Wondering if you can help share this Go Fund Me Page – we have the first Indigenous crew racing in the Sydney to Hobart this year and we’re currently raising funds.  If you know anyone that would be willing to contribute, that would be much appreciated:
Tribal Warrior Yacht Crew:
INDIGENOUS SYDNEY TO HOBART YACHT CREW Jade Catherall 2019-12-03 13:00:00Z 0
THANK YOU - RURAL FIRE SERVICE Jade Catherall 2019-12-03 13:00:00Z 0
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for December 2019.  Please feel free to share and send us your great membership stories.
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - DECEMBER 2019 Jade Catherall 2019-12-03 13:00:00Z 0
ALL Rotarians & Friends of Rotary – We Need You – Now!!
Hawkesbury Rural Fire Service Catering Brigade needs URGENT assistance with getting food preparation for our fire fighters. 
The location would be at:
Hawkesbury Fire Control Centre.
Macquarie Rd
Wilberforce 2756
Duties would include:
●washing of esky
●filling esky for delivery 
●general tidy up 
●some cooking of an evening meal. 
●kitchen cleaning 
●stock control
●follow good hygiene practices 
●follow instructions from Hawkesbury catering members 
Hours to cover are from 5am to 12 midnight in four hour blocks where we have vacancies in our rosters:
  • 5am – 9 am
  • 9am – 1pm
  • 1pm – 5pm
  • 5pm – 9pm
  • 9pm – 12midnight
Please Contact:
Adam Rutter 
Hawkesbury Rural Fire Service Catering Brigade Captain. 
Mobile: 0412760522
URGENT ASSISTANCE REQUIRED Jade Catherall 2019-11-19 13:00:00Z 0
Former St Ives Rotarian Bhuvan Unhelkar, will be visiting Sydney Feb 18-26 2020. Now a university lecturer in IT in Sarasota, Florida, Bhuvan is very familiar with our District and would love to share his worldly experiences with your club. His favourite topic is “Global Peace: A Multicultural Rotary perspective”, however he can be persuaded to talk on almost anything. Please let Kalma McLellan know if you would like him to include him in your meeting program in Feb 2020.
POTENTIAL GUEST SPEAKER - VISITING ROTARIAN Jade Catherall 2019-11-19 13:00:00Z 0
With fires on top of drought, our northern neighbours are really struggling. If you and/or your club are in a position to support, there have now been a number of RAWCS accounts set up to manage your donations:
The projects are:
Please talk to Community Service Director Peter Kirkwood if you have any plans to support our bush cousins so that a coordinated approach can be taken. And thank you all so much for what you have already provided to so many across our state.
In case you are wondering if Shelterbox can or are supporting this disaster, ROWLEY TOMPSETT, Chair, ShelterBox Australia provides the following input to your questions:
“It’s been devastating to see the rapid spread of bushfires in Australia. Thousands have been forced to evacuate their homes, and the country is bracing itself for ‘the most dangerous bushfire week ever seen’.  Our thoughts are with all those affected, including our colleagues at ShelterBox Australia.
At this time, we’re not sending a team to provide shelter aid. We’re monitoring the situation closely and will provide an update if anything changes.
  • While New South Wales and Queensland have both declared a state of emergency, the Australian Government has not made an international request for emergency shelter.  Core infrastructure, like power, communications, roads, hospitals and schools, is likely to be repaired quickly compared to other countries.
  • Our core items – including tents, tools and tarpaulins – are unlikely to be an acceptable solution for Australian families, particularly with temperatures of 40C expected.
  • Local teams already have good capacity to respond and start the recovery process.  This is due to the high-quality infrastructure, social support, availability of resources, and the preparedness activities of Government teams.”
DISASTER SUPPORT Jade Catherall 2019-11-19 13:00:00Z 0

The Bobbo has a great reputation within the cycling community. There are four different routes which riders can select according to their abilities. Serious cyclists return year after year to challenge themselves on the longest rides, while social cyclists will enjoy the shorter routes.

All the routes go through some of the most stunning bushland and waterfront scenery in the Greater Sydney region. Some 2,500 riders are supported by around 450 enthusiastic volunteers who, along with the Police, SES and St Johns, make it one of the best-organised and safest events on the cycling calendar.

We’d really appreciate any help you can give us to provide maximum publicity for the Bobbo. Please consider entering a team from your Club. Teams of five or more who raise over $1500 are eligible to access the Corporate Hospitality Marquee for free refreshments, snacks, beer and massage.

The funds raised by this terrific event helps Lifeline year after year to save lives through their Crisis support counselling. Please lend us your support for 2020 as we try to break through the $1 million fundraising milestone!

We look forward to your support and if you have any questions please give me a call. See too www.bobbo.com.au

Ian Stuart
0416 138 860
BOBBO CYCLE CLASSIC 29 MARCH 2020 Jade Catherall 2019-11-17 13:00:00Z 0

The 17th awareness campaign on Prevention of Drug Abuse was conducted in the 18th October 2019 at “Raja Rani Hall”, Point Pedro Northern Province Sri Lanka.  110 students from Grade 12 along with 12 teachers actively participated in this awareness programme.


The panel made of representatives from the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board (NDDCB), Alcohol & Drug Information Centre (ADIC), and others presented on four topics to the attendees.  The topics were Drugs and Youth, Alcohol and Drugs –The adverse impact, Drugs of Abuse –Sources & Demand Reduction and HIV/AIDS & STDs respectively.


Five winners were selected from the 32 entries to the Posters Competition and received cash prizes.


Point Pedro Urban Council Chairman Mr. J. Iruthayarajah who provided the venue facility & the Urban Council Secretary Mr. P. Rameshwaran not only graced the opening ceremony but remained throughout the programme extending all possible support toward the success of the event.


Mr. I. Illankovan, Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. N. Kanthathasan, Deputy Director of Education (Ministry), Mr. Y. Raveenthram, Zonal Director of Education, Vadamaarachi, Mr. U.Sureshkumar, Zonal Deputy Director of Education Vadanaarachi & Mr. Croos, Asst Manager, Hatton National Bank, Point Pedro extended their fullest co-operation.


This program is a joint initiative between Rotary and Lions in Sri Lanka and funded by Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville thru a District Grant.


Here is the link to the photographs - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1NQbhiKddb6-Mp09F4CJvLFAGuVi4pEiR?usp=sharing





PREVENTION OF DRUG ABUSE - POINT PEDRO, SRI LANKA Jade Catherall 2019-11-16 13:00:00Z 0
CHARITY CHRISTMAS AUCTION Jade Catherall 2019-11-16 13:00:00Z 0
FARM FRESH CHERRIES - FUNDRAISER Jade Catherall 2019-11-06 13:00:00Z 0

In 2021, Rotary in Australia and New Zealand celebrates our first 100 years of service – and we need a powerful, engaging logo to help build our story.


So, we have created a Centenary Logo Competition to help make an impact.


What creativity can we conjure that captures the heart and soul of our centenary?


Separate designs for both New Zealand and Australia will be welcome. Or a design that covers both countries – a design that enhances Rotary’s broader branding.


Everyone is welcome to enter – Rotarians, professionals, friends and family. And the designer’s story will be an important part of the logo’s launch. We are tapping into the passion and energy of volunteers who will be rewarded simply with heartfelt thanks acknowledged by Rotary leaders. That story will be part of our centenary story.


The competition is now open and closes on December 15. This is a tangible chance to make a mark on history!

For more information, submission protocols and technical guidelines, visit https://www.rotary100downunder.com/




R100 CENTENARY LOGO COMPETITION Jade Catherall 2019-11-06 13:00:00Z 0
'Judy’, the story of Judy Garland – ‘the legend behind the rainbow’ is the star attraction at the next Rotary Charity movie night at Glenbrook Cinema on Sunday, November 17.
The new biopic has been acclaimed all over the world and Academy Award winner Renee Zellweger is early favourite to win her second best actress award for a stunning performance in the lead role as Judy Garland.
Regular supporters of the popular Rotary movie nights are urged to book immediately as ‘Judy’ is certain to be a ‘sell out’.
It will be another colourful night with prizes for the best dress ‘divas’ in the finest musical traditions.
All conditions remain the same – movie ticket, finger food (not a meal), and drinks for $20 each. Proceeds will support Lower Blue Mountains Christmas Appeal funding for needy families throughout the Lower Mountains, via Gateway Family Services.
Patrons are requested to bring grocery items for the annual Gateway food hampers – along with toys and small gifts for families.
Bookings MUST be made with Gaye Van Der Meer on 0430 433 717. Payment can then be arranged on line via Lower Blue Mountains Rotary Service Account – BSB:062 640  Acc # 00901 789, or cash when ticket pick-up is arranged with Gaye via Glenbrook Butchery.
Tickets are available for collection at Cinema Hall door after payment is confirmed with Gaye Van Der Meer. Doors open at 6 pm and the movie starts at 7 pm.
CLAIM THE DATE:  Notice is also given of the last Charity Movie Night for the year on Sunday, December 1.  This is a special Christmas comedy entitled ‘Last Christmas – written, produced and starring the very popular Emma Thompson.
'JUDY' - NEXT MOVIE NIGHT AT GLENBROOK CINEMA Jade Catherall 2019-11-06 13:00:00Z 0
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for November 2019.   Please feel free to share and send us your great membership stories.
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - NOVEMBER 2019 Jade Catherall 2019-11-02 13:00:00Z 0
DISTRICT TRAINING Jade Catherall 2019-11-01 13:00:00Z 0
ROTARY CLUBS OF AUSTRALIA DROUGHT APPEAL Jade Catherall 2019-10-15 13:00:00Z 0
RAMP UP DIGITAL SKILLS IN YOUR BUSINESS Jade Catherall 2019-10-09 13:00:00Z 0
PLEASE DONATE GENEROUSLY Jade Catherall 2019-10-09 13:00:00Z 0
COMMUNITY CHARITY GOLF DAY Jade Catherall 2019-10-09 13:00:00Z 0
Rotary Matters a weekly program on community radio station Triple H 100.1 FM profiles the causes, projects and people who make up Rotary. The idea is to arouse interest and engagement among the wider general public. Each week a different Rotary initiative is profiled with an in studio interview. This is followed by a What’s On of activities in District 9685 which are accessible to the public. To have your Club’s initiatives and activities profiled on Rotary Matters, contact the host, Ian Stuart on 0416 138 860 or ian.stuart@optusnet.com.au Episodes of the program can be heard indefinitely on the Rotary Matters Facebook site and other social media platforms like Spotify.
SPREAD YOUR CLUB NEWS ON THE RADIO Jade Catherall 2019-10-08 13:00:00Z 0
ANITA COBBY CHARITY FUNDRAISING DINNER Jade Catherall 2019-10-05 14:00:00Z 0
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for October 2019.   Please feel free to share and send us your great membership stories.
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - OCTOBER 2019 Jade Catherall 2019-09-30 14:00:00Z 0
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!

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) Shampoo
Conditioner Face Wipes Razors  Shaving Cream Body Wash Body Lotion Toothbrush Toothpaste

New sample/travel-size items that you may have collected from hotels are perfect.
We also need of normal size household toiletries to fill the bathrooms of the 26 homes many of the homeless children end up residing in.
We will be collecting toiletries from:- 25th September until 30th October 2019 We have Sydney drop off addresses at:-
Wahroonga, Warrawee, West Pymble, St Ives, North Parramatta, Baulkham Hills, North Rocks, West Pennant Hills, Cherrybrook, Beecroft, East Ryde, Epping, Normanhurst and Berowra.

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/

Don't forget, the best way to keep up to date with our collections is by liking our Facebook Page or following us on Instagram.
A rugby world cup window display in the Rotary Recycles Opportunity Shop in Blaxland is creating plenty of interest among shoppers and pedestrians.
The Rotary Recycles Opportunity Shop (3/156 Great Western Highway, Blaxland) is a project of Lower Blue Mountains Rotary Club and has proven very popular with great value bargains since opening early this year.
Given Rotary’s community service ideals, Op Shop manager and Rotarian Kerry Gunn makes the most of window space and has a promotion team creating inspired, topical window displays for local community organisations.
The current World Cup Rugby display features a Wallaby jersey, flags of competing nations and other colourful memorabilia.
Themes change regularly and some of the topics planned for the next few weeks include debutante balls, Halloween, the Melbourne Cup, breast cancer, and camping.  Recent displays have included men’s prostate health, native birds, and cancer support groups.
The Rotary Leadership Institute course is run over two days, power-packed with information, learning, and skills you can use in your Rotary life straight away.   At only $75 including all materials, coffee  breaks  and lunch, this is great value to Clubs and their members.
Networking with other Rotarians and led by experienced facilitators, you are sure to enjoy what others are describing as the best Rotary training they have had.  If you are already an RLI graduate, encourage your fellow Club Members to attend.  Register online now at rli.rotarydistrict9685.org.au and supercharge your Rotary.
Dates are;
RLI 54 October 12-13 (Weekend)
RLI 55 November 16-17 (Weekend)
ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE Jade Catherall 2019-09-27 14:00:00Z 0
BOLIVIA BUSHFIRE APPEAL Jade Catherall 2019-09-26 14:00:00Z 0
ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF DAY Jade Catherall 2019-09-26 14:00:00Z 0
CENTRAL COAST YOUTH CHARITY GALA BALL Jade Catherall 2019-09-26 14:00:00Z 0
  The Rotary Club of Pakuranga invites you to join
  the Ultimate 18 Day Rotary Tour of New Zealand
             11th September to 28th September 2020
The Tour Key Points and Highlights are:
  • The Tour includes 2 meals in Rotarians homes, and 2 Rotary Meeting visits.
  • The Tour size is limited to 26 persons. (Within a 30/33 seater coach.)
  • Accommodation will be 4 to 5 star and includes all breakfasts.
  • Two night stays in all big city stopovers and 'not too early' start times.
  • A professional ‘Top Tour Guide’ will travel with you throughout the Tour.
  • The 18 day Tour includes both the North and South Islands of New Zealand.
The following details some of the 62 items that are included within the Tour price:
An official Rotarian Welcome at the 'Grand Millennium' Hotel, Gift packs, Guided Tour of Auckland,
Entry to the Auckland Museum, Visit to the 'Auckland Sky Tower', Tea Tour and Tastings at Zealong Estate,
Guided Tour of 'Hobbiton', Guided Tour of 'Rainbow Springs' and 'Kiwi Encounter', Guided tour of Te Puia
including a Maori Cultural Performance and Hangi dinner, visit to the Huka Falls, Wine tasting in Napier,
Guided Walking Tour of downtown Napier, Sightseeing Tour of Wellington, Guided Tour of 'Weta Workshop',
Ferry from Wellington to Picton, Hanmer Springs, Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki, Arrowtown, Queenstown,
Invercargill, Milford Sounds, Sightseeing Tour of Dunedin, Orientation Tour of Christchurch City Centre.
Here are some of the typical comments received from Rotarians on previous Tours:
  • This was a great trip. We enjoyed every moment and really appreciated the opportunity to see
    some things that larger tour groups couldn’t have seen.
          PDG Greg Bevan and wife Lorraine of District 9670 (NSW, Australia.)
  • Sharron (the Tour Guide) is the very best tour guide we’ve ever experienced.
          PDG Barbara Tracy & husband Jim from District 5180 (Greater Sacramento, USA.)
  • I found it useful not to have late nights included – the days were long enough for ‘oldies’.
    I have already recommended your tour to someone in our Club.
Special Early-Bird Fares: (This offer ends 29th November 2019 and is subject to change.)
NZ$7,750 per person for two people sharing a room. (Approximately AUD 7,500)
NZ$9,750 per person for a single person in one room. (Approximately AUD 9,450)
Please email: peter.hawkins@xtra.co.nz  to request the 8 page full Tour details.
ROTARY TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND 2020 Jade Catherall 2019-09-26 14:00:00Z 0
Please join us and together we can share a meal and save a life. - Let us together raise funds to support lifesaving heart surgery for children with Congenital Heart Diseases.
  1. Around 3000 children are born every year with congenital heart defects in Sri Lanka
  2. That’s almost 8 in 1000 babies per year.
  3. More than 40% of these babies and children and over 60% of critically ill babies and children cannot get treatment on time because of a lack of facilities.
  4. All these children are referred to Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children (Only hospital with capability for Children Heart Surgery)
  5. 1500+ children die due to this lack of facilities.
Rotary Club of Kandy Sri Lanka and Rotary Club of Madras Coromandel have joined hands to provide surgery to approximately 100 children from the most vulnerable in the society due to their socio-economic status.  The children will come from around the nation. The operation will be carried out at the world-renowned Apollo Children's Hospital in Chennai Tamil Nadu South India. 
In addition, there will be a selection of medical Nurses and Doctors from Colombo Lady Ridgeway Hospital, Teaching Hospital Jaffna and Karapitiya trained at the Children's Hospital on paediatric cardiology.
The total budget for the project is AU $265,000.  Rotarians and Rotary Districts in India and Sri Lanka have pledged a total of AU $120,000.  Further AU $75,000 coming from The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.   We have a shortfall of AU $70,000.
Our goal is to raise AU $20,000 to make this project a reality and giving normal healthy life to 100 children.
This is one small step towards our goal.
Event:           Sri Lankan Hopper Fundraiser Night
When:           Saturday 26th October 2019
Where:          3 Candlebush Crescent Castle Hill NSW  2154
Time:            06:30 PM – 09:30 PM
Dinner Cost:   Single – $35 / Couple - $60 / Family - $80 (2 Adults + 2 Children)
Book Online:  https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?embed&eid=531292  (Bookings Essential)
Facebook Event Page:          https://www.facebook.com/events/616902245464505/
Dinner Cost includes
  • Meal - All you can eat Egg, Milk and Plain Hoppers with Two accompanying non-veg curries and a vegetarian curry. Hoppers without Pol Sambal, Seeni Sambal and Kata Sambal to tantalize your taste buds.
  • Drinks: Soft Drinks, Beer and Wine
SRI LANKAN HOPPER FUNDRAISER NIGHT Jade Catherall 2019-09-24 14:00:00Z 0
ROTARY FOUNDATION DINNER Jade Catherall 2019-09-24 14:00:00Z 0
NSW POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARDS Jade Catherall 2019-09-01 14:00:00Z 0
Community groups across NSW are being challenged to brush up their creative skills for this year’s Graffiti Removal Day by creating murals.
Graffiti Removal Day chairman Bob Aitken AM said preventing graffiti is the focus for this year’s event on Sunday, 27 October.
“Graffiti vandalism costs our community over $300 million each year,” Mr Aitken said.
“Since the event started in 2012 volunteers have removed more than 141,000sqm of graffiti, saving the community $10.4 million.
“This year, as well as removing graffiti we want to see ugly tags with no artistic merit covered by colourful murals to help stop graffiti from occurring in the first place.”
To help inspire people we are running a competition to find the best mural in the state with a $1000 first prize.
Several schools in the Georges River area have already kicked off the competition with over 500 students combining to create a community mural at Carss Park and they are challenging other groups to enter the competition.
Graffiti Removal Day ambassador and football legend Mark OAM congratulated the students and threw his support behind the event.
“Graffiti Removal Day is great way people can show they love where they live and it is great to see so many or our youth involved,” he said.
“This year’s focus on encouraging people to come up with fun ideas to prevent vandalism at regularly targeted sites is a great opportunity for community groups to display their creative flair while removing ugly graffiti.”
“I would encourage everyone to get involved in this great community event.” Said Mr Geyer
Up to 3000 volunteers from various groups including Rotary, Scouts NSW, Girl Guides NSW&ACT, Air Force Cadets, PCYC, NSW Police, Lions, church groups, high schools and 80 councils are expected to remove graffiti from over 600 sites across NSW on Sunday 27 October. 
All material and equipment required for Graffiti Removal Day is supplied to volunteers for free by sponsors Dulux, NSW Government, Australian Rail Track Corporation and Southern Cleaning Supplies.
People can volunteer, suggest an idea, find out more about the mural competition or nominate a clean-up site by going to the website www.graffitiremovalday.org.au
GET CREATIVE FOR GRAFFITI REMOVAL DAY Jade Catherall 2019-09-01 14:00:00Z 0
REASONS MULTIDISTRICT CONFERENCE MARCH 2020 Jade Catherall 2019-09-01 14:00:00Z 0
ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE - ACTING CHAIR Jade Catherall 2019-09-01 14:00:00Z 0


When were you last inspired by a woman and what was so extraordinary about their inspiration? 

How were you able to learn from their inspiration?

These and many more answers will be revealed at the NSW Rotary Inspirational Women's Awards 2019
Sunday, 27 October 2019 at 12 noon 

Gadigal Room, City Tattersalls Club, 198 Pitt Street, Sydney
includes 2 course lunch with cash bar

To reserve your seat or table 
Book Now!

Amazing guest speakers who will share their journey as you discover more about our 2019 inspirational winners.

The guest speakers include:
  • Louisa Hope – Survivor of Sydney's Lindt Siege will share - Thoughts and coping skills for what could have been a devastating future life. 
  • Stay tuned for another exciting speaker.
These awards recognise service to the community across all sectors. Directed at the non-Rotary community, it is about commitment, dedication, perseverance and proactivity in improving the lives of others across NSW and the ACT.

Often women, especially in country and regional NSW and ACT are the "quiet achievers" whose actions inspire others and make a difference in their communities. 

The Awards cover 2 key categories inclusive of Rural and City Urban for each category:
  • Young Inspirational Woman of the Year for the 18-30 years 
  • Inspirational Woman of the Year for the 30+ years 
Finalists are selected from each category, resulting in 2 overall winners:
  • Young Inspirational Woman of the Year
  • Inspirational Woman of the Year
An exemplary number of applications ensured the panel of independent judges from Rotary Districts were challenged as they assessed the three key criteria:
  • Community service which best exemplifies Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self 
  • Achievements
  • Personal attributes

* Your ticket purchase and proceeds from this event will support an Australian Rotary Health Scholarship for a young female GP by assisting with expenses during her 12 month placement in a Rural GP practice.
** Opting to incur the administration costs related to the issue of this ticket/s results in Rotary Health receiving those proceeds.

