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Paul Harris


March 2018   
Hello everyone,

Here we are in March, Water and Sanitation month.

Congratulations to all those Clubs that make an impact in developing countries by working in this Area of Focus by supporting important water and sanitation projects.
District Conference in Bendigo! What an amazing event. We had a fantastic venue, terrific speakers, great catering and a sensational Saturday night's entertainment. Thank you to all those who attended and supported me with new and different methods of registering your attendance.

A huge thank you to my Conference Committee and all the hard-working members of the RC Box Hill Central. Not only did many of you contribute to a great successful Conference but were instrumental in another excellent International Women's Day Breakfast. Also thank you to those Rotarians from other Clubs that contributed to this breakfast as well and the Rotary Clubs that held their own dinner or breakfast. It is through these types of events where we engage with ladies outside of Rotary that we may be able to exceed the current female membership in our District of 28.88%.

Please check out the latest 1200+Beyond Membership - Our Future Newsletter by PDG Jenny Coburn so you too can be involved in the growth of our very special District.

Last month two Youth Seminars were held espousing the benefits of all our "life changing" Youth Programs. Congratulations to Judith Eadon and those Clubs that organised the nights.

Also, another Youth Exchange Return Home Dinner was held where we witnessed by the power of Rotary, shy, timid, quietly spoken single language speaking students (when they left our shores 12 months previously) remarkably changed to bilingual, confident and persuasive young people.

Over the next two weeks and months, many of us will be taking part in the transitional programs to set DGE Russell Gurney up for his year as DG. However, if you feel the time is right for you to contribute to District through either Youth, Community, International, Vocational, Membership or Foundation programs please contact Russell or myself, we would love to hear from you.

Next weekend I will be attending the Peace Conference in Sydney, one of 6 initiated by RIP Ian Riseley where he too will be in attendance. Also, Rotaract Australia will be having a party in Sydney celebrating 50 years of Rotaract in Australia. If you cannot be there I am assured our Rotaract Leaders are already organising a celebration for our District.

This week we have seen the NRL season commence, AFL Women's league getting ready for finals and the AFL to commence in two weeks. Here, in the main game "Rotary", we are in the 3rd quarter, the premiership quarter where each Club will excel in fundraising and organising those projects in their local, national and international communities. So, get your head down and continue to put "Service Above Self" and strive to good for those we may never meet and keep "Making a Difference".

Malcolm Chiverton 
District Governor 2017-2018
Rotary District 9810, Australia
           Coming up this month....
Rotary Club of Warrandyte Donvale

Friday 16th March to Sunday 18th March 2018 

To view full flyer  click here

Rotary Club of Bayswater

Friday 16th March to Sunday 18th March 2018 

To view full flyer  click here

Rotary Club of Fern Tree Gully

Saturday 17th March 2018

To view full flyer  click here

Rotary Club of Doncaster

       Saturday 17th March 2018         

For more information  click here
District 9810 RYLA Information Evenings

Thursday 22nd March & 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.

1. Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 PM - 9 PM at the Hall in the Marie Wallace Reserve Bayswater (799 Mountain Hwy, Bayswater, Victoria 3153).
2. Monday 30 April at 7:30 PM-9 PM, venue TBC, city of Monash area.

Rotary Club of Belgrave

         Sunday 25th March 2018         

To view full flyer  click here
Rotary Club of Monash 

Monday 26th March 2018

To view full flyer click here

    Rotary Club of Emerald 

Tuesday 27th March 2018

To view full flyer click here

           the weeks ahead....
Rotary Club of Noble Park - Keysborough

        Thursday 12th April 2018         

Rotary Club of Chelsea

Friday 13th April to Sunday 15th April 2018 

To view full flyer  click here

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: 7pm  

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

Rotary Club of Boronia

Monday 30th April 2018 

To view full flyer and booking details  click here

save the date....
          Rotary Club of Huntingdale and the Rotary Club of Clayton

would like you to 


Thursday 3rd May 2018

for a 

Garden Auction for 

More details soon

Whitehorse Rotaract  

Saturday 5th May 

To view full flyer  click here

           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.  

·         $2 feeds a malnourished child for  day

·          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

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 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 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