Rotary Round Up
May 18th 2023
1. Important Events in the District Calendar
  • RYPEN June 16th to 18th
The Winter RYPEN Camp is now close to being full. A waiting list has been set up for last minute candidates who would like to come usingcancellations which result in a vacancy.
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
  • Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Course 75 will be held on-line on Zoom from 2nd June to 4th June 2023
Welcome | Rotary District 5810The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a multi-district, grassroots leadership development program organized into regional divisions in various parts of the world.  It started on the East Coast of USA in 1992. RLI seeks to have Rotary Clubs identify those Rotarians who appear to have the potential for future club leadership (not necessarily as club presidents) and provide those so identified with a quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills which is important in voluntary organisations.
The next District 9685 RLI concise weekend course is being held from Friday night 2nd June (6-7pm on Zoom), Saturday, 3rd June and Sunday, 4th June by Zoom. After the welcome and introductory sessions on Friday night, the online course starts at 8am Saturday and Sunday and are divided into 3 x 2 hour blocks each day finishing at 4.00 pm. On Saturday and Sunday you will need to login for the first session at 8:15 am for a prompt 8.30 am start and a finish around 4.00 pm. 
Certificates will be presented when the full course has been completed. The RLI Course is highly recommended especially if you are an incoming Board member or current President, Club Officer, or Assistant Governor, or if you simply want to learn more about Rotary.
To register, click HERE
  • District 9685 Changeover 2023 - Saturday 1st July from 12.00 pm to 4.00 pm at Rydges Norwest, 1 Columbia Court, Baulkham Hills.
DG Mina Howard and DGE Christine Owen invite you to join friends and leaders from across the District as we celebrate the service and accomplishments of Rotarians over the past year as we imagined Rotary, and begin to grow Rotary together in 2023-2024, creating hope in the world. 
2.  District Awards
Club Awards are presented at the District Changeover. This is a great opportunity for Clubs to nominate Rotarians for a variety of awards.
For the Application for District Awards 2023, click HERE. This will take you to the District website under the heading "District" then down to "District Awards". Download the Application Form for District Awards in the Links section of the left hand column.
One example of District Award is the L and D Award. Has your club conducted a great L&D event which might contribute to your overall score at the annual awards coming up at Changeover?
All clubs have the opportunity to contribute a submission for additional points. This submission will inform the District L&D team of internal learning and development that has been given within the club, and need only be a paragraph or two describing the subject, content and the who, what, when and where of each training event undertaken. NB: This must be more than just having a guest speaker on a topic of interest, this must be full or majority of club events/programs which allow members professional, personal or Rotary based learning. Submissions will be reviewed by the District L&D Committee, ranked and then points added to the clubs existing totals, with the committee decisions final. 200 pts for first, 100 pts for second and 50pts for third placed submissions. So get your submission in to the L&D Director ASAP as submissions close May 30th.
3. Changeover Training from ClubRunner
Thank you to everyone that was able to attend our 2023 ClubRunner Changeover Training Series! In case you missed any of the webinars or simply wish to make reference to them again, each session was recorded and is now available for you to watch at any time!  View Recordings
Keep the conversation going on Connect with other Rotarians, share your own best tips and tricks and learn from others! To access help resources or contact our support team, visit our knowledgebase at
    PELD and DA 2023
    President Elect Learning and Development (PELD) and District Assembly (DA) Video Recordings and PowerPoints for 2023 - 2024
    All of the videos of each session for both the PELD Training and the DA Training all sessions from 15th April to 30th April have been uploaded onto the District website. 
    The PELD 2023 videos and PowerPoints are in the form of a single document containing all of the links for each session of the day can be found on the District 9685 website and under the heading Learning and Development or by clicking HERE.
    The District Assembly2023 videos and PowerPoints can be found on the District 9685 website and under the heading Learning and Development or by clicking HERE.
    Following on from this, a paper written by PP Neil McWhannell (Wahroonga) on Good Governance and Leadership discussed at the District Assembly is printed for the information of all Club members and particularly for those in leadership positions.
    Good Governance and Leadership are critical to your Club’s HealthLeadership and Governance – AGI A4A
    By Neil McWhannell, PP
    If Rotary wants to attract and keep professionals in its fold, it needs to be enacting leading practice governance processes in all that it does. This applies to the Central Office, The District Governance team right down to those leading our Clubs.
    What is good governance?
    The Good Governance Institute (GGI) defines good governance as fundamental to demonstrating and ensuring reliability and integrity to your community.  At GGI, they are clear that governance is a facilitative force rather than a burdensome bureaucracy.  Good Leadership is the critical variable for success. The following article articulates some of the key leadership principles that apply in a Rotary Club setting. These have been learnt through my time as a CEO of a membership organisation, as a Rotary Club President and what I have learnt from the Australian Institute of Company Directors Graduate Course.
    I maintain that good and effective leadership is the single most important factor in determining Club health.
    The Club President plays a vital role in ensuring this occurs. I believe this is achieved by:
    "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 04.05.23, click HERE. It contains the following news and events for Clubs in District 9685.
    Rotary Club of Balgowlah - Trivia Night
    Rotary Club of Epping - Feeding the Homeless
    Rotary Clubs of Cluster 5 (Beaches) - Beaches Cluster 5 Dinner
    Rotary Club of Brisbane Water - Rock n Roll Trivia Night
    Rotary Club of Belrose - Rotary SAFE Families Inclusive Communities Initiative
    Rotary Clubs of the Penrith Area and St Marys (Note: All information is correct, however, the wrong year is shown.Should be 2023)
    For All Rotary Members - What Makes the Club Experience
    Rotary Club of Central Blue Mountains - Fabulous Finds Dinner
    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
    • Meet two RYLARIANS
    • Developing Life Skills With Rotary (RYPEN)
    For this latest podcast, see "Read More"
    A heads up about the Rotary District 9685 Conference 2024
    2024 Conference dates: 
    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
    The Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group is running events at the International Convention.
    ESRAG at RICON23
    It's now less than 2 weeks until ESRAG RICON events commence.
    We have organised a number of Environmental activities for your participation and involvement.  So, if you are in Melbourne or able to commute, please consider the opportunities we have arranged.  See attachment.

