District Governor's eNews
February 7 2019

“There can be no greater service to mankind, and no nobler mission, than devotion to world peace.”   Harry S Truman 33rd US President.
My Friends in Rotary,
February is Peace and Conflict Resolution Month.

Much is being done around the world by Rotarians and Rotary Clubs under this banner. In fact, just about everything we do as Rotarians to make the live of others better comes under this banner.

Peace and Conflict Resolution is not just an International issue, it is also one that affects us in our daily lives. Conflict within families, our work places and in our Rotary clubs can be so counterproductive. What might seem like a trivial issue to one person can be of great importance to another. We all need to take a step back at look at the other person’s point of view and sometimes the issue will resolve itself, if not there is much help available especially for Rotary clubs just ask for the help.

The Rotary Peace Centre has just today launched the 2020 Peace Fellowship Applications and a new self-learning course called “All about the Rotary Peace Fellowship” can be found in the Learning Centre on the Rotary International Website. I encourage you all to have a look at these two new initiatives.

Lots has been occurring in the District since the last DG Newsletter in December, in fact if I listed everything, we would never see the end of the newsletter.

Club are asked to review the PowerPoint Presentation sent to Presidents in December regarding the “New Districting” Concept and discuss the proposal. We will be having a District Meeting with all Presidents and Presidents elect in April to discuss this proposal and to take the club vote on whether we proceed with the conversation or not.

District Governor Elect Kalma has returned from her trip to the USA to attend District Governor training and is about to start her own round of trainings for the incoming Presidents and their teams. I ask you all to support these important district events. The better informed we all are the easier it is to do good in the community.

The Drought Appeal is continuing to be supported by clubs around the District and many thankyou letters are starting to appear in club bulletins from grateful country folk. Let’s hope that some of the heavy rain that is falling in the northern parts of Australia now can assist those affected by drought. Visits to country centres is still a really great way of supporting a community as a whole. I encourage all clubs to consider this social activity option. It is a win win for everyone.

There has been a RAWCS Appeal launched for the Townsville Area and the details for that appeal will appear in another part of this newsletter.

John and I continue to travel around the District and have been delighted to be invited to attend club and District events. RYLA and Summer RYPEN have just concluded and what great events they were. Congratulations to the hard-working organising committees.

Speaking about hard working committees the Conference Committee is now in high gear working towards making the 2019 District Conference INSPIRATIONAL. Please think about joining us in lovely Newcastle for this annual and fun Rotary event.

It is not too late to register.

Susan Wakefield OAM
Governor, RI District 9685, 2018-19
Youth Exchange Welcome Home Dinner
Muirfield Golf Club
Feb 08, 2019
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
RYLA Committee Meeting
District Office
Feb 11, 2019
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
G Train Meeting
District Office
Feb 14, 2019
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
2018/19 District Team Meeting
District Office
Feb 16, 2019
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Presidents' Group Meetings
Feb 22, 2019
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
2021/22 DG Interest Meeting
District Office
Feb 24, 2019
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
RLI 50.1
District Office
Mar 02, 2019
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
RLI 50.2
District Office
Mar 03, 2019
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Rotary Foundation Committee Meeting
District Office
Mar 07, 2019
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
COTA Meeting
District Office
Mar 15, 2019
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
2019/20 President Elect (PETS) Training
Next Gen Ryde, Level 2
Mar 16, 2019
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
District 9685 Conference
Mar 29, 2019 7:00 PM –
Mar 31, 2019 1:00 PM
Kenneth Austin OAM (Gosford North)      
Bill Cook OAM ( Woy Woy)                                                                           
 Geoff Pritchard OAM (North Sydney)
  Ted Waters OAM (Manly)
Disastrous flooding in North Queensland has left many families and individuals in need of assistance in their recovery. The appeal is designed to assist those families and individuals whose needs are not covered by insurance and Government assistance.
On Monday 4th Feb 2019, the Rotary Club of Townsville South West registered the following RAWCS - Rotary... Australia World Community Service RABS Project - (Rotary Australia Benevolent Society) Project:
“D9550 North Queensland Flood Appeal”.
Project Number 74-2018-19: (RABS)
Link for donations:
Manager: PDG Robert Tardiani
Assistant Manager: Bruce Scott

Nominations from Rotary Clubs for a Past District Governor to be part of the Zone 8 Nominating Committee for the Rotary International Director for ZONE 8 (Australia and New Zealand) are being called for.

Any Rotary club may nominate a suitably qualified Past District Governor to sit on this selection committee. The Committee will meet in September 2019 at a venue to be decided.

The Nomination Form is here.

The closing date for nominations to be received is 15th March 2019.

At the 2018 AGM a resolution was passed that if a vote is needed to select between two or more candidates there will be an email ballot.



