From the District Governor
Hello everyone.  I ended last month with my hernia operation at Latrobe Regional Hospital on 30 August.  I was kept in overnight but allowed home after lunchtime the next day with strict instructions not to lift anything for the next four weeks.  All meetings for the first two weeks of September were cancelled firstly because of my operation, and then by clubs who would prefer to meet with Judy & me in person rather than on zoom.  I did manage to attend a zoom meeting on Redistricting led by Past Rotary Director Noel Trevaskis and a zoom meeting with the Bairnsdale Club during that time.
The Zone 8 Virtual Conference was excellent with quite a number of international Rotary Leaders speaking and many passionate speakers on Polio and supporting the underprivileged members of the world community.  I was particularly moved by a presentation by Dean Rohrs. This wonderful lady lives in Canada and is a Trustee of the Rotary Foundation.  She spoke about her life journey and particularly her time in South Africa where she was born of Afrikaans heritage. Some of her key messages related to man’s inhumanity to man; “Do not touch my body”; overcome the challenge of hate; no matter what the circumstances of birth everyone deserves a life.  The sessions have been recorded and would make worthwhile speakers at your club meetings.
DG visits recommenced in the third week albeit by zoom.  I will have completed nine more visits by the end of September.  So I will have 25 more to go, with some meetings being rescheduled to February.
MUNA video submissions by the student delegates in response to the United Nations proposal have now closed.  23 delegations were successful in completing and submitting their video.  The assessment process has commenced by the judges and the winning delegation will be announced later in October. 
The launch and information session for the Joint District 9810 & 9820 RYLA program was very expertly conducted by zoom on Sunday 19 September.  Registrations are also open for the RYLA training week at Rawson during 17-22 January 2022.  Please consider sponsoring a young person to attend for an exciting week of personal development and learning experiences.   Even approach a local business to sponsor a young member of their staff to attend as part of their corporate training.
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) has had to be delayed again due to Covid restrictions.  The first training session is now planned for Saturday 13 November, and the other session will be Saturday 4 December.  The course is being run at the Drouin Senior Citizens Club.  If you would like to participate, please contact David Hanlon on 0414 996 798.  The cost for the sessions is $50.
Please make a concerted effort to appoint your Club President Elect at your AGM in November.  The first President Elect training session is scheduled for Saturday 27 November.  It would be a pity for your Club President Elect to miss this important training opportunity.
Registrations for the District Conference to be held in Traralgon on the weekend of 25-27 February 2022 opened last month.  There are already a number of standout clubs with many members registered for this exciting event.
Other dates to enter in your diary are:
  • 16 October – ARH Virtual Presentation – First Aid in Mental Health by Prof Tony Jorm
  • 14 November – District AGM & Foundation Seminar at Berwick
Judy & I hope to physically see you all soon.
East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid
We continue to work tirelessly with our fire survivors, despite the Covid restrictions and ‘on again/off again’ lockdowns. Rotary clubs from District 9820 and beyond have kept us in the forefront of their minds with donations continuing, a recent partnership with Hawthorn RC allowed us to donate a defibrillator to the small settlement of Combienbar [one had previously been donated to Club Terrace by Gippsland Lakes Complete Health]. The Lucas Mill project, initiated by EGRFA and community members of Sarsfield has now grown to take on a life of its own with an Incorporated Committee running the program. The re-vegetation program has been very successful, fruit trees along with Natives were gratefully accepted by landowners. The community planting programs were constantly challenged by lockdown restrictions however this was overcome by a partnership with the Landcare volunteers of East Gippsland, we are now on target to complete the program by November 2021.
EGRFA are pleased to announce that we have ‘ticked off’ all items on our strategic plan, developed 18 months ago, we have commenced our exit strategy as a committee. The work is by no means complete however as first responders our job is done; we will now step back and hand over to District 9820 Emergency Management committee and the East Gippsland Rotary Club Cluster in December 2021.
Lakes Entrance
We Rotarians in Lakes Entrance are the same as everyone else – we will be delighted when we finally have a little more freedom.  In the meantime, we take every opportunity we get to celebrate almost anything we can.  And this year is no different.
Each year, on the Wednesday before the AFL Grand Final, we meet to celebrate, commiserate, brag, and to demonstrate our deep knowledge of all matters football … or, in my case, to demonstrate my lack of deep knowledge of all matters football.
We refused to be beaten this year, so we held our annual AFL party again.  However, by following current ‘rules’ to the exact letter, it meant that arrangements were a little unusual.  Most importantly, numbers were restricted to a first-come-first-served basis, to meet Covid limits.
