District Governor's eNews
July 2, 2020

DG’s newsletter July
My dear fellow Rotarians, Friends and Our Rotary Family,
 The beginning of 2020 has started out to be an incredibly challenging and interesting year. As we move forward from this Covid 19 pandemic, I can see just how good Rotary and our District is surviving and coping with all the new challenges. We have all pulled together to continue and expand the great work of Rotary in our District. My Special Thanks goes out to all the clubs that took up the challenge to hold zoom meeting or other forms of multimedia face to face gatherings.
First, I would like to thank PDG Kalma for her year just gone she has done an amazing job and her resolve through exceedingly difficult times was amazing. Unfortunately, we did not get to celebrate her year at the Conference in Wollongong or at a Changeover Dinner, but we all wish her e huge congratulations for a tremendous year.
I would also like to thank the people who have helped me get here today. The G-Train PDG Susan, PDG Kalma and DGE Lindsay. Also, my mentors Bob Aitken and Graeme Davies whose knowledge has been gratefully received and acted upon many times. I have also had tremendous support from Marilyn Kenny, my Communications Director in the preparation of the District Directory, without her help this project would not have been a success.
I am very humbled at being selected to be your District Governor for 2020/21, and during my year, I am here for you so please contact me for any reason, either with an invitation to a club event, or a question you just want answered.  (I may not know all the answers, but I will know who to direct you to).
I am and have been supported by a tremendous District Team, Assistant Governors and Training Team who are all there to help you in any way they can, you only have to ask. Amanda Barnes, Bobby and Jade and the training team did a tremendous job to get all the District Assembly out to you on-line which is available for you to look at via the web site. Also please remember to send me your Weekly Newsletter so that I can keep up to-date on what your club is doing.
Below is information on the District Conference, I am asking that all clubs as part of this Virtual Reality Conference submit a 3 to 5-minute video presentation on their club and all or some of your project’s past, present and future. Your Members and what you do is especially important, and we would like to show them off. All videos will be judged by the Conference committee and the top 10 will be shown in the Conference presentation (all will be available for viewing) and the winner of the competition will be given a Paul Harris Fellow, (US $1,000) to be given to a member of the community in their area.
District Conference 2021
Q:          What have the 2020 & 2021 District Conferences have in common?
A:          Disruption by COVID-19 (Corona Virus)
It is unfortunate that the 2020 District Conference had to be cancelled due to the pending threat of a simple disease; however, it was in the best interests of our member Rotarians.
So, is COVID-19 affecting the 2021 District Conference?  -  YES
  • It was to be held on a cruise ship, leaving Sydney, Friday 12th March 2021 & returning Monday morning 15th March 2021.
  • The unknown factors:
    • Lack of confidence that enough Rotarians would be prepared to book & pay for a 3-night cruise in March 2021 by November 2020.
    • Uncertainty of a 2nd wave of the virus hitting Australia & forcing another lockdown.
    • Financial constraints placed on Rotarians & partners who have been affected by the current lockdown.
    • Finding a suitable venue at this stage of the current lockdown that would be able to take a booking.
So what is the Answer?  -- A VIRTUAL REALITY CONFERENCE
DG David’s 2021 Conference Committee have considered the difficulties associated with the current COVID-19 situation and the possibility of further disruptions from government or health intervention and have decided that the best option for the District is to hold athe very first District 9685 Virtual Reality Conference.
There are three components to the programme:
  1. Speaker Presentations part A released on the Saturday morning 13th March 2021
  2. Dinner Dance/Show on Saturday night at Hornsby RSL Club (provided venues are open).
  3. House of Friendship presentations part B released on Sunday 14th March 2021
Speakers Presentations
Our guest speakers will gather in Sydney prior to the conference date and their presentations will be professionally Recorded and edited and ready for the launch of the Conference on Saturday 13 March 2021. Saturday’s content will cover all the RI required components of a District Conference and will be available to registrants from 9:00am. This is not a ZOOM type meeting, but a professional production, like you would see on TV.
Dinner Dance/Show
It is not a Rotary conference without a dinner with dancing & entertainment and so we will be hopefully booking Hornsby RSL for the Saturday evening 13th March which will have a nautical theme to it. “Rock the Boat”
House of Friendship Presentations
It would also not be a District Conference without a House of Friendship displays from all of the myriad of Rotary Projects in our Clubs and District. Presentations from them will be available from Sunday morning and each will have an approximately 10-minute spot to promote their program of interest to the masses.
Also, all clubs are encouraged to put in a 3 to 5-minute video on promoting their own club’s projects.
Conference Registrations
To get the maximum benefit to every Rotarian in District 9685, the committee have recommended that all Rotary Clubs be registered for “Rock the Boat District Conference 2021”.
While the conference registration fees are to be finalised, we are looking at a way that all members of every Club would have access to the program.
I am asking you to come on this journey with me and I hope we will open Opportunities together and please remember my motto for the year: If it stops being FUN stop doing it.
Cheers Dave,
David Clark
RI District 9685, 2020-2021
District 9685 Governor 2020-2021
David Clark
In Memorium                                     
Eddie McCoy  (Blackheath)    29.7.20
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.
(Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches)
An updated My Rotary that’s faster, easier to navigate, and accessible on your mobile devices launched at the end of July. What can you expect from this improved site? Quite a bit.
Click on the picture to find out more.

