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2018 District Conference - Warrnambool    

Registrations are now open with the Early Bird rate effective until 30th November. First time conference attendees have been offered a significant price reduction.


Ambassador of Nepal welcomed to Bendigo.    

By Julie Sloan, Rotary Club of Bendigo

The AusNep Foundation Inc. and the Rotary Club of Bendigo was proudly supported by the Nepal Consulate Office in Melbourne, to hold a welcome session in the City of Greater Bendigo for the Ambassador of Nepal to Australia, Her Excellency Mrs Lucky Sherpa, and the Hon. Consul General of Nepal to Victoria, Mr. Chandron Yonzon and accompanying delegation. 


Rotary Club of Essendon invests daughters as President and Vice President    

When Doug Killeen, Norman Mollica and Maurice Mollica each joined Rotary over 45 years ago women were not even permitted to be Rotarians. They would never have imagined how far Rotary would change to this day when recently each was at the Rotary Club of Essendon to celebrate their daughters and niece being inducted as President and Vice President!


Monash Medal presented to Geoffrey Blainey    

The Monash Medal is awarded annually by the Rotary Club of Melbourne to an outstanding Australian who has made a significant contribution to the Australian community (and beyond). The criteria are Leadership, Integrity and Service - values high on General Sir John Monash's agenda and key values of Rotary.

The 2017 winner is Professor Geoffrey Blainey AC, who is one of Australia's most significant and popular historians. He has written forty books including The Tyranny of Distance and the bestselling A Short History of the World.


Slade Literary Awards    

The Rotary Club of Richmond recently hosted the 23rd Literary Award evening. This competition is open to secondary students from Year 9-11 in schools in the City of Yarra or close by.


Conflict Transformation and Building Sustainable Peace    

By, Peter Greaney, Rotary Peace Scholar

We have now completed 8 weeks of the twelve week program and I must say the time has moved quickly.  For the past two weeks we have been studying 'Conflict Transformation and Building Sustainable Peace'.   


District 9800 welcomes inbound students for 2017    

It’s been a busy couple of months for members of the Youth Exchange Committee with the departure of last year’s northern hemisphere Youth Exchange students and the arrival of this year’s northern hemisphere Youth Exchange students. 


Tyra’s Testimony to Youth Exchange    

By Tyra Malmstrom, 2016-17 Rotary Exchange student hosted by the Rotary Club of Footscray

Just over a year ago, I entered the airport in Melbourne to begin my own great adventure.  I was very nervous and scared but also filled with enthusiasm and excitement, curious about what was waiting down under for me to embrace.  Though thinking back now, I believe my experience already began when I filled out my application, arranged a visa and walked through that gate in Stockholm.


Our Rotary Foundation at Work    

By Mark Stephens, Foundation Grants Chair 

2016-2017 was another outstanding year in District 9800 for The Rotary Foundation. In this centennial year, contributions to our Foundation has been a record amount. Clubs were also engaged and sought many grants to support their international and local projects. Here are a few of the Projects supported by Foundation 


David Abbey receives Royce Abbey Award    

Lisa Lowcock, Rotary Club of Essendon

On Sunday August 6th, 2017, RI President Ian Riseley and Juliet attended a special Royce Abbey event at International House.   The event was to present the latest Royce Abbey award and the surprised recipient was David Abbey, son of Royce and Jean.


Rotaract in action at Donations in Kind    

By Helena Toscas, President Gateway Rotaract 2017-2018

On the 15th of July 2017, Rotaractors from District 9800 came together for a working bee at the Donations in Kind warehouse in West Footscray. Members from Gateway Rotaract, Melbourne City Rotaract, and the provisional Stonnington Rotaract Club came along to roll up their sleeves. We were grateful to be joined by a bunch of fellow Rotarians including District Governor Elect Bronwyn Stephens and Assistant Governor Caroline Ord.


Women are different and special!    

By David Dippie, Rotary Club of Keilor

A man commenting on Women’s issues; is there quicksand in a minefield?

Everyone deserves to have the same opportunities. Ladies you are different and some of you are very special. The ads say “Women have periods, get over it”. It appears that the biggest problem Australian Women have is choosing the most suitable products from the wide range at the chemist and supermarkets. 


Cambodia and Laos - World of Difference Tours confirmed for 2017-18    

World of Difference (WOD) is pleased to confirm three exciting tours to Cambodia and Laos. If you or anyone you know is looking to get involved at an International level in something exciting and different then one of World of Difference’s humanitarian adventure tours to Asia could be the perfect offering.


33rd World Championship - Cycling to Serve    

The Rotary Club Montegranaro is hosting the 33rd World Championship of Cycling To Serve in the glorious area of Montegranaro. Included are a strong program of cultural and gastronomic events. 


