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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.
District Governor Michael Milston asked Rotarians attending the Saturday evening District Conference Dinner to dress colorful.
As every District Governor should do, he led by example.  More details and pictures coming.
Want to hear about the DisCon17 Program?
Listen to a recent radio interview here
Last year the Rotary Club of Orange Calare made the decision to wind-up its activities and a number of Rotarians transferred to other Clubs while a solid core worked towards establishing a Rotary Community Corp in central NSW.
The Rotary Club of Orange North agreed to be the sponsor Rotary Club, and in late 2016 the Certificate of Organisation was received. Using funds transferred to the RCC from the old Rotary Club, and generating interest in their own fund-raising projects, the Corp called "Roundabout Central West", recently made donations to the RSPCA and to the  Orange Premi-babes Association.
Well done Roundabouters!
We welcome to District 9700 in Wiradjuri country 7 Rotarians on Fellowship Exchange.
It has been great to catch up with AG Dennis (soon to be DG!!) & Jill Stevens (Accountancy), PP Mike & Maureen Nethaway (Aerospace Management) and PP John & Christine Hollis (Education) - all from the RC of Yeovil, and  PP Dot Cretney (Housing Management) of the RC of Frome, both in Somerset, England.
Whilst here the English team are visiting Orange (hosted by RC of Orange Daybreak), then going to to Leeton and finally Narrandera.
Hi Rotarians and Rotoractors
The DisCon17 team are pleased to reveal more details of secured Keynote Speakers for the Colour City Conference. This "Conference Chatter" includes, as well as information on two keynote speakers, the registration process, and the Conference Program.
If you have been living under a rock for the last few months, and you haven't registered PLEASE do so ASAP so that we can complete our planning for your enjoyment! NOTE: even if you are attending only and not eating (or bringing your own snacks and dinner, etc wink) you need to register so we can provide you with the Conference package and name identifier.
Click here to Register

To see the Program click here or on the image to the right
When you register think about the Conference Dinner - the THEME is Colour - as you might expect. Dig out that colourful dress, shirt, pants suit, kaftan, muumuu, leggings, hat, scarf, etc and wear it with pride as we celebrate the 100th year of Foundation and the diversity of our great district. The program is looking 'very fun' (as they say) with plenty of opportunity for fellowship, food, fun and frolicking to local muso!
This will be great way to unwind after Day 1 of the Conference. Hope you can come. Just tick the box on the Rego form for Saturday evening Dinner.
Keynote Speaker line-up
To whet your appetite already confirmed Keynote speakers include:
Taylor-Jai McAlister: Holder of an Australian Rotary Health Indigenous Health Scholarship at Macquarie Uni, Taylor-Jai is a proud Aboriginal woman from Nyngan, NSW. She aspires to become a Clinical Psychologist who is able to support the Indigenous community in relation to mental health and well-being. She is particularly passionate about working not only with her community, but also the deaf community, of which there is an over representation of Indigenous people.
Deaf people have high rates of mental illness resulting in suicide, so it is imperative that mental health services are more accessible for this demographic. There is also a cultural barrier that exists for Indigenous deaf people who are trying to access mental health services, and as an Aboriginal woman, Taylor-Jai believes that she will be able to connect more people to these services due to her Indigenous heritage and future fluency of Auslan. In January 2017, she attended RYLA. "It was one of the most interesting experiences I have had so far, as I learned a lot about myself and how I interact with other people" reports Taylor-Jai.
Gerry Georgatos: Has remained constant as a social justice and human rights campaigner despite changing professions again and again and foraying into various experiences. Gerry’s own human rights and social justice work was inspired by his parents’ tireless contributions to the Greek community and in positively responding to the racial and cultural divides that were the profound experiences of his parents and his own.
These days Gerry Georgatos is a university-based and freelance researcher and academic however his professional work, as always, continues to be indelibly intertwined with human rights and social justice causes. He is the convener of Humanitarian Programs at the Institute of Social Justice and Human Rights. And in recent years he has dedicated himself to suicide prevention – a leading cause of death. Gerry Georgatos has been responsible for pushing onto the national landscape the extensiveness of the suicide crises among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Gerry has been asked to speak on Racism (and Rotary's role in forging tolerance). Check his website

Details on how to register follow...
Rotary Club of Griffith Rotarian, Keith McWilliam, was honoured by his Club when he recently received recognition for 60 years service to the community as a Rotarian. [Seen here, second left, with President Don Best (left), Sam Catanzariti (second right) and Mick Plos (right)]
This would make him one of the longest serving Rotary volunteers in Australia. He joined Rotary aged 32 following in his father’s footsteps, who joined a few years earlier. And 8 years later he became president in 1965. Among the awards are an appreciation award for his 60-years of service to the District and a Paul Harris Fellow recognition.
Great work Keith, and thank you again on behalf of all District Rotarians, and Rotary International, for Serving Humanity over all those years - you provide a great model of service to us all.
Read more of Keith's story as reported in the Area News ....
RYLA Applications are now being called for from Rotary Clubs
RYLA is part of Rotary’s commitment to the youth of Australia. It shows respect and concern for young citizens and encourages and recognises the high qualities of many young people who are showing leadership in an array of work, education, community and sporting areas.
Leadership, Learning, Laughter, Cooperation, Communication, Resilience, Compassion, Confidence, Friendships, Potential, Kick start, Teamwork, Valuing diversity, Understanding, Direction, Personal Development, Strengths and Fun are just some of the words used by past participants to describe what RYLA is about. The website is at http://rotary9700.org.au/Page/ryla

