DG's ENews
2nd November 2023
Welcome to November!
I was proud to represent our District as a major sponsor at the National Science and Engineering Challenge Event at Olympic Stadium on Friday 27 October.
Students from all over Australia, except the Northern Territory, participated in teams to collaborate and solve STEM problems. It was wonderful to observe the students thinking and creatively unravelling and solving the problems. Thanks to the staff from University of Newcastle for their diligence in conducting the event. The winners, Pacific Hills Christian School Dural (pictured right) are from our District! They were very excited to take home the main trophy! Well done!
I would like to thank Gavin Ralston E-Club of Greater Sydney (National Chair), David and Joan Hart Upper Blue Mtns Sunrise, David Ellyard and PDG David Rands Beecroft, Mike Mead Balgowlah, Geoff Pritchard North Sydney for their dedication to our young people and for volunteering to supervise the students during the event.
Saturday night 28 October at Rydges Norwest saw more than 100 guests join to celebrate Kenthurst Rotary Club’s 50th anniversary. A team of Japanese Rotarians from their sister club travelled to Australia specifically to join in the celebrations. It was a wonderful night. Congratulations to President Chris Gaskin and all Kenthurst Rotarians for the energy, effort and service that you have brought to Rotary for 50 years!
Dressed in my red T-shirt I joined the End Polio Now train riders for about 4.5 hours to promote this important cause across the Sydney Train Network. Rotarians from D9685 and D9675 laughed and had fun together. Thank you to those Rotarians who rode the trains and to those Clubs that turned up and presented a cheque donation. Thanks to Mark and Dave Anderson for their major contribution once again to Rotary’s major initiative. I am advised that to date $87,000 and counting has been raised from the train ride. Please lodge your donation ASAP to contribute to the eradication of Polio. So close!
On Friday 20 October with an early 4am start I drove to Canberra to attend the AUS RESCA (Australian Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards) Ceremony at Government House, Yarralumla. The awards, presented by the Governor-General of Australia, The Honourable David Hurley and Mrs Hurley were awarded to 5 recipients who had won the State RESCAs in NSW, Victoria and the ACT. Congratulations to the state winners and the overall winner Detective Sergent Sharan Slater, ACT Policing. Following a fitting ceremony, we were treated to morning tea.
Young at Heart Living Treasures Event conducted by Beecroft RC was a delightful experience and MC’d by Vineeta Deodhar. Held on a warm Saturday afternoon with awards being made to winning primary school children for colouring, art and poetry, some beautiful solo singing had the audience appreciating the local talent. This was followed by the Beecroft Public School Concert band superbly paying a number of items which got our toes tapping. The identified “Living Treasures” from the local community were then honoured, their citations revealing why they had been selected. It was a proud moment for all the winners and awardees. To celebrate we enjoyed a high tea. Thank you Beecroft Rotary!
By the end of October, I had visited 56 of the 64 Clubs in the District and am still wanting to visit with the Rotaract clubs. Each club has a different and unique way of conducting its meetings and I have felt welcomed at every one of my official visits. What a great District! This can only come from your individual and collective contribution to Creating Hope in the World and serving to do good in the world. My thanks for your efforts to date and in anticipation of a solid end to this half of the Rotary year. I look forward to walking with you at one of our walks when Rotary says NO to Domestic and Family Violence and YES to respectful relationships.
 DG Christine
Christine Owen
District Governor 2023-2024
The Rotary Foundation – Our Foundation – Our Charity
The Rotary Year is swiftly progressing, and this month holds special significance as it's The Rotary Foundation Month. We invite you to join us in celebrating this occasion alongside the esteemed Trustee Chair of Our Foundation, PRIP Barry Rasin, and PDG Jennie Herring, Zone 8's E/MGA (Endowment and Major Grants Advisor). Our goal is to gather approximately 130 Rotarians and Guests from D9675 and D9685 at the Annual Rotary Foundation Recognition Dinner. This event is a platform to express gratitude to our donors and shine a spotlight on the remarkable work that Rotarians are accomplishing to foster hope in our world. A big thank you to PDG Lindsay and PP Neil McWhannell for organizing this event, taking place on November 6th at The Epping Club.
Last month, Mark Anderson and his son, Dave, dedicated 18 hours to spreading Rotary's primary objective: eradicating Polio from the world. We are on the cusp of realizing this dream, and there's still time to contribute to the PolioPlus Fund. We must acknowledge the Rotary Club of Central Blue Mountain for their exceptional efforts in raising nearly $10,000 through their 'Push up for Polio' campaign. In our district, 35 clubs have yet to update their giving goals for the PolioPlus Fund this Rotary Year. Your club's contribution could be the missing piece needed for your club to earn a Presidential Citation this year.
We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the clubs that have successfully completed their District Grant projects and submitted their final reports. We encourage these clubs to showcase their achievements on the Rotary Showcase portal.
Additionally, we urge your club to consider making a contribution to The Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation. Your support will empower our district to provide you with district grants and financial assistance for your global grant projects through DDF (District Designated Funds). We appreciate the clubs that have already entered their giving goals for the Annual Fund, but there are still 22 clubs that haven't set their goals in Rotary Club Central. We kindly request you to review your club's goals on Rotary Club Central and take a moment to discuss and finalize these goals with your club's board.
The call to action here is clear: celebrate The Rotary Foundation Month, contribute to the PolioPlus Fund, showcase your club's achievements, and make a contribution to The Annual Fund.
Please contact me (0419 980 529) or our Grants Chair, David Rivett (0418 410 106) if you have any questions about District or Global Grants.
PP Haran Ramachandran
District 9685 Rotary Foundation Chair
0419 980 529
PP David Rivett 
Grants Subcommittee Chair
0418 410 106
STOP the violence, END the silence
Join us to "Say NO to domestic and family violence and YES to respectful relationships."
Rotarians across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands have joined together to spread awareness, provide assistance, and offer resources to combat family and domestic violence. By working together, we can make a significant difference in reducing this pervasive issue, across our District, from Sydney Harbour to the top end of the Central Coast and west to the Blue Mountains. We share the common goal of supporting individuals who have experienced abuse and violence within their homes.
What you and your club can do!
By participating in this campaign you can help raise awareness and demonstrate your commitment to this cause and our shared values.
Each Rotary Club can determine its own project or fundraising activity. 
To assist your preparation for this District wide campaign, below are several links to acquaint you with various tools to support your initiatives.
Community Walks: Walks will be held in each cluster, linking Rotarians with others in the community standing together against domestic and family violence and for respectful relationships. 
The campaign is centred on the United Nations 16 Days of Activism – from the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25th November to 10th December 2023, Human Rights Day but events may be held at any time.
Link to calendar of walks.
Projects: Clubs are creating their own projects and events to support the campaign. A link to the progressive list of projects with clubs and contacts is attached - here
Education: Rotarians may like to educate themselves on domestic violence.  A Link to a 4 minute animated - video
Raising Awareness: TBA
Communications: All Rotarians need to share the same message. Consistency of wording and graphics are vital. Use this community letter and media release to engage with your local community to gain support for this important social issue.
Link to Community letter Media Release and T-shirt order form below:
Community letter , Media releaseand T-Shirt order form (click on the Rotary logo)
For the link to Domestic Violence Support Services, click on the QR Code to the right.
For further information contact
DISTRICT 9685 AND BEYOND NEWS 2nd November 2023
1. Learning & Development Update
Are you looking for some additional learning? Then check out the RI Learning Centre at  - just sign in to My Rotary and your learning world awaits. For example:
Research has shown that clubs with an irresistible culture retain more members. Learn the key principles that successful clubs use to be engaging, inclusive, and inviting and how you can incorporate these principles in your club.

