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May 21 2020

RED SHIELD APPEAL DIGITAL DOORKNOCK
Usually, at this time of year, you’ll see us Rotarians throughout local shopping centres and the like rattling buckets, waving banners, EFT machines in hand raising much needed funds for The Salvation Army on their Red Shield Appeal Weekend.
 
This year, due to restrictions forced upon us by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to do that. So how can we help?
 
Rotary Clubs working hand in hand with The Salvos goes back many years and never before have they needed us more!
 
To donate, please click on below link.
 
 
 
 
THE FIRST ROTARY VIRTUAL CONVENTION
Mark your calendars for 20-26 June for an exciting opportunity to gather online with the family of Rotary for our first online convention.
This year's virtual convention is a great opportunity to connect with Rotary participants from around the world to experience the spirit of Rotary, find inspiration through innovation, celebrate our resilience and ability to adapt, exchange ideas, explore how clubs are addressing COVID-19 around the world, and much more.
Experience Rotary in action during our Flag Ceremony, witness the power of connection during our general sessions, learn new ways to engage with Rotary during our breakout sessions, find inspiration from our global speakers, and much more.
The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention will join you with Rotary participants around the world during a time of unprecedented challenges.
 
Now More than Ever, Rotary Connects the World: The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention
20-26 June ~ Schedule at a glance
General Session 1: Together, We Connect — Saturday, 20 June — 11.00pm (AEST) 
General Session 2: Together, We Learn — Sunday, 21 June — 11.00pm (AEST)
Featured Breakout Sessions (details coming soon) - Monday – Friday, 22- 26 June
Each day, one breakout session will be offered at each of the following times*:
8:00 – 9:00 Chicago Time (UTC-5) - 11.00pm AEST
12:00 – 13:00 Chicago Time (UTC-5) - 3.00am AEST
18:00 – 19:00 Chicago Time (UTC-5) - 9.00am AEST
 
UPDATE ON YOUTH EXCHANGE IN OUR DISTRICT
YOUTH EXCHANGE in D9685 continues with 7 Inbound students remaining and being cared for by their clubs. The District Committee thanks all of the host families and clubs for the continued care for these students.
 
We have had only 2 of our Outbound students return home in the past months due entirely to the Covid19 crisis. These students will be considered to have fully completed their exchange as the circumstances of their return home was out of their control.
 
With the majority of the clubs in our district holding zoom meetings it is a great opportunity to connect with past students. They are now able to attend a club meeting and update the clubs on their lives since returning from exchange in Australia.
Hats off to the Rotary Club of Umina Beach for holding an International night with a difference. Conducted via zoom and attended by 8 past inbound or outbound students. They had invited a 9th student but due to a work commitment that student could not attend but sent apologies.
 
The Rotary Club of Ryde has also had 2 past students join their meetings on a regular basis since converting to zoom.
Their student Alma who was recalled home to Sweden by her Government in April has been a regular attendee of the club’s meetings.
 
The youth exchange committee challenges all Rotary clubs that have hosted or sponsored students no matter how long ago to make contact with these people and find out what is new in their lives.
 
Remember as we say in Youth Exchange “ It is not better or worse it is just DIFFERENT”.
 
 
In Memoriam
* John Benyon - Kenthurst
* Garry Rumble - Nepean
* Eric Warth - Crows Nest
* Ken Chung - Crows Nest
* John Waring - Upper Northern Beaches
* John Welch - Wahroonga
 
Please email editorial@rotarydistrict9685.org.au 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.
 
Presidents Meeting
via Zoom
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
TBA
Jul 04, 2020
 
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