21st Edition                                                                            26 April 2021 
Hold on to your hats because May is going to be whirlwind!  A whirlwind of activity, that is.  There’s so much on that it’s hard to keep track but, in an endeavour to help, I have added info and links for those that are part of our District activity. 
Unfortunately though, I have to report that the Picnic in the Park event has been cancelled.  When Parks Victoria delayed permit approval for so long, the committee decided there was not enough time to build the person-power required or to make the complex arrangements necessary to make the event a success.   Such a disappointment that our major event to celebrate R100, and the only opportunity this year for the District to come together, now won’t happen.  Every sympathy for DGN Ken Miller and his team – it’s such a difficult decision to have to make.  In the face if this disappointment, I hope to see maximum numbers at the on-line conference this weekend and at District Changeover on June 26.  
Governor’s travels this fortnight are quite extensive with activities all over the place.  Including some R100 events and plenty of other Rotary activities.
Very exciting event for me in the last fortnight – I inducted my son into Rotary!  See the story below.
It’s World Immunisation Week this week and to help your club to recognise the event, I have added a link to a great new video – 2 minutes of Rotary gold!
On 7 May, D9810 will be holding a Presidents’ and District Leaders’ meeting.  It’s our first in-person meeting for the year as well as our last meeting for the year.   All current and in-coming Presidents are invited as well as current and in-coming AGs, District Chairs, and members of the College of Governors.  You will have received an invitation from District Secretary Judith Eadon.  Please be sure to RSVP so we know we have sufficient capacity.
Also, at the District meeting copies of the Centenary Book will be available for sale.  See below.
Other items in Open Doors this week include;
  • Become a Centennial Centurion
  • A couple of items about Rotary logos and signage
  • Three RAWCS items – RAWCS basics, DIK and Cyclone Seroja appeal.
Plus, of course, lots, lots more.
See you at conference.
Governor’s Travels
Lots in the DG diary this past fortnight.
On Sunday 11 April, the Whitehorse baton relay and Centenary dinner took place (see below).  Although the day was cold and wet the turnout was fantastic.  I know a great deal of effort went into organising the day and I congratulate all involved.  The pic at left was taken at Box Hill Town Hall where I met up with members of RC Box Hill Burwood, MASH and Whitehorse Rotaractors.  The pic on the right was taken at Rise and Grind where NewGen Rotary meets.  Here with members of MASH, Nunawading, and Mount Waverley.  The final pics were taken at the Acre restaurant in Burwood where the “big baton” was on display and the two batons of the day’s events were held aloft in a victory salute!  For more pics of this fabulous day click here for the Baton Relay Gallery put together by Lyndon Smith (it’s really worth having a look).
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On Tuesday 13 April, I was at RC Emerald with visitors from RC Monbulk & District and RC Belgrave for the launch og their cluster Youth Wellbeing project in conjunction with Sport and Life Education and Tribe Youth.  Here I am with various presenters and Rotarians including AG Brian Hodgson (right rear).
On Saturday 77 April another R100 celebration with members of the RCs of Lilydale, Croydon Montrose, Nunawading Maroondah, Emerald, MASH and Manningham.  Also present the Mayor of Maroondah, Cr Kylie Spiers, Cr Suzy Stojanovic and Cr Marijke Graham.  Rotarians walked around Ringwood Lake and handed out sweets and cakes to all the folk they encountered.  On the way around we stopped to admire the Rotary Peace Garden, a project of RC Ringwood (now Maroondah) opened in 2015.  Words on the plaque there are;
“This garden is a symbol of International Peace.
May all whopass  by this place pause and meditate on peace – the ultimate ideal of the human state – and reflect on the unity of men women and children as One People”.
On Tuesday 20 April I had the priviledge of attending the opening of an entrance shelter at Yarra View Nursery.  The nursery is a social enterprise employing more than 70 people with intellectual and other disabilities.  The shelter was a project of RC of Lilydale which managed to gather many donations in kind from local businesses to complement their funding input to complete the project  Well done to all concerned – a great job.  Pics show the magnificent shelter complete with concrete floor, colourbond roof, plaster ceiling, and electricity.  Next pic shows PDG Patrick Hartley, Scott Buckland (GM of Yarra View Nursery), Pres Madalyn Parlet and me.  Note the great signage!
