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At the Wyndham Resort, Torquay on Sunday June 28, soon to be PDG Geoff James gave the gathered guests a report on the work of District 9780 during 2014 - 2015, recognised the work of his executive team with a gift and gratitude, before undertaking his last role as District Governor, the induction of Jane Cox as Governor of D9780 for the 2015 - 2016 year.
It was a changeover with a view, as the Wyndham Resort is right on the beach at Torquay, and has beautiful views of the rolling waves and stunning headland.
Incoming DG Jane, added a family touch with her gorgeous great niece Chloe presenting flowers on her behalf.  Jane outlined the thoughts of RI Director Ravi Ravindren around his theme of Be a Gift to the World, and shared her optimism for the coming year with the continuation of many projects, the induction of new Club Presidents and their teams, the opportunities to increase the good work of Rotary both locally and internationally while building on the good work of PDG Geoff and Meryl.
Congratulations to DG Jane, and thanks and best wishes to PDG Geoff for a job well done.

For those individuals and clubs who wish to assist Nepal's recovery, a RAWCS Project has been registered by Rotarians in Rotary District 9830 (Tasmania) which has direct links with the Rotary Club of Hetauda, Nepal. That club will direct funds to where they are most needed. The online donation facility can be found here: https://donations.rawcs.com.au/Default.aspx?ProjectID=865&ReturnTo=4.
It should be stressed that Rotary is not a first response organisation,  that is the realm of Shelterbox, Disaster Aid and other emergency relief agencies like Aquabox. However, Rotary can and will be involved in the medium to long term recovery effort and that is what the RAWCS fundraising will be committed to. 
ShelterBox is in talks with several aid agencies and Rotary contacts to see where we can help. A Response Team is heading to Nepal to get a first-hand idea of the scale of the destruction and the level of need. Prepositioned aid, including tents, is located in Nepal that could be used as emergency clinics as well as shelters in the immediate aftermath.
Dave Ray, ShelterBox Operations Coordinator, said: "One of our contacts based in Kathmandu told us that the environment is filled with fear and that people have been told to expect more tremors. There is a lot of damage in Kathmandu and emergency relief will be required for sure."
Here is the link to the Shelterbox online donation site:  https://app.etapestry.com/bbphosted/ShelterBoxAustralia/OnlineDonation.html


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