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Club Taree (Taree RSL & Golf Club)
121 Wingham Road
Taree, NSW 2430
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Monday 7th March
Time: 6pm for 6.30pm start 
Venue: Club Taree
Chair. Brian Hole
Meet and Greet  David Denning, Judy Richardson
Guest Speaker Lance Fletcher   Story To Be Learned  
Last weeks Speaker Rev Clare Wright
Guest Speaker Rev Clare  Wright introduced by Neil Hannington. Clare grew up in Australia and England, received a University Degree in English Literature at Trinity College, in Cambridge  where she was converted from astheism to to Christianity.

She was invited to sing for Royal Family at Windsor Castle.   Clare worked in

publishing and marketing for  some  years before becoming a full time writer of

educational books, while moonlighting as a musician at weekends.

Clare Emigrated to Australia in 1996, settled in Sydney as a freelance writer and singer at Japanese  tourist weddingss. Discovered local Uniting Church  in Neutral Bay in 2009, became  their Lay Preacher in 2011 and commenced a journey achieving a a Degree in Theology at Charles Sturt University where she won University Medal and was Ordinated in 2016. Clare served as Minister in Bathurst Uniting

Church for some  years before receiving a call to Manning River Uniting Church in 2020. Clare is currently serving as Area Disaster Chaplain four days a week

following  March 2021 floods.

Clare  works under State Emergency  Management Plan  Welfare  Serrvices  

co-ordinated by Uniting Church. Clare spoke of need to assist victims of these floods to reconstruct ther lives.  Assist with trauma recovery, assist with obtaining grants,and helping people to look forward with out fear of future floods.

Some people recover physically but need long term assistance to recover emotionally.

Clare organises practical assistance where required  Food Parcels,  Shelter,  Insurance Claims, general renovation of homes,fence repairs on propertys some one to care.

Clare spoke of need for someone  to listen to people, not to rush in with advice for

future .   

Clare spoke of how it is with disater recovery. . It is a unique  position of chaplian

not just to say what do you need to disaster affected people, but to be the people  who  say  ‘how are you going’? and to be capable of sitting and listening to their story.

Clare is the right person to do this….. Thank You Max Carey



         From the Desk of your District Governor-elect (DGE)

I am writing this update following the District 9660 Management Team Training weekend that was held in Singleton 26 and 27 February 2022. This was the first opportunity for your new District Leadership Team to be together and to meet each other as we planned for the initial year of our new District 9660 that officially commences operation on 1 July 2022. It was very pleasing on 25 Feb 2022 that I received from our incoming Public Officer advice that Rotary International District 9660 Inc has been officially registered and thus incorporated by the NSW Department of Fair Trading. This was the culmination of a lot of work by a number of people and I want to especially call out and thank PDG Maurie Stack our District Legal Officer and Patrick Healey from D9670 our incoming Finance Chair. I also thank all Clubs in both D9650 and D9670 for the support in resolving at the General Meetings in November 2021 for this to occur. The last 3 months have been extremely busy with ongoing DGE Training culminating in the Virtual International Assembly that ran daily from Monday 7 February through to Tuesday 15 February 2022. This International Assembly had excellent Plenary sessions followed by live breakout sessions daily with 17 to 18 DGE’s from around the globe tasked with discussing the various areas of the Plenary workshops. As the worldwide class of DGEs, we also had the pleasure of watching RI President-elect Jennifer Jones Theme Launch live at 1am Friday 21 January 2022. We have been challenged to “Imagine Rotary”. The key areas for action in D9660 for 2022-2023 from my perspective will be:

• the challenge to create at least 2 cause-based Clubs as well as establishing new Rotaract and Interact Clubs

• establishing and promoting at District level a Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Coordinator and Committee and encouraging each Club to have a DEI Coordinator

• Promoting the Rotary International Strategic Plan and encouraging each Club to develop their own Strategic Plan focusing on the Strategic Priorities and objectives: - Increase our Impact - Expand our Reach - Enhance Participant Engagement - Increase our ability to adapt

• Ensure that we meet our District commitments to the Rotary Foundation including End Polio Now giving

