Around District  9800

Our Business Leaders Breakfast series is gathering momentum with 190 registrations for the one held this week, when Annette Kimmitt’s presentation inspired us all.  If you missed it, a recorded video is avaliable now. Annette left us with three key points that are so pertinent in Rotary today under COVID-19:

  1. Remember that awful things happen to everyone;
  2. Check yourself every day:  “is my thinking helping or hurting me?”; and,
  3. Hunt for three good things that have happened to you today.

If we add the 4-Way Test to these key points, we have a powerful set of guidelines by which to navigate uncertain times and remain resilient as individual Rotarians and as clubs.  Whilst there is no doubt we need to become more flexible, change the way we look at clubs, and be open to new thinking, we still need to be respectful of our history and traditions.  After all, these have held us in good staid for well over a century.  At club level, it is important that members understand they are part of a team that needs to work collaboratively to achieve the best outcomes. Whether considering new projects or making great change, it is critical to maintain respect for, and harmony around democratically voted decisions. 

We have a number of events coming up that promise to provide something for everyone. This Saturday at 10 am is Morning Tea with the DG with a great line-up of presentations.  On Sunday 11th October, the first Rotary in Harmony event will be featured via Zoom, and will focus on Classical music with performances by talented Rotarians.  Also, our next Leadership Breakfast will be on Wednesday 28th October with guest presenter, David Landgren, Executive Director at Fenner Dunlop, who will be speaking on Organisational Culture.  Please make sure you book to participate in these events.

Please also consider participating in Northside Provisional Rotary Club’s session on What Does Diversity and Inclusion Mean this Sunday 27th September.

I would like to highlight a particular article in this week’s edition of Networker submitted by Rotary Port Melbourne about an amazing Mac.Rob Interact Club project initiated by two inspiring teenagers. I’m sure you will all agree that we are indeed in very good hands with our emerging young leaders.

Last week, I advised we would be launching a new initiative this week, The G’Day Network campaign. With such a full event calendar, we have moved the launch to next week, so stay tuned.

Have a great week everyone…Rotary opens a world of opportunity and vision.

Rotary District 9800 Governor Philip Archer

Dear Rotarians/ International PolioPlus Committee members/ Directors and Trustees,

It is with great pride that we inform you that one of our own has been named one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.” Just a few moments ago, Dr. Tunji Funsho, Rotary’s Nigeria National PolioPlus Chair was named to the TIME 100 list for his critical leadership in working with Rotary members and our partners to achieve a wild polio-free Nigeria and eradicate the wild poliovirus in the African region. He is the first Rotary member to receive this honor for our work to eradicate polio.

By Past District Governor Julie Mason AM

Baden Powell College has students from Prep to Year 9 from over 60 different language groups from 40 different countries.  Significant levels of poverty prevent families from providing reading material at home. Many parents have English as their second language and are not confident or literate in the English language.

Whilst the College tried to purchase reading material in dual languages, it found such material difficult to source. Wyndham Rotarians have therefore been working with Baden Powell College teachers, senior students and parents from refugee backgrounds to purchase, translate and prepare picture storybooks in languages that support Early Years Literacy Development in students.

By Pia Demsky, Director Public Image and Communications, District 9800

The Rotary District team is here to assist you with making sure your club is putting its best foot forward—branding is a key element to ensuring all our messaging is consistent.

At an International level, new compliance is now in place around our brand.  An example of this is that you will no longer see old branding in a House of Friendship at an International Convention.

I think it’s safe to say that all clubs wish to appear professional, respectable, and approachable.  However, having a website that was created twenty years ago won’t portray this message, but there are a few simple ways you can fix this issue.

By Tony Thomas, Rotary Central Melbourne

Geoff Tighe, 76, of Rotary Echuca-Moama, is a trained accountant and businessman, but can’t solve a million-dollar mystery in the club.  How did the club get its 4 hectares of river-valley land, used for the annual Steam Rally since 1964?  

Whilst it’s known that the club acquired the land in 1976 from a farmer, who was a one-time Rotarian and didn’t need the land, it isn’t known if it was gifted or sold, and if sold, for what price. The documents have disappeared, but luckily not the title deed.

“It must be worth at least a million today,” Geoff says. In fact, the D9800 Insurance Officer was advised the freehold land had recently been valued at $1.6 million.  This must make the 25-30-member club one of the wealthier Rotary clubs, on paper anyway.

After working as a volunteer, Swati joined the Rotary Club of Wyndham Harbour on the 21st July 2020 because she wanted to do more for those less fortunate, and with a group of like-minded people. Passionate about making a difference, bringing joy, relief and happiness to the most suffering, Swati has an extensive volunteering history with organisations such as Community Aid Abroad, the Red Cross, Salvation Army, AMES, The Smith Family, SAIL (Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning), Uniting, MS Community Visitors Scheme and the Sisters of Charity soup kitchen. 

Although born in India, Swati lived in Kenya as a child until moving to Australia when her parents, high school teachers, came here as skilled migrants. Swati has visited and lived in many countries including Peru, Bolivia, Ghana, Madagascar, Mauritius, Greece, Turkey, New Zealand, the USA and UK. She has worked with many people from different ethnic backgrounds and feels she is a global citizen. At her happiest when she has done something good for others, Swati also finds a sense of satisfaction when she has succeeded at something into which she has put a lot of effort.

Two very busy 17-year-olds, Hannah Senior and Minseo Kim, from The MacRobertson Girls’ High School, have been inspirational in bridging the gap between the young and young-at-heart through their ‘Letters against Iso’ program.

Through Hannah’s Interact club (MacRob Interact), they created a project that involves students penning weekly hand-written letters of encouragement to those living in aged care homes, to show support and alleviate social isolation during COVID-19.

Originally, Hannah and Minseo started the project by calling individual aged care homes to pitch the idea.  To date, students have written 2,000 letters, which have been sent via email to aged care homes across Victoria and wider Australia.  The project has now expanded with more than 950 writers nationally.  

In August 1840, sight unseen from London, Henry Dendy purchased 5120 acres (2070 ha) of Port Phillip land for 1-Pound Sterling an acre (AUD190 equivalent value today). “Dendy’s Special Survey”, as it became known, formed the basis for the settlement of Brighton. In sharp contrast, the current median house price in this affluent subdivision is about AUD2.7m.  

But affluence in a community often disguises need, and this is where Rotary Brighton excels. Proud of its high impact initiatives, not only in hands-on community projects, but also with “FUNdraisers” [sic], the Club supports needs such as youth training and mentoring, domestic violence counselling and extensive philanthropy across the local community and in developing countries.

This is one for the whiskey / whisky drinkers!

Established in 2015 so that Rotarians may enjoy a whiskey appreciation fellowship, the Rotary Whiskey D.R.A.M. Fellowship was officially sanctioned by Rotary International the following year. The initials D.R.A.M. refers to Whiskey Drinking Rotarians and Members. The aim of this Fellowship is for Rotarians and their partners, who enjoy drinking whiskey/whisky, to learn and share with each other information about whiskies from different parts of the world.