KNOCK KNOCK Issue 1   
July 2020
July is "Change over month."
The start of the new Rotary year of service.
Important Dates - DG visits
Aug 05, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
District Board Meeting
Aug 10, 2020
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Aug 11, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
DG visit - RC Cranbourne
Aug 11, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
DG visit - RC Rosebud Rye
Aug 12, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
DG visit - RC Bairnsdale
Aug 25, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
DG visit - RC Lakes Entrance
Aug 26, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Mark's welcome to 2020/21 Rotary Year
By the time you are reading this, most clubs will have completed their changeovers, either via zoom or a hybrid -zoom and live function or even some clubs deferring the celebrations to a time in the future once we are all allowed to meet again. Covid19 restrictions are currently different in parts of our district but I can only strongly recommend that you follow Government regulations so we can protect our Rotarians, our communities, friends and families.
The club changeover happens once the clock strike midnight 1 July, Chicago time regardless as to whether you have a changeover ceremony or not.  At the stroke of midnight, a new team is managing each club on behalf of its members under the leadership of the Club President for 2020/2021.
A group of people sitting at a table using a computerDescription automatically generatedThe District Changeover was held as a Zoom celebration on the 28th June. It was well attended and enjoyed by those present. Past District Governor Merv Williams handed over the Governorship from immediate Past District Governor Adrian Froggatt to me. I would like to pass on my thanks to Immediate Past District Governor Adrian for his guidance and leadership in 2019-2020 year. The whole function was broadcast to the District without error and the presentation of awards was seamless and I can say it was due the crew behind the cameras namely Barry Thomas, Rob Cook, Tim and Jane Moore who helped make the first district zoom changeover so memorable.

The role of District Governor is one of tremendous honour and something I feel extremely privileged to be doing. The most important component of Rotary is each individual member. Clubs would not be able to function effectively or achieve their goals without each member’s commitment. I will not take my role lightly and intend to work hard to do the very best I can in the name of Rotary. I have an experienced and dedicated District team who are “at your service”.
Our Clubs have no doubt been in planning mode for some time due to the requirements of the restrictions and are being challenged in how to stay active in this new environment. I am interested in hearing
from our clubs ongoing work, objectives, goals and how the members are feeling, as I meet with board members and attend your meetings as a guest. I know that many projects are continuing or are ready to proceed once we can meet in person. Please send in your stories and achievements so I can include them in the District newsletter, email the editor Stephen on  
All your stories are worthy, we are all People of Action and we need to hear about the work that’s happening on the ground in District 9820. It is your chance to show off your club's projects.
I take this opportunity to introduce my partner Linda, who is a past President of Hastings Westernport Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Society member and passionate Rotarian.  Linda has selected Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) as her partner project and hopes to raise funds for the "End Malaria in Vanuatu - For Good" project. We know that malaria brings unnecessary suffering, developmental delays in children, and huge economic losses to families already living close to the poverty line. Pregnant women and children are particularly vulnerable to malaria. 
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Thank you everyone, please stay safe, keep connected and remember what we do Changes People’s Lives.
Updating your club constitution and by-laws
Source: Tim Moore
Clubs should know that the Department of Consumer Affairs (Vic) requires all incorporated bodies to have their constitutions registered as a matter of law. 
We are aware that many clubs have not updated these since the Council on Legislation in 2016 and 2019.    David Whiting – solicitor of D9800 has been good enough to provide these and the process documents to all Clubs in Victoria for free.
We urge your club to take advantage of this great offer to bring your Constitution and By Laws in line with those of Rotary International if you have not done already.
Here is the complete set which includes the explanation and documents required for clubs to complete the process of adopting the new Constitution and Bylaws.  
Updating your club constitution and by-laws
The short version:
1. Your club board approves the constitution and by-laws (with or without modification from the attached drafts).
2. The board directs the holding of a special general meeting for the purpose of considering and voting upon the adoption of the constitution and by-laws.
3. The Secretary sends a notice of the meeting and appropriate supporting documentation to each member.
4. The meeting is held, and two resolutions are put before the meeting and passed.
5. Consumer Affairs Victoria is advised of the changes to you Constitution (By Laws not required).
We wish to acknowledge David Whiting and his contribution to all Rotary clubs in Victoria.   The large volume of work to complete the updates, consult with Paramatta and then complete the package took several months and many weeks and months of personal effort to complete and it is being provided free of charge to all Rotary clubs across the state. 
How to use Rotary Logos correctly

Source: The Public Image Team

Tutorial on how to use Rotary Logos correctly

Now that we have changed over to the new Rotary year, its a good time to refresh your Rotary club's public image. The Rotary District 9820 Public Image Team have put together this helpful tutorial on how to use the Rotary logos correctly. It's also available on YouTube:

If you would like the Public Image team to check your branding, send an email to:


Centenary of Rotary Australia 

Extracted from the Rotary100downunder website  

The Centenary Countdown has begun  

It's a special time. Rotary in Australia and New Zealand (NZ) celebrates the First 100 of Service in 2021.

