Recognition Programs

District Recognition Awards



Each year Rotary District 9800 takes the opportunity to recognise and thank Members and clubs for their hard work and dedication to a wide variety of projects, both locally and internationally.

This year invitations are being issued in October 2020 and will close on 26th March 2021 to allow the successful applications to be announced at this year’s Multi District Conference in May 2021. This is the occasion for District 9800 to thank you for all your dedication to changing lives for the better and to congratulate Clubs on their commitment to serve others.


The purpose of District Recognitions is to acknowledge and encourage “excellence” in a variety of key areas.

They are designed to give Clubs and their members pride in their achievements and to set the benchmark in what Clubs can do to make a difference within our community.

Categories of Awards

The categories, which are aligned to the Avenues of Service, have eight categories in total and mainly align to the District 9800 Strategic Goals and Objectives. Project categories include the key service areas of:

  • Community
  • International
  • Vocational
  • Youth
  • Public Image & Communications
  • Membership
  • Supporting the Environment (Rotary International's new Rotary Area of Focus from 2021-22)
  • Innovation During COVID (a special category in this unusual pandemic-affected year).

A maximum of two projects will be selected in each category thereby making no more than 16 Recognitions being celebrated as being the ‘best of the best’. To avoid duplicate awards, a project/event can only be nominated in one category.

Clubs can also continue to self-nominate but would need to seek an endorsement from their AG /Avenue of Service Chair/DST Member to ensure the project/event meets the criteria outlined.

Presentation Date

This year the awards will be presented at the District Conference in May 2021. The bigger audience will provide more gravitas to the awards and allow for celebration with more members of your club and of Rotary Districts.


Nominations are due in by COB Friday 26th March 2021.

Applications will be accepted for activities occurring during the Rotary year from 1/7/20 to 26/3/21.

  • Certificates with the District Recognition Logo will be presented.
  • An electronic District 9800 Recognition Logo will be made available to clubs to use on their club letterhead, emails, websites, brochures, and bulletins.

Think ahead and keep details and material related to your projects to minimise the time required when submitting the nomination form.

District Recognition Award Categories

Community Service
  • Recognition of an outstanding Community Service Project or Program which addresses and meets a significant problem of identified need within the local community. The project should include extensive involvement by club members and possibly involve the use of a District Foundation Grant.
International Service
  • Recognition of an outstanding & comprehensive International Service Project or Program through involvement in a District or Club humanitarian initiative. A program or project that provides benefits to as wide a spectrum of the community as possible, which involves the use of a District Foundation Grant.
Vocational Service
  • Recognition of an outstanding club Vocational Service Project or Program that has impacts and outcomes enhanced by the use of individual or group vocational skills and ethical business practices.
Youth Service
  • Recognition of an outstanding and comprehensive Youth Service (Under18 years) Project or Program initiative, instigated at Club, Cluster or District Level.
Public Image & Communications Service
  • Recognition of an innovative and consistent level of excellence in the presentation of internal and restrictions.

Strategic Values Guidelines

In each of these categories applications should demonstrate their alignment to District Strategic Goals and Objectives in the following ways:

  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Humanitarian Focus
  • Community Engagement
  • Public Image Focus


If you have any questions or comments, please contact Rowan McClean PP PHF District 9800 Chair Club Service 0412 966 066

The application form is here (2020-21 now avaliable!)