• Club Number 18039
  • District 9685
  • Chartered 1946


Dragon Boat Race Report

Sunday the 9th of September broke to a beautiful morning. Deirdre and I collected drinks, hats, sun cream, and snacks and headed off to Kissing point Park to meet with the other members of the Ryde Rotary Dragon Boating team. 
Paul Burnett, our team manager for the day and Jenny were already there with Claire, our dragon boating coach for the day. The tent was up and the seats laid out, drinks in the esky, music, sun, friends, heaven! Paul and Claire attended to the registration formalities, whilst the team warmed up with a few exercises. We were called up to the starters assembly area, were we ready? You bet! 
Our first serious practice session was on the way out to the start line, we were like poetry in motion, smooth, sleek and lightning fast. The starter fired the gun and we were off, spray gushing off the bow as we lifted to a plane and powered down the 200m course. FIRST PLACE, YEA!
I won’t go into too much further detail, except to say that the competition in the next two races was somewhat superior. As a result we just missed out on a place in the finals. I have to say that some of our team didn’t seem too upset by this and were seen happily packing up their gear, having had a somewhat strenuous but enjoyable day.
Thanks to Paul Burnett for organising such a good day and to all the members of the team. Bring it on again next year!
Ron Thomson

A letter from Kelvin, from the School of St Jude

Dear All at The Rotary Club of Ryde Inc. 

This term our Form 3 students are trying something new - writing to their sponsors on the computers!

Here is Kelvin's letter to you: 

Dear All at The Rotary Club of Ryde Inc, Hello, it's my hope that your all great, me too I'm superb. I'm glad to write you 
this letter because it's been a while we've not written each other some letters
 but it's alright, I thank GOD for having been keeping me till this day. 

My school life 
at St Jude's is really good despite the prevailing cold weather. Right now I'm preparing
 myself for my end term exams that are probably going to start on the 30th of July 
hence please I'm beseeching you to pray for me so that I can pass my end term exams 
with flying colours. 

How is the weather like in Australia?  Is it like here in Tanzania because here in Tanzania
 it's so hilarious in a sense that it's too sunny during the day and cold during the night. I'd also like to introduce my lovely hobby at St Jude's - here at school i mostly enjoy reading 
philosophical books. in fact I like philosophy, my role model philosopher is Thales who was a
 Greek pre-Socratic philosopher of which some people speculate him to be the father of 
philosophy. Some other philosophers I adore are Socrates and Albert Einstein. 

So you guys, what are your interests? I'd really love to know? 
Currently we have received our brothers form four results.  You can't imagine they're 
awesome. In fact they have done wonders. 
 I'd also like to ask you some questions. 

  1. Do you guys love music? if yes what kind of music?

  2. Do you like reading books? 
  3. Do you like sports? 

I'd also love to disclose to you that I like composing poems so much I wish one day to send you one if you'd love to. 

From yours very truly, 

Kelvin F3E

What is Rotary – Member Contributions

Via Past President Allen Horrell – It is an interesting exercise to try to say what Rotary means, in less than 2 minutes! 

“Anyone of good will can make a difference in the World, but Rotary gives you the leverage to change the World!"

"What is Rotary? It is the World's largest volunteer organisation for Business and Professional people. In the words of our President:

“Rotary is the best in the world at linking people of goodwill around the globe and then gaining their cooperation and support to make the world a much better place to live and work.”

What do I believe about Rotary?
– I believe a person's greatest possession is their character and that no calling bestows this more abundantly than service to others
– I believe community service nurtures the friendships that make life rich in ways that money just can't buy
– I believe my children are learning values that will last them a lifetime and can be learned in no other way than by example
– I believe in Rotary because it makes all these things possible.

Post-Conference District Governors Message March 2012

Greetings my fellow Rotarians

 After all the build up over the last few months, our 50th Golden Jubilee D9680 conference has now come and gone.

 I was extremely happy with the way it all came together, and I gather from the stream of positive comments I have been receiving now for 24 hours that you all enjoyed it too.
Our program was put together to maximise the opportunity for lots of Rotary and lots of Club focus.  We have had our inaugural Showcase which proved to be a great success, and I thank all those clubs that took part in it.  You all made a great effort and I hope you can do the same and better at future conferences.  I hope that all of you enjoyed circulating around the showcase and enjoyed talking to fellow Rotarians about their projects.

