What's on in the District
District Insurance Made Easy
Hastings Club
Sep 12, 2016
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
School Term 3 ends
Sep 16, 2016
The Rotary Club Foster's 50th Birthday Celebration
Foster War Memorial & Arts Centre
Sep 19, 2016 6:00 PM
Romac Dinner night
The Sands Hotel
Sep 27, 2016 6:30 PM
Public Holiday - Grand Final
Sep 30, 2016
School Term 4 begins
Oct 03, 2016
Yarram Rotary Club Fun Golf Day
Oct 09, 2016
10:00 AM – 4:55 PM
Youth Exchange Programme Camp
Oct 14, 2016 – Oct 16, 2016
Oct 21, 2016 – Oct 23, 2016
Youth Exchange Programme Committee Meeting
Oct 22, 2016
Rotary Foundation Meeting (Go To Meeting)
Oct 23, 2016
Go to Meeting. Expanding Membership
Oct 25, 2016
7:00 PM – 7:40 PM
Go to Meeting. Expanding Membership
Oct 27, 2016
7:00 PM – 7:40 PM
Public Holiday - Cup Day
Nov 01, 2016

Lynnes Undertakings 

Club visits are well underway and I continue to be amazed by the inspiring commitment Rotarians have to the special projects in their clubs.  I am so proud to be a member of this amazing world-wide organisation and was delighted to be recently told by a Rotarian that ‘the District has a real ‘buzz’ about it’.
Members are excited about what their clubs are doing.  On the 20th August, my own club, RC Casey held its second ‘Presentation Ball for People of All Abilities’, and what a night it was!  Thirty nine people with varying disabilities had been practicing at their weekly dance classes and they became the ‘stars’ for a night. It was an amazing night and seeing the smiling faces of the beautiful participants and their families made all the hard work worthwhile.
I recently attended the Rotary Youth Exchange Camp where new inbound students were welcomed to Australia and our potential outbound students began preparation for a year abroad.  We all know that children are our future, and after meeting the students in the Youth Exchange Program, I have no doubt that our future is in excellent hands. 
On 26th August, Trevor and I had the pleasure of attending the RC Koo Wee Rup-Lang Lang’s Debutante Ball.  Over 200 people attended to watch twenty two young people being presented.  Members of the Rotary Club of Koo Wee Rup-Lang Lang worked extremely hard to ensure the success of an amazing night, enjoyed by everyone who attended.
On the 27th August, Trevor, District Secretary David, Jan and I went along to the RC Leongatha’s Art Show and it was fantastic.  Many people, locals and visitors, passed through the doors and the show was a resounding success.  After spending time looking at all the wonderful art work, we enjoyed having lunch with President Don and Cheryl, along with other members of RC Leongatha at the RSL.  It was a great day which we all enjoyed very much indeed.
As I write this, I am in Sydney where a few of our Rotarians are attending The Future Leaders Program and I am preparing of a week of training, sharing and learning more about the wonderful world of Rotary.
Enjoy the month of September, celebrating Education and Literacy.
Yours in Rotary,
The District Governor of Rotary, Lynne Westland, who is a member of the Casey Rotary Club, recently made an official visit to the Drouin Club. She was accompanied by her husband Trevor, also a Rotarian, and the Assistant Governor, Carol Crewe, a member of the Hazelwood Club. The chairman of the meeting was Drouin’s President Sharryn Marshall.  The Rotary District covers 50 Clubs in the area from the Mornington Peninsula to East Gippsland, and includes a new e-club – the Rotary Club of Latitude 38 – which “meets” by internet and email.
Mrs. Westland joined the Berwick Club in 1999, and was instrumental in establishing the Casey Club in 2012.  She has held many offices at club level, and has occupied several committee positions in the Rotary district, and now is District Governor for 2016/17.  She led a Group Study Exchange tem to Denmark in 2005.  In professional life, she is a funeral director, and serves as a Justice of the Peace and a Bail Justice.
Mrs. Westland was the guest speaker at the dinner and outlined to members and their guests several of the current initiatives of Rotary International worldwide.  She spoke of Rotary’s slogan for the year – “Rotary Serving Humanity”, and said that there was a great opportunity to improve the lives of a large number of people in need.  As an example of Rotary’s humanitarian programs, she instanced the “eradicate polio” project which had commenced in the 1980s when very large numbers of children each day were being diagnosed with polio. This project is an initiative of the Rotary Foundation – Rotary’s charitable arm.  Mrs. Westland said that, as a result of this program, the incidence of polio in developing countries had fallen dramatically – to a mere 17 known cases last year.  It is hoped that this scourge might be brought to an end worldwide this year – the centenary year of the Rotary Foundation.
