December is Family Month 2017-11-29 13:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Phillip Island and San Remo members Stevie and Vicki are pictured along with Narre Warren Inner Wheel member Linda Kamerling  after the Rotarians spoke about the club’s Days For Girls Project . (We hope to bring you more about the project in subsequent bulletins.)
Club News Peter S 2017-11-29 13:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM), and Rotarians can be excited by the prospect of achieving malaria elimination in Timor Leste in the next five years writes Christine Williams.
The incidence of local transmission is very low, however there is still the risk of cross border infections.
Malaria: The fight continues Peter S 2017-11-29 13:00:00Z 0
By Christine Williams

Three members from our district had the privilege to join a RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service) team to Solomon Islands recently. Alan Laughton (Kooweerup - Lang-Lang), Merv and Chris Williams (Mt Martha) were involved in fitting out a new Rural Training & Hospitality Centre at Mbanga Island.



Solomon Islands – RAWCS project Peter S 2017-11-29 13:00:00Z 0
David & Bidit have joined Rotary as an exciting opportunity to deliver services into their community.

Coming to Australia as refugees, they have settled with their families in Frankston – both men are community leaders in the South Sudanese community in Victoria.

Rotary Frankston 2.0 is very excited to support the integration of new arrivals into our community, by providing networking opportunities, adult literacy, resume writing, and mentoring. The focus is help with providing job skills to South Sudanese community members so they can become fully engaged members of our community.
Rotary opens doors for South Sudanese David Hanlon 2017-11-12 13:00:00Z 0
David & Bidit have joined Rotary as an exciting opportunity to deliver services into their community.

Coming to Australia as refugees, they have settled with their families in Frankston – both men are community leaders in the South Sudanese community in Victoria.

Rotary Frankston 2.0 is very excited to support the integration of new arrivals into our community, by providing networking opportunities, adult literacy, resume writing, and mentoring. The focus is help with providing job skills to South Sudanese community members so they can become fully engaged members of our community.
South Sudanese leaders join Rotary David Hanlon 2017-11-11 13:00:00Z 0
A story from "over the border" that might inspire us to engage the younger generation.
The Rotary Club of Bentleigh Moorabbin Central, within District 9810, located in Moorabbin, Victoria, has sponsored  an Interact Club at McKinnon Secondary College that was official chartered on 31st October 2017. At the official opening was the Principal Pitsa Binnion, the Interact Co-ordinator Andrew Hemsley along with several other teachers as well as the District Governor Malcolm Chiverton, the District 9810 Interact Chair Salwan Shahine, The President of the Bentleigh Moorabbin Central Peter O’Brien and the club member that co-ordinated the interface between the Rotary Club and McKinnon Secondary College Chair Youth & Vocation Peter Guttmann.
The challenge to Rotary has always been that the setting up of Interact has involved many hours and days of providing support to schools, however, in this case the initial process began with the enrolment of 120 students. This has grown to a stagging 190 students that have set up the Interact structure which includes office bearers President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Directors (Local, National and International).
Interact Challenge David Button 2017-11-08 13:00:00Z 0
Wet a line in Orbost 19th-22nd April 2018 2017-11-02 13:00:00Z 0
Traralgon for Golf! 2017-11-02 13:00:00Z 0
The greatest fishing adventure in this District is on again with the Rotary Club of Orbost announcing that its 29th annual fishing weekend will be held on 20 -22 April, 2018 at Corringle Foreshore Reserve (“The Slips”), on the Snowy River near Marlo.
Get ready to go fishing! 2017-11-01 13:00:00Z 0
There is now a suite of online membership courses available in Rotary’s Learning Center to assist clubs in strengthening their membership.
The following membership topics:
  • Is Your Club Healthy?
  • Online Membership Leads
  • Building a Diverse Club
  • Practicing Flexibility and Innovation
  • Kick-start Your New Member Orientation
  • Best Practices for Engaging Members
Online Membership Courses Available David Button 2017-10-21 13:00:00Z 0

Words: David Goldsmith, Rotary Club of Ballarat West and Gus Dominguez, Rotary Club of Berwick

An evaluation team comprised by PP Dr. David Goldsmith (RC Ballarat West), PP Gus Dominguez (RC Berwick) and Dr Felipe de Lemos (Vanuatu)  travelled to Honiara, to evaluate a proposal to build and equip a new dental clinic for the Solomon Islands National Referral Hospital (NRH). The building to be converted is pictured, right.

