April 16 2020

Hi Everyone,
What an amazing bunch of human beings you are!
All D9685 clubs are now comfortably using online meeting options or have plans for engaging with them in the immediate future. And reports are that meeting attendance levels are through the roof, reflecting the ease of the medium, and the fun it is generating.
So, thank you all for being so flexible, and taking on a whole new world of Rotary.
If you feel like occupying more of your isolation time with Rotary catch ups, there is a register of clubs who are meeting online around the world at this link:
The time and country of their meeting are included in case you are feeling adventurous!!
But overall it is great to be part of such a fabulous group of people who are making connections with a world they could not have imagined just a few short weeks ago – well done!!
Scouting Connections
RC Kurrajong North Richmond has been granted the Youth Service Award by the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians (IFSR) as a result of an article that was published in the Mirage News on Jan 28 2020 .
The award celebrates the collaboration of Rotary and the Scouting movement in community projects. Further details can be found at and on their Facebook page.
Congratulations Kurrajong North Richmond!!
RAM Vacancy
RAM National Deputy Manager - - Expression of interest - by 29 May 2020
There is a vacancy for the National Deputy Manager for Rotarians Against Malaria. Please consider any Rotarians you know who could be interested
Nominations are due into the National RAM Secretary Gloria Hargreaves by Friday 26 May 2020.
For more information please contact Jenny Kerrison, National Manager for Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) Australia: Email:; Mobile:+ 61 400 769 632
District Award Time
A reminder about the District Awards! As you chat over Zoom, spend some time considering how wonderful you are in each of the categories below and submit an application to the relevant Director.
Awards nominations should be submitted to:
Public Image awards
Dennise Herrick
Vocational Service
John Fenessy
Community Service
Peter Kirkwood
International Service
Amanda Barnes
Youth Service
John Brown
Application Forms are available on the D9685 web site at
Thornleigh Office Clear Out
We are gearing up to vacate the District office at Thornleigh, and there are some resources which are no longer required.
Wine glasses
Coffee plungers
Table sign holders A4
Water bottles
Water glasses
Water glasses - boxed
Ceramic side plates
Jugs plastic hard
Jugs plastic soft
Bowls ceramic large cereal
Glass tumblers
Side plates, plastic, floral
Cleaning products
Tea Towels
Plastic plates, cutlery, cups, napkins
Coffee mugs
Bags, blue, Mountains to Sea, fabric
Bar fridge
Chairs foldable plastic
Chairs plastic stackable
Chairs stackable, fabric mesh
Chairs, directors swivel
Data projector
Desk 1.2m grey, timber finish + drawers
Desk with return, grey, timber
Drop down projector screen
Filing cabinet 3 dr, grey, timber
Hot water urn 4L
PC (old)
Printer/faxes (old)
Whiteboard wall mounted
If you or your club can make use of any of these items, please email District Secretary Pamela Noal detailing the items in which you are interested. A timetable of collections will be arranged over the course of the next couple of months.
Those registered for the International Convention in Hawaii will have received details from me recently concerning claiming for travel and accommodation costs. However, a handful of those registered would not have received that message. So if YOU registered, and did not receive that message from me on April 6, please let me know.
A chance to get a little dance exercise and remind ourselves how important continued physical distancing is – double click the link below and Open:
Please stay in touch, connect with everyone you know, and enjoy the myriad domestic cleanouts and clean-ups currently underway!
Yours in Rotary
The Youth Exchange Committee in District 9685 is still working hard towards providing our inbound and outbound students with a positive experience during this time of uncertainty and changing lifestyles.
Currently all our Outbound Students, those being hosted by clubs and districts overseas, are well and adapting to the change of living that we are experiencing here in Australia. One student has returned home after the YEP program was cancelled in the host country. That student arrived home safely on Monday morning after a very long trip. The student and the rest of the family are in isolation at home with the permission of the Chief Medical officer for NSW and NSW Health.
The Committee members are in constant contact with the students overseas and their natural families here in Australia. At the time of writing no student is contemplating returning to Sydney in the near future, a decision made by the student and their parents.
In relation to the Inbound Students, those students currently being hosted by D9685 clubs, 8 students have returned home to their country of origin mostly because their governments requested, they return. All 8 have arrived safely and are currently also isolating with their families.
The remaining students are being supported by the amazing Host Families, Club Rotarians and the district committee members.
What does this mean for the program next rotary year? We do not really know yet. If your club was considering hosting an inbound student for 20/21 please keep the funds in your budget until we have a clear idea of what the program might look like in the future.
We have 3 inbound students who will still be in our district until January 2021 who will need to continue to have a great Youth Exchange Experience. We are not yet certain what the departure dates for the 5 remaining European students will be as yet.
All of our outbounds will be returning in January 2021 with great stories to tell us of their year away. The parts of the program that capture that excitement will still continue.
The Committee Members join John and I in thanking all 9685 Rotarians for your support of the program so far in these difficult times.
Susan and John Wakefield
Co-Chairs D9685 Youth Exchange.
The Rotary Districts of ACT and NSW Emergency Services Community Awards nominations for 2020 are now open.

The Emergency Services Community Awards are an initiative of the Rotary Districts & Clubs of ACT and NSW. In keeping with Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”, the Awards acknowledge and celebrate the selfless Community Service of Emergency Services Personnel while supporting two important Rotary initiatives:
Australian Rotary Health,
PhD Research Scholarship investigating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Emergency Services Personnel
Emergency Disaster Preparedness
Rotary Vocational Training Teams to Developing Countries in the Asia Pacific.
Nominees must be an appointed paid or unpaid volunteer/member of one of the State/Territory Emergency Services who perform Community Service above and beyond the call of their normal duties.
To nominate a member of the Emergency Services in either ACT or NSW for these awards please go to complete the nomination form in its entirety (the compulsory fields) and then submit same for judging.
To log in you can use the account details that you set up during the 2019 Awards period.
  • A Winner of these Awards previously as a Volunteer of the Year and/or Officer in Paid Capacity, is ineligible to be nominated.
  • A Finalist in these Awards, is ineligible to be nominated again within a period of 5 years.
  • A Nominee not selected as a finalist can be nominated again and in the following year.
In Memoriam
* Graeme Ashdown - Pennant Hills
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.
Zone Presidents Meetings
Various Locations
Apr 17, 2020
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
2019/20 District Team Meeting
via Zoom
Apr 18, 2020
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
District Assembly
Apr 19, 2020
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Rotary Foundation Committee Meeting
via Zoom
May 07, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
GTrain Meeting
District Office
May 09, 2020
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
COTA Meeting
District Office
May 15, 2020
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
PDGs Meeting
District Office
May 16, 2020
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Presidents Meeting
Hornsby RSL
May 23, 2020
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
2019/20 District Team Meeting
District Office
Jun 20, 2020
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
District Changeover
Jul 04, 2020
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