Lindsay May writes that our district (then District 968) had a Group Study Exchange team visit the USA in 1975.

The team has held a reunion every year since and just had their 40th with all six members present.
 
Former Rotarian Colin Williams (Vice President, Wyong in 1971, Charter President, Gosford North in 1972) reports:
 
 
 
   
  Download the PDF &/or image here  
 
 
The District Vocational Excellence Committee has commenced the process of selecting awardees to be recognised at the 2016 Conference in Canberra.
 
You may well know of a worthy candidate.  If so, make sure your club completes the nomination by 31 October,
 
More information on the district website here
 

 
The latest RAWCS rover may be downloaded at this link
 

 

The Rotary Club of Roseville Chase are delighted to present An Evening with Rod Macqueen AM on Tuesday 8 September 2015.

Rod Macqueen AM is a leader in the sports world as well as a motivator, mentor and innovative thinker in life and in business. He is an internationally renowned coach, winning every trophy available during his 4 year tenure as Head Coach of the Australian Wallabies including; the Rugby Union World Cup, Tri-Nations Series and British and Irish Lions Series. He was previously a top level surfboat rowing and rugby athlete. He is an Associate Member in the Australian Sports Hall of Fame and his autobiography One Step Ahead was a best seller. He is also a highly successful businessman as Chairman of Advantage Line, a multi-million dollar point of sale advertising company. Rod Macqueen was awarded as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003.

Rod is a patron for the Sargood Foundation – www.sargood.org.au.

As Edwin Zemancheff interviews Rod, hear stories from the world of Rugby, life beyond coaching and the work of the Sargood Foundation. It promises to be a memorable evening!

Attached is a flyer, biography of Rod and a registration form are available on the District website here.

The club looks forward to seeing you and your table of family, friends and colleagues on 8 September. Please RSVP by 1/9/15  - places are booking quickly!

 

 
Nominations have opened for the 2015 National Disability Awards, giving Australians the chance to celebrate the people and organisations that have made a positive impact on the lives of people with disability.
 
The Awards showcase the work being done throughout the community to improve the lives of people with disability so they can become more active in work and the community.
Nominations are open in the following six categories:
  • Lesley Hall Award for Lifetime Achievement in Disability
  • Emerging Leader in Disability Awareness
  • Excellence in Accessibility – Technology
  • Excellence in Accessibility – Community
  • Excellence in Choice and Control in Service Delivery
  • Excellence in Advocacy.
Nominations for the National Disability Awards close on 4 September 2015.
 
Head to the Nomination form for more information on how to nominate and download a copy of the National Disability Awards Guidelines.
 

 
   
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Great News!
 
After Shore was selected as the reserve team to represent our Rotary District 9685 at the National Model United National Assembly (MUNA), they represented Brazil & came away as the winners!
 
We can all be proud in our program for having prepared them so well to take out the title!
 
Read more on the Crows Nest website
 
 

 
Dick Babb is a retired Senior Executive of the Commonwealth Bank, Vice President of Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Parkinson’s Support Group, Community Representative on Medicare Local (GP Network) and a representative on a number of associated health care task programmes.
 
He is actively involved in assisting refugees to settle into the community.
 
Dick is also the Treasurer and Board Member of the recently opened Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women's Shelter.
 
He will be speaking about the 10 bed refuge for homeless women and victims of domestic violence in our community.
 
More information and booking details here
 

 
​Wahroonga Rotary held a very successful Vocational and Community services Award evening at the Pymble Golf Club on 19 August.
 
The event was designed to recognise Educational institutions – and in particular individual Teachers achievements. There were eight schools recognised and 10 recipients of awards.
 
The school Principals or their representatives attended with many other school support staff and the District Vocational Chair, Jade Catherall.  There were in excess of 100 people at the event.
 
Recently elected Ku-ring-gai MP Alister Heskens SC presented the awards to the recipients and was welcomed to Wahroonga Rotary Club as an Honorary Member.
 
President Marlene Carty in thanking all the guests and recipients said: "she was proud to welcome Alister Heskens to the Wahroonga Rotary Club and congratulated the Committees for the their initiative in designing this recognition programme to highlight the wonderful contribution teaches and staff make to our local Educational institutions". 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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Norwest Sunrise invites you to a very special Fundraising Breakfast Meeting
 
When: Thursday 3 September
Time: 7:30am to 9am
Where: Castle Hill Country Club, Spurway Drive, Castle Hill
Tickets: $40 (including a hot breakfast)
 
Download the flyer and book online
 

 
Our Glenhaven Rotarians have collected a mountain of tooth brushes and tooth paste for children in two Vietnamese orphanages.
 
This is a support project of Australian TAFE teacher Anna Papoutsakis who has dedicated every opportunity to help the disadvantaged children since 2010.
 
Anna volunteers at two orphanages, Tam Ky has 84 children, Peace village has 52 with a capacity for 110, children range in age from birth to 17 years.  Both orphanages receive a minimal government funding, local people donate what they can and try to help as well.
Anna Papoutsakis fundraises in Australia non-stop, spending a straight 12 months at the orphanages in 2012 with other trips of between two and eight weeks during school holidays.
 
Glenhaven Rotary has made a number of financial donations to ' Anna's orphanages ', most recent during April.   
 

 
Bev Cooney is technically a member of the Rotary Club of Castle Hill.  She’s moved to live at Bathurst recently, and meets with the Bathurst Rotary Club there when she’s in-country.
 
