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This is my penultimate column and there’s much to report.
Tania and I attended the NSW Police Officer Of the Year Awards (POOTY) Friday 29 April along with 550 guests and acknowledged the remarkable work of so many divisions within the NSW Police Force.
Attending was Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC and Mr. Wilson and Commissioner Karen Webb. Both impressive leaders and their presence added to the atmosphere of a dedicated force congratulating and remembering their own.
  • This is an opportunity to work alongside police, who know what’s happening in your community and where need exists. There’s great membership potential, especially retiring police officers and I urge clubs to identify police in their area and nominate when the awards open. Due to the pandemic, the 2022 awards will be presented in November.
  • Rotary Emergency Services Awards (RESCA) close May 10
  • Rotary Inspirational Women Awards (RIWA) close June 9
Speaking of inspirational women,
We celebrate all Mothers
Enjoy Sunday May 8th
Our best wishes
and Thank you
Club Anniversaries: 1972 was a very productive year for Rotary in then District 968 with six Clubs chartered in that calendar year. Congratulations to; Gosford North, The Entrance, Richmond, Beecroft, Carlingford and Lindfield now part of Ku-ring-gai. Add to these Epping’s 60th.
Just imagine the positive impact these Clubs alone have had on their communities for over 50 years of service.  Thus far we’ve attended The Entrance, then Gosford North and a review of their Service over 50 years is an extraordinary list of achievements and fundraising.
Awards:  We don’t join Rotary for recognition but over the years various forms of acknowledgement and awards have been created to recognise those members and Clubs that surpass normal service to their communities. Please review the criteria and make submissions to recognise outstanding effort.
  • Rotary International and Rotary Foundation Award details are at
  • District Awards criteria is on the D9685 website
  • Golden Quill and Avenue of Service Application forms also on D9685 website.
  • District applications close May 27
D9685 Greater Sydney Flood Appeal: Donate at RAWCS Greater Sydney Flood Appeal
Our Flood Appeal is at a remarkable $100,500  $102,600 and already $47,000 in gift cards has been distributed to people affected in the Hawkesbury area. We also get a 5% discount on the cards so are actually distributing value of $107,750. Thanks to Clubs and individuals for your generosity. This is additional to $34,500 already distributed from The Rotary Foundation Disaster Response Grant. Thanks to David Dean who has led the heavy lifting and the clubs and members (see David Dean’s TRF report) who have distributed gift cards and continue to do so. This appeal will close soon, once we transfer the last dollar. (See breaking news)
To Do List with 8 weeks left in this Rotary year:
  1. DGE Mina Howard requires incoming board positions entered via ClubRunner to enable the district directory to be produced.
  2. Review your Rotary Foundation, Annual Fund and Polio giving. Four Clubs and/or their members are yet to donate to Annual Fund but of concern, 26 clubs have not yet supported Polio Plus (see David Dean’s report).
  3. May, June is the time Club board’s review their charitable funding so please include Rotary entities; Australian Rotary Health, ROMAC, RAWCS projects and ShelterBox.
  4. District Changeover is at Hornsby RSL Saturday 2 July 6.30 for 7pm. Dress in Cocktail wear/ Coat & Tie. We look forward to celebrating your successes and hand over our district in great shape to DGE Mina.  REGISTER HERE
  5. Please keep your Club’s invitations coming in as Tania and I endeavour to accommodate events and make up for the five months in isolation.
Rescheduling due the pandemic means there’s many Club events happening, so I do hope the weather is kind and allows maximum participation for fun runs, outdoor concerts and changeovers. Best wishes for the final push in activities, giving and membership and let’s end with strong results in a challenging year.

RAWCS Flood Appeal for Sydney Region Fundraising Completed!
Thanks to all the clubs and individuals which have helped us exceed the $100,000 target for this project to assist victims of the Sydney region floods!
We are now distributing $500 Woolworths/Big W vouchers to clubs in the affected areas who are working with the local community to provide assistance where it is most needed.
So far, the clubs involved include Windsor (see Press release), The Ponds, Kurrajong/North Richmond, The Hills, and Kariong Somersby.  If your club is aware of further needs for flood relief in your area, please contact DG Lindsay May, or Deputy Project Manager David Dean.
If your club has already raised funds specifically for this appeal, but has not yet made a donation, please let me know urgently.  We must honour the promises made to donors! 
However, if you have raised funds more generally, please consider making your donation to The Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund, Polio Program, or Disaster Response Fund instead. 
Although the needs throughout the world seem overwhelming, every dollar we contribute makes a difference in someone’s life.
Stay safe.
Yours in Rotary
DG Lindsay May and Tania
Lindsay May OAM
District Governor 2021-2022

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