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One of the most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics in the world is the…Rotary 4-Way Test. The 4-Way Test was created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932. Taylor drew up a 24-word code of ethics for all his employees to follow in their business and professional lives which was subsequently adopted by Rotary in 1943, and has since been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways.

The four-way test of the things we think, say, or do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOOD WILL and better FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
Firstsly - The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service
Secondly - High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
Thirdly - The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life.
Fourthly - The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
There is a huge gap in the life expectancy between Indigenous Australians and non-Indigenous Australians. This is an unacceptable situation and for $2500 we can do something about it.  Australian Rotary Health partners with Rotary Clubs to offer scholarships to indigenous medical students who are studying to become medical professionals.  These scholarships often mean the difference between pass and fail for these students. Sometimes they get little support from their family and struggle to carry on. Even so, these scholarships are only offered to second year students who have proven that they can pass the first year of studies. 

Royce Abbey Award

The Royce Abbey Award and the Royce and Jean Abbey Vocational Training Team Programme (“the Scholarship”) were established in recognition of Royce Abbey’s contribution to Rotary as an inspirational Rotary member and leader since 1954 and his role as President of Rotary International in 1988-89.
Royce and Jean Abbey Scholarship
The earnings of the Fund are used for Humanitarian programmes and in particular to fund individuals and teams from the Asia Pacific Region to undertake practical training in Australia in the areas of food production, forestry, agriculture, environmental research and community development.
So you always wanted to visit Timor, well RAM Volunteer trips to Timor are now being planned!
We have just received the following information about the planning of several team trips to assist the Rotary Club of Dili Lafaek in implementing a “Healthy Villages” project in Timor Leste in April 2017 - including the well known "Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM)" program. Recently the Dili Lafeak Rotary Club has commenced working with a village in Dili and another in Liquica so they are developing some practical experience.
Rtn David Pearson, National Manager, Rotarians Against Malaria, writes:

"RAM is also supporting the distribution of Long Lasting Insecticidal bed nets in the Oecusse enclave (the bit of Timor Leste that is surrounded by Indonesia’s Nusa Tengrra Timor province) and we have been invited to assist with volunteers on this project which is scheduled to take place in January and February 2017.

This is fairly late notice and if there is any interest in participating then we will need to find a Team Leader with some Timor experience; however if any of you are interested in this possibility please get back to me and we will see what can be arranged
David can be contacted on Ph/Fax 61 2 67792616, sugarloaf@sugarloafne.com
When thinking about the theme for December - Disease Prevention and Treatment - the first thing I asked was "what constitutes a disease?"

The more I tried to define it, the more nebulous the term seemed. It was easier to define it by what it wasn't. So I turned to some learned sources. In a European Molecular Biology Organization report by Prof Jackie Leach Scully, in 2004 [obviously required reading for district governors crying ], she states:

"At first sight, the answer to “What is a disease?” is straightforward. Most of us feel we have an intuitive grasp of the idea, reaching mentally to images or memories of colds, cancer or tuberculosis. But a look through any medical dictionary soon shows that articulating a satisfactory definition of disease is surprisingly difficult. And it is not much help defining disease as the opposite of health, given that definitions of health are equally tricky." (see https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1299105/)
Can we glean any clearer focus by reviewing the Rotary Foundation Areas of Focus? 
Let's see what they broadly cover - the importance of generational growth (Saving mothers and children, and Promoting peace), the need for informed development (Supporting education, and Growing local economies), basics of life are sustained (Providing clean water), and finally we need to be healthy if this is to be successful (Fighting disease).

The final component is therefore saying that whatever leads to poor health, and is not due to poor water or sanitation, poor education and stagnant economies and communities, must be treated and prevented from future occurrence.

During our travels to each Rotary Club in our district we noted many, many instances of Rotarians focusing clearly on health outcomes - both, locally to internationally through RAWCS projects, and general preparedness to help where needed.

And of course one of the major examples of this is our very own End Polio campaign, funded through our donations to The Rotary Foundation (TRF)....
Click Read More on the right to read about the Treatment and Prevention approach, How Rotarians are helping to prevent disease and promote health, understand the NEED, and of course the final call to action!
Elijah's Dream? No, this is not a biblical story, rather an example of the Marvellous-What-a-Difference-Youth-Exchange-Makes experience.
Take one young student from Leeton, provide him and his family with some familiarisation, help him prepare for a year away where you have to learn a new language, send him to Belgium, read the stories of his experiences, and now receive this from his Host District on the eve of his return home:
"I would like to announce to you that Elijah Ingram, has received the D1620 - OUTSTANDING AWARD for the year 2016-2017 awarded to the best Southern Hemisphere student. Reasons of this award are numerous:
  • Elijah has perfectly understood what a YEP must be. He was totally & perfectly  integrated into the families, Rotary, City and school‘s life. He is a boy with a high level of maturity. It is a real pleasure to meet him and the conversations are always interesting.
  • The moments we shared with him are always pleasant for the host parents & Rotarians. He is always ready to help during Rotarian fund raising activities.
  • His knowledge of French  is very good. He understands everything and have always smart comments to give.
  • It would be too long to describe all the very good moments we had with him since his arrival in January 2016.
  • The most important argument for receiving this “D1620 Outstanding Award” is the "give back project" he organized in my city, La Louvière. Several months ago, he has launched a social project in a school for kids having disabilities. This project is called “The Elijah’s Dream”. I personally met the school principal. She was (and the teachers also) delighted by the Elijah’s work.
Definitely, you (D9700), Elijah’s Family, his community & the sponsor club (Leeton) can be proud of this wonderful boy. He is, really, a worthy Ambassador of your country…."
What a great rap for Elijah! Well done, great work in true Rotary tradition of 'building goodwill and better friendships' and we wish you well in your return. Elijah is left with the final observation:

