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JULY 2017

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aking a difference is an expression you hear all the time about Rotary, the opportunities that we have and the things that we do. What kind of a difference each club and each Rotarian chooses to make will always be their own decision. But we are united in our organisation and its common principles: our insistence on ethics and our commitment to Service Above Self. In Rotary, we know that we can do more together than we could ever hope to do alone. It is the principle on which our service is based, and it is true at every level of Rotary. At the end of my year as DG the legacy that I wish to leave our district is ‘Happy clubs, Happy District’. If we can achieve that by working more collaboratively together, between clubs and across the district, then the exchange of ideas, the friendships created and the goals that we achieve can only lead to happier more engaged Rotarians. If this is achieved then this can have the added flow on effect of increased membership which obviously will have a greater benefit on the world we live in, locally, nationally and internationally. Let me emphasize again that the year ahead of us all is to make it Rotary’s year to shine. It is the year all of us have committed to dedicate to service through Rotary. It is Rotary making a difference by building stronger and more active clubs that serve in better and more lasting ways. It is believing in a Rotary that is recognised for the good work it does — a Rotary that will continue to grow, to endure, to go from strength to strength — making a difference to our communities, our countries, and our world. That is what we will achieve together this year. Rotary: Making a Difference. Y.I.R Bernie

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Contents 2 DG’S No Bull 4 Albury North 27th Annual RYPEN Camp 5 Bernie’s Booze 6 Focas on Tatura Rotary 8 UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT– from the back of the train ! DGN Brian Peters 10 A Guide to Effective Projects CONDUCTING COMMUNITY ASSESSMENTS 12 What is a Paul Harris Fellow ? 13 Probus—New Clubs 14 Rotary Central Upgrade 15 Changeovers 12 ROTARY Making a Difference

A Night with Rotary International President Ian Risley and Juliet Saturday 22nd July 2017. $75.00 p/h includes 2 course dinner Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre Book online at

Editor’s Notes: Welcome to the 1st edition of DG Bernie’s Newsletter, ‘WhatisRotary’ D9790. I would like to thank our DG Bernie for the invitation to be responsible for the District newsletter. It does give me a fabulous insight to all of our clubs. Bernie would like our newsletter to showcase our clubs. Not only what we are doing but also showcase our town as well. I invite you to tell our readers about your town and club. We all own it! And its Free advertising ! Thank you DGN Brian Peters for agreeing to be the 1st ‘Under the Spotlight’ interviewee. Please share it with your friends, work colleagues and that potential new member you have in mind. Enjoy Greg Adams

WhatIsRotary D9790 is the official monthly publication of Rotary International District 9790 Inc. Publisher : Editor: Greg Adams Art Director: Greg Adams Advertising: Greg Adams Chief Cook and bottle washer : Greg as well Editorial: send to (please) Closing date is by the 28th of each month. Note: The views and opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the District or its members.

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Albury North Rotary 27th Annual RYPEN Camp


he Rotary Club of Albury North has just completed its twenty seventh RYPEN camp, with 44 Year 10 students participating.

The venue for all of these years has been the Howmans Gap Alpine Centre, near Falls Creek. This is a YMCA facility that provides great resources, including a range of challenging adventure activities. This year the program was coordinated by Rotarians, Janelle and Warwick Tasker with Steve Wilcox. This RYPEN program was initiated by two now deceased club members, Doug Winnel and Jim Poyner. The focus on developing leadership skills and personal wellbeing remains strong and relevant today. Students are invited from schools in the area from Corryong to Corowa. They are transported as a group from Albury by bus on Friday afternoon and return on the Sunday. They have a busy range of activities with a focus on working in teams. The program’s success is evident in the students at the conclusion of the weekend. They are clearly excellent ambassadors as in each subsequent year we have no difficulty attracting new participants. Part of this success is effective liaison with schools.

The Group

Giant Swing

Students pay only $30 for the weekend as the Rotary Club of Albury North funds the program. Our club maintains its passionate support of the program because the outcomes for the youth involved is evident to all. The benefits to Rotarians and their partners is a bonus. To work with so many talented young people is both encouraging and inspiring!

