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2017 Queens Birthday Honours List Awardees    

Rotary District 9800 Governor 1986-87, John King of the Rotary Club of Brighton has been recognized in the Queen's Birthday Honours list with the Order of Australia in the General Division for service to the community of the people of Victoria. 

Two members of the Rotary Club of Brighton North (Gerry Lambourne and Phil Wheatley) have also been recognized for their service to the community.


DGE Bronwyn Stephens on the RI Convention    

Getting off a plane in one of the busiest airports in America to be greeted by Rotarians in Fluoro vests was very unusual. This Rotary World Convention we were arriving at was to be Rotary on steroids throughout. Over 130 countries were represented, with over 40,000 Rotarians attending, and so many of them from African and Indian nations.


District 9800 Governor 2017-2018 Peter Frueh    

Welcome to the new Rotary year. Having attended many Club Changeovers, Anne and I can feel the strong sense of community within clubs and their many supporters. Celebrations have varied widely in approach, reflecting the different history, style and approaches of each club, as well as the outgoing and incoming President’s personal style. One changeover was on a boat, one onstage at a theatre, several at wineries, at function venues or normal venues. It didn’t matter where we were, there was a strong sense of shared purpose as we celebrated a year of Rotary Serving Humanity and looked forward to Rotary: Making a Difference in 2017-18. 


Sputnik Girls Orphanage, Kurunegala, Sri Lanka    

Lesley McCarthy, Rotary Club of Flemington (Incoming Networker Editor)

Rotary’s mantra of People of Action Sharing Ideas, Joining Leaders and Taking Action was fully demonstrated in the recent International project by the Rotary Club of Flemington.

Supported by a District Matching Grant, reinforced by the amazing people at Donations in Kind and their stock,  and involving  people from across many places and from many organisations, this project involved purchasing, filling and shipping a container to an impoverished girls orphanage in a remote area of Sri Lanka.


Rotary Serving Humanity    

By Neville John, District Governor

When Rotary International President John F. Germ developed the 2016-2017 theme – Rotary Serving Humanity, he provided us with the opportunity to strengthen our clubs, focus on humanitarian work and showcase what we do in our communities and the wider world to help make them a better place. As John was quoted to say, “the only difference between a small opportunity and a great one is what you do with it”.


Rotary Foundation named World's Outstanding Foundation for 2016    

The Association of Fundraising Professionals recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation at its 2017 conference in San Francisco.

The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs. Some of the boldest names in American giving — Kellogg, Komen, and MacArthur, among others —are past honorees.


Kew 50th anniversary    

Paul Harris said that Rotary …is not an organisation for retrospection…but one hundred members and friends of the Rotary Club of Kew thoroughly enjoyed celebrating its 50th anniversary at a very happy lunch party at Kew Golf Club on Friday last 16 June.


Container arrives at the Sputnik International Education Centre in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka    

Rotary Club of Flemington

It is with great pleasure and delight I inform you that the container arrived to Sputnik last night and we have now opened it and started unloading the stuff. It took exactly 31 days to arrive at Sputnik from the harbour. Now I understand why not many people engage in these kind of welfare activities.


$1.2 billion pledge to end polio    

By Ryan Hyland and Teresa Schmedding

With polio on the brink of eradication, nations from around the world and key donors pledged more than $1 billion on Monday to energize the global fight to end the paralyzing disease.

Bill Gates, co-chair of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and RI President John Germ share the recent news about their partnership in the fight to eradicate polio.

The historic pledges of new funds at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, will go toward drastically shrinking the $1.5 billion gap in the funding that the partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative say is needed to reduce polio cases to zero worldwide. Just five cases have been reported this year, the lowest number in history.


Red Flags Surf Life Saving Australia    


There’s trouble behind the scenes of Surf Life Saving Australia. What do we know about how our charities are run?


Help save the planet: Ian Riseley’s call    

By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne 

Ian  Riseley, Rotary International President for 2017-18, issued a call at the Atlanta Convention on June 14 for Rotary to join the campaign  to save the planet from environmental destruction. He did not mention global warming and CO2 emissions but was clearly referring to them.

“It is past time for Rotary to recognise the need for sustainability in everything we do, for the good of Rotary and for the survival of our planet,” he told his 20,000-strong audience in his closing address.

Topics: ian riseley president of rotary international


How Mr. Condom made Thailand a better place for life and love     


Thailand's "Mr. Condom," Mechai Viravaidya, retells the country's bold plan to raise its standard of living, starting in the 1970s. First step: population control. And that means a lot of frank, funny — and very effective — talk about condoms.


