AG Seminar February 2018 2018-03-14 13:00:00Z 0
All Youth Programs David Button 2018-03-07 13:00:00Z 0
By President Ian Round, Traralgon Central
I had felt somewhat guilty for not having attended a District Conference for many years. The conference in Sale this weekend was excellent, and it reminded me as to why attending a conference is important.
The key note speakers were motivational; the fellowship and catching up with old friends was great; Jan and I danced our feet off at the Saturday night dinner dance; segments on DIK, Disaster Aid and Eradicate Polio were great; and the Sunday morning discussion panel “Building a Rotary for the Future” was very thought provoking.
Next year’s Conference for the first time will be combined with four other Victorian Rotary districts, and will be held at the Melbourne Convention Centre. Up to 2000 Rotarians and their partners are expected to attend.
The next few weeks are busy for Rotary locally with the Lakes Entrance Club Art Show from 9-12th March, Traralgon Club Green Tie Trivia Night,  Maffra Club Mardi Gras, and Yarram Club Centenary of Flight air show all on 17th March, Peninsula Rotoract Club Casino Night on 24 March and Orbost Club Fishing Weekend on 20-22nd April. The Traralgon Club have appealed to us specifically to support their Trivia Night. Tables are for 4 couples, cost is $75 pp including a 2 course dinner and dancing to Gippsland band “Sweet Lip”.
Our meeting on Monday will be a Club Assembly where those who attended will report on the Conference, we will discuss further the Club shirts, and progress our projects planning.”
Pictured below are (clockwise from top left): John Reeve and the District exchange students who all reported they were enjoying themselves; District Governor Don Ripper closes the proceedings; Traralgon RC Rotarian Norm Butler won the Conference Golf day; The `Ride To Conference' participants raised $53,000 to add to the $900,000 plus they have raised in previous years. 
Reproduced by permission.
A 'fascinating' District Conference Ian Round 2018-02-24 13:00:00Z 0

