District 9705 - June 2021 Newsletter
District Governor's Message
DG Michael Moore with Michel Nader (RC Moryua), RC Temora President Margaret Fritsch
and Mal Ferguson (RC Weston Creek)
As Rotary Clubs and our District look forward to a period of Changeovers, it is a good time to reflect on how things have been and what the future holds.
The major challenge for District 9705 has been managing the merger of the previous two districts within the context of what nature has thrown at us in the form of drought, bushfires and COVID-19. I was delighted when told by a senior Rotary official that our District is seen as “a beacon of success” compared to the struggles and acrimonious issues faced by others in similar circumstances. This is something that all Rotarians in the District can rightfully be proud of.
Change is not easy. It is a credit to all of our clubs and Rotarians that the change has been managed with a minimum of fuss or antagonism. This has happened also at a time where many other changes are occurring within Rotary as we seek to attract new members, to be more inclusive, to archive some of the traditional practices and find new ways to “do good in the world”.
The success is largely thanks to good leadership. The work of PDGs Steve Hill and George Weston with strong follow up by their successors John Glassford, Margaret Hassall, John McKenzie and Peter Ford accounts for a significant part of the achievement. However, thanks also belongs to the sixty or so other Rotarians who played a significant part in the hard work around preparing the District in terms of a wide range of administrative issues.
The Board and Operations Committee of District 9705 is made up of Rotarians who were willing to put up their hands, roll up their sleeves and take on new challenges. One of the biggest tasks of the merger was sorting out the transition of the finances. The outstanding leadership and hard work of Rosemary Everett really deserves recognition. Those who took on the new role of Area Governors deserve congratulations and thanks as they worked to develop new systems and manage the change at the coal face. There are so many others who deserve thanks!
We are now one District and it is now time to build on our achievements. The “G-train” including Leo Farrelly, Geraldine Rurenga and Andrea Grosvenor, is already working together to ensure that improvements can be made across a period that goes beyond just one term of an individual District Governor. The opportunities are immense. The adoption of the seventh area of focus, for example, is an encouragement for all Rotarians to become more serious in efforts to “support the environment” without losing sight of the other six areas of focus.
There are so many Rotarians who have been welcoming and helpful, who have assisted with projects, supported the ideas of others, built the strong reputation of Rotary in Southern NSW and the ACT that it makes Helen and myself very proud to have been entrusted with our roles in the District. We both appreciate the warm welcome we have received from individual Rotarians wherever it is that we have been able to gather – first by Zoom and later in person.
Rotary allows us to play a role in building community. It is a role has been adopted so successfully by so many Rotarians. It is appropriate in this hundredth year of Rotary in Australia to say thanks to all of those who have gone before us and to look forward to the future with a positive outlook.
This months photos - First picture: Michel Nader. This picture was taken at Moruya with the three Eurobodalla Clubs celebrating one hundred years of Rotary. Michel was a Charter member of Moruya Club and has remained a member for 65 years. The certificate is a congratulatory letter from International President Holger Knaack
Second picture: RC Temore President Margaret Fritsch at the official DG visit to Temora
Third picture: Celebrating an unblemished Rotary attendance record of fifty years with Mal Ferguson at the 41st anniversary celebration of Weston Creek Club.
World Environment Day
2021 District Changeover

This is your invitation to the 9705 District Changeover to be held in Young NSW at the Young Services Club on Saturday evening June 26th 6:00pm for 6:30pm.

Current District Governor Dr Michael Moore AM PhD will pass the torch to Incoming District Governor Leo Farrelly.

The address of the Young Services Club is 46 Cloete Street, Young.     Hope to see you there.

Area 2 - Rotary Club of Cowra
Presentations for Peace in Cowra
Recently, the Rotary Club of Cowra and one of its Rotarians were acknowledged for their ongoing efforts promoting peace in Cowra, a dedicated Rotary Peace community since 2012. 
At a special meeting of the Cowra Rotary Club, Chairman of the Rotary District Peace Communities Program PDG Fred Loneragan made a presentation to Club President Ian Docker for the club’s outstanding efforts bringing their community together.  
A presentation of a Paul Harris Fellow (sapphire pin) to Ian Brown was made by PDG John McKenzie. Ian also received a collection of Royce Abbey Peace Orations and a commendation from Peace Communities Chairman, Fred Loneragan. Ian has been a stalwart of the Rotary District Peace Communities Program for years and was chair of the Rotary District 9700 Peace Fellowship Committee. He is a long-term dedicated member of The Australian Chapter of the World Peace Bell Association Committee becoming its chairman in 2006, a position he still holds.
And Emily Beath-Pearce was acknowledged for her fundraising at a recent trivia night during Cowra’s Festival of International Understanding. 
Aussie Peace Walk

Inaugural Rotary Centenary Aussie Peace Walk in aid of Rotary Give Every Child a Future

The inaugural Rotary Aussie Peace Walk was held in Canberra on 27-28 March 2021 amid COVID restrictions. The idea was to create an event that actively focused on peace, while creating opportunities for Rotarians to connect with the community. The main targets were youth and young families, with the idea of attracting younger members to Rotary and promoting its youth projects.

The event was initiated and directed by Chris Edwards (RC Hall District 9705), who formed an organising team that consisted of members from the Rotary clubs of Hall, Tuggeranong, Belconnen and Canberra Burley Griffin, along with a person from a Canberra walking club experienced in organising similar walking events.

The Peace Walk attracted 473 entrants with more than half walking on both days. Half of the entrants were under 60 years of age, with the youngest only nine years old. Over the weekend, 111 volunteers from 11 Rotary, two Rotaract, one Interact and a Zonta club provided volunteer support.

Almost $25,000 was raised for Rotary Give Every Child a Future.

The organising team have begun the planning process for the next Rotary Aussie Peace Walk to be held in Canberra on 26-27 March 2022. Chris Edwards anticipates that next year will be a far more successful event, given that the first one this year was a big learning process, and he hopes there won’t be as many COVID-19 hoops to jump through!

See the full story here -

Rotary in Action
Rotarians Help out BlazeAid in D9705 
A number of Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Bowral-MIttagong and The Rotary E-Club of Brindabella volunteered at the Adelong BlazeAid camp in May.   So many properties in the area around Adelong, including Batlow and Tumbarumba are still trying to get their lives back after the devasting 2020 fires.
Since the area also has received good rain, it meant that both blackberries and scotch thistles have taken over, meaning finding a fence line, clearing it and then rebuilding the fence has been more of a challenge!   Some of the undergrowth was well over the heads of the volunteers, requiring a massive effort with brush cutters, mattocks, machetes and chainsaws and axes!
The Rotary Club of Batlow also gave their time to travel to the BlazeAid camp and cooked tea for all the volunteers giving the ladies (also volunteers) a much needed break!
Rob Uhl
President Elect
Rotary Club E- Club of Brindabella
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