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Paul Harris


April 2018   
Hello everyone,

Here we are in April, Maternal & Child Health Month. Talking to PDG David Alexander, he is looking to create a list of experts in the 6 Areas of Focus with a view to establishing a District Resources Network. So, if you feel you have the expertise in one of the 6 Areas of Focus or know someone else, please contact David.

As I said April is Maternal & Child Health Month, wouldn't it be great if the Clubs who are currently working in Projects in this space, get together with their Assistant Governor to do a combined display/showcase/forum of their projects. Better still, get together with the local Council as a partner, so we can inform our local communities of the great work of Rotary and the local council.

Again, all the Victorian Districts (Southern Districts) are combining again to celebrate the Annual Shine On Recognition Event 2017-2018, which is being hosted by the RC Moreland. The event is being held on Sunday 22nd April from 1.00 pm to 4.30 pm at The Meadow Greyhound Racing Function Centre, 80 Northcorp Boulevard, Broadmeadows.

As the month rolls on we will again be involved in many ANZAC Day commemorations. Many Clubs support their local communities with Schools ANZAC Services. The sense of community embodied during these events certainly contributes to cohesiveness and provides an invaluable local contribution.

Next week Whitehorse A & B Clusters are having their Volunteer Night informing the public and people invited by Rotarians and Rotaractors to see what we do. Has your Club or Cluster done something similar?

Last month I went to the RC Lilydale Information night. The members of their membership committee literally door knocked 500 local businesses and provided them with an invitation to attend the event.

If you like being part of District 9810 and your Rotary Club, you need to act now. JUNE WILL BE TOO LATE. In the last few years we averaged losing 90-100 members a year in District 9810. For everyone reading this article, it is now time for you to ask someone to come along to a meeting or an event, not be left to the President or Membership Chair. Before you say I have asked all my friends, go back to the old way we used to get members, by their classification. How many Classifications are missing in your Club. When were they last asked to come along and see what you do.

Our District currently sits at 1117 members. Historically we lose 20-30 members in June, not to mention those people who will leave before June. That says to me, for District 9810 to stay in business, all Clubs must induct one new member before the end of this Rotary year. If each Club can induct 2 or more members that will give us traction to do more "Good in the World". Has your Club got involved in "Partner" memberships or "Organisational" memberships? Please do so, it can be rewarding for them as well as you.

Next month we have District Assembly, where we will learn about the direction of RIPE Barry Rassin. Also, there will be breakout sessions for those with Club positions and those "New Members" and not so "New Members". I believe each of us can learn something new and beneficial at these events.

Continue to Make a Difference and Be the Inspiration. I look forward to seeing you there.

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

22nd April 2018

 For more information click here

Rotary Club of Oakleigh

      Thursday 26th April 2018         

 invite you to  their

Venue: Merrimu Receptions,  1300 Dandenong Road, Murrumbeena 3163

Time: 6:30 pm for a 7:00 pm start 

Cost: $80.00pp (3 course meal and drinks) 

Peter Norman - email:    conquestm@hotmail.com         Mob: 0417 537 440 
Felicity Smith -  email:  felicityjts@gmail.com                 Mob: 0412 772 711

Rotary Club of Rowville-Lysterfield

Friday 27th April 2018 

To view full flyer  click here

Fundraiser for Dementia Research: Still Alice Movie Screening

Friday 27th April 2018 

Please join the Rotary Club of Monash for a screening of Still Alice, a 2014 movie from the perspective of a Harvard Linguistics professor who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease. The movie is based on Lisa Genova's 2007 bestselling novel of the same name and stars Julianne Moore.

Dementia is the term used to describe symptoms of a group of illnesses which cause cognitive decline. It is the second leading cause of death in Australia and the greatest cause of disability in Australians aged 65 and over. There is an estimated 250 people per day in Australia that are diagnosed as experiencing dementia. It is and will continue to be a significant concern for our community.

On Friday 27 April 2018 at 7:30pm

  • Adults: $14
  • Students and Rotaractors are $12.
All proceeds go towards research into Dementia, other than a small percentage which will cover the cost of snacks. 


Rotary Club of Lilydale

Saturday 28th April 2018 

To view full flyer  click here

District 9810 RYLA Information Evenings

Monday 30th April 2018

An evening for young adults who are interested in finding out more about the RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) program and application process as well as any Rotarians who may be interested in learning more.  Please invite along anyone you know who may be interested in applying for RYLA this year or in the near future. 

RYLA is a Rotary sponsored (i.e. attendees do not pay themselves to attend) week long residential Seminar which focuses on professional and personal development as well as leadership and team skills. Attendees must be aged a minimum of 18 years at the time of the Seminar.

There will be two information evenings that will occur in 2018, if you are unable to attend either information evening but would like to find out more information please contact us via email info@ryla9810.org.au

The RYLA seminar will be held from Monday 9 July to Saturday 14 July 2018.


7:30 PM to 9:00 PM, venue is the Monash Enterprise centre (5a Hartnett Close, Mulgrave).