District Assembly & Avenues of Service 2018

The District Assembly is one of the most important events in the Rotary calendar. This is the one event where YOU get to learn about the particular part of Rotary that interests YOU! How good it that! The idea is to give you the tools to be an effective Rotarian. It doesn't matter if you have been a Rotarian for fifty years, or you have just joined. District Assembly is for EVERYONE.
My first District Assembly was very puzzling, so I am glad to see the puzzle has returned. I had no idea what District Assembly was about or why I was supposed to be there. I learned so much on the day and I was glad I made an effort. Experienced Rotarians were happy to offer guidance, the trainers were happy to train and the inexperienced were happy to ask as many questions as they needed answers for. I cannot wait to be part of the next one and I hope you will be joining me.
Where & When
29th April 2018 starting 9:00 am
Federation University, Berwick Campus, Berwick
Berwick/Clyde Road, Berwick, 3806
Bookings can be done via your Club Secretary, Email directly to or phoning Linda: 0417 300 335
If you want to cut to the chase and register on one of those online thingies, try this link (but you will need to know how to log into Clubrunner): REGISTER HERE
If you don't know how to log into Clubrunner, contact David Button (Berwick) on and he will give you the help you need.
District Assembly & Avenues of Service 2018 David Button 2018-02-22 13:00:00Z 0
'Embracing and celebrating power and growth' is the theme for the 2018 International Womens' Day Breakfast,
presented by Frankston North Rotary with the Rotary Clubs of Frankston, Peninsula 2.0 and Mt Eliza.
Your ticket is your access to a delicious breakfast and an enjoyable morning featuring 2 Guest Speakers (see below, follow our facebook page for updates).
We welcome men, women and students to secure their ticket $50 each or Tables of Ten $500.
Ticket sales close 28th February 2018. BOOK HERE:
Please share this link with family, friends and colleagues and we look forward to your company on Wednesday 7th March 2018 for an inspiring morning!
Don't forget to click the "Read More" button to find out more about the speakers!!
Embracing and celebrating power and growth Linda Reeve 2018-02-22 13:00:00Z 0
From Peter Sindrey, President, Rotary Club of Lakes Entrance
Lakes Entrance Rotary’s “Gippsland Lakes Art on Show” returns again this year on the March long weekend (March 9-12) to showcase the work of local artists as well as artists throughout Australia.
The show is held at Forestec, 7km west of Lakes Entrance on the Princess Highway and is organised by Lakes Entrance RC in conjunction with the Gunaikurnai Aboriginal Land and Waters Corporation.
It is expected that more than a thousand people will visit the show again this year to see the range of artworks and photographs both on display and for sale.
Gippsland Lakes Art Show to impress 2018-02-12 13:00:00Z 0
The very popular Gippsland Rotary Golf Classic will again be organised by the Rotary Club of Moe, this year on Monday 19 March at the Yallourn Golf Club.
The Classic has been held for many years during which it has raised many thousands of dollars for local community and international service projects.
The day is organised as a ladies and gents three person ambrose for both handicapped and non-handicapped players. Business houses and social groups are welcome to enter teams with the Rotary team with the best Ambrose score will win the Claude Staff Memorial Trophy.
A `Classic' for Gippsland Peter S 2018-02-12 13:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Pakenham has organised a special Rotary Foundation Race Evening at Pakenham Racecourse for Thursday March 1 from 6pm.
The evening will cost $70 per person which includes entry to the racecourse plus a race book and two course dinner in the Skyline Dining Room.
Pakenham Racecourse is a 420 Nar Nar Goon-Longwarry Road, Tynong.
Please book on line on the Pakenham Racecourse web site. Click here.
The invitation can be viewed here
Off to the races Peter S 2018-02-12 13:00:00Z 0
A special District 9820 Interplast fundraising night has been organised by the Rotary Club of Seaford Carrum Downs. The night will be held at The Sands Hotel, Hall Road, Carrum Downs, 6.30 for 7pm on Tuesday March 20.
Guest speakers from Interplast will be Keith Mutimer MBBS FRACS (Plast), President of the Interplast Board of Directors; Prue Ingram CEO of Interplast Australasia and Di Gillies, Rotary co-ordinator for Interplast.
Rotarians can attend the dinner and present a cheque from their club on the night or the club can send a cheque to the Seaford Carrum Downs Rotary Club which will be presented on the night and qualify for sponsorship.

District 9820 Interplast night Peter S 2018-02-12 13:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Ian Sayers was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Awards.
Ian was born in Williamstown, Victoria, on 28 October 1935.  He grew up in Northbridge, NSW,  and was educated at Northbridge Primary School and North Sydney Boys’ High School.   He worked for a few years in a bank, and also served in the ADF for 20 years both as a reservist and regular soldier.  
He served in various Reserve infantry units and Divisional Headquarters.  He was awarded the Efficiency Decoration in 1968 and retired a Major in 1973.
His first Rotary club was the Rotary Club of Canberra City.  He then transferred to the Rotary Club of Canberra Sunrise, of which he was a Charter Member, Charter Secretary, and President in 1998/99.  
OAM for Ian Peter S 2018-02-12 13:00:00Z 0
The latest Disaster Aid newsletter just missed out on our December newsletter. For all of those who would like to catch up on what this vital service has been doing, click here
Disaster Aid update Peter S 2018-02-12 13:00:00Z 0
Bairnsdale Sunrise
The creed of the volunteer is alive and kicking on the Gippsland Lakes, as members of the Bairnsdale Sunrise club heard from Leanne Jennings of the Neighbourhood House.
Sixty-five volunteers support the work of Neighbourhood House through activities such as food preparation and serving, Op shop duty, gardening, running programs, website development, grant writing, etc.
The House receives some government funding but is also reliant on locally raised funds to finance its operations.  A social evening will be held at Neighbourhood House in April to raise funds for the centre.
Rotary Club of Narre Warren
The club's Second Hand Book and Record Fair will be held on Saturday 19 May from 10am-3pm at the Narre Warren Bowls Club, close to the Fountain Gate Shopping Centre.
It's hoped a change in venue from the previous
Around the clubs Peter S 2018-02-12 13:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Bunyip-Garfield will host its annual golf day on Wednesday March 7,  giving golfers the chance to enjoy play on one of the prettiest courses in West Gippsland.
Bill Clapp, one of the organisers, said the club had run the day for more than 25 years with some of the causes helped in the past including the Black Saturday fire appeal and Wheelchairs for Kids.  He said that this year money raised will help various local causes and projects.
Bunyip-Garfield Golf Day Peter S 2018-02-12 13:00:00Z 0
Get out your green ties!
The Rotary Club of Traralgon is organising a `Green Tie Musical Trivia Night' at Traralgon's Premiere Function Centre on Saturday March 17 from 7pm.  
The Green Tie Music Trivia Night is the club's third fun evening in six years. The Great Gatsby was the first, and 18 months ago came the Green Tie Trivia night.