High Ropes Course

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Saturday Night Formal Dinner

Bernie’s Cellar

So it’s a good one Mr B.

Wine: Mitolo G.A.M Shiraz Vintage: 2013 Alcohol: 14.5% Cellar: 10-15 years Region: McLaren Vale Price: $50-60 A deep purple colour, the nose is an intense combination of smoked herbs, black cherry and liquorice. The wine is full bodied with notes of cassis and pepper. The 2013 G.A.M is the result of classy winemaking and a great vintage. If you like McLaren Vale shiraz, you’ll love this. July 2017 Page 5


oth fine art and music will combine this long weekend at the annual Tatura Rotary Community Art Show.

Head on down to the Victory & Mechanics Hall in Tatura and help celebrate the eleventh year of showcasing our fantastic community artists! For times and pricing information visit Tatura Rotary.

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ften known as Water Wheel Country, Tatura is an energetic town known to double its population when hosting major events such as the southern hemisphere’s largest dairy show International Dairy Week.

With seven Prisoner of War Camps in operation around the district during World War II, the German War Cemetery and one of the most significant war time museums in Victoria are located in Tatura, depicting cultural history through photographs, memorabilia, artefacts, intelligence reports and newspaper articles. Visit the statue of Victoria Cross recipient Private Robert Mactier, in the park named in his honour. The name of the town is an Aboriginal word meaning "small lagoon."


he Rotary Club of Tatura is a rural community based club in north central Victoria.

We enjoy the fellowship of like-minded members from the local community that have a desire to work together to help make our community a better place. Our membership is made up of a wide range of occupations. These occupations include farming, community services, and business professionals. Everyone is welcome to our club dinner meetings held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. We also have social meetings on the other Wednesday nights each month which are friendly and social evenings. A significant number of our dinner meetings have guest speakers from the local community discussing topics of interest and/or significance to our local community. We also have occasional international speakers that discuss topics on a global scale. If you would like to combine fellowship with a community spirit, then you should come and be welcomed at any of our meetings. Feel free to contact our membership coordinator Richard Graves, or any of the committee members of the club. We (the members of our club) look forward to meeting you at our next meeting. Kind regards, The membership of the Rotary Club of Tatura

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Under the Spotlight

– from the back of the train !

DGN Brian Peters Our District Governor Nominee is Brian Peters Brian joined the Rotary Club of Albury West in 2012, his classification is Human Resources. He was Secretary in 2013/14, President in 2015/16 and the District Grant Chair in 2016/17. Brian migrated to Australia from the UK arriving on the 1st of February 1983. He commenced work for Uncle Ben's of Australia in Human Resources on 16 February 1983 (Ash Wednesday fires). 1985 saw Brian move to the Uncle Ben's factory in Bathurst NSW as Human Resources Manager and in 1986 became the Production Manager. In 1988 he moved to Brisbane to become the Queensland State Sales Manager and in 1990 moved back to Wodonga to become the National Accounts Manager. In the early 90's Brian returned to Human Resources working for Mars Incorporated (the parent company of a Uncle Ben's of Australia) with an international role working across the Asia Pacific region. In 2007 Brian left Mars and decided to continue living in Albury. Brian is active as a hobbyist photographer and travels internationally on photographic trips. He has been fortunate to have travelled to Africa, Patagonia, the Arctic, Antarctica, India and Turkey. He is passionate about exploring the world and experiencing the various cultures. Brian is a cancer survivor His greatest achievement is surviving cancer and seeing his children grow up. Everything else is simply a bonus he says. As Brian is our newly elected DGN we put him Under the Spotlight


hat’s one thing most people would be surprised to know about you?

That I have six children and nine grandchildren. Ok that’s not one thing it is 15 but I’m proud of my family. Unfortunately they live in different parts of Australia so getting to see them all can be difficult.

How would someone you love describe you?

Loyal and supportive. And protective. What’s the oldest item in your wardrobe that you still wear?

Probably a belt. I tend not to throw clothes out if they are still wearable. What do you look or feel really good in?

What’s the smartest thing you’ve been told?

“Say what you mean and mean what you say”.

