Registrations are now being encouraged either online by visiting the Conference webpage via the District 9820 website and connecting onto the conference logo at the top right side of the page or a paper format for those who may wish to register via mail.
Final payments need to be made by 29th January, 2016
For enquiries on the District Conference - contact Conference Secretary Byron Groves,
mobile 0488 532 821
Email -
Postal address - District 9820 Conference, PO Box 3058, Mornington 3931
Conference Accommodation
More information on booking accommodation in Wangaratta: or download the District 9820 Accommodation Flyer CLICK HERE
What's on at the Conference.....
For our golf enthusiasts, a tournament will be held at the scenic Wangaratta Golf Club. Bookings with conference registration.
A delightful bus tour through the King Valley with wine and cheese tasting will also be on offer on the Friday. Limited numbers. Book early. Bookings with conference registration.
After welcoming our “Ride to Conference” team late Friday afternoon (approximately 4.30pm), we invite you to then join us for a Delegates Reception (drinks & nibbles) beginning at 5.00pm at the magnificent Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre prior to our opening plenary session .
At the conclusion of the opening plenary session - you are encouraged to enjoy fellowship with your club members by organising your own Friday dinner arrangements.
Saturday Night Gala Dinner Theme
"Add a little sparkle and be a Star for the night"
Conference Sponsors
The District Conference Committee appreciate the support of our Conference Sponsors
Real Estate, Mornington
Lilian Welling – Narre Warren
Rebecca Radisavljevic - Narre Warren
John Waterhousew - Mt Martha
Dan Kraan, Berwick Rotary was recently elected as the Vice Chair of Rotary Youth Exchange Australia. Well done Dan.
Orbost Rotary Club Fishing Weekend
18 - 20 March, 2016.  Venue – Corringle Foreshore Reserve (“The Slips”) on the Snowy River near Marlo. Estuary Fishing. Camp site on the banks of the Snowy. Caravan accommodation (for approx. 20) or BYO tent & sleeping gear/camper. All meals, boats and skippers, & bait provided. Large communal marquee for meals and fellowship. All fish caught are shared among participants. Cost $410. (discount for BYO accommodation). Proceeds to Rotary Foundation and Rotary Centenary House. Contact Don Osborne on 51541628 or 0400901110 for further details.
Mt Martha Rotary Community Golf Day
Friday, 27th November
Mt Martha Public Golf Course
Forest Drive, Mt. Martha
Shot gun start
Men's & ladies events
Inquiries Bill Cummins
0423 613 363
November - The Rotary Foundation Month

October 24th is World Polio Day... our support in the fight to end is not over yet.


Rotary International President Ravi reminds us some thirty years ago, we told the world what Rotary believes: that we can achieve the eradication of only the second human disease in history. Our belief is close to becoming reality. For every child, let’s make sure that reality is a bright one.

Here is an opportunity to learn more about the Programs of Rotary. Workshops and information sessions will be presented on -
Avenues of Service (Community Service, Vocational Service, International Service, Youth Service)
*  Using Social Media to promote your club and improve membership

Corporate or Business Membership is being trialed by clubs who choose to be part of the pilot worldwide. While not a formal type of membership yet, the Rotary Club of Warragul believes corporate (or business) membership offers the opportunity to broaden the understanding of Rotary with local businesses and potentially to increase club membership. The club is currently recruiting four staff from the local ANZ bank branch as its first business member.

