Dear Darlings and Friends
Please find news from The Darlings and the District below. This is a bumper edition.  For new Darlings, you will see that no matter what your area of interest, there is something for everyone in Rotary!

Upcoming Events

Rotary Club of Camden Charity Golf Day
Camden Golf Club
October 14, 2019 at 7:15 am

Our friends at Camden Rotary Club are holding their Annual Charity Golf Day at Camden Golf Club on Monday 14th October.

Proceeds from the day will be used to fund ongoing Camden Rotary projects, as well as being distributed between The Right Start Foundation and The Shining Stars Foundation.

For more information, and to get involved, please contact Stephen Humphreys 0412 993 561 or

Paws4aCause – Rotary Club of Kings Cross
Rushcutters Bay Park
October 27, 2019 at 10:00 am

To help support survivors of domestic violence, Street Paws & Rotary Club of Kings Cross are staging the inaugural “Paws4aCause” dog show to raise funds for St. John’s Community Services Darlinghurst, who will use those funds to establish a Woman’s Safe Space.

A total of thirty boutique stalls will offer a variety of doggie related accessories and services, along with face painting, fun dog competitions and a Rotary sausage sizzle – all on a warm Sunday in the Park. This is pawsitively not an event to be missed!

Rotary Inspirational Women’s Awards 2019
City Tattersalls Club
October 27, 2019 at 12:00 pm

The Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour is proud to Host the 2019 Rotary Inspirational Women’s Awards, which aims to identify and recognise women who make a real difference, and best demonstrate the Rotary motto of “Service above Self”.

We’re confident you’ll find that the nominees represent the very best ideals of commitment, dedication, perseverance and pro-activity in improving the lives of others across NSW. Finalists have been selected in Rural and Urban categories, and across various age ranges.

To purchase your ticket, please visit

Maggie’s Austrian German Restaurant Potts Point
October 30, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Prepare your leiderhosen and get your stein glass ready! Oktoberfest is coming!

Come join us for a traditional German 3 course meal entree, meat or vegetarian/vegan main and a traditional strudel for dessert for $45.

Drinks are available from the cash bar, and all funds raised support projects of the Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour. To purchase your ticket, please visit

Community News

DFS Pop-Up Sale – 21/11/2019
The sale to raise money for Dress for Success Sydney is confirmed for Thursday 21 November at The Customs House and I’ll soon be calling for volunteers to work shifts during the day and the evening.  Please save this date in your calendars for DFS.

Christmas comes to Pyrmont – 13/12/2019
The Uniting Harris Community Centre “Live Nativity” event is on Friday 13 December.  Times that we will need people are 5pm to 9pm.  Their duties will be to prepare and serve a sausage sizzle and ice cream from a cart.  It is a serious performance but also a lot of fun with live sheep, donkey and camels taking part.

Early Bird Cafe Re-Opened
The Early Bird Cafe has re-opened. Entrance is via the pathway at 126 Phillip Street, near Martin place. Breakfasts are currently on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Volunteers will provide a great breakfast in a respectful environment to the Sydney CBD disadvantaged community. For more information on getting involved, please visit

District News

Membership is Up!
It is very pleasing to report that for August, Rotary worldwide membership is 1,209,250. This represents growth of 19,784 above the 1 July start figure. To find the membership report by zone and district for the month ended 31 August 2019, please click on the following link:  Comparison to Start Figures: August 2019 or see the attachment  below.

Rotary and the United Nations
Rotary International President Mark Maloney stated last Monday night during his trip to Sydney, that Rotarians were at the heart of the establishment of the United Nations in 1945. Please go to ; to read an interesting article from Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland on the 75th celebrations of the United Nations.

Polio Vaccination Trip to India
The Rotary Club of Agra Taj Mahal is seeking your assistance for a Mega Polio Campaign to be held in Agra, India from the 3rd to 5th January 2020. This is an unforgettable Rotary experience that combines participation in India’s Polio Immunization routine, meeting with many other Rotarians and visiting Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. While India continues to remain Polio free, volunteers will very soon no longer be able to administer the vaccine and these programs may cease, so take the opportunity now. (Please see the attachment for more information).

