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New Grant Center makes applying for grants easier
We are pleased to announce the debut of the new Grant Center, formerly known as the grant application tool. The new site has a fresh look and better organization. The grant application includes clearly defined steps so it’s easier for you to track your progress. Learn more about grants and how to apply.
The Rotary Foundation ranked in list of top charities
CNBC has ranked The Rotary Foundation No. 3 in its annual list of Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016. The list includes some of the largest and highest-rated charities that help women, children, the poor, and the environment throughout the world, according to Charity Navigator, and that maintain high standards of financial health, accountability, and transparency of reporting. The Foundation was noted for connecting 1.2 million members from more than 200 geographic areas to tackle the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges, including projects that focus on disease prevention,...
Australian entrepreneur announces $1 million gift to Rotary
On Wednesday, over breakfast with the Rotary Club of Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australian entrepreneur and philanthropist Dick Smith announced a donation of AU$1 million to Rotary (about US$750,000), citing admiration of Rotary members for the time they devote to others. The Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) will administer the funds. “With 29,500 Rotarians in 1,100 clubs throughout Australia, we have an army of volunteers eager to assist those in need,” says Michael Perkins, RABS chair. “The impact of this donation will be felt throughout all of Australia, from the cities to the...
Convention: City of peace
Though Atlanta has seen its share of violence and inequity over time, today it brims with reminders that there is another way. Get inspired while you’re visiting for the 2017 Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. Take a short walk from the convention center to the Center for Civil and Human Rights. There, you can see the handwritten notes, speeches, and sermons of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., experience an interactive 1960s-era lunch counter “sit-in,” and learn more about persecuted groups all over the world. A streetcar will take you to the Martin Luther King Jr...
The Rotary Foundation ranked in list of top charities
CNBC has ranked The Rotary Foundation No. 3 in its annual list of Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016. The list includes some of the largest and highest-rated charities that help women, children, the poor, and the environment throughout the world, according to Charity Navigator, and that maintain high standards of financial health, accountability, and transparency of reporting. The Foundation was noted for connecting 1.2 million members from more than 200 geographic areas to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges, including projects that focus on disease prevention,...

January is Vocational Service Month

District Governor 9820
2019 - 2020
Interviews for the position of District Governor for 2019-2020 will take place early in the new year.
If you are thinking of applying and would like more information please contact PDG Merv Williams:  mervcris@bigpond.com
Would you like help with membership at your Club?
Did you know our District had a net growth in membership of 22 new Rotarians?
The district membership committee is available to personalise what you would like presented and covered in your club.   We have a variety of speakers who can help you move forward with a membership plan, how to attract younger members, what really works in attracting new members and how to keep you existing members happy!
Please email tim@cinet.com.au to get the ball rolling.
Membership Webinars – you just need a computer and speakers (microphone optional) and access to the internet.
We had 2 recently on Strengthening your Club 1 – the recent changes by the Council on Legislation and how Clubs have been given new flexibility in meetings and attendance.
If you would like a copy of the presentation or a link to the recorded Webinar please email me tim@cinet.com.au
Next year:   Strengthening your Club 2 – Preparing your Club Membership Plan
Other Zone Webinars:
RI Director’s Update, RI Director Noel Trevaskis
Thursday 8 December 2016, 5.00 pm (AEST) Monday 12 December 2016, 8.15 am (AEST)
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/1913432084078720513 
Attracting the next generation of Rotarians: Re-connecting with Rotary alumni
Wednesday 22 February, 2017, 5.00 pm (AEST)
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/86569325273197058  
Resources for Clubs
Let me know if your Club would like any of these resources and we will send in the old fashioned way?
On Saturday, 26th November, Rotarians and friends from across D9820 gathered in support of the Gala Dinner held at the Cardinia Cultural Centre to celebrate our Rotary Foundation turning 100 years. 
That’s a century of Rotary members changing lives and improving communities all over the world. And that’s definitely something worth celebrating.  All of us in attendance enjoyed a great night of fun, laughter and dancing ‘til we dropped, to the music of The Baker Boys.  Past District Governor and The D9820 Rotary Foundation Chairman Tony Spring, along with Past District Governor David Louden and District Governor Lynne Westland cut the cake which was enjoyed by everyone.  Through our Foundation Rotary members have supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, provide basic education, and grow local economies. We’ve also been a leader in the fight to eradicate polio worldwide.  The centennial is the perfect time to share this impressive record with the our community and the world. Join us in making sure that every Rotary member and people in every community know about the vital work of Rotary and its Foundation.
All of us in attendance had a great night and sincerely thank TRF Chairman Tony Spring, DGN Janne Speirs and PDG Charlie Speirs for all the hard work that went into an extremely successful night.  Well done, and ‘thank you’.

'Women in Rotary' is the theme for the 2017 International Womens' Day Breakfast, presented by Frankston North Rotary with the Rotary Clubs of Frankston, Peninsula 2.0 and Mt Eliza.

Your ticket is your access to a delicious breakfast and an enjoyable morning featuring 2 Guest Speakers (to be advised, follow our facebook page for updates).

We welcome men, women and students to secure their ticket $50 each or Tables of Ten $500.

Ticket sales close 24th February 2017.

Please share this link with family, friends and colleagues and we look forward to your company on Wednesday 8th March 2017 for an inspiring morning!


What a wonderful evening was had at the Cardinia Cultural Centre on Saturday Nov 26!
Thanks to everyone who came and enjoyed the evening of food, fun, dancing and raising some extra funds for the Foundation.
I would also like to thank all those who donated prizes and auction items – they helped to make the evening extra special.
Glenn Ellam as MC and Rob Wilson (from Traralgon) as our auctioneer really set the tone for the evening and the birthday cake made by Margo Whelan – also Traralgon – went down very well.

Four months of this Rotary year have gone already and this month we will celebrate our own charity – The Rotary Foundation, which transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.

I hope to see many Rotarians, partners and friends at our Gala Celebration of The Rotary Foundation on 26th November at the Cardinia Cultural Centre in Pakenham.

I know it will be a great night, so get a table together and book in now!

End Polio now!!!

Sam Owori
The 2016-17 Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International has unanimously nominated, of the Rotary Club of Kampala, Uganda, to be the president of Rotary International in 2018-19. Owori says he sees in Rotary "an incredible passion to make a difference." As president, he plans to "harness that enthusiasm and pride so that every project becomes the engine of peace and prosperity."
Owori's chief concerns as a Rotary leader are membership and extension. Since he served as district governor, the number of clubs in Uganda has swelled from nine to 89. He urges past, present, and future leaders to work together to engage more women, youth program participants, alumni, and community members to increase Rotary's membership in the coming years.  "There are many places which need Rotary and numerous potential members who have never been invited," he says. "The problem is Rotarians who got in and closed the doors."
Owori is chief executive officer of the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda. Before that, he was executive director of the African Development Bank, managing director of Uganda Commercial Bank Ltd., and director of Uganda Development Bank. He has studied law, employment relations, business management, corporate resources management, microfinance, and marketing at institutions in England, Japan, Switzerland, Tanzania, and the United States, including Harvard Business School.
Since becoming a member in 1978, Owori has served Rotary as regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, regional RI membership coordinator, RI Representative to the United Nations Environment Program and UN-Habitat, and RI director. He has been a member or chair of several committees, including the International PolioPlus Committee, the Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, and the Audit Committee. Most recently, Owori served as trustee of The Rotary Foundation, chair of The Rotary Foundation's Finance Committee, and a member of the Investment Committee. Owori is a Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation, and he and his wife, Norah, are Major Donors and Paul Harris Fellows.
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
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