In a recent letter to the club, she described the first two weeks of her current visit to Peru.
 
" ... (The Shining Path is) a rebel group of terrorists who over the last 30 years have killed many thousands of people here in Peru. 30 years ago they kidnapped many women and used them as baby making machines. A couple of weeks ago these women and many children were rescued by the military from the deep jungle and have been taken to a camp in Mazamari ... 

"Because of my previous work in the town I was able to go there the other day to see what I could do to help. With an interpreter I was able to communicate with them and ask what they want and what they need. ..."
 
See the letter and photos here
 

 

We didn't buy a Jeep, we bought a cow instead

​Glenhaven Rotary Club has a history of support for a young Australian TAFE teacher Anna Papoutsakis, Anna dedicates every opportunity she can to help two orphanages and many disadvantaged families in Vietnam.

'Glenis' the cow was purchased by the Glenhaven Rotary Club and is providing much needed financial assistance to a single father who is battling to raise three young children. 

Glenis has already had one calf and is pregnant again, the family sell the calves to provide income, selling one offspring can be the equivalent of 6-8 months income. 
 

 
Over the last two years, our Rotary District has raised over $50,000 to fund an Interplast team.  Last week D9685 Interplast Chair, David Hart was informed that the team funded by D9685 will go to Kirabati (pronounced “Kirabas”).  Interplast goes there about every 18 months and takes two doctors, two anaesthetists, and two theatre sisters.  The team will be led by Miklos Pohl who is a regular Interplast volunteer.  The team will leave probably in the first half of next year.
 
And the news gets even better.  D9685 will also fund a physiotherapist from Fiji to come to the Royal Hobart hospital for skill upgrading.  She is coming to Hobart in the next few weeks.
 
Interplast sends a big thank you to all clubs in the district and particularly to those clubs who made a contribution.  Read on for more detailed information.
 
 
The Wahroonga Rotary Club and the Ku-ring-gai Council joined forces to hold a Business Breakfast at the Warrawee Bowling Club facility on 12 August.
 
This event was an initiative to extend the club’s reach into the community and welcome local business representatives to meet together and exchange ideas.
 
The guest speaker was Rtn Jeremy Carter from the Norwest Sunrise Rotary Club and spoke to the attendees on the dynamics of Leadership. There were 70 visitors at the event and Wahroonga President Marlene Carty welcomed the guests and Mayor Jennifer Anderson - a Paul Harris Fellow - thanked the group and welcomed the relationship with Rotary as a fine Community event.
 
Wahroonga Rotary is hopeful that the relationships arising from the Breakfast event will provide opportunities to add to its Club membership and strengthen its Community relationships.
 

 
Hat Day is Australian Rotary Health’s national fundraising and awareness day for mental health research, celebrated each year on World Mental Health Day - Friday October 9, 2015. Since the inaugural Hat Day in 2011, Hat Day has claimed two Guinness World Records (most people wearing paper hats & most people wearing red hats). Hat Day recently launched a new logo, as well as a new website with social fundraising features.
 
Hat Day has acquired a number of high profile ambassadors in its five years of running, including actors Elle Dawe, Matt Lee and Pauly Fenech. Most recently, we were joined by Dr Happy – Dr Tim Sharp, Chief Happiness Officer at the Happiness Institute. Since 2014, Hat Day has also partnered with the ABC to promote mental health research in Australia.
 
 
Twenty-three deserving individuals will benefit from another successful Lower Blue Mountains ‘Wrap with Love’ program in 2016.
 
Members, family and friends of Lower Blue Mountains Rotary, Glenbrook CWA and St Andrews Uniting Church gathered at St Andrews Church on Saturday afternoon to complete sewing, crocheting and packaging of 23 woollen wraps – the result of this year’s program.
 
Each wrap comprises 28 squares of wool and the finished product is a large, warm woollen quilt or wrap!
 
 
In my travels as a newly fielded district governor, I’ve run into a misperception that several clubs have told me is getting in the way of membership growth.
 
The elephant in the living room? ATTENDANCE.
 
Read more here
 

 
On Monday 10th of August 2015, we celebrated the culmination of a very successful Writing Competition with the presentation of awards.  The evening took place at the Australian /brewery & Hotel Atrium room. This year’s Writing Competition was extremely well supported by our local schools, with five schools submitting their top three entries, to our competition.
 
The topic for this year’s event was “That reminds me of the time, when…..” a subject that inspired many different themes and divergent, writing styles. Judging of the 15 Finalists’ submissions was conducted by Past President Gordon, President Ray Campbell and Mrs. Robyn Scoble. An extremely difficult task as the standard was consistently very high and given the variety in creative styles.
 
 
Click here to read this issue of eNews
 

 
The presentations from the International Service Seminar on 1 August are now on the website and may be viewed at seminar.rotarydistrict9685.org.au
 
 The photos may be viewed on our Flickr site here.
 

 
   
 
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to qualify for Early Bird pricing and prize eligibility.
 
See more about the speakers here.
 
Downloads of this promotion are available by following the 'read more' link.
 
Many thanks to the Rotary Club of Woy Woy for this promotion of the Conference.
 
 
 
Please note that the Rotary Youth Exchange Welcome to Australia BBQ 2015 on 16 August has been re-located to the home of PDG John Dodd, at 2 York Street, Beecroft.
 

 
 
 
11-12 March 2016
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