2017-18 Board Members, please be aware  of the following 2017-18 District training dates:
President Elects Training (PETS)
Saturday 1 April 2017
Macquarie Graduate School of Management
Talavera Road, North Ryde
District Assembly
Sunday 23 April 2017
The Kings School
Pennant Hills Road, Parramatta
These events will begin with registrations at 8.30am and formal start at 9.00am, finishing at 4.30pm.
The training content will be informative and entertaining. It is a Rotary International requirement that each club is represented at PETS and District Assembly. If your club's President Elect cannot attend it is important that a representative from the club take their place.

Understanding our Working with Children obligations

Does your club participate in any of the following or similar Youth programs?
Programs organised and administered by District Committees and supported by Clubs
  • Rotary Youth Exchange [RYEP]
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards [RYLA]
  • Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment [RYPEN]
  • National Youth Science Forum [NYSF]
  • Siemens Science Experience, Engineering Schools [SSE]
  • Science & Engineering Challenge
  • Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA)
  • Recognition of Youth Awards (ROYA)
  • Pacific Australia Cultural Exchange (PACE)
Programs organised and administered by other organisations and supported by Clubs
  • Youth Driver Awareness [RYDA]
  • Operation Hope (Wesley Mission Camps for disadvantaged children)
  • Youth Insearch (community-based organisation coordinating program focusing on resolving adolescent issues at a peer level)
Programs initiated by Clubs to meet the needs of young people in their local communities
  • Scholarships, bursaries and awards for school students
  • Inter-school debating competitions
  • 'My Mother - My Hero' Mother's Day Essay/ Poem for Primary School students
  • Homeless youth programs
  • Community Centres for Youth
  • Youth Forums, ARH High School Forums on Mental Health (Years 10 & 11)
  • Youth Art Shows, Drama Festivals and Showcases of Musical Talents
  • Leadership training for High School Student Representative Council members
  • Support for students with disabilities - wheelchairs, computers, social outings
If so, the following WWC obligations apply:
  • Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012
  • Child protection (Working with Children) Regulation 2013
  • Children and Young People (care and Protection) Act 1998
  • Rotary Youth Protection Guide (2016)
These requirements are encapsulated in the draft “Child Protection Policy and Procedure Manual” available to clubs on the D9685 website. It is recommended that all clubs adopt this manual if they participate in any form of Youth Program.

To learn more

D9685 is taking a 3-phased approach to explaining how these obligations affect our District and Club Youth programs. It will be achieved as follows:
Phase 1           PETS 1 April 2017     
An overview of the relevant documents and their requirements to create an awareness for President’s – Elect so that they have a basis to manage the responses of their respective Clubs.
Phase 2           District Assembly 23 April 2017       
Club Board members and the Club Verification Officer should attend to hear a more detailed explanation about these important requirements and to receive guidance about their implementation.
Phase 3           FREE “Working with Children” workshop on 29 April 2017 in the District Office, Thornleigh, to expand on the DA.
A representative of the Office of the Children’s Guardian will be present and the primary objectives will be to:
  • Explain more about WWC and why it is an important matter; and
  • Participate in a Q&A session at which any misconceptions or misunderstandings that may exist will be addressed.
Suggested attendees would include:
  • 2017-2018 D9685 Directors responsible for Youth programs
  • Relevant 2017-2018 D9685 and Club Committee Chairs (e.g. RYE Program)
  • Club Verification Officers
  • Club Youth Service Directors
  • Club Presidents
  • Rotarians
Canberra dinner on May 1 to showcase Australia’s Peace Centre
The Rotary Peace Centres Program is one of Rotary’s star performers. Australia is privileged to host one of the six global centres, based at University of Queensland. Each year a class of around 10 outstanding Fellows study for their Masters in Peace and Conflict Resolution, but there are few opportunities for them to meet the wider Rotary community. Past RI Director John Lawrence has taken advantage of Class 14’s visit to Canberra to convene a dinner on May 1st, with the help of Canberra area Rotary Clubs, to which all Rotarians are invited. It is a chance to meet and hear from these wonderful Rotary ambassadors. Honoured guests include RIPE Ian Riseley, senior politicians and members of the diplomatic community. Venue for the dinner is the Commonwealth Club in Yarralumla, with a limit of 200 attendees.
For bookings www.rotary.9710.org.au and click on the link to book.
Date: May 1st
Location: Commonwealth Club, Yarralumla
Time: 6:30pm for 7:00pm
Cost: $70 per person with a cash bar.
Find out more about the Dick Smith Grant Project

District Governor Bruce Lakin has joined District Rotary Foundation Chairman David Rands in calling for EVERY club in District 9685 to donate US $2,650 towards the END POLIO NOW campaign in support RI President John Germ’s personal request for special giving to mark the 100th anniversary of The Rotary Foundation in 2016/17.


This unique amount from each club will then be matched by a similar amount from the District 9685 District Designated Fund (DDF), followed by a 50% Rotary World Fund match for a sub total of $6,625.


The amazing generosity of the Gates Foundation then comes into play with a 2 for 1 further match for Polio giving.


Total impact of the original special club donation of $2,650 is and amazing $19,875!!!


Rotary Foundation Chair David has had enquiries from several clubs, but noted payment rom only a small number so far.  So during March we would like to see many more clubs make that special effort and stretch in order to take advantage of the absolutely wonderful opportunity to stretch your $2650 to $19875 of benefit.


Governor Bruce joined the push this week and stated ‘like all things in Rotary, this excellent opportunity will not achieve maximum impact unless we make it happen’.


