Project Chair:  Bob Richards  Sandringham


1.Centenary Celebrations

It’s a special time, Rotary Australia and New Zealand celebrates the first 100 years of service in 2021. 
In 1921, four Rotary. Clubs were created in Melbourne, Auckland, Wellington and Sydney. from there Rotary and Rotoract clubs were created everywhere across Australia and New Zealand, and in 2021 we will come together to create a common legacy.
We are now looking for ways to mark this occasion and to propel Rotary into the next century of service. It’s time for each of us to celebrate - as one thing is certain we will not have another chance in our life to time to celebrate the Centenary of Rotary.
Planning throughout Australia and New Zealand continues with details shared by links on the R100 website as below.
The following are a few events planned as part of the celebration of 100 years of Rotary in Australia:

2.Anniversary Luncheon:  21 April 2021

The Rotary Club of Melbourne is planning an anniversary of Melbourne luncheon on Wednesday, 21 April 2021 as a Re-enactment of the first meeting. Open to club members and partners plus Rotary visitors and partners it will however be limited to a maximum of 480 attendees. Key figures will include the Governor, Lord Mayor and representatives of the Rotary Clubs of Calgary and Halifax, Canada.

3.The Rotary 100 Peace Forum:  21-22 April 2021

District 9800 will host the R100 Peace Forum on 21 and 22 April 2021. The forum’s mission will be to Prevent and Resolve Conflict, with the conference bringing together academics, political, business and community leaders and peace activists to explore building peace and discuss how we can work together to achieve this mission from an international and local prospective. All Rotarians will be invited to join in the creation of this 1.5 days event which will highlight the areas in which Rotary does its most significant work.

4.Gala Night – 1 May 2021

A Gala night will be held on Saturday, 1 May 2021, the Charter date of Melbourne and Sydney, and open to all Rotarians/partners celebrating common achievement with a maximum attendance of 600. A Black-tie three course dinner with minimal speeches and maximum fellowship.  The RI President has been invited.

5.Rotary R100 Centenary Baton Relay

The R100 Centenary Baton Relay is an event planned across Australia and New Zealand to celebrate 100 years of Rotary working in our communities. The R100 Baton will run throughout Australia, state-by-state, district-by- district and club by club. The vision is to have every club participate and involve their communities to bring local colour and culture, to own their celebration of 100 years of Rotary service with the R100 Baton.
Our District 9810 R100 committee is investigating club and district involvement in the R100 Centenary Baton relay and further details will be provided following a national launch on 10 July 2020. 
If you are excited by the concept visit the R100 Centenary Baton Relay website or become Facebook friends

6.What is happening in District 9810?

Presently the Whitehorse cluster is investigating a sustainable project evolving around Mental Health. Your District committee is  being kept informed of developments but if you would  like to obtain further information please contact Past President Gabby Knaepple at  Nunnawading
The Rotary Club of Lilydale is investigating an event along the Warburton Rail Trail. It is proposed that they will involve peace initiatives, the indigenous community, schools and possibly a fun run/bike ride. Contact: Madalyn Parlet Lilydale

7.Your Club Celebration

What will your club or cluster do to celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia?
Why not start by taking time to view this introductory video/
As you develop your plans please share details with your District committee as follows:
PDG Bob Richards  Sandringham
PDG Juliet Riseley  Hampton
PP Sue Cornelissen  Waverley