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Paul Harris


July 2017   
Hello everyone,

At last the year with the Rotary theme ROTARY: MAKING A DIFFERENCE has begun. However, if you have been a Rotarian for any length of time, you would know what we have been doing forever is officially recognised. And it took the that guy from the RC Sandringham in Victoria Australia to state the obvious.
Karen and I would like to thank all of you who attended the District Changeover. A special thank you to Val and John Glenn and the few members of RC Dingley Village for their excellent organisation of the evening.
Last Saturday I had the pleasure of being at Lake Dewar near Myrniong to visit and meet all the participants of the RYLA seminar of 2017. A premier Rotary Youth Program delivered by a team of dedicated and hardworking folk.
This week we see the start of District seminars being organised to enable all Rotarians to gain better understanding of some of the Rotary programs we offer. On Friday 21st July we kick off with the Membership Seminar. Each Rotary Club is encouraged to send two members along to share the ideas and strategies being delivered by the hardworking and passionate Membership Committee.
Another event coming up is the Presidents meeting on the 4th August. Presidents do not forget to RSVP by the due date, otherwise you will miss out on hearing important news on many topics, particularly from the Indigenous and Trachoma 2020 Committees as well as the Environmental and Sustainable Committee. If you cannot attend please send a member of your Club along.
Karen and I sincerely thank all the Clubs, which we attended to celebrate your Changeover. We really enjoyed ourselves and appreciated your kindness and hospitality. We look forward to seeing the implementation of the many positive plans and programs spoken about.
We have started the journey of visiting each Club in the District and look forward to catching up with many of you. So until then, best wishes for another successful year of Making a Difference!

Malcolm Chiverton 
District Governor 2017-2018
Rotary District 9810, Australia
           Coming up this month....
Sat 21 July                                                                       6 :15 pm for 6:45 pm

Rotary District 9810

Melbourne Baseball Club
Surrey Drive, Box Hill
(On Left Side as drive down Surrey Drive)

To remain as Rotary District 9810 in our own right
To have 1200 members in District 9810 by 1 December, 2017
This equates to growth of 100 across the District
Let's grow each club by at least nett 2 members in the next 4 1/2 months
Let's work together as a team to grow and retain District 9810

TIME: 6.45 pm start to 9.00 pm.
Finger food will be available from 6.15 pm.
Bar will be open if you wish to purchase a drink. Tea / Coffee provided.

RSVP to Neil White on nwhite@kingston.com.au or sms to 0418 378 647
with Club Name and Names of attendees.
Please RSVP by Tuesday, 18 July if possible.

For more details click here

Rotaract Whitehorse

Sunday 23rd July 2017

Sadly our beloved Harry Potter has died, presumed murdered. But who would commit such a heinous crime? All the guests are suspects but there is only one true murderer. It turns out that jealousy over Harry's Quidditch abilities is a major motivator for the crime. Death by Basilisk venom was the ultimate cause of death, but who delivered the venom? 
This story has jealousy, revenge, a baby, magic and murder. One thing is for sure. Harry Potter is dead and you won't believe who killed him.

Bookings close midnight 18th July

Visit of Tail End Charlie the Tractor to Rotary District 9810 

Saturday 29th July and Thursday 3rd August 2017

Rotaract District 9810 Changeover

Sunday 30th July 2017

TICKET SALES MUST CLOSE MIDNIGHT 18 JULY 2017. Buy your ticket today to make sure you don't miss out! 
Have an issue with using trybooking/getting your ticket by this time? Please email 9810@rotaract.org.au to let us know know and reserve your place.
Mon 31 July                                                                   6 :30 pm for 7:00 pm

Rotary Club of Nunawading

a celebrating

Bucatini Restaurant
454 Whitehorse Road, Mitcham

In support of Rotarys Interplast Program, Doctors and Nurses giving their holiday time "Repairing Bodies and Rebuilding Lives" in the Asia Pacific Region

Tickets: $45 / head
BYO Wine

RSVP to Harvey - 0411 180 643

For more details click here

           the weeks ahead....
Rotaract Yarra Ranges

Friday 4th August 2017

Mon 7 August                                                                   6 :45 pm for 7:00 pm

Rotary Club of Knox

Would like you to join them for an information night

Knox Civic Centre
511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South

with Guest Speakers
Ro Allen
Victoria Sexuality and Gender Commissioner
and three young people who will speak about their experiences

Free Admission

Telephone: 0497 903 886
Email: info@knoxrotaryclub.org.au

For more details click here

District Foundation Seminar

Friday 11th August 2017 

7:00pm to 9:30pm
Matsudo Room, Box Hill Town Hall
1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill
Coffee / tea provided.

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

Come along to this seminar to learn about what the Foundation is doing and how you can increase the impact of your projects through Foundation grants.

Please RSVP to District Foundation Committee Secretary, John Elrington at ruthjohnmaeve@gmail.com
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

save the date....
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 

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

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

           please note.........
Important News About RI PResident-elect 
Sam F. Owori

Dear fellow Rotarians,

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I share the sad news that the President-elect of Rotary International, Sam F. Owori, died last night (14th July) as a result of post-operative complications from a planned surgery. 

In this difficult time, I ask you to keep his wife, Norah, the Owori family, and Sam's millions of friends around the world in your thoughts.

Sam was a special person in so many ways, and his unexpected death is a huge loss to Rotary, his community, and the world. We will provide more details on plans to celebrate his life as they become available.

From the perspective of Rotary leadership, we will share information on the impact and the path forward as a result of Sam's passing. In addition, we are establishing a memorial fund in Sam's honour and will provide further details soon.

With enormous sadness,

Expressions of Interest - Board position for ABCD (Art Building Children's Dreams)

There is a board vacancy on the ABCD Board and we are looking for expressions of interest from people who would be interested in joining and being involved in the continued education of children in developing countries.

If this sound like something you would be interested in, please contact Chairperson Ken Wall via email kenjwall@gmail.com or mobile phone number 0412 561 768 for more information.
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.

Guess What! It is a start of another Rotary year, but do not worry as Highlights is still here in 2017/2018.

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