Rotary Round Up
February 16th 2023
Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create
lasting change - across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
Jennifer Jones
President 2022-23

February 2023

Recently, I spent time in the Nakivale refugee settlement in Uganda. As the "settlement" in its name suggests, the people living there are free to move around and integrate as best they can — one thing that makes the place unique. had a chance to play soccer with boys and girls from about a dozen nations and talk with women who had fled areas of conflict. It was a tapestry of human experience shared through both laughter and tears. As I walked across a school campus at the settlement with a teacher, she shared with me the dire statistics on girls' education. Most don't get through grade school. Many are sold into child marriage to pay for food for their families. As I looked around at these young girls, I was gutted.

Our work with empowering girls and women is much more than creating equity — sometimes, it's about health or education. Other times it's about providing safety. Regardless of the path, it's always about basic human rights. We can do more to empower girls and women, and we can expand how we share the progress Rotary members and our partners have made toward this goal.

There is no shortage of inspiring examples of our work, from interest-free microcredit loans for women in Nigeria, to projects in India that provide girls menstrual hygiene products. Hundreds of projects are taking place across all Rotary areas of focus and are making a meaningful and often lifesaving difference.

Together, we can address the needs and inequities that girls throughout the world face daily. But we must also monitor the impact of these projects and create awareness of Rotary resources and subject matter experts, including Rotary Action Groups, The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers, Rotary Peace Fellows, and others. t is especially important that we tell the stories of our initiatives that have a positive impact on the lives of women and girls. This last point is near and dear to my heart. This means sharing our stories on social media, through local news outlets, in this magazine, and wherever we can inspire others. As you do so, it's important to provide information that helps our Rotary family connect with others who are implementing activities in their regions, as well as across the world. Let's share our successes and learn from one another — then proudly tell our stories to a larger audience.

These are exciting times in Rotary, and the world is taking notice. As we work to empower women and girls to step into their full potential, we create new pathways for membership growth and greater collaboration with partners to create positive, lasting change. Thank you for your continued action in this vital effort.

