Rotary Round Up
April 20th 2023
Norm Winterbottom
“Rotary is so simple that many people do not understand it, and some even misunderstand it. Rotary is not a philosophy…not an all-embracing world point of view which answers every question…and satisfies all the dictates of the heart and mind. Rotary is merely an association of business and professional men united in the ideal of service.” Paul P Harris — Address to 1938 Rotary Convention, San Francisco, California, USA
Notwithstanding Paul Harris’ unembellished description, it is irrefutable that we each hold our individual perceptions of what Rotary is, its place in our daily lives and the lives of those around us. For me, the perception is formulated on the three interconnected tenets of Fellowship, Service and Peace. Without Fellowship there can be no Service and it is Service which motivates our search for Peace.
Rotary Friendships are like no other, save perhaps those special bonds that are formed by the exigencies of the military. Rotary Friendships take no account of social standing, colour, nationality, language, religious belief, social customs or political persuasion. They are formed on the basis of mutual respect, tolerance and recognition of the inherent worthiness of the individual. They endure in strength despite the fact that friends may be separated by oceans, national borders or inter-nation disputes and between some who may never physically meet. That is what makes them so special, even unique.
The 16th century English poet and satirist John Donne wrote: “No man is an island, Entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. . .” It is my view that this proposition is the motivation for Rotarians in the giving of Service, not only to their neighbours, but to their communities, their nations and beyond the confines of their own national borders. I see Rotary Service as an extension of the Liberalism of Victorian England; an indivisible amalgam of compassion, pragmatism and duty. In other words, from each according to his means; to each according to his needs, cognisant of a balanced approach and limited responsibility for the welfare of others.
Again, to quote Donne, “Ask not for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee.”
From the time of the hunter-gatherers through to the increasingly complex world in which we live today, aggression has extracted a grievous price on mankind, despite the technological advances and benefits which that aggression has brought in its wake. For more than a century Rotary, by its very nature and philosophies has been a beacon of hope in the search for peaceful solutions to conflict. Because of its apolitical nature, demonstrated neutrality and near universal respect Rotary has the ability to cross national borders to succeed where politicians and diplomats cannot. In a world of increasingly sophisticated weaponry, together with sectarian and national aspirations to territorial dominance, Rotary’s continuing search for Peace becomes more important than ever before, not just for the benefit of the present generation, but for the benefit and security of those who are to follow.
Why am I a Rotarian? I am a Rotarian simply because of an unshakeable belief in what I perceive to be the goodness in humanity that Rotary exemplifies in all that it does and all that it seeks to achieve.
Editor’s note:
This article dates back to 2014 - almost 10 years ago. The quote from Paul Harris, as you can see, is from 1938, prior to World War 2.
Norm Winterbottom was the Secretary of the Rotary Global History Fellowship. They produce a newsletter to members from time to time. This one was back in 2014 when Norm was Secretary.
Reproduced from Spokes, 5th April RC Pennant Hills
1. Important Events in the District Calendar
  • District Assembly -  Sessions 3 to 9  will be held over the following two weeks via Zoom. The schedule is shown in the table below.   The District Assembly is a very important method of gathering up-to-date information to help Board members in their roles in the coming year.  Attendance at the District Assembly Sessions is strongly encouraged.The schedule is as follows
Apr-22Saturday10.00 amZoom3. Treasurer
  1.00 pmZoom4. Secretaries + Administrators
  3.00 pmZoom5. Membership
Apr-27Thursday7.00 pmZoom6. Community
Apr-30Sunday10.00 amZoom7. Public Image
  12.30 pmZoom8. Vocational
  3.00 pmZoom9. Youth
  • RYPEN June 16th to 18th

We are more than excited to be bringing back Face to Face RYPEN for the Winter Camp this June. From 16th-18th June we will host participants from around the district in the first f2f camp in our district for 3 years.
Please see the links below for the full information packs and application forms:
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Camp Director Amand Barnes at
  • District 9685 Changeover 2023 - Saturday 1st July from 12.00 pm to 4.00 pm at Rydges Norwest, 1 Columbia Court, Baulkham Hills.
2.  Zone 8 Regionalisation Update

Dear Rotary members,

Following our all member communication on 14 March, the Regionalisation Core Team submitted the business case to the Rotary International Board on 11 April 2023, seeking financial commitment to commence the pilot. We are pleased to advise that the RI Board received the regional pilot proposal for Zone 8 and approved funding subject to annual review. Following the Council on Legislation vote and club endorsement in 2022, this was the final step needed for approval for the pilot to proceed to the establishment then implementation phase.