Expressions of interest to be on the R100 Batton Relay Committee 
We are trying to get a committee together to coordinate and come up with ideas about running the R100 Relay in April 2021 which is the month Rotary started in Sydney.
We need about 5 people from all over the district to come up with ideas and help keep all clubs focused on the Great advertising opportunity this event will bring to Rotary in their area.
Greetings from Bob Selinger, Aboriginal Community Support Programs coordinator for 2020/21.
There are many fantastic programs which support Aboriginal communities and individuals in our District and beyond, some of which I have heard about and some I would love to hear about. At a time when we are very much aware of the lack of progress in long-standing issues it seems to me that we can “open opportunities” as never before.
I am canvassing ideas that we might consider implementing. To this end I have marshalled a group of mentors, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal. Along with the members of the boutique Chatswood Sunrise, we will hopefully present a proposal to the District for your consideration. Do you have an interest or connection with Aboriginal issues? Please contact me.
In the meantime, I would like you to consider the introduction of an Acknowledgement of Country to your meeting and your website (if you are not already doing so.) The DG’s newsletter will in the future include a form of Acknowledgement appropriate to such a publication. Chatswood Sunrise’s meeting opens with an Acknowledgement that mentions the Cameraygal people and “…the Land on which we meet.”
You can find a variety of Acknowledgements on the Web.
My contact email is: 
Hills Shire Mayor Michelle Byrne with
Past President Norwest Sunrise/Bella Vista,
Alex Hezari


When shelves everywhere were devoid of hand sanitiser at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rotary Club of Norwest Sunrise placed an order for 500 bottles. The search was then on to find the most needy recipients. Our then President Alex Hezari donated 320 bottles to Hills Shire Council to be delivered to Hills Meals on Wheels recipients considered in greatest need. Current Norwest Sunrise President Bev Jordan then organised for 125 bottles to be donated to Warrah for its home care service recipients living with a disability. The rest were donated to Hills Community Aid for its Hills CarPal volunteer drivers and The Sanctuary - The Hills Women's Shelter. All recipients were very grateful as at the time hand sanitiser was hard to find.

Alex Hezari said: “As a service club we were looking for a way of helping our community during this pandemic. We thought providing hand sanitiser would be a practical project that we could manage through the COVID-19 restriction period.

Hills Shire Mayor Michelle Byrne said: “I’d really like to thank Norwest Rotary for looking after our Meals on Wheels clients. “The majority of clients are aged 70 years and older which places them in the 'at risk' category for serious illness if they catch COVID-19.

