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Rotary’s World Polio Day event looks ahead to ending the disease for good
While the fight to eradicate polio suffered a blow this year when the virus re-emerged in Nigeria, Rotary leaders and top health experts focused Monday on the big picture: the global presence  of the paralyzing disease has never been smaller. The headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, served as the site of Rotary’s fourth annual World Polio Day event. Some of the biggest names in the polio eradication campaign were there to reflect on the year’s progress and discuss what’s needed to end the disease for good. More than 200 people...
Virtual reality films bring new dimension to polio fight
At this year’s World Polio Day celebration in Atlanta, Rotary is harnessing the power of virtual reality technology to build empathy and inspire action in our fight to eradicate polio. Rotary, with support from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, produced a virtual reality film that tells the story of Alokita, a young adult who suffered paralysis from polio as a child growing up in India, which has been polio-free since 2011. “When you open your eyes and see a different environment around you, you relate to the subject on a visceral, personal level,” says Vincent Vernet, direct of digital and...
Rotary Day at UN highlights role of business in building a better world
From the United Nations’ earliest days in the aftermath of World War II, the organization’s humanitarian mission has always dovetailed with Rotary’s efforts to administer aid and build peace. This year’s Rotary Day at the United Nations, 12 November, will highlight the role businesses can play in that collaboration as we work toward a more just and equitable world. The theme of this year’s gathering at UN headquarters in New York City, “Responsible Business, Resilient Societies,” recognizes Rotary’s role at the intersection of commerce and cause. As leaders in their professions and...
ShelterBox prepares for Mosul refugees
Today marked the start of the battle to take control of Mosul back from the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS. The city is the group's last major stronghold in Iraq. But humanitarian aid agencies have known about the military offensive, giving them an unusual opportunity to prepare for the crisis. "It is rare for the world to get early warning of a vast human catastrophe," says Chris Warham, chief executive of ShelterBox. "The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees issued a paper in July saying this would likely be the biggest humanitarian crisis of the year — and we better get...
Skydivers raise thousands for polio eradication
The first time Noel Jackson jumped out of a plane at 14,000 feet, it had nothing to do with raising money for polio eradication. The Michigan dentist had received a gift certificate to go skydiving from his staff because they knew he was into adventure. “It is definitely a defining moment,” says Jackson, a member of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Michigan, USA, of that first jump, done in tandem strapped to a professional skydiver. “The rush of the free fall is beyond anything I have ever experienced before. Just the speed and acceleration is unbelievable. You don’t even have time to figure out...

October is Economic and Community Development Month


Here is an update from Janne Speirs, District 9820 International Chair 2016-17 about the container she arranged to be sent to Bandladesh.
Exciting news from Bangladesh this week!! After lots of ‘toing and froing’ and general holdups, the container of goods for the hospital at Joyrumkura has finally been cleared from the port at Chittagong and embarked on its 12 hour road trip to the north of the  country where it has been welcomed with excitement and thanks by the hospital administrators and staff. They are touchingly grateful for what we as Rotarians here in Victoria have been able to do for this very poor area in terms of improved medical equipment and therefore care. I have attached some photos and an excerpt from the cover letter sent to me during the week by my chief contact Tarun Daring.
My personal thanks are extended to all the Clubs who assisted in this International Project. Having visited the hospital in 2013 and been familiar with it through its entire 50 year history due to my father, PDG (D950) Bill McFarlane’s involvement with the country since 1964 I could think of no better way to assist than by bringing to bear the incredible reach and resources of Rotary, DIK and the generosity of Rotarians in D9820.
I am assured that other photos will follow in coming days of equipment in situ and will ensure that those are also forwarded to the District.
Many thanks once again
Janne Speirs
(D9820 International Chair 2016-7)
From Tarun Daring (Interim Executive Director) “your supports have made us possible to increase the medical care and service facilities in our hospital and we are greatly happy with your love and care”

