2019-20 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 and in the District Directory. In addition, the Rotary Foundation pages of this website also provide further information on various Rotary International humanitarian and education programs.

D9810 International Service Events in 2020

Learn more about International Service and the D9810 District Resource Network by attending the following events in 2020.

Sunday 24 May 2020 District Assembly 

International Service Seminar 2020 [Date to be advised]


Your District Helpline for all Club Service Projects

District Resource Network (DRN)

D9810  continues to strengthen its District Resource Network to encourage more Club's to participate in humanitarian service.  The D9810 District Resource Network comprises local experts and resources from within the District and beyond, that clubs can access to improve the quality, impact, and sustainability of their projects or global grant proposals.   [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.
Experts are grouped according to The Rotary Foundation’s 6 Areas of Focus, as well as Project Planning and Grants Process experts; - that clubs can consult to improve a project or grant application.
D9810 DRN Support Team: - District International Service Chair (David Alexander); Grants Sub Committee Chair (Graham Richardson), District RAWCS Chair (Tony Stokes (Acting)); [Roles Under development] - Experts Register Database Manager (Peter Murie); Project Publicity (Ken Miller); Project Monitoring & Evaluation (Pat Armstrong); Rotaract Project Liaison (Clare Caulfield)

Through the DRN, Clubs can obtain advice on:

  • Project planning, design and implementation
  • Aligning a project or grant with Rotary’s areas of focus
  • Grants processes
  • Community assessments
  • Finding project  partners; -  clubs and cooperating organisations
  • Securing funding
  • Incorporating sustainability
  • Incorporating measurement and evaluation benchmarks
  • Project publicity.
Clubs are encouraged to contact the Areas of Focus Team Leaders below (refer to District Directory) or the DRN Coordinator to obtain expert advice, contacts and any other project assistance.
Basic Education & Literacy Expert group - John Maddock   
More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. Locally, the BEL group is working with the Victorian Department of Education and Training to support Vulnerable & Educationally Disadvantaged Adult Learners.
[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].
Fighting Disease Expert Group  - Soula Ganiatsas
Rotary educates and equips communities to stop the spread of life-threatening diseases like polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria. We improve and expand access to low-cost and free health care in developing areas; in our remote communities within Australia.
Providing Clean Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene - Bill Chapman
Rotary supports local solutions to bring clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to more people every day. We don’t just build wells and walk away. We share our expertise with community leaders and educators to make sure our projects succeed in the long-term.
[Team Leader / Chair - Bill Chapman [RC Moorabbin]; Brian Foley [RC Mordialloc]; David Alexander [RC Manningham]; Sanitation Marketing Mark Balla  [RC Box Hill Central]

Call 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 including the 2030 SDGs

2019 International Service Seminar - Success Stories

Each year D9810 holds an International Service Seminar to inspire Clubs about the latest initiatives and opportunities for Clubs to participate in International Service. 2019 Seminar Date: Friday 6th September. Venue TBC.

The 2019 International Service Seminar will highlight successful projects - that have worked well for clubs within our district. This includes:

1) TRF Global Grant Projects where:
a) your Club can be a Primary International Partner for a Global Grant  I.e you lead a project.  
b) you are a secondary partner and contribute funds to another Clubs' Global Grant project. 
Note a) and b) are normally partnerships with other clubs and sponsors - for projects around US$35,000+.  
2) District International Grants where
You can lead or partner in a project; and where your Club's funds are matched by District Funds up to $5,000. This could lead to a Global Grant - noting that such projects can be carried out within Australia.. 
3) Supporting our ‘traditional’ National Rotary Projects
e.g Rotarians Against Malaria, INTERPLAST, ROMAC etc by either making a financial contribution or getting members involved on a District Committee; or in running Club fundraising events. 
4) Fundraising to End Polio
By organising a major Club fundraising event.
Presentations from International Service Seminar 2019


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 2019-20

D9810 International Service 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 Tony Stokes (Acting)  [Southern Region D9810 Representative]

Donations in Kind                                                                    Des Shiel | Russell Hayes
Rotarians against Malaria                                                      Shelley Gurney
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                                                                                    RC Eltham info@aquabox.com.au
Disaster Aid Australia                                                             Jan Burney 1300 881 913
Rotarians against Child Slavery                                            Tony Stokes / Robyn Stokes
East Timor Roofing Company                                                Frank Evans
Operation Toilets                                                                      Brian Martin

*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 Maldon 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

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

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)