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.

Based on feedback from a few Rotarians, the following is for clarification regarding the 'All Clubs Briefing' on the Rotary Aussie Peace Walk.

The Aussie Peace Walk organisers realise that Clubs outside of Canberra may not be able to attend this briefing.  However, as some Clubs outside of Canberra have expressed an interest in the event the invitation went to all D9705 Clubs as this is a premier Rotary100 event for next year.  The involvement and assistance of Canberra region Clubs will be important on the weekend of the event and it also gives the District a grand opportunity to showcase Rotary's service to community across the District and beyond.

The question has been asked as to why we suggest sending 4-6 representatives from your club. Why not just send one person?

We intend to do some brainstorming, so we want clubs to send a brains-trust that is representative of the club. Unfortunately, we are limited in numbers so we needed to put a limit on numbers. If you trust one member to be your club brains-trust, then just send your key opinion leader!

The other question that has come up is ‘If we are trying to keep Rotary costs down, why do we have to pay $25 for a meal?’ 

The short answer is; you don’t. The email says eating is optional, but we do need to know who is coming for the COVID record.

District 9705 Annual General Meeting for 2020 and approval of 2019-20 financial statements for Districts 9700 and 9710
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of District 9705 for 2020 will be held at 10:00 am on Sunday 15 November via Zoom (log-in details will be circulated to Clubs).
In addition to an agenda for that meeting relating to D9705 business, the meeting will also be required to accept and approve the audited financial statements for the former Districts 9700 and 9710 for 2019-20. The AGM agenda and those financial statements will be circulated by 25 October 2020.
Clubs which wish to raise agenda items for the D9705 AGM are requested to e-mail them to the District Secretary Barbara Griffiths (  before 18 October 2020.
Ian Morey and Susith Adikari receiving awards from DG Michael Moore
District 9705 Rotarians - ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
What an amazing time to be involved with Rotary. In this newsletter is a rundown on the Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards (RESCA). With the bushfires, drought, pandemic and the day to day work of Emergency Services Personnel, it is brilliant that their work can be acknowledged. Under the leadership of PDG Steve Hill this acknowledgement is not only for Emergency Services workers in the current State of NSW and the ACT but are now being celebrated nationally.
It is just one aspect of the many issues being taken on by Rotarians to “do good in the world”. With so many club visits, either virtually or face to face, I am learning more and more about the contribution of so many people. In the towns where I see Rotary Parks, when I learn about international projects for clean water and sanitation, support for education or improving environment, I am blown away by the generosity and commitment of so many Rotarians. Ordinary people in one sense – extraordinary in another.
A small matter of business. The Annual General Meeting of 9705 at 10.00 am on the 15th November will incorporate the final AGMs of 9700 and 9710. This will allow closure of the finances and acceptance of the audited statements of the past districts.
It was sad to lose the Rotaract Club of Yass but not so sad to see the merger of the three Rotary clubs in Goulburn. Thanks go to Caleb and his colleagues of the Yass Rotaract, who managed the club for so long, and were forced to make such a hard decision. I look forward to working with the newly chartered Goulburn Rotary Club.
The Zone 8 Conference was an excellent opportunity to understand where Rotary is going with particularly interesting presentations by RI President Holger Knack, Past International President Ian Risley and Rotary International Director Jessie Harman. There were many others. I was particularly taken with the presentation by Michael McGovern that explored the contribution of Rotary towards ridding the world of Polio. 
I want to conclude by thanking so many clubs for the warm welcome that I have received and the way that they have continued Rotary business despite the huge challenges of the last eight months. For those clubs and Rotarians I have not yet met, or have not yet met face to face, Helen and I are looking forward to doing so in the next few months.
These are just a few of the opportunities opening through Rotary.
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

The ACT RESCA awards ceremony were live streamed from on Wednesday 30th September.  Click on the graphic below to view the awards ceremony.
Australian Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians Inc.
The Rotary Club of Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland are the hosts for the 2021 AGFR Tournament and they look forward to providing a wonderful week of golf and fellowship for Rotarians and their partners.
The Sunshine Coast has a lot to offer. So make this event a must on your calendar for 2021. The Maroochy River Golf Club is home to a stunning new championship course and magnificent clubhouse that has quickly made it the must-play destination for every discerning golfer on the Sunshine Coast. Located in Bli Bli, just a few minutes from Maroochydore, the Graham Marsh designed layout opened in 2015 and enjoys spectacular views to imposing Mount Coolum. 
The Australian Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians is a fellowship within the Rotary organisation and is a part of what Rotary is all about, that is “fellowship within its members”.  Register now for 2021. Registration available online.
2020-21 District Directory
2020-21 District Directory
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