3rd Edition                                                                             03 August 2020 
I am always astonished at the breadth of the opportunities offered by Rotary.  Any club looking for something new to add to its vibrancy or create a new challenge doesn’t have to look very far for inspiration.  The aim of this newsletter is to introduce D9810 Rotarians to activities and ideas from outside their own club.  The good news is that reading this newsletter is a great first step to finding new Rotary opportunities.
District Events
Think outside your current Rotary space, learn something new or refresh your memory by joining one or all of the upcoming District events.  All are online activities so there is every opportunity to be involved.
Morning Tea with the DG
Tues 4 Aug
10.30 am
Alma Reynolds, Doncaster
DG’s Sunday Sundowners
Sun 9 Aug
5.00 pm
Alma Reynolds, Doncaster
Foundation Forum
Thur 13 Aug
6.00 pm
David Alexander, Manningham
Community Projects Forum
Sun 16 Aug
4.00 pm
Trish Smyth, Beaumaris
Community Project Forum
Wed 19 Aug
11.00 am
Trish Smyth, Beaumaris
Club Runner Tutorial
Mon 24 Aug
7.00 pm
Ken Miller, Emerald & Dist
Vocational Seminar
Thur 27 Aug
6.00 pm
Bill Haywood, Waverley
Social Media Workshop
Mon 31 Aug
7.00 pm
Ken Miller, Emerald & Dist
More information on these events can be found below.
Chat with the DG Sessions Start in August
Some Rotarians will remember “Morning Tea with the DGE” held every Tuesday for some time up to the end of June.  Well, the DGE has been promoted to DG but the sessions are returning.
Every second Tuesday at 10.30 am starting 4th August, and for those not available during the day, Sunday Sundowners at 5.00 pm every second Sunday commencing 9th August.
The sessions are informal chats about anything and everything Rotary – BYO topics or take up those brought by others.  No need to RSVP just turn up.
Want to be sure your club is ready for the post COVID world? 
Michael McQueen is a multi-award winning speaker, trend forecaster and bestselling author of eight books.  With clients including KPMG, Pepsi and Cisco, he has helped some of the world’s most successful brands navigate disruption and maintain momentum.
In this video he discusses how Rotary clubs can best prepare for the post-COVID world and beyond.  It’s nearly an hour long but is informative, inspirational and entertaining.  Check it out and see what you think.
If you haven’t been a regular reader of Open Doors so far, try going back and checking for previous inspiration recommendations for lots of great Rotary info.
Lockdown Ideas for Clubs
At Rowville Lysterfield Rotary we are extremely fortunate to have some extremely imaginative and enthusiastic members and some of the activities done, doing and contemplating are:
  • Taking the opportunity to contact actors/actress' for interviewing.
  • To have members from regional areas undertaking projects to be our guest speakers.
  • Previous exchange students to Zoom into a meeting.
  • Contemplating attending a Swedish meeting!.
  • Have overseas speakers to address our meeting which means doing a morning meeting on Saturday morning.
  • Tonight we've tapped into the talents of the Club so it's not a Royal Gala Performance, but a RL Variety night.Thoughts being there's a $10 attendance fee to go into the Club coffers
  • Christmas in July but having it in August!
  • An auction of goods to be sourced from the home.
  • Scone back off.
  • Great opportunity to have speakers state, national and overseas whilst Zooming. This will be up for consideration even when we're meeting physically.
If anyone would like to make contact with the club to discuss these ideas further they are very welcome to.
With regards
Marg Vesey
President Rowville Lysterfield Rotary Club.
Mentoring Program - Opening Opportunities
In District 9810, we have the benefit of a long-term close relationship between Rotaract and Rotary. One of the benefits of this relationship is a Rotaractor being able to offer up an idea to an incoming District Governor, and that idea then becoming reality. As was the case this year, which led to the creation of the Rotary-Rotaract Mentoring Program. 
The program currently involves mentors hosting a series of free professional development webinars for Rotaractors, Rotarians and program alumni across Australia. Not only does the program serve a diverse audience, the committee organising the program is also composed of Rotaractors and Rotarians collaborating with complimentary skills. This has allowed for a strong and speedy planning period, with the first webinar having been successfully delivered on the topic of 'Interview skills and finding the right job for you'. The second part of the program aims to connect vocational mentors with young professionals, to offer personalised, long-term mentoring. Already, surveys into interest and feedback from the program are yielding positive results. 
Some of the scheduled upcoming webinars for the rest of 2020 are listed below, with more in-demand topics being scheduled for 2021.
