District 9685 eNews

July 15th, 2021

Rotary District 9685 acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples
as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land and gives respect to the
Elders – past and present – and through them to all Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
District Governor’s Message:
Tough news for all impacted by COVID. Please stay safe and follow the rules and YES we are all missing family and friend’s. Now is the time to reach out to fellow members, say hullo and check in.
Club Changeovers
Tania and I have attended a few Changeovers personally and then by Zoom. Loved the Ryde club’s spin around the screens where AG Chair, Julie Thorp exclaimed,  “I love the Rotary Club of Ryde” and Malcolm McGregor a Rotarian’s partner, upon being recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow said, “The camaraderie of everyone in Rotary is fantastic”. It certainly is. Let’s build on that fellowship as we manage the coming weeks and engage with as many as you can; check in with your members, planning club projects, tidying admin tasks, updating websites, contacting prospective members and making the most of this enforced down time.
My recommendation is that if you’re trying to reschedule to a few weeks later, you bite the bullet and hold a Zoom Changeover soon, which Tania and I will try to attend. Your new team will feel suitably inducted and can get on with Serving to Change Lives.

President’s Meeting Saturday 24 July will now be via Zoom at 8.30am

AG’s will liaise with their Club Group presidents for the best communication method to discuss Club progress prior to the 24th.

District Directory 2021-22

The Directory is printed and is sitting in DG Lindsay’s car boot (where Directories hide). A limited number of Directories will be issued to each club. Once we know the updated COVID situation, a decision will be made how to best distribute copies, plus President’s 2021-22 and District Team name badges.

Good News, the Directory is available on the District Website:
Note you will need to be logged in to access the information.  You may need to ask your Club Secretary for your user name. I highly recommend our website, as it has a vast range of information about Rotary programs.
This might be a good time to encourage the 45% of our membership who have not created a MyRotary account at to do so.  Just google “how to create a myrotary account’ and follow the steps.
DG’s Official Visit
Club visits were due to commence Monday 19 July. Each Club President has been advised of their date and most have confirmed. They are also listed in the Directory P16-21   (available on the District website)
It is DG Lindsay’s intention to personally visit clubs but if this lockdown extends for weeks we will revert to Zoom. Please liaise with Lindsay if you prefer to maintain the date and meet by Zoom. Amended in person visits will likely occur in 2022
Stay safe and I’m on the end of a phone if needed.
DG Lindsay n Tania
Lindsay May OAM
District Governor 2021-2022
Monthly Message for July 2021
Shekhar Mehta

I wish each of you and your families a great Rotary New Year! Together, let us make it the best year of our lives, by making it a year to grow more and do more. Let this be a year of changemakers, and let us begin with our membership.

That is precisely why the Each One, Bring One initiative is so important. During this year, I urge you to dream of new ways in which Rotary can expand its reach into your community and therefore the world. If each member introduces one person to Rotary, our membership can increase to 1.3 million by July 2022. So, let’s just do it!

Imagine the change we, as Rotary members, can make when there are so many more of us! More people to care for others, more people to Serve to Change Lives. 

Think of the impact we can have through grow more, do more. More members will enable us to embark on bigger and bolder service projects. And each of us can also continue to serve in our own personal ways, responding to needs in our communities.
The beauty of Rotary is that service means different things to different people around the world. One element, however, that we can incorporate into all of our service initiatives is empowering girls. Unfortunately, even in this day and age, girls and young women face disproportionate challenges all over the world. We have the power to lead the charge for gender equality. Empowering girls and young women to have greater access to education, better health care, more employment, and equality in all walks of life should be embedded in every Rotary project we launch. Girls are future leaders, so we must ensure that we help them shape their future.The biggest gift we are given Is the power to touch a life,

To change, to make a difference
In the circle of life.

If we can reach out
With our hand, heart, and soul,

The magic will start to happen
As the wheel begins to roll.

Let’s turn the wheel together
So all humanity thrives,

We have the power and the magic
To Serve to Change Lives.

These are challenging times, and I compliment each of your efforts in grappling with COVID-19. No challenge is too big for Rotarians. The bigger the challenge, the more passionate the Rotarian. Look at what we can do when we take on a colossal challenge such as eradicating polio. Look at the millions of lives we improve by strengthening access to water, sanitation, and hygiene. Look at what we do every year to promote peace in places where it seems unimaginable. Our basic education and literacy programs have nation-building impact.

