Working bee at the Tamworth Community Men’s Shed 9.00am this Saturday 21st June

A reminder about the next working bee at the Tamworth Community Men’s Shed 9.00am this Saturday 21st June.

All welcome for as long as you are available. If you have anyone who is interested then please invite them along, it’s a great chance to meet some of the fellas and have a look around the shed.

It was also good to see a few of you at the Richmond PRA evening last Tuesday. Excellent evening, great speakers sharing from their own personal struggles and how they cope today, highly recommend coming along should there be another evening.


Currently we are waiting for the shed to be inspected by the Tamworth Regional Council who will hopefully give us an occupancy certificate and then we will be open for business. The plan is to hold an official opening a few months down the track after opening, so we have time to settle in and get the bugs out of our systems.

Passion for the friendly skies fosters international service partnerships

By PDG Michael Graves MD CFIG, member of Rotary Club of Plainview, TX, USA, and World President of International Fellowships of Flying Rotarians (IFFR)

PDG Michael Graves returning to Texas after a cross-country flight

Summer of 1990 found me in Washington and Oregon with my young family and some new friends.  Those new friends, International Fellowships of Flying Rotarians (IFFR) members from all over the world, became part of my larger family.  That international family inspired me to realize some personal dreams with family flights the next year to Barrow, Alaska and Guayaquil, Ecuador. Ocean-crossings followed, first to France, later to New Zealand and Australia.  Adventures with fellow Rotarians in Europe and Africa and Asia came to be recorded in my logbooks.

This enthusiastic new IFFR member offered aviation support to his Rotary district’s world community service projects in Mexico’s Sierra Madre Occidental.  Weeks before Christmas in 1990 we landed on a dirt strip 7500 feet above sea level with a plane load of Christmas presents.  Father Luis VerPlanchen accepted the gifts for the Tarahumara children and proudly showed us the clinic, hospital and church he had built.  The hospital had a broken X-ray generator which my mentor Ted Holder figured we could replace.

Two months later we again landed on that mountaintop runway, delivering the equipment that restored diagnostic radiology to Creel.  En route to that stop, we landed on a grass runway in Madera to say hello to dedicated Rotarians in that community and to offer them some used defibrillators we had been given when we purchased the radiology equipment.  Six weeks later I received a letter from Madera Rotary club president, Dr. Victor Yanez.  He explained that thanks to our gift, two of seven patients, carried into the local hospitals with no pulse, had been able to walk out. Yanez’s letter affirmed the rewards of service that we who share Rotary and aviation can offer.


The International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians (IFFR) is a group of Rotarians dedicated to promoting Rotary and aviation as an opportunity for fellowship and service. With widespread geographical locations, the goal of Flying Rotarians helps to achieve the furtherance of the ideals and objectives of Rotary International throughout the world. Hundreds of events have been held over the years in nearly all of the sixty countries of the world in which Flying Rotarians reside.
Members often donate their time, funds and aircraft to supply remote areas with medical, dental, optical and surgical services.

Be sure to check out the IFFR Membership Video to learn more about this Rotary Fellowship!


Rotary’s future takes center stage on last day of Sydney convention

Gertrude Adzo Akpalo walked out of the Allphones Arena in Sydney more inspired than ever to do her part to inject youth and energy into Rotary, helping to secure its future.

“This was by far the best plenary session of the convention,” said Akpalo, who is the director of youth activities for the Rotary Club of Accra East, Ghana. “All the speakers on New Generations gave us a clear message that engaging young minds will keep Rotary alive. I’m young myself, so this was the perfect message to take home,” she added.

The fourth plenary session, held 4 June, focused on what’s ahead for Rotary and featured young speakers who thrived under Rotary’s New Generations and educational programs.

Plenary speaker Ramkumar Raju, Rotaract representative for District 3230 in India, played a key role in planning the Presidential New Generations Conference in Chennai in October, which attracted nearly 3,000 attendees and set a .

“The impact of this project was so huge that there are more than 2,000 new Rotaract members in our district,” said Raju. “We wanted to show the world that we are agents of change. I believe we accomplished that.”

Ronald S. Kawaddwa told attendees that his work as New Generations chair for District 9211 in Uganda has made him optimistic about what young people can achieve.

A 33-year-old member of the Rotary Club of Kasangati, Kawaddwa said Rotary’s future depends on empowering our young members.

“If we are to realize Rotary’s road to transformation, [the] new generation’s development and empowerment are key,” he said. “We cannot achieve sustainable development without addressing our youth and the issues that affect them.”

Rotary Scholar Kelsi Lopatecki Cox is a prime example of what can happen when you nurture young people. During her speech to the convention audience, she championed innovative technology and education as a way to address poverty and under-development in rural communities. She is program coordinator for the , a project that brings technology to schools in the South Pacific.

“The challenges faced by our world are great, and they won’t go away overnight,” said Cox. “By supporting education, by embracing technology, by daring to think outside of the box, we can address poverty and inequality. But we can’t do it alone; when we join together, we are stronger. Together, we can create a world of opportunity.”

Ravindran accepts 2015-16 Rotary presidency

K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran, a member of the Rotary Club of Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka, was elected the 2015-16 RI president, telling the audience he accepts “this life-time opportunity with great humility.”

Ravindran acknowledges that Rotary is at a momentous period in its history.

“The great battle we waged against the insidious poliovirus is slowly but surely drawing to its finite end, and we are continuing to reach out to thousands with our humanitarian services,” he said. “But let us continue to be vigilant; let us not lull ourselves into complacency for we know our membership lingers and languishes.”

He encouraged Rotary members to communicate better and take advantage of the to make Rotary’s brand “shine brighter and louder, especially outside this organization,” he said.

Closing out the fourth plenary session, attendees were treated to a preview of the . The Host Organization Committee shared a taste of Brazilian culture, including a traditional dance routine and a video invitation from Mayor Fernando Haddad.


How did India end polio?

India marked three years since its last case of wild polio on 13 January 2014, a landmark achievement for global public health and the worldwide effort to eradicate polio.

One of the greatest assets in the fight to end polio is the commitment of supporters around the globe. Share your story with Rotary for an opportunity to be featured on

Polio news

Sir Emeka Offor announces new $1 million gift for polio eradication

Nigerian business leader and philanthropist Sir Emeka Offor announced a $1 million gift to The Rotary Foundation for polio eradication efforts at the Rotary Convention in Sydney. Australia’s Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, also announced his government will commit $100 million over five years to help eradicate polio.

Rotary breaks two world records

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Rotary Alumni The Leader's Bulletin

Here is the final issue of the District Alumni Leaders Bulletin for the 2013-14 Rotary year. This newsletter provides information such as alumni updates, relevant articles, important deadlines, upcoming events, and much more.

Please feel free to share the bulletin and survey with district leaders and others that you feel would benefit from the information. We highly encourage you to keep us informed during the year about your alumni work and relevant information that you would like to see included in the newsletter. We also welcome your comments and suggestions.

New information from

Had a really stimulating session on at the Sydney International convention breakout session so will spend some time today working on getting the site up and running.