The theme is Green again this year because the night falls on St Patrick's Day! Hence the theme for the night ``the luck of the Irish''
Get out your green ties Peter S 2018-02-12 13:00:00Z 0
Like many District clubs, the Rotary Club of Traralgon Central adopts a more relaxed attitude in January, after all it is the holiday season. This year the club hosted three early morning walks, followed by breakfast.  The walks were not too strenuous and the breakfasts whatever you fancy mixed with pleasant conversation (and plenty of coffee!)
Walking breakfasts Peter S 2018-02-12 13:00:00Z 0
From PDG Tony Spring

I have received a request to do a Friendship Exchange with District 2981, Tamil Nadu, India. They plan to send a small group of 6-10 people (men and women) and I would like to organise a group to visit them. They are a very welcoming group of Rotarians who looked after me and my GSE team extremely well in January 2008.


Indian friendship exchange Peter S 2018-02-12 13:00:00Z 0
Only a few days now remain before the District Conference in Sale and the organizing committee are now fine tuning the event to make sure that it is both memorable and enjoyable for the more than 300 people registered.
If you have not registered and suddenly find that you are able to go Thursday will be the absolute cut off. 
The emphasis for the conference is to be “Building a Rotary for the future” and on Sunday morning we will ask delegates to become involved with suggestions and opinions as PDG David Anderson, recently Rotary International lead trainer, leads us in a panel discussion involving both “old and wise” and “young and smart”. Sale has many attractions including the river pictured below.
I had thought that things would slow down a bit over the summer break however with art show openings, cluster gatherings, multi club Christmas events and special program visits Jude and I are yet to go a week without at least two rotary events other than the Monday meeting of the good old Rotary Club of Sale.
Rotary Leadership Institute scheduled for East Gippsland has been deferred for the time being due to lack of registrations. It will be advertised again later in the year after discussions with EG Cluster clubs to ascertain the best time to conduct it.
PP Phil Dressing and his Club visioning team are now available to assist any club which wishes to complete this valuable process. Not surprisingly clubs which have availed themselves of this free program of professional self-assessment and planning stand out as a result.
For those clubs which have committed to Rotary International President Ian’s program of planting a tree for every Rotarian, I would ask that a report, with photos if possible, could be sent through to Jude by 1st April so that our District’s results can be reported to Ian for Earth Day later in that montVisit beautiful Sale for the District Conferenceh.


