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Rotary Youth Program of ENrichment (RYPEN)    

The Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) in Rotary International District 9800 is a Youth Leadership conference for young people who are between 15 and 17 AND are year 9, 10 and 11 students. The conference is a weekend long camp designed at developing young people’s potential through a mixture of lecture style sessions and adventure-based learning.

Topics: youth


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


Open Day at Donations-in-Kind to Celebrate 500 containers this century    

An Invitation to a very special event, help us celebrate shipping the 500th container this century

We are opening the Store on a Saturday to give the people who can’t attend during the week the opportunity to see our Districts largest hands-on project and to get a full understanding of the volume and type of goods that are available for their Club Projects.  Our focus is on giving working people and country Clubs the opportunity to visit, but everyone is welcome.



SecondBite Harvest for Hunger - Volunteer Opportunity    

By Amanda Bailey, SecondBite

APRIL 3, 2017

We would love to invite and make you aware of a great volunteer opportunity we have coming up and helping us to recruit some volunteers for a day of picking apples.

Overall I need to secure 75 SecondBite volunteers for the day’s picking. We are of course are sending this to all our corporate partners and some individuals who have been wanting a volunteer experience.


Choking clean water    

By Diana Schoberg

Source: Rotary International

Blooms of poisonous blue-green algae threaten the western basin of Lake Erie, the source of drinking water for millions of people. Rotarians are joining the fight.

For 56 hours in August 2014, nearly a half-million people living along the shores of the largest freshwater lake system in the world could not drink the water out of their taps. They couldn’t use it to brush their teeth or wash their dishes. Restaurants shut their doors. Hospitals canceled elective surgeries. Stores ran out of bottled water, and the Ohio National Guard stepped in to help.


ShelterBox Update    

You can rightly be proud of your support for ShelterBox: last year we helped close to 140,000 people. We could not do this without the generosity of supporters like you.

In an ever-changing world, we increasingly see the need to be flexible in the way we respond to disasters and a ‘one size fits all’ approach seriously limits the amount of people we can help. Those you who have sponsored boxes will have noticed the increased waiting time for a box to be deployed. That is because we only deploy ShelterBoxes when they are deemed to be the most appropriate form of aid. In 2016 we helped over 29,000 families but only 10% of them received ShelterBoxes.


Women in Rotary International Women’s Day Breakfast,  March 8, 2017    

By Dorothy Gilmour, Rotary Club of Melbourne

Wednesday, March 8 at 6.30 am,  1,200 people descended into the Crown Palladium in Melbourne to celebrate with Women in Rotary,  our International Women’s Day.   Once again, our Kerry Kornhauser OAM, with a team of volunteers gathered together both professional and non-professional men and women,  90 Year 12 students from local and country private and state schools and well known  public figures, who generously provided their time and passion,  to explore this year’s topic “Women Leaders:  What Does It Take?”


Rotary Fair Trade Store in Camberwell    

The Rotary Fair Trade store in Camberwell Junction is a combined project of Boroondara Rotary clubs, raising funds for DIK, the D9800 Donations in Kind Store, and local humanitarian charities such as Camcare.

It is located at the rear of 654 Burke Rd, Camberwell, (enter from the car park).

Open from 10 - 4.30, 7 days a week. Specializing in good quality collectibles and books, the store welcomes useful donations from Rotary members and families who may be downsizing, or spring cleaning.


Linen Supplied for Servants Community Housing    

The Rotary Club of North Balwyn has delivered 200 sets bed linen and 200 towels to Servants Community Housing, which provides safe and affordable housing for people in need in the City of Boroondara.

The quality linen had been transferred to the Donations In Kind Store in Footscray  from mining operations in Western Australia where it was no longer required at “fly-in fly-out” mining facilities because of the downturn in the industry.

Topics: linen recycling program,  donations in kind,  servants community housing


The Philippines Group Vocational Exchange team visits Bendigo    

By Lindsay Jolley, Rotary Club of Bendigo South 

The District 9800 incoming Philippines Group Vocational Exchange (GVE) team started their Bendigo visit with a guided tour of the recently opened new Bendigo Hospital, the largest regional hospital development in Victoria.



As a father, imagine if your only choice was to give your wife or children contaminated water or watch them slowly die in the next few days of dehydration.

We take clean water for granted every day. In the midst of devastation and disasters, there are few gifts more valuable than the gift of clean safe water.

Aquabox is essentially a lifesaving water tank with water filters and water treatment tablets that can convert up to 2,000 litres of polluted water, making it safe and pleasant to drink. The boxes are also filled with emergency aid to reduce the suffering during the aftermath of a disaster. This local initiative is powered by the voluntary members of the Rotary Club of Eltham, Victoria, Australia


Water Solutions by Disaster Aid Australia    

If you attended either of our recent Rotary Showcases in Bendigo or in the Atrium at Federation Square, you may have met the team from Disaster Aid Australia demonstrating their clean water solutions. Disaster Aid evolved as a project of the Rotary Club of Endeavour Hills here in Victoria.


Rotary Community Recycling    

By District Governor Nominee Bronwyn Stephens, District 9800 Community Services Chair

Rotary Clubs have so many projects that Recycle goods.  Now we have a way to let the public know how to get their goods to some of those projects.

