District Governor's eNews
February 6 2020

My Friends in Rotary,
Welcome to RI Conflict Resolution month.
January was filled with disaster response and I thank everyone involved from the bottom of my heart. There is still much to tell you about where we are at in this regard.
Mask Distribution
I reported in the January eNews that we had access to P2/N95 masks donated from DirectRelief based in Santa Barbara. Since then the 470 000 masks arrived in Melbourne via DHL, who then transported 20 pallets to Mascot at our request, and then distributed 10 pallets to Picton for distribution by D9675, and 10 pallets to Wilberforce for distribution from premises donated by Hawkesbury City Council. 
Those 10 pallets arrive mid Thursday, and by Monday lunchtime had all been dispersed to those in need, both within our District, and in surrounding areas. A huge thanks to so many people:
  • local and State government representatives for their swift cooperation,
  • RAF for their backup and support,
  • Hawkesbury City Council for providing a safe and accessible distribution point,
  • the Hawkesbury Rotary clubs – Kurrajong/North Richmond, Windsor and Richmond – for their proactive involvement in distribution across the fire ravaged areas and beyond
  • KNR President Paul Rogers, who bravely took up the logistics challenge with his club
  • AG Blair Leslie for taking many boxes to the affected RFS centres north of Lithgow
  • To the many local businesses who have now distributed these masks to ensure breathing is as easy as possible for those in need as the ash settles and the fires dissipate.
In total, D9685 distributed 37,500 masks in 3 days, and all went to those who sought assistance. An amazing feat in such a short time. An additional pallet of 3750 has also been distributed.
Other support has also been provided by Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network with a great link to services at the ready to assist those in need after the recent fires at
Fundraising thanks
And I cannot thank you all enough for the ongoing fundraising which you are all contributing to the recovery efforts. The RAWCS fund, as at 30/1/2020 was sitting at over $730,000 which is phenomenal – thank you everyone. Much of this funding has come from international individuals, as well as partner clubs and districts internationally, for which we are all very grateful. And if you or anyone you know would like to be part of this amazing national project, simply go to and use the link on the front page.
Discussions are actively underway between the DGs Bushfire Relief Committee, RAWCS and The Rotary Foundation to maximise the outcomes of all potential funding partnerships and relationships.
I also appreciate that everyone wants some assistance provided as soon as possible. That is very tempting indeed, however there are many other organisations already equipped to provide immediate support to those affected, including government agencies and emergency response organisations. To that end our goal is to fill the gaps left by those groups, to assist where other assistance is not available.
This echoes the feedback from Barefoot Investor author Scott Pape, who survived fires in 2014 including the loss of his family’s home and all its contents (Sunday Telegraph Sun Jan 19, 2020). His adrenalin ran out at the 3 month mark, when most of the world had already moved on. It was the following months during which he most valued assistance and support, and that is the target we have for affected communities also.
Foundation Support for Bushfire Recovery
You will already have heard about the Foundation Committee’s intent to apply for a Disaster Grant of up to $25,000. But they cannot do this without your help in identifying projects to include in the application. So please, if you know of a community need related to the bushfires, either within our own District or in an area with which you have a connection, then please provide the details.
Additional support may also be available through a matching Global Grant, with a number of international Districts keen to support the recovery process. So please, identify any projects for consideration to the Foundation Director as soon as possible!!
Nutbush Challenge for Bushfire Relief
Our Sydney-wide fundraiser for the bushfire effort is on track to be a real hoot.
  • Venue will be Cathy Freeman Park at Olympic Park
  • Starting – 10am for an 11am performance
  • Includes – coffee carts and barbecue
  • Cost - $5pp
  • Registration - available shortly    -
  • Audience – anyone you know, live near, are related to, can cajole to being part of the event! – family, neighbours, school friends, craft groups, golfers – anyone you know at all
Some clubs already have a relationship with country cousins who have been affected by the fires and/or drought. I hope by now that you have registered this relationship on Adopt-A-Town so that all clubs can see the towns which are in your care, and also those still in need of some love!
There is little point in all clubs supporting the same town when there are so many in need, so please take a minute to register your relationship.
Congratulations to the inaugural participants in the RYLA Oceania program, the advanced Leadership Program specifically targeting graduates of our long term RYLA program. They have just finished a residential week before commencing 12 months of follow-up activities to fulfil the requirements of the program. 
Well done to all those enrolled, and to all facilitators and organisers in bringing the much sought after program together!!!
On a totally different topic, it is time for us to start thinking about succession planning, and who will sit in the role of District Governor in the year following current DGN Lindsay May, 2022-23.
So please, have a think about ALL the Past Presidents in your club! They all did a great job in progressing your club during their year, and could be the ideal candidate for District Governor.
Look out for separate information and the nomination opportunities regarding this role, and support an application from one of YOUR club members!!
Applications are sought from Past Presidents who have been members of Rotary for a minimum 5 years.
Has your club organised your get up for Saturday night?
Registrations all in? Reasons Conference 2020 Website
Beds now booked?
It promises to be a great event – so many great and inspiring speakers in touch with our theme – the Reasons we all love being Rotarians!!
Are you coming to join us in Hawaii??
Only 1.9% of our members are currently registered to enjoy the warm days and balmy nights, the soft lights and noisy conversations that inevitably follow such an event.
If you have booked your travel but have not registered, please take the plunge, and go all the way!! And if you are yet to get the ball rolling, NOW IS THE TIME!!!!
Come along and make an adventure of it!!
Make sure you have these dates in your diaries!!!
  • Nutbush for Bushfires – Sun Feb 29
  • PETS/PELD – Sun Mar 14
  • D9685/9675 Reasons Conference – Mar 20-22
  • District Assembly – Sun Apr 19
  • District Changeover – Sat July 4
Yours in Rotary.