ROTARY INSPIRATIONAL WOMENS AWARDS - 27 OCTOBER 2019 Jade Catherall 2019-09-01 14:00:00Z 0
A team from Penrith High School won the national Model United Nations Assembly debating competition in Canberra in August.
The annual competition was conducted at the Museum of Australian Democracy (Old Parliament House) and the all male Penrith team triumphed after a gruelling two days of debating the challenges of world peace, climate change, health, education, living standards and a variety of other topics.
The superb skills of Penrith High team members John Maddock, Rhys O’Connor and Victor Zhou carried the team to victory which represented a ‘first’ for Penrith and Rotary District 9685.
The Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) has been one of Australian Rotary’s premier youth programs since introduced from Canada by the Rotary Club of Lake Cargelligo, NSW, District 9700, during the early 1980s. Program development over the years has ensured MUNA provides an excellent forum for students in Years 10 – 12 to understand the principles and work of the United Nations organisation whilst enhancing debating skills and growing knowledge of world issues.
Penrith won the right to contest the national finals in Canberra by out-debating 32 teams at the MUNA Western Sydney event organised and conducted by local Rotarians in June.
Twenty-seven teams from four Australian States contested the national finals in Canberra. Each team was allocated a country to represent – with Penrith drawing the United Kingdom.
Topics this year included –
  • Proliferation of nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula.
  • Regulating international migration.
  • International cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space.
  • Protection of the Global climate for present and future generations.
  • Protection of journalistic freedoms.
National finals are conducted in the former House of Representatives chamber in old Parliament House – which of course creates a special aura for competing students.
All contestants were congratulated on the quality and enthusiasm of their debating. Their research fostered a greater understanding of the international and domestic policies of countries represented – and all three Penrith team members have indicated they are contemplating a career in international relations.
The Penrith team was mentored by Penrith High Head of Social Sciences Joel MacRae who was honoured by Rotary with a special Teaching Award last October.
Pictured – Penrith High School’s 2019 MUNA Debating Team receive their awards from Rotary organisers of the Western Sydney event last June. From left, those pictured are Past President Drew Fitzpatrick of Lower Blue Mountains Rotary, John Maddock, Rhys O’Connor, Victor Zhou, Penrith High Head of Social Sciences Joel MacRae, and Rotary District 9685 Governor Elect David Clark.
PENRITH HIGH SCHOOL WINS NATIONAL MUNA TITLE Jade Catherall 2019-09-01 14:00:00Z 0
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for September 2019.   Please feel free to share and send us your great membership stories.
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - SEPTEMBER 2019 Jade Catherall 2019-09-01 14:00:00Z 0
RIDE THE TRAIN TO END POLIO - 24 OCTOBER Jade Catherall 2019-09-01 14:00:00Z 0
DAYS FOR GIRLS WORKSHOP Jade Catherall 2019-09-01 14:00:00Z 0
ROTARY GARAGE SALE Jade Catherall 2019-08-29 14:00:00Z 0
CROSS COUNTRY CHALLENGE Jade Catherall 2019-08-13 14:00:00Z 0
END POLIO NOW - RIDE THE TRAIN - 24 OCTOBER 2019 Jade Catherall 2019-08-13 14:00:00Z 0
On December 7th 2016, Dick and Pip Smith visited the Rotary Club of Wahroonga. Dick was introduced to the club by Rob Ferguson, they had both been at school together at the Roseville Primary school. The major surprise of the morning came when Dick produced a cheque and donated $1 million to Rotary.
The money was used to set up Rotary Australia Compassionate Grants (RACG) with the aim to aid disadvantaged members of the Australian community irrespective of their location within Australia. Since then, RACG has received matching grants and as a result over $2 million has delivered numerous projects that have benefited local individuals and communities.
Last Wednesday, the 7th August, John Cameron and I attended another event with Dick and Pip Smith. Once again Dick produced a check for $1 million and donated it to Rotary.
Here are Pip and Dick Smith with John Cameron, Lindsay May and Doug Reid
After the event, as we travelled back north on the train John Cameron and I reflected that we were possible two of only seven people who have witnessed Dick and Pip handing over $2 million to Rotary, with Dick and Pip being two of the seven!
Another inspirational day at the Rotary office.
DICK AND PIP SMITH DONATE $1MILLION Jade Catherall 2019-08-10 14:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Pennant Hills advises that our regular weekly meetings will now be on:
Wednesday evenings at 6.00 for 6.30pm start,
and we will now be meeting back at the Pennant Hills Golf Club, cnr. Burns Road South and Copeland Road, Beecroft, 2119.
REASONS CONFERENCE - MARCH 2020 Jade Catherall 2019-08-09 14:00:00Z 0
SOD TURNING AT GRACE'S PLACE Jade Catherall 2019-08-07 14:00:00Z 0
August 2019

My fellow Rotarian,

As 2018-19 Trustee Chair Brenda Cressey shared, contribution results for the 2018-19 Rotary year were outstanding. Thanks to each of you for your enthusiastic support of Rotary’s priority program – the eradication of polio. In late May, we were faced with an unusual prospect of being considerably short of our $50 million goal. The cash contributions and District Designated Fund projections showed we would be approximately $5 million short of goal. 

You came to the rescue and together we raised $50.8 million. This achievement truly shows the willingness and dedication of all Rotarians to fulfill our promise to the children of the world. Together we will end polio.

While we celebrate our success in 2018-19, we must remember that our job is not complete. Our new challenge is to raise $50 million for polio eradication this Rotary year.

Thank you for all you are doing and will do to help end polio now.


John F. Germ
Chair, End Polio Now Countdown to History Campaign Committee
President, Rotary International, 2016-17
THANK YOU - POLIO FUNDRAISING GOAL MET Jade Catherall 2019-08-07 14:00:00Z 0



Modern day slavery exists all over the world in many forms....forced labour, human trafficking, debt bondage, forced marriage, the sale of children and sex slavery. We meet Doug Malcolm from Dee Why Rotary Club, founder and driver of Paint4Freedom a National Art Competition  dedicated to raising awareness of slavery and raising funds to counteract it. www.paint4freedom.org



ROTARY MATTERS - TRIPLE H 100.1FM Jade Catherall 2019-08-07 14:00:00Z 0
MEGA POLIO CAMPAIGN - INDIA - JANUARY 2020 Jade Catherall 2019-08-07 14:00:00Z 0
NORTH RYDE ROTARY FUN RUN Jade Catherall 2019-08-07 14:00:00Z 0
RIDE LKE A GIRL Jade Catherall 2019-07-30 14:00:00Z 0
RESCA DINNER INVITATION Jade Catherall 2019-07-30 14:00:00Z 0
ST IVES FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL Jade Catherall 2019-07-30 14:00:00Z 0
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ROTARY ON THE MOVE - AUGUST 2019 Jade Catherall 2019-07-30 14:00:00Z 0

A Warm Thank-You to all of our D9685 Rotarians and Clubs.


We have now the final results for giving to the Rotary Foundation in the 2018-19 Rotary year and we can all be very proud and pleased with our continuing commitment to OUR Foundation.


Overall we donated $US 542,048 to the Rotary Foundation this year, and while less than the last two years, in Aussie dollars it is more than last year.  Clubs and individual Rotarians have given $A 764,000 in this last Rotary year.  This figure was helped hugely by your generous support for the End Polio campaign, including a very generous bequest of $100,000 through Belrose Rotary, the contribution from those clubs that supported Ride the Train organised by Mark and Dave Anderson from Rotary Beecroft, and our 5 screenings across the district of the Movie Bohemian Rhapsody in November.  Our End Polio giving this last year was $A 244,000 against $A 80,000 in the previous year


Unfortunately, our Annual Fund giving, which is fundamental to our ability to support club projects, both here and overseas, was down; $US 337,000 ($A 475,000) from $US 404,000 ($A 529,000) in 2017-18.  We believe it has been heavily affected by the huge club support for the Drought Appeal earlier in the year, when the generosity of clubs was just wonderful.  While many clubs were able to provide less support than in the past, there were a good number of clubs that gave more, and very generously.  Thank You!


We are thankful to the increasing number of personal donors, our Centurions, Paul Harris Society members (now 86 in the district) and in particular some very generous Major Donors who materially made a big contribution to our result.  For interest I have included a column in the club giving report that shows the percentage of clubs where there is a lot of personal giving vs the level of club giving.  It is interesting that across the district 70% of our giving is now personal.


Outside the Belrose bequest of $US 74,074, the three best donating clubs are the E-Club (US$ 67,599), Beecroft (US$ 42, 356), and Ryde ($US 20,332).  Best Annual Fund giving clubs per capita were E-Club ($US 1458), Beecroft ($US 860), and North Sydney ($US 411).  Thirteen of our clubs gave more than $US200 per head so thank you all very much for your great support.


Once again, a donation was received from every club in our district, so thank you all.  Please see the table below for a summary by clubs of giving during the year.


Our donations go to the engine-room of what Rotary is all about.  The Rotary Foundation’s funds go almost entirely into doing good in the world with a world-leading ranking in terms of effectiveness, efficiency, integrity and low cost of operation.  In particular it is the vehicle through which Rotary has made a huge and on-going commitment to ridding the world of Polio.


It was also pleasing to see a growing number of clubs using Foundation funds to support their humanitarian projects using District and Global Grants.  We would like more clubs to be active in applying for grants as they are a very efficient way for your club to enhance the money available to support your wonderful project work.


We look forward to all clubs continuing to give their generous support during this year ahead as PDG Bruce Lakin takes over as our District Rotary Foundation Chair.  I thank our District 9685 Foundation committee for their great work around the clubs and in their specialty areas, and I know Bruce will receive the same level of support and assistance from his team.  


PDG David Rands

D9685 Rotary Foundation Chair (2016-2019)

END OF 2018-19 YEAR - ROTARY FOUNDATION GIVING Jade Catherall 2019-07-30 14:00:00Z 0
I am delighted to be serving in the District Communications Director role in 2019/20. As I work full time, the best (and preferred) way to contact me is email (communications@rotarydistrict9685.org.au). 
Our plan is to send out 2 eNews editions each month:
* DG's eNews - 1st Thursday of the month
* eNews - 3rd Thursday of the month
Please look out for them in your inbox, please take the time to read and contribute to them!
It would be appreciated if the following email addresses could be used by you, your team and clubs:
News or Event for
the website & eNews
Please include short text,
extended text, image, and pdf
Request to email Club Executives
Include subject heading, full text,
and attachments as pdf and/or image
Booking the District Office
Check availability in the Events Calendar,
then email your request to
Corrections to website content
Please include URL page, clear advice on
changes for minor corrections, &
full text for major corrections
Copy of Club Bulletins
(Please BCC or send separately)
For consideration for the District Bulletin
Award/s and for your bulletin to reach
DG Kalma McLellan.
Thanks and best wishes to everyone for a great year in 2019/20.
Jade Catherall
District Communications Director 2019/20
DISTRICT COMMUNICATIONS IN 2019/20 Jade Catherall 2019-07-16 14:00:00Z 0
ROTARY MATTERS - RADIO PROGRAM - 100.1FM Jade Catherall 2019-07-15 14:00:00Z 0
TRIVIA NIGHT Jade Catherall 2019-07-15 14:00:00Z 0

We have a number of boxes of books that have been donating (still residing at) a Primary School in Northern Sydney that need to make their way to the Purple House Project in Alice Springs.


If anyone is able to assist please contact Amanda Barnes barnesamanda.2016@gmail.com


SEEKING TRANSPORT TO THE ALICE Jade Catherall 2019-07-15 14:00:00Z 0

The North Ryde Fun Run


The North Ryde Fun Run for Youth Mental Health is a community event organised by the Rotary Club of North Ryde, with venue partner Macquarie University and local community groups.


The 2019 Fun Run will be held on Sunday 25th August from 9am to 1pm at the Macquarie University Sport Fields, corner of Culloden and Talavera Roads, Macquarie Park.


The proceeds raised go towards funding research into youth mental health through the Australian Rotary Health organisation and to treatment programs through the Centre for Emotional Health.


Check out the details and register to attend: northrydefunrun.com.au



NORTH RYDE ROTARY FUN RUN Jade Catherall 2019-07-15 14:00:00Z 0
BEECROFT ROTARY BOOK FAIR Jade Catherall 2019-07-15 14:00:00Z 0
WYONG-TUGGERAH 70TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS Jade Catherall 2019-07-15 14:00:00Z 0
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ROTARY ON THE MOVE - JULY 2019 Jade Catherall 2019-07-02 14:00:00Z 0
MARK MALONEY DINNER Jade Catherall 2019-07-02 14:00:00Z 0
LOWER BLUE MOUNTAINS MOVIE PREMIERE Jade Catherall 2019-07-01 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary is giving US$100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year.
The funding comes as Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) address the final—and most pressing—challenges to ending poliovirus transmission, and as Nigeria approaches three years without any reported cases of wild poliovirus, bringing the Africa region closer to polio-free status.
“We have the wild poliovirus cornered in the smallest geographic area in history, and now there are just two countries that continue to report cases of the wild virus,” said Michael K. McGovern, chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee. “As we work with our partners to apply innovative new strategies to reach more children, and embrace lessons learned thus far, Rotary is doubling down on our commitment to end polio for good. I’m optimistic that the end of polio is within our grasp, but we must remain vigilant in rallying global political and financial support as we push towards a polio-free world.”
While there were only 33 cases of wild poliovirus reported in 2018, the last mile of eradication has proven to be the most difficult. Barriers to eradication--like weak health systems, insecurity, and mobile and remote populations--must be overcome. As long as a single child has polio, all children are at risk, which underscores the need for continued funding and commitment to eradication.
To support polio eradication efforts in endemic countries, Rotary is allocating half the funds it announced today to: Afghanistan ($16.3 million), Nigeria ($10.2 million), and Pakistan ($25.2million). Additional funding will support efforts to keep vulnerable countries polio-free:
  • Chad ($102,395)
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo ($9.5 million)
  • Ethiopia ($2.6 million)
  • Iraq ($6 million)
  • Kenya ($6.3 million)
  • Mali ($1.2 million)
  • Somalia ($1.4 million)
  • South Sudan ($1.2 million)
  • Syria ($1.7 million)
  • Yemen ($2.1 million)
The World Health Organization (WHO) will receive $1.3 million to conduct research, and will also receive support for surveillance activities in its Africa ($10.9 million) and Eastern Mediterranean ($4 million) Regions.
Rotary has committed to raising $50 million a year to be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, amounting to $150 million for polio eradication annually. Rotary has contributed more than $1.9 billion to fight the disease, including matching funds from the Gates Foundation, and countless volunteer hours since launching its polio eradication program, PolioPlus, in 1985. In 1988, Rotary became a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Gates Foundation later joined. Since the initiative launched, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases in 1988 to 33 cases of wild poliovirus in 2018.
ROTARY ANNOUNCES US $100 MILLION TO ERADICATE POLIO Jade Catherall 2019-06-18 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary Foundation funding is released to Districts for financing grants, 3 years after they were contributed.
Our 2018-19 TRF giving, comes back as DDF in 2021-22.
We are today $130,000 behind in contributions and this means that funding for District and Global grants in 2021-22 will be $75,000 less than for 2020-21.
As more clubs access DDF for their humanitarian projects, our nominated DG for 2021-22 Lindsay May is alarmed that there will be many unhappy but well meaning Rotarians who will not be able to fund grants as they did in the previous year.
Contributions this year have understandably been impacted by drought appeals, and rightly so. 
We all hope that conditions will improve for our farmers but once we reach June 30 2019 we cannot add any funds that provide the valuable match to boost overall grant funding in 2021-22.
Personal giving is tax deductible.
Please give now to ensure we can maintain our good works in 3 years time.
Lindsay May DGNn 2021-22
Note - The above is a general summary of the process and does not fully describe the intricacies of TRF funding."
ROTARY FOUNDATION GIVING Jade Catherall 2019-06-18 14:00:00Z 0
D CAFE - DEMENTIA CAFE Jade Catherall 2019-06-18 14:00:00Z 0
In September the Zone 8 Rotary Conference will be held in Christchurch New Zealand from 20th – 22nd September 2019. Previously known as the Zone Institute this Zone 8 Conference is open to all Rotarians to attend and participate in. You will be able to meet and make new friends, and learn more about the amazing work of Rotary. This will also be an opportunity show your support for the people of Christchurch especially after the earthquake and the recent tragic events that impacted so many people. It will be a time to see how Christchurch has been reinvigorated and what it is continuing to do after the earthquake.
The Organising Committee have done an excellent job in getting together a fantastic programme of presenters who you will find inspiring and challenging. The breakout groups on Saturday afternoon will also be very special. The then President of Rotary International Mark Maloney and his wife Gay will be present and Mark will be talking about his vision for the future of Rotary.
It promises to be a great weekend. I would urge you to attend, below are the links to register. By attending you are supporting not just Rotary but the people of Christchurch who have had some challenging time over the last few years.
I along with the Organising Committee look forward to welcoming you to Christchurch in September.
Kind regards,
Noel Trevaskis
ZONE 8 ROTARY CONFERENCE IN CHRISTCHURCH - SEPTEMBER 2019 Jade Catherall 2019-06-18 14:00:00Z 0
QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY HONOURS Jade Catherall 2019-06-09 14:00:00Z 0
Following news of two further wild polio virus cases in Pakistan, I am pleased to forward the following in depth Polio campaign comments from three of our outstanding international leaders and commentators – including inspirational words and encouragement from Bill Gates.
We now have 24 confirmed cases of polio this year – seven in Afghanistan and 17 in Pakistan – all as a result of the ongoing hostilities along the border between the two countries.
When you read the attachments, you will really understand the difficulty of the situation and the bravery of our volunteers.
Bill Gates leaves no doubt on the absolute vital nature of ongoing support from Rotary – along with his commitment.
So please focus on encouraging end of year support from your Rotary clubs.  Let’s ensure a high percentage of clubs honour the request from RI President Barry Rassin for clubs to contribute $1,500 each in a special ‘one off’ donation this year.
I am pleased to provide the information contained in the attachments.  I believe the three pieces provide ALL the answers and I urge you to share with your Rotary clubs – and suggest they publish same in their club newsletters over a three week period.
POLIO UPDATE Jade Catherall 2019-06-02 14:00:00Z 0
TIMOR LESTE ADVENTURE CHALLENGE Jade Catherall 2019-06-02 14:00:00Z 0
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - JUNE 2019 Jade Catherall 2019-06-02 14:00:00Z 0
DISTRICT CHANGEOVER - 6 JULY 2019 Jade Catherall 2019-05-14 14:00:00Z 0
POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARDS Jade Catherall 2019-05-14 14:00:00Z 0
TRIVIA NIGHT Jade Catherall 2019-05-14 14:00:00Z 0
Earning the Rotary Citation is an honor that RI President Barry Rassin hopes clubs strive to achieve. To earn the citation, please complete all activities and report your accomplishments to Rotary by 30 June.

Where should I enter my club’s accomplishments? 
2018-19 Rotary Citation Achievement Guide explains how and where to report each citation goal. If a club member who isn’t an officer wants to record citation progress in Rotary Club Central, you can learn to delegate your level of access temporarily to allow the member to do so.
This year’s district governors will receive certificates by email in September to distribute to Rotary clubs that have earned the citation.
ROTARY CITATION Jade Catherall 2019-05-14 14:00:00Z 0


A Rotaractor from District 9710 (Seb Cox) who has spent a lot of time in Tanzania over the past few years and working with and setting up Interact and EarlyAct in that country has been assisting with a project titled One Voice – He has asked me to share this with the Rotarians in Australia.  Could I ask that you pas it on to your current DG’s to make reference in their newsletters if possible.


One Voice is a music project for the Earlyact and Interact clubs of Tanzania. Earlyact and Interact are youth programs of Rotary, where schools aged students focus on serving their community.

Tanzania is a growing force in the Rotary world. Many Rotary clubs are taking the lead to sponsor Earlyact and Interact clubs. In 2019 the Country Interact Team wanted to create a project to unite the Earlyactors and Interactors together and the One Voice Project was formed. The Earlyactors and Interactors recorded a song discussing how Earlyactors and Interactors rise up to create peaceful and loving societies.

To support the Earlyactors and Interactors in creating the song the One Voice Team was created consisting of Seb Cox, a Past Country Chair of Earlyact and Interact in Tanzania with three musicians who have a wealth of experience of writing and recording music in Tanzania; Hilda Green, Aziz Ngassa and Daz Naledge.

The song was recorded and filmed over 9 location in both Tanzania and Australia, with four Earlyact and six Interact clubs involved. All coming together to see, hear and feel the power of music!

The song and video was launched in April at the Rotary District 9211 94th District Conference and Assembly at the Julius Nyerere International Conference Centre in Dar es Salaam in front of over 1000 Rotarians from Tanzania, Uganda and around the world.


A link and web page for the song is here http://www.hildagreen.com/one-voice-project/



ONE VOICE PROJECT Jade Catherall 2019-05-14 14:00:00Z 0




The #Rotary Club of Beecroft are once again collecting good interview-appropriate clothing for Dress for Success, Sydney. They are a registered charity that improves the employability of women in need in NSW by providing services free of charge including professional clothing.

So, if you are doing your summer – winter wardrobe swap-over, please consider whether you have anything that could form part of an interview outfit for a long-term unemployed woman. This also includes shoes, handbags and accessories.

We will be collecting from 9th May until 30th June 2019. This year we have drop off addresses at Beecroft, Castle Hill, Baulkham Hills, Berowra, Cherrybrook, East Ryde, North Parramatta, Wahroonga, West Pennant Hills, Normanhurst, West Pymble and North Rocks, so please message or call us and we will provide you with the closest drop off address.


For more information on this charity

DRESS FOR SUCCESS Jade Catherall 2019-05-14 14:00:00Z 0
ShelterBox is Rotary’s partner in disaster relief, a position we’ve held proudly for the last six years.  This partnership has enabled Rotary, through ShelterBox, to be first responders assisting those deprived of their homes by natural and man-made disasters.  In 2018, we were honoured to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of our humanitarian work; all Rotarians share in this honour with us.
Many of your Clubs will have already supported us during this financial year; to you, our heartfelt thanks for your continuing support.
To those who have not yet your final decisions on donations this year, I ask you to consider ShelterBox as one of your beneficiaries.  Your support can make a world of difference.
In 2018, with your assistance, we were able to deliver disaster relief and other humanitarian aid to 17 countries:  Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, British Virgin Islands, Chad, Cameroon, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Niger, Philippines, Syria, Somalia and Vanuatu. We have been able to provide relief following cyclones (4), earthquakes (2), floods (2), drought, volcanic activity and conflict (8).  We often work with partner agencies to ensure our aid reaches those most in need.  Your support enabled us to assist 30,000 families with emergency shelter, and another 12,000 families with essential household items … a total of over 210,000 people.
I have attached a copy of our international work in March this year as an example of how your funds can benefit those most in need.
Please convey our heartfelt thanks to all your Rotarians and friends.  We look forward to continuing this wonderful partnership.
Rowley Tompsett
ShelterBox Australia
SHELTERBOX Jade Catherall 2019-05-14 14:00:00Z 0
Dear fellow Rotarians, 

This is a sad moment for Rotary, as I must inform you that Sushil Gupta has resigned as president-nominee of Rotary International due to health reasons. 

