each year, our District receives up to 25% of the funds our members previously donated to the Foundation’s Annual Fund for use in District Grants. The remainder of our donations to the Annual Fund is used to support our Global Grants, World Fund projects, and for operating costs of The Rotary Foundation. 
This year, we received $117,239 to distribute as matched District Grants for club projects to be conducted here in Australia or overseas. So far, we have received 43 applications from clubs, and have been able to approve 29 of them, allocating $93,469 of the funds available.  About half of the projects support community-based activities here in our District, and the remainder support projects in Cambodia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Tonga.  We are reviewing the remaining applications and hope to be able to approve more by the end of this month.
Information about each of the District Grants is available by...
1. Australia Rotary Health High Tea with the Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains
This event was previously advertised to be held on the 17th October. The revised date is now 13th February, 2022 at 2.00pm to 4.30pm at Glenbrook Panthers.
2. Books in Schools Project - a Combined Rotary Clubs Project at Moree East Public School
It was announced this week that Moree East Public School is the winner of the Department of Education’s Secretary’s Achievement Award for the cafeteria.  The Rotary Club of Turramurra has made a significant contribution to this project. Congratulations to the school, Principal Lorinda Potter and Turramurra’s PDG Pam Pritchard. Five Clubs, North Ryde, Chatswood/Roseville, Wahroonga, Pennant Hills and Turramurra are working together to support the “Books in Homes” program at the school, where over 80% of the children come from the local Aboriginal community.
The program provides “…quality books-of-choice to children living in remote, disadvantaged and low socio-economic circumstances, ensuring crucial early literacy engagement and the development of reading skills needed for lifelong achievement.” For more information about the program check out
Click HERE for more information about this prestigious award. 

3. ROMAC Wine Offer 
   ANOTHER GREAT WINE                For more information about this ROMAC wine offer from
  OFFER FROM TYRRELLS                Tyrrells, please click HERE
     September 2021
4.  Rotary Walk with Us to End Polio
Getting Bored? Need some Exercise?
Join the “Rotary Walk with Us to End Polio”
Take action from October 1st to 31st to raise awareness, funds, and support to end polio!
The Rotary Walk With Us campaign throughout October is a fun way to raise awareness and funds to End Polio Now
Using Rotary’s friendly website (,
  • you can register to walk and set distance and fundraising goals.
  • or, you can donate to someone who is walking.   READ MORE
5. Train Ride to End Polio
6. 24th October is World Polio Day!
As World Polio Day approaches, the Rotary community is getting ready to amplify our message about eradicating polio to protect the world’s children from this devastating disease.

Together, we’ve made tremendous progress. Now it’s time to... READ MORE
Join us for World Polio Day October 24.    
7. Raise For Rotary
In the last e-newsletter, "Raise For Rotary" was discussed as a way to raise funds. Here is one example of how to do it. Set up a page like the one below"
This fundraiser was set up by a mate of PDG Bob Aitken, and shows how the newly launched Raise for Rotary can work online, HOWEVER, it also demonstrates how you too can create Australian fundraisers and have Rotarians and beyond support your event and receive a tax deductible receipt from The Rotary Foundation.
8.  Rotary Districts of Australia Insurance Policy and COVID19
All Districts have now received details of the Rotary Districts of Australia Insurance Policy 2021-22 (the Policy) and Certificate of Currency. Before conducting an event, Clubs must complete an Insurance Pro Forma Form that outlines the event and send to the District Insurance Officer (DIO). This is not required for standard club and board meetings. The DIO will assess and may require further documentation (available on the D9685 website). Due to the COVID19 pandemic, important Exclusions have been incorporated in the Policy. As we look towards the easing of restrictions and plan to come together, it is important to implement and follow the COVID Guidelines provided by our insurance brokers AON. 
The District 9685 DIO is George Condell (Crows Nest)
Please note email address correction, District Directory P41 to
To view the attachment COVID19 Exclusion and Guidelines document, click on the image to the right.
9. Australian Rotary Health Podcast
Dr Ben Smith joins us on episode 52 of The Research Behind Lift the Lid podcast to talk about his PhD research on understanding the psychosocial impact of surviving testicular cancer. Click on the image below for the podcast.
10. Timor Leste Update, August 2021 by Libby Bleakley
Attached is Libby's update for the Timor Learning Centre which is going very well and I am so proud of our staff and members. Please feel free to contact her if you would like any further information.  READ MORE
For those of you interested – The Rotary Club of Parkes has produced a series of podcasts on different Rotary projects (including ours).  Ian Freestone – producer of the series runs, Animated Living a consultancy and coaching business. Ian kindly volunteered his time to create the series.         
Stay safe,
Libby Bleakley
Sentru Formasaun Ba Juventude, Timor Learning Centre
RAWCS Project:
Phone: +61411032961
11. Destiny Rescue Event
DATE : Thursday, 16th September 2021
TIME :  7:30 PM – 9:00 PM AEST
Join us from the comfort of your own home!
Details of exactly how to buy your ticket and join in via Zoom
are listed on our events page via the Orange Button link below.
The event will be open to those who donate either $55, $75, $100,
$150 or $200 to Destiny Rescue. Your contribution will go toward
rescuing children from the sex trade and helping them stay free.
  • How to style and decorate a coffee table.
  • How to style your sofa with the right cushions and more.
  • How to style a bookshelf or library with eye-catching details
  • What is the style this season? What is in and what is out?
  • How to get the 'professional stylist' look.
  • Lots and lots of tips on budget and achievable styling.
  • A time for questions, direct to the Interior Decorator.
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For the first time ever, 194 countries have resolved to eliminate a cancer: cervical cancer. 
On Nov 17, 2020, countries ushered in the global strategy to eliminate cervical cancer with an international day of action.
This November 17, another international day of action will mark one year of the movement!
To find out More about the Launch, Click HERE 
To find out more about the Global strategy to accelerate the elimination
of cervical cancer as a public health problem, click HERE
What is the Australian Connection to the Cervical Cancer Vaccine?
It’s one of the most vexed questions of our time: What can we do about misinformation?
How do we deal with a world in which it spreads at the speed of light and no one seems able to stop it?
Rotary (Clubs & Members) need to make high-quality and reliable information free to everyone. And we need to be creative about how we present it, so it is clear and compelling. It needs to reach our members, our stakeholders, young people and the...
Rotary Matters
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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. 0416 138 860
  • The Hills are Alive with the Joys of Gardening
  • Meet the New President. John Hepburn
For this latest podcast, see "Read More"
The Online Raising Peace Festival
September 16-26, 2021
HandUp Congo invites you to attend an online Festival curated by 30 organisations devoted to the pursuit of PEACE.
To find out more, click HERE
We hope you will be able to join us for the Raising Peace Festival - Raising Peace - Celebrating Peace. Thank you for caring, not only about the Democratic Republic of Congo but about peacebuilding.

