November 2023
Welcome to another issue of our District 9810 Monthly Newsletter
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Hello again my fellow Rotarians,
Having completed all my Club visits I would like to say a big thank you to all clubs for making me, and Helen when she was able to accompany me, feel so welcome. Without exception, every visit was both informative and enjoyable. From our smallest clubs to our largest there is a common enthusiasm and commitment. And we are achieving great things, in every club.
The fine weather of early summer has seen many clubs running major events, including golf days, markets, the huge Puffing Billy Run (story below) and the Wandin Show and Shine. Please, take the opportunity to promote your event through Highlights and feel free to send me any pics and words so I can include it in this newsletter.
Just about every club has had their Christmas break up party/meeting by now and members can relax and enjoy a break over the Christmas period. Helen and I wish you the best for the festive season and hope that you keep good health.
See you again in 2024!
Ian Ballantine
Create Hope in the World
DGE off to USA
On December 27th DGE Colin Byron and his wife Leanne will head off the US to attend International Assembly in Orlando Florida, commencing on January 7th.
They plan on spending a week or so touring around southern Florida before heading up to Orlando.
Let's hope the weather in Florida has improved by then.
We had the pleasure of wishing Colin and Leanne well at the annual College of Governor's lunch on the 10th of this month.
Unfortunately, Leanne couldn't attend due to Covid. We hope she has now made a full recovery and we wish them both an enjoyable trip.
DG partner Project update December- January
Now that my Club visits are completed, it's wonderful to reflect on the generosity of clubs in the way they have contributed additional funds to End Polio under the incentive of Helen's partner project.
I know that some clubs are planning on additional contributions in the year.
We're planning some fundraising efforts for the new year as well.
A reminder to save the date of April 11, 2024 for the major Polio fundraising evening held by the Rotary Club of Springvale city - always a successful and fun evening.
A reminder that if you would like to make a personal, tax deductible donation, please go here. Your donation will be credited against you, as a Rotarian and your Club. Just make sure that the email address you use, matches the address in MyRotary.
Donations from non-Rotarians are, of course, also welcome and can also be made through this portal.
If you are representing a club, please make the contribution by the normal channels but flag it as DG Project and drop DG Ian or Helen an email. Banking details for Clubs can be found here.
As of mid December, her project has received from Rotary members, Rotary Clubs and some non Rotarians a total of AUS$21,860.
Thank you.
Regionalisation Update December
Community Groups-
The results of submissions by clubs have been collated and have now been distributed back to Districts for finalisation.
DG Linda, DGE Colin, DGN Peter and myself will confer and hopefully have the groups finalised by the end of January.
It is presumed that some time shortly after that, we will be calling for expressions of interest in filling the roles of Community Leaders.
I would like to thank clubs and their members for showing their interest in this process and completing the Community Group survey.
Keep up to date with all things related to Regionalisation here.
Rotaract News December-January
Whitehorse Rotaract participated in a Clean Up Australia event hosted by Box Hill Central Rotary Club on November 19, removing rubbish from Springfield Park in Box Hill.
On November 29th, Whitehorse Rotaract hosted their annual Christmas card making night. Along with members of Monash Rotaract and the Whitehorse community, they wrote and decorated heartfelt cards that will be given to around 150 local elderly residents.
Whitehorse and Monash Rotaract donated over $700 to the Wishing Tree appeal, hosted by Kmart Doncaster, specifically picking out items in the store to donate. For 36 years, Kmart Wishing Tree has partnered with the Salvation Army with the aim to spread joy to those experiencing hardship in the Christmas season. Donated goods are distributed to those grappling with the cost of living.
Nunawading Christmas Party Dec 6
Helen and I attended the Christmas breakup meeting of the Nunawading Club on the 6th December.
Now, I know that most , if not all clubs, have held the same sort of Christmas event. So what makes Nunawading so special?
The entertainment! The Spangles came out of retirement, in a somewhat revised form, to provide the entertainment on the evening - and they didn't disappoint!
Congratulations to Ian Evans and the members of Nunawading on a great evening.
Click on Read More for more pics.
Interact Conference 2023
Held at Camberwell Boys Grammar School, a number of Interact Clubs from Districts 9810, 9800 and 9820 attended the event.
Guest speakers included our own PDG Dr Daryl Moran and DRR Jess Lym. DGE Colin Byron also attended.
All in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the event and look forward to returning next year.
Please take Read More link to see more photos.
Puffing Billy Fun Run 2023
Emerald & District Rotary‘s 2023 Kids Fun Run with Puffing Billy
The Kids Fun Run is one of Emerald Rotary’s signature events. Since it was launched in 2002 it has been all about Kids raising funds for kids and each year the funds raised have been donated to a Children’s charity, which over the years has ranged from the Starlight Foundation, Monash Health, End Polio program, William Angliss Hospital, Cerebral Palsy Education Centre, Insight Education Centre for the Blind and over the last three years the Monash Children’s Hospital Cancer Centre.  In this time the Club has raised $721,250.
Click on Read more for rest of story and more pics. Album of pics here.
Polio Plus Society
What is the Polio Plus Society?
The PolioPlus Society (PPS) is a fundraising and recognition program that specifically supports PolioPlus.
PPS encourages Rotary members and others to pledge at least US$100 per year (approx. $160AUD) to the PolioPlus Fund until polio is eradicated from the face of the earth.