This was a difficult decision for Sushil to make, and I understand and fully respect his choice to prioritize his health. He is firmly committed to continuing his work as a valued and respected member of our organization. Sushil has shared a message announcing his resignation, which you can all read on My Rotary

The 2018-19 Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International will convene electronically in the coming weeks to select Sushil’s replacement. Information about the selection process is also available on My Rotary

I have no doubt we will pick an excellent candidate to serve as RI President for the 2020-21 Rotary year. Please join me in wishing Sushil a complete and rapid recovery, and thank him for his service and dedication to Rotary. 

Barry Rassin
President, Rotary International 2018-19
SAD NEWS FROM ROTARY Jade Catherall 2019-04-30 14:00:00Z 0
Hi everyone,  Thank you to all of the clubs that had donated to Grace’s Place since the District Conference, and before.  Some really good news to come out of the conference is that Martha Jabour asked me how she could join Rotary.   I immediately asked her when she lived and directed her to the President of Carlingford Rotary Club who was sitting a few tables away.   As a result of that meeting, Martha will be inducted into the Rotary Club of Carlingford next week.
We are currently attempting to get all donations in for Grace's Place before the end of June so we can present a cheque to Martha at District Changeover on the 6th July at Hornsby RSL.  All monies raised within District 9685 will be directed at a particular part of the building under the name of D9685.  Again, many thanks for your support of my Partner’s Project in DG Susan’s year.
John Wakefield OAM
DG's PARTNERS PROJECT UPDATE - GRACE'S PLACE Jade Catherall 2019-04-30 14:00:00Z 0
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ROTARY ON THE MOVE - MAY Jade Catherall 2019-04-30 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary Disaster Response Grants

supports disaster relief and recovery efforts through grants from the .

What Rotary disaster response grants support

Districts that have been affected by a disaster can use Rotary disaster response grants to launch their own projects or work with established relief organizations to help their communities recover. Districts should work closely with local officials and groups to ensure that the funding will meet a specific community need.

Download .

The Rotary Foundation also offers funding to support long-term disaster recovery efforts through global grants. .

Who can apply for a disaster response grant

Once for Rotary grants, districts in an affected area or country may apply for a maximum grant of $25,000, based on the availability of funds. A district may apply for subsequent grants after it successfully reports outcomes from previous grants.


How to apply

The district governor and district Rotary Foundation chair complete the and send it to .

Resources & reference

ROTARY DISTRICT RESPONSE GRANTS Jade Catherall 2019-04-30 14:00:00Z 0
NORTHBRIDGE FIREWORKS NIGHT Jade Catherall 2019-04-30 14:00:00Z 0
In early March the Rotary Club of Northbridge (NSW) in conjunction with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service launched the Grolman Challenge.
The Challenge is to recognize the contribution of Rotarian Syd Grolman OAM, a passionate blood donor who over his life made 383 life saving donations.  The aim is to encourage the local community to donate blood, plasma or platelets to reach Syd’s 383 donation target by the end of 2019. 
At a recent club meeting, Guest presenter John Feist, Community Relations Officer for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service (Chatswood), explained that 27,000 donations are needed every week to keep a good blood supply. He noted that while 1 in 3 people in Australia at some time in their life will receive a blood transfusion or blood products, only 1 in 30 people actually donate blood.  Around 1 in 3 of those in need of blood products are cancer patients.
John further explained that Australia has the safest blood stock in the world. Each donation can be used to help three patients therefore Syd’s 383 donations could have saved 1,150 lives.  
Syd, accompanied by his wife Marcelle, commented on the night that he was honoured to have the Challenge named after him and encouraged us to spread the word about the need to donate blood to reach our target !  With 15 donations to date, the Grolman Challenge needs you!
To find out more details and how you can join the Challenge please email grolmanchallenge@northbridgerotary.com.au
G’day to all D9685 Rotarians,
It is that time of the year when clubs turn their thoughts to distributing hard earned funds not yet allocated to favourite charities.
As Chair of the D9685 Australian Rotary Health committee may I make a special request that ARH be given high priority on your list which will, of course, exceed your available funds.
ARH, our Australian Charity of choice, exists on the generosity of clubs and individuals to achieve a quite simple goal. It is “To fund research into diseases in the Australian community with the ultimate aim of cure or elimination of the problem.”
ARH does not distribute funds to causes no matter how deserving they are, but finances researchers in areas of need as determined by our Medical Board. We have, over the last few years, funded research into Mental Health problems as well as to Indigenous health professionals to help address the multitude of areas of concern.
Please support us in our endeavours to change the lives of people who are in desperate need of help.
Take a look at our website http://www.australianrotaryhealth.org.au where you can meet some of our researchers and Indigenous scholars,  they are wonderful individuals with shared goals.
Your support, no matter how small or large (preferred option) will further the health of people around the world.
ARH  -  Research by Australians, for Australians, in Australia for the benefit of all the world.
AUSTRALIAN ROTARY HEALTH Jade Catherall 2019-04-30 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary Clubs of the Northern Beaches banded together on Saturday (6 April) for a working bee at the Aspect Vern Burnett School, for students with Autism, at Forestville. 

Rotarians scraped off large plastic transfers on sheeted glass, filled a sand pit, spread garden chips in a playground, painted the kitchen and water-blasted the pathways.
“Working together to achieve a cleaner safer environment for students and staff was fun and satisfying,” said Warren McGurgan, acting Rotary Assistant Governor.




WORKING BEE AT ASPECT VERN BURNETT SCHOOL Jade Catherall 2019-04-16 14:00:00Z 0

I am writing to see if you may be able to assist The Rotary Club of Norwest Sunrise in raising funds to support the purchase of a new wheelchair for Amruta Bhanushali. Amruta is almost 11 years old and attends the Hills School in Sydney. She was born with a number of chronic medical conditions that makes life more challenging for her but she makes the most of every day and brings smiles to the faces of all the people she meets. Amruta loves listening to pop music and getting out and about in the fresh air. On doctors advice, she urgently requires a better wheelchair to prevent her scoliosis worsening.The chair will cost in the order of $16,000 providing it is purchased before the end of financial year.

We have raised $2,200 towards the chair and have three pledges of $400 each, totalling $3,400, so we are 20% of the way there.

Our Rotary Club of Norwest Sunrise is coordinating the fundraising efforts and we are seeking 32 big hearted supporters to each purchase a spoke at $400 each to complete the fundraising drive.

Spokes (Special Persons Of Kindness and Empathy) will be recognised on the fundraising page at http://bit.ly/2Ioibhy

Due to Amruta’s complex medical needs she requires a customised seating system to meet all her needs, keep her comfortable and able to participate in the school environment. Due to the family’s current visa status Amruta is not eligible for funding through the National Disability Insurance Agency. Further details can be provided if your club is interested in supporting Amruta.


Kind regards,

Jeremy Carter


Rotary Norwest Sunrise




ROCK N' ROLL NIGHT Jade Catherall 2019-04-16 14:00:00Z 0
GOLF DAY Jade Catherall 2019-04-16 14:00:00Z 0
TOP END WEDDING - CHARITY MOVIE NIGHT Jade Catherall 2019-04-16 14:00:00Z 0
NEPEAN PAC POLICE AWARDS Jade Catherall 2019-04-03 13:00:00Z 0
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for April 2019.   Please feel free to share and send us your great membership stories.
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - ARPIL Jade Catherall 2019-04-02 13:00:00Z 0
CENTRAL COAST CENTURY CHALLENGE Jade Catherall 2019-04-02 13:00:00Z 0
VIVID CRUISE Jade Catherall 2019-04-02 13:00:00Z 0
20-22 MARCH 2020 at Wollongong Entertainment Centre
Register before 31 July 2019 and pay by 30 September 2019to receive the Full Conference at the Early Bird Rate of $200
REASONS - CONFERENCE 2020 2019-03-31 13:00:00Z 0
TRIVIA NIGHT Jade Catherall 2019-03-19 13:00:00Z 0
ROTARY BLUE BALL Jade Catherall 2019-03-19 13:00:00Z 0
EMERGENCY SERVICES COMMUNITY AWARDS Jade Catherall 2019-03-19 13:00:00Z 0
DANCE WITH ROCK ORCHESTRA Jade Catherall 2019-03-19 13:00:00Z 0

Dr Vera Sistenich is an emergency medicine specialist in Australia, where her areas of interest include Aboriginal health, medical education and the development of physician training in the field of international emergency medicine. She gained her medical degree at the University of Oxford, and a masters of public health at Harvard University. Outside Australia, she has clinical experience in China, DRCongo, Nepal, Peru, South Africa, Vietnam and the UK. She has also worked with asylum seekers both at the Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre in the Australian Indian Ocean territories, and on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. In 2013-2014, she was Health Policy Advisor to the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland. She is currently the project leader for HandUp Congo's Emergency Medicine Project, in collaboration with Rotary International. 

Vera lives in Sydney with her husband and baby son. When not in the local hospitals, she enjoys ocean swimming and is also a hobby apiarist and candlemaker. Honey sold from her hives has raised nearly $10,000 dollars in support of the work of HandUp Congo



GUEST SPEAKER - VERA SISTENICH Jade Catherall 2019-03-10 13:00:00Z 0
Brian was raised and educated in Newcastle before moving to Maitland in 1979 to commence a 34 year career in law enforcement. After speaking at a Rotary meeting in 1999, Brian was asked to join the Rotary Club of East Maitland. Brian and Carol immediately engaged in Youth Exchange as host parents, before joining the District Committee as a YEO; today he engages inbound students in law topics.
Brian has served on most club director roles and held the Presidents chair in 2004-05, 2013-14 and 2018-19. Brian is a triple Sapphire Paul Harris Fellow, Carol a PHF Sapphire, recipient of the East Maitland Club Service Award in 2015 and Rotary International Partner Award in 2016.
At District level Brian has been involved in RAWCS, DIK, ROMAC, RYPEN, RYLA, Dream Cricket, RYDA, GSE and Science and Engineering Challenges, either directly or as a volunteer.
Spare time is shared between grandchildren, historic muscle cars and travelling.
GUEST SPEAKER - DG BRIAN COFFEY Jade Catherall 2019-03-10 13:00:00Z 0
Meet Civic Park opposite Council offices King Street Newcastle
At 2.30pm-Just down from Conference Venue
Short ceremony then we head for Newcastle Port pathway and walk to Nobby’s beach and return-a flat walk
Those Rotary members who took part in Polio inoculation program are invited to wear their Polio Hi Vis vest and lead the walk.
Safety Marshalls-St John Ambulance will be in attendance
Sun Screen and Bottled will be available
Please wear your Red Polio Shirt or a red shirt or blouse if possible-Wear comfortable footwear.-Polio shirts will on sale at conference
WALK FOR POLIO - 30 MARCH Jade Catherall 2019-03-05 13:00:00Z 0
eQUIZ - 22-24 MARCH Jade Catherall 2019-03-05 13:00:00Z 0
The presentations regarding the concept of creating a New Rotary District in the Greater Sydney area has been seen by most if not all clubs in D9685. Many clubs have already made a decision on whether or not we should continue the with the conversations.
There have been many questions asked and many good suggestions made by clubs and individual Rotarians.
In order to capture the whole districts response and to have some meaningful discussion I have booked a meeting room at Hornsby RSL on Saturday 27/4/19 from 9am.  This will be an opportunity to workshop the issues and address any unanswered questions.
This meeting is open to all but I would like a quorum of the current Presidents so we can capture a representative range of ideas and comments. The President Elect or another representative of the club is also invited to be present.
We will be taking the district vote at the Presidents’ meeting in May once clubs have had a chance to discuss the outcomes of this meeting. The vote in May will not be to form a new District; it will be to decide Yes, we will continue the discussions and planning, or No we will not continue.  A later vote will be taken once a full proposal is developed – with club input.
DG Susan
NEW DISTRICTING DISCUSSIONS Jade Catherall 2019-03-05 13:00:00Z 0
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for March 2019.   Please feel free to share and send us your great membership stories.
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - MARCH 2019 Jade Catherall 2019-03-02 13:00:00Z 0
SAVE THE DATE Jade Catherall 2019-02-27 13:00:00Z 0
RAWCS PROJECT VOLUNTEERS Jade Catherall 2019-02-27 13:00:00Z 0
TRIVIA NIGHT Jade Catherall 2019-02-27 13:00:00Z 0
OPERA IN THE ARBORETUM Jade Catherall 2019-02-27 13:00:00Z 0
Deboeah Wallace

Often referred to as “the gang buster”, Detective Superintendent Deborah Wallace, has delved into the dark underbelly of crime investigating and dismantling some of the State's most feared gangs.  Throughout a stellar career spanning more than 30 years with NSW Police, Deb has faced murderers, drug manufacturers and extortionists - to name just a few - armed with her trademark heels and colourful suits.

Currently Commander, State Crime Command Gangs Squad, Deb is a self-described diehard Parramatta Eels fan and proud "westie".  Her pragmatic approach, tenacity, sense of humour and ability to separate her work and personal lives, has enabled Deb to thrive in high pressure police operations.

The recipient of numerous awards including the Australia Day Achievement Award, the Australian Crime and Prevention Award, and the Australian Police Medal, Deb is strongly committed to community endeavours and is a long-time supporter of Youth off the Streets.





GUEST SPEAKER - DEBORAH WALLACE Jade Catherall 2019-02-26 13:00:00Z 0
FOOD PLANT SOLUTIONS Jade Catherall 2019-02-17 13:00:00Z 0
TRIVIA NIGHT Jade Catherall 2019-02-17 13:00:00Z 0
DOWNSIZING Jade Catherall 2019-02-17 13:00:00Z 0
WANT TO GET INSPIRED? Jade Catherall 2019-02-07 13:00:00Z 0

Nominations from Rotary Clubs for a Past District Governor to be part of the Zone 8 Nominating Committee for the Rotary International Director for ZONE 8 (Australia and New Zealand) are being called for.

Any Rotary club may nominate a suitably qualified Past District Governor to sit on this selection committee. The Committee will meet in September 2019 at a venue to be decided.

The Nomination Form is here.

The closing date for nominations to be received is 15th March 2019.

At the 2018 AGM a resolution was passed that if a vote is needed to select between two or more candidates there will be an email ballot.


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS Jade Catherall 2019-02-05 13:00:00Z 0
Disastrous flooding in North Queensland has left many families and individuals in need of assistance in their recovery. The appeal is designed to assist those families and individuals whose needs are not covered by insurance and Government assistance.
On Monday 4th Feb 2019, the Rotary Club of Townsville South West registered the following RAWCS - Rotary... Australia World Community Service RABS Project - (Rotary Australia Benevolent Society) Project:
“D9550 North Queensland Flood Appeal”.
Project Number 74-2018-19: (RABS)
Link for donations: https://donations.rawcs.com.au/74-2018-19
Manager: PDG Robert Tardiani
Assistant Manager: Bruce Scott
NORTH QUEENSLAND FLOOD RELIEF APPEAL Jade Catherall 2019-02-05 13:00:00Z 0
And the winner is Melbourne!
It is with great excitement that we announce Melbourne as the host city for the 2023 Rotary International Convention, the largest conference secured this century for Victoria.
Melbourne is a Big Events City! Set to deliver over $88 million to the Victorian economy, the Convention is the most valuable conference ever won for the state, with the four-day event anticipated to attract more than 20,000 Rotarians from around the world. The global spotlight will be on Melbourne and how we present ourselves to the world.
The Convention will take place 27-31 May 2023 using superb venues; Rod Laver Arena and the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. All activities and events are within the Heart and Soul of Melbourne. Over 7000 hotel rooms over 50 properties across Melbourne. Our transport plan uses our famous trams, ferries and buses to quickly and easily move delegates between venues, hotels, event and restaurants. And of course, Melbourne is a very walkable city with many interesting routes and laneways to tantalise visitors.
In addition, the Victorian visitor economy will be bolstered with expenditure from thousands of visiting Rotarians utilising transport, hospitality, entertainment, venues, attractions, tourism services, event planning, freight customs broker services, technology rental, security and various other members of the local business event and tourism supply chain, as well as the flow on benefits across regional Victoria for pre and post touring. Rotary has a business heritage as well as community service. We are proud to make an impact on local business and create jobs.
The effort to secure this exceptional event was no small feat. Our approach was tenacious, going that extra mile to demonstrate Melbourne’s ability to meet the stringent bid regulations and strategically demonstrate our capacity to accommodate the specific needs of Rotarian delegates and Convention format. This was all made possible by a unified approach between the Melbourne Convention Bureau, Rotary Club of Melbourne, Rotarians from 5 local Districts, Melbourne City Council, State Government and Team Melbourne partners. They have come up with a package that is bound to thrill delegates.
This win is everyone’s and demonstrates what can be achieved when we collaborate and work together. The sublime benefits for local Rotarians include
  • Showcasing Melbourne to  international Rotarians
  • Continuing the partnership of 5 local Rotary Districts
  • Local visibility and publicity for what Rotary achieves
  • Engagement of Rotarians in new events
  • Providing a magnet to attract new members
What Happens Next?
Our local Host Organising Committee is shovel ready. Team members are drawn from 5 local Districts, RC Melbourne, the Rotary Foundation and the 2014 Sydney RI Convention. We will work with an International Convention Committee and staff from Rotary International based in Evanston, USA to deliver the best possible Convention. The focus of the Host Organisation Committee is on Promotion, Publicity, Welcome, House of Friendship, Events, Customer Experience, Finance and Volunteers. The current team will be expanded in coming months to add more horsepower with a broader talent pool.
Melbourne has previously hosted this Convention in 1993. And the 2014 Sydney RI Convention has fast tracked our ability to create a wonderful event. Our Sydney colleagues have shared their experiences and systems to give us a flying start.
A vital part of hosting is to have an engaged and energised volunteer team to assist all visitors during the Convention. We wish to include volunteers from all ages - so be a Rotary Ambassador for Melbourne by registering to volunteer at the Convention in 2023! Recruitment starts immediately at multiple District Conferences to be held in Melbourne and Maryborough in February and March.
In the meantime – “Save The Date” 27-31 May 2023.
In the future a dedicated website is planned for volunteer registration and other Convention information - until then please connect to www.rotaryclubofmelbourne.org.au for progress updates.
2023 INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION Jade Catherall 2019-02-05 13:00:00Z 0

We are pleased to announce Rotary and Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI)  have entered into a service partnership to help enhance our club and district peace building efforts. 

Rotary has worked with MBBI – an impact organization founded on the principle of people-centered peacebuilding – since 2013 to advance our common goals for peace. This new partnership will enable Rotary members to train with MBBI to sharpen their mediation, dialogue and other conflict transformation skills. 

Mediators Beyond Borders International’s mission is to build local skills for peace and promote mediation worldwide. Recognizing that the only lasting peace is the one built by those involved, MBBI can help clubs and districts advance their peace and conflict prevention/resolution objectives by delivering services and enhancing skills for community assessments, trauma-informed peacebuilding, post-conflict reconciliation and recovery, cross-sector and network collaboration, project design, implementation, evaluation and peacebuilding leadership that prioritizes the elevation of women and youth as leaders. 

MBBI and Rotary members can work together to save lives today and one day, eradicate violent conflict around the world. This partnership connects Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Rotary alumni with resources to take action, locally and globally. Rotary members play a key role in building connected communities. Connected communities are safer communities, and safer communities are more prosperous communities.

Read the partnership factsheet for more information on how clubs and districts can build peace in partnership with MBBI. Connect with MBBI to support a safer, connected, and prosperous world one community at a time.

We hope your district will welcome this opportunity to prevent conflicts in your communities; please share this information with clubs in your district.
Rotary International Service
MEDIATORS BEYOND BORDERS INTERNATIONAL Jade Catherall 2019-02-04 13:00:00Z 0
The restructured Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS), Health & Education Repurposing Activity (HEERA) – formally Donations in Kind regularly needs assistance from clubs and club members to assist with sorting and preparing equipment and general items for shipment to developing nations and other areas of need.
Although this work is on-going currently throughout February and March we have urgent need of assistance by 4 – 6 volunteers on Tuesdays & Thursdays for sorting and packing hospital linen for a project in Timor Leste’ and preparing hospital beds and other equipment for projects in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka.
The role of HEERA is to assist Australasian Rotary Clubs and other humanitarian organisations to access redundant health and educational equipment in our society and to sort, package and transport these items to communities locally, nationally and internationally where they are in great need. Whether it is for your own club project or not, assisting at HEERA is a great way of fulfilling Club International Service ideals. By your efforts a disadvantage person or community somewhere in the world will benefit with higher health or educational advantages.
The activity is open regularly on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 10:00am and 2:00pm for this purpose and some Saturdays for loading containers.
Address:       Unit 4, 12 – 16 Anella Avenue Castle Hill Schedule:
Tuesdays – 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th Thursdays – 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th
Tuesdays – 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th Thursdays – 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th
If your club members are available to assist on any of these days please call or email me as follows;
M: 0419 046 688 E; keithroffey@bigpond.com
Thank you; your assistance will be greatly appreciated.
Keith Roffey HEERA Supervisor
URGENT ASSISTANCE REQUIRED Jade Catherall 2019-02-03 13:00:00Z 0
OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN ROMAC TEAM Jade Catherall 2019-02-02 13:00:00Z 0


As I have previously advised over the past year, most Rotary International rules are created or changed by district representatives from around the world meeting once every three years and voting on enactments that have been submitted by clubs and districts. So we, the club Rotarians are responsible for the rules; not RI or "Evanston". It is therefore up to every Rotarian to participate and voice our views.


I will be voting on behalf on D9685 in April in Chicago at the Council on Legislation. Many of the proposed enactments are not relevant to our district or to our zone; others are very relevant, such as an enactment to make Rotary magazines an optional part of our membership. This is likely to result in the demise of many, if not all of our regional magazines. Another proposed enactment is to ensure we record our volunteer time, and another to stop mandatory reporting of attendance. (this does not stop the clubs recoding attendance). 

I will shortly be sending a list of enactments that I think are relevant to our district or to the world of Rotary as a whole. The link below will provide individual Rotarians with the option to personally support or object to proposed enactments. All of the proposed enactments are on the RI website. In this way all Rotarians can influence the final decision.


