What a great weekend.
Thank you to all Rotarians &
partners who attended the
District Conference in Wangaratta
District Facebook Challenge
Congratulations to Traralgon Central on winning the District Facebook Challenge. The club receives $500 to assist them in promoting Rotary within their region. Well done.
Called to Higher Service
Ian Mabin, Rotary Club of Wonthaggi passed away on 2nd March. 51 years of service to the club. 
The new RDU Supplies website is now live and ready to take your orders. Go to To order your club's supplies and view our range of 2016-2017 theme merchandise.

Has you club been active in the Youth Exchange Program?

"a YEP selfie at the conference"

The Youth Exchange Committee have received a large number of expressions of interest from students right across the district who wish to become Rotary Youth Exchange Students in 2017, and are busy working on placements for July inbound arrivals.  At present, they have more inbound applications than available placements and are seeking the support of clubs by becoming involved in the program and host a student.  The number of students the district hosts in 2016/17 will ultimately dictate the number of outbound placements available for our local students wishing to embark on this life changing experience. Has you club been active in YEP in recent years?  If not, what is holding you back?  

Further information contact YEP Chair Dan Kraan
on 0408 305 009 
District 9820 - New E Club

Do you know there has been a keen band working on making this E Club a success, and they are THAT close to chartering! They have 17 signed up but need at least 3 more, (the more the merrier) to become an official chartered Rotary Club. They have projects they are involved in already and a provisional Board that meet over the internet too. Even better dues until the 1st July 2016 are just $50 – what a great way to be introduced to the world of Rotary – plus they are working on projects now! If your club has a member that has left because they are time poor, or a friend that is not ready to commit yet to a normal club, then this could be the club for them. There website is - full of information plus an expression of interest link. Please think of them when you can, it is another way Rotary is doing good in the world.

PDG Tim Moore, District 9820 Membership Chair

District Foundation Grants Seminar
The District Foundation recently conducted its first on-line Grants Seminar. Using the Go-To-Meeing program, a large number of clubs & representatives were able to actively participate in the seminar. Response to the program was very positive. Thanks to District Foundation Chair Tony Spring & Grants Co-ordinator Paul Harvey for their effort in bringing the seminar on line.
What's on in the District
Rotary Club of Orbost.
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.
Contact Don Osborne on 51541628 or 0400901110
Positive Mental Health
Free Community Forum
Rotary Clubs of Casey, Berwick & Narrewarren in conjunction with Australian Rotary Health
Teenagers  & Parents – unlock the secrets of a happy future by learning how to build a positive foundation.
Tuesday, 22nd March at 6.30pm
St. Margaret's School Auditorium, Berwick
Mount Eliza Rotary Golf Day
Frankston Golf Club (Millionaires Club)
Golflinks Road, Frankston
Monday 14 March 2016.
shotgun start at 8.00am
Cost $120 per head included lunch
18 holes individual stableford & team`s events. Inquiries contact
David Rew -
Maurie Selth -
Rotary Club of Drouin
2016 Swap Meet, Market Stalls
and Show & Shine
Sunday 17th April. 
Lardner Park, 155 Burnt Store
Road, Lardner
(RACV/VicRoads Map 96, F5;
Melways X912, U8),
Gates open for Sellers from 6am,
Public from 8am. Closes 1pm.
Inquiries Bill - 0418 595 540
Articles for the District News
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
April - Maternal & Child Health 
New tools for the membership tool belt
Looking to enhance your club membership experience? Do you want to find opportunities for growth in your club?
Club and district leaders now have a set of updated Membership Assessment Tools (formerly Club Assessment Tools) to help them strengthen club membership and add value to your club membership experience, so that more people will join and fewer members will leave. For your convenience, you can download the entire publication, or just the individual assessments that are most relevant to your club.


The Rotary Foundation Centennial
The Rotary Foundation turns 100 in 2016-17! Our Foundation stands at the forefront of humanitarian service, having supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, and provide basic education — as well as the historic project dedicated to eradicating polio worldwide.
Rotary's Six Areas of Focus
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 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
Water and Sanitation
Sanitation and Hygiene
2.6 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. 6,000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by lack of sanitation and unsafe water.
What you can do
*     Improve sanitation facilities by providing toilets and latrines that flush to a sewer or safe enclosure.
*     Promote good hygiene habits through education. Proper hand washing, with soap and water, can reduce diarrhea cases by up to 45%.
Improve Access to Water and Water Quality
6 hours per day are spent by women in some rural parts of Africa collecting water from a remote source. 884 million people don't have clean drinking water.
What you can do -
*     Implement rainwater harvesting systems to collect and store rainwater for drinking, irrigation, or recharging underground aquifers.
*     Build water wells to extract groundwater from underground aquifers.
*     Provide point of use home water filters, such as ceramic or sand filters, to make drinking water safe.
*     Promote low-cost solutions, such as chlorine tablets or plastic bottles that can be exposed to sunlight, to improve water quality.
District Assembly

Sunday, 1st May in Traralgon & Sunday,15th May in Frankston

We acknowledge that some clubs have great distances to travel and this year we are offering District Assembly in two areas: Traralgon and Frankston. Please encourage all members of your club to attend. There isn’t any cost to the clubs associated with these days, and it will give club members an opportunity to see the ‘bigger picture’ of Rotary, to meet members from all over the district and to have a great day of increasing their Rotary knowledge and making new friends.