The team received an enthusiastic audience from Hospital staff, dental professionals and Rotary in Honiara, where we met and had discussions with:

Rotary work in Solomon Islands Peter S 2017-10-21 13:00:00Z 0
The concept of a “Satellite Club” was developed to provide an alternative approach to establish Rotary Clubs.  The concept gives Clubs the opportunity to start up a small group with the ultimate intention of forming a new club in due course. It is also a means of involving prospective members in Rotary activities before any new club is chartered. A Satellite Club is anticipated to have a minimum of 8 members on inception.
Why establish a Satellite Club?
Alternative meeting times, for example, young parents don’t want to be away for one evening every week (should not be the same day/time as the sponsoring club).  Alternative demographics, e.g. target younger members, shift workers or establish a club within a business.  Alternative meeting model, e.g. Weekends, No Charge meetings, e-club or a coffee club.
What are the advantages?
  1. The members are officially Rotarians (same rights, same fees) and can immediately take advantage of the benefits of membership such as visiting other clubs and joining Rotary Fellowships.
  1. The process of establishing a Satellite club is much less complicated.  Approval process is quick and streamlined.
  1. If primary purpose is demographics, such as attracting young members into an ‘old’ club, they are amongst their own kind, yet the sponsoring club members can freely interact (and vice-versa) and certainly are encouraged to mentor them.
What is a Satellite Club? 2017-10-21 13:00:00Z 0

The District 9820 Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) will return to the Phillip Island Adventure Resort in 2018 on the weekend of Friday, Saturday and Sunday 18-20 May.

MUNA heads back to the `Island' Peter S 2017-10-21 13:00:00Z 0

District 9820 now has its first dual Rotary-Rotaract members, after Peninsula Rotaract Club members Amy and Rachel were inducted into the Rotary Club of Casey. 
The Rotaract clubs in the district have strong membership and are eager to work with Rotary clubs. 


Get involved with Rotoract 2017-10-21 13:00:00Z 0
From Trudy Poole, RC Frankston Peninsula 2.0 

One of the guest speakers at the District Conference in March was Rhett Butler from the Sky Juice Foundation. After he spoke Peter Sidrey suggested each club from District 9820 donate $200 to sponsor two hydrants to third world countries. I spoke to the Disaster Aid team at Conference asking if it was possible to apply for one for a RAWCS Project that our club Pen 2.0 supports in Cambodia, The Green Gecko Project.  


Hydrant for Green Gecko project 2017-10-21 13:00:00Z 0
Disaster Aid would like to thank the Rotary Clubs of District 9820 who donated $200 per club after a suggestion was spontaneously made and as a result of Rhett Butler’s presentation at the D9820 conference in Hobart April this year. 

To date we have received $3,200 although not enough to purchase a fully installed hydrant, Disaster Aid will add the balance of $1,800 to cover the cost of a complete system.  Once the hydrant has been installed we look to report back to the 9820 District with photos and information of the finished project.

--Jan Burney, administration
Conference help for Disaster Aid Australia Peter S 2017-10-21 13:00:00Z 0

Have a great night out and support Rotary's ongoing fight against Polio at the same time.

The  Rotary Club of Sale has booked Sale Cinema on Thursday 9 November for the launch of  new film `Murder on the Orient Express'  with monies raised  supporting PolioPlus, Rotary's project to eradicate polio from the world.

Climb aboard the Orient Express Peter S 2017-10-20 13:00:00Z 0

Rob Marks has celebrated 50 years service to Rotary.

Rob joined Rotary in 1967 and has been a member of five clubs, Bayswater, Chelsea (President 1973/74) Carrum (Charter President 1978/80) Burnside SA (President 1989/90).

Rob had a career in banking and held a number of managerial posts before retiring as State Manager, Branch Support (SA & NT Division) with the Westpac Bank in 1991.

In March 1992, Rob joined the Mt Martha Club and has served a number of years on the club board as Secretary, Foundation Director and Vice President. He has served in multiple roles within the club service areas, notably as the Rotary Foundation Centurion program chair.


Rob Marks celebrates 50 years Peter S 2017-10-20 13:00:00Z 0
Celebrate World Polio Day, October 24 Peter S 2017-09-17 14:00:00Z 0

Tim Acton, a member of the Rotary Club of Mount Eliza, and Laya Jewel have started an hour-long weekly program on Peninsula Radio RPP FM98.7 every Tuesday morning publicising community events and activities happening on the Peninsula.

Tim hopes community events and activities will be broadcast within three weeks of them happening. This is a great opportunity for Rotary clubs to get their message out.

Airwaves opportunity for Peninsula clubs Peter S 2017-09-17 14:00:00Z 0


Rotarians doing what Rotarians do best, working hard on a project. Frankston Sunrise members Shane, Ross, Greg and Ron attend to finish of the lining and sealing of the food shed from Community Support Frankston recently. Well done guys.


Final work for new shed 2017-09-14 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Traralgon Central members got the message loud and clear when Jude Ripper, wife of DG Don, asked the club to take part in her project for the Rotary year, planting trees.


Getting down and dirty 2017-09-14 14:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day is 24 October, so now is the time to start planning events in your community.

Use the resources available on to get started. You’ll find everything you need to plan and promote your event, including outreach guides, sample press releases, and social media messages and graphics.

Start planning your World Polio Day event 2017-09-11 14:00:00Z 0
Mike McFarlane, past president of  The Rotary Club of Kew and an Assistant Governor will be the guest speaker at a special partners' night being organised by the Rotary Club of Yarram.
Partner's night 2017-09-11 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Learning Awareness (better known as RYLA) is looking to kick start its campaign.

