DG Michael Moore at the Centenary Park in Yenda prior to talking to the club
We have now passed the halfway mark in the first year of the new District. I really want to thank all those Rotarians who have chipped in to make the transition from District 9700 and 9710 to 9705 such a smooth one.
There have been a few hiccups along the way. However, in the spirit of Rotary I have observed people pulling up their sleeves and pitching in. At the District Board Meeting in Young on the last weekend of January I was able to acknowledge the amazing leadership of PDG Steve Hill and PDG George Weston.
They were not on their own. The last couple of District Governors from both Districts John Glassford and John McKenzie along with Margaret Hassall and Peter Ford also played a key role in the transition. There are so many people who were on the transition team or on the committees that considered each of the issues they are just too numerous to name. Add to that the dozens and dozens of Rotarians that have taken on roles that ensure a successful district. A special thanks to all of them.
A real effort needs to be made to revitalise Rotary in our District over the next few years. We have the next few months to consider how to make our clubs more welcoming and more diverse and to invite others to join us in the work we do.
Looking ahead, now is the time to seek a District Governor to follow Geraldine Rurenga and the District is now seeking nominations for the District Governor for 2023-2024.
Call for Nominations for 9705 District Governor for 2023 – 2024
  • Close: 15 February 2021 at 10.00pm
  • Interviews: Temora on the 21st March 2021 in the afternoon
Nominations are called for from Rotarians within District 9705 to fill the position of District Governor in the new District for the Rotary year 2023/24
District 9705 has over 80 Rotary clubs/Rotaract clubs, with approximately 2000 Rotarians. These clubs are organised into six regions each with no more than 15 clubs, and administered by an Area Governor who assists the District Governor in the administration of the District. The current District Governor-Elect is Leo Farrelly (PP Belconnen) and the District Governor-Nominee is Geraldine Rurenga (PP Wagga Murrumbidgee).
President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) is being held on the weekend of 20th and 21st February 2021 at Temora. 
This seminar is held annually to assist incoming Presidents in their preparation for their Presidential year.  It is a requirement by RI and all club’s constitution that all Presidents Elect attend PETS and the training assembly unless excused by the governor-elect.  If excused, the president-elect shall send a club representative.  If the president-elect does not attend the presidents-elect training seminar and the training assembly and has not been excused by the governor-elect or, if excused, does not send a club representative to these meetings, the president-elect shall not serve as club president.  The current president then shall continue to serve until the election of a successor who has attended a presidents-elect training seminar and training assembly or training deemed sufficient by the governor-elect. 
This year PETS will also encompass the District Grants Seminar.    Contact: Steve Hill

Registrations are now open for the 2021 District 9705 District Conference at Bathurst.  Click on the racing tyre on your left to register.   

Thank you for your patience but we have been trying to work our way through the implications of Covid 19 over the past year and it has been an ever- changing exercise.

But, we are now confident that things can proceed, albeit with some changes to past Conferences.  Important here is that we are limited to 400 people inside the conference venue, and we are further limited to 360 people at the Conference Dinner and 300 people at the Welcome Function – all due to Covid restrictions. 

Jessica Cooper from ARH has released the latest Facts Book from Australian Rotary Health.

Usually this is a hardcover book, and very few get into the hands of those who need it. Now it is available to everyone.

Read it through, skim to the parts you want, share it with others. It shows exactly what ARH does and can do. A valuable resource, from one of the jewels of Rotary in Australia.


If you would like me to be a guest speaker, I am more than happy to Zoom into a meeting, or face to face if it is practical.

PDG John Egan
Chair D9705 Australian Rotary Health Committee


The Centenary Peace Dinner - 26 March

Join us at a Formal Dinner with a theme of Peace and Indigenous Art Auction to celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand.

All proceeds will aid in implementing the Rotary centenary project, Give Every Child a Future.

6 pm, Friday 26 March 2021.
Peninsula Room, National Museum of Australia, Canberra.

Guest Speaker: Hon Dr Brendan Nelson AO

Single: $155 pp
Table of 10: $1,500

In 2021, Rotary celebrates 100 years of community service in Australia and New Zealand. The 2021 event will also be recognised as the 30th Canberra Two-Day Walk.  Register now for the two day challenge on 27-28 March 2021.

Event Director, Chris Edwards, explained a key component of the vision for the 2021 event; ‘By renaming the event the Rotary Aussie Peace Walk, we hope to create a colourful festival weekend focused on peace. And, because of travel restrictions, our overseas friends can’t get here, so we encourage every entrant, to choose a country to represent. It may be their place of origin or just a country they are passionate about. But to choose a country and bring a little of the culture of your chosen country to the event.’ 


Children's Emergency Fund
A Request from DG Michael and Mrs Helen Moore.
Helen 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:
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
2020-21 District Directory
2020-21 District Directory
Click on the above directory to download a full copy.