VALE – Sam Owori - 1941-2017 - Rotary International President Elect    

The Rotary world was shocked on July 14th after hearing that Rotary International President Elect Sam Owori had died following complications from surgery.

District Governor Elect Bronwyn Stephens spoke of her sadness and disbelief having shared some of Sam’s journey at the Atlanta Convention. Bronwyn reported her impressions of Sam positively, that he speaks gently and quietly, but that his message is challenging and professionally designed.  For Australia and New Zealand his presidency will provide an especially powerful link to the world but mediated by the perspective of someone with great experience of the developing African Rotarianism.


Rotarians make perfect mentors!    

By Matt Pollard, Foundation Director, Yarra Bend Rotary

The depth of vocational and life experience represented in an average Rotary Club means that our Clubs are well equipped to offer advice, guidance and wise counsel to others in our community. 

At Yarra Bend Rotary, we have aimed to utilise this wealth of experience by offering mentoring to young business entrepreneurs in our local area. We also mentored the board members of two Community Houses and our fledgling Rotaract Club at Swinburne.


Sileap, Bronwyn and Cameron’s Karma moment…..    

By Brownwyn Stephens, District Governor Elect

In a year 12 fog, with 2 school bags in tow, Sileap left some of her precious year 12 school books opposite the train station at the bus stop in Martin Street a few weeks ago.

Discover what came next as the schoolbooks are returned and the opportunity of Donations in Kind is shared.


Norma Tauiliili - Royce and Jean Abbey Agricultural Scholar    

By Bob Edgar, International Service Director, Rotary Club of Bendigo

The Rotary Club of Bendigo was fortunate in being able to sponsor Norma Tauiliili from Women in Business Development Inc. (WIBDI), Samoa for a three-month training program in organic agriculture. Funding for the program was provided by The Royce and Jean Abbey Scholarship component of the Rotary Foundation.

The visit complements the association that the Club has had with the Samoan community over the past 30 years.


Investigating the Link Between Sleep and Mental Health     

By Australian Rotary Health: Update on the work of PHD Scholarship Awardee Ali Kodsi.

In today’s society it’s easy to underestimate the importance of a good night’s sleep, particularly with life’s perpetuating demands. However, getting too much or not enough sleep can not only lead to serious health problems, but can also impact mood, learning, productivity, and your ability to maintain good relationships.


BusyFeet: a boon for special kids    

By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne

The Rotary-backed BusyFeet dance program for Melbourne kids with disabilities has gained strength and recognition since it started five years ago. 


A visitor to snow-bound Petersburg Rotary Club    

By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne

Dorothy Gilmour of Melbourne Rotary Club recently attended a club meeting with a difference – St Petersburg RC on a moored boat on the River Neva in a snowstorm. She thought she was just a guest but was then asked to speak for 40 minutes about her club’s projects, via a translator. Luckily she had done her homework on Melbourne RC projects while earlier visiting clubs in Reykjavik, Iceland,  and Women in Rotary in  Helsinki, Finland.


Inked with Rotary for Life    

By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne

Justine Murphy, 2016-17 President of Rotary Central Melbourne, has testified her pride in Rotary by getting the Rotary emblems tattooed on her wrist. The tattoo, in yellow and blue, is about 4cm round, and features the Rotary Wheel in the form of a stylised flower signifying the growth she has experienced through Rotary.  The flower incorporates a blue 'stone' representing the Paul Harris recognitions she has received from her Club and District.


Rotary on The Move - July 2017    

New Rotary DCoordinator Tim Moore,

Welcome to a new Rotary year, a time to reflect on the great initiatives of last year while setting the bar higher for this year. It is a real privilege to take over from the great work of Past Rotary Coordinator PDG Malcolm Lindquist. On behalf of the districts of Zone 8 I would like to thank Malcolm for his help, leadership and efforts over the last 3 years to strengthen our clubs and grow our membership. Well done Malcolm.

Articles include:

Rotary Coordinators and Assistant Rotary Coordinators provide Value - Meet your RC's and ARC's.
Regional Membership Officer Update
How Rotary Club of Adelaide has turned around its membership demographic
Membership Ideas from District 9630
Top 12 Membership Development Resources
The Rotary Foundation in the Global Aid Context
John F Germ's Message
Beauty Arises from Picks and Shovels
Rotary Foundation named World's Outstanding Foundation




RAWCS Service Charges    

From the 1 July 2017 all donations will be subject to a service charge of 2.5%. This change will ensure RAWCS’ long-term financial sustainability and high standard of project facilitation.


Why Attend the District 9800 Rotary Leadership Institute?    

One of the many compelling reasons for people to join Rotary is the ongoing focus on personal development and training, so RLI was a valuable way for Rotary Prahran to both fast track the understanding of what Rotary is and does as well as foster leadership in newer members.


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