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District 9685 DG's eNews

5th August, 2021

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
 
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.
 
 
(pic) Garigal Land, Berowra
 
 
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a brief description and advise
'land of [original owners]'
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DISTRICT GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE
Several members have contacted me and asked what is Rotary doing about a COVID response?                       
My reply is “keep caring and listening, stay connected virtually to family, friends and your Club community
It is imperative that everybody follows NSW Health and Government directives to restrict all movement and contact as per their guidelines to stay safe. Tania and I are double AZ jabbed and hunkered down.       
Yes, we miss visiting Rotary clubs, friends and family.
We are changing our habits to mitigate the pandemic.
 
Through the past year, Rotarians have supported, recognised and rewarded, frontline workers who have been involved in marshalling for Covid tests, assisted post vaccinations by providing cups of tea during the...
 
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VALE REVERED ROTARIANS 
(Please click on their names in the "In Memorium" section for more information)
This month we farewelled two much loved Rotarians.                                 
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AUGUST 2021 IS ROTARY MEMBERSHIP AND NEW CLUB DEVELOPMENT MONTH
I encourage all of us to see that the future of our own Rotary Clubs’ rests on our ability to actively respond to the changing world around us. We need to ensure that all our clubs continue to find ways to ATTRACT, ENGAGE and RETAIN our Rotarians.
(Acknowledgement Dr Daryl Moran DG 9810)
 
1. How do we ATTRACT new members?
    Ensure our ‘Public Face’ is on social media and our public activities are portraying an active, inclusive and energetic club that welcomes and supports new people with ideas.
 
2. How do we ENGAGE our current members?
    Rotary research shows most new members leave within the first 3 years because the atmosphere is unwelcoming, stale or inactive. How many have not been engaged in Club activities and the experience has not met their expectations?
 
3. How do we RETAIN our current members?
    By achieving engagement to the retention point where a Rotarian becomes an advocate for Rotary, their club and undertakes a commitment to Rotary.
 
I encourage all of us to see that the future of our own Rotary clubs’ rests on our ability to actively respond to the changing world around us. We need to ensure that all our clubs continue to find ways to ATTRACT, ENGAGE and RETAIN our Rotarians.
(Acknowledgement Dr Daryl Moran DG 9810)
DISTRICT GOVERNOR'S VISITS
Thus far, Tania and I have visited ten clubs and, based on this sample, I’m delighted to report the District is in great shape. The scope of projects planned and undertaken is inspirational.  Your innovation and the generosity of Rotarians is astounding! Thank you. Each of us takes great pride in what our own club achieves but multiply that by 67 clubs and the change we make by our service is mind blowing. What is really encouraging is to see the way that clubs have quickly reverted to meeting online with attendance up and spirits lifted, young and old, shy and bold, all find their voices (once unmuted).
 
Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Ravi Ravindran writes: 
“As Aristotle said, ‘human beings are social animals’, and while COVID-19 has cruelly deprived us of our natural or habitual environment, it does not prevent us from finding connections and helping others in new ways.”
Beecroft Club in addition to their normal Monday meeting, now have a 5.30pm Friday ‘drinks’ Zoom. No Rotary business, just fun and frivolity, a check in with participating members and an around the screen update on what members are experiencing and how they’re coping. These are relaxed opportunities to include; honorary members, past and prospective members, family and friends. There’s something about being online that lessens inhibitions and allows people to be more candid. A sunset beverage might have a little to do with joviality, but I can say that the 7 am ‘dry’ breakfast meeting at Gosford City was a load of fun with a highly entertaining and an informative Olympic quiz, show-casing remarkable knowledge across 2,800 years of Olympic trivia.
And finally . . .
A Call to Action
 
Our community needs Rotarians to act now!
 
Stay safe
 
 
DG Lindsay May
I spotted this in our local social media 
post - In The Cove, that says it all
THE ROTARY FOUNDATION
 
 
The Rotary Foundation – Our “Seed Bank” for Tough Times
Your Club Presidents and Foundation Directors have already heard of my description of The Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund as our “Seed Bank” to enable our clubs to grow their ideas into significant projects that do good in the world.  A share of your contributions to the Annual Fund each year are set aside for three years, and then returned to our District for use in new District and Global Grants to support your club’s projects.  These funds are the seeds to help you grow a bigger project!
 
This year we have already received applications for over $100,000 in District Grants that will double the size of 30 club projects.  These have been submitted to The Rotary Foundation for approval, and we hope to make the funds available within the next month.We have also received approval from The Rotary Foundation for our first Global Grant this Rotary year!  This project will provide 10 oxygen concentrators to hospitals in the Kathmandu region of Nepal, worth over $US 30,000.  This is a project sponsored by the Rotary Club of Northlakes Toukley.  Club President Jan Pryor learned of the urgent need in Nepal and partnered with...
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LATEST NEWS
1.  Australian Rotary Health 2020-21 Contributions.
 