- The impact of social media for good 
- Managing a team in uncertain times 
- Integrating younger generations into your workforce 
- Managing projects 
- Financial management 
If you are interested in being part of this opportunity as an attendee or mentor for this program, please feel free to reach out to our committee at mentor.9810@gmail.com
Or you can register for our next webinar "The impact of social media for good", on the 15th August at 10am.
What do members value most about their Rotary club and their Rotary experience?  By carrying out a Member Satisfaction Survey using an online survey tool or specific app, it is possible to create a word map like this.  How does this help?  When a word picture is created, it’s impossible to miss which characteristics of the club are most valued by the members.  Working to provide members with more of what they value will enhance member retention and make the club more attractive to new members.  Will the result change over time?  Well, of course, it well may and this is why it’s important to carry out a member satisfaction survey every two or three years – ideally when the club’s strategic plan is reviewed.  Need advice on starting with strategic planning or carrying out a member satisfaction survey?  PDG Carol Lawton (Rotary Club of Croydon & Montrose) can help clubs get started with strategic planning activities.
Paul Harris Society
The Paul Harris Society is open to Rotarians who pledge a donation of $US1000 per year to the Rotary Foundation.
Does $US1000 sound like a lot of money?  Try this.  Think about how much money it costs to live on a monthly basis.  Take in all of your costs including food, energy, communications, housing, transport, health and everything else you can think of.  What’s the total?  $4000 per month?  $6000?  More?  How much difference would an extra $150 per month really make? 
The Paul Harris Society has more than doubled in size since 2013-14.  Society members make up a vital community of leaders whose contributions account for over 18% of the donations to the Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund and over 17% of donations to the Foundation overall. 
District 9810 RAWCS Coordinator
The role of District 9810 RAWCS Coordinator is currently vacant, and the District International Service Committee is seeking applications from Rotarians for this position.
Please find attached a Position Description for the District 9810 RAWCS Coordinator.
The role is open to all D9810 Rotarians, and if you are interested in taking on this role of leading RAWCS in D9810, please contact District International Service Chair, Tony Stokes, on the phone number below or at International@9810Rotary.org.au
Tony Stokes
District 9810 International Service Chair
Rotary Club of Box Hill Central
Mob: 0419 577 886
Interplast Request for the Current Year
Peter Lewis of Rotary Club of Bentleigh Moorabbin Central is the D9810 Chair of Interplast.  In that position Peter has a message for all clubs in our District.  He writes:
I have been appointed, Chairman, Interplast Committee, District 9810. It is fully appreciated that we are experiencing what can only be described as horrible times with Covid19. This however will hopefully not prevent Rotary Clubs from still being able to support a range of worthy causes. My Committee will continue to promote Interplast where possible and should your club be desirous of having a "zoom" presentation effected, contact should be made with Janette Etherington, Interplast janette.etherington@interplast.org.au.
I submit as follows a proposal for the valued consideration by your club.
Lockdown Series #2 - Vegan Cooking (7th August)
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 second activity in this series - a vegan cooking class with Neha and Natasha! Friday night's dinner will be sorted, cook along with them and learn some tasty vegan recipes! The ingredients will be posted here earlier in the week so you're prepared for Friday night.
Each session will begin with a short talk about an issue the host is passionate about. We at Knox Rotaract want to ensure we continue our work of advocacy and awareness even while we live under the shadow of a pandemic.
Share this with anyone who could use a mood booster, and wants to participate in something new this lockdown!
Zoom link to be provided closer to the date.
Upcoming Lockdown Events are:
  • 14th August - Trivia Night
  • 21st August - Paint and Sip Night
Whitehorse Rotaract - Murder in Manhattan (8th August 2020)
Whitehorse Rotaract Murder Mystery night is back once again, and this year you can crack the case virtually, from the comfort of your own home!
Join us on a trip to New York, a place of glitz and glamour! An opulent party in an opulent ballroom! But, not everything that glitters is gold. Beneath the surface of this seemingly shining city lies dark secrets, scandal, and murder.
Be sure to RSVP by Wednesday Aug 5th to receive your role, and get into the swing of things by dressing up in your best cocktail attire for the occasion!
Tickets are $8 plus booking fee, and can be purchased from the link above. The event includes mini-games and prizes run throughout the night.
This year we're raising money in support of OzChild; a fantastic organisation that provides foster and kinship programs to help provide safe homes for children in need and provide the training and support for the carers.
So join us for a night of fun, intrigue, secrets and detective work as we unravel the mystery behind a murderous cocktail party that is far more than it seems!
**Please note that this is an online event hosted on Zoom; in order to participate fully on the night you will require a device with a webcam and the Zoom application installed.
