District Events
September 2020 
Going Green - (Tuesday 8th September 2020)
Maree Marshall is celebrated for her innovative Zero Waste strategies, arming precincts, councils and everyone in between, with action plans that encompass waste hierarchy and circular economy principles.

Maree understands the world of waste – who generates it, what they generate, where it ends up and how it can be avoided. Her depth of knowledge has been shared across
Melbourne’s largest commercial, residential, government and recreational developments to help them achieve rates of up to 85% diversion of waste from landfill.

Maree is an Associate Director with WSP showcasing 20 years’ experience and leadership in Waste Management Engineering and Resource Recovery Innovation.
Maree leads WSP’s Waste Engineering team who are respected for their innovation and quality of design.

Maree authored the first 5 versions of City of Melbourne’s Guidelines for Preparing Waste Management Plans which have since been adopted as the standard across Victoria. Sustainability Victoria have benefited from her superior industry knowledge and now use the waste generation rates she developed as their industry standard.

This FREE online Zoom session is hosted by the Rotary Club of Hampton at 7pm, Tuesday 8th September. Log-in details for zoom will be sent to you in the confirmation email you receive from Trybooking when confirming your registration.
Lockdown Series #5 - Trivia Night (Friday 11th September 2020)
The Knox Rotaract Club is hosting a series of virtual activities to help us get through Lockdown 2.0!
We hope you can join us for the next activity in this series - a classic Trivia night!

Come and put your general knowledge to the test, how many questions will you get right?
Each session will begin with a short discussion about gratitude and self care as we try and appreciate the week 🙂
Share this with anyone who could use a mood booster, and wants to participate in something new this lockdown!
PD Webinar #4: Integrating younger generations into your workforce - (Saturday 12th September 2020)
Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am
If you look around your workplace, you are likely to see people from the full five generations on the job today, from the Silent Generation to Gen Z. A result of this boost in age diversity are discussions about how generational differences are impacting individuals and organisations. In this webinar, we will be exploring this issue and putting forward some recommendations to young professionals about how to integrate into workplaces. We will also share recommendations to employers about how to welcome and find the best value out of younger workers.
Key learning objectives:
  • Understanding the current reality, examining the evidence
  • Sharing tips with employers about how to find the best value out of younger workers
  • Sharing tips with young generations about how to integrate into the workplace
RAM's 2020 Virtual Conference - (12th & 13th September 2020)
Our 2020 RAM Conference, due to be held in Newcastle, NSW this year, has been changed into a virtual conference to be held via Zoom. At this RAM Virtual Conference, Malaria Experts will share their work in the Asia-Pacific with us. Topics include intersectoral collaborations for malaria elimination; vector control innovations; quality assurance in malaria microscopy; radical cure of Plasmodium vivax in the region; and an update on the PlasProtecT® malaria vaccine.
Morning Tea with the District Governor - (Tuesday 15th September 2020)

Have your Morning Tea with DG Alma Reynolds on Tuesday 15th September at 10:30 am

Join in for a casual chat and catch up with a wide-ranging discussion about Rotary in our District and beyond.

No need to RSVP, no need to send apologies - be part of it if you want to and can.  See you there.

Sunday Sundowners with DG Alma - (Sunday 20th September 2020)

Join DG Alma for an informal chat on Sunday Evening 20th September at 5:00 pm on anything and everything Rotary. 

Participants can BYO topics or share those brought by others.  No need to RSVP, just turn up and join in.