Statements of Support and Opposition
Statements of support and opposition are due by Thursday, 14 February 2019. Statements will be shared with all representatives prior to the Council. Clubs and district conferences should submit their statements of support, opposition, or general comments regarding legislation using the online form here: https://rotary.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3z84O8VkGe5J1oV


PDG Jennifer Scott


COUNCIL ON LEGISLATION UPDATE Jade Catherall 2019-02-02 13:00:00Z 0

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ROTARY ON THE MOVE - FEBRUARY 2019 Jade Catherall 2019-02-02 13:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Leadership Institute is successful because it delivers skills and knowledge that Rotarians can apply straight away in their clubs.  It (1) hones leadership skills, (2) builds Rotary knowledge, (3) gives a perspective about where Rotary has been and where it is now, and (4) shares a vision of what Rotary can be.  This is all done while (5) networking with Rotarians from other clubs and (6) providing opportunities for partnering in service. 


The two part course is held on a weekend or separately on Saturdays or Sundays to meet demand. Morning tea and lunch are provided.  Each day starts at 8:00am and finishes around 4.00pm.  The cost is $75 and we encourage Clubs to pay for their members attending.

Courses 50, 51 and 52 are open for registration:

RLI 50 runs over the weekend 2-3 March at the District Office, Thornleigh. 

RLI 51 runs Saturday 4th and 18th of May at the District Office, Thornleigh.

RLI 52 runs over the weekend of 1-2 June at a location to be decided in the Penrith/Lower Mountains area.

Register at rli.rotarydistrict9685.org.au



6 GREAT REASONS TO DO RLI Jade Catherall 2019-02-02 13:00:00Z 0
GIANT BOOK SALE Jade Catherall 2019-01-27 13:00:00Z 0
Kenneth Austin OAM (Gosford North)      
Bill Cook OAM ( Woy Woy)                                                                           
 Geoff Pritchard OAM (North Sydney)
  Ted Waters OAM (Manly)
AUSTRALIA DAY HONOURS Jade Catherall 2019-01-25 13:00:00Z 0
GOLF DAY Jade Catherall 2019-01-21 13:00:00Z 0
You are invited to the annual Welcome Home Youth Exchange Dinner for all our Returning and Inbound Students at Muirfield Golf Club, Barclay Rd, North Rocks
on Friday 8 February 2019 at 6:30 for 7pm.
Cost is $40 per person. Normal practice is for the Club to pay for their inbound and
returning students and for family members and friends to pay for themselves.
RSVP  Friday 1 February 2019.
Payment by cheque to Treasurer, Rotary Club of Carlingford, PO Box 2740 Carlingford Court, NSW 2118 or EFT to BSB 062 300 Account number 2802 2803. You will need to include the names of the people you are paying for and your club in either method.
Please also confirm by sending Joy Pogson an email mmorgan3@bigpond.net.au
YOUTH EXCHANGE WELCOME HOME DINNER Jade Catherall 2019-01-20 13:00:00Z 0
TRIVIA NIGHT Jade Catherall 2019-01-20 13:00:00Z 0
Each year Rotary Clubs have the privilege and honour of suggesting candidates for District Governor from their membership.  District 9685 and its predecessors have a great history of Rotarians, supported by their Clubs, who have stepped up to the role.
District 9685 is now calling for applications for nomination as Rotary International District Governor for the 2021-2022 Rotary year.
An applicant must be a current member of good standing of a Club in the District with at least 5 years Rotary membership as at June 2019, as well as having served as President of a Rotary Club for a full term.
It is a challenging and rewarding appointment with a structured and exciting two year training and preparation period, prior to assuming the position.
It’s your opportunity to lead and inspire Rotarians in Clubs across the District.
As an initial expression of interest, please contact, PDG Bruce Lakin, Chairman of the Nominating Committee, via email at brucelakin@teleware.com.au or mobile 0419 876073.  He will assist you by providing information about the role and the selection procedure.
You can help even if you are not intending to apply.
All Rotarians know someone who would be an excellent Governor and maybe need someone to tell them just that, so please encourage them to apply. If the response is “not just yet”, they could contact the Nominating Committee Chair to get information for the future.
Key dates are:
1 March 2019:             Formal Application Details and Package available
22 March 2019:          Closing date for applications
7 April 2019:               District Governor 2021-2022 Selection Interviews                                                                       
                                     (candidates must attend the District Office in Thornleigh in person)
APPLICATIONS FOR DISTRICT GOVERNOR 2021-2022 Jade Catherall 2019-01-15 13:00:00Z 0
Annual reports are boring, right?  Not Rotary’s!!
  • words are kept to a minimum – very easy to read
  • beautiful images, graphics, videos and audio – bringing it to life
  • links to compelling stories on a range of topics – highly engaging
  • a menu that allows quick and easy navigation.
We think this web page will serve a number of purposes:
  • making Rotarians even more proud to be members
  • telling the story of who we are to prospective members and others
  • conveying the value of the Foundation in delivering high-impact projects
  • giving recognition to the work of our wonderful partners, such as Shelterbox.
In other words, this is much more than an annual report.  It’s an outstanding new tool to convey how – together – we are making a difference in the world.  We’d encourage you to share it with all your audiences.
Tip: It’s even more powerful if you click the  full screen icon at the bottom right.
ROTARY'S ONLINE 2017/18 ANNUAL REPORT Jade Catherall 2019-01-15 13:00:00Z 0

2019-20 RI president announces his presidential theme

By Arnold R. Grahl Photos by Alyce Henson
Rotary International President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney explained his vision for building a stronger Rotary, calling on leaders to expand connections to their communities and to embrace innovative membership models.
RI President-elect Mark Maloney announces the 2019-20 presidential theme, Rotary Connects the World, to incoming district governors in San Diego, California, USA.
Maloney, a member of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA, unveiled the 2019-20 presidential theme, Rotary Connects the World, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s annual training event, the International Assembly, in San Diego, California, USA, on Monday.
“The first emphasis is to grow Rotary — to grow our service; to grow the impact of our projects; but, most importantly, to grow our membership so that we can achieve more,” Maloney said.
Maloney believes that connection is at the heart of the Rotary experience.
“(Rotary) allows us to connect with each other, in deep and meaningful ways, across our differences,” Maloney said. “It connects us to people we would never otherwise have met, who are more like us than we ever could have known. It connects us to our communities, to professional opportunities, and to the people who need our help.” Maloney also called on every Rotary and Rotaract club to identify segments of their community not represented in their club by creating a membership committee with diverse members. “Through Rotary, we connect to the incredible diversity of humanity on a truly unique footing, forging deep and lasting ties in pursuit of a common goal,” he added. “In this ever more divided world, Rotary connects us all.”
Maloney urged leaders to offer alternative meeting experiences and service opportunities to make it easier for busy professionals and people with many family obligations to serve in leadership roles.
“We need to foster a culture where Rotary does not compete with the family, but rather complements it,” Maloney said. “That means taking real, practical steps to change the existing culture: being realistic in our expectations, considerate in our scheduling, and welcoming of children at Rotary events on every level.”
Maloney said many of the barriers that prevent people from serving as leaders in Rotary are based on expectations that are no longer relevant.
“It is time to adapt, to change our culture, and to convey the message that you can be a great district governor without visiting every club individually, and a great president without doing everything yourself.”
Relationship with the United Nations
During 2019-20, Rotary will host a series of presidential conferences around the world, focusing on Rotary’s relationship with the United Nations and the UN’s sustainable development goals that many Rotary service projects support. More information will be available in July.
In 2020, the United Nations will celebrate the 75th anniversary of its charter and its mission of promoting peace. Rotary was one of 42 organizations the United States invited to serve as consultants to its delegation at the 1945 San Francisco conference, which led to the UN’s charter. For decades, Rotary has worked alongside the United Nations to address humanitarian issues around the world. Today, Rotary holds the highest consultative status that the UN offers to nongovernmental organizations.
“Rotary shares the United Nations’ enduring commitment to a healthier, more peaceful, and more sustainable world,” Maloney said. “And Rotary offers something no other organization can match: an existing infrastructure that allows people from all over the world to connect in a spirit of service and peace and take meaningful action toward that goal.” 
ROTARY CONNECTS THE WORLD Jade Catherall 2019-01-15 13:00:00Z 0
COMEDY FOR A CAUSE Jade Catherall 2019-01-08 13:00:00Z 0
Q&A is the show where YOU (the audience) sets the agenda by asking the tough questions of Australia’s politicians, pundits and opinion-makers. We are live to air across the nation every Monday night at 9.30pm. We have had the pleasure of many Rotary members from across Melbourne and Sydney attending our shows during 2018 and we would like to invite members of your community to attend in 2019.
We know your members are enthusiastic to engage in the national discussion. As we head towards a likely federal election in May, there will be lots to discuss and plenty of questions that needs answers!
Would you be interested in organising a small (or large!) group for your members to attend Q&A in the New Year? We can help with free transport in and around Sydney for your group (within about 2 hours drive). Every Monday night we organise a bus from a different area of Sydney and its surrounds – please let us also know if that would be of interest to you and we will find a suitable date. If you are from further afield and happen to be with your group on a Monday night in Sydney (or individually too!) please also let us know and we will give you priority. For more information please contact us: Email: qanda@abc.net.au Ph: 02 8333 4065 Web: www.abc.net.au/tv/qanda/ We look forward to seeing you at Q&A!
Q AND A AUDIENCE Jade Catherall 2019-01-08 13:00:00Z 0
CELEBRATE AUSTRALIA DAY Jade Catherall 2019-01-04 13:00:00Z 0
TRIVIA NIGHT Jade Catherall 2019-01-04 13:00:00Z 0
SATURDAY NGHT ENTERTAINMENT - ENORMOUS HORNS Jade Catherall 2018-12-26 13:00:00Z 0
Meet Civic Park opposite Council offices King Street Newcastle
At 2.30pm
Short ceremony then we head for Newcastle Port pathway and walk to Nobby’s beach and return
Those Rotary members who took part in Polio inoculation program are invited to wear their Polio Hi Vis vest and lead the walk.
Safety Marshalls-St John Ambulance will be in attendance
Sun Screen and Bottled will be available
Please wear your Red Polio Shirt or a red shirt or blouse if possible-Wear comfortable footwear.
WALK FOR POLIO Jade Catherall 2018-12-26 13:00:00Z 0
Georgie Gardner is co-host of TODAY alongside Deb Knight and newsreader Tom Steinfort.   
She is one of the country’s best known and most popular television presenters, anchoring Channel Nine’s 6pm bulletin on Friday and Saturday nights, and guest host and regular contributor for Today Extra before taking on the TODAY hosting role with Karl Stefanovic in January 2018.
For seven years from 2007 to 2014 Georgie was part of Nine’s hugely popular breakfast show, TODAY, as their News Presenter and fill-in host, covering everything from natural disasters to politics along with an array of world events.
Georgie hails from Perth, Western Australia and was educated at Dalkeith Primary School and St Hilda’s Anglican Girls School.
In 1992, Gardner moved to Newcastle in New South Wales to take up a cadetship at Radio 2NX where she reported, wrote and read the news. In her debut year she was rewarded with radio’s highest award – a RAWARD as Australia’s Best Newcomer to metropolitan radio.
She moved to Sydney’s 2DAY FM newsroom in 1994, spending three years as the drive-time newsreader before joining the Ten Network as a television news reporter and fill-in presenter in 1997.
In 1998, Gardner moved to the Seven Network to read the Late News. She went on to co-host the network’s early morning Sunrise program for two years. 
Gardner joined the Nine Network in July 2002 to present various news bulletins as well as the weather on the 6.00pm weekday news. She currently presents the 6pm news in Sydney on Friday and Saturday nights as well as regularly filling in on Today Extra.
She is passionate about charities relating to young people and is an ambassador for Red Kite, Literacy Planet and School for Life.
Georgie is mother to Bronte and Angus, and along with her husband Tim, they reside in Sydney.
GUEST SPEAKER - GEORGIE GARDNER Jade Catherall 2018-12-26 13:00:00Z 0

Each club has received a Gnome from DG Susan, as she has visited your clubs, to decorate and bring to Newcastle, as the District 9685 Gnomes gather.

Join the Rotary Rocks Gnome in Newcastle as each club decorates a gnome that represents their own club – will we see the marketing gnome from Carlingford, the running gnome from Lindfield, the operatic gnome from Woy Woy, the antique gnome from Springwood or the caroling gnome from North Ryde and Macquarie Park?

You’ll have to bring your club’s gnome to Newcastle and find out!

Decorate your gnome before 29 March 2019

Deliver your gnome to NEX, Newcastle when you come to the Conference

See all the different gnomes from all corners of our amazing District. Be creative, think outside the gnome and turn your tiny gnome into the giant power of your Rotary club!

The Club that has the Gnome voted most popular by the Rotary Rocks Conference Attendees will be awarded a Paul Harris Fellow, that they will be able to present to a local COMMUNITY member. 

GATHERING OF THE D9685 GNOMES Jade Catherall 2018-12-26 13:00:00Z 0

Martha Jabour has been the Executive Director of the Homicide Victims’ Support Group (Aust) Inc. since 1993. She was employed by the Institute of Forensic Medicine in 1993 to co-ordinate and to set up the support group, providing counselling, support and referrals for the family members of homicide within the counselling section.

Martha trained as a grief and trauma counsellor after the death of her second son Michael to cot death at the Bereavement Care Centre and the National Centre for Childhood Grief. She acquired experience within the areas of Grief, Trauma, Policy Development, Strategic Planning and responding to crisis management whilst working both in a voluntary and paid position with the Sudden Infant Death Association of NSW. Her interests are to further promote victims’ rights and needs, with a special focus on crime prevention, particularly in the areas of domestic violence, mental health and juvenile justice.







GUEST SPEAKER - MARTHA JABOUR OAM Jade Catherall 2018-12-26 13:00:00Z 0

Kelly Fedor is Channel 9’s Chief Court Reporter and calls the Supreme Court her second home. During her six years with the network she has reported on the life sentence handed to the state’s most infamous detective Roger Rogerson, the jailing of former Labor MP Eddie Obeid, the trial of property developer Ron Medich and the arrest of Chris Dawson 37 years after his wife disappeared. She is also regularly in the thick of it, covering bushfires, floods and more recently the Sydney to Hobart race. 

Her television career followed a long stint in radio at Sydney’s number one station 2GB where she worked with Alan Jones and Ray Hadley. There she also covered some of the nation’s biggest stories which included the 2011 Brisbane floods, the arrest of Malcolm Naden and the funeral for underworld figure Carl Williams.  

Kelly loves her job because she has a front seat as history is made, it allows her to write, tell stories and develop connections with inspiring people. It also means she doesn’t have to sit in an office from nine to five. 

Kelly is from the Blue Mountains and is the daughter of Margaret and Ivan Fedor. Ivan was a passionate Rotarian which means the organisation has been a part of her life since she was a child. In fact, at the age of just 16 she worked hard to secure a spot in the Rotary Youth Exchange program and she moved to the US state of North Carolina. During those 12 months she got to go to Prom & Homecoming, be a part of the track team and travel across the country in a bus for three weeks. It was a year which helped shape her life. 

GUEST SPEAKER - KELLY FEDOR Jade Catherall 2018-12-26 13:00:00Z 0
William Chan is an urbanist and design strategist with a passion to create resilient and inclusive places for people. Educated in Australia and Italy, William graduated with the University Medal in Architecture and Convocation Medal from the University of Sydney. Supported by the Rotary Foundation Global Grant, he undertook further study at the Politecnico di Milano as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in 2015-2017. His Dottore Magistrale thesis was unanimously awarded cum laude.

William has worked on sustainable urban development projects for Arup Foresight, Hassell, Cox Architecture and the Australian Government Department of the Environment. With architecture and design experience in both the private and public sector, William is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and Fellow in sustainable cities with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). He is a Research Affiliate with the Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CSUD) at Columbia University's Earth Institute in New York. He was most recently a Fellow in innovation and executive education with the Qatar Foundation’s World Innovation Summit for Education.
William has led community-building projects for the homeless, slum dwellers and refugees around the world. In 2009 he contributed to Global Studio in South Africa, an action-research program to improve the lives of the urban poor, and returned in 2012 as a project associate in India. He assisted the 2013-2015 People Building Better Cities: Participation and Inclusive Urbanization travelling exhibition, and is currently involved in the Agenda 2030 Local Projects Challenge. Recently, he founded a plastic waste circular economy initiative that educates youth in design-thinking, circular economy and STEM skills, which was presented at the 2018 UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on Social Business, Youth and Technology. 
William has been named one of Australia's top 100 Brightest Young Minds, an inaugural Australian Government Creative Young Star and UNICEF Young Ambassador. He is the recipient of an Australian Achievement in Architecture Award from the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) and the Order of Australia Association Medallion for leadership and service to the community.
William’s involvement in Rotary began at the age of 12, where he completed a community service award program through his local club. Throughout high school, he contributed to Interact and was elected President as a Year 11 student. He has since participated in RYLA. In his spare time, William volunteers as a surf lifesaver at Tamarama Beach.
GUEST SPEAKER - WILLIAM CHAN Jade Catherall 2018-12-26 13:00:00Z 0
If you have been a Rotary Volunteer at a Polio National Immunisation Day, please bring your yellow vest to wear at the End Polio Now Walk on Saturday afternoon.
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The Conference Host Hotel is the Holiday Inn Express - details about special Rotary rates are available on the Conference website.
A range of accommodation options are available on the 2019 Conference website. As some delegates prefer to book directly with the hotels, we have provided websites however we would also suggest you research other booking sites closer to the date (availability is usually listed six months in advance) such as www.wotif.com, www.lastminute.com.au or www.expedia.com. You can also visit www.visitnewcastle.com.au for additional options and tourism information.
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On Saturday Afternoon, we will walk from the Newcastle Town Hall down to and along  Newcastle waterfront in raising awareness of Rotary’s campaign to End Polio. Rotarians will join together to walk from across District 9685 and other surroundings Districts. Members of District 9670 will be joining with us, local school children and the general public will also be invited to join with us.

Bring your End Polio Now Shirt or End Polio Now Shirts will be available to purchase from the RDU Stand at the Conference for $15. If you don’t own a Polio shirt just wear something red. Prizes will be given for best dressed club, lady, man and child.

The local media will be briefed to get the best coverage out to the community.

We meet at 2.30pm at Civic Park adjacent to Conference Venue.

A brief ceremony will take place then off we go on a level walk along the foreshores easy walking for all.

We will be rattling buckets to raise further funds-remember $1 saves a child’s life.

Let’s have everyone walk to end Polio.



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Dominic commenced at PCYC NSW in November 2016. Dominic has extensive executive experience across Government, Events and entertainment, IT services and sporting organisations, with a 20 year career as an Army Officer which included representational and operational experience. He brings to PCYC NSW a strong values based leadership style, respect for the Police and history, and a passion to grow the legacy of PCYC NSW to deliver expanded empowering experiences to youth and the community.
GUEST SPEAKER - DOMINIC TEAKLE Jade Catherall 2018-12-26 13:00:00Z 0
If you joined Rotary after March 12 2018, then you won't have had the wonderful opportunity to attend a Rotary District Conference......YET!
We'd love you to experience the magic and wonder of a District Conference, hear inspirational speakers, see amazing projects in the Project Showcase and enjoy the fun of the Rock n' Roll evening on Saturday night.
You can register to attend the FULL Conference (Friday Night through to Sunday Lunchtime), for just $200 for the WHOLE conference.
Register HERE today!
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Susan Templeman spent 1981 in Mexico as a Rotary Youth Exchange student, sponsored by Strathfield Club at aged 17. Prior to that she had taken part in Rotary debating competitions, joined the Rotaract Club in Strathfield and attended RYLA. 

On returning to Australia, she completed a BA (Communications) degree at the (now) University of Technology, whole working for 2GB’S Mike Carlton breakfast show.

In 1985, Susan began work as a journalist in the Canberra Press Gallery for Radio 2UE. For three years she reported on Australian politics, and then spent three years as a foreign correspondent, working in New York and London.

Returning to Australia in late 1990, Susan and her husband Ron built a home in the Blue Mountains. Working first at Telecom in the media relations team, Susan soon found herself with a new baby setting up her own freelance business.

Within a few years she had formed Media Skills Pty Ltd, a specialist media training business, which could she operated for almost 25 years, later becoming Templeman Consulting. Working across every part of the private sector - from farming to IT, biotech to investment banking - and extensively in Federal, State and Territory departments and the non-government sphere, Susan helped hundreds of organisations and tens of thousands of individuals improve their ability to handle media interviews.

While running a thriving business, in 2009 Susan decided to run for public office. She won preselection for the Labor Party to contest the 2010 Federal election in the marginal seat of Macquarie, representing her home of the Blue Mountains and the neighbouring Hawkesbury.

She lost that election, but was determined to recontest, and was again unsuccessful at the 2013 election. A few weeks later, her family was one of 200 who lost their home in the 2013 Winmalee bushfires.

She has since rebuilt the family home, and her continued commitment to the local community delivered results in 2016, when she was elected as the Federal Member for Macquarie. 



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Coordinator of Master of Public Health, at the Institute of Koorie Education, and academic School of Medicine, Deakin University.

Dr Charles is a very proud Kaurna man for the Adelaide Plains, and father of five children. James has lived at many different places around Australia, including Newcastle NSW while working at the University of Newcastle and Albury while working the Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine program at Charles Sturt University. James was one of the first Aboriginal Podiatrist in Australia, the first Aboriginal person to receive a Master of Podiatry, and first Aboriginal Podiatrist to receive a PhD (Aboriginal foot health).

James has volunteered his time at many Aboriginal community-controlled organisations, boards and committees and was, President of the Indigenous Allied Health Australia 2009 – 2010, and Chairperson of Indigenous Allied Health Australia Network 2008, Vice President Indigenous Allied Health Australia 2011 and was also very proud to be selected to be a representative at the national “Close the Gap” committee in 2008-2009.

Dr Charles has received many awards over the years including the National NAIDOC Scholar of the year award winner in 2017 for his teaching, research and work in the Aboriginal community. He received the 2017 Faculty of Science, PVC Student Learning Student Experience Survey Award for his teaching in Podiatry at Charles Sturt University. In 2014, James received the Golden Microscope Award, from Australian Rotary Health Indigenous Health for his innovative foot and ankle work and his research in Aboriginal foot health. Dr Charles has also received the prestigious Alumni Accolade Award from the University of South Australia in 2018.



