District 9685 eNews 

May 19th 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
In Rotary it’s often said that we hide our light under a bushel.
Rotarians take pride in our club and project achievements and we need to let the world know. I will argue that we are the lead district in Australasia. There are many measures and whilst we’re not the largest by membership, we pack a mighty punch in project output and contributions to Rotary-related charities.
Thank you for your generous response to the D9685 Greater Sydney Flood Appeal.
Rotarians, Clubs and public donations resulted in our appeal reaching $130,000 add to that $34,250 from a Rotary Foundation Disaster Response Grant.
Since early March, clubs in the Hawkesbury River area have been distributing store gift vouchers to those impacted. They continue to do so and by means of a 5% discount on Woolworths gift cards, our district will distribute about $170,000 of value for the purchase of; food, hardware, clothing, fuel and other essentials.
Speaking of generosity, my club visits reveal substantial funds raised and tangible engagement achieved with the community to support the community. Astounding results from raffles, fun runs, golf days, art shows, markets, music festivals, blood donations, bucket collections, gift wrapping, flower sales, tree & plant sales and even the humble barbecue, have all contributed as we Serve to Change Lives.
With just 6 weeks to go of this Rotary year I urge clubs to focus on the goals set and do all you can to achieve or surpass them. It’s not too late to update the Rotary International Goal Centre and achieve a Presidential citation.
I ask you to share your stories publicly, encourage others to join with us to sustain and expand the wonderful work we do, step out from under that bushel.
In this year alone, through 34 district and 17 global Grants you have converted AU$291,000 into AU$1,192,198 worth of projects and your contributions to the Rotary Foundation, allow others with the capability, to deliver positive change in the world.
These figures do not consider the value of the benefits to those who will receive the advantage of these humanitarian projects. Children educated, lives saved, villages with clean water and sanitation, crops improved, conflict resolved. The list is vast, and it can happen each time a Rotarian donates $100 to the Rotary Foundation to become a Centurion.
Where else do you get a return like that?
Stay safe.
Yours in Rotary
DG Lindsay May and Tania
Lindsay May OAM
District Governor 2021-2022
1. Shelterbox Australia
ShelterBox Australia expressions of interest for two director appointments.
For those interested please read the explanatory document HERE and also contact DGN Christine Owen for further details.
  • Rotary International advised the 2022-25 Manual of Procedure is due by October 2022. This will contain the Model Constitution and By-Laws that are to be adopted by clubs as their guiding documents for the next three years.
  • RI office (RISPPO) will engage experienced professional Rotarians to meet federal legislation, state-based associations, and fundraising requirements. Once complete, the state-based model documents will be available.
  • The Constitution in essence cannot be changed. There are some simple ‘insert detail here’ sections.
  • The club Bylaws however will need to reflect; when and where the club meets, Board of Directors minimum and maximum numbers, director titles and service terms, dues, committees, will be some of the details that will determine how your club is managed.
  • These are important documents and once approved by the members, need to be lodged with NSW Fair Trading. They provide clear guidance as to how a club operates and should be referred to whenever issues arrive.
  • Perhaps the most important clause in the current Constitution dictates that in part,
            “Authority. The board has general control over all officers and committees . . . . . . .”
            It is not expected this clause will be changed.
3. Breaking News
Bruce de Graff, that zany, lovable, skateboarding Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Crows Nest has achieved a remarkable milestone.
At age 60 he is one of only 60 Australians to have made 600 blood donations, saving the lives of over 1800 people.
Keep your eyes open for the next Rotaract Australia blood cup where they call upon Rotarians to support your local Rotaract club by donating blood.
In 2022 the Hills Rotaract club was the #1 Rotaract club in Australia.
Congratulations and thank you, Bruce.
The District 9685 Banner Pull Down Project is currently underway, and many clubs are taking advantage of the opportunity, not only to declutter their storage cupboards of old, outdated banners that are no longer brand compliant, but also to claim a $50 buy-back contribution from District towards the cost of a brand-new banner.
All banners that are handing in will be dismantled by the Public Image team and the various components recycled appropriately.
Participating Clubs should liaise with their Assistant Governor to organise for the old banners to be collected.  They should then contact Rotary Down Under to order a new, brand compliant banner and to claim their $50 from District.  Only banners ordered through RDU are eligible for the $50 buy-back.
For more details on the project, see the attached flyer HERE, or contact Public Image Chair, Gina Growden on 0412 128 106 or
The COL Report of Action is anticipated to be made available in late May, followed by Draft constitutional documents (in English) by late June. A draft club constitution in French is expected to be available in October.
Once our office has received the updated Standard Club Constitution, we will be asking for support from suitably qualified Rotarians to ensure a version is created for New Zealand, and each State/Territory of Australia. This ensures we have a standardised and consistent approach to meet the local regulations for Incorporated Associations. This process may take several months, and our office will disseminate to you the finalised documents as soon as practical.
