RESCA WINNERS OFFICIAL PHOTO]n keeping with the Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”, the Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Awards recognise and acknowledge the selfless Community Service of NSW Emergency Services Personnel while supporting an important Australian Rotary Health initiative “PhD Research Scholarship into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” (PTSD) in Emergency Services Personnel (workers and volunteers).

Emergency Services Agencies involved in this project include Fire and Rescue NSW, Marine Rescue NSW, NSW Ambulance, NSW Rural Fire Service, NSW State Emergency Service and NSW Volunteer Rescue Association.

The Awards Presentation Dinner is an opportunity for Rotary, the Emergency Services and New South Wales to celebrate the outstanding community service of Emergency Services personnel across the state.

Join Rotary on Friday, 4 August 2017 in acknowledging and celebrating outstanding Community Service of NSW Emergency Service Members.


Rotary President-elect Sam F. Owori died Thursday 13 July.

“Rotary has become a way of life for me – with the intrinsic value and core belief in mutual responsibility and concern for one another as a cornerstone,” Sam said when he was nominated last year. “I feel immense satisfaction knowing that through Rotary, I’ve helped someone live better.”

Sam's term as Rotary’s 108th president would have begun on 1 July 2018.

“Please remember Sam as the outstanding, hard-working Rotarian he was,” said Rotary International President Ian Riseley. “In this difficult time, I ask you to keep his wife, Norah, the Owori family and Sam’s millions of friends around the world in your thoughts.”

Under Sam’s leadership, the number of clubs in Uganda swelled from nine to 89 over the course of 29 years. 

Sam saw in Rotary members "an incredible passion to make a difference," and wanted to "harness that enthusiasm and pride so that every project becomes the engine of peace and prosperity."

Sam was the chief executive officer of the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda, whose mission is to promote excellence in corporate governance principles and practice in the region by 2020. Previously, he was executive director of the African Development Bank and managing director of Uganda Commercial Bank Ltd., and director of Uganda Development Bank.  He has also served as corporation secretary of the Central Bank of Uganda.

He served as member and chair of several boards including FAULU (U) Ltd., (now Opportunity Bank), the Uganda Heart Institute, the Centre for African Family Studies, Mulago Hospital Complex, Mukono Theological College, and the Kampala City Council.

Sam also was the currently vice-chair of the Hospice Africa Uganda, and member of the board and chair of the Audit Committee of PACE (Programme for Accessible Health, Communication and Education) in Uganda.

“Sam was a special person in so many ways, and his unexpected death is a huge loss to Rotary, his community and the world,” Riseley said. “In addition, we are establishing details on plans to celebrate his life as they become available.” 

Rotary is establishing a memorial fund in Sam's honour and will provide further details soon.    


RI President John Germ, early in his term, wished to make a special push on the End Polio Now effort in the Rotary Foundation’s Centenary year. He was conscious of the huge amount of District Designated Fund money lying unused in many districts of the world, so exhorted Governors around the world to make a special donation to the Polio Plus campaign from their DDF.  He promise to honour the top 5 districts giving from their DDF at the International Convention in Atlanta in June 2017.


District Governor Bruce Lakin asked the Foundation committee to consider making a donation in this way.  We hadn’t done this in the past conserving our District Designated Fund for humanitarian and educational projects.  However we had accumulated sufficient to believe that in this Centenary year we could make a donation of up to USD $50,000.  Grants Chair, David Dean suggested asking the clubs to match a DDF donation  and we worked out that in doing so their donation to Polio would be multiplied by a factor of 7.5 thanks to a 50% subsidy of DDF money by the Foundation’s World Fund, and then the 2 to 1 match from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation   If we had just provided DDF, then that money would have gone from our ability to use it with no recognition anywhere in the system. However, with club involvement it would serve to really focus our District Clubs’ attention on how close we are to eradicating polio and how important it is to still work hard collectively to fund the program.


So, as already reported, we were astounded and delighted when 43 of our 72 clubs met the challenge of donating USD $2650 (John Germ’s challenge)  or AUD $3577 to Polio Plus.  This meant over USD $114,000 from clubs was matched by this amount from our DDF, providing USD $854,000 (or AUD $1.15M) to the battle against Polio.  We were delighted to hear during May that as the third largest contributing district from DDF in the world that we would be called to the stage in Atlanta to receive recognition.  PDG Bob Aitken, our district Polio co-Chair was at the Convention and delightedly received the certificate on behalf of District Governor Bruce Lakin.


Well done and congratulations to all those clubs that were able to make this special effort by March of 2017.


