It's all over for another year BUT see the presentations!
 
   
   
 

 
Northbridge is looking for lots of noise
 
 
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Norwest Sunrise is Masquerading
 
 
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Apply now and share your ideas for a safer community in 2015
Grants from NRMA Insurance of up to $5,000 are now available to support initiatives that make local communities safer, stronger and more confident. Share your ideas for projects in four categories.
 
 

 
Applications for Scholarships & Fellowships closing soon
District is seeking nominations from Clubs of outstanding young persons interested in applying for either a Rotary District 9685 Global Grant Scholarship (closing date 31 March 2015) or a Rotary Peace Fellowship (closing date 30 April 2015).
 
The District 9685 Global Grant Scholarship is being offered for the first time. It provides one year funding (US$ 30,000) for postgraduate studies in an overseas University or Institute.
 
The Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 Peace Fellowships each year which provide full funding for a 2 year Master’s degree program at a Rotary Peace Centre in Universities in USA, UK, Japan, Sweden and Australia as well as up to 50 Fellowships for a 3 month Professional Development Certificate course at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.
 
Full details of eligibility criteria, grants and application processes for Clubs, Applicants and Referees are available on the District website. Additional enquiries can be directed to Martin Silink, Chair, District 9685 Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship Committee, 0400 804 948, martin.silink@gmail.com.
 

 
Our Foundation newsletter
 
Rotary International President Elect K. R. Ravindran said "It is a widely accepted fact that literacy forms an important measure of a nature's progress and development. However, the challenges in moving towards total literacy are enormous. Rotarians have always thrived on challenges and I am sure this will be one more instance where Rotarians of this region respond to these challenges appropriately."
 

 
Enhance your leadership skills

Rotary’s Learning Center puts professional development right at your fingertips. You’ll find a variety of interactive courses that will help you navigate Rotary’s online tools or develop leadership skills to prepare for a new Rotary role.  It’s just one of the resources Rotary has developed to make your membership more rewarding.

 

 
Register for District Assembly
   
 

Attention ALL incoming Club Officers

District Assembly is being held on 12 April
at The King's School
Registrations are now open - go to
 
 

 
Rotary on the Move - March edition
Please click HERE to read the latest edition of Rotary on the Move newsletter. 
 
"Our membership and services are what make Rotary powerful and strong. To keep it strong, membership recruitment and retention have to be a priority for every incoming Rotary leader".
 
 

 
Applications for District Governor for 2017/18
District 9685 and its predecessors have a great history of men and women who have taken on the role of District Governor.
 
It’s a challenging, but rewarding task with the opportunity of two years’ training and preparation before taking on the position. It’s YOUR opportunity to lead and inspire Rotarians in 77 Clubs.
 
Applications are called for the position of District Governor for the Rotary Year 2017/18. Applicants must be current members of at least 5 years standing as at 2015 and a Past President.
 
At first instance, please contact the Chair of the Nominating Committee PDG John Dodd on johndodd@cluemail.com or 0418 464 413. John will assist you by providing information about the role and the selection procedure.
 
 
March Community newsletter
 
Click here to download the latest Community Service newsletter
 
 
Is your club interested in trying new ways to find and keep members?

Applications now being accepted: Pilot allows innovative and flexible approaches to running a club

Is your club interested in trying new ways to find and keep members? Then it may be a good fit for the Innovative and Flexible Rotary Club pilot to experiment with variations on the traditional Rotary club structure. Applications are due 31 March
 
The RI Board of Directors invites up to 850 more clubs to take part in the pilot. Your club could try out ideas not currently allowed under the Standard Rotary Club Constitution, such as shared attendance with spouses, alternating between online and in-person meetings, or new leadership structures.
 
 

 
Towards a Strategic Plan
Wanted: Your ideas, comments and or observations that would help shape a long term strategy for the District's future direction to achieve Rotary International's Strategic Plan in the District's strategic environment.
 
The question is: "How do we achieve Rotary International's Strategic Plan in the District's strategic environment?"
 
All Rotarians are encouraged to express an interest in attending a part day strategic planning workshop.  The timing and venue for the workshop are dependent on the number that are to participate. As a guide the workshop is expected to be held in late April / early May at either the District Office in Thornleigh or at the Rotary Down Under Office in Parramatta on a weekend.
 
Interested?  Please register your interest at this link.
 
 
 
Hear a presentation on Interplast
Upper Blue Mountains Sunrise is holding a Gala Dinner in aid of Interplast on Wednesday 22 April 2015 to raise the final funding for sending a team of surgeons to the Asia/Pacific region under the District 9685 banner.
 
Your Interplast chair, David Hart, is available to be a guest speaker at your club in the next few months.
 
Please contact David on interplast@rotarydistrict9685.org.au or 0408 026 832 to arrange a convenient meeting time.  Visit the Interplast page on the District Speaker Bank.
 

 
Historic Moments: PolioPlus turns 30
This year marks 30 years since Rotary launched PolioPlus, its campaign to rid the world of polio. Beginning on Rotary's anniversary, 23 February, Rotary members worldwide will be holding events to celebrate three decades of polio eradication progress.
 
Since 1985 Rotary and its partners have helped reduce the number of cases from 350,000 annually to fewer than 400 in 2014, and they remain committed until the disease is eradicated. Rotary has contributed more than $1.3 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2 billion children worldwide. In addition, Rotary's advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute over $10 billion to the effort.
 
Former Rotary President Clem Renouf recalls conversations with Rotary leaders as the organization turned its attention to eradicating polio:
 
 
Before the global scope of PolioPlus, individual clubs ... read more at rotary.org
 

 
 

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