District Governor's eNews
March 5 2020

My Friends in Rotary,
Welcome to Rotary Conference Month!
The month we all get together and party hard to celebrate the great District in which we practice community service, and learn from some experts visiting from outside our District. Registrations have been flowing strong and fast for the Conference proper, and for the pre-conference workshops on Friday afternoon. So check out the options and get yourself and fellow club members organised to come and join the fun!! Celebrate the REASONS that YOU joined ROTARY!!
Fundraising Update
There have been continuing fundraising events across the District, and across other Districts, during February. The great news is that the RAWCS fund balance now sits at $1,164,046 – a phenomenal achievement, providing so many options to the DG Committee for community support.
All DGs are mindful that this fund will continue to operate and accept donations for some time to come, and at the national hook-up last week, it was agreed to provide 50% of these funds for immediate use to local DGs, and to retain 50% for long term recovery projects.
Discussions continue between the DGs Bushfire Relief Committee, RAWCS and The Rotary Foundation to maximise the outcomes of all potential funding partnerships and relationships. And I cannot continue to thank all clubs for their ongoing support of those in need in bushfire and drought affected areas. You are all just amazing!!
Nutbush Fun for Bushfire Relief
Thank you to everyone who supported the Nutbush events around the city. What a lot of fun we had dancing around and trying to keep up with the music!! We had people from all over both Districts there to enjoy the fun, and the environment.
Special thanks for the Sydney Olympic Park event to Ryde Rotarians Julie Thorp and Bob Kaye-Smith for the support services, as well as Mark Tanner from District 9675 for the audio support. Thanks also to MC Alan Oertel who had all the moves down pat, and ensured we all kept on track – a great smile on everyone’s face at the end!!
The RYE Welcome Home Dinner was again a fabulous event early last month – and very noisy! It is amazing the confidence created by such an experience, and I thank RC Carlingford for hosting such a great event.
RYPEN graduations were intended to be a similar glorious event, however one of the biggest storms to hit Sydney ensured that it was’ every last man for himself’ in an effort to escape before being totally flooded into the Narrabeen site! The whole weekend was drowned out, however the learning and the enrichment progressed until the point came where safety was an issue! Part of the road was already blocked by fallen trees and flooded roads, and the situation did not improve as the night progressed. Having said that, it seems that the audience – our student learners – felt no disadvantage, and report having a very awe-inspiring experience, with great thanks to organisers and facilitators – well done everyone!
RC Richmond invited me to present the Sam Pearce Memorial Scholarship Award at Richmond High School, and wow, what a night. Catering was provided by the school’s hospitality students, with exemplary service and fabulous food. The award winner is going on to study nursing and, in particular, the social response to breast feeding stigma, making for an interesting future. I was also delighted to assist in the award of a PHF to the club’s illustrious Sargeant – a great family turnout to help him celebrate – well done!
I have now visited 70 of our clubs, and what a ride it has been. You all achieve such amazing things both locally and internationally. The world would be far poorer without your energy, your compassion, your ability to turn funding into solutions, and your continued support for our great organisation. Thank you all for your amazing hospitality and the chance to hear your stories and upcoming events in such detail – phenomenal!!
Part of my message has been encouragement to update the branding of our clubs so that they are in line with the new logo and promotional requirements. I challenge you now to have all this completed before Changeover Season in July, so that all our clubs can confidently start the news year in the knowledge that everything ticks the correct boxes – dinner badges, desktop stands, Rotary flags, pull-up banners, street signage, everything! For those interested, there is a Public Image webinar TONIGHT to assist you on this journey – make sure someone from YOUR club is on line to pick up any Hints and Tips (see separate ad below). And contact District PI Champion Dennise Herrick who can walk you through any changes required and help with design options.
On your behalf, I attended the official launch of the R100 project – Give Every Child A Future – at Government House in Sydney, where Her Excellency NSW Governor Margaret Beazley AO QC provided amazing support to the initiative and a wonderful foundation towards future celebrations. There will no doubt be more and more in coming months in support of this project, so keep your eyes and diaries in tune for all the options.
RC Umina celebrated its 44th birthday in style, as only they can, with a fabulous party and the chance to induct another member, as well as a fabulous report back from their returning exchange student. Congratulations to everyone at Umina for such a successful event, and thank you for allowing me to be part of the celebrations.
Applications are now open for our next District Governor for 2022-23. Please have a think about anyone in your club who would make a great leader of our District. Members who are past Presidents and who have been members of Rotary for a minimum 5 years could be just the person the District needs to take us through that year.
We have many great leaders sprinkled across our District – maybe even YOU!!
So please consider this my personal invitation to contact DG Nominating Committee Chair – PDG Peter Ward – for further details and a copy of the application pack.
Has your club organised your get up for Saturday night?
Beds now booked?
It promises to be a great event – so many great and inspiring speakers in touch with our theme – the Reasons we all love being Rotarians!!
Are you coming to join us in Hawaii??
