District Governor's eNews
September 5 2019

My Friends in Rotary,
My thanks to so many of you for your hospitality during the past month. I have now had the chance to meet and hear from 25 of our clubs, and share in such inspiring stories of success and service.  Some of your meetings are so much fun that I hate for them to end!!
And we have also had 2, yes 2 charter nights this month.
  • The Rotaract Club of Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai set the scene at the start of the month which a huge and noisy gathering at Hotel Waitara, complete with GTrains from District 9685 and 9670, and many former Rotaractors to cheer them on. I even managed to wear something orange in support of their cause for the evening – the Black Dog Institute. Congratulations to everyone concerned!
  • And at the end of the month we welcomed our newest Rotary Club at Brisbane Water with 23 enthusiastic members ready to set the world alight with new projects and service outcomes. All praise to Peter and Jayne Mote for their experience in getting this together, and to the backup of PDG Graeme Davies, PDG Susan Wakefield and AG Annona Pearce for their in-depth involvement. A great night all round and great result for Membership and New Clubs month!
Other events during the month included the Rotary Emergency Services & Community Awards held at Bankstown Sports Club, and what a night! I was delighted to discover a former neighbourhood child was one of the SES nominees, and went on to take out their annual award, which was a very proud moment, having known him for decades. All praise to D9675’s Dot Hennessey for her ongoing commitment to this project – a great recognition of what, to many, is unsavoury work.
Meeting all the Youth Exchange students, both incoming and outgoing – at their orientation weekend at Naamaroo Chatswood was definitely the noisiest event of the month! It was lovely being present to witness PDG Susan Wakefield surprising Ngaire Ralph with a PHF for her service to the RYE program – a delightful moment in time. And the freezing weather continued its tradition for this weekend, making the lunchtime event at Castle Hill remind us that the Great Western Highway was closed due to ice at Wentworth Falls!
That chilly weather had moved on by the following weekend when I got the chance to attend the Eastern Regions RAWCS meeting in Katoomba, and meet some of those behind the scenes of the RAWCS machine while overlooking the famous Skyway and the magnificent Megalong Valley. Such a treat.
But the parties had not yet finished for the month, with the Windsor Police Officer of the Year awards parading at Windsor RSL, with tributes to the enormous efforts and recognition of those unsung heroes on whom we rely every day – well done to the Hawkesbury clubs for a successful event.
We have a few people on the ‘sick list’ this month, and our thoughts and best wishes go out to you all. This includes, in particular, PDG Paul Erickson (Springwood), Youth Exchange legend Ray Rice (Turramurra) and AG David Rivett (Gosford North). The best wishes of the District are with you all.
As we head into Basic Education and Literacy month of September, consider all the knowledge forums that are available to us as Rotarians – RLI, The RI Learning Centre, training at District events – and then consider how few options are available at a very basic level in many communities around the world. I encourage you this month to support any club projects aimed at providing schools, providing schools resources, increasing access to reading materials, supporting teacher training and targeting the knowledge outcomes that we, to a great extent, take for granted. Congratulations to the many clubs who target these areas and the outcomes that you achieve!
And just because things change so rapidly, we have updated the Directory on the District web site the with some minor contact amendments, to ensure that you can keep in touch.
What else is happening in the world:
RI President’s Visit – Dinner at Deckhouse – this fabulous event is only a few short weeks away and is filling fast! Please get your tickets if you don’t already have them and enjoy a unique opportunity to hear our current world leader. Bookings at
2020 International Convention in Hawaii: Great news – we already have 30 registered to attend. Who else is going to join us and have some fun, so close to home, where the sun is always shining, and the surf is a decent ripple??? RIP Mark Maloney has some great things planned for the event, so get your registration in and check out all the add-ons to make the most of this great holiday destination!!
Global Network for Blood Donation is a Rotary Action Group committed to promoting voluntary blood donation around the world. Rotary is a global player in voluntary blood donation and they count on us to support and contribute. Join their Facebook group
Good Manners in Rotary: A new and revised version is now available for all to enjoy, and it is even on Kindle at  "Good Manners in Rotary". All revenue goes to the Rotary Foundation, so make the most of this update and see what you can learn from the new version.
Kalma McLellan
Governor, RI District 9685, 2019-20
Rotary Foundation Committee Meeting
District Office
Sep 05, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
COTA Meeting
District Office
Sep 06, 2019
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
RYLA Committee Meeting
District Office
Sep 09, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Christchurch, New Zealand
Sep 15, 2019 8:00 AM –
Sep 20, 2019 4:00 PM
Australia New Zealand Rotary Conference
Christchurch, New Zealand
Sep 20, 2019 8:00 AM –
Sep 22, 2019 4:00 PM
RI President Elect Mark Maloney Dinner
Epping Club
Sep 23, 2019