As a precursor to the fourth annual North Ryde Rotary Fun Run, the Rotary Club of North Ryde is again holding mental health seminars with the Macquarie University Centre for Emotional Health.
The Fun Run is Sunday 27 August 2017 at Macquarie University Sports Grounds with proceeds to Australian Rotary Health and practical programmes for youth mental health. To find out more about the mental health seminars please go to the following web pages. and
Social anxiety in youth – 26th Jul 2017 6:00pm – 7:00pm
The Centre for Emotional Health in partnership with Rotary Club of North Ryde* is pleased to present a FREE community information evening for parents, carers, school counsellors and teachers on dealing with social anxiety in youth.
Around 2-3 % of Australian youth (4-18 years) suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder – a fear or worry about other people’s evaluations to such an extent that it stops them from easily making friends, talking to people or being the centre of attention.
In this informative session Distinguished Professor Ron Rapee will discuss:
  • Ways to identify social anxiety disorder in young people
  • How social anxiety can affect children
  • Tips to manage social anxiety in youth
  • Available treatment options for children offered through the Centre for Emotional Health Clinic
The presentation will include Q&A time. About the Presenter
Ronald M. Rapee is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia and founder of the Centre for Emotional Health. Prof Rapee has established an international reputation for his research into the understanding and management of anxiety and related problems in both children and adults and has published widely in some of the leading scientific journals. He has developed a number of empirically supported treatment programs that are used by researchers and therapists in countries across the world.
Event Information
Date: Wednesday, 26 July 2017
Time: Doors open 5.30pm. Event 6.00pm to 7:00pm Venue: Australian Hearing Hub, Level 1 Lecture Theatre 16 University Ave, Macquarie University NSW
Parking: Free parking from 5.30pm in X2 and W3 car parks. All people who register will be emailed a parking permit.
RSVP: Bookings are essential as places are limited.


Overcoming procrastination in adolescence

Stress around academic performance is very common during adolescence as pressures at school escalate. Increased stress has been shown to be related to worry and procrastination around school work, and reduced self-esteem around work output.
By the end of this presentation teenagers will have gained practical ideas in how to manage negative emotions and stay on task. Procrastination is largely a habit which can be overcome with the right strategies and plan. To maximise learning, the seminar will involve several hands-on exercises, and a portfolio of free worksheets.
In this information session, Dr Carolyn Schniering will discuss:
  • the factors which make youth vulnerable to procrastination,
  • practical strategies to manage procrastination in this age group for both parents and teenagers, and
  • available treatment options for adolescents through the Centre for Emotional Health.
About the Presenter
Doctor Carolyn Schniering is a senior lecturer, researcher and child psychologist. Carolyn’s passion is to increase understanding of childhood emotional health problems and to improve treatment programs for anxiety and depression in youth. She has developed and evaluated a treatment that targets both anxiety and depression simultaneously for adolescents – a unique offering in Australia. She is also the creator of the Children’s Automatic Thoughts Scale (CATS) which has been used nationally and internationally to identify unhelpful thinking styles associated with emotional difficulties in youth.
Event Information
Date: Thursday 3 August 2017
Time: Doors open 5.30pm. Event 6.00pm to 7:00pm Venue: Australian Hearing Hub, Level 1 Lecture Theatre 16 University Ave, Macquarie University NSW
Parking: Free parking from 5.30pm in X3 and W4 car parks. All people who register will be emailed a parking permit.
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 2017 Fun Run will be held on Sunday 27th August from 9am to 2pm at the Macquarie University Sport Fields, corner of Culloden and Talavera Roads, Macquarie Park. There is a 2 k walk and a 5 k run.
RSVP: Bookings are essential as places are limited. REGISTER
Central Blue Mountains Rotary
Dee-Why Warringah Rotary
TRF Centennial Souvenir Stamp Sheet
PP Clive Mellor of the Rotary Club of Dee Why Warringah and PDG Ian Scott of the Rotary Club of Central Blue Mountains in District 9685 have developed a souvenir stamp sheet to commemorate The Rotary Foundation’s Centennial.
The souvenir stamp sheet is an individually numbered A4-sized sheet with 8 stamps embedded, each with a Foundation Centennial tab and set in a Foundation themed design.  The stamps are legal Australia Post issue and able to be removed and used on mail items; they are common postage stamps on offer and do not contain any souvenir images or logos.  The tabs may be removed and affixed on mail items along with the postage stamp. However ,the stamp sheets make a great souvenir and if framed an ideal gift for guest speakers at club meetings
All profits from the stamp sheet will go to The Rotary Foundation.
Cost per sheet is $25 including postage and packing.
To account for the high cost of international postage from Australia, mail order sales to Australian and New Zealand purchasers will be in Australian dollars, to all other parts of the world sales will be in US dollars.
Please download an order form here
Top 5 Reasons to support EndTrachoma by 2020
Clubs around Australia support many worthwhile charities and projects. But EndTrachoma by 2020 is something particularly special for Rotary Australia.
G’day all 9685 Rotarians, Caravanners, 4WDers and car tourers.
Like to join this ARH initiative AND see parts of Australia (maybe for the first time maybe on a return trip), meet other Rotarians, meet the friends you are yet to make and at the same time help ARH in this great initiative for meeting the challenge of Mental Health (Yep we can say it now)
Go here to see all the drives, from 16th July 2017 to 3rd June 2018, 12 legs in total
select the one you want to join and  let Dudley know at I’ll put together a data base for all to see.
This is open to everyone so invite your friends, form a group and double, triple, quadruple (don’t know the word for any more)  your  fun.
See you on one of the Drives. You don’t have to do the full drive(s) just go for a while or as much as you want to. It is Hop On Hop Off.
Kindest Regards   Dudley Mercer   Chair Rotary D9685 ARH Committee.
All 9685 clubs are invited to start organising their Hat Day “Lift the Lid” event.
When:-  10th October 2017 which is World Mental Health Day.
Please look at this video Lift The Lid ARH  for a message from ARH Chair Elect  Greg Ross
The direction of ARH research into Mental Health, is of vital importance to us all, particularly since statistics clearly demonstrate the staggering fact that the age when problems start is dropping alarmingly and youth suicides are on the increase. We owe it to the children of our country to help NOW.
Event Calendar
July 2017


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