Rotary Truck

New attraction in the Blue Mountains

With the assistance of Tom Colless OAM and his company Colless Foods, Katoomba, the Rotary Club of Central Blue Mountains, NSW, has established what might be a “first” in Australia – a mobile billboard that promotes Rotary and urges people to join our community of leaders and take action at home and around the world.

The massive signage on each side of the truck is 30 feet long and nine feet tall – it can’t be missed! The truck travels the Great Western Highway and into Greater Sydney four days a week. It’s estimated life span is 10 years.

Give the driver a wave next time you see it!

District Conference Orange March 17-19th

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There’s only a few days left until Gemma and Winrose board the plane to Australia and they’re very excited about catching up with St Jude’s supporters like you. This year you’ll meet Winrose – an exceptional St Jude’s graduate and aspiring aeronautical engineer who has overcome so much in her journey out of poverty. She can’t wait to share her story and show you firsthand the impact you are making here in Tanzania.

Positions Vacant – District Polio Plus

David Kennedy
Dear Friends in Rotary,
Due to recent retirements a couple of positions are now available within the District 9700 PolioPlus Committee and I would like you to consider taking part in this very important role.
Positions Available are:-
1. District Committee Chair
2. Committee Co-ordinator: Groups 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6.
These are not necessarily onerous roles but important in terms of our quest to help eliminate polio.
If interested contact me on the email or phone noted below.
Also, DG Michael Milston is would like to hear from someone interested in the following role:-
a. Rotary Foundation Alumni Co-Ordinator
District roles provide a great deal of satisfaction and provide a better opportunity to “do good in the world”.
Please apply soon.
David Kennedy
D9700 Director – The Rotary Foundation
Past District Governor 2014-15
email: [email protected]
mobile: 0429 316 266

RI President John Germ

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2016-17 RI President John Germ and his wife, Judy Germ

John F. Germ is board chair and chief executive officer of Campbell and Associates Inc., consulting engineers. He joined the firm as an engineer in 1965 after four years in the U.S. Air Force. He serves on the boards of several organizations, including the board and executive committee of the Public Education Foundation, Orange Grove Center Inc., and as board chair of Blood Assurance Inc. He also is founder and treasurer of the Chattanooga State Technical Community College Foundation and president of the Tennessee Jaycee Foundation.


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Rotary International Director Noel Trevaskis and his wife Sue.

Noel is a member of the Rotary Club of Bega, District 9710.

Noel was the District Governor of District 9710 in 2005-2006, and a past Board member and Chairman of Australian Rotary Health. He has also served as a Board member and Deputy Chairman of the Southern Tablelands Community College, a College assisting people with intellectual disabilities and special needs. He was a Rotary Coordinator and was Chairman of the RI Membership Development Committee for our two Zones as well as being a member of the Rotary International membership Committee. He is a recipient of a Key Rotarian Award from his District, the Service Above Self Award, and the Medal of the Order of Australia.

Rotary Down Under had a sit down interview recently with Noel Trevaskis – Rotary International Director

Getting to know Noel!

One only needs to meet Noel Trevaskis once to realise he is a straight talking, down to earth and practical Rotarian. We are proud he is our representative on the Rotary International Board for 2016-2018 and believe that much will be accomplished in our region with his hands-on approach.

It’s interesting when you speak with Noel that he is willing to share his story of how, in his early years of joining Rotary, his wife Sue challenged his commitment. In her view, he wasn’t committed and was neither in Rotary nor out of Rotary. She said he needed to make a decision – either commit or resign.

Click on teh link below for the full story.

Noel Trevaskis