Offer from Glenhaven Rotary:
Fabric Washable, Reusable Facemasks 
Each mask has a sewn in filter.
Individually wrapped.
Available to clubs at 100 masks for $300 + $10 postage so they can either on sell or pass out to their communities.
We are taking orders via email or call me on 0417 932213
Official DG Visit RC Gosford West
Jul 30, 2020
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
AG/President Group Meetings
Zoom On-Line
Jul 31, 2020
COTA Meeting
Zoom On-Line
Aug 01, 2020
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
PDG's Meeting
Zoom On-Line
Aug 01, 2020
12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Kurrajong/North Richmond 90th Birthday
Zoom On-Line (TBA)
Aug 01, 2020
6:15 PM – 8:30 PM
Official DG Visit - E Club of Greater Sydney
Zoom On-Line
Aug 02, 2020
8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Official DG Visit - Rotary Social Impact Network
Zoom On-Line
Aug 03, 2020
Official DG Visit - Crows Nest
Zoom On-Line
Aug 03, 2020
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Official DG Visit - North Sydney Sunrise
Zoom On-Line
Aug 04, 2020
7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Official DG Visit - Northbridge & Lane Cove
Aug 04, 2020
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Official DG Visit - Ku-ring-gai
Killara Golf Club (TBC)
Aug 10, 2020
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Rotary Leadership Course 59
Sep 18, 2020 5:00 PM –
Sep 20, 2020 4:00 PM
World Polio Day
Oct 24, 2020
Rotary Leadership Course 60
Nov 13, 2020 5:00 PM –
Nov 15, 2020 4:00 PM
Rotary Leadership Course 61
Feb 26, 2021 5:00 PM –
Feb 28, 2021 4:00 PM
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R100 Project Page 1
Rotary’s Centenary is a time of celebration!  It Is a time to reflect on our past, and take pride in all that has been achieved.  It is a time we play our part in the history of Rotary.
Our centenary is also the time to lay the foundations for our future, as we still have much to do.  The key project in our centenary year will focus on stopping the one in 16 children who die in 9 Pacific nations before the age of 5. 
I invite you to join Rotarians across Australia on 10th July for virtual fellowship, as well as meet our R100 Centenary Ambassadors, the Governor General and Mrs Hurley, as they launch our national centenary campaign.  By joining us, you will witness the “Passing the Baton” ceremony.  The baton that will carry the symbols of our centenary and will travel far and wide across Rotary clubs and Districts.
Please pass this invitation on to as many Rotary clubs as possible so that they too can join this event.  I ask too for your support in helping us raise funds for our R100 Centenary project, "Rotary Give Every Child a Future"; saving young lives in Pacific nations.  
I look forward to you joining in and making your mark on history! 
R100 Project
Centenary of Rotary in Australia Baton Launch
To celebrate the launch of the R100 Baton Relay, you are invited
to join us via Zoom from Government House, Canberra in the
presence of Governor-General and Mrs Hurley.
Including: Performance by Leo Sayer.
On Friday 10 July 2020 at 12:00pm
 LOCATION Zoom Online Meeting
For more information:
New Focus Area for Rotary International
Supporting the environment becomes Rotary’s new area of focus 
The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: supporting the environment.
More than $18 million in Foundation global grant funding has been allocated to environment-related projects over the past five years. Creating a distinct area of focus to support the environment will give Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact.
Supporting the environment becomes Rotary's seventh area of focus, which are categories of service activities supported by global grants. It joins peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development.
Grant applications for projects will be accepted beginning on 1 July 2021. Gifts and commitments from Rotarians and others will be sought to provide global grant support for the new area of focus.
More information about this new cause will be announced soon.
No Tolerance for Racism
The Post-Crisis Kickstart
The secret to accelerated growth and sustained momentum
New District 9705 is hosting a series of speaking events, starting with District 9685 Rotarian, Michael McQueen. If you click on the two links below, you can see more information about the free on-line presentation, and how to book for it.
In the wake of any crisis, smart businesses and leaders recognise the importance of kickstarting their momentum - and fast.
Having spent over 15 years studying the dynamics of dynamism in organizations, 8-time bestselling author Michael McQueen knows what it takes to create unstoppable momentum in a business or team. In this research-rich and fast-paced presentation, Michael explores:
  • The 3 COMMON TRAPS that DERAIL SUCCESS - and how to avoid them
  • How to achieve a RHYTHM of unforced PRODUCTIVITY and FLOW STATE
  • The key momentum mindsets that can SUPERCHARGE GROWTH and CREATE AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE over the competition
  • The DAILY HABITS that ensure good intentions translate into SUSTAINED RESULTS
