District Governor's eNews
August 2 2018


“Rotary takes ordinary men and women and gives them extraordinary opportunities to do more with their lives than they ever dreamed possible”

RI International President 1978-1979 Sir Clem Renouf

My Friends in Rotary,
August is designated as Membership month.


What better time to offer this opportunity to people than in August.

The goals of the Rotary Citation relating to Membership have a number of actions which would be good to focus on.

The one I like the most is “Conduct a classification study of your members’ occupations, and work to align your membership with the mix of businesses and professions in your community.” If you took the time to study the classifications in your club and compare them with the variety of businesses in your catchment area you might be surprised at the opportunity available to grow your club’s membership. Perhaps the way you approach new members might need a refresh. President Peter Quirk of the Rotary club of Nepean has a new approach to this, he proposes that you first invite the prospective member to a club social function, then to work at one of your projects with members and then invite them to a meeting. Sometimes too much pressure to join scares people off.

My Rotary has a huge section designated to membership with many tips and suggestions for growing membership in your club.

Past President Bruce Nicholls, the District Membership Chair is very willing to help you in this endeavour.

Of course, once you have inducted the new member you need to work just as hard to ensure that they feel welcomed and valued in your club. A new plant in your garden will not grow without care and such is true of new Rotarians.

John and I have started our round of official club visits and we are enjoying meeting with you all and celebrating your successes. Just like every other District Governor I am amazed at the huge amount of work the Rotarians of D9685 are involved in.

This month we will see nearly all the new inbound Rotary Youth Exchange Students arrive with the exception of the ones from the Southern Hemisphere. I know they will be warmly welcomed into their new families and clubs. These young people are the future of our Rotary world and have so much to share with us. If your club is not hosting a student this year please think about it for next year. The District committee and the students are very happy to come and show off the program at your club. Just call them and tell them DG Susan said you would come to our club.

Enjoy your month. I look forward to sharing Rotary with you.

Susan Wakefield OAM
Governor, RI District 9685, 2018-19
RLI 48.1
District Office
Aug 04, 2018
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
G Train Meeting
District Office
Aug 11, 2018
8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Presidents' Group Meetings
Aug 17, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
RLI 48.2
District Office
Aug 25, 2018
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Rotary Inspirational Women Awards
Epping Club
Aug 26, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Rotary Foundation Committee Meeting
District Office
Sep 06, 2018
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Australian Rotary Conference
Sep 14, 2018 5:00 PM –
Sep 16, 2018 2:00 PM
COTA Meeting
District Office
Sep 21, 2018
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Presidents' Meeting
Hornsby RSL
Sep 29, 2018
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
PDGs Meeting
Oct 13, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
2018/19 District Team Meeting
District Office
Oct 20, 2018
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Presidents' Group Meetings
Oct 26, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

District 9685 calls on all clubs and Rotarians to get behind the urgently needed district support program for stricken farming communities.

Details below on how to support the program-


  • Donations to the Australia wide RAWCS Account as seen on The Today Show on Channel Nine on Thursday 2/8/18. RAWCS Account 17-2018-19.
  • Clubs encouraged to make donations (generous giving please) via District 9650 RAWCS account which offers tax deduction and will be matched $ for $ up to $15,000.00. District 9650 is very, very drought affected.
  • Donate via RURAL AID, which operates the Buy a Bale Program.

There are two ways to support this program with Rural Aid, either by direct donations which can be directed to Feed, Groceries, Medical Assistance, Goods and Services (the donor can specify and area of support); and/or Buy a Bale, clubs can request money boxes to be placed in shops and at Rotary Functions. This approach will need a club ‘champion” to collect and replace the money boxes. Contact for these options or

  • Clubs can also donate to Sydney Rotary clubs Hay Appeal. The club sends convoys of semi-trailers with feed to the bush. The cost of a semitrailer is approximately $14,000.


  • Clubs that have relationships with country communities are encouraged to continue to support via the short-term goals. The long-term plan is to provide moral and physical support to these communities.
  • Possible club visits to hard hit rural areas to implement working “bees” for support around the farm and home.

It is important to remember that it is not only the Farmers doing it tough but the small businesses and schools as well.

District 9685 has appointed Rotarian Barry Edmundson as our Coordinator. Barry is the “go to” person for information on where and when support is to be provided. Clubs are STRONGLY encouraged to advise Barry of their plans and actions.

