District Governor's eNews
October 3 2019

My Friends in Rotary,
Where does the time go! Already a quarter of the year gone and the chance to meet and interact with so very many smiling faces.
September was the month of Basic Education and Literacy, and for past and present members of the GTrain, i.e. District Governors past and present, this means attendance at the Oceania (RI Zone 8) Conference and training event, which this year was held in Christchurch, NZ.
What an amazing city it is to come back from the brink of extinction and regenerate itself in a whole new way. Some of us had a couple of days prior to the formalities to enjoy the sites and culture (and quite a bit of the cuisine!) and to pay respects to those lost in recent times. While life there is yet to return to commercial reality, adaptation can be seen everywhere. And just to remind us where we were, there was a 3.1magnitude shudder during one of our conference sessions on Friday afternoon!!
The other great news from the event is that D9685 was awarded the Rotary Foundation Overall Giving Trophy, indicating that our District contributed more per person to all the TRF funds – Annual, Endowment and Polio Eradication - than any other District in Australia. Congratulations to all clubs and all members for this fabulous achievement, and a special Thank You to PDG David Rands for his encouragement to achieve this accolade.
And a special mention has to go to RC The Ponds for being included in the session on new and innovative meeting options – a great photo of you all was displayed for all Zone 8 leaders to see – Congratulations!
And speaking of awards, 3 clubs from D9685 have just been awarded the Rotary Citation for 2018-19. Congratulations to Beecroft, Epping and Norwest Sunrise for outstanding results – well done. Time to check where your club is up to now, and how close you are to ticking those few little boxes for the current year!! Can we double, or triple, our achievements for next year???
The 100th birthday celebrations of Rotary in Australia are really starting to take some shape. The 3 current projects include:
  • A centenary baton, which will be designed to be passed around
  • A centenary logo competition
  • A public image starter pack to support local efforts in raising awareness and planning their parties.
A dedicated web page already exists for support and ongoing information: so check it out and start making plans.
The conference also covered some new club governance requirements and the interest of the ATO in not-for-profit organisations. The AICD has provided some great guidelines to ensure that we have our houses in order – here is the link to that document:
A number of conference attendees returned to Sydney on the same plane as RI President Mark Maloney and his wife Gay in time to prepare for the RI Presidential Dinner on Mon 23rd Sept. My thanks go to PDG Gina Growden for the superb engineering of a joint district event to celebrate the RIP visit to Sydney. Nearly 300 attendees from both Sydney districts joined the party, as well as visiting District Governors from D9670 (north of us) and D9600 (part of Qld and PNG).
With quite some time spent ‘across the dutch’ this month, I have had the chance to visit only a select few clubs, and they have all been awesome! Thank you for your hospitality and openness when it comes to new ideas and opportunities.
However, there have been some other remarkable events squeezed into the month.
The first was the sod turning at the site of Grace’s Place in Doonside, with more dignitaries than gold spades! A wonderful event to complete the campaign run by PDG John Wakefield as his Partner’s Program last year in support of respite care for the families of homicide victims. Government funding has now made the project a reality for all concerned. It was a great event after a long battle by Executive Director Martha Jabour.
And September is also the month of the St Ives Food and Wine Festival and wow, what a great event that has grown into! So much to see, so many wines to taste!! Any attendee would have been spoiled for choice, and certainly did not let a little wind get in the way of a very good day out. Well done to St Ives club and all your supporters for the day!
October is Economic and Community Development Month and as we think about how we can impact the lives of others, it is worth referring to the RI goals in this area which are:
  1. Build the capacity of entrepreneurs, community leaders, local organizations, and community networks to support economic development in impoverished communities
  2. Develop opportunities for productive work
  3. Reduce poverty in underserved communities
  4. Support studies for career-minded professionals related to economic and community development
So this month, take a look at the projects you are planning to instigate, support or participate in, and see how many of these goals you can tick. Each of our clubs can make an enormous difference if we put an appropriate plan in place.
And if you are interested in shaking the Membership cage for your club, check out this video link of Rotary membership guru Mark Huddleston from South Australia with some analysis as well as hints and tips for change.
DROUGHT APPEAL – While last year’s appeal was a great boost, more is needed to keep the farmers going, and many local rotary clubs are right in the think of it! Thank you to those clubs who are already partnering such clubs – this is a great initiative! So please check your coffers and calendars and see if you have available funds you can donate, or can run a special Drought Appeal Fundraiser. If your club has not already partnered with some country cousins, then this is your opportunity to target those directly in need. Best contact is D9670 Disaster Relief Chair David Ringland 0408 891 085. David is aware of current programs in the district, including Cobar and Dubbo, also where the newly announced government funds will, and more importantly, where they will not!
CONGRATULATIONS DLZ 026! Spotted in Ryde! A Rotary Bumper Sticker on the back of DLZ 026.
You are a legend, increasing our Public Image and spreading the word that we are out there, and doing our everyday thing, just like anyone else, as part of a remarkable organisation. Where are all the other bumper stickers???
What else is happening in the world:
Train Ride to End PolioOct 24 right across the Sydney basin and in many of the nation’s capitals, thanks to the efforts of Beecroft Rotarian David Anderson. Get yourself organised with the timetable available and ride a few (ALL??) stations, or at least meet the train en masse at a station near you and provide a donation to End Polio!
Purple House SupportFeb 29 is the day to show your support for the other of my target projects. Create a targeted fundraiser on this bonus Saturday next year or keep the day free as we have something special we are trying to organise!!
2020 International Convention in Hawaii: Its getting closer – can you feel the palm trees swaying? The waves crashing? The sun shining – in June? And all the entertaining to enjoy? Come join us for one of the closest and most climate friendly Conventions, and in an island paradise. How can you resist??
Taldumande Toiletries Support: Do you have a bathroom cupboard stashed full of hotel sample toiletries? Here is your chance to clear them out and put them to a good cause, supporting vulnerable and homeless children, young people aged 12-21, and their families across Northern Sydney. RC Beecroft are creating “Starter Kits” and need your help so check out the details attached to this newsletter.
Kalma McLellan
Governor, RI District 9685, 2019-20
2019/20 District Team Meeting
District Office
Oct 12, 2019
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
RLI 54.1
District Office
Oct 12, 2019
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
RLI 54.2
District Office
Oct 13, 2019
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
PDGs Meeting
District Office
Oct 19, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Zone Presidents Meetings
Various Locations
Oct 25, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Rotary Foundation Committee Meeting
District Office
Nov 07, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
GTrain Meeting
District Office
Nov 09, 2019
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
COTA Meeting
District Office
Nov 15, 2019
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
RLI 55.1
District Office
Nov 16, 2019
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
RLI 55.2
District Office
Nov 17, 2019
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
RYLA Team Meeting
District Office
Nov 28, 2019
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Presidents Meeting
Hornsby RSL
Nov 30, 2019
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
PDGs Christmas Party
Dec 07, 2019
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
DG Nominating Committee Meeting
District Office
Dec 08, 2019
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
RYLA Team Meeting
District Office
Dec 21, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
Elanora Heights Conference Centre
Jan 05, 2020 8:00 AM –
Jan 11, 2020 3:00 PM
COTA Meeting
District Office
Jan 17, 2020
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Rotary Foundation Committee Meeting
District Office
Jan 23, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
View entire list
A BIG THANK YOU to President James Hatfield and the Rotary Club of Brookvale. They have generously donated some of the proceeds from the Pub2Pub Fun Run to Our Foundation. All Clubs could consider following their example. When planning your Club major fundraisers, along with your other good causes, just allocate some of the funds raised to support the work of your Rotary Foundation.
CONGRATULATIONS to the 7 Clubs who rode the “Ride like a Girl” movie nights across the finish line, in particular President Sandy Hunt-Sharman and the Rotary Club of Kincumber. They rocked the Avoca Beach Cinema and, just like 6 other theatres, the attendees had a good night and End Polio Now was the winner. Thank you to all Clubs who made it happen.
Remember to check your diary for Thursday 24 October, only 3 weeks away! It is World Polio Day and the Train Ride to End Polio Day. Mark and Team will be hitting 195 stations on the day. Put on your red shirt, meet up with the End Polio Express on your local station and sponsor the riders. Just like DG Kalma and the D9685 Committee of the Association has done. They have approved a donation of $15,000 to support the Train Ride to End Polio. Well Done and THANKS, DG Kalma and COTA Members. Now to all D9685 Clubs - Get on board and follow the DG’s lead.  
The District Grants committee have been busy. Year to Date, 36 District Grants have been approved and 5 Global Grants have been approved with 2 more pending approval. That is a lot of good work in the world.
Congratulations to the latest Clubs to receive Global grants, RC Northbridge who are helping Timor Leste with clean water and sanitation, RC The Hills-Kellyville who are helping India with Ultrasound equipment in a mobile hospital
You have got to be at The Annual Rotary Foundation Dinner on Monday 11 November, Waterview @ Sydney Olympic Park. It will be a FUN night, celebrating the work of Our Foundation. Check out the details later in this e-News. Bookings for the dinner are open – use this link
I will see you there.
Thanks for listening and remember Our Foundation,
PDG Bruce Lakin
District Rotary Foundation Chair     
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for October 2019.   Please feel free to share and send us your great membership stories.


When were you last inspired by a woman and what was so extraordinary about their inspiration? 

How were you able to learn from their inspiration?

These and many more answers will be revealed at the NSW Rotary Inspirational Women's Awards 2019
Sunday, 27 October 2019 at 12 noon 

Gadigal Room, City Tattersalls Club, 198 Pitt Street, Sydney
includes 2 course lunch with cash bar

To reserve your seat or table 
Book Now!

Amazing guest speakers who will share their journey as you discover more about our 2019 inspirational winners.

The guest speakers include:
  • Louisa Hope – Survivor of Sydney's Lindt Siege will share - Thoughts and coping skills for what could have been a devastating future life. 
  • Stay tuned for another exciting speaker.
These awards recognise service to the community across all sectors. Directed at the non-Rotary community, it is about commitment, dedication, perseverance and proactivity in improving the lives of others across NSW and the ACT.

Often women, especially in country and regional NSW and ACT are the "quiet achievers" whose actions inspire others and make a difference in their communities. 

The Awards cover 2 key categories inclusive of Rural and City Urban for each category:
  • Young Inspirational Woman of the Year for the 18-30 years 
  • Inspirational Woman of the Year for the 30+ years 
Finalists are selected from each category, resulting in 2 overall winners:
  • Young Inspirational Woman of the Year
  • Inspirational Woman of the Year
An exemplary number of applications ensured the panel of independent judges from Rotary Districts were challenged as they assessed the three key criteria:
  • Community service which best exemplifies Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self 
  • Achievements
  • Personal attributes

* Your ticket purchase and proceeds from this event will support an Australian Rotary Health Scholarship for a young female GP by assisting with expenses during her 12 month placement in a Rural GP practice.
** Opting to incur the administration costs related to the issue of this ticket/s results in Rotary Health receiving those proceeds.

