Dear Zone 8 Rotarians    

Please find attached the July 2019 edition (Vol 2, Issue 1) of the Public Image Newsletter. 

Please circulate as widely as possible.  (Circulation list includes G-Train, Regional Leaders, Public Image Chairs, Club Presidents 2019-20, Club Secretaries 2019-20 (if details available) and some club Public Image Directors.)

If you would like to receive back copies of the newsletter, please let me know.

Kind regards


PDG Gina Growden
Rotary Public Image Coordinator 2018-2021
Rotary International Zone 8 
E:; Mob 0412 128 106

Click here to read the newsletter


Rotary Public Image Newsletter Vol 2, Issue 1 May 2019 Barry Clark 2019-07-20 14:00:00Z 0
This year’s Polio Movie Event is looking like another blockbuster and promises to be an excellent polio fundraiser for your clubs.
The movie is Ride Like a Girl, the story of Michelle Payne – the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup.  Take a couple of minutes to check the trailers… I think you’ll be inspired!
Ride Like A Girl is the incredible true story of Michelle Payne. Click the read more tab to read the rest of the article
Polio Movie Event – September 2019 – "Ride Like a Girl" Barry Clark 2019-07-20 14:00:00Z 0

Hi Presidents and Secretaries,

I trust everyone has had an exciting first 2 weeks and looking at all the posts, we will have a lot to catch up on in Christchurch.

I was wondering if there is any interest in a Zoom meeting say within the next month taking into account our busy schedules.

Sunday appeared to be a good day and I am available most Sundays in the next 4 weeks except 4th August.

Please advise if interested and what time best suits

I have also received the following information (refer attachments) as the DG Ambassador for "Donate life"

We have received the suggested Press Release from Annette Williams from the Organ and Tissue Authority.

 Enclosed please find:

1.                 Click to read the  Press release 

2.                  Click to read the  Supporter Kit

3.                  Click to read the Draft email from Governors to their club Presidents

Would you be good enough to email each of your fellow Governors in Australia with a copy of this material and encourage them to support Donate Life Week by sending the draft email to their club Presidents with a copy of the Press Release and Supporter Kit.


If you are able to support it would be greatly appreciated

Donate Life Week is 28th July 2019 to 4th August 2019

If you have any queries please let me know


Wayne Milnes

District Governor 2019-2020 
District 9465, Western Australia
Phone: +61 8 9528 3036
Mobile: +61 (0)400 201 700


It only takes a minute to donate life! Barry Clark 2019-07-20 14:00:00Z 0
 Good Morning Everyone,
An opportunity for you to get involved with Rotary Australian World Community Service RAWCS for 2019-2020.
 Please find attached nomination forms which are due back before the AGM which is due on 12th August. Contact PDG  Noel Howard Chair for District 9780 RAWCS should you need any other information. 
 The Southern Region RAWCS Committee AGM is being held next month and there are several positions coming to the end of their term. I am attaching a nomination form for anyone who is interested in nominating for these positions. If anyone requires more information on the roles of these positions they should contact PDG Ken Moore; 0418 144 034, or Virginia Turner; 0414 245 815, .
 Also if any clubs have had any activity on their RAWCS projects or RAMS donations could they please let me know so that I can complete my quarterly report for District and Southern Region RAWCS committee.
 Regards to Everyone
 Noel Howard
 District 9780 RAWCS chair
 Click here to see the Nomination Form
RAWCS Nomination form - Due back before AGM on 12th August 2019 Barry Clark 2019-07-20 14:00:00Z 0
ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children) brings children from Pacific Nations for life-saving or dignity-restoring surgery, which is not available in their countries.
ROMAC is owned and sponsored by all our Rotary Clubs and we need you support!
To book a ROMAC presenter to talk at you club, please email Gaynor Schols on
Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children Barry Clark 2019-07-20 14:00:00Z 0

After the last District Conference we were left with all the Rotary jackets that did not sell.

I did ask Tracey to send it to all Rotarians but that did not happen. I wonder if Archana could send it out.

One of the problems was we did not have an eftpos machine available and not many had cash.

Now they can do a direct debit. (Maryborough Rotary will get 30% of anything that is sold.)



Reversable Rotary Jackets

PP Thea Allan has three big boxes of Rotary jackets left over from District Conference.

They are $80 and if anyone wants one, they can apply to Thea,

Jacket sizes are S to 4XL. There are only 2 x 4XL left, but lots of XL– 3XL

The sizes are a little on the small side.

Jackets can be paid by EFT to Maryborough Rotary’s Bendigo Bank Fundraising Account

BSB 633 000

Acc # 1618 99240  add your name and Rotary Jacket

Thea will get the jackets out by her extensive network.

Rotary Jackets for sale from the Rotary Club of Maryborough Barry Clark 2019-07-20 14:00:00Z 0
Consumer Affairs Victoria new exemptions from 1st July 2019 Barry Clark 2019-07-20 14:00:00Z 0
Australian Rotary Health Latest News Barry Clark 2019-07-13 14:00:00Z 0
Dear Presidents and Secretaries
Please send a reminder in the monthly bulletin to Clubs that the Defying the Drift Early Bird price $200 ends on 31st July - after this it's $250
" Please contact your local schools to ensure that students in years 10 & 11, who are interested in learning more about future careers in Agriculture or Agribusiness, don't miss out!"
Attached is a reminder pic that schools could put in their newsletters, to ensure that their students and parents know about Defying the Drift.
Details and application pack are available on the NEW WEBSITE 
Members of Defying the Drift Committee are happy to visit clubs to speak about the program.
Deb Robertson
Chair District 9780 Rotary Leadership Institute
Proud Member of D9780 Defying the Drift Committee and Alfredton Rotary
"Working together to make a difference locally & globally"
Defying the Drift Early Bird price $200 ends on 31st July Barry Clark 2019-07-13 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary Australian World Community Service (RAWCS) Annual General Meeting Barry Clark 2019-07-13 14:00:00Z 0
Dear chairs of district Rotary Foundation committees and the subcommittees for grants, scholarships, and vocational training teams. With the new Rotary year underway, I’d like to remind you about several grant-related resources that can be helpful to you in your role. Click here to read the information.
Rotary Foundation Giving and Grants Barry Clark 2019-07-13 14:00:00Z 0
Helping club and district leaders achieve success leaders to grow Rotary in 2019-20 Barry Clark 2019-07-13 14:00:00Z 0

The next of the 5 series Seminars on Membership Development and Public Image will be held in Geelong on 3 August.  This seminar is ideal for any club members who want to learn more about building their member numbers and how to promote Rotary in their local communities.  It will be thought provoking and challenging around considering membership development and full of ideas on how to create a public image campaign to attract new members to our clubs.  Registration is available for the latest Geelong Seminar on August 3, by going the district website   Please contact AG Pauline Stewart 0404 473 131 or email  with any queries. 

