5th Edition                                                                          November 2021 
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Well, here we are with much more freedom in our lives than we have   had for some 263 days combined since March 2020.
May I first of all thank all clubs for their community service efforts during the seven lockdowns and for still being here! Rather than write a long paragraph about emerging from this situation, I have chosen to put my thoughts into a Five Minutes with the DG video,9810 Gets Loose from Locky D.’ This is posted below as well as on our District Youtube channel and our District Facebook page.
Coming out of the longest lockdowns experienced by any Rotary District in the world, and into a new way of ‘being Rotary’ we should be mindful of undertaking four actions with ourselves and in the lives of those around us. Jenny and I look forward to chatting with you and catching up with you as we begin to move around our District.
1. Be Careful. 2. Be Kind. 3. Be Proactive. 4. Be Innovative.
Five Minutes with the DG November Master
Click image to watch video
Some members of Rowville-Lysterfield gathered in person last Sunday for the first time in months. NOTE the many much needed haircuts in evidence!
Rotaract Club of Whitehorse held a Murder Mystery Night for Halloween. Great fun had by all!!

Dr Daryl Moran
District Governor 9810
I would encourage all members to join in rising to meet the FOUR CHALLENGES I have posed for your Presidents and Clubs.
  1. CLUB EXCELLENCE – How are YOU making YOUR club and its activities attractive to potential members and also retaining your current Rotarians?
  2. CLUB INNOVATION – How are YOU building a culture of innovation and willingness to take safe risks in YOUR club?
  3. ROTARY FAMILY – How is YOUR club maintaining, nurturing and extending our Rotary ‘Family?’
  4. ROTARY SUPPORT – Is YOUR club doing all it can to support the work of Rotary in YOUR community and the wider world?
Our heartiest congratulations are expressed to the Rotary Club of Templestowe and the Rotaract Club of Manningham for having been selected to be the sole Australian entry to make a presentation in a ‘Town Hall’ platform about their ‘Connecting Manningham’ project at this event!!
It should be noted that these virtual presentations will be made to an audience across the Asia-Pacific area of at least 21 countries with an estimated audience of 10,000 attendees.
Registrations ($28AUD) for the Rotary Presidential Conference Manila 2021
Find out more detail about ‘Connecting Manningham’ on their Facebook page at
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For the first time since 2018, D9810 will be holding its own District Conference on 25th and 26th of March 2022. Friday 25th will be held online whilst Saturday 26th will be staged in-person at the Caulfield Racecourse. Find out more details in the short clip below, especially the theme for the Gala Dinner!
A picture containing person, window, sitting, indoorDescription automatically generatedJILLIAN RISELEY
is the CEO of the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MMWRG) the Victorian Government statutory body responsible for co-ordinating and facilitating the delivery of waste management and resource recovery across metropolitan Melbourne. 
Learn more about MWRRG and CEO Jillian Riseley at their website below. Also below is a video of Jillian speaking at a Webinar where she appears at about the 29 minute mark.
A person smiling for the cameraDescription automatically generated with low confidencePAT McCAFFERTY
is Managing Director of Yarra Valley Water, one of Australia’s largest water utilities providing water and sanitation services to 2M people across Melbourne’s eastern and northern suburbs.
Learn more about Yarra Valley Water and its work with the 17 UN Sustainable Development goals by visiting the Sustainability page on their website.
Celeste Mergens
is the Founder and CEO of Days for Girls and has led the organization since its beginning in 2008.
Learn more about Days For Girls at their website below.
You are invited to a special Zoom meeting.
on Nov 9, 2021 from 7:30 – 8.30PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
Register in advance for this meeting:
“Ride For Medical Research”
Yes, it’s back.  After a pandemic delayed start, the next annual “Ride For Medical Research” will take place March 6 - 11, 2022. Having now raised over $1.2 million for Australian Rotary Health we look forward to pushing this to over $1.3milion in the near future.
Registration for this popular fundraising event will open on the 14th of November 2021 with strictly limited numbers, so get in early to secure your place.
Join us for the “Kelly Country Encounters Tour” 2022
The ride next year will be centered around the great cycling area of Wangaratta, taking in the King Valley, Beechworth, the painted silos in the region and more. See the web site for more information and registration details.
If you can’t make it why not consider joining in with the Mad March Cycle Challenge which will run in conjunction. Details of this will be released closer to the date.
Please note we are also seeking support drivers for the ride, if interested please see the web site for contact details or ring Ken Barrett on: - 0408 682 244
Celebrating Probus Day 
Probus Day (which was celebrated during October) is an opportunity to remind the wider community of the importance of social connections and support. 
Overcoming the risk of increased loneliness and social isolation at this time has been very challenging. Throughout the pandemic, many have stayed active and connected through Probus. To highlight the importance of staying connected - it is appropriate that this years’ Probus Day theme is centred on the positive social connections that Probus provides.
The following link provides additional information on the Probus Day event.
Probus Travel Insurance now available
The following has links to details of the Probus travel insurance as I mentioned. Probus travel insurance is extended to all practising Rotarians although they do not qualify for additional discounts available to Probus members. However, many Rotarians are also Probians where they can take advantage of additional discounts.
Kind regards,
Robert Renshaw
PP Glen Waverley Rotary Club
Rotary District 9810 Probus Chairman
Dear Management Committee,