You can play a part in our future by canvassing employers in your community to select potential leaders to attend this Conference. Following is more info about the Program
Our focus in February, as Rotarians, is to reflect on the broad and somewhat gigantic theme of Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution.
Initially the mind seems to be drawn to images of war, destruction, anger, weapons, refugees, winners and losers, and inhuman treatment of people. And of course this is perfectly correct. The difficulty of these mind images is the enormity of it all, and hence the seemingly impossible task of being able to address it, let alone find and work towards a solution.
I have therefore tried to refocus my attention to small cases of potential conflict or where peace has prevailed. I find this easier to manage! The following is an explanation /definition of Peace from Dr R.J. Rummel, Professor Emeritus, University of Hawaii:

"Peace, then is determined by a process of adjustment between what people, groups, or states want, can, and will do. Peace is based on a consequent balance of powers and involves a corresponding structure of expectations and patterns of cooperation. Moreover, peace may become unstable when an increasing gap develops between expectations and power, and may collapse into conflict, violence, or war." [https://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/TJP.CHAP10.HTM]
Who would have guessed that 'expectations' would be a key factor! And peace is determined by, in lay terms, people's understanding of each other. There are many areas where we see the 'peace broken' - in personal relationships (family and domestic violence), workplace conflict, harassment and bullying, gang warfare, and so on.
This started me thinking about the things we Rotarians do to encourage and sustain peace. Early in February we welcomed back to Australia 4 mature students who had just returned from 12 months overseas - Mitch from Forbes, Tayla from Wagga Wagga, Elijah from Leeton (remember we did a story on Elijah some months ago) and Bailey from Blayney. They were part of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. Some Rotarians have argued that this program is just an overseas holiday for the children of wealthy families; however I learnt that many parents have to forgo considerably in order to pay for their child to have this opportunity of a lifetime.
What does this have to do with Peace?
The Exchange Students (both inbound, we have 6 in the district currently, and outbound) are often recognised by their blazers with the many pins and mementos received during their stay away from home. And I realised that this program is an expression of the Focus area of Peace. OK, I hear you say, prove it!
The Aussie students offer a window to our world and present this to all they meet, as do the inbound students. In essence they are helping to build positive expectations about their countries with their peers, these relationships are also positive.
And the proof? Well each student has many badges, each badge could represent an interaction with a person, a club, a series of people, and each of those people will tell their friends and family about the student and so the positive relationship and expectation is shared very widely. It will be remembered for years, recalled often, annual if not more frequent communication will ensue. This has all the makings of a strong international Peace and conflict prevention strategy! No wonder it is so successful.
Welcome home Mitch, Tayla, Elijah and Bailey; and we hope Anne, Clara, Hellena, Willis, Mathilda and Victor are enjoying their time with us!

RAWCS has established the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) to assist Rotary Clubs and Rotary Districts within Australia to respond to needs within their own communities.

The main requirement for RABS projects is that they provide direct relief to people in need. If the clients are disadvantaged, the relief should target that disadvantage, i.e. a place to sleep for the homeless, food and support for those in poverty, counselling and support of those in distress. The relief provided is only for 'people in need'.

All Benevolent Society projects must address one or more of the following criteria that arouse the compassion of your community: Poverty, Sickness, Suffering, Distress, Misfortune, Disability, Destitution, Helplessness.
Once you have your idea registering is easy. Simply download the forms from the website - www.rawcs.org.au

RABS has been registered with the ACNC - Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission and has Designated Gift Recipient (DGR) status with the Australian Tax Office.
I recently had the pleasure to visit a renewal dinner with Oberon Rotary and to recognise the contribution of two citizens for their Vocational Excellence and service to the community.
This was a Club initiative to showcase Rotary's promotion of this Avenue of Service. I particularly wanted to report on awardee Wayne Barker, a master Butcher (his motto is the title of this post!) of well over 30 years. Not only has Wayne taken on many apprentices, he has also provided support for schools, Rotary and many local fundraising events.
The story told by visiting ex-Oberon High principal, Ken Barwick, left the dinner guests without a dry eye. Ken told the story of how Wayne, selflessly and thinking of his community, asked Ken, over many years, to give him the youth who are least likely to succeed at school, who are struggling, who are least likely to get a job or do further training. Wayne would give them work experience! And most of these students discovered the realities of work, the discipline needed and the effort required. Wayne's lessons were fair and 'slackers' were cut loose. Ken said there wouldn't be many young people who didn't benefit from Wayne's support and encouragement. Wayne turned around many young lives.
Well done Wayne, your service above self is inspirational! And congratulations Oberon Rotary for using January to recognise your inspirational community members.
2017-18 RI President Ian H.S. Riseley announces his presidential theme,
Rotary: Making a Difference
Rotary International reporter Ryan Hyland said "Rotary International President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley made the case on Monday that protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service.
Riseley, a member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, unveiled the 2017-18 presidential theme, Rotary: Making a Difference, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA."
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
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..."
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