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Presidents Meeting
Hornsby RSL
Sep 28, 2019
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
RLI 54.1
District Office
Oct 05, 2019
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
RLI 54.2
District Office
Oct 06, 2019
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
2019/20 District Team Meeting
District Office
Oct 12, 2019
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
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
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
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There are 3 BIG Events coming up!
The END POLIO Movie night featuring “RIDE Like A GIRL” will be running around the District during the week of 14 September. If your Club is not running with it, please consider attending a neighbouring Club. Maybe you can move your meeting night???
World Polio day is Thursday 24 October and Mark Anderson will be leading the Train Ride to End Polio…is there a theme building here?...Mark and Team will be travelling through 195 stations on the day. How about asking your Club to sponsors the riders and then meet up with the End Polio Express on your local station?
The proceeds from these events will help the End Polio crusade. We are close but there is still a ways to go. Afghanistan and Pakistan, then we can celebrate a Polio Free World.
The Annual Rotary Foundation Dinner is coming up on Monday 11 November at Waterview @ Homebush. It will be a celebration of the work of your Foundation and will feature PRIP Ravi Ravindran as guest speaker. Ravi is a dynamic speaker on all aspects of Rotary, you will appreciate his message. It will be a FUN night, an opportunity to meet up with fellow Rotarians and there will be a Raffle! There always has to be a Raffle and this one will be good, (very good!) with maximum appeal to the ladies. Booking for the dinner will open shortly and more details on the raffle prize will be revealed next month
Happy Birthday to the Rotary Club of Brisbane Water. Congratulations on your successful Charter Night, Best Wishes for your endeavours in serving your community, we are also looking forward to your generous support of our Foundation.
A callout to all Club Presidents, If you would like a guest speaker to talk about our Foundation or need assistance with any Foundation matter, just give me a call. I, or a fellow Foundation Ambassador, will be happy to come visit with you.               
Thanks for listening and remember Our Foundation,                                 
PDG Bruce Lakin
District Rotary Foundation Chair     
PDG John Dodd ha been appointed as Acting Chair of the 9685 Rotary Youth Exchange Committee.
His contact details are 0418 464 413 and email
A team from Penrith High School won the national Model United Nations Assembly debating competition in Canberra in August.
The annual competition was conducted at the Museum of Australian Democracy (Old Parliament House) and the all male Penrith team triumphed after a gruelling two days of debating the challenges of world peace, climate change, health, education, living standards and a variety of other topics.
The superb skills of Penrith High team members John Maddock, Rhys O’Connor and Victor Zhou carried the team to victory which represented a ‘first’ for Penrith and Rotary District 9685.
The Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) has been one of Australian Rotary’s premier youth programs since introduced from Canada by the Rotary Club of Lake Cargelligo, NSW, District 9700, during the early 1980s. Program development over the years has ensured MUNA provides an excellent forum for students in Years 10 – 12 to understand the principles and work of the United Nations organisation whilst enhancing debating skills and growing knowledge of world issues.
Penrith won the right to contest the national finals in Canberra by out-debating 32 teams at the MUNA Western Sydney event organised and conducted by local Rotarians in June.
Twenty-seven teams from four Australian States contested the national finals in Canberra. Each team was allocated a country to represent – with Penrith drawing the United Kingdom.
Topics this year included –
  • Proliferation of nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula.
  • Regulating international migration.
  • International cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space.
  • Protection of the Global climate for present and future generations.
  • Protection of journalistic freedoms.
National finals are conducted in the former House of Representatives chamber in old Parliament House – which of course creates a special aura for competing students.
All contestants were congratulated on the quality and enthusiasm of their debating. Their research fostered a greater understanding of the international and domestic policies of countries represented – and all three Penrith team members have indicated they are contemplating a career in international relations.
The Penrith team was mentored by Penrith High Head of Social Sciences Joel MacRae who was honoured by Rotary with a special Teaching Award last October.
Pictured – Penrith High School’s 2019 MUNA Debating Team receive their awards from Rotary organisers of the Western Sydney event last June. From left, those pictured are Past President Drew Fitzpatrick of Lower Blue Mountains Rotary, John Maddock, Rhys O’Connor, Victor Zhou, Penrith High Head of Social Sciences Joel MacRae, and Rotary District 9685 Governor Elect David Clark.
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for September 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.


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


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