It was sad that we could not have the whole team with us this year.  But, on the other hand, the chance to meet face-to-face with at least some of our friends for the first time in months, was fantastic.
We cannot wait to get back to having full, open meetings where all our members can join us, along with our Friends of Rotary for our special events.  We also miss the passing parade of visiting Rotarians who travel on holidays to our lovely township, and visit us at our Club meetings.
We have two Rotarians-in-waiting that we are planning to induct at the first opportunity, and we also have a couple of other new residents in our sights.  We have work to be done and we are eager to progress, just as soon as the world is unlocked.
In time, this once in a lifetime experience will all be a distant past.  In the meantime, like everyone, please be careful. 
Welcome to our new Rotarians
John Atkins from Drouin: his life saved
Welcome back to Warragul
Rotary Club of Warragul handed out over 100 bags to small businesses in the CBD that had been forced to close during the recent COVID 19 lockdown. Each bag contained: 
  • a pamphlet entitled "Rotary. Humanity in Motion" with the question "What in the world does Rotary do? The fold out provided information on Rotary projects world wide; and
  • a Moccona coffee sachet and two high quality chocolates
  • a sticker on the front with the Rotary logos and the message "The Rotary Club of Warragul welcomes you back from lockdown and thanks you for your service to the community. Take a break and have a coffee on us!"
Morwell thanks their health professionals
The Rotary Club of Morwell installed a commemorative plaque in the Morwell Centenary Rose Garden to thank the local medical, hospital and other health professionals for their dedication during the past two years, bringing the Latrobe Valley community safely through the COVID 19 pandemic.
Rotary Club of Sale Shopfront
The Rotary Club of Sale are lifting the profile of Rotary, with a revamped shop front in Raymond Street Sale. which features this new project poster advertising their local and international community projects. 
Membership page
The District membership page has been updated with new material and 3 survey links. I encourage you all share this information with your club members and encourage them to complete the online surveys. 
Have you completed your survey about membership? It only takes five minutes of your time!  Use this link. The results of this survey will be discussed at the Membership workshops. at various locations around the District, focusing on looking within our Clubs, then providing some ideas and tools to help you start looking at your community.
Club Visioning Facilitation 
Vision Facilitation helps a Rotary club design its own vision and to set out the steps necessary to achieve that vision. 
For more information click here:  Club Visioning | District 9820 ( or contact: 
Brian Norris, on 0418 633 446 or 
Aled Roberts on 0409 136 005 or 
Rotary Health Hat Day 10th October
Australian Rotary Health will celebrate Hat Day on Sunday 10th October with a FREE online webinar featuring a panel of mental health researchers. You're welcome to join us or host your own party with your Rotary Club, friends or colleagues.

All funds raised will go towards vital research helping improve the mental health of young Australians aged 0-12. 

Download your Host Kit and register your event by contacting the ARH office on: or (02) 8837 1900 if you would like us to mail a host kit to you.  
Rotary Club of Balwyn (District 9800)  Centenary project
Yarram Golf Day 10th October - postponed
World Polio Day is Cctober 24th
As World Polio Day approaches, the Rotary community is getting ready to amplify our message about eradicating polio to protect the world’s children from this devastating disease.
Together, we’ve made tremendous progress. Now it’s time to intensify our fight to make polio the second human disease ever to be eradicated. Last year, the World Health Organization’s African region was certified free of wild poliovirus, showing that eradication is possible even in very difficult circumstances. The wild poliovirus remains endemic in just two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. We can use World Polio Day to advocate for the support we need to end polio in countries where it still paralyses children.
Act for World Polio Day by promoting the importance of polio eradication, raising funds, and planning events. Let’s engage our communities in the fight against polio - because if polio exists anywhere, it remains a threat everywhere.
Use the World Polio Day Toolkit to find resources and tips for planning activities and promoting a polio-free world. Inspire others to join us by hosting virtual and community events, creating fundraisers, and sharing posts on social media. 
Register your club’s participation in World Polio Day to show how Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs around the world are taking action to eradicate polio.

If you register your events, fundraisers, and promotions by 14 October, you’ll get early access to a download of Rotary’s World Polio Day Global Update one week before the program will be shown on 24 October on Rotary’s Facebook page and
Use Raise for Rotary to start an online fundraiser to benefit The Rotary Foundation’s PolioPlus Fund for World Polio Day. Then, share it with your network! The top Raise for Rotary World Polio Day 2021 fundraisers will be featured on My Rotary.
