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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.


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



ARH PHD Scholoarships Avaliable    

It is intended that Australian Rotary Health will provide stipend and incidental support for a postgraduate student who is undertaking full time research in the areas below.

Applicants must be an Australian citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, or New Zealand citizen, and not be under bond to any foreign government in order to be eligible. Evidence of citizenship (citizenship certificate, birth certificate, and passport) or residential status must accompany this application.

All PhD Scholarship Applications closing date is Friday 23rd Feburary 2018


Support for Balibo – It’s not what you do it’s the way that you do it    

By David Dippie, Rotary Club of Keilor

Rotarians believe that everyone in need deserves our help, but we can’t help everyone. Our priority should be to use our resources to achieve the best results, particularly for overseas projects. Other organizations share our objectives and if the mix is right, more can be achieved by working together than separately. For most overseas projects focusing our support in one area for an extended time will produce the best results.


Rotary Peace Fellowships Avaliable    

100 fellowships for fully funded university training in peace and conflict resolution, are now available

Through application of their training, study, networking, and practice Rotary

Peace Fellows become leaders and catalysts for peace and conflict resolution.

Many go on to careers in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, peace education, media, international organisations like the United Nations and World Bank, and grass roots organisations working in communities.

Rotary International is committed to this program. Since 2002 more than 1,100 graduates have been trained.

Applications for the 2019-20 Rotary Peace Fellowship program are now being accepted. The deadline for applicants to submit applications to their district is 31 May. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July. Review district endorsement instructions.


Making a “World of Difference” in Cambodia    

This year the World of Difference tour provided us with the opportunity to visit and work in many remote villages throughout Cambodia where you don’t get to visit on your standard Cambodian holiday. At these villages, we saw how Rotary is making a World of Difference in health, clean water, hygiene, education and sustainable development


Volunteers welcome on mental health    

By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne

Rotary Central Melbourne’s newest member Dr Lynne Webber has a job the public knows little about. Her role in the State Department of Health and Human Services is to research and find ways to reduce the use of chemical and physical restraints on people who have multiple disabilities.

There are about 2000 such people in Victoria, aged from 6 to 65.


Implementing the learning from Peace Studies 2017 - White Ribbon Day    

This article is an extract of a speech given at a White Ribbon Day function in Hamilton'. Superintendent Peter Greaney, Division 2, Western Region, Warrnambool

Between June and September this year I travelled to Bangkok and attended the Peace Studies Centre at the Chulalongkorn University on a Rotary International Peace and Conflict studies fellowship. There I studied with 23 fellows representing 19 countries. The fellows included a medical doctor, psychologists, university professors, aid workers, and lawyers, NGO and United Nations employees and a police Inspector from Kenya. Often the subject of domestic violence was discussed and I learnt about the hardships women face across the world.


Slide to Sri Lanka    

It is estimated that 300 playground each year in Victoria are replaced, with the old ones going to scrap. Many are in good condition. Playgrounds in Sri Lanka are rare. SLIDE TO SRI LANKA is a joint District Approved Project between our District 9800 and the Rotary District of Sri Lanka, District 3220.

The task isn't difficult! A playground from Greater Geelong Council has already been shipped and reassembled for community use at theSputnik School in Kurunegala!


Dictionaries for Schools - An Opportunity for Donations in Kind    

By Bronwyn Stevens, District Governor Elect, Rotary Club of Melbourne South

This “win win” is so unusual I am following it up after our meeting at Donations in Kind last night.  It is a great opportunity to connect with their schools with the gift of a beautiful and very special offering, all the while supporting our Donations in Kind store.


February is Rotary's Peace Month    

In this increasingly globalised world there are other aspects of peace we need to see, between different religions, different races and different belief systems. We might be one big family of mankind, but we seem to find many things to disagree on.


Australia Day Honours for District 9800 Rotarians    

Congratulations to the following Rotarians who have been honoured in this year’s Australia Day Awards.

  • Peter Campbell JONES AM
  • Quinto SCALZO AM
  • Don Joseph CULLEN, OAM
  • Therese Yvonne McKENNEY OAM
  • Alan Merton SAMUEL, OAM
  • Chris WANG, OAM


Honour Our Fallen    

By Rick McCarthy OAM, Director, Honour our Fallen

Honour Our Fallen is a newly raised not-for-profit organisation (registration pending) formed to honour and preserve the memory of those deceased military personnel, buried in Australia, who served our Nation in all conflicts and theatres since the Boer War.


Engaging our Millennials in Rotary    

Amanda Wendt, Director of Public Image and Communications for District 9800 and member of the Rotary Club of Melbourne, recently received a very special invitation from incoming Rotary International President-Elect Barry Rassin to deliver a keynote on ‘Understanding the Generations, Activating our Younger Members’ in San Diego at the 2018 International Assembly.


Reflections from the Rotary International Assembly    

By Bronwyn Stevens, Rotary District Governor Elect, 2017-18.

