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Froggie's July Message
At the International Assembly last January, while listening to (now) Rotary International President (RIP), Mark Maloney, I experienced a moment of sudden revelation.
 
Mark told us that last year we set a Rotary record that we didn’t want to set for the number of people who left our organisation.
 
From this epiphany was born my “Breaking the Chains” theme for District 9820.
 
As RIP Mark added: “We already know what the barriers are to an engaged and diverse membership. It is time to act on what we know.”  “Member engagement that is not what it should be; and [we have] a member demographic that skews steadily older”, RIP Mark continued.
 
We all knew this, but have not responded with the enthusiasm and appetite for change that our “Baby Boomer” generation earned such a great reputation for.
 
It’s not too late! Let’s lead change again, let’s regain our mojo and focus to get our clubs truly ready for the next generation of Rotarians. We can be groovy again!
 
"Breaking the Chains" is a shortening of “breaking the chains of the prison of the mind”, as it is in our minds where the true obstacles to progress and adaptability reside. We need to recognise and acknowledge institutional and personal fears; anxiety around change; and recognise group think.
 
Every club should aspire to be in a stronger position at the end of June 2020 than they were on 1st July 2019. It’s not for the President alone to drive, it’s not for the Board to drive, it’s for the whole club to engage and embrace new strategies for the future.
 
We are "walking the talk" in District this year too. Big changes have and are happening in District to better support clubs and great care has been taken in the selection of speakers and programme for the District Conference on 20th-22nd March 2020.
 
Membership Chair, David Hanlon. has a tremendous amount of resources and tools available to help you. Visioning Chair, Phil Dressing, and his team are well trained in facilitation to help you put together your club’s vision for the future. Public Image Chair, Linda Reeve’s team has gone from 1 member to 8 members contributing this year, all dedicated to assisting your club.  
 
Some major upgrades are also happening in the Youth programmes, championed by Youth Co-Chairs, John Reeve and Rob Cook.  
 
There will be heavy use made this year of the new Webinar capability that we have added to our IT tools; as our vision is to make all training as accessible as possible, for all District 9820 Rotarians. 
 
Coming up are the “Breaking the Chains District Governor’s Tour” Cluster events. All Rotarians are encouraged to attend their cluster’s event, as the messages I bring from Rotary International and from District 9820 are for everyone, and I believe they are very inspirational and positive. Wendy will also talk on her Partner Programme “Polio – the End Game”.
 
It is time to act on what we know!
ISSUE 1    July 2019
  

IMPORTANT DATES
 
 
August is Membership and New Club Development Month, a time to focus on Rotary's continuing need for growth, to seek new members and form new clubs.
 
2nd August at 7:00pm
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
Gala Night
(Release of new look RYLA)
Settlers Run Golf Course
1 Settlers Run, Botanic Ridge
 
4th August (Time: TBC)
District Governor Presentation 
East Gippsland Cluster
Albert & Co
201 Esplanade, Lakes Entrance
 
4th August at 7:30pm
Public image Webinar (Zoom)
Topic: Public Image 9820 Q & A
 
9th August (Time: TBC)
District Governor Presentation
Central Gippsland Cluster
Duart Homestead
20 McLean St, Maffra
 
14th August at 7:30pm
District Governor Presentation
West Gippsland Cluster
Moe RSL Club
(Dinner served from 6:00pm)
 
17th August
District Leadership Meeting:10:00am
District Finance Meeting: 1:00pm
District Board Meeting: 1:30pm
Centenary House, Traralgon
 
18th August
Southern Region RAWCS
AGM and Information Day
Ciloms Airport Hotel
398 Melrose Drive, Tullamarine
9:00am for 9:30 am start
 
18th August at 11:00am
Youth Protection Webinar
 
25th August (TBC)
District Governor Presentation
Peninsula Cluster
Mornington Hotel
334 Main Street, Mornington
 
29th August
District Governor presentation
Nepean Cluster
Frankston International Motel
383 Nepean Highway, Frankston
Polio - "The End Game Strategy"
A short version of Wendy Froggatt's introduction speech from this year’s District 9820 Changeover.
 
Choosing a partner project is no easy task. Eventually I decided to choose Polio “The End Game Strategy”.  It is a Rotary project and something I feel passionate about.
 
What influenced me were the speakers at the Rotary International Assembly, where I became inspired to become involved. I am also from a generation who have seen the devastating effects of polio.
 
“The End Polio Initiative” is now in its final stages, where it is known as “The End Game Strategy” 2013 -2023 by Rotary and its' Global partners. “The End Game Strategic Plan” provides a concrete timeline for the completion of Global Polio Eradication. Currently only two countries along the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan are reporting cases of polio. Nigeria is very close to being declared Polio free.
 
