Having a consistent brand image is important to all organisations, Rotary is no exception. In 2013, a new logo & brand image pack was developed, this was to ensure every club, in every district across the world could have the same high standard of brand recognition.


Over the past few months, we have been completing health checks, and it is very noticeable that there a lot of old style graphics being used in various publications, including newsletters & flyers, and hardware items, such as banners. Could all clubs please check all of their clubs portfolio, and make the correct changes. When posting anything on social media, or submitting items to the District newsletter, please make sure they are updated.


If you're still in doubt, download Rotary's official Voice and Visual Identity Guidelines: https://brandcenter.rotary.org/Asset/DownloadMaster/118




Barry Rassin
President, 2018-19
My dear friends and fellow Rotarians,

This year, on 24 October, Rotary will again mark World Polio Day. I am writing to ask all of you to join me on that day in raising global awareness of the urgent need to End Polio Now.

I have been a Rotarian since long before Rotary committed to eradicate polio. When I was inducted as a member in April of 1980, the idea of taking on polio eradication as a corporate project had not yet been seriously raised; polio still ravaged the lives of some 350,000 people, nearly all of them children, every year.

Today, the world is a very different place. Thanks to the vision of Rotary’s leaders then, and the commitment of the generations of Rotarians who have followed, we now have fewer cases of polio than at any time in history. As I write this message, only 14 children have been paralyzed by the wild poliovirus in all of 2018. Only three countries are still polio-endemic; wild virus still circulates in only one remaining reservoir, on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The success of this work has come as the result of decades of concerted and sustained effort by Rotary and all of our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Rotary’s involvement has been wide-ranging: we have raised over 1.9 billion dollars to date, and have contributed countless volunteer and staff hours to the practical work of eradication, including immunization, fundraising, and advocacy. Our success has been tremendous, and we are confident that our work will soon be complete.

Yet significant challenges remain, and the need for continued funding is acute. Until eradication is certified—at least three years from the time the last poliovirus is found anywhere in the world—every single child must be immunized, at a continuing cost of hundreds of millions of dollars per year. If any of that work is slowed or stopped, if any of our momentum is lost, we risk losing everything we have worked for, for so many years.

This is why I am asking every Rotary club to find its own way, on 24 October, to raise awareness of Rotary’s work to eradicate polio. At EndPolio.org, you can find some great resources to help plan an event, where you can also promote your event, find nearby events, and join our World Polio Day livestream from the College of Physicians in Philadelphia at 18:30 United States Eastern Time.

I look forward to coming together with all of you on World Polio Day—when we can all Be the Inspiration to End Polio Now.

Yours in Rotary,
Barry Rassin
Rotary International President, 2018-19
Join the Celebration
World Polio Day is 24 October!

Now’s the time to start planning your World Polio Day event. Spread the word in your community about the ongoing fight to end polio. Together, we can — and will — make history by ending polio for good. 

You can join our global celebration in many ways:
  • Hold a fundraiser. Consider making virtual reality a part of it so people can see what it’s like to vaccinate a child against polio.
  • Educate your neighbors. Talk with friends, family, and colleagues about Rotary’s work to end polio.
  • Hold a viewing party. Watch the livestream of Rotary’s World Polio Day event as a club or with another Rotary or Rotaract club.
  • Light up your city. Illuminate a local landmark with the End Polio Now logo.

No event is too big or too small. Whatever you’re planning for World Polio Day, be sure to tell us about it.

Find resources to help you plan or promote your event at endpolio.org.   
Barry Rassin
President, 2018-19
My dear friends,

24 October is just a couple weeks away, and I hope all of you are busy planning for how your club will mark this year’s World Polio Day. It’s just fantastic to see how many clubs and districts have already registered events at endpolio.org, and how much thought and creativity has gone into their planning. There will be lectures, concerts, polio walks, polio rides, and of course, livestream viewing parties. Many clubs are also taking advantage of the virtual reality films now available and incorporating a virtual reality experience in their World Polio Day activities.

If you haven’t yet, be sure to head over to endpolio.org to promote your event, get details on the livestream, and find out what else is going on in your area. Remember that hosting a World Polio Day event can help you earn this year’s Presidential Citation!

One of the things I’ve heard as I’ve traveled for Rotary is that Rotarians don’t always know how to answer some of the tough questions they get on polio eradication. To help, we’ve prepared a brief Q & A outlining some of the basics. The questions I hear most often, though, are the simplest ones: Why aren’t we there yet, and why are we still raising so much money for polio?

To answer that question, it’s helpful to use a metaphor many of us can easily understand: mowing a lawn. For most small lawns, you don’t need more than a push mower. If you’ve got something much larger—say, half an acre—you’d invest in a riding mower. And you’d be fine.

Now imagine you’re faced with mowing an absolutely enormous field—say, forty acres, or about sixteen hectares. Imagine it hasn’t been mowed in years, and it’s full of weeds, brambles, and thorns. And imagine you need everything on that field cut to the exact same height. You couldn’t do it over a period of days: the section you mowed first would grow back before you reached the end. What would you do? You couldn’t even think about a push mower. Even a riding mower would take a week and probably couldn’t handle it. The only way to do it would be to bring out the big guns, and get a tractor with a six-foot mower in the back—maybe even a couple of tractors.