Having met with club officers prior to the meeting, she complimented the Drouin Club on the breadth of its community projects, including the motorfest, swap meet, monthly markets, and others, and remarked that the Club seemed to have a “get on with it” attitude.
Mr. Trevor Westland spoke of his “District Governor’s partner’s project”, which is to further the “Wheelchairs For Kids” program – under which about 3,000 wheelchairs each year (costing $200 each) are distributed mainly in the Asia and Pacific regions, and recently extended to West Africa.
(l to r) Club President Sharryn Marshall, District Governor Lynne Westland, Trevor Westland and  Assistant Governor Carol Crewe, during the official visit to the Drouin Rotary Club.
The recent Council on Legislation adopted some innovative measures that allow clubs to vary their meeting times and expand their pool of prospective members. Clubs have more flexibility now to respond to the needs of their members and to clear away as many barriers to membership as they can.  But there’s one barrier to membership that only you can remove, one thing that every prospective member needs to become a Rotarian: an invitation to join a Rotary club. 
Whenever I tell a group of Rotarians that we need more willing hands, more caring hearts, and more bright minds to move our work forward, everyone applauds. But those hands, hearts, and minds won’t magically appear in our clubs. We have to ask them to join. And an invitation to Rotary is something that only you can give. An invitation is a gift. It’s saying to someone, “I think you have the skills, the talent, and the character to make our community better, and I want you to join me in doing that.” 
How Rotary’s new Membership Categories can help your Club expand its membership?
A Go To Meeting – online – presented by PDG Tim Moore on how the recent changes on Council of Legislation frees up Clubs to attract more members – Family, Corporate, Associate plus including Satellite Club membership opportunities.
Dates:  Tuesday 25th October  7pm  and      Thursday 27th October  7pm
(Same presentation – 20 minute presentation, 15 minutes for questions)
You will need a computer with access to the internet, microphone and speakers – camera useful but not essential.   The login details and instructions for the meeting will be sent on your registration.
Registrations can be made on the District Website
Under Upcoming Events – click on the link!
Any problems or enquiries please email
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.
In 2013 Gordon was award a Paul Harris Sapphire pin for his continuing service to the community.
Gordon is the longest serving Rotarian in the district and was given the pleasure of ‘cutting the cake’ for the 100 years of Rotary celebrations in Bairnsdale in 2005. Gordon has seen over 54 International Youth Exchange students outgoing and incoming to and from Orbost.
Gordon has many wonderful memories of the Rotary Clubs family picnics, excursions and cricket matches as well as district conferences.
Gordon is indebted to his wife Nina for her patience and blessing.
Rotary Club of Pinjarra Bushfire Appeal
The Beginning                                                                                                                                      
Our Board met within days of the fires beginning, and made the decision to establish a fund to provide essential support, with the aim of providing this immediately rather than having to wait for bureaucratic processes before anything could be done. The Rotary Club of Pinjarra is proud to have started the fund with the commitment of $20 000.
Our guiding principles for the fund are:
  • To ensure that all donations received are spent in accordance with the stated intent.
  • To ensure that all funds donated are delivered in full to the stated objectives.
  • To ensure that funds are distributed at the earliest practical time.
  • To ensure, where possible, that funds are not allocated to duplicate other charitable endeavours.
The Club Board has managed the appeal, with input from experienced others and two external trustees.  All donations have been, and are still being used for the people in need - we are not using any of the funds for any other purpose
We chose to have a two pronged focus based on the knowledge and advice received: Trauma Counselling and Animal Welfare.
The month of September is the Basic Education and Literacy month for TRF.  There are more than 750 million adults functionally illiterate globally. The TRF awarded $8.3 million dollars supporting 146 global grants for basic education and literacy in 2015/2016. The focus of these projects vary from literacy and mentoring in communities of special needs to the supply of technologies such as computers along with other educational supplies (see detailed article Rotary Down Under, September p.6).
As a special area of focus for TRF the granting of funds are described in the Area of Focus Statement of Purpose:
This above statement provides a detailed description of what TRF require to be satisfied before an award can be made: Eligibility, elements of successful project teams, team success factors, and demonstrable scholarship.
TRF provide considerable opportunities to fight against illiteracy and innumeracy in the communities we serve in District 9820. Please be encouraged to seek out areas of need and prepare a grant submission to TRF for funding.    
Celebration of the Centennial - District 9820 Gala Dinner: 26th November, 2016. Family days organised around 9820 Clusters or individual Clubs for February, 2017 dates – closest to Paul Harris’ birthday to be announced locally and on District 9820 newsletter.