Help shape Rotary Peter S 2017-12-18 13:00:00Z 0
Gippsland Rotary Centenary House has recently published its latest newsletter which contains plenty of information about how this vital ongoing community project is faring and plans for how it can be bigger and better. To read the newsletter click here.
GRCH marches forward 2017-12-18 13:00:00Z 0
By  Noel Trevaskis R.I Director 2016-18

After almost 100 years of successful operation in Australia and New Zealand, Rotary finds itself at a very significant cross road.  With a declining membership over the last ten years, Australia has lost 4,314 members (13%) and New Zealand has lost 1,967 (19%) plus an ageing membership demographic, the continued existence of Rotary as we know it is under considerable threat.
Do we remain doing what we are currently doing and find we no longer exist in 20 years OR do we acknowledge we have a problem and accept the challenge to work together to address the issues and make the changes necessary to take Rotary forward for another hundred years?  It is both a challenging and an exciting time for Rotary in this part of the world.
There is an urgent need for change both at the Club and the District levels.  Clubs need to find new ways of attracting and retaining members and Districts need to focus their efforts on providing the best possible support mechanisms to Clubs in their crucial endeavour to grow and strengthen Rotary.

Reinvigorating Rotary Peter S 2017-12-18 13:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Traralgon Central member Maree McPherson has joined the ranks of published authors with the launch of her  book Cutting Through The Grass Ceiling  towards the end of November in Traralgon, Maree's home town. 

Maree writes regularly on the web about regional leadership and the contribution of regions to nations.


Maree in print Peter S 2017-12-18 13:00:00Z 0

Jessica Connors and Club President Michael Della Rocca plant a tree, an example of the kind of  projects that can give new members ownership and responsibility.

By Michael Bucca, membership chair of the Rotary Club of Central Ocean – Toms River, New Jersey, USA

So many Rotary membership events focus on engagement and retention. It makes sense.

Long term engagement and retention are an important part of successfully growing a club for the simple fact that new membership gains can be quickly wiped out by non-engaged members choosing to leave.

The advice being given by membership chairs and leaders is sound: get new members involved right away. Our club has taken this one step further by explaining something important to our new members:

This is your Rotary club!

A Rotary club is chartered by Rotary International, but who ultimately operates it? The membership does! All Rotarians pay the dues that allow the club to function, attend the meetings, and perform the work needed. In a sense, members are partial owners of the club in the way shareholders are of corporations. Rotary club membership can be just like a stock, except the dividends are derived from the active participation of the member!

So now that a new member has joined, how do you help them cash in on their Rotary dividends? They must be given a role that they can take ownership of. Most members of Central Ocean Rotary have a purpose. Many have found their niche that suits their own interests. For example, some are dedicated to an operational function of the club, while others work almost exclusively on community or international service projects.


The best method for implementing this is letting a new member commission a service project or fundraiser for your club. This BYOP (bring your own project) approach gives the new member immediate ownership of something important. Your service projects and fundraising committees may have a few ideas for this new member, or simply let the person bring a project to the table. With this method, our club was able to complete nine service projects just in the first half of this Rotary year.

However, if a new member feels they are not ready for this level of responsibility and would rather sit back and observe, you can find another area of the club that they can contribute to and get their feet wet. Let the new member serve as club greeter or guest sergeant at arms to get them involved at a lower level of responsibility and work their way up via a committee or through mentoring.

Don’t let your new members slip through the cracks. If you show them that the club belongs to every member, they will stick around for many years to collect dividends of fulfillment that Rotary service can provide!

Members own the Club 2017-12-14 13:00:00Z 0
This article first appeared on the District 9800 web site

December is Rotary's Disease Prevention and Treatment Month. In the olden days people died through starvation, a lack of cleanliness and medical knowledge. Now we have plenty of food, we wash our hands with soap, go to the doctor when ill and use all sorts of technology to diagnose and treat conditions that effect our quality of life. However in the western world our desire to live longer and better, has created life threatening conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity, Diabetes, cancer and coronary heart disease.
So, is there really a role for Rotary in disease prevention and treatment and will we as Rotarians live long and healthy lives to enable us to take on such a role.


Fight and prevent disease 2017-11-29 13:00:00Z 0

Big night at Mitchell River


What a night of excitement and celebration!
Rotary Club of Mitchell River recently hosted 95 Grade 6 students from 12 primary schools across East Gippsland, as they received their Rotary Junior Community Awards. 
Each student has completed and recorded their weekly endeavors, as they undertook tasks and projects in their community. 
Thanks to the many people who assisted students, and Mr Tim Bull MLA for presenting the awards.


Club News Peter S 2017-11-29 13:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM), and Rotarians can be excited by the prospect of achieving malaria elimination in Timor Leste in the next five years writes Christine Williams.
The incidence of local transmission is very low, however there is still the risk of cross border infections.
Malaria: The fight continues Peter S 2017-11-29 13:00:00Z 0
By Christine Williams

Three members from our district had the privilege to join a RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service) team to Solomon Islands recently. Alan Laughton (Kooweerup - Lang-Lang), Merv and Chris Williams (Mt Martha) were involved in fitting out a new Rural Training & Hospitality Centre at Mbanga Island.



Solomon Islands – RAWCS project Peter S 2017-11-29 13:00:00Z 0
David & Bidit have joined Rotary as an exciting opportunity to deliver services into their community.

Coming to Australia as refugees, they have settled with their families in Frankston – both men are community leaders in the South Sudanese community in Victoria.

Rotary Frankston 2.0 is very excited to support the integration of new arrivals into our community, by providing networking opportunities, adult literacy, resume writing, and mentoring. The focus is help with providing job skills to South Sudanese community members so they can become fully engaged members of our community.
Rotary opens doors for South Sudanese David Hanlon 2017-11-12 13:00:00Z 0
David & Bidit have joined Rotary as an exciting opportunity to deliver services into their community.

Coming to Australia as refugees, they have settled with their families in Frankston – both men are community leaders in the South Sudanese community in Victoria.

Rotary Frankston 2.0 is very excited to support the integration of new arrivals into our community, by providing networking opportunities, adult literacy, resume writing, and mentoring. The focus is help with providing job skills to South Sudanese community members so they can become fully engaged members of our community.
South Sudanese leaders join Rotary David Hanlon 2017-11-11 13:00:00Z 0
A story from "over the border" that might inspire us to engage the younger generation.
The Rotary Club of Bentleigh Moorabbin Central, within District 9810, located in Moorabbin, Victoria, has sponsored  an Interact Club at McKinnon Secondary College that was official chartered on 31st October 2017. At the official opening was the Principal Pitsa Binnion, the Interact Co-ordinator Andrew Hemsley along with several other teachers as well as the District Governor Malcolm Chiverton, the District 9810 Interact Chair Salwan Shahine, The President of the Bentleigh Moorabbin Central Peter O’Brien and the club member that co-ordinated the interface between the Rotary Club and McKinnon Secondary College Chair Youth & Vocation Peter Guttmann.
The challenge to Rotary has always been that the setting up of Interact has involved many hours and days of providing support to schools, however, in this case the initial process began with the enrolment of 120 students. This has grown to a stagging 190 students that have set up the Interact structure which includes office bearers President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Directors (Local, National and International).
Interact Challenge David Button 2017-11-08 13:00:00Z 0
Wet a line in Orbost 19th-22nd April 2018 2017-11-02 13:00:00Z 0
Traralgon for Golf! 2017-11-02 13:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Orbost will host its annual fishing weekend from 20-22 April.
The weekend has been held since 1990, and has proved to be a great weekend of fellowship, camping and fishing. Practically everything is provided by the club for the weekend, so a minimum of organisation and effort is needed by participants.
Proceeds from the weekend are primarily directed to The Rotary Foundation and Gippsland Rotary Centenary House (low cost accommodation for day procedure – cancer - patients, especially from remote areas, at the Latrobe Regional Hospital).
Detailed Information and Application form – see below. 
The venue is the Corringle Slips Camping Area, 14km south of Orbost, a natural  bushland camping area, sheltered by coastal sand dunes, adjacent to the Snowy River estuary, with boats moored only a few metres from the camp.
Basic facilities, -  pit toilets are part of the camping area; the Rotary Club organises the water supply, electric lighting, a hot shower, and washing facilities.
Get ready to go fishing! 2017-11-01 13:00:00Z 0
There is now a suite of online membership courses available in Rotary’s Learning Center to assist clubs in strengthening their membership.
The following membership topics:
  • Is Your Club Healthy?
  • Online Membership Leads
  • Building a Diverse Club
  • Practicing Flexibility and Innovation
  • Kick-start Your New Member Orientation
  • Best Practices for Engaging Members
Online Membership Courses Available David Button 2017-10-21 13:00:00Z 0

