Posted by Paul Mee District Governor
Oh, just a minor interruption to my start for the Rotary year. Like many of our club members throughout the District, I was also “suspended” for a 7-day isolation period due to - guess what! The remaining 3 weeks have been busy and enjoyable, attending many Club changeover functions and making a start on my schedule of DG club visits plus heaps of administration. Adele and I have been made very welcome at clubs and we continue to be amazed by the fabulous community activity and humanitarian work of our clubs in D9820.
Many clubs are actively exploring opportunities to strengthen their club diversity by looking to increase connections with local cultural groups. There are leaders in our communities who would make great Rotarians. I am scheduled to visit all clubs in the District before the end of November.  I will speak more on this subject at my club visits.
 
District Merger (9820 and 9810 will combine to form D9815). DGE Linda Humphries and I plus our colleagues in D9810, DG Ken Miller and DGE Ian Ballentine have commenced work to merge both Districts by 1st July 2024. This is a huge task and will involve many of our District Leaders and experienced Rotarians over the coming 2 years. I will keep you posted on progress at the various stages.
 
District Governor Nominee (Nominations).  Earlier this month I sent a note to club members calling for nominations to fill the roles of DGN (District Governor 9815 2024/25) and DGND (District Governor 9815 2025/26). We encourage suitably qualified Rotarians in our District to apply. Interviews will be conducted in September.   All enquiries to DG Paul, please. 
 
Upcoming events: 
 
MUNA (Model United Nations Assembly – Secondary College Students). 
Event day (UN Debate) Saturday 20 August 9.00am.
Nossal High School, Berwick (contact Di Harrison)
Visitors welcome.
We have 20 teams registered, therefore, 20 countries are represented.
 
  • RLI (Rotary Leadership Institute)
    Saturday 27th August 8:30am
    Saturday 17th September 8.30am
    Gippsland Rotary Centenary House, Traralgon (contact David Hanlon)
    Registrations welcome.
    This is a 2-day seminar to learn more about Rotary today. It’s of value to new members, incoming Presidents, Office bearers, or longer-term members, if you want to be up to date with what Rotary has to offer.  Please register.
     
  • National Tree Planting Day 31 July. Trees are obviously a very important aspect of our planet. Please consider planting a tree this week or has your club arranged a tree planting day?
     
  • Club Runner + Rotary.org – IT training for Rotarians. This is still on the agenda for September 22.  I will keep you posted on this.
     
  • Tony’s Trek project – (Rotary / SES) – Walk in October 22 – Dandenong to Mallacoota – (D9820 Lead coordinator is Kerrie Schmidt) - This is a joint project between Rotary & SES. Tony Pearce is the Inspector General of Emergency Management Victoria and CEO of Emergency Services Foundation. The ESF is a not-for-profit organisation that supports Victoria’s emergency service agencies to improve mental health outcomes for the 125,000 people who help our communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. Most of those people are volunteers from communities like yours, and sadly, too many of them are psychologically harmed by the work they do to protect others. The purpose is to raise awareness of SES.  He will walk through our District from Dandenong to Mallacoota via the Princes Hwy from 1st to 26th October . We are encouraging all clubs along the route to please get involved. Contact your Assistant Governor for more details on how you can get involved.
     
  • Regionalisation Pilot. Club presentations programmed for August 22  
    If you are unable to join your club presentation, please consider joining one of the Zoom webinars on 4th + 9 + 12th August.
    (Contact your Club President for Zoom registration details)
To quote our very inspiring RI President Jennifer Jones.You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. Acting on a dream is a choice.  It’s our choice to make these dreams a reality, where we get up each day knowing we can make a difference.  You do not imagine yesterday, you imagine tomorrow”.
  • Imagine a world without polio.
  • Imagine a world with clean water for everyone.
  • Imagine a world free of disease. 
  • Imagine a world where every child learns to read.
  • Imagine kindness and hope and love and peace.
Please stay safe and well everyone. COVID is not over yet, but as “people of action”, we find a way to continue to do good in our own communities and internationally.
 
Adele and I look forward to visiting your club in the coming months.
 
RC Bairnsdale Sunrise changeover RC Casey DG visit and new members
RC Langwarrin changeover   RC Trafalgar changeover
RC Frankston Sunrise changeover RC Warragul changeover