The Donations-in-Kind Shed 50 in the old wood stores in Somerville Road is a favourite hangout for some of us Rotarians and others.  It is my preferred place to be every Tuesday.  Most times you will find me in the book aisle sorting and readying them for offshore or community projects.


Chairs and Desks for Fiji    

By Peter Malden, Rotary Club of Boronia, District 9810

If any school furniture donors wonder where the furniture goes, this is a great example. A total of 45 desks and chairs were delivered in two boat loads to Dreketi Village for Laucala Primary School.

The project, to sort and deliver to the landing at Vuni Vasa on Taveuni Island, Fiji, was coordinated by Claude Prevost of Fiji Pearl fame. The Rotary Club of Boronia in Melbourne is a sister club to the Rotary Club of Taveuni Island and they  work very closely together on many projects.


Rotary Australia launches new TV Advertising    

For 100 years, millions of Rotary volunteers have been working together to do good in the world and to recognise this, Rotary in Australia are launching a number of TV Ads across TV networks in Australia highlighting the range of projects that Rotarians undertake.

4 Ads have now been produced and feature various animations of Local and International Projects.


What Can Rotarians Do to Help Alleviate Modern Slavery?     

Firstly, Create Awareness in Rotarian circles and within the wider public, of the plight of millions who are physically and mentally held in servitude as slaves for commercial gain.

One of the world’s biggest challenges is the extent of poverty and inequality across the globe and certainly within many developing and 3rd world countries. The common belief is that the cycle of poverty can be alleviated / broken through Education. It would be highly desirable that every child has the opportunity of some education, to be able to read and write, to solve problems, have skills, trade skills, understand health and hygiene, have ethics and become self sufficient with skills for employment so as to contribute in the local community. Education for children can assist to lead a family out of poverty and provide hope and opportunity. Through education the cycle of poverty, the need for migration and the vulnerability to human trafficking and slavery can also be broken.


Used Bed Linen Recycling Project    

By Chris Herrmann For Rotary Club of Mill Point, W.A.

The purpose of the project was to recycle used Linen from Rio Tinto in the Pilbara to overseas charities through Rotary International Donations-In-Kind, Melbourne.

Sixty-two pallet cartons were transported free of charge by LinFox, from Perth to Melbourne over December 2016 and January 2017. The material was laundered and much of it was in an as-new condition.  DIK have been coordinating with Linfox to hold the cartons as required pending space in the DIK store.

Topics: linen recycling program,  donations in kind


Potable Water and Sanitation Facilitate Education    


By Past President Benjie Liboro, Rotary Club of Ortigas Center

Who would have thought that  giving  clean water will also facilitate education ?

Sitio Malasa, situated  in the foothills of Zambales mountains, is populated by the indigeneous Aeta community that live in the province of Tarlac, Philippines, 150 kilometers north of Metropolitan Manila. It is a depressed community, of Aetas displaced by the cataclysmic Mt. Pinatubo eruption of 1991, and lowland homesteaders. 


March Area of Focus is Water and Sanitation    

District Governor Neville John

Clean water and sanitation is a human right. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, they lead healthier and more successful lives. We don’t just build wells and walk away. Rotary members integrate water, sanitation, and hygiene into education projects. When children learn about disease transmission and practice good hygiene, they miss less school. And they can take those lessons home to their families, expanding our impact.


February Area of Focus is Peace & Conflict Prevention/Resolution    

There is now just on six weeks to go before over 700 people come together in Shepparton for the District 9800 Conference. An enormous amount of planning time has been invested in this event so that attendees experience the amazing opportunities that the Rotary organisation provides those who want to help others, and to showcase what Rotarians are doing locally and abroad to make the world a better place.


Networker 2016-17 Edition 15 - Showcasing Rotary    

The countless times I have heard ‘why doesn’t Rotary promote itself better?’ Well, here is your chance to support something you’ve asked for by putting on your Rotary blouse, shirt, cap or whatever, and coming along for a while on Saturday 25 February between 9 am and 5 pm, to help us showcase Rotary and what it does. If you can be there between 11am and 12.30 pm the Choir of Hard Knocks and mob photo will be happening.


Rotary Youth Exchange gave me hope for peace     

By Kate Roff, a former Rotary Youth Exchange student

Being lost in the middle of the bustling, hazy, city of Bangkok, Thailand, is not ideal for a 17-year-old Australian girl. But, it was a moment that changed my life.


2017 Conference Update    

By Kevin Love, Conference Chairman 

This is a short note to let you know of some exciting new developments for the Rotary District 9800 Conference “Connecting Communities - Serving Humanity,” in Shepparton, in March.


Bendigo Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year    

Congratulations to Citizen of the Year Garth Keech and Young Citizen of the Year Khayshie Tilak Ramesh, the top citizens for 2017.


Alternative Membership    

By David Shave - Yarra Bend Rotary

During its last visioning exercise, some two years ago, in the report to the board, Yarra Bend Rotary recognised the need to review the range of membership categories it offered, to assist in the effort to increase membership.

Photo: Associate Inductee Liz Rodriguez introduced by Yarra Bend's David Shave


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