What's on in the District
Rotary Foundation Meeting
Feb 12, 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
Multi District President Elect's Training Session
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
How to prepare your Club Membership Plan
Mar 09, 2017
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM
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
Lynne’s Undertakings
They say that the older you get the faster time goes, and isn’t that the truth?  Christmas has come and gone, January has come and gone and now we are into February.  It has been a busy start to the new year and I am looking forward to the last half of my time as District Governor.   Trevor and I have thoroughly enjoy the Club visits and thank every club and it’s members for making us feel so very welcome.  We have both been inspired with the work each club is doing and the difference you are making to your communities and those in need around the world.
Trevor is particularly grateful for the generosity of clubs towards his wonderful project ‘Wheelchairs For Kids’.  Thank you to every club who has donated to this great cause.
This week we had two wonderful visits to the Rotaract Clubs of Peninsula and Casey Cardinia.  The young people in those clubs are so passionate about what they are doing.  Some members from the Peninsula Rotaract Club have just returned from their ‘Steer North’ trip, where they rode bicycles from Melbourne to Cairns, raising money for a cure of Cancer.  I am so proud of our members in both Rotaract Clubs and ask all Rotary Clubs to invite them along to a meeting, to support them and get to know them – you too will be inspired.  Rachel Caulfield, Casey Cardinia Rotaract Club will be one of our Masters of Ceremony at the District Conference – and she will be terrific!
On the 19th January Trevor and I attended the opening of RC Mornington’s Art Show and what a show it was!  The organisation was second to none, the opening night was spectacular, the food was sensational and the art work was excellent.  The buzz around the show was infectious and a great night was enjoyed by the many people who attended.  Congratulations to the organisers of RC Mornington.
Many Rotarians and friends were at the airport to say ‘goodbye’ to D9820 YEP Outbound Students who left for their year of exchange abroad.  We wish all students an amazing year which no doubt will impact on them for the rest of their lives and we look forward to hearing from them throughout the year and upon their return.
Some Rotarians and friends are having a tough time at the moment through illness or personally.  To all of you, please remember that you are surrounded by friends and that you are not alone.  Rotarians, if you know of someone struggling at the moment, take a little time to make contact.
The District Conference is not far away now and I promise you all a memorable weekend.  I look forward to seeing you all in Hobart  -  don’t forget to register soon!
Did you know there is a fellowship of golfing Rotarians who, with their partners, play a golf tournament each year at some of Australia's premium golf courses? The great news is, the Rotary Club of Ascot is hosting the 39th Annual AGFR Golf Tournament in Perth at The Western Australian Golf Club and Mount Lawley Golf Club from 2nd April until the 7th of April 2017. Why not come and join the Australian Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians (AGFR) for lots of fun and great fellowship. Its a great way to see our beautiful country and make likeminded friends. For further information and a registration form visit either our dedicated website or the AGFR website Our dedicated email address for all queries and completed registration forms is
February is Peace and Conflict Resolution Month
Conflict and violence displace millions of people each year. Half of those killed in conflict are children, and 90 percent are civilians. 
We 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.
How Rotary makes help happen:
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.
New Grant Center Makes Applying for Grants Easier
The lifecycle of a Rotary grant is clearly explained in the above reference and makes the challenge of preparing a submission much simpler – say for a Vocational Project?
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.
Chriselda Lopes - ROMAC
Dear Rotarians,
I would like to let you know that our Club sponsored ROMAC child Chriselda Lopes and her mother Belina arrived in Melbourne from Dili this afternoon. Our welcoming party including myself, our wonderful young host family Elizabeth and Tim Jones and our interpreter Lidia Soares where at Tullamarine to welcome them. Both Chriselda and Belina were tired from their first ever flight from Timor Leste and were ready to go home with Elizabeth and Tim.
