September 2023
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Hello again my fellow Rotarians,
As I continue my Club visits I am absolutely delighted by both the reception I receive, (sometimes with Helen) and the enthusiasm and positivity I find amongst the membership of clubs.
I would also like to make special mention of the effort that my Assistant Governors and Club leadership have made in preparation for my visits. The quality of the pre visit reports has been excellent. Without exception, I have always been made to feel welcome and have thoroughly enjoyed my time. I look forward to the remaining club visits over the rest of September and and up to the end of October. My partner, Helen has been travelling overseas a bit but will be back again in the coming week so perhaps will have a better chance of joining me.
Can I also take this opportunity to remind clubs that if you would like me, or Helen or even both of us to attend an event of your club, we would be more more than happy to, if we are available. In fact, there will be three of us including our dog, Billy at the Dogs Day Out event organised by the RC of Healesville on October 15th. (details here).
My sincere thanks to those clubs which have chosen to support Helen's partner project of additional contributions to the End Polio fund. - You will find an update below.
The merger of Districts 9810 and 9820 continues along with the Regionalisation Pilot, an update for which you will find in this newsletter.
Don't forget October is End Polio Month.
Ian Ballantine
Create Hope in the World
RC Warrandyte Donvale visit RC Oakleigh Clayton Huntingdale visit
RC Lilydale visit RC Mannigham City visit
International & Foundation Committees – Professional Development Seminar
It may not be too late to register for the annual District International & Foundation Seminar set for 7:00pm on Monday 18 September 2023
 Click on the Read More to see all the details or take this link to the District website.
Download flyer here.
5 minutes of your time to help a Club receive $20,000
Here’s a chance for District 9810 Rotarians to help one of our Clubs win a grant of $20,000 to help further develop a fantastic community project.
Mark Smith of the Rotary Club of Boronia has developed the “Knox Rocks” music program for a group of young people from the local area.
Westfield are running a “Local Heroes” program where they are awarding grants to further foster successful community projects.
Mark is one of the three finalists, thus already guaranteeing a grant of $5,000.
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.
DG partner Project update September
As I go about my Club visits, I am delighted to report that the support for Helen's partner project of End Polio Now has been fantastic and a real credit to the commitment of our members in this District to support the End Polio initiative.
As I stress to Clubs, any contributions to the Fund in the name of her project have to be over and above what the Club was already committing. The idea behind the partner project was to raise funds specifically for that project.
So since my last update we've received contributions from the following Clubs:
The Rotary Clubs of Beaumaris, Boronia, Oakleigh Clayton Huntingdale, Warrandyte Donvale, Waverley, Maroondah, Hampton, Monash and Surry Hills, and Manningham City. Just a reminder that club contributions to Helen's project are till included as part of a Club's total annual contribution.
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 September, her project has received from Rotary members, Rotary Clubs and some non Rotarians a total of AUS$15,260.
Thank you.
RC Springvale City 20th Anniversary
I had the pleasure of attending the celebrations on Sunday August 20, of the 20th anniversary of the Springvale City Rotary Club.
The venue was the Spring Valley Golf Club.
My congratulations to joint Presidents, Cathy Jackson and Angelina Colombino on a fantastic day.
Their Facebook post on the day can be found here.
RC Nunawading Hosts Community Safety Event
Rotary Nunawading was invited by the Whitehorse Business Group to co-host a Community Safety Breakfast in support of Neighbourhood Watch Whitehorse, on 25 August 2023, held at the Canterbury International Hotel Forest Hill.
The guest speakers were senior Sergeant Ronald Sinclair and Senior Constable Brendan Gogarty, Whitehorse Crime Prevention Officer both from Box Hill Police Station were introduced by Kay Evans, President Neighbourhood Watch Whitehorse.
The Club promoted the event to cluster clubs ranging from Mont Albert - Surrey Hills [MASH] to Maroondah and to Whitehorse Rotaract.
Rotaract News September
Rotaract is stepping for September!

STEPtember is a fun and inclusive virtual challenge that encourages people to move their way to 10,000 steps a day - whenever, wherever, and however they like - from 1-30 September.

Every 20 hours, an Australian child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Taking on the challenge and fundraising for life-changing research, treatment, services and assistive technologies, supports people with cerebral palsy to live their best life.
Regionalisation Update September
During August the Steering Group and Pilot Establishment Team leads hosted a series of webinars to share information about the Regional Council elections and Rotary Community groups.
I know of many Rotarians from District 9810 attended one of these.
If you missed out, you can still watch one by following this link. The powerpoint presentation is also available here.
For further updates on Regionalisation, take the Read More link.
A reminder of the Regionalisation Website, Creating Tomorrow here.
2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference
Welcome to the ROTARY AT COP28
Volunteering Opportunities for young Rotarians!
COP28 is the 28th Conference of the Parties, a crucial global climate summit that will take place in the United Arab Emirates from 30th November to 12th December 2023. This summit gathers representatives from nearly 200 countries to address pressing climate-related challenges and foster international collaboration for a sustainable future. 
Rotary International is proud to actively participate in COP28, contributing its expertise and commitment to environmental stewardship and community welfare. We are looking to engage a small group of young Rotarians and Rotaractors from around the world at COP28.
New Member Retention
I have been really encouraged by the efforts and successes of many of our Clubs in securing new members into Rotary.
I know it's a challenging task and requires an effort on so many fronts.
In this post, I've put down a few thoughts I have about the major issues facing us in regards to member retention, and what we can do to alleviate them.
I welcome any feedback.
Rotary Brand Centre
This is a message to any Rotarian in any capacity who has anything responsibilities regarding the publicity and promotion of their club or any of its activities. Use the Rotary Brand Centre!
Not only is this a great resource but by frequently visiting it, you will keep all your materials current.
The Brand Centre is more than just a collection of graphics and other materials. In it you will also find lots of ideas to help you promote your club and its projects. They will help you tell your club’s stories of service and impact continue to be updated and enhanced.
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
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Upcoming Events
Professional Development Seminar
Melbourne Baseball Club
Sep 18, 2023
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Special Guest Speaker - Frida Umuhoza
RC Box Hill Burwood
Sep 19, 2023
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Footy Colours Day Sunday Market
RC Mont Albert Surry Hills
Sep 24, 2023
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Literacy Fundraiser Night at Sandown Greyhounds
Sandown Greyhound Racing Club
Sep 28, 2023 6:00 PM
Special Guest Speaker - Frida Umuhoza
The Knox Club
Oct 03, 2023 6:30 PM
Art Exhibition - Spotlighting Bullying
The Track Gallery
Oct 05, 2023 – Oct 15, 2023
RC Glen Waverley - Second Hand Book Sale
Old Black Flat State School
Oct 07, 2023 9:00 AM –
Oct 08, 2023 2:00 PM
RC of Mordialloc Annual Interplast Golf Day
Oct 13, 2023 11:00 AM
The Mayor of Monash Charity Golf Day
Riversdale Golf Club
Oct 23, 2023
Charity Golf Day - Rotary Club Noble Park-Dingley
Keysbrough Golf Club
Nov 16, 2023 11:00 AM
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Ian Ballantine
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