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Paul Harris


February 2015   

Over the past couple of weeks I've attended a couple of Youth Exchange events and one of the cluster Youth Service Seminars.  One can't help but be inspired by the impact these programs have on the young people involved.  It's just wonderful to see how many of our clubs support these programs.  When I present at these events, one of the key messages I leave with the young people is the obligations that we expect of them once they've been through the program: the obligation to be an advocate for Rotary; the obligation of citizenship, to work for their community; and the obligation to take what they've learned, to be the best they can possibly be in their chosen field.  It's up to us to hold these young people to account - to encourage them to fulfil these obligations and to present them with further opportunities to be the best they can be.


Last week I had the privilege of presiding over the launch of a domestic violence program with Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty.  I believe that as a community we're at a tipping point on domestic violence.  Just like drink driving and smoking in public venues are no longer socially acceptable, so too is domestic violence now registering in society's consciousness.  We need to support this - provide forums for events, support agencies that work at the front line, change men's behaviour.  Rotary needs to be at the forefront of this important community issue.


It was wonderful to be at the Manningham cluster's Rotary Day event on Australia Day.  Has your club participated in a Rotary Day event yet?


Finally, a couple of reminders:

  •          Conference registrations.
  •          Future Leaders Seminar
  •          Presidential Citation (due to me by 31st March)


Let's continue lighting up Rotary! 


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.

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

Membership Webinars 

It is unfortunate that the timing for the webinars in this important series on membership won't allow Rotarians in our region to participate live, unless they wish to be up in the early hours of the morning.    


However, the webinars are recorded and sent to those who have registered for a session, even if they are unable to attend. Recordings are also posted on the webinars on demand section of Rotary's website.


Here are links to the recordings of the first two parts of the Membership series:

 Joy Walker

 Manager, Club & District Support
 South Pacific & Philippines Office

 Direct:  +61-2-8894 9820

Camp Awakenings is an Australian youth development program for Year Nine students. Camp Awakenings is focused on building support networks for the participants through friendship and trust. Through self-belief, self-respect, a positive attitude and motivation, the participants develop and harness methods, tools and skills to counter the challenges faced by today's youth.
Camp Awakenings runs for the three days. During this time, the students participate in team building activities, as well as attend various sessions and presentations on youth related issues. They are challenged physically, mentally and emotionally throughout the program. Camp Awakenings provides its participants with a supportive environment to grow and develop. All participants learn and benefit from the camp in their own unique way.

Camp Awakenings Mt Eliza is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Aspendale.


The next camp will take place Saturday 28th to Monday 30th March 2015


Camp Manyung

35 Sunnyside Road

Mount Eliza VIC 3930


If you'd like to enquire about obtaining a Camp Awakenings application form, please contact Sandi on sandisieger@gmail.com

club administration....
 District 9810 Information Directory

Rotary Club of Lilydale


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

situations vacant....
 "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 0407 384191 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

Malaria Awarness Day


Thursday 30th April 2015 


Around the world April 25th is declared as World Malaria Awareness Day. Here in Australia, because of Anzac Day, we have moved this day to April 30th. It's a time to reflect on the impact of malaria upon the world and the progress we are making in fighting and controlling it in our areas of focus ie Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Timor Leste


The war against malaria continues to be waged on many fronts. We should be very proud that Australia is at the forefront of world research seeking to find a suitable, cheap, long lasting and easy to administer vaccine.


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....
Fri 20 February                                            7:00 for 7:30 pm


  Royal Australian Navy Band in Concert  


Presented by the Rotary Club of Box Hill Central 


The sounds of this instrumental extravaganza will delight people of all ages, in a program of popular music ranging from the big band era to well known musicals.


All proceeds of this concert will go towards assisting the Eastern Emergency Relief Network and local Rotary Club service projects.


 Whitehorse Centre for the Performing Arts

397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading


Tickets: $25

Tickets from the Whitehorse Centre - Tel: 9262 6555


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


Tue 24 March                                                  6:30 for 7:00 pm


Annual Combined Meeting 



Guest Speaker for the night is Joan Corfee.

 Joan worked as  volunteer on the Mercy Ship Africa and now is a fund raiser and raises awarness on the work of Mercy Ships Australia. 


This meeting will be a fundraiser for the Mercy Ships Australia.


St Pauls Church,

273 Dorset Road, Boronia.


$20 per person - Includes two course meal. Rotary will be running the drinks bar


RSVP is Friday 17th March to Alan Tierney, Mobile: 0418 366 543. Email: atierney@bigpond.net.au


Full Details click here



Thu 26 March                                      11:00 am for 12:30 pm



  Peninsula Kingswood Golf Club,

Centre Dandenong Road, Dingley Village


Shotgun Start at 12:30 pm. 


Entry Fee $60 Golf or $100 Golf & Dinner




To register your interest contact:- 
John Glenn 0409 953 554 or Gary Davies 0431 491 107.


Full Details click here


Sat 18 April                                                     4:00 for 4:30 pm


Glow for Good Bayside World Record Challenge 



On behalf of Hampton Rotary and in collaboration with other Bayside Rotary Clubs.  

 Trey Bit Reserve,

Jetty Road, Sandringham.



Inspired by celebrating Rotary's 110th year, and this year's Light Up theme. we are having a big party that we'd like everyone to come to. We're inviting Rotarians and the general public (whether 2 or 102), to help us in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record. Currently held in the US, the record for the largest number of people to light a glowstick simultaneously is 836. We are asking for everyone's help to participate and be part of the fun to smash this record.


This unique, FUNdraising, all ages, family based event is a Hampton Rotary Initiative and being organised as a joint venture with several Bayside Rotary Clubs. We need everyone to join in help get the word out, tell everyone they know that this is a not to be missed opportunity. We're also looking for sponsors and volunteers to help make this high profile, public event a success. We have the perfect Rotary  opportunity to raise profile, engage with the community, show the public what Rotarians united can achieve together to make a difference.


Details: See www.glowforgood.com.au for more info and pre-registration


Please contact: glowforgood@hamptonrotary.org or call Jo Kwok: 0415188985 to see how you can be involved



Full Details click here


There is a lot of information in this month's edition of "Highlights" and it just keeps growing, which shows that the year is getting very busy.
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