What's on in the District
Multi District President Elect's Training Session
Mar 03, 2017 – Mar 05, 2017
Rotaty Club of Orbost 28th Annual Fishing Weekend
Corringle Foreshore Reserve ("The Slips") on the Snowy River near Marlo
Mar 03, 2017 – Mar 05, 2017
Rotary Foundation Celebration Family Fun Day
Mar 05, 2017
Rotary Club of Leongatha Show and Shine
Leongatha Veldrome
Mar 05, 2017
6:00 AM – 1:30 PM
How to prepare your Club Membership Plan.
Mar 07, 2017
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM
International Women's Day Breakfast Event 2017
Mornington Racecourse 'Gunnamatta Room'
Mar 08, 2017
7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Gippsland Lakes Art on Show
Mar 11, 2017 10:00 AM –
Mar 13, 2017 1:00 PM
Public Holiday - Labour Day
Mar 13, 2017
District Conference - Hobart
Mar 24, 2017 – Mar 26, 2017
School Term 1 ends
Mar 31, 2017
Apr 14, 2017 – Apr 17, 2017
School Term 2 begins
Apr 18, 2017
Public Holiday - ANZAC Day
Apr 25, 2017
Lynne’s Undertakings
The month’s are flying past and here we are in March with so much having happened last month.  As I travel around the district, I continue to be amazed and inspired by the work done in every club.  It was great to attend Frankston Peninsula 2.0 where they inducted four new members.  What a wonderful, vibrant club this is and I have no doubt will continue to go from strength to strength.
Trevor and I recently visited both Rotaract clubs, (Peninsula and Casey Cardinia) and our nights with the young Rotaractors showed us that Rotary is in great shape with these young people coming through.  I am delighted that fourteen Rotaractors will be attending the District Conference and one of them, Rachel Caulfield, will in fact be a presenter on Sunday morning – don’t miss her!
The Rotary Leadership Institute ran two very successful programs in February, with the final session to be held on 18th March.  I enjoyed watching the enthusiasm and banter between those Rotarians present and the presenters.  Congratulations to AG David Hanlon for his organisation and leadership and also to Linda Reeve and John Reeve who led some of the sessions filled with great fun, fellowship and Rotary education.
It was an amazing morning at the RC Morwell’s Inaugural Monthly Rotary Business Breakfast on 9th February. The RSL was packed with Rotarians and friends to hear inspirational speaker, Mary Aldred, CEO, Committee for Gippsland, presenting on ‘Our Region – Our Future – Life After Hazelwood’.  Mary captured the audience with her enthusiasm and thought provoking ideas and was well equipped to answer the questions that followed.  Congratulations to President Damian and members of RC Morwell on a fantastic morning.  I am sure future Business Breakfasts will be just as successful.
It was quite emotional seeing our little ROMAC child, Chriselda and her mother, Belina from Timor Leste.  Chriselda has received heart surgery, thanks to Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children.  She has returned home with her mother, extremely grateful for what Rotary has done.  A huge thank you to District ROMAC Chair, Colin Byron for his tireless work with this wonderful project.
Congratulations to PDG Tony Spring on the Rotary Foundation Seminars held throughout the day on Sunday, 26th March.  Forty three of the forty eight clubs in our District have registered, which is a tremendous effort.  Thank you Tony and Paul for all your work in the presentations.  Rotarians who attended are now able to ‘go on line’ and register for a District or Global Grant.
Stay happy and stay safe.
Trevor and I look forward to seeing you all at Conference in a few weeks time!
Cheers  Lynne
Fund Raising Evening at Morningstar Estate
Rotary Clearing Sale Yields $25,000 for Palliative Care Service
The multi-vendor clearing sale conducted by the Drouin Rotary Club earlier this month raised $25,000 to aid the palliative care service of the West Gippsland Healthcare Group.
Chairman of the organising committee, Rotarian Don Kelly, whose family recently experienced the “amazing care” provided by the nurses of the service, said that incredible support had been received from a wide range of people and organisations to assist the Club in achieving this excellent result.  He thanked particularly the Bellbird Park Management Committee, the Drouin Cricket Club (both of whose facilities had been used), the “Warragul & Drouin Gazette”, and all those who had donated goods for the auction and those who entrusted items for sale on commission.  He said that one of the aims of the project was to raise awareness in the community of the palliative care service and “I think we’ve done that”. 
Don said that at first, he had thought that “we could provide a couple of new drivers (pumps) for administering pain relief medication, but it soon became apparent that we could achieve much more”.  He said that  many club members, partners and friends had contributed countless hours in preparation for and administration of the event – ranging from collecting goods for sale, organising the layout, assisting at the sale, staffing the settling room, to running the barbecue.  He highlighted the contribution of Rotarian Peter Williams who conducted the auction, and the support Peter had received from two of his associates Greg Wilson and Doug Peachey.
Peter Williams said that the total turnover on the day was just on $100,000 from the 800 lots offered.  Selling took place from 10.30am to 6.30pm – a “big big sale”, he said.  There were over 300 registered buyers who came from all over Victoria, with one call coming in from Darwin.  He also thanked his assistants Greg Wilson and Doug Peachey who had given their time due of the worthiness of the project. 
