March 2018
A few words from the DG
It was a chance meeting near Dungog at a BMW Motorbike Rally where two District 9700 identities happen to notice each other and said "I know You"...It was President Doug Kinlyside of Bathurst Daybreakand DG George Weston of Leeton.  It seems that they both had a deep interest in building goodwill through BMW Motorcycles.  
RYDA 2018  On February 20th, Carol and I attended RYDA held at Yanco Ag Institute and listened to a strong message to the students about staying safe and alive conducted by two Highway Patrol Police stationed at Griffith. It was an amazing experience that hopefully saves young lives -- thank you to the RYDA Committee.

A few words from DG George:
Our Youth Programs in Rotary are a vital and rewarding experience for the youth who attend. It is a great passion of mine. This month I would like to highlight two of our youth programs:
  1. Youth Exchange
On the 4th February in Young an enriching rebound day was held by the district committee as we welcomed home our returning exchange students who gave us a review of their exchange year to the committee, parents and attending Rotarians. What amazing opportunities and experiences were had by the students! Also, their increased maturity was clearly evident. This really is a life changing experience for them. If you know of anyone who may be interested in this programme, contact the District Youth Exchange Committee. They will soon be asking for applications for next year. After their reviews, our inbounds had the opportunity to spend some time together. Thanks to the D9700 Committee for a wonderful day and for keeping Youth Exchange such a vital part of our district.
  1. RYLA
Another Youth/ Vocational program is RYLA which is being held at CSU in Orange and starts on 16th April 2018. Information from John Willing Email  Thank you to the RYLA committee for running this enriching program for Youth Leaders.
Two other programmes worth mentioning:
Peace Communities
We celebrated this month Rotary’s Birthday on 23rd February and the 25th anniversary of Rotary Peace Communities  in Wagga Wagga, also on the 23rd. Carol and I had a great weekend and my thanks to Deidre and Phillip Tome and the wonderful committee for making this celebration happen.
On an important note, DGE John Glassford is holding his PETS and Assembly on 3rd/4th March in Young. It is a requirement that the Presidents-Elect and their board attend for a successful year as planning is so important.
District Governor 2020/21 District 9705
We are looking for a DGNN for our new District 9705 2020/2021. What a great opportunity to be the very first District Governor. Please let me know if you know of anyone who could be interested.
Our District Clubs are all busy working hard after the Christmas and New Year break and I take this opportunity to sincerely thank you all for your contribution to Rotary and for making a difference.
Best wishes,
Rotarian Mary Brell awarded OAM
Rotarian Mary Brell, Rotary Club of Orange Daybreak, was awarded the Order of Australia medal for her services to the community. The application for this award was instigated by PDG Ian Simpson, and submitted by the District board under Governor Gary Roberts. The Award was made on January 26, 2018, in Orange.
Agriculture Fact-finding Mission to Nepal -- Are You In?

Message from Mary Brell:

Fellow Rotarians,

As you may be aware, I have been leading various groups to Nepal for the past 8-9 years with a focus on:

  • Teaching
  • Health
  • Building
  • and Schoolies

In October 2018, I hope to lead the first ever Agriculture group to Maidi in the Dhading District in Nepal. This is the District that I have been working in and have developed a very close relationship with the people of this area.

For many years, I have worked with both Buddhiman Shrestha (local leader and teacher) and Prakash Aryal (Hike Himalaya Adventure) from the village of Maidi. It is because of the work and liaison with these two significant people that our projects have been so successful.

It is now time to look at the agricultural practices in the villages and to explore if some agriculturally-minded people from Australia could travel to these areas, listen to the local people and then work with the local people to improve and enhance the current practices so that:

1.      More effective use of the land throughout the year could occur.

2.      Water storages could be examined and how this could be improved.

3.      Nutrition levels could be improved by growing different crops.

4.      Other aspects of agriculture could be enhanced.

I’m looking for people who are agricultural specialists, people working in the agriculture industry or people who would be interested in this field of study, to travel to Nepal with me to begin this exciting project.

The project will be a RAWCS project developing the community.

If you would like further information, I would love you to contact me:



Yours in Rotary,

Mary Brell OAM

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Vale Nan Stevenson
PP Nannette (Nan) Stevenson, PHF (SP), passed on 30 January, 2018.  Well known to the Cowra and Orange communities, Nan’s Rotary journey commenced in 1995 when was invited to be a charter member of the new Rotary Club of Orange Daybreak; she had been an active Rotarian until her passing. Nan’s vocation, in which her service was highly regarded, was Nursing Education and Administration.
RYLA nominations will be closing soon!
Exciting things are underway for RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) 2018, with the program almost completed and Charles Sturt University – Orange Campus booked.
The five-day customised leadership conference is based on an Australian Leadership Capability Framework with an array of top class district, national and international speakers held in an interactive adult learning environment.
A wide range of topics will be covered including: leadership through personal and interpersonal skills; public speaking; organisational skills; leadership through knowledge; looking after me - resilience training; life balance; conflict resolution; career skills and leadership and strategy. There will also be community service activities and practical leadership challenges.
District Merger News
This is an historical and exciting time as we move forwards to the next era of Rotary in Australia.  I indicated at my club visits there will not be much change at the club level if at all as District 9700 merges with District 9710. The district administration is here to help clubs to realize their goals and assist with administration where needed. The many district programs such as RYLA, RYPEN, RAWCS and PETS/Assembly to name a few, will be the main focus of the new the district. We will be able to draw from a larger number of Rotarians (approx. 2400 from 84 clubs) to co-ordinate programs and assist clubs to promote the ideals of Rotary in their community as well as internationally.
ROMAC 30th Anniversary Dinner
ROMAC (Rotary Overseas Medical Aid for Children) will be hosting a dinner in Sydney on Friday, 16 March.  Bookings must be made before 14 March.  Click here for the flyer.
Disaster Aid International 2018 Update
Click here for an update from Disaster Aid International.
Tanzania Night - Boorowa Rotary - 17 March
Click here for a flyer with details for an interesting evening with Boorowa Rotary...
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.”

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!

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.