President's Message


Dear  Club Members and Friends,
It was good to have Nathan Moulds of the Salvation Army with us as our guest speaker last Friday. Nathan and his wife are the second Sally couple to live in and minister to the community of Ivanhoe Place. They now live at Morling College (my old stamping ground), where his wife is a student. Nathan gave a good account of the impact of the Salvation Army upon the people of Ivanhoe Place (which I have heard about from other sources, including Julie). He also talked about their endeavours to have the government allow them to minister to the future community there, where there will be a significant amount of affordable and social housing. What he had to say reinforced my respect for the work of the Salvation Army, and I am sure it had the same effect on others. Nora and Artin Etmekdjian accompanied Nathan, and Nora requested our support for Salvation Army fundraising. She will keep in touch with us about this.
David Martin reported on our upcoming IT week for country students (20-25 May). Almost everything is now in place but David would still appreciate extra help, so let him know if you are available. Remember also that our Changeover Dinner is drawing near (22 June). Please commit to coming if you possibly can, and think about friends whom you could invite. Pat is also looking for donations for the raffle.
Kind regards
Brian Powell
President 2017-18
District Governor for the year 2020-2021
District Governor for the year 2020-2021

The District 9685 DG Nominating Committee congratulates David Clark of the Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountain on his confirmation as District Governor for the year 2020-2021.


David brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role and a true passion for Rotary.

Help for Salvos
Request to provide help for May Salvos Collection
Following is a schedule of when the Salvos need assistance with their annual collection.  If you can help please  let  Nora Etmekdjian know by emailing
Top Ryde Shopping Centre, Top Ryde - RSA 2018  
  Please write your name and contact details (phone or email) in your selected shift
DayDateTimeTimeTimeTime for Thursday ONLY
  9:30 am to 12:00pm12:00 pm to 2:30 pm2:30 pm to 5:00 pm5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Monday21-May-18Eastwood Gladesville Rotary- FilledCWA - Filled Not to fill
Tuesday22-May-18CWA - FilledRyde Lions - One more volunteer needed for this shiftTwo friends - FilledNot to fill
Wednesday23-May-18   Not to fill
Firday25-May-18Eastwood Gladesville Rotary- One more volunteer needed Eastwood - Gladesville Rotary - FilledNot to fill
Sunday27-May-18   Not to fill
Child Protection Requirements

Explanation about the need for Form 3 as well as WWC
The recent inclusion of the Volunteer Information Form 3 in the process of protecting our youth
and our youth programs has created some confusion amongst some club members of District

NSW State Legislation has introduced the Working With Children Check clearance and that has
now been in place for five years and some of us will need to renew our clearance number.
Rotary International requires all Districts to comply with their insurance obligations in order for us
here in Australia to enjoy the insurance cover provided for us in our dues which are paid to our
club through our membership. In recent times the insurance companies and their agents have
developed the Rotary Youth Volunteer Information and Declaration Form, more commonly
known as ‘Form 3’. This is a statement made by Volunteers declaring themselves to be a fit and
proper person, supported by referees, to work with young people, and agree to RI requirements
and guidelines. It is also a screening mechanism to protect them and Rotary from the risk of being
sued as a result of their participation in a Rotary organised Youth Program. The wording has been
challenged a number of times, resulting in amendments now in the current version, V7 March

Where an activity allows for “one on one” contact, or the adult person is alone with a young
person for a period of time – (The Definition of a Volunteer is any adult involved with Rotary Youth
Program activities that has direct interactions either supervised or unsupervised with
youths/students.)…. Eg.
• Club and district Youth Exchange officers and committee members, Rotarian Counsellors,
Rotarians and non-Rotarians, their spouses and partners who host youth/students for
activities or outings, or who might drive youth /students to events or functions
• Host parents and other adult residents of the host home, including siblings and other
family members.
• Any Rotarian or person where they have the opportunity of having a ‘one on one’ meeting
with the student.
• Any Rotarian who is engaged in a youth program where the young participants in the
program stay overnight in any location, such as RYPEN, RYLA, YEP or INTERACT, or
other programs that are supported by various clubs.

The above activities do not relate to every member of your club. Most club
members would interact with young people in a group situation, therefore not
deemed to be Volunteers (as defined)

Originally Rotary International wanted everyone in Rotary to have a ‘Police check’ which is easy in
the USA. Utilising the requirements of the WWC legislation and the Insurance requirements
effectively meet the criteria of Rotary International here in NSW.
John Wakefield OAM.
D9685 Youth Protection & Harassment Committee
Upcoming Events
Club meeting
May 11, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Club Assembly
May 18, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
IT Students Arrive
May 20, 2018
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
IT Students Dinner
May 24, 2018
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
IT Students Depart
May 25, 2018
7:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Board Meeting
May 25, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Club Meeting
Jun 01, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Club Changeover
Jun 22, 2018
6:30 PM – 10:30 PM
May 11, 2018
Life and Times
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Member Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Pamela Wood
May 24
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