The agenda for Chiselda and her mum will be that on Friday we will be taking them to The Royal Children’s Hospital for pre-admission tests for her cardiac surgery. These test will probably take up the full day. From these tests, the cardiac surgical team will them determine the best procedure for the operation and when it will be done. At this stage, the operation is tentatively scheduled for next Monday.
The suggested recuperation time and ultimate stay in Melbourne will be approximately 4 weeks. During this time, I am sure that Elizabeth and Tim would love our Club Rotarians to offer any assistance, even just to visit Chriselda and mum would be most welcome. 
It is also highly likely that Chriselda will celebrate her 2nd birthday in Melbourne (Feb 23rd).
Elizabeth and Tim are keen to visit one of our Club nights (after her recovery) to bring Chriselda and her mum and present our club and ROMAC monies that they have raised via a Facebook page they set up to support the efforts of the great work of ROMAC. More to follow.
Best regards,
Rotary Foundation Centenary Feature Race Evening
District Membership Update
The Rotary year has well and truly started, I hope all members had a great break.   Clubs have adjusted their records in December in time for the semiannual returns.   This has highlighted the need for us to all be working on strengthening our membership.  As a district we have lost a net 20 members over the last 3 months – a net increase of 2 in the last 6 months.
Many clubs are recruiting and maintaining and increasing the number of their members, while others are struggling.    Has your club a plan on how to positively increase their membership and strengthen their ability to do more in their community?
How can District 9820 help?
- have a dedicated team of guest speakers who can share with you with what works in their clubs. 
- can organise with your AG a cluster Membership Seminar, for example, a combined Club meeting with speakers – a fun way to look at the issues!  (AGs have been asked to meet with their cluster presidents)
- we have run a Webinar on the recent Council on Legislation with ideas on how Rotary has ways for clubs to be flexible in membership types, attendance and meetings to be more attractive to a younger more diverse group.
- Regular newsletter and emails to clubs with resources from Rotary International and District that available.
- provide Zone membership resources – webinar links, Membership Matters Newsletters.
- Any membership queries please email
New Webinar – Strengthen your club:  How to prepare your Club Membership Plan
When:  Webinar Tuesday 7th March and Thursday 9th March (same presentation)
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
6 key numbers in the fight to end polio
Published on January 12, 2017
General Secretary and CEO at Rotary International
We are close to eradicating a human disease for only the second time in history. A global public-private partnership has reduced the poliovirus caseload by 99.9% over the last 30 years, but there’s still plenty of work to do.
Even before we reach that milestone, the knowledge and infrastructure built to fight polio is being repurposed to take on other global challenges.
3 countries where polio is still endemic
Fewer than 40 children were paralyzed by polio in 2016, the lowest number in history. This is a dramatic decrease from the estimated 350,000 cases per year in 125 countries that the world saw in 1985 — the year that Rotary International initiated a worldwide effort to eradicate this terrible disease.
155: the number of countries involved in largest coordinated vaccine switch in history
In 1988, Rotary was joined in the effort by WHO, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, UNICEF (and more recently the Gates Foundation) to create the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).
Today the virus is limited to a few areas in just three countries — Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
In response, Nigeria intensified surveillance activities to pinpoint where the virus is circulating.
In Pakistan, innovative tactics are being used to focus polio immunization drives. Health workers are trained in the use of cellphone data reporting, which allows real-time recording of immunization coverage and public health surveys of populations.
In Afghanistan, the program continues to adapt in order to reach the maximum number of children possible despite a volatile security situation.
There are three different strains of the poliovirus. Once a strain is eliminated (type 2 was officially eradicated in September 2015), we have to match our vaccines to the remaining strains to protect children globally.
This transition is a massive undertaking, requiring significant funding and coordination to accomplish global health feats that have never been attempted.
To give you a sense of scale, the largest and fastest globally coordinated vaccine switch in history (to target poliovirus types 1 and 3) was successfully conducted over two weeks in April 2016, with 155 countries taking part.
