2018-19 District International Service Chair (DISC): David Alexander – email
What is International Service?  International service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding through a range of projects. In D9810 it comprises a number of Sub-Committees driving humanitarian service projects including Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS), medical and emergency aid and goodwill programs. Further information on specific programs and contact persons can be sourced through web pages linked to this page. In addition, the Rotary Foundation pages also provide further information on various Rotary International humanitarian and education programs.
Effective 1 July 2016, the responsibilities of District International Service Chairs were redefined by the The Rotary Foundation Trustees and the Rotary International Board of Directors to enhance Rotary’s impact in the community through all six areas of focus (known as the Project Enhancement initiative and calling for each District to establish a District Resource Network).
What is Project Enhancement? The goal of project enhancement is to increase the quality, impact, and sustainability of global grant projects by:
  • Improving Rotarian capacity to design and implement high-quality projects
  • Strengthening Rotarian effectiveness in mobilizing local resources and networks
  • Increasing the use of Rotarian expertise in global grant planning and design
  • Creating and strengthening Rotarian-led partnerships
By identifying and increasing the use of local technical and project life cycle experts through the establishment of District Resource Networks, clubs and districts receive support for planning sustainable projects and large-scale global grants. This use of local expertise allows for long-term relationship-building and continuous mentorship and knowledge transfer.
While D9810 has had an informal Resource Network for many years, D9810 continues to strengthen its District Resource Network to encourage more Club's to participate in humanitarian service.

D9810 Club Support - District Resource Network (DRN)

What is a District Resource Network?

The D9810 District Resource Network comprises local experts and resources that clubs can access to improve the quality, impact, and sustainability of their projects or global grant proposals.

The District International Service Chair (DISC) role is to work with clubs and districts to develop international projects and design global grants of higher quality and greater scale by leveraging local Rotarian expertise in the areas of focus, project planning and the grant process to serve as advisers and mentors on club projects, establishing connections between clubs in the district and a host or international partner.  [Schematic diagram of the scope of the D9810 District Resource Network]

D9810 Clubs are invited to take advantage of their network of experts by contacting them directly for assistance with projects, or by requesting an introduction from the District International Service Chair.

Through the D9810 DRN, Clubs can obtain advice on:

  • Aligning a project or grant with Rotary’s areas of focus
  • Project planning, design and implementation
  • The global grant process
  • Completing a community assessment
  • Identifying local and international partner clubs and cooperating organisations
  • Securing funding
  • Incorporating sustainability
  • Incorporating measurement and evaluation benchmarks
  • Project publicity.
D9810 DRN Support Team: - District International Service Chair (David Alexander); Grants Sub Committee Chair (Graham Richardson), District RAWCS Chair (Gloria Hargreaves); [Roles Under development] - Experts Register Database Manager (Peter Murie); Project Publicity (Ken Miller); Project Monitoring & Evaluation (Pat Armstrong); Rotaract Project Liaison (Clare Caulfield)

Areas of Focus Experts

D9810 is progressively establishing Areas of Focus expert teams to help Clubs identify significant local and international projects, establish partnerships and source funds.
Basic Education & Literacy Focus Group
Team Leader / Chair - John Maddock [RC Box Hill Central - Global Education Expertise]; Annette Haworth [Early Childhood Development]; Judith Eadon [Primary Education]; Anthony Aulsebrook [Secondary Education]. The team is available as a resource / mentor to Clubs looking to carry out projects in this Focus area, including offering speakers for Club presentations.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Focus Group
Team Leader / Chair - Bill Chapman [RC Moorabbin]; Brian Foley [RC Mordialloc]; David Alexander [RC Manningham]; Sanitation Marketing Mark Balla  [RC Box Hill Central]

Calls To Action For Clubs 

  1. If you have project planning or Area of Focus-specific expertise, introduce yourself to your DISC;
  2. Need help with a project? Share your project ideas with your DISC and ask to be connected with a project mentor from your DRN;
  3. Encourage club members with project experience and technical skills to connect with your DISC and join your DRN;
  4. If you serve as the club international service chair, work with your DISC to receive regular updates, communications, resources, and best practices for success.
  5. Share your success stories. Send your inspirational success stories to your DISC for inclusion in an upcoming District newsletter or message.

