What's happening around District 9800      
So much great work is happening and as Melissa and I continue our DG visits to clubs and to events we are able to learn what is happening and continue to be amazed with the commitment and dedication of Rotarians to making the world a better place.The Macedon Ranges Charter event occurred on Sunday 20th October where 25 charter members, along with guests from across the District enjoyed welcoming the new club to District 9800 and to Rotary.  
Macedon Ranges started provisional meetings earlier this year and are having a Charter event Sunday 20 October where 25 Charter members along with guests will enjoy welcoming the new club to D9800 and Rotary.
IPDG Bronwyn Stephens was DG when discussion first occurred around this club and is now the Club Mentor to ensure support and growth continues.
Melbourne Rotarian’s turning the Yarra’s trash into art raising awareness on pollution.
This is an amazing story about everyday people taking control of our city’s pollution and not only doing something about it but also turning it into art that reminds us of the beauty of our environment and our need to preserve it.
Every month a group of Melbourne’s Rotarians meet at Flinders street station with volunteers to clean up the Yarra. The aim - removing plastics and other waste from our waterways, surrounding vegetation and paths supporting a cleaner city and a pollution free water way.
Over the last 3 Sundays, Past District Governor Julie Mason assisted by District Governor Nominee Dale Hoy and PP Lesley McCarthy have presented the RLI program to over 40 participants. Julie and Lesley have often commented that RLI should really be called the Rotary Learning program rather than Rotary Leadership Institute, as it is not just about leadership and preparing Rotarians to lead their clubs, but for anyone and everyone to learn more about Rotary.
This month, for the first time we welcomed Rotaractors.
In keeping with our District’s can-do attitude, we conducted 2 events to celebrate World Polio Day. A great walk on Saturday 19th October for Rotary District 9800 to help End Polio Now saw 65 Rotarians and friends turn up to support the event at Albert Park Lake with another 30 at Lake Neangar in Eaglehawk (Thanks AG Ron Payne). Well done to both teams who enjoyed a great opportunity to promote Rotary and our over 30-year effort to eradicate Polio from the world. It is anticipated that this event will grow every year.
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