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Rotary Youth Program of ENrichment (RYPEN)    

The Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) in Rotary International District 9800 is a Youth Leadership conference for young people who are between 15 and 17 AND are year 9, 10 and 11 students. The conference is a weekend long camp designed at developing young people’s potential through a mixture of lecture style sessions and adventure-based learning.

Topics: youth


National Stroke Week    

4-10 September 2017

National Stroke Week is the Stroke Foundation’s annual awareness campaign. This year with the help of Medtronic International, the Stroke Foundation is focussing on delivering a grass roots campaign in regional and rural communities.

Stroke kills more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer. It is one of the leading causes or adult disability in Australia.More than 80 percent of strokes can be prevented.

Over 4.1 million Australians suffer from high blood pressure, a key risk factor for stroke. The lower your blood pressure, the lower your risk of stroke.

Bringing the spotlight on stroke in September, we need your help to reach Australians with lifesaving messages on how they can identify the signs of stroke as well as reduce their own risk of stroke.

Depending on which activity you nominate, we will provide your designated contact with a detailed Coordinator Kit filled with tools, tips and ideas to assist in the planning of your clubs activity. This will be sent in March/April. Closer to Stroke Week a promotional kit including resources, media release, posters and merchandise will be sent to your designated contact to assist with local promotion.

Register your Rotary club online now at or email


Art of Dance Exhibition    

The Rotary Club of Caulfield Inc has a long history of arts related projects from fundraising art shows, to dance and music concerts and support for the visual arts through its establishment and maintained connection with the Glen Eira Artists' Society Inc.

The first of these themed exhibitions will be the Art of Dance Exhibition -3-20 August, 2017.

There is Free Admission and it is at the Glen Eira City Council Gallery Annexe

Cnr. Hawthorn and Glen Eira Roads, Caulfield.

Hours  are 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 1pm to 5pm Saturdays and Sundays


Save the Date - Rotaract District 9800 Changeover    

Rotaract District 9800 is pleased to invite you to OurSpace 2017 at Fitzroy Town Hall, supported by our major sponsor Yarra City Council.

When: Saturday 12th August 2017
Where: Fitzroy Town Hall, 201 Napier St., Fitzroy
Time: 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start till 12:30am
Dress: Cocktail
Event cost: from $35



Vocational Exchange Program 2017-2018    

As you would be aware, the Group Study Exchange Program has operated as a very successful and important arm of Rotary Foundation for many years and many young professional people have benefitted enormously from the experience as members of both outward and inward Exchange Teams in our District. In 2015, the GSE became the GVE (Group Vocational Exchange) with stronger emphasis on relevant vocational visits with less cultural content. This has worked very well but it has been more difficult for host clubs arranging numerous relevant work visits for four or five different professional areas over a period of four weeks.


A visitor to snow-bound Petersburg Rotary Club    

By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne

Dorothy Gilmour of Melbourne Rotary Club recently attended a club meeting with a difference – St Petersburg RC on a moored boat on the River Neva in a snowstorm. She thought she was just a guest but was then asked to speak for 40 minutes about her club’s projects, via a translator. Luckily she had done her homework on Melbourne RC projects while earlier visiting clubs in Reykjavik, Iceland,  and Women in Rotary in  Helsinki, Finland.


District 9800 2016 Peace Fellow - Peter Greaney    

Last year, Peter Greaney was selected to attend the Professional Certificate course at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand in June, 2017. Peter has an outstanding record of achievement with the Victoria Police force in local conflict prevention/resolution, most recently with regional community involvement in ethnic/religious/cultural differences. Peter was recently appointed Western Region Division Two Superintendent with Victoria Police, after serving with great distinction in the Bendigo region. Peter is keen to inform us of his progress and the experiences he has as he participates in this inspirational and program. 


Inked with Rotary for Life    

By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne

Justine Murphy, 2016-17 President of Rotary Central Melbourne, has testified her pride in Rotary by getting the Rotary emblems tattooed on her wrist. The tattoo, in yellow and blue, is about 4cm round, and features the Rotary Wheel in the form of a stylised flower signifying the growth she has experienced through Rotary.  The flower incorporates a blue 'stone' representing the Paul Harris recognitions she has received from her Club and District.


Rotary on The Move - July 2017    

New Rotary DCoordinator Tim Moore,

Welcome to a new Rotary year, a time to reflect on the great initiatives of last year while setting the bar higher for this year. It is a real privilege to take over from the great work of Past Rotary Coordinator PDG Malcolm Lindquist. On behalf of the districts of Zone 8 I would like to thank Malcolm for his help, leadership and efforts over the last 3 years to strengthen our clubs and grow our membership. Well done Malcolm.

Articles include:

Rotary Coordinators and Assistant Rotary Coordinators provide Value - Meet your RC's and ARC's.
Regional Membership Officer Update
How Rotary Club of Adelaide has turned around its membership demographic
Membership Ideas from District 9630
Top 12 Membership Development Resources
The Rotary Foundation in the Global Aid Context
John F Germ's Message
Beauty Arises from Picks and Shovels
Rotary Foundation named World's Outstanding Foundation




RAWCS Service Charges    

From the 1 July 2017 all donations will be subject to a service charge of 2.5%. This change will ensure RAWCS’ long-term financial sustainability and high standard of project facilitation.


Why Attend the District 9800 Rotary Leadership Institute?    