Frankston Golf Day 31st October - cancelled
The Santos Science Experience
RYLA January 2022
RYLA Leadership Conference District 9820 is coming back in 17th to 22nd January 2022.
This six day conference will be held in Rawson, north of Moe.
District 9820 Conference 25 - 27th February 2022
District Governor Bill Degnan and Judy, together with the Rotary Club of Traralgon Central, invite you to “COME AND JOIN US” in beautiful Traralgon where the D9820 Conference will be held on the weekend of February 25-27, 2022. Registrations are now open and we look forward to seeing many of you in the Valley for a conference filled with inspiration, fun and fellowship.
This conference will focus on our ENVIRONMENT and what part Rotary can play.
The wind blows, the sun shines and the rain falls. The Environment. We take it for granted it will continue.
But we are now being told that might not be the case. What humankind has taken as set in stone is being shown as fallible, we can't do whatever we want without severe consequences.
Unless we all take the problem seriously the world our children and grandchildren inhabit will be a far different one from the one we have known.
Rotarians can play their part.
That is what this conference is about. Play your part and help make sure that the world of tomorrow is as good, or better, than the one of today.
BILL DEGNAN Governor 2021-22
District 9820
RI convention Melbourne 2023
Latrobe Health - Platinum sponsor for RI Convention
Latrobe Health Services is an Australian-owned not-for-profit community-focused private health insurer with more than 81,000 members across Australia.
Founded in 1950, Latrobe Health was established by power industry workers to provide for the health care needs of residents in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria, and at the time focused on providing medical services such as hospitals and ambulances. Much has changed since 1950, with Latrobe Health now providing hospital and extras coverage for members Australia-wide. However, the spirit of Latrobe Health Services founders remains. Latrobe Health Services is still a regionally focused and based private health insurer that exists to benefit and support its members and the communities in which they live.
Latrobe Health Services is a proud supporter of regional communities, most recently donating $25k for the Traralgon storm emergency and $25k for the 2020 bushfires to Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund. In support of its community throughout the COVID pandemic, Latrobe Health Services donated a whopping $1M to bolster much needed family violence, youth and mental health supports throughout Gippsland and regional Victoria.
In 1991 Latrobe Health Services established Maryvale Private Hospital, Gippsland’s only private acute medical and surgical hospital. Since its inception, Maryvale has cared for more than 44,000 patients in the Gippsland region. Today, it’s a key health hub contributing to education and clinical programs such as diabetic care, cancer services, palliative care, breast care and men’s health.
Maryvale Private Hospital - Platinum sponsor for RI Convention 
Maryvale Private Hospital is a 53-bed acute medical and surgical hospital that’s known for its personalised care and friendly, highly skilled staff.
Maryvale Private Hospital’s comprehensive services include weight-loss surgery, orthopaedic surgery, general surgery, ear, nose and throat surgery, gynaecological surgery, dental surgery and acute medical care.
We also have specialist physicians who consult at the hospital. Our consulting services include respiratory medicine, rheumatology and geriatric care.
Maryvale Private Hospital provides care to the wider Gippsland region, not just the Latrobe Valley. It provides a broad range of medical services as well as quality palliative care service ensuring patients ‘end-of-life’ experience includes families and loved ones close to home.
Vale PDG Bryon Puddy
Rotarians will be deeply saddened to hear of the passing of much loved PDG Bryon Puddy late of the Rotary Club of Moe.
Bryon died suddenly while at his daughter’s home . 
Bryon served our District as Governor in 1992-93 and will be greatly missed by the members of the Rotary Club of Moe, the Moe and Newborough communities which he served for so long and by all who were privileged to have known him as a friend and fellow Rotarian. 
Vale Tom Shanahan
Fun Facts about Rotary
Did you know it took 78 years for Rotary to accept women members?
That's correct, it took until 1989 when RI constitutional change was made at the Council on Legislation, with a vote to eliminate the "male only" provision for Rotary.
In 1911 women only clubs existed in Minneapolis and in Minnesota alongside the men's club. Then, in 1918, the RI Board changed the constitution to state that Rotary membership was for "males only".
In 1978 the Rotary Club of Duarte, California, invited three women to become members. The RI board withdrew the charter of that club for violation of the RI Constitution. The issue went all the way to the The United States Supreme Court in 1987 and women were finally allowed to become Rotarians. 
In 2020, the percentage of women in Rotary worldwide is 23%. 
What's happening in 9820 in October
Editors Note
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In September, 126 Rotarians opened this newsletter which is a drop from 135 the previous month: 


Janet Pugh 
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