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The September 2014
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Michael Ellinger

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12 September    

August 2014   

Well we're now two months into the Rotary year. I hope your commitments to Light Up Rotary are going to plan. At time of writing, Kathy and I are one-third of the way through our club visits. We're learning a lot about the great achievements of all our clubs and are trying to facilitate the sharing of knowledge across the District. Key observations to-date include:

  • Membership is a priority for all our clubs, but we can't solve this alone - we need to work as clusters and as a district.
  • Our presidents are well prepared - we need to build on this in developing future club leaders.
  • Our clubs have a rich heritage of achievements for which our members are justifiably proud.
  • While we have a diverse portfolio of projects covering all avenues of service, we need to be smarter in sharing our learnings across the district.
  • We need a greater awareness of resources available to us, including:
    • Support of our District Committees.
    • Availability of Foundation grants.
    • Rotary information through sources such as Rotary.Org and the Rotary Leadership Institute.

 Looking to the achievements against our plan year-to date:

  • Supporting and strengthening clubs
    • Our District Membership Committee have developed an innovative suite of marketing materials packaged together in the Game Changers plan, presented to 112 of our members at this year's membership seminar. We're encouraging clusters to take this offer up.
  • Focusing and increasing humanitarian service
    • Our first avenue of service seminar will be held in August, focusing on equipping us to be able to engage with local government in building more targeted community projects. Later in the month, we have the opportunity to attend the RAWCS Southern Region AGM to learn more about how we can better utilize RAWCS in our international projects. These seminars are intended to help us share our success stories so we encourage you to ensure your club is represented.
    • Our work with a Technology Advisory Working Group to help us better utilize technology to share information is about to kick off.
    • Our District Foundation Committee are actively promoting and processing grant applications. Be sure to attend one of the Foundation seminars scheduled in August and September to learn more about how you can better support and utilize the Foundation.
  • Enhancing Rotary's public image and awareness
    • Many of our clubs and clusters have plans in place for a Rotary Day. Take this opportunity to shine a light on our great achievements and engage our communities.
    • We have a working group in place reviewing our youth protection policy and procedures to ensure they meet current community expectations. Work is progressing well and we expect findings to be rolled out in the coming months.

 Best wishes to all in lighting up Rotary in 2014-15.


Tony Monley  

District Governor 2014-2015 

Rotary District 9810, Australia 
           please note.........
District Conference Presentations
The District Conference Committee will be contacting clubs to make arrangements to visit and deliver a presentation on the Conference during the period August through to November.  Clubs are asked to allow some space in their program for this presentation and to advise preferred dates to District Conference Chair, Trevor Dawson.
New District 9810 Webmaster


PP Tim Lynn is now the District 9810 Webmaster.


Tim's contact details are:


Mobile: 0439 741 892 

Email: tdlynn@gmail.com

São Paulo Convention Dates Changed



After careful consideration, Rotary International President Gary Huang and the RI Board have decided to change the dates of the 2015 Rotary Convention in São Paulo to Saturday, 6 June, through Tuesday, 9 June - starting and ending one day earlier than previously scheduled. 

Full details click here 

The Missing Ingredient

The Rotary Club of Doncaster has adopted the world leading LEADERSHIP training program, THE CHALLENGE to LEAD.


The 2014 program, which will be conducted in October draws on the extensively researched and internationally acclaimed material written by Kouzes and Posner, whose book has sold over 2 million copies.


 Full details click here

$30,000 up for grabs with Jetstar's Flying Start Programme

Designed to help not-for-profit groups and organisations make a difference in the local community, Flying Start is now open for VIC and TAS organisations to enter.

Local groups have until 30th September to submit applications for a $30,000 grant, made up of $15,000 worth of Jetstar travel to further their reach and impact and $15,000 cash to enhance the lives of people in their local community.


 Full details click here


Thank you to those of you that registered your expression of interest in participating in this new Rotary District venture. We now have sufficient numbers to start singing.


Our first get together is on SATURDAY 11th OCTOBER

 AT 10.30am.


For details of location please contact


Leon Moore on 0412 932 794



Rotary and Polio featured in Time.com

The link below shows an article in which Rotary's National PolioPlus Chair for Pakistan, Aziz Memon was interviewed by TIME Magazine's Jeffrey Kluger for a Rotary-Pakistan focused story that just posted on TIME.com.  The story highlights a number of Rotary-led initiatives currently underway in Pakistan. (TIME.com overall gets more than 12 million unique website visitors each month.)


Here is a direct link, and the full text follows below:  http://time.com/3051398/polio-pakistan-rotary/



Centennial Memorial at Gallipoli in April 2015

Any Rotarians who will be attending the Centennial Memorial at Gallipoli in April 2015 and would like to be part of a Turkish - ANZAC hospitality event being organised by Turkish Rotarians in District 2430 can you please read and fill out the attached survey.


For Survey click here

Kokoda Trek
"Remove this from your Bucket List"

Would you like to:

Discover the history of one of the most significant military campaigns ever fought in the defence of Australia and its Territories?


Join a group of fifty Rotarians (two teams) and conquer one of the world's most demanding and interesting treks and experience the culture of the people in this unique and fascinating land?


For details click here

Rotary Service Connections
RI President Gary Huang is encouraging all clubs to Light Up Rotary in 2014-15 by hosting Rotary Days. The concept of a Rotary Day is simple: hold a fun, informal event in your community for both Rotarians and the general public and use it as an opportunity to introduce non-Rotarians to Rotary and drive interest in membership and other opportunities for engagement. These events are also a great opportunity to get Rotary Alumni and New Generations program participants more involved in their local club. Rotarians can refer to the Rotary Days brochure for ideas on how to structure and promote their Rotary Day events.
In addition, sponsoring or participating in a Rotary Day event is one of the required activities that will help clubs qualify for the 2014-15 Presidential Citation.

We are encouraging all Rotary Day organisers to share photos, videos and stories of their events with the Rotary community beyond. Here are just a few ways you and your clubs can publicize your impact: 

  • Post photos of your event on Instagram using the hashtag #RotaryDay
  • Tweet promotional information and updates, also using the hashtag #RotaryDay
  • Post a video of your Rotary Day on YouTube and email a link and description to rotary.service@rotary.org. Videos may be featured in Rotary media and one outstanding video will receive a special award plaque from RI President Gary Huang.
  • Share your story with Rotary staff for possible inclusion in a blog, newsletter, or The Rotarian magazine. Contact us at rotary.service@rotary.org.
  • Visit the President's web page to view a calendar of upcoming Rotary Day events or add your event to the calendar.
Preparing Clubs for Membership Month

Dear District Governor,


On behalf of Rotary's Membership Development team, I am pleased to announce the activities for 2014-15's Rotary Membership Month that occurs in August. During Membership Month, we encourage all members to rally around this month and celebrate with their clubs, their members, and the good work they do in their communities.


As a district leader, we ask that you make your clubs aware of Membership Month activities to get members excited, promote club membership in their social networks and with their contacts, and find new prospective members for their clubs.


There are many ways to get involved during Membership Month:

  • At club and district meetings, view RI President Gary Huang's Membership Video Message to remind members how important membership is to maintaining a strong and active club.
  • Connect with Rotary's Facebook page and change your Facebook and Twitter profile pictures to the I'm a Proud Member graphic to show off your membership to friends, family members, and colleagues in your social networks.
  • Post photos of your club doing good in your community to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #WeAreRotary. 

During August, as part of Membership Month, make time to review your zone's 2014-15 Regional Membership Plans during club and district meetings. They are available for all members to view at www.rotary.org/membershipplans.  Clubs and districts play a crucial role in strengthening Rotary's membership- learn about the strategies identified in your region to strengthen Rotary's membership.


Thank you for all you do to support Rotary. 

