District Governor's eNews
July 4 2019

My Friends in Rotary,
Welcome to a new year of Rotary, and a new theme – Rotary Connects the World. 
We have all ‘been the inspiration’ under the leadership of outgoing RI President Barry Rassin and can build on that inspiration as we maximise our connections, both locally and globally, to fulfil the aspirations set for us by RI President Mark Maloney.
The changeover ‘season’ got underway very early, and I am so grateful to have been included in the many celebrations of your club achievements over the past year. By the time you read this I will have attended fabulous changeover events for Chatswood International, Manly, North Sydney, Beecroft, Ryde, Inner Wheel A53, Ku-ring-gai, Glenhaven, Chatswood, Mosman, Upper Blue Mountains Sunrise, Springwood and Kurrajong North Richmond clubs. They have all been just awe-inspiring, making for ideal Public Image material for all your media outlets. There are still some changeovers to come, and I look forward to them all with interest and excitement. I have been particularly inspired by the many PHFs awarded to very worthy recipients, both Rotarians and community members, for their wonderful contributions to our clubs and communities – well done all round. And I congratulate those clubs who wove member inductions into the celebration events – a great forum to welcome new partners into the Rotary family. I apologise to those clubs whose changeovers I was unable to attend due to other commitments. I know these will also have been great celebrations of your achievements in 2018-19 – congratulations to everyone.
On June 19 I was delighted to attend the launch of the 2019 NSW RESCA Awards at Parliament House, together with representatives of the 6 service organisations in NSW. It was a fitting setting for the award launch, which is a NSW-wide opportunity to recognise the efforts of all our emergency service organisations. The final and formal dinner is Friday August 2 at Bankstown Sports Centre, so make a diary date now!
The other important diary date is the Rotary Foundation dinner, on Monday November 11 at Waterview Restaurant in Bicentennial Park at Homebush Bay. With a legendary speaker such as Ravi Ravindran, how can you miss such an event!!
But the most exciting news for this month is the chartering of the Rotary Club of Brisbane Water on June 27th under the tutelage of DG Susan and PDG Graeme Davies with 23 excited members ready to get things really happening in their area. Congratulations to all concerned and welcome to the District 9685 family.
When I think about the new Rotary Theme – Rotary Connects the World – I am amazed at how many connections we already have. But the challenge set for us by Rotary International President Mark is to maximise those connections, use the tried and true classification system, see who is missing from our clubs, and connect with them. He is very adamant that each of us has a role to play, and that we cannot sit back and hope someone else will do all the work. Sounds like a great challenge!!
See you at the District Changeover on Saturday.
Kalma McLellan
Governor, RI District 9685, 2019-20
Rotary Foundation Committee Meeting
District Office
Jul 04, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
2019 District Changeover
Hornsby RSL
Jul 06, 2019
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
2019/20 District Team Meeting
District Office
Jul 13, 2019
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
COTA Meeting
District Office
Jul 20, 2019
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Rotary Foundation Seminar (DA repeat)
District Office
Jul 21, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Presidents Meeting
Hornsby RSL
Jul 27, 2019
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
RLI 53.1
District Office
Aug 04, 2019
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
GTrain Meeting
District Office
Aug 10, 2019
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Zone Presidents Meetings
Various Locations
Aug 16, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
RLI 53.2
District Office
Aug 18, 2019
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
PDGs Meeting
District Office
Aug 31, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Happy New Rotary Year!
Thank you for your generous support during 2018/19.
Congratulations on your active participation in our Foundation’s grants programs to support your Club projects
The final result on Giving to the Annual Fund and End Polio Now are not yet available but we will compare favourably with the other ANZ Districts.
We will probably lead the other Australia and New Zealand Districts in Granting. In 2018/19, 31 Clubs received District Grants and 8 Clubs received Global Grants, So 39 Club projects have done so much more good due to the support of your Giving to our Foundation. We can all be happy about that. I will give you more information about our 2018/19 successes next month.
PDG David Rands has completed his term as District Foundation Chair. David has been an enthusiastic leader of, and donor to, our Foundation. On behalf of District 9685 and the District TRF Team, I thank him for his service and wish him well as he moves to the role of Area TRF Coordinator for Zone 8.
The 2019/20 year has started at a pace! Our Grants Committee Chair, PP David Dean, has received 31 - 2019/20 District Grant applications from our Clubs. In addition, there are 11 Clubs progressing Global Grant applications through the system. A requirement to obtain a Foundation Grant is to gain Club accreditation by attending a TRF seminar. 16 Clubs did not attend the seminar conducted at District Assembly. Another seminar will be held on Sunday 21 July.
The last chance, do not miss out…
The TRF Dinner this year will be held at the Waterview Centre at Homebush on Monday 11 November.
The keynote speaker will be PRIP Ravi Ravindran.
Ravi is a dynamic speaker and will be a future Rotary Foundation Chair.
Don’t miss this dinner, more information will follow.
Thanks for listening and remember Our Foundation,                                 
PDG Bruce Lakin
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