Joyramkura is a ‘village’ in the very North of Bangladesh about 7 kms South of the Indian border near the Garo hills in the Haluaghat region some 175 kms North of Dhaka. It is part of a large, extremely populous but very poor rural area and therefore the hospital, which was built by the Australian Baptist Missionary Society and opened its doors in February 1964 but is now run as part of the Garo Baptist Convention and their Community Health Project (which also educates the local people in areas such as hygiene, microfinance and other life skills), caters for the very poor members of the community, many of whom have little or no ability to pay for services. The majority of people in these areas are marginal farmers, sharecroppers and field laborers. A few people live by small trade and also a few by service. Cooking for inpatients is done by family members in the hospital grounds and conditions in the hospital itself are very basic although everything possible is done for those who need help.
In the area the maternal mortality rate is 440 per 100,000 live births and the infant mortality rate per 1000 live births is 57. Two third of the children are malnourished, 52.20% of the children suffer from chronic malnutrition and 8% suffer from acute malnutrition. Still 55% of the populations do not use sanitary latrines

HAT DAY is 7th of October! Join us and support Australian Rotary Health.

Let’s all support Australian Rotary Health and be committed to their project ‘Lift the lid on Mental Illness’.
 Sadly mental illness is a huge problem in all of our communities. All Rotary Clubs  in District 9820 should have received a package containing promotional brochures and stickers which we hope will get out into your communities. Many clubs already support this wonderful project by having an evening for ‘Wear a Hat’ which is celebrated on Friday, 7th October. Whatever night your club meets near that date, would be a great time to ask all Rotarians and friends to ‘wear a hat’. It would be great if all clubs in the District would participate.
Please support ‘Wear a Hat’ and lift the lid on Mental Illness by having a special night at your club.
For more information, please contact John Renowden at jamaren@bigpond.net.au or head over to http://hatday.com.au/

Something for everyone at Art Gippsland 2016
Come to Warragul and enjoy the upcoming Art Gippsland 2016 organised by the Rotary Club of Warragul, it has something for everyone!
There are plenty of opportunities for Rotarians from across Gippsland to get involved. The Art Show starts with the Preview Night on Thursday 17th November commencing at 6.30 p.m. The category winners will be announced and sales to the public commence. Tickets for the evening are $25 per head and include drinks and finger food and are available at the door on the night.
General viewing times are from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th November. Opening hours each day are 10am to 5pm. General admission to the Art Show for adults is $5.
All the artwork exhibits on display will be for sale, and there is something to suit every budget. Whether you are an art buff, a hobbyist, a home decorator or none of the above, there will be something to please your eye. 
Come to the Art Show on Saturday morning and also experience a huge range of fresh and hand made food at the nearby Warragul Farmers’ Market. 
Rotary Art Gippsland is held at the West Gippsland Arts Centre, Civic Place Warragul.

It’s about everything we do to attract and retain membership in our great organization. All our efforts in strengthening our clubs is ongoing.
But first, a bit of congratulations to the team at the Rotary Club of Latitude 38 – our newest Club!   Thanks to the tireless work of a merry band of workers over some time, Rotary International has now officially chartered our fully fledged Rotary Club!

So what is new in the world of Membership for District 9820?

Club Speakers
The District Membership Committee have organised a number of speakers that are available to clubs to highlight and help attract new members.  Topics include – how to run meetings that appeal to a wider group, how to attract younger members to your club, how do the new changes in our Constitution give you greater flexibility in Club membership types and meeting frequency.
Please email Membership Chair PDG Tim Moore for further information:  EMAIL TIM 
Membership information
I have brochures and samples of what successful clubs are using to promote membership, feel free to share yours with me or see what is available.
Multi District Event
If you are really keen, go to the Gold Coast Multi District Membership and Public Image Day on the 21st August this year.
Subscribe to Rotary on the Move
A short Newsletter of what is working in our Zone – very useful with articles – includes a most recent article on our own Rotary Club of Frankston!
View the latest edition: CLICK HERE
This is a great publication to what is going on in our area, so well worth a look.