Go to the Learning Center and search for the “Transform Your Club Culture” video, prepared by Stephanie A. Urchick, RI President-Elect, and Tom Gump, a Past District Governor. Learn the principles and apply the tips they recommend to create an irresistible club culture.
2. Regionalisation Update – November 2023
Regional Council Elections
Regional Council Elections are now complete. Thank you to all clubs that participated in electing the leadership team for the pilot project.
Special congratulations to 2 of our own members, who stood unopposed for positions.
  • Firstly, Dallas Booth from RC Turramurra and our current District Insurance Officer standing for Regional Council Chair
  • Secondly, Neil McWhannell from RC Wahroonga and our current TRF Giving and Bequests chair standing for Chair of Public Image and Partnerships Portfolio.
Congratulations to both these candidates for stepping up – we wish them all the best as their new roles come into play, Results will be confirmed in coming weeks.
Rotary Community Groupings (RCG) – CLOSING EXTENDED to NOV 12!
Very exciting news! Our District leads the way with club survey submissions with over half our clubs providing details on their preference for a Community Group – CONGRATULATIONS!!
And more good news! The closing date for submission has been extended to Nov 12th. So, if your club has not discussed your preferences, NOW is the time to talk to your Club President and Secretary about getting your response in.
For more details or information:
  • Watch recent webinar recording with updates on Community Groups, pilot team progress and Council elections at Webinar
  • Copy of slides, notes and resources for clubs DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION SLIDES
  • Subscribe to regular updates here
  • check out the Regionalisation web page or
  • talk to the Regionalisation team – DGE Niranjan, DGN John, PDG Kalma, PDG Mina, PDG Bruce.
So exciting – don’t delay in having YOUR club discussion!!
And have YOUR say at
PDG Kalma McLellan
3. Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) - Urgent Reminder
Has your Club nominated a candidate yet? We have space for more applicants to attend.
This year, the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) will be happening from the 14-20th January 2024 at Knox Grammar school. RYLA needs your support.
We're currently struggling to receive applications for the RYLA program. Your nominations will ensure RYLA’s 60-year legacy continues. Applications are currently open and can be accessed here: Applications close the 1st December 2023
RYLA, is the district’s flagship program for young adult leaders. Participants are presented with immersive experiences to hone their skills, gain invaluable experiences, and make a positive impact on their communities. The involvement of clubs is crucial in identifying and sponsoring young candidates who display leadership potential.
If clubs are experiencing difficulties regarding candidates, please reach out at
The fabulous promotional RYLA Brochure can be seen by clicking HERE
4. RYPEN – Rotary District 9685 is open to Year 10 students in 2024 - Urgent Reminder
Has your Club nominated a candidate yet? We have space for more applicants to attend.
The Summer RYPEN will be held from 4.30pm Friday 16th Feb. 2024 to 3.30pm Sunday 18th Feb. 2024, at Sydney Academy of Sport (SAS), Wakehurst Parkway, Narrabeen 2101
You should be seeking existing year 9 students who will be entering year 10 in 2024. 
Student nomination forms are included in the information packs and will be received by Melanie Lewis.  More detailed registrations are captured within the SAS portal via a link emailed to students in December.
For the action plan for clubs, click HERE.
For the information pack for Schools, Parents, Carers, click HERE 
For more information, click HERE.
Melanie Lewis, (Rotary Social Impact Network), Chair – Summer RYPEN
5. Rotary Positive Peace Activator Oceania Program announcement - opportunity for Cadre members in Oceania region 
Rotary Positive Peace Activator Oceania Program Opportunity for peacebuilders living, working, and/or studying in Oceania. Launched in 2017, the Rotary-IEP Partnership is one of Rotary’s three strategic partnerships. The core focus of the Partnership is IEP peace education for Rotary stakeholders, to help them shift attitudes and approaches to peacebuilding and to create meaningful change in their communities by applying the framework of Positive Peace to their interventions. The Rotary - Institute for Economics & Peace Partnership now invites applications for the Rotary Positive Peace Activator Oceania Program. Visit the Positive Peace Activator webpage and the Rotary-IEP Partnership webpage for more information. 
Click here for the link to the Positive Peace Activator Oceania application form. Applications will be accepted until November 3, 2023.
    A quote from Peter F. Drucker - as quoted by RIPE Stephanie Urchick during the Zone 8 Conference on 29.10.23
    "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 2.11.23, click HERE. It contains the following news and events for Clubs in District 9685.
    Rotary Club of North Sydney Sunrise - Christmas Dinner
    Rotary Club of Kurrajong North Richmond - Days For Girls
    Rotary Club of Kurrajong North Richmond - Christmas Trees Sales
    Rotary Club of Balgowlah - Car Rally
    Rotary Club of Umina Beach - Top Blokes Trivia Night
    Rotary Club of North Ryde - Books in Homes / Christmas Pudding Orders
    Rotary Club of Windsor - Reclaim the Night
    Rotary Club of Kurrajong North Richmond - Christmas Raffle
    Rotary Club of Upper Blue Mountains Sunrise - Computers For Vanuatu
    Rotary Clubs of Central Coast - Christmas Trees Sales
    Rotary Club of Terrigal - Save the Date
    Rotary Club of Terrigal - DCaf
    Rotary Club of Terrigal - Shelterbags
    Rotary Club of North Ryde - Report From President Bernie Mason
    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
    Here are the latest podcasts:
    • TB And Leprosy Are Curable!
    • End Polio Train Ride 2024 And ROMAC
    For these podcasts see "Read More"
    A heads up about the Rotary District 9685 Conference 2024
    Check out the website (see below) for details of the conference registration and accommodation bookings.
    2024 Conference dates: 
    Friday 15th March 2024 to 
    Saturday 16th March  2024 

