District 9705 - September 2020 Newsletter
District Governor's Message
Just one of the many reasons people join Rotary – to do good in the world and give valuable service to their communities.
Volunteers and health care workers set out to administer oral polio vaccines to hundreds of children during an immunization campaign in Cote d’Ivoire
International cooperation and leadership means Africa is now Polio Free
"Africa is now rid of a terrible disease which has crippled and killed so many people.  The reason Africa is able to be declared Polio Free is through international cooperation and leadership". This is a statement I made as Chair of the International Immunization Policy Taskforce of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) and Rotary International 9705 District Governor in Australia.
WFPHA Immunization Policy Taskforce used the opportunity to applaud public health professionals and associations, Rotary International, the World Health Organization, GAVI, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and all supporters for making Africa Polio Free.
It is a great step forward and a reminder of the need to maintain international cooperation, to increase drive and finish the job. With less than a hundred cases this year, and all limited to remote areas in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the end is within reach. The vision is clear. Smallpox has been eliminated. Now, for the second time, the world can achieve the elimination of yet another devastating disease.
As much as leadership has been important, the people on the ground who deliver the vaccine, who continue to monitor and maintain vigilance in very tiring conditions are the ones who actually achieve the outcome. Our sincere thanks go to them. In a year when the world is being tested by COVID-19, it is an important milestone to illustrate the effectiveness of vaccines and to commit appropriate resources to immunization generally.
This milestone is also an opportunity to recognise the contribution of a public health hero, Sir Clement Renouf AM who died just a couple of months ago. As International President of Rotary in 1978-79 he started Rotary down the path of eliminating polio, and by doing so, encouraged the WHO and others to get involved.  It is a shame that he did not live to see his dream achieved – or even this significant milestone.
Rotary is in for the long haul – the best part of four decades – and our persistence through our donations to the Rotary Foundation Polio Plus (which are doubled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) and our international efforts on the ground, will see an eradication of this terrible disease.
3 Area Governors
Meet the Area Governors
Area 2 - Ross Craven is an Anglican Priest and a member of  the Rotary Club of Grenfell where is has held various positions. He first joined Rotary in 2007 in Merriwa where the focus was on community engagement. Ross is looking forward to representing Area 2 for District 9705. Read more about Ross below.
Area 3  - Martin Brown lives in Tumbarumba and became involved with Rotary in 2012. He has served as both President and Treasurer and enjoys riding his motorbike with others, as part of the End Polio Now campaign. Martin is looking forward to bringing clubs from both old districts together in activities for the new District 9705. See more of Martin's story below.
Area 6 - Bruce Whiley is a member of the Rotary Club of Nowra and Past President of the Rotary Club of Orange North.  Having taken on the role of AG for Area 6 he was looking forward to travelling to the clubs across District 9705 when covid restrictions allow. See more of Bruce's story below.
Rotaract Representative 2021-22
Congratulations to Shawn Wilson
Congratulations to Shawn Wilson, who has been selected as our  Rotaract District 9705  Representative  for the upcoming 2021-2022 Rotary year. The Rotaract Representative is a member of the Rotary District 9705 Board and plays a role in the District’s decision making. Shawn is the current President of the Canberra Rotaract Club, we know that he is going to do an amazing job as the second DRR of D9705.
Beirut Calling
Support the Rebuilding of a Beirut Paediatric Hospital 
District 9705 members are called upon to support the rebuilding of a paediatric hospital recently destroyed in the 4 August explosion in Beirut. Rim El Kadi (RC Canberra) has been in touch with her former Rotary Club and they need our support. The money collected will be sent directly to Rim’s previous Rotary Club in Beirut and specifically dedicated to the rebuilding of the paediatric hospital. (Image: Rescued babies from the neo-natal ward)
Membership Forums
Note Your Diaries - DGN Geraldine Rurenga - 10 September
Each month there will be hour-long presentations that will feature a special guest providing new ideas and information about recruiting and retaining members, about different types of clubs, and tips on how your club can grow. There also will be a short presentation from an Area Governor talking about specific activities in their region and an opportunity to share your membership ideas. Our guest speaker for September is DGN Geraldine Rurenga. Register HERE.
RAM Conference 2020
ZOOM Conference 12-13 September 2020
The 2020 Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) Conference has been changed into a virtual conference to be held via Zoom. At this RAM Virtual Conference, Malaria Experts will share their work in the Asia-Pacific with us. Topics include intersectoral collaborations for malaria elimination; vector contro innovations; quality assurance in malaria microscopy; radical cure of Plasmodium vivax in the region; and an update on the PlasProtecT® malaria vaccine. Registration is now open.
Australian Rotary Health
Australian Rotary Health COVID-19 Appeal
Australian researchers need your help  It has become clear during the COVID-19 pandemic that looking after our mental health is more important than ever. Continuing to support mental health research to learn how to best support our communities is crucial. Please consider donating to mental health research today through the Australian Rotary Health COVID-19 Appeal.  Read more about Australian Rotary Health HERE.
District Fundraising
Rotary in Action Across the District
Aussie Peace Walk - Challenge yourself 
Walking for Peace - Help Rotary immunise 100,000 children against life-threatening diseases from 9 Pacific Island nations! Join the Rotary Club of Hall (Area 4) on this two day walking challenge and raise money for this good cause. See for more details.
Mango Drive - Area 5 members
The Rotary Club of Woden Daybreak, ACT (Area 5), is having a Mango Fundraiser again this year.  The Club will donate all profits to ShelterBox. Deliveries are expected early to mid-December. Orders and payment due 21 October. See Facebook for further details
Aussie Bread tags for Wheelchairs 
The Rotary Club of Pambula as become a collection point in the Bega Valley for the  bread tags for wheelchairs program. Recycling 250 kg of bread tags can fund one entry level wheelchair. (There are multiple collection points across D9705.) Contact  Lynne Koerbin  (Pambula RC  Publicity Officer) via email  for further details.  Another great initiative being supported by Rotary. Read the full story here.
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