 Our Keynote speakers were just wonderful:   

Detective Insp Charles Allen – our Peace Scholar, telling us of how his training has better fitted him to tackle issues with African immigrants in Dandenong;

Deborah Wallace and her personal story of success in a tough vocation; 

Michael Kirkwood-Smith and Kate Crocker, our World Skills Speakers, telling us of their experiences in a program that Rotary needs to get to know a lot more about;

Ramesh Ferris and his dramatic story of surviving Polio;

Felice Jacka from our great Australian Rotary Health project ,telling us of the connection between diet and depression; 
and our finale, Fred Watson, with a wonderful address about the transit of Venus;
all wowed us and entertained and stimulated our thinking.

Our Rotary International President, Kalyan Banerjee’s Special Representative, PDG Manjit Sawhney from D3010 in Delhi, gave a very graphic picture of our success to date in conquering the scourge of Polio in India during his wonderful address.

Our Avenues of Service programmes were exciting too.  In every case the speakers were well prepared, on time, extremely well represented and informative and motivating.  Right across the Avenues of Service, the speakers were by and large young people too, so our emphasis on and encouragement on young people and their endeavours is a huge testament to Rotary, and to our Service chairs who put each of their programs together – Lindsay, Cliff, Rod, Peter and Bob.   Thanks, guys.

The musical entertainment we enjoyed was mainly provided by the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music, but on Friday night we were also entertained by President Di Hammond of the Beecroft club. The big band on Saturday night was made up largely of school children who are about to compete in international band events overseas in three weeks’ time.  So they were delighted to have a dress rehearsal with us and they did themselves proud.  It was just perfect music for the occasion and kept Rotarians on their feet dancing from even before the entrée was eaten!  The masks were varied and spectacular – along with the great backdrop to the stage which you will see in the background of a lot of the Ball photos.

I must thank lots of people – firstly the Beecroft club for supporting the whole process of hosting the conference.  The members and their partners all worked hard over the weekend, and in the weeks prior to the conference, to prepare the necessary materials.   I must thank all who made sure that our speakers felt welcome while among us.  In particular thanks to Peter Holst who coordinated the club efforts. 

Secondly I must thank the hard working Conference Committee led by David Ellyard, who also provided our meeting place, put the program together and arranged the promotional material.  This committee has worked for three years to put together the conference - producing a conference of this standard is not a quick and easy task - a lot of work and planning goes into getting the smallest details correct.  In particular, John Melville who sat behind the curtain and worked day and night to ensure the presentation from start to finish was professionally done, Angelo Raveane who looked after the venue arrangements, 

Les Walsh who not only set up and managed the registration process –a full-time job over the last few weeks - but then became co-pilot at the operation station with John for the actual duration of the conference. Tim Fenton who looked after our finances very efficiently, and I hope, soon, with a touch of magic will be able to report that we were able to do better than break-even financially in spite of registrations well below average and our original budget.  Tom Sweeney had the opportunity to demonstrate his marvellous thespian skills in his job as MC for the weekend.  What a wonderful job he did!  Others on the committee, who all made a great contribution, are Michael Schwarcz, Anne Rands, Brian Banfield (showcase), Jim De Martin (Expo), Di Hammond, Peter Holst, and Bill Grant.  

Thanks are due to PDG Barry Philps who took on the inaugural Speak Your Mind workshop on Sunday afternoon.  It was a very interesting – fiery at times – session but I believe was something that can be developed in the years ahead to give all conference attendees the opportunity for some interactive discussion on Rotary matters as well as hearing great speakers.

A particular thanks to PDG Manjit and Rita Sawhney who were wonderful companions over this weekend and made such a great contribution to the conference.  Thanks to PDG Barry Philps who took on the role of RIPPR aide and looked after our VIP guests so well during the weekend.

And finally, thank you all as delegates to the conference.  It is not possible to have a conference without delegates and I hope that you have enjoyed the weekend and gained a great deal from it.  As I mentioned before it is a pity we didn’t have another 200 delegates with us, but those of us there certainly had a great time.  I commend next year’s conference in Nowra to you and ask for your wholehearted support for that.  I wish DGE John Dodd and Conference Chair Bob Kaye-Smith every success in their next year of planning.
Kind regards
David Rands
Governor 2011-12

District Governor March Message

Greetings my fellow Rotarians

This month is Literacy month in our Rotary calendar.  The purpose of declaring a Literacy month is to draw attention to the significant impact literacy (education) has on the success of our humanitarian projects.  It has been found that all community service projects will have improved outcomes if it is supported with efforts to improve literacy.

