District 9685 eNews 

April 21st 2022

Rotary District 9685 acknowledges
Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the Traditional Owners
and Custodians of the land and gives respect to the
Elders – past and present – and through them to all Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
(pic) Garigal Land, Berowra
D9685 Greater Sydney Flood Appeal
Thanks to those clubs that have conducted public collections and through donations from clubs, Rotarians and the public, our RAWCS Appeal is at $90,000. Add to this the Rotary Foundation Disaster Response Grant boosted by a 5% Woolworths discount on Gift Cards and I estimate we will distribute over $105,000 in store gift cards to those affected by floods mainly along the Hawkesbury River.
Thanks also the clubs and members who have managed the distribution of gift cards and continue to do so.
It’s an amazing response and you can still donate at RAWCS Greater Sydney Flood Appeal and this appeal will close end April.
ANZAC Day April 25: Thank you to those veterans amongst our ranks for your service and we hope you commemorate with former colleagues.
Rotary support for UKRAINE: Never before has the need for Rotary’s goals for Peace been as important as now. Watch this video about Rotary’s support for refugees from the Ukraine and the account from the Ukrainian representative to the recent Council on Legislation in Chicago.
Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal, May 28-29
Many clubs have had a long association assisting with the Red Shield Appeal doorknock collection and it’s been impacted just like our Rotary fundraising these last two years. I'm sure The Salvos would welcome many feet on the ground on Sunday May 29.
June 30, 2022:  Only 10 weeks to go (but who’s counting?)
It’s time to review your Club Goals in Rotary Club Central. Some can be finessed to allow for projects that COVID curtailed, like youth programs. As I review the achievements across our district there’s every reason why your club should be acknowledged with a Presidential Citation. It just requires some time and effort online at
There are still many projects underway including nominations for;
  • Rotary Emergency Service Community Awards (closes May 10)
  • Rotary Inspirational Women’s Awards (closes 9 June).
  • It’s time for D9685 to start cleaning up our silverware, various awards and forms are available at this link: nomination forms for awards (see the full criteria at this link)
  • District Assembly commences Sunday May 1 and clubs should have Boards in place and be meeting to Imagine their plans for 2022-23.
District Changeover:  Our Changeover 2022 will be held at Hornsby RSL on Saturday, July 2, 6.30 for 7pm
Come and celebrate your year. District awards will be presented and we can once again come together as a District to acknowledge what has been achieved, despite another tough year in Rotary. Welcome Mina Howard as District Governor 2022-23 in what will be a milestone year with the exciting Jennifer Jones of Canada as RI President.
Saturday May 21 Federal Election:
I thank all our Rotary members holding public office for their contribution to society and wish them well over the coming weeks and remind all Rotary is a diverse and inclusive organisation.  We welcome membership from all areas of society but refrain from discussions that may lead to opposing views on matters of; religion, politics, race and other matters that could become contentious. In the run up to May 21 members need to respect the impartiality of Rotary and diverse opinions of all members.
Please refer to Article 14 Section 2 of The RI Club Model Constitution (extracts) that provide guidance ….

Shekhar MehtaApril 2022

Friends, one of my mantras in Rotary has been do more, grow more. I am sure you are adopting this mantra. Do more, as in bigger and impactful service projects, and grow more, as in increasing our membership.There is so much excitement across the Rotary world about our Each One, Bring One effort. Everywhere I travel, club presidents, district governors, and Rotary members — both veteran and new — express appreciation that their membership efforts are inspiring the Rotary world.

We are growing more, and I cannot wait to celebrate all of this success with you at the Rotary International Convention in Houston in June. There is still time to register and make your plans to join us. We are looking forward to a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will unite our members after far too much time apart.

1. District 9685 Assembly 2022-23 Board Members:
The schedule for 2022 District Assembly has been finalised and you are formally invited to attend. The event will be conducted over 4 days, in a combination of face-to-face and zoom sessions to maximise collaboration and convenience.
Sun 1st May 9 am -12 pm Castle Hill RSL Face to face Plenary session for all incoming Board members
Sat 14th May 9.00 am Zoom session Rotary Foundation Directors
Sat 14th May 11.00 am Zoom session Treasurers
Sun 22nd May 9.00 am Zoom Public Image Directors
Sun 22nd May 11.00 am Zoom Membership Directors
Sun 22nd May 1.00 pm Zoom session Secretaries and Club Administration/Service Directors
Sat 28th May 10.00 am St Josephs, Norwest Face to Face International Service / Community Service Directors
Sat 28th May 1.30 pm St Josephs, Norwest Face to Face Vocational Service / Youth Service Directors

