A Family Celebration
Members of the Rotary Club of Winston Hills celebrated the induction of new member Tan Trang at the Winston Hotel last Monday night. President John van den Burg said he was delighted to have Tan‘s wife Olitia and their young daughters Rhiannon and Renita involved in this special occasion. Also present to help celebrate Tan’s induction were members of the Club and their partners as well as visiting Rotarians including Past District Governor Graeme Davies.
In response to his induction Tan spoke of Rotary being ...
Hats Off to Rotary Clubs !
When it comes to shining a light on mental illness in Australia, Rotary Clubs have done it again. Thank you to all the Clubs across the nation who hosted a Hat Day event, and invited their local community to get involved as well.
Since Hat Day on Friday October 10, Australian Rotary Health has been inundated with event success stories, colourful photos and generous cheque presentations from Club supporters. Some of you held trivia nights, novelty auctions, hat competitions or simply passed the hat around at a partner’s night – thank you for your vital support of mental health research.
Review your member profile
Do you know that a member's date of birth or even their year of birth is missing in our database for over 50% of Rotarians in this district?
If you are one of those or you are not sure, please login and check your Member Profile so that district and RI can accurately measure age trends.  The information may even be helpful to your club.
Go to rotarydistrict9685.org.au and login to check this important information.  Don't know how, or forgotten your login credentials, click here to learn how.

World Polio Day Livestream
Rotary celebrates World Polio Day on 24 October with a Livestream event featuring expert speakers and celebrity performers.
Hosted by Time magazine science and technology editor Jeffrey Kluger, the Chicago event also includes a global status update on the fight to end polio and the challenges that remain, as well as information about joining Rotary's historic campaign.
There are more details on rotary.org

D9685 will host the next RAWCS meeting !
The next quarterly RAWCS weekend will not only be fun, but will give you the opportunity to talk with like minded Rotarians about your project/s while learning from their experiences.
It is being held at Wentworth Falls on 8-9 November - click here to download the details.

Best practices for club websites
Did you know that you only have 5 seconds to capture the attention of your website visitor, before they leave? What's worse is that once they leave your website, the chances of re-engaging are very low.
There's a lot you can do to ............. Read more

Share with other Clubs & Rotarians
Publish a photo depicting your club in action, share a Guest Speaker's details, or update your club history. All of these tools are available to enhance your Rotary experience.  Follow the links below for more information.
Tell your story and help others.

Now open for Registration
Registration is open for the next Rotary Leadership Institute course.
Course 22 is on Saturdays 11 April, 18 April, & 2 May
Course 23 is on Sundays 10 May, 24 May, & 7 June
Details of these courses are available on the district website so click here to view.
If you are a current/incoming President or Club Officer or Assistant Governor,  or if you simply want to learn more about Rotary, join one of these courses - in the first instance by emailng PDG David Rands on rli@rotarydistrict9685.org.au

WASRAG Webinars
Inspired by the June 2014 World Water Summit in Sydney, Australia, Rotary and Wasrag are teaming up on a free, three part webinar series to assist with your water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) Rotary projects. Moderated by Rotarian Bob Wubbena, immediate past Vice Chair of Wasrag, this series will feature ideas and best practices from WASH experts and experienced Rotary members to help you undertake sustainable WASH initiatives.   
Click here to read this issue of eNews

Catch up on the webinar series and register for the next session
Rotary is hosting a five-part Membership Matters webinar series to help clubs attract, engage, and inspire members.
Listen to parts one (Membership, It’s Now or Never) and two (Perception vs. Reality: Club Evaluation and Visioning), and sign up for part three, Simple Steps to Innovate Your Club, scheduled for Wednesday, 4 February. 

Access Google tools for free
Google for Nonprofits offers charitable organisations in Australia free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Ad Grants and more.  These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your non-profit’s story.

Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits can now apply to join the program, which provides access to a suite of free products and tools, including:
  • Google Apps provides a range of enterprise tools -- from email to Google Docs -- that reduce technology costs and encourage collaboration.
  • Ad Grants provides a $10,000 grant for nonprofits to raise awareness and target new audiences online.
  • YouTube for Nonprofits and Google Earth Outreach provide rich opportunities for nonprofits to create interactive content and visualize their impact.

Presentations & other material now available
If you attended the seminar hosted by District's International Service Chair, Theo Glockeman, you will want to download this material as a refresher.  If you did not attend, you will find the material invaluable.
The downloads are available on the International Service Page of the District website (see the foot of the left column).

Finding Meaning Beyond Success
Larry Kesslin is a Rotarian from San Diego, CA.  He is an entrepreneur who has published a few business books and is currently working on a new book about finding meaning beyond success.  He & his wife, along with two teenage children, will be visiting Australia for six weeks starting in February 2015.  They plan to be in the Sydney area during the second week of February.  Larry would like to attend meetings, and possibly speak, at a few clubs.
His details are in our Speaker bank so go here for more information.  While there, you may also find some other possible speakers for your club.

Polio NIDs for India
The dates announced by The Government of India for Polio National Immunisation Days for 2014-15 are:
  • Sunday 16 November
  • Sunday 18 January
  • Sunday 22 February
District does not make any recommendations of any tour operator over another, however information follows on one that is available.

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