June 18 2020

CONGRATULATIONS Queens Birthday Honours OAM
Congratulations to a number of our members and friends of Rotary for receipt of their awards int eh recent Queens Birthday Honours list. Those I am aware of include:
  • Ken BROADHEAD RFD, RC Wahroonga
  • Jenetta RUSSELL, RC Wahroonga
  • PDG Harold SHARP, RC Crows Nest
  • Toni FIELD
  • Michael HICKEY
Congratulations to anyone else similarly recognised for you wonderful commitments to our community!!
THANK YOU: Thornleigh Office – PDG Tony Castley
We have now relocated all district resources out of what has been their home for many years. We cannot thank PDG Tony Castley enough for providing affordable accommodation at the Thornleigh site which has seen much enjoyment by many in D9685 committees of all sorts, the selection of many District Governors, the learning of many through the RLI, and many heated committee debates. Thank you, Tony, from everyone in the District.
THANK YOU: Mentor support
I could not have survived my year without the wise and patient advice of my two mentors – PDG Harold Sharp and PDG David Rands. As my year comes to a close, I realise how many times they have steered me in the right direction and ensured that my decisions and actions are appropriate. Thank you both for your input and guidance!!
Without the visionary leadership of Clem Renouf as the president of Rotary International (1978-79), we would not be talking about the possibility of global polio eradication today. Sir Clem – Foundation Member of the Rotary Club of Nambour, Queensland – led the international campaign to vaccinate every child against polio. He is a sad loss to the Rotary family.
Yes, I know that you are all clamouring for details of our end of year event, and with each passing announcement by the Federal and State health authorities, we feel more confident that July offers the prospect for an official handover from Rotary Connects the World the Rotary Opens Opportunities!!
We may not get the opportunity to give you much notice, and we are not sure what capacity any venue may be able to offer us, however we are hopeful that a date in July will see the party event of the year. So please keep your diaries handy!!
FAREWELL: RC Lindfield and RC Thornleigh
We close the year saying Goodbye to two of our oldest clubs - Lindfield and Thornleigh, with members going to other surrounding clubs to continue their great work.  Lindfield has just achieved its 50yr status, and has not had the chance to celebrate that great milestone.
There are also merger discussions underway for Dee Why Warringah and Frenchs Forest, and with Chatswood and Roseville Chase, and we wish all those members a wonderful and exciting future with your new identity and project mix!!
Thank you to all these clubs for looking to their futures to ensure that Rotary remains alive and well in your communities and that all your club projects will continue successfully into the future.
Thank you all for your support over the last 12 months. We have all experienced some extraordinary times, and have learned just how adaptable and innovative we are in the face of some amazing situations. Thank you to the many volunteers and supporters of the projects that have kept our farmers going, and helped to rejuvenate our bushfire devastated regions.
Thank you for the support you have provided to my designated projects. If you are still supporting the national Purple House project, it is RAWCS project 81-20190-20 for bank transfers.
I wish DGE Dave Clark and his team and fabulous year ahead – an exciting time as we all learn to eat together, laugh together, hug together and Open Opportunities!!
Yours in Rotary
 Ken Broadhead OAM (Wahroonga)
 Toni Field OAM (North Sydney)
Michael Hickey OAM (Terrigal)
 Jenetta Russell OAM (Wahroonga)
PDG Harold Sharp OAM (Crows Nest)
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
Rotary’s Centenary is a time of celebration!  It Is a time to reflect on our past, and take pride in all that has been achieved.  It is a time we play our part in the history of Rotary.

Our centenary is also the time to lay the foundations for our future, as we still have much to do.  The key project in our centenary year will focus on stopping the one in 16 children who die in 9 Pacific nations before the age of five. 

We invite you to join Rotarians across Australia on 10th July for virtual fellowship, as well as meet our R100 Centenary Ambassadors, the Governor General and Mrs Hurley, as they launch our national centenary campaign.  By joining us, you will witness the “Passing the Baton” ceremony.  The baton that will carry the symbols of our centenary and will travel far and wide across Rotary clubs and Districts.  

We wanted to take the opportunity of sharing with you the video that our Ambassadors have provided and you are welcome to share this with your Districts and Clubs. In fact we would encourage you to do so.
We ask for your support in helping us raise funds for our R100 Centenary project, "Rotary Give Every Child a Future"; saving young lives in Pacific nations. 

Please expect registration details on how you can join within the next week.

We look forward to you joining in and making your mark on history!

Kind regards,

Garry Browne                                                                             
Hugh Bucknall

Chair - National  Centenary of Rotary Committee                       
Founder - Centenary of Rotary Campaign             
In Memoriam
*Paul Clune - Epping
* Neville Pickering - Woy Woy
* Graeme Paul - Frenchs Forest
Please email 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.
2019/20 District Team Meeting
District Office
Jun 20, 2020
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
District Changeover
Jul 04, 2020
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