Seminars on Membership Development and Public Image will be held in Geelong on 3 August. Barry Clark 2019-07-07 14:00:00Z 0
Hi Rotarians
I'm involved in the attached project whereby we are looking for and removing suitable playgrounds that are subsequently sent to Sri Lanka and to Timor Leste.
It's called Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds  and has involved clubs in our District (Ocean Grove and Highton) as well as clubs in 9800 and 9820
It's being lead by RC of Flemington Kensington.
Could this flyer be included in this week's enews in case we can get a spark of interest to extend our range? 
0408 059 123
Rotary Ocean Grove
A project plug! Barry Clark 2019-07-07 14:00:00Z 0
Please note that stages 1, 2 & 3 of the Muster for Mental Health have been deferred until 2018. For more details go to the Muster link. 
Australian Rotary Health Muster 2017-06-21 14:00:00Z 0
During the course of this Rotary Year the District Board has reviewed and developed policies relating to Sexual Harassment and Code of Conduct.  Both of these has been added to the Policies area on the District website.  
The Code of Conduct has been prepared as a guide  for Rotarians. There is a space for a signature which Rotarians may sign as a recognition of having read and understood the document. 
Strategic Plan 2014 -17
This document has also been added to the Policy area.  It guides the direction of District activity and is currently being subject to review.  An updated version will be added after it has been reviewed and presented to Board in the 2017/18 Rotary Year. 
New Policies on the Web Site. 2017-06-03 14:00:00Z 0

Well it's official, RI exchange for June is the same as May, at $AUD1.35 for $USD1.00. So if you were waiting for a better Exchange rate for June it is not coming!

So now we need your individual and club contributions for Annual and Polio Plus contributions to District Foundation Fund Raising chair ASAP. Time is running out for money to be accrued into the 16-17 Rotary year. Remember, normal post can take 4+ days. For all contribution forms go to then download the form on the LHS. All details are on the form including where to send your individual or club contribution.  


Peter Simmons

D9780 Fundraising Chair 2016/17

The Rotary Foundation Contributions 2017-05-26 14:00:00Z 0

It is with great pleasure that I can advise that Interplast has confirmed the winner of this year’s District 9780 Rotarian Interplast Observer award as Rtn Barbara Pipkorn, from the Rotary Club of Ballarat South. The competition was such that it has taken some time for Interplast to adjudicate the winner. Congratulations Barbara!

At this stage, the committee has not identified the actual program she will be attending but hopes to do so in the coming weeks.

Interplast also wanted to thank District 9780 for our willingness to utilise the funds our Districts raised, for a plastic surgical training workshop to be held for Pacific Islands surgeons at the University of Tasmania in November 2017.

Interplast 2017-05-26 14:00:00Z 0

We have our last two membership webinars coming up in June.

The first webinar focuses on the changing nature of volunteering and showcases the ways that some clubs are responding to these changes - to ensure they stay attractive to today’s volunteer.

And, in a particularly exciting webinar event, the second webinar features David Alexander, Rotary’s Chief Communications Officer based in Evanston USA.  David will talk about ‘telling Rotary’s story’ and showcase Rotary’s new ‘People of Action’ campaign.

The webinar details are included in the attached flier (Downloads).  For those of you travelling to Atlanta, the webinars will be recorded! 

Project Lead, Regional Membership Plan, Zone 7B & Part of 8
Rotary Club of Wendouree Breakfast
T: +613 5327 8203   M: +614 07835954


Membership Webinars. 2017-05-26 14:00:00Z 0
Included in this week's eNews is a letter from the Chairman Elect, Greg Ross, of Australian Rotary Health Foundation outlining the fundraising emphasis for ARHF for the next 3 years.  Please take the time to read the letter and see in what way you or your club are able to participate in the program of "Lift The Lid on Mental Illness"
Lift The Lid on Mental Illness 2017-05-26 14:00:00Z 0
The Geelong City Council has declared the entire Osborne House precinct closed for the foreseeable future!!!
The Council was advised of some serious safety issues (mould) in the main historical building as well as in the Maritime Museum. Our area was not affected to the same degree. However, the Council has decided to put the whole area out of bounds until all the mould is removed.
This is likely to take a considerable time as it may involve removing ceilings and floors in some areas. The entire Maritime Museum collection has to be cleaned and removed so the building can be checked.
Unfortunately, they will not let us reopen until the mould is removed. 
DIK and the Geelong City Council 2017-05-19 14:00:00Z 0
Even Rotarians can be forgetful at times!

The RC Club of Ararat is holding a yellow Rotary long sleeved man’s top with a blue denim collar size XXL, which was left at District Assembly. If you’d like it back then please contact Jenny Beale of the RC of Ararat and make a contribution to your club's fines box!

Lost Property. 2017-05-19 14:00:00Z 0
A souvenir stamp set has been developed to celebrate the centenary of  The Rotary Foundation.  If your club is looking for an interesting and very different type of gift or have club members interested in philately then this offer may be for you.  Details are in the downloads this week.  
Rotary Foundation Stamp Issue. 2017-05-13 14:00:00Z 0

Following on from the recent District Training Assembly, a number of documents have been added to, or updated in the Club Administration link found on the home page of the District Website under Information Pages, these include;

    •    Consumer Affairs Vic - Information for Incorporated Associations (my CAV & Fundraiser registration)

    •    Club Secretaries Checklist

    •    PPT presented to Secretaries at Training Assembly.

Club Administration Update. 2017-05-12 14:00:00Z 0

District has introduced a new online registration & payment system which will apply to all future events, including District Changeover, PETS, District Conference and District Training Assembly.

The system is linked to the District database and allows a seamless process for all members to register for events.

Club officers can also register members for any event.  See the home page of the District website or click on the link above to read full details of the system and a step by step guide to register for your next event.”

New On Line Registration for the District. 2017-05-12 14:00:00Z 0

In the download is an appeal from ShelterBox to help them achieve their mission of 'no family without shelter'.  Please take the time to consider responding to this appeal.  

Shelter Box Appeal 2017-05-12 14:00:00Z 0
Well done to the 11 Clubs who contributed to the 'Rotary Stories from around D9780' video that was presented at both the District Conference and again at District Assembly.  
If you would like to download a copy and show it at your club, or use it for promotional purposes, then use the link below to access the video.  
Clearly, there's a challenge out there for more clubs to be involved next year.  It's a great way to affirm the excellent work of Rotary.  Not only is it 'pat on the back' for your members but an excellent resource to use for promoting the work of Rotary in the community. 
Rotary Stories from around D9780 2017-05-10 14:00:00Z 0
Your help is needed, please.
Could all clubs make an effort to get their contributions to The Rotary Foundation ( including Annual Fund and Polio Plus) in by the middle of June (or sooner).
Paul Simons, Chair of the Fund Raising Committee for The Rotary Foundation, has asked that this appeal be sent as currently our District is well down on contributions for the 2016/17 Rotary Year.  He is aware that many clubs leave their contribution decisions until this time of the year, but asks that The Foundation (Rotary's Charity) be given consideration.  

Contribution forms are down loadable from the District Website.  Download from FILES on LHS.

Contributions need to be with Peter Simons (District Foundation Fund Raising Sub Committee Chair) by mid-June to be accrued in the 16-17 club year. Any questions, please contact Peter by email

Foundation Contributions Reminder. 2017-05-10 14:00:00Z 0
In this week's downloads is the Autumn edition of 'Rotarian Review'.  It is the magazine of Interplast.  Please take time to read  it and pass on a copy to the relevant chairperson in your club.  It is an excellent magazine outlining the terrific work done by Interplast.  John Oswald , District Chair of Interplast, wants clubs to be aware of the article about 'Rotarian Observers' and also a mention of Torquay Rotary's  Motor Show. 
The District Interplast Committee are shortly due to announce the winner of the D9780 Interplast observer quest. 
Interplast -Rotarian Review 2017-05-10 14:00:00Z 0

DG Stephen has established a Membership Taskforce to develop strategies and support across the District to help build our membership.

The meeting is on May 28th in Ararat, at Ararat Community College, commencing about 9.30am. Details will be sent to participants closer to the event.

Whilst a number of Rotarians have been asked to be involved DG Stephen is keen to for other interested District Rotarians to participate.  

The day is be being lead by PDG Jessie Harman who is now involved  with membership at RI level.  