Foundation Briefing- 13th August 2020
Invitation – Club Foundation Chairs and interested Rotarians 
6.00pm – 7.00pm 
This meeting will include:
  • Guest speaker from Pakistan PDG Saiid Pervaiz, who is a member of the Pakistan National Polio Plus Committee.
  • Latest grants news for Clubs presented by the Chair of  9810 Grants Committee, Graham Richardson
  • “We Get What We Give” presentation from PDG John Barnes, D9810 Foundation Giving Targets
  • E-Motion, the launch of a new initiative for Polio Plus by Greg King, D9810 Polio Plus Chair
  • Q&A session providing open access to the Foundation Committee members to answer questions on everything Foundation.
This is the first in a series of meetings to build connection between the Foundation Committee members and Clubs in D9810.  Future meetings scheduled for October 2020 and April 2021.
Community Projects Forum
Clubs looking for inspiration for projects to carry out now or just plain tired of waiting for things to change for the better, may find just the right idea for action by attending the D9810 Community Projects Forum.  This is a chance for clubs with great project ideas to share them and clubs seeking great project ideas to hear about what can work now. 
Scheduled twice so that those working can attend the weekend session and those with a more leisurely schedule can join in during the week, the sessions will be led by D9810 Community Chair, Trish Smyth of Rotary Club of Beaumaris.
No need to register, no need to RSVP, just join in to share and learn.
Session #1 - Sunday Aug 16, 2020 04:00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 864 8465 6077
Passcode: 751803
Session #2 - Wednesday Aug 19, 2020 11:00 AM
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 876 1050 8793
Passcode: 730752
Club Runner Tutorial Session - Monday 24 August, 2020 at 7.00 pm
With no District Directory published this year (and probably never again), it’s really important for all Rotarians to know how to access the information that used to be provided in hard copy.
This Club Runner session is to assist all Rotarians to understand how to access the information they need through the District website and through the smart phone app. 
Find out the quick and easy way to find information about District clubs, Club office bearers and individual Rotarians using the online tools available through the District. 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
For more information, contact Ken Miller, Rotary Club of Emerald & District
Vocational Seminar - Thursday 27 August, 2020 at 6.00 pm
“Revitalise Vocation”
Vocational seems to be the least understood of the Rotary Avenues of Service.  This is an opportunity for all D9810 Rotarians to learn more from an amazing line-up of knowledgeable and experienced speakers.
Headlining the evening will be Mary Barry.  Mary has an impressive list of career achievements including CEO of National Heart Foundation, State Emergency Service and Our Watch.  Mary has also held senior Rotary positions in Rotary D9800.
Also speaking will be Michelle James, who recently joined Rotary Club of Waverley and is Director and Founder of Aus Career Coach.
Find your Vocational inspiration at this top class D9810 event.  For more information contact Bill Haywood of Rotary Club of Waverley.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Social Media Workshop Monday 31 August, 2020 at 7.00 pm
Facebook looking faded?  Website got whiskers?  Time to update and put up the club image that will work.  People see clubs’ online presence and many clubs report new member enquiries from website and social media activities.
This workshop will help clubs make the most of an online presence and help to show the world opportunities available through Rotary.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
For more information, contact Ken Miller, Rotary Club of Emerald & District
Peter Hitchener - Channel 9 News (25th August 2020)
The Rotary Club of Croydon & Montrose invite you to join them on a Zoom Meeting on Tuesday 25th August to hear their special guest speaker Peter Hitchener from the Channel 9 news.
If you are interested in attending or finding out more you can email president@rotarycroydonmontrose.org.au or call 0402242535 to obtain the Zoom link details.
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.
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
3 layer washable cotton face masks with wire nose bridge in patterned and plain fabrics available and hand made by Rotarians Trish Carr and Les Marton (RC Box Hill Burwood).
You can order from the website – sizes available are Adult, Youth and Child  $8.80 per mask plus postage.
www.facemasksoz.com or 9720 1177 during business hours.
Face Masks for Personal Use or For Sale
Peter Cole from the Rotary Club of Belgrave, has been working with experts in the field to design and make the most practical and comfortable face masks for personal protection during the pandemic.
The masks allow the wearer to breath, see each other and stay safe from droplets in the air.  They are light weight, anti-fog, and glasses can be worn comfortable underneath.  The masks have been designed by a Melbourne based optometrist.
Rotarians may be interested in these masks for personal use, for use in their businesses or as a fundraising opportunity.  Recommended retail price is $30.
For more information contact Peter Cole by email at petercole99@hotmail.com or on 0488 888 848
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:
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 17th August.
All the best
Michael Ellinger 
Rotary Club of Oakleigh Clayton Huntingdale
Highlights Editor