I am pleased to advise that Probus Club members can now apply for Probus Travel Insurance with one of Australia’s leading travel insurance providers, Allianz Global Assistance.

Together, Probus and Allianz Global Assistance have made a range of travel insurance products available to Probus Club members across Australia.

Probus Travel Insurance provides a range of options for both domestic and international travel from Australia. Depending upon your age, where you are travelling to and the length of your trip, Probus Club members may be offered one, two or three different plans. Of course terms, conditions, limits and exclusions apply, and members should refer to the
 Product Disclosure Statement to compare the plans in more detail.

Probus Club members can apply for Probus Travel Insurance online at https://www.probussouthpacific.org/pages/travel_insurance_landing_au
For those members who prefer the personal approach or are unable to access the internet, the Allianz Global Assistance Team can take travel insurance applications over the phone. For more information about Probus Travel Insurance, please visit our website at
https://www.probussouthpacific.org/pages/travel_insurance_landing_au or call 1800 125 234.
After the uncertainty in recent months, it is so pleasing to be able to provide members with a range of travel insurance options for their consideration.

Management Committees are encouraged to share this information with their members via their regular Club newsletter.

To download a copy of this letter please
click here in MS Word or here for PDF.

Yours in Probus friendship,

Silvana Martignago
Chief Executive Officer
‘Making Time for Rotary’
The Rotary Club of Noble Park rose to the challenge of President Cliff Grills in 1978, to erect a permanent structure in Noble Park to signify the presence of Rotary and the work it carried out in the area. Following negotiations with the Victorian Railways, a permit was issued by the Springvale Council for a clock tower to be built in the Pioneer Gardens. Rotarians carried out the excavations for the foundations, placed reinforcements and laid conduits for power supply one weekend in March 1983, with the concrete foundations being poured the following weekend. Rotarian club members and family connections were involved in the construction, steel fabrication and steel rustproofing. The clock faces and electric movements were installed by Rotarians over one weekend and the project was officially dedicated by the Mayor of Springvale on 13th August 1983.
‘You are never too old for Christmas’
The Rotary Club of Clayton, in 1989 initiated a free Christmas Dinner for the local aged population following a suggestion by a local cab driver. The next year, President Ralph Zuccaro thought the general idea worthy of further development and the club erected a marquee in a park in North Clayton. About 90 aged residents were fed Christmas lunch, a Salvation Army accompanist led the carol singing and Santa arrived as well. The venture had grown to such an extent that in 1994, the Rotary Club of Clayton was honoured by being presented with Oakleigh’s Community Project of the Year Award at the Australia Day Mayoral breakfast.
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9 Nov
  Launch of Centurion Week
  ‘A Foundation Conversation’ between PRIP Ian Riseley and RIPN 
  Gordon McInally
Fri 26 Nov
  District AGM and Monthly Meeting of DG with Club Presidents,
  AG’s and DST members. (Hybrid format)
28 Nov
  DGN hosts AG Briefing and Pre-PETS
6 Dec
  Interact District Assembly Day - IDAD (Online)
Mon-Sat 17-22 Jan   Joint 9810 and 9820 RYLA
Fri 21 Jan
  Monthly Meeting of DG with Club Presidents, AG’s and DST