Are you a tea drinker? - (Wednesday 23rd September 2020)
Time: 7.30 pm
Cost Nil
Come and join Bentleigh Moorabbin Central Rotary Club for a fun evening and learn all about tea.
We will be joined by Dilhan C. Fernando, Dilmah Tea - MJF Charitable Foundation - Dilmah Conservation Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Dilhan is actually the son of the Founder Merrill J. Fernando and is the CEO He and his Company recently collaborated with Rotary in Sri Lanka in supply-ing 10,000 COVID-19 test kits to the country’s Health Ministry.
We hope to hear about all things tea, as well as how Sri Lanka is coping with the pandemic and the Company’s association with Rotary. For more information about the test kit donation, go here.
District International / Foundation Joint Seminar -
(5:30 pm - Friday 25th September 2020)
Club input to the District Grants “Fair Share” Model
Rotary from a Villagers Perspective in Papua New Guinea
(Learn how The Rotary Foundation and District 9810 Resource Network can help your Club to participate in Local and International Grants Projects ).
While Covid-19 has caused many Rotarians to ‘re-think’ their position on providing service to the community, locally and internationally; and giving to the Foundation; - this inspirational Seminar is designed to renew your enthusiasm to do more ‘good in the world’.
This seminar is in two parts: - Part 1) covering Club projects in both the local and international community through a proposed new District Grants model; and Part 2), an enhanced approach to conducting our international service projects, as seen through the eyes of Osivo, a village project leader in Goroka, Papua New Guinea (part of D9600 Brisbane).
We will cross to Goroka to learn how Osivo led a village driven process to help Rotary deliver a project that the community needed – precious water! Learn also how resource networks across Rotary Districts can connect your Club to our near neighbour communities in need. Hear directly from Osivo what a benefitting community wants from its relationship with Rotary; and significantly, how to avoid the mistakes of other Aid Agencies, including some of our Rotary driven Grant projects of the past.
This seminar is a must for all Clubs as we prepare to embark on exciting new opportunities in Rotary D9810. Tony Stokes (International Service Chair) and David Alexander (Foundation Chair) welcome you to attend.
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Morning Tea with the District Governor - (Tuesday 29th September 2020)

Have your Morning Tea with DG Alma Reynolds on Tuesday 29th September at 10:30 am

Join in for a casual chat and catch up with a wide-ranging discussion about Rotary in our District and beyond.

No need to RSVP, no need to send apologies - be part of it if you want to and can.  See you there.

Membership & Marketing Seminar - (Saturday 3rd October 2020)
The Membership and Marketing Seminar is now on Saturday 3rd October at 10:00 am.
We have a great lineup of exciting guest speakers for you.
Save the date with more details to come, closer to the time.
“The Challenge of COVID Recovery” - (Monday 19th October 2020)
Time: 7.00 pm AEST.
Cost $20
Guest Speaker - John Hewson am
Dr John Hewson is one of Australia’s most experienced economists, financial experts and company directors. He is also a former politician and was Leader of the Liberal Party and Leader of the Opposition from 1990 to 1994. In 2001 he was awarded a Member in the Order of Australia. John is Professor and Chair of the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute at the ANU, and is an adjunct professor at five other universities.
Dr Hewson has been a climate activist since the late 80s. He
is currently Chair of Bio Energy Australia (Industry Group for
Renewable Fuel), Chair of the Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia, and a Patron of the Smart Energy Council.
Dr Hewson has been involved with a range of bio-energy projects in Australia and offshore, ranging from household garbage recycling and several waste to energy projects – electricity, biodiesel and ethanol, as well as several solar, thermal storage, and energy efficiency projects.

He is a strong supporter of the Not for Profit sector, having served as President of the Arthritis Foundation of Australia, the Positive Ageing Foundation, The Leadership Foundation and also as Director Sir Roland Wilson Foundation, and is Chairman of Osteoporosis Australia and KidsXpress.
Dr Hewson will speak about the challenges that the world and
Australia in particular are facing in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Save this Date - 12th November 2020
‘No Time to Die’
Presented by the
Rotary Club of Wandin Inc.
proposed for showing on the revised release date
Thursday 12 November, 2020
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
COVID-19 FREE ? - Fellowship Begins Again
The annual Australian Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians has its 43rd Annual Tournament being held on the Sunshine Coast in Maroochydore. This event shall be organised and run by the Rotary Club of Maroochydore and the event shall be played out on the Maroochy River Golf Club.
Registrations start on Sunday 16th May 2021 and the events starts on Monday 17th running through to Friday 21st May 2021. As is the normal, Wednesday is set aside with it being the free day to get the aches out of the muscles and get your mind ready for another 36 holes- what great fun!
For the non-golfing attendees there are tours organised on the competitive days as well as an optional tour to the Australia Zoo on the Wednesday rest day.
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!

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.
Welcome to the first "Highlights" for the 2020/2021 Rotary year. As you now know we have decided to start Highlights up again seeing now that many Rotary & Rotaract clubs are starting to hold and promote events again. Highlights will come out Monthly during the first 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 5th October.
All the best
Michael Ellinger 
Rotary Club of Oakleigh Clayton Huntingdale
Highlights Editor