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Thoughts from the DG – week 43

We’ve had a break in Queensland to visit family
There is nothing like the company of an ‘almost’ five year-old to bring one down to earth. This great granddaughter and I were looking at a painting of her and her brother which I had done of them when she was only about 2.  “It’s stunning Ma Ma,” she said (apparently ‘stunning’ is one of her current favourite words).  And then she said “Ma Ma, when I grow up to be an adult, will you be passed away?”  I came down to earth very quickly, and acknowledged that this would probably be true, but asked her to remember her Ma Ma as someone who loved her very much and once painted her portrait. 
We had a lovely few days visiting children, grandchildren and our four great grandchildren last week.  I like to visit with family before we go overseas; one never knows what might happen these days when we board a ‘plane for an overseas flight. We leave for Germany on May 15 to take part in a Friendship Exchange and attend the International Convention in Hamburg.

Vacancy for Friendship Exchange to Sweden, 1-16 September, 2019

Talking of Friendship Exchanges, I’ve been told there is a vacancy for a couple who would like to go with the team to Sweden in September, commencing in Stockholm.  You’ve heard me waft endlessly about the value of these exchanges, and how you make life-long friends around the world. So, here is your opportunity; if you are interested in knowing more about it, please contact team leader, Max Post, on 0439 712 249.

Drought update

I was talking with a farmer from Boggabri a few weeks ago.  It brought home to me how unkind our weather can be for the man on the land when it does rain.  They had 80 mls the other week, but it came down in one hour.  It was enough to make a difference to some dams, but mostly, the earth was so hard and dry that it ran off and didn’t soak in.  And some of the farmers now have their water pumps at the bottom of their dams and will have to fish them out and get them going again.  What they need is good steady follow-up rain.  It would be great for them if this happened. 

All the funds given by the government have gone out to our farmers and have been acquitted.  Reg has had so many emails from grateful families.  One such email painted the full picture of what a cattle property, which had proudly fed Australians since 1847 was reduced to, by a drought that was the worst in the property’s history.  They have had less than 7% of their normal rainfall for the past three years. 
All their water courses (natural and man-made) are dry; they maintain one house tank at 50% by buying in water, and they don’t want to sell any more of their pedigree cattle at 20% of their value.  They even told us what the money had bought them – they’d cleared an outstanding bill from Council and electricity; restored their near empty pantry; bought his and her toiletries to restore dignity; 10 Jerry cans of fuel, engine oils and filters, cattle lick blocks and a new chain for the chainsaw to allow them to cut wood for the winter.  It’s not much is it? 


The longer this goes on, the more we are convinced that we have only touched the tip of the iceberg.  It will be a long time before our farms are producing again, and even longer still until our farmers are out of debt.  All government loans have to be paid back, and some of them have reached the limit of their bank overdraft.  It’s not hard to see that when $3 to $5 hundred thousand dollars is spent on fodder, how this has affected their reserves.  Despite these hardships, our stoic farming community love their life on the land, What would our country be like without them? 

RYSTARS announcement

The Rotary Club of Coonabarabran has decided not to run the RYSTARS Camp in 2019.  The club has had their focus on drought relief and does not have the time to be able to organise and run the camp this year.  They will pick it up again in 2020, probably in October.  

Youth Exchange Program – 5 students yet to be placed.

Please consider taking one of these students – it’s a life-changing experience for both students and host families.  Contact secretary Allan Brown (6553 5813) or Chair Bev Bartlett (0439 853 867)
We are also looking for students to send out on Exchange in January 2020.  Initial applications from students are starting to trickle in to our committee, so be sure to ask your club’s schools if they have a student who is interested in taking up this great experience of living in another country and attending school there for a year.  Again, direct your questions to Allan or Bev. 

Passport Clubs – what are they?  There is a great article about Passport Clubs in the April edition of Rotary Down Under.  In a big to better balance work, service and family life, Rotary Passport clubs have been established for those who want to develop leadership skills and make a difference in the community, but are time poor. They offer a flexible Rotary experience.  District 9560 has just chartered their first Passport club, and clubs are also planned for the Gold Coast and Launceston.  Get the full story – pages 49 to 51 in RDU.

Changeover Dates should be with Rob Anderson by now.

We need to set up the roster for these before I go away, to make sure Rob has your date.

Don’t forget to register for the Assembly that will be nearest to you.  You will have received the registration forms; please make sure you have as many of your board members there as possible.

Fancy a Kokada Trek with Shelter Box Australia in 2020? 

Follow the link below for all the details.
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The Latest newsletter from Australian Rotary Health is below.  These newletters are always informative; a lot of good reading.

Please find the direct link to the latest ARH e-newsletter here:

Top: Visit to Eumundi to granddaughter, Martha Grace.  Pictured with her children, Hallie, Theodore (Teddy) and Charlie.
Above: Visit to Perigian Springs to granddaughter Hannah.  Pictured with Hannah’s daughter, Everleigh, Hannah and my daughter, Katrina.

