District Governor's eNews 

August 4th 2022

Greetings fellow Rotarians,
I have just completed my first month as your District Governor. In that time, I have visited fourteen clubs and every visit has been a very rewarding experience with so many dedicated members who have been welcoming and friendly. However, it is the vast array of wonderful projects that have been a real eye-opener for me. Regardless of the size of the clubs, they are all achieving so much. I learned about SOKS (Saving our Kids from Suicide), the opening of a Preloved bookshop, a food drive that will support local youth support services and the Lismore flood victims, support for community projects such as Grace’s Place and Parramatta Mission and projects for Timor, Nepal, Vietnam and more. There are so many that they can’t all be mentioned here, and of course, there are many more projects being planned for this year and beyond. It is very heartening to see that our Rotarians are making a real difference in their communities and globally. The only disappointing thing about my schedule is that I have already had to decline invitations to club events, but I hope to get to as any as I can over the year.
It is good to see that clubs are carrying out surveys in one form or another to find out what their members think about their club. It is important to do this so that we provide a satisfying experience for all members. Engaged and happy Rotarians will stay the distance and attract new members.
Please think about providing a short session each meeting where your members learn something new about Rotary. Every member can share in this activity regardless of how long they’ve been in Rotary. The more we learn about our organisation the more we will appreciate its reach.
The Regionalisation team have been very busy visiting clubs and explaining the concept. I attended one session and was very impressed with the content of the presentation, the questions asked, and the answers provided. Thank you to PDG Kalma McClellan and the whole team for your diligence in carrying out this work.
For those of you who are Bunnings BBQ’ers don’t forget to thank your store managers for the opportunity and I hope that the $3.50 snag is increasing your profits. We don’t know if PDG Lindsay is solely responsible for this increase in price, having lobbied Bunnings, but if he happens to drop by you can thank him also.
I’m looking forward to continuing my official visits over the coming weeks. Enjoy what you are doing and don’t forget to book for the Cowra Breakout Conference 17-19 March 2023.
Mina Howard
District Governor 2022-2023
Our Rotary Foundation “Seed Bank” at Work!
Thanks to all clubs in our District for supporting The Rotary Foundation in 2021-2022!  Your support of the Annual Fund as Centurions, Paul Harris Society members, and Major Donors will enable our District to support local and international projects in 2024-2025 when Niranjan Deodhar will be our District Governor.  Your contributions to the Annual Fund in this Rotary Year may be available to our District in 2025-2026, depending on the outcome of the Regionalisation pilot.
This year, we are receiving an allocation of $US 148,000 from the contributions we made to the Annual Fund “Seed Bank” in 2019-2020, with up to half of this amount available for District Grants, and the remainder available for Global Grants.  Already, 34 clubs have submitted applications for District Grants by our deadline of 31 July.  District Grants enable the clubs to increase their impact by supplementing the money they are raising themselves.
The applications cover a wide range of projects here in our communities as well as around the world.
Local project applications include:
Crows Nest – Domestic Violence Support
St Ives – Women’s Shelter
Carlingford – Support for Homeless
International project applications include:
Belrose – Composting Toilets in Papua New Guinea
Brisbane Water – Water Pumps in Uganda
Nepean – Support for Ukrainian Refugees
We are currently reviewing all the applications before submitting them to The Rotary Foundation for final approval.  Our review process checks to make sure the club has met all the mandatory requirements, and then assigns a priority score to each application.  If we have insufficient funds to cover all the applications, we will place the unsuccessful applications on a Waiting List in case a successful applicant is unable to proceed with their project.  We hope to advise all clubs of the status of their project in the next two weeks.
Please contact me (0412 798 526) or our Grants Chair, Haran Ramachandran (0419 980 529) if you have any questions about District or Global Grants.
PP David Dean
District 9685 Rotary Foundation Chair
0412 798 526
PP Haran Ramachandran 
Grants Subcommittee Chair
0419 980 529
Jennifer Jones
President 2022-23
August 2022

We’ve all taken our own path to become a member of Rotary. Some of you joined because your father was a Rotarian. Some of us signed up because an employer tapped us on the shoulder and asked us to attend a meeting. Others became members only after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling made it possible. Yet each of us entered through one mechanism — an invitation.

An invitation that unlocks our imaginations and allows us to know that everything and anything is possible. Each one of us has that same opportunity — the honor to extend an invitation.

It is awe-inspiring to imagine how we can look out across our communities and identify our future leaders. It’s often tempting to attract people who are exactly like us. It’s a special form of ingenuity to consider how people who are seemingly very different can, in fact, share our values and have some of those same talents, just waiting to be unleashed.

It’s time for Rotary to take our next step in advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) across our organization.

