Posted by Paul Mee District Governor on Nov 02, 2022
Meeting Rotary International President Elect Gordon McInally at the Rotary Zone 8 Conference in Canberra Oct 22
Greetings to all Rotarians and Rotaractors in District 9820. October was a particularly busy and most enjoyable month for Adele & I. There is plenty of Rotary news and information to keep you posted. We had the opportunity to join many clubs and talk to lots of Rotarians at my DG club visits and club events, about their fabulous Rotary involvement and community volunteer work. Can I suggest to all Rotarians and Rotaractors, if you have not visited another Rotary Club in the past 12 months, please take the time to do this. You will be made very welcome and you will see first-hand, what your Rotary colleagues are doing and planning at other clubs.  
Victorian Floods- District Wide Appeal--    Earlier this month, we sent out a communication to all clubs in the district about this appeal.  Many clubs and individual Rotarians would like to assist and support flood effected communities in Victoria. We have established a District wide appeal, to which Clubs and individual Rotarians can contribute. Please consider at both Club level and individually, if you would like to donate. The account details for donations are below. All funds collected will be directed to the RAWCS National appeal for victims of the Victorian floods. A huge thank you, to several clubs who have already contributed. We will announce details from the appeal, in our next monthly newsletter.   Donate to District 9820 Victoria Flood Appeal (D9820 Disaster Relief Fund acc) BSB- 633 000, Acc- 137 927 174.
Direct Assistance – Victorian Floods -   We can also connect clubs and Rotarians from District 9820 directly with Rotary Clubs in the impacted locations in Victoria. Clubs or Rotarians who would like to assist directly or provide hands-on help and support, can register with our District 9820 Emergency Management Team. Please contact or text --  PDG Janne Speirs  M: 0409 356 469 or  District Chairperson - Pearl Findlay-James  M: 0408 891 246
East Gippsland Timber Milling Project- (Joint venture by the 5 Rotary clubs in East Gippsland, with Lions and other community organisations). Joined PP Bernie Farquhar, President Debbie Brient and Assistant Governor Peter Sindrey in October for the launch of the Timber Milling project at a farm property in Nowa Nowa.   EGTMP has now funded 3 x Portable Lucas Timber Sawmills and 3 x 4WD vehicles. This is a fabulous example of recycling timber which would have gone to waste, into farm fencing and stock yards lost by the fires. The project also plants a new tree for all trees recycled.  Please see the detailed article later in this newsletter.
Gippsland Rotary Centenary House, Traralgon -   Adele & I attended a retirement lunch in Traralgon for Operations Manager Carol Crewe on 22nd October. On behalf of all Rotarians in our district we wish Carol all the best and a huge thank you for her professional service over 16 years in this role. We look forward to catching up will Carol as she continues her Rotary volunteer service as a member of the District Team and with the Rotary Club of Hazelwood. Later that evening we joined many Rotarians and friends who attended a fabulous jazz dinner organised by the Rotary Club of Traralgon at Traralgon Vineyard, to raise funds to support Gippsland Rotary Centenary House. Well done, to members of the RC Traralgon for a wonderful evening and particularly for their continuing support to GRCH.
Zone 8 Conference (Institute) Canberra 28th – 30th Oct - A team of 19 Rotarians, Rotaractors and partners from our district attended this years Zone 8 Conference in Canberra last weekend. This is the first F2F Zone conference for 3 years, (the past 2 years on-line / affected by COVID) so we all enjoyed a fabulous weekend of passionate speakers, great fellowship, delicious food, entertainment and Rotary at its best.  The Rotary walk for End Polio Now was held at the conclusion of the conference to raise awareness for our Rotary program. Please see a report later in the newsletter, thanks to PDG Mark Humphries
District 9820 Annual Conference – 24th -26th February 23, Cape Schanck, Mornington Peninsula – Planning is progressing very well for the District Conference 23. (See flyer later in this newsletter) It’s going to be a weekend for all Rotarians and Rotaractors and friends to relax and enjoy.  Online registrations are now open. Please register early to book your place via this link.
