A word from George
I am currently visiting clubs in the district and Carol and I are enjoying meeting Rotarians from all over the district, one of the perks of this job. I find seeing the good work that is done within the district inspiring and makes me proud to lead this district. The clubs I have attended so far have welcomed Carol and I and we have enjoyed the fellowship. I am half way through, and looking forward to the weeks ahead and witnessing good work in the community.
Carol and I are packing our bags for the Rotary Institute in Darwin which is to be held 31st August to 3rd September. I will be meeting with RI Director Noel Travaskis and DG Steve Hill D9710 regarding moving forward with re-districting. I am confident all will proceed smoothly and that the transition will not adversely affect clubs in our district.
Barry Rassin to be 2018-19 RI President
Barry will be RI President to D9700  District Govenor Elect  John Glassford  Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2018-19. He will be declared the president-elect on 1 September if no challenging candidates have been suggested.
As president, Rassin aims to strengthen our public image and our use of digital tools to maximize Rotary’s reach.  “Those who know what good Rotary clubs do will want to be a part of it, and we must find new models for membership that allow all interested in our mission to participate,” he says. “With Rotary more in the public eye, we will attract more individuals who want to be part of and support a membership organization that accomplishes so much good around the world.”
Rassin earned an MBA in health and hospital administration from the University of Florida and is the first fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives in the Bahamas. He recently retired after 37 years as president of Doctors Hospital Health System, where he continues to serve as an adviser. He is a lifetime member of the American Hospital Association and has served on several boards, including the Quality Council of the Bahamas, Health Education Council, and Employer’s Confederation.
Mark Maloney to be 2019-20 RI President
Mark  will be RI President to D9700  District Governor Nominee  John McKenzie  

Mark Daniel Maloney, of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USAlstin is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2019-20. He will be declared the president-nominee on 1 October if no challenging candidates have been suggested.
“The clubs are where Rotary happens,” says Maloney, an attorney. He aims to support and strengthen clubs at the community level, preserve Rotary’s culture as a service-oriented membership organization, and test new regional approaches for growth.
“With the eradication of polio, recognition for Rotary will be great and the opportunities will be many,” he says. “We have the potential to become the global powerhouse for doing good.”
Rotary Volunteer Officer of the Year Award
Wagga Rescue Squad's Tim Lidden named 2017 Rotary volunteer officer of the year at a gala award event in Sydney.
Nominated by South Wagga Rotary Club.
LOCAL HERO: Rotary volunteer officer of the year Tim Lidden (centre) with Police Minister Tony Grant, Rotary's Dot Hennessy and NSW Governor David Hurley in Sydney.
Tim Lidden remembers the moment he realised that volunteering in Wagga was for him.
“I was 18 and my uncle at the time was with the VRA (Volunteer Rescue Association) and he needed help on the river for the local Gumi race,” Mr Lidden said.
Dr Luc visiting D9700 – District Global Grant to the DR Congo
Dr Luc Mulimbalimba- Masururu (known as Dr Luc)  is Medical Director of Mission in Health Care and Development (MHCD) (, which aims to provide health care and poverty reduction services to the most vulnerable, including Congo’s Pygmies.
MHCD has multiple projects, ranging from an epilepsy centre, schools, a training centre for traditional midwives, birthing kit distribution, an orphanage, and a radio station that mobilizes the community on primary health care, peace and reconciliation.
DisTec17 - District Technology Training
What is DisTec17?
DisTec17 is district 9700's first ever full day of technology training set aside to provide Rotarians with hands on computer training in the most commonly used programs currently in place. 
Where and when is it?
It will be held in Young on Sunday Nov 12th from 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon 
What does it cost?
It is free to all district Rotarians
Who is it for?
The primary target of the training is incoming 2018-19 Presidents, and Secretaries, however it is open Executive Secretaries and  all district Rotarians.
What will the day include?
Scheduled training sessions wil explore a diverse array of subjects including:
Coolamon Rotary Welcomes Exchange Student
Christmas in July was also the 1st event that Lucia Bohnsack,  Coolamon's Rotary exchange student, attended since arriving here on the weekend.
Lucia introduced herself, telling us it feels like she has come to a large town; her home town has a population of 300 people! Lucia has been shopping for school uniforms, something that is a bit different as she doesn't have to wear a uniform at home.
Lucia presented the club with a banner from her host club in Germany, the Rotary Club of Einbeck Northheim, which Paul was happy to accept.