Cynthia Meehan, CAE
Director, Membership Development

Upcoming Membership Webinars

Flexible and Innovative Clubs - Organised by Rotary Australia

The webinars will discuss how Clubs can and need to be Flexible and Innovative. Jessie Harman and Noel Trevaskis will lead the Webinars and will be sharing how some Clubs have gone about being flexible and innovative in their approach to membership, club meetings, diversity etc. The webinars should appeal to all Rotarians. 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please register before the date of the webinar. Save the confirmation you receive for the webinar and when the due date and time of the webinar click on the confirmation and it should take you straight into the webinar. You need to allow around five minutes for this to happen so that you will be online when the webinar starts.
26th August, 2014 6:00 PM EST - Register Now


27th August , 2014 8.00AM EST - Register Now

Announcement from the
RI Secretary General
The 2014-15 Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International in 2016-17, having functioned in accordance with the bylaws of Rotary International, has indicated that it unanimously nominated: 

of the Rotary Club of



for the office of President of Rotary International

for the year 2016-17.

club administration....
District 9810 Information Directory
RC of Montrose & District
Please amend the meeting time advised on Page 55 (Montrose & District) to read 6.30 for 7pm.  Other details remain the same.
situations vacant....
District Technology Advisory Group (DTAG)



Expressions of interests are called for membership of a District Technology Advisory Group (DTAG). The purpose of the group is to research, advise and support District Committees and clubs in the effective use of information and communication technology. Tasks will include: advising and supporting the production of district events via podcasts, webinars and YouTube; promoting and supporting the use of on-line meetings; automating the collection, retention and distribution of district records. 


Applicants should have a professional background in information and communication technology or systems analysis. 


Inquiries should be directed to District Governor Tony Monley.

Probus Liaison



Expressions of interest are called for Rotarians to join the Probus Liaison Committee.  The committee liaises with the 129 Probus Clubs in D9810, represents Rotary at Probus events and generally promotes Probus across Rotary clubs as one of Rotary's community service activities.
Inquiries should be directed to Robert Renshaw.
save the date....
World Polio Day 


24th October 2014 



World Polio Day is quickly approaching on October 24th. This is a chance for Rotarians, clubs, and districts across the world to come together to fight polio. There are many ways you could mark the day. Dedicate your club meeting to focus on Rotary's work to end polio that week. Community fundraisers on/around World Polio Day are great a way to raise awareness of our cause in the general public.  You could take the opportunity to remind government officials to support the global commitment to a polio free world- Rotary's top priority. On World Polio Day, wear your End Polio Now pin and encourage your friends and family to do the same. 

Full Details click here

Annual District Foundation Dinner 


8th December 2014 





More details to follow

District Conference 


13th to 15th March 2015 




The 2015 Conference will run from lunch time on Friday 13 March until lunchtime on Sunday 15 March 2015. The Gala Dinner on Saturday 14 March 2015 will be held at the Ballarat Lodge and Convention Centre and the theme for the dinner will be "Beneath the Southern Cross".

Full Details click here

Rotary Ride for Research Dollars 


March 2015 


The next Rotary Ride from Conference will be held

from Sunday 15th to Friday 20th March 2015.

The ride will start in Ballarat after the District Conference and end back at Ballarat. A ride of 789 Kilometres over 6 days.


Full Details click here

50th Birthday Celebration - RC of Clayton 


17th April 2015 


Huntingdale Golf Club

 Windsor Avenue, Oakleigh South 


More details to follow

Shine On Awards 


24th May 2015 


The Shine On Awards for 2015 RC Maryborough will host the Shine On Awards for 2015 - on 24th May, 2015 @ The Highland Society, High St, Maryborough.  The attached nomination form sets out the details required and the submission dates to be met.  Please ensure that your Club supports your community and its people by ensuring your support for people with a disability. 


