District 9685 eNews 

July 21st 2022

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.
Did you know?
The original inhabitants of what is now the suburb of Turramurra were the Aboriginal people believed to be known as the Tarramerragal. They lived on the eastern side of the Lane Cove River.
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1. Ukraine Crisis Appeal update information
The following is an update on the RAWCS Ukraine project. The project sits with Rotary Club of Sydney Cove and has raised $5.7mil. Most of this has come from donations outside of Rotary. The attached spreadsheet gives a good breakdown on how the money has been distributed so far. 
Some clubs in our District - including Rotary Brisbane Water have been selling sunflower seeds to raise money for this project.
RAWCS Project No 83 2014-15
Project Manager Guy Glenny - Rotary Club of Sydney Cove
Currently $5.7 million (June 23) has been donated to the project.
Also for your interest, some stats on donations from Rotary Clubs as follows:
  • 245 donations from individual Rotarians or Clubs since 1 February 2022
  • All States and Territories
  • 18 Districts
  • $215,760
 Click HERE to view the Excel spreadsheet which provides a comprehensive update on the income & expenditure.
2. Acknowledgement of Country
It’s great to hear of the many Clubs that now open their meetings with Acknowledgement of Country. Many, like my Club, North Ryde, are also showing support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart. In our case, we have put the support icon on our website and other places.
Rotary changes the world one project at a time. “Books in Homes,” supported by six Clubs, means that this program will continue for another year, influencing the literacy skills of the mostly Aboriginal children at Moree East Public School. I look forward to this developing into an annual project.
You may find this of interest, from the NSW State Library: especially “Eight Days in Kamay” and the “Dyarubbin Exhibition.”
If you have completed an Aboriginal project recently, I would appreciate it if you could send through a brief report.
Bob Selinger
Aboriginal Support Programs
3. Major change to Bunnings sausage sizzle as cost of living crisis bites | 7NEWS
See the announcement:
We are sure that our PDG Lindsay May will enjoy taking the credit for this major achievement. Well done, Lindsay.
4. Cowra Raffle
1st Prize valued at $2,000
A Magnificent Hand Pieced Patch Work Quilt  / Wall Hanging  "TURTLE " (180cm x 153cm)
Created almost entirely using Indigenous fabric purchased during visits to the Indigenous fabric shops in Alice Springs, Darwin and the Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, inspiration for “The Turtle” came following a visit to the Turtle Sanctuary at Mon Repos in Queensland. The quilt is designed using the English Paper Piecing (EPP) technique of ¾ inch hexagons. The quilt is totally hand pieced and was almost 4 years in the making. 
Quilter: Yvonne Lawrie, Cowra. NSW.
Free Delivery of Prize by Australia Post

For purchase of tickets, use the QR code on the image to the left, or click on the image to take you to the site.

A larger version of this poster can be found in Club Buzz in this newsletter.

