Our District is located to the East of the city of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Purpose of this website
A Rotary District is, essentially, an administrative unit charged with providing services to the Rotary clubs which are its members.  This site is dedicated to providing service to the clubs and Rotarians of D9810.  Although it is not primarily aimed at the general public, all are welcome to view these pages.
Here’s a chance for District 9810 Rotarians to help one of our Clubs win a grant of $20,000 to help further develop a fantastic community project.
Mark Smith of the Rotary Club of Boronia has developed the “Knox Rocks” music program for a group of young people from the local area.
Westfield are running a “Local Heroes” program where they are awarding grants to further foster successful community projects.
Mark is one of the three finalists, thus already guaranteeing a grant of $5,000.
.....and 24th October is WORLD POLIO DAY
A letter was circulated to all members this week by David Grieve bringing us up to date with contributions by clubs to the End Polio Now campaign so far this year.
In addition, David encourages clubs to raise awareness of the End Polio campaign during the month of October and even host a fund raising event.
Here is a link to the End Polio Resource Centre where there are videos, materials, banners, posters, and in particular, materials focusing on World Polio day.
For those of you who missed David's letter, take the link here to Read More.
Rotary Nunawading was invited by the Whitehorse Business Group to co-host a Community Safety Breakfast in support of Neighbourhood Watch Whitehorse, on 25 August 2023, held at the Canterbury International Hotel Forest Hill.
The guest speakers were senior Sergeant Ronald Sinclair and Senior Constable Brendan Gogarty, Whitehorse Crime Prevention Officer both from Box Hill Police Station were introduced by Kay Evans, President Neighbourhood Watch Whitehorse.
The Club promoted the event to cluster clubs ranging from Mont Albert - Surrey Hills [MASH] to Maroondah and to Whitehorse Rotaract.
I have been really encouraged by the efforts and successes of many of our Clubs in securing new members into Rotary.
I know it's a challenging task and requires an effort on so many fronts.
In this post, I've put down a few thoughts I have about the major issues facing us in regards to member retention, and what we can do to alleviate them.
I welcome any feedback.
This is a message to any Rotarian in any capacity who has anything responsibilities regarding the publicity and promotion of their club or any of its activities. Use the Rotary Brand Centre!
Not only is this a great resource but by frequently visiting it, you will keep all your materials current.
The Brand Centre is more than just a collection of graphics and other materials. In it you will also find lots of ideas to help you promote your club and its projects. They will help you tell your club’s stories of service and impact continue to be updated and enhanced.
Welcome to the ROTARY AT COP28
Volunteering Opportunities for young Rotarians!
COP28 is the 28th Conference of the Parties, a crucial global climate summit that will take place in the United Arab Emirates from 30th November to 12th December 2023. This summit gathers representatives from nearly 200 countries to address pressing climate-related challenges and foster international collaboration for a sustainable future. 
Rotary International is proud to actively participate in COP28, contributing its expertise and commitment to environmental stewardship and community welfare. We are looking to engage a small group of young Rotarians and Rotaractors from around the world at COP28.
During August the Steering Group and Pilot Establishment Team leads hosted a series of webinars to share information about the Regional Council elections and Rotary Community groups.
I know of many Rotarians from District 9810 attended one of these.
If you missed out, you can still watch one by following this link. The powerpoint presentation is also available here.
For further updates on Regionalisation, take the Read More link.
A reminder of the Regionalisation Website, Creating Tomorrow here.
Rotaract is stepping for September!

STEPtember is a fun and inclusive virtual challenge that encourages people to move their way to 10,000 steps a day - whenever, wherever, and however they like - from 1-30 September.