Rotary Club of Boronia

Monday 30th April 2018 

To view full flyer and booking details  click here

           the weeks ahead....
Rotary Club of Huntingdale and the Rotary Club of Clayton

Thursday 3rd May 2018 

To view full flyer  click here

Whitehorse Rotaract  

  Saturday 5th May 2018


To view full flyer  click here

District 9810 Foundation Grants Seminar

Friday 11th May 2018

6:45 for 7:00pm
Mulgrave Country Club
Cnr Wellington & Jells Rds, Wheelers Hill
(Melway Map 80, H1)

Your Club must be Qualified with The Rotary Foundation to act as the Primary Host or Primary International Partner of a new or current Global Grant project.

To be Qualified for the 2018/19 Rotary year, you must have at least one member of your Club attend this seminar, and the Foundation's MOU signed. We recommend that both the incoming President and Foundation Committee Chair attend together. Any additional members will be welcome.

A tea and coffee station will be set up for refreshment.

Rotary Club of Monash

Friday 11th May 2018 

To view full flyer  click here

Rotary Club of Moorabbin

Friday 18th May 2018 

To view full flyer  click here

2018 District Assembly

 Sunday 20th May 2018 

For full details click flyer

Rotary Club of Emerald and District

Saturday 26th May 2018 

To view full flyer  click here

Rotary Club of Mont Albert & Surrey Hills

Saturday 26th May & Sunday 27th May 2018 

To view full flyer  click here

save the date....
2018 District Changeover

 Saturday 2nd June 2018 

For full details click invite

Rotary Clubs of Clayton and Glen Waverley 

Monday 4th June 2018 

To view full flyer  click here

Rotaract Yarra Ranges 

   Friday 22nd June 2018 

To view full flyer  click here

Rotaract District 9810  

Sunday 22nd July 2018


For full details and bookings click here  

Rotary Club of Cheltenham 

Sunday 26th August 2018 

To view full flyer  click here

2019 Multi District Conference

 Friday 15th to Sunday 17th February 2019 

To view click flyer

           please note.........
Positions Vacant

The District Foundation Committee are recruiting for a Committee Secretary to take over the role from 1st July, with an induction period leading up to that date.  Knowledge of the Foundation is desirable, but not essential.  More importantly, the candidate must have a good sense of committee governance, an attention to detail and a willingness to learn about the Foundation.  

This is an ideal role for those wishing to deepen their Rotary knowledge in this most important area of Rotary's operations.  If you are interested in finding out more, please contact District Foundation Chair PDG Tony Monley at acmonley+Rotary@gmail.com or on 0438 515 273.

More and more of us are heading overseas and we always seem to return with useless foreign coins that end up in the bottom of a drawer somewhere.


Ron Brooks, RC of Forest Hill, coordinates their collection in this successful D9810 project.   In the last 3 years, 300kgs of coins and notes sent to UNICEF were valued by them at over $10,000.   Put out a labelled 200gm coffee jar at your weekly club meeting which will hold over 2.2kg of coins.

UNICEF Partnerships Manager emailed " We see Rotary and UNICEF as a perfect match, a dream fit ".   UNICEF works in over 190 countries for the rights and welfare of all children.   It supports children's health needs, clean water and sanitation, quality basic education, and protection from violence, exploitation, and HIV.  

ยท         $2 feeds a malnourished child for  day

ยท          50 cents provides a dose of life-saving measles vaccine


So, get out that coffee jar and let's recycle this "scrap metal" into something valuable for kids. And while you are at it, let's give UNICEF any leftover paper money.

Contact:      Ron Brooks at ronbrooks1942@gmail.com  or 0413-042-043

District Rotaract Representative Appointment 

I am pleased to advise that Kai-Xing Goh from the Whitehorse  Rotaract Club has been accepted as the District 9810 Rotaract Representative for the Rotary Year 2018/2019.
Michael Ellinger.
Rotary/Rotaract Chairperson

Rotary Referral Offer from AVEO

To view full flyer  click here

2018 Taveuni Eye Project 

To view full flyer  click here

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 Fiji Promotion


For more information  click here

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
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, 52 weeks of the year, between 3 o'clock and 4 o'clock, the "Rotary in Action" program spreads our Rotary message via the radio airwaves around the cities of Manningham, Banyule and Darebin - and way beyond.

"Rotary in Action" commenced broadcasting on July 4, 1995, and has been continuously on air for more than 1180 programs since that time.

"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 96.5 InnerFM, the call sign of 3INR Community Radio.

The current presenters from D9810 are Brian Tyedin and Keith Anderson, both of the Rotary Club of Templestowe, and Greg King (Manningham). DGN Russell Gurney (Doncaster) is also regularly involved in an emergency capacity. All presenters' contact details can be found, of course, in the D9810 handbook.

The team welcomes 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.

"Rotary in Action" - every Tuesday at 3pm, 52 weeks of the year!

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 Maroondah

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.

Hi to all.

Well we have another great edition this month.

During the last couple of months I have been receiving messages from various Rotarian's asking me why they are not receiving a copy of the Highlights. If you a reading this message it means that you a getting a copy of Highlights, so can you please do me a favor at your next meeting and ask around if your members are getting a copy? If not maybe one person can get the their details and send them to me so that I can add them to the mailing list to ensure they get their copies from now on.

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