Rotary Club of Bathurst Daybreak
Last year, when Kate visited the Solomon Islands to work with Bathurst Rotary Club members in the construction of a toilet block at an outlying School at Nazareth, there was a call out for children’s books to take to the school.
A few months later, I learned that Carcoar School was revamping their library and many of the outdated, duplicated and damaged books would be culled. I asked Beryl and Kate could they use the books, but apparently, it would be extremely difficult to transport the books to the location unless the books were carried in personal luggage . 
Irene Jones then suggested she could contact Roberta Porter, who was the DG of the District 9500 (which includes Thursday Island) during Irene’s year as DG, to explore options for the use of the books in remote areas of northern Australia.  Irene was referred to Romina Fuji, the President of the Rotary Club of Thursday Island.
Rotary Club of Orange helps at Donations in Kind
Rotary Club of Orange members had a great day in July at the Donations in Kind (DIK) warehouse at Minchinbury. DIK is a recycling and reuse program run by Rotary providing donated items to countries in need of goods for health and education. Their work involves collection, sorting, packing, dispatch and distribution logistics.
For ten years DIK has used a warehouse owned by the Salvation Army, rent free, which has been a great partnership for Rotary. The Salvation Army now needs the space back.  Rotarians had a smashing time breaking down old tables, collapsing cardboard boxes, packing up the kitchen and moving  pallets for pick up and general tidying up.
Western Care lodge Orange
Cancer patients and their carers from across Western NSW travel to Orange for radiation or chemotherapy treatment. If they have to travel more than 100 km, which of course many do, then they have the opportunity to stay in the comfort of the Western Care Lodge.
This facility is located in the grounds of the Orange Hospital and is funded by the generosity of the regional communities, especially Rotary Clubs from across this District.
DG George had the opportunity to have a look through the Lodge on 9 August as the Rotary Club of Orange was doing some publicity for their donation of some garden furniture for the Lodge’s barbecue area. The furniture made by the Orange Woodworkers Association and was funded by the raffle of a quilt donated by Julie Walsh of Dubbo in appreciation of her stay in the Lodge.
Old Hall Comes to Life for Rotary Changeover
On the 15th of July last the Rotary Club of Forbes celebrated its 70th Changeover with the induction of Ross Williams as our President for 2017/18, the forty or so members, visiting Rotarians and guests enjoyed a cosy and relaxed atmosphere with a more than adequate 2 course meal supplied by Ashcroft’s Catering this was in spite of the minus temperature outside.
Our special guest was Past District Governor Bernie Huxtable and his wife Collina who commented on our excellent choice of venue which was the revamped Garema hall, Garema is of course Ross’s home town.
Get up and Go
Get up and Go’ is the theme for ‘Rotary Fitness’ is a new initiative that we think should be considered by all clubs because it offers nothing but benefits for Rotarians, for the growth of clubs, for the community and for the health of all Australians. 
The idea is very easy to implement at the club level.
All that is required is for a group of club members to regularly get involved in some form of fitness activity. Rotarians are encouraged to think about their health and for clubs to add a simple, regular weekly health related activity to their calendar; such as a group walk, a bike ride, game of golf, etc. – whatever activity your club supports the most.
Being a Rotarian has many privileges, not the least of which is being able to lead our communities through the service work of our Rotary clubs. In District 9700 we share a variety of common causes based on the reality of being a rural District. We also have a sense of identity with the wider world through our Annual support of The Rotary Foundation which sponsors many projects across this globe of ours, including many that we as a District continue to contribute towards.
The Centurion Club was introduced into our District by PDG Peter Walsh in 2000 as a means of encouraging Rotarians to go beyond the support they give through their clubs, by opening up a means by which we can contribute at a personal level to the work of The Rotary Foundation. While recognising that we cannot always give every year, Centurion members are encouraged to give as they can, with a minimum of Aus$100.00 which is tax deductible.
Good Manners in Rotary
 Effective Rotary Club and District meetings can be interesting as well as being business-like and fun - - - all at the same time. 
In 2004 PRID John Thorne was prompted to write a small booklet on essential protocol, hints and etiquette in Rotary.  It was published by Rotary Down Under and was quite well received.
Four editions were published and all were distributed at a low cost. It has now been decided to produce a new edition entirely and make it available through Kindle.
You can get a copy by going to the Kindle Store or App Shop and search for 'Rotary Manners'.
Australian Rotary Health PTSD Scholarships
District Conference - Leeton - May4, 2018