We are working with other districts around the country as we strive to cover all critical situations as soon as possible.

Any and all support will be gratefully received at this time.

Other agencies providing support are CWA, Salvation Army Bush Schools education and the major Church organisations.

Goods either new or second hand are not a good idea, as we need to provide cash to support the small business in stricken area.

Our Central Coast Rotary Clubs have been meeting to form a coordinated approach with the 5 clubs in the cluster.

Barry Edmundson’s email is

Let’s all commit to this vital program immediately!

Susan Wakefield OAM

District Governor 2018-2019




Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for August 2018.   Please feel free to share and send us your great membership stories.

The Challenge

to raise $1 million towards Ending Polio

by visiting ALL 187 Railway Stations in Sydney

in ONE day – Friday 28th September




The North Ryde Fun Run for Youth Mental Health is a community event organised by the Rotary Club of North Ryde, with venue partner Macquarie University and local community groups.

The 2018 Fun Run will be held on Sunday 26th August from 9am to 12pm at the Macquarie University Sport Fields, corner of Culloden and Talavera Roads, Macquarie Park.

The proceeds raised go towards funding research into youth mental health through the Australian Rotary Health organisation and to treatment programs through the Centre for Emotional Health.


Check out the details and register to attend:








When were you last inspired by a woman and what was so extraordinary about their inspiration? 

How were you able to learn from their inspiration?

These and many more answers will be revealed when the NSW and ACT Rotary Districts and their clubs announce
winners of the Inspirational Women's Awards 2018
Sunday, 26 August 2018 at 11.30 am for 12 noon
The Epping Club, Rawson Street, Epping
2 course lunch with cash bar

To reserve your seat or table Book Now!

Amazing guest speakers who will share their journey as you discover more about our 2018 inspirational winners.

The guest speakers include:
  • Louise Azzopardi – Diesel (Heavy Vehicle) Mechanic, SALT Apprenticeship Ambassador and successful WorldSkills competitor will share - What Has My Career in Heavy Machinery Maintenance Led To?  
  • Detective Superintendent Deborah Wallace, NSW Police about - Inspirational Challenges and Making a Difference.
These awards recognise service to the community across all sectors. Directed at the non-Rotary community, it is about commitment, dedication, perseverance and proactivity in improving the lives of others across NSW and the ACT.

Often women, especially in country and regional NSW and ACT are the "quiet achievers" whose actions inspire others and make a difference in their communities. 

The Awards cover 2 key categories inclusive of Rural, City Urban and Volunteer for each category:
  • Young Inspirational Woman of the Year for the 18-30 years 
  • Inspirational Woman of the Year for the 30+ years 
Finalists are selected from each category, resulting in 2 overall winners:
  • Young Inspirational Woman of the Year
  • Inspirational Woman of the Year
An exemplary number of applications ensured the panel of independent judges from Rotary Districts were challenged as they assessed the three key criteria:
  • Community service which best exemplifies Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self 
  • Achievements
  • Personal attributes

* Your ticket purchase and proceeds from this event will support an Australian Rotary Health Scholarship for a young female GP by assisting with expenses during her 12 month placement in a Rural GP practice.
** Opting to incur the administration costs related to the issue of this ticket/s results in Rotary Health receiving those proceeds.


The Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville in partnership with Lions Club of Dehiwela North, Sri Lanka has conducted two successful Eye Camps.   At the first Eye Camp approximately 280 needy recipients were tested and provided with the eye glass.  The recent camp on 14 July was conducted at Al- Musthapa College, Waduwegama, Biyagama.  A team of optometrists screened well over 250 patients & 219 of them received spectacles, which were collected by.  The recipients, mostly from low income group from this sub-urban area were overjoyed.   We also had Eye Specialist to provide further assistance to the patients who identified as high risk.


Rotarians from our district and Districts which make up the RAWCS Eastern Region collected well over 1,000 eye glasses from their local optometrists.  These were sent to Sri Lanka to be distributed among the Deedy.  The eye glasses were tested and graded by professionals, and unusable ones discarded in environmentally safe method.  Eye camps were then published among the local community where a need was identified.


In response to requests made, The Hills-Kellyville Club are planning to conduct two more Eye Camp projects are planned in Ramboda in the Central province and the other in the North Central province.


More information on The Hills-Kellyville's International Projects visit their Facebook page or contact their International and Foundation Director –  Pathmanthan Rama.




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