District 9455 Perth & WA north of the Swan River, topped the tally with a whopping $423k followed by D9705 ACT and southern NSW with $239k. Both districts were recipients of a very generous Bequest from the estate of a Rotarian who had passed away. D9685 was in 8th place at $99k.  This from just 33 of our clubs that support ARH. Our top club was Norwest Bella Vista at $20,000, an excellent effort from 19 Rotarians, followed by Lower Blue Mountains $12,270 and Woy Woy whose 23 members contributed $11,560. Thank you to all clubs who support the work of ARH. Over 40 years ARH has raised just over $50 million for medical research with a strong emphasis on mental health, rural and indigenous heath studies.
 
 
2.  TIMOR-LESTE UPDATE
 
Around 30 Rotarians from multiple Clubs (plus the District Governor) joined a call to discuss the status of some Rotary support programs for Timor-Leste. Clubs in our District (including Mosman) donated a total of $24,500 for flood relief and Angelo Raveane and Theo Glockman emphasised how quickly we were able to distribute food across all areas of T-L using our RYLA alumni. Woodside provides US$50K of annual funding which covers RYLA and also internships. The 2IC in the T-L embassy in Canberra is a supporter of Rotary and recently provided funding to ship 700,000 donated face masks (from the Medical Repurposing Network Inc – a program of the Sydney Cove Club). Those of you who attended the 2019 District Conference in Newcastle would have seen the presentation from Libby Bleakley (Blackheath Club). Libby worked for the AFP in T-L and during her personal time there she developed her own crime prevention initiative - a youth and community centre. Last week we heard from Libby that the centre now has now more than 700 members, 8 staff and provides community facilities including a gym, English language lessons and sewing classes. Rotary is flourishing in T-L and Angelo advised they now have new Rotaract Clubs with each having around 60 members. We are all looking forward to being able to travel to T-L to restart various programs which are currently in limbo due to COVID.
 
 
3. THE MELBOURNE CONVENTION HOST ORGANISING COMMITTEE (HOC) FOR THE 2023 CONVENTION   
 
...has issued their first newsletter leading up to the Convention in 2023. To read the newsletter, click HERE       
 
4. MEETING IDEAS DURING COVID 
 
a)  District 9810 Hybrid Meetings (PPt)
We have received permission to reproduce this resource from D9810 Melbourne, and we would like to acknowledge the help and support of DG Daryl Moran 9810 in providing this to us. To see this PowerPoint, please click HERE. 
 
b)  Virtual Meetings - many thanks to John Hepburn, President of the Rotary Club of Kuringai, for the contribution of these suggestions.
 
5.  POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2021
 
Nominations Close on Friday 27 August, 2021.  For more information, click HERE.
 
6. ABORIGINAL THEMES
 
Many Clubs use an Acknowledgement of Country when they begin meetings. The concept of Country is often difficult to define. Bob Selinger has been sent the following link. It is a brilliant explanation from a proud Aboriginal man. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdYmSByzrL8 I am still collating a list of 9685 Club's Aboriginal projects. If you haven't let Bob know about your one already, please email him: peternathan64@gmail.com
 
Bob Selinger, Aboriginal Support Programs, District 9685
On Wallumattagal Country
 
6. GUEST SPEAKER BANK
We will be resurrecting the Guest Speaker Bank on the District website. We are requesting information from all members to let us know the names and details (name, contact details, topic) of guest speakers who would be willing to speak at Clubs for their meetings. In COVID times, the speakers do not have to be in the same District, city, State or Country. All suggestions can be sent to communications@rotarydistrict9685.org.au
 
 
7. COMMUNITY GRANTS – BALWYN CENTENARY GRANTS
 
Congratulations to all clubs who have completed projects celebrating the centenary of Rotary in Australia, and to those with plans still to evolve. 
This is a reminder about the Community Grants available from the Rotary Club of Balwyn in Victoria. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Rotary in Australia the Rotary Club of Balwyn (herein after called RCB) will donate a significant portion of its annual income generated from its Camberwell Sunday Market to assist other Rotary Clubs in Australia in their humanitarian endeavours. Since 1976 the Sunday Market has become a… READ MORE
 
 
 
