What's happening around District 9800      
 
Most of you would be aware of my activities in the last month. Melissa and I continued our club visits as well as attending many other club and district activities. Many of these activities are highlighted in this addition of Networker. Highlights included a visit to Rotary Day at the United Nations in New York, Longest African dinner at DIK, a Victorian District Celebration of The Rotary Foundation and the International Men's Day ‘Happy as Larry’ lunch.
Have you registered for the District Conference yet? Take advantage of the early bird discount of $300 finishes at the end of November when the price will rise to $350.  This will be a fantastic weekend filled with interesting guest speakers and a chance to network. You can also enjoy the hospitality of Bendigo and spend time in this wonderful regional centre. So, what are you waiting for? IT IS TIME TO BOOK. trybooking.com/book/event?eid=520299&  More information can be found at: rotarydistrict9800.org.au/sitepage/conference2020/district-9800-conference
Donations In Kind hosted Rotary’s Longest African Dinner on Friday November 15th It was an evening of colour, great food & music, lots of fun & many new found friends.  What a great night to also announce the Charter of a brand new Rotary Club when District Governor Grant Hocking announced that the ‘Rotary Passport Club of Melbourne’ (RPM) has officially been accepted by Rotary International. Induction of the 39 new members will take place at 2pm on Sat, 30 November.
Rotary Day at the United Nations each year celebrates the organizations’ shared vision for peace and highlights the critical humanitarian activities that Rotary and the United Nations lead around the world.  This year six humanitarians who are members of the family of Rotary were honored as People of Action: Connectors Beyond which focuses on the global refugee crisis. The annual event, held in New York City on 9 November this year, celebrated the vision for peace that Rotary and the UN share. Through Rotary’s long history with the UN, its members have helped people affected by war, famine, and disaster.
On the 6th November, Gateway Rotaract saw the fruits of its labour come to fruition as Project Coordinator and Vice President Robert Zammit, handed over 22 sewn bags to Vi La from the Melbourne Basket Brigade.  On the 6th November, Gateway Rotaract saw the fruits of its labour come to fruition as Project Coordinator and Vice President Robert Zammit, handed over 22 sewn bags to Vi La from the Melbourne Basket Brigade.
On Wednesday 13th November, around 200 Rotarians from four Rotary Districts attended the Rotary Foundation Dinner at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club. Past Rotary International President KR Ravi Ravindran gave his inspiring as incoming chair of The Rotary Foundation. Ravi and his wife Vanathy were the guests of honour at several events in Melbourne over two days.
As you probably know, the District has maintained an unbroken record of mentoring successful Peace Fellows from the start of the program in 2001, firstly under the guidance of Bob Fels and more recently by myself, but always with the support of, in particular, PDGs Dennis Shore and Murray Verso.
 
We believe we are the most successful District in the world in this Internationally competitive process. The number of endorsed candidates from D9800 selected for Peace Fellowships now stands at 40.
 
            
            
 
 
 
 
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