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International Women’s Day Breakfast Planning Under Way    

International Women’s Day Breakfast Planning Under Way

Inspiring speakers, vigorous debate and great food make up the packages as Rotary clubs across Australasia plan for International Women’s Day breakfasts in 2017.


February Area of Focus is Peace & Conflict Prevention/Resolution    

Rotary International’s stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. The month of February brings Rotary’s focus on Peace & Conflict Prevention/Resolution.


Doing Good In the World Showcase    


See and experience first hand the amazing work done by Rotary, including:

  • Disease prevention & treatment
  • Water & sanitation
  • Maternal & child health
  • Basic education & Literacy
  • Economic & community development
  • Promoting peace


Great Australia Day Swim    

Summer is here.  Christmas will soon be behind us, new year hangovers a thing of the past.  GADS is the most exciting major event to look forward to in 2017 - The Great Australia Day Swim.


World Understanding Month in the Rotary Calendar    

By Past District Governor Dennis Shore

The monthly cycle of Rotary themes continues and February is World Understanding Month in the Rotary Calendar and the relevant Area of Focus is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution

Peacemaking becoming an early core objective of Rotary.

Delegates at the 1914 Convention adopted a resolution calling for a peace conference and called upon all clubs to be advocates for peace. Sadly those actions failed to prevent the outbreak of World War I. Nevertheless Rotary had defined peacemaking as being at the core of its values.


11 Pieces Of Wisdom From Desmond Tutu To Inspire Change Makers In 2017    

By Brian Rusch, Executive Director, Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation

Most people begin every new year with a sense of hope and and excitement. With recent events throughout the world, I think that many of us also enter this new year with a sense of trepidation. For me personally, I am channeling any disquiet I might feel into a renewed focus on our mission at the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation - that is to inspire new generations of change makers to make this world a more peaceful place through the life, actions and words of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. As we move forward to challenges this new year brings, I am reminded of some of the wisdom that the Archbishop has shared that I turn to when I am in need of some inspiration.


Your Outstanding Foundation    

From RI District 9800 Foundation Newsletter

The Association of Fund Raising Professionals (AFP) has recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation.

The award honours organisations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs


2017-18 RI President Ian H.S. Riseley announces his presidential theme, Rotary: Making a Difference    

By Ryan Hyland, Rotary Interational

Rotary International President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley made the case on Monday that protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service.

Riseley, a member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, unveiled the 2017-18 presidential theme, Rotary: Making a Difference, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.

Topics: ian riseley president of rotary international


Rotarian Action Group for Peace    

What if together we wage peace?

What if we started thinking about Rotary as more than a collection of service clubs and started thinking of ourselves as a global peacebuilding force?

Just imagine, Rotarians building a world beyond war. Learn more about our organization and how you can join us as ‘We Wage Peace’.


January is Vocational Service Month    

Vocational Service should be seen as a part of every avenue of service and also as a potential marketing tool for membership development and enhancement of public image. Enhancing public image and awareness leads to more members and then to more service projects, contributing to an even better public image. When we talk to people about engaging in Rotary projects, it is most often their skills and experience that they have to offer. Vocational Service is basic to our organisation.

When we join Rotary, we identify with our vocational experience, which requires that each club knows about the diverse experience it has available for project work. What do you know about the vocations of your club members or others in your community that could help with projects?


Christmas 24/7    

It happened to be the week before Christmas in Balibo, Timor Leste, but it could have been in any of the 25 countries we have shipped goods to, at any time of the year.  It could have been Mrs Jones in your suburb who received her Rotary Wheelchair from her occupational therapist.  

The attached letter highlights how cheap and easy it is to improve people’s lives utilising the goods available from Donations In Kind.  It cost $50.00 to ship each wheelchair.   Your Store contains 3400m2 of opportunities for you to help others.

If you don’t have a project Laurie Fisher 0428 550 574 would be happy to recommend some.

Have a look at the attached and brighten your day.

Topics: donations in kind,  wheelchairs for east timor


Group Vocational Exchange FROM the Philippines    

Last week Networker featured the District 9800 outgoing team going to the Philippines on a Vocational Exchange.  In return, a very interesting group of young professionals from District 3820 in Southern Luzon will be visiting us from February 11 to March 11.  This is a great opportunity for us to live one of the three key elements of Vocational Service - which is to Empower others through training and skill development


Teaching the Teachers    

Realizing that getting children into schools isn't enough to solve illiteracy, Rotary shifts to mentoring and coaching teachers
By Arnold R. Grahl, Rotary International News

On Carolyn Johnson’s second visit to the central highlands of Guatemala, she met a first-grade teacher who made a shocking confession. Before taking part in the Guatemala Literacy Project, the teacher was convinced that her students could not learn to read.

She said We were willing to go through the program because it was a day out of class and you gave us books and you provided us with a nice lunch, but we knew that you were crazy, says Johnson, a Rotarian who helped design the curriculum for the project and now serves as a technical adviser for the Guatemala Literacy Project.


Evaluating Rotary Peace Centers    

By Jos Nolle, Rotary Club of Markham Sunrise, Canada

After doing several project evaluation visits for The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers in places such as Ecuador, Brazil, Arizona, Mozambique, and Ethiopia, a somewhat unusual request came my way — to help the Rotary Peace Centers program team evaluate its six centers. These are located in the USA (Duke/UNC), the UK (Bradford), Sweden (Uppsala), Japan (International Christian University), Australia (Queensland), and Thailand (Chulalongkorn).