Only 1.9% of our members are currently registered to enjoy the warm days and balmy nights, the soft lights and noisy conversations that inevitably follow such an event.
If you have booked your travel but have not registered, please take the plunge, and go all the way!! And if you are yet to get the ball rolling, NOW IS THE TIME!!!!
Come along and make an adventure of it!!
Make sure you have these dates in your diaries!!!
  • PETS/PELD – Sun Mar 14
  • D9685/9675 Reasons Conference – Mar 20-22
  • District Assembly – Sun Apr 19
  • District Changeover – Sat July 4
Yours in Rotary.
Kalma McLellan
Governor, RI District 9685, 2019-20
Rotary Foundation Committee Meeting
District Office
Mar 05, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
RLI 56.2
District Office
Mar 07, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
COTA Meeting
District Office
Mar 13, 2020
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
President Elect Learning and Development (PETS)
Next Generation Club
Mar 14, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
RYLA Committee Meeting
District Office
Mar 17, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
PDGs Meeting with RIPPR
Illawara Steelers Club
Mar 20, 2020
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
District Conference 2020 - Reasons
WEC, Wollongong
Mar 20, 2020 6:00 PM –
Mar 22, 2020 1:00 PM
DG 2022/23 Interviews
District Office
Mar 29, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
2020/21 AG & District Team Training
District Office
Apr 04, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Zone Presidents Meetings
Various Locations
Apr 17, 2020
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
2019/20 District Team Meeting
District Office
Apr 18, 2020
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
District Assembly
UWS Nirimba
Apr 19, 2020
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
RLI 57.1
District Office
May 02, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
RLI 57.2
District Office
May 03, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Rotary Foundation Committee Meeting
District Office
May 07, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
GTrain Meeting
District Office
May 09, 2020
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
COTA Meeting
District Office
May 15, 2020
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
PDGs Meeting
District Office
May 16, 2020
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Presidents Meeting
Hornsby RSL
May 23, 2020
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Winter RYPEN
Blue Gum Lodge, Springwood
May 29, 2020 12:00 PM –
May 31, 2020 1:00 PM
RLI 58.1
District Office
May 30, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
RLI 58.2
District Office
May 31, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
2019/20 District Team Meeting
District Office
Jun 20, 2020
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
District Changeover
Jul 04, 2020
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Bushfire Response
As reported in last month’s e-News, D9685 made application for a Foundation Disaster Response Grant to provide some financial assistance to our Clubs that are supporting Bushfire Recovery.
This application was approved in record time, in just 3 days!!
RC Gosford North has received support to help rebuilding the Community Hall in Bobbin NSW and RC Lower Blue Mountains has received support to assist with fauna recovery and rehabilitation in the Blue Mountains, NSW.
Other Grant Activity
Our Clubs are working to finalize 38 projects that have received District Grants this year.
Many of them have submitted final reports and have received final payments.
Well Done to those Clubs.
At the same time, Our Foundation has been approving Global Grants for our Clubs.
Year to date, approval has been given for 10 applications.
With 7 more applications under development, 2019/20 may be a record year for Global Grant approvals - All to help Clubs to Do Good in the World. 
End Polio Now 
It is disappointing to report that the Polio Count for 2019 was 168 new cases.
There were 139 in Pakistan, 29 in Afghanistan whilst Nigeria remains Polio Free.
This is an increase on 2018 indicating the difficulties faced by the Vaccination Teams
in areas of unrest.
2 Team members were killed in Pakistan during January and a delegation of Senior Rotarians recently met with Prime Minister Imran Khan to seek military protection of the teams.
A decision is pending….
There is much work still to do and the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation has recommitted its support of Rotary to get the job done.
Have a great month of Rotary and thank you for listening.
PDG Bruce Lakin
Rotary Foundation Chair
5th March 7.00pm Sydney (EDT) time
Need some help with understanding Rotary’s ‘new’ branding and creating logos for your club?  
Join us for a webinar on Branding, Using templates in the Brand Centre, and Creating Personalised Logos.  
Thursday 7th March 2020 at 7pm,  (EDT)
For more information contact RPIC Gina Growden on, or mob 0412 128 106.  
Join Zoom Meeting
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for March 2020.  Please feel free to share and send us your great membership stories.
The District 9685 Rotary Youth Exchange Committee will be holding Information Nights about 2020 Exchange around the district for students, parents and Rotary clubs. The Information nights are a great opportunity to meet the people involved and get your questions answered! Please contact if you’re planning to attend. The Information Nights are scheduled to run from 7pm to 9pm on the following dates: 
6 March 2020                   Castle Hill RSL
11 March 2020                  Sinofield Edu-Retreat, Leura
12 March 2020                 Erina Leagues Club
12 March 2020                  Warringah Mall Library
18 March 2020                  Penrith Panthers
30 March 2020                  Mingara Recreation Club, Tumbi Umbi
2 April 2020                        Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club, West Ryde
7 April 2020                        St Alban’s Anglican Church, Lindfield 
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