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Cross Egypt Challenge    

The members of the Rotary Club of Alexandria Cosmopolitan - District 2451 – Egypt are happy to renew their invitation to you and the members of your prestigious and respectful club to learn more about, and share our Rotary organized initiative, "Cross Egypt Challenge" that aims to promote tourism to Egypt and to prove that Egypt is still safe for tourism.


2018 Keilor Rotary Car & Vintage Bike Show    

Sunday 6th May, 2018, Historic Keilor Hotel, Cnr. Old Calder Hwy & Arabin St, Keilor

The program is directed at preventing alcohol and risk related trauma in serious dangerous driving offenders, and is run in conjunction with the Sunshine Magistrate’s Court, Victoria Police and the Royal Melbourne Hospital Trauma Service.  Each program involves 30 young serious road offenders in a confronting three part counselling and face to face experience regime (including with victims and families of serious motor vehicle accidents) before returning to Court, prior to sentencing, to present their individual program experiences and its impacts on them.  Evidence of the success of the program is that just 9% of its participants are seen in Court again after one year.


Working bee transforms Talbot grounds    

Twenty-two members and partners of Rotary Central Melbourne made a big difference to Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre’s outdoor areas on Saturday April 14, 2018. Royal Talbot is a campus of Austin Health. Unkempt, unloved courtyard gardens were transformed during the morning.  We put in about 60 person-hours of labor, creating neat and eye-soothing vistas of paths, garden-beds and grounds.


Tree Hugging Experience    

Rotary International President Ian Riseley on March 14, 2018 dedicated a tree at Rotary Park in the Melbourne Royal Botanical Gardens.  He was the 28th RI President to be commemorated in the Rotary Park after Paul Harris planted the first tree in 1936. This is a Brush Box tree and still thriving.


Bob Fels Recognised with an Outstanding Service Award    

Bob Fels has won Rotary’s “Outstanding Service Award” for outstanding service to  D9800, The Rotary Foundation and Rotary International. The citation says Bob played a pioneering role in making the Peace & Conflict Resolution program a signature program for District 9800. The program has had an unmatched success rate throughout the Rotary world with at least one candidate accepted into the program every year since its inception. He was also an international member of the Rotary Peace Centers Committee from 2007-13.

Bob, a Melbourne Rotary stalwart, in June 2014 was conferred with a Citation for Meritorious Service by the Rotary Foundation and in May 2017, was elevated to Paul Harris Ruby. Keep on keeping on Bob!


Rotary Foundation Cluster Dinner    

Hosted by Rotary Club of Essendon

WHEN Tues 10 April 2018 6:30pm for 7pm start

WHERE Waterloo Cup Hotel, 252 Maribyrnong Rd, Moonee Ponds

COST $45 pp 3 Course meal, Drinks at bar prices


RSVP Monday 26 March

For further information: Roger Leask 0412 706 566 or Jane Carbone 0417329 005

Lien holds a Bachelor of Optometry from the University of Melbourne and Master of Optometry from the University of NSW. She has experience working in low-income settings internationally as well as throughout Australia. In 2013 she was awarded the inaugural D9800 Global Grant from the Rotary Foundation to study a Master of Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has since worked at Indigenous Eye Health , and now manages 2 delightful tots as well as our Project EndTrachoma by 2020


Foundation Trustee Chair’s March Message    

Questions, questions, questions. Two topics I am frequently asked about during my visits with Rotarians around the world relate to Rotary's website and our Foundation's grants. Quite likely you have had these questions and more, about things such as donor contributions, point transfers, club and district reports, club invoices, and club officer changes, to name a few. If you don't know where to find the answer, Rotary's Support Centre is the place to start.


Container arrives at the Belola School in East Timor    

The Rotary Club of Keilor are celebrating the delivery of their latest container to East Timor; to the Belola School Site in Balibo, East Timor. This container was filled with goods from Donations in Kind


Pride of our Footscray    

The Rotary Club of Footscray recently heard from the Pride of our Footscray, community bar and event venue lo-cated in Hopkins St. Footscray just opposite the Footscray Market. The idea came about from a conversation with friends and Matthew O’Keefe (who had worked for over 16 years at CUB.) decided to take on the challenge. The planning and co-ordination took over 12 months to bring to life before the Grand Opening day


Australian Rotary Health Facts Booklet    

Our 2018 Facts Booklet is now available. For a detailed breakdown of where we have allocated our re-search funding, click the link below. To request a hard copy, contact the ARH office on: (02) 8839 1900 or


Get Rotary Fit - By District 9710 and ARH    

Our aim is to support Rotary club and community fitness activities and in the process, raise funding for new medical research, scholarships, health education and awareness. Please join us and be one of the first to get involved.

The worst that can happen is you’ll get fitter, make new friends and help to improve the lives of thousands as you exercise.


Rotary Moonee Valley Art Show    

Project of the Rotary Clubs of Essendon and Keilor East

23-25 March, 2018

St Columbans Mission, "North Park Mansion", 69 Woodland Street, Essendon


The importance of Good Sanitation and Cleanliness    

By Ruth Carlos Martinez, Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS), Water & Sanitation

"Good Sanitation and Cleanliness in schools are of prime importance" Narendra Modi, Indian Prime Minister, 2014

Clean water, basic toilets and good hygiene practices are essential for the survival and development of children. For children, water and sanitation-related diseases are one of the leading causes of death. This apply to Pantikian Elementary School, wherein school children suffer from diarrhea and was noted as one of the leading causes of morbidity.