Community groups across NSW are being challenged to brush up their creative skills for this year’s Graffiti Removal Day by creating murals.
Graffiti Removal Day chairman Bob Aitken AM said preventing graffiti is the focus for this year’s event on Sunday, 27 October.
“Graffiti vandalism costs our community over $300 million each year,” Mr Aitken said.
“Since the event started in 2012 volunteers have removed more than 141,000sqm of graffiti, saving the community $10.4 million.
“This year, as well as removing graffiti we want to see ugly tags with no artistic merit covered by colourful murals to help stop graffiti from occurring in the first place.”
To help inspire people we are running a competition to find the best mural in the state with a $1000 first prize.
Several schools in the Georges River area have already kicked off the competition with over 500 students combining to create a community mural at Carss Park and they are challenging other groups to enter the competition.
Graffiti Removal Day ambassador and football legend Mark OAM congratulated the students and threw his support behind the event.
“Graffiti Removal Day is great way people can show they love where they live and it is great to see so many or our youth involved,” he said.
“This year’s focus on encouraging people to come up with fun ideas to prevent vandalism at regularly targeted sites is a great opportunity for community groups to display their creative flair while removing ugly graffiti.”
“I would encourage everyone to get involved in this great community event.” Said Mr Geyer
Up to 3000 volunteers from various groups including Rotary, Scouts NSW, Girl Guides NSW&ACT, Air Force Cadets, PCYC, NSW Police, Lions, church groups, high schools and 80 councils are expected to remove graffiti from over 600 sites across NSW on Sunday 27 October. 
All material and equipment required for Graffiti Removal Day is supplied to volunteers for free by sponsors Dulux, NSW Government, Australian Rail Track Corporation and Southern Cleaning Supplies.
People can volunteer, suggest an idea, find out more about the mural competition or nominate a clean-up site by going to the website
Please join us and together we can share a meal and save a life. - Let us together raise funds to support lifesaving heart surgery for children with Congenital Heart Diseases.
  1. Around 3000 children are born every year with congenital heart defects in Sri Lanka
  2. That’s almost 8 in 1000 babies per year.
  3. More than 40% of these babies and children and over 60% of critically ill babies and children cannot get treatment on time because of a lack of facilities.
  4. All these children are referred to Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children (Only hospital with capability for Children Heart Surgery)
  5. 1500+ children die due to this lack of facilities.
Rotary Club of Kandy Sri Lanka and Rotary Club of Madras Coromandel have joined hands to provide surgery to approximately 100 children from the most vulnerable in the society due to their socio-economic status.  The children will come from around the nation. The operation will be carried out at the world-renowned Apollo Children's Hospital in Chennai Tamil Nadu South India. 
In addition, there will be a selection of medical Nurses and Doctors from Colombo Lady Ridgeway Hospital, Teaching Hospital Jaffna and Karapitiya trained at the Children's Hospital on paediatric cardiology.
The total budget for the project is AU $265,000.  Rotarians and Rotary Districts in India and Sri Lanka have pledged a total of AU $120,000.  Further AU $75,000 coming from The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.   We have a shortfall of AU $70,000.
Our goal is to raise AU $20,000 to make this project a reality and giving normal healthy life to 100 children.
This is one small step towards our goal.
Event:           Sri Lankan Hopper Fundraiser Night
When:           Saturday 26th October 2019
Where:          3 Candlebush Crescent Castle Hill NSW  2154
Time:            06:30 PM – 09:30 PM
Dinner Cost:   Single – $35 / Couple - $60 / Family - $80 (2 Adults + 2 Children)
Book Online:  (Bookings Essential)
Facebook Event Page:
Dinner Cost includes
  • Meal - All you can eat Egg, Milk and Plain Hoppers with Two accompanying non-veg curries and a vegetarian curry. Hoppers without Pol Sambal, Seeni Sambal and Kata Sambal to tantalize your taste buds.
  • Drinks: Soft Drinks, Beer and Wine

You can now register for this evening as per the link below via the Rotary Club of Sydney website:


A rugby world cup window display in the Rotary Recycles Opportunity Shop in Blaxland is creating plenty of interest among shoppers and pedestrians.
The Rotary Recycles Opportunity Shop (3/156 Great Western Highway, Blaxland) is a project of Lower Blue Mountains Rotary Club and has proven very popular with great value bargains since opening early this year.
Given Rotary’s community service ideals, Op Shop manager and Rotarian Kerry Gunn makes the most of window space and has a promotion team creating inspired, topical window displays for local community organisations.
The current World Cup Rugby display features a Wallaby jersey, flags of competing nations and other colourful memorabilia.
Themes change regularly and some of the topics planned for the next few weeks include debutante balls, Halloween, the Melbourne Cup, breast cancer, and camping.  Recent displays have included men’s prostate health, native birds, and cancer support groups.
The Rotary Club of Beecroft are collecting toiletries to form “Starter Kits’ for homeless children/youth as they enter into the services of Taldumande Youth Services and we are hoping you, our wonderful community will help us!