If you know of, or would like a member of your club, to participate then please get in touch with DG Stephen  by email or phone him on mobile 0412 152 933.

D9780 Membership Taskforce. 2017-04-25 14:00:00Z 0

I am currently attempting to walk from Lake Eyre to Mt Kosciuszko to raise awareness and funds for R U OK?.  I will be walking between Mt Barker and Melbourne between the 15th April and May 2nd.  If any clubs might be interested then you can contact me for further information while I am in your area.

For further information and social media links please check


Ben Donnelly

R U OK Walk by Ben Donnelly 2017-04-08 14:00:00Z 0

Election for Representative for Councils on Legislation and Resolutions.  

As a result of this election held over the conference weekend DG Stephen wishes to announce that our representatives for 2017 - 2020 are as follows: 

D9780 Representative : PDG Ken McInternery

D9780 Alternate Representative : PDG Ron Pickford

Thank you to both PDG's for their continued contribution to helping build Rotary into the future.  

Election of Representatives for Rotary Councils 2017-20 2017-04-08 14:00:00Z 0
This is your last chance to get in your application for a District Grant for 2017/18.
Details have been published previously but if you have any queries then please contact Martin Hill who is the Chair of the Grants Committee.  
District Grants Closing April 14th. 2017-04-08 14:00:00Z 0

On March 28, Cyclone Debbie (category 4) devastated areas from Bowen south to the Mackay region.   These communities which are located in Rotary D9550 and Rotary D9570 need assistance.   On behalf of those affected an appeal to assist those in need has been established. Please see below details below with links to the RAWCS website for clubs or individuals wanting to make  donations.  

Rotary Down under will also be sending out a newsletter with this information. 

Individual Rotarians will already have received notification of the appeals launch.  
Cyclone Debbie Appeal 2017-04-08 14:00:00Z 0
Last Chance to Register for 'Being Bold' at Conference 2017 2017-03-25 13:00:00Z 0
Muster for Mental Health 2017-03-25 13:00:00Z 0
District Governor 2019/20. Nominations Closing soon. 2017-03-25 13:00:00Z 0
An updated news release has been posted in the downloads files calling for support for those affected by the NSW Bushfires earlier this year.  
NSW Bushfire Relief Appeal 2017-03-25 13:00:00Z 0
Canberra dinner on May 1 to showcase Australia’s Peace Centre
The Rotary Peace Centres Program is one of Rotary’s star performers. Australia is privileged to host one of the six global centres, based at University of Queensland. Each year a class of around 10 outstanding Fellows study for their Masters in Peace and Conflict Resolution, but there are few opportunities for them to meet the wider Rotary community. Past RI Director John Lawrence has taken advantage of Class 14’s visit to Canberra to convene a dinner on May 1st, with the help of Canberra area Rotary Clubs, to which all Rotarians are invited. It is a chance to meet and hear from these wonderful Rotary ambassadors. Honoured guests include RIPE Ian Riseley, senior politicians and members of the diplomatic community. Venue for the dinner is the Commonwealth Club in Yarralumla, with a limit of 200 attendees.
For bookings and click on the link to book.
Date: May 1st
Location: Commonwealth Club, Yarralumla
Time: 6:30pm for 7:00pm
Cost: $70 per person with a cash bar.
Peace Fellows Dinner in Canberra 2017-03-11 13:00:00Z 0
The latest Australian Rotary Health newsletter can be accessed at the following link:  
ARH Newsletter 2017-03-09 13:00:00Z 0

District 9780 will be running two Rypen Camps in 2017

at Adekate Lodge for 15 to 17 years and

at Noorla Yo Long for 14 to 17 year olds.

Both Camps will be held on 7th- 9th April

The District 9780 Rypen website is open to receive applicants for the 2017 camps. The address is for general information and for Rotary Members who wish to register their participants online the link is . The website will generate an e-mail to the applicants with a link inviting them to register online. After registering on line the Rypen secretary will receive an e-mail notifying the registration. If you need to register more than three applicants just revisit the link and fill in the details. This year the e-mail address in the club’s nomination form will also receive an e-mail notifying the applicant has registered.

RYPEN 2017 2017-03-09 13:00:00Z 0

At each District Conference we recognise those members who have passed on  during the last Rotary year. This year the Alfreton Rotary Club is organising the ‘In Memoriam’ segment. 

PP Jill Oliver has requested that clubs send her information on Rotarians who have deceased during this Rotary year. Clubs need to include the following: High Resolution Photo , DOB, DOD , Rotary involvement ( PP,PHF, PDG, etc ) by email :

This is an important part of our Conference each year as it provides a time to reflect on those who have contributed much to making Rotary and its endeavours what it is today.  

Final Reminder: In Memoriam at Conference 2017 2017-02-11 13:00:00Z 0
Registrations are still open for Conference 2017 (March 31 - April 1).  See  the invitation to register on the District website and click on the links to the Conference website to register. A great weekend is guaranteed especially for those who are "Bold enough" to register and get involved.  You may even get to ride in the Aston Martin (pedal) car!!!!
Below are the Conference Sponsors who would love to have your support.  
Two weeks to go! Conference 2017 Registrations. Be Bold 2016-12-13 13:00:00Z 0

Mortlake Rotary Club.  Sadly Bill passed away December 8th.  Bill had been a stalwart of the Mortlake Rotary Club and community, serving as club Secretary for 17 years and as President in 1999/2000 and in 2006/7.  Bill also served the local community through the ambulance service for many years. 

His meritorious service was recognised with a PHF.  

Our thought are with the members, partners and friends of the Rotary Club of Mortlake who have lost a champion of the cause of Rotary.

AG Graeme Fisher is supporting the club at this sad time and we thank Graeme for his care and  concern.

Vale PP Bill Spooner PHF 2016-12-09 13:00:00Z 0
National Youth Science Forums are being held in Sydney and Melbourne in January 2017.
The following letter is call for volunteers to assist with Volunteers (to meet well being and first aid responsibilities and Billeting.
National Youth Science Forums. Help needed 2016-12-09 13:00:00Z 0

District Governor Nominations 2019/20

Early warning for Clubs.  A formal call for nominations for DG in 2019/20 will be sent in February, but this is an ‘Early Warning’ to start thinking about potential DG’s for our District in 2019/20.

The dates for the process are:

20th February 2017,    DG Nominations open.

31st March 2017,         Nominations close.

9th April 2017.              Selection interviews. (venue yet to be decided).

So have a good look at your Club for our leader in 2019/20.

Any questions can be directed to PDG Brian Trenery:

District Governor 2019/20. Early notice... 2016-12-09 13:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Warrnambool is seeking support from the District clubs 

Support Request from Rotary Club of Warrnambool Central

Dear Club President, 

One of our Rotarians, James Mepham was a photographer in the Australian Defence Forces. Since leaving the army he has set up his own photography business and has worked for many not for profit organizations including Rotary International and UNICEF as a volunteer professional photographer. 

He has two Rotary projects in January where he has been asked to create a photo essay/documentary – one in India ( a mobile surgery ) and the other in Tanzania ( Teacher in a box project.) He is married and has a young family. Whilst he is more than happy to donate his time and expertise, the cost of getting there and back and his accommodation and living expenses are quite considerable. 


*Full details are in the download files with this edition of the eNews.

Support Request for Photography Project 2016-12-09 13:00:00Z 0

Included in the eNews is a letter from McKean Park to DG Stephen with regard to amendments that clubs can make to their Rules and By Laws as a result of the recent Council on Legislation from RI.

Clubs should be familiar with its contents as it addresses issues of attendance, meeting requirements, membership types,  and compliance of Model Rules with State authorities.  

Rules and By Laws from McKean Park 2016-12-09 13:00:00Z 0
Two important events are coming for the The Rotary Foundation.  
1.  A repeat of the 1st OnLIne Grants Seminar, and 
2.  A movie night as a fundraiser for Foundation.  Hidden Figures.
The Rotary Foundation Important Events 2016-12-09 13:00:00Z 0
Please be aware that there appears to be a scam email circulating which uses Rotary International and John Hewko’s name (General Secretary of RI). It asks for Rotarians to enter their details in an attached member directory.
Email Hoax using John Hewko's name 2016-11-19 13:00:00Z 0
Shortly all clubs will be asked to complete forms relating to Youth Protection and Insurance.  Your Assistant Governor will be sending out forms for you to complete.
It is important for all clubs to complete the documents and return them promptly.
Rotary Youth Protection and Insurance 2016-11-19 13:00:00Z 0
As the year ends many school libraries are culling books which they no longer require. 
DIK has an urgent need of school reading and text books from Kindergarten to year 9. As District 9780 covers a wide area it would be appreciated if clubs could contact their local schools and collect these unwanted items. Generally, they are just thrown out, but they are very much needed in our 3rd world neighbouring countries.
Anton Van Doornik     0412 256 878  or
DIK Closes on 20th December and REOPENS 31ST January 2017
Donations In Kind Book Appeal 2016-11-19 13:00:00Z 0
November is The Rotary Foundation Month 2016-11-07 13:00:00Z 0
Vanuatu and Ballarat West.   Reticulated Hospital Suction System. 
In this week’s downloads is an excellent article from John Oswald regarding a very successful project between Ballarat West Rotary, Vanuatu Central Hospital and Donations in Kind.  It’s a reflection of what can be achieved through cooperation, good organisation and persistence. 
Through resourcefulness and good planning an improtant piece of hospital equipment was able to be relocated to Vanuatu Central Hospital.  
Well done to all concerned.  
Ballarat West provides a Reticulated hospital Suction System to Vanuatu Central Hospital 2016-10-22 13:00:00Z 0
100 years of Doing Good in the World 2016-08-10 14:00:00Z 0
Get Ahead Conference for Young Professionals July 30th Rod Greer 2016-07-01 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Nelson Interplast Chair
Congratulations to winners of Interplast Raffle for D9780.  The winners of travel vouchers worth $3500 each were:
John Taylor, from  RC Wendouree
Amanda Cooper, from  RC Torquay.
The Interplast Committee would like to thank all those who purchased tickets to support the work of Interplast. 
Interplast Winners John Nelson Interplast Chair 2016-07-01 14:00:00Z 0
Tis the Season of Goodwill & Peace on Earth...... 2015-12-04 13:00:00Z 0
November is The Rotary Foundation Month in Rotary 2015-11-01 13:00:00Z 0


Rotaract Clubs welcome members aged between 18 and 30 years of age who want to give back to their communities by volunteering their time and abilities.   Congratulations to the Rotaract Club of Hamilton who inducted 7 new members this month, to the Rotaract Club of Barwon who inducted 6 new members, the Rotaract Club of Warrnambool who inducted 1 new member and the Rotaract Club of Ballarat South East who inducted 2 new members. So D9780 Rotaract Clubs started the month with 32 members and now they have 48 members.  Well Done!   
World Polio Day October 23 2015-10-20 13:00:00Z 0
Clubs of our District 2015-10-04 13:00:00Z 0

Stawell Rotary recently recognised one of their local business with the inaugural Val Nicholson "Are you Being Served" Award. This award was created in memory of much appreciated Club member Val Nicholson, who passed away earlier this year.  Val came to Stawell to research her family history and became a stalwart Rotary volunteer and Club memberThe recipients of this Award, Grant Meadows and Laetitia Eckman,  work at the Stawell IGA  Supermarket and were recognised for their outstanding customer service. This award leaves a lasting memorial to the work and life of Rotarian Val Nicholson.

Are you Being Served? 2015-09-28 14:00:00Z 0
What's in it for you? 2015-07-19 14:00:00Z 0
Need help finding information? 2015-07-17 14:00:00Z 0
SOME ROTARY INSPIRATION 2015-07-16 14:00:00Z 0


At the Wyndham Resort, Torquay on Sunday June 28, soon to be PDG Geoff James gave the gathered guests a report on the work of District 9780 during 2014 - 2015, recognised the work of his executive team with a gift and gratitude, before undertaking his last role as District Governor, the induction of Jane Cox as Governor of D9780 for the 2015 - 2016 year.
It was a changeover with a view, as the Wyndham Resort is right on the beach at Torquay, and has beautiful views of the rolling waves and stunning headland.
Incoming DG Jane, added a family touch with her gorgeous great niece Chloe presenting flowers on her behalf.  Jane outlined the thoughts of RI Director Ravi Ravindren around his theme of Be a Gift to the World, and shared her optimism for the coming year with the continuation of many projects, the induction of new Club Presidents and their teams, the opportunities to increase the good work of Rotary both locally and internationally while building on the good work of PDG Geoff and Meryl.
Congratulations to DG Jane, and thanks and best wishes to PDG Geoff for a job well done.
OUR DISTRICT GOVERNOR 2015 - 2016 JANE COX 2015-06-29 14:00:00Z 0
weekly news 2015-06-11 14:00:00Z 0
RLI REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN 2015-06-06 14:00:00Z 0
For those individuals and clubs who wish to assist Nepal's recovery, a RAWCS Project has been registered by Rotarians in Rotary District 9830 (Tasmania) which has direct links with the Rotary Club of Hetauda, Nepal. That club will direct funds to where they are most needed. The online donation facility can be found here:
It should be stressed that Rotary is not a first response organisation,  that is the realm of Shelterbox, Disaster Aid and other emergency relief agencies like Aquabox. However, Rotary can and will be involved in the medium to long term recovery effort and that is what the RAWCS fundraising will be committed to. 
ShelterBox is in talks with several aid agencies and Rotary contacts to see where we can help. A Response Team is heading to Nepal to get a first-hand idea of the scale of the destruction and the level of need. Prepositioned aid, including tents, is located in Nepal that could be used as emergency clinics as well as shelters in the immediate aftermath.
Dave Ray, ShelterBox Operations Coordinator, said: "One of our contacts based in Kathmandu told us that the environment is filled with fear and that people have been told to expect more tremors. There is a lot of damage in Kathmandu and emergency relief will be required for sure."
Here is the link to the Shelterbox online donation site:
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District Directory- Change of Details Karen McCarthy 2015-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
This month, we continue our series of possible ideas for "fun events" on or close to the special days coming up in the next month or so. Remember that we would like to see photos of your fun events so we can share them with others in this segment. To the right is one fun event close to our hearts as the members of the Rotary Club of Casterton enjoy their Rock Dance at the Casterton hall.
On another matter, since the hilariously memorable session by Patricia Cameron Hill and Dr Shayne Yates at our Conference, the District has been subscribing to their "Friday Funnies" - a mail-out of jokes suitable for mixed company at Rotary meetings. If you want a huge source of great jokes, visit their website at:   
Click the  "Read More" link when online to get some more suggestions for fun events.
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The Rotary Foundation is the charity arm of Rotary International.  By donating to this charity, every dollar provided goes directly to the projects and work of Rotary across the world
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District 6950 GSE Team in Torquay Howard Randall 2011-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Howard Randall on Oct 07, 2010



 Beth is a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar selected by District 9780 and recently arrived in the U.S. for her studies.  Below is an extract from a recent letter.. 


"I have loved my first few weeks in the USA. They have been quite busy but my Rotarian Host CouncellorCouncillor's amazing. The workload at Stanford is different to the workload at the University of Melbourne. I have three weekly assignment tasks to complete which have been keeping me very busy. I think that these are designed to keep us working throughout the quarter, rather than leaving the work until right before the exam, so I can see that they will be beneficial come exam time.


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Posted by Pauline Stewart on Aug 09, 2010


Our Foundation depends on membership growth

by Carl-Willhelm Stenhammar, Chairman of The Rotary Foundation

It is interesting to note that three countries – India, Japan, and the United States – alone account for 46 per cent of the Rotary population worldwide.


Together with Korea and Taiwan, they are among the largest contributors to The Rotary Foundation. This is, of course, of greatest importance to The Rotary Foundation, as the possibility for it to support various programs is totally dependent on contributions from Rotarians, clubs, and Districts. I am happy that in spite of the world financial crisis, Rotarians have been very generous and supported their own Rotary Foundation. This is something that we shall never forget – The Rotary Foundation belongs to the Rotarians.


Unfortunately, the membership numbers have been very static for quite a number of years. Controlling retention is one way to make membership increase or, at least, not decrease.


Another is extension. For instance, I feel it is time to seriously study the possibility of re-entering Cuba and again investigate the possibilities of expanding into China on a larger scale. I am sure this can happen if we really try. If we do not, it  will never happen. These are just a couple of examples – there are many more.


Consequently we can note how membership, extension, and contributions all are linked together, and it is every Rotarian’s responsibility and honour to work toward these goals as we are Building Communities – Bridging Continents through Service Above Self.

August is Rotary Membership and Extension Month Pauline Stewart 2010-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
District Governor Jessie Harmon 2010/2011 Pauline Stewart 2010-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary eClubs Pauline Stewart 2010-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 10, 2009
A video produced by the Rotary Club of Lane Cove, NSW, Australia featuring renowned Australian newsreader Roger Climpson, himself a Rotarian.  Click here to view.
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Posted by Pauline Stewart on Jul 01, 2009

District 9780 incorporates 60 clubs and extends from Drysdale

 in central south Victoria up to Swan Hill in the far north of Victoria

 and across to Millicent in south east South Australia.

WELCOME TO ROTARY DISTRICT 9780 Pauline Stewart 2009-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eddie Loughnan on May 17, 2009

Just over half  of our District Clubs supported applications for clean water projects developed on behalf of Governor Ted and all were approved for funding by The Rotary Foundation.  The one in Zambia has been completed and the  three in India are well under way. All four projects are based at secondary colleges with approximatey 1,500 students each.

Four Matching Grants for Water Projects Eddie Loughnan 2009-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Howard Randall on May 11, 2009
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Posted on Apr 13, 2009
A tent city to house more than 300 homeless people has been put up in the village of Assergi, close to the epicentre of the earthquake in central Italy. "The village is in the mountains where the temperature falls below zero at night," said ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) volunteer John Diksa.
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Posted on Apr 05, 2009
Due to the tremendous  support we have had over the past couple of years, the volunteers require time to service the the computers we have in our store. As a consequence we would ask that you do NOT deliver any computers (except laptops) to DIK for the next 12 months.
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Posted on Apr 05, 2009
The NYSF has a new web site up and running.  Click here to visit.  We have a 3rd session, in Perth, and therefore 7 extra places for District 9780 - and encourage Rotarians to look at the website.
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Posted on Mar 18, 2009
The Rotary Foundation's Group Study Exchange program continues to be one of this District's more popular activities.  Follow the link and see both teams blog sites and follow their adventures.
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Posted on Feb 17, 2009
As mentioned at an earlier time we now are at the stage of gathering every bit of assistance that we can for this forthcoming assault, and I urge all clubs to continue to support District as a matter of both urgency and extreme need.
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Posted by Edward Gaffney on Feb 17, 2009
Hello to all Members and friends  of Rotary District 9780, and beyond. It may give some connection for you to know the extent, in part, of these fires.  This is not meant to frighten or deter anyone from assisting in whatever fashion they can, it is information that perhaps we don't hear about, and may cause us to re double our efforts .
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Posted on Dec 02, 2008

Rotary Clubs of Ballarat West & Rarotonga & D9910
R.A.W.C.S. PROJECT *9/2008
Results of the Rotary Dental Volunteer team visit; Oct 24th -Nov 8th  2008
Renovations to the Rarotonga Dental Department

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Posted on Aug 12, 2008
The story I'm about to tell you has turned out to be a very exciting one, and the instigators of this wonderful trip are the Warrnambool Rotary Club, with the assistance of Group 5 Clubs .These consist of Warrnambool, Warrnambool Central, Warrnambool Daybreak and Warrnambool East. As well as Port Fairy, Portland and Portland Bay.
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The Rotary Advantage in Polio Eradication 2008-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 06, 2008
In the last month or so there has been a project on board which eventuated & was first instigated by Rotary Warrnambool (group five Clubs) in conjunction with the Kerang Rotary Club and Kerang Toyota,(Principle Dealer John Bradbury.)
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Posted on Jun 23, 2008

As Chairman it is with pleasure that I am able to report on DIK for 2007-8. It has been a good year which is due to the great group of Rotarian and non Rotarian volunteers who regularly turn up each Tuesday and/ or Wednesday morning.  Without their input DIK would not exist.

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Posted on Nov 27, 2007

ROTARY CLUB OF WENDOUREE. Rotary MenZone  EXPO - Men's & Boys Hobbies and Health Expo.  Wendouree Rotary Club over the last 3 years, has had a men's health focus as its major community event of the year. 

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Posted on Oct 12, 2007

It was announced that the Margaret Tobin Award for Excellence in Mental Health 2007 recognising and acknowledging those who have made an outstanding contribution to Mental Health Services in SA, the winner for the Category of excellence in promoting an understanding of Mental Health in the community was the Rotary Club of Bordertown.

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Posted on Sep 05, 2007

Part 2

P.P. John Launder, who has been in the Vietnam, Cambodia area for about three months.  The following is a report that he has sent.

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Posted on Sep 02, 2007
Portland sharing Rotary with a husband and wife presidents' team Rotary Portland Bay is looking forward to an unprecedented year of partnerships, with the club's president married to the president of its sister club, Rotary Portland.
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Have you any Wool? 2007-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Howard Randall on Feb 07, 2007
Does your Rotary Club need clubrunner?   What is the difference between a club version and the district clubrunner?  If you have questions about using clubrunner in your club or as a Rotarian you may wish to read the remainder of this story.
Club Runner - clubs and District Howard Randall 2007-02-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 13, 2006

The Rotary Club of Ocean Grove, [D9780] Victoria] has adopted, as a major service activity, the 'Public Access Defibrillator Project' a first aid device which is portable, small, light and easy to use. A battery operated machine that talks operators through easily understood instructions.

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Posted by Stephen Ellis on Jul 31, 2006
The following is an update on the anti malarial projects being carried out by RAM in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Both projects are making a difference. If a Club "adopts" a village   it will probably save a life and it will most certainly improve the general health and well being of the people concerned.
Rotarians Against Malaria Stephen Ellis 2006-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pauline Stewart


Outgoing District Governor Ken McInerney and Incoming District Governor Geoff James hosted a wonderful Changeover Dinner in Maryborough on June 28.