As an adage it has held me in good stead during my life because it is about consistency between one’s words and actions.

Hmmm……I look good in a suit (or so I’m told) but I feel really good in casual clothes. Actually I really dislike wearing a tie these days. I wore one so many times during my corporate career. What’s one simple thing you’re really good at?

Making toast! What do you least like to do?

Gardening What’s the one talent you wish you had?

I’m happy with the talents I’ve got. One thing you refuse to eat?

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Cucumber…I hate the stuff and it seems to appear in any salad I eat. I seem to spend my life pulling it out of my food.

You would you like to invite to a dinner party ?

My mother and father. They’ve both passed away and I miss them. I’m glad I am…..

Alive. granted.

Never take your health for

What was your best break in life?

There have been several but immigrating to Australia would be one of the most significant. I was born in Liverpool and migrated to Australia on 1 Feb 1983. It hit 40’c in the morning and we were staying in a caravan under a carport. It was hot!! We had three children and five suitcases and within two weeks I was living in Wodonga and working for Mars Petcare in Human Resources. The day I started work was 16 Feb 1983. That was the day of the Ash Wednesday fires and I’ll never forget that. Welcome to Australia. Whenever I feel a north wind I’m always cautious of the weather. What was your happiest birthday party?

The last one. I’m a cancer survivor from 26 years ago so I don’t take any birthdays for granted. Best holiday destination (or place you wish to visit)............

I am very fortunate to have been able to travel extensively for business in my corporate life. Now I tend to travel on dedicated photography trips in small groups. I have been to some wonderful places and met some inspirational people around the world. My next trip is to Greenland but the most memorable has been travelling on a small ship through pack ice in the Arctic to find polar bears. They are simply amazing animals trying to exist in an endangered environment. Who’s your most memorable character?

Neil Armstrong. I took the day off school without my parents being aware to watch him walk on the moon. It was an amazing experience. The other one would be Winston Churchill Currently, you are reading what?

Burial Rites. It’s about the last woman executed in Iceland in 1829. Having been to Iceland it’s an interesting read. What or have you had a ‘Rotary Moment’

Many. It’s true to say that I actually didn’t join Rotary; I joined a club where my friends were. Then I became the Secretary and the ‘door’ to Rotary International opened. I then became aware of the fantastic people in all the various Rotary Clubs around the world and the wonderful work they do. The stand out ‘Rotary Moment’ was when I started to understand what The Rotary Foundation achieves. If you were an animal what would you be?

I can tell you what animal I wouldn’t want to be……a Wildebeest. They really aren’t good looking and they’re the animal kingdom’s version of fast food for lions. Are you a dog or a cat person?

I couldn’t possibly differentiate between the two! I used to work for Mars Petcare and I’ve had both dogs and cats as pets. I seem to have inherited my daughter’s dog, Speedy, who continued living with me when my daughter left home. …….Funny that. July 2017 Page 9


ssessing your community’s strengths and weaknesses is an important first step in planning an effective service project. By taking the time to learn about your community, your club can discover new opportunities for service projects and prevent the duplication of existing assets. Formal community assessments may involve online surveys, telephone interviews, and focus groups run by professional consultants. Informal assessments can be as simple as chatting with people at a coffee shop, reading the local newspaper, or discussing issues at a community meeting. A combination of formal and informal approaches can offer effective, yet inexpensive, ways to learn about a community.

An effective assessment will include a wide range of community stakeholders, especially groups that are often overlooked, like women, young people, the elderly, and religious or ethnic minorities. Including a broad crosssection of people who could be affected by a service project is an important way to capture more diverse perspectives and uncover potential resources and problems that you might not otherwise have considered.


Types of assets

Your club’s community has four major types of assets: Human assets

Physical assets A community’s physical assets include any existing infrastructure — buildings, parks, public transit systems, health care facilities, water and sanitation facilities, recycling centers and landfills, libraries, theaters, and meeting halls — that might be used to support a project. Knowing what physical assets a community has can also help you find ideas for projects that might enhance the existing infrastructure.