Now consider the logistics of polio eradication.  There are 360,000 babies born every single day in the world. To be fully protected against polio, each of them must be vaccinated not just once, but several times. To stop the virus from traveling, every child must be fully vaccinated all at the same time—before enough new children are born to allow the virus to travel again.

The only way to achieve eradication is through the massive and coordinated scale on which we are now working: using a vast network of systems to deliver about 430 million doses of vaccine every year, via mass immunization campaigns. Forget a 40-acre field—we’re talking about Africa, we’re talking about southeast Asia. Places with vast distances, incredibly remote communities, wars, instability, poverty—and hundreds of millions of children. We need to reach them all.

The only way to finish the job is to give it everything we have, all at once. Yes, it’s expensive. Yes, it’s difficult. Yes, it is a task of breathtaking ambition and scope. But thanks to you--we are doing it.

That is what all of us need to know, and understand, on this World Polio Day. Now is the time to give it everything we have, to raise the funds, raise the awareness, and Be the Inspiration to End Polio Now.

Yours in Rotary,

Barry Rassin
President, Rotary International 2018-19

We would like to congratulate all the finalists in this year's Statewide Police Officer of the Year Awards.  We have very happy to confirm that there are 5 finalists from District 9685 in the finals and wish them every success in winning their category. 


The finalists are:


Sgt. Barry Cash, from Workforce Safety Command, Woy Woy - a finalist in the Corporate Services Police Officer of the Year Category


Snr. Constable Steven Mark Day, from the Blue Mountains Police Area Command - a finalist in the Metropolitan Police Officer of the Year Category


Leading Snr. Constable Daniel Glenn, from the North Shore Police Area Command - also a finalist in the  Metropolitan Police Officer of the Year Category


Det. Sgt. Kelsey Priestley, also from the North Shore Police Area Command - a finalist in the Irene Juergens Fellowship Award Category


Harry Scope, from the Tuggerah Lakes Police District - a finalist in the Police Volunteer of the Year Category


It is a great honour for these worthy nominees to reach the final three in each of the categories, and it would be wonderful if you would consider coming along to the very prestigious Awards Night on the 16th November to cheer them on.


We are getting a number of inquiries as to the outcomes of the train ride. AS of today the tally is at A$245k so we are just $5k short. If there are any Clubs out there that can find it within their bank accounts to contribute and get the tally to $250k, we think this would be outstanding.


The train ride for Dave and myself was a great opportunity to help get the Polio massage to a larger audience and a big THANK YOU to all the Clubs that turned out to present cheques, to ride the train, and to promote the brand. We did have a lot of red End Polio Now shirts visible on the day. At the end of this month we will have a final tally and there will be a story in RDU November edition.







Here are some important dates to add to your Club Calendar NOW. Please don't schedule Club Projects or Events on any of these dates, as they are all important District Events (Conference & Changeover) or Training for 2019/20 Club Leaders.




16 March 2019 - President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) - COMPULSORY Training for 2019/20 Presidents


29-31 March 2019 - District Conference, Newcastle. Register at conference.rotarydistrict9685.org.au


14 April 2019 - District Assembly - Training for all 2019/20 Club Board members and executives


29 June 2019 - District Changeover




The Rotary Club of Beecroft are collecting toiletries to form “Starter Kits’ for homeless children/youth as they enter into the services of Taldumande Youth Services and we are hoping you, our wonderful community will help us once again!

Please have a look to see if you have anything around the house for these toiletry “Starter Kits” for girls and boys and if not, maybe you could pop an item into your shopping trolley next time you’re out.


Useful items for each pack –

Roll on deodorant (female and male)
Face Wipes
Shaving Cream
Body Wash
Body Lotion
Bars of Soap
New and unused sample/travel-size items that you may have collected from hotels are perfect

We will be collecting toiletries from Saturday 29th September until Saturday 3rd November.

We have Sydney drop off addresses at Wahroonga, Normanhurst, Castle Hill, Beecroft, Warrawee, North Rocks, East Ryde and Epping


Taldumande are a registered charity who provide support to vulnerable and homeless children, young people aged 12-21, and their families across Northern Sydney, an area that extends from Sydney Harbour to the Hawkesbury River, into the Northern Beaches, out to Ryde, Denistone and Pennant Hills.

Please if you can SHARE this post so others can join in and help too, it would be appreciated.

If you would like to know more about their services, please visit their website https://www.taldumande.org.au/






Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for October 2018.   Please feel free to share and send us your great membership stories.




    On line to the Disaster relief Fund at www.cwaofnsw.org.au/donate
    Direct debit contactinfo@cwaofnsw.org.au for details so that donation  can be received and cross referenced
    Bank details BSB 032005 Acc No  810633 Name  The Salvation Army  Red Shield appeal
    Send an email to donations@aue.salvationarmy.org detailing payments (date and amount)and receipting details (Nam as well as a note specifying the donation to Rural Support and address)
    Acc  Name   RiuralAid limited
    St George Bank BSB 114 879
    Acc No  439 938 530
    Ref   ( your name) then email us at deposits@buyabale.com.au with your reference number, name and donation amount a we will email your receipt
BSB 062195
Acc  no  10104674 then  please email info@bcef.org.au with details of deposit amount to get a receipt
    Log on to rawcs.org.au/project-search  find project listed as Drought Relief NSW project number 2-2018-19
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