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Café Internationale goes with a swing    

By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne

More than 40 Rotarians and friends from five District 9800 clubs were among the 160 guests at Café Internationale’s 60th anniversary dinner on May 13. Students had been working up this special occasion since late 2016.


Beauty arises from picks and shovels    

By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne

A dozen Rotarians and friends descended with picks, shovels and shears on the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre grounds in Kew on April 29, 2017

This was the 13th year of an annual Rotary blitz converting horrid concrete and tired grass to lush and tranquil sensory gardens.


Ian Riseley dinner meeting for D9810 and D9800    

Faye Kirkwood, Rotary Club of  Caulfield, gives an update on the recent multidistrict event which saw current Rotary International President Ian Riseley address the guests present.

This meeting was held at Milano’s and was attended by about 150 people. It was hosted by Rotary Clubs of Hampton and Sandringham. Of those I saw there from District 9800 were Club members of Glen Eira, Brighton, Brighton North, Brighton Beach, Kyneton, Hawthorn, Glenferrie, Werribee and Caulfield. Drinks were served downstairs and then we ascended to the floor above for a sit down meal.

Topics: ian riseley president of rotary international


May 2017 – Governor’s Message - Youth Services    

By District Governor, Neville John

May is Youth Service Month and like Sir Angus Mitchell, I believe that many of our actions should be directed towards helping our young people prepare to effectively manage the future. To help them be the best they can be, by supporting the development of skills in the areas of communication, leadership, driver awareness, resilience and self-esteem, and in furthering their career aspirations. We can nurture them by sharing how Rotary and they can make a difference for the better. That’s one of our more important responsibilities.


Rotary Peace Fellow Update    

By Ellen Maynes , Myanmar | Consultant 

It has been an extraordinary year since I completed the Rotary Peace Fellowship at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. I am truly grateful for the opportunities and connections that Rotary has made possible. So far I’ve spoken at international conferences in Europe and North America, launching a global campaign on women and peace, moved countries and starting a consultancy. Yet, by far the best and most powerful thing has been becoming part of the network of 1000 peace fellows working globally to build peace and challenge conflict. In January, I had the opportunity to return to Chulalongkorn University as a teacher for Class 22 and I enjoyed sharing my learnings with the new batch of peace fellows.

Topics: rotary peace fellows


Gateway Rotaract  - Trivia 2017    

Please join us for a night of fun, laughs, and trivia: Saturday 13th May 2017 at 6:30pm for a start of 7:00pm at the Pascoe Vale RSL. 40 Cumberland Rd, Pascoe Vale.


It started with a lunch    

Read Rotarian Kerry Kornhauser's story in The Age.


Royce Abbey Award Presented to Ian Riseley    

Ian Riseley, the Sandringham Rotarian who will lead the Rotary World as its International President in 2017/2018, was presented with a Royce Abbey Award at a ceremony held at the RACV City Club in Melbourne on the 19th of April 2017.

Topics: ian riseley president of rotary international


Easy fund-raising for Trachoma – can you help?    

By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne

A great example of support for Rotary’s “End Trachoma in Australia by 2021” campaign comes from Carrol Farmer of Glen Waverley Rotary and what she calls her “Philatelic Garbology”.

Topics: end trachoma in australia by 2021


Rotary Making a Difference    

By President Del King, Rotary Club of Flemington

This year’s Conference highlighted that opportunities such as Youth Exchange can make a huge impact upon a young person’s life and kick start them to look for opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others as they mature. One of the keynote speakers at the conference was Kristen Hilton the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner.

Topics: rotary youth exchange


Rotary Youth Programs    

Rotary Clubs across Australia sponsor young people in the development of skills in the areas of communication, leadership, road safety / driver awareness, resilience and self esteem and in furthering their career aspirations in the areas of mathematics and science.

Discover the options avaliable: - 


Rotaract, Interact and EarlyAct    

By Chris Richardson, Rotary Club of Essendon North

These programs have been busy in District 9800 of late.  Rotaract is consolidating and looking to expand, Interact clubs now number 11 with a further 4 being developed, EarlyAct is humming along, and a Youth Alumni has now been established with membership expanding. Strategies to provide pathways within the 3 levels of programs are being considered as well as keeping our youth connected to Rotary with the development of the Youth Alumni. The individual members of these 3 youth programs are committed to community and doing good for others and so would make great members of Rotary in the future …


Annual District Foundation Seminar    

This year we are bringing the Foundation Grants Seminar forward to Monday May 1st and Graduate House (Carlton) and the follow week on May 8th at Kangaroo Flat Rotary.


Disaster Aid Australia 2017 Conference    

The 2017 Disaster Aid Conference will be held on Friday May 5 to Sunday May 7 at the Dandenong Club, 1579 Heatherton Road Dandenong North Victoria.

The conference is an excellent opportunity to stay in touch with Disaster Aid events, and to make suggestions and give feedback for ongoing operations.


Open Hand Children’s Home    

By Rosemary G. Kinyua, Rotary Club of Laverton Point Cook

It’s official, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! The Open Hand Children’s Home in Kitengela, Kenya is now tightly secured!