Ken was farewelled in style, after giving his annual report & thanking his team for their support during 2013-2014. Then it was time for the handing over of the baton to our District Governor 2014-2015, Geoff James.  With entertainment, song & enthusiam, Geoff outlined his vision for the District in the coming year, introduced his management team and the new Rotary Theme - LIGHT UP ROTARY


Posted by Pauline Stewart


The Interact Club Kings College, Warrnambool, was Chartered recently, after months of planning. Congratulations to RC Warrnambool Daybreak for encouraging, guiding & sponsoring our District's first Interact Club for many years.

Posted by Tony Stewart

The Rotary International Convention in Sydney got underway in style yesterday at Allphones Arena, Olympic Park.  More than  18,000 Rotarians and their partners were treated to an impressive opening plenary session, which included a welcome to country ceremony by a wonderful group of aboriginal school children from across NSW, watching as the Australian, United States and Rotary Flags were rowed to the venue by Surf Life Saving volunteers, the parading of the flags of 180 participating countries and an outstanding mini concert by the powerhouse Australian entertainers Human Nature.  Then a welcome from RI President Ron Burton, with his wife Jetta and the Convention was officially underway.


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Posted by Pauline Stewart

The Rotary Foundation is asking all Clubs to consider making their donations as a matter of urgency.  For further details contact Past District Governor Ted Gafffney, before June 30 2014



Posted by Pauline Stewart





The Rotary Clubs of Ballarat and Ballan are supporting a fundraising concert by the Ballarat Symphony Orchestra on Sunday 22 June 2014, at 2.30 pm at the Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts in Ballarat.  Profits from the concert will be donated to The Rotary Foundation.


“A Musical Feast’ will feature a host of orchestra favourites and has been designed to have broad audience appeal.  The orchestra will be conducted by newly appointed Principal Conductor, Mark Shiell.  The concert will be great fun, great fundraising, and an opportunity for Rotarians, family & friends to enjoy wonderful music whilst supporting The Rotary Foundation



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The Rotary Club of Geelong is working with Barwon Water employees to develop a sewerage scheme for the small village of Sariri in Papua New Guinea

Located in a remote area east of the Kokoda Track, the Sariri village was wiped out by a cylcone in 2007.  Rebuilding is well underway with a sawmill established, a school & accommodation being built and a basic water supply switched on

A working group has volunteered to develop  a program to deliver information to help the site contingent with the construction of a sanitation solution.  The team is developing information and solutions for safety, construction techniques and design concepts which can be built upon by volunteers before the Club's next visit to the area later in the year.


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Posted by Pauline Stewart

Join this webinar on April 29 / 30 to help you prepare to make the most of #ricon14!

For those attending the Rotary International 2014 Sydney Convention, a free webinar is being held on orientation to help you prepare to make the most of your  convention experience in Sydney The webinar is being held on 29 April (US time) or 30 April (Australia time), and is also being recorded for later viewing.


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Stephen was born and raised in Geelong and attended The Geelong College before moving to Melbourne to study for his Bachelor of Pharmacy degree. He returned to Geelong to commence work at Grovedale Pharmacy which he later managed , then purchased in 1989.  Stephen spent two years on the Young Members Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (Vic) whose role it was to advise the full board of the Society on matters pertaining to young pharmacists.

It was a request from a customer in late 1992 to attend a meeting of a new Rotary breakfast club that began his interest in Rotary and he joined the Rotary Club of Highton Kardinia in early 1993.During his time in Rotary he has held nearly every position in the Club including President in 1998-99, Secretary 1994-96 and 2007-09 and Fundraising Chairman which resulted in providing funds with the Homeless Foundation to build a home for homeless youth in the Highton area. The home is still active today and provides a secure environment to live in whilst they complete their secondary education. 

Stephen has been recognised by his Club as a Paul Harris Fellow (Sapphire) and with an Avenues of Service Citation.

At District level he has served as an Assistant Governor - Clubs , Conference Chairman and MC , Future Vision Co-ordinator , Chair of the Alumni Committee (Rotary Foundation) and an invited attendee at the Future Leaders seminar at the Zone Institute.

Outside of Rotary , Stephen is follower of the AFL and passionate supporter of the Geelong Football Club . He particularly enjoys catching up with family and friends for a day at the MCG. Other interests include motor sport — although he would prefer to be able to drive a formula one car rather than watch them!  His interest in automobiles extends to his love of Jaguar cars and he has owned a number of Jaguars over the years.  A workshop at home also allows him to do woodwork projects including furniture making.








Posted by Pauline Stewart
The first Global Grant sponsored by a club in our district has just been approved. PP Neville Gilbertson,  Rotary Club of Mount Gambier West, developed a project to provide a GeneXpert machine to Klibur Domin, the Ryder-Cheshire home in Timor Leste.

The machine will test for Multi-drug resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Tests can be carried out in about 2 hours instead of having to wait for sputum samples to be tested in Adelaide. This will reduce the chances of administering the wrong drugs.

The project will cost $US36,480 and has been supported by six clubs; Mount Gambier West, Casterton, Hamilton North, Millicent, Mount Gambier and Mount Gambier Lakes, as well as the D9780 District Designated Fund.

(picture shows Klibur Domin Home, Timor Leste)


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At a gala event, held at the Ballarat Golf Club on December 8, 2013 The Alfredton Satellite Club was officially chartered as The Rotary Club of Alfredton, to become the 61st Club in District 9780.

Incoming President Jill Oliver was inducted by D9780 Governor, Ken McInerney, followed by 24 new members inducted, with another 7 to follow in the coming weeks. Over 100 Rotarians were in attendance, including Past District Governors, Assistant Governors, Presidents or representatives from most of the Ballarat Rotary Clubs and Clubs from around the District, Two members of the newly formed Rotary Club of Alfredton, President Jill Oliver and PP (Wendouree) and mentor member, Kathy Rivett were also recipients of Paul Harris Fellow recognition on the day

In 2011 The Alfredton Rotary Satellite Club, a project of the Rotary Club of Wendouree, was accepted to be one of 200 Clubs across the globe to participate in a new Rotary International Pilot Program, enabling clubs to experiment with alternative membership types & club operations, investigate the impact of these on member activities & engagement, membership growth & retention, improved member diversity, increased community & international service, increased support of The Rotary Foundation, plus overall club effectiveness. Out of the 200 Rotary clubs across the globe participating in this Pilot program, Alfredton Rotary Satellite Club is the very first to be chartered as a full Rotary Club

Over the past 3 years, members have looked at different ways of operating. Their new way of holding weekly meetings , usually running for one hour with no meal or speaker,  has fitted in well with their busy lifestyles. 

The Charter Lunch was a celebration of change and innovation, showing how Rotary Clubs can evolve to fit the current needs of members, and in that process attract more members to 

Engage Rotary- Change Lives.





District 9780 expands to 61 Clubs - Welcome to Rotary Club of Alfredton Pauline Stewart 0
Posted by Pauline Stewart
In 1997, Nelson Mandela received the #Rotary Award for World Understanding, which was the highest Rotary honour then. At the time he said "Polio respects no borders, and that as long as one child suffers, all children are at risk". He knew the power that education played in this.

Thank you Nelson Mandela for all you've given the world. The world is better off and more peaceful because of your presence.


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RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) needs you! Pauline Stewart 0
Posted by Pauline Stewart


Dan Tehan, Andrew Suggett, Denis Napthine, Chris Logan)          

On Friday the 22nd November the Premier of Victoria, Dr Denise Napthine and the local Federal member, Dan Tehan, officiated at the Rotary House Warrnambool opening and transfer to South West Healthcare. A letter of congratulations, to both Rotary and the local community, from the Prime Minister Tony Abbot was read out to the 250 people attending the ceremony. 

