District 9685 Rotary Round Up

16th May 2024

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R. Gordon R. McInally
R. Gordon R. McInally
President 2023-24
May 2024

I am deeply gratified by the enthusiasm shown across the world in the past year to better support the mental health needs of each other and the people we serve.

In January 2023 when I first spoke about the need for Rotary to become more engaged on this crisis, I noted that the global mental health system couldn't be described as broken only because it didn't exist. But I also offered a highly aspirational wish that Rotary could help build that system.

The first glimmers of this vision have been brought to light by you in dozens of mental health projects. But just as important is the invitation many of you have given to fellow Rotary members to share their stories.

I am impressed by the leadership young Rotarians and Rotaractors have shown and by the brave, inspiring stories they have shared. Former Rotaractor Freddie Almazan, a survivor of gun violence who refused to give in to despair, has an especially powerful personal narrative that you can hear firsthand at this month's Rotary International Convention in Singapore.

To create lasting change, the work we do needs to have a sustainable impact on the people and communities we serve. One great example of that kind of impact: Rotary clubs in Colorado endowing a pediatric mental health fellowship at Children's Hospital Colorado.

At the convention, you can also hear from 2024 People of Action honorees lauded for the impact they and their clubs have made through mental health initiatives. Bindi Rajasegaran will talk about a Rotary-led project in Malaysia helping children develop skills to cope with mental health challenges and building capacity for support throughout the country.

In addition, Rita Aggarwal, an officer of the Rotary Action Group on Mental Health Initiatives, will be recognized for her success in applying the Wellness in a Box framework, a mental health literacy approach for adolescents, in her hometown of Nagpur, India. This highly scalable and clinically backed framework can be adapted for use just about anywhere — reach out to the action group if your club would like to support or implement it.

As we look ahead, the Rotary Action Group on Mental Health Initiatives will play a critical leadership role in promoting proven, measurable projects. In doing so, it will empower clubs to focus on initiatives that drive scalable, sustainable impact.

I invite you to go to the Learning Center on My Rotary and check out the Increase Your Impact series, which includes a wonderful short video explaining impact. When we focus on impact, we bring Rotary's vision statement to life, creating lasting change across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves

1. D9685 Rotary Disaster Relief (RDR) update
We have been busy making valuable contact with members of the Hawkesbury Nepean Valley Disaster Adaptation Plan team (HNVDAP) via Paul Rogers, AG for that area.  The Hawkesbury/Nepean Clubs have been given an opportunity to become engaged with the plan and also take up the offer of having a guest speaker on the subject.
The HNVDAP team has developed a campaign with SES to help people understand the importance of following evacuation orders. We think this is something that everyone could find valuable as you never know when you may be in a situation that requires an evacuation, whether it’s floods or fire.
Watch this 3-minute video:
The Disaster Adaptation Plan will be developing across the rest of the year and into next year so there will be lots to talk about. The exciting news is that Rotary has been able to engage with a key group within the NSW Reconstruction Authority giving Rotarians an opportunity to be part of their community disaster planning and raise their profile at the same time.
Bondi Westfield Tragedy
The RDR team held a zoom meeting with the Bondi Junction Rotary club secretary, their AG and future RCL (Rotary Community Leader) to offer our condolences and ask if any assistance was needed. It was good to hear that the four clubs in the area are well-organised and planning an appropriate response to the tragedy and are not needing any help at this stage.
2. RYLA and RYPEN in East Timor
This year will be the fifteenth annual RYLA in Timor, and the tenth anniversary of RYPEN in East Timor.
Both projects have proved very successful – RYLA attracting over 1000 applicants each year for the 100 positions available, and the sixteen   RYPEN  camps to date are all fully subscribed through the local schools in both the rural and urban areas selected.
RYPEN is very cost efficient in Timor and is exclusively funded by Rotary Clubs.  The number of RYPEN camps is limited by the funds we can raise.  A full 3 day RYPEN camp for 55 school leavers costs a total of US$4500 – 5000.  Support from clubs is crucial.   Can your club help?
Each year a group of interested Rotarians join us in our annual Timor visit.  We would welcome new visitors to join us – if you are at all interested in experiencing something special, and would like to know more please contact Theo Glockemann Phone 9980 6842,  or Angelo Raveane 9982 5259
3. Vale PDG Bob Aitken AM

