January 2018
To all District Rotarians - Have a Happy, Healthy and Productive New Year
DG George Weston and Carol wish all Rotarians of District 9700 a Happy, Healthy and Productive New Year. Hopefully everyone was able to have a relaxing Christmas break with some family .  
I take this opportunity to personally thank all my wonderful Board  Members, AG’s, Club Presidents and Rotarians as we are half way through our year and I am surprised at how quickly the first six months has flown.
I have been reading all the Club Bulletins and have been very impressed with the projects in our District. Well done to you all. ROTARY MAKING A DIFFERENCE.
Please note in the Newsletter our Peace section and our Youth Exchange section along  with DGE John Glassford’s 2018/2019 theme.
2018-19 Rotary Theme - Be The Inspiration

2018-19 RI President Barry Rassin announced his presidential theme, Be the Inspiration, at Rotary's International Assembly.

Rassin stressed the power of Rotary’s new vision statement, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” This describes the Rotary that leaders must help build, he said.

To achieve this vision, the president-elect said, Rotarians must take care of the organization: “We are a membership organization first. And if we want to be able to serve, if we want to succeed in our goals — we have to take care of our members first.”

Rassin asked the incoming district governors to “inspire the club presidents, and the Rotarians in your districts, to want to change. To want to do more. To want to reach their own potential. It’s your job to motivate them — and help them find their own way forward.”


Peace Communities 25th Anniversary 
This is to announce the Peace Communities Program 25 year celebration weekend.
At the District AGM in November at Young, the clubs voted to support the 25th Anniversary of the District Peace Communities Program with a grant of $5000.  
This celebration will be held on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th February with a Gala Dinner to complete a motivating program. The Gala dinner is $55pp and all other events on the program are free and open to all Rotarians and the public. 
District Governor George is hoping as many clubs across the District as possible will support this anniversary celebration. Please consider attending this event as a club group. I am sure the discussion groups will be thought-provoking.
The District Peace Communities Program which was initiated in this District, has gone around the world and now has 70 communities involved in 9700, around Australia and overseas. Peace is one of Rotary Internationals key platforms and something we as Rotarians can be very proud. We promote peaceful conditions with all our programs both at home and around the world. This program seeks to have whole communities come together and dedicate their town, city or village to the ideals of a peaceful community.
If you have any questions feel free to contact Peace Secretary Phillip Tome, 0402463102. Bookings and payment for the dinner are required by the 14th February.  Members of the public are welcome to attend without notice. 

Exciting Month for Youth Exchange
What an exciting month for our Youth Exchange. Firstly our six 2018 Outbound Students leave Wagga Wagga Airport bound for Sydney before joining with other students to fly on to their destinations on January 19th. They are embarking on a life changing experience where they will grow and learn so very much. I, along with their Sponsor Clubs and the District 9700 wish them the very best for their 12 month Exchange.
Leeton President Monique bids bon voyage on behalf of the Club to our outgoing exchange Student - Luke.
Our 2017 outbounds returned home on the 6th and 14th January and no doubt feeling somewhat homesick and missing friends and host families after spending 12 months overseas.
We have a “’Welcome Home ‘day in Young at the S & C Club on Sunday 4th Febuary commencing at 10am which is open to all interested especially Rotary Youth  Directors who may know of a student who is interested in Exchange. Please feel free to invite any  students who may be interested. Please contact SUE GORDON  email to RSVP  especially if joining us for lunch and for further information.
Our Inbounds are nearly half way through their exchange and will soon be heading off to their third host families and they will catch up together at the ‘Welcome Home’’ day in Young as well as meeting the 2017 District 9700 Youth Exchange returnee’s.
I am looking forward to seeing the students and listening to their experience
Outbound exchange student Jasmine Phillips from Junee is given a warm welcome in Taiwan
Nominations Open for 2020–21 DG
Nominations are called for from Rotarians within Districts 9700 and 9710 to fill the position of District Governor in the new District for the Rotary year 2020/21
Nominations for Governor will close on the 23rd February 2018 and interviews will be held at Young on the 10thMarch 2018.  A District Governor must have been a President of a Rotary club, a Rotarian of good standing and have been in Rotary for at least 7 years on the day of taking up office.  Nominations must be made to your current District Governor on the nomination form and include a Rotary CV of no more than three pages.   Nominations are submitted through your club President.
The new district will comprise 39 clubs from District 9700 and 45 clubs from District 9710, 85 clubs, with approximately 2362 Rotarians (based on numbers at 30 November 2017).  These clubs are expected to be organised into six regions each with no more than 15 clubs, and administered by an Area Governor who will assist the DG in the administration of the District. Note: The role of the current Assistant Governor will cease to exist.
Rotary Friendship Exchange - Opportunities for Clubs and Rotarians
We are planning a Rotary Friendship Exchange between District 9700 and District 9940, New Zealand (Lower half of the North Island).
There are two opportunities for you and your Club to participate:
Opportunity 1 – for Rotary Clubs
We are looking for 4 Rotary Clubs to host the inbound team in September 2018 – to share your home and to show them real Aussie hospitality.  With our District offering a diverse range of experiences – from brilliant seasonal changes and colours, fabulous food and wine, magnificent landscapes and a rich cultural heritage – we have the chance to show off the best our cities have to offer.  This is a great opportunity to have International Rotarians in your midst for three or four days and in the course of this you will make great friends.
Opportunity 2 – for Rotarians and Partners
The plan is for D9700 Rotarians and partners to go “across the ditch” in early 2019 (probably February).  The exchange groups are typically 10-12 people and we are looking for either single Rotarians or a Rotarian with partner.  This will be an ‘on the go’ vacation so be prepared for 14 days filled with adventure, friendship and new experiences.
To learn more or to take advantage of one, or both, of these exciting opportunities, please contact Team Leader Debbie Schache on
We look forward to providing lasting memories and experiences with our global Rotary families!

Forbes Ipomoea 
Christmas Tree Festival
More than 120 Christmas trees and nativities made a wonderful and colourful display at the 6th annual Christmas Tree Festival, organised by the Rotary Club of Forbes Ipomoea which was held in the Town Hall of Forbes on the first weekend of December, 2017.
The community of Forbes - schools, childcare centres, churches, service groups, social & interest groups, nursing/retirement homes, businesses, families and individuals - were invited to exhibit a Christmas tree or Nativity scene. This they did to create an incredible spectacle.

Rotary International Convention
June 23rd -27th 2018
If you are interested in attending visit the website for more details. If you have never attended a Rotary International Conference I suggest you put it on your bucket list. It really is a wonderful experience. If Toronto is a place you would like to experience then why not experience both together.