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As the 2017 District 9670 Conference was drawing to a close in Dubbo, all eyes  were going to be on the 2018 event and where it would be held.  
The 2017 District 9670 Conference, which was held in Dubbo on March 17 -19, has all wrapped up and the organisers have been going through the feedback of the Conference.
So many young students from around the world are going to miss out on an opportunity of a lifetime if the Rotary Clubs in the District don't help out.
In a friendly spirit of co-operation, two of the Myall Coast’s Service Clubs have joined with the Tea Gardens Men’s Shed to provide a much needed disabled facility to one of our local residents.
Applications are now open for participants to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) from 18th - 23rd April at Tocal College, Paterson, NSW.

District 9670, and Rotary Club of Warners Bay are hosting the Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) Eastern Region Conference at Belmont 16’s on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May.

There are numerous stories in Rotary about how the vision and determination of a few people can lead to extraordinary outcomes. This is one such story.
 Following the extensive bushfires which have occurred in central western NSW recently, the Rotary Club of Mudgee and Mudgee Sunrise have jointly sponsored and established a fund to assist individuals and families suffering significant loss and distress caused by the fires.
Recently, Troy Grant, State Member for Dubbo, and Mark Coulton, Federal Member of Parkes, announced that with their combined contributions, Dubbo will receive an integrated Cancer Centre, based at Dubbo Base Hospital, valued at $50 million. It was part of Coulton’s election promise to commit $25 million if the coalition won and then Mr Grant stated that State will chip in the other half.
It was a day with a difference to make a difference.
Nelson Bay Rotary held an event on 29th October in a beautiful venue overlooking the pristine sparkling waters of Port Stephens.


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!


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April 2017
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Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...