‘The 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation is a very special occasion and there is no better way to celebrate than for everyone to make an extra effort to strive for Polio eradication.  I request club presidents to discuss this request within clubs during the next week and get donations to Chairman David and his team as soon as possible,” he said.


Governor Bruce reminded club presidents that this donation is a special ‘one off’ request and should be in addition to normal giving to The Rotary Foundation.


District Polio Chairs Bob Aitken and Bruce Nicholls have joined District leaders in this fund raising ‘push’ and reminded club presidents that RI President John Germ, in his 2016/17 citation, requests Rotarians around the world to support the club giving program with a personal gift of $26.50 to END POLIO NOW.


This amount of $26.50 is the original amount donated from the International Convention that year to launch The Rotary Foundation and has special significance in this 100th anniversary year.


Chairmen Bob and Bruce suggest that clubs organise a special event in March to raise the total amount required and ease the cost burden on individual members.  Community ‘Walk because you can’ events have proved very popular and successful with mass school children joining Rotarians in main street marches for gold coin donations.


  • Are you up for a challenge?
  • Do you feel the urge to fill some very large shoes??
  • Would you like the opportunity to promote and progress the ideals of Probus in our District?
If so, the I would love to hear from you!
And if you are wondering why, it is because, after many years of devoted and dedicated service, PP Adrian Hallett has decided to pass the baton to a new owner and give someone else the same opportunities that he has enjoyed.
In the words of Probus Chairman of the Board, Douglas Geekie,
“I express our thanks and appreciation for your efforts over your term of office in advancing and supporting our Probus Organisation.  Your devotion and commitment is recognised, and has been greatly appreciated.
Probus South Pacific Ltd is indeed indebted to our many and various volunteers for their devotion and hard work that results in the success of the company.  Without such commitment and support, we would be a much lesser organisation.  Your personal  contributions have been significant in the role of RDPC which has provided great communication lines with our resident Director, the Probus team in Parramatta and of course the many Probus Clubs in your Rotary District.  Together, we have successfully  promoted the image “Probus -  a Community Service Activity of Rotary Clubs”.
We wish you well in your continuing Rotary Life and various other community commitments.”
Adrian has been an integral part of Probus for a long time, and now it is your turn!
Please let me know if you are interested in finding out more about advancing and leading  the ideals and outcomes which Probus delivers to its thousands of members in our District!
Kalma McLellan
District 9685 Community Service Chair
0417 696 156

There was a great response to the Raffle of two bottles of Muster Wine and four acrylic goblets at the District conference. The winner was Margaret Neal from the Rotary Club of Kincumber.


The total amount raised for ARH was $222 which represents around 50c per person who attended the conference.

Australian Rotary Health District Chair, Dudley Mercer said “Everyone who was asked bought a/some ticket(s) so, Thanks to everyone.”  


ARH continues to be a  large investor in Mental Health Research Scholarships, second only to the Federal Government.

The research is “By Australians – In Australia - then made available  the World.”


A large number of research results and developed programs are in use overseas particularly the “Mental Health First Aid”  program flagged by then President Obama as a very worthwhile program.


District 9685 is a very generous donor to ARH, something the committee is keen to maintain. Please keep ARH in mind when distributing funds or perhaps hold a special ARH event – this year’s Hat Day is titled “Lift the Lid” on mental health – look out for more information here later on.


Watch this space for more details of the D9685 contingent in the Muster for Mental Health later on in the year too.

With Rotary and government support Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby Meals on Wheels Service at Turramurra will become the proud owners of a new delivery van on Saturday 4 March. The new van will be used to move meals from the Meals on Wheels kitchen at Gilroy Lane Turramurra to the Hornsby distribution and storage centre. It will also be used to transport readymade meals to other Meals on Wheels Services in Sydney.
A combined fundraising effort led by Roseville Chase Rotary Club, Federal and State governments, Ku-ring-gai Council, local Rotary clubs from Beecroft, Carlingford, Hornsby District, Ku-ring-gai, Lindfield, St. Ives, Turramurra, Wahroonga, West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook and The Rotary Foundation has resulted in the new van being fully optioned to go out on the road with a built-in refrigeration unit for transporting meals.
Hon. Paul Fletcher, Federal member for Bradfield and Minister for Urban Infrastructure said the project ticked all boxes in the Governments grants scheme of volunteer groups helping local charities. 
Mayor Anderson said the Meals on Wheels kitchen benefitted from an upgrade carried out with Council assistance last year and had a fully qualified chef supervising menu options.
Roseville Chase Rotary Club President, Peter Lewis said "Meals on Wheels was a ‘pillar of our community’ and the service was in a growth period. Through the Rotary Clubs' fund raising of $52,000 we are able to contribute to the local community’s needs. We have developed strategic partnerships that allow us to work with like- minded organisations and achieve an even greater impact ".

An invitation is extended to fellow Rotarians to join Lower Blue Mountains Rotary Club in the welcome of our guest speaker, Rotary International Director, Noel Trevaskis, who will be joining us on Tuesday 2nd May, 2017.


Lower Blue meets at the Leonay Golf Club, 1 Leonay Parade, Leonay (exit M4 at Russell Street ) at 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm.   Dinner costs are $23.  Payments at welcome desk or via Club cheques please.


Kindly RSVP to Pamela Noal via:  0447778870  or  E:  pamelanoalrotarylbm@gmail.com  noting any special dietary requirements.   

Event Calendar
March 2017


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