District Governor's eNews
December 5 2019

My Friends in Rotary,
Can you believe that Christmas is nearly upon us?!?
I am busily preparing gift cards for the Christmas Wrapping project for my club, and know that you will all be involved in your various projects as well. It is such an exciting month in which to communicate with our local communities through all your projects and activities, and I wish you joy as you prepare and then execute them with smiles aplenty!
To date I have had the pleasure of visiting 64 of our clubs, experiencing both the largest and the smallest gathering, and being blown away by them all. We have such great talent in our District – a very lucky Rotary community indeed.
For those I have visited, I hope that you have Feb 29 in your diary as a special fundraiser, and that you are organising practice sessions of the ‘nutbush’ for your performance at 11am. If you are wondering about the record we are trying to beat nationally, click on the link below to watch this year’s dusty red attempt in Birdsville:
Surely we can get together to give this record attempt a big nudge?!?!? We are hoping to raise some money for the national Indigenous Health project as well as have some fun!
Our country cousins continue to suffer the indignity and strain of both the drought and bushfires, so please keep them in your thoughts. RAWCS is the centre of choice for any support you can provide as the funds are overseen directly by Rotarians on the ground for those directly in need. So please select your fund of choice at and give generously, either personally or from your club.
November was Rotary Foundation month which included with our traditional Foundation Dinner in conjunction with D9675. We were blessed to have PRIP Ravi Ravendran visit us on behalf of the Foundation, and spend some time in Sydney. The dinner and the accompanying presentations recognised the contributions made by so many over the past year to ensure that the Foundation continues to be in a very strong position to support our projects both hear and internationally. Thank you to all who attended, to all who were recognised for their generosity and to all who continue in a position to support The Rotary Foundation in any way at all.
Other events I have been delighted to be involved in during November included:
  • The NSW Police Officer of the Year (POOTY) awards night, orchestrated by the Rotary Club of Sydney, and with the esteemed presence of the NSW Governor
  • The opening of a new dCaf in Ryde to add to our collection – well done everyone.
  • The launch of a new transport bus for PCYC at Waitara
  • Two school-based Days fir Girls workshops – so much talking!!!
  • The RC Turramurra jumbo flight around a very smoggy/smokey Sydney – what a joy, especially to meet the brave exchange student who volunteered as the kangaroo toe following night
  • Light Up East Ryde celebrations
Rotary On The Move this month has a great excerpt by Michael S. Turner - A Theoretical Cosmologist  From the Zone 7A, Membership Newsletter, July - September 2019, titles “How to Handle Millennials” with the following hints for membership/interest conversations:
Speak the Language 
  • Don’t talk about “events” they should attend. Instead, promote the opportunities and experiences Rotary   has created for them. 
  • Don’t pitch them a membership the way you always have. Instead, ask them for an investment and be able to describe the return they can expect on that investment. 
  • Don’t ask for “volunteers” for a committee. Instead, invite them to collaborate with fellow Rotarians.      
  • Think words don’t matter? Test these out and see for yourself.
Know your Audience 
  • Need a sophisticated understanding of who they will be. 
  • Know what they want. Ask them! They will be happy to tell you and offer to help make things happen. 
  • Offer the specific programs to them. 
It’s About Culture 
  • Millennials have an almost subliminal obsession with culture, and with finding people, places and organizations that match their values. 
  • Find a place where individuals can come together and collectively produce something of value. 
  • Engage in a two-way conversation where they feel like they’ve helped to shape the project’s goals. 
Distributed Authority 
  • Empowering leaders to feel ownership of projects or experiences will drive them to incredible results. 
  • You need to be very careful who you place in leadership positions. But once you’ve matched the right person with the right project, the rest will take care of itself. 
  • After the fun is over you need to spend time thanking those people who made the event or program so great. This simple gesture will ensure that person is loyal to your Rotary for their entire career. 
Some interesting hints and tips as we seek to engage with a culture often a little removed from the one with which we are comfortable!!
Please have a safe and exciting break over Christmas. Enjoy the myriad projects that you all have planned in the lead up to this festive season. Thank you all for being such an inspiration to those around you and a support to so many who could not survive without us. (Photo 8)
Remember to wear some Rotary identification wherever you travel, just in case someone wants to tap you on the shoulder and ask you what it is all about!
What else is happening in the world:
D9685/D9675 Combined District Conference – Wollongong: Get your reservations in before Dec 30 to save on the special deal. Come along and celebrate the REASON that you just love being a Rotarian!!
Purple House Indigenous Health SupportFeb 29 is the day to show your support for the other of my target projects. Create a targeted fundraiser on this bonus Saturday next year. Also start practising the Nutbush in your club so that we can nationally break the record ay 11am ESST!
2020 International Convention in Hawaii: It’s getting closer – can you feel the palm trees swaying? The waves crashing? The sun shining – in June? And all the entertaining to enjoy? Come join us for one of the closest and most climate friendly Conventions, and in an island paradise. How can you resist??
Kalma McLellan
Governor, RI District 9685, 2019-20
Presidents Meeting & AGM
Hornsby RSL
Dec 06, 2019
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
PDGs Christmas Party
Dec 07, 2019
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
DG Nominating Committee Meeting
District Office
Dec 08, 2019
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
RYLA Team Meeting
District Office
Dec 21, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
Elanora Heights Conference Centre
Jan 05, 2020 8:00 AM –
Jan 11, 2020 3:00 PM
COTA Meeting
District Office
Jan 17, 2020
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Rotary Foundation Committee Meeting
District Office
Jan 23, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
DG Nominating Committee Meeting
District Office
Feb 02, 2020
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Summer RYPEN
Sydney Academy of Sport and Rec, Narrabeen
Feb 07, 2020 6:00 PM –
Feb 09, 2020 2:00 PM
Summer RYPEN
Sydney Academy of Sport and Rec, Narrabeen
Feb 07, 2020 6:00 PM –
Feb 09, 2020 2:00 PM
2019/20 District Team Meeting
District Office
Feb 08, 2020
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
GTrain Meeting
District Office
Feb 15, 2020
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Presidents Meeting
Hornsby RSL
Feb 22, 2020
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
RLI 56.1
District Office
Feb 22, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
DG Nominating Committee Meeting
District Office
Mar 01, 2020
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Rotary Foundation Committee Meeting
District Office
Mar 05, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
RLI 56.2
District Office
Mar 07, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
COTA Meeting
District Office
Mar 13, 2020
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
President Elect Learning and Development (PETS)
Next Generation Club
Mar 14, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
District Conference 2020 - Reasons
WEC, Wollongong
Mar 20, 2020 6:00 PM –
Mar 22, 2020 1:00 PM
PDGs Meeting with RIPPR
Mar 23, 2020
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
View entire list
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for December 2019.  Please feel free to share and send us your great membership stories.
Wondering if you can help share this Go Fund Me Page – we have the first Indigenous crew racing in the Sydney to Hobart this year and we’re currently raising funds.  If you know anyone that would be willing to contribute, that would be much appreciated:
Tribal Warrior Yacht Crew:
With fires on top of drought, our northern neighbours are really struggling. If you and/or your club are in a position to support, there have now been a number of RAWCS accounts set up to manage your donations:
The projects are:
Please talk to Community Service Director Peter Kirkwood if you have any plans to support our bush cousins so that a coordinated approach can be taken. And thank you all so much for what you have already provided to so many across our state.
In case you are wondering if Shelterbox can or are supporting this disaster, ROWLEY TOMPSETT, Chair, ShelterBox Australia provides the following input to your questions:
“It’s been devastating to see the rapid spread of bushfires in Australia. Thousands have been forced to evacuate their homes, and the country is bracing itself for ‘the most dangerous bushfire week ever seen’.  Our thoughts are with all those affected, including our colleagues at ShelterBox Australia.
At this time, we’re not sending a team to provide shelter aid. We’re monitoring the situation closely and will provide an update if anything changes.
  • While New South Wales and Queensland have both declared a state of emergency, the Australian Government has not made an international request for emergency shelter.  Core infrastructure, like power, communications, roads, hospitals and schools, is likely to be repaired quickly compared to other countries.
  • Our core items – including tents, tools and tarpaulins – are unlikely to be an acceptable solution for Australian families, particularly with temperatures of 40C expected.
  • Local teams already have good capacity to respond and start the recovery process.  This is due to the high-quality infrastructure, social support, availability of resources, and the preparedness activities of Government teams.”