Words: David Goldsmith, Rotary Club of Ballarat West and Gus Dominguez, Rotary Club of Berwick

An evaluation team comprised by PP Dr. David Goldsmith (RC Ballarat West), PP Gus Dominguez (RC Berwick) and Dr Felipe de Lemos (Vanuatu)  travelled to Honiara, to evaluate a proposal to build and equip a new dental clinic for the Solomon Islands National Referral Hospital (NRH). The building to be converted is pictured, right.

The team received an enthusiastic audience from Hospital staff, dental professionals and Rotary in Honiara, where we met and had discussions with:

Rotary work in Solomon Islands Peter S 2017-10-21 13:00:00Z 0
The concept of a “Satellite Club” was developed to provide an alternative approach to establish Rotary Clubs.  The concept gives Clubs the opportunity to start up a small group with the ultimate intention of forming a new club in due course. It is also a means of involving prospective members in Rotary activities before any new club is chartered. A Satellite Club is anticipated to have a minimum of 8 members on inception.
Why establish a Satellite Club?
Alternative meeting times, for example, young parents don’t want to be away for one evening every week (should not be the same day/time as the sponsoring club).  Alternative demographics, e.g. target younger members, shift workers or establish a club within a business.  Alternative meeting model, e.g. Weekends, No Charge meetings, e-club or a coffee club.
What are the advantages?
  1. The members are officially Rotarians (same rights, same fees) and can immediately take advantage of the benefits of membership such as visiting other clubs and joining Rotary Fellowships.
  1. The process of establishing a Satellite club is much less complicated.  Approval process is quick and streamlined.
  1. If primary purpose is demographics, such as attracting young members into an ‘old’ club, they are amongst their own kind, yet the sponsoring club members can freely interact (and vice-versa) and certainly are encouraged to mentor them.
What is a Satellite Club? 2017-10-21 13:00:00Z 0

The District 9820 Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) will return to the Phillip Island Adventure Resort in 2018 on the weekend of Friday, Saturday and Sunday 18-20 May.

MUNA heads back to the `Island' Peter S 2017-10-21 13:00:00Z 0

District 9820 now has its first dual Rotary-Rotaract members, after Peninsula Rotaract Club members Amy and Rachel were inducted into the Rotary Club of Casey. 
The Rotaract clubs in the district have strong membership and are eager to work with Rotary clubs. 


Get involved with Rotoract 2017-10-21 13:00:00Z 0
From Trudy Poole, RC Frankston Peninsula 2.0 

One of the guest speakers at the District Conference in March was Rhett Butler from the Sky Juice Foundation. After he spoke Peter Sidrey suggested each club from District 9820 donate $200 to sponsor two hydrants to third world countries. I spoke to the Disaster Aid team at Conference asking if it was possible to apply for one for a RAWCS Project that our club Pen 2.0 supports in Cambodia, The Green Gecko Project.  


Hydrant for Green Gecko project 2017-10-21 13:00:00Z 0
Disaster Aid would like to thank the Rotary Clubs of District 9820 who donated $200 per club after a suggestion was spontaneously made and as a result of Rhett Butler’s presentation at the D9820 conference in Hobart April this year. 