Rotary members and their friends who join the Society will be honored with a distinctive lapel pin and a certificate, which will be presented at a special ceremony.
Your contributions will count toward Paul Harris Fellow recognition and Major Donor status and will be matched 2-to-1 by the Gates Foundation
Download form here.
Thank you for your support.
Box Hill Central Op Shop celebration
November 19th saw us celebrate an incredible achievement, through our Op shop we have raised $1 million dollars to fund local and international projects over the last 21 years.
The lunch held at Box Hill Golf Club was an excellent opportunity for us to come together to celebrate an incredible achievement that has made and continues to make an enormous difference in our community.
A thank you must go to our volunteers, whose time and effort to support our club and our causes has assisted in achieving this incredible goal.  Your contributions have made a significant impact, and we are grateful for your dedication and hard work.
Click on Read More for the rest of the story and more pics.
Club growing Bank Balance?
This is an article submitted by Paul Taranto, President Elect Rotary Club of Mordialloc to Rotary Downunder
What to do with a growing Bank Balance?
Does your Club have a large and growing bank balance? Is your Club looking for ways on how your funds can be put to good use? This was the predicament for the Rotary of Mordialloc recently. Although a small Club (17 members) it is very active in both the fund raising and project support and development areas. Faced with a growing bank balance the current Club President Jennifer Pudney put the proposal to the Board that every Club member be asked to identify a Rotary Program or registered charity to which the Club would donate $1000.
Royce Abbey Award Night
I had the pleasure of attending the Royce Abbey Award night, hosted by District 9800 at the Essendon Members facility at Windy Hill.
The Royce Abbey Award is presented to Rotarians in acknowledgement of their enthusiasm and commitment.
Royce Abbey was a member of the RC of Essendon in District 9800 and RI President in 1988-89.
For more information, please refer here.
This was the 500 award to be made and joint awardees on the evening were PDGs and good mates, Dennis Shore and Murray Verso. Well deserved!
Please take Read More link to see more pics.
Primary Schools Speech Contest Final
Our Club (Mannigham City), played host to the District final of the Primary School Speech Competition on Wednesday night and what a superb night it was with 14 contestants representing 6 Rotary Clubs fighting out the final.
Our District Governor Ian Ballantine, District Governor Elect for D9815 Colin Byron, Assistant Governor Olive Aumann, District Youth Service Chair Malcolm Chiverton, our new Manningham Mayor Cr Carli Lange, former Mayor Cr Deirdre Diamante and Cr Anna Chen all attending and to a person they were astounded at the quality of the presentations from the students.
A brilliant night and our thanks go to Manningham City members and event organisers Trevor Dawson and Brian Tyedin, Timekeepers Dan Hession and Rod Simkiss, Photographer Anthony Callinan and the judging team from Toastmasters International.
Click on Read More for more pics.
Timor Leste Project Launch
District Foundation Chair PDG David Alexander and I attended the Australian launch of the program to providing training on domestic violence in East Timor at the city campus of the Latrobe Universuty. In attendance was Dr Kirsty Sword Gusmao.
The project was funded by a Global Grant initiated by the Rotary Club of Manningham (now the club of Manningham City.
The project was a collaborative partnership between Latrobe University, the World Health Organisation and the former Rotary Club of Manningham to develop a curriculum to address Domestic Violence in Timor Leste.
RC Waverley PinPong-a-thon
The Rotary Club of Waverley held it's inaugural Ping-pong-a-thon in October and raised a staggering $!3,500!
The event was held at the Mt Waverley Uniting Church and was a great great day.
The RC of Waverley is the first Rotary Club to "pong the world" but won't be the last!
There were people plying ping pong and people sizzling sausages, and eating them.
Congratulations go to Steve Lowe, the driving force behind the event and all the members who attended.
Singapore Convention
The Rotary convention is where friendship and learning come together to inspire you. In Singapore you’ll connect with people of action from around the globe at Rotary’s biggest event of the year.
The 2024 Rotary International Convention, will be be held 25-29 May in Singapore.
Here are a couple of stories to help inspire you to register.
Shape-shifting Singapore - here - By Wen Huang
Singapore – a land of surprises - here. By Jennifer Scott, Chair of the 2024 International Convention Committee
Register now here
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Upcoming Events
Mornington Rotary Art Show
Peninsula Community Theatre
Jan 19, 2024 10:00 am –
Jan 26, 2024 5:00 pm
RC Monbulk & District - Australia Day Breakfast
Monbulk Sports Pavilion
Jan 26, 2024
8:00 am – 10:30 am
Mont Albert Market
Mont Albert Village
Jan 28, 2024
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
All American Car Display
Gembrook Recreation Reserve
Feb 18, 2024
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
2024 Rotary Ride For Medical Research
Mar 03, 2024 – Mar 08, 2024
Beaumaris Rotary Sandy Links Charity Day 2024
Sandy Golf Links
Mar 04, 2024
Gnome & Fairy Festival
George Woods Reserve
Mar 17, 2024
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Conference 2024 Warrnambool
Lighthouse Theatre
Mar 22, 2024 – Mar 24, 2024
2024 Debutante Ball
Cathies Lane Receptions
Jun 15, 2024
7:00 pm – 11:30 pm
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