One of the many compelling reasons for people to join Rotary is the ongoing focus on personal development and training, so RLI was a valuable way for Rotary Prahran to both fast track the understanding of what Rotary is and does as well as foster leadership in newer members.


What does Donations in Kind do?    

Many people make Donations in Kind work - From the donors, people who collect the goods, the people who sort the goods, potential project supporter and the Clubs that support the Store should all have ownership of the projects we are supporting.

And to make sure we all know what Difference Rotary Donations in Kind makes, they need your help in sharing your achievements.


Vale PDG Graeme Allison    

Past District Governor Graeme Allison passed away last week. Maria Kouppas and Roger Leask from RC Essendon had attended a Changeover at RC Drysdale and were able to catch up with Graeme as he was presented with a Royce Abbey Award,. Graeme was taken to hospital after the Changeover at which he was presented with a second sapphire; and passed away later that night.


Farewell Clarice, hello Ellery!    

Clarice has worn out her fingers! 

Over 10 years of dedicated efforts in editing the District Networker has ended with the retirement of Gordon Cheyne from the role this week. 

Gordon took on the role of Networker editor in July 2007 and has edited fortnightly editions ever since with outstanding success in publicising, promoting and sharing the good news of Rotarians in District 9800. 


2017 Queens Birthday Honours List Awardees    

Rotary District 9800 Governor 1986-87, John King of the Rotary Club of Brighton has been recognized in the Queen's Birthday Honours list with the Order of Australia in the General Division for service to the community of the people of Victoria. 

Two members of the Rotary Club of Brighton North (Gerry Lambourne and Phil Wheatley) have also been recognized for their service to the community.


DGE Bronwyn Stephens on the RI Convention    

Getting off a plane in one of the busiest airports in America to be greeted by Rotarians in Fluoro vests was very unusual. This Rotary World Convention we were arriving at was to be Rotary on steroids throughout. Over 130 countries were represented, with over 40,000 Rotarians attending, and so many of them from African and Indian nations.


District 9800 Governor 2017-2018 Peter Frueh    

Welcome to the new Rotary year. Having attended many Club Changeovers, Anne and I can feel the strong sense of community within clubs and their many supporters. Celebrations have varied widely in approach, reflecting the different history, style and approaches of each club, as well as the outgoing and incoming President’s personal style. One changeover was on a boat, one onstage at a theatre, several at wineries, at function venues or normal venues. It didn’t matter where we were, there was a strong sense of shared purpose as we celebrated a year of Rotary Serving Humanity and looked forward to Rotary: Making a Difference in 2017-18. 


Sputnik Girls Orphanage, Kurunegala, Sri Lanka    

Lesley McCarthy, Rotary Club of Flemington (Incoming Networker Editor)

Rotary’s mantra of People of Action Sharing Ideas, Joining Leaders and Taking Action was fully demonstrated in the recent International project by the Rotary Club of Flemington.

Supported by a District Matching Grant, reinforced by the amazing people at Donations in Kind and their stock,  and involving  people from across many places and from many organisations, this project involved purchasing, filling and shipping a container to an impoverished girls orphanage in a remote area of Sri Lanka.


Rotary Serving Humanity    

By Neville John, District Governor

When Rotary International President John F. Germ developed the 2016-2017 theme – Rotary Serving Humanity, he provided us with the opportunity to strengthen our clubs, focus on humanitarian work and showcase what we do in our communities and the wider world to help make them a better place. As John was quoted to say, “the only difference between a small opportunity and a great one is what you do with it”.


Rotary Foundation named World's Outstanding Foundation for 2016    

The Association of Fundraising Professionals recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation at its 2017 conference in San Francisco.

The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs. Some of the boldest names in American giving — Kellogg, Komen, and MacArthur, among others —are past honorees.


Kew 50th anniversary    

Paul Harris said that Rotary …is not an organisation for retrospection…but one hundred members and friends of the Rotary Club of Kew thoroughly enjoyed celebrating its 50th anniversary at a very happy lunch party at Kew Golf Club on Friday last 16 June.


Container arrives at the Sputnik International Education Centre in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka    

Rotary Club of Flemington

It is with great pleasure and delight I inform you that the container arrived to Sputnik last night and we have now opened it and started unloading the stuff. It took exactly 31 days to arrive at Sputnik from the harbour. Now I understand why not many people engage in these kind of welfare activities.


$1.2 billion pledge to end polio    

By Ryan Hyland and Teresa Schmedding

With polio on the brink of eradication, nations from around the world and key donors pledged more than $1 billion on Monday to energize the global fight to end the paralyzing disease.

Bill Gates, co-chair of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and RI President John Germ share the recent news about their partnership in the fight to eradicate polio.

The historic pledges of new funds at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, will go toward drastically shrinking the $1.5 billion gap in the funding that the partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative say is needed to reduce polio cases to zero worldwide. Just five cases have been reported this year, the lowest number in history.


Red Flags Surf Life Saving Australia    


There’s trouble behind the scenes of Surf Life Saving Australia. What do we know about how our charities are run?


Help save the planet: Ian Riseley’s call    

By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne 

Ian  Riseley, Rotary International President for 2017-18, issued a call at the Atlanta Convention on June 14 for Rotary to join the campaign  to save the planet from environmental destruction. He did not mention global warming and CO2 emissions but was clearly referring to them.

“It is past time for Rotary to recognise the need for sustainability in everything we do, for the good of Rotary and for the survival of our planet,” he told his 20,000-strong audience in his closing address.

Topics: ian riseley president of rotary international


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