Be the Inspiration - Rotary Theme for 2018-19    

Rotary International President-elect Barry Rassin laid out his vision for the future of the organization in January, calling on leaders in the coming year to work for a sustainable future and to inspire Rotarians and the community at large.

Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, unveiled the 2018-19 presidential theme, Be the Inspiration, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “I want you to inspire in your clubs, your Rotarians, that desire for something greater. The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us.


Mandi Wendt selected to join International Communications Committee    

Mandi Wendt, District 9800 Communications Chair and member of the Rotary Club of Melbourne was recently in Chicago attending the meeting of the Rotary International Communications Committee. Selected to be a member of this team, alongside Evan Burrell from the Rotary Club of Turramurra, New South Wales , Mandi is amongst a group of young, enthusiastic and talented Rotarians working together to promote Rotary and its message.


Rotary International Foundation Trustee Chair's March Message    

Rotary International Foundation Trustees's March Message

By Paul Netzel, RI FOundation Char 2017-18

Questions, questions, questions.

Two topics I am frequently asked about during my visits with Rotarians around the world relate to Rotary's website and our Foundation's grants. Quite likely you have had these questions and more, about things such as donor contributions, point transfers, club and district reports, club invoices, and club officer changes, to name a few. If you don't know where to find the answer, Rotary's Support Centre is the place to start. 


Rotary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tertiary Scholarship (RATSITS)    

Rotary International celebrated its centenary on February 23rd, 2005. In recognition of this important milestone, the Rotary Club of Balwyn established a scholarship for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island students to study at an approved tertiary institution (TAFE, University or other approved institution) for a period of up to four years duration.


Jean Noel Melotte Rotary Peace Fellow    

By Jean Noel Melotte, Chulangkorn University Bangkok

As I approach the last few weeks of my study session with the Rotary Peace Program at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok I realize that it’s hard to capture all the knowledge and experiences within a few hundred words.


International Women's Day Breakfast 2018    

This year’s showcasing of Rotary at the International Women’s Day Breakfast at Crown Palladium saw 1,000 plus guests including Year 12 school students from 20 public and private Melbourne and rural schools, excited to hear the personal debate and discussion from Panellists Andy Penn, Husna Pasha, Deborah Glass, Adam Fennessy and Emma Welsh. They provided a diverse and lively discussion from industry, Government, media and finance perspectives.


Update from Ashley Eadon - Youth Advocate to the UN - Sponsored by Rotary Club of Woodend    

So, I am now 25% of the way through my placement and my chapter here in Bangkok. Time truly is flying by.
I would like to say I am settled into my new living routine but the reality is, I still get lost on a weekly basis and there is a con-stant sense of confusion that comes with living in a country whose primary language isn’t English. However, this makes my day to day life interesting and I am enjoying the challenge of it all. I catch public transport to work every day, which includes taking a very crowded sky train. So crowded in fact, that I have felt people’s phones vibrating in their pockets and interestingly enough salami appears to be a popular breakfast choice.


Rotary Presidential Peacebuilding Conferences    

RI President Ian H.S. Riseley will host six presidential peacebuilding conferences in 2018 to explore the connection between peace and Rotary’s five other plus environmental sustainability. By focusing on the areas where Rotary does its most significant work, the series seeks to:

  • Elevate Rotary’s status as a global leader in each area of focus
  • Demonstrate The Rotary Foundation’s impact on our causes
  • Educate and inspire participants to increase their Rotary service
  • Provide an opportunity for members and nonmembers to explore project partnerships

For a list of all 6 Conferences go to:

SYDNEY - 17th March 2018 - Earlybird special ends 13 December 2017



Increasing Diversity in Rotary    

By Peter Frueh, District Governor 2017-18

My theme this issue is diversity. Not just because of the recent International Women’s Day, but because the future of Rotary International depends on increasing our diversity.


Water - The trickle of hope that is a Human Right    

By Ruth Carlos Martinez, Rotary Club of Melbourne, RAWCS Chair, Water and Sanitation

In the last years, Rotary clubs in District 9800 completed significant life saving clean water infrastructures in remote needy areas in the Philippines; from the indigenous villages of the Aetas of Zambales, to Lubang Group of Islands- Mindoro (West Philippine Sea), provinces of Quezon, Masbate and Sorsogon, through to southern Surigao.


Rotarians and friends have supper together for a special cause.    

On a balmy summer evening of Saturday 3rd February, 2018 Rotarians from Rotary clubs ranging from the city to the country came to the historic Wharf, beside the majestic Murray River in Echuca to have super to support the continuing work of funding towards the completion and use of ROCAN cancer wellness centre.


District Conference fills the seats    

District Conference Chair Di Gillies and her team from the Rotary Club of Balwyn were beaming as she announced that registrations for the District Conference in Warrnambool had closed with a record full house. 

The free 2018 Conference app for Apple and Android devices is available from your favourite app store. click on one of the links below to download it now:



With an exciting and inspiring range of presenters, attendees will experience an inspiriing, educational and enjoyable conference with a vast range of activities to round out the experience.


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