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:

August DGJG Newsletter 02-18

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:







Rotarians for Family Health & AIDS Prevention


Rotary Family Health Days is the signature program of Rotarians For Family Health & AIDS Prevention (RFHA). The program promotes healthy living and disease prevention by implementing a massive, annual campaign in four countries in Africa and in India that provides comprehensive, free health care services tens of thousands of people in underprivileged communities.

The services include lifelong immunizations to children, such as polio and measles vaccines and comprehensive life-saving annual screens such as HIV, TB, Malaria, Diabetes, Hypertension and more.



Above Marion Bunch the woman behind RFFA now RFHA an amazing story.

RFHA How it Began

Below in Montreal June 2010 RFHA Board Meeting:

L-R:  JG; “Olu” PDG Olugbemiga Olowu; Polio Plus Chair PRIVP Mike McGovern;  CEO & Founder Marion Bunch; Foundation Chair PRID Paul Netzel; PDG Mark Doyle and COO Len Lanzi.