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September was an exceptionally busy month.  Mainly due to the Australian New Zealand Conference and Governor training in Hobart.  Susan and I also visited many clubs and attended the World Peace Day dinner in Cowra.

The drought appeal is taking up a lot of our resources in manpower right now and a report follows.  We have been given a RAWCS Project # to collect funds for the drought and to issue tax receipts.

Club visits are a lot of fun and we do have a wonderful team of Rotarians in our district and I hope that you all get to meet one another at the Griffith 2019 Conference March 29-31st 2019.  Please do not forget to send me your club conference convener, so far I only have 5 names in.

We will be holding the D9700 2018-2019 Club Presidents Forum and our D9700 AGM on Saturday 20th October in Young at the Ex-Services Club.  ALL Club Presidents are asked to attend or send their proxy if unable to attend in person.  This will be followed by a D9700 Board meeting in the afternoon.

Let me have any stories and photographs on whatever you are going to for World Polio Day October 24th.

Congratulations to Wagga Wollundry RC for their exceptional Gears and Beers weekend.  They had over 2,500 bike riders and raised a lot of money for the local Wagga Wagga community.  Story in this bulletin.

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Enjoy the next Rotary month of October which I call moving month, moving into your projects for 2018-2019, we have 9 months left to achieve our goals.  Have fun and above all be THE Inspiration!

Yours in Rotary

DG John Glassford

Governor 2018-2019 D9700

0498 190 880

Drought Appeal

Tonight the D9700 Board met via Zoom and made the decision to support the drought appeal being conducted by:
Rotary Australia (RAWCS), Channel 9 and the National Farmers Federation, who have formed a partnership to raise funds for drought relief.
By support we mean to encourage our members to consider raising funds the best way each unique Rotary club in D9700 conducts their business.
District will provide other ideas for consideration, where we can support those affected, via a special committee to be set up this coming week.  This Special Committee will also be there to support and advise on all matters with this appeal.
We would like you to advise myself and our Secretary David Benn when you have a fund raising event.
I am involved in a Zoom meeting tomorrow morning with all the DGs in Australia who have been invited to hear the how that this partnership will distribute the funds.  RAWCS is the vehicle for donations and I am told it has reached $750,000 with a target to raise $10 million. 
Tomorrow morning Monday August 5th. from 5.30am on the Channel 9 TODAY Show the morning programme is dedicated to this campaign.
An email will be sent to everyone advising them of our decision tonight.  However please let everyone know at your next meeting.
Please let your members know that it was an easy decision to make, a no brainer.
Let us all get behind this initiative, thank you.
Yours in Rotary

John Glassford



DGJG August 02 Newsletter

Well August went fast too fast and hard to keep up with everything that is going on right now.  September is full of promise as Susan and I move around our clubs.  September is designated as Basic Education and Literacy month.  A good time to see where we can improve the lives of those that only need a hand up to a better life

Here is my Newsletter for August 2018:

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The highlight of the month of August was the The NSW Rotary Districts and Clubs Inspirational Women’s Awards 2018.  Hearty congratulations go to Elizabeth Russ and Deidre Moulden winners in their category and to the other two finalists in their category, Ruth Browne and Rochelle Ashcroft.  To Lynnette Bullen our D9700 Coordinator, our sincere thanks for the hard work leading up to this event


2018 Leeton District 9700 Conference


Sarah Brown from Purple House will be one of the plenary speakers in Leeton on May 4th.  Do not miss this amazing young nurse!

In the 1990’s Pintupi Luritja people from the Western Desert communities of Kiwirrkurra, Mt Liebig and Kintore grew concerned about their family members being forced to move away from community to receive treatment for end stage renal failure. Leaving behind their homes and families to access dialysis treatment in Alice Springs they experienced great hardship, and people worried about the future of their communities without senior Pintupi there to provide leadership and pass on cultural knowledge.

Determined that renal failure should not be a one way ticket to Alice Springs, away from family, country and everything important, senior men and women created four collaborative paintings. With the help and support of Papunya Tula Artists, Sothebys and local NT politicians, these were auctioned at the Art Gallery of NSW on the 11th of November 2000 raising over $1 million dollars to set up a dialysis service in Kintore.

Since the commencement of dialysis treatment in Kintore in 2004 we have grown to have dialysis units in 8 remote communities, as well as at the Purple House in Alice Springs. The Purple Truck, our mobile dialysis unit, gives patients the opportunity to spend time in their home communities where there is not a permanent dialysis unit.


Sydney Peace Building Conference

Last Saturday March 17th I attended the Rotary Peace Building Conference held at the Sydney Town Hall.

It was an excellent day with many wonderful inspirational speakers including Stephanie Woollard from Seven Women in Nepal.  Stephanie and I met in Atlanta at the Rotary International Convention and I invited her to be a speaker at our District 9700 Conference in Griffith in 2019.

Here are a couple of photos from the Conference:

With Stephanie Woollard

Mohammad Yunus

With DGDN Michael Moore AM and Helen Moore from Canberra.  Michael is the new District Governor for the new District 9705 and Helen is the current President of the Rotary Club of Canberra.  Our District 9700 and District 9710 merge into District 9705 on July 1st 2020.

With Rotaract President of the CSU Wagga Rotaract Club Clare Lawlor and Danielle de La Pont from the Conference Hosts Organising Committee.




Be Inspired and Be The Inspiration

District governors-elect and their partners participate in Cultural Exchange and Networking at the International Assembly, 16 January 2018, San Diego, California, USA.

Get to know our incoming RI President Barry Rassin.  Here you will get a glimpse of what Rotary does and can do; be inspired by this man and:

Be The Inspiration to Change Lives including your own watch this video below: