Extracted from the  Rotary100DownUnder web site and Facebook postings.
 
 
Save the date Friday 10th July 2020!
 
We invite you to join Rotarians across Australia on 10th July for virtual fellowship, as well as meet our R100 Centenary Ambassadors, the Governor General and Mrs Hurley, as they launch our national centenary campaign. By joining us, you will witness the “Passing the Baton” ceremony. The baton that will carry the symbols of our centenary and will travel far and wide across Rotary clubs and Districts.
 
CELEBRATE OUR HISTORY, EMBRACE OUR FUTURE.
 
Our R100 ribbons represent the Rotary road we travel, our runners tell the story of diversity and inclusion, our baton is filled with the energy of Rotarians around our countries lighting up our communities with service above self.
 
Mark Daniel Maloney
Rotary International President 2019-2020
Linda Humphries -
wife of 2020-2021 DG Mark Humpries
 
The R100 Baton Relay is an event across Australia & New Zealand to celebrate 100 years of Rotary working in our communities. R100 Baton Relay will run throughout Australia, State by State, District by District, Club by Club.

Our vision is to have every club to participate and involve their communities, to bring local colour and culture, to own their celebration of 100 years of Rotary service with the R100 Baton Imagine Rotarians, local personalities, Councillors, community leaders, community groups, and everyday people around Australia & New Zealand carrying the baton of service, and passing it forward
 
ARE YOU READY TO RUN WITH THE R100 BATON?
 
One of our main causes here at Rotary is Feeding Children, an issue that touches many lives. We spend a significant portion of our resources on tackling this problem. See how you can help by reading more or contacting one of our representatives.
 
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
 
Energise your club to create a a celebration of 100 years of Rotary service by planning an event Dinner, Fund Raiser, Walk through town, or maybe a Fun Run.
 
Involve your community in your planning, invite members of the public to be part of the committee, engage community groups and businesses to partner with you.
 
Be proud, be bold, be involved, get your local media involved.  Be a true Rotarian and pass the baton of service forward
 
Article submitted by DG Adrian Froggatt
 
We have all been extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Sir Clem Renouf.  He was a hero to so many of us.
 
In 1978/79, after a distinguished career in both business and Rotary, Clem Renouf became the second Australian President of Rotary International.
 
While he described himself as an “ordinary man”, the impact he had on our world was quite extraordinary. One thing for which he will be longest remembered is the pivotal role he played in initiating Rotary’s fight against polio.
Source: Rotary Club of Berwick 'Spoke n Words' 17/08/20
 
Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Berwick and the Rotary Club of Emerald who are the proud sponsors of the St. Margaret’s and Berwick Grammar Interact Club.
 
Unfortunately, Rotary rules prevented Emerald from being included “officially” as a co-sponsor as they are from another District (9810). Promotional items are expected to have the wording: “Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Berwick, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Emerald”, however, the Charter shows the Rotary Club of Berwick as the sponsoring Club.
 
 
Extract from a FaceBook post
 
On 9 June 2020, the Rotary Club of Bairnsdale club had it's hybrid changeover, a mixture of members present at their venue, the Bairnsdale Club, combined with Zoom attendees and videos from other non-attending members. Those present enjoyed the more intimate atmosphere in the actual room, but the Zoom attendees got a good coverage of the event.
 
Although there were a few hiccups before and during the meeting, it did not detract from the enjoyment of the occasion. New President Martin did a fantastic job of using several different devices, including WiFi on his phone, with Gillian operating and controlling (to a certain extent) from Queensland.
 
 
The club gave an enthusiastic welcome to new President Martin van Elst, who promised to lead the club forward during 2020-2021 encouraging a more youthful look and to continue on with the Club's many community projects. He introduced his board, who are all geared up to get the new year started.
 
Martin is the son of PP Gillian and this is the first time in the nearly 82 years of our club that a member has become President while a parent, who has also been a President of the club, is still an active member. We were trying to see if he was the youngest, but its a bit hard to get back 82 years.  However, here is a good chance that he is.
 
Gillian gave a short speech saying how proud she was of Martin taking up this very important role. The whole club is looking forward to what the following 12-months have in store.
 
Source: Membership Minute June 2020
 
Whether it’s a club meeting, awards ceremony, or new member induction, you can still connect with and recognize your members even when meeting in person isn’t possible. 

Watch our recent webinar, Connect With the (Online) Rotary World, and learn how to set up online meetings, use social media to engage with members, and maintain fun traditions virtually. We asked for questions before the session and compiled a list of the ones asked most often, along with resources. You can download the FAQ from the Learning Centre. (Signing into My Rotary is required.) Or search for the webinar title. 

If you’re planning a virtual induction ceremony, have the new member induction video from RI President Mark Daniel Maloney ready to show. Look at the Meeting Online topic in the Learning Centre for more ideas on how to connect virtually.
 
Contributed by DG Adrian Froggatt
 
If you enjoyed the Webinar (https://youtu.be/h-Voa94zLDA), or even missed it, “Black Snake – The Real Story of Ned Kelly” is a great read and provides a thoroughly researched and balanced account of the lives of two Australians of Irish descent, Michael Kennedy and Ned Kelly and the path leading to their fatal convergence.
 
Author Leo Kennedy is the great-grandson of Sergeant Michael Kennedy, one of the three police officers killed at Stringybark Creek by the Kelly Gang. Leo was to be one of our keynote speakers at this year’s District Conference.
 
Anyone wishing to purchase the book can do so at one of these links:
 
For Australia and New Zealand - Order from Booktopia
 
For International buyers – Order from Book Depository
 
For eBooks – Order from Amazon
 
Submitted by DG Adrian Froggatt
 
After close to 15 years of effort Darryl Chambers of the Somerville-Tyabb club has just completed a record of exchange students by District clubs. This has been a major research project by Darryl that I am sure will fill in gaps in the records of many clubs, as it has for our District archives.
 
We have accepted Darryl’s kind offer to share this with our clubs, so Secretary Jane Moore will circulate to club Presidents, Presidents Elect and secretaries.
 
A big 'thank you' Darryl.
 
Article submitted by DG Adrian Froggatt
 
Attention clubs and individual Rotarians
 
It has become clear during the COVID-19 pandemic that looking after our health – particularly our mental health – is more important than ever.
 
With social distancing rules in place, many of our supporters across Australia who would normally raise thousands of dollars towards mental health research, have been forced to postpone and cancel their fundraising events.
 
We can see that this virus is affecting our mental health tremendously. Therefore, continuing to support mental health research to learn how to best support our communities when unexpected events like these occur, is crucial.
 
We ask that you please consider donating to mental health research today to help Australian Rotary Health #Liftthelidonmentalillness in these uncertain times and ultimately improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians.
 
We have set a target to raise $200,000. Any dollars towards this will be greatly appreciated.
 
 
Appeal  closes 30 June 2020
 

 
Source: RISPPO Regional Bulletin June 2020
 
Registration for the 2021 Rotary International Convention in Taipei opens on 20 June 2020.
 
Hear from renowned speakers including philanthropists, world leaders, celebrities, and local heroes during memorable sessions. Learn about issues that affect communities globally and be motivated by the work being done to improve lives.
 
To register online you will need an active My Rotary account. Here is a handy guide on how to register.
 
Contributed by DG Adrian Froggatt
 
Find a Rotary Fellowship that is right for you
 
Want to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience? Join a Rotary Fellowship! Rotary Fellowships are international groups of Rotary members, their family members, program participants, alumni, and even non-members who share a common passion.

From bowlers to jazz fans, scuba divers to history enthusiasts, photographers to lawyers, there’s a Rotary Fellowship for everyone. Currently, about 91 fellowships unite members in fun and friendship.

This month, we are celebrating Rotary Fellowships Month. If you’re not already part of a fellowship, it’s a great time to learn why you should join one. Look at a complete list of fellowships and watch a video highlighting just a few of them.

You can also find inspirational stories from various fellowships on the Rotary Service in Action blog. Subscribe to the blog to follow along. And read the Rotary Fellowships Annual Report to learn even more about these groups.