One of the most important assets a community has is its people. Everyone has unique skills, knowledge, and experience that can contribute to a project’s success, sometimes in Effective community assessments not unexpected ways. Often, a project’s only provide an accurate picture of a community’s strengths and weaknesses success will depend on how well the project engages and empowers people but also build community support and goodwill for service projects. In order to in a community. Community assessments should carefully examine be effective, community assessments the different roles played by community Club assets should be systematic, involve a wide members, including often-marginalized variety of community members, and The diverse expertise and professional groups such as women, youth, engage people in a meaningful way. skills of their members constitute a key minorities, and the poor. Assessment purpose and stakeholders asset of Rotary clubs. A close Organisational assets examination of a club’s financial and The purpose of a community Organisations provide vital resources for human resources will help determine assessment is to help you better the types of projects that it can community service efforts. Formal understand the dynamics of your effectively manage. Clubs with access to community and provide the information organisations — government offices, large financial resources, for example, nongovernmental and nonprofit you need to make decisions that will might need to do only limited organizations, religious institutions, contribute to its long-term fundraising for a project, while other schools, businesses — usually have development. Before you start an access to financial resources, technical clubs might choose volunteer activities assessment, consider what specifically or projects that require little financial expertise, and information that might you want to learn about your support. A club’s reputation in a be used in a service project. Informal community. An effective assessment community could also be an asset. organisations — sports teams, will reveal things you did not know neighborhood associations, women’s before. Positive approaches to community cooperatives, a group of friends who assessments meet regularly in a coffee shop — may One of the dangers of any community be less visible but can play crucial roles assessment is the tendency to look only in supporting and promoting at a community’s problems or community service projects. deficiencies.

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Problem-oriented assessments tend to ignore resources and solutions that may be found within a community, and often result in projects that create dependence on outside assistance. Taking a positive approach to community assessments is a good way to avoid focusing on what a community lacks and will help a club find more sustainable project resources. A strength based approach asks project stakeholders to look for the best in their communities, posing these questions: •What are the best qualities of our community? • Why are these our best qualities? •What projects have worked well in the past? •Why have these projects succeeded? Identifying past successes builds confidence and helps motivate community members to take on new projects and initiatives. Community Assessment Tools

Survey Asset inventory Community mapping Daily activities schedule Seasonal calendar Community café Focus group Panel discussion

4. Identify community stakeholders who should participate, including educators, government officials, law enforcement officials, hospital administrators, social workers, leaders of civic organisations, and students. Be sure to include marginalized groups as well.

Analysing and reporting results After completing a community assessment, you’ll need to share the results. A thorough analysis of a community assessment can help your club determine which service project to pursue and whether it will be effective. The assessment process Most community assessments follow a similar cycle. 1. Appoint a committee to oversee the assessment. (This committee will carry out the remaining steps in the process.) 2. Establish the purpose and objectives of the community assessment.

The following tools are effective and 3. Decide which assessment tool(s) to inexpensive assessment options that use, based on the club’s available individual Rotary clubs can adapt to their resources. communities.

5. Set a timetable with specific deadlines for completing and reviewing the assessment and for presenting the results to the club and other community stakeholders. 6. Carry out the assessment.

7. Review the assessment results. Determine which issues were most commonly identified and which issues other clubs and community organisations are addressing. Is there duplication? At this point, you may wish to meet with a small group of community leaders to discuss the results. 8. Write a brief report on your assessment findings, and share them with the club and the community stakeholders who participated.

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What is a Paul Harris Fellow ?


hen $US1000 is contributed to The Rotary Foundation, a request can be made for an individual to be recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow; that person can be a Rotarian or a member of the community who is not a Rotarian.

A personal contribution of $US1000 and the subsequent recognition of a Paul Harris Fellow should be encouraged not criticised; it is a donation to The Rotary Foundation, Rotary’s own charity and, therefore, every Rotarian’s own charity.

When a person is recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow, they are presented with a Certificate signed by the Rotary International President and the Chairman of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation, and a lapel pin and medallion. The contribution to The Rotary Foundation can be made in one sum or by cumulative giving over a number of years. Individuals can make a personal contribution or the contribution can be from a club, a company or business.

Recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow was never intended to be an award and certainly is not Rotary International’s highest award, although it is an honour to be named a Paul Harris Fellow.

Some of the misconceptions or misunderstanding surrounding a Paul Harris Fellow are:

Club Presidents may also award one Avenues of Service Citation each year to The Club is honouring you in a very a Club Rotarian. special way and you should be proud of that, however you are still encouraged The highest award an individual to personally make contributions to the Rotarian can receive is the Service Foundation and it should not discourage Above Self Award; only a maximum of 150 are awarded each year by the Board others to make further contributions on your behalf to continue to support the of Rotary International. programs of the Rotary Foundation. Being named a Paul Harris Fellow is not unique. There are over one million Remember, a Paul Harris Fellow Paul Harris Fellows worldwide. recognises an individual who contributes US$1000 to The Rotary Foundation or has that amount contributed in his or her name.

There is no such thing as a Paul Harris Fellowship, and it is not an award; it is simply recognition. When a Club contributes $US1000 to The Rotary Foundation, the Club sets its own criteria for naming a Paul Harris Fellow. Usually this is done to recognise an outstanding commitment to the Club or the community.

Honorary Membership is the highest distinction that a Club may bestow on a Rotarian and should only be bestowed in exceptional cases for meritorious service in the furtherance of Rotary ideals and for support of the Rotary cause.

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Every Rotarian should strive to be a Paul Harris Fellow because for each PHF named, we know that US$1000 has been given to The Rotary Foundation. Similarly, for each sapphire or ruby added to a Rotarian’s PHF pin, an Additional l US$1000 has been given to The Rotary Foundation. We should celebrate each of these milestones (and gem stones) for what they represent. That is, a gift to The Rotary Foundation and an opportunity to do even more good in the world through the Foundation. What about when my Club names me a Paul Harris Fellow? Or, adds a sapphire or ruby to my PHF pin? Be very proud and honoured. In your name the Club has donated the sum of US$1000 (or more) to The Rotary Foundation.

Reconnecting with PROBUS Monika Prasad Community Engagement Manager PROBUS SOUTH PACIFIC LIMITED


otary and Probus have been working hand-in-hand for many years to help retirees get involved with the community. Here’s how you can connect with your sponsored Probus club. Probus provides a fun social environment for retired and semiretired members of the community to come together in fellowship. This would not be possible without the support of Rotary. Rotary plays a key role in not only the formation of new Probus clubs but also in providing assistance to existing Probus clubs through the Rotary District Probus Chairman (RDPC). Probus is one of Rotary’s most successful community service activity. Many Probus club members are also Rotarians and there are many synergies between Probus and Rotary. Both organisations play a vital role in the community and the strength in our success is in the partnership of these two great organisations working together. I thank the clubs that have maintained contact with their sponsored Probus clubs and encourage all Rotary clubs to reconnect with their sponsored Probus club. Many Probus clubs have maintained great relationships with their sponsoring Rotary club with the following activities. Please consider these: · Invite the President of your sponsored Probus club as a guest speaker or offer to attend the Probus club as a guest speaker to provide an update on what is happening in your local community; · Involve Probus to share the fun in your club’s wonderful milestone events, such as the presentation of life membership certificates, anniversary celebrations and even your club functions; · Share your club newsletters with Probus clubs and ask Probus clubs to do the same with your club. This can help keep your members up-to-date with what is happening in your community; There are also opportunities to form a new Probus club in areas where there currently isn’t a club. If your club is interested in sponsoring the formation of a new Probus Club contact me ( or your District Community Service Chair, Colin Hay.

Probus Jingle Listen to the Australian jingle and share it with your friends! Listen here.

Probus Community Service Activity Commercial Australia - Watch here.

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Five years since its debut, Rotary Club Central is getting a big upgrade


hen we introduced Rotary Club Central in 2012, it revolutionized goal tracking and planning for clubs and districts — no more filling out paper club -planning forms or passing along boxes of historical club information every time a new leader took office.

In July, we’ll unveil a new and improved Rotary Club Central. We’ve completely redesigned it with a fresh, modern interface. Pages load faster, navigation is more intuitive, and easy-to-read charts and graphs make past and current club data more accessible.

