October 2023
Welcome to another issue of our District 9810 Monthly Newsletter
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Hello again my fellow Rotarians,
Well of course it's been another busy month for me as I visit the clubs in our District. When possible, Helen has tried to join me but I hope you understand that she often cannot as her work commitments make it difficult, especially as meetings are either during the day or commence a little too early in the evening. Many clubs meetings are at venues an hour to an hour and a half from where we live in Bayside. She has asked me to pass on her sincere thanks to all the clubs which have shown support for End Polio. It makes her feel so proud to be a Rotarian every time I return form a meeting and tell her of yet another donation. October is, of course, End Polio Month and many clubs are focusing their efforts this month. I am hoping to be able to include a few articles next month showcasing some of the events.
I have had the pleasure of participating in a number of new member inductions as I do my visits which is always an honour and a pleasure. My congratulations to all those clubs.
There have been a number of events I, and sometimes Helen, have been able to attend other than my official visits. I have included an article in this newsletter regarding the Dog Day Out, RC Healesville. In addition, Helen and I attended another great night with the Springvale City Club at the Sandown Greyhounds for their literacy fundraiser and I had another opportunity to hear Frida Umuhoza speak at a special meeting of the Boronia Club. (Frida was awarded a PHF by the Club).
My sincerest congratulations to all clubs for your efforts. Without exception all clubs are really making an effort to create an impact. As the weather (tries at least) improves I know there are many annual events like art shows, golf days, markets, car events etc gathering momentum. I wish you success with all your efforts and hope to catch up with you at as many as I can.
Springvale City evening Boronia with Frida and President Greg
Ian Ballantine
Create Hope in the World
International – Foundation Professional Development Seminar
The International – Foundation Professional Development Seminar was held at the Melbourne Baseball Club, Surrey Road Box Hill on Monday 18 September, 2023. The seminar focused on ‘Sustainability’ to ensure that the benefits of District and Global Grants projects are achieved long after the Rotary funding has ended. Sustainability addresses 6 inter-linked issues:
  • Start with the community
  • Encourage local ownership
  • Provide training
  • Buy local
  • Find local funding
  • Measure your success
Take link to read more and get links to downloads.
Polio Plus Update
As we know only 2 countries remain endemic with wild polio in 2023 - namely Afghanistan and Pakistan.
It appears that so far this year there have been a total of seven cases reported (6 and one respectively).
Rotary remains a key player in the mission to eradicate polio and I congratulate the Clubs of District 9810 for recognising the month of October as End Polio month and arranging events accordingly.
Success in eradicating polio will mean that no more children will have to experience the devastating effects of the disease. Failure to eradicate polio could cause poliovirus to reappear around the world with an estimated 150,000-200,000 new cases expected every year within 10 years.
For a great article about where we are and where we've come from in regards to Polio eradication, click here
Polio Plus Society
The Polio Plus Society, is a fundraising and recognition program specifically to support the worldwide effort to eradicate polio.  Members pledge to donate at least US$100 ($160AUD) annually to the PolioPlus Fund until polio is eliminated from the world.
Rotarians are encouraged to be part of this initiative.
Please read on....
DG partner Project update October
Helen's project continues to receive great support from the Clubs in our District. As I am completing my visits I am so encouraged by the commitment and and support Rotarians show for the End Polio Now initiative.
So since my last update we've received contributions from the following Clubs:
The Rotary Clubs of Glen Waverley incl Wheelers Hill, Rowville-Lysterfield, Noble Park - Dingley (thanks to Val Glenn and her team), Monash, Knox (further contribution) and Doncaster. Just a reminder that club contributions to Helen's project are till included as part of a Club's total annual contribution.
It's worth mentioning that many clubs are making two contributions to the End Polio Fund at the same time, reflecting the fact that their contribution via the Partner Project is additional to their original commitment.
A reminder that if you would like to make a personal, tax deductible donation, please go here. Your donation will be credited against you, as a Rotarian and your Club. Just make sure that the email address you use, matches the address in MyRotary.
Donations from non-Rotarians are, of course, also welcome and can also be made through this portal.
If you are representing a club, please make the contribution by the normal channels but flag it as DG Project and drop DG Ian or Helen an email. Banking details for Clubs can be found here.
As of mid October, her project has received from Rotary members, Rotary Clubs and some non Rotarians a total of AUS$19,260.
Thank you.
Pakistan’s female vaccinators
Story taken from the RI site here.
Pakistan’s female vaccinators are doing more than helping end a disease.
Women make up two-thirds of Pakistan’s polio workforce. It’s a startling statistic for a nation that ranks 145th out of 146 countries for gender parity in economic participation and opportunity, according to a World Economic Forum gender inequality index.
October is End Polio Month
.....and 24th October is WORLD POLIO DAY
A letter was circulated to all members this week by David Grieve bringing us up to date with contributions by clubs to the End Polio Now campaign so far this year.
In addition, David encourages clubs to raise awareness of the End Polio campaign during the month of October and even host a fund raising event.
Here is a link to the End Polio Resource Centre where there are videos, materials, banners, posters, and in particular, materials focusing on World Polio day.
For those of you who missed David's letter, take the link here to Read More.
Healesville Dog Day Out
Helen and I had the pleasure of attending the Rotary Club of Healesville's Dog Day Out on Sunday, October 15. Also in attendance was PDG and Assistant Governor, Shia Smart and Duncan with their wire haired Dachshund, Sherlock.
Helen and I had our own dog, Billy the cavoodle and his friend who was with us following a sleepover, Alfie.
This has been a major event for the Club over the years but has been on hold due to COVID.
My congratulations to Vinay and all the members of the Healesville Rotary Club. What a great opportunity to showcase your Club.
Click on read more to see plenty of pics.
Rotaract News October
Last month, 14 Rotaractors from Monash and Whitehorse participated in STEPtember. The funds raised from this challenge support a wide range of initiatives, helping people with cerebral palsy to live their best lives. You can donate to our fundraiser at: https://www.steptember.org.au/fundraisers/RotaractDistrict9810. We're only $75 away from meeting our goal of raising $1000, so we'd appreciate your donation!

