Rotary Round Up
January 19th 2023
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Greetings fellow Rotarians,
I hope you have had a relaxing break from all things Rotary and are now feeling refreshed and ready for the year ahead. We will be welcoming our 2023 RYLA participants this month, seeing off three wonderful Youth Exchange students to Brazil and looking forward to our incoming students. DGE Christine has been to Orlando for her training and RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service) managers are heading off overseas in all directions to reconnect physically with their projects. So, it looks like things are on the move in 2023.
Speaking of RAWCS, I’d like to congratulate Jan Pryor, our District RAWCS Chair. International President Jennifer Jones chose two projects to visit in Nepal as part of her world trip gathering great stories about what Rotarians do, and one of those projects was Jan’s Didi Foundation. Considering the number of wonderful projects in Nepal, that is quite a feather in Jan’s and her team’s collective hats. Our District continues to lead the zone in the number of RAWCS projects, as well as Foundation projects. We have exemplary leaders in Jan, David Dean, Haran Ramachandran and the committees of The Rotary Foundation and RAWCS who work tirelessly to assist our members to achieve their goals. This is why it is important to continue giving some of our hard-earned dollars to our own programs and then use those stories of action to spread the word throughout our communities.
Over the next six months I will be meeting with clusters to encourage a critical look at their projects and see how we can leverage this often-unrecognised work to grow our membership. There are many clubs struggling with trying to continue their great work with fewer and fewer members and we all know that ‘elephant in the room’ will nudge us out the door if we ignore it.
I also want to remind clubs to think about preparing a great project story to go in the RDU magazine. It doesn’t need to be lengthy and it does need a photo or two showing action. Send your contribution to have to Marilyn Kenney.
My message to you all as I’ve continued on my official visits (wow, I sound like Her Majesty) has been based on providing a positive club experience for every one of your members. This includes empowering everyone to have an equal voice and to be respected and listened to. Jennifer Jones reminds us of this in her January message:
“People like me in Rotary leadership can offer all kinds of advice about how to make your club experience more valuable. But what’s most important is for everyone in every Rotary club to speak up and listen to one another. We should never be afraid to share with our fellow Rotary members what we expect to get out of our membership and have an open discussion about how to make that happen.”
Finally, our Cowra Conference planning is coming along extremely well and thanks to all those who managed to register before the end of December. For those of you who have still not registered please consider doing it as soon as possible. We have a great weekend planned but we need more of you to join us.
I’m going to leave you with a New Year message from Paul Harris, our founder. It’s over 100 years old and still has relevance today.
New Year Wishes form Paul Harris – 1916.
From an article titled, ‘The Future of Rotary’ published in The Rotarian. Harris concluded the short piece with these wishes for the new year.
“I wish you all of the prosperity which your good deeds merit.
May all things you ought to have, be yours.
May your charities rank among your necessary expenditures.
May you not fall into the popular error of thinking happiness is to be found in outdoing your neighbours.
May it always be yours to look beneath the veneer of life to the solid substance which lies beneath.
May you be builders, not mere climbers.
May you be able to appraise life’s blessings at their real worth.
May you be free to act in accordance with the dictates of your own conscience and good judgement.
May you not be slaves to meaningless customs, social or otherwise.
May you shun the groove followers.
May you have vision to discern the right and the health, strength and will to do it.
That is to say, I wish you a happy New Year”.
Shared on FB by Amrit Pal Singh, RC Chandigarh
Mina Howard
District Governor 2022-2023
Jennifer Jones
President 2022-23

January 2023

Rotary recently surveyed our members and found something that should be unsurprising but still caused many of us in Rotary leadership to sit up and pay attention: The single most important factor in member satisfaction is the club experience. How at home you feel in your club, how rewarding club meetings are, and how engaged you feel in service projects.

I have seen this firsthand across the Rotary world this year. When members feel an emotional connection to their club, they cannot imagine leaving. And that connection is often forged in “Rotary moments,” when people feel that special connection to the people around them and the impact of their service. Our Imagine Impact Tour is all about shining a light on those Rotary moments and encouraging our members to tell their stories.

But there’s something else that makes an enormous difference in building and sustaining that connection. It’s the comfort and care of our members — both Rotarians and Rotaractors. As my Rotary friend Todd Jenkins says, “People can’t see how you think, but they sure can see your actions.”

We are in the relationship business, and if we take care of each other — genuinely show concern for each other — then we will make friends for life, and we will do anything to widen that circle of friendship.

The question is: How do we live with our eyes wide open and do the things that really matter? We do this by taking time for each other, actively listening to one another, and treating every Rotary member as equally valuable — no matter how long we have been a member or what position we hold. 

People like me in Rotary leadership can offer all kinds of advice about how to make your club experience more valuable. But what’s most important is for everyone in every Rotary club to speak up and listen to one another. We should never be afraid to share with our fellow Rotary member what we expect to get out of our membership and have an open discussion about how to make that happen.

To lead a Rotary club is to invite such dialogue and to be willing to try new approaches. Good leadership is giving it away. Propping others up. Allowing others to feel the victory.

I have one last request for club leaders. We still need to do more worldwide to increase our female membership. It’s up a bit this year, but I know we can and must do better. Rotary is growing again. As I write this, we’re just a handful of members away from surpassing 1.2 million Rotarians again. So let’s redouble our efforts to bolster our clubs with great new members, then keep them for life by providing comfort and care. 

1. District Conference 17th to 19th March 2023
Reminder: Early Bird fees end on 31.12.22. It is going to be a great Conference so REGISTER NOW.
More on the Wine Tours at Antonios' Wines.
If you would like to do one of the 2 wine tours (one on Friday 17th, and one on Sunday 19th, please book with Antonio's wines. Quote that you are attending the Rotary Conference to get the special price of $10 per person for the tour and tasting.
Antonio's Wines Tours
Friday pm and Sunday pm
Normally $25 pp. 
Rotary Price $10 (no redemption from cellar door purchases)
Maximum 25 people per tour
1 hour duration with expert guide and sampling of at least 4 wines
Buses from the Accommodation
Conference 2023 Bus From Motels to Venue -  for the Saturday Sessions and the Saturday Conference Dinner
Buses have been organised for pick-ups at the Motels in Cowra to take attendees to the Conference venue. You will need to book a seat on these buses and pay for the $10 return tickets. The details are on the event links below. There are two links - one for the Saturday sessions, one for the Conference Dinner.
For the Conference Dinner, two buses have been organised for attendees so that they can be transported from all of the Motels in Cowra beyond walking distance from the venue, and return at the end of the Conference Dinner. 
The cost is $10 per person RETURN
Pick Up time between 4.30 to 5.00 pm for 5.30 pm arrival
Return times from 9.30 pm (early bus) and 11.00 pm (late bus)
To book the buses for the Saturday sessions - Click HERE
To book the buses for the Conference Dinner - Click HERE
The “Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment” (RYPEN) program in Timor is targeted at school leavers who will not go on to University. These kids face a challenging future with few jobs available and limited opportunities for their future.  RYPEN consists of very basic leadership games and challenges, which are reproduced by teachers at surrounding schools and in the community by the participants themselves, thus spreading the word while having heaps of fun! Since 2013 we have conducted fifteen three-day live-in camps at various sites in Timor – each camp with 50 to 60 participants, about 1000 alumni in all.  RYPEN camps are now managed by fully trained Timorese alumni facilitators selected from both RYLA and RYPEN. 
Much anecdotal evidence from both schools and communities confirms that the very basic leadership lessons learnt have improved school attendance, behaviour, personal pride, goal setting and increased self-esteem. RYPEN camps are very cost effective and are financed by Rotary Clubs in our District  joining with other clubs to provide the $US4,500 total needed for each camp. For some years we have been the recipients of District Grants, however the maximum number of grants available for one particular project has now been reached, which means we need to look elsewhere for funding. We have all the infrastructure needed to have many more RYPEN camps subject to available funding.
Is your club able to help?  
Would any of your members be interested in joining us in September to see RYPEN (and RYLA) first hand and see exactly how their club’s support is spent?
Would your club like a presentation on Timor RYPEN?  Please contact Ed Sobiesiak – 4579 1211 (Windsor Rotary) or Theo Glockemann OAM 9980 6842 (Pennant Hills Rotary) who would both welcome the opportunity to present to your club.
3. D9685 District Governor 2025-2026 Applications - REMINDER
OFFICIAL APPLICATIONS OPEN January Tuesday 31st 2023
All Rotarians who have served a full term as President of a Rotary club are encouraged to apply for this exciting and worthwhile role.
Is this you? Someone in your club? Someone you know?
Rotary is an ever-changing world of service and excitement and looks to leaders with the same innovative mindset.
To assist in any decision, an Information Pack is available, and you are invited to attend an Interest and Information Meeting to be held at the offices of Rotary Down Under, 25/1 Maitland Place on Sunday 19th February 2023 from 10am.
  • If you wish to receive an information pack or just want to know more about the role, and also to register for the Information Meeting on the 19th Feb. PLEASE contact PDG Dave Clark
  • Nominations close 12 midnight Friday the 31st March 2023
  • Formal Applications are to be sent to the Chair PDG David Clark and must be received by Friday 31st March 2023.
  • Interviews will be held on Sunday 23rd April 2023.
To RSVP for the Interest Meeting, or to request further details, please contact:
Chair of the Nominating Committee, PDG David Clark, 0414 364 812    (Please note there is no (i) in davd in the email address)

