On 30th June 2020, Fatima Ali was inducted as President of the Sydney Rotary Club, one of the country’s oldest Rotary clubs.

Fatima, who works for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, has been part of the Rotary family since 1991 when she was a member of the Perth Rotaract Group. She has been a member of the Rotary Club of Sydney since 2013 when she was a member of Five Dock Rotary Club and a charter member of the Rotary Club of Gungahlin, ACT prior to that.
Fatima has been active in Rotary though several community activities and projects and was one of the founding members of the Sydney Rotary Peace Building Group.
Fatima said she was honoured to take on the role of President from July and was looking forward to celebrating with members and the Rotary community at large the Club’s centenary next year.
“Indeed 2021 will be an auspicious moment in the history for Rotary, not only in Sydney, but also in Australia. My primary focus will be supporting and engaging members in a meanin…

A Message from Sydney Rotary's President, 2020-2021

It is truly a great honour to lead the Rotary Club of Sydney which has been a pillar of this community for almost 100 years.
I share with you my excitement to have the opportunity to serve as the President of our club as we enter our Centennial year. A year to celebrate our past achievements, reflect on our present and build an enduring legacy for future generations.
2020 has been so far a tumultuous year locally and globally, marred by natural disasters culminating in a pandemic which has impacted us socially, psychologically, physically and economically on a massive scale.  COVID 19 has brought much uncertainty and unfortunately has deprived us of some experiences in our personal and professional lives. It also provided us the opportunity to adapt to change and to innovate. Indeed, it is amazing how we as a Club adapted swiftly to a new way of connecting. This is a testimony to the resilience of each of you - our members- and to your ability to be flexible and embracing of change.

A Message from Rotary District 9675 Governor, Dianne North OAM

I am writing to express my concern for you all with this COVID-19 crisis. The state of your health is extremely important to me. I care very much that you have had to cancel meetings, special events, fundraising activities such as Bunnings Barbecues and similar. As sad and depressing as that is, Rotary must do its part to protect its members and the wider community. We, as Rotarians, have the opportunity to particularly protect and look after those at risk in our communities such as older people, anyone with breathing difficulties and those who have compromised immune systems. 

The world is rapidly changing and we have to keep up with these rapid changes. May I urge you to stay in touch with one another. Meet socially in small groups (as advised by the latest Health Department guidelines) to discuss future projects. Let’s try to keep things going.

Consider the use of technology to assist during this time of limited person to person contact. Many clubs have their own technology and commun…


John Hewko Rotary International General Secretary 20 January 2020 

Good afternoon, everyone. You know, this is an exciting moment in Rotary’s history. It is an exciting time to be a Rotary senior leader. We are closing in on our signature goal of eradicating polio. Our members are carrying out more global grants than ever before. 
Our Rotary Foundation raised almost $400 million last year, the second highest amount raised in the Foundation’s history.

And, this year, working with Harvard University, we set out to answer this question: How much money do Rotary clubs contribute to their local communities? I am proud to announce that, in addition to the funds contributed to The Rotary Foundation, our 36,000 clubs contributed an estimated US$1.15 billion in cash to their local communities in 2018. 

So when you add this $1.15 billion to the $400 million contributed to The Rotary Foundation and the $850 million estimate of the value of Rotary’s volunteer service hours as determined by Johns Hopk…

Is Your Rotary Club Fun?

The San Francisco Evening club makes its presence known during a recent district assembly.

Is Your Rotary Club Fun?

Walking into our district assembly recently, I looked up and saw fellow club members at the top of the bleachers in crazy wigs and big funky glasses, passing out noisemakers.  When our president-elect, Ehlan Siddiqi, crossed the stage to receive his pin and banner for his presidential year, we raised the roof with our noisemakers and cheers. This is just one example of the fun and energy that we are trying to create in our district. Our club may have unconventional ideas, but we are bringing  more life and vitality to the organisation. We have learned a number of things through our club’s formation and development, and chief among these is that if we want to attract more people into Rotary, we have to listen to what they want. We have made an effort to be extremely member-focused and flexible. We are aware that our members have many choices when they decide which organisa…


IS IT TIME TO CHANGE THE WAY WE ELECT OUR CLUB PRESIDENTS? Article by Euan Miller, D9520 Membership Chair  I have just completed two years as District Membership Chair and the standout observation is clubs that have effective leaders are clubs that demonstrate Rotary in Action.   They are dynamic, they achieve Rotary Citations, they maximise membership retention and they grow their membership. 

On the other hand, clubs that elect Presidents without much thought about what makes a good leader because it is somebody’s turn or because nobody else wants to do it; are at risk of ending up with a wasted year.  What’s more it usually leads to 
 • a drop-in morale in the club 
 • sometimes disputes between members which are left to fester
 •  an inevitable net loss of members for the year. 

Relying on PETS and District Assemblies to magically train leaders over a couple of days is futile.  We need to select Rotarians with the capacity to lead first.  Rotary knowledge and experience is not a good mea…


NEW ROTARY CLUB MODELS ENHANCE CONNECTIONS by PDG Jessie Harman, Chair Rotary International Membership Committee

Rotary’s new strategic plan is underpinned by four key priorities – to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance engagement, and increase our ability to adapt.  The emergence of new club models is evidence that Rotary clubs and districts are working actively to advance these priorities. 

 These new club models represent an opportunity to connect with a more diverse group of individuals - particularly those who are unable or unwilling to join our traditional clubs.  

Whilst new club models have been emerging for some time, the 2016 Council on Legislation decision to promote flexibility and innovation has arguably accelerated their development.   

At the present time, it’s possible to recognise at least seven different types of clubs: 

Traditional clubs – at the heart of Rotary: a group of professionals and aspiring leaders who meet regularly for service, connections and pe…