To date we have received $3,200 although not enough to purchase a fully installed hydrant, Disaster Aid will add the balance of $1,800 to cover the cost of a complete system.  Once the hydrant has been installed we look to report back to the 9820 District with photos and information of the finished project.

--Jan Burney, administration
Conference help for Disaster Aid Australia Peter S 2017-10-21 13:00:00Z 0

Have a great night out and support Rotary's ongoing fight against Polio at the same time.

The  Rotary Club of Sale has booked Sale Cinema on Thursday 9 November for the launch of  new film `Murder on the Orient Express'  with monies raised  supporting PolioPlus, Rotary's project to eradicate polio from the world.

Climb aboard the Orient Express Peter S 2017-10-20 13:00:00Z 0

Rob Marks has celebrated 50 years service to Rotary.

Rob joined Rotary in 1967 and has been a member of five clubs, Bayswater, Chelsea (President 1973/74) Carrum (Charter President 1978/80) Burnside SA (President 1989/90).

Rob had a career in banking and held a number of managerial posts before retiring as State Manager, Branch Support (SA & NT Division) with the Westpac Bank in 1991.

In March 1992, Rob joined the Mt Martha Club and has served a number of years on the club board as Secretary, Foundation Director and Vice President. He has served in multiple roles within the club service areas, notably as the Rotary Foundation Centurion program chair.


Rob Marks celebrates 50 years Peter S 2017-10-20 13:00:00Z 0
Celebrate World Polio Day, October 24 Peter S 2017-09-17 14:00:00Z 0

Tim Acton, a member of the Rotary Club of Mount Eliza, and Laya Jewel have started an hour-long weekly program on Peninsula Radio RPP FM98.7 every Tuesday morning publicising community events and activities happening on the Peninsula.

Tim hopes community events and activities will be broadcast within three weeks of them happening. This is a great opportunity for Rotary clubs to get their message out.

Airwaves opportunity for Peninsula clubs Peter S 2017-09-17 14:00:00Z 0


Rotarians doing what Rotarians do best, working hard on a project. Frankston Sunrise members Shane, Ross, Greg and Ron attend to finish of the lining and sealing of the food shed from Community Support Frankston recently. Well done guys.


Final work for new shed 2017-09-14 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Traralgon Central members got the message loud and clear when Jude Ripper, wife of DG Don, asked the club to take part in her project for the Rotary year, planting trees.


Getting down and dirty 2017-09-14 14:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day is 24 October, so now is the time to start planning events in your community.

Use the resources available on to get started. You’ll find everything you need to plan and promote your event, including outreach guides, sample press releases, and social media messages and graphics.

Start planning your World Polio Day event 2017-09-11 14:00:00Z 0
Mike McFarlane, past president of  The Rotary Club of Kew and an Assistant Governor will be the guest speaker at a special partners' night being organised by the Rotary Club of Yarram.
Partner's night 2017-09-11 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Learning Awareness (better known as RYLA) is looking to kick start its campaign.

RYLA 9820 is a three day residential program supporting and developing young leaders between the ages of 18 and 27.

RYLA recognises, encourages and educates current and future leaders through this intensive leadership training experience.
Time for RYLA Peter S 2017-08-23 14:00:00Z 0

It has been another busy month for Jude and myself as we approach the midway point of the Governor  term. Christmas is fast approaching and after that only seven weeks to District conference.

I would ask all those many Rotarians who have advised that they will be attending to register as soon as possible, easily done via the district website or click on


First Christmas then our conference Peter S 2017-08-22 14:00:00Z 0

The Operation Flinders program has been operating for more than two years as a partnership between five clubs in the Latrobe Valley and energy provider Engie, perhaps better known as the owner of the Hazelwood electricity generation plant and associated coal mine.