    Our Locations: 
    Friday: Crowne Plaza, Pine Tree Ln, Terrigal NSW 2260 
    Saturday: EV Church, 331 Terrigal Dr, Erina NSW 2250 
    How to  Book: 
    Scan the QR Code
    or go to our Website 
    or use the QR code below
    Click on the image above to go the Conference website.
    Download the Convention Promotion Kit here

    Top reasons to register early for the Rotary Convention

    Posted on  in Rotary Voices
    Ferris Wheel seen from the Gardens By the Bay

    By Rotary staff

    Daydreaming about a trip on your calendar is one of life’s small rewards. All the more so if the destination is the 2024 Rotary International Convention in Singapore, Asia’s dazzling garden city, rich in culture and unique attractions. Here are just a few of the reasons to register early.

    Give yourself a vacation to look forward to. Whether you’re making the trip of a lifetime or a return visit, you’ll find inspiration and wonder in Singapore.

    Save significant money. The last day for the early registration discount is 15 December. You won’t get a lower rate.

    Have your pick of airfares and hotels. It’s the right time to lock in a good airfare rate before prices almost certainly go up closer to 25-29 May. You’ll have more room choices when you book your hotel at a special rate. Looking for a deal? A city view? Enough space for your kids? Check your options.

    Book a special experience. Exclusive excursions for Rotary members can sell out, and organizers have curated tour packages to see hidden gems in Singapore and nearby countries.

    Leave time to gather your entourage. Veronica and Johnny Yu, of the Rotary Club of Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines, committed to Singapore while still in Melbourne and have been encouraging others to take advantage of early registration. “You can only believe in the magic of Rotary if you go to the convention,” Johnny Yu says. No two conventions are the same, so even if you’ve been before it’s a chance to reconnect with friends and be inspired. This convention is when members turn ideas into actions for Sharing Hope With the World.

