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Thoughts from the District Governor – week 34

When I was pushing a deadline, I used to recite to myself “The time has come, the Walrus said” – it was the mantra I used when I knew that the deadline couldn’t be pushed any further. Well, my friends, ‘The time has come’ for you to register for the Conference – you are really pushing the deadline on us now.  Our venues are, of course, setting a deadline for us to get our numbers to them – dinners; lunches; morning teas.  So please, stop sitting on your hands and get registered. I’m told that it is usual for registrations to come in, in the last two weeks, so here we are – the last two weeks.  So, here’s the link again to get you on the District web page to register.
We need another Governor after Debbie Loveday.  Again, I am imploring you to think about putting up your hand for this rewarding position. This deadline is also this week, so if you would like to know more, please give me, or any PDGs a call to discuss.
Our Partner’s Project.  Our District Treasurer is concerned about the number of tickets still outstanding – we are only about half way to our target mark on this project. I know that some clubs have elected to buy their whole books of tickets, send the money and tickets in their club’s name, and then have their own ‘raffle’ at club level if the club wins.  This is a good idea for clubs who don’t like selling raffle tickets. 

I just thought that the prize was so attractive for this one, and Barry McCann was so generous in providing it, that I felt it would be well supported. 
Let me be quite clear though, that unless all the raffle tickets are sold by Conference time, it will not be drawn then.  We have until the end of our Rotary year to sell them.  And we are aiming for a three year Scholarship for research into Motor Neurone Disease at Macquarie University. 
Changeovers will soon be upon us so please get your Changeover Dates to District Secretary, Rob Anderson, so he can compile a list of them.  With only four weeks in June, there is bound to be some date clashes with clubs.  Once we have all your changeover dates, we will then be able to allocate those I will be able to attend, and those for whom I will have to allocate the responsibility.

Last chance to get your photos in for the Service of Remembrance. I’m told that David White has received the details of at least 10 people who we can remember in this service. If you haven’t yet sent the details of someone you have lost in your club – Rotarian or partner - please get the details urgently to David.  We need to have them to our IT man by this Friday.  
Yes, that’s Friday of this week.  Please include a photo, the details of their Rotary Service and their Rotary achievements! 
Rotary Youth Leadership Award
19  - 27 year old leaders of the future
30th March – 6th April 2019
  Yarrahapinni Adventist Youth Centre (Macksville)
Brochure & applications on website
Applications due soon!!

Hastings Rotaract has had another great few weeks. Lots of planning and work is being done behind the scenes to work out procedures and processes ready for the new Rotaract year. 

On Tuesday night 7 rotaractors joined with members from all the Rotary clubs in cluster 3 for a fantastic vocations night at Billabong Zoo in Port Macquarie. The night was about bring the cluster together and more than 100 people came. 


For rotaractors it was a fantastic opportunity to network with Rotarians and chat in an informal, relaxed setting. After fellowship everyone had the chance to tour the zoo and a few lucky people even got to pay a koala, snake and a dingo! We also saw a lion cub and fairy penguins. 

Overall it was a fantastic night !

Laura Telford 

D9650 Rotaract Representative

Australian Rotaract Conference Committee members

Hastings Rotaract Communications Director

Links to other important Rotary news and resources.
Click either of the images below to access.
Our Partner’s Project deposit details
Direct Deposits:
Rotary International DG Partner’s A/c
BSB: 721000       a/c: 100143137
Please forward copy to
Cheques can be made to: DG Partner’s Project 2018-19
Please send cheques and ticket stubs to:
District 9650 Treasurer,                 
PO BOX 217                                             Armidale NSW 2350

I thank you most sincerely for your support. Dennis
'Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create a lasting change—across the globe, in our community and in ourselves.'

RI President

Barry Rassin

District Governor

Lorraine Coffey

District Secretary

Rob Anderson (PDG)

District Treasurer

Graeme Andrews

District Trainer and Finance Chairman

Neville Parsons (PDG)

Assistant Governors

Peter Paff Cluster 1

Peter Lawry Cluster 2

Trish Affleck-Mooney Cluster 3

Murray Difford Cluster 4

Carol Barnden Cluster 5

Dimity Betts Cluster 6

Aileen Bell Cluster 7

Bruce George Cluster 8

Neroli Bevan Cluster 9

P R Director

Brian Beesley (PDG)

Editor: Inspirator

Andrew Maughan

Foundation Director

Maurie Stack (PDG)

Membership Director

Diana Christian

Youth Director

Kate George

Community Director

Debbie Loveday

International Director

Reg Pierce

Vocational Director

David Mayne

Club Administration

Debbie Loveday

District Insurance Ofcer

Bianca Adimari

Your GTrain Team

Lorraine Coffey


Phil Hafey

Governor Elect

Debbie Loveday

Governor Nominee.

Please remember to send all Club Bulletins to the three members of your GTrain!

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