District 9810/9820 held an interdistrict minigolf social on 7 October. While there was fantastic turnout from Monash Rotaract, unfortunately, it was poorly attended by the other clubs. We're planning to host a holiday picnic celebration in December.

Whitehorse Rotaract hosted their Post-Apocalyptic Murder Mystery Night as a social event on Friday the 13th of October. They raised $330 for FORaMEAL. FORaMEAL, a project of the Rotary Club of Canterbury, is an initiative to help provide emergency relief meals for those impacted by natural disasters.

Finally, RYLA Oceania held the RYLA Awards Ceremony on 15 October. District 9810/9820 won two of the District Program Awards: Best Community Engagement and Greatest Improvement or Innovation. Congratulations to all involved!
Surplus PPE finds a home
As you may recall I sent out a plea on behalf of Glenn Tippett of the Boronia Club to find a worthwhile home for some surplus PPE that was headed to landfill.
A number of clubs responded indicating they would investigate different options and my thanks to all those clubs who responded.
A big big thank you goes to the Moorabbin Club and its President, Anita Bayros who, through her contacts at the Australian Animal Protection Society in Keysborough, was able to find a worthwhile recipient.
Thanks Anita and the Moorabbin RC.
Regionalisation Update October
Regional Council candidates.

On 3 October the Regionalisation Pilot announced the candidates for the first Regional Council in Zone 8 - that is Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. 


 Roles on the Regional Council 

  • Chair

  • Chair-Elect

  • Portfolio Lead: Major Fundraising and Grants

  • Portfolio Lead: Learning and Development

  • Portfolio Lead: Membership

  • Portfolio Lead: Public Image and Partnerships

  • Portfolio Lead: Service Projects and Programs

  • Rotaract Nominee (only Rotaract clubs are eligible to vote for this role)

The full list of candidates and their promotional statements here

Voting for the Regional Council 

Presidents on behalf of their clubs will vote for candidates via a preferential voting system. More information can be found here about voting

More information on the Regional Council can be found here. 

