District 9685 DG's eNews

September 1st 2022

Greetings Fellow Rotarians,
As I work through my official club visits schedule, I continue to be impressed with the projects that our Rotarians are involved in. Regardless of their size, clubs are working successfully in their communities and globally, making a measurable difference as people of action.
An exciting project that shows the power of Rotary is the ABCD (Association of Bell, Clarence and Dargan) Hall project. In the 2019-20 bushfires these small communities in the upper Blue Mountains were devastated with a huge loss of homes and habitat. They also lost the only place where the community could meet. A miracle arrived in the form of a generous
anonymous donation to RAWCS for bushfire-affected                  Turning the sod for the new ABCD Community Hall.
communities and we were able to secure $140,000 to  Photo by Michael Small - Upper Blue Mts Sunrise Rotary Club.
rebuild the hall. On Sunday, the grateful community gathered to ‘turn the sod’ and get the building underway. If we are successful with our Global Grant application Rotary can also contribute to the fitting out of the building and provision of water tanks. This project is about more than providing a space, it is about building community and developing resilience.
 I’ve been asking members to take a really good look at their club culture and how it may look to an outside observer. One suggestion is to bring along a non-Rotarian with the express view of asking them to provide some feedback of their visit. They may need to attend more than once. Often, we are so used to the way we are operating that we are oblivious to things that may present a barrier to a new person joining. Having someone you trust to give some honest feedback may provide your members with something to work on to make your club meetings more attractive.
Last week I was privileged to attend Australian Rotary Health’s (ARH) ‘Healthy Children- Bright Futures. Improving the Mental Health of 0-12 Year Olds’ Symposium. This is ARH’s new research grant funding focus. Excellent research reports were presented by doctors and professors from around Australia to show the urgent need for this work. Please consider supporting ARH when you have funds to disperse.
The Regionalisation Team have successfully completed their visits to all clubs, and presidents will be asked to vote on your behalf very soon. The feedback is positive for a ‘yes’ vote so let’s hope that the other districts allow us the chance to trial new ways of managing Rotary in Zone 8 – Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Again, I’d like to give a big thank you to PDG Kalma McClellan and her team.                                                                                                                                                           
Meanwhile, continue the good work and let everyone know about it! Start thinking about the hiking stick that you will bring to the Cowra Conference, and register for the International Convention in Melbourne. Look after each other and enjoy what you are doing.
Mina Howard
District Governor 2022-2023
Rotary Foundation District Grants and Disaster Response Grant Approved!
Thirty clubs have received approval and initial funding for District Grants from The Rotary Foundation. Each year, our District receives up to 25% of the funds our members previously donated to the Foundation’s Annual Fund for use in District Grants. The remainder of our donations to the Annual Fund is used to support our Global Grants, World Fund projects, and for operating costs of The Rotary Foundation. This year, we received $AUD 105,695 to distribute as District Grants for 17 club projects to be conducted here in Australia and 13 club projects to be conducted overseas. Each club is also contributing at least as much to each of these projects as The Rotary Foundation. The total value of projects is almost $AUD 250,000. This is an amazing effort by clubs in our District!
Information about each of the District Grants is available by clicking on this link.
My thanks to our Grants Committee Chair, Haran Ramachandran for his efforts in getting these applications submitted and approved.  If you have any questions about District Grants, please call Haran at 0419 980 529.
Our application to The Rotary Foundation for another Disaster Response Grant to assist victims of the Sydney area floods in July has also just been approved! The amount of $US25,000 translated to $AUD 35,750, and will be distributed as Woolworths “Essentials” vouchers to affected families via clubs in the flood areas. We should be able to $400 Vouchers to about 90 families through this grant.
Please contact me at 0412 798 526 if your club has identified families in need of flood relief in your area and is prepared to distribute some of the vouchers. 
You can also 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
31st August 2022

All Rotarians would have received an email from current RI President, Jennifer Jones, on Wednesday of this week. If you missed it, here it is: 

Dear Rotary family,

I’ve always been inspired by something my brother David once told me: “In order to live in the kind of society you want, you have to help build it.”
As people of action, Rotary members have a long history of creating positive change within our communities and ourselves. And now, as we begin the 2022-23 Rotary year, I’m excited to continue the work of growing Rotary into the organization we want it to be and know it can be.

To read more, please click HERE.