District Collaboration:

District International Service Chairs (DISCs) & District Regional Foundation Chairs (DRFCs) Joint Efforts Crucial for Success
  • DISCs serve as resources to District Rotary Foundation Chairs (DRFCs), District Rotary Foundation Grants Subcommittee Chairs (DGSCs) and other key district leaders directing  them to resources for better projects and grants.
  • DISCs do not compete, but instead support their fellow district leaders, including, but not limited to:
    • District Governors
    • District Rotary Foundation Chairs
    • District Grants Subcommittee Chairs
    • District Alumni Chairs

In a Nutshell - Why do we need a District Resource Network?

It establishes a District structure to mobilise our resources for a higher return on investment of The Rotary Foundation and Club funds.
It benefits Membership, Public Image and Service Projects and supports Rotarian effort to contribute to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Membership benefits include:
- More engaged Rotarians using their professional skills
- Attractive to external partners / project sponsors
- Potentially attractive to new members
- Supports membership retention through more engaged Rotarians
  • Public Image
- Exposes the worth of Rotary humanitarian service in Australia  to the public [if all Australian Districts establish a DRN]
  • Humanitarian Aid
- Brings to account the impact of humanitarian aid in Australia and NZ [if all Australian Districts establish a DRN]
- Supports Government recognition of Rotary's contribution to International Aid

D9810 International Service Events 2019

Learn more about the D9810 District Resource Network by attending the following events in 2019.

17 March 2019 Multi- District President Elect Learning & Development Seminar (Ballarat)

19 May 2019 District Assembly

6 September International Service Seminar


2018 International Service Seminar - Project Opportunities

Each year D9810 holds an International Service Seminar to inspire Clubs about the latest initiatives and opportunities for Clubs to participate in International Service. The 2018 Seminar outlined Human Centred Design methodology introduced by our partners Engineers Without Borders through a Vocational Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Training Team visit to D3420 Surabaya Indonesia in August 2018. The team comprised EWB representatives Heidi Michael, Katrina Bukauskas; Fatima Shehata, Mark Abela (TasWater) and Sally Wragg (QBE) plus Rotarians Bill Chapman (RC Moorabbin) and David Alexander - Team Leader (RC Manningham).

Clubs looking for an International Service Project are encouraged to review 2018 Seminar Project Opportunities.  


Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers

Cadre members are accredited by TRF to review, monitor, and evaluate projects and ensure grant funds are being used responsibly.
D9810 Cadre members are Brian Foley, David Alexander and Mark Balla (Water and Sanitation Focus Area)
and Tony Monley (Financial Audit). They are available to provide technical expertise and advice to Rotarians in planning and carrying out
Rotary grant projects.  (Further information)


D9810 International Service Committee 2018-19

The D9810 International Service – Resource Network comprises a large team of Rotarians
available to assist Clubs to maximise their investments in international service projects.


Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS)

Chair Gloria Hargreaves [Southern Region D9810 Representative]

Donations in Kind                                                                    Des Shiel | Russell Hayes
Rotarians against Malaria                                                      Peter McPhee
Rotary Project Volunteers                                                      Michele Oscar


Water, Sanitation and Hygiene                                             Bill Chapman (Southern Region Coordinator)


Medical Aid
Interplast Australia & New Zealand                                       Liz Guiver
Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children                             Gavan McIntyre


Goodwill & Fellowship Programs
Rotary Friendship Exchange                                                    Aidan Wright
Rotary Fellowships                                                                    David Tomlinson


Programs supported by multiple clubs and Rotarians in D9810
Operation Cleft                                                                         Bruce McEwen
Wheelchairs for Kids                                                               Russell Hayes
AquaBox                                                                                    Geoff Gartley
Disaster Aid Australia                                                             Jan Burney 1300 881 913
Rotarians against Child Slavery                                            Tony Stokes / Robyn Stokes
East Timor Roofing Company                                                Frank Evans

*Country & Liaison Coordinators
The following Rotarians have project experience or Rotary connections in the countries listed
and may be a starting point for information for clubs considering projects and/or seeking
advice on conditions.