... the thought that I’ll be leaving the place I now call home makes me sad. But at the same time I am filled with excitement to be able to come back home..."
Our District Governor for this year in Pakistan (D3272) is DG Mir Arif Ali.
And he has some very good news that demonstrates the high regard in which Rotary is held. Mir says:
"Greetings from District 3272 Pakistan.
This commemorative Postage Stamp was issued by the Pakistan Postal Services as a tribute to celebrate and recognize the services rendered by The Rotary Foundation to humanity at large for the last 100 years.
This indeed is a milestone and an unprecedented honour for the Rotary Foundation which ... has received "SOVEREIGN RECOGNITION" from a country no less than the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
This Commemorative Stamp has the huge potential  for Building the Public Image of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation as it travels across the world showcasing ROTARY SERVING HUMANITY.
The stamp design is by a Rotarian of the Rotary Club of Lahore Model Town. And the designer is Rtn Mahru Arif Ali, who also happens to be Mir's wife!

Our best wishes go to our brothers and sisters in Pakistan smiley
The International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators is one of Rotary International's newest fellowships. This Fellowship is dedicated to promoting quality education (both public and private) as well as other types of training and development such as Continuing Education, Further Education, Adult Education, Lifelong Learning and other forms of instruction as an opportunity for fellowship.
The website address is www.rotarianeducators.org and you can see from the website that you do not have to be an educator or work in the field of education to be a member - just have a passion for, or an interest in, education.
Membership is very reasonable - for one year $US20, three years $US50, or a lifetime membership for $US100!! Why wait? Check out the website, join and you will be helping your Club towards their Citation from RI President John.
The ABC online news reported 2 days ago:
More than 1,000 tourists and survivors stranded by landslides have been evacuated from the small seaside town of Kaikoura since the quake struck on Monday.
About 450 were taken by the New Zealand navy's multi-role vessel HMNZS Canterbury 150 kilometres south to Christchurch, the South Island's largest city.
Most tourists had continued their journeys, but about 130 people were being housed temporarily in Canterbury University's student halls.

RAWCS National has established an Appeal [Project number 32-2016/17] and funds donated will be forwarded to the New Zealand equivalent - Rotary New Zealand World Community Service - for funding support projects where they are most needed. Please consider assisting the communities in need by donating to the RAWCS Project at https://disasters.rawcs.com.au

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The Rotary Friendship Exchange program gives Rotarians and their families the opportunity to experience other cultures firsthand, by participating in reciprocal visits with Rotarians from other countries and their families. Read the latest newsletter by the D9700 Chair PP John Willing for all the news, future exchanges and lots more.
Breaking News:
We have just learnt that Elvis Ukato, from Kanga in the mountains of PNG (see story below), has made a full recovery from his bowel surgery in Port Moresby and will be on his way home this Thursday (8 December 2016) morning. The operation has been successful to provide him with a working anus and his life expectancy is now as high as any other child.

The Story as reported on 22 October 2016:
This story, told on our recent Governor's Club Visit, is as much about a little boy as it is about a Rotarian not only serving humanity, but also providing service above self. I wanted to share it with you ...
"So I am on my way down the mountain in PNG, being escorted by Jessie, the Principal of Kanga Primary School which my RAWCS Project “Teachers Assist Kokoda” had helped equip some years ago. Out of the blue Jessie starts telling me about this little almost 2 year old boy in the village. He was born with no anus. His mother didn’t realise something was wrong until his stomach began to bloat.
Emergency surgery resulted in him having a stoma hole (no equipment or money for bags, etc). She tells me he is now needing to push his faeces out by manipulating the intestines – during this process, part of the stomach comes out and he has to push it back in. She has promised to ask her Australian friends, me and the team, if they can help.
I am gob-smacked! Medical help I have never tried to provide. I am not a nurse or a doctor. I train teachers.  But, of course, as Rotarians do, I say, “I’ll do my best for you!” at the time thinking that the likelihood of me being able to make a difference are pretty slim.
What happens next? Is there any help available? ...
The Good News is that we celebrate 100 years of The Rotary Foundation 'Doing Good in the World' in 2016-2017, and you can be part of this massive event. Rotary international has created a wonderful, engaging video clip that will enthrall you.
Did you know that the Foundation has spent over $3 billion on health, disease prevention, peace, child and maternal health, sanitation and much more. You can watch the video online 

And now to say thank you