10.00am to 3.00pm – Tea, coffee and BBQ lunch supplied.
Make this an opportunity to have a day out together as a Club to visit the incredible warehouse at Footscray and to see first hand what is done by Donations in Kind in our name – we look forward to seeing you on the day. You’ll find DIK at Shed 40, 400 Somerville Rd, West Footscray.
RSVP BY: 22ND OCTOBER 2015 to District 9820 International Service Chair, Janne Speirs – 0409 356 469 / for catering purposes*
This is the last opportunity for Clubs to be involved in this particular DIK project - the container will be hopefully leaving for Bangladesh in mid - late October and funding is still required. If Clubs were considering helping - and thanks to those Clubs who have already given to this project - your financial assistance would be appreciated.
Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation recognize that focusing service in these areas of focus can
  • Provide direction to Rotarians interested in developing service projects
  • Improve Rotarians’ capacity to address needs
  • Show the world that Rotary is a global leader in humanitarian service
The needs spanning Rotary’s six areas of focus are vast, ranging from lack of access to clean water to the need for immunizations that prevent deadly diseases.
  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water and sanitation
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and community development
Download the Rotary's Six Areas of Focus Guide
Disease Prevention and Treatment
Rotary's top priority is the eradication of polio, but Rotarians take on far greater responsibilities to fight disease. They set up health camps and training facilities in undeveloped countries and in communities struggling with HIV/AIDS and malaria. They also design and build the infrastructure for doctors, nurses, governments, and partners to reach the one in six people in the world who can't afford to pay for health care.
Disease prevention and treatment takes on many forms, from supporting studies to helping immunize people to improving drinking water and the sanitation infrastructure. The world relies on Rotary to tackle these global challenges, and to set an example for others to follow. 1 billion people suffer from neglected tropical disease such as dengue fever and leprosy each year.
Health Care
1 in 6 people worldwide cannot pay for health care. 100 million people are pushed into poverty each year because of medical costs. 57 countries have fewer than 23 health workers for every 10,000 people. 4.3 million doctors, nurses, midwives, and other skilled caregivers are needed worldwide.
District 9820 will have another ROMAC child arriving early October. Nine year old Alina Parefea who lives in a remote part of the Solomon Islands will be undergoing open heart surgery at the Royal Children's Hospital.  Her host club is the Rotary Club of Mount Eliza. ROMAC currently has 2 children completing surgery in Melbourne. One in District 9790 and one in District 9820. Another child is due to come to District 9810 before the end of September and another two more children for medical treatment at the Royal Children's Hospital in coming weeks.


District Supports ROMAC in Rotary Foundation Global Grant

ROMAC (Southern Region) is submitting an application for a Global Grant through The Rotary Foundation. This grant of US$377,000 will provide support towards saving the lives of 12 more children this year. Rotary Districts in Victoria and Tasmania have been asked to support this application and District 9820 has pledged a US$5000 donation from its District Foundation District Designated Funds (DDF). This funding is made possible by Rotary Clubs and individuals continuing to financially support the Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation. This is a great example of Rotary programs working together in improving the lives of many people in our world.


Hat Day is Australian Rotary Health’s national fundraising and awareness day for mental health research, celebrated each year on World Mental Health Day - Friday October 9, 2015. Since the inaugural Hat Day in 2011, Hat Day has claimed two Guinness World Records (most people wearing paper hats & most people wearing red hats).
The 'humble' mosquito ... It's a killer! It kills around 725,000 people every year. The Healthy Villages project assists the villagers through training, education and supply of tools to reduce the stagnant water where Mosquitoes breed. Therefore a reduction in malaria. Recently we have had another 81 villages in the Solomon Islands apply to join the Healthy Villages project. The cost to support one village is $1,100. 
If you would like to donate towards the Healthy Village Project – please make cheque payable to Rotary District 9820 Healthy Villages. Post cheque to PO Box 242, Mount Martha 3934.

Healthy Villages project is a project of Rotarians Against a Malaria and is coordinated by the rotary club of Honiara. For further information contact Chris Williams on

September 19, marks the 87th birthday of the Rotary Club of Sale. The decision to form a Rotary Club in Sale was made on July 12th, 1928. Bishop Cranswick, the second Bishop of Gippsland, and the enthusiastic support of members of Melbourne Rotary Club, were crucial factors in ensuring a successful launch. The inaugural dinner meeting of the provisional club was held at the Club Hotel on August 24, 1928, at which Bishop Cranswick presided. It was on this occasion that Mr Mitchell of the Rotary Club of Melbourne presented Sale with an inscribed brass gong, still in use today.

Articles of interest or club events / activities for inclusion into the District 9820 News are to be forwarded to
*     Keep articles brief - limited to no more than 250 words
*     Pictures are to be attached in jpeg format
Unfortunately no pdf documents can be included
Edition deadline for material 25th of each month

To increase Rotary awareness throughout the District, I am throwing out to you “A challenge”.
The challenge is to get a photograph of you or your club doing something interesting, out of the ordinary, worthy of note or humorous so that we can show others what we do best – serving others, making a difference in our communities and having fun.