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Bob's Jottings

DG Bob Ryan and Margaret continue to travel around the District.   They have just returned from visiting clubs in the Forster and Taree area.  A DG's work is never done because tomorrow they set off again for Coonamble.  No rest for the wicked though because no sooner will they get back home and they are off again for more changeovers.
DG Bob is delighted to invite all Rotarians to the District Changeover on Saturday 30 June 2018 and you will find the invitation by clicking the link below.

Rotary District Changeover Dinner
Register your attendance
How can you contribute to the Partner's Project: PARTNER’S PROJECT – PLEASE FORWARD CHEQUES MADE OUT TO:
District Treasurer, (Lisa Eaton) at
18 Bishop Crescent
Please forward copy to
details as follows
Name – Rotary International D.G. Partner’s Account
BSB 721-000
Account no 100143137
Please forward copy to
Golf Day Registration
Click the Golf Day Registration above to register for
COFFS CITY ROTARY Invites you to attend the ROTARY CHARITY GOLF DAY Sunday 1ST July 2018 Sponsored By: There are great prizes on offer: The Trevor Brentnall Gold Putter (Perpetual Trophy) Team Prizes from 1st to 5th, Nearest to Pins + Great Raffle Prizes As well as the fabulous In Support of the following CANDO TRUST SPECIAL CARE NURSERY AT COFFS HARBOUR BASE HOSPITAL WARATAH RESPITE SERVICES
Armidale Rotarians at the Glen Innes Celtic Festival - Malcom Parsons (Sam’s Grandfather), John Johnson and Sam Doyle
Whilst travelling the District - Margaret did  a presentation to the Mid-North Coast quilters on her  partners project, they presented her with a cheque for $1500....she is over the moon, we have a little more fund raising to do to meet our target.
Tonight’s speaker at Salties Restaurant told us some harrowing stories of what it was like as a child in Germany in the 1940s.
Horst Andjelic - pictured above with Ray White (celebrating his 73rd birthday) & Lorraine Beukers & Club International Director Gai Nixon), was born in 1941. He never knew his father as he was killed fighting on the Russian front in 1942. Life was fearful & tough for a little boy & his widowed mother. Locals who did not conform to the Nazi regime disappeared. Towards the end of the war in 1944-45 , two homes Horst & his mother lived in were destroyed by bombs. All the schools were bombed & so Horst did not get to go to school until he was 10. Horst’s mother remarried in 1949 & the family decided to emigrate to Australia. They lived for a year in an immigration camp in Victoria & then young Horst got to attend school for the first time!
It was not easy being German in Australia in the 1950s. Horst is often asked is he German or Australian. He said he eats vegemite & always has a tear in his eye on Anzac Day. So we all shouted - Aussie, Aussie, Aussie & Horst replied - oi oi oi!
Thanks Gai & the Inter team for a very entertaining night.
Rotary Down Under Magazine - click below
Read Down Under here
The G-Train - DG Bob Ryan, Vice Governor Ian Jackson, DGE Lorraine Coffey and DGN Phil Hafey
A Huge thank you to all our Assembly Attendees!

What a great roll-up of Rotarians we had at our Assemblies this year in Port Macquarie, Gunnedah and Walcha. Last count was 240 participants!
I want to thank you all personally for the role you played in making our Assemblies so successful; not just for the fact that you ‘turned up’, but also your hands on contribution and participation in all the sessions. It was great!
For my part, I really enjoyed every moment; we met so many enthusiastic Rotarians, who are willing to serve on the boards of their clubs, and I was extremely impressed by the number of younger members among you.
 We had our Hastings Rotaractors in Port Macquarie – what an inspirational bunch – and they are ready to go on a Rotaract Roadshow around the district to help us set up new Rotaract Clubs.  (Your contact for this is Laura Telford, or Phone 0428 151551, and Jack Wilson is our Champion in Cluster 3)
We have a number of young incoming presidents - Kristyn Barker in Armidale Central (she is also our Rotaract Champion in Cluster 5); Kym Uhr in Barraba, Emily Ryan in Coonamble (she was a former Rotaractor) Richard Day in Gunnedah; Stacey Cooke in Gunnedah 2380 and Nataniel Gomes in Gunnedah West.  Fiona Paix in Kempsey, and Darrell Tiemens in Narrabri; Nic Hinwood in Tamworth First Light and Adam Scarff in Taree North to name a few more.
We actually have quite a number of younger (by my years) incoming presidents and secretaries.   Have a browse through your Directory and see for yourself.
It is heartening to know that these are the people who will secure the future of Rotary.
I was also impressed by the support we are getting around the District for Rotaract.   These young people will also be the ones who take Rotary forward into the next era of our evolution.
I’m sure it is really good for we ‘oldies’ to know that the clubs in our District have been successful in attracting younger members, and they are stepping up to the plate to take on the bigger roles as well.
Let us not forget we ‘oldies’ though – what would they do without us?  Our commitment and years of service is what will inspire this next generation to carry on the work for us.
So the training steps for our 2018 / 19 year are now over.   Onwards now, to the changeovers, and the year when we will take over our particular reins to ‘Be the Inspiration’ for our clubs and our Rotarians in District 9650.  I know that we will do our best to live up to this theme.
 It is not ‘my’ year as District Governor; it is ‘our’ year as the team to inspire Rotary to take the next steps into the future.  I really look forward to working with you to this end.
Lorraine Coffey
You can download DGE Lorraine Coffey's letter by clicking this link
Download the District Changeover Invitation here
HASTINGS ROTORACT - Dear Presidents, Secretaries, fellow Rotarians and friends,
This is a friendly reminder that RSVP's to the first Hastings Rotaract changeover dinner are due on June 2.
The event on June 12, is at Panthers Club in Port Macquarie and will be a celebration of all that we have achieved in our first 12 months as a club.
We will also be launching a very exciting Rotaract District project.
The ONLY way to purchase tickets is through an online booking system so please ensure all members who are thinking about coming have access to this link.
We would very much love to see you at our event, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to call changeover organisers Laura Telford on 0428151551 or Sally Foster on 0450348734.
Who: Hastings Rotaract changeover dinner
When: June 12
Where: Panthers, Port Macquarie
Time: 6pm
RSVP: By June 2
Yours in Rotaract,
Laura Telford
District 9650 Rotaract Representative
Hastings Rotaract Communications Director
Sally Foster
Hastings Rotaract Professional Development Director
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