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  • District 9685
  • Chartered 1946

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District Training Schedule for 2014-15 Now Available

The District 9685 training schedule is now available for download on our Website. Please go to www.ryderotary.org.au/downloads and click on "2014-15 Training Schedule"
  

District Governor John Dodd's August Message

Dear Rotary Friends and Friends of Rotary

Sometimes it’s good to stop and take a “reality check”. The first draft of this newsletter was a JWD travelogue of my adventures as DG, but there have been a number of developments that have brought me back to earth. 



This morning with PRID John Carrick, PDG Don Durie and Past Foundation Chair Lindsay May, I had the honour of presenting Past District Governor Ken Boyd with his membership of the Paul Harris Society.

Ken is a member of the Lindfield Club and an Honorary member of the Rotary Club of Nowra. He is not well and the prognosis is not good. 

Ken was a newsagent who operated several agencies of many years. He joined the RC of Kempsey in 1961 and later moved to the Bega and Nowra Clubs. He was DG of 971 (South Coast and Canberra) in 1985/86 (PDG Peter Perry’s year), National Chair of Youth Exchange in 86/87 and a member of the RAWCS committee 1987-89. Ken actively participated in International Service joining teams to Indonesia, PNG (twice), Nepal and the Solomons (where he stayed for 3 months helping reconstruction after a cyclone).

With over 50 years of fantastic rotary service and in ill health, Ken contributed (another) $1,000 to the Foundation a couple of months ago leading to the Paul Harris Society membership. We sought to lift his spirits by making the special presentation. He sure lifted mine. 



My journey to earth had started a few days ago, with some magic crossing my screen and some special events. There are too many examples to list here (and my apologies to those not mentioned), but here are a few:

  • Sue O’Neill (Kenthurst) reported back from her recent 3 week trip to Kenya and Uganda on assisting in slum areas, presenting a $25,000 blood count machine to an AIDS clinic and visiting the Katuuso School for Life Primary/Vocational School.
  • Barry Lumby (Dural) has just returned from Fiji where he has been assisting Rotary Pacific Water for Life Foundation whose Chairman wrote, “Having you as a volunteer giving your time and much more for free has allowed us to extend our work to areas where we could not have gone otherwise due to lack of resources and time”.
  • Ron Marcus (Castle Hill) and a volunteer Glen Stanyer are off to Ulaanbaator to repair a catheter Xray machine.
  • I had the pleasure of presenting PHFs to AG Jayne Mote and Rotarian Barbara Burrell on behalf of Central Coast Rotaract to recognise their great assistance in getting CC Rotaract off the ground.
  • The Rotaractors ran a great Trivia Night on 11 August and I think they had every Central Coast Club in attendance (it was won by a bunch of PDGs because they bought the most answers!)
  • I visited Donation in Kind where President Miriam Jacka (Winston Hills) gave a guided tour followed by intense discussions with DGE Graeme Davies and International Chair Lyn Davies on how we might get Foundation funds to assist in transport costs (PDG Tony Castley, Foundation Chair will run the idea to Evanston).
  • Vocational Chair Peter Kirkwood organised a terrific Presidents Meeting on 10 August, addressed by Brian Wexham, Chair of National Skills Week and CEO of SkillsOne TV.
  • My daughter Kathryn (now a member of Ryde – Architectural Design) ran the City to Surf in under 2 hours with Rotaract District Representative Brett Sham, Jaqui Fogarty and “Black Rob”, raising awareness and over $4,000 for End Polio Now.
  • Membership AG Roseanne Gallo reported on her visits to Eastwood Club giving them an outside view on how to increase their membership and PR.
  • Helmut Buss (District Probus Chair) and President Graeme Peters (Wyong/Tuggerah) inaugurated the 151st Probus Club in the District at Berkley Vale (apologies I could not make it).

At the Official Visits at the Beaches and Northern District Zones, I have heard of Balgowlah getting a roster together to transport a mother and sick child from the Spillsted Centre to Westmead; Dee/Why Warringah embarking on an Indigenous Mentoring Program; Manly looking to assist Bo Hospital; Manly Sunrise furnishing the Pioneer Clubhouse; Beecroft embarking on an indigenous project in Brewarrina; Carlingford marking its 40 years by allocating $40,000 to a local family where the mum has MS; and many more.

So, I’m playing my role as DG by lots of talking, dealing with zillions of emails, encouraging, leading and putting ideas together. I’ve never been as busy or as tired. But, the REAL work gets done by Rotarians (like Ken Boyd) and their Clubs in so many facets: some local, some international, some helping other Rotarians do their work better. I see my role as helping that happen.

One of our initiatives this year has been to try and form Coffee Clubs as a different way of experiencing Rotary that might be more amenable to younger members. We are starting with some pilots, but that should not restrict the plan. Please click on the link for PP Mike Hallen’s latest – it might be an idea that could work in your area.

Yours in Rotary
John Dodd
District Governor 2012-13

Our very own John Dodd becomes District Governor for 2012-2013

The Rotary Club of Ryde congratulates PP John Dodd and his wife Janelle as he takes on the role of District 9680 Governor for 2012-2013. DG John Dodd has a huge year ahead of him, with the District Conference in March 2013 being organized by Ryde Rotary, not to mention the ever-increasing activities of our very lively and pro-active district. 

Click here to read John's "New Year" issue 1 of his e-newsletter, packed with news, events and updates. 

We are looking forward to an exciting and action-packed year ahead, with the dynamic DG John Dodd at the helm.  

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