Bob's funeral on Friday 3rd May 2024 was well attended by family, friends, work colleagues and many, many  members of his Rotary family. The story of Bob's life of Service was well told by his daughter Corrina, his Grandson Jordan, his sister Vicki and Rotary PDG and good friend Susan Wakefield. Later at the Wake at Emu Plains Sports Club, friend and colleague Noel Trevaskis shared memories and stories of Bob, and then allowed many others to do the same. It was a fitting farewell for a much loved man. 

The following links can be accessed to view the funeral, the wake and the front page article in this weeks Blue Mountains Gazette, plus the Eulogy by PDG Susan Wakefield and rthe article in the May edition of the RDU magazine. 
See also the article in the May edition of the "Rotary Down Under" Magazine
4. Reminder Regarding Nominations for District Awards - Closing date 27th May 2024
5. Upcoming Events for District 9685
You can see these events listed in the District Calendar, or for RLI, in the newsletter in the RLI section on the left hand side of this newsletter, or on the District website. However, this is just a reminder of what is coming up before the end of this Rotary Year:

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6. Some Ideas from the RDU Magazine


Including a public relations component in your project plan can help attract the media attention and support your club’s projects and events deserve. Follow these steps for success.
Know your local media
Before sending stories to a journalist, read your local newspaper, listen to the evening news, and follow journalists and news organisations on Facebook and X (formerly Twitter) to identify where a Rotary story might fit. Then:
  • Create a media list and keep it current.
  • Develop a relationship with a reporter and stay in contact so they’ll remember you.
  • Consider inviting a local journalist to come to a club meeting or join a service project.
  • Write a press release that journalists want to read: Share news about your club projects, fundraising events, or the arrival of Youth Exchange students with a press release. Your press release should:
  • Include a persuasive reason – a ‘news hook’ – for the media to pursue the story.
  • Answer the Five W’s: Who, What, Where, When and Why.
  • List a club member who will respond to media inquiries.
  • Include visuals when you send the release to TV stations.
  • Be concise: Limit the press release to one page and paste it into the body of your email rather than sending it as an attachment.
“With so much negativity being spread across the globe, Rotary’s sharing of uplifting and positive stories provides great fulfilment and continues to be of significant public interest.”
Don’t forget to share and follow up:
  • Post news coverage of your events and projects on your club website and social media outlets.
  • Keep track of your public relations efforts by watching for Rotary-related stories in the news outlets you’ve contacted.
    "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 2.05.24, click HERE. It contains the following news and events for Clubs in District 9685.
    Rotary Club of Castle Hill - Run For the Hills
    Rotary Club of Carlingford - Theatre for a Cause - Raising Funds for Grace's Place
    Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains - Rotary Recycles
    Rotary Club of Warringah - Presentation Cheque
    Rotary Clubs of Pennant Hills - Mothers' Day Raffle Results
    Rotary Club of Castle Hill - Rotary Impact Podcast - NEW
    Rotary District 9685 - Rotary Inspirational Womens' Awards
    Rotary Club of North Sydney Sunrise - Save Our Sanctuary
    Rotary Club of Richmond - Rotary International Evening
    Rotary Club of Kariong Somersby - RYLA  Alumni Event
    Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains - MOVIE NIGHT
    Rotary Club of Macquarie Park – Revised Date For Dogs Day Out
    Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains - Trivia Night for East Timor Support Group
    Rotary Club of Lane Cove - Car Boot Sale - New Date
    Rotary Club of Springwood - Pocket Pals Finally Reach Turkey
    Rotary Club of Penrith Valley - Rotary Says No to Domestic Violence
    Rotary Club of Chatswood Roseville - Gordon Waterhouse Memorial Music Scholarship
    Rotary Club of Turramurra - The Moree Project
    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
    • My Rotary Year In Brazil - Tilly Colville
    • Dementia. What We Need To Know - Tim England
    For these podcasts, see "Read More"
    Click on the image above to go the Conference website.
    Download the Convention Promotion Kit here

    Customize your Rotary convention with tours

    The Rotary International Convention in Singapore will offer so many special events and exclusive experiences that you’ll want to make a plan to make the most of your time.

