What's happening around District 9800      
Hopefully you are all aware now that we recently completed the District Governor selection process and information has been sent to all clubs highlighting that Amanda Wendt (RC Melbourne) was successful and will be District Governor in the 2022-2023 Rotary year. Congratulations Mandi.

I recently attended the Multi District President Elect Training session (PETS) in Ballarat to support DGE Philip and his training team.  As always the session provided a great opportunity to prepare Presidents for the coming year leading their club.
World of Difference offers three opportunities to make a difference in Cambodia during January 2021. 
  • Bronwyn Stephens will lead a Skills Transfer Tour.
  • Paul Rake will lead a Hands on Tour in mid January working in a remote village.
  • Katrina Finn will lead a Humanitarian and Cultural Immersion tour in late January
Through service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, our members are addressing underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, poor access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.
During February, which is Rotary’s Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Month, you can build peace and mitigate conflict:
In our contentious society, I see friends who are members of Rotary use The Four-Way Test to support opposing political and social arguments and to criticize the thoughts, statements, and actions of others. I see members with completely opposing viewpoints use the same Four-Way Test to both support their argument and demean others.
Rotarians and others are using all forms of social media to share their opinions about perceived violations of The Four-Way Test, causing others to pile on additional comments and insults, all with little thought to how this affects our public image.
On Saturday night, Rotary District Governor Grant Hocking ASM announced that Rotary had raised well over the million dollar mark and was geared up for the second phase of its Bushfire recovery efforts - the rebuilding stage. It never ceases to amaze me what can be accomplished when us humans get together in aid of a cause. The Rotaract e Club of Melbourne together with Gateway Rotaract ran a very successful Trivia night at Flem-Ken Bowling Club. They were delighted with the participation and the numerous donations for both the raffle and the Silent Auction. So many generous people contributed items and in kind assistance.
One of the newest clubs in District 9800 is powering ahead with activity, service and engagement. 

The Rotary Club of Wyndham Harbour was chartered on 23rd February 2019—yes, that’s right, they are just one year old!  But have they taken off at speed. 
In their first year, under the leadership of President Rosemarie Kinyua, members have supported 6 members to attend the Rotary Leadership Institute for Rotary learning. 
The Rotary Club of Malvern had 80 interested people attend the German Club Tivoli recently, resulting in the Foundation of the Armadale Probus Club.
Peter Milburn reported that 38 people signed up on the spot and paid their Membership and Joining Fees at that time; from this group of committed individuals, appointments were made to the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, Welfare Officer, Tours Officer and Speakers’ Chair-man, so it would appear that the Club is off to a great start!
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