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 World Polio Day - One Day. One Focus: Ending Polio , celebrating Rotary’s 27-year mission to eradicate the crippling childhood disease polio.


DG’s Partner, Janette Jackson, launched her project for the current Rotary year, which is centred on raising funds for the Rotary International effort to rid the world of the dreadful disease of poliomyelitis.

This disease has been around for centuries, but with continued involvement of Rotary and other agencies, this century could see THE END!

All Rotarians in District 9670 are invited to attend a special event in Singleton on Saturday 22 October 2016.
Applications for the Team Leader and  four Team Members have now Closed.  The team selection process will be finalised by 30 October 2016....watch this space! 
Clubs wishing to host the inbound team from D4905 in Argentina are requested to submit their expression of interest by 14 October 2016 to the GSE Chair, Christine Roach via Email: gse@rotary9670.org.au 

Team Leader and Team Member Applications are now open for the Group Study Exchange to D4905 in Argentina
Steve Jackson became the District Governor at the District Changeover on 2 July,and was  formally introduced by Immediate Past District Governor Adrian Roach. 

A ShelterBox response team is travelling to Ecuador to carry out assessments following a catastrophic 7.8 magnitude earthquake near the northern town of Muisne.


On Sunday, 13 March, over 1500 cycling enthusiasts and families pedalled their way around beautiful Lake Macquarie, NSW, participating in the 20th Annual Loop the Lake Cycle Challenge.

At the recent District Conference, it was announced that the District Governor for 2018-19 would be Brian Coffey from the Rotary Club of East Maitland. Here we get to know who he and his wife, Carol is.
The Rotary Club of East Maitland held a successful Motorama in Morpeth. However, it took a long time to plan due to various red tape along the way in 2015.
Have you wondered how to engage the next generation, and encourage them to join Rotary. One club in our District has just done that with their new plan of gaining members and it is proving successful.
Another successful District Conference is done and dusted with majority of clubs represented. Here is the summary from Conference Chair, Trevor Lynch. If you didn't get a chance to attend, you have missed out on an enjoyable weekend.
A huge coup for Australians recently, was the announcement that Ian H S Riseley, from the Rotary Club of Sandringham, in Victoria, being selected as the Rotary International President for 2017-18 if there are no challenges for the position.
At the International Assembly in San Diego, USA, in front of the incoming District Governors, Rotary International President-Elect John F Germ (from the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA), announced his theme for the 2016-17 year. 

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October 2016
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Rotary’s World Polio Day event looks ahead to ending the disease for good
While the fight to eradicate polio suffered a blow this year when the virus re-emerged in Nigeria, Rotary leaders and top health experts focused Monday on the big picture: the global presence  of the paralyzing disease has never been smaller. The headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, served as the site of Rotary’s fourth annual World Polio Day event. Some of the biggest names in the polio eradication campaign were there to reflect on the year’s progress and discuss what’s needed to end the disease for good. More than 200 people...
Virtual reality films bring new dimension to polio fight
At this year’s World Polio Day celebration in Atlanta, Rotary is harnessing the power of virtual reality technology to build empathy and inspire action in our fight to eradicate polio. Rotary, with support from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, produced a virtual reality film that tells the story of Alokita, a young adult who suffered paralysis from polio as a child growing up in India, which has been polio-free since 2011. “When you open your eyes and see a different environment around you, you relate to the subject on a visceral, personal level,” says Vincent Vernet, direct of digital and...
Rotary Day at UN highlights role of business in building a better world
From the United Nations’ earliest days in the aftermath of World War II, the organization’s humanitarian mission has always dovetailed with Rotary’s efforts to administer aid and build peace. This year’s Rotary Day at the United Nations, 12 November, will highlight the role businesses can play in that collaboration as we work toward a more just and equitable world. The theme of this year’s gathering at UN headquarters in New York City, “Responsible Business, Resilient Societies,” recognizes Rotary’s role at the intersection of commerce and cause. As leaders in their professions and...
ShelterBox prepares for Mosul refugees
Today marked the start of the battle to take control of Mosul back from the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS. The city is the group's last major stronghold in Iraq. But humanitarian aid agencies have known about the military offensive, giving them an unusual opportunity to prepare for the crisis. "It is rare for the world to get early warning of a vast human catastrophe," says Chris Warham, chief executive of ShelterBox. "The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees issued a paper in July saying this would likely be the biggest humanitarian crisis of the year — and we better get...
Skydivers raise thousands for polio eradication
The first time Noel Jackson jumped out of a plane at 14,000 feet, it had nothing to do with raising money for polio eradication. The Michigan dentist had received a gift certificate to go skydiving from his staff because they knew he was into adventure. “It is definitely a defining moment,” says Jackson, a member of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Michigan, USA, of that first jump, done in tandem strapped to a professional skydiver. “The rush of the free fall is beyond anything I have ever experienced before. Just the speed and acceleration is unbelievable. You don’t even have time to figure out...