Embracing an experience where people feel included is more than just making our membership numbers more diverse. It’s about making our meetings and events places where we can speak openly and honestly with each other, where our members feel welcome and safe. This means removing barriers for entry and opening doors for inclusion. Our values remain our strength — and our commitment to excellence requires us to maintain high standards for our members as well.

I believe we are all committed and determined to advancing DEI across Rotary. This is rooted in the deepest traditions of our organization, and it will ensure that we remain vibrant and relevant for decades to come.

A few years ago, our Rotary Board set the ambitious goal of increasing the share of female members to 30 percent by 2023. We have less than a year to go, but I believe we can meet and exceed this target.

We need Rotary leaders to rise from every continent, culture, and creed. We need young members and young thinkers to take on larger roles and responsibilities. We need to listen to new Rotary members just as keenly, and with as much respect, as those with many years of membership.

During our recent convention in Houston, we heard from astronauts about their journeys into space. We reflected upon a time in the 1960s when U.S. President John F. Kennedy urged the world to dream, with his declaration that we would “go to the moon [and do] other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”

Fully committing Rotary to DEI and meeting our ambitious membership targets may seem as unlikely as a moon shot. But I know that when people of action are committed to a big goal, we make it worth every ounce of our energy.

1. Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)
If you are an Assistant Governor, or a member of the District team, or a Club President or member of a Club executive who has not completed the RLI course, you are encouraged to attend and to promote the Course dates to club members. These are great opportunities to learn about roles in Rotary.  (Please click on the image below for a larger image)
2. Report of Polio Detection in United States - a report from our Zone 8 Polio Coordinator Murray Verso
We are sometimes asked why do we still need to support polio eradication?
Last week the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) was informed of a case of paralytic polio in New York state.  This news is an opportunity to address this question.

First, let’s see what’s up in New York:
  • The victim was never vaccinated
  • The victim lives in an area with VERY low vaccination rates.
  • The victim is not contagious
  • This same area had a severe measles outbreak a few years ago with 312 cases of measles. 
  • The polio virus strain is NOT wild polio.
  • The case is type 2 Vaccine Derived Polio Virus (VDPV). 
  • Until wild polio is totally eradicated, we run the risk of vaccine derived polio cases in areas of low vaccination rates where a  weakened virus in the oral vaccine is still in use.
  • The novel oral polio vaccine (OPV) , now being introduced,  lessens the risk of polio being caused by  older forms of OPV.
So, why do we still need to fund raise for the total defeat of polio?
  • Any form of poliovirus anywhere is a threat to children everywhere.
  • It is critical that the GPEI Polio Eradication Strategy 2022-2026 is fully resourced and fully implemented everywhere, to ensure a world free of all forms of poliovirus.  
  • Our partners and Rotary International immunize approximately 460 Million children annually.
  • We monitor polio-sustaining areas and conditions in about 200 countries.
  • Our team ensures outbreaks are identified and contained as quickly as humanly possible.
We call on every single Rotarian to take action and be a part of the fight to end polio, helping to raise Rotary’s goal of $50 million per year for polio eradication.
Thank you for your continued support in ending this disease in our lifetime.  It will not be possible without your help.
3. Raise for Rotary is an online fundraising platform that enables Rotarians and the public to donate to The Rotary Foundation.
Introduced in 2020, it has raised more than US$1 million for Rotary Foundation Funds from over 1,500 events.
Previously donations from non-Rotarians bypassed club reporting but Raise for Rotary has been enhanced so that donations from non-Rotarians can now be credited to your club.
Raise for Rotary can be used for special events, milestone celebrations (birthdays, weddings) and In Memoriam appeals.
Please follow these instructions to update your Raise for Rotary profile and ensure that your club receives credit for future donations.
With your support, we’re able to continue Doing Good in the World. If you have questions, please review our Raise for Rotary FAQ or email us at
4.  Rotary Australia Repurposing Equipment (RARE)
Just in case you do not know Keith Roffey the RARE facility manager at Castle Hill and Janice his Administration manager are both retiring from that position which they have held for now 5 years. PDG David Clark has sent out the Job Descriptions to clubs before, but he is just letting you know just how urgent and important that these jobs are filled by Christmas of 2022. Keith will stay on to train the people till June 2023 if needed. If no one comes forward to accept these positions the Rotary Australia Repurposing Equipment (RARE) facility at Castle Hill will have to be closed.
Just to put you all in the picture this Central Region’s Facility alone, last year (even during Covid) sent out 7 x 40ft shipping containers filled to the brim with much needed medical and educational equipment, and another 13 containers filled with approximately 8 million, face masks for COVID 19 safety, out to numerous countries throughout the world. Last year’ value of goods sent would be well over one million dollars.
So, you can see to have to close a fabulous RAWCS Project like this, is very heart breaking.  PLEASE, PLEASE, ask members in your club or maybe ask your board if they might take on the running of this project and administration as a club project. The RAWCS board are open to any and all ideas to keep this facility open, as long as there is one person that is in charge of the project. By clicking HERE, you will be able to download the job descriptions for both positions, and if you have any questions just give me a ring and we can organise a tour of the warehouse at Castle Hill
PDG David Clark JP
Rotary Australia Repurposing Equipment (RARE) National Manager
A project of RAWCS
5. Bunnings Sausage Sizzle Price Rise
On Saturday 23rd July, the first $3.50 sausage day occurred and it would be good to have some feedback. We would like to make mention of the fabulous support we get from Bunnings.
It's crucial in fundraising that we thank our supporters and clubs should go out of their way to acknowledge the local store managers.
PDG Lindsay May has written to the Bunnings MD thanking him for their decision.
To see the report "Bunnings Community Snapshot", please click HERE
6.  Volunteer at City to Surf 2022 and earn $ for Your Rotary Club