At the moment, we ask clubs to sit on proposed changes until the new documents are ready (of course they can change their Bylaws if they have something urgent pending). 
To view the Council on Legislation Recommendations, please click HERE.
With many thanks to the District 9685 COL Representative, PDG Ian Scott OAM.
You may have seen the first in a series of advertisements such as this one, about support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Sydney Morning Herald 9th May 2022.
A number of Rotary Clubs in District 9685 have already come out in support of the Uluru Statement from the Heart with statements on newsletters, Facebook, and the like. Many Clubs have introduced Acknowledgement of Country as part of their meeting procedures.
You are cordially invited to an open forum discussion hosted by the Rotary Club of North Ryde on Friday 3rd June at 7.30 am via Zoom.
Join Zoom Meeting at
Meeting ID: 878 2165 6014
Passcode: 2113
The Forum will canvass views from participants with a view to encouraging Clubs to support the three key elements of the Statement: Voice, Treaty, Truth.
The background paper can be accessed at
Please let me know if you are able to join us. The session will be recorded and posted on the Club’s Facebook page.
Bob Selinger
Rotary Club of North Ryde
District 9685 Aboriginal Support Programs
Ph 0403 003 257
7. District 9685 Assembly 2022-23 Board Members:
The next sessions will be held on:
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:
Hornsby RSL Club – FleXem1. District Changeover 2022
The end of the year is approaching at an alarming rate. Let's all celebrate the end of another somewhat unusal year due to circumstances beyond anyone's control. The Changeover will be celebrating the achievements of DG Lindsay May and all Clubs in our District, and welcoming incoming DG Mina Howard and her teams.
This will be another fantastic Rotary event to be held at Hornsby RSL - another sign of normality returning. The date is Saturday, 2nd July 2022. Commencement time 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm.
2.  Environment Action Weekend 4th and 5th June
A Calendar of events is planned for preparation for the Environment Action Weekend 4th and 5th June. Click on the image to the left for a larger version.
Click HERE and HERE for more information.
3. World Water Summit 14 - WASH Away Polio! Learn about Rotary's progress eliminating polio webinar.
Jun 03, 2022 10:00 PM - 8:00 AM  (AEST)
WWS14 explores the role of water, sanitation, and hygiene in stopping the transmission of infectious disease, including Polio.
Register now for WASH-RAG's hybrid event - scheduled for time zones around the world, and in person in Houston. Login and registration required.
"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 Strathfield (D9675) - Rotary Charity Ball
The Rotary Club of Brisbane Water - Raising funds for the Cancer Council
 *The Rotary Club of Ku-ring-gai - Flood Donations
 *The Rotary Club of Gosford City - Flower Sales for Mothers' Day
 *The Rotary Club of Ryde - Mothers' Day gifts
 *The Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains - Sunflower for Ukraine
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
  • Decarbonise Or Die.. Jeremy Wright
  • Rotaract...Rotary For 18 - 30 Yr Olds. Krissie Webb
For these latest podcasts, see "Read More"
A heads up about the Rotary District 9685 Conference 2023
Click HERE or on the poster below to go to the Conference website
District 9685 Governor
Lindsay May OAM
3rd to 5th JUNE, 2022
On-line by Zoom
This is the next opportunity to attend RLI and will be held on-line.
To view the RLI brochure, click HERE
There is still time to register for the RLI 69 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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MAY 2022
Great articles such as:
  • New grants opportunities for Rotaractors
  • Convention breakout sessions on service and grants
To read, click HERE
6TH MAY 2022
Great articles such as:
  • European Rotaract clubs organize to help Ukrainian refugees
  • Projects Around the Globe
To read, click HERE
MAY 2022
Great articles such as:
  • Penny finally returns home - the challenge of COVID
  • Rotary Club of Five Dock's Financial Support Recognised
To read, click HERE
MAY 2022
Great articles such as:
  • The Rotary Peace Centers celebrate 20 years of training peacebuilders
  • Positive Peace Activators can help support your peace project
To read, click HERE
MAY 2022
Great articles such as:
  • Rotary’s end polio now paraglider edging his way to the top of Mt Everest!

  • 5 Reasons to Use Learning Center Content

To read, click HERE
MAY 2022
Interesting news about:
  • Are you Working for WASH?

  • What are our WASH WARRIORS doing?

To read, click HERE
Rotary Inspirational Women’s Awards Nominations
Apr 28, 2022 9:00 AM –
Jun 09, 2022 5:00 PM
District Assembly 2022 - Parts 1 to 10
May 01, 2022 8:45 AM –
May 28, 2022 2:30 PM
District Assembly Part 4 - Public Image
on Zoom
May 22, 2022
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
District Assembly Part 5 - Membership
on Zoom
May 22, 2022
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
District Assembly Part 6 - Secretaries/Club Adm
on Zoom
May 22, 2022
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
District Assembly Part 7 - International Service
St Joseph's, Norwest
May 28, 2022
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
District Assembly Part 8 - Community Service
St Joseph's, Norwest
May 28, 2022
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
District Assembly Part 10 - Youth Service
St Joseph's, Norwest
May 28, 2022
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
District Assembly Part 9 - Vocational Service
St Joseph's, Norwest
May 28, 2022
1:30 PM – 3:00 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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