Nominations must be posted by 15th December 2014



Full Details click here

           the weeks ahead....
Thu 21 August                                                 6:30 for 7:00 pm

  Cluster Foundation Information Seminar  

 Northern Cluster Group


Hosted by the Rotary Club of Boronia


Dorset Gardens Hotel,

335 Dorset Road, Croydon.


$35 pp (Drinks at Bar prices)


Full Details click here


Registration Form and Payment required by

Monday 11th August to Richard Spinosa-Cattela 



Sun 24 August                                             8:30 for 9:00 am

  Community Needs Analysis Seminar 


Calling all Community Chairs and interested Rotarians, a Community Needs Analysis Seminar is being held to provide you with information on the sources in Council for putting together a needs analysis - i.e. various planning and policy documents, who in Council to go to in order to get information or what areas Rotary could partner with. Case studies of partnering with Council and other community organisations will also be shown. 


Monash Enterprise Business Centre

5A Hartnett Close, Mulgrave

9:00am to 12:00pm


RSVP attendance to PP Shia Smart by Friday 22nd August on



Tue 26 August                                                 6:30 for 7:00 pm

  South Pacific Salute Evening 



All funds support vital children's sport & fittness projects in the South Pacific


Upwey High School Theatre,

1451 Burwood Hwy, Upwey.


$25 pp (Refreshments Available)


Full Details click here


 Tickets from Carl 0409 254 747 or Peter 0439 997 583


Fri 29 August                                                 5:30 for 6:00 pm

  Dinner & Movie Fundraising Night 





Sanctuary House Restaurant,

326 Badger Creek Road, Healesville.


$50 pp (Two Course Meal & Movie "A Small Act")


Full Details click here


 Book Now at


Sat 30 August                                                 7:00 for 7:30 pm

  Trivia Night 


A joint initiative of the Rotary Club of Montrose & District and Yarra Ranges Rotaract Club


Funds raised support the moving of Art Building Childrens Dreams (ABCD) into Malawi 


Dorset Gardens Hotel,

335 Dorset Road, Croydon.


$25 pp (includes nibbles/finger food)


Full Details click here


 Book Now at


Sat 30 to Sun 31 August                                                 

  Southern Region RAWCS Information  

 Annual General Meeting hosted by District 9810


Dorset Gardens Hotel,

335 Dorset Road, Croydon.


Has your Club thought of becoming involved in a RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service) project or are you interested in finding out more about RAWCS activities?


Full Details click here


Please advise D9810 International Chairman Brian McDaid on

0431 934 279 by the 24th August of your bookings and Dietary requirements.

Wed 3 September                                        6:40 for 7:00 am


"Empowering Women - Gender Equality: 

Why it Matters?"


We invite you to join us for breakfast and to be inspired by 4 remarkable women who achieved outstanding outcomes in their own ways. Every story is a reflection of their passion and determination to succeed. No matter what your gender, this exceptional panel will challenge your views through their empowering determination. Bring along your colleagues, friends and family to see and hear these 4 extraordinary leaders.


Hemisphere Centre, Holmesglen Inst. TAFE

488 South Road, Moorabbin


Full Details click here 


Reservations at events@rotarybmc.org by 22nd August 2014

Mon 8 September                                                        12:00 pm

  City of Monash - Charity Golf Day 

 Hosted by the Rotary Club of Huntingdale



Huntingdale Golf Club (Former home of the Australian Masters) Windsor Ave Huntingdale Victoria (Melway Ref: 69H12)


All proceeds from this golf day go towards Rotary local  

and international community support projects. 


Full Details click here 

Thu 18 September                                          6:30 for 7:00pm

  Cluster Foundation Information Seminar  

 Southern Cluster Group


Hosted by the Rotary Club of Wheelers Hill


Mulgrave Country Club,

Cnr Jells Road & Wellington Road, Wheelers Hill.


$25 pp (Drinks at Bar prices)


Full Details click here


Registration Form and Payment required by

Monday 8th September to Uldis Raiskums 



Wed 24 September                                         7:00 for 7:15am

  Grand Final Breakfast  


Guest Speaker -Scott Mclaren Retired A.F.L. Umpire 328 games-inc. 5 Finals Series.



