Source: Di Harrison  District 9820 MUNA Chair
After much deliberation, the Rotary District 9820 MUNA committee has decided to offer an alternative MUNA activity and sincerely hopes members of your club will understand holding a face-to-face Model United Nations Assembly is not possible this year due to complications and restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
An image from a previous years MUNA activity 
Organizing MUNA is difficult and requires much planning and the committee has decided to reduce stress on Rotarians, clubs, schools, teachers, and counsellors by offering an opportunity for interested students to participate in a unique MUNA experience.
A delegation of two students, from either Year 10 or Year 11, will be tasked with producing a 5-minute video in response to a resolution pertaining to climate change and global warming.  The aim is for students to gain deeper understanding of complex humanitarian issues, develop their research skills and ability to prepare and present information specific to their chosen UN Member State (country) they represent.
The resolution will be published on the 2021 MUNA website which will be available once registrations are opened. Specific guidelines for the activity will be discussed during the online Zoom Preparation Workshop which will be recorded for delegates who are unable to attend.
The cost of the 2021 MUNA activity has been set at $50.00 per delegation and will be used to cover costs incurred to deliver an online event and cover prizes for winning delegations. Delegations will be able to select a country from a list of 40 UN Member States once the delegation is registered.
Please note, participation in the MUNA activity is not guaranteed until payment is received. The payment is the responsibility of the sponsoring Rotary Club.
Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Best Delegation (awarded District 9820 MUNA Perpetual Shield); Best Delegation to Influence World Peace (awarded District 9820 Peace Shield); and a ‘People’s Choice’ Award. Other minor prizes will also be awarded.
A member of your Rotary Club will need to contact a supportive teacher at the local secondary school/s to encourage student participation in MUNA. It is recommended that individual delegations are registered online by the supervising teacher who will act as Counsellor for the delegation and assist them with preparing and uploading their video submission. Rotary Clubs providing sponsorship can offer support and encouragement to the delegation and invite them to a Rotary meeting.
Key Dates for D9820 MUNA 2021 Activity:
Friday 7 May: Registrations open.
Friday 21 May: Registrations close.
Friday 28 May: Closing date for Rotary Clubs pay MUNA invoice.
Saturday 29 May: Online Zoom Preparation Workshop 11.00am-12.00pm.
         Friday 6 August – Friday 13 August: Delegations upload their 5-minute video.
Saturday 14 August – Sunday 22 August: Videos will be available for public viewing and a voting system will be used for the ‘People’s Choice’ Award.
Monday 23 August – Friday 27 August: MUNA Committee deliberations will occur.
Sunday 29 August: Winners will be announced at a live event, yet to be organized. Arrangements will be made for the presentation of Shields to winning delegations at schools, together with Rotarians from the sponsoring Rotary Clubs.
Supporting MUNA provides an excellent opportunity for your Rotary Club to connect with your local secondary school/s (public and private) and involve students in a Rotary Youth program.
Please note, a letter will be sent to all secondary schools and Rotary Clubs in District 9820 with information regarding the 2021 MUNA activity.
If your club requires further information, please contact me.
Di Harrison
District 9820 MUNA Chair                                                                           
Mobile: 0428 893 507

Source: PDG Murray Verso Convenor of  R100 Rotary Peace Symposium 2021
Rotarians join us at the Peace Leadership Symposium!
It is being held online over two half days, the afternoon of Wednesday 21st and the morning of Thursday 22nd April 2021.
Registration is only $66.00 per person for the two days.
Speakers will include RI President Holger Knaack, Chair of the Rotary Foundation, PRIP Ravi Ravindran, Nobel Laureates Jose Ramos-Horta and A. Prof Tilman Ruff AO.
Well known ABC Journalist, Ali Moore will facilitate a thought provoking panel discussion titled “How can we reverse the Doomsday Clock?”  Distinguished Australians, Gareth Evans AC, Steve Killelea AM and PRIP Ian Riseley OAM, will join the discussion.
Participants will be able to register for two of the following optional sessions:
Day 1 
Indigenous reconciliation
Family Violence 
Economic and Peace
Day 2
Humanity and humanitarian aid
Business and human rights law
What you can do for peace
Another highlight will be the launch of the University of Melbourne’s new Centre for Peacebuilding. One of Rotary’s Peace Fellows is playing a major role in its establishment.
For more program details, speaker profiles and registration please go to  or Facebook page
The Future of Peace Leadership webinar  will celebrate  Rotary in Australia’s 100 years of  advancement of international, goodwill and peace through a myriad of humanitarian aid and education programs.
Peace is in our DNA. Let’s talk about it.

Source: Jane Moore 
Rotary Club of Berwick 60th Birthday Celebration
May marks the 60th anniversary of the charter of the Rotary Club of Berwick!  A cause for great celebration.
To mark this special occasion, we invite you to party with us for dinner on Friday 28 May at The Beaconsfield Club, Holm Park Reserve, Beaconsfield.  A fun night of Rock n Roll themed frivolity is promised!
Please dust off your blue suede shoes and sneakers, dig out your denims and save the date.
Please direct enquiries to:
Jane Moore
Mobile: 0418 175 878

Source: Peninsula Rotaract Club
In 2019, we decided that we wanted to deliver our own hands on community project particularly, in Education. We found our inspiration from another Rotaract Club; Adelaide City Rotaract Club who had run a very successful project providing backpacks with essential school items to students in need.

Following consultation with Adelaide City Rotaract Club we decided we wanted to run a similar project of our own.
To fundraise we held our annual trivia night in November 2019 (which was our most successful trivia night to date) raising $3,400.
We then researched through local teachers what would be the most appropriate/beneficial items to place in the backpack.

