Australian Rotary Health (ARH) induct a new Board of Directors​
Australian Rotary Health (ARH) inducted a new Board of Directors at their Annual General Meeting in October. They also recognized the service of hard working individuals who served before them.
 
New Directors to join the ARH Board are PDG’s Graeme Davies (D9685), Colin Thorniley (D9455), Barbara Wheatcroft (D9500), Phil Armstrong (D9710) and Kevin Shadbolt (D9830).
 
Congratulations also went to PDG Jeff Crofts (D9550), elected ARH Chairman and PDG Russ O'Malley (D9600), Vice Chairman with remaining board members PDG’s Laurie Barber (D9650), Greg Ross (D9800) and Peter Williams (D9675).
 
 
Lower Blue Brings Christmas Joy to Senior Citizens
Some 120 senior citizens had an early taste of Christmas joy at Lower Blue Mountains Rotary’s ‘Young at Heart’ Christmas Party for seniors last weekend.
 
A cavalcade of member’s vehicles transports the special guests to and from the Emu Plains Sports and Recreation Club, where they are treated to a delicious three course Christmas dinner – sponsored by the Sports Club in partnership with Rotary.
 
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Statement by Rotary International on the deadly school attack in Pakistan
Rotary International condemns the horrific attack that killed more than 130 schoolchildren and wounded over 100 of their classmates in Peshawar, Pakistan. We believe that children everywhere have the basic right to receive an education in an environment unthreatened by violence or fear.
Rotary extends our heartfelt sympathy to all of the families in Pakistan, including those of seven Rotary members, who have lost children as a result of this unfathomable tragedy. We stand with them in mourning their loss.
 
Gary C.K. Huang, President
Rotary International
 

 
 
Book your accommodation now
Just a quick reminder that this Friday, 19 December 2014 will see 50% of the remaining unsold rooms released.
 
Don't miss the 2015 Conference for the sake of not having accommodation booked.
 
Accommodation details are available on the Conference website conference2015.rotarydistrict9685.org.au
 

 
Vale: Walter Leijten
We are sorry to advise that Walter Leijten died last Wednesday.

His funeral will be held at the Hillside Chapel, Palmdale Memorial Park, 57 Palmdale Road on Monday 22 December at 2:30 pm.
 

 
NEW: Rotary Foundation District 9685 Global Grant Scholarship
Rotary District 9685 is pleased to announce a new Global Grant Scholarship for $30,000.

This will be a competitive scholarship with all applications to come to district from Clubs.

For more information, go to this page on the District website and read the contents carefully - and then introduce the program to your club and members.
 
Applications close 31 March 2015 but start planning now!
 

 
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World Water Summit 7 - Sao Paulo, Brazil
Thursday, June 4, 2015 - Immediately before the Rotary International Convention 
 
Each year Wasrag sponsors a one-day Summit, held immediately before the Rotary International Convention, that focuses on important aspects of WASH. The 2015 Summit theme is WASH in Schools, and will be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 
 
 
Norwest Sunrise celebrates
Norwest Sunrise President Dennis was thrilled to induct two new members into the club at last Thursday’s breakfast meeting.
Norma Needham and Ruth Magodo were warmly welcomed by all.  Over the past few months both Ruth and Norma have been actively involved in fundraising initiatives.
The club is looking forward to working with them in the months ahead.
 