Audiences will leave this in-person or virtual presentation armed with a practical action plan for achieving a new level of momentum and maintaining it over the long haul.
THE POST-CRISIS KICKSTART is an ideal stand-alone conference keynote or an extended half or full day program.
Our new D9705 membership co-chairs have organised this presentation by Michael McQueen to stimulate ideas about membership.
It would be great if you could circulate to your members as it is free to all Rotarians.
District 9705 Membership Co-Chairs, Judy Ford and Mary Brell will be holding a monthly ZOOM seminar with a variety of speakers to help you build your club.
We are delighted to announce that International Speaker Michael McQueen will be our July speaker.
The Youth Exchange Program (YEP)
"It is Not Better or Worse. It is Just Different"
The above quote is something that youth exchange committee members around the world teach our prospective students before we send them on their journey of a lifetime.
This year that quote has been particularly apt as the world has coped with the Coronavirus pandemic and it's continuing effects on the world.
District 9685 has not been immune to the effects of the virus with all face to face events cancelled from March 2020. The District Youth Exchange Team was able to hold its first (socially distanced, limited numbers) face to face event last Sunday afternoon to farewell our European inbound students who will start to make their way home to their families and friends over the next few weeks. We felt now was a good time to advise the wonderfully supportive Rotary Clubs in the district of the situation for the program going forward.
In the last few weeks, Rotary International has issued all Districts around the world participating in Youth Exchange with a set of COVID-safe guidelines for us to follow. The Committee in D9685 has taken those conditions onboard and will be compliant with all of the requirements suggested to us for the continuation of any part of the program. These necessarily take into account the situation world-wide, and we have been very fortunate here in Australia that the number of people becoming ill with COVID-19 has been very low.
At our June meeting, the District Committee made the very reluctant and difficult decision to defer our inbound and outbound program for the Rotary Year 2020-2021. This means that we will not be receiving any inbound students until at least July 2021 and we will not be sending any outbound students until January 2022. This decision was not made lightly as we have 5 very enthusiastic applicants who were not put off by the current crisis. We held a zoom meeting with these young people and their parents to discuss the risks and opportunities of exchange in the current climate.
The advice to these students was that as many of our partner countries have also taken the step to defer their future program and in some cases cancel their current program and return all students to their countries of origin we could not offer them an exchange that was viable even if the current health crisis changes. We are happy to report that almost all of these students and their families are happy to defer their applications until the 2022 program.
We are continuing to host 3 inbound students until January 2021, and all but 3 of our current outbounds remain in place hosted by wonderful Rotarians and Clubs.
It is hoped that during this reduction in the day-to-day work of student care, our committee can take the opportunity to promote the program throughout the district. There is no doubt that the current outbounds will have amazing stories to tell of their year away. We look forward to being able to visit your club soon to share this experience with you and your members.
The committee has worked extremely hard during the lockdown period to continue to support both our inbound and outbound students via regular contact with both the students and in the case of outbounds their natural parents.
You will no doubt know that the Capricorn Ramble (Safari) was postponed by the provider and has caused much angst for all concerning appropriate refunds. The District Youth Exchange Secretary Rtn Michelle Westlund has worked tirelessly with all the students and parents to ensure that as many students as possible were not left out of pocket. In the case of the students who had returned to their home countries before the original start date and were not offered any refund, we have been able to facilitate an insurance payout (if they were covered by Chubb Insurance) or assisted them to approach their banking institution for a chargeback on the credit card used to pay for the trip.
Given the unexpected approach and attitude of the provider in this moment of crisis, with whom we have worked over numerous decades and generations, the committee has resolved to also use the opportunity over the next 12 months to put provision of our travel services both inbound and outbound out to tender.
If you wish to discuss the contents of this letter, please do not hesitate to contact District Chairs John and Susan Wakefield on 0418 411 449 (John) or 0412146055 (Susan).
Conoco Phillips Science Experience

