District 9705 - February 2021 Newsletter
District Governor's Message
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.
Nominations for District Governor
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).
Feb 11 - Rebecca Fry to Speak at Membership Seminar
On Thursday Feb 11th, 2021 at 6:00pm, Rebecca Fry,  will be giving a talk via Zoom videoconferencing as a guest speaker at the District 9705 Membership Seminar Series.  Rebecca's talk is titled  'Helping Members Find Their Rotary Why'.   The talk is open to all Rotarians, Rotaractors and interested members of the public.
Rebecca has over a decade of experience in non-profit leadership and development, running leadership programs across Australia and New Zealand. She has served in a number of senior roles including Chair of Rotaract Australia and sits on the Rotary International Strategic Planning Committee.
Rebecca strongly believes in empowering people to create positive change in the world, launching numerous initiatives in this pursuit including RYLA Oceania and chartering a new Rotary Club (the Rotary Social Impact Network). Professionally, Rebecca works in Corporate Strategy in local government, where she brings her strategic expertise into driving positive outcomes for her local community.  

Feb 20-21  Presidents-Elect Training Seminar (PETS)
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
March 20-21  Rotary 9705 District Conference - Bathurst

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. 

March 26 - Centenary Peace Dinner
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

Rotary Aussie Peace Walk 2021
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.’

Rotary in Action
The family of Rotary Clubs working together...
Rotary Cottage  at Calvary was provided by Belconnen Rotary in 1996 and extended in 2007 with  assistance from Rotary Clubs of Ginninderra, Canberra City, Hall and Woden  from funds raised at the Trash & Treasure weekly markets at Jamison Centre. PDG Bob Greeney (working on the column above) described this joint effort by four northside Clubs as “the family of Rotary clubs working together” as all grew out of the initial Rotary Club of Belconnen.
President Bill (Wombat) Wattam of Ginninderra  Club (above centre) sees this as one of many projects that the four clubs, plus RC Hall, have been contributing to in recent years – including Karinya House, Powerchair Football and Christmas hampers. He is very keen to extend this cooperation to overseas projects such as Rotary Against Malaria. The Cottage provides six rooms accommodation for families of patients in Calvary Hospital, each with separate bathroom. It is very popular with families from the towns and rural areas surrounding the ACT, extending to Albury and the NSW South Coast.
Bernie the Builder was keen to acknowledge the donations and support provided by building suppliers.  Brian Corkhill of CSG provided concreting materials, Hertzog Steel the reinforcing, Stratco the shelter at “mates rates” and Bunnings materials at discount prices.
District Development and Interest
  • Rebecca Fry at Membership Forum (see above)
    • Zoom 11 February 6.00pm-7.00pm
    • Coordinators Mary Brell and Judy Ford
Rebecca Fry, will be giving a talk via Zoom videoconferencing as a guest speaker at the District 9705 Membership Seminar Series. The talk is open to all Rotarians, Rotaractors and interested members of the public.
  • Area Governors Development
    • Temora: Saturday 13 February
    • Coordinator PDG Steve Hill
Area Governors play a key role in the District in linking groups of around 15 clubs with the District and providing assistance and encouragement. The role is significantly larger than that of Area Governor and includes an assessment of club performance that is required by Rotary International. Area Governors are expected to be familiar with their clubs and engage particularly with Presidents.
  • Presidents Elect Development
    • Temora: Saturday and Sunday 20-21 May
    • Coordinator PDG Steve Hill
The President Elect training is a critical part of the preparation for the following years. The time as a President should be enjoyable and rewarding. However, there are many responsibilities that fall on the shoulder of the Rotary Club Presidents and these can be made much easier with appropriate understanding of the role of the President and each of the officers within the club. This is also an opportunity to strengthen rhe relationship with the incoming District Governor, Leo Farrelly as well as the Area Governor responsible for the club. The general tradition has been that the costs of attending this weekend for the President Elect is covered by club administration.
  • District Development Seminar – Examining each of the roles within clubs
    • Young: Saturday and Sunday 15-16 May
    • Coordinator PDG Steve Hill
This is a great opportunity for everyone taking on an executive role within clubs. Whether a secretary, treasurer, sergeant, chair of community services, foundation, youth, international or any of the key roles within the club, this is an opportunity to learn from others, to make life easier and to be more effective in the role that you have taken on.
  • District Changeover
    • Young: Saturday 26 June in the evening
    • Coordinator District Governor Elect Leo Farrelly
The changeover is an opportunity to thank all of those who have worked to ensure that Rotary is working effectively to “do good in the world”. Acknowledgements and awards are a normal part of the changeover evening and all Rotarians are welcome. Registrations will open closer to the time. It is also an opportunity for the incoming District Governor to introduce the new District Team and give an outline of the goals of the District for the year.
Message from Rotary International President
Dear friends,

By now we have sadly grown accustomed to hearing of the need to shift major public events to being held virtually rather than face to face.  Unfortunately, the Rotary Board of Directors was compelled to again make the difficult decision to celebrate this year’s International Convention as a virtual event.  While this may not be an unexpected decision, it is still a deeply disappointing one — for us and for our friends in Taiwan who have been planning an exceptional event. I want to thank the Host Committee for the admirable job they did building support for what surely would have been one of Rotary’s finest events.

While we are disappointed that we could not have a traditional convention, we are excited about the virtual event being planned for all Rotarians worldwide. Last year’s convention attracted significant viewership during its weeklong program. This year, we will channel all we have learned about staging the very best in virtual events into a program that promises to open new opportunities for you to be entertained, enlightened and energized. We will share more details about the 2021 Virtual Convention soon.
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