A word from George
Earlier this month DGE John Glassford,  DGN John McKenzie and myself along with our partners all attended our DG Training programs and speaking for everyone -we had an amazing learning curve. There is so much to learn and it is always a stimulating few days.  Along with my 20 DG counterparts we have interesting discussions and it’s nice to know that we are all working together, with many ideas on how to advance Rotary.
In the days prior to the commencement of training, I attended the Youth Exchange conference and again felt inspiration of the work Rotarians do to ensure the best experience for our youth. It truly is a wonderful youth project.
IPDG Michael Milston and Ann were official guides and ushers for the DG Training sessions and later at the Institute. The Institute was held over one full day and two half days and very informative and inspiring with many wonderful speakers.
 One speaker that comes to mind as a standout speaker was Sarah Brown from the Purple House (medical centre for diabetic indigenous in the Outback) who is a brilliant speaker and such a giving and can do lady. For the past 15 years Sarah and her team have been working hard to improve the lives of people who have kidney disease and help them to go home to country. Sarah works with the elders who are board members to improve the health of those who live in the communities in northern Australia.   For more information, here is their website.     I am currently in talks with her in the hope of Sarah attending our District 9700 Conference in lovely Leeton in May 2018 as a major guest speaker so finger crossed that it happens.
The weather in Darwin could only be described as “Glorious” and the venue “Darwin Convention Centre” and surrounds were lovely. Carol and I enjoyed catching up with our DG class from all over Australia and of course “Making a Difference” 
Next year the Rotary Institute will be held in Hobart, the conference is open to all Rotarians and I recommend anyone who is interested in the national project of Rotary here in Australia to attend. It is a great experience. The dates of this conference is 14th -16th September. Always a great opportunity to include a holiday to gorgeous Tasmania. For more information
Yours in Rotary, DG George.
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Foundation Global Grant: Dr Luc
Recently, Dr Luc Director of Mission in Health Care and Development (MHCD), visited Wagga Wagga to show his gratitude to District 9700 for the support he has received in establishing Pig Raising and Fish Farming for the vulnerable women in the DR Congo. Dr Luc made presentation to all Wagga Clubs and also presented to the District 9700 E-Club- Serving Humanity.
Dr Luc was a guest of the Zonta Club who work closely with Dr Luc and his mission, they kindly allowed Dr Luc to visit Wagga Wagga on his way from Adelaide to Sydney. We were very grateful for this gesture.

Clean Water for Third World Countries
Contributed by AG Bryan Short
Rotary clubs from Wagga are sending four RP2 ultrafiltration water treatment units to the Democratic Republic of Congo.  They will make a difference to around 800 people who will drink clean water.
The difference will be more mothers who have healthy babies, and less kids who die in their first three years.   Perhaps the biggest difference is that a lot of kids will avoid the malnutrition and dehydration from diarrhoea that affects their lifetime physical and mental development. In the D.R.Congo 43% of children are classified as “stunted”.  
Presidents Forum and AGM Oct 15th 
Presidents Forum and AGM
Sunday 15th October
Young Golf Club,
William St, Young.
9.00 am for 9.30 and is due to finish at 1.00pm.
Coffee and tea will be available on arrival.
DG George is looking forward to catching up with his Presidents again and will be interested in hearing how the year is progressing. George and the District Board members as well as the Assistant Governors will be in attendance and will be happy to assist in any way they can. Presidents always enjoy the fellowship and information shared by their fellow Rotarians and gain new ideas that they can use in their Presidential year.
This is an important date for Presidents as the Annual General Meeting will be held and Presidents are the Delegates for their Clubs.  The Constitution requires that 60% of clubs attend, and a Delegate voting form is available for Presidents who are unable to attend. Please assist the District Board in this matter.
President can appoint another club member, or appoint a Board member to represent them. Please hand the form to the Registration Desk on arrival, or email to Marilyn Roberts prior to 12th October. If you require a Delegate Voting Form or any information regarding the AGM contact District Secretary, Marilyn Roberts, 0412739909
District Trainer PDG John Egan has planned an interesting program with time for questions and networking. Contact John if you have any questions. 0402488349.
