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January 2015   

Well here we are- second half of the Rotary year and beginning of the calendar year.  We hope everyone had a safe and happy festive season and that you're fully"recharged" for the months ahead! From the District's perspective, there area couple of key priorities we'd ask you to focus on in the next couple of weeks:

  • DistrictConference in Ballarat in March- If you haven't already done so, you need to register as soon as possible.  We need an early and accurate view of registration numbers in order to ensure wecan deliver the exciting and professional event that you expect and deserve!
  • Future Leaders Seminar- You will recall from my club visits that I spoke of a Future Leaders Seminar to be held on the day prior to the District Conference.  I'm very excited to announce that Past Rotary International President Bill Boyd, who is attending our Conference, has agreed to also attend and help facilitate the Seminar.  This is a terrific opportunity to hear first hand, in an intimate gathering, some perspectives from a very experienced and senior Rotarian.  Your Club President is currently being invited to putforward nominations- don't miss this great opportunity.
  • Preparing for next year- Yes, it's never too early!  At the time of writing, Governor Elect David Tolstrup is at"Governor School" in San Diego, preparing for the year ahead.  I know that David has put a lot of work intopreparing President Elect Training at the end of February and the District Training Assembly in May.  I encourage you to make sure that your incoming President andBoard are alsopreparing accordingly and are available for these events.

Best wishes for 2015


Tony Monley  

District Governor 2014-2015 

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

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.


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.

Vital information for Rotary Clubs 
We are aware that there have been, and will continue to be, many changes for clubs to adapt to. One of the largest is the change in the Club Invoicing that comes into effect with the January 2015 invoice.


To assist your clubs through the requirements, our office has prepared a presentation on the New Club Invoice and the changes that will be occurring, together with the inclusion of Rotary Down Under magazine subscription costs on the RI invoice.


The presentation is in the form of Powerpoint with an audio commentary, and can be viewed on YouTube at:-



It would be appreciated if you could forward this information and the link to your clubs, so that they are able to receive the most up to date information that is available.    If they have any questions regarding this process they should contact our office on +61 2 8894 9800 or email to risppo@rotary.org



Joy Walker 

Acting International Office Manager, Club & District Support

South Pacific & Philippines Office 

Youth Service Cluster Meetings "Focus on High Schools" - February 2015 
  • Would you like an evening of wonderfully enthusiastic young speakers talking about the changes our Youth Service programs have created in their lives?
  • Would you like to share your Rotary enthusiasm with colleagues, friends or family?
  • Would you like to learn more about the personal development and leadership opportunities Rotary provides for young people locally?

If you answer 'yes' or even 'maybe' to any of these questions, then we have a great offer for you!


All club presidents have received an email about these cluster-based meetings and they will welcome your interest in attending one of them.  If you're not sure which cluster includes your club, the information is on P17 & 18 in the District Directory.  If you're not free to attend the one for your area, you will be most welcome at any of the other meetings, just get in touch with the contact person for the relevant meeting below:

Tues 10th February
Kingston GD A & B, Bayside Clusters
The Dingley International, 334/338 Boundary Road, Dingley Village, 6:00 for 6:30pm
Hosted by RC Dingley Village, contact Heather Winch, Tel: 0419 155 357 or heather@thinkwin.com.au   

Thurs 12th February

Monash A & B, Knox Clusters

Baton Rouge Quality Inn, 1233 Stud Road, Rowville, 6:00 for 6:30pm

Hosted by RC Rowville-Lysterfield, contact Carol Shaw, Tel: 0413 409 269 or Carol.Shaw@monashhealth.org

Tues 24th February

Yarra Ranges Cardinia & Yarra Ranges Maroondah Clusters

Club Kilsyth, Canterbury Road, Bayswater North, 6:00 for 6:30pm

Hosted by RC Montrose & District, contact Kylie Knight-Brown, Tel: 0419 106 520 or krbrown24@live.com.au  

Thurs 26th February

Whitehorse & Manningham Clusters

The Pavilion, Cnr Whitehorse & Middlebrough Roads, Box Hill, 6:00 for 6:30pm

Hosted by RC Box Hill, contact Trevor Donegan, Tel: 0438 599 285 or tjdonegan@hotmail.com

For more details click here
D9810 Future Leaders Pre Conference Seminar 

Thursday 12th March 2015

Venue: Federation University Ballarat

(Location of the Ballarat District Conference)

Preceding the Ballarat District Conference, D9810 will conduct a seminar for future Rotary leaders.The seminar is designed for those members wishing to take their Rotary experience to the next level and to undertake more fulfilling and satisfying leadership roles in Rotary and in community service.

