Around District  9800

To order your Rotary Fruit Cakes and Puddings to raise money for The Rotary Foundation open this document: Rotary Fruit Cakes & Puddings - Club Order Flyer & Order Form 2023
Did you know that a portion of the proceeds from the sales by your club becomes a Foundation credit allocated to your club? How great is that!  Chris from Melton Valley does an amazing job managing all the orders of Fruit Cakes and Puddings that are sold as far away as Darwin.
Last year $27,000 was raised and donated to The Rotary Foundation. With your help, we can double that figure to do even more good in the world.
On World Mental Health Day 10th October, Rotary Yarraville members were joined by Rotarians from Port Phillip, Altona, and Port Gellibrand to raise funds and awareness of mental health in the community.  The evening raised $450.00 for the Australian Rotary Health Foundation.  It was a remarkable evening beginning with a heartfelt toast to Rotary International delivered by district governor nominee, Peter Shepheard.  A number of inspirational speakers followed.
Rotary Flemington Kensington has funded the second car for Moonee Valley Council’s L2P Program (Learners to Provisional) which assists learner drivers in fulfilling the pre-licence test requirement of 120 hours supervised driving. This car increases capacity and access for learners and mentors living in Ascot Vale and Flemington where many young people do not have access to either a car or a supervisor driver.
What would you do if you walked into a supermarket toilet to find a woman who looked just like you washing her hair in the sink?  And as your eyes meet, you learn her story.  She’d long thrived; things turned tough; she managed most of the time by house sitting or staying with friends.  Sometimes, though, there was nowhere but the car.  This was one of those times, the supermarket toilet was where she had to wash her hair. She was worried about being judged and was keen to add that she was OK.
Over the month of October, District 9800 Rotarians again took to the parks, pavements and walking machines to raise money towards ending Polio in the world. A huge thank you to everyone who participated; walking and raising money during October for our End Polio Campaign.  Sixty-five individual walkers in 18 teams raised just over $47,000, with Robert Fisher from Rotary Melbourne topping the individual fundraising leaderboard and the DG Team topping the teams’ category.
The sixth annual Hobsons Bay Rotary Teacher Awards held in early October, saw seven of the region’s best teachers recognised for their work furthering education. The Awards comprised three Encouragement Awards (for early career stage teachers), an Achievement Award for a more experienced teacher and a Team Award where a team had collaborated effectively to address an important new development for a school.
Have you seen all the great programs that are available to support our youth?
This booklet has been created by the District Vocational and Youth teams and sums up the opportunities very well.
To view a copy, click on the following link: Rotary Programs for Schools
We have received news via our 2022-23 Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair, Past Rotary International President Ian Riseley, of the wonderful collective efforts of Rotarians worldwide in respect to the fundraising efforts that make such a difference to the work we do and to the lives of others.   
Foundation programs for years to come will be enhanced by the $427 million raised through gifts and commitments across 2022-23.
Looking for a guest speaker for your Club Meeting or event?  Know of a speaker that you would recommend to other Clubs?
We have two speakers from Speaker Bank to feature this month:  Darren Park, forensic accountant, and CEO 'Pathfinders Forensic, and Hunter Leonard, award-winning marketer and founder of 'Silver & Wise'
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