Youth Services - Developing Leaders for the Next Generation    

By District Governor Neville John,

Rotary has a special responsibility towards youth, and a number of initiatives must be directed to the youth of today because they become the citizens of tomorrow”. – RI President - Sir Angus Mitchell

In 1948 while preparing for his year as RI President, prominent Melbourne Rotarian, Sir Angus Mitchell had the foresight to see the importance of investing in the next generation. Rotary District 9800 Youth Service Committees offer clubs a wide range of opportunities to nominate students to participate in various programs. Leadership is a pivotal aspect of Rotary and we offer a number of very effective programs to help young people develop their leadership skills, show them how to serve their communities, build friendships, and increase their world understanding. It’s worth iterating the programs offered and their purpose:

Topics: rotary youth exchange


Rochester Rotary Pie and Port Night    

Saturday 6th May, 2017 6:30pm for 7:00pm at the Old Court House Moore Street, Rochester

Cost: $30 per person

RSVP Monday 24th April

Please enclose payment with your snail mail reply Secretary Heather Watson (Pie & Port), 80 Pascoe Street, Rochester 3561 or ph: 0439 842 177 or email:

or use electronic banking   BSB 633 108 Account 1321 85521 and please label Pie & Port


Sumba Eyes in Your Hand    

Dinner Dance in support of the Sumba Eye Program with entertainment by the Backbeat Prophets Blues Band

Friday 5 May 2017 at 7:00pm

Cost: $70.00 (Drinks at Bar Prices)

MCC Kew, 397 Barkers Road, Kew (Melways Ref: 71 A9)

Enquiries: Trevor Mackey 0408 285 382 or

RSVP: 01 May 2017  Please advise dietary requirements

Full booking arrangements on 

The Sumba Eye Program is totally voluntary with no administration fees. Its aim, in true Rotary fashion, is to set up an eye care system in Sumba. All proceeds of the Dinner and Auction event will be used to further the amazing work being conducted by dedicated teams of surgeons, optometrists and nurses to provide eye surgery to the impoverished people in this isolated part of Indonesia.

Learn more

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Book online via Trybooking


Time To Draw the Line    

Great news! Friends of Baguia (supported by Hawthorn Rotary) is hosting a special one-time screening of the film Time To Draw the Line, Tuesday May 2nd, 7pm at Palace Cinemas Como. This film is about the campaign for a fair go for East Timor and that nation's desire to sttle its long running boundary dispute with Australia.

Friends of Baguia president Derarca O'Mahony will be introducing the film, which includes footage of our projects. It is a great film to update yourself on this issue.

To reserve your tickets, please visit the Demand Film Event Page

Topics: rotary club of hawthorn,  friends of baguia,  australia east timor sea border


Maternal and Child Health    

District Governors Message - April 2017

For more than 100 years, Rotarians have joined together from all continents, cultures, and industries to take action in our communities and around the world. With a commitment to achieving lasting change, we work together to empower youth, enhance health, promote peace, and most important, advance the community. While Rotarians can serve in countless ways, Rotary has focused its efforts in six areas, which reflect some of the most critical and widespread humanitarian needs. The area of focus for the month of April is Maternal and Child Health.


The Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration – 31 May 2017    

By District Governor Neville John

Last edition I highlighted The Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration and advised that brochures and bequest forms have been emailed to all Club Presidents. If you can come along you should, because the celebration of 100 years of ‘doing good in the world’ comes once in a lifetime. It is an opportunity to bring your non-Rotary friends and corporate networks, to see and hear about the work of Rotary. We will also adding a ‘Donate’ button to the dinner website so that those who are unable to attend, can donate. You can now also nominate your club so that you are seated together.



2017 Global MS Dinner     

Wednesday May 10, 2017 7.00 pm for 7.30pm start
Fredricks 980 Mt Alexander Rd Essendon
$50pp Includes 2 course Dinner

"Wear something red"

Guest speakers and entertainment.

RSVP by May 6, 2017



Rotary Cub of Brighton Beach - Farewell Dinner and 22nd Anniversary     

After 22 years the Rotary Club of Brighton Beach is closing and they are combining a Farewell dinner with their 22nd anniversary celebrations.

When: Tuesday 23 May 2017
Where: Milanos Hotel Brighton Beach
Time: 6.00pm for 6.30pm
RSVP: 14 May 2017
Contact: Keiran Cromie 0419 252 814;
Cost: $30 per head

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Tank is gone – no ‘furphy’    

by JOHN LEWIS, Shepparton News AUGUST 11, 2016

Shepparton blacksmith John Furphy might not be so amused to know that the humble water cart he designed in the 1880s is now so valuable it has become a target for thieves.

Mr Furphy was, by all accounts, a God-fearing man of strong morals.

It was his idea to place the rhyme Good, better, best — never let it rest — till your good is better — and your better best on the plate at the end of the tank.


How to spend less time managing club data    

How to spend less time managing club data

By Chelsea Mertz, communications specialist, Rotary Service Connections

Does your club manage members and officer updates online? Did your district buy a club management system for the clubs in your district, such as DACdb, but your club uses a different vendor, like ClubRunner?


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