District 9705 - October 2020 Newsletter
District Governor's Message
Ian Morey and Susith Adikari receiving awards from DG Michael Moore
District 9705 Rotarians - ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
What an amazing time to be involved with Rotary. In this newsletter is a rundown on the Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards (RESCA). With the bushfires, drought, pandemic and the day to day work of Emergency Services Personnel, it is brilliant that their work can be acknowledged. Under the leadership of PDG Steve Hill this acknowledgement is not only for Emergency Services workers in the current State of NSW and the ACT but are now being celebrated nationally.
It is just one aspect of the many issues being taken on by Rotarians to “do good in the world”. With so many club visits, either virtually or face to face, I am learning more and more about the contribution of so many people. In the towns where I see Rotary Parks, when I learn about international projects for clean water and sanitation, support for education or improving environment, I am blown away by the generosity and commitment of so many Rotarians. Ordinary people in one sense – extraordinary in another.
A small matter of business. The Annual General Meeting of 9705 at 10.00 am on the 15th November will incorporate the final AGMs of 9700 and 9710. This will allow closure of the finances and acceptance of the audited statements of the past districts.
It was sad to lose the Rotaract Club of Yass but not so sad to see the merger of the three Rotary clubs in Goulburn. Thanks go to Caleb and his colleagues of the Yass Rotaract, who managed the club for so long, and were forced to make such a hard decision. I look forward to working with the newly chartered Goulburn Rotary Club.
The Zone 8 Conference was an excellent opportunity to understand where Rotary is going with particularly interesting presentations by RI President Holger Knack, Past International President Ian Risley and Rotary International Director Jessie Harman. There were many others. I was particularly taken with the presentation by Michael McGovern that explored the contribution of Rotary towards ridding the world of Polio. 
I want to conclude by thanking so many clubs for the warm welcome that I have received and the way that they have continued Rotary business despite the huge challenges of the last eight months. For those clubs and Rotarians I have not yet met, or have not yet met face to face, Helen and I are looking forward to doing so in the next few months.
These are just a few of the opportunities opening through Rotary.
Annual General Meeting 2020
District 9705 Annual General Meeting for 2020 and approval of 2019-20 financial statements for Districts 9700 and 9710
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of District 9705 for 2020 will be held at 10:00 am on Sunday 15 November via Zoom (log-in details will be circulated to Clubs).
In addition to an agenda for that meeting relating to D9705 business, the meeting will also be required to accept and approve the audited financial statements for the former Districts 9700 and 9710 for 2019-20. The AGM agenda and those financial statements will be circulated by 25 October 2020.
Clubs which wish to raise agenda items for the D9705 AGM are requested to e-mail them to the District Secretary Barbara Griffiths  before 18 October 2020.

Barbara Mifsud  to Give a Global Perspective on Rotary Membership

On Tuesday October 13th at 5:30pm, via Zoom videoconferencing, Barbara Mifsud,  will be giving a talk entitled Global Perspective on Membership as a guest speaker at the District 9705 Membership Seminar Series.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
ACT Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards

Going above and beyond to serve the community

The ACT Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards (RESCA) has honoured the emergency services personnel who generously give their time to the community. Mr Ian Morey is a veteran firefighter with the Rivers Volunteer Bushfire Brigade and has played an important role in the containment of Canberra bushfires. He is the recipient of the Rotary ACT Emergency Service Officer of the Year. (voluntary). The winner of Rotary ACT Emergency Service Officer of the Year (paid ) award is Mr Susith Adikari. Mr Adikari has been a part of domestic and international causes including the bushfires in British Columbia, Canada in 2017, and the Canberra bushfires in 2020. He has held several positions as a member of the ACTAS and the ACT Rural Fire Services (RFS).

Rotary in Action 
Stories from across the District
Sapphire Coast Rotary Clubs - Hay Drive
Rotary Clubs of Merimbula, Bega & Pambula combined efforts recently to organise hay deliveries for drought affected cattle farmers across the Valley. Deliveries were made early September to Kiah and Bemboka. Many thanks to RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service) for the funding. Click here for this story and more.
Sod turning at Rotary Nature Play Park in Berry
Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP officially turned the first sod on the Rotary Nature Play Park at Boongaree in Berry after securing funding from the NSW Government. Berry Rotary has been raising funds for this project since 2014. Mr Ward (MP) was joined by representatives from Berry Rotary and the Rotary Nature Play Park Steering Committee for this milestone and official sod-turning event. See the full story below. 
Raise for Rotary
A story form Stephanie Adomaitis, Rotary Bungendore. "I’m excited to share about a new online tool, Raise for Rotary, that will give individuals another powerful means to raise the funds necessary to support our Foundation. I have been one of the first to use Raise for Rotary, and in just a month, my online fundraising page raised $590 for PolioPlus." See the full story below.
Tracy Monica's Story
My name is Tracy Monica and this is my story.  I was born and raised in Mathare (Nairobi, Kenya). It's quite uncanny how one moment can change the trajectory of your life. Nine years ago I met two angels, of course in human form! PDG John Glassford and PDG Fred Loneragan from the Rotary Club of Coolamon in Mathare. 
Annual Golf Tournament
Australian Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians Inc.
The Rotary Club of Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland are the hosts for the 2021 AGFR Tournament and they look forward to providing a wonderful week of golf and fellowship for Rotarians and their partners.
The Sunshine Coast has a lot to offer. So make this event a must on your calendar for 2021. The Maroochy River Golf Club is home to a stunning new championship course and magnificent clubhouse that has quickly made it the must-play destination for every discerning golfer on the Sunshine Coast. Located in Bli Bli, just a few minutes from Maroochydore, the Graham Marsh designed layout opened in 2015 and enjoys spectacular views to imposing Mount Coolum. 
The Australian Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians is a fellowship within the Rotary organisation and is a part of what Rotary is all about, that is “fellowship within its members”.  Register now for 2021. Registration available online.
Mango Fundraiser (Area 5)

LAST CHANCE  The Rotary Club of Woden Daybreak, ACT, is having a Mango Fundraiser again this year. 

The Club will donate all profits to ShelterBox. Deliveries are expected early to mid-December. The latest date we can accept orders and payment is Wednesday 21 October.

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