On Wednesday 21 April, I attended the RC Boronia Anzac day commemoration for schools at the Tim Neville Arboretum in Ferntree Gully and on Friday 23 I attended the RC Noble Park Dingley Anzac day commenoration for schools at Dingley Village.  Both wonderful occasions and an important part of ensuring the history and respect of the Anzac tradition are passed on through the generations. Pic on left shows the attendees at the Boronia event and on right IPP Peter Behm (RC Noble Park Dingley) and I in front of the beautiful war memorial at Dingley Village.
The actual date of the 100th birthday of Rotary in Australia was celebrated at the RC Knox dinner event with a “roaring 20s” theme.  This was a fun night complete with interactive entertainment from swing dancers who had the whole group in motion with authentic jazz age moves.  Lots of fun and a great night. Pics show AG Mike Finke and me and the celebratory cake.
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On Anzac Day I attended the dawn service at Halliday Park, Mitcham.  A good crowd started arriving about 5.30am for the 6 o’clock start. RC Mitcham plays a leading role in this event with Rtn Peter McPhee acting as MC and District Secretary Judith Eadon (RC Nunawading) presenting a reading.  Plenty of Rotary representation including Crs Prue Cutts (RC Mitcham) and Cr Ben Stenett (RC Nunawading).  Pic shows me with Judith after the ceremony.
Governor Inducts Son
As part of the Whitehorse Cluster Baton Relay event, I had the privilege of inducting two new Rotarians into the RC Nunawading NewGen Satellite.  The first was former District Rotaract Representative, Naomi Fergusson and the second was my son, Perry Byrnes.  This was a very proud moment for a proud mum.  Did I mention I’m very proud of my son?  I’m also one very happy DG!
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Coming Events
Don’t miss any of these great events coming up in May. Remember to register for both the Virtual Victoria conference and the D9810 breakout session.
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End Polio Now Fundraising Night
     On SATURDAY 22ND May 2021 at 6:30pm
    MAXIMS RESTAURANT Level 1/17 Balmoral Avenue, SPRINGVALE
             Cost: $60 pp for 5 Course Banquet  Dinner Includes: Tea and Soft Dinks
            Alcohol at bar prices
RSVP:       By Monday 17th May 2021 with any special dietary requirements to:
Loc Huu Lam, President
Mobile: 0425 806 006    
Angelina Colombino
Mobile:  0402 168 935
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All Victoria Interactors welcome to this virtual event.
For more information contact event Chair, Des O’Shanassy  on 0401 287 050 or by email at  desoshanassy@hotmail.com  Or contact the D9810 Interact Chair, Salwan Shahine of RC Doncaster.
R100 Book “Humanity in Action” on sale in D9810
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 “Humanity in Action” book will be available for sale at the District Presidents’ and Leaders’ meeting on 7 May.
To order the books individually costs $25 plus $14.95 postage and handling.  Greg and I have purchased 40 of the books and will sell them at the meeting for $30 each.
If we sell them all we will make a small profit on the deal which we will donate to End Polio Now.
If you or other members of your club are interested in purchasing a copy, remember to look for Greg King on the night.
World Immunisation Week – 24 to 30 April
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This week is World Immunisation Week and a good week for each club to consider its End Polio Now donation for this year.  If your club needs some inspiration, this video will be a significant motivator.  Only 2 minutes but well worth showing at your club.  https://cdn2.webdamdb.com/md_ATxV56VXabE1.mp4?1616510175
Become a Century Centurion
This month, Rotary marks 100 years of service in Australia and New Zealand and one great way for Zone 8 Rotarians to celebrate is by becoming a ‘Centenary Centurion’!
While The Rotary Foundation is the beneficiary of the Centurion program, it is actually a program that was created by the districts of Australia and New Zealand.   What’s unique is that the pledge of $100 or more is expressed in Australian dollars. This simplicity, along with the manageable size of the pledge, has made Centurion very popular with Rotarians.
Please consider becoming a Century Centurion by pledging $100 each year to the Annual Fund.
Your club can become a Centenary Centurion Club by having100% of their members become Centurions.  For more information contact Ian Donald of RC Monash.
Rotary Club Clothing and the Rotary Logo
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From time-to-time clubs decide that they need new club shirts or jackets or hats.  If that time is coming for your club, then BEWARE.  Many suppliers and embroiderers will tell you they have a Rotary logo on file and will look after it all for you, but they probably have the old logo and not the new (7 years’ old!) logo.  It is vital that care is taken to ensure the new logo is used.  Full artwork can be devised and downloaded for your club by going to the Brand Centre at https://www.rotary.org/en  - you’ll have to log in. 