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Newcastle City Guide

1. Take a step into the past at Newcastle Memorial Walk

Newcastle-memorial-walkLet’s begin with an activity that’s enjoyable, educational, and absolutely free.

Head out for a stroll at Newcastle Memorial Walk – a stunning piece of infrastructure dedicated for ANZAC heroes. Built to commemorate the centennial anniversary of ANZAC Gallipoli landing and the beginning of Newcastle’s steel-making industry – a journey to this coastal walkway lets you pay tribute to the men and women who dedicated their lives for Newcastle and the whole Australia. 

It’s open to the public 24 hours everyday so there’s no excuse to miss this terrific walk.


2. Visit the koalas, kangaroos and more at the Blackbutt Reserve

kangaroos_blackbutt_reserveIf you like a good nature walk, family picnics and the wildlife – Blackbutt Reserve is a must-see for locals and tourists alike.

Open everyday from 10am to 5pm, people from all ages can get close to the rich habitat of kangaroos, koalas, geckos, and more intriguing animal life without having to leave the city. You can choose to stay in a picnic spot, join a guided tour, or appreciate the wildlife exhibits and incredible encounters with various kinds of animals.

Everyone enjoys free entrance and great facilities for kids and adults. You only have to pay for parking. The walking tracks inside the reserve are also a good way to get fit.

3. Surf and Sightsee at Nobbys Beach and the Lighthouse

Nobby's beachWinter or summer, Nobbys Beach remains among the favourite beach destinations in New South Wales. (It’s also considered the safest among Newcastle’s beaches.)

Whether you want to go for a long walk, or surf for pleasure, this place is perfect for you. Take your camera to the lighthouse, marvel at the panoramic view from its vantage point and take a picture of the surrounding areas.




4. Go back in time at Fort Scratchley

Fort-ScratchleyHistory buff or not, you’d be intrigued to know that Fort Scratchley fired on an invading naval vessel on June 8, 1942 and the fort itself has more than a century of history to boast.

This famous coastal defence and fortification has been turned into a museum. Children below four years old can join the guided tours for free. Kids from 4-14 will have to pay $6.50 while adults pay $12.50 if they wish to participate in the tours. They are scheduled six days a week (it is closed on Tuesdays) from 10am to 4pm


4. Seek sunshine, the ocean and new mates at Merewether Ocean Baths

Merewether-ocean-bathsMerewether is a quiet suburb of Newcastle known for its 100 metres by 90 metres communal yet well-maintained swimming pool.

The best thing about this destination is the gathering of locals and visitors stopping by for a swim – a cultural aspect that is unique in this part of Newcastle.



5. Explore wines and winemaking in Newcastle and the Hunter Region

Newcastle sits near some of the best winemaking spots in Australia. In Hunter Valley alone, there are more than 150 of them – that’s a lot for you not to even visit one or two.

Wineries are picturesque destinations on their own. But if you love tasting various types of wines, then you’re in for a double treat. Time out Australia rounded up 10 of the best vineyards in the Hunter Valley that you shouldn’t miss.

Learn about the top-notch types of wine that earned the love of Aussies and take fantastic photos during winery tours at the Hunter Region.

6. Take a tour inside and around Christ Church CathedralPhoto by www.abc.net.au

The Christ Church Cathedral is among the most popular landmarks in Newcastle – it’s simply unmissable.

What else makes it remarkable was its formidable history. It survived the Japanese attack in 1942 and a devastating earthquake in Newcastle in 1989. From this seemingly unshakable place of worship, you also get a magnificent overlooking view of Newcastle.

Before visiting, find out more about the services, news and events here by checking their website at http://www.newcastlecathedral.org.au.

7. Window shop along the bustling Darby Street

With all the holiday shopping demands you have to meet, you want a place to get all you need at one stop. Well, when in Newcastle, Darby Street has you covered.

Looking for the best party dress or an awesome gift for your loved ones? The shopping district that is Darby Street has delightful range of items you’d love to take home. Don’t forget your shopping list to guide you through this dizzying hub of all great gifts.

Whether you want to hit a hip bazaar or a nifty cafeteria, Darby Street offers a lot of great possibilities.

8. Marvel at artistic creations at Newcastle Art Gallery

Photo by themummbyproject.comTake artistic inspirations from exhibitions and collections at Newcastle Art Gallery.

More than 5000 works of art are housed in this gallery or museum. Being the second oldest city in Australia, Newcastle has accumulated a massive amount of culturally and historically relevant artworks. Come by anytime from 10am to 5pm – Tuesdays to Sundays.

Entrance to the gallery is free (unless for some special exhibitions). Note that if you’re coming as a group, book ahead of time to avail free guided tours and avoid parking hassles.



9. Savour the view of Newcastle Harbour on a ferry ride

Newcastle-HarbourA tour in Newcastle is incomplete without witnessing the trade that led to its economic boom: the coal transport.

Watch myriad of ships docking its harbour and transporting coal to many parts of the world. Newcastle has the world’s largest coal export port. If you hop on a ferry and stay long enough, you will see the bustling trade and enjoy a variety of vessels stopping by the busiest seaport in New South Wales.

If money and time are not an issue, book a cruise at Nova Cruises (http://www.novacruises.com.au) or Moonshadow Cruises (http://www.moonshadow.com.au). If you want to save up, you can board the Stockton Ferry, which is scheduled to leave every 20 minutes or so. It’s open from 5:30 in the morning until midnight from Monday to Saturday. On Sundays, it operates from 8:30am to 10pm.


10. Take 360-degree view of the city from Queen’s Wharf Tower


Strong limbs and calves are required as you would have to climb 180 steps to get to the top of the Queen’s Wharf Tower and enjoy the panoramic view of the city below.

The 40.3 metre-high tower was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1988 as part of a vision Joy Cummings – the first female Lord Mayor winning the position in 1974. Besides these political and social milestones, the wharf is worth a visit for the spectacular views it offers the visitors.

From this vantage point, you will get acquainted with the lovely coastlines and cityscapes of Newcastle.

11. Crank up your creativity and take a step back in time at the Lock-up

Once you have started digging the spots on NSW State Heritage Register, you can never miss the Lock-up. It’s among Newcastle’s historically and culturally significant buildings.

A quick look at the structure gives you an idea of the prosperity enjoyed by early settlers in Newcastle. The building was constructed from a Sydney sandstone and completed in 1861, the same time the Newcastle Police Station was built. The Lock-up is literally a prison cell converted into a cultural and art hub – a small local treasure in Newcastle.

Admission is free and the art pieces are intriguing. Check out the posters outside the building for upcoming exhibitions.

12. Stroll about the Bathers Way Coastal Walk to see the picturesque Newcastle

Put on your most comfortable walking shoes and head out for a delightful stroll at the Bathers Way Coastal Walk.

Visitors and locals alike will appreciate the beauty of Newcastle ocean and beaches. Starting from Nobbys Headland to Merewether baths, the walk would take about 5 km. A brisk walk not only keeps weight gain at bay,  it also offers great views for your eyes to feast on. That’s a double treat you don’t want to miss out on.

Along the way, you also get to meet nice people who equally enjoy this fantastic walk. Now, that’s a triple treat.

13. Escape from the mundane and head to Myall Lakes National Park

Photo by nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

Looking for bush, beach, and lake in one recreational space? Myall Lakes National Park is the weekend escape you have been longing to find.

Get away from the city and melt away your stress with an overnight stay at the park, a stroll by the spectacular beach, a good swim at the lake, or a much-needed walking tour by the bush. Myall Lakes National Park has you covered. People of all ages will find a lot of interesting things to do around here any time of the year.


14. Get around on foot, by bike or on a canoe at Hunter Wetlands Centre

Photo by Artur Drogosz (Panoramio)Variety is the best word to describe the Hunter Wetlands Centre. The huge array of outdoor activities in this part of Newcastle shall make everyone happy. If you are a bird lover, you’d be elated to find that the wetlands serve as a sanctuary to a plethora of birds.

Once you get off a car, it’s just you and the rich flora and fauna. There are areas where you can have barbecue and a proper picnic. You’d be glad to know that this revitalized 45-hectare wetland can be accessed seven days a week from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

There is so much to see and explore around this hidden jewel and the activities abound for all ages.

15. Stop by Newcastle Harbour Foreshore Park

Well-maintained parks may not be a rarity in Newcastle but the view of the sea and the Newcastle Harbour – the hub of the coal export industry – make Foreshore Park extra special.

On the way to the park, pay attention to the old buildings, brick houses, and Victorian-inspired terraces. A double take is all you need to have a glimpse of Newcastle’s glorious past and exciting future.

16. Bike around the city and spend as much time as you like at each destination.

Sunny days are a great time to explore a city on a bicycle. Newcastle is no exception.

Bike tours are fantastic because you control where you want to stop by and how long you want to stay at a landmark, historical site, or tourist attraction. You also benefit physically from the leg exercise.



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NEX is conveniently located in the heart of Newcastle. It is just 35 minutes from Newcastle airport and is serviced by a range of public transport. Located in the harbour city precinct on the corner of King Street and Union Street, Newcastle West, NEX is central to boutique accommodation, trendy cafes and bars, pristine beaches and the Port of Newcastle foreshore.
NEX is located at 309 King St, Newcastle. It is also known as Wests Newcastle.
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Christine Nixon joined the New South Wales Police in 1972 with our current District Governor Susan Wakefield (nee Thompson). As Christine rose through the ranks, she was often the first – to work in operational policing in Darlinghurst  / Kings Cross in 1976; to win an American Scholarship to study at the Kennedy School of Government Harvard University, USA;  to become an Assistant Commissioner in 1994 in charge of Human Resources. She also became a Region Commander for the Western Suburbs, Gosford and the North Shore and finally the Wollongong and the South Coast of New South Wales.

During her career Christine championed the causes of women in policing, victims of violence and sexual assault, gay and lesbian police employees and disadvantaged groups. She was a strong advocate for Community Policing and better treatment of Police Service employees.

Christine was the 19th Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police leading 14,000 staff, operating across more than 500 locations and overseeing an annual budget of $1.7 billion.  She joined Victoria Police in April 2001, after serving with the New South Wales Police from 1972 and in 1994 became the first Female Assistant Commissioner in 1994. She lead the Victorian Bushfire Recovery and Reconstruction Agency after to 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires.

Christine is a Fellow of ANZSOG, The Australian Institute of Police Management, The Australian Institute of Management and The Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Currently Christine is Deputy Chancellor of Monash University, Chair of Monash College Pty Ltd and Chair of Good Shepherd Microfinance and an Independent Councillor Royal Australian College of General Practitioners..




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Libby has been a Police Officer for nearly 30 years, 19 years of which she served with the New South Wales (NSW) Police Force and during that time she specialised in crime prevention, sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, victim support and Indigenous issues. In 1992, she established and co-ordinated the first “Victim Support Unit” for the NSW Police and worked extensively with victims of crime. (Award received – Rotary Pride of Workmanship).
In 1996 – 1997, she held a position on the NSW Police Commissioner’s State Domestic Violence team. Libby developed and implemented the “Family Violence Awareness Training for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities” which she delivered to Aboriginal communities throughout NSW and to inmates in various Correctional Centres. (Awards received – Parliament House – Stop Domestic Violence Day Award; NSW Police Commissioners Commendation).
Throughout her NSW Policing years, Libby built a strong rapport with many communities, also focusing on Indigenous Elders and Leaders and she developed the Indigenous Elder’s Group, “Elders Walkabout”. (Award received – International Humanitarian Paul Harris Award).
Libby’s continuing interest for community, culture and crime prevention led her to explore the international arena by joining the Australian Federal Police International Deployment Group in 2008. Since then, she has been deployed to the Northern Territory during the “Government Intervention” (2008), Sudan with the United Nations (2009), Timor-Leste with the United Nations (2010-11) and then the AFP Timor-Leste Police Development Program (TLPDP) in Dili (2012-14).
From 2014 to 2019, Libby was based in Sydney working in various AFP roles, she resigned from the AFP in February 2018.
Her biggest achievement was during her personal time where she developed her own crime prevention initiative, a youth and community centre in Timor-Leste. The initiative is a registered RAWCS project and Libby joined the Rotary Club of Blackheath in 2014.
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John and Donna live in Invercargill, New Zealand’s southernmost city.

A chartered accountant, for the past 20 years John was CEO of the Community Trust of Southland, a community-owned philanthropic $225m investment trust, which grants $7m a year for community projects in Southland. John stepped down from this role in mid 2017.

John joined the Invercargill South Club in 1994, and has enjoyed a number of Rotary roles since then, including leading a GSE Team to D5220 in California in 2003, leading the Australasian RYLA Team to Gallipoli, Turkey in April 2005 for the 90th anniversary of the Allied landing at ANZAC Cove, and was District Governor in 2012-13. John has been his District Trainer, District Membership Chair, District GSE Chair, and is a regular MC and speaker at Rotary Conferences, Institutes, and Presidents’ Elect Training events. For the 2015/16 Rotary year John was a member of Rotary International’s Vocational Service Committee.

From 1 July 2016 John has been the Rotary Co-ordinator for New Zealand, and 8 Australian Districts. John was also a training leader at the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego in January 2017, and again in January 2018.

Outside of work, family and Rotary John has been and is involved in the governance of various organisations, including Chair of Camp Quality New Zealand, Chair of Philanthropy New Zealand, Trustee of the Ngai Tahu Fund, Chair of the Catholic Diocese of Dunedin Board of Management, Chair of the Verdon College Board of Trustees, and is a Justice of the Peace.



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Heath Ducker overcame a Dickensian childhood, to achieve professional and personal success.

Heath is an author, lawyer and CEO of the Youth Insearch Foundation. He’s a professional public speaker, having addressed audiences all over Australia and overseas. His most recent speech was to the Australian Family Law Conference, on Children and the Family Law System.

Heath was Advisor to the NSW Attorney General from 2009 to 2011. He was a Lawyer with international law firm, Dentons, from 2006 to 2009, and at the United Nations Special Consultative Body, the South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre in India, in 2005.

Heath led treks across the Kokoda Trail for Adventure Kokoda from 2003-2005. He was Executive Officer upon Australia’s Tall Sailing Ship the Young Endeavour in 2004, the Co-Founder and Coordinator of the Young Insearch Project from 1997 to 2000 and Leader of the team that established Youth Insearch in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Heath’s story was featured on the ABC’s Australian Story in 2006 (introduced by Prime Minister John Howard) and his Autobiography, “A Room at the Top” (forward written by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd) was published by Random House in 2009.

Heath’s other achievements include appearances on the:

  • ABC’s Q&A as a panel member
  • Channel 7’s Sunrise & The Morning Show with Kerrie-Ann
  • ABC Radio National, Life Matters & Mornings with Geraldine Doogue
  • Books “100 to1 an Australian Journey” and “Mosaic”
  • Several other radio, TV, newspaper appearances
  • As a Youth Advocate, Heath held audiences with the Prime Minister Howard, and the Premier of NSW Bob Carr.
  • Heath is a recipient of the Australian Davos Australian Leadership Award, presented to him by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
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Emmanuel Musoni is the chair of Great Lakes Agency for Peace and Development International (GLAPDI), a community organisation founded in 2012 in Sydney. Emmanuel has been engaged in community development for many years both in Australia and overseas.

Emmanuel was raised in a refugee camp until he was 16 years. This has led him to be strongly committed and passionate about advocating for better settlement and integration of refugees and migrants who are yarning to call rural and regional Australia home. To date, Emmanuel has settled around 100 people in regional areas since 2016. At the same time, he is championing conversations with communities in regional areas on the strategies of welcoming and retaining migrants in the community and guiding research efforts in this field.

With the support of Scanlon Foundation and Regional Australia Institute, Emmanual has completed the development of “a community based national toolkit” which will guide the next generation of Regional migration.




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The Enormous Horns will join us for Saturday night’s dinner dance and will feature the music you grew up with.  Come dressed as your favourite musician, band or song.  There will be prizes for the best dressed individuals and clubs.  Let your hair down, drag out your dancing shoes and show Newcastle that  “ROTARY ROCKS’.


The Enormous Horns are a fun party band with an emphasis on entertainment, quality musicianship and classy arrangements. The Enormous Horns are an 8 piece all singing, all dancing, party band from Sydney. The Enormous Horns can play anything from Rock, Pop and Soul to Big Band Swing and Rock ‘n Roll, from quiet dinner music before the party gets going, to fully costumed routines from the Village People, Blues Brothers, Rocky Horror and the Disco era.





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Here is our new Rotary Foundation newsletter.  I hope you find it interesting and informative.  I wish you the best for the festive season and hope you have a good break and an enjoyable time with family and friends.  As always, I thank Jim Wells for his publication of the newsletter.


Kind regards


David Rands



ROTARY FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER - DECEMBER 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-12-19 13:00:00Z 0
We all know that large Global Grants from the Foundation make it possible to undertake high impact international projects – but did you know they can be used for local projects too?
A good example is the Hills Kellyville Club in north-west Sydney.  They were able to invest US$10,400 of their own funds and deliver US$116,557 in advanced imaging facilities that their local children’s hospital needed to treat kids with serious sight impairment.
And there’s the Waikerie Club in South Australia.  With a club investment of US$15,152, they’ve had grants approved that will enable them to provide a desperately needed US$152,945 dialysis unit in a remote indigenous community in the north-west of the state.
If your club has a vision to create a major project that will have a significant impact on people’s lives, consider Rotary Foundation grants – for international and local projects.
Foundation funding would not be possible without the wonderful generosity of Rotarians and clubs!
GREATER IMPACT FOR YOUR PROJECTS Jade Catherall 2018-12-19 13:00:00Z 0
  Rotarians and Friends are invited to a Memorial Service to mark the life and times of Paul Henningham.
  Saturday 12 January 2019
  Hornseywood Room
  Penrith RSL
  A series of tributes by various speakers is planned, so please mark it In your diaries.





MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR PDG PAUL HENNINGHAM OAM Jade Catherall 2018-12-19 13:00:00Z 0
Rotary Matters is a weekly one hour community radio program on Triple H 100.1 FM. The purpose is to reach and engage interest from non Rotarians into the many causes, projects and people who make up Rotary. Subjects covered in recent months include Shelterbox, ROMAC, RAM, RYPEN, RYDA, Interplast, Pride of Workmanship Awards, National Youth Science Forum, Model United Nations Assembly, End Polio Now, Dementia Awareness, overseas aid and community building projects in Philippines,  Nepal and India. Each program includes a What’s On of district activities hosted by Rotary which are accessible to the wider non Rotary public.
Clubs are invited to propose ideas for exposure on Rotary Matters. Suggestions include interviews with:
  • Someone recently returned from an overseas aid project.
  • A Pride of Workmanship Award winner
  • A beneficiary of a Rotary fundraising project (eg Lifeline which is a beneficiary of the Bobbin Head Cycle Classic)
  • A returned youth exchange student
  • Host of a regular Rotary fundraising activity
  • A prominent club member with an interesting life story
Clubs are also invited to include Rotary Matters on the distribution list for their regular newsletters, to provide content for the weekly What’s On segment. Triple H 100.1 FM covers Hornsby and Kuring gai but can also  be picked up  outside this area. Rotary Matters is keen to profile activities throughout the 9685 District.
Contact Ian Stuart, Presenter, Rotary Matters, 0416 138 860, ian.stuart@optusnet.com.au
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We’re all mourning the loss of a wonderful man – a great friend and one of very few people who achieve the status of ‘a real life legend’ in their own life time …
  • He sustained a mild heart attack last Saturday week – few days in hospital – home last Thursday.  I enjoyed three hour long discussions and he was VERY relaxed … full on as we covered Rotary in general, our mutual challenge with the Century of Rotary in Oceania, political correctness and – reluctantly – his condition. He was still sharp as a tack – only his mortal body was failing …
  • Paul knew his time was up – he chuckled as he told me his ‘parts’ had worn out and doctors said there was nothing more they could. He said he had a great life – blessed with a wonderful family and plenty of opportunities to make a difference …
  • He never stopped giving - from service as a 22 years old mortar lieutenant on the Kokoda Track in PNG to ‘looking after’ 80 years old legacy widows as a 90 years old legatee !
  • Never talked much about his war service but admitted every year he has enjoyed since was a blessing with clear memories of Japanese bullets whizzing past his head several times. He shared with me he had once lost the skin off the souls of his feet as a result of months of jungle warfare in sodden conditions!!!
  • My wife Ann and I talked long and hard before I decided to apply for the position of managing editor at RDU back in 1983 – but sometimes in life, one gets lucky!  I got to share 35 years with the most amazing man I have ever met …
  • I knew he was special from my first day at the old building in Harris Park.  Every staff member loved him! It was very easy for me to continue to drive the organisation from that lofty position …
  • From the outset, his caring nature shone through … he stayed with me for six months to ensure I was settled in the job – and then jetted off with Peggy for another Rotary Convention!
  • Paul was a brilliant journalist.  In fact, more than a journalist, he was an old style English essayist! His grasp of the English language was perfect. He was a genuine leader of men, but usually from behind sowing the seed and allowing others to think they had a brilliant idea!!!
I could talk about my experiences with Paul for hours but I should let the facts of his amazing life speaker for themselves …
  • Born January 26, 1921 - Country boy with a rural background – educated at Leeton High School. Loved cricket – claimed he could not play very well …
  • 1937/39 – junior clerk Woolworths in Sydney – copy writer/announcer – freelance journalist.  Accepted by St John’s Theological College, Morpeth, NSW but entry in 1940 was deferred at outbreak of war.
  • War service – enlisted June 4, 1940. Officers School – Commissioned Lieutenant, December 1941 – active service in PNG – transferred to Officers Reserve January 1946.
  • University of Sydney 1946/48
  • 1948/54 – social worker with returned service personnel, leader within several service support organisations, including editor of the Australian Legion newspaper.
  • 1954/65 – launched and published his own newspapers – The Guardian and Newtown Daily.
  • Joined Rotary Club of Marrickville in 1955; later transferred to Rotary Club of Newtown due to proximity to his office.
  • 1965/84 – Founding editor of Rotary Down Under – three year trial!  Led the Rotary magazine world to achieve recognition by RI for all magazines to be an official alternative to The Rotarian.  Finally achieved in 1976 after a three year trial and several surveys … now 31 magazines in 24 languages!
  • RDU went from strength to strength and a Merchandise organisation (RDU Supplies) followed  …
  • Many other successful campaigns – part of team to established Probus in Australia and Probus Centre South Pacific; Sydney Legacy and Editor of Torchlight Magazine for Legacy movement in NSW.
Some of his favourite causes and projects –
  • RSL sub branch
  • Australian Association of Social Workers/Family Welfare
  • Marriage Guidance Council of NSW
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards – District and Regional
  • NSW Association for Mental Health – Hon Secretary
  • District Governor, Rotary International; various committees
  • Duke of Edinburgh Awards State Committee
  • Ranfurly Library Service
  • University of Western Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee
  • Jane Austen Society of Australia
Accomplished historical author –
  • Gift of God, Friend of Man – history of timber industry 1986
  • Seventy Five Years of Service – Rotary in Australia 1921/71
  • In Search of Health (2001) for Australian Rotary Health
  • With Health in Mind (2011) updated for ARH
  • History of Probus (2014) for Probus Centre South Pacific
  • Editor of the narrative poem I, Jane Austen by Mary Corringham (2001)
  • Centenary of Rotary in Oceania – current …
Awards –
  • Order of Australia Medal (0AM) January 2001
  • Australia Day Council Citizen Award 2001
  • The Australia Rotary Health Research Medal for 2006
  • Rotary Down Under Distinguished Service Award
  • Diploma of Social Studies, 1948
  • Master of Arts (Coursework), 1992
  • Doctor of Philosophy, 1996
  • Master of Arts (Hons) (Research), 2016
I don’t know how anyone individual could fit so much into one lifetime? 
But I do know how much he loved this Rotary Club and all of the members within.  He had the time of his life at our recent 50th anniversary celebration – loved the walk down memory lane, catching up with so many old friends, Greg North’s poem, and so many entertaining program highlights …
He truly was a real life legend – and his spirit will live on within our hearts and minds for many years to come …
Thank you – Bob Aitken AM, Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains.
PAUL HENNINGHAM OAM - A REAL LIFE LEGEND Jade Catherall 2018-12-04 13:00:00Z 0

Expressions of Interest are being called for to create an Emergency Response Team for District 9685.

