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Dear friend,

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.

District Governors' Message - Networker- Edition 5.

There is a Chinese Proverb that says: Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.

In this year of being A Gift to the World we have a second District Vocational Training Team that will provide training in early literacy to over 160 teachers who work in remote village schools around Siem Reap and Phnom Penh in January 2016.

Spotlight on Rotary Success conference

What did District 9800 participants take out of the Conference in Canberra. 

By Matthew Scott (Regional Networker Correspondent)

Over the weekend of 5-6th September, Rotarians from around the nation descended upon the most apolitical city in the country to partake in the Australian Rotary Success conference and inaugural youth summit. District 9800 was well represented at the conference, not only hosting an induction on the main stage, but also by providing the Saturday night's dinner entertainment by way of Rotary Club of Southbank's very own Jonathon Welch.

Foundation Grants Updates

As attendees at the recent foundtaion serminars have learned, there are many innovative projects being undertaken by clubs.

For more information on running a project in your club, here are some essential resources.

August 2015 Newsletter

Foundation Grants Information - Details of Grants and Application Process



Mr D & Mrs L Franklin

On our property tour, we did not feel any pressure to buy and therefore felt free to choose. We personally felt the available properties shown to us in Heidelberg Heights had more potential as it is in a great location, near the hospital and to date, we have been satisfied with our property’s performance.

SEPTEMBER is Rotary Basic Education and Literacy Month

Rotary Australia World Community Service

Literacy and a good education is one of the greatest gifts we can give. Everyone has the right to learn to read, write and enjoy the power, pleasures and independence of being literate. For some the journey will be easy, for others it will take much hard work and unfortunately for approximately 18 percent of today’s world population it will never happen. We can change the world, but if we all contribute what we can, we can improve many lives. This is the power of Rotary and every Club can contribute.

RAWCS has many great projects that you can support.

To find one that will excite your Club go to Scroll down the front page to Basic Education and Literacy Programs and click on  “See our projects” and you will find 100+ you can support.

The Generosity of Australians

Philip Archer, Membership Director D9800, describes how the public opened their hearts through giving to a family in distress.

Sharon Chan was 36 weeks pregnant with her third child. Life was a struggle after her second son, Oliver, was born with Downs Syndrome. Now five years old, Ollie also has leukaemia. Sharon’s husband Rob drove Ollie from their home in the little town of Gunning near Canberra to a Sydney hospital for his chemotherapy on a regular basis. Then, tragedy struck again when Rob suddenly died of a heart attack. Rob was Sharon’s rock.

Rotary launches Australian Honours Advisory Panel

Article From Rotary DownUnder

By Past President Bob Slater, Rotary Club of Kew

“Service Above Self” is second nature to Rotarians. But we all know fellow members who go “above and beyond” in service to their community – and indeed our nation. They seek no reward beyond mere satisfaction that they have made a difference in the lives of individuals or society in general. We recognise their commitment by Clubs contributing to our Rotary Foundation or by a District or sometimes a Rotary International Award.

Rotary On The Move Newsletter

Rotary Zone 8 and 7B Newsletter

Highlights from the September Edition

Membership - Where is Bob The Builder

The Secrets and Myths of Increasing Membership - Kerry Kornhauser

President Inducts his Wife

CBD Men’s Shed needs members and projects

By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne Sunrise

Anyone like to join the newly-opened Men’s Shed in the Federation Square car park? Chairman Alan Seale says men’s shed members, like Rotarians, are all volunteers and the more members the shed has, the easier it is to welcome newcomers, show them the ropes and ensure safe working. “We have 35 members today and are aiming for 100,” Alan says.

Rotary Club of Albert Park 2015 Footy Breakfast

25 September, 2015 - at the Carousel, on Albert Park lake

Special Guest Speaker, former Collingwood Premiership player, Gavin Crosisca.

All proceeds will go to a literacy program run by the club for disadvantaged children in the local area, as well as other Club projects for the local community.

Tickets are $70 for a sumptuous sit down cooked breakfast with all the trimmings. Metered parking is available at the front door and in Aughtie Drive. Start Time is 7am for 7,30 and we'll finish at 9am.

For Bookings:

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

Help Hats Help Heads on World Mental Health Day

Hat Day is Australian Rotary Health’s national fundraising and awareness day for mental health research, celebrated each year on World Mental Health Day - Friday October 9.

Rotary Clubs have been central to engaging businesses and communities to raise vital funds and awareness for the 1 in 5 people suffering a mental illness.

What can your Club do? Register your Club for Hat Day at

If you would like more information about Hat Day, contact Steff Fenton Media & Communications Manager, Australian Rotary Health p +612 8833 8331 | f +612 9635 5042 | w or visit our website

or Ron Adams on 0408136100 or

Paul Harris Society Luncheon

Sunday, 11 October 12:00pm for 12:30pm, Shelly’s Beach Pavilion, 26 The Esplanade, Williamstown

EVENT POSTPONED! - To be kept up-to-date on the future planned event, please contact Gordon McKern, Rotary Club of Eaglehawk

You are cordially invited to the next Paul Harris Society Luncheon and hear the Guest Speaker, Bob Bott, from the Rotary Club of North Balwyn, who will speak on Rotary’s achievements in the Solomon Islands.

Polio Movie Night

The Rotary Foundation in Australia has negotiated a special fundraising movie night with 20th Century Fox for clubs across the country.

Protect a Life, Protect Orphaned children - Rotary Club of Laverton Point Cook

24th Oct 2015, 7PM, Rios Brazilian Restaurant, 316 Church St, Richmond VIC 3121

$100 (5% discount for the month of Sept)  RSVP 16th Oct 2015

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