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Paul Harris


March 2015   


Welcome to this month's issue of Highlights.


What a week we've just had!  A fantastic District Conference - but, more on that in the next District Newsletter.


The recent cyclone devastation in Vanuatu is, I know, a concern to many of us.  As I write this, a RAWCS project is currently being set up to accept tax-deductible donations.  I will circulate details as soon as they are to hand.


Congratulations to Carol Lawton and the team for the excellent Youth Service seminars during February.  Designed to be presented by program beneficairies directed to school staff, these seminars have been a great innovation.  Please ensure you follow through to seek out nominations.


As we enter the final few months of the Rotary year, be sure to spend time reflecting on your Club's goals for the year.  How have you gone?  What do you need to roll over into the new year?  What should you drop?  What new progams should you be considering?  Your incoming Board will currently be preparing their plans for the District Assembly, so spend these next few weeks discussing your Club's progress and longer term goals.


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.

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

The Rotary Blood Challenge


Full Details click here

 Distict Rotaract Representative Appointment


I am pleased to advise that Bianca Lobo from the Monash Rotaract Club has been accepted as the District 9810 Rotaract Representative for the Rotary Year 2015/2016.


Malcolm Chiverton.

Rotary/Rotaract Chairperson

 Cyclone Marcia leaves a path of destruction in her wake


 At its peak, Cyclone Marcia caused 69,500 premises to lose power, at least 1000 homes suffered structural damage and 385 properties have been deemed uninhabitable. The Insurance Council of Australia has received 8950 claims, with the estimated insurance losses now standing at $53.4 million. These numbers are confronting, but they are nothing compared to the human suffering the cyclone caused.


Donations can be made by clicking here 

National Youth Science Forum


Some significant changes to the NYSF in 2015 include: 

- the application period has opened on March 1. This is one month earlier than previous years. 
- students are charged a non-refundable application fee of $60 when they formally submit their application to a Club. This is paid by the student directly to NYSF Canberra. 
- the fee for the NYSF is now $2950 per student. This is a significant increase from last year (17%) and has been necessary due to the loss of some university and corporate sponsors following the GFC and uncertainties around Federal tertiary funding.
Clubs are reminded:

- a student cannot attend the NYSF unless they are formally endorsed by a Rotary Club. 
- it is not compulsory for Clubs to provide funding for an endorsed student. Clubs are encouraged to discuss funding with the student and their parents/guardians early in the process. Clubs are encouraged to have the students/parents/guardians contribute as much to the fee as they can. For students that are in needy circumstances Clubs can decide to contribute more to the fee or seek support from other Clubs to assist in sponsoring the student.


- respond to all student enquiries. 
- wait until May 31 to make your selections for the District Interview. 
- discuss funding with the students/parents/guardians 
- encourage students/parents/guardians to contribute as much as they can towards the fee. 
- interview the students that you are interested in endorsing. 
- be discerning as to which students the Club nominates for a District interview. 
- advise me me by June 30 as to whom the Club is endorsing and selecting for a District Interview 

- ignore student approaches. 
- leave discussing funding until after the District Interviews and selections. 

- nominate students for District Interview that do meet the NYSFselection criteria (see brochure).       

All Clubs should have received in the Post a letter from the NYSF Canberra along with copies of brochures for the Club and brochures that the students/schools have received. In case these have been misplaced the files below have copies of these documents. 


If Clubs have any questions in regard to the above please do not hesitate to contact me (paul.taranto@qenos.com). 
Thank You
PP Paul Taranto
District Chair Science Programs 
Click here for School Science Coordinator Letter
Click here for Rotary Club President Letter
Click here for NYSF 2016 Student Brochure
Click here for 2016 NYSF Rotary Brochure
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....
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

Ride the Bellarine 


Sunday 19th April 2015 




Ride the Bellarine is the District Fundraising event being organised by the 15 Geelong & District Clubs to support Rotary's End Polio Now Campaign. It is being held on April 19 2015.


Full Details 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....
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


Sun 29 March                                        10:00 am to 4:00 pm


Hosted by the Rotary Club of Mordialloc 




Peter Scullin Reserve,



Some of the activities on the day include




Full Details click here



Mon 30 March                                           10:30 for 11:00 am



RACV Country Club,

Yarra Glen Road, Healesville


Shot Gun Start at 12:30 pm.

Open to all golfers - Male & Female 


Entry fee is $65 per player.

Registration and BBQ Lunch at 11:00 am.

Dress - Neat Casual (strictly no denim) 



All Proceeds to Rotary Projects.



Full Details & Registration click here

For a Sponsorship Oppertunity click here

Fri 3 April                                                       6:30 for 7:00 am


Proudly conducted by the Rotary Club of Mount Waverley 




Glen Waverley Public Golf Course,

Cnr Jells & Waverley Roads, Glen Waverley


Commences at 7:00 am. Ambrose Event. 


Green Fees for 18 Holes is $25 and 9 Holes is $20 per person



Proceeds to Royal Children's Hospital and other local charities.

More than $150,000 raised in the last 29 years.


For further details call one of the following:-  

Ron Thorpe 0419 323 265

Don Guest 0408 328 468

Lou Paola 0409 319 643

Phil McKenzie 0417 558 796


Full Details click here



Sun 12 April                                       11:30 am for 12:00 pm


The President , Sue Warmington and the members of the Rotary Club of Nunawading request the pleasure of your company to celebrate our 




Karralyka Centre,

Mines Road, Ringwood, 3134


Dress Code is Lounge Suit. 

 Cost is $60 per person, Drinks at Bar Prices


RSVP is 31st March 2015


Russell Warmington

RUSSELLW@PENTAD.COM.AU or 0417 389 483 


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


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


Sat 18 & Sun 19 April                          10:00 am to 5:00 pm


  41st Knox Art Show 


Presented by the Rotary Club of Bayswater 




 Knox Community Arts Centre & Bayswater Senior Citizens Centre

Cnr Mountain Hwy & Scoresby Road, Bayswater


  For more information click here

Thu 30 April                                                  6:45 for 7:00 am


The Rotary Club of Rowville - Lysterfield invites you to their Business Breakfast




Kingston Links Golf Course Function Centre,

Corporate Avenue, Rowville


Registration 6:45 am  to start 7:00 am. 

 $50 per person includes breakfast. $25 secondary students.

Please advise if you have any special dietary requirements. 


RSVP is 21st April 2015  



POBox 2852 Rowville 3178

2.direct payment bsb 633 108 account number 149618571

3.credit card  http://www.trybooking.com/HBKV 


Full Details click here

Fri 15 May                                                       7:00 for 7:30 am



Kingston Heath Golf Club,

Kingston Road, Heatherton


Shot Gun Start at 7:30 am.

Open to all golfers - Male & Female 


Entry fee is $160 per player includes breakfast pack, buffet lunch - drinks at bar prices.


Dress - Neat Casual (no spiked shoes allowed / no jeans) collared shirts only 



Supporting Multiple Sclerosis Society and Local Charities.



Full Details & Registration click here


I tell you what, if you are a keen golfer, then this edition of "Highlights" is for you. There are so many Golf Days to choose from this month and the coming months. 
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