NYSF - National Youth Science Forum


Applications are being accepted for applicants to attend this life-changing event for students who will complete Year 11 in 2019. The program begins on 1 January 2020 and students will spend 12 amazing days living Science, making new friendships, networking, learning and living!!

Every Rotary Club can give at least one child the chance to experience this program.

Applications are on line and close on 31 May 2019. The Application form takes some time so don't leave it til the last minute.


Interviews will take place in Walcha on 20 - 21 July 2019. Comtact me if you require any further information on 0411704654


Di Hall

Chair District 9650


Dear district Rotary Foundation chairs and grants subcommittee chairs:

Here are some updates to help you and your district with grants.

Disaster response grants

On 1 April, The Rotary Foundation introduced a new type of grant: Rotary disaster response grants. These grants, funded by contributions to the Rotary Disaster Response Fund, support relief and recovery efforts in areas affected by disaster. Qualified districts in the affected area or country may apply for a maximum grant of $25,000, pending availability of funds. They may apply for additional grants after they report on any previous disaster response grants. To apply, the district governor and district Rotary Foundation chair complete the Rotary Disaster Response Grant Application and send it to

IHE Delft scholarships

The Rotary Foundation no longer offers a packaged grant for scholarships for water and sanitation professionals at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, but Dutch Rotarians are still sending students to study there through global grants. Clubs and districts that are interested in partnering with them to support scholars at IHE Delft may apply for global grant scholarships. For more information, write to

Regional grants officers can help with your grant applications

Are you considering a global grant project or scholarship? Before you start your application, ask your regional grants officer to review your project idea or scholarship nominee. Your grants officer can tell you whether your project or scholarship is eligible for a global grant, offer suggestions on what to include in your application, and even work with you to design your project.

Global grant changes

The Trustees of The Rotary Foundation agreed in January to increase the maximum global grant award by doubling the maximum amount of World Fund money available for a global grant to $400,000. The Trustees also raised the threshold at which they review a global grant application. They will now review an application if the grant would use more than $200,000 in World Fund money. These changes will take effect 1 July.

Changes to grant terms and conditions 

The Foundation periodically updates its grant terms and conditions to clarify them and to make them reflect policy changes. We’ve recently made these changes:




In section II, the Foundation:
  • Updated references to section numbers in The Rotary Foundation Code of Policies and the Rotary Code of Policies
  • Added information about Rotary’s Privacy Statement for Personal Data
  • Deleted the mention of the date when community assessments began to be required in certain grant applications
  • Clarified that the cost of completing a hydrogeological survey may be included in the grant budget

In section IV, the Foundation:

  • Added endowed and directed gifts to the category of grant applications that receive additional review by the Trustees and Cadre of Technical Advisers, based on the amount of money requested

In section VI, the Foundation:

  • Changed Annual Programs Fund to Annual Fund

In section VIII, the Foundation:

  • Clarified that all cash contributions to global grants must include an additional 5 percent to offset processing and administrative costs

In section IX, the Foundation:

  • Clarified that international sponsors of humanitarian global grants will not be restricted from receiving new grants if a report is overdue and the international sponsors did not receive the funds

In section X, the Foundation:

  • Clarified that microcredit funds must be tracked separately in the microfinance institution’s accounting system

In section XII, the Foundation:

  • Added special considerations for grants paid to the Philippines

In section XIII, the Foundation:

  • Updated the Conflict of Interest Policy for Program Participants in accordance with The Rotary Foundation Code of Policies

Send any questions to Thank you for all your work to support Rotarians who are Doing Good in the World.


Abby McNear

Rotary Grants Manager


Calling all Rotaractors (current and emerging - you don't have to be in a chartered club to come!!) you are invited to 2019 ACT/NSW board training! Delivered by the District Rotaract Representatives in NSW and the ACT the training is crucial to being able to fulfill your new positions in your club and on your incoming boards. 

The last day to register is April 21 (this Sunday!)

The training is also a great opportunity for rotaractors to talk through any club problems with people going through exactly the same thing and brainstorm potential solutions. It is also a fantastic chance to get new ideas about how to do things better, more efficient and easier - you might even get inspired to try something new! 

The training will be a great mix of seminars, workshops, breakout sessions, hands on activities and fun.

The dates have been set May 10-12 (arrive Friday night and leave Sunday afternoon). It will be held at the Collaroy Centre in North Sydney and the cost is $170 (which includes meals and accommodation.)

For more information or to register head to the official Facebook event or contact D9650 District Rotaract Rep Laura via email at or via phone 0428 151 551.

Laura Telford

Hosting Inbound exchange students
Is your club considering hosting an exchange student . If so we have students available for placement.  contact Secretary Allan Brown (phone 65535813 ) to get a copy of the profile of available students. To find out more information either District chair Bev Bartlett  (phone 0439853867 ) or Allan are available to answer any questions. 

We have 12 students to place and only 7 have been placed . Please consider getting together with another club to share, the maths is 57 clubs and only 12 students to be placed. The YEP committee also have some host families to assist.
Consider  the experience of having an exchange student in your club and the life time experiences this can lead to .
Act now and call. 
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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