$60 billion: the cost of infectious disease epidemics per year
The spread of infectious diseases is consistently among the world’s top 10 risks in terms of impact. The eradication of polio will mean no child will ever be paralyzed by this debilitating disease again. However, we must use the knowledge and infrastructure built up over many years by the GPEI to take on other global health threats.
Dramatic progress on improving children’s health beyond polio is already underway — resulting in a decreasing number of children dying from other preventable diseases in countries with strong polio infrastructure. Polio drops are now often delivered alongside essential services including nutrition support, primary health care and other vaccines. By identifying the overlap between what the polio program has to offer and country-level priorities for strengthening health systems, we can make a lasting difference to global health overall, and significantly reduce the gap in the impact of infectious diseases between middle income and poorer countries.
20 million: the number of volunteers participating
Since the GPEI was launched in 1988, Rotary and other volunteers have raised funds, built awareness, and advocated for their national governments to support polio eradication.
A volunteer can administer the two drops of oral polio vaccine to a child, and participate in National Immunization Days, which attempt to vaccinate every child under five years of age in endemic or at-risk countries. Millions of health workers are also helping us reach children who have never before been vaccinated.
$1.5 billion: the amount needed to eradicate polio
This may sound expensive, but, in the words of Dr. Jonas Salk, who invented the first effective polio vaccine, “which is more important, the human value of the dollar, or the dollar value of the human?”
Funding has already contributed to many important successes of our program. In 2016, Rotary funded the work of 52,676 vaccinators and 2528 supervisors in Iraq to keep up strong immunization coverage. Investments made to polio eradication are also contributing to future health goals by documenting the knowledge, lessons learned and assets of the program.
Funds also make possible the program’s extensive surveillance and laboratory network to tell us where polio does (and does not) exist — a painstaking task given only one in 200 cases of polio results in paralysis. This network is already instrumental for taking on public health challenges beyond polio, such as Ebola.
While we undoubtedly still have work to do and funds to raise, we are confident in the good work of our volunteers and members to get us to our goal of eradication. Read and be inspired by their stories and successes here — a world free from polio is certainly within our reach.
4: the factor by which health savings exceed the cost of polio eradication
Immunization as a public health investment is incredibly good value. Every dollar spent on vaccinations in the US saves $3 in direct healthcare costs and $10 societally. A polio-free world will reap financial savings and reduce healthcare costs by up to $50 billion through 2035. In fact, we’ve already saved $27 billion since the GPEI was launched, and low-income countries account for 85% of the savings, not to mention the immeasurable alleviation of human suffering.
Conversely, if we allow polio to spread again, it would cost upwards of $35 billion more in treatment expenses and economic losses, so it’s a no-brainer that we have to commit all our resources to finish the job once and for all.
*** Slainthe Mhor in 2017 and A “Guid” New Year ***
January is Vocational Service Month
We channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity, this includes Vocational Service:
Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society. Learn more in An Introduction to Vocational Service and the Code of Conduct. The Concept of Vocational Service can be found at the following reference and can be downloaded as a PDF file:
New Grant Center Makes Applying for Grants Easier
The lifecycle of a Rotary grant is clearly explained in the above reference and makes the challenge of preparing a submission much simpler – say for a Vocational Project?
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.
Note 2: Slainthe Mhor – means “a lot of good health”!
Life- Chaging Journey
Today, I did the yearly-ish cleanse of my wardrobe of clothes I no longer wanted or needed. I ummed and ahhed over many things until I came to this rarely worn item. There was never any hesitation in my mind about parting with this treasure; I took it out of its hanging bag and had a look at the various pins and objects stuck to it, and then placed it back carefully. This blazer represents the most life-changing journey I took. In a few weeks, it will be 10 years since I got on the plane to spend a year in Sweden as a Rotary International exchange student. I remember being scared, anxious, a little overwhelmed, and excited. It was a challenging but such rewarding year that taught me so much about myself and fuelled the adventure bug for me. The things I have achieved since would not have happened without it, and I'm so glad for the people I met and the experiences they shared. It truly changed my life.