It might seem unusual for me to choose “The End Polio Initiative” when so much is being done, has been done and many clubs already give to Polio Plus. My partner project isn’t to be confused with what clubs are already doing. This is additional, “The complete eradication of polio”.
 
“The Polio End Game” is the final push to secure a world free of all polio viruses.

Action on the post eradication era is in progress, funds are needed now more than ever. My question is “What extra can your club do to help eradicate polio by joining Polio “The End Game”?
 
World Polio Day is on 24th October, so why not hold a Polio – “End Game” activity in the month of October, to raise funds for this “Final Push”.
 
See District Website www.district9820.org for fund raising ideas.
 
Welcome to our New Partner "Gumbuya World"
At the District Changeover, while we were all enjoying the beautiful new Gumbuya World function Centre venue, DG Adrian along with CEO Ron Weinzierl announced a substantial new commercial sponsorship of District 9820 by Gumbuya World.
 
Now our Principal Sponsor for the 2019-20 Conference Gumbuya World is one of the most significant recent business initiatives in our District. Their real family focus, their 4 Worlds including Oasis Springs, Oz Adventure, Outback Explorers and Wildlife Trail offer a smorgasbord of fun and adventure for the young and young at heart. 

In the words of Gumbuya World CEO Ron Weinzierl, "We are very excited to announce our partnership with Rotary District 9820, which services the areas of Gippsland and the Mornington Peninsula.  Our focus is on assisting Rotary to connect with its current and future members and drive growth and community engagement through various family fun events in the next 12 months.   We see Rotary as a very worthy organisation and align with our core values and vision for the future, Gumbuya a place for everyone!"

Consistent with RI President Mark Maloney’s desire to see Rotary become more family inclusive, DG Adrian tells us there are two massive family fun days planned at Gumbuya World; the first in October and the second in April, where we will be looking for a huge turnout of Rotarians, their children, grandchildren, neighbours, friends and supporters.
 
Full information will be included in the next issue of Froggie's Chain Mail.
 
STOP PRESS: The 1st Rotary Family Fun Day at Gumbuya World will be held on Sunday 20th October.
 
2020 District 9820 Conference
District Governor Adrian Froggatt and Wendy, together with the members of the Rotary Club of Berwick invite you to the ‘Breaking the Chains’ conference in March 20th-22nd 2020, in Bendigo.
 
A full program is already planned with an affordable and value packed conference that will inspire and motivate Rotarians, partners, Rotaractors and visitors alike.
 
Accommodation bookings are now open
Free call 1800 813 153
Registrations will be opening soon! 
 
Bendigo Tourism are the Local Accommodation and Tour Experts: Quote your special booking code: D9820 to receive your complimentary Welcome Pack.
 
Bendigo spoils visitors with accommodation options. There are many and varied styles of accommodation in the region in excess of 2,800 beds with a capacity beyond 4,000 people.
 
Bendigo offers something to suit all styles, needs and budgets. Quality motels, serviced apartments, caravan parks, self-contained cottages and bed and breakfasts make for a comfortable and enjoyable stay.
 
Inter-School Activity Challenge
The Rotary Club of Somerville Tyabb initiated the Inter School Activity Challenge (ISAC) in 2018 for Primary Schools in the area, who compete for a
Perpetual Shield, as well as prize money for the top 3 entries.

It involves teams of 4 students building a structure with simple materials and then the structure is subjected to a stress test to determine the winners. Each year the type of structure changes and this year the task was to ‘Build a Bridge’, similar to a previous Rotary International theme.
 
 
In June this year, 64 students from 9 primary schools in the area, Balnarring, Bittern, Crib Point, Flinders Christian College, Hastings, St. Joseph’s—Crib Point, St. Mary’s—Hastings, Somerville and Tyabb Railway, took part in the competition, which was held at and sponsored by Bluescope Steel, Westernport, Hastings plant. The club is indebted to all at Bluescope and Plant Manager - Michael Hussey for their support in this and other Rotary projects.
 
The task was to build a weight bearing bridge spanning 720mm using only a pack of playing cards, icy pole sticks, twine, thumbtacks and sticky tape, on a prepared base.  The time limit for construction was 1 hour.
 
Each team had to submit a plan beforehand. When completed their bridges were evaluated on their ability to sustain increasingly heavier loads, in the form of tins of tuna.  Economy of construction was used as tie-breaker in the event of a draw and there was a special prize for the most economical use of materials.
A sample plan for the construction.
 
Teams of 4 ready to start!
 
It's a hive of activity.
1st place to "The Bridge Bosses".
 
The winners were "The Bridge Bosses" from Balnarring Primary School, whose bridge supported an incredible 7.5 kg.  In second place was the "Navy" team from Bittern Primary School, whose bridge managed a 4.5 kg load.

 
Cr. Kate Roper with everybody involved and displaying the winning entry and Perpetual Shield.  
Participants in all the competing teams were presented with a Certificate in recognition of their efforts.
 
International Service
Article submitted by Colin Byron - District International Chair (DISC)
 
What is a District Resource Network (DRN)?
 
Rotary International is calling on all Districts to enhance Rotary’s impact in the community through all six areas of focus by establishing a District Resource Network.
 
While District 9820 has had an informal Resource Network for many years, we need to strengthen our DRN to encourage more Club’s to participate in humanitarian service. Our DRN will comprise local experts and resources that clubs can access to improve the quality, impact and sustainability of their projects or global grant proposals. 
 
Once established the D9820 DRN will help clubs obtain advice on:
  • Aligning a project or grant with Rotary’s area of focus
  • Project planning, design and implementation
  • The Global grant process
  • Completing a community assessment
  • Identifying local and international partner clubs and cooperating organisations
  • Securing funding
  • Incorporating measurement and evaluation benchmarks
  • Project publicity
Call to Action for Clubs:
 
 If you have project planning or Area of Focus expertise or if you know someone willing to help the DRN that is not a Rotarian but willing to help and has scientific, technical or professional expertise please contact me directly via email colin.byron23@gmail.com and I will discuss the details of the role.
 
The areas of focus include:
  • General Project Management
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and Community Development
  • Disease Prevention and Treatment
  • Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
  • Water, Sanitation and hygiene
  • Peace and Conflict Prevention / Resolution
 
Wheelchairs for Kids
Is your club aware of this Wheelchairs project of Scarborough Rotary that has been in operation for twenty years and has delivered over 44,500 wheelchairs to families with disabled children in developing countries?
 
The wheelchair trailer pictured carries twenty wheelchairs to a school willing to run a fundraiser for WFK under the sponsorship of your Rotary club.

The trailer is taken to the school by two WFK operatives in Melbourne who supply all that is required to run the event – traffic cones, receipts for donations etc.  Audio visual material. Each student receives a WFK yellow cap to keep.

All your club needs to do is provide three or four members to assist on the day at the school, where by prior arrangement, the children will be sponsored by their families to ride in and push the wheelchairs around a defined course. 

Each lap raises funds for WFK and the outcome depends on size of the school but is usually in the range of $2,000 up to sometimes $10,000 for what is an International project for the club as well as for the school and also involves Youth and Community committees.
 
If you are interested in participating in this worthwhile cause, please contact:
Peter Klaaysen  
D9820 Wheelchairs for Kids Champion  
Ph 0418 126 950 
 
Model United National Assembly (MUNA)
Many of the current MUNA Committee have been together for 9 years with around 700 Gippsland youth going through the program in that time.  
 
2020 will be their 10th year and they have a couple of key people retiring, so they are looking for enthusiastic volunteers.
 
Resignations were sadly accepted from Secretary, Sandy & Norm Butler and from Treasurer, Gill & Keith Payne. For their 9 years of dedication and friendship on the committee, we thank them and wish them well.
 
If you think you can help in MUNA's 10th year, contact Chair, John Caruana, or by email at muna@district9820.org.
Rotaractors or past MUNA - Rotary D9820 participants are welcome to apply. 
 
The 2020 MUNA event will be held from May 20 at 9 am until May 24 at 9 am.
 
Backpack beds
Clara Rue, a District 9820 Youth Exchange student from Germany with the Rotary Club of Narre Warren, joined with District 9810 Youth Exchange students to make an IMPACT by fundraising to give homeless persons a Backpack Bed.
 
The students were firstly encouraged to become more aware of the problem of homelessness and then to use their own initiative to raise funds, so as to provide a Backpack Bed for someone in this situation.
 
With support from their host clubs, host families and others, they individually organised fund-raising events such as a Bush Dance, Billabong Party, Film Night, Sausage Sizzle, Hamper Raffle and other means.
 
Their amazing efforts have raised a total amount of $10,388, which has provided 96 Backpack Beds to give dignity to homeless  persons in the areas of their host clubs.  These have been distributed to various service providers since the start of winter.
 
Clara returned home to Germany on Saturday 6 July after an exciting and rewarding year in Australia.
 
Rotary Club of Traralgon Changeover
Written by AG Don Crewe, Past President.
Wow! there was a large gathering of Rotarians, past Rotarians, Latrobe City dignitaries and guests at the Rotary Club of Traralgon Changeover on 2 July.  Could it have been the largest club gathering?  Unfortunately, DG Adrian Froggatt and DGE Mark Humphries couldn’t be there because of a dates conflict.  However, DG nominate Bill Degnan and his wife were present.
 