Ashton Kutcher and Rotary address the global scourge of human trafficking    

Actor and philanthropist Ashton Kutcher took the stage at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, to address a major human rights issue: human trafficking and modern-day slavery.


Photo Gallery Updated for Centennial Foundation Dinner    

Many more photos have now been added to the District Website with photos from the night.


Showcase breathes new life into Echuca Moama Steam Rally    

Rotary Community Park in Echuca was once again the setting for the 54th Steam Rally Echuca Moama.

Topics: rotary club of echuca moama


District 9800 Celebrates the Foundation’s Centenary    

The Rotary tradition of giving back exceeded all expectations at ‘The Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration Dinner’, hosted by Rotary International District 9800 and managed by Southbank Rotary.  Held at the unique and spectacular Peninsula at Docklands on Wednesday 31st May, 380 Rotarians and friends enjoyed an evening of world-class entertainment, including inspiring guest speakers, exquisite food and wines and lively auctions. With the goal of achieving $1million in donations and bequests to the Foundation at this event, a staggering $5 million was raised.


District 9800 Celebrates the Foundation’s Centenary    

With the goal of achieving $1million in donations and bequests to the Foundation at this event, a staggering $5 million was raised.


Thomas Baker Oration - Our Digital Lives in the 2020’s    

In 2015, the Rotary Club of Melbourne decided to commemorate the contribution of its 9th President, Thomas Baker, to the fields of medicine/science/technology and philanthropy. The inaugural address was made in July 2016 by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO.

On 7 June, the 2017 Oration will be presented by the distinguished Dr Ziggy Switkowski AO, Chancellor of RMIT University. His inspiring topic will be “Our Digital Lives in the 2020’s”.


Rochester club hosts legendary Pie and Port night    

Saturday May 6th saw a number of Rotarians, partners and friends descend on the Rotary Club of Rochester to help them celebrate 2017 Pie and Port night. Held in the historic Rochester Courthouse Clubrooms with the ambiance of a cosy well-maintained open fire, some 52 people celebrated this event.


Students Today - Leaders Tomorrow    

MUNA Report from Glenferrie Rotary Club

Glenferrie RC sponsored four students from two schools to attend the Model United Nation Assembly (MUNA) at Camp Getaway on the weekend of May 26 – 28, 2017.

MUNA simulates the workings of the UN Assembly by having teams of two senior students from each of a number of schools represent a particular UN country in debates on matters of world political and social concern.  Resolutions are determined in advance on topics including: World Security, Environmental matters, the Middle East, Human Rights, Trade and Commerce, Health and Education, and the United Nations. 


Rotary Fellowships    

For most Rotarians, the face of Rotary belongs to our fellow club members. It’s the weekly meeting, fundraisers, projects and social activities where we catch up and have fun. Yet despite the diversity within our own clubs, sometimes we have other interests that maybe aren’t shared by our fellow club members, or perhaps only a few.


Farewell - Rotary Club of Brighton Beach    

On Tuesday, 23rd May, 2017 Brighton Beach Rotary, which was Chartered 22 years ago by Brighton and Brighton North, had its farewell dinner. The evening was a great success with their achievements over that period highlighted by a number of speakers including DG Neville John, PDG John King, PDG Iven Mackay, and President Linn Maskell. 120 people from a number of clubs, the majority or Charter members, and most Past Presidents were in attendance.


District Assembly    

District Assembly was once again held at Tabcorp Park in Melton, and everything went smoothly, thanks to the organisational skills of Melton Rotary Club.

The succession line of District Governors was clearly seen as PDG Julie Mason introduced DG Neville John, then DG Elect Peter Frueh and DG Nominee Bronwyn Stephens, while DG Designate Grant Hocking loomed in the background.


May 2017 – Governor’s Message - June is Rotary Fellowships Month    

The proverb “Birds of a feather flock together" has been around in the English language since the mid-1500s. When applied to people, this phrase means that people who share similar interests tend to spend time with each other. Members of Rotary are like-minded people working together doing what we can with the time we have, to help others. Along the way we build friendships, some life-long.


A Day at DIK    

Margot and her grandson have quietly arrived at Donations in Kind every Tuesday and Thursday to volunteer for as long as I can remember….6 years now.  I knew that they are from East Timor and I knew that she goes back for several months each year to care for family.  She returns really thin and tired. Her grandson is in his late 20’s and is severely autistic. 


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