This inspiring and motivational Seminar will feature keynote speakers including Past Rotary International President Bill Boyd, current District Governor Tony Monley and Assistant Rotary Coordinator - PDG Tim Moore.



The Seminar is limited to 50 participants and will provide a highly interactive environment including small group discussions and an opportunity for participants to learn the key elements of successful leadership from successful Rotary leaders.


For more details click here

Australian Rotary Health Movie Premiere 
Australian Rotary Health has booked red carpet computer screens for the premiere of their new Australian Rotary Health Movie. The plot explores four inspiring people, supported by Australian Rotary Health, who are now changing their communities in various amazing ways...
Watch it online

For more 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 Bentleigh Moorabbin Central


The Rotary Club of Bentleigh Moorabbin Central is not meeting at Hemisphere, South Road Moorabbin until further notice.  


They will be meeting at PIAZZA VERCELLI 5/76 East Boundary Rd, Bentleigh East on Wednesday 17th December also 14 & 21 January 2015. 


They may be moving to Celantro Restaurant once it is re-located at Holmesglen TAFE.

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 

 "MC" for District Cluster Membership Information Nights 

Expressions of interest for Rotarians to consider putting their name forward to be considered as an MC at any planned "District Cluster Membership Information Nights". 


The District Membership Committee has formed a sub-committee to put together information for provision to Club Presidents & Membership Chairs to assist them with running Cluster or Club specific "Membership Information Nights". It is intended to provide a pack of information containing suggestions concerning Venue, Cost, Audio Visual requirements, Ticketing & Invitations, Agenda, Speakers, Event Master of Ceremony.


If interested please contact Michael Jacobs (District 9810 Membership Chairperson) on 0429039369 or 9760 6100 (Work). 

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

Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (WDNWPT)


Thursday 16th April 2015 


The Purple House (WDNWPT) works to improve the lives of people with kidney disease and helps them to get home to country.


This unique place and the stories of care, compassion and generosity that built and sustain it are worth sharing.


Come and learn about this innovative organization that treats people in a community setting. Celebrate its achievements and help the Purple House extend its services and keep more families together.


For more information about this event click here

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.   


Full Details click here

São Paulo Convention Dates



São Paulo is waiting for you! Rotary International Convention 6-9 June, 2015 São Paulo, Brazil 

Full details click here 

           the weeks ahead....
Mon 23 February                                           7:30 for 8:00 am




  Eastwood Golf Club,

Liverpool Road, Kilsyth (Mel 65 H2)


Shotgun Start at 8:00 am. Ambrose Event. 


Entry Fee $60 per person

(Eastwood Members $40)

 Entry includes golf, buffet lunch & trophies


Proceeds to Bridge Builders Youth Organisation to effect recovery, relief & restoration of youths aged 12 to 25


Limited Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available - Hole Sponsors. Benefits include a round of golf for 4 players including complimentary lunch, tee signage, clubhouse endorsement and distribution of promotional material during the day. Total Investment $500 


For further details call one of the following:- 
Sponsorship Enquiries - John White 0409 964 232.       
 Player Enquiries - Ken Barrett 0408 682 244.


Full Details and Registration click here

Tue 24 February                                            7:00 for 7:30 pm


  World War 1: A History in 100 Stories  




To commemorate the Anzac Centenary, the Rotary Club of Monash invites you to join Professor Bruce Scates, Director of the National Centre for Australian Studies in the Faculty of Arts, Monash University and leading scholar of the Great War and Chair of the Military and Cultural History Panel advising the Anzac Centenary Board in Canberra.


 Theatre South 1/64

43 Rainforest Walk, Monash University Clayton Campus


Tickets: Adults $15, Children $10

Available from http://www.trybooking.com/117994


More information about the One Hundred Stories Project and Monash University's MOOC (massive open online course) at http://future.arts.monash.edu/onehundredstories/  


Full Details  click here


Fri 17 April                                                     7:00 for 7:30 pm


50th Birthday Celebration 



 Huntingdale Golf Club,

Windsor Avenue, Oakleigh South.


Two Course Dinner. Drinks at Bar Prices 

$65 per person


RSVP is Friday 20th March 2015. Your prompt reply would be appreciated as numbers are limited.


Full Details and Registration click here

Happy New Year to all and I hope that you have a great 2015.
There is a lot of information in this month's edition of "Highlights", which shows that the year is off to a flying start.
Over the last few weeks I have been getting feedback that some Rotarians are not receiving "Highlights" on a monthly basis. If you get a chance, please ask your fellow Rotarians if they are receiving a copy of "Highlights" and if they are not, get them to send me an e-mail and I will check their details.
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