The Rotary Leadership Institute is successful because it delivers skills and knowledge that Rotarians can apply straight away in their clubs.  It (1) hones leadership skills, (2) builds Rotary knowledge, (3) gives a perspective about where Rotary has been and where it is now, and (4) shares a vision of what Rotary can be.  This is all done while (5) networking with Rotarians from other clubs and (6) providing opportunities for partnering in service. 


The two part course is held on a weekend or separately on Saturdays or Sundays to meet demand. Morning tea and lunch are provided.  Each day starts at 8:00am and finishes around 4.00pm.  The cost is $75 and we encourage Clubs to pay for their members attending.

Courses 50, 51 and 52 are open for registration:

RLI 50 runs over the weekend 2-3 March at the District Office, Thornleigh. 

RLI 51 runs Saturday 4th and 18th of May at the District Office, Thornleigh.

RLI 52 runs over the weekend of 1-2 June at a location to be decided in the Penrith/Lower Mountains area.

Register at




A reminder about some important dates that we first shared with you in July 2018. If you haven't already, please add them to your Club Calendar NOW. Please don't schedule Club Projects or Events on any of these dates, as they are all important District Events (Conference & Changeover) or Training for 2019/20 Club Leaders.




16 March 2019 - President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) - COMPULSORY Training for 2019/20 Presidents


29-31 March 2019 - District Conference, Newcastle. Register at


14 April 2019 - District Assembly - Training for all 2019/20 Club Board members and executives


29 June 2019 - District Changeover at Hornsby RSL



The restructured Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS), Health & Education Repurposing Activity (HEERA) – formally Donations in Kind regularly needs assistance from clubs and club members to assist with sorting and preparing equipment and general items for shipment to developing nations and other areas of need.
Although this work is on-going currently throughout February and March we have urgent need of assistance by 4 – 6 volunteers on Tuesdays & Thursdays for sorting and packing hospital linen for a project in Timor Leste’ and preparing hospital beds and other equipment for projects in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka.
The role of HEERA is to assist Australasian Rotary Clubs and other humanitarian organisations to access redundant health and educational equipment in our society and to sort, package and transport these items to communities locally, nationally and internationally where they are in great need. Whether it is for your own club project or not, assisting at HEERA is a great way of fulfilling Club International Service ideals. By your efforts a disadvantage person or community somewhere in the world will benefit with higher health or educational advantages.
The activity is open regularly on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 10:00am and 2:00pm for this purpose and some Saturdays for loading containers.
Address:       Unit 4, 12 – 16 Anella Avenue Castle Hill Schedule:
Tuesdays – 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th Thursdays – 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th
Tuesdays – 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th Thursdays – 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th
If your club members are available to assist on any of these days please call or email me as follows;
M: 0419 046 688 E;
Thank you; your assistance will be greatly appreciated.
Keith Roffey HEERA Supervisor


As I have previously advised over the past year, most Rotary International rules are created or changed by district representatives from around the world meeting once every three years and voting on enactments that have been submitted by clubs and districts. So we, the club Rotarians are responsible for the rules; not RI or "Evanston". It is therefore up to every Rotarian to participate and voice our views.


I will be voting on behalf on D9685 in April in Chicago at the Council on Legislation. Many of the proposed enactments are not relevant to our district or to our zone; others are very relevant, such as an enactment to make Rotary magazines an optional part of our membership. This is likely to result in the demise of many, if not all of our regional magazines. Another proposed enactment is to ensure we record our volunteer time, and another to stop mandatory reporting of attendance. (this does not stop the clubs recoding attendance). 

I will shortly be sending a list of enactments that I think are relevant to our district or to the world of Rotary as a whole. The link below will provide individual Rotarians with the option to personally support or object to proposed enactments. All of the proposed enactments are on the RI website. In this way all Rotarians can influence the final decision.


Statements of Support and Opposition
Statements of support and opposition are due by Thursday, 14 February 2019. Statements will be shared with all representatives prior to the Council. Clubs and district conferences should submit their statements of support, opposition, or general comments regarding legislation using the online form here:


PDG Jennifer Scott


And the winner is Melbourne!
It is with great excitement that we announce Melbourne as the host city for the 2023 Rotary International Convention, the largest conference secured this century for Victoria.
Melbourne is a Big Events City! Set to deliver over $88 million to the Victorian economy, the Convention is the most valuable conference ever won for the state, with the four-day event anticipated to attract more than 20,000 Rotarians from around the world. The global spotlight will be on Melbourne and how we present ourselves to the world.
The Convention will take place 27-31 May 2023 using superb venues; Rod Laver Arena and the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. All activities and events are within the Heart and Soul of Melbourne. Over 7000 hotel rooms over 50 properties across Melbourne. Our transport plan uses our famous trams, ferries and buses to quickly and easily move delegates between venues, hotels, event and restaurants. And of course, Melbourne is a very walkable city with many interesting routes and laneways to tantalise visitors.
In addition, the Victorian visitor economy will be bolstered with expenditure from thousands of visiting Rotarians utilising transport, hospitality, entertainment, venues, attractions, tourism services, event planning, freight customs broker services, technology rental, security and various other members of the local business event and tourism supply chain, as well as the flow on benefits across regional Victoria for pre and post touring. Rotary has a business heritage as well as community service. We are proud to make an impact on local business and create jobs.
The effort to secure this exceptional event was no small feat. Our approach was tenacious, going that extra mile to demonstrate Melbourne’s ability to meet the stringent bid regulations and strategically demonstrate our capacity to accommodate the specific needs of Rotarian delegates and Convention format. This was all made possible by a unified approach between the Melbourne Convention Bureau, Rotary Club of Melbourne, Rotarians from 5 local Districts, Melbourne City Council, State Government and Team Melbourne partners. They have come up with a package that is bound to thrill delegates.
This win is everyone’s and demonstrates what can be achieved when we collaborate and work together. The sublime benefits for local Rotarians include
  • Showcasing Melbourne to  international Rotarians
  • Continuing the partnership of 5 local Rotary Districts
  • Local visibility and publicity for what Rotary achieves
  • Engagement of Rotarians in new events
  • Providing a magnet to attract new members
What Happens Next?
Our local Host Organising Committee is shovel ready. Team members are drawn from 5 local Districts, RC Melbourne, the Rotary Foundation and the 2014 Sydney RI Convention. We will work with an International Convention Committee and staff from Rotary International based in Evanston, USA to deliver the best possible Convention. The focus of the Host Organisation Committee is on Promotion, Publicity, Welcome, House of Friendship, Events, Customer Experience, Finance and Volunteers. The current team will be expanded in coming months to add more horsepower with a broader talent pool.
Melbourne has previously hosted this Convention in 1993. And the 2014 Sydney RI Convention has fast tracked our ability to create a wonderful event. Our Sydney colleagues have shared their experiences and systems to give us a flying start.
A vital part of hosting is to have an engaged and energised volunteer team to assist all visitors during the Convention. We wish to include volunteers from all ages - so be a Rotary Ambassador for Melbourne by registering to volunteer at the Convention in 2023! Recruitment starts immediately at multiple District Conferences to be held in Melbourne and Maryborough in February and March.
In the meantime – “Save The Date” 27-31 May 2023.
In the future a dedicated website is planned for volunteer registration and other Convention information - until then please connect to for progress updates.

Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for February 2019.   Please feel free to share and send us your great membership stories.




We are pleased to announce Rotary and Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI)  have entered into a service partnership to help enhance our club and district peace building efforts. 

Rotary has worked with MBBI – an impact organization founded on the principle of people-centered peacebuilding – since 2013 to advance our common goals for peace. This new partnership will enable Rotary members to train with MBBI to sharpen their mediation, dialogue and other conflict transformation skills. 

Mediators Beyond Borders International’s mission is to build local skills for peace and promote mediation worldwide. Recognizing that the only lasting peace is the one built by those involved, MBBI can help clubs and districts advance their peace and conflict prevention/resolution objectives by delivering services and enhancing skills for community assessments, trauma-informed peacebuilding, post-conflict reconciliation and recovery, cross-sector and network collaboration, project design, implementation, evaluation and peacebuilding leadership that prioritizes the elevation of women and youth as leaders. 

MBBI and Rotary members can work together to save lives today and one day, eradicate violent conflict around the world. This partnership connects Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Rotary alumni with resources to take action, locally and globally. Rotary members play a key role in building connected communities. Connected communities are safer communities, and safer communities are more prosperous communities.

Read the partnership factsheet for more information on how clubs and districts can build peace in partnership with MBBI. Connect with MBBI to support a safer, connected, and prosperous world one community at a time.

We hope your district will welcome this opportunity to prevent conflicts in your communities; please share this information with clubs in your district.
Rotary International Service
We were sorry to hear that past Rotarian Michael Schwarcz passed away on the 6th January.  He was 76. Michael joined Beecroft Rotary early in 1987 and within two years had taken on responsibility as club secretary (when I was president).  He was club secretary seven times during his 20 years with Beecroft, and President in 1994-95. In 1998 he was Assistant District Secretary, and District Secretary for three years from1999 to 2002.  He was District Trainer in 2002-3. Michael moved from Beecroft to Wahroonga Rotary for three years in 2008, and in 2011 became a charter member of the new Rotary E-Club of Greater Sydney. Where he remained a member until 2017.  He served as E-Club Secretary three times and as President in 2012-13.
Michael remained active on District committees, being a member of the District Administration committee over the late 2000s, and serving as DG aide in 2011-12.  He also served on many subcommittees and was valued as a mentor to many, and as the knowledge encyclopaedia on all matters Rotary. Michael gave a dedicated 30 years to Rotary and we will miss his company, dedication, and huge contribution.  A private family funeral was held for Michael, and we send our condolences to Judy and the family.
PDG David Rands
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