Rotary Club Central offered clubs and districts a quantifiable way to begin measuring local and global impact, specifically membership initiatives, service activities, and Rotary Foundation giving.

Members and club leaders can view trends, plan for the future, and track progress in just minutes. Plus, Rotary Club Central offers an individual user experience, allowing club leaders to plan and evaluate what is important to their own clubs, like membership activities or Rotary Citation goals. You can even enter your Rotary Foundation giving goals in local currency.

But as with any technological advancement, in a few short years, Rotary Club Central began to show its age, and Rotarians took notice. They wanted a tool that was more robust, faster to use, and easier to navigate. It was time for an upgrade.

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Rotary Club Central is also a great tool for succession planning. Club leaders change annually, so the historical record of goals and achievements eases the transition and ensures continuity. It’s just one way to boost trust between members and club leaders, because everyone has access to the same data and is working together to achieve the same goals. The Rotary Club Central upgrade will happen seamlessly, which means you don’t have to do anything. All data already in the platform will automatically migrate into the new system. Additional updates about the new Rotary Club Central will be posted on My Rotary in the near future.


DG Bernie introducing his board for the Rotary year 2017/18

Congratulations to Julie Morris who is this years President of Rotary Club of Preston

Congratulation to incoming Rotary Club of Whittlesea's President Jenny Towt- may you have a great year

Myrtleford Rotary President Vanessa Leonard with immediate past president Sarah Deas.

Induction of Jacque Phillips as President of Rotary Club of Numurkah by D.G. Elect Malcolm Kerr, pictured with Past President John Watson

Congratulations Kerry Jones. Enjoy your year . Diamond Creek Rotary

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We answer the question “What is Rotary?” with our actions, by making a difference through our service.

ROTARY: MAKING A DIFFERENCE Some years ago, a new acquaintance asked me what should have been a simple question: “What is Rotary?” I opened my mouth to reply and then stopped short with the realization that I simply did not know where to begin. The problem wasn’t that I didn’t know what Rotary was. The problem was that Rotary was — and is — too large and complex to easily define. We are a member-based organization, a clubbased organization, and a service based organization; we are local, regional, and international; we are community members, businesspeople and professionals, working and retired, active in nearly every country in the world. Every one of our 1.2 million members has a unique set of goals, experiences, and priorities; every one of us has a unique understanding of Rotary.

To me, Rotary is defined not by who we are, but by what we do — by the potential that Rotary gives us, and the ways we realize that potential in meaningful and lasting service. Rotary has been around for a long time: 112 years. In some ways, we’ve changed tremendously, as we’ve grown, matured, and adapted to the changing needs of our members and communities. In our fundamentals, however, we remain the same: an organization of people with the desire — and through Rotary, the ability — to make a difference in our communities, and the world.

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As an organization, we recognize how important it is that the world understand what Rotary is, and what we do. At the same time, we know that it is more important than ever to allow our clubs to define Rotary service for themselves. As Rotarians, we have more flexibility than ever to decide how we want our clubs to meet, work, and grow. We’re focused more than ever on making sure that Rotary reflects the people it serves, with more women and a more diverse membership. And we’re working hard to ensure that Rotary remains the world’s pre-eminent volunteer service organization, by emphasizing longterm planning, sustainable service, and continuity in leadership on every level.

In 2017-18, we will answer the question “What is Rotary?” with the theme Rotary: Making a Difference. However each of us chooses to serve, we do it because we know our service makes a difference in the lives of others. Whether we are building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better. Whatever motivation each of us had for joining Rotary, it is the satisfaction we find in Rotary that causes us to remain, the satisfaction of knowing that week by week, year by year, we are part of Rotary:

Making a Difference.

Ian H.S. Riseley President, Rotary International, 2017-18

WhatisRotary D9790 July 2017  

WhatisRotary D9790 is the official Rotary International District 9790 DG's Newsletter.

WhatisRotary D9790 July 2017  

WhatisRotary D9790 is the official Rotary International District 9790 DG's Newsletter.