Mon 14 Feb   Youth Service Seminar
Sat-Sun 19-20 Feb   MDPETS
Fri 25 Feb
  Monthly Meeting of DG with Club Presidents, AG’s and DST
Sun 27 Feb   Rotary Storm Recovery Festival at Monbulk
20 Mar
  Shine-On Awards
Thu 24 Mar
  Monthly Meeting of DG with Club Presidents, AG’s and DST
25 Mar
  2022 District Conference - Online
26 Mar
  2022 District Conference - In-person at Caulfield Racecourse
Fri 22 Apr
  Monthly Meeting of DG with Club Presidents, AG’s and DST
29 Apr
  Malaria Awareness Day
Fri 13 May   Foundation Grants – Club Qualification and Planning Seminar
Sat-Sun 22-29 May   District Training Assembly (On-line)
25 Jun
  District Changeover Dinner
1 Jul
  D9810 40th Birthday Event
Fri-Sun 3 - 5 Mar   D9810 District Conference
Topic: Sunday Sundowners
Time: Nov 21, 2021 05:00 PM 
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 878 5012 5194
Passcode: 283322
Topic: Morning Tea with the DG
Time: Nov 22, 2021 10:00 AM 
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 860 5520 6213
Passcode: 235513
Our District raised $102,000 for our RAWCS Dandenong Ranges Storm Recovery Fund and all proceeds are being directed towards recovery projects. Many of our clubs wanted to be involved in further recovery assistance work. Now is the time for volunteers to step forward as the Belgrave, Emerald and Monbulk clubs have combined to stage a ROTARY STORM RECOVERY FESTIVAL at the Monbulk Recreation Reserve on SUNDAY 27th FEBRUARY 2022.
All D9810 clubs have been invited to be involved and provide support and assistance to ensure that the event is a great success. Having given much of our ‘Treasure’ all of us look forward to providing our ‘Time and Talent’ as we Serve to Change Lives in the Hills Communities.
Please save the date and spread the word about the event.
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Rotary’s Centenary project saving the lives of children in Zone 8’s Pacific area.
  1. Five Minute Youtube clip with advice about Social-Media for Rotary clubs and how to disable unwanted Face Book comments on their club page.
  1. Advice for clubs about making 'cashless' payments for club activities. A number of clubs are using the following means and no doubt there are others as well. Lilydale and Moorabbin - Direct debit. Boronia, Doncaster, Beaumaris, OCH, Box Hill Central, Mordialloc - EFTPOS machines. Nunawading - a Square device. 
The Rotary Club of East Maitland in NSW has produced on Canva a very unique one-page graphic to illustrate their ‘Annual Report.’ It is certainly worth a look and could be most applicable to websites and Facebook pages.
A link to a non-Rotary website that explores the advantages and disadvantages of Hybrid meetings in the workplace, with some ideas for us to consider in our Rotary meeting environment.
Amanda Watkin, Rotary GB&I General Secretary, shares how Rotary clubs in the UK are navigating their way to normality post COVID-19 in the latest Rotary Magazine at the following link:
Hi to all.
Just a reminder that in 2021/22 the District Governors Newsletter will now again be a monthly edition. So please send me your photos and articles to highlights9810@gmail.com prior to the next edition which will be sent out on the 6th December.
If you would like to see any Newsletters from the current or previous years click here.
Also Please remember that "Highlights" will be sent out on the third Monday of every month with the next edition being on the 15th November. Please send me any events & functions that you have planned in 2021/2022.
In the meantime you can view all the current events here
All the best
Michael Ellinger 
Rotary Club of Oakleigh Clayton Huntingdale
Highlights Editor