The annual City to Surf fun run (Sydney CBD to Bondi Beach) is on again on Sunday, 14 August 2022. With thanks to input from the Rotary Clubs of Bondi Junction and Rose Bay, support is needed for the event organisers which is Iron Man Oceania Group.
Volunteer marshals are required for half the day at the corner of College St and William St Sydney (opposite the Australian Museum) early (5.30-6.00am) on the Sunday morning. For your time and effort, each participant will receive $85.00 to go to the respective Rotary Club's charity account. Non-Rotarians are welcome and participating alongside Rotarians will also receive this amount.image

If you can commit to this date and time, please complete the sign-up form below, and type your name in the document below so numbers can be collated for Rotary.
IRONMAN Oceania   /
Diana Stewart
Secretary 2022-23
Rotary E-Club of Greater Sydney
"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 St Ives - Food and Wine Festival
Rotary Club of Carlingford - Blanket Drive
Rotary Club of Ku-ring-gai - Sleeping Shelters for the Homeless
Rotary Club of Gosford North - Project L.E.M.U.R.
International Skiing Fellowship of Rotarians - Australian Ski Event
Rotary Clubs of the Blue Mountains - Blue Mountains Police Officer of the Year
Rotary Club of Blacktown City - Comedy for a Cause Flood Appeal
Cowra On-line Raffle
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
We bring you three episodes. The first went to air 22 July. The second went to air Friday 29 July, and the third on 26 August. We hope you enjoy them. Rotary Matters is taking a break in August and will replay highlights from some recent episodes during this time. Please continue to keep Rotary Matters on your mailing list and let us know of any events or projects which would interest the wider general public. Happy listening
  • How Do We Get To Net Zero
  • Inspirational Medical Service For The Homeless
  • Run (walk Or Stroll) For Your Life On The Cross Country Challenge
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
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?
Pittwater and the Northern Beaches area was formerly known as Guringai country, the land of the Garigal or Caregal people. 
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District 9685 Governor
Mina Howard
In Memorium
Mike Curley RC Umina Beach
Graham Gann RC The Hills 
Bob Templeman RC Springwood
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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JULY 2022

Great articles such as :
  • It's RYLA Season
  • How can service-learning improve your programs?
To read, click HERE
JULY 2022
Great articles such as:
  • Dreaming Big to Deliver Positive Change
  • How Can We Attract Young Professionals To Rotary?
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Great articles such as:
  • Keep your club's graphics up to date
  • New resources available
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29 JULY 2022
Great articles such as:
  • Rotary Fellowships amplify Ukrainian relief efforts
  • Creating a welcoming club environment
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JULY 2022
Great articles such as:
  • Get inspired by the new Rotary Youth Exchange video
  • How can I participate in Rotary Youth Exchange?
To read, click HERE
JULY 2022
Great articles such as :
  • Reducing the Severity of Suicidal Thoughts in Young People
  • myCompass Helps Young People with Type 1 Diabetes Manage Their Mental Health 
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JULY 2022
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 JULY 2022
Great articles such as:
  • Parameters for polio eradication revisited
  • Polio surveillance has never been more important
To read, click HERE
 JULY 2022
Great articles such as:
  • Has your club considered Enviro Awards?
  • Celebrate Landcare Week!
To read, click HERE
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
DG Official Visit RC Crows Nest
Crows Nest Hotel
Aug 08, 2022
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
DG Official Visit RC West Pennant HillsCherrybrook
Springfield House
Aug 08, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
DG Official Visit RC Greater Hills
The Galston Club
Aug 09, 2022
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
DG Official Visit RC Berowra
RSL Club Berowra
Aug 10, 2022
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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
Ride the Train for Polio Day
Trains in Metropolitan area
Oct 24, 2022
Zone 8 Conference
National Convention Centre Canberra
Oct 28, 2022 4:00 PM –
Oct 30, 2022
Zone 8 Institute National Convention Oct. 28-30
Oct 28, 2022 4:00 PM –
Oct 30, 2022 4:00 PM
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