District Governor Elect Lynne Westland

RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards 2016
26th - 28th August 2016 at Forest Edge Camp, Neerim.
RYLA is a premier youth leadership development program designed to promote proactively, personal and professional development of  Australian youth who have already been identified with exceptional leadership potential. RYLA recruits only the high calibre of young people and offers this group the chance to access some influential and motivational speakers; experts in a variety of fields and provide skills that will translate into the workforce and community.
Every Rotarian Every Year
Every Rotarian, Every Year aims to engage every Rotary club member in the life-changing programs of our Rotary Foundation. The purpose of the EREY initiative is to
• Encourage every Rotarian to participate in a Foundation program every year
• Encourage every Rotarian to personally contribute to the Foundation’s Annual Fund every year
With their volunteerism and generous philanthropy, Rotarians are at the heart of The Rotary Foundation’s mission to eradicate polio and further Rotary’s humanitarian and educational programs worldwide.
Financial support for the Annual Fund from every Rotarian is the key to helping rebuild suffering communities and nations by resolving conflict, eradicating disease, providing safe water, feeding the hungry, educating children and adults, and alleviating poverty. Every Rotarian, every project, and every contribution makes a difference every year.
  • The Centurion  Program (within Australia). A person who completes a Commitment themselves to a contribution to the Rotary Foundation of at least AUD$ 100 annually for as long as they are able.
  • Rotary Foundation Giving - Individual giving to The Rotary Foundation is tax deductible through: The Australian Rotary Foundation Trust. Direct debit facilities are available.
  • Information on opportunities to donate to The Rotary Foundation – inquiries to PDG Charlie Speirs
20th - 22nd May 2016
Forrest Edge Camp, Neerim South
As schools have now returned from holidays, it is time to contact your local Secondary Schools and discuss their participation in this year’s MUNA. Last year we hosted 32 delegations (maximum) from across the District.  Based on our previous experience, I can assure you that sponsoring a delegation ($650.00 for a team of two persons) will be a great investment by your Club in Youth. A valuable benefit of the program is the change in participants’ perceptions about Rotary. Many have commented that they previously thought Rotary was a conservative, politically correct organization for older people. However their MUNA experiences have changed those views and they have become an important group of ambassadors for the work of Rotary in their communities.
Download forms and documents from the District 9820 Website.
Computers for Communities Program

As part of Frankston North Rotary's work with eight schools in Frankston this Rotary year, St John’s Primary School were given 40 Computers which were deployed in their library, Prep, Year One and Year two classes and some special interest works including "graphics". Frankston North has progressed this Program across over twenty community groups in the Frankston area and to date have returned over 200 refreshed computers from a leading Data Centre in Melbourne to productive use in community groups who due to budget constraints would not have otherwise been able to use this technology. As part of this program Frankston North Rotary has benefited from a 9820 District Grant for the purchase of Computer Screens. Frankston North Rotary recently gave St John’s Primary School 40 Computers which were deployed in their library, Prep, Year One and Year two classes and some special interest works including "graphics". Through this program, Frankston North has given over 200 refreshed computers to over twenty community group in the Frankston area.


District 9820 History - Club Annual Reports
At the end of each Rotary year, club Presidents / Secretaries are requested to submit a copy of their Annual Report to our District Historian. Cluster Assistant Governors will be following up clubs to gather reports to enable the completion of the 1999 – 2008 (Volume 5) and compiling of the 2008 – onwards (Volume 6) of the District History. Clubs are requested to forward copies of their annual reports (hard copy or electronic format) to District 9820 Historian, Tim Gibson, 58 Bredt Street, Bairnsdale 3875 or emailed to  mobile 0408 721017
Why are you leaving?
This is a question you should ask all members who decide to leave your club. No matter what the answer is, you can use this information to try to prevent the same issue from causing others to leave. Use the Exit Survey on page 6.3 to determine why your members leave and start a conversation about what your club can do to keep members in the future. Your club membership committee can review and tailor the survey to your club’s needs. Or you may choose to create an online form or conduct an in-person interview.
Use exit surveys and act on their results to:
• Determine why members resign from your club
• Address any issues the survey reveals
Taking this survey may be the final contact that a member has with Rotary, and it’s very important. If you conduct the survey online, put someone in charge of managing the process whenever a member leaves the club. If you use a paper survey or an in-person conversation, ask someone who is a good listener to talk with the resigning member. The interviewer will need to relay the results to the membership committee and club board. Regardless of the method, it’s important to make it a positive interaction so that the member leaves with a positive regard for Rotary.
New District Policies
The District Leadership Team and Board has recently updated District policies –
  • Risk Management Policy & Guidelines for Youth Programs including Youth Exchange
  • Social Media Policy
  • These policies can be viewed and downloaded visiting the District Website 
  • Your member log in is required. Go to “Members” drop down link  – District Policies.