In 1921, Four Rotary Clubs were created in Melbourne, Auckland, Wellington and Sydney. From there, Rotary and Rotaract clubs were created everywhere across Australia and NZ. We all share a a centenary in 2021. We can come together and create a common legacy. Think about the impact we can make!

It's the time to discover what is the best way to mark the occassion! And create a legacy that propels Rotary into the next century of service. this is so important - we will not have another chance in our lifetime!

We have a plan to make people aware, capture ideas of what we can do and enlist willing players in a part of history. We have  constructed a toolkit of help Rotary leader to help build that story. Join us by visiting our website and viewing our introductory video at or you can join us on Facebook. Facebook @ Rotary100 Down Under.



District Assembly Sessions 
If there is one thing that our current circumstances have shown is our resilience and ability to adapt to circumstance. Who would have thought a year ago we we would running a virtual District Assembly? Well we did!
Congratulations to all those who put together a number of terrific sessions. And, for your viewing pleasure and edification please see their sessions in all there glory on youtube. Thank you Rob for getting all this organised.   
District Assembly Session
Recording Link
Full Plenary Session
Guest Speaker Mark Huddleston: Creatures of Habit
Guest Speaker Trudy Grice: RI’s Online Resources
Guest Speaker Sam Camporeale: Rotary Foundation
President Training
Secretary Training
Treasurer Training
Public Image
Community & Vocation
Insurance & Youth Protection
Youth Programs
Subscribe to our YouTube channel for all of our videos:
International Conference in Taipei
Source: Maurie Stack
Dear 9820 District Rotarians 
I am part of the Promotion Team for the Rotary International Conference in Taipei. 
My wife De and I had the honour of being the Rotary International President's Representative at one of the districts in Taiwan in 2018.  It was an extraordinary occasion.  The welcome was amazing, conference great and Taipei and the whole country overwhelming.  A truly magnificent experience.
We thoroughly recommend the conference in Taipei (12 - 16 June 2021). One of the host organising committee Kega Yao has become a good friend. They will pull out all the stops.
Below are links to a digital add and very short PowerPoint from yours truly which I have uploaded to OneDrive.
The Promotion Toolkit is now live on the convention website.  It includes a variety of promotional materials you can use to promote the convention!
Hope to see you in Taipei. 
Maurie Stack 
Governor 2015-16
Rotary District 9650
Rotary Works in Mysterious Ways
Source: Lynne Smythe
Even in stage 3 lockdown, Rotary can still play its part in the community. Before COVID-19 befell us, I was involved in a quilting group - Ladies of the Swamp - working out of Estelle Cadd’s Craft Quarters in Koo Wee Rup.

Every Friday we would come together and create quilts for charity (totally funded by ourselves).
This year we earmarked the East Gippsland Bushfire Relief as the recipients of our labours BUT who, how and where to deliver? Enter Rotary In Action -  with District Secretary Jane Moore’s email calling for warm goodies for the E.G Bushfire Committee to distribute  - here was the answer. A few phone calls later and it was all systems GO!

On Sunday May 3, after picking up knitted items President Lyn had sourced, Jennifer North (co-pilot) and I hit the road for Traralgon. Dressed in Pakenham Rotary pink - or is it fuchsia? - we met Janne Spiers to hand over a car load of quilts, knits and warm items to help those in the bushfire affected areas who desperately need them.
Editors Note
Welcome to the first addition of KNOCK KNOCK.
This is my first attempt of doing anything like this and for all you other first timers good luck wink.  In all sincerity, I would like to thank Sam McCurdy for his support and advice over the last month. I suspect in the future, when he sees my mobile number his first thought might be to do a runner. Again, for all you first timers and for those more vastly experienced Rotarians, i trust this Rotary year is a successful one for you.
We are keen to hear about your activities and, as Mark mentioned earlier, please send them through on the Newsletter email. The success of this Newsletter will be down to its contributors. My challenge will be putting it together in a coherent manner and manipulating those Widgets.    
A sneak preview for next month: August is Membership & Extension Month
We look forward to hearing your stories and events. Until next time stay safe and well.