District Governor's eNews 

January 20th 2022

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.
"Where the tree grows over the rock"
The ancient fig tree on the rock, beside Deerubbin (The Hawkesbury R.) - PP Barry Seach (Darug), Carlingford Rotary Club. A place sacred to my father's Aboriginal family. It was the last site of the Sackville Aboriginal Reserve and Mission and featured in the old book "Shut Out From the World". Darkinjung elder John Luke Barber (B. 1825 in the Yengo Forest N. of Wiseman's Ferry) was patriarch of the family and one of my father's Grandfathers.
R.A.T.S and Rigs
The transition from 2021 to 2022 has seen our families and communities shaken again, as the Covid variant, Omicron became a more transmissible foe and the world’s weather patterns more erratic.
Rotarians as Community leaders must find strength, courage and creativity to take action and deliver on RI President Shekhar Mehta’s theme ‘Serve to Change Lives’. We must again, plan our support for local and international communities that depend on Rotary. I thank you for the amazing work and acknowledge the collaboration between Rotarians and volunteer organisations that has sustained our Projects through 2021. Now is the time to...
Donation Overload?
Now that the Christmas Holidays are over, I’ve had a chance to look back over all the email and postal messages I’ve received from Rotary-related charities in the last month. Several, such as Australian Rotary Health and the Rotary Foundation have provided their annual reports outlining the amazing work done in the year to June 2021. Others, such as Shelterbox Australia and various projects of Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) have highlighted the need for continuing contributions to support their efforts.  You’ve probably also received Christmas appeals from a variety of other national and international charities, as well as from your own clubs to assist those who are less fortunate.
There is clearly no shortage of excellent causes that deserve our support! The sheer number of requests for assistance makes it difficult to ...
Shekhar Mehta
January 2022
One of Rotary’s founding principles was to use your vocation - whether as a doctor, lawyer, engineer, or another profession - to do good in the world.  As we attempt to overcome and recover from the pandemic, this principle is vital in retraining people who have lost their jobs. In response, the Rotary E-Club of Tamar Hong Kong organized seminars for young people, with the aim of preparing them for the changing world of work. This type of training must happen on a large scale. According to the United Nations, global unemployment is expected to exceed 200 million people in 2022. Women and youths are likely to be disproportionately affected.
This is why I’ve placed such a strong emphasis this year on projects that empower girls, and I’ve been delighted to see some of these projects in action. Of course, access to education and the path to employment can be blocked by a lack of water and sanitation infrastructure.
1. Tonga Update as at 17.01.22
Following my enquiry to DG Steve Chaney D9920 NZ & Tonga, the following two emails summarise the situation as at Monday 17 Jan  -  DG Lindsay May. See More 
2. Latest Information from Rotary International (My Rotary).
My Rotary is an excellent source of information and is worth checking. Here are some items of interest you may have missed.

a. Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation release position statement on COVID-19 vaccination.

See more information on this Position Statement HERE   

b.   2021 Annual Report - for Rotary International The Rotary Foundation. 

c.  2022 International Assembly - The Executive Committee of the RI Board of Directors has decided to move the 2022 International Assembly to a virtual format only, which will be 7-14 February 2022. Read more.

