Recently, Orange Daybreak held another successful RYLA camp, Marilyn and I were able to attend the welcome session, and listened to the first speaker Vice Chancellor, Andrew Vann. His presentation was relaxed and interesting. He was able to glean from the Rylarians what is it they wanted to learn about and how to plan their way forward in their chosen careers. An excellent start to the week.
The result of the District Conference Quilt Sale was just amazing, and far beyond anything I had hoped for. The initial idea was to engage Rotarians and partners who felt they didn’t have any gift to offer. The talent of these women is hugely underestimated and I wanted to tap into that talent to show them that they are “A Gift To The World” and that they could contribute to Rotary Foundation-Maternal and Child Care.
Quilters from all over the district understood my desire to help the women of undeveloped countries who struggle to create life. This cause was an emotional one where we can directly compare ourselves to those who have no support in their time of need. Mothers and fathers all over our district were able to relate to the advantages we have in this country when our babies arrive. In fact over $1000 was donated by Rotarians who were inspired to contribute.
The Rotary Foundation is our charity of choice and enables us to deliver humanitarian aid around the world such as Polio eradication.
As well as this, 50% of what we give to Foundation is returned to the district for distribution as District Grants as itemised elsewhere in this newsletter. The balance becomes available for use as Global Grants such as that completed recently in Nepal and a proposed grant by Wollundry club in the Congo.
The Foundation can only continue “Doing Good In The World” if clubs and individuals support our charity.
When your club is making disbursements toward the end of the year make sure the Rotary Foundation is included. Donations to Foundation should be made during May to ensure they are recorded in this Rotary year.
District 9700 has been successfully using the District Version of ClubRunner for around 5 years. Several clubs in the district are using the Club Version of ClubRunner and several more clubs are considering signing up to the Club Version.
Because of the growing number of ClubRunner users, there has been some discussion about forming a District 9700 ClubRunner Club Version Users Group. If your club is currently using the Club Version or you are thinking about using it, and you are interested in being a part of the users group, then please send an email to Paul Murray firstname.lastname@example.org
District Conference was held in Wagga Wagga and was once again highly successful, with great fellowship and fun.
We were honoured to have Past Rotary International President Bill Boyd from New Zealand, as the RI President’s representative and all those who attended would agree is a wonderful speaker. Bill spoke on a number of subjects but his reminiscing of experiences as RI President and Rotarians who have had an influence on his life were inspiring, how we all can have an effect on someone else.
David Gilbey was the Master of Ceremonies and in completing that job he very capably incorporated poetry, humour and the celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespear's death.
Awarded to a Rotarian who in the opinion of the DG has made the greatest contribution to the work of RI locally or internationally. Paul Murray
Paul has made a huge contribution to the district over many years assisting District Governors with their IT knowledge, directories, IT advice. Paul is the Chair of the IT Committee. Paul is the Webmaster of D9700 and is responsible for the publication of the District Newsletter.
Paul has worked on many District Conferences in the IT area and spends hours on speakers presentations.
Paul is the Executive Secretary of D700 and is well deserving of this award.
The link between Rotary and youth for all our Clubs is amazing. Every club that I have visited engages with our Youth Programmes in some way or another, whether it be Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA), Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment (RYPEN), Rotary Youth Driving Award, Rotaract, Interact, District Scholarships, Rotary International Youth Exchanges, Peer Support Programmes in schools, Cure Kids, Life Education vans, Literacy Programmes in schools, and many others.
On Thursday the 31st March, the Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga held a recognition dinner for the three Ambassador Representatives from the 2015 Rotary Shine Awards.
The Rotary Shine Awards recognise employees with a disability and the employers who support a person with a disability. The awards are now in their fifth year, with all the nominees recognised at a special function held in the Wagga City Council Chambers in early December, as close as possible to the International Disability Day.
Marilyn and I recently attended the Young Careers Day held at the Young Council Chambers. Over 700 local high school students attended the day gathering information of many areas of professional employment.
Our purpose of this visit was to see the recently purchased Driving Simulator by Young Rotary Club. This simulator will be housed at the local PCYC and driving instruction will be available to young people who are preparing to learn to drive. It is hoped that with the experience of driving under many different simulated driving conditions it will prepare them for the real thing. It is known that projects like this do reduce the young driver death rate.
Young Rotary Club have worked extremely hard on this project and are to be congratulated for their fine effort.
Leeton Rotary Club while celebrating their 75th anniversary presented Leeton Mayor, Paul Maytom with the
Rotary Award for Excellence in Service to Humanity
The Rotary Award for Excellence in Service to Humanity recognises non-Rotarians who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service consistent with Rotary’s ideals and who might otherwise go unrecognised.
On a recent visit to Henty Rotary Club, Marilyn and I visited the local Skate Park which has recently been opened. It has been a community project with which Henty Rotary Club participated.
At the request of a young boy in Henty the town decided they would investigate the possibility of a skate park and with a number of community organisations the town was able to raise enough money to build the park. It is a wonderful project and the young people are thoroughly enjoying the use of it. Henty not only raised money but have worked hard on the project to ensure its completion.