District Secretary's Update No. 1 -  6 July 2022


Hello and Welcome to all members

Hello and welcome to another adrenaline charged Rotary Year.  In this edition we highlight the NAIDOC Week, RAWCS relief project, District Change Over, POLIO and changeovers and celebrations around the Clubs.

NAIDOC – time to connect

As we celebrate NAIDOC week 2022, we have the opportunity for those that reside on this continent to reflect, recognise, acknowledge and celebrate the continuous culture that has been the custodians of these lands for between 50,000 and hundred and 120,000 years. NAIDOC week runs from the 3rd to 10 July. The theme for 2022 is Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! It is time for Rotary to connect and become engaged with our first nation peoples. It is a time to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and be proud to be part of this long, unbroken culture in this land called Australia.
Rotary has always been the champion to those in need; supporting NAIDOC week beyond the 3rd to 10th of July is the first step we could take to stand as one nation moving forward. As Rotarians in our district, I hope we take this opportunity to connect and be proud of our 50,000 to the 120,000-year history of the people who have been custodians of this magnificent land, Australia.
Allan Teale Rotary District 9675 Indigenous Community Chair

New RAWCS project  - Again, we need to be “people of Action”!

As you would be aware there are parts of NSW that a are facing hardship because of flood waters AGAIN. The RAWCS Executive yesterday responded to the crisis with a new project to launch an appeal to support the Rotary Clubs near or within the affected areas, enabling them to respond to those in need because of this most recent disaster.

I provide the following link for your information and support to “get the message out”. 

Mental Health Month in October

Mental Health Month in October is not that far away, and now is a good time to be reminding our clubs that mental health issues are ever  prevalent in our fasting moving lifestyle and that Australian Rotary Health (ARH) has a number of guest speakers available to provide an insight into the working of the Foundation and current research projects being undertaken, for initial enquiries please contact Greg Lill, on email, to arrange for a ARH representative to present at your club.

District Changeover

We had an exciting district changeover held on 26 June this year where PDG Jeremy handed the baton to DG Janice Hall.  It was an opportunity for us to celebrate the wins we have had over the last 12 months as a District and look forward to the  year to come.  Congratulations to those Clubs that received awards for the “best of”  see the table below.
Award Club Project Title
Best PR & Marketing Campaign:    
  Corrimal, Fairy Meadow, Dapto & Kiama Illawarra Shoalhaven First 2000 Days Community Project
Best International Project:    
  Sydney Give Every Child a Future 
  Sydney Cove Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief Aid (RAWCS) 
Best Local Community Project:    
  Sydney Cove Early Bird Café - Fort Street Public School
  Ingleburn Books to Change Lives
Best Vocational Community Event:    
  Gregory Hills Next Gen Recognition of Vocational Excellence (R.O.V.E) Awards
Best Youth Initiative/Project:    
  Sydney Yes Rotary PCYC Youth Encouragement Scholarships
  Ingleburn Are You OK Day Project
Outstanding Initiative from A Rotaract Club:  
  University of Wollongong Mental Health Series
Club of the Year:    
Best Newsletter/Bulletin: Camden Bulletin
Special Awards:    
  Granville Best Empowering Women and Girls event 
  Strathfield Best Club Fundraising event for Rotary 

Don’t forget to book for the District Conference in November

To register for our District Conference on 4th & 5th November 2022 please click here: 
For details of speakers etc visit the District Website -

POLIO only a plane ride away

There are media reports that Polio eradicated in Britain in 2003, is back for the first time in nearly 40 years.

It is important to note that the virus samples have been found in sewage samples only – no associated cases of active polio have been detected in any person.

The virus probably came from someone who received the live polio vaccine abroad. That person would then have passed the virus to closely linked individuals in London, who shed the virus into their feces.

The virus was picked up during routine fortnightly monitoring of sewage at London Beckton Sewage Treatment Works.
Shows excellent surveillance protocols in place.
But it’s all the more reason why we need to finish our job immediately. Polio is only a plane ride away.

Message from Dave Clark JP – General Manager of RAWCS – name change

Donations in Kind (DIK) is a registered name held by the West Footscray facility in Melbourne and as they are not a member of RAWCS and a stand-alone facility, we are breaking the law if we continue using their name. 
Because of this a couple of years ago, we started using the name Health Education Equipment Repurposing (HEERA) as this is a bit of a mouth full, at last night's RAWCS Board meeting it was decided to change the name to bring it into the same as some of the other RAWCS programs like RAM to Rotary Australia Repurposing Equipment (RARE)
As of now if anyone is talking about DIK or HEERA they should use the new name  Rotary Australia Repurposing Equipment (RARE) and if they have to use the old name PLEASE use the word Previously DIK or HEERA and now known as Rotary Australia Repurposing Equipment (RARE) 

Vale PDG Jack Dalton

Jack was an extremely knowledgeable and dedicated Rotarian.  He was a great teacher and mentor who deeply understood Rotary at the Club, District and International level.  Jack joined the Rotary Club of Sutherland shortly after his 40th birthday which was on 31 December 1975.  He was President of the club in 1979/80.  He served as District Governor in the 1997-98 Rotary year when the RI President was Glen Kinross (R.C of Hamilton, Qld.) and the Zone Director was Barry Thompson (R.C. of Padstow) – a formidable Aussie trio! The Annual Theme that year was “Show Rotary Cares”. There is probably no one who epitomised that Theme more than Jack as he led by example to fulfill its message .  He was an avid Dragons supporter, even though his club was in the heart of Sharks territory.  He will be sadly missed across our District and beyond.

Clubs Changing Over and Celebrating

Rotary Club of Wollondilly North 23 July 2022


Rotary Club of Five Dock - 6 August 2022




Rotary Club of Illawarra Sunrise 21 August 2022

Help us celebrate 29 years of Community Service
of the
Rotary Club of Illawarra Sunrise
Illawarra Turf Club at Kembla Grange
Sunday 21 August 2022
12.30 pm for 1.00 pm lunch
Buffet lunch
Cost $50 per person with cash bar
RSVP 31/07/2022 to:
Please share this invitation with any former members and/or supporters of our club


Changing Club meeting times and Venues

Rotary Club of Narellan
The Rotary Club of Narellan has changed its meeting times to be held every first and third Thursday each month next meeting commencing this Thursday 7th of July
Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour
The Rotary of Sydney Harbour have changed their meeting times to the evening.  They will now meet on the first and third Wednesday evening of the month from 6.00pm.
Change of venue - 
PSK Private Wealth
6/44 Market St
Sydney NSW 2000
Upcoming Events
District Leadership Team Meeting
Bankstown Sports Club
Jul 09, 2022
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment)
Aug 05, 2022 4:00 PM –
Aug 07, 2022 2:00 PM
Ferragosto Ball- Five Dock Rotary Club
Aqua Luna
Aug 06, 2022
6:30 PM – 11:00 PM
COTA (Committee of the Association) Meeting
Bankstown Sports Club
Aug 11, 2022
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
RESCA (Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards)
Bankstown Sports Club
Aug 13, 2022
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Presidents' Meeting
Bankstown Sports Club
Aug 19, 2022
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
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