The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have added a new Area of Focus: Protecting the Environment - June 2020
Environmental Sustainability Events & NEWS
The D9705 Environmental Envoy Team was formed in mid-2021, and it now has 12 members. 
An Envoy's role is to help clubs embrace the new Environmental area of focus and to assist clubs to initiate and implement new environmental projects. The Envoy team will support the 70 Club E-Reps appointed by Clubs
There are Envoy vacancies so call David Brawn if you are interested
Rotary Adopt A Tree is a simple concept. The program offers people in the community the opportunity to adopt a adopt a tree for $5 per tree tree through the Rotary website
It was launched in D9675 on Australia Day 2022 and was launched at the D9705 Conference in Temora in March 2022. We have invited all clubs in our District to promote the Rotary Adopt A Tree program and a PowerPoint template for promoting the program can be downloaded from the bottom panel on the right of this page - together with artwork for a promotional banner and a flyer. The banner includes a QR code to access the website for information and to make donations.
The District 9705  EnviroClub Awards program was announced at the Temora District Conference and it is active from 2022/23 onwards.  It will complement the efforts of both the Envoys and the Club E-Reps as the environmental activity develops throughout the District during the year. The program documentation includes Awards information , a project ideas list and an application form. These can be downloaded from the download panel on the right hand side. The artwork for an EnviroClub pull up banner can also be downloaded   .
The D9705 Fiji School Solar fundraising project was launched early 2022 by the District Envoy Team to raise funds to install  solar  capability on schools in Fiji. 
We have succeeded in raising a total of $55,000 from 27 Rotary clubs (and Crookwell Rotarian Ken Leach) which will be used to install a new solar panel and battery system in the Naiviivi School and replacement batteries at an established system at the Lavena School. These systems will benefit the environment and help the education of children by saving costs on diesel generation to use instead for school books and laptops. They also provide 24/7 power. Installation was completed as planned in March  2023 with the installation support of the It's Time Foundation and its local Fiji contractors.
The replacement batteries for the Lavena Primary School should be installed in May 2023. The battery cost for Lithium-Ion batteries is $10,000 and seven Rotary Clubs funded this initiative.
The contributing Rotary Clubs: 
Berry, Milton Ulladulla, Narooma, Orange, Molong, Gerringong Sunrise, Jerra Rotary,  Coolomon, Bathurst Daybreak, Bathurst, Pambula, Junee, Hall, Forbes Ipomoea, Griffith Avanti, Canberra Weston Creek, Cowra, Oberon, Belconnen, Canberra, Orange North, Goulburn, Forbes, Moruya, Young,  , Wollundry Wagga Wagga, Wagga Sunrise. Also, Rotarian Ken Leach.
Protecting the Environment 
PDG David Brawn is the District leader of the
 District 9705 Environmental Envoy Team 
You can contact David at
0419 295 400