Posted by Bill Degnan, District Govrenor
Merger of District 9820 and District 9810 to form new District 9815
I am opening with a gentle reminder that applications for the position of District Governor of D9815 are closing very soon.  Please give it your earnest consideration to be a leader of this new district.  Interviews will be held on Saturday 28th May.  The interview panel will have representatives from both Districts including a Past Club President from each district.
We are delighted to continue to induct new members at many of the clubs we have been visiting.  Judy has been so excited by the projects that she has watched being delivered by so many clubs that she has decided to join Rotary and be involved in all these wonderful projects.
Unfortunately, Seaford-Carrum Downs Club have decided to return their charter at the end of June.  The club has a long and proud history and many significant projects to their credit.  The club was to celebrate their 50th Anniversary last year but it was cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.  Please support the club as they disperse, some to other clubs in the district and others into a well-deserved retirement.  If any club would like to become the proud owner of a barbeque trailer with all the equipment and tables, get in touch with Louise.
Probus Club of Foster – 30th Anniversary
Just for something different, Judy & I were invited to help the Foster Probus Club celebrate their 30th Anniversary.  The club was sponsored by Rotary.  The Inaugural Chairman was Reg Williams (father of PDG Merv Williams from Mount Martha Rotary Club).  We had a delightful luncheon and afternoon with the group.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
I was privileged to attend the RYLA Award Night in Berwick during April and present the certificates to the successful participants.  Congratulations to the group on their application to the task and for completing their projects.  Well done to Nigel Cousins for supervising and assessing the group at each stage of their work.
District 9800 Conference - Albury
During the ANZAC Day weekend, Judy and I travelled to Albury to attend the D9800 Conference as guests of DG Dale & Maureen Hoy and the Brighton Club.  There were others from our District attending including PDG Don & Jude Ripper from the Sale Club, Pres-elect Theresa Mitchell from the Warragul Club, and Peter Faulkner & the Disaster Aid team from Greater Dandenong and Endeavour Hills Club.  We had an enjoyable weekend and made some new friends.
What do I have planned this month?
I will complete my official DG visits over the next three weeks.  I continue to revisit clubs in person where we were not previously able to physically meet because of Covid-19 restrictions.  I have nine visits planned for May in my calendar so far, plus a boat trip on Western Port Bay to inspect mangroves and sea grasses.  The visits include two special meetings celebrating anniversaries of their Club’s Charters.  Please let me know if your Club is planning a special fundraising event or anniversary that you would like Judy and me to attend.