 
Being catalyst for Peacebuilding
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There will be approximately 20 women’s organisations displaying info about their services pre-program, including Women in Rotary and the Rotary Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at UQ. Lucky draw prize proceeds will also go to Rotary projects.
We look forward to hearing from Ms Tang Ying, China’s deputy consul general, who will speak briefly about China-Australia ties and introduce the Beijing+20 Platform for Action.
2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the UN 4th World Women’s Conference, when thousands of delegates produced the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing women’s rights. As a defining framework for change, the Platform for Action made comprehensive commitments under 12 critical areas of concern. Even 20 years later, it remains a powerful source of guidance and inspiration. - See more here 
 

 
What Paul Harris Said
- a feature of Rotary Global History Fellowship
Paul Harris
There was no reason whatever for the selection of Chicago as the field of endeavor except its reputation for social unrest; rather a flimsy reason for the selection of a city in which to live. Yes, there must have been some romance left. Paul obtained a license to practice law and rented desk and room in an office; soon he rented a small suite of offices in an obscure building, sub-letting the other offices, at a figure which made his own office practically free. He uniformly over-estimated his prospective income and under-estimated his prospective outgo. He was frequently surprised at times to learn on how small an income a man could live and retain his standing as a lawyer in a great city. But he was one of many.
 
 

 
RET
Annual Report - Rotarians Education Training
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Would you like to be here on a Rotary Friendship Exchange?
Well we can’t make it for Christmas but you could be there next summer (June 2015) and hosted by friendly Rotarians and their families from USA and Canada and in return we will host them in our district during the Australian summer as part of the exchange.
 
 
Rod Radford’s Amphicar

During a special Rotary Meeting on Wednesday 26 November, the Rotary Club of Umina Beach celebrated the pioneering spirit of Rod Radford, a great Club member.
In 1965 Rod owned a Pharmacy at Ettalong and a home, opposite, at Wagstaff.  Separating these two there was a strip of water, with Pharmacy customers on both sides.  He could row across in 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the weather, or he could drive the 28 mile round trip through Gosford and Woy Woy.  In those days there was no Rip Bridge. 
After a supreme effort cutting through red tape, he took delivery of the first German built “Amphicar” sold in Australia. He used the car and its replacement, for about 10 years ..... Being a Rotarian at the time, he would also use the car to attend meetings, fund raisers and social functions run by the Rotary Club. The car had navigation lights for night “driving”.
 

 
Applications are invited for Rotary Peace Fellowships
Are you looking to, or know someone who wishes to make a significant impact on the world by promoting tolerance and cooperation?  Rotary selects some of the world’s most dedicated and brightest professionals to receive fully funded fellowships to study at our Rotary Peace Centers.  In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 900 fellows for careers in peace building.  Many of them go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank.
 
 
Mayor unveils memorial plaques
At a special event on November 11, Willoughby Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney unveiled two new memorial plaques on the War Memorial Clock tower in Northbridge.  The plaques bear the names of the three Northbridge servicemen who died in World War I and those of the 36 Northbridge servicemen who died in World War II.
The Mayor addressed an audience of about 50 people who included relatives of those who had fallen.
 “I would like to thank the Rotary Club of Northbridge for this fitting tribute,” the Mayor said. ...
 
 

 
Crowdfunding campaign live, pledge now!
Lincolne went to the beach two years ago but didn’t come back sunburnt.  He came home 12 months later in a wheelchair.  What would you do if this was your brother, son, nephew or friend?  Lincolne hit a sandbank and his life changed in that split second.  Lincolne is courageous and a fighter, and we want to help him and his family as best we can.  Today our crowdfunding campaign to get Lincolne a car is live, and only runs for 21 days – enough time to get him something that will give him more freedom, independence and social interaction.
 
We have 79 clubs in this District, and if every club member pledged one dollar ... we are on our way ... thanks for your support.
 
 

 
Jumbo Joy Flight a success
If you were near Sydney Harbour at about 1:20pm last Saturday, you may have seen a crazy 747 flying VERY low over the bridge. I was one of 371 people on board and it was at the end of a flight with an unusual flight path and cargo.
Most of the other passengers were disabled or disadvantaged kids and their carers. 'The Jumbo Joy Flight' is an event that the Rotary Club of Turramurra and Qantas Pathfinders have been running for the past 41 years (!!)
Coming back into Sydney ...
 
 
 
There are also many photos on the Facebook's Rotary Qantas Pathfinders Jumbo Flight event page
 

 
 

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