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Rotary District 9800

Dear friend,

Today is Rotary Membership Day

Julie Mason, Rotary District 9800 Governor

In the Rotary world August is Membership Month but I say that every day is membership day! Now why would I say that? Well, I love all that Rotary stands for, has done, and can do and I know that once others know what I know they will want to join our Rotary movement.

Bike Rides a Bonding Agent

By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne Sunrise

Many Rotary clubs are thick with retirees but don’t do much to bond them together.

In contrast, Canterbury Rotary Club has been running weekly bike rides of about 35km on Tuesdays for more than five years, with great results in comradeship and health.

Max Holland 68, the club’s newsletter editor, says up to 10 go on the rides, and their average age is 70+. Oldest is more than 75. The group includes three non-Rotary friends.

Canterbury Rotary Club nabs a youngster

By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Mebourne Sunrise

At 20 years of age, Brett Riley at 20 is a hard-working young recruit to the Canterbury Rotary Club. He joined in July 2014 and is currently the Youth Services Director.

“I’m making good friendships with members who treat me as their equal,” Brett says.

Why do mothers die? A Rotarian’s mission to reduce maternal mortality

Blogpost: Rotary Service Connections

By PDG Dr. Himansu Basu, MD, PhD, RI Technical Coordinator on Maternal and Child Health 2013-16

My world stopped when I was 15 – my mother died after her seventh childbirth (I was the eldest). The pain and misery in the years that followed were unimaginable. Since then, I have been asking myself the question –“Why do mothers die?”

Ian Riseley selected as 2017-18 Rotary President

Australian accountant Ian H.S. Riseley, a member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, was selected by the Nominating Committee and will become the president-nominee on 1 October if there are no challenges from other candidates. Riseley has been a member since 1978, and has served Rotary as treasurer, director, trustee, RI Board Executive Committee member, task force member, committee member and chair, and district governor.

Riseley is a practicing accountant and principal of Ian Riseley and Co., which specialises in advising local and international businesses, and has a strong interest in international affairs. He received the AusAID Peacebuilder Award from the Australian government in 2002 in recognition of his work in Timor-Leste. He also received the Order of Australia medal in 2006 for service to the Australian community.

Read more about Riseley’s selection

Learn about Rotary’s leaders

Rotary on the Air

“Rotary In Action”, the hour long radio program has been broadcast every week of the year since July 4, 1995 (every Tuesday 4-5pm). The program on 96.5 Inner FM consists of interviews, Rotary news and music.

Six Rotarians from three districts are involved, with Jane Stott (Rotary Club of Yarra Bend) and Jill Weeks (Rotary Club of Hawthorn) representing District 9800.

This week Jill's guest (or co-host) was Gabe Hau, who is the Assistant Governor for Riverside cluster.

Are you a Rotary Superhero?

Through their clubs, Rotary members have the power to lead others by example. In his latest post on Rotary Voices, Evan Burrell, a member of the Rotary Club of Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia, writes that Rotarians are like modern superheroes. All through August, we’re celebrating Membership and New Club Development Month with posts by members who explain how they are making a difference.

Read Burrell’s post

Tell us your story on Facebook

Discover a dozen ways to make a difference

Donations in Kind Annual Report 2014-15

Tasmania and Victoria comprise the Donations In Kind Southern Region. There are two major Stores, in Geelong and West Footscray, that are part of a national network. It is a recycling operation that specialises in reuse. It collects the goods that our community no longer requires and gives them to people in need for free. The Stores are run totally by volunteers. Most of the goods go to developing countries, but they also support local projects.

Rotarian Singles Fellowship.

By Madu Bishnu, International Service Chair, Rotary E-Club of Melbourne

The Fellowship was started in 2009 by Marlene Daniels of Rotary Oakland in US with the thought that after becoming a widow she became lonely and wanted a fellowship just for Singles, not Rotarians who come as Single in RI Conventions. She immediately started working on it and the Fellowship was chartered in 2009. The dues are $20 lifetime. Currently we have 302 members from 50 countries and most of our members are from US.

