President Elect Training and

Club Learning and Development Seminar 2024

Please Note: All President Elects (PEs)are expected to attend President Elect training. This is a requirement of Rotary International. PE sessions will commence at 8.30am Saturday morning.
The Club Learning and Development Seminar commences with morning tea at 10.15am Saturday. It is for Club Officers (e.g. Secretary and Treasurer), and all Rotarians to hear about Rotary International’s, and District 9705 direction for the coming year. Come and meet the District Team Leaders, share ideas and enjoy some fellowship with Rotarians from across the District.
Two events are offered to cater for those living across our large District area.
Batemans Bay Soldiers Club – Friday 8, Saturday 9, Sunday 10 March 2024
For catering purposes please register Here for Batemans Bay
Cootamundra Ex- Servicemen's and Citizens Memorial Club – Friday 22, Saturday 23, Sunday 24 March 2024
For catering purposes please register Here for Cootamundra
Friday Evening
6.30pm             Batemans Bay -A casual dinner at your own cost and get to know for everyone attending
Cootamundra - A membership information evening with Cootamundra RC followed by a casual dinner and get to know for everyone attending.
8.30am             President Elects meet with DGE Rob Uhl, who will outline her plan for the Rotary year.
8.45am             Introduction to the PETs day.
Discovering our preferred styles of leading, working and learning. 
Knowing yourself to achieve better results – discussion and role playing looking at.         
  • Leadership –what is your leadership style, and does it work?
  • Communication – are you able to get the message across?
  • conflict resolution – tricky business but must be done. 
  • Building confidence in the role.
  • Know your district Team and who to contact for information.
10.15am           Morning tea and coffee and beginning of program for everyone
10.30am           Welcome to All Participants and Acknowledgement of Country – DGE Rob Uhl
  • Rotary Theme for the coming year and the big picture for District 9705
  • Introducing the District Team
  • This is what Rotary does and this is why we are in Rotary to do good in the World.
  • We work locally, nationally, and internationally. We run vital educational programs like the Youth Programs - Rotaract, Interact, Earlyact, YEP, RYLA, RYPEN
The Rotary Foundation – provides us with the ability to do the work with District and Global Grants, and contribute to Polio Plus - Phil Armstrong, District Foundation Chair
  • Examples of many projects in our District funded by the Foundation. Which clubs have received a grant?
  • Australian Rotary programs - RAWCS, ARH, ROMAC 
  • District projects.
12.15pm           What is Rotary to you?
12.30pm           Lunch
1.30pm             An energiser session and recap of morning   
  • What does Rotary do in your area?
  • What do you do for Rotary?
  • What do you want to do for Rotary?
2.00pm            Plenary Session           
Members are our number one priority - Stephen Lamont PDG, Rotary Coordinator Zone 8
  • We are a membership organisation.
  • How can we involve all members, especially those newer ones.
  • Dealing with issues and overcoming problems.
Participants will be engaged in workshopping issues concerning Rotary in our District.    
3.00pm             Afternoon Tea
3.30pm            Group sessions to appropriate rooms.
  1. Presidents Elect – role & responsibilities, Club goals, laptops if possible - DGE Rob Uhl
  2. Treasurer – role & responsibilities, budgets – Bruce Sutton, District Treasurer           
  3. Secretary – role & responsibilities, Club communications, Clubrunner, My Rotary and Club governance.  Jane Whitten, District Secretary
  1. All other participantsRotary for all    
Q and A with Stephen Lamont Rotary Coordinator Zone 8
  •  Rotary from the ground up, a refresher for those who have been Rotarians for a while, and questions and answers for those new to the Rotary world.
  • Why did you join Rotary and what do you want to get out of Rotary?
4.30pm            Review of the day 
5.00pm             Close for the day
6.30pm             Dinner
Sunday morning
8.30am             President Elects – Revision of sessions
  • Continuation of leadership skills.
  • Are you ready to take on the role?
  • How is your Club’s governance? 
  • The District Budget, and the importance of Special and Annual General Meetings.
9.15am             All participants – Welcome to the morning’s session. 
Insurance – Ian Wholohan, District Insurance Officer
Youth Protection – Ross Ellis, District Protection Officer
Governance. – Ian Tooke, District Governance and Public Officer
My Rotary account – Ian Tooke, District Governance and Public Officer
10.15am           Morning Tea
10.45am           Regionalisation – DG Andrea Grosvenor
11.00am           Rotary working on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - DGE Rob Uhl
11.30pm           The Zone 8 Project on Domestic and Family Violence – DG Andrea Grosvenor
  • What has been happening in the Zone? In our District? In our own communities?
  • What do you think we can do to highlight the issues?
12.00pm           Review of the last days – Plusses, minuses, ideas and suggestions
12.15pm           District Conference – DGE Rob Uhl and Conference Chair Judy Ford    
12.30pm           Close with a Lunch box
Date: Tuesday 19th March 2024
Venue: Eastlakes Gungahlin Club, 51 Hinder St, Gungahlin ACT 2912
Time: 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm
Cost: $44 pp
RSVP: Friday 8th March
Click here to register and pay
Nominations are now open for the position of
District Governor Nominee Designate (DGND)
to fill the role of District Governor for District 9705 in 2026 - 2027.
We are looking to appoint the District Governor of District 9705 for year 2026-27. The District Governor will be assisted by a District Board and Leadership Team of skilled, experienced and dedicated Rotarians and Rotaractors.  
Click HERE for nomination form.
Duties of the District Governor
The duties of the DG are outlined in RI Bylaw 16.030:
The governor is the officer of RI in the district, functioning under the general control and supervision of the RI board. The governor shall inspire and motivate the clubs in the district. The governor shall ensure continuity within the district by working with past, current, and incoming district leaders. The governor is responsible for:
(a) organizing new clubs;
(b) strengthening existing clubs;
(c) promoting membership growth;
(d) working with district and club leaders to encourage participation in a district leadership plan as developed by the board;
(e) furthering the Object of Rotary by providing leadership and supervision of the clubs in the district;
(f) supporting TRF; (The Rotary Foundation)
(g) promoting cordial relations among the Rotary clubs and Rotaract clubs and RI;
(h) planning for and presiding at the district conference and assisting the governor elect in planning and preparing the PETS and the district training assembly;
(i) conducting an official visit to each club, individually or in multi-club meetings, that maximizes the governor’s presence to:
1. focus attention on important Rotary issues;
2. provide special attention to weak and struggling clubs;
3. motivate Rotarians to participate in service activities;
4. ensure that the club constitution and bylaws comply with the constitutional documents, especially following councils on legislation; and
5. personally recognize the outstanding contributions of Rotarians in the district;
(j) issuing a monthly communication to each club;
(k) reporting promptly to RI as required by the president or the board;
(l) providing the governor-elect, before the international assembly, full information about the condition of clubs and recommended action to strengthen them;
(m) assuring that district nominations and elections comply with the constitutional documents and RI’s established policies;
(n) inquiring regularly about the activities of Rotarian organizations in the district;
(o) transferring district files to the governor-elect; and
(p) performing any other duties as are inherent of an RI officer.

Once again this month we celebrate the importance of The Rotary Foundation and its support of the many important facets of our Rotary Programs both here in Australia, but also overseas.

Our D9705 Centurion Program is established in order for members and other individuals to make a personal contribution to the work of our Foundation in an ongoing way.

By setting up a regular debit from your nominated bank account, you can make your donation to the Australian Rotary Foundation Trust and gain Tax Deductibility for your contribution. I have set up my birthday as the recurring date for my own donation, that way I can readily remember when it is occurring, and I get a thank you from the Foundation for my gift. You can set it up however you want. Just do it.

You can do this simply by completing the attached Individual Centurion Donation form, or clubs can collect and forward donations from their members at the same time using the Club MultiDonor form. If you have other versions of these forms from the past - dispose of them. The deposit details on these current forms (October 2022) are correct. Donations sent using old forms will not go through, and will not be credited against the donor.

These forms are attached to this email, but can also be downloaded from the D9705 website through the Foundation Tab or member downloads. Please share these with your club members.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact PDG Ian Tooke, District 9705 Centurion Program Co-Ordinator by email or phone.
ph: 02 6368 2574  mobile: 0409 590 547. email:

Regionalisation in Rotary Zone 8

A pilot agreed by Rotary International (RI) in February 2019


In July 2022 every Rotarian was sent an e-mail by Rotary International (RI) which said, inter alia:

‘ … For the past three years a group of Rotarians and Rotaractors have been working on a pilot project to consider how we can enhance Rotary and Rotaract and ensure we remain relevant for the future while also addressing some of the challenges we have been facing for a while.

Zone 8 … (is) now one of two regional pilots in the Rotary world looking to explore, develop and test new ways of operating. 

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