Outgoing President Don Crewe, now Assistant Governor for Central Gippsland, was invited by MC Gavan Hodgson to welcome the people, then called Past President Norm Butler to give the toast to Rotary International with a response from PDG Charlie Speirs.  We are fortunate to have PDG Charlie and his wife PDG Janne as members of the club.
 
The guest speaker, Deputy Mayor, Councillor Darren Howe, gave a short and to-the- point speech on ‘Building Community in Latrobe City’, which was of interest to Rotarians and their partners.
 
President Don spoke on his report, not only on the year’s happenings, but also on personal health issues whilst President of the club.  During his year Don had two ‘Health Hiccups’, but is now pronounced healthy, (said Don: ‘Long may it continue’)!
 
PDG Janne Speirs made presentations to individual Rotarians, including a PHF to Margaret McColl, wife of Rotarian Ron McColl for her outstanding community work, and a PHF+1 to Ray Scheffer for his work as a volunteer at Gippsland Rotary Centenary House (GRCH).  Ray planned the gardens, and landscaped them with volunteer help.  GRCH is a place to stay while long-distance patients have cancer.
 
Presidential Dinner
The Rotary International President (RIP), Mark Daniel Maloney, will be in Victoria in September!  To celebrate his visit, Rotary District 9780 (central northern Victoria area) are hosting a Presidential Dinner in Ballarat, to welcome Mark.
 
Rarely does the Australian Rotary family have the opportunity to meet the Rotary International President and hear him first-hand. Please consider this invitation in the context of the fantastic opportunity being afforded to all of us.  It will be a fun, friendly night (if very chilly in Ballarat!). 
 
If you are in a situation where time permits week-night evening parties, think about getting a group together and coming along to show some Aussie support from our district.
 
Please find attached the invitation and a list of accommodation options close to the dinner venue.
When:      Tuesday 24 September 2019
Where:     The Mercure Ballarat
                 613 Main Road, Ballarat
Cost:         $60/person
 
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) 's Gala Dinner

You are all invited to the RYLA Gala Dinner to learn more about what RYLA is, support RYLA in the district and raise funds to go toward the new RYLA scholarship.

This is RYLA 9820's biggest event of the year.  This is your chance to get an insight into what RYLA will look like this Rotary year and hear about the awesome innovations for the new RYLA program.

Date: Friday 2nd August

Time: 7:30-11:30

Cost: $39

Dress code: Cocktail

Ticket link: https://events.humanitix.com.au/ryla-gala-2019

Venue: Settler’s Run Golf Course, Botanic Ridge

Finger food will be provided with drinks at bar prices.
 
Victorian Multi-District Rotary Foundation Dinner
The Victorian Multi-District Rotary Foundation Dinner will be held on Wednesday 13th November at 6.30pm for 7.15pm start.  The venue will be Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, 489 Glenferrie Road, Kooyong.  Invitations will be circulated shortly.
 
The Special Guest at the dinner will be:        
K.R. Ravindran
Rotary Foundation Chair-elect 2019-20
Rotary Foundation Trustee 2017-21 
Rotary Club of Colombo in Sri Lanka
 
Biography:
K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran is a third-generation Rotarian, joining Rotary at age 21.
 
As RI president in 2015-16, he introduced the Rotary Global Rewards program and led a delegation of about 9,000 Rotarians to the Vatican for an audience with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square.
 
Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) General Meeting - Southern Region
 
Annual General Meeting of RAWCS – Southern Region and Information Day
 
Notice is hereby given that the 2019 Annual General Meeting of Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd – Southern Region will be held on Sunday August 18th, 2019 at Ciloms Airport Hotel, 398 Melrose Drive, Tullamarine, VIC 3043 – 9:00am for 9.30am start.

The business of the meeting shall be:

Welcome:   Regional Coordinator PDG Ken Moore
Apologies:  Regional Secretary – Virginia Turner
 
9.30 Open Annual General Meeting –PDG Ken Moore
Minutes of previous AGM – Ciloms Airport Lodge 19th Aug 2018
Chairman 2018-19 report – IP Chairman PDG Mani Seneviratne
Financial Reports
Regional Reports
  • Project & Volunteer Report
  • RAM Report
  • DIK Report
  • Safe Water and Sanitation Saves Lives
  • Any other reports
Nominations for Regional Office Bearers 2019-22
Regional Deputy Coordinator
Regional Volunteer Supervisor
Regional Donations in Kind Supervisor
Regional Australian Charitable Support Supervisor
Regional Safe Water & Sanitation Saves Lives Supervisor
 
Close Annual General Meeting.
10.30   Morning Tea

10.45   Information Day – Facilitator Greg Hudson.
12.15 – 1.00pm   Lunch
1.00 – 3.30pm     Continuation of Information Day
3.30pm                Close