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May 2015   


At the time of writing I've just returned home from the District Training Assembly.  It was a great opportunity to work with engaged and enthusiastic members, committed to their communities.  The Assembly is an opportunity to ground a club's plan before the year starts and to negotiate joint venture opportunities with other clubs.  It was also great to hear Governor Elect David Tolstrup's priorities for next year, which promises to be a great year.  As I opened the Assembly, I referred to a quote from Winston Churchill that "It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see."  In Rotary, that is our challenge - to look further than we can see - to identify needs in the community and to plan how we can address those needs.


At the last District Foundation Committee meeting it was noted that we still have some funds available for District Grants.  If you have a potential project, whether it be a scholarship, a local project or a small international project, then speak to the Foundation Grants Committee to get access to these funds before the end of the Rotary year.


I hope you have seen the launch last week of Colleen Hewett's new song and video advocating for an end to domestic violence.  Ms Hewett is the ambassador for an entity called "Violence Free Families" (VFF), which was initiated in our neighbouring Rotary District 9800.  If you have seen the video, you will have seen the associated Rotary branding and will have heard how Rotary is taking a leadership stand against domestic violence.  I am currently in discussions with VFF to explore how we can engage our District in their initiatives.  But there is one thing you can do immediately to support this cause - your club could buy say, 10-20 copies of Ms Hewett's album at $20 each and use them as speaker gifts.  $5 from every album purchase is being donated to VFF.  If you haven't seen the video or heard the song, follow this link: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/prime-minister-tony-abbott-backs-stars-anthem-rejecting-domestic-violence/story-fni0fit3-1227355462794


Lighting up Rotary,



Tony Monley  

District Governor 2014-2015 

Rotary District 9810, Australia 




           please note.........
 Getting involved in Australian Indigenous Projects

Why get involved?


The local and urban situation in Australia, 2015 reports that;


- Over 100 Aboriginal children in the Eastern suburbs are in 'out of home' care.

- People in remote areas; Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory, have had basic fundamental freedoms stripped, their control removed and their land rights attacked. There is talk of empowerment, but the model was flawed from the outset as it failed to include the Aboriginal people before the decision and there are massive drives to assimilation'.


District 9810 has responded since 2008 with a number of successful projects being implemented. Projects have continued and here are a few your Club may want to be involved with in the very near future, maybe during the remainder of the 2014 - 2015 Rotary Year

 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. 

The Rotary Blood Challenge

For more details on this challange please follow these links:-


Insert for Rotary Newsletters - click here

Red25 Registration Form - click here

Donor Centre and Contact List - click here

Power Point Presentation - click here

 Five District 9810 NYSF Students to attend International Science Programs in 2015

Five students that attended the 2015 National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) programs held earlier this year have been selected to go on and attend International Science programs later this year. The students, their sponsoring Rotary Clubs and the International program they will be attending are as follows. In 2015 District 9810 was second only to District 9600 (Brisbane, 6 students) in terms of the number of students gong onto an International Science Program.  The students and their sponsoring Clubs are to be congratulated in achieving these further opportunities.




International program

  Yu-Ting (Jennifer) Hung

  Manningham (Doncaster)

  International Science Summer School Hieldelberg

  Helen Zhou


  London International Youth Science Forum

  Sonia Noronha


  London International Youth Science Forum

  Jasmine Gan

  Forest Hill

  National University of Singapore Science Summer

  Nikita Bungay


  National University of Singapore Science Summer


National Youth Science Forum

Only 1 Month to go for Students to register for NYSF

To date 45 students have registered their interest on the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) website to attend the NYSF programs to be held in January 2016. The opportunity for students to register their interest closes on May 31. If your Club has not yet contacted schools in your area to see if they have students that may be suitable for the NYSF then please do so now. Students can only attend the NYSF if they have been nominated by a Rotary Club. A reminder around some Do's and Don't's sent out earlier this year is repeated below: 

- 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
 Finding your Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Recognition Points 

Before starting this process you need to be registered in www.rotary.org often referred to as "My Rotary". If you have not done so, please complete the registration process. A good tip here is that you have to use the same email address that your Club secretary would use to correspond with you on. Please use the same password that you use for that email address so you don't forget. 