Transferring from an international US flight to one that carried us home to Melbourne involved a bus ride across the tarmac in Los Angeles. Some of you will have experienced this. At night, in the dark, with the tarmac lights glowing red, green, yellow, blue and white it was quite beautiful. The bus was darkened.We were huddled together, quiet, and I was standing sharing a handhold pole with several others including a little child. Occasionally soft touches would flutter across the back of my hand. There was no embarrassment or ill ease. The fingers moved on to more exploring. Our bus sped on. A Qantas plane took off quite close by and astonished, I gasped. It was surreal and utterly beautiful, evoking a longing for home. The child’s voice in the stillness “daddy will this bus fly us home?” 


Polio Plus Update    

By Past District Governor Dennis Shore - February 2018

At year end the number of cases due the Wild Polio Virus in 2017 was 22, a little higher than had been reported at the time of publication. That was a significant improvement from the 37 cases in all of 2016 and importantly there were no new cases from Nigeria. 14 of the 22 infections were in Afghanistan and 8 in Pakistan.


Rotary Strikes for Stroke Survivors – LIFE AFTER STROKE (LAS)    

Bob Slater, Kew Rotary, 'Life After Stroke' Coordinator

Each year 12,000 to 15,000 Victorians have a stroke, with a growing number of working age and many still students. Every Victorian will at some time in their life have someone close to them experience a stroke, and it only then that the lasting impact is realised.


St Albans Interact Club’s Double Recognition    

By Barbara Rafter, Rotary Club of Brimbank Central

The Interact Club of St Albans Secondary College held their first Presidential Change Over function in September 2017. At this lunchtime function, Jane Watters, Rotary District 9800 Metropolitan Interact Representative presented Interact Charter President Tony Micallef with a 2016/17 District 9800 Citation.


Brimbank Central Community Leadership Recognition Awards    

by Athena Vass, Rotrary Club of Brimbank Central

The Rotary Club of Brimbank Central is committed to serving the community locally and internationally.

Developing young people to do the same, and become leaders in the community, is our vision. The young people of today are the future Rotarians supporting the Brimbank Community to flourish.


Ashley Eadon, United Nations Youth Delegation, Thailand    

Ashley Eadon, a LaTrobe University Bachelor of Laws student from Woodend was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Eaglehawk to attend the United Nations Youth Delegation in Thailand. Ashley was selected as the Macedon Ranges Young Citizen of the year in 2017 and is following in her father’s footsteps in volunteering and humanitarian work. She has commenced a blog about her adventures which Rotary Club of Eaglehawk have shared with us


Open Day at Donations in Kind    

Join with us to formally open and celebrate the move to the new shed - Shed 39! 

400 Somerville Road West Footscray

Saturday February 24th 2018

From 10.00am to 3.00 pm with the ribbon cutting ceremony at 1.00pm


Exchanging Vocational Skills    

By Peter Frueh, District Governor 2017-2018

As we return from our holiday break, with family and friends, we restart the next step of our Rotary journey. 

Hopefully we are refreshed and are ready to make our own Rotary resolutions for 2018? Maybe to offer to help an existing project or start a new one? Maybe to seek out an interesting speaker? To look for a community organisation to partner with? To bring along a friend who might be wondering what all this Rotary stuff is about? Make a note to yourself and follow up when you can.


Connections and opportunities along a DGE journey.    

By Bronwyn Stephens, District Governor Elect - January 2018

We understand connections, opportunities and fun are what Rotary offers. Please may I share this seemingly little but very important vignette of Mark and I experiencing it while travelling to International Assembly for DG leadership development? We had a few days on our hands and thought to visit a Rotary club. Rotary San Francisco - the second club chartered in the world who had a service evening instead of a meeting evening. So we took the leap and registered to attend.


Star Carnivale - Sunday, 22nd April    

A ‘One off’ Event

Rotary Albert Park invites all Rotary Clubs in Victoria to this unique event to join us at an evening of fun and excitement (never before experienced) to raise funds and celebrate 100 years of The Rotary Foundation.

The Melbourne Star have agreed to light up the wheel in Rotary colours for the night of 22nd April 2018. This will be a promotion of Rotary on that evening…visible from all around Melbourne and the environs. The Melbourne Star will be dedicated to Rotary only and the audience is Rotary club members, their families and friends.


Diversity, Equality, Acceptance and Social Inclusion In Rotary: LGBT Rotary Fellowship    

Steven Aqulina, Rotary Club of Southbank

In the spirit of our RI Theme this year: ”Rotary Making a Difference”, I wish to share with you some exciting news about a new global fellowship that is in the process of being charted with Rotary International and how you can be part of this opportunity for a more diverse and inclusive Rotary.

Our Rotary clubs across the world comprise of committed, passionate people of all sorts of backgrounds, cultures, faiths, political beliefs, personalities and vocations with the common motivation of doing good in the world through service above self. Amongst us are the LGBTIQ+ Rotarians and Rotaractors (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning and other sexualities) who are a part of this diverse and rich tapestry of our membership.


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