Powerful earthquakes have ravaged southern Turkey and northern Syria, killing more than 3,500 people, and flattening buildings. Homes have been destroyed or left unsafe and people will have little choice but to sleep in the open in fear of more aftershocks. 
We’re preparing to send an emergency response team to Turkey in the coming days to find out what support is needed and if we’re well placed to help. A decision on sending the assessment team will be taken later today. 
We’re speaking with our existing partners who we work with in Syria and Rotary contacts in Turkey to find out exactly what is needed and how we might get aid to where it is needed most if we respond. 
The first earthquake hit during the night under the cover of darkness and most people would have been at home asleep. Another struck minutes later, with a third striking the same region hours later as the rescue effort was well under way. 
Powerful aftershocks and poor winter weather are hampering rescue efforts. Temperatures can drop below freezing at this time of year in the affected areas and this will put lives at risk. There was snowfall and heavy rain in the region before the earthquakes struck and this is likely to increase the humanitarian need in the region. 
To make matters worse, the region where the earthquakes struck is home to significant numbers of Syrian refugees and internally displaced people. They have already faced so much – many having to flee their homes because of conflict.  
  • ShelterBox has experience responding to earthquakes in Turkey before, most notably the 2011 Van earthquake. We also have an ongoing programme of work supporting people displaced by conflict in Syria, including the region affected by the earthquakes. 
Please donate today to help ShelterBox provide lifesaving aid for families affected by disaster around the world.     Donate today to change lives
Many thanks for your support
Mike Greenslade
CEO ShelterBox Australia
1. Important Events in the Distict Calendar
  • District Governor 2025-2026 applications are open
  • Rotary Leadership  Institute Course 73, 24-26 February.
  • President Elect Learn ing and Development Day, 4th March
  • District Assembly, 15th April (arrangements TBC)
2.  Western Sydney Model United Nations Assembly (WS MUNA 2023)
This year’s Western Sydney (ie. west of Parramatta) Model United Nations Assembly (WS MUNA 2023) is well underway.  The event will be held on June 3 & 4 at the Nepean CAPA High School. An expression of interest (EOI) for students and teachers has been circulated to teachers at schools which previously participated. It would great if Clubs in Western Sydney could help to enlist teams from other schools that have not participated to date. To this end, we attach student & teacher flyers, and the 2023 Manual. We would be most grateful if you could pass these documents on to contact teacher(s) at these schools, and let us know that you have done this. We would also like to extend an invitation for you or another member of your club to join the organising team. 33 teams participated last year. The 1st & 2nd placed team attended the National MUNA in Canberra. We hope that you will be able to help sponsor team(s) from your local schools. We anticipate the cost will be $200 per team.
To view each of the following documents, please click on the names below:
​​​​​​3. D9685 District Governor 2025-2026 Applications - REMINDER
OFFICIAL APPLICATIONS OPENED on January Tuesday 31st 2023
All Rotarians who have served a full term as a Club President are encouraged to apply for this exciting role. To assist in any decision, an Information Pack is available, and you are invited to attend an Interest and Information Meeting to be held at Rotary Down Under, 25/1 Maitland Place on Sunday 19th February 2023 from 10am.
  • If you wish to receive an information pack or just want to know more about the role, and also to register for the Information Meeting on the 19th Feb. PLEASE contact PDG Dave Clark
  • Formal Applications to be sent to the Chair PDG David Clark and must be received by Friday 31st March 2023.
  • Interviews will be held on Sunday 23rd April 2023.
For further details, please contact: Chair of the Nominating Committee, PDG David Clark, 0414 364 812    (Please note there is no (i) in davd in the email address)
4. Latest District 9685 Breakout Conference News
Regrettably we have been advised that Mr Stan Grant is unable to attend the Cowra Breakout Conference. However, we are pleased to announce we now have an excellent Dinner Speaker in Detective Chief Inspector (Retired) Russell Oxford whose career encompassed extensive experience in the investigation of major crime. Russell has had a strong commitment to the education and training of Police and Detectives and is particularly interested in the scientific and technological developments which have enhanced modern policing. Also adding to our Saturday lineup, we are delighted to announce Mr Graham Creed, Meteorologist and the face of ABC Weather for 14 years. Graham has now turned his attention and skills to farming and flowers. On Sunday at the Japanese Garden we will be serenaded by Mr Mark Brooker, accompanied by Ms Wendy Brooks.
5.  Information About District Conference 17th to 19th March 2023
More on the Wine Tours at Antonios' Wines.
If you would like to do one of the 2 wine tours (Friday 17th, and Sunday 19th, please book with Antonio's wines by clicking HERE. Quote that you are attending the Rotary Conference to get the special price of $10 per person for the tour and tasting.
