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Paul Harris


November 2017   
Hello everyone,

How time flies! Its November, The Rotary Foundation Month and already Christmas decorations are in the streets on the footpaths and commercial TV and circulars are bombarding us with items and gifts that we must buy but do not need.

On Wednesday evening (8th November) Karen and I attended the showing of the film Murder on the Orient Express with the RC Wandin members and friends plus many other Rotarians from neighbouring Clubs and their friends. We enjoyed the film and had a great time. Congratulations to RC Wandin and PP Alan Henderson, not only organised a fabulous night but raised almost $8000 for Polio Eradication taking into account the matching grants from Bill and Melinda Gates. Congratulations to other Clubs in District that also organised a film night for non-Rotarians to share.

During my Visits to the Clubs, I am amazed how many Youth Programs the Clubs in the District are involved in, with schools including Primary, Secondary, Institutes of TAFE, Universities and other Youth Groups in the Community. This bodes well for Rotary in the future but are we thinking of now and making every opportunity to grow our membership.

The participants of these programs have parents or maybe a guardian. Have we organised a social night for these people to attend, (a supper, cocktail party or dinner) so we can show them how all our Youth programs lead or link onto another and finally Rotary? Also, show them how we are involved with projects in their community and overseas. Also ask them to help in our projects or fundraising or become sponsors so they too can enjoy the fellowship and fun of "doing good in the world".

Thank you to everyone that attended the Vocational Seminar. It was a tremendous night and I am still getting feedback how much people enjoyed it. If you weren't there and are unsure what Vocational Service is, check out page 40 in the District Directory for some ideas how you can get involved.

Also, don't forget to register for the International Seminar (Friday 17th November) by contacting your Assistant Governor or PDG David Alexander. It is always a good night to see what is happening throughout the District or maybe get some pointers how you can progress an idea or project with which your Club is involved but has somehow stalled.

Thank you to all the Clubs that got involved with the Mental Health initiative "Lift the Lid" and collected for Australian Rotary Health at railway stations and Bunnings stores.  Just another way how we are constantly Making a Difference!

I look forward to seeing all the Presidents at the District AGM and Presidents meeting on the 24th November. If you cannot be there, remember to send a proxy to vote on your behalf.

Malcolm Chiverton 
District Governor 2017-2018
Rotary District 9810, Australia
           Coming up this month....
International Service Seminar

Friday 17th November 2017 

7:00pm to 9:00pm
Mulgrave Country Club - Club Room
Cnr Wellington Rd & Jells Rd, Wheelers Hill 

Topics: A new level of District support for international service projects - with the formation of the District Resource Network; Areas of Focus mentors; Clubs seeking project funding partners; Rotary Australia World Community Service update; Interplast, ROMAC; Wheelchairs for Kids as well as updates from the Water and Sanitation and Rotarians Against Child Slavery Action Groups.

Audience: All international service chairs, club presidents / elects and anyone with an interest in international service.

As we near the end of Polio as a major focus of Rotary for more than 30 years, Rotary's future depends on the impact we make through our international service projects. If Rotary is to stand tall in the world along with the other major humanitarian organisations such as World Vision, PLAN International, OXFAM and more, we need to deliver higher quality, sustainable, higher impact projects across the 6 focus areas. Come to the international seminar to hear how your club can find new opportunities to magnify your international service impact, noting that higher impact projects will attract more funding partners; more funding will  mean more projects, more projects need more members to work on them. With clubs working together, even the smallest club can participate in an international service project. Find out how at the Seminar! 

Enquiries: Contact David Alexander; D9810 International Service Director
 at  david.alexander9810@gmail.com or 0418 993 297

Rotary Club of Box Hill

Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November 2017

Rotaract District 9810

18th & 19th November 2017

As a district all three Rotaract clubs will be participating in Relay for Life at Ringwood Athletics Track on the 18th and 19th of November. If anyone would like to donate to help raise funds for the Cancer Council   click here

Rotary Club of Templestowe

19th November 2017

 For more information click here

World Toilet Summit 2017

20 and 21 November 2017

The 16th World Toilet Summit will be held in Melbourne on 20 and 21 November (World Toilet Day is on 19 November). The summit was first run in 2001 by the World Toilet Organisation under the auspices of its founder Jack Sim (Mr Toilet). Many Australian Rotarians will remember Jack from his impactful speech when he was a keynote speaker at the RI Convention in Sydney.
Aside from Jack's link to the RI Convention, there are other strong draw cards for Rotarians interested in attending this world class event. Among the speakers are:
Jack Sim will be here for the event and is slated to speak at the Rotary Club of Box Hill Central on Wednesday 22 November. Our DG, Malcolm Chiverton will of course be in attendance as it is his home club. Jack's work at the WTO has changed millions of lives.
Rose George, a UK based journalist and author of "The Big Necessity", an absolute must read book for anyone with an interest in sanitation. Rose is true global sanitation champion whose TED talk "Let's Talk Crap. Seriously."  has reached over 1.6 million people!
Nicholas Mancus - Chair of the WASRAG Operations Committee and member of the Rotary Club of Cotonou in Benin, West Africa - just to confuse matters, Nicholas is American and lives in Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Mark Balla - Chair of the 2017 World Toilet Summit program committee, WASRAG Board Member, Project Director of Operation Toilets under the Rotary Club of Box Hill Central where he is a member and founder of We Can't Wait, a sanitation focused not for profit.

Many other speakers from around the world discussing issues ranging from menstrual hygiene management to sanitation solutions in crisis zones, behavioural change to social enterprise solutions. Many of the speakers are true world leaders in their fields. For any Rotarian interested in WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) this event is absolutely too important to miss.

The conference has previously been held in various countries in Asia, North America, Africa and Europe. This is the first time it has been held in Australia. Special pricing has been arranged for Rotarians wishing to attend so don't let the registration pricing on the webpage scare you off. This conference will be a very high quality and fascinating learning experience.

To find out more about the summit follow this link:   http://www.awa.asn.au/AWA_MBRR/Events_Content/World_Toilet_Summit_2017.aspx

To access special Rotary pricing email  nasha@worldtoilet.org or contact Mark Balla through the Rotary Club of Box Hill Central.

Rotary Club of Box Hill Central

Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Buy your ticket at

Rotary Club of Beaumaris

    Saturday 25th November to Saturday 30th December 2017

Rotary Club of Emerald & District

    Sunday 26th November 2017

Rotary Club of Glen Waverley

Sunday 26th November 2017

Buy your ticket at

           the weeks ahead....
Sat 2 December                                                                7 :00 pm for 7:30 pm

Monash Rotaract
are having a

Glen Waverley Community Centre 
700 Waverley Road, Glen Waverley

For more information  click here and for booking click here

Rotary Club of Knox

    Tuesday 12th December 2017

Rotaract Yarra Ranges

Friday 15th December 2017

Buy your ticket at

save the date....
Rotary Club of Boronia - 
Fundraising Cruise   

29th January 2018          


From $1,400pp quad share
     or $1,990pp twin share
13 days - 7 ports of call
Departs Melbourne
29 January 2018

Hosted by Rotarian, Jenn Critchlow
Proceeds go toward funding 3rd world education

For more information  click here

Rotary Club of Dingley Village

22nd February 2018         

District Conference 2018

March 2 to March 4, 2018

 For more information click here

The 2018 Ride for Medical Research 
"Jail to Trail Tour " 
Bendigo to Wangaratta

March 4 to March 9, 2018

 For more information click here

Rotary Club of Doncaster

       Saturday 17th March 2018         

For more information  click here
Rotary International
Southern Districts

22nd April 2018

CLOSING DATE for Nominations: 15th Dec 2017

 For more information click here

Rotary Fellowship NZ tour

April 2018

17 Day Rotary Hospitality Tour of New Zealand - April 2018.

Following our very successful 2017 Tour we are running a similar tour again next year and invite you to consider this opportunity for International Rotary Fellowship, as well as participate in our wonderful Tour of New Zealand.

Following are the Tour Key points and Highlights. If interested, please request the full details and pricing by emailing to both peter.hawkins@xtra.co.nz and john.mcmillan@xtra.co.nz.

The Tour is 17 days long and will commence in Auckland on Friday, the 6th April 2018 and finish in Christchurch on Sunday, the 22nd April 2018. (Attached is the Brief Tour Itinerary. )
  • The Tour includes 2 Rotary fellowship events. (A Club Meeting and a 'Home Hosted' meal. )
  • The Tour size is limited to 26 persons. (Within a 30/33 seater coach.)
  • Accommodation will be 4 to 5 star and include all breakfasts and 11 of 17 dinners.
  • We utilise a professional Tour Company and their 'Top Tour Guide' will travel throughout the Tour as your 'Tour Leader'. (Please note the comments below re Sharron.)
  • With this Tour we will also be offering an optional 4 day pre-tour to Northland/Bay of Islands.

 For more information click here  and the Tour Itinerary click here

District Changeover 2018

Saturday 2 June 2018

DG Malcolm Chiverton and DGE Russell Gurney invite you to reserve Saturday 2 June in your diaries for the 2018 District Changeover to be held at Southern Golf
Club, Keysborough. More details will be provided in due course.

We have brought this forward from the original date noted in the District Directory in response to feedback from Rotarians heading to the RI Convention in Toronto.

Whilst we all work hard to make a difference, even Rotarians can't be in two places at once.
           please note.........
Rotary Club of Manningham  

Click here for more information 

Rotary Club of MASH  

Click here for more information 

Used Stamps  

Click here for more information 

Request For I Devices 

I wish to include an appeal on behalf of my daughter, Melanie Karajas, who recently made a presentation to the Rotary Club of Boronia about the "Music & Memory" program. The program delivers personalised music playlists that trigger memories and reconnect people with themselves and those around them. Initially for dementia patients, this program has also benefitted those with depression, anxiety and loneliness.
She runs her own charity, Mel's on a Mission, that raises awareness and resources (iDevices, iTunes cards) for those who are Licensed to provide this program in their aged or health care service.
It would be greatly appreciated if you could help and place a request for iDevices (iPod, iPhone, iPod Touch) and iTunes cards.
For any further information, she can be contacted at melsonamission@gmail.com or messaged through her Facebook page.

Many thanks
Chris Karajas
Rotary Boronia.

Interplast Article

District 9810 Clubs and individuals who have supported Interplast in the previous Rotary year; 2016 - 2017  will be delighted to know of the Interplast Programs that will be implemented this and next year.

The Committe made the decision that the contributions will support the following programs: "Fully fund two Nurses Training Programs to the Solomon Islands scheduled for November 2017.  Plus co-fund a Surgical Program to Vanuatu in April 2018.  

This is all due to your generous support and the Committee sincerely thank you.  An amazing transformation will occur for a number of individuals and their families.  Just think of children being able to attend school while parents and others will be able to work.   Medical personnel in the Solomon Islands will become more effectively trained in  'Repairing and Rebuilding Lives'.  All carried out by volunteer Medical personnel who provide their expertise and time.  But Rotarians ought to feel very proud of their individual and club contributions and the difference this has made.  

Thank You all! 

If your club would like an Interplaster Speaker then please let me know at  eliza.g@optusnet.com.au

Yours in Rotary

PP Liz Guiver, Interplast Chair on behalf of the Interplast Committee.

Rotary Snow Ski Fellowship

Have you considered doing some skiing in North America or Europe this summer, then you should consider the International Skiing Fellowship of Rotarians ( www.isfrski.org

ISFR organises a week each year in North America and another in Europe. The week is normally hosted by a local Rotary Club who negotiate special accommodation and lift prices , provide local host guides to show you round the mountain and of course a number of social and skiing activities for the week. For partners who may not be so keen on skiing interesting excursions are also organised. No matter what your skiing style or proficiency you will find a group to ski with, and enjoy fellowship on the slopes.  Apart from all the fun, its Rotary , we also raise money for Adaptive Ski Programs for disabled skiers at the host location . Some of these guys on sit-skis , or vision impaired are absolutely awesome on the slopes!  

This years North American week is at  Snowmass near Aspen Colorado  27/1/18 to 3/2/18.- more slopes than you can imagine , heated  pavement in the village , lift tickets only US$59 and if you get in soon great accommodation , ski-in ski-out for only US$219 per night per room at Stonebridge Inn.  Of course the USA is a long way so you would want to go for more than a week , so why not a road trip as well , the National Parks can have stunning scenery in winter , imagine the Grand Canyon with snow , Bryce Canyon is actually at 8000-9000feet, Monument valley , Zion NP all in a big loop and you could even fit in a look at Telluride which will host the 2019 ski week.  
For more information and ideas , contact Russell Marnock , Emerald RC. Ski Fellowship D9810 Contact at  russellmarnock@yahoo.com.au

Overseas Orphanages Warning

The attached article has been provided from the RAWCS District Secretary requesting it be circulated to the appropriate people in Rotary. 

Please read the article by clicking here

PP Gloria Hargreaves
RC of Emerald & District
Regional RAM Coordinator
Co-Chair D9810 RAWCS 

Working With Children Check Card

When completing the WWCC card form do not put the HR Manager, Rotary International District 9810 with the address of 1 Erin Court Doncaster, 3108.
From 2004 to 2010, I held this position.  I have attempted numerous times for my address to be deleted but, still receive copies, which I return to sender.
Please note the above.
PP Liz Guiver
ABCD (Art Building Children's Dreams) 
Presentations to District 9810 Rotary Clubs

Art Building Children's Dreams (ABCD) is an initiative of the Rotary Club of Templestowe to facilitate access to quality education for underprivileged children. The Rotary Club of Templestowe has developed partnerships with Deakin University, Aspirations Education Foundation and host Rotary Clubs through ABCD to facilitate projects in Sri Lanka (Ampara) including scholarship programs, agricultural self sustaining crops, IT Education, Sports Development, English language learning, et el.  Despite many years of post-war economic growth in Sri Lanka, many of the rural parts of the country  live in absolute poverty.  A farming family in Ampara typically lives on around US$2 per day.  Too often, rural children opt out of school as soon as they can and find work in subsistence farming.  The poverty cycle and rural disadvantage continues and adolescents soon fall victim to numerous health and social problems besetting their communities (unemployment, malnutrition, domestic violence, drug addiction and youth suicide).

The ABCD Board together with Deakin University is interested in undertaking presentations to Rotary Clubs in District 9810 over the next 2017-2018 Rotary Year.  This presentation may assist your club in identifying projects that may benefit from District or International Foundation Grants.  Should you wish to take up this offer, please contact David Shrimpton, ABCD Board member and Rotary Club of Templestowe Foundation/International Director on 0448645985.  

The presentation will be jointly undertaken with Carl Jones from Deakin University.

For more information click here

Thinking about attending the 2018 Toronto International Convention?  Think about Rotary Friendship Exchange!


You get to genuinely experience another culture guided by friends in Rotary. Exchange participants take turns hosting and visiting one another, forging friendships that last a lifetime.

Exchange participation is open to individual Rotary members, couples, families, or groups. Prospective partners communicate with one another in advance to decide on the format, timing, and duration of each visit. 

For more information  click here

Rotary Club of Noble Park - Fund Raising Initiative

There are 2 Cool Rooms available from my place at 3 Nambrok Close Dingley Village for pick up and delivery back and all types of trailer lights electrical towing connections available. 50mm standard towing Ball required. Empty weight is 400KG with 650/750KG max weight allowable (fits within Vic Roads rules). Hire agreement detail available.

Very Simple to operate. Will enhance Club BBQ fundraising efforts, or Club parties or support for other Rotary involved functions.

Thank you
Keith Maxwell, Past President 2015/2016 the Rotary Club of Noble Park 
M 0418 647 064 
H 61 3 9551 7711

Rotary - "Get Your Message Out"

Jeff Steel is a member of the D9810 Membership and Marketing
Committee with responsibility for hitting the press and electronic

He would love to be a speaker at your club on this topic. Please
contact him at jsteel@bigpond.net.au to make a booking.

For more details click here

Rotary in Action

Every Tuesday afternoon, every week of the year between 4 o'clock and 5 o'clock the "Rotary in Action" program spreads our Rotary message around the cities of Manningham, Banyule and Darebin.
"Rotary in Action" commenced broadcasting on July 4, 1995, and has been continuously on air for more than 1100 programs for almost 22 years.
"Rotary in Action" is a vibrant, magazine style format with studio guests and Rotary community announcements, occasionally mixed in with some great music.

Listeners enjoy the interaction between presenter and guest as they share the wonderful story of "Rotary in Action" via the radio band, on the internet and even connected through the various smartphone apps. The website reference to listen live is www.innerfm.org.au.

As a truly multi-District activity Rotarians from D9810, D9800 and D9790 continue the long standing tradition with the unqualified support of the 96.5 InnerFM Community Radio organisation.

The current presenters from D9810 are Greg King, Erik Rubens, Brian Tyedin and Keith Anderson and, of course, their contact details can be found in the district handbook.

We welcome expressions of interest in joining us as a guest on the show, providing announcements for us to share with our listeners or even becoming part of the broadcast team.

Anyone interested in any of these functions can contact Greg King on 
mobile 0416 045 157 or via email at gregking.rotary@gmail.com.

club administration....
Highlights Email has Changed  

Please note that the "Highlights" email is now
From now on you should use this new email address when sending articles to "Highlights"
Correct Email for District Database Manager  

District Database Manager, Tim Bray, has advised that his email address is

This address appears on page 3 of the new District 9810 Directory.  Unfortunately, the address which appears on page 29 of the Directory is not correct.  
 District 9810 Information Directory
Rotary Club of Ferntree Gully

This is to notify everyone that the club has changed its meeting nights from Monday to Thursday

The club meeting is held at the  Ferntree Gully Bowls Club, Glenfern Road, Ferntree Gully. Start time 6.30pm to 7pm.

 District 9810 Information Directory
Rotary Club of Wandin

There will be no meeting at the Rotary Club of Wandin on:

October 25
November 15
December 20
January 17
February 21
March 21
Instead, the club will meet at the Wandin Custom Car Show at the Wandin East Recreation Reserve on the Wednesday immediately prior to these dates. 

 District 9810 Information Directory
Rotary Club of Ringwood

New meeting arrangements:      1st, 2nd & 3rd Wednesday's of the month
Venue:                                    Club Ringwood, Cnr Oban Rd & Maroondah                                                              Highway, Ringwood (Unchanged)
Cost:                                       $25.00 pp
Social Visiting Option:               5th Wednesday of the month

 District 9810 Information Directory
Rotary Club of Montrose & District

The board of the Rotary Club of Montrose & District have changed the meeting times of the club to weeks 2 & 4 each month only at our venue at Japara Living & Learning Centre, 54-58 Durham Road Kilsyth at 6.45pm for a 7.00pm start. 

Other meeting venues and times will be advised through the club news and new web page currently under updating.

 District 9810 Information Directory
Rotary Club of Dingley Village

This is notify everyone that as of Thursday 6th July , the Rotary Club of Dingley Village  have changed their meeting night from Wednesday to Thursday.

The club will also only meet on the first three weeks of each month.

 District 9810 Information Directory
Rotary Club of Oakleigh

The Rotary Club of Oakleigh has had to change venues because of renovations.
They will now be meeting at the Matthew Flinders Hotel, 667 Warrigul Road, Chadstone 3148. 
The meetings are on Thursdays, 1st & 3rd for Dinner @ 7pm and 2nd & 4th for lunch @1pm.

What a bumper edition again this month.

Also if you have any PHF's or any other special recognitions that you would like to share within the district, please forward them to me 

Please remember that if your Rotary Club has any Events and Fundraising Activities planned from now or in the future, please forward the information to me at highlights9810@gmail.com .   
There will be no highlights during the month of December. Looking forward to hearing from you in January 2018.

All the best
Michael Ellinger 
Rotary Club of Clayton
Editor: Highlights of D9810