1.  Floods in Pakistan
You may have seen the latest news from Pakistan, where flash floods have affected more than 30 million people, killing at least 1,000. 
The sheer scale of the flooding is devastating. Tens of thousands of people have had to flee their homes, with this number expected to rise as the true scale of the destruction becomes clear.
Kitty Sadler, ShelterBox Emergency Co-ordinator, said: 
“After weeks of flooding, the heavy rains are not letting up – homes are being washed away, people are losing their livelihoods, and in too many cases their lives. 
“With our experience supporting flood-affected communities in Pakistan in 2010, and flood-hit areas across the world, we’re looking to get an assessment team out there as soon as we can to see what we can do to help.”
Please donate today to help ShelterBox provide lifesaving aid for families affected by disaster around the world.
2. Australian Rotary Health
This is a poem penned by David Tanare  from Umina Beach RC. Are there any more budding poets out there? (Note: Greg Ross is no longer Chairman of ARH. It is Kevin Shadboly from Tasmania).
3. Rotary Club of Blacktown City’s Flood Relief for Greater Sydney Initiative
Since the beginning of the year, the greater Sydney area has experienced multiple severe flooding events, in one case receiving eight months of rain over four days. These events have caused devastation and distress throughout the region, with tens of thousands displaced.
A strong urge to do something to help Sydney’s flood victims came from watching the news on 5 July 2022, witnessing how devastating these latest floods in the Camden and Hawkesbury areas were, the most severe of those this year. As a result, Flood Relief for Greater Sydney with Comedy was born and supported jointly by Rotary Districts 9675 and 9685. To read more, click HERE.
3. Raising funds for Australian Rotary Health - The club hiking stick challenge.
 DG Mina’s partner Larry is throwing out a challenge to all clubs. He wants you to design a hiking stick and bring it along to the Cowra Conference,
17-19 May2023.
  • The sticks can be decorated using any design or method limited only by your imagination.
  • The attendees will be asked to vote for their favourite stick by putting in a minimum of a dollar donation per vote.
  • The stick that raises the most money will win a PHF for their club to award to an outstanding member of their community.
  • All entries must be available for sale to attendees.
  • The club whose stick sells for the most money will also be eligible for a prize.
  • All proceeds will be donated to Australian Rotary Health.
  • One entry per club.
So get cracking and see what you can come up with!
4. Membership
While you’re thinking about membership, take the quick and useful courses in Rotary’s Learning Center that will give you lots of practical ideas for your club’s membership initiatives. These courses include:
  • Is Your Club Healthy?
  • Creating an Inclusive Club Culture
  • Best Practices for Engaging Members
Review the Membership course catalog to find other courses that address all your membership needs.
If you have questions, write to
To see more, please click HERE.
6. ROTARY ZONE 8 CONFERENCE 28/10/2022 - 30/10/2022
"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  Hills Kellyville - Jazz at the Pines
Rotary Club of Gosford City – Car Rally
Several Rotary Clubs - The Bobbin Classic
Rotary Club of The Ponds - having a fun meeting
Rotary Club of The Ponds - RAWCS Project for Madagascar
Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains - Samraong Primary School in Cambodia
Rotary Club of Mosman – Musical Soiree at the Mosman Art Gallery
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
Ian Stuart is having a well earned rest and holiday. This week we bring you some previous episodes of Radio Matters. We do hope that you enjoy them.
  • A Refuge for Women in Distress
  • Climate, Peace and Rotary
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
Dates are 27-31 May 2023.
An International Convention on our doorstep –  this doesn’t happen very often.
Everything you need to know is here >>>
Reduced (early bird) registration fees are in place until 15 December 2022.  There is still plenty of accommodation available and some great rates so lock them in now.
All RI events listed below take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) or Rod Laver Arena unless otherwise indicated.
There is much to do in Melbourne in addition to the convention.
Our district currently has 86 members and partners registered and increasing.  You can bet these people will be the “movers and shakers” in Rotary of the future.
“I’m going to Melbourne.  Are you?”
Peter Ward
District 9685 Conference Chair
Rotary District 3281 Bangladesh (@RotaryD3281) / Twitter
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 Memorium
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.
7th to 9th OCTOBER 2022
Face to face
(RDU, Norwest)
The next opportunity is RLI 71 which will be held face to face.
To view the RLI brochure, click HERE
There is still time to register for the RLI 71 Learning Opportunity.  Past RLI courses concluded with great success and rave reviews. Don't miss out .
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Great articles such as:
  • Grow rotary – project a positive perception
  • Upcoming membership webinar – register now
To read, click HERE
Great articles such as:
  • Get inspired by the new Rotary Youth Exchange video
  • New resources and Events
To read, click HERE
26th August 2022
Great articles such as:
  • Eco club in Italy draws ‘members of the future’ 
  • President Jennifer Jones crosses Canada on Imagine Tour
To read, click HERE
Great articles such as :
  • Making the most of Rotary's global community
  • Imagine Positive Change 
To read, click HERE.
 AUGUST 2022
Great articles such as:
  • New Zealand powering ahead
  • Biogas cooking saving trees in Kenya
To read, click HERE
  Great articles such as:
  • Focusing on the comfort and care of our members
  • 5 Attributes of Successful and Agile Clubs
To read, click HERE
Rotary Leadership Institute #71
Oct 07, 2022 5:00 PM –
Oct 09, 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
Rotary Leadership Institute #72
Nov 04, 2022 5:00 PM –
Nov 06, 2022 4:00 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute #73
Feb 24, 2023 5:00 PM –
Feb 26, 2023 4:00 PM
District 9685 Annual Conference
Cowra Showground Pavilion
Mar 17, 2023 – Mar 19, 2023
District 9685 Conference 2023
Mar 17, 2023 6:00 PM –
Mar 19, 2023 5:00 PM
View entire list
Contact Details
6-8 Phyllis Avenue
Thornleigh NSW 2120
Phone    +61 2 9481 9400
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