Posted by Paul Mee District Governor
District 9820 Conference 24th – 26th Feb 2023 RACV Cape Schanck
Greetings to all Rotarians. Another eventfull month in Rotary 9820. Many clubs have enjoyed the February weather with outdoor activities including fundraising, markets, environmental enhancement and sustainability projects and a duck race to mention a few. Clubs are also determined and passionate to raise funds to provide much needed relief for the recent disasters in Turkiye/ Syria and New Zealand through our trusted and proven networks in Rotary.
Disaster Relief and Recovery
On 17th Feb 23, we sent out a notice to all Rotarians regarding the D9820 Disaster Relief Appeal – Turkiye / Syria / New Zealand.  Since that time/ date, The Rotary Foundation has also opened a Disaster Response Fund for Turkiye & Syria. We are encouraging clubs to donate through the Rotary Foundation. Contributions to these causes through the foundation attract PHF recognition credits.
Donate to the foundation through this link 
Presidents Elect Training Seminar (PETs) Traralgon Feb 23
Many of our district leaders and incoming club presidents attended a full weekend in Traralgon on the 18th – 19th February for our annual Presidents Elect Training seminar. This was an enjoyable, well organised seminar with plenty of open discussion, learning and fellowship. Congratulations to DGE Linda Humphries, PDG Tim Moore and the team for a very successful weekend. Thank you to those Presidents Elect and District Officers who attended and participated to make it a special weekend. See photos below
District 9820 Conference Feb 24th to 26th 2023 Cape Schanck. 
Wow, what can I say?   The District 9820 Conference last weekend, is still very much in my mind. We had 250 Rotarians representing 39 clubs who attended a memorable weekend at RACV Cape Schanck. I have since received numerous emails, FB and text from attendees complimenting the District Conference23 Planning Team and the host club RC Rosebud Rye. We all had a wonderful weekend full of Rotary at its very best. A standing ovation for one of our keynote speakers Samuel Johnson and some great humour and inspiration from others, in the beautiful RACV CS surroundings. Thank you to all who attended and a huge thank you to the Conference23 Planning Team and Rotary Rosebud Rye.  Some photos below and many in next month’s newsletter.  
Club Ballot at District Conference 25th Feb
I am very pleased to announce the result of our club ballot at the district conference. Our District 9820 representative who will sit on the selection panel for the next Rotary Zone 8 Director will be PDG Mark Humphries. In addition, PDG Janne Speirs will be our “alternate” representative.
Tony’s Trek
Many clubs / Rotarians in our district will be collaborating with their local Emergency Services volunteers to participate in events and welcomes during Tony’s Trek. This is a walk by Tony Pearce the CEO of the Emergency Services Foundation to raise awareness for the health and wellbeing of our emergency services personnel.  Tony and his team will be travelling through our district from 10th March to 9th April. For those clubs who are participating, I encourage club members to please get involved. This will increase our connection with these local volunteers, some of whom would make terrific Rotarians.  
D9815 – future District Governor 2025/26 Nominations are open for D9815 District Governor Nominee Designate who will become the DG for our merged districts in 2025-26. Nominations close 30th March 2023.  This is our future leader and an important role for the future direction of rotary in our region.  I would encourage all suitably qualified Rotarians to please consider nominating.  Any enquiries please contact DG Paul Mee
District Newsletter Articles.
Thank you to those clubs who are sending in articles and photos for the monthly Newsletter.  We are keen to see the fabulous work and activity of each club. Collectively, we are really kicking big goals in our local community involvement and support as well as some overseas projects.
D9815 Merger and the Zone 8 Regionalisation Pilot
Please tune in to the District newsletter next month for an update on the merger. For those Rotarians interested in the Regional Pilot, the national coordinators will provide a newsletter to all, in the month of March.
Dates for your diary –
Sat 22nd April 23   9.00amDistrict Assembly for all Rotarians in D9820. Nossal High School, Berwick.
Sat 29th AprilDistrict Foundation Dinner and Event (D9820 +9810)- to support The Rotary foundation. Venue TBA.
13th – 23rd May (approx.) – D9820 clubs, will be hosting a Rotary Friendship Exchange from District 7120 Washington State USA see Notice later in this Newsletter.
25th -26th MayRotary Malaria Congress, Crown Casino, Melbourne.
27th – 31st May23Rotary International Convention Melb23- Rod Laver Arena and Melbourne Convention Centre
26th June 23 – Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp. Joint event D9820 / D 9810 Venue TBA
19th Aug 23 – Model United Nations Assembly – Nossal High School Berwick.
Please join me to “Imagine Rotary” and have a fabulous month of March.
Hope the photos below, will attract you to next year’s D9820 conference in Warrnambool.
Stay safe and happy    -- DG Paul.
RC Mt Eliza with President John and new member Annette
Presidents Elect with DGE Linda at PETs Traralgon
More from President Elects Training seminar, Traralgon          
Keynote speakers Julia & Jordy Kay “Great Wrap”
                          Keynote speaker - Samuel Johnson “an inspiration to everyone”
                 Jessie Harman - Rotary International Director
                   Keynote speaker - Kevin Sheedy - the entertainment package
                A unique start – “Ivy – Welcome to Country “  
                                                   Twin DG’s ?        
                           MC Ian Goldsmith “Goldie”
D9820 Conference –Registration desk, ready to go!