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The Northern Beaches Spring Concert​
Once again the Rotary Club of Pittwater is presenting The Northern Beaches Spring Concert, on Wednesday 17 September and featuring our own Northern Beaches Orchestra. This year we are delighted to have as our special guest the acclaimed Australian vocalist Peter Cousens who is also a Northern Beaches boy.

Would you attend a seminar on International Service?
  • How can The Rotary Foundation and RAWCS work together?
  • What is RAWCS?
  • Volunteering
  • Ideas for projects
These are just a few of the subject areas that could be explored in this proposed seminar on an Avenue of Service where we can easily get lost.
So District's International Service Chair, Theo Glockemann wants to hold a seminar that you will attend and which will be meaningful to you.  So please assist by participating in this survey.

Let us know - answer this survey


This promo uses the RI Convention
Sydney Olympic Park has posted an outstanding two-minute video promoting SOP as a convention and conference venue. This video focuses on the recent Rotary Convention.

Get a Banner for your club - free
The D9685 Banner offer is still available!!
Just submit the this order form and your Club will receive two banners at no cost, with compliments from District 9685.
Enjoy promoting your Club and the current ad campaign…….
Just as this Club has!
......This offer will close on 15 August

Cervical cancer should be an almost entirely preventable disease
It’s one of the few cancers which has an established screening program and the only cancer which currently has a vaccine; and yet over 280,000 women each year die from cervical cancer. The Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation created the Community Awareness Program to raise awareness about the preventability of cervical cancer, and the importance the vaccine and regular screening plays in the fight against it. Through passionate and dedicated volunteer speakers, the Community Awareness Program is a 15-30 minute presentation about cervical cancer, HPV and the steps you can take to prevent it. The presentation also covers the important life-saving work ACCF undertakes in developing countries delivering the vaccine and screening to girls & women who need it most. To book in an ACCF Community Awareness speaker, download a booking form here: or contact NSW Coordinator Kathy Baratta on
This speaker idea is one of the many possibilities listed in our Speaker Bank as a tool for clubs to use.  Visit the Speaker Bank now

District leads the way
District Foundation Chair, Tony Castley was pleased to announce that D9685 has won the Australia Cup for the first time ever!
For the 2013-14 year, donations to The Rotary Foundation's Annual Fund totalled $409,314 – a 39% increase and the highest of all districts in Australia and New Zealand.  It represented just under $194 a head, again the highest in Australia and New Zealand.
In all, donations from D9685 to The Rotary Foundation were $653,214 - the highest ever in all Zone 7 and 8 (Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Philippines).
Congratulations!  And congratulations to Erina Rotary which topped our club list followed by Turramurra & the E-Club of Greater Sydney.

São Paulo Convention Dates Changed
After careful consideration, Rotary International President Gary Huang and the RI Board have decided to change the dates of the 2015 Rotary Convention in São Paulo to Saturday, 6 June, through Tuesday, 9 June – starting and ending one day earlier than previously scheduled.

The dates were changed because the original opening day (Sunday, 7 June) coincided with one of the city’s most popular parades. The new start date will dramatically reduce traffic congestion and make it easier for Rotary members to attend the opening plenary sessions. It will also make it convenient to attend our very own Rotary Carnival, a Host Organization Committee event, on Saturday evening.

Check regularly for dates, deadlines, and registration and housing details. Find information about Host Organization Committee events at

Conference Theme Banner
District Governor Ian Scott & Jennifer invite you to Conference 2015 in the Hunter Valley from 20 to 22 March. In their welcome, they and their Conference Team say they aim to inspire, entertain and refresh your Rotary spirit with a program of great speakers and enjoyable entertainment. You will hear of the amazing projects and activities in our District and beyond, celebrate successes, and learn from others – it might even be your story we are telling!
Overlay that with delicious food, wine and the company of good friends and family, and we will have a weekend not to be missed.
Please be sure to book your preferred accommodation fairly soon, as the Hunter Valley is a busy place in March; there is a range to suit all budgets, so do check the listings on this site.
Take some time out and join DG Ian & Jennifer to Light Up Rotary at Conference 2015.

