NSW RESCA 2020 - Marine Rescue Commissioner Stacey Tannos, DG Michael Moore, Aware Super Senior Partnership Manager Elaine Lawler with Overall Volunteer Winner (NSW Rural Fire Service) Wendy Roberts (left) and (Marine Rescue) Alec Percival (right)
We have a huge District with a lot of ground to cover. I have been enjoying meeting clubs over the past five months, sometimes face to face, sometimes by Zoom. In the New Year, Helen and I are looking forward to being able to meet fellow Rotarians in person in those clubs which I have met via Zoom.  Of course this will be in a COVID safe way with hopefully more free movement. It has been a challenging year. However, I have learnt as I move from club to club that many are using the opportunity to do things in different ways – Zoom meetings is one very good example. I am also very grateful to the Area Governors who are working hard to encourage clubs and assist in any way they can.
In our District newsletter we are able to celebrate the achievements of individual clubs as well as those achievements of Rotary internationally. This month is the time to think about the Rotary Foundation and how each and every Rotarian can make a difference both locally, nationally and across the world.
November is Rotary Foundation month. The Rotary Foundation is our own charity. Since it was founded over 100 years ago the Rotary Foundation has invested over US$4 billion in making the world a better place. Rotary has built peace, goodwill and understanding along with improvements in health and education at the same time as building economic development and fighting poverty.
The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible rating score from the international Charity Navigator for twelve years running. It currently is the only charity to score 100%.in overall rating.
Our District Foundation Centurion Program Co-ordinator, Ian Tooke, recently reminded members “While we would like to see every Rotarian joining the D9705 Centurion Program, we realise that many of us are unable to make this regular commitment. But, for just $2.00 per week, which is less than a cup of coffee, or a packet of Tim Tams, your contribution will make a significant difference through The Rotary Foundation”.
It has been a tough year for almost everyone. Being generous at this time recognises that there are always people who are doing it even tougher than ourselves.
There are a few examples of Rotary appearing in the media included in this edition of the newsletter. However, these just touch the surface of the wonderful work done across our District. Remember that for Rotary, social media is also important. Do you have Facebook account? Are you tapping into the District 9705 Facebook? Made it a friend? Shared some of the stories? Posted onto the site with great stories from your club? What about your own club’s Facebook and Website?
Prior to visiting clubs, I like to check out each club’s website, Facebook page and any presence in the local media. Quite a few clubs are exceptional with their public relations and getting their messages out and about.  There are plenty that are very good. I do notice a strong focus on fellowship and club meetings in many of these posts, and that is really good to see. It would also be terrific to see more about what each club does in its service projects as a contribution to the community locally, across Australia and globally.
The great part about being a District Governor is meeting so many of the amazing people that make up Rotary. Thank you to all for the warm welcome and, more importantly, for the amazing contribution you make to the community.
Rotary Club of Aurora Gungahlin - Powerchair Project
In 2017 Capital Football approached Rotary for their assistance to raise over $120,000 for nine new Powerchairs to be bought from the United States for the Capital Region Muscular Dystrophy Powerchair football team. Last Friday the Rotary Club of Aurora Gungahlin was on hand to present the powerchairs to Capital Football. Below is a letter of thanks from John Platten, President, Rotary Club of Aurora Gungahlin Canberra. See the full story here.
This link is to a beautiful story on the ABC about the great work ROMAC has done in facilitating the treatment and care of Vincent Toto who finally went back home after 16months in Canberra and many life saving operations.  Special appreciation goes to Rotarian Sandra Goldstraw who hosted and cared for Vincent and his Mum during their whole time in Canberra.
Latest RAM Newsletter now filled with all the stories and progress made by Rotarians supporting this great effort. Be part of the movement to eradicate Malaria along with Polio. Please share the newsletter within the Club and with friends.
See the link on the D9705 RAM website
This exciting project is not only continuing the great work of Rotarians in supporting financially the End Trachoma Project, it is also meeting the request of many Rotary Clubs and Rotarians about how we can make a hands-on difference. Contact Michael Milston if you are interested, detail in the Read On segment

Children's Emergency Fund
A Request from DG Michael and Mrs Helen Moore.
Helen and I request that your club consider a donation to the Children's Medical Emergency Fund. If you are prepared to do so the details of the Children’s Medical Emergency Fund account are as follows:
St George
Name of account:
RI D9705 Inc CMEF
BSB:  112 879
A/C no.: 479922903
Please make sure you identify your club and it would be appreciated if you also sent an email to Treasurer Rosemary Everett to let her know you have made the donation ...  reverett@netspace.net.au
2020-21 District Directory
2020-21 District Directory
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