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
Called to Higher Service
Val Nicholson - past member Dandenong Rotary Club, first female president. District Secretary 2008/2009
Graham Snape - Warragul Rotary Club. Past president, 42 years service.
New Special Observance Months
The new special observance months highlighting the Areas of Focus.
August:  Membership & Extension
September: Basic Education and Literacy 
October: Economic and Community Development
November: The Rotary Foundation
December: Disease Prevention and Treatment
January:  Vocational Service
February: Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution
March: Water and Sanitation
April: Maternal and Child Health
May: Youth Service
June: Rotary Fellowships
Club Newsletter Editors
Let us know what your club is doing. Email a copy of your club's newsletter to District Governor Merv Williams -, District Governor Elect Lynne Westland - and District Governor Nominee Don Ripper -

Club Dues  - July 1

Semi Annual Fees - pay direct to Rotary International

District Fees - pay to District 9820 Treasurer



Around The District
4 October     Programs of Rotary - Frankston.  Contact Sally Jones, District Chair 0417 037 079
10 October   Orphans of Ghana Ball - Mornington.  Contact Tony Carter, Frankston Longs Island Rotary Club 5975 0733
15 October   Kooweerup Lang Lang Rotary Golf Day. Contact Judy Walsh 0417 582 252
18 October   Programs of Rotary - Churchill.  Contact Sally Jones, District Chair 0417 037 079
24 October   Donations In Kind District 9820 Open Day - Footscray. Contact Janne Speirs, District International Chair 0409 356 469
September - Basic Education & Literacy Month
Rotary’s 34,000 clubs and 1.2 million members serve communities around the world, each with unique concerns and needs. Rotarians have continually adapted and improved the way they respond to those needs, taking on a broad range of service projects. The most successful and sustainable Rotary service tends to fall within one of the following six areas:
  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water and sanitation
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and community development
Basic Education and Literacy
Teacher Training - 31% of secondary school teachers in low-income countries are not professionally trained.
What we can do -
  • Provide teacher training, curriculum, and supplies for schools.
  • Send a vocational training team to offer curriculum development training in rural communities.
On the 31st August, Rotary International Director Guiller Tumangan and his wife Letty briefly visited District 9820 on their tour of all Australian Rotary Districts. This was the first time that a Director of Rotary International had made an official visit tour of all Districts within Australia.
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
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.
Use strategic plan survey results to strengthen and diversify your club.
The 2014 strategic plan survey provided feedback from over 10,000 Rotarians on the most important issues facing clubs now and in the next 10 years.
The survey results confirm that the three interrelated priorities of Rotary’s strategic plan — supporting and strengthening clubs, focusing and increasing humanitarian service, and enhancing public image and awareness — continue to reflect the major issues that concern Rotary members worldwide:
  • Membership recruitment and retention
  • Membership diversity
  • Innovation, modernization, flexibility, and simplification of processes and rules.
  1. It’s a passing fad - much like the industrial revolution, combustion engine and the motor car, the social media fad will disappear
  2. Club members are at risk of having different communication options which has the disastrous effect of increased club engagement
  3. There is clear evidence that clubs sharing on social media have reached new Rotary participants resulting in the awkward issue of increased membership
  4. The Public will discover your events and may increase your fundraising value, this means extra work for your Treasurer
  5. This open communication style is the culprit behind the exposure of secret Rotary meeting protocols and is guilty of changing public opinion regarding the ‘old white man’ perception
Just recently I had the pleasure of meeting Wayne Morris from the Rotary Club of Honiara at the recent National Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) conference.. The great news is that the people in the Solomon Islands have really embraced the Healthy Villages Project. Wayne has received 81 new applications from villages to be involved in the Healthy Villages Project. So, a huge thank you to the many clubs who have already supported the Healthy Villages Project and there will be many happy people because of your support.  
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).
Victoria Police, in association with Rotary have established a successful partnership to deliver the Victorian Police Leaders Mentoring Program. The program is a structured development opportunity that partners a Police member with a Rotary mentor, in order to increase understanding of strategic leadership and community engagement at individual and, ultimately organisational level.

$200,000 contributed to The Rotary Foundation by District 9820 clubs and indivfiduals.

Another record-setting year. With your help, preliminary figures suggest another record-breaking year of contributions, with over $123 million raised for the Annual Fund in 2014-15. Thanks to the leadership of Rotarians around the world, clubs, districts and friends of Rotary were inspired to provide unprecedented support. This record breaking accomplishment empowers Rotary to fund even more volunteer-driven projects and raises Rotary's profile with the general public.

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.

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