15 -17 February 2019

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As I pen this little piece Past District Governor Vance Hilton has sadly passed and we mourn his loss and share sorrow together with Olga and his Rotary Club - Flemington. He was Governor in 1999-2000 and his legacy was reflected beautifully by President Lesley McCarthy on Facebook, in this District Bulletin, and others will share in other forums also.
This journey of District Governor is something I would recommend you consider. At present Nominating Committee positions are open and will remain so until 31st October. For more information go to the District website at
Ludovic Grosjean aged 29, of the Melbourne City Rotaract Club, is one of only six young innovators worldwide to win the 2018 “Rotary’s People of Action” award.
This award is for humanitarian work involving cutting-edge technology and community collaboration.
Rotary International President Barry Rassin picked the winners personally. Ludovic receives the honor at the United Nation’s Rotary Day in Nairobi on November 9th.
Baden Powell College was host to a fantastic Pubic Image workshop led by District Chair Kerry Kornhauser and Zone Public Image Coordinator DG Julie Mason on Wednesday.
Utilising the facilities and technology at the school, Kerry led participants through the Rotary International Brand Centre to design and create brochures for their clubs. Utilising templates and adding their own images, they worked to create unique and attractive promotional materials.
https://brandcenter.rotary.org/en-GB {My Rotary login required}
Would you like the opportunity to participate in such an exercise?
Every Thursday morning, I receive an email from the World Health Organization with an update on the status of polio eradication. It contains a wealth of information, country by country: where and how immunization campaigns are being conducted, how many millions of children are being vaccinated, and where environmental
surveillance has found evidence of circulating virus.
But every week, when that email appears in my inbox, my heart seems to stop for just a moment until I read the first few lines – and learn whether a child was paralyzed by wild poliovirus that week.
Members of the Rotary Club of Flemington together with Rotarians across District 9800 mourn the passing of Vance Anthony Hilton, OAM, KSJ.
As a Charter Member, Past President and Paul Harris Fellow, Vance served the Rotary Club of Flemington as Secretary from its Charter and in 1987-1988, as President in 1995-1996. The Club made him an Honorary Life Member in July this year.
Vance Hilton was selected to serve as the District 9800 Governor in 1999-2000 and led a very successful District Conference in Canberra.  
On Sunday 3 February at 11am 2019, Rotarians will have an opportunity to express our inclusivity of all community by walking in Pride March for only the second time in Australia. Experience a 1 minute video of Rotary’s participation from last year here https://vimeo.com/253103697  Grant Godino Strathmore Rotary, Jason Ball Prahran Rotary: Pride Cup Founder; Young Victorian Of the Year 2016-2017, Steven Aquilina Southbank and I are members of the LGBTI Fellowship.