Antonio's Wines Tours
Friday pm and Sunday pm
Normally $25 pp. 
Rotary Price $10 (no redemption from cellar door purchases)
Maximum 25 people per tour
1 hour duration with expert guide and sampling of at least 4 wines
To book for the tour, please click HERE
Buses from the Accommodation
Conference 2023 Bus From Motels to Venue -  for the Saturday Sessions and the Saturday Conference Dinner
Buses have been organised from Motels to the Conference venue. You will need to book and pay for the $10 return tickets. The two links are below - one for the Saturday sessions, one for the Conference Dinner.
2 buses have been organised for the Conference Dinner so that attendees can be transported from Motels in Cowra beyond walking distance from the venue, and return at the end of the Conference Dinner. 
The cost is $10 per person RETURN
Pick Up time between 4.30 to 5.00 pm for 5.30 pm arrival
Return times from 9.30 pm (early bus) and 11.00 pm (late bus)
To book the buses for the Saturday sessions - Click HERE
To book the buses for the Conference Dinner - Click HERE
5. The Rotary Foundation
If you are an incoming President or Foundation Director for 2023-2024, learn about the work of The Rotary Foundation including grants, programs, and giving opportunities in The Rotary Foundation Basics course.
Check out The Rotary Foundation course catalog for more Foundation related courses.
Email for questions.
To provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill,
and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
6. Brand Centre
Visit the Brand Centre to create club promotions that are distinctly Rotary. Get started today 
7.  Rotarians and Friends of Rotary in District 9705 and Beyond  -  "THANK YOU"
Thank you for your call to action in the immediate flood response in Eugowra. It has been a huge effort from Rotary over the last 12 weeks as a small part of  the community's recovery. A personal thanks for your time and filling my persistent roster whether it was a single day to a week, a month or camping on site!  Thanks to those who coordinated collection of food donations, ute loads transferring donations, driving huge distances with donations, cooking meals and treats at home, purchasing groceries, food prep on site, daily coordinator roles and of course the super sorting sessions!! 
I extend to you the appreciation expressed by Sean Haynes and his crew, the showground residents we have got to know well, the locals and the leaders of the many organisations involved in the recovery. Last week a few of us began disassembling the shelving and Peter Thompson/ Parkes RC finished the clean up of the pavilion site with all the donations packed away safely in sheds and containers. Please also acknowledge the local businesses listed below who generously supplied meal and food donations including deliveries. We can show our support to them by purchasing their products in the future or simply saying thanks if you have the opportunity. 
It was lovely to see support from the community and return of rotarians at the launch of the " Heartache and Hope' video produced by Parkes RC  which is now live to watch:
Please share it - Eugowra and shire still need our help. 
8. Rotary Acronyms and Abbreviations
We can all get thrown a little when faced with a barage of acronyms which happens in any organisation, and it does so in Rotary. The following may help some of your newer members with some of the issues they face when they join such a dynamic organisation as ours. Please click HERE for a copy of Rotary acronyms and abbreviations.
"The Club Buzz" is where you will find some exciting and relevant programs or events happening in our Clubs and in District 9685.
To view the Club Buzz Design Guidelines for Clubs to provide information for Club Buzz, click HERE.   
To view this week's Club Buzz 16.02.23, click HERE. It contains the following news and events for Clubs in District 9685.
Rotary Club of Brookvale - Beach to Beach
Rotary Club of  Upper Blue Mountains Sunrise - It's Not Just a Cookbook
Rotary Club of Springwood - DeCaf
Rotary Clubs of Ku-ring-gai, St Ives, Turramurra and Wahrooga - Bobbo Classic
Rotary Club of Brisbane Water - High Tea For a Cause
Rotary Clubs of  Dee Why Warringah - Comedy For a Cause
Rotary Club of Erina - Living
Rotary Club of Lower - High Tea for Australian Rotary Health
Rotary Club of Central Blue Mountains - Mental Health First Aider Training
Rotary Club of Manly - Saniatation Project
Rotary Club of Norwest Sunrise - International Womens Day Breakfast
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
  • Bobbin Head Cycle Classic
  • Transitioning To An Energy Superpower
For these latest podcasts, see "Read More"
The Club Hiking Stick Challenge - Raising funds for Australian Rotary Health
The Cowra Breakout Conference Team is throwing out a challenge to all clubs. They want you to:
  •  Design a hiking stick and bring it along to the Cowra Conference, 17-19 March 2023. 
  • The sticks can be decorated using any design or method limited only by your imagination.
  • The attendees will be asked to vote for their favourite stick by putting in a minimum of a dollar donation per vote.
  • The stick that raises the most money will win a PHF for their club to award to an outstanding member of their community.
  • All entries must be available for sale to attendees.
  • The club whose stick sells for the most money will also be eligible for a prize.
  • All proceeds will be donated to Australian Rotary Health.
One entry per club.
So get cracking and see what you can come up with!