Once our backpack list was decided we contacted 5 schools in the area who were identified as having a low socio-economic status to give feedback on the bags and if they would be willing to accept them. COVID then hit and we sadly had to postpone the project.

We did not let this stop us. As soon as we were back meeting in person we planned our packing event and again contacted the schools to see if they were still interested. 

At the start of Term 2 (2021) we will be distributing 35 backpacks to each of the 3 participating schools within the City of Frankston for distribution to identified students.

Three generations of Rotary members assisting with the packing event: Peninsula Rotaractors,
Interact club members from Frankston High School and local Rotarians from Frankston Sunrise and Mt Martha.   

Source: Mardi Sherperd Chair 9820 District Committee
Our Committee thought that District 9820 would be interested to find out how Australia Rotary Health funding has supported young people’s lives. In 2019/20, 84 indigenous medical, nursing, dentistry and social work students received a yearly $5000 scholarship.   Here is a story about Sachi Nevill who is studying to become a doctor in Western Australia.
Indigenous Health Scholarship 2020
University of Western Australia, WA
Doctor of Medicine
Scholarship Awarded 2020
Sponsored by: Lindsay Cozens Aboriginal Education Trust
How will I contribute to improving Indigenous health as a qualified medical practitioner or health worker?
Indigenous health has always been something I have been incredibly passionate about.   Growing up in Broome, a rural community in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, I have long been witness to the ongoing disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous health and wellbeing outcomes.
In mid 2019, I graduated with a degree in Population Health and Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing and was facing a six month period off of study before starting the Doctor of Medicine course in 2020.  I wanted to put my degree to use during this time and worked at the peak body of Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS) as a policy officer, where I did extensive advocacy for Indigenous Health and our AMSs.  I contributed to the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of various Indigenous health policies and programs on a state and national basis.   It was incredibly empowering to be involved in many of the decision-making processes of national and state policy agendas and frameworks that impact on the health and well-being of my people.
Becoming a doctor has always been something I have dreamed of, but it was never something that I thought could be a reality. My undergraduate studies have built my understanding of Indigenous health, and I have always known that I want to do more and have a direct impact on health, and that my learning is only just beginning. Starting the Doctor of Medicine course this year, I feel incredibly privileged to have this opportunity and I am excited to continue on this journey.
As a qualified medical doctor, I would like to gain as much knowledge and experience in the health industry, before eventually returning to my community and supporting Indigenous people particularly those in rural and remote regions that often experience difficulties in receiving access to comprehensive, and culturally safe and secure health care.   As a qualified medical doctor, I want to do more than just contribute towards helping Indigenous patients when they are sick.   My background in Population Health and Aboriginal Health and Well-being, have built my understanding of treating the patient, rather than just treating the illness which is fundamental in a holistic approach to health care.   I want to support Aboriginal people and improve the social determinants that contribute towards ill-health and lead to continued presentations with a doctor.
I really believe that building a workforce of Indigenous doctors will improve Indigenous health outcomes, as we have built in knowledge and understanding of the cultural needs and requirements of a patient, and are able to connect with them in a way non-Indigenous doctors are not able to.   I believe that with an empowered generations of Indigenous medical practitioners, we can bridge existing gaps contributing to poor health and improve Indigenous health for the better.   I am so excited and determined for the years ahead, and I can not wait to progress through on this journey.
If your club is interested in funding young people achieve their dreams contact ARH for more information
Mardi Sherperd Chair, District 9820 Australia Rotary Health Committee

Source:  Photos and text Barry Irving
After 20 years of Ride to Conference, riders and support staff along with past riders and support crew met to celebrate a great Rotary achievement that has involved Rotarians and partners from District 9820.
L to R. DG Mark, Peter van Diemen. Helen van Diemen & John Shandley
Funds raised over the 20 rides passed $1.1 million dollars. These funds have supported Rotary projects including: Life Education, Rotary Centenary House, Shelter Box/ Disaster Aid, Interplast, Australian Rotary Health, Polio Plus, Bushfire and Flood Relief, Midwives Timor Leste, Jared Dunscombe Fund, End Trachoma Now and Casey Concert Band.

L to R. Rodger Thornton, Alwyn Williams & DG Mark
Highlight of the celebration dinner was the recognising of 3 riders that had completed all 20 rides. Helen and Peter van Diemen and John Shandley. They along with our fantastic caterers Alwyn Williams and Trudy Poole were each recognised with PHF and Sapphire pins by District Governor Mark Humphries.
Trudy Poole with DG Mark

A Vocational night was held at Alameda Homestead Nursery in Devon Meadows. It was a great evening with just under 100 people attending with many  Rotary clubs represented.
David Button, President of Berwick Rotary, owner of the Alameda Homestead Nursery, took us on a guided tour of the operation. Roast dinner was served followed by fruit salad and cheese.  An awesome night - thank you David for the opportunity.

 Find out more about the David’s range of plants and the famous Clematis range <Click here>
 COVID-19 has thrown up  interesting challenges for everyone. Funno's (AKA Adrian Funston) challenge was the HAIR. At the conclusion of the night, Funno decided to have his man bun removed. But, not before some serious fund raising had taken place.  Thanks to Jen for the idea. Funno's golden locks fundraising was for the Leukemia Foundation. By the end of the evening the tally had risen considerably, just over $2000 was raised, and the locks came off!!
Funno did say, "I have booked an appointment with the hairdresser at 9:00am tomorrow". He didn’t take up my offer of using my clippers.
Well done everyone, great night and what a great way to end the evening. We all had a good laugh.

Source: Jann Speirs RID 9820 PDG 2018-2019
Three generations of active Rotarians!
Naomi Etheridge with her Mum Debby and Grandparents Sandra and Norm Butler after Naomi's induction on 1st December 2020 (with President Glenn Azlin -
Rotary Club of Traralgon)