    Come early or stay after the 25-29 May convention to take a tour curated for Rotary members or meet with potential business partners in this economic powerhouse home to so many big corporations. And be sure to register for an extra event to mingle with fellow members.

    The Host Organization Committee has tours for you in Singapore and the region. Book. One convenient three-day tour in neighboring Malaysia includes a Kuala Lumpur heritage walk and a batik fabric dying workshop.

    A private tour to learn about the city’s immigrants and hawker center culture includes tastings at the food markets in Chinese, Indian, and Malay neighborhoods.

    Rotarians from the area invite you to Host Hospitality Night, with cultural and food events at exquisite venues in the heart of the city. At the Rotary Foundation Donor Summit, a general session-style event, members will hear stories about the impact of their support. Major Donors and members of the Arch Klumph, Legacy, Paul Harris, and Bequest societies can register on the convention site.

    Rotary Youth Exchange alumni can connect and share ideas at the Youth Exchange Officers Preconvention 24-25 May.

    And stick around after the convention for the Asia Pacific Regional Rotaract Conference 1-4 June. Whichever Rotary-only experiences you choose for your trip, you’ll be Sharing Hope With the World.

    This story originally appeared in the March 2024 issue of Rotary magazine.


    This month's theme is Youth Service

    Rotary Theme for May | Rotary District 9930

    Rotary believes in developing the next generation of leaders.
    Our programs help younger leaders build leadership skills,
    expand education and learn the value of service.
    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

    Monthly theme for May is Youth Service

    In Memoriam
    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
    Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Course #79
    May 17, 2024 5:45 pm –
    May 19, 2024 4:00 pm
    2024 Rotary International Convention
    May 25, 2024 – May 29, 2024
    District 9685 Annual Lunch 2024
    Jun 15, 2024
    12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    District Changeover, 29th June 2024
    Jun 29, 2024
    6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
    View entire list
    17th to 19th MAY 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 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.
    MAY 2024
    Great articles such as:
    • Singapore Rotary International Convention Final Update
    • People of Action Feel The Power of Rotary Network
    To read, click HERE
    3rd MAY 2024
    Great articles such as:
    • Rotary program vaccinates children in South Pacific
    • Memorable experiences await in Singapore
    • Club model attracts members who want to serve
    To read, click HERE
    MARCH 2024
    Great articles such as:
    • New partnership empowers clubs to protect waterways
    • Grow Rotary with a district membership plan
    To read, click HERE
    APRIL 2024
    Great articles such as:
    • Video: Announcement of partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
    • The Cadre and Rotary Action Groups work to increase impact
    To read, click HERE
    APRIL 2024
    Great articles such as:
    • Don’t miss the 2024 Rotary International Convention 
    • Beyond networking: 7 tips for building meaningful connections in Rotaract
    To read, click HERE
    APRIL 2024
    Great articles such as:
    • Vacancies in ROMAC
    • Patient Updates
    To read, click HERE
    APRIL 2024
    Great articles such as:
    • Rotary District 9790 Ride to Conference 2024
    • ARH Chairman's Dinner
    To read, click HERE 
     APRIL 2024
    Great articles such as:
    • A critical investment towards a polio-free world
    • Polio survivor advocates for commitment to polio eradication
    To read, click HERE
    APRIL 2024
    Great articles such as:
    • The 2024 Rotary International Convention in Singapore is next month! Check these breakout Groups
    • Personalize your membership
    To read, click HERE
    MAY 2024
    Great articles such as:
    • Connect with Rotary’s Positive Peace Activators
    • Design your Rotary Experience
    To read, click HERE
    MAY 2024
    Great articles such as:
    • WASH-RAG and B.R.E.W. - Cheers
    • Reverse Osmosis Project in Peru
    • New >> WASH in Schools Resource
    To read, click HERE
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