A heads up about the Rotary District 9685 Conference 2023
Click HERE or on the poster below to go to the Conference website
Click HERE for the costs of Conference registration packages 
or use the QR code below
Click HERE
Dates are 27-31 May 2023.
An International Convention on our doorstep –  this doesn’t happen very often.
Join the anticipated 25,000 Rotarians attending and experience the internationality of Rotary.
There are over 12,000 registrations to date with 130+ so far from our District.
Everything you need to know is here >>>
While the early bird price has ended there is a still a good promotional offer that is US $100 less than full price and with the better exchange rate available at the moment still represents excellent value.
Plenary sessions are held at Rod Laver Arena.  Breakout sessions and House of Friendship will be at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) or Rod Laver Arena unless otherwise indicated.
There is much to do in Melbourne in addition to the convention.  You will see updates in RDU magazine for supporting events like the ‘Night at the Museum’ and the ‘Melbourne Cup day’.  Keep reading.
And there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer also.  Visit the host organising committee website for more details on volunteering and the Convention.
“I’m going to Melbourne.  Are you?”
PDG Peter Ward
Today, over 70 million people are displaced as a result of conflict, violence, persecution, and human rights violations.
Half of them are children. We refuse to accept conflict as a way of life.
Rotary projects provide training that fosters under-standing and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts.
In the spirit of reconciliation, Rotary District 9685 acknowledges
the Traditional Custodians of country throughout our district,
and their connections to land, sea and community. 
We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and
extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.
Australia Printables for Primary School - SparkleBox
District 9685 Governor
Mina Howard
In Memoriam
 PP Albert Blatch - RC Penrith 
 Miriam Jacka Past Rotarian/DIK
 Paul Sullivan  RC Central Blue     
 Barrie Sutcliffe RC Central Blue
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.
24th to 26th FEBRUARY 2023
by Zoom
The next opportunity is RLI 73 which will be held on-line.
To view the RLI brochure, click HERE
There is still time to register for the RLI 73 Learning Opportunity.  Past RLI courses concluded with great success and rave reviews. Don't miss out .
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A brief but informative newsletter with an article on:
  • Gabriella makes a great recovery
  • Plus a review of ROMAC Communications
To read, click HERE
Great articles such as:
  • Amrauli Overview - Spotlight on Geeta
  • Aussie BREW Fellowship!
To read, click HERE
27th JANUARY 2023
Great articles such as:
  • Timely triage
  • New video inspires members to take action
To read, click HERE
Great articles such as:
  • Supporting students in our new reality
  • From an exchange, then around the world, and then sharing in a Nobel Peace Prize
To read, click HERE
Great articles such as:
  • New Skills for a New Year!
  • NEW Infographics for Leaders Preparing for their Role!
To read, click HERE
Great articles such as:
  • Reflecting on India's 12-year polio-free anniversary
  • Prioritizing consequential geographies in 2023 
To read, click HERE
  • Great articles such as: Thirteen Projects that Create Change – ARH Funds Children’s Mental Health in 2023
  • The 2023 Facts Booklet
      To read, click HERE
Great articles such as:
  • Data-driven projects
  • A new resource for district leaders
To read, click HERE
Great articles such as:
  • Fan Favorite:
    Interact Club of Guang Rong Junior High School!
  • Share your Interact story
To read, click HERE
DG 2025-2026 Applications Now Open
Feb 01, 2023 9:00 AM –
Mar 30, 2023 5:00 PM
DG Nominating Committee Interest Meeting
Rotary Down Under
Feb 19, 2023
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Rotary Leadership Institute #73
Feb 24, 2023 5:00 PM –
Feb 26, 2023 4:00 PM
Assistant Governors' Meeting
On-Line by Zoom
Feb 25, 2023
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
District Team Meeting
On-Line by Zoom
Feb 25, 2023
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
President Elect Learning and Development Day (PELD
St Josephs Conference Centre
Mar 04, 2023
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
President Elect Learning and Development Seminar 2023-2024
Mar 04, 2023
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
District 9685 Annual Conference
Cowra Showground Pavilion
Mar 17, 2023 – Mar 19, 2023
District 9685 Conference 2023
Mar 17, 2023 6:00 PM –
Mar 19, 2023 5:00 PM
G Train Meeting No. 5, 2023
On-Line by Zoom
Apr 01, 2023
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
COTA Meeting No. 5, 2023
On-Line by Zoom
Apr 01, 2023
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
District Assembly 2023
Apr 15, 2023 9:00 AM –
Apr 16, 2023 4:00 PM
DGN 2025-2026 Interviews
Rotary Down Under
Apr 23, 2023
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute #74
Apr 28, 2023 5:00 PM –
Apr 30, 2023 4:00 PM
Winter RYPEN
Blue Gum Lodge, Springwood
Jun 16, 2023 – Jun 18, 2023
View entire list
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