In 2005 South West Healthcare, the major public Hospital for the district located in Warrnambool, provided in principle support for a Rotary House. The hospital also agreed to provide land for the project preferably, within the hospital precinct. The responsibility of Rotary was to fund and build the facility. On completion of the building the facility would be transferred to South West Healthcare to manage the facility.

The planning and building of Rotary House Warrnambool brought together the four Rotary Clubs of Warrnambool being Warrnambool, East, Daybreak and Central. A management committee involving the four clubs commenced planning the project in July 2009. 

A final budget of $1.6 million was projected, excluding the value of the site provided by South West Healthcare opposite the public hospital in Warrnambool. Funds were sought from the entire Southwest region given the facility would be used by those who, in the main, did not live in close proximity to Warrnambool. Rotary House Warrnambool is located in the City of Warrnambool but was being built to service those outside of Warrnambool. 

Fundraising required the support of clubs and communities across Southwest Victoria. In addition to the four Warrnambool Rotary Clubs the committee focused its community fundraising through the Rotary Clubs of Portland, Portland Bay, Port Fairy, Cobden, Camperdown, Hamilton, Hamilton North, Mortlake and Terang. The local clubs where asked to involve their communities to raise funds for their community’s Rotary House. Support has been provided by local trusts and foundations, Local, State and Federal Governments, business, public donations and Rotary Clubs across the Western District.

The building of Rotary House Warrnambool utilising Donations In Kind from local businesses and many smaller donations from the public has consolidated the community ownership of the facility. The opening of the facility was both a proud moment for the community and Rotary.

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Posted by Pauline Stewart

A very rare event took place on Friday at Government House, when three Past District Governors were awarded Order of Australia Medals.

Past District Governor's Andrew Suggett (RC Warrnambool Daybreak), Cathy Roth (RC Geelong Central)  & Ken Broadbent (Alfredton Satellite Rotary)  made District 9780 very proud, whilst setting a wonderful example of Service above self



Posted by Pauline Stewart

Sydney will be host to Rotary International’s 105th annual convention 1-4 June 2014, which is expected to attract more than 18,000 Rotary club members from over 150 countries while injecting an estimated AUD 60.5 million into the local economy.

Often described as a “mini-United Nations” because of its global scope and cultural diversity, the always-colorful Rotary convention will transform the Sydney Olympic Park into a kaleidoscope of energy, color and excitement as Rotary brings together its global network of volunteer leaders – men and women from all walks of life dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges – to engage in a full agenda of plenary sessions, workshops and a lineup of world class keynote speakers.

“Sydney is a vibrant international hub as well as a gateway between East and West,” said 2013-14 Rotary International President Ron D. Burton.  “It is the perfect venue for our convention as we celebrate and share the many ways our members have found to use the resources of Rotary to improve the lives of families worldwide.”   More details on the website


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Posted by Pauline Stewart

Each year the Rotary Club of Highton Kardinia holds a mega-fundraising auction, where it auctions items donated by Club members.  This year's auction is on Wednesday October 30 at 7.30 a.m.

Items are varied and always create interest, with 19 items up for grabs this year.  There are lots of fantastic items - from a handmade wooden trike, through to signed wine, accommodation and a tour of the Ford Proving Ground. 

BUT the pieces de resistance this year are a week's accommodation in both Bali and France. Oh la la!  Grab that credit card.

Rotarians from all Clubs as well as non-Rotarians are very welcome to place bids, but you must advise RC Highton Kardinia that you will be attending

Check out the catalogue on their website



Posted by Pauline Stewart

 Our District Governor Ken McInerney  has been in contact with his fellow Governor in District 9685, effected by these terrible fires.
Details of how you can offer support/donations are available under Downloads on the lower left hand hand side of this page.

The devastation has been significant and Rotarians are among those who have lost their homes .Recovery may take two or more years.

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Rotary Grants Qualifying Seminar November 3 2013 Pauline Stewart 0
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Posted by Pauline Stewart

 Recently, long-standing member of the Rotary Club of Mount Gambier -  Neil Dickins OAM -  was recognised by Rotary International with the presentation of a Certificate signed by then World President Sakuji Tanaka.  This Certificate recognises Neil's service to Rotary since he became a member  in 1963.

Amongst his achievements, Neil has served on many Club committees, served as Club President in 1984-85, was recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow in 1996, also receiving a "Four Avenues of Service" Citation in 1996.  This Citation  is the highest recognition a Club can bestow on one of its members. 

 (Pictured admiring the Certificate are Mrs. Bernice Dickins,  Neil Dickins OAM,  Past President Allen Smith &  District 9780 Governor Ken McInerney)



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Posted by Pauline Stewart


Each year Rotary International hosts a Convention that brings Rotarians from all over the world together to share in 4 days of uplifting, inspiring and empowering events.  Amazing speakers, stories of the work of Rotary from around the globe and the opportunity to meet others of like mind are just some of the reasons to attend.  For more information you can visit the  R I Convention 2013 - 2014 pages, under Information Pages on the left hand side of this page.

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A personal message from DG Ken Pauline Stewart 0
Posted by Pauline Stewart

Howard and Jill Randall (RC Torquay) have just returned from 2 weeks in Japan where they spent time with four exchange students from District 9780.  Many in the district may recognise these students.

Howard said "The experience can only be described as amazing.  In fact, there were many parallels to the GSE experience in France, where the families provided very generous hospitality and gifts. Being shown around by the Japanese families meant that more was seen and experienced than could ever be expected as a tourist.  One classic moment in Kanazawa when visiting the historic home of the mother of one of the “Lords”, Mayu father (a Shinto priest) met the manager of the city’s museums.  He offered a personal tour of an area not open to the public – an area of traditional tea ceremonies.  A very detailed description followed with the comment that only the Japanese Emperor and Imperial leaders would ever sit in that room (on the floor).  The Japanese with us were very honoured to be allowed in that room, we still cannot believe that opportunity actually happened."


(Wedding of Tomotari Keino and his wife Kaori on 26 May 2013.  Tomo was an exchange student hosted by the RC Swan Hill in 2002, and brother of Hanako Ooe (Keino) below.  He visited Torquay on 3 or 4 occasions including with his parents. Jill and Howard were invited to the wedding and then Howard was invited to speak at the wedding with Hana interpreting.)

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 Three Past District Governors, Cathy Roth from RC Geelong Central, Andrew Suggett from RC Warrnambool Daybreak and Ken Broadbent from RC Wendouree & Mentor Member of Alfredton Satellite Club, were all recognised for outstanding service to their local communities in the Queens Birthday honours.

District 9780 is immensely proud of these three prominent and dedicated Rotarians who personify the meaning of the Rotary Motto - Service Above Self.

Congratulations Cathy, Andrew and Ken

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Posted by Pauline Stewart


Last week President of the Rotary Club of Colac, Glenn Paranthoiene-Small, presented local architect, Venturer Scout Leader and Rotarian, Geoff De La Rue with a Sapphire Pin, an extension to the Paul Harris Fellow recognition he was awarded in 2007.

Geoff is a tireless community worker and leader, with a consistent, positive, resolute approach.  His commitment to youth programs which also have an international outcome, improving the lives of people both here and in other countries less fortunate than our own, is exemplary and one of long standing.

Geoff has been President, Secretary, Youth Director and has assisted on many committees in the Rotary Club or Colac,  and  has led several humanitarian trips to Fiji, both with Rotarians and Venturers,  where they work to improve the village lives of the Fijian people.

He has been a Rotarian since 1994 and has also given 18 years of service to the scouting movement.

