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It started with a lunch    

Read Rotarian Kerry Kornhauser's story in The Age.


Royce Abbey Award Presented to Ian Riseley    

Ian Riseley, the Sandringham Rotarian who will lead the Rotary World as its International President in 2017/2018, was presented with a Royce Abbey Award at a ceremony held at the RACV City Club in Melbourne on the 19th of April 2017.

Topics: ian riseley president of rotary international


Easy fund-raising for Trachoma – can you help?    

By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne

A great example of support for Rotary’s “End Trachoma in Australia by 2021” campaign comes from Carrol Farmer of Glen Waverley Rotary and what she calls her “Philatelic Garbology”.

Topics: end trachoma in australia by 2021


Rotary Making a Difference    

By President Del King, Rotary Club of Flemington

This year’s Conference highlighted that opportunities such as Youth Exchange can make a huge impact upon a young person’s life and kick start them to look for opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others as they mature. One of the keynote speakers at the conference was Kristen Hilton the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner.

Topics: rotary youth exchange


Rotary Youth Programs    

Rotary Clubs across Australia sponsor young people in the development of skills in the areas of communication, leadership, road safety / driver awareness, resilience and self esteem and in furthering their career aspirations in the areas of mathematics and science.

Discover the options avaliable: - 


Rotaract, Interact and EarlyAct    

By Chris Richardson, Rotary Club of Essendon North

These programs have been busy in District 9800 of late.  Rotaract is consolidating and looking to expand, Interact clubs now number 11 with a further 4 being developed, EarlyAct is humming along, and a Youth Alumni has now been established with membership expanding. Strategies to provide pathways within the 3 levels of programs are being considered as well as keeping our youth connected to Rotary with the development of the Youth Alumni. The individual members of these 3 youth programs are committed to community and doing good for others and so would make great members of Rotary in the future …


Annual District Foundation Seminar    

This year we are bringing the Foundation Grants Seminar forward to Monday May 1st and Graduate House (Carlton) and the follow week on May 8th at Kangaroo Flat Rotary.


Disaster Aid Australia 2017 Conference    

The 2017 Disaster Aid Conference will be held on Friday May 5 to Sunday May 7 at the Dandenong Club, 1579 Heatherton Road Dandenong North Victoria.

The conference is an excellent opportunity to stay in touch with Disaster Aid events, and to make suggestions and give feedback for ongoing operations.


Open Hand Children’s Home    

By Rosemary G. Kinyua, Rotary Club of Laverton Point Cook

It’s official, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! The Open Hand Children’s Home in Kitengela, Kenya is now tightly secured!


Youth Services - Developing Leaders for the Next Generation    

By District Governor Neville John,

Rotary has a special responsibility towards youth, and a number of initiatives must be directed to the youth of today because they become the citizens of tomorrow”. – RI President - Sir Angus Mitchell

In 1948 while preparing for his year as RI President, prominent Melbourne Rotarian, Sir Angus Mitchell had the foresight to see the importance of investing in the next generation. Rotary District 9800 Youth Service Committees offer clubs a wide range of opportunities to nominate students to participate in various programs. Leadership is a pivotal aspect of Rotary and we offer a number of very effective programs to help young people develop their leadership skills, show them how to serve their communities, build friendships, and increase their world understanding. It’s worth iterating the programs offered and their purpose:

Topics: rotary youth exchange


Rochester Rotary Pie and Port Night    

Saturday 6th May, 2017 6:30pm for 7:00pm at the Old Court House Moore Street, Rochester

Cost: $30 per person

RSVP Monday 24th April

Please enclose payment with your snail mail reply Secretary Heather Watson (Pie & Port), 80 Pascoe Street, Rochester 3561 or ph: 0439 842 177 or email:

or use electronic banking   BSB 633 108 Account 1321 85521 and please label Pie & Port


Sumba Eyes in Your Hand    

Dinner Dance in support of the Sumba Eye Program with entertainment by the Backbeat Prophets Blues Band

Friday 5 May 2017 at 7:00pm

Cost: $70.00 (Drinks at Bar Prices)

MCC Kew, 397 Barkers Road, Kew (Melways Ref: 71 A9)

Enquiries: Trevor Mackey 0408 285 382 or

RSVP: 01 May 2017  Please advise dietary requirements

Full booking arrangements on 

The Sumba Eye Program is totally voluntary with no administration fees. Its aim, in true Rotary fashion, is to set up an eye care system in Sumba. All proceeds of the Dinner and Auction event will be used to further the amazing work being conducted by dedicated teams of surgeons, optometrists and nurses to provide eye surgery to the impoverished people in this isolated part of Indonesia.

Learn more

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Book online via Trybooking


Time To Draw the Line    

Great news! Friends of Baguia (supported by Hawthorn Rotary) is hosting a special one-time screening of the film Time To Draw the Line, Tuesday May 2nd, 7pm at Palace Cinemas Como. This film is about the campaign for a fair go for East Timor and that nation's desire to sttle its long running boundary dispute with Australia.

Friends of Baguia president Derarca O'Mahony will be introducing the film, which includes footage of our projects. It is a great film to update yourself on this issue.