Every 20 hours, an Australian child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Taking on the challenge and fundraising for life-changing research, treatment, services and assistive technologies, supports people with cerebral palsy to live their best life.
As I go about my Club visits, I am delighted to report that the support for Helen's partner project of End Polio Now has been fantastic and a real credit to the commitment of our members in this District to support the End Polio initiative.
As I stress to Clubs, any contributions to the Fund in the name of her project have to be over and above what the Club was already committing. The idea behind the partner project was to raise funds specifically for that project.
So since my last update we've received contributions from the following Clubs:
The Rotary Clubs of Beaumaris, Boronia, Oakleigh Clayton Huntingdale, Warrandyte Donvale, Waverley, Maroondah, Hampton, Monash and Surry Hills, and Manningham City. Just a reminder that club contributions to Helen's project are till included as part of a Club's total annual contribution.
A reminder that if you would like to make a personal, tax deductible donation, please go here. Your donation will be credited against you, as a Rotarian and your Club. Just make sure that the email address you use, matches the address in MyRotary.
Donations from non-Rotarians are, of course, also welcome and can also be made through this portal.
If you are representing a club, please make the contribution by the normal channels but flag it as DG Project and drop DG Ian or Helen an email. Banking details for Clubs can be found here.
As of mid September, her project has received from Rotary members, Rotary Clubs and some non Rotarians a total of AUS$15,260.
Thank you.
Just a reminder to all members, but especially Presidents, committee chairs and event organisers to get your event into the District Event Newsletter, Highlights, edited by Michael Ellinger.
This will also ensure it gets included in the District Event Calendar on the website, link here.
To publish your event and/or function please send it to Michael in either a word document or PDF file format at highlights9810@gmail.com
Current and past editions can be found here.
The Rotary convention is where friendship and learning come together to inspire you. In Singapore you’ll connect with people of action from around the globe at Rotary’s biggest event of the year.
The 2024 Rotary International Convention, will be be held 25-29 May in Singapore.
Here are a couple of stories to help inspire you to register.
Shape-shifting Singapore - here - By Wen Huang
Singapore – a land of surprises - here. By Jennifer Scott, Chair of the 2024 International Convention Committee
Register now here
Clubs are invited to join an International Project to provide a Borehole
The project is a partnership arrangement between the Rotary Clubs of Bayswater and Healesville and the project overseen by the Rotary Club of Meru D9212 Kenya
The partners are seeking funding support for the Borehole Project sited at Kithima/Maili Saba in Meru County Kenya.  The object is to provide a reliable source of water for farming and domestic purposes.  The borehole will be Solar Powered and the water to grow crops to feed farm animals and provide vegetable and fruit crops for 250 needy school children. 
Contacts: PP Barrie Vickers Bayswater  m: 0407 544555
and/or PP Wilma Best Healesville m: 0476 289583
For a more detailed story, click here.
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Rotary International President - Gordon McInally 2023/2024

Rotary International President-elect R. Gordon R. McInally called for members to capture the world's attention and lead the way toward possibilities far beyond our current expectations.

Gordon McInally, a member of the Rotary Club of South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland, revealed the 2023-24 presidential theme, Create Hope in the World, during the Rotary International Assembly in Orlando, Florida, USA, on 9 January. He urged members to promote peace in troubled nations, help those affected by conflict, and maintain the momentum of initiatives begun by past leaders.

"The goal is to restore hope — to help the world heal from destructive conflicts and, in turn, to help us achieve lasting change for ourselves," McInally said at Rotary's annual training event for incoming district governors.

Link to page with detail theme info

Gordon McInally's theme speech.


District Governor 2023/2024 - Ian Ballantine

Hello there and welcome to the website for Rotary District 9810. From the Bay to the Hills. Our District comprises some 37 Rotary Clubs and four Rotaract Clubs. We are located to the east of Melbourne, Australia.
If you are looking for a club near you, try our Club finder here. Locations and meeting times are clearly displayed. I invite you to look at their website and/or make contact with them. I promise they’ll be delighted to hear from you.
If you are a fellow member of District 9810, I hope you take the opportunity to utilise this website where we try to provide as much information as possible to help you get the most out of Rotary.
This applies whether you are a Club President, a Board member, a member of a committee, a brand new member or a long standing one.
I guarantee you’ll learn something new about our District or Rotary International every time you visit.
I look forward to working with you in 2023-24
Rotary District 9810 has a new service called “CONNECTIONS” brought to you by District 9810 Technology Committee – TechCom.
CONNECTIONS is a new service for the members by the members of District 9810 and offers a free service for anyone wanting to advertise their business in Rotary.
This usually involves members scanning in their business cards and sending them through to the Webmaster along with their preferred business website and business category.
CONNECTIONS offers District 9810 members, family, and friends:
  • Publicise businesses and activities organized by connections on the district website
  • Invite Rotarians in the district to speak and store their videos for virtual meeting, or district workshops talking about their business and related service work
  • Seek out Rotarians who are outstanding in their professions or are enthusiastic about a hobby and encourage them to advertise on CONNECTIONS.
So, from jam to jumpers, cleaning to computers, we want your mainstream or hobby business added to CONNECTIONS:
Contact the webmaster: gusrozycki@9810rotary.org.au
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