3.  Congratulations to Hugh Burne - Rotary Club of Wahroonga - on Prestigious Award
On 8th December, 2021, Hugh Burne from RC of Wahroonga was acknowledged with The Lifetime Honorary AmCham Member Award, only the second member to be awarded this in the 60 year history of AmCham Australia. (American Chamber of Commerce). Hugh has a very distinguished commercial background and we congratulate him on this acknowledgement of his achievements.
Photo:  Hugh Burne Hon Lifetime AmCham Member Award presented by Brendan Nelson, Chair AmCham Pres Boeing Australia, also Phil Burton, Human Nature, December 8 2021.
4. Letter re Polio
Greetings friends,
Special thanks to those Governors and District Polio Chairs who took time to update me on their District activity and fund raising, prior to two midnight zoom meetings with senior PolioPlus leaders in the USA this week. This information is vital as we plan the final six months of the 2021/22 Rotary year. Rotary Clubs and Districts are charged with raising US$50m by June 30 to ensure the END POLIO NOW vaccination campaigns continue in key areas of our world, ie: Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair and RI Past President John Germ was pleased to note that ‘giving’ to both The Foundation and Polio was up in Australia – compared to the first half in 2001.  Read More
5. RYLA in Timor Leste - Leadership Begets Leadership - A Really Good Rotary News Story
(by Richard Vahtrick, OoZoo, 18th January, 2022)
Regular readers of the Mosman Club Newsletter, OoZoo, will be familiar with some of the details of the following story, but it is topical to go into more insight of this long-standing project.
The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) program is an intensive experience organised by Rotary for young leaders and emphasises leadership, citizenship, and  personal growth. RYLA leaders in our Sydney District arranged for young leaders from Timor-Leste, PNG and the islands to fly to Sydney to attend RYLA. However, the attendees experienced... Read More
See also the Timor Leste Update 2021 from Libby Bleakley by clicking HERE.
6. Australian Rotary Health 40th Anniversary Dinner
It has been decided to cancel the 40th Anniversary Dinner for 7th February due to the high number of cases of the COVID viruses and much fear of being indoors at such an event.
It is unfortunate, but I hope you can understand the reasons. All bookings will be refunded to Rotarians who had booked,
7. Club Boards
Note to all Clubs to make sure that the incoming Boards for 2022-2023 have been entered into ClubRunner. If you need help, please contact
8. Semi Annual Dues 
Invoices for the Semi Annual Dues have been issued to all Clubs by the District Treasurer, David Hart. 
9. Facebook
Here are two really interesting Facebook pages for you to also keep up-to-date with what is going on in the District.
D9685 District Conference, Saturday March 19 2022
Project Showcase
Expression of Interest
Conference is an opportunity for your club to showcase your unique projects with a view to gaining support or expanding the scope of your project.
Most international Rotary programs started as an idea of one member, were taken on by a club and grew through District, Zones and internationally.
Think -  RYLA, Shelterbox, Australian Rotary Health, ROMAC  and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, etc.
In D9685 I think of - Shelterbag, School in Box, Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia, Tree of Joy, Graffiti Removal, Pride of Workmanship and many more. All grew from one idea.
For more information ...
"The Club Buzz" is where you will find some exciting and relevant programs or events happening in our Clubs and in District 9685.
Just Look HERE for the latest activities and news. In almost every case, the headings or whole item are linked to either a larger copy of the document, or more information. So just click on the headings or item in the Club Buzz pages.     
To view the Club Buzz Design Guidelines for Clubs to provide information for Club Buzz, click HERE.   
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
  • Half Term Report by District Governor, Lindsay May OAM
  • Support for Homeless Women. The Hornsby Kuring gai Womens’ Shelter
For these latest podcasts, see "Read More"
For all information about the Rotary District 9685 Conference 2022, click on the image below.
or use the code below:
District 9685 Governor
Lindsay May OAM
In Memoriam
Ernie Dunstan - RC Richmond
(Click on the name above for more information.)
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.
25th to 27th FEBRUARY, 2022
On-line by Zoom
The next opportunity is RLI 67 which will be held on-line.
To view the RLI brochure, click HERE
There is still time to register for the RLI 67 Learning Opportunity.  Past RLI courses concluded with great success and rave reviews. Don't miss out .
To see a report from the most recent RLI course, click HERE
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DECEMBER 17 2021
Great articles such as:
  • Leave no girl behind
  • How to double your club in 60 minutes
To read, click HERE
Great articles such as:
  • Rotary’s commitment to fighting disease
  • Use your professional expertise for service
To read, click HERE

Great articles such as :
  • Health experts share optimism and strategies for ending polio
  • Rotary members mobilized for World Polio Day
To read, click HERE.
 December 2021
Great articles such as:
  • 2021 WASH-RAG Story
  • What are our WASH Warriors doing?
To read, click HERE
GTrain Meeting
Zoom On-Line
Jan 29, 2022
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
COTA Meeting
Zoom On-Line
Jan 29, 2022
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Presidents' Meeting
Zoom On-Line
Feb 05, 2022
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
DG's Official Visit - RC of Hills Kellyville
St Joseph's Centre
Feb 07, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
DG's Official Visit - Rotary Club of East Gosford
Gosford Showground Function Area
Feb 09, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
High Tea for Australian Rotary Health
Panthers Glenbrook,
Feb 13, 2022 2:00 PM
DG's Official Visit - Rotary Club of Lane Cove
Hotel Urban
Feb 15, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:15 PM
Assistant Governors' Meeting
Zoom On-Line
Feb 19, 2022
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
District Team Meeting
Zoom On-Line
Feb 19, 2022
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Train Ride For Polio
Feb 23, 2022
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Course 67
Feb 25, 2022 6:00 PM –
Feb 27, 2022 4:00 PM
President Elect Learning & Development, PELD 22-23
St Josephs Conference Centre, Baulkham Hills / TBC
Mar 12, 2022
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
DG's Official Visit - Rotary Club of Ryde
Function Centre, The Ranch Hotel, Nth Ryde
Mar 29, 2022
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Police Officer of the Year
Time and Venue TBA
Apr 29, 2022
District Assembly 2022
May 01, 2022
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Course 68
May 13, 2022 6:00 PM –
May 15, 2022 4:00 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Course 69
Jun 03, 2022 6:00 PM –
Jun 05, 2022 4:00 PM
District Changeover 2022
Jul 02, 2022
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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