If you have expertise or in the area of Emergency Management (Recovery) we invite you to contact

D.G. Susan Wakefield by 30.12.18.

It is envisaged that this team would direct response to natural or man-made disasters within our district boundaries




EXPRESSION OF INTEREST REQUIRED Jade Catherall 2018-12-04 13:00:00Z 0
THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN - MOVIE NIGHT Jade Catherall 2018-12-04 13:00:00Z 0
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for December 2018.   Please feel free to share and send us your great membership stories.
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - DECEMBER 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-12-04 13:00:00Z 0
Ku-ring-gai Rotary Club has transformed a little used storage shed and some heavily overgrown waste ground into a bright new learning centre and vegetable garden, complete with chicken house for Clarke Road School in Hornsby.
The work included building garden beds, bringing water to different parts of the garden, including a cistern to ensure continuous water for the chickens.  The group also assembled the chicken coop, cleaned out the shed, installed new doors, added a deck and stairs and installed potting benches, all in an area which can only be reached on foot up long ramps.
The new facility including the refurbished shed will enable children with intellectual disabilities to learn skills which until now have not been able to be taught at the school.  It will help the dedicated staff provide more opportunities for senior students.
Joy Newling, President of Ku-ring-gai Rotary Club, said that members were inspired by the teachers and parents of “this amazing school”, and were proud to provide not just a facility but opportunities for students.
This wonderful project could not have happened without a District Grant from The Rotary Foundation for which the club is extremely grateful.
The Council on Resolutions for 2018 has been finalised and the attached document provides the outcome of those resolutions which have been adopted and will go to the RI board
The resolution 18R- 08 which was filed by Central Blue Mountains, on behalf of the D9685 was successful.  If passed by the RI board, then clubs will be able to record all volunteer hours including administration and fund raising.
COUNCIL ON RESOLUTION RESULTS Jade Catherall 2018-12-04 13:00:00Z 0
Greetings everyone,  I wish to bring you up to date with some developments with my DG Partners Project, which is Grace’s Place.   For those of you whom District Governor Susan and I have yet to visit, Grace’s Place is a purpose-built project to assist the children who have been the silent victims of a domestic homicide.   This is a project of Martha Jabour, the CEO of the Homicide Victim’s Support Group in New South Wales, who is one of our keynote speakers at the District Conference next March.
It had been planned for a ‘SOD Turning” to get the project underway at the land in Doonside that had been donated to the group by the NSW State Government and the Blacktown City Council.   Unfortunately, when the initial inspection was made of the land, it was found that it contained a large amount of Asbestos which had been dumped there over years gone past.   Blacktown City Council has now undertaken a clean-up operation in readiness for an inspection and a building application to be approved.   It is now thought that the turning of the ‘SOD’ will be either just before or just after the District Conference next march.
For those of you who like to have a shot at the ‘SOD’, or DG Susan’s Official Driver, the turning of the SOD is purely a building term and not associated with me, but I intend to attend that event.
I wish to thank the following clubs and Rotarians who have donated funds to Grace’s Place so that we can fit out one or more of the therapy rooms in the complex in the name of Rotary District 9685.  Those clubs are Brookvale, Glenhaven, Castle Hill, Kenthurst, Richmond and the Rotary E Club of Sydney.  I would also like to thank Karo Haltmeier for her personal donation.
If you wish, you may meet with Martha Jabour at our District Conference in Newcastle where she will be selling ‘building blocks’ at a stall or you can EFT funds to the District 9685 Admin Account and use the Reference 9875 which will alert the District Treasurer that the funds transferred are for Grace’s Place.   If you could also send me an email so that I can have an audit trail for funds raised.  If you would prefer to use a cheque, please make the cheque out to the District 9685 Admin Account.  If you make it out to Grace’s Place, please endorse the back of the cheque to pay the Rotary District Admin Account.
Once again, thank you for your interest and support of Grace’s Place which is named after Grace Lynch, the mother of murder victim Anita Cobby.  Grace was one of the four people who started the Homicide Victims Support Group after the death of her daughter.
John Wakefield OAM
PDG 2002-3 D9690
2019 District Conference Chairman.
GRACE'S PLACE UPDATE Jade Catherall 2018-12-03 13:00:00Z 0
PROMOTING ROTARY PUBLIC IMAGE Jade Catherall 2018-12-03 13:00:00Z 0
JOB VACANY Jade Catherall 2018-11-13 13:00:00Z 0
Governor Wendy Protheroe and her amazing team in District 9600 have just received the best possible boost from the END POLIO NOW team at Rotary Headquarters in Evanston, USA … a grant of $185,896.95 to fund hi viz safety vests for our brave volunteers in PNG!
The story goes back to early September and meetings with representatives of WHO and UNICEF who explained the urgent need for the vests to enhance the safety and security of the volunteers providing medical support for victims of vaccine derived polio in the remote outposts of mountainous PNG.
Cost of the vests was estimated to be in the vicinity of $200,000 – completely out of reach for District 9600 and resources available to WHO and UNICEF at that time.
After discussions with Governor Wendy and her team, I sent a request to END POLIO NOW campaign manager Carol Pandak in Evanston seeking special support for the vital requirement.
Carol and her team were on the job immediately and sought support from Wendy and her District leaders in setting up a leadership team, special bank account and other resources.
It was very opportune that the Governor was about to leave for her visit to PNG and she really hit the ground running.
Yesterday, Governor Wendy received official word that The Rotary Foundation Chair Ron Burton had signed off on the grant and $185,896.95 was on the way to the District 9600 Management team – District TRF Chair Darryl Iseppi, Assistant Governor Wendy Scholz and Governor Wendy Protheroe.  Governor Wendy has agreed to accept stewardship responsibilities.
The team has commenced the next step – getting the vests printed with the current Rotary mark and necessary words, followed by distribution to all teams in various regions of PNG.  The vests will ensure the safety of volunteers and it follows contribute to the health of PNG children.
Governor Wendy and her support team was able to visit children in hospital in PNG and became caught up in the emotion of the experience.
Please allow me to share her heartfelt thoughts with you all …
  • Thanks to all the Rotarians who donate funds to Polio Plus – and for making sure the vaccines are reaching the children of the world.
  • Thanks to Polio Plus for recognising that sometimes we need to look a little more broadly than just vaccines and that we truly do have the ability to respond to special needs in various parts of the world.
  • Thanks to Rotarians  on the ground in PNG who are encouraging everyone to travel and connect their children with the vaccinating teams.
  • Thanks to all Rotarians in District 9600 – and I have absolutely no doubt that each of your will donate just a little more this afternoon as you remember why we live ‘service above self’.
Friends … I urge you all to share this story with EVERYONE in your respective Districts.  It provides absolute proof that the fund raising support we have maintained for Polio Plus since 1987 is vital and can benefit people in all parts of the world – even our own back yard!!!
When you are asked ‘why are we still supporting Polio Plus?’ share this story – and how quickly our dedicated leaders at The Rotary Foundation were able to respond.
I encourage you all to use the story to maximise giving in your respective Districts as we move towards the completion of the first half of our Rotary year  -
  • US$1,500 per Rotary club
  • Plan now for 20% of unused DDF to go to END POLIO NOW at year’s end
  • Maintain the search for major donors – US$10,000 each.  They are out there waiting to be asked …
Warm best wishes and thanks,
Bob Aitken AM JP
RI END POLIO NOW Coordinator, Zones 7B/8, 2018/19
GREAT TRF SUPPORT FOR PNG CAMPAIGN Jade Catherall 2018-11-13 13:00:00Z 0

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ROTARY ON THE MOVE - NOVEMBER 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-11-13 13:00:00Z 0



Bookings for our wonderful celebration of our Rotary Foundation on Monday 26th November are coming in steadily now.  It would be great to have a record attendance of D9685 and D9675 Rotarians, partners, and friends at our dinner with Past Rotary International President Ian Riseley as our Guest Speaker.  PRIP Ian will also make a very special presentation to a Sydney based recipient of a Peace award which is only awarded in the year to one person world wide.


Bookings are closing on Sunday 18 November. Our numbers needs to be finalised for the catering, so I urge you to get those table bookings in for your club as soon as possible.  And for those of you coming individually we look forward to you registering as soon as possible now.


Please register at foundationdinner.rotarydistrict9685.org.au


For Table Bookings please head here


We welcome you to a great night of fellowship and learning more about our Foundation.




ROTARY FOUNDATION DINNER - 26 NOVEMBER 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-10-30 13:00:00Z 0
BLACKHEATH ROTARY CELEBRATING 75 YEARS Jade Catherall 2018-10-30 13:00:00Z 0
Terrigal Drive, Terrigal on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November 2018.

We raise funds for our charity donations and will be able to support youth projects, both locally and in Africa.
We are now collecting books and looking for volunteers
 Contact JOHN on 0411 176 364
if you have really good books for us to collect, or want to help out.
Thank you
• Fiction Paperback books
• Fiction Hardback books
• Sci Fi
• DYI, Gardening, Craft, Hobby, Painting Books
• Cook Books
• Military and History Books
• Children’s books
• CDs
• DVDs
• Puzzles and games
• Comics, graphic novels & Manga
• ‘Talking book’ audio on CD NO THANK YOU
• Reader’s Digest condensed books
• Law books, older than 3 Years
• Encyclopaedias, no matter how new
• Atlases older than 3 years
• Magazines
• Text books, unless recent & in mint condition
• Any item not meeting our quality standards (any books that are yellowed, mouldy, torn, dirty, written in, or defaced can unfortunately not be sold)
GREAT BOOK SALE Jade Catherall 2018-10-30 13:00:00Z 0

The International Fellowship of Cricketing Rotarians (IFCR) is one of the most popular of all Rotary Fellowships with a membership now touching 1350.
Melbourne has the honour of hosting this festival from January 20 next year. We will follow in the footsteps of previous festivals in Christchurch (2017), Nottingham (2014), Vapi in India (2012), Durban (2010), Colombo (2007) and Hunter Valley (2004).
Registrations include 185 players from 9 countries and 85 non-players. Cricket games will be played at Caulfield Park and East Caulfield Reserve from Monday January 21 through to Friday January 25.
On Wednesday 23 there will be a game at the spiritual home of Australian IFCR at Strath Creek which is 70k from Melbourne.
A novel feature of this festival is that players will play in mixed teams. The spirit of cricket and the fellowship of Rotary will be assured across all competing countries.
The Opening Dinner at the MCG on Sunday night January 20 will have one of Australia’s leading sports commentators as guest speaker. The Friday night Closing Dinner will feature leading cabaret performer, Marney McQueen.
All in all, it will be a great week of cricket, fun, entertainment and fellowship. Festival details: http://rotarycricket.org
Festival email: rgroom@iinet.net.au
Australian IFCR enquiries to Doug King, email: kingdoug12@gmail.com



I have reviewed the proposed resolutions put forward by districts around the world. Our district, through Central Blue Mountains Rotary proposed the resolution regarding capturing volunteer time on administration and fundraising.
The results of the vote will be known in late November. 
David Cook and I participated in the Council on Legislation sessions at Institute. It was good practice and worth listening to the proposals put forward by other districts and the RI Board. Our district put forward two proposed enactments.
Basically the Council on Resolutions manages recommendations to the Board to change policies set out in the Code of Policies. 
The Council on Legislation acts as the parliamentary body and votes on bylaw and constitutional changes. 
One Rotarian from every district forms part of the Council. Currently we vote on resolutions every year and on enactments once every three years. 
On behalf of D9685 I have currently voted on the 2018 Council on Resolutions
If Rotarians are interested in finding out more the following materials are available to help you navigate the COR:
  • Council on Resolutions FAQs
  • Council on Resolutions Rules of Procedure
  • How to Read Resolutions
  • How to Participate in the Council on Resolutions
SHELTERBOX CLUB CHAMPION LAUNCH Jade Catherall 2018-10-30 13:00:00Z 0
LIGHT UP EAST RYDE Jade Catherall 2018-10-30 13:00:00Z 0
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Jade Catherall 2018-10-16 13:00:00Z 0

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.







THE TRAIN TO END POLIO HAS BEEN RIDEN! Jade Catherall 2018-10-16 13:00:00Z 0
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
HOW WILL YOU HELP IN THE FIGHT AGAINST POLIO? Jade Catherall 2018-10-16 13:00:00Z 0
YOUTH EXCHANGE 60TH ANNIVERSARY Jade Catherall 2018-10-16 13:00:00Z 0

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.


POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARDS FINALISTS Jade Catherall 2018-10-16 13:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Barry Edmundson, District Drought Appeal Co-ordinator gave a comprehensive report to the recent Presidents meeting regarding the district’s response to the drought appeal.

At the recent Australia and NZ Conference the District Governors from the drought affected regions were extremely grateful for the support of the rest of Australia. The support both monetary and physical is much appreciated by all those people living through this terrible time.

Many clubs around the district are still raising funds in a wide variety of ways ranging from Theatre nights to the old-fashioned bucket drops. The Channel Nine appeal has been closed off to donations after reaching just over $10 Million. The disbursement of those funds has begun. A full list of those disbursements can be found on the Channel Nine website about $4 million has been sent to the various organisations involved in drought relief including many rotary districts and projects.

While the Channel Nine RAWCS account has closed there are still RAWCS accounts open and receiving money for the drought relief. Please check the RAWCS website if you wish to donate money into one of those accounts.

Many many clubs are liaising directly with clubs and districts in the rural areas and I encourage you to continue to do that but please let Barry Edmundson know what your plans are.

At the recent President’s meeting a short YouTube clip was shown called “Adopt A Town”. This is an initiative from the Rotary Club of Caringbah, your club might like to take a look.

Thank You to all those Rotarians and clubs that are supporting the drought relief, your hard work is truly appreciated.


DROUGHT RELIEF UPDATE Jade Catherall 2018-10-03 14:00:00Z 0
Let’s Paint NSW Clean!
Locals across NSW are being encouraged to Love Where We Live by getting involved in Graffiti Removal Day on Sunday 21 October 2018.
Graffiti Removal Day is an annual state-wide volunteer day supported by the NSW Government.
The day draws attention to the fight against graffiti vandalism, and encourages the removal and prevention of graffiti in our local communities.
Graffiti vandalism costs our community millions each year. This is money that could be invested into improving our roads, schools and hospitals.
According to The Department of Justice, in NSW residential dwellings are the largest target for graffiti vandals, closely followed by public transport and commercial properties.
“Graffiti Removal Day is a day where locals come together to join in the fight against graffiti, restore community pride, and to show we can all Love Where We Live,” said Graffiti Removal Day Chairman, Bob Aitken.
“Rotary clubs throughout NSW are committed to combating graffiti alongside the NSW Government, Graffiti Removal Australian and sponsors such as Dulux, and Selleys.”
Last year across NSW, more than 1,800 volunteers removed 30,050m2 of graffiti from nearly 500 sites, and gained the support of close to 70 local councils, saving our community $2.1 million in clean-up costs.
“This year, become a local hero in the fight against graffiti by volunteering on the day or nominating a clean-up site at www.graffitiremovalday.org.au,” Aitken stated.
“Those who cannot make it on the day can still show their support by promoting the day on social media using the hashtags #GRD18 and #LoveWhereWeLive,” concluded Aitken.
GRAFFITI REMOVAL DAY Jade Catherall 2018-10-02 14:00:00Z 0
With 1 in 5 people experiencing a mental illness every year, it's very possible that you know someone who has had a tough time with their mental health.

It's now Mental Health Month and World Mental Health Day is 1 WEEK AWAY. That's when Australian Rotary Health will be celebrating Hat Day to #LiftTheLid on Mental Illness.

It's not too late to get involved! Register here.

100% of funds raised will go towards vital mental health research at universities across Australia.
1 WEEK UNTIL HAT DAY Jade Catherall 2018-10-02 14:00:00Z 0


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/





COLLECTING TO SUPPORT TALDUMANDE Jade Catherall 2018-10-02 14:00:00Z 0


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




IS YOUR CLUB USING CORRECT ROTARY BRANDING? Jade Catherall 2018-10-02 14:00:00Z 0


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.




ROTARY ON THE MOVE - OCTOBER 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-10-02 14:00:00Z 0
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.   
WORLD POLIO DAY - 24 OCTOBER Jade Catherall 2018-10-02 14:00:00Z 0
ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION - PROFESSOR O'CONNELL Jade Catherall 2018-10-02 14:00:00Z 0
Tickets are now on sale for the next of Lower Blue Mountains Rotary’ popular charity movie nights – Ladies in Black - at the Glenbrook Cinema.
Just $20 for tasty finger food, beverages and a movie ticket represents great value
Set in one of Sydney’s major Department stores in the 1950s, Ladies in Black has been acclaimed as the latest movie hit for Australia’s premier movie Director Bruce Beresford.
Driving Miss Daisy and Breaker Morant are among the Director’s biggest hits.
All recent Rotary charity movie nights at Glenbrook Cinema have been ‘sold out’ and Ladies in Black will be no exception.
A ‘black business attire’ theme has been adopted for the night – Sunday, October 14 – and another light hearted evening of great entertainment is certain. Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed ‘Ladies in Black’ and their male escorts.
Bookings are with Rotarian Pamela Noal on 0447 778 870.
Doors to the Glenbrook Cinema Hall will open at 6 pm for finger food and refreshments, best dressed prizes will be presented at 7 pm and seating will commence at 7.15 pm.
Proceeds from the charity night will benefit Rotary’s youth programs in the Lower Mountains – Books for Schools, Primary School citizenship awards, mentoring youth, Rotary Youth Leadership awards, and maternal and child care in developing nations.
LADIES IN BLACK Jade Catherall 2018-10-02 14:00:00Z 0

We are trying to negotiate a few opportunities for friendship exchanges between our district and other districts in the world. 


Our first exchange will take place in District 3141In Mumbai India. The district has 5,000 Rotarians. We are looking up to12 participants, including partners who would like to visit for 7-10 days in late February. This is a time of many polio immunisation initiatives as well as their district conference on 23-24 February which is generally attended by 1,000 Rotarians. If the group would prefer, we can arrange any time between December and March. The district hosts can also arrange a visit to popular Indian destinations like Goa, New Delhi, Agra- Taj Mahal and Rajasthan, or elsewhere. 


Rotarians - can you please contact me ASAP if you are interested in participating in this great opportunity.


