What's happening around District 9800      
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Here is the latest update from the D9800 Bushfire Response Committee and we have met everyday this week to help coordinate our District response.
The committee is chaired by Sue Foley (RC South Melbourne), with Marion Macleod (Melbourne), PDG Jim Studebaker (North Balwyn) and Rhys Maggs (Essendon North) supported by DGE Philip Archer and myself.
We have been moved by the outpouring of support Rotarians and our community has shown to what will be a long and complex bushfire season.
Rotary Connects the World – Bushfire Masks
Direct ReliefSanta Barbara California —> Qantas —> DHL—-> Donations In Kind West Footscray —> Red Cross / CFA/ Rotary —-> The people who need them.

On the 7th of January Rotary Melbourne received a phone call from a Representative of Direct Relief, which is a Santa Barbara based non-profit, nonpartisan organization with a stated mission to “improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations by mobilising and providing essential medical resources needed for their care.
Happy New Year

Welcome to a new year and new decade. I hope everyone enjoyed time with family and friends over the holiday season.   
The devastating impact of the recent bushfires on the regional communities is yet to be fully assessed but there is no doubt that there has been tremendous loss in a very short period of time. The Australian and international humanitarian response and generosity have been overwhelming.
Congratulations to the following Rotarians who have been recognised in the 2020 Australia Day Awards.
Past District Governor Julie Mason, a member of the Rotary Club of Wyndham and Principal of Baden Powell College was appointed an officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Australia Day Honours List for service to the community and to education.
Julie is the District 9800 Learning & Development Chair and also serves as the Zone 8 Assistant Public Image Coordinator for Victoria & Tasmania.
Rotary International President-elect Holger Knaack is encouraging Rotarians to seize the many opportunities Rotary offers to enrich their lives and the communities they serve.
Knaack, a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany, revealed the 2020-21 presidential theme, Rotary Opens Opportunities, to incoming District Governors at the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, on 20 January.

Rotary isn’t just a club for people to join, but rather “an invitation to endless opportunities,”................
Rotary Southbank inducted their 26th Member last week which now means that we have a 50/50 Male-Female ratio in the club! Congratulations Faezeh Parkes on becoming a member.
Thanks for also bringing along your team from www.childrenseechildrendo.org/ for one of the most creative nights we have experienced at Rotary for a long time
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