Time Refresh Your Signage
While we’re on the topic of the Rotary logo, after more than seven years, it’s time for all clubs to review and refresh all instances of Rotary logos.  Those sandwich boards, all weather banners and club signs need to be updated to the new sign format.  The signs at the entrance to your area or city also need to be checked and the old ones either taken down or replaced.  Don’t make me go out and take photos!
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RAWCS Basics
You’ve heard of RAWCS, right?  Are you not sure what it’s really all about and don’t know who to ask?  Here’s a great short (less than 2 minutes) video designed as an introduction to RAWCS for Rotarians.  See it here:  (20+) Facebook 
Donations In Kind
Many of you will have heard me talk about what a fascinating and amazing place is the DIK warehouse in West Footscray.  If your club hasn’t been on a visit recently, I highly recommend you do.  I hesitate to say “if you can’t get there watch this video” so let’s just say that for a great preview of your visit click on the link. http://mediarss.com.au/RotaryTV3/
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Cyclone Seroja Relief Appeal
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Diversity Equity and Inclusion in the Expanding World of Rotary International
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This is a one hour podcast interview with PRIP Barry Rassin and Leadership author and speaker Steve Farber.  Lots to learn here and plenty of DEI food for thought.  If podcast is your preferred learning method or if your going on a longish drive soon go to Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion In The Expanding World Of Rotary International With Barry Rassin - YouTube
RI Convention Bookings Now Open
LogoDescription automatically generated Don’t miss your chance to connect with Rotary members at the 2021 Virtual Convention: Rotary Opens Opportunities which will take place from 12 through 16 June 2021.
Enjoy a special rate of $49 through 7 May 2021. After that, the registration fee is $65.
You can also join us early at a preconvention, 10-11 June, for Intercountry Committees, Rotaract, and Rotary Youth Exchange officers. Each preconvention will cost an additional $20.
The 2021 Virtual Rotary Convention and pre-conventions are open to all Rotary members and participants and include access to the virtual House of Friendship.
Don’t forget to visit the convention event page on Facebook to connect with others and stay up-to-date on event news and program highlights!
New WASRAG Newsletter Available Now
WASH RAG logoClubs working on or interested in water and sanitation projects will be interested in the April issue of the  WASRAG Newsletter. 
Also, this year's World Water Summit which will be an online event and will focus on the crisis on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in healthcare facilities (HCFs).
It is reported that in least developed countries that 22% of health care facilities have no water service and 21% lack sanitation service.
Confirmed speakers are Joanne McGriff, Emory University and John Oldfield, Global Water 2020 
Register by clicking on the links below;
Food Plant Solutions
One of my favourite Rotary Action Groups is Food Plant Solutions.  Any club that has made strong contacts with an overseas community especially through current or recent projects is encouraged to check this great RAG.  If food security or nutrition are concerns in the Community Needs Analysis, then it’s likely that FPS can help.  To get an idea of what they do see their April newsletter and then explore the website.  https://foodplantsolutions.org/april-2021-newsletter/
To see the D9810 R100 Baton Relay Events planned Click Here
2021/2022 Grants Qualification and Planning Seminar
D9810 Foundation Committee presents
2021/2022 Grants Qualification and Planning Seminar
6 pm for 6.30 Start. Friday 14th May 2021
Melbourne Baseball Clubrooms
Surrey Park, Surrey Drive, BOX HILL
Networking over Sandwiches available from 6 pm. Drinks available at bar prices
Who should attend?
Club Presidents Elect; Foundation, International and Community Service Committee Chairs; and Assistant Governors; Rotarians looking to Serve to Change Lives in 2021/22.
Why attend?
For Clubs to receive Global and District Grant project funding in 2020/21 at least one representative from your Club is required to attend the Seminar and hence qualify your Club to participate in the Foundation Grants program.
There has been considerable change recently for involving the Foundation with your Club and its work in the community.  The implications of this are a focus of this Seminar.
What will be covered?
  1. Changes to the Foundation’s Grant funding model
  2. The District Resource Network and other sources of expert assistance available to Clubs for grant funded projects.
  3. Getting the most out of your Club’s engagement with The Rotary Foundation.
  4. A Road Map to your next District Grant
  5. Project eligibility, 2021/22 Parameters of the grant dollar matches, Conditions, Partnering, and Timelines, for:
District (Local Community) Grants
District International Grants, and
Global Grants
To assist with Catering, please Register your Club’s attendance by
Sunday 9th May 2021.