This year, let us challenge ourselves to do more such projects and programs that have national reach and impact. This year, let us Serve to Change Lives.

Shekhar Mehta
RI President 2021-22
1.  Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG) - June 2021 Newsletter

Click on the link below to download the PDF Newsletter. Thank you all for your support and taking the time to read our Monthly Newsletter. A new Rotary year is underway and we would love to get you involved with our efforts at helping Rotary play a meaningful role in protecting our Environment.  Please get in touch if you'd like to join our team or seek our support. We look forward to helping support your Club and District to play its part in 2021

2. RAWCS Project Audit Reports - for those Clubs who had Projects 2021-2022
July will see RAWCS send out their bi-annual Audit Reports to be completed. These audits are mandatory and if not completed your project could be suspended. Congrats to those who get theirs in on time. 
Best practice for Audit Reports
  • Do the report asap when it lands in your inbox.  
  • Even if your have a zero financial balance it must be done
  • If completed please tick the box at the start of the form and complete the form 
  • You can not use welfare for tax deductibility. Correct wording is essential- (contact me if you need support)
3.  This is a facebook page link, written on Zali Steggall's Page
Rotary clubs are so important to our community, and even though they cannot physically meet at the moment, I want to acknowledge that this is their centenary year.
Rotary has 30,000 members across more than 1,000 local clubs. We are so lucky to have five of those clubs here in Warringah:
I also pay tribute to the members of Frenchs Forest Rotary who recently wound up the club after an amazing 50 years of service.
The pandemic, the lockdowns and, sadly, the current outbreak that is now impacting Sydney, has hit clubs—especially Rotary clubs—very hard. It means the clubs aren't able to meet and do a lot of their usual activities and members are more isolated.
Thank you so much to all those Rotary clubs in Warringah for their service and huge contribution to our community. I had a chance to speak about your huge contribution and fantastic initiatives in Parliament recently.
Thank you for all your hard work.  At the end, for those who wish to listen to Zali Steggal’s Speech you will find a link. For those who do not have facebook this is the link
Do you know a Rotarian who has gone above and beyond to create environments where girls under the age of 18 can flourish. Nominate them.
Submission Deadline: Friday 23 July
This is an easy and quick way to raise funds safely and legally. The Rotary Club of Crows Nest has been successfully promoting this Fundraiser since 2001.
We are once again producing trifecta tickets for this year. They are easy to sell. 
More information & Order form is attached or click on this  Order Form
On 28 May, we were advised that the Rotary Foundation Australia had to delay the proposed Indian Pandemic Appeal.  This was planned as a joint activity of Rotary Foundation Australia and the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank’s Community Enterprise Foundation.  The delay was unfortunate but beyond their control.  The situation in India remains dire, with about 50,000 new cases and 1,000 deaths daily.  This is the time of a crisis when Rotary typically plays its part by helping communities to respond and recover.  The Chair of RFA is pleased to advise that the Foundation and Bendigo have agreed to resume the efforts to help fund this relief.
Most Rotarians know about the Centurion and Paul Harris Fellow recognition programs for individuals who make donations to The Rotary Foundation.  But, did you know about the new recognition programs that honour Rotary Clubs for making donations? 
The idea is to encourage your club to allocate a share of your club’s fund-raising project income to Rotary’s own charity – The Rotary Foundation – in addition to the special causes that you are passionate about. 
The Club Giving Awards honour the Clubs that donated at least $5000 to The Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund, and/or that donated at least $2200 to the End Polio Now Fund.
For the year ending June 2021, the Awardees were:
Lower Blue Mountains
Chatswood Roseville
Lane Cove
West Pennant Hills & Cherrybrook
Lower Blue Mountains
Chatswood Roseville
North Ryde
The Hills-Kellyville
Pennant Hills
As you plan your club’s fund-raisers for this Rotary year, we ask you to set aside 10% of the amount raised for these two Rotary Foundation programs.  The Annual Fund is our “seed bank” that returns money to our district for club-directed projects.  The Polio Fund is vital to ensure that polio is finally eradicated from the planet.
David Dean, District 9685 Rotary Foundation Committee Chair  Tel: 0412 798 526
Rotary Matters
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
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Are you bored with jigsaws, reading, and watching re-runs of television shows? 
Unfortunately, it seems likely that the current lockdown due to COVID will continue for at least another couple of weeks, and that resumption of face-to-face Rotary meetings is quite some time away.
Why not use this time productively and take the opportunity to do something constructive and beneficial to your Rotary club?  Take stock of your current situation in regard to your club’s public image and make plans to implement any changes that will ensure your mage is where you want it to be.
Public image is every Rotarian’s responsibility and what we say, what we do, and how we look, all impact on how we are perceived in the community.  This, in turn, affects how the public interacts with us – whether they support our events, donate to our causes, volunteer their services, and join us members.  Having a strong brand and positive public image is critical to every club’s success and ongoing survival. Enhancing your club’s public image also helps your club stand out from all the other opportunities that members of your community have to donate, volunteer, and get involved.
Lockdown provides each of us with an ideal opportunity to upgrade our skills and to learn as much about how we can raise our public image as possible.  There are excellent modules in the Learning Centre which will help you maximise your club’s public image – courses such as Rotary’s Action Plan and You and Promoting your Club as People of Action.
Australian Rotary Health (ARH) is undertaking a new initiative to improve the mental health of our youngest Australians, announcing today that their research funding will now focus on the 0-12 age group.
The new research area will be introduced at a symposium titled, ‘Healthy Children, Bright Futures: Improving the Mental Health of 0-12 Year Olds’. The symposium will take place in Sydney in late March next year.
District 9685 Governor
Lindsay May OAM