Such is the respect with which he is held in the village of Namuamua in Fiji,  Geoff has been made an honorary Chief.

This Sapphire Pin recognition is to say thank you to Geoff for making a difference in his Rotary club and community, and in the lives of less fortunate people in the world.  This world is a better place for having his contribution and presence.

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Posted by Pauline Stewart


The people of Hamilton have paid a lasting tribute to local World War II veteran and Victoria Cross recipient Edward ‘Ted’ Kenna, by erecting a bronze statue in his honour at the Sam Fitzpatrick Gardens in Hamilton.

Hamilton Rotary Club is proud to be associated with this project. Members Kevin Safe and Peter Schroder worked closely with John Lowcock President of the Hamilton RSL over a two year period to see this joint project come to fruition.

World renowned Melbourne sculptor Peter Corlett was commissioned to produce this larger than life size image after funds were raised through community donations, sale of items of a limited addition memorabilia and funding from the Victorian and Federal Department of Veteran Affairs, Hamilton RSL, Rotary Club of Hamilton, the Kenna family and Shire of Southern Grampians.


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On a cool but fine Sunday morning in March, runners came from near and far to participate in the second Old Beechy Rail Trail Run, from Barongarook to Gellibrand along the Old Beechy Rail Trail in the glorious bush of the Otway ranges.

The Old Beechy Rail Trail is challenging, with undulating terrain and exhilarating descents.  Only part of this linear trail is used for this event, with the main challenging  hill being a steep ascent out of Watson & Facey’s at the 6.3Km point.

The 16 km Run kicked off at 9am,taking the runners from Barongarook down hill through delightful bush, then continuing up the one steep hill before winding through undulating bush and pastoral scenes to Kawarren, then on to Gellibrand..

At Kawarren the 7 km Run/Walk started one hour later at 10am.   Families, Mums and Dads with babies in push chairs  joined more competitive runners over the shorter course.

The event, run by the Rotary Club of Colac raised $7500,  which will go towards helping disadvantaged youth in the Colac Otway community, and put March 16 2014 into your diaries for the running of next years race


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On a crisp and cool Sunday morning, Rotarians from around District 9780 came together in Stawell to hear the District Governor for 2013-2014, Ken McInerney, share his vision for the coming Rotary year with the theme of Engage Rotary, Change Lives

More than 300 Club members from the 60 Clubs that make up our District, listened, shared, learned, and celebrated all things Rotary.  30 Presenters got involved in sharing their knowledge and expertise to help Club leaders create the best possible year for their Clubs.  Its an annual event, but always seems to bring smiles and happy greetings as old friends catch up, new friends are welcomed and the work of Rotary goes from strength to strength.





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In 1968/69, the Rotary Club of Warrnambool hosted an Exchange student from the USA.

Rhonda Butterfield, now from Anchorage, Alaska, was a 16 year old from a small town, Candor, in New York State, when she spent 12 months as a student at the Warrnambool High School, and lived with 11 different families.

Now a family law attorney, Rhonda recently attended a Conference in Sydney, and knew she had to include a visit to Warrnambool.  “No trip to Australia is complete without a visit to Warrnambool, in my eyes,” Rhonda said. Prior to her trip, she made contact with each of Warrnambool’s Rotary Clubs to see if it would be possible to meet with any of her host families. 

When she stepped off the train in Warrnambool, she was met by one of her host ‘sisters’, AG Judy Ross, a member of the RC Warrnambool, who recognised Rhonda immediately, despite it being 44 years since they last met. Judy and husband Phillip hosted Rhonda for 5 days, during which she spoke at 3 of the 4 Clubs in Warrnambool, and also had the chance to reconnect with members of several of her host families including two host parents, Fay Armstrong and PP John Reid (Judy’s father). She met with PP Don & Nan Dickson and some of their family in Geelong prior to her return home.

Rhonda enjoyed visiting the beach – “At home I can go to the beach, but can’t get in the water, because it’s so cold,” she said.  She brought with her a range of children’s books about Alaska which she donated to the Warrnambool library and three primary schools, so people would have a chance to learn a bit more about her home state, where she has now lived for 37 years, after going there initially for one year.  She is passionate about Alaska …“It can be very cold, but it is a wonderful place.”
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It is now official, Jane Cox will be our District Governor in 2015 - 2016.

Jane joined The Rotary Club of Geelong Central in 2001 and has held many positions, including President, Secretary and Treasurer.  She is currently Assistant Governor for Group 9 Clubs, and has undertaken many roles in her Rotary journey so far - attended an International Rotary Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, joined in a Rotary Friendship Exchange to Alaska, hosted GSE groups, received an Avenues of Service Citation and Paul Harris recognition to mention just a few. Her most recent achievement was being involved in the Chartering of the District's newest Club - Lara District Rotary.

it is a great honour and a privilege to have been selected to be District Governor for the year 2015-2016 and lead our District 9780”, Jane said at the announcement of her appointment.  




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Representatives from three Wimmera Rotary clubs will travel to New York state next month as part of a Rotary District 9780 Group Study Exchange program. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

REPRESENTATIVES from three Wimmera Rotary clubs will travel to New York state on April 1 as part of a Rotary District 9780 Group Study Exchange program.

Former Mail-Times journalist Kaitlyn Fasso-Opie will represent Horsham Rotary Club, Gemma McMahon will represent Nhill Rotary Club and Lachlan De Morton will represent Swan Hill Rotary Club.

The idea of the program is to give professionals between 25 and 40 the opportunity to participate in a vocational study tour.

Ms Fasso-Opie said the group would be going for four weeks, leaving on April 1, and would spend most of its time in Syracuse in New York.

"Obviously we all come from different fields. Our itinerary looks great," she said.

"We will be visiting schools, hospitals and a medical manufacturing company."

Ms Fasso-Opie said she would also be visiting newsrooms at the Syracuse Journal as well as Syracuse University, which is a top journalism university.

"Hopefully we will also get to see a sporting match at the university," she said.

She said the group members would be doing five vocational visits during the exchange and would each stay with four different host families.

"We also have to give a presentation to Rotary clubs while we are over there," she said.

The team's presentation would be about all things Australian.

"I'm sure there will be a bit of culture shock for everyone," she said.

Miss McMahon, Ambulance Victoria team manager at Nhill, said she was looking forward to the vocational experience of the exchange.

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 In 1978, the Rotary Club of Duarte, California, USA, invited three women to become members. The RI Board withdrew the charter of that club for violation of the RI constitution. The club brought suit against RI claiming a violation of a state civil rights law that prevents discrimina­tion of any form in business establishments or public accommodations. The appeals court and the California Supreme Court supported the Duarte position that Rotary could not remove the club's charter merely for inducting women into the club. The United States Supreme Court upheld the California court indicating that Rotary clubs do have a "business purpose" and are in some ways public-type organizations.





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The Rotary International Multi District PR Grant, which includes Community Radio support for our District is up and running!
You can share your Club's projects, events, news and updates with all Rotarians, your local community and in fact the world as The Pulse Radio is live streamed worldwide, and also available as a Podcast recording to download and listen to later
Click on this link to listen to the latest Rotary Radio broadcast

Listen Live via the Internet

Want to be involved? Want to know more?  
Contact District PR Chair Pauline Stewart to find out how your Club can hit the airwaves - and it is


Click on this link to visit the homepage of The Pulse Community Radio

Live Streaming - Listen Live via your browser

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This area will provide access to a range of documents to get started with clubrunner.  Files can be opened or saved to your computer.  They will initially be in PowerPoint 2003 format and pdf format.
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