4.  RI Convention 2023 Melbourne

More information to the right of this section, as well as in RI Convention towards the end of this newsletter.

5. River Cares, Gosford North Rotary Club and the Kariong-Somersby Rotary Club
You may have seen the story on the District website about the efforts to support a struggling family affected by floods in the area. This is beyond a Club Buzz story and so heart warrming, that we are sharing it again in case you missed it.
River Cares has been collaborating with Mark Trevakis from Coast Shelter to help a Spencer family of six who have been doing it very tough since the July floods and who were in dire need of a fridge and a washing machine. Coast Shelter approached the Gosford North Rotary Club who have been fundraising since the July floods and they came to the rescue and delivered today a brand new fridge, washing machine and a dryer to this beautiful family. What a Christmas present!
Coast Shelter have also been generous in providing Christmas food hampers and Coles vouchers to a number of households in Spencer and Gunderman, and in addition bags of beautiful brand new toys and games were delivered to 2 families to brighten their Christmas Day.
Throughout this year River Cares has also been liaising with the Kariong-Somersby Rotary Club who have donated thousands of dollars worth of Woolworths and Bunnings vouchers to those residents either severely impacted by the March and July floods, or who have been needing a financial boost. They have also provided a delicious sausage sizzle on two occasions in August, for the Community BBQ funded by the Central Coast Council and in September for the Council's Community Forum.
Thank you so much to these amazing organisations who have reached out to River Cares and wanted to help the Spencer and Gunderman communities by generously donating their time, items, goods, toys and thoughtful supermarket vouchers. It is so very much appreciated.
From the River Cares FaceBook page
"The Club Buzz" is where you will find some exciting and relevant programs or events happening in our Clubs and in District 9685.
To view the Club Buzz Design Guidelines for Clubs to provide information for Club Buzz, click HERE.   
To view this week's Club Buzz 19.01.23, click HERE. It contains the following news and events for Clubs in District 9685.
Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches - Art Show
Rotary Club of Brisbane Water - High Tea For a Cause
Rotary Clubs of Woy Woy - Opera in the Arboretum
Rotary Club of Northbridge - Flood Appeal Results
Rotary Club of Lane Cove - Australia Day
Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains - Australia Day
Rotary Matters
Triple H 100.1 FM
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
  • Saving Lives in Timor Leste
  • Do It Once And Do It Well - Pride Of Workmanship
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The Club Hiking Stick Challenge - Raising funds for Australian Rotary Health
The Cowra Breakout Conference Team is throwing out a challenge to all clubs. They want you to:
  •  Design a hiking stick and bring it along to the Cowra Conference, 17-19 March 2023. 
  • The sticks can be decorated using any design or method limited only by your imagination.
  • The attendees will be asked to vote for their favourite stick by putting in a minimum of a dollar donation per vote.
  • The stick that raises the most money will win a PHF for their club to award to an outstanding member of their community.
  • All entries must be available for sale to attendees.
  • The club whose stick sells for the most money will also be eligible for a prize.
  • All proceeds will be donated to Australian Rotary Health.
One entry per club.
So get cracking and see what you can come up with!