The Rotary Junior Community Award is now completing its 20th year.
The Bairnsdale Junior Community Award started as an identified need through the establishment of a pilot program in Bairnsdale of the Community Relations Education Project (CREP). An organisation of local people, schools, police, welfare organisations, Koorie and other youth groups whose aim was to lower the incidence of violence, discrimination and racism in our community.  The BJCA was introduced to involve young people in a direct positive way to benefit themselves and our local community.
Designed by the late Rotarian and Principal David Hawkey, the JCA was trialled in the four Bairnsdale schools in 1997 and carefully monitored before promoting it to other schools and Rotary Clubs. It became very obvious that the Award was achieving everything that was hoped for and a great deal more by the end of the first year and the Rotary Club of Mitchell River became the major sponsor
In 20 years about 3000 Grade 6 students in the Bairnsdale area alone have completed the Award. About 15000 diaries are sent around Australia each year now and the number of schools still taking up the program is increasing.
A report from the UK this week has indicated that since the program was taken there by past D G , John Hayes, in 1999, Birmingham, Lichfield, Ludlow, Stourbridge, Coventry, Dronefield in Derbyshire, Abergele in North Wales (translated into Welsh!) Ormskirk and Dundee have many schools are undertaking the Program. The RC of Dunbar, Scotland, started its first school last year.
The  program engages Grade 6 students in four main areas of endeavour to be completed over the school year – Community Service, Social Experience, Physical Recreation and Skill Development. The students with the aid of parents and teachers design a program they feel they can achieve and keep a diary of their progress. At the end of the year they are presented with a certificate at a ceremony organized by the Rotary Club of Mitchell River together with family, friends and supporters. The success of the program is indicated by the variety of activities the students choose to complete their Award and the confidence and  effort they put in; together with of the enthusiasm and diligence of the people who are involved as supervisors, instructors, assessors, mentors and supporters.

To all Rotarians of District 9820

You are invited to the Charter of a new Rotary Club!
Members of the Rotary Club of Latitude 38 are holding a special day to celebrate the Chartering of their Club – the newest Club in District 9820.
It will be at the Royal Botanic Gardens - Cranbourne on Saturday November 19 at high noon.
There will a lunch followed by the signing of the Club Charter by District Governor, Lynne Westland.
Afterwards there will be ample opportunity to explore the beautiful garden, which is dedicated to Australian plants.
All members of Clubs in District 9820 are warmly invited to join with members of Latitude 38 for this celebration.
When:                  Saturday November 19 2016
Where:                 Tarnuk Room - Royal Botanic Gardens – Cranbourne
Corner of Ballarto Road and Botanic Drive, Cranbourne, (off South Gippsland Highway) Melway Ref: 133 K10
The Gardens turnoff is signed and located 500m past the Cranbourne Racecourse. 
  to access the full invitation details including RSVP and contacts.

Evan Burrell, Rotary Club of Turramurra, NSW - August 11, 2016
As a former member of Rotaract and now a young Rotarian, I get asked quite a lot, “where do we find more young members like you?” It may seem like young members are as elusive to catch as Pokémon, but with the right strategy and awareness, it’s not that difficult at all. The truth is, they are really all around us. They may be in your work place, they may be in your neighborhood, or they may be in those other social gatherings you belong to. Others may be active in our youth programs like Rotaract and RYLA, readying themselves for the challenges that lie ahead.
Attracting new members is pretty critical to our clubs. They are the lifeblood of our organization, bringing in fresh ideas and insights, and keeping our clubs alive and relevant. In turn, young professionals seek a sense of purpose and belonging, and this is exactly what your club can give them. As we celebrate Membership Month in Rotary, here are my tips for attracting younger members
1. Don’t go too crazy at first. If the average age of your club is over 60, begin by trying to attract members in their 40’s and 50’s and work from there.
2. Use your age differences to your advantage. Stress the opportunity for career mentoring and set up mentoring programs pairing members with vast experience with those just beginning their careers.
3. Make sure you welcome new members into your club. At meetings, assign a seasoned veteran to each new member to be their host and introduce them to everyone else in your club. In time, the newcomer will get a better feel for the club.
4. Use social media (Twitter, Facebook). Let’s face it, anyone under 30 is on social media 24/7. So use it to your club’s advantage by promoting your activities and what you do in the community.
5. Sponsor participants for our young leaders programs. College or university students are excellent candidates for a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards event. Sponsor a high school student for a Rotary Youth Exchange, and you not only broaden their horizons, but also make a lifelong friend of Rotary. Work alongside these future leaders of tomorrow so they become interested in your club and our organization.
6. Keep younger, and newer, members in the loop. This one is a biggie! Don’t waste all that effort attracting new members only to forget about them and let them drift away from lack of attention. Engage them in as many ways as you can. Find out what they are interested in, and put them in charge of things that match their likes.
If you have enough new members with a particular interest, start up a new program or incorporate their interests into an existing one. Make sure you give them lead roles, and give them a real opportunity to make a difference. Member recruitment is a must for any club that wants to survive and not turn into the Rotary Club of Jurassic Park. It is not difficult, but you DO have to put some effort into it. You won’t regret the time, though, when you see your club take on new life

