Around District  9800

For many years, Rotary District 3181 has organised an International Motorcycle Ride/Drive event – Ride for Rotary, in India. The aim of the event is to promote International fellowship and exchange of Rotary views. The last six events have been an overwhelming success. More than 100 participants from 15 different countries have attended the event and have had wonderful experiences to take home. [] 

From October 1st to 31st Rotarians and friends are being encouraged, once again, to take action to raise awareness, funds, and support to end poliomyelitis, a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens the children of the world today. 

October is Mental Health month and World Mental Health Day, October 10th, is approaching fast.
Each year, Rotarians and friends make an amazing contribution to raising funds for much needed mental health research through Australian Rotary Health (ARH). From 2022, the focus is on improving the mental health of children 0-12 years old. 

As Rotarians, we know that when we engage people in meaningful, convenient and fun hands-on volunteering, we demonstrate that Rotarians are indeed “People of Action”. In mid-September, this message found an even wider audience when Rotary Inner Melbourne Emergency Relief Network (RIMERN) volunteer, Ros McMaster was announced as the Westfield Local Hero for the Airport West Shopping Centre, winning $20,000 for RIMERN towards the cost of its first van!

The GardenDesignFest is the biggest open garden weekend event in Victoria. Keep 12 -13 and 19-20 November 2022 free.  The popular bi-annual event is on again in 2022 following its cancellation during COVID. It is now more important than ever to get out and enjoy nature in a beautiful garden setting.

Welcome to the end of month two – so much to celebrate already!

Hands on volunteering projects already connecting with new volunteers from across our community, celebrating Rotary’s vocational advantage with six awards for outstanding mentorship, two fun and rewarding DG official cluster visits, so many clubs adding new members, record amounts of members engaging with our new capability platform, and International Convention gracing *our* town in May.

Truly, our members are people of action. Read on for the good oil.

Members of Rotary Passport Melbourne and other Rotary District 9800 Rotarians were in attendance on the 7th August 2022 when Rotary District 3350 Governor Iida Mitsutaka inducted 54(!!) Rotaractors into the newly-chartered Rotaract Club of Siem Reap, Cambodia.

DG Amanda Wendt planting a tree and sharing meaningful, hands on, convenient volunteeringOodles of our clubs and their members got behind National Tree-planting Day on Sunday 31 July to plant over 11,000 trees, but what was so surprising was how many volunteers from across our community also participated in this meaningful, hands on, convenient project. DG Amanda explores what the 3-in-10 Australian adults who already volunteer are seeking in community projects, in this video produced by Alex Lapiña and DGN Michael Lapiña.

In the middle of a long Melbourne winter, Rotarians and friends of Essendon Rotary, in conjunction with The Living Room – Youth Projects were able to provide some warmth and comfort to the homeless in the city.  With the assistance of a Rotary Foundation Grant sleeping bags were distributed to 130 rough sleepers.

On Saturday 13 August we held our second Volunteering with the DG event - what a fabulous day of volunteering and togetherness it was! 
Impact for Women ran two shifts to accommodate all the participants, connecting with lots of ‘new’ volunteers from across our community, to pack and sort gifts into Bags of Love, prepared for victims of domestic abuse. 
Volunteering with the DG at Impact for Women had a profound effect on those who attended and felt that ‘buzz of contribution’ in making a difference. We had a huge contingent of volunteers of varying ages and cultures participate, some travelling far and wide to share in giving back to the community, some Rotarians and many who were new to us. An incredibly meaningful experience.

An absolutely heartfelt cause for us as Rotarians to participate in. Click more to hear directly from some of the volunteers of the impact the day had on them. 

Rotary Central Melbourne (RCM) member Mawien Ariik (known as Ariik) was born in 1989 in the village of Lou Ariik, South Sudan. At the age of eight, he learned that his father (Ariik Dut) had died in the South Sudan war along with millions of others while fighting for the freedom of his people. This tragic loss became Ariik’s motivation to continue the legacy of freedom that his father fought for, and to ensure those efforts were not in vain.

Fun official DG visit with Heritage Cluster clubs Rotary Club of Carlton, Rotary Club of Collingwood Australia, Fitzroy and Rotary Club of Richmond Inc. Over 60 members, partners and corporate sponsors came together to help grow their clubs to make an even bigger difference for their community.
District and club recognitions to made to members, club presidents gave an update on their activities for the year and in true form, we did a hands-on volunteering activity packing 100 soup kits for local Afghan families. 

After being contacted by Linda Widdup from Aussie Hay Runners seeking assistance to obtain a fuel subsidy from the NSW Government Rural Assistance for a Hay Run to support the farmers in Grafton affected by the devastating floods, Rotary Melton’s then President Dickson Heaney Dickson spent hours completing an application and was rewarded with $392,250.00 to assist with transport of the convoy just one way. Filling up with diesel at Temora on the return journey to Victoria cost us $1,940 just to top up and about $5,000 for the return trip. 