Please remember: This is being held at the Golf Club on Sunday 15th October.  The Golf Club is in William St. We are not at the Services Club which is the usual venue.
Why your Club needs to be Represented at DisTec17
It’s an exciting and adventuresome revolution, and your club can join it...or not.   If you join it, you will grow yourself, your club image and your club membership.
Knowledge is power. At DisTec17 we will be distributing knowledge free of charge.  
DisTec17 is sponsored by District 9700 and is open to all district Rotarians, however it is really all about Clubs. Our objective is to present the technology tools and technology options that will promote and grow your club.
       Click on the video below
Parkes High School student wins a place at 2017 London International Youth Science Forum
Contributed by Ken Engsmyr, Rotary Club of Parkes
In August 2017 Yasmin Potts packed her travel bag, her mum and dad drove her from Parkes to Mascot Airport, and she flew out for London: her first overseas trip; first flight on an A380; first Parkes High School student to attend a London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF).
She also visited CERN where the European Organization for Nuclear Research is located, where they operate the Large Hadron Collider, and where the Higgs boson particle was recently discovered. An extraordinary journey made possible by her local Rotary Club.
Wollundry Gears and Beers a HUGE Success
Wollundry Rotary's Gears and Beers Cycling Festival broke all records this past Sunday (Oct 1st) in the number of cyclists (1700), in overall Beer and food festival attendance and income achieved.  All the numbers are not in yet, but it was a great day for Rotary.  Click on the video below for a short review.
What can you do with used soap?
Contributed by Hugh Hamilton, Rotary Club of Cootamundra
The Rotary Club of Cootamundra has found a use for used soap.  About a year ago we saw in the DG’s newsletter that the Rotary Club of Wagga Murrumbidgee was collecting used soap from the Motels and Hotels for “Soap Aid”.
We will tell you further on about Soap Aid.
NSW Police Officer of the Year Awards
Contributed by John Given, Chair Rotary Districts of NSW Police Officer of the Year Awards
Good afternoon DG’s I hope all of you are having a successful year.
All judging for the 2017 Rotary Clubs of NSW Police awards to be held on the 10th November in Sydney are now complete.
Senior Constable Nicole Forrest of Wagga Wagga LAC  has been selected as a finalist in the Customer Service Category. Nicole was nominated by Wagga Sunrise Rotary Club of District 9700
Rotary Friendship Exchange- D9700
Contributed by John Willing
2018 holds promise of at least one Rotary Friendship Exchange with another in planning. Rotarians are invited to send an expression of interest to be involved in an Exchange between District 9700 and District 9940 in New Zealand. At this stage a team from New Zealand will come to District 9700 in September 2018 with a return team following.  If you are interested please contact or 0418223007
Rebound Rotary Youth Exchange student Baily Perkins
Contributed by Blayney Rotary Club
George and Carol arrived for their DG Visit to Blayney on the 17/8/17 and were thrilled to discover Bailey Perkins is Youth Ambassador to the Rotary Club of Blayney and his mother Anne-Marie has joined the Club. Bailey spent 2016 in Brazil and returned to Australia in January 2017.  Photo: L-R  Blayney RC Current Exchange Student Nick and Bailey
D9700 Youth  Exchange Meeting in Young
Contributed by Sue Gordon, Youth Exchange Committee
Five new students to D9700 spent a week-end in Young recently getting acquainted with each other and the six students that will depart for a year overseas in January 2018.  The students are seen enjoying a visit to the Chinese Tribute Gardens in Young: Nick from Brazil who is being hosted by Blayney; Alan from Taiwan who is being hosted by Junee; Mads from Denmark who is being hosted by Leeton; Sandra from Finland who is being hosted by Young and Lucia from Germany who is being hosted by Coolamon. Coolamon and Junee Rotary Clubs are hosting a student for the first time in a long while.  It is hoped that they love the experience and put their hand up once again in the not too distant future.