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Paul Harris


August 2017   
Hello everyone,

Now that the Club Changeovers have finished (well all except one, yes one more to go), Karen and I are off and running with our Club Visits. It is very heartening to see Clubs undertaking so many effective programs, projects and activities. So many of our projects have a positive impact on the public image and awareness of Rotary in our communities. At every opportunity when we are out and about in the community we must display our signage, our banners, wear our shirts and share information of what we do. Effective community engagement properly leveraged will assist in membership development.
On our Club Visits we are still finding that some Clubs have not appointed a President Elect let alone a President Nominee. Please do not put off the appointment until your AGM in November, it will be too late by then, as you are putting your eventual incumbent further behind the eight ball in their planning for your Club, to be an effective leader. Do it now as I know Russell is planning to get the PE's together in September.
Additionally, I am pleased to advise that a new series of Rotary Learning Institute (RLI) will be on offer before Christmas while further offerings in specialist areas such as social media and public speaking are being planned.
Thank you to all the Presidents and Club members who have attended the Membership Seminar, Presidents meeting and Foundation Seminar. It is through these areas of learning and information dissemination that we can learn of new ideas and be inspired by many Rotarians in our own District which help us grow and continue to Make a Difference.
Hot off the press today, I have learnt that the Rotary International Board at their June meeting in Atlanta decided to recognise the Rotarian Action Group against family violence. To those Rotarians and clubs that are involved with these projects you can receive further information from the Rotarian Action Group for Family Safety (in formation) www.ragfamsafe.org
Congratulations to the RC Nunawading and all the 148 participants who turned up at the Christmas in July function. It was a fantastic night and Interplast was the winner which will receive the proceeds, a figure in excess of $4200. An outstanding effort, demonstrating once again Rotary: Making a Difference.

Malcolm Chiverton 
District Governor 2017-2018
Rotary District 9810, Australia
           Coming up this month....
Knox Rotaract's Last Event 

Saturday 19th August 2017

Mon 28 August                                                          10 :30 am for 12:00 pm

Rotary Club of Huntingdale

Are holding a 

Huntingdale Golf Club
Windsor Avenue, South Oakleigh

All proceeds from this golf day go towards Rotary local and international community support projects.
The Competition is an Individual Stableford event with 4 sections GOLF Link Handicap & Social handicap, Male & Female.

Cost is Only $140. Registration via Golf Link (Male & Female Handicap & Social
Includes Pre-game BBQ lunch, complimentary driving range balls, post-game complimentary drinks & finger food.
Each player receives a show bag and many prizes are available.

For more details and bookings click here

           the weeks ahead....
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
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

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

The Rotary Clubs of Mordialloc and Cheltenham

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

save the date....
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

Vocational Service Seminar

Friday 27th October 2017 

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

= Three Questions =
  • What is your Club doing to maintain relevance in your local business community? 
  • Is your Club attractive to younger members who look for a wider range of options for fun, volunteering and involvement?  
  • Are you looking for more projects for members to be involved in?
If your answer is yes to any of the above, why not join us for a showcase of projects and strategies that all Clubs can benefit from?

Ideal for new members, PE's and Vocational Service Directors.     

A short, sharp and free seminar - just exploring strategies that make our Clubs more relevant and vibrant by increasing or strengthening our involvement with your local business community. 

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

Attendance: Club Foundation Chairs, International Service Directors, Presidents and anyone else interested in accessing Foundation grants.

Additional registration info and program to follow - don@sweeneymail.com 

Rotary Club of Templestowe

19th November 2017

 For more information click here

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.........
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 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 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 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