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Paul Harris


September 2017   
Hello everyone,

As this month is Basic Education and Literacy Month, I am reminded of attending the Zone 8 Institute just two weeks ago in Darwin.

I was talking with my counterpart (District Governor) and his wife from District 9830, Tasmania. We were discussing how we were enjoying the Club Visits. In the discussions Liz (DG wife) said how she enjoyed seeing the various projects of the Clubs, all different. They were fascinating, all engaging in different aspects of getting children to read. I told her about the Dolly Parton Program and as I had AG Barry Vickers there from RC Bayswater, he gave them all the information.

These discussions went on and we discussed Interact and EarlyAct which they were more than happy to learn about. So much so, that PP Daryl Moran is also in discussion.

Our District has very resourceful people associated with our Youth projects, so much so that two Rotarians from District 9820 were getting an insight of how we run RYPEN at the recent camp.

These programs mentioned, are four from a group of 14 Youth Programs which our District is involved, which doesn't include Tertiary Awards, Scholarships or Citizenship Awards.

So, if your Club is involved with Pre-School, Primary School or Secondary School students, please keep the conversation going with the relevant heads of authority to incorporate more of our first-class Rotary Youth programs in their schools.

Next month, October, is a busy month. I encourage you to get along to the Community Service Seminar and the Vocational Seminar.

I hope to hear many of you have also collected for Australian Rotary Health on World Mental Health Day by getting involved with the "Lift the Lid Day" campaign.

Lastly, don't forget World Polio Day on 24th October. Rotary's fifth World Polio Day celebration, is an occasion for us to celebrate our progress against polio and look to the future. You can participate by downloading promotional materials and resources to help you plan a successful World Polio Day event. Remember, hosting a World Polio Day event in your community fulfils one of the optional goals for Ian Riseley's presidential citation. Be sure to share your plans by registering your event .

Our friends and partners in polio eradication, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will co-host the World Polio Day livestreamed event at their headquarters in Seattle, Washington, USA. The event, beginning at 2:30 p.m. PST, will include a global polio status update along 
with messages from experts and celebrity ambassadors. It will be streamed live and then available for viewing at endpolio.org .
Congratulations to all the Clubs who have increased the number of active Rotarians into their ranks since July 31. As a District, we need to increase our membership to 1200 members by Christmas, but as District does not recruit Rotarians, (Clubs do) we need a concerted effort from all Clubs and Rotarians in District 9810 to ensure the survival of our District for the future. If we all could introduce one member each (or more) into our Clubs before Christmas, that would be sensational. Then we really could get on with the business of Rotary: Making a Difference. 

Malcolm Chiverton 
District Governor 2017-2018
Rotary District 9810, Australia
           Coming up this month....
Whitehorse Rotaract

Saturday 23rd September 2017


Rotary Club of Box Hill Central

Wednesday 27th September 2017

Buy your ticket at

Enquiries to Julian Badenach at jbadenach@woodards.com.au or call 0414 609 665
           the weeks ahead....
District Community Seminar 

Friday 6th October 2017 

6:45 pm for 7:00 pm
Mount Waverley Youth Centre 
45 Miller Crescent, Mt Waverley 

The purpose of the seminar is to showcase a number of key Community Service projects.  The seminar is targeted at Community Chairs and anyone else in the Club with an interest in Community Service projects, including newer members who would like to learn more.

