Mark's December message
Christmas Message
We have made it…… it is almost Christmas. It has certainly been a very interesting and challenging year. Personally, this year has certainly flown by with so many challenges presented at work and at home, and to all levels of Rotary. From my view at the top as the District Governor, I am proud to say Rotary in our District has adapted, changed, and grown from this experience. We will continue to grow and change as we face opportunities to revive our club activities.
Linda & I wish each and everyone of you a Merry Christmas a happy and safe New Year. Next year we are looking forward to being physically out and about and lending a hand at your club activities over the next few months.
Remember, over the next few weeks, spend time with those you love and care for, we rely on each other.
Time to enjoy breaking out - after lockdown
At last we are looking good for a new normal after months of enduring hardship and sometimes very scary times, we are beginning to look and feel a little more comfortable, now that COVID restrictions are loosening up. Even Bunnings BBQ’s are starting back up with socially distanced new sausage serving regulations! You know things must be returning to normal if you can get an opportunity to raise funds for your club with a spot at Bunnings!!
BUT – remember whatever you are planning there are still restrictions in place and there are guidelines that must be followed. Therefore, you need to ensure that you follow the processes that are applicable to your area and please make sure that you also connect with District Insurance and advise them of the activities you are pursuing.
We have had an interesting year so far, how quickly things can change, within days we were forced into a lockdown situation. Rotarians moved quickly to support the vulnerable in the community by keeping in contact, providing comfort and keeping a serious eye of the ever-increasing danger that this new virus posed.  Once we all found our feet, our Rotary clubs adapted just as quickly, we met online, we opened our hearts and minds to find new ways of engaging with communities, we found new ways to raise funds. We adapted and even inducted new members who have never attended a traditional meeting. 
Time now to plan moving forward. I say move forward, as I believe, it is now more than ever time to challenge and adapt to new ways to encompass some of the flexibility we have gained. Moving forward, what can we do? We can look at what we did in the past and what we did during our lock down, now we need to look forward and see how we can bring the best of both into our Rotary clubs, change and be vibrant. One thing we need to embrace is change, things will not return to how they were, and we all need to accept some change is inevitable.
What does change look like? Well, that will depend on you, your Club, and your Community needs.
Times are going to be tough for a while yet and we see already, even while COVID still rages around the world, more disasters both natural and man-made are happening in our region. While we recover in all aspects of our life, one thing will remain, our communities will rely on us more than ever before, so we need to grow so we can make a difference.
Embrace different meeting styles
How great was it to sit at home and join in to local, district meetings and even international conferences and dare I say save time, money, and petrol? Let’s save that time and use it for good. Let us plan the in-person gatherings so they are fabulously enjoyable and embrace Rotarians and fellowship of being together and use some of the technology to do the routine tasks. We have seen how technology can be used, so why not look at how you can integrate technology going forward, when members are travelling or unwell, the use of technology will keep them engaged. Members who work a distance from meeting places can be part of the meeting by using technology.
  • Hybrid meetings, is where there is face to face and online technology
  • Alternate online with face to face meetings
  • Have one meeting per month face to face
  • Run board meetings online
  • Alternate guest speakers, online and face to face
  • Live stream your meeting onto online platforms eg YouTube, Facebook etc
  • Run club activities or social nights online.
Remember to advertise your meeting to various community groups, friends of Rotary, anyone in your community. Plenty of people have recently joined Rotary clubs because they see we are doing things differently.
Past District Governor Adrian asked clubs to ‘break the chains’, I am asking you to continue breaking the chains and embrace new ways of doing things. We have proven that technology can assist us, so how can we embrace the use of technology and grow our clubs?
The next generation of community volunteers are people who value making a difference but do not necessarily want to spend the time sitting in a dinner meeting. People are time poor, so how can we encourage these people to be part of this great organisation? Change is the key. Change what we do and how we do it.
Just like all our clubs are different there is no one style that will work for everyone, each person and their club will need to find what works for them and what works for their club. Even the word club may need to be challenged. Why not challenge the status quo by engaging with visioning?
I will be looking at ways of how clubs could better embed technology into their meetings. This may involve some additional tech equipment, I will make sure it will be simple to use and still be effective.
If you have feedback from your recent on-line experiences, I would love to hear from you. Please share with me your ideas and help us continue to grow our membership.
Knock Knock December issue 2020

Area of Focus: Disease Prevention and Treatment Month. 
This month includes: World AIDS Day on the 1st and International Day of Disabled Persons on the 3rd of December
  • Organise Medical Camp - Health Awareness for Eye Care / Dental Care
  • Providing equipment such as Artificial Limbs, Wheel Chairs and Calipers to the Physically Challenged Peoples i.e. Polio Sufferers
  • Provide low-income persons with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to improve their diet, physical activity and other life habits to prevent, delay, or control, chronic diseases
  • Initiate actions to prevent and control diabetes, heart diseases, obesity and associated risk factors