Food Plant Solutions Rotarian Action Group (FPSRAG)
is a dynamic project that focuses on addressing malnutrition, hunger and food security using readily available local food plants. They have created educational resources that help people, particularly women, to understand the connection between plant selection and nutrition, and empowers them to grow a range of plants with differing seasonal requirements and maturities. Malnutrition and other serious health problems, such as blindness, intellectual disabilities, anaemia and impaired growth are due to the lack of balanced nutrition in their diet.  FPSRAG’s approach is a sustainable solution to hunger, malnutrition and food security that is cost-effective and proven to work.

Food Plant Solutions get many enquiries from NGO’s who need educational materials. They need to fundraise through clubs to pay for their production, translation of information, and sometimes printing. This costs time and money, time which most of these people who need them do not have.  If you would like to contribute or find more information please go to  ;

ESRAG (Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group)
There are many young people around the World who are very concerned about Climate Change. ESRAG (Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group) is taking action. What better way to connect to people who might become future Rotarians than by taking strong ACTION on climate change? Please read the attached thought provoking article written by Dr Malcolm Nearn, member of the Rotary Club of Macarthur Sunrise.

Drought Relief for Cobar
The attached letter was received from the Rotary Club of Cobar requesting assistance with their drought relief program. The farmers are really doing it tough and your club might be able to make a difference in these farmers’ lives.  Please note that The Darlings are working with the RC Young to help drought affected farmers in that area, but you may wish to make a personal donation to Cobar also.

Centenary of Rotary in Australia Book
Time is running out to get your historical editorial and photographs/images organised for the Centenary of Rotary in Australia book – to mark our Centenary in 2021. Your items should be sent to  Harry Durey or Susan Wakefield  by the end of 2019. Editorial must be brief (200 words maximum) and images may be sent in print or electronic (high resolution) form. If you would like more information on this project please contact Bob Aitken  Darlings, do any of you have any photos worth submitting?

El Tour de Tucson
On 23 November, a team of Rotary staff members will be joining General Secretary John Hewko, other Rotary senior leaders and Rotarians from District 5500 in Arizona, USA, and around the world in El Tour de Tucson to raise funds for polio eradication. The ride is one of the top cycling events in the United States, with 9,000 participants. Since Rotary’s Miles to End Polio team first participated in El Tour in 2009, Rotary International has raised more than $53 million, with the generous help of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. You can make a personal contribution to the ride, which would earn you Foundation recognition points. All Miles to End Polio donations will be tripled by the Bill & Melinda Gates  Foundation.
There are many ways to support the effort, and there’s no better way to take up the challenge than by joining the ride. If you would like to be part of the team, you can register to ride in Tucson.

National RESCA
A message from PDG (District 9710) Steve Hill and Dot Hennessey Chair of RESCA (Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards). The first National RESCA Awards Ceremony is being hosted by their Excellencies General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC Governor General and Mrs Hurley in Canberra on Saturday the 12th October 2019 at Government House, Canberra commencing at 11:30 am. Guests will need to arrive no later than 11:00 am to enable security checks to be completed.  If you wish to attend, you need to provide further information before the event.  Please use the link below to provide the required information by COB Thursday, 3 October 2019. If information is not received by that date you may not be included on the guest list for the event.
Guests will receive an email confirmation in the week before the event date. Please note that this email confirmation cannot be sent until guests provide the required information.  All confirmed guests will need to bring a printed or electronic copy of the confirmation email and photographic ID with them on the day. This is a security requirement of the Australian Federal Police.

That’s it for this edition. Don’t forget that our next meeting is on Wednesday the 9th of October at the Grace Hotel at 7.30 AM. For more information, including a map, please visit

Until next week,
Sue Hayward JP
Editor, Weekly Darling