You’re Welcome to our 2nd edition of the newsletter. 
Now into August, our Clubs are implementing their plans for the year ahead. Many of our clubs support Mental Health initiatives such as Australian Rotary Health’s ‘Lift the Lid’. We can all do more to break down the Stigma of Mental Health.
President Gordon has personally been touched by Mental ill Health. Only in the recent past, Gordon lost his brother  Ian to suicide. Ian was a professional, loved by all and left behind a wife and two children.
We have been given an opportunity to prioritise projects that support mental health, and his inspirational story has captured my dreams to achieve the Presidential initiative of raising awareness of mental health and improving access to mental health services.
I am excited to share with you that our District 9820 and our neighbour, 9810, are planning a Mental Health Forum to raise awareness of Mental Health. We have ignited interest from our RI President Gordon, and we have the date of Monday, 3rd June 2024, pencilled into his diary. We look forward to hearing that the pencilled date becomes a definite yes.
We plan to hold this exciting event locally in our District to emphasise our opportunities to create hope for our communities. We plan to use this as a chance to concentrate on much of the research that Australian Rotary Health has been supporting. The proposed program will also include world-renowned  Mental health professionals and local on-the-ground agencies dealing with this vast health problem.
So I congratulate all Rotarians on having big audacious goals as we work together to create hope in the world.



DG Live
This month the DG is going AI (artificial intelligence). There has been a lot of talk about AI in recent months. But what is AI? In August we have a specialist in the area joining us. This is your chance to ask the difficult question. 
Upcoming dates:
18th August 2023
11th September 2023
Zoom link remains the same for every DG Live session
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August is Membership Month
In August, Rotary members turn the spotlight on membership, the bedrock of our organization.
Keeping and attracting members is crucial to increasing our impact and expanding our reach. In surveys conducted by Rotary International, members have repeatedly listed the club experience as the number one determinant of their satisfaction with Rotary.
For Membership Month, read about several clubs that have received creative makeovers.
NEW FLASH  . . . . . . . . . .  NEW FLASH
New Membership Good News Flash: Sunday afternoon at Duart Homestead Maffra, DG Linda, and PDG Mark were invited to speak about the power of Rotary and a gathering of 30 or so selected locals enjoyed afternoon tea and hear about what Rotary does. Well done Maffra, 2 new members signed up then and there, and 3 more definitely with membership forms in hand.   
Top Ten Tips for Delivering an
Exceptional Member Experience
March 2023. Jessie Harman
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8 or 10 New Members for your Club This Year!
Would you like your club to grow by eight to 10 members this year?  It can be done, and the District Membership Team has the tools for your club to meet its membership goals.
Developing a Satellite Club is one strategy for increasing membership, offering a range of exciting possibilities for both the local community and for the Rotary Club.  Here are some things you may not know about satellite clubs.
  • Members of a satellite club (SC) are included as members of the established club.
  • The SC can meet on a different day, at a different time, with different frequency from the parent club.
  • The SC may develop its own projects and assist the established club with theirs.
  • The SC may have a specialist focus, for example food security, child welfare, environment, animal welfare, or any other area which is important in the community.
  • The SC may concern itself with a particular Rotary cause especially one of the Rotary Foundation’s “Seven Areas of Focus”.
  • A satellite club can be established with as few as eight members.
  • A satellite club can add vibrancy to the parent club and raise the profile of Rotary in the community.
Growing Rotary in Australia and in D9820 is becoming a matter of great importance as established clubs continue to have difficulty adding or retaining members and the average age of Rotarians keeps climbing.  Adding a Satellite Club can assist in addressing both issues.
As a Club President or Membership Chair wanting to make a real and positive impact on your club, why not aim to establish a satellite club? 
For more information contact New Club Development Chair, Alma Reynolds of the Rotary Club of Warragul on 0434 642 570 or
Rotary Leadership Institute
September 2023
To kick off the new Rotary year, we offer an opportunity for, particularly new, members of your Club to attend Rotary Leadership Institute training free of charge.
Book now to support your members and introduce them to an exciting opportunity to learn about Rotary and develop new friendships through facilitated discussions.  
 Please note that we are intending to hold the RLI sessions at the Drouin Hub, Drouin with the first session commencing on Sat 2 September 23 and the second and final session on Sat 7 October 2023.  
 Flyer is attached together with nomination form for discussion with your members who would benefit from this opportunity.
Download  <RLI Flyer>
Download  <RLI Nomination>
Spotlight on MUNA 

We are about to run our Model United Nations Assembly at Nossal. Many hours of dedication by the joint 9820/9810 Muna team have created what will be the biggest and best  MUNA event so far. 

You are invited to be in the audience to see the teams of students play out world politics and diplomacy using their skills to create drama and passion in the world’s most demanding deliberations.
Teachers and students enjoy this robust extra-curricular activity that pulls together so much of the VCE curriculum, History, Geography, Social Science, Political  Studies, English and Drama and provides leadership opportunities and develops friendships.
Guests are welcome to come and watch MUNA and/or for dinner after MUNA. Could you please use this quick form to give an indication of how many guests from your Rotary club will be attending (for catering purposes). Please complete this form as soon as possible (this week).
Indication of numbers for dinner form for Rotarians: 
Please email the MUNA team at if you have any questions or need any information sent again.
We're looking forward to seeing you on Saturday 19 August!
Friday 24th - Sunday 26th February 2024
You’re welcome to help Build a culture where everyone can belong, contribute, and thrive. We will showcase inspiring speakers and great entertainment.
Join us at our District 9820 conference for 2024 in Warrnambool
Stay close to the centre of town so there isn’t too much driving and can relax with a local drop and spend a few hours at a museum or gallery We want everyone to have a great holiday and walk on the beach, have a picnic in the gardens and enjoy a coffee and read the paper in the sunshine. Luckily you don’t have to think too hard about what to do as you know Warrnambool can tick all the boxes for everyone.
‘On Thursday 28th September, the Rotary Club of Traralgon is holding a Gala Concert at the Gippsland Performing Arts centre in Traralgon.

The concert is celebrating the achievements of Latrobe Valley ‘locals’ who have gone on to careers in the Arts. We will be entertained by current and former members of the Australian Opera and the Ten Tenors as well as cast members in musicals in Australia and overseas. It will also feature a successful singer songwriter. This will be a great night of wonderful entertainment and we would love to see Rotarians join us for this special event. We will also be showcasing some up and coming young talent.

Any funds raised will be put to a project helping troubled young people from the local community. Please see the flier for details of the event. Any queries please contact Janne Speirs on 0409356469’
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What's on
Healthy Minds Forum
Lyndale Secondary College Auditorium
Aug 15, 2023
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Nossal High School
Aug 19, 2023
8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Emergency Services Community Awards
Hyatt Place Events Centre
Sep 16, 2023
6:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Australian Rotary Health Online event
Oct 04, 2023
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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