Issue 03  ::  September 2022  ::  Imagine Rotary
Around the District
District 9800 overwhelmingly votes to try new approaches as our members show what it means to Imagine Rotary

The full results of the Zone 8 Regionalisation Pilot vote were shared on Wednesday: 90% of Zone 8 clubs voted Yes. Within District 9800, the proposal secured overwhelming support with 98.44% of clubs voting Yes. I’m very pleased to note that every club voted.

The willingness of our members to embrace our evolving circumstances by trying new approaches is incredibly heartening, and inspires me with confidence for the future of our projects, clubs and movement. No doubt, this was envisaged by Paul Harris when he proclaimed, “This is a changing world, we must be prepared to change with it. The story of Rotary will have to be written again and again.” If ever we needed licence to have a red hot go at new approaches, this is it.

Hands-On Volunteering Wins $20,000

As Rotarians, we know that when we engage people in meaningful, convenient and fun hands-on volunteering, we demonstrate that Rotarians are indeed “People of Action”. In mid-September, this message found an even wider audience when Rotary Inner Melbourne Emergency Relief Network (RIMERN) volunteer, Ros McMaster was announced as the Westfield Local Hero for the Airport West Shopping Centre, winning $20,000 for RIMERN towards the cost of its first van!

Oh what a night - Westside official DG cluster visit
Terrific evening with Westside cluster clubs of Rotary Club of Bacchus Marsh, Rotary Caroline Springs, Rotary Eynesbury, Rotary Club of Melton and Rotary Club of Melton Valley, talking Growth Action Plan (, club projects and packing 100 soup kits for the local foodbank.
Rotary sends FORaMEAL Food Relief Packs, Medical Supplies … and Underpants to Ukraine 

On 27th September FORaMEAL food packs to make 100,000 nutritious meals were transported to Rotary’s Donations in Kind warehouse. The packs will be collected by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and sent via Poland to the people of Ukraine.   The shipment will also include 6 pallets of medical and surgical supplies supplied and packed by the Ukrainian Association of Melbourne and DIK, and, as a special request, underpants, that were sourced from all over Melbourne.

Volunteering with the DG helping the Afghan community

Volunteering runs through the veins of our Rotarians, and in September, Volunteering with the DG involved two shifts of volunteers helping the Afghan Community to sort, pack, and box household items donated from all over Melbourne.  

Rotary Walk with Us to End Polio 

From October 1st to 31st Rotarians and friends are being encouraged, once again, to take action to raise awareness, funds, and support to end poliomyelitis, a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens the children of the world today. 

East Kew’s Secret: A Bee-Friendly Garden at the Rotary Free Trade Shop 

Thanks to the efforts of Rotarians and volunteers from GlaxoSmithKline, the area at the rear of Kew Rotary Club's Fair Trade shop at 650 High St East Kew was transformed from a rather overgrown space into a potential haven for bees following an onsite working “bee”. 

RAM (Rotarians Against Malaria) Needs You! 

Do you believe that you can make a difference in the campaign to control the spread of malaria?  The position of District 9800 RAM Supervisor has been vacant for some time and RAM Southern Region is keen to hear from an interested party to assume this position on behalf of District 9800. 

The GardenDesignFest is Back! Save the Date!

The GardenDesignFest is the biggest open garden weekend event in Victoria. Keep 12 -13 and 19-20 November 2022 free.  The popular bi-annual event is on again in 2022 following its cancellation during COVID. It is now more important than ever to get out and enjoy nature in a beautiful garden setting.

Paul Harris Breakfast 2022
Let’s Lift the Lid on Mental Health with Australian Rotary Health 
October is Mental Health month and World Mental Health Day, October 10th, is approaching fast.
Each year, Rotarians and friends make an amazing contribution to raising funds for much needed mental health research through Australian Rotary Health (ARH). From 2022, the focus is on improving the mental health of children 0-12 years old. 
Rotary District 3181 Ride for Rotary! 
For many years, Rotary District 3181 has organised an International Motorcycle Ride/Drive event – Ride for Rotary, in India. The aim of the event is to promote International fellowship and exchange of Rotary views. The last six events have been an overwhelming success. More than 100 participants from 15 different countries have attended the event and have had wonderful experiences to take home. [] 
Rotary District 9800 Speakers Bank- Have you looked there lately?

The District 9800 Speakers Bank assists clubs to source interesting and diverse speakers to enhance their weekly meeting program.  There are many interesting and varied speakers on the list.

Upcoming events
WERN :: Volunteer with the DG
2/23 Westwood Drive
Oct 08, 2022
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
DG official visit to Beachside cluster
Brighton Beach Hotel
Oct 13, 2022
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
For A Meal :: Volunteer with the DG
Nov 05, 2022
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
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