A heads up about the Rotary District 9685 Conference 2023
Click HERE or on the poster below to go to the Conference website
Click HERE for the costs of Conference registration packages 
or use the QR code below
Click HERE
Dates are 27-31 May 2023.
An International Convention on our doorstep - this doesn’t happen very often.
Join the anticipated 25,000 Rotarians attending and experience the internationality of Rotary.
There are over 8,000 registrations to date with 100+ so far from our District.
Everything you need to know is here:
There is still plenty of accommodation available and some great rates so lock them in now.
Plenary sessions are held at Rod Laver Arena. Breakout sessions and House of Friendship will be at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) or Rod Laver Arena unless otherwise indicated.
There is much to do in Melbourne in addition to the convention. You will see updates in RDU magazine for supporting events like the ‘Night at the Museum’ and the ‘Melbourne Cup day’. Keep reading.
And there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer also. Visit the host organising committee website for more details on volunteering and the Convention.
Register before 15 December to save.
“I’m going to Melbourne.  Are you?”
PDG Peter Ward
Monthly Themes | Rotary Oceania
Vocational Service is the essence of Rotary and serves as the foundation from which we serve our communities around the world.
Vocational Service calls on us to empower others by using our unique skills and expertise to address community
needs and help others acquire or refine skills and advance their professional opportunities.
In the spirit of reconciliation, Rotary District 9685 acknowledges
the Traditional Custodians of country throughout our district,
and their connections to land, sea and community. 
We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and
extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.
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District 9685 Governor
Mina Howard
Safar Sarmed RC Eastwood Gladesville
  Don Landers - RC Northbridge
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.
24th to 26th FEBRUARY 2023
by Zoom
The next opportunity is RLI 73 which will be held on-line.
To view the RLI brochure, click HERE
There is still time to register for the RLI 73 Learning Opportunity.  Past RLI courses concluded with great success and rave reviews. Don't miss out .
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Rotary Youth Leadership Award 2023
Knox Grammar School
Jan 15, 2023 9:00 AM –
Jan 21, 2023 2:00 PM
GTrain Meeting
On-Line by Zoom
Jan 28, 2023
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
COTA Meeting
On-Line by Zoom
Jan 28, 2023
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
DG Official Visit - Social Impact Network
On-Line by Zoom
Jan 28, 2023
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
DGN Committee Zoom Meeting
On-Line by Zoom
Jan 29, 2023
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
DG 2025-2026 Applications Now Open
Feb 01, 2023 9:00 AM –
Mar 30, 2023 5:00 PM
Summer RYPEN
Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation
Feb 03, 2023 4:00 PM –
Feb 05, 2023 3:00 PM
Presidents' Meeting No. 4
On-Line by Zoom
Feb 11, 2023
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
DG Nominating Committee Interest Meeting
Rotary Down Under
Feb 19, 2023
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Rotary Leadership Institute #73
Feb 24, 2023 5:00 PM –
Feb 26, 2023 4:00 PM
Assistant Governors' Meeting
On-Line by Zoom
Feb 25, 2023
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
District Team Meeting
On-Line by Zoom
Feb 25, 2023
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
President Elect Learning and Development Day (PELD
St Josephs Conference Centre
Mar 04, 2023
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
District 9685 Annual Conference
Cowra Showground Pavilion
Mar 17, 2023 – Mar 19, 2023
District 9685 Conference 2023
Mar 17, 2023 6:00 PM –
Mar 19, 2023 5:00 PM
G Train Meeting No. 5, 2023
On-Line by Zoom
Apr 01, 2023
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
COTA Meeting No. 5, 2023
On-Line by Zoom
Apr 01, 2023
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
District Assembly 2023
Apr 15, 2023 9:00 AM –
Apr 16, 2023 4:00 PM
DGN 2025-2026 Interviews
Rotary Down Under
Apr 23, 2023
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute #74
Apr 28, 2023 5:00 PM –
Apr 30, 2023 4:00 PM
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