Thank you to Donations in Kind from Timor and Cambodia

Daryl Mills, Rotary’s “man in Timor” reports on a playground that was sent via Donations-in-Kind from a Catholic School in Ringwood to Dili Rotary Club, quite a long time ago. It was apparently held in store while a kindergarten was built, and Daryl has received a lovely letter of thanks.

A Dozen ways to Make a Difference

August is Membership and New Club Development Month, which means it's time to celebrate your Rotary club, your members, and the good you do in your community and around the world.

Make the most of your membership. Here’s how:

Doing Good Schools Video Competition

You can make your Rotary Club look amazing by simply telling the stories your Club already has.

Our aim is for every Rotary Club in our District to produce a short video of less than one minute.

Are your members going to the Success Conference in Canberra?

If any of your members are attending the Success Conference in Canberra and are interested in car sharing could they contact Ron Stark who is willing to cordinate matching drivers and passengers. Ron will be leaving the morning of Friday September 4th, returning Sunday after the Conference. Contact Ron if your are driving or if you would like a lift Email Mobile 04 1812 9922

Everything is in place for the Rotary Success Conference on 5– 6 September 2015.

Charter of Rotary Club of Caroline Springs

28th August, 2015, 7.30pm till late

Slices Restaurant, 2 Lake St.,  Caroline Springs.

You are invited to the Charter Night of the new Rotary Club of Caroline Springs on 28th August 2015. The Invitation and Booking form is attached and you are encouraged to attend and support the newest Rotary Club in the world.

Your attendance will provide a great deal of satisfaction to the Club members who have worked extremely hard over the past 3 months to deliver District 9800's 70th Club in 2015 - 2016 so we too can be 'A Gift to the World'.


26th August, 2015, St. Kilda Town Hall

Help Celebrate the launch of this years' Local 'n Vocal CD thanks to the Rotary Club of St. Kilda.

This innovative project gives kids an opportunity to have an awesome experience that will be empowering, memorable and exciting and supports organisations that work with children at risk of homelessness.

The album will be launched on the 26th August at St Kilda Town Hall; tickets are available now for purchase.

Book Now for the Launch:

Buy the CD:

RAWCS Southern Region Information and Training Weekend


District 9820 has the honor of hosting the 2015 RAWCS Southern Region Information and Training weekend, incorporating all Victorian and Tasmanian Rotary Districts

WHEN:       29th and 30th AUGUST.

WHERE:     The Latrobe Valley Convention Centre in Traralgon.


Buying off the plan involves a little bit of insight and a whole lot of imagination. At the end of the day, you might end up with a brand new property for a great price.

Committee Lists

Marina Prior and the Victorian Welsh Choir

Fundraising Concert - Rotary Club of Bendigo South - 27th September, Ulumbarra Theatre

Marina Prior and the Victoria Welsh Choir appear at 2pm, Sunday September 27 at Ulumbarra Theatre Bendigo.  Tickets on sale now at or phone the box office on 5434 6100.

Entry is $40 or $36 with concessions and $20 for children.

The Rotary Club of Bendigo South are hosting this fundraising concert at the Ulumbarra theatre featuring Australia's First Lady of song, Marina Prior, together with the Victoria Welsh Choir. Members and friends of Rotary District 9800 are invited to "do some time" at this special event.

Book Tickets Now

Australian Rotary Health Golf Day 2015

5th October, 2015

Annual Australian Rotary Health Golf Day this year sponsored by the Bayford Group to be held at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

There is again a hole in one competition for a BMW which has proven to be a popular add on to this tournament ...

Corporate packages are also available and full details can be obtained from Ron Adams on 0408136100 or

2015 International Day of Older Persons Breakfast

6th October, 2015, RACV Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne.

60, there’s still work to do! – tickets now on sale

Featuring an expert panel - Geraldine Doogue (moderator), John Cain (former Premier of Victoria), Andrea Hull (Chair ABC Advisory Council), Lois Peeler (Principal - Worowa Aboriginal College) and Peter Couzens (Chairperson - Adult Parole Board)


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