Bringing light to Fiji Villages
Hand-held solar-charged lights are bringing new light to remote villages in Fiji which have little or no electricity. David Robertson, a Northbridge Rotary Club member and Castlecrag resident with a history of helping villagers in remote parts of Fiji, recognised that these inexpensive lights would change the lives of many people.
David’s main target audience was village children. “Many school children travel hours each day to and from school, often in the dark”, David said. ”The lights are used by children in their classrooms and to do their homework at night in huts with no electricity”.

Youth to the forefront on Penrith Graffiti removal
Providing a wonderful example to Penrith’s adult community, some twenty members of 323 Squadron Australian Air Force Cadets rolled their sleeves up and took down a major Graffiti vandalism site in Emu Plains on Graffiti Removal Day.
October 26 was the third official Graffiti Removal Day organised and delivered by Rotary Down Under in partnership with the NSW State Government and more than 50 Local Government Councils.
Repeated calls for community volunteers to assist with graffiti removal on the day produced an almost nil result.  Thankfully, 323 Squadron Air Force Cadets under the leadership of Commanding Officer Doug DeCean heard the call and provided the necessary ‘muscle’ for the cleanup job at a major site in Forbes Street, Emu Plains.

Lower Blue recognises Vocational Excellence in Local Businesses
Our Lower Blue Mountains club has honoured five citizens of the Lower Mountains and Penrith with special awards for their vocational excellence.
Lower Blue Mountains Rotary confers such awards on nominated members of the local business community every year.

Community Service Newsletter for November
Click here to read District's Community Service Chair, PDG Marilyn Mercer's November newsletter.

Dee Why Warringah cleans up
The Rotary Club of Dee Why Warringah sponsored and participated in a BushLink project, cleaning up the Tango Street entrance to Stony Range Reserve in Dee Why on Saturday 25 October. 
BushLink provides employment for young adults who have Downes Syndrome.
The members of our Club who got together with the folk from BushLink and cleaned up what had become a local eye sore, all said they had an enjoyable day, got to know a few more people, and made a great improvement to the area of ground we worked on.

Share your Club's News
Your club news is important.  Your club members, other Rotarians in District &, of course, members of the public are interested in it.  As DG Ian says in this week's eNews:
"Telling Club stories does two things we need.  Firstly, they showcase our causes and our success; and secondly, they celebrate and thank our Rotarians.  Think about your weekly bulletin and how popular the photos of members in action are.  The website is where members of other Clubs and the the public can look in and see who we are and what we are doing.
"I would like to see stories that pull the heartstrings, that show off our successes and that show Rotarians in action.  If you write it like a press release, preferably in word and with photos separate, it can go up on the website to really showcase our Clubs and Rotarians.  Send stories in to the Editorial team ( who can also put a shorter version on Facebook, which is where I suspect they will have the most impact on the public".
In addition to DG Ian's suggestion, District has a Club News & Events blog which provides an avenue for Rotary, Rotaract, & Interact clubs to contribute articles and news of interest to Rotarians in our District.  That provides an alternate way to get the news to us - see the instructions here.
Whichever way Club News stories are submitted, they will be published on the District website, in eNews, on the blog, & on Facebook where appropriate.

St Ives Food & Wine Festival
The Rotary Club of St Ives will be holding the St Ives Food and Wine Festival on Sunday 1 March 2015. This will be the Club's major fund raising event for the 2014/2015 Rotary year and we would appreciate the support of all Rotarians.
The event will have 60 food, wine and life style stalls on the St Ives Village Green.  The event is supported by Ku-ring-gai Council and is expected to attract at least 10,000 visitors.
The Rotary Club of St Ives would be pleased to hear from any Rotarians that would like to rent a stall.  Please click here for more information or contact the Club at      

SAR deadlines & the District website
A reminder to Club Secretaries that all member changes are to be made on the District Website (ClubRunner) by 12 December and 12 June to ensure that synchronisation with the RI database takes place in due time.  Later data changes run the risk of missing the RI deadlines.

The Early Bird Registrtaion deadline is this Friday
Your chance to win a free Conference registration is slipping away.
Be in it to win it and click here to register no later than Friday

Apply to be in the Conference Showcase
DCO_5350-1 Rotary Clubs provide the heart and soul – and inspiration - of every District Conference and the March 20-22, 2015, staging will be no exception with the majority of space within the House of Friendship/Rotary Expo allocated to a District 9685 Showcase of Rotary project excellence!
District Governor Ian Scott has called on EVERY Rotary Club to ensure the SHOWCASE of special projects will provide lasting inspiration for all Conference attendees – and especially those new club members sampling their first ‘taste’ of District Rotary service.
Further information and the application form are available on the Conference website.


Are you looking to re-invigorate your membership recruitment and need some fresh ideas? This Top 10 list of Publications for Membership Development will assist.