Kalma McLellan
Governor, RI District 9685, 2019-20
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
2020/21 AG & District Team Training
District Office
Feb 09, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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
RYLA Committee Meeting
District Office
Mar 17, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:30 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
2020/21 AG & District Team Training
District Office
Apr 04, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
DG 2022/23 Interviews
District Office
Apr 05, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Zone Presidents Meetings
Various Locations
Apr 17, 2020
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
2019/20 District Team Meeting
District Office
Apr 18, 2020
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
District Assembly
UWS Nirimba
Apr 19, 2020
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
RLI 57.1
District Office
May 02, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
RLI 57.2
District Office
May 03, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Rotary Foundation Committee Meeting
District Office
May 07, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
GTrain Meeting
District Office
May 09, 2020
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
COTA Meeting
District Office
May 15, 2020
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
PDGs Meeting
District Office
May 16, 2020
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Presidents Meeting
Hornsby RSL
May 23, 2020
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Winter RYPEN
Blue Gum Lodge, Springwood
May 29, 2020 12:00 PM –
May 31, 2020 1:00 PM
RLI 58.1
District Office
May 30, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
RLI 58.2
District Office
May 31, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
2019/20 District Team Meeting
District Office
Jun 20, 2020
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
District Changeover
District Office
Jul 04, 2020
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Happy 2020 to you and to your Families.
Travelling Man
I have recently returned from 2 months in the Northern Hemisphere, spent catching up with family and looking for the Northern Lights. Hence you have not heard from me for a while! But, as they say, I am back………
Bushfire Response
Whilst Bette and I were enjoying the cold, you and Australia were suffering the bushfire emergency. Rotary Clubs and Our Foundation are not first responders but we are not far behind the fire trucks when they leave. As a result many Clubs are working on bushfire recovery activities and D9685 is making application for a Foundation Disaster Response Grant of USD25,000 to provide some financial assistance to these efforts. If your District Foundation Committee can assist your activities/projects in any way, please contact me.
Foundation Scholarships
Applications have opened for the next generation of Peace Fellows and Global Scholars. The application form is available from the D9685 website.
If you know of interested candidates, please provide them with the form. If your Club is interested in nominating a candidate, please submit the form or contact PDG Pam Pritchard for more details. PDG Pam is Chair of the selection committee, ably assisted by PDG David Rands and PP David Ellyard.
Our District has supported many scholars over recent years that have contributed greatly to our communities upon completion of their studies. They are available to visit your Club and speak with you about their experiences and activities.
Here are some of the recent scholars,
Global Grant Scholars
William Chan
Bachelor of Digital Architecture/Master of Science in Architecture;  Area of Focus: Water and Sanitation; Is active in Community Service and welcomes Rotary involvement; Currently working for an Architectural Firm
Marshall Dunn
Bachelor of Media and Cultural Studies/Master of Psychology in Education; Area of Focus; Peace and Conflict Resolution; Author/Speaker/Podcast Producer; Working with the vulnerable in our community
Alison French
Working for the Government in Canberra.
Michaela Dolk
Completing research work in New York.
Caroline English
Working in London but may return to Sydney.
Aarthi Sridharan
Working in immigration legal aid in New York.
Peace Fellows 
Patricia Garcia OAM
Completed Three-Month Professional Development Certificate; Highly respected humanitarian and human rights advocate who has worked in war zones for over 20 years.
Charlie Allen
Completed Three-Month Professional Development Certificate; Former Police Officer from Victoria.;Working for the Economics and Peace Organization
If you would like to invite a scholar to your Club, please arrange by contacting PDG Pam Pritchard.
Well done to the Rotary Clubs of
St Ives who are working to develop fruit tree orchards in Parli, India,
Chatswood Sunrise providing Dialysis equipment to the needy in Chennai, India
Upper Northern Beaches working in Svay Leu in Cambodia to help villagers with water and sanitation.
These Clubs have recently received considerable financial support from Our Foundation, via Global Grants, to assist their worthy projects.
The Foundation can supercharge your efforts to do Good in the World, and your contributions to this cause will be greatly appreciated.  
Thank you for listening and for your ongoing support of OUR Foundation.
PDG Bruce Lakin
District Rotary Foundation Chair     
 Judith Charnaud OAM (E-Club of Greater Sydney)
Ross Hutchison (Nepean)
 Murray Lennon OAM (St Ives)
   Peter Maniscalco OAM (Hunters Hill)
 Lester Pearson OAM (Gosford North)
 Bob Selinger OAM (Chatswood Sunrise)
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for February 2020.  Please feel free to share and send us your great membership stories.
Our Australian Rotary District Governors have agreed to establish a central fund into which all Australians can donate to support the victims of the devastating bushfires ravaging our country.
A link to the fund can be found on the main page of the RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service) website:
Thinking you might be interested in the District Governor role now or in the future?
Want to find out more about the DG role?
We have an interest meeting planned for Sunday 23 February 10.00am.  Come along and have your questions answered.  Partners are welcome.
Please advise PDG Peter Ward ( or 0414 321 773 ) that you will be there so we can cater morning tea accordingly.  I’d expect we finish around 11.30am.
The address is District 9685 Office at 3/7 Sefton Road, Thornleigh.
Dear Rotarian,
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Share your commitment by showing this video from Bill Gates at your next club meeting or event and help Rotary and the Gates Foundation spread the word about our extended fundraising partnership. You can also share this news by forwarding this email to your Rotary network.
Whether you’re a new Rotary member, or you’ve been fighting polio for decades—there’s a role for you to play in ending this disease. Visit to learn more and donate.
John Germ
Chair, End Polio Now Countdown to History Committee
Rotary Foundation Trustee
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