District Events
February 2021 
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Guest Speaker - Mercy Ships Australia - (Thursday 25th February 2021)

The Rotary Club of Ferntree Gully invite you to their Meeting on the Thursday 25th February

They will have Tammy Shepherd from Mercy Ships Australia as their guest speaker

The meeting will be via Zoom and commences at 6:30 pm

The club will circulate the login details a couple of days before the scheduled date, those wishing to attend the zoom meeting should send their email address to the zoom host Christine Anderson - anderson4rotary@gmail.com
Mad March Cycle Challenge - (Monday 1st to Wednesday 31st March 2021)
Ride for Medical Research
Every year the last 35 years a bike ride around the Victorian countryside, raising funds for the important medical research supported by Australian Rotary Health*,  has been part of our districts calendar.
This year, due to continuing restrictions on our ability to gather and travel as a group, we are replacing the usual event with a do-it-yourself event
Ride, run, walk or swim to Make A Difference.
March 1st to 31st 2021
How far can you cover in the month of March 2021 – 10km or 1000km?
Challenge yourself in your regular exercise routine or start a new one to improve your health.
Set a target distance and fundraising goal, seek sponsorship – challenge your friends to join you.
Raise funds for Australian Rotary Health* to sponsor medical research.
Independent research by Australians, for Australians in Australia.
Donations are tax deductible.
No donations are used for administrative purposes.
“Registration is free”
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Lift the Lid Walk - (Sunday 21st March 2021)
The Rotary Club of Mont Albert & Surrey Hills is holding a walk for mental health on Sunday 21 March at Gardiners Creek Reserve, Box Hill South. This event will be the first for Melbourne, second for Victoria and in the future, Australian Rotary Health plan to have around 60 of these Lift the Lid walks around Australia. All proceeds will be supporting research into mental health.
Jeff Kennett has agreed to become one of the ambassadors for our event in Gardiners Creek and he will also be giving a short talk, prior to the 8am start.
Walkers can choose from 6, 12 or 18kms to walk. We will be making the 3km laps of Gardiners Creek Reserve lots of fun along the way for walkers. We are looking to encourage people young and old to attend, and whether they can walk just half a lap or do the whole 18kms, they will know that their contribution is making a difference.
At the Stott St entrance will be the Lift the Lid Arch. There will be food and drinks available, plus a little something sweet. Dogs are most welcome.
Registrations on the day start at 7am, however if you register early enough prior to the event, you receive a purple Lift the Lid t-shirt as part of your registration fee, as well as a cap.
Check out the facebook event page at: https://fb.me/e/cMliCceWL
Save this Date - 2nd April 2021
‘No Time to Die’
Presented by the
Rotary Club of Wandin Inc.
proposed for showing on the revised release date
Friday 2 April, 2021
Croydon Theatres Cinema One
3 Hewish Road Croydon
Screening start 6:30 pm,
Doors open 6:15 pm,
Subject to Covid – 19 restrictions and theatre management.
Cost (to be advised) per ticket to help fund the
 Taveuni (Fiji) Eye Surgery project.
Additional donations accepted.
Booking details to be advised
For further information email Brian Hodgson at brianhodgson47@gmail.com
Australian Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians - Maroochydore Tournament 2021
The 43rd annual tournament of the Australian Fellowship of Golfing Rotarians will be held at the Maroochy River Golf Club, Maroochydore, Queensland from May 16th to 22nd 2021.
The event is held on a seven-year rotation between the Australian states and territories, raising significant funds for projects and fostering fellowship between Rotarians and guests from across the country. The fellowship also extends to those who do not play golf with a series of tours and visits to local places of interest. We all get together at various functions during the week.  Some have continued to attend the AGFR annual events for over 20 years due to the great fellowship.
The Rotary club organising the tournament is awarded the privilege of donating a large amount of the proceeds to the charity(s) of their choice. The Rotary Club of Maroochydore has chosen WISHLIST as its major beneficiary. This charity is an enormous support to Sunshine Coast hospitals, their patients, families, and medicos providing funds for research, medical equipment and specialised support services improving the Medical capability of the coast for the whole community.
The extensive golf programme includes competitions for a variety of daily prizes and perpetual trophies, uniquely named after past Rotary Presidents. There will also be some other contests and games included for fun such as: longest drive, closest to the pin and hole in one.
Please note – registrations close 31 March 2021.
Whitehorse Rotaract 21st Birthday - Save The Date (Saturday May 29th 2021)
Whitehorse is turning 21!!!!!

We will be celebrating the achievements and friendships of Whitehorse Rotaract over 21 years.
Friends, Family, Past members, Rotaract and Rotary supporters join us to have a memorable night with a lot of fun.
Rotary International Convention in Taipei - (12th June to 16th June 2021)

The friendly city Taipei invites you to the Rotary International Convention from June 12 to 16, 2021. The Convention is the perfect place to discover new opportunities for service and friendship.
We are from the 12 Hosting Districts in Taiwan with around 35,000 Rotarians, anxious to show you our hospitality and warmest welcome. The charm of Taipei lies in its vibrant spirit, enthusiasm, diversified culture, culinary delights and much more. The innovation and ongoing developments in Taiwan have also attracted people from all over the world.
Join us at the Rotary Convention in 2021, and Feel the Energy in Taipei.

We look forward to seeing you!

To see a list of Rotary Markets in the District Click Here
Finding calmness, whilst social distancing:
  • Limiting news consumption to trusted sources like The World Health Organisation
  • Walking
  • Reading
  • Listening to quality podcasts
  • Daily gratitude, writing, sharing (start a WhatsApp group called ‘daily gratitude’ with your closest friends/fellow Rotarians)
  • Helping vulnerable people in our community
There are incredible resources out there for free for us all to use. Here are some free tools that have been recommended:
Hi to all.
Highlights will now come out Monthly during the second week of each month.
If you would like to see previous versions of "Open Doors" or "Highlights" click here.
So please send me your upcoming events to highlights9810@gmail.com prior to the next edition of Highlights which will be sent out on Monday 8th March.
All the best
Michael Ellinger 
Rotary Club of Oakleigh Clayton Huntingdale
Highlights Editor