Light refreshments including Coffee & Tea 

RSVP: 30th September - email to craigajkendall@gmail.com

Sat 7 October                                                                 10 :00 am for 11:30 am

Rotary District 9810

All Presidents and On to Conference Chairs are invited to

Melbourne Baseball Club
Surrey Drive, Box Hill
(On the left hand side as you drive down Surrey Drive from Canterbury Road)

RSVP to Jenny Coburn at jdowsettcoburn@gmail.com by Wednesday 4th October

For more details click here

Rotary Club of Templestowe

    Sunday 8th October 2017

Fri 13 October                                                                 6 :45 am for 7:00 am

Rotary Club of Rowville-Lysterfield

invite you to a 

Waverley Golf Club Function Centre
82 Bergins Road, Rowville

Don't miss this opportunity for a one-on-one in a Q&A with this Geelong AFL champion, three AFL Premierships, 2007 Brownlow Medallist & 2011 Norm Smith Medallist. Now a dedicated campaigner against Family Violence and a passionate supporter of the Luke Batty Foundation and the Alannah & Madeleine Foundation

Cost: $60.00 per head, $35.00 students
(includes hot buffet breakfast)

For more information and booking details click here

Sat 14 October                                                                  1 :00 pm to 4:00 pm

The Rotary Clubs of Mordialloc and Cheltenham

are inviting you to help join them in a Birthing Kit Packing Day

Reception Room Sandbelt
630 South Road, Moorabbin

No woman should die while giving life.

Over 300,000 women die annually in childbirth, and many more mothers and babies suffer from infection. Nearly all of them live and die in developing countries.

BKFA is an organisation dedicated to improving the conditions for women all over the world by providing clean birthing kits and training in how to use them. Though each kit costs less than a cup of coffee, its simple contents give midwives and mothers the resources to reduce infection and fatalities.

Contact Colleen Rooth on 0428 832 061

For more details  click here

Thu 19 October                                                                  6 :30 pm for 7:00 pm

The Rotary Club of Monash

are inviting you to a 

Young Professionals' Seminar Series: Managing Emotional Well-being and Stress

Zest Restaurant Holmesglen Tafe, Waverley Campus 
595 Waverley Rd, Glen Waverley

All welcome.

  • Dr Richard Chambers (Clinical Psychologist & Mindfulness Consultant)
  • Dr Meredith Dalton (Neuropsychologist & Lifeline Prevention Trainer)
  • Magistrate Rtn Leonard Brear (Industry example)
  • Mr Glenn Tippett (Australian Rotary Health Representative)
  • Statistics concerning mental health in Australia
  • Identification of risks to well-being and mental health
  • Various tips, services and tools available to help you (or someone you know) improve emotional well-being, better cope with or reduce stress (particularly in high performance or stressful situations) and those applicable to people experiencing a mental health condition
  • Industry example (legal) of stressors and coping strategies
Price: $45 per person (three course meal and sides)

A portion of every ticket sold will go towards Mental Health Research via  Australian Rotary Health

Challenge to Lead Program

19th, 20th and 21st October, 2017

The Rotary Club of Doncaster is seeking referrals from District Clubs for participants in their Challenge to Lead Program.  

Throughout the District there is a pool of contacts and potential participants in management and professional positions who would either benefit themselves or recommend others who would benefit from the Program.
There is a high demand for good leadership. It is a must-have capability for any individual or organisation wanting to get ahead in the world and achieve and earn more. Leadership can be taught, learnt and developed and this course will help in this regard.

What is it?
The Challenge to Lead Program is a 3-day residential leadership program run by the Rotary Club of Doncaster on 19th, 20th and 21st October, 2017.
The Program is delivered pro bono by dedicated professional facilitators including the former Director of HR for HP and Telstra, a Senior Fellow Melbourne Business School, an advisor to Mt Eliza MBA program and a Principal Fellow of the Melbourne University Business School.
In 2014, 2015 and 2016, participants came from a wide range of organisations including local government, multinational companies, not for profits (NFPs), statutory authorities and small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) and the program received many ringing endorsements.