In 2021, Rotary in Australia and New Zealand celebrates our first 100 years of service – and we need a powerful, engaging logo to help build our story.


So, we have created a Centenary Logo Competition to help make an impact.


What creativity can we conjure that captures the heart and soul of our centenary?


Separate designs for both New Zealand and Australia will be welcome. Or a design that covers both countries – a design that enhances Rotary’s broader branding.


Everyone is welcome to enter – Rotarians, professionals, friends and family. And the designer’s story will be an important part of the logo’s launch. We are tapping into the passion and energy of volunteers who will be rewarded simply with heartfelt thanks acknowledged by Rotary leaders. That story will be part of our centenary story.


The competition is now open and closes on December 15. This is a tangible chance to make a mark on history!

For more information, submission protocols and technical guidelines, visit




Former St Ives Rotarian Bhuvan Unhelkar, will be visiting Sydney Feb 18-26 2020. Now a university lecturer in IT in Sarasota, Florida, Bhuvan is very familiar with our District and would love to share his worldly experiences with your club. His favourite topic is “Global Peace: A Multicultural Rotary perspective”, however he can be persuaded to talk on almost anything. Please let Kalma McLellan know if you would like him to include him in your meeting program in Feb 2020.
Rotary Matters a weekly program on community radio station Triple H 100.1 FM profiles the causes, projects and people who make up Rotary. The idea is to arouse interest and engagement among the wider general public. Each week a different Rotary initiative is profiled with an in studio interview. This is followed by a What’s On of activities in District 9685 which are accessible to the public. To have your Club’s initiatives and activities profiled on Rotary Matters, contact the host, Ian Stuart on 0416 138 860 or Episodes of the program can be heard indefinitely on the Rotary Matters Facebook site and other social media platforms like Spotify.
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