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 Districts of NSW Emergency Services Community Awards (RESCA) - 30 October 2020
SMC Conference & Function Centre & Eight Satellite Event Locations in NSW
 
The above pictures were taken at the RESCA satellite event attended by DG Michael Moore, on 30 October 2020 at Mollymook.
 
 
WENDY ROBERTS – Volunteer – Shoalhaven
Longevity in emergency services is commendable, but Wendy Roberts, having chalked up 58 years, might have set a record. A volunteer with the NSW Rural fire Service, based at Vincentia, south coast, Wendy has helped with welfare, logistics and fundraising and has attended many fire incidents. A mother and grandmother, she has been a member of the Erowal Bay Brigade, now amalgamated to form the Crossroads Brigade. She has also devoted herself to the Jervis Bay Lions Club (38 years), Girl Guides, Camp Quality, Meals on Wheels and helped many residents with welfare needs. She has helped people with disabilities, and delivered meals to the socially isolated. In her remaining time, she has worked for the local “Litter Busters” to clean up the environment.
 
 
ALEC PERCIVAL – MR Master, MR Watch Officer and Property and Facilities Officer. Former Unit
Commander and Deputy Unit Commander – Bermagui
Marine Rescue NSW volunteers often put their safety on the line to rescue boaters in peril. Marine Rescue Bermagui vessel Master and Watch Officer Alec Percival has taken part in many missions in hazardous conditions, including saving a yacht from smashing on to rocks at night in rough seas off Binji Binji Point in 2017, for which he was awarded a prestigious Commissioner’s Commendation for Courage. Alec has served as Unit Commander for eight years and Deputy for a further two, responsible for upgrading
the unit’s working environment by relocating its base to a high-profile waterfront location. Alec always puts the needs of boaters and MRNSW first as demonstrated when he and his wife Heather lost their home to a bushfire on New Year’s Eve. At this difficult time, Alec still coordinated the transportation of the unit’s rescue vessel 200km by road to Nowra for essential repairs. Alec has built relationships with other emergency services, including the Bermagui Surf Life Saving Club, with the unit helping the club to operate a bushfire evacuation centre in January.