16th December 2021

The end of December and the New Year is a time for reflection and renewal.
After visiting 64 clubs the resilience and achievements are extraordinary.
Congratulations to all members of D9685.
Welcome to the 78 new and 22 returning Rotarians and it's crucial we actively engage these new members in rewarding projects to ensure their retention.
Many clubs have been successful with National Australia Day Council grants so please use the opportunity to engage with likeminded community members as prospective Rotarians.
It’s time to book your place at District Conference
March 18 – 19 2022, West HQ
Early Bird discount rate ends 31 Dec 2021 and be in the draw to win
A Haier 121L Bar fridge, donated by Fisher & Paykel
Already the Friday Dinner is half sold but we have ample room for the Saturday sessions with an amazing array of fabulous speakers commencing with the NSW Police Band at 8.30am, finishing with relaxing Sundowners after 4.30pm. Visit the Project Showcase to see Club Projects in action! Stay at the Novotel West HQ, Friday and Saturday and enjoy a weekend staycation at Rooty Hill.
From our families to yours we wish you a happy and safe Festive Season and best wishes for a healthy and rewarding 2022.
Season’s Greetings.
Stay Safe.
DG Lindsay n Tania
Lindsay May OAM
District Governor 2021-2022
Shekhar Mehta

December 2021

Public health is on everyone’s mind due to the global pandemic that still threatens the safety of ourselves and our loved ones. In a sense, COVID-19 has made all of us much more aware of the roles and responsibilities of medical professionals than we were before we had to wear masks and maintain social distance. In addition, while moving through this pandemic, we have also learned about the role we can play in keeping others safe.

December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month in Rotary. The pandemic unfortunately has schooled most people on the toll that disease takes on our communities. But fighting disease is something that Rotarians around the world have been doing for decades. In fact, it is one of Rotary’s seven areas of focus.

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25th to 27th February, 2022.
The next opportunity to undertake this course is RLI 67 which will be held on-line.
To view the RLI brochure, click HERE

There is still time to register for the RLI 67 Learning Opportunity.  Past RLI courses have concluded with great success and rave reviews. Don't miss out.

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The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a multi-district, grassroots leadership development program of member districts organized into regional divisions in various parts of the world.

RLI is a recommended program of Rotary International.

RLI seeks to provide quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills to Rotarians interested in developing their Rotary participation and to those identified by Rotary Clubs as having a potential in club leadership. These educational opportunities will teach skills that will benefit the members in their lives and in their volunteer service.

1. Media Release
The Australian Government will provide $1.4 million to support childhood immunisation in Kiribati and Nauru in partnership with Rotary and UNICEF.
Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Zed Seselja, said Rotary’s Give Every Child a Future Project supports ...
See the full Media Release here 
2. Rotary International Convention 2022
The Houston RI Convention is shaping up to be a cracker, and with so much to see and do in Texas, a great opportunity to have a break in the Lone Star State.  If you are thinking of attending the Convention 4-8 June 2022, remember that December 15th (ie. 5.oo pm on 16.12.21 AEDT) is the last day to register for USD $475, and will be up to USD $575 thereafter, so only a few hours to go to make the most of the early bird discount. Conventions are a great way to experience the internationality of Rotary, see the spread of projects Action Groups and Fellowships in the House of Friendship.
Please join us in representing District 9685 in Texas and, yes, helping to promote RICON Melbourne 2023 by showing a good Aussie contingent.
Register for the Houston RICON hereor for more information, also click on the RI Convention image at the end of this newsletter. 
Ian Scott
D9685 RICON Promotion Chair
3. Club Boards
Most Clubs have now held their AGM for this current Rotary year. This included elections for the incoming Boards for 2022-2023. Now is the time to enter the names of your new Boards into ClubRunner. If you need help, please contact
4. Semi Annual Dues 
31 December is the cutoff for membership updates.  If unfortunately, you have members who are unbale, or do not wish, to continue their membership into 2022 you should terminate them from ClubRunner to avoid unnecessary billing from 1 January.
5.  A Report shared with Members of the Rotary D9685 Alumni Recently
You may be aware that our District Governor, Lindsay May OAM is passionate about sailing. To view the information sent to D9685 Rotary Alumni Members, click HERE.
To read about the 2021 Sydney to Hobart yachts, click HERE
To see an interview with Lindsay a little after the 2018 race, click HERE.
DG Lindsay May OAM will be once again competing in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 2021, leaving Sydney on Boxing Day. We wish him well for an enjoyable, safe and successful trip to Hobart.
6.  Communications
Over the next month, the Communications Chair will be taking some time to recuperate after another busy year. She will be pursuing the task to be completed over the next month to complete the development of the District Rotary Showcase and Speaker Bank.
In the DG's eNews of 7th October, District & Club Resources online were discussed. Much is happening behind the scenes on the D9685 website.
  • The D9685 Learning & Development centre now contains L&D current and archived training sessions. This site continues to be updated as new training events occur
  • Information has been updated including those areas for Public Image, Administration, Youth, Insurance, Membership, Foundation and more as an ongoing effort to provide current and relevant information.
  • Rotary District Showcase is about to go live and we ask Clubs to submit stories about successful club projects to spark ideas for others or to gain collaborative support for continuing projects. This area has not yet been published and Club News and the Speaker Bank are much in need of updating. This is the target area for the next month.
  • The Club Buzz was introduced in that issue for Club events to be promoted so others can watch interesting speakers or get involved in other club's events. This has been developing into a small, relevant interactive section of the newsletters. Input for this section from all of you would be greatly appreciated. If Marilyn Kenney does not receive this information from Clubs, your information can not be promoted to other members.
More details will follow towards the end of January and many thanks to those involved in this methodical review and update process.
"The Club Buzz" is where you will find some exciting and relevant programs or events happening in our Clubs and in District 9685.
Just Look HERE for the latest activities and news. In almost every case, the headings or whole item are linked to either a larger copy of the document, or more information. So just click on the headings or item in the Club Buzz pages.     
To view the Club Buzz Design Guidelines for Clubs to provide information for Club Buzz, click HERE.   
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  • From War to Peace thanks to Rotary!
  • Tree of Joy on the Radio
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 Merry Christmas
District 9685 Governor
Lindsay May OAM
               In Memorium                  
Rod Tilden - RC The Hills-Kellyville
Bruce Jenkin - RC of Castle Hill
Graham Grant - RC of 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
Great articles such as:
  • Focus on Mangroves
  • Saving Mother Ocean calls for action and Ocean Aid
To read, click HERE
3rd December 2021
Great articles such as:
  • Rotary takes part in climate summit 
  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities
To read, click HERE
Great human interest stories such as:
  • Patient Stories
To read click HERE
December 2021
Great articles such as:
  • Keep Goals Simple 
  • Engage members, deliver value
  • Connect with prospective members
To read, click HERE
December 2021
Great articles such as:
  • Positive News From Afghanistan Vax Campaign
  • Does Your Club ‘Look’ Like Your Community?
To read, click HERE
DGs Official Visit - RC Chatswood International
King Dynasty Restaurant
Dec 15, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
District 9685 RYLA Seminar
Uniting Venues Conference Centre
Jan 09, 2022 10:00 AM –
Jan 15, 2022 11:30 AM
DG's Visit - RC West Pennant Hills & Cherrybrook
Amaroo Park
Jan 22, 2022
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
GTrain Meeting
Zoom On-Line
Jan 29, 2022
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
COTA Meeting
Zoom On-Line
Jan 29, 2022
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Carlingford Youth Exchange Reunion Celebration
Feb 04, 2022
Presidents' Meeting
Zoom On-Line
Feb 05, 2022
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
DG's Official Visit - RC of Hills Kellyville
St Joseph's Centre
Feb 07, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
DG's Official Visit - Rotary Club of East Gosford
Gosford Showground Function Area
Feb 09, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
High Tea for Australian Rotary Health
Panthers Glenbrook,
Feb 13, 2022 2:00 PM
DG's Official Visit - Rotary Club of Lane Cove
Hotel Urban
Feb 15, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:15 PM
Assistant Governors' Meeting
Zoom On-Line
Feb 19, 2022
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
District Team Meeting
Zoom On-Line
Feb 19, 2022
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Train Ride For Polio
Feb 23, 2022
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
DG's Official Visit - Rotary Club of Ryde
Function Centre, The Ranch Hotel, Nth Ryde
Mar 29, 2022
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Police Officer of the Year
Time and Venue TBA
Apr 29, 2022
District Assembly 2022
May 01, 2022
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Course 68
May 13, 2022 6:00 PM –
May 15, 2022 4:00 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Course 69
Jun 03, 2022 6:00 PM –
Jun 05, 2022 4:00 PM
District Changeover 2022
Jul 02, 2022
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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