A reminder of the Regionalisation Website, Creating Tomorrow here.
I hear of so many great projects being undertaken by all our Clubs as I do my visits.
On my recent visit to the Mt Waverley Club I learnt about the Shelterbags project addressing the needs of the homeless in our communities. Shelterbags* provide our Homeless people with some dignity, plus warmth and shelter from the rain, wind and cold.
You can support this RAWCS endorsed project either as an individual or Club.
My thanks to Ann Grant from the RC of Mt Waverley for supplying this information.
Download flyer here.
Eastsider News
I have received a link to the Eastsider News, October issue from RC Forest Hill member, Glenys Grant.
Link here.
There are a number of articles and advertisements concerning Rotary in the Eastern Suburbs.....
P13 Mont Albert Market Advert. -Patt G
P13 Vic Police, Neighbourhood Watch and Rotary working towards a Safer Community - GGrant
P14 Whitehorse Art Show Advert- Simon W
P14. Rotary Youth Leadership  Awards (RYLA) - GGrant
P15 Christmas at Blackburn Station Art and Craft Market - Advert -John Mc Phee
P16 Model United Nations Assembly ( MUNA) prizes for local students - GGrant P13 Mont Albert Market Advert. -Patt G
P13 Vic Police, Neighbourhood Watch and Rotary working towards a Safer Community - GGrant
P14 Whitehorse Art Show Advert- Simon W
P14. Rotary Youth Leadership  Awards (RYLA) - GGrant
P15 Christmas at Blackburn Station Art and Craft Market - Advert -John Mc Phee
P16 Model United Nations Assembly ( MUNA) prizes for local students - GGrant
Well done Glenys for helping Rotary gain this exposure.
2023 Zone 8 Virtual Conference
2023 Zone 8 Conference will be held on-line this year and all Rotarians are invited to attend.
Past District Governors Leanne Jaggs from the Rotary Club of Manukau Sunrise and Karen Purdue from the Rotary Club of Invercargill Sunrise, New Zealand will co-chair the virtual event, themed ‘Moments that Matter’.
Along with bringing Rotarians, Rotaractors and the wider community together, this virtual event will create an environment to share ideas and learn from our members about the matters that are important to them.
Our global keynote speakers will share examples of tangible steps, you can take back to your club to increase our Ability to Adapt.
Cost will $25 per Rotarian or Rotaractor.
All details and link to booking here.
Royce Abbey Awards
I have received a request from Rotarian Roger Leask, Royce Abbey Award Committee in District 9810 to extend an invitation to members of District 9810 to attend their 500th Royce Abbey Award evening on the 17th November.
Venue will be The Windy Hill Venue, Cnr. Napier & Brewster Sts. Essendon, VIC - 3040
Guest Speaker - PDG Murray Verso, End Polio Now Coordinator - Zone 8 (2022-2025).
More details of the award here www.royceabbey.com
Or book here trybooking.com
Singapore Convention
The Rotary convention is where friendship and learning come together to inspire you. In Singapore you’ll connect with people of action from around the globe at Rotary’s biggest event of the year.
The 2024 Rotary International Convention, will be be held 25-29 May in Singapore.
Here are a couple of stories to help inspire you to register.
Shape-shifting Singapore - here - By Wen Huang
Singapore – a land of surprises - here. By Jennifer Scott, Chair of the 2024 International Convention Committee
Register now here
Get your event in Highlights
Just a reminder to all members, but especially Presidents, committee chairs and event organisers to get your event into the District Event Newsletter, Highlights, edited by Michael Ellinger.
This will also ensure it gets included in the District Event Calendar on the website, link here.
To publish your event and/or function please send it to Michael in either a word document or PDF file format at highlights9810@gmail.com
Current and past editions can be found here.
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Upcoming Events
RC Bayswater - Giant Book Sale
Marie Wallace Park
Oct 21, 2023 10:00 AM –
Oct 22, 2023 4:00 PM
Happy Halloween Sunday Market
Mont Albert Village
Oct 22, 2023
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
The Mayor of Monash Charity Golf Day
Riversdale Golf Club
Oct 23, 2023
Whitehorse Art Show 2023
Box Hill Town Hall
Oct 26, 2023 10:00 AM –
Oct 29, 2023 6:00 PM
South Oakleigh Bowling Club
Oct 28, 2023 8:00 AM
RC Boronia - Trivia Night
Saint Paul's Anglican Church (next to McDonalds)
Oct 28, 2023 7:00 PM
RC Emerald & District - Halloween Disco
Hills Hub
Oct 28, 2023
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
RC Waverley - Pingpongathon
High Street Road Uniting Church
Oct 29, 2023
RC of Lilydale - Craft & Produce Market
Yarra Ranges Council Carpark
Nov 05, 2023
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
RC Bentleigh Moorabbin Central - High Tea
The Healey, Moorabbin
Nov 12, 2023
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
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Ian Ballantine
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