The ConocoPhillips Science Experience

A Nationwide STEM program for years 9 and 10 students

PDG Marilyn Mercer is the elected Rotary representative on the national board of the Rotary initiated and supported program "The ConocoPhillips Science Experience". Over the past 30 years a package of information has been sent to all high schools, Rotary clubs, etc, throughout Australia in May. Marilyn would speak at Rotary Club meetings, District Assemblies, Zone Conference (Institute) and so on. This year is so different.

With COVID-19 uncertainties, this is just a short note to inform you that The ConocoPhillips Science Experience will be running normal programs from August 2020. Specific dates for each program can be found on our website at on the front page in the TCSE news section. Please note if a registration is paid for and we have to cancel a program, then a full refund will automatically be given. The website will be updated on a regular basis.

Rotary Matters
Rotary Matters
On air Friday 3pm -4pm
Rotary Matters is a weekly program on community radio station Triple H 100.1 FM. Although our footprint is the shires of  Hornsby and Kuring gai, the signal goes further afield, the program is live streamed and past episodes can be accessed in perpetuity on the Rotary Matters Facebook page and on a range of podcast platforms. The main aim of the program is to expose and gain support from the wider general public for the many worthy causes, projects and people who make up Rotary. Each week I do an interview about a specific Rotary project and include a list  of local Rotary activities accessible to the public.
Ian Stuart is keen to widen the reach and with this in mind it has been suggested that it could become an activity of District 9685. What would this look like?
 Each issue of the DG Newsletter would seek story ideas and topics from all Clubs in D9685
  • Links to the edited version of each recorded episode would be sent weekly to each club for potential inclusion in their own club newsletters
  • The range of stories would seek to cover the wide scope of activities by all clubs in 9685
  • Clubs might set up links to their own local community radio stations and broadcast Rotary Matters as is, or their own variation of it
 Topics covered over the past couple of years include:
Youth. Interviews with Rotary organisers, students and graduates of RYPEN, RYLA, RYDA, MUNA, Rotary Youth Exchange, NYSF, Science and Engineering Challenge, Conoco Phillips Science Experience
International. School for Life Uganda, Shamida Ethiopia, Cararoo Philippines, Teeth and Toilets, Cataract Surgery Philippines, Bo Hospital Sierra Leone, Occuse Project Timor L’Este, Paint 4 Freedom, Fiji Electricity Project, Nusa Tengarra Indonesia, Smart Villages Sustainability Project (Cambodia), Hand Up Congo, Aussie Bangla Smiles, Medical Equipment for Hospitals, Mama Wimbi Congo, Days for Girls, ROMAC, Interplast, RAM, Shelterbox, Rebuilding Nepal, Rotary Peace Fellowship, End Polio, Family and Community Conflict in Mongolia,  The Possibility Project (India)
Local. St Ives Food and Wine Festival, Graffiti Removal, Bobbin Head Cycle Classic, Youth in Performing Arts, Peak Hill Central School, Purple House (Bob Aitken), Jumbo Joy Flight, Pride of Workmanship Awards, Adopt a Town, Dress for Success, Lifeline, PCYC, Rotaract, Hornsby Connect, Rotary Inspirational Women’s Awards, RESCA, Dementia Café, Novus Foundation, Hornsby Kuring-gai Women’s Shelter.
Saving our Kids from Suicide (aka SOKS)
In this episode of Rotary Matters, we meet the remarkable Lester Pearson OAM from Gosford North Rotary Club. Lester founded SOKS which trains teachers, counsellors, parents and sports coaches to identify and to intervene in youth suicide. Over 658 young lives have been saved. Lives suffering from bullying, unemployment, drugs, alcohol, abuse and low self esteem. A fine example of hard work, passion and determination to make a huge difference. Here is the edited version of our Zoom conversation which went to air 26 June.
Rotary Matters is a great project which we can all support. If you are interested in seeking more information about getting access to the range of stories, contact Ian Stuart.
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