 Full Details click here
 National Rotary Success Conference and Youth Summit

Over the last two years Rotarians have been asking when we were we going to have another National Rotary Success Conference. It is going to happen this September! I would urge you to register now for what I am sure will be a great conference.


I would like to invite all Rotarians to the 2015 Rotary Success Conference and Youth Summit which will be held at the Hellenic Club, Canberra on 5- 6 September 2015. This conference is an affordable conference as the price of $120 per person covers, morning teas, lunch, afternoon tea and the Saturday night dinner. It will commence at 8.30am on the Saturday morning and conclude at 12.30pm on the Sunday.


All attendees will be able to have input into the conference breakout sessions over the weekend. It will be a conference that everyone will get something out of.


Who should be attending?  All Rotary Leaders, Presidents and Presidents Elect, PR Chairs, Membership Chairs and Future Rotary Leaders and Rotarians who want to be involved in the continuing success of Rotary in Australia.  At this conference you will be able to participate in breakout sessions on various topics such as Membership Retention, Membership Recruitment and Extension, Diversity in Rotary, Flexibility and Innovative Clubs in the Future, Leadership, Public Image and Media, and more.  As well, people will find out what has been successful for some clubs in growing and getting stronger.  Social media will also be explored with Rotary Public Image Coordinator Wendy Gaborit leading the discussion.  Wendy has a great grasp on social media and how it can work for clubs and getting engaged with the local community.


There will be presentations about a number of new innovative ideas on a wide range of topics, all practical ideas that you can use in your club.


The program will consist of mainly breakout groups enabling everyone to be able to participate and interact over the weekend in a practical, worthwhile and meaningful way.


Coupled with the Rotary Success Conference this year will be a Youth Summit for people under 40 years of age.  The Youth Summit will be an opportunity for people to put forward ideas and practical thoughts on how Rotary clubs can interact with younger people ... how and why Rotary clubs need to become more involved with Rotaract and Interact.


This Conference will be focussing on the future.  We are positive that every Rotarian will gain practical knowledge and new ideas to take back to their Clubs and Districts from this Conference.  You will meet Rotarians from across Australia and be able to share with them your ideas and hear their ideas; it will be a great experience for everyone.


Register now at: http://www.rotaryd9710.org.au/success-conference.html

 Sustainable Grant

The final report for Matching Grant 76721, in support of the Mercy Centre, Bangkok, has now been completed.


You will be pleased to know of the successful completion of thirteen (13) Home Based HIV/AIDS Care Training Workshops and, one (1) Final Seminar on the Overall Project which included an Impact Assessment and Feedback.


The grant has assisted staff from a number of non-government organizations, in Bangkok and Laos, to be better equiped in reducing the suffering of many HIV/AIDS families. The lives of those suffering needed Rotary's input in their lives as this grant continues to make a difference.


Many thanks to the Rotary Club of Bangkok and District 9810 Clubs; Box Hill, Box Hill Central, Doncaster, Manningham, Templestowe and Warrandyte Donvale for their valuable support.


PP Liz Guiver

Rotary Club of Warrandtye Donvale

 Nepal Earthquake Appeal




Sha Rijal is a member of the Rotary Club of Clayton. Recently her country Nepal was struck by a massive 7.9 earthquake wrenching a terrible loss of life and leaving millions of survivors without proper shelter, food and water. Unfortunately, the relief efforts have been slow in the wake of this disaster. The situation gets worse as we move away from the capital, Kathmandu, to the villages and remote areas. 

For more information and have the oppertunity to support this appeal please 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. 

