• Are you thinking of an elusive project that you want to turn into a project?
  • Would you like to get a grant to support your project?
  • Do you want to know more about Rotary Australia Benevolent society (RABS)?
  • Want to learn how to make a different to the teenage mothers in our own community?
  • Do you have a project for the indigenous community?
  • Want to learn about woman's empowerment?
  • Hear how one club made a difference to one of its own member.
  • And much more............
DONT MISS the RAWCS Eastern region general meeting on Saturday 14th of May at Diggers Club at The Entrance.   Our district is hosting the meeting and your RAWCS district committee has been working to educate and showcase RAWCS projects and how you can make that project you have in your mind into reality. We encourage you to attend the next RAWCS Eastern Region General Meeting at “The Entrance” on the beautiful Central Coast of New South Wales.
G’day to everyone. I have just taken the position of Chair of D9685 Australian Rotary Health Committee and, as is always the case, I am on a steep learning curve about ARH and our support of the work we do. As the second highest ” investor” in Mental Health research in Australia (after the Federal Government) ARH is pre-eminent in funding research which will help Australians who have mental health issues. Most importantly, ARH only funds research  done in Australia, but the results are made available world wide. In order to maintain such important work we need funds and this is where Rotary Clubs come in. It is that time of the year when clubs are considering how to disburse their hard earned funds. My appeal to all clubs is to consider allocating some funds to ARH, in fact, if every D9685  club gave a minimum of $500 we would see the coffers of ARH swell by $36000, a monumental effort. Some clubs may give more, some less but I feel sure the district could get to this sum.
Alternatively you may like to consider making some deserving Rotarians (or community members) a “Friend” of ARH at a tiny cost of $100 each. To find out more either go to the ARH homepage, just Google Australian Rotary Health, or email me on lacol@myisp.net.au and I’ll walk you through the process.
Carlingford Rotary Club and Rotary Club of Alice Springs completed a joint project to erect a basketball ring for Watarrka Primary School, Kings Canyon, Northern Territory.
Back in 2011, Carlingford Rotary Club commenced a project with the Ulpanyali Aboriginal Community near Kings Canyon, about 450km southwest of Alice Springs.
In October 2011, 20 members and partners from Carlingford Rotary Club visited this remote community and presented them with an etching press and drying racks to assist their fledging Art Centre ( 2 prints attached). We also purchased numerous tools to assist the men and we were able to visit the nearby Lilla School (now known as Watarrka Primary School) the following day where the children from Ulpanyali attend.
Now in its seventh year, the Manly Scenic Fun Run and Walk is organised by Manly Rotary Club. It’s a charity fund-raiser for fun lovers and serious runners alike.
The Manly Scenic Fun Run and Walk will give you a great morning out. It has distances suitable for all ages and fitness levels, some of the best scenic views on offer in Sydney, a carnival-like atmosphere before and after the event, and an opportunity to raise funds either individually or in a team for the designated charity of your choice, with great prizes for the highest fund raisers.

Fiji - Cyclone Winston
ShelterBox Response Teams continue distributions and assessments in Fiji, following Cyclone Winston. Working in several districts, including Lomaiviti, Cakaudrove, Lau, Ba and Ra, the team have distributed 491 ShelterBoxes; 201 relief tents; 87 Shelter Kits; 283 tarps and 1003 solar lights. More distributions are planned this week and assessments are being conducted with the Red Cross. You can read the latest blog from Fiji here
Download the latest eNewsletter of Shelterbox Australia April Edition to read this and other articles.

Presentations from District Assembly are available on the District 9685 website
Go to District > District Training > District Assembly or:


Community Sector Banking Grants open May 2

Recognising the crucial role that not-for-profits play in addressing homelessness, Community Sector Banking has announced their 2016 Social investment Grants Program will focus on reducing homelessness, offering not-for-profits the opportunity to apply for grants totalling $200,000.

The Social Investment Grants Program is funded by Community Sector Banking and contributions from Social Investment Deposit Account holders. The program shows the power that everyday banking can have on the community.
“This program highlights our commitment to improving social outcomes, and shows that everyday banking can have a tremendously positive effect on the community” says Amanda Watt, Community Sector Banking’s Head of Marketing, Communications and act.
The 2016 Council on Legislation may well be remembered as one of the most progressive in Rotary history.
Not only did this Council grant clubs more freedom in determining their meeting schedule and membership, it also approved an increase in per capita dues of $4 a year for three years. The increase will be used to enhance Rotary’s website, improve online tools, and add programs and services to help clubs increase membership.
The Council is an essential element of Rotary’s governance. Every three years, members from around the world gather in Chicago to consider proposed changes to the policies that govern the organization and its member clubs. Measures that are adopted take effect 1 July.
The tone for this year was set early, when the RI Board put forth two proposals that increase flexibility. The first measure allows clubs to decide to vary their meeting times, whether to meet online or in person, and when to cancel a meeting, as long as they meet at least twice a month. The second allows clubs flexibility in choosing their membership rules and requirements. Both passed.
Read more about the changes here.


The next Presidents' Meeting & AWARDS PRESENTATION

will be held on

SATURDAY, 21 MAY 2016 at


7.30am FOR AN 8.00am start
RSVP Monday 16 MAY 2016
Cost: Complimentary

Register at presidentsmeeting.rotarydistrict9685.org.au

Email apologies to presidentsmeeting@rotarydistrict9685.org.au


The Rotary Leadership Institute has two courses organised for later this year. This of course is of great benefit to all Rotarians, but particularly for those who will become members of their club board from 1 July.
The course is run over three days, morning tea and lunch are supplied.
The day starts at 8:30 and should be completed around 3:45 pm.
The course is held at District 9685 office in Sefton Road, Thornleigh.
The course dates are: 
  • Course 33  30 April, 11 June and 2 July
  • Course 34 18 June, 9 July and 16 July
If you wish to register for one of these courses, please register on-line at this link.


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