Hosted by the Rotary Club of Box Hill Central


Box Hill Golf Club,

202 Station Street, Box Hill (Mel: 61 D3).


$50 pp (including Buffet and Cooked Breakfast)

  Raffle and Door Prizes. 



Bookings essential  



Contact Ralston Wood on 040 840.6677     






Thu 2 October                                                  6:30 for 7:00pm

  MAAarvelous Millinery Event 


 The Millinery Association of Australia

Spring Collection



ANZ Pavilion,

Arts Centre, Melbourne.


$70 pp (Drinks and canapés on arrival)


Full Details click here


 Online Bookings at


Sat 4 October                                                   7:00 for 7:30pm



A joint project of the Rotary Club of Clayton and the

Rotary Club of Sandringham


All proceeds to provide FREE monthly Medical Camps to the slum villages of Moradabad, India 


Cheltenham Golf Club,

35 Victor Avenue, Cheltenham.


$20 pp

(Bring your own food and nibbles. Drinks at Bar Prices)


Full Details click here


Sat 11 October                                               7:00 for 7:30pm

  Seafood Extravaganza 

 Rotary Club of Lilydale


 All you can eat prawns, oysters, mud crabs & mussels. Also chicken, gourmet salads and fresh fruit.


   St Patricks Hall

Jones Street, Lilydale (Mel: 38 F3)



$80 pp ($70 if paid by 1st October)


Bookings: Lynn Whelan on 0409 938 694 or



Full Details click here 

Sat 11 October                                               7:00 for 7:30pm

  South Sudan School Project 


Rotary Club of Manningham FAME Group and The Melbourne Rumbek Primary School Committee



 Have the great pleasure in inviting you to join us to celebrate the birth of a project that will benefit hundreds of children in South Sudan.


   Monte Carlo Receptions

5 Mitchell Street, Doncaster East (Mel: 48 J1)



$70 pp (Full Buffet Dinner - Drinks at Bar Prices)



RSVP by 11th September to joadyb@optusnet.com.au 

or Bookings at TRY Booking 


Full Details click here 

Tue 14 October                                               6:30 for 7:00 pm


 Invitation to attend a fundraiser for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Special Guest Speaker

Annette Allison.


   The Knox Club,

Cnr Boronia & Stud Roads, Wantirna.



Cost $35 pp includes two course meal. Please advise any special dietary requirements. Drinks at bar prices 


Full details click here


Pre paid bookings are essential. For further information and to book your seats please contact

Alan Jenkins on 0419 573 217   


Fri 17 October                                                 7:00 for 7:30 pm

  Trivia Night 


 Hampton Rotary Club's 16th Great Southern Trivia Challenge



Sandringham Football Club,

Beach Road, Sandringham.


$25 pp (BYO Supper & Drinks at Bar Prices)


Full Details click here


 Online Bookings by 3rd October at


Sat 18 October                                                               7:00 pm

  District 9810 Guess Who's Comming to Dinner


The idea of the event, which will be held on Purple for Polio Day and is a fundraiser for Polio, is that we invite members of Rotary Clubs across the District to offer to either host or attend a Guess Who's Coming To Dinner on that evening.


For those that attend a dinner, they will pay $40 per person for the night and those that host will receive $20 per person of that money towards the cost of the meal.  The remaining $20 will go to Polio Eradication Project.  


This is always a fabulous fun night and when the door opens, that is when you either know who your guests are - or who you are joining for dinner.


Full Details click here


Please email Jenny Coburn to advise if you would like to:

1 Host,or 2 attend a dinner (or either) along with your contact mobile & suburb.



Welcome to the second edition of "Highlights" of D9810 for the Rotary year 2014-2015 and we have done it again this month with a real bumper issue again showing that there is plenty of reminders and events happening around the District.
This has been a big learning curve for me going from a club bulletin to a monthly District Newsletter, but I will ensure to keep ironing out the creases.  
Any feedback or comments throughout the year will be greatly appreciated. 
All the best

Michael Ellinger 

Rotary Club of Clayton

Editor: Highlights of D9810