Rotary Round Up
November 17th 2022
1. 2022 Council on Resolutions
The delegates to the 2022 Council on Resolutions have completed their online voting for the Proposed Resolutions and the results are summarised in the attachment.  The adopted Resolutions now go to the RI Board for consideration and action as the Board finds appropriate.  The Board decisions will most likely be announced after July 2023.
The D9685 Resolution to change the name of Rotary Youth Leadership Awards to the Rotary Young Leaders Awards was rejected.
To view the results, please click HERE.
2. Rotary Stories for an Rotary Down Under Feature Article, July 2023
As you may or may not be aware, throughout 2022 The RDU Magazine has been running a district feature each month to highlight the great work each of our districts are doing both locally and across the globe. This will continue into 2023 to ensure no district misses out. We are seeking stories for the District 9685 feature. We all know that District 9685 is the best, so let's show the rest what we are doing or have done. Please prepare an article about projects your Club has (or will) undertake(n), including photos between 1 and 5 Mb in file size, for a bumper feature showcasing our District. Send them now or send them soon. Please send them to any of DG Mina Howard, DGE Christine Owen or the Communications Chair, Marilyn Kenney
3. More on our District Conference 2023
DG Mina has been having ongoing discussions with people in Cowra in preparation for our Conference 17th to 19th March. Mina has organised wine tours at Antonios' Wines.
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
Another attraction to look forward to!
Other exciting news includes some of ther planned events for the Conference...
Friday 17th March - Evening : Easy live music, local historian BBQ and sheep dogs demonstration.
Saturday 18th March : Engaging sessions and speakers, and later in the evening, the Conference Dinner with Mr Stan Grant and 40’s dance tunes.
Sunday 19th March : Brunch at Japanese Garden with Japanese Ambassador and live tenor performance.
It is going to be a great Conference so REGISTER NOW.
4. Australian Rotary Health Zoom Meeting
ARH is planning a zoom meeting on Sunday 20th November from 3pm to 5pm Sydney time. It would be great if you are available to join us. The session will be presented by Cheryl Deguara and Joy Gillett OAM from the ARH office, and all District Chairs and their committees are invited to join. This presentation will provide up to date information about ARH, including research programs, Indigenous Scholarships, Rural Medical and Nursing Scholarships, Fundraising events including our Lift the Lid Walk and other updates.  There will be time for questions and comments. The ARH chairman Kevin Shadbolt and directors will also be involved. If you are interested in ARH, you may like to attend, although advising Joy Gillett OAM about your intention to attend the Zoom meeting would be advisable.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 440 903 3381

5. Rotary International South Pacific and Philippines Office (RISPPO) Vacancy
Being in a District that is in close proximity to the RISPPO office (Norwest), Grace Ramirez RISPPO International Office Manager has asked for assistance in spreading the word about ajob opening for a Donor Services Coordinator. That link takes you directly to Rotary’s careers page with the job post.
Could you please circulate in your Club newsletters or discuss at Club Meetings about whether you may be interested or may know someone who would be?

6. Reminder - ESRAG Oceania Chapter meeting
Today, 17 November at 6.00pm AEDT [UTC+11} 
Guest Speaker:  Steve Lyon, District 9920 Environment Chair.  He is marine scientist and manager of Pacific Divers.  Steve will chat to us about his work in the Pacific Islands and climate urgency.
This presentation is applicable to all Rotarians and non Rotarians, clubs and districts. Please share with fellow Rotarians and friends who may be interested.
7. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
The District 9685 DEI Representative is DGN Niranjan Deodhar. Some useful information about DEI follows in this section from My Rotary, including sources of information that can be downloaded.

Diversity is one of Rotary's longstanding core values and greatest strengths. RI President Jennifer Jones knows there is more to be done to ensure that Rotary's culture exemplifies our values of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Rotary, with input and guidance from the DEI Task Force, has strengthened our commitment to DEI, resulting in a greater focus on celebrating every individual's contributions, advancing equity, and creating a more welcoming and inclusive culture.

President Jennifer Jones encourages each of us to do our part to ensure Rotary is a welcoming and inclusive community by:

  1. Learning more about DEI in Rotary, including understanding definitions and how to celebrate and respect our differences.
  2. Determining why DEI matters to our club and community and how using DEI principles can help our club grow and become stronger.
  3. Raising awareness of DEI, including creating a DEI committee in your club that reflects the demographics of your community.
  4. Taking action on DEI in our club and community for instance educating yourself about underrepresented groups in your community in order to become a more knowledgeable and effective advocate for DEI.

Learn more and take action by reading the DEI presidential brochure.
Find additional resources on our DEI web page.
Watch what Jones hopes to accomplish with DEI (download).

"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 17.11.22, click HERE. It contains the following news and events for Clubs in District 9685.
Rotary Club of Epping - Book Launch
Rotary Club of Umina - Walk Against Domestic and Family Violence
The Hills Rotaract Club - Hills Rotaractor Award
Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains - Opportunity Shop
Rotary Club of Lane Cove - Remembrance Day
Rotary Clubs of Turramurra and Chatswood/Roseville - Moree Project
Rotary Club of Pennant Hills - 2022 Trees of Joy
Rotary Club of Beecroft - Beecroft Spirit Gin Launch
Rotary Club of Kincumber - Woolworths Voucher Distribution
Rotary Club of Hills Kellyville - Christmas Trees Sales
Rotary Club of Ryde - Midway Markets
Become a Mental Health First Aider
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
  • Travelling With A Purpose, Rotary Nomads. Plus Rotary Incoming President, Gordon McInally.
  • All The Fun Of The Fair
For these latest podcasts, see "Read More"
The Club Hiking Stick Challenge - Raising funds for Australian Rotary Health
 DG Mina’s partner Larry is throwing out a challenge to all clubs. He wants 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
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:
Reduced (early bird) registration fees are in place until 15 December 2022. 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
The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary International, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.
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
Dr William Walker - Formerly of the 
                                RC of Mosman
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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  • Education Focus
  • Tackling Extreme Poverty - A Rotary Mission to Bacolod City, Philippines
      To read, click HERE
Great articles such as:
  • Does your club need a rebuild or rebirth? … consider a satellite club
  • A win - win - working in the community to raise funds to put back into the community
To read, click HERE
Great articles such as:
  • Happy 60th Birthday, Interact!
  • Celebrate World Children’s Day
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4th NOVEMBER 2022
Great articles such as:
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  • Russian clubs help kids take first steps
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Great articles such as:
  • Ways to celebrate Rotary Foundation Month
  • Increasing our impact
To read, click HERE
Great articles such as:
  • The State of Rotary’s Membership 
  • Finding a sense of belonging in Rotary
To read, click HERE
     Great articles such as:
  • Lift The Lid Walks and Hat Days
  • Spring Update
    To read, click HERE
Assistant Governors' Meeting
On-Line - Zoom
Nov 19, 2022
8:00 AM – 8:50 AM
District Team Meeting
On-line by Zoom
Nov 19, 2022
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Presidents' Meeting & District AGM
Nov 26, 2022
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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
Rotary Leadership Institute #73
Feb 24, 2023 5:00 PM –
Feb 26, 2023 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
Rotary Leadership Institute #74
Apr 28, 2023 5:00 PM –
Apr 30, 2023 4:00 PM
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