District 9705 - May 2021 Newsletter
District Governor's Message
Certificate from Holger Knaack with Dylan Daniel-Marsh (Belconnen) and DG Michael Moore 
A great deal has been printed over the past few months about respect. One of the great strengths of Rotary is that it is held in high esteem within the community. The flip side is that Rotary Clubs need to take care that they also ensure respectful relationships within the club, within Rotary generally and within the community.
In District 9705 we are not only celebrating 100 years of Rotary in Australia but also celebrating local milestones. These include the 50th year of the Rotary Clubs of Coolamon, Belconnen and Bathurst East and these celebrations are cause to pause and reflect about how things have changed and improved. The 50th birthday of the Rotaract Club of Canberra makes it the oldest continuing Rotaract Club in our region and one of the oldest in the world.
Whilst continuity and change go hand in hand, Rotary will be able to continue to reach out and “do good in the world”.
This is one of the reasons that Rotary International President, Holger Knaack, has asked Rotarians for commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The committee that has been established by the International President builds on the work of the Rotary International Board that adopted a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement (DEI) in 2019.
Holger Knaack called for these issues to be discussed by all Rotarians and argued “there is no place within Rotary for racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, classism or ageism”. In the establishing his DEI committee he added, “as we begin this work, Rotary’s leadership is united in stating that Rotary does not tolerate speech or behaviour that promotes bias, discrimination, prejudice, or hatred because of age, ethnicity, race, colour, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity”.
The issue of how we improve our clubs will be a key part of the Club Development program in Young and Broulee and there will be the opportunity to discuss the most effective way to build our understanding and implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion. Additionally, there is assistance in the Learning Centre in My Rotary.
Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards

ACT and NSW Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards - Nominations close soon.

NSW – Nominations Close 9 May 2021

The NSW Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards (RESCA) are an initiative of the Rotary Districts of NSW. In keeping with Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”, the Awards acknowledge and celebrate the selfless Community Service of NSW Emergency Services personnel.

Who is eligible for an award?

Nominees must be paid or unpaid (volunteer) members of one of the seven listed NSW Emergency Service Agencies who perform Community Service above and beyond the call of their normal duties.

How to nominate someone for an award

Fellow ESA members, Rotarians and the general public are encouraged to submit nominations via the Awards website. 

THE ACT – Nominations Close 30 May 2021

The Rotary Clubs of the ACT have opened nominations for the 2021 ACT Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards (RESCA). RESCA is a community nominated Awards, therefore it is based on the reputation of the personnel from their local communities’ viewpoints.
It’s been a busy year for the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ACTESA) with natural disasters including bushfires, grass fires, smoke haze, floods and hailstorms impacting the ACT.
The annual awards recognise emergency service personnel who have gone above and beyond the call of duty and epitomise the Rotary motto of ‘Service Above Self’.
Karma Kitchen @ Daana
Australian Rotary Health Fundraiser
Woden Daybreak Rotary and Daana Original Food Restaurant invite you and your friends and relatives to come along to a Karma Kitchen on Tuesday 11 May to raise funds for mental health research.
There is no set cost for dinner.  Guests pay whatever they like at the end of the meal, no questions asked, with 50 percent of the proceeds going to Australian Rotary Health. 
If you haven't tried Daana before, don't miss this event! Daana has won a swag of awards in recent years, including Chef of the Year ACT 2020 and Best Indian Restaurant ACT for the last three years.
Bookings are essential through but hurry as seats go fast!
Dr. Jesse Harman - May Membership Seminar Speaker

Our May 11th -  at 6pm - Membership Forum speaker will be Incoming Zone 8 Director Dr. Jesse Harman.

Rotary International Director 2021-23 Dr Jessie Harman is definitely a glass half full kinda gal. As the first female from Zone 8 to be elected to the RI Board, she is a trailblazer for Rotary in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Her passion for our organisation is irrepressible, her voice bubbling over with enthusiasm as she speaks of her journey and her hopes for the future.

As chair of Rl's membership committee, she says it has provided a wonderful opportunity to think strategically about Rotary right around the world.  This is a membership forum talk not to be missed.

Club Development Seminar
Incoming board members and new members are invited to the 2021 Club Development Seminar training day.   This seminar was previously known as the District Assembly and has been the annually scheduled training of incoming club board members in preparation for their year.  The new  2021-22 theme is in the banner above.
This Years training is vital to all our club board members.  We are holding the training in two different locations to reduce travel times.  The Schedule for the day’s training is:
          TIME                      SESSION                                    Facilitator
9 to 11                  Welcome  2021-22 Theme,                    DG and DGE
                             Guest speaker
11 to 11:30            Morning Tea
 A  Breakout sessions
11:30 to 1:00     Presidents and AG’s                                  Leo Farrelly
                          Secretaries                                                 Paul Murray
                          Treasurers                                                  Rosemary Everett
                          Foundation                                                 John Mckenzie
                          Service Projects                                          Michael Milston
                          Communications/PR Public Image             J Egan/ A Gordon  
                          New Rotarians                                            Stephen  Hill
1:00 to 2:00          Lunch
 B  Breakout sessions
2:00 to 3:30       Goals and Planning                                        Leo Farrelly
                          Understanding Diversity, equity & inclusion    A Guimelli/E Bell
                          Youth                                                              George Weston 
                          Membership                                                    Judy Ford
3:30 to 4:00       Afternoon Tea
4:00 to 5:00       Youth Protection, Open Forum,
                          Open Discussion on the 2021-2022 Budget
DisTec21 - May 30th in Young
You are invited to attend DisTec21.  DisTec21 is District 9705 Technology Training Seminar in Young on May 30th 2021.  The day starts at 10 am and goes till  4 pm.  The address is Young Shire Council, 189 Boorowa Street, Young.   Morning tea and lunch are included. 
The training is targeted at club Presidents and Secretaries, however all Rotarians are welcomed. There is a very limited number of places available.   50 Rotarians is the maximum we can train.   So if you wish to participate in the training you must register first.  You are advised to register as soon as possible. 
We will provide training in beginning, intermediate and advanced ClubRunner.  In addition to this and perhaps more important, we will be training in the creation and development of news and stories...the basic building blocks of a newsletter, booklet, bulletin, web page, web story and directories.  The Rotarians from DisTec19's produced the stories for the DisTec Dispatch which is avaliable for your review.  We will be refining and building upon this publication.
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.

Canberra Rotaract Turns 50

One of Australia's oldest volunteer groups is celebrating a significant milestone in Canberra. Canberra Rotaract, a community service organisation led by young adults, celebrates 50 years on Saturday, May 1. Canberra Rotaract is the oldest Rotaract club in Australia - and one of the oldest clubs in the world.

Canberra Rotaract president Shawn Wilson said 50 years was an incredible milestone for a club made up entirely of young volunteers.

"A lot of people still think of Rotary as a group of friendly retirees raising money at a sausage sizzle," Mr Wilson said.

"I think many people would be surprised by the diversity of the organisation and just how many young people are volunteering and giving back to the community through Rotary and Rotaract. The diversity of our service club has always been it's greatest strength and is fundamental to it's longevity."

Read the whole story in the Canberra Times here -

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