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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.
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 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 detaisl 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


Can your community or project use some Desks and Chairs in Good Condition?

This quickie is only useful to you if your answer is YES! If so, read on...

Trish Davies of Junee Rotary says: "A private high school in Wagga is about to receive a load of new desks and chairs and they need to get rid of the old ones [probably much more modern than the photo!!], which are in really good nick. We thought we had it covered with a RAWCS Project from Melbourne, but our transport arrangement has fallen through. It seems a shame for it all to go to the tip, and that is what is about to happen if we don’t grab it. The new furniture arrives in about 3 weeks, so a quick response would be needed."

If you or someone in your community is interested (even in a few items perhaps) contact Trish in the first instance at trish_davies@bigpond.com or someone you might know from the Rotary Club of Junee.

“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.
We publsih a monthly newsletter which you will find very interesting this month.  There are many excellent stories in this issue.
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.

August is a time when we reflect on our ability to share the great benefits of being a Rotarian.
Rotarians say that they enjoy being one because they participate in networking which leads to friendship and fellowship, a sharing of common values about helping and supporting those in need, and the personal and professional development that comes through community leadership, advocacy, and project planning and management. Have you shared your respect for Rotary by inviting a respected friend/colleague to recognise their leadership skills/potential as a Rotarian?

Now Rotarians realise they cannot do it all by themselves, they come together into the local Rotary Club where the many differently skilled Rotarians can achieve incredible things. And Rotarians, while they achieve many goals, are not immune to the ageing process! In fact many Rotarians are getting older - who would believe it smiley
So like all great organisms and organisations Rotary is in a constant state of renewal. When Rotary was conceived in 1905 by some businessmen and professionals there was no internet, in fact there was only just electricity, the car was a steam one not battery powered, and there was no TV, let alone YouTube.
In the Central and Southern NSW District 9700 Rotarians have numbered around 1200+, all doing great local and international service, raising funds and putting in the hard yards. And now Rotary is going through a period of renewal, club traditions are changing, the focus on service is replacing attendance, networking continues to be a major social cohesion for Rotarians.
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

Well it so happens that in April this year our very own Past District Governor Irene Jones represented our District at the "Rotary Council on Legislation".  And I know you are keen to know what it all means! Well there is 5 minute presentation that you won't find as riveting as Fast & Furious, nor as engaging as Downton Abbey, but it will inform you of the impact these changes will have on our Rotary Clubs. Go on, I know you want to, have a look at the video.

Recently the ABC local radio interviewed the District Governor Michael Milston just following his changeover.
Interested in listening to this interview? Then you can on-line. Michael talks about his reasons for joining Rotary, the work Rotary does, and even responds in about 25 words to the "What is Rotary?" question! Click here for the audio


Imagine your club is working to provide technology and training for teachers and children at a school in a very low-income area with limited educational resources. During your search for sponsors, a club member in a senior position at a well-known business offers to pay most of the project’s costs. This sponsorship would allow you to complete the project quickly, and kids would be in classrooms learning in just a short time. You are grateful for the generosity but hesitate because this business has been in the media over some ethical concerns. You aren’t sure it’s a good idea to accept the sponsorship, but raising the funds in other ways could sharply delay the project....What would you do?
Join the discussion on line


The 2016-2017 D9700 Directory is OUT. All Rotarians will have received their Directory by email, with supporting information on how best to use it.
Over 110 years Rotarians have developed, assisted in and funded projects to meet local, regional, national and international needs (see all District Contacts in this Directory). Our actions as Rotarians (all of us are listed in this Directory – by club and alphabetically), have motivated others to help and contribute, and have seen many join Rotary, in pursuit of "making the world a better place".

We all have a reason at some time to chair or lead a meeting. Well during training recently your District Leadership Team put together a list of CHARACTERISTICS OF EFFECTIVE MEETING LEADERSHIP. Find out what they are ...
Whenever John Germ saw a need in his hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee, he engineered a solution. He'll bring the same can-do attitude to the office of RI president. Why not meet John, read more ...


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

The Rotary Village Corps, which is now called Rotary Community Corps, started at the beginning of 1986-87 and is now found in 89 different countries, mostly in Asia and Central America. There are now 8,684 RCCs with 199,732 members who actively assist their sponsor Rotary clubs in doing Rotary work that the Rotarians themselves would have difficulty doing. It is truly our first “Partner in Service.” It bears the Rotary name, and from the very first its constitution included women members, in anticipation of the admission of women in Rotary. The board adopted RVC despite opposition by those who ridiculed it as a poor man’s Rotary club, and by those who believed it would not be acceptable in the West, where it would have no use. 
Under the direction of District Governor Representative, John Roberson, the club has held its inaugural AGM and is poised to charter shortly.
The following were duly elected:
John Roberson
Debbie Schache
Marilyn Roberts
Cameron McKern
Mal Dunnett
Public Relations
Susan Welch
John Roberson
Australian Service (+Project and Youth)
Donna Vaughan
International Service
Sharon Daishe
The website address is:  http://rotaryeclubofd9700.org.au/
The club will meet 1st Tuesday of Month (Internet) and information regarding Rotary International and Club information will be posted each Sunday.
A number of e-club members are already involved with diverse national and international humanitarian projects.
If you feel meeting online as a choice compared to a regular meeting each week and would like the flexibility of meeting at a time that suits you an E-Club may be just what you are looking for.
The club now seeking new members with an interest in “Service Above Self”.
Contact: John Roberson  johnroberson@bigpond.com  0407 940 014 and become a charter member of this new and exciting venture.