Several of us from D9700 attended the 2018 Australia New Zealand Conference held in Hobart.  Also as part of the events was the Governor Elect Training Seminar (GETS) attended by DGE John McKenzie and Fayah McKenzie.

Also representing D9700 were DG John and Susan Glassford, PDG George and Carol Weston, PDG John and Maria Egan, PDG Irene and Terry Jones, PP Deidre and PP Phillip Tome, PP Clare Lawlor.

There was so much to see and do and above all learn.  The Governor Train or G’ Train as it is known get down a few days earlier for the GETS training.  The DGs and partners get together in their class years and on a separate night the D9700 delegates have dinner.  Next year the Australian New Zealand Conference is in Christchurch and everyone is welcome.

Above left to Right: Some of us came via the Spirit of Tasmania and most stayed on the Hobart waterfront it also snowed on Mount Wellington. DGJG with DG Lorraine Coffey from Armidale NSW and Evan Burrell.  The D9700 and D9710 combined dinner to welcome in District 9705.  The haka done by the Kiwi 2018-2019 DGs and not to be outdone PDG George Weston working his many computers!




Congratulations to Emma Kable as she was inducted into the Rotary Club of Orange by her Father, Scott Kable, and President Clivia Frieden. Welcome to Rotary, Emma.



President David Dean welcomes new Rotarian Fiona Kibble (Classification Government Agency – Justice with IPP Monique Owen


Above DGJG with Mrs Ruth Aubin (widow of PDG Jack Aubin 88-89) and the newest member of Bathurst Rotary Club Sharyn Semmens.  President Dee Stewart inducted Sharyn during the DG Visit.  Welcome Sharyn and well done Bathurst RC!


I look forward to many more photos and getting to know our new members.  So would you all make sure that any inductions of new members are covered and sent to me for inclusion in the DG’s monthly newsletter?



Another amazing result from the Rotary Club of Wollundry Wagga.  Over 2,500 riders have raised more than $170,000 for local charity by simply registering for a beer and cider festival.  Then they had fun and the Dirty 130 was a huge success.

The Gears and Beers Festival, run by Wollundry Rotary was in Full Swing over the last weekend! Riders are greeted by the bushfire brigades as they do 130Km on mainly dirt roads! They do not call it the Dirty 130 for nothing!!



RI President Barry Rassin and Esther Rassin in Chandigarh India which is the City of Peace.  Rotary erected this beautiful monument to Peace

Every Thursday morning, I receive an email from the World Health Organization with an update on the status of polio eradication. It contains a wealth of information, country by country: where and how immunization campaigns are being conducted, how many millions of children are being vaccinated, and where environmental surveillance has found evidence of circulating virus. But every week, when that email appears in my inbox, my heart seems to stop for just a moment until I read the first few lines – and learn whether a child was paralysed by wild poliovirus that week.

That, my friends, is where we are today in the work of polio eradication. The question on my mind as I open that message isn’t how many thousands of cases we might see in a year, as we did not too long ago, or even how many hundreds. Instead, when that WHO email arrives every Thursday, the single, binary question it answers is: Was there a new case this week, or wasn’t there?

Thirty years ago, 1,000 children were paralysed by polio every single day. Since then, we’ve marked our progress, year by year, week by week. We’ve celebrated as country after country, region after region has been declared polio-free. As we’ve come closer and closer to our goal, and the number of cases has dropped further and further, the children those numbers reflect have become less and less of an abstraction. When I open that Thursday email, I don’t wonder what number I’ll see. I wonder, was a child paralyzed this week or not?

We are so close to eradication – but there is so much work left to do.

This month, I ask every Rotary club to help End Polio Now by marking World Polio Day on 24 October. Last year, thousands of Rotary clubs around the world held events to raise awareness and funds for polio eradication. This year, we want to see more World Polio Day events registered than ever. If you have an event planned, be sure to register and promote it at so that more people can take part. If you haven’t planned one yet, it’s not too late – visit to find ideas, information on this year’s livestream, and resources to help your club organize a successful event.

World Polio Day is a tremendous opportunity for clubs to highlight Rotary, and our historic work to eradicate polio, in their own communities. It is also a great way to take advantage of the challenge from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: For every dollar that Rotary raises for polio eradication, the Gates Foundation will give two more. Join me, and Rotarians everywhere, on 24 October for World Polio Day – and Be the Inspiration for a polio-free world.





This should help with all those questions that I am getting at the moment as to where the funds from the Ch9/RAWCS/NFF Drought Appeal are going to.

Update on our RAWCS Project # 38-2018-2019 Rotary Districts 9700 and 9710

Donation Page:

Last week we applied to RAWCS/NFF for $250,000 for our two Districts for distribution in drought affected areas of our two Districts.

Our Committee is as follows and will stay this way unless:

CHAIR David Post Rural Outreach Counsellor and RC Wagga Wollundry D9700

AG Chris Finkel RC Forbes RAWCS D9700 Chair

PE John Mercer RC Belconnen RAWCS D9710 Chair

PP Peter Darley RC Orange North D9700

PP David Benn RC Wagga Wollundry Secretary D9700

PDG Bill Seelis RC Berry D9710

PDG Rob Woolley RC Canberra City D9710

DGE John McKenzie RC Orange North D9700 Service Projects Consultant D9700

PP Paul Murray RC Wagga Wollundry D9700 Communications Director D9700

PDG Phil Armstrong RC Moruya D9710

Project Managers DG Margaret Hassall D9710 and DG John Glassford D9700


G ‘day

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.

September DGJG Newsletter 03-18

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:

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.