5.  SAVE THE DATE !! Train Ride to End Polio
Monday 24 OCTOBER World Polio Day
Ending Polio is the number one priority of both Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. As a Rotary club you are asked to contribute US$1,500 per year to support this vital Rotary Program. Participation in this event helps you and your Club gain a certificate in recognition of contributing this amount. Our objective is to raise over AUD$250,000 on the day from this event. Over the past FOUR YEAR the Train Ride to End Polio has raised nearly AUD$500,000. It is a multi-District Event  and is clearly part of the Rotary ACTION PLAN. That is to:
  • Increase our IMPACT
  • Expand our REACH
  • Enhance Participant ENGAGEMENT
  • Increase our ability to ADAPT.
The train ride gives us all an opportunity to do all of the above and help build our brand in the community as PEOPLE OF ACTION.
  • Please plan your fundraising to support this event? (People give more when you tell then what you are raising funds for)
  • Please order your End Polio Now Shirts from RDU supplies ( It may take up to 4 weeks to get a shirt if they run out, so get in early)
  • Please put the day aside to create an event in your community to publicise to the community this Rotary Project (Public Image)
  • Please encourage your Club members to come to your local railway station and join the ride (IMPACT). Some members join for a couple of stations, some for a couple of hours and some all day, that is beginning to end. (Most importantly, brink your commitment, we will send the template in the next communication)
This year DAVE and I will be again riding the trains (32 different trains) to cover all 189 stations on the Sydney trains network.  Our current record is 18 hours, 10 minutes and 12 seconds. We will send the train timetable to you all closer to the event, so please get your Club ready to support this important event in the Rotary year. We also encourage you to go to and create your own Club fundraiser to support this event. There will also be a page on the site for this event so that the general public can contribute.
We look forward to seeing you all on Monday 24 October during WORLD POLIO DAY.
6. Flood Relief Sydney & surrounding regions (RARF)
As you would be aware there are parts of NSW that again are facing hardship because of flood waters. The RAWCS Executive have today responded with a new project to launch a new appeal to support the Rotary Clubs near or within the effected areas, enabling them to respond to those in need because of this most recent disaster.
I provide the following link for your information and support to “get the message out” -
Again, we need to be “people of Action”!
7. An Inter-District Flood Fundraising event
The Rotary Club of Blacktown City has organised a Flood Relief event on Friday, 19th August. The proceeds are to be divided equally betwwen District 9675 and 9685.
Click HERE for a larger versionof the image to the right. Additional information about this event:
  • The event committee has already been formed, so D9685 is not required to assist.
  • Proceeds from the night will be split evenly between the two districts. This will include ticket sales, silent auctions and raffles on the night.
  • Both districts can use those proceeds separately to identify flood-affected areas and support.
  • Rotary Club of Blacktown City is overseeing the event.
What D9685 can do from now:
  • Donate high-end raffle prizes / Gift certificates
  • Silent auctions prizes are experiences i.e. Dinner or lunch with a celebrity, Politician, or well-known person that would attract people to bid. So asking members Who do you know?
  • Contact media outlets to send event promotions 
  • Encourage the district to buy tickets.
Everything else with money, insurance, risks are already looked after.
"The Club Buzz" is where you will find some exciting and relevant programs or events happening in our Clubs and in District 9685.
With Clubs working hard to prepare for the end of the Rotary year, and the Club Chngeovers, Club Buzz will resume in the first eNewsletter after the 1st of July.
Please keep sending you Club news iems for Club Buzz to
To view the Club Buzz Design Guidelines for Clubs to provide information for Club Buzz, click HERE.   
To view this week's Club Buzz, click HERE. It contains the following news and events for Clubs in District 9685.
Rotary Club of Richmond - Flood Relief Concert
Rotary Club of Norwest Sunrise - Sport Theme Trivia Night
Rotary Club of Beecroft - Book Donations
Rotary Club of Castle Hill - Cross Country Challenge
Rotary Club of Balgowlah - The Third Age Rock Orchestra Dance
Rotary Club of Belrose  - Meeting
Rotary Club of Dee Why Warringah - Ukraine and NSW Flood Appeals
Rotary Club of Ku-ring-gai - School for Life – recent news
Rotary Club of  Epping - Flood Appeal
Rotary Club of Brisbane Water - Living With Grief
E Club of Greater Sydney - Bee Aware
Rotary Club of Brisbane Water - Roaring 20’s Shindig
Rotary Club of West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook - Trivia Night
Rotary Club of North Ryde - The Uluru Statement from the Heart
Rotary Club of Brisbane Water – Charity Golf Day
Cowra On-line Raffle
What's in the Learning Centre?
There is a great deal of information for all Rotarians in the Learning Centre. For example, is your club interested in becoming qualified to apply for a global grant? If you have previously completed the 10-course Grant Management Seminar, you can now take the Grant Management Recertification 2022-23 course. Your district can opt to supplement or even replace in-person grant management seminars with the courses in the online seminar, and you can use Learning Centre reports to track participants’ progress for the purpose of qualifying their clubs.
Some Learning Centre courses have been updated, new courses have been added, and others have been discontinued. Download the updated course catalogue to see what’s available now.
The following learning plans for club and district officers have been updated:
Check out what has changed, and what is availabkle by clicking on "Read More".
    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
    • Steady As She Goes And She Goes Well - Dr Bruce Farnsworth
    • The Story Behind Sydney's Biggest Book Fair - Michael Cleary.
    For these latest podcasts, see "Read More"
    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
    July is New Leadership Month | Rotary Club of Ypsilanti
    District 9685 Governor
    Mina Howard
    In Memorium
    Maisie Grady (wife of PDG Alan Grady)
    David Hopping PP RC Pennant Hills
    Jack Reid PP RC Pennant Hills
    Peter Waite PP RC Pennant Hills
    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.
    19th to 21st AUGUST 2022
    On-line by Zoom
    The next opportunity is RLI 70 which will be held on-line.
    To view the RLI brochure, click HERE
    There is still time to register for the RLI 70 Learning Opportunity.  Past RLI courses concluded with great success and rave reviews. Don't miss out .
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    DG Official Visit RC Castle Hill
    St Josephs
    Jul 20, 2022
    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    DG Official Visit RC North Sydney
    North Sydney Leagues
    Jul 21, 2022
    12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
    COTA Meeting
    On Zoom
    Jul 23, 2022
    8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
    District 9685 Presidents' Meeting
    On Zoom
    Jul 23, 2022
    9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
    DG Official Visit RC Erina
    Erina Leagues Club
    Jul 26, 2022
    6:30 AM – 8:30 AM
    DG Official Visit RC East Gosford
    Gosford Showground
    Jul 27, 2022
    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    RIWA Finalists Announced
    Jul 28, 2022
    DG Official Visit RC Gosford West
    Gosford RSL
    Jul 28, 2022
    12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    DG Official Visit RC Gosford
    Gosford Golf Club
    Jul 28, 2022
    5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    DG Official VisitRC Kariong Somersby
    Phillip House
    Jul 29, 2022
    7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
    DG Official Visit RC Gosford North
    Gosford Golf Club
    Aug 01, 2022
    5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    DG Official Vosit RC Woy Woy
    Everglades Country Club
    Aug 02, 2022
    5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    DG Official Visit RC Gosford City
    Top Point Cafe
    Aug 03, 2022
    7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
    DG Official Visit RC Umina
    Everglades Country Club
    Aug 03, 2022
    5:45 PM – 8:00 PM
    DG Official Visit RC Brisbane Water
    Diggers Club
    Aug 04, 2022
    6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    DG Official Visit RC Terrigal
    Breakers Country Club
    Aug 05, 2022
    5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Assistant Governors / Senior Executive Meeting
    Aug 06, 2022
    8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
    District Team Meeting
    Aug 06, 2022
    9:15 AM – 10:15 AM
    RESCA Award Ceremony
    Bankstown Sports Club
    Aug 13, 2022
    Rotary Leadership Institute Seminar 70
    Aug 19, 2022 5:00 PM –
    Aug 21, 2022 4:00 PM
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