 In more recent years Literacy is one of the six areas of focus that Rotary has chosen to focus on in its humanitarian and educational work.  Helping the disadvantaged people in the world to become literate is absolutely critical in helping them out of the traps of poverty and hunger.  Unless people can read they cannot get jobs, cannot gain equality of opportunity, and cannot easily be taught the fundamentals of nutrition, hygiene and the other basic essentials of healthy lives. Also, the ability to read and write has a miraculous impact on a person’s self image!

Recent publications suggest that 15% of the world’s population lack basic literacy skills. Of the world’s children, 113 million do not go to school and 500 million women are uneducated. Two-thirds of the world’s population cannot read. To make this even worse, in the developed world, 17% of adults are functionally illiterate; that is to say they cannot read well enough to function effectively in our complex post-modern society. Rotary’s Literary Resource Group helped us to develop many tools to share in developing literacy projects.  

All of these tools and guidelines are still available and functioning.  One of these, CLE (Concentrated Language Encounter solution), developed in Australia 30 years ago, has spread to all of Rotary.

It is difficult to quantify the number of clubs involved in literacy projects within our district.  However we do know that a number of clubs support Stay in School programs. Others provide computer or other technical equipment and support and donate dictionaries.  We have a proud tradition of building schools and classrooms in schools in developing countries, and more recently several clubs have really focused on the building of toilets in schools.  Getting girls along to school will improve their chances of becoming literate and moving their lives and the lives of those around them forward.  I am impressed that our district continues to support improved Literacy as an important part of Rotary’s involvement across the world.

Two weeks ago I mentioned Anne’s library project in Timor Leste, Biblioteka Ermera.  And we continue to thank the clubs for the great support they have been and continue to be in supporting this important literacy project.

This will be my last chance to encourage you to register for our District Conference where we will be Going for Gold at the Gong.  Registrations are still coming in, but we have to close registrations at the end of the week as catering must be finalised.

 You will experience lots of information, lots of fun, lots of Rotary and lots of fellowship and networking.
A MUST for newer Rotarians.  Less than two weeks away now, so while time is running out there is still provision for last minute registrations for another few days.  Please come and join us for a wonderful and inspiring weekend.  If you have any difficulty at all in registering, please contact Les Walsh, our Editor and the conference registrar and he will give you immediate assistance

 Anne and I look forward to greeting you in Wollongong as we share a wonderful weekend of fellowship and learning.
Kind regards
David Rands
Governor 2011-12

Rotary Acronym Buster

Rotary has an amazing number of sub-organizations, programs and initiatives.  They usually end up being named something that almost always turns into an acronym.  So, for those who get a little overwhelmed with the sheer number of Rotary acronyms, thanks to Past President Allen Horrell, we hereby present his collated list of Rotary acronyms... also available here:

Acronym Description
3H Health, Hunger and Humanity
3-H GRANTS Health, hunger and humanity - Grants of US$100k to $500K for multi- year international projects and social development
ACRE Australian Campaign for Rabbit Eradication
ADG Assistant District Governor (incorrect – see AG)
AG Assistant Governor - One of a number of senior Rotarians appointed by District Governor (DG) to assist with administration of a group of clubs in that year
AIDAB Australian International Development Assistance Bureau – Now called AusAid.
Alumni District and Club Groups - Association of former members of Group Study Exchange teams (GSE), Scholars and other Foundation programmes
Ambassadorial Scholars An international programme of Rotary Foundation - Enables men and women to spend an academic year abroad in university level or vocational studies
ANZO The abbreviation of our Rotary Region - Australia, New Zealand, Oceania.
ANZSE Australia New Zealand Study Exchange
ARH Australian Rotary Health - A multi-District project approved by RI to seek public donations in support of health research within Australia. Previously ARHRF.
ARHRF Australian Rotary Health Research Fund - A multi-District project approved by RI to seek public donations in support of health research within Australia.
AVAC Australian Vocational Advisory Committee
Board of a Rotary Club The governing body of a Rotary club expected to meet monthly - Consists of President, Vice President(s), President Elect, Immediate Past President, Secretary, Treasurer, Directors and others as the By-Laws shall provide
CAP Community Assistance Program
Carl P Miller Discovery Grant RI Foundation grant up to US$3000 for travel, research of an international service project - To be used by a Rotarian or group thereof who have a written invitation from club in host country who will offer home-hosting
Catalogue List of all major publications, supplies etc available from RI - Supplementary updates issued annually in July Contains order forms to send to NSW Branch Office of RI (Gratis)
Centurion A Rotarian who commits to a $AU100 donation pa to TRF.
Charter Member The original members of a newly chartered club - Identified with a special lapel badge
Classification A principal concept to assure each Rotary club represents cross section of business/professions - Describes the distinct and recognised business or professional service which the Rotarian renders to society (Not position held)
Club and District Changeovers A mainly formal event held annually just prior to a new Rotary year and includes partners - Formal changeover to new President and team of incoming Officers/Directors and provides a review of past year achievements and activities
Club Banner A small flag expressive of the community, country or region of a club - Commonly used to present to visitors or exchange with clubs visited throughout the world
Club Charter A document issued when a new club is admitted to Membership in RI - Signed by RI Pres, General Secretary and DG Date thereon represents date of official membership Framed and preserved
Club Committees The "action" groups within a club - Comprise standing committees under the 5 Avenues of Service plus others approved by the Board Each headed by a Director, with Deputy and committee members
Club Forum Formal meeting of an entire club - Called to inform members about service activities and progress of projects Also an opportunity for members to air views
Club Secretary’s Manual Issued by RI to each incoming Club Secretary - Contains procedures and guides to dates and secretarial functions etc
Club Task Allocation List of essential tasks allocated to members - Enables spread of administrative and essential tasks to ensure effective outcomes List available from Secretary
CLP Club Leadership Plan
CMS Citation for Meritorious Service
COG Council of Governors - A District committee of Past DG’s who convene to give advice to the current DG on programmes, policies and procedures
COM Council of Management
COL Council On Legislation - The legislative body of Rotary International - Composed of one delegate from each Rotary District that meet each 3 years to consider proposed changes to the Rotary Constitution and Bylaws
DAA Disaster Aid Australia
DDF District Designated Funds
DG District Governor - Directly responsible to the Board of Rotary International (RI) for the supervision of clubs within a designated district
DGD District Governor-Designate (DG next+2 Rotary Year)
DGE District Governor-Elect (DG next Rotary Year)
DGN District Governor-Nominee (DG next+1 Rotary Year)
DGND District Governor Nominee Designate – What is this???
DIK Donations-in-kind - Supplies of donated educational and medical equipment available to serve a need in the developing world
DIN Donations-in-Kind Information Network (Not DIKIN)
District Conference Annual event for members and partners - Held annually in each District to further the programmes of Rotary through fellowship, inspiring speakers and recognition of club activities etc
DLT District Leadership Team - Approved by RI to begin 1/1/1997 An enhanced organisational structure in a District to enable cost-effective growth and faster, more responsive support to clubs by appointment of Assistant Governors
DLP District Leadership Plan
DRFC District Rotary Foundation Committee
DRR District Rotaract Representative
DSA Distinguished Service Award
DSG District Simplified Grants
DT District Trainer
FARG Foundation Alumni Resource Group.
Fellowship A major club function - Promotes acquaintance among members through participation in clubs recreational and social activities
Five Avenues of Service Club Service; Vocational Service; Community Service; International Service and New Generations (Youth!).
Founder of Rotary Refers to Paul P Harris - Organised the first Rotary Club in Chicago in 1905 Born 19 April 1868 died 27 January 1947
Four Avenues of Service(Now FIVE) Now Five Avenues of Service with the addition of New Generations. The major elements of the "Object of Rotary" - Term used to refer to Club Service; Vocational Service; Community Service and International Service. New Generations was and is unofficially known as "Youth Service".
Friendship Club A less formal agreement that may lead to Sister Club status after a trial period - As above but less demanding of mutual co-operation until proper communication lines and philosophy is established
Functional Literacy Programme An RI programme since 1992 - To meet the needs of adults deemed to be functionally illiterate and to promote support for reading, writing skills through community Literacy centres
GETS Governor-Elect Training Seminar
GNG Global Networking Groups
GSE Group Study Exchange
GSE Team Group Study Exchange Team Programme of Rotary Foundation of RI - A cultural and Educational exchange of young non-Rotarian professionals which promotes international understanding through travel and personal contact Usually once annually for duration of 4 to 5 weeks under Rotary leadership
Helping Grants Up to US$15K based on 2:1 match of club or district contributions - For projects in a country other than that of the sponsor where Rotary participation is not possible
Honorary Member Recognition of a past member or non-Rotarian - Persons who have distinguished themselves by meritorious service in the furtherance of Rotary ideals. Not a member for RI purposes.
ICUFR International Computer Users Fellowship of Rotarians, a Rotary International Fellowship. http://www.icufr.org/
IFYR International Fellowship of Yachting Rotarians
Inner Wheel An international organisation of women - A Rotary sponsored service group open to wives, widows of present and past Rotarians.
Interact Interaction between youth and service - World-wide Rotary sponsored group of young people dedicated to service and International understanding and is open to students in their last 4 years of secondary education
International Assembly An annual assembly of District Governor Nominees held in Anaheim, US in Feb/Mar - To educate, instruct and inspire DGNs and adoption of RI theme and new programmes of RI
International Convention World-wide gathering of all Rotarians and partners - Held usually in May in a different country chaired by RI President
INTERPLAST International Plastic Surgery Programme - Established by District 9800 in 1980 and sends teams of volunteer surgeons and nurses to developing countries to operate on deformities, burns etc.
IPAC International Projects Advisory Committee - A national committee to update registry of international projects identified as suitable for support by clubs
IPDG Immediate Past District Governor
IPEC International Polio Eradication Committee
IPP Immediate Past President
IPPC International PolioPlus Committee
LOA Leave of Absence. Upon written request to the Club Board - May be granted to excuse member from meetings for a specified length of time but does not operate to give credit for attendance (See Make-Ups)
LYTE Long Term Youth Exchange
Make-Ups Making up of attendance at meetings or another Rotary Club or District meeting - A card is obtained from the visited club in order that credit for attendance is gained Make-ups can be within 14 days prior to or following the normal meeting
Matching Grants Up to US$50K that match club contributions - For projects involving Clubs in 2 or more countries for humanitarian service
Membership Identification Card Used by member to verify current membership (CD3-420-EN) - Issued by Club Secretary upon payment of annual dues Shows expiry date of year end
MOP Manual of Procedure - A reference manual for Rotary Leaders updated each 3 years Contains policies & procedures for club and RI administration
MUNA Model United Nations Assembly - An international youth project that simulates the workings of the United Nations Usually held annually for 2 days in March
NCC National Coordinating Committees (of RAWCS)
NESS National Engineering Summer School
NID National Immunization Days
NPF National Project Funding
NYSF National Youth Science Forum - A programme sponsored by Rio Tinto to enable select secondary science students to attend a science forum annually
Object of Rotary A statement from the Rotary Constitution - The object is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise
OD Official Directory: A RI publication - Issued by RI annually containing list of all clubs, names and addresses of all Presidents, Secretaries, time and place of meetings etc Available from Club Sec
OL Operation Livewire: A vocational programme in Australia - Sponsored by Shell Australia to encourage young people aged 18-25 to establish their own business Rotarians act as mentors
ORK Orphan Rescue Kit
PACE Pacific-Australia Cultural Exchange
PAG Past Assistant Governor
PAL Promote Adult Literacy
PDG Past District Governor
PE President-Elect
PEDS Presidents Elect Designates Seminar
Peer Support Foundation Non-profit group founded 1971 with Rotary support - Operates in most state primary and secondary schools to offer leadership training for senior students who in turn assist integration of new students
PEPS Presidents Elect Preparatory Seminar
Per Capita Dues Dues each club pays to RI for each active, senior active and past service member - Payable semi-annually on 1 July and 1 January at current rate of exchange notified by RI
PETS Presidents Elect Training Seminar - Held annually for incoming Presidents and partners to be trained in the administration of their club and to develop challenging projects and programmes
PHF Paul Harris Fellow - A form of recognition for financial or meritorious service to the Foundation or to the community generally
PHF with Sapphire Supplementary recognition to above PHF - A special recognition gold pin with blue stone to represent additional financial contribution or meritorious service
PHS Paul Harris Society
PHSM Paul Harris Sustaining Member - Recognises financial contributions to the Foundation in increments - Recognises individuals who have made contributions in instalments up to US$1000
Polio Plus An international programme of Rotary Foundation - To protect all of the world’s children from poliomyelitis through national immunisation days, laboratory networks and reporting of suspected cases
Project Volunteers Teams of from 2 to 6 volunteers visit for 2 to 4 weeks to developing countries to provide skills training and assistance. This is one of the programs that comes under the RAWCS umbrella.
PP Past President
PPE Preserve Planet Earth
PPRI Past President Rotary International
PRI President Rotary International
PRID Past Rotary International Director
PRIE President Rotary International Elect
PRIP Past Rotary International President
PROBUS Professional and Business - A Rotary sponsored group for retirees and semi-retired professional and business people Meet monthly
Provisional Club A group organising the formation of a new club - Meets weekly until admitted to membership of Rotary International with a minimum of 25 charter members
RA's Rotary Acronyms 
RAB Rotary Acronym Buster – you're reading it!
RAGs Rotary Action Groups
RAM Rotarians Against Malaria - Project to support anti-malaria projects in selected countries in Asia Pacific region
RAOAF Rotary Australia Overseas Aid Fund
RAWCS Rotary Australia World Community Services Ltd - A public company formed 1987 to co-ordinate and authorise the various international activities within Districts. Programs that come under RAWCS include Project Volunteers, RAM, SWSL and DIK.
RC Rotary Club
RCC Rotary Community Corps
RCD Rotary Club Director
RCP Rotary Code of Policies
RDU Rotary Down Under
RFE Rotary Friendship Exchange
RFFA Rotarians For Fighting AIDS
RI Rotary International
RIBI Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland
RID Rotary International Director
RIDE Rotary International Director Elect
RIF Relief Institution Fund - A District disaster relief fund to which clubs can contribute to alleviate distress from natural disasters occurring within Australia
RIF Rotary International Foundation
RIMC Rotary International Membership Coordinator
RINO Rotarian in name only (also known as Knife and Forker)
RIP Rotary International President
RIPA Rotary International President's Ambassador
RIPE Rotary International President Elect
RIPR Rotary International President Representative
RITS Rotary International Travel Service
RLI Rotary Leadership Institute - The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a series of fast-paced, interactive, one-day courses offered to refine a Rotarian's leadership skills and increase their base of knowledge in Rotary.
RNN Rotary News Network
ROAR Rotary Organization of Amateur Radio
ROBIN Rotary Native Bird Nest-box Project
ROMAC Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children - Established by District 9800 in 1984 and is expanding Statewide and interstate Finances medical aid and operations in Australian hospitals for children up to age 15 brought from South East Asia and Pacific Region
ROMEO Rotary Old Men, Eating Only
ROTA Rotary Overseas Travel Award
ROTI Rotarians On The Internet - A Rotary International Fellowship - http://www.roti.org/
ROTARACT A Rotary sponsored service group - For young people aged 18 to 30 who meet each two weeks to foster service to the local and international community
ROTARTANK Rotary Water Tanks - Established by District 9800 to supply and install portable fresh water tanks by Rotary Project Volunteers in neighbouring countries.
Rotary Founded 1905 by Paul Harris in Chicago US - An organisation of business and professional persons united world-wide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world
Rotary Club Flag The official flag of Rotary with emblem and club name - For display at club and district assemblies
Rotary Down Under (RDU) The official Rotary magazine for the South West Pacific region - Distributed monthly to clubs or by post to Rotarians address Subscription is compulsory
Rotary Emblem An emblem representing "civilisation and movement" - A gear wheel with 6 spokes, 24 cogs, in colours of royal blue and gold A key was added in 1923 to signify the wheel was a "worker" not an "idler"
Rotary Foundation A philanthropic Trust - A not-for-profit corporation whose activities extend world-wide to achieve world understanding and peace. Also known as TRF.
Rotary Themes or Mottos Official slogans adopted annually by RI President - A theme which changes yearly to reflect the philosophy and programmes for the year. The Principal motto that remains constant is "Service Above Self" since 1989
Rotary Village Corps Not common in Australia but wide spread in US - Self-help groups of non-Rotarians sponsored by Rotary Clubs to improve community living conditions
Rotary Volunteers A local and overseas volunteer programme - Teams of from 2 to 6 volunteers visit for 2 to 4 weeks to developing countries to provide skills training and assistance. Also known as Project Volunteers.
Rotary Volunteers Programme Voluntary overseas service - Facilitates placement of volunteers and may cover some expenses of those serving abroad for 28 days or more
ROTEX Organisation of Ex-Rotary Exchange Students
ROTOPLAST Rotoplast International is a non-profit, humanitarian organization founded in 1992 as a world community service project of the Rotary Club of San Francisco, that provides free plastic surgery for children in the third world.
ROVE Rotary Overseas Vocational Exchange - A programme to encourage vocational exchanges of up to 12 weeks
RRFC Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator
RRVF Rotary Recreational and Vocational Fellowships
Rtn. Rotarian
RYDA Roadsafe Youth Driver Awareness
RYLA Rotary Youth Leadership Award - An interactive, experientially-based leadership conference offered in the last week of November each year.
RYEP Rotary Youth Exchange Program
RYPEN Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment - A programme of weekend seminars for young people aged 14 to 17 years Two seminars are held in October and March.
RYWELL Rotary Youth Wellbeing
SHARE Share (RF distribution of funds)
SRT ShelterBox Response Team
Sister Club Relationship agreement between clubs in other Countries/districts - To foster better understanding and fellowship exchange and mutual support and co-operation on humanitarian projects
SSE Summer Science Experience
Southwest Pacific Service Centre Office of RI based in Parramatta, NSW - Serves Rotary clubs and Districts in Australia, NZ and Pacific Islands
SRCC Standard Rotary Club Constitution
Standard Club Constitution Originally adopted in 1922 - Provides the framework for all clubs in the world and is a condition to receiving a charter
STYE Short Term Youth Exchange
SWSL Safe Water Save Lives - Project teams of up to 3 weeks to funding and assisting install fresh clean water tanks and dams in overseas communities
TARFT The Australian Rotary Foundation Trust - A trust funds that offers Rotarians and corporations etc a tax free deduction on donations to the Rotary Foundation
The 4-Way Test A measure for Rotarians of conduct and thinking –
  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
The Rotarian "The Rotarian". A monthly magazine put out by Rotary International with articles, news and views in a number of languages.
The Rotary World An RI publication - Three copies sent bi-monthly to all club presidents direct from RI (I don't recall ever having seen one)
Theme Months Focus in various months on major activities - Gives specific attention to Membership (August) Youth (Sept) Vocational (Oct) Foundation (Nov) Awareness (Jan) World Understanding (Feb) Magazine (April) Rotaract Week (Mar)
TLA Three Letter Acronym
TR The Rotarian (RI magazine, which you can receive instead of RDU if you so choose)
TRF The Rotary Foundation
WCS World Community Service
WFA World Fellowship Activities
World Fellowship Committee An international programme - For the many groups of Rotarians sharing common sporting & vocational interest and encourages reciprocal visits to other countries where home-hosted

The Regions of Rotary International

Acronym Description
ANZO Australia, New Zealand and other places not included in any other region
CEEMA Continental European, Eastern Mediterranean and African zone
GBI Great Britain and Ireland
SACAMA South America (except Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana), Central America, Mexico, and the Spanish-speaking island nations of the Caribbean (except Puerto Rico)
USCB United States of America, Canada, Bermuda and Puerto Rico

PR Director's Report 2010–11 by Stefan Sojka

What an exciting year it has been for the Rotary Club of Ryde!  From a PR perspective, I couldn’t have asked for a better year.

The biggest news was of course our involvement in building the school in Borjegai, Afghanistan.  Such a good news story enabled us to get front-page billing in the Northern District Times, with a huge photograph and a headline “Ryde’s New School – 11,700km away”.  Just recently, we landed on page 4 of the Sydney Morning Herald.  We also got press in Rotary Down Under, thanks to PDG Alex Sawyer’s support and perseverance.

John Booth and his Weekly Times team has been an incredibly generous supporter of our Club this year, giving us numerous cover stories and column space galore, for The Tree of Joy and Red Shield Appeal, School Public Speaking Competition and our big Graffiti (Paint Vandalism) program, headed up by the dynamic PP Charles Kilby.

I have to say, much of this publicity had me running on autopilot this year, such is the momentum and influence the Club seems to have in the area these days.  I have had so much support by each Club member driving each event that they run, my job was a breeze!

While the press juggernaut forged onward – whether I was manning the helm or not – I was able to put a great deal of my efforts into the new Club Website, which launched on 12 August 2010.

Since launching, our Website:  www.ryderotary.org.au – has had 5,000 visitors and has attracted all kinds of interest.  Old friends have made contact, people have applied to give presentations to our Club, applied for scholarships, asked for support, offered to help out and asked about joining.  With continued attention, updating and maintenance, the Website can only become a more and more valuable asset to the Club.  I am very proud to have been in a position, both as PR director and as part of my chosen vocation, to have been able to facilitate this for the Club, of which I am equally proud to be a member.

I have to say a huge thank you to Adrian Hallet, my right-hand man, who is now stepping up into the PR directorship for 2011–12 – and rightly so.  He is a one-man PR machine.  With his trailers and signage, tools and gadgets.  Adrian is always there to help.  He makes 110% look like a cop-out.  He is always out there – on the ground at events and programs, flying the Club banners and stamping our name clearly around the city.

I thank the Club for having faith in me this last year and look forward to seeing what Adrian is going to deliver, as I focus exclusively on the Website and online marketing for the Club in the year ahead.

Another letter from the School of St Jude

Dear President Allen,

Thanks you so much for your response. My husband Ben and I have fond and precious memories of the kind hospitality of Les and Shirley in their home when we had represented PRIP Royce and Jean Abbey in 2 other Districts besides your District . At that time then PRIP Huge Archer was trying to save funds for Rotary so RI Representatives like us were given assignments in multiple districts. We were given 3 in a row in Australia and although it was a bit hectic, we didn't mind at all as we met so many Australians who became our friends.

I am attaching an article I wrote on Polio Plus and in Angeles City, where it all started, this is synonymous with PDG Les & Shirley Whitcroft as they stipulated that the US$250,000 be earmarked for the Polio Plus Campaign in the Philippines. They traveled all the way from Australia to witness this historic launching of the first official Polio Plus NID (National Immunization Day) which was the scheme eventually followed all over the developing countries in the world in the years to come.

We, in Angeles and the Philippines will forever be grateful for their generosity in selecting the Philippines as the first recipient from the $US250,000 they donated for the Polio Plus Campaign. It would be great if you could convey to PDG Les our belated condolences on the demise of Shirley. She was such a sweet and lovely lady. Please tell him that we were also in Tanzania last year and visited the School of St. Jude and saw some of the classrooms that a number of Australian Rotarians donated and we're glad to know that he was one of the donors of those many classrooms. I have attached some photos of our visit to the school and below is the website I did on Rotary in Tanzania.

Please extend our best regards to PDG Les.




A letter from The School of St Jude

Dear All at The Rotary Club of Ryde Inc.,

Thank you so much for your continued support of The School of St Jude through your sponsorship of Ms Christina!

 As Ms Christina’s generous sponsor/s, we hope that you’ve enjoyed hearing directly from our students just how much your contribution is appreciated. Your sponsorship of Ms Christina, who is teacher of Standard 1 Science classes at our Moshono Lower Primary campus, supports both her and her fellow St Jude’s teachers as they work hard to educate Tanzania’s future leaders.

Life at The School of St Jude is continuing to thrive; we now educate nearly 1,500 students spread across three amazing schools, two boarding campuses and employ over 340 local Tanzanian staff.  All this would not be possible without the enormous contribution and generosity of supporters like you!

We hope you will enjoy the attached 2011 Update about Ms Christina, with news including her latest interests and opinions on life.  Also attached is a Teacher Sponsorship FAQs document, for all the details of supporting a teacher at The School of St Jude.

Thank you again for your incredible ongoing support of Ms Christina, and ultimately for standing with us in our Fight against Poverty!

Kind regards


Julie Luxton
Sponsor Relations Coordinator
The School of St Jude
Fighting Poverty through Education
Email: sponsorrelations1@schoolofstjude.co.tz
Website: www.schoolofstjude.co.tz
PO Box 11875, Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa
+255 686 049 142 or +255 755 106 058

School of St Jude February 2011 Newsletter

Greetings from Tanzania!

We hope you enjoy reading our latest newsletter.

If you visited St Jude’s between the years 2002 and 2005, we need your help! The school is celebrating its 10 year anniversary next year and we are collecting visitors’ photos to help create a very special Anniversary Book. Please submit your photos to schoolofstjude@habari.co.tz.

Are you looking to add a new piece of fashion to your wardrobe? Check out the St Jude’s School Kanga and Kanga Bags now available for purchase through our Online Store! Show off a great accessory while supporting St Jude’s at the same time (they also make great gifts)!

Please help spread the word about The Hopeful Chef Cookbook by posting this video to your Facebook page or emailing it to friends. Remember, all proceeds for these great cookbooks go to St Jude’s!

Are you ready for an unforgettable adventure? Consider booking a spot on one of our exciting St Judes Tour Groups in July or September!

The FebFree campaign is now over and we’re proud to report the total amount raised came to $33,000…what a tremendous achievement. Big thanks to everyone who generously donated and gave up a vice to support St Jude’s!

Last but not least, don't forget to check out our eCard Gifts to find that perfect Easter, anniversary or birthday gift for a special someone in your life.

With hugs from All of us at St Jude’s!


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