Usually, at this time of year, you’ll see us Rotarians throughout local shopping centres and the like rattling buckets, waving banners, EFT machines in hand raising much needed funds for The Salvation Army on their Red Shield Appeal Weekend.
 
This year, due to restrictions forced upon us by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to do that. So how can we help?
 
Rotary Clubs working hand in hand with The Salvos goes back many years and never before have they needed us more!
 
To donate, please click on below link.
 
 
 
 
Mark your calendars for 20-26 June for an exciting opportunity to gather online with the family of Rotary for our first online convention.
This year's virtual convention is a great opportunity to connect with Rotary participants from around the world to experience the spirit of Rotary, find inspiration through innovation, celebrate our resilience and ability to adapt, exchange ideas, explore how clubs are addressing COVID-19 around the world, and much more.
Experience Rotary in action during our Flag Ceremony, witness the power of connection during our general sessions, learn new ways to engage with Rotary during our breakout sessions, find inspiration from our global speakers, and much more.
The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention will join you with Rotary participants around the world during a time of unprecedented challenges.
 
Now More than Ever, Rotary Connects the World: The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention
20-26 June ~ Schedule at a glance
General Session 1: Together, We Connect — Saturday, 20 June — 11.00pm (AEST) 
General Session 2: Together, We Learn — Sunday, 21 June — 11.00pm (AEST)
Featured Breakout Sessions (details coming soon) - Monday – Friday, 22- 26 June
Each day, one breakout session will be offered at each of the following times*:
8:00 – 9:00 Chicago Time (UTC-5) - 11.00pm AEST
12:00 – 13:00 Chicago Time (UTC-5) - 3.00am AEST
18:00 – 19:00 Chicago Time (UTC-5) - 9.00am AEST
 
 
Firstly, the nine global grants supporting this project have all been approved.  When we put in all the grant applications last year, we were confident that the government would make a substantial contribution.  That literally went up in flames with the bushfire crisis and now getting money from government is all but impossible for the time being with the Covid-19 crisis.  Five of the grants have been fully funded with the government funding gap being made up principally by additional DDF commitments – thank you.  To fully fund the remaining four grants we currently need an additional USD 130k in DDF or USD 190k in cash.  We are continuing to seek additional donations from individuals and clubs.
 
Secondly, at rather short notice, but with amazing help from Andrew Mahoney (RC Wellington), we've also developed the concept of an e-card for this coming Mother's Day.  Donors can download the card, email it off to wherever they wish, and make a donation to our centenary Pacific immunisation project in the name of the mothers in their lives. With your help, we really hope Rotarians will seize this opportunity. Please go to https://everychildafuture.com/mothers_day_2020.html.
 
 
The Rotary Districts of ACT and NSW Emergency Services Community Awards nominations for 2020 are now open.

The Emergency Services Community Awards are an initiative of the Rotary Districts & Clubs of ACT and NSW. In keeping with Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”, the Awards acknowledge and celebrate the selfless Community Service of Emergency Services Personnel while supporting two important Rotary initiatives:
Australian Rotary Health,
PhD Research Scholarship investigating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Emergency Services Personnel
Emergency Disaster Preparedness
Rotary Vocational Training Teams to Developing Countries in the Asia Pacific.
 
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE AWARDS
Nominees must be an appointed paid or unpaid volunteer/member of one of the State/Territory Emergency Services who perform Community Service above and beyond the call of their normal duties.
To nominate a member of the Emergency Services in either ACT or NSW for these awards please go to https://resca.awardsplatform.com complete the nomination form in its entirety (the compulsory fields) and then submit same for judging.
To log in you can use the account details that you set up during the 2019 Awards period.
  • A Winner of these Awards previously as a Volunteer of the Year and/or Officer in Paid Capacity, is ineligible to be nominated.
  • A Finalist in these Awards, is ineligible to be nominated again within a period of 5 years.
  • A Nominee not selected as a finalist can be nominated again and in the following year.
 
 
 
Our Australian Rotary District Governors have agreed to establish a central fund into which all Australians can donate to support the victims of the devastating bushfires ravaging our country.
 
A link to the fund can be found on the main page of the RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service) website: https://rawcs.org.au
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Matters a weekly program on community radio station Triple H 100.1 FM profiles the causes, projects and people who make up Rotary. The idea is to arouse interest and engagement among the wider general public. Each week a different Rotary initiative is profiled with an in studio interview. This is followed by a What’s On of activities in District 9685 which are accessible to the public. To have your Club’s initiatives and activities profiled on Rotary Matters, contact the host, Ian Stuart on 0416 138 860 or ian.stuart@optusnet.com.au Episodes of the program can be heard indefinitely on the Rotary Matters Facebook site and other social media platforms like Spotify.
 
 
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