Rotary Round Up

October 20th 2022

1.  RIPE Gordon McInally Luncheon
Our Rotary World President Elect Gordon McInally and his wife Heather will be in Sydney for one day onlyThey have graciously agreed to attend lunch at NSW Parliament House Monday 31 October 12 for 12.30pm. This is a combined event with D9675.
Parliament House caterers require us to confirm bookings on Monday 24 October so we must close off this coming Sunday at midnight. Please register here today.
This will be your only opportunity to personally meet this Rotary World President. Surplus from the event will be applied to Polio Plus.
We hope to see you there Monday 31 october.
2. Regionalisation - the Latest News - VOTING RESULTS AND NEXT STEPS
What was the overall result?
The Regionalisation Pilot vote was an outstanding success, with
  • 96% of our Zone’s 1331 Rotary and Rotaract clubs voting (including 100% of clubs in six Districts) and
  • 90% of clubs voting Yes.
This was the largest voting process conducted in Zone 8 – thank you all for participating.
What was our district’s result?
D9685 result was: Yes vote. 97.6 %
Which district did not reach the threshold?  Why not?
One District, 9620, did not meet the two-thirds threshold.  There were many reasons for this, including earthquakes and internet difficulties, as well as COVID.
9620 District’s leaders would like to be part of a pilot at some point in the future as over 50% of their clubs voted Yes. This will be put to the RI Board, as will the opportunity for D9620 to vote again.
Why are we proceeding with only 20 districts?
The overwhelming Yes vote indicated a level of support for change that all current DGs, including D9620, want to support.  This must however be agreed to by the RI Board and we will be advised in due course of their response after their October meeting.
How will that work?
The planning for the pilot will continue as if all 21 districts were included and district 9620 will be kept informed and will collaborate.  However, where decision making is required they will not have a say.
What is happening next?
On 28th October all the current DGs, Elects and Nominee will be meeting in Canberra to discuss next steps.  These are likely to include:
  • the establishment of an Implementation Task Force
  • the plan for action,
  • developing the cost estimate required for the January RI Board meeting
  • planning how we communicate and consult with members.
Thank you again for your support for the future of Rotary in our Zone.  There are many steps for us all to embrace – very exciting!!
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 imagedesign 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
5. Stephanie A. Urchick is selected to be the 2024-25 President of Rotary International

Stephanie A. Urchick, of the Rotary Club of McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2024-25, a decision that would make her only the second woman to hold that position. She will be declared the president-nominee on 15 September if no challenging candidates have been suggested.

With the world facing incredible challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, disasters driven by climate change, and conflict in many regions, Urchick says Rotary’s leaders can offer a vision and a plan for overcoming these challenges.