    The House of Friendship is open Saturday to Wednesday and Barb is seeking volunteers to be on the stand.  

    VOLUNTEER HERE or for further information email Barb at:
    I also have a supply of the ESRAG polo t-shirts now in stock.  Order now to collect at the Action Summit or House of Friendship - limited sizes.

    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
    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
      Maurice Schokman - E-Club of Greater Sydney, formerly RC of Northlakes Toukley
    Peggy Henningham (Wife of PDG Paul Henningham) RC of Lower Blue Mountains
    Chris Vanderkooi - RC Lower Blue Mountains
    Karen Plume - RC of Turramurra
    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 the monthly theme. 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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    MAY 2023
    Great articles such as:
    • The club experience:  A focus on personal growth
    • What's happening in Rotary for Youth Service
    To read, click HERE
    MAY 2023
    Great articles such as: 
    • Stories from Youth Service Month
    • Expanding Reach: Partner with Youth in Service
    To read, click HERE
    5th MAY 2023
    Great articles such as:
    • Afghan women persevere in secret marathon
    • When pirates attack, family gets help from Rotary network
    To read, click HERE
    MAY 2023
    Great articles such as:
    • 10 Tips For Delivering An Exceptional Member Experience
    • Rotary Convention Opportunities - Breakouts and House of Friendship
    To read, click HERE 
    MAY 2023
    Great articles such as:
    • Funding for your WASH in Health Care Facilities (WinHCF) projects!!!
    • Every health care facility (HCF) to have WASH services by 2030
    To read, click HERE
    MAY 2023
    Great articles such as:
    • Create a meaningful club experience
    • Webinar series helps you cultivate effective projects
    To read, click HERE
    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:
    • Empowering women and ending polio
    • "Consequential geographies" are the key to success in 2023
    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
    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
    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
    District Team 2024-2025 Training
    Nov 18, 2023
    8:30 AM – 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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