Volume 37 Issue No. 10 - 04 Sep 23
Note: Meeting Times
The Vicar 6:30 for 7:00pm
Zoom Meeting 7:15 for 7:30pm
I was born in Kent, England and came to Australia on an overland hitchhiking trip many years ago and have never returned to live in the UK.
I have 2 children and 2 grandchildren and have lived in the Hills District for nearly all the time I have been in Australia except for 2 or 3 years in Queensland and Batemans Bay.
Australia is, in my opinion, the best country in the world to live in and now that I have the time, I feel I should give back to the community I live in as a mark of respect for the privilege and one of the best ways to do so is through Rotary. I can, not only actively volunteer for all the wonderful fund-raising events undertaken by this club but maybe, if the opportunity ever arises, take part in Regional and National events. I am amazed by the diverse and interesting projects undertaken by Rotary International all over the world.
Maui Wild Fire Disaster - This is informing you about a disaster relief fund to provide funds for humanitarian programs to assist the people and communities affected by the catastrophic wild fires on Maui, Hawaii.
Donation link https://directory.rawcs.com.au/9-2023-24
The worst wildfires in the US in more than a century have caused loss of life, left thousands in need of emergency shelter, and reduced towns to ash. Your donation to the Hawaii Wildfire Relief Fund will support immediate wildfire relief and long-term recovery efforts in affected communities.
Australian National Busking Championships
The Rotary Clubs of Erina and The Entrance are holding their annual busking competition again on September 24th at the Entrance. Around 10 members of our Club will be going to assist in running the event. Full details for competitors and the spectators are provided in the flyer. Please share with your families and friends.
Rotary Zone 8 Regional Council Election
Friday 18th August
Regional Council Election
Shape the future of Rotary and Rotaract in Zone 8:
Expressions of Interest for the Zone 8 Regional Council open!
Dear Member of Rotary,
As part of the Regionalisation Pilot, Rotary and Rotaract clubs in participating districts across Zone 8 will soon elect a Regional Council to represent and support them at a regional level. Expressions of Interest for positions on the Regional Council are now open.
The Regional Council will develop a consistent strategy across Zone 8, helping build a stronger Rotary brand and establish large scale partnerships with external organisations. The Regional Council will also provide greater support to clubs and members, enabling Rotarians and Rotaractors to focus on delivering the impactful projects that make Rotary great.
Club Presidents will consult with their members, then submit a vote on behalf of their club once voting opens in October 2023. All clubs will be able to cast one vote for each Regional Council position they are eligible to vote for, with each vote being weighted equally regardless of club membership numbers.
Club Presidents and Secretaries will receive emails closer to the date with voting instructions.
Voting is a key opportunity to have your say in who will lead Rotary and Rotaract at a regional level for the next few years. More details on the election process can be found here.
Throughout the Pilot, districts and District Governors will remain in place, with certain responsibilities delivered by the Regional Council.
Calling for Expressions of Interest
Are you passionate about making a difference, have a deep understanding of Rotary’s values and have strong leadership skills? If so, you should consider submitting an Expression of Interest to join the Regional Council. We need your expertise and dedication to help provide greater and more effective support to clubs and members.
This is an incredible opportunity to have a lasting impact on Rotary and Rotaract throughout Zone 8.
We are looking for enthusiastic, experienced Rotary members (Rotarians and Rotaractors) to apply for nine elected Regional Council roles:
• Portfolio Lead – Service Projects and Programs
• Portfolio Lead – Public Image and Partnerships
• Portfolio Lead – Membership
• Portfolio Lead – Learning and Development
• Portfolio Lead – Major Fundraising and Grants
• Portfolio Lead – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
• Rotaract Nominee (Only current Rotaractors are eligible for this role)
The remaining role, Rotary Communities Nominee, will be elected in 2024 once Rotary Community Leaders have been appointed.
Position descriptions and selection criteria for each role are available here. Please read these carefully to ensure you are eligible and suitable for your chosen role.
Please note you can only submit an Expression of Interest for one position on the Regional Council.
How to apply
Submit an Expression of Interest via the online form. Please note you will need to select a Club Officer from your Rotary or Rotaract club (your Club President, Secretary or Treasurer) to confirm you are a club member of good standing.
Once you have submitted an Expression of Interest, your chosen Club Officer will automatically receive an email containing a link they can use to certify that you are a club member of good standing. Please ensure you have notified your chosen Club Officer so they know to look out for an email. Steps one and two must be completed by Monday 4 September 12pm AEST.
After your Expression of Interest has been reviewed and your eligibility confirmed, you will receive an email containing a link to apply for your chosen Regional Council position on Tuesday 5 September 2023. This application form must be submitted by Tuesday 19 September 12pm AEST.
Once your application has been reviewed by the Application Review Panel, you will be informed via email if you will be up for nomination in the Regional Council election.
Key Regional Council election dates
18 August – 4 September 2023 Expressions of Interest for Regional Council roles are open.
5 September 2023 Application forms emailed to eligible candidates.
5 – 19 September 2023 Applications open for Regional Council roles
3 October 2023 Regional Council nominees announced
17 – 31 October 2023 Voting period
1 November 2023 Successful candidates announced
1 – 15 November 2023 Objection period
Early 2024 Regional Council commences
NOTE: All dates are based on Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) or Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) when in place.
If you have any questions about the Regional Council election, available positions or application process, please email Zone8Elections@rotary.org.
Neville Parsons and Ingrid Waugh
Regionalisation Pilot Steering Group Chair and Deputy Chair
NOTE: This email is being distributed to all Rotary and Rotaract members of districts participating in the Regionalisation Pilot.
Zone 8 Regionalisation Pilot Update
This looks to be an excellent event.
A great way to while away 3 hours on each of 28th and 29th October listening to significant speakers:
Gordon McInally - RI President
Stephanie Urchick - RIPE 2023-24
Michele Berg - Deputy General Secretary
Valarie Wafer - Chair, RI Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
Ghim Bok Chew - Director 2023-25
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If you would like to come along as a guest to see what it is all about just call either: -
Carol Russell (0418 431 157) or President Neville (0412 064 336)
Rotary Club of West Pennant Hills and Cherrybrook meets every other Monday for Dinner at The Vicar
Arrive 6:30pm Start 7:00pm End 9:00pm
271 New Line Rd
Dural NSW 2128 Australia
Welcome to call Carol or Janelle to get log on details and join us on Zoom instead