To read more about Stephanie A. Urchick, click HERE

The two positions at the RARE (Rotary Australia Repurposing Equipment) have been filled
As from the 1st February 2023 Barry Philps from the Rotary Club of the Greater Hills will be the Facility Manager and Rob Chary from the Castle Hill Club will be the Administration Manager.
To help Bob do his job we are looking for a laptop computer, it doesn’t have to be anything special as long as it has Xcel and Word that is all that is required.
If anyone has one PLEASE let me know and we can organise a pick up
PDG David Clark JP
Rotary Australia Repurposing Equipment (RARE) National Manager
A project of RAWCS
District 9685 Governor 2021/22
Rotary Club of Blackheath NSW
1. Global Polio Update
If you would like to have more oinformation about the current Global Polio situation, please click HERE.
2. RIDE TO END POLIO - so close now.
Monday 24 October is WORLD POLIO DAY. Ending Polio is the number one priority of both Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. Each Club is asked to make a commitment to contribute US$1,500 ($2,175). Over the past four years we have conducted the All Stations challenge train ride to End Polio. Over those four years we have raised in Greater Sydney over $450,000 to ending Polio before the Gates Match. This year more than ever we need you commitment and support.
Attached (please click HERE) is the train timetable lets you know when we will be stopping at a station near you. Even if you Club is not on a trainline, PLEASE do you bit by joining us and riding with us for a station or two. It is a great Fellowship day, a great PUBLIC IMAGE Day and it puts the Rotary Brand out there in front of the public.
Start planning you fundraising for this event. Go to and start you online fundraiser. Or, go to and support the page that is already on the site. If a Rotarian contributes via this site, the members Club gets the credit. If a non-Rotarian contributes, than the District gets the credit. The donor email address is the identifying link to your Club or District. 
The plan this year is to raise $200,000. Please do your bit to ensure that your Club meets its commitment to ENDING POLIO.  Please look to sponsorship of Dave and myself. $1 per station from an individual or even $10 per station from Clubs together with your individual member sponsorship can help you achieve you Club commitment. Also if you have not already done so, Please go to and go to Rotary Club Central and put your goal in place for Ending Polio. 100% of Clubs that did not put a Goal in place last Rotary year, did not give to ending polio.
Dave and I look forward to meeting all of you on the train on MONDAY 24 October. It is a big day if you want to ride the full 181 stations with us, starting at Cronulla ay 4:30AM. PLEASE COME and join us. And as a famous Rotarian from the 1960’s (Joe the gadget man) used to say “Don’t forget to bring you money with you?” Cheque or proof of bank transfer would also be good.
Mark Anderson
Senior Coordinator | Fund Development
Rotary Foundation
The email sent to all Rotarians has more information about what else Clubs and Rotarians can do to prepare for the World Polio Day on Monday 24th October. To view the email, again, please click HERE.
We also all received an email from Rotary Down Under (RDU) regarding merchandise for Rotary's End Polio initiative. To view the email, again, please click HERE.
4. What is your Club going to do for the World Polio Day?
We’re at an urgent point in our work to achieve a polio-free world and to adapt the lessons learned to improve health systems worldwide. Learn about the state of polio eradication and its broader relevance to global health with Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Organization director-general, Jennifer Jones, president, Rotary International 2022-23, and other key global health leaders on 21-22 October.

We invite you to attend this important livestreamed event, World Polio Day 2022 and Beyond: A healthier future for mothers and children. The conference will also feature: 
  • Regional breakout sessions highlighting Rotary maternal and child health projects 
  • Discussions on community-based solutions to improve global health  
  • A UNICEF session on the power of vaccines 
  • Highlights on Rotary’s Programs of Scale for malaria and maternal-child health 
At a time when some 830 women die from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes each day and 7,000 newborn babies die daily, we must focus on the “Beyond.” Building on the investments already made in polio eradication will bring much value to a wide range of health initiatives, particularly immunizations and the health of mothers and children.   