This is a great opportunity to refresh your understanding of what is happening in Rotary, and to collaborate with others in our District working together to make the world a better place. You are welcome to register for, and attend, as many of these events as you like.
To register for each event, please CLICK below:
2. District 9685 Conference 2023
The Conference will be held in Cowra at the Cowra Showground Pavilion from 17th to 19th March 2023.
To register click on the following button.
3. Environment News
A Calendar of events is planned for preparation for the Environment Action Weekend. Click on the image to the left for a larger version.
Click HERE and HERE for more information.
"The Club Buzz" is where you will find some exciting and relevant programs or events happening in our Clubs and in District 9685.
Just Look HERE for the latest activities and news. In almost every case, the headings or whole item are linked to either a larger copy of the document, or more information. So just click on the headings or item in the Club Buzz pages. To view the Club Buzz Design Guidelines for Clubs to provide information for Club Buzz, click HERE.   
In this edition of Club Buzz, you will find news about:
The Rotary Club of Kurrajong North Richmond - Flood Relief
The Rotary Club of Kincumber - 4 Villages Ship Builders Heritage Walk
 *The Rotary Social Impact Network - Walk to Cambodia
 *The Rotary Club of West Pennant Hills - Giant Book Sale
 *The Rotary Club of Berowra - Acknowledgement
 *The Rotary E Club of Greater Sydney - On-Line Meeting Event
 *The Rotary Club of Castle Hill - Acknowledgement
The Rotary Club of Richmond - Save the Date
 *The Rotary Club of Dee Why Warringah - 70th Anniversary
Rotary Matters
Triple H 100.1 FM
On air Friday 3.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Radio is a powerful way to spread your Club stories. If your Club has a project, local or overseas, which would interest the wider general public, discuss it with Rotary Matters presenter Ian Stuart who will be glad to help spread the word. 0416 138 860
  • Rotary Raises Funds For Youth With The Novus Foundation
  • Safe Water From The Sun
For these latest podcasts, see "Read More"

It’s been two years since we have come together and celebrated all of Rotary’s accomplishments. Don’t miss the chance to reconnect with friends, explore innovative ways to make a lasting impact in your community, and attend fascinating breakout sessions and events at the 2022 Rotary International Convention. 

Arrive early to attend the Rotary Presidential Conference Houston: Serve to Bring Peace, 3-4 June. This event showcases Rotary’s seven Areas of Focus and how each supports and contributes to more peaceful and resilient societies. It will inspire members to engage with Rotary’s many peacebuilding programs and initiatives and continue to build peace across the globe. Register here today while space is still available. 
While we’re excited to gather in-person again, we also want to assure you that we’ll be following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requirements on COVID-19 and implementing other safety measures. Please visit for more information about the convention safety protocols.  
District 9685 Governor
Lindsay May OAM
In Memorium
Geoff Hungerford - RC Ku-ring-gai
Please email 
to let us know of any bereavements you would like published.  
You may also inform your Assistant Governor, the District Secretary, or the Governor.  Remember to also update your club's member database on the District website.
13th to 15th MAY, 2022
Face to Face
Level 1, 25/1 Maitland Place, Norwest NSW 2153
The next opportunity is RLI 68 which will be held face to face at the RDU Property at Norwest.
To view the RLI brochure, click HERE
There is still time to register for the RLI 68 Learning Opportunity. Past RLI courses concluded with great success and rave reviews. Don't miss out .
To see a report from the most recent RLI course, click HERE
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MARCH 2022
Great articles such as:
  • Malaria vaccine project update
  • Behind the laboratory doors
To read, click HERE
APRIL 2022
Great articles such as:
  • Now is a good time to get the ‘House in Order’
  • The Story behind the Theme
To read, click HERE
13TH APRIL 2022
Great articles such as:
  • ARH Funds Breakthrough in Borderline Personality Disorder Treatments
  • Meet the Researchers Night
To read, click HERE.
April 2022
Great articles such as:
  • Rotary’s internationality - something for everyone
  • Building resilience
To read, click HERE.
8 April 2022
Great articles such as:
  • Strength in times of crisis in Ukraine
  • Job training program brews confidence in Autistic youth
To read, click HERE
March 2022
Great articles such as :
  • How to Stop a Polio Outbreak
  • Recognizing the Women Ending Polio in Pakistan 
To view, click HERE.
ESRAG SustainAbility News
March 2022
Great articles such as:
  • Provision of Smokeless Stoves and Pit Latrines to the remote mountain village of Khaladik, Nepal
  • Resources and materials for you to use at club and district events.
To read, click HERE.
RESCA Nominations Open
Mar 15, 2022 9:00 AM –
May 10, 2022 5:00 PM
Rotary Inspirational Women’s Awards Nominations
Apr 28, 2022 9:00 AM –
Jun 09, 2022 5:00 PM
AG / Presidents Group Meetings
Apr 29, 2022
Police Officer of the Year 2021
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Apr 29, 2022
District Assembly 2022 - Parts 1 to 10
May 01, 2022 8:45 AM –
May 28, 2022 2:30 PM
District 9685 Thank You Luncheon 2022
May 07, 2022
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Course 68
May 13, 2022 6:00 PM –
May 15, 2022 4:00 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Course 69
Jun 03, 2022 6:00 PM –
Jun 05, 2022 4:00 PM
RESCA Finalists Announced
Jun 21, 2022
District Changeover 2022
Jul 02, 2022
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
RIWA Finalists Announced
Jul 28, 2022
RESCA Award Ceremony
Bankstown Sports Club
Aug 13, 2022
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Contact Details
6-8 Phyllis Avenue
Thornleigh NSW 2120
Phone    +61 2 9481 9400
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