 For more information click here

Fri 27 October                                                                  6 :30 pm for 7:00 pm

The Rotary Clubs of Clayton and Huntingdale

The Clayton Hotel 
319 Clayton Rd, Clayton

We are Lifting the Lid on Mental Health
And raising awareness and much needed funds for:

Australian Rotary Health Research Fund and

Early in Life Mental Health Services at Monash Health 

Cost $30 per person
Canapes and Finger food, Complimentary drink on arrival then cash bar
Raffle      Silent Auction      Lucky Door Prize

It's the Melbourne Racing Season and everyone is out in their best Hat.  Prizes for the  Craziest Hat Lady, Craziest Hat Male, Best Hat Lady, Best Hat Male

For more information and booking details click here

Vocational Service Seminar

Friday 27th October 2017 

7:00pm to 9:00pm
Glen Waverley Community Centre
700 Waverley Road, Glen Waverley 

Join us for this exciting free seminar to explore the potential value hidden in this not so-well understood aspect of Rotary service.  Come along and hear how other Clubs have used some easy-to-organise projects to increase their involvement with their local community - particularly their local business community.

What will the seminar cover?
We will hear from invited Rotarians and business experts about projects and strategies that will make your Club more relevant and vibrant.  These projects can be effective team activities and can give your Club a new perspective on Rotary Service.  
There will be no long speeches - just 7 short presentations with easy take-home messages showcasing successful projects and strategies for vocational service projects.  Start planning now and you can have one of these projects implemented next year.

Ideal for New Members, PE's and Vocational Service Directors  

Cost is Free
Refreshments served

Please put the date in your diaries now - and make sure your Club is represented at the seminar!

RSVP to Don Sweeney: don@sweeneymail.com or 0411 149 459 by October 20th

save the date....
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 Emerald & District

    Sunday 26th November 2017

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 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

           please note.........
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
'Soup saver meal' - a culinary delight
to celebrate World Polio Day - October 24

'Enjoy a bowl of soup and donate $10 towards END POLIO NOW' to celebrate World Polio Day on October 24'!

That's the special request from RI Director Noel Trevaskis as Rotary International edges ever closer to its thirty year goal of eradicating polio from our world.
Director Noel emphasises that the dwindling number of polio cases around the world - just NINE so far this year - calls for a genuine celebration by Rotary Clubs and Rotarians to mark this red letter day.

'When we launched the amazing PolioPlus campaign in 1985/86, there were 350,000 cases of Polio in 125 countries. This number has dropped significantly in recent years - 359 in 2014, 74 in 2015, 37 in 2016 - and the wild virus is now circulating in just three countries ... Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.'
Rotary clubs are urged to involve community organisations and members in their celebrations. To list just a few ideas -
  • Walkathons and Swimathons
  • School bicycle marathons
  • Music concerts, talent quests, Battle of the Bands sessions in schools
  • Main street/railways station FREE barbecues with high impact signage and bucket collection points.
  • 'Paint a Pinkie' for a gold coin in infant schools and primary schools.
  • Odd sock/crazy shirt days
However, the 'Soup Saver Meal' requires real commitment from Rotarians at their regular meetings and create good media opportunities if politicians and community leaders are involved.

Concept is simple ... members agree to pay $15 for a bowl of soup and bread roll.  Five dollars should cover the cost and $10 goes into the Club END POLIO NOW fund.
For added value, clubs may negotiate with leading restaurants to provide the soup in return for community publicity and media coverage.

IF adopted by every Rotary Club in Australia and New Zealand, the concept could raise as much as $750,000!

Plans are in hand to encourage a similar 'saver meal' concept during the week of Rotary's birthday - February 23 next.  However, on that occasion, it will be a coffee and birthday cake meal - involving local High School home science classes to bake giant birthday cakes.

Director Noel said that a strong commitment to fund raising was vital to ensure successful completion of the Polio Eradication Campaign.

'Costs are heavy. For example, there are 363 permanent transit teams working 19 cross points on the Pakistan/Afghan border; some 38 million children under five have been targeted in recent National Immunisation Days in Pakistan - and that program involved 250,000 vaccinators!' he concluded.

PDG Bob Aitken AM
RI END POLIO NOW Coordinator, 2016/18.
Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains, NSW.

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