DG's Greetings
Welcome to the first District Newsletter of 2017-18
Hello, my name is George and my team and I are here to help you.  I am looking forward to meeting and working with you all in the next twelve months.
My focus areas will be:
Clubs, support and growth
Youth, using Rotary to give them the best opportunities
Foundation, Rotary’s own charity.
The Directory has been sent to all of you and it is easy to use, with links to all information you may need in the future.  Please take the time to learn how to use it. It won’t take long. I must thank Paul Murray for his hard work in producing this document. This is a huge job that takes months of work. Thank you Paul.
In the coming newsletters, I would like to feature stories from clubs and their activities and successes. I would like to feature 4 clubs each month. If your club would like to have a story in the District Newsletter, please send a prepared story with photos to District Secretary, Marilyn Roberts,  The story should be no longer than an A4 page, with no more than two photos.
I have commenced by DG visits and Carol and I have enjoyed the welcome and hospitality from the clubs. We are looking forward to the next few month visiting all clubs in the district.
District Changeover in Leeton
At Leeton RC Changeover, Carol Weston was awarded a well-deserved Paul Harris Fellowship for her continued support to George in his many roles in Rotary, Leeton Shire and Weston and Weston. Congratulations Carol.
RC Leeton, President Monique Owen,
 DGGeorge Weston, Carol Weston, son  Murray,  daughter,  Helene, Son in Law Andrew and Daugher in law Kate,
IPDG Michael Milston
The Rotarian of the Year was awarded to Sue Gordon of the Rotary Club of Young - Sue's commitment to Serving Humanity, through Rotary and
her many pursuits, embodies the key values of being a Rotarian, and she is well deserving of the Award of 2016-17 District 9700 Rotarian of the Year.
The Outstanding Rotarian of the Year Award for Contribution to Rotary International was awarded to Bruce Duffy of the Rotary Club of South Wagga Wagga. The central feature in Bruce’s commitment to Rotary and to Serving Humanity is his inspirational leadership style, his shrewd negotiation, and enthusiasm.
Vale Sam F. Owori
“Optimism is what brings us to Rotary. But Rotary is not a place for those who are only dreamers. It is a place for those with the ability, the capacity, and the compassion for fruitful service.”
Sam F. Owori, 1941-2017  
Rotary remembers Sam Owori for his ‘quiet confidence,’ integrity, and friendship
The Rotary flags in front of Rotary International World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, and Rotary offices around the world fly at half-staff this week as friends and colleagues mourn President-elect Sam F. Owori, who died on 13 July from complications after surgery.
Sam F. Owori, Rotary's president-elect, was always optimistic and brought an unyielding sense of right and wrong to his work. Owori died 13 July.
Oberon Rotary Club
 The new van with (L-R) Beth O'Shea, Brenda Lyon from Oberon Rotary, Michael McNamara and James Baxter O'Shea.
Family, friends and the community rallied to raise more than $80,000 in just four months.
Rotary Club of Leeton

As printed in the Leeton Rotary Club Bulletin ……..  An excellent report.


This week the Club welcomed newly installed District Governor George Weston for his first Club visit as DG.  Basically DG George's ethos can be summed up by the immortal words, "Hello, my name is George and my team and I are here to help you."  

E-Club of D9700-Serving Humanity
The E-Club of D9700- Serving Humanity has completed its first year. It has been a learning experience for all members and they are all looking forward to another growing their membership and continuing Serving Humanity.
Membership Sustainability Grants

These Grants are from your Reserves and designed to help clubs improve the Public Image of Rotary in your community and increase membership. The Grants are open to all clubs and District Committees to hold events, produce literature and programs that will help you make your club a better place to be. If you want funding to run a Facebook seminar, hold a membership drive or an event designed to improve your public image then these grants are for you.
For more information on how to apply for these funds to support your club just follow the link below.
At the recent Murrumbidgee Club Changeover the President of Wagga Rotaract, Claire Lawler, was awarded a Paul Harris Recognition for her work in establishing the Wagga CSU Rotaract Club.
The Wagga CSU Rotaract Club was sponsored jointly by the Wollundry and Murrumbidgee clubs and although based at CSU welcomes members from the community.
 Facebook Seminar Sun 27th Aug
It’s on Again!!  Facebook Seminar Sun 27th Aug  
We live in the world of social media and this seminar will show us how to get on line, and to use the amazing power of Facebook to reach our community. 
Last year was extremely successful, with participants coming away with new insights and abilities. They enjoyed every minute of it and most have been using the Facebook medium very effectively.  And best of all, this seminar is free. No charge. Even the coffee is free!!  So lock it into your diary and get ready for a top day of learning.
When:  Sunday August 27th, 9.30am to 4pm
 Where: Services Club , Cloete St Young, downstairs in the auditorium
Contact: PDG John Egan
D9700 Congo Global Grant
D9700 Congo Global Grant is underway
The District 9700 Global Grant to assist widows and orphans in the Democratic Republic of Congo is finally underway.
This joint initiative of all Wagga Rotary Clubs and sponsored by Wollundry Rotary will benefit so many lives by providing funds to Mission in Health Care and Development. MHDC, an NGO operated by Dr Luc Mulimbalimba Masururu, will administer the Fish Farming and Pig Raising enterprises in South Kivu District.
Gates Foundation joined Rotary in its commitment to Ending Polio
Rotary, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988. In 2007, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation joined Rotary in its commitment to ending polio.   Since 2013, the Gates Foundation has matched every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication 2-to-1, up to $35 million per year. Rotary, with matching funds from the Gates Foundation, has contributed more than $1.6 billion to end polio.
Tree Planting Initiative
Extract of Rotary International President, Ian Riseley, Speech, San Diego, Feb 2017
“ Today, environmental issues threaten us all. They are having a disproportionate impact on those who are most vulnerable, those to whom Rotary has the greatest responsibility. Yet environmental issues barely register on the Rotary agenda. The time is long past when environmental sustainability can be dismissed as not Rotary’s concern. It is, and must be, everyone’s concern. And so I am asking every Rotary club to raise to plant at least one tree for each member, sometime between the beginning of the Rotary year and Earth Day, which is 22nd April, 2018."
Zone 8 Institute
1-3 Sept 2017 Darwin
All Rotarian are invited to attend the  Zone 8 Institute to hear some exceptional speakers on different areas of Rotary and Service.
The Darwin Convention Centre is the home for the 2017 Rotary Zone 8 Institute.
Located on the waterfront overlooking Darwin Harbour, it is a multi-function centre capable of hosting large and small events in a very comfortable environment.
Come and join us for the Institute and while your at it, extend your stay and enjoy the wonders on offer at the Top End of Australia, the Northern Territory.
Only 40 weeks until the District 09700 Conference in Leeton
Be sure that you and your Club have booked your accommodation early to avoid disappointment.
There are a number of great accommodation options in Leeton. The link to the Accommodation - Motels, Hotels, Self contained apartments, and even camping  - are all covered in this ACCOMMODATION LISTING
DG's Club Visits
District Governor George Weston and Carol are busy visiting all the clubs in the district and their schedule is avaliable by clicking on the more button below: