Rotary District 9800 is led by its District Governor. The Governor is directly responsible to the Board of Rotary International for the administration of the District.
The Governor is Chairperson of the District Board, which comprises the Immediate Past District Governor, the Governor Elect, Governor Nominee, District Secretary (Public Officer), Treasurer, Rotary Foundation Director, Governance Director, Membership Director, Director of Public Image & Communications, Co-Ordinator of Assistant Governors, Vice Governor, and District Secretary Elect.
Separately, the District Leadership Team includes the Governor, Governor Elect & Governor Nominee, together with the Secretary & Treasurer, Assistant Governors, District Directors, Avenues of Service Chairs, and Chair of Learning & Leadership Development.
The District also has the following District Officers: Auditor, Resolutions/Manual of Procedure, Protection, Insurance, Legal, and District Conference.
Read the latest message from our District Governor below.
Recently, I heard of a businessman from the United States who was staying in Melbourne for a few days. He happened to be staying with a Rotarian who took the opportunity to take him along to his local Rotary club. The American was impressed by the friendliness shown to him at the club meeting and was even more overwhelmed when he learnt of the breadth of the club’s service work. Surprisingly, he had never heard of Rotary before, and yet, he came from Chicago, the home of Rotary.
Rotary’s public image and membership development go hand in hand. Too many people – even well educated, well informed people – have no idea what Rotary is.
The District 9800 Strategic Plan for 2014-2017 has just been completed. It is modelled on Rotary International’s Strategic Plan and has three priorities:
Support and strengthen our clubs
Focus on and increase humanitarian service
Enhance our public image and awareness of Rotary
Strategic planning gives our District and our Clubs the elements needed for success: a shared vision, agreed goals, adequate resources, enthusiasm and commitment. I urge you to read the District 9800 Strategic Plan and use it as a basis for your club’s own strategic planning.
The Rotary Wheel has turned again. Welcome to a new Rotary year. Our annual changeover of office bearers enables Rotary clubs and Rotary districts around the world to refocus, to reenergize and to rejuvenate. It enables new leaders to develop and emerge and it cultivates new ideas, new projects and new approaches within our great organization.
Irene and I feel enormously honoured and privileged to be leading District 9800 throughout the 2014-2015 Rotary year. Our District’s record of service is second to none. Over the past few weeks, we have experienced much warmth and hospitality at the 28 club changeover functions we have attended.
The final month of every Rotary year is Fellowship Month. This is a fitting designation since fellowship is particularly to the forefront with changeovers being very much the priority in June.
Fellowship is of course one of the five core values of Rotary, the others being service, diversity, integrity and leadership. Yet in so many clubs there is a real objection to the use of the word “fellowship” and I know of some clubs where the use of the word will require the person concerned to make a donation to the fines box.