Contact Graham Richardson by email with attendees’ names:
Malaria Awareness Day 2021
ANZAC Day Reflection
A couple of years back I was fortunate to take part in a fundraising study tour with Kirsty Sword Guzmao to Timor Leste.  When our group arrived at Dili airport there was a large welcoming ceremony: the East Timorese are always keen to see Kirsty; but in this case it was primarily intended for Michael Stone and a contingent of ex servicemen taking part in Timor Awakening   
Fostering the relationship and understanding between Australian and Timorese veterans the program also helps ex servicemen deal with personal issues through experiencing the Timorese people’s resilience and reconciliation with their turbulent and devastating past. It also emphasizes how the Timorese supported Australian Commandos “Sparrow Force“ during WW2 at great personal cost. 
Our near neighbours and friends in Timor Leste, as a result of devastating Floods this Easter, are again in great need of our support to recover and rebuild.  Michael Stone and the Timor Leste veterans have been very busy on the ground effectively distributing aid.  Fundraiser by Michael Stone : Timor-Leste Easter Floods Disaster Relief (gofundme.com)
Flag-TL.pngOn the Study tour I also became familiar with the work of Spend It Well a small charity with a big impact. They have partnered with the Balibo House Trust and Rotary Clubs including Bentleigh Moorabbin Central, Port Melbourne, Keilor and now Emerald & Dist to build and equip a number of schools, toilets and water supplies.  Having great people on the ground and thanks to the generosity of donors they have been able to respond very quickly and effectively distributing immediate aid.  https://www.spenditwell.com/updates/
Rotary has set up at least 2 RAWCS funds 69-2020-21 and 71-2013-14 aimed at more medium term recovery works.
Darwin Rotary has an account and is connecting directly with Rotary Dili, contact Ray Fauntleroy (Darwin) or myself for the details. We hope that some of you may be able to provide some immediate support through one of these (tax deductible) methods
Russell Marnock, PP Rotary Club of Emerald and District
Ericson Community Service Award
The Ericson Community Service Award was established in 2021 to honor the outstanding and
dedicated contributions of Merv Ericson, Inaugural Branch Manager of Community Bank
Pinewood and former Director of Pinewood Community Financial Services Limited.

Merv was employed as Branch Manager when the Community Bank Pinewood opened its
doors back in 2002. Over the years he built a community of customers who he knew by name
and his friendly, professional nature and extensive knowledge was admired by everyone. Merv
retired from his position 11 years later in 2013, he was then welcomed by the Board as a
Director in 2017 until 2020.
The recipient of the Award will receive a certificate and a $1,000 grant to donate to their
nominated community group.

Criteria & Eligibility

Nominations for the Ericson Community Service Award must satisfy the following criteria:
1. Nominees must reside within the City of Monash;
2. Nominees must have made a voluntary contribution in uplifting one or more community
goals in the last two years;
3. The Nomination Form must be signed by the nominator and one referee
4. The recipient must nominate a not-for-profit community group based in the City of
Monash to receive the $1,000 grant.
1st March:  Nominations Open
1st May:     Nominations Close
15th June:  Recipient Announced
November: Recipient invited to attend Community Bank Pinewood Pitch Event to speak
about the award and where the money was given and how it was used
We are pleased to advise that several key positions are available within RAM. We wish to invite all Rotarians who may be suitable candidates to email us with an ‘Expressions of Interest’ for the positions below. Orientation and mentoring are available for all positions.
Vacant now:
  1. Grant Writers / Project Managers / Malaria Experts for the RAM Grant Writing Team
Vacant on 1st July 2021:
  1. National Secretary for RAM
We would expect the incoming nominee to take the opportunity to be mentored by the existing incumbent, Gloria Hargreaves.
National Secretary Gloria Hargreaves (egharg@netspace.net.au) for the Role Description and Nomination Form. 
Thank you.
National Secretary Gloria Hargreaves
Supporting the Environment
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RDU Advertising Commission - Boost club funds by up to $7,000
Rotary Down Under is offering a 25% commission incentive to clubs and districts that secure advertising in the magazine.  See information above and, for more, contact Judy Drake at RDU on 02 9633 4888
And to finish off....
Hi to all.
I look forward in seeing all your articles and stories every fortnight for me to publish in "Open Doors".
If you would like to see previous versions of "Open Doors" click here.
So please send me your photos and articles to highlights9810@gmail.com prior to the next edition which will be sent out on the 10th May.
Also send me your events for "Highlights", with the next edition coming out on Monday 10th May. In the meantime you can view all the events here
All the best
Michael Ellinger 
Rotary Club of Oakleigh Clayton Huntingdale
Highlights Editor