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November 2014   
At the end of October we held another District seminar - this time in International Service. Thanks to Brian McDaid and the team for running this event. We heard about the latest Art Building Children's Dreams project in Malawi. The Rotary Club of Belgrave shared with us the outstanding work they've been doing in medical equipment donations-in-kind. We learned about the progress of Interplast and were inspired to contribute to this year's goal of funding a team. We had an update from Rotarians Against Malaria. Rotary Australia World Community Service gave us an update on how they can be used to facilitate overseas projects and briefed us on their new arm which facilitates tax-deductible contributions to domestic projects. The Rotary Club of Lilydale shared with us the benefits they've seen in having a long term commitment to an overseas development project. The Water & Sanitation Rotarians Action Group talked about how, in a W&S project, it is just as important to focus on changing behaviour as it is in building infrastructure.
Finally, International Service Chair Brian McDaid shared with us some compelling examples of the power of partnerships in attracting and leveraging philanthropic funding. As I drove home from the seminar I thought to myself what it would be like if, as a cluster, we "adopted" an international community every say, three years, with a three year master plan, drawing on the various pockets of expertise across the District and the broader Rotary world, to improve that community. There is just so much experience, so many networks and so many great projects out there that we can all learn from.
Let's make sure we inquire and research, before we commit.



Tony Monley  

District Governor 2014-2015 

Rotary District 9810, Australia 
           please note.........
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 

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

 Getting involved in Australian Indigenous Projects

Why get involved?

In June 2011 the Australian Bureau of Statistics estimated that; 3% of the Australian population was Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and, had a shorter life expectancy. Significantly higher numbers live in the very remote areas of Australia,. (13.7% compared to 0.5% Non-Aboriginal).


District 9810 responds with a number of Projects focusing on the very remote areas of Australia, in the 2014 - 2015 Rotary Year


 Full details click here

 Docklands Festival of Giving

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Docklands will be on the 30th November 2014 between 10:00am & 7:00pm.


This will be the inaugural "Docklands Festival of Giving" and an invitation to all Rotary Clubs to join with the celebration.

  • The Festival is designed to draw in the wider community in the spirit of giving and we expect broad attendance from outside Docklands
  • We would like to celebrate and recognise those Rotary Clubs who generously fulfil obligations to society and showcase the vital but often unseen contribution you make
  • An opportunity to showcase your club projects
  • An opportunity to promote membership in your area
  • We see this as a unique opportunity to showcase Rotary
  • The event will be run by District 9800 Rotary Club Members and volunteers and all proceeds after costs will go to the Royal Children's Hospital

Rotary Clubs can support by -


1. Having as much fun as possible

2. Hiring a 3 x 3 marquee (staffed by your members) where you will communicate your message

3. Enjoy the inclusion of whatever promotional material you feel would be most advantageous


Rotary Clubs are being offered a marquee for $400 (which covers the host clubs cost) and they ask for a deposit of $200 on order.


If interested call Loryn on 0418 390 334  


For all the details click here 

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Noble Park



The Rotary Club of Noble Park would like you to help them celebrate their 50th anniversary (1965 - 2015) by ordering the special labelled Chardonnay (Yarra Valley - 2008) and Shiraz (Central Victoria - 2013).


Full Details click here

 Distict Stamp Fund

Your District Stamp Fund needs used stamps - we have had to ring around for supplies lately!! Any stamps will do, high value and foreign varieties bring in the most dollars.


This is a diminishing resource so let us use it while we can, it will not cost you a cent but will hopefully improve the lives of the less fortunate amongst us.


Send each other a Christmas card !!


For more information, consult the Directory or contact Carrol Farmer. 

2014-2015 Presidential Citation Update

Please read this important information about changes to the 2014-15 Presidential Citation.


RI President Gary C.K. Huang has made a few changes to the "Light Up the Family of Rotary" section of the citation to make these goals more attainable for clubs. The specific changes are as follows:

  • For the "Best Class" Club President's Challenge, points will be earned if either the club president or club president-elect registers to attend the São Paulo convention.
  • Points can be earned if the club sponsors a new Rotaract club or Interact club or if it continues to sponsor one of these groups.
  • Points can also be earned if the club sponsors a new Rotary Community Corps or if it continues to sponsor an RCC.
  • Clubs only need to score a minimum of 30 points in this section of the citation, instead of 40 as originally written.

The updated 2014-15 Presidential Citation form is available on the RI website, here.


As a reminder, club presidents should submit their clubs' completed forms to their district governors no later than 31 March 2015. Please do not send your forms to RI, as they will not be processed. District governors will have the ability to report the names of their districts' qualifying clubs online through My Rotary between 1 March and 15 April 2015. 


Please submit your applications for a Presidental Citation to Tony Monley on later than the 31st March 2015.

 Christmas Fruit Mince Pies
$15 per Dozen
$3 from each dozen will be supporting "Motor Neurone Disease"
For full details click here
club administration....
 District 9810 Information Directory

Rotary Club of Lilydale


The Rotary Club of Lilydale are now meeting at Chirnside Park Country Club.


Rotary Club of Moorleigh Moorabbin 


Rotary Club of Moorleigh Moorabbin is meeting at Buckingham Motel, Nepean Highway, Highett on November 24th and December 1st & 8th.


Their Christmas Meeting is on Monday December 15th at Huntingdale Golf Club.


situations vacant....
 Co-ordinator/Chairperson Required

Expressions of interest are being sought for someone to co-ordinate within D9810 our participation in a National Rotary Blood Drive next year. The campaign will commence April 1st 2015 and run through to 30th June 2015.


Red Cross will set up a "Red Club" for Rotary clubs to record blood donations.


I am looking for Rotarians who would be interested in getting involved in the running/promotion of this campaign.


If interested please contact PP Shia Smart 0429039369 or shia.duncan@gmail.com 

save the date....
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....
Wed 19 November                                         6:00 for 6:30pm



The Rotary Clubs of Whitehorse and District 9810 Rotaract are teaming up to host a Cluster Event on Wednesday 19th November on the topic of Addressing Child Slavery. Its primary objective is to raise awareness within Rotary of the Child Slavery issue and the work of the Rotarian Action Group against Child Slavery (RACSRAG). 

The keynote speaker, Dr Gillian Yudelman is a prominent Rotarian in the fight against Child Slavery through her work with Maiti in Nepal.  


Matsudo Room, Box Hill Town Hall.


$10 pp

(Nibbles provided)


Tickets - www.trybooking.com/GBWS


Full Details click here


Sat 6 December                                        9:00 am to 4:00 pm



 Rotary Club of Dingley Village


 Dingley Village Community Centre,

Marcus Road, Dingley Village.


All Proceeds to Rotary Projects


Full Details click here


Mon 8 December                                           6:30 for 7:00 pm


Annual District Foundation Dinner 




 The Whitehorse Club,

298-336 Burwood Hwy, East Burwood.

(MEL 62 B7)


Two Course Dinner, including Drinks - (not spirits)

We hope you can join us to make tables of 10 

$45 per person


RSVP is Monday 24th November to Warren Fricke

0417 548 534 or wfricke@bigpond.net.au


Full Details click here and Registration click here



Thank you to all those e-mails I am receiving from time to time with all that positive feedback. I am really happy to see that "Highlights" is being read by so many people.
Please keep up the good feedback and pass on all thoses events so your fellow Rotarians can enjoy them as well.
All the best

Michael Ellinger 

Rotary Club of Clayton

Editor: Highlights of D9810