It's a brand new Rotary year!

It's a new Rotary year and we wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone in their brand new roles. Whether you've been elected to become the club President, Secretary, Treasurer, Webmaster, PR Chair, Membership Chair, or are just a regular member, we want to do everything in our control to enable your success this year as well as ensure your satisfaction with us, so that you can focus on helping 'light up Rotary'.

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Containment of World Population Growth

A Rotary Challenge?

"At the recent RI Convention there was a booth taken up by the Rotarian Action Group for Population Growth and Sustainable Development (RFPD).  I spent some time with these people as it is a subject dear to my heart and I am very keen to establish an interest in this area in our district.
New Clubs permitted in China
The big news in China is that by decision of the Board of Rotary International, new Rotary clubs in China may now be launched! 

This is indeed big news and something that has been lobbied for many years. It is now 13 years since two clubs were authorised as provisional clubs, after both had operated for several years as unofficial fellowship groups. 

It is fully eight years since both clubs were chartered but we were previously restricted from opening any new clubs (other than satellites – permitted under the pilot that Shanghai is participating in and now under the new standard club constitution). Now, however the roadblock is removed and we may launch new clubs, following a standard Rotary process with just a couple of additions.

Meet Rotary's new president -- Gary C.K. Huang
Gary C.K. Huang, a member of the Rotary Club of Taipei, Taiwan, is asking Rotary members to Light Up Rotary in 2014-15. In a profile for the July issue of The Rotarian magazine, Huang shows us the meaning behind the family of Rotary.

Be part of the District’s Club Vision Facilitation Team
Come join a new team and expand your Rotary life and experience.  There are a number of roles that you may wish to express interest in.  Such as - District Vision Coordinator and or as a Vision Team Facilitator.  Information on the roles is available here.
Please consider getting involved – you will be surprised how much you will get out of supporting Clubs’ reach their vision and potential. 
Training for these roles has been scheduled for Sunday, 31 August, 2014 at the Terrigal Rotary Hall, Duffys Road, Terrigal, NSW.   The cost of participation, after a District subsidy, is $55.00 which is to cover tea and coffee, morning and afternoon tea and lunch.  A hard copy of the Rotary Club Vision Facilitation Guidelines will be provided to each participant.
More information on Club Visioning is available from the District Website under District > Club Visioning or the direct link is:
Please contact the District 9685 Vision Facilitation Chair - David Mylan (Terrigal) on 0411 878 854 or email for further information.

Introducing the Club Visioning Program to District 9685
Here is an opportunity to bring together as many of a Rotary Club members as possible to share their ideas, aspirations and dreams for the Club’s future. 
Supporting “Service Above Self”, the Club Visioning process helps to transform the collective energy and talents into synergies that enable the Club to then move with intention in the same direction.
Club Vision Facilitation helps a Rotary Club design its own vision, and to set out the steps necessary to achieve that vision.  That is, it is a vision designed and agreed by the Club members. The process will help to improve communication and to ensure continuity & consistency in its leadership & programming so as to set the stage for future progress.
Please contact the District 9685 Vision Facilitation Chair - David Mylan (Terrigal) on 0411 878 854 or email for further information.

Important reminders from RI
The latest issue of RI's Regional Information Bulletin has important information concerning:
  • the requirement for Clubs to review their constitutions
  • RDU subscriptions being collected with July SARS 
  • membership reporting with the new SARs procedure starting in January 2015
Light Up Rotary with Rotary Days in 2014-15

The coming Rotary year to focus on enhancing membership and public awareness

Through Rotary Days, RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang is challenging Rotarians to let our light shine by strengthening our network, fellowship, and service impact. Host one of these informal public events in your community in 2014-15 to introduce your friends, family, and neighbors to Rotary.


2014-15 District Directory is online
Click here for the 2014-15 District Directory

Club photos continue to be welcome
The opportunity to submit your club photos is being continued in 2014-15.  This will create another superb album on district's Flickr page and provide a resource for future publications.
Full instructions are available by following this link

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