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Changes to the 2014-15 Presidential Citation
RI President Gary C.K. Huang has made a few changes to the “Light Up the Family of Rotary” section of the citation to make these goals more attainable for clubs. The specific changes are as follows:
  • For the “Best Class” Club President’s Challenge, points will be earned if either the club president or club president-elect registers to attend the São Paulo convention.
  • Points can be earned if the club sponsors a new Rotaract club or Interact club or if it continues to sponsor one of these groups.
  • Points can also be earned if the club sponsors a new Rotary Community Corps or if it continues to sponsor an RCC.
  •  Clubs only need to score a minimum of 30 points in this section of the citation, instead of 40 as originally written.
The updated 2014-15 Presidential Citation form is available on the RI website, here.
As a reminder, club presidents should submit their clubs’ completed forms to their district governors no later than 31 March 2015. Please do not send your forms to RI, as they will not be processed.
Source: Rotary International

World Polio Day: Health officials laud polio eradication achievements, point to disease’s endgame
Time magazine science and technology editor Jeffery Kluger (left) talks with James Alexander, senior medical epidemiologist for the CDC as part of World Polio Day Friday night.
Photo Credit: Alyce Henson

After a year of shrinking polio cases worldwide, the crippling disease is now on the cusp of being eradicated, said top health officials at Rotary's second annual World Polio Day event on 24 October.

At a special Livestream program -- World Polio Day: Make History Today -- Rotary leaders joined global health experts and celebrity singers to hail the progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. After nearly 30 years, the GPEI, which includes Rotary, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is on the brink of ending polio by 2018, making it the second infectious disease to be eradicated.

"A world without polio is within our grasp more than at any point in the past ... read more at


A Family Celebration
Members of the Rotary Club of Winston Hills celebrated the induction of new member Tan Trang at the Winston Hotel last Monday night. President John van den Burg said he was delighted to have Tan‘s wife Olitia and their young daughters Rhiannon and Renita involved in this special occasion. Also present to help celebrate Tan’s induction were members of the Club and their partners as well as visiting Rotarians including Past District Governor Graeme Davies.
In response to his induction Tan spoke of Rotary being ...
Hats Off to Rotary Clubs !
When it comes to shining a light on mental illness in Australia, Rotary Clubs have done it again. Thank you to all the Clubs across the nation who hosted a Hat Day event, and invited their local community to get involved as well.
Since Hat Day on Friday October 10, Australian Rotary Health has been inundated with event success stories, colourful photos and generous cheque presentations from Club supporters. Some of you held trivia nights, novelty auctions, hat competitions or simply passed the hat around at a partner’s night – thank you for your vital support of mental health research.
Review your member profile
Do you know that a member's date of birth or even their year of birth is missing in our database for over 50% of Rotarians in this district?
If you are one of those or you are not sure, please login and check your Member Profile so that district and RI can accurately measure age trends.  The information may even be helpful to your club.
Go to and login to check this important information.  Don't know how, or forgotten your login credentials, click here to learn how.

World Polio Day Livestream
Rotary celebrates World Polio Day on 24 October with a Livestream event featuring expert speakers and celebrity performers.
Hosted by Time magazine science and technology editor Jeffrey Kluger, the Chicago event also includes a global status update on the fight to end polio and the challenges that remain, as well as information about joining Rotary's historic campaign.
There are more details on

D9685 will host the next RAWCS meeting !
The next quarterly RAWCS weekend will not only be fun, but will give you the opportunity to talk with like minded Rotarians about your project/s while learning from their experiences.
It is being held at Wentworth Falls on 8-9 November - click here to download the details.

Best practices for club websites
Did you know that you only have 5 seconds to capture the attention of your website visitor, before they leave? What's worse is that once they leave your website, the chances of re-engaging are very low.
There's a lot you can do to ............. Read more

Share with other Clubs & Rotarians
Publish a photo depicting your club in action, share a Guest Speaker's details, or update your club history. All of these tools are available to enhance your Rotary experience.  Follow the links below for more information.
Tell your story and help others.

Now open for Registration
Registration is open for the next Rotary Leadership Institute course.
Course 22 is on Saturdays 11 April, 18 April, & 2 May
Course 23 is on Sundays 10 May, 24 May, & 7 June
Details of these courses are available on the district website so click here to view.
If you are a current/incoming President or Club Officer or Assistant Governor,  or if you simply want to learn more about Rotary, join one of these courses - in the first instance by emailng PDG David Rands on

WASRAG Webinars
Inspired by the June 2014 World Water Summit in Sydney, Australia, Rotary and Wasrag are teaming up on a free, three part webinar series to assist with your water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) Rotary projects. Moderated by Rotarian Bob Wubbena, immediate past Vice Chair of Wasrag, this series will feature ideas and best practices from WASH experts and experienced Rotary members to help you undertake sustainable WASH initiatives.   
Click here to read this issue of eNews


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