RYLA 9820 is a three day residential program supporting and developing young leaders between the ages of 18 and 27.

RYLA recognises, encourages and educates current and future leaders through this intensive leadership training experience.
Time for RYLA Peter S 2017-08-23 14:00:00Z 0

It has been another busy month for Jude and myself as we approach the midway point of the Governor  term. Christmas is fast approaching and after that only seven weeks to District conference.

I would ask all those many Rotarians who have advised that they will be attending to register as soon as possible, easily done via the district website or click on


First Christmas then our conference Peter S 2017-08-22 14:00:00Z 0

The Operation Flinders program has been operating for more than two years as a partnership between five clubs in the Latrobe Valley and energy provider Engie, perhaps better known as the owner of the Hazelwood electricity generation plant and associated coal mine.

The clubs involved are Traralgon, Hazelwood, Moe, Traralgon Central and Morwell. Their fundraising helps send two groups of young people facing problems to the Flinders Ranges each year for an outdoor adventure camp designed to set them challenges and help them learn the benefits of working together.

Operation Flinders Peter S 2017-08-22 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards David Button 2017-07-13 14:00:00Z 0 #RYLA
$30,000 for Community Projects David Button 2017-07-13 14:00:00Z 0 #LakesEntrance

Ian H.S. Riseley - Rotary International President-elect 2016-17Ian H.S. Riseley

President 2017-18

RI President Riseley is asking Rotary members to work together to advance the tradition of Rotary: Making a Difference in 2017-18.

He is challenging all 1.2 million Rotarians to simply plant a tree before Earth Day on 22 April 2018. For ideas and tree-planting advice, see the Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group or download their "1.2 million tree planting" brochure. You can share your stories online using #pledgetoplant or in Rotary Showcase in the environment category.

RI President Riseley is getting his hands dirty to make his goal a reality but he cannot do it alone.

The Rotary Club of Hazelwood has already been hard at it: Check out the photos on Facebook Click HERE

Let the District know about your tree planting project by using or contacting the District Webmaster David at

A message from the President David Button 2017-07-10 14:00:00Z 0
Today we had a change of the top job. DG Lynne became a Past District Governor Lynne while DGE Don became THE District Governor Don.
I am not sure who was happier! What I am sure about though, is it is going to be a fantastic year ahead with focuses on member growth and retention, improving the environment and continuing to build on community involvement.
There will be a better-rounded report in the near future to set the scene for the coming year once the dust has settled. Stay Tuned!
Welcome District Governor Don Ripper! David Button 2017-07-08 14:00:00Z 1
Article by RC PDG John Prendergast from Rotary on the Move
RC PDG Tim Moore and I, and our team of Assistant Rotary Coordinators (ARCs), are available and keen to support Districts across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands with their efforts to support and strengthen their Clubs, and strengthen membership. The roles of Rotary Coordinator (RC) and ARC are perhaps not as well understood as we would like, and as a consequence they run the risk of being a somewhat underutilised resource – so this Rotary year we will be focusing on making sure that District leaders know and understand the purpose of the RCs and ARCs, and we will also be focusing on making sure that we actually provide value to District leaders. Rotary International provides us with a fairly modest budget, but sufficient that we are available, and funded, to participate in District events such as PETS and Assemblies. The RCs and ARCs are all Past District Governors who - perhaps contrary to popular belief about PDGs! - don’t know everything, but do have a strong bank of experience that means we can provide practical and useful support to District leaders. So please don’t hesitate to call on us during the coming year.
RCs AND ARCs PROVIDE VALUE David Button 2017-06-29 14:00:00Z 0 #Membership

At District Assembly today, PP Trevor Westland husband of DG Lynne Westland gave the District an update of his project Wheel Chairs for kids. Trevor announced that his project had raised $40,000 over the year which is a magnificent result.  

There is more to this story though! Each wheel chair makes a life altering change to not only the recipient but also the family. Many of these children need to be carried by someone, so these wheel chairs make a great impact to the lives of many.

Trevor has asked that each Rotary Club in the District consider contributing to this program each year. $250.00 per wheel chair is not that much to change a life and the people around them. 

About the photo: Rotary Club of Bunyip Garfield together with the Bunyip and Garfield Primary Schools were very proud to present the Wheelchairs for Kids organisation with a cheque for $800. A large proportion of this money was raised by the schools. Children were encouraged to ride, skate or scoot to school and make a gold coin donation to the group. The club decided to also contribute a portion enabling Wheelchairs for Kids to supply 4 wheelchairs for children in developing countries across the world.
Thank you to the schools for allowing Rotary to be part of the fundraiser and for bringing the school captains along to the Rotary Club of Casey meeting.  That is one fantastic effort right there but there are sure to be more examples of the community supporting the work of Rotary!


Wheel Chairs for Kids David Button 2017-05-20 14:00:00Z 0 #WheelChairsForKids
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