November 2017
A Word from DG George
After travelling around our District 9700 for the last couple of months on my DG Visit’s (Kooringal next week and Wagga Wagga Rotaract next year) I must acknowledge how rewarding and enjoyable it has been. I loved meeting everyone and Carol and I were made to feel so very welcome. The things I learnt about the Clubs and Rotary was eye opening to say the least and no matter the size of the Rotary Club, so many ideas big and small - all helping Rotary -  ‘Making a Difference’.
Thank you all so much especially the Presidents, Partners and Boards and I wish you all the very best for your ongoing year.
I would like also to take this opportunity to thank my AG’s who accompanied me on my Visits and also their lovely partners who kept Carol company while the Board Meeting was in progress.
We had the District AGM at Young Golf Club on Sunday 15th October 2017 and again I would like to thank all who could attend. We had a lively debate on matters ranging from types of Membership of Clubs, Club Structure as well as how Foundation works to name a few. It gave me an insight on how we can support and improve the knowledge on Rotary projects to our members and the wider community.
Now that my DG visits are almost completed I would like to let you know that I am available to help with any projects that your Club has and would love to see you all again by visiting your Club or community projects.
Remember -  Rotary Making a Difference
George Weston
DG D9700 2017-2018
Redistricting Announcement
The following communication is  a joint announcement from District 9700 Governor George Weston and District 9710 Governor Steve Hill.
Message to District Clubs and Assistant Governors
All Clubs will be aware that Rotary International has required D9700 to consider joining other districts (due to the number of Rotarians in D9700). Over recent months there have been a number of meetings between Districts 9700 and 9710 about joining forces.
Plan to Join together
The discussions have been very positive and the two districts are keen to ensure that the new district is inclusive, practical and includes only necessary procedures. These discussions have resulted in an Action Plan and will be managed by the Governors, Governors-elect and Governors-nominee and a Past District Governor from each district. We will be providing updates regularly.
When the two districts join there will be a solid count of over 2,300 Rotarians and some 84 Rotary Clubs, a number of Rotaract and Interact Clubs too. Locally we are referring to the new district as D9705 (halfway between 9700 and 9710).
District Technology Training 2017  (DisTec17)
Your Rotary district is conducting a full day of technology

Come join us at DisTec17 10-4pm  Nov 12th at Young.  We will be exploring computing and technology subjects like:
  • Options for Clubs Websites
  • Tools to manage and market your events
  • Technology tips and tricks
  • ClubRunner - Basics and more
  • ClubRunner - advanced features
  • The New Rotary Club Central (goals recording)
  • Gimp -  a great Free photo editor
  • Using the new ClubRunner app
  • Social Networking
  • Emails - Security, Bounces, Controls
  • The District Directory - our Yellow Pages
  • Zoom - our New online conferencing tool
  • Where to get HELP
       Want to see a great 1 minute promotional video! Click  below
Membership Sustainability Grants
Clubs are benefiting from the district funded Membership grants. 
Below is a list of the applications for D9700 Membership Sustainability Grants as at 30/10/17.
Bathurst DaybreakParkes
E-Club D9700 
South Wagga Wagga 
The funding is limited, so get your club's  application in before the money is gone.
For more information contact:
Joanne McRae
Rotary Club of Orange Daybreak
Tel: 0419 690 895 or +61 419 690 895

Mens Health Education Rural Van (MHERV)

MHERV - ‘Men’s Health Education Rural Van’ is a Rotary project. It is a purpose-built caravan with two consulting rooms that will tour 56 centres in NSW between August 2017 and May 2018. It has a full time Registered Nurse, Nicole Page who with the assistance of local community nurses, will conduct health tests among rural men.
Detailed information on the van can be downloaded by clickinmg on the below links:
  1. MHERV Schedule    
  2. MHERV Brief
  3. MHERV Club Manual
Tree Planting Initiative
Leeton Rotary Club Teaming with local community groups planting trees.
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
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
The Rotary Foundation - Our Charity
At the recent President’s Forum, District Rotary Foundation Chair David Kennedy, highlighted the fact he considered the Foundation to be the backbone of all humanitarian work carried out by Rotary over the last 100 years.
“Without the donation support by concerned Rotarians over that very long period many of the programs that we have run both locally by way of District Grants and Global Grants internationally just would not have happened” said David.
This year’s Forum concentrated on concentrated on encouraging our members to become involved in the District’s Centurion Club by signing up to donated $100 each year.
These donations are tax deductable and also gain points towards your Paul Harris Fellow recognition.
“Australians are known for their generosity to charities but at this stage only about 21% of our fellow Rotarians donated to our own charity – this we need to overcome to continue Rotary’s great works throughout the world” said DRFC David.
If you are not yet a member why not consider grabbing a form from the frontpage download section of our District site and become an active contributor to the Foundation.
View this Newsletter ONLINE
We are beginning to include advanced features into the district newsletter, which your email program may not be able to display. 
As an example, this month's newsletter has an embeded videos, which some email programs cannot show.  To ensure that you see everything in the newsletter, I would ask everyone to read the newsletter online
To read the newsletter online, you simply click on the sentence that appears at the top of this page, above the Newsletter banner.  That sentence starts with the question..."Having trouble viewing this email.?.." and then it gives you the online link..."click here to view online" .  The correct link is not here but on the top of the page, so click on that link and you will be using the most appropriate reader for the district newsletter.   
Paul Murray  
District Webmaster & Newsletter Publisher
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