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Hello Rotarians,
 
As I sit a write these few words Melissa and I are sitting in a lovely café in North Melbourne. Together in the past 6 weeks we have attended 21 changeover functions and commenced our visits to clubs (DG visits) having completed 12 so far. It’s a busy time but so enjoyable and interesting learning more about Rotarians and clubs in our district. During the DG visit I am updating clubs on the new district committees and club formats being explored. The opportunity to meet with the board members and Rotarians before and after the meeting is a great opportunity to answer questions and support. We are getting lots of wonderful feedback which is appreciated.
A simple curry night organised by the Rotary club of Essendon on the 28th Feb 2019 in an Indian Restaurant called Magic Mint in Moonee Ponds in Melbourne and an accompanying American auction yielded $2,666. With a District 9800 grant of $1,334 a total of $4,000 was sent over to the Rotary club of Battaramulla Sri Lanka who were able to purchase 83 maternity bags for underprivileged and impoverished expectant mothers.
There is no better example than this project to exemplify the true internationality of Rotary. The distribution took place on the 26th June 2019 at the Thalangama divisional hospital where the would-be mothers received maternity bags with grateful thanks to the Rotarians of Essendon for their magnanimous gesture.
I am so excited to have this opportunity to communicate with you every month in my new role as chair of The Rotary Foundation Trustees. When I look at the amazing work that the Foundation has ahead of it this year, I'm astonished.
 
We are making such an enormous, lasting impact on the world. In the near future, polio will be wiped off the face of the earth — all because of you.
Right on the cusp of the new Rotary year, on 30 June 2019, the Rotary Club of Tarawa was Chartered as the newest Rotary club in District 9920 and further boosted the Rotary presence to a large area of the Pacific. The story of their formation and how Rotary is now represented in Kiribati is compelling reading.
Ruth Cross, a member of the Rotary Club of Melton and former President of the Victorian Kiribati Association has returned home to Kiribati after many years in Melbourne. She has been a familiar face at Donations in Kind and at the Moonee Valley Next Rotary Generation group meetings. She has been keen to re-establish Rotary in Tarawa, and has been strongly supported by Assistant Governor Jenny Foster and Stephanie Woollard.
District 9800 Rotarians mourn the passing of their friend and colleague, Past President and Past District Governor Des Jones.
Des became a member of the Rotary Club of Prahran in July 1988. He was District Governor of District 9800 in the year 2000-2001. As District
Governor, Des held the District Conference at Darling Harbour in Sydney. It was a magical occasion. The opening ceremony was held in the Entertainment Centre and at the`conclusion we all exited and boarded ships to sail around the harbour. Beautiful moonlight, great food and drink, and lots of friendly banter made for a glorious evening. The theme for Des's year was "Create Awareness, Take Action" and this conference did just that.
 
Rotarians and members of the family of Rotary,

I love to travel! I even enjoy the mundane process of getting from here to there. But last year, my wife, Gay, and I had one of those experiences that would strain the optimism of even the most cheerful traveller. We found ourselves with six hours to wait, at an airport where we were not scheduled to be, on a day we had not planned still to be traveling, having woken up that morning at a hotel unknown to us the night before. It was one of those days. As we waited at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, Gay and I took a walk to people watch. We went from one end of the terminal to the other and back, looking at every gate, every destination, every group of people waiting for their flights.
 
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