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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.
Richard Cunningham, from the Rotary Club of James River, Richmond, Virginia, USA has written down some simple but key points about developing service projects and thereby ensuring our Rotarians and potential Rotarians are engaged and serving humanity. Richard writes:
"We cannot expect to grow membership without engaging our members in service. RI President John Germ has stated this unequivocally and our club is taking that to heart.
Selecting the right project, therefore, is critical to the health of your club. Here’s a few basic principles we’ve found to be true about service projects:
  • Sweat equity is the single most vital aspect of our mission and one of our greatest strengths.   
  • Club leaders are responsible for both success and failure.
  • Engaged Rotarians take responsibility for their own learning.
  • Technology is important.
  • Members should expect to serve.
Read on to find out the other 11 key principles and then the 7 Project Attributes
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? ...
Rotary’s crowdfunding platform emphasizes partnerships over dollars.

Recently the Rotary Service Newsletter, that because the funding just wasn’t there, Suzette Ramdanie-Linton was almost ready to give up on a local clean water project that her Rotary Club of Montego Bay Sunrise had initiated in St James, Jamaica. Then, her district governor, Paul Brown, encouraged her to promote the project on Rotary Ideas.

Two weeks after she put a project description and photos on Rotary’s crowdsourcing platform, she received an email from Naude Dreyer, a member of the Rotary Club of Central Cayman Islands. Dreyer was looking specifically for water projects in Jamaica. “It was a perfect find for us,” he says. “Rotary Ideas is a really cool site and a great way to fundraise.”

Rotary Ideas helps clubs seeking volunteers, partnerships, in-kind donations, funding, and connections with one another. More than 1,220 projects have been posted on the platform since it launched in August 2013. Rotary Ideas emphasizes partnerships over dollars. The two Caribbean clubs are now collaborating on another project, to provide dictionaries to third graders in St James.

In 2015, the Orange Daybreak Rotary Club piloted a program to offer year 12 graduates an experience of service as an alternative to the traditional schoolies, often of over-indulgence.
Through a competitive selection process 15 candidates were selected. 
The Rotary Club provided three Rotarians as leaders with one older youth as a sort of ‘older sister’, and all the team undertook team building, fundraising and service projects during the 11 months leading to the experience in Nepal.

This essay, by Georgia Nonnenmacher who wrote it for the ABC ‘Heywire’ competition [http://www.abc.net.au/heywire/], tells her amazing story …
The wind had teeth up here.
It whistled around the tiny figures darting around after the tattered soccer ball. It ruffled the impossibly thin wind cheater of our tour guide in front of me. It bit through my leggings, which were near threadbare from the past three weeks of hand scrubbing them in a dry sack with cold water and a bar of soap because the detergent was running low and might be necessary if any members of the group suddenly got infected by fleas (the likelihood of the scenario is higher than you might expect).  It wasn’t only the wind, however, that had set me on edge. The air was charged with something else – something raw, something organic, something I couldn’t put my finger on.
I was not to know when I first clapped eyes on the place, but this was to be the sight of my greatest catharsis in my nineteen years of life.
Fancy two emails in one day - why aren't I out mowing??

For those Rotarians (you know who you are) who like numbers:
Last Rotary year we lost a net 73 Rotarians. So far this year we started with 1,066 Rotarians and by the end of September we have a net increase of 8!

So let's welcome all those new Rotarians and make sure their experience of Rotary is deep, meaningful and filled with FUN!

More than 1000 riders from all over Australia and as far away as New Zealand came to Wagga Wagga for the third annual Wollundry Rotary Club's Gears and Beers festival.
The brainchild of PP Phil McIntosh, this has become a much anticipated event on the Wagga Wagga calendar.
Nothing like this just happens, and Phil ably supported by Tim Barter and the rest of the committee put in a great deal of effort with the forward planning.
The festival involved every club member in some way or another, from marshalling to rubbish collection and everything in between. Coolamon Rotary Club looked after the riders as they moved out into the country, away from the city, and  we had great assistance from Apex. The wagga Wagga City Council was extremely helpful with logistics as well.
A great event that is destined to grow.

The Facebook Seminar at Young was an outstanding success. More than 50 Rotarians from across the District attended the sessions on 25 September in Young, and all report that they had a great day. The Young Rotary Club were tremendous hosts providing a venue, morning tea and lunch.
We had an executive from FaceBook in Sydney to facilitate the learning. He was a short term exchange student several years back and credits Rotary for helping him make his life time decisions.

He also told us that the managing director of FaceBook in Australia is a Rotary alumni, having been given a scholarship to university in his early days. 