Please have a look to see if you have anything around the house for these toiletry “Starter Kits” for girls and boys and if not, maybe you could pop an item into your shopping trolley next time you’re out.

Useful items for each pack –
Roll on deodorant (female and male) Shampoo
Conditioner Face Wipes Razors  Shaving Cream Body Wash Body Lotion Toothbrush Toothpaste

New sample/travel-size items that you may have collected from hotels are perfect.
We also need of normal size household toiletries to fill the bathrooms of the 26 homes many of the homeless children end up residing in.
We will be collecting toiletries from:- 25th September until 30th October 2019 We have Sydney drop off addresses at:-
Wahroonga, Warrawee, West Pymble, St Ives, North Parramatta, Baulkham Hills, North Rocks, West Pennant Hills, Cherrybrook, Beecroft, East Ryde, Epping, Normanhurst and Berowra.

Taldumande are a registered charity who provide support to vulnerable and homeless children, young people aged 12-21, and their families across Northern Sydney, an area that extends from Sydney Harbour to the Hawkesbury River, into the Northern Beaches, out to Ryde, Denistone and Pennant Hills.
Please if you can SHARE this post so others can join in and help too, it would be appreciated.
If you would like to know more about their services, please visit their website

Don't forget, the best way to keep up to date with our collections is by liking our Facebook Page or following us on Instagram.
  The Rotary Club of Pakuranga invites you to join
  the Ultimate 18 Day Rotary Tour of New Zealand
             11th September to 28th September 2020
The Tour Key Points and Highlights are:
  • The Tour includes 2 meals in Rotarians homes, and 2 Rotary Meeting visits.
  • The Tour size is limited to 26 persons. (Within a 30/33 seater coach.)
  • Accommodation will be 4 to 5 star and includes all breakfasts.
  • Two night stays in all big city stopovers and 'not too early' start times.
  • A professional ‘Top Tour Guide’ will travel with you throughout the Tour.
  • The 18 day Tour includes both the North and South Islands of New Zealand.
The following details some of the 62 items that are included within the Tour price:
An official Rotarian Welcome at the 'Grand Millennium' Hotel, Gift packs, Guided Tour of Auckland,
Entry to the Auckland Museum, Visit to the 'Auckland Sky Tower', Tea Tour and Tastings at Zealong Estate,
Guided Tour of 'Hobbiton', Guided Tour of 'Rainbow Springs' and 'Kiwi Encounter', Guided tour of Te Puia
including a Maori Cultural Performance and Hangi dinner, visit to the Huka Falls, Wine tasting in Napier,
Guided Walking Tour of downtown Napier, Sightseeing Tour of Wellington, Guided Tour of 'Weta Workshop',
Ferry from Wellington to Picton, Hanmer Springs, Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki, Arrowtown, Queenstown,
Invercargill, Milford Sounds, Sightseeing Tour of Dunedin, Orientation Tour of Christchurch City Centre.
Here are some of the typical comments received from Rotarians on previous Tours:
  • This was a great trip. We enjoyed every moment and really appreciated the opportunity to see
    some things that larger tour groups couldn’t have seen.
          PDG Greg Bevan and wife Lorraine of District 9670 (NSW, Australia.)
  • Sharron (the Tour Guide) is the very best tour guide we’ve ever experienced.
          PDG Barbara Tracy & husband Jim from District 5180 (Greater Sacramento, USA.)
  • I found it useful not to have late nights included – the days were long enough for ‘oldies’.
    I have already recommended your tour to someone in our Club.
Special Early-Bird Fares: (This offer ends 29th November 2019 and is subject to change.)
NZ$7,750 per person for two people sharing a room. (Approximately AUD 7,500)
NZ$9,750 per person for a single person in one room. (Approximately AUD 9,450)
Please email:  to request the 8 page full Tour details.
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