 
8. THE CLIMATE & PEACE FORUM
 
The CLIMATE & PEACE FORUM brings you world leading voices in climate and peace.  Through engagement with concerned individuals we promote climate action to increase advocacy within government and corporate communities; to raise awareness of NGOs, Rotary and individuals; to identify and promote activities and to establish partnerships. This quarterly event is initiated by Rotarians for everyone. We look forward to you joining us.  READ MORE

9.   A FUNDRAISER FOR YOUR CLUB - MELBOURNE CUP TRIFECTA TICKETS
 
Tickets are easy to sell!
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. 
More information & Order form is attached or click on this    Order Form
 
10. Rotary Zone 8 Virtual Conference

To celebrate our Centenary, this year’s Zone 8 Conference is all about sharing the wonderful impact of Rotary. It will take place on 11 & 12 September. READ MORE
11. THE CROSS-COUNTRY CHALLENGE IS BACK SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH!
 
Get in early and register for the Rotary Club of Castle Hill's CROSS-COUNTRY CHALLENGE, the Hills' largest and favourite fun run, returning in 2021 for another action-packed year! In 2019 before COVID, the run attracted 350 entrants and raised over $20,000 for mental health charities in the Hills District. After going virtual in 2020, the annual fun run will take place on Sunday 10th October, 2021 at Bella Vista Farm and is expected to attract a record attendance of over ...   READ MORE
ROTARY MATTERS
 
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. Ian.stuart@optusnet.com.au 0416 138 860
  • Rotary on the Radio
  • Rotary on the RadioDon’t Throw it Out! Intelligent Repurposing.
  • Thought leadership by Rotary on Climate Change
For this latest podcast, see "Read More"
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ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION 2022
 
The Rotary fun doesn’t have to stop with our virtual convention!

Join us next year at the 2022 Rotary International Convention in Houston, Texas, from 4-8 June 2022.
No matter who you are or where you’re from, you’re bound to find inspirational moments throughout the convention.  
 
DISTRICT 9685 ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2022
 
District 9685 Governor
2021-2022
Lindsay May OAM

Monthly theme for August

In Memorium
 
Wal Edwards - Rotary Club of St Ives
Max Fleming - Rotary Club of Kurrajong North Richmond
 
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.
 
THE ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE COURSE 65
8th to 10th October, 2021
by Zoom
There is still time to register
for this Learning Opportunity.  RLI 64 is coming up, and RLI62
recently concluded with great success and rave reviews. Don't miss out .
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PUBLIC IMAGE NEWSLETTER
AUGUST 2021
Great articles such as :
  • Overcoming COVID lockdown boredom
  • Tips for Raising our Public Image
To read more, please click HERE
GLOBAL POLIO ERADICATION NEWSLETTER
AUGUST 2021
Great articles such as :
  • Polio network slows COVID-19 spread in Kenya
  • Polio in Numbers        
CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE
JULY 2021
  • At long last a new ROMAC patient!
  • ROMAC volunteers recognised in Queen's Birthday honours
WASH ROTARY ACTION GROUP NEWSLETTER
JULY 2021
Great articles such as :
  • Virtual World Water Summit 13 Webinar
  • Rotary Action Group Menstrual Health & Hygiene: Break the Silence
NEWSLETTER - ROTARY ON THE MOVE
July 2021
 
Great articles such as :
  • WELCOME to the new Zone 8 Rotary On The Move". Vol 1 - Issue 1
  • Engagement Leads To Retention
ROTARY IN REVIEW
23rd JULY 2021
Great articles such as :
  • Is world peace increasing or decreasing?
  • Rotary’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
UPCOMING EVENTS FOR
YOUR DIARY
 
District Governors Official Visit to Gosford West
Zoom / Gosford RSL TBC
Aug 05, 2021
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
 
District Governor official Visit - Brisbane Water
Zoom / Diggers Club TBC
Aug 05, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
DG's Official Visit NorWest Sunrise Bella Vista
Zoom / Maurices, NorWest TBC
Aug 06, 2021
7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
 
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
 
District Governor's Visit Wyong Tuggerah
Zoom / Wyong Tuggerah TBC
Aug 09, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
District Governor's Visit to RC Turramurra
Zoom / Canisius House TBC
Aug 10, 2021
6:15 PM – 8:30 PM
 
District Governor's Visit & Changeover RC St Ives
Zoom / Avondale GC TBC
Aug 11, 2021
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
 
District Governor's Official Visit - RC Nth Sydney
Zoom / Nth Sydney Leagues TBC
Aug 12, 2021
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
 
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
 
District Governor's Official Visit Gosford North
Zoom / Gosford GC TBC
Aug 16, 2021
6:15 PM – 8:30 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
 
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Course 67
Feb 25, 2022 6:00 PM –
Feb 27, 2022 4:00 PM
 
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