We would like to thank the many volunteer Rotarians and Rotaractors who have willingly given so much of their time over the last four years to get us successfully to this point.  Also, a big thank you to the Rotary International staff in Sydney and Evanston who have given invaluable input and support. You have given us all the opportunity to craft a stronger future for Rotary in our Zone. You will receive further information on next steps in May. If you would like to receive ongoing updates, subscribe here. You can have your say by visiting or emailing us directly at

Regionalisation Pilot Project Team
Co-chairs Ingrid Waugh (NZ/Oceania) and Peter Frueh (Australia)                                                                
3.  The Science Experience
As an introduction, I am the Rotary Representative on the Board of The Science Experience. This position is held by a PDG and elections are held every 3 years at the Zone 8 Conference (Institute). I have held the position since 2011. The Science Experience is a Rotary Districts of Australia initiated and supported program for students in Years 9 and 10. Please share the information below with your Club Members and local schools via any or all of the following media please:
Club Newsletter
* Club Facebook page
* Club website
Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.
Warm best wishes
PDG Marilyn Mercer
President 2022-3
Rotary E-Club of Greater Sydney
4. END POLIO NOW WALK  - Rotary International Convention, 26 May 2023
Melbourne is renowned for its beautiful parks, gardens and walking trails. Join us on the afternoon of Friday 26 May to enjoy an easy walk from Federation Square, in the centre of the city, along beautiful St Kilda Road, past many city landmarks, to the Rotary Peace Park. The 2.5 km (1.5 mile) Walk will enable us to raise awareness of Rotary’s number one humanitarian priority – the global eradication of poliomyelitis. Don’t forget to bring your red End Polio Now shirt. Photo opportunities will abound.
In the Peace Park you will find trees dedicated to more than 50 distinguished Rotarians, including many world presidents. The first tree in the park was planted by Paul Harris in 1935. Four Peace Bells will be unveiled in the park during the 2023 Rotary International Convention, and they will serve as the convention’s legacy to Melbourne. This initiative is supported by the City of Melbourne, Rotary International and the Royal Botanic Gardens.
At the end of the walk, you will be able to explore the Peace Park, wander through the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens or relax in one of the adjacent cafes and bars.
The walk is open to non-Rotarians, as well as Rotarians, and to people not registered for the convention as well as well as those who are registered. It will be a great way to meet some of our overseas visitors. However, pre-registration for the walk is a requirement.
Via HOC website link: End Polio Now Walk Tickets
 $ AUD 20.00  
Friday 26 May 2023 2.00 PM - 4:00 PM
Federation Square
Corner Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
    "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 20.04.23, click HERE. It contains the following news and events for Clubs in District 9685.
    Rotary Club of North Ryde - eFun Run
    Rotary Club of Central Blue Mountains - Fabulous Finds Dinner
    Rotary Clubs of Northbridge - Teddy Bear's Picnic High Tea
    Rotary E-Club of Greater Sydney - Save the Date
    Rotary Club of Mosman - Timor Leste Project
    Rotary Club of  Brisbane Water - Dementia Cafe in the Park
    Rotary Clubs of  Lane Cove - Car Boot Sale
    Rotary Club of Hunters Hill - 65th Anniversary
    Rotary Club of Norwest Sunrise - Wine and Cheese Night
    Rotary Club of Lane Cove - PDG Lindsay May OAM and his journey
    Rotary Club of Central Blue Mountains - mental Health First Aid
    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
    • Unsung Heroes Saluted By Rotary
    Only one this week due to the Easter break.
    For this latest podcast, see "Read More"
    A heads up about the Rotary District 9685 Conference 2024
    Friday 15th March 2024 to 
    Saturday 16th March  2024 