Regionalisation Pilot— Earlier this month all Rotarians received an email from our Zone 8 Regionalisation Pilot team announcing the results of the club vote in October. Our District 9820 voted 97% in-favour of proceeding with the pilot. The total Zone 8 (Aust, NZ & Pacific Islands) vote was 90% in-favour. This means the pilot to examine all aspects of Rotary administration and functioning in our region will proceed for the coming 4 years. I will keep you posted on progress with this.  On behalf of all Rotarians in our District, I would like to congratulate PDG Tim Moore who will head-up, the Zone 8 Planning Committee for the pilot as Chairperson.
District 9820 - 9810 merger (D9815) – Not a great deal to report on the merger, this month.  The Transition Management Team will be meeting again in November to review progress. There is however, plenty of action behind the scenes with meetings and planning by our 7 Focus Teams, preparing their Action Plans for the 7 District functions. (Admin/Governance, Finance, Foundation, Membership, Public Image, Services in Community-Vocational- International service, Youth Programs). Our District is represented on each of these Focus Teams with a Co-Chair who is working with other Rotarians to plan and progress. More details will be provided in the months ahead. 
Rotary Convention Melb23 – Peace Bells – We are one of five, Rotary Districts in Victoria who are hosting the Rotary International Convention in Melbourne 27th to 31st May 2023. The 5 Districts are looking to jointly fund one of 4 Peace Bells at Rotary Park in the Botanical Gardens in Melbourne at a cost of $6K each district.  I will be sending a note to all clubs in our district in the coming few days, encouraging the first 12 clubs to contribute $500 each. Please keep an eye out for this email which will provide full details on this fantastic initiative that will provide a lasting legacy for Rotary after the Convention.  Please book your place for the Melb23 RI Convention via the flyer later in this Newsletter. We have already, 52 registered to attend from our district and we expect this figure to double.
District Newsletter Editor Janet Pugh’s quiz – I hope you are joining the fun by entering the quiz each month in the newsletter. Please see the results from last month, later in this newsletter and your chance to be named as winner next month.
Dates for your Diary:
Tues 8th Nov – Peninsula Cluster - Interplast Dinner (hosted by RC Mt Eliza)
Sun 13th Nov 10am Zoom- District AGM. (all clubs to be represented)
Sat 26th Nov 9.00am Zoom – Presidents Elect Training -1 (PETS-1)
Sun 4th Dec 5-00pm Zoom - Child Safety Standards training for all Club Presidents & Club Protection Officers. (for those who can not attend on 13th Nov)
Sat 18th -19th Feb23 9.00am – Presidents Elect Training -2 (PETS-2) Century Inn, Traralgon.
Fri 24th Feb to Sun 26th Feb 23 – D9820 Annual District Conference, Cape Schanck, Mornington Peninsula.
Sat 22nd + Sun 23rd April 23 9.00am – PETS -3 and District Assembly. Nossal High School, Berwick.
Sat 29th April – Joint District Foundation Lunch and Event (D9815)- to support The Rotary foundation. Venue TBA.
25th -26th May – Rotary Malaria Congress, Crown Casino, Melbourne.
27th – 31st May23 – Rotary International Convention Melb23- Rod Laver Arena and Melbourne Convention Centre.
We have added several photos (below) featuring our fabulous club DG visits and some district events during October. Hope you enjoy them and please “Imagine Rotary” to plan the future, of your club.           
DG Paul.
RC of Foster
  RC Inverloch
RC Traralgon Central
RC Cranbourne
RC Bunyip Garfield
RC Wonthaggi    
RC Philip Island San Remo            
RC Traralgon
RC Berwick          
East Gippsland Timber Milling Project Launch
End Polio Walk -Sun 30th Oct – National Convention Centre, Canberra.
RI Director Jessie, Conference MC Gary & DG David.