Phone: 0414367631 or jennifer@scottadr.com


PDG Jennifer Scott




FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGE Jade Catherall 2018-10-02 14:00:00Z 0
GIANT CHARITY GARAGE SALE Jade Catherall 2018-09-18 14:00:00Z 0
WOMEN IN ROTARY FORUM Jade Catherall 2018-09-18 14:00:00Z 0
ROTARY TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND Jade Catherall 2018-09-18 14:00:00Z 0
NSW POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARDS Jade Catherall 2018-09-18 14:00:00Z 0
District Governor Susan Wakefield OAM was delighted to receive a real financial bonus for District 9685 and The Rotary Foundation’s END POLIO NOW campaign during her recent official visit to the Rotary Club of Belrose.
President Shane Broekman presented a cheque for $100,000 from the deceased estate of resident Kathleen Sheather.
Fortunately for Rotary and three other charities, Rotarian solicitor Kos Psaltis was requested to advise on suitable charities for donations from the estate and $100k has been donated to The Rotary Foundation – specifically for the Polio campaign, along with The Fred Hollows Foundation, Cancer Council and Westmead Children’s Hospital.
District TRF Chair PDG David Rands was aware of the pending gift and was delighted to learn of the recent presentation.
He emphasised that the best news was that the $100,000 will become $300,000 when Rotary applies the multiplier effect of the Gates Foundation and other bonuses.
All Rotary Clubs and senior leaders are reminded of the momentum building for the TRAIN RIDE TO END POLIO on Friday, September 28 …
Mark and David Anderson of the Rotary Club of Beecroft will ride the Sydney train network to visit ALL 187 railway stations and Rotarians and Rotary Clubs have the opportunity to be part of the largest and most successful public Polio promotion in Australian Rotary history.
Many clubs are already planning special activities to draw public attention to the event which involved the two Sydney Districts and should attract a colourful ‘army’ of red END POLIO NOW t-shirt ‘soldiers’.
The Andersons have called for club representatives to join them on the ride – and bring donations to grow District Polio funds –
  • Suggested personal gifts of $187 – one dollar for each station.
  • Club gifts of $10 per station - $1,870,
  • Canvas corporate supporters for $100 per station - $18,700.
Remember, personal and corporate donations are tax deductible through the Australian Rotary Foundation Trust and will be boosted by the Gates ‘multiplier’.
This event is a wonderful opportunity for club interaction. The Blue Mountains Clubs are urged to join Governor Susan Wakefield OAM on the morning train leaving Blackheath and taking in all stations to Emu Plains on Friday, September 28.  Susan and her Lower Blue Mountains entourage will be on the 11.14 am train from Emu Plains so Rotarians along the Mountains line should check their time tables to coordinate their travel
Members from all over the Sydney area (Districts 9685 and 9675) are urged to wear their red END POLIO NOW T-shirts and join trains at station of choice.
Governor Susan and her entourage will join the train at Emu Plains Railway Station – where the Lower Blue Mountains Club is planning another END POLIO NOW barbecue to sell sausage sandwiches to commuters from 7 am.
The club will have promotional material and banners on display, and distribute membership flyers to train travellers.
All District Rotary Clubs are urged to make a ‘fun’ day of this excellent promotional initiative.  Contact Mark Anderson on 0408 622 698 or email mark.anderson@rotary.org if you require further information on times and donations.
The big Rotary International news last week was announcement of a further US$96.8 million in grants to support the END POLIO NOW campaign.
The announcement came as Nigeria marks two years without further reported cases of wild poliovirus – following four reported in 2016.
The new grants support ongoing efforts in Nigeria ($16.1m), Afghanistan ($22.9m) and Pakistan ($21.7m) and underline the vital importance of continuing intensive fund raising efforts around the world to ensure surveillance and vaccination continues in vulnerable countries.
Rotary is committed to raising US$50m per year to maintain the Gates Foundation support.
Remember, our fund raising goals this Rotary year remain similar to last year –
  • US$1,500 per Club – to raise a world goal of US$50m.
  • 20% or more from District Designated Funds (DDF) – goal of US$10m.
  • Ongoing quest to attract major donors in all Districts – goal of US$4m.
Sincere thanks to everyone for ongoing support,
PDG Bob Aitken AM JP
RI END POLIO NOW Coordinator, Zone 8, 2018/19
$100K FOR D9685 AND THE END POLIO NOW CAMPAIGN Jade Catherall 2018-09-04 14:00:00Z 0
Please study the following excellent summary from RI’s Rob Byrne if you are keen to take advantage of a simple ‘fund raiser’ for your Rotary Foundation commitment this year …
Several clubs throughout our District stage regular charity movie nights and all are very successful.
Apart from the obvious fund raising benefit, such nights involve members of the public and provide the perfect public relations exercise for contact with potential new members.
So, please take time to study Rob Byrne’s excellent guidelines, then make arrangements for a meeting with your local movie cinema manager.
We recommend clubs in one suburb/city combine forces for the evening and make this a combined event.
Be sure to take Rob’s notes with you to the cinema meeting and share with the manager.  Such action makes it very clear that Rotary has the full support of Fox Studios with this annual promotion.
I also suggest you print your own copies of the poster to share with Rotary club members – or circulate on line via your club bulletin once the event is arranged.
You will need to negotiate your special price with the cinema manager but please remember this is voluntary community service on his/her part and they are under no obligation.  We need to build relationships with cinema people in the best possible way.
Some clubs serve finger food and beverages to add to the social occasion but such arrangements need to be made with the cinema manager.
Lower Blue Mountains Rotary has a great success story with charity movie nights and if anyone was further discussion, don’t hesitate to contact me directly.
With thanks and best wishes,
PDG Bob Aitken AM JP
District 9685 Public Relations Co-Chair
From Rob Byrne:
As you would know, this year’s Polio Movie Event is looking like the biggest and best ever.  Bohemian Rhapsody, the story of Queen and Freddie Mercury, is something that we can all relate to, no matter what our age.  Check out the trailer at www.bit.ly/BohRhapTrailer -- it will rock you!
To help your clubs to promote the event, I’ve created an A4 promotional flyer.  I did it in PowerPoint so that clubs would easily be able to personalise it.  Once they’ve done this, they can:
  • get flyers printed:
    • by printing it themselves (for small volumes)* or
    • saving it as a PDF and sending it to a printer
      (a good printer can shrink it to A5 if that’s preferred)
  • save the file as a .jpg image and use it in their:
    • club bulletin
    • Facebook page
    • website
    • email campaigns
    • etc.
But first, they will need to:
  • decide whether to partner with other local Rotary clubs
  • discuss the event with their local cinema, explaining that:
    • it is a fundraiser for Rotary’s #1 cause, EPN, and the cinema’s assistance would be greatly appreciated  (please note that clubs need to avoid aggressive negotiations – this has occurred in some areas in the past and has damaged our relationship with Fox)
    • the offer from Fox is available for the seven days commencing Thursday 1st November (which is also the date of the worldwide release)
    • the cinema needs to contact James Warhurst, Sales Coordinator at Fox Studios (james.warhurst@fox.com) to discuss terms (this is not done by Rotary)
    • the cinema is likely to regard the Rotary event as great word-of-mouth promotion for the movie.
  • the club may want to consider making it more than just a movie event, by including other activities, such as dinner or canapés, raffles, prizes for best-dressed (Freddie-style?!), etc.
Please let clubs know that, to maintain consistency, the event is only to be used to fundraise for End Polio Now.
I’ve also attached a PowerPoint that you may wish to use to create an ad for your district bulletin, Facebook, etc.  Feel free to edit.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
* Unfortunately, PowerPoint leaves a large margin around the printed area of a slide.  If the club would like to reduce the size of this white border, they just need to increase the flyer’s printed size.  In PowerPoint, select Print > Printer Options > Effects tab > Percentage of Actual Size and use about 110% (varies by printer).
Senior Coordinator – Foundation Services
Rotary South Pacific & Philippines Office
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL | South Pacific and Philippines Office| Level 2, 60 Phillip St. | Parramatta, N.S.W., Australia 2150
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    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
DROUGHT APPEAL DONATION DETAILS Jade Catherall 2018-09-04 14:00:00Z 0

The Rotarians and Clubs in our district have responded magnificently to the drought relief appeal. It does not matter where you send your money. There are many and varied organisations that are working hard to provide relief to the rural communities.

I would like to highlight that it is all of the rural community that needs our support. The farmers and their families are of course a high priority but the business’s in the rural communities also need the support. I would like to encourage everyone to send the support in forms that support everyone.

The notion of taking trailer loads of “goods” to the bush is wonderful but it is not going to help the supermarket/general store in the small towns or the chemist or the local feed and grain merchant. These business’s also need people shopping with them if they are to survive.

Many clubs are now organising visits to small country towns within an easy drive from their areas, spending the night in the pub or caravan park, buying meals and afternoon teas in the clubs, pubs and cafes. Buying groceries and essential items in the local stores and putting them in the collection bins in the towns.

This way everyone is being supported.

Please continue to update Barry Edmundson with your efforts so I can keep my Governor colleagues advised to how we in District 9685 are assisting.

Thank you for what you are doing every little bit helps.




DROUGHT RELIEF REPORT Jade Catherall 2018-09-04 14:00:00Z 0
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
CELEBRATING WORLD POLIO DAY Jade Catherall 2018-09-04 14:00:00Z 0

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



ROTARY ON THE MOVE - SEPTEMBER Jade Catherall 2018-09-02 14:00:00Z 0
It is time to provide you all with an update where the community is at following the 18 March fires that impacted Tathra.
Most of the Rotary Clubs contributed to the Mayoral Appeal and this fund has now accumulated over $1.5m.
The seven persons Committee set up to distribute these funds to individuals included 4 community members, one of which is Bega Rotary Past President Richard Galton.
  • Stage 1 - Initial distributions of a “flat rate” of $300,000 have been made to people where their house was destroyed either as primary residence owned or renting.
  • Stage 2 – Payments totalling approximately $609,000 has been made to 105 people with damage to their property.  
  • Stage 3 - The criteria for the third distribution is currently being confirmed.
As previously advised, funds that were donated to Bega Rotary are being held and will be used as we identify specific cases that other funds do not cover. As previously indicated we have a long-term focus in this regard. The local Lions Clubs are taking a similar approach.
A summary of the current status
  • All blocks have now been cleared of fire debris.
  • Council has moved the “one stop” office to Tathra. This is to assist people work through the planning and development process for any rebuild. There is also dedicated people to address the emotional and social needs.
  • Replacement of retaining walls and repairs to damaged property is well advanced.
  • The first houses to be rebuilt are in progress – one already has frame & roof complete and the other the frame is being erected. Several others have materials on site and are ready to start.
  • I am aware 4 to 5 properties have been sold after the fires. The prices paid have been higher than if sold before the fire.
  • As expected, the social welfare issues have emerged with some families or individuals struggling with the situation on “rollercoaster” periods as predicted.
  • Two Rotary ladies have organised two “Ladies lunches” for the locals to get together as part of moving forward. Over 50 ladies attended each lunch.
  • Rotary has sponsored the publishing of a book by students at Tathra Primary School telling of their experience of being affected by the fires. These funds were from proceeds of our Winter Book Fair.
  • Rotary members have assisted in landscaping for an elderly couple that had fire damage. This will move into plantings in burnt gardens as we get into spring. Tathra Lions have been very active in this area.
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TRIVIA NIGHT Jade Catherall 2018-09-02 14:00:00Z 0


 All Rotary and Rotaract Clubs across Australia are encouraged to enter teams in the 2018 Waterline Challenge® which will be held 12-18 November. ‘Rotary Working Together’ will raise significant funds for ROMAC to help many more children from the Oceania island nations receive life-saving or dignity restoring surgery. See www.romac.org.au


Waterline Challenge® is a national event. Teams of up to 10 people can walk, run, cycle, paddle, row, swim, skate, horse ride, windsurf, along our waterways; coast, estuaries, rivers, lakes, islands. Be as creative as you can! You choose how you do it, how far you go, when you do it, and the money you raise goes to ROMAC. Each person is asked to raise a minimum of $200, so a team of 10 to asked to raise a minimum of $2,000 between them.


Clubs are asked to nominate a Waterline Challenge® Champion to put their team together and also promote the event to other community groups in their area to put teams together to raise funds for any of the 14 Waterline Charities. For further information or to register your Rotary or Rotaract Club go to www.waterlinechallenge.org


Julian Day, President RC Drummoyne and Founder of Waterline Challenge® will be attending the President’s Meeting on Saturday 29th September. He can be contacted on 0413 309 056.



WATERLINE PROJECT SUPPORTING ROMAC Jade Catherall 2018-09-02 14:00:00Z 0
ST IVES FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL Jade Catherall 2018-08-27 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary Matters goes to air on community station Triple H 100.1 FM, on Fridays at 3 pm. The idea is to attract interest and engagement from non Rotarians. Each program features an interview about a prominent Rotary topic eg Shelterbox, National Youth Science Forum, Pride of Workmanship Awards, MUNA, ROMAC, Interplast etc.


The program finishes with a What’s On giving details of Rotary activities in 9685 open to non Rotarians. Clubs in 9685 are invited to propose topics, causes, activities and people who would make an interesting radio interview and  to send details of their club activities to be mentioned on air. Triple H covers Hornsby and Kuring gai shires but the signal can be picked up much further afield. Contact Ian Stuart, presenter Rotary Matters,  ian.stuart@optusnet.com.au


ROTARY ON THE RADIO Jade Catherall 2018-08-27 14:00:00Z 0
October is Mental Health Month
Mental illness is very common. One in five (20%) Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year. The most common mental illnesses are depressive, anxiety and substance use disorder. These three types of mental illnesses often occur in combination.    Australian Rotary Health is one of the largest independent funders of mental health research within Australia.
Australian Rotary Health have a number of different events that will engage with your members and potential members.
Save these Dates and register:
Thursday,11th October, 2018 – Golf for Research – Camden Lakeside Golf Club, 50 Raby Road, Catherine Field.
This will be an Ambrose Event (team of 4) with players sharing carts.   The Full Package includes Breakfast and Buffet Lunch.   7am - Registration starts and 8am - Shot Gun Start  Presentation and Lunch at 1.30pm.
Thursday, 25th October, 2018 – A Night with Researchers’ Dinner – Dooleys, Lidcombe Catholic Club, 17 Church Street, Lidcombe
This night will be an opportunity for Rotarians and the community to hear from some of our researchers in a relaxed atmosphere.
Researchers that will be with us on the night will include:
  • Professor Jane Pirkis - Jane has undertaken a number of policy-relevant studies of suicide and suicide prevention in Australia.   She has a particular research interest in suicide and the media. 
  • Professor Vera Morgan – Vera is a psychiatric epidemiologist with a special interest in studying schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders using record-linkage and survey methods.
  • Professor Allison Waters -Allison focuses her research on the cognitive-neuroscience of emotional disorders in children and aims to translate findings from laboratory and basic science research into clinical practice. 
Book now to avoid disappointment …..  $60 per person
Saturday, 27th October, 2018 – Epiphanies, A Musical Theatre Gala Concert – York Theatre, Seymour Centre.
2 Sessions: 2pm and 7.30pm
Epiphanies will present some of the greatest pieces of music from the great shows of the 20th and 21st Centuries, backed by a stunning 18 piece orchestra. Rob McDougall (Les Miserables), Kerrie Anne Greenland (Helpmann Awarded Eponine, Les Miserables; Violet, Sideshow) and Daniel Belle (The Ten Tenors; Cover Valjean, Les Miserables) perform a dazzling array of pieces from the most beloved musicals, including Phantom of the Opera, Carousel, Wicked, The Secret Garden, Sweeney Todd, Sunset Boulevard and The Sound Of Music
Adult: $75    Pensioner: $63.80 
OCTOBER IS MENTAL HEALTH MONTH Jade Catherall 2018-08-27 14:00:00Z 0

Our facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/crosscountryau/ is being updated regularly with information and updates.

Registrations can be done on the webpage https://www.crosscountrychallenge.com.au


**FABULOUS PRIZE** The participant* (*must raise minimum $1000 to be eligible) who raises the most money for this year’s Cross Country Challenge will win 2 night’s accommodation at a luxurious penthouse in Hamilton Island** plus two return flights departing from Sydney. The total prize is valued at more than $4,000!

Further info on prizes and to register visit  https://www.crosscountrychallenge.com.au



CROSS COUNTRY CHALLENGE Jade Catherall 2018-08-27 14:00:00Z 0
ROTARY FOUNDATION DINNER - 26 NOVEMBER 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-08-14 14:00:00Z 0
Thanks to all those Rotarians from Districts 9685 and 9675 who assisted with the Bucket Collection at the NRL - Rabbitohs vs Roosters game on Friday 10 August. The volunteers collected over $10,000 for the Drought Relief Appeal. If you would like to make a contribution head to http://rawcs.org.au/
As at 4.30pm on Wednesday 15 August, the Drought Relief Appeal has raised a staggering $4,176,209.
NRL BUCKET COLLECTION - DROUGHT RELIEF Jade Catherall 2018-08-14 14:00:00Z 0
Breakout sessions as part of the convention program can inspire attendees, helping them polish their leadership skills and giving them new ideas for projects, fundraising, strengthening membership, and much more.
We know your Rotary network has many great initiatives, projects, and information to share with the Rotary world. As such, we’d like to officially invite you to submit your breakout session proposal for the 2019 Hamburg Convention!
Submitting your online proposal is easy! To complete your form, you’ll need to tell us:
  • Your session title, brief description, and a few learning objectives
  • Your intended audience and ideal format
  • Any equipment needs and schedule preferences
Help us build a breakout program that celebrates Rotary’s diversity! We are seeking sessions in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish.
All proposals must be submitted online by 23:59 Chicago time (UTC-5) on Sunday, 30 September 2018.
If you have any additional questions, please contact us at conventionbreakouts@rotary.org.
With the annual Graffiti Removal Day in NSW approaching on Sunday, October 21, several local government areas have fallen short with the provision of volunteers.
Graffiti Removal Day Volunteer Manager PDG Barry Antees urgently needs supervisors and volunteers for the following areas –
  • Lithgow City Council
  • Northern Beaches Council
  • North Sydney Council
  • Willoughby Council
  • Hunters Hill Council
  • Lane Cove Council
Please respond directly to Barry at info@graffitiremovalday.org.au – or telephone 1300 665 267;  0413 880 267
GRAFFITI REMOVAL DAY - CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS Jade Catherall 2018-08-14 14:00:00Z 0
2019 ROTARY ADVENTURE IN CAMBODIA Jade Catherall 2018-08-14 14:00:00Z 0


In Australia, farmers are the lifeblood of our country and they are in crisis.  Record breaking heat and lack of rain means farmers are struggling to feed sheep and cattle, and keep crops alive.  Families on the land are suffering and they need our help.  Channel 9 and Rotary Australia have partnered with the National Farmers’ Federation, launching an appeal to big business and everyday Australians, so we can provide some emergency relief.  100% of donations go to the farmers and are tax deductible via Rotary and RAWCS.  Every dollar counts. 


The link for the donation page for the project is:



DROUGHT RELIEF FUND FOR THE FARMERS Jade Catherall 2018-08-01 14:00:00Z 0
RIDE THE TRAIN TO END POLIO Jade Catherall 2018-07-31 14:00:00Z 0

District 9685 calls on all clubs and Rotarians to get behind the urgently needed district support program for stricken farming communities.

Details below on how to support the program-


  • Donations to the Australia wide RAWCS Account as seen on The Today Show on Channel Nine on Thursday 2/8/18. RAWCS Account 17-2018-19.
  • Clubs encouraged to make donations (generous giving please) via District 9650 RAWCS account which offers tax deduction and will be matched $ for $ up to $15,000.00. District 9650 is very, very drought affected.
  • Donate via RURAL AID, which operates the Buy a Bale Program.

There are two ways to support this program with Rural Aid, either by direct donations which can be directed to Feed, Groceries, Medical Assistance, Goods and Services (the donor can specify and area of support); and/or Buy a Bale, clubs can request money boxes to be placed in shops and at Rotary Functions. This approach will need a club ‘champion” to collect and replace the money boxes. Contact for these options Contact@ruralaid.org.au or www.buyabale.com.au

  • Clubs can also donate to Sydney Rotary clubs Hay Appeal. The club sends convoys of semi-trailers with feed to the bush. The cost of a semitrailer is approximately $14,000.


  • Clubs that have relationships with country communities are encouraged to continue to support via the short-term goals. The long-term plan is to provide moral and physical support to these communities.
  • Possible club visits to hard hit rural areas to implement working “bees” for support around the farm and home.

It is important to remember that it is not only the Farmers doing it tough but the small businesses and schools as well.

District 9685 has appointed Rotarian Barry Edmundson as our Coordinator. Barry is the “go to” person for information on where and when support is to be provided. Clubs are STRONGLY encouraged to advise Barry of their plans and actions.

We are working with other districts around the country as we strive to cover all critical situations as soon as possible.

Any and all support will be gratefully received at this time.

Other agencies providing support are CWA, Salvation Army Bush Schools education and the major Church organisations.

Goods either new or second hand are not a good idea, as we need to provide cash to support the small business in stricken area.

Our Central Coast Rotary Clubs have been meeting to form a coordinated approach with the 5 clubs in the cluster.

Barry Edmundson’s email is jbedmundson@gmail.com.

Let’s all commit to this vital program immediately!

Susan Wakefield OAM

District Governor 2018-2019




DISTRICT 9685 DROUGHT RELIEF PROGRAM Jade Catherall 2018-07-31 14:00:00Z 0
GRAFFITI REMOVAL DAY- 21 OCTOBER 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-07-31 14:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville in partnership with Lions Club of Dehiwela North, Sri Lanka has conducted two successful Eye Camps.   At the first Eye Camp approximately 280 needy recipients were tested and provided with the eye glass.  The recent camp on 14 July was conducted at Al- Musthapa College, Waduwegama, Biyagama.  A team of optometrists screened well over 250 patients & 219 of them received spectacles, which were collected by.  The recipients, mostly from low income group from this sub-urban area were overjoyed.   We also had Eye Specialist to provide further assistance to the patients who identified as high risk.


Rotarians from our district and Districts which make up the RAWCS Eastern Region collected well over 1,000 eye glasses from their local optometrists.  These were sent to Sri Lanka to be distributed among the Deedy.  The eye glasses were tested and graded by professionals, and unusable ones discarded in environmentally safe method.  Eye camps were then published among the local community where a need was identified.


In response to requests made, The Hills-Kellyville Club are planning to conduct two more Eye Camp projects are planned in Ramboda in the Central province and the other in the North Central province.


More information on The Hills-Kellyville's International Projects visit their Facebook page or contact their International and Foundation Director –  Pathmanthan Rama.



UNWANTED EYE GLASSES? WE MAKE USE OF THEM Jade Catherall 2018-07-31 14:00:00Z 0
ST IVES FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL Jade Catherall 2018-07-31 14:00:00Z 0
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for August 2018.   Please feel free to share and send us your great membership stories.
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - AUGUST 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-07-31 14:00:00Z 0

District 9685 has responded to the drought crisis in the rural areas of our state by appointing Rotarian Barry EDMUNDSON of the Rotary Club of Wahroonga to be the District Coordinator for Drought Relief.

Barry has been and will continue to be in touch with the Districts most affected by the drought in NSW. Barry will be able to advise clubs that don’t have rural contacts just where their relief can be sent.

There are many ways we can support the rural communities and Barry will also have that information. We must remember that along with the farmers and their families, the businesses and schools in the drought affected regions also need support and relief.

I have been in contact with the District Governors in country NSW and 2 have responded with information and suggestions on how we can help.

It is important to remember that often times money is the best sort of assistance that we can send. The money can be converted into grocery cards administered by agencies such as The Salvation Army or local Councils.

The Rotary Club of Sydney is coordinating the sending of semitrailer loads of stock feed to areas of need.

Rotary District 9650 has set up a RAWCS project. That project will be matched dollar for dollar up to $15,000.00.

The project is listed on the RAWCS website as “Drought Relief NSW” project number 2-2018-19.

Barry Edmundson is contactable via email jbedmundson@gmail.com

Please think about how you and your club or cluster of clubs can help our country communities.

DG Susan



RESPONSE TO DROUGHT RELIEF IN COUNTRY NSW Jade Catherall 2018-07-17 14:00:00Z 0
Happy New Year! Best wishes as we head into the second half of the Rotary year. As I work full time, the best (and preferred) way to contact me is email (communications@rotarydistrict9685.org.au). 
Our plan is to send out 2 eNews editions each month:
* DG's eNews - 1st Thursday of the month
* eNews - 3rd Thursday of the month
Please look out for them in your inbox, please take the time to read and contribute to them!
It would be appreciated if the following email addresses could be used by you, your team and clubs:
News or Event for
the website & eNews
Please include short text,
extended text, image, and pdf
Request to email Club Executives
Include subject heading, full text,
and attachments as pdf and/or image
Booking the District Office
Check availability in the Events Calendar,
then email your request to
Corrections to website content
Please include URL page, clear advice on
changes for minor corrections, &
full text for major corrections
Copy of Club Bulletins
(Please BCC or send separately)
For consideration for the District Bulletin
Award/s and for your bulletin to reach
DG Susan Wakefield.
Thanks and best wishes to everyone for a great year in 2019.
Jade Catherall
District Communications Director 2018/19
DISTRICT COMMUNICATIONS IN 2018-19 Jade Catherall 2018-07-16 14:00:00Z 0


When were you last inspired by a woman and what was so extraordinary about their inspiration? 

How were you able to learn from their inspiration?

These and many more answers will be revealed when the NSW and ACT Rotary Districts and their clubs announce
winners of the Inspirational Women's Awards 2018
Sunday, 26 August 2018 at 11.30 am for 12 noon
The Epping Club, Rawson Street, Epping
2 course lunch with cash bar

To reserve your seat or table Book Now!

Amazing guest speakers who will share their journey as you discover more about our 2018 inspirational winners.

The guest speakers include:
  • Louise Azzopardi – Diesel (Heavy Vehicle) Mechanic, SALT Apprenticeship Ambassador and successful WorldSkills competitor will share - What Has My Career in Heavy Machinery Maintenance Led To?  
  • Detective Superintendent Deborah Wallace, NSW Police about - Inspirational Challenges and Making a Difference.
These awards recognise service to the community across all sectors. Directed at the non-Rotary community, it is about commitment, dedication, perseverance and proactivity in improving the lives of others across NSW and the ACT.

Often women, especially in country and regional NSW and ACT are the "quiet achievers" whose actions inspire others and make a difference in their communities. 

The Awards cover 2 key categories inclusive of Rural, City Urban and Volunteer for each category:
  • Young Inspirational Woman of the Year for the 18-30 years 
  • Inspirational Woman of the Year for the 30+ years 
Finalists are selected from each category, resulting in 2 overall winners:
  • Young Inspirational Woman of the Year
  • Inspirational Woman of the Year
An exemplary number of applications ensured the panel of independent judges from Rotary Districts were challenged as they assessed the three key criteria:
  • Community service which best exemplifies Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self 
  • Achievements
  • Personal attributes

* Your ticket purchase and proceeds from this event will support an Australian Rotary Health Scholarship for a young female GP by assisting with expenses during her 12 month placement in a Rural GP practice.
** Opting to incur the administration costs related to the issue of this ticket/s results in Rotary Health receiving those proceeds.

INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN'S AWARDS Jade Catherall 2018-07-16 14:00:00Z 0
I am delighted to be serving in the District Communications Director role in 2018/19. As I work full time, the best (and preferred) way to contact me is email (communications@rotarydistrict9685.org.au). 
Our plan is to send out 2 eNews editions each month:
* DG's eNews - 1st Thursday of the month
* eNews - 3rd Thursday of the month
Please look out for them in your inbox, please take the time to read and contribute to them!
It would be appreciated if the following email addresses could be used by you, your team and clubs:
News or Event for
the website & eNews
Please include short text,
extended text, image, and pdf
Request to email Club Executives
Include subject heading, full text,
and attachments as pdf and/or image
Booking the District Office
Check availability in the Events Calendar,
then email your request to
Corrections to website content
Please include URL page, clear advice on
changes for minor corrections, &
full text for major corrections
Copy of Club Bulletins
(Please BCC or send separately)
For consideration for the District Bulletin
Award/s and for your bulletin to reach
DG Susan Wakefield.
Thanks and best wishes to everyone for a great year in 2018/19.
Jade Catherall
District Communications Director 2018/19
DISTRICT COMMUNICATIONS IN 2018-19 Jade Catherall 2018-07-16 14:00:00Z 0
Tickets are now on sale for Invictus Games Sydney 2018
From 10am 12 July, to coincide with 100 days to go to the Games, tickets went on sale for the Closing Ceremony, archery, powerlifting and wheelchair tennis.
There are also still some tickets available for our first release of sports including athletics, indoor rowing, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby.  Further sessions will be released in the coming weeks.
Spectators will enjoy free entry for the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge, road cycling and sailing events.
Our Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Ticketing Guide has all the details you need.
Contact: Rotary District 9685 Liaison 
PDG Marilyn Mercer 0416 026 848  mmm@myisp.net.au
INVICTUS GAMES Jade Catherall 2018-07-16 14:00:00Z 0
SCIENCE EXPERIENCE Jade Catherall 2018-07-16 14:00:00Z 0

A reminder about some important dates that we first shared with you in July 2018. If you haven't already, please add them 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 conference2019.rotarydistrict9685.org.au


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


29 June 2019 - District Changeover at Hornsby RSL



REMINDER ABOUT IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2018-19 Jade Catherall 2018-07-15 14:00:00Z 0

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



IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2018-19 Jade Catherall 2018-07-15 14:00:00Z 0

The North Ryde Fun Run for Youth Mental Health is a community event organised by the Rotary Club of North Ryde, with venue partner Macquarie University and local community groups.

The 2018 Fun Run will be held on Sunday 26th August from 9am to 12pm at the Macquarie University Sport Fields, corner of Culloden and Talavera Roads, Macquarie Park.

The proceeds raised go towards funding research into youth mental health through the Australian Rotary Health organisation and to treatment programs through the Centre for Emotional Health.


Check out the details and register to attend: northrydefunrun.com.au






NORTH RYDE ROTARY FUN RUN Jade Catherall 2018-07-10 14:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of North Ryde in partnership with the Centre for Emotional Health is pleased to present two free information evenings ideal for parents and teachers. The seminars will be held at the Hearing Hub, Level 2 Lecture Theatre at Macquarie University.


Join us on Tuesday 24 July from 6:00 pm to 7p.m. to hear about Eating and Body Image Disorders in Adolescence :

•    Beyond the stereotype: who develops an eating disorder and what does it look like

•    Research findings from the EveryBody study: a world-first research endeavour investigating Australian teenage body image

•    The role of social media in young peoples’ eating and body image concerns

•    How parents and mental health professionals can help




And on Wednesday, 22 August, from 6:00pm to 7p.m. to hear about the Nature and Treatment of Adolescent Depression including:

•    Ways to identify depression in adolescents

•    Personal vulnerabilities to depression and anxiety

•    Treatment options for youth

•    Practical tools and techniques for supporting adolescents with depression



FREE SEMINARS ON YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH Jade Catherall 2018-07-10 14:00:00Z 0
TRIVIA NIGHT Jade Catherall 2018-07-10 14:00:00Z 0
PCYC CHARITY GOLF DAY - 14 SEPTEMBER Jade Catherall 2018-07-10 14:00:00Z 0
HILLS ROTARACT INFORMATION NIGHT Jade Catherall 2018-07-03 14:00:00Z 0
FIESTA LATINA DINNER DANCE Jade Catherall 2018-07-03 14:00:00Z 0


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




ROTARY ON THE MOVE - JULY 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-07-03 14:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Clubs of Mosman and The Entrance, and the Interact Club at the Tumbi Umbi Campus of the Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College recently cooperated in the very successful running of a “Wheelathon” to support the provision of wheelchairs for disabled children in developing countries. The “Wheelchairs for Kids” (WFK) program has two key objectives:

1.      Providing wheelchairs to children enabling them to have mobility for the first time in their lives, facilitating their involvement with family activities, and aiding their integration into their local communities.  The wheelchairs are provided free of charge through various organisations, including overseas Rotary Clubs, World Vision etc. who arrange shipment and fitting to the individual children. The wheelchairs are a life changer for both the children and their families.

2.      Encouraging the school's students to think more generally about the importance of enabling access and inclusion for children who have less abilities than others and providing them with a meaningful opportunity to make a difference.

As part of the "Wheelathon", students are sponsored by family and friends to both "wheel" and "be wheeled" in wheelchairs around obstacle courses or sports grounds. The event at Tumbi Umbi ran for around half a day with great participation and enthusiasm from the students and more than $5000 was raised from sponsorship with additional funds coming from a sausage sizzle and other catering activities.

Manufacturing to support the WFK program is supervised by Rotary and carried out by volunteers in Perth. With the all up manufacturing cost being $200 per unit, the efforts of the team at Tumbi Umbi will mean more than 25 children and families will benefit from the provision of a wheelchair.

Mosman Rotary has 15 WFK wheelchairs for use in Wheelathons and can provide  information for preparation of proposals for consideration by schools; help with the promotion of events by providing access to videos, presentations, photos and other materials; and together with Rotary Clubs near schools provide logistical support and related fund-raising activities on the day such as sausage sizzles.
To date more than 40,000 wheelchairs have been manufactured and supplied to international charities for their distribution around the world but as always, demand exceeds supply. If your Rotary club is interested in joining with a local school in running a Wheelathon please contact Richard Vahtrick from Mosman Rotary at
WHEELCHAIRS FOR KIDS PROGRAM Jade Catherall 2018-07-03 14:00:00Z 0
BOOK FAIR AT BEECROFT Jade Catherall 2018-07-03 14:00:00Z 0
18 DAY ROTARY TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND Jade Catherall 2018-07-03 14:00:00Z 0
 PDG John Cameron AM (Wahroonga)
 PDG Tony Castley OAM (E-Club of Greater Sydney)
 Warren Mills OAM (Gosford North)
 John Nelson OAM (Mosman)
 Peter Smith OAM (Wahroonga)
 Tom Sweeney OAM (Crows Nest)
 Gary Webb OAM deceased (Wahroonga)
QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY HONOURS Jade Catherall 2018-06-10 14:00:00Z 0
At the May Presidents Meeting, the following awards were presented - Congratulations to those clubs recognized and all clubs in the District for their efforts and service.

Membership growth - SmallNorth Sydney Sunrise (40%)
Membership growth - LargeWoy Woy (23%)
Golden Quill for PRTurramurra
Noel McDonald BulletinWPH-Cherrybrook
Norm Roach WebsiteWoy Woy
Vocational ServiceThe Hills-Kellyville
International ServiceErina
Community ServiceTurramurra
Youth ServiceRyde & Gosford
2017/18 DISTRICT AWARD WINNERS Jade Catherall 2018-06-05 14:00:00Z 0
BBQ trailer for sale. 2 big BBQ plates, gas bottles, tables & all other equipment. Registered, good condition, $475. Chris Taylor 0403 460 674
BBQ TRAILER FOR SALE Jade Catherall 2018-06-04 14:00:00Z 0

MUNA 2018 was a huge success. It had a record number of 44 teams register, from 29 private and public schools and a record number of 27 sponsoring Rotary Clubs who sponsored 38 teams. The 126 students who participated were outstanding and one of the MUNA theme's of the weekend of " Building Future Leaders " was emphatically displayed. Their behaviour, attitude, debating skills and spontaneous gratitude and thanks were outstanding and quite moving.


The Parade of Nations on Sunday morning was a highlight with the Best Dressed Award going to Mackellar Girls representing Venezuela.


Third overall was Shore, second was Ascham and the winning team was PLC Pymble. PLC will proceed to Canberra in August to contest National MUNA.


Our distinguished Secretary General was David Ellyard with the two adjudicators being Rob Mitchell and Monica Saville.


Epping Boys High School deserve huge praise. They provided an outstanding venue free of charge and through their hospitality centre catered for over 150 students, staff and volunteers for the 2 days.. Special thanks to


Nadine Koff who was magnificent with the catering.


 EBHS represented Canada and Kenya, and I was fortunate enough to be invited to a school assembly to present awards to the 6 students who represented their school so well and so proudly.Thanks to teacher, Michael De La Penna, who attended the whole weekend. He was a great help and also arranged students from EBHS to be volunteers.We had over 40 volunteers for the weekend from Balgowlah Rotary, St. Ives Rotary, Glen Haven Rotary and especially Epping Rotary Club where over 25 members and family helped. Volunteers were also from EBHS and Macquarie Rotaract.


Rotary District Photographer, Bill Forsyth, was there both days including 6 hours on the Saturday. A lasting image of the weekend will be of Bill climbing up a ladder on the roof to get shots of all 126 students following the Parade of Nations. The photos are available on the MUNA Website.


We were fortunate to have our Federal MP, John Alexander, and State MP, Damien Tudehope, open the event on Saturday morning. Damien was gracious enough to return on Sunday and be one of the judges for The Best Dressed Award, as were Damien Azzapardi  and Carla Rank from Rotaract. This clearly illustrated the second theme of the weekend which was " Building Partnerships".


I'd like to thank the MUNA Committee who worked tirelessly for over 6 months to make MUNA 2018 the great success that it was. Gavin Ralston, Nick Pride, Phil Wishart, Janet Stacey, Peter Garrard, Alan Cunningham and Deretta Andrews were outstanding. However special mention must be made of Toula Serna who was amazing. Without Toula, this event would not have been the success that it was. Thanks Toula.


It's been a privilege to have worked with such great supporters of Youth and to witness the talents and quality of our future leaders.


Bruce Jacob , MUNA Chair, 2018.

NORTHERN SYDNEY MUNA - A GREAT SUCCESS Jade Catherall 2018-06-04 14:00:00Z 0

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, has announced the Government will provide $ 50 million in friendship grants to boost Pacific ties. Grants between $ 30,000 and $ 60,000 will be awarded to Australian groups to help educational and developmental projects in the region. It is stated the grants are designed to strengthen connection between Australian groups such as Rotary and developing nations with small communities overseas.


DFAT are in the process of finalising the application documentation. I encourage you to register your interest at www.dfat.gov.au/FriendshipGrants to be the first to hear when the grant round opens.

SMALL STEPS TO PROGRESS Jade Catherall 2018-06-04 14:00:00Z 0
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for June 2018.   Please feel free to share and send us your great membership stories.
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - JUNE 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-06-04 14:00:00Z 0
District Grant Applications;
Please note that our Rotary Foundation Grants Committee is will seeking applications for District Grants to support your club’s local and overseas projects.  We do have increased funding available for District Grants this coming year so can offer the support to more clubs. It is a great way to double the effectiveness of your club’s contribution to a project.
Details are in your club Foundation Chair Manual, but can be briefly summarised as follows:
  • Up to $3000 for local projects and $6000 for international projects.  
  • Must be matched by the club
  • Must be completed with in the Rotary Year
  • Project must be a new one and not already be started
  • Preference will be given to clubs who plan full club member involvement
  • Th Rotary club is responsible for simple recording of payments and the grant funds and will be required to give a summary when the project is complete.
  • Club must be qualified to take part with the Rotary Foundation
We look forward to Boards and Avenue of Service chairs discussing their project plans prior to the new Rotary year starting and making applications for Foundation assistance through District grants.  Applications should be in before the end of June 2018.
DISTRICT GRANT APPLICATIONS Jade Catherall 2018-06-04 14:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Leadership Institute course is now run over two days, powerpacked with information, learning and skills you can use in your Rotary life straight away. 
Networking with other Rotarians and led by experienced facilitators, you are sure to enjoy what others are describing as the best Rotary training they have had.  Register online now at rli.rotarydistrict9685.org.au and supercharge your Rotary.
There is 1 course available for registration:
RLI 48 - Saturday 4 and 25 August 2018
Please share this with your club members, particularly new Rotarians and new 2018/19 Board members.
SUPERCHARGE YOUR ROTARY IN AUGUST 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-05-15 14:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Epping is hosting Northern MUNA at EBHS on May 19 and 20 starting at 9.00am. There are 44 teams from 29 schools registered. It will be opened by our Federal MP, John Alexander, and our State MP, Damien Tudehope.


Rotarians and friends from other Clubs are most welcome.


Bruce Jacob. MUNA Chair

NORTHERN MUNA - 19/20 MAY Jade Catherall 2018-05-14 14:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to PDG Tony Castley on his election to the board of Rotary Down Under (RDU) representing the 9670, 9675, 9685, 9700, 9710 Districts.  Tony brings a wealth of experience in media, marketing, and business.


Tony was 9680 District Governor in 2008-09, is a member of the Rotary E-club of Greater Sydney, was a past and very successful District Foundation Chairman, is Chairman of Sew Group international, is publisher of the “Humanity and Motion” books and so much more.


Together with his wife Sandra, Tony has for many years helped people in poverty throughout Asia via the Sewaid International programme.


Tony has previously worked closely with RDU and we look forward to Tony’s contribution the RDU board.




RDU GROUP 3 BOARD ELECTIONS Jade Catherall 2018-05-14 14:00:00Z 0

Gosford North Rotary Club has visited Madagascar eight times over the past few years delivering essential aid. They have been involved in a RAWCS approved program that distributes medical equipment, wheelchairs, SewAid, solar lights, blankets as well as setting up many programs including orphanage building, Skyjuice water project, carpentry skills building, school desk building, educational supplies.


On 6th June 2018, we are off again! This time we are taking in 1,112 RAWCS approved solar lights & undertaking a major water project. The people of Madagascar are experiencing the worst drought in many decades. We have raised some $20,000 to purchase materials to fund a two kilometre gravity fed water pipeline from a natural spring in the mountains down into a 'parched' village of 2,200 people.

Can you please help us? We are just $3,500 short of funds necessary to upgrade 12 existing, but damaged water points. We will be able to complete the work with this assistance.

On our return we would be pleased to visit your club with stories & testimonials.


We are so thrilled to be joined on this trip by Mr Howard Sullivan, Hydrogeologist, from Crows Nest Club. Please contact Madagascar project organiser Peter Pearce if you can assist the wonderful yet disadvantaged people of Madagascar. PS If you would love to join us on this trip, applications are open, leaving on 6th June.


Kind regards, YIR,


Peter Pearce OAM    0431 778655        peterpearce48@hotmail.com

MADAGASCAR Jade Catherall 2018-05-14 14:00:00Z 0

THE AREA / THE FIRES  ‘No Lives were Lost’
The central district of District 9780 has been severley affected by 4 fires.
4 Fires are known as Hawesdale/Gazette, Garvoc, Terang/Cobden & Camperdown.
3 Peat fires still remain adjacent to Cobden. They are controlled with water being piped to the area, with the other firefighting assets have now been removed.
There have been the loss of up to 26 homes, 40,000 hectares of feed, equipment shedding, dairies, 4000km of fencing and wind shelter.
Local assistance has been magnificent. Financial response has been fantastic with support ranging from Western Australia to NSW and everwhere in between. Material support has been from 41 truck loads of feed from Warracknabeal to Western Emergency Relief Network from D 9800.
Blaze Aid has set up camps at Cobden, Terang and MacArthur with volunteer efforts, materials of post and wire being purchased locally.
Internal boundary fences with burnt trees are not attracting funding support, but must be removed before the fencing recontruction can take place. This is an enormous cost and investigations are taking place with governments.
Feed management and reestablishment of pastures is a urgency.
Housing needs to be replaced, as well as shedding and equipment
Farm viability and farmer/family health are perceived a substantial pending challenges.
A Community Group has former to assist with donor distributions. The South West Victoria Fire Community Relief Fund Committee, has broad Local Government, Health, Industry and Community Bank. We have joined this committee to assist with the process of identifying needs. We will pool $60,000 of Rotary’s donations into the consolidate community fund. Bendigo Bank network have contributed approx $75000 to this account.
Thankyou to the many individuals and clubs, both locally and out of District 9780 for your generous support.
We have an account assigned for receipt of donations.
Account:         Rotary International District 9780 – bushfire appeal
BSB                 035070
Account          179149
Reference        Name & email details to secretary
Graeme Fischer Assistant Governor Group 6 Clubs  graeme.fischer@bigpond.com 0439 135 766
Ray Herbert District Governor District 9780 herbert.r@telstra.com  0407 785 633
Barry Clark District Secretary Barry.Clark@rotary.org
WESTERN VICTORIAN BUSHFIRES - 17 MARCH 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-05-14 14:00:00Z 0

I am honoured to advise you ShelterBox has been nominated for the 2018  Nobel Peace Prize, the winner to be announced in October.  Whatever the result, this is an amazing nomination and we are truly honoured. The nomination reflects the incredible work done by the ShelterBox staff and volunteers around the world, and to those who have supported us, especially the many Rotary Clubs and Rotarians.


The nomination is also an implicit recognition of the partnership between ShelterBox and Rotary International.  Two great organisations combining their efforts to provide disaster aid wherever it may be required across our world.  I am reminded that last year we helped 32,000 households, or 160,000 people, who had lost everything through conflict or natural disaster. We responded to world events 24 times in the year and deployed aid to 20 different countries. Rotary groups around the world helped us provide vulnerable people with emergency shelter and aid in almost all of the countries we have worked in affected by natural disaster.  In 2017, we also surpassed the highest number of days ever deployed in one year. This includes 84 ShelterBox Response Team volunteers who deployed for a total of 1,530 days. That’s an average volunteer deployment of 18 days each.


I never underestimate the impact of the support of Rotary International, Rotary Clubs and individual Rotarian has to ShelterBox in achieving our goal of no family without shelter.


As we continue to pursue our goal, we thank each and every one of you for the support given, and make an impassioned plea for that support to continue into the future.  As individual organisations we can make a difference in the world; as a partnership we can do even more.


Thank you.












SHELTERBOX NOMINATED FOR NOBEL PEACE PRIZE Jade Catherall 2018-05-14 14:00:00Z 0
MANLY FUN RUN Jade Catherall 2018-05-03 14:00:00Z 0
Last year the Awards were a remarkable success and the women who were nominated were truly an inspiration.
This year the Awards Ceremony will be a lunch at The Epping Club – details to be provided later.
The Inspirational Women’s Awards (RIWA) have been established to recognise women and young women who best exemplify Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self (i.e. the community service the individual performs above and beyond their normal role.
The Awards are an initiative of the Rotary Districts and Clubs of NSW.
The Committee hope these Awards will be a Statewide event and are hoping for your support of the Awards. There are three categories:
  • Rural;
  • City/Urban; and
  • Volunteer.
Key dates for the Awards:
  • Nominations open - 2 May 2018
  • Nominations Close - 13 June 2018
  • Judging dates - 14 - 27 June 2018
  • Announcement of finalists - 4 July 2018
  • Awards presentation - 26 Aug 2018
Please click here for the Nomination Form.
ROTARY INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN AWARDS Jade Catherall 2018-05-01 14:00:00Z 0
Please click HERE to view - download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for May 2018.   Please feel free to share and send us your great membership stories.
ROTARY ON THE MOVE - MAY 2018 Jade Catherall 2018-05-01 14:00:00Z 0
DISTRICT ASSEMBLY PRESENTATIONS Jade Catherall 2018-04-28 14:00:00Z 0