For more information on the opportunity to attend the 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention visit www.riconvention.org 
 
 
Taking your Club Online for Meetings
As many Clubs are cancelling face to face meetings, and practising social distancing as part of the Covid 19 Action Plan, the District IT Team have put together some suggestions on how you can still meet and stay connected to each other, but in the online space. You can click here to download this information.
 
We are suggesting that you consider Zoom as your online meeting platform. It is free, can connect up to 100 people at a time and has a meeting time limit of 40 minutes. Click HERE to download a Quick Guide for Using Zoom There are also paid versions that will have additional features if you feel you need them.  Below are some links and answers to commonly asked questions, you can also visit the Zoom website for more information https://zoom.us/  
Other online Platforms to stay connected
As well as meeting online, you may want to consider using a chat app so that all Club members can connect easily.  We are suggesting you consider two of these apps, that you can download from App Store or Play Store, onto your phone.  
Whats App is a free online messaging system that works through your home wifi or mobile data plan. Click on https://www.whatsapp.com/ to learn more.  With this app you can create groups that are large or small – your whole club, your board, your committees, project groups etc. and is simply a texting system similar to the one you may use now.  Click HERE for a Beginners Guide to Whats App
Viber is a similar app.  Click here to learn more https://www.viber.com/ 
Learn more about Rotary
 
 
Rotary News from Around the World

Rotary clubs in districts across Italy worked together to procure state-of-the-art equipment needed to combat the deadly coronavirus disease for 26 hospitals around the country.

The ongoing evolution of Rotaract is redefining its place within Rotary.

Rotary clubs in East Africa are forging partnerships to provide hand washing stations and food in areas where social distancing is a luxury that few can afford.

Virtual District Assembly 2020

To participate in the Virtual District Assembly,  please click the Register  button below 

To listen again to DGE Philip Beasley's opening Plenary session on 30th April, click here

To access the Virtual District Assembly Program and details, please click the Program button below.  This page is password protected, login and password required

Rotary District 9780 Assembly will be very different this year due to social distancing. Instead of being on one day, it will be running through the month of May.The Learning and Development team have been working hard to prepare a range of learning resources to undertake the same session topics as would normally have been presented.

We would ask that all members of a Rotary Club who intend to participate in one or more of these sessions will register for that particular session.  There is no restriction on the number of Rotarians who register for each session and some may choose to do more than one. 

By registering it enables the facilitator(s) and the District Leadership team to provide support throughout the process.

 

Rotary Clubs of Australia Drought appeal
 
Our Farmers are in crisis. Record-high heat and record-low rain mean their livestock is starving. Their crops are dying. Many farmers and their families are suffering in silence.
 
The Rotary Clubs of Australia have partnered with Channel 9, Great Northern Brewing Co. and Bendigo Bank to raise funds and in-kind donations for the drought affected communities across Australia. The appeal is administered by Bendigo Bank’s charitable arm, Community Enterprise Foundation™. Click the image below for full details of this appeal
 
How to Make Donations
1. Donations can made on line via the following link: https://www.bendigobank.com.au/rotarydrought
2. In person by visiting any branch of the Bendigo Bank: https://www.bendigobank.com.au/locate-us/
3. Or by Cheque. Cheques to be made payable to “Community Enterprise Foundation” and posted to Community Enterprise Foundation, PO Box 480, Bendigo, VIC 3552