Article submitted by DG Adrian Froggatt and Membership Chair David Hanlon
 
As part of our 'Breaking the Chains' activities, very little is not getting a review this year on how better District can deliver support and help to clubs.
 
After reviewing the Membership Forum event held last year we are planning some changes for 2019-20 to make the forum more accessible with a strong emphasis on “how to”. There will be plenty of take-home strategies and skills.
 
Aimed at Presidents, Presidents-Elect, Club Membership Chairs and their committees we will be conducting not one, but four membership forums geographically spread throughout the district.
 
The great news, no one will have very far to travel to attend one, and if the date of your nearest doesn’t work for you then you could attend one of the others. The forums will run for 4 hours and will be funded by part of the extra allocation in this year’s budget.
 
Proposed locations span across cluster boundaries so we are asking our AG’s to collaborate and consult with the clubs closest to the forum locations to set the dates, select specific venues and make the arrangements. District Membership Chair David Hanlon and his presenters and facilitators will then come and run the forum on the agreed date.
 
While some minor adjustments may need to be made based on facility availabilities or suitability, the spread of locations for the four forums are:
 
Bairnsdale – AG’s Anne Cross and Don Crewe
Moe/Warragul – AG’s Peter Dell, Don Crewe, Geoff Young
Frankston/Mornington – AG’s Steve Daly, Sjaak Kusters, Geoff Young
Leongatha/ Wonthaggi – DGN Bill Degnan, AG’s Peter Dell, Don Crewe.
 
Watch closely for more information on this.
 
Article submitted by President Peter Cracknell - Rotary Club of Frankston Sunrise
 
Very Special Kids (VSK) provides hospice and extensive out-patient support services to children and families suffering serious and usually life-threatening health conditions.
 
For a number of years, VSK has operated a 24-Hr Treadmill Challenge adjacent to its Hawthorn based hospice as one of its major fundraising initiatives.  We approached them earlier this year about running a local community-based version of their event – a first for VSK.
 
Out of those discussions came our 12-Hr Treadmill Challenge run at the Core24 Gym in Frankston on Sunday October 20th 2019.  With an original target of $20k, we actually raised over $22k with a little more still to come in.
 
Local companies were encouraged to pay a $1k sponsorship to secure a branded treadmill.  Each then put together a team of runners/walkers made up of staff, family and friends, who were rostered to be on the treadmill for 30-minute shifts across the 12 hours.  All participants were encouraged to do their own individual fundraising, with the entire fundraising managed online.
 
In our 1st year, we had 8 treadmills with over 150 participants throughout the day.  Our Treadmills were supported by Core24, Lite ‘n Easy, Ray White Frankston, Willerbys Solicitors, Lifecare Physio, Frankston Police, Rotary Frankston Sunrise.  But probably the team that everyone really enjoyed was the team from Focus Individualised Support Services with half their running team made up of their amazing, enthusiastic and always smiling disabled clients, who like everyone else were on a treadmill and raising funds for Very Special Kids. 
 
The team that took away the trophy for the highest fundraising effort was Lite ‘n Easy, who also looked after all participants with a supply of their healthy snacks, which were gratefully received after a workout!
 
Beyond exceeding our financial target, our learnings have led us already to commit to a 2nd event same time next year.  We have plans to significantly grow both the event and our fundraising efforts. 
 
The reaction of our sponsoring partners was excellent, with all keen to come back next year with their own plans to make their involvement larger. 
 
For their part, Very Special Kids is beyond pleased and is keen to use this event as a template for rolling out similar events across their regional operations across the state.
 
Article submitted by President Isobel Caulfield - Rotary Club of Perwick
 
During a recent trip to New Zealand, President Isobel and PP Mark Caulfield of the Rotary Club of Berwick took this photo of Rotamoo, which has been erected by the Rotary Club of Morrinsville.
 
 
Morrinsville is in the heart of the mighty Waikato dairy farming area in the upper North Island. The cow represents the colours of the 220 nations of the world in which Rotary is active and one of Rotary’s objectives of creating international understanding, peace and goodwill amongst all people regardless of their colour, race or creed.
 
"Rotamoo"  simply represents the diversity of the world and that New Zealand is a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic community that seeks equality.
 
What might amaze you though, is that Morrinsville was the first Rotary Club that our DG Adrian joined back in 1989 – no bull!
 
Welcome Past President Harry Ziegerink (formerly RC Cranbourne and currently RC Dromana) as our new District 9820 RAWCS Coordinator.
 
In his 28 years of Rotary Harry has always had a strong interest in the international projects area and has had a long association with RAWCS.
 
Having done 9 international project trips Harry is well experienced to assist clubs, particularly on ways RAWCS capabilities can be used by clubs considering projects.
 
As RAWCS Coordinator Harry becomes part of our District 9820 International Committee working with Chair, Colin Byron.
Harry’s contact details are:
Mobile: 0419 526 326