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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.
 
Rotary is…SERVICE ABOVE SELF
 
 
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.
 
 
 
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.
Well take over is stretching it a bit!
 
As it turned out there were two Rotary Australia World Community Service teams in different parts of Nepal - one providing mental health training and the other training in the reconstruction process.
 
And where do expats often meet up? At the embassy of course. The teams were from South Wagga and Orange Daybreak.
 
Interestingly they were joined by two Nepali recipients of D9700 Paul Harris Fellowship recognitions. Seen in these photos are Suresh Singh and Prakash Aryal PHF, South Wagga Rotarians Laurie Myers, Geoff Mackney, and Brian Roy, with Daybreak's Lynette Bullen (District Trainer).

Safe trip home everyone.
 
Monthly ARH News Item
October 2016
Thank you one and all who once again got behind Hat Day and gave ARH the support it needs to assist in Mental Health.
 
 
Hat Day and newly created mental health research campaign, Lift the Lid, have both proved to be quite successful yet again in 2016.
On Friday, October 7, we saw Rotary clubs, businesses and other groups right across Australia, enthusiastically donning their weirdest and wackiest hats to support mental health research.
Some went to their local Bunnings store or railway station to collect donations from the public, while others held themed trivia nights, morning teas and fundraising dinners.
We are very grateful for the support and donations that have been received so far and expect they will continue coming in throughout Mental Health Month and the rest of the year.
To say thank you, we have compiled some photographs from Hat Day and Lift the Lid to create a short video. We invite you to watch it on our YouTube channel at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMEQnMSVNPg
Feel free to continue sending through photos from Lift the Lid and Hat Day to: jessica@arh.org.au for a special mention on our Australian Rotary Health social media pages.
Remember, it is never too late to support us in our endeavor to help the 1 in 5 Australians suffering from a mental illness every year. Donate today: https://australianrotaryhealth.org.au/donations/donate-now/
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? ...
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.

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

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