District 9820 News

October 2017

District Governor Don Ripper
What's on
District Finance Committee Meeting (Go To Meeting)
Nov 19, 2017
District Board Meeting (Go To Meeting)
Nov 19, 2017
District Leadership Meeting (Go To Meeting)
Nov 19, 2017
Meetings make the year fly
Welcome to the District 9820 bulletin for October, it is difficult to realise that we are are already more than a third of the way through the Rotary year and that Christmas approaches at a frightening pace.
Also approaching quickly are two important events in the District curriculum, the annual meeting and our conference, about which I wrote last month.
Our annual meeting will be held on Sunday November 12 from 10am at Federation University, Gippsland Campus, Northways Road, Churchill. I urge you to come along and find out more about how your Rotary district operates and fits into the larger picture of Rotary International.
Celebrate World Polio Day, October 24


Rotarian Don McDonald writes about the  End Polio Now campaign and World Polio Day

Rotary has along with partners reduced polio cases globally by 99.9% since the first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979” see http://centennial.rotary.org/en/history-rotary-foundation and see -


Climb aboard the Orient Express

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.

Airwaves opportunity for Peninsula clubs

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.

Rob Marks celebrates 50 years

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.


Rotary work in Solomon Islands

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:

Conference help for Disaster Aid Australia
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
Hydrant for Green Gecko project
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.  


Get involved with Rotoract

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. 


MUNA heads back to the `Island'

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.

Use this space!

The 9820 District Bulletin is a place to discover quickly what other clubs are doing, whether you live deep on the Peninsula or Orbost in the far east.

The deadline for submissions is the first week of the month with publication scheduled for the middle of the month.

Next month we hope to bring you some news about Foundation as well as updates on how clubs are going with their tree planting projects.


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