Monthly theme for July

13th to 16th August, 2021
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JULY, 2021
The articles are excellent. eg.
  • Presidential initiatives for the new Rotary year
  • Get reports from the 2021 Virtual Convention
To read, click HERE
June 2021

The articles are excellent. eg.

  • Environment Opens New Opportunities
  • What Came First - the Chicken or the Egg

To read, click HERE

G Train Meeting
Zoom On-Line
Jul 17, 2021
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
COTA Meeting
Zoom On-Line
Jul 17, 2021
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
DG's Official Visit - Springwood
Oriental Hotel
Jul 19, 2021
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
DG's Official Visit - North Sydney Sunrise
Piato Restaurant
Jul 20, 2021
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
DG's Official Visit -
Northbridge Golf Club
Jul 20, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
DG's Official Visit - Wahroonga
The Warrawee Club
Jul 21, 2021
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
DG's Official Visit - Windsor
Lynwood Country Club
Jul 21, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
DG's Official Visit - Brookvale
Manly Warringah Leagues Club
Jul 22, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Presidents' Meeting
Hornsby RSL
Jul 24, 2021
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
DG's Official Visit - Crows Nest
Crows Nest Hotel / Zoom TBC
Jul 26, 2021
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
DG's Official Visit - Beecroft
WPH Sports / Zoom TBC
Jul 26, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
DG's Official Visit - Woy Woy
Everglades Ctry Club / Zoom TBC
Jul 27, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
DG Official Visit - Gosford City
Top Point Cafe / Zoom TBC
Jul 28, 2021
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
DG Official Visit - Berowra
Berowra RSL / Zoom TBC
Jul 28, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
DG's Official Visit - North Ryde
Dunmore Lang / Zoom TBC
Jul 30, 2021
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
AG's Meetings with Presidents
TBA by AG's
Jul 30, 2021 7:00 PM
AG's and District Executive Team Meeting
Zoom On-Line
Aug 07, 2021
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
DG and District Team Meeting
Zoom On-Line
Aug 07, 2021
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Course 64
Aug 13, 2021 6:00 PM –
Aug 15, 2021 4:00 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Course 64b (Out of District Participants)
Aug 13, 2021 6:00 PM –
Aug 15, 2021 4:00 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Course 65
Oct 08, 2021 6:00 PM –
Oct 10, 2021 4:00 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Course 66
Nov 05, 2021 6:00 PM –
Nov 07, 2021 4:00 PM
District 9685 RYLA Seminar
Uniting Venues Conference Centre
Jan 09, 2022 10:00 AM –
Jan 15, 2022 11:30 AM
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Contact Details
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Thornleigh NSW 2120
Phone    +61 2 9481 9400
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