    Our Locations: 
    Friday: Crowne Plaza, Pine Tree Ln, Terrigal NSW 2260 
    Saturday: EV Church, 331 Terrigal Dr, Erina NSW 2250 

    How to  Book: 
    Scan the QR Code  
    or go to our Website 
    or use the QR code below
    Everything you need to know is here >>>
    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.
    And there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer also.  Visit the host organising committee website for more details on volunteering and the Convention.
    See "Read More" for :
    • the Latest Convention News, and
    • a letter from Ian Riseley about "Golf at the Melbourne Convention" 
    In addition, there is an Offer for a Program for Non Rotarians.  Click HERE to view
    “I’m going to Melbourne.  Are you?”
    PDG Peter Ward
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    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.
    Australia Printables for Primary School - SparkleBox
    District 9685 Governor
    Mina Howard
    In Memoriam
    Please email 
    to let us know of any bereavements you would like published.  It would be much appreciated if you also sent a short biography and photo for an information link in In Memoriam.
    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.
    Please note that this is a new monthly theme and has only just been listed by Rotary International. The themes for some months have been rearranged, and there will be more information in the future.
    2nd to 4th JUNE 2023
    by Zoom
    The next opportunity is RLI 75 which will be held on-line.
    To view the RLI brochure, click HERE
    There is still time to register for the RLI 75 Learning Opportunity.  Past RLI courses concluded with great success and rave reviews. Don't miss out .
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    APRIL 2023
    Great articles such as:
    • The State of Rotary’s Membership
    • Our 2023 convention
    To read, click HERE
    APRIL 2023
    Great articles such as:
    • Where Society Goes, Rotary Must Follow To Stay Relevant 
    • What Type Of Organisation Would We Create If We Had A Clean Sheet Of Paper?
    To read, click HERE
    7th APRIL 2023
    Great articles such as:
    • Clean drinking water for village in Ecuador
    • RYLA provides life-changing leadership skills
    To read, click HERE
    APRIL 2023
    Great articles such as:
    • Partner with a Rotary Action Group to protect the environment
    • Rotary’s young leaders champion diversity, equity, and inclusion
    To read, click HERE
    APRIL 2023
    Great articles such as: 
    • Promote World Immunization Week
    • Attend the Cultivating Effective Projects webinar series
    To read, click HERE
    March 2023
    Great articles such as:
    • Amplifying the voices of female frontline workers
    • RIP Jennifer Jones and  A new GPEI Gender Champion  
    To read, click HERE
    MARCH 2023
    Really great articles such as:
    • Message from the Chair
    • Patients Updates 
    To read, click HERE
    MARCH 2023
    Great articles such as:
    • Tips for applying for a Programs of Scale grant
    • Video inspires members to take action
    To read, click HERE
    MARCH 2023
    Great articles such as: 
    • Chairman Kevin hits the road spreading the word of ARH 
    • The Concern with Eating Disorders after the Pandemic​​​​​  
    To read, click HERE
    District 9685 Assembly 2023 Sessions 3 to 9
    Apr 22, 2023 10:00 AM –
    Apr 30, 2023 4:30 PM
    DGN 2025-2026 Interviews
    Rotary Down Under
    Apr 23, 2023
    9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Rotary Leadership Institute Facilitator Training Day
    Apr 29, 2023
    8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Rotary Leadership Institute #75
    Jun 02, 2023 5:00 PM –
    Jun 04, 2023 4:00 PM
    Western Sydney MUNA
    Nepean HS
    Jun 03, 2023 9:00 AM –
    Jun 04, 2023 2:00 PM
    District Teams Thank You Lunch
    Jun 10, 2023
    12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    Winter RYPEN
    Blue Gum Lodge, Springwood
    Jun 16, 2023 – Jun 18, 2023
    District Changeover, 1st July 2023
    Jul 01, 2023
    12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    View entire list
    The 2022 version of the Manual of Procedures has been released. Click on the image below to view/download a copy of this very informative and valuable document (login to My Rotary may be required).
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