December 2017
Seasons Greetings  from DG George and Carol
Greetings to all District 9700 Rotarians and their families.  
I have completed my DG club visits and I would like to congratulate all the clubs and members on their outstanding programs and accomplishments.  It was inspiring to meet with all of you and gain an insight into all the wonderful work that is being done.
This newsletter is filled wiith the latest indformation on the upcoming Redistricting with 9710, nominations for the first District Governor of the new district in 2020-21, the new Area Governors positions and great stories of the achievements of District 9700 Rotarians.
Carol and I would like to wish all of you the best of the holiday season and a healthy and happy 2018.
George Weston
DG D9700 2017-2018
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.
DG's Working Together on Redistricting
As you are aware, we will be creating a new Rotary District that comes into being on the 1st July 2020. This District will encompass the current geographic boundaries of Districts 9700 and 9710.
Recently our Rotary International Director, Noel Trevaskis stated:
There is an urgent need for change both at the Club and the District levels. Clubs need to find new ways of attracting and retaining members and Districts need to focus their efforts on providing the best possible support mechanisms to Clubs in their crucial endeavour to grow and strengthen Rotary. Larger and better resourced Districts are seen as a significant way of providing this support to Clubs.”
These are exciting times for the two Districts as we are able to start a new district with a blank canvas and as long as we abide by Legislation and RI Code of Policies we are able to create an entity that still caters to the needs of our current programs but is able to look to the future for Rotary in our region.

2020 Area Governor Positions
In the new combined 9700/9710 district, there will be six Area Governors who will be helping the District Governor.  Each Area Governor with have approximately 15 clubs.   Click here or on the map to your right, to view a larger map of the 6 new Rotary Arera's.
The position of Area Governor will be different that the current Assistant Governors.  Click here to download a draft copy of the Area Governors duties.  This will help those Rotarians who wish to nominate for District Governor, by understanding how these Area Governors will assist him or her in their year as District Governor.   
DisTec17- Training Well Received
On November 12, 2017 the inaugural District Technology Training Day was held in the Young town hall.  Forty-five Rotarians registered for the training and the overall assessment average of the speakers by the attendees was 4 stars out of 5. 
District Governor George Weston officially welcomed everyone in a pre-recorded Zoom message.  George won over the group by his willingness to allow his out-takes to be included in his welcome.  The group loved them and it was a great start to the day.  
District Governor Elect John Glassford, welcomed everyone and gave an overview of the day.  He thanked the speakers on the day,  the help of the Young Rotary Club and all those present for supporting this inaugural event.  The day was John’s idea, so  he was well pleased with the turnout.
Special thanks need to be made to Paul Galloway  and Sureway Employment and Training for donating Flash drives to all participants.  See donated drive at right.
Below are some of the comments received from the end of the day feedback forms:
  • A great event to be continued.
  • Clubrunner, Word Press very interesting.  Very interested to learn Zoom and Social Media. Lots of info to practise at home
  • Fabulous, informative and interesting day.  Well planned and implemented.  Congrats!
  • Very informative in all regards. Well planned.  It was wonderful to not have endure a sausage sizzle lunch!
  • Thank you for allowing us to have Inter District sharing.  Hands on excellent.
  • Well done ALL!
  • The day was pleasurable and informative.
  • Enjoyed all activities.  Would like a bit more time on GIMP.  Great meeting new and old Rotarians.  Well done, great day.  Very well present.  Congratulations.
Have you seen The Orange Stig?
Orange Daybreak organized a very clever promotion capitalising on the ever unknown and mysterious character known  as the Stig.  Details are below:
CLASSIC CARS FOOD AND WINE – Held 24th – 26th Nov 2017 

As Ambassador for the Classic Cars, Food and Wine event, The Orange Stig was spotted everywhere around Orange, often accompanied by Chauffer/Minder, Stuart Smith.
The Central Western Daily promoted the Orange Stig and ran a competition to help promote the event.

Many businesses took up the opportunity to have The Orange Stig appear at their workplace or business for the very reasonable fee of $50, or donation of a prize for the FlashBack Dinner Dance Raffle.

Di Smith and Jo McRae coordinated The Orange Stig’s appearances.  Click here for more photos
Nepal Schoolies
Hello! My name is Monique Garner. 
Very recently I was part of an amazing program run by Rotary Club of Orange Daybreak called Alternative Schoolies Program to Nepal. Mary Brell has suggested I send you my reflection letter. Hopefully I am able to give you a small insight to the wonders of Nepal. Thank you.

You can't explain in words what 'Service Above Self' means, you can only experience it. Service Above Self isn't an action but a pure and raw feeling. This feeling was felt throughout the whole of my schoolies adventure, from the trek to painting the classroom in Chitwan.

The Wagga Wagga Rotary Shine Awards
Our heart-felt thanks go to Alan Lean who, not only acted as MC for the awards, but also is the main driving force behind the entire program.
It was pleasing to see such a good turn-out of members supporting this event and visitors/guests included Deputy Mayor Dallas Tout, DG George Weston, Assistant Governor Bryan Short, PDGs Gary Roberts, John Egan and Bruce Barber, and guest speaker, recently retired chairman of Kurrajong-Waratah, Michael Kennedy OAM.
The story behind the Shine Awards was explained to the more than 100 people in attendance as celebrating people with a disability, working in partnership with their employers. In his address to the audience, Michael Kennedy described the history of the Wagga Wagga disability agency, Kurrajong Waratah. Michael was a young member of Jaycees service club which had assisted in the formation of Waratah Industries, a sheltered workshop for disabled people, back in the 1950s. This started a long time involvement for him in this area. In 1984 Waratah Industries merged with Kurrajong School. Michael has served 45 years on the Boards of both Waratah Industries and Kurrajong-Waratah, including a long stint as Chairman.
Youth Exchange - Outbound and Inbound

Outbound Students

District 9700 Outbound students with DG George Weston. From the left:
Connie Pearse (Young) going to Denmark, Robert Pattison (Blayney) going to Denmark, Luke Hoskin ((Leeton) going to Germany,  Jasmine Phillips (Junee) going to Taiwan,  Kate Cattle (West Wyalong) going to Belgium, DG George Weston and Jackson Wykes (Coolamong) going to Finland

Inbound Students

From L to R: Alen (Junee), Nick (Blayney), Sandra (Young) and Lucia (Coolamon).  Mads is missing.
2017 RYPEN
RYPEN stands for Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment.
It's all about getting (year 9) kids to step outside their comfort zone, meet new people and try new things. Students participate in a range of team building games and also hear from some amazing and inspiring speakers on a wide range of topics as well as an amazing drama/improvisation session on the Saturday night which is always a hit.
A core component of the camp is how we communicate with, speak to and treat each other and understanding how that affects everybody, as well as getting kids to understand and try/appreciate the benefits of helping others.
It's not a leadership camp as such but we really try to open the door to the concepts of leading by serving and doing for others. 
Sixty (60) students attended RYPEN this year, sponsored by 20 clubs, plus a leadership team consisting of 11 ex RYPEN students who had been through our leadership training weekend in October (a new component of RYPEN since 2016).
Click on the video below: