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District leaders set to celebrate Foundation’s centennial

District leaders set to celebrate Foundation’s centennial

The Rotary Foundation has been improving lives since 1917. Learn about our work and help us celebrate 100 years of doing good in the world.

Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Ray Klinginsmith asked district governors in training at the International Assembly to lead the celebration of the year, 2016-17.

“You are the primary contacts between the Foundation and our 34,000 Rotary clubs in the world. The success of the centennial celebration is largely in your hands,” said Klinginsmith at a 19 January general session. “Catch the spirit and spread the word about the importance of celebrating our success.”

Since the Foundation was established in 1917, it has spent more than $3 billion on programs and projects to improve the lives of millions worldwide, said Klinginsmith.

The centennial celebration officially kicks off in May at the Rotary Convention in Korea and culminates at the 2017 convention in Atlanta.

District plans for the centennial

Governor-elect Tom James Markos of District 5100 in Oregon, USA, says he is proud to be serving during such a historic year. He plans to promote the centennial not only to his district’s members, but also through local media.

“We need the public to be aware of what we’ve accomplished,” says Markos, who has set a district goal of raising $1 million for the Foundation during the centennial year.

Bill Proctor, incoming governor of District 7080 in Ontario, Canada, believes the centennial year is an opportunity to “refocus and reeducate” members on the importance the Foundation’s work.

“We have so many accomplishments to celebrate,” said Proctor. “We need to use the momentum of the celebration to strengthen the Foundation’s future.”

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Germ reveals ‘Rotary Serving Humanity’ as 2016-17 presidential theme

Germ reveals ‘Rotary Serving Humanity’ as 2016-17 presidential theme

Rotary International President-elect John F. Germ announces his presidential theme ‘Rotary Serving Humanity.’

Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, believed that serving humanity is “the most worthwhile thing a person can do,” RI President-elect John F. Germ said, and that being a part of Rotary is a “great opportunity” to make that happen.

Germ unveiled the 2016-17 presidential theme, Rotary Serving Humanity, to incoming district governors on 18 January at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.

“I believe everyone recognizes the opportunity to serve Rotary for what it truly is: not a small opportunity, but a great one; an opportunity of a lifetime to change the world for the better, forever through Rotary’s service to humanity,” said Germ.

Rotary members around the globe are serving humanity by providing clean water to underdeveloped communities, promoting peace in conflict areas, and strengthening communities through basic education and literacy. But none more important than our work to eradicate polio worldwide, he said.

After a historic year in which transmission of the wild poliovirus was stopped in Nigeria and all of Africa, Germ said we are closer than ever to ending polio.

“We are at a crossroads in Rotary,” he added. “We are looking ahead at a year that may one day be known as the greatest year in Rotary’s history: the year that sees the world’s last case of polio.”

Last year’s milestones leave just two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, where the virus still circulates. Polio would be only the second human disease ever to be eradicated.

When that moment arrives, it’s “tremendously important” that Rotary is ready for it, said Germ. “We need to be sure that we are recognized for that success, and leverage that success into more partnerships, greater growth, and even more ambitious service in the decades to come.”

Germ, a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, encouraged attendees to return to their clubs and communities and spread the word about Rotary’s role in the fight for a polio-free world.

“People who want to do good will see that Rotary is a place where they can change the world. Every Rotary club needs to be ready to give them that opportunity,” Germ said.

Enhancing Rotary’s image isn’t the only way to boost membership. “We need clubs that are flexible, so our service will be more attractive to younger members, recent retirees, and working people.”

He added: “We need more willing hands, more caring hearts, and more bright minds to move our work forward.”

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Foundation honouree creates opportunities for the poor

Susan Davis shares a photo with school children in Pakistan. Davis co-founded BRAC USA to advance the mission of BRAC — Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee — which is dedicated to fighting poverty.

For her work to mitigate extreme poverty around the world, Susan Davis has received many honours. But the 2015-16 Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award has special significance.

“It feels like a circle of completion,” says Davis, who was a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar in 1980-81, doing graduate studies in international relations at Oxford University in England. “Rotary invested in me when I was young, and now is celebrating the harvest.”

A decade ago, Davis co-founded to advance the mission of BRAC — Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee — the world’s largest nongovernmental development organization, which was founded after Bangladesh’s partition from Pakistan in the 1970s. The U.S. branch is dedicated to fighting poverty and to creating opportunities for the poor in Africa and elsewhere.

Fulfilling that mission hasn’t been easy. Davis’ work has been disrupted by floods, cyclones, earthquakes, and war. Even worse was the sudden and deadly Ebola epidemic in 2014 in West Africa.

“I wasn’t sure how to protect our staff and clients and accompany these vulnerable communities out of this tragic situation,” says Davis, who served as BRAC USA’s president and chief executive officer until her departure this month. She quickly contacted Ebola experts and connected them with BRAC USA’s representatives in affected countries. “I lost sleep and cried with each death,” she says.

Two of those deaths were particularly painful. Ophilia Dede, a BRAC credit officer in Liberia, and her husband succumbed to the virus, leaving behind a little girl. Davis helped set up a scholarship fund for her education.

But she doesn’t allow such painful experiences to deter her.

“The urgency of the need and the tangible opportunities to make a difference keep me going,” she says. “And I have been blessed by seeing two big ideas — microfinance and social entrepreneurship — take root globally.”

From 1987 to 1991, Davis championed microfinance while working as a program officer with the Ford Foundation in Bangladesh. She developed a consortium that raised $175 million, increasing the availability of microloans in Bangladeshi villages to 44 percent from 5 percent, she says. Though debates endure over how much credit microfinance should receive for the country’s progress, conditions in Bangladesh have improved significantly: According to The Economist, life expectancy in the country rose from 59 to 69 during a 20-year span ending in 2010.

Davis also is co-author, with journalist David Bornstein, of the book “Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know.”  And she is involved with Ashoka, a nonprofit organization that supports social entrepreneurship; as a director, she oversaw its expansion to the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia.

A resident of New York City, Davis is widely recognized for her work in the field of international development. She was appointed to the board of the United Nations Fund for International Partnership in 2012, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has served on the boards of the Grameen Foundation, the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund, and the African Women’s Development Fund USA.

Davis has come a long way from the small town in southwest Louisiana, USA, where she grew up. The Rotary scholarship provided her first opportunity to live abroad. She believes that her Oxford experience allowed her to be taken seriously, and credits it with helping her land a job with the Ford Foundation.

Perhaps most importantly, says Davis, that Rotary-sponsored year gave her an entirely new perspective on power and privilege.

“Oxford was larger than life in my imagination,” she recalls. “But when I became a part of Oxford and got to know the dons and the students, I realized that, whether rich or poor, we were all just human beings and all of us were vulnerable and full of imperfections.”

Davis will be honored at the Rotary International Convention in Korea in June.

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Interplast: you can change a future these holidays

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Dear all,

At this time of year, it can be hard to come up with truly life-changing gift ideas.

But what if you could give a gift that would change someone’s future? What if you could give someone whose hands were damaged by burns the ability to use them again? Or a medical trainee the chance to learn new skills that would benefit their community?

This festive season, you can do that by giving your friends and family an Interplast donation gift card.

Your gift will give someone the chance to receive life-changing surgery, and help us provide medical education and mentoring in 17 countries across the Asia Pacific region.

Our surgical teams restore function – and hope – to people affected by burns, tumours, hand and foot injuries, congenital anomalies and more.

In Australia and New Zealand, we sometimes take it for granted that if we needed to, we could have these conditions treated by well-trained medical professionals, in a timely manner.

But in many of our neighbouring countries they often can’t be treated effectively or at all, impacting on people’s ability to live a fully-functional life free from stigma and social exclusion. Lack of training and equipment means health systems in the countries where Interplast works are not always able to help enough.

You can make a huge difference.

Interplast’s volunteer surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals have changed the futures of hundreds of people and their communities this year.

There is so much more to do, and you can be a part of it. This holiday season, give friends and family a gift like no other – the knowledge that someone’s future is so much better thanks to them.

Click here to personalise your gift card

Cyclists raise nearly $3 million in Miles to End Polio ride

Cyclists raise nearly $3 million in Miles to End Polio ride

Riders set off on the 2015 El Tour de Tucson in Arizona, USA.
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The Miles to End Polio team (top left) joins other riders at the starting line of the 104-mile (167 km) ride.
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Rotary General Secretary John Hewko speeds through a turn near the beginning of the race. Hewko completed the 104-mile course for the fourth straight year.
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Billboards along the route promote Rotary’s campaign to eradicate polio.
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A Rotary member refills a cyclist’s water bottle at a rest stop. Many local Rotary members served as volunteers along the route.
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Riders who have already finished cheer on fellow cyclists along the final stretch of the ride.
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The Miles to End Polio team and Rotary riders from Arizona take a selfie after the grueling ride.
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Marga Hewko, wife of Rotary General Secretary John Hewko, and other team members cross the finish line after completing 104 miles.
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The Miles to End Polio team gathers at the starting line before sunrise.
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The fight to eradicate polio got a major financial boost from the annual bike ride that took place 21 November in Arizona, USA. Rotary General Secretary John Hewko and a team of eight RI staff members helped raise $2.9 million. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match the funds 2-to-1, bringing the total contribution to PolioPlus to nearly $9 million.

This is the fourth year in a row that Hewko has biked in the 104-mile (167 km) El Tour de Tucson ride, one of the country’s top cycling events. More than 100 Rotary members from Arizona and around the world hit the pavement with the Evanston team.

The RI staff riders have been training together since September. “In the beginning, riding 104 miles seemed impossible,” says Jean Stanula, Rotary’s Global Events supervisor. “But we came together early Saturday mornings and rode 20, 40, 60, and 80 miles. After a while, it felt like we could do anything.”

Contributions of District Designated Funds (DDFs) were a big part in this year’s fundraising effort, with more than $1.4 million collected. Districts can continue to donate DDFs to support the fundraiser through 30 November. President-elect John Germ will visit the district that donates the most DDFs, and the top five contributing districts will be recognized onstage at the 2016 Rotary Convention in Seoul.

Rotary members have taken part in the ride since 2009, when the End Polio Now campaign was designated an official beneficiary of the race, allowing Rotary cyclists to gather pledges for the campaign. In the first year, 27 cyclists raised $35,000. The number has grown exponentially ever since.

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Stop Hunger Now

Join the fight against hunger on #GivingTuesday

Dear Ken,

On December 1, 2015, Stop Hunger Now is participating in #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to giving back during the busy holiday season. Click here to join the fight against hunger.

We are making progress in that fight, but we need you.

Nearly 800 million our global neighbors are chronically malnourished. That number is big — too big — but each of those people has a name, a story, and a life. Just like you.

Like Anna in Armenia. Before her school started providing Stop Hunger Now meals, Anna was the only member of her family who attended school. Now, her sister and cousins attend, and they are all happier and healthier. In fact, Anna has gone from having the worst test performance in her class to having higher test scores. She hopes to have the highest grades in her class one day. 

Stop Hunger Now sends meals to children around the world like Anna, children who have dreams and plans for their futures. Give to Stop Hunger Now on #GivingTuesday, Dec. 1, by clicking here. There, you can sign up to become a monthly donor and celebrate #GivingTuesday every month.

And, through the generosity of SanDisk Corporation, gifts to Stop Hunger Now made by Dec. 31, 2015, will also be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000.

Double your impact and give to Stop Hunger Now on December 1st by clicking here. Together, we can create a world without hunger.

Thank you!

Rod Brooks, President and CEO


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MINUTES FOR FACE TO FACE MEETING (Held at City Sider Dining Room)

MINUTES FOR FACE TO FACE MEETING (Held at City Sider Dining Room) THURSDAY 22nd October 2015

APOLOGIES: Christie Galloway, Jill Forsyth

There were no Agenda items placed on notice this week.


  • Ken Hall advised that attempts to secure internet accessible bank accounts are ongoing. We have encountered a problem: The “Certificate of Incorporation” lists us as “The Rotary Club of Tamworth North Incorporated” and our ABN shows our “Entity name” as “North Tamworth Rotary Club Incorporated”. Apparently the bank sees this slight difference in the order of the words as two separate trading entities. After investigation it was suggested that we file an amendment to the “Certificate of Incorporation”. Accordingly the motion was put that “We change the name from the Rotary Club of North Tamworth Incorporated to North Tamworth Rotary Club Incorporated”.Seconded Tanika Douglas 


    • The motion was unanimously carried by all present.
    • Moved Dorothy Barwick
  • The motion was put that, “Our Christmas meeting would be a face to face meeting and would be on Sunday 6th December. Time and place to be advised”.Seconded Tanika Douglas 


  • Carried
  • Moved Kylie Pollard
  • Meeting ended 8:10 pm.
  • Next “Go To Meeting” is scheduled for Thursday, 12th November 2015 at 7:00 pm.

World Polio Day 2015

Make History Today – Triple Your Impact

Watch our 3rd Annual World Polio Day Global Update webcast.

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How close are we to a polio-free world? What’s needed to finish the job? Can we make history together?

Watch our third annual World Polio Day webcast for a global status update on the fight to end polio and take part in the conversation.

Time magazine Senior Editor Jeffrey Kluger is our moderator, and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake is a keynote speaker. The webcast features appearances by Emmy Award-winner Archie Panjabi, Grammy Award-winner Angelique Kidjo, actress Kristen Bell, WWE Superstar John Cena, The Doctors co-host Dr. Jennifer Berman, CDC Polio Eradication Branch Chief John Vertefeuille, and other special guests.

Help us make history today. Share your voice online, advocate with your government, or create your own World Polio Day event. Download the resources below to get started.

Take Part

No child anywhere should suffer from this completely preventable disease. As little as 60 cents worth of vaccine can protect against polio. We need your voice to end polio now. Download the resources below to join us and make an impact on World Polio Day.

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Learn about polio eradication, how to get involved, and how to make your voice heard on World Polio Day.

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Share these graphics on your social networks to raise awareness and support for the final push to end polio.

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Media and Advocacy

Rotary and its partners cannot end polio alone. We need your help to secure support from governments, nongovernmental organizations, corporations, and others.

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  • There were no Agenda items placed on notice this week.


  • District Governors visit to our club: We are having a “face to face” meeting and meal at the City Sider Motel (in Marius Street near the Caltex Service Station) dining room on Thursday 22nd October. DG Maurie Stack and his wife De will be attending the venue and a “Go To Meeting” link will be established for anyone who cannot make the face to face meeting. I hope most of our members can attend and DG Maurie Stack has emphasized that he would like it to be a partner’s night. I will attach his email. The menu is as follows:
    Main:  Chicken Parmigiana or Lamb Cutlets by alternate drop (please advise in advance if you have special dietary needs)Complimentary: Bread and Orange Drink in jug on table Cost:               $30.00 per person  
  • Please advise Dorothy Barwick if you will be there on the night and advise us of any guests/partners who will be attending so that we have some idea of the number of people attending. If you could let us know by Monday the 19th of October it would be much appreciated.
  • Time:              6:00pm for 6:30pm
  • Drinks:           Tea or Coffee supplied and buy your own drinks
  • Sweets:          Sticky Date pudding or Fruit Salad with Ice Cream or Cream
  • It was decided at the Joint Presidents Meeting that individuals wishing to find billets for the Tamworth Muster next weekend should make their own arrangements with potential billets.
  • No firm date has been set down for the “Stop Hunger Now” program and it is still loosely scheduled for the last week in November or the first week in December.
  • It was noted that significant work had been done on the club web site – thank you Ken.
  • John Mackay reported that two cheques had been written on the Administration Account in the past week. The first was to the Rotary Down Under magazine for $140 for 7 additional subscription members added for July – December. The second was to the NSW Government Fair Trading for $20 for a copy of the Certificate of Incorporation that we need in order to establish internet banking facilities for the club. As the new statement has not yet been received and we have no internet banking facility at this time an exact balance was not possible. As at 1/09/2015 The Project Account held $587.59 and the Administration Account held $1590.15
  • John & Dorothy are still not receiving “The Rotarian”. A letter has been sent to RI data corrections but at this time I have only received an automated acknowledgement that my email has been received.
  • Tickets for the film night in support of Polio Plus will be $20 per ticket. A complimentary glass of wine will be included. Details from the Enews are included below:

District 9650 World Polio Day Fundraiser Wednesday 21st October 2015 Movie premiere of Bridge of Spies, an historical, biographical drama thriller directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Any Ryan and Alan Alda. Brooklyn lawyer James B Donovan (Tom Hanks) is thrust into the centre of the Cold War when he is given the mission to negotiate the release of Francis Gary Powers, a pilot whose U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960. Francis Gary Powers Jr, the pilot’s son, has a cameo role in the film and was also brought on as a technical consultant. He is founder of the Cold War Museum.
Tickets are available from Phil Lyon (0407 844 561). Please note that the Enews has another date listed – the date varies from one town to the next – in Tamworth it is showing on Wednesday 21st October.

  • The District Muster is on the 18th & 19th of October and the venue is the Joblink Plus premises.
  • The trip to Lightening Ridge is on the (Friday) 23rd of October to Sunday 24th of October. The trip to Lightening Ridge has been “modified”. The last information I heard was that there are only around 13 acceptances, the bus has been cancelled, as this was a significant component of the costs, and a number of us are travelling in our own vehicles and some are taking their own Caravans (including Annette and I).Some cabins may be available for anyone who does not own a caravan but you will need to book soon. As I understand it there are still places available, so anyone interested should contact Evrol Keeys on 0414 782 707 for the latest details.
  • Next “Go To Meeting” is scheduled for Thursday, 22nd October 2015 at 7:00 pm. Please note: The next meeting is a face to face meeting at the City Sider Motel and this link is only included for people who cannot attend or people from other clubs who wish to visit our club or do a makeup.