District News

This is an update on arrangements regarding Rotary support for Garry Malhotra and his family in providing free food for people affected by the current Covid lockdowns.  

The Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) portal for donations is: https://rawcs.org.au/donate/  (the link in previous advice is in error).   The project number is 24 of 2021-22.  To make a donation, please use the link above, click on “click here to donate to a specific project”, enter those project number/date details and follow the prompts.  

We are grateful for donations already received.  And would be grateful for any donation you can make or encourage.

Thank you for your support
Leo Farrelly
District Governor

District Governor's Challenge

Which Club will be the first with 100% of members fully vaccinated?

Win three bottles of wine

The only competition criterion is the Four Way Test.  Clubs can submit their entries to the DG on leo.farrelly.rotary@gmail.com
Congratulations to the District's newest Rotary Club. After more than 5 years of development, the Rotary Club of Canberra Sundowners was chartered on the 20th August 2021 and from here on in are a Rotary Club in their own right.

Canberra Sundowners was developed as a satellite club of Canberra Sunrise and the two have done a magnificent  job in getting the new Club off the ground.  

Canberra Sundowners has focussed on being on being a great grass roots community service group making a very real difference in their community, with their most recent project assisting vulnerable Canberrans in need through support to the Community Service#1 food pantry.

If you have a similar passion to help make the world a better place, step by step, please reach out and check us out.

The COVID-19 Taskforce of the Rotary Foundation, has made the following recommendations made for the engagement of Rotarians in combatting COVID-19.
Five suggested areas of engagement for Rotarians:
  1. Community education
  • Share information from local and regional health authorities and support their efforts. 
  • Contact your local health department to determine where assistance is most needed.   
  1. Equitable distribution 
  • Connect with local health departments/agencies (including WHO and UNICEF where applicable) to advocate for and support their efforts to ensure all communities receive equal access to the vaccine.  
  1. Combat misinformation 
  • Disseminate accurate, fact-based information (as provided by local health agencies). 
  • Advocate by spreading the word that #vaccineswork. Use Rotary’s work on polio eradication as a key example. 
  • Invite a medical professional or local health department official to speak virtually at a club meeting. 
  • Engage with local media (e.g. letters to the editor) in support of local efforts. 
  1. Stop the spread of COVID-19
  • Continue to engage in projects supporting mask-wearing, social distancing, proper hygiene practices, and donation of PPE.  
  • Lead by example (wear masks and practice social distancing at all times) and share images online that reflect these behaviours.
  1. Encourage vaccination 
  • Get vaccinated as soon as your country’s system permits and share your experience online. 
On Saturday morning at 08.30 (local Haiti time) Western Haiti was hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, causing 'enormous damage'. Over the past 2 days, the death toll has risen to more than 1,300, with an estimated 8,000 homes damaged or destroyed and thousands of families displaced. The search and rescue efforts to find survivors is the priority right now, but then will come the need for shelter for those displaced.
The devastation could also soon worsen as Haitians are now bracing for Tropical Depression Grace, which is predicted to reach Haiti tonight, and could bring heavy rain, flooding, and landslides. Many will be facing these conditions without a roof over their head.

The Rotary E-Club of Brindabella has received another production run of District 9705 branded face masks.  

The masks are Rotary International Licensed they are correctly branded and approved.  They are WHO approved, washable and re-useable. Up to 15 washes.

The upsurge of the Delta variant and mandatory mask requirements gives you the opportunity to show the world that Rotary promotes Covid-19 safety by wearing a Rotary branded mask when out and about or on Rotary business.

Cost per Mask: $20.00           Contact Person:  Rob Uhl         Rotary E-Club of Brindabella

The D9705 RYLA Committee have been working hard to develop a Covid-Flexible programme for RYLA 2022.  Unfortunately none of us have a crystal ball but we are still working towards RYLA in January 2022.  The format and location may change, however we are still planning on a venue in the Canberra Region. 
STOP PRESS:::  As our venue may change we still do not have exact costs for the week but we do have a gift for every Club who sponsors a RYLA 2022 candidate - a $300 discount per candidate!!  The RYLA committee wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the District Board for their belief in the value of RYLA and for their invaluable financial assistance.
Type header here

Vale PDG Phillip Mewett PHF


I am saddened to advise that Rotary Club of Canberra member, Phil Mewett, died on Friday at on Friday at 2.30am in Sydney.  Phil had been suffering with cancer for many years, yet managed to yet managed to attend many RC Canberra meetings and events.  Phil was District Governor 2008 - 2009 when he was a member of the Rotary Club of Sussex Inlet before he and his wife Denise moved to Canberra.

The District offers our sincere condolences to Denise and their family.  COVID19 makes a very challenging time, even more difficult for all.  Our thoughts are with the family at this time.

There will be a memorial service at a date and time to be advised.

Children's Emergency Fund
A Request from DG Leo and Elaine.
Elaine is continuing with the Children's Medical Emergency Fund as her charity of choice for the 2021-2022 Rotary year.
Elaine and I request that your club consider a donation to the Children's Medical Emergency Fund. If you are prepared to do so the details of the Children’s Medical Emergency Fund account are as follows:
Bank:  St George.    Name of account: RI D9705 Inc CMEF    BSB:  112 879     A/C no.: 479922903
Please make sure you identify your club and it would be appreciated if you also sent an email to Treasurer Rosemary Everett to let her know you have made the donation ...  reverett@netspace.net.au
2021-22 District Directory
2021-22 District Directory
Click on the above directory to view or download a full copy.