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September 2016
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Rotary recognized on public television's 'American Graduate Day'
Rotary was recognized on 17 September on public television's fifth annual American Graduate Day program for its work with San Diego-based Monarch School, a K-12 school for homeless youth. The Rotary Club of San Diego, California, USA, was applauded for its work mentoring Monarch's students, keeping them on track to graduate, and helping the school to continue thriving during tough economic times. Monarch School CEO Erin Spiewak appeared as one of the show's guests, along with Monarch Alumnus Cynthia Valenzuela, who attested to the positive, life-changing experience Monarch School gave her and...
Practicing peace
Nations around the world will observe the International Day of Peace on 21 September, a date designated by the United Nations in 2001 as "a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence." Rotary's commitment to building peace and resolving conflict is rooted in the Rotary Peace Centers program, formed in 2002. Each year, the program prepares up to 100 fellows to work for peace through a two-year master's degree program or a three-month professional certificate program at university partners worldwide. Today, nearly 1,000 peace centers alumni are applying their skills — negotiating peace in conflict...
Charity Navigator upgrades Rotary Foundation’s rating
The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency. The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness. In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.
eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of September auctions.
Rotary district collecting relief funds for Louisiana flood victims
Rotary clubs of District 6200 are collecting relief funds to help thousands of victims after record flooding devastated communities in southern Louisiana, USA, earlier this month. Torrential rains caused rivers, streams, and bayous to swell, damaging or destroying more than 60,000 homes and killing at least 13 people. The U.S. Coast Guard and emergency responders helped rescue more than 30,000 residents from the rising flood waters. As of 25 August, more than 3,000 residents were still in emergency shelters even after the water receded. Donate to District 6200 disaster relief fund.

September - Basic Education and Literacy Month


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. 
Click "Read More" to access the full invitation details including RSVP and contacts.

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/

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

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.

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. 
For more information and to download the application form: CLICK HERE

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

As some of you may know, I have just been appointed the new District chair of ROMAC. I would like to thank Di Double from the Rotary Club of Berwick for her great contribution to ROMAC as 9820 Chair over the last 2 years.
As we commence our new Rotary year, I would like you and your Club members to consider volunteering for one of a number of roles that we need to fill for ROMAC in our District.
As you know, ROMAC needs the support of all our clubs in the District so that its incredible work can continue.
Please let me know if you would be interested in one or more of the following ROMAC roles and I can then provide further details:
  • Host families who are willing to host a child and parent in their homes.
  • ROMAC district committee members who are willing to undertake a host of activities such as hospital visits, speaking to Rotary clubs (we need speakers to cover our large District) and help with District and Club promotions and displays.
If you are interested in one of these roles or your Club would like a speaker on ROMAC please contact me directly.
District 9820 Chair – ROMAC
Rotary Club Dandenong South East
Mobile: 0447379329

After nearly twelve months of communication, gathering of goods (and holdups with Government approval), it was exciting to see the Bangladesh container get filled on Tuesday 14th June. For those who may not be familiar with this story, I have been aware of this hospital in the very North of Bangladesh since its opening in 1964 when it reached out to the very poor rural communities around it. It is an 89 bed surgical hospital with emergency, day surgery, pathology etc. Attached is a nursing school and also a midwifery school. Charlie and I visited the complex for the first time in September 2013 and I felt compelled to assist in some way, having realized that things really were not much different than in the days when my father visited in the 1960’s! After conversation with Bob Glinderman at Donations in Kind I contacted the Deputy CEO at the hospital who had been our guide in the area in 2013, asking for a ‘wish list’ of items most needed by the hospital, which we duly received with only one or two exceptions.

2016 Council on Legislation

We are pleased to now provide the Council On Legislation essential changes document.   As you are no doubt already aware, there have been considerable changes made to many areas of Rotary particularly in relation to clubs.
Please click HERE to download the full document

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