What's happening around District 9800      
A message from the District Governor, Grant Hocking -
Like all Australians, we have been deeply impacted by the bushfires in our country.  District 9800 has established a Bushfire Response Committee to coordinate our District response to the bushfires.   We are working with the other Districts to ensure we coordinate and maximise our response to those communities in need as base it on the identified needs from those communities.
  District 9800 is providing two separate ways for Rotary Clubs, Rotarians and members of the public to provide donations to our Bushfire Recovery efforts.
The first fund will provide Rotary Clubs and individuals not seeking a tax deduction and allow us more flexibility to take immediate action.

Account: Rotary International District 9800 - Australian Bushfire Appeal
BSB: 633000     Account Number: 171227895

The second fund through Bendigo Banks Community Enterprise Foundation allows tax deductibility to individual donors or businesses who require this option. Bendigo Bank has waived their administration fees.

For tax deductible donations please use this link:


If you need to discuss anything related to the bushfire efforts please contact D9800 Bushfire Response Committee chair Sue Foley Sue.Foley@bendigoadelaide.com.au or myself.

Thank you again for all you are doing to support the bushfire affected communities.


As we near the end of the first 6 months of the Rotary it’s time to reflect and celebrate on our achievements. So much has happened across all clubs and the District and we are achieving results.
This is due to the dedicated efforts of every Rotarian in every club and the District support team at every level. The heartbeat of Rotary is at the clubs.
Never fear, we've released a special allocation of tickets for the month of December for just $325 (only $25 more than the early bird prices!) but make sure you get in before the end of the year, because once the clock strikes mid-night on NYE - the tickets will go up to full price!
It will be a fantastic weekend filled with amazing guest speakers and a great opportunity to network. The Showcase is where you will gather Rotary information and this is the place to hear about projects. You can also enjoy the hospitality of Bendigo and spend time in this wonderful regional centre.
Saturday November 30th was the celebration and formal charter of the newest club in the District.
The tables stretched the length of the Donations in Kind aisle again as Rotarians and friends from across the District gathered to welcome the new members. A large number of Rotary leaders supported the new club including Past District Governors John King & Elaine, Jim Studebaker & Carol, Peter Frueh & Ann, District Governor Nominees Dale Hoy and Bruce Cameron from District 9810.  Grant and Jenny were ably assisted by Victoria Porter and Deb Sloggett in the organising of the day.
Clean, healthy rivers reduce human health risk and improved quality of life. Less trash increases recreational activities along rivers— clean and safe walk and runs trails for the community.
As recreational activities increase, tourists will be attracted. Thus, affecting both the economy and well-being of the community.
In a bid to tackle the environmental burden in our community, we decided to clean up the downstream mess in the river!
The Rotary Club of Bendigo Strathdale has resolved to introduce Disc Golf into the Bendigo Community.
We are doing this from a Membership Perspective hoping to connect to a younger generation.
We aim to show that Rotary can be fun, that we share concerns for our natural environment, and we can promote physical and mental health by engaging in this simple act of walking and enjoying health exercise, and promoting a healthy lifestyle, having fun as we go.
President Kelly Abfalter of Essendon Rotary presented Don Knee with Honorary Membership for his many years of commitment and service.
Congratulations and thank you to Don and Janet for their contributions and friendship.

Wyndham Harbour Rotary has welcomed David Mullins as a new member this month. He is pictured with President Rose Mary Kinuga and Vice President Domenic Cichello.
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