District 9820 News

February 2018

District Governor Don Ripper
What's on
District Conference
Sale Memorial Hall/Gippsland Grammar School
Feb 16, 2018 – Feb 18, 2018
Council of Governors
The Courthouse
Mar 18, 2018 12:00 PM
District Board Meeting (Go to Meeting)
Mar 18, 2018 7:00 PM
Multi District Presidents Elect Training
Federation University Mt Helen Campus
Mar 23, 2018 – Mar 25, 2018
District Leadership Meeting (Go to Meeting)
Apr 08, 2018 10:00 AM
District Finance Meeting (Go to Meeting)
Apr 08, 2018 11:00 AM
District Board Meeting (Go to Meeting)
Apr 08, 2018 11:30 AM
Insurance Declaration 2 weeks notice
Apr 16, 2018
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Help shape Rotary
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.


Toronto beckons
The 2018 Rotary International Convention will be held in Toronto, Canada and host the Toronto 2018 Host Organization Committee, invites you to experience the city’s cultural diversity at
This host-ticketed festival will feature food from around the world, fantastic entertainment, spectacular fireworks, and events that highlight Canadian heritage.
Off to the races
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
OAM for Ian
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.  
District 9820 Interplast night
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.

Indian friendship exchange
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.


A `Classic' for Gippsland
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.
Get out your green ties
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''
Bunyip-Garfield Golf Day
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.
Gippsland Lakes Art Show to impress
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.
February is a special month
February is Rotary International's Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution month.
Conflict and violence displace millions of people each year.  Half of those killed in conflict are children, and 90 percent are civilians.
Rotarians refuse to accept conflict as a way of life.  Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts.
Through our service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, our members are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.
Disaster Aid update
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
Get ready to go fishing!
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.
Walking breakfasts
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!)
Around the clubs
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
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