At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club, Sue McDermott, Manager, District Nursing, and Maryann Bills, Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner of the West Gippsland Healthcare Group attended as guest speakers and to receive the cheque.  They detailed to club members and guests the services offered by the 12 nurses who operate across the Baw Baw Shire in alleviating suffering and providing support for patients and their families at a difficult time.  When receiving the cheque, they thanked the club on behalf of the West Gippsland Healthcare Group, saying that they were overwhelmed by amazing result of the project.
[1]   Auctioneer Rotarian Peter Williams in action at the sale.
[2]   Gathered after the cheque presentation are (back row, from left) organising committee-members Rotarians Don Kelly, Bill Petschack, Peter Williams and Glynn Fankhauser; (front row) Maryann Bills, Sue McDermott and Club President Sharryn Marshall.
Our district ROMAC child  Chriselda and her mum Belina flew home on Sunday 18th February back to Timor Leste. Two year old Chriselda had cardiac surgery on February
 6th at the Royal children’s Hospital. She recovered very well and enjoyed her stay in Melbourne having visited Healesville Sanctuary, Arthur’s seat and a visit to the Dandenong market.
The host family Elizabeth and Tim Jones did a fabulous job in looking after Chriselda and Belina. The hosts are non-Rotarians but were very keen to help Romac after losing their 4 year old 
son to a cardiac problem in 2015. Also a big thanks to the Rotary Club of Dandenong South East for being the sponsor Club. At the Club’s farewell meeting to Chriselda and
Belina, Elizabeth and Tim handed a cheque for $15,000 to ROMAC which was from their amazing fundraising efforts since the passing of their son.
Regards, Colin
Straight from the Press
Mark Tremann Breakfast
Gippsland Rotary Golf Classic
Charity days run by Rotary Club of Moe have a tradition of attracting good fields from a broad cross section of businesses.
The event is a Gippsland Rotary Golf Classic 3 player Ambrose game which will be concluded with dinner and auctions.
Shotgun start 12pm  Yallourn Golf Club
We invite your businesses & Individuals to donate an item or gift certificate. These items will be used as prizes for the golf, raffles or auctions.
We will acknowledge all supporting businesses during the day at Yallourn Golf Club and afterward in the Latrobe Valley Express.
Further we would like to encourage you and staff / friends of your organisation to sponsor your team on the day.
 *Team Sponsorship Package - $300.00 Entitlement  Signage / Advertising on hole / green / fairway / clubhouse (please provide banners)  Three players (entry fee for Golf, Lunch and Evening Meal)
* Player Sponsorship Package - $125.00 Entitlement
 Signage at clubhouse (please provide banners)
 One player (entry fee for Golf, Lunch and Evening Meal)
* Individual players most welcome. $40 Individuals & $35 Yallourn GC members. All prices include a BBQ before hit off & an evening roast meal.
Your early response will ensure your place in the field. Entry received by Tuesday 14th March 2017 would be most appreciated.
If you are unable to play golf we invite you to attend the golf club from 5.30pm for drinks, raffles, give-aways & auctions. Cost of meals for sponsor’s guests is $20.00.
Funds raised on the day will be used by the club to support local community & international service projects.
Payment & Donations can be made to Rotary Club of Moe - Service account BSB: 033 128  Account No: 108126 Please Use your Name or Invoice No & Golf Day when depositing.
More information please call Wendy Farmer 0408261551 or email wendyfarmer@hotmail,com
March is Water and Sanitation Month
Clean water and sanitation is a human right. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, they lead healthier and more successful lives.
We don’t just build wells and walk away. Rotary members integrate water, sanitation, and hygiene into education projects. When children learn about disease transmission and practice good hygiene, they miss less school. And they can take those lessons home to their families, expanding our impact.
How Rotary makes help happen:
Rotary has issued a global challenge to its members, asking them to work collectively to improve education quality and access — particularly for girls — by working with communities to improve teacher training, curriculum, and water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities.
TRF Grant Seminar 26th February, 2017.
Clubs represented in District 9820 – 44 attendees. This year the seminar was offered over the internet using the GoTo Client software. All participants had to register and were invited across four seminars – 9.00am, 11.00am, 5.00pm, and 7.00pm.
Two presentations were given one specifically on the District Designated Grant – PP Paul Harvey and the second presentation was given on Global Grants – PDG Tony Spring.
GoTo Meeting approach was very successful, and the comments were that it saved in travel, saved in costs and that the sense of intimacy – “one on one” impression, contrasted with a traditional approach where you can get “lost in the crowd”. The presentations are being prepared for circulation to each attendee.
A walk through of The History of The Rotary Foundation – An interactive timeline:
Note 1: All Blue references can be accessed by holding down the Ctrl key on your keyboard and then click on the Blue reference to get more detail in each topic, or referenced directly from My Rotary:
Don MacDonald
TRF Committee – PR.
How Rotary Makes Help Happen
Nepean Clubs TRF
Membership Matters
New Webinar – Strengthen your club:  How to prepare your Club Membership Plan
When:  Webinar Tuesday 7th March (ONE ONLY)
Time:     7 pm for 30 minutes approximately, with an opportunity for questions
How:     Go To Meeting software on the internet in the privacy of your own home – or gather a couple of your members around your computer?   Details of how to log on will be sent the week prior to the meeting.    Please register at
Tim Moore
Membership Chair D9820
District 9820 59th Annual Conference