The day began with a short overview of what FaceBook is, and how it began. We then learned how to establish two different platforms - the Profile for a person and the Page for an organisation. Finally we were taken through some advanced features of the system itself and learned how to use it as an effective marketing tool.
Participants came away with a much better understanding of how to use this social media tool, and were keen to begin using it more effectively.

In this Education and Literacy month, the Coolamon Rotarians have demonstrated both a commitment to literacy and community development by supporting a project initiated by Rtn Myfanwy Collette. With the production of the only Community Newsletter - the Coolamon Community Chronicle - Rotarians are partnering with other local organisations to share local news, community information, stories and services.
And what better way to provide this service than with the local high school students who have prepared a whole issue. The Rotarians collect advertising and the Shire Council collects info, allows use of the Library for production, and distributes the Chronicle. This is a great example of a number of Rotary values and focus areas coming together to serve humanity.
The Chronicle is definitely meeting a need; after only two issues a Library patron said: "Its about time, it should have happened a long time ago!" For more details contact Myfanway on collette.1@bigpond.com


RAGES is one of 26 Rotary Action Groups. DGN John Glassford has been a member of the Rotarian on the Internet (ROTI) Fellowship for many years and used this as a forum to develop the Rotary Action Group for Endangered Species (RAGES). John says:

Rotarian Action Groups help Rotary clubs and districts plan and carry out community development and humanitarian service projects in their area of expertise. The groups are organized by Rotarians and Rotaractors who are proficient, and have a passion for service, in a particular field

Read more about Rotary Action Groups on My Rotary


“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free” - Frederick Douglass
Rotarians and Friends, September is a month when we can think about the reasons why we give such emphasis to basic education and literacy in our work serving humanity. Sometimes, what we think of as self-evident truths, require a review to ensure we have sound reasoning and therefore our efforts can help bring about change.
Now you may have an education background, and then again you may find the following very interesting. Did you know that:
“The brain is the only organ that is not fully formed at birth. During the first three years, trillions of connections between brain cells are being made. A child’s relationships and experiences during the early years greatly influence how their brain grows” [Zero to Three, in its booklet titled ‘Getting Ready for School Begins at Birth’].
So these very early months and years are most important for learning. Many of us in the developed world take learning for granted, but in fact it was not always so. Over the generations parents have been encouraged to read to their child, sing with them and play. But how does an illiterate parent read to their child? And how does the family in poverty afford a book or an education?
And of course there are many other influences; these have been summarized by the Victorian Government in their publication – ‘Making the most of childhood: the importance of the early years’ 2010 – as follows…
Rotary International has several fellowships of which one is for Rotarians who are on the Internet or ROTI Rotarians On The Internet.
Contact me if you want to learn more as I have been a member of ROTI since 2005 and a Past Vice-Chair.  There are three discussions groups in ROTI, one for banter, one for serious Rotary stuff and one for the techos.

The Murrumbidgee Rotary Club is looking to partner with local Wagga hotels to collect opened soaps left by travellers. Rotary collects waste soap from these hotels and sends them to a Soap Aid (www.soapaid.org) central processing plant, where they re-process the discarded soaps and turn them back into new, useful bars of soap that will help save lives.
FACT: By the simple act of a child washing their hands with a bar of soap, we could potentially reduce the number of diarrhoea cases by over 40 per cent.
PP Jenny Lovekin is going to develop this project this year, contact Jenny at lovekinjenny13@gmail.com for more details.

Here we experience Rotary Serving Humanity - one of many examples Ann and I have noticed on our visits. In a community declared by the UN as the poorest nation on earth, with over 45% of children under 5 years, underweight; and 70% unemployment. This RAWCS project, managed by Blackheath Rotary Club, is building a gymnasium and supporting staffing in partnership with the Dili Rotaract Club. If you wish to find out more about the project contact PP Mike Holloway, Cowra Rotary at holloways@belmore2.net

The Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga present each mother of a new-born child with a book to encourage them to read to their child. Studies have shown that the vocabulary in children’s books is three times richer than daily conversation.

Research quoted says “Books help build a child’s imagination, thinking, talking and listening skills. Children also get to explore colours, shapes and patterns in books, have fun pointing and patting pages, learn to turn pages and listen to sounds and rhythms of words, apart from enhancing useful bonding between parents and the child." If you are looking for an easy but hugely beneficial project give this some thought.

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

Rotarians across our District are really 'serving humanity' in so many ways. Have a look at the range of projects they are undertaking across the world as part Rotary Australia World Community Service - RAWCS - this is a truly remarkable effort.
Check out the list of projects