District Governor's eNews
July 5 2018

“Remember it is not what you have but what you give that brings happiness”
Lady Olave Baden Powell
My Friends in Rotary,
Welcome to the first DGs eNews for the 2018-2019 Rotary Year. The year to ‘Be the Inspiration’ in your clubs and more importantly in your communities.
Rotary International President Barry Rassin will lead by example this coming year and build on the wonderful legacy left to us by Ian Riseley. As will all of the new club presidents and club boards around the District.
The quote I have started with, is from someone I have looked up to for most of my life. Lady Baden Powell who along with her husband Lord Robert Baden Powell was the founder of the worldwide organisation of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. This couple are an inspiration to many generations of young people involved in the Scouting and Guiding movements.
During the Changeover Season, which continues still, John and I have been welcomed most warmly to the many clubs we have shared the changeovers with. We thank you all for your friendship and hospitality at these events. We have been amazed at the programs and opportunities all clubs provide for their local or International communities and it is easy to see that many of you will have no trouble Being the Inspiration in the coming year.
Please remember that the District Team are here to help you with all of your endeavours and are excited to help you with what ever you might need. We are not here to tell you what to do or how to do it, we are here to assist you when you need help. Please take advantage of their expertise and willingness to help District 9685 be the best it can be.
This year the District Governor’s Partner Project will be to support Grace’s Place. Grace’s Place is a purpose-built facility that will provide support and medical care to children who are affected by homicide. They might be the siblings or children of a homicide victim. These young people are often the forgotten victims of a homicide and can fall by the wayside while the adults in the family try to come to terms with the tragedy that has befallen their family. Martha Jabour CEO of NSW Homicide Victims Support Group is the driving force behind Grace’s Place and will be a keynote speaker at our March 2019 District Conference, in Newcastle. John will elaborate on this wonderful project during our club visits.
Once again, the District will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the NSW Police Citizens Youth Clubs. This will continue the initiative started last year under IPDG Peter Ward. If you have not reached out to the PCYC near you please do so. The venues are available for hire, their young people are great sources for our Youth Programs and their Staff can become members of your clubs. It is a win/win for both sides.
Both John and I are looking forward to working with all the Rotarians and Friends of Rotary in our District this year as we strive to Be the Inspiration.
Susan Wakefield OAM
Governor, RI District 9685, 2018-19
Rotary Foundation Committee Meeting
District Office
Jul 05, 2018
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
2018 District Changeover
Hornsby RSL
Jul 07, 2018
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
2018/19 District Team Meeting
District Office
Jul 14, 2018
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Presidents' Meeting
Hornsby RSL
Jul 21, 2018
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
COTA Meeting
District Office
Jul 27, 2018
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
RLI 48.1
District Office
Aug 04, 2018
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
G Train Meeting
District Office
Aug 11, 2018
8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Presidents' Group Meetings
Aug 17, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Rotary Inspirational Women Awards
Epping Club
Aug 19, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
RLI 48.2
District Office
Aug 25, 2018
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Rotary Foundation Committee Meeting
District Office
Sep 06, 2018
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Australian Rotary Conference
Sep 14, 2018 5:00 PM –
Sep 16, 2018 2:00 PM
COTA Meeting
District Office
Sep 21, 2018
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Presidents' Meeting
Hornsby RSL
Sep 29, 2018
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

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The Rotary Clubs of Mosman and The Entrance, and the Interact Club at the Tumbi Umbi Campus of the Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College recently cooperated in the very successful running of a “Wheelathon” to support the provision of wheelchairs for disabled children in developing countries. The “Wheelchairs for Kids” (WFK) program has two key objectives:

1.      Providing wheelchairs to children enabling them to have mobility for the first time in their lives, facilitating their involvement with family activities, and aiding their integration into their local communities.  The wheelchairs are provided free of charge through various organisations, including overseas Rotary Clubs, World Vision etc. who arrange shipment and fitting to the individual children. The wheelchairs are a life changer for both the children and their families.

2.      Encouraging the school's students to think more generally about the importance of enabling access and inclusion for children who have less abilities than others and providing them with a meaningful opportunity to make a difference.

As part of the "Wheelathon", students are sponsored by family and friends to both "wheel" and "be wheeled" in wheelchairs around obstacle courses or sports grounds. The event at Tumbi Umbi ran for around half a day with great participation and enthusiasm from the students and more than $5000 was raised from sponsorship with additional funds coming from a sausage sizzle and other catering activities.

Manufacturing to support the WFK program is supervised by Rotary and carried out by volunteers in Perth. With the all up manufacturing cost being $200 per unit, the efforts of the team at Tumbi Umbi will mean more than 25 children and families will benefit from the provision of a wheelchair.

Mosman Rotary has 15 WFK wheelchairs for use in Wheelathons and can provide  information for preparation of proposals for consideration by schools; help with the promotion of events by providing access to videos, presentations, photos and other materials; and together with Rotary Clubs near schools provide logistical support and related fund-raising activities on the day such as sausage sizzles.
To date more than 40,000 wheelchairs have been manufactured and supplied to international charities for their distribution around the world but as always, demand exceeds supply. If your Rotary club is interested in joining with a local school in running a Wheelathon please contact Richard Vahtrick from Mosman Rotary at
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