December 14, 2020
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
December 25, 2020
December 28, 2020
Rotary International adds 7th Areas of Focus 
“Supporting the Environment”. 
Melbourne Convention 2023 - Vacancies 
Source: Don Ripper |District Governor 2017/18 HOC Director of Publicity
  2023 Melbourne Convention 
The Host Organizing Committee of RICON 23 Melbourne is seeking to appoint two additional Directors who will have specific responsibility for the design and management of The House of Friendship for RICON23.
Do you have the skills, experience and willingness to perform either or both of the roles of Commercial and Creative Director and/or Director of Operations and Logistics? 
Specific position descriptions can be obtained from PP Mary Barry Chair of the RICON23 Host Organizing Committee either by email or by phone 0412295094 during business hours.
District Governor's Partner Project
"End Malaria in Vanuatu-for Good"
Call for Donations
for Bed Nets / Sprayers / Training          
Dear Rotarians & Friends of Rotarians,
Thank you to all who have supported Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) since the 1990s.
This is Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) Project to raise funds to support an application to The Rotary Foundation Global Grant to provide financial support for the "End Malaria in Vanuatu-for Good" Program. Project supported by the Victorian Rotary Districts 9810 & 9820
RAM Australia plays a critical role in coordinating malaria elimination efforts from Australia for our partners. We work with governments in partner countries, to direct your donations to areas of greatest needs. Great progress was achieved in Timor Leste with 223,000 malaria cases in 2006 to zero malaria and 9 imported malaria cases in 2019. RAM has contributed to this phenomenal success with long-term investments in Timor Leste since 2006. Our partners Vanuatu and West Timor are working hard towards malaria elimination by 2026.
We need your help to continue our humanitarian work, to reduce human suffering and prevent economic losses due to malaria.
End Malaria for Good!
* One net costs $10 *
* Each Sprayer costs $450 *
* Train & Distribute nets - 10 Health Volunteers costs $1,600 *
Environment & Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG)
Source: Robin Stewart SRAG Chair 2020-2021Rotary District 9820

Environment & Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG)
Rotary International recently added a 7th Areas of Focus “Support the Environment”.  
The Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group (ESRAG) assists Rotary clubs, district’s and multi-districts in planning, implementing and evaluating service projects, building awareness, and inspiring action.
ESRAG has 12 Chapters world-wide. 
ESRAG has joined with the United Nations to celebrate World Environment Day on the 5th of June every year. They have developed a handbook to educate and inspire Rotarians around the world to take action for the environment.  
As Rotary’s voice on the Environment in the Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands region we at ESRAG ANZPI, need your support to help us maximise our impact on leaving a better world for future generations.
ESRAG ANZPI is building a network of People of Action who work with Rotary Districts and Clubs to:
• Grow a network of interested and involved Rotarians and other changemakers
• Raise awareness of and provide education about Environmental Sustainability issues.
• Support projects in our region.
• Help build collaborative relationships between Rotarians, Rotary clubs/districts and groups outside Rotary
Rotarians for Bees (R4B’s) is a multi-District group that promotes the benefits of all pollinators including the 1200+ Australian Native bees. R4B’s has developed the worldwide Waggle Dance & Colour your World activities. It has members from 5 Victorian Districts, the WHEEN foundation and Victorian Apiarists’ Association.
A Webinar on the 14th November was held to mark the launch of the ‘Powerful Pollinators – Metropolitan & Greater Melbourne: South East Planting Guide’. Which supplements the existing guides for NSW central slopes, Murray-Riverina and North East Victoria, Mallee: Victoria and SE South Australia, Western District: Victoria and West Gippsland and Westernport: Victoria 
Australian Pollinator week is from the 8th – 15th November 2020.
On 26 November 2020 at 7 pm: ‘Your Garden - Our Future’. This event hosts a discussion of experts on how to create a pollinator friendly habitat, for your balcony, urban garden or rural environment. The discussion will be led by well-known gardening TV personality Costa Georgiadis, ABC Gardening Australia Presenter together with Fiona Chambers, CEO of a leading science based non-profit Australian organisation whose focus is to sustain the bee population to thrive, The Wheen Foundation.
The District 9820 ESRAG network is a group of Rotarians who meet informally on the last Tuesday monthly to support and encourage each other to engage in environmental activities.
Email: for details and request a guest speaker.
Here are 12 broad themes that your club may be interested in:
> Biodiversity planting pollinator friendly plants
> Circular economy recycle, repair, reuse & rework (Donations In Kind)
> Clean energy wind, solar turbines
> Clean transport reduced emission from vehicles
> Climate solutions individual, club, & activities Carbon calculators
> Connect with nature getting outdoors 
> Food systems reducing food waste and communities of purpose
> Land ecosystems tree planting and reducing chemical use
> Pollution solutions plastic collection & recycle
> Relationships working collaboratively with groups outside of Rotary
> Sustainable living ensuring that our projects are sustainable
> Water ecosystems clean up creeks & rivers.
Also consider “Wicked“ projects where the combined actions of multiple clubs/districts address a major environmental issue.
For further information go to the following links:
ESRAG & World Environment Day Handbook
Rotarians for bees
Rotary 9810 Sustainable communities
Kit Prendergast & Native Bee hotels .
Leongatha Rotary Club 
source: Leongatha Rotary Club
Rotarians Against Malaria

Welcome to Rotarians Against Malaria – an activity of Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS)
Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) is a volunteer-run organisation working to eliminate malaria. In 1900s, malaria was pandemic in the world. One can only imagine the burden of malaria disease to all countries. Progress has been made. Fifteen years ago, malaria killed a child every 30 seconds. Under the Millennium Development Goals, however, considerable progress was made in preventing, diagnosing and treating malaria. As a result, deaths have fallen by 60 percent. Now, under the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, we are aiming to reduce malaria cases and deaths by a further 90 percent by 2030.
Malaria was pandemic in the World in the 1900s (Malaria World Congress, 2018)
Malaria remained as one of the major causes of death in many developing countries (in red and purple) (Malaria World Congress, 2018)
Rotarians Against Malaria is an activity of Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) and covers the following countries:
  • Australia
  • Papua New Guinea – RAM PNG is a partner of RAM in Australia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Timor Leste
Editors note
Welcome to the December edition of Knock Knock
I trust you have enjoyed reading about the various enterprises that are being pursued by your Rotary colleagues. 
If you have a story or something interesting that your club is doing please forward your copy to me at;    
I trust you get a visit before we next meet.