eNews -20th August, 2020

Acknowledgement of Country
Before we begin the newsletter, we would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional owners of this land – the Aboriginal people past and present. It is upon their ancestral lands where we are today.
As we share our knowledge, Rotary practices and ideas, through this newsletter, and all of our activities, may we also pay respect to the knowledge embedded forever within the Aboriginal Custodianship of Country.


The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 put a hold on the Polio eradication campaign which is just picking up momentum again now. Pakistan recommenced its door to door immunisation campaign last month. Fund raising for Polio became particularly            difficult at the end of the last Rotary year and the END POLIO NOW campaign just managed to raise the US$50m necessary to qualify for the full Gates Foundation 2:1 subsidy of US$100m.
The senior leaders team driving the Sir Clem Renouf Polio Appeal includes all Regional Rotary Foundation coordinators and their assistants who will liaise with all District Governors for support across New Zealand and Australia.
The June 11 passing of Rotary International’s Polio icon Sir Clem Renouf has inspired a group of ANZO Rotary leaders to launch the Sir Clem Renouf Polio Appeal in 2020/21.
Rotary’s World Polio Month of October is fast approaching with World Polio Day scheduled for Saturday, October 24, and District Governors are urged to encourage ALL clubs to take part in a special event for the Sir Clem Renouf Polio Appeal.
Sir Clem was Australia’s second President of Rotary International in 1978/79 and two of the subsequent RI Presidents Bill Boyd of New Zealand (2006/07) and Ian Riseley (2017/18) – supported by RI Past Director Noel Trevaskis and RI Director Elect Jessie Harman - recently agreed to commemorate the great man’s passing with a significant fund raising campaign. It aims to secure funds in support of Clem’s legacy, the END POLIO NOW campaign.
    The responses to the bushfire Relief Fund and its effect on affected districts has been remarkable. We have distributed a significant amount of funding to 6 bushfire relief projects that were set up and in some cases covered two or three districts. We had set aside funding that our original intention was to match these funds with global grants. We received 4 applications before the foundation Shut off access to global grants . Accordingly, we have decided that the funding we have available should be used for matching grants with clubs and districts who wish to run Programmes that will assist in the rehabilitation of both victims and areas affected by the bushfires.
    We have approximately $164,000 available and calling for applications from clubs and districts who wish to match their programmes with a grant. The criteria are that the programme must assist with rehabilitation in a bushfire affected area and will need to have a RAWCS project number. Applications will be received by Tim Klar up to 15th September, and then considered by the committee.
    Tim Klar
    Past District Governor  Rotary District 9520  2019/20
    Past Board Member  RAWCS 2017-20
    Project manager DG,s National Bushfire Relief Fund 2020-21
    Past Chairman/Emeritus Ambassador
    ShelterBox Australia
             By Haran Ramachandran
    In October 2019, the Upper Northern Beaches (UNB) Rotary Club raised funds from bucket collections around Mona Vale, topped it up to $11,250 and sent it to the Rotary Club of Narromine, west of Dubbo (430 kms, 260 miles, NW of Sydney). Narromine Rotary, with funds from another Rotary Club, and topped up by the local Shire Council, were able to inject $24,400 into the local economy supporting 45 Businesses and 122 families suffering through the earlier part of the drought. This Rotary Club, together with the Country Women’s Association arranged events in the small farming communities around Narromine with those attending able to put in applications to access up to $200 worth of vouchers to be used in local businesses. One young farmer with young children commented “We may be spending $20,000 a week on feed to keep our sheep alive but, to open a $199 gift voucher, lifts your spirits knowing that someone out there is thinking of you and cares!”
    This is from 1919! Children’s author and illustrator May Gibbs drew this for a NSW public health campaign, to encourage people to wear face masks during the Spanish flu. (Reproduced from the Rotary Club Of North Sydney Sunrise Bulletin 9.8.20)
    Just click on the attachment and turn up the sound.
    Geoff with his magic 
    foreign-coin-collection box
    The Rotary Club of Hornsby District was one of the first contributors to the Malaria Vaccine Project and it continues to be one of our greatest supporters. The Club’s first donation dates back to December 2016 and they have now given more than $25,000 to the development of Professor Good’s promising malaria vaccine. They also support RAM’s many malaria endeavours (bed nets, water treatment and education) as well as Rotary international projects in health education and welfare in poorer regions of the world. How do they do it!!