• Creation of a District Media team to ensure that our Rotary stories are told in all media especially social media and to act as a resource team for Clubs to assist with telling their Rotary stories

• Encourage maximum attendance at the 2023 District Conference in Tamworth 24-26 March 2023 • Encourage our best representation at an International Convention at the International Rotary Convention in Melbourne 27-31 May 2023

• Ensure D9660 has a great formative year and creates solid foundations for future growth & success for Rotary in District 9660

2022 Training and other key Dates and Venues – please note and diarise

The Learning and Development dates and format and venues are as follows:

• President-elects Learning and Development –

- Saturday and Sunday 2nd & 3rd April 2022 Tamworth (West League Club) and Maitland (Venue to be confirmed)

- Saturday and Sunday 9th & 10th April 2022 Port Macquarie and Dubbo (Venues at Charles Sturt Uni to be confirmed) This session (formerly known as PETS) will be for all Presidents and Secretaries 2022- 2023 and any Rotarians that have agreed to be a future President and or Secretary for their Club.

The sessions are being scheduled for 4 separate locations with 2 locations on 2 separate weekends to accommodate as many if not all potential attendees. The two locations on each weekend will be connected virtually.

• Club Officers Learning and Development

- Sunday 15 May 2022 Tamworth (West League Club) and Maitland (Venue to be confirmed)

- Sunday 22 May 2022 Port Macquarie and Dubbo (Venues at Charles Sturt Uni to be confirmed)

This session (formerly known as District Assembly) will be for all Club Office bearers 2022-2023 and any Rotarians that have agreed to be a future Club Officer for their Club together with any other Club members that wish to attend.

The sessions are being scheduled for 4 separate locations with 2 locations on 2 separate weekends to accommodate as many if not all potential attendees. The two locations on each weekend will be connected virtually.

• D9650 and D9670 Changeover to D9660 – Saturday 25 June 2022 This will be held at Laurieton at Laurieton United Services Club.

• D9660 AGM and Showcase – Saturday & Sunday 26 & 27 November 2022 This will be held at Tamworth as has been our usual tradition in D9650 at Tamworth West League Club.

2023 Key Dates and Venues

• D9660 2023 District Conference – 24 to 26 March 2023 in Tamworth at Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre (TREC)

• Rotary International Convention – Melbourne Australia 27 – 31 May 2023

• D9660 Changeover 2023 – tentative date Saturday 1 July 2023 to be confirmed.

I ask that you diarise these important dates and watch out for future information in relation to these. I also advise that I have a draft Club visitation program and that the intention is to visit each city/ town where there are Rotary Clubs represented. In those towns/cities where there is more than one Club, my Official Visit will be a combined meeting and it will be on a day that one of the clubs meets and I am hoping that that Club will host the other local Clubs.

I have also advised during any Zoom discussions that I have had with Clubs that if your Club has a Special occasion that you would like Patti and I to attend that you let me know as early as possible as after my Club visits my diary will be available on a first in basis. Thank you for all the support given to me to date and I look forward to working with you as we together lay the solid foundations that will guarantee that each of our Clubs and indeed each of us as Rotarians build District 9660 as the catalyst for ongoing great works of Rotary in our Clubs, our communities, our new District and indeed throughout the Rotary World.

A snapshot of the new D9660 Clubs and members as at 31 January 2022

31 Jan 2022.     Clubs.    Members

D9650                53           1271.            

D9670.               46            938

Total (D9660)   99           2209

Is there any assistance that your Club can provide? Ensure that your Club has loaded their 2022-2023 Club Officers into DACdb and RI database and is planning to have your Club President and Club Secretary and any future Presidents and Secretaries at Presidents-elect Training and Club Officers & members at the District Learning & Development days (District Assemblies)

I thank you for your ongoing support and encourage you to continue to “Serve to Change Lives” as we position to “Imagine Rotary”.

