The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) has more courses organised for the first half of 2016-2017.  RLI is of great benefit to all Rotarians regardless of years of service, and in fact "senior" Rotarian participation is encouraged as their knowledge and experience is invaluable during the workshops.
The course is run over three days at the District 9685 office in Sefton Road, Thornleigh.
The day starts at 8:30 am and finishes around 3:45 pm; morning tea and lunch are supplied.
The course dates are: 

RLI 38 runs 15 October, 12 November and 26 November

If you wish to register for one of these courses, please register on-line at  You will receive a confirmation email and further details on the venue.

If you need any further information, please contact RLI Convenor PDG Ian Scott




INVITATION TO ATTEND - Rotary District 9685 International Service Workshop

  • Come and share your club's International projects
  • Come and learn how to find a project
  • Come and learn how to fund a project

Registration from 9.30am

Workshop from 10.00am - 4.00pm

Location: RIDBC - Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, North Rocks Road, North Rocks

All Rotarians are welcome!

Cost is Free BUT RSVP required for catering purposes



Taking part in a Rotary Friendship Exchange where you visit another Rotary District somewhere in the World and stay with like minded people is truly an opportunity of a lifetime.  My club has taken part by being the hosts of teams from the USA and Sweden and we have taken a team to Brazil, now the opportunity exists for two more great experiences.
Our District has received two requests to take part in a reciprocal Friendship Exchange, one from Tampa Bay in Florida, USA, in District 6890.   The second one is from District 9370, South Africa and is well placed for the Cricket Tragics in our District.    I will explain more later.
If you are attending the Atlanta Convention in 2017, then the opportunity of taking part in a Friendship Exchange is a possibility.  It also leads to other activities as Miami and Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Centre are not far away.  Also there are great Cruise liners who leave from Miami for the Caribbean, not to mention Disney World and Epcot just a short distance away. 
South Africa is another wonderful place to visit and the Cricket matches between Australia and South Africa will no doubt be a feature in the proposed Friendship Exchange to D9370.  A reciprocal visit to Australia and our District would take place when the next cricket season is on in Australia where we would be expected to host a similar group from D9370.  If you don’t wish to spend all of your time at the cricket, Kruger National Game Park is not that far away.
An ideal number of persons to take part in such an exchange is 12 and can comprise of both single persons or couples.  The trip to the USA has identified three possible locations of 2 or 3 nights in each location.  A similar number of persons would be best suited to the South Africa exchange.
Having visited both of these two Rotary Districts, I can certainly vouch for the hospitality and the friendship that evolves from such a trip.  It is a fantastic opportunity for a single Rotary Club or Zone to become involved.  The major expenses are your air fare and your spending money.  You will be accommodated in Rotarians homes and transported to all of the wonderful places that will be shown to you by your hosts.
Of course our District will be obliged to host an inbound team from each District at some time in the future.  We will let you know when that is likely to occur as no time frame has been put in place by the other Districts as yet.
If you have any further inquiries, please contact myself or PDG Graeme Davies  on and as the Co-Chairs of Friendship Exchange for D 9865, we will assist you in organising your team, or if you wish hosting an inbound team.
PDG John Wakefield OAM


Increasing public awareness of the imminent demise of the dreaded Polio virus – and raising vital dollars to fund the end of Rotary’s 40 year PolioPlus campaign – must be the common goal of ALL Rotary Clubs and Districts on World Polio Day … October 24!

Effective fund raising is always a priority, BUT projects that build public awareness and image ensure that we really connect with our respective communities!

In Great Britain, Rotarians are gearing up to sell 50.000 colourful Crocus plans and bulbs to highlight their ‘go purple’ for a day promotion, ie: purple clothes, decorations, hair, offices, purple cake stalls, and sale of teddy bears with purple vests, etc on Polio Day.

In Germany, plans are in place to print one million END POLIO NOW stickers for general distribution – along with special athletic events for children.

In the USA, Million Dollar Community Dinners encouraging people to support Rotary in the wills have proved successful.

Around New Zealand and Australia, many excellent ideas are emerging … main street END POLIO NOW barbecues, bush dances, Battle of the Bands for schools, walkathons, family cycle days, movie nights, $100 Centurian collection poles and jumble sales to name a few.

Clubs are being urged to link with high profile personalities, local politicians and sports men and women to help achieve media coverage.

All events must be high profile, ie: Rotarians wearing the red END POLIO NOW t-shirts and copious numbers of posters and Polio pull-up banners delivering effective messages are important.

No idea it too big or too small but start planning NOW!


GRAFFITI REMOVAL DAY is being held this year on Sunday 30th October.
This Rotary driven project is an initiative of the NSW Government’s Dept. of Justice aimed at creating a greater awareness of graffiti vandalism. It encourages local communities throughout NSW to get involved in the removal and prevention of graffiti.
To Rotary clubs it offers a lot more eg
  • Getting involved with a fun yet different activity
  • Only needing a few people – men or women
  • Providing an opportunity for your club to be exposed and promoted in your local community
  • Working on a common cause with other volunteers – which may even lead to finding a few more new members!!
  • Involving no costs as all the required materials such as paint, brushes etc are provided by sponsors – the major one being Dulux. Even murals and green screening can be undertaken.
This is a big event – now in its fourth year. Last year almost 2000 volunteers removed over 20,000 sq. metres of graffiti from over 450 sites in 56 Council areas.
So what do you need to do???
Visit the website and NOMINATE A SITE or VOLUNTEER
For more details contact Graffiti Removal Day’s Volunteers Manager:
Johan Mare           1300 665 310  0450 631 164

The 2016 Manuel of Procedure (MOP) has been released online, through MyRotary.


Join fellow Rotarians on a trip into ancient Cambodia…

Rotarians from various clubs around the world are joining together with Sustainable Cambodia to take a journey into the heart of Cambodia.

Detailed information and itinerary - click here


It’s the time of the year when the Oktoberfest gets celebrated in Munich. As most of us can’t attend the original Oktoberfest I’ve organised one closer to home!
You’ll enjoy life music, dance, sing along and sway, very tasty and ‘filling’ German food , beer and wine and a great raffle  -  the proceeds go to ShelterBox Australia. It would be great if we can get a ‘Colleagues / Friends-table’ together and have again lots of fun.
Hopefully you can join in for the Oktoberfest. Looking forward to welcome you at the Austrian Club soon.

Mosman Daily - 25th August 2016

Hills Shire Times - 13 September 2016

Featuring Afro contemporary dancer Lucky Lartey, Canterbury Girls HS, Rwandan and Ugandan dance groups and With One Voice choir
Why – to support a children’s social enterprise, raising ducks and fruit trees in Lotumbe, DRCongo, so the children can attend school
Where - Pitt Street Uniting Church, near Sydney Town Hall Station CBD
When - 2 pm, Sunday, November 6
Cost – Adult $25, concessions $15, Under 18 - $5, under 8 - FREE
Here is the link for purchasing tickets:  

Rotary District 9685 Centennial Million Dollar Dinner
The Epping Club, 45-47 Rawson Street, Epping
Monday 28 November 2016
6.30pm – 10pm
It would be wonderful to have as many Clubs and Rotarians attending this special event on Monday 28 November 2016. 

Daryn Hardy, a Lane Cove postman, was presented with a Pride of Workmanship Award from the Rotary Club of Lane Cove in May but he was unable to attend on the evening due to his wife being unwell. President (at the time) Jenny May went to the St Leonard's Mail Delivery Centre a few days later to present Daryn with his award in front of a large number of his work colleagues. It was a great experience to see the very positive reaction of all of Daryn's colleagues and senior management at his recognition. Several photos were taken and a couple of these later appeared in the national Australia Post Journal which was great publicity for Rotary despite a few typos in the article!

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September 2016


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