Members from the 65 Rotary Clubs from District 9685 gathered at two special Changeover lunches to witness District Governor Mina Howard hand over the chains of office to incoming District Governor Christine Owen.
The District stretches from the Blue Mountains to the Central Coast and includes Rotary clubs in the Hawkesbury and Hills which were thanked for their work during the year, raising money for local charities as well as supporting overseas aid projects. Several awards were presented with local clubs and members honoured.
The Rotary Club of Kenthurst was awarded the District Governor’s Shield (for large club) by Mina Howard who also awarded the Rotary Club of The Ponds the District Governor’s Shield for small club.
Kenthurst Rotary is behind the opening of a community shelter for homeless older women and meets on Monday evenings. The Ponds Rotary members meet fortnightly on Sunday afternoon at Stanhope Gardens.
Richmond Rotary Club won the Vocational Service Award (large club) for its TAFE scholarships; WSU Hawkesbury.
A Service Above Self Award was won by Barry Philps from Greater Hills Rotary and an Inspirational Leader award was presented to Azita Abdollahian from Norwest Sunrise Rotary Club. Kellyville resident Haran Ramachandran was presented with an International Rotary award.
The focus for the next Rotary year (2023/2024) is helping victims of domestic abuse.
To find out more about Rotary and the difference members are making visit rotarydistrict9685.org.au