The clubs involved are Traralgon, Hazelwood, Moe, Traralgon Central and Morwell. Their fundraising helps send two groups of young people facing problems to the Flinders Ranges each year for an outdoor adventure camp designed to set them challenges and help them learn the benefits of working together.

Operation Flinders Peter S 2017-08-22 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards David Button 2017-07-13 14:00:00Z 0 #RYLA
$30,000 for Community Projects David Button 2017-07-13 14:00:00Z 0 #LakesEntrance

Ian H.S. Riseley - Rotary International President-elect 2016-17Ian H.S. Riseley

President 2017-18

RI President Riseley is asking Rotary members to work together to advance the tradition of Rotary: Making a Difference in 2017-18.

He is challenging all 1.2 million Rotarians to simply plant a tree before Earth Day on 22 April 2018. For ideas and tree-planting advice, see the Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group or download their "1.2 million tree planting" brochure. You can share your stories online using #pledgetoplant or in Rotary Showcase in the environment category.

RI President Riseley is getting his hands dirty to make his goal a reality but he cannot do it alone.

The Rotary Club of Hazelwood has already been hard at it: Check out the photos on Facebook Click HERE

Let the District know about your tree planting project by using or contacting the District Webmaster David at

A message from the President David Button 2017-07-10 14:00:00Z 0
Today we had a change of the top job. DG Lynne became a Past District Governor Lynne while DGE Don became THE District Governor Don.
I am not sure who was happier! What I am sure about though, is it is going to be a fantastic year ahead with focuses on member growth and retention, improving the environment and continuing to build on community involvement.
There will be a better-rounded report in the near future to set the scene for the coming year once the dust has settled. Stay Tuned!
Welcome District Governor Don Ripper! David Button 2017-07-08 14:00:00Z 1
Article by RC PDG John Prendergast from Rotary on the Move
RC PDG Tim Moore and I, and our team of Assistant Rotary Coordinators (ARCs), are available and keen to support Districts across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands with their efforts to support and strengthen their Clubs, and strengthen membership. The roles of Rotary Coordinator (RC) and ARC are perhaps not as well understood as we would like, and as a consequence they run the risk of being a somewhat underutilised resource – so this Rotary year we will be focusing on making sure that District leaders know and understand the purpose of the RCs and ARCs, and we will also be focusing on making sure that we actually provide value to District leaders. Rotary International provides us with a fairly modest budget, but sufficient that we are available, and funded, to participate in District events such as PETS and Assemblies. The RCs and ARCs are all Past District Governors who - perhaps contrary to popular belief about PDGs! - don’t know everything, but do have a strong bank of experience that means we can provide practical and useful support to District leaders. So please don’t hesitate to call on us during the coming year.
RCs AND ARCs PROVIDE VALUE David Button 2017-06-29 14:00:00Z 0 #Membership

At District Assembly today, PP Trevor Westland husband of DG Lynne Westland gave the District an update of his project Wheel Chairs for kids. Trevor announced that his project had raised $40,000 over the year which is a magnificent result.  

There is more to this story though! Each wheel chair makes a life altering change to not only the recipient but also the family. Many of these children need to be carried by someone, so these wheel chairs make a great impact to the lives of many.

Trevor has asked that each Rotary Club in the District consider contributing to this program each year. $250.00 per wheel chair is not that much to change a life and the people around them. 

About the photo: Rotary Club of Bunyip Garfield together with the Bunyip and Garfield Primary Schools were very proud to present the Wheelchairs for Kids organisation with a cheque for $800. A large proportion of this money was raised by the schools. Children were encouraged to ride, skate or scoot to school and make a gold coin donation to the group. The club decided to also contribute a portion enabling Wheelchairs for Kids to supply 4 wheelchairs for children in developing countries across the world.
Thank you to the schools for allowing Rotary to be part of the fundraiser and for bringing the school captains along to the Rotary Club of Casey meeting.  That is one fantastic effort right there but there are sure to be more examples of the community supporting the work of Rotary!


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