Yours in Rotary service Neville Parsons

PDG Neville Parsons District Governor Elect 2021-2022

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Mail: PO Box 607, WAUCHOPE NSW 2446, Australia



River Stage volunteers 
Rotary Manning looking for volunteers set-up  and pack up on RIVER STAGE CONCERT
FRIDAY 25th MARCH 2022: James Johnston + The Southern Hold + Hudson Rose 
START  Set Up               10:00 am - 12 :00 pm
Entry Gate & Ticketing.    4:00 pm  to 8:00 pm 
Pack -up                        10:00 pm
If  you are available for any of the tasks please let me know, what times are suitable for you. 
President Susie Plodder
District 9650 Conference Information
Registrations close on Friday for the District 9650 conference. Come along and join many club members as we celebrate the last shindig for District 9650. 
The keynote speakers are organised, registration is live and the party is almost ready to start! Please have a look at our roadmap and conference schedule to District 9650 Conference 2022 to see what you can look forward to at this year’s conference
This conference you can look forward to starting with your choice of golf or bowls as well as your choice of either a sunset cruise with three course meal on the Hastings River or buffet style dinner at Town Green Buffet and Bar overlooking the Port Macquarie Town Green. On Saturday we will start with the Foundation Breakfast at 8am at Panthers Port Macquarie before kicking off the main event at 10am with a host of guests, key-note speakers and public speaking finals. We will then close day one and see you back at Panthers at 6:30 for a 7pm start to really get the party going! On Sunday we will begin with the Ecumenical Service at 8am followed by the conference re-opening at 9am. We will continue to hear from our guests and keynote speakers before wrapping the conference up at 1pm.
Please register soon as places for particular sessions may be limited! If you have any inquiries, please email me and I will endeavour to give you a timely response.
Kind regards Jack Wilson Conference Chair,  Hastings Rotaract,  0410 868 027 
"D9660 Youth Exchange are looking for those who are interested in joining the committee to promote Youth Exchange and in so doing make life-long friends around the world. It is an opportunity to train and guide students, providing them with the experience of a cultural exchange and to develop as leaders who promote peace and justice around the world. Could you please complete the attached expression of interest and return as soon as possible. It is not certain when the program will recommence, however the committee will need to be formed now to begin preparation and training for outbound students in 2023."

This Expression of Interest is to be received by District 9660 Chair YEP Committee, Bev Bartlett via email by 20.2.22.  Email:

Registrations are now open for Rotary’s 113th annual international convention in Houston where more than 20,000 service-minded people from around the world will gather on
June 4th-8th , 2022. International Conference are absolutely amazing and you should go if you can.
                              Media Release
                     National Flood Relief Appeal
Australian charity, Rotary Australia World Community Service, today announced the creation of a national Flood Relief Appeal for people impacted by the current floods in Queensland and Northern NSW.
Australians impacted by the recent floods will be the beneficiaries of money raised by Flood Appeal and will be able to liaise with their local Rotary Club to advise of their needs.
The fundraising campaign was launched today to support the communities in need after yet another disaster impacting Australians.
“The money raised from the Appeal will go directly and quickly to support those impacted, providing essential items and financial support where Disaster relief and Insurance claims won’t stretch,” said Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd CEO Andrew Woodward.
“The number of disasters Australians have endured in the last few years in addition to the pandemic have been significant and left a lot of people in very difficult financial positions,” Mr Woodward said.
Rotary Australia World Community Service has previously raised money for Bushfire and Drought affected areas and sees this disaster as just another where the network of Rotarians can step in to assist. Mr Woodward said that he expects the money to help people with the things that insurance or disaster relief funds cannot replace. Whether it be helping farmers build new fences or providing food and clothing to those that have lost everything, the money raised will be crucial in helping families get back on their feet as soon as possible.
Rotary Australia World Community Service is a not-for-profit charity that aims to be the leading Australian charitable organization for people’s wellbeing, supporting Rotarians and Rotary Clubs undertaking humanitarian projects in Australia and overseas.
Tax Deductible Donations to the appeal can be made on the Rotary Australia World Community Service website at
Andrew Woodward is available for interviews and photographs.
Media Contact: Andrew Woodward 0411 075 107

  "We Cannot Survive in Nests"

Ali, Aisha and Ali-Najib live in a displacement camp in Ma’rib, north-central Yemen. They, and many other families we asked, told us, “We can’t survive in nests.”

