District 9705 - August 2021 Newsletter
Changing lives: A look at the year ahead
A message from President Shekhar Mehta Rotary International President, 2021-22
Welcome to the new Rotary year — a year when you will be called upon to Serve to Change Lives and achieve big dreams. Because of your passion for achieving great things, we will grow more and do more.

Our Action Plan, Rotary’s strategic road map, sets our course and strengthens us for the future by focusing on four priorities: increasing our impact, expanding our reach, enhancing participant engagement, and increasing our ability to adapt. This year, I am honored to move these priorities forward by leading with vision and implementing several initiatives that I believe will result in positive growth during 2021-22 and beyond.
  • Expanding our reach through Each One, Bring One 
  • Serve to change lives 
  • Increasing our impact
Climate and Peace Webinar
Next Climate & Peace Webinar 10th August 6pm (AEST)

Presented by the Rotary Clubs of Sydney:  Record heat waves, fires and floods in the Northern Hemisphere this summer have turned the spotlight from COVID back to climate. So how can we retain peace and security as the weather worsens and the sea levels threaten mass migration?
The speakers include Cheryl Durrant, former head of Australia’s Defence Force planning, Prof Lachlan Blackhall, an expert on dispatchable energy and Anika Molesworth, a young firebrand primary producer. So, another terrific line-up, to help us understand what we can do about this crisis. Register via
More info see the D9705 Support the Environment webpage.
Global Grant Scholarship
The Trustees of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) have awarded a global grant scholarship to Manny Zhang (Sydney, NSW) to study at Columbia Law School for the 2021-22 academic year. The application for a global grant scholarship was submitted by District 9705 and the Rotary Club of New York, and has been approved by The Rotary Foundation. The award is in the amount of US$30,000. Manny will be joining a distinguished group of Rotary scholars striving to make a difference in peacebuilding and conflict prevention.
What are Rotary Global Fellowships?
Global grants are for graduate students studying abroad in one of Rotary’s six causes: 
  • Promoting peace 
  • Fighting disease 
  • Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene 
  • Saving mothers and children 
  • Supporting education 
  • Growing local economies
Scholarships last from one to four years and can include an entire degree program. Global grant scholarships are funded using cash or District Designated Funds matched by the World Fund. For further details see
Across the District
District 9705 is the size of England and comprises approximately 80 individual Clubs.
Each week newsletters from across the District are sent to the District Newsletter Editor - Cherry Pickings from Young, The Narrator from Narrandera, Space Signals from Parkes, Scratchings from Canberra Sundowner, The Key from Gungahlin and many more. If you have a story to share with your fellow Rotary members please send through to for consideration.
(Image: Artist Heesco, while in Murrumbateman-Harden working on the mural.)
Lebanon Strong

Baby Formula For Lebanon

We are sending a full 40ft container with 35,560 tins of baby milk formula from Europe to all areas of Lebanon and we need your help.

As Lebanon’s crisis deepens, lines for fuel grow, and food and medicine are scarce we are desperately calling on media outlets to help us spread the word and provide coverage to our campaign launch. We are calling on community members and business owners to donate to our Go Fund Me. We are calling on dignitaries to support us by sharing our Baby Formula fundraiser to spread the word.

This campaign is supported by the Rotary Club of Canberra.

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