    Register now

    This month's theme is The Rotary Foundation Month
    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
    2023-2024 Theme logo - English
    District 9685 Governor
    Christine Owen
    In Memoriam
     Annette Billington - RC North Ryde
     Tomas Bennett - RC of Belrose
    Please email 
    to let us know of any bereavements you would like published.  It would be much appreciated if you also sent a short biography and photo for an information
    link in In Memoriam.
    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.
    DG Visits SeptemberDG Visits September
    DG Visits - November
     1   RC Umina Beach
     8   RC Kur-ring-gai RCN
    13  RC Kincumber
    14  RC Chatswood Roseville
    15  RC Pennant Hills
    20  RC Eastwood Gladesville
    21  RC Warringah
    22  RC Berowra
    27  RC Hornsby District
    28  RC Greater Hills
    29  RC Penrith Valley
    DG Official Visit to RC Umina Beach
    Everglades Country Club
    Nov 01, 2023 6:15 PM
    Cluster Meetings With AG's and Presidents
    Nov 03, 2023
    Rotary Police Officer of the Year Event
    Hyatt Regency Sydney
    Nov 03, 2023
    6:00 PM – 11:30 PM
    Rotay Foundation Recognition Dinner
    Grand Salon, The Epping Club
    Nov 06, 2023
    6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    DG Official Visit to Kur-ring-gai RCN (Satellite)
    On-line by Zoom
    Nov 08, 2023
    8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Assistant Governors' Meeting
    On-Line by Zoom
    Nov 11, 2023
    8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
    District Team Meeting
    On-Line by Zoom
    Nov 11, 2023
    9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    DG Oficial Visit Rotary Club of Kincumber
    Davistown RSL
    Nov 13, 2023
    6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    DG Official Visit RC Chatswood Roseville
    Roseville Golf Club
    Nov 14, 2023
    6:15 PM – 7:30 PM
    DG Official Visit to RC Pennant Hills
    Community Healtyh Centre
    Nov 15, 2023
    6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    District Team 2024-2025 Training
    Nov 18, 2023
    8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
    DG Official Visit to RC Eastwood Gladesville
    Bayview Hotel
    Nov 20, 2023
    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    DG Official Visit to RC Warringah
    Manly Warringah Leagues Club
    Nov 21, 2023
    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    DG Official Visit to RC Berowra
    Berowra RSL
    Nov 22, 2023
    6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    COTA Meeting
    Nov 25, 2023
    8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
    COTA Meeting
    St Joseph’s
    Nov 25, 2023
    9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
    Combined Meeting AGs, Dist.Team, Presidents, PDGs
    St Joseph’s
    Nov 25, 2023
    9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    St Joseph’s
    Nov 25, 2023
    10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    DG Official Vist to RC Hornsby District
    Magpies Waitara
    Nov 27, 2023
    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    DG Official Visit to RC Greater Hills
    Greater Hills Club
    Nov 28, 2023
    6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    View entire list
    THE NEXT ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE COURSE 77 has had to be re-scheduled due to a clash with the Zone 8 Conference.
    When the dates are finalised, we will notify Rotarians by email and FaceBook
    9th to 11th FEBRUARY 2024
    by Zoom
    To view the RLI brochure, click HERE
    RLI is a training course offered to Rotarians to develop their skills in leadership and management within Clubs to improve performance, knowledge and enjoyment in leading or helping to lead Clubs in the District. 
    The next opportunity is RLI 78 which will be held on-line. 
    To register for RLI 78, please click on the "Register Here" button at the bottom of this section. (More courses to follow in the future)
    The courses consist of three parts over one weekend, all delivered by Zoom. Course materials will be sent to registered participants directly.

    The RLI Convenor for 2023-2026 is Amanda Barnes.

     OCTOBER 2023
    Great articles such as:
    • Strengthening Our Connection With Generation Next
    • New Social Media Course In The Learning Centre
    To read, click HERE
     SEPTEMBER 2023
    Great articles such as:
    • What is a theory of change?
    • Prioritizing Rotary’s public image
    To read, click HERE
    20th OCTOBER 2023
    Great articles such as:
    • Flight raises awareness for polio eradication
    • Rotary Foundation receives highest rating
    To read, click HERE
    OCTOBER 2023
    Great articles such as:
    • The State of Membership
    • Do you know what your members want?
    To read, click HERE
    22nd SEPTEMBER 2023
    Great articles such as:
    • Shape-shifting Singapore
    • Modular homes for Moshchun in Ukraine
    To read, click HERE
    OCTOBER 2023
    Great articles such as: 
    • Make Polio History campaign launches
    • Raising awareness for polio eradication at the Colosseum
    To read, click HERE
    OCTOBER 2023
    Great articles such as: 
    • Lift the Lid Walks
    • Meeting Our New PHD Scholarship Recipients
    To read, click HERE
    OCTOBER 2023
    Great articles such as:
    • Join the World Interact Week celebration!
    • We are family: Rotary Youth Exchange
    To read, click HERE
    OCTOBER 2023
    Great articles such as:
    • Join us in Singapore on May 24, 2024
    • Watch Prerecorded WASH-RAG Webinars
    To read, click HERE
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