Heritage Cluster Clubs, Carlton, Fitzroy, Collingwood and Richmond liaised with secondary schools in their area to select 20 students to attend the Nelson Mandela Youth Leadership Summit.  The Summit provided a positive environment to empower the youth present to believe that change was possible.  This was borne out in the comments of Princes Hill Secondary College students: “Great opportunity to meet like-minded people to discuss some generational type plans and share hope and optimism.”  (Thomas, Year 10).  “So many different speakers leading the way on leadership, hope and optimism. Thanks so much. Awesome.”  (Celeste, Year 8)  

At an age when most singers have well and truly retired, Merlyn Quaife lived up to her aim of being a “fearless soprano” by celebrating a significant birthday with a demanding but astutely constructed program of art song reflecting her career-long advocacy of Australian music. Her fearlessness was demonstrated from the outset in Johanna Selleck’s The Prospect and Bower of Bliss, settings of texts by the Restoration poet and proto-feminist Aphra Behn, where she unwaveringly traversed the highly strung, sinuously chromatic vocal lines, while not losing sight of the score’s celebration of “sweet and ravishing” things.

Rather than waste time, energy, and funding to develop own separate International projects, the Rotary Clubs of Keilor and Keilor East chose to become partners in an existing International Project.  The two adjoining clubs became partners in RAWCS Project No 114-2005-06 Tonga Dental Health Project, which also utilizes the quality material available from our Donations In Kind Store.  This is an excellent option for many Clubs as it allows them to be involved at a level that suits the Club.

Students need to know how to present themselves to secure a job interview, and have the skills to land that job once an interview is granted. Rotary Club of Richmond decided to invest in helping to prepare young people for a successful life. In collaboration with Melbourne Girls’ College, the club adopted the successful Mock Job Interview project, which has been going for around 20 years.

The Rotary world mourns the passing of Judith Durham AO and Paul Harris Fellow. Judith was a great Australian, generous with her time in caring for others and a friend of Rotary.

What a blast the last 6 weeks have been celebrating and welcoming in the new Rotary year. Helmed by District Changeover on Saturday 25 June which saw over 200 Rotarians and friends come together to imagine what's possible in 2022-2023.
It's a huge year for our District especially with Rotary International Convention coming to our hometown in May 2023. This year has started with plenty of dancing – at several changeovers – and we'll have plenty more to dance about throughout the year.
But don't take my word for it, here are some snapshots of our club changeover celebrations!
Great to see so many Rotarians out in force for National Tree-planting Day on Sunday 31 July, the first volunteer with the DG event. Tree-planting is a perfect example of a meaningful, hands-on and convenient volunteering project that everyone can get involved in.
Over 11 000 trees were planted by volunteers. 
Imagine the opportunities to grow your club by connecting with more volunteers from across our community through a meaningful, hands-on and convenient project.
Just three weeks in to our new Rotary year, we held our first workshop on hands on volunteering on Saturday 23 July. Leaders of several successful projects shared how ensuring their projects are meaningful, hands on and convenient has helped them connect with more volunteers. Working groups collaborated on various aspects of how to start or adapt a project that more volunteers want to participate in, each led by an expert project lead. Plus, we ran a hands on project in the background, packing over 100 meal kits for families in need.

Sarah Overton, Rotary District 9800 Vocational Service DirectorI’m often asked the question: “Why Rotary?” I am of a generation that tends to support causes, not join clubs.  I have a full-time job and a busy household with a husband, two young kids, and a dog who believes twice-daily walks are the only cause worth considering. 

Also I am passionate about my “me time” for reading, exercise, or quiet contemplation.  So… why make time for Rotary?

McKinsey Consulting has published timely data on why employees quit their jobs. Not surprisingly, Rotary membership offers fantastic benefits that younger professionals won’t necessarily experience in their workplace. This is our opportunity to convert more volunteers into members, and partner with employers to supplement their employee value proposition, all while engaging and retaining our more experienced members. Discover:
  • How our vocational advantage can help convert volunteer participants into Rotary members
  • Why clubs should partner with employers to supplement their employee value proposition and create a membership pipeline
  • How this will help engage and retain existing, more experienced Rotarians

More experienced female mentor talking to younger female protégé

Rotary District 9800 is celebrating the relationship between a mentor and protégé that makes for effective mentorship, develops community leadership and instills our next generation of leaders with Rotary values, by awarding District Governor Mentorship Awards at Official DG Cluster visits.

We’re seeking nominations by younger Rotary members, who are being mentored by a more experienced Rotarian, of their effective mentorship, nominate at

Read more on Rotary's vocational advantage, here


Come and join District 9800 DG Amanda Wendt on Saturday 13th August, in a 'Hands on Volunteering with the DG' experience helping to sort and pack relief packages of essential items to assist women and children escaping extreme abuse at home. 
:: Book your volunteer spot: ::
Rotary District 9800 is celebrating great examples of the meaningful, hands on, convenient volunteering that will help our clubs connect with more volunteers from across our community.
Located in Sandringham, volunteers are needed for two shifts to pack care parcels: 10am - 12 midday and 1pm - 3pm
    Rotary North Balwyn is coordinating a program to assist newly arrived refugee families by supplying donated household goods, warm bedding, clothes, toys and furniture to supplement what they receive from government to help them settle in more comfortably. Involvement began though Bakhtar Community Organisation, a group of Afghan volunteers based in Dandenong who were helping new arrivals after the fall of Kabul in August 2021. 
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