Argentina Andrew Brownlie Mongolia/N. Asia Peter Koens
Brazil Stuart McDonald Philippines David Chandler
Cambodia Seda Douglas Papua N.G Ian Phelan
Fiji Peter Malden Solomon Islands Michael Willis
India Bob Richards Southern Africa Liz Ollie
Indonesia Graeme Woolacott Sri Lanka Peter Koens
Malaysia Jeffrey Tan Timor Leste Frank Evans
Myanmar King Gan  Turkey  Tony Monley


3 Year Strategic Directions – International Service Committee

Beginning in 2016/17 and continuing through 2018/19, the D9810 International Service
Committee is developing capacity within the District membership to assist clubs to conduct international service projects by:

1) Expanding the D9810 Resource Network of qualified Rotarians, program participants,
and alumni to serve as Focus Area advisers and consultants to Clubs and Districts to
better plan service projects and design global grants;
2) Promoting greater awareness of Rotary International published resources and
strategies for improved project planning and implementation;
3) Assisting clubs to develop partnerships with international Rotary clubs and districts;
4) Cooperating with other District 9810 committees (including the Rotary Foundation /
grants sub-committee) to identify and promote resources for improved projects and grants;
5) Engaging those interested in assisting with global grant applications including district
Rotaract Representatives, Rotarian Action Groups (particularly WASRAG) and the TRF
Cadre of Technical Advisers, etc.

The District 9810 Resource Network is recruiting Rotarians who hold expertise in Rotary’s
areas of focus, Rotary grants, and elements of project planning and implementation
(project life cycle), and promotes resources and strategies for enhancing projects.
These experts are available to serve as advisers and consultants to assist clubs to enhance their
service projects and global grants.  Refer Project Enhancement Frequently Asked Questions

D9810 Supports EnTrust Foundation
- Indonesian Tsunami Disaster Relief

On 28 September 2018, a shallow, large earthquake struck in the neck of the Minahasa Peninsula, Indonesia, with its epicentre located in the mountainous Donggala RegencyCentral Sulawesi. The magnitude 7.5 quake was located 77 km away from the provincial capital Palu.
For over 2 years, Melbourne based EnTrust Foundation has been working in the Palu region of Sulawesi Indonesia, partnering with a Palu-based organisation through community development projects under the direction of a local project manager.  EnTrust is directly connected with an organisation that specialises in Emergency Relief and sought funds to meet immediate humanitarian needs such as food, clean water, temporary shelter and provision of basic tools to clear debris.  By 4th October D9810 and three Clubs had contributed $9,500, with Entrust assurance that 100% of every dollar would reach the survivors of the Palu tsunami.
District 9810 Disaster Relief Fund - $2,500
RC Manningham $3,000
RC Ferntree Gully $2,000
RC Warrandyte Donvale $2,000 
Palu Tsunami Disaster
[Postscript:  The combined effects of the earthquake and tsunami led to the deaths of at least 2,256 people].


Some of the Resources Available from Rotary International


Use Online tools for planning, implementing, evaluating, and promoting service initiatives –
track your project’s progress, start a discussion, crowd source for resources, apply for
funds, and showcase your work:

  • Rotary Club Central
  • Project Life cycle Resources group
  • Rotary Ideas
  • Grant application tool
  • Rotary Showcase


Use Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus Guide for examples of service projects and information
about how you can address the widespread critical humanitarian needs within these six areas.

Use Community Assessment Tools to assess your community’s needs and make a
meaningful service impact.
Communities in Action: A Guide to Effective Projects
Community Assessment Tool

Use A Guide to Global Grants to learn how to develop more effective and sustainable service
projects and how to apply for global grants

Take a Course on Rotary Grants in the Learning Centre.


Learn 10 Ways to Improve Your Global Grant Application.

Join a Rotarian Action Group for impactful projects.

Visit Rotary Ideas to find project partners and Rotary Showcase to gain ideas and
publicise club community service projects.

Rotary Action Groups

Do you have expertise in a particular subject or field and a desire to share? Browse this
list of subjects to find the one for you, to connect with like-minded Rotarians.
Addiction Prevention
AIDS and Family Health
Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Blindness Prevention
Blood Donation
Child Slavery
Disaster Assistance
Endangered Species
Environmental Sustainability
Family Safety
Food Plant Solutions
Health Education and Wellness
Hunger and Malnutrition
Mental Health
Microfinance and Community Development
Multiple Sclerosis
Polio Survival
Population and Development
Preconception Care
Water and Sanitation


Useful Seminar Notes: 

Develop skills to deliver high impact and sustainable projects.
1) Seminar PowerPoint (View slides)
 a) Finding a Project,
 b) Planning a Project
 c) Managing Your Project and
 d) Publicizing your Project.
2) Areas of Focus (View)
3) Six Steps to Sustainability (View)
4) Cooperating Organization Memorandum of Understanding (View)
5) Toilet Construction Case Study (View)
6) Rotary Communications & Publications (View)
7) How 2015-16 DDF was Used (View)