You see, people in Yemen use twigs, palm fronds and shreds of clothes to create makeshift shelters that they call nests. Ali collected scraps of metal, bits of materials and oil drums to build a shelter for his family. Other families have even less - they live under trees, covering themselves with palm branches to create a makeshift roof over their heads.

But it is not only living in improvised shelters that puts their lives at risk. On top of the coronavirus pandemic, Yemen is in the grip of the worst cholera epidemic of modern times. To add to this threat, the combination of a densely populated campsite and lack of sanitation creates a breeding ground for mosquitos that can transmit malaria or dengue fever.

Donate today to change lives


We have asked Ali, Aisha, Ali-Naji and many others in Ma’rib what they need to survive. They speak for thousands of families around the world who had to leave everything behind to flee from conflict. With your support, we can send them the aid items they need to survive.

Whatever you can give today – your gift could save lives. In Yemen, or somewhere else in the world where families are struggling to survive. Thank you for giving people shelter.

Many thanks for your support

Mike Greenslade

CEO ShelterBox Australia

The effects of the Volcano and Tsunami on January 15th will be far-reaching, impacting the Tonga Community for months, possibly years to come.
Communication remains problematic with international and inter-island call still no possible due to the damage to the undersea cable.
Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) will be working with Rotary New Zealand World Community Service (RNZWCS) and Rotary Club of Nuku’alofa (Tonga) in providing aid and assistance to the affected communities’ and restoring their livelihoods.
RAWCS has registered a Rotary Australia Relief Fund project to seek financial assistance from Rotary Clubs, the public and private sector. 
Donations to the RAWCS Relief Fund are tax deductible.
Donate through
Project  Tonga Volcano Eruption and Tsunami Disaster 
Tonga Relief Fund
Tamworth Calala Rotary Club would like to challenge all district clubs to donate $100 per member to a Tonga Relief Fund which would be managed through RAWCS. The club would wish to be assured that at least 10 clubs would be willing to participate. We would like the project to be publicised throughout the district. Your support and that of the management committee would be appreciated.
Yours in Rotary,
Ray Dart President Rotary Club of Tamworth Calala
Expressions of Interest for D9660 Club Development Team members for 2022-2023
As the appointed Club Development Team Leader, I am now seeking Expressions of Interest for Committee members for the following Committees: 
Committee Name
Committee Chair appointed
Membership Committee
Jenny Sinclair
Public Image Committee
Nicole Shanks
Learning & Development
PDG Ken Hall
Jack Wilson
Rotary Leadership Institute
Pam Wellham
Club Visioning
PDG Ian Dyball
The Expressions of interest are being sought from the current membership of both District 9650 and District 9670. 
It is my intent to ensure that we have the best skills in these respective Committees to lead and support the individual Clubs within the new District (D9660) and at the same time ensure that there is a mix of experience and younger talent to ensure that we build, from day one, appropriate succession planning into all District roles.
Include here a brief overview of the role of each Committee by reference to the Position Description document.
Finally, I ask that you submit your Expression of Interest to me at your earliest convenience and in any case prior to5pm Sunday 27th March 2022.
Expressions of Interest are required to be submitted on the attached Form.
Expressions to be returned via e-mail to
Yours in Rotary Service
      ‘Supporting and Strengthening Rotary Clubs in District 9660’
P.D.G.  Adrian Roach
Past District Governor  2015-16
Team Leader Club Development D9660
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‘Supporting and Strengthening Rotary Clubs in District 9660’
P.D.G.  Adrian Roach
Past District Governor 2015-16
Team Leader Club Development D9660
Rotary Club of Greenhills-Maitland Inc.
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Fr Peter Tinney and Fiona Tinney are being assigned to a new parish at East Lake Macquarie by Easter this year.  It is with sadness that we will lose not just good friends but great Rotarians but pretty sure our loss is someone else's gain as they continue their community service wherever they go! All the best Peter and Fiona!
"It has been a privilege to serve... thank you all for your friendship and support"
- Fr Peter Tinney
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