 District 9810 Information Directory

Rotary Club of Clayton


The Rotary Club of Clayton for at least the next six months will now be meeting at the Clayton RSL, 163 Carinish Road, Clayton. As we might be having our meeting in a different location sometimes, please contact Ralph Zuccaro on 0408 991 741 before you attend. We are still meeting on the Monday for Dinner with the time being 6:00 for 6:30 pm start. 

save the date....
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....
Sat 30 May                                                  6:30 for 7:00 pm


The Rotary Club of Beaumaris presents





Beaumaris Motor Yacht Club,

Beach Road, Beaumaris


 $100 per person includes 2 course meal and drink on arrival.         (Tables of 10 - $95.00 per person).


All proceeds are going to ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children)


To book your seat please contact;

John Sime 0404 822 256 or john@jmsime.com

Payment can be made by cheque or direct credit

Rotary Club of Beaumaris - PO Box 7047, Beaumaris 3193

BSB: 633-000 Account No: 121 444 145


Full Details click here

Sat 30 & Sun 31 May                           9:30 am to 5:00 pm


Rotary Club of Glen Waverley invites you to a  




 Mount Waverley Community Centre

47 Miller Cres, Mount Waverley (Mel 70 E1)


Entry fee $8.00 (sorry no concessions)


Featuring Guest Textile Art Exhibition

"Seasons" by Stitch Theorem  


All proceeds to

Women Building Bridges - Monash

who will also exhibit their multicultural textiles.


  For more information click here

Sat 30 & Sun 31 May                          10:00 am to 4:00 pm


Rotary Club of Mont Albert & Surrey Hills is once again holding its  




 Mont Albert Primary School

Barloa Road, Mont Albert (Mel 46 J8)


 Adults $5 and accompanying children free. Light refreshments will be available.

  Market appraisals of your treasures will be available from David Freeman on Sunday May 31st from 11am to 2pm - $5 per item or 5 items for $20.  David is a well known and respected Antique Dealer.


Enquires : 0450 472 723 or info@rotarymash.org.au


   For more information click here


Fri 5 June                                                       5:30 for 6:00 pm


The Rotary Club of Wandin would like to invite you to their Interplast Fundraiser




Croydon Cinemas

1/3-5 Hewish Road, Croydon


This is a PRIVATE SCREENING commencing at 6:00 pm sharp.

Movie is followed by a 'champagne (actually sparkling wine) supper'.


$25 Per Person


Payment can be made to Rotary Club of Wandin Inc.

BSB 633000 Account number 128871910

Include your name as a reference for tickets. 


Full Details click here

Sat 27 June                                                  7:00 for 7:30 pm


Rotary District 9810

2015 Changeover Dinner



District Governor Tony Monley and Kathy


together with


District Governor Elect David Tolstrup and Alison



Request the pleasure of the company of

All District 9810 Rotarians and Partners

at the 2015 District Changeover Dinner


Karralyka Centre,

Mines Road, Ringwood 

(Melway Ref: 50A6- Entry from both Maroondah Highway

and Mt Dandenong Road)


Cost: $60.00 / person

Drinks: At bar prices



Ladies: After Five

Gentlemen: Black Tie or Jacket & Tie


 RSVP via attached Registration Form by Friday 12th June 2015 


Full Details click here

Fri 17 July                                                       6:30 for 7:00 pm




This event is hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Huntingdale and Clayton. Proudly Supporting Parkinsons Victoria


Huntingdale Golf Club,

Windsor Avenue, South Oakleigh


Tickets - $125 per person

Dress - Lounge Suit 


Book your tickets today

Online: www.trybooking.com/HLSY

Phone: Parkinsons - 9581 8700 



Help us fill the room - if you are unable to attend please make a donation on line.



Full Details click here


Where has the year gone so quick??? I cannot belive that there is only two more edition of highlights for this Rotary year. 


Please keep up the good feedback and pass on all those events so your fellow Rotarians can enjoy them as well.

All the best

Michael Ellinger 

Rotary Club of Clayton

Editor: Highlights of D9810