To reserve your tickets, please visit the Demand Film Event Page

Topics: rotary club of hawthorn,  friends of baguia,  australia east timor sea border


Maternal and Child Health    

District Governors Message - April 2017

For more than 100 years, Rotarians have joined together from all continents, cultures, and industries to take action in our communities and around the world. With a commitment to achieving lasting change, we work together to empower youth, enhance health, promote peace, and most important, advance the community. While Rotarians can serve in countless ways, Rotary has focused its efforts in six areas, which reflect some of the most critical and widespread humanitarian needs. The area of focus for the month of April is Maternal and Child Health.


The Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration – 31 May 2017    

By District Governor Neville John

Last edition I highlighted The Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration and advised that brochures and bequest forms have been emailed to all Club Presidents. If you can come along you should, because the celebration of 100 years of ‘doing good in the world’ comes once in a lifetime. It is an opportunity to bring your non-Rotary friends and corporate networks, to see and hear about the work of Rotary. We will also adding a ‘Donate’ button to the dinner website so that those who are unable to attend, can donate. You can now also nominate your club so that you are seated together.



2017 Global MS Dinner     

Wednesday May 10, 2017 7.00 pm for 7.30pm start
Fredricks 980 Mt Alexander Rd Essendon
$50pp Includes 2 course Dinner

"Wear something red"

Guest speakers and entertainment.

RSVP by May 6, 2017



Rotary Cub of Brighton Beach - Farewell Dinner and 22nd Anniversary     

After 22 years the Rotary Club of Brighton Beach is closing and they are combining a Farewell dinner with their 22nd anniversary celebrations.

When: Tuesday 23 May 2017
Where: Milanos Hotel Brighton Beach
Time: 6.00pm for 6.30pm
RSVP: 14 May 2017
Contact: Keiran Cromie 0419 252 814;
Cost: $30 per head

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Tank is gone – no ‘furphy’    

by JOHN LEWIS, Shepparton News AUGUST 11, 2016

Shepparton blacksmith John Furphy might not be so amused to know that the humble water cart he designed in the 1880s is now so valuable it has become a target for thieves.

Mr Furphy was, by all accounts, a God-fearing man of strong morals.

It was his idea to place the rhyme Good, better, best — never let it rest — till your good is better — and your better best on the plate at the end of the tank.


How to spend less time managing club data    

How to spend less time managing club data

By Chelsea Mertz, communications specialist, Rotary Service Connections

Does your club manage members and officer updates online? Did your district buy a club management system for the clubs in your district, such as DACdb, but your club uses a different vendor, like ClubRunner?


Collaboration in Maternal and Newborn Health    


Every day about 800 women worldwide die from complications related to pregnancy and child birth. This equals 1.5 times the number of passengers fitting into an Airbus A380 or 2.5 times the number of passengers in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. 99 percent of these maternal deaths occur in developing countries and most of them are preventable.


Donations in Kind Open Day    

When communicating just what Donations in Kind at West Footscray can provide presents such a problem  – how do we address the challenge? Why not throw open the doors and invite everyone along to see.  Add scones and cream, tasty Somaliland nibbles and the essential sausage sizzle and see what happens.

That’s just what we did on Saturday 8th April to celebrate the shipping of the 500th Container from the store and also mark the centenary of the Rotary Foundation.

Topics: donations in kind


Camberwell Rotary Shop is now the Good Reads Good Deeds Rotary Shop    

By David Owen, Hawthorn Rotary

The Camberwell Rotary shop has changed its name. It is still at 654 Burke Road at the back facing the car park side.It is now the "Good Reads Good Deeds Rotary Shop".

This Boroondara multi-club enterprise was set up by DIK Inc clubs and Riverside cluster clubs.  Its aim is to support the Donations in Kind store, which recycles equipment and goods and sends useful items overseas and to disadvantaged communities in Australia. It also  supports Rotary Fair Trade enterprises in East Timor, Nepal and Laos, and Camcare, a not-for-profit, community based organization, which assists people from Boroondara and neighbouring areas who are facing personal hardship or difficult life circumstances. 

Topics: donations in kind,  rotary opportunity shops,  end trachoma in australia by 2021


EndTrachoma by 2020 - Rotary Australia's Multi-District Project    

Clubs around Australia support many worthwhile charities and projects. But EndTrachoma by 2020 is something particularly special for Rotary Australia.

Our Australian Centenary project needs your support on the ground to mobilise Rotarians and communicate the value of our project to clubs and communities.

Topics: ian riseley president of rotary international,  community service


Rotary Flemington Celebrates its 30th Anniversary    

The Rotary Club of Flemington welcomes past, present and future members of the Club, their family and friends to come and celebrate the Club’s 30th Birthday.

Where: The Boathouse, 7 the Boulevard, Moonee Ponds

When: Wednesday 19th April 2017

Time: 6.30pm for a 7pm dinner

Cost: $50 per person for a 2 course meal!  - drinks at bar prices

RSVP: 10th April 2017


International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians    

Mike McFarlane, President of the Australian Section, International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians.

Fellowship is a word very frequently used in Rotary circles but how many new, and even long-term experienced members are aware of the many “Rotary Fellowships” available?

Perhaps another one of Rotary’s best-kept secrets!

Rotary Fellowships are very friendly, independent, social groups that share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to extend your Rotary friends around the world.

One such example is the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians, or as it is more commonly known “IFFR”, which has been facilitating Rotary aviation friendships all around the world for some 52 years.


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