Lucy Hobgood-Brown for the HandUp Congo Team
WhatsApp +61(0)417 272 101
Skype lucyhb
Join us for the first Rotary-Peace Corps Week, 20-26 September! It’s hosted by Partnering for Peace, a group of returned Peace Corps volunteers who are also Rotary members and passionate about the impact we can make together through the official Rotary-Peace Corps partnership. 
The week’s events and activities will highlight the evolving collaboration between Rotary and the Peace Corps, and will include a conversation on Monday, 20 September, between RI General Secretary John Hewko and acting Peace Corps Director Carol Spahn. Rotary-Peace Corps Week is a chance for members of both organizations to collaborate, leverage our efforts and resources, and create projects together that will have an even greater impact. We encourage you to contact a Peace Corps community member to speak, attend a meeting, or join a service project with your club. 
Find more information and ideas about how to get involved or write to
For all information about the International Convention 2022, click on the image below.
For all information about the Rotary District 9685 Conference 2022, click on the image below.
District 9685 Governor
Lindsay May OAM

Monthly theme for September

In Memorium
Dr John Hodgson - Beecroft
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.
5th to 7th November, 2021
On-line by Zoom
As the face to face course RLI 65 was being held during the current lock down, RLI 65 has been cancelled. The next opportunity is RLI 66 which will be held on-line.
There is still time to register for the RLI 66 Learning Opportunity.  Past RLI courses concluded with great success and rave reviews. Don't miss out .
To see a report from the most recent RLI course, click HERE
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21 AUGUST, 2021
Great articles such as :
  • Get ready for World Polio Day (Oct 24)
  • African region marks one year since being certified wild polio-free
JULY 2021
Great articles such as :
  • Polio network slows COVID-19 spread in Kenya
  • Polio in Numbers        
Great articles such as :
  • What motivates Rotary members?
  • Rotary Community Corps support our Action Plan
Great articles such as
  • Membership and New Club Development Month
  • Rotary adopts new diversity, equity, and inclusion statement 
To read, click HERE 
3 September 2021
Great articles, such as:
  • The power of an inclusive environment
  • Virtual youth exchanges
To read, click HERE
September 2021
Great articles such as :
  • Together, We Learn – Small Bites of Public Image
  • Leaders In Lockdown


DG Official Visit - E-Club of Greater Sydney
Zoom On-Line
Oct 03, 2021
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Rotary Alumni Reconnect Week 5-11 Oct
Events TBA
Oct 05, 2021 – Oct 11, 2021
DG Official Visit - Mosman
The Rowers / TBC
Oct 05, 2021
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
DG Official Visit - Belrose
Zoom On-Line
Oct 05, 2021
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
DSG Official Visit - Hunters Hill
Hunters Hill Club / TBC
Oct 06, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
D9685 TRF Team meeting
Zoom On-Line
Oct 07, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Aust Rotary Health Hat Day 'Lift the Lid'
Oct 10, 2021
DG Official Visit - Epping
The Epping Hotel / TBC
Oct 11, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
DG Official Visit - Manly
Far West Boardroom / TBC
Oct 12, 2021
6:30 AM – 8:30 AM
DG Official Visit - Chatswood International
Maria's Cafe / TBC
Oct 12, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Assistant Governors Meetings with Presidents Group
Oct 15, 2021
DG's Official Visit - Balgowlah
Balgowlah RSL / TBC
Oct 19, 2021
6:15 PM – 8:15 PM
Oct 24, 2021
DG Official Visit - Greater Hills
The Galston Club / TBC
Oct 26, 2021
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
D9685 Vocational Excellence nomination close
Oct 29, 2021
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Course 66
Nov 05, 2021 6:00 PM –
Nov 07, 2021 4:00 PM
District Team & AG Training for 22/23
St Josephs Conference Centre, Baulkham Hills / TBC
Nov 13, 2021
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
District 9685 RYLA Seminar
Uniting Venues Conference Centre
Jan 09, 2022 10:00 AM –
Jan 15, 2022 11:30 AM
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Course 67
Feb 25, 2022 6:00 PM –
Feb 27, 2022 4:00 PM
President Elect Learning & Development, PELD 22-23
St Josephs Conference Centre, Baulkham Hills / TBC
Mar 12, 2022
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Police Officer of the Year
Time and Venue TBA
Apr 29, 2022
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