We hope you’ll take advantage of this free livestreamed conference focused on creating healthier futures for mothers and children. Registration for the event is not required. Visit the World Polio Day 2022 and Beyond website to learn more about the event programming and save the dates to your calendar, so you don’t miss this important event.  
5. You would also have received this email from the RI President at the end of last week.
Take action for World Polio Day!
In her World Polio Day message, Rotary International President Jennifer Jones explains why we need your support on World Polio Day.
Tell us how your club is supporting Rotary’s polio eradication efforts for World Polio Day.    
Help eradicate polio by making a donation in honor of World Polio Day. Your contribution will be tripled by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
"The Club Buzz" is where you will find some exciting and relevant programs or events happening in our Clubs and in District 9685.
To view the Club Buzz Design Guidelines for Clubs to provide information for Club Buzz, click HERE.   
To view this week's Club Buzz 20.10.22, click HERE. It contains the following news and events for Clubs in District 9685.
Rotary Club of the Hills Kellyville - Jazz at the Pines
Rotary Club of  Richmond - Carols in the Park
District 9685 Cowra Conference 2023 - Gurst Speaker
Rotary Club of Beecroft - Living Treasures Award
Rotary Clubs of Kurrajong Nth Richmond & Springwood - Books For Kids
Rotary Club of Manly- Food Collection for Flood Victims and Coles
Is Your Club Culture Toxic - video
Rotary Upper Northern Beaches - Strong Membership Growth
Rotary Club of Castle Hill - URGENT Notice
Rotary Club of Belrose - Peak Hill Project
Photo Boards
To view the last eNews Club Buzz 6.10.22, click HERE.
Rotary Club of Dee Why Warringah Stop Family Domestic Violence Fund Raiser
Rotary Club of  Gosford North - Melbourne Cup Night
Rotary Club of Umina - Top Blokes Trivia Night
Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains - Movie FundRaiser (A Stitch in Time)
Rotary Club of Castle Hill - Movie FundRaiser (Black Adam)
Rotary Club of Lane Cove - Rotary Fair and Sustainability Lane
Rotary Clubs of Springwood/Lower Blue Mountains - A Fun Debate
Rotary Club of Turramurra and Chatswood Roseville - Trivia and Fun Night
Photo Boards
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
  • Punching Above Their Weight In Walcha
For this latest podcast, 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
October is Economic & Community Development Month | E-Club of District 7545
Rotary supports investments in people to create measurable and enduring economic improvement in their lives and communities.
The Rotary Foundation enables Rotarians to invest in people by creating sustainable, measurable and long term economic improvements in their communities and livelihoods by :
1. Building the capacity of entrepreneurs, community leaders, local organizations, and community networks to support economic development in impoverished communities;
2. Developing opportunities for productive work;
3. Reducing poverty in under-served communities;
4. Supporting studies for career-minded professionals related to economic and community development.
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
PP Jeanette Bakker - RC Berowra
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.
4th to 6th NOVEMBER 2022
by Zoom
The next opportunity is RLI 72 which will be held on-line.
To view the RLI brochure, click HERE
There is still time to register for the RLI 72 Learning Opportunity.  Past RLI courses concluded with great success and rave reviews. Don't miss out .
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Great articles such as:
  • Learning Center resources
  • What's happening in Rotary
To read, click HERE
Great articles such as:
  • An Experiment With A Purpose - NZ Rotary Membership Roadshow 2022 August
  • An Elephant in the Room
To read, click HERE
Great articles such as:
  • This World Interact Week, Interact turns 60
  • In-Person Rotary Youth Exchange is back
To read, click HERE
7th OCTOBER 2022
Great articles such as:
  • A new weapon in the fight against polio
  • Poland Rotarians create a safe home for Ukrainian refugees
To read, click HERE
Great articles such as:
  • The State of Rotary’s Membership 
  • Finding a sense of belonging in Rotary
To read, click HERE
  Great articles such as:
  • High-impact service through Programs of Scale grants
  • Build peace through Rotary
To read, click HERE



  • New design
  • read it on-line
To read, click HERE
Ride the Train for Polio Day
Trains in Metropolitan area
Oct 24, 2022
Zone 8 Institute National Convention Oct. 28-30
National Convention Centre Canberra
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
District Team L&D
St Joseph's Conference Centre TBC
Nov 12, 2022
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Assistant Governors' Meeting
On-Line - Zoom
Nov 19, 2022
8:00 AM – 8:50 AM
District Team Meeting
On-line by Zoom
Nov 19, 2022
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Presidents' Meeting & District AGM
Nov 26, 2022
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Rotary Youth Leadership Award 2023
Knox Grammar School
Jan 15, 2023 9:00 AM –
Jan 21, 2023 2:00 PM
GTrain Meeting
On-Line by Zoom
Jan 28, 2023
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
COTA Meeting
On-Line by Zoom
Jan 28, 2023
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
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
Rotary Leadership Institute #74
Apr 28, 2023 5:00 PM –
Apr 30, 2023 4:00 PM
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ABOUT THE 2022-2023 Rotary LOGO
(PP Jim Berrell)
The 2022-23 presidential theme logo was designed by renowned Australia-based Indigenous artist Riki Salam to represent RI President Jennifer Jones’ theme and initiatives.
The logo represents key elements of Rotary while honouring the Indigenous culture:
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