In October of 2014 a team of 30 Rotarians and volunteers completed a major project at Hango Agricultural College in Tonga. It involved the laying of 2.5km of 100mm pipeline from a permanent spring in the high country on the island of Eua to a new 100,000 litre steel header tank also constructed by the Team. 
The tank was connected to the existing reticulation system in the College. Unfortunately the upgraded supply soon found weak spots in the old system. 
This prompted a commitment by the Cranbourne Team to organise another visit to replace and upgrade the reticulation system.
It has taken two years to plan and arrange the finances but on Friday 22nd  July a second 40ft container was loaded with polypipe and fittings, a trenching machine, lay flat drip irrigation hose, fencing materials and a range of other materials. The 11.5 tonnes of goods in this latest container follows 21.6 tonnes of building materials dispatched in the first container during June.  While the pipeline crew are doing their work the builders and plumbers in the team will be building new staff residences and replacing the roof on two existing 3 BR staff houses.
Gordon’s father Fred joined Rotary in 1948 and his uncle Orme was a foundation member of the Orbost Rotary Club. Gordon’s brothers Royce and Cleve were also Rotarians.
 In those days Rotary was exclusively for men, everyone wore a suit and tie or sports jacket and tie. Raffles were frowned upon. Rotarians were from different professions such as carpenter, dairy farmer, saw miller, drapery, tobacconist, butter factory manager to name a few. The highest membership of Orbost Rotary Club has been 42 members.
Gordon was married in 1958 and inducted into the Rotary Club of Orbost on 1st August 1959. The first 13 years Gordon managed 100% attendance of meetings. His avenues of service have covered virtually every role there is.
He held the President’s position in 1967 and 1978.
He was Rotary District Governor’s representative for Gippsland in 1969.
He was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow in 1989. 
I am fortunate to have been elected to the Board of RDU representing Victorian and Tasmanian districts for the next 4 years.   It is a challenging and enjoyable experience with a great team producing a top international magazine for our Rotary Zone – Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, 11 times a year.   It is our Rotary magazine.
Do you read it?   Or do you throw it in the cupboard hoping to maybe read it one day?  Do you read thoroughly and when finished drop it in to your local medical centre for their waiting room or pool them to give Club guest speakers or visitors?
I believe it is the single most important face of our Zone’s Rotary activities – what a great Public Relations and Membership tool for each Club and Rotarian – not to mention the great messages from Rotary International, the World President and the great ideas from other clubs on how they are selling Rotary in their area!
Have you seen the recent article on the Rotary Club of Drouin’s Lardner Park Motorfest – what a great project for the community?
Disappointingly, District 9820 has few articles produced in the RDU Magazine.   Do you know the reason?   No one sends them any!
Do you know – if you have an interesting story to tell, some high quality photos, some text describing your project and benefits in point form – they will write the article for you!   Let me know if you need help.
So come on D9820 – every Club could have an article in RDU – lets show the world what our clubs do for Serving Humanity.
PDG Tim Moore
RDU Board Member

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