Topics: rotary peace fellows


Corporate membership and new membership types    

Rotary Club of Melbourne, Rotary International Blog

Are you interested in offering new membership types in your club? Robert Fisher, of the Rotary Club of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, recently described his experience with corporate memberships. Learn how his club applied this new flexibility to increase membership.

Here’s what clubs need to know about corporate memberships and other new membership types:

• Clubs are free to offer alternative memberships of any kind. For corporate memberships, clubs count individuals as members, not the corporations that sponsor them.

• If corporate members pay RI dues, they will be included in their club’s official membership count and receive all the benefits that other active, dues-paying members enjoy.

• Clubs can have special policies for these members’ other financial obligations (club and district dues, meal costs, etc.), attendance requirements, or service expectations, as long as the club bylaws reflect these policies.


Nice Photo!    

Find the right picture to tell Rotary’s story. RI’s  library contains thousands of colorful images that capture the heart of what we do locally and globally..

Description: Christopher Castro (center), of the Rotary Club of Brentwood, New York, USA, works with members of the community of Nan Sema on the island of La Gonave, Haiti, to secure solar panels on the roof of the local clinic. With Rotary Foundation Matching Grant 73919, Rotarians from District 7260 and Haitian Rotarians staffed a weeklong medical clinic there, installed a laptop and satellite to be used for telemedicine, and converted the community center's power source to solar energy. After the 2010 earthquake, Port-au-Prince residents fled to the island, increasing its population by 30 percent.


Hamas and Rotary    

By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne Sunrise

Hamas, Gaza’s government, has been much in the news lately and thankfully the recent Hamas/Israel war has subsided somewhat.

Some commentators have overlooked that the Hamas Charter of 1988 calls for the destruction not just of Israel but of Rotary, Lions and Freemasons Clubs, which Hamas believes are secret Zionist cells of subversion and saboteurs.


$1000 for your club?    

Simply induct four members between 1 January and 31 March 2017 and the $1,000 grant will be presented to your New Members to use as seed funding on a project of their choice!!! A maximum of 10 grants are available.

The District was so successful with the grants so far this year that 18 Clubs have received them and inducted 96 new members.

All clubs in our District are eligible to receive this grant including those clubs that qualified for the previous $1,000 grants in 2016-17

Full details are contained in the attached flyer. Download Membership Grant Guidelines


The Impacts of the Black Saturday Bushfires    

From Australian Rotary Health

Nearly six years after the Black Saturday bushfires, a new study shows a quarter of survivors from the worst affected Victorian communities are still experiencing serious mental health problems.


Peta Credlin’s Rotary History    

By Tony Thomas, Networker Correspondent

Peta Credlin in Spectator Australia’s Christmas issue sets out memories of her stint as a 1988  Rotary Exchange student. Peta became famous/controversial in her role as Chief of Staff to then Prime Minister Tony Abbott from 2013-15.

Topics: rotary youth exchange


Every Day in Rotary is like Christmas    

Since mid-July, Rebecca and I have been visiting our wonderful Rotary clubs and experiencing the amazing variety of things you are all doing to make a difference to the lives of others. It is inspiring to be part of an organisation whose unique structure enables us to work locally, in our Districts, across the State, around the country and all over the world, helping those who didn’t get our opportunities. We do things that others don’t, we achieve what Governments cannot and this is largely due to our diversity of skills, our ethical core values, our acceptance of diversity in culture, religion, ethnicity, gender age, and we owe no favours to any lobby group. The opportunity to serve is a great one, and everything we do matters, especially to those we help.


Recognition for a Donations in Kind Volunteer    

By Laurie Fisher, Rotary Club of West Footscray

Helen Sully first came to Donations in Kind as a volunteer in 2004: her initial contact was through John Gordon, a long time stalwart of DIK. John used to collect the knitted baby clothing from a group established by Helen and donated to DIK. He encouraged Helen to become directly involved at the store itself. Once there, she soon became a permanent fixture.

Topics: donations in kind,  recognition of service


Club Flexibility    

Research and our members' experiences have shown that when clubs have more freedom to decide how and when they hold their meetings, who they'll invite to become members, and what member engagement means, their ability to attract new members and keep current members motivated increases.


Group Vocational Exchange to Philippines     

The D9800 team for the GVE to D3820 in the Philippines is now selected and in serious but excited training for their departure to the Philippines. This will be on February 13, 2017 for a four week intensive vocational experience. Of course there will be many opportunities to be found under the umbrella of Rotary for experiencing life and living in the Philippines as well – as there should be! 

Our team is comprised of Team leader Michael Lapiña (RC Central Melbourne) with team members Amanda Argyros sponsored by Hawthorn Rotary, Emily Brown sponsored by Central Melbourne, Agnieska Kasidla sponsored by Toorak Rotary and Alana McIntosh sponsored by the e-Club of Melbourne!


Post-polio syndrome: Australia's forgotten disability    

By ABC News social affairs correspondent Norman Hermant, November 2015

The World Health Organisation declared Australia polio free in 2000. But the disease remains a threat in Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan, which recorded its highest level of polio infections in a decade last year.

And in Australia, the disease is still very much with us.


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