RAWCS February 2018 Meeting

RAWCS Eastern Region meeting was sponsored by District 9650 at Wauchope on the north coast. The informative weekend was attended 68 people, mainly project managers who had travelled from far south as Moruya

We were grateful to have national board member PDG Keith Roffey as special guest


The afternoon consisted of three engaging speakers talking about various aspects of working internationally

  • Sue O’Neill RAWCS Project manager highlighted the cirteria of having a RAWCS Project and the new online application process. She also made comments on the Dick Smith matching grant program
  • Mary Brell from Organge Day Break talk about how to engage schoolies in Rotary projects
  • Lloyd Chatfield discussed the overseas travel policy

The keynote speaker that evening was RWCS Eastern Region Chair, Adrian Roach talking about his project in New Guinea and Sue O’Neill handed out six Pink Umbrella Grants to six worthy RAWCS projects.

Lucy Hobwood Brown has donated her notes on Sunday’s Eastern Region Meeting where the following was covered:

  • PDG Keith Roffey, national DIK chair, shared some helpful info for RAWCS project managers. Below are key take-away points from Keith and attendees:

The RAWCS Facebook has been deleted in order to put all resources towards a national monthly newsletter. They want one communication platform to streamline news and reduce email traffic.

  • RAWCS encourages us to seek business partners to support our projects.
  • By 2020 Australian districts will be reduced to 15. Because this will result in much larger districts,  the management structure will be affected.
  • Many would like a RAWCS shirt for volunteer teams. Keith said RI is carefully navigating branding. A style guide will be provided in due course. Keith emphasized that the priority should be “we are Rotary” rather than “we are Australian Rotarians”.


  • RAWCS is a great resource for new members e.g. youth seeking a cause. If they join a project team, they can see what Rotarians achieve, then may be interested in joining.
  • The DIK warehouse is now relocated to Castle Hill in Sydney. The focus is on education and medical equipment. Much closer scrutiny will be placed on donations; last year more than 80% of the donations had to be taken to a tip at the cost of $10,000.
  • Four DIK management positions are open. Miriam Jacka steps down in July. If you are interested in working with DIK, contact Miriam on0450 110 336.
  • AON provides insurance for RAWCS volunteer teams (if you are not in a DFAT “no go” country such as DR Congo). For information contact Lloyd Chatfield lloyd.chatfield@bigpond.com.
  • If you have trouble registering new RAWCS projects online, contact Sue O’Neill sue_oneill@hotmail.com. A reminder that she also seeks news items for the RAWCS Rover.


Rotarians from clubs are welcome to attend these weekends as they demonstrate Rotarians doing service above self in humanitarian aid.


Jan Pryor

9685 RAWCS District Chair

Rotary Club of Northlakes Toukley