    Wahroonga Rotary's Trivia night for Nepal, India & Cambodia

    LINKS TO RECENT ROTARY MATTERS PROGRAMS The Model United Nations Assembly simulates the workings of the UN. Teams of secondary school students represent different UN countries in debates on matters of world political and social concern. Along the way they forge alliances, they lobby, they make compromises and experience all the diplomatic manoeuvering which are the hall marks of the UN. Bruce Jacob of Epping Rotary Club takes us through this inspirational activity sponsored by Rotary.
    Multiple Sclerosis is horrible and there is no cure. Yet, thanks to the generous work of Di Dorney and Pinky McLean a support group on Sydney's upper north shore offers comfort, company and entertainment to MS sufferers and their carers. Run by volunteers the group raises funds through bridge days and is supported by the girls choir from Pymble Ladies College. The group meets at the Wildflower Gardens in St Ives. Wahroonga Rotary Club is an enthusiastic supporter.
    “The longest journey starts with one step” – how often have we heard this said? However, there have been many mis-steps along the journey to resolve the ongoing disadvantage confronting the descendants of the first settlement in Australia. Did you immediately think of convicts and early Sydney? Think 60,000 years of settlement; think 300 or so nations each with its own language; think of a living culture that respected and looked after the land; think racism and massacres and stolen children and deaths in custody and inequality on all measure of things.
    We are seeing a confluence of a number of strands of history. Black deaths in custody and the Black Lives Matter Movement, the Uluru statement from the Heart, a call for constitutional recognition and a Voice to Parliament – these should focus the attention of Rotarians as we were reminded in the last edition of Rotary Down Under, August 9th being International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.
    Rotarians already support a number of Aboriginal programs – Purple House, End Trachoma, Health Scholarships and the like. I have accepted the role as District 9865 2020/21’s chair of Aboriginal Support programs.
    There is a Private Girls Primary School changing the girl's uniforms next term and we have been offered (if we can find a home for them) all the uniform: sizes are from 4 to 16 and there could be up to 300+ tartan slacks and skirts and white blouses. If anyone can use them on a project either here in Australia or overseas Please contact Michael MacQuillan 0418 412 955 and he can arrange collection. They could be sent out overseas through the HERA (Health & Education Repurposing Activity) formerly DIK (Donations in Kind). It would be a shame to see them going to the trash.
    District 9685 Governor 2020-2021
    David Clark
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    In Memoriam
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    RYLA 2021
    Due to the current and probable future restrictions and other significant contributing factors bought upon us by COVID-19, we advise that we have taken the responsible decision to cancel RYLA 2021 set down for 3rd-9th January 2021. The Committee and Facilitators will use this time to prepare a bigger and better RYLA 2022.  Many thanks for your ongoing support this this amazing Youth Program. Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the RYLA Committee Chair, Liz North.
    Jessie has been a Rotarian for the past seventeen years, a member of the Rotary Club of Wendouree Breakfast in District 9780, Victoria. Jessie has been chosen as a Rotary International Director for 2021-23. She is the first female Zone 8 RI Director.
    (Click on the photo above for more information about Jessie Harman)
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    Official Visit all 3 Chatswood Clubs
    Aug 19, 2020
    6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Official DG Visit Rotary Club of North Ryde
    Zoom On-Line
    Aug 21, 2020
    7:15 AM – 8:30 PM
    Official DG Visit Rotary Club of Macquarie Park
    Zoom On-Line
    Aug 25, 2020
    7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
    Official DG Visit Rotary Club of Ryde
    Zoom On-Line
    Aug 25, 2020
    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Assistant Governors' Meeting
    Aug 29, 2020
    8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
    District Team Meeting
    Aug 29, 2020
    9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    District Governor's Official Visit RC The Ponds
    Aug 30, 2020
    3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
    DG Visit West Pen.Hills/C'Brook; Pen.Hills; Epping
    Zoom TBC
    Aug 31, 2020
    7:00 PM – 9:09 PM
    Official DG Visit Brook;Upp.Nthn B's; DY Warr; FF
    Zoom / Pittwater RSL
    Sep 02, 2020
    7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    G Train Meeting
    Sep 05, 2020
    8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
    COTA Meeting
    Sep 05, 2020
    9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Offical DG Visit Penrith; Penrith Valley; Nepean
    Penrith RSL
    Sep 07, 2020
    Official DG Visit Upper Blue Mtns Sunrise
    Sep 08, 2020
    8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
    Official DG Visit Central Blue;Katoomba;Blackheath
    Sep 09, 2020
    6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Offical DG Visit North Sydney
    Sep 10, 2020
    12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
    D9685 AG's and Presidents Group Meetings
    Zoom or TBA
    Sep 11, 2020
    Official DG Visit Gosford; N. Gosford; E.Gosford
    West Gosford
    Sep 14, 2020
    6:15 PM – 8:00 PM
    Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Course 59
    Sep 18, 2020 6:00 PM –
    Sep 20, 2020 4:00 PM
    Assistant Governors Meeting, 26.9.20
    Sep 26, 2020
    8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
    District Team Meeting, 26.9.20
    Sep 26, 2020
    9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    World Polio Day
    Oct 24, 2020
    Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Course 60
    Nov 13, 2020 6:00 PM –
    Nov 15, 2020 4:00 PM
    Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Course 61
    Feb 26, 2021 5:00 PM –
    Feb 28, 2021 4:00 PM
    District 9685 Conference 2021
    Zoom / On-Line
    Mar 13, 2021 8:00 AM –
    Mar 14, 2021 4:00 PM
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